Mixed Media – Be My Valentine Postcard

Dabbling a bit in Mixed Media – Gesso, Brayers, gold embossing and Modge Podge with tissue… to create this very special Valentine.  Mixed Media is so fun… and look I only used one stamp!  The background was made by inking up a brayer and rolling it over the card stock.  I played around a bit with Gesso to lighten up areas of the card to create a dreamy look.

This was very easy and fun…

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psl mixed media valentine

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The button on the card was threaded with pool party color 1/8″ ribbon.  I used crystal lacquer to lacquer the hearts and the handmade saying.  Over the next few weeks I will be periodically posting ideas on using mixed media to take your card making skills a little further.

Stay tuned!

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Chalkboard Cards – White Embossing Packs a Huge Punch

I have been wanting to do a chalkboard card for a long time now… and the Northshore Crafter’s Guild I host is going to learn how to do these…

We will be making six (6) cards using the chalkboard technique… we’ll explore the various different ways we can create chalkboard cards… embossing white on black, stamping white on black, stamping black on white…

Here’s a quick sneak peek at one of the cards we are making… this card’s tag is really a magnet… so the receiver of this card can pull the tag off the card and place on a fridge or magnetic whiteboard… what a neat Valentine’s gift!

I made this card with someone very special in mind! She pushes my creative skill to the limit and she is a wonderful friend! Can’t say who it is just yet because I am giving this card to her for Valentine’s day …. shhhhh!

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I just love how the pinks make the black pop!  Is there anyone in your life that has made you stronger? wiser? kinder?  Make sure you send a handmade card to them…!

Hop on over to our monthly meetup for the Northshore Crafter’s Guild… we meet at my house and craft the evening or afternoon away… we are still trying to work on a set schedule so for now we meet when everyone seems to be able to meet… I have enough space for 8-10 stampers!

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Creative Wrappings – Make Envelopes Your Way

Have you ever spent time making a beautiful card and could not find an envelope to fit… well now there is a new tool on the market to help you create custom envelopes complete with fold lines… and makes 60 envelope sizes to boot!  With the sizing guide, the envelope punch board takes the guesswork out of scoring and cutting… and two punches come with this beauty of a tool – a nifty corner rounder and also a envelope corner cutter.  Now you can make professional looking envelopes for all your card projects!

Here’s a great video to help you get started:

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We r Memory Keeper’s Envelope Punch Board

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Here’s my first attempt at making an envelope and matching envelope liner:

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envelop punch board sample

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Note:

Making an Envelope Liner:

You can make an Envelope Liner with the Envelope Punch Board.  For an A2 envelope Liner – simply cut your paper 7 3/4″ x 7 3/4″ and score at 3 1/2″ – only score lightly and from bottom of envelope punch board – just enough to line up the punch on the board. Follow this video for more instructions:

Bad Measurements on original envelope punch board:

Sadly, the measurements on the original envelope punch board are slightly off (this includes the Stampin’ Up! version of the envelope board)… you can print this out on label paper and adhere to the board so that the measurements are correct.  You can also phone We R Memory Keeper at 877.742.5937 8am-5pm MST for an updated label to place on your Envelope Punch Board that has the correct measurements.

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Chalk Talk – Very Special Someone

Do you have a very special someone in your life that makes life a little easier?  Make a quick and easy gift box and fill it with their favorites… Using Chalk Talk Stamp Set /Chalk Talk Framelets and Lovely Romance stamp set makes sharing blessings easy!

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very special someone

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This was a quick and easy project to do… the ribbon is dyed using perfect plum re-inker and a little water.  Just add a few drops of reinker and a teaspoon or two of water to a ziplock bag and cut a yard of whisper white ribbon, add that to the bag and ziplock it shut.  Then squish to color the ribbon and let it soak for an hour… take ribbon out of bag and squeeze the moisture out and let dry.  You now have a beautifully matching ribbon!

“The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped.”  – Proverbs 11:25

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Fast and Fabulous – Spring Polka Dots

It has been raining in Chicago all day long… and I have been in meetings all day long!  It’s just been one of those days where it was non stop thinking… so comfort food comes to mind… tuna casserole!  And whacky as it sounds I got inspired to make dots from the green peas!  Can you see the polka dots?  Awe… come on… you can… and you want some … nice pool party colored polka dots about 1 1/4″ in size and floating on whisper white cardstock that has been sprayed with homemade frosted white shimmer spray…

Can you imagine?  The beauty and simpleness of polka dots?  Dancing on a card … waiting to bless someone special?

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So I created a sheet of polka dots and cut it down to size… and then decorated the embossed cardstock with Flags!!! but not just any flags… flags that have been monochrome stamped with cute images from the Oh Hello stampset… colors of the flags are pool party, calypso coral and crumb cake… and to embellish the flags I used a soda pop top that had the rose from the oh hello stamp set … to make it real pretty put some dazzling diamonds glitter adhesive on the rose before you pour the crystal effects on top!  Very fun…

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spring polka dots

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To make the polka dots, simply punch evenly a row of dots using cardstock… then follow the directions shown in the picture:

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Oh gosh I hope you can try this one… make a bunch of polka dot sheets so that you can quickly make polka dot cards!

Try different sizes… ooh try with small heart punch!!!

Enjoy and hope YOU can try this one… it is very easy and quick – have to let the crystal effects dry over night…

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Fast and Fabulous – Simple and Elegant Notecard Set

Ooooh did I have a fun weekend… I attended the 8th Annual Spring into Stamping event in Champaign, IL and boy oh boy did I have loads of fun and got lots and lots and lots of inkspirations!!!!  My head is just spinning with all kinds of creative projects for all of you!!!

One of the make and takes was a cute notecard set… (thank you!!!! Meg Loven) and I took the notecard set and added a few Marie touches…  This will be one of the projects for May’s Northshore Crafter’s Guild Stamp-a-sack !!!  I wanted to make this notecard set elegant… so I pulled out my edgelets and pearls and kept things understated (sometimes that is best…)…

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This is a very simple and inexpensive project that packs a whollop!  Imagine receiving a set of 5 notecards in a very nice and elegant box…  The ribbon acts as a bellyband to keep the box shut… I think I will also add a small circle of velcro to the flap so that you can close the box and it will stay shut…

Ohh and we are going to learn a new technique at the Northshore Crafter’s Guild Stamp-a-sack… coloring glitter paper!  (here’s the tag – see the silver glitter paper colored pool party on the tag???!!!)

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su card set tag

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Oh and here’s a close up of the notecard front – the notecards are full sized (5 1/2″ inches by 4 1/4″ inches)… so pretty with the pearl and the pool party ribbon from sale-a-bration:

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su card set front

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Really quick – here’s how I placed the oval embossing folder on my card… you have to do two things for this to work… open the card so that it lays flat and then center the  embossing folder in… this way you won’t get creases on the back side of the card !

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Here’s the supply list if you wanted to order ahead of the May Northshore Crafter’s Guild Stamp-a-sack…

125601 – Adorning Accents Folder

125595 – Adorning Accents Edgelits

123130 – Designer Frames Folders

126702 – Trust God Clear Stamp Set

119247 – Pearl Basic Jewels

12407 – Attic Boutique Designer Series Paper ($4.95 on clearance rack… hurry to get this!!!)

The color I used was pool party (and this color is in the new 2013-2014 annual catalog in the subtles color group)… phew this was one of my favorites!!!
Enjoy and hope YOU can try this one… it is very easy and quick…

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Fast and Fabulous – God’s Art Through Flowers

Well… it’s Monday … are you in a food coma from Sunday’s Easter Dinner?… Luckily I am Weight Watching (ha ha sometimes I do more watching my weight go up instead of watching what I eat) and I thought I would stamp out the Monday Grumpies by making a beautiful card to get my heart in the right place!!! How many of you got the Monday Grumpies?  Well… it was hard to get grumpy while making this card and it was really quick… so grab your four petal flower punch from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch pack, a sheet of basic pearls and your Designer Frames embossing folder and let’s get our hearts in the right place :)…

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Do you ever realize that when God does Art it is on something REAL?  People, Animals, Plants, Sea Life… these are real living things and God is quite an artist isn’t he?  Just to even look at the beauty in each petal of a flower is amazing… so let’s see if we can create beautiful flowers today… little tiny ones that melt your heart…

Ok set your timers because this card is going to be really quick!!!

1. Cut pool party cardstock 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″”… fold in half (4 1/4″) so that you have a SQUARE vertical card.  Use a bone folder to fold – it looks nicer…

2. Punch 10 tiny four petal flowers using very vanilla cardstock.  Using a sponge dauber inked with pool party ink, lightly sponge each petal of the four petal flower.  Sponge both sides of each flower this way.

3. Take one of your favorite phrase stamps – I used a stamp from the 126702 – Trust God stamp set –  and stamp the phrase on very vanilla cardstock using pool party ink.  Punch the phrase out using the large oval punch.

4. Take your oval designer frame and emboss the oval so that it is horizontally centered and towards to top of the card front.

5. Make a bow out of pool party Seam Binding Ribbon and attach a small antique brad to it.  Leave about 4 inches of ribbon for each tail of the bow.

That’s it… now assemble the card!  (see I told you this one was easy breezy!)

6. Assemble the card:

-Using a glue dot or two, place the very vanilla oval shape that has your phrase stamped on it into the oval embossed shape on the card front.

– Using a few glue dots, place the bow towards the left top of the embossed oval on the card front.  Place three glue dots spaced evenly on the top of the oval embossed shape.  Take the right bow tail and ruffle the ribbon and attach ribbon to each glue dot, ruffling as you go.  Place three glue dots spaced evenly on the bottom of the left side of the embossed oval.  Take the left bow tail and ruffle the ribbon and attach ribbon to each glue dot, ruffling as you go.  For the left tail, you can use one more glue dot and fold tale backwards as I did to create a billowy look…  this will also balance out the cluster of flowers you will have…

Hint:  Go here and watch this video if you are still confused how to do the ribbon:  http://blog.ribboncarousel.com/2012/09/spotlight-tutorial-ruffled-ribbon-jak.html

– Using your scoring stylus tool, press down on the middle of each of the 10 four petal flowers and fold up the four petals so that they are around the scoring stylus tool… this gives the flowers dimension…

– Using the glue dots, adhere each four petal flour to the right bottom side of the oval.  You can arrange the tiny flowers so that they do not look too clustered together…

– Now for the magic – ready – take your dazzling diamond adhesive glue and delicately dot a word you want emphasized on your oval stamped phrase.  I delicately dotted the word God’s and the word art for my card.

– Take your dazzling diamond adhesive glue and delicately dot the inside of each of the 10 tiny four petal flowers.  Let the adhesive set for 2-3 minutes.

– Take the smallest pearls from your basic pearls sheet and place a small pearl in the middle of each of the 10 tiny four petal flowers.  I only did 8 and left two with just dazzling diamond adhesive glue to add dimension a bit.

– Let dry for a few minutes – then using the corner rounder punch, round off each corner of the card…

Here’s what my flowers looked like:

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Voila – You are done!

Inkspirations:

– Make an envelope for the card, use the oval designer frame embossing folder and emboss where the send to address would go…  use a scallop border punch to make the top envelope edge look fancy!

– Add a small vellum butterfly to the cluster of flowers…

– Color in the pearls before you place on card to add more dimension…

Enjoy and hope YOU can try this one… it is very easy and quick…

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Fast and Fabulous – God Pulls Us Through Life

When I think of Easter, I think of how lucky I am to be so blessed.  I think of how God knows already what the future lies ahead for me… all I have to do is believe in Him and follow His ways and let Him pull me through this amazing life… kinda like how a child pulls a pull toy… Today is a very special day for Christians all around the world… let us rejoice in Him and thank Him for His never ending grace, love and faithfulness…

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God is Love Wagon

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I made this to symbolize the way God pulls us so beautifully through life… the designer paper is from the clearance rack – Attic Boutique… the rest is from the 2012-2013 Annual Catalog – Calypso Coral Ruffled Ribbon, Antique Brads (wheels), Silver Glimmer Paper (wheels) , Early Espresso Cardstock (wheels), Petite Pennants Builder Punch, medium size clear cellophane treat bags, Fancy Favor BigZ Die, basic pearls – large size.  Flower Trim from Spring Catalog.

Here’s an even better idea for a wagon: http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/create_nola/blog?directBlogUrl=%2Fblog%2F2027183%2Fentry%2Fhappy_easter_everybunny1

Have a great Easter!

Enjoy and hope YOU can try this one… it is very easy and quick…

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Fast and Fabulous – Hue-ific Butterflies

Color is such an amazing thing and we humans certainly respond differently to each color.  Color surrounds us everyday of our lives.  Each color conveys a feeling.  The psychology of color evaluates what each color portrays.  It’s suggested that the color red creates the feeling of excitement, strength, sex, passion, speed, and danger. While green gives more of a relaxing feeling.  Green is also suggestive of nature and freshness.

Using a blue hue – you can generate a relaxed feeling with your card by simply accentuating the color blue…  I used a popular technique of placing butterflies on cardstock and coloring a pearl for the head.  I added a sweet touch by using the framed tulips embossing folder to emboss just the top and bottom of the cardstock to soften the look a bit… this would be a neat card for a birthday, thank you or even a celebration card…

Here’s an awesome color theory chart:

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Using colors, you can create very very simple and quick card that packs a nice punch… this one takes about 10 minutes (seriously) to make.

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butterfly hues

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Ok… this one is going to be quick… so don’t go anywhere!  Grab your elegant butterfly punch… if you don’t have one… don’t worry I have lots!  You can order your 127526 elegant butterfly punch here.

Believe it or not, this took me about 10 minutes to make!:

1. Cut very vanilla cardstock 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″”… fold in half (4 1/4″) so that you have a vertical card.

2. Cut a very vanilla cardstock 5″ x 3 3/4″ – this will be your face of the card.  Emboss the card with the framed tulips embossing folder so that only the top and bottom of the card have the framed tulip boarder.

3. Take your elegant butterfly punch and punch two butterflies of each color:  pool party, marina mist and island indigo.

4. Take your pearl basic sheet and color the largest pearls using the stampin’ write markers – two of each color:  pool party, marina mist and island indigo.  Let dry a minute.

5. Using a stamp that fits in the large oval punch, stamp a phrase (or use MDS to make a phrase)… and then using the large oval punch punch it out.

That’s it… now assemble the card!  (see I told you this one was easy breezy!)

6. Assemble the card:

-Wrap Linen Thread three times around the 3 3/4″ x 5″ very vanilla embossed card at the bottom… secure the ends using a glue dot in the back of the card.  Snip a small piece of Linen Thread and tie the three strands together at the front left of the card. snips the ends of the knot so that they are even in size.

– Center and affix the 3 3/4″ x 5″very vanilla card onto the very vanilla 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ card using snail adhesive or glue dots.

– Using the glue dots, adhere each butterfly to the card making two columns, three rows of butterflies… keep the lightest color butterfly at the top and the darkest at the bottom… this will give a light and airy feel to the card.  Space the butterflies in each column so that they come above and below the framed tulips embossing.

– Take your oval card phrase and adhere to the middle bottom of the card.

– Take the large basic pearls and adhere them to the butterflys – match the color on the pearl to the color of the butterfly.

Voila – You are done!

Inkspirations:

– Try different colored designer series paper instead of solid cardstock or try using papers from magazines…

– Add a butterfly to the right inside of the card…

Enjoy and hope YOU can try this one… it is very easy and quick…

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Fast and Fabulous – Gossamer Lace Flowers for Mom

I just adore the Gossamer Lace wooden stamp from Stampin’ Up! and I wanted to showcase it for a swap I am doing April 5th… soooo… I thought to make a flower out of the stamped image… purple is my favorite color – periwinkle to be exact (the best crayola crayon on the planet and I have one!) … So I took the Gossamer Lace stamp and did something unique… Do you like how I balanced the card out… when you are working with a larger stamp/ embellishments, it’s really important to balance the card out and help the eyes draw to the important pieces of the card while filling the card out in a balanced way with smaller embellishments…  I also used the medallion from artistic etchings to give the butterfly a little umph!

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Gossamer Flowers

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Alright… grab your whisper white craft ink pad and make sure it is inked up real juicy… also grab the lucky limeade and elegant eggplant ink pads… now we are in for a real treat!  I did outline the dotted green flourishes and butterfly head using very tiny dots of dazzling diamond glue…

One BIG hint here: After you cut the gossamer lace flower shape out and snip the flower petals, you will need to use a bone folder tip to curl the edges of the flower petals… this is a delicate operation and just be patient and curl gently… especially the smaller flowers… and over a few seconds you can get a nicely curled edge.

Believe it or not, this took me about 30 minutes to make!:

1. Cut three elegant eggplant cardstock 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″… Stamp the Gossamer Lace stamp image using whisper white ink on each cardstock and set aside to dry.

2. Cut wisteria wonder cardstock 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.  Stamp the Gossamer Lace stamp image using whisper white ink.  Punch a large elegant butterfly using the elegant butterlfy large punch, set aside to dry.

3. Cut whisper white cardstock 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and score it at the 4 1/4″ to make a card.

4. Using the smaller flourish in the flowering flourishes stamp set and lucky limeade ink, stamp the image onto the whisper white card stock.  Make sure you leave a little room at the top for the large gossamer flower we are going to make.

5. Take the elegant butterfly and using elegant eggplant ink and the medallion stamp, stamp the medallion onto the butterfly punch shape.

6. Make a large gossamer flower by cutting out two of the gossamer lace shapes.  Make the petals by snipping each lace ruffle… stop at the smaller lace flower inside the gossamer lace stamped image.  You should have eight (8) petals per flower with the rose image at the top of each petal.  Take your bone folder and gently curl the edges of each petal.  Glue the two flowers together either using mono adhesive glue or a few glue dots.  Place the large vintage faceted button in the middle of the flower using a glue dot.  Place a large pearl in the middle of the vintage faceted button.

7. Make the two smaller flowers by cutting out the gossamer lace flower – the smaller flower inside the lace image.  You should have one flower that is wisteria wonder color and the other flower that is elegant eggplant.  Make the petals by snipping each lace ruffle… stop at the smaller lace flower inside the gossamer lace stamped image.  You should have eight (8) petals per flower with the rose image at the top of each petal.  Take your bone folder and gently curl the edges of each petal. Place the large vintage faceted button in the middle of the flower using a glue dot.  Place a large pearl basic in the middle of the vintage faceted button.

8. Make a bow using 7″ of the wisteria wonder ruffled ribbon.  Make sure you have long tails on the bow.. you will use the tails to frame the oval punched shape.

9. Take the Large Oval punch and punch the oval at the bottom right of the card.

10. Take the for my wonderful mother stamp from the delightful dozen stamp set and stamp the image onto elegant eggplant cardstock using whisper white craft ink.  Set aside to dry and then punch out using the Large Oval punch.

12. Assemble the card:

– Take the large gossamer flower and place at top of the flowering flourish on the white cardstock.

– Take the butterfly and fold in the middle and attach to card on left using a glue dot.

– Take the two gossamer lace small flowers and attach to the flowering flourish – one flower on each side of the card using a glue dot.

– Take the wisteria wonder bow and attach using a glue dot to the left side of the oval shape on the whisper white cardstock.  Take the glue dots and place three glue dots along the top of the oval and take one of bow tails and affix making a ruffled look.  Take the glue dots and place three glue dots along the left and bottom side of the large oval on the whisper white cardstock.  Take the remaining bow tail and affix making a ruffled look.

– Take the “for my wonderful mother” stamped oval and place inside card lining up with the oval punched out shape on the whisper white cardstock.

– Take the dazzling diamond glitter glue and embellish the flourish – I used tiny dots on the dotted flourishes and a larger dot for each dot on the large flourish.

– Take the dazzling diamond glitter glue and embellish the butterfly by giving the butterfly a sparkly head.

Inkspirations:

– Try making the gossamer lace flowers with tissue paper…

– Try different color schemes.

Enjoy and hope YOU can try this one… it is very easy and quick…

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