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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Nothing but crumb (cake)s

I've been fascinated by crumb cake recently.  It seems like every inspiration card I pin has a crumb cake -- or kraft -- base. So this week, I took a previous design and remixed it in all crumb. Take a peek!

Stamp sets:
  • Hearts a Flutter
  • Sweet Essentials

    • Crumb Cake (edges of the top layer)
    • Versamark (everything else)

      • Crumb Cake card base, 4" x 5 1/4" layer, plus scrap for pennant
      • Hearts a Flutter framelits
      • Linen thread
      • Clear embossing powder and heat tool
      • Dimensionals (my layer is popped up -- you can use either the dimensionals or snail to hold the ends of your twine)
      I love reinventing a design by changing out the colors, and challenge you to remix one of your favorites this week. Let me know how yours turn out! 

      Friday, March 29, 2013

      You are headed in the right direction...hopefully!

      I needed this card yesterday when I started to create it...just a little bit of encouragement that I was on the right track!!  I had a different color scheme, completely different layout, 3 butterflies, and I didn't know which way I was headed.  I do wish I would have run my Primrose Petal layer through the Polka Dot embossing folder before I glued it all down, but I finally made it to a finished product, so I'm calling it done!  I hope we are all headed into the proper direction of SPRING!!!!

      • Very Vanilla card base
      • Raspberry Ripple card stock cut to 4 1/2" by 3 1/4"
      • Primrose Petals card stock cut to 4 1/4" by 3"
      • Very Vanilla card stock cut to 3 1/2" by 1/2" and cut into a banner
      • Very Vanilla card stock cut to 4" and cut with the scallop border punch
      • Bitty Butterfly punch
      • Elegant Butterfly punch
      • Basic Pearls colored with Sharpie
      • Print Poetry Designer Series Paper
      • Wishes Your Way Stamp set
      • Raspberry Ripple ink pad
      Baker's Tip:  To get the shadowed layer look to the butterfly, cut the Raspberry Ripple butterfly in half, and adhere it to the DSP layer so that is shadowed.

      Thursday, March 28, 2013

      Blooming With Kindness

      Blooming with Kindness; How could you not like a stamp set with a name like that?! Well this was another one of those sets that I didn't care for when I first saw it in the catalog. Fortunately, my upline, Kim, was kind enough to loan me hers. I borrowed it to CASE (copy) a card, and then I designed my own, using a layout from Freshly Made Sketches. I now like this flower, it's a gentle flower, it's a kind flower! Alright, enough of my cheesy talk. Check out what I made with this flower.

      I used the emboss resist technique on the flower. I stamped the image with Versamark ink onto Whisper White card stock, sprinkled on clear embossing powder, and then heat set it with my heat tool. I then sponged on Certainly Celery ink, starting from the flower center and working out.

      My butterfly didn't photograph the way I would have liked, but I promise in person it's gorgeous! I used a piece of shrink plastic (I think a milk carton would work well too), and cut out a butterfly with my Beautiful Butterflies die. I used Crystal Effect over the entire butterfly and swirled in small bits of Tangerine Tango reinker with a straight pin. If you have more patience than me, you won't have to make three of them because you touched it before it dried. Take my advice and walk away for a little bit.

      • Stamps: Blooming with Kindness
      • Paper:
        • Whisper White card stock - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" (card base) and 3 1/4" x 3 1/4"
        • Certainly Celery card stock - 3/4" x 5 1/2"
        • Tangerine Tango card stock - 1" x 5 1/2"
        • Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper - 2" x 4 1/4"
        • Clear (translucent) Shrink Plastic
      • Ink:
        • Certainly Celery ink pad
        • Tangerine Tango reinker
        • Versamark pad
      • Tools & Accessories:
        • Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
        • Beautiful Butterflies Bigz die
        • Crystal Effects
        • 3/8" Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon
        • Rhinestone Basic Jewels
        • Clear Embossing Powder
        • Heat Tool
        • Stampin' Dimensionals

      Wednesday, March 27, 2013

      Vanilla Flower Trim Card

      Love the flower trim but wish it came in different colors?  Easy.  Get out some ink and sponges and get to work.  You can easily dye the Vanilla Flower Trim by sponging on any ink color you would like.  I saw this trick at Stampin' Up!'s Leadership Conference in January and again in our demonstrator only magazine "Stampin' Success".  You can also use a combination of ink from an ink refill and rubbing alcohol with a Stampin' Spritzer which gives you a quicker drying time.
      For this card, I cut the flowers apart and sponged Primrose Petals ink onto the Vanilla Flower Trim.  I used Primrose Petals instead of the Regal Rose background because I wanted the flower color to be darker than the background layer.  You can use whatever you feel would work best for your card. Just keep adding as much color as you feel is necessary for the right hue on your flowers.  I love how the vanilla color shows through from the flower trim!  I used the stamp set "Fabulous Florets" for the stem and leaves in Wild Wasabi.  I then added the sponged flowers with glue dots and a greeting from the stamp set "Word Play" in Early Espresso ink.  To add a bit of dimension to the card, I popped up the Regal Rose layer with dimensionals.
      Detailed view of sponged flower trim
      So grab some sponges, ink or ink refills and Vanilla Flower Trim and start playing today!  You never know what you will come up with next.  Enjoy!
      Card similar to Stampin' Success example suing Daffodil Delight on Vanilla Flower Trim

      Fabulous Florets stamp set #123025 WM or #123027 CM
      Word Play stamp set for greeting #120308 WM or #120651 CM
      5/8" Vanilla Flower Trim from Spring Catalog #126869
      Stamping Sponges #101610

      Tuesday, March 26, 2013

      Betsy's Blossoms

      Whenever I have a difficult time coming up with an idea, I search for a challenge blog for some inspiration. This week I was inspired by Create with Connie and Mary. It was actually quite a challenge.



      • Stamps: Betsy's Blossoms, Pennant Parade
      • Paper: Whisper White - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
        • Not Quite Navy - 5 1/4" x 4"
        • Marina Mist - 5" x 3 3/4"
      • Ink: Daffodil Delight, Not Quite Navy
      • Tools & Accessories: Jewelry Tag Punch, Basic Pearls, Dimensionals, Whisper White Grosgrain stitched ribbon, Itty Bitty Punch Pack (flowers)

      Monday, March 25, 2013

      Magnificent Monday - Simply Circles

      Magnificent Monday Guest: Tamara Bertram!

      Happy Monday!
      I hope you all had a relaxing weekend!  I certainly did .... I managed to spend a little time in my craft room putting together all the extra templates that I had cut for my Spring Stamp-A-Stack last weekend.  The card I'm sharing today was the 5th card I designed ... with only 15 hours to spare *lol*.  While I HAD a 5th project in mind I wasn't happy with it.  I wanted something bright, cheery, quick and easy.  I have been on a real "neutrals" roll lately and was craving some spring brightness.  Time was of the essence!  No time to over-think anything ... and that's usually when I come up with my favorite cards ... when I just "go with the flow" and create what my heart desires.  Here is what I came up with:
      What could be easier than a pack of DSP and some punches?  This cards is PERFECT for any age, either gender and most occasions ... my kind of card!
      I started with the standard 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" Whisper White card base and added a layer of Whisper White measuring 5 1/4" x 4".  I used the Polka Dot Parade DSP and punched out circles with my 1 1/4" circle punch.  I then used my 3/4" circle punch to make the smaller Rich Razzleberry, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight circles.  I popped the Daffodil and Red circles up on Dimensionals and added a heart (using the small heart punch) to the Real Red circle.  3 small rhinestones finish off the design and really work well with the polka dot pattern.  I used the sentiment from Friendly Phrases in Pacific Point.  Part of the fun of making this card was playing around with it and changing up the patterns of the double sided DSP.  Here are the variations I made:
      That's it!  I cracked off 10 of these in about 45 minutes.  I'm now ready for the plethora of birthday cards needed for the kids' friends that always come this time of year!
      So the next time you need a card just grab a pack of DSP that calls to you, a few of your favorite punches and play away!  Don't over think it, just have fun! 
      Thank you to Deena and the Pink Paper Bakery Ladies for inviting me to share my project(s) with you.  I hope you like them and draw some inspiration from them.  Have a stampy day!
      Thanks for sharing with us, Tamara!

      Saturday, March 23, 2013

      Pigeonholing punches

      I promise to get back to actual CARDS soon, but here in my part of the bakery, I'm in full-on spring cleaning mode. After I sorted all my scrap paper, I was inspired to pull out some stamp sets that I haven't used in a while and purge some retired ink pads. That left me with space to reorganize the rest of the craft closet!

      (Just a note -- you can't see my ink or clear mount sets in this picture. We'll save that joy for another day.)

      What was left was a beautifully ordered work space, with only one problem: Punches. I LOVE using punches, and I have a ton. I had them stacked up on the top shelves here, in front of the stamp sets and card bases. Every time I needed something, I had to move the stacks. Sometimes, I'd knock them over and send them all flying -- which is not a good thing with punches. (Note to husband: I have no idea how that chip got knocked out of the desk. La la la.)

      I figured out that the middle shelf on the right was exactly the right height for vertically filed large punches. Aha! But how to make it so that I could see them, retrieve them, but not lose a toe?

      Enter the thrifty stamper. See this gorgeous and matching tray?

      Yeah, it's a shipping carton. I marked it all the way around at 2.5" and then used a ruler to draw a line before cutting off the top of the box with a craft knife. Then I added some packing tape to reinforce the corners. I lined the bottom with a piece of the white card from DSP packaging, and covered the outside with strips of DSP (the main is one piece of 12x12, cut down to 2.5" strips). I then cut some coordinating 6x2.5" strips and marked 1.5" in on both ends of the top. I used those marks to cut a diagonal line with my trimmer -- from the bottom corner on each end to the 1.5" mark on the top edge -- and then used the scallop border punch to dress it up a little. Those pieces reinforce the corners, add a little flair, and cover up the part of the box that the strips didn't reach :-).

      Ready for my close-up
      Finally, I punched a curly label out of the contrast paper and hand-wrote a label. (I also made a matching label for the scrap box. Go me!)

      Now my punches are corralled, my cabinet is welcoming and well-ordered, and I can get back to the part of my hobby I love best: Ordering more stuff Making cards!

      The DSP I used here is retired: Everyday Enchantment. I'm sure you can find something in YOUR stash that would work.

      Friday, March 22, 2013

      Birthday Gift Tag

      I was playing around with my Oval Accent Bigz Die the other day because I couldn't remember why I bought it in the first place.  I tend to buy the Bigz Dies because they are the thicker plates that are capable of cutting cardboard and chipboard and aluminum and various other fabrics and textiles.  It is a little too big to use the whole piece on a card, but I discovered that you can cut a strip of paper and run it through your Big Shot so that it only cuts one end of the paper, leaving you with a very cute tag shape!

      (Please excuse my cropping here.  My mouse was not cooperating with me this morning!)

      • Oval Accent Bigz Die
      • Big Shot
      • Whisper White card stock cut to 2 7/16" by 4 1/4"
      • Patterned Party Stamp Set
      • Itty Bitty Banners Stamp Set
      • Pacific Point, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Wild Wasabi, So Saffron, and Basic Gray markers
      • Pacific Point Bakers Twine
      • 1/2" circle punch and a hand held circle punch
      • Real Red card stock
      • dimensionals

      Thursday, March 21, 2013

      Color Challenge Card

      Sometimes a card challenge helps to spark my creativity. I found a great color challenge over at Fab Friday. I absolutely love these colors together! The best part is it's a new color combination for me.

      While I was hopping around several of the challenge blogs, I also stumbled onto SUO Challenges, which has an Easter Parade theme. This color challenge was perfect, so I combined the two together!

      Baker's Tip: The pearls and a Vintage Faceted Designer Button to the center of my flowers. I gave them a little color first, with a Sharpie Marker. Immediately after coloring them, I wiped off the gems with a tissue, to lighten the color. Sharpies are permanent, so you have to work fast!

      The flowers were constructed from scallop circle punches. You want to clip every other scallop and curl the petals, before stacking them. I posted a written and video tutorial on my blog for how to make paper flowers, if you need some guidance.

      • Stamps: Delightful Dozen
      • Paper:
        • Sahara Sand: 5 1/2" X 8 1/2"
        • Whisper White: 1 3/4" x 3 3/4"
        • Calyspo Coral: 2pcs 3/4" x 3 3/4"
        • Lucky Limeade
        • Pink Pirouette
      • Ink: Sahara Sand
      • Tools & Accessories:
        • Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
        • Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder
        • Stylus - for curling the flower petals
        • 1 3/4" Scallop Circle Punch
        • Scallop Trim Border Punch
        • Boho Blossoms Punch
        • Basic Pearl Jewels
        • Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons
        • 3/8" Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon
        • Linen Thread
        • Stampin' Dimensionals


      Wednesday, March 20, 2013

      Just Believe With Sympathy Card

      Unfortunately we all need a sympathy card from time to time and I always find them so hard to create.  So as soon as I saw this card layout, I CASEd it from Shana Gaff's Celebrate Today card which can be found here.  I decided to change the direction of the card, enlarge the masking area and add a sympathy greeting instead.  I love how she used rhinestones in the corners instead of brads as I usually have seen on other cards.
      Close Up of reverse masking and flower images
      I love the color combination of Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade and Island Indigo.  It makes any card bright and cheerful, just what we need as Spring officially started today :)

      • Use a framelit to use as your mask.  Or cut out a piece of scrap card stock to use as the mask.
      • Attach your mask/framelit cutout with post-it notes so it won't move while you are sponging.
      • Sponge Island Indigo or another color lightly inside the mask or where you cut out the framelit.  This is actually called reverse masking since you are not masking an image but creating a background or frame.
      • Use markers to ink up your stamp and huff on the stamp set to remoisten the ink before stamping.  Here the flower/leaf/fern image was inked up in Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade and Island Indigo and stamped twice inside the mask/framelit cutout.
      • Remove the mask.
      • Add your greeting.  "With Sympathy" and "a Friend accepts..." was used on these cards.
      • Add Whisper White layer to your card base.
      • Add butterflies cut out from the Butterfly Wings Embosslits in Daffodil Delight and Island Indigo.
      • Add rhinestone jewels in each corner.  Done.
      Close up of reverse masking and flower images
      Just Believe stamp set #116948 WM or #120453 CM
      Loving Thoughts stamp set #125843 WM or #125845 CM (With Sympathy greeting)
      Feels Good stamp set #129681 WM or #129684 CM (a Friend accepts... greeting)
      Labels Collection Framelits #125598
      Butterfly Wings Embosslits #118138
      Stamping Sponges #101610
      Island Indigo ink
      Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade and Island Indigo markers
      Whisper White and Daffodil Delight or Lucky Limeade card stock
      Rhinestone Jewels #119246

      Tuesday, March 19, 2013

      Mixin' it up!

      I needed a thank you card and decided I would cut extra and stock up. Since I hate duplicating cards, I mixed up the batch by using a few different embossing folders and greetings.

      • Stamps: Just Believe, Made For You, Papillion Potpourri
      • Paper: Whisper White - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2', 5 1/4" x 2"
        • Pool Party - 5 1/4" x 2
        • Lucky Limeade
      •  Ink: Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral
      • Tools & Accessories: 1 3/4" Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8 Circle Punch, Bitty Butterfly Punch
        • Bitty Banners Framelits, Fancy Fan Embossing Folder, Cloudy Day Embossing Folder, Honeycomb Embossing Folder, Calypso Coral Ribbon.

      Monday, March 18, 2013

      Magnificent Monday, Punch Art Bunny

      Magnificent Monday Guest: Barb Wetmore!

      Thank you to the Pink Paper Bakers for inviting me to post on their blog!  I have a daughter in college who is working in Florida this semester and with Easter being around the corner, I wanted to send her an Easter card.  Alas, I had no Easter stamps (lots of Christmas and Halloween stamps, but no Easter!).  Fortunately, geometry came to my rescue and I was able to make a bunny out of circles, a collection of Easter eggs out of ovals, and a cute little bunny tail out of the recently released Flower Trim, from the Spring Mini catalog.
      The bunny's ears were also constructed from a circle punch. I punched a 2 1/2" circle out of Very Vanilla card stock; then reinserted the punched circle into the circle punch, and punched only a portion of it.
      I sponged the edges of the bunny in Crumb Cake, and gave his tail a little sponging too!  I embellished the eggs with an embossing folder and Tea for Two Designer Series Paper and sponged their edges in Crumb Cake as well. 

      • Paper:
        • Lucky Lime Aid:  Card base 
        • Pretty in Pink:  4" x 5 1/4"
        • Very Vanilla
        • Tea for Two Designer Series Paper
      • Ink: Crumb Cake
      • Tools and accessories:
        • Dimensionals (under the bunny's body and under the Pretty in Pink embossed layer)
        • 2 1/2"circle punch for bunny's body and ears
        • 1 3/4" circle punch for bunny's head
        • Large oval punch for eggs
        • Flower Trim for bunny's tail
        • Vine Street embossing folder
        • Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder (for eggs)
      Warm regards from a slow-to-get-started-but-now-totally-hooked stamper,

      Barb Wetmore
      Thanks for sharing with us, Barb!

      Saturday, March 16, 2013

      Attacking scrap mountain


      I'm here to make a BIG confession. At the end of play time, I have been throwing my scraps into a giant plastic folder. For six years.

      I'm a pretty thrifty stamper -- I can't bear to throw away card stock that could be used later. And I REALLY love my cardstock and paper. But I am also a color-challenged stamper, and it was getting harder and harder to find anything in the folder of doom.

      Last weekend, I made a discovery that changed everything. See these guys, below?

      These sheets of labels include all the base Stampin Up! colors, including the retired ones. And they're FREE. I found these inside the Label This! My Digital Studio download, which is a freebie.

      Here's the neat part -- you don't need MDS, or any kind of fancy software, to print these. They are in a folder inside the download, listed as samples, and all you have to do is open the file with whatever you would normally use to print a JPG. They are perfectly sized for the Decorative Label punch. I just printed them on plain printer paper, punched them out, and used SNAIL to attach them to the bag. Then I organized the filled bags into a plastic tub I stole repurposed from my teen's room.

      OK, if you happen to be my husband, you should stop reading now.

      **Looks up and whistles innocently **

      Here's a picture of my dining room table, mid-sort. You can see the remaining pile from scrap mountain in the lower right.

       I WISH I could say this took me fifteen minutes, or even an hour. It didn't. It took me most of a Sunday afternoon. I threw away a ton of scrap that I won't use, and I learned a few things:
      • Trim off scrap edges from scallop punches before you file scraps away. They will tear up themselves and others.
      • I will never use colored scraps that are smaller than about 2x2". White and cream, maybe.
      • I can release retired colors. There is always a new color that I love and can use. 
      • Pixie Pink is an exception to the learning above.
      Now that my scraps are easily findable -- they are sorted into individual clear bags, labeled, and alphabetized -- I am actually USING my scraps. I can also pull a bag that matches the project I'm on and take it with me when I go to visit Deena. My time investment up front has paid off already.

      Hope this inspires you to tackle scrap mountain yourself! I'd love to know your ideas, too.

      Friday, March 15, 2013

      Big Love for the Background Butterfly

      Background stamps are not a big part of my stamp arsenal, their size makes for a bit of a challenge when it comes to centering or making sure the entire image gets inked well onto the paper.  But I am falling in love with the butterfly background stamp- Swallowtail.  The image is so big and beautifully detailed.  It looks real when you give it some color and it looks vintagey when you stamp it in a dark neutral tone.  I've seen some awesome cards made with this stamp, but I wanted to come up with a piece of decor.

      Baker's Tips:
      To get the Crumb Cake card stock texture, wet your hands and crumble the card stock into a ball.  Flatten out, and repeat until you get the desired wrinkleness.

      Cut the framelit before you emboss, this way your texture doesn't have to get squished in the Big Shot.  Use a brayer in Marina Mist ink to get the color on the raised design.

      Lightly sponge the flowers and butterflies from the jumbo wheel in Tangerine Tango and Marina Mist to make them pop just a little on the background.

      The third "button" is actually Marina Mist Taffeta Ribbon twisted and rolled into a spiral onto the circle shaped shaker frames.

      •  Swallowtail stamp set inked with Soft Suede Pad
      • Very Vintage jumbo wheel stamp, inked with Crumb Cake pad
      • Labels Collection Framelit dies
      • Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder
      • Sycamore Street Button
      • Vintage Button
      • Linen Thread
      • Natural Trim Ribbon and red sticky tape
      • Tangerine Tango and Marina Mist ink pads for sponging and to color butterfly with a blender pen
      • Brayer
      • Crumb Cake card stock cut to 5 1/4" by 4 1/4"        
      • Basic Black card stock cut to 5 1/2" by 6 1/2"
      • Confetti White Card Stock  cut to about 8" by 10"- depending on the size of your frame.

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