Girly Graduation Pop-Up Box Card

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Today’s card is my first attempt at a Pop-Up Box card. I am so happy with the card and it was well received. This was a graduation card for a simply wonderful young woman. This was much easier then I was thinking and I found myself wondering why I didn’t make these sooner. I have another similar box underway with the same paper. I have horded this stunning Bo-Bunny paper for ages. I am so glad to have found a project for it. As I was running a little late with the card, as in I had to let it dry on the way to the party, the photos are not the best but, you get the idea.

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I made the box base following the tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers and created the base using Basic Black 12×12 cardstock from Stampin’ Up. I then cut the 12×12 paper from Bo Bunny called Beau Jardin Blush for each panel. The DP panels are .25 smaller then the side so you get the layered look. There are two side of the paper and the dark side I used on the outer side and the light side was used on the inner panels. I mounted the inner panels to Rose Red cardstock from Stampin’ Up.

The accents were created using my Silhouette Cameo out of Basic Black and Rose Red cardstock. Each element is mounted on a piece of acetate using Zots. On the back panel I used Prima Flowers and stamped the sentiment from Mega Mixed Messages by Papertrey Ink.

Side View of the Pop-Up Box Card
Side View of the Pop-Up Box Card

I used a tiny envelope from Hero Arts to hold the cash and used a large Zot to adhere it to the front of the box. Normally I would add Stickles to each element, allow them to dry and then adhere them to the box but I was running late so I stuck everything down and very carefully added the various colors of Stickles. It actually worked out really well,  all things considered.

Pop-Up Box Card-4This card fit a 6×9 envelope which I naturally assumed I had in my “Envelope” drawer but I had nothing large enough. I ran down to our basement and dug through my wrapping supplies until I found a box of old Christmas cards. I found a set that was the same size and grabbed an envelope.

Materials

Paper: Basic Black & Rose Red – Stampin’ Up, DP – Beau Jardin Blush by Bo Bunny

Misc: Black Diamond, Crystal, Picket Fence & Fruit Punch – Stickles, Gems – Hero Arts & Be and my Big Idea, Flowers – Prima, Tiny Envelope – Hero Arts

 

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Pillowcase Dress – A sewing project

As promised, here is the Pillowcase Dress. I really enjoy sewing but I tend to sew in spurts and then forget how to use everything. So, there is always a learning curve. I am endeavoring to sew more regularly through the year so I don’t forget everything. I purchased a new sewing machine earlier this year and it is  wayyyyy more fancy then the machine I used before. My old machine was very basic and had nothing computerized. My mother bought it for me about 20 years ago with her (no joke) Betty Crocker points. Yep – that is right all my early quilting and costume sewing was done on a machine purchased with Betty Crocker points. I also have a serger, which when I can remember how to use it, is simply awesome. Thank goodness for the internet and Google!

For this project I used both my sewing machine and my serger. This was a very easy low risk project and if you are a newbie to sewing I highly recommend giving it a try. I bought a yard of each fabric from Jo-Ann Fabrics. They are simple cotton fabric I picked up in the quilting aisle. You can find the compete directions at Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom: Pillowcase Dress. The directions were pretty straight-forward and easy to follow. I was pretty happy with the results and am planning to make a few more for this summer.

Full View
Full View

I loved the fabric and I was very happy with how they work together. This really was a very easy project and we even had fabric leftover. My model is also very happy with the colors and the finished product.

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Super simple but fun! PS – we are growing out our bangs so forgive the messy look.

Mahalo

Hi – we are super soggy here in Colorado! We have had rain everyday but one this month. It is very unusual for Colorado. It is on this note that I am sharing thoughts of sun and warmth!

Today’s card is a simple thank you card I made awhile back. I used a lot of Perfect Pearls Mist and metallic cardstock on it which gives it a nice subtle shine. The word “Mahalo” is a Hawaiian word meaning thank you or gratitude.

Simple thank you
Simple thank you

I cut the flowers and sentiment with my Silhouette. I tried to make the flowers look a little like plumeria. I have only been to Hawaii once but it was wonderful and filled with wonderful smells and so many flowers.

Plumeria inspired flowers
Plumeria inspired flowers

The centers of the flowers were sponged with Worn Lipstick Distress ink and then sprayed with Perfect Pearls in Perfect Pearl. I shaped the petals by wrapping them around a cuticle stick.

Materials

Ink: Worn Lipstick Distress Ink – Ranger

Paper: Nennah Solar White, Curious Metallic Cover Paper, Orchid Opulence – Stampin’ Up

Misc.: Perfect Pearls Spray in Perfect Pearls – Ranger, Pink Gems – Hero Arts

A pretty simple card today but one of my favorites. I took a cookie decorating class on Craftsy last week and it was awesome! I had a chance to work up a batch and finished them yesterday. I can see I still need more practice but she had some great tips. I will be sharing pictures tomorrow! I also whipped up a simple pillowcase dress for my daughter yesterday and will share that process. It was a great project to get me to drag out my serger, which made it so easy!

See you soon!

 

Weathered Copper – 4 Panel Card

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I have been working on today’s card for quiet sometime. It was like life just kept getting the way of me finishing. I am glad that I have finally finished it and over all I am pretty happy with it! I used the Tattered Angels Naturally Bare Metal in Weathered Copper kit for the background. While I have used a lot of Tattered Angels products this was my first time using this type of kit. I actually found a few of these kits for 1/2 off a few months back and picked up a few. I have experimented with a few of the other kits and I found this one has been the closest to the company supplied images. I love copper and use it in a lot of projects.

Front of the Card
Front of the Card

Initially I had only intended to make this a three panel card like my Absolutely Fabulous card Here but I made a mistake when assembling the card and so it became a four panel card. Sometimes things don’t go as planned and I think you just have to roll with it as best you can.

Front View
Front View

As I mentioned before each panel background was created using the Tattered Angels Weathered Copper kit. I first stamped the French script stamp with Versamark and embossed clear embossing powder. I sprayed the background with Bronze and  Verdigris Glimmer Mists and Splash Chalkboard spray according to the directions. While that was still wet I added Coconut Shell Glimmer Glaze in spots with a paint brush. When dry each panel was mounted to a piece of teal and then brown cardstock.

On the front panel I cut out the branch using the Quickutz Branch Cookie Cutter Border Die. I colored the branch using Indian Summer Glimmer Glaze. The bird was glittered using Antique Bronze Distress Stickles. The flowers were cut using the McGill Inc Mini Petals punch. I wet the center of each flower using an Aqua Brush and then picked up a little Worn Lipstick ink from a Distress Marker. This is a watercolor technique using the Distress Markers. You scribble the marker onto a plastic surface (I use an acrylic stamping block) and then use the ink just like watercolor paint. Once the flower was dry I shaped it using the McGill tools and tweezers. After that I added the round gems in the center.

Front Close-Up
Front Close-Up

The sentiment frame was cut using the Silhouette Cameo and then colored with Indian Summer Glimmer Glaze. The center was aged with Tea Dye and Vintage Photo Distress Dies and the stamps are from the Affection Collection and French Foliage stamp sets from Stampin’ Up.

Glittered Deer
Glittered Deer

The first inner panel features a Distress Crackle Frame with Distress Stickled deer. Again, there are more flowers and the “Forever” sentiment and banner were created by the Silhouette Cameo.

Second Panel
Second Panel

The depth of color on the deer was created using Tea Dye and Vintage Photo Distress Stains and then Rock Candy Distress Stickles was applied on top. I love the Rock Candy Distress Stickles. It just looks so cool and allows the color below to really pop! The frame was sprayed with Bronze Glimmer Mist and then painted with Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint.  Again, another awesome product!

Third Panel
Third Panel

The third panel has another frame cut with the Silhouette Cameo. The quote from Helen Keller is a stamp from Penny Black. The frame was colored with Indian Summer Glimmer Glaze. It has a ton of depth and shine. Again, more flowers.

Fourth Panel
Fourth Panel

The fourth panel has a small space for a personal message and a sparrow. The frame was cut using a nested die set from We R Memory Keepers that was included when I purchased my Genius Platforms for the Epic 6. The sparrow is from Quickutz. I colored the sparrow with Splash Chalkboard Spray and Verdigris Glimmer Mist but once I applied the Broken China Distress Stickles they aren’t really that apparent.

Fourth Panel Close-Up
Fourth Panel Close-Up
Inner View
Inner View

Above you can see the three inner panels together.

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A few different views

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Overall, I really enjoyed creating this card and getting to use a lot of different products and techniques. My camera and I are having a bit of a fight today and so half of these were taken with my lightbox and half were not. Hopefully we’ll work it out before the next post.

Materials

Stamps: Affection Collection, French Foliage & French Script – Stampin’ Up,The Best – Penny Black

Paper: Nennah Solar White, Teal – Recollections, Chocolate Chip – Stampin’ Up

Gems: 2mm Clear Gems, 3mm Amber Gems & 3mm Hot Pink Round Gems – Mark Richards, Larger Clear Gems – Me & My Big Idea

Ink &  Color Products: Antique Linen, Tea Dye & Vintage Photo Distress Ink – Ranger, Tea Dye & Vintage Photo Distress Stain – Ranger, Verdigris & Bronze Glimmer Mist – Tattered Angels, Splash Chalkboard Mist – Tattered Angels, Worn Lipstick Distress Marker – Ranger, Coconut Shell & Indian Summer Glimmer Glaze – Tattered Angels

Dies & Punches: Mini Petals – McGill Inc., Branch Cookie Cutter Border Die & Sparrow (Birds) – Quickutz, Nesting Frame – We R Memory Keepers

Misc.: Antique Bronze, Rock Candy & Broken China – Distress Stickles, Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint – Ranger, Clear Embossing Powder – Stampin’ Up

See you soon!

 

 

Hearts a Flutter

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We are just out from a late Colorado storm, it was a very wet and cold weekend here and many people lost plants and trees. I enjoyed a mellow weekend with my family and was able to finish up some editing from a photo shoot last weekend.

Distress inks and other tools give this card texture and interest.
Distress inks and other tools give this card texture and interest.

On to the cards! I used my Silhouette for the bulk of this card and all the shapes were purchased through the online store.

The “wings” are from an image called Damask Fleur de Lis. I cut the actual Fleur de Lis off and used the damask portion of the image.  I used Adirondack Metallic paint in Gold for the “wings.” The background is Diamond Grunge. The background was colored using Ranger Distress Inks in Tea Dye and Vintage Photo applied with a Ink Blending Tool. The heart  was colored with color mists from Tattered Angels and one made with Distress Ink Re-inkers and Perfect Pearls. Once dry I inked the hear with Versamark and embossed with a light application of UTEE, this gave it a bubbled up metal look. The center band was stamped with Versmark and heat embossed with Distress Embossing Powder in Black Soot. The image is from the Tim Holtz Collection for Stampers Anonymous called French Market.

Gold Winged Heart 1 

Materials

Stamps: French Market – Stampers Anonymous

Ink: Versamark, Tea  Dye, Vintage Photo – Ranger

Paper: Neenah Solar White, Basic Black & Chocolate Chip – Stampin’ Up

Misc.: UTEE – Ranger, Gold Metallic Paint – Adirondack, Distress Embossing Powder – Ranger, Eyelets – Stampin’ Up, Crème de Chocolat Glimmer Mist – Tattered Angels, Fired Brick Reinker & Perfect Pearls Powder

Next up, I have another card featuring a heart and Distress Ink. Other than the birds on this card it is one layer. I used a simple mask technique on this card.

Grey Heart 1

This is truly one of my favorite cards. To start I cut a heart out of a piece of copy paper, using my Silhouette. I then layered that onto a piece of cardstock, taping the mask down. I then stamped the image. Once the image was stamped it used inks to color in the heart, shading it to appear dimensional. Once that had a little time to dry I took my positive image of the heart and placed it over the stamped and inked heart. I then stamped the background script and added the shading with Ink Blending tools and Distress Ink. The birds were cut with the Silhouette and inked with Weathered Wood Distress Ink. The birds were adhered using black foam dots. I added the brad and mounted the card to another sheet of cardstock.

Grey Heart 3

Grey Heart 2

Materials

Stamps: Antique Flower Back ground – Hero Arts, French Script – Stampin’ Up

Ink: Weathered Wood, Vintage Photo, Tea Dye Distress Ink – Ranger, Going Grey – Stampin’ Up

Paper: Neenah Solar White, Dark Chocolate – Papertrey Ink

Misc.: Brads – Stampin’ Up, Black Foam Squares – Therm O Web

I hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day if you celebrate it and have a great week!

A Floral Thank You & Be Happy

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Sometimes I feel like I am always a little behind but I finally got thank you cards out today. I am sharing those thank you cards today. I often get really involved in my cards but I was so late in getting these out and I needed to make six so that led me to make these pretty simple. Having said that I still think that they have a lot of punch and I love the color combination.

With Love exterior of card
With Love exterior of card

I used the Pollen Dust stamp set from Fancy Pants Designs for all of the flowers. I really adore this set and wish that Fancy Pants would do more sets like this one. It is a go-to in my collection. When I am making multiples of the same cards I tend to have two ways to accomplish this. If I have a pretty good idea in my head of the finished product I will make them side by side. That is to say I cut the paper and stamp each at the same time. My other method is to create one card and then replicate it. This is how I made these cards. Once I had my road map I could stamp the flowers in each color much more quickly. So, I stamped the large pink flower on all of the front and inner panels and then the small pink flower and so on.

Inner panel of card.
Inner panel of card.

I also added an inner stamped panel to the card. While it is a little hard to see the flowers have  Stickles or gem embellishments. I had a little trouble with my light to photograph these since it has been rainy and overcast, it feel weird to say that in Colorado but there you are. I may just have to purchase another light for my light box.

Materials

Stamps: Pollen Dust – Fancy Pants Designs, Affection Collection – Stampin’ Up, Fancy Phrases – Waltzing Mouse stamps

Paper: Neenah Solar White Cardstock, Teal Cardstock – Recollections

Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo, Cool Caribbean, Bermuda Bay – Stampin’ Up

Misc.: Cotton Candy, Orange Peel, Crystal – Stickles, Peacock – Recollections Glitter Glue, Pink Gems – Me & My Big Idea, Clear Gems – Hero Arts, Orange Gems – Mark Richards

Glitter and Gold - Be Happy
Glitter and Gold – Be Happy

I am really loving the gold foil fad that is kicking around. For my second card today I used black glitter cardstock and metallic gold cardstock to make a background. I then cut a circle with the text “Be Happy” using my Silhouette Cameo out of another sheet of gold cardstock and mounted that to a plain white sheet. There is a fat glue dot between the layers to give the separation.

I used the Mini Petals McGill punch to cut out the flowers using white cardstock. I colored the flower using my Tim Holtz Distress Markers. Glued them on and added gems.

Materials

Paper: Nennah Solar White, Black Glitter – Recollections, Metallic Antique Gold – Stardream

Misc.: Mini Floral Punch – McGill Inc, Tim Holtz Distress Markers, Gems – Hero Arts

That is it for today – thank you for spending time with me and have a great day.