Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Christmas Card | Winter Scene Shaker Card


I'm sharing a CAS shaker card with you today as the weather turns colder here in North Carolina! This design features a simple diecut image, an ink-blended background and lots of shimmer with the shaker bling!

I designed the house scene in PowerPoint, uploaded it into the Cricut Design Space and die cut it from heavy 100# white card stock. I glued/stacked two of the pieces together to ensure stability and then cut this panel again with my Big Shot using a dotted rectangle die (3.75" x 5"). I stamped the sentiment on the front using my MISTI and adhered a piece of acetate to the back of this panel. I blended an aurora borealis night sky with Distress Oxide Inks, sprayed it generously with shimmer  mist and placed it under a heavy book to dry.

I adhered the sky panel onto the center of a horizontal top-folding A-2 card base, backed the acetate panel with foam tape, and added a scoop of shaker fill into the center of the card. I carefully pressed the acetate shaker window into place to finish. One quick tip (and this is just personal preference) - I did glue several stars onto the sky panel before assembly so that when the card stood upright there would still be some scattered in the scene - if you don't do this, most of the filler will generally fall to the bottom of the shaker area and I like a bit to stay suspended.

Thanks so much for stopping by today - I really appreciate your comments : )

I would like to submit this card in the following challenges:


Sunday, November 3, 2019

Pop-Up Window Gift Card | Ellen Hutson - Voices In My Head/A Breve Note | A Place To Start Challenge "Caffeinated Tones"

I can't wait to share this fun pop-up window gift card with you! I've mixed 'n matched a ton of products for this project, which focuses on the colors of coffee for A Place To Start's current November Color Challenge - "Caffeinated Tones". This beautiful, neutral palette is shown below:

I decided that I wanted to use some new-to-me stamp sets from Ellen Hutson and the creative designer, Julie Ebersole, for this pop-up gift card - "Voices In My Head" and "A Breve Note". I also wanted to create something that would hold a Starbuck's Gift Card and decided to use a pop-up window for the design. 

I cut a 4.25" x 5.5" panel of chocolate brown textured card stock and adhered it to the front of an A-2 top-folding white card base. I created a coffee-stained background by stamping a pattern with VersaMark Ink onto a piece of kraft card stock measuring 4" x 5.25". I partially die cut a rectangle in the middle of the panel (on three sides only) and scored the flap in three places to create the slider panel. A small half circle was cut from the top with a 3/4" punch.

The face and coffee cup were stamped in chocolate brown dye ink onto cream card stock, colored and fussy cut; a light application of Wink of Stella was added. I wanted the coffee cup to float above her head and so I attached the two with a thin piece of acetate. I die cut 2 vellum speech bubbles from Julie Ebersole's "High Five" Set and lightly blended Antique Linen Distress Oxide Ink onto the back of one die cut. I prepped the other with my anti-static powder tool, stamped part of a sentiment with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it with white powder. I then carefully glued the two vellum die cuts together, placing glue only behind the embossed letters. This gave my vellum some structure while retaining a bit of transparency.

I cut a small panel from the same cream card stock (3.125" x 4.75") and stamped the sentiment "This One's On Me" at the top along with a few coffee beans. I added a small circular "Pull" tab at the top of the cream panel to finish and adhered it behind the kraft window panel (only at the bottom) with strong double-sided tape.

The face/coffee cup group was glued onto the bottom only of the kraft window panel and the speech bubble was slipped in behind. You want to be sure not to adhere anything to the area above the center scored fold line or else it will not pop-up when the reveal tab is pulled! Small strips of foam tape (double thickness) were adhered to the back of the kraft panel on three sides and this entire panel was pressed into place on top of the card base. I put the Starbuck's Gift Card under the slider and finished off the front with an assortment of coffee-colored sequins.

I really like the simple graphic style of this card and the 3-D pop-up effect works very well here!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I appreciate your comments!

This card is also entered into the following challenges:

Also submitting this card over on the wonderful Coffee Lovers Blog Hop - thanks to all of the great sponsors for this season's event! (And a big thanks to Amy Tsuruta and Chaitali Narla as the co-hosts and organizers of this amazing hop!)


Friday, November 1, 2019

Thanksgiving Card | Cut It Up! Challenge #186 - "Thankful/Thanksgiving"


Thanks so much for stopping by today! I'm so excited because this is my first Design Team submission for the "Cut It Up!" Challenge Blog! The challenge theme is Thankful/Thanksgiving while also using the "smooshing" ink technique. I decided to focus on an autumn color palette in combination with this beautiful sunflower SVG that I chose from Scrappy Dew, who is our prize sponsor for this fun challenge. Cut It Up! Challenges have great themes but do require using some type of die cut(s) in the projects and I know that for most paper crafters, this is a given! 

I used the simple sunflower design from the "Happy Fall Y'all" set but resized and reshaped some of the petals in the Cricut Design Space to create the multiple layers necessary to give this flower face a lot of depth. I die cut multiples of each layer on heavy weight white card stock and set them aside. 

Using MFT's now-retired Geometric Star Stencil, I inked it with Antique Linen Distress Oxide Ink, secured it face down and ran it through my Big Shot to make the imprint onto white cardstock; this panel was then die cut with an A-2 stitched rectangle die and adhered to a top-folding card base. I really like the way this gives you subtle color combined with a "letterpress-like" imprint in the background. I cut four rectangles from kraft card stock using MFT's Elegant Rectangle Die-Namics, glued/stacked them together, and adhered this frame to the card front.

Then came the fun part!!! I smooshed Distress Oxides Inks onto my Ranger Craft Mat, sprayed it liberally with water and started smooshing! I have found that this technique works best for me if I only try to combine 1-2 colors together at a time - if I try to add more colors, the end result looks a bit gray/muddy. I let the pieces dry between applications and kept adding layers until I achieved the depth of color I wanted. I then sprayed the flower petals with a gold shimmer mist to give it some additional shine. After everything was completely dry, I hand curled and scored some of the layers to give the flower a bit more detail then I assembled the pieces by gluing everything together from the bottom up! 

I stamped/die cut my sentiment strip, added a small layer of gingham pattern paper and adhered it into place with foam tape. The flower was then glued inside the frame and the card was finished with a few brown sequins and gold baker's twine. 

Head over to Cut It Up! to see the great projects the Design Team has created for this challenge and GET SMOOSHING! Here is a LINK to my recent blog post which shows lots of photos of this  technique in action.

Additional Card Challenges:

Thanks so much for joining me today and I really appreciate you taking the time to comment!


Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Birthday Card | Ellen Hutson - Everyday Doodles & Concord & 9th - Stuck on You


Sharing a festive CAS birthday card featuring a combination of Essentials By Ellen and Concord & 9th Stamp Sets! The color palette is from the current AAA Birthday Card Challenge and I immediately thought of a bright birthday cactus with these "comic-book-like" colored candies!

I stamped the long landscape block (Julie Ebersole's Winterscape Stamp Set) at the bottom of an A-2 top-folding card base with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink. The cactus, balloon and party hat images were stamped, die cut and assembled together. Once I determined placement, I stamped the grass, triangles and sentiment using the MISTI. I popped the cactus/balloon grouping off of the card front with some foam tape to give it some dimension and finished the card with a few shiny green stars. These products really work well together and I can't wait to pop this in the mail!

This card is entered in the following challenges:

Thanks so much for stopping by!