Friday, May 29, 2020

Birthday Card | Cut It Up! Challenge #201 - "Boys Will Be Boys" Masculine Project

Hello There!

I'm so excited to be sharing this masculine project with you today as we start a new challenge at the Cut It Up! Blog: "Boys Will Be Boys!" Our generous sponsor, Wendy from Digital Delights by Louby Lou, is donating a $5 gift code to her on-line store. She provided the digital papers that the design team used to create an amazing group of steampunk-ish inspired projects! Go check'em out!!!

I created a connected gear cover plate with a 1/4" outside frame (in the Cricut Design Space) to fit onto the front of an A2-sized card. I die cut this image twice from heavy-weight dark gray card stock and glued the cuts together. I ink-blended, spattered and dry brushed the gears to add age and metal accents. I decided that I wanted some additional single gears to be attached to the inside of the shaker so I die cut and colored them in the same way.

I printed the digital oxidized/gradated background paper, cut it to size, adhered it to an A2 card stock panel with tape runner and spattered it with gold, copper and silver inks. I used the cover plate to determine where to place the single gear pieces and glued them into place on the background paper.

I adhered a piece of acetate to the back of the cover plate frame with Scor-Tape and added a 1/8" wide strip of double thickness foam tape around the entire outside frame on top of the acetate. I gently rubbed my anti-static powder tool along the inside edge of the exposed foam tape to remove some of the tackiness, blew out the excess powder and peeled off the release paper. I dumped a mix of metal-colored sequins onto the background and gently placed the acetate cover frame on top. The gold heat embossed sentiments were attached to the front with glue dots to finish up the card.

I have never tried a project quite like this before and was happy with the way my finish turned out on the gear pieces - sometimes you just never know??? This is why I like challenges that push you a bit out of your comfort zone! 

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Thanks for spending time with me today and we can't wait to see your masculine projects over on the Cut It Up! Challenge - and don't forget the die cut!


Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Christmas Card | Christmas Card Creations - "Use a Die Cut"


We have another great challenge this month over on the Christmas Craft Creations Blog..."Use a Die Cut". My reminder card uses a lot of coordinating paper in a somewhat non-traditional holiday color palette (which I absolutely LOVE!) Head over to see the wonderful Design Team inspiration projects!

This merry little mouse and gift box were die cut with Cricut images. I added a chunky glitter to the gift bow and adhered it to the box. To add a bit of texture to the mouse, I used a black matte brad for his eye, a piece of ink-blended felt to create the ear and a small pink pom pom for his nose. I tied a piece of red silk ribbon around his neck as a scarf and that finished him up!

All that was left to do was to trim the two pattern papers to size, adhere them onto a top-folding A2 card base and run a length of plush ric rac along the seam. I layered a piece of white card stock onto a dark teal base, attached the mouse/gift with tape runner and mounted this finished panel to the card front with strong two-sided tape. 

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Friday, May 22, 2020

Encouragement Card | Picket Fence Studios - "Sunshine Friends" | Alphabet Challenge "D" is for Dry Embossing

Sending paper hugs out today!

We have a great new challenge beginning today over on the Alphabet Blog - "D" is for Dry Embossing! There are so many different ways to use this technique and the one I chose was to use a stencil as my embossing/printing tool!

I recently bought several of the older "Sunshine Friends" Stamp Sets from Picket Fence Studios and the one I used is called "You Are My Sunshine!", which was released in 2018. This was my first order with Picket Fence and I was so surprised to find a free gift included in my package - the "Triangle Collage Stencil". This is such a nice image and it reminded me of sun rays and so I decided to use it as my sunny background behind the main image! Thanks to the Picket Fence Folks for this lovely gift!

I ink blended my main panel with Fossilized Amber and Wild Honey Distress Oxides, spattered it with pearlized ink and die cut it with an A2 stitched rectangle die; this panel was glued onto a top-folding A2 card base. 

The stencil was lightly inked with the same inks, carefully placed onto a piece of white card stock and run through my die cutting machine - this created an embossed/inked image that has a letter press feel. I spattered this panel, die cut it with MFT's Elegant Rectangle Die and glued it onto the card front. The sunshine girl was stamped, colored and fussy cut. I heat embossed the sentiment with white powder on black card stock and trimmed it to size. I popped both of these images into place with foam tape and added light yellow sequins to the circular points on the embossed stencil. I love that this looks like happiness is radiating around her!

I used the stencil in the traditional way to ink blend a positive background to the inside and it was a cool effect when you opened the card...I love it when a plan comes together! Yippee!

Thanks so much for joining me today and head over to the Alphabet Challenge Blog to see the great projects and inspiration from the Design Team!

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

One Word Wednesday - "HAPPY" | Hello Bluebird - "Bee Happy" Stamp Set

Hey There!

I'm starting a new Wednesday Series that will feature a large one-word focus and today's word is "HAPPY!" I have paired this large die cut (free image to download below) with Hello Bluebird's adorable images and I hope this card will remind the recipient to BEE HAPPY on their birthday!

I used washi tape to create the pattern border stripes at the bottom of an A2 horizontal fold card base. A piece of 3.25" x 5.5" white card stock was embossed with a honey comb pattern, and glued to the card front. I created the word image in the Cricut DS and glued/stacked together three die cuts to give me dimension/stability. 

I stamped, colored and die cut the bee/dandelion images and then adhered them into place. The "happy" die cut was popped into place with foam tape and iridescent enamel dots finished off the card. I just love the cute expression on this bee's face as he lounges on the dandelion! The inside reads: "Happy Bee-Day - Wishing You a Wonderful Birthday!"

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Friday, May 15, 2020

Birthday Card | Sparkles Monthly Challenge "Use a Real Stamp" - Lawn Fawn


Sharing a festive bridge card card with you today that mixes Hero Arts, MFT Stamps and Lawn Fawn products together! I did some friendly bargaining with one of my neighbors and traded some homemade face masks for hand crafted birthday cards; this special creation was designed for her daughter! This is also my DT submission for the new challenge over on the Sparkles Monthly Blog - "Use a Real Stamp (Non-Digi)." 

Using a stencil, I ink-blended a large cloud panel with Salty Ocean DO Ink and spattered it with water. This card ended up being 5.5" x 7" and I trimmed the cloud panel to fit the 5 sides of my scored bridge card base and adhered them in place. I really like how this creates a continuous sky in this scene!

I colored two sets of Hero Arts' Tree Arch Fancy Die and glued stacked them together. Once I determined where I wanted my piñata to hang, I trimmed and scored the trees in order to fit inside. Similarly, I die cut/ ink blended two grassy border panels the scored them the same way to fit behind the trees to give me more dimension. I began the assembly by adhering the grassy panel in place inside the niche using strong two-sided tape and then added the trees in the same way. I LOVE the shadows and depth created by these trees!

The Lawn Fawn piñata was stamped/colored/die cut and hung from the tree with a piece of twine. I cut stitched Ric Rac strips using MFT Stamps' Die in colors to match my piñata and glued them together to create my bottom border. The ric rac band was reinforced by gluing it to a smaller piece of white card stock before adhering it to the card front. This really helped keep the card together since this is the pressure point necessary for stability. The sentiments and sequins were added to finish up the card. 

We can't wait to see your stamping skills over in our Sparkles Monthly Gallery!

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