Saturday, October 21, 2017

Autumn Birthday Wishes

Autumn Wishes

A relative has one of "those" milestone birthdays approaching.  
I set out to create something fitting with the colors of Autumn featuring rich warm oranges, reds and yellows.  

  JustRite Papercrafts has a fabulous selection of birthday sentiments in a variety of fonts and styles.  These are stamps that you will reach for year after year because birthday wishes NEVER go out of style. 

For this card I used the following JustRite products: 
JustRite Happy Birthday Sentiments Two - Clear Stamp Set 

My paper choice was from an older collection of Reminisce paper.  I love love love anything plaid and this warm collection satisfies my vision for the Autumn themed Birthday card.  Best of all, the paper is still available.  

After cutting my Graceful Lines Die  , I felt like I needed to add a dab of Distress Ink -Walnut Stain  to the edges of the die to help make them pop.  I felt the die got lost in the plaid pattern with out some sort of bolder accent. 

Here is one more view of the card showing the dimension of the embellishments. 

Thanks for stopping here today.  

JustRite Happy Birthday Sentiments Two - Clear Stamp Set CR-05505
JustRite A2 Graceful Lines Die DIE-05046
Reminisce - Autumn Harvest Collection - Autumn Plaid
Reminisce - Best of Harvest Collection paper pack
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink -Walnut Stain

Friday, October 20, 2017

Halloween Means Candy Corn and Haunted Houses

Candy Corn and Haunted Houses

Are you ready for Halloween yet? 
 I'm almost ready.  Got a few more decorations to put around the house and a couple more cards to make and send.  Then I'll sit back and adore the spooky festivities.  

According to retailers, Halloween is the second largest holiday in  the U.S. in terms of spending.   Well, who can blame us when companies like Spellbinders have hauntingly darling designs for the season? 

I've used only a few of the Spellbinders Halloween dies on these cards but you can see them all right here.  

Here are a few other cards I made using some other amazing dies from Spellbinders.  

Time to share the cards one at a time.  First one is the haunted house card.  I adore the little bats that come with the Spellbinders - Haunted Manor  also.  

The frame die I used for the background of the house was Spellbinders Nestabilities Oval Ironwork EtchedDies - a great die to use for so many occasions.  

This is my candy corn card.  Man I just LOVE candy corn.  Sad that these little nuggets of delight are around just one a year.  
While I realize there are other marshmallow shaped candies available, like pumpkins,  it's gotta be candy corn shaped.  No other shape will do in my opinion. 
All others need to step aside.   

My paper choice for both cars is Pebbles -Midnight Haunting 6x6 paper pad .

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Make A Wish Card - DIY Tutorial

Make a Wish

I received the new stamp releases from JustRite Papercrafts and I'm having a ball stamping to my little heart's delight. 

I combined some stamping with embossing.  

My vision for this card:  
Create a card with a lot of whitespace.  The whitespace will have some texture from an embossing folder.  Add some clean simple stamped sentiments.  

My vision seems easy enough and yet my first attempt failed because I did not think through the process.  I forged ahead and got caught up in the fun creativity (which is a good problem to have I guess).  

And just what was my failure?  
I was having fun embossing with Spellbinders Flourish Stitch Em-bossing Fold'ers Quilt It and liked the way it turned out.  Then I decided to add the perfect finishing touch to the card - a stamped sentiment using JustRite -Happy Birthday Sentiment One -clear stamp.    

Womp Womp....nope - cannot stamp after embossing .  While obvious to most, I simply didn't realize the stamping would not be crisp when added over the raised embossing.  Like I said earlier, I got caught up in the fun creativity.  

I thought I'd share a quick tip/tutorial because of my embossed and stamped combo card failure.  I'm trying to save you some misery, time and products as we learn from my mistakes.  Though I am sure most of you are waaaaayyyyy ahead of me and would not make this mistake. 

First Things First
This card has a few steps to it.  First I created my focal point - the stamped flower image.  I thought this resembled dandelions gone to seed.  I used to love to blow then in the yard to make a wish.   

I used JustRite Watercolor Paper Layering Swatches for my image. This product comes in perfect card size: 4"x 5.25"  and contains 100 sheets of watercolor paper perfect for layering.

After I stamped the image, I set it with Clear Embossing Powder (super fine).  Next I colored my stamp using Watercolor Brushes  and some Tim Holzt Distress Inks. a with a  Seedless Preserves and Peacock Feathers.

Here is my tip for Embossing and Stamping:

Step 1. After your artistic image has been created,  draw a circle in pencil around the stamped image.  This helps you determine where your stamped sentiment will be placed. 

Step 2.  The clear stamps are flexible and I thought the sentiment would look great mirroring the curve of the circle so that's how I placed the stamp on my clear stamp block. 

Step 3.  After the sentiment is stamped, you can then emboss.  I used Spellbinders Flourish Stitch Em-bossing Fold'ers Quilt It.

Here is one last image of the ( successfully) completed card.  
Thanks for stopping today.  
Here is my complete list of products used: 

JustRite -Happy Birthday Sentiment One -clear stamp CR-05504
JustRite Watercolor Paper Layering Swatches
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Seedless Preserves
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxides -Peacock Feathers
Watercolor Brushes
Clear Embossing Powder (super fine)
Clear Embossing Ink
Heat It- Heat Gun Embossing Tool
Misti Stamping Tool - (Most Incredible Stamping Tool) 
Spellbinders Flourish Stitch Em-bossing Fold'ers Quilt It by Lene LokSKU: SES-013

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Enchanting Halloween Shaker Card Made With LOVE Plus Handy TIP

For the Love of Halloween! 

Here's an enchanting card I made with love. 
Clearly many folks love all things Halloween. 
It's wild popularity has some websites suggesting it to be the second biggest holiday next to Christmas. 

Count me as one of those folks who adores the decorations and festivities of this quirky, fun holiday. 
Spellbinders has given us Halloween fanatics some hauntingly wonderful products to celebrate the season.  

I created a shaker card to send to a family member enchanted by Halloween.  I thought the Spellbinders - Nothing But Love Stamp  by Tammy Tutterow would be a cute twist to use on the background of my card.  After all, it's all about the LOVE of all things Halloween. 

Scroll down the blog post and I'll share my handy recycle tip and money saving for shaker cards. 

These are the Spellbinders products I used:

Here is a better image to show the dimension of this card. 
And aren't those bats simply darling? 

Handy Shaker Card Tip
Don't have any acrylic to make a shaker card?  This is what I do....I eat the rest of the baked goods I bought for the family - this one happens to be the beloved cheese danish.  Just wash and dry and instantly I have acrylic that's proudly been recycled.  

Better yet, have a friend over and share the goodies.  Eat, laugh and make a day crafting together creating Spellbinders shaker cards.  

Look at the top of the container....all that lovely usable acrylic begging to become a shaker card.  

The possibilities are endless - baked goods, fresh fruit and veggies, packaging from your crafts and crafting the house high and low, then eat up! 
.....but  PLEASE be mindful of products with allergens like peanuts if you are giving cards to others.   

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a bewitching Halloween season.  

Shapeabilities Witch on Broom Holiday 2017 Etched Dies  S4-834
Spellbinders - Nothing But Love Stamp Set Happy Grams #4  by Tammy Tutterow SBS-153
Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Heart Die S4-136