Friday, June 8, 2018

DIY Snowman Snow Globe Shaker Card - Tips and Video

Summer is finally here and I'm still making snowmen?  Am I crazy?  
Yes - I certainly am - crazy for this die from Spellbinders.  

I have been playing around and experimenting with Spellbinders Elegant 3D Vignettes (dimensional dies) by Becca Feeken.  This particular die is called Grand Dome.  

I created my version of an adorable snowman snow globe card. 
I've been waiting for summer to make an appearance - but I really do love snowmen and snow globes.   Extra fun bonus when I'm making a shaker card. 

Here are the two Spellbinders dies I used for this DIY Snowman Snow Globe Shaker Card:

Here are the papers I used from the Vintage Winter collection by Maja Design:
Fun in the Snow
Winter Joy

The snow globe was created using the cool die from Spellbinders and Becca Feeken - Grand Dome .
The snowman is also a Spellbinders die -  Snowman Builder -  Small Die of the Month Club.

The Spellbinders Elegant 3D Dies by Becca Feeken were designed to help create unique dimensional cards and projects.  This means there are many layers - like a "sandwich".

Quick Video

Here is a quick 30 second video showing the snow globe shaker card in motion. 
I just love making shaker cards. 

Below is a photo of the shaker card "sandwich" needed to make this card.
The die has many pieces - meaning many layers to assemble in order to create the dimensional look.  
My snowballs are actually little foam balls.   They work perfectly here. 

I wanted the snow to shake and fall around the snowman and be a bit more dimensional. 
In order to do that, I have provided my "sandwich" - describing the way I created the layers.  
You can see a close up of the layers in the image below.  

I cut the sweet snowman from the Maja Design Vintage Winter collection and glued him to the side of the shaker snow globe.  

On the second side of the shaker card, I cut the image of the little boy throwing snowballs from the Maja Design paper.   Perfect for my card. 

Thanks for stopping here to see my winter creation.  Now back to Summer....

Here is a link to another dmensional card I made using the Grand Dome -Elegant 3D Dies by Becca Feeken Grand Dome die.   You can see the details of this project here. 
Click here for the link. 

Thanks to Spellbinders also, for selecting me to be a Spellblogger.

Where to shop? 
You can shop for all your Spellbinders dies right here .
You can click here for the Amazing Paper Grace Collection (which includes the Elegant 3D Vignettes collection).
You can find Becca Feeken's dies here .
You can shop for Maja Design papers here.  

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Halloween Spooky Haunted House Shadow Box - Tips and DIY Video

Are you one of the millions of folks who love decorating for Halloween?  
Your in good company.  

I also love Halloween decorations and adore creating projects for the season. 

   Creative Embellishments has an amazing assortment of chipboard pieces for Halloween.  I've created a spooky Haunted House shadow box "vignette" to help feature these products.   
I have a quick 2 min video showing my technique tips.  
Keep scrolling down to see the video.  

In order to create this shadowbox haunted house vignette, I used the following chipboard pieces seen in the image below:
                                      Technique Video
I've created a short 2 min video showing how I created the pieces for this haunted house vignette.

Additional Details

The mummy.  The mummy chipboard piece comes with exquisite details. If you use too much paint, you risk covering up the details of the mummy.  
I used a white wash made from mixing white acrylic paint with a few drops of water.  I also decided to wipe the mummy with a paper towel/cloth instead of using a paint or foam brush.  Why?  I felt both the paint and foam brushes would get paint in the details.  

After he was dry, I glued a few pieces of cheesecloth - the extra creepiness. Cheesecloth is available in craft stores, hardware stores  and even grocery stores.

I thought it would be cute to have the mummy crash through the screen door.  My attempt at scaring away trick-or-treaters - though seriously, who is trick-or-treating at a haunted spooky house locating in a cemetery ?  (cue the spooky music)
I am most certainly not because I am way too busy running away.

The Creative Embellishments -Screen Door 3 has been inked with Vintage Distress Ink. 

The Distressed Wood Signs  The wood signs are the perfect size for this vignette shadow box.  I painted the sign brown,   then dabbed tan and cream colored acrylic paint to lighten it up and provide the appearance of wood grain.  The lighter paints also enabled me to use a black marker for the wording.  

The Tombstones - The tombstones were painted gray and marbled by adding ity-bity dabs of white wash paint to a foam brush and gently touching to the stone.  And I do mean ity-bity.  Less is more.  far easier to add more marbling than to start over.  

Tips for Securing Chipboard Pieces to the Shadowbox
 As you can see from the photos of the haunted house vignette, some of the pieces hang off the house.  My trick for securing the chipboard to the shadow box vignette - is to cut strips of paper and attach as a hinge on both the inside of the house and the outside edge of the house.  

I used this technique to attach the tombstones, the owl on a branch, and the sign. 
Here are some additional close ups of the project.  
A quick word about the paper I used for the background of the house.  The bright purple paper is from Graphic45 - Fairie Dust Collection 12x12.  

Where to Shop? 
You can shop for all your Creative Embellishment chipboard, veneer , flair buttons and more here
You can find the  Creative Embellishments chipboard pieces for Halloween here .  

Creative Embellishments -Distressed Wood Signs
Creative Embellishments -Screen Door 3
Creative Embellishments -Owl on a Branch
Creative Embellishments -Mummies
Creative Embellishments -House Vignette
Creative Embellishments -Tombstones
Creative Embellishments -Fence Border 
Graphic45 - Fairie Dust Collection 12x12
Cheesecloth - white and black
Acrylic Paints: 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Seascape 3D Card

I have been playing around and experimenting with Spellbinders Elegant 3D Vignettes (dimensional dies) by Becca Feeken.  This particular die is called Grand Dome.  

The coolest thing about these dimensional cards is that they fold flat for placing in envelopes.  
My video shows how.  


Ohhhhhh,  I have sooo many ideas for this die! I believe I have too many ideas and not enough time for creating.  A problem we probably all have.   

I created a little seascape using the Sea Land paper collection from Stamparia.  It's my version of a ship in a bottle concept.  

The sweet sea gulls are also from the Stamperia paper .   I simply cut them out and added some hemp cord for salty seascape effect. 

The adorable tiny starfish were given to my by my scrappy friend, Kathi Simmons.  Thanks Kathi!  They are the perfect finishing touch. 
Once all the pieces were cut, I inked the edges with 
 Walnut Stain Distress Ink  for bold accent, then pieced the card together. 

The small die in the set made the perfect topper for my card.  

Thanks for stopping.  I appreciate your time.  

Thanks to Spellbinders also, for selecting me to be a Spellblogger.

Where to shop? 
You can shop for all your Spellbinders dies right here .
You can click here for the Amazing Paper Grace Collection (which includes the Elegant 3D Vignettes collection).
You can find Becca Feeken's dies here .
You can shop for Stamperia papers right here

Monday, May 28, 2018

Shaker Cards - Using Chipboard - DIY Tutorial

I'm here today wishing you a Happy Memorial Day and remembering all those brave service men and women who gave their lives for our continued freedom.  

I've got some patriotic shaker cards to share using the cool and unique  Star Doodle Frame chipboard from Creative Embellishments.   

Shaker cards using chipboard?  Absolutely!  Super easy too! 
  Scroll down to see my DIY tips showing how I made these.  

 I simply glued two chipboard star shapes together and filled them.  I don't think shaker cards can get any easier. 

The stars are not identical.  They are all different and beautifully unique - but don't let that distract you from trying this cool technique.  You really don't notice the differences when assembled.  Actually I think the differences add a bit more charm to the card. 

Here is my first card.  The papers I used on this card are from Maja Design and are from the "Life in the Country" collection. 

DIY Instructions - Tutorial
Choose your star chipboard pieces.  Once again, I used  Star Doodle Frame chipboard from Creative Embellishments.   

Back one star with paper.  

Next cut an acrylic star to fit the chipboard.  Don't have any acrylic?  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.  

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. 

Here is the second card I created.  I little more patriotic.   

I decided to leave the chipboard natural for this card because the kraft color of the chippies really made a nice accent for the paper.  

Thanks for stopping here today.  

Where to shop? 

You can shop for Maja Design Papers here
Shop for chipboard, wood and flair buttons from Creative Embellishments here.  Creative 

Creative Embellishments - Star Doodle Frame
Maja Design - Life by the Sea
Maja Design  - Life in the Country