Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A Blossom Birthday Card

Yippee!  Spellbinders posted more of my projects on the website.  That means I can share them with you!

I'm really busy with a special project this week!  No time for anything new for my blog.  I'm so happy Spellbinders posted new things!  If you'd like to see them before I post more here, check out the Idea Gallery.

I created this birthday card with Spellbinders S5-072 Blossom Tags and Accents die templates.  I simply cut the Blossom pieces of various papers and stacked then in the center of my card cut with LF-161 Grand Labels One. 
I've sanded the edges of the biggest blossom, brown one.  The next one with lacey loops was simply cut.  On top of that I layered a smaller brown blossom laced with sheer blue ribbon tied in a bow.  The openings are just perfect for weaving 1/4" ribbon!  The tiny center has floss stitched through the holes and a button in the center.  I stamped my birthday verse with Espresso ink and then cut the tag with another shape from Blossom Tags and Accents.  I sanded the edges.  I cut another one of brown paper, cut it in halp lenghtwise and glued it behind my tag for a narrow border on top and bottom. 
All papers are from GCD Ella Blue.  A great assortment of mix and match dusty blue and brown papers!
The card base is Worldwin Treasures Canvas card stock.

If you'd like to see a sneak peak of my August projects, check out this story on Scrapbooks Etc,  In the 2nd photo, the scrapbook page, decorated candle and card on the table in the bottom corner of the photo are all my projects!  I'll be sure to share them here when I can. 

Thanks for visiting! 

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Fond Memories Workshop Projects

Today, I'm teaching at Fond Memories'  Fall Workshop (my LSS) .  Always a fun day!  After  many weeks of preparation we finaly get to share all the new products and beautiful creations made with those products!   You can see all the cards on the Fond Memories   There are 10 projects.  Nine are individual cards and one is a set of little fall note cards. 

I created 2 of the 10 card projects.  One uses the new Spellbinders Layered Poinsettia!  The reason being is I had that set to work with long before they were in the stores.  Honestly, the sets that we ordered at CHA just came in this past week in time for the workshop!  Hooray for that!

I used paper by Authentique and Graphic 45 on the card front.  The poinsettia and leaves were cut and embossed. Then Distress inks were rubbed over the veins - Aged Mahogany on the poinsettia and Forest Moss on the leaves. The flower center is Candi  from Craftworkscards.  Distress Antique Linen was rubbed over the entire card front.  A quick way to "age" the paper!  I tied a very loose bow of seam binding that was colored with Antique Linen Stain.  A little strip with the verse is held in place with a pearl head pin.

My second card uses a stamp from Penny Black....

The background for the stamp was created with Broken China, Wild Honey and Weathered Wood Distress Stains.  I taught some of the demonstrators how to make this card on Thursday.  It was pretty amazing to see the background tranformed once this image was stamped on it!  Most of them didn't like the background until the image was stamped over it!!!   I used some new big background stamps from Impression Obsession to create the pattern on the Kraft card front.  By using Distress inks to match the stains, the colors are totally coordinated.  Even the seam binding has been colored with Distress Stain! 

Hope you enjoy this inspiration!  I'll see some of you at the workshop!!!!

Happy Creating!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Paper Bouquet with Spellbinders Flowers

Today, I have a paper bouquet to share!  This was one of my Spellbinders projects from last winter.  A fun project to put together!
I had pretty much forgotten about it until Teri, a fellow paper crafter discovered it in the Spellbinders Gallery and emailed me with a question.  She asked how to make the “flower pot”.  It’s really quite easy.  So here’s some photos with a few directions!  If you have questions, feel free to email me!
Thanks for asking Teri! 

The flower pot was cut with Spellbinders LF-124 Grand Scalloped Circles #6 out of cardstock.  I then centered Spellbinders S4-116 Standard Circles #4 on my scalloped circle and taped it in place.  I embossed it only.  That’s the bottom of my pot.  Then I placed it on my Scor-it Board.  Any scoring board will work or even a ruler and score tool.  I scored from a notch between scallops to the circle, then from the circle to the notch on the opposite side of the circle, notches directly across from each other.  Does that make sense?  I continued to make score lines between every notch to the center circle.  
Then I made valley folds on every other score line and mountain folds between, folding just to the circle score line.   
As the folds are made the pot takes shape!   In order for the pot to hold it’s shape,  I punched a hole in every inner fold.  Then I threaded seam binding through the holes and snugged the pot to the size I wanted and tied a knot on the inside.  For my flower pot, I sprayed it with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist Sugar Maple and Suede.  I sprayed it after it was shaped so the ribbon took on the same color as the pot.  
Hopefully, you can imagine it as I don’t have a photo of just the pot and ribbon. You can see a little of it in the above photo.
I used a piece of florist foam in the pot to hold all the flowers.
The flowers were cut with various sizes of Spellbinders S5-049 Carnation Creations and S5-050 Rose Creations.  I used Spellbinders S54-321 Nested Leaves and S4-328 Foliage for leaves plus the Carnation Creations leaves.  All the flowers and leaves were cut out of Kraft card stock .
I was able to cuts lots of pieces at one time with the Grand Calibur machine.
I used these Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists to color the flowers and leaves:
Jingle Bells, Dreamsicle, Pomegranate, Sapphire, Olive Vine,  Golden Terra Cotta
These are the pieces for one of the flowers.  I used different combinations for my flowers.  You can see them in the bouquet.
Each flower has a florist wire stem attached to a white button except for the blue flowers.  I wrapped the wire around some of the eyelash yarn without a button for those.
I threaded yellow eyelash yarn through the button holes and knotted it on back with a dab of craft glue. 
I think the yarn adds so much to the flowers!
To assemble the bouquet, I trimmed the florist wire stems and poked them into the florist foam.  Some of the leaves have florist wire glued to them so I could poke them into the foam.  Others are just glued  in place.
I used Spellbinders S4-322 Grommet Tags cut from white card stock  for my greeting pick. I inked each tag while it was still in the die template to create the white border.  I cut two  and fastened them together around a piece of florist wire that I coiled at the top.
I hope I’ve inspired you in some way!  Just imagine filling a little pot like this with flowers cut from designer papers for a totally different look!  Or try the new Spellbinders S5-055 Layered Poinsettia!  Wouldn’t that make a pretty holiday centerpiece!

Happy creating!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

A Walk in the Woods Scrapbook Page

This is one of my favorite scrapbook pages!

Until I tried out for the Spellbinders Desgin Team, I didn't do scrapbook pages!!! The first few layouts were really challenging! And it took me forever to get them done. It still takes me quite awhile but I enjoy the process a lot more now. If I had more spare time, I might even scrapbook just for scrapbooking sake!

I love this photo of my daughter and granddaughter walking in the woods one beautiful spring day! It was perfect to use with Spellbinders S4-328 Foliage!
I started with an 8 x 10 photo matted with pink and placed on a lime green page. I freehand cut a brown cardstock tree to fit along the edge with a branch across the top. Then I cut, embossed and inked many leaves! I chose colors from the photo. The leaves are fastened with 3D Foam Squares to make them dimensional. The "bark" on the tree is actually cut with the leaf die template from Spellbinders S5-049 Carnation Creations with a little chalk ink applied. It's great bark! I added some plants at the base of the tree, also inked. The title was created with Basic Grey chipboard letters. Beneath it I added a strip of journaling.

I hope I've inspired you today!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Live your beliefs

This is a card I created with Artistic Outpost's new Typography set, a wonderful collection of inspirational verses.

I used an image from Gatsby behind the verse, stamped with Distress Brushed Corduroy ink once stamped off. I used my heat gun to dry the ink before stamping the verse with Versafine Onyx Black and then clear heat embossed it.
The frame is cut with Spellbinders S4-019 Labels Eight #5 on the outside and S5-025 Labels Seventeen #4 for the inside edge. I've added a bigger Labels Seventeen (#6) as a mat. I stamped the front of the cream card with the ledger stamp from Ephemeral Backgrounds with Pumice Stone ink (I'm guessing since I didn't make notes). I know I used Pumice Stone rubbed along the edges. I added some tiny dots of black Ranger Enamel Accents on the frame, hardly visible in the photo.

A no fuss card for a guy!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Want 2 Make it Fabulous Blog Hop!

Want 2 make It Fabulous Blog Hop  -  Day 3!

Have you been following the Want 2 Make It Fabulous Blog Hop?  Lots of beautiful things to see!  If you haven't checked the blogs from Day 1 and Day 2, you can find links on my post for Monday, Sept. 6th.

Want2Scrap™ , Spellbinders™ Paper Arts and JustRite® Stampers' Designers have teamed up to bring you an amazing four day Blog Hop Event from Sept 6 -9, filled with fabulous designs that are sure to inspire all!! Each day we will be sharing a link list with you for the featured designers!
What would a blog hop be without prizes?  Yes, we will also be giving away prizes!!

Want2Scrap will be giving away 2 $25.00 Gift Certificates.
Spellbinders Paper Arts will be giving away 2 Die Template sets with a value of $24.99 each.
JustRite Stampers will be giving away 2 Stamp Sets of the winner’s choice.

The winners will be drawn from the blog comments so be sure to visit them all and leave a comment on each blog to increase your chances of winning. The contest for the prizes will be open until midnight Saturday, September 10th. Winners will be announced on Monday September 12th on the company blogs.

Are you new to Want2Scrap, SpellbindersPaper Arts or JustRite Stampers ?
Here is a little information about all three of these amazing companies. Each company offers a unique line of products that work wonderfully together to make some fabulous designs.
Beautiful Details Inspiring CreativitySpellbinders unique triple function die templates allow you to cut, emboss, and then stencil through the die template for unlimited possibilities.  Sophistication, value and maximum versatility make Spellbinders die templates #1. The Spellbinders Grand Calibur® machine and Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities™ cut and emboss up to 11¾”, taking die cutting to grand proportions. Follow Spellbinders on Facebook , Twitter and the Spellbinders Blog !
Want2Scrap™ manufacturers rhinestone lines including the specialty Nestabling™ line along with the newly released Nestaboard™ chipboard line that coordinates perfectly with the Spellbinders Nestabilities® die templates. Want2Scrap also manufacturers their own line of chipboard albums and accents, acrylic albums, and multi-layered laser designs and other fine scrapbooking products. Want2Scrap brings ease of use and flexibility in their product lines by offering products uniquely tailored to its customers’ needs. Follow Want2Scrap on Facebook and the Want2Scrap Blog !
JustRite Stampers entire collection of stamps are designed to be compatible with Spellbinders die templates. JustRite Originals interlocking stamp system allows you to mix and match borders and centers to create dozens of design possibilities. Since the spring of 2008, JustRite Original stamps have been designed to coordinate with the Spellbinders Nestabilities , Decorative Elements and Basic Shapes. In January of 2011, JustRite began introducing Cling Stamps Sets designed to coordinate with Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels. JustRite Cling stamps are deeply etched pre-cut red rubber mounted on Static Cling Foam made in the USA . Cling sets come on a colored 8 1/2 x 6 1/2" Storage Panel for easy storage in a Cling Mini Binder Box. For thousands of ideas on projects using JustRite and Spellbinders die templates visit the JustRite Design Gallery and the JustRite Blog . You can also follow  JustRite on Facebook and Twitter. 

Subscribe to each company’s blog!
Want2Scrap Blog
Spellbinders Paper Arts Blog
JustRite Stampers Blog
Today’s featured bloggers are:

Sept 8th - Day 3
Debbie Olson
Shanna Vineyard
Michelle Woerner
Mimi Leinbach
Kimberly Crawford
Judy Hayes
Sankari Wegman
Dana Gustafson
Angela Barkhouse

Now for my project using Spellbinders die templates, Want2Scrap Nestabling and JustRite stamps!

I chose to work with JustRite cling sets Fancy Tags and Vintage Floral Labels.  My original idea for a card was to have a tag come out of the square center of the Vintage Floral design.  I used that idea as a start for this wedding card.  After that, this card evolved in a direction of its own!    If you were to ask me for directions for this, I'd have a hard time telling you! 
I can tell you that all the stamping is done with Versafine Onyx Black ink and clear heat embossed.  I used Spellbinders LF-161 Grand Labels One #3 to cut the card and black glossy mat and #2 to cut the stamped mat.   For the design element, I used Spellbinders S4-161 Labels One and S4-308 Labels One SM.  These all work so well together for layering!!! 
The Nestabling from Want2Scrap fits perfectly along the edge of my Labels One! 
After I stamped the design and added the Nestabling, I sprayed it with Cosmic Shimmer Mist Bronze Blush. I also used Cosmic Acrylic Drawing Ink to color the floral design and the pattern on the tag. The fine brush works so well on the fine details. 
The background stamped mat was created by stamping along the edge with a small stamp from JustRite Vintage Floral Labels.  I painted the Cosmic Shimmer Mist on parts of the floral pattern.  I shaded the edges with Antique Linen, Vintage Photo and Tea Dye Distress inks.  The paper was white when I started!  In fact, I used all white paper besides the black glossy paper. 
A different look for a wedding card! 


Spellbinders LF-161 Grand Labels One
Spellbinders S4-161 Labels One
Spellbinders S4-308 Labels One SM
JustRite Fancy Tags - CL02080
JustRite Vintage Floral Labels CL-02120
Want2Scrap NEstabling Labels One - black
Want2Scrap Say it with Bling - black
Cosmic Acrylic Drawing Ink - Chestnut Brown
Cosmic Shimmer Mist - Bronze Blush
Tsukineko Versafine Onxy Black ink
Distress inks: Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, Tea Dye
Clear Embossing Powder
Sheer Gold Ribbon
White, Black Glossy, Ivory Card Stock
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L - 3D Foam Squares
Glue Dots - Memory Dots

Once I got started with these stamps, I had to make another card!  A much simpler design!

Spellbinders S5-025 Labels Seventeen #5
Spellbinders S5-030 Fancy Tags Two
JustRite Fancy Tags - CL02080
Want2Scrap Nestabling Fancy Tags Two - pink
My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Two - Blush "Sweet"
Worldwin Treasures White card stock
White seam binding
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L - 3D Foam Squares
Glue Dots - Memory Dots
White Embossing Powder
Distress Stain - Spun Sugar
Clearsnap Watermark ink

Thank you for stopping!  I hope you enjoy the Blog Hop.

Your comment will count as a prize entry!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Want 2 Make It Fabulous Blog Hop

Starting today, Want2Scrap™ , Spellbinders™ Paper Arts and JustRite® Stampers have teamed up to bring you an amazing four day Blog Hop Event from Sept 6 -9, filled with fabulous creations from their designers that are sure to inspire all!! 

What would a blog hop be without prizes?

Yes, there will be prizes!!

Want2Scrap will be giving away 2 $25.00 Gift Certificates
Spellbinders Paper Arts will be giving away 2 Die Template sets with a value of $24.99 each
JustRite Stampers will be giving away 2 Stamp Sets of the winner’s choice

The winners will be drawn from the blog commenter so be sure to visit them all and leave a comment on each blog to increase your chances of winning. The contest for the prizes will be open until midnight Saturday, September 10th. Winners will be announced on Monday September 12th on the company blogs.

Here's the list of designers for each day with links to their blogs:

Sept 6th  -  today!

Becca Feeken
Holly Simoni
Julie Overby
Kazan Clark
Terre Fry
Karen Taylor
Barb Schram

Sept 7th

Sharon Harnist
Sherry Cheever
Tonya Dirk
Linda Duke
Kellie Fortin
Christine Emberson
Elise Durenberger
Beth Pingry
Stephanie Kraft
Latisha Yoast

Sept 8th

Debbie Olson
Shanna Vineyard
Michelle Woerner
Mimi Leinbach
Kimberly Crawford
Judy Hayes
Sankari Wegman
Dana Gustafson
Angela Barkhouse

Sept 9th
Mona Pendleton
Heidi Blankenship
Windy Robinson
Michele Kovack
Tina McDonald
Gloria Stengel
Kathy Jones

Have fun blog hopping!!! 

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Good for Something

Hello Blogger Friends!

I have a card to share today created with stamps from Artistic Outpost. 

The verse is from the new set Typography!  What a great collection of verses to compliment all the Artistic Outpost stamps!
The barn scene is from the set Home.  After I stamped it with Espresso ink, I cut around the barn part.  That eliminated the cancellation stamp that's part of the stamp.  I used Distress inks to add touches of color.  I used my finger as my paint tool to add all the color so it's very rustic!  Then I stamped the boy and fence from Paris Exposition, again with Espresso ink.  Doesn't he fit in well with the barn?  I thought it worked well enough!  He's colored with Distress inks, too!  Both the barn scene and boy are mounted with foam tape.  I stamped and matted the verse and added just a touch of Distress inks.  It mounted with foam tape, too. There's a brown mat around all on a Kraft card front.  I added some brown twine across the bottom.

Thanks for stopping!  Wishing all a great Labor Day Weekend!  It's a big family weekend here.  Our community has it's celebration with carnival, antique tractor show, parade and much more!  Top that off with my DH's class reunion.  The whole family likes to eat, too!!!  Lots of cooking and fun!   Busy, busy, busy!!!