Saturday, August 30, 2014

Tissue Paper Card

My card for today uses the “tissue paper” technique. I have heard a lot about this technique so I fired up Google and watched several tutorials for doing this technique.  It looked pretty easy, but you know me I can make the easiest things incredibly hard! So I dug out some left over white tissue paper and made this card.

We are going to start with a piece of Daffodil Delight Cardstock that measures 5 ½” by 8 ½” and score it at 4 ¼”.

Next we will cut two pieces of Whisper White Cardstock. The first one measures 5 ¼” by 4” and the second one is 5” by 3 ¾”.

We are going to use the piece that measures 5” by 3 ¾” and make sure that our tissue paper is at least ½” bigger that our cardstock.  Next we will stamp our image and our sentiment on the tissue paper. Note *make sure that your sentiment and image are close enough together to fit on your cardstock piece.

Now we will crumple our tissue paper.  Crumple it tight!  Let’s set it aside while we use a gluestick and coated our cardstock completely. Then we will carefully un-crumple our tissue paper. Don’t smooth it out too much or you will lose all that nice texture!

Now being careful, we will lay our tissue paper on top of our glue covered cardstock.  Be sure that our sentiment is straight, this is important because if it is crooked there isn’t any way to make our card look straight! Now we will pat down the tissue paper into the glue. I like the crumpled look so I try to not smooth at all, just pat so that I get a nice crumpled look.

Next we will assemble our entire card.  So let’s take our Daffodil Delight base and glue the 5 ¼” by 4” Whisper White piece to the base.  Next we are going to use dimensionals and stick the tissue paper layer on last.  Now isn’t that a great looking card? Don’t forget to stamp a great looking envelope to mail it in!

Along with your basic tool kit you will need these supplies.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Blended Bloom

I love the new Stampin’ Blendabilities! I also love to color so this was a match made in heaven for me. I usually just stamp a lot of the same image onto white paper and then I color them while I watch TV.  Here’s the story and instructions for today’s card.

I made this card for my sister’s birthday and then I forgot to mail it. Sorry Sis! I am terrible about getting stuff in the mail.  I have to make a trip to town to mail my stuff. *sigh*

So let’s get started on this card.
I started with a base card in whisper white measuring 5 ½” by 4 ¼”.
I cut the elegant eggplant layer at 5 ¼” by 4” then I ran it through my Big Shot using the fan embossing folder and adhered it to the card base.
I colored the Blended Bloom stamp with my Wisteria Wonder blendabilities and the center of my flower with my Daffodil Delight blendabilities.  I used my white gel pen to pick out some hi-lights on the flower.  Then I fussy cut around it. I wanted the doily to look like a fan laying underneath the flower, I think I got close, don’t you? No instructions for that, I just played with it until I liked the way it looked. 

I cut some leaves using the little leaf sizzlet die that I just realized is retired, so you won’t be able to order that one. So sorry. I used my Pear Pizzaz Stampin’ Write marker to add some veins to make the leaves look more life-like. Next, I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to attach my flower and give it some pop.
For the sentiment, I used the Happy Birthday from the Bloom with Hope stamp set. Which I punched using the Modern Label punch.  Then I punched two more Modern Labels out of Crushed Curry cardstock. I cut one of them horizontally and one vertically and layered them to the back of my sentiment and again I used some dimensionals to adhere it to my card.
Here’s the list of supplies I used.  Don’t forget to check out my basic tool kit.  You can order any of these supplies just by clicking on that item.
Do you think that my sister would have liked my card?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Basic Tool Kit

Several people have asked me “What should be in my basic tool kit for stamping” so this is my attempt to answer that question.
On the right side of my blog, in the side bar is a button like this—
 If you click on it, it will take you to my list of basic tools which looks a lot like this--

You may notice that the first items I list are several different types of adhesives (glues).  I think that you should always have at least two different types of glue on hand. I just feel the need to have them all! Dimensionals help give your cards a nice pop! And Glue dots are great for holding difficult items in place. Like buttons, bows and various other embellishment.
Next is the bone folder.  This tool helps you get nice, clean and sharp edges to your folds. This can make a big difference in the appearance of your card or project.
The next item you should have is a paper trimmer. I love this one because it has a leg that flips out, so that you can get an accurate cut on papers up to 12 inches.  The cutting plate is marked in quarter inch lines so you can get a nice straight cut. The cutting blade is replaceable and it has a door on the underside to keep all your extra blades, plus it will hold a bone folder! Almost forgot to mention that the Paper/blade guide on the top, locks into place! So no more floppy parts to break off or stab you during transport!
Now we get to my favorite scissors, the paper snips.  This little pair of scissors comes in handy for when I need to make a small cut or trim up my card. I get a lot of stuff crooked! The size is just the perfect fit.
The last 3 items are for keeping your stamps nice, clean and conditioned. I like the Stampin’ Scrub because it is a nice large size so I can put several stamps on it to be cleaned.  It is also black, which appeals to me (you can’t see the mess all those colors make.) It also has little markers on it so you know which side is wet and which side is dry.
The stamp cleaner with the refill is a great cleaner and a rubber conditioner which helps keep your stamps in great shape. Plus they keep the gunky stuff in control.  Just remember that it really doesn’t matter how stained your stamps get, they will still work!
 There are also some tools that I keep in my tool kit that Stampin’ Up! doesn’t carry. They are optional and not all stamper will agree on them.
a.            A ruler. I like a 12” one.
b.            A pair of tweezers.  I prefer the tweezer bee brand.  They have a nice sturdy grip and it makes it easier for me when placing small pieces.
c.             An x-acto knife, just to trim any loose ends, you can also use them to move small things into place
d.            A small work mat. I like to have two. One to cut on and one to work on. There are a variety of mats out there and you will eventually find a favorite.
 You will soon discover which tools work best for you!


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Sale, Sale, Sale

Check this out, every Tuesday Stampin’ Up! Has a Weekly Deals Promotion.  I want to share these deals with you too. So check out this week’s deals, but remember these deals are only good for one week.

Weekly Deals

Friday, August 22, 2014

Vivid Vases

 I made this card using a technique I read about somewhere, but I can’t for the life of me remember where! Does “CRS” affect you too? I also can’t remember the name of it “sigh”. If I ever remember I will be sure to let you know! 

But I do remember how I made it!  I started with my standard card base (5 ½” by 4 ¼”) then I cut my layers, Lost Lagoon layer 5 ¼” by 4, and Whisper white at 5” by 3 ¾”. 

Next I stamped my images using the St─üZon ink pad on the white layer and I also stamped on a piece of Moonlight designer series paper, I found this works best on a paper with small designs.  I cut out the vases that I stamped on the designer series paper and glued each one on to the image on the white paper. I used several of Stampin’ Write markers to color in the flowers.

Then I glued all my layers together and then I made a little bow for the corner.  Not sure if I needed the bow or not.  What do you think?

Here’s my list of supplies for this project. Don't forget to check out the tool kit I recommend you always have on hand. Just look to the right and you will find it. It's labeled tool kit!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Stamping Off Technique

I love to experiment with new techniques that I learn! My card for today features a technique called Stamping off. I saw a card using this technique and just fell in love with it. It was very easy to do and I hope you love it as much as I do.


This card starts with a 5 ½” by 4 ¼”  Mossy Meadow card base.  The next layer is 5 ¼” by 4” Hello Honey card stock. The top layer is 4 ½” by 3 ½” whisper white.  I always cut all of my layers and set them to the side and then I do my stamping. I find that I don’t waste as much paper, because if I make a mistake it is only on one layer instead of the whole card! And I mess up A LOT!!!

So on the whisper white layer, I started by inking the large swoop (my name for it) from the Work of Art Stamp set, I then stamped it from the top three times, as you can see in the picture it looks like I used three different colors, but it was only one ink pad! Next I stamped the sentiment using my memento ink pad.

Then I used my Petite petals stamp set with matching punch to make three little flowers, I glued two to the card and used a dimensional for the third one, added some rhinestones. Magic!

Next I glued this layer to the hello honey layer and used the “cheater method” to hold my ribbon in place, and tied a little knot bow on the ribbon.  I glued this ribbon to the Mossy Meadow card base and that completed my card!

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