July Project of the Month – Christmas cards

This month I have been using the hot, dog days of July (especially here in Florida) to work on some Christmas cards.  Here are some prototypes I have made for this season. I am planning to make several of each by time Christmas rolls around.

The first uses dies from Penny Black and an embossed brick background from Darice. This was super easy and I think it will be even easier if I use double sided tape for the dies before cutting.

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The second is a string of lights by Lawn Fawn. These were very tricky to get on the string and the embossing folder I have is only 4 1/2 inches wide so I had to fudge the background. Added to that is the fact that the glitter paper I have is super hard to die cut. Still I love the effect.

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My third card combined several different stamp and die sets. The Jar of Love is a great set from Stampin’Up. The tree inside is from a Papertrey Ink set called Joyful Christmas.  I added Wink of Stella to the tree but it doesn’t show in the photo.  The bow is from Penny Black and the embossed background is from Darice.  This background is bricks but I also made a card using a snowflake background

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Next up is a card I made that was inspired by Tricia Barber for Reverse Confetti. They make two great dies that say hello and thanks. But since I wanted to do a Christmas card I used three separate dies (1×3, 3×3, and Joy from Stampin’Up).  I used the same technique as Tricia Barber in that I first glued 1/2″ strips of card stock to copy paper. I then cut the three dies out of the striped cardstock as well as out of white cardstock. I then “puzzled” the two die cut pieces together to form two cards. Lots of fun but labor intensive. I probably won’t be making many of these but I enjoyed trying the technique.

The next card uses an ornament die cut from Stampin’Up. I layered two pieces of cardstock with one layer of red foil.  I used double sided tape on the cardstock before die cutting which helped with the layering. I actually used some foil vent tape on card stock for the tops of the ornament because it cut LOTS easier than glitter paper or silver foil paper. I added some silver string and glued it to the embossed ornament background.

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The next card was super easy. It is simply a piece of DSP cut in a 2×2″ square. Two pieces of 1/4 x 2″ red cardstock for the ribbon and the bow die by Penny Black. Easy Peasy.  And really just made with scraps.

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Lastly (so far) is really Christmas in color only but I soooo wanted to try this new orchild set by Stampin’Up.  I heat embossed the different orchid layers with white heat embossing on red card stock then die cut.  I didn’t have a branch so I die cut that with my Silhouette Cameo. I then layered everything on an embossed brick background and added red sequins.

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As you can probably tell I make most of these to either try out new stamp sets (and old favorites), to use dies I love or to try out new techniques. It is a fun way to try new things on cards that will actually be needed and it is a good project for hot Florida days.   Let me know if you have any favorites!

June Project of the Month – 4th of July Cards

Here are some of this year’s forth of July cards that I made.

The first (and favorite) features the Lawn Fawn Scalloped Box card die with various star embellishments.

The second uses a zig zag die.  One card uses the negative space form the other card.

The last cards feather Stampin’ Up Jar of Love stamp and die bundle.

 

April Project of the Month – Card Making

This month I have been experimenting with different card making techniques and trying to “up my game”.

First up I made this tool box using Lawn Fawn Scalloped Edge Pop Up card die set.  This set is fantastic!  I am so glad I splurged on it.  I can see using it in many different variations.  Here I loaded up the box with tools from Stampin’ Up Nailed It stamp and die bundle.  I cut the tools out of yellow card stock with foil tape that I adhered for the metal parts of the tools.  I stamped on the yellow card stock first, adhered the foil tape (bought at Home Goods – I think it is for dryer vents or something) and re-stamped the image. (Hint:  I found I needed to use StazOn Ink to keep the image from smearing.  The banner poles come with the pop up box kit and I improvised the banner with my Stampin’ Up Thoughtful Banners sentiment and coordinating punch.

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Next I CASE’d a few cards that I admired on Pinterest.  The first (inspired by Christy Velasquez – hers used a beautiful blended rainbow background) was die cut on my Silhouette Cameo and mounted on a lime green card base.  I used Avery Elle Double Pierced Rectangle Dies to make the frame.  I triple cut the hello from black cardstock backed with double sided adhesive.

The second card (inspired by Barbara Anders) used the Hero Arts Grateful Leaves layering stamp set and coordinating die.  I stamped the leaf on white cardstock in 3 background colors, stamped again with the black veins and cut and mounted each leaf on a wood embossed white background with foam tape.  I added some gold thread behind the leaves but I admit that the “random” loops of thread are not my forte.  I white heat embossed my sentiment (from Hero Arts Anyone Can Stamp) on black cardstock.  I added coordinating hearts, stars and dots from Stampin’Up.  I really liked how this card turned out!

The next two cards used techniques from Jennifer McGuire.  The sunshine card used a technique she called floating die technique.   Basically I cut the flower using Stampin’ Up Timeless Tags die in green, turquoise and yellow.  I backed the turquoise with double sided tape which made it easier.  I set the cut pieces on my card in one piece and remove all the pieces I didn’t want except the outline.  I added the center in yellow, and the leaves in green and then removed the outline.  The flower appears to be floating.  Again I triple cut the sunshine (from Stampin’Up) on black card stock and layered on the card front.  The rectangle was die cut with the Avery Elle Double Pierced Rectangle Die.  If I tried this technique again I think I would try it with a different die with larger pieces but overall I was happy with the result.

The small (3×3) heart thank you note used Jennifer’s spotlight stamp technique.  This was super simple.  I stamped my card base with the Avery Elle Big Greetings Thank You.  I also stamped some scrap turquoise card stock with the same sentiment.  I punched out the heart and mounted it over the cardstock with dimensionals making sure to line up the sentiment.  I threw on a few water drops from Pretty Pink Posh and done.  Big impact for very little effort.  This technique definitely bears repeating.  Thank you Jennifer McGuire.

Lastly are two cards I made just for fun.  The first one was for my niece who shares my love of succulents.  The Cactus is from Hampton Arts which I tried to color with my Tombow brush pens and the succulents are Spellbinders dies – all from Michael’s.  Proving you don’t need to invest a lot of money to make fun cards (although that hasn’t stopped me).

The small (3 x 3 again) thank you note is printed with my Misti using a layering tulip stamp set from Altenew and Hampton Art Flower Amaze Thank You.

I really need to find a third hobby (my first love is jewelry making and my etsy shop – bydeezyne.etsy.com) because I am running out of card supply storage!

 

 

 

January Project of the Month – Valentine’s Cards

I have been experimenting with lots of different stamps, embossing folders, dies, and specialty papers as well as Silhouette Cameo shapes to create several different Valentine’s Day cards.  Some I liked better than others but here is the lineup for this year.

November Project of the Month – Thank you cards for my Etsy store

This month I decided to change up the thank you notes that I send out with my Etsy orders (bydeezyne.etsy.com).  I love making hand made cards and always send a thank you note but usually they are computer generated.  This month I decided to make them with my stamp sets to satisfy my card making obsession.

Much more fun!  The cards below are a new set from Avery Elle called Berry Good.  I stamped the first card with black ink but then decided to emboss the rest with black embossing powder.  I colored the peaches with Stampin’ Up colored pencils and their watercolor blender.  I added some rhinestones just because.

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Here are some more 3 x 3 thank you notes.  These were quick and easy.  I put strips of washi tape on card stock and die cut the stars.  I embossed and scored the card base and added the sunshine washi tape and attached the stars with dimensionals.  Love the results!

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October Project of the Month – Christmas Cards

Here are my 2016 Christmas cards.  I used a variety of products and techniques this year.

Starting in the upper left corner I used the double layering technique with a stamp set called Peaceful Pinecones.  It was super easy and one of my favorites.  Below that I played with my Misti to position pine trees from the Joyful Christmas stamp set in a variety of colors.  Both stamp sets are from PaperTrey Ink (https://www.papertreyink.com/stamps/peaceful-pinecones-stamp-set/).

In the top right is a patchwork Christmas tree I made using a variety of patterned glitter papers that I punched out using the top of the Stampin Up Christmas tree punch.  I adhered them to white card stock and then embossed the front.  Of all my cards this was the easiest and most effective.  The red star and the Joy were die cut from red foil paper (all from Stampin’ Up).

On the bottom are two cards I printed with my computer onto with cardstock.  Once in red and again in green.  I cut the card stock in half horizontally and repositioned on my card front.  I then embossed the card front with snowflakes and added sequins.

The cards above were all done with a combination of my Silhouette Cameo and Stampin’ Up Die Cuts (for the ornaments, Joy and the bow).  With embossing on the white card stock and sentiments from Stampin’ Up Word Play (tidings of comfort & Joy) and Wondrous Wreath (Happy Wonderful Christmas).

Above are three cards I made using the Stampin’ Up bird punch and some die cuts from my Silhouette cameo for the trees and the window.  I’m still in love with this punch.

For these last three cards I used some techniques from Jennifer McQuire.  I’m sorry to say that my results were nowhere near as beautiful as hers but I wanted to try her techniques for heat embossing.  For the Merry cards I embossed Stampin’ Up Seasonally Scattered with white embossing powder on red card stock and with red embossing powder on white card stock.  I cut the card stock horizontally and the repositioned on the front of my cards.  For the Noel Wreathe I tried layered gold embossing powder and was very disappointed in my results.  But hey.  At least I tried.

So here is the whole gallery of cards for this year.  It was fun to try new techniques and some I will definitely be using again for cards throughout the new year.

August Project of the Month: Back to School Cards and Halloween

Trying to stay cool in the Florida heat by making some cards.

First up is a back to school card I made for my niece and nephews.  I used the Stampin’ Up Jar of Love stamp set to stamp and cut the jars and the fish.  I used Ranger Glossy Accents on the fish to make them look wet.  And I embossed part of the background with Woodgrain by Darice.  A big thank you to Sandra Collett, a Stampin’ Up demonstrator, for the idea and inspiration (http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/sandracollett/blog?directBlogUrl=%2Fblog%2F4000578%2Fentry%2Fa_troubling_of_goldfish).  I wish I were as creative as she.

 

I printed the inside sentiment on my computer and the fish stamp on the envelope.

I also made a few Halloween cards on my Silhouette Cameo with die cuts from Silhouette Studio.

 

Here are a couple more Halloween Cards.  The first was made with Stampin’ Up Jar of Love, patterned paper and Washi tape.  I also used the double pierced rectangular die from Avery Elle.  I used the Silhouette Cameo to print and cut the candy corn for the shaker portion.  The second card was made entirely on the Silhouette Cameo – well, okay I used a circle die for the moon – but everything else was Silhouette.

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Stampin’ Up Jar of Love

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Using Silhouette Cameo

Now onto Thanksgiving and Christmas!

June Project of the Month – Clipboard Wall Art

I purchased and made Stampin’ Up Enjoy the Little Things Project Kit as a gift.  I was thrilled with the way each of the panels turned out and kept two for myself.  In fact I was so inspired I have started making my own to hang as clipboard wall art.  It is a nice alternative to card making or scrapbooking and adds a little inspiration to my office.  And I can swap them out or make more as my mood changes.

 

May Project of the Month: Print and Emboss

This month I came across three great tutorials by Kay at Clever Someday (http://cleversomeday.com/make-your-own-print-and-emboss-templates/) showing how she took a Darice embossing folder and made a Silhouette print template file.

I was inspired to try my hand at it and while are not as perfect nor as creative as hers, I was nonetheless pleased with my results.

The first two cards are the Darice corner butterfly embossing folder. Next is the Darice cloud folder, the Darice honeycomb, and finally the Darice tulip folder.

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Thank you to Darice for such great embossing folders and

Thank you Kay at Clever Someday http://cleversomeday.com for the inspiration.