Mini Apple Treat

Hi!  I am back today with a photo tutorial for making this cute mini-apple Rolo holder:

SU! Bow Builder Punch, Petite Petal Punch

Thanks so much to Connie Collins for the directions and the idea!

Here is how I made mine:

1) Cut a 1″ strip of Real Red Card stock (if you have 12×12 Cardstock – you only need 1″ strip to make this apple).

2) Punch 5 bows from the Bow Builder Punch.

SU! Bow Builder Punch

3) Glue ends together into a star pattern:

SU! Bow Builder Punch

4) Punch 1/16″ holes on the opposite ends:

SU! Bow Builder Punch

5) Curl each side with a bone folder:

SU! Bow Builder Punch

6) Insert a brad from underneath to gather the sides:

SU! Bow Builder Punch

7) Insert the treat before gathering the last side:

SU! Bow Builder Punch

8) Punch out petals using Petite Petal punch

SU! Petite Petal Punch

9) Place over top to finish the apple:

SU! Bow Builder Punch, Petite Petals Punch

Quick and easy!  We, unfortunately, do not carry the Candy Dot brad bases anymore – but you do want a brad with long prongs similar to those brads to gather your ends.

You can also make pumpkins – just use Pumpkin Pie cardstock instead of Real Red.

Hope you enjoyed today’s project and photo tutorial!

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Falling Leaves

Hi!  Back today with another Watercolor Lift card.  And I LOVE IT!!!!  I am also playing along with the sketch challenge over at Global Design Projects this week – #GDP054

SU! Vertical Greetings, Vintage Leaves

For this version, I used Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze – and I decided to do my watercoloring randomly instead of in blocks like the snowflake card from last week.  Love how the leaves have a few different colors in them.

The sentiment is from Vertical Greetings and is stamped on Cajun Craze in Basic Black Archival ink.  A little natural linen thread around the top and  a little peek of Cajun Craze Design Series Paper underneath – and there you have it.

I’d love to hear what you think!

Finally, here is the winner from the August Team Stamp It blog hop:

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Congratulations Diane!

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Too Cute to Spook

Hi!  How are you today?  Hope you are doing well.  I have a blended fold card for you today – it’s a combination of a Z-fold and Joy Fold card.  I went with a Halloween theme as well  because this little guy is just too cute.

SU! Cookie Cutter Halloween, Spooky Fun

He is from the Cookie Cutter Halloween set in the Holiday Catalog and there is a matching punch to go with it!  The sentiments are from the Spooky Fun set – also a great Halloween set that has coordinating Framelits.  The Design Series Paper is from the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Paper pack.

Here are directions on how I did the folds:

  • Base Card: 4 1/4 x 11 – Score at 5 1/2″ and 8 1/4″ along the 11″ side.
  • Fold up on the 5 1/2″ score and down on the 8 1/4″ score.  (This makes the Z-fold)
  • For the Vampire panel – Cardstock is 3″ x 8″ – score at 4″ along the 8″ side.
  • Fold on the 4″ score and attach to the back panel of the Z-fold.

Here is a side view of the card:

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The little “eek!” circle is placed to allow you to tuck the corner of the front panel under to keep the card upright..  (This is the Joy Fold part).

What do you think?

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A New Technique!

Hi!  I saw a video yesterday by Stampin’ Up! using a technique called Watercolor Lift and had to try it.   While I love the technique, I do need to play around more with color combos.  I decided to try my hand at snowflakes:

SU! Tin of Tags, Snow Place, Star of Light

Unfortunately, Soft Sky became too washed out after doing the “lift” process – so you cannot really see the snowflakes in the first section of the card. I do like how they pop in the Tempting Turquoise and Night of Navy panels.  It’s also hard to see – but this is  done on the Shimmery White Cardstock – so there is a bit of sparkle to it.

Here is the video by Stampin’ Up! that shows how to do the technique:

I do like the look – so will be trying it again.  If you give it a try – let me know what you think.

Did you know that new products were added to the Clearance Rack on Tuesday?  While a few items have sold out – there are still lots of retired goodies to pick up at great prices!  Here are a few items – click on any one of these to go to my store and see the entire list!

 

And new Special Deals were announced today – this is the last set for the month!

Lots to share with you today!  Hope you find inspiration in it!

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It’s Another…

Shaker card!  Are you surprised?  Ok – one more shaker card for you and then I promise to move on to something else.

SU! Balloon Celebrations

I really love how elegant this card looks – but still a little bit of fun with the shaker element.  I do have a wedding to attend this fall – and this might just be the card I use for the bride and groom.  The metallic sequins inside the heart also contain little heart shaped sequins.

The heart itself is outlined with the Wink of Stella glitter pen.  The sentiment is from the Balloon Celebrations stamp set.  A clean but fun card!

We are just 1 week away from the end of the month – and that means a few things:

  1. Only 1 week left to use those Bonus Day Coupons!!
  2. Only 1 week left to purchase the Thoughtful Branches stamp set and dies!  Did you see my previous post that showed 2 cards using features from that bundle?
  3. The Holiday Catalog goes live in 8 days!  Get ready for some fun fall and Christmas ideas!

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Butterfly Shaker

Hi!  It’s shaker time in my craft room as I prepare for Friday night’s Shaker Card class!  These cards are so much fun to make! Today’s card I actually made for this week’s Global Design Project #GDP049 color challenge – Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo and Pear Pizzazz.

SU! Butterfly punches

It took me a bit as I wanted to capture the colors behind each butterfly – and I used different shaker beads in the little butterfly than in the two bigger ones.  The shaker elements are actually retired beads that I have had for quite some time.

If you haven’t made a shaker card before – or have struggled, here are a few tips that I am going to share with class attendees on Friday night.

  1. If stamping an image to show through the window, lay your die cut panel on top of the panel you wish to stamp on – stamp through the window to make alignment easier (this is done before you add the window sheet in the next tip)
  2. Make sure you adhere your window sheet to the back of your punched or die-cut panel BEFORE adding your dimensional strips.  (Ask me how I know!)
  3. If using just punched images (ie – no stamping) – just make sure to leave enough room around each image to place your dimensional strips.
  4. Place your dimensional strips as close to your die cut holes as possible – this allows you to use less shaker material to have it show in the window.
  5. For most projects, you will need to add dimensionals to your corners (I found I needed 2 to match the thickness of the dimensional strips used for the shaker part of the card.

Hope these tips help – and you can avoid some of the mistakes I made when starting out making shaker cards.

Don’t forget to use those Bonus Day Coupons before August 31st and to get your Thoughtful Branches stamp set and/or bundle!

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Butterfly Birthday

Hi!  Sorry for being MIA this past week – but I had an order to fill – and needed to crank down and get it done.  It is done and I am back!   Today  I have a butterfly swing card to share with you.  I found the technique here by Julia Davison.

SU! Butterfly Basics, SU! Layering Squares

I love how the butterfly panel moves with the card.  The recipient should hold the corner of the butterfly panel when they open the card.  Here is what the inside looks like:

SU! Butterfly Basics, SU! Layering Squares

The colors for this card are Soft Sky, Calypso Coral and Garden Green.  The fern was stamped three times without adding any extra ink.  Love the depth this stamping adds to the main panel.

I also love the different fold!!  We made this at a workshop recently – I’d love to come show you and your friends how to make it!

Two quick reminders for you today –

  1. The Thoughtful Branches bundle is available through August 31st or while supplies last – this is such a versatile bundle (I’ll be posting projects soon!) – so don’t delay ordering it!
  2. If you earned Bonus Day coupons, they expire on August 31st – so make sure you use them this month!!  (And yes, you can use multiple coupons on one order AND you can use them to get the Thoughtful Branches bundle!)

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Jelly Fish

Hi! Today I am playing along with this week’s Global Design Project challenge which is to create a card with a Nautical Theme – #GDP047

I pulled out my From Land to Sea set and decided to get inky with some sponging.  I was having so much fun, I made 2 cards.  First this one:

SU! From Land to Sea, Picture Perfect

I used the Embossed Resist technique for my jellyfish.  To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Ink Jellyfish with Versamark and stamp on Whisper White card stock.
  2. Apply Clear Embossing Powder and heat set with heat gun
  3. Sponge Pear Pizzazz in random areas.
  4. Sponge Bermuda Bay in and around the Pear Pizzazz
  5. Sponge Tempting Turquoise in any remaining white spots and lightly over the Bermuda Bay and Pear Pizzazz ink
  6. Go back and add Pear Pizzazz and Bermuda Bay until you have a water look that you like.
  7. Take a clean paper towel and wipe off any ink on the Jellyfish.

For the sentiment on this card, I embossed using White Embossing Powder on Basic Black cardstock.

I had so much fun getting inky with the above card, I decided to make another card:SU! From Land To Sea, Vertical Greetings

The jelly fish panel followed the same steps as above.  I decided to go with a smaller panel so that I could use my Vertical Greetings stamp set for the sentiment.  I also added some “bubble” sequins to my water.

Hope you enjoyed today’s cards!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Inky Trees

Hi!  I had so much fun getting inky this past weekend!  First was a class on Saturday morning using the yummy Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper.  Attendees made a set of note cards and got to go home with the unused note cards and 1/2 pack of unused Designer Paper to make more!

Then, on Sunday, I did a workshop for a wonderful lady and her friends – so much fun!  We got  inky trying a few techniques – one of which was using Shaving Cream and re-inkers to make our background.  Here is the card we did:

SU! Lovely as A Tree, Flourishing Phrases

Have you tried this technique?  If not, here is what you do:

  1. Spray foam shaving cream into a plastic container
  2. Pick three or more colors or re-inkers –  randomly place 5-6 drops of the lightest color, then 3-4 drops of the next lightest, and then 2-3 drops of the darkest.
  3. Take a plastic knife and swirl the colors through the shaving cream.  Keep swirling until you like the pattern you see in the shaving cream – then place your Whisper White card stock into the shaving cream.  Push down to make sure that you get all the card stock covered.
  4. Lift up the card stock and use the flat edge of the knife to scrape off the shaving cream.
  5. Wipe remaining shaving cream off with a paper towel.  Let dry.
  6. Stamp desired image.

For the card above, I used Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Watermelon Wonder re-inkers.  What is awesome about this technique – everyone’s background comes out a little different.  BTW – if you don’t like your pattern – reswirl your shaving cream and try again!  The more you swirl, the more blended your colors become – but you can always refresh with a little more shaving cream, or add another drop or two of ink.

Hope you give this a try!  Thanks for stopping by!

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