The stamped image is from the Another Great Year stamp set. I stamped once on white and cut with circle punches and then stamped a second time on Crushed Curry and fussy cut the banner to layer. I colored the candles with Blendabilities markers. More circle punching in Tangelo Twist and Crushed Curry and a strip of the Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim and all layered on a stamped piece of Tangelo Twist. The dots were made using a stamp from the Work of Art stamp set. (You gotta get it!) After everything was layered I had a few of the Bermuda Bay sequins laying on my work surface so I added them to the card and topped them with a little rhinestone. I love when little mishaps turn into happy accidents!
Friday, February 27, 2015
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Here are two cards made using the Butterfly Basics stamp set and the Butterfly Thinlits. I debated on whether to order the bundle or just the Thinlits. But the images in the stamp set won me over. They are just so pretty!
There are three thinlits in the pack. I've used the two larger more detailed ones on these cards. The little butterfly on the first card is punched using the Bitty Butterfly punch.
Because these two butterflies are so detailed you will want to use a layer of wax paper between the thinlit and your card stock. And even with that added layer I found I had to add a shim to get the best cut of the large butterfly. I was using the Irresistibly Yours Specialty DSP which is thicker and has that glossy layer so that only added to the difficulty of getting a good cut. But I do like the way the sponged paper looks with the butterfly cut.
All Big Shots are a little bit different so you may or may not need a shim. If you don't like to fuss with die cuts this set of framelits may not be for you; but believe me once I got my layers for my Big Shot figured out I really had fun with these butterflies.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Have you noticed that card manufacturer's are producing cards that look hand made. I think we have them worried!
Here's a CASE of a card I received recently. The manufactured card had stems that were scripted words. Honestly I like mine better because the purchased card had to be turned on its side to read the script. And it didn't have the embossed vellum like mine does. I colored the Basic Jewel Rhinestones with blendabilities markers and the vellum was colored using a sponge dauber and ink pad of the same color. The stem is actually the balloon string from Celebrate Today stamp set and the flower is from Petite Petals. I used the Petite Petals punch, too.
Monday, February 23, 2015
Friday, February 20, 2015
Thursday, February 19, 2015
I decided to apply Throw Back Thursday to my stamping. This is an old set called "In Full Bloom." Such pretty delicate designs! Yes, I still had my embossing powder out and did white on white again and used it to make this card with the detachable book mark. There's a little slit cut into the Soft Sky card stock and hidden under the stamped band. The book mark was trimmed at the top using the new Ornate Tag Topper punch. I used my Big Shot and the retired Flower Garden embossing folder on the Soft Sky cards stock. The recipient can remove the bookmark and then use the card again if they want. The twine is from the Painted Blooms Cotton Twine pack in the Occasions catalog.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
The strip of DSP is from the retired Flirtatious pack and was a piece that was hidden under something else on my desk and destined for the trash. I discovered it while I was thinking about what sort of card to make for the recipient and Wisteria Wonder and the design seemed perfect!
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Then I cut them in half to layer along the Coastal Cabana card stock which was stamped with the little dot image from the Work of Art stamp set.
The ribbon is from Sale-a-Bration's Best Year Ever Accessories pack. This year the items in Sale-A-Bration will only be available through that period. So, if you like a product get it now.
I punched a little heart out of Coastal Cabana card stock and stuck one of the new Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Stickers (page 28 in the Occasions catalog) on top. It gives it a nice shiny touch!
Hello is one of the words in the Hello You Thinlits Dies. Just remember to layer some wax paper between the thinlit and your card stock and the word will pop right out.
Monday, February 16, 2015
Friday, February 13, 2015
Thursday, February 12, 2015
I pulled out my Fringe Scissors to make the grass. And while I had them out I made this second card using some retired stamp sets and glitter brad. The petals are made with retired DSP using the heart from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack. (Also used for red "flowers" in the top card.) I found the easiest way to make the flower was to adhere the bottom most heart to the paper, then add the brad and then arrange the hearts around the brad.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
And here are some photos of some Valentine decorations I made for our Valentine Brunch at church.
The two photos below are actually one project as it is two-sided. I used my Big Shot to make the smaller boxes; I had these precut and in my Melon Mambo scrap envelope. I honestly don't ever remember cutting them. Anyhow, I wanted to use the "B" and bumblebee stamp from the retired "Just Buzzing By" stamp set and needed a larger box; so I used my Gift Box Punch Board to make it. This was one of those late night, can't fall asleep ideas. Luckily I still remembered it this next morning!
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
"Thanks" is one of the thinlits for use with Big Shot machine. So pretty; just be sure to add a layer of wax paper between the thinlit and card stock and it will pop right out of the thinlit with no tearing. I have also seen where people use a new dryer sheet but I've not found that to be necessary.
And here's another trick I learned from Mary Fish's blog... when using photopolymer stamps place then on the diagonal on your clear blocks and it's easier to get then straight. See the photo below. I saw her hint and thought, "Yeah right." But gave it a try and it works! I can't explain it but I stamped "so much" for three different cards and each time it was straight as an arrow! I love reading other blogs and getting ideas and helpful hints.
Monday, February 9, 2015
Here's a fun valentine I made using the same sketch.
Friday, February 6, 2015
I'll have some more ideas for the Occasions and Sale-A-Bration products next week. Check back in!
Thursday, February 5, 2015
There are so many possibilities with these Cheerful Critters and their blank placards!
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
If you buy one of the bundles (see previous posts or check out other bundles in the Occasions catalog) and this Cheerful Critters stamp set or the Birthday Bash DSP you have earned a free Sale-A-Bration item. I've used one on these cards. The ribbons and buttons are in the Best Year Ever Accessory pack. (That's three separate pieces of ribbon on these cards.)
I used the Confetti Stars border punch on the bottom card.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Monday, February 2, 2015
There are lots of great expressions in the Crazy About You set plus some pretty new flowers (with coordinating punches) and a leaf pattern. The Hello You thinlits consist of the words "you", "happy", "hello" and "thanks". There are so many possibilities for creativity with this bundle!