Tuesday, July 11, 2017


I'm entering this card into two challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Summer Sunshine and
Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday June 2017: Summer Icons.
After planning and executing a move across state, I am getting back into crafting! Unfortunately the first thing I packed and the last thing I unpacked was my papercrafting supplies, and life has also interfered with my crafting time.

I decided to keep this one clean and simple, and it was a test of several new supplies. This was my first test of the Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pads, for the center of the sun. I also tried out my Pixscan mat for the Silhouette Cameo 3. Neither turned out perfect but I think with a little more work they'll really shine (no pun intended!)

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Jillibean Soup Birthday Mock Shaker Card

My original thought was to make the gumballs in the machine a little 3-D with pop dots and leave them loose, but they kept flipping over in the shaker. So this turned out to be a mock shaker card as I ended up gluing them down.

I'm entering this card into one challenge:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Make Your Own Background.

Jillibean Soup Clear Stamps Sweet Treat
Jillibean Soup Small Circle Die Cut Shaker Card
Jillibean Soup Small Circle Shaped Shaker

Other Materials
pop dots; white cardstock; embossing heat tool; Versamark ink pad; Wendy Vecchi Embossing Powder in Red Geranium; Memento Dye Ink in Love Letter, Tangelo, Dandelion, Bamboo Leaves, Danube Blue, and Grape Jelly; masking paper or pen (having neither, I resorted to using Post-it notes); and a MISTI

Start with the Versamark and stamp the gumball machine and sentiment. Dust with embossing power and heat set. Mask the gumball machine with whichever method you choose, and use the various Memento Inks to stamp a gumball background. With the same inks, stamp some gumballs on white cardstock and fussy cut them out. Remove the masks from the gumball machine. Line up the gumballs with the opening in the front of the card and pop dot them to the back of the card. Add the shaker plastic and you're set!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

"Darn Amazing" Butterfly Stamp Card

I tried for colors as close to the given challenge colors as I could get, but I didn't quite make it. Clearly this means my crafting stash isn't big enough yet! ^_~  This particular card is full of shimmer and sparkles, but sadly those never photograph too well. The only exception to the shimmer or sparkle is the outer border of flowers, which is plain.

I'm entering this card into two challenges:
MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge - Sketch 322
MFT Color Challenge 64.

Sizzix Framelits Die Set with Stamps Limitations by Tim Holtz
Avery Elle Clear Stamp Set: Simply Said
Designer Dries Clear Adhesive: 159723
Metal Tip for Adhesive Bottles: 352854

Other Materials
pop dots; shimmer cardstock: black, gray, and light yellow; patterned paper with flowers; card: A7 ivory shimmer; Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen; Tsukineko Pearlescent Sky Blue - Brilliance Pigment Ink; Colorbox Archival Dye in Wicked Black; Sizzex Big Kick; Scotch Advanced Tape Glider (ATG) with Acid Free tape; embossing heat tool; cutting tool (I used my Silhouette but even an Exacto would work); and a MISTI

Cut the patterned paper to 5" by 7"; cut a rectangular hole in the middle half an inch from each side. You can use the inner rectangle to cut the banner strip of patterned paper. Cut the gray shimmer cardstock to 4" by 6", again with a rectangular hole in the center, leaving a thin border of shimmer gray. Cut some of the black shimmer cardstock to a 5" by 2" piece.

Stamp the butterfly with the blue ink and use the heat tool to dry. Die cut the butterfly. Stamp your choice of words on the banner strip of paper using the black ink, and trim the end to a fetching arrowhead. Swipe the banner strip with a sparkle pen.

Glue the patterned rectangle on your card first. Next glue the black rectangle, then the gray border. Add the banner strip to the top of these with pop dots, and use pop dots to adhere your butterfly. I seem to be addicted to using pop dots; I love the dimension they add to any piece!

Another angle in an attempt to show the shimmer!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Art-C Butterflies Tropical Card

I have to admit, vintage and shabby chic are a HUGE challenge for me. I'm so fond of shiny and new, it's really hard to make a card look old or worn on purpose. However, I gave it my best shot this time around, and at this time of year, an awful lot of us here are dreaming of someplace warmer!

I'm entering this card into three challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Blog's Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge - Sketch 321
and Frilly and Funkie: Out of the Cold Challenge.

Art-C Stamp and Cut Butterflies
Cricut Design Space: Flower #M31CA4
Avery Elle Clear Stamp Set - Pegasus Duo
K & Company Tim Coffey Travel Specialty Paper Pad 12"x12": palm trees page
Core'dinations Tim Holtz & Ranger Distress Collection: 5 colors
DCWV The Old World Stack Textured: green patterned
Designer Dries Clear Adhesive: 159723
Metal Tip for Adhesive Bottles: 352854

Other Materials
pop dots; card: ivory, A7 size; Colorbox Pigment Ink in Espresso; Sizzex Big Kick; Scotch Advanced Tape Glider (ATG) with Acid Free tape; paper cutter; embossing heat tool; a Cricut; and a MISTI

Start in the Cricut Design Space with Flower #M31CA4. The flower has two extraneous dots on it I didn't like; add a shape to that cut layer and weld to get rid of them. Resize the flower so it's just under 4" square. Using all but the largest background layer, cut each of the remaining six layers on separate colors of paper, using appropriate colors for the flower, leaves, and the patterned paper for the background. I suggest cutting the background out first and gluing the various pieces on it as you cut them out. This is easier than leaving them all until the end, although this flower's background has excellent guide marks once it's cut out should you choose to wait to glue it together.

Still in the Design Space, insert an octagon shape, duplicate it, size the second octagon slightly smaller than the first, align horizontally and vertically, and use slice. Save only the outline image. Size it to just under 4" by 4" and align to a corner of the grid lines placed about how you want to see it on the card, with the bottom right corner overlapping the grid lines. Insert a square that overlaps the octagon on one side of the grid lines and use slice. Save only the octagon outline with a part missing. Repeat with a second square on the grid lines perpendicular to the first set you used. Slice and save only the part that will now be the chopped outline on your card.

You'll need to use this template twice: once on the palm trees paper to form the card background, (leaving you with a thin octagon outline you can discard), and once on the patterned green paper used for the octagon, this time saving the thin outline. Once you've cut the octagon from the palm trees paper, use your paper cutter to trim it to 5" wide by 5.5" tall, making sure to line this up with the octagon in the lower right-hand corner.

Cut a colored strip of paper to 1.5" by 5" for the bottom of your card, and another strip in the patterned green to 1" by 5". Stamp your sentiment on the patterned green paper with Espresso ink. Stamp three butterflies with the same ink, one on each of the two brightest flower colors and one on a scrap of the palm tree paper. Use an embossing heat tool to set the ink on all four of these, and die cut the butterflies.

Now comes the easiest part: assembly! Start with the palm tree background and use the ATG to adhere it even to the upper edge of the card. Next adhere the 1.5" by 5" strip to the remaining space at the bottom of the card, and the 1" by 5" strip along the bottom edge on top of it. Glue the octagon edge around its open space in the card, and add the flower on top of it. Pop dot the three butterflies onto the card and you'll have a little taste of the tropics.