Thursday, June 30, 2011

Snow Much Fun Easel Card

This is for the Fourth Tuesday Fun Fold Challenge on Stampin' Addicts....I think I am going to have a lot of fun with the Snow Much Fun stamp set!

Easel cards are so Easy! :)

1. Cut your cardstock base to 4-1/4 X 11. (in half vertically)
2. Score it at 2-3/4 and 5-1/2 inches.
3. Cut a 4-1/4 X 5-1/2 inch top layer base. This is usually in the same color cardstock as the base.
4. Create a liner of some type for your card that has a horizontal piece for the card to stand against when it is in the easel position.
5. Add all the images and embellishments to finish your card.

The illustration below shows the way to attach the top layer base to the card base just in case....

Friday, June 17, 2011

Stampin' Addicts Retiring Stamp Sets Blog Hop 2011

Welcome to the Stampin' Addicts Retiring Stamp Sets Blog Hop for 2011!

You've likely arrived from Betty's lovely blog  Kitty Stamp where you saw adorable designs with the Blowing Kisses stamp set. Such a CUTE set!  Should you get lost or need a list of the participants, you can see it at Stampin' Addicts.

I'm actually featuring two great stamp "sets" for the hop. (Thanks for allowing me to do that fellow hoppers!) The Simple Birthday Thanks background (page 142) and Birthday Bliss (page 57) were both favorites of mine for kids cards (and thank you cards of course).  The Simple Birthday Thanks Stamp was inadvertently skipped for the Retirement list. Stampin' Up! confirmed that the stamp is NOT on a carryover list and IS retiring by phone.

First up is this gift card holder.....I can't swear I haven't seen it before, but I didn't knowingly copy.  Well, I did copy a birthday cupcake I'd seen intentionally, and I was trying to match some of the colors in the balloon gift card. I love the intense boyish blue of the icing on the Simple Birthday Thanks stamp, and imagine what color your tongue would be after eating such a cupcake in real life! The tag punch shaped "make a wish" candle image makes a quick and easy way to attach the top/icing with a flourish. "Ice Cream and Presents and Cake Oh my!" makes a grand statement for the front of the cupcake liner area. I'll list a step by step tutorial (no pictures-sorry) on Monday, though you probably don't need it-I just used a Pumpkin Pie card base, stamped it, cut it out and cut off the icing.  A thin line of sticky strip on the sides and bottom---Quick and Easy.

This Fancy Favor is cute for giving a gift of 3X3 cards and envelopes.  I have a friend who really enjoys getting handmade cards for her birthday.  Luckily, I really enjoy ~making~ cards!  This set features the new 2011-12 designer series paper "Just Add Cake".  It is an usual color combination, but it is a lot of fun!

I made this cupcake card to match this fun wrapping paper.  I just did some cutting with the paper cutter for the squares and rectangles and punched the circles and half circles.  I also made some curlicues and attached them with mono multi/green lid glue.  I stamped Birthday Bliss from the Birthday Bliss stamp set for a vibrant sentiment.  A little ribbon completes the card.

Now it is time to continue on to Holly's Rubber Redneck blog where she'll show you lovely creations with the Always stamp set. We're going to miss that set!


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Faux Cloisonné

This is an unusal old technique that only requires a magazine photo of flowers (I like to use a floral bedspread picture), Versamark and gold embossing powder.

1. Pick your floral photo....this will determine the color scheme for your card.
2. Stamp an open line stamp (one with line edges not a color-block type stamp like you'd use for faux shaving cream) in Versamark onto the magazine/catalog photo.
3. Cover with gold embossing powder.
4. Heat emboss.
5. Cut out the image leaving the gold edges.
6. Finish your card.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Glittered Dryer Sheet Technique

Not sure why I never posted this? It was the technique challenge I posted on Stampin Addicts a month ago.
It is especially nice with snowflake stamps in winter so you might want to wait to use it until then.

1. Stamp images in a variety of colors on your cardstock. Allow to dry for at least 10 minutes. (I don't recommend Red because it can smear when the glue stick hits it. Maybe you could heat it?)

2. Cover the cardstock with a thick coating of glue from a Stampin' Up! gluestick. (You can also use a Xyron, but if we can do it SU!, then let's.)

3. Press a well used (though not with dark clothes as they can sometimes fade or get dark lint on the dryer sheet) dryer sheet into the cardstock. (The glue will ooze through so be forewarned.) I used Bounce. You might want to ask anyone who has allergies to bring their own dryer sheet (unscented?) if the scent might be a problem.

4. Cover the cardstock with Dazzling Diamonds, and shake off the excess. (I think it might be a good idea to press the glitter into the cardstock at this point too.)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Fun Fold Technique Challenge on Stampin' Addicts

Lots of excitement with the Demonstrator Preorder, Retiring Stamp Set List and Retiring Accessories List! I am losing a ton of ribbon :(, but the show must go one...:)

Today's Fun Fold is really easy and was inspired by this week's MOJO Monday sketch MOJO193. I actually thought at first that this card style was the sketch, but it wasn't. I decided it should have been so I made it the Fun Fold Challenge on Stampin' Addicts. I used Blushing Bridge and a piece of the Hostess Level 1 dsp set as well as the bouquet from the On the Grow set in the Summer Mini Catalog.

1. Cut your cardstock into a 6 inch square.

2. Turn the card on its point ends and score each side at 2-1/8 inches top to bottom. Be sure to keep the top and bottom point and left and right points straight as you score. Repeat for each side.

3. Carefully fold the corners to the center making a nice center in which the points meet up. (Use the bone folder to get them just so. Have patience.)

4. Cut your dsp into a square that is 3-7/8 inches. It would seem like 4 inch would be it since the finished card is 4-1/4 square, but since there is a middle edge you want it either 3-7/8 or 3-3/4 inches square.

5. Wrap ribbon around the card and attach it to your matching base (ONLY-Nothing is adhered to the card base except the dsp). The base cardstock layer in my example is 2-3/4 square. This base allows you slide the image, sentiment and ribbon off so that the card may be opened for writing inside. My image layer is 2-1/2 square.

6. Attach your image layer and sentiment layer and voila'.