Sunday, April 28, 2019

Motorcycle "Bridge" Card

I created this fun fold card with a new to me stamp set
I bought specifically to use for my son's birthday.
It's called One Wild Ride and is by Stampin' Up!
Although it is new to me, the set has been available
since 2016.

It's actually a pretty easy card to make.
The trickiest part was getting the front panel
stuck in the right position -
until it hit me:
fold the card flat to adhere it.
I was trying to do it while it was 
in the folded, upright position.
Silly me! 

Sorry, I didn't take step by step photos,
but you should be able to figure it out
using the diagram and photos below.

top view

back view

I also used the old Sanded background stamp (2008?)
and screw head stamp from Nailed It (2017),
both also SU! sets.

The embossing folder is Diamond Plate by Darice.

Some sponging, heat embossing
detail work with markers plus dimensionals
finish it off. 

You could easily make a small pocket
to hold a sliding out sentiment and signed piece
or even a gift card  / cash.
Glue it to the center panel.

Here is a tip:
save the scraps from the new CLING mount stamps
to cut into pieces and use on the old not so sticky
CLEAR mount stamp sets by Stampin' Up!

It worked great!

When I was assembling my new Geared Up Garage cling stamp set,
I wondered if I could perhaps use pieces of the scraps to
place over the backs of the also new to me One Wild Ride
stamp set. It is the clear mount style. I've never had luck with
sticking this type to acrylic blocks, preferring to buy wood mount stamps still.

It does take a little bit of work,
especially peeling apart the pieces if you
don't have much fingernail length like myself ;)

Just be sure to note the difference between the sides
so you stick the correct side to your stamps.
Peel away the shiny side, stick the clear sticky film
to your stamp then remove the dull side. 

I'd like to take a moment to remind drivers to

Thanks for looking, have a great day :) 

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Happy Easter, Happy Spring

Glittery Jelly Beans Card

I drug out my old, really old, Stampin' Glitter stack
to make the jelly beans on this card.
The stamps are quite old as well.

The beans were stamped, cut out and adhered individually.
I'm not very happy with the way they turned out,
they aren't very glittery and colors are lighter than I expected.
I might have over heated the Heat and Stick/Glitter combo.

Jelly bean incentive stamp (?), Stampin' Up! 1994
Happy Easter from All Seasons, CTMH year unknown 
(I bought this at an estate sale at least a dozen years ago)

Thanks for looking, have a great day = )

(I didn't post this card sooner as intended. I've not been home the past week. I may write about the incident that kept we away at a later time........... I am M.A.D.D.)

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Tin Tile Rabbit Card

I love this Tin Tile embossing folder from Stampin' Up!
and am pretty happy with the way this card turned out.

I had a few ideas of what I want to make with it when I ordered it,
I knew the first project would be this Easter card.

Adding the "rust" to the "tin" was an experiment.
I've used the cinnamon faux rust technique on black
card stock along with paints to create faux rusty gears
It worked great, so I thought I've give it a go
on silver metallic card stock.

I distressed the edges of the Barely Banana card stock
(after running it through the Subtle embossing folder)
then added real stitching. 

The flowers are some tiny paper flowers by 
Prima that my Mom found at a yard sale.
They are in a neat glass bottle that I'll repurpose
into something else when it is empty, one day.

The pink flower has a yellow rhinestone center
glued in place.

I added paper punched leafy branches 
(Martha Stewart) and hand cut wee little leaves.

Pink and white gingham ribbon has been in my
stash for quite some time; I still adore gingham ribbon.

The rabbit (hand cut from a free SVG file
that I printed out) is attached with dimensionals.
The file was resized, changed to white with a "stroke" added
around the edge to create an outline to print out and cut.

Easel card

The scallop circle base is an old precut card from
Stampin' Up! that came with brown envelopes.
I cut my own circular folding card to attach
behind the Baja Breeze scallop circle.
Pink Pirouette is layered between the blue and yellow.

It folds flat for mailing,
but will require extra postage since it is bumpy
and in a large square envelope.

I made my own word art on the computer,
printed it out onto white card stock.
It is layered over Baja Breeze that I
paper punched a scalloped edge on.
I cut chipboard to fit under the word strip
to add some height for the bottom of the card
to catch to stand up.
I also added another strip of the Tin Tile embossed
silver metallic card stock to the bottom.

I meant to stamp some small flowers and leaves
on the base before attaching the word strip.
 I thought they'd look nice filling in the white space
on either side of the round card when it was standing.
Oh well........

Thanks for looking, have a terrific day!

I'm entering my tin tile bunny easel card in the following challenges:

My card was chosen as a favorite of the week at!

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Babs Bunny Spool Doll

This sweet bunny was created with a 
pattern and a wood kit that I bought years ago.
I added my own fabric scraps to complete her.


I had to improvise on a couple of parts since 
the pattern called for Rag Mop Ringlets
to create the ears and the end of the carrot.
That product is no longer available.

I used fabric and cotton batting scraps for the ears
(with a little bit of blush in the centers)
and felt for the ends of the carrot.

Also, I didn't have a any orange print fabric,
so I used a rubber stamp and Stazon ink to make my own !

The wood parts I used to make the body
(not including the bead head):

The kit pattern image is below:

Friday, April 12, 2019

Brusho Rainbow and Butterfly

A pretty simple card -
although I need practice with Brushos!
This is only the second  time I've used them.

I brushed water and Brushos onto
water color paper.

After it was dry, I heat embossed
the sentiment with white embossing powder.

The butterfly was inked with Crushed Curry then the 
edges were rolled onto a Pumpkin Pie ink pad
to make the two tone effect.
I then over stamped the outline image with black ink
and hand cut it out, adding thin wire for antennae. 

I used the Subtle embossing folder on the background card.

The stamp images are oldies from Stampin'Up!
Bold Butterfly (2004)
All Year Cheer 1 (2002)

I'm entering card in the current challenge

Thanks for looking , have a great day =) 

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Lego "Slider" Birthday Card


pulled open


I put my math skills to use to come up with this 
fun birthday card for a young man that 
enjoys building Lego sets.

I chose not to use bright colors for the bricks
since he doesn't really use bright bricks
much in the sets he builds.

Sorry, I did not take step by step photos of this project.

I did make a diagram to help show you how I made it.

The bricks are 4 1/4" long by 1 5/8" tall.

I used a 3/4" square punch to create the "stud" portions.

A white gel pen and watercolor details to help give the bricks "dimension".

The bottom two bricks are glued to a top opening pocket.

I cut a piece of card stock narrower than the pocket,
leaving a wider bottom edge (a sort of T shape)
to catch the glued top side edge of the pocket
so as not to be pulled out all the way.
Diagram above.
There are sure to be many websites with instructions
if you do an online search.

The top edge of the pull out piece is glued to the back
of the top brick piece, leaving a gap to slide over the "studs"
so it looks like Lego bricks being stacked together :)

The finished card is 4 1/4"  by almost 5 1/2".

This would also make a fun way to give a gift card.

I'm entering my card in the following challenge

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Butterfly Kisses Digi Kit

A few digi projects I made with the newest set of digi packs
by JMC Designs.

created this Butterfly Kisses set of 
digital kits for the Happy Hour at
Plain Digital Wrapper this month.
Such bright, happy, spring colors !
I always adore the painted wood papers
Jodi creates, well her kits overall, 
but check out the fun word trails kit :)

Each pack is only $1 through April 17th ! 

Friday, April 5, 2019

Kraft Florals Cards

Cards inspired by a Stampin' Up! sample.

I love this dimensional embossing folder,
so detailed. I lightly sponged white craft ink
over the raised areas of the kraft card stock. 

Thanks for looking, have a great day =) 

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Laser Cut Paper Card

Card totally inspired by a mini gift bag sample 
in the Stampin' Up! catalog.

Thanks for looking, have a great day =) 

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Sympathy Lilies Card

 A card I created with new to me goodies for a contest.
We were challenged to make a card
using items from the SaleABration catalog.
Granted, not everything on my card is current
but it is what I have to use .

I stamped one of the sentiment stamps a few times on the background
with versamark ink then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.

The dark green banner is Always Artichoke card stock that I 
ran through a paper crimper numerous times to help break down
the paper fibers/layers. I then carefully pulled the top away from
the bottom, revealing the fibrous center.
A fun way to make a neat sort of handmade looking paper piece.

I used a blender pen to remove ink from the stamen
then colored it in with a marker before stamping.

 I will be quite honest here and say that I personally am not impressed
with the new distinktive line of photopolymer stamps.
I wonder if the newer foam type ink pads would work better
on them ? I have the old fabric topped style and they would
not ink well at all. All of my pads were reinked in December, 
so I thought maybe they were too wet. The ink pooled on the stamp.
I dug out a couple of older ones that had not been inked and were drier,
still a no go. They left the pattern of the fabric pad on them.
I tied rubbing them across the ink pad to remove the pattern
and all I got was swirly patterned images when stamped.
I also tried Colorbox pigment ink petal points 
as well as coloring directly on the stamp with markers.
Neither gave a good stamped image.
Perhaps it is just me and there is a learning curve,
but I made several attempts with different colors
and the purple ones above are the best result.
I may try Versamark with Stampin' Pastels next.

I brayered the green ink onto the leaves
and that seemed to give better coverage. 

I also don't like the dies I bought to go with this stamp set.
 It may not necessarily be the dies, but the nature of photopolymer
stamps in that they are flexible. They are being "distorted", 
flexing when applying them to the block
 that causes the dies not to line up with the stamped image. 
I've not been able to use the stem dies so far.
The paper snips have been getting a work out !

Thanks for looking, have a great day =) 

EDITED 4/7/2019
I've done some searching on the internet and see that indeed there are issues with getting good, crisp images with this distINKtive style stamp set. I've found a tip to smoosh the ink down into the pad before stamping so it isn't so wet. Good idea - if I had the foam type pads. I guess using a brayer will be my best option to ink up the stamps as that seems to be the only way to get a halfway decent image using my linen topped pads. 

Also came across a tip to align the stamps with the dies on the acrylic block before stamping so they will line up to die cut them out.