6/22/13

No stamps required - again

Just a die from My Favorite Things and some patterned paper.

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I made two with a pink banner and 2 with a green banner. There’s not much more to say about them. I will be using this die a lot more, it’s so perfect for a simple card.

6/18/13

Flowers and a circle of lattice

I have had this Memory Box Tessatina Border die for a while and was at a loss as how to use it without fussing with glue. I saw a card where they had used it as a backing for some koi fish in a similar opening and I had an Ah-Ha moment! I die cut 3 or 4 pieces out of white card stock and die cut a circle out of the pink with a Nestabilities die. I added some adhesive on the back side of the circle with my ATG and carefully lined up the dies to create a lattice. Ah-Ha!

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The flowers are made with a My Favorite Things die and the sentiment is from Papertrey. I used an EK Success border punch for the label and trimmed it down to fir the sentiment. A few pearls were added for accents and it was all popped up on foam adhesive. No more fussing with gluing that thin die down. No siree Bob.

Do you have an easy way to adhere things like that? I have some spray adhesive but I find that some of it still gets on the front of the die and leaves a sticky mess.

6/15/13

Silhouette cards - no stamps needed

When I crank up the Silhouette, I try to make it worth it. I have some alphabet dies in a couple of different fonts, but I was using the Silhouette for some other things anyway, so I went ahead and used it for these cards, too. It’s MUCH easier to get the letters straight with the Silhouette than with dies.

The first one is a little plain, white space scares me a little. I added some hearts but it still looks a little nekkid to me.

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I jazzed up the next one a little more, adding some washi tape (washi tape, Leslie!) to the top and bottom. I just cut the ends like a banner and stuck it to the card. I put a couple of small pieces on some card stock and punched out a couple of hearts, too.

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The patterned paper behind it is from the Basic Grey Knee Highs 6 x 6 paper pad and it’s very colorful. The paper on the first one is from that same paper pad, but it’s a little more subdued. Gimme bright, crazy colors!

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6/11/13

Sending Smiles

With all of the dies and pretty patterned papers available now, it’s getting easier to make a card with minimal stamping.

This is a Papertrey die and it covers the whole front of the card. I’m not a fan of liquid glue, but that’s the best way I found to attach this die cut. A thin line around the edges, and some dots here & there worked pretty well.

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The patterned paper was cut from the Doodlebug Design Flower Box 6 x 6 paper pad, using the same die. The yellow paper is in the background as a whole piece and the circles of the other patterns were added in the other spaces. The sentiment is one I use quite often by Hero Arts. I think the banner needs a little something, maybe an enamel dot or a gem - what do you think? Or maybe I should have made it a bit shorter. Hmmmm.

6/8/13

Happy 50th

Now that the card has been received and the birthday celebrated, I can show you the card I mentioned a while ago. I knew I had to make an over-the-top card for a 50th birthday, so I went in search of an idea. I found this one. I already had the instructions for the cascade card on one of my Pinterest boards and it looked like a good idea.

It took a bit longer than I expected, but it was the first one, so there was a bit of a learning curve to it. I didn’t have any white tulle, so I made do with some mesh ribbon by May Arts instead. I cut the large stars, balloons, and the 50 on the Silhouette, punched the smaller stars out of glitter paper. I used acetate for the “legs” on the stars and balloons. The rest was trimming and assembling. I added a white gel pen accent to the balloons, stamped the greeting and scored it to make a banner.

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I think it turned out pretty well, if I do say so myself. Have you made a cascade card yet? Do you have any suggestions or any way to make them more efficiently?

6/4/13

Flowers

I bought this set, Very Vintage Greetings, from Wplus9 ages ago, specifically with this card in mind. I saw it on My Paper Secret blog and it was love at first sight. She used Impress Fresh Inks on her card and until Hero Arts came out with their new shadow and mid tone inks, I couldn’t find a good color combination using the inks I had. And I had a LOT of them.

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I used Soft Cantaloupe, Butter Bar, Bubble Gum, and Soft Purple for the flowers. I can’t tell you how much I love these inks! I use them all the time. I sold most of my other ink pads at the Used Stamp Sale last month and now I am only using Memento, Hero Arts, Distress, and just a few other miscellaneous inks. It’s much simpler for me.

The sentiments are from Hero Arts (Thanks and Friends) and Papertrey (Happy Birthday). The sentiments were stamped with Hero Arts black instead of the usual Memento Tuxedo Black because it is a darker, bolder black ink. I really love it. I haven’t tried using Copics with it yet, though.

Basically it’s a one layer card with no embellishments, so it mails easily. I like those kinds of cards, don’t you?

6/1/13

Happy June First!

I needed to make a get well card for a pen pal that wasn’t feeling too good. I found the inspiration online somewhere, as usual, and this is what happened.

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The background paper is from an Amuse pack that I know I have had for a year or so and never opened! Paper hoarder? Me?? Ok, maybe I am, so what? It’s my paper and I’ll hoard it if I want to, hoard it if I want to. Now what song is stuck in your head? You’re welcome :-).

Anyway, the birds are dies from Memory Box – Resting Birds, I think the set is called. I just drew a line with a black marker and popped those little babies right on it. Birds on a wire. Resting Birds on a Wire. I apologize for the slightly wonky photo.