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April 2014

Event Display Stamper Application

Hello, and welcome back! Hang on to your hats, as I have 6 projects to share today that will also be used as an application to be a display stamper for Stampin' Up! at their annual Convention in July. When I was on the Artisan Design Team in 2012-2013, I enjoyed making display samples for Leadership 2013. I would love the opportunity to do it again! Since there are so many pictures, I won't link supplies and will have basic info about each project. If you'd like more detail,  please comment and I'd be happy to answer.

First up, the cards. The first one features the Happy Watercolor Stamp Set, which is heat embossed in white and colored in with markers on the back of the Vellum Cardstock. I also stamped the watercolor stamps onto watercolor paper, and spritzed with water so they would blend more.

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Next, another card with warm and spring-like colors. I heat embossed the doilies onto Naturals White Cardstock, watercolored around them, and then ironed off the heat emossing. It looks like I watercolored a very elaborate background!

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For this last card, I cut an oval from the Simply Pressed Clay, colored on the feather stamp with markers and then pressed it into the clay. I let it dry overnight, and then assembled the card. The colored panel to the left started out with markers colored in circles, and then I spritzed it to make the colors run.

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Next up is a scrapbook page that I have shared here before. This is my cute and furry friend Monty. This page features the hexagon punch, some spritzing through a stencil I created with MDS and one of the Photopolymer stamp sets.

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My first 3D project is a simple birthday banner. I die cut a piece of Canvas Creations using the Perfect Pennants Die, stamped the Abc-123 Outline Alphabet & Numbers for the word "happy" and then stitched a satin stich for the letters.

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And, last but not least, a set of spring banners using the Backyard Basics Bundle. The base is Coasterboard, sponged and stamped with the Hardwood stamp. The next layer is Canvas Creations stamped with the Dictionary stamp which was sponged with ink. I also stamped the words into the Simply Pressed Clay, and made little tags out of them. Some Vintage Trinkets and Burlap Ribbon finish them off.

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Whew, that is all for today. Wish me luck! Thanks for stopping by.

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Happy Easter

Happy Easter! This is rather belated, but Typepad has been down much of the past couple of days. So, I had my projects and videos ready to go, but I wasn't able to create this post early this morning as I had planned. But, better late than never, right?

Today I have a couple of simple 3D projects to share that celebrate Easter and spring. I made an Easter sign and two shadowboxes with an Easter and spring theme. Here they are all lined up on my mantle.

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Here is the Easter set, both the sign and the shadowbox.

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So, here is the Easter sign close up. Most of this is actually from the Blossoms Abound Kit Digital Download. I printed the watercolor background out onto paper sized 5"x7", and mounted that to a piece of So Saffron Core'dinations Cardstock. The cross is made with the Hardwood Background Stamp and Crumb Cake Cardstock and Ink. I cut two strips, and wrapped linen thread around them. The wreath, the banner and the flowers were print and cut out with my Silhouette Cameo e-cutter. I have videos for that whole process linked below, so hopefully those will be helpful. I am thinking of all kinds of ideas for this print and cut feature! The wreath is tucked behind the top part of the cross, and I used two banners with the middle portion cut and popped up for more dimension.

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The shadow boxes are made using the Kraft Gift Boxes with the flaps cut off. The background is Coastal Cabana Core'dinations, and the base is from folded Crumb Cake Cardstock. I used the Simply Serif Mini Alphabet Stamp Set on all of the projects, and the Life in the Forest Stamp Set. I watercolored the animals and trimmed them out with a craft knife. I guess the only thing that makes this one Easter-like is the bunny!

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I used the same supplies for the spring box as the Easter box above. Colors I used are Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding, Summer Starfruit, Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake, Baked Brown Sugar, Calypso Coral, Crisp Cantaloupe and Strawberry Slush. The banners were spritzed with Strawberry Slush and Calypso Coral before I stamped the greeting.

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Here are some in process shots of the shadowboxes, including the dimensions of the folded piece that is used as the base. When I cut out the forest pieces, I left white tabs of cardstock below each piece, so I could adhere them to the backs of the rows of the folded base piece.

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I had an extra wreath, two banners and one small flower, so I made this card to go along with the other pieces. I added a small bow of Melon Mambo 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon to accessorize this card, and the small flower was cut in half and tucked into the ends of the banner.

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Here are the video links for creating the above print and cut elements. The first is setting up print and cut for the banner.

 

The second is setting up print and cut for the wreath.

 

The third is showing the actually cutting on the Cameo and the settings in the Silhouette software.

 

Whew...that is all for today. More to share later this week. Thanks for stopping by.

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Try It - Creped Filter Paper 5

Hello, and welcome back! Today, I have two last projects to share using Creped Filter Paper. Not that this is the end of what you can do with this fun supply! It's just the end of my projects featuring it.

For my first project, I die cut two hearts, placed some sequins and punched cardstock circles in between and stitched them shut for a confetti shape. You could easily do this with a more simple shape like a circle or rectangle as well.(original post here)

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And, here is my last project. For these I stamped the flowers from Secret Garden onto the Creped Filter Paper. For the stamps that were outline images, I colored them in lightly with the coordinating colored marker. Then, I die-cut them and adhered them to some white painted wood eggs using acrylic sealer. I love how these turned out! (original post here)

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Whenever, I feature a series like this of projects using a specific medium or stamp set, I'll include a free file with all of the techniques and tips included. Below is the link for the Creped Filter Paper technique sheet. I hope you enjoy it, and thanks for stopping by!

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Try It - Creped Filter Paper 4

Hello, and welcome back! Today I have several projects that highlight how you can use the Creped Filter Paper to make a variety of flowers and projects. On this first example (original post here), I sprayed the Creped Filter Paper with Strawberry Slush reinker and alcohol, and then die cut the flowers. They make such a frilly, layered element.

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Next up, I stamped the small flower from Secret Garden in Rich Razzleberry, die cut the flowers and then spritzed them with water. I tied White Baker's Twine in the center, and then ruffled the petals a bit. The paper works really well because it adds dimension without being overly bulky...perfect for mailable cards! (original post here)

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I have a scrapbook page to share that also features spritzed creped filter paper. I die cut it into flower shapes, wrinkled it up a bit, and then adhered it to my page with a smaller scalloped circl and an In Color Boutique Detail in the center. I was inspired by the decorations from the Stampin' Up! Convention where they had large tissue paper flowers, banners and strings of stitched circles. (original post here)

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Well, that is all for today. I'll have more to share on this topic over the weekend, and a sheet to download with all of the techniques that I have shared this week. Thanks for stopping by!

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Try It - Creped Filter Paper 3

Hello, and welcome back! I have another project to share today using the Creped Filter Paper. I cut three strips 1"x6", and spritzed them with an ink and alcohol mixture in Strawberry Slush, Calypso Coral and Summer Starfruit. Then, I hand stitched a running stitch through the top of the pieces, and gathered them loosely into ruffles. I adhered them in rows onto a piece of Naturals White Cardstock 2 1/2"x5". There is a piece of Strawberry Slush Core'dinations Cardstock at the top of the ruffled panel. Before adhering it to the Naturals White card base, I stamped the dots from the Happy Watercolor Stamp Set in Summer Starfruit, stamping more than once before reinking. Then, the ruffled panel was adhered to the center of the card.

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For the focal point, first I cut a piece of Naturals White Cardstock to 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" and covered it with Strawberry Slush patterned paper. I stitched around the outside edge of this panel with my sewing machine. I stamped the flower in Strawberry Slush onto Naturals White Cardstock, and die cut the flower. It was adhered to the stitched panel with Stampin' Dimensionals, and then I added a Summer Starfruit Dahlia to the center with a glue dot. The whole panel was adhered with more Stampin' Dimensionals.

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Here is the ruffle in progress. Wow...my grid paper is really dirty...I mean covered in crafty goodness! Might be time to get out a new piece so my progress pictures look cleaner. I have a favorite color combo on it for now though, so will have to record it somewhere before I throw the grid paper away.

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Well, that is all for today. More Creped Filter Paper projects on the way this week. Thanks for stopping by!

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Try It - Creped Filter Paper 2

Hello! Welcome back. I have another project to share today using the Creped Filter Paper. This technique is called Faux Silk. I think it was originally done with plain tissue paper, but it works really well with the Creped Filter Paper too.

For this technique, I stamped the solid flowers and stems from the Secret Garden set onto a Whisper White Cardstock panel with Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral and Gumball Green inks. Next, I covered the whole panel with the Stampin' Up! Glue Stick. Then, cut a piece of the Creped Filter Paper larger than the stamped panel, wad it up so there are lots of wrinkles, open it back up and apply it to the glue covered panel. Don't rub the paper too much or all the lovely wrinkles and texture will go away. But do make sure it sticks to the glue all over the panel.

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The card base is Daffodil Delight Cardstock. I added a layer of the orange and yellow print from the Watercolor Wonder Designer Series paper, and a die cut piece of Calypso Coral Core'dinations Cardstock. I also tied some Daffodil Delight Seam Binding Ribbon around this, and adhered it to the card front. I stamped the greeting in Calypso Coral, punched it out with the Large Oval Punch and added some Calypso Candy Dots before adhering it with Stampin' Dimensionals.

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Well, that is all for today. I have more Creped Filter Paper projects to share this week. Thanks for stopping by today!

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Try It - Creped Filter Paper 1

Hello, and welcome back! Today I am sharing a card that features some new favorites of mine: the card in a box template and the Hardwood background stamp as well as Creped Filter Paper. I had a sneek peak of the stamped pieces for this card on Instragram this week. So excited to finally share the whole card with you! And here it is! Other stamp sets I used are Backyard Basics (and the matching Framelits) and the Banner Greetings set.

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This was the birthday card I made for my mother, and she finally received it so I can share it here. The card base is Crumb Cake Cardstock, and the "wood" panels are Crumb Cake ink on Sahara Sand Cardstock. I really like this combo, and I can't wait to try other combos with the Woodgrain stamp. Maybe I should have called it a new obsession instead of a new favorite! I think it will work really well on masculine cards as well.

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The flowers were stamped in Jet Black Stazon, and I colored them using a Blender Pen with Elegant Eggplant, Wisteria Wonder, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry and Gumball Green inks. I just squeezed the ink pad so there was ink on the top lid, and picked that up with the Blender Pen. Then the pieces were diecut with the Backyard Basics matching dies. The greeting is also stamped in Elegent Eggplant ink, and hand cut with some extra cardstock on the left to wrap around the toothpick.

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So, here is the first Creped Filter Paper technique: fringing, which I used to mimic grass. I cut a couple of strips about 1 1/4" x 6", spritzed them with Old Olive ink and alchol, folded them in half and cut the folded edge with scissors. I attached the two strips to the fronts of the interior card dividers. Then, I attached the Irises and Tulips to the back of the same pieces. The banner toothpick was attached to the inside edge of the card front with washi tape. I love all of the dimension in this project.

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On the left flap, I attached the bee from the set colored and die cut in the same way.

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On the right panel, I added the matching butterfly.

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On the front panel, I added the bird and some more fringed Creped Filter Paper for the nest. I cut a 1" x 6" strip, colored it with a Baked Brown Sugar marker, fringed it with scissors and then wrapped it around the edge of a Small Oval punched piece of cardstock. I adhered it, then adhered the bird over it with Stampin' Dimensionals.

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I even stamped the envelope.

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Here are a couple of pictures of the card in progress.

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I wanted to share another example of using the Creped Filter Paper fringed. I created this Easter card with the fringe as grass too (original post here).

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Well, that is all for today. I'll have more samples to share using the Creped Filter Paper this week. Thanks for stopping by!

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Life in the Forest - Part 2

Hello there! I have another "foxy" themed card using the Life in the Forest stamp set for you today. I thought it would be fun to create a little scene with this set. I also wanted to try embossing onto Crumb Cake Cardstock, and coloring in with markers. I love how it turned out! To start I drew a curved line with a pencil, then stamped and embossed the trees. Next, I drew over the line with a Versamarker skipping the trees and embossed that line. I cut around the trees and the hill with a craft knife. I adhered that piece to a Pool Party card. I did the same thing with the fox and the mouse. This layer was adhered to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals. I also stamped and cut out an extra mouse body, and popped that up with Stampin' Dimensionals too.

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To finish, I stamped a greeting from the Just Saying stamp set and coordinating Word Bubbles dies, and adhered it with Stampin' Dimensionals. I added some Calypso Coral Baker's Twine too. So, do you think the fox is looking at the mouse with a friendly "hey there", or is he eyeing his next meal? I think it could go either way!

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Well, that is all for today. Next I have a "card in a box" to share using the Backyard Basics and Hardwood stamp sets. It will also be the start of another "Try It" series using the crepe filter paper. Can't wait to show you the card! Thanks for stopping by.

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Life in the Forest - Part 1

Hello there, and welcome back! Today I have a card to share using the Life in the Forest stamp set. I love this set...so many cute critters are included in this set. I created a scene on some watercolor paper that was slightly larger than the frame opening. I stamped the fox and the mushroom first with Black Stazon ink, and then I drew in the hill with a permanent black marker skipping over the stamped images. Then, I used Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral and Pear Pizazz inks to watercolor with. The frame is diecut from Coastal Cabana Core'dinations Cardstock, and the greeting was stamped on vellum and adhere around the frame.

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I added some lines from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set on the card base. I made a little ribbon banner using Calypso Coral Chevron Ribbon, Crisp Cantaloupe Stretch Ribbon and Calypso Coral Baker's Twine. I like how this turned out, and will be using this combo again. It feels like just the right amount of embellishment and extra texture to me.

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That's all for today. I'll have another "foxy" project to share tomorrow, and then a fancy spring card after that. Thanks for stopping by!

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Published Card - Masked You Make Me Smile

Hello there! Today I have another card to share that was published in the latest Stamp It! Techniques Volume 2 special issue from Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking. This card represents the masking technique. I punched circles in sticky notes, and used them to mask the white layer. Then, I sponged different colors of ink into the circles and stamped the Dictionary Stamp over the mask as well.

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The card base is Baked Brown Sugar Cardstock, and I used the ruler pattern from the Etcetera Designer Series Paper collection. I wrapped some Calypso Coral Chevron Ribbon around the card, and tied it with Linen thread.

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The greeting and tag are from the Notable Notions Stamp Set. I stamped the circle greeting, punched it out and layered it on a slightly larger circle punched from Coasterboard. The tag has a matching die when you trim the bottom edge straight across. The dimension shows nicely in the photo below.

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Well, that is all for today. I'll have some more cards to share this week, and am working on another 3d project to share here. Thanks for stopping by!

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