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January 2015

OCCCS4 Stitched Heart Card 3

Hello and welcome back. I have another card to share today with added texture from stitching. I used my heart die cuts and the matching heart piercing template to create the opening and the stitching that frames it. The I love you die cut is from the Label Card Thinlits Die. I'm still loving all the patterns from the Stacked with Love Paper Stack too. Thanks for stopping by!

OCCCS4 Stitched Heart Card 3

OCCCS4 Stitched Heart Card 3


OCCCS4 Stitched Heart Card 2

Hello again! One more card today using a stitching technique from the Clean and Simple 4 Techniques class. I pierced holes around the inside edge of my heart die, and then stitched across the heart evenly. I used a shimmery white embroidery thread on red card stock to give it some extra punch. Later today I have a few more cards to share with this technique! See you then.

OCCCS4 Stitched Heart Card 2

OCCCS4 Stitched Heart Card 2


OCCCS4 Stitched Heart Card 1

Hello! I have another card to share today using a technique from The Clean and Simple 4 Techniques class. Yesterday was stitching, and that is right up my crafty ally! I pulled out some embroidery floss, some dies and some stitching templates and got to work. For this design I randomly stitched across the heart and I love how it turned out. I hope you enjoy it too! Thanks for stopping by.

OCCCS4 Stitched Heart Card 1

OCCCS4 Stitched Heart Card 1

OCCCS4 Stitched Heart Card 1


OCC Clean & Simple 4 - Faux Tile Card 2

Hello and welcome back! Today I have another card to share using the Faux Tile technique from Online Card Classes Clean & Simple 4. Last time I used the Coaster Board from Stampin' Up, but it's a little too thin and slightly textured for this technique. So, I stopped at my local craft store, and purchased some white smooth finish mat board. I cut it into some squares, and used my flower die cuts to cut in the shape. I used the regular sandwich in the die cutting machine, which cuts into the mat board but not all the way through it. Then, I sponged some retired craft ink and some newer classic ink onto the different areas of the design (Cameo Coral and Daffodil Delight Craft and Coastal Cabana Classic). Then, it's heat embossed with clear embossing powder three times.

OCC Clean & Simple 4 - Faux Tile Card 2

 

Here you can see how shiny the piece is, and how it looks like a tile. I love this technique, and recommend pigment inks as they give a better coverage of color. I finished the card with a couple of strands of Baked Brown Sugar Thick Baker's Twine, the Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper and a greeting in Soft Suede ink from the Best Day Ever Stamp Set. I think the next time I try this technique, I'll make the main tile a little smaller.

OCC Clean & Simple 4 - Faux Tile Card 2

 

Well, that's all for today. I'll have more class "homework" cards to share soon, and some additional Simply Pressed Clay samples as well. Thanks for stopping by!


Online Card Classes Clean & Simple 4 - Day 1 card 1

Hello there! This week I'm participating in a class over at Online Card Classes called Clean & Simple 4. Here is a link to the site. http://onlinecardclasses.com/CS4/class-info/
I tried my hand at the Faux Tile technique today. I think it turned it reasonably well, but I need to get a different adhesive to mask with. My painter's tape took a layer off the top of my coaster board and made it a little too rough. Overall I'm happy with it though! Thanks for stopping by and I'll have more to share this week.

Jan 26, 2015

Jan 26, 2015


CYCI #54 - Designers Choice Challenge

Hello and welcome back! I'm back today with a card for the Can You Case It Challenge Blog. This week's theme is Designer's Choice, so we can make any type of project and use any prodcuts that we want. The sky is the limit!

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I decided to play with some new Stampin' Up products that I received recently, including this Chalkboard Paper from the new Occasions Catalog and the Big Day Stamp Set from the Sale-a-bration Catalog. First I diecut Chalkboard Paper with the 3x4 card from the Project Life die set. I stamped the cake and the greeting with Versamark Ink, and then Heat Embossed in white. I used a Qtip to fill in the cake and the word "cake" with the Rose Coral Colorbox Chalk Ink Pad, and the cake stand with the Aquamarine Colorbox Chalk Ink Pad. It's subtle, but it does add just a bit of color. I also sponged some of the Whisper White Craft Ink around the edges of this piece. Then, I glued on some star sequins.

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The card base is Whisper White, and the patterned paper is from the Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper, another Sale-a-bration choice that is free with a $50 purchase. I added some little piles of thread that I pulled from the Coastal Cabana Thick Baker's Twine under the chalkboard piece to complete the card, which is popped up on dimensionals.

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Well, that is all for today. I hope you'll join us at the Can You Case It blog, and share a project that you've made! Thanks for stopping by.

 

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Try It - Simply Pressed Clay Part 2

Hello and welcome back! Today I have another project to share using the Simply Pressed Clay. This medium is a lot of fun to work with, and it's really not too fussy or messy either.

For this project, I used the smallest heart from the Hearts Collection Framelits Die, and pressed it over a layer of clay rolled out to about 1/8" thick. Then, I pulled the excess clay away from around the outer edge of the die. Next, I inked my stamp in Versamark, and then stamped the word "love" from the Hello Life Photopolymer Stamp Set into the clay heart. I let it air dry for about an hour or two, and then colored in the word "love" with a Real Red Stampin' Write Marker. I love how this turned out! The edges are a little rough, but if that bothers you could always sand them down lightly.

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The card base is Crumb Cake. The next layer is a light chevron print from the Stacked With Love Designer Series Paper Stack, which I painted over with a light layer of white acrylic paint. Next, I stamped the small hearts in Sahara Sand, and stamped the Gold Encore ink with one of the Gorgeous Grunge stamps. The circles are watercolor paper that I inked with Real Red, Calypso Coral and Crisp Cantaloupe. I stitched over them with some red metallic thread. The final touches were some Calypso Coral buttons and the clay heart. I totally copied this layout from my friend Tiffany's card, but I don't think she has ever posted it to her blog. If she does, I'll come back here and share the specific link.

FreestyleDimensionalHeart2

 

Well, that is all for today. Thanks for stopping by, and please join me later this week for some more projects featuring the Simply Pressed Clay! After the last project, I'll have a tip sheet for you to download and keep on hand.

 

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Try It - Simply Pressed Clay Part 1

Hello and welcome back! It's time for another Try It series, this time using the Simply Pressed Clay. I had good intentions of featuring this in December, but I just ran out of time as often happens in December!

I'm starting off by featuring a simple shape made out of the White Simply Pressed Clay. I added just a little bit of Real Red Ink, and mixed it in. Then, I rolled it out, pressed the smallest heart in the Hearts Collection Framelits Die into the clay and then pulled the excess away from around the die. I let the clay dry for about 30 minutes, and then stamped the small outline heart from the Countless Sayings 2 Photopolymer Stamp Set three times in Real Red ink.

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The card base is made from Smoky Slate Cardstock. The patterned papers are from the Stacked With Love Designer Series Paper Stack, and I finished the card with a greeting from the Crazy About You Photopolymer Stamp Set and some Whisper White Baker's Twine.

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So, there are the first three techniques to try with the Simply Pressed Clay:

  1. Add ink to the clay and mix together to color the clay.
  2. Roll out the clay, and use framelits dies to trim the clay.
  3. Stamp designs on the clay after it dries.

I'll have more samples to share later this week using the clay. I hope you'll join me back here later this week! Thanks for stopping by.

 

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CYCI #53 Clean and Quick Challenge

Hello, and welcome back to another Can You Case It challenge post. This week we are featuring Clean and Quick cards and projects, with just a few layers and embellishments. This card was originally chosen to be in the March issue of Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking magazine, but it was cancelled before this issue was published. So, I can share the card here now.

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Here is my card. I started with the Tape It Clear Stamp Set, and left space between each stamped image. Then, I filled in the gaps with the Beach House Designer Washi Tape and strips of Flashback Designer Series Paper.

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To finish the card I stamped the greeting from the Starburst Sayings Clear Stamp Set, die cut it with the Starburst Framelits Dies and added some Candy Dots. I also used Stampin' Dimensionals on both the top layer and the greeting.

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Well, that is all for today. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you'll share a Clean and Simple project this week over at the Can You Case It Blog.


 

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