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Try It - Cool Like That Giftable Templates

Hello, and welcome back! Today I have a couple of gift bags to share that are from the Cool Like That Giftable Templates digital download from Stampin' Up! and are die cut using my Silhouette Cameo electronic die-cutting machine. If you own a Silhouette machine, you NEED this download. And, since Stampin' Up! is retiring their digital products, this is only available for a few more days through Tuesday, June 2nd.

Here is the first box. The lid is cut from patterned paper, and has the "yum yum" sentiment inserted into the center of the lid of the box before cutting it.



The bottom of the box is cut from Blushing Bride Cardstock. Some 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon finishes the box.


Here is the next box. I used the flower center for this box lid, and a different patterned paper. Then, I added a flower, flower center and leaf all stamped and die cut with the Flower Patch Photopolymer Bundle.



The box bottom here is also plain cardstock.



Another project I made uses one of the die cut bags, and the heart border. I have previously posted this to my blog, so you can click the link for details. I backed the hearts with patterned paper and used a gold mini clothespin to attach a stamped greeting, gold thread, gold sequins and some thick baker's twine. This was really simple, but I love how it turned out.



Well, that is all for today. If you would be interested in seeing some videos about how to cut these boxes and bags using your Silhouette, let me know and I'll work on another post with that information to share here and on YouTube. Thanks for stopping by!


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Try It - Simply Pressed Clay Part 3

Hello and welcome back! Today I have the third in a Try It Series about Simply Pressed Clay that I started back in January! It's about time I shared the rest of the techniques with you, and I have a tip sheet for you to download at the end of this post. So, let's get to it.

For this card, I used the alphabet mold with the Simply Pressed Clay. I just pushed the clay into each letter on the mold, and then pulled away as much of the excess clay as I could. Next, I put the mold into the freezer for about 30 minutes. I took it out of the freezer, popped the letters out of the mold and placed them on a plate to dry without fiddling with them too much. Allow the letters to dry overnight. Next I trimmed the edges down with a pair of scissors. You can also use some fine sand paper to sand off the rough edges. To add color, I covered them with a Stampin' Write Marker. I like to make my clay pieces in white, and then color them whatever shade I need for my project. But, you can also add ink to the clay before you mold your embellishment.



Here is the final project with the clay letters added. The stitched greeting and striped background are part of a Paper Pumpin kit.



This card has lots of texture, from the clay and the stitching. I love that these clay items are very light weight, and don't make my project heavy or out of balance.



Here are some other projects I made with the Simply Pressed Clay. Here, I molded the button, and then colored it with a Pool Party marker. The original post is here.



For this example, I colored the feather stamp with multiple colors of markers and then stamped it into the clay. Stamp it just deep enough to add the inked image to the clay. I also used an oval die to "cut" the clay by pulling the extra away from the outer edge after pressing the die into the clay. The original post is here.



Here I rolled out a thin layer of the clay. Then, I cut a small rectangle shape with a plastic knife, and I poked a small hole in one end. I inked up a small word stamp, and stamped it into the clay piece and allow it to dry. I added some Linen Thread to the end, and then adhered it to my spring banner piece. Original post here.



Well, that is all for today. You can click on the graphic below to download a sheet with all of these tips and techniques together. 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.



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.



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.



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.



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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Try It - Blendabilities Part 3

Hello, and welcome back! Today, I have two more ways that you can use the new Blendabilities markers from Stampin' Up! You can use them to color an ombre background for a greeting. Here, I used the Daffodil Delight trio to back the Make A Wish sentiment. I love how this turned out!



Here is another example using the Calypso Coral trio.



You can also use the markers to make a background. Here I used the Cherry Cobble and Coastal Cabana trios along with the Color Lifter marker. I colored the Cherry Cobbler in dark to light, then the Coastal Cabana light to dark, and kept going in this pattern. I used the Color Lifter to blend where the two darks and the two lights meet. Even though the colors are very different, I like how they blend together. I think it looks like a serepe!



And, here is a close-up of the card front. I've been making more birthday cards lately because you can never have too many birthday cards, right?



Well, that is all for today. Thanks for stopping by! I have some more projects to share later this week, and another set with the Blendabilities next Tuesday. Thanks for stopping by!

Try It Blendabilities - Part 2

Hello and welcome back! Today I have some more tips on using your Blendabilities. They are really versatile! You can use them to color your embellishments.

On the card below, I colored one of the Vintage Faceted Buttons with the Blendabilities in the darkest shade of Daffodil Delight. The flower is also colored with the Blendabilities markers.



You can also color the Rhinestone and Pearl Basic Jewels Embellishments. Below I colored the Rhinestones, also with the darkest shade of Daffodil Delight. This color gets a workout in my house as I have lots of flower stamps!



Here is another example where I colored the Rhinestones, this time with the Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive Blendabilities. I think I used the medium shades here. *One thing to note: because the Rhinestones and Vintage Faceted Buttons have some sharp corners, it can wear the marker tips slightly over time. I like coloring them so much, that it doesn't bother me and I'm sure I will get plenty of use out of my markers over time.


You can also color the Whisper White or Very Vanilla buttons in the Neutrals Designer Buttons and the Very Vintage Buttons.

Well, that is all for today! I'll have some more Blendabilities tips to share next Tuesday. And more projects here on the blog later this week. Thanks for stopping by!


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Try It - Blendabilities Part 1

Hello, and welcome back! I'm starting a new Try It series tonight featuring Blendabilities, and I'll have more posts around this topic each Tuesday during August. Blendabilities are Stampin' Up!'s new alcohol markers, and they are a lot of fun to use. Today, I'm starting with a line-art stamp set, In This Together. Here is the completed card.



Here are some in process photos. For the face I used Natural and Nude from the Skin Tone Blendabilities Assortment and Melon Mambo Light for the cheeks and lips. For the hair I used Light and Medium from the Crumb Cake Assortment.

Tip #1-Start with a darker color for shading, and then color over with the next lighter shade.You can use this technique also for the hair.

Tip #2-Add pink for the cheeks before coloring over the whole face. Add lip color after.



For the coat I used Light and Medium from the Smoky Slate Assortment. The shirt is colored with Medium and Dark Melon Mambo Blendabilities.

Tip #3-Add shading where the natural shadows would be.



For the pants I used Medium and Dark Old Olive Blendabilities. The bags are Light Melon Mambo, Light and Medium Coastal Cabana, Light Old Olive and Medium and Light Crumb Cake. The buttons on the coat are Dark Melon Mambo.

Tip #4-Add white polka-dots or stripes over a colored area with the Color Lifter marker.

Tip #5-Coloring over an area with the same marker will make it a shade darker of the same hue. To keep the lightest shade possible, only color an area once.



For the background, I used the Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set stamped in Melon Mambo, Coastal Cabana and Old Olive Inks. I stitched around the layer, and then adhered it to a Whisper White card base.



Here is a close-up of the completed card. I decided it would be fun to cut the main image into a circle, and use a different greeting with it. The greeting is from the Endless Birthday Wishes Photopolymer Stamp Set in Jet Black Stazon on Vellum Cardstock.



Well, that is all for today. Next Tuesday, I'll have some more ideas on how to use your Blendabilities Markers. What is your favorite way to use alcohol markers?


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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)



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)





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.


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)



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)



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.



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.



Here is the ruffle in progress. 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.



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

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