Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Stampin' with Baby Wipes Technique

Yesterday I led a quick, easy and fun make & take at my Front Range Stampers Stampin' Up! Demonstrators' meeting.  It's called Stamping with Baby Wipes, or simply Baby Wipe Technique.

Our project was to create these cute tags (click on any image below for closer look).




The technique is basically to fold a baby wipe in half or quarters and drizzle a few drops of different colors of refill ink onto the baby wipe.  Then you use the inked baby wipe as your Stampin' Pad.  It's just a fun technique and you can come up with some great color combinations.

For a great video tutorial on how to do this technique, visit Jackie Bolhuis's site:  https://klompenstampers.com/2017/06/new-video-stamping-baby-wipes.html

To make the tags pictured, I grabbed some 5-1/4" x 2-5/8" pre-made tags from my stash.  The ink I used was Daffodil Delight, Lemon-Lime Twist, and Tangerine Tango for the fruit slices, and Daffodil Delight and Lemon-Lime Twist for the leaves (from the Lemon Zest stamp set).  The words were stamped with Basic Black Archival Ink, and the tiny black splatters were made with an Aqua Painter and Basic Black Archival Ink (this technique is also shown in Jackie's video).

But don't stop at just stamping the images!!!  There's a lot of ink left in those baby wipes, so we went on to make more tags by swiping and/or daubing the inky wipes on the paper.



I also made a few smaller tags yesterday (these are 4-1/4" x 2-1/8") to use as examples.  For these I used Daffodil Delight and Pear Pizzazz Refill Ink with the bee image from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set. 


Making these tags is like eating popcorn -- so addictive!!!  I could spend an entire day just playing with my reinkers and baby wipes and tags!!!!  I hope you try this technique soon.

Cathy  ;D

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Daisy Delight Card (Stamp Camp North 7/15/2017)

Good morning, stampers!  Today I'm sharing with you the card we made at my table at Stamp Camp North yesterday.  What fun we had transforming daisies into coneflowers.

Thanks to Cindee Wilkinson for the idea for this card. You can view Cindee's original card at https://justspongeit.com/daisy-delight-cornflower.html.

Click on photo for closer look.

Materials

Stamps
* Daisy Delight

Paper
* Calypso Coral card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"
* Early Espresso card stock (5" x 3-3/4"; scraps for centers of flowers and oval)
* Whisper White card stock (4-13/16" x 3-9/16"; scrap for oval)
* Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper ("DSP") (about 5" x 2-1/2" for daisies)

Ink
* Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad
* Sahara Sand Classic Stampin' Pad
* Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin' Pad
* Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad

Accessories and Tools
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
* Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
* Layering Ovals Framelits Dies
* Daisy Punch
* 1/2" Circle Punch
* Adhesives:  SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tombow Liquid Glue or Glue Dots

Instructions
SNAIL Adhesive used to assemble card unless otherwise indicated.

1. Score 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" card stock at 4-1/4"; fold away from score line to create card.

2. Adhere 5" x 3-3/4" Early Espresso card stock to front of card.

3. Lightly rib Sahara Sand Classic Stampin' Pad across "bumpy" side of Brick Wall embossing folder.  Insert 4-13/16" x 3-9/16" Whisper White card stock into folder and run through Big Shot.

4. Use Tranquil Tide to stamp stems on Whisper White card stock.  Adhere to front of card over Early Espresso card stock.

5. Make two coneflowers (I used Tombow Liquid Glue to assemble these, but you also could use Glue Dots):
  • For each flower, use Memento Ink to stamp daisy image on DSP.  Punch out with Daisy punch.  Cut each daisy in half between petals.  Glue one half of the daisy on top of the other half, turning slightly so the bottom petals show between the top petals.
  • Place scrap of Early Espresso card stock in  Softly Falling embossing folder and run through Big Shot.  Punch 1/2" circle from textured card stock.  Glue to center of flower.
Use Tombow Liquid Glue or Glue Dots to attach flowers to card as shown.

6. Use Layering Ovals Framelits to cut one 2" oval from Whisper White card stock and one 2-1/4" oval from Early Espresso card stock.  Use Early Espresso ink to stamp sentiment on smaller oval; adhere to larger oval and attach to front of card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Don't forget the inside!

Click on photo for closer look.

Use Early Espresso ink to stamp "Thank You"; use Calypso Coral ink to stamp a row of small daisies across the bottom.

That's it!  A simple and easy way to say thanks!

Cathy  ;D

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Search Tool Added to My Blog

Just a quick note this morning to let you know I've now added a search tool to my blog page.  You will find it at the top of the column to the right.

So . . . if you're looking for ideas using certain stamp sets in your stash, you can simply type in the name of the stamp set and it will pull up any and all articles that I may have posted using that set.  (NOTE:  If there are no results, that means I've not used that set in any of my posted projects.)

Or . . . if you're looking for ideas to make a calendar, simply type "calendar" into the search box and you will see all of the articles I've posted showing the different types of calendars we've made in my classes over the past several years.

Thanks, by the way, to my friend Chris Pereira (http://mudmaven.blogspot.com) for the tip about adding this gadget to my blog!

Back soon with some great new card ideas!

Cathy :D

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Guy Card (Stamp Camp North Card 6/10/2017)

Hi, folks!  This is the card we made at my table at yesterday's Stamp Camp North -- a guy card just in time for Father's Day.


Click on image for closer look.
This sample card reads "thinking of you," but the stamp set I used for the greeting (Teeny Tiny Wishes) has 24 different greetings from which you can select, including happy birthday, get well wishes, thank you, with sympathy, happy father's day, etc.

Materials

Stamp Sets
* Lovely as a Tree
* Teeny Tiny Wishes

Paper
* Early Espresso (8-1/2" x 5-1/2")
* Tranquil Tide (3-1/4" x 3-1/4"; 2-5/8" x 7/8")
* Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack ("DSP") (3" x 3"; 2-3/8" x 5/8")
* Glossy White card stock (2-5/8" x 2-5/8"; scrap for label)

Ink
* Lemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin' Pad
* Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin' Pad
* Memento (Tuxedo Black)
* Stampin' Write Markers:  Early Espresso and Soft Suede

Accessories and Tools
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Pinewood Planks 3D Dynamic Embossing Folder
* Classic Label Punch
* Adhesives: SNAIL Adhesive; Stampin' Dimensionals

Found Items
* 1/2" Spouncers (small sponge daubers on wooden handles found at local craft store)

Instructions
(NOTE:  SNAIL Adhesive used throughout unless otherwise indicated)

1. Score 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" card stock at 4-1/4"; fold away from score line to form card.

2. Use Big Shot and embossing folder to add texture to front of card.

3. Use Memento Ink to stamp tree on 2-5/8" x 2-5/8" Glossy White card stock and to stamp sentiment on scrap of Glossy White card stock.  (NOTE:  This takes a few minutes to dry; you need to make sure it's completely dry before moving on to the next step.)

4. Using small sponge dauber and Lemon Lime Stampin' Pad, add light base of color to tree and ground below the tree.  Switch to the Tranquil Tide Stampin' Pad, and fill in with the darker color to add dimension to the tree and the ground below.  Use brush end of Soft Suede marker to color the tree trunk; use Early Espresso to add some shading and depth.

5. Adhere the 3" x 3" DSP to the Tranquil Tide 3-1/4" x 3-1/4" card stock; adhere the 2-5/8" x 2-5/8" Glossy White card stock over the DSP.  Use Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere this piece to the front of the card as shown.

6. Adhere the 2-3/8" x 5/8" DSP to the 2-5/8" x 7/8" Tranquil Tide card stock; punch out sentiment with Classic Label Punch and adhere it over the DSP.  Use Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere this piece to the front of the card below tree image as shown.

Don't forget the inside!  For the inside piece, I used Crumb Cake ink to stamp a few of the leaf images from the Lovely as a Tree set on a 5-1/4" x 4" piece of Whisper White card stock.  I also used Crumb Cake to stamp an image of the tree on the front of the envelope, and then added a few random leaf images on the flap.

Click on image for closer look.
That's it!  My "Bob-approved" guy card!  (I've been so used to putting big fluffy bows on so many of my recent cards that this one felt plain and kind of bare . . . but when I showed it to my husband, he said, "Cath, it's a GUY CARD!  It's not supposed to have ribbons and bows!  It's finished!!!")

Hope you enjoy this card!

Cathy  ;D

Friday, June 2, 2017

Daisy Delight Card (with instructions)

Click on image for closer look.
As promised, following are the materials list and instructions for the card made with the new Daisy Delight stamp set and Daisy punch.

Materials

Stamp Set
* Daisy Delight

Paper
* Whisper White Thick card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2")
* Daffodil Delight card stock (4-3/4" x 3-1/2")
* Whisper White card stock (4-1/2" x 3-1/4"; 4" x 2-3/4")
* Designer Series Paper (DSP) - Daffodil Delight (4-1/4" x 3")
** NOTE:  This paper is now retired, but any coordinating designer series paper would work)

Ink
* Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin' Pad
* Memento Ink Pad - Tuxedo Black

Accessories and Tools
* Daisy punch
* Solid Black Baker's Twine
* Adhesives:  SNAIL Adhesive; Stampin' Dimensionals; Glue Dot

Instructions
(NOTE: SNAIL Adhesive used throughout unless otherwise indicated)

1. Score 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" thick card stock at 4-1/4"; fold away from score line to create card base.

2. Adhere 4-3/4" x 3-1/2" Daffodil Delight card stock to card front; adhere 4-1/2" x 3-1/4" Whisper White card stock over Daffodil Delight; adhere 4-1/4" x 3" DSP over Whisper White.

3. Punch Daisy out of 4" x 2-3/4" Whisper White card stock.  Use Memento Ink to stamp Thank You near bottom of card stock; adhere to front of card over DSP.  Use Memento Ink to stamp daisy petals on punched out daisy; use Daffodil Delight ink to stamp center of daisy.  Use Stampin' Dimensional to adhere punched out daisy shape to center of daisy on card front, turning slightly so yellow background petals show between white petals.

4. Make a small bow from Baker's Twine and adhere to upper left hand corner of DSP with a Glue Dot.

Pretty easy, right?!  A nice, freshly cut flower for a friend!

Cathy ;D

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Stampin' Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog Now Available

The new catalog from Stampin' Up! went live today at noon.  YIPPEE!!!  Always exciting to see the new products and new In Colors.

You can view the new catalog online by clicking on the link to the right.

Here's my first card using one of the new stamp sets (Daisy Delight) and coordinating punch.  (Supplies and instructions will follow soon.)

Click on image for closer look.
Be sure to check my Upcoming Stampin' Events page to see where I'll be this month -- including details about my New Catalog Open House on June 17!

Looking forward to another great Stampin' Up! year full of fun and creativity!

Cathy ;D

Monday, May 22, 2017

Friendship Card (Rose Hill Stamp Camp 5/20/2017)

Wanted to get this posted yesterday, but it just didn't happen ....  In any event, here is the card we made at my table at Rose Hill Stamp Camp this past Saturday.

These instructions are a bit long, but I was having a rough time explaining how to construct the card, so I included lots of photos.  (It's way easier to make than it is to explain . . . .)


Click on any image for closer look.
Materials
 
Stamp Set
* Awesomely Artistic
 
Paper
* Mint Macaron card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"; 2-1/8" square) (retiring 5/31/2017)
* Whisper White card stock (5-1/4" x 4"; 1-7/8" square) 
* Island Indigo card stock (5-1/4" x 5")
* Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper ("DSP") (5" x 3-3/4") (retiring 5/31/2017)
 
Ink
* Island Indigo Classic Stampin' Pad
* Mint Macaron Classic Stampin' Pad (retiring 5/31/2017)
 
Accessories and Tools
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Layering Squares Framelits Dies
* Corner Rounder Punch (retiring 5/31/2017)
* Linen Thread
* Adhesives: SNAIL Adhesive; Glue Dots; Stampin' Dimensionals (Optional: Tombow Liquid Glue; Tear and Tape)
 
Instructions
 
1. Score Mint Macaron 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" card stock at 4-1/4"; fold away from score line to create card base.
 
2. Position 5-1/2" x 5" Island Indigo card stock on scoring board with 5" edge against the top of the board.  Score at 4-1/4" from left side (this will create a 3/4" flap to the right).  (See diagram below.)
 
 
3. Measure and mark 2-3/4" from top along left edge, as well as 2-3/4" from left side at both top and bottom.  Draw a line from the left edge mark to both the top mark and the bottom mark, and then cut with scissors or paper trimmer.  Use corner rounder punch to trim corner.  Discard the two triangular pieces.
 
4. Using the 2-3/8" square die and the Big Shot, cut out a square near the corner just created on the Island Indigo card stock (refer to photos for placement).
 
5. Fold flap away from score line created in Step 2 above.  Apply adhesive to inside of flap and adhere to back of right edge of Mint Macaron card base.  (See photos below.)
 
 
 
The basic construction of the card is now finished.  When you fold it, you will fold the Front of the card to the right, and then fold the flap over it.  (See photos below.)
 
 
 
Now to embellish a little . . . .
 
6. Referring to card, use Island Indigo ink to stamp splatter images on the flap.
 
7. Place a glue dot where you want the bow to go, and attach one end of the linen thread to the glue dot.  Wrap thread around the flap twice, and adhere again to glue dot; trim excess.  Make a loopy bow from linen thread and attach with a second glue dot to cover the ends.
 
8. Adhere 5-1/4" x 4" Whisper White card stock to front of card; adhere 5" x 3-3/4" DSP over the card stock.
 
9. Use 1-7/8" square die and Big Shot to cut the Whisper White square; use 2-1/8" square die to cut Mint Macaron square.  Use Island Indigo ink to stamp "Friend" and dragonfly images on Whisper White square.  Use Mint Macaron and splatter image to add background splatters to Whisper White.  Adhere Whisper White square to Mint Macaron square.  (NOTE:  I stamped the splatter once on scratch paper before stamping on card stock to get a softer color.  Kind of hard to see on the photo above, so here's a closeup.) 
 
 
10.  Apply Stampin' Dimensionals to back of Mint Macaron card stock.  IMPORTANT:  Fold flap over front and center this piece inside square cutout; remove backing from Stampin' Dimensionals and adhere to front of card.
 
Don't forget about the inside!!!
 
11.  For the inside I again used Mint Macaron ink (stamped off once on scrap paper) to stamp the splatters images and the bar across the center.  I used Island Indigo to stamp a sentiment from Wetlands (also retiring May 31, 2017) across the bar.
 
 
Whew!  We're finally finished!!!!
 
Hope you enjoy this design.  I would truly like to give credit to the person who inspired this card, but I can't for the life of me find the photo again!  If and when I do, I'll give proper credit to that person.
 
If you've stuck with me to the end, thanks for reading this REALLY LONG post!
 
Cathy  ;D