Wednesday, January 10, 2018

January Photos Added to Class Projects Page

Good Wednesday morning!

Just a quick note this morning to let you know what we're making this month in my craft room.


Click HERE to visit my Class Projects page and get a closer look at these cards.

This month's class dates are Wednesday, January 17, and Saturday, January 20.  Click HERE to visit my Upcoming Stampin' Events page where you can view/print a flyer for the classes.  NOTE:  To allow me enough time to prepare for classes, RSVPs are requested at least three days in advance of each class date.

Hope to see you there!

Cathy  ;D

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

All-Occasion Card (Sassy Chic Stamp Camp 1-6-2018)

Today's card is one I pulled together on short notice for a large stamp camp this past Saturday.  I didn't have enough of one pattern of Designer Series Paper in my stash -- and not enough time to order more -- so the stampers had seven different pattern options.  And since the paper is double-sided, there were actually many different designs floating around camp that day!

Thanks to Alison Barclay, a Stampin' Up! demonstrator in Australia, for this design.  To view Alison's original card, click HERE.

Click on image for closer look.

Materials
(NOTE:  Materials list and instructions are for general card layout; see photos below for details on each individual card.)

Stamp Sets
* Various Stamps for Sentiment (see details below)

Paper
* Card base:  8-1/2" x 5-1/2" card stock
* Layer 1:  5-1/4" x 4" card stock
* Layer 2:  5-1/8" x 3-7/8" Designer Series Paper ("DSP)
* Banner 1:  5" x 1" DSP
* Banner 2:  4" x 7/8" DSP
* Label: Approximately 2-1/2" x 1-3/4" Whisper White THICK card stock

Ink
* Basic Black Archival Stampin' Pad

Accessories and Tools
* Triple Banner Punch
* Everyday Label Punch (2018 Occasions Catalog)
* Baker's Twine, Linen Thread or Ribbon
* Rhinestones Basic Jewels or other bling of your choice
* Adhesives: SNAIL Adhesive; Stampin' Dimensionals

Instructions
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 create card base.

2. Adhere 5-1/8" x 3-7/8" DSP to 5-1/4" x 4" card stock.

3. Use Triple Banner Punch to trim one end of each of the two strips of DSP.  Adhere 1" banner to card at right edge of DSP as shown; adhere 7/8" strip near bottom of larger banner, overlapping slightly.

4. Wrap ribbon or twine around card stock and tie in a bow in front.  (NOTE:  For Baker's Twine and Linen Thread, I wrapped three times before tying bow; for ribbon I wrapped just once because wrapping it multiple times felt too bulky to me.)

5.  Adhere card stock to front of card.

6. Stamp sentiment on Whisper White THICK card stock; punch out with Everyday Label Punch.

5. Add Rhinestone Basic Jewels or other bling randomly to front of card.

That's all there is to this card!  Simple and quick.

Details for each card we made at stamp camp (click on any image for closer look):

Colorful Seasons stamp set; Whisper White THICK card stock; Basic Black card stock; Petal Passion DSP (2018 Occasions Catalog; layer 2 and 7/8" banner); Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate (1" banner); Basic Black Baker's Twine; Rhinestone Basic Jewels

Butterfly Basics stamp set; Crushed Curry card stock (base); Basic Black card stock (layer 1); Pick a Pattern DSP (layer 2 and 7/8" banner); Petal Passion DSP (1" banner); Crushed Curry Solid Baker's Twine; Metallic Enamel Shapes

Colorful Seasons stamp set; Basic Black card stock (card base); Whisper White card stock (layer 1); Petal Passion DSP (layer 2); Pick a Pattern DSP (banners); Basic Black Solid Baker's Twine; Rhinestone Basic Jewels

Butterfly Basics stamp set; Old Olive card stock (card base); Whisper White card stock (layer 1); Delightful Daisy DSP (layer 2 and banners); Whisper White Baker's Twine; Rhinestone Basic Jewels

Colorful Seasons stamp set; Night of Navy card stock (card base); Whisper White card stock (layer 1); Delightful Daisy DSP (layer 2 and banners);  White Perfect Accents

Heartfelt Blooms stamp set (2018 Sale-a-Bration Catalog); Calypso Coral card stock (card base); Whisper White card stock (layer 1); Delightful Daisy DSP (layer 2 and banners);  Old Olive 1/8" Sheer Ribbon; Rhinestone Basic Jewels

Heartfelt Blooms stamp set (2018 Sale-a-Bration Catalog); Early Espresso card stock (card base); Whisper White card stock (layer 1); Coffee Break DSP (layer 2 and banners); Linen Thread; Rhinestone Basic Jewels

Hope you try this easy card.  It's a good basic design that lends itself well to any paper for any occasion.

Cathy  ;D

Friday, January 5, 2018

Waterfront (2018 Occasions Catalog)

This morning I'm sharing a card I made for a 2018 Occasions Catalog demo swap.  I loved how the stamps look like watercolor -- even including the shading.

Click on image for closer look
Materials

Stamp Set
* Waterfront (2018 Occasions Catalog)

Paper
* Early Espresso card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"); scrap for 1-3/8" circle)
* Whisper White card stock (5-1/4" x 4"; scrap for 1-1/2" circle)
* Tranquil Tide card stock (5" x 3-3/4"; scraps for pine boughs)
* Soft Suede card stock (scrap for pine cone)

Ink
* Basic Black Archival Ink
* Classic Stampin' Pads in Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Smoky Slate and Tranquil Tide

Accessories and Tools
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Layering Ovals Framelits Dies
* Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies
* 1-1/2" Circle Punch
* 1-3/4" Circle Punch
* Stampin' Sponge
* Linen Thread
* Adhesives:  Glue Dots, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals

Instructions
(SNAIL Adhesive used throughout unless otherwise indicated.)

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

2. In center of Whisper White card stock, stamp the following colors/images as shown in photo:

  • Smoky Slate (mountains)
  • Pear Pizzazz (foothills at base of mountains)
  • Pool Party (large body of water)
  • Tranquil Tide (darker shading over water to the left)
  • Early Espresso (trees in foreground)
  • Pear Pizzazz (sprinkles of dots around base of trees)

Adhere to front of card.

3. Use Big Shot and largest die in Layering Ovals set to cut oval out of center of Tranquil Tide card stock.  Adhere over Whisper White card stock.

4. Punch 1-3/8" Circle from Early Espresso card stock.  Use Basic Black ink to stamp sentiment on scrap of Whisper White card stock; adhere to Early Espresso circle with liquid glue.  Adhere circle in lower right-hand corner of card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

5. Use Big Shot and Pretty Pines dies to cut two pine boughs from Early Espresso card stock.  Adhere to card in upper left-hand corner with tiny dots of Liquid Glue.  (You also could use Fine Tip Glue.)

6. Holding two pieces of linen thread together, make a 2" bow; use a Glue Dot to adhere to card over pine boughs.

7. Cut one pine cone from Soft Suede card stock.  Use Stampin' Sponge to apply Early Espresso ink around edges; use Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere to card over pine boughs.

And that's it!  This card makes me want to dig out my rod and reel and head for the mountains.  Oh wait!!!  They're covered in snow!!!  Guess I'll have to wait a few months . . . sigh . . . .

Hope you enjoyed this card.

Cathy  ;D

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Sneak Peek - Brusho and Pandas!

Hi, folks!  Here's my first sneak peek at a couple of items featured in the 2018 Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogs.

The first is Brusho Watercolor Crystals . . . so cool!  Very intense color, and the crystals will last a LONG time because you only need a very small amount to get brilliant colors!  These will be featured in the 2018 Occasions Catalog.

The second is Party Pandas stamp set, which will be featured in the 2018 Sale-a-Bration catalog (free with a $50 order).

And . . . drum roll . . . here's the card!  I made this for a demo swap this week and couldn't wait to share it with you!

Click on photo for closer look.
Materials

Stamp Sets
* Party Pandas (2018 Sale-a-Bration)
* Happy Celebrations

Paper
* Basic Black card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2")
* Whisper White card stock (5-1/4" x 4")
* Whisper White THICK card stock (about 2" x 2" for panda; 4" x 1-1/2" for celebrate)
* Glossy White card stock (about 2" x 2" for balloon)

Ink
* Basic Black Archival Ink
* VersaMark Ink
* Crushed Curry Classic Stampin' Pad
* Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker

Accessories and Tools
* Clear Embossing Powder
* Heat Tool
* Stampin' Sponge
* Basic Black Solid Baker's Twine
* Balloon Bouquet Punch
* Brusho (Brilliant Red, Prussian Blue, Yellow) (2018 Occasions Catalog)
* Stampin' Spritzer
* Iridescent Sequin Assortment
* Adhesives:  Fine Tip Glue Pen, Glue Dots, SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals, Tear and Tape

Instructions

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

2. Adhere 5-1/4" x 4" Whisper White card stock to front of card.

3. Use VersaMark Ink to stamp HAPPY three times from upper left to lower right.  Cover with Clear Embossing Powder and heat emboss with Heat Tool.

4. Place card stock on paper towel or water resistant craft sheet and spritz with water.  Sprinkle small amounts of Red, Blue and Yellow Brusho Crystals across water and set aside to dry.  You also can use a heat tool to dry it . . . or daub it with a paper towel . . . but you won't get quite the same effect as if you allow it to air dry.  (NOTE:  Stampin' Up! suggests using watercolor paper or shimmery white card stock with Brusho, but for this card I just used regular Whisper White card stock and got good results.)

5. Once this piece is completely dry, flatten it out by placing it inside a folded piece of copy paper and running it through your Big Shot or kind of pulling/rubbing it across the edge of your tabletop to ease out the curl caused by the water.  Adhere to front of card with Tear and Tape or Liquid Glue.

6. Use Basic Black ink to stamp Panda image on Whisper White THICK card stock.  Cut out image with scissors and adhere near lower left corner with Stampin' Dimensionals.

7. Use Basic Black ink to stamp celebrate on Whisper White THICK card stock.  Cut around image with scissors, and then apply ink around the outer edge of the card stock by lightly running the side of the brush end of the Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker against edge of paper.  Adhere to front of card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

8. Punch small balloon from Glossy White card stock.  Use Stampin' Sponge to daub Crushed Curry ink on card stock.  Again, use side of brush end of marker to apply ink to edge of balloon.  Place Glue Dot behind stem of balloon and wrap Baker's Twine around  stem once.  Adhere other end of Baker's Twine to panda's paw with another Glue Dot. 

9.  Use Fine Tip Glue Pen to adhere sequins randomly to front of card.

Is this fun or what?!  My January classes in my craft room will feature Brusho!  There are so many ways to use it and it's just so much fun!  (And a little messy, but that's part of the fun!)

Monday, December 25, 2017

Piano Card with Instructions (originally posted 12/25/2017)

This is the special card I posted on Christmas Day.  As promised, the materials and instructions appear below.

Click on image for closer look.
Thanks to Faye Russell for posting a photo of the card that inspired this creation.  Unfortunately, there was no link to identify the creator.  You can view the original card by clicking HERE.

Materials

Stamp Set
* Colorful Seasons

Paper
* Basic Black card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"; 5-3/8" x 4-1/8"; 5-3/8" x 2-5/8"; 3/4" x 3/8" (10))
* Whisper White card stock (1-1/2" x 3/8" (13))
* Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper ("DSP") (5-3/8" x 2-1/4")**
* Silver Glimmer Paper (about 3-1/2" x 3-1/2")
* Garden Green card stock (about 5" x 2-1/2")
* Cherry Cobbler card stock (about 5" x 2-1/2")
* Real Red card stock (about 6-1/2" x 2-1/2")

Ink
* Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin' Pad
* Garden Green Classic Stampin' Pad

Accessories and Tools
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies
* Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies
* 3/8" Metallic-Edged Ribbon
* Metallic Enamel Shapes
* Adhesives:  SNAIL Adhesive; Multipurpose Liquid Glue; Glue Dot; Tear and Tape; Stampin' Dimensionals

** 2017 Occasions Catalog

Instructions

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

2. On 5-3/8" x 4-1/8" Basic Black card stock, use Liquid Glue to:
* Adhere DSP about 1/16" from top edge.
* Adhere Whisper White 1-1/2" x 3/8" pieces of card stock evenly about 1/16" from bottom edge.
* Adhere Basic Black 3/4" x 3/8" pieces of card stock as shown over Whisper White. (NOTE: You will need to trim about 1/16" off the right edge of the last piece on the right to make it fit.)

3.  Cut upper right side of 5-3/8" x 2-5/8" Basic Black card stock to resemble shape of Baby Grand Piano.  Cut a piece of ribbon about 6" long and use Tear and Tape to adhere across bottom edge, securing ends on back of card stock.  Use use Tear and Tape to adhere to front of card over DSP and keyboard.

4. Use Big Shot and Detailed Floral dies to cut Silver Glimmer Paper.  Trim to fit into upper left corner and adhere with Liquid Glue.

5. Use SNAIL Adhesive to adhere assembled 5-3/8" x 4-1/8" Basic Black card stock to front of card.

6. Assembling the poinsettia:
* Use Garden Green ink to stamp two large detailed leaves on Garden Green card stock; use Cherry Cobbler ink to stamp two large detailed leaves on Cherry Cobbler and two on Real Red card stock. Use Big Shot and Seasonal Layers large outline leaf to cut out all leaves. 
* Remove stems and apply Liquid Glue to the lower portion of one Cherry Cobbler leaf; adhere over the bottom portion of the other Cherry Cobbler leaf, creating poinsettia shape.  Repeat with Real Red leaves and Garden Green leaves. 
* Adhere Real Red poinsettia over Cherry Cobbler poinsettia, turning slightly so the bottom petals show between the top petals.
* Cut Green poinsettia shape into four pieces; use Liquid Glue to adhere pieces individually to back of poinsettia, extending leaves as shown.
* Cut small flower for center from Cherry Cobbler card stock; use Stampin' Write marker to draw a few veins on petals.  Adhere to center of poinsettia with Liquid Glue.  (NOTE:  In retrospect, I think I would have used Real Red for this piece instead of the Cherry Cobbler -- in real life it looks ok this way, but when I saw the photo of it, it didn't look quite "real" to me.)
* Add self-adhesive Silver Enamel Circle to center of poinsettia.
* Adhere poinsettia over Glimmer Paper with Stampin' Dimensionals.

7. Make bow and adhere over ribbon strip with a Glue Dot.

Yes, there are a lot of steps and small pieces and precision involved in making this card, but I think the result was worth it!

Next up:  A couple of cards giving you a sneak peek at the upcoming 2018 Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogs.

Cathy  :D


Sunday, December 24, 2017

Countdown to Christmas Day 24 - Ugly Christmas Sweater Gift Card Holder

No Christmas collection would be complete without an Ugly Christmas Sweater, right?!  So today's project is an Ugly Christmas Sweater Gift Card Holder.

Click on image for closer look.
Materials

Stamp Set
* Cookie Cutter Christmas

Paper
* Real Red card stock (5" x 5")
* Soft Suede card stock (about 2" x 2" for reindeer head)
* Crumb Cake card stock (about 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" for antlers
* Garden Green card stock (about 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" for pine boughs)
* Red Glimmer Paper (tiny scrap for nose)
* Gold Foil Paper (about 1" x 1" for bell)

Ink
* Tuxedo Black Memento Ink OR Basic Black Archival Ink
* Black Stampin' Write Marker
* Real Red Stampin' Write Marker
* Wink of Stella (Clear)
* White Chalk Marker
* Flirty Flamingo Stampin' Write Marker
* Whisper White Craft Ink

Accessories and Tools
* Envelope Punch Board
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Cable Knit Embossing Folder
* Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies
* Trim Your Stocking Thinlits Dies **
* 1/8" Handheld Circle Punch
* Sponge Daubers
* Black Rhinestone Jewels **
* Linen Thread
* Black Metallic Thread
* Gold Metallic Thread
* 1/8" Gold Ribbon (about 12")
* Adhesives:  Multipurpose Liquid Glue; Glue Dot

Miscellaneous
* Small Post-it Note Pad

** 2017 Holiday Catalog

Instructions

1.  Score and punch 5" x 5" Real Red card stock according to Punch Board instructions for a 2" x 3-1/2" Business Card.  Trim card stock down about 3/4" from corner on two 3-1/2" sides.  Round one of the remaining corners with the corner rounder on the Punch Board.

2. Use Big Shot and Embossing Folder to texture card stock.  (NOTE:  Line up card stock so top flap -- the one with the rounded corner -- is inside the folder; the bottom corner will stick out of the end of the folder, but it's not important for it to be embossed because it will be covered by the two side flaps.)

3. Fold bottom flap up and apply some Liquid Glue around the corner.  Fold left flap over bottom flap.  Apply Liquid Glue to edges of right flap and fold it over the left flap.  This will form your basic gift card holder.  (See photo at right.)

4. Stamp Reindeer head on Soft Suede card stock and cut out with scissors.  Use White Chalk Marker to color in center parts of ears.  When dry, color over the white with Flirty Flamingo Marker.  Use Sponge Dauber to apply White Craft Ink to cheeks.  When dry, use another Sponge Dauber to apply Flirty Flamingo over White ink.  Use Liquid Glue to adhere head to gift card holder.

5. Stamp antlers on Crumb Cake card stock.  Use Liquid Glue to adhere to gift card holder as shown.  Use Wink of Stella to add some shimmer to the antlers.

6. Before cleaning your stamp, stamp what's left of the ink onto the sticky portion of a post-it note -- this will give you a vague shadow of the nose -- all you need for this step.  Cut out and adhere post-it note nose to back of Red Glimmer Paper.  Cut around the post-it note to create shiny nose.  Use Real Real Stampin' Write marker (brush end) to color just the edges of the glimmer paper.  (NOTE:  I generally do this when I use white-core paper to cover the white around the edges of the shape.)  Use Liquid Glue to adhere to reindeer head.

7. Adhere two small self-adhesive Black Rhinestones for eyes.

8. Holding Linen, Gold and Black Metallic Threads together, make a big loopy bow and attach to gift card holder with a Glue Dot as shown.

9. Use Big Shot and Pretty Pines dies to cut two pine boughs from Garden Green card stock.  Use tiny dots of Liquid Glue to adhere to gift card holder near top of flap.

10. Use Big Shot and Trim Your Stocking dies to cut bell from Gold Foil.

11. Punch a 1/8" circle near top corner.  Thread Gold Ribbon through the hole just made and also the hole at top of bell; hold the two ends of the ribbon together and tie a knot near the end for a hanging loop.

Fun fun fun!!!

Be sure to check back tomorrow for the last in the Countdown to Christmas series.  I've got a beautiful and elegant card in store for you!

Cathy  ;D




Saturday, December 23, 2017

Countdown to Christmas Day 23 - Gift Card Holder

Here's another great way to present a gift card or cash.  It's easy to assemble, and fits into a regular size card envelope for mailing (although it may be a little late for mailing a Christmas gift at this point . . .).

Thanks to Brenda Diaz for this idea.  Click HERE to see Brenda's original design.

Click on image for closer look.
Materials

Stamp Sets
* Labels to Love **
* One Big Meaning (inside)
* Carols of Christmas (inside) **

Paper
* Real Red card stock (11" x 4-1/4"; 9-3/8" x 1-1/2")
* Whisper White card stock (4-1/8" x 3-7/8" - two pieces; 4-1/8" x 1-3/8"; about 2" x 1-1/2" for label)
* Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper ("DSP") (4" x 3-3/4"; 4" x 1-1/4")

Ink
* Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad
* Garden Green Stampin' Write Marker (inside)
* Real Red Stampin' Write Marker (inside)

Accessories and Tools
* Everyday Label Punch **
* 1/8" Gold Ribbon
* Metallic Enamel Shapes (Gold)
* Adhesives: SNAIL Adhesive; Multipurpose Liquid Glue; Glue Dot

** 2017 Holiday Catalog

Instructions
(Unless otherwise indicated, SNAIL Adhesive used to assemble.)

1. Score 11" x 4-1/4" card stock at 4" and 9-1/2"; fold away from score lines to create card base.

2. With larger section of card stock to the left, adhere 4-1/8" x 3-7/8" Whisper White card stock to front of card.  Adhere 4" x 3-3/4" DSP over Whisper White card stock.

3. On right side, adhere 4-1/8" x 1-3/8" Whisper White card stock to front of card.  Adhere 4" x 1-1/4" DSP over Whisper White card stock.

Click on image for closer look.

4. On INSIDE of card, apply a thin line of Liquid Glue to top and bottom edges of 1-1/2" panel.  Fold toward the inside to create pocket.

5. On second 4-1/8" x 3-7/8" piece of Whisper White card stock, use Real Red ink to stamp greeting from One Big Meaning set; use Stampin' Write markers to paint holly and berries from Carols of Christmas set and stamp as shown.  Adhere to inside of card.

6. To make belly band that holds card closed, score 2-1/2" in from each short edge of 9-3/8" x 1-1/2" Real Red card stock.  Fold away from score lines and adhere one flap over the other (about 1/2") with Liquid Glue.

7. Stamp Label on scrap of Whisper White card stock; punch out shape with Everyday Label Punch.  Use Liquid Glue to adhere to the belly band hiding the overlap seam.  Slide onto card.

8. Embellish by adding Metallic Enamel Shapes randomly to DSP and a small bow with a Glue Dot at bottom of label on belly band.

This is the gift I will give my mail carrier next week since I missed her today (unfortunately, she arrived WAY EARLIER than usual today and I missed her . . .).

Cathy  ;D