Monday, November 13, 2017

Christmas Ornament/Tag (FRS 11/13/2017)

Today I'm sharing a sweet little ornament/tag I made for a swap with my Front Range Demo group this evening.  This idea came from a YouTube video by Jenny Hall (view Jenny's tutorial by clicking here).

Click on image for closer look.

Materials

Stamp Set
* Merry Patterns (special promotion October 2017)

Paper (sizes approximate to accommodate dies)
* Early Espresso card stock (4-1/4" x 2-1/2"; scrap for deer)
* Glossy White card stock (3-1/2" x 2-1/8")
* Garden Green card stock (2-1/4" x 2-1/4")
* Wild Wasabi card stock (2-1/4" x 1-1/2")
* Soft Suede card stock (scrap for deer)
* Whisper White card stock (2-1/4" x 1/2")

Ink
* Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin' Pad
* Soft Sky Classic Stampin' Pad

Accessories and Tools
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Lots of Labels Framelits Dies
* Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies (2017 Holiday Mini Catalog)
* Bunch of Banners Framelits Dies
* Sponge Dauber
* Rhinestone Basic Jewels
* 1/8" Silver Ribbon (about 12")
* 1/8" Handheld Circle Punch
* Adhesives:  SNAIL Adhesive; Stampin' Dimensionals; Tombow Liquid Glue

Instructions

1. Using Big Shot and Lots of Labels Dies:
* Cut one label (I used the second from largest size) from Early Espresso card stock;
* Cut one label (I used the third from largest size) from Glossy White card stock
(NOTE:  If you want to make this a gift tag, cut an additional label -- third from largest size -- from Whisper White card stock to add to back.)

2. Using Big Shot and Card Front Builder Dies:
* Cut two trees shape from Garden Green card stock;
* Cut single tree shape from Wild Wasabi card stock;
* Cut one deer from Early Espresso card stock;
* Cut one deer from Soft Suede card stock.

3. Use Cherry Cobbler ink to stamp Merry Christmas on scrap of Whisper White card stock.  Use Big Shot and Bunch of Banners dies to cut out banner as shown.

4. Use Sponge Dauber and Soft Sky ink to daub some color around top of Glossy White label -- this is just to give the feel of some sky behind the trees.  Use SNAIL Adhesive to adhere Glossy White label to Early Espresso label.

5. Assemble winter scene:
* Use Liquid Glue to adhere two trees shape to Glossy White label; 
* Use Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere single tree over and slightly below two trees;
* Apply Liquid Glue to back of Early Espresso deer and tuck behind tree in foreground (see photo );
* Use Liquid Glue to adhere Soft Suede deer to front of tree in foreground (see photo above);
* Use Stampin' Dimensionals (one at each end) to adhere banner over trees as shown.

6. Add self-adhesive Rhinestone Jewels (I used the smallest size in the package) wherever they make you happy.

7. Punch a 1/8" circle near top of label through both thicknesses of card stock and string hanging ribbon through.  (NOTE:  If you plan to use this as a gift tag, adhere Whisper White label to back before punching hole.)

That's it!  This would make a very sweet gift tag that can then be hung on a tree as an ornament.  Hope you make one (or several)!

Cathy  ;D



Sunday, November 5, 2017

Polished Stone Challenge

This is a card I made this afternoon for a technique challenge sponsored by my Stampin' Up! Demonstrators Online Group (SUDSOL).  The technique is called Polished Stone and is one I haven't done in a long, long time!  It's so much fun!  See details below.

Click on image for closer look.

Materials

Stamp Set
* Bunch of Blossoms

Paper
* Early Espresso card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"; 4-1/4" x 3")
* Whisper White card stock (4" x 2-3/4")
* Glossy White card stock (one 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" sheet)

Ink
* Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad
* Cajun Craze Refill Ink
* Crumb Cake Refill Ink
* Crushed Curry Refill Ink
* Old Olive Refill Ink
* Sahara Sand Refill Ink
* Soft Suede Refill Ink

Accessories and Tools
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Leaflets Thinlits Dies
* Stampin' Sponge
* Linen Thread
* Gold Metallic Thread
* Copper Trim
* Adhesives: SNAIL Adhesive, Glue Dot

Miscellaneous
* Cotton Ball
* Rubbing Alcohol

Instructions
(NOTE: 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.

2. Cut one 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" sheet of Glossy White card stock in fourths.  You will use the following technique for each piece, but each piece has different ink combinations.

Add rubbing alcohol to cotton ball.  You want enough alcohol to semi-saturate the surface area of the cotton ball, but not so much as to make it drippy.  To the alcohol, add two or three drops of each color.  Daub the cotton ball randomly across the Glossy White card stock to completely cover it.  This piece will dry very quickly as the alcohol evaporates.  Each piece will look slightly different, but each will have this marbled -- or polished stone -- effect.
  • For the first piece (background), use a few drops each of Crumb Cake and Sahara Sand refill ink.  Cut to 5-1/4" x 4".
  • For the second piece (oak leaf), use a few drops each of Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, and Soft Suede refill ink.  Cut oak leaf with die and Big Shot.
  • For the third piece (maple leaf), use a few drops each of Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, and Crushed Curry.  Cut maple leaf with die and Big Shot.
  • For the fourth piece (don't know what kind of leaf this is, but refer to photo above for the shape, or use any other leaf you may like better), use a few drops each of Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, and Old Olive refill ink.  Cut leaf shape.
3. Use Stampin' Sponge to apply Early Espresso ink around edges of the background piece, each of the leaves, and the Whisper White card stock. 

4. Adhere background piece to card front; adhere 4-1/4" x 3" Early Espresso card stock over background; adhere 4" x 2-3/4" Whisper White card stock over Early Espresso.  Then adhere each leaf as shown in photo.

5. Stamp sentiment as shown with Early Espresso ink.

6. Stretch out (widthwise) a short piece of Copper Trim and adhere in upper left-hand corner over leaf stems.  (NOTE:  I would have added more of this awesome trim; however, I had just used all but this tiny piece at my last stamp camp and haven't yet reordered.  The piece I added here was simply to hide the stems a little bit and soften the area behind the bow made in Step 7 below.)

7. Make a 4-loop bow (about 2-1/2" wide) from Linen Thread and Gold Metallic Thread held together.  Use a Glue Dot to adhere over Copper Trim.

This was a very quick card to make.  As mentioned above, the alcohol dries the ink so quickly that you can almost immediately start using it to cut the shapes.  I literally made this card in 20 minutes, from start to finish.  (I had been running errands all morning, and early afternoon and lost track of the time, so I needed to finish it by 3 p.m. Mountain Time, but I already had the idea in my head before I started.)

Hope you try this fun technique (or try it again if you've done this with me in my early Stampin' Up! years. . .).

Cathy  ;D

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Mini Coffee Cup Gift Basket

These little gift baskets are the sweetest!  I made them for the registration gift at the September 30 Rose Hill Stamp Camp.  It's just big enough to hold a couple of fun-size chocolates.  (See?!  You get really cool little gifties when you come to our Stamp Camps!)

Click on photo for closer look.

Materials

Paper
* Crushed Curry card stock (approximately 2" x 2-1/4" - two pieces for cup; 4-13/16" x 1-1/2" for sides; 4-3/8" x 5/8" for handle)
* Whisper White card stock (approximately 2-1/8" x 5/8" - two pieces for lid)
* Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper ("DSP") for sleeve (approximately 2" x 1-1/2" - two pieces)

Accessories and Tools
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Coffee Cups Framelits Dies
* Adhesives:  SNAIL Adhesive OR Multipurpose Liquid Glue OR Tear 'n Tape

Instructions

Please view the YouTube video at http://cardsandacuppa.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/coffee-cup-mini-gift-bag-with-video.html for instructions to make this sweet little basket.  NOTE:  This is the small size coffee cup die; also included on this blog site are instructions and measurements to make a basket using the larger coffee cup die.

Cathy  ;D

Friday, October 20, 2017

High Tide (Masculine Card)

I thought for sure I had already posted this card . . . guess I was living in a time warp again . . . sigh.

In any event, this is the card we did at my table at Rose Hill Stamp Camp on June 24, 2017.  It was a little confusing for some of the stampers, so I'll try to be as precise as I can in describing how to make it.

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The inspiration for this card came from my friend and downline Sue Mason, who made a similar card with a circle instead of an oval.  (For the life of me I couldn't find my circle dies when it came time to make this card . . . .)

Materials

Stamp Sets
* High Tide
* Bunch of Blossoms (sentiment)

Paper
* Dapper Denim card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2")
* Crumb Cake card stock (5-1/4" x 4")
* Whisper White card stock (5" x 3-3/4"; 3-1/2" x 2-1/2" for oval; 3-1/4" x 1" for lighthouse)
* Soft Suede card stock (3-3/4" x 2-3/4" for oval)

Ink
* Dapper Denim Classic Stampin' Pad
* Crumb Cake Classic Stampin' Pad
* Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad
* Marina Mist Classic Stampin' Pad
* Sahara Sand Classic Stampin' Pad


Accessories and Tools
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Layering Ovals Framelits Dies
* Paper Snips
* Stampin' Sponge
* Aqua Painter filled with water
* Adhesives:  SNAIL Adhesive; Stampin' Dimensionals

Instructions
(SNAIL Adhesive used throughout unless otherwise indicated)

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

2. Adhere 5-1/4" x 4" Crumb Cake card stock to card front.

3. Use Dapper Denim to stamp stripes down left side of 5" x 3-3/4" Whisper White card stock.  Cut 3-5/16" x 2-3/8" oval from Whisper White card stock; use removable double-sided tape to adhere oval to 5" x 3-3/4" Whisper White card stock.  Use Soft Suede ink to stamp seagulls image so the birds appear on both layers of card stock; remove oval and set aside for next step.  Stamp weeds near bottom of 5" x 3-3/4" card stock.  Adhere to front of card over Crumb Cake card stock.

4.  Use Dapper Denim ink to stamp water image across center of Whisper White oval (you will need to stamp it twice side-by-side to span length of oval).  Sponge Marina Mist ink lightly above water image; sponge Sahara Sand ink below water image.  Use Aqua Painter filled with water to paint over water image to spread the ink across the water.  When dry (either air dry or use heat tool), stamp more weeds near bottom of oval.

5.  Use Big Shot to cut 3-9/16" x 2-5/8" Oval from Soft Suede card stock.  Adhere Whisper White oval to Soft Suede oval.  Adhere to front of card, matching up seagull images.  Stamp sentiment below oval near the right side of card.

6.  Use Crumb Cake ink to stamp detailed lighthouse on Whisper White card stock.  Use Dapper Denim ink to stamp lighthouse stripes over first image.  Use Paper Snips to cut out lighthouse image.  Adhere to front of card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

That's it! This is a great guy card for birthday, thank you, Father's Day, or any other occasion.  Hope you enjoyed it!

Cathy :D

 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Give Thanks Card

This is a card I did as a make and take at my demo meeting Monday evening -- one of the ladies had specifically asked me to show her how to do the watercolor technique I did for my Gourd Goodness SUDSOL swap card, so this is the design I came up with.

Click on image for closer look.
Materials

Stamp Sets
* Vintage Leaves
* Labels to Love (2017 Holiday Catalog) (Sentiment)

Paper
* Soft Suede card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"; 4-3/4" x 3-1/2")
* Very Vanilla card stock (5" x 3-3/4")
* Watercolor paper (4-1/2" x 3-1/4")
* Gold Glimmer Paper (about 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" for leaf)

Ink
* Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad
* Crushed Curry Stampin' Write Marker
* Cajun Craze Stampin' Write Marker
* Soft Suede Stampin' Write Marker

Accessories and Tools
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies
* Size "H" Clear Block
* Stampin' Spritzer filled with water
* Linen Thread
* Gold Metallic Thread
* Adhesives:  SNAIL Adhesive; Glue Dot
* OPTIONAL:  Heat Tool

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.

2. Adhere 5" x 3-3/4" Very Vanilla card stock to front of card.

3. Adhere 4-3/4" x 3-1/2" Soft Suede card stock to front of card.

4. See my Gourd Goodness swap card here for instructions on applying ink to watercolor paper, and also a tip on how to flatten the paper if it warps.

5. Once paper is completely dry, stamp leaf images and sentiment on watercolor paper using Early Espresso Ink.

6. Cut leaf from Glimmer Paper and adhere over stamped image.

7. Holding Linen Thread and Gold Metallic Thread together, make a three-loop bow and adhere with a glue dot over stem of gold leaf.

Hope you've enjoyed this card!

Cathy  ;D

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Colorful Seasons Fall Card w/Instructions

This is the card we made at my table at Stamp Camp North yesterday.  My inspiration came from a card created by Jackie Bolhuis (see Jackie's original card here).

Click on photo for closer look.

Materials

Stamp Sets
* Colorful Seasons (leaves)
* Painted Harvest (sentiment) (2017 Holiday Catalog)

Paper
* Cajun Craze card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2")
* Early Espresso card stock (4-1/4" x 3"; 3-1/2" x 3/4")
* Very Vanilla card stock (4" x 2-3/4"; 3-3/8" x 5/8"; 5-1/4" x 4" for inside)

Ink
* Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad
* Cajun Craze Refill Ink
* Cherry Cobbler Refill Ink
* Crushed Curry Refill Ink
* Early Espresso Refill Ink

Accessories and Tools
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Woodlands Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
* Aqua Painter filled with water
* Large Clear' Block or other solid, flat surface
* 1/4" Copper Trim
* Adhesives:  SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dot

Miscellaneous Items
* Baby Wipes

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 create card.

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

3. Position 4-1/4" x 3" Early Espresso card stock as shown and adhere to front of card.

NOTE:  Click on link above to visit Jackie Bolhuis's blog and view a video tutorial of Steps 4 and 5 below.

4. Fold baby wipe in half, and then in half again and lay on top of Clear Block.  Add a few drops of each of the Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler and Crushed Curry Refill Inks randomly on baby wipe. This will be your stamping pad for the solid leaves.  Stamp images on the 4" x 2-3/4" Very Vanilla card stock.  Use Early Espresso stampin' pad to stamp the detailed leaf images.

5. Use Aqua Painter to add Early Espresso speckles:  Fill Aqua Painter with water and pick up just tiny bit (not even a drop) of Early Espresso Refill Ink on the brush tip.  Holding the Aqua Painter loosely, tap it against your finger or a pair of scissors or a marker or something solid to fleck the speckles onto the paper.

6. Adhere Very Vanilla card stock to front of card over Early Espresso card stock.

7. Use Early Espresso ink to stamp sentiment on 3-3/8" x 5/8" Very Vanilla card stock.  Adhere to 3-1/2" x 3/4" Early Espresso card stock.  Use Stampin' Dimensionals to add this piece to front of card.

8. Make a small bow with the 1/4" Copper Trim.  Pull trim apart to create a mesh-like fabric bow and adhere it near left edge of banner with Glue Dot.

DON'T FORGET THE INSIDE!!!

Use same process as described above to stamp leaves and add speckles to 5-1/4" x 4" Very Vanilla card stock.  Adhere to inside of card.

Click on photo for a closer look.

This is a fairly quick and super-fun technique.  I hope you'll try it!

Cathy  ;D