Animal Outing Card in a Box

Madysen card in a box
Animal Outing Card in a Box

 

Our granddaughter Madysen recently turned two!

One of the things she and her parents like to do is visit the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs. 

They have a family pass, so they go quite often.

Her favorite animals at the zoo are the giraffe!

So, once I saw the giraffe image in the  Animal Outing Bundle, I knew I had to get it.

For her 2nd birthday card, I created this fun little zoo animal card in a box.

The critters were stamped using Memento black ink, then cut out using the Big Shot and coordinating Animal Friends Thinlits Dies.

I then colored them using watercolor pencils and an aqua painter.

They are attached to the box with pieces of Adhesive Strips.

The background paper comes from Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper.

I created the greeting on my computer and printed it out on regular computer paper.  I stamped the leaf image using Mint Macaron ink.

Leaves were cut out of Tranquil Tide card stock and attached to the sides using Tombow Multi-purpose glue.

Madysen card in a box side view

Animal Outing Bundle

Animal outing bundle

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Animal Outing

Ink: Memento Black

Paper: Soft Suede, Whisper White, Tranquil Tide, Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Stamparatus, Big Shot Animal Friends Thinlits Dies, watercolor pencils, aqua painter, adhesive strips, Mini Dimensionals, enamel shapes, computer, copy paper

 

 

 

 

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Copper Embossed Falling for Leaves

Embossed harvest of thanks
Copper Embossed Falling for Leaves

The Falling for Leaves Bundle has quickly become one of my favorites.

This quick, yet elegant card was easy to create.

I embossed a piece of Very Vanilla card stock using the Big Shot and Planks embossing folder and matted it with a piece of Copper Foil paper

The leaves were cut out of Copper Foil paper using the Big Shot and one of the Detailed Leaves dies.

The greeting and inside leaves were heat embossed using a heat tool and copper embossing powder.

Here's the inside:

Embossed harvest of thanks inside

Falling for Leaves Bundle

Falling for Leaves Bundle

Supplies Used:

Stamp set: Falling for Leaves

Ink: versamark

Paper: Very Vanilla, Copper Foil paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Leaves Thinlits Dies, Planks embossing folder, Embossing Buddy, heat tool, copper embossing powder, Mini Dimensionals, copper thread

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Bokeh Falling for Leaves

Falling for Leaves Bokeh
Bokeh Falling for Leaves

The changing leaves have been so pretty this year here in the mountains of southern Colorado!

This card was inspired by this photo of  one of the wild Choke Cherries growing on our property.

It always is a show-stopper!


Chockcherry leaves color
Choke Cherry fall color, Wetmore, CO

 

To create the bold colors of my card, I did the Bokeh Technique.

According to Wikipedia," the bokeh is the blur or aesthetic quality of the blur in out of focus areas of an image."

It is one of my favorite stamping techniques.

I first created a card stock  template of circles using my 1" and 3/4" circle punches.

Bokeh

Then, with sponge daubers, I added Mango Melody, Crushed Curry, Poppy Parade, and Old Olive inks, overlapping the colors to create the Bokeh effect.  Once the ink was dry, I added circles of Whisper White craft ink.

The leaves were cut out of Old Olive and Gold Foil paper using the Big Shot and Detailed Leaves Thinlits Dies.

The greeting is from Falling for Leaves and was stamped using Poppy Parade.

Happy Fall!

Falling for Leaves Bundle

Falling for Leaves Bundle

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Falling for Leaves

Ink: Mango Melody, Crushed Curry, Poppy Parade, Old Olive, Whisper White craft ink

Paper: Whisper White, Poppy Parade, Old Olive, Goil Foil

Accessories: 1" and 3/4" circle punches, sponge daubers, Big Shot, Detailed Leaves Thinlits Dies, Tombow Multi-purpose glue, Mini Dimensionals, enamel shape

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5- Minute Card Creation-Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper

Nature's Poem

Using Designer Series Paper to create a 5-minute card is easy when you let it do most of the work.

That is the case with this card featuring Nature's Poem DSP.

Simply cut the paper into 1 1/4" x 5 1/4" strips and place on your card base.

Add a greeting stamped on a coordinating piece of card stock and you're done!

For this card, I used the greeting from Sheltering Tree, along with a leaf image from Painted Harvest stamped on a piece of Grapefruit Grove card stock using Blackberry Bliss ink.  A Blackberry Bliss Faceted Dot was added to complete the card.

Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper

Nature's Poem DSP

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Sheltering Tree, Painted Harvest

Ink: Blackberry Bliss

Paper: Blackberry Bliss, Grapefruit Grove, Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Faceted Dot, Mini Dimensionals

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Falling For Leaves Sampler-Sign Up to Receive my Oct Newsletter

Falling Leaves sampler

Happy Fall!

My favorite time of the year!

One of my favorite bundles found in the 2018 Holiday Catalog is the  Falling For Leaves stamp set and coordinating Detailed Leaves Thinlits dies.

Perfect for fall-themed crafting!

Projects using this bundle will be featured in my October newsletter which will hit e mail inboxes at 9:00 am (MST) on September 9, 2018.

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Thank you.

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Falling for Leaves and Detailed Leaves Thinlits Dies

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Falling for Leaves Bundle

 

 

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Lovely as a Tree Fall Sponged Sunrise

Sponged lovely as a tree

Here's one more fall-themed project using the perennial favorite stamp set, Lovely as a Tree.

This is a clean and simple, 5-minute card creation!

Here's how:

  1. Stamp trees from Lovely as a Tree  and greeting using Early Espresso ink on Very Vanilla card stock.  Heat emboss with a heat tool and clear embossing powder.
  2.  Lightly sponge the sunrise using Crushed Curry, Mango Melody and Cajun Craze ink
  3. Attach to Early Espresso mat.  Attach to Very Vanilla card base using Dimensionals to pop it up.

That's it, done!

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Lovely as a Tree, Floral  & Fauna ( December 2017 Paper Pumpkin kit)

Ink: Early Espresso, Crushed Curry, Mango Melody, Cajun Craze

Paper: Very Vanilla, Early Espresso

Accessories: heat tool, clear embossing powder, sponge, Dimensionals

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Dandelion Wishes Clear Block Background

Fall dandelion wishes

Fall is my favorite time of the year!

I love the cooler temps and the changing colors.

To celebrate the arrival of fall, I've been busy creating some fall-themed cards.

This card features the Clear-Block Background Technique paired with one of my new favorite stamp sets, Dandelion Wishes.

Here's how:

  1. To create the clear-block water color background, tap ink pads onto a clear-block, spritz with water so the ink runs and pools, then stamp onto a piece of card stock.  Let the block set for a few seconds, then lift.  Set the piece aside to dry completely.  For this card, I used Pool Party, Crushed Curry, and Mango Melody inks on a "F" clear-block.  I stamped the block on a piece of Shimmery White card stock.  You could also use watercolor paper.
  2.  Stamp the images from Dandelion Wishes using Early Espresso ink.  Sprinkle clear embossing powder over the images and heat emboss using a heat tool.
  3.  Mat to a piece of Early Espresso card stock and attach to Mango Melody card base using Mini Dimensionals to pop it up.
  4.  Add enamel shapes to complete.

I stamped the greeting from Dandelion Wishes on the inside:

Fall inside

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Dandelion Wishes

Ink: Pool Party, Crushed Curry, Mango Melody, Early Espresso

Paper: Mango Melody, Early Espresso, Shimmery White

Accessories: Clear-Block "F", spritzer bottle with water, clear embossing powder, heat tool, Mini Dimensionals, enamel shapes

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Field of Fall Flowers-Daisy Delight Clear Block Background

Fall daisy delight
Field of Fall Flowers

After a very warm summer, I think fall has finally arrived here in the mountains of southern Colorado!

Cooler temps and changing colors.

Fall is my favorite time of the year!

To celebrate, I have been busy creating fall-themed cards which I will be sharing over the next few days.

This one was quick and easy using the Clear-Block Background Technique mixed with the dainty flower images found in the stamp set Daisy Delight.

Here's how:

  1. To create the watercolor background, tap ink pads onto a clear-block, spritz with water so the ink runs and pools, and stamp on a piece of card stock.  Let the block sit on the paper for a few seconds, then remove.  Set it aside to dry completely.  For this card, colors used were Pool Party, Pacific Point, Crushed Curry, and Pear Pizzazz on a "E" clear-block.  I stamped the block onto Shimmery White card stock which holds up well to the water.  You could also use water color paper.  
  2.   Stamp stem image from Daisy Delight using Color Me Clover ink.  Stamp full strength, then again without reinking.  Stamp flower image using Mango Melody.  Stamp full strength, then again without reinking.
  3.  Attach to Crushed Curry mat using Mini Dimensionals to pop it up.
  4.  Stamp greeting using Pacific Point ink.  I used the retired stamp set Teeny Tiny Wishes (still my go-to greeting stamp), but choose a greeting that is appropriate for your occasion.  Attach to Pacific Point card base.
  5. Color rhinestones using a blue Sharpie pen and attach to complete.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Daisy Delight, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Pool Party, Pacific Point, Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzazz, Color Me Clover, Mango Melody

Paper: Pacific Point, Crushed Curry, Shimmery White

Accessories: Clear-block "E", spritzer bottle with water, rhinestones, Sharpie Pen, Mini Dimensionals

 

 

 

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Fresh Card Making Idea-Card in a Box

Winter woods card in a box

Christmas Winter Woods Card in a Box 

Winter Woods

 Happy Thanksgiving Winter Woods Card in a Box

It is easy to create a winter or fall-themed scene using the Card in a Box Technique.

This is an easy project that provides that WOW! factor.

And it folds down, so it will easily fit in a standard A2 envelope for easy mailing!

Want to learn more?

My September Fresh Card Making Tutorial will feature this easy technique.

The tutorial will hit e mail inboxes at 9:00 am (MST) on September 25, 2018.

Please sign up on my mailing list by 8:00 am (MST) on September 25 to receive this tutorial, complete with step-by-step instructions with color photos in a pdf format.

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Once the easy sign up process has been completed, you'll receive my Adhesives 101  Tutorial as my gift to you via e mail in a pdf format.

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Daisy Delight Jar of Love

Jar of daisies
Daisy Delight Jar of Love

A fresh bouquet just in time for the arrival of fall!

Here's how:

  1. Stamp jar image from Jar of Love stamp set onto vellum card stock using Early Espresso ink.  Heat emboss with clear embossing powder.
  2.  Cut jar out using the Big Shot and coordinating Everyday Jars Framelits Die.
  3. Stamp 2 daisies using Daisy Delight stamp set onto Crushed Curry card stock using Early Espresso ink.  Punch out using the coordinating Daisy Punch. Layer daisies using a Mini Dimensional in between.
  4. Stamp stem and leaves from Jar of Love stamp set onto Pear Pizzazz card stock using Call Me Clover ink.  Cut out using coordinating Everyday Jars Framelits dies.
  5. Mat a piece of Wood Textures 6"x6" Designer Series Paper with Pear Pizzazz card stock.  Attach to Early Espresso card base.
  6.  Attach vellum jar to card front using a small amount of SNAIL adhesive.  Apply SNAIL adhesive to the leaves and stems and slip inside the jar.
  7. Attach daisy using a  Mini Dimensional to pop it up.  Attach a Faceted Gem to the center.
  8. Stamp greeting from Dragonfly Dreams onto a scrap piece of Pear Pizzazz card stock using Call Me Clover ink.  Banner cut one edge.  Attach to card front using Mini Dimensionals to pop it up.

Happy Fall!

 

Stamp Sets: Jar of Love, Daisy Delight, Dragonfly Dreams

Ink: Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz, Call me Clover

Paper: Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz, Crushed Curry, vellum card stock, Wood Textures 6"x6" Designer Series Paper

Accessories: clear embossing powder, heat tool, Big Shot, Everyday Jars Framelits Dies, Daisy Punch, Faceted Gem. Mini Dimensionals

 

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Aluminum Can Sun and Moon Card

Fremont Brewing sun

Fremont Brewing Sun and Moon Card

One of my favorite crafting techniques is to cut shapes out of aluminum cans using the Big Shot and framelits dies or punches.

Please check HERE to see some of my other aluminum can and Big Shot projects, along with video tutorials.

I'm always on the look out for cans with interesting designs and colors.

My husband is a craft beer drinker,  and whenever he purchases a new brand, I always take a look the cans.

Well, he recently brought home some Summer American Pale Ale brewed by Fremont Brewing in Seattle, WA.

I thought I had died and gone to heaven when I saw this bright sun and moon!

Fremont brewing can

Oh my, I couldn't wait for him to pour the beer into a pint glass so I could wash out the can and get started!

This card was so simple to create, and it took about 5 minutes!

I let the design on the can do the heavy lifting.

Here's  how:

  1.  After washing it out thoroughly, I removed the top and bottom of the can (see video for instructions), and flattened it out.  As always, be careful with the cutting step as the can will be sharp.  After it has been run through the Big Shot or punched with a punch, the edges are no longer sharp.
  2. I trimmed the piece down a little so my 2 1/2" circle punch would fit around the sun and moon, and then punched.
  3.  I added the punched circle to a Basic Black mat using Dimensionals to pop it up.
  4. I stamped the greeting from Painted Glass onto the Mango Melody card base using Memento Black ink.  I added the matted sun and moon to the card front using Dimensionals to pop it up.  Enamel shapes were added to the four corners to complete.

Simple, that's it!

Fremont brewing can cut

Fremont brewing can pieces

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Painted Glass

Ink: Memento Black

Paper: Mango Melody, Basic Black

Accessories: tin snips, heavy crafting scissors, Summer  American Pale Ale beer can, 2 1/2" circle punch, Dimensionals, enamel shapes

Happy Stampin'!

Winter Woods Sampler-Sign Up to Receive my Sept Newsletter

Winter woods sampler Sept 2018
The 2018 Holiday Catalog is here, and one of my favorites in the catalog is the Winter Woods Bundle!

The bundle includes the Winter Woods stamp set and coordinating In the Woods Framelits Dies at a savings of 10%.

While the stamp set is geared for winter/Christmas projects, I used it to celebrate the arrival of fall, my favorite time of the year.

Plus, the bundle is perfect for my setting in the mountains of southern Colorado.  In my book, you can never have enough tree stamps and embellishments!

Fall projects using the Winter Woods Bundle will be featured in my September newsletter which will hit e mail inboxes at 9:00 am (MST) on September 11, 2018.

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Winter Woods Bundle

Winter Woods

 

 

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Celebrate in Style Iris Folded Dress Form

Black and Gold Iris Folded Dress Form
Celebrate in Style Iris Folded Dress Form

Recently, while going through my iris folding patterns, I came across this iris folded dress form I created way back in 2012 using some pretty black and gold designer series paper.

You can't tell from the photo, but the paper for the "iris" has a raised velvet texture.

I decided I better use it to create a quick card!

All I had to do was mat it to a piece of Gold Foil and Basic Black card stock, add a button with some sparkly thread through the button holes, mount it to a Very Vanilla card base, and stamp the greeting from Beautiful You in Memento Black ink.

Click HERE to download the iris folding dress form pattern

Click HERE for more iris folding ideas, tips, and instructions including a video tutorial

 

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Stampin' Up! Bonus Days Ends August 31

Bonus days

Earn in August, Spend in September!

During Stampin' Up! Bonus Days, for every $50 spent (before tax) in August, you'll earn a $5 Bonus Days coupon to spend in September!

With each qualifying purchase, you'll receive an e mail from Stampin' Up! with a Bonus Day code to be used in September.

If you don't receive an e mail from Stampin' Up! in your inbox, check your SPAM folder.  If it's not there, please let me know, and I'll call Stampin' Up!

Keep the email with the code to use in September 1-30.

There is no limit to the number of coupons you can earn during Bonus Days or redeem during the redemption period.

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Garden Impressions Iris Folded Heart

Garden Impressions heart
Garden Impressions Iris Folded Heart

Since I had the iris folding heart pattern out after creating my best wishes wedding card, I thought I'd make another quick iris folded heart card.

This one uses designs found in the Garden Impressions 6"x6" Designer Series Paper.

I love the abstract designs found in the collection, perfect for iris folding!

The card front is Soft Sea Foam that was embossed using the Gently Falling embossing folder.

The greeting is from retired stamp set All Holidays stamped in Night of Navy.

The ribbon is Dapper Denim Crinkled Seam Binding with an enamel shape added to the bow.

For more Iris Folding ideas, and a video how to tutorial, please visit my Iris Folding Page HERE.

Garden Impressions 6"x6" Designer Series Paper

Garden impressions

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: All Holidays

Ink: Night of Navy

Paper: Crushed Curry, Tranquil Tide, Soft Sea Foam, Garden Impressions 6"x6" Designer Series Paper

Accessories: heart iris folding pattern, Big Shot, Hearts Framelits Dies, Gently Falling embossing folder, Dapper Denim Crinkled Seam Binding, enamel shape

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Iris Folded Heart

Ian and Kaitlyn Iris Folded Heart
Iris Folded Heart

My best friend's son is getting married!

What a great occasion to make a card!

One of my all-time favorite paper-crafting techniques is Iris Folding.

(Click HERE to view my other Iris Folding projects.   This page includes detailed instructions and a how to video!)

I haven't done any iris folding in a long time. 

Lately, my Pinterest feed  has been coming up with iris folding ideas, and it got my creative juices going.

One of the easiest Iris Folding patterns in a heart.   Perfect for creating a wedding card!

Here's how:

  1. Start with this iris folding heart pattern.  Print out on your computer.
  2.  Cut out a heart from your card front using the Big Shot and framelits, a punch, or by hand with scissors.  For this card, I used my Big Shot and one of my Hearts Framelits Dies that closely fit the printed pattern.
  3. Emboss the card front if desired.  For this card, I used the hearts from Adorning Accents Embossing Folder.  Stamp your greeting.  I used Sincere Salutations stamped in Rich Razzleberry.  Do any embossing or stamping before you start the Iris Folding technique as your card front will become too bulky to do anything else without messing it up.
  4. Lay the embossed card front face down onto the printed heart pattern.  Remember, you always work from the BACK of your project when doing iris folding. Apply a couple of pieces of washi tape to one side of the card front to act as a hinge so you can flip the card front over to see your progress from the front.
  5. Choose 3 patterns of designer series paper.  For this card, I used designs found in the retired pack Blooms and Bliss.  I cut two 1/2"x12" strips of each design.
  6. Apply SNAIL adhesive along the edges of the heart cut out.  Following the pattern, apply the strips of designer series paper, adding SNAIL adhesive as needed to secure the pieces.
  7. Apply the iris to the center.  For this card, I used Blushing Bride glimmer paper.
  8. Remove the washi tape and adhere iris folded card front to Rich Razzleberry mat.
  9. Cut out a frame for the heart using 2 nested heart framelits.  I cut the frame out of more Blushing Bride glimmer paper.
  10. Attach to Blushing Bride card base.
  11. Optional: punch 2 hearts out of Rich Razzleberry card stock using a small heart punch.  Attach to the front of the card using Dimensionals to pop them up.  Add Blushing Bride enamel shapes to complete.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Sincere Salutations

Ink: Rich Razzleberry

Paper: Blushing Bride, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper, Blushing Bride glimmer paper

Accessories: iris folding heart pattern, Big Shot, Hearts Framelits Dies, Adorning Accents Embossing Folder, heart punch, enamel shapes, SNAIL adhesive, Dimensionals, washi tape

 

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