3-D Projects

A Little Wild Diorama Card

Diorma Card
A Little Wild Diorama Card

I created this fun diorama card for Kathryn, my grandniece on her 1st birthday.

I used one of my favorite stamp sets, A Little Wild.

These cute critters just bring a smile.

Diorama cards are easy to create.

For instructions, please check my Diorama Cards Page HERE

For this card, I stamped and colored the animals using watercolor pencils and an aqua painter.

The background paper is Tranquil Textures Designer Series Paper.

A Little Wild stamp set and Little Loves Framelits Dies

A Little Wild Bundle

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: A Little Wild

Ink: Early Espresso, Basic Gray, Rich Razzleberry, Shaded Spruce

Paper: Shaded Spruce, Mint Macaron, Whisper White, Tranquil Textures Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Little Loves and Circle Framelits Dies, water color pencils, aqua painter, baker's twine, glue dots, Delightfully Detailed Faceted Dots, Mini Dimensionals

 

Happy Stampin'!

You Are My Anchor/Graceful Glass Diorama Card

Diorama Card
You Are my Anchor/Graceful Glass Diorama Card

When I saw the swirl-patterned vellum found in the Graceful Glass 6"x6" stack, I immediately thought of the ocean and waves.

I thought I could easily pair this vellum with the April Paper Pumpkin kit, You Are My Anchor, to make a quick diorama card.

I was especially excited to receive this kit because I don't have any sea-themed stamp sets in my collection.

I live in the mountains of southern Colorado, and the ocean is very far away. 

Sea-themed projects are usually not even in my stamping realm. 

But now, I have a simple set that I can use if a sea-themed card is appropriate!

Now to create the diorama card.

  Here's how:

Diorama card step 1

  1. Start with an 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of card stock, and cut it  in half at 5 1/2".  Then, cut it in half at 4 1/4" so you have two 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" panels.
  2. Score each piece at 1/2" and 1" on the long sides. 
  3.  Create an opening in one of the panels using a punch or a Big Shot and a die.  This will be the front of your diorama.  For this card, I used one of my circle framelits
  4. Fold along the score lines so the 2 pieces will meet when put together.  For the top piece, the 1” score lines are “mountain” folds, and the ½” score lines are “valley” folds. For the bottom piece, the 1” score lines are “valley” folds, and the ½” score lines are “mountain” folds.

Diorama card step 2

5. Cut a 3"x3" piece of Graceful Glass vellum.  Color using Stampin' Write Markers, Stampin' Blends, ink pads with a blender pen or an aqua painter.  For this card, I used Pool Party, Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Pacific Point, Night of Navy, and Blueberry Bushel Stampin' Write Markers.

 

Diorama card step 3

6. Attach vellum to a 3"x3" piece of Whisper White card stock, so there is a light background behind the vellum. 

7. Attach to the center of the bottom panel.

 

 

Diorama card step 5

8. Cut a ringed frame out of coordinating designer series paper or card stock for the window using two circle dies and the Big Shot.

9. Attach the ring using Fine Tip Glue or Tombow Multi-Purpose glue.

Diorama card step 4

10. Apply Tear & Tape Adhesive on the "up" sides of the bottom panel.

Diorama card step 6

11. Peel the backing off the adhesive and carefully attach the top piece to the bottom piece, lining up the top and bottom edges. 

12.  Optional: To finish off the two front sides, cut 1/2" x 4 1/4" strips of vellum and color using the methods above.  Attach to the sides.

13. Attach lighthouse sticker from You Are My Anchor Paper Pumpkin kit to front of card. 

14. Stamp greeting onto pre-cut banner from the kit using Pacific Point ink.  Attach to the front of the lighthouse using a Mini Dimensional.

15. Attach faceted dots to card front to complete.

Which design is your favorite?

Graceful Glass 6"x6" Designer Vellum

Graceful Glass Vellum

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: You Are My Anchor

Ink: Pacific Point ink pad, Pool Party, Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Pacific Point, Night of Navy, and Blueberry Bushel Stampin' Write Markers

Paper: Pacific Point, Whisper White, Graceful Glass 6"x6" Vellum, Pool Party designer series paper (retired)

Accessories: You Are My Anchor Paper Pumpkin Kit, Big Shot, Circles Framelits, Tear & Tape Adhesive, Fine Tip Glue, Mini Dimensional, Faceted Dots

 

Please check out the list of retired stamp sets and accessories I have for sale.

Retired stamp sets for sale for blog

 

 

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Party Pandas Happy Birthday Messages in a Bottle

Party Pandas Message in a Bottle

I created these Party Panda Messages in a Bottle for my recent Happy Birthday class for the Ladies of Wetmore.

This is an annual class held in February. 

We stamp, laugh, sing happy birthday to each other, and eat cake!

It's one of my favorite stamping events.

This year, I was steered towards making these messages in a bottle by accident.

You see, I  normally allow myself one Coca-Cola a day.  I usually drink 1 of the small 7.5  oz cans. 

It's enough to give me my morning jolt without the extra sugar and calories of the larger cans.

But, on my recent trip to the grocery store, they were out of the small cans.

So, instead, I purchased an 8-pack of 12 oz bottles.

I'm always thinking about how I can recycle and reuse products in my crafting (see my Recycle and Reuse Page HERE), and when I saw these bottles, I knew I wanted to make them into Happy Birthday messages in a bottle!

Something a little different, something to bring a smile!

Here's how:

  1. Empty the bottles, wash out, and remove the labels.  This part can take some advanced planning.   It took me 8 days (1 Coke per day) to empty the bottles.  After removing the labels, I ran them through the dishwasher and set out to dry completely.
  2. Cut a strip of designer series paper to go around the middle of the bottle.  Since I knew I wanted to use the black and white pandas from Party Pandas, plus the caps on the bottles are red, I decided to use some Real Red DSP I had in my stash.  I cut the strips 1 1/4" x 9 1/2  ".  I attached a piece of Tear & Tape Adhesive to the DSP, peeled off the backing, and wrapped the strip around the bottle.  The seam is to the back of the bottle.
  3.  Stamp the pandas onto a piece of Whisper White card stock using Archival Black ink.  Fussy cut the pandas out using a pair of scissors.  Be sure to cut the balloon string and part of the balloon too, as this part will be the base for the baker's twine and heart.

Party Panda Message in a Bottle fussy cut

4.  Cut a heart out of Petal Passion Designer Series Paper using the Big Shot and Wood Crate Framelits Die.  Attach to the partial cut-out balloon using a Mini Glue Dot to secure. 

5. Run a bead of Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue along the stamped string image and apply a piece of baker's twine up to the heart. Wrap the bottom of the baker's twine around, so it looks like the panda is holding onto the string.  Set aside to let the glue dry.

Party Panda Message in a bottle baker's twine

6. Tie a bow out of the baker's twine and secure to the top of the string using a Glue Dot.

Party Panda Message in a bottle heart

7. Place a Mini Dimensional behind the panda and the heart and attach to the front of the bottle.  Fold up the sides of the heart, so it is popped up a little more.

Party Panda Message in a Bottle closeup

8. Now for the message.  Cut a piece of copy paper to measure 4" x 7".  Stamp greeting from Happy Celebration using Archival Black ink.  Stamp panda from Party Panda using Archival Black ink.  Color in the dots on the panda's party hat using a Real Red Stampin' Write Marker.

Message in a Bottle

9. Roll the message up, and secure with a piece of ribbon.

Party Panda Message in a Bottle message

10.  Fill the bottles with shredded paper, insert the message, and close up using the bottle cap.

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Party Pandas (a Sale-A-Bration choice!), Happy Celebrations

Ink: Archival Black, Real Red Stampin' Write Marker

Paper: Whisper White, copy paper, Petal Passions, and Brights Designer Series Paper Stack

Accessories: bottle, Big Shot, Wood Crate Framelits Die, Tear & Tape Adhesive, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, black baker's twine, Real Red striped ribbon,  (retired), glue dots, Mini Dimensionals, shredded paper

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Matchbook Chocolate Holders for Valentine's Day!

Matchbook Valentines Day Treat

Just in time for Valentine's Day!

Here's a quick and easy gift-giving idea.

Perfect for holding chocolate favors.

I made these to hold Ghiradelli Chocolate Squares, but you could easily change the size to accommodate smaller or larger candies.

 

Matchbook Chocolate Holder inside
Here's how:

 Start with a piece of card stock measuring 9 1/4" x 3".  Score it at 3/4", 5", and 5 1/4".  Fold along the score lines.  The 3/4" score is the bottom of the matchbook.  Fold it up and staple towards the bottom middle, allowing for the front to slip inside to close.

For these, I used Berry Burst card stock for the bases.  The fronts are covered with a piece of Wood Textures Designer Series Paper cut at 4" x 2 3/4.   The folded up bottom piece measures 4" x 1/2" with the greeting from Teeny Tiny Wishes stamped in Berry Burst ink.

For the hearts, I stamped piece of Whisper White card stock using the Marbled background stamp in Berry Burst ink.  I then heat embossed the piece using a heat tool and clear embossing powder.  I punched out the hearts using my retired heart punch.  Any punch or framelit would work.  The hearts were added to the front of the matchbooks using Mini Dimensionals to pop them up.  Glimmer dots were added to complete.

Marbled Heart closeup

I applied SNAIL Adhesive to the back of each chocolate square, securing them to the inside of the matchbook.

I made these as thank you gifts for attendees at a recent class.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Teeny Tiny Wishes, Marbled

Ink: Berry Burst

Paper: Berry Burst, Wood Textures Designer Series Paper

Accessories: scoring tool, heat tool, clear embossing powder, heart punch, Ghiradelli Chocolate Squares, mini stapler, Mini Glue Dots, glimmer dots

 

Happy Stampin'!

Decoupaged Pretty Pines Painted Rock

Pretty Pines Painted Rock

I'm obsessed with the painted rock movement! 

Have you heard of it?

It's big here in southern Colorado.

Find a rock, paint it, and leave it in a public space for someone to find.

That person, in turn, takes the rock and leaves it somewhere else for someone else to find.

I've been busy looking for and painting rocks!

We have no shortage of rocks here at my house as you can tell from my posting HERE.

I'm not a painter by any means and sometimes coming up with an idea and getting it onto the rock without messing it up can be a little stressful.

I'm often holding my breath the whole time!

Instead, I've found that it is easier for me to combine a little Stampin' Up! to the process.

In the rock above, I first painted it with a mix of blue acrylic paint.

While the paint was drying, I got out my Big Shot, Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies, and some card stock and designer paper.

I first attached the paper (Delightful Daisy DSP for the pine boughs, Soft Suede card stock and retired Soft Suede DSP for the pine cones, and Cherry Cobbler card stock for the bow)

 to pieces of Multi-purpose Adhesive Paper.

I then cut them out using my Big Shot and Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies.

I peeled off the backing on the adhesive paper, giving each piece a sticky back, allowing me to apply them easily to the rock.

Once all the pieces were in place, I added a coat of decoupage to glue and seal the rock.

 I  added some rhinestones that I colored with a blue Sharpie pen.  I also wrote the greeting, "Happy Winter" using the pen to complete the rock.

I know I'm supposed to leave the rock somewhere for someone else to find, but I think I'm going to keep this one!

Pretty Pines Painted Rock close up

Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies

Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies

Multi-purpose Adhesive Sheets

Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets

 Supplies Used:

rock, acrylic paint, Big Shot, Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies, Multi-purpose Adhesive Sheets, decoupage, Soft Suede and Cherry Cobbler card stock, Delightful Daisy and Neutrals Designer Series Paper, rhinestones, Sharpie Pen

 

Happy Stampin'!

Swirly Snowflakes Painted Rocks

Swirly Snowflakes Painted Rocks

719 Rocks!

(719 is our area code)

There's a big craze going on here in southern Colorado (and maybe in your area too).

We find rocks, paint them, then place them back out in public spaces for people to find and hopefully brighten their day.

They can then re-hid the rocks or keep them for their own collection.

Simple as that!

I've jumped on board!

It's almost become an obsession!

(you can see more of my painted rocks HERE)

So much so, that I seem to have started looking down everywhere I walk, looking for interesting shapes and colors of rocks.

Luckily, here in the mountains of southern Colorado, we grow lots of rocks!

This is our rock pile along the banks of the Hardscrabble Creek that flows through the front of our property.

Hardscrabble Creek Rock Pile

This summer, my husband dug out a small portion of the creek with his back hoe to clear out the sediment that has accumulated over the years.

This created a deep pool for our resident brook trout.

As you can see, I have an endless supply of rocks, just in that pile alone!

For these rocks, I decided to try something a little different by adding a little bit of Stampin' Up! to the mix.

After painting them black, I attached snowflakes cut out of Whisper White card stock using my Big Shot and the Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies.

Before cutting them out, I attached the card stock to a piece of sticky-backed Multi-purpose Adhesive Sheet.  Then, all I had to do was peel off the backing, and the snowflakes had a sticky back that would easily attach to the rock.

I then added a layer of decoupage to seal and finish them.

Snowflake Painted Rock Close Up

Easy, Easy!

I hope you'll encounter a painted rock along your daily travels.

I hope it brings a smile!

Be sure to share photos of any painted rocks you find.

Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies:

Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies

Multi-purpose Adhesive Sheets

Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets

Supplies Used:

rocks, black acrylic paint, Whisper White card stock, Multi-purpose Adhesive Sheet, Big Shot, Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies, decoupage, paint brushes

 

Happy Stampin'!

719 Rocks Inspired by Stampin' Up!

Painted Rocks 1

719 Rocks!

(719 is our area code)

There's a big craze going on here in southern Colorado (and maybe in your area too).

We find rocks, paint them, then place them back out in public spaces for people to find and hopefully brighten their day.

Simple as that!

I've jumped on board!

I decided to give hand-painted rocks as thank you gifts to attendees of an upcoming stamping class.

I thought it would be fun to share the 719 Rocks movement.  They can pass the rocks on for someone else to enjoy, or not.

I'm not the best painter, so I started with the ladybugs because I thought they'd be easy.

Yes, simple.  Basically just circles after prepping the rock with red and black paint!

I painted six ladybugs.  One went to Colorado Springs, CO, and one went to Canon City, CO.

Then, two went with us on a recent driving vacation to visit relatives in IA.  One was left in Cedar Rapids, and one was left in Muscatine!

For the class attendees,  I decided to expand my horizons a little.

But, to do that, I decided I'd take a little help from Stampin' Up!

For the Christmas tree rocks, I used a stencil created from the Card Front Builder Thinlits Die (part of the Carols of Christmas Bundle).

I cut the single tree out of scrap card stock using the Big Shot and the thinlits die.  I then placed it on my prepped rock (background painted blue and white), and dabbed on green acrylic paint.  I added a little bling using rhinestones colored with red and yellow sharpies.  The two smaller trees were painted free hand (with me holding in my breath the whole time!)

Christmas Tree painted rock

I originally thought I'd give everyone a Christmas tree painted rock, but then I started to get bored. 

Time to move on to something else.

The fall tree was inspired by the stamp set Sheltering Tree.  Everything was painted free hand. 

My intent was that it would be a fall tree, but my husband thought it was a fruit tree covered in fruit.  Either works, right?

Sheltering Tree inspired painted rock

The sunset rock was inspired by the tall flowers found in the stamp set Daisy Delight.  After prepping the rock by painting it orange and black, I placed a circle stencil that I created using my 1" circle punch on it and dabbed on yellow paint.

I then drew the grass/flower stems using a black Sharpie pen.  I also stamped the grass image from the retired stamp set In the Meadow using black Stazon ink!

Sunset painted rock

That coupled with the two leftover ladybug rocks, I was done!

I had a painted rock for everyone.

Each rock has "719 Rocks, You Rock!" written on the bottom.

719 Rocks You Rock

Fun! 

I hope you'll encounter a painted rock along your daily travels.

I hope it brings a smile!

Be sure to share photos of any painted rocks you find.

Supplies Used:

rocks, acrylic paint, paint brushes, Big Shot, Card Front Builder Thinlits Die, In the Meadow stamp set, black Stazon ink, 1" circle punch, black, red, and yellow Sharpie pens

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Spooky Cat Halloween Diorama Card

Spooky Cat Diorama Card

This is the card I created for our one-year old Granddaughter for Halloween.

It's a diorama card created using the new Cat punch and Spooky Night Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up!

Making a diorama card is easy to do following my instructions found HERE.

For this card, I let the Spooky Night DSP do most of the work.  The background inside the diorama, the card front, the edge panels, the cat, and even the pumpkins are all patterns found in the paper stack.

Happy Halloween!

Spooky Cat Diorama Card close up

 

Cat Punch

Cat Punch

Spooky Night Designer Series Paper

Spooky night dsp

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: none

Ink: none

Paper: Basic Black, Spooky Night Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Cat Punch, Big Shot, Circles Framelits Dies, Tear and Tape adhesive, Crushed Curry baker's twine, rhinestone, Mini Dimensionals, Glue Dot

Happy Stampin'!

Spooky Cat Candy Kisses Treat Holders

Spooky Cat Kisses Treats

Just in time for Halloween!

Cute Spooky Cat Kisses candy treat holders.

I created these feline treats in a matter of minutes using the Cat Punch and Spooky Night Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up!

They just make me smile! 

Love the "calico," "tortoise shell," and "orange tabby" inspired cats.  The solid black cat looks like my cat, Black Bart, aka Black Biscuits. 

Black Bart has golden eyes though.  I guess I should have colored in the eyes using a marker!

This project is super simple!

(Thanks to Paper Pixie for the original instructions!)

Spooky Cat Kisses Treats scoring

Start with a piece of card stock measuring 4" x 1".  Score at 1", 2", and 3".

Spooky Cat Kisses Treats triangle

Fold along the score lines to form a triangle.  Apply glue and secure triangle closed.  For this project, I used Tombow Multi-purpose Liquid Glue.  Fine Tip Glue will work as well.  SNAIL probably won't hold the triangle together.

Spooky Cat Kisses Treats with Kiss inside

Slip Kisses candy inside the triangle.

 

  Spooky Cat Kisses Treats side one punched cat

You will need 2 punched cats, one for each side of the triangle. 

For the front side, I punched a black cat out one of the designs found in Spooky Night Designer Series Paper.

You could also stamp the cat image that comes in the Spooky Cat stamp set.

I liked how the cat was already printed on the paper, so I let the DSP do the work for me.

Attach the cat to one side of the triangle. Place the cat up a little bit, so it doesn't interfere with the  base of the triangle.

Spooky Cat Kisses Treats punched cat

For the back side of the triangle, I punched a cat out of a scrap piece of Basic Black card stock.

Apply glue to the bottom of the cat's body, the tip of the tail and the top of the head, including the ears.

Spooky Cat Kisses Treats two cats secured

Attach the solid cat to the back side of the triangle, lining it up with the ears and tail of the cat on the front.  Pinch the top and the tail together, holding them in place while the glue dries.

Spooky Cat Kisses Treats complete

To complete, tie a bow around the cat's neck and add a rhinestone jewel as a tag.  I used Crushed Curry and Black Baker's Twine out of my stash.

So easy, and a perfect project idea for Halloween!

You could quickly make up several of these to give to co-workers and friends or share at upcoming adult or children's Halloween parties.

Shop online Cat Punch

Cat Punch

Shop online Spooky Night Designer Series Paper

Spooky night dsp

Supplies Used:

Paper: Spooky Night Designer Series Paper, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie card stock

Accessories: Cat Punch, Multi-purpose Liquid Glue, Baker's Twine, rhinestone, Kisses candy

 

Happy Stampin'!

Wood Words, Wood Crate Thank You Gifts

Wood Words Candy CratesAre you ever in the need for quick and easy thank you gifts?

Me too!

Recently, I needed to create thank you gifts for attendees for an upcoming class.

I got out my Big Shot,  Wood Crate Framelits Dies, and assorted sheets of Wood Texture Designer Series Paper and created these cute crates in a matter of minutes!

I stamped the greeting from Wood Words using Cajun Craze ink and cut out the tag using the Big Shot and coordinating Wood Crate Framelits Die.

I added a heart from the Hearts and Stars Elements to complete the look.

Then, I filled the crates using shredded paper and filled them with an assortment of candy.

Wood Words Candy Crates close up

The Wood Words stamp set and Wood Crate Framelits Dies can be purchased separately. 

But, if you purchase the Wood Words Bundle, you'll save 10%!

For more ideas using the Wood Words Bundle, please be sure to watch this video from Stampin' Up!

Wood Words Video

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Wood Words

Ink: Cajun Craze

Paper: Wood Texture Designer Series Paper (you need 2 sheets to put together 1 crate), Very Vanilla

Accessories: Big Shot, Wood Crate Framelits Die, Tear and Tape Adhesive, Hearts and Stars Elements, Glue Dots, shredded paper, candy

 

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Butterflies! You Move Me Butterfly Card

Pink Butterfly Card

Here's another fun interactive card I created using the Move Me Bundle from Stampin' Up!

I created this one to send to my granddaughter on her 11 month birthday!

Lots of moving parts and surprises inside! 

Perfect for little hands to explore!

(Be sure to see the other Move Me cards I create HERE)

Pink Butterfly Card with Insert

The butterfly is stamped on an insert that fits inside the pouch on the front of the card.

When you pull up the insert, the butterfly flutters.

Of course, this is one of those cards that you have to see in action to get the full effect.

I created a short video so you can see the movement of the card:

You Move Me Butterfly Card
How cool is that?

And it is easy to make!

Here's how:

Cut a piece of 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" piece of Berry Burst card stock and score at 4 1/4" to create your card base.

Cut a piece of Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series paper 5" x 3 3/4" to be used as your card front.

Center the louver piece from Move Me Thinlits Dies on the designer paper, and cut out using the Big Shot.  The sandwich used should be the Big Shot Platform, Thin Die Adapter, Precision Base Plate, card stock, die, and upper cutting plate.

Move Me Butterfly step 1

To finish the cut-out square, create a square frame by nesting 2 square framelits dies onto a piece of Berry Burst card stock and cut out using the Big Shot.

Move Me Butterfly step 2

Apply SNAIL Adhesive along the edges of the frame.  Use your Silicone Craft Mat to catch any overflow from the adhesive.

Move Me Butterfly step 3Place the frame over the cut-out.

Move Me Butterfly step 4

Stamp "hi there" from You Move Me (2 stamps) along the upper edge of the border using Berry Burst ink. 

To create the pouch, cut a 5 1/4" x 4" piece of Powder Pink card stock to mat the designer paper.

Carefully layer and hold the pieces together with your fingers and cut out the top notch using 1 1/4" circle punch.

Apply Foam Adhesive Strips along the three backside edges of the designer paper.

Move Me Butterfly step 5

Remove the backing on the foam adhesive and attach the designer paper piece to the Powder Pink mat.  Attach to front of Berry Burst card base.

Now to create the insert.  Cut a piece of 4 3/4" x 3 1/4" Whisper White card stock.  Stamp the 2-step butterfly from You Move Me.

There are two images of the butterfly.  One large, the other smaller.  Stamp the large butterfly using Powder Pink ink.  Then stamp the smaller butterfly using Berry Burst ink.  The stamps are photopolymer, so they are easy to see where you are stamping. You don't want the lines of the butterflies to be lined up. You want the lines of the smaller butterfly to be offset from the lines of the larger butterfly.  It will look blurry, but that is ok.  That offset makes the fluttering effect work.

Move Me Butterfly step 6

Stamp the greeting using Berry Burst ink.  Mat to a 5" x 3  1/2" Wild Wasabi card stock.  Fold a piece of ribbon in half and staple to the top of the insert.  This will be used to pull the insert out of the pouch.

Stamp flowers and 2-step small butterflies on scrap piece of Whisper White card stock using Berry Burst and Powder Pink inks.  Stamp leaves onto scrap piece of Wild Wasabi card stock using Old Olive ink.  Cut out using coordinating Move Me Thinlits Dies and attach to front of card.  Cut flower stamens out of scrap piece of Wild Wasabi card stock using Move Me Thinlits Die and attach to flowers using Glue Dots or Fine Tip Glue.

For the inside:

Move Me Butterfly inside

Cut a 5 1/4" x 4" piece of Whisper White card stock.  Two-step stamp the smaller butterflies using Powder Pink and Berry Burst inks.  Attach insert to the inside of the card.

Stamp larger butterflies using the Rock 'n Roll technique.  Ink up the image using Powder Pink ink, then tap Berry Burst ink along the edges.  Stamp three butterflies and cut out using the coordinating thinlits die.  Score 2 of the butterflies down the middle and pop up along the center score line of the card base using Mini Dimensionals.  Attach the 3rd butterfly on the inside of the card base using Mini Dimensionals.

 Done!  See, lots of moving and pop up parts for my 11-month-old granddaughter.  Hope it brings a smile to her and her parents!

Create easy interactive cards using the You Move Me Bundle from Stampin' Up!

Move Me Bundle

The stamp set and thinlits are sold separately, but if purchased as a bundle, you'll save 10%.

Online ordering

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: You Move Me

Ink: Berry Burst, Powder Pink, Old Olive

Paper: Berry Burst, Powder Pink, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, You Move Me Thinlits Dies, Square Framelits Dies, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Silicone Craft Mat, ribbon out of my stash, stapler, SNAIL Adhesive, Foam Adhesive Strips, Mini Dimensionals, Glue Dots

 

Happy Stampin'!

You Move Me Hummingbird Card

You Move Me Hummingbird

Here's another fun interactive card I created using the Move Me Bundle from Stampin' Up!

This one features the fluttering hummingbird!

(Please see my card featuring the butterfly HERE).

You Move Me Hummingbird pouch and insert

I made this pouch card for my niece's birthday. 

The hummingbird is stamped on a piece that inserts into the pouch. 

When you pull up the insert the hummingbird's wings flap.

Of course, this is one of those cards that you have to see in action to get the full effect.

So, I created a short video showing the movement.


Move Me Hummingbird Card You Tube
 How cool is that?

And it is easy to make!

Here's how:

  1. To create the pouch, score 5 1/2" x 8 1/1" Tangerine Tango card base at 2 1/8" x 6 1/4".  Do not fold along the score lines just yet.
  2. Attach 3 3/4" x 5 1/4" Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper to the front of the card base.
  3. Cut out an opening using the Big Shot and Square Framelits Die.  You can discard the cutout or use it for another project.
  4. Cut out the top notch using the Big Shot and Move Me Thinlit Die.
  5. Cut out the luver from a 3 1/4" x 3 1/4" piece of Crushed Curry card stock using the Big Shot and Move Me Thinlits Die.  The sandwich should be the Big Shot Platform, Thin Die Adapter, Precision Base Plate, card stock, die, and upper cutting plate.
  6. Carefully apply SNAIL Adhesive to the back side of the louver.  I placed the louver piece onto my Silicone Craft Mat and carefully applied the SNAIL along the outside edges.  You don't want the adhesive to extend to the inside of the cutout as it will hinder the movement of the insert once the card is assembled.
  7. Attach the louver over the square opening.
  8.  Fold pouch along fold lines and apply Tear and Tape to the edge of one back panel.  Apply Tear and Tape along the bottom edge of the middle panel to close the bottom of the pouch.  Remove backing off Tear and Tape pieces, and fold along the score lines, securing the pouch close.
  9.  To figure out where the hummingbird should be stamped on the card insert, place 3 1/2" x 4 3/4" Whisper White insert into the pouch.  Make a small mark through the louver with a pencil.  Use that mark as a guide for placement.  I found it best to stamp the hummingbird towards the bottom of the insert.  It may sit lower as you are looking at the front of the card, but you'll get more fluttering effect as it moves up and out of the pouch.
  10.  Now to stamp the hummingbird onto the insert.  There are two images in the stamp set.  One is a full image of the hummingbird, the other is just the body and wing.  Using your pencil mark as a guide, first stamp the full image hummingbird using Tangerine Tango ink.  Then, stamp the partial image of the hummingbird over the first image.  The stamps are photopolymer, so they are easy to see where you are stamping.  You want the lines of the partial image to be offset from the lines of the full image.  That offset makes the fluttering effect work.
  11. Stamp the greeting from Butterfly Basics using Archival Black in at the top of the insert.
  12. Mat to a piece of 3 3/4" x 5" Basic Black card stock.  Puch a hole at the top and insert a piece of ribbon.  I used retired Tangerine Tango ribbon out of my stash.
  13. For the front, stamp flowers using Powder Pink, Pool Party and Tangerine Tango inks onto a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock.  Cut pieces out using the Big Shot and coordinating Move Me Thinlits Dies.
  14. Stamp leaves onto a scrap piece of Pear Pizzazz card stock using Old Olive ink.  Cut out using Big Shot and coordinating Move Me Thinlits Die.
  15. Cut flower stamens out of scrap Crushed Curry card stock using Big Shot and Move me Thinlits die. 
  16. Attach flowers and leaves to front of card. Make sure you place them blow the louver as you don't want them hindering the movement of the card front.  Attach the stamens using Mini Glue Dots.  Attach Candy Dots to flowers if desired.

      Hummingbird close upHere's how the stamped hummingbird should look.  It may look out of focus, but that is ok as again, that's what makes the fluttering effect work.

     Create easy interactive cards using the Move Me Bundle from Stampin' Up!

Move Me BundleThe stamp set and framelits are sold separately, but if purchased as a bundle, you'll save 10%

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: You Move Me, Butterfly Basics

Ink: Tangerine Tango, Old Olive, Archival Black, Powder Pink, Pool Party

Paper: Tangerine Tango, Basic Black, Whisper White, Crushed CurryWhole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Move Me Thinlits Dies, Squares Framelits, hole punch (non SU!), Tangerine Tango ribbon (retired) Silicone Craft Mat, SNAIL Adhesive, Tear and Tape, Mini Glue Dots, Candy Dots

Happy Stampin'!

You Move Me Butterfly Card

You Move Me Butterfly

I'm loving the interactive You Move Me Bundle from Stampin' Up! 

The bundle includes the stamp set You Move Me (a fluttering butterfly and hummingbird), and the coordinating Move Thinlits Dies.

Of course, to get the full effect of this card, you need to see it in action.  I created a short video showing how the butterfly flutters as you pull the card insert.

It's best to pull the insert out slowly to get the best fluttering effect.

You Move Me Butterfly Card Video

How cool is that?!

And it is so easy to create using the Move Me Bundle!

Here's How:

1. For this card, I created a pouch in which the butterfly fits inside as an insert.  To create the pouch, I started with a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" Calypso Coral card base, scored at 2 1/8" x 6 1/4".

Don't fold the pouch along the score lines just yet. 

2. Attach 3 3/4" x 5 1/4" Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper to the front of the card base.

3. Cut out an opening using the Big Shot and Square Framelits Die.  You can discard the cutout or use it for another project.

4. Cut out the top notch using the Big Shot and Move Me Thinlit Die.

5.Cut out the louver from a 3 1/4" x 3 1/4" piece of Night of Navy card stock using the Big Shot and Move Me Thinlit Die.  The sandwich should be the Big Shot platform, Thin Die Adapter, Precision Base Plate, card stock, die, and upper cutting plate.

6. Carefully apply SNAIL Adhesive to the back side of the louver.  I placed the louver piece on a Silicone Craft Mat and carefully applied the SNAIL along the outer edges.  You don't want the adhesive to extend to the inside of the square cutout as it will hinder the movement of the insert once the card is assembled.

7. Attach the louver over the square opening.

8. Fold pouch along fold lines and apply Tear and Tape to the edge of one back panel.  Apply Tear and Tape along the bottom edge of the middle panel to close the bottom of the pouch.  Remove backing off Tear and Tape pieces, and fold along the score lines, securing the pouch closed.

9. To figure out where the butterfly should be stamped on the card insert, place 3 1/2" x 4 3/4" Whisper White insert into the pouch.  Make a small mark through the louver with a pencil.  Use that mark as a guide for placement.  I found it best to stamp the butterfly towards the bottom of the insert.  It may sit lower as you are looking at the front of the card, but you'll get more fluttering effect as it moves up and out of the pouch.

10.  Now to stamp the butterfly onto the insert.  There are two images in the stamp set, one large and one smaller butterfly.  Stamp the larger image using Calypso Coral ink.  Use your pencil mark as your guide for placement.  Then, stamp the smaller butterfly using Crushed Curry ink.  The stamps are photopolymer, so they are easy to see where you are stamping.  You don't want the lines of the butterflies to be lined up.  You want the lines of the smaller butterfly to be offset from the lines of the larger butterfly.  That offset makes the fluttering effect work.

You Move Me Butterfly closeup

When looking at the stamped image, it looks out of focus.  But, that is ok as again, that's what makes the fluttering effect work.

11. Stamp greeting from Dragonfly Dreams using Night of Navy ink at the top of the insert.

12. Mat to a piece of 3 3/4" x 5" Night of Navy card stock.  Punch a hole at the top and insert Daffodil Delight 1/4" Double-Stitched ribbon.

13. For the front, stamp 2-step butterfly using Calypso Coral and Crushed Curry inks on a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock.  Stamp flowers using Wisteria Wonder and Night of Navy onto the same scrap piece of Whisper White card stock.  Cut pieces out using Big Shot and coordinating Move Me Thinlits Dies.

14. Stamp leaves onto scrap piece of Pear Pizzazz card stock using Old Olive ink.  Cut out using Big Shot and coordinating Move Me Thinlits Die.

15. Cut flower stamens out of scrap Calypso Coral card stock using Big Shot and Move Me Thinlits Die.  Attach to center of flowers using Mini Glue Dots.

16.  Attach butterflies, flowers, and leaves to front of card.  Make sure you place them below the louver as you don't want them hindering the movement of the card insert.  Attach candy dots to flowers if desired.

Create fun, any occasion, interactive cards using the Move Me Bundle.

Move Me Bundle
The stamp set and thinlits dies are sold separately, but you'll save 10% when you purchase them as a bundle.

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: You Move Me, Dragonfly Dreams

Ink: Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Night of Navy, Wisteria Wonder, Old Olive

Paper: Calypso Coral, Night of Navy, Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Move Me and Squares Thinlits/Framelits,  Daffodil Delight 1/4" Double-Stitched Ribbon, hole punch (non SU!), SNAIL Adhesive, Silicone Craft Mat,Tear and Tape Adhesive, Mini Glue Dots

 

Happy Stampin'!

A Little Wild Garden Party-Acrylic Block Watercolor Background

A Little Wild Garden PartyI've had so much fun crafting with the adorable A Little Wild stamp set and coordinating Little Loves Thinlits Dies.

Before I put the stamp set away for the time being, I decided to create a cute little garden party flip card for my granddaughter's one year birthday coming up in October.

I combined it with the Acrylic Block Watercolor Background technique.

Here's how:

  1. To create the background, I tapped Marina Mist, Island Indigo, and Wild Wasabi inks onto an acrylic block, then spritzed it with water so the ink would pool and run and stamped it onto a piece of watercolor paper.  I let it sit for a few seconds, then removed the block and set the paper aside so it would dry completely.
  2. While the watercolor paper was drying, I stamped the images from A Little Wild onto scrap pieces of watercolor paper using Archival Black ink.  I then colored the images using watercolor pencils, a Blender Pen, and an Aqua Painter.  I set them aside to dry completely.
  3.  Once dry, I cut the images out using the Big Shot and coordinating Little Loves Framelits Dies.  I folded them over and removed the little tabs on each one using a pair of scissors.
  4. On the inside of each animal, I stamped a greeting from A Little Wild and Teeny Tiny Wishes using Archival Black ink.

On the inside of the bear, I stamped "hello there, honey bear!" and added a Dapper Denim Enamel Shape:

A Little Wild Garden Party Bear Inside

On the inside of the lion, I stamped "wild about you" and added three Glitter Enamel Dots:

A Little Wild Garden Party Lion inside

And finally, on the inside of the elephant, I stamped "happy birthday" from Teeny Tiny Wishes and added a row of rhinestones colored using a pink Sharpie Pen:

A Little Wild Garden Party Elephant inside
       5. I stamped the grass image from A Little Wild onto the Wild Wasabi part of the background using Emerald Envy and Old Olive inks.  I stamped the image repeatedly full  strength and after off stamping.

       6. I stamped the bees in the sky part of the background using Archival Black ink and then colored in the images using a Crushed Curry marker.

      7. I attached the watercolor card front to my Crushed Curry card base, then attached each of the animals using Mini Dimensionals.

      8. I tied bows out of various baker's twine and attached to the animals using Mini Glue Dots.

A Little Wild Garden Party Closeup

A Little Wild stamp set and coordinating Little Loves Framelits Dies can be purchased separately.

But, if purchased as a bundle, you can save 10%

A Little Wild Bundle

Be sure to check out my other A Little Wild creations Here!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: A Little Wild, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Archival Black, Marina Mist, Island Indigo, Wild Wasabi, Emerald Envy, Old Olive, watercolor pencils, Crushed Curry Marker

Paper: Crushed Curry, Watercolor

Accessories: Big Shot, Little Loves Framelits Dies, acrylic block (not Stampin' Up!), Blender Pen, Aqua Painter, Enamel Shapes, Glitter Enamel Dots, rhinestones, Sharpie Pen, baker's twine, Mini Dimensionals, Glue Dots

Happy Stampin'!

Hello There Honey Bear A Little Wild Spinner Card

A Little Wild Honey Bear Spinner Card

I created another cut A little Wild spinner card.  This one to send to my 10 month old granddaughter.

Spinner cards are easy to create (really!). 

For a tutorial, please visit my posting Here: A Little Wild Spinner Card

For this card, I used the little bear image from the stamp set A Little Wild and coordinating Little Loves Framelits Dies.

I  colored him in using watercolor pencils and a Blender Pen.

I love the greeting, "hello there, honey bear!"

Too cute!

A Little Wild Honey Bear Spinner Card Close Up

Here's the back of the spinner:

A Little Wild Honey Bear Spinner Card back

I hope you'll give creating spinner cards a try. 

Fun and simple to do!

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: A Little Wild

Ink: Early Espresso

Paper: Sweet Sugarplum, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper (retired)

Accessories: Big Shot, Little Loves and Circles Framelits Dies, watercolor pencils, Blender Pen, Early Espresso Baker's Twine, Fine Tip Glue, Dimensional

 

Happy Stampin'!

A Little Wild Spinner Card

A Little Wild Spinner Card-cute

Welcome Babies!

The next generation is having babies!

My first granddaughter was born a year ago in October, and my niece just had her first child, a daughter, a few days ago.

Because I knew I would need lots of baby cards, I purchased the stamp set A Little Wild and coordinating Little Loves Framelits Dies found in the new Stampin' Up! Catalog.

The stamp set has the cutest images of lions, elephants, and bears, oh my!

I got out the set for the first time to create a fun spinner card to send to my niece and her family.

This interactive spinner card is so easy to create.

Here's how:

Stamp image from A Little Wild onto a piece of Designer Series Paper. 

The front and back of the elephant are on one stamp, so they stamp side by side.  They are meant to be cut out using the coordinating framelit, so they fold to make a two-sided card.

Cute!

For this card, I stamped the elephant onto a piece of retired Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper using Archival Black ink. 

Even though the DSP is retired, I like the polka dot pattern and thought it fit the occasion.  You could also stamp the image onto a piece of Whisper White card stock and color the image with an aqua painter, blender pen, watercolor pencils, or markers.

A Little Wild Spinner card step 1

Place the coordinating framelit die over the stamped image and cut out using the Big Shot.

A Little Wild Spinner card step 2
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See how the front and back are attached at the center fold?

For this card, I applied SNAIL adhesive on the inside and folded the two pieces together.

To create the front of the card, attach a piece of designer series paper onto the front of the card base.  

The card base measures 5 1/2" x 4 1/4", so the DSP measures 5 1/4" x 4".

I attached the DSP to the front of the card using only a small strip of SNAIL adhesive.  You want the two pieces together while you cut out the circle in the middle, but you also want them to easily become separated while you make the spinner part of the card.  

Cut out a circle from the center of the card front using the Big Shot and Circles Framelits Die.

A Little Wild Spinner card step 3

  A Little Wild Spinner card step 3-1

Remove the cut circle. 

You won't be needing it for this project, but you could use it for another one in the future.

Remove the DSP from the card base.

Carefully apply a strip of SNAIL along the center back of the elephant.  Attach a piece of Baker's Twine or ribbon over the adhesive.  You don't want a lot of adhesive, or it will stick to the inside of the card once it is closed.

Thread the twine or ribbon through the hole at the top of the elephant, leaving tails at the top and bottom.  You want the twine or ribbon to be long enough for a secure hold, but short enough so it doesn't stick out from under the top DSP when it is attached later.

Apply a strip of SNAIL at the top and bottom of the card base and attach the twine or ribbon.  The DSP will cover up the adhesive, so the amount used is not as critical.  Make sure the tails are aligned straight.

A Little Wild Spinner card step 4

 Now, attach the designer series paper to the card base, aligning the openings.  Use a little extra SNAIL for more hold as there will be some bulk from the twine.

A Little Wild Spinner card step 5
 To tidy up the circle from the front and the back, layer two circle framelits onto a piece of Basic Black card stock and cut out a ring using the Big Shot.

A Little Wild Spinner card step 6

Carefully apply Fine Tip Glue to the rings and adhere to the front and back openings.

A Little Wild Spinner card step 7

Add a greeting.  I stamped "hello baby" from Teeny Tiny Wishes on a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock using Archival Black ink.  I then cut it out using the Big Shot and retired Bitty Banners Framelits.  After sponging on a little Melon Mambo ink, I curled the edges of the banner using a pair of scissors, then attached it to the front using a Dimensional to pop it up.  I also added rhinestones that I colored black using a Sharpie Pen.

Here's the inside of the card.  I added the second Basic Black ring around the cut out to finish it off.

I also added a greeting mounted to a matted 1 1/4" circle.  Originally, I had stamped the greeting directly on the inside, but it was crooked.

  Ughh... I hate when that happens.  So onto Plan B.

A Little Wild Spinner Card inside

 What a sweet little elephant!

A Little Wild Spinner card close up

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: A Little Wild, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Archival Black, Melon Mambo

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, A Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Little Loves, Circles, Itty Bitty Banners Framelits Dies, 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" circle punches, Black Baker's Twine, Fine Tip Glue, rhinestones, Sharpie Pen, Dimensionals, sponge

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Tissue Paper Photo Tiles

 

Tissue and Tiles

Left to right: Marie and Rowley Frick Pease (my Great-Grandparents), Dorothy and Alvin Abraham on their wedding day (my Grandparents),  Emily (Herr) Abraham (my Great-Grandmother on my Grandfather's side)

After posting my Beautiful You Ceramic Tile Coasters HERE, I started thinking back to some of my favorite projects using ceramic tiles that I've used in my crafting.

Probably my favorite is printing photos on tissue paper and then applying and sealing the tissue to a ceramic tile. 

This is a blast from the past from 2007!

This is the coolest project ever!  When I first read about this technique, I knew I had to try it.  But to be honest, I was sure it was going to be one of those projects that sounds  great but just wouldn’t work.  I thought printing on tissue paper would be a disaster, jamming up the printer etc.

Well, I am very happy to announce it is really easy and is one of those WOW! projects.

I've made several of these over the years as this is a great way to personalize a gift for family and friends.  I have sealed and put "feet" on the bottom of some of them using felt so if they want to be used as coasters they can without scratching furniture. 

Others, I have included trinket/plate holders so they can be displayed upright.  The photo above are the tiles my Mom has displayed on her bookcase.

Instructions are below.  Have fun going through your old photos, and let me know how your project turns out.

Print out photos onto tissue paper and glue/decoupage to ceramic tiles.  Here’s what you need:

4x4 tiles (coasters) These can be any kind of tiles: tumbled marble, glazed etc

or 2x2 tiles (magnets)

mod podge

paint brush or sponge

plain white tissue paper

plain white copy paper

scotch tape

printer

clear sealer

felt feet for coasters or magnets for refrigerator magnets

photos

1.  Take an original photo, scan into your computer.  It can be a color photo or black and white photo.  If it is a color photo, you might want to edit it to black and white or sepia tone using a photo editing program.  The black and white and sepia photos have a nice aged, old-timey look when they are printed on the tissue paper.  You can resize the photo to fit the size of the tile with a little photo editing.

2. Tape a piece of tissue paper to a piece of copy paper.  I used a larger sized piece of tissue paper, folded the edges over and taped the two together on the back.  Make sure the two pieces of paper are well taped together so you don't jam your printer.

Tissue Paper and Tiles

 

Tissue Paper and Tiles

Tissue Paper and Tiles

3. Insert tissue paper/copy paper into your printer. 

4. Print photo.

5. Trim tissue away from the copy paper. 

6. Cover the tile with a thin coat of Mod Podge.

7. Gently lay the tissue paper image on the tile. Starting in the middle and going out, lightly spread the tissue, adhering it the tile.  Be very careful here.  The tissue paper can tear very easily, so try not to manipulate it too much.

8. Carefully cover the entire image with Mod Podge.  Set aside to completely dry.

9. To use the tile as a coaster, seal with an acrylic sealant and allow to dry.  Add felt or cork feet using permanent adhesive.

10. For a magnet, seal with sealant and allow to dry.  Add a magnet to the back of the tile.

This is a photo of my Mom and her brother, Alan.  It is on a glazed tile, so it is smooth.

Tissue and tiles

This photo is the 4 generations of women on my Mom's side; Marie (Crawford) Pease (Great-Grandmother), Audrie (Abraham) Haskell (Mother), Dorothy (Pease) Abraham (Grandmother), and the baby is me!  It is on a tumbled marble tile, so there are some pot marks on the tile which helps add interest.

Tissue and tiles

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Stamping on Ceramic Tiles-Beautiful You

Beautiful You Stamped Ceramic Tiles

Stamping on ceramic tiles is one of my all-time favorite techniques!

These make great gifts and are good for an "anything but a card" theme. 

Every year, my Stamp Clubs would choose this theme for one of our monthly swaps. 

Invariably, there would be at least 1 or 2 ceramic tiles traded in the swap!

I still have them, and we use them daily as drink coasters.

I stamped and colored these coasters to give to attendees at a recent class.

The technique is easy to do!

You will first need to purchase the tiles.  These can be found at any home improvement store for very little cost.

There are many varieties in many sizes, but I find that unglazed tiles work the best.  

Great tiles to use for this technique are tumbled marble which can be found at your local hardware store.  These tiles are often pitted which provides interest.

I purchased a shrink wrapped bundle of 9 tumbled marble tiles at our local Ho** De*** for about 10.00.

After removing the shrink wrap, I wiped all sides of the tiles with a damp paper towel to remove any dust.

Once the tiles dried completely, I was ready to start.

I simply stamped the "dancing girl" image and greeting from the stamp set Beautiful You using Stazon ink.

Stazon works well because it is permanent and will not smear. 

If you don't have Stazon, you could use an archival ink.  This should work ok because you will be sealing the tiles at the end anyway.

I then colored in the dress and hat using regular dye based Stampin' Up! markers and set them aside to dry completely.

This was the fun part.  Mixing and matching colors to create a colorful outfit. 

I found that my favorites were the images colored in bright pinks (Melon Mambo, Watermelon Wonder) and blues (Tempting Turquoise, Bermuda Bay). 

But, I also like the one colored with Cucumber Crush and Mint Macaron.

But, experimenting is half the fun!

Once the marker ink was dry, I sprayed them with a clear acrylic matte sealant to seal in the inks. 

When using the sealant, be sure to follow the directions for use, especially spraying in a well-ventilated area.

The sealant will dry fairly quickly.  And now your tiles should be water resistant!

To protect any furniture that these tiles may be placed on from scratching, I added some fun foam "feet" to the bottom of each.  I simply cut the fun foam down to size (the tiles are approx 4"x4", so the fun foam was cut to 3 1/2" x 3 1/2") and then attached it to the bottom of the tile using a spray adhesive.

  Beautiful You Stamped Ceramic TileWatermelon Wonder dress and Tempting Turquoise hat

Beautiful You Stamped Ceramic TileThis one is interesting.  I started out using my Wisteria Wonder marker.  I didn't quite like it, so I added some Marina Mist, then a touch of Crushed Curry. 

Beautiful You Stamped Ceramic TileCucumber Crush dress with Mint Macaron hat

Easy, easy and a perfect gift. 

These were a big hit with the ladies in the class!

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Beautiful You

Ink: Black Stazon, various markers

Accessories: tumbled marble tiles, matte sealant, fun foam, spray adhesive

 

Happy Stampin'!

Aluminum Can and Tile Coasters with Video Instructions

One of my all-time favorite crafting techniques is to use aluminum cans! 

This is a great way to recycle and reuse!

I made cool coasters by cutting beer cans into a shape and gluing them to ceramic tiles!

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Click HERE for a full video tutorial!

My husband brought home a six pack of the Artist Series Denver Pale Ale brewed by the Great Divide Brewing Company. 

He knew I would do something fun with the cans!

Isn't the design cool?  Josh Holland is the designer!

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Below is a quick tutorial on how I made these coasters. 

Be sure to view the full video tutorial HERE!

What you'll need:

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aluminum soda or beer can

ceramic tile (found at any home improvement store)

tin snips

good crafting scissors

E6000 glue

clear sealant

die cut machine and dies or a sturdy punch

acrylic paint and brush if you want to paint your tiles

plastic shopping bag and something heavy like books to weigh the cut can on the the tile while the glue dries

felt or fun foam to make the "feet" on the bottom of the tile so furniture is not scratched

gloves to protect your fingers

After washing them out thoroughly, I removed the tops and bottoms of the cans (see video for instructions), flattened them out, then ran them through my Big Shot using a scallop square die. 

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I then glued the square to a ceramic tile using E6000 glue.

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 I then covered the tile with a plastic shopping bag and set 2 heavy books on top.  I set the tile aside to dry.  Drying time is 12-24 hours.

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 Once the glue was dry, I sprayed the tile using a clear sealant and added fun foam "feet" to the bottom of the coaster using the E6000 glue. 

Now, I am ready to use my coaster!

For these, I painted the tiles black before starting.  I used different parts of 3 different cans to create a set of coasters. 

I gave them to my husband as a Father's Day gift!

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The possibilities are endless!

Here's how to cut the cans for use.

Please be careful.  The edges of the cans at this point are sharp and can draw blood.  Once they have been die cut using the Big Shot, edges become smooth.

Rinse out the cans and drain to dry.  With a sturdy pair of scissors or tin snips cut a slit in the can, down from the opening:

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Cut down the side of the can to  remove the bottom rim.  I usually cut down along the nutritional info in order to keep the design intact:

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 Now you can open up and flatten the can to use as desired. 

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Happy Stampin'!

White Wash Fence-Happy Mother's Day

White Wash Technique 32-1

 

Happy Mother's Day!

 

To create the white wash effect, stamp Hardwood on Sahara Sand card stock using Versamark.  Heat emboss using white embossing powder.  Fill in the parts of the embossed image with a chalk marker. Create a palette of ink in the lid of an ink pad by squeezing the top of the closed pad.  Open the pad, and there should be a spot of ink in the lid.  Pick up the color from the lid using an Aqua Painter or wet brush and color over the embossed image.  For this card, I used a combination of Soft Suede and Cajun Craze inks.

Create a palette of ink in the lid of an ink pad by squeezing the top of the closed pad.  Open the pad, and there should be a spot of ink in the lid.

 

Stamp Set: Hardwood,Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Calypso Coral, Soft Suede, Cajun Craze, Versamark

Paper: Sahara Sand, Pool Party, So Saffron, Calypso Coral, Peekaboo Peach, Wild Wasabi, Cucumber Crush

Punches: Build a Bird, Chevron Border, 7/8”Scallop Circle and Boho Blossoms punches

Heat Tool, White Embossing Powder, Aqua Painter, Fringe scissors, Candy Dots, Chalk Marker, Aqua Painter

 

Happy Stampin'!