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October 2020

Festive Post Bay Window Card

Festive Post bay windowFestive Post Bay Window Card

Christmas Bay window openFestive Post Bay Window opened

The Bay Window Fold is now my favorite!

It's so easy to do, and it really adds a special WOW to your creations.

For this card, I paired it with one of my favorite stamp sets, Festive Post.

It's perfect for all season stamping and coordinates with the Rectangular Postage Stamp Punch.

This card was featured in my October newsletter which hit e mail inboxes on the 6th.

You can still receive the October newsletter with instructions on how to do the Bay Window Fold by adding your name to my mailing list before November 2, 2020.

Just use the sign up box located in the upper right-hand corner of this page.

I hope to hear from you!

 

Happy Stampin'!

Crafting with Aluminum Cans-Diebolt India Pale Ale

Diebold Electric Cowboy

I love to cut shapes out of aluminum cans and add them to my card creations.

It's easy to do, and the possibilities are endless!

You can view my aluminum can creations HERE

(Instructions and a link to a video tutorial on how to cut the cans can be found on this page)

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

Over the years, I have used hundreds of different beer and soda cans, each one turning out a little different.

Fortunately, my husband is a craft beer drinker and is always bringing home new beers to try.  Often, these beers have interesting labels on the cans. 

My husband drinks the beer, then I confiscate the cans to create!

This was definitely the case when he brought home Electric Cowboy India Pale Ale from Diebolt Brewing Co, Denver, CO.

Isn't the label just gorgeous and fun?

I got out the tin snips and started cutting away when I realized this label is different.  Instead of the design printed right on the aluminum, it's plastic that has been shrink wrapped onto the can.  Once the can is cut, the label comes right off.

It's a little flimsy, so before cutting it any further, I attached it to a piece of card stock to give it some backing. 

Then, I trimmed it using my guillotine cutter.

I attached it to a Pumpkin Pie mat, then added some black and silver shimmer cording along the edges using Tombow Glue.  I then added glimmer brads from my stash to the four corners and attached it to a Basic Black card base to complete.

I didn't think the card needed anything else.  The label is doing the heavy lifting on this one!

Here's what the beer can looks like before I cut it down:

 

Diebolt Electric Cowboy can

Happy Stampin'!

Crafting with Aluminum Cans-Great Divide Denver Pale Ale

Great Divide

One of my favorite crafting techniques is to cut shapes out of aluminum cans and add them to my card creations.

You can view my aluminum can creations HERE

(Instructions and a link to a video tutorial on how to cut the cans can be found on this page)

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

Fortunately, my husband is a craft beer drinker and is always bringing home new beers to try.  Often, these beers have interesting labels on the cans. 

My husband drinks the beer, then I confiscate the cans to create!

Recently, he had Denver Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Co with this fun image on the cans.

The artwork on the current can is number 5 in the Denver Pale Ale Artist Series, and the artist is Adam Vicarel.

According to Great Divide's website, "Our Denver Pale Ale Artist Series is an ode to the city we've called home for the past 24 years.  With a beer name like Denver Pale Ale and a home in the RINO Art District of Denver, we decided to turn the can into a canvas and let local artists show off their stuff.  Every year, a fresh can will be released exhibiting artwork created by a new Denver artist."

Cool!

Perfect for me to craft with as well.

To create this card, I cut and opened the can using a pair of tin snips.  I trimmed it down using my guillotine paper cutter.

I matted it to a piece of Calypso Coral card stock.  I secured the 4 corners with brads from my stash, then attached it to a Basic Black card base.

The greeting is from Snow Globe and was stamped on Calypso Coral card stock with Memento Black ink, then punched out using my 3/4" circle punch.  I then matted it to a Basic Black 1/2" circle.  It is popped up using a Dimensional to complete.

So easy, and  I have a one of a kind card!

Here's what the front of the can looks like:

Great divide denver pale ale american pale ale

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Sparkles and Rainbow Unicorn Card

Unicorn

Our Granddaughter Madysen just turned 4!

The theme for her birthday party was Unicorns and Rainbows.

I had seen an idea on Pinterest awhile ago by Jennifer McGuire Ink and saved it because it just reminded me of my sweet Madysen.

Then, the invite came with the party theme, and I knew I had to make my version of the card.

A lot of the items used to create this card are retired Stampin' Up! products.

It's a good thing I keep some of the retired product in my stash!

The unicorn's ears were cut out or Rose Glimmer Paper using my Big Shot and Pyramid Pals Dies.

The flowers and leaves were punched out of Rainbow Glimmer paper (current!) using retired daisy and leaf punches.  The glimmer brads in the center are also retired.

The horn was cut free-hand out of a piece of current Silver Glimmer paper, then I added the stripes using a black Sharpie Pen.

The eyelashes were drawn on also using the Sharpie.

The stamp set is long-ago retired Sweet Serendipity and was stamped using Memento Black ink.

This stamp set is so old that the stamps are mounted on wood blocks.

It's been awhile since I've stamped using wooden blocks, and I had a hard time getting the words straight.

Ooops!  Tried it a few times, and then decided it was good enough!

I then inked up the sprinkles stamp found in the retired set Tasteful Textures using Frosty White Shimmer paint.

I matted the card front to a piece of Rainbow Glimmer Paper, then attached it to Basic Black card front.

I hope Miss Madysen likes her special card.

I had fun making it for her!

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Sweet Serendipity, Tasteful Textures

Ink: Memento Black

Paper:  Basic Black, Whisper White, Rose, Silver, and Rainbow Glimmer Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Pyramid Pals Dies, daisy and leaf punches, glimmer brads, Black Sharpie pen, Frosty White Shimmer Paint, sponge dauber, Dimensionals

 

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

October Fresh Ideas-Faux Wood Burning Technique

Faux Burnt WoodLove of Leaves Faux Burnt Wood Technique

Faux burnt wood 1Mountain Air Faux Burnt Wood Technique

 

Pokerwood or Wood Burning is the art form of decorating wood by creating images or writing with controlled burn marks using a heated source such as a poker. 

The results are simple or intricate, but always stunning.

Create your own Burnt Wood look with this simple faux technique.

This is a great technique for those sometimes hard to create masculine-themed cards!

The possibilities are endless for all season and occasion crafting.

Want to learn more?

My October Fresh Card Making tutorial will feature the Faux Wood Burning Technique using the stamp sets Love of Leaves and Mountain Air.

This tutorial will hit e mail inboxes at 9:00 AM (MST) on October 20, 2020.

Please add your name to my mailing list anytime from October 20 to November 17,2020 to receive this tutorial complete with photos and step-by-step instructions.

To sign up, please use the Sign Up Box located in the upper right hand corner of this page.

Once the sign up process has been completed, you'll receive my Adhesives 101 tutorial via email in pdf format as my gift to you.

I hope to hear from you!

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Evergreen Embossed Feels Like Frost Bay Window Card

Bay window card

Here's another Feels Like Frost Bay Window card that has been embossed using the Evergreen Embossing Folder.

You can see my first Feels Like Frost Bay Window Card HERE

The Feels Like Frost 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper is so pretty and the possibilities are endless for using it for the Bay Window Fold Technique.

The Bay Window Fold Technique has fast become one of my all-time favorite fancy folds!

It's so easy to create, and it provides that special WOW factor!

It folds flat so it fits in a standard A2 envelope so no extra postage should be needed.

I embossed the designer paper using the new Evergreen Embossing Folder, then sponged on some Seaside Spray and Misty Moonlight inks over the raised images to pop them up even more.

To add some shimmer, I added Frosty White Shimmer Paint applied with a sponge dauber and then the glimmer paint,Wink of Stella.

I used the greeting from the stamp set Christmas Gleaming for the tab that keeps the bay window open.

For complete instructions in a pdf format for the Bay Window Fold Technique, be sure to add your name to my mailing list by October 19th, 2020.

This fold was featured in my mid-month Fresh Ideas Newsletter that hit e mail inboxes on September 22nd. 

You can still get a copy of the newsletter before October's Fresh Idea hits e mail in boxes on October 20th, 2020.

To add your name to my mailing list, please use the sign-up box located in the upper right-hand corner of this page.

I hope to hear from you soon!

 

Happy Stampin'!

Feels Like Frost Evergreen Embossed Bay Window Card

Feels Like Frost Bay Window Card

Feels Like Frost Bay Window Card open

The Bay Window Fold Technique has fast become one of my all-time favorite fancy folds!

It's so easy to create, and it provides that special WOW factor!

It folds flat so it fits in a standard A2 envelope so no extra postage should be needed.

For this card, I combined the fold with the pretty winter-themed Filled with Frost 6"x6" Designer Series Paper.

I embossed the paper using the new Evergreen Embossing Folder, then sponged on some Seaside Spray and Misty Moonlight inks over the raised images to pop them up even more.

To add some shimmer, I added Frosty White Shimmer Paint applied with a sponge dauber and then the glimmer paint,Wink of Stella.

I used the stamp set Posted for you and card stock punched out using various circle punches to create the tab that keeps the bay window open.

"merry Christmas" from Posted for You was also stamped on the inside panel.

For complete instructions in a pdf format for the Bay Window Fold Technique, be sure to add your name to my mailing list by October 19th, 2020.

This fold was featured in my mid-month Fresh Ideas Newsletter that hit e mail inboxes on September 22nd. 

You can still get a copy of the newsletter before October's Fresh Idea hits e mail in boxes on October 20th, 2020.

To add your name to my mailing list, please use the sign-up box located in the upper right-hand corner of this page.

I hope to hear from you soon!

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Life is Beautiful Watercolor Wash Background

Watercolor wash

I created this card using the stamp set Life is Beautiful combined with a watercolor wash background.

So simple to do, and the possibilities are endless!

Here's How:

1.  Swipe colors onto a piece of watercolor paper.  For this card, I used Night of Navy and Blackberry Bliss.  I used Stampin' Spots so I could control the application into narrow bands of color.  Stampin' Spots are cute little squares of uninked felt.  You add color using ink refills.  Five come to a package, so you can create small ink pads in colors of your choice. 

2. Using a water painter, swipe the colors, blending as you go.  Set piece aside to dry.

3. Swipe Whisper White craft ink over the top of the dried piece.  With a water painter, blend the colors.  Set piece aside to dry.

4. Stamp tree from Life is Beautiful using Night of Navy ink.  Stamp leaves using Night of Navy ink.  I used the Stamparatus to get good, stamped dark images. Stamp landscape at the base of the the tree using Night of Navy ink.

5. Attach to Rich Razzleberry mat.  Attach to Night of Navy card base.

6. Stamp greeting on a scrap piece of the watercolor wash background.  Banner cut one end.  Mat to Night of Navy card stock.  Attach to card front using Dimensionals to pop it up.

7. To add a touch of glimmer, add the glitter brush, Wink of Stella to card front.  Attach rhinestones to complete.

It's hard to see from a photo, but this card really sparkles in person.

Happy Stampin'!

Festive Post-Featured in my October Newsletter

Festive Post Sampler

You'll be charmed by the small images and greetings in Festive Post stamp set, found in the August-December 2020 Mini Catalog.

You can use them for Halloween, Christmas, Valentines and more!

It also coordinates with the stamp set Posted for You, along with the Rectangular Postage Stamp punch.

Festive Post stamp set will be featured in my October 2020 newsletter, along with the fun Plaid Tidings 6"x6" Designer Series Paper.

Featured projects will include Faux Postage Halloween and Christmas cards, a Bay Window Fold Christmas card, and a simple origami fold Valentine's Day card.

Want to learn more?

My October 2020 newsletter will hit email inboxes at 9 am (MST) October 6, 2020.

Get your own copy by adding your name to my mailing list anytime in October 2020.

To sign up, please use the Sign-Up Box located in the upper right- hand corner of this page.

Once the easy signup process has been completed, you'll receive my Adhesives 101 tutorial as my gift to you!

Please stay healthy.

I hope to hear from you soon.

Thanks!

 

 

 

Happy Stampin'!