Fussy cutting and Layering on a card, Oh my!

May 7, 2019

Good Morning,

I am working through the simple Stories Vintage Bliss 6×6 pad like a kid at christmas with a new toy. I am loving for the cards and projects I am making for teacher appreciatation.

Today’s card used about 5 different pattern papers but some were scraps from yesterday’s card. here is the link: https://themorningscrapper.com/2019/05/05/garden-theme-teacher-appreciation-card/ I love all these patterns, they all work perfectly together, one of the reasons Simple Stories is one of my favorite manufactureres.

I used the large floral design and cut out the beautiful big flowers that remind me of peonies. they looked lonely so I cut a few smaller flowers and tucked them around them.

Then to highlight as well as pull all the colors together I built it on the wood and flowers paper, adding the blue strip and a layer of pink. I really liked the base pattern with the muted gold tones. I felt it picked up the little flowers in the pattern as well as the suble shading in the large yellow flower.

Then I added my stamped sentiment from the Stamps of Life set I just received as part of their Die Hard club. The stamp2garden set is cute and it looks like you can get a second set with paterns for some of the stamps. I will add a link in the supply list.

I also wanted to add this Vintage Bliss paper pad was part of a warehouse box I purchased last June from Simple Stories. This is why I purchase them, I would have never given this a look but so glad I received it!

Thank you for stopping by and let me know what you think of this card series.

Here is my supplylist:

Pretty in Pink Mirror Card

April 9, 2019

Good Morning!!

I recently received some beautiful dies in a Tonic Studios craft kit. Along with some elegant rose mirror card and new Nuvo gem stones in pink. I have been wanting to play with this kit for two months and all it took was cleaning up my space to do it.

Once I ran these beautiful dies through the thick mirror card I knew any idea of cleaning up was gone. Glue was back out so fast I don’t even remember grabbing it. This cut beautifully on my Sizzix, what was left was easy to pop out of the die and design.

The grey rose paper was used for the wreath and behing the psuedo gatefold. The wreath die came from my monthly kit from Stamps of Life. I put a link to the die and stamps in the supply list. The bling is the new “gemstones” from their Nuvo Pure Sheen collection. They come in different sizes, it might be hard to see but they are faceted so they catch the light beautifully. Love this color!

For the inside, I used more of grey paper, hopefully you can see more of the textured embossed vines with roses. The finish reminded me of formal dresses made of taffeta when I was young. It is such a beautiful paper that I didn’t do justice too in this shot. I have a link to it in the supply list.

The Rose Mirror behind the sentiment is a different filagree die that is part of the kit. It would make a beautiful border strip on any project. It was hard covering it up but wanted to use the stamps from the kit. I like the offset of shiny paper peeking out from the sentiment.

Thanks for looking at my card below is the supply list.

Until next time….

Echo Park Paper Warehouse Box Reveal

April 7, 2019


I do not normally post “haul” type posts or videos but many people ask if these manufacturer warehouse boxes are worth the money. I had the same question when I bought my first one back in 2016. After taking the plunge and having good luck I made a blog post with some tips on warehouse boxes in 2016 that help me and still apply.

You can click here to read that post. https://themorningscrapper.com/2016/06/25/6-tips-in-purchasing-warehouse-mystery-boxes/

I think the biggest underlying advice is, if you have been a fan of a manufacturer for at least a year then chances are good you will like what you receive. Majority of the larger manufaccturer like Echo Park/Carta Bella put the past year’s collections and embellishments in these boxes.

These boxes are also a great way to build up stash especially embellishments. You will receive items you may not normally buy at full retail but at this bargain price it feels a lot safer.

I hope this video helps those of you interested in manufacturer warehouse for paper crafting (I am not vouching for amazon or ebay). This box was $50 plus shipping filled with $200 worth of products. I would love to hear what you think!

Spring 2019 Echo Park Warehouse Box Reveal

Thank you again for reading and watching.

Until next time…

Graphic 45 – Magic Christmas Mini Album walkthrough video

April 6, 2019


I know it is March but I found my Design Team Mini Album I did for my local store, Creative Escapes Los Gatos. I thought I had lost the video with all the computer issue I was expereincing at the end of last year. I hope you can still enjoy still watching it even though we are in spring!

The Graphic 45 Magic Christmas collection is so cute if you have not done your holiday photos. They are filled with these adorable little baby cherubs.

Here are a few product details about the album, I used a 8×8 pre-made chipboard album from Frank Garcia. I can’t recommend these enough, especially if you are just getting started with mini albums. It allows you to focus on page construction without having to worry about binding and covers.

Pocket is 5.25 by 7.25 with a photo mat of 5×7 it all slides under a belly band with gold mirror card accents.

You will also hear me mention Tonic Studios, of course. I used some of their newer papers like the gold mirror card and the gilding flakes. I love the effect of the gilding flakes but I found a separate work space was needed to work with them. By the time I was done my fingers were gold and I had a gilded nose to match. Quite the festive look!

Below is the video and supply list. Thanks for reading and watching, I hope you enjoy it. I alwasy enjoy your comments and questions. Thanks again for reading and watching.

Mini Album Supply List:

  • Graphic 45 Magic Christams Collection Paper Pad
  • Graphic 45 Magic Christmas Solids and Patterns Pad
  • Graphic 45 Magic Christams Chipboard
  • Graphic 45 Magic Christmas Pocket and Tags
  • Tonic Studios Mirror Card in Gold
  • Nuvo Rose Gold Pure Sheen Sequins
  • Nuvo Gilding Flakes in Gold
  • Nuvo Gold Glitter pen
  • Graphic 45 – Metal Tag Dies in all sizes
  • Basic Grey magnets Large and small
  • 8×8 Frank Garcia chipboard album

Cards from Echo Park “Coffee” Line

March 20, 2019

Let’s talk cards…..

I follow some amazing people on instagram and blogs that make incredible cards. The stamping and coloring are so skillfully created, I look forward to their posts, enjoying each creation. However, I have known since second grade my coloring skills are just not up to snuff! As much as I would like to think I can create cards such as these, part of knowing yourself is appreciating your limitations.

Which is why when Echo Park came out with their Coffee line last fall, I knew I had to get it. Lately, the only time I get together with some of my friends is over a quick cup of coffee. Our meet ups are done by text so I thought this line would be perfect to make cards and send them for a change.

I needed the cards to be quick and easy but still have a handmade touch. The cut apart pages and solid matching papers were perfect for my needs. I also used the Echo Park Coffee designs uploaded to the Silhouette Design Store for a print and cut embellishment.

Using two short blocks of time I divided the cutting and assembly into each. In the first block, I cut the card base out of the solid pink/teal matching cardstock for a finished size of 4 1/4 by 6 1/4. Then cut the 4×6 and 4×4 Journaling cards. Along with white cardstock blocks for my handwritten note and downloaded the print and cut. (If you have questions about print and cut leave me a note in comments. It is one of my favorite features of the cameo.)

In the second block of time, about a week later was assembly. I found some enamel dots from my stash to add a little shine on the front and inside and I cut my print and cut. If I put the two blocks of time together I think it might have been a little over an hour to design, cut and assemble these fairly simple cards. I love how these three cards turned out. Simple but fun and easy to create. Let me know what you think.

Here is the Supply list:

  • Echo Park 12×12 Coffee “4×6 Journaling Cards” – 3 sheets
  • Echo Park 12×12 Coffee ” 4×4 Journaling Cards” – 3 Sheets
  • White Cardstock for print and cut and writing space – (2) 8.5 by 11 sheets
  • Silhouette Cameo for Cut and Print
  • Silhouette Design Store Echo Park Coffee bouquet
  • enamel dots

Thank you for stopping by, I appreciate all your likes and comments.

Until next time…..


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St. Patrick’s Day Shaker Card

March 7, 2019

California is seeing record amounts of rain and snow pack this year. While it is dreary it does make for a beautiful green spring filled with surprises, I have plants and vines from years ago reappearing. All the green outside is inspiring me to create something for St. Patrick’s Day.

I was thinking a shaker would allow me to play with the pretty Prickled Pear Green and Rose Gold (more like old gold) sequins. Along with new heart dies to make confetti and a new shaker set. I was out of luck in finding any St. Patrick’s theme in my stash or local stores, but luckily I found some old Bo Bunny Double Dot in my stash and set to work.

As I sat down to create the shaker, I had forgotten my technique. After dumping a full shaker everywhere on my first attempt, I grabbed another cup of coffee and picked sequins off my dog’s back, she is a great foot warmer. I remebered to make a pile of the filling on the base paper first. Then cover it with the adhesive backed shaker piece followed by layering the piece with the die cut opening on top. To cover the cut edges and mechanics, I cut two larger hearts out of a gold textured paper (a new favorite) and the green mirror card.

Finally with a little experiment in hand lettering tall letters with doodling and making clovers out of hearts topped with black sequins, I was done.

If you are interested, here is my supply list along with resource links:

I would love to see what you are creating for St. Patricks’s Day or Spring so please leave a link in the comments so I can visit. Thank you for checking out my card.



Kindergarten skills, Birthday Cards a​nd fun.

March 1, 2019

My Kindergartener’s teacher is having a birthday this month. My son, who loves using stamps, wanted to make a card.  For the last couple of nights we have stamped, colored and die cut. We finally came up with this card.

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We used a new stamp and die set from Stamps of Life by Stephanie Bernard along with her ink pads and matching pens. My son loves lots of bright colors, so I pulled out an old paper pack from Bo Bunny “On the Go” to bring out all his colors. He wanted it to look glossy and “painted” so we added Glossy Accents.  The banners are cut from an older Sizzix set of birthday dies and stamps, but the sweet little goodies are all part of the Ice cream Truck set.

A couple of details… I used the detail die on the stamped image and layered it to a second one to minimize curling with the glossy accents. Then cut a “shadow” piece of the truck to pull it out from the busy background as well as dimensional tape. The little cloud of exhaust was fussy cut from the paper collection that had airplanes in the clouds.

While the card is not what my picky self would give, my son’s proud expression as he shared it with his older brothers makes it my favorite project yet!

Here is our Supply list:

Updates and Nuvo’s new Triangle Glitter

February 26, 2019

Hellllooo!

Despite the blog being quiet for a while, I have been creating projects I have wanted to share; only my computer is not cooperating! It seems I have run into hard disk issues making it difficult to use my editing programs.   I had hoped to be able to share my completed Halloween album and my Graphic 45 Christmas album in a video walk-through, but no luck.  They were design team projects for the local store, so I had to physically give them up.  Sigh!

Moving on to what I can do with my mobile devices…I love my tonic craft kits. One of the benefits of being a subscriber is getting new releases before the general public. In the last kit, we received a generous bottle of “Rainbow Quartz Triangles” glitter. A new addition to the “Pure Sheen” line.

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We also received new colors in the Hybrid inks in the “Tropical” theme. Yes, they sent us the whole pack of three. I was so happy to see these bright colors in the middle of a rainy winter.

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Wanting to use these new products around Valentine’s Day I decided to try them out on a card. I used  1-inch adhesive tape on the top and bottom, inked the middle section with the Panama Rose color. I loved how easy it was to apply with Tim Holtz Blender tool and get a pretty even application.  Using Nuvo clear embossing ink and Nuvo Expresso Embossing Powder, I stamped the sentiment.

Now for the show stopper, I removed the tape to add the triangles. The cool factor is how much light they catch. If you are looking for maximum sparkle, this will do it. However, on a card, it will take some work to get them flat and lined up.  I think in the future I would use wet adhesive for this kind of application. I also went over a few places that had gaps with the Diamond Pure Sheen Glitter which I used on the bottom 1 inch of the card.

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After playing with these Quartz Triangles confetti/glitter, I think they would be stunning in a shaker element. Either a shaker for a card, mini album page or front cover element these triangles would make it sparkle. The nice thing is they pack a lot of product in the bottle so one could be generous in a shaker and still have a lot left over.

I appreciate your visit and any thoughts you care to share on this project.

Here is the supply list:

  • 1-inch Adhesive tape (by Woosang)
  • Nuvo Rainbow Quartz Triangles glitter
  • Pure sheen Glitter -Diamond Sheen
  • Stamp Set from Tonic Studios kit
  • Nuvo Espresso Embossing powder
  • Nuvo clear embossing ink
  • Nuvo Hybrid ink in Panama Rose
  • White cardstock

 

 

Garden Theme Teacher Appreciation Card

May 5, 2019

Good Morning,

Today I have a quick share of a garden theme teacher appreciation card. I was inspired by my latest “die hard” club set that just arrived from Stamps of Life Die Hard club. At the bottom, I stamped “Thanks… followed by the inside sentiment ” for helping me grow” it is the perfect statement.

I also enjoy creating a little more when I get to use pinks and flowers. The vintage bliss 6×6 paper pad was perfect for this project. It was hard to choose just a few papers. Luckily the paper is reversible so I could use every bit of scrap.

All the die cuts were double layered except for the flowers, which were triple layered. The stems were so delicate I wanted to make sure they had extra support. I propped up the watering can on dimensional tape to keep it on the same level of these “bubbles”. I thought the “bubbles” gave a nice water drop effect, What do you think? They are flat backed and come in various sizes but I went a little uniform trying to create a “sprinkled” look a watering can some times create.

I thought the “wood plank” paper made a nice frame for the pink paper. I added a 1 inch border of the plaid to pull all the colors together. My one blue flower looked lonely but the little flower pattern seemed to help balance it. Did I mention I loved working with this paper? It is so easy to play with as everything looks great together.

Thanks for looking. I always appreciate your thoughts on my projects.

Supply list:

  • Vintage Bliss by Simple Stories
  • Buttermilk Nuvo crystal drops
  • Stamps of life Garden2stamp
  • Stamps of Life Garden2stamp dies
  • Luxury adhesive by Nuvo
  • Big shot die machine
  • Scotch dimensional adhesive tape
  • Nuvo grey ink
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