Birthday Card using February Stamps of Life “Die Hard” Club set.

February 12, 2017


Good Morning,

Today I am switching gears from Valentine’s Day to a birthday card for my brother using my new Stamps of Life “Die Hard” Club Set.  Perfectly timed for my February birthdays.

Here is what I love about this birthday set, the dies for the cake are broken down as are the scalloped icing layers so one could make the cake as large or small as you need. I like that the font on the stamp set is straight forward, non-gender specific.  If you are interested, you can see and read more about it by clicking on the company name above.

Let’s get into the card…..

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To create this rather simple card, I grabbed my Doodle Bug 6×6 Swiss Dot and Gingham Linen paper pads. I used the three tiered cake stamp,  cut it out with the cake die then built my layers one by one on the white base.

Continuing on my Tonic Studios Crystal Drops obsession, I used the white to give the plate a little dimension and shine.  I did add glossy accents to the orange layers as I didn’t want to lose the gingham design by adding the orange.  The candle was colored with Stephanie’s matching pens and then covered in glossy accents as well. A note on the candle, she decided to put all the candle cutouts together in one die. Genius! I don’t have to worry about keeping track of a bunch of tiny dies.

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The sentiment “You take the cake” is one stamp but I just inked the areas I needed to stamp on each cake layer. The cake is popped up using dimensional glue dots.  The made the background with some circle dies.

 

On the inside….

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I used the stamp of the plate with a piece of cake with the matching die. Once again I added the Tonic Studio’s Crystal Drops in white and pumpkin.

I wanted to create a “glass look with the plate, so I colored it a light blue then with a light touch, added some white Crystal Drops which reflect some shadow and highlights. As the white dried, the blue came through more but still had the “glass” plate look I wanted.

The top of the piece of cake I used the “Pumpkin” orange which gives a little shine.  Unfortunately, the cake was picked up too soon, and some of the “Orange Pumpkin” went into the “cream filling” layer. The moral of the story, try not to move anything until the drops are dried. Dimensional glue dots were added to the back to pop it up from the sentiment.

Overall though I like the effect of the drops when making a simple straight forward card. It also helped that the die and stamp kit are easy to work with.

Thanks for stopping in, always love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

Until next time….

 

P.S. I do not receive any type of compensation from Stamps of Life or Stephanie Barnard to mention anything about them. I just try to share products and services I feel are something my readers would appreciate. 

 

Valentine’s Cup of Sweetness

February 10, 2017

Good Morning,

 

 

Today I am sharing this tea cup I found on my Valentine’s Day quest for my son’s school. When I spotted this cut file in the Silhouette Store I knew I wanted to make it. It is actually considered a box (lidless) designed by Lori Whitlock.  While it may not work for the kids I think it strikes just the right tone for a teacher and staff gift.

Let’s get into it……

The completed tea cup measures approx. 2 5/8 (across the base) stands at 3 5/8 tall with an opening of 2 1/8. There is plenty of room to add a generous portion of treats. This cut file was relatively easy to put together. For the cup itself, you will need one sheet of 12×12 paper. It cuts two large pieces to form the base and sides of the cup. Then for the decorative layer (included in the file)  you could use either a 12 x12 patterned paper or a 6×6 pad would work as well.

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Bo Bunny’s “Head over Heels” collection  (circa 2013) has been hoarded in my stash since it came it out.  I finally decided it was time to break into it. I used it to cover the front and back and keeping things simple I used a flower piece from the 12×12 chipboard sheet. It was tempting to want to put a lot of embellishment’s on it but since I am giving out about ten and make something for the classrooms, I decided to be easy on myself and keep it simple.

As the title says this is a generous cup of sweetness as it can easily hold 20 to 30 pieces of Hershey Kisses. I could also see it holding cocoa packets, coffee or maybe a gift card with some other small items. OOOH! Bath crystals or heart shaped soaps would be nice too, then again chocolate works nicely. 🙂

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Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post of what I finally decided to make for the kid’s classrooms.

Are you making anything this Valentine’s Day?  Please feel free to share in comments about your crafty project.

Until next time……

 

 

 

Valentine’s DIY Frame

February 2, 2017

Good Morning,

Today I have a DIY  frame to share made from scraps of chipboard and Graphic 45 Mon Amour.  The idea was to make something simple I can quickly put out as a little Valentine’s Day decoration but not so intricate it is hard to put it away after the fact. What I really like is there isn’t any glass to be broken by a dog and three boys.

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The Base

I started with chipboard just shy of 2 mm thick

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chipboard scraps

and cut to 7 1/16 x 5 9/16 then covered it with the “True Love” sheet (black with writing) from the 8×8 pad.  I then layered it with another piece of chipboard cut to 4 3/16 by 6 3/16 and covered with the flowers paper.

 

I had a perfect piece of chipboard that had already been scored with a 1/4 inch gusset and enough width to make the frame stand firm. I could have done a hinge but having the extra gusset gives the angle I am looking for and added stability.

 

The Back and Stand

 

I am putting this on a sofa table, so it was important to cover the back as it will be seen from all directions.

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The striped stand with the gusseted top for stability.

I used just a basic black cardstock for the backside of the larger chipboard. Then  I was able to use a scrap from yesterday’s treat box. On the backside of the Bella Blvd. hearts is this black and white stripe design. I thought it was the perfect addition to the blank frame back.

 

 

 

Trim

I have had this beautiful cream 1 1/2 inch wide satin ribbon sitting in my stash forever that was perfect for this project.

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Leftover charms from making a mini album. Love the hearts and the key.

I wrapped it around, tied the bow then glued the tails down for a cleaner look. Going through my embellishments, I found these heart and key charms that seem to go nicely with the overall look of the frame. They are attached by using a light cream colored floss by Graphic 45. I gave them a little room to move but still be front and center. To add just a touch of bling I used the Kaiser Craft Rhinestone strip (approx. 12 inches) to go around the edge of the inner chipboard frame.

 

 

Finishing and Other Idea Options

I finished the project with a black and white photo of my youngest. I was thinking another option would be to not use a photo but really go town with tags, flowers and maybe a stamped sentiment. Another thought, instead of using a stamped sentiment maybe cut out Happy Valentine’s Day in one of the popular fun handwriting fonts.

 

Hope this gave you some ideas for your scraps of projects past, I would love to hear about them.

Until next time….

 

 

Trying New Approaches for Page Design

November 23, 2016

Good Morning,

The quest to finish the 2015 pumpkin patch pictures continues with more of the Simple Stories “Hello Fall” Collection.

This picture of my littlest one was my favorite of all the photos I took that day. He was exploring this huge tractor tire and looked up to tell me about it; luckily I was fast enough to catch it.  Normally I do not like to do one small picture (4 1/2 x 4 1/2)  on a 12×12 scrapbook page, but I wanted this one to stand out plus as a bonus, I was able to journal about the day.

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The inspiration for this layout design came from the large “Fall” letters on the chipboard sheet. Using large letters with all the color seemed like a fun change up for me to design around instead of the paper approach.  To create the page I utilized the 4×4 cut a part paper along with the 6×6 pad. I seem to be having an attachment to that plaid paper, can you tell it is my favorite? The blue goes perfectly with his clothes and his eye color.   Finally, the wood grain paper pulls everything together giving that “farm” feel to the layout.

I am developing a fondness for these cut apart pages; it was something I used to overlook since I am not a “Project Life” Scrapbooker. However, through my work with mini albums I have a new appreciation for them. I like the themes and color they bring to this layout in particular.   Cut  A-parts, they are not just for pocket scrapbooking anymore! 🙂

To those who are celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow, I wish you a fun, happy day with your family and friends. I am sure I will end the day with mashed potatoes in my hair, a new burn scar from rushing around and passed out on the couch from exhaustion by 6 p.m.

Until next time…….

 

New Washi Tape Addict

November 22, 2016

Good Morning,

Today’s post is rather quick since those of us in the U.S. will be celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday. This year I am cooking so I need a couple of days to prep.  Not to mention, I have a valid reason to be on Pinterest for hours.

For today’s scrapbook page I am still working on last year’s pumpkin patch pictures. I seem always to be behind in my scrapbooking, perhaps when I am 80 years old, I will be caught up. However I am using a current collection so that evens everything up, right?

The idea for this layout came, when I was creating the fall card a couple of weeks ago, I previously posted when I only had the 6×6 pad.  I couldn’t wait to receive the rest of the collection from Steals.com after scoring a great deal.

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I liked the idea of creating dimension with a frame and tucking pictures behind it and using the word/phrase paper.  I just wish the dimensional tape I used was thicker for more depth. Given the odd sizes of these pictures, my usual scrapbook style would not have done them justice.  I feel the tight cropping needed to fit in the frame allows the viewer to focus on the action happening in the pictures.

This layout marks a milestone for me; it is the first time I have ever used washi tape on a layout. I now understand what I have been missing all this time; this tape is so versatile.  For someone like me, who needs a few tries to get items straight on a page this tape is the answer. It didn’t tear my paper nor lose its adhesive properties when re-sticking it. I used the orange tape on the top and bottom as a defining border on the phrase paper. Aside from the multiple uses it in my craft room it will start to make its way into layouts and cards as borders…baby steps.

Simple Stories “Hello Fall” Collection colors inspire me, so putting together this layout along with other projects is easier. Which means I might finally finish these pumpkin pages not only this year but while it is still Fall.

If you’re interested here is my supply list:

Simple Stories Hello Fall Collection

  • 12×12  sheet of Sweater Weather (plaid paper)
  • 12×12 sheet of 12×6 cut apart
  • Bits and Pieces (die cuts pack)
  • orange washi tape
  • Hello Fall Chipboard Stickers

Thank you for spending a little time with me today, I appreciate your thoughts or comments.

Until next time…..

**Please note I am not compensated or affiliated with  any of these companies. I am just passing on information about companies who produce either quality product or service.

 

 

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