Friday, October 24, 2014

Stamp Etching (Thanks, Lydia!)

During this past summer's #InspireCreateShare2014 Stampin' Up! convention, I met the fabulously talented (and wickedly funny) Lydia Fiedler. During one of the presentations (Stampin' Up! invites real life demonstrators onto the stage to do demonstrations!) Lydia showed a technique that she called "stamp etching." She's also got a tutorial over on her blog, Understand Blue. You should subscribe to her entertaining and so many good ideas!!

Well, I thought I'd give it a try. And I thought I knew how to do it. And I thought my card turned out pretty well, but, um, well, I guess I didn't follow the instructions. But I think Lydia would be just fine with that because art is art and has no instructions.

So here's my stamped etched card for this week's Nacho Average color challenge.

(Stamp Sets: Blended Bloom, Good Greetings (Hostess); Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Card Stock: Bermuda Bay, Basic Black, Crushed Curry; DSP: Flowerpot; Accessories: Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Birthday Flowers

The last couple of days I've shown you some fall cards. I'm trying not to get into a rut, so I chose some bright and cheery, any time of the year colors for my entry into this week's Freshly Made Sketch challenge.

One of the first designer series papers that I bought was the "Back to Black" set. I love, love, love black and white! I originally thought about doing this card in Basic Black and Whisper White, with a splash of Real Red, but the Pacific Point ink pad was calling me: "Here I am! Over here! I feel neglected. It's been such a long time." So I swapped out the Basic Black mat from behind the "Back in Black" DSP and added a Real Red mat. Once I'd added my flowers to the vase, I remembered that I had a bunch of Pacific Point Candy Dots! Yay! They were just the right element to finish off the card.

(Stamp Sets: Pictogram Punches, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Inks: Pacific Point, Real Red; Card Stock: Whisper White, Pacific Point, Real Red; DSP: Back to Black; Accessories: Zig Zag Embossing Folder, Circles and Banners Framelit Collections, 2-1/4" Circle Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Pacific Point Candy Dots)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Hello (Again) Fall!

There's a color challenge over on the Fab Friday challenge blog. The combo would make a great Halloween card. But I think I've mentioned before that I don't really "do" Halloween and I've already "done" 3 Halloween cards. So I thought I'd go for a fall card--particularly since the "For All Things" stamp set was still on my stamping desk!

I saw a tree with beautiful, big, yellow leaves outlined perfectly in rust. It was like someone colored the outline on them. Unfortunately, I was too far away and in my car, so I couldn't get a good picture of them. But those leaves have been on my mind all day. Originally, I thought I'd recreate those leaves for this challenge. Stamp the oak leaf in Tangelo Tango and then do the rock-and-roll technique and outline the leaf in Blackberry Bliss. Well, that was an epic fail. But the corollary adage to yesterday's "There are no stamping mistakes; only stamping opportunities" is "There are two sides to the paper. So I turned it over and started again. Instead of edging the leaves with Blackberry Bliss, I used the dotted stamp from the "Gorgeous Grunge" set (also still out on my desk). Not what I envisioned, but kinda least I think so.

(Stamp Sets: For All Things, Gorgeous Grunge; Inks: Tangelo Tango, Blackberry Bliss; Card Stock: Basic Black, Blackberry Bliss, Very Vanilla; Accessories: Tangelo Tango Stitched Satin Ribbon, Honeycomb Embossing Folder, Banner Framelit from Snowflake Thinlits Collection)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

I CASEd This Sketch!!

When I first saw the sketch on the CAS(E) This Sketch challenge blog, I thought, "Wow! That's too hard. I don't have any ideas." Then, as sometimes happens, I got a flash of inspiration, and I knew exactly what I wanted to do! And then I went right to work and put my inspiration onto paper and it turned out better than I imagined it would!! I love it when a plan comes together!

Over the weekend, the Creation Station projects used the "Wondrous Wreath" set and I was fresh out of ideas. I even said that I thought that whatever I would come up with would be derivative of someone else's creative designs. And while my card is inspired by others who have made a fall wreath, on a wooden door or fence, or who have made a garland out of the wreath, I think my design is unique. (Watch. Now someone will say--hey! that's my design....)

(Stamp Sets: Wondrous Wreath, For All Things, Hardwood Background, Gorgeous Grunge; Inks: Crushed Curry, Tangelo Twist, Blackberry Bliss, Baked Brown Sugar; Card Stock: Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla; Accessories: Wonderful Wreath Framelits Collection, Snowflake Card Thinlit--for the banner)
The "Hello Fall" sentiment took a while to dry. I even hit it with my embossing tool before I ran it through the Big Shot. Then when I was applying it to the card, the ink smeared. Really?! Well, there are no stamping mistakes, only stamping opportunities. So I grabbed my "Gorgeous Grunge" set and inked up the dots with Crushed Curry ink and added some more splotches to the sentiment. You know. Like I meant to do that!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Seizing the Birthday

I haven't played along with the Seize the Birthday challenge in a while. I should play more often because I always need birthday cards, right? This challenge doesn't have a topping--and extra element.  It's an "anything goes" challenge! 

Sometimes having a blank slate is more challenging than having a specific "recipe," but I got an idea as soon as I grabbed the "You're Amazing" set and the "Moonlight" designer series paper pack. I wanted the feeling of banners and streamers because it's a party!! How'd I do?

(Stamp Set: You're Amazing; Inks: Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey, Basic Gray; Card Stock: Whisper White, Lost Lagoon; DSP: Moonlight DSP Pack; Accessories: Banners Framelits, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder, Hello Honey and Lost Lagoon Stitched Satin Ribbon)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Creation Station: Gift Box Punch Board Lighted Banner

Welcome to Creation Station! The design team has come up with some awesome projects for you! The featured stamp set is "Wondrous Wreath" and the theme is wreath-themed home decor projects. Our accessory is the Gift Box Punch Board.

I'm having trouble thinking outside the Wondrous Wreath and matching framelits box. There are so many cute projects out there on Pinterest and Splitcoast Stampers that I'm afraid anything I'd come up with would be redundant and derivative. So I'm going to skip the stamp set and the wreath theme and go right to the Gift Box Punch Board and home decor project. OK? OK, then.

I've had this idea brewing in my mind for quite a while and I've even made some origami boxes in an attempt to bring my idea to life. But the origami boxes were too bulky and took too much paper and the light didn't shine through. But then the new catalog came out with the Typeset Specialty Series paper and then the Gift Box Punch Board came out in the holiday mini and I knew that I'd have to sit down and make my idea come to life!

Here's my banner of lighted boxes! I used the book pages from the Typeset Specialty Series Paper because I wanted this banner to hang on my daughter's bookshelf. She's an avid reader and I knew this would be just the thing for her!

Banner with room lights off
Banner with room lights on

(If you're viewing this blog on a mobile device, you might be missing the short video of the blinking lights in action!)

If you want to make your own, I've included a picture tutorial after the "Next" and "Back" buttons. But if you can't wait to continue along the blog hop, go ahead and use the "Next" and "Back" buttons. I know you'll LOVE the design team's projects (and I know they have some awesome ideas for the "Wondrous Wreath" stamp set for you)!!

Gift Box Punch Board Lighted Banner Tutorial

Start with a 6" x 6" piece of Typeset Specialty Series Paper. Align the left side of the paper against the S on the Gift Box Punch Board. Follow the instructions on the punch board--punching and scoring all 4 sides of the paper. Turn it over, as directed, and punch all four sides again. DO NOT make the tabs on the corners; you will not need them for this project. PRO TIP: Don't press too hard when you score, or you'll cut the paper. A light touch is all that's needed. (Ask me how I know.)


Use your bone folder to fold all the scored lines so they're easier to manipulate when forming the box.

Normally, you don't need any adhesive at all when making the gift box, but for the banner, we want all the sides sealed tight. So, put a line of snail (or Tombo) down one side of the inner corner....

....and adhere to form the corner of the box. Repeat for all for corners.

Put a bit of adhesive on the underside of the box tops and adhere THREE to form the top of the box. You can still get your fingers inside to squeeze to make sure they're adhered well.

Flip the last flap out so that you can mark the center. You'll punch here. I made a smaller punch on the outside flap so the light didn't pull through.

After you punch the flap, fold it onto the top of the cube, but DON'T adhere yet! Use the punched hole as a guide to mark where you need to punch the inside flaps. I used a larger hole punch for the inside flaps.

Next, place 3 glue dots around the top flap--but DON'T adhere yet!

Insert the light through the top flap and then through the bottom flaps. NOW you can adhere the top flap!!

Here's the finished cube.

Friday, October 17, 2014

October's Paper Pumpkin is as "Sweet As Pie"

My, oh my! This month's Paper Pumpkin kit is so sweet. It's so sweet that it's as sweet as pie! Ha! That's the name of the kit: "Sweet As Pie." The kit comes with everything you need to make 8 food-safe pie-wedge-shaped boxes that you can send home with your Thanksgiving guests filled with pie...or as the Stampin' Up! video shows, with candies or other treats. The kit even has 8 mini skeins of yarn to make pom-poms. How long has it been since YOU made a pom-pom??!!

Here are two boxes that I made with the kit. I think they're so cute, don't you?

(Stamp Set: Sweet As Pie; Ink: Old Olive; Accessories: October 2014 Paper Pumpkin)
(Stamp Set: Sweet As Pie; Ink: Old Olive; Accessories: October 2014 Paper Pumpkin)

There are other ideas on the Stampin' Up! Pinterest page for using the kit's parts to make cards, scrapbook pages, and a Thankful banner. I'm going to make the banner because it's totes adorbs! (And because I think it's time to take down the Fourth of July banner.)

Here's the You Tube video that shows you how to put together the kit and all the parts that come with it! I know you're going to love these stepped up Paper Pumpkin kits. (The next one will probably be something wonderful for Christmas!!) Sign up for a subscription to get your very own kit and spend 30 minutes in creative heaven. Just click the link over there on the left of my blog!

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