Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Joy to the World! It's Christmas in July!

It's Tuesday, which means that it's my day to share a project created for Topflight Stamps. This week my TFS teammates and I are celebrating Christmas in July! You should pop by the TFS blog throughout the week to see what the this talented group of ladies have done with this challenge!

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I've made a shaker card using the Snowflake Background and the Merry Christmas Sentiment Strip stamps from Darkroom Door and the Origami Bear Stamp Set by Katzelkraft.

Here's the card.


Here's a close up so you can see the sparkly bits. The true color is above.




Topflight Stamps Products Used:

Sky, Lake Wanaka, and Elephant Fresco Finish Chalk Paints by PaperArtsy

Other Products Used:
Solar White Classic Crest® Cardstock by Neenah Papers
140 Lb. Mixed Media Paper by Strathmore®
Avalanche Cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper®
Tuxedo Black Memento™ Ink by Tsukineko®
Fresh Snow Pigment Ink by Paper Trey Inc.
Frost Dazzle VersaMark™ Ink by Tsukineko®
French Ultramarine Archival™ Ink by Ranger Industries
Copic® Markers: BV0000, B0000, B60, C0, C00, R39, G09, N6, N8
Frost Sheer Shimmer™ Stix by Imagine®
A variety of sequins from Doodles Paper Playground, Kat Scrappiness, and Gina Marie Designs (Yes, I go through and choose the sequins, stars, etc.  I want to use, and put them in a little cup.  I'm a Virgo.)
Rounded Rectangle Dies: No clue who made them, which is very bad of me.
Nameplate dies by Spellbinders®
Clear Acetate saved from packaging because I'm frugal like that.
Black Foam Tape by Craft Fancy

Instructions and such:
  1. I knew that I wanted to use sparkly embossing powder with the gorgeous Snowflake Background stamp and I knew that I wanted to finally succeed at creating a shaker card. I didn't succeed with that goal, but perfection is overrated, or so they say. Tell that to my inner Virgo. Anyway since I'd be embossing and creating a shaker, I wanted to use some heavier cardstock and I wanted the inside of the shaker to match the outside, so I grabbed a 9" x 12" sheet of Mixed Media cardstock, flipped it to horizontal orientation,  and swiped the three colors of Fresco Finish Chalk Paint, listed above, across the sheet, then heat set it to make sure that it was totally dry.
  2. The Snowflake Background was stamped twice with white ink onto the painted heavy paper, sparkly embossing powder was added, and heat set. 
  3. The backgrounds were cut twice with a rounded rectangle that matched the stamp size perfectly. Gotta love that. Don't gotta love that I have no clue who made the die. Oops.
  4. A smaller rounded rectangle was used to cut one of the two backgrounds to create the window for the shaker. I'm reserving the die-cut for a later use.
  5. Frost Sheer Shimmer was applied to the edges of the window and the panel.
  6. Both the bears from the Origami Bear Stamp Set were stamped with Memento ink, fussy-cut, and colored. Then I decided to just use one of them.
  7. I stenciled a background with French Ultramarine ink, then embossed the entire thing to create an ice floe for the bear. 
  8. The ice floe and the bear were adhered to the rounded rectangle die-cut. This piece was set aside while I created the shaker.
  9. The panel with the window was flipped over and clear acetate was adhered to cover the aperture. 
  10. Two layers of foam tape were applied to over the acetate and around the panel.
  11. A non-static bag thingy was tapped onto the interior of the tape and the acetate window so that the goodies wouldn't stick to the acetate. Hahahahahahaha.
  12. The strips covering the adhesive were removed and  image panel was placed image side down over the aperture.
  13. Alas, when I sealed the shaker with the bear background, I realized that the bear's ears and head weren't firmly adhered to the background and that a star sequin and Shaved Ice were under or stuck to his head. Note to self: Use glue!
  14.  I also discovered that I had overfilled the background with a mixture of sequins, sparkly stars, and Shaved Ice, so you can't see that he's chilling out while sitting on an ice floe. Bummer.  You'll have to take my word for it.
  15. The sentiment was stamped with white ink, heat set with sparkly embossing powder, and die-cut. 
  16. It was adhered to finish the card and two sequins and Festive Diamond Sparkle Gemstones were added to finish the card.
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Monday, July 6, 2020

Floral Gift Card Wallet

The stamps in the new Wedding Gift Perfectly Clear Stamp Set are so versatile and can be used for other occasions than just weddings. Sometimes you want to send a gift card as way to thank someone.This card will be used just that way!

Here's the Gift Card Wallet, using the beautiful new Wedding Gift Perfectly Clear Stamp Set.

Closed Gift Card Wallet.


Opened Gift Card Wallet.



Stampendous! Products Used:

Gift Card Wallet Die Set
Wedding Gift Perfectly Clear Stamp Set
Tuxedo Black Memento™ Ink by Tsukineko

Other Products Used:
Solar White Classic Crest® Cardstock by Neenah Papers
Zig® Photo-Twin Markers
Cottage Rose Patterned Paper* by Keeping Memories Alive
White Glaze® 3D Glossy Gel Pen by Sakura
Tattered Rose, Old Paper, Bundled Sage Distress® Ink by Tim Holtz® for Ranger Industries
*KMA paper has a 2000 copyright, which proves I'm a hoarder.

Instructions:
  1. Using the Gift Card die, cut the patterned paper and edge both sides with Tattered Rose Distress ink.
  2. Use Tuxedo Black Memento ink to stamp the flower image onto white cardstock.
  3. Color the images with Zig Photo-Twin markers.
  4. Realize that the paper is pilling from the markers. Decide that it looks cool and go with it.
  5. Use the rounded rectangle die to cut the colored image and the patterned paper.
  6. Sponge Old Paper Distress ink around the colored image.
  7. Edge with Tattered Rose Distress ink.
  8. Stipple all three colors of Distress ink on the image panel and the inside of the gift card wallet.
  9. Use White Glaze pen to color the berry looking things.
  10. Use the small rounded rectangle die to cut patterned paper.
  11. Use the sentiment die to cut the reverse of the patterned. paper.
  12. Use the squiggly rectangle die to cut the patterned paper.
  13. Place the squiggly rectangle die-cut onto the die-cut platform, place the notch-cutting die on top, and run through your machine.
  14. Assemble the card as shown.
  15. Add your gift card and you're done!
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Sunday, July 5, 2020

Birthday Gift Card Wallet

Stampendous!'s new Gift Card Wallet Die Set and the new Gift Card Perfectly Clear sets make creating these little practical gifts so fun, quick, and easy!

So here's my second Gift Card Wallet. This time I used the new Birthday Gift Perfectly Clear Stamp Set.

Closed Gift Card Wallet.



Open Gift Card Wallet 


Stampendous! Products Used:
Gift Card Wallet Die Set
Birthday Gift Perfectly Clear Stamp Set
Tuxedo Black Memento™ Ink by Tsukineko®

Other Products Used:
Solar White Classic Crest® Cardstock by Neenah Papers

Yellow Cardstock
Copic® Markers: N2, N4, N5, N6, N8, YG25, BG32, BG45, RV52, RV63, RV91, Y0000, Y000, Y15, Y19, Y32, YYR000, YR30, YR31

Kitten Smitten Patterned Paper by Doodlebug Designs Inc.™
Clear Stardust® Glitter Pen by Sakura

Instructions:

  1. Using the Gift Card die, cut the two-sided patterned paper.
  2. Use Tuxedo Black Memento ink to stamp the cat, dog, and cake from the Birthday Gift Perfectly Clear Stamp Set onto Copic friendly cardstock.
  3. Color the images with Copic markers.
  4. Use the rounded rectangle die to cut the colored image.
  5. Use the small rounded rectangle die to cut the patterned paper.
  6. Use the sentiment die to cut solid cardstock.
  7. Use the squiggly rectangle die to cut the patterned paper.
  8. Place the squiggly rectangle die-cut onto the die-cut platform, place the notch-cutting die on top, and run through your machine.
  9. Assemble the card as shown.
  10. Add your gift card and you're done!
Helpful Hints:
  • Use double-sided patterned cardstock to create your card. That way both sides are already decorated. I raided my stash to find older patterned papers to use. However, you can use cardstock and decorate the inside and outside with stamps, die-cuts, or stencils.
  • Cut the patterned cardstock to 4.75" wide so that you can cut both the gift card wallet and the squiggly rectangle from it.
  • When adhering the notch-cut squiggly rectangle, apply adhesive to the center of the rectangle (vertically and horizontally) and to the edges.
  • Do NOT apply under the notches or you will not be able to add your gift card!
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Saturday, July 4, 2020

A Gift Card for You!

Does everyone on your shopping list want gift cards? Do you struggle with nice ways to package them? Stampendous! recently released a Gift Card Wallet Die Set that will become one of your most frequently used die sets. Stampendous! has also released another die set and several Perfectly Clear Stamp Sets to use with the Gift Card Wallet Die Set. Click on over to the What's New area of the website to check 'em out.

Here's my first card with the Gift Card Wallet Die Set and the Grad Gift Perfectly Clear Stamp Set.

Outside of the Card.


Inside of the Card with a gift card.



Stampendous! Products Used:

Other Products Used:
Solar White Classic Crest® Cardstock by Neenah Papers
Copic® Markers: E31, E33, D4, Ed81, E84, E87, BV0000, BV000, BV20, B12, YG25, Y00, Y11,  Y13, Y18, YR15, R17, R29, T0, T1
Bubbles Patterned Paper from The Goods Collection by American Crafts
Clear Glaze® 3D Glossy Gel Pen by Sakura

Instructions: 
  1. Using the Gift Card die, cut the two-sided patterned paper.
  2. Use Tuxedo Black Memento ink to stamp the sentiment, the owl, and the graduation goodies from the Grad Gift Perfectly Clear Stamp Set onto Copic friendly cardstock.
  3. Color the images with Copic markers.
  4. Use the rounded rectangle die to cut both images.
  5. Use the squiggly rectangle die to cut the patterned paper. 
  6. Place the squiggly rectangle die-cut onto the die-cut platform, place the notch-cutting die on top, and run through your machine.
  7. Assemble the card as shown.
  8. Add your gift card and you're done!
Helpful Hints:
  • Use double-sided patterned cardstock to create your card. That way both sides are already decorated. I raided my stash to find older patterned papers to use. However, you can use cardstock and decorate the inside and outside with stamps, die-cuts, or stencils.
  • Cut the patterned cardstock to 4.75" wide so that you can cut both the gift card wallet and the squiggly rectangle from it.
  • When adhering the notch-cut squiggly rectangle, apply adhesive to the center of the rectangle (vertically and horizontally) and to the edges. 
  • Do NOT apply under the notches or you will not be able to add your gift card!
Thanks for visiting today!

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Magical Adventure

It's Tuesday, which means that it's my day to share a project created for Topflight Stamps. This week my TFS teammates and I are sharing projects using stencils. You should pop by the TFS blog throughout the week to see what the this talented group of ladies have done this week.
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Here's my piece using the Steampunkesque Cling Mounted Stamp Set by IndigoBlu, which has four wonderful Steampunk images and three sentiments. I opted to use the flying man image, which is rather iconic. 

 I used the following stencils:  Great Outdoors Stencil by PolkaDoodlesKay Carley PS080 Stencil by PaperArtsy, the Journey Stencil by Darkroom Door, and the Cogged Up Stencil by Andy Skinner for Creative Expressions.



Topflight Products Used:
Premium Metallic Creative Collection Cardstock by Neenah Paper
The Cogged Up Stencil by Andy Skinner for Creative Expressions

Tuxedo Black Memento™ Ink by Tsukineko®
Copic® Markers Used: 
   Skin: BV0000, BV000, E50, E21, E11, E00, R20
   Hair: E25, E29, E44
   Shirt: V20, V22, V25, V28, V93
   Pants: N4, N6
   Boots and Straps: E33, E35, E39, E44
   Brass part of the flying mechanism: Y21, Y23, Y26, Y28
   Propeller Blades: B90, C1, C3
Black Media® Modeling Paste by DecoArt®
Black Soot, Rusty Hinge, Cracked Pistachio, and Wilted Violet Distress® Oxide Inks by Tim Holtz® for Ranger Industries
Black Soot Distress® Ink by Tim Holtz® for Ranger Industries
Rust Embossing Powder
Black Cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper®
Slimline Dies
Removable ID Labels by Avery®
STAY-tion™ by Wendy Vecchi/Ranger Industries


Instructions and Photos:
1. Stamp the image onto white paper and onto the Avery label. 

2. Fussy-cut the label version to create a mask.

3. Place mask over the stamped image. 












4. Sponge Periwinkle ink over the Clouds portion of the Great Outdoors Stencil.













5. Move stencil down, sponge Periwinkle ink again.










6. Continue this process until the blue cloudy sky extends to the base of the image panel. 













7. Repeat Steps 4 - 6, sponging Pink Jellybean Prism ink more randomly.













8. Remove the Great Outdoors Stencil, clean it, and put it away. (hahahaha).

9. Take the Kay Carley stencil and place it over the base of the image, secured with magnets. 













10. Sponge Dusky Rose, Fire Coral, Purple Velvet Prism Ink over the stencil.













11. Remove the stencil and take the image panel off of the STAY-tion. 

12. Remove the mask from the image and reserve for another use.

13. Color the image with Copic markers.

14. Trim the image panel as desired and mat with silver metallic cardstock.

15. Using a rectangle die, cut black cardstock. Use the next largest die to cut silver cardstock.

16. Secure the black die-cut to the STAY-tion, place the word from the Journey stencil as desired, place scrap paper, Post-Its, or whatever to isolate the word, and secure with magnets.











17. Scrape black modeling paste over the stencil. Remove the stencil and clean immediately. (for real).

18. Sprinkle the modeling paste with embossing powder, dump of the excess, heat set, and set aside.

*Now I'm a bad me and didn't take any more photos. Sorry.

19. Place a piece of silver metallic cardstock onto the STAY-tion. Place the All Cogged Up stencil on the left of the cardstock running vertically. Secure with magnets.

20. Sponge/brush Black Soot Distress Oxide over the stencil onto the silver cardstock. Lift the stencil. Heat set.

21. Randomly sponge/brush Rusty Hinge Distress Oxide Ink over then stencil onto the silver cardstock. Lift the stencil and heat set.

22. Repeat step 21 with Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide Ink. Lift the stencil and heat set.

23. Randomly sponge Wilted Violet here and there. Heat set.

23. Flip the stencil 180° vertically and repeat steps 19 - 23.

24. Repeat step 23 and 19-22. **Saving myself some typing.

25. Trim each cog row to 2.25" and edge with the same Distress Oxide inks you used.

26. Edge all three pieces with Black Soot Distress ink.

27. Cut a piece of black cardstock and adhere the Cog strips as shown. 

28. Double mat as shown.

29. Adhere the image panel.

30. Sponge the embossed raised sentiment die-cut with Rusty Hinge and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide inks and mat with silver die-cut.

31. Adhere the matted sentiment strip to finish the piece.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Never Too Late!

It's Tuesday, which means that it's my day to share a project created for Topflight Stamps. This week I decided to make an encouragement card. I like making this kind of card to send to my daughter, friends, and family. You never know when people might need an uplifting message, especially lately. 


BTW, if you'd like to get 12% off your order at Topflight Stamps use THIS LINK.

Here's my card:



Topflight Products Used:

Other Products Used:
Orange Brushos® Crystal Colour
Black Shimmer Delicata® Ink by Tsukeneko®
Copic® N9 Marker
Suze Weinberg Beaddazzles
Hour Glass Die by Memory Box
5x7 Card Creator Die Sets by Spellbinders®
Vellum by Strathmore
Classic Blue and Raven Cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper®
Spun Sugar Distress® Reinker by Tim Holtz® for Ranger Industries
140 lb. Mixed Media Cardstock by Strathmore
Mini Mister by Ranger Industries
Brayer
2" Scor-Tape™ by Scor-Pal
Foam Dimensional Squares by Scrapbook Adhesives ® by 3L

Instructions:
  1. Cut blue cardstock to 7" x 10", score at 5", and fold to form a 5x7 card.
  2. Drip several drops of Spun Sugar Distress ink onto the Gel Press, spritz with water, and spread with a brayer.
  3. Sprinkle Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Orange, and White Brusho crystals onto the gel press, and mist lightly with water.
  4. Press mixed media cardstock onto the gel press and pull the print.
  5. Repeat steps #2 to #4 and pull a second print.
  6. Decide the prints are blah. 
  7. Mist both prints with water.
  8. Sprinkle Prussian Blue and Purple Brusho crystals onto the prints.
  9. Mist with water to activate the crystals further.
  10. Press another two pieces of cardstock onto the prints to transfer the ink.
  11. Repeat until you are happy with the prints, then heat set all the prints until they are bone dry.
  12. Heat set them again.
  13. Put the prints between clean cardstock, place them onto the base of a die-cut machine, put the two cutting plates over the prints, then crank them through the machine several times to flatten them.
  14. Use Onyx Black VersaFine ink to stamp the clocks onto one of the prints, trim, and edge with Black Shimmer Delicata ink. Mat with blue cardstock.
  15. Use one of the dies from the 5x7 Card Creator die set to cut one of the prints.
  16. Use Onyx Black VersaFine ink to stamp the sentiment, then edge the panel with Black Shimmer Distress Ink.
  17. Mat this panel with blue and black cardstock, then adhere to the 5x7 card.
  18. Cut two pieces of vellum to 2" x 3.5". Back with Scor-Tape.
  19. Use the hourglass die to die-cut the vellum and white metallic cardstock.
  20. Color the white metallic cardstock die-cuts with the N9 marker.
  21. Peel back the tape on the hour glass parts of the die-cut. Sprinkle Beaddazzles onto the adhesive on one of the die-cuts, trying to keep it away from the edges. Place the second die-cut atop the beaddazzled die-cut.
  22. Assemble the hour glass and adhere to the card using dimensional foam adhesive squares.
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Friday, June 19, 2020

Conducting Fireworks

I'm continuing with my music-themed House-Mouse Designs® cards using Stampendous!' new Sparkler Art Rubber Stamp. When I saw this stamp, I immediately thought of the Boston Pops conductor, leading his orchestra, so I went with that.

Here's my card.


Stampendous Products Used:
House-Mouse Designs® Sparkler Art Rubber Stamp
Tuxedo Black Memento™ Ink by Tsukineko®
Mixed Media White Paper
Red Jewel Ultra Fine Glitter

Other Products Used:
Copic® Markers:
    Skin: BV000, R01, R20, E50, E51,
    Fur: E31, De33, E35, E47
    Grass: Y11, YG13, YG17
Glory 6x6 Patterned Paper Pad by Authentique™
12x12 Glitzy Cardstock Stack® by DCWV
Navy cardstock
Danube Blue Memento™ Ink by Tsukineko®
Black Soot and Fired Brick Distress® Ink by Tim Holtz® for Ranger Industries
Removable ID Labels by Avery®
STAY-tion™ by Wendy Vecchi for Ranger Industries
Quickie™ Glue Pen by Sakura

Instructions:
  1. Cut a piece of navy cardstock to 5.5", score at 5.5", and fold to form a 5.5" square card.
  2. Cut a piece of red star patterned paper to 5.25" square, edge with Black Soot Distress ink, and adhere to the card front.
  3. Cut a piece of gold glitter paper to 5" square and adhere to the card front.
  4. Cut a piece of the music patterned paper to 4 7/8" square, edge with Fired Brick Distress ink and adhere to the card front.
  5. Use Tuxedo Black Memento ink to stamp the image onto Mixed Media cardstock and onto the label paper.
  6. Color the image and the grass with Copic markers.
  7. Fussy-cut the label paper version to form a mask and adhere over its counterpart on the image panel. 
  8. Secure the image panel to the STAY-tion using magnets. 
  9. Place the ruler included with the STAY-tion over the grass.
  10. Sponge Danube Blue Memento ink over the image to create a night sky.
  11. Lift the ruler and the mask, remove the image from the STAY-tion, and touch up as necessary with Copic markers.
  12. Trim the image panel to 3 3/8" x 2 5/8".
  13. Use the Sailor Glue pen to add glue to the sparks on the image.
  14. Sprinkle Red Jewel Ultra Fine Glitter onto the the image panel, let the glue dry, and brush off the excess onto yourself, the floor, your cats, etc.
  15. Mat with gold glitter paper cut to 3.5" x 2.75".
  16. Cut red star paper patterned paper to 4" x 3.5" and edge with Black Soot Distress Ink.
  17. Cut blue glitter paper to 4.25" x 3.75".
  18. Triple mat the image panel and adhere to the card front to finish the card.
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