This week, I created a card using the "Happy Birthday" stamp from The Project Bin's "Jukebox Birthday," and I really like the results.
The upper, floral section of the card lifts up, and the sentiment remains visible when the top is both open and closed.
I used some patterned paper cut down to about 1 1/4" and torn at the end to give the look of washi tape. A button and twine finish off today's card.
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The challenge this month was to make beautiful things with this stamp set. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I am not a flower person, so this truly was a challenge for me! This was also my first chance to play with the Distress Oxides that recently came out. So, I'm not sure these cards qualify as beautiful, but they are darned unique and whoever ends up with one of them better appreciate that I like them enough to send them a dang card I made by hand.
That is all.
I was thinking summer for these flowers, but they kind of got a little closer to Fall with the colors I started with. My process, which was more or less what better qualified stampers have shown in numerous videos, was to smoosh the ink pads onto a piece of acetate or other plastic surface, spray it and the surface of the paper with water and then pick color up from the acetate by laying the paper across the surface and picking it back up. Then, where you have empty spots, you can dip the paper into the ink again until you like the way it looks.
Adding water to the ink as it is on the paper will make the colors morph a little bit. The water "stains" the existing ink. After I had the Distress Oxides inks down the way I wanted them, I added a few patches of dark ink on a piece of bubble wrap to add a different texture to the paper.
I did a little free-hand painting on the gatefold card images using the ink left on the acetate after making the background paper. I added in some loops of the orangey fibers from the Boardwalk kit and popped in a sentiment. Which I cut apart to make it smaller for the card.
I stamped one of the tall flowery images on the background with black ink, waited for it to dry, then ran it through my Big Shot to create the small window in the card. H mounted it onto a black piece of cardstock slightly smaller than the card base. I stamped the birthday sentiment from the kit onto a piece of cardstock, mounted it onto a scrap piece of coordinating paper, and added the whole schmear into the opening. After it was all said and done, I added some white gel pen to the flowers/weeds. Kind of like that background!
FInally, I free-hand painted the daisy looking flowers onto some linen watercolor paper I picked up someplace. Stamping the image on was tough because of the uneven texture, so some flowers look more, uh, flowery, than others. The Distress Oxide inks layer on each other instead of becoming a big smear, I double mated the image and attached it to a card base. I stamped the sentiment on a piece of coordinating cardstock and stuck it behind part of the pop-out from the thank you card. And because I just couldn't leave it alone, I added Sakura glaze ink to the inside of the flowers.
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Welcome, Stampers, Scrapbookers, and all other ilk of crafters! (That might be redundant, but I don't use the word "ilk" very often, so . . .)
You've probably landed here after visiting Donna's Hawthorn Hill blog, and I'm the last stop of the hop. If not, and you want to start at the beginning, click here where you can also get a look at hop list.
I'm so glad you stopped by! I made a few cards I really like - I can't always say that - and am excited to share them with you.
Yeah, yeah, I know they're succulents, but they're also faux roses, right? Right. (Work with me here, people; work with me!)
I assembled the card base by adding the dark panel on top of a white card base. I ran the front cover through the Big Shot one hundred and seventeen times to get the die through all the layers.
Next, I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment, embossed it, and layered the panel onto a contrasting panel and popped a faux metal enamel dot from the "Color Me Happy" kit from last month.
I went back to the card base and added white gel pen accents on the darkest card stock, socked in the "roses," added glitter, and popped up the one in the center, and attached the sentiment.
Lastly, I added a strip of patterned paper from one of the cut-aparts on the bottom edge to accent the scalloped edge.
Nope, not yet. Something's amiss. What is it?
Oh, I know, add a border using that cool technique I "invented" a week ago or so~ I used my Sakura Glaze pen so it's shiny and raised. Just what it needed!
This card is really simple to make and you have all the required items to make one like it in your house RIGHT NOW!
I watched the following video to make sure the idea that was in my head would actually work. Super-duper easy but looks like a big deal. (It'll be our little secret!)
I distressed the patterned paper on the front of the card. Ran scissors along the edges, rolled the edges with my fingernails, chewed on the edges a little to give it a stranded-without-food-on-a-deserted-island-so-this'll-have-to-do appearance. Moderately effective and the cardstock didn't taste nearly as awful as I expected. (Or if you want the distressed look without all the hassle, wait to cut cardstock until 30 minutes before a deadline. Without fail, your trimmer blade will be as dull as a bread knife and shred the edges for you!)
I matted it and added it to the front of the card. I added a bow that took on a life of its own, but by that time, is was waaaay too late to turn back. Finally, I tucked the sentiment onto the front.
Inside, I added a strip from one of the cut-aparts at the top and bottom of the card to give it a finished look.
Oh, and there were those things that stand up. The letters were from my stash and the plastic came from something I dragged out of the trash. Recycling at its finest!
Some things to note:
1. The width can be whatever you want it to be, but that 2" extra on the length is a must to make sure your pop-ups have enough cardstock to grab onto at the base.
2. Most of the beautiful papers we get from Club Scrap are quite thick. Scoring the cardstock to make the interior folds was challenging. If you plan on mailing a card made with this pattern and Club Scrap papers, be ready to pay extra . . . It's quite bulky!
3. You can pretty much squeeze anything onto those clear strips, just bear in mind the heavier the items, the thicker the clear strips need to be
I am the official tail end of this hop. If you want to start over again, click the "next up" button to go back to Karen at Club Scrap. Thanks for dropping by today; I hope you'll come by again!
It's all because my house is too small. And I have too much stuff.
Which is the short version of why my photos are horrible today. But the concept is excellent! These birthday party invitations fit in Valentine-sized envelopes and are super easy to make with The Project Bin's "Just Poppin'" set. Kids could make their by themselves, they're that simple!
I stamped the popcorn box and cut it out with the die in the set. I also cut out a second box and used a thin line of adhesive to put the two pieces together, leaving a channel for the invitation to slide into. The popcorn was stamped, embossed, and cut out using the dies. I created the actual invitation and the "You're Invited" label on the computer.
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There's so much to love about the January "Color Me Happy" kit from Club Scrap. The patterned papers are divine, and the stamps and embellishments do not disappoint.
I didn't realize how gorgeous this first card was until I left the craft room and came back in. The wings gleam and have incredible depth! So beautiful!
Other than the magic of Stickles on the dragonfly wings, nothing else about this card was difficult. After cutting a circle of the patterned paper to go on top of the turquoise card base, I cut out a layer of the detail from the paper and attached it about 3/4 of the way down the card to ground the dragonflies. The last thing I did was stamp the sentiment at the bottom of the card. (And if I make a card like this again, I'll plan it a little better. The bottom of the "y" in "birthday" didn't stamp well and had to be hand lettered to fix the boo-boo.)
This is a card that will be hoarded until just the right person comes along!
second time and cut out some of the images and attached them to the card to add dimension. Finally, I heat embossed the sentiment with silver embossing powder and cut into a flag shape.
If you've cruised around this blog any, you know how much I enjoy Mo Manning's images. (Who doesn't, right?) In fact, I posted a variation of this image last week!
This lovely girl, Halloween Fairy, easily converted to the Birthday Fairy. She is colored with Copic markers and features a lot of sparkly stuff - Stickles and clear and gold Wink of Stella. I added some gold gel pen accents on the image as well as on the background layer.
Yes, you may see this in your mailbox - pretend to be surprised!
Or, "Have a toad-ily awesome birthday!" Or "Have a hoppy birthday." All these work with the cute image I have here from A Day for Daisies. ADFD's challenge this month is to use one of their images and add layers. I GOT THIS!
I used Copic markers to color the frog and the birthday hat and then grounded the frog by putting a neutral color underneath him. I used the Copic blender marker to ease out some of the color on the hat, so I could add in different colors for more fun! For even more fun, I used the Stampin' Up! Art Air Tool - one of my all time favorite tools - and an SU! marker to blow some specks onto the frog. Whee!
Next, I fussy cut out the colored frog, leaving out the ribbons coming out of the hat, and adhered it to a blank frog panel I'd cut to fit just inside the card front. with a blue layer to enhance the main image.
Finally, I stamped pencil eraser dots on the background and added Stickles to the them. And then I added some of my second favorite tool, Wink of Stella, to the hat and ribbons and made the little guy shiny with Glossy Accents. Fini!
And if you're getting this card for your birthday - pretend to be surprised!
I'm not prone to playing favorites among my five nieces - that could backfire in a big way! - but the niece who is getting this card is just coming into her own and deserves a special card, She is kid #3 out of four and has two older sister who each excel in their own ways, and then there's the baby sister.
So this card, image by Mo Manning and sentiment from Club Scrap, was created specifically with her in mind. I colored with Copic markers (less my brand new E53 which would have really helped tone down some of the peachiness of the skin) and used a scandalous amount of Wink of Stella to add shine and sparkle.
Happy birthday, Reese!
I'm playing along with the Crafts Galore Encore challenge as well as the Mo Manning's!
Well, it's Denise Storck's birthday anyway! Denise is the owner of The Project Bin, which, incidentally, has a birthday coming up, too! In honor of her birthday, the TPB design team is hosting a blog hop to showcase her wonderful stamps.
If you just stumbled upon the hop, you'll want to start at the beginning with Angela's amazing blog and finish with The Project Bin blog where you can wish Denise a very Happy Birthday! ♥ Here's the order of design team members' blogs:
Angela Bode, Cheryl Walker, Chrisi Rogers, Dawn Barrett, Dawn Bennett, Kelly Clark (you're here!), Lori Turner, Nancy Nickel, Patrica Chalas, Penny Ward, Stasia Sloma, Kelly Santi, and finally, The Project Bin blog!
And since it's a celebration, we have party gifts! For one lucky winner, a prize package including a brand new The Project Bin stamp set is on one of the stops on the hop!
If you haven't seen the stamp at The Project Bin, there is truly something for everyone! Whether it's sweet and inspiring, or whimsical and fun, The Project Bin has it all - perfect for your cardmaking needs. In order to win the blog candy giveaway, make sure to stop at each blog on the hop and leave a comment. Then, head over to TPB blog and send Denise some birthday love!
The birthday card I made features another reverse z-fold card using a sentiment from the "Born Yesterday" set.
Next up, head on over to Lori's blog to see her TPB card!
And many happy returns of the day, Denise! I hope this year delivers all your dreams and wishes, and a couple things you didn't even realize you wanted!
Club Scrap's kit, "Shades of Snow," included lots of stamps, many of which were not directly related to snow! These are a few cards I made using those stamps.
The birthday card features a pine bough stamp from the kit. I used a pencil eraser
to add in some gold dots to fill some of the area that didn't have a pine bough.
I also added a metal embellishment that I dipped in gold ink before adding Glossy Accents to both glue it onto the card and make it shiny. The gold ink didn't hold up under the Glossy Accents, so if I were to do it again, I'd emboss the metal piece before adding the Glossy Accents.
The other gold card uses a flourish stamp that matches the flourish on some of the papers from the kit. I love the sentiment for a "Hey, it's me!" kind of card!
The dark blue card (gotta love that metallic sheen) is a thank you card with some gold gel pen accents. I used a snowflake die my stash, then added Stickles in the negative space. I also used some of the fibers in the kit to add interest at the top of the card.
I still have a lot of paper and ideas left. The snow hasn't stopped falling yet!
My preference is for funny, cartoony cards, but every once in awhile, I need to make a "fancy" birthday card for someone. This is it!
The sentiment is from The Project Bin's "Born Yesterday" set. I paired the sentiment with some seriously girly paper and ribbon. Oh, and I can't leave out the clear rhinestones I colored to match the papers!
This is the perfect card for the only girly niece I have whose birthday is just around the corner. Hopefully, she'll grow out of this stage soon and be ready for funny, cartoony cards since that's what Auntie Kelly does best!
Well, not down so much as super contemplative. It's been six years since I lost my role model, Grandma Schrader. Not only the best person I've ever known, she was also a glass-half-full to my glass-half-empty.
The card I made brought a memory of her to mind. She must have been in her early 50's - like I am now - and was at our house watching us for some reason. She had a sewing machine out and was having a devil of a time getting the needle threaded. (RIght??) She asked me if I'd bring my eight-year-old self over and thread the needle for her. Which I did pretty promptly and added, "Grandma, that was eeeaaasssyyy!" She laughed and probably said something about her old eyes and how lucky she was that I was there. Glass-half-full.
This card features what I would call REAL faux stitching because I punched holes in the card before adding the white gel pen. It does look real! Other than that clever sentiment from The Project Bin's "Born Yesterday" set, there's nothing else that's overly clever. Just an A2 card with three background layers with sponged edges, and a small two layer background for the sentiment, all with sponged edges. I used twine from an 80% off bin and a button to finish it off. I love the simplicity and how the color layering works.
This card would have been Grandma approved. She would also have laughed at the story and commiserated with me about middle-age eyesight.
She was the best.
I made these cards last month - the belated one for a student helper and the other for a co-worker. The mouse image is "Party Mouse" from Birdie Brown (Torico), when she was still doing digis. I'm pretty sure the other image is from Stamping Bella. Good grief! I really need to clean up my craft room. (You have NOOOO idea how bad it actually is!)
I like how they both turned out. The coloring on both is good and I like how using the colorless blender pen gave a pattern to the sofa..
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