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.
I can't say enough about the "Color Me Happy" kit from Club Scrap. The batik-print papers are so gorgeous and offer a great palette to work from.
It was totally worth the mess! (Well, I should acknowledge that I amped up the mess by deciding to do the spritzed background!)
I chose to feature the mulberry paper faux batik technique and used the small dragonfly from the kit as my "batiked" image. After stamping and embossing the image, I sprtzed the mulberry paper with three shades of spray die ink - tangerine, turquoise, and gold, which had gold shimmers in it.
Because I'm lazy and impatient, I elected to use my heat tool to dry the mulberry paper, and because the heat tool was out and hot, I thought i'd try to overheat the embossing - which is what creates the batik effect - using a folded piece of thick cardstock and the heat tool. This, surprisingly, worked pretty well, but I decided to follow up with the iron just because.
The mulberry paper stuck to the cardstock and tore in a few places. I either chose to not use the parts that got torn or fixed the tear as I stuck it onto the background. You can't even tell there was a problem. (I don't think the fix would have worked on different papers, though; what provided the camouflage were the fibers in the paper.)
To make the background paper, I spritzed more of the die ink onto cardstock, partially drying each layer before adding the next one so the colors didn't muddy too much.
I'm very pleased with the results. Pretty sure you're going to see one or two more of these beauties before it's all said and done!
I also whipped up these cards last night. The gatefold card on the left features the batik-looking paper from the kit and a belly band using the small dragonfly and the three dots I trimmed off one of the sentiments.
Apparently have a fetish for dragonflies. They're all over the place!
But to redeem myself, I also created this simple 4.75" x 4.75" note card. I stamped the leaves on a separate panel and colored them with Copics. Then, using mounting tape, I added one of the flowers from the same paper as the card on the left. I also added in some specks for fun, I used mounting tape to attach the slightly smaller panel with the flower on it to the cardbase.
I like the simple card even though it might look too plain. I recognize that sometimes I throw too much onto a card. (Yeah, probably that dragonfly thank you card, in fact.) More than once I've had to stop to think that the kind of cards papercrafters make are not what most people experience. Maybe a little less is actually more in some cases!
Still loving the canines and felines of "Kinda Pawsome" and "Feline Good" from The Project Bin! One of the best parts of these images is that they can be personalized for a specific recipient and cut out lickety-split with the dies that come with each set.. And the sentiments, The Project Bin's hallmark, are funny as heck!
After coloring the animals, I went back over the eyes and noses with a Glaze pen to give them some dimension and shine. I also added a ball to the dog on the tag to the right. Originally, it was going to be a Frisbee, but I couldn't find the right circle die, so a ball it was! If you look carefully, you can see where I slit the area under its muzzle and popped it up with some dimensional tape.
Look for the dog with Frisbee to appear soon!
Hey, there! You are most likely arriving here from Donna's Hawthorne Hill blog. If not, and you want to get your bearings, head back to Karen's blog where all the fun began!
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.
that I Stickle'd, and made the front of the card is slightly smaller than the back so I could include the purple ruffle on the right.
Make someone laugh every day this week and wear purple. It's bound to be a good combination!
"Hi, my name is Kelly, and I am addicted to circle cards and shiny things" Yes, it is some kind of sick relationship I have with circle cards and all things shiny and sparkly. . . there can never be too much Wink of Stella or Stickles!
I was shocked at how awesome this card looked after having left the room and come back in. You can even tell how much sparkle and depth the dragonfly wings have in these pictures! Gorgeous!
Other than the sparkles, I didn't do anything magical with this 4 1/2" circle card. After cutting a circle to add to the turquoise card base, I cut around a chunk of the design and attached it on the card to ground the space for the dragonflies. The last thing I did was add the sentiment at the bottom of the card. (I'd plan that a little better next time, as the bottom part of the "y" in birthday had to be hand lettered. Oops!)
Seriously fun to color! I used Copic markers and the Copic blender pen, which takes out color, to jazz up the outdoor gear.
Thanks for taking a look and come back for more!
This super-sized (5 x 7) card features products from Club Scrap's latest kit, "Color Me Happy." (I also sneaked in some ribbon from the last kit, "Shades of WInter!")
Again, and maybe it's just my struggle, it is unbelievably difficult to photograph metallic sheen or sparkle. This means you, unfortunately, see a muted version of this card that is brilliant in real life. This cardstock is incredibly beautiful - from the variations of blue in the background to the metallic sheen of the image outlines.
I stamped the dragonfly in silver ink and then heat embossed with silver embossing powder. I filled in the sections of the dragonfly with a variety of dark blue Copic markers and added several layers of clear Wink of Stella over the wings. I trimmed it out, then set it aside.
I used the same process to make the sentiment. I cut out individual words, mounted them on a piece of silver background paper and trimmed them out to make the words stand out. I glued them onto the card in a nonsymmetrical manner and added the dragonfly with just a bit of mounting tape.
Dragonflies and fireflies are magical. (Or maybe that's only in my imagination.) Here's some information about dragonflies*:
The dragonfly, in almost every part of the world symbolizes change and change in the perspective of self realization; and the kind of change that has its source in mental and emotional maturity and the understanding of the deeper meaning of life.
The traditional association of Dragonflies with water also gives rise to this meaning to this amazing insect. The Dragonfly’s scurrying flight across water represents an act of going beyond what’s on the surface and looking into the deeper implications and aspects of life.
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!
pieces of popcorn. The edges are defined but not puffy, dang it! The fact that I bought the powder in the '90's might have been the problem. The card still looks good, though!
I am entering this card in the Fusion sketch challenge and am seriously going to go into overdrive with this kit - expect a lot of posts this month!
Today's card features "Baby Blanket," an image from Lili of the Valley stamps and a sentiment from Verve's "Stronger Love" set. More and more former students are marrying and having babies, and it's nice to send a little something out to help them celebrate a new addition to their families.
I love everything about this card, but my favorite thing of all is the little flower on her cap. It's just so darned sweet! I added several Stickled - Yes, I turned that into an adjective. I can; it's my blog! - hearts in the background for interest, and because I am a human crow, fascinated with all things shiny. Caw, caw!
I'm entering this card into the Lili of the Valley's Anything Goes challenge for this week.
It has been ridiculously cold in the PNW for the past ten days or so and it's raining today. A two-hour late start tomorrow? Yes, please! More time to craft!
Today's card is a sympathy card for a friend whose father passed away over the holiday. She asked me to make something for her mom that would be different than other sympathy cards she'd be receiving.
I used a digital stamp for the wreath, watercolored the flowers and added some WInk of Stella, and created the sentiment on the computer. It's trimmed down and mounting on a white card base for a white-on-white effect.
I think it turned out just right. Simple with a sentiment that isn't cloying. (Wish I'd have gotten a good shot of it, but there wasn't much time to do so.)
Monday means a Project Bin, and since it's Monday, Monday, I have a card and another card for you!
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!
Welcome to my blog! If you are looking for Denise's birthday card, it is in today's previous post. If not, you most likely landed here from Donna's blog. If you want to make a loop and give the hop another go, here's where to head in order to start from the beginning!
Since, I don't celebrate Christmas but still like sending out end-of-year greetings and decorating, I focus my attention on Winter. Fortunately, the Club Scrap "Shades of Winter" came just in time for me to make my cards to send out! (And no rush getting to the post office in time for cards to reach their destinations by the 25th, either!)
I've used the heck out of this kit. I can probably eke our five or six more cards; there's that much paper that comes in the kit! I've already posted many of the cards I made, so you might want to check my previous three or four posts for them. Here are a few more!
With the exception of the snowflake die I used in the card on the left, everything on the cards above came from the "Shades of Winter" kit.
The two photos above and the one directly below are of a pop-up giftcard holder I made. I watched several videos to learn how to make them, but the shortest and most direct video was made by my friend, Sandy. Here's a link to her video.
Not gonna lie, I completely screwed up my first attempt at this, so here is a word of advice: watch where Sandy places the adhesive on the pop-up section in the middle of the piese. If you put your adhesive on too high on the sections that go together or if you put on too much, you won't be able to get the gift card into the slot. All of that will make more sense after you've watched the video and started on your giftcard holder!
For this card, I used a snowflake die, a rhinestone and washi tqpe from my stash. I also used Stickles on the snowflake on the outside element. (Which looks incredibly kick ass in real life, if I do say so myself! The photo just doesn't pick up the glitter well.)
For the card on the left, I used all Club Scrap kit materials except for the snowflakes, which used the same stash items noted above.
I almost didn't make the card on the right. I saw the sentiment andI saw the fiber and started laughing so hard I scared the dogs. I thought it would be a little too obvious and/or cheeky to actually make my vision, but I decided to go for it anyway because I have a friend for whom it will be perfect!
And here's not-quite-everything you didn't realize you wanted to know about hair removal.
In addition to the cards, I picked up a battery-powered candle from Dollar Tree and added a vellum sheath stamped with the large snowflake stamp from the kit. It's pretty and cost next to nothing to make!
I was your last stop on the hop, but if you'd like to start again, here's your link!
Thanks for stopping by!
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!
Two more non-winter cards made using exclusively materials from Club Scrap's "Shades of Winter" kit. This kit has soooo much goodness, you really need to check it out!
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!
Today, I've got another card featuring The Project Bin's newest set, "In My Heart." This sentiment is sheer poetry. I mean, who wouldn't want to get a card from someone special that says this?
Valentine's Day is one of my forbidden holidays, but I love making Valentine's Day cards. For this one, I used the die that comes with the set to make the heart, that I Wink of Stella'd like mad. The papers are from Authentique. (And yes, the Glossy Accents on that heart is still wet, you old eagle eye)!
I l.o.v.e. this Club Scrap "Shades of Winter" kit so much! This card features snowflakes I cut from a die, pressed onto my gold ink pad, and embossed with glitter three times. Whaaaa! If only you could see the sparkle. I used a gold gel pen to outline the snowflake on the premade panel and added Wink of Stella on top of it.
Each and every one of those skillfully fussy cut snowflakes has stickles, glitter, and/or Stickles on them. I cut them from one of the beautiful sheets of cardstock that came in the kit.
Did I mention that they were all skillfully fussy cut?
I guess snowflakes are a little like those Lays' potato chips, but in this case, it's you can't cut out just one.
I used a die from my stash to make the card above. After cutting out the snowflake, I backed the opening in the cardstock with some of the delicious blue metallic paper that came in the kit. Then, I attached the snowflake back into the opening, added Stickles, gel pen dots, and clear gems onto it, and used foam tape at specific locations to pop the end of the snowflake up away from the paper so more of the blue underneath can be seen. Finally, I added a gold pen border around the outside edge to complete it!
These cards are part of Club Scrap's December Artist Team challenge in the Club Scrap forum. Check out all the other great submissions here!
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