Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Handmade Christmas Series 2016: Card 5 Happy Hanukkah

For all my Jewish friends out there, Happy Hanukkah!  I'll admit that I do not know that much about Hanukkah, but I have noticed a serious lack of Hanukkah cards out there in social media and tutorials.  When I saw the Star of David set by Casual Fridays, I thought I should do my best to create some Hanukkah cards and get them out there for those that maybe have Jewish friends or are Jewish themselves and want to celebrate too.  I have always love the six pointed Star of David and was happy to be able to use it.  I utilized the traditional colors of Hanukkah, using blue and gold, and chose a dark blue to really emphasize the contrast between the muted navy blue and shiny Gold.  I created the background using IndigoBlu Megaflake in Lancashire Rose and Cosmic Shimmer glue on plain white cardstock.  I die cut the navy frame using a Mama Elephant Creative Cuts Peek a Frame die.  The star pattern strip and sentiment are both from the Casual Fridays Star of David set.  The star strip was stamped on Vellum and heat embossed using Lindy's Stamp Gang embossing powder in Slate Blue Twilight.  The sentiment was stamped on SSS Soft Navy cardstock and heat embossed using Ranger Gold ultrafine embossing powder and die cut using a Sizzix frame die.  Here is the link to the video tutorial on my YouTube channel if you want to see start to finish how I created this card and my supply list is below.

Mama Elephant Creative Cuts Peek A Frame die
Simon Says Stamp Soft Navy cardstock
Cosmic Shimmer glue
IndigoBlu Megaflake in Lancashire Gold
Neenah Solar White 110 lb cardstock
Casual Fridays Star of David stamp set
Stick-It sheet adhesive
Sizzix label die
Ranger Gold superfine embossing powder
Lindy's Stamp Gang Slate Blue Twilight embossing powder
Foam squares

Please feel free to ask if you have any questions and I'd love to know what you think.

Happy Hanukkah and much love,

Friday, November 25, 2016

Snowflakes and Cupcakes with Infinity Engraving

 Merry Christmas!  This little baker image by Sasayaki Glitter is quite versatile and can be used for just about any theme or topic you want.  All you need to do is change the colors and sentiment to whatever you want: birthday, thinking of you, feel better or even sympathy.  To use digital stamps, all you need to do is download the image and resize it in Word, then print it out.

I have a few techniques in this project, but none are difficult.  I colored my image with Copics and die-cut the image panel and the red panel to create an in-laid die cut look.  I created a mask to go over the image using copy paper and then stamped the background using a large snowflake background stamp and Versamark.  At this point I removed the mask.  I covered the Versamark with Judikins Sticky Stuff and heat set that.  Judikins Sticky Stuff is a powdered adhesive that becomes sticky when melted.  When using it, remove the heat as soon as it turns shiny.  Using red and green micro-fine glitter, I added it to the adhesive to create and snowflake background.  To create the sentiment, I die cut it from white card stock and heat embossed it using green glitter embossing powder and added two layers.  The green snowflake on the top left corner is a chipboard die cut from Infinity Engravings.  Here is the link to the video tutorial on my YouTube channel if you want to see how I created this card from start to finish.  My supply list is below, with links to the digital image and chipboard snowflakes. 

Sasayaki Glitter Baking Time image
Infinity Engraving Snowflake chipboard
Crafters Companion Spectrum Noir cardstock
Copic Markers
Mama Elephant Peek a Frame Creative Cuts
Hero Arts Snowflake background stamp
Judikins Sticky Stuff
Elizabeth Crafts Microfine glitter in Green and True Red
Doodlebug Ladybug Velvet cardstock
Neenah Solar White 110 lb cardstock
Simon Says Stamp Die
Stampendous Green Glitter embossing powder
Tombow Mono Multi glue

This project was a lot of fun to create and I love how it turned out.  The snowflakes remind me of fireworks and the girl looks like she is having a great time baking Christmas treats.  
Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you had fun and get the time to get creative!

Merry Christmas and much love,

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Handmade Christmas Series: Card 4 Alcohol Ink Background

Todays card is an easy card that lends itself towards Christmas, but is also prefect for Hanukkah.  My background was created using Alcohol Inks on Glossy cardstock.  I used Copper embossing powder with the sentiment to create gorgeous contrast with the blues in the background.  Using a panel of fun foam cut slightly smaller than the blue panel, I popped it up against the glitter paper panel to give it dimension.  Here is the link to the video tutorial on my YouTube channel if you want to see how I created this card from start to finish.  My supply list is below.

Casual Fridays Star of David stamp set
Penny Black Rejoice with Joy stamp set
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle dies
WOW Metallic Copper Superfine Embossing Powder
Ranger Holographic Embossing Powder
Black Fun Foam
DCWV Glitzy Glitter Stack
Neenah Solar White 110lb cardbase
Ranger Alcohol Inks and Blending Solution
Ranger Glossy cardstock

 I love everything about this card.  Not only is it beautiful, but it also places the emphasis of the season on the birth of Christ, where it belongs.  It's also simple and easy to put together and would be perfect for mass producing: you could skip the fun foam to make production even simpler.  Thanks for stopping by to hang out!  I hope you got some ideas and have a blast making your Christmas cards!

Merry Christmas and much love,

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Handmade Christmas Series: Card 3 featuring SOA Collection

Merry Christmas!  I wanted to play with the traditional color palette and shake things up a bit, so I added lime and teal to the traditional red, green and gold.  Immediately after stamping the striped background, I applied some clear sparkle embossing powder and heat set that to add a beautiful shimmer.  After stamping and heat embossing the candies, I die cut them using the coordinating dies.  To create the vellum panel, I added Stick-It sheet adhesive to the back of the vellum, then die cut it using the Casual Fridays label dies in the SOA kit.  To stamp the sentiment and holly, I employed my MISTI to get things perfectly aligned.  It also allows for the need to repeat any stamping and it has become one of my most used items in my studio.  Here is the video tutorial on my YouTube channel if you'd like to see how I created this card from start to finish and my supply list is below.

2016 Stamp Of Approval Collection (* items are in the SOA box)
*Peppermint Stick background by Catherine Pooler Designs
*Candy Cane Lane Stamp and die sets by Catherine Pooler Designs
*Merry Labels die by Casual Fridays
*Merry and Bright stamp set by Catherine Pooler Designs
Simon Says Stamp inks in Lucky, Jellybean, High Dive, Lipstick Red and Dark Chocolate
Neenah Solar White 110 lb cardstock
Lindy's Stamp Gang Candy Cane Red Gold embossing powder
Ranger Holographic embossing powder
Wow Vintage Candy Cane
Wow Metallic Gold Rich Superfine
DCWV Foiled cardstock stack
Stick-It sheet adhesive
Glossy Accents

I hope my design has sparked some idea's for you and that you get the time to get creative.  Don't forget to subscribe to my channel so you never miss a new video.  Thanks for spending some time with me today!  See you next time.

Much love and Merry Christmas,

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Handmade Christmas Series: Card 2 Featuring the 2016 SOA Collection

Hello!  Merry Christmas!  Todays project is a fun design with a contemporary edge that's perfect for masculine cards.  Another way I picture this card is in red, black, and gold, which would also be perfect for masculine cards and would look stellar.  In this card we have a watercolored background with heat embossed white puffy stripes, a two-tone, layered stamped tree, stamped and die cut stag and a die cut sentiment.  I had a lot of fun putting this card together and playing with everything in the 2016 Stamp of Approval holiday collection.  Here is the link to the video tutorial I have on my Youtube channel if you want to see start to finish how you can re-create this card at home.  I encourage you to experiment and use my design as a inspiration to create something unique to you or just copy it, lol.  Everything I used is listed below.

Peppermint Stick background by Catherine Pooler Designs
Simon Says Stamp White pigment ink
Wow White Puff embossing powder
Simon Says Stamp Mint Candy and High Dive inks
Hip Holiday stamps and dies by Catherine Pooler Designs
Delicata Silvery Shimmer pigment ink
DCWV Twinkle Glints cardstock stack
DCWV Foiled cardstock stack in Gold
Neat&Tangled Happy Holidays die (from 2015 Holiday SOA)
Tombow Mono Multi liquid glue
3D foam squares
Glue dots

Thank you for stopping by and hanging out with me today!  I hope my project sparked some ideas for you and you have fun creating.  Don't forget to subscribe to my channel so you don't miss out.  See you later!

Much love and Christmas Joy,

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Birthday Shaker Card for Jesus! featuring Infinity Engravings

Hello!  Today's card was built around the IE cupcake chipboard die cut.  I started off by painting the cupcake and with Christmas being right around the corner, thought of a birthday card for Jesus.  I set the cupcake aside to dry while I built the shaker element in the middle.  I die cut the circle frame using two circle dies and die cut the back piece using the larger of the two circle dies.  I ran out of acetate panels that I would normally use for the window, so I die cut the circle window out of a stamp storage pocket instead.  After running the circle frame through an embossing folder to give it some texture, I blended some gold pigment ink over the texture and applied 1/4" scor-tape to the back.  Using doubled up foam tape, I cut it half lengthwise and applied it to the perimeter on the back of the assembled window piece.  This is much easier to do after removing the release paper.  With a piece of gold foil cardstock, I used the Stacked Stars die by SSS and ran it through my die cutting machine.  Save a few of the stars from the die cut pieces.  Glue the star outline to the back circle piece and trim off any excess.  I used the Purple Velvet sequin mix from Little Things for my shaker bits and added a few to the middle of the back piece.  Carefully line up the window piece with the backing piece and adhere together to create the shaker element.  The sentiment and letters are die cuts and both dies are by Lawn Fawn.  Die cut the happy birthday from black glitter paper and the letters from gold foil paper.  The snowflake background can be done two ways.  You can use either several individual snowflake stamps or a large background stamp.  You can use either a glue pad or a heat and stick embossing powder to adhere the glitter to the images.  I used the Tsukineko Essential Glue pad and a large background stamp for my card.  With the glue pad, you want to let the glue dry for 10-20 minutes before you apply the glitter.  I used Elizabeth Craft Designs Silk Microfine Glitter, which you need to burnish into the glue to get the shine to come up.  At this point I had all my elements ready to assemble my card.  I used scor-tape on the back of the shaker element to attach it to the cardbase.  I used scor-tape on the back of the cupcake to attach it to the shaker element and glue on the back of the die cut sentiment and letter to adhere them.  After all the instructions, here is the link to my video tutorial on my YouTube channel.

Infinity Engraving cupcake chipboard
Dylusions White Linen acrylic paint
Folk Art 227 Bright Green acrylic paint
Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-surface Glitter paint
Lawn Fawn Claire's ABC's dies
Lawn Fawn Happy Birthday border die
Lawn Fawn Stitched Circles die
Sizzix Circle die
Simon Says Stamp Stack Stars die
DCWV Foiled Stack in gold
DCWV black glitter paper
Delicata Golden Glitz pigment ink
3M Foam tape
We R Memory Keepers Basketweave 3D embossing folder
Elizabeth Craft Designs Silk Microfine glitter in Amethyst
Tsukineko Essentials Glue pad
Avery Elle Storage pocket
Little Things Purple Velvet sequin mix
Hero Arts stamp S5069 (Snowflake)
Neenah Solar White 110lb cardstock
Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen

Thanks for sticking with me through this long post!  Check out the video if you want to see more in depth the process of making a shaker card.  They aren't difficult at all, but can take a little time.  I don't mind spending the time on people I know will love something like this; my nieces and nephews love these and always want to take them to school.  This design is perfect for any winter birthday, Christmas cards, miss you or thinking of you; all you would have to do is change the sentiment and name (of course ;).  The kiddos would love to help paint the cupcakes, too. 

Much love,

Thursday, November 3, 2016

MIO Autumn Breeze Hop

Hey guys!  Welcome to the MIO Autumn Breeze Hop.  You should have arrived here from the talented Deana's blog and if you want to start from the beginning, head to our fearless leader, Laura's blog.  Starting with a piece of watercolor paper that I colored with spray inks by Lindy's Stamp Gang and Dylusions, I die cut a variety of leaves.  On another piece of watercolor paper colored with Colorburst dry watercolor pigments, I stamped my image and heat embossed it in gold.  I arranged the leaves around the stamped panel and completed my card with a die cut sentiment.  This design is perfect for the guys too, especially if they're outdoorsy like mine!

Here's the video tutorial on my Youtube channel if you'd like to see how I created my card from start to finish.  My supply list is below.

Canson 140lb Watercolor Paper
Colorburst Watercolors: Pthalo Green, Alizaron Crimson, and Orange
Lawn Fawn Stitched Leaves dies
Lawn Fawn Stitched Square Stackables die
Janes Doodles Owl stamp set
Wow Metallic Gold Superfine embossing powder
ARC Wood Veneer paper
Simon Says Stamp Blessed die
Neenah 110 lb Solar White cardbase

Your next stop on the hop is the lovely Linda's blog and in case you get lost or want to visit one of us again, the complete list is below.

1. Laura
2. Deana Benson
3. Jasmine Burgess - You're here!
4. Linda Gorman
5. Lisa

Can't forget about the prize!

Now all you need to do to enter to win is leave some love at each blog on the hop; how easy is that!?!  The hop runs through 11/17/16 and we'll announce the winner on 11/21/16.  Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to hit the subscribe button on my YouTube channel so you'll be in the know when I post a new project video!

Much love,

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Handmade Christmas Card Series #1: Let's Mix It Up

 Welcome to Day 1 of my Handmade Christmas card series.  I wanted to play around with colors, textures and imagery, creating something beautiful yet not quite traditional and I really like how this one turned out.  I paired the traditional red and gold with gray and used a non-traditional floral image with the traditional sweater pattern in the stencil to give a breath of fresh air to a Christmas card.  I want to encourage you to try something like this with whatever stencils and stamps you have in your collection to put your own spin on your Christmas cards.  After all, there really are no rules to say what you can and can't do.  If you hate it, it's only paper and you can try again.  Here's the video tutorial on my YouTube channel if you want to see how I created this card start to finish and my supply list is below.

Altenew Majestic Blooms stamp set
Simon Says Stamp inks: Smoke, Fog, Slate and Duckling
Delicata Golden Glitz pigment ink
Versamark clear ink
Neenah Solar White 110 lb cardstock
Wow Rich Metallic Gold embossing powder
Tim Holtz Holiday Knit stencil
Distress Ink: Candied Apple
Avery Elle Wonky Stitches die
Doodlebug Crushed Velvet cardstock in Ladybug
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die
Little Things sequin mixes in Rose Gold and Warm Golden Glow

Thanks for hanging out with me today and I'll catch you later.  Let me know if you have any questions.

Much love,

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