TSOT sketch challenge #96

Hi again everyone!

Hope you are staying warm wherever you are. I think all of the USA is in the grips of old man winter.  It is definitely good weather to stay inside and create and I’ve done just that.  Today I am entering a card in the Try Stampin’ on Tuesday sketch challenge.   Here is the sketch we are to use.

TST Sketch #93

Our youngest grandchild turns 4 next week so I used this sketch to make his card.  He loves dinosaurs and he can name them all!  Such a smart kid!

Dinosaur card for Aiden       Inside of card

Supplies you will need: 

  • Cardstock:  Very Vanilla, Gumball Green, Summer Starfruit
  • DSP:  Birthday Basics (retired Stampin’ Up)
  • Watercolor paper
  • Stamps:   Lawn Fawn “Critters from the Past”, Hero Arts “Happy Birthday”
  • Ink:  Black Staz-on, Gumball Green
  • Aqua painter
  • Gumball Green ribbon
  • Candy dots (don’t know brand)
  • Adhesives:  tape runner, Scrappy Tape 1/4″
  • Dimensionals
  • Perfect Layers tool

Assembling the card:

  1. Form a 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ card from the Summer Starfruit cardstock and set aside.
  2. Cut a piece of watercolor paper 3″ x 3″.
  3. Stamp image (dinosaur for this card) in black Staz-On ink
  4. Use Gumball Green ink and the Aqua painter to color the dinosaur.  Set aside to dry.
  5. Cut a piece of Gumball Green cardstock to 3″ x 4″ and a piece of the DSP  3 1/4″ x 4″
  6. Adhere the DSP to the Gumball Green piece (NOTE:  I overlapped them about an inch but when they are together, it will measure 5 1/4″ x 4″ same as a standard mat for a card)
  7. Wrap ribbon around seam and secure to the back of this panel. Adhere panel to the front of the card.
  8. Take the watercolor piece with the dinosaur on it and adhere (I used the Scrappy Tape here) to a scrap of Gumball Green and using the Perfect Layers tool, make a 1/16″ border around this piece or cut a piece of Gumball Green cardstock 3 1/8″ x 3 1/8″ and center watercolor paper with the image on it to this piece of cardstock.
  9. Adhere to front of card  as shown using dimensionals.
  10. Stamp sentiments from the Lawn Fawn stamp set (rawr! your’re dino-mite) on the front of the card.
  11. Embellish with candy dots as shown
  12. Cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock 5 1/4″ x 4″ and stamp “Happy Birthday”  in Gumball Green.  Adhere to inside of card.

There you have it,  a CAS (clean and simple) birthday card.  This sketch could also work for many different occasions, so it is very versatile.

Until next time,

Happy Stamping!

Kathy

 

Happy New Year!

Hello everyone,

Happy New Year!  I hope you have had a great start to 2015 and that you will have a wonderful year with good health, happiness, and lots of time to create cards, scrapbook pages, and 3-D projects!

Today I am going to share with you a couple new year’s cards that I made using my Cricut Expression machine and some old Sizzix’s dies for the numbers.  I pulled out my first ever die cutting machine, the red Sizzix, to cut out the numbers.  Remember this one?

Red Sizzix die cutting machine

So the first card I want to share with you is the one I used my Cricut Expression die cutting machine for and the Sizzix for the numbers for 2015.

New Year Cheers 2015_1

Supplies you will need:

  • Cardstock:  Whisper White, Basic Black, gold, glitter paper
  • Embossing buddy
  • VersaMark ink
  • Gold embossing powder (Stampin’ Up)
  • Embossing tray
  • Heat gun
  • Cricut Expression die cutting machine
  • Cricut cutting mat
  • Wild Card cartridge
  • Perfect layers tool
  • Rhinestones
  • Adhesives:  Scrappy Tape 1/8″, Xyron X, tape runner

Assembling the card:

  1. First make a card base that measures 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ and set aside.
  2. Cut your black cardstock 5 1/4″ x 4″.  Adhere to gold paper and using Perfect Layers tool, make a 1/16″ border.  Set aside.
  3. Put your Wild Card cartridge in the Cricut machine and turn machine on. Place keypad.
  4. Place a scrap of white cardstock onto cutting mat.
  5. Choose Celebrate (page 78 in booklet), Frame feature, Shift.  Cut at 8″ (**see tip for finding the right key on the keypad at the end of the blog)
  6. Choose Celebrate (page 78 in booklet), Phrase, Shift (for “Cheers”) cut at 6″
  7. Using a piece of scrap paper lay the two items you just cut down on it and then stamp the VersaMark on each.
  8. Pour embossing powder on each and heat emboss.
  9. Next I cut out the numbers from the glitter paper using the Sizzix die cut machine.
  10. Assemble the numbers and the frame/Cheers on the card as shown. Attach to front of card.
  11. Add rhinestones to the class to create “bubbly”.
  12. For the inside of the card (which I forgot to get a picture of before mailing) I cut out Happy New Year (choose Celebrate, Phrase feature, 7 1/4″ size) in black cardstock.

This next card only used the Sizzix die cut machine for the numbers.  I also used Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set, Word Window and Modern Label punches, and burlap ribbon for the banners. The inside was left blank to write a note.  This is a standard sized card (5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″) and the black mat is 5 1/4″ x 4″.  The burlap ribbon is Stampin’ Up’s 1 1/4″.   To adhere the banners to the card front I used my 1″ Scrappy Tape to ensure that the banners would stay attached.  Remember when using the Word Window punch to stamp your sentiment first and then punch it out.  I also used the 1/8″ Scrappy Tape to adhere that to the glitter paper so that it would stay attached.

New Year banners_1

**Now for the tip I mentioned earlier regarding the Cricut keypads with each cartridge. Each keypad has a series of rows for the features (gray keys) and die cuts (white keys).  In the booklet starting with the first die cut image number your pages 1 through 50.  Each row of white keys have 10 die cuts in each row.   For the card above I used image #47. So on the keypad I counted each row of ten in the first four rows (40) and in the last row I counted over 7 to find the key I needed to cut out what I needed for the card.  This eliminates guessing which key to use.  I hope this helps.

Happy New Year!  and Happy Stamping!

Kathy

Merry Christmas ..

Hello everyone,

I wanted to take a moment to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  We celebrated with our kids and grandkids on  Tuesday evening with lots of great food and fun.

This is our family picture

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And since we were here by ourselves yesterday, I made a Christmas card (I’m starting on cards for next year) CASEd from this site http://stampingingeorge.blogspot.com/2012/10/christmas-cards.html.

Christmas Blessings 2014

What you will need:

  • Cardstock:  Whisper White, Real Red
  • DSP: Candlelight Christmas (retired Stampin’ Up).  it is the “flocked” transparent paper in that pack.
  • Ink:  Real Red
  • Stamps:  Ornamental Keepsakes, More Merry Messages
  • Ribbon:  Real Red 1/8″ taffeta ribbon
  • Stamp-a-ma-jig
  • Adhesives:  tape runner, glue dots

Assembling the card:  

  1. Form a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4″ card from white cardstock.
  2. Cut a piece of Real Red cardstock 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″
  3. Cut a piece of Whisper White 2″ x 4″ and stamp the ornament.  Adhere to Real Red piece.  Set aside.
  4. Cut DSP 3 1/8″ x 1 15/16″ and set aside
  5. Cut two pieces of Whisper White 3 1/8″ x 1 15/16″.  On one piece stamp sentiment from More Merry Messages (use the Stamp-a-ma-jig for placement).  Adhere to front of card as shown.  On the other piece adhere the DSP to it using small glue dots.   Adhere to front of card as shown.
  6. Make bow and attach to ornament.
  7. Stamp sentiment inside.  I used one from the More Merry Messages as well.

Now that I have the measurements down, this should be a pretty easy card to make so I plan to make several more to add to my stash for next year.

I hope you have a blessed holiday season.  Until next time,

Happy Stamping!

Kathy

TSOT Sketch #196 and Merry Monday

Revised post!  Found another challenge to enter my card to.

Hello everyone.  Back again with another Try Stampin’ on Tuesday sketch.  The theme is Peace.  Here is the sketch. I also found a site called Merry Monday and the challenge from them is to use a Bird on the card. So I am submitting my card to both challenges.

Sketch 196     Merry Monday137

And here is the card I am submitting.

Card #2

Supplies you will need: 

  • Cardstock:  Midnight Muse, Whisper White, Glitter paper
  • Ink:  VersaMark, Midnight Muse
  • Stamps:  Calm Christmas (Stampin’ Up)
  • Embossing Buddy
  • Embossing Powder (White)
  • Embossing tray or coffee filter or piece of scrap paper (whatever you use for embossing powder)
  • Heat Tool
  • Sponge or dauber
  • Small flower punch
  • Perfect Layers Tool
  • Stamp-a-ma-jig
  • Adhesive, dimensionals, repositionable glue
  • Masking technique*

Assembling the card:

  1. Form a 5.5″ x 4.25″ card from Midnight Muse cardstock and Set aside.
  2. Cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock 3.25″ x 4″
  3. Use the embossing buddy on this entire piece of cardstock (from step 2)
  4. Stamp the Dove from Calm Christmas in VersaMark ink
  5. Pour white embossing powder over image and tap off excess. Heat emboss.
  6. *Masking Technique:   Stamp dove on a piece of scrap paper (I used computer paper) and cut out around the image.
  7. Use repositionable glue and adhere over the embossed image to form a mask and to keep the color from getting on the image.
  8. Use sponge (or dauber) and Midnight Muse ink and sponge around the image as shown.  Remove mask when finished.
  9. Using the Perfect Layers tool make a 1/16″ border around the sponged piece or cut 3 3/8″ x 4 1/8″ piece of white cardstock and adhere.
  10. Lay the image on the front of your card to determine where you will stamp “Peace on Earth”.  Then set aside the image.
  11. Use the embossing buddy on this area of the front of the card and then stamp “Peace on Earth” in VersaMark ink.
  12. Pour on White embossing powder, tap off excess, and heat emboss.
  13. Adhere image piece to front of card.
  14. Punch out 4 small flowers (or shape of your choosing) from glitter paper.  Adhere to front of card as shown using dimensionals.
  15. Cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock 5.25″ x 4″ and stamp sentiment from Calm Christmas in Midnight Muse.  I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig for alignment.
  16. Adhere to inside of the card.

This card is actually my second one that I made.  The first card I didn’t use the masking technique and I wasn’t sure if I liked it or not so I tried the second card.  Here is the first card.  Let me know which card you like better.

Sketch #196 Peace

 

I hope you get a chance to try this card and the masking technique. The hardest part of the masking technique was cutting around the leaves on the branch but using my Xacto knife made it a little easier.

Have a great day and Happy Stamping!

Kathy

TSOT Sketch #196 and Merry Monday

Hello everyone.  Back again with another Try Stampin’ on Tuesday sketch.  The theme is Peace.  Here is the sketch. I also found a site called Merry Monday and the challenge from them is to use a Bird on the card. So I am submitting my card to both challenges.

Sketch 196     Merry Monday137

And here is the card I am submitting.

Card #2

Supplies you will need: 

  • Cardstock:  Midnight Muse, Whisper White, Glitter paper
  • Ink:  VersaMark, Midnight Muse
  • Stamps:  Calm Christmas (Stampin’ Up)
  • Embossing Buddy
  • Embossing Powder (White)
  • Embossing tray or coffee filter or piece of scrap paper (whatever you use for embossing powder)
  • Heat Tool
  • Sponge or dauber
  • Small flower punch
  • Perfect Layers Tool
  • Stamp-a-ma-jig
  • Adhesive, dimensionals, repositionable glue
  • Masking technique*

Assembling the card:

  1. Form a 5.5″ x 4.25″ card from Midnight Muse cardstock and Set aside.
  2. Cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock 3.25″ x 4″
  3. Use the embossing buddy on this entire piece of cardstock (from step 2)
  4. Stamp the Dove from Calm Christmas in VersaMark ink
  5. Pour white embossing powder over image and tap off excess. Heat emboss.
  6. *Masking Technique:   Stamp dove on a piece of scrap paper (I used computer paper) and cut out around the image.
  7. Use repositionable glue and adhere over the embossed image to form a mask and to keep the color from getting on the image.
  8. Use sponge (or dauber) and Midnight Muse ink and sponge around the image as shown.  Remove mask when finished.
  9. Using the Perfect Layers tool make a 1/16″ border around the sponged piece or cut 3 3/8″ x 4 1/8″ piece of white cardstock and adhere.
  10. Lay the image on the front of your card to determine where you will stamp “Peace on Earth”.  Then set aside the image.
  11. Use the embossing buddy on this area of the front of the card and then stamp “Peace on Earth” in VersaMark ink.
  12. Pour on White embossing powder, tap off excess, and heat emboss.
  13. Adhere image piece to front of card.
  14. Punch out 4 small flowers (or shape of your choosing) from glitter paper.  Adhere to front of card as shown using dimensionals.
  15. Cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock 5.25″ x 4″ and stamp sentiment from Calm Christmas in Midnight Muse.  I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig for alignment.
  16. Adhere to inside of the card.

This card is actually my second one that I made.  The first card I didn’t use the masking technique and I wasn’t sure if I liked it or not so I tried the second card.  Here is the first card.  Let me know which card you like better.

Sketch #196 Peace

 

I hope you get a chance to try this card and the masking technique. The hardest part of the masking technique was cutting around the leaves on the branch but using my Xacto knife made it a little easier.

Have a great day and Happy Stamping!

Kathy

Hanukkah card, Paper Players Challenge #224

Hello everyone,

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving holiday with friends and family.  We are definitely in the throws of the holiday season with Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year’s just ahead. We have some Jewish friends and each year I get down to the wire and don’t have a card for them and have to scrounge around and make something quick and spur of the moment.  This year, I’ve planned ahead and made a card specifically for Hanukkah for them.  I scoured the Internet (Pinterest) for ideas and there aren’t a whole lot out there that really caught my eye so  I took elements from various cards that  I found and came up with my own design. I think they will like it.  I also searched the Internet for verses for inside the card as I did not have any stamps with appropriate verses. Hanukkah is basically about peace and light so I used some glitter paper and my Cricut machine and came up with this card. I am also using this card for the Paper Players Tic Tac Toe challenge.

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In this challenge you pick three items either up and down, across, or diagonally (tic tac toe fashion) and make your card using those elements.  I chose Star, Die Cut, Glitter.  Here is my card (Click on the picture for a larger view):

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Supplies you will need: 

  • Cardstock:  Whisper White, Midnight Muse, Marina Mist
  • Glitter Paper
  • Stamps:   Delightful dozen, flourish stamp
  • Inks:  VersaMark, Midnight Muse (both ink pad and marker)
  • Embossing buddy
  • Clear embossing powder
  • Heat tool
  • Musical note embossing folder (Sizzix)
  • Cuttlebug or similar machine
  • Cricut machine to cut out Star
  • Joys of the Season Cricut Cartridge
  • Ribbon, white
  • Adhesives:  Scrappy Tape (1/8″ and 1/2″), dimensionals, glue dots

Assembling the card: 

  1. First create a card that measures 5 1/2″ x  4 1/4″ out of the Midnight Muse cardstock.  Cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock that measure 5 1/4″ x 4″.
  2. Next cut out the Star of David on the Cricut machine on the Marina Mist paper.  I cut it at 3 1/2″ (this is the outline of the star). Then on the glitter paper cut the Blackout of the Star of David also at 3 1/2″. Set aside.
  3. Next use the embossing buddy on the outline of the star.  Stamp the flourish randomly over the star in VersaMark ink.
  4. Sprinkle clear embossing powder over the star, tap off excess, and heat emboss.
  5. Using the 1/8″ Scrappy Tape generously apply to the back of the blue star. The inside honeycomb shape was taped at the same time so that it was snug, plus it made it a little easier to apply the tape (for that part I used 1/2″ Scrappy Tape) I wanted to use the Scrappy Tape so I would get a good hold on the glitter paper.
  6. Using the Midnight Muse marker, I wrote out “Shalom” on the center of the star.  Attach the blue star to the glitter paper.  Set aside.
  7. Using the musical note  embossing folder, emboss one of the pieces of white cardstock, about 2/3 of the way across.  I left part of it not embossed for stamping the sentiment.
  8. Next attach the ribbon as shown.
  9. Stamp “Happy Hanukkah”  (from the Delightful Dozen stamp set).  Attach to card front.
  10. Then attach star  using dimensionals.
  11. For the inside of the card I found a sentiment I liked and typed it in MS Word and printed out on Whisper White cardstock in a blue ink that matched pretty closely to Midnight Muse then cut it down to 5 1/4″ x 4″ for the inside of the card.  The sentiment I used was:  “As you celebrate the Festival of Lights, may your home be bright with happiness and love.  Best wishes at Hanukkah and Happy New Year!”  Attach to the inside of the card.

That’s it!  This card is a little more involved than a lot of my cards but it’s a special card for a special couple. I am really excited about the card and am pleased with how it turned out.

Until next time, Happy Stamping!

Kathy

 

 

 

Masculine Sympathy Card

Hi, I’m back again with another sympathy card. This one is a masculine card.

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Supplies you will need:

  • Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
  • Stamps:  Wetlands, Close as a Memory, Confetti
  • Stampin’ Write markers:  Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Early Espresso, River Rock
  • Making Memories Oval
  • Stamp-a-ma-jig
  • Envelope punch board
  • Ribbon
  • Adhesive, glue dots, and dimensionals

Assembling the Card:

  1. Form a 4″ x 6″ card out of Crumb Cake CS
  2. Randomly stamp the front using the leaves from the Confetti stamp set.  Leave about an inch or so at the bottom unstamped for the sentiment.
  3. Stamp sentiment using the Stamp-a-ma-jig for placement.
  4. On Very Vanilla CS stamp the goose image from the Wetlands stamp set and color as shown
  5. Cut out oval around the image (either with Making Memories oval or framelits)
  6. Cut an oval from a piece of Early Espresso.  Adhere the Very Vanilla piece to the Early Espresso piece. Add dimensionals and adhere to front of card.
  7. Cut a slit at the fold of the card (about an inch or so up from the bottom). Then run the ribbon through and tie a knot on the front of the card as shown. Anchor with glue dots.
  8. Cut a piece of Very Vanilla 3 7/8″ x 5 7/8″.  Stamp sentiment in Crumb Cake then adhere to inside panel of card.
  9. Make envelope to fit 4″ x 6″ card with the envelope punch board in crumb cake CS (Use A6 measurements)

This is another CAS  card and works well when you need a masculine sympathy card.  Until next time, Happy Stamping!  Thanksgiving and Christmas projects ahead!

Kathy