Friday, July 27, 2012

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Convention 2012 Swap - Simple Ribbon Rosette Technique

This post is a tutorial on a Technique that I did to create a technique card for a swap. Here I will show you how to create Rosettes using Ribbon.

3/8” Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon (or any other ribbon of your choice)
hot glue gun or needle and thread

Cut a piece of ribbon about 13” or so. If the ribbon is thicker you will want it longer. The longer the ribbon is the larger the rose will be.  Find the middle of the ribbon and fold it down to make a right angle.

Fold the ribbon back and forth, keeping the L shape. It’s okay if the stack of folds starts turning as long as you keep the right angle as you’re folding.

Keep folding it over itself until all the ribbon is used up.

Slide you finger into the last folded section. Hold tight to the 2 tails and let the rest go. You will have what kind of looks like a braid.

Choose one of the two tails you are holding. Gently and slowly pull that tail through your fingers leaving the other tail alone. It will begin to fold down onto itself until it becomes a rose!

Now you have two options: you can sew it or hot glue it to keep it from unfolding. I find sewing easier. Just stick a needle and thread in a couple of times and knot it.

Now cut off the tails of ribbon and you’re done! If you use Whisper White ribbon, you can use re-inkers and water to dye it or markers to color it.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Convention 2012 Swap - Shaving Cream Technique

This post is a tutorial on a Technique that I did to create a technique card for a swap.  Here I will show you how to create backgrounds using Shaving Cream.

2-3 different color reinkers
Whisper White Cardstock or Glossy White Cardstock
shaving cream (not the gel kind)
paper plate
lots of paper towels
a stick/utensil/tool that you do not mind getting ink on.

Fill a paper plate with shaving cream.

Even it out a little bit with a stick, utensil or tool. Make sure the shaving cream is spread out enough to fit the size of your cardstock. Add approximately 4-7 drops of two or three different reinkers.  I used Rich Razzleberry, Early Espresso, and Pretty in Pink.

Swirl gently to make whatever pattern you want in the ink. Be careful not to swirl too much or your colors will become messy.

Take your cardstock and place it face down in the shaving cream. Press it down lightly to make sure the entire cardstock is touching the shaving cream mixture.

Let it set for a couple of seconds. Remove the cardstock from the shaving cream.

With a paper towel wipe away the excess shaving cream.

Set aside to dry. Once dry you are ready to use it in your card.

Here I punched out flowers to use with the Blossoms Punch and the Boho Blossoms Punch.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Convention 2012 - Tea Light Holders

I hosted a swap at convention this year, a Bling Swap.  I provided bags for the cards and this cute little gift to each of the participants.  It is very easy to make!

2 soda cans
tools to cut open the can (I used pruning sheers)
Big Shot
Flower Folds Die
Sticky Strip

First cut the can apart by cutting off the top and bottom and then through the middle so it can lay flat.  I actually used pruning sheers to cut it.  Be very careful not to cut yourself with the can as it is very sharp.  I bought a pair of mechanic gloves from an automotive store.  These keep the can from cutting me.

Lay the can on the Flower Folds Die and run it through the Big Shot.  I used the second and third largest flowers on the die for this project.

Here is the second largest flower after it is cut out.  Once it this cut the edges will not cut you.

On the larger flower, I place the design face up and folded the petals upward.

Repeat the process for the smaller flower but put the pattern face down and fold the petals upward.  I then put a small piece of Sticky Strip on the bottom of the smaller one and then adhered it to the larger flower to help keep it in place.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Convention 2012 Swap - Snow Swirled

This card is another one for my Above and Beyond Christmas Card swap.  I signed up for 4 different groups so I have a few of these :)  It took me a while to get to this design.  Next week I will post the thought process (and cards) that I went through to get to this card.  But once I did this one I stopped because I was In Love with it!  The snow flakes are stamped with Shimmer Paint!  Let me show you how...

First you want to set up the Whisper White so you know how much room to work with.  So emboss your cardstock with the Big Shot.  I just put the portion of the card stock I wanted embossed into the Stripe Embossing Folder.  Don't worry if you get a line from the edge of the folder as we are going to cover that up.

Wrap Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding around the card where the embossing ends and tape on the back.

Now we have our space to stamp in.  We need a palette for our Shimmer Paint.  I use a lid to an empty accessories container.  I put just a couple of drops of Platinum Shimmer Paint down.

Dip your Sponge Dauber into the paint.

Use the Sponge Dauber to dab the Shimmer Paint onto your stamp.

Once the stamp is covered and you even out the paint, stamp like you would normally.  The Shimmer Paint will need to sit a little while to dry so be careful not to smudge it.

Repeat the process to stamp the rest of the snowflakes.  I then punched out an ornament with the Ornament Punch and so Sliver Glitter Paper.  I adhered it to the card with Dimensionals.  I tied a bow with the 1/8" Old Olive Taffeta Ribbon and adhered it to the ornament with a Glue Dot.  Once the shimmer paint is dry, you can layer the whole piece onto your card base.

Stamp Set(s) - Snow Swirled
Card Stock - Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Sliver Glitter
Ink - none
Accessories - Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, Stripe Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Sponge Dauber, Platinum Shimmer Paint, 1/8" Old Olive Taffeta Ribbon, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Ornament Punch

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Convention 2012 Swap - Lovely As A Tree Christmas

This card is for my Above and Beyond Christmas Card swap.  I am a BIG fan of Bling and therefore had a lot of fun glittering up this tree with Dazzling Diamonds!

As you can see it really Sparkles!

There is a couple more steps to Glittering that Embossing.  First stamp the tree with Gumball Green.

Then use your Embossing Buddy to remove any static from the paper.

Stamp the image again but this time with VersaMark.  If you look closely you can see that it looks wet.  Be sure to try to stay on the image with your second stamp.  To get it perfect you can use your Stamp-A-Majig.

Over a powder pal, cover the image with Heat Stick Powder.  This powder, when heated, acts like glue but is much more detailed as it only adheres to where there is VersaMark.  Shake off the excess powder.

Use your Heat Tool to start the Heat Stick Powder.  Only it it until it just looks wet, otherwise you will dry the powder out and nothing with stick to it.

You can kind of see from this picture how it looks wet from the activated Heat Stick Powder.

Over a Powder Pal, cover the image in Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.  And the shake off the access.

With your Heat Tool, set the Heat Stick Powder but heating the image just a little longer.

And Vola!  Your tree is glittery with snow!

Stamp Set(s) - Lovely as a Tree, Snow Swirled
Card Stock - Be of Good Cheer DS, Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green
Ink - Gumball Green, Versamark
Accessories - Embossing Buddy, Dazzling Diamonds, Heat and Stick Powder, Heat Tool, 5/8" Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Convention 2012 Swap - Chock-Full of Cheer

This is one of my four Above and Beyond Christmas Card swaps.  Here I used the new set Chock-Full of Cheer.  I found a card similar to this on Stampin' Connection and used it as my base idea.  The Designer Paper is also new to this year's catalog.  Lets get started on the tutorial.  There are lots of layers but it is a pretty easy card.

First we emboss the White layer with the Northern Flurries Embossing Folder and Big Shot.

Take a scrap of Whisper White to use for the ornament.  Run your Embossing Buddy over it to get rid of any static.

Stamp the ornament from the Chock-Full of Cheer set in Versamark.

Over a power pal, cover the ornament in Wild Wasabi Embossing Powder.

Shake of the extra so that it is just your ornament.  (Make sure your cats don't leave hairs everywhere or you will have a hair mark in your ornament like I do *smile*).

Use your Heat Tool to heat the embossing powder to set it.

You know it is done when the entire image looks wet.  Be sure not to over heat it because you will scorch your paper and the image will dry up so much it will crack and not look as smooth and nice.  Repeat these steps for the ornament topper.

After all the embossing we want to punch our our ornament with the 1-3/4" Circle Punch.

And cut out the ornament topper with our Paper Snips.

Now we assemble our card.  First add the Wild Wasabi and Be of Good Cheer DS.

Then tie the 1/4" Wild Wasabi Grosgrain Stitched Ribbon around the Whisper White.

I adhered the Cherry Cobbler on with Dimensionals.  With the embossing and the ribbon, this helps hold it on better and not be bumpy.

After stamping the saying on, I adhere the Whisper White and then add the ornament on with Dimensionals to pop it up off the cardstock.

Lastly I adhere the entire card to the Cherry Cobbler base and add a Pearl for Bling :)

Stamp Set(s) - Chock-Full of Cheer
Card Stock - Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Be of Good Cheer DS
Ink - Cherry Cobbler, Versa-Mark
Accessories - 1/4" Wild Wasabi Grosgrain Stitched Ribbon, Big Shot, Northern Flurry Embossing Folder, Dimensionals, Basic Pearls, Embossing Buddy, Wild Wasabi Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, 1-3/4" Circle Punch