Monday, November 24, 2014

A clean & simple design

Here is a super simple & easy card. 

Of course if you have the right punches &/ the Big Shot it will make it even easier for you. It is entirely possible to cut flags with scissors... It just takes a little longer & a little practice to get them even.



First I stamped the greeting, then used the banner framelits & the Big Shot & cut the banner.

Then I used the smallest heart from the heart framelits to cut the heart. (I do not have a small heart punch... )

 I layered the heart over the banner, punched a hole through both, then tied the linen thread. Then I used dimensionals to attach it to the card. You could glue your heart to the banner... it would be easier, but I liked the idea of the heart being able to swing.


I liked the natural texture of the woodgrain embossing folder. And the dazzling diamonds paper here I thought looked a little more elegant with Smoky Slate than with the Baked Brown Sugar, but that is entirely my own opinion.


And for this heart I used the itty bitty scraps from watercolor paper. It has its own texture & is a little thicker.

They are so simple & so fun & oh so elegant yet. And while I was at it I made a set of 8 of these 'believe' cards as Christmas cards... 

They are a great card to make multiples of. You just need your sentiment (you could print them off the computer to the size you want) and away you go! Happy Birthday, Thank-you, Happy Anniversary, Bridal Shower, Wedding,Sympathy here we come!

Happy creating to you,
Jane


How I did it:
*Naturals White Cardstock for the base (& embossed layers)
*Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, or Watercolor Paper or Real Red for the hearts.
*Baked Brown Sugar or Smoky Slate cardstock for the banner
*Memento Ink for the sentiment. (thanks & believe are from the Good Greetings & the Happy Birthday comes from the Postage Stamp Hostess Sets, both retired. But I do have new Good Greetings available if you are interested.)
*Woodgrain Embossing Folder
*Linen Thread or White Baker's Twine

Friday, November 21, 2014

I'm going to quick show you a few more ideas you can make with your feathers from the October 2014 Paper Pumpkin kit.

I have seen a card similar to this on Pinterest & had saved the picture so I could make my own version of this card.


The feather is from the October 2014 PP kit. The sentiment is from the August 2014 PP kit. The silver twirly detail is from the silver chunky baker's twine. I just pulled out the silver stuff! I colored the rhinestones with my blendabilities! I just really like being able to color embellishments to match and those markers do it beautifully!

Here is a close up:


I just like that staple. It's still causing a happy smile on my face! And I am so glad I added that silver ink to the edge of that feather.

The colors are Smoky Slate, Melon Mambo & Naturals White cardstock. Silver ink. 

And because my name is Jane & I like to try many variations, here is another twist with the same colors & details:


Another color combo coming right up:




This one is Baked Brown Sugar, & Naturals White cardstock with Gold Ink. I used the leftover chipboard from the Pom Pom maker in the October 2014 PP kit for the feather & the bird. I used Staz-On Ink on the feather & embossed the feather on the bird with white embossing powder. Just because I do funny things like that. That beautiful simple sentiment?! It comes from the July 2014 PP kit! I just really like that one..

And by the way, I still have brand new kits, still in their boxes. Just holler out to me in the comment section below if there is one you would like before it's gone. You can have them for $25 plus shipping.

Or.

Just sign up for your own.
Right here: My Paper Pumpkin

It's easy. It's fun.
Because I said.
Jane









Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Snowman Globe Christmas

I like snowmen. They make winter ever so much more cheerful.


This is the first ever shaker card I've made. It always looked like you needed so many extra supplies that it scared me off at first. But really, I needed the shaker frames. They are like dimensionals, just circles, and sticky on both sides so you can keep all the glitter fun contained. And a window sheet so you can see all that glitter when it moves!

Here is a close up of the card:


Here is how I did it:

First I stamped the snowman & colored with blendabilities. Then added a hint of blue to the sky with a water pen.

Then I added the shaker frame & added a snowflake and some glitter. Then add a window sheet cut just bigger than the shaker frame.

Using framelits & Big Shot, or a punch, cut your circle (or whatever shape you wish) in the cardstock. Make sure it is just smaller than the shaker frame you used or you will see it through the front.

Next I embossed the front cardstock & assembled card. You will want to add this last layer with dimensionals so it all lays right.

1st layer is the card base.
2nd layer is your shaker frame set (snowman, glitter, & window sheets).
3 layer is the top embossed layer of the card.

Now I'm off to make another card,
Jane

Monday, November 17, 2014

Penguin Punch Art

I attended the Stampin' Up! Fall Conference this past weekend & spent some time with some amazing & inspiring demonstrators. I learned some new things, & came home with some new stamps!

There was a card contest. Everyone had the opportunity to enter a card design and qualify for a chance to win $50 worth of Stampin’ Up! product. Who can't use that?!

Here is what I was told:
The cards must be of a suitable design to be donated to the Ronald MacDonald House Charity,
Here is the judging criteria;
1)      Full card (no fronts please)
2)      Bright and cheery, image only stamps used (no text, or sentiments make this difficult)
3)      Size 5 ½ by 4 ¼ inches
4)      Submit with a suitable white mailing envelope
5)      Use current product only (definitely increases the challenge)
6)      Attach a ‘Post It Note’ to the back of the card with your name (and demonstrator ID number, if you are a demonstrator).
You are allowed to submit only one design, but you can donate as many cards as you want at the conference, of that design.  The cards will be donated to the Ronald MacDonald House after the conference. 

When I thought about making a card that someone who needed to be at Ronald McDonald house could use, I thought it needed to be fun. And recently I had been inspired with penguins. I had seen the cute penguin card Michelle Zindorf had done & it was high on my 'to make' list. {see Michelle's penguin card here}

Here is a copy of a card that is similar to the one I submitted. (I guess some things get missed sometimes...)


There were so many ways to do penguins. With hats, with wings up or down. Or with flowers or bows... One of the tricks I found that helped to make him look more like a penguin & less like a leggy owl was to adhere the punched feet section so only a little of the feet & toes showed. 
 
The penguin himself was more like the one on this next card. I couldn't submit this one because that border punch is retired... so I took the liberty & added the 'Merry Christmas'
 

And guess what! My card won. I was so shocked. I can still hardly believe it. Thanks to all those demonstrators who voted for my card. Thank-you so much.

Have a wonderful day,
Jane


Here is how I did it:
*All DSP (designer series paper) is from the All Is Calm set. I thought that paper worked really well for a snowy background.
*A torn piece of Whisper White created the snow.
*Owl Builder Punch & the bird builder punch for the wings.
*Real Red cotton ribbon, Silver 1/8 ribbon, Cherry Cobbler Baker's twine, snowflakes from the Frosted Sequins, Pumpkin Pie cardstock for the beak & feet. The rest is Silver Glimmer paper, Whisper White,  Lost Lagoon, & Basic Black cardstock 
*I used the regular stapler & the googly eyes were from the dollar store.







Friday, November 14, 2014

October's Paper Pumpkin: FEATHER FUN!

When I was finished assembling my kit from October, I still had some fun details left. I used my Feather's Framelits to cut these charming feathers from the pom pom maker! I am really loving how chunky they look! And then I rubbed the edges on my Gold glimmer ink pad to give them that burnished look! The sentiment is also stamped with the same gold ink.


 And now here's a close up of that gold beauty:


The colors I used here were Naturals white, Crisp Canteloupe & Baked Brown Sugar cardstock. The baker's twine came from a Tag A Bag kit. And the gold washi tape is a first for me, but I like the detail it gives. I layered one right over the other.

And here is another version. (do you know me yet?! I have to try at least 2 variations of every card I make...) This one I used the black twine from the September Paper Pumpkin kit.


I used the Naturals White, Black & Baked Brown Sugar cardstock for this card. 

Don't you want your own Paper Pumpkin kit?
Sign up here: My Paper Pumpkin

And guess what! I still have some more fun details left from my kits, 
I'll be showing you more on another day!
Jane



Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Cardinal Christmas

Here is a cheery cardinal for you!


All you need is the bird builder punch to make that beauty! The black mask is from the wing tip. And that wing makes the crest as well. And the extra tail is just another layer! I used a white gel pen for the white highlights.

 Here is the kraft version:


I used the kraft wrapping paper from SU! for the back of this card. You could make alot of cards with that! I just like those diagonal stripes! 

I'm off to make another card!
Jane



Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Weekly Deals & A Brand New Stamp Set!

There is a brand new stamp set just released today! It is a photopolymer stamp set called Banner Blessings.  (Photopolymer is just the fancy word for clear stamps, you can see through them.)




You can see it on the Stampin' Up! website here: Banner Blessings

On the Stampin' Up! blog  there are a number of cards created by the artist who designed this set.  I liked some of her ideas. You can see them here.

I really like the idea of scripture verses on cards. I also like these verses quite well. Another thing I really like about these is that they look like chalk! How adorable!

The only thing I do not like, and I will say this very quietly: I wish they were wood mount.  My customers know this quite well already. And the ones who prefer the photopolymer shake their heads. That's okay. It just seems fussy to me when I have to find the clear block that fits, then peal the stamp off the acetate, put onto block, ink, stamp, clean, peel off & put both block & stamp away. And you cannot even just throw into the container like a wood mount! 

Yes, the photopolymer stamp sets costs less. That is a huge bonus for these stamps. And you don't have to know how to use a Stamp-a-ma-jig to position your image where you want it. You can see through the block & stamp & all!

But sigh, they only come in photopolymer. So if I like the stamp set enough, I will buy it. 

What are your favorite stamps? Do you prefer to spend less & have lots? Or are you like me & they need to work like you want them too? I'd love to hear your thoughts on the matter,
Jane


Weekly Deals are posted here.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Paper Pumpkin: More from the September 2014 kit

Do you still have a few Paper Pumpkin accessories left? How about those stamps? Here are some fun ideas of how you can keep creating...

These first ones I kept pretty simple. The clothes pin, sequin trim & labels are from the September 2014 kit. The celebrate stamp is from the June 2014 kit.


The motorcycle & race car are retired stamps, but just gotta love them for the masculine flair!


 This one I pulled sequins off the trim & just adhered with glue dots. Simple & shiny!


Here I used a burlap bag that I cut apart. The 'Eat Something Sweet' stamp set is really the only usable one from the September 2014 kit according to my opinion.


 Here I used the Blackberry Bliss tag as a fold over. (I'm supposing it was supposed to be tombstone shape...) I glued it onto the card base at the bag, creased it and folded over the front. I wrapped the sequin trim around the embossed Lost Lagoon paper & glued to the back before adhering to the card base.

Here I used the burlap as a frame. (The burlap is really the only Paper Pumpkin item on these 2 cards.) I cut it square & just pulled threads until I thought it looked about right. I managed to use glue runner to glue it down! This first one I used blushing bride, soft suede & newsprint designer series paper.


This one I used Lost Lagoon instead of pink. I have been really falling in love with this color!


Do you want your own Paper Pumpkin? Today is the last day to sign up for November's kit! (And because I really don't know what comes, but I'm guessing it will be Christmas...)

Sign up here:My Paper Pumpkin

Jane






Friday, November 7, 2014

September Paper Pumpkin

I am going to show you what I did with September's Paper Pumpkin kit.

I have procrastinated.  I really struggled with this one. I wanted to come up with something really fun.

But the kit was so full of Halloween. And I just don't do halloween.

There was burlap. I kinda like burlap, but not so great on cards.

Anyways. I was going to be a brave demonstrator & show my customers that you can always do something cute & fun if you think outside the box. But it took until the October kit came...


I was asked to do the centrepieces for our Thanksgiving supper which was a potluck dinner, so I guess it really was Thanksgiving dinner... But I keep calling it supper because who really knows why.


My first plan was to do mason jars, on wood circles with dried dill from the garden. I considered spraying the dill, but decided against it for more of an earthy look. But I ended up spraying the jars white. (I think they would be pretty antiqued yet with a little glaze, but I gotta enjoy them stark like this first for a little while...)

 And suddenly they needed tags. The burlap bags were wonderful for that! I used my Big Shot & the banners framelits for that. Then the stamp set & the feathers from October's kit fit so perfectly with the orange sequin trim.

And last of all I added the bird stickers from the September kit. And then with some purple, orange & yellow napkins, and a candle we had a cheerful scene!

Now I'm thinking that I could take those tags off & adhere them to card fronts...  or maybe they have served their purpose, maybe I'll procrastinate about that decision. But those jars, they are keepers. I'm dreaming of vases in the summertime, and I need to think up something Christmassy for the next season.

Wishing you stamping fun!
Jane

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

A Little White & Krafty Christmas!

I've started making Christmas cards. I need a stack every year around here, and it is never too soon to start. That way, hopefully, it doesn't get too rushed with too many things last minute later. A person can always try. Right?!

I kept these simple.


The cardstock is Baked Brown Sugar. That's it. One layer raised up over the other with dimensionals.
This first one I used Baked Brown Sugar Ink & colored in areas on the fancy snowflake with SU!'s chalk marker.

The greeting is stamped with White Staz-On Ink and it is from the Good Greetings Hostess set.


And because I like to try different things... I embossed this snowflake with White Embossing Powder, tied some Cherry Cobbler baker's twine around it and added a pearl I colored with the Cherry Cobbler blendabilities! I like the touch of red here!

The snowflake comes from the Letterpress Winter photopolymer set. (Clear stamps in easy speak)

All right. I'm going to give myself a challenge. To post at least one Christmas card every week from now until Christmas. 

Take care,
Jane





















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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Weekly Deals & A Super Easy Card!

Just a quick note:

It's Tuesday & the Weekly Deals are posted for another week! It's a great idea to check what they are, new ones every Tuesday! Especially if you are needing or wanting some supplies...

find the Weekly Deals here!

And since I'm here anyway, I'll give you a quick glimpse of a simple simple card:


You need 1 piece of cardstock for the base. 1 piece of patterned paper, doesn't really matter what kind, they are all pretty with this. 1 stamp set, 1 small piece of ribbon, a stapler. I didn't glue down the flag, I stapled it to the designer series paper at the same time as I stapled on the gold trim. Then glued the designer series paper down.

And I was done!!
Jane

Monday, November 3, 2014

October's Paper Pumpkin: BABY STYLE

I always like to come up with some alternative ideas for how to use the Paper Pumpkin kit. These are all the same idea, really, just changing up the colors & details. They came together so quick.


For these little sailboat bases I sent the bases through the Big Shot using the circle framelits. I then used dimensionals along the top to give the shape. The sails are cut from 1 of the pie boxes & adhered with dimensionals. (colors: pool party, lost lagoon, so saffron cardstock)


I removed some of the gold & silver from the gold & silver chunky baker's twine for a different project. Here I used the remaining piece. It looks like it belongs with sailboats & water. Looks a little worn & frayed and just fits in... (colors: so saffron, night of navy, smoky slate cardstock)


This little sweetie was fun. I used polka dot designer series paper for the sails. And retired crisp canteloupe ruffled ribbon. I just am loving the stapled details. So the flags are just stapled on. Regular stapler, and no adhesive, it adds a movable dimension. (colors: very vanilla, crisp canteloupe, smoky slate cardstock)