Wild Thing

Hello!

Today’s card is for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.  The theme is Make a Rainbow. Although the featured products are by Tim Holtz, the only products I used were Wilted Violet and Pumice Stone Distress ink. I really wanted to make a card with the very cute stamp set and inks included in the April Simon Says Stamp Card Kit. The stamp set is called Wild Cuddly Critters.

Rainbow was created by swiping cardstock with Simon Says Stamp hybrid inks in Watermelon, Orange Slush, Lemon Zest and Key Lime.  Audrey Blue and Distress Wilted Violet were added to round out the colors.

The cuddly elephant was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with “C” series Copic Sketch markers. The sentiment from the stamp set was heat embossed with white on black cardstock and colored in with a white gel pen. The stencil I used on the background came with a  stamp set I got at Michael’s, I think. There are no markings on it.  

Thanks for dropping by!     Stephanie

 

 

 

DIY Scroll

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Hello!

Today’s project is a DIY Scroll that is wrapped in a soft, colorful tassel tie and housed in a wooden box. I created this for a friend who was looking for a custom-printed scroll that was larger than what was available on the market for wedding invitations.  The finished scroll is about 12-1/2″ from tip to tip and the paper is a standard 8-1/2″ wide. Since I used art paper, the length of the unrolled scroll is almost 20″.

The finished product is the only picture I have. I put the detailed ingredient list below in case you want to make your own scroll.  If you have any questions, let me know.    

Thanks for looking!

Stephanie

Scroll Bar
• 1/2” Wood dowel
• Curtain finials
(I found these at Jo-Ann’s on clearance. I found nice ones on Amazon too. Look for 1/2″ to 5/8” curtain rods or tiebacks with resin finials)
• Double-ended wood screws (to replace blunt screws that come with finial)
• Paint (Folk Art Metallic Antique Copper & American Lamp Black)
• Varnish (DecoArt DuraClear in Satin)

Scroll Paper
• Canson Mi Teintes art paper cut to 8-1/2 wide (Egg Shell)
• Microsoft Word (set custom page size to 8-1/2” x 25” I left about a 3” margin on the top and bottom of the paper)
• Wrights single fold bias tape (to help anchor the paper to the dowel)
• Staple gun

Scroll Tie
• Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn braided to about 10” (#135 Spice) and tied off with floss
• Coconut buckle by Sew-ology (Hobby Lobby)
• DMC Floss for tassels in coordinating colors (400,783, 838 & 920)
• Cord caps by Bead Landing (Michael’s)
• Jewelry glue

Scroll Box
• Unfinished wood box (Hobby Lobby)
• Espresso stain
• DuraClear Satin varnish
• Lining is a polyester suede-like print (Hobby Lobby)
• Cardboard cut to fit box bottom
• Craft batting cut to fit cardboard
• Glue gun

 

Dare You to Move

Today’s post is a canvas panel I did for this week’s Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Inspired by a Song.

DYTM-Canvas

The challenge was a great jump start to my MIA mojo. I decided to mostly play, but have a deadline in order to actually stop thinking about the project and actually stick with the whole process.

My favorite song from Switchfoot called Dare You to Move is fitting because it is a reminder to keep going.

Every once in a while when I get a bit discouraged, I turn on this song and make myself sing screech it out loud. It instantly reminds me that I can make the choice to take a step forward and that there is always hope:

CloseUp-brush

What if redemption has stories to tell? 

What if forgiveness is right where you fell?

Where can you run to escape from yourself?

Where are you gonna go? Where are you gonna go?

Salvation is here.

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The panel is 8 x 10 and features Tim Holtz distress stains and paints over Melange tissue paper with a bit of stenciling and found objects. Stamps include the circle/oval from Simon Says Stamp, alphabets from Lawn Fawn and Hero Arts. The die cut letters “Dare to” are from my Silhouette and the die cut word “you” is from Simon Says Stamp.

Official Switchfoot DYTM Video @ YouTube

Thanks for stopping by!

Stephanie

{Heart} You

Heart-You-Flair-Card-SSS0813-webHappy Wednesday!

Here is another card using the supplies included in Simon Says Stamp August 2013 card kit. The papers are by My Mind’s Eye and I love the fresh colors and patterns. Like Monday’s card, this is mostly layered paper.        No Clean & Simple here!

This flair button from the kit did not have a sentiment, so I stamped my own in Jet Black Staz-On. The stamp smudged a bit, but after three or four re-dos, I left it as is…

Thank you for stopping by today!

Stephanie

You Make Me Smile

Hello!

Here is a top-folding card using theYou-Make-Me-Smile-SSS0813-web goodies included in the Simon Says Stamp August 2013 Card Kit. Love, love, love the papers in this one!

There is misting, stamping, heat embossing and a little touch of bling in this card. The mist is Black Velvet by Heidi Swapp. It is black with a gold sparkle. The stamp set with this kit supplied the sentiment, “You Make Me Smile.” The ink on the banner under “You Make” is Pear Tart Memento by Tsukineko. It is a beautiful match to the green in the My Mind’s Eye paper. The card base is Neenah Desert Storm (kraft).

I’m working on another card from the supplies in the kit and I’ll post it Wednesday.

Thank you for stopping by!

Stephanie

 

 

Look, Ma! No Stamps!

PP_participantI was inspired to create a couple of cards by the OnlineCardClasses.Com new class called Pattern Play. It is all about choosing, mixing and matching patterns in your cardmaking. The two cards I’ve created are for Day 1.  

When I was done both cards, I realized that I did not use a single stamp Happy-Bday-PatternPaper-Webwhen creating these cards. Not one!

My main goal was to use the same large polka dot pattern paper in two separate cards. Because it has so many  different colors of dots, I was able to choose two different color schemes when selecting the other papers.  All patterned paper is from Fancy Pants 6×6 paper pad called “Down by the Shore.” Love the nautical theme and colors!Patterned-Paper-Web

The first one is more nautical-inspired with the red, navy, tan and shades of blue dots from the paper. I added the navy stripe and a smaller red polka dot paper. For the sentiment, I used a leftover banner die cut that was sitting on my desk. I just backed it with matching navy paper and inked the edges to match my color scheme.  I think this would do well as a masculine birthday card.

This second one showcases how hard it is to cut polka dot paper. I ended up with the sliver of orange dots at the top of the paper (Jennifer TOLD us to avoid this, LOL) so I added orange in the embellishments to run with it. Alternatively, I could have trimHello-Patterned-Paper-Webmed down the card and made it a smaller size. It would have looked more designed, but at 11pm at night, I was done with it!

So would you have trimmed it down, or just highlighted the oops?

Thanks for coming by!

Stephanie

 

 

Happy Birthday Card ingredients:
Pattern Paper by Fancy Pants, Down by the Shore collection
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Crumb Cake (kraft)
Banner: (Banner Words Birthday Design ID #37897) Silhouette online store
Misc: Fired Brick Distress ink, red pearls and gems, Black marker
 
Hello Card ingredients:
Pattern Paper by Fancy Pants, Down by the Shore collection
Cardstock: Stampin’ Up! Crumb Cake (kraft)
Misc: Hello Flair button by Studio Calico, orange gems