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

 

 

 

Father’s Day Shaker Card with Tim Holtz Products

Happy Father’s Day! 

I made this card using the top frame from a mini cabinet card by Tim Holtz. The shield, hand and plane die cuts are from the Expedition Ephemera package. The stars were colored with Copic markers and the “HERO” bubbles were created with a Hero Arts/Basic Grey stamp set with Memento Rhubarb ink. A dollop of Glossy Accents makes the letters dimensional.

Shaker bits: Mocha Java sequins by Simon Says Stamp, Pearl Mica from Prima and glass glitter.

Thank you for dropping by!

Stephanie

Hello!

While waiting patiently for the next installment of the Simon Says Stamp card kit (October) to arrive in my mailbox, I actually made a card with the wonderful stamps, embellishments and papers in the September kit.  You really need to treat yourself to these card kits. They are well put together and have all the stuff you need to create several great cards.

SSS-Sept-CK-Thank-You-Banner Banners were cut on my Silhouette machine using the My Mind’s Eye Chalk Studio papers and shapes in the 6 Banner Set cut file available from SilhouetteOnlineStore.com (Design ID #20957).

The flowers at the bottom were stamped in white pigment ink (included in the kit) and colored with Prismacolor pencils. The flowers and Thank You sentiment are part of the “Journey of Life” clear stamp set included in the kit.  The dashed lines were drawn around the sentiment using a white gel pen and the banner stencil included in the kit. See, this kit IS full of awesome stuff!

The only things I used that were not in the kit are: white string, white embossing powder (for the sentiment), white gel pen and small rhinestones and pearls.

 I will post a card later this week using the NEW October card kit by Simon Says Stamp.

Thanks for visiting!

Stephanie

 

 

 

 

 

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Football Spinner Card – Silhouette Project

Football-Spinner-Card-WebHello!  I’ve been away too long, but the news is good as I finally have a full-time job with a great small company. I’ll be posting randomly until I can get into a new schedule of creating.

Today’s card is a celebration of my nephew’s birthday. He is a big sports fan, and it is September — that means FOOTBALL!  I usually make some sort of interactive card for his special day, so this is a penny spinner card.

I’m thinking of taping his real gift ($$ teenager $$) to the back of the card to see if he thinks I only gave him two pennies for his gift.  Heehee.  🙂

I did not use any stamps on this card. The whole thing is generated on my Silhouette digital cutting machine. I have the older SD version of the Portrait, but you wouldn’t guess that this machine is a few years old and very well used loved… It cuts beautifully. Love it!

Creating this card in Silhouette Studio (I have the Designer Edition):

  • Re-size the football field (Design ID #46856) print and cut shape to fit on to a standard A2 (4.25″x5.5″) card front
  • Create a long, narrow rectangle (.375″ x 3.6″) that will be cut out to make the “slot” for the slider
  • Copy the rectangle shape below and use it to determine the size and width of the text you want to print
  • Center the original rectangle on the football field shape and group them together
  • Re-size the football shape (Design ID #46930) to fit on the card front. I filled the football with a football pattern (Design ID #22600) from the Silhouette store. I love this feature! 
  • Send the file to your printer (don’t forget to show the registration marks)
  • Type your text and then delete the small rectangle (or enlarge it to create a cut-out shape around your text)
  • Print the images on your printer. I used Neenah Solar White cardstock
  • Take your printed cardstock and send it through the Silhouette machine
  • I added the goal posts with black marker and the lacing on the football in white gel pen

Penny Slider Mechanism:Penny-Spinner-Close-Up-Web

Adhere two pennies together with a small foam circle (I used a Stampin Up! dimensional which is not truly round). Adhere the football cutout to the top penny with glue dots. Carefully place the penny in to the slot on the card, with the edge of the slot between the two pennies. This allows the pennies to slide the length of the slot. Fun!

SilhouetteMatCloseUp-WebTip #1: Sometimes the Silhouette doesn’t cut the edges perfectly around the printed shape and a bit of white cardstock shows. To minimize this,  create a very small border or shape around the original and fill it with the same color or pattern. Remove the cut lines of the second, slightly larger shape. This creates a small color bleed area outside of the original shape so no white cardstock will show around the edges. 

Tip #2: Ink, distress or use a marker on the edges of your cut shapes so that the white “core” on the edges doesn’t show.

What are some of your favorite interactive cards to make? I’d love to get some ideas for my nephew’s Christmas card!

Thanks for dropping by!

Stephanie

Chalkboard Technique with a Twist

This started out as a clean and simple card that I wanted to create using the chalkboard technique and Simon Says Stamp’s “Card Exchanging Friends” stamp set. The stamps were included in the August Card Kit.

You will see that I didn’t achieve the clean and simple look, as I ended up cutting the card down to remove all that extra “white space.” I also added more grunge than necessary ’cause if I can’t have layers, I gotta have grunge. LOL.CAS-Experiment-No1-Web

 The twist on the chalkboard technique came with the “bright” idea to do an opposite color scheme. White and black makes…wait for it…whiteboard. Okay, so it isn’t as cool or as trendy as chalkboard, but I wanted to see what would happen if I tried a similar technique.

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It sort of looks like a whiteboard. Or it just looks like I’m a careless stamper. I don’t know which one.

With school starting soon in these parts, I took the chalkboard and whiteboard concept literally and made frames for my little 3×4 note cards. The frames help contain all that empty space somehow. 🙂 These would be cute for teacher or lunch box notes.

What do you think? All comments are welcome.

Thanks for checking out my little experiment!

Stephanie

Chalkboard Technique (as used above):

1. Stamping image/sentiment in pigment or Versamark ink on black -smooth- cardstock

2. Heat emboss the image with white embossing powder

3. Stamp over the same image/sentiment with white pigment ink, only offsetting it a bit

4. Smudge the pigment ink a bit (or a lot!) before it dries to create the chalk dust effect

For the Whiteboard, I followed similar steps, only using Black and grey ink. Apparently I don’t have black pigment ink. Or maybe it is still hiding in a moving box.

{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

Valentine’s Day Card Round Up

In honor of Valentine’s Day this is a round up of the cards featured on the blog to inspire you. Valentines-Round-Up-Web

Hi note card posted here

I Love You (grey) card posted here

XOXO Many Hearts card posted here

Let Me Count the Ways card posted here

I hope you have a wonderful, chocolate-filled Valentine’s Day! I’ll be back next week with more spring-y inspiration.

Thanks for visiting!

Stephanie

Shimmery Salted Distress Ink Technique

Shimmery-Distress-Salt-Technique-WebThis technique was demonstrated by Kristina Werner in Online Card Classes Clean & Simple 2 Day 8.  (Do yourself a big favor and check these classes out!) I love inky techniques, but I’m not so sure this is card can be classified as clean and simple. There is no white on the card…I usually think of clean and simple as a white or neutral background. Purple is definitely not neutral.

While the technique to create backgrounds with distress ink is pretty standard (as developed by Tim Holtz), Kristina added the artsy twist of throwing salt on the background. I have added one more twist…

My version is to smoosh distress ink pads onto a non-stick craft sheet, spritz the inky puddles with water, then moosh your watercolor paper into it. Yes, watercolor paper makes a difference. The ink soaks into regular cardstock and it comes out very splotchy and not artsy.

After getting the background color on, flip the paper over and sprinkle with salt. I had a baggie of flake salt, but table salt, kosher salt and probably sea salt will work. Let it sit and dry. (Don’t be tempted to play with the salt. Leave it!) The salt soaks up moisture and color leaving some interesting patterns on the paper.

Because I couldn’t leave well enough alone, I decided to spritz the drying, salt covered background with Mr. Huey’s Shine color mist spray by Studio Calico.  It kind of fizzed a bit and looked shimmery. I wasn’t sure what a heat gun would do, so I left it to air (slow!) dry overnight.Distress-Salt-Shimmer-Close

Other than cropping the background to fit the card and inking the edges with some distress ink, this is what we got…. Unexpected, but really neat with a bit of shimmer. I could see doing this for winter backgrounds.

 

To finish the card, I stamped the background using solid images and Archival Jet Black ink. I spritzed purple cardstock with more Mr. Huey’s shine, added a black sheer ribbon and adhered my background with foam adhesive.

The sentiment was stamped with Versamark clear ink and heat embossed with silver embossing powder for a slightly elegant look.

Below are some resources for working with Ranger Distress inks:

  • Tim Holtz the Distress Ink Master
  • Shari Carroll has a great video here
  • Jennifer McGuire did a whole series of videos for Two Peas in a Bucket using Ranger products. The link to her video on Distress Ink Basics is here

 
Have you had any experiments turn out pretty good in crafting?  Let me know in the comments!
 
Thanks for coming by today!

 Stephanie

 

Ingredients:

Stamps: Serene Silhouettes (Stampin’ Up!), Sentiment (Hero Arts Everyday Sayings)

Paper: Watercolor (yellow cover by Strathmore), Purple (color name unknown) Bazzill

Ink: Distress Ink by Ranger in Dusty Concord, Salty Ocean and Tumbled Glass, Archival Jet Black, Versamark

Misc: Salt, Sheer black ribbon (Celebrate It Basic Narrows/Michaels), Mr. Huey’s Shine Color Mist spray (Studio Calico), Silver embossing powder (Martha Stewart), Dimensionals by Stampin’ Up!