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Pirate Ship Card featuring Nautical Dies by Docrafts

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Ahoy Matey!  Today I have a fun pirate ship card featuring the Nautical Build-A-Scene dies by Docrafts.  These dies are just so much fun and so versatile.  To give my card even more dimension and movement, I added an Action Wobble Spring.  You’ve got to love a pirate ship that really sails the ocean!

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I love the Docrafts Build-A-Scene Nautical dies.  There are a lot of different pieces that you can use to build numerous nautical scenes.  The packaging for the dies suggests at least four ideas —

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The dies are versatile enough for card making as well as scrapbooking.  I love the choices, and the ease in creating a fun scene.

I wanted to have quite a bit of dimension and movement for my card.  I began with a light blue base, cut 5″ x 7″.  I also selected four other colors of blue paper to form the waves — varying from dark to light.  I cut 2″ x 5″ strips of each color, and then used the classic wave die (the upside down scallop die) to cut two pieces of waves from the cardstock.  I began attaching these to my card base using Scor-Tape, until I reached the medium blue (the next to the lightest color) — this is where I wanted my ship to ride the waves, and I needed to do something a little different.  I attached the bottom layer of medium blue using Scor-Tape, and then the next layer was tucked underneath and I used a pop dot cut in half and placed half at each end of the wave.  This is to pop it up a little and allow for movement of the ship.

To give the ship additional dimension and movement, I decided to mount it on a wobble spring.  If you haven’t used them, the Action Wobble Springs are easy to use and add a lot of “fun” to a card.  This is a picture of one —

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They are very easy to use — each one is marked so that you can easily determine the top from the bottom, etc. so it will work properly.  Any time that you are using a wobble spring, you’ll need to build the image that will wobble separately from the card itself.  (Normally I would build the ship onto the front of the card.)  I cut out the ship image and a variety of sails.  The ship’s masts are fairly thin, so I wondered if they would handle the wobble spring.  In order to determine that, I needed to continue assembling it by attaching the sails to each of the masts.  I was sure to keep each sail and each mast separate in order to give the appearance of more dimension, and to allow the ship to move about freely.  There was a gap in the middle where I wanted to put the wobble spring (I didn’t want it to show), and I thought that the mast could use a little support so I cut a piece of cardstock the size of the wobble spring as a reinforcement for that area (I used the same color as I did for the sails).  I attached it to the back of the middle mast with some Scor-Tape.  That is also where I attached the wobble spring to the completed ship.  The wobble spring incorporates a strong adhesive on both sides, so no need for anything further.  I cut the words “ahoy there” using one of the dies in the Docrafts set, and attached them using Sticky Dots.   I finished the project by adding a sun and a few clouds in the sky.  Please see the short video for  a further description of how I assembled the card, and to see how much fun and movement the wobble spring adds.

I’m looking forward to using the Nautical Build-A-Scene dies by Docrafts for other projects.   I think the octopus is calling to me . . .

You can also view my tutorial on the Cut@Home YouTube Channel at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tts6Qt7WhpU&list=UU_J_Rav4J9_6V2ULdAgbMpw

 

Supply List:

Docrafts Nautical Build-A-Scene dies

Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot

Assorted cardstock

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal

Sticky Dots by Therm-o-Web

Action Wobble Spring

Sun and cloud dies — I used the small sun and the rainbow and clouds sets by Lil’ Inkers

Pop dot or other dimensional adhesive

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’

Cheryl

MamaSaidShare.wordpress.com

 

 

Sizzix Susan’s Garden Easter Basket

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Today I want to show you an Easter Basket that I made to feature some of the Sizzix Susan’s Garden flower dies.  I just love flowers, and I love how easy it is to make very lifelike flowers (ones that don’t fade or wilt) using my Susan’s Garden dies.  My basket features the Tulip dies and the Narcissus/Paperwhite dies (there is actually a separate Daffodil die, but I don’t have it).

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This was such a fun and easy project!  I started by making 3 pink tulips and 3 yellow daffodils.  I used my Sizzix Big Shot to cut the pieces.  I love how quickly you can cut the pieces by taking advantage of the extended platform, etc.  I don’t have the Susan’s Garden Daffodil die, but I did have the Narcissus/Paperwhite dies and I thought that they would be close enough for this purpose.  I think that both flowers turned out great.  I previously did a post using the narcissus/paperwhite dies.  You can find that post at the following link:

http://ucutathome.com/blog/2014/03/04/paperwhites/

The tulips were super simple to make.  They are a little different in that the calyx actually ends up inside the flower (as opposed to the outside).  This is very easily done.  You need to dry the partially-completed tulip upside down in a Susan’s Garden flower pot to achieve the usual tightly cupped shape.   Also to make the life-like stamens for both flowers, you need to dip them into a “pollen” (orange for the daffodils, yellow for the tulips).  Please see this short video for a few tips on how to complete the tulips.

As always, the Sizzix website contains detailed instructions (including a video) on how to complete and assemble the flowers.  The instructions are great and the steps are easy to follow.  Be sure that you have a good tool kit — I like the Sizzix tool kit — it contains all of the tools and all of the mats that you need to make the flowers.  My only concern with the dies is that the small dies very easily “leak” from the cute envelopes that Sizzix packages them in (both the old and new styles).  For extra security, I place my dies on small magnetic sheets (pre-cut to be business card sized), and I enclose those in a small zipper top bag inside the Sizzix envelope.  I’m not taking any chances!  Note that most of the Susan’s Garden dies are thinlits dies, and so they will work in almost any die cutting machine.

Once the flowers were fully dry, I attached stem wire.  I’m sure there are many methods to do this — mine was very simple.  I cut a short length of 20  gauge stem wire, and a 1/2″ circle of paper (the same green as I used for the leaves and calyx).  I punched a hole in the center of the circle with a 1/8″ hole punch.  This was more than large enough to accommodate the wire.  I wrapped the wire tightly around a pair of needle-nosed pliers to create a little “knot” that wouldn’t be able to pass through that 1/8″ hole, and then I placed a piece of 1/2″ Scor-Tape on top of the circle (on top of the knot too), and attached the stem wire to the flower head.  The 20 gauge wire is firm enough to hold the flower upright, but also easily bent to allow adjustment in the flower.  This is a picture of the flowers attached to the floral wire

flowers on stems

Once the flowers were on stems, I created a little “bundle” with the flower and some leaves and buds that I purchased to go with them.   I knew that I would need some green “filler” for my basket, so I purchased something with similar leaves, etc. to what would be found on a tulip or daffodil.  The stems I purchased were much longer than what I needed, so I had to cut them back accordingly.  This is a picture of one of the bundles that I created —

flower bundle

I assembled the basket by first placing the eggs and the “critters”, and then adding flowers where it made sense.  Here is an early picture of the basket

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Note that it took only six of the flower bundles to make the basket look full without over-filling it — I wanted each flower to show and to not get “lost”.  I added the small violet groupings (I separated flower picks to make them) to tie everything together.   (I wanted to use the Susan’s Garden violets, but they were just too large.)  I added a bow and a banner to complete the project.

basket view 2

To make the banner, I cut the small eggs using the smallest size in the set of Docrafts Egg dies and my Sizzix Big Shot.  I also cut a small flag for each egg.  I needed a total of twelve flags — one for each letter needed to spell out “Happy Easter”, plus an additional center flag to separate the words.  I stamped the letters using the “Banner Alphabet” stamp set by My Favorite Things and Espresso Truffle Memento ink.  The butterfly was punched from a Martha Stewart butterfly punch.  I folded the butterfly in the center to make it dimensional, and added a couple of rhinestones for interest.   I attached each egg to a banner using low dimensional adhesive.  I punched two 1/8″ holes at the top of each flag, and strung them together on 1/8″ ribbon.  I thought it looked best to push the flags together and overlap them slightly.  The banner was a better fit for the basket this way.  Pictures of the banner are below —

banner  butterfly

happy  easter

The banner was easily attached to the basket with the extra ribbon (I tied it to the handles).  I used a few glue dots to keep the individual flags in place.

Once you are able to complete the simple tasks needed to create any of the Susan’s Garden flowers, they really do go together quickly and easily.  There are unlimited uses for the flowers, and I know that you’ll enjoy finding new and creative ways to use your favorites.

Supply list —

Sizzix Big Shot

Sizzix Susan’s Garen Tulip and Narcissus dies

pink, yellow, black and green heavyweight smooth cardstock

Scotch quick-dry adhesive

Sizzix Susan’s Garden Tool Kit (contains the tools and mats needed to make flowers)

Sizzix Susan’s Garden flower pots

Yellow Pan Pastel

Yellow and Orange Woodland Scenics pollen

Copic Marker – 100 (black)

floral tape

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal

20 gauge stem wire

basket

Styrofoam block for center of basket

natural excelsior

easter eggs (mine look like they are wrapped with burlap string)

purchased stems with leaves and buds, violet stems, bunny and chick

ribbon

assorted cardstock for banner

Docrafts (X-Cut) Egg dies

Verve small banner dies

My Favorite Things “Banner Alphabet” stamp set

Memento Espresso Truffle ink

1/8″ hole punch

1/8″ ribbon

thin dimensional adhesive

glue dots

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Cheryl

MamaSaidShare@wordpress.com

 

 

 

 

Valentines featuring Doilies and Sweet Sentiments by Graphic 45

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Today I want to share some Valentines featuring doilies and Sweet Sentiments papers by Graphic 45.  I’ve mentioned on previous posts that I like to use doilies with my cards, especially Valentines.  When I saw the beautiful Sweet Sentiments papers, I knew that the two were made for each other.  The paper is so pretty, and the colors are so delicate and distinctive.  There are just so many possibilities!

I used the 8×8 Sweet Sentiments paper pad for my cards (it is also available in 12×12).  As usual, Graphic 45 provides many unique/beautiful elements that can be used to enhance cards.  The cards that you see below feature only parts of two sheets in the paper pad — “Sweet Sentiments” and “Be My Valentine”.    Some of the patterned paper that I used on the cards is from the Sweet Sentiments collection, and the rest is from other Valentine paper collections.

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All of my cards are A-2 sized (4.25″ x 5.5″).  I began by selecting two sheets of the Sweet Sentiments that I thought would make the best Valentines.  Those two sheets are “Sweet Sentiments” and “Be My Valentine”.  “Be My Valentine” is a page with journaling cards, sayings, etc. so it is very easy to cut apart, and almost everything on the page can be used in some way on a card.  The “Sweet Sentiments” sheet is more of an overall design, so it is necessary to fussy-cut the images you want for your Valentines.  I cut carefully, trying to preserve borders, etc. as those elements can still be used for a card or something in the future.

Once all of my elements were cut, I picked my six favorites to use on the cards.  I looked for coordinating patterned papers to go with each element (several came from Sweet Sentiments, the rest are from other Valentine paper pads).  The patterned paper is cut 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″.  I selected a background layer for each from a coordinating solid color.   The background layer is cut 4.25″ x 5.5″.  I embossed each of the background layers with an all-over embossing folder, a flourish-pattern by Sizzix.  I also selected an appropriate doily for each Valentine.  Because I wanted the focus to remain on the Sweet Sentiments elements, I tried to select doilies that were more simple and would complement the images.

There are so many different kinds of doilies available.  There are large and small, frilly and simple, round, oval, square and heart-shaped, etc. — and that only takes into account the pre-made doilies that you can purchase.  When you look to the world of papercrafting, there are many more ways to incorporate doilies into a project.  Most of the die companies sell dies that they call “doilies” — and almost every one offers round or heart-shaped doilies.  The beauty of dies is that you can select any color or patterned paper to use for a doily, so there is much more selection than there would be with pre-made doilies that are generally available only in a few colors (primarily white and ivory).  There are also embossing folders that emboss a doily pattern onto paper.  Doily stencils and doily rubber stamps can also be used in a number of ways to add the look of a doily to a project.  There are just so many fun choices.  Please see the short video for some of my favorites (pictures and detailed information are included at the end of this blog post).

Now that the paper and doily selection is complete, it is time to assemble the cards.   I worked on each card separately, matching ribbon and embellishments as appropriate to the finished project.  I used Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal to assemble the layers and to attach the embellishments.  Where appropriate, I added a dimensional adhesive (low or normal) to “pop” the Sweet Sentiments cut-out (or a part of it).   It is really such an easy project . . . and the end result is beautiful Valentines.

Note that if your style is more of the  multi-layer cut-out cards, etc. the Sweet Sentiments paper will work for you too.  The collection contains three sheets of each paper, so there is more than enough to allow for layering, etc.

Another great part of the Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments collection is that when you finish your Valentines, you don’t have to put the paper away for use next year.  The collection also includes beautiful elements for Easter cards.  How fun!

Supply list

Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments” paper pad – I used the 8×8 pad

Assorted doilies

Cardstock – coordinating solids and a few patterns

Embellishments – assorted rhinestones, glitter and ribbons, etc.

Embossing folder – I used an all-over flourish pattern by Sizzix from the “Floral Flourishes and Vines” set

Die cutting machine – I used my Spellbinders Grand Calibur

SpellbindersLace Hearts” die

Adhesives – Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal and dimensional adhesive (low and normal)

 

For those interested in the doilies on the video, following are photographs and product names, etc. —

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These heart-shaped doilies are from the “Lace Hearts” dies by Spellbinders.  (I used the plain versions on the Graphic 45 cards.)   They are approximately 3,5″ high, 3.75″ wide.

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These doilies are from the SpellbindersDelicate Doilies” set.  They are approximately 4″, 2″ and 1.75″.

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These are the mini doilies from My Favorite Things (Die-namics Mini-Doily Circles).  They are approximately 1.75″.

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These are the Lifestyle Crafts (Quickutz) doilies.  The heart is called simply “Heart Doily” and is approximately 3.5″ high and 4″ wide.  The circle is called “Antique Doily” and is approximately 3.75″.

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These are the X-Cut or Docrafts doilies.  The circle is called “Vintage Notes – Doily” and is approximately 4.5″.  The heart is called “Vintage Notes – Filigree Heart” and is approximately 4.5″ (tall and wide).

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This is the Magnolia doily.  It is called “Tilda Doily“, and it is approximately 5.5″.

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The full embossing folder is Lifestyle Crafts (Quickutz).  It is A2 sized, and is from the “Doily” set.  The border or edging is a Sizzix embossing folder, and probably best fits an A6 card.  It is called “Scallop Heart Doily (3-pc. set)”.

The two stamp sets in the video are:  “Doilies” by Martha Stewart Crafts and CSS-107 by Little Yellow Bicycle.

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Cheryl

 

Thank You, Veterans!

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Today I want to say “Thank You Veterans!”   I am so very grateful to each hero and their families for their service and sacrifice for our Country.

This scrapbook page honors my favorite Veteran, my brother-in-law, Tom.   The pictures of him were taken as he returned from an Honor Flight earlier this year.

veterans page

The close-up photos below may be easier to see –

veterans top  veterans bottom

The dimensional stars on the page were made with the “Star” folding die by Nellie Snellen.  I just love these stars!   I made the stars by cutting two strips using the die.  These are folded and attached together to form a star shape.   The original design of the star is a 6-pointed star, but I modified it to make it a more traditional 5-pointed star by removing just a small section of one of the strips. These photographs show the original six-pointed star, and the portion I removed to make a five-pointed star.

six point star  cut off 6th point

Whether you make the 5-pointed or 6-pointed version of the star, you will need foundation pieces so that the star will keep its shape.  I used the Nellie Snellen 5-point star shape dies for this.  It is a very cute set – the largest star is only 2.25” across.

Carrie demonstrated how to use the Nellie Snellen folding dies in her video a couple of weeks ago.  I’ve linked that video below.

The background paper is a piece of heavyweight handmade paper.  It came with the rough, deckled edges.  I added a little red and blue color with a Darice craft marshmallow and some Memento inks.  I stamped the sentiments with Black Versafine ink, and embossed them using Ranger Super Fine clear embossing powder.  The stars and the backgrounds are from red, white and blue metallic papers by The Paper Cut.

Supplies used

Star folding die by Nellie Snellin

5-point star Shape Dies by Nellie Snellin

Die cutting/embossing machine – I used my Cuttlebug

One 12×12 sheet of heavyweight handmade paper – I used white

Memento inks – Paris Dusk and Lady Bug

Cardstock in red, white and blue – I used metallic papers by The Paper Cut

Black Versafine ink

Ranger Super Fine Clear Embossing Powder

Heat Gun

Patriotic sentiments – I used “My Hero Sentiments Set” by Stamper’s Best

DoCrafts frame die set “Doorplate”

Adhesives – I used Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Cheryl

 

 

Awareness Card featuring Docrafts Glorious Gerbera Dies

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

awareness card

Today I want to share a breast cancer awareness card featuring the Glorious Gerbera dies by Docrafts dies.  October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and I want to honor the courageous women and men (and their families) who have battled this disease.

Docrafts dies are newer to the US market, so you may not be as familiar with them (they are sometimes also called Xcut dies).  They are available in many of the common shapes and sizes (circles, rectangles, squares, flowers, etc.), and there are two beautiful doily dies.  Docrafts also makes some fun “build-a-scene” die sets such as “Haberdashery” and “Garden Party”.  Be sure to check out the selection in the “Docrafts” section on the Cut at Home website.

Today I’m working with the Glorious Gerbera die.  I began by cutting out 6 sets of petals from the third largest petal die (or the middle die – there are 2 larger and 2 smaller petal dies), and 3 centers using the third largest (or middle) scalloped center die.  All of these pieces were cut from Bazzill “tutu pink” paper.   Before assembling the flowers, I edged each of the petals with Angel Pink Memento ink (using a Darice Foamies small marshmallow).  Since the Angel Pink is just a little darker than the Bazzill cardstock that I used, I tapped the marshmallow on the ink pad and applied it directly to the daisy petals.  The centers are edged in Pear Tart Memento ink, and because there’s a significant contrast between the colors, I tapped off some of the excess ink on scratch paper before edging the flower center (I wanted the edging to be more subtle).

To add some dimension to the daisy petals, I pulled them between my thumb and index finger, curving them slightly in the process.  Then I used a tape runner to adhere two of the sets of petals together to make a small daisy (if you’re using the larger dies, you’ll need 3 sets to get a fuller flower).  Be sure to offset the petals when you glue them together so the flower doesn’t have large gaps between petals, etc.   Attach the center to the flower using the tape runner.  I wanted a little bling in the center of the flower, so I added a coordinating rhinestone.  If you feel that the daisies are too dimensional, you can flatten them a little before attaching them to the card.

This short video will give you a closer look at how I added dimension to the daisies, and a closer look at Docrafts dies generally.

To assemble the card, I first attached the patterned paper to the solid background.  Then I attached a small length of green hemp cord to the back of each daisy to represent a stem, and attached the daisies to the card.  I pulled the stems toward the lower left corner of the card and attached a small pink bow in the corner where the stems meet.  I stamped the sentiment in Gray Flannel Memento ink on white paper, and stamped a small pink awareness ribbon using Rose Bud Memento ink.  The sentiment was attached to the card with a low dimensional adhesive.  As a final step, I attached the completed card front to an A2 (4.25” x 5.5”) card.

To make a sunflower instead of a daisy, I changed the paper colors and cut a larger center.  The sunflower pictured here uses 3 sets of petals cut with the second largest die and a center cut with the largest scalloped center die.  The sunflower petals are edged with Memento Toffee Crunch ink, and the center is edged with Memento Morocco ink.  I used a few brown sequins to enhance the sunflower center.

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Supply List:

Docrafts Glorious Gerbera dies

Sentiment – I used My Favorite Things “WTG Choose Hope” clear stamps

Bazzill solid papers – light pink,  medium pink and white.  I used tutu pink for the flowers, and a matching darker pink for the card base (cut 4.25” x 5.5”).  I used the white for the sentiment and to make an A2 card.

Grey/pink background paper (cut 4”x5.25”) – I used “Collectable” by Jen Allyson (My Mind’s Eye)

Memento inks – The petals are edged in Angel Pink; the center is edged In Pear Tart; the sentiment is stamped with Gray Flannel; and the awareness ribbon is stamped with Rose Bud.

Light pink rhinestones (the ones I used were approximately 3/8” in diameter).

Heavy weight green hemp twine (flower stems)

5/8” light pink sheer ribbon

Adhesive – tape runner of your choice and dimensional adhesive (I used Darice Adhesive Foam – 3/16” squares).

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Cheryl

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