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Fun with Fussy Cutting

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Karen N here sharing a fun card made with Heartfelt Creations {Delicate Asters} paper and Penny Black {Bird Day} stamps.

Crafting for me is a total stress reliever.  I’m sure it is for you too.  One of the things I like to do most is fussy cutting.  There are several ways to fussy cut.  Some people like to leave a little border around their images and some like to have a nice tight cut.  When fussy cutting a super intricate image (like this naughty and adorable cat from Penny Black), I will generally stamp it twice.  One time, I stamp it into the pattern paper that I want to use and one time I stamp the white cardstock that I will color.  Then, I just cut off all the detail and glue it into position.  Here’s the final card:

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And here’s a video that shows you how I did this.  In the video, I called it a hedge-hog, but it’s a CAT.  LOL, oops!

Some tips for fussy cutting:

1.  Always turn the paper and not the scissors.  This will give you a smoother cut.

2.  Don’t worry too much about your cuts being perfect.  In the above card, I’d accidentally cut the tail off the third bird from the left.  Since the image was stamped into the background, you can’t even tell!

3. If you accidentally cut a little of the outline off an image you are fussy cutting, draw it back on with a very thin lined black marker.

4.  No one will EVER send you a card back and tell you that your fussy cutting isn’t good enough!  (i.e. have fun with it!)

Craftily yours,

 

Karen

 

Spellbinders Doily Card Ideas

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

I love doilies, I think it stems from spending so many wonderful hours with my Grandmothers, one of which I watched crochet and tat gorgeous projects from balls of thread. Such a beautiful act of love.  Spellbinders Paper Arts has released a new collection of products called Celebra’tions which include the doilies I’ve used today.

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I’ve used an abundance of products from the store for my cards but the primary focus I wanted to bring to you was Spellbinders Celebra’tions Dies Doily Fun Embossing folder and Doily Art stamp set along with the Celebra’tions Just Because stamps.  I’ve created five examples of cards to show you the versatility of these stamps and embossing folders.  You can make your cards as intricate or as easy as your time permits.  Remember a few weeks ago when I shared with you the flowers I’d made using Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms?  Well I pulled those out as I was making cards and used them on two.  See making multiple things at one time really helps when you go to make a project, you can have your flowers all ready and just pick and choose.

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Today’s video will give you hints on how to manage doing multiple cards at one time
and numerous ideas for card fronts and finished insides

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I pulled lots of goodies out of my crafty cupboards to fuel your imagination,
such as Spellbinders Divine Eloquence Die frame shown above or

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Sizzix’s Frame embossing folder shown here.

So come on and join me in the video, I’ll show you what I’ve used on each card (the supplies are all listed below to the store), give you scads of inspiration and share many more photos of the five cards I’ve made here. For more card ideas you can go to http://pinterest.com/cardmaking

Thanks everyone and Happy Scrappin’!

Patti

Come visit me on A Soul’s Heartbeat on Blogger and Facebook

Supplies from the Store:

SCF-003: Spellbinders Celebra’tions Doily Art 3D Embossing Folder
SCF-001: Spellbinders Celebra’tions Doily Fun Stamp
SCF-008: Spellbinders Celebra’tions Just Because Stamps with matching dies
30-229: Penny Black Special Wishes Stamps
658978: Sizzix Bigz 3D Bow & Ribbon
S5-218: Spellbinders A2 Divine Eloquence
658989: Sizzix Textured Impressions 2PK Pinwheel & Stripes
658484: Sizzix Textured Impressions 2PK Frame & Love Set
TIM21414: Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Broken China
TIM21483: Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Scattered Straw
657900: Sizzix Big Shot

Supplies from my Stash: Lindy’s Stamp Gang Embossing Powders in Reindeer Moss Green and Hyacinth Blue Jade; Diamond Stickles, Assorted colored and white cardstock;

How to do Recipe Journals

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

This week I decided it was time to do something about the pile of recipes that I’ve collected over the years.  You know the ones I mean — the odd recipe cards, scraps of paper, newspaper clippings, etc.   I found a cute Tim Holtz Idea-ology Collection Folio that I thought was perfect for the job.  It is the small size (measures approximately 9″x7″), and has a little room to expand.  I also found a small journal in a dollar bin that can be used when there is time to consolidate those little scraps of paper into something more permanent.

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Of course the key to a project like this is having the right paper and embellishments.  My kitchen is kind of retro — a little farmhouse mixed in with 50’s kitsch.  I found a wonderful collection of paper, stickers and assorted embellishments by Cosmo Cricket.  The name sold it — “TV Dinner”.  It had an assortment of 12″x12″ papers, a tablet of 8″ paper, lots of stickers, brads and other cute stuff.

The book was very simple to complete.  I selected one of the 12″x12″ patterned papers, and cut a panel for the front and back covers.  I also cut a very small strip to run along the spine of the book.  The book itself was kraft colored and matched okay, but I thought it would be better if it was a little more yellow-gold.  I grabbed one of my Copic markers (Y26) and colored the spine of the book, and each of the outer edges (front and back).  I only needed one coat to get to the color that I wanted.  Note that you don’t need to color the entire book — just about 1/4″ from the outside edge.  I was also careful to keep the marker from the inside of the book — the inside edges remain the original kraft color.   I added a small-sized recipe card to the inside cover, along with a “From the kitchen of” label   These are some additional pictures of the book and inside cover.

book front  book back

inside cover

For the folio, I wanted to keep the outside pretty plain as it is the side that will have the most wear and tear.  I simply added a few of the stickers to the front panel and flap (I will seal those later on so that they stay intact as long as possible).  On the inside I selected one of the 8″x8″ papers to do the lining.  It really doesn’t take much — four 8″x8″ sheets and a border were enough to cover all of the exposed panels.  Because of the way the folio is structured, it wouldn’t be appropriate to cover the accordion parts, etc. so it made sense to me to just center the patterned paper on each panel and make that a part of the design.  (That is why I could use 8″x8″ paper on a 9″x7″ folio.)   This is a photo of the interior —

recipe folder in

This short video gives a better description of both projects, and a more complete view of them.

or view directly on youtube.com

For both projects, the key to keeping everything in place is a good strong adhesive.  My “go-to” adhesive for these types of projects is always Scor-Tape.  I lined each edge with 1/2″ Scor-Tape.  For those pieces of cardstock that were a little larger (book covers, full pieces on the inside of the folio), I also added a piece of Scor-Tape in the center.  The Scor-Tape gives a good strong bond — I’m not worried about anything coming loose, even in the “icky, sticky” summer weather.

I also completed a few recipe tags and recipe cards.  The recipe cards are from the TV Dinner paper collection, so I only needed to cut them apart.  The tags are made by The American Tag Company, and I just added a little ribbon.  Each of these can be easily tucked inside the folio.  Here’s a picture.

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This project was quick and fun.  This is for my personal use, but it would make a great gift.   Two of the Penny Black stamp sets, “Homemade” and “Spice of Life” are perfect for further decorating the folio, recipe cards, and recipe book, etc.  Both sets are available at Cut at Home — you can use this link to shop Penny Black.

 

Supply list

Tim Holtz Idea-ology small Collection Folio

Small (approximately 6″ x 8″) journal

Scrapbooking paper/embellishment collection — I used “TV Dinner” by Cosmo Cricket

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal (I used mostly 1/2″ for extra holding power)

Copic marker to match paper — I used Y26

recipe tags

ribbon

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Cheryl

MamaSaidShare.wordpress.com

www.cutathome.com

 

Cool Sizzix Center Step Card!

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

I received this totally cool Sizzix Center Step Card die and couldn’t wait to try it out. Technically, the name of the die is Card, Center Step so if you want to look it up by name, that is the appropriate one to use.( I will have the number for it in the product list below.)

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This die is VERY COOL! Everything you need to assemble the card is on one Bigz XL die except the embellishments to dress it up. You will need extended cutting mats. It is super easy to put together and took no time at all to complete this card once I decided what I wanted to embellish it with.

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I chose the Bo Bunny Enchanted Garden Collection to use on the card base which was just out of cream card stock. I love the color pallet of the Enchanted Garden and the embellishments!  The banner was cut with Sizzix Triplits 8pk Banners die set and the sentiment from Penny Black Special Wishes stamp set, which I must not have inked good enough in one spot, but oh well. I forgot to stamp the sentiment before adhering the label, so it was a done deal.

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Really, all you do is cut the pieces and adhere in place! The score lines are already done for you when you cut the card base, so all you have to do is follow the score lines to fold. So easy and so cute! It folds up very nicely to fit into an A2 Envelope.

Product list:

659724-Sizzix Card, Center Step

659606-Sizzix Triplits 8PK Banners

16217382-Bo Bunny Enchanted Garden 6×6 paper pad

16204376-Bo Bunny Enchanted Garden Brads

16207377-Bo Bunny Enchanted Garden Jewels

16233383-Bo Bunny Enchanted Garden Ephemera

30-229 Penny Black Special Wishes stamp set

Thanks & Happy Scrappin’!

Carrie

Kaisercraft’s Mister Fox Manly Card

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

I often hear from other crafters the same sentiment I feel, it’s hard to make a manly card.  Well I almost accomplished it today but at the last minute I had to add a bow and some bling.  One little bow and one little piece of bling doesn’t deter from manly does it??

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I used Kaisercraft‘s Mister Fox 6 1/2″ square pad to make this card.  I love Kaisercraft pads, they always have punch out die cuts in the back.  This is a standard A2 card, 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″.  I double matted the front, used a die cut sentiment which I mounted on a scrap of black.  I love double mounting the die cuts it makes them pop so much more. I simply place the die cut on the scrap of black and fussy cut around the edge leaving about an 1/8th” of black showing.

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The strip with the numbers is cut from the decorative paper and then crimped through my Fiskars crimper.  I have this in my crafty closet and forget to use it. It gives the paper such dimension, I must use it more often!  I added the bow cut from Sizzix 3D Ribbon die.  Another item I’d forgotten I had.  I love these little bows they’re the perfect size for cards or scrapbook pages.  I think I need to die cut a bunch of them, glue them together and have on hand, I’d use them a lot more that way.  The polka dot paper was perfect especially when I added the little black Blossom from Kaisercraft.  That’s a manly blossom mind you :-)

For the inside sentiment I used Penny Black‘s Special Wishes clear stamp collection and stamped it with a black embossing powder on a decorative piece. I used the negative space from the puncP1130251-001hed out die to trace the shape for my inside piece.  Works great!  I slit the sides with a little punch I’d found at a garage sale for 25 cents!  If you don’t have a punch like this you could use your crafty knife to cut the slits.  The ribbon is a strip of paper inked on both sides with Black Soot distress ink from Tim Holtz.

Check out my video for the step-by-step process on how to make this card.

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Patti

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Supplies:

PP938: Kaisercraft Mister Fox 6 1/2″ Pad

658978: Sizzix Riboon, 3-D

30-229: Penny Black Special Wishes clear stamps

658300: Sizzix Big Shot

TDPK40330: Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink 3

Supplies from my stash: Kraft and Brown cardstock; Kaisercraft Blossom; black twine; black embossing powder. Fiskars crimper, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, Beacon Fabri-Tac, ATG

 

Using Faber-Castell Gelatos with Background Stamps

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Today I want to share a technique for using Faber Castell Gelatos with background stamps.  Of course when you begin a project with an awesome Penny Black background stamp paired with Faber Castell Gelatos, you just can’t miss! Check this out!

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Using Gelatos with a background stamp is really very easy.  First step is to select the background stamp.  For my samples I used Penny Black background stamps — “Star Ivy” and “Bed of Roses“.  Both are beautiful stamps and will easily cover a layer for an A2 card (4.25″ x 5.5″).  The next step is to select the Gelato colors that you want to use.  There are quite a few colors, including some metallic colors, so sometimes you have to experiment a little to get that perfect color combination.  For example, for the ivy/violets card, I selected Green Tea as my “all over” color, and  Margarita Mix and Spearmint as my accent colors.   I like using the accent colors to add some depth and sometimes to add some highlights.  When I’m selecting accent colors, I generally choose a lighter and a darker shade of the same color if my all over color is a mid-tone (like Green Tea), or I select a mid-shade and a darker shade if my all over color is light.  Sometimes one accent color is all that you need.   I chose an off-white paper to stamp on, and cut it 4.25″ x 5.5″.  I always cut my paper a little larger than what I will need in the finished project.  This way I can trim away any edges that aren’t as nice.

Stamping is the easy part.  I just mounted my Penny Black Star Ivy cling stamp on a clear acrylic block.  I used my Ranger mini-mister to lightly mist the rubber stamp, and then I took my Faber Castell Green Tea Gelato and colored over the entire stamp, being sure to cover all of the edges, etc. When coloring, use a light touch — if you press too hard, some of the Gelato will flake off.  (You’ll see these little “goobers” in the finished work — but if you let them dry, you can usually scrape them off with no problem.)  The water helps to spread the Gelato a little so that coloring is very easy (it also takes less than if you spread the Gelato on a dry stamp).  Be sure that your stamp isn’t so wet that puddles are forming, etc.  The end result will be fine, but it will be a little more fuzzy.  Once the stamp was covered with Green Tea, I added just a little Margarita Mix Gelato (this is a lighter/brighter shade) to add some highlights.  Then I used the Spearmint Gelato to work around the edges, and to add some deeper tones to the stamp.   There’s really no right or wrong way to do the accents — just do what makes sense to you, adding as little or as much as you want.  When I finished the accents, I misted the stamp again.  It is important to be careful to moisten the entire stamp, but not to soak it with water.  If you see “puddles” forming, it may be a good idea to try to sponge a little off with a piece of a paper towel.  Then I turned the moistened stamp over and placed it on the paper.  I added a little pressure for a couple of seconds, and then let the stamp “rest” on the paper for a few seconds while the Gelato transferred to the paper.  Finally, I carefully lifted the stamp.  Usually the paper comes up with the stamp and that is okay, you just need to carefully peel the paper from the stamp.   Set the paper aside to dry (it won’t take long).  Typically there is enough Gelato on your stamp to do another background or two, although they will be a little lighter.  You can also “refresh” by adding more Gelato before stamping.  When you’re done, the stamp cleans up easily with a little soap and water.  Because the Gelato will stick in the detail of the stamp, you may find it easier to use an old toothbrush to remove it (use the brush with soap/water — not dry).  Please see the short video for additional information on how to use background stamps and Gelatos.

Once the Gelato background has dried, finishing the card is simple.  I just selected some background layers for my cards, and added sentiments and embellishments in coordinating colors My sentiments are all cut from the background layer using the Die-Versions Sweet Wordlets (love those dies!).  For the silver and pink cards, I also cut the words from ivory cardstock.  I placed the ivory words beneath the silver or pink to add some dimension, and to make the words more readable.  Since my Gelato background was a little larger than I needed, I trimmed the edges to fit.

My Gelato combinations are as follows —

ivy  Overall color – Green Tea; accents – Spearmint and Margarita Mix

rose  Overall color – Watermelon; accents – Cherry and Guava

silver  Overall color – Metallic Silver; accent – Squid Ink

The background stamps are Penny Black — Star Ivy and Bed of Roses.

These are some cards that I made last year using a rose background stamp by Stacy’s Stamps.  You can see that even stamps with fine lines work nicely with Gelatos.

stacy rose  overall color – Watermelon; accent – Cherry

stacy gold  overall color – Metallic Gold; accents – Butterscotch and Chocolate

This is such a fun and simple technique.  I hope that you have a chance to try it.

 

Supply List

Faber Castell Gelatos

Penny Black background stamps — Bed of Roses and Star Ivy

large acrylic stamp block

Ranger mini-mister

assorted cardstock

assorted ribbon

assorted embellishments — most of the ones I used are purchased; the violets on the ivy card were made using the Sizzix Susan’s Garden Pansies and Violets die set

adhesive — I used Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal

Sentiments – I used the Sweet Wordlets by Die Versions — “happy”, “birthday”, “anniversary”, “thanks”

Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot

paper trimmer

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’

Cheryl

MamaSaidShare.wordpress.com

 

 

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