Monday, April 14, 2014

Minute Mondays: Sweetie Pie Card

Minute Mondays, where I showcase quick cards

The Sweetie Pie and matching Sweetie Pie Frames set are such fun to play with. In honor of Minute Mondays, I created this simple design to showcase the two sets. It would be easy to change out the face or greeting with this layout to customize the card.

To make it even easier I used the pre-scored Whisper White Note Cards and Envelopes. Just stamp and mail. Find out the rest of the supplies you'll need and where to get them HERE!

To create the frame, I stamped the frame stamp in Coastal Cabana Ink on Pool Party Card Stock. To freehand cut the frame, I punched my 1" square punch in the center of the frame.

The punched hole gave me a starting point to cut out the inner frame with scissors. When you are done cutting the innter frame, cut the outside of the frame.

Also stamp and cut out a second frame on Whisper White card stock. Adhere the Pool Party frame to the Whisper White piece.

Stamp one more frame on the front of the notecard. Adhere the frame piece to the note card with Dimensionals. Happy Stamping!

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday Finds: National Geographic Word Art

Friday Finds, where I find inspiration in the world around me

This morning I was flipping through the "Letters" section of the April 2014 edition of National Geographic, when I came across this amazing word art by Kirsten Huntley. Look how the words form the shape of a cougar. I thought it would make a great inspiration piece for my Friday Finds blog post.

You need two key things to make a card like this. A die cut or large punch shape and its negative and a word stamp set that has related words to create a theme. I chose a butterfly from the Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die to be my main image and I chose the "Another Thank You" photopolymer stamp set for this technique because it has thank you in many different fonts and sizes.

Rhinestone jewels provide the only bling on this card. For instructions on how to make it, keep scrolling down. Find out the rest of the supplies you'll need and where to get them HERE!

Masked Word Art Tutorial

Step One

1. I started with a large post-it note (I cut part of the post-it off, so that it would fit on the die better). I put the sticky end of the post it note near the top of the butterfly I would be cutting. Then I ran the die through the Big Shot. Save both the negative and positive pieces of the post-it note.

Step Two

2. I cut a piece of 5" x 3-1/2" Whisper White Card Stock to stamp on (you could also choose to stamp directly on the note card). Position the butterfly post-it note on the card stock exactly where you want the butterfly image to end up. The sticky part of the post-it note should help to keep the butterfly from shifting. Note: I used the positive image of the die just for positioning. It is removed before the stamping begins.

Step Three

3.Put the negative part of the butterfly post-it note over top of the butterfly, lining it up so it fits precisely.

Step Four

4. Remove the inner butterfly post-it note. Start stamping Words from the "Another Thank You" Photopolymer Set. Use your darker ink for the words (I used Bermuda Bay Ink here). The great thing about using photopolymer for this technique is that you can see exactly where you'll be stamping.

Step Five

5. Keep Stamping words until the entire space is covered. Note: As in the cougar inspiration above, I tried to stamp many of the words so they only partially appear. I also used the heart to fill some of the smaller spaces.

Step Six

6. Sponge the lighter ink over the entire butterfly with a sponge dauber (I used Pool Party Ink here). Remove the butterfly mask and finish off by stamping "thanks" one more time beneath the butterfly and by adding some Rhinestone Jewels. I then mounted my front panel on a Whisper White Note Card. Happy Stamping!

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Hershey's Cross Tutorial

With Easter just around the corner, I thought I would share with you one more Hershey's project for the season (see my other Hershey's Easter Tutorial HERE). This cross holds FIVE Hershey's Nuggets making it a sweet gift for Easter. I tied the cross with Whisper White Stitched grosgrain, as it's the color used for Easter Sunday. I'm dedicating this tutorial to Maria, who requested a cross at my last stamp class. Find out the supplies you'll need for this cross and where to get them HERE!

Hershey's Cross Tutorial

Step One

1. To make the vertical part of the cross, start out with a 9-¼” x 1” piece of Baked Brown Sugar card stock. On the long side, score at the ½”, 4-3/8”, 4-7/8” and 8-¾” marks.

Step Two

2. Fold the strip along the score lines.

Step Three

3. For the cross filler strip, start with a 5-1/8” x 1” strip of Baked Brown Sugar card stock. On the long side, score at the 1-3/8”, 1-7/8”, 3-¼” and 3-¾” marks.

Step Four

4. Fold the strip along the score lines and add Tombow to two of the segments as shown.

Step Five

5. Add the filler strip to the vertical part of the cross. Note: The glued segments line up with the score lines on either end.

Step Six

6. Pop a Hershey's Nugget into the center space. This will help stabilize the strip when you are adhering it together.

Step Seven

7. Put Tombow on the segment next to the nugget.

Step Eight

8. Adhere the segment to the strip aligning the ends so that they are even.

Step Nine

9. Put Tombow on one of the end segments.

Step Ten

10. Adhere the ends together.

Step Eleven

11. To create TWO filler strips, start with a 3-½” x 2” strip of Baked Brown Sugar card stock. On the 3-1/2" side score at the ½”, 1-7/8” and 2-3/8” marks.

Step Twelve

12. On the 2" side, cut into TWO 1" strips.

Step Thirteen

13. Fold both strips along the score lines.

Step Fourteen

14. Place the filler strips in the vertical cross piece.

Step Fifteen

15. Put TWO Hershey's Nuggets in the remaining spaces. Note: Take a look at your vertical piece and find the end that looks the flattest and position that end toward the bottom. My second cross needed to be stabilized with a Scallop Circle piece in order for it to stand on its end. My first cross had a flatter bottom and was able to stand on its own.

Step Sixteen

16. For the Horizontal Cross pieces, start with a 6-3/8" x 2" piece of Baked Brown Sugar card stock. On the 6-3/8" side, score at the 1", 2-1/4", 2-3/4" and 4-1/8" marks.

Step Seventeen

17. On the 2" side, cut into TWO 1" strips.

Step Eighteen

18. Fold along the score lines as shown.

Step Nineteen

19. Here are all the pieces before they are adhered together.

Step Twenty

20. Put Tombow on one of the side pieces as shown. Adhere to the vertical piece. Make sure that you hold down the pieces to get good adhesion all along the two segments.

Step Twenty-One

21. Put Tombow on the other side piece as shown. Adhere to the vertical piece, making sure that the horizontal piece is even with the one that was attached on the other side.

Step Twenty-Two

22. This is what the cross looks like when both sides are adhered.

Step Twenty-Three

23. Pop in two Hershey's nuggets into the horizontal spaces.

Step Twenty-Four

24. Tie the center of the cross with a 16" length of grosgrain ribbon.

Step Twenty-Five

25. Stamp "Happy Easter" from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set in Baked Brown Sugar Ink on Whisper White Card Stock. Punch the greeting out with the small oval punch. Note: I cut the Happy Easter stamp in half so that I could stamp the words on top of each other instead of side by side.

Step Twenty-Six

26. Add the oval tag to the cross with a mini glue dot. Happy Easter!

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