Monday, September 29, 2014

Minute Mondays: Peek A Boo Booties Card

This is a simple little note card with a twist. The die cut holes for the booties peek through to a baby carriage on the inside of the card. The booties line up so that they make clever use of the pattern on the Designer Series Paper.

The Lullaby Designer Paper has the perfect patterns for this project, if you hit it just right you can get a heart placed right on both heels of the booties.

The Baby First Framelits and the Something for Baby stamp set are a great deal at 15% off when you buy them as bundle. Just click on the icons in the supply list below to see the details. Oh and don't forget to stamp on the envelope. It's an extra little touch that's often not available with store bought cards.

Here's how I made this card. Start off by die cutting the baby carriage. The paper patterns in the wheels of the carriage will be the ones that will show through the die cut booties, so take a little time lining up the pattern so it looks straight and symmetrical before running the die through the Big Shot.

Take a Stampin' Up Note Card (the front measures 3-1/2" x 5") and find the center point (2-1/2" in from the side). Draw a line down the center with a ruler as shown. Note: Getting the booties centered is key to a good-looking card.

Place the note card on the cutting platform of your Big Shot. Line up the baby carriage on the front of the card. The pencil line should run right in between the wheels. Next place the booties over the baby carriage wheels. Note: I made sure that I had a heart on each heel of the booties.

Place a piece of painters tape over the booties. Make sure that you use as small a piece as possible. I cut mine down to size and tried to have just a little contact at both ends.

Once the booties are secured, carefully slide the baby carriage away before you run the booties through the Big Shot.

Gently remove the painter's tape and the booty die pieces. Erase the pencil line.

Put adhesive on the back of the die cut baby carriage piece. Line up the baby carriage wheels with the holes of the die cut booties. Carefully close the card while keeping the baby carriage die cut aligned

When the card is completely closed you should see the paper from the baby carriage peeking through to the front of the card. When the card is open you can see the die cut baby carriage.

The Petite Pairs Stamp Set works perfectly to finish this card off. Stamp "so glad you're here" on the inside.

Stamp "welcome, baby" on the front of the card. Finish off the card by tying some crisp cantaloupe baker's twine in a bow and adhering it to the card. Happy Stamping!!


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Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday Finds: Fall Colors

One of the best times of year in New England is Fall. Already the leaves are starting to turn and I found this beauty greeting me on my walk this morning. What's a crafty girl to do when inspired, but make something.

I also have a bit of a confession. I have very few current autumn stamps this year, so to make this card I had to improvise. Basically I ended up playing up with a gold foil maple leaf and blendabilities and coming up with a new technique. Well, I think I came up with a new technique. Somebody, somewhere probably already invented it, but last night I felt like I was Einstein, so just let me have my moment. Before I forget, this technique also only uses the darkest blendabilities, which is likely the color you use the least, so it's a win-win technique!!

Look what I did with the Baked Brown Sugar Baker's Twine. Doesn't this knot look cool. I just tied a knot onto the twine and then tied on another two more. Then I unraveled the ends and voila cool knot.

The next few photos show how I made the maple leaf. You will be amazed at my scribbling skills. I think the leaf could turn out even better if you play with the color layering and blending a little more.

Want to make this card? I have all the things you'll need to make it HERE!

Cut a maple leaf out of Gold Foil Sheet.

Scribble on the maple leaf with the darkest Daffodil Delight Blendabilities using the brush tip.

Scribble on the maple leaf with the darkest Pumpkin Pie Blendabilities using the brush tip.

Scribble on the maple leaf with the darkest Old Olive Blendabilities using the brush tip.

Scribble on the maple leaf with the darkest Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities using the brush tip.

Dip a cotton swab in 91% isopropyl alcohol.

Use the alcohol-dipped cotton swab to gently blend the colors. If you blend a lot you may find silver peeking out underneath. What do you think? Leave me a comment below. Happy Stamping!!


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