Friday, August 19, 2016

Swirly Bird - Boat!


Love the boat in this new Swirly Bird set!  I ended up mounting both sides of the "sail" onto my clear block at the same time.  While that worked out nicely for stamping...it did leave a bigger gap than I liked.  So I filled it up with rhinestones for the mast (or as I called it - that stick in the middle of a boat). 

For the water and the boat sales, I stamped off ONCE in Marina Mist ink.  That gives it that lighter blue shade.  It's darker than Soft Sky, but you could certainly use Soft Sky if you don't have the Marina.

Very easy stamping for this card.  Only trick is the stamping off.  Dapper Denim layer is popped up from card base with dimensionals.

Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Swirly Bird, Build a Birthday (greeting), Work of Art (water)
Ink:  Marina Mist, Dapper Denim, Tip Top Taupe
Paper:  Marina Mist, Dapper Denim, Whisper White
Other:  Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals

Order your supplies on-line here.

Happy Stamping!

Toni

Perpetual Birthday Calendar

Cased from "firsthandemotion" on Pinterest for the design.  I really enjoy working with all the little background-like stamps in this Perpetual Birthday Calendar stamp set.  For this card though, I was really trying to play with a color combination that I thought would work - and I like it!  Watermelon Wonder (card base and flowers), Melon Mambo (butterflies), and Emerald Envy (leaves and card layer). 

I added some clear Wink of Stella to the butterflies, but I don't know that it's showing up very well in the picture.

Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Perpetual Birthday Calendar, Endless Birthday Wishes
Ink:  Watermelon Wonder, Melon Mambo, Emerald Envy
Paper:  Watermelon Wonder, Emerald Envy, Whisper White
Other:  Wink of Stella - Clear

Order your supplies on-line here.

Happy Stamping!

Toni

Thoughtful Branches - gift or note card holder


Have you had enough of the Thoughtful Branches bundle yet?  :)  I haven't!  I used one of the Kraft bags for the base of this project.  There's a pull-out card inside that you can write your note, and attach a gift card if you want.  Or drop some money inside...or whatever will fit in the bag.

Inside, the card has a loop of ribbon stapled to the top, so you can pull it out easily.


The big thing I can say about this whole project is that I used the Tombow Liquid Glue to do most of the attaching.  The doily onto the bag...the cut out hydrangea...the green stem...the white organize bow on front.  Just a little goes a long way.  Too much, and it squirts out from under and makes a mess, and that's just frustrating.  It does take some practice to get just the right size dot.  Think of how big a mini glue dot is....or how tiny it is really...sometimes that size pile of glue is too much.

Other than the glue, this project came together very easily.  Cutting out with the framelits included in the bundle, some stamping on the inside card.  Staple the ribbon.  Voila!

Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Thoughtful Branches bundle AGAIN
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Mint Macaron
Paper:  Pink Pirouette, Mint Macaron, Whisper White
Other:  Kraft Tag a Bag Gift bags, Mint Macaron 3/8" Sheer Linen ribbon, SU Stapler (it's small staples), Delicate White Doilies, Tombow Liquid glue

Order your supplies on-line here.

Happy Stamping!

Toni

Thoughtful Branches - more cone flowers!


There are so many ideas out there for this Thoughtful Branches set!  I put it with the Petal Burst embossing folder this time.  I just had to have that thing - and I really do like it.  :)  I like the background texture that it gives the card.

Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Thoughtful Branches bundle
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz, Wisteria Wonder
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White
Other:  Big Shot, Petal Burst embossing folder, Stampin' Dimensionals

Order your supplies on-line here.

Happy Stamping!

Toni




Thoughtful Branches - fall trees


I cased this from Wendy Cranford on Pinterest, but I did change up the colors.  I love, love, love the fall look of this card!

Very simple vanilla on vanilla layer, popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Thoughtful Branches bundle, "happy birthday" is from a recent Paper Pumpkin kit.
Ink:  Early Espresso, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Elegant Eggplant
Paper:  Very Vanilla
Other:  Project Life Corner rounder, Stampin' Dimensionals

Easy peasy!

Order your supplies on-line here.

Happy Stamping!

Toni

Thoughtful Branches - cone flowers

I really don't know if that's the right name for these flowers, but that's what I'm going with.  This was a super quick and easy swap card that I made to show the different things you can make with the Thoughtful Branches set that's on sale in August ONLY, while supplies last.  I'm so glad I got this bundle, because it's just so versatile.

Nothing fancy about this card, but I like the little bit of ribbon that I added and the rhinestones.  Tie the ribbon in a simple knot, and attach with a glue dot.

Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to create this:

Stamps: Thoughtful Branches bundle
Ink:  Cucumber Crush, Sweet Sugarplum
Paper:  Cucumber Crush, Sweet Sugarplum, Whisper White
Other:  Sweet Sugarplum 3/8" Ruched ribbon, Glue dots, Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

Order your supplies on-line here.

Happy Stamping!

Toni

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Archival Basic Black vs. Memento Tuxedo Black inks


You may be wondering - what IS the difference in these two inks?  I always though - meh...black is black is black.  After all of the trials and tribulations that we've gone through over the past 15 years with black ink pads, I thought the Archival was just another dud. 

Boy, was I wrong! 

I've had this ink pad for over a year, and haven't used it.  Then I was working on my Oh Happy Day card kit this weekend, and it had an Archival Basic Black ink spot included.  I figured...why not try it?  I was worried that it would wreck my stamps.  Well...it stains them, but they're not ruined at all.

Here is a picture of the two inks, stamped, side by side.  See for yourself.  The Tuxedo Black, which I have been using for years, almost looks grey next to the Archival Basic Black.  It's CRAZY!


Ignore my not-so-great stamping.  I smeared it on the left "hi".  Such a stark difference!

One thing that did not make me happy was that the Archival Basic Black REALLY stained my photopolymer stamps.  See for yourself.

That does not look cute at all.  This is after I cleaned it.  It looks like it will forever be stamping black, or gray.  NOT SO.  I went to my tried and true test - stamp it up in Yoyo Yellow ink (yes, from 15 years ago!) and stamp on white.  NOT a speck of black came up!  That's my gauge, and it passed the test.

Again, ignore my poor inking job, but you get the picture.  Bright yellow came out just as bright as it should.  No ghosting of grey or black.  Awesome!

Last picture.  I cut my stamped sample in half, so I could lay them closer to each other.  Doesn't the Memento look GRAY right next to the Archival Basic Black?  CRAZY, I tell you!


My lessons learned from this are that the Archival Basic Black ink pad is not my enemy.  It can be trusted, and does a better job that my old faithful.  Hence forth, I will be using it much more.

Also noteworthy is that the Archival ink pads (Basic Black and Basic Gray) are NOT the super inky foam pads, like all of the other colors.  These are the old style, harder, linen covered ink pads.  Still the same shape as the regular ink pads, but the pad itself is not squishy foam.  

Order your Archival Basic Black ink pad on-line here

Happy Stamping!

Toni


Oh Happy Day Card kit

WOW, wow, wow!  I spent Saturday working on my new Oh Happy Day Card Kit, and man oh man - I LOVE it!  This is the box when I opened it up.  Notice that you get a clear block (it's kind of thick too, a good size), stamps (that I ripped out first), an Archival Basic Black ink spot, all the card pieces, doo-dads, envelopes, and instructions.  All in a nice box!

THIS is what I made - the kit contains 20 different cards, in 4 different sizes.  I DID use some different stamp sets, because...let's face it, I have a bunch to choose from. 
Look at these bright colors, and patterns that are not in any of the other papers.  Little matchbook cards, regular size cards, note cards...bright fun colors!

More fun!  I also used some matching ink colors - Melon Mambo and Bermuda Bay.

I love the little heart shaped cards!  They open up like this -

All in all, I truly loved playing with this kit, and I love all of the cards that I made with it.  I only had a few bits and pieces of things left that I may have left off of a card by accident, so I can say that I really used it all up.

Love, love, love this kit!  It definitely gets a thumbs up from me.  And...another post coming next - I discovered a pretty shocking difference between the Archival Basic Black ink pad (that I've had for over a year and obviously haven't used), and the Memento Tuxedo Black (that has been my go-to Black for years).  More on that...

You may also be wondering how long it took me to make all 20 of these cards.  I didn't time myself, to be exact, but it was about 5 hours.  That being said, a good 45 minutes of that was separating all of the kit contents.  I made piles of 5 cards at a time, with all the bits & pieces needed to do those cards.  It's either hunt through everything one card at a time, or do it all up front.  I much prefer to separate and sort up front.  I feel like it saves me time in the long run.

Hope you enjoyed looking at my cards!

Order your very own Oh Happy Day Card Kit on-line here.

Happy Stamping!

Toni


Sunday, July 24, 2016

Paper Pumpkin July 2016 Alternatives - Christmas cards



I must admit that the weird "jewel" looking boxes in this month's Paper Pumpkin kit did not appeal to me, as far as boxes go.  I love a good box!  Just not that thrilled with these wonky shaped boxes.  There were 4 small and 4 larger size gem boxes.  I cut up 1 of each size - cut all the triangle pieces out to make "trees".

Out of 2 boxes, I got enough triangles to make 6 Christmas cards with TREES!  Yeah, they're triangle trees, but that's okay with me. 

I sponged the Emerald Envy ink on some of them.  The boxes themselves are a sturdy, coated white cardboard with COPPER embossed bits on them.  I LOVE the copper!  I'm also glad that I found a 1/2 sheet of some shiny copper cardstock that Stampin' Up carried years ago.  Out of that 1/2 sheet, I cut it down to layer 2 cards, and then cut out the middle to punch small stars, cut tree trunks, and get 2 scalloped ovals punched out.

Did some embossing with copper embossing powder.  A little embossing folder action (Gently Falling, and Woodland).  Used some of the Emerald Envy thick baker's twine that came in the Paper Pumpkin. 

I will say this - even though I don't like the boxes very much, all the bits and pieces are awesome.  There is no Baker's Twine in Emerald Envy and Flirty Flamingo in the catalog, but now I've got a bunch to use, so that makes me happy!

Other than the July 2016 Paper Pumpkin Kit, this is what you'll need to create these:

Stamps:  Oh What Fun!, Happy Scenes (retired)
Ink:  Emerald Envy
Paper:  Whisper White, Emerald Envy, Copper (retired)
Other:  Big Shot, Gently Falling and Woodland embossing folders, tiny Star punch (retired, must have been from a 3-pack), Copper embossing powder, Heat gun, Embossing Buddy, Large & Scallop Oval punches (retired), Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals

Order your supplies on-line here.

Happy Stamping!

Toni

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Thoughtful Branches - trio of leaves

Out of the 3 cards that I made tonight, this one is my favorite.  Super simple.  Vanilla on Vanilla layer, popped up with dimensionals.  LEAVES.  Colors.  4 1/4" square card.  Definitely my favorite for tonight.

Stamped off with the Gorgeous Grunge line/streak things, and then stamped a leaf in the same color full-strength right on top of it. 

Easy peasy!

Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Thoughtful Branches bundle
Ink:  Early Espresso, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler
Paper:  Very Vanilla
Other:  Stampin' Dimensionals

Order your supplies on-line here.

Happy Stamping!

Toni

Thoughtful Branches - scattered leaves

It is a wide-known fact that I LOVE fall, and leaves.  Another reason why the Thoughtful Branches set appeals to me so much.  I love these colors together. 

I used the splatter from Gorgeous Grunge and stamped off with Crumb Cake to give it a lighter little spritz of speckles.

Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Thoughtful Branches bundle, Gorgeous Grunge
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Crushed Curry, Garden Green
Paper:  Soft Suede (retired, sorry!  I was just happy to find a 1/2 sheet in my scrap pile), Garden Green, Very Vanilla

Order your supplies on-line here.

Happy Stamping!

Toni

Thoughtful Branches - Hydrangea

I cannot say it enough - I LOVE this Thoughtful Branches stamp set!  When I first saw it, I thought of hydrangeas...because my mom has a bunch and she loves them.  In fact, I think I've used a hydrangea stamp to make her birthday card for maybe the past 10 years. 


The stamps are photopolymer, and they line up in the thinlits very easily.  I had no trouble cutting that detailed tree/hydrangea out.  I actually stamped and cut 2 of them out for this card, so it would look fuller.  I just staggered them a little bit.

I also hit pretty much every leaf with some Dazzling Details, which I just realized is not available anymore.  Use whatever form of glitter you have!

Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Thoughtful Branches bundle (coming in August!)
Ink:  Wisteria Wonder, Pistachio Pudding (retired, but use any green)
Paper:  Wisteria Wonder, Pistachio Pudding, Whisper White
Other:  Big Shot, Brick Wall embossing folder, Thoughtful Branches framelits, Triple Banner punch, Dazzling Details (or glitter and a glue pen).

Order your supplies on-line here.

Happy Stamping!

Toni

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Christmas in July - Thoughtful Branches

While I was excited to get my Time of Year stamps, I was REALLY happy to get this new Thoughtful Branches set.  It will be a Limited Time only set/bundle, available in August.  More ideas to come, but this was my first.

Gold embossing with a little Dapper Denim.  I found the 2 pieces of Very Vanilla on my stamp table (it's a mess!), already cut so I went with it.  I like Vanilla on Vanilla layers, or White on White too.  Pop that whole layer up, so it stands out.  I also popped up the banner.  I did hand-cut that banner.

Simple enough, but I like it.  I like the variety of trees and branch things in this set.

Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Thoughtful Branches, Time of Year
Ink:  Versamark, Dapper Denim
Paper:  Very Vanilla
Other:  Heat gun, Gold embossing powder, Embossing Buddy, Stampin' Dimensionals

Order your supplies on-line here.

Happy Stamping,

Toni

Christmas in July - Time of Year


I was so happy to get this new hostess set, Time of Year, in my box of stamping goodies this week.  There is a framelit set that goes with it, but I do not have that so I hand-cut the banners.  It's not much trouble at all.

I thought embossing would look nice, so I gave it a whirl.  I love it!  Silver might have worked better, but now we'll never know.  :)

I had one piece of this designer paper left from last year's Christmas selection, so now I have six Christmas cards made and ready to go!  Added some gold sequins and popped up that banner. 



Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Time of Year
Ink:  Versamark, Soft Sky
Paper:  Soft Sky, Mossy Meadow (retired In Color - because that's what was in the dsp), Whisper White, Christmas designer paper (retired...sorry, I don't even remember the name of it.  ANY holiday print will work)
Other:  Heat gun, Gold embossing powder, Embossing Buddy, Gold Sequin trim, Tombow Liquid Glue, Stampin' Dimensionals

Order your supplies on-line here.

Happy Stamping,

Toni

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Gift card box - Oh Happy Day card kit stamps


This 3 1/2" square box will hold a small gift or a gift card!  I ended up with this size, because I wanted to use the Serene Scenery designer paper stack (6x6) for the lid.  The bottom is made from cardstock, so it's sturdy.  I don't like to make box bottoms out of dsp...too flimsy in my book.

Measurements make this box -

Lid:  Cut paper 6" x 6".  **GUESS what???  Using the Serene Scenery stack makes it easy - it's already 6x6.  Score all sides at 1 1/4".

Bottom:  Cut cardstock  5 15/16" x 5 15/16"  (this is a tight box - it's only 1/16 smaller than the lid.  You could go 5 7/8" x 5 7/8" if you wanted a little more wiggle room.)   Score all sides at 1 1/4".

Cut flaps as shown, on both the lid and box bottom.  Same way for both.  This gives you the flaps to fold in.  Use sticky strip to attach the flaps to the inside of the box.  Cutting the angle just makes it a little easier to assemble.


Don't forget to cut a small half-circle on the sides of your box lid, so you can pull the lid off more easily.  I think I used a 3/4" circle punch here.


Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Oh Happy Day card kit stamps, Perpetual Calendar
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake (stamped off for the splatters)
Paper:  Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Serene Scenery designer series paper stack
Other:  Sticky strip/red-line tape, 3/4" circle punch, Scoring board, 2" circle punch, Early Espresso ribbon (retired), Linen Thread

Enjoy making more boxes!

Order your supplies on-line here.

Happy Stamping,

Toni

Flower Patch Drapery Fold

I finally got the Drapery Fold technique down!  Only took me 6 tries, but I finally got measurements that I like.  Google for "drapery fold" or "curtain fold", and you'll get many tutorials for how to do this. 

These are the designer paper measurements and scores that I decided on, for a portrait-oriented card.

DSP:  3 1/2" x 9"

Score at  1 1/2", 2", 3", 3 1/2", 4 1/2", 5", 6", 6 1/2", 7 1/2", and 8".

Then you need to cut, from the very bottom of your first score mark (1 1/2") up at an angle til about 1" from the top of the right side of your strip of paper.  Fold like curtains, and I attach a line of sticky strip/red-line tape to the top of the back side to really keep all the folds in place.   I also put some liquid glue under the middle-ish are of the curtain, to keep it smashed down - that's just my preference to have it tightened down.


Here's a close-up to show where to start your cut.


Have fun with this technique!  The card on the right was my first finished attempt, after I got the cutting and scoring the way that I liked it.

Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to create this (the card on the left anyway):

Stamps:  Flower Patch, Birthday Blossoms
Ink:  Rich Razzleberry, Blushing Bride
Paper:  Sweet Sugarplum, Blushing Bride, Whisper White, Blooms & Bliss designer series paper
Other:  Big Shot, Flower Flair Framelits, Sweet Sugarplum 3/8" Ruched ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, sticky strip/red-line tape, Tombow liquid glue.

Order your supplies on-line here.

Happy Stamping,

Toni

Perfectly Wrapped - four ways!



Same design, same stamp set, and same designer series paper pack for all of these.  I love the similarities, and the differences.  I used the circle and flowers to make different backgrounds.

Color choices came directly from the designer paper pack.

Greeting circle is popped up with dimensionals.

Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to create these:

Stamps:  Perfectly Wrapped
Ink:  Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum, Island Indigo, Mint Macaron
Paper:  Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum, Island Indigo, Mint Macaron, Whisper White, Blooms & Bliss designer series paper
Other:  2" circle punch, Triple Banner punch, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Sweet Sugarplum 3/8" Ruched ribbon, SU mini stapler, Stampin' Dimensionals

Order your supplies on-line here.

Happy Stamping,

Toni

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Paper Pumpkin June 2016 creations

I had so much fun with my June Paper Pumpkin kit!  I used up the ENTIRE KIT this month; I'm so proud of myself!  I ended up making 4 banners, 3 birthday cards, 1 gift card holder with a little card, and 1 inspirational card. 
 

I first made banners for myself and my friend at work, so we can have something pretty at our desks.

Then I made a banner and wrapped it around a card.  I didn't get a picture of the banner before I folded it all up, but it says "HAPPY".  I sent it to my God Son, who just got engaged!!! Congratulations to him and his bride-to-be!

Then I made an "AMAZING" banner for my friend, because she is an amazing person!  You go girl!  I was so excited to put it in the cute little Mint Macaron bag and send it that I didn't get a picture of it.  It looked the same as my name banners.  :)



Followed up with 3 birthday cards, each having it's own single banner.

I had one Mint bag left, so I folded it up.  Taped the edges closed with the washi tape from the kit, and made a little birthday card.  A gift card will go right in that first pocket, where I've got a little piece of white sticking out.  Card was 3 1/2" x 4 1/4" finished.  The front of the card was actually one half of the pre-cut cards, cut down.  Then I stuck washi tape on top of the white stripes - it fit perfectly.

I had the front of one card left, so I cut it down a smidge to get rid of the "side holes", and made this card using the Seaside Shore stamps.  The greeting is from another Paper Pumpkin kit...from some time last year, I think.

I LOVE all the things that I made with this kit!!!  I'm excited to see what comes this month.

Happy Stamping,

Toni