|Santa Says Shop Inside|
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
When Elizabeth Craft Designs came out with Karen Burniston's new die for gift cards, I just knew I would have to teach it at the Tennessee Stamper's Retreat this fall. And without much ado, here it is!
Sunday, October 18, 2015
Tim Holtz's Bird Crazy dies are all the rage now. I loved them from the first time I saw them. So I conjured up a big batch of them for birthday cards, congratulations cards, and just for fun cards. Then I was excited that the dies for the accessories were being shipped. Well, I accidentally re-ordered the dies for the birds, and when they came, I was so disappointed. So I grabbed some of the props from my Elizabeth Craft Designs' Critters designed by Karen Burniston, and dressed up these two Crazy Birds with the snorkeling gear. With a little trimming and adjustments, they worked fine! I used clear packaging to cut the mask's clear area, and in person, it looks really cool.
I love how the wings can be cut separately. I used this plus to make the little short bird look like he is holding all the gear underneath his wing.
I am off to make some more fun cards with these fun little stamps and matching dies now that the accessories dies are in my possession! Watch this blog for more in the future.
Friday, December 12, 2014
|Winter Mantelscape Project|
If any of you have been following the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog, you know I have been blogging over there as a guest! I have neglected my own blog...but now I am back here offering some BLOG CANDY from Elizabeth Craft Designs! It is my most favorite die set of all, the Fancy Label Accordion Card die set. I have been making what I call "mantelscapes" out of them. The most challenging to date was the Twelve Days of Christmas. You can see it HERE. And be sure to leave a comment on THIS blog for a chance to win the random drawing that will take place on Wednesday, December 17, just in time for Christmas. Some lucky person will win this for their stocking this year!
Now on to the featured mantelscape for this winter. This one can go into January with its snowy scenes. I attended a special retreat to teach this technique in October, and the ladies all loved creating this project. We used Karen Burniston's triple pivot technique in the center of this winter mantelscape. You can go to YouTube and watch her amazing video on how to do this technique HERE. Be sure to scroll down below the simple instructions on this card to see my Christmas version of the card Karen did in this video. It is fun to see how it looks in other papers and colors!
To do this project, you will need some coordinating winter/snow cardstock, watercolor paper, Distress inks, and several stamps with winter scenes on them. I used some that were much too large for the panels, but each one had an area that could be cut down and used.
- Stamp four winter images on watercolor paper (I like Fabriano Hot Press 140 lb.) and die cut with the largest Fancy Frame. It is the one slightly smaller than the pivoting area inside the frame.
- Stamp two more with winter sayings or a title.
- Color all images monochromatically with Ranger Distress inks and the Distress ink application tool in shades of the lighter blues from Tim Holtz's Distress ink collection. Ink the edges of these stamped images and adhere to the center panel of the accordion card.
- Stamp something for the front of the card when it is closed and adhere to the center of the panel.
- Now following Karen's instructions for making the triple pivot card that goes in the center of this mantelscape, make a coordinating piece for your own card.
- Cover all frames with the coordinating snowflake frame sold separately. Cut a frame for each panel from the same die. Trim it down as shown in the Twelve Days of Christmas tutorial and adhere to the back of each panel to firm up the piece.
|First few panels Close up|
|Last panels (far right)|
Here is a photo of the original Evergreen Triple Pivot Accordion Card constructed after watching Karen's video:
|Christmas--Evergreen Triple Pivot Accordion Fold Card on display|
|Front of closed card|
...and now for your comment for a chance to win this Fancy Label Accordion Die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs!
Thanks for coming today! Good luck on the drawing!
Thursday, October 9, 2014
|Use both Positive and Negative Space from Die Cutting!|
Last weekend Tim Holtz's BigZ Leaf Die and Texture Fades Embossing Folder arrived in my mailbox, just in time for the fall cards I like to send to my family and friends. When Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday blog challenger arrived in my mailbox, just in time for the fall cards I like to send to my family and friends. When Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday blog challenge was to use watercolor this week, including Distress, I jumped at the chance. So I sat down to make a few cards. Well, a few more than a few! When I got started, I couldn't seem to quit until 1 AM. Of all the leaf dies, this one has become my favorite one. It is so fun to see what my scribbles on the paper reveal when the leaf is die cut. Each one, like in nature, is different.
I quartered two pieces of cardstock, one sort of orangey-gold, the other ivory, and then proceeded to color them randomly with Distress stains. The darker cardstock I used the Distress daubers and applied random squiggles and dots with Festive Berries, Crushed Olive, Spiced Marmalade, and Wild Honey. The ivory cardstock received only a spritz of Distress stains mixed with water, using the following colors: Fired Brick, Forest Moss, and Mustard Seed. While I was spritzing, I also spritzed a little on the first batch. I wasn't impressed with the first batch until I die cut the leaves. Wow. What an amazing thing! These leaves resemble turning leaves more than any I have ever made! And the negative space that is left demanded to be used on a card as well! The second batch was just about perfect to me!
So I took another Tim Holtz Texture Fades with small leaves on it and ran that negative space through my Vagabond. After all the embossing was finished, I applied Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink with the Inkssentials Blending Tool on the raised areas. Next step, I spritzed the leaves and the negative spaces with gold spray mist to give them all a warm shimmer.
I have an old Hero Arts stamp with fall-related words on it, so using a stamp positioner, I was able to stamp those words repeatedly on the backing card, revealing them through the hole left behind from die cutting the leaf. I love this! Above you can see one of each card I made with these magnificent leaves and their negative spaces. Other items used on these cards are some corrugated cardstock rubbed with Distress ink to blend with the card, patterned paper cut on the diagonal, cardstock, ribbon, magic mesh, and orange goosebumps.
The photo below shows the results from one long evening spent in my studio! The first row shows the negative space from the leaves that were just spritzed onto cream cardstock. The second row was the orangey-gold cardstock with the Distress Stain Daubers and Distress spritzing. The third and fourth rows show the various leaves obtained with both methods.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
|Fall Bench from Great Products|
Fall is absolutely one of my favorite times of year because of nature's colors. They are my favorites! So I am finding myself drawn to making fall cards more than I ever used to do. So some of my friends and family are being treated with a seasonal card before Thanksgiving and in place of a Christmas card. Well, maybe.
The new wafer-thin dies are incredible, and it seems that every company out there has picked up on the concept that many stampers dislike cutting out with scissors and craft knives! Personally, I would love to buy a die for every stamp I own! The new Impression Obsession leaf and rake, the Impression Obsession pumpkin die, and the Impression Obsession apple basket dies for fall are so cute, and they go perfectly well with the Elizabeth Craft Designs Garden Bench that has become my favorite Karen Burniston Pop It Up die by far. It is so versatile, and I have all these ideas floating around in my head for it. The tree in the background is another Elizabeth Craft Designs wafer-thin die, All Seasons Tree.
This card is the one I mentioned in my previous post. And I am submitting it to Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge whis is to be a fall-themed card--"Falling in Love With...".
I love how the Elizabeth Craft Design Pop It Ups dies allow the resulting card to be bigger than normal. This gives so much room to make a scene. I love little scenes in my cards. So do my little granddaughters. I tend to design with them in mind. If a child loves it, than an adult will, too!
I used the great Crescent Moon and Stars die by Tim Holtz and Sizzix in the background. I love its large size, and if you have been watching the moon lately, you realize that a harvest moon sometimes looks bigger than normal. I love that this die lends itself to this "harvest moon" concept, even though it is crescent-shaped instead of a full moon. Love the "man in the moon" face on this die! I kept thinking of the old song, "Shine On Harvest Moon" as I was making this card, and the music paper was the perfect touch to carry out that theme. The "rug" in front of the garden bench is patterned paper (which I also used on the front of the card--this paper is double sided, which is great for these cards). It is embossed with a Sizzix embossing folder from the Textured Impressions Foyer set, which you can see on sale now HERE. I then just cut around the embossed shape to give me a sentiment and an accent in front of the bench.
Watch for more fall-themed cards in tomorrow's blog. I am on a roll!