Tuesday, March 21, 2017

OBG - Oldies but Goodies! with The Stamps of Life


I am going to try to start sharing things using OBG (Oldies but Goodies) stamps and dies.

I have a lot of wonderful stamp stuff I need to use and what better way than to make an effort to dig through my stuff for some treasures!

Today's Oldie but Goodie is The Stamps of Life Eggs4 Easter.

This stamp set also has matching dies that are for the eggs and jelly beans. They can be found HERE.

I am part of the Card Kit club with Stamps of Life and I have collected lots of patterned paper over the years. Each month you get a wonderful pad of paper and I don't use it all - I often don't want to part with it!! haha

I pulled out several sheets and started cutting eggs and jelly beans like crazy!

This card also used Sizzix Jar Stamps and Framelits designed by Stephanie Barnard (owner of Stamps of Life).

I began by die cutting the jar frame out of Gingersnap card stock. I created a shaker card by adding acetate and foam tape and added a lot of jelly beans and sequins.

Before I added it to the purple card back I did randomly glue some jelly beans and sequins around so there would be something in the shaker when things all fall to the bottom.

Pink ribbon was tied on and a couple of die cut Easter eggs were attached.

I love the font in this set. I stamped Blessings onto a banner.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Easter Pillow Box with the Stamps of Life


Today's card features two gift wrap ideas.

Both items were created using Ginger Snap card stock from the Stamps of Life.

The first project features a gable box. I die cut the shape two times and stamped the images using white pigment ink. The images aren't super bright. I could have embossed them in white to add more pop but I actually wanted a softer look.

After stamping, I adhered the two panels together at the tabs and I had a treat box. A pink gingham ribbon was tied and added with glue dots.

My second project features a pillow box. I LOVE this Pillow box die. It is so versatile and worth every penny!

This time I cut one piece of ginger snap cardstock and stamped in white pigment ink.

The band was created from a piece of patterned paper from the March Card club kit. These carrots are so cute!

I punched a couple of holes and tied orange ribbon on.

Here is the box with the band on it:

Thanks for stopping by today!

All Supplies from The Stamps of Life.


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Circle Flip-It card with The Stamps of Life


We are currently on Spring Break so I am enjoying some bonus craft time!

Today I am sharing a card using Sizzix Flip-Its Large Circle die set from Stephanie Barnard.

The flip-it cards help you create a card fairly quickly because all the measuring has been done for you.

I die cut the base from Tangerine Card stock and cut the panels using patterned paper from TSOL Paper Wishes pad.

I cut two large circles from white and one smaller circle in yellow and one in light pink.

These were glued down and I added the purple Hello with some glue. This wooden sentiment came from a previous Card club kit. I turned it purple by adding a layer of Nuvo.

I added a trio of flowers that I had left over for another project.

The sentiment was stamped on the light pink cardstock and I also stamped a few flowers.

The last thing I did was add a blue ribbon.

Thanks for stopping by!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
SSS Blog Wednesday Challenge: Handmade Flowers
Word Art Wednesday 274-275 Anything Goes

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Birthday Pillow Box with The Stamps of Life


Today I created a Pillow Box to hold a gift card or some treats.

This was so quick and easy but it is so much fun. I love to create gift packaging (as well as the card!) and the Stamps of Life Pillow Box Die Set makes it a snap.

I began by die cutting the box using a piece of patterned paper from a previous TSOL Card Kit.

It has many birthday sentiments on it and is a favorite of mine.

You can also create your own background very similar to this paper using the Birthday4Subways Background stamp. How cool is that? You always get lots of coordination from Stephanie.

I adhered the box closed and tied on a bright green seam binding. I added a bubblegum colored button on the center of the bow.

Thanks for stopping by!

I am entering this gift box in the following challenges:
SSS Blog Wednesday Challenge: Bit O' Green
4CraftyChicks #342 Buttons
Word Art Wednesday Blog Challenge #274-275 Anything Goes

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Happy Birthday with The Stamps of Life


Today's card was created for Simon Says Stamp Monday Blog Challenge Create Your Own Background.

When time allows, I really enjoy making backgrounds using stamps.

I stamped several balloons on white card stock in different colors. I added a piece of washi tape and ribbon and die cut the frame and stamped Happy Birthday.

Finally, I glued down two white daisy flowers.

All supplies are from The Stamps of Life.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Papertrey Ink March Release Day 2 Challenge


Today is Day 2 of the Papertrey Ink March Release.

The challenge is to create a card that contains multiples of a single shape, die cut or stamped image.

I rediscovered these beautiful Etched Easter egg Dies in craft room yesterday and decided to use these for my multiples for the challenge.

I die cut the eggs using double sided foam. It isn't the foam from PTI (which I love!!!) but it is from another company and is a little thinner.

I die cut a rectangle stitched frame from PTI Scalloped A1 Die Collection. I laid out the foam egg die cuts and stamped the sentiment - Our and Lives in black, leaving room for Savior.

This is where you need some patience! The payoff is TOTALLY worth it but you need to work slowly.

I stuck down the eggs and began carefully peeling off sections and adding Decofoil as I went. This helps me see where I have removed the front paper and have applied the foil.

After finishing this step (it isn't perfect but I am okay with that!), I die cut Savior in white card stock. Before cutting, however, I added Sizzix Adhesive to the front and back of the paper to make it into a sticker after it was cut.

I glued the word down and applied purple foil.

I die cut a piece of Egg Hunt patterned paper using the A1 collection and trimmed it in half.

The ribbon was added last and tied with a simple knot.

Thanks for stopping by!!

I am entering this card in the Word Art Wednesday #272-273 Anything Goes.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Thanks card with The Stamps of Life


This beautiful spring weather has been inspiring me to craft.

I began with a base of Guava card stock (my favorite bright pink) and added two pieces of patterned paper.

The paper is from The Stamps of Life and was included in a paper pad that comes in the Card Kit. These houses are so adorable!! I added the green stripe on top and then die cut Thanks in a lighter and darker blue. I did add Clear Wink of Stella to the Thanks.

I added a few epoxy hearts and a bright blue ribbon to finish it off.

So quick and really so cute in person!

All supplies used are from The Stamps of Life.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #277 Nail Polish Marbling


This week's Make It Monday #277 Nail Polish Marbling is a fun one! Lizzie has great video on marbling paper using nail polish.

What a timely challenge - I am seeing marbled paper everywhere! I have been very tempted by a paper marbling kit I saw recently at my local craft store so I was so happy to try this technique.

This post is a little longer than normal but I wanted to share some tips I discovered doing this project.

So I pulled out my box of nail polish and got to work. I may have gone a little crazy with this one...

In the sun:

In the shade:

My first try was this purple piece. It worked okay but the paper seemed to take the water very quickly and it wrinkled some at the bottom where there wasn't paint:

I found that the metallic paints didn't work quite as well so I used matte colors, too.

Here are some photos of the bucket I used. It was from the local dollar store. I added probably 1.5 inches of water each time. You can do probably two cards before you need to add more water.

If your water gets too low, you run the risk of your paper picking up previous paints that may have settled on the bottom. That happened to one of my blue ones - it got a drop of pink on it but I didn't mind.

I did put it in at angle (as mentioned on Lizzie's video) to try and minimize air bubbles so the paint would stick. I pressed the paper almost all the way under the water. This let me see the paint wrap around the back so I could tell I was getting coverage.

You must work quickly. Several times my paint would set up and be kind of crusty before I could dip the paper. I took the tops off the paint before adding the paint to be speedier.

I added a generous amount of each color, too. My metallic paints would "bloom" as soon as they hit the water whereas the matte colors would remain in drops for a little longer. Then I took my toothpick and started spreading a little. I didn't spread it every time if I like the design.

Bristol paper (100 lb smooth) worked best for me. It took the paint well and didn't absorb as much water so there was little wrinkling.

Here is a look at the other backgrounds I made:

This one is so pretty in person - all those specks are glitter!!

Now on to the cards I made!

I created two and will make more but since I spent a lot of time on the background I didn't have a lot of time left, lol!!

I used black card stock to die cut sentiments from my favorite PTI series - Big Basics. I tried colors on the card stock but it just got lost in the marbling.

That was so much fun, thanks Papertrey!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

I am entering these cards in the challenges:
SSS Wednesday Blog Challenge For a Special Lady/Girl
Word Art Wednesday #272-273 Anything Goes

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

I Miss Ewe with The Stamps of Life


Just stopping by to share a card I made featuring the newest Stamps of Life Club set, Sheep2Stamp and coordinating dies.

I had a piece of patterned paper on my desk that has clouds and I decided to make a pasture for my sheep.

This is one of those cards where things didn't go quite as planned! Haha!

I decided to stamp the sentiment, "I miss ewe," in one of the clouds because it fit perfectly. However, I stamped it in the wrong cloud! I then cut my paper too small so I ended up piecing it back together, hence the white ribbon to cover the seam.

After stamping the large sheep in black ink I put down a layer of white Liquid appliqué and let it dry for a while. I added heat to it and it puffed up to look like fur.

Here is where another problem arose, I didn't die cut the sheep BEFORE I added the appliqué. I knew the die would most like ruin my sheep so I decided to fussy cut around.

I added my pieced patterned paper to blue paper and die cut a fence from another TSOL die set, Fences, Crows, Bats and Moons.

It was mounted on Gingersnap card stock and a few epoxy accents were added. I can't wait to make more cards with this adorable set.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, March 6, 2017

A Bunch of Happy Birthday Cards - The Stamps of Life


I had the best time this week playing with the new Sizzix Drop In Happy Birthday Card Set today.

I decided to make more than one card by die cutting patterned paper several times and then building from there.

After adhering the Happy Birthday to the solid card stock bases, I added different embellishments to each one. 

This is a simple one with a single heart but I will write a note on orange card stock inside when I send it.

 A duo of hearts on the outside....

With more inside!

Washi tape is also a great detail for the inside of these cards:

This one just looks like summer to me!

I die cut a circle and adhered the sentiment Thinking of you. It is hidden until you open the card.

This is a great die set - you can make a lot of cards quickly and dress them up as much as you like.

Thanks for stopping by!

I am entering these cards in the Word Art Wednesday Challenge #272-273 Anything Goes.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #276 Kraft & Colored Pencils


Hope you are a having a good weekend. We walked as a family in a community race this morning and sold Girl Scout cookies after that so it has been a busy but good day!

I created two cards for the Make It Monday #276 Kraft & Colored Pencils Challenge this week.

I rarely use Kraft card stock and it is a shame because it makes the most beautiful cards!

Melissa provided a great video this week using Kraft card stock and colored pencils. Check it out!

I stamped and embossed four poppies from Unity Stamp company. These are some big, bold poppies!
I colored three images with a red watercolor pencil and the fourth one I colored orange.

I used a Dove Blender pen to smooth the color out a little.

The flowers were cut by hand and grouped together to make a large cluster.

I had to create a 5.5x5.5 card to fit the blooms.

After cutting a piece of Kraft dotted paper I tied a piece of Kraft ribbon (from the great PTI sale) and mounted it all to Pure Poppy card stock.

The image was embossed in gold and matte gold sequins were scattered around the flowers.

Since I had one poppy left over I made a second card.

This one features Smokey shadow card stock and dotted paper. After attaching to the base I added the orange poppy and the Thanks was die cut from Soft stone.

The bow was made with New Leaf ribbon.

Supplies Used:
Smokey Shadow, Canyon Clay, Pure Poppy, Soft Stone Card stock
2009 Bitty Dot Basics Paper
Pretty Frame Cover Plate
Kraft and New Leaf Ribbon

Poppy stamps from Unity Stamp Co.

Thanks for stopping by!

I am entering this card in the Word Art Wednesday Challenge #272-273 Anything Goes

Thursday, March 2, 2017

You are Awesome, Awesome, Awesome with The Stamps of Life


Just dropping in today to share a card I made using the newest Stamps of Life Card Club Kit.

It contained a die and a shadow that say, "Awesome." I die cut it 3 times and watercolored over it using darker shades of blue.

You can use the outer die to cut the word out but I dropped in the word for this card.

I added the You are at the top and the Happy Happy birthday came from the stamp set in the kit.

I wanted a strong contrast so the words would pop off the page so I mounted my watercolor panel to bright yellow card stock.

A coordinating ribbon and a few epoxy hearts helped finish off the card.

Thank you for stopping by!!

I am entering this card in the Word Art Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes #272-273