Archive | July 2016

Stampin’ Up! Tuscan Vineyard Stamp Set so vintage-Congratulations Card.

Tuscan Vineyard Stamp Set just cries out for vintage rendition.  Delightful Dijon is the color I chose to feature this pretty, vintage looking scene.  The card base is Delightful Dijon Card Stock layered with a piece of jSerene Scenery Paper as background.  I didn’t want the Dandelion ‘Fluff’ to show so I carefully cropped the paper to get all the big stuff out of the way.  Then using the motif stamp from the Timeless Textures Stamp Set I stamped off once and then stamp randomly on the background covering all the little fluff that was showing through.

Don’t you love the Burlap Ribbon?  But how to feature it?  It is perfect on this card and adds to the vintage feel of the scerenly.  I adhered a piece of the Burlap Ribbon to the top 1/3 of the card.  Then I stamped the pastoral scene from the Tuscan Vineyard Stamp set using  Tuxedo Black Ink on Very Vanilla Card Stock.  The scene is colored in with the Blender Pen using Emerald Envy, Crumb Cake and Old Olive ink.

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Choosing an oval die that fit the scene plus a 1 /4″ I die cut the scene and added a frame by die cutting the next size die in Delightfu Dijon Card Stock.  I adhered the frame to the picture using the Fine Tip Glue Pen.  This finished piece was adhered to the background using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The little Medallion  was stamped using Versamark Ink on Very Vanilla Card Stock.  It was then heat embossed using the NEW Stampin’ Up! Copper Embossing Powder.  The Medallion was die cut using a small Scalloped Circle die and the background piece-Delightful Dijon- was die cut using the next size up Scalloped Circle die.  (These are from the Layered Circles Thinlets Set).  I smudged (Using a dauber) the edge of the Medallion with Delightful Dijon before adhering it to its back piece.  The finished piece was adhered to the front using Stampin’ Dimensionals on the edge away from the scene and a bit of SNAIL was used on the edge to hold it down to the frame of the scene.

The Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set Sentiment if perfect here, stamped in  Versamark Ink and heat embossed using Copper Embossing Powder on Very Vanilla.  The sentiment was then trimmed to fit and the ends were die cut using a small die from the Layering Circles Set.  The sentiment was then  smudged using Delightful Dijon.  This was then adhered to a piece of Delightful Dijon Card Stock and trimmed leaving a 1/4″ frame all around.

To finish off the front I cut a short length of the Burlap Ribbon and folded it in two, adhered under the Medallion using a glue dot to hold it in place.  (Also had to use a glue dot on each end of the ribbon, they tended to want to jump up!

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Love this inside!!!  I used a piece of Very Vanilla and stamped it all over using the motif stamp from Timeless Treasures as I did on the front of the card stamping off once or twice.  The jugs are from the Tuscan Vineyard Stamp Set,  stamped in Delightful Dijon.  (Note*I had just reinked my stamp pad and it was too juicy-hence the dark circle at the bottom of the jugs-but kind of lends a shadow effect.)

The inside top is a coverup!!!  When I adhered the finished piece to the background I did it on the wrong side!  So,  hint: using my trusty heat gun I heated the SNAIL slightly, and carefully removed the piece from the top.  Oops-some slight roughness and tears left behind so I added this piece of Serene Scenery DSP to the top.  Glad it turned out OK.  Here is the envie I made to match.

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DIY Photo Light Box for photographing cards, projects and small items

When I decided I wanted to start a BLOG about stamping and card making, I realized that I would need to have good pictures to put on my Blog.  Checking out the internet for Light Boxes I soon found out that they can be rather expensive.  I did an internet search for DIY photo boxes and discovered there are as many ways to make one almost as there are cards to make!  There was a cardboard contraption, easy to make with a cardboard box, duct tape and tissue paper.  That just seemed too flimsy for my.  I came across one that was made out of PVC pipe.  So I went to Home Depot and Lowes and shopped for PVC.

I live in the North Georgia Mountains, we do have both stores nearby (as well as Wally World).  Home Depot and Lowes had straight PVC tubing but no elbows.  And I needed a three way elbow.  So I looked on Amazon, sure enough! (a southern expression) there they were and they were relatively inexpensive.  Who needs a mall what you have Amazon?

When the elbows came I put all the pieces together.  It takes four elbows and eight pieces of PVC.  The PVC  came in 2 foot lengths and it is 1/2″.  After I put it together it was way too big, so I cut each PVC pipe down to 20″ using a Dremel Saw.  Quick work but there was plastic dust everywhere!  A simple hand saw or hack saw would have made quick work of it as well.

I set the Light Box frame up on a work table in my old studio (now a storage area), but  it was too low.  Casting about for a solution I found my old ironing board that is a professional size and larger than the ordinary household one.  I took a 24″ ceiling tile and laid on it.  Then placed the Light Box frame on top of it.

Here is how it looks from the front finished and working.  Actually this drop light needs to be down about 8 more inches or so.

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I first tried tissue paper but it is not wide enough and certainly not sturdy enough to  last very long.  I went to Wally World and found 60″ white muslin.  Then the next step was to fasten it to the PVC.  How to do that?  I immediately thought of my handy glue gun.  Playing with the muslin I first laid it in one piece, salvage edge across the front draping it to fit on all three sides.  I centered it, glued the top piece first then each side in turn and cut off the little extra on the sides.  I then pulled it taut and glued the top back.

Next came the tricky part.  I then glued the sides pulling it taut on each side.  Carefully slitting the fabric and pulling it straight I cut off the excess (kind of like a gusset I guess) and glued the back to the back side.  So at the back the fabric is glued to the side back and the back back.  Make sense?  Then trimmed the excess off the bottom.

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This is a close up of the front, see the salvage edge hanging over?

Next I added lighting.  Two fold up OTT Lamps, one on each side and a drop light handing from the ceiling tile junction by a hanger.

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Side view.  I put a piece of white poster board inside and it fits perfectly.  The little jar I use to prop my cards for photographing.

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This is a view of the inside back corner.

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And this is the other side view.  I move the lights as I need to get rid of shadows.  I am still working on getting my pictures better.  As they say, it’s a work in progress.

Here are the supplies I used in making it.

1/2″ PVC 24″ pipe from Home Depot (only available at the store) about $1.30 apiece  you will need 8

1/2″ PVC three way elbow  from Amazon (your local Home Depot may carry them) pkg. of 10  $11.50

60″ Wide white muslin 1 yard  (not too thick-make sure you can kind of see your hand through it)

Glue Gun, White poster board

I would be happy to answer any questions.  It was fun to make it myself and very cost effective if you price professional photo boxes.  It is very light weight and portable.  It is surprisingly sturdy on it’s four 1/2 legs.

 

Stampin’ Up! Floral Phrases Birthday Card in Night of Navy-Joy card fold!

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Welcome back, are you yearning for just one cool day?  I  surely am.  I love cold weather, the colder the better and this 90 something is just way to hot for my liking.  A good time to hunker down in the craft room and make cards, don’t you agree?  Here is my offering for today.  I love this DSP.  It was so hard to choose which patterns I wanted to use.  There are four perfectly coordinated patterns in this Floral Boutique DSP.  Love that it is just two colors: Whisper White and Night of Navy.  I love the ‘summery’ feeling of Navy and White.  Next I want to see how this paper pops yellow!  Love Navy and Yellow as well.

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This is a Joy Fold Card.  I love the creative challenge inherent in the Joy Fold.  So many surfaces to embellish, so much fun to plan and finish.  There is a super tutorial on Joy Fold Cards on Splitcoaststampers.  Click on the name and you will be taken directly to the tutorial.

It looks challenging but it is fairly easy if you follow the tutorial.  The card is actually two cards, one inside the other.  Hope that makes it easier for you to follow.  The base of the card is Night of Navy Card Stock with Floral Boutique DSP pattern  adhered to the inside base using SNAIL.  The left flap of the front is then finished using the DSP in a coordinating pattern.  The inside card and the very front are next decorated.

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The inside of the second card is finished by first stamping the sentiment using Night of Navy on Whisper White Card Stock.  The Sentiment if from the Tin of Cards Stamp Set.  The little border at the bottom is from the Floral Phrases Stamp Set stamped in Night of Navy.  The inside flap is then covered with the third coordinating pattern from Floral Boutique DSP.

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The front of the card is then finished by adhering a piece of the Floral Boutique DSP using Snail.  Then the flower from Floral Phrases Stamp Set is stamped in Night of Navy on a piece of Whisper White.  The flower is then die cut using one of the Layering Oval Thinlet dies.  Then choosing the next size up I die cut another layer from Night of Navy Card Stock. The Whisper White is adhered to the Night of Navy Layer using SNAIL.  The finished piece is adhered to the front of the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals to give the flower some definition.  Three Rhinestone Basic Jewels were added to the front panel.

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The card needed some kind of fastener or something to hold the front card stock in place.  What to do??   I decided to try an experiment, so I looked through my thinnest and framelits and came up with a combination of two dies the put together made a pretty little kind of flower and would do perfectly for the fastener job.  I used the five petal very small die from the May Flowers Framelits dies and die cut it from Night of Navy Card Stock.  The top of the fastener is a die from the Flourish Thinlets set die cut in the Floral Boutique DSP.   Adhering the two together I used a glue dot and placed a Rhinestone Basic Jewel in the middle for some Bling.  The little fastener was then positioned and adhered to the card front using a Stampin’ Dimensional to give it enough room to tuck the edge of the card under to hold it. I just noticed that a couple of these pictures have kind of a yellow shadow on the side.  I’m working with a new photo light box and still learning how to adjust the lights to cut down on the shadows.  On Thursday I will post the Lightbox and how I made it.

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Stampin’ Up! Fairy Celebration perfect in Sweet Sugarplum birthday card.

When I first saw this sweet stamp set from Stampin’ Up! “Fairy Celebration” I knew I had to have it.  This card and I wanted to play with SU new colors for 2016-2018.  Playing with the new Shimmery White Card Stock and Dapper Denim, Sweet Sugarplum and Peekaboo Peach Ink refill.  Using an acrylic block I dropped several drops of each color on the block, then using a Stampin’ Up! Spritzer filled with water I spritzed the inks.  Blowing the inks around a bit in different places, I then placed the Card Stock face down on the block and quickly lifted it straight up.  It took about 15 minutes for it to totally dry.

Then I fussy cut the image to suit me.  I also stamped the sentiment from the Balloon Celebration stamp set using Tuxedo Black Ink on the ‘inkblot’ scrap.   That I also fussy cut kind of like a banner.  I layered that sentiment on a scrap of  Sweet Sugarplum and cut with an 1/8″ border.

Cutting piece of Blooms and Bliss DSP to layer on the Sweet Sugarplum Card Base.

 

 

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Stampin’ Up! Pop of Pink, Flashy, Thinking of you card!

Love this puppy, great, bright “Pop of Pink” card perfect for ANY occasion!  The card base is Melon Mambo with a layer Whisper White Card Stock and topped with a layer -specially cut and folded- Pop of Pink DSP.  The Pop of Pink layer is cut to the same size as the Whisper White.  On one long size mark the mid point and cut to center of paper.  Fold carefully angling paper and fold from cut to corner on each side.  Using a bone folder firmly crease the fold.  

Then stamping in Tuxedo Black Ink the image from Bella and Friends, positioning carefully in the opening on the Whisper White Card Stock.  I then watercolored the puppy using Tip Top Taupe Ink and finished by placing a Melon Mambo heart on the collar and coloring in the collar in Melon Mambo.

The Heart Sentiment is stamped in Melon Mambo on Whisper White Card Stock using the Pop of Paradise Sentiment.  Next I die cut the heart using a matching size heart die from the Sweet and Sassy Framelits.  Choosing the next up size heart I die cut a the heart in Basic Black.  Adhered all to the Pop of Pink DSP with Stampin! Dimensionals.

 

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The inside is Whisper White layered on Card base.  The embellished heart is die cut from the Pop of Pink DSP and Whisper White Card Stock.  The cute little “Bella’s Friend” was stamped from the Bella and Friends Stamp Set in Melon Mambo and colored in using the Melon Mambo Colorpen.  All is adhered with SNAIL.  Kinda cute, I think!

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Stampin’ Up! Mint Macaron featured on this ‘everything’ card!

Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper is the perfect background for this ‘everything’ card.  This card could be sent to represent get well, happy birthday, congratulations, friendship, or just ‘happy’.  The colors suggest tranquility and peacefulness.  Island Indigo Card Stock is the base for this card layered with a piece of Blooms and Bliss DSP.  Angled across the front in two rows is Mint Macaron 3/8″ sheer linen ribbon.

The is stamped in Island Indigo Ink from the Layering Love Stamp Set on Whisper White Card Stock.  It was die cut using the next to largest scalloped die from the Layering Circles Framelits.  The back frame for the sentiment was die cut from the largest scalloper die in the Layering Circles Framelits in Mint Macaron.   This unit was then adhered to the front of the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The little accent flowers were first stamped in Island Indigo and Mint Macaron Ink on Whisper White Card Stock  using the stamp from Petite Petals Stamp Set and punching out using the Petite Petals punch.  They were given a finishing touch with Pearls from the Pearls Basic Jewels and adhered to the sentiment using glue dots.

After deciding where the butterfly should land, I stamped his antenna in Early Espresso.  The butterfly from Papillon Potpourri Stamp Set  was stamped in Island Indigo on Whisper White Card Stock and punched out using the elegant butterfly punch.  Pearls from the Pearls Basic Jewels were added to give accent and the butterfly was adhered using a glue dot.

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The inside is done by layering a piece of Blooms and Bliss on the back of the inside using SNAIL, then cutting a piece of Whisper White 1/2″ smaller on all sides adhering it to the Blooms and Bliss Layer.  The flowers were stamped in Mint Macaron and Island Indigo using the Petite Petals Stamp Set, then were punched out using the Petite Petals Punch.  The flowers were adhered using glue dots.

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Stampin’ Up! Swirly Birds in Dapper Denim Card

Love how this Dapper Denim ‘Just a Note’ card turned out!  Accented with Peekaboo Peach die cuts and an unusual kind of watercolor background.  There was another card I wanted a kind of watercolor background to play with.  I used all sorts of ways of making backgrounds with two kinds of  card stock.  I finished the other card and had several ‘experiments’ left over.  The background of this card is one of those experiments!

To get this background I put some dots of Dapper Denim, Sweet Sugarplum and Peekaboo Peach Reinker on an Acrylic Block.  Spritzed with water and kind of swirled around.  I didn’t like the look so I took an old credit card edge and kind of just swished across the surface.  Then using Whisper White Card Stock  I placed a piece face down.  I didn’t  press it just kind of gently laid it on top.  When the ink seeped through the back I carefully pulled the paper off the block.  After letting it dry I cut it to size positioning the ‘ink blot’.  Kind of interesting don’t you think?

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After studying the background and playing with Peach Peekaboo an d Dapper Denim Card Stock I chose the Dapper Denim for the card base.  Then using my Big Shot I die cut several different dies using the Swirly Scribbles Die set.  Moving them around I decided that they should come off the page and leaving enough room at the top for the sentiment I glued them in place using the Fine-Tip Glue Pen.  Once in place I snipped off the overhanging die cut.

I first tried stamping the sentiment on Whisper White in Dapper Denim.  Too stark with the lovely background so I made another background using Dapper Denim Ink on an Acrylic block, spritzed with alcohol this time, swirled the block and slightly blotted the ink so there was a fine layer left.  I then place a piece of the Card Stock on the block face down.  When it was dry I had my background for the sentiment, ready to stamp!

The sentiment is from the Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set. White and die cut using a circle from the Layering Circles Framelits.  Then choosing the next up size die from the Layering Circles Framelits I die cut it in Dapper Denim.  Adhered the Whisper White to the Dapper Denim using SNAIL adhesive.  Adding Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the Sentiment I placed it just on top of one of the swirls.

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And then the inside.  I didn’t have a sample that I liked so back to the acrylic block, Dapper Denim Ink Refill drops, swirled on an acrylic block and spritzed with alcohol.  swirled, slightly blotted then placed Whisper White Card Stock face down.  Dried and adhered to inside.   Then choosing one of the dies left over from the front  (Swirly Scribbles) I adhered it to the lower right side using the Fine-Tip Glue Pen.

Love the modern look, actually pretty quick, easy and really fun.  Can’t wait to try more!  Think of the color combinations,  try alcohol, water and very fine salt is another way to change the ‘ink blot look’.  I feel a video coming on.  (As soon as I get my video set up organized).

 

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