Thursday, June 26, 2014

Kelly's Guest Designer Card!

Hi, Kelly here!  For today's card post today, I have a beautiful sentiment stamp to showcase as well as a fun technique!
First up, I have for you today the inspiring quote stamp:  "What if your fears"
which is a beautiful etched red rubber stamp.  I fell in love with it the second I laid eyes on it!  Such a sentiment to ponder ♥
I wanted this sentiment to stand alone and what better way than to have a simple, CAS card with a background to make it *POP!*  I was aiming to try the Shaving Cream technique this month so what a great opportunity.  You can read more about how this card is made on this blog post or feel free to peek at this link with step by step instructions and photos.  It's not only fun and energizer, but super easy, too - and the bonus:  You don't need designer paper!  For my card today, I did 'shave' and stamp onto watercolor paper, which I find works best of all :)
I'm one who tries not to waste anything so when I tried this on regular cardstock next, I decided that the smaller piece would become a bookmark.
See ... a matching set!

Thanks for stopping by today and be sure
 to check out the shop for this stamp and many more!
Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Soda Can Die Cut Tutorial with Angela!

Today I am upcycling a soda can to create die cuts!  

This is what you will need:
Alcohol Reinkers
A piece of soda can

 Place the die (cutting side) on the silver (inside) of the aluminum and run through die cutting machine.

Pop the aluminum out of the die with a piercing tool.

At this point the die cuts can be used as is or they can be colored.  I like playing with alcohol inks and seeing the colors blend and mix so I drop ink onto the metal one drop at a time and watch the magic! Allow plenty of time for the ink to fully dry.  I like to leave them overnight before picking them up.  

The gears add a fun embellishment for this masculine card using the "FF0171 Find My Prince" sentiment.

Thanks for Looking and have a great rest of the week!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Criss-Cross Card Tutorial with Brenda!

Hello, Brenda here to share a cross cross card with you, I have made a few of these lately  and the pretty shape has proved popular so I thought it I might be a good idea to do a short tutorial with my version.

Stamps used: FF0174 and EE0193 large and small Starburst Daisies, EE0189 Gather Love, CLR037 Fall Leaves and D037 Leaf Dies, Cheery Lynne large flourish die, Graphic 45 DP’s, Seeless Preserves and Mowed Lawn Distress Markers.

I have used a sheet of A4 cardstock scored at 4” intervals across and 5” high, but the sizes can be increased or decreased as you wish, all you need to remember is you must have three equal sized sections across the card. From the waste cut a piece that will be the pull out tag from the folded card.

Cut the two end sections of the card diagonally corner to corner as shown.

Stamp the tag as desired and glue your chosen DP’s onto the reverse of the two outer edges (remember it will be the reverse of the outer sections that will form the front of the closed card) and the central panel. Using a punch or dies make three narrow borders that will fit along the two leading edges and centre section of the card. 

The final fun part is to decorate the tag and front. I do hope you enjoy making this pretty shaped card as much as I do. As always, please do mail me if you have any questions.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Fly High Guest Designer Project!

Hi there!
  I have another post for you today as it's the day 
I post on Prickley Pear Rubber Stamp Challenge blog ♥ 

For today's card, I wanted to make a fun and whimsical
card for a special little guy we know that just adores airplanes.
I reached for the Hot Air Balloons stamp set ::: Swoon! :::
It is absolutely charming!
The thing I love so very much about Prickley Pear stamps
is they stamp so crisp and clear right out of the gate!
This card is using a little more dimension that normal.
I ran the clouds through a large dot embossing folder first,
then used a cloud die in my Cuttlebug.  It uses
lots of 3d foam behind the clouds and airplane ...
and, lastly, I stamped out the banner and Fly with Me sentiment,
all included in the stamp set!
On the inside of my card,
I completed it with yet another sentiment that says "Just wanting to say HI!"

You can find this stamp set in the Prickley Pear Store
along with the matching hot air balloon die and many more stamps/dies.
For an at-a-glance look
at the one I used today, here it is:
Thanks for stopping by today!
As always,
Big Hugs, Bigger Blessings!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Acetate and Shadow Stamping Tutorial with Brenda

Good Morning, it's my week to host a tutorial over at Prickly Pear and this one is just a short one using acetate and shadow stamping, the technique is fairly subtle but using two contrasting colours gives a finish that draws the eye.

Here are the products and materials I used: Prickly Pear stamps Floral Silhouettes HH0044 and Flourish EE0131, Distress inks, Black Versafine, Detail clear embossing powder, heat resistant acetate, watercolour card and Pearl mica spray

Distress the piece of base card with your chosen colours of distress inks and spritz with the mica spray. Whenever I create a background with inks or Dylusions I invariably add a spritz if mica spray as it helps bleed the colours, as well as giving a nice shimmer and added interest.

Randomly stamp around the edge of the card with the flourish stamp and then stamp the floral image slightly left of centre. Next stamp the floral image onto the acetate with the black ink, cover with embossing powder and heat. You will find dusting the acetate with an anti static bag really helps to stop your stamp slipping and also prevent powder sitting in unwanted places.

Lay the stamped acetate over the base stamping slightly to the right of the base image so you can see a slight shadow, then carefully glue the corners together with a dries clear glue. Mat and layer onto your base card and embellish as desired. I used some ribbon and butterflies using Mini Butterfly dies PPRS – DO23 and over stamped them with the flourish stamp used around the card edges.

I do hope you will give this fun card a try and please do ask me if you have any questions.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Dimensional Blobby Flowers Tutorial with Maureen

Hello Bloggers, I have a FIRST for you today. I have never done an on-line tutorial, so don't be too critical, as I am a beginner. I teach Copic coloring and do many tutorials, but mainly color lists and photo, to follow along with my verbal instruction in my classes, so bear with me in my first endeavor.

I'll start out with a picture of my completed project. I think it has a Victorian flair. The Graphic 45 Ladies Dairy collection was my starting point for my flowers and it sort of took flight from there.
 I'll list the other elements in my completed card before I get started on the tutorial.
I used the CLR027C Scalloped Oval 4 Floral for my oval, butterflies, & sentiment.
The D044 Heart Oval Die, cut twice, snipped in half & positioned to make the background for my sentiment, and the new D045 Flourish to pick up some of the color in my flowers. The little leaves are from Cheery Lynn. I Love dimension on my cards and usually have layered flowers, use lots of pop-up foam dots, etc. So this idea was stemmed from that need.
Dimensional Blobby Flowers Tutorial
1. Using the D015 Blobby Flowers Die from Prickley Pear,  cut shapes from any designer paper you choose. You can also do this technique with regular cardstock and the matching stamp set  CLR015A Blobby Flowers 2. You will need one of each size for the larger flowers, and one each of the two smaller shapes for the medium flowers.
      When cutting the smaller flowers that require only two of the shapes in the die I mark off the area by taping the back of the die with scotch tape & line it up to the edge of the paper as shown here.
2. After all the shapes that you need for the number of flowers you want to add to your project, you will need to ink the edges of the petals on the opposite side of what you want the front of your flowers to be.
3. After inking the edges you will need to curl them with a tweezers. The inked edges up over the side of the petals you want to be the top side of your flowers. I even used the tiny dots to use for fill in buds.
4. After curling the edges you need poke holes in the center of the petals so as to add a brad. If you choose to use a pearl, or rhinestone, button, etc., you can skip this step.
5. The next step is to curl and shape the petals by using a stylus as shown. I have a tendency to push too hard and tear the paper, so be careful!
6. The next step is to stack your petals, large, medium, small, in that order and add your brad to the center to hold them all together. If you are not using brads you can put a drop of glue in between the layers and your pearl or rhinestone in the center. You may have to fluff up your petals a little after inserting the brad. You can re-curl the tips with the tweezers or squish them with your fingers.
I chose to add a little Distress Stickles Dry Glitter in the Clear Rock Candy by painting on a bit of white glue and sprinkling with glitter. Love the sparkle without being too obvious.
Thanks for joining me and Prickley Pear today for my first on-line tutorial and I hope you try these flowers.
I must say I see now why so may tutorials are videos and that may be in the future for me!
Hugs, Maureen