Framelits Bunny & Rainbow

Playing with Framelits & Thinlits can result in some fun card or scrapbook embellishments.

Since it is now officially Spring here (the weather will follow eventually), my mind is on colors, flowers, and Easter.

I’ve had this bunny in my head since I made the black cat version back around Halloween, but finally sat down to make it with Easter just around the corner.

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The Bunny was made with the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits from Stampin’ Up!,  which you see below, using the small & medium (trimming off barbs) circle swirls and the leaves as ears (interior/exterior).

Note: You can make his bigger friend using medium & large circle swirls!

Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies

I Used Chocolate Chip & Flirty Flamingo Cardstock to create my bunny and added a Smokey Slate ribbon bow and handmade (approximately 1/2″) Whisper White baker’s twine pom-pom tail.

Want to forgo making a pom-pom bunny tail?  March’s Paper Pumpkin had some cute pom-poms about this size which you could use (there’s even a Fliry Flamingo one there!) if you have them leftover.  OR That Small circle in the bottom right corner of the Thinlets photo above would be about the right size to make a cardstock tail AND it would lie flat for mailing a card!

After creating the above bunny, I decided to make a rainbow from the Up & Away Thinlits & Stitched Shapes Framelits.

Those clouds from the Up & Away Thinlits are so fun to use.

  • The Rainbow uses all of the Stitched Shapes Framelit Circles.
  • Just nest them inside each other as you cut the color-For the Cherry Cobbler you would nest the two largest circles.
  • I use Washi tape to keep the dies in place as I run them through the Big Shot.
  • Since I felt I really needed to add the blue layer and was out of circles, I went ahead and used a stitched oval for that color.  It is hidden by the clouds enough that the different shape isn’t immediately evident.
  • I created this 6″x4″ pocket card with the A Little Foxy paper stack and added some raining Cherry Cobbler hearts cut from a die in the Everyday Jars Framelits.

I eventually decided to make a scrapbook layout with another bunny & rainbow which included the Basket Builder Framelits Dies for the basket, eggs, chocolate bunny, chicks, peeps, and grass.

The Falling In Love DSP includes this Soft Sky dandelion fluff paper and I used the coordinating Falling In Love Cardstock pack for the Blushing Bride background 12″x12″.

Whether you choose to make your Thinlit & Framelit designs into pocket cards for scrapbooking, card toppers for cards or embellishments for a scrapbook page (Or all of the above!), have fun creating!

Thanks for stopping by.

Until next time…

-Joanne

An Easter Card from the Basket Builder Framelits

This Easter card made from the Stampin’ Up! Basket Builder framelits takes me back to the days when I’d go hunting for my hidden Easter basket first thing in the morning before we headed to church.  Our baskets always included marshmallow peeps, eggs (chocolate & dyed hard-boiled), a chocolate bunny, and various other goodies from toys to coloring books or school supplies we needed.  We always reused the same baskets, which were admittedly very large-and couldn’t be hidden in very many places so as we aged we discovered them more quickly since the same places seemed to be reused.  But the fun was in the discovery and love my parents put into the gifts.

This card features a rattan looking basket, die cut and inked in Crumb Cake, nestled in Garden Green grass and filled with die cut Peeps & some Pear Pizzazz grass trimmed to fit the basket.

Growing up in Pennsylvania, most of our Easter celebrations were held indoors because it was often raining outside.  So, I’ve included this in my card by using the rainy paper in the A Little Foxy DSP stack & some white die cut clouds created with the Up & Away Thinlits.

Perhaps you may not know that marshmallow peeps are also from Pennsylvania. So, it would be a rare Easter that those (then seasonal only) little Peeps & Chicks wouldn’t be in the basket or at least in the house.

I did not use the coordinating stamps for this particular card, but  I did buy the bundle and I expect to showcase other samples where the stamps & framelits were both used. I didn’t like that the stamp of the peep was missing a nose and the outline didn’t seem necessary for this card.  It was easy enough to hand dot/draw the eyes & nose with the black marker or my preference: the project life pens. This actually helped me produce them quicker too since I didn’t need to stamp first & line up the framelit to cut. I die cut first and drew faces on my whole pile of Peeps when I was done cutting. ***BTW: If this gives you an excuse to buy Peeps to see their little faces in real life, just blame it on research when you eat them.

By cutting the front of the blushing bride card stock 1/2″ shorter on one side (card stock will measure 4.25″x 10.5″ scored at 5.5″), I gave myself room to stamp “Happy Easter” from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set which is in view from the front and also when the card is open.  On the inside I also added 3 die cut peeps with hand drawn faces. My Peep inside colors = Sweet Sugarplum, Daffodil Delight & Soft Sky. I used Peekaboo Peach & Flirty Flamingo for others on the front of the card and I believe Mint Macaron & So Saffron might work well also.

A small rhinestone accent allows me to also skip the stamping on the chocolate bunny- created with Chocolate Chip card stock, of course and also the bow-Blushing Bride to match the card base color.

Easter is April 16th this year; only a few weeks to get some cards made & in the mail to arrive on time to a few family members who used to stop by and celebrate the holiday weekend with us. My Peeps 🙂

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Pegboard card with the Build It Framelits

One of the first things that comes to mind when I think of tools is a childhood memory of the pegboard covered wall in the garage with hanging tools.  So, it is the first thing I wanted to recreate with the Build It Framelits when I got them.

I decided not to use any of the tool stamps in the bundle to create this card I wanted to focus on just the Build It Framelits. I cut everything in silver foil paper first. Then because I was just using the framelits, the saw & other dies had to get a few modifications.

  1. The Soft Suede handle of the saw was cut by first cutting as is, then moving the die so the outside cut of the handle would remove the teeth-end of the saw and in the process create that nice curved edge.
  2. This handle was layered over the silver foil saw.
  3. Then silver foil circles (from the Owl Builder Punch) were added.
  4. Also, since the saw die creates a flat edge, I had to use my Stampin’ Up! Snips in order to create the jagged edge of the saw and to cut tops off the screws to create a flat nails.
  5. Lastly, the Snips were used to trim pieces from the screws to make the screwdriver handle highlights.

My paper piercing tool & piercing mat came in very handy with this project…

Many hammers I’ve owned & used have black grip handle; the paper piercing tool recreates this look well.

Recreate the pegboard by using your paper piercing tool, the piercing mat, and grid paper. Place your card stock between the grid and piercing mat and push the pointed piercing tool through the layers; No need to go very deep into the piercing mat-you just need to go through your grid paper & card stock fully.

*Note: If you use your piercing mat as a stamping mat also, flip it over and use the back side to pierce as you will get holes from piercing.  Then you’ll have a flat stamp side/bumpy piercing side in the future.

The last use of the paper piercing tool was to turn the circles, which are cut out when the hexagon nuts are cut, into screws (as you would see from a top view).  By gently brushing the edge (not pointy end!) of the paper piercing tool over the silver foil paper you can create the indents.

Adding silver metallic thread also adds a wire look to the project.

To finish the inside I put the ruler at the top  (trimmed down the size to fit) and a few die cuts I had leftover.

I didn’t use any stamps on this project at the point it was photographed, but the banner area created with the Build It dies on the front of the card left me room to stamp a sentiment with Black Stazon later (careful, foil paper can be slippery, but Stazon works best).

I’ll be showing more projects with these dies and the matching stamps which can be bundled for a discounted price.  Some projects will not be construction or tool projects either.

My tip to anyone who has plans to purchase the Build It Framelits or bundled set is to order it now.  Get it BEFORE Father’s Day gets close and it sells more.  Frequently, Easter, Mother’s Day & Father’s Day items (and other holidays too) sell more as the event dates approach.  This often causes sell-outs or back order delays.  So, you know that old saying…”The early bird gets the worm.”   …If you want it in time, buy early!

Until next time…

-Joanne

A Flower Wreath From Up & Away Thinlets Dies

The balloon shapes in the Up & Away thinlets dies have been on my mind and on my craft table for some time now.  I have had a few ideas knocking around in my head and just finished this wreath about a week ago.

If you are questioning where the Up & Away balloons are, they are the petals and the leaves. The little heart die from this was also used for the Rich Razzleberry flower center as a Flirty Flamingo accent before placing the pom-pom.

The balloon dies are manipulated by rolling the edges with a marker (I used the project life pen because it was handy), and sometimes center cut (see picture) in order to get more dimension in the leaves.

How many petals or leaves I used was a personal preference as I worked with each flower, but each had 5 or more balloon petals.

The paper centers were made with 3/4″x8.5″ paper strips, scissors, and tear tape and petals were then built around them using tear tape as well. *Note: If creating something for an area with great temperature changes you may wish to use a different glue, perhaps even a hot glue, for these conditions.

The wreath itself is just a simple Styrofoam form I bought at the dollar store and wrapped in yarn I had leftover from a knitting project.  I’ve attached the completed flowers to the form with headpins (trying to hide them well) so that I may later remove the flowers and reuse the yarn-wrapped wreath form for another season, if I choose.

I chose my colors based on the large poppy flower which I first made as the center point-It is Calypso Coral with a black center.  All leaves are Emerald Envy.  Other flowers utilize Marina Mist, Wisteria Wonder, Flirty Flamingo, and Rich Razzleberry.

 

The pom-pom centers were made with leftover Flirty Flamingo thick baker’s twine (from a Paper Pumpkin kit), but remember any white thick baker’s twine can be dyed with  reinkers to the colors of your choosing.

I still haven’t figured out where I will hang this wreath, because I want to put it in more than one location!  It will certainly brighten up the rest of this winter and usher in Spring.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this project.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Create snowflakes from doilies

The new  Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog contains these double-sided (very vanilla/whisper white) doilies  which are quite effective as snowflakes.  By cutting apart the doilies at different points, each of my snowflakes on this scrapbook layout became unique and helped highlight the winter scenes in the double page layout below.

Just a few snips of your scissors and your doilies will turn into various snowflake shapes to add to your winter scrapbook layouts (or cards, if you prefer).

The designer paper, which I decided could look like it is ice-laden in a snowy layout,  is also from the Occasions catalog- it is a design in the Falling In Love Designer Series pack and the 12″x12″ matching card stock is also available. I added the polka-dot print DSP from the Neutrals collection in the annual catalog and some Very Vanilla card stock for mats to complete the layout.

The stitched framelits & banners dies were also used for the oval and to cut out a current annual catalog hostess set called “Time of Year”.

In addition, I used the gold letters available in the Hello Lovely Project Life accessory pack for my title banner and to add the word “Photos” to my journal tag which will hold a numbered key to describe when and where the photos were taken on my property during this winter.

Details on my paper cuts for this double page layout:

  • Neutrals DSP stack polka dot paper: cut 2) 5″x11″, Use 1) 5″x1″ strip to create banner, and cut other to 1/2″x3″ for photo journal topper.
  • Falling In love DSP-cut 2) 4.75″x12″ strips (Make sure your trees are facing proper direction when you cut!)
  • Very Vanilla- I used all 8.5″11″ card stock and was able to get away with this as the snowflakes or mats covered the cuts on the longer strips.  Cut 4) .75″x11″,  4) .75″x1″ [This & previous will piece together on left sides of each page to form 3/4″x12″ long mat under Falling In Love DSP, 2) 4″x6″, 2) 4″x4″, 3) 3″x4″, and 2) 3″x3″  You’ll need about a 3″x4″ scrap for the Time of year & Oval to be stamped/die cut.  I stamped in Sahara Sand.
  • Cut apart doilies as you desire.  I followed each inner circle area first.  Then,  I got more creative and cut apart at different areas to create the various pointed shapes. I used 6 doilies on this layout, but do have some bits of those 6 I did not use on the layout (mostly the outermost layer) which I can later use on other projects.

While our longer season of warm temperatures were nice while they lasted,  winter seems to have settled upon us this week-just in time for Punxsutawney Phil to tell us we’ll have 6 more weeks of winter, I’m sure!

Have fun making snowflakes from these doilies!

I would love it if these stuck around. . . Just like I loved that warmer weather.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

 

The New Occasions Catalog is coming January 4, 2017

I believe the new 2017 Occasions catalog is going to ring in the New Year with a bang January 4th. As promised yesterday, I’m going to show you a few things I’ve made with products from this awesome little mini-catalog.

So, as you say good-bye to 2016…say hello to some new things Stampin’ Up! has for you in the upcoming Occasions catalog.

The new Dragonfly Dreams bundle (stamps & dies) is fabulous. Those mini dragonflies all cut together (1 die in the set), but you can easily cut apart a few singles if you’d wish. I paired them with this Cupcakes & Carousels paper (a 6″x6″ stack) because I was really in a Pool Party mood.

The large dragonfly is stunning.  I’ve cut him twice in the sample, carefully cut the body away from the wings on the soft suede layer and adhered the body to the top & wings to the bottom of the pool party layer. By just slightly curling the edges of the top layer of wings it gives the impression of flight.

I’ve teased you already in a previous post with the arrival of my box of goodies and the announcement of watercolor pencils returning to the Stampin’ Up! line up in this Occasions catalog.  I am a huge fan of the watercolor pencils.  They turn simple little note cards into easy heartfelt cards within moments. I used them for backgrounds on both the large dragonfly card (top row, left) and the dancer.

Isn’t that image and sentiment beautiful?!  That set was well named.  All the images and sentiments in the “Beautiful You” set are as lovely.

And, YES! The note cards watercolor very well without warping.  Just don’t overuse your water and you’ll be fine.  But I did a water-wash, water droplets, splatters, and used water over the pencils on various card samples I have made and had minimal warping of the note cards. So, they are perfect for all of you who hate spending a lot on watercolor paper, but love the look of watercolor. (There is nothing like water coloring on watercolor paper though!)

With the launch of the Occasions catalog also comes the launch of the Sale-A-Bration catalog too.  You have the opportunity to choose 1 item from the Sale-A-Bration catalog with every $50.00 *USD spent on any current products (including Annual Catalog items, Occasions catalog items, or online Clearance) before tax/shipping.   This time of year is perfect to buy AND earn extra fun goodies for your crafting fun.

I’ve got so much more I want to do with things from these new catalogs. I can’t wait to create and share these items with you.

Take a breath and enjoy the last moments of 2016 and remember the good things that passed your way during the year.  Cherish those memories. Cherish those in your life.  And Celebrate that you made it through all the ups & downs life gave you.

I’ll see you again in 2017!

Until next time…

-Joanne