Turning “You” into “Joy” and a few other crafting tips

This weekend I was playing with the new Celebrate You Thinlits which can be earned free with $100.00 USD purchase during Sale-A-Bration. I will be sharing that card in a future post. During this crafty playtime, I discovered that I could cut a piece from the word YOU and create the word JOY , therefore extending the usefulness of these already wonderful dies.

Stampin’ Up! Celebrate You Thinlits Dies

I’m very happy to know that the Celebrate You Dies will be available for purchase in the next annual catalog. So if you don’t earn them free before Sale-A-Bration ends on March 31, you’ll have a chance to purchase them come June. It is such a useful set when sending encouragement to others! And imagine the Christmas possibilities with the words Celebrate and Joy.

The upcoming card which features the JOY die Cut has some heat embossing. As I was creating it, I realized it might be helpful to share some tools, which aren’t found in a craft store, that I use in my craft room.

Plastic knife as a craft toll

A plastic knife is invaluable in the craft room. Not only does it help press any dies into your Versamark pad so they can get inked (and keep fingers and tables free from sticky inky messes), but they can be used to apply and add texture to embossing paste and move drops of ink into your ink pads when you need to reink them. Inexpensive and disposable when too funky to clean anymore, they are an easy add to anyone’s craft tools.

Another item I use every time I emboss is this wooden cutting board.

Wood cutting board

Take it from me that you do not want to find out that your table top is not heat tolerant (ugh!) or that you now have permanent melted on embossing powder on a surface in your house where you do not want embossing since the air from the heat gun will blow it a few centimeters if it isn’t stuck down well (seriously!).  Purchase a wooden cutting board and you’ll have a safe place to heat your embossing  projects. Just remember you’ll still need to move your heat gun around as wood can burn, but it is better than messing up a piece of furniture and much less likely.

I also use this cutting board to tape down watercolor paper to keep it from warping during water applications. It can stain, as you may see in the photo, but you can avoid that if you wrap it in Saran Wrap first before taping down your watercolor project. Clean Up is easy if you use the Saran Wrap.

I do all my messy crafty stuff on one side of this cutting board so that I can use the clean side as a photo background for some of my cards and small projects. I do suggest you keep a photo diary of your creations. Get in the habit of taking photos before you gift them. You’ll be glad you did for those moments you wish to recreate the same or similar project.

I hope these tips help you in your crafting corner of the world.

Thanks for stopping by.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

How To Do Partial Die Cut Mermaids & A Few Mermaid Cards

Last Thursday I posted these mermaids which I cut from the Myths and Magic Specialty DSP.

Myths and Magic Specialty DSP Mermaids

I promised to share how the mermaids were die cut so that their tails were left intact as part of the image which had been cut out with the Stitched Shapes Framelits. These Mermaid die cuts with the, “tail sticking out,” are partial die cuts.

Partial die cuts = a die cut where part of the image being cut goes outside the exterior margins of the die used to cut out the image.

I decided to show you how to cut up this Myths and Magic paper to create mermaid die cuts through my first ever video. It is far from perfect (first attempts at a new skill rarely are), but I hope you agree that seeing the process in progress is helpful, even if I can learn a lot more about making videos.

And here are some of the projects I made with these die cut mermaids:

Myths and Magic DSP Mermaid cards

And one birthday card using a mermaid die cut without the partial die cutting technique.

Myths and Magic dsp Mermaid 4th Birthday card

So whether you try the partial die cutting technique or not, you can cut out and create cards with this paper in the Myths and Magic Specialty Designer Series Paper pack.

Don’t have this paper and love it? Shop with me by clicking HERE.

Want to start practicing this technique now? Try isolating a portion of a stamped or printed paper image to create your own partial die cut from any stamp, paper, and dies you already own.

Practice makes things easier and better.  Don’t get discouraged if your first partial die cut isn’t the best.

As for me, I’ll be making more videos in the future and I’ll be looking forward to improving those skills so I can show you more. Thanks for viewing.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Using Petal Passion Memories & More Card Pack For Greeting Cards

Did you see the new Petal Passion Memories & More cards in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog? Black & White with Powder Pink…such a tranquil and useful color combination. Take a peek at the cards:

Stampin’ Up! Memories & More Card Pack

You can see how useful those laser cut words would be for scrapbook pages, but if you haven’t been convinced from some of my previous posts on Memories & More cards creating easy & beautiful greeting cards, perhaps today’s samples will convince you.

The first is just the Memories & More cards with added cardstock of my choice. Simply using the Memories & More cards can produce great results. I used a 4”x6” Petal Passion Memories & More Card with the “You are my sunshine” sentiment, trimmed on both ends of the 6” side to fit my card front. (Final size=4”x5.25”). The flower is a 3”x4” Card in the pack. A black mat, 4 1/8”x 5 3/8”, helped ground the cards onto the Crushed Curry card base- perfect for a “sunshine” card!

Stampin’ Up! Petal Passion Memories & More Card

Card two also uses a 4”x6” & 3”x4” Card from the same pack. This time the larger card is trimmed on the long edge to 5.5” and the “To think of you is to smile” sentiment is cutout using the Stitched Shapes Framelits and my Big Shot. A small black cardstock banner helps pop the sentiment so it doesn’t get lost as white on white.Stampin’ Up! Petal Passion Memories & More Card

Today’s last Card adds just a few more products, the Layered Leaves Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder (for use with your Big Shot), the Graceful Garden Stamp set (the rose),  Black Momento ink to stamp, Cherry Cobbler & Old Olive Blends in both Light & Dark, & the Blends Blender. The “love Big & love much” is a 3”x4” Card In The Petal Passion Memories & More pack. After coloring the rose, I cut it out. It was kind of fussy cutting around the leaves, so I cut them from the stem first to make it easier. Then just glued down in relatively the same place they were.

Stampin’ Up! Petal Passion Memories & More Card

You can see how the Black & White cards in this pack allow you to get creative with a pop of color of your own choosing. I really love that rose!(The Little Prince fans, anyone?)

When I get a new pack of Memories & More cards, the first thing I do is divide the card in half. I reserve half for my scrapbooking projects and half for card making projects. The embellishments and any acetate overlays get placed with the scrapbook pile, but often get used for both uses. This way, I still scrap with them and get greeting cards too. I rarely have but a few leftover cards in each pack, and find they make awesome note cards too!

I’d love to know what you think of the Memories & More cards and how you are using them. Drop me a comment.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Sweet Soirée Designer Series Paper & Ribbon of Courage Cards

If you placed an order with me as a club order or through my storefront using the December Hostess code I supplied last month, you received a 4”x5.25” sample of each of the 6 designs in the Sweet Soirée Designer Series Paper (DSP).

From those DSP samples, you could create the following cards:

Stampin’ Up! Sweet Soirée DSP & Ribbon of Courage Sweet Soirée DSP & Ribbon of Courage Sweet Soirée DSP & Ribbon of Courage

In addition to the Sweet Soirée DSP, these cards use:

  • Ribbon of Courage bundle in Clear $36.75 USD  (item#145342) or Wood $44.00 USD (item#145341)
  • adhesive -I recommend Snail &7.00 USD (item# 104332), Tombo multipurpose adhesive $4.00 USD (item#110755), and dimensionals $4.00 USD (item#104430)
  • Stitched Shape Framelits $30.00 USD (item#145372)
  • Big Shot $110.00 USD (items#143263)
  • Whisper White cardstock $9.00 USD (item#100730)
  • Rich Razzleberry cardstock (item#115316)
  • Powder Pink cardstock (item # 144244)
  • Old Olive cardstock (item#100702)
  • Basic Grey Archival Ink pad (item# 140932)
  • Acrylic stamp block size D (item# 118485)
  • Stampin’ Paper Trimmer (item# 126889)

For the month of January 2018, the Hostess code for orders under $150.00 USD is: HNCRD7R6. At Over $150.00 you qualify as your own hostess, reaping those benefits yourself.

Also remember  that Sale-A-Bration (SAB) is in effect and a $50.00USD order will qualify for a level 1 freebie of your choice from the SAB catalog. You will be prompted to enter your item choice for qualifying orders. This year there are 2 levels for earning SAB products. Level  2 products take $100.00 to earn.

Happy crafting.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Bubble Over Tutorial : Create Straight Neck Bottles & Glasses

 

Stampin’ Up! Bubble Over

The card above, which I first  January 4, 2018, showcases the Bubble Over bundle with a few snips of your scissors to alter the die cut bottles to make glasses too.

Both champagne & wine bottles have straight necks, therefore cutting the bump off the beer/soda shape will quickly change your die cut to resemble these bottles instead.

Who knew that a glass could be created with your die cut bottles? Me! Yes, I really do try to figure out multiple ways to use the products I purchase. Versatile products will be used more and I can get more bang for my spending dollars.

So here is how it is done:

Create Glasses from Bubble Over dies

 

I’ve shown how to create the glasses from both sizes of bottles, but I prefer (& the example shown shows) creating the glass from the smaller bottle die & using the large die for the bottle itself.  Again, I just wanted to give you options.

In the diagrams below you can see how the bottle appears when die Cut, the black lines indicate the cut-away needed to create the straight neck and the other dies shown are used to assemble the bottle. *Note: colors below are just samples, My champagne bottle usedGarden Green, Whisper White, Champagne Foil,Gold Foil, Silver Foil, Early Espresso, and Cherry Cobbler.

Bubble Over pieces & cuts for champagne bottle

In this next diagram you can also see how the straw was used for the stripes throughout the piece (trimming edges, of course) ,the label cuts needed to create the label, & the stacking of small circles for the seal.

Bubble Over pieces for champagne bottle

 

The hardest part of these glasses is hiding the adhesive. If you just put adhesive on the foil sheet to attach to the window sheet glass you can also use vellum for a bit frostier look) you will get a mess! This is really the reason for the heart on the stand alone glass and the partial tuck behind the bottle on the second glass. Under that heart and in the area of the tuck is where my tiny dot  of the tombo mono adhesive went.

*Another note: Foil paper picks up dents from your fingernails, so be more careful than I apparently was.

The Labeller Alphabet is small and mighty! It provided the asterisk for the seal and the numbers. I encourage you to think about this set. It is very useful for creating your own titles on both cards & scrapbook pages.

And finally, in addition to the Wood Textures DSP stack from the annual catalog (cut @ 4” x 1.75”) the Designer paper used was this gorgeous Petal Passion DSP. I used that one on the top far right and lightly colored the paper with the Light Crumb Cake Blends marker. This paper colors so nicely, making it perfect for almost any project.

Stampin’ Up! Petal Passion DSP

If there are any questions about this project or the products used, please feel free to leave them in the comments. I’ll be certain to respond.

I hope you give these ideas a try.

Need a demonstrator? Shop with me online HERE.

Use January’s Hostess code:HNCRD7R6

Until next time…

-Joanne

Happy Thanksgiving Gratitude Chocolate Gifts

Chances are if you saw me the last two days you received a gratitude chocolate from me. These simple to make chocolate wrappers make a bag of circular dollar tree candy (crisped rice or peppermint patties) into a quick place setting or hand out.

While I handed out a bunch of these chocolates individually to various people with whom I came in contact, this mini football (also found at dollar tree in pack of 2) was the carrier for ones I took to an appointment I had- the office staff is so kind, I like to recognize that!

DIRECTIONS:

1) Using your chocolate, determine the size of the Layering Circle which will be big enough to cover it. This will be your solid circle.

2) Then determine the scalloped die in the Layered Circles framelits which will frame your circle from step one nicely. You will make 2 of these for every 1 of the solid circles (unless you want designs on both sides).

3) Attach your scalloped circles to both sides of your wrapped chocolate using glue dots.

4) Attach solid circle to top of the scalloped circle.

5) Choose your decoration(s). I used the Colorful Seasons leaves, but you could do different colors and definitely make these for ANY OCCASION!  Try snowflakes or hearts,  use punches for flowers, gingerbread, Holly, or a multitude of critters with the fox punch.

6) Teeny Tiny Wishes has a saying for most holidays. I stamped that in Momento ink and punched with a retired label punch ( there are current punches and dies which will also work well- I was in a rush and still love this punch.

7) Add a twine bow with a glue dot, if desired.

That is it! I said they were simple.

And they brought many a smile to unsuspecting people. The guy collecting Goodwill donations gave me the biggest grin when I dropped off a bag of stuff and asked if he’d like a chocolate gift. That doctor’s office is counting the days until my next visit- which happens to be on St. Nicholas day, December 6th.  I’m wondering if they know appointments around holidays mean little gifts? They are excited to see what I come up with next. They smile, I smile. Life is good.

Have a great day!

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

 

Die Cut Turkey with Stampin’ Up! Products

Time to think turkey with Thanksgiving just one week away. While I’m seriously thinking about homemade noodles more than the big bird himself, I thought it would be fun to create a turkey for the pre-holiday fun.

Gobble Gobble Gobble

Isn’t he cute? LOL!

With a few Stampin’ Up! Framelits & Thinlits, a Big Shot, Colorful Cardstock, glue, snips, and the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch, you too can make this fun little guy.

You’ll use all three sizes (each color cut with all three sprigs-picture only shows representing colors)  of the pine sprigs from the Pretty Pines Thinlits, the two solid pine cones, and the  sprig will be trimmed for the gobbler. Colors could vary, but I used: Chocolate Chip, Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive & Rich Razzleberry.

The base of the turkey body is the next to largest scalloped circle in the Layering Circles Framelits. The legs are 2 of the medium size pine sprigs from the Pretty Pines Thinlits- trim with snips as shown and attach to front of the scalloped circle.

The Swirly Scribbles Thinlits will help create the remainder of the face and body.

Trim the Cherry Cobbler gobbler from the sprig from the Pretty Pines Thinlits using your snips.

Adhere the two pine cones with glue and add the beak on top of the small pine cone, the gobbler below the large pine cone.

The misshapen circle will then be adhered under the gobbler when it is attached to the head.

Attach the middle size swirl from Swirly Scribbles Thinlits to the face you just built.

Flip over and begin attaching the feathers (colorful pine sprigs). You may wish to add or omit the smallest swirl for stability as you build you turkey and turn it over to look at it (I used it).

Once all the feathers are attached, add the largest swirl behind them.

Attach to the legs/scalloped circle piece (legs are completely in front of the circle, not behind).

Finish by adding eyes punched with the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch.

Gobble Gobble Gobble

Happy Thanksgiving friends!

I hope this year you’ve found many things for which you are grateful.

Thank you for visiting. My Stampin’ Up! friends (YOU!) are on my gratitude list. Thank you!

Until next time…

-Joanne

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

Dragonfly Dreams meets Build It Framelits

Did you notice the hexagon die in the Build It Framelits?  How about the bumble bee in the Dragonfly Dreams set?  If we combine these two sets… Hexagon + Bee = Bee Hive!

And who says that dragonfly can’t flutter on by the hive?

The Details:

  • The card itself is 5″x5″ with the dimensional raised top layer with cut out hexagons & hand stitching cut @ 4.75″x4.75″.
  • The hexagon die itself is kept in the cut area to get the perfect pen line tracing around the outside of the cut. I used the Project Life Pens for this card.
  • The Delightful Dijon DSP found in the Serene Scenery pack is cut @ 4 7/8″x4 7/8″.
  • The shaded bee is stamped with delightful dijon and a basic black die cut bee adhered over the image.  These were then fussy cut with Snips and for a two of the bees I cut the wings and rearranged them for different in-flight looks.
  • Clear Wink of Stella was added to the bees and the dragonfly.
  • The sentiment was stamped & embossed (I later redid this one when my eyes in more light saw how badly it embossed!)

This second card uses the same paper stack, card stock colors, Dragonfly Dreams bundled set, but it does not include the Build It set on the outside, but a Delightful Dijon hexagon and bee (exactly as above) on the interior Very Vanilla writing area/liner of the card.

Offsetting the regular layers-card base: 4.25″x5.5′, black layer 4″x5.25″, DSP layer: 3.75″x5″ gives a different look and adds movement to this dragonfly card. Clear Wink of Stella on the dragonfly & inside bee and gold metallic thread make this a quick card to put together.

By combining the hexagon from the Build It Framelits and the bee in the Dragonfly Dreams set I will find myself using both sets more. **Today’s Tip: Always look around and see what uses you may have by combining the sets you own.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

 

 

Swirly Scribbles Black Cat

Have you seen the many Swirly Scribbles ideas floating around the internet?

Today, I have a quick post to show yet another idea with this versatile set of Stampin’ Up! thinlets dies- A black cat.  Just in time for Halloween AND National Cat Day in the U.S.A. -October 29th.

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This card uses the Swirly Scribbles thinlets dies for the body and tail of the cat.  I cut the barbs from the smaller circle to form the head and the tail piece was a ‘negative’ of that smaller circle also, leftover when cutting.  The ears were hand cut triangles.

A little bling was added to the Swirly Scribbles flower and Wonderful  Wreath framelits bow.

The Designer series paper is from the Pop of Pink collection. and is cut to 3.5″x5.5″ and matted onto basic black then offset onto a Pumpkin Pie card base.

The sentiment “Happy” from the Banners for You set was stamped and embossed in white onto a 1/2″x 1.75″ banner.

It is a simple card which any cat lover should enjoy; made easy by the some of the many dies available thru Stampin’ Up!

Want to check out other Stampin’ Up! products?   Click HERE.

Have fun crafting.

Until next time…

-Joanne