Monday, March 28, 2016

Halloween Faux TP Toilet Paper Roll Mini Album

Good morning.

Hope everyone had a happy Easter.  I just wanted to share this mini album that I finished up this past week.  I started it way back before Halloween but didn't get around to finishing it.  But since I have time on my hands as I recover from knee surgery, I am finishing some projects that I started but have yet to complete.

This album is for sale in my Etsy Store

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Happy Birthday Card With Partial Die Cutting

Good morning everyone...

I wanted to share this cute card that I made this morning.  It is a Z fold card with a partial die cutting technique that I learned from Jennifer McGuire on YouTube.  I did not record a video of this since it was my first try at it and I did mess it up and had to start again.  I was on the phone and doing this and the first card, I cut one of the flowers on the wrong side of the fold.

Here is what I did

First, I used one of CTMH white daisy card bases.  I lined it up on my desk mat and put a very light pencil line down the middle of the front of the card.

I used one of our Spring Time Wishes thin cut dies (sold out) and layed them half way across my pencil mark.  Taped the die in place.   When I ran it through my Big Shot, I only put the top plate over the right side of the card front.  That gave me a partial cut.

I erased my pencil lines.  I stamped the partial die cuts with the matching stamp set, SpringTime Wishes with our black archival ink. being careful to line up the stamp on the cut. I used clear embossing powder and heat embossed.  This was to insure that when I colored the images, the ink would not run and stay in the lines.

I colored the flowers using Designing With Gelatos Colors Kit- ,  The inside I used a piece of Confetti Wishes (retired) paper from my little sample package of B & T paper that was on a ring.  The sample paper was large enough to avoid the hole and I was able to cut to size.  On top of that I used White Daisy to write a sentiment.  I inked the white paper with Pacifica ink.

The Happy Birthday Sentiment, I stamped 3 times along the outside edge using Just To Say Stamp set from the Cricut Collection.  NOTE:  only available in this stamp set.  Used Pacifica, Thistle and Honey inks.

I felt it needed a little more on the front.  Seemed plain.  I took white sequins from the Coral Reef pack  (discounted right now -  get them while they are still available) and used Pacifica Shinhan Twin Tip Marker (this color is no longer available) and colored the sequins to match the card.  Then used Bitty Sparkles in the centers.

I almost forgot, I took a piece of that Confetti Wishes paper and put it on the inside of the Z fold behind the flowers to cover up an oopsie when I got some ink on that panel.

This is the inside of the card.  And there you have it.  If you are interested in any of the products used, just click the links in my instructions or go to my Close To My Heart Store.

This post does contain an Amazon Affiliate Link which I may earn a small commission

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

[Video] No Cutting Easy Gift Box

Good Afternoon,

Miracles do happen.  Posting 2 days in a row  LOL!  Hey, I found this fantastic project from a Stampin Up Demonstrator on YouTube.  She did a video on this cute gift box almost 3 years ago. Her YouTube channel is Stamping T.  So, I decided to also do a video to bring it back again.

It is really easy once you make a couple.  In my video below, it was my third attempt.  My second was a flop because I taped in the wrong places.  In the picture above, I used a retired paper pack called Taste of Summer.  It was out for only a month last May.  Close To My Heart had it and a matching stamp set for the month of May 2015 only.  I had bought a couple packs and the stamps.

You will need a 12 x 12 piece of designer paper and a 10 inch long piece for the belly band.  The width can be whatever your heart desires.  I cut mine for both boxes I made at 1 1/2" wide.  You will also need scor-tape and whatever embellishments you want to decorate your box with.

Here are the scoring instructions.  I did put them on the screen in the video but sometimes it is helpful to have them in print as well.

Start off with placing your paper with the outside of the box facing down on your score board.
On one side score at 1 1/2" , 3" and 3 3/4".  Turn paper 180 degrees and repeat
Turn paper 90 degrees and score at 3" and 4 1/2", Turn again 180 degrees and repeat.

I am entering this into the Heart2Heart Retired Challenge.

Here are some of the products I used:

Taste of Summer B & T Paper - Reitred

Monday, March 21, 2016

[Video] Happy Birthday Card Using Seaside Paper

Good Morning.

I just uploaded a video of making a birthday card using a retired paper pack which I have a ton of...  Seaside B & T paper pack.  I had gotten the bulk pack last year and it has been sitting in my collection.  I have only used a couple sheets so far.  I wanted to use something from my stash.  I have so much of this paper that if you are interested in any of it, I will sell it for $1 per sheet plus flat rate shipping, no matter how many sheets you want.  Just send me an email.

What I forgot to mention in the video is that I used the Lagoon Ink to ink up the edges of my card pieces.

Products Used:
Seaside Paper Collection (Retired)
Happy Birthday Sentiment (Retired - was the Stamp of the Month April 2015)
1 1/2" Circle Punch
2" Scallop Circle Punch

Entered into the following Challenges

Sunday, March 13, 2016

[Video] Monoprinted or Gelli Printing and Thinking of You CardWood

Good morning everyone!!!!  Wake up and smell the coffee now that the clocks have moved an hour ahead and loosing an hour sleep...  YAWN!!

What have I been up to???  Playing with gelli printing on my homemade gelli plate and an acrylic cutting mat.  I recorded a video of my very first experience in this art form.  I have seen so many artists using this form of printing in art journaling.  I decided I wanted to give it a try.

After the video is a picture of a card that I made using this technique but with inks instead of paints. The inks and stamp sets are from Close To My Heart.

Here is my homemade gelli plate

After recording this, I decided to try using inks while off camera.  Here is a print that I came up with.  The inks didn't work as well because they were fast drying.  You need slower drying ink like pigment ink.  I ended up having to touch up the background and the stamped plants.  I added the sentiment afterwards.

Products that I used were the Close To My Heart Inks
Sapphire Z2648

Canary Z2643
Sunset Z2191
Woodland Romance Stamp Set D1683
Also used The Stamp of the Month for January 2016

Thursday, March 3, 2016

[Video] Card Using March Stamp of The Month from Close To My Heart

Good Afternoon Everyone!!!!

I have a few things going on today.  I am going to share with you a video of a card featuring the March Stamp of the Month Sunshine Birdies from Close To My Heart.  It is a really quick and simple card.  I actually got my video down to 5 minutes, imagine that!!!!  My videos are normally loooonnnnggg.  But now that I know how to speed them up and do voice over..  they should be shorter now.

First order of business.  Close To My Heart has a special promotion for the month of March only.  Buy 2 Stamp Sets and Get 1 Free.  It is our Stampaganza Promotion.

The wait is over! Who is ready for Stampaganza 2016? Buy any two My Acrylix® stamp sets (M-, A-, B-, C-, D-, or E-size) at full retail price and get a third stamp set of equal or lesser value FREE! That is a savings of up to $29.95! This offer is only available during March, so start submitting your stamp orders as soon as possible, and let the Stampaganza begin!

Second order of business...  Here is the video using the March Stamp of the Month.  Available now until March 31.  You can buy it at $17.95 or if you spend $50 or more, it can be yours for only $5.00!!!

Products Used

Items not Close To My Heart were a Doiley, Gelatos