Mar 07

Hot Glue Embossing

Hot Glue Embossing is a new technique for me.  I love the results I get with it and it uses an ordinary craft tool in a fun new way.  Here’s a peek at my projects so far…

Hot Glue Embossing

Hot Glue Embossing

These eye catching details were created with my hot glue gun!  Here’s how you accomplish this technique…

  1.  Preheat your hot glue gun until the glue flows freely from it.
  2. Use the glue gun to create a design on your cardstock or water color paper.
  3. Working quickly so the glue doesn’t dry too much, cover the hot glue design with embossing powder.
  4. Use a heat tool to set the embossing powder.  Be sure to heat it until it is shiny all over.  Do not overheat, or your image will loose some of its shine.

On the first card I showed you, I used Stampin’ Up’s gold embossing powder.  I created two horizontal lines on my water color paper and ran a toothpick down through the lines vertically prior to putting the embossing powder on the glue.  After embossing it with the heat tool and letting it cool, I used my AquaPainters and Stampin’ Up classic ink to water color around the detail.

On the cross card, I used copper embossing powder.   After embossing with the heat tool, I sponged around the cross using Stampin’ Up classic ink.  Once you have finished sponging, simply wipe away any ink that may have gotten on your hot glue embossed image.

Both cards have sentiments stamped from the Easter Message stamp set that is found in the 2017 Occasions catalog.  I will be sharing some other cards created with this stamp set later this week.  So check back soon!

I love finding new ways to use my basic craft tools.  Somehow it feels like you are getting more for your money. 🙂  I hope you will give Hot Glue Embossing a try.  And if you like what you saw here, please share our post on Facebook so others can try this out too!

Oct 31

Stampin Up Owl Punch

The Stampin Up Owl Punch is an incredibly versatile addition to your craft collection.   Seriously, you could choose any holiday through the year and we could come up with some way to use the owl punch to make a card for it.  This year I made a Halloween card using the Stampin Up Owl Punch, and the reason I did so is kind of sad.  :'(

It all started with this CUTE scarf….

Stampin Up Owl Punch

I bought this scarf early in October.  I was out shopping for some sunglasses and saw this on sale for $4.99.   You can’t tell from the picture, but it is made with really soft material along with being so stinkin’ cute!  I picked it up to send it to my daughter (who lives 6 hours away) for a little “surprise, I love you, thinking of you” kind of gift.  I intended to mail it that week so she could wear it throughout the month.  On Friday I found it still at my house and there was no reasonable way to get it to her for today.  Boo hoo!  In my despair I went to my studio and created a card inspired by the scarf.

Stampin Up Owl Punch Card

Stampin Up Owl Punch

I just love the Stampin Up Owl Punch!  This little “ghost” is adorable and he wasn’t hard to make.  Here’s how I made his costume…

First I cut a rectangle of white cardstock that was a tad wider than an owl punched.  It needs to be about 1 3/16″ wide.

Stampin Up Owl Punch

Next, I used the large oval punch to cut the rounded shape to go over his head.  You can tell from the picture how I inserted the paper in the punch from the bottom so that only one end of my rectangle was being rounded.  You could also do this with an oval framelit, but you would insert it in the framelit just like this punch, where only one end was being cut.

Stampin Up Owl Punch

Take your owl shape and place it over your punched piece so you can mark how long your costume needs to be.

Stampin Up Owl Punch

Then, insert this piece into the scallop oval punch the same way you did the oval punch.  You only want to cut the bottom edge of the costume.  Use your pencil mark to make sure your costume is the right length.

Stampin Up Owl Punch

This is how the costume should look on the owl shape before you embellish with the facial details.

Stampin Up Owl Punch

Honestly, the face was the most difficult part of this card because you’re working with smaller punched paper pieces, but if you had some googly eyes on hand you could completely eliminate this step and glue those babies on instead.

I just love this card and I love being able to use tools that I’ve had for a while in a fresh new way.  So… I am asking you to challenge me.  Come up with a holiday, or any card sending occasion, for me to create a card using the Stampin Up Owl Punch!  Please leave your suggestions in the comment section.   AND if you do that TODAY, I will give you the card that I make for the occasion you suggest…my Halloween treat for you!  Hope you all have a very blessed day!

Oct 13

Cable Knit Sweater Card

Cable Knit Sweater Card was not on my list of things to create today.  I had lots of items to work on in my studio, but this beautiful fall day was a bit of a distraction.  I played in the yard with the dogs for a while and returned an escaped (and unhappy) goat back to the pasture.  I did finally come back in the house and sat down in my studio to work.  Pinterest was my next distraction and I honestly cannot even tell you what I went there searching for, but I found some cute sweater cards made from the new Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (that’s a mouthful) from Stampin’ Up and I had to make one.

Cable Knit Sweater Card

The beautiful weather called me outside again and so I photographed my sweater card next to the pumpkin and mum on my front porch and “voila”…a near perfect fall picture was created.  Don’t you love those beautiful fall colors?  The bright orange pumpkin makes me so happy!  But that sweater card, though.  Isn’t it the cutest?! Here’s how I made it…

The card base is 11 X 4 1/4”.  I used Very Vanilla cardstock.  Fold it in half to create your card.

Cable Knit Sweater Card

Next I used a 2″ circle framelit to cut a “neckline” from the folded edge of the card base.  You can always use a punch for this, but I didn’t have one large enough.

Cable Knit Sweater Card

It will look like this when you’re done.

Cable Knit Sweater Card

Next I took a piece of Delightful Dijon cardstock that measured 4 1/4 X 5 1/2″ and ran it through the Big Shot using the Cable Knit Dynamic Embossing Folder.  REMEMBER that with this Embossing Folder you will only use a cutting pad on the top, not the bottom.  It is too thick to use two cutting pads like you normally would.  In this picture you can also see that I used a ruler to mark spots on the sweater front.  First, I marked the center of the card at 2 1/8″ from either edge.  Next I made a mark 1 1/2″ just below this center mark.  I also made marks at the top edge 1″ from both sides.  To create the sweater neckline, use scissors or your paper trimmer to cut the “V” shape you created with these dots.  You will see what I mean in the next step.

Cable Knit Sweater Card

This is how the sweater front looks when placed over the card base.  We’ll take our paper snips and trim those two triangles along the top edge that stick out from the sweater.  (You’ll see it in the final picture.)

Cable Knit Sweater Card

Use any punch or framelit that you have to create a “pocket-shaped” piece of cardstock.  The framelit I used is from the retired Chalk Talk framelits.  You can see that I ran it through the embossing folder after it was die cut, and that I trimmed off the upper edge to make it look more like a pocket.

Cable Knit Sweater Card

Next, I grabbed my paper crimper and created the contrasting color trim for the sweater.  I also pulled out some self adhesive silver rimmed pearls to use for buttons.  You can check out the placement for the trim and the buttons on the final card.   Cable Knit Sweater I used Tombo Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive to attach the trim to the sweater and the sweater to the card.  The pocket was attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Here’s a last look at the finished project…

Cable Knit Sweater Card

Cable Knit Sweater Card

I chose fall colors for this card, but my next one will be a Christmas sweater!  It was so much fun to make.  I hope you’ll try your hand at creating a Cable Knit Sweater Card too.

 

Mar 25

Berry Basket Without The Die

When I heard you could make a berry basket without the die I knew I had to give it a try.  I love these cute little baskets, but the Big Shot Die to create them is still on my wishlist.  Creating this basket from scratch is really pretty simple and I love how it turned out.   All you need is some 8 1/2 X 11″ cardstock, a paper trimmer with a scoring blade, a stapler and some strong adhesive—I used Stampin’ Up’s Fast Fuse.  I also embellished mine with stamps and ink.  Here’s how it turned out…

Berry Basket without the Die

Isn’t that adorable?  I used flowers from the Botanicals For You stamp set to embellish it before I assembled the basket.  This little basket is perfect for some Easter treats, but I have lots of ideas running through my head for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day gifts and lots of other holiday fun.  I am excited to make another one with a handle on it.

 

I was in a department store the other day and saw the cutest Easter grass in a package.  It was made of paper….not the plastic stuff, but they wanted $9.99 for a small bag!  I decided to create my own and save the money.  I used Wild Wasabi and Pear Pizzazz cardstock for the “grass” in my Easter basket.  Here’s another look…

Berry Basket Without The Die

If you like this project and think others would too, please share this page.  I am working on a video for this project that should be published soon so watch for it!

Oct 16

3 Reasons to Send Halloween Cards

‘3 Reasons to Send Halloween Cards’ might sound like an odd title from someone who doesn’t even really celebrate that holiday.  However, I read an article recently, from Kirk Cameron, that talked about how Christians should be throwing the biggest and most fun Halloween party on their block.  He challenged believers to invite their neighbors to a family fun event and use it as an opportunity to share Christ’s love with them.

So that got me to thinking about how I could translate that into my card making.  And here is what I came up with…

3 Reasons to Send Halloween Cards

1.  Because you have some cute Halloween themed stamps and they need to be inked!  I don’t often buy Halloween stamps, but I do have some cute ones that have come in other holiday sets.  Now I could just ignore them, but wouldn’t it be better to partner them with an encouraging note and send them to someone who might need another smile in their day?!

3 Reasons to Send Halloween Cards

2.  Because, if you’re like me, you LOVE the fall colors and will take any excuse to use that pallet in your card making!  The colors of fall are beautiful on the changing leaves and on our cards.  But those beautiful leaves don’t last long on the trees, and this season passes away just as quick.  Creating Halloween cards for our friends and loved ones gives us an additional opportunity to use these rich fall colors.

3 Reasons to Send Halloween Cards

3.  Because Jesus has defeated the grave!  Is there a better time to talk about this than at Halloween?  What a great opportunity for us to remind others that Christ overcame death, and made a way for us to have eternal life with Him. That is worth celebrating!

3 Reasons to Send Halloween Cards

Now those are just three of the reasons I came up with.  We all have loved ones who live away from us, and this is just another opportunity to let them know we’re thinking of them.  We probably all also have some kids in our lives that we care about.  Kids love to get mail and a cute Halloween card (nothing scary) would make their day!

Whether or not our 3 reasons to send Halloween cards inspired you, I hope you are using your creativity to bless others and that you are doing that often.  Let’s not let the holiday season sneak up and catch us off guard.  Get busy preparing those holiday cards and projects.  Start making your list now of all those people for whom you want to create something special.  If I can help you in your planning or in your actual projects, please let me know.  I would love to help!

Sep 26

Seasonal Snapshot 2015 Christmas

One final Seasonal Snapshot 2015 Christmas card to end our week.  Lots of glimmer for this one.  The Project Life Seasonal Snapshot 2015 stamp set has options when it comes to your Christmas cards and scrapbook pages.  It was fun creating this different card from the same stamp set.

Seasonal Snapshot 2015 Christmas

Seasonal Snapshot 2015 Christmas

 

The background was created by stamping the snowflake image multiple times in Smoky Slate.  I can see how fun and useful this will be for my winter scrapbook pages and I can hardly wait for a snow day to take advantage of them! 🙂  I paired the Smoky Slate with Real Red and added lots of bling.

I hope you have enjoyed the different cards from the Project Life Seasonal Snapshot 2015 set that we have shared this week.  Remember, this set is available in the new Holiday Catalog, and for only $16 it is a good bargain for the variety you receive.  If you are interested in adding this stamp set to your collection, please let me know.  And if you don’t even have a stamp collection yet, this is a great set to start with because you can do so much with it!   Looking forward to hearing from you soon!

Sep 25

Seasonal Snapshot 2015 Christmas

Today’s project is using the Project Life Seasonal Snapshot 2015 Christmas images.  If you have been reading all week, you know this is the third card we’ve shared from this stamp set.  It’s a fun and versatile set that will be useful from September through December.  And it is certainly NOT just for scrapbooks, though it is perfect for that also.

I am loving the turquoise and red color combo. So much so, that I am using that color combination in my home and not just on my cards!  It is so cheerful and bright that I had to use it on this Christmas card.

Seasonal Snapshot 2015 Christmas Card

Seasonal Snapshot 2015 Christmas Cards

I told you the other day that borders were super easy with this stamp set, because it is photopolymer and you can line it up without any problems as you stamp it.  This card uses the 2nd border image in the set and I did not re-ink my stamp before I stamped it the second time so that it has a faded look.  The words are also easy to line up and stamp straight because you can see exactly where you’re placing them as you stamp.  The same is true for the tree and the star on top.

I will admit that I was not overly zealous about photopolymer stamp sets when they were first released.  However, they have won me over and are now my favorite of the three types of stamps that Stampin’ Up! sells.  Maybe you are a die hard fan of the wood stamp sets or the clear mount.  I challenge you to give photopolymer a try and let me know what you think!

Jan 02

One More Day….

One More Day!

Supplies for this project: Stamps – Gorgeous Grunge (wood 130514, clear 130517), Pennant Parade (wood 128697, clear 122742). Cardstock – Whisper White (100730), Crumb Cake (120953), Cherry Cobbler (119685). Classic Stampin’ Ink Pads – Crumb Cake (126975), Cherry Cobbler (126966). Other – Full Heart Punch (119883), Season of Style Designer Washi Tape (132155)

One More Day!

I don’t want anyone to miss out on their last chance to purchase items from the Holiday Mini Catalog.  You only have one more day….  Many of these products will be useful for your projects year round.  Check out the cute Valentine’s card I made using the Season of Style Designer Washi Tape found in the Holiday Mini Catalog.  These colors and patterns are perfect for February projects.  

At the bottom of this post you will find a link to the pdf file that shows which of the stamp sets from the Holiday catalog are being carried over to the next catalog period.  Remember, if it isn’t on this list, then you only have one more day to order it!  There are several accessories that were very popular and are being carried over to the Occasions Mini Catalog. That catalog will go active on Jan. 3.  These accessories include:  Silver 1/8″  Ribbon, Silver and Gold Foil Cardstock, Chevron Border Punch, Label Bracket Punch, Gold and Silver Metallic Encore Stamp Pads, Gold and Silver Stampin’ Glitter, Envelope Liners Framelits Dies, Decorative Window Gift Boxes, Mini Muslin Bags, White Stampin’ Chalk Marker, and the 1 1/4″ Burlap Ribbon.

Once again, if it isn’t on that list or included in the pdf below, then you only have one more day to order!

Hope you find some time to craft this month.  Share your creativity with others to encourage them, love on them, or simply bring a smile to their face.  If you need some inspiration check back here as we’ll be posting new ideas all month long!

Happy New Year!

JoAnn

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May 06

Mother’s Day Prep

SPOILER ALERT!!!!!  This email contains pictures from the children’s event held at our church last Saturday.  If your child attended please do not read this post!  It will spoil your Mother’s Day Surprise!

I had the privilege of working with some amazing crafters this past week.  Since Mother’s Day is this  Sunday, everyone is preparing…and I got to help with those preparations.

On Thursday I visited an assisted living facility and worked with the residents on a stamping project.  We created invitations for their Mother’s Day Tea that will be held this week.  These sweet ladies did a FABULOUS job of stamping and punching.  I really enjoyed my visit there and look forward to stamping with them again next month.

On Saturday, our Children’s Ministry hosted an event for the children to come and make a gift and a card for their moms.  Here are a couple of pics from our fun day.  They were all very excited about their gifts and I  am sure the moms will treasure them.  Although I only took pictures of two, all the children put thought and creativity into their gifts.

One of the things I love about stamping is that it is a craft you can enjoy at any age.  I love to stamp with my sister and my best friend, but I also love to stamp with my college age son & daughter.  And you can bet that someday when grandkids come into the picture I will be sharing my craft room with them too!