Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Flamingo Hugs

Ecstasy Crafts asked if I would make some cards for the CHA (Craft & Hobby Association) Mega Show coming up in a few days in Arizona.  The CHA is the largest craft industry trade event in North America.   The cards all have to be bright colored with spring and summer themes.

  I used the following dies, all available at Ecstasy Crafts:

Frantic Stamper Accessory Words #3 FRA9467

I'll be sharing more of the cards I made for the CHA every day this week.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Hugs & Kisses

I was asked by Ecstasy Crafts to design some cards for the CHA (Craft & Hobby Association) Mega Show coming up next week in Arizona.  It's the largest craft industry trade show in North America.

I used the following dies and stamps to make my card:

Below is the Joy Crafts Garden Set which contains 13 dies:

As I make more cards for the CHA, I will post them here.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Get Your Layers Perfect

A few weeks ago I stumbled upon a tool that makes layering your cards perfect every time.  It's called the Marsupial Layering Tool.  I had never seen this product before so I did some research, and then I knew I had to have it.  This is what it looks like:

It's really hard to get a good photo of it due to it's dark color.  The Marsupial Layering Tool or also called the JIG, is made out of a heavy plastic-type material and measures about 10" x 10",  has tiny feet on the bottom which keeps the tool from moving around on your work surface, and is also extremely light and easy to store.

The Marsupial Layering Tool ensures that all of your layers will be perfectly straight.  It has four sections to it for various border sizes:    1/8", 1/4",  3/8", 1/2", 3/4" and 1" borders.

Below is a label you can print, cut and adhere to your tool:

All you do to use the tool is lay down your smaller layer with the adhesive side facing up.  Place it in the border size of your choice, then take your next larger layer and line it up in the bigger border of your choice within the same box as your previous paper.  Press down to adhere the two together, flip the papers over, and you have perfectly lined up your layers on your card creating an even border all the way around.


Place your black card base on top of the white layer that has the adhesive face up and this is what you get (minus the blue wave)

Here is a video that shows how to use the tool.

Here are just a few examples of the various layers you can do on an A2 card.  You can also use the tool for 5x7 and other sized cards.

As I get older, my hands seem to shake quite a bit when trying to adhere layers on my cards.  I can't tell you the number of times I've adhered a layer only to realize it went on crooked.  Then I have to either tear off and try to salvage what I can or cover the unevenness with an embellishment of some kind.

This tool makes layering easy with shaky hands.  It's also great when you are mass producing cards and have all your layers cut and ready to assemble.

I'm not making any profit from advertising this tool on my blog.  What's great about it now, is that you can save $10 by using code LAYER10.

To purchase the Marsupial Layering Tool, go here.  There are also written instructions here.

I highly recommend watching the video to pick up some hints and tricks on using the tool.  It's very easy to use but the maker of the video explains a tip when using heavy card stock.

Leave me a comment if you have time so I know if you also feel this tool is handy.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Porcupine Valentine

Hi Everyone.  Today I have an early Valentine card to try and spark some inspiration if needed:

The background die is from the Sue Wilson Pacific Ocean Collection and the XOXO is from the Frantic Stamper Valentine Confetti set.

The card was made by cutting the background die on black card stock, then cutting the red glitter panel with the rectangle die that comes in the Sue Wilson Pacific Collection.  I then cut a white panel to layer under the red one to make it stand out a little more.

That cute porcupine is a die cut that comes in a monthly kit from the Green Duck Sales Die Cut Club.  You'll be seeing other cards that I'll be posting using more of the die cuts from the January kit.

This is what the dies themselves look like:

And this is what the entire January Green Duck Sales Die Cut Club kit contains:

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Mr and Mrs Valentine

The two hearts on this card are from the January release of die cuts from The Green Duck Sales Die Cut Club.  I love how the hearts look so rounded by the shadows on them.  To finish off the card, I just added some leaves and the Mr and Mrs which are both Sue Wilson dies.

This is what the January release of die cuts looks like:

The possibilities are endless for the different cards you can make using these dies.  Check out the Die Cut Club Facebook Page to see what the other designers did with their die cuts for even more great ideas.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Owl'll Always Love You

I love how the girl owl is waving her wings with excitement.  It's like she is fluttering around, so full of love.

The owls and the banner are from the January release of die cuts from The Green Duck Sales Die Cut Club.  They made for such a quick card, and the best part is, you get two of each owl so you can make another card with these adorable creatures.

This is what the entire January release looks like:

To see what the other ladies on the design team made with their die cuts, check out the Die Cut Club Facebook page.

Be sure to look at the blogs by the other design team ladies as two of them are giving away an entire January die cut club kit:  

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Swirly Thank You Cards

Ann here today with two Thank You cards using a die that is fit for any season or occasion.

I was given this beautiful, intricate Swirly Thanks die by Tutti Designs and couldn't wait to see what it looked like once it was cut out.  This is my very first Tutti Design die.  I have to admit that I normally shy away from dies that are too intricate based on past experience of having trouble getting the die to cut properly, even with a metal shim.  But this die cut perfectly the very first time, and I cut it with a heavy glittered card stock.  Now I seriously need to look into more of the Tutti Design dies.

For my first card above, I simply cut the die,  layered it on black and gold card stock and adhered some red gems to the centers of the flowers.  It made for a very quick card which would work great as an after-Christmas card, New Year's, wedding thank you or anniversary thank you card.

My second card, which is below, was made with the intention of showing you that the same die can be used on a more toned-down card for any time of year:

I cut the Swirly Thanks die twice, once in a darker shade of pastel green and again in a  lighter shade so I could layer and offset them a little.  Then I completely covered the entire die with a Wink of Stella pen.

The frame is the Sue Wilson Pacific Ocean Collection - Background die.  This has become one of my favorite dies for framing a card.  It, too, cuts out perfectly the first time for being such a detailed die.  The Swirly Thanks fits just right inside the frame too.

Now I can't wait to make more Thank You cards with this die.

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