Friday, August 26, 2016

Shore Birds at Night

I'm entering this card in the Impression Obsession "A Day at the Beach" blog challenge which can be found here:

These are the dies I used:

To make the sun, I swiped some glossy photo paper through various distress inks that I spritzed with water on my craft sheet.  Then after cutting out the Sunburst Background die on that same piece of glossy paper, I applied some glue to the back of the paper, leaving it in the die.  I only glued the actual rays that would normally come out and not on the skinny spokes.  Then I took a piece of aqua cardstock and rubbed in on to the glue that was on the back of the sunburst die.  After rubbing all over to get the rays to stick to the aqua paper, I then carefully pulled off  the skinny spokes from between each ray, exposing the aqua paper behind it.

I could have just cut the sunburst on the aqua paper and adhered it to the inked glossy cardstock but I was going for a slightly different look this time.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek -- Ann

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Surf's Up

I'm entering this card in the Impression Obsession "A Day at the Beach" Blog Challenge which can be seen here:

This card was so much fun to make.  I love the look of swirling glossy cardstock through wet distress inks on a craft sheet.  I used that method for both the orange sky and the waves.

Here are the dies I used for my card and links below:

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look -- Ann

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Religious Greetings Card

Lately I've been using glossy cardstock (actually glossy photo paper) for my card backgrounds.  Water based inks work great on it; just dab some ink on your craft sheet, spritz a little water on it, and swipe the glossy paper thru it.  I used a light pink and light brown on my background which is behind the Saharan Screen Card Panel.  

The religious words are from the In the Making (Dee's Distinctively) Religious Greetings die set:

I layered a white greeting on top of a light brown one and adhered them to the oval which is from the Sue Wilson Austrian Collection -- Salzburg.  I used the same inks on the oval as I used on the background, but I also rubbed on some Creative Expressions Enchanted Gold Metallic Gilding Wax which isn't showing up in the photo but gives the oval a nice shine.

Other dies I used on the card include the Tattered Lace Barley Grass, Dee's Distinctively Mini Doves, and the Frantic Stamper Stitched Rectangles for the frame.

The adhesives I used on the card include:  Be Creative 1/4" double sided tape,  Cosmic Shimmer Specialist Acrylic Glue (fine tip for gluing word dies and it dries totally clear), and a Couture Creations Turbo Precision Glue Pen (also good for adhering thin die cuts like words).  The Couture Creations Glue Pen does not have a tip to it; instead you simply squeeze the pen and tiny dots of glue come out the opening.  This is great because you can control the size of the dots by how hard you squeeze the pen.

All of these products are available at the Ecstasy Crafts Store.  However, if you see something is out of stock, you can click to put your name on the waiting list to be notified when it comes back in stock.  

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Rainbow Turtle Hugs

I was inspired to make this card when I saw the Sunshine or Rainbows CAS Challenge on Splitcoast Stampers here:

These are the dies I used on the card:

Frantic Stamper Baby Turtle FRA-DIE-09686
Frantic Stamper Cute Halloween Icones (bow) FRA-DIE-09583
Frantic Stamper Elementals #1 Basic Shapes (frame and stitched rectangle) FRA-DIE-09306
Lawn Fawn Scripty Hugs LF835

You can play along at this challenge by clicking on the link above.  To see all the entries in this challenge, go to SplitcoastStampers and do a search on CAS391.

Thanks for stopping by -- Ann

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Halloween Treat Bags Tutorial

Front side (above)

Back side (above)

This year I wanted to make my own Halloween Trick or Treat bags to give to my neighbors who have very young girls under the age of 6.  I tried to use embellishments on the bags that weren't too scary for them.  The Frantic Stamper Cute Halloween Icons worked out great for this.  I also used the Frantic Stamper Witch Riding Broom, Spider Web and Pinprick Circles.  Here is what the dies look like:

Frantic Stamper Cute Halloween Icons

Pinprick Circles

Spider Web (I detached it from the frame)

Witch Riding Broom

I also used the Frantic Stamper Elementals #1 to make the bags.  The Elementals #1 is a great set of dies to have if you make a lot of  A2 sized cards -- it cuts out a nice frame and also cuts the center stitched rectangle at the same time:

To make the bags, cut two of the Elementals #1 on  80 lb.  cardstock or heavy pattern paper.  We will be using the stitched rectangle that is in the center of the frame, but save the frame to use on a future card.

Place the two stitched rectangles so they are back to back; the stitching should show on the front one and on the back one when you flip them over.  This will allow the handles to line up perfectly when you cut the two together.   Place the small rounded rectangle on top of the two you just cut out to make the handles for the bags, and cut through both at the same time if your machine allows.

Next we need the "bag" part that holds the candy.  Cut a piece of 80 lb cardstock or heavier to a size of 3" x 12".  Place it on your scoring board so the 12" side is across the top and score at 4 3/8" and 
7 5/8":

Turn the paper so the 3" side is across the top, and score at 1/2" and 2 1/2".

Fold all of the score lines.  Cut triangles into the intersecting score lines, stopping at the intersection.  This makes the flaps close easier when assembling the bag:

Flip the paper over and adhere 1/4" double sided tape to the edges as shown:

Now is a good time to embellish the front and back of your bag before assembling it.  Decorate the two panels you cut handles in to and then proceed.

Line one of the panels with the handles on it (can be the front or the back; it doesn't matter) just above the scored line in the middle section of your 12" strip, good side face up,  and adhere it just above the score line:

Do the same for the other panel:

Flip the entire paper over and bring one of the sides with the tape on it to the panel you just adhered, lining it up as close to the edge of the panel as possible for a nice clean look.

Adhere the opposite side to the same panel:

Do the same for the other side, making sure you are lining the sides up as close to the edge of the top and bottom panels.  I find it easiest to have the decorated panels on a flat surface and bring the sides of the bag down to the panel so you have a hard surface to work on.

The finished size of your bag is 3 1/4 wide x 4 1/2" high x 2" deep.  These bags will hold a lot of candy or other treats such as pencils and crayons.

You can even cover the cardstock sides with pattern paper if you want, but do that before assembling the bags.

I stamped a greeting on the tags that I cut out using the same die from the Elementals #1 that we used to cut the handles into the bags.  This is the stamp set I used:

Add some Halloween ribbon, sequins, etc. and your bags are ready to fill.

All of the products I used to make these bags are available at Ecstasy Crafts.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Hello Friend

On the 3rd Thursday of every month, Ellen Hutson has a Pinterest board challenge.  I'm entering this card in the August Challenge which has this Pinterest board as the inspiration:


I liked the soft pink and brown tones so I made my card using Spun Sugar and Antique Linen Distress Inks.  I tapped the ink pads on my craft sheet, spritzed the area with water and swiped a piece of glossy photo paper through the inks to create the background.

Since you also have to use an Essentials by Ellen product, I pulled out the Brushstroke Hello by Julie and combined it with the "Friend" stamp which is part of the Amazing Women stamp set also by Julie.  The "Hello" is cut out on white cardstock four times and layered on top of a kraft colored one.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look -- Ann

Thursday, August 18, 2016

A Day at the Beach

I'm entering this card in the Impression Obsession blog challenge "A Day at the Beach" which can be seen here:

I used all Impression Obsession dies for the card, except for the large circle:

This was a fun scene card to make.  Thanks for stopping by. -- Ann