Monday, December 31, 2012

New Year's card and tag

I'm not much into sending out New Year's cards but thought I should make at least one to have on hand in case of emergency.   The top tag is made with a vellum rosette that is cut with the Tim Holtz rosette die but I put a 1/4 inch strip of white paper lengthwise on it to give it a little more depth.  The background paper is from a paper pack from Hobby Lobby called Blanc Boutique where all the papers are white embossed.  Love that paper pack.  The skinny Happy New Year stamp is a Hero Arts stamp from one of their Christmas packages and the tag it is on is a Simon Says Stamp exclusive die.  The leaf vines are a die from Cherry Lynn Designs cut out on Hobby Lobby silver glitter paper.

The card with the tag on it is made using the Spellbinders poinsettia die and a stamp from Michaels in their $1.50 bin. Both tags use the numbers punch by Martha Stewart.  If you want any further info. about either card, email me and I will be glad to provide the information to you.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Valentine cards














These are some cards made last year.  In another post I will show this year's Valentine cards.  Let's see how they have changed over the year.  I gave one of my brothers the Charlie Brown "Christmas Tree" type card last year and he loved it.  It was so simple to make (a digital).  Sometimes the easiest cards come out looking the best.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Valentine's Crafts ideas

Heart shaped baskets are always a favorite when it comes time to making Valentine's crafts.  They are quick and easy to make.  If you have a heart shaped die or cookie cutter to trace, that's basically all you need, along with the basket assembly.  If you are interested in instructions for these, email me and I will send you the PDF file with the instructions, or if you want to take a class to learn how to make these, send me an email and we can set up a time for a class locally at your house or at Hobby Lobby in Columbia.  Get a group of girls together (8 yrs. and older) as these make perfect gifts to give to friends.  Group discounts apply.

The next best thing to a heart shaped basket is a heart shaped box.  These are a bit more complicated and require my cutting out the shapes on a Cricuit ahead of time (with the use of Sure Cuts a Lot program).  I'm trying to work with a die making company to get a die made to make these boxes so they don't have to be cut out on a Cricut......I prefer using dies since they are so quick and easy to use.  If you have contacts with a die making company and can get me in touch with someone, this would be a huge seller.

As you can see by the photo above, these boxes are not the type that you make on a scoring board.  They are actually heart shaped on the inside and outside and fit together nicely.  They can be made in a variety of sizes from thin to thick and small to large.  If you are interested in taking a class on making these, please send me an email.  We can make arrangements to use the classroom at the Columbia Hobby Lobby or I can come to your home if you get a group of people together (age 14 and up).

And finally, Valentine's tags........................


Valentine tags are less complicated to make than cards, I think anyways.  You can put whatever you want on them and they don't have to be perfectly arranged like cards do.  If you would like to arrange for a class on making tags, email me and we can set up a class at your home or at Hobby Lobby (days or evenings).  Supplies are NOT limited to what is shown in the photos above; I have a lot more for you to use from flowers to stamps to punches to dies.

If you see anything else on Pinterest that you like and you want to take a class to learn how to make it (paper crafting only), email me and we can discuss it.  My email address is anngreenspan@gmail.com.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Happy Birthday card

If you click on the image it will enlarge it and allow you to see the edges of the roses which are different from the edges created by other rose dies, that's because these roses were made using the Tim Holtz Pine Cone die.  The edges are more tattered looking and not so perfect like other rolled rose dies.  Email me if you have any questions about other products used on this card and I will be happy to provide more details.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Pink Poinsettia cards

KittyKraft made a card using pink poinsettias and I had to try it myself.    I changed up the card base and framed it using a smaller framing technique from StampTV (dimensions are on StampTV as well).  I like the Spellbinders poinsettia die without doing the embossing and just using a stylus on the backs of the flowers to give them dimension.  I'm going to have to try this card in all different colors now, but I still like the pink.
This is my first attempt, above

This is my second attempt, this time using the Martha Stewart branch punch instead of the pine branch die.  I like the second attempt better.  What do you think?

Friday, December 21, 2012

Mini Vintage Floret blue cards

Below are two cards made using the Heartfelt Creations Mini Vintage Floret stamps for the flowers.  These stamp sets actually come with several different flower shapes other than the one I used but they all make for nice layering.  The die cuts are Spellbinders ovals and leaves.



Thursday, December 20, 2012

Simple red and white Christmas cards


I wanted to make some flat cards that I could put in the mail since most of the cards I have made this year are fairly thick due to the embellishments on them and they require padded envelopes and are slightly more expensive to mail.  Stamp TV had a video out today showing how to use both white embossing powder and white glitter together on a card on top of each other but the technique doesn't show up in the photo very well.  The card on the video was red and white so I used that idea.  I like letting the stamp do the work on these cards -- keep the card simple and let the stamp stand out.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Stampin' Up Flower Folds Bigz Die card

The die used to make this flower is only available through Stampin' Up and is called Flower Folds Sizzix Bigz die.  I used 2 of each of the two smallest flowers on the die, ran them through the Stampin' Up embossing folder called Petals a Plenty and layered them with foam dimensionals.  The middle flowers are punched using the Stampin' Up Itty Bitty flower punch which I rolled with a stylus to "cup" them.  The leaves are from Spellbinders and the background stamp is the French Script from Rubbernecker Stamps.  I got the inspiration for the flower on this card from a card on Pinterest.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Another Hobby Lobby embossing folder card

This is another one of the new Paper Studio embossing folders available at Hobby Lobby that is on sale at 40% off.  They also have a new bricked wall that is landscape (horizontal) whereas the Tim Holtz brick wall embossing folder is a vertical one.   I was surprised to see they had a butterfly embossing folder that looked just like one I had made myself a few posts back (didn't make the actual folder, just the embossed look of the butterfly card front), that folder will save me a ton of time.   If you use embossing folders, you might want to check these out while they are on sale.  At $4.99 and 40% off, you really can't beat the price.

Martha Stewart Embroidery Punch card

The snowflakes on this card were made using the Martha Stewart Large Double Embroidery Punch
The punch actually looks like this when punched out:
But if you manipulate the punched shapes, cutting one down in size, cutting in between each of the petals on both of them, and then pinching the middles of each of the petals with tweezers, you can get them to look like snowflakes like the ones below:



 Layer the smaller one on top of the bigger one, staggering the petals and insert a brad or pearl.

The embossing folder is a new one that is available at Hobby Lobby with the word "Celebrate" on it and it's on sale this week at 40% off.


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Double Embossed Technique cards



Double embossed cards means you are using two embossing folders on one card.  Normally if you use two folders after each other, one will wipe out the impression from the other and you will be left with mostly just the embossing from the second folder.  To double emboss, you need to do a separate step that puts pressure on the first embossed part like the diffusers I used in previous posts.  There is a link here which shows you how to make these cards:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMmWmsS25jI&feature=em-subs_digest

These are some of the steps you need to take:

 First, emboss your paper like you normally would with any folder.  I used a new embossing folder from Hobby Lobby.  Doesn't it look like the expensive one from Stampin' Up?  It's on sale this week at Hobby Lobby $4.99 minus 40% off.  They have lots of great new embossing folders.  If they are out of the ones you want, ask for a rain check.
 Second step:  Use the second embossing folder of your choice, such as a small frame from Stampin' Up.  Cut out a cardboard oval the same size as the inside of the oval frame and attach it to the outside of the folder.  Insert your embossed paper, center the oval embossing folder, and run it through your machine, but this is where it takes some patience.  You don't need two B plates if using your Cuttlebug.  I used an A plate,  the embossing folder, 3 cardboard shims, a tan spellbinders mat, and a B plate.  Your machine may require fewer cardboard shims.  You really need to play with it to get the pressure just right.
This is how it should come out, with the oval embossing on top of the first embossing.  The center oval does not come out totally clean of the first embossing, however; so you probably want to cut an oval out of a separate piece of paper to fit inside the frame.  The smallest oval from the Sizzix Stampin' Up ovals die fits perfectly inside this frame:


This technique works best with embossing folders that don't have a ton of embossing on them when used in the first step.  I tried it with folders that have a lot more embossing to them and it didn't come out so great.  This one folder from Hobby Lobby seems to work the best, but I have so many embossing folders, I just didn't have the time to try them all out.

Good Luck with the new technique.  You can always find more information on it and more videos if you do a search on YouTube for Double Embossing.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Another pink card

I think this embossing folder speaks for itself and shouldn't be covered with other layers..........that's why I left it clean and simple and just put on some bling.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Tim Holtz Diffuser cards

To get the middle circle effect, I used one of the Tim Holtz embossing folder diffusers.  They are really easy to use, just place them on top of your embossing folder and run it through your machine.  It will allow everything to be embossed as usual except for the shape that is cut out of the inside of the frame, which in this case was the circle.   The branch is the Martha Stewart branch punch and the ornament is the Spellbinders ornament.

The second card (below) is using the oval frame diffuser.  My stamp should have been a little lower, now that I am looking back at the card.  Doesn't look as off centered in real life as it does in the photo.  Oh well.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Silver and Gold Believe Cards


Two cards that are very quick to make.  Just emboss everything!  If you want information on the stamps, email me and I will send it to you.  Thanks for looking.  Ann