Sunday, June 30, 2013

Tumbled Glass cards

This flower stamp is part of the Penny Black Petal Party set.

Used a Sizzix diffuser to push out the center design and have a blank oval instead

 Floral embossing folder by Lifestyle Crafts, then dabbed some tumbled glass ink on it.  
The flowers are a die from PaperTrey Ink called Beautiful Blooms II, #1:

Same card as shown above but without using a diffuser, leaving it as is with the heart embossed in the center

The Pink Sea

All of these stamps (seahorse, starfish and bubbles/raindrops) are Designs by Ryn stamps.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

More Petal Party cards

Here are two more cards I made using the Penny Black Petal Party stamps:

 The above card also uses the Hero Arts Stitched Frame set.  The pink and green paper used on the flowers is from Hobby Lobby; the red paper is from Michaels.  I dry embossed the kraft background with the Houndstooth embossing folder.
I had a bunch of stamped flowers on my desk in all different colors and liked the yellow with the dark pink but also wanted to do something different with them from what I have been doing.  I first stamped both the large and small flower stamps all over the white paper, then stamped the flowers on pink and yellow so I had enough of them.  I fussy cut out all the flowers and leaves and adhered them with glossy accents.  Once they were adhered, I ran them through the Cuttlebug with an embossing folder from Lifestyle Crafts called Zig Zag which can be found here:

This is what the stamp set looks like:

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Heidi Swapp stencils

This card was made using the new Heidi Swapp stencil called lattice which is one of many now available at Michaels for just $3.99.

The template is a plastic sheet that has the design cut into it.  I taped the template on to the paper then tried to carefully dab my distress ink daubers inside each design on the template.  I then used the Stampin' Up Boho Blossom punch to punch out the flowers and adhered them randomly on the paper with Glossy Accents.   Once the flowers were all glued on, I ran the paper through the Square Lattice embossing folder from Stampin Up' to give it some more dimension.  The final step was to add some gems to the flower centers.

Sizzix Embossing Diffusers

This first card was made using the Sizzix small oval embossing diffuser which is pictured below.  The idea of this diffuser is to have everything emboss on the card except what you have inside the oval cut out.  As you can tell in the first card, the square lattice embossing folder embossed the card front minus the area where I heat embossed the greeting.  It kept that area flat which I find is nice because it prevents your heat embossing from wanting to chip off after it's been run through an embossing folder.

The diffusers, which come in a 3 pack of an oval, a circle and a large center oval, have excellent directions in the packaging on how to use them.  You simply put your paper in your embossing folder then layer the diffuser on top of the embossing folder according to where you want the blanked out area to be.  You only need to use one plate though with the diffusers due to the thickness of them.

The diffusers also come with the cut out shapes by themselves, for example, the skinny oval, a larger oval and a circle.  When these individual shapes are placed on top of your embossing folder you will get only the embossing inside the shape, not the entire piece of paper.  These do just the opposite of what the above pictured diffuser does.

If you don't have the diffusers, you can always heat emboss your greeting on a separate piece of paper, punch it out and ink around the edges to make it stand out more on your card like in the example below:

Monday, June 24, 2013

Designs by Ryn stamps

My first attempt at using the leaves stamp and raindrop stamp by Designs by Ryn.
She had a card similar to this one on her blog so I CASed it.

A mint and chocolate card using Ryn's stamps

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Anniversary Cards for my family

I have a brother and a sister both with anniversaries coming up, and since they live on opposite sides of the country, I should be able to take the easy road and make the same card for both, just changing the embossing powder color.  I used my favorite Sizzix embossing folder and covered the center with a Spellbinder's floral ovals die.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Punch around the Circle cards

If you use the corner punch that comes in the Martha Stewart punch around the page punch set, close the flaps on the punch, and punch around a circle, you can come up with some amazing looking circles:

This is just one of the Martha Stewart corner punches.  It is different from a normal punch that punches out shapes in that it has two side flaps that open and close.  Normal shape punches do not have these flaps.

This card was made using just the corner punch, so the background is a circular shape.  The flower is the Spellbinders Rose Creations rose cut out of vellum.

This card was made using the entire punch around the page set, so the background is square.  The flower is the Spellbinder's Carnation Creation die cut out of vellum.

These are some others as a result of punching around a circle with just the corner punch:

Of course there is a very easy way to make sure your punches are all evenly spaced around the circle.  In class, we use a circle grid which divides a circle into 360 degrees.  It is something that can be downloaded for free online here:

You simply place your cut out circle in any size from 3.5" to 8 or 9 inches on the grid, depending if you want your circle to go on a card or scrapbook page, mark a line for every 3rd or 4th line on the grid, depending on the punch you are using (some punches are wider than others and will require a spacing of every 40 degrees or every 4th line on the grid).

Then turn your punch upside down so you are looking at the cut side of it.  Line up the "V" on the edge of the punch exactly on one of the lines you drew on the circle and punch.  Move your punch to the next line and punch again.  If the punches are coming out too close and punching on top of each other, try using either a slightly bigger circle or increasing the space between each line.

When you are done, layer either a digital image on top of the punched circle or put a flower on it like I did in the cards above.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Bringing out the Martha Stewart punches

I haven't used my Martha Stewart punch around the page punches and edge punches in a long time since there are so many dies out there that have somewhat the same I decided today to drag them out and start using them again.

In the next few days I will be trying to make some cards using the MS corner punches to punch around a circle, just like a lot of you learned in my classes.

For now, these are some simple cards just using an edge punch and punch around the page set:

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Christmas Spellbinder Floral Oval cards

Spellbinder's Floral Ovals with digital image centers

Penny Black Petal Party cards with more backgrounds

I got the inspiration for this card from Lin at
I embossed the white cardstock first then used a finger ink dauber to sponge on the color.  Then did the same with the flowers, sponged on distress ink with a finger dauber.

The raindrops are a stamp made by Designs by Ryn which can be found here:

If you color them in with distress markers or copics, it gives them a more 3D look.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

More Penny Black Petal Party cards

When I saw Lin's card on her blog (the blue and yellow card below), I knew I had to try making one similar but using different paper.  I love the colors she used but I couldn't find any blues that went together, so I used pinks and brown.

This is her card which can also be seen on my Pinterest page:

And these are my attempts:

I'm not sure if I need leaves on this second card or not.  I normally give it a day or two and then after looking at the card again, I will know whether it needs leaves or not.

Mint Green and Black card

I've been wanting to do a card using mint green and black for a long time.
The flowers are Penny Black's Petal Party and the background frame is a used stamp I just purchased on Ebay; it's called Stampshot Frame by Stampa Barbara.  I also used the Hero Art's Lotus background stamp underneath the flower petals.

Would love to know if anyone likes these colors together or if they should not be used together.  Leave me a comment letting me know if you feel like taking the time.  Thanks!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Sizzix Ornate Frames with Oval Lace Frame

These cards were made using the Sizzix Ornate Frames embossing folders (see photo below) and the Oval Lace Frame stamp.  I stamped the butterflies with the Hero Arts Design Block Tree stamp then cut them out.  The texture on the card front was sanded down with a sanding block after it was embossed.