Thursday, March 27, 2014

Spellbinders Majestic Elements Labels 25

The flowers are from Impression Obsession called Tiny Flowers and the leaves are Impression Obsession Leaves and Stems.  The tiny spiral roses are also by IO called Spiral Flowers

These dies are not much bigger than a penny, each.  They make very small spiral flowers.

Watercolor Flowers

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Stampin' Up hardwood background stamp fence

There are videos all over the internet on how to use the Stampin' Up Hardwood stamp to make a fence like in the card below.  I put mine on a blue background and made some yellow daffodils to add even more color.

Spellbinders Nestabilities Majestic Elements Label 25

Majestic Label 25 with SB fancy lattice background:

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Pinwheel card

This card is larger than the last pinwheel card I made.  The instructions on making the smaller card can be found here:

I wanted a slightly larger card than an A2 with a bigger pinwheel,  so here are the directions for making the larger card:

Cut two pieces of solid color cardstock 3 3/4"  x 3 3/4" each.  These are the backgrounds which will be covered with the dsp.  Next, using your 1 3/4" Marvy Uchida square punch, punch out 4 pieces of one sheet of dsp and 4 pieces of another pattern of dsp.  If you don't have the punch, you can use your papertrimmer and cut out the pieces manually.

Then you are going to follow the assembly instructions as shown in the link above.  The only difference is the size of the squares you will use.  The card itself is a 5 1/2" x 7".  Cut a sheet of cardstock 11x7 for the card base and fold it in half giving you a 5/12 x 7 card.  Layer different mats on top of that if you want, decreasing the size by 1/8" each time.

This is the punch I used for the bigger card:

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Spellbinders Filigree Delight

Boy do I miss my Vagabond.  Ever since it died on me two days ago, I've had to use my Cuttlebug.  I  love my Cuttlebug but it can't compare to the Vagabond when needing to cut intricate dies.  My Cuttlebug has some worn spots on the rollers so dies don't cut all the way until I rotate them a different way and run them through a second time or more.  With the  Vagabond, just push the button and run the die through once forward, once backward and it's done.  Plus my hands and elbows hurt when cranking on the Cuttlebug.

  Here are the two cards made using the Spellbinders Filigree Delight:

 I cut this die using mirrorboard which cut great actually for such an intricate die.  I taped the center oval to the filigree frame and ran both through the machine together.  Then I stamped the back side of the mirrorboard oval that gets cut out from the rest of the die and adhered it in the center.  The mirrorboard is raised up with tiny foam dots.  Finished it off with a red rose from Recollections, the only store bought embellishment flower I like to use on cards because it looks handmade.  I could have dolled this up more by putting a bunch of pearls on it but I am pretty sure it's a card that I am going to give to my father, so I didn't want it girly looking.

The next card is actually the first attempt at using this new die:

I will probably stamp "Happy Birthday" or "Thinking of You' across the stems of the flowers, depending on what occasion I need the card for.  The instructions for making the daffodils can be found on an earlier post.

                                                      Spellbinders A2 Filigree Delight

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Spellbinders Basic Lattice

Another new die for me is the Spellbinders Basic Lattice die which I found on for less than it costs on  I'm still playing with this one, trying to figure out how to use it best.  Now that I am without a diecutting machine until my Vagabond gets delivered from, I can do some research on Pinterest for card ideas.  The center of this card is the Spellbinders Labels Four.

I'm trying to use more of the intricate Spellbinder dies compared to the basic shaped ones, but they definitely are a challenge if you don't own a bunch of the label dies, which I don't.  It seems that most of the new card creator dies require the use of the basic labels dies that coordinate with them.  So I'm trying to get by with the few label dies that I do own.

Spellbinders Diamond Effects

Ever have one of those days where it seems like everything goes wrong.  Well, yesterday was one of those days.  My Vagabond died.  Just quit working.  It was less than 3 years old and I really only started using it about 7 months ago since I had been using my Cuttlebug for everything.  My hands have been getting very tired from cranking on the Cuttlebug so I switched to the Vagabond which has a motor, thus no manual cranking.  I called Ellison, the makers of the Vagabond, and they were willing to try to fix it for a minimum of $160.  Of course I would have to ship the 15 lb. Vagabond to them in California (I live in Maryland, why couldn't they be on the East Coast?).  I looked online and found I could buy a new one at for $149 with free shipping.  So I did that.

These two cards were made using the Spellbinders die called Diamond Effects.  The first card I cut out the outside frame first with the inner frame and oval inside, taping the two together.  The second card I just cut out the outside frame which I like a lot better without the inside frame.

The flowers on the above card are my attempt at making hyacinths; not exactly the real thing.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Another Quilted card

These quilted cards are so quick to  make if you have a 1 1/4" square punch.  Just cut out two squares in a solid color of cardstock for the backing, each 2 5/8" square.  Then punch 4 squares with your 1 1/4" punch in one color of designer scrapbook paper and 4 squares of a contrasting dsp.   The link to the instructions is on my previous post about quilted cards.  Now that I know how to make this type of quilted card, I need to move on and try some of the more difficult looking quilted ones.

Heartfelt Creations Decorative Leafy Frame

These cards were made using the Heartfelt Creations Decorative Leafy frame die by Spellbinders which is on sale right now at

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Spellbinders Gold Elements cards

I really like this Spellbinders die called Gold makes for a nice dimensional corner on a card when used with the Floral Ovals die:

You can also make a card using the Gold Elements die on all four corners, but it makes for a very large card if you want to have any opening left in the middle like in the card below.  I had to make an envelope for this card since it won't even fit in a 6x9 manila envelope.  The finished card is 6x6:

I wanted to put some flowers on this card but wherever I tried to place them, they covered up so much of the design in the die, so I just put pearls around the center greeting part.  If you click on the image it will be larger for you to see the detail of the card.

Inspired by Nature cattails

The grass stamp is by Stampin' Up and is called Inspired by Nature; it is a discontinued one.  The ends of the cattails are made using the retired SU punch "small slot".  I love making easy cards and this one can be used for any masculine occasion such as birthday, Father's Day, or in general any thank you card.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Distress Reinkers watercolor card

I put a few dabs of Distress reinker on a non-stick craft  mat then spritzed some water with it.
I used Picked Raspberries, Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint, Tumbled Glass and Concord Grape reinkers.

To get the ink on the card, I started with the Picked Raspberries color, dotted it on the watercolor paper with a papertowel dabbed in the ink, then moved on to the next color below it, etc. until the card was done.
I then spritzed on a few water droplets using a wet paint brush and just flicking it above the card.  When that was dry, I stamped the wheat grass stamp in black VersaFine ink and did the same with the words and butterfly.

Spellbinders Fancy Lattice card

This is my first time using this die, so I wanted to see how it could be used and made a fairly simple card with it in the end.  Need some more playing time with it.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Spellbinders Elegant Labels Four card

I used foam dimensionals underneath the two innermost panels to set them off from the main frame a little.  The flowers are Recollections with the Martha Stewart frond and branch punches.

Spellbinders Gold Elements cards

Finally got some new Spellbinder dies to play with.  This one is very easy to use and cuts out nicely, even pulls out of the die without a lot of trouble.  I have been buying my Spellbinder dies on lately as they have good prices and super quick free shipping.  The order will say it will ship within two weeks or something like that but I have been getting the dies within 3 days or less.  Just watch the listings on because not all dies will ship for free.

Inspired by Nature watercolor card

The stamp on this card is the Stampin' Up Inspired by Nature.  I love cone flowers so I knew I had to use a dark pink on these flowers.

I got the idea and how to do the card from on her video here:

Thanks for looking.