Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Dogs are a Girl's Best Friend

I saw this quote on Scrapbook & Cards today and immediately knew I had to use it on a card.

I used the following products from the Ecstasy Crafts store:

Two Terriers

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Home Sweet Home Step Card

I had this new house die and stamp set and wanted to make a scene card with it, but I also wanted to try making a card with more dimension to it, thus the result above.

To make the step part of the card,  I took a sheet of 12 x 12 kraft paper, cut it down to 5 1/2 x 12 and scored along the 12" side at 1.5 , 3 , 5,  7, and 9.5 then folded along the score lines every other way accordion style.

The rest of the card was made using the following products from Ecstasy Crafts:

The inspiration for this card came from my dogs.  They chase every bird and squirrel out of the yard, but since I didn't have a dog die that looked like my dogs, I used the cat die.

I'm entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Animal Magic Challenge which can be seen here:

All of the products used to make my card are available at Ecstasy Crafts.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Using Gilding Waxes on Embossed Backgrounds

Above card taken with the flash on to highlight the shine of the gilding wax

Creative Expressions Golden Light Gilding Wax on the above card

Creative Expressions Pearl Moon Gilding Wax on the above card

Gilding Wax is such a great way to really bring out the embossing on your cards.  It's very economical in that one tiny little container will last you FOREVER.  It only takes a little wax on a finger rubbed across the embossing to get this shiny look.

Gilding Wax comes in such beautiful colors:

I can't wait to try all the different colors.

For my first card with the "love you" on it, I used the following Ecstasy Crafts products:

Creative Expressions Golden Light Gilding Wax (applied 3 times right after each other to get an extra heavy coating between the embossed areas)

Cosmic Shimmer Specialst Acrylic Glue -(this glue is super strong and dries clear; I use it to adhere things to the paper with gilding wax on it).

DON'T YOU JUST LOVE THE GOLD ON THE EMBOSSED makes the card so elegant looking in real life.  What a great way to get more use out of your embossing folders.

For the second card,  I used the following products from Ecstasy Crafts:

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Lacey Daisy

Cosmic Shimmer makes these Colour Cloud Blending Inks that I've really come to appreciate.  They go on so softly and blend without leaving streaks or white areas on your paper like other water based inks seem to do.  I used a stencil similar to the Creative Expressions Mini Stencil -- Shabby Harlequin, along with Fresh Grass, Lavender Lace and Ocean Blue Blending Inks on a piece of paper already cut out with the Sue Wilson Stitched Lattice Frames.

Once the background was done, I used those same inks to color some white paper which I then cut out to make the daisy.  The small leaves are by Dee's Distinctively.

The black lacey edge and circle are the Anastasia Set by Couture Creations.

All of these products are available at the Ecstasy Crafts store.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Lighthouse Cards

This was not intended to be a scene card but somehow my mind gravitates toward that type of card when thinking of how to use certain dies.

The lighthouse die is what threw me for a loop.  I thought it had stripes cut into it but found out they were not cut lines but embossed areas.  I still like this as a silhouette and will try to use it in other ways soon.

I used the following dies and stamps from Ecstasy Crafts:

Ecstasy Crafts Dazzling Sunburst Embossing Folder (Sorry, this is no  longer available.  See the cards below for another way to make this card without the embossing folder).

Celebration Clear Stamp Set

As I mentioned earlier, the Ecstasy Crafts Dazzling Sunburst embossing folder is no longer available.  I was so sad to learn of this because I really loved this bigger folder which worked great for 5 x 7 cards. 

 So to remake my card without using that folder, I used the Frantic Stamper Sun Rays Quilted Card Panel.  This card panel is much smaller than the embossing folder in my first card, so the remake card is only an A2 size (4.25 x 5.5"):

When using the Sun Rays Card Panel, I was able to get two cards out of one cut since the bottom portion gets hidden by the waves.

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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Cute Carnivores

When I saw these dinosaurs in the Ecstasy Crafts store, I thought they'd be way too detailed to cut out nicely,  but I was wrong.  As you can tell by looking at them, all the detailed pieces cut perfectly without any rips or tears.  

These dinosaurs bring back memories of my preschool teaching days.  I had one girl, yes a girl, in my 4/5 yr old class who knew EVERYTHING about dinosaurs.  I actually let her teach a class one day, she knew so much.

The volcano in the background was made using the Joy Crafts Winter die shown here:

Joy Crafts Skiis Mountain Landscape

The mountain has all those embossed lines in it which I used to make the volcano.  I covered the lines with a glue pen then rubbed on some Cosmic Shimmer Mulled Wine Gilding Flakes.

The tiny rocks come in a set called Campsite.

 I only used two of the dinosaurs that come in the set.  These are others you also get:

Tessler Crafts Dinosaurs

I know I'll be making more cards with these dinosaurs.  I already have one in mind for the herbivores.

All of these products are available at Ecstasy Crafts.

Friday, June 10, 2016

The Tassel Was Worth the Hassle

My niece, Sara, is graduating from high school this month with black and gold school colors, and my nephew, Ben, is graduating with red and blue school colors.

I had no graduation dies to use so I browsed through the dies in the Dies R Us store and found several that I liked.  

For the framing of the card, I cut the bottom black stitched frame and top white one with the Sue Wilson Designs -- Stitched Lattice Frames.  I filled in a gold rectangle and a black one in between these layers just by cutting 1/4" increments in size.

I cut two of the Sue Wilson "Congratulations" word die, one in black and one in gold and slightly offset them.

I also used the following dies by Impression Obsession:

Here is the inside of the card:

The scalloped oval is part of the Sue Wilson Designs Frames & Tags -- Grace.

For Ben's card, I used the same graduation dies by Impression Obsession but in a different way.  I also used the Rectangles 6-in-1 Frames by Impression Obsession:

On the inside it looks like this:

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Geared Up

The shine on this card is created by rubbing Pearl Moon Metallic gilding wax on top of the inked and embossed paper.  Gilding Wax comes in container that allows you to rub a finger across the top of the wax then onto your cardstock, lace and other materials to highlight texture or add shine.
 It also brings out the embossing on dark cardstock as shown below:

Blush gilding wax on black paper

Gilding Wax comes in a wider variety of colors than ever before.  These are some of the new color choices:

Aren't these new spring colors beautiful?

To make my card, I rubbed a variety of blending inks on a piece of white cardstock, embossed the cardstock with the embossing folder in my Cuttlebug, then rubbed on the gilding wax.  Gilding wax goes on dry so then I immediately adhered the two feathers and the computer generated word "happy".

Other products used to make this card:

Embossing folder similar toCheery Lynn Gears Embossing Plate

All of these products are available at Ecstasy Crafts. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Best Friends

I would never put a lawn flamingo in my yard, but using them on a card is something I can do.  I cut one flamingo then another reverse one and positioned them so they formed a heart with their necks.

The background die is a combination of Sue Wilson's Californian Collection Hollywood (white part) layered on top of the Sue Wilson Californian Collection Decorative Frames Set B (black frame).  To get the green hilly area, I cut just a part of the Hollywood frame in green then cut the top of it with one of the Stitched Scene Builder Edgers and simply layered the green on top of the white.

The sun was made using a yellow and an orange cut of the Sue Wilson Dandelion Clocks.  It is supposed to look as if the sun is coming up over the hill.

The trunks of the palm trees were cut on sandable paper.  I folded each trunk at the start of a new section and then sanded just the fold.  The leafy part of the trees were cut once then cut again and layered together with foam tape.

"Best Friends" was stamped on the hill and  is part of the Pretty Posies clear stamp set.

All of the products that I used to make this card are available at Ecstasy Crafts.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Cute Giraffes

Hi Everyone.  I have another scene card made with Ecstasy Crafts products to share with you.

I used the Noah's African Animals #2 for the giraffes.  (If you click on this link, you will see two other cards I made using these same animal dies).

 To get the second giraffe, I flipped the dotted paper over and cut the die on the white side of the paper to get the mirror image of the first die.  After doing that, I  ran  a bone folder around the edges to flatten them out so you can't tell it was cut from the back side of the paper.

The frame around the card is my go-to frame since it is really a FRAME and not two rectangles taped inside each other and cut out.  One swipe through the machine and it comes out a frame and a stitched panel which is where I adhered the giraffes.

The final touch was to add the leaves and grass.

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Monday, June 6, 2016

Barley Grass

I had only seen this Tattered Lace Barley Grass used in it's real color -- wheat, so I decided to make it into a silhouette more or less using some black paper.

To start, I cut one of the largest dies in the Sue Wilson Californian Collection -- Basic Frames (set A) in black and the frame die in the Sue Wilson Californian Collection - Hollywood in white.

I took some Fresh Grass and Ocean Blue Cosmic Shimmer Colour Cloud Blending Ink and applied it to the white layer to give an ocean and sky kind of effect.  The moon is just a 1" circle painted with Cosmic Shimmer Aurora Sparkle Texture Paste.

The white background that is on top of the black card base was made using two of the Sue Wilson Lattice Window die covered with a rectangular piece of cardstock that I embossed with the Nellie's Choice Swirls-1 embossing folder.

All of these products are available at Ecstasy Crafts.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Patriotic Butterflies in Flight

I've been wanting to make a red, white and blue card since I missed making one for Memorial Day; I was preoccupied with making birthday, graduation, and new driver cards for my family.

The above card was actually in my mind but I goofed when making it which resulted in this one:

They might look the same but they aren't.  Normally when I used the Butterflies in Flight die by Sue Wilson, I adhere the separate butterflies that come in the die set behind the panel with all the swirls in it but I was not thinking and adhered the blue panel to the card base without adhering the butterflies.  After I realized what I had done, I thought to myself, "how can I color in those butterflies without ruining the card"?  I am terrible with markers so I knew that was out of the question.  The next thing that came to mind was filling the areas with Stickles.

I have a whole drawer full of Stickles that I rarely use.  They were a big hit a few years ago but now they seem to have been replaced with sequins.  Since I had Stickles in red, white and blue, I decided to go that route.

This is what the die set looks like.  It is a gorgeous die that I've used many times before:

To make my card, I just cut the striplet 3 times but without the separate frame around it.  If you use the separate frame, it will totally detach the striplet from your paper.  I didn't want that look for today's card but have used it previously that way.  I cut one striplet leaving a little border around the left side and top/bottom of my paper.  Then I lined up the striplet to the right of the previously cut one, leaving a small amount of space vertically between the two.  Do this one more time so you have three striplets separated by equal spaces in between.

For the butterflies, I cut a variety of the separate butterfly dies and adhered them from the back of the paper that I just cut the striplets into.  I used a glue pen on the back of the striplet then just adhered the butterflies.  So easy to do, rather than cutting and paper piecing in butterflies from the front of the striplet.

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Saturday, June 4, 2016

Two New Drivers on the Road

I have two nephews who are turning 16 in May.  One lives in the rural part of upstate New York and the other lives closer to a major city in Connecticut.  I made these cards for my nephews who both just got their driving permits.

This card is for "The New Country Driver".

This card is for "The New City Driver".

The card I made for my nephew who lives near the city reminds me of a time when my parents took my family on a trip to NYC one summer.  It was around 1978 or so.  My father drove a blue Chevy station wagon; it wasn't a Woody one like on my card, but it was still a station wagon.  It had a rear third seat where, if your stomach could tolerate it,  you could face backwards and look out the rear window.  

Dad decided to drive the whole family (9 of us) in the station wagon to NYC to do some sightseeing.   To make the story short, we ended up getting lost when trying to leave the city and ended up in the Bronx at night.

Products used to make the first card include:

For the second card I used the following dies in addition to the tree dies above:

These cards were fun to make since the recipients are my nephews.


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