Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Wedding Anniversary Card

My parent's 57th wedding anniversary is coming up in September.  Married in 1959, my parents have 7 children and 14 grandchildren.

I knew I wanted an embossed background on my card and one that would work well with gilding wax, so I took out my Sue Wilson Dotty Daisy 8.5 x 11 folder which is my favorite folder when using gilding wax.

After embossing the light aqua cardstock in the folder, I rubbed Frosty Aqua Metallic Gilding Wax over the entire panel.  A little gilding wax goes a long way.  I rubbed it on fairly heavily so it would get into the flat spots between all the flowers to accentuate them even  better.

After cutting out the 5 and 7 from an old die set I have, I cut out the scalloped oval and frame with the Sue Wilson Frames & Tags Grace.  This is what the die set looks like:

Sue Wilson Die Grace

I chose to use the Sue Wilson Delicate Daisies for my flowers.  I applied some Golden Light Metallic Gilding Wax to the two larger daisies and used some Ocean Blue Blending Ink on the others.  For the flower centers, I used the centers that come in the Sue Wilson Orange Blossom set.

Sue Wilson Die - Orange Blossom - Complete Petals

The final step was to adhere some leaves which were cut from the Dee's Distinctively Small Pair of Leaves:

Dee's Distinctively Dies - Sm. Pair Leaves

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My Card Won at Impression Obsession

I just got the news that this card won the "A Day at the Beach" challenge at Impression Obsession.

Thanks for stopping by -- Ann

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.

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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

Friday, August 12, 2016

Three Happy Ghosts

Hi Everyone!

It's Ann again with my favorite kind of card to make -- Halloween!  There are so many cute Halloween dies on the market; but for this card, I really liked the Impression Obsession Mini Ghosts because of their smiles.  They are such happy ghosts.

Before I go any further, here are the dies I used on this card:

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So, the trick to making this card was in trying to get the background inked the way I wanted it.  I started off by masking the moon and inking around it with two shades of yellow ink, followed by the purple ink.  After the ink had dried, I rubbed on some gilding wax in gold and purple to give the area some shine.

The dies were the treat --  I just cut out the dies I wanted to use and placed them so they all fit on the card.   That can't get any sweeter.

I especially love this "Trick or Treat" word die.  It's just the right font for my Halloween cards.

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

A Remake of Two Cards

I previously made this card without the words or dove on it and have a tutorial here showing how to make the sunburst part.

I had been wanting these Religious Greetings  for some time but they were always out of stock, which goes to show they are very popular.  If you click on the link for the Religious Greetings, you will be able to put your name on a waiting list to be emailed once they are back in stock.  They are going to work great on Christmas cards.

I also decided to add one dove to the card.

Here is  another card that I added the Religious Greetings to.  Details on making the card can be found here (scroll down to the second card on the post):

This is what the dies look like:

Don't forget to check out the inspiration card gallery at Ecstasy Crafts here:

Thanks for stopping by.  


Wednesday, August 10, 2016


I'm entering this card in the Ellen Hutson Calling All Artists Pin Challenge for a Guest Artist spot which can be seen here: 

To apply for a Guest Artist spot, you need to use one Essentials by Ellen product along with other product that the store carries.  I chose to use the Friend stamp from the  "Amazing Women" by Julie Ebersole on my card.  This is what the stamp set looks like:

I really like the Impression Obsession Shore Birds so I decided to make a scene card with them.  I started by cutting an Impression Obsession Sunburst Background out of white cardstock and positioned it so the sun would look like it was setting.  Then I layered on the waves which were made by using the Impression Obsession Hill Landscape Layers.  The beach area is just grey cardstock that has a white core to it so when you tear it, the white inside part shows.  However, I inked over the white with some black ink.

The grass around the Shore Birds is the Impression Obsession Small Grass.  I also added one bird from the Impression Obsession Sea Birds set flying in the air.  To finish the card front, I cut out and layered on the biggest frame that comes in the Impression Obsession Rectangle 6-in-1 Frames

Here is a picture of what the dies look like:

IO Rectangle 6-in-1 Frames

A Day to Play

Do you ever have a lull in time where you are waiting for new dies or stamps to come in?  I decided to take today off from making a card with just dies like I normally do and make one using some mixed media product that was sitting on my desk.

To start off, I used a variety of  pink, orange and yellow blending inks on a piece of white cardstock.  Then I stamped and heat embossed the center flower with white embosing powder and stamped some of the ball flowers to look like baubles.  Next I mixed some Aurora Sparkle Texture Paste with some pink Colour Cloud Blending Ink to turn the paste pink and applied it through the Mini Squares stencil.  When that was dry, I then used the same stencil and inked through it with a variety of  pink and orange Blending Inks without any texture paste.

The final step was to run the paper through the Nellie's Choice Swirls embossing folder with a diffuser* so I wouldn't get the embossing around the center area of the card where my white flower is.   I used some Pearl Moon metallic gilding wax on top of the swirls then adhered a few sequins.

This card is pretty striking IRL with the sparkle texture paste, sparkle sequins, and metallic gilding wax.  The best part was that it allowed me to try making a mixed media type of card which isn't normal for me.

I'm entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Let's Go Wild Challenge which can be seen here:

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*A diffuser is used with embossing folders to put pressure only where it is wanted.  You can make your own diffuser by cutting an oval, square, or circle, etc.  in the center of a piece of chipboard that is the size of your paper.  Put the diffuser on top of your embossing folder with the paper inside the folder and it will emboss everything BUT the area cut out in the center (the oval, circle, etc).