Tuesday, February 28, 2017

January Stamp of the Month

I can't believe I made this card a month ago and haven't posted it!  Better late than never.  : )  Although you still have today to order your set.

Here is the entire set Easter Bunny S1702.

From my example below, you can see that it doesn't have to be Easter specific.

The saying Happy Spring is nice, especially with all the rain San Diego has been getting.  Spring and warmer weather would be nice.  It rained ALL DAY yesterday.  My trash can collected about 12" inside.  I know, poor baby!  It rained for 1 whole day.  And the temperature was only in the 50s - for 1 whole day...  ;)

 I incorporated Hello Lovely paper when making this card.  The pattern comes from Make it From Your Heart Volume 2 (9042) pattern #25.  The papa bunny was colored with watercolor pencils (3505) and blended with the small waterbrush (Z3224).  Because I used water, I stamped Papa in Memento Ink (Z899).  The background cardstock is Glacier (X5770).

So, if you want the set, order today!  If you want a free exclusive ink stamp pad (your choice) get your subtotal to equal $48 on my birthday gathering.  Heck, make it $50 and the stamp set is only $5 (instead of $17.95).  This set will be gone tomorrow!!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

A Little Love

This little sample uses January 2017's stamp of month and Sugar Rush paper.  Sorry I didn't get this posted last month.  : (

A cute card either way for Tuesday.  : )  You can make it to go with yesterday's Ferrero Rocher Box project.

This little beauty is a 3" x 3" called Squares and Overlays (found on page 65 of Originals).  The three 1" x 1" squares on the left side are Raspberry, Whisper, and Blossom cardstock paper.  The Slate heart is made by taking the printed flower (stamped in Blossom above it) and turning it over to get a solid image.  Both hearts were cut out.  The Blossom heart was raised with Thin 3D Foam.  The Dreamin' Big sequin finish off the card.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Valentine Ferrero Rocher Box

I found this box by Sandra Ronald on her blog but have made a few modifications.  I made my box into a Valentine treat.  It's super simple to make... let me show you how.

The first modification was making the paper size accommodate 2 boxes per 12" x 12" paper.
The box is 9" x 6" and is made from cardstock.
The wrapper is 6 5/8" x 4" (you can actually get 4 wrappers from one sheet if the orientation of the paper doesn't matter to you - it didn't for me) and is made from background and texture paper.
The ribbon pull is made with a coordinating 3" piece of ribbon.
The recipient will receive 3 Ferrero Rocher candies.  : )

Score your 9" x 6" cardstock:

Along the 9" side, score at 1", 2 1/2", 6 1/2", and 8".

Along the 6" side, score at 3/4", 2 1/4", 3 3/4", and 5 1/4".

Score your 6 5/8" x 4" background and texture paper:

Along the 6 5/8" side, score at 1/2", 2", 3 9/16", and 5 1/16".
How do you score 9/16" and 1/16" of an inch if you have the Martha Stewart Score Board like me?  There is a black line between the 0" mark and the 1/8" mark.  Bring your paper out to that black line and then score at 3 5/8" (for the 3 9/16" measurement) and at 5 1/8" (for the 5 1/16" measurement).  Done!

There will nothing to cut on the wrapper.  You'll just fold and then decorate.  More about that soon...

Now that you've scored the cardstock, you'll want to cut it out.  Each corner will be cut off as well as one block to either side of what will become the tabs.

After the straight lines were cut, I went in and cut at an angle for the box to come together nicer and easier.

Once the box is cut, you'll want to punch a hole one side for the ribbon pull.  And this is the time to add your strong adhesive.  As you can see, I've added Score Tape to the flaps and the "backside" of the tabs.  The tabs will be folded up and secured to the long side to create the box ends.  Once those are in place, the side flaps will be folded over for strength and finish.

Before you create the box, secure the ribbon.  I pulled the ribbon through the hole, separated the two sides, and then used regular tape to secure the ribbon in place.  The flap will fold down over the tape and ribbon ends so you won't see them.  : )

Create the box by lining the sides of the tab with edges of the box.

Place some Score Tape along the 1/2" scored section of the background and texture paper.  Fold on the score lines and line up the edge of the paper with the 1/2" section.  You now have a wrapper.  The wrapper is NOT symmetrical so there is a wrong and right orientation.  I put the 1/2" section under the box.

You can flatten the wrapper to decorate it.

I created a banner and stamped "happy" with 1/2" x 1" White Daisy cardstock.  I stamped "Valentine Day" on a 1/2" x 1 1/2" piece of White Daisy.

The hearts are made using the Thin Cut hearts (Z3260) in purple and green glitter paper.  Half of my boxes will have the opposite hearts - green outline with a solid purple heart because you get both shapes with the heart thin cut.

Then everything was glued onto the top of the wrapper.

Next, grab your Ferrero Rochers and put them in the box.  Place the box into the wrapper (it's a tight fit).  And Viola!  You're done!  Your friends, co-workers, and neighbors get a sweet treat.

: )

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Random Technique Card-Making Class

Something must have been in my eye when I reviewed the title for this class.  Either that, or the Poway Adult School changed the name on me.  I'm not sure what happened to the word "Stamping" between "Random" and "Technique".  As a matter of fact, I'm not sure why "technique" is there.  The words must have subbed without telling me...

ANYWAY, I'm teaching a Random Stamping Class on March 20, 2017 through the Poway Adult School.  It's a Monday evening.  Maybe you want to come.

We will work from stamping to cutting to assembling the papers into cards.  When completed, they could look like this:
I'm also working on a black and white - color me - version.

These 10 cards are made from one 8.5" x 11" piece of cardstock.  In addition, a 12" x 12" background paper, an 8.5" x 11" cardstock, and some extra neutral cardstock (for the focal points and cut flowers) go into the making of the cards.  The card bases are not included in the papers.

I actually randomly stamped a 12" x 12" piece of cardstock.  I haven't done anything with the extra 3.5" x 12" nor the 1" x 8.5" of scrap I cut off.  And we won't do anything with it in class.  It will be difficult enough to get everything else done in the 3 hours we have.

I'll have close ups and more directions in the future.

Colors are Sky, Lilac Mist, Citrus Leaf, and Lemon.  Sayings are stamped in Black.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

February is Birthday Month! Let's Celebrate

Yes, I'm a year older than I was Sunday.  I thought it would be fun to celebrate my birthday this whole month.  So, for every $48 (subtotal) an individual spends on my website, I will send that individual a new Exclusive Stamp Pad.

How does that work?  I get an email when you make a purchase.  When I see the email, I'll email you so you can tell me what ink color(s) you'd like.  At the end of the month, I'll send your requested ink to you.  :)

Why the stamp pads?  Because they are new!  New look.  Easier to open and close (magnetic).  Larger pad size.  I want you to fall in love with them like I have.

That will be my thank you for coming to my party!  Just make sure you join the "It's my Birthday, Everyone Wins" gathering on my business page.  You have until February 28, 2017 to PARRRTY.