Friday, May 18, 2018

Beautiful Bouquet for Graduation & Tips for Aligning Dies

Happy Friday!

Earlier this week I told you about my son graduating with his MBA - well, today is the day!  I'm hoping for sunny skies and 70 degrees, because the ceremony is at an outdoor amphitheater and rain or shine, the show must go on!

Eric's girlfriend is graduating today also, and this is the card I made for her.  I wanted this card to have a more feminine feel but still be in the school colors of gold & navy.  Instead of caps, gowns & stars, I made her a beautiful bouquet!

This is the same style card I made for a friend's birthday last week.  It is so much fun to put together!  I submitted my birthday card to last week's Global Design Project challenge and it was chosen as a winner!  You can find all the details and dimensions on that earlier post - click here.

The flowers are stamped in Crushed Curry & Berry Burst.  The different intensities of color are made by "stamping off" - stamping each image 2-3 times before re-inking your stamp.  The leaves and stems are cut from Lemon Lime Twist and the wrap on the stems is stamped in Crumb Cake.  The card base is made from So Saffron, a nice soft buttery-yellow.  The designer paper is part of the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper pack, which is retiring at the end of May.  

Did you know...

Some stamps with matching framelits have an alignment tab on them.  When you stamp them, make note of which direction the tab is pointing.  I always have it point to the top of the cardstock.  When you go to the Big Shot, place the tab on the matching framelit pointing the same direction and they will line up perfectly every time!

I really like this Triple Panel Standing Card fold.  It stands wonderfully to be displayed yet folds up neatly to fit in a standard envelope with no extra postage needed.

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Retiring items like the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper are going fast.  Don't miss out on your favorites!  

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Eclipse Card for Graduation

Hi Friends,

It's that time of year - Graduation Season!  My son is graduating this week with his Masters Degree from UC Berkeley.  His dad & I are still trying to figure out how a young man born & bred in the Midwest ended up in California, but we couldn't be more proud of him.  We are heading west to celebrate with him and here is the card I designed for the occasion:

I started my stamping the "swishes" in the school colors.  These are from the Work of Art stamp set which is retiring this month.  I use this set a lot - it's great when you want a colorful, abstract background.  It's a set I highly recommend having in your stamp collection!  I used Night of Navy and Crushed Curry here.

Did you know...

Dark colors like Night of Navy can quickly fill your Stamp n Scrub with ink.  No worries, it's easy to clean!  Both of the fuzzy cleaning pads slide out of the plastic case and can be gently washed in warm water and Dawn dishwashing detergent.  Swish gently then rinse under running water until you can't see any more ink rinsing out.  Gently blot dry with a white paper towel.  If the towel shows any color, repeat.  When the towel stays white you're ready to let the pads air dry and then slide back into the case.

The sentiments on my card are both from a retired Sale-a-Bration stamp set called Sky is the Limit.  Perfect for this card!  I embossed the "Congratulations!" with Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder.  I love Stampin' Up's embossing powders - they melt so much more quickly and smoothly than other brands I have used.

About the graduation cap...

I cut this from Night of Navy cardstock.  Starting with a 3/4" wide strip of cardstock, I cut an angle across the end of the strip.  I then took the angled cut end and lined it up with the 3/4" mark on the trimmer and cut the other end to make a paralellogram.  The bottom of the cap is made by taking a 1-1/8" strip of cardstock and nipping off 2 corners with an oval punch.  The tassle is die-cut from the Balloon Framelits Dies (also retired).

If you haven't tried an Eclipse card yet, they are super easy and so impressive!  I used the Large Letters Framelits on this one.  You can make one using any punch or die-cut that has enough surface area to mount Mini Dimensionals behind.  A dark card base gives a nice shadow effect behind the letters.

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Global Design Project #137 - #GDPWinner

Happy, happy Monday!

I was delighted to find out this morning that my entry into last week's Global Design Project Colour Challenge was chosen as a winner!  One of the perks of this honor is being a Guest Designer on a future challenge.  How fun is that?  I love this job!

Please be sure to visit the Global Design Project to see the other winners from this challenge - so much talent here!  Click on the photo above to get all the details for this project.

A big thank you to all of my friends, family, team & customers!  Your support and encouragement inspires me to keep coming up with fresh ideas.

Have a wonderful week,

Friday, May 11, 2018

Baby Shower Favors & Tips for Using the Wood Crate Framelits

Hello friends!

My life is so busy and happy these days that I can hardly stand it!  We are expecting our first grandchild this summer and the months leading up to this happy event are so much fun.  We had a baby shower for my daughter-in-law last weekend and, of course, I made table favors.

As the shower had a springtime theme, I wanted to create a nest of eggs and the Wood Crate Framelits were perfect.  I made the crates from Powder Pink cardstock.  Before I die-cut them, I stamped each 1/4 sheet of cardstock with the Hardwood background stamp using Powder Pink.  

Did you know?

The easiest way to use a background stamp is to lay it stamp side up and tap your inkpad over the surface.  This makes it easy to see when you have ink completely covering the stamp.  Lay your cardstock down and gently but firmly rub your hand over the entire surface.  It helps keep your hands clean if you lay a scrap piece of paper over the cardstock while you rub.  Lift the cardstock straight up.

About the embellishments...

The sweet little chick was drawn by a talented family member.  I know, everyone should be so lucky to have that kind of talent in the family, right?  I printed them on Whisper White cardstock and die-cut them with my Stitched Shapes Framelits.  The scalloped circle is cut from Crumb Cake cardstock.  The "sweet baby" banner was made from a retired Stampin' Up set called Itty Bitty Banners.  

What's inside...

The crate is filled halfway with paper shreds.  These can be found in a rainbow of colors anywhere you buy supplies for filling gift baskets.  The candy is Hershey's candy coated milk chocolate eggs.  These are easy to find around Easter, and Amazon has them all year long.  I cut a 9" square of nylon netting, placed 10 eggs in the center and tied them with a variety of ribbons from my craft stash.  These crates are a generous size - they will hold a lot more candy, but I was rationing my eggs - I had 50 of these to fill!

Tips for cutting & assembling the crates...  

Each crate requires 2 die-cuts.  You'll want to be sure as you cut each one that the long thin strip on each side of the crate is removed from the die before you cut the next piece - here's what I mean:

Simply flip the die over and use a paper piercing tool to poke into a couple of the holes to loosen one end of the strip.

Then you can grab one end of the strip and easily pull the extra piece out.  This piece is discarded.

If you forget to do this, the cardstock can build up in these thin grooves and you will be left wondering why your die is not cutting anymore.  You can probably guess how I know this.  Yup, it was a head scratcher until I figured out what was going on!

Begin by folding on all the scorelines.  The die makes the scorelines as it cuts, how great is that?!  To assemble the crates, place a strip of double-sided adhesive tape along the two tabs on the end of the crate.  Because I was making 50 of these (that's 100 die-cuts, each crate requires 2), I used one piece of tape instead of cutting 2 pieces.  Any little shortcut helps, right?

You will need to cut a "v" shaped notch in the tape between the 2 tabs so that they can fold independent of each other.

Begin assembling the crate by using 2 strips of double-sided tape on the bottom (inside) of one of the pieces, as shown here

Match the 2 bottoms and attach together.

Fold one end of the crate in and adhere the bottom tab using the tape you previously added.  Be sure to match up the corners as you assemble.

Adhere the second tab.  Repeat on the other end of the crate.

There you have it - ready to fill!

These little crates are so sweet.  Everyone at the shower loved these favors!  I can picture these decorating my Thanksgiving table in fall colors and filled with foil-wrapped chocolates.  Here's a project I made for Valentine's Day...filled with one dozen foil-wrapped chocolate hearts.

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