Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Flourishing Phrases meets emboss resist

Happy Wednesday, Everyone!

Quick post to share with you today.  For my last hostess stampers' club, the hostess wanted to do the "emboss resist technique", and this is what I came up with!  One of my most favorite products in the new catalog, is the Flourishing Phrases bundle.  The stamps and dies in this set are BEAUTIFUL! and useful for so many occasions.  For this card, I embossed the flourish image on Whisper White card stock, using Versamark and clear embossing powder.  I then used two new In Colors -- Peek-a-boo Peach and Flirty Flamingo -- to sponge over the panel.  The ink doesn't stick where the embossed image is -- thus "emboss resist".  I then die cut a flourish from gold foil paper and added that over top.  A little piece of the new Peach In Color ribbon adds that special touch. (I haven't purchased In Color ribbon in a few years, but this year's ribbon is amazing!  It is slightly gathered so it has such fun texture to it, yet it isn't hard at all to tie!) I layered this panel onto Watermelon Wonder card stock, as the Flamingo color goes so beautifully with the Watermelon -- an In Color from last year's collection.  Of course, there needed to be some bling, so I added some Rhinestones as well as In Color enamel shapes.

Ok!  Off to get on with all that's on the agenda for the day!  Namely, a baby fox themed baby shower for a dear friend of mine!  I used the new fox punch to make a super cute little banner for her new little guy.  That little fox is beyond adorable.... Ok, ... I digress. :)  More on all that later!

Don't forget about Bonus Days this month!  For every $50 you spend in July, get $5 free to spend in August on anything you wish!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Shaker cards!

It's Canada Day AND my birthday!  Yippee!  When I used to live in Canada, it was always fun that everyone was celebrating on my birthday.

I've been playing with some of my new toys, and boy! are there some incredibly fun ones in this new catalog!  I've been wanting to make shaker cards for a while, but have been frustrated with not being able to find narrow adhesive foam strips, and cutting the wider strips in half with my exacto knife was just not floating my crafty boat!  SU to the rescue! -- they came out with these little foam adhesive strips! Pure Genius!  These make shaker cards a breeze, because they can bend a little, as well as fitting on a pretty small border.

We will be making this card at my upcoming stampers techniques class.  I used a new embossing folder, petal burst, to make that cool background -- simply emboss a 5 1/4 x 4" whisper white panel and then sponge Bermuda Bay, Wild Wasabi, and Perfect Plum inks over it.  The pattern really pops with the sponging.  For the shaker part, I start by die cutting either the jar (from the Jar of Love bundle) or the window frame from Hearth and Home thinlets.  I then adhere the die cut to an equally sized window sheet (for the jar one, simply die cut a jar out of the window sheet.  For the window one, cut a window sheet rectangle 2 1/2x 3").  Use your embossing buddy to rub over the window sheet to help prevent your shaker contents from sticking to it due to static.  Next, apply your foam adhesive sheets around the back side edges of your die cut/window sheet piece. Carefully add your shaker contents.  For the window one, I just un-threaded some silver and Bermuda Bay sequins from our sequin trim, and for the fairy one I used some clear micro beads I had on hand.  Separately, stamp your background panel -- for the left hand card, I used the Sheltering Tree stamp set, for the right hand side, I stamped that darling little fairy from the new Fairy Celebration set on a die cut whisper white jar.  (You can punch out the fairy's wings with the small butterfly punch, so I stamped the wings on velum and punched them out with the butterfly punch, and then layered them onto the fairy "in the jar".) I colored the fairy with my blender pen and ink pads.  I added adhesive to the wings and coated them with Dazzling Diamonds glitter.  She is one beautiful, sparkling fairy in a jar!  My almost 6 year old daughter is having a fairy themed birthday party this year, and for her invites we are using this same set and she has spent hours coloring in the fairies with her markers.  Such a fun stamp set for little girls!!!

You are now ready to assemble your shaker piece.  Remove the liner from your adhesive foam strips, and carefully line up your background piece onto your shaker.  Burnish it a little to make sure it is stuck well, then adhere your shaker piece to your project base.  That's all there is to it!

Ok!  I'm off to enjoy my day! :)  Happy July Everyone!