Friday, November 27, 2015

Snowy Lovebirds

Hello Everyone!

I hope all my American crafting friends reading this had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday!  I thought I'd drop in today with a quick post perfect for this time of year.  Yesterday we had the prettiest snowfall - big fluffy flakes coming straight down, no wind, and sunshine.  If all winter days could be like that I might actually enjoy winter!

I sponged the sky in pretty blues and stamped the pine boughs and birds before embossing with the Softly Falling embossing folder.  To add a little extra sparkle I covered the entire background with Versamark then sprinkled with Iridescent Ice embossing powder and heat set.  The sparkle on this card in person is spectacular!  To create the shimmer on the letters I covered a small piece of Bermuda Bay card stock with Versmark and Iridescent Ice embossing powder before cutting them out.

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Be sure to pop by next week!  I was working frantically over the last couple weeks to get ready for a small pop up shop that happened last night and I have tons of projects to share that I created for the event.  I made many cards and the like but I also created some winter decor items along with tea cup scenes similar to this ONE I shared a while back.  Not everything sold so I'll be listing them in my Etsy shop soon!

Until then, have a wonderful weekend!
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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

In the Woods


Hope this finds everyone well today; we're finally getting a yucky cold front coming through and the snow is a falling!  There's sure something about the colder weather that makes you want to make snowy cards...I think its the only kind I've made over the last while!

I needed a masculine birthday card and thought I'd pull out my Woodland embossing folder a few more times before it retires in January.  I'm bummed about this one - its such a versatile folder I thought for sure it would be a keeper!  But, alas it was not meant to be so I'll use it as much as I can until then!

I've seen quite a few cards that use this technique of stamping on the folder before running it through the Big Shot to get a hidden like image.  I haven't seen any done with animals though so I thought I'd give it a try.  I LOVE how it turned out!!  I added Dazzling Diamonds glitter along the base of the card to look like snow but no matter how I positioned the card or the camera, the light the day I took this just wouldn't pick up the sparkle.  You'll just have to use your imagination that its really there ;)

To achieve the background swipe Night of Navy and Soft Suede ink across the embossing folder then stamp the elk in Early Espresso ink directly onto the embossing folder, near ground level.  Insert a piece of Whisper White card stock into the folder and run through the Big Shot.  Viola!  An elk hidden behind the trees.  Color in the elk in with an Aqua Painter, Soft Suede, and Early Espresso ink.  To make the trees pop a little more use the edge of a Soft Suede ink pad to lightly apply ink to the raised portions. To finish everything off add a few flecks of snow with a White Gel Pen and Dazzling Diamond glitter along the base of the trees as well as in the branches.

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I hope you've enjoyed this one!  If you give this technique a try, let me know (or even better, email me a pic!)  I love hearing from you :)

I'll be back with another winter-y card share in the next couple days, as well as my Holiday Newsletter set for Friday.  If you love to count down to the Holiday's, your going to want to make this one so be sure to subscribe!

Have a wonderful snowy day!
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Friday, November 13, 2015

Holiday Blitz Tutorial - Snow Globe Luminary

Happy Friday (the 13th)!

I'm super excited to have been asked to be part of Splitcoaststampers Holiday Blitz Week!  It's a full week of wonderful holiday projects that you'll definitely want to check out!  I'm the guest tutorial author today and am sharing how to make this little Snow Globe luminary.  

The tutorial includes both a photo tutorial along with a step by step video.  Try not to laugh too hard at my blunder near the end of the video - as it turns out my glue gun WAS in fact plugged in I was just using a dud extension cord! #crafterproblems #stampingbloopers

I hope you'll be able to take a minute and check out the tutorial!  The photo tutorial can be found on the SCS site HERE.

I hope you have a great weekend!  I know its been a little quiet around these parts this week but I will be back in full force next week with some new shares!  Don't forget to sign up for my Holiday Newsletter - today's share is 3 quick and easy ways to create a snowy background.  If your not sure how to sign up but would still like to just email me and I'll add you to the list.  A full archive is available for the weeks you may have missed :)

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Ninja Turtle Punch Art Tutorial


Today is another catch up project that has been sitting on the corner of my desk for a year or so.  Yes, a year!  I posted this "old school" Ninja Turtle card for my older son's last birthday (you can read the original post HERE) and have been asked numerous times since posting it if I could share a tutorial.  

Within a couple weeks of the original post I did in fact make a tutorial, then for some reason just never got around to completing it to make it post worthy.  Because I've waited so long a couple of the punches I used on the original card have since been discontinued (yes, I've learned my lesson! LOL) But don't fret!  Even though the photos show me using the discontinued punches, I have current punch solutions to make it all work out in the end!  And if you have the old punches on hand, feel free to use those too!

Okay, let's get started!  In this tutorial we'll be making Leonardo:

 Begin by punching out the required pieces; you'll require one set for each turtle:
  1. 1 - 1-1/4" Old Olive circle
  2. 1 - Old Olive Large Oval
  3. 1 -  Pacific Point  Word Window
  4. 1 - Pacific Point Itty Bitty Punch Pack Heart
  5. 1 - Blushing Bride Medium Circle (Owl punch)
  6. 2 - Whisper White Circles (Cupcake punch)
  7. 2 - Basic Black Small Circles (Owl punch)

Insert the ends of the Large Oval back into the top portion of the Large Oval punch (the small oval punch was used in the photo but the Large Oval punch will work just the same by lining it up similar to the photo) and punch.

The Old Olive Large Oval should now look similar to the above photo. 

 Sponge the edges of the Old Olive Circle and Oval using Old Olive ink.

**Note: substitute the Modern Label Punch for the base of the Cupcake Builder punch**  

Insert both the ends of the Word Window piece into the curved edges of the Cupcake Builder and punch.  Use the photo above as a guideline.

Trim away a small portion at the top of the Word Window piece to resemble the area above the eyes and create an eye mask.  Use the photo above as a guideline.

Cut the heart from the Itty Bitty Punch Pack in two vertically.

Cut away a small curved section of the Blushing Bride circle.  Discard the top piece, only the lower will be needed for this tutorial.

 Using Multipurpose Liquid adhesive, glue the mask behind the altered Old Olive oval.

 Glue the Old Olive 1-1/4" circle into place behind the mask area.

 Glue the Whisper White circles into place on the mask, just below the "bumps" created earlier on.  Glue the small Basic Black circles onto the Whisper White circles to make pupils.

 Glue the heart halves behind the face mask to create the mask ties.  Place the straight cuts to the outside and the curved portion facing inwards.

 Sketch on a mouth with a pencil.

Fill in the mouth with a Basic Black marker.  Use the marker to draw a line where the nose indentation might be, around the eyes, create eyebrows, and mask details.  Glue the Blushing Bride half circle into place onto the mouth for the tongue.

 Follow the same steps as above to create each of the four turtles.  Raphael used Real Red card stock, Donatello Elegant Eggplant, and Michelangelo Pumpkin Pie.

 **Note: the original tutorial used the Modern Label punch to create the hands.  A strip of card stock and the base of the Cupcake Builder punch would work as an alternative.**

Cut 2 lengths of Old Olive card stock approximately 1" long for each turtle.  Create "fingers" using the base of the Cupcake Builder.

With a pencil trace out a hand shape onto each piece.  Only three fingers are required for each turtles hand.

 Cut each hand out and sponge the edges with Old Olive ink.  Flip each hand over and with a Stylus tool and foam pad gently give each hand dimension.

Place the assembled turtles on a background of your choice and complete the card.  In the case of this card I dressed up one of the larger Circle Framelits to look like a man hole cover and layered the turtles inside so they appeared to be crawling out.

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I hope you've enjoyed this much overdue tutorial!  I'm sure there are a few boys out there that still love the old school TMNT and I know there is a few older variety boys that definitely do and would much appreciate a card like this!  

Please let me know if you have any questions; I'd be glad to help out!  And don't forget to sign up for the Holiday Newsletter if you haven't already - tomorrows post is Week #6.  This week were sharing a little cup of cheer!

Have a wonderful day!  Until next time...
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Monday, November 2, 2015

Lego Star Wars Punch Art Battleships!


Welcome to the beginning of another week!  I have a little catch up post to share with you today. Our oldest son turned 6 in August and decided months prior to that that he ONLY wanted have a Lego Star Wars party.  I panicked.  I knew nothing of Star Wars; actually maybe even a little less than nothing LOL.  I kept hoping he might change his mind, but he was determined.  He schooled me in only the way a 6 year old can on who was "good" and who was "bad" and who used to be good but now was bad...soon I knew more Sci-Fi info than necessary and I got down to planning.

His favorite ship was the Imperial Star Destroyer so I began there.  I made a cake topper out of Polymer Clay for the top of his Lego shaped cake with Lego Star Wars figures sprinkled around holding the candles.

I came up with a few party games I found on Pinterest to keep the crowd busy but I don't think in the end they were necessary.  My mom kindly made each party guest a Jedi robe and I made Light Sabers from half a pool noodle and duct tape.  When it became dark out we strung two glow sticks inside the each Light Saber to make them glow - a definite hit!

I made a backdrop against the side of our garden shed using an inexpensive black table cloth and covered it with stars cut out with my Big Shot and Stars Thinlits.  The Storm Trooper and Darth Vader were painted onto a large piece of cardboard then cut out.  We kept them after the party so we could use them as decor items in his bedroom.

After all the party planning I still needed a card to go along with his gifts.  I went back and forth about a punch art figure or Light Saber but in the end I decided to go with his favorite ship again, the Imperial Star Destroyer.  It fits within an envelope and that top piece is designed so that it folds down to fit in the envelope until the recipient opens it.

If you would like to purchase a full template and tutorial I have it listed within my Tutorial Store.

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While doing my "research" I found I really liked the look of the infamous Millenium Falcon so I thought I would give it a try and make it as well.  I think it might be my new favorite card!!  I had to hide it because Griffin decided its good enough to play with...which must be saying something!  The card has quite a bit of dimension but shouldn't be too thick to require extra postage.

I've created a full tutorial for it as well and it too can be found in the Tutorial Store.

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These cards would be perfect for a little (or big) Lego Star Wars enthusiast!  I hope you'll give them a try!

Have a great Monday!  Until next time...

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Friday, October 30, 2015

Happy Haunting!

Happy Friday!

Since tomorrow is Halloween I thought I'd quickly share one more card for the occasion.  Minions are still all the craze in our house at the moment; in fact our outdoor Halloween decorations are Minions, our pumpkins are painted like Minions and Gru and both boys are dressing up as Minions this year for Halloween.  Minions overload?  I think not!  I love these little yellow guys too!  

I used my basic Minion punch art template to create this little guy with a few little changes to turn him into Dracula.  If your interested in the Minion punch art tutorial it's listed in my Tutorial Store.

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I hope you have a safe and spook-tacular Halloween!  See you all back here next week!

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

DIY Dear Heart Chore Charts


I'm sure I'm not the only mother out there that struggles to get her kids motivated around the house or in my case just to get out of the house in the morning.  Lately it seems to be becoming more and more apparent that I'm fighting a losing battle.  And for someone that likes to be on the winning side of things I knew we had to make a change.

Enter in the Chore Chart.  Now I should mention before we get underway that not one single thing on this chore chart is new to them.  These are simply just day to day tasks that have become a stress in the flow of our everyday lives.  I know that's maybe not how a conventional chore chart works but I'm hoping that if we can get the everyday routine sorted out then we can build up to more.

The boys are 6 and 4 right now and even though Griffin is quickly learning to read, I thought it might be easier to begin with a picture chart system for Sawyer's sake.  I found a great one on Susan Fitch's blog - it has four pages of possible chore illustrated pictures that can be cut out for your current needs.  LOVE IT! This way as the boys grow I can add to the list easily.

For the setup of the chore chart I wanted something fairly simple that would make sense to both boys. I knew I wanted the whole week included and I wanted it magnetized so I could easily change up the tasks when needed and the boys could "check off" the tasks without the need for pen and paper.  

My husband cut two piece of thin sheet metal approximately 12" x 18" and folded the edges back to make everything safe.   An alternative I found along my Pinterest travels was a large cookie sheet. 

I divided the chart into 7 rows and 9 columns, leaving a larger space at the top of the chart for the chore illustrations and their names.  I found the best solution for marking out the squares was to use colored Sharpie pens but I think Washi Tape would have been a fantastic alternative!  After marking out the chart I printed and cut out the chore illustrations I needed for each boy onto Whisper White card stock and glued them into place over its assigned column using Tear & Tape adhesive.  I organized the columns so that the chores ran from morning to night order.

Then came the fun part!  I cut the first letters of each weekday from the Little Letter Thinlits and glued those down the first column.  I then cut out the letters to spell each boys name and the word "chores" and glued those along the top edge of the chart.  

To make the Task Completed markers I stamped a small image (different for each boy) from the Dear Hearts Photopolymer set onto Whisper White card stock, colored it in with Blendabilties markers, and punched the images out with a 1-1/4" circle punch.  I then glued each circle onto small magnets I picked up at the Dollar Tree with a hot glue gun.

To finish the charts off I stamped each boy one of the images from the Dear Heart set that reminded me of them and colored them to match their hair color.  I added the round frame around each and punched them out before gluing into place in the upper left hand corner of the chart.

We hung the charts just off our kitchen so they can be a constant reminder and easy to check.  We'll see how it goes!  We've promised them a week of completed tasks will lead to an ice cream out; it's something we very rarely do so I think it will be a great incentive and motivator!

Sorry for the poor picture quality - the metal is so reflective I just couldn't get a good angle to shoot from!

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We've only just begun using the charts so we'll see how we're managing in a couple weeks time.  This could go exactly as I have pictured or I might be leading us down the path of even more stress...I'll keep you updated.  Until then...pray for me (LOL).

Have you used chore charts in the past?  I'd love to hear your ideas on how to keep the kids motivated!
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