Little Moments – My Attempt at Stamping

For Christmas, I received a nice collection of stamps. I admit that stamping is an area that I’m not that comfortable in but I want to incorporate more stamping in my cards. The only way for me to learn is to experiment and watch YouTube videos! 🙂 Today’s card is different from what I usually make (no Cricut!). It started with a small piece of blue cardstock found in a scrap drawer.  I used a tree branch stamp from Inkadinkado’s “Delicate Branches” set in black ink and then in white ink. As the picture developed of a tree canopy I applied more black branches using only part of the stamp. This stamp set also has two bird images. I stamped birds in black ink and then on one bird, I lightly stamped white on top for the look of light reflecting on its back.

"Little Moments" Card

I used the “little moments” stamp from American Craft’s Dear Lizzy 5th & Frolic set. I stamped it in white (must have pressed too hard because it looks smeared) and then again in black. Since I was somewhat pleased with my stamping, I decided to make a card! Yay! 🙂 The card base is 5×7 in Kraft cardstock and then I used “Everyday Moments” paper from Recollections (Michael’s). I used three sheets of paper cut in different sizes, not fussing with symmetry. I just layered mats until I liked it. In a happy coincidence, one of the papers features a definition of the word “moment” and glittery birds. It ties in with my stamped birds and the “little moments” stamp.

Close - Up

So there it is! A humble take on stamping. Hopefully it looks ok for a beginner! I’m still struggling with my new camera. I can’t seem to get the lighting right inside or outside! At least the photos are clickable for more close ups.

Thanks for checking it out!

Vanessa

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Life is Tweet! – DCWV Challenge

Hello all! I ran across a challenge at Northridge Publishing’s Create Blog. The challenge is to create any project using your favorite Die Cuts With a View (DCWV) paper stack. Six lucky crafters will win 12 new stacks of DCWV patterned paper (one for each month of the year!) I would be so excited to win since I love paper and I love DCWV! I thought the challenge was worth a try (you’ll never know unless you try, right?) so I made this “Life is Tweet” card featuring DCWV’s Linen Closet paper and cuts from Cricut’s Four Legged Friends (FLF) cartridge.

The entire card is made of Linen Closet paper and I used two sizes of stacks – some sheets from a 12×12 pad and some sheets from a 4.5 x 6.5 mat stack. The smaller mat stack has the same designs but they are printed smaller so you can layer against the larger prints of the 12×12. I like mixing the two sizes together for dimension.

Cricut Cartridges and Sizes of Cuts:

  • Bird (4 1/4 inches) – Four Legged Friends
  • Cage (3 inches) – Four Legged Friends
  • Scalloped Mat Layer (5 inches) – Just Because Cards
  • Scalloped Card Base with tan trim (7 inches) – Just Because Cards (this makes the perfect 5×7 card)
  • Life is Tweet (1 3/4 inches) – Straight from the Nest

Other Supplies:

Tan Hemp Cord – tied a double bow through the holes cut in the edges of the scalloped mat

Pearl Embellishment

Googly Eyes

Glossy Accents – for the bird’s cheeks

Stampabilities Brown Ink – to distress the cage

Foam Adhesive Squares – to pop up the bird and cage for dimension

Zig 2-Way Glue Pen – to apply adhesive on those tiny cuts

Elmer’s CraftBond Dot Runner

Here is another card I made last year using the same Linen Closet stack and Four Legged Friends cartridge. I love the light blues and tans of this DCWV stack!

Bon Voyage! Card

This was a fun card to make! It’s a little different than cards I usually make but I just wanted to send best wishes to my sister and her husband as they depart to the Bahamas for a romantic getaway! I’m so jealous! I’ve never been, and their trip there will also be fun as they are going on a cruise! So I made this card with a ship headed to an island with a palm tree (mimicking their voyage to an island in the Bahamas!) 🙂

I used the Potpourri Basket cartridge for most of the cuts. This cartridge contains a nice mix of shapes from multiple cartridges. The ship, waves, and anchor are originally from the Going Places cartridge. The palm tree is originally from Doodlecharms. Then I used Wild Card to cut an oval shape for the island and the phrase “enjoy”. Since some of these images require you to run a shape more than once through the Cricut to get different colors, I use Design Studio to hide the images I don’t want to cut to save paper; for example, the green palm leaves are combined with coconuts in one image, so you would have to cut the shape once in green and once in brown. I also like to use Design Studio to lay out all of my images for one color of paper on one mat to save on loading and cutting time.

Details ~

  • Card base – white cardstock cut at 10×7 inches with a paper trimmer, then folded in half to get a 5×7 card (used a corner rounder punch on the bottom edges)
  • Ship with wave – cut at 2 & 3/4 inch in white cardstock, again in red cardstock to add some color with the stripe, then cut the shadow in black cardstock, then cut out two extra waves in bright blue
  • Palm tree – cut at 2 & 1/2 inches in brown cardstock for the tree base and coconuts, then cut out the palm leaves in bright green cardstock
  • Oval – cut at 4 inches in tan patterned cardstock
  • “Enjoy” phrase – cut at 6 inches in red cardstock
  • Anchor – cut at 1 & 1/2 inches in black cardstock

Embellishments ~

I used Stardust Stickles on the white wave and on the portholes of the ship. I also had some Dear Lizzy ribbon from American Crafts that had a fun banner printed on it. I took scissors to trim away the white parts leaving a true banner of flags to add some color to the ship. Two tiny brads decorate the ends of the banner. I also used a white gel pen just to add some more detail to some of the images. At the very right hand corner of the card face is a stamped phrase and date using K&Co.’s Smash Date Stamp. The phrase is hard to read in the picture because it’s so tiny – it reads “Happy Place” with the date Oct 13 2012, which is when my sister and brother-in-law will be enjoying their cruise through the beautiful turquoise waters of the Bahamas!

The inside is minimal because I wanted to leave enough room to add a personal message. The “Best Wishes” sentiment is a rub-on and it’s accompanied by the anchor.

I hope they enjoy this card as my personal send-off for their trip! I also hope they have the best time of their lives – full of fun, adventure, and romance!

Butterfly Sympathy Card

A dear friend of mine lost her father last month and this is the card I made for her and her family.  This was my second attempt as the first just didn’t reflect what I was trying to express to her during this difficult time.  She has always been there for me and now we live quite a distance apart.   I wish for her peace and comfort, and pray that time will help heal the sorrow she is feeling.

Card Details:
The lavender card base is 5X7. The wreath embossing is an A2 Sizzix folder from the Birds & Wreath Set. I colored in the wreath using a Rangers clear ink embossing pen (working in small sections so it wouldn’t dry too fast) and then I applied green and purple Crayola chalks with Q-tips.  I cut the butterfly and cage from the Cricut Lite Bloom Cartridge at 3 1/2 inches. The black and lavender card stock came from Wal-mart in 8 1/2 x 11 sheets. The lavender satin ribbon is from a ribbon scrap pack from Paper Studios. The cream card stock is from a ream I got from Desktop Publishing supplies. The “Thinking of You” is a rub-on I had in my stash. The butterfly is embellished with Lavender Stickles and three light green adhesive gems.

I typed the sentiment in Word using Edwardian Script and printed it on a 5×7 sized sheet of cream card stock which I then trimmed down just a bit with a paper-cutter so it would fit on top of the other mat layers (went 1/8 inch inward around all sides for each mat to show the layers of mats). I used a corner rounder from Paper Studios on all corners of each mat and card base before adhering everything together.

Thanks for stopping by,

Vanessa

“Birds of a Feather” Flock Together – 2 Sizzix Embossed Cards for Comparison

Last night I made two A2 size cards (4.25 x 5.5 inches) featuring the Sizzix embossing folder called “Birds of a Feather”.  For the blue thank you card, I embossed the image on the actual card base and didn’t add anything else to the image.  The image is so pretty that it can pretty much stand on its own.  Embellishments from the ribbon, rub-on, and a corner rounder punch finish off the card.   For the pink “Thinking of You” card, I embossed the image on a beige linen mat.  I then “colored” in the image with a clear embossing pen by Ranger Inkssentials, making sure to work on small sections at a time.  I then applied chalk using cotton swabs while the clear ink was still damp.  The clear ink helps seal in the chalk, creating a water-color effect.  The chalks used are regular Crayola chalks that can be bought at a dollar store or grocery store.  I used red, green, and blue chalk on the image.  The red actually looks like a darker pink so it worked well with the ribbon and the pink card base.

The sentiments for both cards are “miniMARKS” rub-on transfers from American Crafts.  Both ribbons are also from American Crafts called “Dear Lizzy Value 24 Pack”.  The embossing machine I used is called Sizzix Texture Boutique which I got from Amazon for around $35.00.  It only embosses (no die-cutting) but I can always use my Cricut Expression to cut what I need.

This embossing folder is such a cute image, and just by changing the paper or ribbon, it gives it a different feel.  Also, by changing the direction of the card base cut using the paper trimmer, you can have the A2 size card open from top to bottom or from side to side.  Using pastel 8 1/2 x 11 card stock from Wal-mart, I was able to cut two A2 cards out of the blue paper (opens side to side) and two A2 cards out of the pink paper (opens top to bottom).  I will save the extra cards for other projects.

Tip: To get an A2 that opens from top to bottom, take your 8 1/2 x 11 paper and cut it length-wise at the 4.25 mark.  This will give you a 4.25 x 11 shape that when folded in half (top to bottom) results in a 4.25 x 5.5 sized card.  To get an A2 that opens from side to side, place your paper on the trimmer so its laying width-wise (11 x 8 1/2) and then cut it in half at the 5.5 mark.  This will give you a 5.5 x 8.5 shape that when folded in half (side to side) results in a 4.25 x 5.5 sized card.  Each 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper will make two perfect A2 sized cards with no paper waste (cards must open the same way: top to bottom or side to side to achieve this) and only requires one cut on the trimmer, followed up by one fold with a bone folder.  A2 sized cards are perfect for Cuttlebug, Sizzix, or other brand embossing folders that are sized A2 or smaller.

Thanks for looking!

Vanessa