Colors of Autumn – Thanksgiving Card

I had fun trying out my new “Autumn Leaves” Tsukineko Kaleidacolor ink pad! This is a 5 color ink pad that gives you a rainbow of color for a multi-colored look using stamps or a brayer. For this card, I used the oak leaf from Inkadinkado Mini Stamps, Leaves. I stamped it twice onto cream cardstock, then fussy cut the images out with scissors. The embossed wreath is from Sizzix’s Birds and Wreath set. I dry embossed cream cardstock and colored the raised image using a clear ink embossing pen and soft chalk. It’s best to work in small sections with the embossing pen so that it’s still damp when applying the chalk. The embossing ink permanently sets the chalk so there’s no mess! Plus, if you make a mistake with your chalk on other parts of your paper, you can simply erase the mistake. I stamped “Blessings” using the Kaleidacolor pad to tie in with the leaves. This stamp and the flower layers are from Michael’s Dollar Bin. I secured the flowers together with an orange brad then adhered it with foam dimensionals. One leaf is also adhered with dimensionals to pop it up from the card.

Supplies

  • Tsukineko Kaleidacolor Ink Pad – Autumn Leaves
  • Inkadinkado Mini Stamps – Leaves
  • Sizzix A2 Embossing Folder – Elegant Wreath
  • Ranger Inkssentials Clear Embossing Pen
  • Craft-T Chalks – Orange, Ruddy Red, Burnt Sienna, Light Brown, Dark Brown
  • Flowers – Michael’s Dollar Bin
  • Orange Pastel Brad – The Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby)
  • “Blessings” Stamp – Michael’s Dollar Bin
  • 4.25 x 5.5 cream cardstock
  • 4.5 x 5.75 brown cardstock
  • 4.75 x 12 orange cardstock – scored in the middle then folded to make card base measuring 4 & 3/4 x 6 inches
  • Corner Rounder Punch – Hobby Lobby
  • 3D foam adhesive squares – Michael’s
  • Elmer’s CraftBond Adhesive dot runner – Wal-Mart

The Sizzix Elegant Wreath embossing folder can be used in so many designs. Just by changing colors or embellishments, you get a whole new look. Here are three other cards I made in previous posts using this versatile folder:

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“Autumn Colors” Card

This was definitely one of those experiments where I had a vision and it went into another direction. This happens a lot to me! 🙂 But I always have fun trying new things because I learn more each time I do. For instance, I learned that my Ink It Up! stamp inks don’t work well with a brayer, and some of the lighter colors aren’t as crisp as some of the more expensive inks out there. I am currently waiting on an Amazon order for a set of leaf stamps and a product that’s been around for a while: Tsukineko Kaleidacolor Ink Pads. Since I’m working on Thanksgiving cards, I ordered Tsukineko’s Autumn Leaves palette. Once it arrives, I’m going to try the brayer technique again to see if I get better results.

For this A2 sized card, I used textured white cardstock. It resembles a linen weave. This didn’t help with stamping crisp images (another lesson I learned), but it does add to a faded watercolor look, so I’m satisfied with this experiment :). I used two stamps from Martha Stewart – a leaf and a tree. I used my brayer to roll on different Ink It Up! colors: Harvest Yellow, Terra Cotta, Khaki Green, Cranberry, and Orange.  I used Ink It Up! Orange and Tart Lime to stamp leaves on the background over the “brayered” parts – is that a word? I used Stampabilities brown ink on the edges of the card face and to stamp the tree. Then I ran the stamped cardstock through a Sizzix Damask folder which almost gives it a look of fabric or a quilt. The Blessings stamp is also from Stampabilities and stamped in brown ink.

  • Light Brown Card Base – measures 4 & 1/4 x 5 & 1/2 inches (an A2 sized card) You can get two cards out of a 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of cardstock that opens vertically like this by cutting the sheet in half lengthwise (in portrait mode).
  • Medium Brown Mat – measures 4 & 1/8 x 5 & 3/8
  • Stamped Embossed Mat – measures 4 x 5 & 1/4 inches

I used hemp cord wrapped around three times and then strung the cord through two buttons and tied it off in a bow.

Thanks for checking out my experiment!

Vanessa

3×3 Mini Notes with Box

Hello all! Sorry I’ve been away for a bit! I have a project to share with you – my first handmade box filled with a set of 3×3 note cards. I made this for my sister so that she could write notes to her hubby or her friends at work. The only Cricut cuts used were for the envelopes and the great thing about this particular envelope is that it cuts a slit to tuck the flap in – which means you don’t have to apply adhesive. This makes it great on the recipient unless you invest in “Lick & Stick” which is a remoistenable envelope glue. The envelope is found on page 72 or key #49 on the “Just Because Cards” cartridge. I cut it at 3 inches which makes a 3×3 square envelope perfect for mini notes.

To make the note card, cut cardstock at 6 inches long by 3 inches tall and score/fold in half. I wanted to stamp some images on my note cards so I added some mats to build up the design. I cut a black mat at 2 x 3/4 inches and then added a top white mat at 2 x 1/2 inches. Each stamped image came from a “Martha Stewart Embossing Starter Kit” I got for Christmas a few years ago and the ink is from “Ink It Up!”. Since embossing works best while the ink is still wet, I stamped then embossed each card one at a time using clear embossing powder and a heat gun. The white card stock used for the note cards is from a $5 pack of 12×12 Colorbok cardstock bought at Wal-mart. The embossing worked great so I will be getting more of these Colorbok pads in the future.

The box measurements are compliments of Laurie Schmidlin’s tutorial on the Split Coast Stampers website. Laurie’s tutorial includes both written instructions and a video located here ~ 3″ x 3″ Notecard Box. The dimensions for this box easily held the eight note cards and eight envelopes I made in the set. I’m so tickled with how this box turned out and pleased that what I used to find intimidating is now fun and rewarding. I can’t wait to make more of these little boxes!

Thanks for looking!

Vanessa

Butterfly Artwork

When my husband saw my creation this morning he said, “Well that’s certainly different!” I’m not sure if he liked it or not, but I love how it turned out. The embossing adds a nice twist because it shows that the stamped images beneath don’t have the embossing and that there’s more to the design than one might think at first glance. I’m not sure if someone has thought of this before (though I’m sure it’s out there :)), but I’m proud that I thought of this on my own while trying to fall asleep last night. It took some time completing it but I think the effort shows in the different steps needed to finish it.

If you’re interested in reading on (I get a bit wordy), here are the details…

I used my Cricut Design Studio software and created an A2 sized mat (4.25 x 5.5) with different shapes place inside the square so that these would cut out leaving a stenciled mat. I then cut a solid A2 mat using white cardstock and taped the stenciled mat to the solid one.

I wanted to use some new inks I got for Christmas but all of my sponge daubers were used up so I had to resort to a cleaning sponge (I sacrificed a new one from the kitchen cabinet). I used scissors to cut off chunks of it to make my own daubers. I found the sponge too dry to apply the ink well so I dampened each little ‘dauber’ with a little water and that did the trick. It softened up the sponge and allowed the ink to cover the paper better. Using a textured sponge gave the ink a distressed look which I like.

After the inking was done, I cut another stenciled mat out in white cardstock and ran it through my Sizzix Texture Boutique with a Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder. I then put foam dimensionals all over the back of it to raise it up from the inked layer for a 3-D look. I then added turquoise rhinestones to the flower centers.

Next, I created a frame with a 1/2 inch margin around each side using two square shapes from Walk In My Garden. I stretched the outer square to measure the A2 size. I then added an inner square and stretched it to measure 3.75 x 5 inches. I ran this cut twice to make the frame more durable in apricot cardstock.

I embossed one of the frames using the Swiss Dots folder. I then adhered the two frames together using adhesive tape and added foam dimensionals to the frame’s back to raise it up from the remaining design. Since there are so many foam dimensionals on it adding a nice weight, I am tempted to scrap the card idea and just display this as a little piece of artwork for my office :). I am entering this into the “Hot Summer Colors” challenge at My Craft Spot.

Cricut Cartridges:

Storybook ~ Butterflies

Straight From the Nest ~ Paisley Flowers, Flourish

Walk In My Garden ~ Square Shape (to make frame)

Inks:

Ink It Up! ~ Orange, Tart Lime, Turquoise

Paper:

Colorbok Spring Pastel ($5 at Wal-mart) ~White and Apricot

Rhinestones:

K&Company Brenda Walton Neapolitan Adhesive Rhinestones (Turquoise)

Thanks for looking!

Vanessa

Paper with Stitches

Last weekend I pulled the ole’ sewing machine out of the closet. I’d like to clarify that I’m not a sewer but I’ve been around it in my younger years. My dear Grandmother tried to teach me and my older sister how to sew when we stayed with her during summers on the farm. I never got the knack of it but my sister learned how to sew easily. She’s made beautiful clothes and home decor like curtains and pillows. It seems my crafty muse blossomed later in life, and unfortunately after my Grandmother passed away. I wonder what my Grandmother would say to seeing pieces of paper sewn together! 🙂

I owe a big thank you to my husband who also knows how to sew. He’s patched work clothes and fixed a hem here and there. He’s also the reason we have a sewing machine. Admittedly, the old Singer has stayed in the closet for a while now, but as I expand my cardmaking knowledge and gain inspiration from other crafters on the web, this is something I want to learn more about. My husband helped me thread the machine and showed me a few tricks on how to use it. I experimented on some pieces of scrap paper to test it out. The first attempt was a disaster because I forgot to set the presser foot so the paper was jumping all over the place. After I remembered to set the foot, got the feel of the pedal, and remembered to watch my fingers in comparison to the needle zipping by, I created this – the beginnings of a card.

I sewed a green square of cardstock to a larger blue one using a wide zig-zag stitch first. I should have stopped there because when I switched to a single stitch I didn’t sew it as straight. I think I am still scared of the needle and I’m sure sewing with ease will come to me after plenty of practice. To hide the more obvious error in the lower right hand corner, I sewed a little piece of folded cardstock to mimic a little book or card. I then used rub-ons to decorate it. Looking through more of my scraps, I found an old piece of cardstock that had a “Storybook” branch cut out of it.  I used this negative as a stencil and applied brown ink with a sponge dauber. I used another rub-on for the little bird.

The sewed pieces of square cardstock reminds me of a quilting square, bringing back more fond memories of Grandmother and the beautiful quilts she made. I dedicate this little sewing experiment in loving memory of her.

Paint Chip Butterflies

When have you turned into a craft supply hoarder? When you pull paint chip cards out of the trash and recycle them into art! 

A couple of days ago, I cleaned out our file cabinet and ran across some paint chip cards. My first inclination was to throw them away, so in the trash bag they went. Luckily the trash bag was new and only had old magazines and non-confidential papers in it because a pang of anxiety shot through me as I contemplated projects these paint chips could be used for. *Yes, I know I ended a sentence with a preposition and yes, I’ve turned into a hoarder :). I look at packaging, gift bags, wrapping paper, and bows in a whole new, recyclable way now. So I pulled the paint chips back out and put them in my craft room for safe keeping.

Yesterday, my sister reminded me that my sister-in-law’s birthday is coming up so last night I played around with a card idea. I thought of those paint chip cards and found a pretty one with varying shades of pink and cranberry. I tried my Emagination butterfly punch on the card and it worked perfectly so I punched out as many butterflies as I could for future uses. I used four on the birthday card (one butterfly from each shade of color). I adhered the butterflies in the order of their shades from light to dark using small foam dimensionals that I cut in half with scissors. I also folded their wings back to simulate flying.

The card measures 5×7 and uses plain sheets of cardstock in Kraft, light green, and cream. The oval background is from a Sizzix Birds and Wreath embossing folder set. I used Versamark (clear embossing ink), cotton swabs, and chalk pastels to color in the embossed image. I then cut out the image with scissors and adhered it to the card base with foam dimensionals.

The flower layers and teeny-tiny light green brads are from Michael’s and the larger brad is from Hobby Lobby. For the birthday sentiment, I stamped ‘Happy Birthday’ (TPC Studio) in pink ink and when dry, I ran it through my Sizzix Texture Boutique using a Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder.

Thanks for checking it out!

Vanessa

A Daisy For Her

This is a card I made for a family member who has an upcoming birthday.  She is a young, independent woman who has been dealing with some of life’s challenges all on her own, away from family.  I am sending this card to send sunny days her way to let her know we are thinking of her and wish her much happiness.  When I think of her, this daisy flower personifies her charm, wit, and spunkiness.  She is loyal, supportive, and caring of family and friends alike.  I admire her courage in a tough world that seems to always impose challenges at the worst possible moments, but she overcomes and still manages a smile and a joke.  Happy Birthday Sharon and I hope sunny days come your way with bright blue skies.

Card Details
  • Cricut’s Walk In My Garden Cartridge (daisy)
  • Paper
    1. Wausau’s Mocha Mix – Royal Fiber Driftwood cardstock
    2. My Mind’s Eye Simply Delightful – light blue and polka dot paper
  • Embellishments ~ large light-blue button, Hemp cord in light green, D’vine Swirls Cuttlebug folder, pink & white striped ribbon from Dear Lizzy assortment, pink adhesive gems, Martha Stewart “You’re Invited” stamp, black stamp pad, and ‘Happy Birthday’ rub-on in white
Assembly

I paper trimmed and folded the card base first and laid it aside.  I paper trimmed polka-dotted paper measuring 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 (this allows the 5 x 7 card base to be exposed a 1/4 inch on all sides to create a layering effect) and then paper trimmed light blue paper measuring 4 1/2 x 1 1/2.  I took a Martha Stewart’s “You’re Invited” stamp that had a nice frame around the words and I trimmed a piece of scotch tape to cover up the words inside the frame.  I stamped this modified stamp into a black Stampabilities ink pad and then removed the inked-up piece of tape so that it wouldn’t put a black smudge on my paper.  Now my stamp is only inked on the frame which I then stamped to the center of the blue strip of paper.  I waited for it to dry before using a white rub-on ‘Happy Birthday’ sentiment.  Then I applied a small pink adhesive gem on each side of the sentiment to add interest. I then adhered the blue strip over the polka-dotted’s bottom edge.  I ran my Scotch adhesive tape runner over a strip of ribbon and wrapped the ribbon around the paper to cover the area where the two papers meet.  I then adhered this completed card layer over the 5 x 7 card base.

The daisy was the last thing adhered to the card. I cut three WIMG daisy images at 4 inches on ivory cardstock and ran each daisy through a Cuttlebug folder called D’vine Swirls.  I took one daisy and adhered it to the polka dotted paper using a Zig Way 2 glue pen (this daisy was glued down flat).  I then took the second daisy and rotated the image so that the petals didn’t land in the same place as the first for a fuller appearance.  Once satisfied, I glued just the center of the daisy down and repeated the process with the third daisy (rotating and gluing only the center).  Since the second and third daisies’ petals were freely moving I was able to take the end of a paintbrush (a pen would work too) and curl the petals downward.  This gives the flower a 3-D look.  I then found a large light-blue button in my stash that was a perfect size for the center of the flower and I ran some light green hemp cord through the button and tied a bow.  I used white Elmer’s school glue to glue the button to the daisy’s center.  This glue seems to hold well from past experiences.

Bemused Butterfly

The solitary butterfly rode the wind with falling leaves as companions.  A blanket of greens and blues from the evening sky enveloped his flight.   Lost in his own thought, he enjoyed the summer winds that aided his travel.  It wasn’t a journey of necessity, but a flight of abandonment and joy.

~Vanessa

I made the above butterfly card just for fun. There was no deadline and there was no theme in mind. I just started stamping free-style with no apparent path. This is what evolved from my afternoon of creating from my mind. It is completely handmade. I didn’t use my Cricut or any computer device. I used my brain, a paper cutter, a corner rounder, some stamps, chalk, and a clear embossing pen and embossing pad. I added a ribbon and some adhesive gems to add some interest. The chalk and embossing ink created a watercolor effect which I would love to explore more in the future. I didn’t use any special chalks either. I just used a couple of cotton swabs and a cheap pack of Crayola chalks I had laying around. The card gives me a dreamy, fairy-like feel so I was inspired to write the above narrative.