Monday, September 9, 2013

Autumn Love

Every once in a while you come across a card that someone makes that just inspires you to immediately go in to the craft studio and get to work.  This was that type of card.  Mary Brown had pinned her card and as soon as I saw it, I had to replicate it (with my own tweaks, of course)!

The base card is Pumpkin Pie with an Early Espresso panel.  The Whisper White is embossed with the new Pretty Print TIEF from the Holiday Catalog.  The "love" sentiment is Early Espresso die cut from the new Expressions Thinlits die.  (TIP:  use waxpaper between the paper to be die cut and the thinlit for easy release!)

To make the leaf, I used Whisper White and brayered on Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze ink.  Then I die cut using the Autumn Accents Bigz Die.  Put the leaf through one more time using the smallest die from the Hearts Collection Framelits.  

I sponged the leaf with Gold Metallic ink and added some Rhinestones next to the heart.  Since my wedding anniversary is in September, I thought it'd make a really nice anniversary card.  

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Flower Shop Swap

Time to create a card to swap with the other demos at our meeting this weekend.  Since it had been a while since I've had the chance to stamp, I needed some inspiration.  After checking tons of samples using the Flower Shop stamp set, I came across a card very similar to what I ended up with.  I changed up a few things, like the embossing of the Smoky Slate panel and the Pool Party cardstock.  The original card was done in Soft Sky and was a really soft look, but I didn't have any left.

I embossed the flower images with white embossing powder on VersaMark ink and added a pearl to the center after punching it out using the Pansy Punch.  These flowers are difficult to line up as there isn't a direction to it.  I made a template from scratch paper, wrote TOP on it and keep it in the stamp set box.  I use it to check to make sure the image is aligned on the stamp block before I stamp so that I can properly punch it out.

Other supplies I used:

  • Oh, Hello stamp set
  • Flower Shop stamp set
  • Itty Bitty Banners stamp set
  • Smoky Slate cardstock
  • Pool Party cardstock
  • Bitty Banners framelits
  • Ovals Collection framelits
  • Pansy Punch
  • Argyle TIEF
  • Perfect Polka Dots TIEF

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Simply Pressed Button Card

It's been a crazy summer!  Can't believe it's been so long since my last post.  I've had lots of new goodies that I got at the beginning of July, but haven't had time to play with them.  Now that I have a demo meeting coming up, that has forced me to do creating.

I volunteered to demo one of our new products called Simply Pressed Clay.  You get a pouch full of white clay (similar to Model Magic that my daughter plays with).  Currently there are two silicone moulds, one Buttons and the other Flowers.

There really are some fun things to do with the clay.  You can dye them with reinkers and fold into the clay to get any color you need.  Use dazzling diamonds, embossing powder, and Crystal Effects gives a nice glossy shine to it!  Drying time is important as taking the mould out too soon can result in skewed buttons and flowers.  Putting in the freezer helps speed up the time.  Or let the clay sit out for 1/2-1 hour before putting it in the mold.  Spraying the moulds with cooking spray helps them release easier as well.

Here is the card I came up with:
The colors are Calypso Coral and Crisp Cantaloupe.  The clay is dyed with Pistachio Pudding reinker before putting in the button mould.  I let it air dry overnight and then threaded it with Coral Baker's Twine.
Other goodies I used included:

  • Label Love stamp set
  • Pennant Parade stamp set
  • Modern Mosaic TIEF
  • Deco Labels Framelits
  • Artisan Label Punch
  • Hexagon Punch (to make banner ends on DSP)
  • 1" Circle Punch
A quick and easy Thank You card that you could easily change up for other occasions using the Label Love stamp set!