Monday, January 30, 2017

Big on Birthdays CAS

Another quick post today. I have to take Mom to the dentist this morning for some work on her mouth. Poor thing is going to be eating soft foods for the next few days.

As you can see, I'm still loving the Big on Birthdays set, and I think this greeting works especially well with the stained glass technique. It's an easy-peasy WOW technique, in case you haven't tried it! Just heat emboss on our Vellum Cardstock (it's heavy and can take the heat!) and color the back with Stampin' Write Markers. How easy is that?! The vellum is attached with glue dots hidden under the flowers and the linen thread on the left.

I hope y'all have a great week! See you Wednesday.

  Vellum 2-1/2" x 5-1/8"
  Very Vanilla 3-3/4" x 5" (I used a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die)
  Crumb Cake 4" x 5-1/4"
  Card base Very Vanilla 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored & folded at 4-1/4"

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Carousel Birthday

I have a quick post for you today. Yesterday Mom came for a two week visit, so I'm spending time with her instead of in my craft room.

When I was a little girl, I was crazy obsessed with horses. I wanted SO BADLY to have my own horse, and if I couldn't have one, then at least have riding lessons. Neither of those things happened, so riding a carousel horse was the best that I could do. I didn't care for any of the other animals on the carousel....only the horses. So you can understand why I was excited when I saw this stamp set!

The horse was stamped on Whisper White, colored with blender pens & ink pads, then cut with the 2-1/8" circle framelit. The Lace Doily was sponged with So Saffron to match the horse's mane & tail.

P.S. I did finally get to ride, when I volunteered at a riding stable in my teens; my labor in exchange for rides. I worked my tail off, and it was SO worth it! I finally bought my own horse (a yearling filly that I trained) when I was an adult.

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Oh So Succulent Birthday Tutorial

As promised yesterday, here is the other card using the other side of the DSP used yesterday. Same general look, yet totally different!

Using Stampin' Dimensionals under some of the succulents really gives it a 3D look! Even with a double layer of dimensionals, it's still within the 1/4" limit for regular mail.

Here's the "How To"
 Succulents: Whisper White 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"
 Oval: Sweet Sugarplum 2-1/4" x 3-1/4"
 DSP: Succulent Garden (2X) 4" x 5-1/4" (coordinating designs)
 Strip: Sweet Sugarplum 3/8" x 5-1/2"
 Card base: Sweet Sugarplum 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored & folded at 4-1/4"
  1. Stack both sheets of DSP and place them in your Stampin' Trimmer as shown, with the lower left corner on the 2" line and the upper left corner on the 1-1/4" line. Make the cut firmly and quickly, holding paper with your free hand so it doesn't shift.

  2. Apply a line of adhesive down the back of the Sweet Sugarplum strip. Adhere DSP, butting edges together as shown. Make sure the DSP is face-down on the strip!

  3. Turn over and trim ends of strip even with edges of DSP. Adhere ribbon, wrapping ends to back. Note: I use 1/8" Scor-Tape along the entire length of narrow ribbons. It helps them stay straight!

  4. Stamp greeting in Basic Black and adhere DSP to card base. Note: When using photopolymer stamps, using a Stampin' Pierce Mat underneath helps ensure a good image. A mouse pad can also be used.

  5. Stamp succulents using colors in the DSP (Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Mint Macaron, and Sweet Sugarplum used here). I stamp the outline first, then ink the filler image and stamp off once to lighten the color a bit.

  6. Die cut the remaining Sweet Sugarplum cardstock using the second largest oval in the Stitched Shapes Framelits. Die cut succulents.

  7. Adhere oval to card base with dimensionals. Adhere background succulents with liquid glue and top succulents with dimensionals. Tie a bow and adhere with a glue dot. Add rhinestones at top of oval.

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