Friday, October 9, 2015

Cards to Celebrate - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging  friends!

All week long there has been card inspiration on the JustNick blog and today is my turn. I have a couple cards to share with you for celebrations. The first one I created with the Lemon Slice digital cut file.

I was eyeballing this cut file when I created my last layout using the Pink Paislee Citrus Bliss collection that was in my August Clique Kit. I kept thinking, "You Put the Lime in the Coconut"... and so the lemon slice became a lime slice. Yes, I know its Fall, but the weather here is still surprisingly warm. I'll take those warm days without complaining because all too soon the snow will be flying here. Here is my card...

I cut the lime twice, once with pattern paper and once with watercolor paper that I then painted a lime green. This way I could swap out parts and make 2 limes.

For my second card I used the new Birthday Sentiments and the Simple Scallop Strips digital cut files.

Birthday cards are by far the cards I make most often. I used the Crate Paper DIY papers on this one...

I decided to create a cake for those candles to sit on and decorate it with the scallop strips. I used the Celebrate sentiment from the same cut file.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

You're Sweet - Top Dog Dies Tutorial

Hello blogging friends.

Happy Wednesday! I have a Top Dog Dies tutorial for you today on how to do a partial die cut to create a panel on your card that can swing open. Let me show you what I mean ...

You can see that the center panel swings open...

Let me show you how I did this ...

I used the new Top Dog Dies Pocket Page Fall die set to create my center panel, but lots of other dies would work with this technique too.

Step 1.  Cut a piece of paper for your card front. A two-sided piece of paper works best. You will be able to see both sides. Score it down the middle only in the center of the card. don't score it all the way to the edges. Using washi tape, tape the die to the pattern paper so that it is centered in the middle of the card front. Then tape it to your die cutting machine base plate, so the score marks line up with the edge of the cutting base. This way when you roll it through your machine, it will only cut half of the card front. The washi tape will hold everything in place so the die doesn't move as you create your sandwich.

Step 2. Cut a piece of cardstock for the card base leaving only an inch or so for the card front. Score it. Attach the card front to the card back.

Step 3. Die cut an image from pattern paper using the same die, Trim the edges away if you like a matted look. Attach to the folded back panel.

Step 4. Now you are ready to embellish your card with more die cuts. I used the squirrel, leaves, and acorns. I like to ink the edges of my die cuts, but that is difficult to do with such small dies, so I use a Distress Marker. Draw over the interior cuts as well using the same marker.

Here are my dies all inked up...

Top Dog Dies Fall Pocket Page die set
Pattern Papers: Imaginisce Give Thanks collection
Distress Ink

Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Give Thanks Cards - Imaginisce

Hello blogging friends! How many of you were making cards this past weekend for World Card Making Day 2015? 

I used the awesome Imaginisce Give Thanks collection to create a couple Thank You cards. I love sending a thank you card to friends or family even when they aren't expecting one. All too often we take people for granted. This is a good time of the year to reach out and let our loved ones know how much they mean to us. 

Each collection from Imaginisce has coordinating stamps, and the Give Thanks collection has some truly adorable ones. I couldn't resist practicing my coloring skills on the fox and the squirrel. I am a beginner when it comes to coloring stamped images and I still need lots of practice, LOTS!, lol. Coloring is relaxing and fun. Here are my cards ...

To add some pizzazz to my cards I used my i-Rock to adhere some gold metallic gems. Blinging up a card gives it instant elegance.

Imaginisce : Pattern Papers, Phrase Stickers, Wood Buttons (Give Thanks), i-Rock, metallic gems
American Crafts: Cardstock
 Thanks for stopping by

Saturday, October 3, 2015

World Card Making Day - Cocoa Vanilla Studios

Hello blogging friends!

How many of you have been busy celebrating World Card Making Day? Today, I am sharing a Christmas card with you that I created with the gorgeous Cocoa Vanilla Studios Tis the Season collection. I adore this collection. It's non-traditional colors are so refreshing, but my favorite thing about any Cocoa Vanilla Studios collection is the wide array of embellishments. I used many of them on my card, sequins, stickers, ephemera die cuts, adorable mini bows, enamel dots, and more.

You may think it's too early for Christmas cards, but trust me.... its never too early. A homemade card is like sending someone Love across the miles. The receiver is going to know how special they are, right. I have a fascination with box cards of late, so created a Christmas one. This tree card is from a SVGcuts Christmas Box Card kit.


So many pretty embellishments they need close-ups ... look at that adorable mini bow! Star shaped sequins.... oooh be still my heart!

  SideDetail  SequinDetail 

 The Enamel Dots came in real handy for my train wheels...


Here is the back of the card.... stickers and there is room for a personal note.


and the cool thing is, this card folds nearly flat.  It would fold flat but for the foam tape and mini bow :)


Here is how it looks from the top down.


Have I convinced you that you need to buy this collection yet? lol


Thanks for stopping by today. 


Thursday, October 1, 2015

Meet the Clique Kits New Design Team- Blog Hop

Welcome blogging friends to the Clique Kits 'Get to Know Our Designers' Blog Hop! I am sure there is an awesome prize for hopping unbelievable inspiration!

Here is the line up.

The theme for this hop is to introduce ourselves. We were given the task to create a layout about us. I rarely do layouts about myself, for one thing my kids tell me I suck at taking selfies and others rarely take pictures of me. I am using a selfie I took of myself last winter, its not too bad, is it? It won't be long now before I will be digging this coat back out. I live in Minnesota with my husband where the winters can start as early as October and last until April. Actually, it has snowed in May here, but it usually melts right away. We have three adult children. Our oldest daughter, Naomi, married last Fall, you've probably seen layouts of the wedding on my blog. Our middle child, Colette, is in her third year of Veterinary School. Our son, Trenton is attending school at the University of Minnesota studying Math and Physics. 
At the moment I have lots of fur babies. I have been a stray magnet since I was a little girl. That turned into fostering puppies and kittens for local rescues. We have a dog, Satchel, and three cats, Delta, Spook, and Xena. They all follow me everywhere! 
From 9-5, I am a software engineer. In the evenings I like to play with paper. I have been scrapbooking for about 15 years. That has evolved into cardmaking and other papercrafts.

Here is my layout using the October Clique Kit featuring the Happy Place collection from PinkFresh Studios...

I thought I would try to use alphas to describe all the different hats I wear.

I used one of the CK exclusive cut files to create a frame for my photo and use for the title of my layout..."You are capable of Amazing Things".

I love this flair pin that was part of the October "Funfetti" kit.

It's a bit busy with all the alphas.... but my scrappy style shows through. I like to use cut files, sequins, lots of layers, and stitching on my layouts. Thanks for stopping by. Your next stop is Candance.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Have a Boo-tiful Day - Top Dog Dies

Hello blogging friends.

I am having so much fun with the new Top Dog Dies! I LOVE all the new Halloween dies. They are so much fun. Today I created a shaker card using the Top Dog Dies Haunted House die set.

Don't you just love this! Here is the card I created...

I created a water color sky and moon background for my shaker card and arranged some die cut bats over the moon where they would get noticed. Some headstones are inside the shaker in the lower left and a few more are on the outside. I stamped my sentiment on using Quick Quotes chalk ink pad in white. It really stands out on the black cardstock.

Top Dog Dies Haunted House die set
Pattern Paper: Jillibean Soup
Googly eyes of assorted sizes
Foam tape
orange twine
A Flair for Buttons: Folk Art Halloween Flair
Pink Stamper Halloween Stamp set

Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to check out all the new dies in the Top Dog Dies store.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Welcome Baby - Xyron and Paper Smooches

Hello blogging friends!

Today I have a Welcome Baby gift bag ensemble to share that I created with the Paper Smooches A Little Lovin stamp set and my new Xyron 9" Creative Station. This stamp set is so adorable, take a look...

Besides baby announcements and gift cards, this set would be perfect for some Valentines and more. I couldn't pass up a chance to practice my coloring skills on the elephants. I am by no means an expert. I think I need lots more practice, lol. I even used the Welcome Baby sentiment to decorate my gift bag.

I upcycled this brown bag, giving it new life as a gift bag. I love being able to reuse things some people would normally just throw away. Here is a tutorial if you want to see how I created my gift ensemble.

Small Brown Bag
Cardstock: American Crafts
Paper Smooches A Little Lovin stamp set
Ranger Distress Ink, Inkadinkado black dye ink
Xyron adhesive dots

Step 1. Cut a piece of pattern paper slightly smaller than the front of the bag and stamp Welcome Baby using the Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Step 2. Cut a square of pattern paper for the front of the bag (5"x5") and a piece of cardstock slightly larger. Also trim a piece of white cardstock for die cutting the doily.

Step 3. Run the larger piece of pattern paper through the new Xyron Creative Station with the 9" permanent adhesive loaded. Adhere this to the bag front.

Step 4. Switch to the 5" permanent adhesive an run the smaller pieces through, including the white cardstock for the doily. YES, the same machine can be used with both the 9" and the 5" adhesives! How cool is that!

Step 5. Die cut 2 doilies from the white cardstock with the adhesive already applied. Be sure to remove the plastic from the top first. We will use the second doily on the card.

Step 6. Assemble these piece on the front of the bag.

Step 7. Using a black dye ink, stamp the elephant images onto Copic coloring paper. We will need one for the bag and one for the card.

Step 8. Color your images and fussy cut them out. We will use the second elephant on the card.

Step 9. Using the Xyron adhesive dots, adhere the elephants to the bag front.

Step 10. Tie a bow. I like using this Bow-easy tool. Ties a perfect bow every time!

Step 11. Trim up the Ribbon edges. I am using my Imaginisce i-Magicut Ribbon cutter. It cuts and seals the edges at the same time.

Step 12. Ta Da! A beautiful bow!

Step 13. Adhere the bow to the bag with a Xyron adhesive dot.

Step 14. Trim a piece of cardstock and pattern paper for the card. My card base is 4.25"x8.5". Score it at 4.25".

Step 15. Run the card front through the Xyron Creative Station with the 5" permanent adhesive loaded. Adhere to card front.

Step 16. Adhere doily (previously cut) and elephants.

Step 17. Tie a ribbon and adhere using the Xyron adhesive dots.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week!