Saturday, October 7, 2017

winnie & walter world cardmaking day 2017 blog hop

Hey guys!  Welcome to the Winnie & Walter World Cardmaking Day Blog Hop!  With loads of inspiration from a powerhouse line-up of talent today, I bet you'll get lots of helpful ideas for using W&W products.  Speaking of their products, there will of course be a giveaway to win a $25 gift card to their shop.  Leave some comments along the way for the chance to win--a total of 5 winners will be selected at random and each will receive a gift card.  (Winner announced on the W&W blog.)

You can find full details about the giveaway, as well as the entire lineup of blog hop participants on the Walter & Winnie blog.  You may have arrived here after visiting Nichol Spohr's blog, and next up is Laura Sterckx.  Before you rush off to see her, though, let's have a little birthday celebration right here!

This project began as a holiday-themed card and gift, but somewhere along the way, it morphed into a birthday duo.  I had a black polka dot craving and thought the Carly circle cutaway would make a cute ornament/tag, however, my reimagining of it wasn't as beautiful on paper as it was in my head!  This idea turned out much better :)

I used patterned paper from my stash (this one is a few years old, and made by Gossamer Blue) as the base of my card.  Over that, I placed two 4" doilies--1 white, 1 gold--and then added my W&W elements.  I started by cutting a large tag from the polka dot paper with the Essentials: Katharine Cutaways set.  For a sturdier tag, I cut 2 tags from the paper and adhered them back to back.  I needed a heavy tag because I wanted to wrap some fuzzy yarn around it and lighter weight paper wasn't going to cut it.

I wound this bright pink yarn around the tag several times, and eventually tied it off at the back of the tag.  First, though, I had to create one more element.

I used a handful of dies to make up this circle tag, starting with the circle itself, which is part of Essentials: Carly Cutaways.  I cut it from minty paper by Pinkfresh Studio, then cut 2 long banners out of white and glitter cardstocks.  After stamping 'birthday wishes' on the white banner, I layered it slightly over the gold one, adhering them to the circle tag.

Next, I trimmed the word 'sending' from the gold glitter paper and added that to the tag above the banners.

Looping one end of the pink yarn through the embellished tag and tying off the yarn in the back, I had one more thing to add to complete this birthday card--a glitter bow, of course!  I couldn't do a birthday project without making a bow using the Take A Bow dies, which has always been one of my favorite and most-used sets.

My sparkly, cheerful birthday card is all set...and while I know it's World Cardmaking Day, I just had to make up a little package to accompany this birthday card.

This little spotted box came from Paper Source and I tied it with more of the fuzzy pink yarn that I used on the card.  I tucked a small gold birthday candle under the yarn, and tied a minty yarn pom pom to the yarn, as well.

A glittery 'gift' diecut from The Big, The Bold, and Greetings cutaways eliminates any question that this is a present (I wrap up a lot of packages and this cutaway set and matching stamps are absolutely perfect for gift-giving!)

One more small banner tag, outlined in gold paint and addressed to a sweet friend completes the look.  On a small box like this, you don't need a lot, but a handful of colorful and textural elements pack a pint-sized punch!

My holiday card fail is someone else's birthday card win!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today...if you're continuing on with the hop, your next stop is Laura Sterckx -- remember to comment for a chance to win one of FIVE Walter & Winnie shop gift cards!  Enjoy your weekend and I hope you get lots and lots of cards made today :)

Monday, September 25, 2017

pinkfresh studio stamp + die release blog hop

Hi all!  Welcome to my part in the Pinkfresh Studio Stamp & Die Release Blog Hop.  You've probably arrived from Amy's blog and we're just warming up!  I've got some fun, simple stamping projects for you, and a chance to win a huge stamp & die prize pack, just for leaving a comment*!  Be sure to read all the way through, and visit all the blogs, leaving comments along the way.  Everyone's worked really hard on their projects, so there is much to see!

I'm starting out with one of my favorite techniques--creating your own gift wrap with stamps.  The Semi-Circle Patterns set by Inna Moreva is probably my favorite set in this release (though it's pretty hard to pick a favorite in this mix ;), so I definitely wanted to use it in a fun way.  I thought modern gift wrap was the way to go.

I started out with plain white printer paper (in bright white!).  If I'm wrapping a small gift, this is my favorite paper to use for creating my own stamped paper.  I started by stamping a simple pattern with 3 different half circles, in 3 different colors.

I repeated the pattern until my entire 8.5" x 11" sheet was covered.

Then I wrapped my 4" x 4" white box.

I made a little matching card to go with it next.  The card is a 2.75" square and features one set of the colored shapes.  Because the pink is very pale, I was able to clearly stamp "make a wish" over it; you can find the sentiment in the Playful Animal Friends 2 set.  I made a simple open square 3" envelope from vellum and tucked the card inside.

I tied it to the top of my box with some silver-white tinsel twine, and a pink fringe bow.  It was all so simple, but the fantastic images and color scheme make it modern and eye-catching.

Up next is another simple card, though this one was something I don't actually think I've tried before.  Using another of Inna Moreva's sets, Shine, I first covered my card base in 'Transform' paper from the Escape the Ordinary 6x6 paper pad.  After that, I bravely used the matching Shine die, and cut a lightbulb out of the front of my card.  I say bravely, because this sort of permanent mark or cut always makes me anxious ;)

But it worked!  After a sigh of relief, I stamped the black band of the bulb on the inside of the card, using the cut-out front as my guide. The next stamp was "you brighten my day" which I also stamped on the inside of the card using the same technique.

I wrapped some black baker's twine around the right side of the card as a finishing touch.  The stamp set has so many pretty images and sweet sentiments that I'll be using it often and doing a little bit more die cutting on the front of my card!

We're getting festive in my last project!  I'm so excited to start thinking about the holidays!  Mind you, I'm not wishing away fall (no way!), I'm not looking forward to the holiday madness, and I'm in no rush to put up my Christmas tree or decorate my house.  As a crafter, though, I AM eager to think about making holiday cards and tags, and what sort of gift wrap I'll be doing this year.

By chance, when I went to begin my projects for this blog hop, I had a piece of plain vellum sitting on top of some blush pink card stock.  As I looked through the stamp sets, eyeing all the fun and pretty holiday stamps in the mix, I had an idea for an all over pattern on the vellum with a simple sentiment stamped on the blush card.  Kind of like a frosty window.

It's fitting then, that I chose "Joy and Cheer" with the tiny ice crystal images to make my pattern, and then decided on this same set for my sentiment.  (The matching die comes with the window to make the cutest little scene!)

To begin, I stamped the message in red ink in the center of my card.

I lay a sheet of 8.5" x 11" vellum over it and began stamping away, choosing a holiday green for my ink color.  I was careful not to stamp too close to my message, as I didn't want it to be covered up.  I put the trio of ice crystals on the same stamp block for quicker stamping.

I ended up covering the entire sheet with the green pattern, having an idea for the leftover bit later on in the project. I allowed it to dry thoroughly, so that the ink wouldn't smudge when touched.

Then I aligned it with my card, marked where it needed to be trimmed to fit over top of it, and cut.  The card size is 4" x 8", and the vellum is just slightly taller, taking into account what might happen when I folded the two pieces.  I didn't want the vellum to be shorter than the card stock.

Once the vellum was trimmed, I stitched it to the card at the top crease.

The card was complete, but I still had a sizable piece of stamped vellum to use, which I thought would make a pretty envelope liner.  You can find liner templates all over the internet, and full disclosure: I wish I had used one of them! I just eyeballed mine and while it turned out decent in the end, it would have been much easier to go off of a template.

A bit of glue and the liner sits in place in a matching blush pink envelope.  And I like the traditional red and green mixed with the soft blush, so I just might do a few more holiday projects in those colors this year...

Well, I hope this post gave you a few things to think about...I imagine you'll have an endless supply of ideas from all the girls when you've completed the hop!

Have a look at the prize pack up for grabs:

That's right, you will receive the ENTIRE release!  That's a whole lot of stamps and dies!  To be eligible to win, please leave a comment on every blog in the hop.  There will be 1 winner, randomly selected; winner will be announced on the Pinkfresh Studio blog on October 9th.  Comments close at 11:59 CST on Monday, October 2nd, 2017.  Good luck!

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope to see you back here soon!  Elena's up next so be sure and say 'Hello' to her :)

~Rebecca xo

Full Blog Hop Lineup:

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Friday, August 25, 2017

papertrey ink stamp-a-faire 2017

I'm so excited to be participating in Papertrey Ink's Stamp-a-faire 2017!  Join us for a weekend full of inspiring projects, video tutorials, challenges, and prizes!  It's all online, it's all free of charge, and it's all crafty!!

With this being PTI's 10th anniversary, the theme this year is traditional anniversary gifts.  I got PAPER, which is the traditional gift for the first anniversary.  You probably know I love to gift wrap, and if you know that, then you know I love all kinds of texture and fabrics and pretty trims like lace and tulle.  I challenged myself to step away from that comfort zone and create projects that are made using 90% paper.  (Note: You can see my SAF post here.)

It actually turned out to be pretty fun and I also decided to make my own embellishments.  So I've taken some of my favorite gift toppers--tassels, bows, and confetti envelopes--that I normally make out of any material other than paper, and created them using cardstock.  I've also got a little paper-dyeing going on, too, which offers a textural look.

And, I made a video!  I know they're all the rage now with so many crafters having YouTube channels, and even my 6 year old thinks he should be a YouTube star (and to that I say, NO WAY, Gus!).  For me, videos are a lot of work; I'm a little slow in picking up the knack for making them :)  They definitely challenge me, but again, get me out of my comfort zone, so that's not a bad thing.  You can see my video, a complete supply list, and instructions for making the paper embellishments on Nichole Heady's blog:

After I made the embellishments, I wanted to show you a few examples for incorporating them into your projects, so also in the video, I'm sharing 2 gifts.  After all of that, the video was getting fairly long, and with Papertrey sharing 20+ projects and challenges throughout the entire weekend, I saved 2 cards to share exclusively on my blog.

The first is a card that features dyed shapes and a paper strip bow.  I've provided written instructions for creating each embellishment, but you'll definitely want to check out my video on Nichole's blog for the in-person tutorials of the embellishments.

To dye the leaf  + 'hello' die cuts:

Supplies: PTI Ink Refill, 1 cup boiling water per ink color, cardstock or watercolor paper, PTI Tropics Dies

Pour 1 cup boiling water into a bowl, add 4-6 drops of ink refill (less for lighter shades, more for darker); stir well
Submerge die cut into colored water; hold for 30-60 seconds (*for an ombre effect, only partially dip the shape in color)
Let dry

To make the bows:

Supplies: Cardstock, glue

Cut several thin strips of card stock (roughly 1-2mm x 8”)
Gather and line up strips (I used 3 for each bow I made)
Hold bundle with thumb in the center; fold over one end to make a loop, then make another loop by folding over the opposite end
Wind another thin paper strip around the midsection of the bow, about 3 times, then glue into place; trim excess
Round the bow loops with your fingers, and mold bow ends into place until you achieve your ideal bow
*PLEASE NOTE: In my SAF post on Nichole's blog, as well as in my video, I have mistakenly written and said 1-2 centimeters for the paper strips when I meant 1-2 millimeters!*

The other die cut leaves on this card have been stamped with coordinating Tropics stamps and Limeade Ice ink.  Then I simply adhered each element to the card with foam or glue dots.  It's very simple but still offers lots of depth and dimension.

The second card features many Tropics leaf die cuts again, this time simply cut from PTI cardstock in Limeade Ice, Enchanted Evening, Raspberry Fizz, and White.  The handmade embellishments this time are the fringe tassels.  While I almost always use tassels somewhere on my projects these days, they are normally made from skeins of embroidery floss.  But I love that you can simply make these with scissors and cardstock and a tassel cap.

Refer to the video for the "live" tutorial, or follow the instructions below to create your own.

Supplies: Cardstock, scissors, liquid glue, 4mm tassel caps

Trim 1.75” x 4” length of cardstock for longer tassel (pink); 1.5" x 4" for shorter (blue)
Using scissors, “fringe” cut the length of the cardstock, leaving .25” uncut at top
When all cuts have been made, begin at one end and tightly roll paper lengthwise
Apply liquid glue to the inside of a tassel cap (I used Fabri-Tac, but hot glue will work, as well) 
Insert cap over top (uncut portion) of rolled tassel; let dry

I created a bouquet with the die cut leaves, adhering them to the card base.  I also die cut 'for you' from the Tropics sentiments set, and stamped the coordinating words in Enchanted Evening ink.  They are attached to the card with foam dots.

To secure the tassels, I used black baker's twine, wrapping it around the card front twice, then tying off the tassels with a bow.  Quick, easy, handmade--you can't beat that, can you?

Along with my post and projects, there are so many other amazing designers taking part in Stamp-a-faire this weekend.  You'll see some favorite PTI team members, as well as some extra special guests that you won't want to miss!  I'll be hanging out in the PTI SAF forum, as well, for a little while, probably around 5:30/6:00pm EST today, so hopefully I'll catch some of you there.

Enjoy the weekend and get crafty!!
Supply List 
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>>>>   Papertrey Ink   <<<<

ink refill:   Raspberry Fizz, Dark Indigo
         cardstock:   Enchanted Evening, Raspberry Fizz, Limeade Ice, White     
  stamps:   Tropics

>>>> Other   <<<<

Glassine Envelopes (2x2)
Boiling Water
Liquid Glue (Fabri-Tac or Hot Glue)
Bakers Twine (Black)
Thread (Optional)
Gift Boxes