Friday, August 19, 2016

HERE'S TO CHEERS SHOWER GIFT:

Hello there! I want to share this fun project that I made for my nephew and his soon-to-be-wife's bridal shower. I made the wine tag and following card with the Here's to Cheers/Cheerful Tags Bundle. To be honest, I wasn't planning on getting this bundle. I think it's beautiful and could be used for so many occasions, but I didn't think I really needed it. Until my sister called and asked if I would be in on a "Shower In A Box". I knew then that I was gonna need this:)

I was thrilled to be able to put the new Fabulous Foil Acetate Sheets to work! I ran one of the sheets through the Big Shot using the Cheerful Tags Thinlits. I layered a piece of a Gold Foil Sheet on top using another one of the dies. I used some of the luscious retired gold satin ribbon to attach it to the wine bottle. I added the fun swirl to the tag using  Silver Glimmer Paper. I stamped the sentiment with VersaMark onto Whisper White Cardstock and heat-embossed it with Gold Embossing Powder. I used the Layering Circles Framelits to cut out the circle and the Gold Foil scalloped layer. I added a bow to the bottom using Glue Dots.

For the card, I used a piece of retired specialty DSP for the base. I added a layer of the Fabulous Foil Acetate on top using Glue Dots in the corners. I added a banner made from a Silver Foil Sheet, and repeated the process for the sentiment.

I was really wishing I'd ordered the Weather Together Bundle, but I haven't yet, so I used an oldie but goodie set for the umbrella. I stamped it with VersaMark onto a coordinating design of DSP. It gave me just enough of an outline so I could cut it out with my Paper Snips.

I added a swirl with Gold Metallic Thread and adhered it to the back of the banner using Glue Dots. I added a couple of strips with retired washi tape, and attached the banner over the top with Glue Dots as well. I added a pair of the swirls-made with one of the dies, and Silver Glimmer Paper. I attached the sentiment with Dimensionals, as well as the top of the umbrella. I tucked the handle underneath using Liquid Tombow.

I finished it off with a gold cording bow, Basic Pearl Jewels and some sequins from the Gold Sequin Trim. One daughter is going to make a sweet little cake, and the other is going to add a bouquet of balloons. We weren't able to make it to the shower, as it was several hours away, so my sister is going to deliver this fun little shower to them. I hope it's a fun surprise to come home to:) Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

TIN OF CARDS CARD:

Hello there! I found a similar card on the SU! site and wanted to make one of my own. I started with a Whisper White base and used the Watercolor Wash Background stamp with So Saffron ink. I didn't want the background to run off of the paper, so I just stamped the pad to the center of the image and added some water to the stamp with a paintbrush. I stamped a few hearts with So Saffron ink as well.

I stamped the sentiment with Real Red ink onto a piece of Whisper White Cardstock and cut both circles out with the Layering Circles Framelits. I added some Silver Metallic Thread to the back with Glue Dots and adhered to the base with Dimensionals. I used retired punches for the flowers, centers and leaves, using Whisper White, So Saffron & Pear Pizzazz Cardstock. I attached the flowers with Glue Dots and tucked the leaves underneath the circle using Liquid Tombow to adhere.

I ran a strip of DSP to the bottom using the Brights DSP Stack and used a coordinating design for the envelope flap. I finished it off with a few left over sequins from a past Paper Pumpkin kit. They always give us extras to use on other projects:) I attached them with the Fine-Top Glue Pen.

I love this bright & cheery card and love how fast it came together. Off to make a bunch more! Thanks so much for stopping by:)

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

SWIRLY BIRD CARD:

Hello there! Today I have a card to share with you made with the Swirly Bird/Swirly Scribbles Bundle. I saved 10% by purchasing them together:) I started with a Basic Black base and added some strips of DSP from the Neutrals DSP Stack. On top of that I added another layer of Basic Black Cardstock and stamped the background with Versamark. I added Black Embossing Powder and heat set the design with the Heat Tool.

I cut out the swirls using the Big Shot and Basic Black Cardstock. I placed the swirls where I wanted them and used the Fine-Tip Glue Pen to add some tiny dots of adhesive. I then sprinkled them with Gold Glitter and used a paintbrush to get rid of the excess glitter. I added the glitter before I attached it to the card base and added the other elements to the card.

I then added a couple strips of Playful Palette Washi Tape to the lower right and glued the swirls in place using Liquid Tombow. I added a piece of Gold Sequin Trim by tying it to the retired wood cut-out with Gold Metallic Thread, and tied a bow~not the easiest thing to do! I finished it off by scattering a few sequins adhered with the Fine-Tip Glue Pen.

I've had this bundle for a couple of months and was glad to finally put it to use. I love the texture the thinlits add to this card and the elegance of it. This is one of the most popular bundles in the catalog so you'll be able to find lots of ideas for it on the SU! site and on Pinterest. Thanks so much for stopping by:)

Monday, August 8, 2016

WATERCOLOR WINGS CARD:

Hello there! I wanted to share this fun little card that we made with our friends at Midtown Gardens yesterday. Members from First Christian Church took all the fixin's for a picnic and a fun-filled day of games, crafts and face-painting:) I brought all the supplies to make this little card. I used a Tangelo Twist base and added a strip of Whisper White Cardstock to the bottom. The sentiment and background were stamped with Tangelo Twist ink as well. I added a piece of retired SAB washi tape and a couple of Basic Rhinestone Jewels. I used the set Watercolor Wings and the coordinating Bold Butterfly Framelits to cut out the butterfly using Crushed Curry Cardstock. I used a piece of retired Crushed Curry ribbon, stapled it to the butterfly, and adhered with a Glue Dot. I had a steady group of little cardmakers the whole time we were there:)
Thanks so much for stopping by!



Friday, August 5, 2016

HAPPY HAPPENINGS CARD:

Hello there! Still working on cards to put in my sister's boutique, and I need to fill some holes in the Congrats department. I found the layout for this card in on older Stampin' Success magazine but changed up the colors and sentiment. I started with a Mint Macaron base and added a layer of retired DSP from the Occasions Catalog.

I cut out a couple of flowers from a coordinating design of DSP. I added a swirl underneath made with Gold Metallic Thread and adhered with Glue Dots. I added a piece of retired Watermelon Wonder ribbon with Fast Fuse and attached the flowers on top with Dimensionals. I used the set Happy Happenings for the sentiment. I stamped it with Delightful Dijon ink onto Whisper White Cardstock. Shelli had mentioned in a video that you can use our new foam pads to do heat-embossing. To be honest I was a little skeptical. But I tried it and she was right! I added Gold Embossing Powder to the Delightful Dijon ink and it embossed perfectly:) I used the retired Washi Label Punch to add a little interest to the sentiment, and attached with Glue Dots.

I used the Fine-Tip Glue Pen to add tiny dots of glue and sprinkled them with Gold Glitter. I finished it off with a couple of Basic Pearl Jewels.

Off to make several more of these lovelies:) For someone whose not a big fan of floral cards, I've sure made a lot of them lately! Thanks so much for stopping by:)

Thursday, August 4, 2016

LOL! LAUNDRY BAGS:

Hello there! I wanted to share a fun project that we've been working on at our church. About 6 months ago we started a small group, which basically started as a Bible Study, and evolved into an outreach ministry to our community. We named the ministry LOL!, which stands for Love Out Loud. Under the LOL! umbrella we formed a group who goes to a local laundromat every month and pays for people's laundry. We call it Loads Of Love.

Right now we have our Vacation Bible School going on, and our awesome church got behind this ministry and have been having the kids make these fun little laundry bags as one of the craft projects they make each night. The bags are filled with laundry pods made from detergent, white vinegar & hydrogen peroxide to add a boost to each load. See the recipe at the end of this post if you're interested in trying them out!

The kids made the pods and bagged them up and I made the tags. I remembered this fun shirt idea from Stampin' Up! several years ago, and knew it would work perfectly for this project. I found some red construction paper at Hobby Lobby which measured 9" x 12". I needed the extra length to get 2 sets of instructions to a sheet. I cut them down to 8 1/2" wide to fit in the printer.

As mentioned, I got 2 sets of instructions from each piece of construction paper, and they measured 8 1/2" x 5 5/8". Kind of a funky number, but that's what's needed to get them to fold right. I scored each vertically at 1 3/8" and 4 1/4", and folded them so the edges butt up to each other. I then folded it in half. I folded the top corners down to form a collar. I turned the shirt over, measured 1 1/2" from the fold line and drew a mark with a pencil. I then folded from that mark diagonally to the corners to form the sleeves.

I used the Christmas set Snow Place to stamp the buttons using Basic Black Archival ink. We found some fun clip art and printed it off along with the small tags for the shirts. I cut them out and glued them onto the shirts. I used a 1/8" Circle Handheld Punch to punch out the holes and the kids thread them with ribbon and attached to the bags.


We'll take these fun little Loads of Love bags with us to the laundromat next month and sit them on top of all the machines for anyone who wants to use them. Can't wait to try them out! See the recipe below:

LAUNDRY PODS:

4 cups powdered laundry detergent
1 t. white vinegar
1 t. hydrogen peroxide
*With gloves, mix well with hands. Place into plastic ice cube trays or plastic molds. Press firmly into trays/molds and let sit overnight. Pop out and add 1 pod to small load, 2 pods to medium load and 3 pods to large load.

And in case you're wondering, we do a lot of Laughing Out Loud as well:) Thanks so much for stopping by!


Sunday, July 31, 2016

JAR OF LOVE CARD #2:

Hello there! Back with one more card made with the Jar of Love/Everyday Jars Bundle. I started with a Delightful Dijon base and stamped the background with the same ink. I added a piece of retired specialty DSP on top. I stamped the jar image with Delightful Dijon onto Very Vanilla Cardstock.

I stamped the stems with Cucumber Crush ink and the flowers with Flirty Flamingo, stamping off once for the lighter shade. I cut them out with the Everyday Jars Framelits, along with the help of the Big Shot. I adhered the top flower with a Dimensional, and added a piece of Affectionately Yours Washi Tape.

I stamped the sentiment with Flirty Flamingo ink onto the same color cardstock and cut it out with my Paper Snips. I added a piece of Burlap Ribbon to the jar and attached the sentiment above it with a Dimensional. I added a piece of Crushed Curry Baker's Twine through a Classy Designer Button and tied a bow. For a fun finishing touch, I went over the fireflies ends with a Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen to add a little shine:)

The wood-mount option for this bundle is $52, which earns you a Bonus Days Coupon worth $5 to redeem in August. Remember any $50 purchase earns you a coupon, but the promotion ends tonight. Check back through the older posts to get more ideas of uses for this bundle, and check out the Thoughtful Branches Bundle which will be available August 2nd. Thanks so much for stopping by!