Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Stampers Anonymous Flower Garden Cards

a Cut at Home Design Team Project

Today I'm sharing a couple of Sympathy cards I made using Stampers Anonymous, Tim Holtz Collection, Flower Garden stamps.  These have lots of fall colors browns, ambers, golds and greens I love these colors and I think they make a soothing color combo for this type of card.

This first card is made using a crackle background (from JustRite Stampers) atop a piece of watercolor paper which I had colored  with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Fossilized Amber.  Today's cards are A5 size - 5"x7", a little larger than I normally make but perfect sized for the flowers with longer stems.  These stamps come with the flower heads and stems separate so you can mix and match as you see fit.  (JustRite is not available any more but I did find a Tim Holtz Stamp called Cracks and Specks that's really very very close to what I used, and you get two stamps in this set, what a deal!)

Quite some time ago I treated myself to a set of Caran D'Ache Neo Color II crayons.  These are a water soluble crayons so when used with an Aqua brush the colors blend beautifully.  It was fun, but it's always fun to try new crafty supplies.  I used a Penny Black stamp set called Eloquence for my sentiments and cut them out with Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Thirty-Three.  

This time I included a second generation stamp on the back of my cards as well as adding the flowers to my envelopes.  These stamps come out so crisp and clear when used with Spellbinders Celebra'tions Berry Black ink, no smears, no smudges.  

Come join me on the video and we'll make a card together plus I'll show you how I did the masking on the one card.  This effect gives the illusion that the one flower is sitting behind the other, a really fun technique to use.

Supplies from the Cut at Home Store:
CMS215: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection, Flower Garden stamps  
30-162: Penny Black - Eloquence, clear stamps  
S5-187: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Thirty-Three  
ACT1412: Angel Craft tape 1/2" 
SCI-001: Spellbinders Celebra'tions Berry Black  
TIM43270: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Ground Espresso  
TIM43225: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Fossilized Amber 
658300: Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit

Supplies from my Crafty Stash: 3D foam tape; Wink of Stella, clear; Just Rite Crackle stamp; Distress Marker - Ground Espresso; Caran D'Arche Neo Color crayons' Finnabair Copper Micro Beads; Cardstock; Canson Watercolor cold press paper; twine; Seam binding

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Graphic 45 Botanicabella Tag Mini

a Cut at Home Design Team Project

Today I'm sharing a new mini created with Graphic 45's Botanicabella Collection and their Black Tag Album.  I used one of Sa Crafters arrows across the front and added a flower cut from the decorative paper using Heartfelt Creations Blazing Poppy die.

I used an old sheet that I'd been saving for the binding.  I sprayed the sheet with Tim Holtz Distress Stains in Ground Espresso, Abandoned Coral and Fossilized Amber.  The dyed and dried sheet was torn to a one inch strip and woven through the binding hole and then knotted securely.  I then tore the tails into thin strips which causes the great fraying and distress look.  The charms were gifted to me from my friend Julie.  They were a plain silver but I used Alcohol inks to co-ordinate with the colors of the mini.  Worked great.

There are eight double sided spreads and each page has the same tag cut from Spellbinders Celebra'tions Cuddle Cream paper using Spellbinders Labels Thirty-six and inking the edges with Ground Espresso

I hope you'll join me on today's video there is so much more to share and many more still photos to inspire you. 

Supplies from the Cut at Home Store:
4501166: Graphic 45 Botanicabella 12s12 Deluxe Dollector's Edition Pad 
4500981: Graphic 45 Regular Tag Album - Black 
HCD1-764: Heartfelt Creations Blazing Poppy Die  
S4-418: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Thirty-Six dies 
S4-503: Spellbinders Shapeabilites Arched Elegance Pocket Dies  
660225: Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits - Friend dies 
ACP6SG: Angel Craft Semi Gloss Podge 
TIM43270: Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Ground Espresso  
TIM43225: Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Fossilized Amber 
TIM43188: Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Abandoned Coral

Monday, September 14, 2015

Smashbook Pre-School Memories

a Cut at Home Design Team Project

If you have Grandkids then I'm sure this post is going to resonate with you.  When I first started playing around with my photos, back in 2003 or so I did so with Graphic programs like Paint Shop Pro and later moving up to Photoshop.  I did hundreds of digital layouts of my family, including the Grandkids of course.  Some were printed and framed many were turned into table top books for them. I even dedicated an entire blog to just digital pages - Reflections of NW Lady.
Once I started with paper and ink in 2009 the digital slowly got left behind along with my pages. Now that's a really sad thing to admit.  I take a LOT of photos and a great majority are photos of people, family, friends some strangers who just happened to pop up in a scenic one.  

I bought a Smashbook from K and Co eons ago but it's sat, very forlornly, in my crafty space.  I'd pick it up and glance through the pages and then put it to rest again.  But something was brewing in my mind, do you have that happen?  An idea or project that just seems to blossom slowing in the grey matter?

Recently Cut at Home sent me a sampling of Marianne dies.  I was already familiar with her and her array of dies but was delighted to have more to play with.  If you aren't acquainted with her please do check her out at Cut at HomeIn among the ones I got was this darling typewriter.  That little seed that had been growing in my mind finally came to fruition with this first Smashbook page.

Brynnie is the youngest of my five Grandkids.  When I was home visiting this summer Brynnie had her Graduation from Pre-School.  I was there when this little one made her entrance into our world, such a miracle.  She knows Grandma and PaPa through Facetime and Skype so even though we're 1100 miles apart we're very close, for that I'm grateful.  I printed her out on my Canon IP8720  (thank you My Craft Chanel - I won it from them!!!) and then fussy cut this photo of her completely out of the background to make my own personalized embellishment.  If you are someone who adds photos to your projects and haven't done it please do.  It gives a whole new life to your photos and they seem to pop off the page without the background distractions.  I ran a black pen around the outside edges to eliminate any white showing and also around the printed saying on the page.

I've always loved writing so I'd already decided that all my pages would have some sort of tuck in or flap for personalized journaling of what this day meant to me and who's in it.

Come join me on the video, we'll walk through the products I used and I'll show the step-step process as well.  Be sure and check out the Cut at Home store not only for the Marianne dies but for a host of other scrappy goodness to fill your crafty spaces.

Supplies from the Cut at Home Store: 
COL-1358: Marianne Designs Collectables, Eline's Typewriter  
LR-0154: Marianne Designs Creatable Die Labels  
4501015: Graphic 45 A Time to Celebrate 12x12" pad 
SCT-001: Spellbinders Celebra'tions Line Thread 
TIM43270: Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Ground Espresso 
ACT1212: Angel Craft Tape 1/2:  
ACT1414: Angel Craft Tape 1/4"

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Cupcake Wishes

a Cut at Home Design Team Project 

On today's video I'll be sharing three cards, two I made ahead of time and the third we'll do start to finish.  I'm using a variety of Marianne Designs dies along with products from Penny Black, Tim Holtz and Spellbinders.

All three of my cards have this great yummy cupcake theme going on with sentiments from the new Tim Holtz Crazy talk and Penny Black's Eloquence stamp sets.

I also incorporated this fabulous embellished Happy Birthday die cut from Tattered Lace for the inside of one of my trio of cards.

So I hope I've tempted you a bit to come join me on the video and we'll have fun creating together.

Supplies from the store:
LR0160: Marianne Designs Creatables Die Cupcakes  
LR0154: Marianne Designs Creatables Die Labels  
LR0150: Marianne Designs Creatables Die Branch Forest  
CMS236: Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Crazy Talk stamps  
D296: Tattered Lace Happy Birthday with embellishments 
30-162: Penny Black Eloquence stamps  
TIM21445: Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Dusty Concord  
ACT1414: Angel Craft tape in 1/4"  
SCE-001: Spellbinders Celebra'tions Sweet Dreams Sequins  
SCI-001: Spellbinders Celebra'tions Berry Fusion Black ink  
658300: Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit

Supplies from my crafty space:
Cardstock, Liquid pearls, Martha Stewart Punches, decorative cardstock, Stickles - Xmas Red , Wink of Stella in clear, Scotch Quick Dry adhesive, 3M Foam tape, ATG gun and tape, embossing gun and Stampin' Up white embossing powder, pearls, dyed seam binding, paper doily

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Tattered Lace Panorama Cards

a Cut at Home Design Team Project

Today I'll be sharing two cards completely different in looks but both made with Tattered Lace dies including the Panorama Concertina Dies to get this fabulous dimensional effect.  I've used white on white for the Christmas card with lots of glitter and lots of foam tape for sparkle and dimension.

For the second card I chose a completely different look for the same basic card construction using the vibrant colors from Graphic 45's World's Fair Collection.  Don't you love the depth the Tattered Lace Concertina dies give these cards?  I used the Tattered Lace Essential Circles dies to cut the apertures for the layers.  Wow what a great bargain this is, you get 19, yes 19 dies that graduate 1/8th" between sizes.  I think I need the rectangles, squares and ovals too!

You're going to love today's video because I'll share my struggles trying to get the first card right and the simplicity of assembly of the second card.  Both cards will be start to finish.  See you there!

Supplies from the Cut at Home Store include:  
139901: Tattered Lace Panorama Concertina Side & Inner Plates dies  
D633: Tattered Lace Panorama Street Scene  
D634: Tattered Lace Panorama Trees  
139906: Tattered Lace Essentials Circles  
D303: Tattered Lace Demure Corner die  
4501177: Graphic 45 World's Fair 12x12 Paper Pad
4501176: Graphic 45 World's Fair 8x8 Paper Pad  
4501175: Graphic 45 World's Fair 6x6 Paper and Solids Paper Pad  
ACT1414: Angel Craft 1/4" tape  
SCP014: Spellbinders Celebra'tions Cuddle Cream cardstock 
SCP013: Spellbinders Celebra'tions Whirl White cardstock 
SCI-001: Spellbinders Celebra'tions Berry Black Fusion Ink