Showing posts with label Thanksgiving. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Thanksgiving. Show all posts

Thursday, November 1, 2018

CAS Mix Up - November Challenge - Embossing Folders

It's the first of the month and time for the November CAS Mix Up Challenge!   Bonnie is our hostess this month and she wants us to use embossing folders in new and different ways.

Who knew there were so many ways to use an embossing folder?

Dry embossing can add wonderful texture to a background or stamped design, 

but don't stop there.  Check out some or all of the videos over at CAS Mix Up to find 

new and exciting ways to use those folders. 

I was inspired by this embossing folder technique video for my cards today.   I made two similar cards as the technique I used involved sponging over either one or the other insides of the opened embossing folder.

I used an embossing folder, stamps, die cuts, washi tape, little flowers, and a puffy heart!
So this is what happened when I sponged Guacomole Acrylic Paint over the inside of the front panel of Tim Holtz/Sizzix Cracked Embossing Folder, spritzed it liberally with water and pressed a panel of watercolor paper over it, pressing for a bit to allow the watery paint to absorb into the watercolor paper.  
I'd call this one the positive print from the embossing folder.  The green has colored the actual cracks of the design.
Stamps are from Thanksgiving Wishes by Lil' Inker Designs, Die cut frame is Pierced Feature Frames from PTI.
And here is my 2nd card that I used the same technique on but sponged the paint over the inside back panel of the embossing folder - getting what I would call a negative print.  The green has colored the spaces between the cracks of the design.
Stamps are from PTI  Forest Floor: Autumn.  The die cut frame is Pierced Feature Frames from PTI.  
The outside frames are popped up on foam tape.  I added little white flowers to the first card and a puffy heart sticker to the 2nd.  I wrapped a piece of washi tape - Lena's Pattern by Alexandra Renke - around the middle of both cards before adhering the print.

You can also try to get a 2nd print off each side.  Be sure you have your watercolor panels ready to press it right on the folder  -  a 2nd print comes out a little less defined since there is less watery paint on the folder.  Be sure to wash off your folder immediately so the paint doesn't dry on the folder.

I took one photo from my worktable showing the embossing folder, the paint, sponge and the two designs I got - the one on the left resulted from sponging over the inside of the back panel (my 2nd card) and the one of the right resulted from sponging over the inside of the front panel (my first card).
So two rather different looks from one embossing folder - used in a different way -  by sponging acrylic ink over either the front or back, spritzing with water liberally, and pressing watercolor paper over the panel!   Remember to wash your folder immediately so the paint doesn't dry on it!
We hope you'll get out all of those embossing folders you have and try out some of the new ways to use them!

Hop on over to the CAS Mix Up Blog to see how all of the talented Design Team and our wonderful Guest Designer Cornelia (Stempel Spass) have used embossing folders in different ways!  You have until 11/24 to link up your creation!   Remember to keep it CAS!

I'm also linking my card to:
Less is More
Cupcake Inspirations
Theme - Fall


Stamps:  Forest Floor: Autumn - PTI, Thanksgiving Wishes - Lil' Inker Designs.
Paper:  Water color paper - Canson, Vintage Cream - PTI
Ink:  Cocoa Bean - PTI
Accessories:  Guacomole Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics - Paper Artsy, Pierced Feature Frame Dies - PTI, puffy heart sticker - Michaels, Vanilla flowers - Simon Says Stamp, foam tape, Washi Tape - Lena's Pattern/Alexandra Renke, sponge, water mister, Cracked Embossing Folder - Tim Holtz/Sizzix.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Papertrey Ink October Blog Hop

I'm joining in today with the Papertrey Ink October Blog Hop.
This is the photo they have to inspire our creations this month.
I was inspired by the colors, the wood textures and the round pumpkins - but used the Text and Texture: Wood Slices stamp instead of pumpkins!  I used Canyon Clay and Cocoa Bean inks on the two part stamp.  I die cut the panel using my fav die lately - Pierced Feature Frames - using foam dots on the outside frame so the inside is depressed.   I added a panel cut out of Canyon Clay paper using the smallest Pierced Feature Frames, inspired by the black board sign in the photo.   The stem stamps are from the Wood Slices stamp, and the FOR YOU is from Text and Texture Leaves.   The die cut Thankful is from an older die set Counting My Blessings. and is adhered to the popped up edges of the frame with a foam dot right about at the letter N to keep the center popped up!   I added orange tiny twinkles to the center of 4 of the logs.
You have until midnight to link up your card for the hop -  I'm off now to see all the fall inspiration everyone has created!  You'll find the hop at the Papertrey Ink Blog.

Also linking to:
Fusion Card Challenge


Stamps:  Text and Texture: Wood Slices, Text and Texture: Leaves.
Paper:  White, Cocoa Bean, Canyon Clay - PTI
Ink:  Cocoa Bean, Canyon Clay - PTI
Accessories:  Counting My Blessings Die, Pierced Feature Frames Die - PTI, Tiny Twinkles - Taylored Expressions, foam tape.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Eileen Hull Sizzix dies for Halloween and Thanksgiving!

This month Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team is creating fall projects using various Sizzix dies designed by Eileen.

Today I have used her Bookmark Tag and Pocket Dies, and Bookplate Hinges and Label Dies 
to make treat bag toppers for Halloween. 
The toppers measure 2 1/4" high and 2 1/8" wide (including the points of the name labels).  The bags are 3" tall x 2 1/4" wide folded as shown
 and name place cards for Thanksgiving!
The place cards measure 2 3/4" tall to the top of the leaf and 2 1/4" wide including the point on the name labels - so they are sweet and petite!
For the Halloween Treat Bag Toppers -  I cut out all the pieces from patterned papers.  I used the pattern paper for both front and back of these.  These papers are thick so they are sturdy without having to layer them to card stock.  The labels and smallest flowers are die cut fro card stock.
 I adhered the flower pieces together (the largest one is cut from purple/black glitter paper so it's shiny IRL!)  I stamped the names on the labels (these are Karen Foster Alphabet snap stamps - no longer available).  I glued the backs to the fronts just at the top rounded area.  I added an orange rhinestone to the center of each flower.
 I filled the bags (from a Stampin'Up monthly project box - gifted to me by my blogging friend Mary as she wasn't going to use them, thank you Mary!) with Hershey Kisses, folded down the bags and sealed them with a piece of tape.  Then I put ScorTape along the bottom edge of the front and back of the 'toppers' and adhered them to the bags.
 Those are tiny spiders on the clear bags!  really yucky spooky!  I added a skeleton sticker to the boys bags and a Halloween Kitty to the girls bags (both from Michaels).  They are glittery as well.
It was pretty much the same process for the Thanksgiving Place Cards.
This patterned paper from PTI was thinner and I only used the pattern on the front so I cut 6 out of the patterned paper and 12 out of Vintage Cream card and adhered the patterned paper to the Vintage Cream for sturdiness.  I used Tim Holtz/Sizzix Funky Foliage set for the leaves and acorns which I die cut out of Coredinations Kraft Core Nostalgic Collection papers.
I scored along the inside of the back pieces so they would bend nicely to stand up when I adhered the top section of the fronts to the backs .
I adhered the acorn pieces together as well as the leaves and veins gluing them to the top of the fronts.  The acorns are popped up on a foam dot.  I glued the fronts to the backs just along the top above the score lines and added the name tags to the front. 
I adhered orange rhinestones on each side of the names for a little sparkle.


A side view.


So that's it!  A creative way to use Eileen's Bookmark and Bookplate dies! I hope you have been inspired by my projects today!   
Please check out Eileen's blog for the month of October where she will gather all of the teams projects and post them weekly on her blog!  Lots of fall inspiration for you!!

I'm linking my Place cards to:
Happy Little Stampers

The Cupcake Challenge

Stamps:  Karen Foster Snap Alphabet Stamps - no longer available.
Paper:  Orange Zest, Vintage Jadeite, Vintage Cream, Rustic Cream, Text Style Autumn Abundance - PTI, Core-dinations Kraft Core Nostalgic Collection, Glitter Paper - Michaels, Moonlit Manor Paper Pad - Michaels, Ghosts & Goblins Mat Stack - DCWV.
Ink:  Hero Hues Black.
Accessories:  Bookmark Tag and Pocket Dies, Bookplate Hinges and Label Dies - Eileen Hull/Sizzix,  Funky Foliage Thinlits - Tim Holtz/Sizzix, candy bags - SU October kit, Skeleton and Cat Glitter Embellishments - Michaels, rhinestones - Kaiser Craft, ScorTape, Tombow Glue.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Harvesting Sympathy

I'm joining in again this month with Darnell's Twofer Challenge!  This month the word is HARVEST.  You use the same stamps on two different designs for two different occasions.
I used the same stamp set for both cards -  First Fruits from PTI (no longer available).
For the first card I used traditional fall colors and a harvest sentiment from the set.  I die cut the frame using Pierced Feature Frames from PTI.  The outside frame is popped up on foam tape.  I inked the top of the stamp with Canyon Clay and the stems with Simply Chartreuse.  I added a tiny twinkle to the top of each sheaf of wheat.
For my Twofer -  I used the same wheat sheaves image but embossed it in blue and added a sympathy sentiment stamped on a blue strip, layered over the stamping with foam dots.  On this card I used  Scallop Stackers Large die for the framing and Mix & Mat Herringbone Die to make the stitched edge gray panel.

I'm linking my 2 cards to:

Linking my Autumn card to:
I used the colors


Linking my Sympathy card to:


Autumn Harvest Card
Stamps:  First Fruits - PTI
Paper:  Rustic Cream, Vintage Cream, DP Text Style First Fruits - PTI
Ink:  Simply Chartreuse, Canyon Clay, Pure Poppy - PTI
Accessories:  Pierced Feature Frames Die - PTI, foam tape, Tombow Glue, Tiny Twinkles

Sympathy Card
Stamps: First Fruits, Words of Comfort - PTI
Ink:  Versamark, True Black - PTI
Paper  Enchanted Evening, Weathervane, Soft Stone, Blueberry Sky - PTI.
Accessories:  Scallop Stackers Big die, Mix $ Mat Herringbone Die - PTI,  Cornflower Blue Embossing Powder - Wendy Vecchi/Ranger, foam dots.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

September Papertrey Ink Blog Hop!

Today I'm playing along with the PapertreyInk Blog Hop.  They have a lovely fall table for our inspiration.
I, of course, used the  Simply Gour-eous stamps and dies and Forest Floor Stamp Set and dies  from last month's release as well as older purchases - Shape Shifter Circle 1 and Give Thanks Stamp Set and dies.
I die cut the Kraft card base and Text Style Argyle Socks DP (retired) using Noted: Scalloped A2 Vertical Die.  I layered the Circle die and most of the die cut images up on foam dots.  
This is sure getting me in the mood for the lovely fall season coming up soon!

I'm off to see how everyone else was inspired by this lovely fall table over at the Papertrey Ink Blog.  You have until midnight to join in!

I'm also linking my card to:
Happy Little Stampers


Stamps:  Simply Gourd-eous, Forest Floor, Give Thanks Stamps - PTI
Paper: Kraft, Pine Feather, DP Text Style Argyle Socks - PTI
Ink:  Ripe Avocado, Olive Twist, Summer Sunrise, Canyon Clay, Cocoa Bean, Honey Nut, Orange Zwst, Bright Buttercup, Classic Kraft, Prairie Grass - PTI
Accessories: Simply Gourd-eous dies, Shape Shifter Circle 1 die, Forest Floor Dies, Noted: Scalloped A2 Vertical Die - PTI, foam dots

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Twofer - Leaves

I made myself sit down in my craft room and work on two cards for Darnell's Twofer challenge, which this month is Leaves.  

I don't know why I have such trouble thinking of two different ways to use the same stamps - but it seems to shut my creative mind right down!?!  Usually, I'm very good at multi-tasking -  but apparently not so good at multi-designing?!!!
But, I think I got it done.......
 I know at first glance, my cards look similar -  same colors, same grid background stamp, same dew drops, same leaf stamp, but on closer inspection, I'll show you how they are different!

For my first card I stamped this lovely leaf (retired set Season of Change from Sweet N Sassy) by inking the stamp first in Orange Zest and then 'rock n rolling' the edges (remember that technique??!) in Honey Nut Ink.  You can see all the lovely detail in the stamp.  Then I stamped the Distressed Grid background over the panel in Soft Stone and die cut the panel with Pierced Feature Frames from PTI.

My Thanksgiving card!
For my Twofer below - I used the same stamp but "inked' the stamp by coloring it with Tombow Markers, brown around the outside edges and orange on the inside of the leaf.  Then I stamped the leaf onto watercolor paper and brushed over the middle of the stamping with a slightly wet paint brush to move around the color - which also makes all the detail of the stamp disappear 
(although there wasn't much detail showing anyway since this is a textured watercolor paper.) 
I repeated the process for the second leaf. 
Then I die cut the leaves using the coordinated die and layered them with foam dots over a panel of watercolor paper stamped with the same grid stamp as my first card. I layered the panel to a scalloped die cut and onto a card base of Rustic Cream cardstock .
My Thinking of You card.
So, I hope I got it right sis?  Two different designs for different occasions using the same stamps!

Thanksgiving Card
Stamps: Season of Change - Sweet N Sassy (retired), Distressed Grid - Cornish Heritage Farm (retired), Sentiment -  Inky Antics.
Paper:  white, Honey Nut - PTI
Ink:  Soft Stone, Orange Zest, Honey Nut - PTI
Accessories:  Pierced Feature Frame dies - PTI, orange dew drops, foam dots, Tombow Glue.

Thinking of You Card
Stamps:  Season of Change - Sweet N Sassy (retired), Distressed Grid - Cornish Heritage Farm (retired), Sentiment Staples: Thinking of You - PTI
Paper:  Rustic Cream, Honey Nut - PTI, Arches Watercolor paper
Ink:  Soft Stone, Honey Nut - PTI
Accessories:  Tombow Markers Brown and Orange, water, paint brush, Season of Change leaf dies - Sweet N Sassy (retired), Scallop Stackers Medium die - PTI, foam dots.