Circle Easel Card – Christmas

Good morning!  For today’s card I thought I would “dust” off two sets from the annual catalog.  Yes, there are also Christmas goodies to be found there as well as our popular Holiday Catalog!  I used the Santa’s Sleigh and Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp Sets as well as the Cookie Cutter Punch and Santa’s Sleigh Thinlits Dies!  Once again I used my Softly Falling Embossing Folder!

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Santa was actually stamped directly onto the Circle layer and colored in using Stampin’ Write Markers.  I stamped a second Santa, just so that I could fussy cut the hat and popped it up on Stampin Dimensionals so that it would be the “stopper” for the easel.

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The reindeer, tree and gifts were all stamped and heat embossed, colored with markers and then cut using the thinlits. 2 of the gifts and the reindeer were popped up with dimensionals while the 3rd gift and tree were glued down.  I thought that gave it all more of a 3 D effect.

I added the sentiment from Santa’s Sleigh and doodled the dash dot with a Cherry Cobbler Marker.  As you can see, it fits perfectly inside one of our medium envelopes!

Once I finished the Full Size Circle Easel Card, I made a mini version!  Yes, that’s right, it’s another Mini Card!  Cute right?

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I love mini cards!  This fits inside a 3″ x 3″ envelope!

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What Do I Do With This, DSP Wednesday?! Side Step Card

Hello everyone!  Welcome to What Do I Do With This?  DSP, Wednesday!  I’m not gonna lie, I love how this card came out!  I am so glad that Stampin’ Up! Gives us the “co-coordinating” colors to the DSP. When I decided to make a Step Card using the Painted Autumn DSP I was planning on using the sunflowers!  Do you see sunflowers?  Nope!  Me either!  That’s because I also wanted to use the Painted Harvest stamp set!

It’s a 2 -Step stamp. The first layer was stamped using Tangerine Tango. The detail stamp was stamped with Cajun Craze. The center is Early Espresso.   After I fussy cut two flowers I sponged the edges with more Tangerine Tango to lesson the white edges.


The sentiments are from One Big Meaning.  I stamped them in Cajun Craze on to the Painted Autumn DSP.  Then I stamped again with Versamark (Disclosure: I used a stamp positioning tool, but this will work with a Stamp-a-ma-jig as well) then Heat embossed using clear embossing powder.

In hindsight, I wish I had stamped the “Thank you” a tad higher (but only for photographing, because in person it’s perfect.  I suppose that’s what you get for living in a 3D world and 1D photos LOL)

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But taking funky angled pics does help!  I added 3 garden green leaves cut using the leaf punch.  The middle tier needed a little something, so yes, I fussy cut once more!  The pumpkins on this DSP are quite lifelike!

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Of course, the card folds flat to fit perfectly into one of our medium envelopes!  Here is a template if you would like to create your own :finalIt wouldn’t be November if I didn’t show you a sneak peek of the mini version.   Oh and I even used DSP in the mini version.  I’m getting quite strong in the cutting into and using of my beautiful DSP!

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Half Full Twist & Pop Card

Hello Crafty friends!  Wednesday I shared a possible Birthday Card I made for my husband.  It was part of my DSP Wednesday Series.  Today, I share the card I actually gave him for his birthday!

This time around, I wanted to give the Twist and Pop card fold a try!  The first thing I did was make my own DSP using the Mixed Drinks stamp set.

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Rather than stamping onto Whisper White Card Stock, I used a sheet of copy paper.  I just felt the thinner weight paper would leave less “bulk” inside the card.

I really wanted to try out our new Embossing Paste, I’ve had it for a few weeks now, thought I should use it, right?  Using the brick stencil from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks I “smeared” just a small amount onto the stencil covered Cherry Cobbler Panel.  I left a corner clean, I knew a Wine Bottle just had to adorn my card!

While my panel was air drying, I stamped and colored images from Half Full and Mixed Drinks onto Whisper White Rectangles cut to 2 1/4″ x 2 1/2″ each (times 4)  Here is where I tell you, that brick wall came in mighty handy.  I made so many messy mistakes I needed that wall to bang my head against!  Here, let me point them all out to you LOL

First mistake!  I used Tombow glue to attach the 3″ x 11″ scored panel to the “DSP”.  I don’t know what I was thinking, because I laid the panel flat instead of matching the edges.  This meant I had extra Tombow glue stuck to the back of the panel  Guess what?  If you let it dry, Tombow is like removable glue.  You know what that means, right?  Once my card was folded, it adhered closed!!!  OMG  I thought I had a disaster on my hands.  But I ran my Embossing Buddy along the exposed glue and the sticky went away.  Thank goodness!

Another mistake:  Notice the little ribbon bow?  Not meant to be there!  I inadvertently left a thumbprint on the white panel and that bow is covering it up!  Disaster diverted!

Final mistake:  I don’t know why I just can’t leave well enough alone sometimes!  LOL  I decided my wine glasses needed some shimmer.  Wink of Stella is your friend if you remember that the liquid reactivates the ink.  Oy!  My card was done.  Sigh.  I decided to go with it and now my glasses are pink.  My husband will not even notice I’m sure!

I even used the Embossing Paste to make my foam on the beer more “foamy”  Once the inside was finished, I needed to complete the card front.

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I stamped the wine glasses from Half Full with Basic Black Ink onto the Cherry Cobbler panel right where there was no embossing paste.   Once the ink was dry I restamped them using Versamark ink and added Clear Embossing powder then heat set the image.  I used Glossy Accents on the glasses.  While the glasses were drying I stamped the Wine Bottle onto Whisper White Card Stock with Basic Black Ink.  Once dry I ran the embossing buddy across the image and I restamped the bottle with Versamark ink, added clear embossing powder and heat set.  I colored the bottle with Basic Gray and Cherry Cobbler Stampin Write Markers and then fussy cut the bottle.  The wine bottle is popped up using Stampin Dimensionals.

For the final touch I used the Happy Birthday Die and ran it thru my diecutting machine to end up with 3 Basic Black and one Smokey Slate Diecut.  Here is where I made another Mistake.  But this was a happy accident!  My original intent was to layer 3 Black cuts on to each other with the gray on the bottom layer slightly askew to give a shadow effect.  But I started adhering them in the wrong order LOL.  What I ended up with was 2 layers of black topped by one of the gray.  Then another black on the bottom, slightly askew.  I like this so much better this way!

I’m really pleased with the outcome, seems my Sassy Red Hatted friend might be a bit proud of it too!

Oh!  Guess what else?  Here is the mini version of this card!

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Isn’t the mini version just too stinkin cute?

DIY Beachy Little Christmas Tags

I can not believe I never thought to check DollarTree for cello bags to wrap my stamped DollarTree flameless candles!!!! But today I found them!


Look how absolutely perfect they fit the candles!  Plus, you get 25 of them for ONE Dollar!  Score!

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The tag I made is the perfect finishing touch!


Do you recognize the solid “tag”?  Nope, it’s not a Stampin’ Up! Die or Punch!  It’s both!  With the help of some partial die cutting and the layering circles frame lit and the tag die from Hometown Greetings edgelits I created a tag reminiscent of an ornament!

I have a quick video tutorial on how I made this tag HERE.  Please subscribe to my channel to get more videos from me 🙂

I also use cheap Michaels white ribbon that I get for fifty cents and run my Stampin’ Write Markers over and voila!  Instant matching ribbon!  I love how my little inexpensive gift turned out.  I hope you do as well!

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Thanks for stopping by!

 

New Month~New DSP~Still Wednesday!

Anyone else ever want to curse the creators of Pinterest????  LOL  I’m a huge pinner.  Not only do I have a Seriously Silly Stamper Pinterest Board, I also have a personal Pinterest Board!  I have a combined 31,000 Pins.  Phew, that’s a lot of stuff floating around in my head!

When I find something I know I want to try, I not only Pin it, but I actually try it!  Novel idea, right?  So the other day I came across this card from a 2015 blog post, I link to it here.  It’s such an unusual fold, AND it required the use of DSP!  BINGO I knew what I would try next!  🙂

This blogger/card maker has a great template that includes the measurements.  It’s great if you use CM 😦 unfortunately, I’m an inches kind of girl!  (That’s what she said LOL) But don’t despair, I worked out the measurements in inches and here is the template!

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Now that I knew the card fold I was going to use, I needed to pick DSP and a stamp set.  My husbands birthday was October 22 (yes, I made this card a month ago! but didn’t want to break the Halloween Theme up)  Last year I made a card using Mixed Drinks.  He is also a wine lover!  Far from a connoisseur mind you, he likes the twist off kind hahaha.

I happened to purchase the Half Full stamp set but never broke the seal.  Now is as good a time as ever!  As for DSP, it needed to be at least a little masculine…..Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper has a nice “chevron” I thought would work nicely. The leaves reminded me of grape vines.  Who am I kidding, I’ve never been to an actual vineyard, but I’ve seen pictures lol!

Next it was time to stamp and fussy cut my wine and wine glasses.  Suddenly I’m singing Billy Joels “Scenes From an Italian Restaurant”:

A bottle of white, a bottle of red
Perhaps a bottle of rose instead

I opted for the rose rather than the white, because I had Cherry Cobbler and Powder Pink stamp pads!!!!!  I fussy cut the tag and added a bow.  BUT I actually have lots of that Michaels .50 cent white ribbon, I just use a Stampin’ Write Marker to make the color I need!  Easy, Peasy!

Look how nicely this card folds flat, fits perfectly in our medium envelopes and both sides are fun!  I’d love to tell you how my husband liked his card, but it’s not October 22 in my world yet!  PLUS I have another idea for a card I may use instead!

That’s all for now!

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Did you know….?

Hi!  I’m back!  I was playing around with my Dollar Tree Flame-less Candles AGAIN!  I’m a bit obsessed!

I wanted to try a “silhouette” look.  Although the Hearts Come Home stamp set has some really nice house images, it didn’t have that great church that the bundled die has!  So, I thought I would make my own stamp, using fun foam!

Basically the steps are the same, I stamped the images onto white tissue using our Basic Black Archival Ink.  Then trimmed and wrapped the image against the candle held in place by wax paper.  The Heat Tool did the rest!

Then I thought, maybe I could use only the Hometown Greetings Edgelits and black tissue!

The dies did a great job at cutting the tissue paper.  I did end up running it back and forth thru my machine a few times.  Its worth the extra 30 seconds to save yourself 30 minutes of anxiety.  Ask me how I know….!  That tissue paper is very fragile!

The “village scene” was added to the candle using the heat tool.  But, I had been asked on a video if this candle image transfer method could be done using a hair dryer instead of the heat tool.  Well, honestly, I didn’t know.  So I thought I’d give it a try.  I stamped the “santa and reindeer” image in black archival ink, trimmed the white tissue and walked to the bathroom.  (Because that’s where my hair dryer is, not because I had to pee.  Oh wait, I probably did!  LOL)

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The answer to that question is NO!  At least I don’t recommend it on a flame less candle.  Long before the image had any indication it might adhere to the candle, the hair dryer melted the surrounding waxy surface and “blew” it everywhere but on the candle!  See that horrid bald spot?  Yep, no more wax!  I went back over it with my heat tool to try and save it.

The reason I tried this experiment myself was because I couldn’t find the answer on YouTube!  Really!  So to help those searching YouTube for the answer, here is a short video!

While I was searching YouTube I did come across a gal that used a hot spoon to add her stamped image to a candle.  I thought I would give that a try!  Basically you take a spoon, hover it over a hot flame, rounded side up!  Once spoon is hot, run it along your stamped image and the heat on the spoon will melt your tissue onto the candle.

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From a distance it doesn’t look too bad!  But I’m not sure if you can see it in this closeup:

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The candle actually feels pitted because the rounded bottom of the spoon melts it unevenly.  Again, not my preferred method, especially if you plan to do more than one candle!  Yikes, that would be time consuming!

So to answer my original question:

Did you know…..you can use dies with tissue paper to add die cut images to a candle?

Did you know….that although it is possible to use a hot spoon instead of a heat tool, I just don’t recommend it?

and finally,

Did you know….it’s a really bad idea to use a hair dryer on a Dollar Tree Candle?  LOL

I hope you enjoyed this bonus blog post and it’s accompanying video!  I’ll be back Wednesday with another “What do I do with this?  DSP Wednesday!”

 

Hometown Greeting ~ Card in a Box

Good morning Peeps!  It’s Saturday and I have a box card AND also uses DSP!  What?! What?!!

I haven’t made one of these in a long time!  I think the last time I made them was for my son’s then wife to be.  For her ring bearers and flower girls “Will you be my” cards.  I took this prior to her writing her personal message.  A little throwback from before my Stampin’ Up! days!DSCN0212


The card base is Basic Black and DSP used is Merry Music Specialty DSP and Merry Little Christmas DSP.  Hometown Greetings Edgelits Die made another appearance. I’ve sure gotten my money’s worth out of this set!

 

Guess what?  There is a mini version of this card style!

That’s my share for today!  Enjoy your weekend!  We are taking the grandgirlies to our Church’s Fall Festival, their first one.  Pony rides and a bounce house.  Who can resist?