Monday, October 16, 2017

A Squirrelly Thanksgiving

Today's card was made as my design team contribution for this week's sketch challenge from the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge Blog using stamps from Close To My Heart (front) and TAC (inside).

Pretty sure the patterned paper also came from CTMH from a few years back, but I am not 100% sure on that! Card base is a top folding vertical layout on a cream flecked cardstock.

Utilizing the Stamp Perfect positioner tool made the stamping go so much faster because I was able to stamp more than one item at a time and perfectly position everything just the way I wanted it using black Memento ink.

Using a small selection of Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, I colored the images and accented them with gel pens and a white colored pencil to capture some of the details. I then sponged dark brown ink around the edges for a nice, soft look.

Using the sketch as my guide, I adhered the layers with my ATG gun and finished off with the gold ribbon and some autumn colored sequins.

The last step was tucking the cream skeleton leave up under the layers and securing it with a mini glue dot at it's base so that you can't see it.

The inside was kept sweet and simple using a paper scrap and a sentiment stamp.

That's it for me today and now that we are back from vacation and getting back into the groove of things, I will be heading back down to my stamp room...right after I tackle that mountain of dirty laundry that we brought back with us, lol. Until next time~

Sunday, October 15, 2017

How to Make a Quick and Easy Fall Card Using the Best Glue Ever

Today I am sharing a unique way to color images on your cards and some tips for using the Best Glue Ever and the Perfect Crafting Pouch

This card will be one of the selections that the card making group from my local library will be making in November, so I tried to keep it fairly simple, while also teaching them something new at the same time. Using the wave cut paper trimmer (from Creative Memories) to trim the rust panel is super simple and then embossing it with the swirling leaves folder gives it a beautiful pattern.

The card base is a cream top folding vertical A2 and I used the window punch (from SU!) in the bottom left corner to make the window for the sentiment. (All the stamps I used today are retired from TAC.) I then also punched the window out of mustard cardstock to stamp the words on.

Instead of coloring all the leaves and pumpkins that were randomly stamped across the card front, I used a pencil eraser like a stamp with the fall ink colors from the Kaleidacolor pad. I think it tends to gives it a very distinct and uniquely modern look. I wished afterwards that I would have just stuck to using only one color per leaf, but by then it was too late, lol. Oh well, there's always next time!

Now it's assembly time...Here's where the Best Glue Ever and the Perfect Crafting Pouch come in handy! I used the Best Glue Ever to glue everything down because using tape runner doesn't really work very well on textured things like a dry embossed panel like this one and the small nozzle on the bottle works perfectly to get just the smallest amount of glue on the back of that sentiment window piece. But even though I was very careful, I still had alittle of the glue ooze out around the sentiment because it was so skinny and since it dries clear, but tacky, I didn't want it to stick to the card front. So I gently tapped the Perfect Crafting Pouch over the remaining sticky parts and that quickly took care of the problem.

When I attached the sentiment, I made sure that it would line up with and show through the window that I punched in the card front.

 I also stamped another sentiment and several leaves on the inside of the card to finish the design off...turning it into a fall birthday card!

That's it for me today...thanks for sticking around and happy crafting with ScraPerfect~

Monday, October 9, 2017

Planning for a Tropical Get-Away

Hello friends~Kathy here with a little sneak peak and inspiration using a new and upcoming tropical themed clear stamp set from Itsy Bitsy for personalizing your planner/agenda/calendar. Where I live, decorating planners is very popular right I thought I would give it a try...and guess what? I love doing it! Who knew that having a "to do" list could be so much fun, lol?!? Even though we are leaving summer behind here and heading into the cooler weather of the fall season, sometimes we all just need to dream of a relaxing tropical get-away, am I right?

For this project I started with 2 blank planer pages, the new stamp set you can see here, along with paper from the Happy Birthday paper pad, Black Chalk Ink, Green Pearl and Gold Pearl Pigment Inks, thin white card and some washi tapes.

I stamped the images out that I knew I wanted to use in the black and green inks on the thin card and applied the washi tape as borders directly to the pages.

By using the boxes on my planner pages as a guide to trace with permanent marker on a scrap sheet of acetate, I cut my own stencil using a craft knife and then used that stencil to keep my ink blending within the individual rectangles. I used Gold for the middle row and Green for the bottom row. The camera doesn't really capture the beautiful shimmer these inks have because of their Pearl quality, but they are gorgeous in person and blend oh so beautifully!!!

I fussy cut the tropical leaves that I stamped in the Green Pearl and adhered them along the top edge of the page, trimming off the overhang just like you would with a sticker.

I colored the rest of the images using Colored Pencils, but then decided that I needed one more image... so, using a large flat piece of blank red rubber as a mirror image stamp, I stamped and transferred the flamingo image so that is was reversed -that way I had one facing the right and one facing the left. Some of the fine detail gets lost when you do that, but I still like the way it turned out!

Using that same rectangle template from the ink blending step, I traced and cut the patterned paper into the perfect sized rectangle to fill the spaces between my ink blended blocks. Then I glued my stamped, colored and fussy cut out images on top.

I did some ink blending on the left panel, tore a tiny piece of tan paper to act as the sand under the palm tree and glued that on to help ground the image so it didn't look like it was floating. I also stamped and then colored the tiny hibiscus flowers directly on the page in the top squares as bullet points for my organizing my "to-do" list.

The two patterns I chose from the paper pack were perfect for matching with the inks.

And I think the pencil colors blended very nicely to achieve depth and dimension on the hand-made "stickers".

If ya gotta stay organized, why not personalize it and make it pretty all at the same time? Let me know if you try something similar to your daily paper agenda/planner or calendar! Until next time, happy crafting with Itsy Bitsy and be sure to check out all the crafty goodness available both in person or in their webstore online.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

How to Make an Adorable Kitty Birthday Card Using The Best Glue Ever

Hello crafty friends! Today's card is a cute kitty on a 6" x 6" square top-folding white card base. The patterned papers, embossing folder, glitter and the stamp set that I used are all from the Itsy Bitsy shop. The first step after trimming all my paper layers was to run the floral layer through my Amaze machine with the Mums embossing folder -but only partially -meaning that the left side of the piece of paper hung outside of the folder and stayed smooth. I then lightly sanded the paper to remove the color off the very top and give it some definition.

Using the Best Glue Ever to adhere the embossed paper to the other card layers means that I know it will stay stuck and not pop off later...the dimension from the embossing proved to be a challenge for securing until I discovered how well the BGE works!

I also used the Best Glue Ever along with the No Clog Writing Cap to "color" in the white circles on the yellow patterned paper and then turned them a sparkly rose gold using glitter.

To color my images, I used Distress Inks as water colors...tapping the ink pad onto an acrylic block and picking up the color with a water brush. I just kept layering colors until I got the look I wanted. I then fussy cut out the party accessories and added them to the kitty using mini glue dots. The square kitty panel and the sentiment panel were adhered using mini foam dots for added height.

Here you can get an up close look at how using the sanding block in the first step really pops the embossed dimension up off the patterned paper. This works really well with white cored and white backed papers.

I also went back and added glitter to the pile of gifts once the water color on them was all dry.

Inside I used up some paper scraps and did some quick stamping and coloring. This card is now ready to be given to my niece for her 16th birthday coming up after this weekend.

Until next time, happy crafting with ScraPerfect and the Best Glue Ever! 

Monday, October 2, 2017

Die Cutting a Joyful Wreath for the Holidays

Today's DT card was made for Atlantic Hearts Sketch #232 and will be the last post I make for this week before we head out on vacation. I will have two design team projects pre-scheduled to share with you early next week and then I'll catch up with ya all again when I get back to the blog full time around October 15th!

There is actually very little stamping on this one! Instead I used a holly stencil from Hot off the Press and the wreath die cut that was the free gift in the November issue of PaperCraft Inspirations magazine. The card base is simply a side folding white A2 card.

 I stenciled twice -once in Brilliance Gold pigment ink along the edges of the card front and once in a sage green dye ink on a white layer cut according to the card sketch.

Using my Amaze machine, I cut 2 wreaths from different shades of green cardstock to layer and the red bow is a die from Spellbinders. 

The sentiments are in my stash of unmounted red rubber stamps and I sadly don't recall their source...but I did heat emboss them with gold powder on the front and inside the card.

It doesn't show up in the pics, but the gold layer is a lovely piece of pearlescent gold vellum! The antique gold trim I got in a value pack from Michael's and I added a rhinestone in the center of the wreath ribbon for a bit of bling.

The free gift wreath die also included a tiny stamp set that the pinecone image came from and in the center of the wreath it also diecuts that pinecone shape. To add some shimmer to the scrap of green I added to the inside, I used the gold ink that was left over on my sponge from the front stenciling.

That's it for me for a while, as I am heading to a more tropical location to relax and unplug for awhile. Be sure to head over to Atlantic Hearts on Wednesday so that you can see the rest of the fabulous design team's creations and please consider giving our sketches a try...then be sure to link up to join us in the fun!