Saturday, August 10, 2019

Craft On Project

We moved into a new house a couple months ago. My craft area, while nice, needed some decoration. Craft On paper to the rescue!!

Now please don't think I came up with this idea on my own. I saw several similar ideas, but what I did was the cheap version. Where others used images of scissors, glue, and paint tubes made from the Crafting Shapes Thin Cuts, I used the cut apart sheet from the Craft On paper suite. Additional supplied I used include Stitched Square Thin Cuts, Stitched Circle Thin Cuts, and Stitched Heart Thin Cuts. After gluing down the cut out images onto the squares, I glued them to a 8.5+ a smidge square black piece of cardstock. I had an 8.5x11 piece which was just a 1/16 of an inch...over 8.5, but that tiny bit of overage allowed me to just barely fit all of the squares over top with a thin border around and between them. I would probably have cut my black square to 8.75 square if I'd used a 12x12 piece of cardstock for the base. The border around the edge and between would have been larger but that would have looked just fine.

I glued the 8.5 square to a 12x12 piece of white cardstock and then added Craft On sequins. To make sure my sequins stay in place, I added a dollop of Liquid glass to the paper, placed my sequins over top and pressing enough for some of the Liquid Glass to bubble up through the center hole, then I added another dollop of Liquid Glass over the top. This under/over technique really makes those sequins secure.

I so love how this turned out. The fresh, vibrant colors - as well as the sentiments - bring joy to my heart.

The great part about this project is that, while the stitched die cuts are nice, you can create all of it with the Craft On paper, a paper cutter, a pair of scissors (plus maybe the bottom of a small jar if you want the center circle shape) and some glue. The "frame" here is just a border added via photoshop but represents how I plan to have it framed.

Eat. Sleep. Craft. Repeat. Gotta love it!!

Until next time,

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Card #2 with From Me to You - August SOM

Someone we know just got really good news. To celebrate, I made this fun little card using the August Stamp of the Month (SOM): From Me to You. (See the sidebar for a complete image of all the great stamps in this fun set.)

I love the little smiley faces inside the shaker. I cut them from Lemon cardstock using the smallest stitched circle thin cut from this set. I then cut the circle frame from the Craft On paper suite. Using the coordinating foam mounting tape and plastic circle, I created my shaker with Craft On Loose Sequins and the smiley faces which are too large to turn over inside the plastic. I stamped the sentiment in Black ink, cut it with Micro-tip Scissors to create a banner, then outlined it and the 4.5x4.5 cardbase with a black micron pen.

Craft On paper, sequins, and this fun stamp set are all gone at the end of the month, so be sure to get them quick.

Until next time,

Thursday, August 1, 2019

August SOM Blog Hop - From Me to You

Welcome to the August Stamp of the Month Blog Hop featuring "From Me to You." You should have come from Michelle's blog. The hop is a circle, so you can start anywhere and keep going. If you get lost along the way, pop over to Melinda's blog for a full list of participants. You can view the full image of this SOM set on my side-bar or by clicking here.

I'll admit it...every time CTMH releases a new catalog, the first place I look is at the Stamp of the Month (SOM) specials because it's usually where I find my favorite stamp sets. Before I became a consultant, I planned which month I would order in based on which SOM I liked the best. And this one was the first set on my list because I love, love, LOVE sets with multiple sentiments. Privately, I call these stamp sets "justifiers." Let me show you why...

Below are two stamp sets with coordinating thin cuts which I absolutely love but would give me limited usefulness when it came to making cards.

Yes, I love the "bloom" sentiments in the watering can set, and the "enjoy each day" from the camper set could be used for cards. But how many of those would I actually send? Not that many. However, if I purchase the stamp sets and then add a $5 Stamp of the Month with lots of great sentiments, suddenly I can make a boatload of cards without adding very much to my overall stamp budget.

To get the shaded effect on my watering can, I swiped Mink ink across my stamp the pressed it down using my MISTI stamp positioner. I then sponged Heather ink around the edges with a Sponge Dauber - a tool I used constantly - and pressed down again. The leaves were stamped in Mint ink then sponged with Sage, and the flowers were stamped in Peach ink. I also stamped the small line of solid hearts in the From Me to You stamp set across the top of the watering can in Ballerina, although you could just as easily use Peach ink.

After cutting out my background paper from the Sweet Girl paper suite with Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts, I glued it to my card base and then stamped the splotchy thing (yes, that's a technical term)  from the Timeless Textures stamp set in Ballerina ink before gluing  down my die cut watering can.

The sentiment and small swoosh are both from the SOM. I stamped them in Heather and Peach inks respectively. I then cut it out using the Circle Thin Cuts (which are retiring as of August 31, so get them before they sell out). cute is this for a retirement card? I used the exact same supplies except this one features the Oval Thin Cuts (also retiring August 31). I fussy cut the plaid bottom and peach curtains out of leftover paper in Sweet Girl. It doesn't really take that long and it sure ups the cuteness factor. You'll really want Micro-tip Scissors for this.

Now, just for the fun of it, here's the watering can again with various sentiments from this set.

See. Justifiers! But now I need to stop playing with them and actually get back to work. I'm heading to a writer's conference in a couple weeks, and it would be good to have some proposals for books ready to pitch to editors.

Your next stop is Jessica's blog. Again, the hop is a circle so be sure to keep going until you see all the inspiration these amazing consultants have for you.

Until next time,

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Final Share the Joy Card with a Sneak Peek at the August SOM

July is coming to a close and August is upon us. Today I want to share two cards - both with the same saying, the same floral theme, and using the same color scheme - but which look entirely different. Here's card #1 using the Share the Joy special that expires at the end of the day tomorrow:

I white embossed the large floral background from a Hostess Only Rewards stamp set called "She's a Wildflower." I then used a sponge to add Pomegranate Ink over top, mindful to allow for varying levels of concentration. I die cut it using the Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts, then stamped the sentiment on the banner (both a part of the Share the Joy special) and mounted them over a card base. Easy peasy!

Here's card #2 using the August SOM "From Me to You."

I die cut the flower out of a panel which had already been cut with the Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts. I then used the leftover ink on my sponge from card #1 to color it. The sentiment is from the August SOM which I stamped in Pewter ink over both the white panel and the flower which insets directly back into it, then stamped again in Pomegranate to get the two-tone look. I accented the flower center with a Clear Shimmer Brush.

Also easy peasy!!

These cards are going to author friends, both of whom won awards in the past couple of weeks. The inside will say, "And you have the award to prove it!"

Until next time,

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Sunflower Card with Share the Joy Background Die Cut

Today's card uses both retired and current products but, as promised, features the Share the Joy special promotion running through the end of this month. I used the cover die with all the circles and took advantage of the two-tone cardstock sold by CTMH for the background.

I love sunflowers. Love them! Whenever we move, there are a few stamp sets which travel with me in case the movers lose all of our household belongings. This retired sunflower set is one of them. I stamped the flower in Goldrush ink, colored with markers, stamped it again to crisp up the lines then decided I needed some extra depth in the center so I used a Sponge Dauber to dab Espresso ink there, fading out as I got farther away from the center. The leaves were stamped in New England Ivy. I fussy cut all the images with Micro-tip Scissors. Before mounting the flowers onto the Goldrush Cardstock background, I added some splotches from the Timeless Textures stamp set. The sentiment comes from the Happy Trails stamp set (the feature image being a RV camper). I stamped it in Espresso ink and trimmed it almost to the very edge with my Micro-tip Scissors. I added it last using the thinnest 3D Foam Tape.

For the sake of artistic effect, I didn't fill the sunflower or leaves with color. I left quite a bit of white space. Not only does it look great, it's easier to color. Win, win!

Now I'm going to give you a little hint...  I got a sneak peek at some of the new products showing up in September. If you really wish you had a beautiful sunflower, you're in luck. And that's all I'm going to say about that.

Until next time,

Monday, July 15, 2019

Share the Joy Card #4

I've been having lots of fun with the Share the Joy special running this month. It features a die cut and two stamp sets. One is birthday themed; the other is summertime. Here's a birthday one that was lots of fun to color.

I began by stamping the center image then used Washi tape to place an oval die cut (the largest one from this set) around the sentiment as a placement guide. I then stamped image by image, rotating them to create a random pattern. I colored them with prismacolor pencils, but markers or water coloring would work just as well. After running it through the largest Stitched Rectangular Thin Cuts, I used 3D Foam Tape to adhere it to a card base. This was a little time-consuming, but I did it while watching TV, which was both relaxing and made me feel like I was accomplishing something while vegetating.

We're having company for dinner tonight, so I guess I'd better go do some grocery shopping.

Until next time,

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Share the Joy - Card #3

For today's card, I've combined the large die cut panel from the Share the Joy special with a number of other products to create this...

I love texture on texture, so I cut the cover die from the same cardstock as my card base and glued them together. Then I decorated a tag and the smallest flower from Stitched Flower Thin Cuts (also featured in this post) with stamps from Share the Joy. My ink colors are Sapphire, Willow, Lemon, and Nectarine. I sponged the edges of the flower and flower center in Lemon and Nectarine respectively just to give a little more interest. Next time I make this card, I'll cut the flower from the light side of Lemon paper before stamping and sponging. To ground the flower a bit more, I added So Much Happy Washi Tape. The finishing touch was Sapphire Crochet Thread.

There's a great deal of "finishing" work to do on the new house - pictures on the walls, curtains up, etc. - but I have a feeling it's going to be put off in favor of more play time for both my husband and me. I need to have company over to spur that final push. Anyone want to come?

Until next time,