26 posts categorized "Angela"


Thu 16

Falling Leaves

With all the heat we've had this summer, it's hard to imagine that fall is just around the corner.  But the "back to school" ads on the television indicate that fall really is almost here!  To celebrate (can you tell I have children???), I made this shiny Fall card featuring the Parker Alphabet die sets (both upper and lower case) and the Autumn Trees stamp.

I stamped the image on Parchment card stock with Rich Cocoa Memento ink.  I then used a Versamark pen to randomly apply embossing ink to the leaves of the trees.  I sprinkled Sticky Stuff embossing powder over the ink and heated with the Ranger Heat It embossing gun (this gun heats at a slightly lower temperature than a Marvy or Milwaukee heat gun, and you want to avoid over heating the powder or it won't be sticky.  I sprinkled green glitter over the embossing powder and patted it with my finger to be sure it fully adhered.  I brushed off the excess with a Sparkle Sweeper brush.

Fall supplies
I then repeated the process - applying Versamark ink randomly over the leaves, including the leaves in the air and on the ground.  I sprinkled with Sticky Stuff embossing powder, heated and then sprinkled with Copper glitter.  I prefer this method to using 2-way glue or a Quickie Glue Pen because the Sticky Stuff holds the glitter better.  This means less contamination to your glitter when you're using more than one color.  A savings!!!  I finished the card by cutting out the word Fall from Distressed Dots card stock and adhering to the bottom.  This card is good for either a man or woman - especially since the glitter won't come off and get all over the place!  Enjoy!!


Fri 08

Pocket Gift Tag

Gift card tag2

I don't know about you, but I have dozens of graduations and weddings to attend this summer.  Tis the season, I guess.  That's why I was so excited about the new Pocket Gift Tag die!  It seems everyone wants Gift Cards, but they haven't been much fun to wrap or open until now!  I used a Lavender note card as the base, then also cut the tag out of Lavender paper.  NOTE:  Memory Box paper is white core, which means it's white on the back.  After I cut the die, I trimmed the pocket piece off (becuase if I had just folded it up, it would have been white instead of purple).  I then reattached it at the bottom with a thin piece of tape and taped the flaps to the back as usual.  It's a very easy fix!

The hole at the top of the tag can be embellished with ribbon, but if you plan to place a gift card in the pocket, the ribbon can get in the way.  Instead, I highlighted the hole by centering it over one of the "violets" in the Candied Violets 12x12 paper, which I cut using the Debutante Frame.  Cute!

I stamped the B1359 Best Wishes phrase onto a piece of white card stock and cut it out with the Pastry Labels die.  This die creates slits in the sides, which you can embellish with ribbon or paper.  I used Violet card stock and popped the entire piece up on the pocket with foam tape. 

In the upper corner, I added a touch of interest by cutting out Violet and Lavender flowers with the Fancy Blossoms die.  I added some sparkle with Purple Stickles and used Brushed Corduroy to distress the edges of all of the pieces.

Gift card tag1

Now, all you have to do is choose a Gift Card that matches your color scheme (the hardest part of the project, probably) and then go and enjoy your summer of activities!  Enjoy!!







Wed 08

Birthday Sparkle!

Glitter blogI love the new Veronica 12x12 paper, because it encouraged me to make my leaves green AND blue!  Freedom!  I started this card by placing a piece of strong double-sided tape onto a piece of white card stock.  I saved the backing from the tape, and cut out the 98313 Tender Leaves die twice into the backing to create amask.  I placed the mask onto the tape, and filled in the open leaves with two different shades of glitter.  I then removed the mask and glittered the remainder of the background with a translucent color.  I layered the glitter piece onto a piece of Memory Box Concord Grape card stock, on top of the Veronica paper, on top of an Iris note card.

Next, I stamped the Dogwood Bloom with Brilliance Victorian Violet onto watercolor paper and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I colored the edges of the petals with a blue Stardust glitter pen, then pulled the color out into the center of the petals with a water brush.  I cut the flower out with scissors and adhered it to the front of the card with a glue dot.

Finally, I stamped the Something Special phrase onto a piece of scrap Water card stock (this is one of my favorite ways to use up my scraps) and angled it over the corner.  This is also a great way to cover up any glitter mishaps that may have occurred :-)

I'll be teaching this card (and 3 other glittery Memory Box cards) at Simple Pleasures in Colorado Springs on Saturday, February 25.  If you are in the area, I'd love to meet you!  And, don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win some great, new Memory Box merchandise!  Wahoo!


Sat 01

Making Masks

Glitterama classWe all know the Memory Box dies are great for cutting images out, but I've been having a lot of fun with the "outlines" that are left behind by using them as masks.  For example, I cut the Poinsettia Stem die out of the backing from Elizabeth Crafts tape.  I then put the mask (the piece that's left after the Poinsettia Stem has been cut out) back onto the exposed tape, so that the only sticky surface is the flower itself and the stem.  Next, I cover the flower with the piece I cut out, leaving only the stem exposed.  I then cover the exposed tape stem with green glitter.  Next, I brush off the excess so that it doesn't get over everything.  I then remove the flower and cover that exposed area with red glitter.  Finally, I remove the last piece of masking so that the entire surface of tape is exposed.  I cover it with Cool Highlight translucent glitter.  With Elizabeth Craft glitters, I can go back and draw in some of the flower details with a Copic marker. 

Gelatos class 
In this series of cards, I created a mask for the Flowering Christmas Tree by cutting a large piece of Eclipse tape with that die.  I then used a ruler and an x-acto knife to basically "connect the lines" so that I removed the inner triangle of the tree.  I can then place the mask over a piece of Robin's Egg paper and stencil a slightly darker color inside that will be perfectly framed by the Flowering Christmas Tree die (which I cut out of 24 Karot Soiree paper).  I hope these techniques help you to think about using ALL of the pieces you cut with your dies and to see your dies in a whole new way.  I will be teaching both of these workshops at Eclectica Scrapbooks & Stamps in Memphis, Tennessee on Saturday, October 8.  I hope you'll join me if you live in the area!


Sun 25

Get Organized!

Longstitch Book 
Ah, words to live by!  In an effort to be more organized with all of my notes and scraps of papers, I created this longstitch journal that's just full of pockets!  Some of the pockets I created simply by folding pages over, and others I created using the Fancy Pocket die from Memory Box.

Inside book 
I can now jot down inspirations and tips and techniques and keep them in one convenient place to refer to again and again.  I like using the Index Card and Blank Ticket dies to cut up pieces of scrap paper to put new techniques on.  I can focus more on learning the technique rather than worry about card composition.  On the tags below, I've captured tons of techniques featuring Gelatos and Big Brush Markers from Faber-Castell.

Technique tags 
I will be teaching both of these workshops at Prairie Art Stamps in Springfield, Illinois on Saturday, October 1.  If you're in the area, please stop by and say "hello"!


Mon 04

Stippling with Twinkling H2Os


Welcome to the final card post today on the Outside the Box blog celebrating the Memory Box/Creative Imaginations blog hop.  To read more about the hop and learn how you can win prizes, check out the post here.

I love to watercolor with Twinkling H2Os, but sometimes I want to "dirty up" the card a little bit, and it's hard to find inks that match perfectly!  I decided to experiment a little bit to see if I could create my own "ink" from Twinks to stipple the edges of the watercolor paper.  To create this card, I stamped G1718 Orchid Branch Print with Onyx Black VersaFine onto 140 lb. Watercolor paper.  Using a Ranger MiniMister, I spritzed the Solar Gold H2O a few times and painted the flowers entirely gold.  Next, I spritzed the Kiwi H2O and added some shading to the flowers.  Finally, I added just a hint of Guatemalan to the centers of the flowers and also used it to paint the leaves/buds.

Twinks2To create the "ink" for stippling, I spritzed the Twinks until they were fairly wet, then I turned the jars over and let the paint drip onto a teflon craft sheet.  Once I had all 3 colors on the craft sheet, I spritzed it again to help them to mix.  I then pounced the #6 stipple brush into my paint and tapped it along the edges of the watercolor paper.  I love that that it matched my flower exactly in color and also had the same iridescence. Once the piece was dry, I layered it and a strip of Skip to My Lou 12x12 paper to a Granny Smith notecard.  You can use this technique with virtually any color combination and make some truly elegant projects!  I'd love to hear what you think!  Leave a comment below for a chance to win a Twinkling H2O petite paint kit - good luck!


Thu 10

Spring is in the Bag

Today (and again this evening) at Angela's Happy Stamper in Reston, VA, one of our very talented instructors, Donna Kauffman, is leading this workshop featuring the Inspire Butterfly Collage and the new Brioche and Minuet paper collections.  Donna used paper bags and envelopes of various sizes and textures and the Bind-it-all to create the book structure.  She then used pieces of paper to cover the exposed parts of each bag.  Donna created her own giant-sized tags to place inside the pockets (created by the bound bags) and made index tabs from even more butterflies.  This book could be used as a mini scrapbook, except the papers are almost to beautiful to cover with photos. 


Thu 16

Tag, You're It!


Now that more and more people are going green and using cloth shopping bags, I find that it's harder to pick my bag out of a crowd.  I decided to create a "luggage tag" for my bag.  This project was so much fun and so quick, that I decided to make them for several people on my shopping list!  I started with a blank tag (called Javier from Creative Imaginations).  On the front, I applied Peeled Paint Distress ink over the entire tag.  I cut out a poinsettia from the Memory Box Poinsettia Birds 12x12 paper and adhered it in the upper left corner.  I then added a touch of Gold Glitter Glue to the smaller circles in the center.  Along the bottom, I stamped C1340 Ivy Border with Brilliance Pearlescent Ivy ink and applied several dots of Barn Door Distressed Stickles as accents.


One of the most challenging things about working with Memory Box paper is that it's almost too pretty to cover up!  So I didn't even try on the back of the tag.  I simply traced another section from the Poinsettia Bird sheet of paper, distressed the edges with Peeled Paint Distress Ink and glued it to the back.  Quick and beautiful - and easy to spot across a room!


Wed 01

Snowgirl on a Snow Day


We need a snowgirl...and here she is, glittery and dressed for a snow day.  Although I'd love to have you think making a card is always a quick-and-easy thing for me on my Outside The Box post - this required a little experimenting.  

The first snowgirl attempt was just flocked - pretty and velvety, but somewhat boring.  I tried it again - and sprinkled just a few grains of Winter Frost Glitter onto the Design Adhesives first, then brushed white flocking over the entire snowgirl.  It's hard to see here, but those few grains of glitter added a great frosty, subtle sparkle to her.  Let's call the glitter+flock technique "Flitter" - it sounds a little better than "Glock."  Try it - I think you'll like it!

The printed papers are from Gossamer - soft pretty pinks, creams and pale greens - great for winter pastel cards, and the perfect backdrop for opalescent inks, glitter and embossing powders.   It's a great set of 6x6 prints to layer with an array Memory Box Notecards and Soiree Shimmers. P1020454 

We're also using Gossamer, with Thistle Distressed Dots, in Sunday's Winter Bliss (un-holiday cards) class at the Tukwila Impress.  Here are two of the four cards we'll be creating that day.





Tue 26

More Books!


Memory Box papers are so truly beautiful that I LOVE to use them on my books.  Unlike cards, which can have a shorter "shelf life" (no pun intended), books are something to cherish and pull out again and again.  Both of these books are different forms of accordion folds.  For the larger, hard-cover book on the left, I used the Evening Roost paper from the Blackbird collection.  I then punched out a scalloped square of First Snowfall and applied the bird in flight double-sided rub-on from the Fright Night collection of Design Adhesives.  Once the rub-on was adhered to the paper, I removed the backing and then applied a layer of gold leaf, making this book truly special.  For the smaller book on the right, I created the covers from scraps of Holly Jolly paper - never let anything go to waste!  These are the books I teach in my Bookbinding Basics class, coming up on Tuesday, November 9 at Angela's Happy Stamper.  I'd love to have you join me if you are in the Northern Virginia area!