163 posts categorized "Birthday"

05/22/2019

Wed 22

Cut Up Rose Bouquet
by Trina Pham

Hello there.  I’ve been at a crafting retreat this past week and sadly, today is the final day.  We had six jam packed days of playing with different products and techniques.  One of the techniques we tried, and one that I’ve wanted to try, was Jennifer McGuire’s  Cut Up Stamping.  I knew the gorgeous Rose Bouquet stamp set from the April release would be perfect to use for it and I was right.  I ended up with three cards!

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The gist of the technique is to cut strips from stamped panels and then pop up sections with fun foam to add dimension and interest.  For my first card, I stamped the bouquet with Copic friendly black ink on X-press It cardstock then coloured it in with Copics.

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Next, the sentiment from Big and Little Words stamp set was stamped in black on the card base using the MISTI.  Adhered the coloured panel with temporary adhesive to the card base, then stamped the sentiment on that.  

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Trimmed the sentiment from the coloured panel and assembled with fun foam.  Added clear shimmer to the flowers to finish.

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The same steps were repeated for my second card, but in contrast to the first, I kept it monochromatic.  

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The bouquet was black heat embossed on Bristol paper and the sentiment was white heat embossed on a black card base.

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And finally my third card was created slightly different than the first two.

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The bouquet was stamped with Copic friendly black ink on X-press It cardstock in opposite corners and the area between them was coloured in with a B28 Copic Sketch marker.

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Cut up the panel in a grid pattern then added the Happy Jotted diecut sentiment to finish.

 

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This truly is a fun and easy technique and the possibilities are endless, especially with the Rose Bouquet stamp.  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a great day. 

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05/14/2019

Tue 14

Birthday Wishes
by Donna Sledzik

Hello everyone!

I hope you enjoyed last week's blog blitz and are as inspired as we are by all the new products!

Here is my card for today using some of the fabulous stamps and dies!

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To create this card I once again went to a alcohol inked background that I had in my stash.  

I die cut the Small Fringed Peony from my background paper and kept the outline of the flower to place back into my die cut.  I also die cut the Scribble Leafy Branch Background 3 times from another piece of alcohol inked paper.  Then I die cut the Scribble Leafy Branch Outline 3 times from white cardstock.

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I adhered my background to a white card base and glued the peony outline back in place in the die cut. Then I glued my leaf background pieces in place and added the white die cut outlines on top of them.  I did trim some of the leaf die cuts to fit the card.

I stamped the sentiment on black cardstock and heat embossed it using white embossing powder.    

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To finish the card I added some epoxy water drop embellishments.  

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today!

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04/30/2019

Tue 30

Shaker Card Fun
by Melissa Rusk

Hi friends! Today I have a fun take on a shaker card using one of my favorite dies from the Spring release, the Underwater Scene die.

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To switch things up on this card I cut out a circle on the front of my card that was a little bit bigger than the Underwater Scene die and then I glued my shaker to the inside of the card. Such a fun change!
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I die cut everything in white and then colored the background circle in a deep teal color with a blending brush and some ink. I sprayed it with a mist of water to create some droplets of lighter color. This can be done with most dye inks.
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I built the shaker by gluing the Underwater Scene to a piece of acetate. Then I added two layers of foam tape around the edge of the frame and then put in some sequins. I sealed it up with the teal circle and then glued it to the inside of the card.

The birthday fishes sentiment from the Oceanside Typewriter Sentiments set finishes it off!

Thanks for stopping by the blog, have a wonderful day!
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04/29/2019

Mon 29

Birthday Fishes
by Donna Sledzik

Hello everyone!

Today I have a card for you which features a fun technique using a Gelli Plate.

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The circle background on the card is the piece I created with the Gelli Plate.  

To begin with, I die cut the fish on a piece of white cardstock to make a stencil.  

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I placed my stencil on the Gelli Plate and sponged Pan Pastels over the stencil. 

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Next, I removed the fish stencil and placed a piece of mesh (it came from a bag of onions) over the Gelli Plate and added some blue Pan Pastels in the background. 

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Once I finished my background, I brayered  a thin layer of white acrylic paint over the plate and then pressed a piece of white cardstock onto the Gelli Plate to make a print. Next I die cut a circle shape from the print.  I also stamped, colored and die cut some fish and seaweed to add to the card.  I stamped the striped border and trimmed it to fit the card.

IMG_5309To assemble the card, I spattered a piece of white cardstock with black ink and glued the striped border to the card front.  

Next I glued the circle to right side of the card front. I let it hang off the side and trimmed away the excess.  

Then I glued the fish to the circle and added the seaweed.

I stamped the sentiment onto a white cardstock strip and glued it to the card.

To finish up the card I added some clear dots. 

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Thanks for stopping by today and have a great week!

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04/25/2019

Thu 25

Wishing Card
by Donna Sledzik

Good morning everyone,

Today I have a card for you which features dry embossing with a die.  Instead of cutting the paper, you emboss it with the die.

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I used this technique for the background behind the Wildflower Circle.  I used the embossing sandwich for my die cutting machine so that the die would not cut through the paper but emboss it instead.  (All die cutting machines have their own instructions for embossing)

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I masked off half of the circle with post-it-notes and sponged distress inks over the embossed circle.  Next I masked off the part I just inked and applied ink over the bottom portion. 


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I die cut the Wildflower Circle in the center of my card front.  I glued the inked background behind the die cut circle and then glued my flower circle back in place on top of the background.   I die cut a second Wildflower Circle and cut away the flowers and used only the frame portion of the die cut.  I inked that with Distress Ink and glued it in place.

I die cut the word "wishing" from white cardstock and the shadow portion of the die from black cardstock and glued that to my card front.  

Next I stamped my sentiment on a strip of white cardstock and used foam tape to adhere that to my card.


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To finish I added some epoxy dots to the flower centers and that's it!

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great day!

Donnasignature

 

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04/11/2019

Thu 11

Side Butterfly Circle, Feathered Friends and Birthday Blowout by Jean Okimoto

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A sweet bird from the Feathered Friends Deep Edge Dies and the Side Butterfly Circle create a spring birthday card here today.  Pick a greeting from the Poppystamps Birthday Blowout Clear Stamp Set and you're ready to celebrate!   Hello, Jean Okimoto here with combination of a favorite set from my stash - and a design from our Spring Collection.

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The Deep Edge dies are designed to cut through layers of fabric - so they're perfect for felt and special artpapers too.  Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet behind pale peach felt and cut the main section of the bird.  

Cut the overlay and wing from a pretty pastel print.  Cut an extra wing from a scrap of the paper and layer it for dimension.

I've borrowed the eye die from the owl - it's a little larger and stands out against the print.  Cut the beak from orange cardstock.

Assemble the bird - attach the wing with a tiny silver brad to add movement.

Prep the Side Butterfly Circle by rubbing it briskly with a piece of scrunched waxed paper to make it easier to remove the diecut.  Cut the circle from pale green cardstock.

Stamp the greeting -  from the Poppystamps Birthday Blowout  set - on Snapdragon cardstock with Morning Mist VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink and trim the greeting with the 1-½" Circle Basics die.

Attach the diecuts to a 5-¼" square white card - use foam dots for the bird.  Add pale orange gem stickers.

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Mix felt with bits and pieces of printed papers from your stash and make a few extra birds - and an owl or two.  You'll discover some great combinations of colors and patterns - and handmade embellishments always add a personal touch to your projects.

Thanks for visiting...see you again on Saturday!

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04/10/2019

Wed 10

Cottage Flower Circle Frame and Bold Friendly Greetings by Jean Okimoto

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Celebrate a special birthday with the Cottage Flower Circle Frame and the Bold Friendly Greetings. It's easy to color the delicate blossoms with bright pigment inks and emboss them for a glossy finish.  Hi everyone - Jean Okimoto here with a colorful spring design today.

Prep the circle frame by rubbing it briskly with a piece of scrunched waxed paper to make it easy to remove the delicate diecut.

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This looks messy,  but it's the easiest way to color the delicate Cottage Flower Circle Frame.  Diecut it from the smoother side of watercolor paper - don't remove the offcuts. 

Use cotton swabs to color it with Imagine Crafts pigment inks - Radiant Neon Electric Pink, Radiant Neon Electric Coral, VersaColor Lime and VersaFine Clair Sunshine.  Emboss it with detail clear powder, then carefully remove the offcuts.

Stamp the greeting - from the Bold Friendly Greetings set - with Electric Pink.  

Stamp a portion of the dotted strip - also from the greetings set - with Sunshine.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Tear it so it resembles a short strip of washi tape.  I like to use the serrated cutting edge of a tape dispenser to cut real washi tape - it's great for stamped strips like this too.

Attach everything to a white A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card.

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Diecut and color some extras - they'll be prepped and ready the next time you need a quick card for any occasion.

Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's FRIENDS+FLOWERS and BEYOND THE BOX classes at Impress!  Special thanks to Linda too - we loved your ChocoMochi snacks - the perfect combination of salty, crunchy rice crackers and rich chocolate!  And thanks Ann, Erin and Lynne for helping everyone find the dies, stamps and papers for our spring projects.

No classes this weekend - here's my spring schedule.  Please call Impress (206 901.9101) if you can join us!

       -    Charming Prints - April 20

       -    Asia Now - April 27 and May 12

       -    Stash Cards - Birthdays Happen! - May 4

       -    Seattle Style - May 27 and June 22

       -    Summer Splash - June 8

       -    Outside the Box - June 22

       -    Butterfly Wishes - July 4 and July 13

Thanks for visiting...see you again tomorrow!

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03/20/2019

Wed 20

Splendid Rose Frame and Birthday Blowout from Poppystamps by Jean Okimoto

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March is a popular birthday month...celebrate with the beautiful Splendid Rose Frame and Birthday Blowout Clear Stamps from Poppystamps.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another design featuring this great set of dies.  We're using the entire set here today!

Cut a square of medium green cardstock with the 4" Square Basics die.  Pressure-emboss it with the outer frame from the Splendid Rose Frame set using the embossing mat and plates required for your machine.

Cut the circle frame from light gray cardstock.

Cut the solid rose background from peachy-pink cardstock.

Stamp the greeting - from Poppystamps'  Birthday Blowout Clear Stamp Set - on light green cardstock with Green Oasis VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink and cut the circle with the 1-½" Circle Basics die.

Attach the diecuts to a side-folded 5-¼" square white card.  Add clear gem stickers.

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Take advantage of  the versatility of Memory Box die sets.  They're also perfect for pressure-embossing and cutting craft foam stamps as Donna did on her card.  They're great for stenciling and masking  too - like Laura did.  

Enjoy your Memory Box dies and stamps - and experiment with different ways to use them on your projects!

Thanks for visiting...see you again tomorrow.

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03/13/2019

Wed 13

Birthday Wishes
by Donna Sledzik

Good morning everyone,

Today I have a card for you which features another way to use your dies. I've done cards in the past where I used this technique for smaller die elements, but today I am using a frame die to create a stamp.

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Let's make this card...

Using fun foam, I die cut the outside frame from the Wonderful Whale Frame Die.

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I applied removable adhesive to the back of the foam die cut and placed it on an acrylic block.  Next I inked my stamp with Blueprint Distress Oxide Ink and stamped it onto a piece of white cardstock.  

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Next I die cut the Sailboat frame from white cardstock, and used only the center portion and the circle frame from the die cut.  

I inked the circle frame portion of the die cut, the boat, and edges of the sails with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. The waves and the clouds were sponged with Blueprint Sketch ink. 

I sponged Barn Red Distress ink onto a strip of white cardstock and heat embossed the saying with white embossing powder.  I also cut a little flag from a scrap of the red inked paper.  

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I glued the circle frame in the middle of the stamped frame and adhered all the other die cut elements within the frame.  

Next I trimmed the card front to a 4 1/4" square and adhered it to a 5" square white cardbase.  

Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!

Donnasignature

 

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03/10/2019

Sun 10

Side Butterfly Circle Twofers
by Trina Pham

Hello there!  Trina here and I am sharing not one, but two, CAS cards using the Side Butterfly Circle die from the 2019 Spring Collection.  First up is a birthday card, which happens to fit our Flower challenge this month.

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Began by die cutting a circle from regular white cardstock with the Circle Basics set.  Used mini blending tools to blend on Cracked Pistachio and Shaded Lilac distress inks to create the background.  Next, the Side Butterfly Circle was die cut twice from X-press It cardstock.  Colored one of them with Copics, then adhered it to the background circle.  Trimmed the leaves off on the second diecut piece then stacked on top.  This was done to hide any messy coloring of the flower petals.

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This garden scene was looking a little sparse, so the Lily of the Valley Frame was die cut from X-press It cardstock.  Any parts that I didn’t want were then cut away and the stems were colored in with Copics.  For the butterfly, the solid piece was die cut from X-press It cardstock and the outline from black cardstock twice.  Adhered one of the outline piece to the solid piece and colored with Copics.  Added clear shimmer for some sparkle, then topped with the second outline piece.  Dots were added with a white gel pen.  The sentiment from Birthday Blowout was black heat embossed with clear glitter embossing powder directly onto a top folding white card base, then mounted the circle scene with fun foam to finish.

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My second card is a lot easier and brighter, using only the butterfly from the Side Butterfly Circle die set.  I always love a good rainbow, don’t you?

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Took a stitched Bristol A2 panel from my stash and masked an open strip across the middle.  Used four colors of distress oxide inks in Squeeze Lemonade, Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean and Twisted Citron to ink blend the rainbow.  Made sure to overlap the colors to get a good blend and secondary colors.  Flicked on some water and dabbed with a paper towel to give it some texture.  

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For the butterflies, I wanted to try a new technique and watercolor on vellum.  The solid pieces were die cut from vellum and the outline pieces from Bristol paper.  Adhered the outline to the vellum, then watercolored from the back side with Zigs and a watercolor brush.  The vellum curled quite a bit, so had to reattach with a strong adhesive such as Ranger Multi Medium.  Added clear shimmer to the front of the vellum then added a second white outline to give it more dimension.  Black heat embossed the sentiment from Springtime Typewriter Sentiments to finish. 

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That completes my spring twofers with the Side Butterfly Circle die.  Thank you for dropping by. 

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