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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Textured Stars

This is my third post using the Stars Cover Plate. 
You can see other star birthday cards here and here.
I've seen so many cards using texture paste and a stencil, so I wanted to give it a try. I purchased Martha Stewart's White Effect Texture Paste from Michael's.
I started by creating a stencil with the Star Cover Plate and tinted the paste with various re-inkers.
after die cutting
You can see how much the coloured paste bled around the stars and the grainy appearance of Martha Stewart's White Effect Texture Paste. It certainly didn't perform as I was expecting!!  Once dried I used the cover plate to cut out the stars, since I knew I wasn't going to be able to use it as is. The above photo shows a portion of the cover plate that was photographed after die cutting and removing the textured stars. 
After die cutting I had three groups of stars: 9 blue, 10 turquoise, 10 green. 

Blue Birthday Wishes

The  sentiment (Polka Dot Parade #12) was stamped with Blueberry Sky ink. The front card panel was impressed with the Linen Impression Plate. I then positioned the blue textured stars around the sentiment. Various sizes of stars were stamped with Summer Sunrise, Pure Poppy and New Leaf inks.

I felt that the sentiment needed some colour, so I die cut four letters from Polka Dot Parade die collection and stamped them with Day-By-Day Blocks Mini using Pure Poppy ink and then positioned them so the blue lettering below creates a shadow effect.

I selectively inked the sentiment (Stylish Sentiments: Birthday) 
Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise, New Leaf and Blueberry Sky inks

PTI Supplies, unless noted
Stamps - Polka Dot Parade #12, Day-By-Day Blocks, Stylish Sentiments: Birthday
Inks - Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise, New Leaf, Blueberry Sky
Paper -Stamper's Select White
Dies - Star Cover Plate,Polka Dot Parade Alphabet dies
Other -Linen Impression Plate, Martha Stewart White Effect Texture Paste

Green and Turquoise Birthday Wishes

I used a combination of turquoise and green stars to complete this birthday card. I die cut "birthday" from white card stock, positioning it on the diagonal. I used a distressing tool to ink the word with Tempting Turquoise (SU) and Limeade Ice. The white card front was attached to a Tempting Turquoise card base and then the word was inlaid into the card front. The textured stars were glued to the front. The sentiment was selectively inked from two separate stamps. (Fillable Frames #7) and a small starburst stamp (Framed Out #7) was added around the sentiment.

More stars!! 
A large star (It's Official) and smaller stars (Monthly Moments: July)  
were added around the sentiment (Big Birthday Wishes)

PTI Supplies, unless noted
Stamps - Fillable Frames #7, Framed Out #7, Big Birthday Wishes. It's Official, Monthly Moments: July
Inks - Limeade Ice, New Leaf; SU: Tempting Turquoise
Paper -Stamper's Select White; SU: Tempting Turquoise
Dies - Star Cover Plate; Wonderful Words: Birthday
Other -Martha Stewart

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Papertrey Ink: September 2014 Blop Hop


I haven't participated in a Blog Hop for a few months. 
When I saw this month's photo, colour recipes and 
sketch ideas here, I was inspired to make this card:

Autumn Rose and Ripe Avocado were used for the leaves and flowers; 
Smokey Shadow/Silver embossing were used for the flower pot.

I used this sketch: a full width sentiment strip 
and a pot of flowers (in place of the buttons).

Rustic White card front (4" x 5 1/4") was stamped with a 
leaf image (Ripe Avocado) and flower image (Autumn Rose) from 
Garden Variety. Stitching Impression Plate adds some texture to the front.

The sentiment strip was cut with the Double-ended Banner die and 
stamped with a sentiment (Garden Variety) and Autumn Rose ink. 
A thin strip of Autumn Rose card stock was punched with a  
dotted scallop punch and then positioned under the banner strip.
The pot (Garden Variety II) was stamped with Smokey Shadow ink and 
heat embossed with silver embossing powder. (The Smokey Shadow ink 
remained wet enough to hold the embossing powder; no Versamark ink  needed).

The finished pot was added to the banner and accented 
with pearls that I coloured with copic markers.

Enjoy the rest of the Blog Hop!!
Karen C.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Starry Birthday Wishes

I just can't seem to put the Star Cover Plate away!! I made two masculine birthday cards here, and then I decided to try a more feminine colour scheme for my grand niece's birthday.

* Hibiscus Burst polka dot paper was glued to the front of a white card base. 
* I had a leftover cover plate (I used the stars from this on a card and still had the negative die cut on my desk). This was impressed with the Linen Impression Plate before being attached to the card front.  
* I have a basket of card stock scraps near my Cuttlebug, that I used to cut some stars. Ten of the stars were stamped with Harvest Gold ink using polka dots from Day-By-Day Mini Set and four were stamped with Lovely Lilac (Stampin' Up). These stars were inserted into the openings on the cover plate; the remaining openings show the Hibiscus Burst paper that was originally attached to the card front.

* A Double-ended Banner die was used to cut a strip of white card stock; the sentiment (Tea For Two Additions) was stamped with black ink.  
* Two Circle Scribbles were die cut from Harvest Gold card stock and then  glued together. 
* The number 6 (Block Alphabet Numbers) was cut from Hibiscus Burst polka dot paper, and two white card stock pieces, so they could be layered together. 
* Several pink and yellow sequins from my stash were scattered amongst the stars. Bitty Opaque Pearls were added to the center of each sequin and a few random spots on the card front.

Shakers & Sprinkles Stamps (sentiment, stars)
Sprinkled word die - cut from Hibiscus Burst Polka Dot paper

PTI Supplies, unless noted
Stamps - Day By Day Stamps; Tea for Two Additions; Shakers & Sprinkles
Inks - Harvest Gold, SU: Lovely Lilac, Hibiscus Burst, True Black
Paper - Stamper's Select White; Harvest Gold, Hibiscus Burst Bitty Dot Patterned Paper
Dies - Star Cover Plate, Block Alphabet Number die, Circle Scribbles die, 
Double-ended Banner Die
Other - Linen Impression Plate; Sequins from my stash; Close To My Heart: Bitty Opaque Pearls

I have a few more Star Struck cards to share later this week, so be sure to check back here again!! Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Star Struck: Birthday x 2

I've been having a blast playing with Papertrey Ink's Star Cover Plate
There's so many fun cards using it so I ordered it this summer.  
I've made 5 cards with various colour combinations and 
techniques, and I'll be sharing them over the few days.
The first 2 cards I have today are great for masculine cards.

Wishing You ....

The cover plate was used to emboss the star images into the front of a white card base. Then I used the cover plate to cut the stars from another piece of white card stock. After deciding on a colour scheme (inks listed below), I stamped each star with a polka dot stamp (Day-By-Day Blocks Mini set). The individual stars were glued onto the card front, using the previously embossed images for placement. This technique creates a flat single layer effect.
The sentiment (Purls of Wisdom) was stamped using with 
dark blue ink. (Close To My Heart: Outdoor Denim)

Extra detail was added with piece of blue Baker's Twine tied around the top edge of the card front, leaving longer tails hanging from the knot.  
Four dark blue stars were cut (Loves Live Here: Holiday die); then glued together at the ends. (Each end of the twine is sandwiched between 2 stars). Amber star rhinestones were added to these stars.

The inside of the card was finished with 3 die cut stars. 
The sentiment is from Reasons To Smile.

PTI Supplies, unless noted
Stamps - Day By Day Blocks Mini Stamps; Purls of Wisdom (sentiment); 
Reasons To Smile (inside sentiment)
Inks - Blueberry Sky, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Limeade Ice, New Leaf; 
Close To My Heart: Outdoor Denim, Lilac Mist
Paper - Stamper's Select White, Enchanted Evening
Dies - Star Cover Plate, Love Lives Here: Holiday dies (star)
Other -American Crafts Blue Baker's Twine; amber Star Rhinestones

Wish Upon A Star ...

For this card, I cut another piece of white card stock. The stars were stamped with a variety of colours using Day-By-Day Blocks (polka dot image).  The white card base front was covered with lines of adhesive so that I could attach the star cover panel. This also allowed me to place the stars into the openings without having to add any more glue or adhesives.

Finishing Details:
The Sketched Star die was cut several times - one from white card stock and 
one from dark blue card stock. These were glued to another piece of card 
stock to create the star embellishment and then 'popped up' onto the 
card front. The sentiment (Star Prints) was added with dark blue ink; 
three small stars and several bitty dots accent the sentiment.

PTI Supplies, unless noted
Stamps - Day By Day Blocks Mini Stamps, Star Prints
Inks - Spring Rain, Canyon Clay, Summer Sunrise, Harvest Gold, Simply Chartreuse;  
Close To My Heart: Outdoor Denim, Olive, Black
Paper -Stamper's Select White, Enchanted Evening
Dies - Star Cover Plate, Sketched Stars
Other -Small Star Punch; Close To My Heart Bitty Dots; foam dots

Card Interior:
I got a little carried away with stamping stars inside!! 
(Same colour scheme as the front)
The sentiment was created with Movers and Shakers (Happy Birthday) 
and Mum's the Word (horizontal sentiment strip).

I searched my stamps for various sizes of stars - 
It's Official,  Monthly Moments: July,  Star Prints.

This is such a great cover plate for playing with different colour combinations and patterns. I'll be back soon with a pretty feminine card for one of my grand niece's birthday. Stay tuned for lots and lots of stars!!

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.

Friday, September 12, 2014

On My Desk: Christmas Joy

On My Desk is an ongoing series where I share projects that I've made using supplies from "leftovers" found in a box on my desk. (It stores extra die cuts, and stamped images). I've challenged myself to use these items instead of continually starting from 'scratch".  Click here to find other projects in this series.

I recently finished a Calendar project with 3 1/2" square panels for 12 monthly pages. I made two panels for the December page with the branch image from Wreath For All Seasons and the multi dot accent stamps. I didn't use these panels on my calendar project. Instead, I made 2 additional panels with the leaf wreath option from the same set and a gold embossed sentiment. (You can see the December calendar page here.)
These stamped wreaths were "extras", so I used them to make Christmas cards:
 I used Kraft Card Stock to create a 4" x 4" square card base and then added the prepared panels on top. That was the fastest card I've made in a long time!!

The wreath base was stamped with Dark Chocolate ink; then the dots were added with Pure Poppy, Harvest Gold, New Leaf (PTI) and Cranberry (Close To My Heart) inks. I wrote the word Joy in the center of the wreath with an Embossing pen and then heat embossed it with Early Espresso Embossing Powder.
The little bow (Two Feet Deep) was stamped  onto a scrap of white card stock with Pure Poppy ink and Versamark and heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder. I then fussy cut the bow before adding it to the wreath.

Since this card came together so quickly 
I decided to complete the inside.
The sentiment (Framed Out #8) was stamped with Dark Chocolate ink.
The frame (Framed Out #5) was stamped with Kraft and  New Leaf inks.
A bow accents the sentiment frame. A thin red line was drawn along the outer edge of the Stamper's Select White square panel.

PTI Supplies for Card Front, unless noted
Stamps - Wreath For All Seasons, Two Feet Deep (bow)
Inks - Dark Chocolate, Pure Poppy, Harvest Gold, New Leaf, Kraft; Versamark; 
Close To My Heart: Cranberry
Paper - Pure Poppy Gingham Patterned Paper, Stamper's Select White, Kraft
Dies - Nestabilities Classic Square (large & small)
Other - SU: Embossing Pen, Clear Embossing Powder, Early Espresso  Embossing Powder;
Red Zig marker;

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Calendar Project: Part 2:

This is the second post featuring various designs that I 
created for my Event Calendar (Close To My Heart). 
You can find the initial post, including projects from January to June  here.

I designed decorative panels to fit the blank square at the 
top of each page and another to fit across the bottom 
(this covers the Close To My Heart logo and complements the top design panel).
Part 2: July - December
Common Supplies and Tools
Nestabilities Classic Squares (large and small)
Stamper's Select White Card Stock
Papertrey Patterned Paper Packs (Bitty Dots and Gingham)
All other supplies listed are Papertrey Ink, unless noted.

July - Vintage Picnic

Vintage Picnic Stamps & copic markers
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Comfort Foods Stamps (sentiment)
Funky Florals Stamps ("fireworks") + Clear Glitter pen
Spring Rain, New Leaf, Pure Poppy inks
Close To My Heart: Celebrate Canada Stamps (maple leaf)
Pure Poppy Bitty Dot Paper; Glossy Accents

July - Bottom Panel
Selective stamping allowed me to create the sentiment:
Monthly Moments: June Stamps ("summer" sentiment + "s")
Monthly Moments: July Stamps ("celebration" sentiment)

August - Sunflowers

Simple Sunflowers Stamps & Dies
Dark Chocolate, Harvest Gold, Spring Moss, Simply Chartreuse inks
Copic markers; Amber rhinestones
Purls of Wisdom ('wishes' sentiment)
Spring Rain inks stippled background
Linen Impression Plate; Summer Sunrise Bitty Dot Paper 

August - Bottom Panel
Tag It's #1 Stamps (small sunflower)
Memento Tuxedo Black + copic markers
Luck of the Irish Stamps (sentiment)

September  - Vintage Picnic

Vintage Picnic Stamps
Memento Tuxedo Black & copic markers
Just For You Stamps (sentiment)
Vintage Tea Dye Chamomile Ink
Glossy Accents (apples)
Pure Poppy Bitty Dot Paper

September - Bottom Panel
Label Basics Stamps + Kraft ink
Happiness in Bloom Stamps (sentiment)
Fruit Fusion (cherry image used as an apple)
Memento Tuxedo Black + copic markers
Hand drawn leaf and stem (coloured with Zig Markers)


October - Greeting Card Kids

Stampin'Up: Greeting Card Kids 
Memento Tuxedo Black & copic markers
Tag It's #7 (sentiment)
Inkadinkado: spider and web 
Versamark and Black Embossing Powder
Vintage Tea Dye Chamomile Ink
Canyon Clay Bitty Dot Paper

October - Bottom Panel
Tag It's #7 (pumpkin & sentiment)
Memento Tuxedo Black + copic markers
Double-ended Banner Die 

November - Reasons To Smile

Reasons To Smile Stamps
Pure Poppy, Simply Chartreuse, Black inks
Monthly Moments: February (sentiment)
Versamark and Black Embossing Powder
Black Card Stock (mat); Pure Poppy Gingham Paper
November - Bottom Panel
Label Bascis Stamps + True Black ink
Happiness in Bloom (flower)
Close To My Heart: Picture Perfect Stamps (sentiment)


December - Wreath

Wreath For All Seasons Stamps
Pure Poppy & New Leaf inks
Two Feet Deep Stamps (bow)
Versamark & Gold Embossing Powder
Framed Out #8 (sentiment)
Pure Poppy Bitty Dot Paper 

December - Bottom Panel
Believe Stamps (small wreath)
Memento Tuxedo Black + copic markers
Fillabile Frames #8 (Gold embossed sentiment)

Hope you enjoyed the monthly projects!!
Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Calendar Project: Part 1

I set several crafting goals for myself this summer:
* complete unfinished projects 
* use more of my (neglected) supplies
* create projects other than cards
* begin work on my scrap booking projects

While cleaning my craft room this summer I found two Close To My Heart Event Calendars on the top shelf of the closet. I bought them years ago and had totally forgotten about them. This was the perfect project to meet several goals. I decided to complete both of the calendars - one for myself and one to give as a gift to a family member.
The calendar is made up of 12 pages and can be used year after year. You can record birthdays, anniversaries and other important dates for each month.
A blank square at the top of each page is ready for stamping or creating a decorative panel to represent the various months.

I designed additional panels to fit across the bottom of each page in order to cover the Close To My Heart logo and complement the main design panel at the top
Part 1: January - June
Two stacks of monthly panels, ready to adhere to the calendar pages:
Common Supplies and Tools
Nestabilities Classic Squares (large and small)
Stamper's Select White Card Stock
Papertrey Patterned Paper Packs (Bitty Dots and Gingham)
All other supplies listed are Papertrey Ink, unless noted.

January - Snowflakes

 Spring Rain Card stock; 
Two Feet Deep Stamps (sentiment) embossed with white EP
Polka Dot Basics stamped with Fresh Snow ink
My Favorite Things Dienamics:  Snowflakes Dies
Close To My Heart: Bitty Sparkles & Dots 

January - Bottom Panel
 Wonderful Words: Snow Stamps & Die
Spring Rain & Blueberry Sky inks
Circle Punch; Clear Glitter pen

February - Snowman

 Close To My Heart: Frosty Friends & copic markers
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Love Lives Here (sentiment);  Love Lives Here: Holiday (heart trio stamp)
Pure Poppy Ink; Pure Poppy Gingham Paper

February - Bottom Panel
 Wonderful Words: Love (word die)
Cuttlebug: Polka Dot Embossing Folder


March - Wreath

 Wreath For All Seasons Stamps
Dark Chocolate, Canyon Clay, Summer Sunrise, New Leaf inks
Tag It's #1 (sentiment); Fiskars Clover Punch; 
New Leaf Card Stock and Gingham Paper

March - Bottom Panel
 Luck of the Irish Stamps
New Leaf & Kraft inks


April - Wreath

 Wreath For All Seasons Stamps
Dark Chocolate, Royal Velvet, Winter Wisteria, Harvest Gold & New Leaf inks
Tag It's #1 (sentiment)
Button Stacks Dies: 
Harvest Gold Felt; Royal Velvet Card Stock With Glossy Accents; 
Leaves: Vine Border Die with New Leaf Card Stock; embroidery floss
Winter Wisteria Gingham Paper 

April - Bottom Panel
Vine Border Die with New Leaf Card Stock
Button Accent (as above)


May - Picnic Basket

 Vintage Picnic Stamps & copics
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Close To My Heart: What a Great Day stamp (sentiment)
Lemon Tart Bitty Dot Paper

May - Bottom Panel
 Label Basics Stamps: Harvest Gold & Summer Sunrise inks
Vintage Picnic Stamps (sentiment);  Black and Hibiscus Burst inks
Lemon Tart and Hibiscus Burst Bitty Dot Paper


June - Wreath

 Wreath For All Seasons Stamps
Dark Chocolate, Limeade Ice, Sweet Blush, Berry Sorbet inks
Little Bitty Birds & Additions Stamps & Dies
Spring Rain, Blueberry Sky inks
Mini Blooms Stamps & Dies (flowers) Vine Border Die (leaves)
Sakura Yellow Glitter Pen; Blueberry Sky Gingham Paper

June - Bottom Panel
 Little Bitty Bird & Additions Stamps
Fillable Frames #6 (sentiment)
 Mini Blooms (dot "flowers")
I will be sharing the second part of the calendar project on Friday, so 
please check back for the remaining monthly pages. Here's a preview:
July - Vintage Picnic
August - Sunflowers
September  - Vintage Picnic
October - Greeting Card Kids
November - Reasons To Smile
December - Wreath

Thanks for visiting with me today. It was a long post!!
Karen C.