Saturday, November 28, 2015

The Absent-minded Process of a Stamping Tutorial

Ok creative blogging friends, please tell me I am not the only one that gets so busy creating they change their process multiple times and then forget about half of the step-by-step photos needed for a proper tutorial. Seriously. I went to type up today's post, opened the file for my SD card and it was like, happened there. It's like the absent-minded professor crafter took over! 

You see, I started out with this tag tutorial, which is on the Sizzix blog today.

Got that ready and thought while I had my tag die out I'd make another using one of the new Tim Holtz punches for a tutorial here on my blog. But, as you will soon see, I apparently *wasn't* thinking all that much.

So, I die-cut the tag from Crumb Cake cardstock. Got that photo..go me!

Then I thought, ok...Since it's a "Tim" project, even though I am a clean and simple girl and stink at vintage/grunge maybe I could add a little inking and a stamped image using my Gorgeous Grunge stamp set. That's close, right? Got that photo...

Look at that, grunge *and* an inked edge. I like the way this is headed! As you can see, I was so busy being just like Tim I totally forgot to add the stamp set in the photo...Ok, so I can pull that one from the Stampin' Up! site. Score!

Then comes a sentiment to go with the punched snowflake I wanted to use. Merry Christmas. Yeah, that's great. Cherry Cobbler, sure, that's Christmas-y.  Got that photo and BAM! even added the Flurry of Wishes stamp set this time. I love combining red and brown. I've so got this!

Then is when this project went totally haywire. Nope, I don't really like that needs white...maybe I'll try something else.

So, I die-cut another tag. Still had that photo. Yay me, again!

Next I inked the edges again and stamped the Gorgeous Grunge image using my white craft ink. Still trying to be the next Tim, as you can see. Well, I got a photo of that...

Tim would be proud. Um...well...maybe not. Of course, this time I forgot to add the stamp set *and* the ink. Again, Stampin' Up! site to the rescue. See above for the stamp set. White ink. Yeah,'s in the photo, good enough.

Then comes the sentiment...not sure what happened there. It got stamped but not a photo to be found. I got the Flurry of Wishes stamp set..with the first photo. And the punched snowflake...yeah, it came from whisper white cardstock and was attached with dimensional...but a photo? Nope. 

THIS. This is the photo I ended up with. I'm not real sure what I was thinking at that point. No stamp sets, no white ink...but the punch is there and the Night of Navy ink pad I used for the sentiment. *shrug*

Oh, and a photo of the final project. Ha! Yeah, I didn't take one of those either. My only solution? Creative cropping of the photo above. Yep. Guess that works.

So, in conclusion.

Ask me to tell you what I did? 
No problem. 

Ask me to link you up to the products I used? 
Sure thing! 

Ask me to show you photos of how I did it? 
Yeah, don't count on it.

Ask me to create *anything* like Tim Holtz?
Not a chance.

And this, my friends, is why I am a papercrafter and not a blogger! 

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Create for the holidays at up to 50 percent off

You heard correctly. For a limited time select Stampin' Up! items are on sale up to 50% off! Quantities are limited so don't miss out!

It's a great time to place your orders for soon-to-be-retired items from the Holiday Catalog. Including two of my favorites shown below Lighthearted Leaves and those cuuute wooden snowflakes!

Here is the complete list of retiring Holiday Catalog products, available while supplies last.

Not only that, all overs over $50 using the hostess code BQKW7K7T at check out will receive a free gift from me! 

It's fast and easy with no crowds and you can even shop in your pajamas!! Click here to visit my online store! 

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Create It Simply: Thanks, Giving and A Flurry of Wishes

November 22. I'm not really sure what happened to October, or even the first half of November. But here it is only 4 days until Thanksgiving! In addition to a pile of projects in progress I've had several projects on my desk to share for a month or so. Today, I've finally made time to get started on that. This one is a quick and easy card that is similar to my Thinking of You card from earlier this year.

I am a huge fan of the Mixed Media die set from Sizzix. It adds so much interest to even the simplest of cards. For this card I simply die-cut the desired image from the card front using one of the dies along with my Big Shot and Magnetic platform to keep the die perfectly positioned. The base could easily be left just like this.

After die-cutting the pattern from the card front I cut a piece of Island Indigo cardstock just slightly smaller than the card front and adhere it to the inside panel.

Next, I die-cut a Fall Foliage design from Cajun Craze cardstock and attached it to the card front. You could use one shape alone, as I did, or layer several shapes as shown on the die insert.

Finally, I stamped my sentiment onto the card front using Island Indigo ink. The sentiment came from the Lighthearted Leaves stamp set, which is a soon-to-be-retired stamp set *pouty face*.

And that's all there is to it! 

Stampin' Up! cardstock: Whisper White, Island Indigo, Cajun Craze
Paper adhesive

But don't stop there!! This card base works for so many card styles by decorating the die-cut pattern and adding a sentiment into the white space. Here is a Christmas card I recently created in the same manner.

Cardstock: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Light Blue
Stampin’ Up! Flurry of Wishes Stamp set
Stampin’ Up! ink pads: Night of Navy, Soft Sky
Self-adhesive rhinestones
Sizzix dies sets: Thinlits 4PK - Mixed Media (#660220), Thinlits Paper Snowflakes
Sizzix Big Shot die-cutting machine
Sizzix magnetic platform
Stampin’ Up adhesives: Fine-tip glue pen, dimensionals foam dots

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Saturday, November 07, 2015

Create It Simply: Handmade Holidays

Those who are familiar with my work know my motto is just like the blog says "Create It Simply". For my Handmade Holidays project I decided on an easy handmade gift for my granddaughter, Emerald. This will be her first Christmas so I thought I would make something that she could use now but also have as a keepsake in the years to come. I chose to make a no-sew embellished blanket similar in technique to this snowflake pillow I made back in July. Emerald loves fuzzy blankets and toys so this will be perfect for snuggle time plus fuzzy blankets, like the one below, can often be found inexpensively at many dollar stores.

To make this a one-of-a-kind blanket I used one of my favorite no-sew adhesive products, Therm O Web Heat'n Bond Ultrahold. Note that this is a completely no-sew adhesive so if you want to add any stitching to the project you'll want to go with Heat'n Bond Lite with the purple label.

Following the manufacturer's instructions, attach Heat N Bond to the back of your desired felt or fabric using your iron.

Next, die-cut your desired images from the felt/fabric. I chose to use an older set of Sizzix alphabet dies for my design along with the Stacked Snowflakes dies. These particular letters are 4-inches in height but a set such as the Serif Essentials die set would work equally well. While Sizzix steel rule dies are my first choice for cutting perfect letters and shapes, it should be noted that you can also trace or draw a pattern onto the paper backing and cut it out with scissors if you so desire. Once the shapes are cut, simply remove the paper backing and iron the pieces onto the blanket according to the manufacturer's instructions.

That's all there is to it! A simple blanket, felt or fabric, cutting tools, iron and some Therm O Web Heat'n Bond Ultrahold. But don't stop there! Using this same technique you can create all sorts of exciting gifts and home decor items in a snap!!

One last look at the finished results:

*the above project was created for the 5th Annual Handmade Holidays blog hop. Links and ads have been removed as the promotion has ended. For full details visit the Clearsnap Blog.

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