Sunday, March 30, 2014

Awesome Apples

Today I have a little tutorial showing you how to use craft dies and wool felt to make fun little embellishments for your projects.  I made three quick and simple mini cards using these little felt apples.  


I used the Fruit Punch craft dies from Studio Calico.  These dies are designed to match stamps but they can be use on their own because of their basic shapes.  First gather the dies and felt colors you want to use.  Wool fleet works best for die cutting, it cuts cleanly unlike acrylic felt.

If you are making multiple cards go ahead and cut all your shapes a once, you can always keep the extra pieces for future projects.

For the min card bases I cut 8.5 x 11 card stock into 3.25in strips then scored them at 4.25in

Any type of glue can be used to glue the felt pieces onto the cards. I used both a fabric glue and a paper glue. I also used brown Pixies stick from Doodlebug to create a little stem, but a brown coffee stirrer would work as well.

After placing the felt embellishment I stamped the sentiment using Clean Slate Color Theory Ink.  The sentiment stamps are from the Bluegrass Farm Card Kit as Studio Calico.

For another card I die cut the Wonky Diamond Background in the same kraft card stock as the card base. By adhering the same color die cut on the card base it creates the illusion that the background is embossed.

Another way of adhering the felt embellishment is to die cut card stock in the same shapes and then glue the felt to the matching card stock shape.  This gives the felt more structure.  This is what I did on this second card so I could adhere it down with foam adhesive for more dimension.  I stamped the sentiment in Deja Blue Color Theory ink on white card stock, then I cut it down into a banner shape.  The sentiment stamps are from the Bluegrass Farm Card Kit as Studio Calico.

For a little extra embellishment on this second card I added some Yes Peas Green Sequins using Multi Matte Medium and tweezers to place them.

For a third idea I added some Well Red sequins to the apple with some white thread and cut down one of the felt leaves to embellish the sentiment a bit.

Hello_Hooray Apple

These quick cards are easy to make and great to have on hand for everyday occasions.  They would also make a cute set of matching cards to give as a gift.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Studio Calico: Buttercup

Hello! I wanted to share some very clean and simple cards created with the Buttercup stamp set and matching dies available now at Studio Calico.  Clean and simple cards for me are all about embracing the space of your canvas.  All these cards have a simple gathering of elements as the focal point with some minimal embellishments scattered about the rest of the space.


I stamped the frame with the sentiment of my choice from the set and the moon and hearts in Versafine Black ink and then used clear embossing powder to heat emboss the images.  I like to use Versafine ink because it is an oil based ink and embossing powder sticks to it well.  I find that the black Versafine ink with clear embossing powder creates a cleaner black embossed image than when I use black embossing powder.  The elements could have been stamped on colored card stock but I decided to emboss my stamped images on white and use distress inks and a blending tool to color the paper.  I used distress inks in Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Mustard Seed and Festive Berries for my blending.


I placed my main elements on my card using foam adhesive squares to pop them up and define them more.  I used the star images in the stamp set and Color Theory ink in Sunny day to sprinkle around some stars around my main elements.  I finished it off with some Something Blue sequins and Platinum Status sequins in different sizes.


For the second card I used the same embossing and ink blending techniques for my sentiment shape and heart.  Rather than adding stamped elements to embellish around my main elements on this card I wanted to be more subtle.  I used the Wonky Diamond Background craft die to cut another piece of white card stock and then layered it over my white card base.


I actually left some of the diamond in the holes so that it would be a little more random.  This white on white die cut creates nice texture without being too busy.  I embellished with some simple sequins in Well Red and Blush Crush.


My third card is similar but rather than white I used kraft card stock instead.  I used the same idea of layering a die cut element in the same color but this time I was sure to punch out all the diamonds for a more uniform look.


I used pattern papers from the Clarabelle Card Add-on kit for my sentiment this time rather than inking papers to create solid elements.  The banner behind the sentiment is a label sticker from the Bluegrass Farm Card kit, however it was not quite long enough to stick out on each side as much as I liked.  So I cut the label in half, an easy way to get more from your supplies.  I finished off with a few sequins in Yes Peas green.

I hope you enjoyed these simple projects made with the Buttercup stamp set and matching dies.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Studio Calico Bluegrass Farm + Clarabelle

Time to share some projects using Bluegrass Farm card kit and Clarabelle add-on kit.  I love the big sentiments of the stamp set from the Clarabelle add-on kit and used each of them as the focus for each of my cards.


On my first card I used the 3x4 stitched journaling card die from Lawn Fawn to cut out the plaid pattern paper from the Bluegrass Farm card kit. I stamped the sentiment in Versafine Onyx Black ink so that it stands out boldly against the pattern of the paper.


I cut a heart from the pink paper in the Clarabelle add-on kit and used the darker pink clothes pin included in the add-on kit to pin it to the top of the panel.  I drew a black curved line across the panel for the burlap banners to hang off of.


I stamped the little splatters from the stamp set with Color Theory inks in Sunny Day, Orange County and Mint Hint to match colors in the plaid paper.


For this second card I used the number pattern paper from the Clarabelle add-on kit. I determined where I wanted to place the star die cuts and how I wanted the sentiment to overlap the star. I stamped the sentiment in Versafine Black ink on the pattern paper.


I then stamped the portion I wanted to overlap on the star and white heat embossed it.  The arrows are stamped with Silver Hero Arts Shadow Ink and the yellow ribbon is from the Clarabelle add-on kit as well.


My last card for this post may be my favorite I made with the Clarabelle add-on kit.  I created a patchwork with all the pattern papers and adhered them to a piece of card stock cut to the right size. I did sketch out the sizes on a piece of graph paper prior to cutting them so that I knew everything would fit like I wanted it to.


I used the new stitching lines craft die to create my holes for my stitching.  This is a great die, it made perfectly spaced holes very quickly with one pass through my cuttle bug.  Can't wait to use it more in the upcoming Stitched class at Studio Calico.   The sentiment is stamped with Versafine Black ink and the other images were stamped with Color Theory inks in Well Red, Blush Crush and Clean Slate.


I used Picket Fence Distress Paint applied to my stamp to stamp the white on black, it gives it a nice texture to the stamping.  The embellishments add more texture and tie in with the stitching details nicely.


I also embellished one of the envelopes from the Bluegrass Farm card kit to match.  I felt the black envelope really went well with this card since It has black papers in it and I used the same patchwork idea for my envelope embellishment.

Thanks for stopping by today! I still have a few more projects to share soon, made with April's Add-on Stamp set Buttercup.

Studio Calico: Bluegrass Farm Card Kit

It's that time again, time to share projects with the newest Studio Calico Card Kit! April's Card Kit Bluegrass farm is fresh and fruity! Here are a couple projects I made with the main card kit only.


For this first card I created a card base with the kraft card stock and inked the edges with Tea Dye distress ink.  I cut the pattern paper so that the text was framed just right I also inked the edges of the pattern paper with distress ink, in Frayed Burlap.


I stamped the fruit images in Color Theory Inks in Well Red, Emerald City and Sunny Day.  I used the Fruit Punch craft dies to cut out the images and adhered them to the woodgrain panel.  I finished it off with a sentiment created from the alpha stickers included in the set and a banner cut from the wide yellow ribbon from the kit.


For my second card I cut a smaller size card from kraft card stock.  I cut the bottom of the front part slightly short and added a strip of pattern paper to the bottom.  I inked all the edges with Tea Dye distress ink.


I stamped the fruit with Color Theory inks in Well Red, Coral Bay and Emerald City.  The sentiment is stamped with Clean Slate and all the images were cut out using the Fruit Punch craft dies.


The Bluegrass Farm Card Kit has some fun shiny black envelopes in it.  I think sometimes we forget the envelope, I know I'm guilt of this.  So I used the paper, images and label stickers to embellish an envelope to go with my fruity cards.


The fruit is stamped with Color Theory Inks in Well RedEmerald City and Sunny Day, and cut out with the Fruit Punch craft dies.


My last card that uses the Bluegrass Farm main kit only uses almost all of the pattern paper.  I used the red tag too and I'll be honest totally messed up my stamping! But nothing a little pattern paper can fix.  So I just re-stamped the HELLO on a strip of pattern paper and wrapped it around the tag covering my boo boo.  Mistakes are just opportunities for embellishment right?


Hope you enjoyed seeing my projects using the Bluegrass Farm Card kit.  I'll be back soon with more projects using the Clarabelle and Buttercup Add-Ons!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Studio Calico Bluegrass Farm Sneaks

I have some sneak peeks of my projects using the April Studio Calico kits! The first few card sneaks here use the Main Card Kit only Bluegrass Farm along with some Color Theory inks.

The card add-on kit Clarabelle has some awesome embellishments and stamp images.  I really love the sentiments in the stamp set for this Add-on.

I used the new stitching lines die on this card.  I have to say they are pretty awesome and I look forward to using them again in Stitched class.

There is also a Stamp only Add-On for April called Buttercup. I made this and a couple other projects with this stamp set and some of there other goodies you will soon get to see.  Reveal is day is tomorrow March 27th, that's just around the corner.

Looking forward to sharing all my projects with you very soon! 

Neat & Tangled Release Week: Tiny Triangles

Hello, I'm back with another day for the Neat & Tangled March Release.  Today we are featuring the new stamp Tiny Triangles. I made this card using the new stamp as well as some other Neat & Tangled stamps.


I cut a 3x4 journaling card from white card stock and stamped the Tiny Triangles on an angle along the bottom and heat embossed them in silver.  I then inked the panel with tumbled glass and salty ocean.  I used the sentiment from Thinking of You and the light bulb and stars from Sparkle and Shine.

I stamped the light bulb and colored it with copics then covered it in glitz glitter.  I also used my craft knife to cut out some of the open triangles and put a panel with yellow and orange glitter behind it.

Be sure to check out the Neat & Tangled blog today for other projects with this new background stamp. 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Neat & Tangled Release Week: My Favorite

It's time for another release for Neat & Tangled.  Today we are featuring projects with the new stamp My Favorite.  I decided to go a different route than making a card and used the stamp for a pocket scrapbooking element.


I heat embossed the stamp on velum then wrapped it around the photograph that I die cut for a 4x6 inch pocket.  I added some Neat & Tangled sequins for a little embellishment.  I think this stamp is perfect for scrapbooking as well as card making.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Lawn Fawn March Inspiration Week: Float My Boat

Hello! It's the final day of March Inspiration week at Lawn Fawn.  Today we are featuring the half size set Float My Boat.  I made a couple projects with this fun little set.


I made this card using the Hello Sunshine papers and new Lawn Trimmings twine.  I also created a fun treat with this set and the Birthday Tags set.  The matching Float My Boat dies make it easy to create this little tag.


I used the Hello Sunshine papers on an old jelly jar for this puny treat.  Be sure to check out the Lawn Fawn blog for more projects with Float My Boat as well as a giveaway!

In other news….
There is a new class just announced at Studio Calico, Mixed Media.  I don't know about you but this is a class I could really use some lessons in.  Most mixed media looks good in my head but turns out a big mess on my paper so I most the time seem to abandon it.  Join me in the Mixed Media class at Studio Calico and let's learn together.  For a limited time there is a discount on class materials when you register for class, good until noon EST 3/19/14.


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