Friday, May 30, 2014

Hero Arts Guest Day 2 + A Surprise!!!!

Hello!
Guess what I'm a guest over at the Hero Arts Blog again today! And today there is a surprise too!!!! Here's a little sneaky peek (and perhaps a hint) now head on over to the Hero Arts Blog and check it out HERE.

Thanks so much to Lisa and Hero Arts for having me as a guest, it has been so much fun! :)

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Paper Crafter's Library Guest

Hello again!
Just popping in for the second time today to let you know I am a guest at the Paper Crafter's Library today.  I have a fun card that is perfect for summer to share…here is a little peek.  Be sure to check out the Paper Crafter's Library Blog to see the whole card HERE.


Hero Arts Guest

Hello!
Today I have some cards to share over at the Hero Arts Blog.  I had fun playing with goodies from the new Starry Nights catalog.  Hop on over and check them out HERE.


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Studio Calico: Ciao Card Kit

Hello Hello! :)
I'm back to share some more projects with the June Studio Calico kits Hello, Hello and Ciao.  My first card is a sweet baby card made with the Ciao Add-on kit.

LittleOne

I picked some papers that work well together for a softer colored card and layered them together.  I inked the edges of the yellow and pink papers with distress inks to define the edges more.  I stamped the giraffe in Color Theory Orange County Ink and the sentiment in Clean Slate.

LittleOne_detail

I added Mister Huey's Opaque White splatters to the aqua star background and embellished it with pieces from the kit.  I added a little glitter to the spots on the giraffe with Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush.

SeeYouLater

I think the little animals in the Ciao Add-on kit are just too cute.  I used the stamps and matching Animals craft dies to cut out the little turtle stamped in Hero Arts Green Hills Shadow ink and the alligator stamped in Color Theory Yes Peas ink.

SeeYouLater_detail

I used the buttons and thread from the main card kit to finish off this card.  Thanks for stopping by today! All the kits will be available for purchase tonight at midnight EST.


Studio Calico: Hello, Hello Card Kit

Hello!
It's that time of the month again, time for new Studio Calico kits to be revealed!  Here are some projects made with the June Main Card kit, Hello Hello.

ThankYou
For this card I die cut the cork piece with the frame die and stamped on it using Versafine ink in Onyx Black and Vintage Sepia.  I used the starburst shape die to cut orange starbursts and line them up with the stamping on my frame.

ThankYou_detail

For the background paper I inked the edges with Peacock Feathers distress ink to make it stand out more.  After getting everything in place I added more starburst stamping in Silver Shadow ink from Hero Arts and Embellished with the frosted gems included in the set.

WishingFlowers

For this card I stamped out my flower images using Color Theory Ink in Orange County and Yes Peas. The sentiment is stamped in Color Theory Clean Slate ink.

WishingFlowers_detail

I cute the leaves using a circle punch and added some shine to them with the Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen.

Thanks for stopping by today, I will be sharing more projects with this kit as well as the Ciao and Howdy Add-on kits very soon.


Monday, May 26, 2014

Making a Mini Book

Hello!
Today I have a little tutorial showing how to make a simple mini book using 6x6 papers and 4x6 journaling card die.

MiniBook_Final

First step in creating this project it to pick out the papers you want to use for the inside pages. I choose papers from a variety of Studio Calico card kits but you can use whatever you have on hand, 12x12 papers would work too but I will show you how to do this with single sided patter papers.


I die cut each of my patter papers with the 4x6 Stitched Journaling Card from Lawn Fawn, this way each page is cut exactly the same.  Then I used my scoring board to score a line in the center at 3" and create a fold.


Next adhere the backsides of each of the pages to the pages before and after it.  I use rubber cement and apply it to both pages for a stronger bond.  You can clean up the edges once it is dried with a rubber cement adhesive remover and this keeps the project nice and clean.


Once all your pages are adhered together you should have something looking like this, a lovely fan of pattern paper.


Next create the cover, I cut a piece of card stock to be slightly wider than 4" and much longer than I needed. I measured the thickness of the spine of my pages and scored two lines that distance apart to create the spine of my book.


Apply more rubber cement to the front and back of the pages as well as the inside of the cover then line the pages up with the spine and adhere the front and back pages to the inside of the cover.


After the adhesive is set you can trim the extra cover card stock off leaving an even border of card stock around the pages.


Using a corner rounding tool you can round the corners of the cover to match the pages inside if you like. This will keep the corners from getting bent over time as well.


I wanted to create some open shapes in my pages but I forgot to do it before getting everything glued together.  So if you remember do this step earlier, and if you forget like I did here how to do it if you have already assembled your book.  Place the die where you want it and put only that page between the cutting plates, let the rest of the book hang out the end.  Only run the edge through the die cut machine and then back it back out.  This creates some fun openings through your pages.


See how great the little die cut openings look through the pages inside.  Now the assembly is finished and it's time to embellish.


Add anything you like to decorate the front, and even the back.  I used papers that matched the inside pages as well as some fun embellishments to create some texture and dimension on the outside.  Now your mini book is ready to fill with notes or photos or give as a gift.


MiniBook_Final

Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Studio Calico June Card Kits Sneak Peeks

Here are a few sneak peeks at the June Studio Calico card kit projects I have been working on.






I look forward to sharing all my projects in their entirety next week when the June kits are finally revealed!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Lawn Fawn May Inspiration Week: Scripty Thanks + Let's Polka

Hello!
It's the final day of Lawn Fawn's May Inspiration week.  Today we are featuring the new die Scripty Thanks as well as an addition to the Let's Polka line, Freshly Cut Grass Line Dance!  The stripe family was missing it's green before but not anymore! I have a couple projects to share, the first features the new paper along with others from the Let's Polka collection.

FreshlyCutGrassLineDance_ChariMoss1

For the background of this card I cut strips of the green and yellow stripe paper and bumped them up against each other in opposite directions to create a sort of chevron pattern.  I cut the frame and blue background for the image from papers from the petite paper pack so that there would variations in the scale of the patterns.

FreshlyCutGrassLineDance_ChariMoss2

The little bird and speech bubble are from the new Chit Chat set and I cut the grass using the Grassy Border Die.  I finished my sentiment by using a portion of one of the sentiments from Many Thanks and finished it off with some Cloudy Lawn Trimmings Twine.

ScriptyThanks_ChariMoss1

When working on my Scripty Thanks project I managed to create two cards by using both the positive cut as well as the negative.

ScriptyThanks_ChariMoss2

I started by wanting to create a card using the negative space of the die.  So I cut a piece of watercolor with the Stitched Party banner die and used my distress inks and water to add color to it. Once dry I die cut my sentiment.  I used a piece of white card stock and double sided adhesive paper to to create the background you see through the die cut.  I used the adhesive paper so that I could cover the opening with microfine glitter so it would really shine.

ScriptyThanks_ChariMoss3

I used Smitty's ABCs to finish off my sentiment and mounted the banner to a grey card base.  I used my sequins and twine to cover up the holes cut by the banner die.

ScriptyThanks_ChariMoss4

I used the die cut left over from my banner to create another little Thanks card.  I cut another piece of watercolor paper with the large Stitched Scallop border die and watercolored it with distress inks to match the sentiment.

Stop by the Lawn Fawn Blog to see more projects with the new Freshly Cut Grass Line Dance paper and the Scripty Thanks die.  Thanks for stopping by today!

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