Thursday, April 19, 2018

Miss Kate Cuttables Halloween Card Challenge and MORE!

This adorable Halloween card doubles as a Halloween decoration! It lays flat so it can be put in an envelope but you can stand it up and add a electronic tea light to make it a decoration.

This is the easel card with the light behind the card front.


This is the card folded down and ready to send.


This is the side view of the card with the added electronic tea light.


This card uses Miss Kate Cuttable's Halloween Witch Frame. I used the standard "easel card" instructions. (You can find them here at Splitcoaststampers.com)
  • Cut out the file to fit the size card you are making. (I made a card 4.5 x 6 so my finished image was 5 inches. 
  • I cut a base card from purple. (4.5 x 12) Score at 3 and 6 inches.
  • Lay the image over the card base and trace inside the image. At the 3 inch fold, cut out the oval with a craft knife. This will be the bottom half of the witch image so you can see the tea light though. 
 
  • Cut out 2 black mats at 4.25 x 5.75inches and 2 decorative papers at 4 x 5.5 inches. Layer them together.
  • Lay the witch image on one set of papers and temporarily adhere it to front of card. 
  • Turn the card over so you can see the back of the card front. Trace the cut out half circle and use craft knife to cut out that section. 
  • Add some plastic between the mat and card base so the light will disperse a bit and shine better.
  • Adhere the front to card base with plastic in the hole. Only add adhesive to the bottom half of the card base so it can fold. Add the image to the papers also.


  •  I used the piece of paper I cut out of the back of the card and adhered it to the folded edge of paper of the card base so it wouldn't be purple showing though when the card was closed on top.
  • Attach the inside papers to the inside of the card.
  • Cut a black rectangle 1 x 3 inches and some purple an 1/8 of an inch smaller. This will be for your sentiment. I used one that would match my design. I also mounted it below the oval opening so it wouldn't show when the card was closed. 
  • Attach with some foam adhesive. 

  • You can stop here but I also wanted my card to stand up further. I added some faux enamel dots. This way, I can either have it on an angle or standing straight up with the battery operated tea light behind it. 


 Add your message in the blank space between the dots and the stamped sentiment or write on the back of the card.

Enjoy!
Thanks for stopping by! Until next time, Happy Crafting!!






Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Joy Clair and Mother's Day

My post today is an EASY Mother's day card using Joy Clair's "Hello Sentiments" stamp set.

We are having a special MOTHER'S DAY EVENT over at Joy Clair's Blog so make sure you check out lots of other neat ideas for Mother's day cards and more!

As for my card, you can whip this up in just a few minutes. It is great when you don't have a lot of free time to make something for your mom but you want to give her something special.



All you need is a punch or die cut machine to cut out some butterflies in different colored card stock. I used a punch I had from Martha Stewart but you can cut from your Silhouette or Cricut. Just cut out 5 butterflies and set aside.



I used Joy Clair's "Hello Sentiments" stamp set and used the "happy" and the "Mother's Day" stamps to stamp my sentiment at the bottom of the A2 card with black ink.  I used my MISTI to get my letters straight.
 


I glued the butterflies around the message and bent up the wings and I was done. To add more interest, I used a corner rounder to round the corners of my card. That's it!




I hope you give it a try! You can also do this with other die cuts for other holidays: flowers, ghosts, birds, crows, candy corn, pumpkins, snowflakes, ornaments.....you get the idea.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!









Saturday, April 14, 2018

Joy Clair Chain Breaker

Hi, I'm here to show you a quick, fun project using the "MISTI" from My Sweet Petunia and "Chain Breaker" from Joy Clair. I used the chain stamp to make a fun card wrap to keep my pop up Halloween card from opening before the recipient is ready to open it.

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To make the card wrap:

  • Take a piece of vellum (1.5 inch x 11 inches) and rub an embossing bag over it. (Embossing buddy, talcum powder or a rosin bag to keep the static down so the stray powder doesn't stick to the outside of the stamping.

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  • Taking the MISTI lay the vellum in it and arrange the stamps with the part you stamp with facing down.
  • Close the lid to pick up the stamps on the MISTI door
  • Open the lid
  • Ink the stamps with VersaMark
  • Close the lid and stamp the image by pressing down on the lid over the stamps to make contact with the paper with your stamp.
  • Open the lid, tilt the MISTI so you can see your stamped image, make sure it is completely stamped, if not just re-ink and re-stamp.
  • Take the strip out and sprinkle with silver embossing powder
  • Heat with heat gun
  • Place the strip back in the MISTI with half the strip sticking out of the door.
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  • Peel the stamp off the door and rearrange on the strip to overlap the previous chain a little bit
  • Close the door to pick up stamp
  • Open door and ink, close door, stamp, remove powder, heat
  • Repeat for other side
  • Now your strip is finished.
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  • Take your trimmer and trim the extra vellum off the sides so the wrap is the thickness you would like
  • Make your card (see my blog for more info on how to make my Halloween card)
  • Take your card and wrap your wrap around the card and turn it over, overlap the strips and then tape it shut.
  • Don't tape it tight, you want some play room to get the card in and out without bending the card.
Making card wraps is always fun and an added element to your card. You can make them with stamps, border dies and punches or decorative paper. I am using my wrap to keep my pop up card from opening up when you set the card on the table.


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 I hope you got some good ideas from today's post! Happy Crafting!


Monday, April 9, 2018

Miss Kate Cuttables Challenge: Woodland Animal

Today I am doing the Miss Kate Cuttable Challenge. The challenge is making something using a woodland animal. This is what I came up with.


 My school owl bookmark is an easy and fast project for a student or for yourself! I used the School Words Set and the Reading Owl set from Miss Kate Cuttables.


After you open up the Reading Owl set, I lay it all out on ONE mat so I can cut it all in one pass.


I then assemble the owl with all my pieces.


I cut some white cardstock and cut it 2 inch by 6 1/5 inches and cut some decorative paper to cover each side of the book mark base which is the cardstock. I used glue but you can use double sided tape. 


I cut the word "reading" out from the School Words Set. I took away all surrounding papers and used some transfer tape to pick up the word and add glue to the back and adhered it to my bookmark.



That's it! It's ready to keep your place in your favorite book!



I hope you can join us at Miss Kate Cuttable's Blog to join our challenge. Don't forget to post your project!

Until next time, Happy Crafting!!





Sunday, April 1, 2018

Joy Clair Best Buds Stamp Set and Challenge

Joy Clair Stamps is having a challenge. Look at the photos below and make a card with what these images make you think of. I looked at them and it shouted, "RELAX"! I used a little blue and made a card using the "Get Well Wishes" stamp set.

http://joyclair.typepad.com/blog/2018/04/april-challenge-anything-goes.html

This is what I came up with.....


I stamped the cat and the tiny bird from "Get Well Wishes" with my MISTI and used some Stazon ink. I colored them with some colored pencils and cut them out with scissors.

I cut the neat pool out with my Silhouette Cameo 3 using a Miss Kate Cuttable's swimming pool design. After I cut out the pool items, I used a white marker to add in some water lines and layered it on a pieced of decorative green paper, to resemble grass. I popped up the tiny bird on his arm to give it some depth.


To finish it off, I cut the word, "relax" out with some alphabet dies and my Sizzix machine.

Thanks for stopping by!!






 


Thursday, March 22, 2018

Faux Chalkboard with Miss Kate Cuttables

I know it is February but I love Halloween projects and to me it is never too early to start making Halloween décor. 


I love the look of the chalkboard but I have to admit, I am no good at keeping my writing centered and straight. I decided to try a faux chalkboard and I think it came out awesome! Let me know what you think!


I used Miss Kate Cuttables Halloween Night Word Art. Instead of using my cutter in my Cameo, I inserted a Uni-bal signo white gel pen. So instead of cutting the file, the white gel pen wrote out the file. As you can see above, this is what it looks like. The white pen did not draw it without skips but I wasn't going for a solid look. I wanted it to look like a chalk board sketch so I was happy. I used an 8.5x11 piece of black cardstock. You can also use green for the faux chalkboard look. After I got my sketch I colored it in with chalk pencils. If you don't have the chalk pencils, just use chalk pieces. 



When I was finished, I framed it and I was done!
Very easy and I love the results!
Give faux chalkboard a try either with this design or a different one. Please post pics below and share them with all of us!
Until next time, Happy Crafting!!
Jen




Saturday, March 17, 2018

Bible Journaling with Joy Clair's Praise the Lord and Refuel My Soul

Another Bible journaling entry.  I did two different kinds of pages this time. One I did water coloring on and the other I did a clean and simple (CAS) with Atyou Spica twinkling pens. I love the glitter these pens leave behind with the bright colors. You can also see though them so I decided to use them to highlight some of my words. I don't like to stamp or draw over my Bible verses, I like to read the words though my mediums. So finding these were a great addition to my Bible journaling tools.

Refule upclose

Refule upclose

For the first page I used the Joy Clair stamp set called, "Praise the Lord". Like I stated above, I made this a CAS page. I kept it simple. I colored all the wording and highlighted my important words with the Spica pens. I love the glitter look. I am not sure it shows up in the pictures but in person it is so glittery with TINY specs of shimmer. I also used StazOn ink to stamp my words so if I decided to use water color it wouldn't run.

Refule upclose

For the second page I used "Refuel My Soul" by Joy Clair. I decided to do some water coloring. I primed my pages with clear Gesso so it wouldn't bleed though to the next page and let that dry. I always highlight the important passages with some kind of medium. I used my Bible highlighters. Next, I stamped all my images with StazOn and painted my images with Koi Water Colors. I also stamped the gas pump on the opposite page because I loved it and wanted to use it on my page somewhere but ran out of space on the page I was working on. I like to carry some of the images to both pages to keep the flow and tie the pages together.

Refule upclose


Refule upclose

I like to look at my Bible Journaling as my own mixed media mini projects. Each page I do something different and use a different medium. It all depends on what the reading is about and what my stamp set is. I hope you like my latest journal pages and learned something new to help you with your own Bible Journaling.

Until next time, Keep Crafting!!
Jen

(Share your Bible journaling with me in the comments section!)


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Gnome is Where the Heart Is and Get Well Wishes from Joy Clair

Hi! I'm here to share with you my fun little card. This is a great card to send to someone to brighten their day! It can also be used for a birthday or a thank you card. I used two of the new stamps sets from Joy Clair one called, "Gnome is Where the Heart Is" and the other one is "Get Well Wishes". They are both great sets. Go on over to Joy Clair and check them out as well as all the new sets in this release!

Don't forget to check out the Joy Clair Challenge! You can win some nice prizes!

Gnome home

This card is pretty straight forward. I stamped all my images out on Copic friendly paper and use Memento ink which is also Copic friendly. I colored my images in with Copic markers. (Copic colors used: E30, E42, E55, E74, E77, N0, R37, R46, R000, R83, B24, B29, C3, C1, Y13, Y35, YR23, Y18 These are just what I had and use them as suggestions. Use the colors you like and have on hand.)

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I used a white gel pen to add some dots to the girl gnome's hat and fix any bleed overs I had with my markers. (This is a good Copic tip)

Gnome home

I cut out a piece of light blue cardstock 3.25 x 4.25 inch and used a stitched rounded rectangle die to cut. I ran the blue piece of cardstock as well as my card front (A2) though a Sizzix machine with a cloud embossing folder. I adhered them together with some glue. I then added my colored images, after I fussy cut them out, with foam adhesive.

Gnome home

Lastly, I stamped my sentiment from, "Get Well Wishes" with my MISTI on to thick vellum and cut it in a banner shape with my scissors and used foam adhesive to apply it under the mushroom house to give it some lift. (I also love glitter so I used some Wink of Stella on the sun to give it a little shimmer.)


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Just a hint with clear stamps and MISTI. If your sentiment is not lined up the way you want it, you can cut it apart like I did. (see above) It does not hurt the stamp to cut it so you can manipulate to fit your space. If you don't want to cut your stamp, that is fine too. You can use the MISTI to line up your words before you stamp. I lined up my words on my vellum, closed the door to get the stamps to stick to the door.

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Once your stamps are stuck to the clear door, open it up and ink your stamp. Next, close the door and your words are perfectly stamped exactly where you wanted them. (see above image, I closed the clear door with my inked stamped words on to my vellum banner.

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Open the door and your image is EXACTLY where you wanted it. If by chance you didn't apply enough pressure and you get a "dead space" in your stamping. Just open the door, reink and close the door and it will line up PERFECTLY again. That is the beauty of the MISTI.


That's it! I hope you like this cute little card as much as I do!
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Until next time.....Keep Crafting!!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Miss Kate Cuttables Challenge

Today's post is a quick card I made for Miss Kate Cuttables Challenge for March. The challenge is "Anything Card". As always I made one of my favorite holiday cards, Halloween.

Before we get into the card, don't forget to hop on over to Miss Kate Cuttables for the Daily Freebie!!

Now for my card:


  • Download Haunted House from Miss Kate Cuttables 
  • Cut it out at 4 inches from black card stock.
  • Card base 4.25 x 5.5 white card or A2 size blank card.
  • Cut some black card stock for hill place on card front.
  • Lay the die cut on the card and trace lightly the windows and moon for placement, remove die cut.
  • Using some dye inks and a sponge dauber, rub some colors where your windows will be. 
  • Cut a circle out of some scrap paper the size of the moon and place the open hole over where you want the moon and use yellow dye ink to color the moon circle shape.
  • Cover the moon with the other part of the circle you cut out to keep the moon from getting ink all over when you do the black sky.
  • Add some colors in the sky with some dye ink and a dauber.
  • Using some black dye ink and a dauber, rub black ink over all sky area even over color spaces. 
  • When you have the sky looking the way you like, remove the moon cover and add a little black over it to mute the moon a little. 
  • Next erase all pencil lines from window areas.
  • Add adhesive to house die cut and glue in place. Make sure you position over moon and windows. 
  • Add some white gel pen dots for stars.
  •  For some additional glitz, add some glossy accents over the windows and some Wink of Stella over the sky.


Thanks for stopping by!!
Jen