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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Working with Coordinating Dies - Class Projects (Final post of 3 today!)

Hello friends!!  Back for my final post today! whew!
I am having so much fun messing up my stamp room this week and I've been working so intensely on this class so I can get all of my projects finished before the deadline! :)

So here we go with class projects for Day 5 working with coordinating dies:
I don't really do too much embossing with my dies, but I'm finding that it has a great effect to your stamped images and I really liked how this technique turned out on my card!
This is actually a brand new stamp set with coordinating dies for me from Whimsy Stamps.  This is called Into the Woods and the coordinating dies are called Woodland Critters.
The sample from class didn't do any of the masking that I've done here, but I thought it looked really cool with the circle design and the "de-bossed" images.

Here's a closer look at the details:
I wanted to photograph it at an angle so you can see the "de-bossed" look.
For the center of the flowers, I stamped with the end of my pencil eraser and then I took the end of a paint brush to add even tinier dots in blue.
This is a one layer card except for the deer that was stamped and die cut.  I popped him up in the center of the circle.

I would like to add this to the following:
ShowCASe Your Style - photo inspiration:

Creative Inspirations - Feathered Friends/Animals
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So for my next card, I did some more masking:
I've used the coordinating dies to make a mask over some card stock and sponged some color over it.  After lifting off the mask with the white areas, I stamped the images where they belong to their designated image.  I embossed the sentiment with platinum silver EP and die cut a shape for it.  There is also some silver thread nested behind the popped up sentiment panel.  I really like the look of this design!  Everything except the sentiment is from Lawn Fawn.
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And now for my last technique:
I just used this fun lollipop image and die cut to create a fun acetate window for my card.
I almost thought about making it a shaker, but I didn't.  I've used the same green colored patterned paper for behind the acetate that I've used along the side of my card.  Flipped over the paper and the striped pattern was on the other side of it.

All the stamps and dies that I've used here are from Whimsy Stamps.

I think I have a headache now and I'm badly needing to make supper for hubby when he gets home from work!  I hope to finish up my projects by tomorrow because this is the deadline to get all of our class projects in!!  Then maybe I can breathe for a few minutes!! LOL!!
I thank you so much for hanging in with me today!!  Hope you are enjoying these!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Working with Mini Dies - Class Projects (Post 2 of 3 today)

Hello friends!  Back again to share some more class projects with you!
I will have one more post going up today and hopefully I will have everything finished by tomorrow! Yay!  I just want to make sure I'm getting full value of my class and learning everything I can.

So for Day 4 class, we are working with "mini dies":
This project was a fairly easy one to do and we were able to get two cards created from one technique!  I created an ombre look to my background and used the sentiment and hearts dies to place them on my design.  The one on the right is popped up with foam tape and I've just glued the left over pieces of the die to a card panel for the one on the left.
Everything here is from Lawn Fawn. :)

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For my second technique I used various dies to make a background:
I pulled out those luscious water-colors called Zig Kuretake Gansai Tombi and created a gradient looking background on watercolor paper.  I used several various medium, small to tiny mini dies that I had in different collections and die cut them from the water-color paper I made.
The sentiment is embossed on black card stock with white embossing powder.  I took a die cut star and added to the sentiment area.  I also have vellum behind my sentiment.

Here is a closer view of the sentiment area with the star.  I have covered this star with some glossy accents and tucked it between the word die.

Most everything I have used on this card is from Whimsy Stamps.
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Get your sunglasses out for my last one:
This was a fun card to do!  I think the bright colors are really fun!
I had this background paper FOREVER and it was nice to pull it out and use it!
If you notice the star die cut, it's the same one I've used on the above card.
I've popped up the design paper and attached it to a piece of pink glitter card stock.  I've also die cut the centers of some of the other circles and popped up the star with foam tape on the remaining circles in the design.  Then I just added my sentiment and rounded the corner.

I would like to add this card to the following:
Little Red Wagon - "You're a STAR!"

So I hope you've enjoyed the my class projects so far!!
Get ready for post #3 coming up in a little bit!!  Thanks for stopping in!!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Working with Basic Shape die cuts - Class Projects

Hello friends!
Wow!  Welcome to the middle of the week already!  This month is really flying by for me!
I had actually wanted to post yesterday afternoon, but with so many other things going on with me at the moment, I just didn't make it!  So here I am this morning!
I will probably be "Post Bombing" you within the next few days so that I can finish up my class projects as I need to post them to class before the deadline ends.

So of course, I have more to share with you for today! :)
OK...this is DAY 3 of 7!  (Boy do I have a long way to go or what?!)  LOL!

My first card was actually so much fun!  I enjoyed putting this little scene together:
OK, so here's what the card looks like when it's shut.  I didn't really have a "closure" for this, but the sentiment panel in the front helps to keep it contained anyway.
I have used this REALLY fun stamp set from The Alley Way Stamps called Stomper.
I die cut a green panel from the same die shape that I've used for the window of the card and embossed the sentiment in white EP and then took my green gel pen to color in the center of it.
I masked the shape for the inside of the card to create the blue background you see behind the animals.  I also took a foot print from the set to add to the outside design.  (You've not supposed to be able to see the crack, but I had to lay it flat to photograph it otherwise it would pop open even more.

So here's what the inside looks like:
Now how cute is that?!  When you open it up, you can see the entire scene on the inside.  I've colored everything in and masked it to create some depth and make a fun scene.
I thought this was such a cute idea from class!

I would also like to add this particular card to the following:
TAWS March link up

Papertake Weekly - A Cut Above (using die cuts)
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And for my second card:
I took the MFT Stitched Rounded Rectangle Stax dies and embossed it (NOT die cut) to make this a one layer design.  I also created a mask so that I could make the cloud scene that this little girl is standing in.  The word bubble die comes from Simon Says Stamp and of course the stamps and coordinating dies are from Mama Elephant.

Here's a closer look at the details:
After stamping the hearts, I took some glossy accents and went over them to make them shine.
Everything was colored with my Copic markers and I used distress inks and my own hand made stencils to create the background.  You can also see that this is embossed into the card front and not die cut out.  (Not sure if you want to call the other die cuts as part of being a one layer, but I do!)
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And lastly, here's my third class project for DAY 3:
This one may not be as obvious when you first look at it, but this is why I have that black arrow element pointing down on my design here. :)
I used MFT Stitched Circles Stax to create a "flap" and also as part of the design elements on the front of my card.  The Arrows come from a die cut by Lawn Fawn and the hearts come from a Simon Says Stamp set as well as the papers.  The light bulb image comes from a SU! set.  I have colored it with my Copic markers and covered the light bulb with some glossy accents.

When you pull up on the light bulb circle panel, here's what happens:
There is a special message on the inside of the card that you can see when you open the flap!
This was stamped from the same SU! stamp set as the light bulb on the front.

So there are my interpretations of the Day 3 of class and I will be back again today to share some more!  Until then, thanks so much for taking the time to stop by!!
So sorry for not being around, but I will catch up soon, I promise! :)

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tuesday Throwdown is Shaking Things Up!

Hello friends!
I'm here to share a fun card with you today for the new
TUESDAY THROWDOWN
challenge this week!  We are focusing on shaker cards!  We hope you'll join us!
Shaker cards have really gotten popular lately in the craft world and I've seen so many variations of them!  I can't wait to see what you'll come up with!

I made this for a special birthday card for my mom.  Her birthday was Sunday and I was able to give this to her in person.  It did make her smile...which is what I love! :)
Here's the card that I came up with:
Now how fun is this?!  I've used one of our sponsor's images from Sweet n Sassy who kindly provided it for our team to use!  This digital stamp is called "A Donut for Cocoa" .  Our sponsor will be giving out a fabulous prize to one lucky winner...so be sure to play along with us! :)

I have colored the image with my Copic markers and even added some sparkle to the sprinkles on his pink frosted donut! :)  I've fussy cut him out and popped him over the top of the front of my shaker card.  I have some fun MFT donut stamp set and die cuts which I've also used on my design.
I've stamped the birthday sentiment with white Staz On ink over the front of the acetate and embellished the card front with some sequins and twine.

Now for the INSIDE of my shaker, here you can see all of the "goodies" inside of it!
I even stamped and punched out little donuts to add to the mix of sequins and glitter inside!
I had so much fun creating this and just as much fun giving it away too! :)

So please be sure to pop on over to the Tuesday Throwdown challenge to see what the other talented ladies have come with for shaker fun!!  Looking forward to seeing you there!!
Thanks so much for popping in today!

P.S.  I've been extremely busy trying to catch up on my household duties (too much info to get into on a post! LOL!!)  I'm also working on my die cutting class projects and will be sharing more of those on my blog as well!  Sorry for not being able to visit your blogs at this time, but I will when I'm able to find the time to just sit! :)

Hope everyone is doing well!!  Have a wonderful week friends!!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Little Red Wagon - All Tied Up
Penny's Paper - Fave embellishments (sequins & glitter!)
Crafty Catz - No design paper
Addicted to Stamps - Celebration
Get Creative - Must Use a Die Cut

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Flower Die Cutting Class Cards

Hello friends!  Welcome to the weekend!
I can't believe it's Saturday already! This week has really flown by!
I'm going to be busy the next couple of days and before I get started on my new day of class learning, (we are on day 6 and I've only finished up day 2! yikes!) I wanted to post the projects I've done in my second day of class...yeah, I'm a bit behind! LOL!!  I really want to concentrate on what I'm learning here and take my time so I don't forget and then not finish it up...which I've done before! :(

Anyway, for Day 2 Class of "Stretch Your Dies" Online Card Classes,
we are focusing on using those flower dies!  Now I do love flowers, but I didn't realize that I don't have a whole lot of them.  There may be "repeats" of some of the flowers you see...maybe not recognizable because of the way I've used them though...I hope! :)
This is my version of what Kristina Werner taught in class:
Although this is as simple as it looks, it was actually the HARDEST of all of these to do! ACK!  I think if I were to do this again, I would choose some flowers that are a bit more solid without any details in them!  It seemed like it took forever to get all of that foam tape on the back of each little piece to pop up the design!

The flowers were water-colored, die cut and then I cut them out of a larger heart shaped die cut.  (Hopefully you can see the heart shape!)  I then die cut the sentiment in metallic silver and attached over top of that.  Simple looking, but it took FOREVER!! LOL!!

Here's a closer look at the dimension on the flowers so you can see what I'm talking about!
I had a hard time trying to tuck the foam tape far enough in so it doesn't show through...some does, but it's not REAL noticeable.
Needless to say, this going to be a special thank you card for someone! :)  LOL!
She also did one with leaves which I really liked, but after going through this one, I just couldn't bring myself to tough it out! LOL!  Perhaps later! :)
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This is my version of what Jennifer McGuire taught in class:
I really enjoyed this one and loved her layout so much with the sparkle paper, so I took out a REALLY old sunflower die cut set that I have NEVER used and added some color to it and popped it up on top of each other to give some dimension.
I used my Distress Inks with my foam blending ink tool to add the color.  I also die cut the sentiment out with the same yellow sparkle paper.

Here you can better see the dimension I got with the flower by popping it up with some foam tape and bending and shaping it how I wanted it to look.

I also took my Wink of Stella pen to go over the flower petals and then I took some glossy accents to cover the center of the flower.  When it was half-way dry, I took a pin and poked some holes in to give it that look.  This was much easier to do than the first card...even though it may not look like it at all!!  Just because something is CAS...doesn't necessarily mean that it was just slapped together! LOL!
So now I feel like I want to add the word "sunshine" underneath the hello because of this bright and beautiful yellow sunflower design! :)
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And last but not least I've made a card with my version of Yana Smakula's technique in class:
This is actually a really clever idea and I don't know why I didn't think to use my die cuts as a background before!  Usually you die cut your shape and use it.  For this idea, you used your die cut to create a background and then back it up with some paper.  I look how it turned out!
For her card, she didn't add the flowers over top like I did, but I couldn't help it, I really felt they needed to be popped up on the design! ;)

For my sentiment, it's a bit faded because I accidentally grabbed the clear EP instead of the white!  But after looking at it, I thought it looked good because it was a bit softer looking and not so starch on the dark card stock.

I actually do not have time to go through to see if these will fit into any challenges right now!  I'm off to have my dog get her chiropractic care done, I have to make some cupcakes for my son and of course I have badly neglected my house-hold duties!  I really hope to have a bit of time this afternoon for a play, but I can't promise anything! :)

Thanks so much for checking in with me today!!
Enjoy your weekend!!!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Friday, March 20, 2015

It's "Wildly" Dimensional!

Good evening friends!
Am I late posting today or what?!  I actually have been really busy trying to play "catch up" with my class!  I will have some photos to share with you for that tomorrow, but I decided to change things up for a minute before I bombard you with die cut class postings! :)

As from my recent past posts, I had mentioned that you would be seeing more "From the Heart" stamps from me...so I've got another one to share with you:
Isn't he the CUTEST ugliest monster!?!  LOL!  This hungry guy is called Monster Sundae and I thought he was a blast to color in!  I've used not only the fun sketch for this week's "i {heart} Card Sketches", but I used the twist too which is "Pop up parts of the image (paper tole)"!

So to tell you about the card, I colored in the image with my Copics and to achieve the "fur" look, I've "dotted" with my markers.  For the "popped up" parts, I colored in a separate image, colored and fussy cut out the monster's green hair, the chocolate ice cream and cherry on top, the monster's right hand dangling off the image panel and the two cherries next to him!
I cut them out and brushed the edges with a black multi-liner and then put them on a foam board and used my stylist to rub on the back side of them.  This causes them to curl up along the edges.
I used some foam tape and attached them over the main image.  I added some glitter to his hair and some glossy accents to the cherries.  The ice cream was brushed over with my Wink of Stella glitter pen too!

For the corner, I punched out a photo corner in black card stock and used my liquid pearls to make dots over it.  This image panel was also rounded with my corner chomper and I used some Tumbled Glass distress ink to go along the edges.  I printed out the sentiment and made my own banner with it.  The main image panel was popped up over the card front.  I thought the bottom corner needed a bit of something and I wanted this to be a birthday card, so I stamped a sentiment.

I tried to get a photo from an angle so you can better see the dimension from the paper tole I've done on the image.  I also put some glossy accents on his "claws".

So I hope you enjoyed my card today!  I will be back again very soon for more card sharing!  I've gotten so much done!  It's going to be a busy week on my blog next week, so stay tuned in!! :)
Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!!  Thanks for stopping in!!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are the challenges I'd like to enter this for:
i {heart} sketches - sketch & twist:  paper tole


Papertake Weekly - Happy Anything
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards - Something yummy to eat or drink
Creative Corner - For a Boy (sending this to Cards for a Cause)
Brown Sugar - anything goes

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Working on Die Cutting...

Hello friends!
Here to share some things that I've been working on!
I have been taking the Online Card Class called
I have so many dies and some are brand new and some are REALLY old.  Of course I like to get as much use out of my craft stash as I can and I thought this would be a good way to get me to use my dies some more!  So here are some things I've made for my Day 1 class: (I'm so behind as we are on "Day 3" today and I only just signed up yesterday! LOL!)

The first card was inspired by a Jennifer McGuire class video:
I have used lots of different fun foam for this card.  The background was just made with the same die cut you see in black and I didn't use the fun foam for that.  There is lots of dimension this on this card and I like the way it turned out!  The flower dies are something that I've never used, but have been in my stash for years!  (The sentiment die and lines are by SU! and the flower dies are Magnolia Doo Hickeys.)

Here's an angle view so you can see the dimension up close:
 I also used more fun foam to pop up the white panel on my card for a nice even pop of dimension.
I embossed the lines on black card stock at the bottom and the gold strip is a metallic sticker on the white panel.  I built my dies up from there.


Card two features a fun closure inspired by Julie Ebersole:
The closure is what really makes this a fun card!  It took me a couple of tries to figure out what in the world I was doing, but I got it eventually! :)  LOL!  She just made it look so easy!
The top of the card folds down and the die cut word acts as a closure to keep the card in place.
I didn't have any tall block word dies, but that would be best to use for this type of technique.
Letter dies would work nice too, but of course I had neither!  Hard to believe, I know!
All the stamps and die cut here are from Whimsy Stamps.

and of course here's what the view of the card looks like open:
I think this is so fun and hope to try out another one again soon! :)


So for my last card I was inspired by Debby Hughes inlay design:
Based on the die cuts I own for sentiment dies, I wanted something a bit more playful than the elegant design that Debby showed in her video.  So I can't think of anything more playful than the fun Lawn Fawn stamps and dies!!
My die cut was a little bit more bold than the one she used and it was a bit easier for me to paper piece the different paper designs back into my die.  The "hello" sentiment die was cut with white card stock and placed in there among the two different patterned papers also from Lawn Fawn and of course I took the negative pieces from the patterned paper to pop back into the design around the die cut sentiment.  The birds were stamped directly on top of the patterned paper and colored in.
I embossed the feathers as well as the "friend" sentiment with gold EP onto a piece of white card stock that I turned into a banner along the edge with the stitch marks in it.
I used some distress inks to go along the edges of the patterned paper base as well as the banner and over top of the feathers to give it a distressed look.  I also popped up the edges of the "friend" banner and have used distress ink along the edges of that as well.
I do love the distress look and was hoping to fit it in with my card making today.

Thanks so much for stopping in!  Hope you've enjoyed my card share today and I'm sure I'll be back again soon with more!!  Enjoy your day!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Here are some challenges I'd like to enter:
Use Your Stuff - Create Your Own Background (thanks card)
Shopping Our Stash - "I made this" - create your own background (thanks card)

House of Cards - enamel dots (sweet card)

Lawnscaping Challenge - distress (hello friend card)


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