Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Tuesday Morning Sketches #657

 Hello!  Thank you so much for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches.  I think it's a fun one and hopefully you will, too.

My card features a stamp set from an older Simon Says Stamp card kit.

Now I definitely added more circles but, per the sketch, the main 3 are there.  Now what about that rectangle, you might be asking.  Well, it's there.  Using the Happy Birthday foil sentiment from Waffle Flower I hot foiled onto a piece of window sheet that's designed to be heat embossed on.  So I figured if one could heat emboss, it has to stand up to hot foil.  It turned out gorgeous....

You should see this card in real life!  The shine is amazing from the foil and the window sheet!

This was a really easy card to put together and so perfect for mass production.  It's a great birthday card to have in your stash for when you need a card last minute.

Please head on over to the TMS blog and leave some love for the team and since you're there, you may as well join us.  See you there!

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Tuesday Morning Sketches #656

 Hello! Thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and I think this will be a lot of fun.

My card features a very old technique posted on Splitcoast Stampers (by Beate Johns) called Emboss Kiss or something like that.  It's where you ink up a solid stamp with one color and ink up an embossing folder with a contrast color.  Stamp the stamp onto the embossing folder and then stamp on your card stock.  This is a challenge with my challenge group I belong to.  Now I really struggled with this technique because one; I don't own very many solid stamps and two; because no matter what I did, which embossing folder I chose, it wasn't even detail to get the texture into the bloom.  Worked great on the leaves.  But here's what I made...

It is a pocket card.  You would write a personal message on the white panel or put in a gift card.  The stamp set I used is Flowering Cistus from Altenew.  The texture is really great and visible on the leaves but not so much on the flower.  The card stock I used is from Paper Trey Ink.  

Here's a close up of the pocket.  And of the embossing folder that I used on the flower.  The scallop border was die cut from a border die from Pink and Main.

I do hope you'll join us this week.  Please head on over to the TMS blog, leave some love for the team and then make your own interpretation of the sketch.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Tuesday Morning Sketches #655

 Hello friends.  Thank you for stopping by.  I do appreciate your visit.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches.

My card, well, let me say I do love how my card turned out.  However, it is a very loose interpretation of the sketch.  Spending so much time with my kids this past month, I wasn't feeling very creative.  I just wanted to be with my kids. 

The card features dies from Spellbinders.  These are the birds and birdhouses that were design by Vicky Papaioannou.  This card was a labor of love, for sure, but it was fun to put together.

Like I said, very loose interpretation of the sketch and it was lot of piecing.  But it's a nice card.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Tuesday Morning Sketches #654

 Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up on Tuesday Morning Sketches and its a really good one by Debbie.  I enjoyed using it for my card.

This card features Glimmer Plates by Spellbinders that I have had for ages.  I don't use my hot foil machine nearly enough.  But I hosted a challenge with my card traders group just to pull out my machine and dust it off.

I guess I am in a blue phase because I can't seem to stop using it lately.  I foiled the circle and foliage directly on my card base and then cut it out using the wonky stitched rectangle die from Kat Scrapiness.  I also foiled some flowers and leaves and then using the matching dies I cut those images out.  I did color them a little using my Copic markers and I really like how this looks - it's so soft.  I also foiled the sentiment onto some black card stock and then die cut it out.  My card is black so I put a white panel inside for writing.  And after I glued it on I had to smack myself upside my head.  I should have foiled on the inside, too!  Duh!

Please head on over to the TMS blog to ooh and aah over what the team made, leave them some love and then join us so we can ooh and aah, too!

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Tuesday Morning Sketches #652

 Hello! Thank you for stopping by.  I appreciate you taking the time to visit me.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a fun one.  Easy going.  Open canvas. 

My card features dies from i-Crafter.  This is the Llama Add-On for the oval pop box.  I never got a chance to play with it before my time on the team came to an end but I needed a birthday card so it was time to finally break this out.

As you can see, I didn't make it into a pop box.  I used a stencil and some Distress Oxide Ink to make the background.  Then I die cut the llama and pieced all it's decoration.  The banners came from a different die set from i-Crafter - the gable box, I think.  The scalloped border I made using a inverted scallop frames from Pink & Main and the sentiment is from Spellbinders.  Then I exploded confetti everywhere using different colors of Nuvo Drops.

It's a fun card!  I hope it inspires you to go crazy with color and fun some fun.  Now head on over to the TMS blog to join the fun.

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Tuesday Morning Sketches #651

 Hello friends.  Thank you for stopping by.  I do appreciate your visit.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a pretty one by Debbie.

My card features flower dies from Spellbinders June 2020 small die of the month, March 2022 embossing folder of the month, a stencil that I used a svg cut from Silhouette Design Studio to create and the sentiment is from the gable box die set from i-Crafter.

I used a piece of watercolor paper for my base.  I spritzed with water then put the stencil down.  Then I sprayed it with Tumbled Glass Distress Stain.  After it dried I embossed it.  I am obsessed with this embossing folder.  It's so pretty!  I die cut the flower petals from white card stock and colored them with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and C05 Copic marker.  The sentiment I cut out 4 times so that it had some super dimension to stand up from that embossing.

I hope you found some inspiration in this card.  Now head on over to the TMS blog to see what the team created and meet the new team members!

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Tuesday Morning Sketches #650

 Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and let me tell you, I had a lot of fun making my card.

My card features a technique using two embossing folders.  If you want to know more about it, this is the video I referenced.  The card traders group I belong to threw this technique down as a challenge and I have to say... I'm not a fan.  My card, I love how it looks, but you really lose the 1st embossing folder image when you do the 2nd.

For my card I used the brick wall embossing folder (Cuttlebug) first.  Then I used the Sketched Floral folder (EOM from Spellbinders) over that.  I did use Ranger watercolor paper.  I then colored the inside petals and flower centers using Zig Real Brush markers and a water brush.  For the square piece I smooshed the watercolor paper in some Mustard Seed Distress ink.  The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp that I die cut out using the Stitched Circles dies from Pink and Main.  The ink is from Altenew.

Now, let's zoom in a little on the detail.  You can still see some of the brick wall texture...

Please head on over to the TMS blog to join us.  And don't forget to leave some love for the team!


Tuesday, March 22, 2022

i-Crafter Shadow Box Card - My last post

 Hi friends.  Thank you for stopping by for my last share on i-Crafter.  I've been dropped from the team, so this is my last post. 

I'm sharing the Shadow Box Card by Lori Whitlock.  Fun card, different take on the box card.

Here's the front. The actual die is to create a front and base with that circle opening and one center piece, but I made two.  I also cut the back panel on my paper trimmer because I didn't want a hole through my card.  This way I have a place to write a message.

Here's the side view so you see how it goes in together.  I did make a 2nd center panel, but when I was finished putting this together, it didn't stand or pop the way I thought it would, so really, I could've just decorated the back panel and saved me an hour's worth of work.  But it's all a part of the creative process I guess.

I hope you like this card and it inspires you in some way.  

My thanks to i-Crafter for this opportunity to play with their products these last few months.

Tuesday Morning Sketches #649

 Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  The newest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's one by Debbie.  It's a nice and easy sketch - you'll love it!

When you check out the sketch, you'll see I exaggerated some elements.  Debbie meant for a wider margin around the middle panel, but mine pretty much fills the space.  My card features a cute die set that I picked up at Hobby Lobby at 40% off.  It's by Momenta which I think is HL's store brand or generic.  The stamped sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp and the banner is an old die from MFT Stamps.

Of course, everyone will recognize the Happy Birthday embossing folder that is one of the OG embossing folders.  The decorative paper is from Pink and Main.

I've only got about 18 more of these to make.  I'm making cards for the card drive that Bearly Arts is now officially holds a charity for - #cardsforcubs.  I applied to their design team (for a 3rd time) but signed up to do the cards well before that.  My job used to do cards for foster kids but now that we're 90% virtual, this has gone by the wayside.  So I'm excited to have this opportunity again.

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Tuesday Morning Sketches #648

 Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and sadly this is our last sketch from Andrea.  Andrea, after being with us for us 3 1/2 years, she's stepping down.  I will miss her greatly but I hope we'll see her around on blogs and social media.

So here's my card using her last sketch.  I don't usually make St. Patrick's Day cards, but this one was a lot of fun...

The paper is digital paper that I purchased from Etsy and printed.  The pot o'gold is made from 3 different sizes of ovals and the legs from the word window punch from SU!  I did cut the smallest oval from matte gold card.  It's a little hard to tell in this picture.  The rainbow and cloud is from a die set from Pink and Main.  I cut it out several times from scraps of card stock and then to put it together I adhered to sticker paper and then cut away the excess sticker paper.  After gluing the rainbow to the pot of gold I stuck down several gold sequins for the gold coins.

I hope you like this card and it inspires you to make something fun.  Now head on over to the TMS blog and join the fun.  Leave the team some love!

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

i-Crafter Shakin' up the Mailbox

 Hello!  Thank you for visiting me today.  Please scroll down for my TMS project, too.  This month's release is all Lori Whitlock dies - you know I'm such a huge fan of her SVGs.  It's fun to work with her designs in die form, too.

I am featuring the Mailbox die set Lori Whitlock - this is such a fun 3D Spring set but I didn't want to make just the mailbox.  I wanted to take it beyond what it was truly meant for.  So this is what I did...

Yes, I made a card!  Now if you want all the details on how I made this card, please visit the i-Crafter blog.  But let me summarize.  I used Bristol Smooth card stock to create the base.  I used Distress Oxide inks, so my favorite card is Bristol Smooth with oxide inks - they just blend so well.  I used a cloud stencil by MFT Stamps to make my sky.  Then I made the mailbox lid per the die.

And when you open the mailbox...

I made this into a shaker card!  Isn't this the cutest?!  I love how this turned out.  It was a lot of work and I really did want to do a tutorial but I forgot to keep taking pictures of the steps I took to get this accomplished.  Again, visit the i-Crafter blog for the deets.

Here's a better view of the inside of the mailbox where I used the bird and branch that come in the die set to decorate the inside.  Sorry, I don't remember where I got the sequins.  I've had them for a super long time.

I hope you enjoy my project.  Have a great day!

Tuesday Morning Sketches #647

 Hello!  Thank you so much for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a fun one by Andrea.  She wants us to create a scene.

I didn't make a scene, I felt something else....

I really wanted to make a floating card!  So this sketch really worked for it.  Sorry about the glare and seeing my drop ceiling tiles.  It can't be helped because of the acetate.  

I made an A2 size card (top fold) the cut off at 1 1/4 inches.  Then cut a strip for the bottom at 1 1/2 inches.  Then taking a sheet of A2 size acetate, I trimmed just a bit off and then adhered to the inside of the card.  Attached the bottom strip.  Die cut the butterfly (Spellbinders) and adhered to the card.  The Scor-Tape that I used to adhere everything does show but it doesn't bother me.

Then I stamped a birthday message on the inside - it's from Hero Arts.  Cute, huh!?

Oh, and do you see that yellow basket in my background?  I have to show you this!  I did this last weekend.  My daughter bought a baby gift set for a friend of hers and it came in this yellow bin.  She didn't want that part and gave it to me. So I made dividers for it and have this.....

It sits at the center of my table and has a space for scraps and 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 bases, the middle is A2 size cards (normal) and the back is A2 sized cards (tent fold or top fold).  It's sooo nice!  I love it.

Okay, off you go to the TMS blog to join in the fun and leave some love for the team!

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

i-Crafter Release Day!

Hello!  It's release day at i-Crafter!  So excited for this card.  Today I am using the Shadow Box card by Lori Whitlock, but I didn't make it into a shadow box card, I wanted to do something different with it.

Although the shadow box card is very cool and dimensional, it's hard for me to send dimensional stuff to my Mom.  So I went with a traditional flat card that I think is so pretty, so Spring time happy and it's shiny!  This die set comes with all sorts of flowers which is my Mom's most favorite thing.  It also comes with a die that says "Mother" - but my Mom doesn't like word.   In fact, we only called her Mother to jump on her last nerve when my sisters and I were being particularly testy.  So I cut out the mo and then the m again and made "Mom."

I did cut the flowers out from Bristol smooth card stock and then colored them all with Distress Oxide inks.  I love the ombre look this gave me.

Well, I hope you enjoy my card.  Thanks for your visit!

Tuesday Morning Sketches #646

 Hello!  Thank you so much for stopping.  I do appreciate your visit.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a really easy going sketch.  I think you're really going to like it. 

My card is for the #CardsforUkraine - it's just heartbreaking hearing all the stories particularly from someone you "know" and admire.  My heart goes out to Yana Smakula and her family.  As you know, she's a cardmaker that inspires me regularly.

My card features paper from the Blue Citrus 12x12 paper pad, letters from Spellbinders and stamp from Simon Says Stamp.  I also made it a white flower that Yana taught me how to color.  I did the use the Inverted Scallop die from Pink and Main so a for a bit of texture I embossed the outer frame and popped the center back in.

My heart, thoughts and prayers go to the people of Ukraine. 

Please join us at Tuesday Morning Sketches and if you want to participate in this card drive, just make a card in blue and yellow (Ukraine flag colors) or sunflowers (their nation's flower).  Then share your card on social media using the hashtag #cardsforukraine

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

i-Crafter Easter Basket

Hello! Thank you for stopping by.  Today I am sharing a project I made using the Easter Basket die by Lori Whitlock.  It's so cute!!  Swap out the sweet little chickie for flowers or other dies and you've got so many possibilities on your hands for this little basket.

This was so easy to die cut using the iMend Self Mending Magnetic PRO Deck!  I know the price point is a bit higher but trust me, it's worth very penny.  Besides our tools are investments, we want to invest in what's going to stand up use after use and this cutting deck will stand the test of time.

The basket is really a no brainer to put together.  The score lines emboss while cutting out the pieces.  You just need a good creasing tool like the i-Press Burnisher to give you some sharp creases on your fold lines.  Remember to cut 2 bases, 2 longer panel dressing pieces and 2 shorter dressing pieces.  This set comes with the chick and broken egg as well the bow and a pretty leaf (not shown in my sample).  I punched a couple of holes on opposite ends and used chenille stems to fashion a handle, poking the ends through the holes and bending to secure.

I filled the basket with some Easter grass and these cute little styrofoam egg ornaments.  This will look great sitting on my, what I call, display table.  This a sofa table that serves as my decoration piece that I change with the seasons/holidays.

I hope you like my project and that it inspires you to make some fun treats either for yourself or someone else. 

Tuesday Morning Sketches #645

 Hello!  Thanks for stopping by.  The newest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a great one by Andrea.

My card features Have a Colorful Day Glimmer set from Spellbinders and some paper that I got in a Simon Says Stamp kit a long time ago.

It has been a long time, too long, since I've played with my Glimmer hot foil machine.  So I pulled it out, panicked for a few minutes because I couldn't find the power cord, but alas I did and I'm creating rainbow joy!  I love this card!  It's so bright and cheerful and looks way better in real life.

And it seems that these boho type rainbows with the fringy ends are all the rage right now so I made it on my card.  Aren't they cute! 

Please head on over to the TMS blog and join in the fun and don't forget to leave some love for the team.

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Tuesday Morning Sketches #644

 Hello! Thank you for stopping by.  The first 2022 sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches, it's by Debbie and she's starting of us with a bang!  What a great sketch.

So I've been redesigning and reorganizing my craft room.  I came across an old card kit from my swapping days and thought I'd use it.  My card features stamps and dies from Altenew - Flowering Cistus set.  Yes, I stamped!

This is one of my favorite flower sets by Altenew.  The ink colors are also from Altenew.  The dies I used are from Altenew ("you") and Stitched Circle dies from Pink and Main.

Please join us at TMS and leave the team some love!

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

i-Crafter Milk Carton

 Hello!  It's Melissa with another fun share.  Today I am sharing how easy the Milk Carton works with fun patterned papers.

The key to working with some patterned papers really understanding your die.  Lynda posted a great video on how to put the milk carton together.  Watch that video!  Then when you're ready look at your parts, pieces and sections to strategically plan the cut.  Do the same for the tag.  The die set comes with some fun sentiments, however, I used "for you" from the Ribbon Rosette, Christmas Add-On die set.

I did close the carton by wrapping some baker's twine around the top and finished with a black clothespin to hold the tag.

Really easy project that would great on any special occasion table for a favor or just a fun way to present a small gift to someone.

Tuesday Morning Sketches #643

 Hello!  Thank you so much for stopping by! The latest re-visited sketch is up at the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog and it's another fun one by Debbie.  This one is Tammy's pick and guess what?  It's the last of the revisited sketches.

My card features some beautiful stencils from Pink and Main and a really fun technique called monoprinting.  This is a super easy technique where you put 3 ink colors on your stencil, spray with water and put the wet side down onto some watercolor paper.  It makes a great background.  I used Distress Oxide Inks but I think any water based ink would work really well.

I did end up making 2 cards because this was so quick, fun and easy.  Here's the first one.

And the second one.  It's does have a bit more Fall colors in it but I just thought purple, orange and whatever my 3rd choice looked good.

Then I finished them with sentiment strips from Simon Says Stamp.

I hope these cards inspire you and that you'll join us this week.

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

i-Crafter Release Day!

 Hello!  It's February 1.  What does that mean?  Well other than January is over, it's release day at i-Crafter!  I love this day because we get to play with new stuff.

My card today features the new dies called Pegboard Shelfie.  This set is so cute.  Pegboards can be so fun to decorate and be very functional.  So my card is meant to look like a decoration.  It also has a hidden sentiment.

I did cut out the base from thicker black card stock.  Love the i-Mend Magnetic Pro-Deck.  If you're considering this cutting platform, I cannot tell you enough what a worthwhile investment this is.  Then I cut the various pieces to make the plants and the shelves.  The heart I used is actually from Ribbon Rosette, Valentine Add-On and the doily is from Impossible Box, Valentine Add-On die sets.

Where is the hidden sentiment?  When I was a kid, I loved rebus story books.  Do you remember those?  You read by looking at small pictures and words.  My sentiment is a rebus for Heart & Home.

I do hope you like my card and it inspires you to get creative with this Pegboard Shelfie set.  

Thank you for stopping by!

Tuesday Morning Sketches #642

 Hello!  Thanks so much for your visit.  The latest revisited sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches - this week was Patti's pick.  Just wait til you see the card she made with this sketch!  It's lovely!

Okay so my card this week.... Uh--hem.  Yes, it's a Valentine's card and if you know me, you know I don't do Valentine's cards.  But I have a good reason - actually 14 good reasons.  First the card....

My card features dies from the Valentine Embellishments die set by Lori Whitlock from i-Crafter and a lovely digital paper pack I got from Etsy on sale for $1.80.  I printed out the paper that I really liked and then I printed out the bucket of roses on sticker paper and fussy cut them out.   I did have the corner pieces that I chopped off and so not to waste them I made this next card that I am hoping is a bit more masculine.

My 14 good reasons... they are 13 residents of the Baraboo Assisted Living Care facility in Baraboo, WI.  I saw this post on Facebook - these sweet, elderly faces just wanting to receive a Valentine.  How could I say no?  My grandma was in Assisted Living and I worked in an Assisted Living facility for awhile and I know how these people feel.  They just want to be treated with dignity and respect and shown a little love.  So I have set aside my disdain for this ridiculous holiday and I am making 13 cards for these residents and 1 for the staff. 

I do hope you'll join us at Tuesday Morning Sketches.  We'll see you over at the blog.  Leave the girls some love!!

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Tuesday Morning Sketches #641

 Hello!  Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today.  I do so appreciate the visit.  The latest revisited sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and this week was my pick.  I chose one of Andrea's sketches.

My card was quick and easy.  I needed it after one super busy weekend.  I almost didn't get to make a card.  I spent 3 hours Sunday morning making a baby shower card.  I'll share that later.  But for now, my card features dies from i-Crafter (circles in the Double Carrier by Lori Whitlock) and sentiment word dies from Spellbinders.  The paper is from a matstack called Garden Party and I finished it with some Nuvo Drops.

As I said, super easy - super quick card. 

I do hope you'll join us over at the TMS blog, leave some love for the team and join in the fun!

i-Crafter Valentine Wishes

 Hello!  I have a fun, pretty non-traditional Valentine's card to share with you.

Products used:

Impossible Box, Valentine Add-On

"Wishes" from Rocker Step Card Base

Heart border from Valentine Treat Add-on

Small heart from Heart Embellishements by Lori Whitlock

Please visit the i-Crafter blog to learn how I made this card!  I give all the details on how I made my own stamp using the heart die and how I pulled this all together.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Tuesday Morning Sketches #640

 Hello and thank you for stopping by!  The latest revisited sketch is up, this week is Debbi's pick and she chose one of my sketches.

My card features a cut image from Lori Whitlock.  It's actually from one of her pop up box cards, but I just used the hot air balloon.  I also used some paper from Moda Scraps and the sentiment is from Hero Arts.  Don't look too close, this is what happens when you don't use your MISTI.

The sun and clouds were also in the same cut file.  These I cut from white card stock and using my i-Blender Brushes from i-Crafter I colored them.  The card came to together pretty easily, the only thing that took a few extra minutes was adhering each layer of paper on the balloon.  I think it turned out pretty nice.

Please head on over to the TMS blog and join us in the fun and leave some love for the team.

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

i-Crafter - Happy Mail box card

I am on the i-Crafter blog today and I am so excited to share my box card!  My card features the adorable new Box Pops, Scooter Love Add On and the Mailbox Box Card by Lori Whitlock (released last month).


Please head on over to the blog to learn how I made this super cute box card!  This card will not fit in an A2 size envelope, but should fit easily in a 5x7 envelope.

I hope you enjoy this card and that it inspires to look at your dies in a different way.

Tuesday Morning Sketches #639

 Hello - thank you for stopping by.  The next revisited sketch is up on the TMS blog and this week's it's Debbie's choice.

Before I share my card, a little history.  I used to belong to a card traders group a long time ago. I've met some really wonderful card makers and they taught me so much.  I did leave the group after awhile - you know... life gets in the way.  Well, my old friend Debbie Falls contacted me recently and asked if I wanted to come back to the group.  And I thought, what the heck!  Why not.

So the first challenge back was to do partial die cutting - technique can be found here.

It's a little hard to see our sketch in this card, but instead of stars there is foliage.  The card features the Large DOM, June 2020 from Spellbinders.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts.  The paper is Portfolio by Pink Paislee.  This is the greatest paper pack and I don't use it enough!

Please join us at the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog - c'mon, it'll be a lot of fun!!

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Tuesday Morning Sketches #638

 Hello! Thank you for stopping by and Happy New Year (once again)!  The first revisited sketch is up on Tuesday Morning Sketches and it was Andrea's pick.  She chose one of my CAS sketches and it's a great one to kick off 2022 because it's a good one to use up scraps or supplies that you haven't used in awhile.

My card features another rainbow!  I looked back on when this sketch was originally published and I made a rainbow card then. That's so funny, I didn't even realize.

I did flip the sketch for a landscape card.  The diagonal lines, I just used my Scor-Buddy to do some scored lines.  No stash busting for me.

Before I get into the details of my sketch, I want to give credit where it is due.  This is not an original card idea.  My fellow i-Crafter Inspiration Team member, Amanda Stevens, actually created a card very similar.  I loved it!  I told her I was going to copy it.  You can see it here on her blog.

The card features dies from i-Crafter, Shadow Happy Birthday and Shadow Hello Friend.  I cut the shadow part of the sentiment from Holographic card stock that's from Simon Says Stamp, then I cut the inside letters from black card stock and inset that, then cut one more time from white and layered that on top slightly off.  The "happy" came from an old stamp set from Hero Arts.  Then I had fun with my Nuvo Drops in many shades.  The rainbow, I did cut that from white card stock and the colored with Copics.

Here's a tip on how I put the rainbow together.  I cut a scrap of white sticker paper and adhered the little sections of the rainbow to the sticky side of sticker paper.  It's inexpensive ink jet sticker paper so it does have some wiggle room.  Once I had the sections on it, I used my bone folder to burnish it to make sure these pieces were really stuck.  Then I trimmed the excess sticker paper away.  Made it really easy to work with these small pieces.

Well, that's it.  I hope to see you over at the TMS blog and you'll join in the fun.  Be sure to visit the design team, too.  They'd love to hear from you.

Saturday, January 1, 2022

i-Crafter Release Day!

 Hello and Happy New Year!  I hope that 2022 is a year of great improvement.  In fact, I think that's going to be my word for the year.  Improvement.  

Anyway, it's release day at i-Crafter and I am so excited to share my project with you.  It was rather a difficult project to photograph because of the gold foil card stock.  I'm saying that ahead of time so you'll be prepared.  LOL

Isn't this cute!  This is Box Pops Lucky Cat Add-On.  This is a fun, new addition to be used in conjunction with the Box Pops, Oval Base.  When I saw this set, I immediately thought of the adorable lucky cat statue in my favorite Chinese restaurant.  Maneki Neko aka lucky cat is a Japanese symbol thought to bring good luck and fortune to households and businesses.  So it's absolutely perfect for the New Year!  Although, I see me using this cat to wish good fortune and blessing for all kinds of occasions.

I pulled out my gold foil card stock and set to work on creating this 3D card.  I have to admit, I struggled.  This was my first time putting this box together.  It does take a little practice.  But I'm sure I'll get the hang of it.

The base die set comes with two inserts for the slots - one cuts a slot in the middle and the other cuts is slightly off side.  I cut that one twice, so that I had to offside slots in the back for my flowers.  Let me give you a tip.  When cutting your base, I highly recommend using 110 lb cardstock or doubling up so that your pieces for the inserts stand up straight.  Also, it helps to have a low humidity room - which I do not.  By the way, I used the i-Mend Self Mending MAGNETIC PRO Deck.  Let me tell you, this deck is a game changer!  It is out of stock but watch for it when it becomes available again.  You will want to get your hands on this!  It cuts like butter and beautifully every time!  The magnets are super strong, virtually eliminating the need for tape to hold your die in place.  Highly recommend this tool.

As you can see, my inserts are wanting to fall to the back.  But still, it's cute and I think it will be enjoyed by the recipient anyway.

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