Grab Bag

Grab Bag – Distress Ink Background

March 24, 2017

Thanks for joining me today.  I grabbed a background I made a few months ago, and my challenge is to turn this into a card.  This card was actually an attempt to duplicate a technique from Jennifer McGuire, found here.

I stamped I stamped Hero Art’s Color Layering Butterflies all over my background in Versamark Ink, and dried it with my heat tool without embossing powder.  Then I used Distress Inks and a Mini Ink Blending Tool to blend my inks around the watercolor paper in a circle.  I started with Picked Raspberry, then Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch, and Dusty Concord.  But the ink didn’t resist like it was supposed to, because I used watercolor cardstock instead of regular cardstock like she recommended.  Oops. The butterflies were barely visible. I added the bodies of the butterflies with Black Soot Distress Ink, but it didn’t help.  I finally stamped the butterflies over the first ones in Versamark Ink, and heat embossed it with a clear sparkle embossing powder.  Now I want to turn it into a card for a family member who’s sick.

I die cut a heart from vellum with a Layering Heart die from Simon Says Stamp.  The Stamp And Cut Prayers set is from Hero Arts, and I heat embossed one of the sentiments onto the heart.  I die cut the word, “prayers” from black cardstock, and pressed it into my Versamark pad before heat embossing it in clear.  I glued it to the heart with Glossy Accents, and laid a acrylic block on top to hold it in place while the glue dries.

I cut foam tape into thin strips so it’s hidden behind the die cut.  I adhered it to my card, and added it to the center of my card panel.  After adding a black mat, I used my tape runner to attach it to my white card base, and my card was complete.

I have lots of cards in the grab bag, ones where things didn’t go right, or I got stuck.  But I hang onto them, and sometimes I can reuse them later.  Hopefully you got some great ideas, too.  See you next time!


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Mini Series – Easter, Day 3

March 20, 2017

Hey, glad you stopped by.  I’m excited to share my final post with you in my Easter Mini Series, and this time it’s not a card!  I made an Easter basket for my son, and I hope you enjoy it.

I found this on Pinterest, and couldn’t find the source.  If you know it, please let me know.

My sons are getting a little old for bunnies, but I thought the sunglasses made this one cool enough for my manly little men.  And we always need beach towels and sunglasses once the temperature starts to climb.

Are you going to make baskets this year?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for joining me today!

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Cards | Easter | Series

Mini Series – Easter, Day 2

March 17, 2017

Welcome to Day 2 of my Easter Mini Series.  This card is easy to create, and doesn’t take lots of expensive supplies.  I used 2 Stitched Rectangle Dies from Simon Says Stamp, but any layered dies you have would work for this.  We just need to create a frame.

When you get your dies, they’re usually wired together, and you can clip them apart with wire cutters.  But generally, there’s a small piece of the wire that is hard to clip off completely.  And that works perfectly for this technique.  On these dies, the wires are in the center of each side, and when you line them up with a piece of graph paper, getting the smaller die centered in the larger one is easy.

I used a piece of masking tape to hold the dies together, and used my Big Shot to die cut a frame from black cardstock.

On a second piece of cardstock, I used a T-ruler to draw 2 straight lines 1/2″ apart lightly with a pencil.  I trimmed it out with scissors, and erased my lines.  Next I found a scrap of black cardstock and sketched a hill.  I always have to draw things out to get an idea of the size before I start cutting.

Once I had everything cut out, I laid my frame over it, and adhered it together with tape runner.

I laid my frame over a piece of watercolor paper, and marked the top and bottom of the frame, so I knew how much space I had to fill.  The pencil marks are on the left side of the paper.  Then I reached for my Distress Inks and a Mini Ink Blending Tool.  I started with Mustard Seed, which you can see at the top.  I went on to add Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, and Blueprint Sketch at the bottom.

Here all the ink blending is complete, and I’ve trimmed down my piece to fit behind my frame.  To find out more about ink blending, and to see a great tutorial, I suggest you visit Jennifer McGuire.  She’s very talented, and knows lots of techniques, including ink blending.

I put foam tape all over the back of my frame and the cross so it’s supported evenly when I send it through the mail.

I decided to skip a sentiment this time, but I did add Clear Wink of Stella Shimmer Pen over the cross and hill to make it stand out.  And that’s it for my card today.  I’ll be back soon with one more installment in my Easter series.  Hope to see you then!


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Mini Series – Easter, Day 1

March 15, 2017

This is the first day of my Easter Mini Series.  The technique I used today is called iris folding, and it’s so beautiful.  There are lots of videos with great tutorials on Youtube, but I’ll try to explain it with pictures today.

You need a template, which you can find online.  Any circle template would work for this design today, but  I downloaded the one I used from here.

I trimmed a piece of light blue cardstock down to 5″ x 5″ and sketched out my cave in pencil before cutting it out.  I left the sides uncut so I could see how big my final image would be.

I cut a scrap of light green paper to 5″ x 3″ and drew a hill lightly with a pencil before cutting it out.  Don’t forget to erase the pencil marks.  I taped the grass to the bottom of the blue piece, and laid it over my iris fold template.

I slip my templates into page protectors, so I can use them over again.   And you can see in the photo that my template is colored in.  That’s not really necessary, but it does keep me from getting lost in the design (which is pretty important when you’re using 5 different papers in the same color!).

I taped my card panel over the template on just one side, so it works like a hinge.  You can also see that my cave is a little larger than the template, but we’ll cover that up.

I cut 1″ off from 5 different patterns of 12 x 12 lightweight scrapbook paper, and scored them at 3/4″.  Here are all of my papers before I began filling in my template.

I assigned each of my papers to a color in the template, and got started.  I found number 1 on my template and the paper I chose to go in that spot.  I’ve seen professionals measure and trim each piece, but I’m more of a “grab and tear” kind of girl.  I laid the folded edge of the paper on the line of the template, and taped it at either end.  Then I moved on to piece 2, and lay the folded edge on the line of the template.  I hope this is making sense!



If you feel lost, you can turn over the panel (this is why we only taped it on one side), and see how it looks from the front.  Keep adding pieces, working your way around the circle, and skipping numbers if they’re covered by the hill.

Here I’m almost done filling in the design.

The design is finished, except for the center.  Traditionally, iris folding has a bright metallic or shiny piece in the center, or eye, but I used a black scrap of paper instead.

I didn’t have the right sentiment, so I created one on my computer.  I trimmed it down with my paper trimmer, and cut a small triangle from the end before popping it up on my card with foam tape.  I added foam tape to the back of my card panel, and adhered it to a 5 1/2″ square white card base.

I hope you enjoyed my card.  I’ll be back soon with another card in the series.  Thanks for looking!

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St Patrick’s Day Card

March 13, 2017

Hey, thanks for joining me today.  I wanted to do a quick St Patrick’s Day card, so I’m using a technique I first saw Nichol Spohr create.  I die cut 8 hearts from green paper using a Simon Says Stamp Heart die set.  You can use any heart die or punch that you have, the only important thing is that all the hearts are the same size.  Mine are about 1″ across.  I folded each heart in half, and laid them out to create a shamrock.  Then I tore a scrap piece of paper about the size of a nickel and put a dot of glue in the center.  I used Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue, but any liquid glue would work.  Liquid glue is better than tape for this, because you’ll need a little play time.  After all the hearts were in place, I set an acrylic block on top to hold everything still while it dried.  It only took about 15 minutes.  While it dried, I took a white card base and stamped Happy St Patrick’s Day from Hero Arts’ Celebrate Everyday stamp set.  I used a stem from Simon Says Stamp Spring Flowers set.  When the glue was dry, I trimmed off the extra paper and adhered it over the stem with tape runner.  I glued a small green sticker from my local dollar store to the center, and added a few more around the sentiment.  I needed my acrylic block again to hold the sticker in place while the glue dried, then I bent up the edges of the hearts for dimension.

And that’s my one layer card for today.  Later this week I’m beginning a Mini Series of Easter cards, and I hope to see you there.  Thanks for coming by!

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