Friday, May 22, 2015

Avery Elle Design Team–Numbered Balloons!!

TGIF, friends!!

Right?!!  Seriously, it’s been a crazy couple of weeks for me!  And it’s only going to get crazier for me through the end of May.  But I’m plugging along and wanted to pop in and share another project that I created for the current Avery Elle release.  This one features the Numbered Balloons Elle-Ments, which also has a coordinating stamp set of the same name.

5-22-15 Numbered Balloons

It’s graduation season, people!!  My grandson will be graduating from pre-school next month.  It makes me think about him graduating from high school . . . it’ll be here before I know it!  *sigh*  So I thought this would be a super fun card for that grad in your life!!  Here’s how I created it:

  1. I trimmed an A2 top-folding card base from white cardstock, scored at 5.5” and perfected the crease with a teflon bone folder.
  2. I die cut the numbered balloons from gold and royal blue foil cardstock using the Numbered Balloons Elle-Ments.  I adhered the balloons to the card base with foam squares.
  3. I die cut the grad cap from some New Moon cardstock using a die that I had in my stash (this is not an Avery Elle product) and adhered it to the 0 Numbered Balloon die cut with some adhesive.
  4. I adhered some white crochet thread behind each balloon with glue dots, gathered them together at the bottom and tied a bow.  I adhered that to the card base with another glue dot.
  5. I die cut a panel from some white cardstock using the Dotted Borders Elle-Ments.  I stamped the sentiment from the Circle It stamp set with some New Moon pigment ink and heat embossed it with some clear embossing powder.
  6. I adhered the sentiment panel to the card base with foam squares.

Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!!!  This came together super fast and could even be mass produced pretty quickly for all those grads in your life!!  For another great Avery Elle project, please click on through to the Avery Elle Design Blog!  It’s always full of inspiration!!

That’s it for me today, friends.  We only have a couple more days with my daughter and son-in-law, and then we’re headed back to Washington.  My, how the time flies!!  So crazy!!!  I hope you have a lovely Memorial Day Weekend!  I’ll be back on Monday to share another My Favorite Things project!!  Thanks so much for stopping by – I hope you’ll visit again soon!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

My Favorite Things–Be Happy & Smile!

Happy Wednesday, sweet peeps!!

I’m popping in quickly to share another project that I created using some super fun My Favorite Things products.  Actually, this was created for a magazine assignment, but it wasn’t used.  Bummer!  LOL But it’s also a great demonstration of ways to “stretch” those dies that you have in your stash!!  Check it!


Okay, so this project features the Picnic Basket Die-Namics.  What?!  You don’t see a picnic basket?  Ha!!  That’s the point!!  I used the Picnic Basket Die-Namic to create a flower pot!!  Here’s how I did it:

  1. Trim an A2 top-fold cardbase from Smooth White Cardstock; score at 5.5” and perfect crease using teflon bone folder.
  2. Die cut image panel from Smooth White Cardstock, using the stitched rectangle from Blueprints 24 Die-Namics.
  3. Stamp sentiment from Totally Happy Stamp Set using Black Licorice Pigment Ink; heat emboss with clear embossing powder.
  4. Die cut circle from some Smooth White Cardstock using the Stitched Circle Frames Die-Namics; adhere it to the image panel with adhesive.
  5. Die cut daisy from Ripe Raspberry and Lemon Drop Cardstock using the Gerbera Daisy Die-Namics.  Assemble bloom with adhesive, and “fluff” petals for added dimension.  Die cut flower stem from Limelight Cardstock using the Circle Scribble Flowers Die-Namics.  Adhere stem and flower to the image panel with adhesive.
  6. HOW TO MAKE THE FLOWER POT:  Die cut Picnic Basket Die-Namic from black and white polka dot patterned paper; reposition the die on the die cut so that it cuts the right side and reduces the original die cut to the proportionate size of a flower pot.
  7. Cover the flower pot with VersaMark ink and heat emboss with clear embossing powder.  Repeat this process three times, to give the flower pot some gloss.
  8. Adhere the flower pot to the image panel with adhesive foam squares.
  9. Die cut bow from Limelight Cardstock using the Beautiful Bows Die-Namics; assemble the bow with double-sided adhesive tape and adhere to the flower pot with strong adhesive.

How fun is that?!!  I’m always looking for ways to stretch the uses of my dies!  I like to look at a die and then try to imagine it as other things.  My favorite way to stretch my dies is to make an image smaller.  In this case, I took the full sized Picnic Basket, die cut it in full form, and then slid that die cut back into the die, adjusting it to make the die cut smaller and running it through my die cut machine again.  So it went from a picnic basket to a flower pot!  It’s hard to see in the photo, but I also coated the polka dot pot with VersaMark  Ink and then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I repeated this three times – which gave it the appearance that it’s a glossy polka dot flower pot!  I hope this inspires you to look at your die stash and find new ways to “stretch” them!!  I’ve listed the My Favorite Things products that I used below.

That’s it for me today, friends!!  My daughter and son-in-law are still here so we’ll be floating on our floaties in the pool and having some fun in the sun!!  Hope you have some awesome plans for your day!!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, May 18, 2015

In The Background–MFT DT Creative Challenge!


Hello sweet friends!!

I was so excited to see what this month’s Design Team Creative Challenge was because it gave me the chance to practice one of my most favorite techniques that I like to call Faux Watercolor.  So, before I get too far into my blathering, I should tell you that this month’s challenge was to create a project featuring different ways to use the amazing array of red rubber background stamps that My Favorite Things carries and to make them the star of the show!  Here’s my project:


And here’s how I created it:

  1. Trim an A2 top folding card base from Smooth White Cardstock; score at 5.5” and perfect crease with a teflon bone folder.
  2. Using a craft sheet and a scrap piece of acetate, swipe a strip of Razzle Berry, Lemon Drop, Sour Apple and Blu Raspberry Premium Dye Ink Pads onto the craft sheet.  Use the acetate to block off the previously swiped color so that the colors don’t mix on your ink pads.  And make sure that the ink stripes on the craft sheet are wide enough so that the area they cover is at least 6” x 6” in total.
  3. Lay the Garden Floral Background rubber stamp face down into the layers of ink on the craft sheet.  Apply strong and even pressure, making sure to cover the entire background stamp completely with the inks.
  4. Spritz water onto the inked background stamp enough to allow the inks to blend and bleed slightly, but not too much as to muddle the ink colors and the pattern from the background stamp.
  5. Immediately lay a piece of 4.25” x 5.5” watercolor paper, smooth side down, onto the inked/spritzed background stamp and apply even pressure to make sure that the blended inks have a chance to absorb into the watercolor paper.  Carefully lift the watercolor paper off of the inked background stamp and set aside to dry.  (I typically respritz the background stamp – up  to three times – in order to get two or three generations of the watercolored image.  The first generation is typically pretty bold, the second less bold, and so on.  I’m usually most happy with the second generation application as it’s not quite as bold as the first, but not too light that you can’t really see the detail of the stamped image.  This project uses a second generation image.)
  6. Stamp the Pinstripe Background red rubber stamp horizontally onto a 4.25” x 5.5” Smooth White Cardstock panel using Black Licorice Hybrid Ink.  Trim off a 1/4” strip from this panel – save the rest for future projects.
  7. Die cut the word Congrats from the Celebratory Greetings Die-Namics set, once from Black Licorice Cardstock, and three additional times from Smooth White Cardstock.  Adhere the layers together with liquid adhesive, placing the black layer on the top.
  8. Once the faux watercolored image is dry, die cut it using the stitched panel from Blueprints 23.
  9. Adhere the watercolored image panel to the cardbase with foam squares.  Adhere the striped strip directly to the cardbase (with a tape runner) and to the left of the image panel.
  10. Adhere the stacked sentiment to the image panel with liquid adhesive.  Apply glossy accents to the top of the stacked sentiment and allow to thoroughly dry (I usually allow mine to dry over night.)

That’s it!!  It’s a detailed description of the process, but trust me when I tell you that this technique is soooooo easy and really packs a creative punch when it’s done!!  I feel like I get the best results when I use background stamps that have a good deal of image surface.  The Garden Floral background stamp is perfect for this technique!  And honestly, the Pinstripe Background stamp is one that should be in every girl’s stamp collection because it’s so universal!!

Okay, so now you really need to visit the MFT Stamps Blog to be linked up to my other sweet teammates sharing their gorgeous Background Stamp projects. I know they’re going to blow you away!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  My youngest daughter and son-in-law are here for the week, so we’ll be having some fun in the sun with them.  I’ll be popping in a few times this week with other projects, so I hope you’ll drop by again soon!!

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