June 28, 2015

Guest Designer - Kelli Grogan

Are you ready for swirly wedding fun today?   I know I am!!!  I love the Swirly Wedding Dress and I was beyond thrilled when Kelli decided to use the dress for her Guest Designer post!  (Like, I am totally doing a happy dance!)

So what do you say we meet Kelli and check out her GORGEOUS card?!  

I am a Business Analyst in the New River Valley of Southwest Virginia.  I have been making card crafts for about 2 years and enjoy the stress relief it brings me after a long day or week of work.  I have two grown children, one married and living in Texas and one a Junior in college.  My husband and I have a small zoo of cats and dogs living in our house so life can be VERY hectic at times!  Above all, I love making cards and giving them to others, seeing the smile on their faces to know that I put my energy into something so personal for them.  It makes my day!


I am so excited to be one of the Guest Designers for So Suzy Stamps this month!  Suzy's stamps are available in a wide range of categories and are very crisp and many of them are quite elegant.

Speaking of elegant, I selected, as my theme this month, to do a wedding card and since I obviously love shaker cards, I couldn't resist.  The stamps I used are the Wedding Dress stamp, with corresponding SVG file and the This Day Forward sentiment stamp.

I started out by using the cutting file on my Silhouette Portrait machine to cut out the background for my stamp with Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock.

I cut out several copies in case I made a mistake.  Once I had those ready, I mixed some Perfect Pearls in the shade Perfect Pearl, with some water and painted all of my dress cutouts.

I followed that with some heat embossing using Versamark and Sparkle 'N Sprinkle's Velvet Sparkle embossing powder.

I followed that same process using different colored embossing powders from my stash, a pink sparkle shade and blue sparkle shade (I have no idea just where those came from) and I'll make something with those another time.  I did notice, as you can see in this picture, that the embossing powder just didn't show up enough on top of the Perfect Pearls watercolor, so I used my Zig glue pen to trace the lines in the stamp and covered that with some Reflection Velvet Glitter from Sparkle 'N Sprinkle.

To assemble my card, I used some Neenah Solar White cardstock cut to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" for a top folding card.  I used the other half of the cardstock to cut out my panel and my circular window.

I used the A2 stitched rectangle from the Stitched Bundle and the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circle Dies for the center shaker window.  I used washi tape to hold the two dies together and ran them on the white cardstock and two pieces of fun foam.  I cut some transparency paper to make my little window.  I pulled some floral paper from my stash (My Mind's Eye "Fancy That" double-sided paper) and adhered my dress and some pearl embellishments, stacked my fun foam and adhered it to my card front and dropped in some marshmallow sequins, sparkling clear and silver shimmer seed beads from Pretty Pink Posh.

I stamped the sentiment on some of my paper stash (same as above), cut it in a strip and stuck it to the front of my card and added a small rose embellishment.

I played around with another card, but I thought it turned out too "pinky" for me, I'm showing it here anyway, just without a tutorial.

I can post a tutorial for the above card if anyone is interested in seeing it.

Until then, Keep Crafting Real!

June 25, 2015

Purse full of cards

Hello Sharon here from Mollie Moos Crafty Place and I have a tutorial on how to make a fab card collection today. I can't take credit for this as I found the original tutorial on you tube done by  Crafty Hallett. I have broken the video down in to pictures that I hope are easy for you to follow.
To start with let me show you what I am talking about
This little purse hold 6 cards and envelopes and is made totally from cardstock - and here's how:
To start with you need the following pieces of card
I made a booboo when photographing there should be 3 12x1/2 inch strips.
The paper is from Echo Park Homegrown range and the card is Core'dinations.
You start by making the base, score a half inch around all sides of the 2.5x5.25 piece like so:
Then cut into one side of each of the corner squares and add tape:
These are then folded and stuck on the outside to form a box, it's important you stick on the outer edge as you don't want to see them inside the finished purse
Put this to one side and then tape all (3) of the 12x1/2 inch strips
With the patterned side facing you stick one of the strips to the top of main body of the purse (patterned paper 3.5x12 inch strip)
Turn this over and apply tape along the bottom and the right edge
The starting at the middle of one of the longer sides of your base box stick the main body around the base - ensuring you keep the bottom edge of the main body level with the bottom of the base.
It is important that you don't crease or fold the main body as you wrap it around the base
Continue until you have completely wrapped the base then stick the side edges together
Your purse should now look like this.
The next step is to cover the bottom edge with another of the 12x1/2 inch strips. This will hide any parts where you may have not covered the base
Again make sure you don't crease or fold the strip as this will take away the shape of the purse
You have now almost finished - It just needs straps adding.
I have chosen to add these with brads but you could glue the straps inside and add pearls /gems to look as faux fasteners.
The straps are made from the 6 x 3/8 inch strips. First of all curl then slightly (as you would curling ribbon)  to make them easier to work with.
If using brads pierce your bag twice on each side using your judgment of where to put the straps. Then pierce the straps about 1/4 of an inch from each end. Push the brad through the bag and then the strap fixing at the back. repeat this for all 4 strap ends.
This is where the 3rd 12x1/2 inch strap comes in carefully stick this around the top of the inside of the bag covering the ends of the straps and brad tails
That's your bag finished!!!
Onto the cards
I have used So Suzy Stamps Peony stamp and the Beautiful sentiment
 In order for these to fit in your bag they must be 4x4inches. Here's what I used to make them
I started with a 4x8 piece of white card and folded this in half. I matted the card and patterned paper (that I had used to make the purse) onto the card. I then stamped the Beautiful sentiment onto the bottom right corner of a piece of white card. Two of the peonies where stamped onto white card using Evergreen Bough Distress ink which matched perfectly with the green card. I then fussy cut these out. After fixing the white card onto my base I then arranged the peonies onto this. I glued the fist one flat and then used foam tape on the second one to add dimension. A crystal gem in the center of each flower just added a finishing touch.
I then made envelopes in a tonal match paper
These can be made using any paper:
 Here's one I've done using Kraft card and the Dandelion and Dandelion fluff set with the some see a wish sentiment
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June 23, 2015

Up, Up and Away

Hey! Amy here from Amy's Artsy Stuff. I have a quick simple card that can be used for any occasion.

Believe is one of my favorite words because it can mean so many things to so many people. So I decided to use that as the statement for this card.
Finished Believe Balloon watermarked

1. Using Whisper White paper I cut a 5x7 base.
2. I used VersaMark to stamp the balloon on Chocolate Chip paper. Then a Verdigris embossing powder. I loved it because it's not one color and I feel like it gives it depth.
3. I cut a white piece of water color paper to be the background behind the balloon. I used water, various blue ink sprays to create a very light "sky". Then I set it aside to dry.
4. Cut a navy blue piece of paper to back the watercolor sky once it dries.
5. I used a scrap piece of blue, green and light blue to attach to the base. I layered those with green being just a small strip.
6. I stamped 'Believe' on green using black VersaFine ink.
7. I fussy cut the balloon and then attached it to the dried watercolor background.
8. Using dimensionals I adhered it to the navy blue paper.
9. Again using dimensionals I attached it to the background of blues and green.
10. I put the 'Believe' on last and used the dimensionals again (yes, I love them lol).
11. The inside is blank so that it can be used for any occasion or just because.
That is how I made this very easy yet really pretty card. I hope you enjoy!

I would love to hear from you!!

Supplies Used:
So Suzy Stamps (www.sosuzystamps.com)
- Balloon Stamp
- Believe Stamp
Stampin Up Amy (www.stampinupamy.stampinup.net)
- Island Indigo, Soft Sky, Pear Pizzazz, Night of Navy, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip Paper
- Dimensionals
- Snail Adhesive
- VersaMark Ink
- Prima Color Bloom in blues (can use whatever blues you have on hand)
- Ranger Verdigris Embossing Powder
- Watercolor Paper

June 22, 2015


Hello dear friends, Martha Lucia here with the Dinosaur Era. Now please I ever personally knew these guys because I promise I'm not that old, I just love these little boys and this month Suzy gave us the possibility to work with them and I fell in love with them.

To create my card I stamped a Hardwood Background over the Very Vanilla Cardstock with Tip Top Taupe Classic Ink. Since I wanted it a little soft, I decided to use Distress Stain -picket fence-, and you can see the difference after I applied this product over the base on the next photos.

Then I pasted this piece over the Early Espresso card base. I also decorated the lateral border with a little piece of designer paper. I cut one side of this with a designer border.

To color the Pteradactyl, I chose yellow and grey, and for the T-Rexgreen and white. I used Chromatix Alcohol Markers to color these and I made some little accents with crystal effects over the withe and gray parts of the images.

The Super Old Sentiment was stamped with Tangelo Twist Classing Ink over Whisper White cardstock, then cut using a bubble die. I did the same with the cartel that T-Rex is carrying inviting us to the party, but using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and Handpicked Framelits.

To finalize my card I pasted all the image with dimensionals of different hights to create a complete scenery. Do you think this T-Rex is too old to celebrate?

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See you on the party!!!

June 19, 2015

Honey Hugs from the Little Bee Girl :)