Friday, September 30, 2011

Trick-or-Treat Card

Hello Friends!

My good friend Gretchen Schmidt is back with another great card! {She is so awesome to share with us!}  This card is one of my favorites for two reasons.

1.  It has a POP UP!  ;)

2.  It has STAMPS!  :)


Pop ups and stamping go so well together!  ;)


Directions -
Create a 8-1/2” x 5-1/2” card base out of kraft cardstock, fold in half to create your card. Cut a second card front that is 4-1/4” x 5-1/2”. Stamp spider webs on the card front and on the inside of the card base.
Outside: Stamp three pumpkins onto cream cardstock. Cut out each into a square. Glue pumpkins onto blue patterned paper, hand cut out each into a square shape. Glue down all three to a piece of black cardstock and cut it out into a rectangle shape as shown in example. Cut a larger pieces of Halloween themed patterned paper and glue to card front. Tie a ribbon around the card front and set it aside. When the inside of your card is complete, glue the card front onto the outside of the card base.
Inside: Use your Spider and Spiderweb die to create the spiderweb and cut two spiders. Add spiderweb to the inside of your card base following package directions. Secure the web portion that attaches to the top of your card with a brad. Glue down your two spiders to the web. Stamp sentiment and pumpkin as shown. 
Supplies:
Other: 
kraft cardstock (Bazzill) black cardstock (American Crafts), cream cardstock, Mischievous papers (My Mind’s Eye), web4us and solids4Halloween (The Stamps of Life),  Licorice Premium Dye Ink (Colorbox), black pen, Wild Honey Distress Ink (Ranger), ribbon, brad.
Thanks so much, Gretchen!
Hugs,
Stephanie
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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Sizzix Fresh Vintage Blog Hop: Fringed Flower

Hi everyone- Eileen Hull here again inviting you head on over to my blog and see the second installment in a series of twelve blog hops featuring Fresh Vintage dies. Today's project is the Fringed Flower, one of my favorites!
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There are so many ways you can use it- on scrapbook pages, cards, gift boxes, pins, hair and shoe accessories, home decor pieces and clothing. And the materials you can cut! Fleece, felt, leather, vinyl, paper (of course!), old book pages, sheet music, tissue paper, bubble wrap, you name it!  

Hop on over to  my blog to see what our fabulous designers have done with this die. There's also a giveaway going on at Oh My Crafts blog. Every hop day there will be a question pertaining to that day's project. Leave a comment and have the chance to win a Flower, Layers #9 die!

Thanks for your interest and see you on the hop!
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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Floral Coin Purse

Hello, Friends!

Last week, I got back from ten days in South Africa.  I taught over 600 students techniques using our dies and products.  What a blast!  I also got to spend some time touring the beautiful town of Cape Town.

This coin purse by Debi reminds me of the gift shops in Cape Town.  Bright colors and beautiful patterns were everywhere! 


Instructions:


Die-cut shapes out of poly-foam and adhere to stamp bases. Dip into a thin puddle of acrylic paint and stamp onto cotton fabric. Let dry. Set paint with iron when dry. Cut squares from a variety of cotton fabrics as indicated in pattern. (Pattern Reference: Pink Penguin) It’s free!



Supplies Used:

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Other Supplies: Cotton Fabrics, Acrylic Paint, Paper Plate for Paint, Poly Foam, Stamp Base, See pattern for additional information regarding supplies for wristlet.

Happy Crafting!

Hugs,
Stephanie
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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Hi everyone!

My name is Eileen Hull and I design dies for Sizzix. ScoreBoard dies are my specialty- they cut and score matboard and other thick materials into boxes, folders and books.  My vision for Fresh Vintage dies is to use them with recycled and vintage materials like book pages, ledger paper, coffee filters, tissue paper, sewing patterns, tin foil, fleece, fabric, felt and whatever else you happen to have laying around. This collection includes 6 three dimensional flowers and leaves, which work great with paper, and 6 ScoreBoards: bird, butterfly, album (shown today!), vase, suitcase, and caddy, to be used with matboard.
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Today I am happy to present the Sizzix Fresh Vintage blog hop starring 75 top industry designers and twelve dies from my latest collection! Every Tuesday and Thursday for the next six weeks, a different die will be featured and 6-10 inspiring projects will be shared for each die.  Here's a peek at one fun way to use the ScoreBoard Album die! View the hop by clicking on the Fresh Vintage blinkie on the sidebar or head on over to my blog to see lots of fun techniques and inspiring ways to use the dies!

I'd love to hear your comments...

Eileen
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Monday, September 26, 2011

A Batty Halloween...

Hello, Friends!

My friend Gretchen Schmidt sent me this adorable Halloween Decoration and I had to share it with you!  Imagine decorating your home with these oh, so spooky bats!!!  ;)



Instructions:

Assemble bats according to die cut directions, use googly eyes or a white pen to make the eyes stand out. Hang with clear thread and attach to ceiling using thumb tacks. Quick and easy decorations! 



Supplies Used:

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Other: cardstock, glue, white pen or googly eyes.

Happy Crafting!

Hugs,
Stephanie
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Friday, September 23, 2011

Wishing You Joy & Happiness Card

Hello, Friends!

I {love} this wedding card by Debi.  Not only is it elegant and beautiful, but it's PURPLE!  And, PURPLE is the BEST color in the world!  ;)


Instructions:

Cut cardstock to size and fold to form card base. Trim a strip of patterned paper to fit across the bottom of the card front
Emboss a piece of cardstock using the Frame, Ornate #2 embossing folder. Trim to size and attach to the card. Print a sentiment on cardstock, trim to desired size and attach to the card using foam dots. Attach a ribbon and rhinestone embellishment. Emboss a piece of cardstock using the Garden Rose Embosslits die, embellish with chalk and attach to the card.


Supplies Used:
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Other Supplies: Cardstock, Patterned Paper, Chalk, Rhinestones, Ribbon



Happy Crafting!

Hugs,
Stephanie
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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Embossed Quality Scallop Circle Bag

Hello, Friends!

I recently had some friends stay at my house for five nights and six days.  Wowsers!  ;)  THAT is a long time!  ;)  Don't get me wrong, we had a wonderful time...AND, I had fun decorating their bathroom.  I even included a little sewing kit in case they needed it.  {I think I should open a Bed and Breakfast!}  haha.....

Anyway, I wish I would of put the sewing kit in this cute little bag created by Debi.  It would of made the sewing kit that much better!  Next time.  ;)



Instructions:

Cut a Scallop (Circle) Bag using the eclips machine and Albums, Bags & Boxes cartridge. Emboss the front of bag using the Sewing Pattern embossing folder and embellish with ink to highlight the raised design. Fold along the score lines and assemble the Bag. Cut a piece of cardstock to size to form a tag. Stamp with a sentiment. Die-cut a spool and button (from the Sewing Room die) out of cardstock and patterned paper. Layer colors and embellish with paper, chalks and thread. Attach to tag. Punch hole in tag and attach to bag using ribbon and thread. Add a flower appliqué with button.



Supplies Used:

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Other Supplies: Cardstock, Patterned Paper, Appliqué Flower, Button, Chalk, Hole Punch, Ink, Ribbon, Stamp, Thread

Happy Crafting!

Hugs,
Stephanie
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Tweet Bird & Flowers Scrapbook Page

Hello, Friends!

Debi created this adorable layout that is perfect for many different themes!  Although, I'll be honest, I {love} this picture!  ;)



Instructions:

Cut a piece of white cardstock to size to form a scrapbook page base. Emboss opposite edges of page using the Elegant Vine embossing folder. Trim a piece colored cardstock to size and attach to the scrapbook page. If desired, embellish with stitching; attaching rick-rack to one side. Punch a large circle from white cardstock and attach to page using foam dots. Die-cut a Bird out of cardstock and thin felt, layer materials and attach to the circle. Embellish the Bird with a black pen. Die-cut Flowers, Cornflowers out of cardstock, embellish with buttons and set aside. Hand-cut a stem for the flower, attach to the circle on the page. Attach flowers and leaf. Trim a photograph to size, mat on cardstock and attach to page using foam dots. Die-cut Phrase, Tweet out of cardstock and attach to the page.

Supplies Used:

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Other Supplies: Cardstock, Button, Black Pen, Buttons, Felt, Foam Dots, Rick-Rack, Sewing Machine (Optional)

Happy Crafting!

Hugs,
Stephanie
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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Tickled Pink Baby Shower Invite

Hello, Friends!

My friend is having a baby shower soon and I thought this invitation idea by Debi would be perfect for her invites!  Aren't they adorable?!?


Instructions:

Cut a Pregnant Woman out of cardstock using the eclips machine and the Baby Shower & Precious Cartridge. Print out a baby shower invitation on cardstock, leaving room for a Pregnant Woman silhouette. Adhere the Pregnant Woman cut out to the invitation. Mat the invitation on patterned paper and embellish with a ribbon bow.



Supplies Used:

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Other Supplies: Cardstock, Invitation, Patterned Paper, Ribbon

Happy Crafting!

Hugs,
Stephanie
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Monday, September 19, 2011

Jeepers Creepers!

Hello, Friends!

My friend Gretchen Schmidt is back with another great project!   This card is sure to surprise!  {And just in time for Halloween!}



Instructions:
Outside: Start with a white 4-1/4” x 5-1/2” card base. Layer the front with Halloween themed patterned paper. Dry brush some white acrylic paint where you will be placing your title, let dry. Cut a thin strip of coordinating paper to place on the front of your card. Add five brads onto the front of the paper strip and adhere to the front of your card. Stamp sentiment onto card front.
 
Inside: Cut a piece of black cardstock to 5-1/4” x 8-1/4” that will be used for the inside of your card, fold in the center but do not glue down yet. Use your Spider and Spider Web die to cut three spiders in coordinating cardstock colors and one web out of white cardstock. Add spider web to the black cardstock according to die directions, use brads to secure the web. Glue black piece onto the inside of the card, make sure to line up center folds. Add coordinating paper strips to the top and bottom of the black piece as shown in example. Outline black piece of cardstock with white pen, overlapping the patterned paper. Glue down spiders.
 
Supplies:
 
 
Other: cardstock, patterned paper, white acrylic paint,stamping inks, brads, white pen, stamps.


Happy Crafting!

Hugs,
Stephanie
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Friday, September 16, 2011

Very Happy Birthday Card

Hello, Friends!

My Mom's birthday is coming up, so I'm looking for a birthday card idea.  I think I found one by Debi that I want to re-create.  :)
Instructions:

Cut cardstock to size and fold to form card base. Cut one strip of gray cardstock and one strip of patterned paper to fit front of card and attach. Stitch ribbon to card and add bow. Cut three squares fit across the top of the card. Emboss first small square using the heart (from the Je t’aime embossing folder) and sand to highlight the design. Die-cut an Elegant Branch from cardstock and attach to the second small square. Trim excess. Emboss third small square using a bird (from the Birds & Flowers embossing folder) and sand to highlight the design. Mount all three squares onto card front. Embellish with white pen. Stamp sentiment.



Supplies Used:

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Other Supplies: Cardstock, Ink, Ribbon, Sandpaper, Sewing Machine (Optional), Stamp, White Pen

Happy Crafting!

Hugs,
Stephanie
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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Dinner Party Name Plate

Hello, Friends!

Do you have family or friends over for dinner often?  On big holidays, we have our entire family over.  We also have friends stay with us often and I plan on using Debi's Name Plate the next time we have a dinner.

Instructions:

Cover a piece of mat board with patterned paper. Die-cut Table Tent from paper-covered mat board and fold along crease lines to assemble. Tie a ribbon around the Table Tent. Die-cut Flower, Cornflower out of cardstock and adhere to ribbon. Embellish with a decorative button. Print a name on white cardstock. Trim cardstock fit on the Table Tent. Emboss printed cardstock using the Corners, Ornate #2 embossing folder and adhere to the Table Tent.



Supplies Used:

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Other Supplies: Cardstock, Patterned Paper, Button, Ribbon

Happy Crafting!

Hugs,
Stephanie
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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A Pop-up Snowman for Any Season!

Hello, Friends!

Karen wanted to show the versatility of the Pop-up Snowman die so here are several cards she has made using this die. You can use the accessory pieces included on the die (hat, buttons, stick arms, boots, carrot nose, eyes, mouth) to make snowmen in a variety of scenes, styles and poses, from traditional winter scenes, to beach scenes, to a dude ranch!

For other seasons, you can get creative with cutting your own accessory pieces to turn the snowman into other characters, like Jack Skellington, Severus Snape, or even a sock monkey!

Finally, for an advanced technique, die cut the Snowman out of a clear material and cover it with other shapes to create your own custom pop-ups out of any flat dies.

The possibilities for this die are endless!







Supplies Used:


Sizzix Bigz XL Die -Snowman, 3-D (Pop-Up)




If you have questions about any of the cards shown, contact Karen on her blog: www.karenburniston.typepad.com.


Happy Crafting!

Hugs,
Stephanie

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Your'e Batty!

Hello, Friends!

My friend Gretchen Schmidt sent me the most adorable Halloween Tag!


Doesn't it just get you in the Halloween spirit?!?  I love it!

Instructions:
Decorate tag with patterned papers and stickers making sure to leave a space in the center where the bat body will go. Use a border punch on patterned paper strips if desired, edge tag with acrylic paint, and add matching ric-rac. Use black cardstock to cut the pieces needs for the bat body, wings, ears, and eyes and assemble according to die instructions. Adhere to the center of your tag. Add googly eyes onto the bat eye pieces.
Supplies:
 
Other: tag, cardstock, patterned papers, stickers, border punch, extra strong adhesive, googly eyes, acrylic paint, ric-rac.
Happy Crafting!
Hugs,
Stephanie
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Monday, September 12, 2011

Owl Wall Decor

Hello, Friends!

Is this owl adorable or what?!?  Wouldn't he make the best fall decoration for your home?!?  Deena created this little critter.  :)


Instructions:



Hand-cut an Owl from burlap backed with medium to heavy-weight cardstock. Stitch along edges of the Owl using a sewing machine. If desire, add a mat board or chipboard backing to the owl to make it more rigid. Hand-cut wings for the Owl from patterned paper and adhere to the Owl. Die-cut leaves (from Vine & Leaf #2) out of cardstock and adhere to the Owl’s wings. Hand-cut a beak for the Owl from cardstock and adhere to the Owl. Die-cut Flower Layers #8 out of cardstock, layer colors, bend flower petals to give dimension. Embellish flower centers with buttons and string and adhere to the Owl to form the eyes.


Supplies Used:
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Other Supplies: Burlap, Buttons, Cardstock, Mat Board or Chipboard, Patterned Paper, Sewing Machine, String

Happy Crafting!

Hugs,
Stephanie

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Let's Get Ready for....Halloween!


Hello, Friends!

Gretchen Schmidt is back to share an incredibly adorable Halloween card with us!  Imagine the delight of the person that receives it! 




Instructions:

 
Create card base out of cardstock that is 5-1/2” by 11”. Fold paper in half and gently crease – do not score. Create to more folds on either side of the center crease to create a 1/4” book like fold to accommodate the inside die. Use a bone folder to crease those to folds.
 
Outside: Layer patterned paper on the front of the card. Cut a house out of the Haunted House die as well as four bats and chalk everything to give it detail. Add hand torn grass to fit the front of the card, the Haunted House, and one Bat. Hand cut three pumpkins with stems, chalk them, and add them to the front of the card also.
 
Inside: Layer patterned paper on the inside of the card to decorate. Follow Pumpkin pop-up die instructions to create the pumpkin and stem and add to the center of the card. Die cut your title using the Chip Board Alphabet and adhere to card. Add previously cut and chalked bats.
 
 
Supplies Used:

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Other: cardstock, patterned paper, chalk.


Happy {Halloween} Crafting!

Hugs,
Stephanie
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