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My latest trip to Michael’s

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Hi everyone! I know, I know. It seems like the only time I post to this is when I have videos. It’s been a crazy summer. I have been traveling for work every week, training new people. And let me tell you, watching someone work and telling them what they did wrong is exhausting! Who knew standing around could be so much work?? (BTW that was totally serious. I can’t believe how tired I am after each day!)

So, that leaves me with very little time to create, but when I am away, there’s always a Michael’s or AC Moore (sometimes both!) near by. I can always shop. And so I have!! This time it was actually a local Michael’s and I went after I finished working for the day. It was in the same shopping center, so how could I say no??? Plus I was in Wal-Mart ALL day and I needed to interact with some intelligent people. (sorry not sorry. I HATE Wal-Mart!!)

Here’s the link to the haul:

Michael’s Haul Video

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Valentines Day

So, it’s only the second week of the year and already I’m thinking about Valentine’s Day. Actually, I started working on them at the end of last year. It seems as though, like in the food industry, you are always worried about the next holiday before the current one is even over. Or maybe that’s just the crazy world we are living in. Retail stores seemed to have adopted that philosophy as well, so I guess my business has to follow suit.

When I started out creating some design concepts, I wanted to do a lot with distress inks. I have a lot of pinks and Valentine’s Day seemed to be the perfect time to try out mixing and matching for some unique backgrounds.

The first card I started out making was one I designed around a stamp set that I have had for awhile, but have never used. It contains a stamp that features two birds holding hearts. One says “Be Mine” and the second one says “Or Else”. I used two Spellbinders Nestabilities dies and used white cardstock to create the top two layers for the card. I used Worn Lipstick distress ink to color the top layer (which is the layer the stamp is on) and then used Picked Raspberry for the next larger layer. I backed both of them with a black cardstock.

The next thing I did was create the background. I took another white piece of cardstock and used the same technique with the Worn Lipstick distress ink. I then put the newly distressed cardstock in the hearts embossing folder and then used the Picked Raspberry on the embossed image. This technique highlights the embossed image while the debossed part retains the original distress color. The background was backed with some more black cardstock. I placed pop dots on the back of the original image and then assembled the card.

Thanks for stopping by. Please feel free to leave a comment or become a subscriber. You can see some if my distress techniques at my YouTube channel – chelebelle1120. Image

Waterfall Cards

While I was doing some research for ideas for my sister’s wedding gift, I stumbled upon a YouTube video for a waterfall card. The video gave step by step instructions on how to make one and it looks so different from anything I’ve ever made before. So, I used my sister’s birthday card as the guinea pig!

First I started out with an aqua and black zebra striped paper. I have been wanting to use this paper, but haven’t had any projects that it fit with lately. I placed that on a black piece of paper that was a 1/4 of an inch larger on all sides. I then took a 2 x 9 inch piece of light blue card stock and scored it at 2, 2 3/4, 3 1/2 and 4 1/4 inches. This paper will be used to hold the 4 pieces of paper with the pictures (or words/phrases if you choose) that will be flipped to reveal the next image. Fold the paper along the score marks and place this piece to the side.

Next I cut out 4 black squares at 2 x 2 inches and 4 light blue squares at 1 3/4 x 1 3/4 inches. On the light blue squares I used black ink and stamped four different shoe images. I then glued them onto the black squares. The next step is to take those squares and glue them onto the 2 x 9 inch strip of paper. Make sure that you glue the square just under the fold line on the paper. If not, when you go to do the “waterfall” effect, the paper will have a hard time folding. At this point, the images or phrases should be stacked on top of one another, with a small amount of the image underneath sticking out.

Before I could glue these pieces down to the card base I had to cut a small strip of black card stock that would house the brads and be the piece that holds the waterfall feature to the card. I put a small amount of ATG glue on both ends of the black strip and then attached it to the zebra and black card stock. I punched two holes at the end with my xacto knife and placed the brads through the holes. For the brads, I used two square ones I had lying around. They were yellow, so I took some paint I had in teal and painted the fronts and the sides of the brad. The brads are used to reinforce the small black strip since a moving part is going to be attached. It gives the card a little bit more stability.

To attach the waterfall feature, I placed a small amount of adhesive onto the backside of the shorter end of the waterfall piece and then placed the shorter end on top of the black strip. The tail (longer side) slips under the black band. Once that is in place, pull gently on the tail and make sure that the mechanism allows all the images to be seen and moves smoothly. If it doesn’t, you may have placed a piece too close to the edge where the paper was folded.

When you pull the tail down, you see a lot of blank space. I decided that I wanted to stamp something on that end so that there would be a message when you pulled the tail. I chose a stamp from the birthday set I had (I believe it was a Fiskar’s set) that was a circle with the phrase “it’s my party and I’ll dance if I want to.” I thought that was appropriate since the images were all shoes! I also attached a small black bow I made from a piece of thin ribbon where you pull to activate the waterfall feature to finish the front off.

The last step for the front of the card is to glue this piece to the card base. I attach my cards to a 5 x 7 inch white card that I bought in a pack of 50 from AC Moore. I use these because then I don’t have to worry about making envelopes to fit my cards. Once this was done, I started to work on the inside.

To make the inside match the outside, I took the same aqua and black zebra paper and lined the inside of the card with it. I then took a black square and a smaller light blue square an attached the two. I stamped the word Celebrate in black ink. Then I added an exclamation point with a black gel pen and wrote a message to my sister to finish off the card.

The waterfall card is a really cool effect. I am going to try this on some of the Christmas cards I make this year. One note – the card is a little heavy because of the layers of paper I used and the brads. I will probably just make it for ones that I can give out and won’t mail because they will probably cost more to mail. I hope that these directions make sense – if any of them are unclear, please let me know!

Here are the pictures of the card. Thanks for stopping by!

Where to score on the Martha Stewart scoring board:

Where to score

Papers used:Papers used

Brad:

Brad

After pulling on the tail – revealing the stamped message:

Waterfall

Inside:

Inside

Finished card:Done

Birthdays!

April is going to be a crazy month! Between birthdays and communions, starting work full-time again (mixed feelings on that one!),two trips (one work related, one for fun) AND Easter, I think that there’s something I have to do every single day. I wrote a list of the projects I needed to work on and the first ones I tackled were the birthday cards.

I started off with my godson’s card. Since he is a twin, I thought it would be easiest to make two of the same card. That way I could cross two people’s names off my list! I don’t like doing that because the boys are different and have different separate interests. But, for the sake of time, I did it this way.

I went though all of the stamps that were birthday related (much easier now since I reorganized my stamps!) and came across a set with three different presents. I decided I wanted to emboss the background with the presents and I chose a Martha Stewart glittery blue embossing powder. If you use the glitter embossing powders, it is harder to tell when the powder is melted. Unfortunately, I had that trouble with the background of these cards because of that.

After I embossed the card, I chose another stamp that has an owl with Happy Birthday on it. I used broken china distress ink on a scrap piece of paper to change the color of the paper and then stamped the owl image twice onto it. Then I took the postage stamp border from EK Success and punched around the edges of the stamped image. I also used a lighter piece of blue paper that I ran through the Cuttlebug with the Allegro folder (I think that’s what it is called – it’s the one with all the music notes) and then put a pop dot on the back of the owl image and attached those pieces to the card.

For the inside I used red Chalkbox ink to ink up a Happy Birthday stamp. I used another shade of blue paper to cover the inside (I made a mistake on one of the cards so I needed something to cover it up) and stamped the Happy Birthday in red. Under that I wrote each boy’s name on their own card and then signed it.

The last step was to put a design on the envelope. I chose a longer stamp that has cupcakes across it. I used Black Momento ink to ink up the stamp and then stamped the image on the outside flap of the envelope. I then wrote the boys’ names on their envelope and that’s it!

The card’s design is relatively simple and it didn’t take me a long time to make them both. The most time consuming part was the embossing. There are some mistakes on the cards, but I am sure that two 8 year old boys aren’t going to notice!

Here is how they turned out:cardenvelope

Busy Bee! Reorganizing and Easter Card

I haven’t had time to post a lot of projects lately because it’s been crazy over here! I’ve been calling it wedding sweatshop lol. Some of the things I can’t post until after the wedding (I don’t want to give away any of the surprises for my sister’s guests who might read my blog!) and other things won’t be posted until much later. In between all of the wedding related items, I did have some time to work on an Easter card and to (re)organize my stamp collection.

I’ll start with the stamp collection. At first I was using two of the large photo/paper boxes that you can find at Michael’s or AC Moore – one to hold the wood mounted stamps and the other for clear stamps. The problem with this is that when I needed a certain stamp, I had to dig through this huge box of stamps and usually it was one that was at the bottom of the pile that I needed. (Of course – why would it be easy?) I got fed up with doing that so I decided it was time to rearrange!

I took all my stamps and divided them into categories. I have holidays, wedding, travel, animals, words/phrases/letters, girls night out (shoes, purses, and a stamp set called girls night out!), patterned, etc. This will make it easier when I am working on a holiday card or layout – I can just grab the box with all the event related stamps and am ready to go. I then placed them into the smaller photo/shoe boxes and placed them around my desk. Before I stacked the boxes two high, but inevitably I would need something from the bottom box every time! So I rearranged the desk so that the shoe boxes line it instead of being on top of each other!
For right now I have just done this with my stamps. Eventually I would like to place my stickers and embellishments of the same themes together with the stamps, but I just didn’t have the patience yesterday. (All the stickers are in two binders and already divided by categories).

After the clutter was removed from my desk, I was able to work again! I started on an Easter card and immediately came the scrapper’s block. I had a bunch of stamps that I wanted to use, but I wasn’t sure where to start. I looked at my background stamps and chose a circle pattern. I wanted to emboss it, so I stamped that with VersaMark and used Martha Stewart yellow embossing powder to create the background. I then used my Spellbinders Nestabilites die (label one), took the largest die and cut out a pink shape for part of the background. I then took the stamps and used bright and pastel colored inks to stamp the different sized eggs all over the pink paper.

Originally when I stamped the eggs, I used a light purple for one of the large eggs. It hardly showed up on the paper, so I reinked the stamp with a maroon color and was able to go right over where the first stamp had been. This is one of the major advantages to using clear stamps. Since you can see through the block and the stamp, you can usually go over your stamped image with ease if part of it didn’t get stamped or if you need to use a different color ink.

Ok – back to my project. I picked up some Happy Easter ribbon the other day and knew I wanted to use it at the bottom of the card. Once that was adhered, I placed the pink shape on the card and decided it needed some more elements. I then took a scrap piece of blue paper and inked up a basket stamp with VersaMark. For the embossing powder, I chose one of Martha Stewart’s glitter embossing powder and it shows up almost clear with a sparkle! I really liked the effect. Next I took the x-large cameo punch from Fiskars and punched out the basket to be placed on top of the pink cutout.

I wanted the pink egg paper with the blue basket to be offset, so I needed something to go on the left side of the card. After going through my Cricut cartridges, I landed on an image of a chick popping out of an egg. The egg was embossed with Swiss Dots and then placed over top of the chick and glued on to the front of the card, next to the other image. (I think this image was from Create a Critter, but I can’t be sure!)

When it came time for the sentiment, I realized that all of the Easter stamps I had were too small. I picked up a bunch from the $1 bin at AC Moore and the sets are tiny. So, I again went through my Cricut books and found the phrase A Lovely Easter to you (from the Wild Cards cartridge). The phrase was cut out from a scrap pack of paper I got on sale at AC Moore. I picked up paints when I was there a couple of weeks ago because I wanted to start adding paint to some of my projects. I bought a teal, purple and a green color and thought – maybe I should paint the words? I did and once they were dry, I adhered them to the inside of the card. The last step was to take a wooden Easter stamp I had, ink it with maroon chalk ink and stamp the image on the outside flap of the envelope.

It took me awhile to come up with all the pieces to this card, but I do think it came out cute. Here are some pictures:
Card front Card and envelope Sentiment Sentiment and envelope

Hope you enjoyed this card! Please feel free to leave any comments – thanks for stopping by!

Stamp-a-ma-jig

Some of you are probably wondering what that is or why you would even need one in scrapbooking. I didn’t think I would need one, until I tried to create a border with a wooden stamp. It’s not very easy and the result wasn’t the best. I had heard of this product, but hadn’t seen it used until I watched one of the YouTube videos a couple of weeks ago.
So what is it? Essentially, it is a piece of plastic and a T-square shaped guide. What you do is take a stamp, ink it with some ink of your choice (it doesn’t have to be the color of ink you are using on your layout or card) and place the T-square shaped guide on the top corner of the plastic sheet. Then, you slide the side of the stamp down the side of the T-square guide and stamp the image onto the sheet. (I have found that using distress ink is the easiest because it’s extremely easy to wipe off of the plastic.) After that is done, you take the piece of plastic and place it over the spot where you want your stamped image on the layout or card, place the T-Square on the top left side of the plastic, remove the plastic and place the stamp into the T-Square guide so that the image is perfectly placed on your page!
I thought that this product was unnecessary until I got it. I love it because it makes seeing where your image should be placed on the page so easy and it helps you get the image just how you want it. For clear stamps it is easy to see where the image will end up. But with traditional wood mounted stamps, you often can’t tell where the edge is. It really helps when you are working on a page long border where you need to line up the stamps perfectly.
If you are doing one of those borders, you stamp the first image, lay the plastic next to the image you just stamped and repeat the process. This way you can control what the spacing is like between images. If it is done properly, it will look like you had one continuous stamp.
While this isn’t one of the items that I would say you need to get when you first start scrapbooking, I would suggest that it is something that you want to purchase if you do a lot of stamping. The one I bought is from Inkadinkado.

Challenge #1

I wasn’t sure where to start when it came to the list of items for my personal challenges. Do I start with an easier one and work to the ones that are harder or I am more afraid to try? Or do I dive right in to the hardest part?
Well, for the first one I took it a little easy. One of the challenges was to use an item from one collection on something that it wouldn’t normally be used on. I thought about using my stamps because I have so many different collections, one of which is called Asian Inspired by Fiskars.
I am working on my friend Erika’s wedding album. She got married at the beach in Ocean City, MD in September. How could I make these stamps with an Asian influence work for one of her pages? There was nothing about her wedding (which had a play theme to it – the programs were a playbill, we signed records instead of a guest book) that could be linked to these stamps!
Three of these stamps are the symbols for love, peace and happiness, with the corresponding word written underneath the symbol. I chose to use just the word part of two (love and happiness) in the page somewhere. Since the words were small, I needed to do something to make them stand out. I punched out a scalloped/postcard edge border by EK Success and then cut the paper to a one inch strip and repeated the process. I then took the stamps and inked them in VersaMark. Originally I chose white embossing powder, but then I remembered I bought some yellow Martha Stewart embossing powder that I wanted to try. For the second try, I used the yellow embossing powder. With the green paper, it makes the powder almost look clear.

Here is a look at the final product.

For the next project, I am going to try something a little bit more difficult.