Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Lattice Edged Cards

Hello again. Long time no share : )         
As discussed in the previous post, I will do up a quick share with the lattice cards I made with the template from this lovely lady's blog. http://www.barbstamps.com/my_weblog/2017/02/video-lattice-fold.html. Zoo sent it to me and of course I had to try. Who knew how easy this would be and how much fun detail it adds to cards. Definitely should be on your to do list.

I fell in love with the Chicks stamps set from StampinUp's Salebration earlier this year. They are the most adorable little things and I could just do a million cards with them (admittedly, I did do a ton of them at first. Only two with the lattice, though). The bows were from a video Zoo sent out and I love them to death. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gw6vUApUCrk&list=PL3cCMweCuEK3-3klF2M2IbCJSkjbBquCC&index=2. Origami folded so are nice and flat and cheap to mail. The What's Up stamp is a $1.50 one from Micheal's and the Happy Big Day stamp is from StampinUp and Zoo sent the stamped tag to me.

These adorable giraffe's were stamped at Zoo place and brought home to play with. The first one I placed overlapping a piece of paintable wallpaper left over from a reno job. I used my watercolour wax crayons to add colour and I love this card. Simple but sweet.

This floral stamp, Zoo stamped 5-6 years ago on her scrap crap paper and mailed to me. I used my water colour pencil crayons to add colour and then highlighted with gel pens. The metal hole ribbon behind was from the dollarama years ago. It is awkward to glue on (I used my two way glue on the parts seen and double sided tape under the flower) but is an awesome addition to the card.

Since falling in love with lattice edged cards I went out and found some super cheap, on clearance templates to do more. Doing the template along the edge of the paper is the easiest, as scissors can be used. Doing the template on the interior of the card is harder on the hand, as a sharp papertole knife needs to be used. Either makes a beautiful image but so far I have only made cards with the small circle ones. I will add picture of future cards when I have time to make them. For now the only two I have done are shown on the last post I did earlier today, using the Time Warp stencil.

Well, again... have a great day. I need to move and get away from the laptop. 

Cheers, Red Bear : )

Time stencils and bigz die

This morning I will be writing about the fun I had experimenting with my new stencils and Zoo's Tim Holtz Bigz Pocket watch die. Fairly recently, I purchased two new stencils by Andy Skinner, Time Warp and Old Film. 

I had a few minutes one day to play with them and so I first used a sponge brush to apply blue acrylic paint on the Old Film stencil (I couldn't find my new sponge stencil applicators at the time) and the paint bled through quite a bit. Not wanting to throw away the end product I did use half the page to make a couple cards and used the very destroyed half as the inside of the cards to write on (I flipped them upside down to show the white side, thus not wasting paper. Zoo will be rolling her eyes at me at this point.) 

On the Time Warp stencil I used the one and only Tim Holtz Distress Paint Dobber I own that is a Frayed Burlap colour. It was much better at not bleeding threw and I made three cards with that sheet.


I used the concept of Time will help heal wounds on this card and used Zoo's Tim Holtz Alterations Movers & Shapers Pocket Watch Frame Bigz Die (658571) for the focal point. The pocket watch image is one cut from an old magazine and the brown background I free hand cut for the watch. The stamp set I used for this card was from StampinUp, Designer Tee set.

The following two cards done with the Time Warp stencil I used the American Traditional Designs Cut and Fold Template to make a lattice type border along the top edge. I bought these templates after falling in love with lattice borders using a free template downloaded from this fun blog  http://www.barbstamps.com/my_weblog/2017/02/video-lattice-fold.html. I will be doing a post about the cards I did with her template next.
In any case. The stamp I used is a sweet spiral one from the StampinUp Garden Whimsy set. The circles were cut with Sizzix's Circles #2 Bigz die. The adorable arrow eyelet I don't have a brand for but I purchased them at Micheal's years ago. They fit in nice with the time theme.

The blue cards using the Old Film stencil turned out cute. I used; washi tape from Dollarama that  has been on my to do list forever; Tim Holtz Alterations Washer Border die; SpellBinders Nestabilities Fleur de Lis Squares die set; the Sizziz Circles #2 Bigz die; StampinUp Designer Tee stamp set; and a scalloped circle that Zoo sent me a year or two ago.

Surprising what you can do with a couple of 8 1/2'x11' pieces of paper it took you all of two minutes to flop paint through a couple of stencils onto. Imagine what could be done with more time and practice.

Take care and have fun! Red Bear : )

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Corner Heart Punch

Good morning. I have had a little post it note with some information to make a post on the counter for a couple of weeks now and have finally sat down to do it. Funny how life gets in the way of the to-do list.
In any case... I had filled a little box of corner heart punches at Zoo's place before moving East, years ago. I have never used them and as the theme of this year is to use things I have had forever, it was high time to delve in. All the punches were on scrap pieces of paper of varying sizes and colours.

I first used the larger pieces that had a punch in each of the four corners. I used mainly Dollarama 6"x6" paper pads that I have had for years and not used. The two pads I used were the Rainbow Scrapbook and the Flower Scrapbook pads. I hope Zoo will add the name of the company who made the punch. I like how the hearts are not quite cut out and so I could add another layer of paper under the top of each heart to add dimension. The cards are bright and yet not too overpowering. I tend to not use patterned paper but this was a good use of the bolder patterns I had been avoiding. 

Having used up the larger pieces it was time to move onto the more narrow bits that only had two heart punched per piece. I used Zoo's Spellbinder's Curved Border's dies to make one edge more decorative. I was originally going to have a piece of the card slide in and out of the heart punch paper but then decided to just use a big flower instead. I added a coordinating colour under each corner punch to add interest and a small stamp in between. The big flowers are from using a friends dies and Big Shot years ago. I believe the biggest flower is from StampinUp and the smaller ones are from my McGill Petite Petals Punch and my Martha Stewart's Floral Anywhere Punch. A good use of paper I would not normally use

I have more punched corners remaining but ran out of time. I will get to them in the years to come.   Happy November!

Red Bear : )

Sunday, October 15, 2017

SpellBinders Curved Border Dies

Hello again. I am waiting for my banana bread to finish baking and since I am stuck on this level of the house and am definitely not in the mood to vacuum, I thought I would do up another post. I recently stole (borrowed) Zoo's two sets of border die's from SpellBinders (Curved Borders One and Two - each with 6 dies) and fell in love with them. Oodles of fun playing with these dies and I can see making waaaaay too many cards with them.

I have done two sets of cards so far. Each time I sat down to play with them I chose a couple of colours of 8 1/2"x11"paper, cut them half then started cutting different borders from each end of the paper. In this way I ended up with an abundant amount of die cut pieces to mount on to a card. I mounted all the pieces onto the card bases and then decorated them at this point. Probably a backward way of doing things but that was how my brain was working at the time.

When it was time to decorate them I found it hard to cover them up, so only used bows (made with the aid of this awesome video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gw6vUApUCrk&list=LLrPw3KR7TMCTKUPVvRy-_3g&index=70&t=969s), Dollarama bling, small die cut shapes and a couple of butterflies from a page Zoo gave me that she coloured and didn't know what to do with (She colours beautiful things and then they sit in her craft room where no one can see them. Such a crime. Thanks, Zoo, for letting me show these off !). Upon previewing the post I discovered that the two cards I made with the butterflies are not in the picture file. I gave them away before I took pictures. Typical me. I know Zoo has one so she may add a picture when she gets a chance.

Anyway... enough of me babbling. Here are the cards I have made so far.

The possibilities with these die sets are endless. I look forward to playing with them again in the future. I know Zoo will want them back when she sees the pretty cards but they have such a long distance to travel back out west that they may have to rest up at my house for a few more weeks : )

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Embossing Powder on mailing labels

Hello. Long time no see. I have been making cards like crazy these past few weeks. I have lifted Zoo's ban on making cards while she is indisposed. Life has done a serious number on her and her family and during this tragic time I am trying to be creative while being distracted at the same time. So cards have been pouring out.

In keeping with my theme of using up old stuff and things I haven't used, I dug out some things I had made with stickers and embossing powder. Zoo had sent a YouTube video about it and one day last year I decided to give it a go. I must say it was fun but I had only used one of them for my great niece's birthday card (no picture, sorry). So I decided to do up some cards with the rest of the embossed stickers.

Embossing powder and mailing labels video:

The premise of the video is to place stickers and things onto the sticky side of a mailing label and then pour embossing powder over the remainder of the sticky space, heat it and then use the decorated label in a card. I used kids letter stickers, cork letter stickers, flower stickers, self adhesive bling designs, old corner stickers and on some I only used the embossing powder on the whole sticky label. The labels I used were from a roll of large mailing labels that I cut in half. Each cut one is about 3" x  2 1/2".

These are some of the finished labels...

The finished cards turned out sweet. I will list the names of the embossing powders used but most of the stickers I have had in my box for ever, so I don't know where I bought them or what brands they are. A lot of the letter ones came from Dollarama. I also used some washi tapes, that was on my list of things to try out.

Stampin Up - Iridescent Ice Powder

Masterpiece Stamping (all of these brands I purchased over 20 years ago) - White       {The embossed background is a botched piece that Zoo and I were experimenting with. We were trying to use embossing powders with embossing folders and it was not working. As I never throw anything out... years later I found a pretty way of using up the mistake, yay!}

Stampin Up - Pewter

Personal Stamp Exchange -Topiary Tapestry     (the little corner stickers used in this piece came from a Dollarama kiddie scrapbook. The stickers would have had to have been glued on, as they were not very sticky but placing them on a sticker worked like a charm. I like the mosaic tile look when done)

Stampin Up - Pewter    (Just a note to say the self adhesive bling stars and things started to melt when I heat embossed the powder. I managed to flatten them out for the most part but thought I should warn you)

Masterpiece Stamping - black

Personal  Stamp Exchange - Claret Tapestry and Bridal, Stampin up - Iridescent Ice

Stampin up - Iridescent Ice, Masterpiece Stamping - Black, Stampin Up - Pewter

Stampin up - Iridescent Ice, Stampin Up - Pewter, Masterpiece Stamping - Gold

Personal Stamp Exchange's - Claret Tapestry, Topiary Tapestry and Cobalt Tapestry

Stampin Up - Pewter, Masterpiece Stamping - Gold, Personal Stamp Exchange - Copper

Personal Stamp Exchange's - Topiary Tapestry and Cobalt Tapestry, and Copper

Well I hope you have enjoyed this post. I will try and get a few more done. It is a nice way to wrap up the end of a card making session and will archive some of the different things I have been working on. I will work on my computer avoidance tendency in order to accomplish this feat : )