Ocean themed gatefold card - Tic Tac Toe Challenge #13

Hello crafty friends,

Hope you are having a good week and lots of play time in your crafting  space!  Today is a new Tic Tac Toe challenge.  I went with the bottom row across on the board: vellum - coloring - gold. I hope that you will join us and play along with the challenge - please visit the blog here to see the other design team members' projects for more inspiration.  You have until Tuesday, September 5th at noon Central U.S. time to link up.

I decided to go with this ocean themed card since summer is at its end and it won't be long before the holidays will be in full swing with the fall and winter.  Please be sure to check back in a couple of days for my first post with Christmas card inspiration on 9/2/17.  Better yet, follow my blog so you won't miss anything!

Please note affiliate links are used when possible for supplies used in this project, which are listed at the bottom of this post.  Using these links to purchase products allows me to earn a small commission and keep bringing you fresh project ideas and how to's at no extra cost to you.  I have personally purchased all the supplies and tools used for this project and opinions expressed are my own.

I used the gorgeous Zen Ocean Honeybee Stamps background stamp to create a gatefold card front.  The stamp is a large round one - 5 1/2 inches in diameter, so after I stamped onto white 36# vellum with Versamark ink, then heat embossed with detail gold embossing powder.  It's not really obvious that the image is on vellum once it's adhered to the card, so I added a vellum band (more on that below).

At first I was planning to color the vellum stamped image with alcohol markers, but they didn't work well with this particular vellum.  I ended up using zig clean color brush markers in several hues of blue and aqua.  I didn't really try to stay within lines with any one color except for a few of the larger images within the stamp.  Quick and easy coloring!

I cut the colored image in half and then prepared my card base as follows:

Cut down an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of 110# white cardstock (Recollections brand was used) to 5 1/2"H x 9 1/4"W, then scored  the long side at 2 5/8" and 7".  This will leave you with one slightly wider front panel in order to accommodate the size of the half round stamped image.  I used the widest front panel as the left hand facing side when closed.  I was intending to make an A6 card with finished dimension of 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" but decided against that plan after seeing how it would have looked.

I used my sticker maker to add adhesive to the back of the vellum half circles just to make sure that it would all adhere smoothly and not show through.  If you'd like to see a video with tips and tricks on adhering vellum this way, please see this video on my YouTube channel.

After adhering the colored panels to each side of the gatefold, I trimmed around the half circles with scissors to match the shape (easy to see from the picture).

Inside of Card:

I stamped several of the images from the Zen Ocean set inside the card so that they would only be seen when the front is open with the same gold embossing powder, then colored in with the Zig markers like the front panels.  Note: there are no bubble stamps in the set - I used the bubbles from a Hero Arts set I had in my stash but this detail could be left off or added with whatever you may have in your own stash.

added a gold heat embossed sentiment from this Honeybee stamps set for the inside.

Vellum belly band with embellishment:

Cut a 1/2" by 10" piece of vellum, then folded around the card so that the join would be in the center front (which would be covered up).  For the center decoration I stamped the clam stamp with the pearl center, then fussy cut it.  I wanted it to have some shimmer and used a Spectrum Noir clear sparkle marker over the claim and created the "pearl" with Nuvo crystal drops.  Before attaching the clam die cut,  I heat embossed the sentiment "happy birthday" from the Hooray Honeybee stamp set with white embossing powder over Versamark ink.

Thanks for stopping by today - I would love to hear your feedback on this card and if you have plans to do something similar after seeing how I put this together.



Magazine Card Feature - Seed Packet Shaker Card

Hello crafty friends,

Those of you who have been following my blog for awhile know about my regular magazine feature. I buy a magazine from my local craft store depending on what appeals to me (not always the same magazine) and then make at least one card, if not several to share with you.  I made the following card with a specific type of person in mind - someone who either loves sunflowers or gardening.

The July 2017 issue of Papercraft Essentials magazine had an adorable sunflower and seed packet stamp set, along with some fun sentiments.  I thought that the perfect thing to do with this is make a shaker out of the seed packet and put it on the front of the card with the large sunflower.  If I were to make it again, I would probably  so buy some real flower seeds to put into the shaker instead of the microbeads, but there's always the next time :)

Instead of the usual written instructions, I have made a video to show the process since there's quite a bit going on with this design.  If you haven't subscribed to my You Tube channel, now would be a great time because I'm going to be producing videos on a regular basis - my goal is once a week, but it will probably be twice a month while I get ramped up and more efficient with editing and voiceovers.

Without further ado, the video......

Thanks again for stopping by - if you have enjoyed this post I would love to hear from you before you go!  I love comments and respond to all of them.

Here's an image you can post to your Pinterest account for this project so you can always refer back to it in the future.



Tic Tac Toe Challenge #11

Hello crafty friends,

So glad you dropped by today to see the latest and greatest for our current challenge!  Lots of fun options (as usual) to play with.  I chose the top row diagonal of burlap - thank you - splatter to create not just one but two cards.  I did this technique for the background on white, kraft and black 80 lb cardstock.  For a thank you card I thought white and kraft were the best choices and saved the black panel for another project.   I figured my readers might like seeing the two different color schemes too.  :)

Here is this week's challenge board - to see all the other DT inspiration click here

Note: links to products used are listed at the end of this post.  There are some affiliate links, which if used to purchase any of the supplies used are at no cost to you.  I provide them mainly for your convenience and to help support this blog.  All supplies were personally purchased.

I don't know about other crafters, but I can be rather messy in the craft room - so I welcomed the excuse to use the splatter part with great abandon lol.  I used a shallow box to splatter the colors on so I didn't have it all over my workspace at least.

The method to my madness here was to put some ink directly onto an acrylic block - just one color at a time (using Distress Oxide inks of course), spritzing with water, then flicking the color off the block onto the paper with a small paintbrush.  I tried this because it gave me  greater control over where and how much color was applied.  This is the type of technique where perfection is not the goal but the result is still fantastic in that messy kind of way.  Whatever works for you, whether it's flicking off the end of a brush or using a toothbrush, etc are other options.

I used a heat tool to speed the drying process along.  Once dry I used the largest rectangle die in my set (approx 3.25" x 4.5") to cut a smaller panel out of the splattered piece, then used a circle die to add a partial circle cut out to the right edge.  I popped this panel up on a card base in the same color as the original paper before splattering it with color.  To add the burlap element I die cut a circle out of colored burlap in the next smallest die size so that there would be some space between the splattered panel and the burlap circle.  I did not photograph the process at the time so I decided to add a photo to show how I planned the die cuts.

The sentiment was done from this fabulous double cut alphabet dies set from Concord & 9th.  When I first got this I die cut it in several cardstock colors so I'd be ready to create sentiments quickly.  The picture below shows the letter I when the two pieces are separated.  As you can see I store the already cut letters on a Cricut mat after I mixed and matched the inner piece from the outer (this is one I'm no longer using because it's a bit warped).

The great part about these is they make two die cuts with one die.  You get an inner and outer part to the letters (they also have a numbers set) and the options for combining colors are practically unlimited.  On the white card I used both the inner and outer parts of the letters and on the kraft card I used the outer part only for the "thank" and the inner part for the "you".   I maximized the use of the green letters by using the inside and outside between the two cards.

I first learned about these dies from Catherine Pooler's Stamp Nation subscription, which includes Master classes from companies such as Concord & 9th.  Totally flipped over these dies and all the potential.

Tip:  in order to get the letters lined up just right I used post it tape to pick up the letters after getting them into their general position.  After picking the tape up I turn it over and adjust their positioning on the tape before applying adhesive with a Zig Two way glue pen, which works very well for me.  See picture below for the idea of how you keep these put until you get the adhesive on, then flip over onto the card, press down and slowwwwwly remove the post it tape.  Easy peasy!

As always I greatly appreciate you visiting today and hope that these tips and techniques help you when you are working on an upcoming card project!


My crafting journey and....a big announcement!

Hello crafty friends,

I have a very special post to share with you today.  Some of you may know about how I got started in the blogging world, but if this is news to you, you may be interested in learning where I began and where the road is leading next.

I find it inspiring to know that the hard work we bloggers do to share our craft with others does lead to rewards!  Without further ado, here's today's podcast by Suzanne Moore, a person I feel privileged to call my friend and mentor in the craft industry.

I would love to hear from you about this announcement - and - if you are also a blogger, please share with me what inspired you to start blogging and if you are on any design teams.

Thanks so much for dropping by today!


Tic Tac Toe Time - Challenge #9

Hello crafty friends,

Hope you are having a fantastic week so far!  This week's board is tons of fun with lots of fun options!  Please visit the challenge blog here to see the design team inspiration and play along.

I went with the middle row down - sequins - distress inks - stencil for this week's inspiration.

Products used are linked at the end of the post using affiliate links at no cost to you.  All products used for this project were personally purchased.

A fun trend that I've been seeing a lot of lately is doing a die cut of the sentiment after coloring in a panel.  In order to keep the color on this from being overwhelming, I used the stencil to first add a neutral background on white by stamping over the stencil onto the paper with Versamark ink and heat embossing in white powder on the background while masking off the center, then using Distress Inks in an ink blending technique to add the colored center section.

The center section is further  separated by adding washi tape strips at the top and bottom.  The sentiment was die cut from the center section.  To add dimension between the base layer, the sentiment was die cut from a solid orange cardstock three times and then glued on top of each other to create separation.

To finish the card, yellow and orange sequins are glued onto the center panel.

This is the type of technique where you  can experiment with any large stencil you have in combination with word dies to get a similar look

Thanks for stopping by today and hope you will play along with us this week!