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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Gift Stack Pop Up Birthday Card

My husband’s birthday is December 31st, so I decided that this was the perfect time to create a birthday card with three of my favorite dies – two from Elizabeth Craft and one from Impression Obsession.

  • Elizabeth Craft 782 Agatha Edges
  •  IO-DIE239-S Gift Stack Cutout


  • Pebbles 751396 Black Dot Cardstock
  • The Paper Cut Black Licorice
  • Georgia Pacific White
  • 2.5” wide Scor-Tape
  • Zva Self-adhesives crystals, small
  •  Sparkle N Sprinkle Cloud Nine microfine glitter
  •  WeR Memory Keepers scoring paper trimmer 
  • WeR Memory Keepers Evolution die cutting machine

The Birthday Pop Up card is a Karen Burniston creation and is absolutely brilliant. I started with a 4.25” x 11” black card base, scored it at the 5.5” and folded it over. I then took a 12” x 12” piece of American Craft’s Pebbles Black Dot Cardstock and cut it to 4” x 11”. This is part of the Pebbles Basics collection and features a gingham print on one side and polka dots on the other

I used both sides of the cardstock to create this card. I cut out the stars with a white cardstock background on Scor Tape and dipped them in my Microfine Glitter to add some twinkle to the project. Of course, the photo doesn’t do the bling justice, but it works great.

I love, love, love the Impression Obsession Gift Stack cut-out and discovered that it works well in a variety of format. I used it as a “window” cut on some of my Christmas cards. And I discovered that it works great as a 3-D pop up on this card. I can’t wait to use it on some scrapbook layouts!

Be sure to check out my grandbaby girl’s birthday card on January 28th. Her Birthday pop up card looks totally different. Oh! And HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Celebrate Dad with Alcohol Inks

I love the work that our design team member is doing with Hot Off the Press. Here are her notes for this card featuring HOTP's Masculine Collage stamp:
Select the paper colors and alcohol inks you want to use in advance. For this sample, the emphasis was on blues and greens
Cut glossy paper to 5 1/2 x 4 1/4. *NOTE - Glossy paper for printing pictures does NOT work
Working on a craft sheet, select 2-3 colors of alcohol inks.  Drop 2-3 drops of the selected colors on the felt side of a wooden applicator.  Place dots next to each other.  Using felt inked applicator dab inks onto glossy paper covering entire surface. 
Very sparingly drop blending solution on inked paper to pull some color out.  DO NOT HEAT SET.  Let air dry.
Trim inked paper to 5 x 3 3/4
Using solvent ink pad (Black StazOn) stamp image and words over inked surface
Metallic gel pens in silver and blue were used to accent image
Take your folded card stock (blue) and cut/punch corners with decorative design
Take next layer of card stock (green), trim to 5 1/4 x 4, cut/punch corners with decorative design, adhere blue folded card stock
Attach completed stamped image

Monday, May 19, 2014

Fast and Simple Card

Betty Speer is our first design team member and cardmaking teacher from lower Delaware. This is her first Scrappigators tutorial. 

Whether you need a quick thank you card or want to make several ahead so you’ll have one when you need it. I made this sweet A-2 Thank You card  /using my new Sizzix  Framelits Die Fancy Frame Flip-Its 2 die set, paper left over from another project and a sentiment stamp from my stash. The project took less than 30 minutes to cut and assemble. I used my Fancy Frame Flip-Its 2, two solids and two print cardstocks from my stash a sentiment stamp and adhesive.  And, of course, you need a die cutting machine that's compatible with the Sizzix Framelits dies. The best part is that all the shapes and images are included in the Sizzis package. 

Using the Sizzix Fancy Frame Flip-Its #2 Die Set - create a fast and easy card, making excellent use of leftover papers.  Start by picking out solid cardstock and coordinated leftover papers.  Run your solid card stock through your Sissix (or like machine) for base of card.  Notice how all the scor lines are in place for you.

 Next, select the coordinated decorative paper.  Cut out the left and right side panels of your card using the appropriate die.

 Then cut and the label(s) and stamp with appropriate sentiment.

Now assemble - glue each panel to the appropriate side of your card, layer saying in center of larger label and glue to center of "flip" in card.  Add a touch "bling" to the saying and you have a fast and beautiful card for any occasion.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Elizabeth Craft Lots of Pops, Redbreasts

Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft 778 Lots of Pops Die
Elizabeth Craft 768 Katy Label Die
Elizabeth Craft 781 All Seasons Tree
Elizabeth Craft Starform Sticker 8572B, Redbreasts
Copic Markers B0000, B21, B24, E35, and E37
Paper and twine from my stash

The Card

I’ve been planning to do this project ever since I added the Elizabeth Craft - Karen Burniston dies to our inventory. It’s a relatively easy project to do. I cut the “pop-up” part out of both print and solid cardstocks. I decided it was easier to you the print cardstock as my base and to cut the solid in half to serve as my sky background. I cut a 2” wide piece of black cardstock and folded to create the card’s outer spine (not shown). I used the “cloud shapes” and flowers from the All Season’s Tree die. The Katy Label die is optional, but serves as an ideal spot to share your personal signature or comments. I colored the birds with my Copic markers and used Tombow adhesive to stick everything together. One final note: I could find plain twine, so I colored red-and-white string with B100 black to convert it to a “black” twine. I love doing more with less.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Sizzix Fancy Frame Flip-It #2

Sizzix 659173 Fancy Frame Flip-Its #2 Die,
Elizabeth Craft Designs 715 Cupcake With Cherry on Top
SparkleNSprinkle Stamp Set 402 – My Rose Garden
Copic Markers: B32, B34, B377, E5k9, G46, R89
SparkleNSprinkle Sparkling Snow Glitter
Score-Tape – 2 ½” wide

This card took less than a half hour to make thanks to the simplicity of Sizzix die 659173. The cardstocks and paper came from my stash. I have several dozen pre-cut and pre-glittered cupcakes in my stash, so I pulled a couple of those to color with the colors noted above. “Birthday Wishes” came from my Sparkle N Sprinkle stamp set 402. I stamped the image with Memento ME607 - Nautical Blue. I made this card for my product sample board.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Morgan's Birthday Card

I made this A2 card for my granddaughter's third birthday. When I asked her mom what she wanted for her birthday, I hear my practically perfect grandbaby girl holler "purple!" So everything about her gifts from us is PURPLE!

I used cardstock from The Paper Cut -- Grape Jelly and Grapsicle. I wanted to decorate inside of the card as well as the outside, so a heart-balloon diecut seemed to be the perfect addition. I selected black and white ribbon is from May Arts for my decorative touch because it's a good neutral color. I used my Imaginisce ribbon cutter to cauterize the ends of the simple knot to keep them from raveling. My Heart Balloon is an Elizabeth Craft Die. I used two Memento inks --  Tuxedo Black and Smoky Plum. Copic Markers Used: E000, E00, YR00, R20, E97, YR18, E19, C1, C5, C7, V0, and V04.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Snow One Like You

This is the first of of my January Table Classes which I will be teaching at a private residence this evening. This adorable snow couple is from SparkleNSprinkle's Stamp Set 515 Snow One Like You. We will color with the brush tip of our Copic  markers unless otherwise indicated.  I used the following markers: B00, B02, B04, C1, E55, R21, R22, R24, R81, R85, YR 04, YR07, YR24 and the colorless blender. I also used Memento Tuxedo Black to stamp the snow couple, Summer Sky to stamp the snowflakes, and Nautical Blue to stamp the sentiment and to edge the surfaces. I die cut Circle 1 (smallest) of Spellbinders S2-125 Classic Scalloped Circles Small for my  sentiment. 

Before we begin coloring, prepare your image by coloring with the colorless blender.

1.  Shade edges with Copic Marker C1 to enhance shape. Then brush shadows to ground snow people.

2. Apply a base coat of B00 on the scarf, hat and mittens. This photo does not show the scarf totally colored; it should be. See sample in step 4.

3.   Flick B02 along cap edge and scarf stripes. Circular shape on mittens.

4.  Blend cap edge with B00.
  5.    Add B04 to edges of scarf, cap and mittens. Blend with B00. Repeat as needed.

7.      Color with YR04 on the carrot noses.

8.       Shade carrot with YR07.

9. Color R21 on the poinsettia leaves to create a base coat.

10.   Flick R22 from center of flower outer edge, one petal at a time.

11.   Flick R24 from center of flowers out.

12.   Blend with R21.

13.   Color center poinsettia with YR24.

14.   Color stems with YG25

15.   Color snow girl's hat, bow, scarf and pocket with R81.

16.  Shade hat, bow and pocket with R85.
17.   Blend all three with R81.

18.   Repeat steps 16 and 17 as needed.

19.   Color R21 base coat on birds and candy cane stripes.

20.   Accent with R24.

21.   Blend with R21

22.   Color stick arms with E55.

23.   Shade candy cane and stick arms with C1

24.   Color Eyes with B04.Then Random stamp snowflakes with Memento 604 Summer Sky Dye Ink.

To finished the card I rounded the corners on the images and an A2 card which I cut from blue Bazzill cardstock from my cache. After edging the cardstock and the image base with Memento Nautical Blue, I applied Stickles' Diamond Dust glitter glue to the centers and tips of the snowflakes. I cut white cardstock with small, scalloped circle die and stamped it with the sentiment.I edged the scallop with Memento Nautical Blue and adhered it to the card front with foam dots.