Cute Baby Girl Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Welcome the new baby with a trendy chevron background and an old-fashioned pram.

Materials

  • Cardstock: white rustic (flecked), Bazzill Basics Paper Kraft
  • SEI Cardboard Alphabet
  • BasicGrey Black Micro Mono Cardstock Alphabet Stickers

Tools

  • Computer and color printer
  • Sewing machine and white thread
  • Die-cutting system and Hero Arts Baby Motifs Frame Cuts
  • Hero Arts Stamp Sets: New Baby Clear Set, All Things Arrows Digikit
  • Acrylic block
  • Hero Arts Hero Hues Black Dye Ink Pad
  • Adhesives: foam tape, paper glue

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, removable tape

Directions

STEP 1

Using computer and software, download digital stamp set. In blank document, insert arrow stamp, recolor, and copy/paste repeatedly to create a chevron background. Print onto rustic cardstock.

STEP 2

Cut 4”x5-1/4” chevron paper panel. Using photo as guide, position carriage die on panel and secure with removable tape. Die cut paper panel; remove cut-out and tape. (Note: Save cut-out carriage to use as an embellishment on another project.)

STEP 3

Sew border around carriage and panel edges.

STEP 4

Make 4-1/4”x5-1/2” Kraft top-fold card. Center die-cut paper panel over card front; carefully stamp baby carriage image through opening. Adhere panel to card with foam tape.

STEP 5

Stamp heart onto chevron paper scrap; detail cut heart and adhere to carriage with foam tape.

STEP 6

Adhere alphabet letters and stickers to card to create sentiment.

Tip

  • Create trendy background paper using digital stamps! This digi stamp set from Hero Arts includes 20 customizable images that you can recolor and resize as desired.

by Lucy Abrams for Hero Arts (www.heroarts.com)

Butterflies For You Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Create a springtime card with a feminine feel using new 3D M-Bossabilities from Spellbinders. These extra-deep embossing folders provide unmatched texture that is easily enhanced with inks, chalks, and more.

Materials

  • Bazzill Basics Paper White Cardstock
  • My Mind’s Eye Miss Caroline Collection Paper
  • Orange/white baker’s twine
  • Peach ribbon, 3/8” wide

Tools

  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die-Cutting System GC-001 and Grand Raspberry Spacer Plate GC-008
  • Spellbinders 3D M-Bossabilities Delightful Daisies Embossing Folder E3D-003
  • Spellbinders Dies: Borderabilities Card Creator A2 Bracket Borders One S5-181, Shapeabilities Les Papillions Two S4-395, Shapeabilities Charmed I’m Sure S4-399
  • Flourishes LLC Tag Lines Stamp Set
  • Ink pads: yellow, sage green, burnt orange, brown
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Crafty Power Tape

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, foam applicators

Directions

STEP 1

Make 4½”x6″ White top-fold card. Trim 1” from bottom of card front.

STEP 2

Die cut/emboss three A2 Bracket Borders One #1 shapes from assorted papers, two peach and one blue. Layer and adhere shapes to bottom of card front as shown. Bottom card edges should align when card is closed.

STEP 3

Cut White panel slightly smaller than White area on card front; emboss with Delightful Daises 3D M-Bossabilities embossing folder. Open folder and leave paper in place. Using foam applicators, apply and blend layers of ink onto embossed areas until desired look is achieved. Let dry.

STEP 4

Cut and adhere 5” ribbon length to bottom edge of embossed panel, securing excess at back.

STEP 5

Die cut/emboss Charmed I’m Sure Tag from White cardstock. Stamp brown sentiment on tag. Wrap baker’s twine around panel over ribbon, adding tag, and tie bow slightly left of center. Adhere panel to card.

STEP 6

For butterflies, die cut/emboss two Les Papillions Two #1 shapes, one from each paper used for brackets. Stack and adhere butterflies to card front as shown, applying adhesive beneath bodies only to leave wings free.

Tip

  • To keep the embossed areas from collapsing, leave the paper on the 3D folder when applying color.

by Christine Emberson for Spellbinders Paper Arts (www.spellbinderscreativearts.com)

So Delightful Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Make this whimsical card with Ranger Archival Inks and Claudine Hellmuth Studio Stamps. The permanent nature of Archival Inks allows you to layer stampings and get clear and crisp images.

Materials

  • Ranger Inkssentials Gloss Paper, 8-1/2”x11”
  • Core’dinations Tim Holtz & Ranger Distress Collection Broken China Cardstock
  • Clear vellum

Tools

  • Ranger Archival Ink Pads: Sap Green, Coffee, Jet Black, Chrome Yellow, Venetian Orange, French Ultramarine
  • Stamps: Ranger Claudine Hellmuth Studio Creative Layers Nature Stamp Sets, Clear and Foam; Stampers Anonymous Claudine Hellmuth Studio Clear Stamps Words & Frames 2 and Spring Garden Stamp Sets
  • Ranger Inkssentials Tools: Paper Creaser, Heat it Craft Tool
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Acrylic Grid Blocks
  • Self-healing craft mat
  • Ranger Inkssentials Adhesives: Popit Shapes, Collage Glue Stick

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

STEP 1

Cut Broken China cardstock to 8-1/2”x5-1/2”. Place cardstock on self-healing mat, score down center using paper creaser and ruler, and fold to create 4-1/4”x5-1/2” card base. Set aside.

STEP 2

Stamp Sap Green foam treetop onto vellum; heat set with Heat it Craft Tool until ink is dry. Stamp Jet Black clear treetop over foam-stamped image; heat set until dry. Cut out treetop with scissors and set aside.

STEP 3

Stamp French Ultramarine foam treetop onto matte side of gloss paper scrap. Stamp Jet Black bird from Spring Garden stamp set in treetop. Detail cut bird and set aside.

STEP 4

Stamp Jet Black tree trunk outline on matte side of another piece of gloss paper. Detail cut bottom 2” of trunk to use as mask. Set aside.

STEP 5

Cut 3-1/4”x5” gloss paper panel. On matte side of panel, stamp Coffee foam tree trunk on left side. Stamp Jet Black outline tree over foam-stamped image. Stamp Sap Green foam treetop over tree trunk image.

STEP 6

Stamp Chrome Yellow foam sun in upper right corner of panel; stamp Venetian Orange outline sun over foam-stamped image.

STEP 7

Place mask from Step 4 over base of tree trunk on gloss paper panel. Ink foam treetop stamp Sap Green. Holding mask in place, randomly stamp portions of treetop multiple times along bottom to create grass. Re-ink stamp between stampings. Remove mask.

STEP 8

Stamp Jet Black “so delightful” sentiment from Words & Frames 2 set on bottom right of panel.

STEP 9

Using glue stick, adhere vellum treetop from Step 2 over stamped treetop on gloss paper panel. Adhere panel to card base with glue stick. Use Pop It Shape to adhere bird from Step 3 in tree as shown.

Tip

  • Pre-stamp and cut all of the various pieces first and your card will come together quickly.

By Patti Behan for Ranger Industries (http://www.rangerink.com/)

Filigree Delight Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Cards created to encourage or thank a cherished friend should be extra special. Nestabilities Card Creator Dies from Spellbinders make it easy to get stunning looks like this!

Materials

  • Neenah Classic Crest Natural White 80 lb. Cardstock
  • Papers: Pink Paislee London Market 6”x6” Paper Pad, Die Cuts with a View The Garden Tea Party Paper Stack, Colorbök Gold Foil Paper
  • Maya Road Trinket Pin
  • Clear earring back
  • Michaels Bead Landing Floral Filigree
  • Michaels Recollections Signature Pearl Stickers
  • May Arts Silk Ribbon SK19, 1-1/4” wide, 1-1/4 yds.
  • White lace trim, 2-1/2” wide, 1/6 yd.

Tools

  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die-Cutting System and Nestabilities Card Creator A2 Filigree Delight Die S5-177
  • JustRite Papercraft Good Friends Labels Twenty-Nine Stamp Set CR-04345
  • Our Daily Bread Designs Becca’s Peg Bow Maker
  • Tsukineko VersaFine Onyx Black Ink Pad
  • Michaels Recollections Detail Clear Embossing Powder
  • Adhesives: Tombow Stamp Runner Adhesive, 3M Scotch Brand Foam Tape

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, heat tool, scoring board, wax paper

Directions

1. Cut two 5-1/2”x8-1/2” panels from Natural White cardstock. Score and fold one panel 1” from one short end. Adhere second cardstock panel to front of flap. Trim finished card base to 5-1/4”x6-3/8”.

2. Cut 5-1/8”x6-1/4” panels from Natural White cardstock and peach polka-dot paper. Adhere panels together. (Note: This helps to reinforce card front to support weight of trinket pin.)

3. Wrap lace and ribbon around layered panel as shown, adhering ends at back. Adhere panel to card base using foam tape.

4. Cut 4-3/8”x5-1/2” Pink Paislee floral/text paper panel and 4-1/2”x5-5/8” gold paper panel. Adhere panels together.

5. Stamp Onyx Black sentiment at center upper half of floral/text panel; heat emboss with clear powder.

6. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to tie multi-loop bow around layered panel; adhere panel to card using foam tape.

7. Die cut/emboss Filigree Delight A2 template from gold paper, using wax paper for ease of removal. Adhere filigree panel to card using tiny pieces of foam tape.

8. Adhere pearls to corners and midpoints of filigree panel. Insert trinket pin through center of bow; place earring back on tip of pin. Adhere filigree piece to bow.

Tip

  • To create oversized, top-fold cards, create a “hinge” by cutting the back piece slightly longer and scoring it to create a flap. Adhere front panel to flap.

by Becca Feeken for Spellbinders (www.spellbinderscreativearts.com)

Motorcycle Fun!

Stampendous is getting geared up to release their new stamps. I am sharing a sneak peek of one of their new stamps called Motorcycle Elements W097.  I was thinking this would be a great card for a boy on his birthday!

1. Stamp image on white cardstock using black ink. Repeat on another piece of cardstock. Cut first image into circle using die or circle cutter. Punch circles from various patterned papers and cardstock.

2. Cut patterned paper and cardstock into strips of varying size. Cut 4-1/4″x5-1/2″ white cardstock background panel.

3. Color both stamped images using STAEDTLER Karat Aquarelle watercolor pencils and waterbrush.

4. Sponge edges of the circle using blue and green dye inks. Sponge edges of background panel using the same dye inks.

5. Detail cut remaining motorcycle image and adhere to circle image using foam adhesive dots.

6. Adhere white cardstock panel to 4-1/4″x5-1/2″ card base of choice.

7. Adhere patterned paper and cardstock strips to background panel.

8. Adhere punched circles randomly around the background.

9. Adhere stamped circle element to card using foam dots.

Products

  • Cardstock: blue, green, white
  • Stampendous Motorcycle Elements Stamp W097
  • Dye inks: blue, green
  • STAEDTLER Karat Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils
  • Circle dies
  • Circle punches
  • Hole punch
  • Sponge
  • Adhesives: tape, glue, foam dots

Happy Stamping!

Suzanne Czosek from Suzz’s Stamping Spot (www.suzzstampingspot.blogspot.com)

Doily Wedding Invitation

Spring and summer means wedding season and the Summer 2013 issue of Crafts ‘n things is full of wedding inspiration. From reception centerpieces to bridesmaids accessories and wedding favors, brides are sure to find a variety of ideas to make their wedding vision complete.

It’s Jill Cornell here today to share a simple, stylish wedding invitation idea that is so easy to duplicate. (For complete instructions, visit page 58 of the Summer 2013 issue of Crafts ‘n things). This particular invitation is displayed in a Nimbus Transparent Display Frame to create a special keepsake for the bride and groom. Visit www.amosadvantage.com to order. (Look for another fun idea using these frames in  Melony Bradley’s April 5 blog post.)

The text was designed and printed at home and then stamped with a doily image. A light ink color provides a subtle texture in the design. Patterned paper strips, including a punched doily border, provide a splash of color when adhered to a neutral woodgrain background paper.

Be sure to pick up your copy of the Summer 2013 issue of Crafts ‘n things for more gorgeous bridal projects!

Happy crafting!

Jill Cornell from Blessed Scrapper (www.jillcornell.blogspot.com)

So Grateful For You Vintage Floret Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Create this beautiful three-dimensional card from Heartfelt Creations for someone special.

Materials

  • Heartfelt Creations Posy Patch Paper Collection
  • Cardstock: cream, light moss green, black, white
  • Prima Petal Stick Pin
  • White seam binding

Tools

  • Heartfelt Creations PreCut Stamp Sets: Open Vintage Floret (HCPC 3500), Mini Vintage Floret (HCPC 3502), Leaf Medley (HCPC 3405), Burlap Background (HCPC 3515), Botanical Oval (HCPC 3520), Agape Love (HCPC 3308)
  • Die-cutting system
  • Dies: Heartfelt Creations Vintage Floret (HCD 727), Decorative Blossom Corner (HCD 729), Timeless Amour (HCD 728); Spellbinders Shapeabilities Foliage
  • McGill Paper Blossoms Molding Mat and Tool Kit
  • Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist: Iridescent Gold, Wheat Fields, Cherub Pink
  • ClearSnap ColorBox Chalk Ink Pads: Creamy Brown, Dark Brown, Pastel Pink
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, liquid glue, glue gun and sticks

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, detail scissors, ruler, pencil, sponge dauber, non-stick craft sheet

Directions

STEP 1

Make 5”x7” side-fold card from brown Posy Patch paper.

STEP 2

Cut 4-3/4”x6-3/4” panel from ivory Posy Patch paper; sponge edges with Creamy Brown ink and adhere to card front.

STEP 3

Cut 4-3/4”x6-3/4” panel from pink Posy Patch paper. Use Creamy Brown ink to stamp Burlap Background image. Stamp Creamy Brown Agape Love circle image in upper right corner of panel. Randomly stamp circle onto panel several more times without re-inking.

STEP 4

Gently tear paper inside stamped circle as shown, curling edges outward, to create opening for sentiment; sponge torn edges with Creamy Brown ink. Place panel on card and lightly mark sentiment placement through opening; set aside. Stamp Dark Brown sentiment on ivory paper inside opening area; adhere torn panel to card.

STEP 5

Die cut largest Corner Blossom shape from white cardstock; detail cut around flower design. Die cut Timeless Amour lattice heart from black cardstock. Set shapes aside.

STEP 6

Cut 12” seam binding length and place on non-stick craft sheet. Spray seam binding with Iridescent Gold, Wheat Fields, and Cherub Pink Glimmer Mist; let dry. Tie seam binding into double bow. Set aside.

STEP 7

Using Dark Brown ink, stamp several of each size of Vintage Floret images onto cream cardstock. Stamp several Dark Brown Leaf Medley leaves onto light moss green cardstock. Die cut stamped images using coordinating Vintage Floret and Foliage dies. Sponge all edges Pastel Pink.

STEP 8

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to shape florets and leaves using flower molding mat and stylus. Visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wF0ka1vdK7Q to view a video on how to shape and assemble the florets.

STEP 9

Adhere lattice die cut to card as shown. Cluster and adhere florets and leaves to card over lattice, saving one large floret. Adhere bow to floral cluster.

STEP 10

Adhere white flower die cut to back of remaining floret. Adhere to card. Insert stick pin between layers of floral cluster.

Tip

  • Using a hot glue gun will help shape the florets quickly.

by Linda Bontrager for Heartfelt Creations (www.heartfeltcreations.us)

Introducing Inspired by Stamping

Welcome to the Crafts ‘n things Blog! Today it is my pleasure to introduce you to Inspired by Stamping! I have been on the Inspired by Stamping design team since February 2013. This small “home grown” stamp company is based out of Brisbane, Australia. I have been enjoying working with their stamps and dies and wanted to share more about them with all of you.

Joanna Munster is the owner/designer/illustrator of Inspired by Stamping. Here is what she had to say about her company.

I started crafting 11 years ago when I started capturing my daughter’s special moments with scrapbooking. I quickly fell in love with all things crafty including cross-stitch, crocheting, knitting, drawing, and jewelry-making. However my love has always been towards the paper crafty industry. It is a place where I can lose myself in creating for hours.

Two and half years ago, my husband, myself, and our three children moved from the United States to Australia. While waiting for my working visa, I started drawing and paper crafting full-time with my blog. One of my dear friends suggested that I make a stamp set with one of my drawings and this is where Inspired by Stamping started. I love every moment of working in this industry, from the beautiful women and men that I meet daily, to the amazing designs that I see created with an Inspired by Stamping set. On October 15th, 2012, we celebrated our first year of Inspired by Stamping, and it is exciting to say that we are growing and expanding!

Website: www.inspiredbystamping.com
Blog: http://joannamunster.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Inspired-by-Stamping/219235878105725
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/inspiredstampin/

Inspired by Stamping has so graciously provided two $25 gift cards to two of our Crafts ‘n things readers! Leave a comment at the end of this post and two winners will be announced here on April 22nd!

I want to share some of the beautiful Inspired by Stamping stamps and dies with you.

I love flowers, and this beautiful rose from the “Flowers Bloom” set is stunning.

I stamped the image and colored it with alcohol markers, then trimmed it out with circle die cuts. I added a sentiment from the “Beautiful Iris” set.

The flower image from the “Beautiful Iris” set is also very pretty. I again stamped it and colored it with alcohol markers.

I die cut part of the image with a circle die template, however, I also used micro-tip scissors to “fussy cut” part of the flower. This is a fun technique for showcasing images.

For this card I used images from the NEW April Release. The “Creative Tags” set was just released yesterday and goes on sale at the Inspired by Stamping store April 10th!

Inspired by Stamping also makes die templates to match some of their stamp sets. I stamped an image from the “Flowers Bloom Set” and colored it with alcohol markers.

I then die cut the image with the matching “Fancy Label Dies 1″ template.

Supplies:

  • Stamps: Inspired by Stamping Flowers Bloom, Beautiful Iris, Creative Tags, Spring Blossoms
  • Ribbon: Inspired by Stamping Colonial Rose Satin; Really Reasonable Ribbon purple lace, red satin, purple sheer
  • Die cuts: Inspired by Stamping Fancy Labels 1; Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles Small and Large, Nestabilities Big Scalloped Circles Large, Shapeabilities Foliage Two; My Favorite Things Die-namics Fishtail Flag Stax and Flag Layers
  • Embossing Folder: Couture Creations Bouquet
  • Cardstock: WorldWin Colormates Heritage White, Deep Lovely Lilac, Medium Lovely Lilac; American Crafts Black, Spinach; .Too Marker Corp. Copic Xpress It Blending Card White
  • Designer paper: My Mind’s Eye Cowboy; Echo Park Paper Co. So Noted, For the Record 2 Tailored, Yours Truly; My Mind’s Eye Six by Six Quilting Bee; Graphic 45 Secret Garden, French Country
  • Button: Buttons Galore and More
  • Pearls: Want2Scrap
  • Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
  • Twine: scrapbook store
  • Ink: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Rhubarb Stalk; Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Dusty Concord, Peeled Paint; Stampin’ Up! Whisper White
  • Embossing powder: Hampton Art
  • Markers: .Too Marker Corp. Copic
  • Adhesive: 3M Scotch Brand Tape Runner; Beacon Adhesives Fabri-tac; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares

Thanks for joining us today and make sure to leave a comment for your chance to win one of the Inspired by Stamping $25 gift cards by April 21st! The winner will be announced on April 22, 2013.

Gloria Stengel, Scraps of Life (www.gloriascraps.blogspot.com)

MAMBI Sticker Giveaway Winner

Stickers are so much fun! Not only are they easy to use, but they can spark creativity in various types of crafts – from paper to jewelry, kids crafts to home dècor. The possibilities are endless!

Alice Golden here to announce the lucky winner of a set of new motivational stickers by Me & My BIG Ideas.

These stickers were used in my Motivational Magnetic Board craft in my March 20th Crafts ‘n things blog post where I announced this giveaway. All you had to do to be entered to win was to answer this question by Tuesday, April 2, 2013 …

“If you could only make time for one hobby, what would it be?”

It turns out that it wasn’t an easy question to answer. Most of you toiled over selecting just one craft. I guess that proves all kinds of crafting are in our blood. Aren’t you glad we don’t have to limit ourselves to just one craft?

Our one lucky winner, as selected by Random.org is:

Barb Wagar

Barb, I will be contacting you by email for your mailing address.

Thanks to everyone for your many kinds responses.

Alice Golden from Golden Moments (www.alicegolden.com)

Butterfly Acrylic Pendant

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Make your own stylish acrylic pendant. Just print your favorite photo, design, or saying on Computer Grafix Adhesive Backed Film. Voilà… a custom look that will match any outfit! Learn more about Grafix printable art & craft films at www.grafixarts.com.

Materials

  • Grafix Clear Adhesive Backed Film, 8-1/2”x11”
  • Digital butterfly image
  • Clear acrylic flat-backed crystal
  • Black leather cording, 18”-24” length
  • Silver jump ring, 9mm

Tools

  • Computer and printer
  • Jewelry pliers
  • Hand drill with small bit or heavy-duty hole punch

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, copy paper

Directions

STEP 1

Crop image in photo editing program to match size of crystal. Add desired text to image. Flip photo horizontally to create mirror image.

STEP 2

Paste image into word processing program and size photo slightly larger than size of pendant. Print test image on copy paper. Place crystal over image to check size; adjust image size if necessary. Print image onto sheet of Computer Grafix Adhesive Backed Film; let dry.

STEP 3

Place flat side of crystal over image. Trace around crystal with pencil and cut out. Trace around crystal again on blank space on adhesive sheet; cut out.

STEP 4

Remove backing from image and adhere to back of pendant; do not burnish.

STEP 5

Remove backing from clear piece; adhere over image. Lightly burnish both pieces using finger.

STEP 6

Drill or punch hole and insert jump ring at top of pendant; close jump ring.

STEP 7

Cut cording to desired length; thread through jump ring. Knot cording ends together.

Tip

 by Tami Sanders for Grafix (http://www.grafixarts.com/)