Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The timing couldn't be worse but it is what it is. I'm starting a Lifestyle Crafts' Die of the Month Club. Unfortunately, being out of town didn't allow me time to set up the packaging because one of the dies was delivered while I was away.

For this initial start to the club program, the first 12 that sign up right away will be able to purchase this club package for $7 each which will include these 2 Valentine die packages and Valentine papers. There's no fee . . . just sign up with your name, email address and telephone number. They'll be at the store no later than noon, if not sooner.
(I've seen the die shown above retail for $12.95)

From Hero Arts . . .

"Next up, an extremely colorful ATC made by courtney_k. The paper piecing of our Silly Scape stamp is truly awesome. What a great way to use up those itty bitty scraps that might otherwise end up in the trash.

And now for something totally different… used the new Big Post Card stamp to create this tag shaped card. We love the soft and pretty feel and her delicate vellum butterfly."

From Spellbinders . . .

Butterfly Wishes

by Beate Johns

"This week we showcase the gorgeous new A2 Borders. Did you see Linda's beautiful card? She used the scallop borders to create a wonderful edge for your card. I used the bracket border as a while back for a gift card and the scalloped borders for a tri-fold card. So this time, I wanted to try out the curved border dies.

by Beate Johns

Spellbinders™ Paper Arts Supplies: 
  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur® Machine
  • S5-180 A2 Curved Borders One Spellbinders™ Borderabilities® Card Creator dies
  • S4-399 Charmed I'm Sure Spellbinders™ Shapeabilities®
  • S5-165 Butterfly Corner Spellbinders™ Shapeabilities®
Preferred Partners:
  • Flourishes - Winter Blossoms
  • My Mind's Eye™ - Collectable Unforgettable 6" x 6" paper pad
  • Want2Scrap - 72 count Red Rhinestones
Cross Promotional Partners:
  • Imagine Crafts - Gray Flannel, Angel Pink and Love Letter Memento Ink, Sponge Dauber, Brushtix
  • Scor-Pal® - Scor-Tape, Scor-Mat
  • SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVE BY 3L - Foam Adhesive Squares
  • Sanding tool, silver cord, button, grey and white cardstock
I adhered two of the A2 Curved Borders One dies with repositionable adhesive on a 5 1/2" wide piece of white cardstock. The cardstock was cut and embossed. 

Next I used a different die from the same pack to cut and emboss the edge of a 5 1/2" wide piece of My Mind's Eye™ Unforgettable patterned paper. The patterned paper was trimmed down so it would be just enough to sit right over the embossed part of the white cardstock. Scor-Tape was added to the back of the white cardstock.

The edges of the patterned paper were sanded. The patterned paper was adhered to the white layer before both layers were adhered to the card base, a 5 1/2" x 7" piece of gray cardstock, folded in half.

White cardstock was cut and embossed with the large butterfly die from the Butterfly Corner. The butter was colored sponged with Imagine Crafts Memento Inks. Foam adhesive squares from SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVE BY 3L were added to the back of the wings, Scor-Tape to the butterfly body.

More white cardstock was cut and embossed with the pennant tag die from Charmed I'm Sure. The left end was cut off and a button was tied on with silver cord before it was adhered to the upper left hand side of the card base.
A sentiment from Flourishes Winter Blossoms was curved on the acrylic block to mimic the curve of the patterned paper. The sentiment was stamped on the left lower edge of the paper.

The butterfly was adhered to the lower right hand side of the patterned paper strip. Red Rhinestones finish off the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope this inspires you to create with your dies today! Have a wonderful day.

Hugs and smiles"

From the Memory Box blog . . .

A Card and a Few {Tips}

"My best friend's birthday was yesterday {Saturday}. I wanted to create a card in her favorite color, and the Memory Box blueberry was perfect. I used a blueberry notecard and theMemory Box blueberry dot paper. I also use some Memory Box retired papers that had in my stash because they worked great for this card--the Memory Box quartz soiree and Memory Box russian sage papers. Some stores still have these papers or you may even have them in your stash like I did.
by Patter Cross for Memory Box

Memory Box Papers: blueberry notecard, blueberry dot, russian sage cs, and quartz soiree cs
Memory Box Stamp: Valentine's Duo B1424
Stamp Ink: Archival Ink coffee
Memory Box Dies: Fresh Foliage 98502, Darrington Corner 98518
Embellishments: Memory Box white pearl, Blue Fern Studios icon set one (painted with silver Liquid Pearls and Tim Holtz Distress Stickles clear rock candy), Prima wood ticket, Manor House Creations Jubilee flower, Sizzix Floral Flourishes embossing folder, sewing machine
Now let's look at a couple of things I did with this card that you might be interested in trying:
Tip #1
Use the Memory Box Fresh Foliage die {98502} and cut it apart to use as you would like under a flower or other embellishment. When I cut this die out, it covered up too much of the Memory Box Darrington Corner die {98518} so I cut the Fresh Foliage die into pieces. It worked beautifully, and I was able put branches of leaves in the exact places I wanted them. I can see myself doing this a lot, and the large white flower hides the cuts I made.
Tip #2
Use just part of a stamp to add to an already created sentiment. I had the Prima wood ticket but it just said "happy." So, I used the Memory Box Valentine's Duo stamp {B1424} to add the word "day" onto the ticket. I had to use my stamp positioner to get it where I wanted it, and it came out a bit messy but I still liked the effect.
So, I hope you will remember to cut up the die cuts into pieces if needed and to stamp onto an already purchased embellishment. I hope you have found this helpful. Thanks for joining me today!"

From Shirley at Impression Obsession . . .

"Tuesday T&T New Tools and Stamps In Use

New Mini Mount
I have been really excited to show you some of the ideas I have for our new Mini Mount.  Check it out below and I will explain what you are seeing:
Mini Mount Examples:
The Mini Mount size is 4"X5".   These images were stamped by holding the mount handle facing North/South and rocking from South to North.  I was seated.  I rocked it forward and backward once or twice to see if it would blur.  It DID NOT.  :-)  This mount is lighter than the Mega Mount and the plastic is thinner but just as sturdy.  I used it 3 different ways.
  1. The First One is lower bottom right-hand corner, red rubber cling Violets, stamped twice with Delicata Gold-Glitz.  I did it twice so I could, of course knowing me, layer some of the Violets.  I had the stamp aligned along the bottom.  It was so easy to stamp right above it.

  2. Second I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black on the bottom to the left of the first to images.  I mounted the stamp in the center of the mount to see how it handled.  I have a ton of clear acrylic blocks for each stamp size.  I have found it can be awkward otherwise.  Not so here and I could also rock back and forth without blurring.

  3. Third and really fun one for me.  I often have a lot of smaller stamps I could be stamping together when I layer, etc.  I used stamps from our new clear set, Hydrangea, which also comes in red rubber cling too.  The floral part is Memento Lulu  Lavender and the stem and leaves are New Sprout.  Notice I bent the stem....funnnnnnn!!  The reason they are so light is:  you can always make them darker if you like, but not lighter when using dye inks.  I am going to use watercolors over them and love how the veins in the leaves and stem will look.  If I knew the type of card I could have added the sentiment to the mount too.  My point is you can add many stamps and ink with different colors to meet your needs.  Stamp once and done with only one mount!!!  I might keep my tiny ones for smaller sentiments.  Not sure about that.  Will let you know.
One Of Our Newest Dies
Now for some more fun I had with one of our newest dies.  When I saw the Embossed Gift die I immediately saw "quilt".  What about you?  Here is how I used the die.
  1. I embossed it twice on two pieces of white cardstock. 
  2. I used a dauber (with the die in place over the embossed parts like a stencil) to apply the Memento Bamboo Green ink from the pad.
  3. I used Lavender Chalk Dew Drop Pad for the flowers and the long stripes.  What big mistake.  Thought it would work like the dauber.  NOT!! I should have used the dauber on the ink pad (Dew Drop) too.  I cleaned this up a bit for you, (leaky) :-(. 
  4. Next I ran the two embossed pieces through as dies and everything was separated.  As you can see I get a thin border as shown and all of the pieces.
  5. If you overlap the ends where the stripes are you get a piece measuring 5.25" so I still have a quarter of an inch for an outside border.  The width is 3.25".  I think if I cut the two rectangle pieces in half and add to both sides it will work.
One more tip I have found to be very helpful for me when working with my daubers.  I found a dauber storage case.  It's clear top and bottom and has a place for each dauber.  I put it in and close the lid.  Then I write the ink color on the lid over it with a black sharpie.
If you want to see how these pieces for today turn into cards, come on back to find out in my later posts.  Thanks for stopping by to look and share.  Hope to see you back here on DT Thursday and our new challenge winner too!"

We're finally home and we couldn't be happier to be here. Getting away to Scottsdale was nice; being able to reconnect with a couple of my cousins was very nice. And, meeting new people in the art world was nice, and I hope that they will find their way to Art 'n Soul one day soon to teach. I have a lot to share with you but there's not enough time left tonight.

Please stop in and say "hi" to Dianne at the store today; she's feeling terribly lonesome! If you need an excuse, she's putting the final touches on our Magenta order. And you might want to sign up for Gwen's Animal Spirits card class on Saturday that will be followed with a trunk show and sale for everyone! If you put your order in now, she'll have your order at the store on Saturday.

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