Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Love Valentine Pocket

This Valentine treat pocket was our project at the Cricut class last week and was inspired by a similar heart pocket that my friend and fellow consultant, Ginni Candelaria, made for me. 

 We cut this heart from the <shape1> key on page 26 in the Cricut booklet.  I cut the letters "L V E" and cut the flower  for the "O" -- all with the Cricut AP cartridge. 

We embellished the pocket with Sparkles, a Designer Rhinestone Brad for the flower center, ribbon, and Just Blooms Paper Shapes butterflies.  We added a "handle" by attaching wide ribbon with brads.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

A Week of Stamp Camp Projects - #6 - Bonus Project - Valentine Door Knob Hanger

This cute door knob hanger was created to be the Bonus Project for Stamp Camp.  It was a lot of fun to make.  I cut most of the pieces on the Cricut AP Cartridge.  We used one piece of a My Creations Banner, Elemental Paper, Kraft and Chocolate Cardstock,  Pearl Opaques, a DE Heart, Red Buttons, wire from my hubby's garage stash, and red and cream tulle.

*We swiped Cranberry re-inker on a sponge across the edges of the banner.  This is a very messy job but it covers the edges of the banner so completely, that it appears that Cranberry Cardstock is on the bottom layer.  This technique works great on all of our chipboard items!

*We made a pleated flower with two 12" strips of Cranberry Cardstock.  We adhered a scalloped circle to the back of the flower and a DE Heart to the top (liquid glass is the best adhesive for this type of flower).

Well, this concludes A Week of Stamp Camp Projects!  I hope you enjoyed seeing what we learned!  We had a great time of fellowship, friends and crafting!  Thank you to all of you who participated! 

Friday, January 27, 2012

A Week of Stamp Camp Projects - #5 - Happy, Happy Birthday

This card features Elemental Paper, Chocolate, Colonial White and Kraft Cardstock.  I used the Cricut AP Cartridge to cut out the flowers and the focal point.

*The technique we used for this card is a Tie Dye Felt Stamp Pad.  To make a tie dye felt stamp pad you need, squares of felt, paper towels, a paper plate and miscellaneous re-inkers.   We used Creme' Brulee, Lagoon, and Sorbet re-inker to make our felt pad.  Layering from the bottom up:  paper plate, then the paper towels (folded up into a square), then the felt.  Rub the re-inker over the felt in whatever pattern you choose (try not to overdo the re-inker or it will be soupy).  Stamp as if is a regular stamp pad.  This will stay damp for a long time in a large Ziploc bag and can be used many times over. 

*We stamped the large flower (using the Hooray Bouquet stamp set).  The small flower was stamped on the felt pad  and then we used the Kiss and Twist technique (kissing a dry stamp to a wet stamp and then giving it a twist - it makes a batik look).

We used antique copper brads and Mocha Opaques to embellish this card.

Bonus Project coming up tomorrow!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

A Week of Stamp Camp Projects - #4 - Snowflake

This beautiful card features our Dimensional Elements Snowflakes, Elemental Paper, Pacifica and Colonial White Cardstock, Prisma Glitter, and our Designer Rhinestone Brads.

*We sponged the DE Snowflake with Bamboo ink and set aside to dry.

*We sanded the Pacifica snowflake that was cut with the Cricut AP cartridge.

*We stamped 1st and 2nd Generation snowflakes with Bamboo ink on the Cricut Square image.  Then we stamped "Laugh until your heart overflows."  (that is my favorite sentiment in the catalog right now).

*We added Bonding Memories glue to the tips of the snowflake and dipped them in Prisma Glitter (Very, Very Messy - but pretty).

More to come tomorrow!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A Week of Stamp Camp Projects - #3 - Thankful

This elegantly simple card was a fan favorite!  This card features Elemental Paper, Creme' Brulee Cardstock and Chocolate Cardstock.  We embellished the card with Just Blooms Paper Shapes, Seam Binding,
Opaques, and a Bling pin.

*We embossed the Creme' Brulee Cardstock.  We sanded it which shows the white core of CTMH's cardstock (it is a beautiful thing).

*We spritzed the seam binding/ribbon lightly with water; crumpled it up; and set it aside to dry.

*We sponged the Just Blooms Paper Shapes butterflies with Creme Brulee ink.  We added Mocha Opaques to create their bodies.

Stay tuned tomorrow for another fab Stamp Camp project!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A Week of Stamp Camp Projects - #2 - Baby

I am always in need of cards to give new moms!  I saw a sack in a magazine with a similar layout and thought it would be fun to make a card.  I used Elemental Paper and Kraft Cardstock for this card.  The embellishments are simply hemp and the Pink Button Assortment.

*The main technique that we learned with this card is to make a twisted ribbon flower.  Using a 1 1/2" square of Terrifically Tacky Paper - start at the center; twist the end of the ribbon up;  and stick it to the  TT Paper.  Twist and roll the ribbon in a spiral until you fill the paper square up.  Adhere the end of the ribbon to the backing after you remove the paper.  It will be ready to stick to the card.  (Terrifically Tacky Paper is in a small sheet and you cut off just what you need.  I ordered mine online.)

*The other technique on this card is making  dimensional leaves.  We made a score line down the center of the leaves and then folded and distressed them with a sponge.  We curled the tips upward with our fingers.

*The hemp bow is made by wrapping hemp around your four fingertips two times with one cut end at the top and one cut end at the bottom.  Then you simply slip off your fingers and tie the whole thing in a knot.  I makes a double bow.  It is a little tricky at first but oh so cute!

More Stamp Camp Projects to come!  Stay Tuned!

Monday, January 23, 2012

A Week of Stamp Camp Projects - #1 - Tailor Made Thinking of You

Stamp Camp is an event that I hold annually and this year was the 9th year.  The purpose of Stamp Camp is to learn new techniques.   We used the Elemental Paper Packet, paired with cardstock, for each of the projects!  You will see the versatility of Elemental with each project,
as the week goes on.

*For this card we rubbed the stamp pads on wax paper; laid the tag on the ink and pressed it a little.  Then we spritzed water over the wax paper  (which re-activated the ink) and laid the tag back on it and pressed it again.  When you lift it up it has a really cool watercolor looking image.  We set it aside to dry as we worked on the other steps. 
*We used crumpled seam binding as our ribbon - we spritzed it with water and crumpled it up and let it dry.  To get the fluffy bow, we tied three bows with the one length of ribbon securing it with a glue dot to hold it when we finished (you just keep tying bows until you run out of ribbon).
*The stamps that were used were:  Tailor Made, Love Life, and Childhood Portrait (for the sentiment). 
*We used Pin Clips, a large sparkle, and a large bling button to finish this beautiful card off!

I hope you visit tomorrow to see the next project!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Elemental Workshop on the Go Cards

These are the cards that I created for the Elemental Workshop on the Go.  The great thing about the Elemental kit is that it so versatile.  This card was created to celebrate July 4th. 

This card is a birthday card.  The stamp set for this kit is Cricut compatible so all the images were cut out on the Cricut.  We used the sanding technique on all the cards as that was one of the techniques that they used for the WOTG. 

This card can be used for all occasions or birthday.  I love these Cricut flowers and I learned something new from my friend, Bea (she is so talented).  She said that she likes to bend the petals back with the tweezers and it works great! 

**Tips - I used the tweezers to roll the flowers up and then let them spring out. 
Use the back/curved side of the tweezers you can bend the petals back.
Re-roll by hand and glue in place with liquid glass. 

The Elemental WOTG Kit includes:  Elemental Level 2 Paper, Just Blooms Paper Shapes, Designer Brads Antique Copper, and the Workshop Guide.  The kit is $35 (that includes the tax and shipping)

Monday, January 16, 2012

Wonderland Snowflake Card

This card screams "Winter"!  (Although it is supposed to be 70 degrees today and we are expecting 55 mph wind and a dust storm - remember...the weather man is never wrong about wind and dust!)

I used the Snowflakes stamp set which is Cricut AP compatible.  I cut both snowflakes on the Cricut and then stamped them with the coordinating stamps.  I embellished them with Martha Stewart glitter to make them sparkle and shine.  I also used our Designer Rhinestone Brads, sparkles, Bling Assortment Pins and ribbon from my stash.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Valentine Treat Holders - Valentine Kidz Kamp

We will be making these Valentine Treat Bags at my Valentine Kidz Kamp.  They are fun and easy to make.  I used the Cricut AP Cartridge to cut the tags out for each child.  They will be making 25 treats.  These have Valentine Candy Corn in them. 

Here is more information about Valentine Kidz Kamp:

When: Saturday, January 28, 2012
Time:   9 am – Noon (we may finish earlier than Noon)
Where:   City of Wolfforth Library, Wolfforth, TX, on the Access Road to the Brownfield Hwy
Cost:   $9

At Valentine Kidz Kamp we will create 25 Valentine Treat Bags.  Valentine Candy Corn and all supplies are included in the $9 registration fee.   Kidz Kamp is suitable for children 4 – 11 years of age.  Parents need to accompany children 7 years or under.  There are only 18 spots available so sign up early! 

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Winter Joy Snowman Card

The Winter Joy stamp set was used to create this winter scene.  We don't get much snow in our part of the world, but we love it when we get snow.  The kids beg to build a snowman and we rarely get enough to roll one up!  When the weather men forecast snow, we start praying for lots of it (like 3" or more).  Everyone around here says the forecast is usually wrong unless they forecast WIND!  They are never wrong about wind!  On that note - please pray for West Texas - we have been in a drought for about a year now and we really need snow, rain, something!

My favorite things about the Winter Joy stamp set are these kids building a snowman, the large word "JOY", and a sentiment that says "Laugh until your heart overflows." 

I embossed the background with the Swiss Dot Cuttlebug template and then sanded it so that it would appear to be snow falling.  The paper is Wonderland and I used the Bling Assortment, Pearl Opaques, and the flower is from the Bliss Level 2 Assortment. 

PS - Wonderland Paper and the Bliss Assortment are being retired as of January 31

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

All Decked Out Snowman 2

It has been a while since I posted! We had a death in the family last week and traveled to East Texas. I am just getting back to "normal" since the holidays over and
getting back home.

I have my sweet friend, Bea, to thank for this cute little snowman treat holder.  She made me one for Christmas that had peppermint patties in it and the background circles were black.  I am a snowman collector, so I thought it was darling, and I made lots of them for the kids at school and also for December class attendees.

You either punch the scalloped circle (2") with our circle punch (or you can cut them out with the Cricut AP cartridge - you will need 6 of the blue scalloped circles ).   The white circles (2)  are from a 1 1/2" punch (or cut on the Cricut).  
I used the "All Decked Out" stamp set to stamp his face, buttons, hat,  and the snow flourish.  I stamped the face, buttons, and hat with StazOn ink and then colored them with our markers (Goldrush and Crystal Blue).  Adhere the circles together and then adhere the candy in the middle.  We are making these at my Playgroups this week using White Chocolate Dove squares.

This side view shows the candy inside.  Any candy will do that is thin and within the size of your punched circles. 

I dreamed about this card two nights ago and knew it was the one we needed to make at Playgroup this month (this month we are making 2 projects!).  I cut the scalloped circles, white circles, ticket, and the frame/rectangle on the Cricut (such a time saver!).  We made the same snowman to put on this card.  We used "All Decked Out,"  "Snow Flurries," and the sentiment is from "Bundled Buddies."  We embellished the card with pearl opaques, Prisma Glitter, and brown ribbon from my stash. 

PS - If you love the Wonderland paper packet, purchase it!  It will be retiring on February 1st so the last day you can purchase it is January 31st.