Wednesday, February 13, 2013

You Are Loved Valentine's Card

I found this card design on Debbie's Designs.  It is perfect because the 3D hearts flatten to put in an envelope.  You can see her tutorial here.  Believe it or not, the DSP is Candlelight Christmas, from our Holiday Mini catalog, but it was the perfect color red.  :)   
My eye is drawn to red and black on my Valentine's cards.  Am I the only person who does that?!  The center of the hearts is filled with silver glitter paper.  The large black heart as the base of the hearts was embossed with the Lacy Brocade embossing folder, and the Scallop Trim Border punch provided the trim around the DSP.
Project Particulars
Stamp set:  You Are Loved
Ink:  Real Red
Paper:  Candlelight Christmas DSP, Real Red, Silver Glimmer paper, Basic Black, Whisper White
Big Shot:  Hearts Collection framelits
Punches:  Scallop Trim border punch, Scallop Oval, Large Oval
Accessories:  Rhinestone basic jewels

Hearts in Hearts Video Tutorial

Terry Blais (my Grandma level upline) and Kim Becker (my Mom level upline) and I got together to make more video tutorials.  This is one of Terry's videos.
You can find all our videos on my Video Page.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Feel Goods Heat Embossing

Terry, Kim and I had a video-making day last week.  It is always a fun time.  I think we should make a video of our bloopers, actually.  You won't believe how crazy we are!  For some reason, unbeknownst to anyone but Kim, my "shiny buttons" and "keeps the embossing powder from getting in places that you don't want it" comments made her laugh.  She actually had to leave the room during the filming of this video because she couldn't control herself! :) 
I hope you like my video.  There will be more to come. 
You can access all of our American Ink tutorial videos on my "Video" tab at the top of this page.

Vintage Verses

This card was a M&T that I brought to January's demo club meeting.  Vintage Verses stamp set is something you can get for free with a $50 purchase from the Sale-a-bration catalog.  The Houndstooth embossing folder design reminds me of the Parker's Patterns DSP, and I embossed Cherry Cobbler Core'dinations card stock and sanded it with the sanding block to help the design stand out.
The Festive piercing pack makes it easy to highlight a design and perfectly coordinates with the Labels Collection framelits.  Raising the word 'you' and stamping it in a different color is referred to as 'spotlighting.'
Project Particulars
Stamp set:  Vintage Verses (SAB)
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Not Quite Navy
Paper:  Parker's Patterns DSP (SAB), Cherry Cobbler Core'dinations card stock, Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla
Big Shot:  Labels Collections framelits, Houndstooth Embossing folder
Accessories:  Pearl Basic jewels, Festive Piercing pack, Piercing tool and mat, Sanding block

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Bring on the Cake

I gifted a "day of stamping" to a special girl this year for Christmas.  She and her girlfriends spent the day with me, and this is one of the projects they made.  Such a fun time!
This is a "flip down stack card."  I got this idea from Sabrina Friel on
As you can see, there are three panels held together with Daffodil Delight ribbon.  I used small magnets to hold the "stack" up (purchased from a local craft store).  When you pull the magnets apart, the stack unfolds to reveal the birthday wishes.  Very cute idea.
We have a new Borders Scoring Plate available in our Spring catalog.  It is a dry embossing technique with a multitude of design options.  This plate sits on top of the Simply Scored Scoring Tool and provides a 12x12 base of designs to choose from.  Use your stylus to trace the designs onto your card.  The possibilities are endless!
Project Particulars
Stamp set:  Bring on the cake, patterned party
Ink:  Night of navy, cherry cobbler, daffodil delight
Paper:  Daffodil delight, night of navy, whisper white
Accessories:  Borders scoring plate, pearls

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Ladies Club - January

Bloomin' Marvelous! 
That's the name of the stamp set I used for this club card.  Here in the Pacific Northwest, we've had a pretty gray start to the New Year.  Doesn't it make you smile to think of spring?  That's what this card reminds me of with the Vine Street embossing folder, which I used on the Baja Breeze background.  This stamp set and embossing folder are available in our Sale-a-bration catalog.  The Melon Mambo butterflies were punched with the Bitty Butterfly punch.  The Tea for Two DSP, 3/8" Melon Mambo Striped Organdy ribbon and the Butterfly punch is from the Spring catalog.  The Finishing Touches Edgelit was used on the Island Indigo border.  Make sure you have your Piercing Tool handy when you use this edgelit.  It provides such a detailed design that sometimes the little pieces like to stick in the edgelit and I use my piercing tool to clean them out.
Silver Tea Shoppe

One of my favorite local restaurants is the Victorian Rose Tea Room.  They have "High Teas" and the most adorable gift shop.  My hubby treated me to breakfast there last weekend.  The Tea Shoppe stamp set reminds me of the Tea Room. 
I used a Crumb Cake card base and stamped the flower design in the background with Crumb Cake.  I like the tone-on-tone stamping technique.  For the tea cup, I stamped it with VersaMark and then embossed it with Silver embossing powder. 
Tea Time Trinkets.  I can't get enough of these!  They have the most intricate details on them.  It's a good thing there is no limit to the number of embellishments you can buy ;)
Tea for Two DSP is shown on the bottom of this card and The border above it was made using the 7/16" Natural Trim.  The sentiment was punched with the 7/8" Scallop circle and layered with a 1" circle punch in Chocolate Chip.
You can purchase these Tea Time Trinkets, Natural Trim, small scallop circle and Tea for Two DSP from our Spring catalog.  And, because it's Sale-a-bration time, you can earn freebies for every $50 purchase!