Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Butterfly shaker card

Hi everyone!  I have another shaker card to share today.  This one uses the negative of a butterfly die for the shaker opening and I filled it with some sequins and beads.
 First I adhered the patterned paper to my card base and then die cut a square using the Pierced Squares.  Next I die cut a butterfly from the Les Papillions set in the center.  This was the base for my shaker part.  Instead of using an adhesive foam sheet like my last card, I used an adhesive foam frame!  I had them in rectangle form, but I just cut a small piece on either side to make it fit.
To accent my frame, I used a bit of 1/8" gold foil washi tape as a border just inside the piercings.  I love the touches of gold it gave, and it highlighted the few gold sequins that were inside.
 The sentiment was die cut from gold mirror cardstock adding even more shiny gold goodness!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great evening!  Here's a close up of the shaker part.
Spellbinders Dies: S4-371 Les Papillions and S2-141 Sentiments 5 Shapeabilities®; SCD-008 Pierced Squares Nestabilities®  
Other Supplies: White and Gold Mirror cardstock; My Mind's Eye, Jubilee 6x6 pattern paper; Cartwright's sequins, a variety of sequins; Little B Gold Foil Honeycomb washi tape; Wild Orchid Crafts, Cherry Blossom flower; Pink twill ribbon
Adhesive: Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares and 3D foam frames    
NOTE: You can also find Spellbinders dies at the The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Thank you tudor rose card

Hi everyone!  Today's card uses the newly released Tudor Rose Collection die set.  I love how versatile this die set is.  The flowers can take on many different feels from very regal to these with almost a nautical feel.
I've added a strip of silver foil under the sentiment panel which is hard to photograph and looks black here, but IRL it's shiny and pretty!  The bold sentiment is from Fun Stampers Journey, the Greet and Shout stamp set.
Here's the dies in the Tudor Rose Collection.  Breathtaking!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!  Here's a close up picture.
Card Deets:   
Spellbinders Dies: S5-232 Tudor Rose Collection Shapeabilities®

Stamps: Fun Stampers Journey, Greet and Shout
Cardstock: White, red, yellow and green cardstock
Other Supplies: My Mind's Eye Blue Necessities 6x6 pad; Want2Scrap clear rhinestones; silver foil
Adhesive: Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares   
NOTE: You can also find Spellbinders dies at the The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.


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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentines giveaway winner and crafting kits for sale

Hi everyone!  This is a quick post to announce my Valentine's Day giveaway winner and I have some info on some possible crafting kits at the bottom of this post.

Random.org helped me chose #12 as my winner:

Carol H. February 11, 2015 at 12:07 PM
I think your card turned out fantastic! I have that tree die too and you've shown me another way to use it. Thank you for sharing your pretty card & for the chance at the wonderful prize!

Congrats Carol!  Send me an email (listed below and on my sidebar) and let me know your mailing address and I'll get the package out to you asap! 

****Question for my readers***
I've decided to downsize my craft supplies and wondered if there was an interest if I packed up Medium Flat Rate boxes and made "crafting kits" from gently used and new supplies.  They would have a price of $35 with the shipping cost of ($12.65) included- PayPal only.  This price would be sending to US residents only, my Canadian friends will have to work out something else.
The boxes would have minimum of 5 6x6 paper pads, min of 5 stamp sets, 2 wooden stamps, 15 yards of ribbons -variety of style and widths, 3 mini baggies of buttons or embellishments, 1 mini spool of washi tape, 1 ink pad, and 10 sheets of premium cardstock (Gina K, Amuse, or Stampin Up)
My stamp sets are primarily from AMuse, Gina K Designs, Unity and JustRite Papercrafts and I can accommodate requests of stamp manufacturer and color family for ribbons and cardstock for the first few responders.
I have enough supplies set aside to make several boxes, if you are interested send me an email at cardsbymichelle@hotmail.com.

****EDITED: I have had quite the response to these crafty boxes!  I am sorting through my supplies and starting a list, so continue to email me and I will add your name.  There should be a few more boxes available.*****

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Avery Elle masking challenge

Hi everyone!  I spent some time this week reorganizing my dies (post showing my new storage to come) and while I was doing that, I uncovered a few stamp sets that I bought and have never used!  GASP!  Right?!?  I vowed to get those stamp sets inky and I started with Avery Elle.  So today I played along with the Avery Elle Masking challenge and used my new Petals and Stems stamp set.
 Confession time, I really don't do much masking.  I mean I know what it is, but it always confuses me as to WHICH image to hide and I always get it wrong.  So I end up fussy or die cutting my images and call it a day.  But masking was the challenge, so I jumped in.  I took a few pictures to share just in case you get lost like I do :-)
 Step 1: Stamp the image onto a post-it note, making sure to stamp a good portion on the sticky part.  
Step 2: Cut out the image, this is what you will use to mask your image on your paper
Step 2(b): I stamped some "fiddling" or practice images and cut them out.  This helps me visualize how and where I want them on my card.
 Step 3: Stamp the image you will want to APPEAR ON TOP, in my case it was the small flower
Step 4: Cover that image with the post-it note
Step 5: Stamp the second image over the post-it note and that will APPEAR ON THE BOTTOM, in my case it was my large flower.
Now if I was super advanced with my masking skills I would have also masked the stem branches on this, but hey, I know when to call it a day!  lol!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.  Here's a close up picture.
Card Deets:
Stamps - Avery Elle, Petals and Stems
Dies - Spellbinders, (GLC-016) Baby Buntings
Ink - Memento Luxe, Pistachio and Lilac Posies; SU Peach Parfait
Accessories - Want2Scrap black rhinestone strip, stickles, misc ribbons

PS. There is still time to enter my Valentines Giveaway which is open to everyone!  I will post the winner tomorrow on Valentines Day!

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Shaker card and Valentines giveaway

Hi everyone!  Today's card was VERY different for me.  I stepped way outside my box and I am still not sure how I like it, but after 2 days of futzing here it is.  I did some water coloring using water color pencils and Gelatos AND built a mini scene within a shaker card.  Water color and scene building? Who me? Yep!  
You should have seen my attempts to water color backgrounds -yeah it was pretty bad. So rather than coloring the entire background, I settled on die cutting water color paper into grass and cloud shapes and water colored those.  This was a more "clean" approach to water coloring and suited my style (and talent level) better.
My card features one of the Die D-Lite dies called Delightful Tree, which I die cut in green, cut the birds in blue, birdhouse in brown and added some hot pink gems for a pop of color.

Thanks to the suggestions of my lovely readers after my last shaker card, I made this shaker card differently and it was easier!  I bought some adhesive backed foam at Michaels and die cut and trimmed it to fit almost the size of my card front.  TIP: when die cutting foam, don't use the regular sandwich with the Grand Calibur, instead use the cutting plate and the pink embossing plate.  Using the regular sandwich compressed the foam to 1/2 the thickness!
I adhered the foam to my card base, "built" the scene inside and filled it with my sequins and beads.  I strategically glued some sequins and leaving the rest loose to shake around.  Next I adhered the acetate paper behind my frame and glued everything down.  Lastly I adhered my tree on top of the window.
Here is a pic of my window before the tree.  You can see which sequins I glued down, the others are behind the grass.
****Giveaway info****
I have put together an assortment of Valentines themed goodies to give away to one lucky person.  In the package:
-brand new set of Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Hearts dies
-variety of pink Prima and assorted flowers
-heart and misc embellishments
-variety of sequins
-assortment of gorgeous pink and Valentine themed ribbons
-gently used Love themed stamp sets from Flourishes and JustRite Stampers
-gently used patterned paper from Gina K Designs
To enter in my giveaway, leave me a comment on this post and I will chose 1 winner on Saturday, February 14th -Valentine's Day!!  You don't have to be a follower of my blog, but if you are leave me two comments to be entered twice!

Thanks for stopping by and good luck!  Here's a close up picture of the Delightful Tree.
Card Deets:   
Spellbinders Dies: S2-107 Delightful Tree, S2-152 Flower Field (for the grass) Shapeabilities®; SCD-009 Sunny Days (for the clouds); S4-408 Rounded Squares Nestabilities®  

Stamps: Spellbinders Celebra'tions, My Friend stamp set 
Other Supplies: White, green, brown and blue cardstock; My Mind's Eye, Wood Necessities 6x6 pattern paper; Cartwright's sequins, white and moonshine sequins; Gelatos in gold, green and blue; water color pencil in blue  
Adhesive: Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares     
NOTE: You can also find Spellbinders dies at the The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.
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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Gerber daisy hello card

Hi everyone! I have a fun card to share today using one of the older shapes, the Curved Rectangles and one of the Create-a-Flower dies, the Gerber Daisy.  
With this flower, there are 3 sizes of the petals: large, medium and small.
To make each layer you will need 8 petals.
I wanted my flower more full, so I cut each size two times.  You can see the cuts below.  One good thing about the petal die is there are 2 of each petal size on it, so you will need to run it through 4 times, make sense?
Next you tuck the point of each label into the slot of the "layer forming disc" and then glue it down.
I added some stickles to some of the petals and sentiment and added some chino colored pearls as accents.  I embossed the flower panel with the Graduated Dots folder (I used side A).  This is a cool Grand sized folder, you will notice the dots get smaller in size as you go down.  The reverse side is also cool, check it out.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!  Here's a close up picture.
Card Deets:   
Spellbinders Dies:
IN-037 Celebration Two, S2-066 Create-a-Gerber Daisy Shapeabilities®; S5-006 Curved Rectangles Nestabilities®; EG-001 Graduated Dots M-bossabilities folder
Other Supplies: White and kraft cardstock; ; Kaisercraft, hot pink rhinestones
Adhesive: Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares  
 

NOTE: You can also find Spellbinders dies at the The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.
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Thursday, February 5, 2015

With Love

Hi everyone!  I have a Valentines card to share today which also uses some rubons I got in my Simon Says Stamps January kit.  Gotta say, I am lovin' the resurgence of good quality rubons.  Once again - everything old is new again!
I die cut the nesting Classic Heart shapes into my cardstock pieces and layered them together.  To make it really pop, I used a thin pop dot in between each layer and added a rubon heart to the center.  Once again, I used my one favorite flower die sets, Blooms Four (I know, you're probably sick of seeing them all the time) and added a Cut Gem to the centers.
A die cut sentiment and a few more rubons completed the card.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!  Here is a close up picture.
Card Deets:   
Spellbinders Dies: 
S2-139 Sentiments 3, S2-047 Blooms Four Shapeabilities®; S4-136 Classic Hearts, S4-408 Rounded Squares Nestabilities®
Other Supplies: White, black and pinks cardstock; My Mind's Eye, Reds Necessities 6x6 pattern paper; Eyelet Outlet, Cut Gems in Pink; Crate Paper, Kiss Kiss rubons; Kaisercraft, hot pink rhinestones
Adhesive: Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares  
NOTE: You can also find Spellbinders dies at the The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.
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Monday, February 2, 2015

Doily fun mini cards

Hi everyone!  I have a pair of mini cards to share today.  These use the oldie but goodie, Labels One shape and I matted them to the Scalloped Labels One
The stamps and flower dies are from the Celebra'tions line as are the inks and turquoise string.  The flowers are sold with the coordinating dies as a set!  Pretty cool huh?!?  I used some enamel dots as the flower centers and added some thread tied into a bow as an accent.
Here is the Just Because set:
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
Card Deets:   
Spellbinders Dies: S4-161 Labels One and S4-375 Scalloped Labels One
Nestabilities®; IN-037 Celebration Two Shapeabilities®
Celebra'tions Supplies: Just Because Stamp and die set (SCSD-008), Doily Fun Stamp set; Ink in Cool Caribbean (SCI-012), Delightful Daisy (SCI-001); Cardstock in Cool Caribbean (SCI-012), Delightful Daisy (SCI-001); Linen Thread (SCT-001)
Other Supplies: My Mind's Eye Enamel Dots; Faux Canvas ribbon in black
Adhesive: Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares  
NOTE: You can also find Spellbinders dies at the The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

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Friday, January 30, 2015

FWF Hugs shaker card

Hi everyone!  It's Friends With Flair time!  I haven't had time to play along with Unity's Friends with Flair in such a long time, so I busted out my Unity stamps and played along today.

Everything OLD is NEW again, right?  Case in point, shaker cards are all the rage right now and here's a link to my first shaker card back in 2007!  Shaker parts can be both large and small.  I made my shaker part the entire card front using my Circle dies, but I have something in the works using smaller butterflies.
Not gonna lie, shaker cards are kind of a pain to make and after several hours of fiddling with my beads and sequins I remembered WHY I didn't make many all those years ago!  I cut my foam squares in half and started to line the inside of my card frame.  After placing the small pieces down, I switched to cutting larger pieces from my foam tape roll to cover more ground.
 Next I peeled the backing of the bottom portion only and stuck it to my card base.  My thought was to hold the top open and pour in the beads/sequins and then seal up the rest of the circle.  Wellll... I ended up with way too many beads, so I had to pry the top open and pour some of the beads out. Which created a hot mess with beads stuck to the adhesive pieces all over the circle.  I fixed it eventually, but I am pretty sure there is an easier way to make shaker cards.  Any tips are welcome!!

Back to my card, the image is Mug of Hugs which is from Unity's Stamps of the Week collection and I think it's ADORABLE (not sure what set the sentiment is from).  I colored the mug with Copic markers.  I used another of my charms and even used one of my purple beads match.  Go me!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!  Here is a close up picture.
Card Deets:   
Spellbinders Dies: 
S4-125 Classic Scalloped Circles SM, S4-114 Standard Circles LG and S4-116 Standard Circles SM Nestabilities®; S2-132 Pretty Petals C Shapeabilities®
Stamp: Unity Stamp Co, Mug of Hugs

Other Supplies: White, Kraft and Pistachio Pudding cardstock; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Lavender baker's twine; Rhinestones; Charms and beads
Adhesive: Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares  
NOTE: You can also find Spellbinders dies at the The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Birthday wishes circle card

Hi everyone!  After my last card, I had a couple embossing folders on my desk, so I inked up my Dotted Flowers for today's card.  I was at Michael's the other day and saw some adorable charms.  I am a sucker for pretty charms and had to buy them BUT I rarely use them.  So to make up for it, I used TWO on this card -lol!!
There are a couple ways to get ink onto your embossed cardstock.  My favorite way is to ink the folder itself.  This method presses the ink into the cardstock on the "sunken" parts of the design.  I like to use pigment ink as I think it spreads evenly on the folder (dye ink can be a bit blotchy or streaky).  I like the subtle effect of the light purple ink on this card.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.  Here is a close up pic of the embossing, tags and the cute little charms!
Card Deets:   
Spellbinders Dies: 
S5-128 Fancy Framed Tags Two Shapeabilities®; S4-114 Standard Circles LG and S4-116 Standard Circles SM Nestabilities® ; ES-011 Dotted Flowers double sided M-Bossibilities folder
Sentiment stamp: JustRite Papercrafts, Birthday Floral Vintage Birthday

Other Supplies: Bazzill Paper Basics, Marshmallow and Sour Grape cardstock; AMuse Studios Ink in Heather; 1/8" lavender silk ribbon; Silver metallic string; Charms
Adhesive: Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares  

NOTE: You can also find Spellbinders dies at the The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.
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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Happy hello card

Hi everyone!  I had so much fun making today's card.  I combined some of my old loves, silk ribbon, flowers and Label shaped dies!  This time I used the Labels Seventeen and to get the white panel 1/8" smaller than the black I traced the inside of the die and hand trimmed it out.  To disguise any lopsided cuts, I lightly distressed the edges before gluing it down.
I also used the Valor embossing folder.  Spellbinders folders are unique in that they are double sided, yep it's like getting 2 for the price of 1!  My card uses side B, but both sides are pretty, here they are:
Oh and see the cute little butterflies?  I cut them out of patterned paper and added a tiny gem to the center.  This card makes me happy, I love the colors and all the pretty accents!!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!  Here's a close up picture.
Card Deets:   
Spellbinders Dies: 
S2-047 Blooms Four Shapeabilities®; S5-025 Labels Seventeen Nestabilities®; ES-003 Valor double sided M-Bossibilities folder
Other Supplies:
White, black, yellow and pink cardstock; Pink Paislee Bella Rouge 6x6 paper pad; 1.25" pink silk ribbon; Sequins
Adhesive: Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares  


NOTE: You can also find Spellbinders dies at the The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.
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