Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Mini Envelope card

Hi everyone!  I have a fun card to share using a brand new mini envelope die set from Spellbinders.  I have to make this post short because I am recovering from an emergency root canal yesterday afternoon, yeah, good times!
 Here's the Mini Envelope Three die set, yes that means there are sets One and Two!!
Here is a picture of the envelope after I die cut it, you fold along the scored lines
 Next, I used some White Liner to adhere the bottom flap up and to the sides.  The adhesive is hard to see, they are on the flap on the right.
That's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!  Here is a close up picture of the mini envelope, you can see I tucked a note inside!!
Spellbinders Dies: S4-510 Mini Envelope Three, S3-211 Flutter Love Shapeabilities®; SCD-012 Pierced Rectangles
Stamps: SugarPea Designs, Special Delivery
Other Supplies: My Mind's Eye Jubilee "Sherbert" 6x6 paper pad; Wild Orchid Crafts, Misc mulberry flowers; Fun Stampers Journey, Journey Twine in Natural and White Liner; Rhinestones
Adhesive: Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares and 3D foam frames 
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Saturday, March 21, 2015

3D hot air balloon card

Hi everyone!  I have a fun hot air balloon card to share today.  Sadly, I've never seen a hot air balloon in person, but I googled images of them and was struck by how bright and colorful they are!  My card features one of Spellbinders' new Inspire line die, Up and Away.
 
I created this 3D balloon by die cutting and trimming the balloon portion 5 times each in a bright fun color.  I pieced the bows under each panel with a matching cardstock color.  I took a couple pictures to show you how it was done.
The clouds are from the Rainy Day die set and I colored them with a pale blue marker to make them stand out a bit.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!  Here's a close up picture of the balloon.
Spellbinders Dies: IN-050 Up and Away, S2-141 Sentiment Five, IN-013 Rainy Day Shapeabilities®
Other Supplies: Bo Bunny Double Dot Bold and Bright 6x6 paper pad; light blue copic marker to color clouds; Twine
Adhesive: Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares and 3D foam frames 

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Ahoy!

Hi everyone!  I have a fun shaker card to share today.  This is also my last day my guesting at Eyelet Outlet and Brads and I used 2 brads can you spot them?
Head on over to their blog to see my final guest post and if you leave a comment over there 1 lucky commenter will win a prize!
 Well, if in case you haven't spotted them, the brads are the anchors!  Aren't they adorable?!?  I used my much loved circle dies to create the little frame of my shaker part and the Font One Lowercase die set for the sentiment.  This font die set is really versitile, not too fancy, not too plain.
The adorable light house is from a Reverse Confetti stamp set, colored with Copics and filled with a variety of sequins and white beads.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!  Sorry, no close up picture today, I accidentally deleted it -oops! 

Spellbinders Dies: S5-199 Font One Lowercase Shapeabilities®; S4-114 Standard Circles LG and S4-116 Standard Circles SM Nestabilities® 
Eyelet Outlet and Brads: Enamel Dots -multi color and Anchor brads -red/white/blue
 Stamps: Reverse Confetti, Happy Harbor
Other Supplies: My Mind's Eye Necessities Blue 6x6 paper pad; Sequins and beads; burlap cording in natural 
Adhesive: Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares and 3D foam frames 
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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Butterfly birthday wishes

Hi everyone!  I have a butterfly birthday card to share today which uses five different kinds of gold brads!  Yep 5!!  This is Day 3 of my guesting at Eyelet Outlet and Brads and I invite you to head on over to their blog to see my guest post and check out the wide range of products their store carries.
I loved the idea of doing an ombre effect with the color and sizing of the butterflies.  As the butterflies got smaller and lighter in color, I decreased the size of my center brad.  The butterflies came from 3 different die sets, the bottom butterfly is from Les Papillions, the middle is from Flutters and the top is from Les Papillions Two.
Here are all 3 sets:
 And the gold accents scattered about are the 1/16 mini gold and 1/8 gold brads.  SO adorable!  The little 1/16th size are super cute and perfectly scaled for cards.  They really make me happy.

The subtle background you're seeing is made from a stamp.  I stamped the little grid background stamp from the Make A Statement set in Versamark and embossed it with sparkle powder.  I love the subtle effect it creates.  The sentiment is from the same stamp set.
Spellbinders Dies: S4-371 Les Papillions, S4-395 Les Papillions Two and S2-073 Flutters Shapeabilities®
Eyelet Outlet and Brads: 1/16 mini gold brads, 1/8 gold brads, 8mm gold brads, Heart brads
Stamps: Verve Stamps, Make a Statement
Other Supplies:  Little B, 25mm gold foil chevron washi tape; Kaleidoscope embossing powder; Navy and Versamark ink
Adhesive: Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares and 3D foam frames 

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Hello - Love You

Hi everyone!  I have a fun card to share today using speech bubbles in a couple of ways.  This is Day 2 of my guesting at Eyelet Outlet and Brads and I used 2 brads for the sentiments!  Super cute!  Head on over to their blog to see my guest post and check out the wide range of products their store carries.
First I adhered some washi tape across the card base and die cut a square using the Pierced Squares die.  I die cut a speech bubble (Conversation Bubble 2) into the square and used the negative opening as a frame of sorts.  I attached the brads to an oval speech bubble (Conversation Bubble 3) and popped it up over the washi tape.  I added a couple rhinestones from the pink and green Jewel Strips!
The Conversation Bubble dies:
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!  Here is a close up picture.
Spellbinders Dies: S4-136 Conversation Bubble 2, S4-137 Conversation Bubble 3Shapeabilities®; SCD-008 Pierced Squares Nestabilities®  

Eyelet Outlet and Brads: Saying Bubble brads, Jewel Strips -4mm bling
 

Other Supplies: Washi tape from Queen & Co and others
Adhesive: Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares and 3D foam frames 
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Monday, March 16, 2015

Urban Blooms with Flower brads -guest designer spot

Hi everyone!  I am the guest designer for Eyelet Outlet and Brads this month and have several fun projects to share over the next few days.  Brads have come a loooong way over the years and now they have cute designs with just about anything you can think of, I mean bacon and eggs? Yes please!  Head on over to their blog to see my first guest post and check out the wide range of products their store carries.  Lots of really fun stuff!

Today I made a trio of 4x4 note cards using Spellbinders new Urban Blooms dies, scalloped squares and some ADORABLE flower brads for the centers.  How cute, right?!?
I started out die cutting and layering the 2 smallest sizes from my Urban Bloom flowers in white cardstock, then I chose patterned paper to coordinate with the flower brad.  I used a small circle die cut under the brad to make it to stand out.  I also used a couple of mini butterfly brads as accents (you can see them above the "friend" and "smile" sentiments).
Here are the Urban Blooms dies:

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! Here's a close up picture showing the dimension of these gorgeous flowers.

Spellbinders Dies: GLD-013 Urban Blooms Shapeabilities®; S4-128 Classic Squares SM, S4-129 Classic Scalloped Squares SM, S4-116 Standard Circles SM Nestabilities®  
Eyelet Outlet and Brads: Fresh Flower Pastel brads, Mini Butterfly brads
Other Supplies: Lawn Fawn 6x6 Lets Polka, Mon Amie pad; SCT-001 Celebra'tions Linen Thread; Variety of alpha stickers for sentiments
Adhesive: Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares and 3D foam frames    
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Saturday, March 14, 2015

A special and A-mazing announcement!

Hi everyone!  Long time no post, soooooo where have I been?
Well I have big news to share!!
I have accepted a part time position with Journey Blooms by Richard Garay.  Yep, I've been a stay at home mom for 11 years (and honestly didn't think I would ever go back to work), but to work part time from home doing what I love, CRAFTING was such a dream come true!  Here's the Journey Crew:
I've just returned from Phoenix for an introduction to Journey Blooms/design team retreat and it was so wonderful!  Before leaving I browsed the Fun Stampers Journey catalog, but didn't realize the scope and full range of products this company has to offer until I saw it in person.  I mean, the color palette is to die for!  And talk about top quality!?!  Spellbinders makes the dies, so I already know the quality there and the stamps are precut red rubber cling -awesome.
Honestly, I am very particular with the products I align myself with and am super excited to begin this next phase of my crafting journey with Richard and his company.
Along with Tania and Laura, I was there with the Blog Team Kathy Martin and Angi Barrs (Mindy Baxter was unable to attend). Here are a few pictures (I won't burden you with them all).
A little background, Journey Blooms is the parent company to Fun Stampers Journey (FSJ), a consultant based stamping company.  Like Stampin' Up or AMuse Studios, you need to order products through a Journey Coach.  I am NOT a coach so you won't be able to purchase any FSJ products from me.  If you are interested in purchasing products, you can find a Journey Coach in your area by searching here (click Shop Now and follow the prompts).
The tagline for this team is #makeamazinghappen, so if you see me tag my Pinterest and Facebook posts with that, you'll know why.  We like to "Make Amazing Happen"!!

What does this mean for my creative time and blog?  Well, I'm still on the Spellbinders Blog team, so you will see my SB projects regularly just like before.  It sounds like most of my Fun Stampers Journey projects will be sent to Phoenix for catalog, trade show and booth work along with an occasional FSJ posts here on my blog.  So there really won't be a noticeable difference.

Thanks for stopping by and letting me share my news!  Have a great day!

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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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