Thursday, November 10, 2016

Shine Bright with the Quick and Easy All Occasion Card

Good Morning! Time for another quick and easy card design. I am once again using the Tim Holtz Thinlits Mixed Media die set and my new Verve stamps. After I finished the card, I realized the Stephanie Ackerman star die is no longer available. Being a popular shape, if you don't already have it you can substitute your favorite star die or charm in its place.

Below you'll find the complete supply list, step-by-step instructions and a list of tips for this project. If you have any questions or comments just leave me a note and I'll be sure to get back to you! 

Also, if you missed yesterday's card using this die set, Tuesday's post using this stamp set or the Handmade Holidays Hop be sure and scroll down for those as well!

Supplies:
Light gray cardstock
Authentique patterned paper pad
Verve Let it Be Stamp set
Clearsnap poolside ink pad
Natural twine
Buttons Galore and More 28 Lilac Lane Let it Snow embellishment kit
Light blue self-adhesive rhinestones
MISTI stamping tool
Sizzix dies*: Thinlits Mixed Media, Star
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®: EZ runner, Adhesive sheets

Instructions:

  • Form a 4.25 x 5.5-inch top-fold card from gray cardstock.
  • Cut a piece of light blue text print paper slightly smaller than card front; attach adhesive sheet to back of panel.
  • Using photo as a guide, die-cut Mixed Media shape from text print panel; remove adhesive backing and attach to light blue patterned paper. Trim edges evenly; adhere to card front.
  • Stamp sentiment onto card front.
  • Die-cut star shape from yellow patterned paper; adhere to card front.
  • Embellish card front with rhinestones
  • Wrap card with twine; tie button to twine as shown.

*Ideas to note:

--Before die-cutting intricate designs such as the 
Mixed Media pattern attach an adhesive sheet to the back of your paper. Once die-cut, peel off the backing and attach to project.



--Use the Sizzix Magnetic Platform to hold dies in the desired position for die-cutting.

--Use the Sizzix Die Brush with foam pad to thoroughly remove small areas from designs with many small pieces.

--Layer patterned papers together and trim to same size to add a colorful pattern below Mixed Media patterns.


*Use the following Sizzix sandwiches when die-cutting the pieces:
Thinlits Mixed Media:
Magnetic Platform, a Standard Cutting Pad,  paper, die (cutting side down), and, finally, the second Standard Cutting Pad





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*This post may contain linked products which are affiliate links. These links help support my crafty habit as I do receive a small fee for purchases made through those links and appreciate your support. While I carefully choose which products appear in my posts and only use products I believe are top-of-the-line, linked products used may have been received free of charge for use on my blog.

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Handmade Holidays DIY Soldered Charm Candy Dish




Hello Hello!! I am once again joining in on the annual Handmade Holidays blog hop and am excited that you stopped by to join me for "Decor Day" where I am going to show you how to make this fun soldiered charm candy dish.

We have a great line up of sponsors for the hop this year; and for this project I have incorporated products supplied by four of them:

Clearsnap: ColorBox Crafter's Ink, Art Daubers
Walnut Hollow: Professional Soldering Tool
Buttons Galore and More: 28 Lilac Lane Let it Snow Embellishment Kit
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®: Extreme Double-sided Tape, Dodz Adhesive Dots

Now, lets get started!

The first thing to do is to create the stamped ribbon that wraps around the dish. For this I used Clearsnap ColorBox Crafter's Ink in stone along with a snowflake stamp.


I continuously stamped the ribbon to create the desired pattern then heat-set the design with a dry iron.

Next, I wrapped the ribbon around the dish (found at the local dollar store) and adhered the overlapping ends using Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® Extreme Double-sided Tape.


For the embellishments on this project, I chose the Buttons Galore and More: 28 Lilac Lane Let it Snow Embellishment Kit. This package contained product for this project and many more so you'll be seeing it a lot on future projects as well.

I used the silver string from the embellishment kit to wrap around the ribbon center and tie in place. I then used a second piece to tie a double-bow.

Now, it's time to make the soldered charm using the Professional Soldering Tool from Walnut Hollow! The kit contains all the soldering materials you need to get started and once you learn this easy technique you'll be able to make all sorts of jewelry and charms. To begin you'll need two pieces of glass and a design to encase between them. My charm uses two 1-inch glass squares with a silver metal snowflake and a sequin from the Buttons Galore and More: 28 Lilac Lane Let it Snow Embellishment Kit.


Clean the glass thoroughly to remove any residue that might keep the copper tape from sticking. Layer the pieces layered together and wrap them with copper tape securing both the front and back evenly. For this charm I used a copper tape slightly wider than the one in the kit but any width can be used as long as it will wrap around both layers.

Burnish the tape to ensure the adhesive is securely in place and the surface is smooth.

Prepare the soldering tool according to manufacturer's instructions. Working on a solid heat-proof surface begin to apply the solder using the flat tip. Note that the lead-free solder supplied in this kit has a rosin core and therefore requires no flux or extra materials. When applying the solder, you can go around the edges and create a nice smooth frame like a typical charm. To me, one fun thing about soldering a project like this the ability to "draw" with the hot metal. I chose to add a textured pattern which mimics an icy design by adding mounds and drips like those shown along the bottom edge in the photo below. Simply experiment with the design and if you don't like the look just smooth it back out and try again.


Once I had the charm just like I wanted it, I used Ocean Breeze Clearsnap ColorBox Crafter's Ink  and an Art Dauber to sponge the frame filling in the creases and crevices. I then wiped away the excess and heat-set the ink using my heat gun.



The charm is now ready to attach using Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® Dodz Adhesive Dots.

For the top edge of the dish I once again used Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® Extreme Double-sided Tape. I lined the top edges of the dish then removed the backing.

I then pressed seed beads from Buttons Galore and More: 28 Lilac Lane Let it Snow Embellishment Kit into the adhesive.


Finally I used Dodz Adhesive Dots to attach half-back pearls from the 28 Lilac Lane Let it Snow Embellishment Kit to the snowflake centers. 


Fill the dish with silver candy and there you have it!!
Now, that you've finished here, you'll want to scroll down to enter for a chance to win the awesome prize shown below then click on the next stop for another project and additional chances to enter.








Last but not least, many thanks to these hop sponsors:


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*This post may contain linked products which are affiliate links. These links help support my crafty habit as I do receive a small fee for purchases made through those links and appreciate your support. While I carefully choose which products appear in my posts and only use products I believe are top-of-the-line, linked products used may have been received free of charge for use on my blog.

Sending Peaceful Wishes with This Handmade Card



Good Morning! I'm back again today with another card to share using some fun Tim Holtz dies and Reverse Confetti stamps. That's right, I'm posting two days in a row! Can you believe it!? If that shocks you then you better be sitting down when I say I have a second post coming up later this morning with a DIY home decor project *and* another card tomorrow! 

Below you'll find the complete supply list, step-by-step instructions and a list of tips for this project. If you have any questions or comments just leave me a note and I'll be sure to get back to you! 

Supplies:
Cardstock: kraft, white, dark brown
Light blue patterned paper
Reverse Confetti My Heart Trusts stamp set
Clearsnap chocolate ink pad
White silk ribbon
Natural twine
Buttons Galore and More 28 Lilac Lane Let it Snow embellishment kit
Light blue self-adhesive rhinestones
MISTI stamping tool
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®: EZ runner, Adhesive sheets

Instructions:
  • Form a 4.25 x 5.5-inch side-fold card from kraft cardstock.
  • Cut a piece of light blue paper slightly smaller than card base; attach adhesive sheet to back of panel.
  • Using photo as a guide, die-cut Mixed Media shape from patterned panel; remove adhesive backing and attach to card front.
  • Die-cut "Peace" from brown cardstock; adhere to card front.
  • Stamp sentiment onto white cardstock; trim as shown and adhere to card front.
  • Embellish card front using rhinestones.
  • Wrap card front with ribbon; tie into a bow.
  • Tie button to center of bow using twine.
*Ideas to note:

--Before die-cutting intricate designs such as the 
Mixed Media pattern attach an adhesive sheet to the back of your paper. Once die-cut, peel off the backing and attach to project.

--Use the Sizzix Die Brush with foam pad to thoroughly remove small areas from designs with many small pieces.

--Use the Sizzix Magnetic Platform to hold dies in the desired position for die-cutting.



--Trim stamped images into pieces to combine with die-cut shapes for added versatility.

*Use the following Sizzix sandwiches when die-cutting the pieces:
Thinlits Mixed Media:
Magnetic Platform, a Standard Cutting Pad,  paper, die (cutting side down), and, finally, the second Standard Cutting Pad.



Thinlits Vintage Tidings
Magnetic Platform, a Standard Cutting Pad,  cardstock, die (cutting side down), and, finally, the second Standard Cutting Pad.



Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to stop back by later this morning for my latest DIY home decor project featuring some fun techniques, awesome products and PRIZES!



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*This post may contain linked products which are affiliate links. These links help support my crafty habit as I do receive a small fee for purchases made through those links and appreciate your support. While I carefully choose which products appear in my posts and only use products I believe are top-of-the-line, linked products used may have been received free of charge for use on my blog.

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Add Sparkle to Their Day with This Quick and Easy Card


Hello again!! Due to a recent surgery I had to take some time off from crafting but I am finally back up to speed again. My desk is all cleaned off, I have some great new supplies to play with and I'm working on lots of projects to share (including some guest designer projects!). If you follow me on Instagram you've probably already saw a peek of some of the things I am working on. Truth be told, I am much better at posting random photos and a quick sentence than I am blogging! But for my blog readers here I am, ready to share one of my newest cards with you. 

This card uses some of the latest Tim Holtz dies from Sizzix and some new stamps I recently ordered from Verve Stamps. Both of which I am loving!! Keep reading for a list of supplies step-by-step instructions and tips when creating.

Supplies:
Kraft cardstock
Core'dinations gold Glitter Silk cardstock
Simple Stories 6x6 patterned papers: yellow dot, light blue dot, pink dot
Verve Let It Be stamp set
Clearsnap licorice ink pad
Pink sheer ribbon
Pink self-adhesive rhinestone
MISTI stamping tool
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®: EZ runner, 3D foam squares. Adhesive sheets

Instructions:
  • Form a 4.25 x 5.5-inch top-fold card from kraft cardstock.
  • Cut a piece of yellow dotted paper slightly smaller than card base; adhere to card front.
  • Attach adhesive sheet to back of glitter cardstock.
  • Die-cut Thinlits Mini Globe shape from glitter cardstock; adhere to card front using photo as a guide.
  • Stamp sentiment onto light blue dotted paper; cut out and V-notch end creating a banner. Adhere to card front.
  • Die-cut heart shape from pink dotted paper using Bigz Heartfelt die. Attach to card front using 3D Foam Squares.
  • Embellish heart with pink rhinestone.
  • Wrap card front with ribbon; tie into a bow.
Ideas to note:

--Before die-cutting intricate designs such as the Mini Globe, attach an adhesive sheet to the back of your cardstock. Once die-cut, peel off the backing and attach to project.

--Use the Sizzix Die Brush with foam pad to thoroughly remove the small areas from the die-cut globe.



*Use the following Sizzix sandwiches when die-cutting the pieces:

Thinlits Mini Globe
Magnetic Platform, a Standard Cutting Pad,  glitter paper, die (cutting side down), and, finally, the second Standard Cutting Pad.
Bigz-Heartfelt:  
Standard Cutting Pad, followed by the die (cutting side up), paper/cardstock and the second Cutting Pad


Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to stop by again tomorrow for my latest DIY home decor project featuring some fun techniques, awesome products and PRIZES!





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*This post may contain linked products which are affiliate links. These links help support my crafty habit as I do receive a small fee for purchases made through those links and appreciate your support. While I carefully choose which products appear in my posts and only use products I believe are top-of-the-line, linked products used may have been received free of charge for use on my blog.