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29 April, 2016

And The Winner Is...

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

Wow! I'm as blow away by the number of comments on the Mini Easel Card Pictorial as you seem to be by it! Thank you all!

The winner of this little beauty...


Chosen at random is...


Congratulations Lea! I'll contact you for your mailing address and get the card out to you ASAP.

If you didn't win this time, don't worry. I've recently reorganized my creative space and found lots of other wonderful cards that I admit I'd forgotten about. Oops! So if you'd like to receive some happy mail from me, please message me your mailing address and I'll get something out to you too!

Whatever you're doing this weekend, have a great one. I'll be back on Sunday with my latest DT creation for the new challenge at House of Cards, so I hope you'll join me then.


Washi Tape Challenge

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

Today's project is one I've created for a challenge set by the wonderful Michelle Last and inspired by one given to all Stampin' Up! Demos at OnStage earlier this month, to use the soon to be retired Everyday Chic washi tape.


I added the silver chevron tape from the 5 roll pack to some white card before die cutting and punching the smaller butterflies from it.

Please hop over to Michelle's blog and vote for my card and 2 others. Thank you!

Card: Thick Whisper White, Lost Lagoon and Silver Foil
Ink: Lost Lagoon
Stamp sets: Butterfly Basics
Tools and embellishments: Everyday Chic Washi Tape, Bold Butterfly and Butterfly Thinlits, Elegant Butterfly and Bitty Butterfly punches, Basic Rhinestones.
Adhesives: Stampin' Dimensionals and Tombow

Challenges...
#173 AG at 613 Avenue Create
Butterflies at Cuttlebug Mania
#228-229 AG at Word Art Wednesday

I'll be back soon with another creation, so I hope you'll join me then.

27 April, 2016

Baby Wipe Technique Take 2

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

Following on from Monday's post, today I'm sharing another baby wipe technique card, this time using subtle colors...


Card: Thick Whisper White
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride and Wisteria Wonder reinkers
Stamp sets: Feel Goods, Papillon Potpourri and Kinda Eclectic (sunburst behind the sentiment)
Tools and embellishments: Elegant Butterfly and Bitty Butterfly punches, Ovals Framelits
Adhesives: Stampin' Dimensionals and Mini Glue Dots

Challenges...
#26 AG at Simon Says Wednesday
#69 AG at Crafty Gals Corner
#228-229 AAG at Word Art Wednesday

I'll be back on Friday with another creation, so I hope you'll join me then.


25 April, 2016

Baby Wipe Technique

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

I wasn't the only one to teach during my vacation last month. Grin. Julia taught me the baby wipe technique (using a wet baby wipe as a base for drops of reinker to create a custom ink pad). Today's card is the first I created using the technique and a couple of new to me stamp sets from Stampin' Up!, Feel Goods and Papillon Potpourri...


Card: Bermuda Bay and Thick Whisper White
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Pacific Point and Old Olive reinkers
Stamp sets: Papillon Potpourri and Feel Goods
Tools and embellishments: Lots of Labels Framelits and Bitty Butterfly punch
Adhesives: Stampin' Dimensionals

Challenges...
#195 AG at Brown Sugar
#309 AAG at Craft your passion
#226 AAG at Pixie's Snippets Playground
#53 Teal or texture at Butterfly Challenge

I'll be back on Wednesday with another creation, so I hope you'll join me then.


22 April, 2016

Watercolor Wings Mini Easel Card Pictorial

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

I'm never one to break a promise, so today I'm keeping the one I made to you in Monday's post, to bring you the pictorial for my butterfly mini easel card. By it's nature the post is image heavy, so grab a beverage of choice and take a look. I promise it will be worth it.

Card: Soft Sky, Regular Whisper White (envelope) and Thick Whisper White
Ink: Soft Sky, Pool Party and Lost Lagoon (soon to be retired, Bermuda Bay would also work with this color combo)
Stamp sets: Watercolor Wings
Tools and embellishments: Butterfly and Bold Butterfly thinlits, Simply Score Board and stylus, Envelope Punch Board
Adhesives: Tombow and Sticky Strip (retired, for envelope)

Card: 5 1/2" square of regular Whisper White (for envelope); Soft Sky 3 1/2" x 4 1/2", plus a scrap for smaller butterfly; Thick Whisper White 3 1/2" x 2 1/2"

Inks

Begin by scoring the 5 1/2" square of Whisper White on the EPB to create a 3 1/2" x 2 1/2" envelope. Stamp the base image from Watercolor Wings in Soft Sky ink on both the Thick and Regular Whisper White (see later pic)

Add the Pool Party accents with the Watercolor Wings stamp set

Stamp the butterfly body in Lost Lagoon ink onto the envelope piece

Die cut the other butterfly and then stamp the body using the same ink

For the easel base, score the 3 1/2" x 4 1/2" piece of Soft Sky card at 2 1/4" on the long side

Fold and burnish, then lay the butterfly die on the card as shown below

Open the die cut up and score one of the butterflies through the narrowest part between the wings

Fold and burnish

Apply Tombow to the lower section of the folded wings

Die cut the detailed butterfly from Soft Sky card and attach to the stamped butterfly. Attach the topper to the base

Fold and burnish the scored envelope piece and adhere with Sticky Strip or other strong tape

While I've included a lot of photos, the card is really easy to create. I think it's stunning. and I'm not the only one. I'm humbled by the response of those who received the swap and by your comments.

Challenges...
#107 AAG at Creative Fingers
Make it Girlie at Simon Says Wednesday
#53 T is for Texture or Teal at Butterfly Challenge (teal)

GIVEAWAY TIME!
I have to say that the photos truly don't do the card justice! I have ONE more left and as a thank you, I'd like to give it to one of you! To enter, leave a comment on THIS post before 10:00 am ET Friday, April 29, 2016. That's it. Just do what you usually do and I'll then use a random number generator to pick the winner, who will be announced later on the Friday. Entry is open to everyone worldwide.

Whatever you're doing this weekend, have a great one. I'll be back on Monday with another creation, so I hope you'll join me then.



20 April, 2016

Quad Easel Pictorial

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

Today's pictorial is the one I promised when I showed you the Easter Table Centerpiece. By it's nature the post is a long and picture heavy one, but I promise it's worth it! Although it looks complicated the entire project takes less than an hour to create and the result is stunning.

Card: 6" square base card (Pool Party used here), 5 3/4" x 2 7/8" (4), 2 7/8" squares (4), plus extras for decoration (see end of post for details)
Tools and embellishments: Stampin' Trimmer
Adhesives: Tombow and Stampin' Dimensionals

Using your trimmer, score the 4 rectangle pieces at 2 7/8", turn and score diagonally as shown. Alternatively use a ruler and stylus or diagonal plate

Burnish both scorelines as mountain folds

Attach the 2 7/8" squares to the easel bases. I only do one layer toppers so have embossed mine first

Attach embellishments to the toppers and add the stoppers using Stampin' Dimensionals

Attach the individual easels to the outer edge of the 6" base card using Stampin' Dimensionals, rotating after every addition. There will be 1/4" of the base visible in the center

Box...
Card: 7 7/8" square for base (Thick Whisper White used here), 8" square for lid (Pool Party used here)
Tools: Simply Scored and stylus and Paper Snips
Adhesive: Tombow

Score both pieces at 3/8" and 7/8" on all 4 sides. Top

Base

Burnish the scorelines and notch in the corners. Apologies for not photographing at that point. Pic below shows the vertical sides already adhered and the detail added to the lid

The "double wall" box gives a much stronger and more professional finish to the 1/2" deep box. Note the easels will need some gentle manipulation to stand up

Completed box with quad easel safely inside


Additional completion info
Card: Soft Sky and Whisper White
Ink: Soft Sky and Pool Party
Stamp set: Watercolor Wings
Tools and Embellishments: Butterfly TIEF, Bold Butterfly and Butterfly Thinlits, Bitty Butterfly punch

Challenges...
#107 AAG at Creative Fingers
Make it Girlie at Simon Says Wednesday
#53 T is for Texture or Teal at Butterfly Challenge (both)

I'll be back on Friday with the mini easel pictorial, so I hope you'll join me then.


18 April, 2016

My OnStage Swaps

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

This past weekend I joined hundreds of other Stampin' Up! Demonstrators at OnStage and the projects I'm sharing with you today are the swaps I created for the event.

For my main swap (60) I CASE'd my February DT creation for House of Cards, mini self-supporting easels...

Then I realized I wouldn't have enough room on it to add the detail label, so created mini envelopes to match...

Quite a few people asked me how I made the card and there were some who I'd promised one to who didn't get them, so I'll be making more this weekend and will post a pictorial soon.

Card: Whisper White (standard for envelope, thick for butterfly) and Soft Sky
Ink: Soft Sky, Pool Party and Lost Lagoon
Stamp sets: Watercolor Wings
Tools and embellishments: Butterfly and Bold Butterfly Thinlits, Envelope Punch Board
Adhesives: Tombow and Sticky Strip (for envelope, retired)

Challenges...
#52 Fancy Folds at Butterfly Challenge
#225 AAG at Pixie's Snippets Playground
#194 AG at Brown Sugar

For my team swap I CASE'd the triple easel card I showcased at Julia's team training last month...


Card: Thick Whisper White and Soft Sky
Ink: Soft Sky, Pool Party and Lost Lagoon
Stamp sets: Watercolor Wings
Tools and embellishments: Butterfly and Bold Butterfly Thinlits, Butterfly TIEF, Itty Bitty Accents Flower punch, Basic Rhinestones
Adhesives: Tombow and Stampin' Dimensionals

I'll be back on Wednesday with another creation, so I hope you'll join me then.


13 April, 2016

Botanical EPB Box

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

The project I'm sharing with you today is the last of the gift boxes I created for Easter. I love the style, but after making 20 of them in the last month, I think it will be a while before I do any more! Grin.


Box that fits in the top...

Front of the concertina card I put in the top box...

Card: Blushing Bride, Whisper White, Pistachio Pudding and Strawberry Slush (latter 2 retired)
Ink: Strawberry Slush (retired)
Stamp set: Watercolor Wings (sentiment)
Tools and embellishments: Envelope Punch Board, Botanical Builder Thinlits, Clear Wink of Stella
Adhesives: Fine Tip Glue, Sticky Strip (retired) and Stampin' Dimensionals

Challenges...
Linky party #15 at Crop Stop
#67 Die cuts and/ or punches at Crafty Gals Corner
#226/227 AAG at Word Art Wednesday

I'm headed to OnStage with hundreds of other Stampin' Up! Demonstrators this weekend, so I'll be back on Monday with another creation and I hope you'll join me then.


11 April, 2016

Sprinkles of Life EPB Box

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

Today's project is the Easter gift I made for Julia's family. Yes, I was inspired by the one I created for her team training, which you can see here.


The box for the top...

Card: Blushing Bride, Whisper White, and lots of snippetes of Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla
Ink: Blushing Bride, Soft Sky and Crumb Cake
Stamp sets: Watercolor Wings (sentiment) and Sprinkles of Life
Tools: Envelope Punch Board and Tree Builder Punch (bundled with the Sprinkles of Life stamp set)
Adhesive: Sticky Strip (retired)

Yes, there are 6 fussy cut ice cream cones (1 on the card in the top box) on each. Yes, I made 15 of the boxes. I'll let you do the math, because I lost count! Grin.

Challenges...
#31 AAG April at Not Just Cards
#224 AAG at Pixie's Snippets Playground
#193 AG at Brown Sugar

I'll be back on Wednesday with another creation, so I hope you'll join me then.


10 April, 2016

Script and/ or Colors with HOC Team 2

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

Team 2 at House of Cards are sharing their creations with you today for our current challenge!

Use script and/or Colors...

Here's a reminder of my card. You can find the details here...

I'd love you to take a peek at what my Team 2 teamies have got for you...

Challenges...

I'll be back soon with another creation, so I hope you'll join me then.