This weeks Stampin' Royalty Challenge is a Picture Inspiration! here is the picture...
This is one i don't think i would make more of, because it took a lot of fussing haha!
I took my inspiration from the basic colors, shapes, and layout of the image. for the background, i used my clear blocks inked up just like a stamp and pressed them on the paper to create the blocks of color. the rest is kind of self explanatory. it is hard to see in the picture, but i had used several coats of clear embossing on the ornament, then bent it to give it a crackle finish to make it look vintage, and also to mimic the crackle finishes in the image.
Cardstock - Island Indigo, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake
Stamps - Christmas Messages, Ornament Keepsakes,
Ink - Island Indigo, Baked Brown Sugar, Pool Party, Smoky Slate, Crumb Cake
Accessories - Very Vanilla button, Circle Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Holiday Ornaments Framelits, Linen Thread,
as you can see, there are no embellies on this one! but i still wanted to make it visually interesting, and i thought texture would be the best way to do it! i used my Simply Scored to make the diagonal embossed lines. I created a mask for the sentiment portion and after stamping it, i then put the mask over it and stamped the tree. I added a few splatters for a little extra somethin'-somethin', and put it all on a mat of Smoky Slate and Soft Sky cardbase.
this card was pretty easy after i figured out the design, and i could make several of them in one day!
Cardstock - Soft Sky, Smoky Slate, Whisper White
Ink - Basic Grey, Pool Party, Smoky Slate
Stamps - Seasonal Sayings, Lovely as a Tree, Gorgeous Grunge, Seasonal Sayings
Accessories - Simply Scored
this color combo was a bit of a challenge for me! But i always tend to gravitate to Christmas cards, so that is what i made! it's a little unconventional in the color scheme, but that's what makes it interesting, right?
One thing i believe requires explanation is the large ornament. i was not able to entirely fit the stamp on the piece i cut out with my Framelits Die, but i stamped the words (that had been colored with my Markers)on Whisper White, then used the actual Die itself to trace the OUTSIDE of the die and cut the white piece. The Summer Starfruit piece WAS cut using the Die, but i used my scissors to cut it in half horizontally, then just glued the pieces on the top and bottom of the white piece. I also sponged White Craft ink on the snowflakes and added a little glitter to them (which is hard to see in the photo, but adds so much in person!)
So for this weeks sample project, i made letter blocks with the word JOY. The nice thing is, you can make it as long or as short as you want! MERRY, SNOW, CHRISTMAS, etc.
I have to say, i made the little boxes myself, and it was a bit of a chore. but once i got the hang of it and had the boxes put together, the rest was easy!
I made the boxes out of Coastal Cabana cardstock, and covered them in Patterned Paper squares. the rest is easy layering. for the letters, i used my Big Shot to die cut them out of Silver Glimmer paper, then just adhered them to some Coastal Cabana scraps and cut around the letters, creating a mat. For the middle of the "O" i used the small oval punch. the snowflakes are embossed in silver, and the middle one has a Rhinestone. I also wrapped Silver Ribbon around each cube to bring it all together
Cardstock - Coastal Cabana, Whisper White
Ink - Coastal Cabana
Stamps - Festive Flurry, Daydream Medallions
Typeset Alphabet Bigz Die, In Color Patterened Paper - Coastal Cabana, Silver Embossing Powder, Rhinestone, Festive Flurry Framelits Dies, Large Circle Punch, Silver Glimmer Paper
as you can see, i took my inspiration from the colors, and some of the patterns and textures in the photo.
I marked then made cuts so that i could thread a strip of Basic Black through the top portion of the white panel, then i used my Simply Scored to make the score marks, then used the embosser for the bottom portion. I used white Craft ink then embossing powder for the sentiment. I added the silver Glimmer paper to give it some fun sparkle!
Cardstock - Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Whisper White
Stamps - Sketched Birthday, Yippee-Skippee!
Accessories - Silver Glimmer Paper, Circle Punches, Scalloped Circle Punch, Simply Scored, Adorning Accents Edgelits, Adorning Accents Folders
This project was actually really fun to put together! i don't normally make things for Halloween because i never have use for them, but i think Halloween stuff can be soooo fun!
This packaging can be used for so many things! fill the bag with whatever you like! popcorn, cookies, candy...or all of the above!
This was also my first time using my Witches Brew Washi Tape on a project of my own!! originally, i wasn't sure how i would feel about it, but i really like it! Its just another fun little toy to play with in my stamp room whenever and however i like! very versatile!
Here are some things i feel i should point out:
The button on the top is covered in...you guessed it....Washi Tape! What a fabulous idea! got an ugly button? Cover it with some fabulous Washi! just stick it on, and poke through the holes with your paper piercer, sharp scissors, or a pen. The Yellow Striped Tag came from the Tag A Bag Accessory Kit, as did the orange Bakers Twine. I used the Witches Brew Washi Tape along the top and in a criss-cross on the bottom.
For the Witches hat, i first punched an oval out of Basic Black Cardstock, then just free-hand cut the top portion. I stuck the bottom of that portion into the oval punch to round it out, then did the same thing with a Pumpkin Pie piece. then i just finished feeding the piece through the punch to make the band. i free-hand cut the buckle out of Crushed Curry and Pumpkin Pie. For the bat, i used the body from the Owl Builder Punch, then punched with a small circle punch along the bottom of a scrap piece of Basic Black. I then used my 1 -1/4 Circle Punch to create the wings. i drew his mouth with a White Gel Pen.
I really like how this turned out!!
Stamps - Seasonal Saying
Markers - Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, Rick Razzleberry
believe it or not, this card took me a very long time to design and get just right, but now that i'm done, the nice thing is, if i wanted to make more, it would be much easier :o)
the one thing i think i need to explain are the letters. i basically die cut the word in 2 different colors, one in Early Espresso, the other in Champagne Glimmer Paper. then i just layered them on each other, offsetting just a little. The other thing i should mention is the "blessings" part. That is actually just a portion of a full stamp from the More Merry Messages stamp set that i colored with my Early Espresso Marker.
Cardstock - Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Old Olive
as you can see, i used triangles on the back panel. it was really easy to cut these. I just made a guide line from one corner to the opposite diagonal corner on each side, then trimmed it. it is easiest to glue the pieces on, then run the whole thing through an embossing folder in the Big Shot. I embossed the snowflakes in silver, although it looks like gold, and gold would be FABULOUS, but i used silver...
The rest is pretty self explanatory. Easy and fun to make! :o)
I used my Gift Bow Bigz Die to make the base of the flower, then 3 different sized scallop circle punches to make the flower. i added some Silver Glimmer Paper, and a Glimmer Brad to finish it off. I added a 'belly band' around the Tag a Bag Gift Box and was all ready to put something wonderful inside!
To make the fringed flower part, i die cut the bow pieces, then folded them in half, flattened them, then started cutting along the outside portion, in a fringe pattern. then i scrunched them up to give it volume. Really easy, and didn't take long at all! This flower would look really cute on a gift bag too!
One of the many wonderful things we got at convention was a sample piece of the Undefined stamp carving kit! Undefined is a kit that includes all the fixin's you will need to carve and create your very own stamps! the sky is the limit!
This was my first attempt at carving a stamp. I had to think long and hard about what i wanted to make. Well, because i am known as the Paperprincess, and i am one of the Stampin' Royalty Goddesses, i figured i should make a crown!
You begin by sketching a picture with pencil, transferring the image to the rubber, then carving. My crown kind of looks like a ring, but oh well, not too bad for a first attempt! it really was fun though, but the best part is inking it for the first time and seeing how the image turns out! I have shown the image, and how i used the image on a mini card :o)
I was asked by a friend to make about a dozen small fairly simple 3x3 thank you cards for her.
These are what i put together...
I actually had a lot of fun making these, mostly because almost everything i used was from my scrap pile! It's almost like a game to me to see what i can come up with using only my scrap box. Granted, i did have to cut into a few new pieces of cardstock for the bases, but i think i can live with that :o)
I got the inspiration from THIS beautiful card. i couldn't find who originally made the card, as there is no link or name on the card, so if you know who created it, let me know and i will be sure to give them all the due credit!
For this one, the cardbase is Naturals White, and the next layer is Vanilla Patterned Paper, but it is REALLY difficult to tell in this picture. The background on the main image panel is Pool Party and Pink Pirouette. I die cut the trees using Pistachio Pudding. :o) The mat is Baked Brown Sugar. I created the snowflakes by putting sticky sheet on the FRONT of some Whisper White cardstock, then pressing the sticky part into some Dazzling Diamonds glitter. I sponged the edges of the elements on the main panel and stamped the words in Baked Brown Sugar, put on some pearls, added a little faux stitching, and was done! I like it :o)
Ink - Baked Brown Sugar
Cardstock - Naturals White, Baked Brown Sugar
Stamps - Delightful Dozen
Accessories - Holiday Collection Framelits Dies, Northern Frost Die, Pearls, Stampin Up Designer Series Papers, Dazzling Diamonds,
Don't look too closely at the one brown hexagon...yes, its the wrong orientation. i realized that after i put it all together, but i was on a tight schedule...haha.
I kind of had an idea of what i wanted to make, but didn't have all the tools to do it. i know, bummer, huh?
so i actually made the little geometrics by hand, then ran them through the Big Shot in an Embossing Folder.
I used Crisp Cantaloupe, Baked Brown Sugar, and Naturals White for this card. I did a lot of sponging for the background and around the edges of the patterned paper and on the main panel.
I handmade this whole gift box. i love the look of polka dots, and i wanted the box to have them, so i needed to make my own polka dot cardstock. I used a circle from the Daydream Medallions set to stamp on the cardstock with versamark, then i used white embossing powder.
During the Stampin' Up convention, I was the lucky winner of the Gift Bow Bigz Die!! so i wanted to use it for the first time on this project! we also got the Tag It stamp set, and i used that to make the tag, but i only inked the border part with my Real Red marker, then stamped the 'to-from' using Basic Black. I cut out the tag, then hand cut out a mat for it, added a small rhinestone, and tied it to the box. the 'ribbon' is made with Silver Glimmer paper and Real Red. Gives it that extra little sparkle!
Cardstock - Sahara Sand, Real Red
Stamps - Tag It, Daydream Medallions
Accessories - White Embossing Powder, Silver Glimmer Paper, Gift Bow Bigz Die, Sahara Sand DSP, Versamark, Rhinestones
here is my sample card for this weeks Picture Inspiration challenge at Stampin' Royalty!
If you look carefully at this card, you will see there is nothing fancy that couldn't easily be recreated by you :o)
I did cut out the wording by hand, which can take a little practice and patience, but you could also stamp in the bottom right corner before embossing, which was my original plan, but forgot to stamp it before embossing....see, none of us are perfect! haha!
You should check out the inspiration picture at Stampin' Royalty and play along with us!!
I used a sheet of Naturals White for the cover, because it is a night sturdy weight. I measured my notepad, then cut and scored it accordingly, making sure to remember the depth of the sides, then die cut the top edge.
I then opened the cardstock base up, stamped the images after using just regular thin paper as a mask on the 'back' part to keep the ink only on the front where i wanted it, 'highlighted' the leaves with gumball green using my blender pens, then added some butterflies and a piece of patterned paper that fit the top flap. lastly, i adhered ribbon that i had made into a bow, and I used a thick circle of Tombow Glue on the underside of the flap that i allowed to dry so as to make it tacky, but you can use magnets, snaps, buttons, velcro, etc. I then used Sticky Strip on the back of the notepad to adhere it to the cover. This was actually a pretty easy project, even with making it from scratch through trial and error.
here it is open, and you can see the notepad inside.
I used a few different techniques on this card, most notably the main panel. i heat embossed the shell in White on Night of Navy cardstock,, then used white craft ink to kind of 'distress' the edges and also kind of fill in the shell so it looked highlighted. The striped portion on the bottom was done by gluing down strips of Night of Navy cardstock. The background paper was done by stamping a coordinating shell in Night of Navy ink in a random pattern, then kind of shading the insides with my blender pen. I also spattered some ink to distress it further. I used white gel pen to make the stitching, and Night of Navy to do the stitching on the main panel and sentiment portion. :o)
Wondering what i mean by the title of this post? i'll tell ya. I glued the patterned paper upside down on this card haha! didn't realize it till the card was almost finished! so i decided to just finish it up, take a picture, and call it unique. hahaha!
Once i decided on the design, it was pretty easy and fun to put together. I began by cutting out the panels, one solid of the larger die, then the second, i used the same die with the smaller die inside it to make a frame.
I then traced the inside of the frame to the solid piece, so i would have a guide as to where to place my scraps. then i just put adhesive all over that area, and started placing scraps in varied textures, patterns and sizes diagonally until the area was covered. i then glued the frame over it. The rest kind of speaks for itself!
This weeks Stampin' Royalty Challenge is to make Masculine cards
This one is very easy to do...
I inked the stamps in Craft White, then after stamping, i sprinkled clear embossing powder on the images, shook off the excess, then used my heat gun to melt the powder. It is hard to see in the picture, but the images are raised and shiny! adds a little extra texture and dimension!
Ink: Craft White
Stamps: Best Dad
Cardstock: Basic Black, Smoky Slate
Accessories: Chevron Embossing folder, clear embossing powder, Brad, eyelets, Ribbon, Small Circle Punch
Stampin' Royalty's challenge this week is a Color Challenge, and it was a challenge for me to use them! not so much that i had trouble with the colors, it was just cutting into my cardstock and patterned paper, and especially that fabulous button! I am kind of funny that way! i need to force myself to stop hoarding!!
The colors are Midnight Muse, Gumball Green, and Summer Starfruit. I had made a mask for the flower so i could sponge around it with the green. I VERY lightly sponged more of the blue on the flower just to give it a little color. I layered the butterfly, added a pearl and a button. this card was actually pretty easy to make,. but turned out really pretty, i think!
It's a picture Inspiration Challenge, and here is the image:
I really loved this picture, and there is so much you can draw inspiration from! the things that stood out most to me were the bird plate, and the cute picture frame.
I stamped a Very Vanilla panel with the flower stamp in Riding Hood Red first, then ran it through the Tulip Frame embossing folder, then i used my Simply Scored to make the straight frame on the inside. after that, it was pretty easy...stamp the images in Soft Suede, then using my blender pens, i color them, cut them out, and sponge the edges lightly with Riding Hood Red. This card was really not that complicated, it just looks like it was!
Cardstock - Riding Hood Red, Very Vanilla
Ink - Riding Hood Red, Soft Suede
Stamps - Nature Walk, Elements of Style, Delightful Dozen
This weeks Theme at Stampin' Royalty is Ribbons and Pearls!
Here is my card using both of those wonderful little items!
This card was actually pretty easy, but i should explain that the blue part behind the main sentiment was done by using the actual Die to trace the outside of it onto the Midnight Muse cardstock, then cut out to make the mat.
Cardstock - Midnight Muse, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
I was inspired by the colors, the textures, and the shine :o)
For the most part, this card is pretty simple, but one bit of advice is that i would Die-cut the white panel first, THEN use the embossing folder on it, otherwise you will smoosh your embossing....found that out the hard way ;o)
I heat embossed the sentiment in Silver Embossing powder for the shine, and added a faceted button, inspired by the pretty glass in the picture
Cardstock - Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Regal Rose
Since this card is so simple (and clean!) it doesn't take much explaining, except for the letters...
I used marker to color the individual letters from the "happy birthday" stamp in the "Best Dad Ever" stamp set, then punched them out using the Owl Builder punch. I used the part for the larger parts of the eyes. I also used my Simply Scored to make some score lines to put the letters across. :o)
Here is my sample for this weeks Stampin' Royalty Picture Inspiration Challenge!
Ok, black, white and some pink and a little green! haha! This was pretty simple to put together once i decided how i wanted it. The only thing i think requires explanation is the flower...
I punched out 2 regular and 1 small-ish scalloped circles, sprayed them with water, crumpled them then un-crumpled them, layered them, poked a hole in the middle using my paper piercer, used a brad to hold them together, then stuck a large rhinestone over the brad. i poked another hole in the main panel before adhering it to the cardbase. i have found it difficult to glue paper that had been wet because the fibers keep it from sticking well. so it is best to use a brad to anchor it to the card somehow :o)
Ink - Black Staz-On
Stamps - Beautiful Birthday, Flowering Flourishes
Cardstock - Whisper White, Basic Black, Melon Mambo
Accessories - Rhinestones, Little Leaves Die, Neutrals Patterned Paper, Scallop Circle Punches, Large Rhinestone, Beautiful Wings Embosslit,
In making the cardbase, i folded the cardstock in half first before using the Die cut for the front. then after i die cut it, i ran it through again using the embossing folder. first on the bottom, then the top. the layout was inspired by a card i saw on a craft store advertisement, but i tweaked it to make it unique!