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Purple Bling Bling Tutorial and another sample

May 29, 2007 Author: mytime | Filed under: Cards, Tutorials

purple bling

Well I was thinking today could be like Technique day. Since I made this card and had the quickie tutorial ready to go.

I got this AMAZING paper from a PSF goody swap from my friend Laura! She is awesome. She sent me assorted papers in my favorite color-purple. This paper is to DIE for! Its got some clear embossed images with sparkle. It totally inspired my card. SO here are more of my favorite things.

Supplies for my card- Lizzie Anne Designs Daisy Dots flower, Martha Stewart purple cardstock, Martha Stewart silk ribbon, Martha Stewart Glitter (dk purple color), Bling Bling cardstock, Prima Daisy, Making Memories Boho Chic brad in Lauren (how suitable), designer cardstock (unknown) I think its DCWV. Versamark, Glue pad, heat and stick powder, heat tool.

So when I went to the expo in RI I learned this cool technique with Bling Bling paper. No big deal, easy to do, lots of WOW!

I was SO EXCITED I asked the guy if I could keep a sample! LOL! He gave me one but I saw the butterfly (you know me and my butterflies) and asked if I could have that one instead! Obviously-he said OK.

Here I am. Sorry for the blur. Also my hair was straightened that day cause we had no oil, and I couldn’t take a shower that morning-GROSS I know! But lets focus on the gorgeous butterfly shall we.

me

So here is what you need

Heat tool

Heat & stick powder

versamark, or other thick ink (like colored craft ink)

Bling Bling paper in choice of color ( found here www.eurekastamps.com aka rub on foil )

And then the usual-choice of image, and paper etc.

On to the Directions

Step 1- Stamp image in versamark

Step 2- Apply heat and stick powder

Step 3- Heat powder (not too much cause then it wont be “sticky”

Step 4- Apply foil (Shiny side up) and rub really hard!

Step 5- When fully rubbed, quickly rip foil off image (like a bandaid)

Step 6- If you missed a few spots-its ok, go over it again with fresh foil. OR you can sprinkle glitter or microbeads. That looked cool when he did it.

bling tutorial

Here is my image.

Don’t throw away any of the paper you can keep using and using tll its gone.

So, OBVIOUSLY I followed the above directions using scrap purple cardstock, I then cut out my flower.

I  used my Glue Pad, and stamped the open line image of the flower, and sprinkled the purple glitter over it.

Layered the images with dimensionals, added a prima and brad for the center.

Pretty cool huh? TRUST me the photo does it NO justice!

I hope you check out the Bling Bling paper its really cool. I used the holographic one (below sample) for some Halloween images over at the Lizzie Anne Sketchbook. Seriously go check out their samples. I have a bunch in there, as well as some Christmas stuff! LOL!

Happy Haunting

haunted

Ribbon share wrapping-Guy Style!

Apr 2, 2007 Author: mytime | Filed under: Tutorials

Who on earth would ever combine paper-crafting supplies, and power tools?

Well a man of course!

Everyone knows I am addicted to ribbon. Its the best embellishment-ever. I join every ribbon share Jodyhas. So I got this GORGEOUS share of May Arts ribbon. A $100 worth to be exact. Now my dilemma was I needed to wrap ALL those bundles of ribbon. So, I got these cool Fiber cards to organize it all!

So Saturday night. What does a married couple with three kids do-invite over our newly married friends for a little entertainment. The decision was to watch a movie (I know we aren’t very exciting, but we did have Pina Colada’s!).

So, I figured heck I’m not wasting a minute. I have ALL this ribbon I can wrap while I watch the movie. As I sit there wrapping, my supah sweet hubby say’s “Give me some and I’ll help you” (sweet huh?). Then our friends Sean & Jenny pitch in too! There we are all wrapping my ribbon! A real site let me tell you.

Well my thumbs, index, and middle fingers start to go numb from wrapping. The guys quit and agree this is a suck job, and there must be an easier way. I keep wrapping for another hour.

Then it hit them! POWER-DRILL!

Sean (Jay’s best friend as seen in photos) says “What if we had a dowel and a drill? I bet it would wind fast.” No dowel-no luck.

Jason runs and get the drill cause he remembers there are these “grasps” on it.

So they stick my fiber card in the grippers, and push the power button.

sean2

The ribbon starts to neatly spool onto the card, and its done in like 20 seconds!

Why they couldn’t have come up with that like and hour and a half ago?!! I was shocked! So here came the photos! I thought everyone needs to see this!

So here you have it. Power tools and paper-crafting really can coexist. Leave it to a man!

done

butterfly kisses

DO you love my card? I was SO happy with it. I love purple and butterflies so, this is SO me! This card was done using the folllowing tutorial. I dry embossed the butterflies, and used embossing paste on the butterfly image in the upper left corner! The image was done on shimmery white cardstock.  I had fun piercing the flutter track of the butterflies. The sentiment (by CTMH The gift of love)was perfect for this due to the stamp set name “Butterfly Kisses”.  Ribbon is by American Craft.

Well its no secret that I *LOVE* the NEW! Butterfly Kisses stamp set by Papertrey Ink. I finally got to play, and haven’t been able to put it down! More samples to be posted, so stay tuned.

During “playtime”, while exploring my new set I really wanted to try something “different”. Well at my recent stamp clubs I taught them how to use embossing paste. They went CRAZY! I posted this card called Bodacious Embossing paste in my gallery at SCS. That is the card that I used for our technique, and since that posting, I have gotten MANY requests to do a tutorial on that.

Soooooo, that leads me to this extra special tutorial!

I wanted to try this out with my new Butterfly Kisses stamp set. Problem-no brass stencil.

Well, now problem solved. I made my own! Now keep in mind the possibilities for this are ENDLESS, so use your imagination, and if you try it, link your template here!

To make Your own metal embossing stencil

supplies

Here is what you need-

Metal sheet, StazOn ink, crop-a-dile, sharp scissors or tin snips, and of course a open line image.

Step 1- Stamp your image on tin sheet, using StazOn.

Step 2- Use a crop-a-dile to punch a hole in the image. This allows you to get your scissors in the center without bending the soft metal. A Crop-a-dile is good cause it can punch through the metal unlike most punches.

step 1

Step 3-Cut out the center of the image. Once done you have a nice metal stencil that will allow you to dry emboss OR use embossing paste!

step 2

Pretty cool huh?

Now onto the embossing paste fun!

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Here is what you need-

 Your handmade metal stencil (or other embossing stencil)

Dreamweaver TRANSULCENT emossing paste (if you don’t get the clear your colors won’t show through when dry!)

Scraper thingy (the blue scrapper you see in the photo)

Spreader (mine is a Pampered Chef one,and spreader will do)

3M removabletape (mainly for anchoring the stencil to the paper/surface)

Post-it notes (mainly used when using template with other images. You cover the ones you don’t want used, so the paste doesn’t get in)

Pastels with applicator

Step 1-Use removable tape to adhere paper to working surface. You don’t want it to slide around-trust me on this!

Step 2- Stamp outline image (optional). Then position stencil where desired. Tape down to card-stock. Cover any images not being used so they don’t get paste on them. If you made your own template this may not be necessary (see my photo)

new step

Step 3- Use applicator or stipple brush to apply chalk to image. (Do not use ink as it will run unless its a waterproof ink, pastels absorb into the paste)

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Step 4- Apply a thick layer of paste over enitre image on stencil, using spreader.

spreading

Step 5) Use scrapper, and go across image with a smooth even motion, in ONE direction. Toward you is best. Don’t scrap too much off.

top view

Step 6- Remove post it notes, and removable tape. CAREFULLY Lift off stencil in an upward motion.

Step 7- Sprinkle dazzling diamonds over image for some extra “bling”

NOTE- it takes about an hour to dry. Don’t freak when you cannot see the color immediately! Bright colors do work best.

Now go have fun!

My Marvelous Poppin Acetate

Mar 21, 2007 Author: mytime | Filed under: Tutorials

Shimmery butterfly window

This butterfly is the Flowerfly image by Stampendous. Check out Eclectic Paperie-Oh My WORD!!! Thats all Im sayin! Anyway this is my technique on a window card. If it has a butterfly its mine! On the 2 cards I used the scraps from card 1 (above) to make card 2. Paper is from a gorgeous pack of Shangri-La Palette by DMD. Primas are from Jody’s daisy crazy Prima share. Gotta use my color spritzer on everything! LOL!

On card 2 I cuttlebugged it, to kind continue the circle theme. The butterfly is cut out. Happy sentiment on the circle is by CTMH Solo H set. They are the bomb!!! Love those sets. Polkadot ribbon is May arts of course.

OK so on to the HOW TO DO…..(me in my best commercial voice)

Don’t you wish you had StazOn in like every color? Well I do. While “playing” I found that by stamping white stazon, on a acetate sheet you can actually apply pastels while its still wet, kinda like poppin pastels, only they colors shows up on the acetate sheet. I LOVE pearlescent chalks for this technique cause they look so pretty from both sides. (pretty funny eh?)

Here is how I do it.

Supplies

Assemble your supplies, You will need to work fast, so have everything open and ready to go!

You need acetate sheet (make sure there are no finger prints),very moist white stazon, pearlescent pastels, sponge daubers, and an embossing buddy.

Step 1-rub embossing buddy over acetate sheet

Step 2- Stamp image in whate stazon

Step 3- Quickly dauber pearlescent pastels over image

Step 4- Remove excess powder using embossing buddy. Tap of excess powder from acetate sheet.

DONE!

Now you have a easy WOW!!!  So, are you gonna try it?

Circle of butterflies

Alexa’s Set

Mar 20, 2007 Author: mytime | Filed under: Tutorials

Alexa’s Purse & Wallet set

 Well I have been getting overloaded with PM’s on Splitcoast asking me for instructions on how I made this  Purse & Wallet  gift set.

So I figured my new blog would be the perfect place for your step by step instructions! My very first tutorial! How exciting. I found it fun to use my daughter Alexa’s stamp set since I love it so much, and in hopes that those of you who dont have it, will want it! LOL!

I would also like to do a contest, so see next post!

You can make ANY holder, purse or gift box just by adjusting your measurements!The important thing to remember is make sure your front/back panels are the same, as well as your bottom and sides.If this explaination is unclear, think of the 2-4-6-8 box instructions. Because the box around is 2 inches, you score from the bottom 2 inches.This rule applies to the dimensions of any square item! Any size!Now for rectangle items like my purse, you can choose to make the opening as wide as you like! Just adjust the entire measurements!It really is easy once you get started.Clear as mudd?Well go grab your cutter, and scorer and follow along step by step! It should make sense once you are finished.

If you are confused, email me and I’ll be happy to help you out!

Instructions for purse

Finished size 5 1/2 x 4 with 1 inch opening/side panel.

Cut doublesided cardstock 7 1/2 x 11.

Along the 11 inches- score at 4, 5, 9, 10. This makes the front, bottom, back, and top closure flap.

Along the 7  inches- score at 1, then 10. This will make the side panels.

Now snip the bottom seam corners, and trim excess from top purse flap. (see photo)

Purse back

Ahere using redline tape.

For flap closure I used magnets by Basic Grey.

Handle- cut strip 1 x 12. Score an inch on both end. Fold , and adhere under purse top flap.

Decorate as desired!

Wallet

wallet complete

Cut doublesided cardstock 4 x 8 1/2.

Score at 4 and 4 1/2.

Cut 1 x 3 scrap piece. Score at 2 and 2 1/2.

Template wallet

Attach at the small scored end to wallet.

Punch a piece from the word window. Lay out where it best holds the strap in place.

One comfimed place to attach, use brads to hold in place.

Now your stap will easily slide in and out of wallet, and hold it closed.

Adhere plastic lugguage tag inside wallet using redline tape.

Place a piece of coordinating cardstock inside holder, and adhere inside. This is to cover the view of the redline tape.

Now you can put in a gift card, certificate or cash!

Wallet inside

Supplies

Double sided cardstock-I used Fancy Pants Keylime Pie series in Delightful and Delicious

Pink brads, Word Window punch, corner rounder, liquid pearls, jewels, Prima daisy,

button, round tab punch, magnetic closure by Basic Grey,plastic luggage tag

ribbon by American Crafts, Key chain $1 spot @ Target, redline tape

Stamp set-Alexa’s set, celebrate in style by SU!

Ink-Basic Black, positively pink, pretty in pink, bashful blue, blush blossom, creamy caramel

certain celery, choc. chip

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