Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Butterfly card and Gift Box

 I needed a couple of gifts for dear friends that are retiring and only had a short time to come up with an idea. I decided to give them each a box of my handmade cards and made a pretty box to put them in! I love how it turned out and hope they do, too.

The card was made to go with the colors of the box. I stamped the image in Intense Black Exclusive Inks. I knew I'd be using a water brush and needed a colorfast ink. I colored with Watercolor Pencils and blended with a Water Brush.  

The ink behind the sentiment is 2nd generation Wild Berry. To do this you ink your stamp, stamp it on scrap paper then stamp on your project. 

The butter fly is the smaller one from the Thin Cut dies. Both butterflies have their top layer cut from Vellum. The other layers are from the Wild Berry Blast Paper Packet and Wild Berry Blast Coordinating Cardstock. 

Other products used are a card from our White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack, Cardstock in White Daisy, Black and Wild Berry.



Here you can see a close-up of the butterfly which it popped up a bit on Thin Foam Tape.  The Black Stickles have been added to the butterfly and the flower centers.


For the gift box I used Black Cardstock with Wild Berry details because I love how bold and pretty this combo it. The box's outer dimensions are 4 1/2" x 6" x 1 1/2". To make the box I used a piece of cardstock measuring 7 1/2" x 9". I scored all four sides at 1 1/2". You end up with a scored square in each corner. Cut on ONE score line from the edge to the score line going across. Fold up the sides using the score lines. Fold in the tab formed by the cut. I used some tape adhesive and glue to adhere it. This gave me immediate stick with the tape adhesive with a permanent stick once the glue dried. Now you have the bottom of the box. Do the same to create the top of the box. This box holds 10 cards.

For the belly band I cut a 2" x 12" piece of cardstock. I was a tiny bit short so I cut an insert to finish the length. I placed the butterfly on top of that section and no one knows it's eve there!

The butterfly was cut with dies and then glued together. I added some Stickles to the body to help cover the glue.




In Full Bloom Stamp Set + Thin Cut Dies
Brush Strokes Stamp Set

Layered Butterflies Thin Cut Dies


If you need a Maker (consultant) I'd be happy to help.
If you'd like to BE a Maker I'd love to have you on my team!

Have you heard about our new VIP Customer Program? As a member you enjoy perks like a discount on your orders, FREE Stamp of the Month, special product bundles and online events. 

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Now it's your turn to pick your colors and create something to share. We can't wait to see what you make!


Michelle

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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

One in a Melon Card

Here is a cute and simple card I made in quick time. I find myself drawn to CAS cards more and more often. 

I'm sharing this card with the following challenge blogs:

Double Trouble - Challenge #111    (use Kraft/brown bag paper, dots and/or stripes)

Heart 2 Heart - Splatter It   (use splatters)

The Crafter's Cafe  (use spots or stripes)



I started with a card from our White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack. This is a must have item! You never know when you need to make a card on the quick and this helps keep you ready!

I splattered the card front with Shimmer Brushes (Red, Green Apple) then started building my layers. The watermelon was stamped with Exclusive Inks (Candy Apple, Green Apple) and cut out. It's popped up on some Thin Foam Tape to give some dimension to the overall look. 

I cut the tag from Kraft cardstock and layered it with some White Daisy Cardstock so the melon would stand out more. The sentiment is stamped in Exclusive Inks (Candy Apple, Green Apple) with stamp rolling for the red part. Onyx Pearls were used for the seeds.

A piece of Shimmer Trim (Clover) adds a nice bit of sparkle. The edges of the white layer were inked with Candy Apple ink to define that layer from the others. 

Finally a large Black Dot was placed at the top of the tag tying in with the black seeds.





Sweet Pickings
(also available with Thin Cut Dies)

Tags & Tabs Thin Cut Dies

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Michelle

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Monday, May 16, 2022

Bold and Bright Card ~ Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge

 Welcome to our new sketch we hope inspires you to join our challenge! All you need to do is make any paper craft using our sketch as inspiration. You can rotate, flip, flop, reverse the sketch. We just need to be able to see the sketch in your project. 

I stayed pretty true to the sketch this time. I did change the shape to hearts for the stacked feature. I used the small heart from a Thin Cut Die set (any shape would do) and paper from our recent Wild Berry Special last month. I made one of the hearts sparkle by using Wild Berry Glitter Paper and popping it up with some Thin Foam Tape.

Our coordinating Wild Berry Flower Sequins are a perfect paring with the floral paper! I added a dot of White Opal Liquid Pearls to the flower centers. 

The sentiment comes from the Sticker Sheet that was part of the paper pack making it easy to add a sentiment AND add some fun to the inside of the note card, too. 


Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge



Inside of card

Although this Special is over be sure to check the Online Only section.
You might luck out and find it still there.
But really, any fun pattern paper would work just fine. Even plain cardstock  would work!


If you need a Maker (consultant) I'd be happy to help.
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Michelle

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Sunday, May 15, 2022

Brilliant Banners

I knew what I wanted to do for this banner idea right away. One of my favorite patterns in our Make It from Your Heart How-to Book (Volume 4, Pattern 1) is a perfect fit! Our How-to Books are amazing! You get the pattern with cutting guides and photo samples. It's a great way to create or just as a jump start for your project.

My first card came together so quickly I decided to do a second card. It shows how just changing out the papers/colors creates a very different look! Be sure to check out both ideas seen below!

The first card uses our new Fresh Paint Paper Pack + Stickers. You can see a selection of the paper patterns in the banners. The fun smiley face, wings and sentiment are all from the sticker sheet. I popped up the face with some Thin Foam Tape and painted the wings with Clear Shimmer Brush.  The patch of ink behind the sentiment was made with the Brush Strokes set and Capri Exclusive Inks.

HINT: use an embossing buddy or some powder on the back of a sticker to take away the stickiness. Then you can add the foam tape to pop it up!


Clear Shimmer on wings.

My second card has a very different look but uses the same pattern from our How-to book. The paper is from  the As You Grow paper pack + Stickers. Again, you can see the variety of patterns in the banners. The flower, dream and butterfly are all stickers. I popped up the butterfly with Foam Tape. This time the flower centers were painted in the Clear Shimmer. The patch of ink this time is in Glacier.


Clear Shimmer on flower centers.

If you need a Maker (consultant) I'd be happy to help.
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Michelle

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New Products ~ May-June Artwork Showcase

Welcome to our New Product Artwork Showcase for the May-June 2022 Catalog! There are so many fun things in this catalog it was hard to narrow it down to one project. 


I finally decided to use this new set that wasn't even inked yet! I love strawberries and have fond memories of taking my kids to pick them fresh.  I swear one of my kids ate more in the fields than she picked!

I started with one of our White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack cards. This is a great deal and good to have on hand! Using the Hope & Kindness suite of products I got busy creating! 

The Fancy Doilies Thin Cuts seemed like a great pairing for the berries. Isn't it gorgeous! The green papers are from the Coordinating Cardstock and have a subtle texture to it. 

After those layers were on the card front it was time to focus on the berries. On White Daisy Cardstock I stamped the berry then the stem using Exclusive Inks Candy Apple and rolled the edge with Sangria. For the stem the colors are Sage and Evergreen. Some of the berries are popped up with Thin Foam Tape.

The sentiment is stamped in the lower corner and painted with a Clear Shimmer Brush which is hard to see in the photo but it gives a nice sparkle. Finally I added some Gold Glitter Gems for a finishing touch.



If you need a Maker (consultant) I'd be happy to help.
If you'd like to BE a Maker I'd love to have you on my team!

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Now it's your turn to pick your colors and create something to share. We can't wait to see what you make!


Michelle

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Friday, May 13, 2022

Top Fold Card ~ Color Dare #496

 Friday means a new color challenge from our Design Team at Color My Heart Color Dare! Our challenges go live every Friday and run for two weeks. Be sure to check it out!

We reference Close To My Heart colors but you can use any brand you have as long as you can make a very close match. Kind of close doesn't count. Make any paper craft you like. When you're ready to join the challenge use the link in the post on our home page

The rules for this challenge are to use at least 3 of the color in the grid below PLUS one of the colors must be your base. Black, White and Gold are free to use.

I made a top fold card with my base being Desert Rose cardstock. I  gold embossed (Versamark pad, gold powder, heat tool) the image and used a water brush and reinkers to paint the flowers. I also painted the flowers with a Clear Shimmer Brush to give it a pretty sparkle.

To do the water color painting I used Reinkers (Desert Rose and Peach). All you have to do is put a drop or two on a My Acrylics Block and pick up the ink with a water brush. It's that easy!

Exclusive Inks Desert Rose were used to stamp the sentiments. Cardstock used was Desert Rose, Peach and White Daisy. The Specialty Paper used was Desert Rose Glitter Paper. The sentiment was popped up with some Thin 3D Foam Tape.


Here is a close-up of the flowers so you can see the shimmer. The photo doesn't really do it justice!


Inside of card.


CC3228 Many Wishes 

If you need a Maker (consultant) I'd be happy to help.
If you'd like to BE a Maker I'd love to have you on my team!

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Now it's your turn to pick your colors and create something to share. We can't wait to see what you make!


Michelle

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Friday, May 6, 2022

Die Cut Card Simplicity ~ Color Dare #495

Welcome to our latest Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge! Each Friday we host a new challenge that runs for 2 weeks.  Make any paper craft you like using the directions in the grid below. Don't add any extra colors. When you're ready to join the challenge use the link in the post on our home page

For my ONE color I decided to use Lagoon. It's one of my favorites and I knew it would pair well with Black and White. I decided to use one of our new Thin Cut Dies (see below) with the pop of color in the background. 

As you can see, the leaves are partially cut with the use of the die. I added some Thin Foam Tape to pop up the leaves a bit. I love the dimension it gives to the design.

The cardstock I used is Black, White and Lagoon. The Exclusives Inks colors are Intense Black and Lagoon.



Here's a close-up of the leaves. I put a dot of Silver Stickles at the base of each leaf. You can also see the White Gel Pen dots I added to the heart.

Inside of card.
The sentiments are from the stamp set CC3228 Wishing You Well.

Stitched Spring Vine Background Thin Cut Die


Now it's your turn to create and share. We love seeing what you do with our color challenge! Click here to see samples by our Design Team. Leaving a comment on our blogs really makes us smile!


If you need a Maker (consultant) I'd be happy to help.
If you'd like to BE a Maker I'd love to have you on my team!

Have you heard about our new VIP Customer Program? As a member you enjoy perks like a discount on your orders, FREE Stamp of the Month, special product bundles and online events. 

Before you go...... be sure to sign up to follow my blog so you don't miss any great ideas! The link is in the column on the right.

Now it's your turn to pick your colors and create something to share. We can't wait to see what you make!


Michelle

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Butterfly card and Gift Box

 I needed a couple of gifts for dear friends that are retiring and only had a short time to come up with an idea. I decided to give them eac...