Sunday, January 28, 2018

Happy Happy Birthday


Stamps: Hero Arts Woodland Creatures, Penny Black Critter Party, "Happy Happy Birthday" sentiment by The Angel Company (TAC)

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Oxide Fired Brick

Cardstock: White, Teresa Collins Fabrications designer papers

Other: Cuttlebug D'Vine Swirls and Birds and Swirls embossing Folders, Martha Stewart Arched Lattice border punch, cream ribbon, stitching, foam tape

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

I Made a Stamp Positioner for Less Than $12

When I got back into stamping, I saw that several stamp positioners had come out on the market while I was away, and that the most popular one was $60! I'm sorry, but that product is way over-priced! So I looked around on YouTube to see if anyone had found a way to make one and found numerous videos with lots of ideas. Ha! Apparently, others also thought it was too expensive!

The one I liked the most because of its simplicity was this one:

I set out to buy the parts she mentioned as inexpensively as possible.

I found a clear jewel dvd case on eBay for $1.75 plus $3.49 shipping. He charges a little more now, but still pretty cheap for a single case.

I took out the middle section (the part that the dvd sits on) very carefully. I also trimmed the latch so it wouldn't catch. It was easy to do.

I bought a large single sheet of fun foam (probably about 12" x 18") at Michael's for $.99 (lots of colors to choose from - I went with lime green) and cut two pieces to sandwich together. I glued them together and placed them in the case.

I also bought a Little B Perfect Positioner and cut it to fit the inside of the box. I did not put it on the paper the way the YouTuber did. I just stuck it right onto the fun foam. For added strength I coated the back of the Little B with Tack It Over & Over which is a repositionable glue. I don't know if that's necessary. That was just my choice. The top surface is just sticky enough to hold paper in place, so you don't need to get a magnetic sheet and magnets like some positioners have.

I've used it tons of times already and it works great!

Not bad for $12. My thanks to the person who created this. You saved me nearly $50!

Monday, January 22, 2018

Happy Birthday Cupcake

Hello! Hope you're having a good week!

I made this card for one of my Susan Branch friends who has a birthday this month. Since winter is such a colorless part of the year, I was wanting to do something with some serious COLOR. So I reached into my designer papers and found a lovely pink and orange number that spoke to me. 

I also found some orange gingham ribbon that made me happy. And cupcakes are perfect for a birthday card, don't you think? So I used one from Inkadinkado's Birthday Cupcake set.

I "frosted" the cupcake with Copics and added Stickles glitter glue to highlight. I love Stickles!

The inside is not very fancy, but I did some paper piercing and corner treatments to spiff it up. The inside sentiment is from SU! Birthday Greetings. It says, "Sorry I'm late -- hope your birthday was great!" I was late getting this out, so that saying fits perfectly.

Well, that's it, Thanks for coming by!


Stamps: Inkadinkado Birthday Cupcakes, SU! Simple Sayings II, SU! Birthday Greetings, SU! Canvas

Inks: Versafine Onyx Black, VersaMark, Copics

Cardstock: Pocket Full of Posies designer paper by DCWV, White from Papertrey Ink, hot pink from ???

Other: Cuttlebug Tiny Bubbles and Floral Screen embossing folders, SU Ticket Corner Punch, Ornare Decorative Corners piercing template, piercing tool, sponge mat, Stickles (various colors), orange gingham ribbon

Friday, January 19, 2018

Winter Friend Card

Hello to anyone who might wander over here to my stamping place! I hope you enjoy your visit! I am back in the swing of things after a 3-year hiatus and am enjoying myself immensely. Stamping is a very satisfying, albeit expensive, hobby, and I love it.

I made a bunch of these cards for some online friends in lieu of Christmas cards, as I got a very late start on my Christmas cards last year and didn't have time for 10 more cards. So I made these January/Winter cards instead. Do you like my little pom-pom trim? It looks like little hanging snowballs!

I was looking through my Pure Innocence digital stamps and thought this cutie would be perfect for a Winter card. So I printed out 11 copies of her (one as a sampler) on good white cardstock and got busy coloring them. I did the backgrounds with Copic markers BG10, BG11, BG13, and BG18 until I ran out of ink for the BG10 and BG11 and had to find substitutes. Like I mentioned in a previous post, I had to use another brand of markers and found them wanting. But they did fill in for my Copics until I could get some refill ink.

I used R29, some YGs (yellow-greens), some Es and Rs for her face, Some Es for her hair, and the W7 plus a reddish brown for her boots (although the pic doesn't show it right).

I wanted to depict swirling snow, so I used the D'Vine Swirls embossing folder and a swirls stamp from the retired SU! set I Like Your Style. I stamped in SU! Real Red ink (do they still sell that color? I feel so ancient asking that!).

I used a Uni-ball Signo white gel pen on all the white areas. And I did a little stitching around the edge. What made the card pop for me were the red gems. They really added a lot.

Inside, I just made a simple design using the I Like Your Style stamp I used on the outside and 2 stamps from the SU set Amazing to Zany (probably also retired).

I made another card yesterday and will be sharing that one soon. Thanks for coming by! Please let me know that you stopped by! I love visitors! Happy Weekend!

Stamps: Pure Innocence 008 digital stamp, SU! Amazing to Zany, SU! I Like Your Style

CS: White

Inks: SU! Real Red, Copics

Other: Cuttlebug D'Vine Swirls embossing folder, turquoise stitching, red gems, pom pom trim, foam tape, Uniball white gel pen for white highlights

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Don't Waste Your Money on Artist's Loft Markers

I'm working on a bunch of cards for some online friends. I was using Copic BG11 on the background of the sample I created, but I started to run out of ink. My order for the refill was possibly a week or two from delivery and I needed something now.

While in Michael's this past Sunday, I had hoped to find that they carried the Copic marker line so I could buy a fresh BG11. But instead they had this look-alike alcohol-based (like Copics) line of markers called Artist's Loft. They had a color that would match closely enough to the one I needed, so I bought it and the next darker color since I wasn't sure which one would work best.

When I got them home I started playing around with them to see if they were good enough for my project. They seemed to work pretty well. They blended with the Copics just fine. Maybe not quite as well as the Copics themselves, but close. So I proceeded to use them to color in my backgrounds. I did 2 layers of color on 3 of them, but the rest I only put one layer on, intending to do a second.

Before finishing the first coat on the last image the marker ran dry! Artist's Loft does not have refills, so if I want to finish my project, I'll have to buy another marker. Keep in mind that I've only had this marker since Sunday, and it's Wednesday.

Long story short. These markers don't have much ink in them. Also, the nib was starting to wear out already! Dang!

My advice? Spend your hard-earned money on Copics and their refills. Don't waste your money on cheaper knock-offs. You won't really save money at all. Copics and their refills can both be bought inexpensively at Dick Blick Art Supplies.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Grandson Birthday Card

I can't say it enough...It feels good to be stamping again! I made a sort of new year's resolution that I wanted to start making cards for family and friends on their special days like I used to. And so far I'm sticking with it. The first birthday of the year is for one of my grandsons. It's his 17th.

I just pulled out a bunch of sort-of masculine papers and got busy. The only parts that I stamped are the car and the sayings inside and out. The rest is the way the paper came.

I did the gatefold design again (my favorite, apparently!) with the black cardstock measuring 5"x 10" and scored at 2.5" and 7.5". 

I had so much trouble trying to figure out what the front should look like. Then I looked through my punches and grabbed the Stampin' Up! Spiral Punch and edged one side with it and voila! I was inspired! It was not easy going through 2 layers of paper at once! I had to bear down hard to get it to go through!

 I then grabbed my Crop-a-Dile (is anyone still using this great tool?) and made 3 holes and added rivets. 

Then I realised that I would now have an issue with the inside paper showing through the holes to the outside. And there would be those ugly holes inside. So I made holes on the inside and then pressed 3 rivets with the Crop-a-Dile and glued them on the inside to cover the holes. It worked to fix the problem.

I used the SU Ticket Corner Punch to add some visual interest to the greeting piece. And I used black Velcro dots to help the card stay closed.

Inside the card I made a cellophane pocket to put a gift card in. I took an A2 clear envelope and trimmed it to fit the back of the center piece. I glued it down on all 4 sides and added 2 pieces of designer paper to hold it down and dress it up. It opens from the side. You can see the cellophane envelope in the picture below. The saying underneath was stamped before adding the gift card window.

It worked pretty well! I did have to trim the gift card a bit to get it to fit inside because it was too long, but otherwise there were no issues.

 And this is what my stamping area looked like when I was finished. I'm a messy stamper! But I do clean it up when a project is done!

April will be the next month with birthdays. Until then, I'll be working on some friendship cards. I hope you have a good week, and thanks for coming by!