Sunday, January 26, 2020

2020 Stash Party #4 - Happy Birthday - Dusty Rose

Hello Crafty Makers!
Today's post is just a quick one.  I made this card simply to use up some of the paper scraps on my work table. 
Dusty Rose 
I do not use a lot of gold on my cards. I don't even know why I purchased the flowered gold paper used in the project. It is, however, quite pretty. I love the color of the paper.  It reminds me of a spool of ribbon I once had that was called "Dusty Rose." A ribbon I have never been able to find again.
The roses are the same dusty pink as the paper and I thought they would combine for an elegant birthday card.
 I have found so many fun supplies while digging through my stash, like the three little flat back baby bling.  I have also had the heart die for a while but this is the first time I have used it.
 Several years ago, WRMK introduced its "Next Level" embossing folders.  The EFs make deep impressions and create a more defined background.  I used the hearts folder for this project.
I purchased practically all of the Spellbinders™ "Edgeabilities®"  dies when they were first introduced.  I think I may have two of them.  When I explored my die collection, I found most of these unused.  I made use of two of them to create the borders that frame my roses.

When I started my crafting diet in 2018, I didn't think I would be able to resist the temptation to purchase the "hottest" new die or stamps.  I was surprised by just how easy it was.  We are twenty-three days into 2020 and I have made glue and tape purchases but I have avoided adding to an already mostly neglected stamp and die collection.  I have more money in my pocket and more peace of mind.
Stuff I Used:
American Crafts - Bontanique Foil Accents Paper
Embossing Folder - WRMK - Next Level - Dotted (2 Folders Dots and Hearts)
Want2Scrap Brown Pearls - Adhesive Back

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Saturday, January 25, 2020

2020 Stash Party #3 - Friends - Spilt Card Step Tutorial

Hello, Crafty Peeps!
I love this split card technique that I learned at Jennifer McGuire's blog.  As I always do, I created a step tutorial to use for future makes.  I love videos, but I don't like the idea of watching the entire video and then watching it again to create the project.
   Staying true to my goal of only using stash items.  Every element of this project is at least one year old.
My dies moved a little when I ran it through the BS.  I did not have enough purple tape on it.  I did not want to color another so I just went with this one.  It is not necessary to use vellum but it does add extra interest to this card type.
Step by Step
Tools Needed: 
Paper Trimmer, Bone Folder, Scoreboard, Piercing Tool, Die-cutting machine

Paper Supplies:
Paper: White Card (80lb or 110lb)  2 pieces cut to 4-3/4" x 4-1/4"
Paper: Vellum Shimmer or Plain.  2 pieces cut to 4.25" wide by 5.50" long
Paper: Colored Card. 1 piece cut to 4.25"x 5.50", and  1piece cut to 4"x 51/4"
Tape:   Strong adhesive tape runner and Double-sided tape

Stamping Supplies:
Rubber/Digital Image(s) (Size matters. The image will bridge your split.)
Sentiment Stamp(s)
Alcohol Markers or Colored pencils
Glitter pen (Optional)
Embellishments (Optional)

Die Cutting Supplies:
Die that matches your image or you can fussy cut your image
Border dies (Boderablities, Edgeabilities, etc.)
1. Stamp your images, color and die cut them then set them aside. 

2. Score the two 4-3/4" x 4-1/4" pieces at 1/2" on the 4-1/4" (left) side. Burnish.

3. Position and cut your border dies as desired at the bottom of your top panel and at the top of your bottom panel.
(My original card was going to feature an Ice Cream Cone.  The scallops are scoops.)
4. Insert the vellum panels inside your white panels.  Position your border dies on the vellum in the desired position and cut.

5.  Once you have determined the distance you vellum will "peek" from beneath your white card, secure the vellum temporarily with a piece of washi or purple tape.
I decided to add a few decorative touches to my panels.

6.  Take the smaller piece of colored card 4" x 5.25" and insert it into the flaps of your top and bottom halves.  Determine the distance you want between the halves.  You can test the distance with your image.

7.  Apply adhesive to the 1/2" flap to secure your flap to your colored card base.  Make sure to leave the washi tape on your vellum pieces to keep them in place. 

8.  Trim excess paper from the top, bottom, and sides
9.    Stamp your sentiment on the front of your card.

10. Apply adhesive ( glue runner is best) to the top and bottom flaps to secure your vellum.

11.  Apply adhesive to the back of your image and add your image to your card!

12. Apply double-sided tape to the back of your card face. (The glue will give you time to position your card face if you need to.)
13.  Center you completed card front onto the 4.25" x 5.50" piece of colored card.

Add creative touches as desired.
I added a little Wink of Stella to the shell of my snail as well as the dress, wings, socks, shoes, and the dress of the little girl.

I learned this card style by watching a Jennifer McGuire video on YT.  I write down the steps for my favorite projects because it is a time saver for me.  I don't have to sit through the chatty parts that are fine the first time through but drive me batty after that.  So, you can watch Jennifer's tutorial if that is your preference!
Stuff I Used:

Friday, January 24, 2020

2020 Stash Party #2 - Party Like It's Your Birthday - Split Card

Hello, Crafty Peeps!
This card is the second project created for my self-challenge "Only Use Stash!"  My goal is two-fold.  I want to navigate 2020 without purchasing craft supplies and to use dies, stamps, digital images, and equipment that has sat unused and neglected, some for years!  In this project, I was able to use old paper, old stamps, and dies.
Mimi in Paris
 I have two stamp sets that are absolute favorites of mine but I have not used them for years.  This darling stamp is from Mimi In Paris.  The other set is called Mimi and Miles and is equally charming.  As soon as I knew I was going to create this split card, this adorable Penny Black stamp was my first choice for an image. 
I purposely kept the interior of the card simple. I added a rhinestone to the little flower to match the rhinestone on Mimi's beret and the bow on her little dog.
The dog reminds me of my Minature Poodle, AWOL.  My husband gave AWOL to me as a gift shortly after we were married.  We were both in the military and both worked in highly classified areas.  His job required a lot of travel and he could never tell me when he was leaving, where he was going, or how long he would be gone.  Since we worked under these high-level security clearances, we could not even discuss our work with each other.  The Hubster thought a dog would keep me company.  I named him SGT. AWOL Harris because when we were driving back to the base, he crawled into the hubby's open shirt and into his sleeve.  There he sat with his little head poking out, thoroughly enjoying the wind on his face.  He was so tiny and so cute...I miss him until this day.

I learned this card style by watching a Jennifer McGuire video on YT.  I write down the steps for my favorite projects because it is a time saver for me.  I don't have to sit through the chatty parts that are fine the first time through but drive me batty after that.  So, you can watch Jennifer's tutorial if that is your preference!
For my Step-by-Step Tutorial, CLICK HERE

Penny Black 'Mimi In Paris' Clear Stamps Sheet

Sentiment Stamp: Stash

Stuff I Used:

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

SOS Challenge # 412 - Winter Blues - Winter Wonderland!

Welcome to the new fortnight challenge at Shopping Our Stash!
The Theme for the next two weeks is
Winter Blues 
Create something winter-related
 and/or use predominantly
Project Description
Occasion: General Greeting
Card Size 4.5" x 5.5"
Paper: 110lb Neenah Solar White - Card Base
Paper: Bazzill Classic Textured - Lagoon
Paper: Stamped Layer: 65lb White Card
DSP:  Authentique 6x6 Bundle "Fresh" (retired)
Card Style: A2 Vertical
Techniques: Masking, Die Cutting, Alcohol Markers, and Stamping 
I really like this image! I have had it for a while but was nervous about trying to color it.  This year my other self-challenge is to, despite my lack of skill, color as many images as possible.  

I originally wanted "snow" as the background.  I could not find my snow stencil anywhere.  Five seconds after I applied the paste to the hearts, the first thing I put my hand on was my snow stencil.  I  think hearts are better.  I added Stickles to the hearts and her cuffs for a little extra glitter and glam
I rarely decorate the interior of my cards. But true to my goal, I used leftover papers to create the frame and sentiment.
I will be looking for your entries at
Happy Crafting!
Challenges Entered:

Die: Picture Frame 
Stencil:  Maska Stencil - Hearts
Paper: Authentique - "Fresh"  (Retired)
Other Stuff I used
Picket Fence - Jill Girl

Saturday, January 18, 2020

2020 Stash Party #1 - Unforgettable Birthday Wishes

Hello, Crafty Makers!
I am sticking to my guns and not making craft purchases this year.  I was successful last year and I hope to be equally committed to saving money in 2020.  Since I am doing more planning this year, I did subscribe to a monthly box program for my planner.  I will, however, continue to use stash items for most of my projects.
Today's card to be included in a boxed set of all occasion greeting cards that I am designing.    I plan to use a lot of critters and a lot of flowers.  Most of the cards will be one or two layers because I don't want to make cards that create extra mailing expenses for my clients.  All the fancy designs will be reserved for "one of a kind" special occasion cards!

Finding The Concept
I wasn't quite sure where I was going with this project. All I knew was that I wanted a Tri-fold card with critters so my project birth certificate looked like this: (I know that the word client is misspelled. I hate to waste paper so I decided to use the two or three I printed before I caught the error.)  There is a page 2 on the back of the birth certificate where I list the step by step but the one for this project was far too messy to photograph.
Project Description
Occasion: Birthday
Card Size 4.5" x 5.5"
Paper: 110lb Neenah Solar White - Card Base
Paper: Bazzill Classic
Paper: Stamped Layer: 65lb White Card
Card Style: Tri-fold
Techniques: Blending, Masking, Die Cutting and Stamping 

My first step was to play around with the positioning of my images.  I arranged the stamps in place the stamping platform. I always do a practice stamp on a piece of scrap before actually stamping onto my card panel. I stamped the images first with Momento Tuxedo Black Ink and then with  VersaMark embossing ink.  I used WOW clear embossing powder to heat emboss the stamped images.
To do the masking, I stamped another set of images onto "full adhesive Post-It Note sheets (I find these to be more economical for masking small images.)  With all the images colored and masked, I blended my background.  
Real Party Animals!
If the flap is properly cut, the card will stand on its own.
I blended the flap to match the panel and stenciled in some clocks.
The construction of a Tri-fold card is very simple since it is really just two 4.5"x5.5" note cards joined together after removing about 1/16" from the backside of one of the note cards.
When the card is closed, I wanted the gift box to protrude so I die cut two layers of craft foam and attached them to the back of the colored image.
I thought it would be fun to give this card to a child and allow the child to color in the image on the inside.

Challenges Entered:

Materials and Supplies Used: