Thursday, June 23, 2016

‘Invincible Summer’ Cards: By the Batch Method - Judi Kauffman, Guest Designer

Thank you for inviting me back as today’s Guest Designer! I want to share a card project that was sparked by my friend Toni’s request for cards to send out through her church’s Card Ministry.

I wanted to be able to send her at least two dozen and I thought it would be a good idea to design something that could be made with my favorite method: By the Batch. Once upon a time I wrote a book with that title. It’s been discontinued but copies are still floating around on eBay and Amazon. { |}
The gist of it is this – Make lots of one-of-a-kind cards in a series using the same supplies for all of them. I don’t enjoy producing assembly-line duplicates and I find that with this method the more cards I make the more I want to make because I keep getting new ideas as I go along. I love lining them up while the inks dry – ‘show and tell’ with only me as the audience! And it’s kind of like doubling or tripling the recipe when baking cookies: There’s a bountiful outcome and only one mess to clean up!
I selected the beautiful and inspiring quote from Albert Camus that Suzanne Cannon turned into an equally beautiful calligraphic stamp. The stamp is called ‘In the Midst of Winter’ but I have dubbed these cards ‘Invincible Summer’ because that’s the part of the quote that warms my heart most. Suzanne’s new Crackle Background stamp fit nicely with the direction I wanted to take.
Crackle Background
In the Midst of Winter
I mixed in two of her new 4 Seasons dies for one of the cards to show what can be done with some Shimmer Sheetz and a few extra minutes of your time!
Do you have some corner edger scissors or corner punches tucked away in your tool box? If so, put them to use for the triple-layer background cards. Just a few seconds more and an extra half-sheet of cardstock for this option.
If you are an experienced card maker, look through the photo gallery (scroll below), head straight to the supply list and skip the instructions. Create your own versions of the card, customize as you choose.
If you are a beginner, follow the steps below. And remember, even if you are new to card making you can still customize the project to suit your needs! Choose different inks, different quotes and background stamps. Change to tent-fold cards or card bases made from purchased patterned cardstock. It’s all in your hands. Trust your eye. The worst thing that can happen is you waste a piece of cardstock now and then.  
(The instructions are long, but I didn’t want to miss a single detail that a beginner might need!)
1. Lightly sponge several pieces of white cardstock with teal ink. With the same ink, stamp the Camus quote many times. Be sure to leave about an inch and a half between the impressions! 

2. Make a batch of A2 size (4.5” x 5.5”) side-fold card bases from the same white cardstock. Leave some of these white. Smudge the others with teal and yellow inks, using a different sponge for each color. Refer to the photos. Allow the colors to overlap here and there. Use circular motions as well as long strokes. Create rays that radiate like the sun. Also, use teal ink to randomly and imprecisely over-stamp with Crackle Background. TIP: Apply uneven hand pressure and do not re-ink every time you use the crackle pattern stamp. Second and third ‘ghost’ impressions add a terrific element of surprise and a softer layer of color.
3. For triple-layer background cards: Smudge a few extra pieces of white cardstock, stamp some with crackle pattern. Trim rectangles so they will fit on card front when layered, cut corners with decorative scissors or use corner punches. Center two contrasting rectangles onto card base.
4. Back pieces of Turquoise Gemstone and Yellow Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet and die cut the word Winter from Turquoise and the word Summer from Yellow. Reminder: You MUST use a metal adaptor plate or the Sizzix Big Shot with Precision Base Plate to die cut Shimmer Sheetz. Review Els van de Burgt’s video tutorial HERE if you are new to this technique. Go straight to step 7 to complete the card that uses Shimmer Sheetz words.
5. Tear the stamped quotes around all four edges, or leave a 90-degree angle corner at the top as shown on two of the samples. Smudge a bit of yellow ink over the words Invincible Summer to give the feel of sunshine. Attach a quote to each of the card fronts. TIP: To create a white edge, tear the cardstock toward you. To create a blue edge, tear the cardstock away from you.
6. Accent with simple embellishments: Glitter Dots in Gold or Turquoise, or a mix of the two; or add dimensional dots or brads. Refer to the photos for ideas on where to place them.
7. To complete Card 1 with die cut Shimmer Sheetz ‘Winter’ and ‘Summer’: Choose a card base that has teal ink toward the top, yellow ink toward the bottom, and yellow ink around the outside edges. Cut apart the lines within the quote and glue them in place as follows – ‘In the midst of’ above the word Winter, followed by the three lines that say ‘I found there was,’ and ‘within me, an’ and ‘invincible’ (allowing the flourish at the end of the word Winter to overlap right after the comma on the first of these three lines. Then add the word Summer and the ‘Camus’ attribution (allowing the flourish below Summer to overlap the cardstock with Camus’ name).
Card 1 Design Strategies to Notice:
The first strip and the last strip are both ½” high, while the three strips at the center are much thinner. The top strip is taller by necessity because of the flourish above the ‘d’ but the final strip with only the word ‘Camus’ on it is taller so that the card has some visual ‘weight’ toward the bottom! This is intentional, not something random. My goal was to keep the eye moving through the words. And the line spacing is uneven by intention. That also helps the eye keep moving.
CARD GALLERY (click on the image to see it enlarged)

Quietfire Design –
A Way With Words 4 Seasons die set  Quietfire Site | Elizabeth Craft Designs Site
Shimmer Sheetz in Turquoise Gemstone
Shimmer Sheetz in Yellow Iridescent
Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet
Glitter Dots Peel-offs in Turquoise/Silver and Gold/Silver

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Earth Laughs In Flowers

Good Morning.  This is Selma today with a post using Suzanne's beautiful "The Earth Laughs In Flowers" rubber stamp.  A card created with this stamp could be used for a variety of card giving occasions.

The Earth Laughs Rose, Set of 2 - Mounted

This stamp set also comes with a beautiful Rose stamp.  I chose to create dimensional roses and lilacs, created with Susan's Garden Notes Rose 1 and Garden Notes Lilac dies, for dimension, on the front of this card.  The flowers created duplicate the flowers in the design paper which is from the Craft & You - Rose Garden Paper Pad.  The Rose stamp was used on the inside of the card.

The Earth Laughs Rose - Set of 2

Monday, June 20, 2016

I don´t tell you enough...

Hello everyone,
Yvonne here with a card using one of the very latest Quietfire Design stamps sets "I don´t tell you enough": a set of 5 stamps.

I love this set for it expresses that feeling we often have that we don't tell enough how much we appreciate someone special in our lives....
And that makes this set one of my personal favourites....

Used materials:

Thanks for stopping by and wishing you a great day!

Hugs from Holland,

With Sympathy die - Perhaps They Are Not Stars - Paper Bow

Yogi here today with a sympathy card and a envelope punch board paper bow tutorial.

Scored and folded my white card.

Created a stencil using Spellbinders "Stars Five" set, die cutting with the largest die in the center of a larger piece of scrap cardstock. Placed the stencil where I wanted it on my card front. Inked the crackle stamp using Distress pads ("Broken China" all over, "Faded Jeans" & "Wilted Violet" here and there), misted with water and stamped. Used some of the unused portions of the stamp to stamp the unstamped sections. Sponged some of the faded jeans around the edges of the stencil to define the star shape. Dried thoroughly.

Stamped the quote ("Perhaps They Are Not Stars...") using Versafine Black Onyx and clear embossed.

Punched and die cut the various stars (McGill star punch for the medium stars and Fiskars star punch for the smallest stars), and the smallest of the Spellbinders stars. Used a Quickie glue pen to outline each of the stars and sprinkled with Ritz micro fine glitter "Royal Blue".

Created a background paper for the bow using the crackle background stamp and the same ink pads as above (see pic below). After cutting the bow pieces, sponged them with the blues and violet to get deeper tonal values. Also sponged the backs of the pieces since they are partially visible. (The larger the bow, the more visible is the underside...)

When the front of the card was completed, kept it closed to adhere various sized rhinestone stars through each opening to the inside of the card using Glossy Accents. (See pic at the top)

Inside: Sponged some blue around the edges with a dirty sponge.

Die cut the "With Sympathy" (also available on Quietfire Design HERE) from a scrap piece of the background, then sponged more "Faded Jeans" to bring out the color. Adhered to inside.

See instructions for "Paper Bow" below. When completed, adhered to card front adding a purple heart button to the center. 

To see the step by step pics, check out the post I did in Feb 2014 (PS I used slightly different sizes for this bow)

Step 1: ink stamp with various colors, mist with water and stamp. Repeat as necessary to create a large enough background. I stamped twice to create a piece 8.5"w x 3.5"h

Step 2: Sponge with same colors to create depth.

Step 3: Cut background paper 1"h x the various sizes (1 pce 6.5"w; 1pce 5.5"w & 1 pce 4.5"w)

Use your envelope punch to punch the notch in the middle of each piece. Turn each piece 180ยบ and repeat. On the shortest piece also notch both ends to create the picot.

Use the corner round of the envelope punch to round the edges of the 2 longest strips to create what the image looks like.

PS if you don't have an envelope punch, using a square or rectangle punch to create your  notches and a basic corner rounder punch for the ends will work as well, although it probably won't give you the same roundness to those center notches, but that gets hidden anyways with the center embellishment if large enough....

After punching the notches and corners etc, use a pencil or other round shape to massage your paper so it rolls nicely (similar to curling curling ribbon), to both longest pieces. Adhere the ends matching the notch shape of the longest strip, then do the same for the medium sized strip. Adhere both of these together at the center, then adhere these to the smallest strip. Voila, your bow is made. Adhere to your card and add a center embellishment.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Every Good and Perfect Gift

 This stamp is one of my favorite from the new release!  It would be great for so many occasions - but especially for a baby.  I suppose I'm going for a little girl here with all the pink flowers.  ;)

Quietfire Design, Diana Nguyen, Every good and perfect gift, James

The Bible verse was stamped in black Versafine pigment ink and then clear embossed.  I find it much easier and cleaner than embossing with black embossing powder.

Quietfire Design, Diana Nguyen, Every good and perfect gift, James

I then die cut it out with Spellbinders Label 8, then a gray layer with Decorative Labels 8 popped up above a white layer from Spellbinders Tranquil Moments.

Wild Orchid flowers were hot glued around the verse to frame it.

Quietfire Design, Diana Nguyen, Every good and perfect gift, James

Every Good & Perfect Gift - Mounted

Thank you so much for looking!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

"Sing as if no one is listening"

Hello Crafty Friends!  Kathy Jo here sharing a happy, summer sing card using Quietfire Design's lovely "The Woods Would be Very Silent" stamp set:
The Woods Would be Very Silent - Set of 5 Stamps - Mounted
The stamp set pairs up perfectly with BoBunny's recently released Secret Garden collection.
The sentiment was stamped onto ivory card stock using Distress Ink in Dusty Concord.
It was as if the papers were made for the stamp set...such a sweet pairing!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I do hope you enjoyed the cheerful card.  :)
Have a happy, crafty day!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Remember Heritage Wedding Layout

Hi, Connie Nichol here today with a scrapbook layout featuring my grandparent's wedding photograph.  Both of my grandparents passed away quite some time ago and I think it is important to capture the who, what, when before all the details are forgotten.  I used the May sketch from Creative Scrapbooker Magazine's Sketchy Challenge as inspiration for the page design.  For the circle element on the sketch, I used a paper doily.  You can buy a whole package of these at your local dollar store.

The Quietfire Design word die 'Remember' was perfect for the page title.  This die was just released last month and is manufactured by Elizabeth Craft Designs.  I chose to use the Quietfire Design 'love gives us a fairy tale' stamp to embellish the page.  This stamp is one of 8 in the Valentines/Love set shown below.  I then used the Elizabeth Craft Designs die 'stitched circles' to cut out the stamped sentiment and a coordinating mat.  I added more embellishments from my stash - a few flowers and charms and a chipboard corner flourish that was covered with embossing ink and a few coats of white embossing powder.

Supplies Used:  Core'dinations cardstock, FabScraps patterned paper, chipboard and metal charms, Quietfire Design stamp, Elizabeth Craft Designs dies, Clearsnap ink and embossing powder, Prima flowers, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L adhesive and photo corners, dollar store paper doily.

Isn't this a great stamp set?  So many options for  Valentine or Anniversary cards, as well as wedding layouts.

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