Sunday, November 23, 2014

Watercolor Wicking

Can you believe it's almost here?  Thanksgiving is this week and I can't wait to sit down and eat with a fork and knife.  Life gets so busy that I often eat food you can grab and go like tacos or sandwiches.  So, I am anxious to have hot food that is served on a plate!

In honor of this week's holiday I pulled out some fall tones to stamp a watercolor card to say "hello." For this technique I stamped images in Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, and Wild Wasabi on Watercolor Paper.  Then with a Stampin' Mini Mister filled with water I squirt the images just enough to get the ink to wick and blend.
From Dara Gloden
To Julie Warnick

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Hand Stamped Sentiments Sketch Challenge

Hello Hand Stamped Sentiments fans!  We have a super cool sketch challenge you're going to want to check out.  Click on over and see how each member of the Design Team has interpreted the sketch--I've seen them and they are AWESOME.

For my take on the sketch I chose to mimic the snowflake by using the Snowflakes Thinlits.  To get the larger snowflake cut a 3 1/2" square piece of DSP or cardstock and place it over the snowflake portion of the main thinlit in the set.  Run it through the Big Shot then reposition the partially cut snowflake by turning it 90 degrees and aligning in the first cuts.  Once all aligned run it through the Big Shot again to finish cutting the remaining arms of the snowflake.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Snowflake Thinlits

Welcome to another fun, friendly, and fabulous Monday Montage Bog Hop.  This hop I am sharing my Snowflakes Thinlit card in Real Red and Lost Lagoon.  When making cards with the Thinlits I like to add an extra panel.  It gives the card a bit more stability and presence.  For these cards I included the Mingle All the Way stamp set embossed with gold powder.
From Dara Gloden
To Julie Warnick

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Three Trees

The time has arrived for a color challenge perfect for ushering in the holiday season.  Hand Stamped Sentiments is hosting this inviting trio of colors.  Are you creating projects for the Holidays?  Have you used one, two, or three of these colors?  Then hop over to Hand Stamped Sentiments and upload them!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

From Butterfly to Bat

I made the coolest bat using the Elegant Butterfly and 1/2" Circle Punches.  Just punch the butterfly first, then fold it in half, and last take some "bites" out of the bottom of the wings using the circle punch.

Do you like that large banner?  Can you guess where it's from?  It's a leftover piece from the Chalkboard Banner Kit.  The Halloween greeting comes from the Mingle All the Way stamp set.
This simple 4" x 4" card used up some scraps that were on my stamp table.  A bit from Paper Pumpkin and retired washi tape.  The thick Bakers Twine is fabulous if you hadn't tried it.  I recommend the olive--it's perfect for tying up Thanksgiving and Christmas packaging.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

It Once Was a Faceted Box

I mentioned earlier last week that I made some rescue efforts to save what I could from a cool box I had made.  This is the cool faceted box I made.  After spending some time making just the right embellishments and twine ties for the top I quickly set to taking a picture of my masterpiece.  Not more than seconds after taking the photo I dropped the box on the floor and stepped right on it.  I mean I squashed it like a bug!  I saved what was worth saving and set out to make something else.  Since then I have made a couple new faceted boxes--they are kind of addicting.

To make these:
  • Cut two 6" square pieces of cardstock or DSP. 
  • Using an Envelope Punch Board, punch and score at the 3" mark of each side. 
  • Using a Simple Score Tool, score all four sides of both 6" square pieces at 3/8". 
  • To one of the 6" square pieces add Sticky Strip to the four edges. 
  • Fold inward on all scorelines.
  • Peel backin on Sticky Strip and assemble the box.

To Julie Warnick
From Dara Gloden

Friday, October 24, 2014

Box in a Bag

This type of treat holder is SUPER easy!  I made my "Box in a Bag" treats using the Envelope Punch Board.  You heard me right--the Envelope Punch Board.  It makes everything so easy.  Go ahead and try it.
All you do is:

  • Cut a 3 1/2" square piece of card stock.
  • Punch the first side at 1 1/2" and then score.
  • Rotate to the second side and align the "foot" in the scoreline, punch, and then score.
  • Rotate and repeat for the remaining to sides.
  • Fold the corners upward on all four scorelines to form a funky/pointy box bottom. Wrap Sticky Strip around to hold the box like shape.
  • Cut a piece of 4" x 8 1/2" DSP and add Sticky Strip one of the short ends.  Be sure to put the tape on what will be the inside of the bag.
  • Remove the backing on the folded box bottom.
  • Align long edge on exposed Sticky Strip and wrap all the way around.  Remove backing on short edge of DSP to secure and finish the bag.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Slanted Sketch

Check out this slanted sketch challenge hosted by Hand Stamped Sentiments.  It's a bit different and refreshing.  I paired the sketch with the Flashback pack of Designer Series Paper and the Big News stamp set.  Is it any surprise that I inked up the birthday greeting image with three Stampin' Write Markers?  No, it's no surprise because if you know me you know that is my "go to" technique. I love markers and adding multiple colors for a fast cool look.

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Basic Gray Stampin' Write Marker
Basic Gray Stampin' Write Marker