Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Using Doll Stamps on Your Cards

Hello All.  Renee here with a quick post addressing something that has bugged me since the Julie Nutting stamps first came out.  As anyone who follows me on Facebook or my blog knows, I currently have an addiction to Julie Nutting stamps from Prima.  The problem is, I am not a mixed media artist and currently have no interest in becoming one.  In fact, truthfully, I came into the card making world kicking and screaming when one of my design teams started requiring it. 

Right now, I am in love with all the Julie Nutting stamps.  I have aquired quite a collection of them and have been slowly working my way through that collection.  I like them because they are so easy to work with in any number of ways.  You can color them, stamp clothing from scrap paper, and decorate them in many, many ways.  My only grip is the size.  They are so big!  I like to make cards that fit a standard envelope, because while I now like making cards I do not like making envelopes!

As I sat down to work with one of my latest stamp additions, I decided to peruse Pinterest to see how others were making these oversized stamps fit onto a standard card size.  While browsing, I ran across many ideas for using these stamps.  My favorite is to cut it down to fit on the standard size card base that I am working on.

To start, I stamped and decorated my image as usual.  For this doll, I stamped a base of script onto Kraft cardstock, them stamped my doll over this base.  Then I colored and decorated her as I would normally do.
Once I finished working on my doll, I constructed the card as I normally would for a digi stamp, omitting the placement of the stamped image.  I then applied foam tape to my doll and attached to the space I created for the stamped image.  Once she was in place, I carefully trimmed off the parts that were too big.  Voila!  A 6 x 6 card using the doll stamps.

Supplies used:  Cardstock: Colorbok; Patterned paper: Echo Park For the Record; Stamp: Olive by Julie Nutting for Prima; Washi tape: Studio Calico; Copics: C3/5/7/10; Rhinestones: MAMBI; large script stamp: Stamping Up.

I hope this helps you use your doll stamps a little more.  

Monday, July 21, 2014

It's Christmas Time on SOC...:Blogger Challenge

Christmas in July, that is!! Hi everyone, Cheryl here with this week's SOC Bloggers Challenge! Christmas is a little over five months away, but it will be here before you know it! So I hope this week's theme will get you in the spirit to start on those holiday cards, pages/mini albums, mixed media and altered art projects! However, if you're just not ready to "go there" with the holidays yet, it's no problem! Just create an everyday project featuring the colors (in any combination) from the photo above. 

After you finish your holiday inspired project and post it to your blog, add a direct link to your creations in the comment section below, to the Bloggers Challenge forum over on SOC, or in the gallery so we can find your creations easily! Then stop by and visit the other participating blogs. It's like a mini blog hop! From all of the projects posted, you will have the opportunity to have your creation/blog featured here next week or in a future blog post, and on the SOC Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter pages! (Please note that only blogs with the SOC Badge displayed will be posted.) 

A Look Back: 
There were great projects shared over in the SOC Blogger's Challenge Forum the last couple of weeks! Let's take a look at a few:

Princess created this amazing creation for last week's "Going in Circles" challenge! I loved the "layers," her mix of products, and how she incorporated the scripture into the project!

Princess also made this lovely card for the "Black and White with a Pop of Color" challenge in week 28. 
Finally, Treva got a jump on her Christmas cards with the same challenge! I really love how she use it to create a non-traditional twist on a holiday card!

Thanks for participating in our challenges ladies! I hope you all will come out and join us for another round of challenges this week as well celebrate "Christmas in July."  Thanks for reading, and have a blessed week!

"Because I'm Happy"

Who doesn't want to be HAPPY? And who doesn't like to receive some HAPPY MAIL? I recently became engrossed with this art form. It is quite fulfilling to gather  and embellish some of these lovable and mailable crafty things.  It is also quite a big deal to receive some as well.  So here are
some things that I do prepare to send some of these out.
I usually save business type envelopes that I receive in the mail.  I disassemble them, turn them inside out and reattach them.   Then I hit them with the paint and embellish until there is no end.

I intend for these to be pockets to use in art journaling projects.

Next I use a large 9x12 envelope and hit it with the paints and embellishments(most of which are homemade). I also sew up a paper sack to hold the "goodies".

Finally, I seal everything inside the large envelope and add the addresses to the outside and send it on it's way. I get such a HAPPY feeling when I do this. The whole process is so fulfilling. And even if I don't receive a "Thank you so much", I keep on sending out these little pieces of happiness over again and again.  After all it's not about receiving , it's all about the giving.  Have you felt that HAPPY feeling lately?  If not, then why not join the rest of us and send out some HAPPY MAIL of your own.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Celebration Time!

Happy July Beautiful People!

                July is a very special month for me. It is the seventh month which represents completion. I also joined this awesome design team two years ago this month. Coincidentally, it is my birthday month!! It is only befitting for me to share a celebration card.

                I decided to finally use my Prima doll stamps I been sitting on for well over a year. Because she is kinda tall for a stamp, my card base measures 4.25x7. It is this awkward size so it can still fit in a 5x7 envelope. This card is very dimensional and her skirt is extends off a bit. I colored the image with colored pencils. I used the Lyric Prima Paper for the mat as well as the embellishments. I fussy cut the collage and lace from the same paper line. For the stamped image, I used an EK Success ticket punch. I added some I Am Roses flowers throughout the card front. I also used recollection bling to finish off the card.

                Although it is not pictured, I brought the outside elements into the inside of the card. There was no way for me to take the picture without exposing the sentiment. I forgot to snap a photo prior to writing it. Trust me when I tell you, if you like the outside, you would have loved the inside :)

                What do you think? What is your special month and why? Thanks for stopping by, Kenya~

Monday, July 14, 2014

Blogger's Challenge: Going in Circles

Happy Monday everyone! Time for a new blogger challenge! I hope you'll stick "around,", as I think it will be a great one! This week's theme is:

Going in Circles!
This theme is all about circles! Simply create projects using "round" elements, like the bling in the photo above, pearls, die cuts, and even polka-dotted paper! Circles used in part of a digital image are also okay. Use a little (or a lot) on your pages, cards, mixed media and altered creations this week!

After you finish your creation and post it to your blog, add a direct link to your creations in the comment section below, to the Bloggers Challenge forum over on SOC, or in the gallery so we can find your creations easily! From all of the projects posted, you will have the opportunity to have your creation/blog featured here, and on the SOC Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter pages! (Please note that only blogs with the SOC Badge displayed will be posted.) 

Our "Look Back" feature will return next week with a look at projects from our Black/White and pop of color challenge so stop by next Monday to check them out! Until then...Happy Crafting!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Island Style Pocket Journeling Cards you enjoying summer? I hope so.  Lately, I've had a one track mind.  All I can think about is the beach - I have vacation on the brain.  So much so, that I created these island inspired pocket journeling cards.  Of course, I had to share them with my SOC family.  

If you are heading out to the beach this summer (or not) feel free to download and use these fun cards.  Click the image for a PDF. (As always they are for personal use only.) 


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Love Is In The Air

When the summer months hit weddings pop up all over the place. In the spirit of love I created this fun Pop Up Congrats card.

Here is the finished card. Follow along to see how I put it together.....

 Cut your base piece of card stock at 4 1/4 x 11 inches. 

Score the base at 5 3/8 and 5 5/8 inches.

 Cut your inside piece of card stock at 4 x 11 inches. 

Score the inside piece of card stock at 4 1/2, 5, 5 1/2, 6 and 6 1/2 inches. 

 Fold the score lines making a mountain valley fold. 

 Place 2 pieces of sticky tape on the inside flap of the mountain. 

Cut a piece of an actetate sheet. You can also use a piece of hard plastic. I cut it into one 1/2 inch piece and two 1/4 inch pieces. 

I worked on stamping images that I was interested in using. I tend to stamp more than one just in case I mess up stamping or fussy cutting the item. I used copics to color the flower arrangement. I used the ink from the top of the ink pad and my water brush to shade in the bells. 

I placed the acetate strips in the mountain against the sticky tape and added my pop up pieces. I cut off the excess acetate. I embellished the wedding cake with adhesive rhinestones. 

In order to adhere the inside piece to the card base I put sticky tape around all four edges. I slowly adhered each side making sure the bottom mountain and valley was sitting in 
between the score lines completed in step 2. 

 Here is a close up of the inside of the card. Once you adhere the inside you have empty white space at the top and bottom. I added CTMH gold polka dot vellum which I had from a special paper pack. I cut a piece of card stock to adhere to the inside and made a designer edge using my Martha Stewart punch.

 To put together the cover of the card I cut a piece of card stock and dry embossed using my CTMH embossing folder ran through my Big Shot. 
 I decided to heat emboss my "Congratulations" sentiment. I used Versamark and stamped the sentiment. 

 I sprinkled the gold embossing powder over the Versamark'd image and used the heat gun to set it. 

The sentiment was so pretty and shiny after the heat gun worked its magic!!

I placed a piece of gold polka dot vellum at the bottom of the card. I lined the vellum with bronze shimmer trim. I added my stamped sentiment to the front and did some faux stiching. I added a bow from the CTMH Ariana Assortment and a heart that says "Love" from the CTMH base and bling collection. 

I hope you enjoy and try to make a pop up card to brighten someone's day. Let your imagination take you there with the varying items you can use to pop up :-)

Ingredients: CTMH white daisy card stock, vineyard berry card stock, black ink, whisper ink, vineyard berry ink, water brush, bronze shimmer trim, Ariana Assortment, Gold embossing powder, The Happy Couple stamp set, gold polka dot vellum (special), Martha Stewart Punch, Recollections adhesive rhinestones, Copics - R29, BV01, Y15, YG63 and YG06, black journaling pen, Versamark, CTMH base and bling jewel, CTMH heat gun, CTMH embossing folder, Big Shot, sticky tape and acetate paper. 


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