STAMPtember just got a whole lot CHEESIER!

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Hello friends! As I’m sure you all know, Simon Says Stamp is currently hosting STAMPtember all month long on their site. They not only have awesome sales and specials, but they also have exclusive releases.

Lawn Fawn teamed up with Simon to create one of the cutest Christmas sets I’ve ever seen! The set is called Merry Christmouse and filled with fun, cuteness, and lots of cheese. 🙂

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For this card, I used the Merry Christmouse set to heat emboss a background using Hero Arts Silver Embossing Powder. I also silver heat embossed my cute mouse scene on a piece of Tim Holtz Watercolor Cardstock with the same embossing powder.

Do you love the scalloped borders? Those are one of Lawn Fawn‘s newest stand-alone die sets called Scalloped Rectangles. It is a huge set that comes with TONS of sizes… a definite MUST HAVE.

The gold piece is a foiled cardstock from DCWV that i cut with one of Lawn Fawn‘s Stitched Rectangles. I just love how a super cheesy set like this can be called elegant as well.

Make sure you get you hands on this set, because it will sell out!!

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Monochromatic Egg Patch Easter Card

Happy Easter!

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I hope everyone enjoys this special day filled with family and fun! 

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Thank you so much for tuning in!

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Clear Card Made Easy Using Xyron Products

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I’m so excited to share my first clear card!

I’ve been seeing so many crafters making these lately, and I really wanted to try it out and review it for myself.  I could not have chosen a better plan seeing how I got the opportunity to use some Xyron products that make these cards 99% easier!

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For the front of this card, I wanted to do some “die-cut inlaying.”  I took some pictures, so I will take you through it step-by-step in case you have never heard of this technique.  I first die cut a 3″ scalloped circle from Lawn Fawn’s Scalloped Circles Stackables for my background from a piece of Hippo Line Dance Paper out of my Let’s Polka 6×6 Petite Paper Pack. I also cut another scalloped circle from typing paper because I will need to have a base to adhere the pieced in die cuts to. I took the sun and largest cloud from the Spring Showers Lawn Cuts set and cut them out of some Neenah Solar White Cardstock.

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I wanted my sun to be in front of the cloud, so I die cut the cloud again out of my already cut scalloped circle, placed my white scalloped circle inside, and then cut the sun (see the picture above!). This will allow me to color all my white cloud pieces and my sun, add some Xyron Permanent Adhesive all over my typing paper circle, and then piece them back inside of the circle to create a flat, one-layer look. Like this…

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Great technique right? It’s extremely versatile as well, allowing you to get a lot more use out of all your  dies!

I used some Simon Says Stamp Inks. I’m absolutely in love with them, but they haven’t added the links to their newest inks yet, so you can find the Lemon Chiffon Ink HERE. The Audrey Blue Ink is a little older and I was able to link it below in the supplies.

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Now for the really cool part… when making a clear card, most crafters have to add extra die cuts on both sides of the front and both sides of the inside layer of the card so that adhesive wont be seen through the acetate. NOT ANYMORE! For this card I only needed to use one for the front and one on the inside because the Xyron 3″ Sticker Maker turned my die-cuts into stickers with a thin layer of adhesive that is completely unseen from the other side. You just push you die into the machine…

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… and pull it out the other end. Use a bone bolder to firmly press on and all around the die cut to make sure the adhesive goes on evenly.

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I did the same technique again for my Scripty Hello sentiment. I also cut another scalloped circle from some Neenah Solar White, stamped a cute little buzzing bee from the Hello Sunshine Stamp Set, and once attached to a Clear Hero Arts Notecard – you’re done.  Assembly was a total breeze!  You could add a sentiment instead on the inside, but I felt the ‘hello’ on the front of the card was enough.

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As you can see… NO ADHESIVE MARKS on the inside from the card-front!  Xyron is a total time saver!

Here’s the finished card again…

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Overall, here’s some tips for clear cards:

1.  You don’t want to see adhesive through the acetate – so if you don’t have a Xyron Sticker Maker, you’ll have to layer the back of the card-front and back of the inside with another die cut.

2.  Acetate gets dirty VERY easily and adhesive does not run off very cleanly all the time. Don’t take your acetate out until you’re ready to assemble your card. That way it stays clean, and there is no chance of something from your craft desk falling onto it and making a mess.

3.  Be creative! I have a feeling more and more people will be coming around to use these, so don’t be afraid to try something new on this futuristic type of card base.

Let me know if you have any questions, and have a great day!

 

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Life is Good Top-Folding Card with Slated Panel

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I’ve been seeing people creating these off centered and slated backgrounds on their cards, and I really wanted to see of I liked this technique because I usually like things on my cards nice and square and centered.

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This card was so unbelievable simple to create. I took a few smaller images from Lawn Fawn’s Life is Good Stamp set and created my own patterned paper using Simon Says Stamp’s Khaki Ink and by constantly turning the stamps to create a random pattern. I then took the tiny heart and tiny bird and stamped them randomly with some Hero Arts White Pastel Inks to fill in any empty spaces of the background.

For the slanted panel I used those same yellow and blue white pastel inks and the Tim Holtz Mini Ink Blender to lightly blend those inks onto a piece of Neenah Solar White Cardstock. I then used the yellow ink and put it directly to paper to create the sentiment strip. I also stamped the castle and large bird stamp and stamped, colored, and die cut them.

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Lastly, I stamped the “Life is Good” and “!” onto my yellow sentiment strip, made a pennant end with a pair of scissors, and assembled the card popping up the castle and bird with some foam tape!

I hope you enjoyed this card! I think it’s so “beachy” and beautiful! Just another great card using great products!

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CLICK HERE for Lawn Fawn’s Life is Good Stamp Set

Embossed Monochromatic Thank You Butterfly Card

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For this card I took the long-time favorite Hero Arts So Many Thanks Wood Background Stamp, inked it with Versamark Ink, and heat embossed it with some White Hero Arts Embossing Powder. This by itself would be a beautiful monochromatic card, but I did want to add a little bit of color and embellishment.

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I colored in the dots inside the largest “thanks” with my Dark Green Wink of Stella Pen. I also punched out some butterflies with my Martha Stewart 3-in-1 Butterfly Punch and added them to my card-front with Tombow Mono-Multi Glue layering a few of them for a little dimension.

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I mounted the card-front on some cardstock matching the butterflies and that was it! Super easy and super quick!

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Emboss-Resist “Congrats” Card

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This is a super quick post that I wanted to share to demonstrate a technique that a lot of people have been talking about: “Emboss-resist.”

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This technique allows people to some-what turn their stamps inside-out. The image that would normally be colorful from your ink choice becomes the negative space, allowing the engraved part of your stamp to be inked, painted, or embellished in many different ways.

To accomplish this, I chose a beautiful background stamp, inked it with VersaMark Ink, stamped it, and heat embossed it with some White Hero Arts Embossing Powder. This could have been done with any color of pigment ink and clear embossing powder, but I wanted to use distress inks to add color to this card.

After being embossed, the stamped image will resist ink and only the negative-spaces of the stamp will take the Tim Holtz Distress Inks. I used a rainbow of colors. I then mounted that panel on a sheet of orange foil paper from my DCWV Foil Stack, white heat-embossed my sentiment on the same foil paper, and added some Maya Road Wood Button Embellishments.

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Let me know if you have any questions! Thanks for reading!

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Technicolored Tuesday – Customized Foam Board Craft / Ink Pad Storage

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I am so excited to be sharing such a big Technicolored Tuesday project with everyone today! This customized foam board storage unit cost me around $6!!! Granted, it took me an entire day (6-7 hours) to complete, it was well worth it to save the $70-$80 I would have spent on a comparable unit. I definitely think it can be considered technicolored once it’s filled with my supplies!!!

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My unit holds 35 large ink pads, 20 small ink cubes, has 10 marker/pen holders, and a large area at the bottom for my punches, embossing supplies, distress supplies, Stickles, and more!

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The above photo is a picture of my sisters unit I made for her. It holds 72 Stickles (also fitting perfect pearls, enamels accents, or distress paints), and 12 large ink pads.

If you feel like customizing your own, here are a few tips:

1. The foam board itself is about 1/4 inch thick. That must be accounted for in ALL measurements!

2. Using this “puzzle piece” method with the slots is BY FAR the sturdiest option for these units. I’ve seen people use packing tape and all other forms of adhesive, but they will all warp without having these slots holding them in place. The slots combined with the hot glue give the best hold without a doubt!

3. Large ink pads need AT LEAST 4 in across and 1 in high. I gave extra room for my fingers to be able to slide over top because that is the easiest way for me to get them out. Small ink pads need AT LEAST half that length (2 in), and Stickles need at least 1.25 in.

4. Making the side panels widen at the bottom gives you a sturdier base so it will not fall over!

5. Patience and determination are necessary when getting into a big project like this.

6. It gets easier with practice! I promise!

Here is a video just to get your crafting kicked off:

I am a very visual person. I’ve seen numerous foam storage posts, but just seeing the numbers does not help me unless I can see exactly what it should look like. So, here are the dimensions for my exact unit along with the photos:

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You will need ONE back panel that measures 24 in x 20.5 in. Before I hot glued my entire project together I used a pencil and drew out the 1/4 inch lines in all the places my shelves would lay. This made it much easier to assemble, and it did not give the hot glue time to harden before I got each panel down. It is essential to work quickly, so the pencil marks definitely helped.

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You will need ONE top panel measuring 2.5 in x 24 in, and ONE bottom panel measuring 5.5 in x 24 in. I may have mentioned this before, but if you don’t have your unit get larger towards the bottom, it will most likely get top-heavy and want to tend to fall forward.

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You will need TWO side panels with the measurements above (20 in x 2.5 in x 10.5 in [with a 10 in angle] x 5.5 in).

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As for the standard ink pad shelves, you will need SEVEN 23.5 in x 2.5 in shelves with 1.25 in x .25 in divots every 4.5 inches.

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For the small ink pad / COPIC marker shelves, you will need TWO 23.5 in x 2.5 in shelves with 1.25 in x .25 in divots every 2.125 inches. You also need a wider shelf to make sure your markers and pens don’t fall out. The dimensions are in the picture above, but that shelf is really up to your personal preference.

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Lastly, to separate the sections you will need FOUR tall vertical shelves measuring 14.25 in x 2.5 in with 1.25 in x .25 in divots every 1.25 inches, and FIVE small vertical shelves only 4.25 in x 2.5 in with 1.25 in x .25 in divots every 1.25 inches.

Please do not hesitate to ask me any questions you may have! It may seem daunting during the process, but once you start assembling you will see the fruits of your efforts!

Enjoy!

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