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Butterfly Cards from Tattered Lace Dies

June 20, 2016 Comments off

In April I purchased the Baby Blue Accessories Collection (item 141921) when it was offered at a reduced price. If you like the cards I created from this kit, the Baby Blue 17 Piece Accessories Collection with FREE Tattered Lace Baby Blue (item 146584) is a better value right now. The following items were included in the collection I purchased: Rainbow Cardstock, Card Blanks, Envelopes, Foam Pads, three Butterflies dies, With Love and Best Wishes Die and a third die set not listed in the product description (I received a teddy bear holding a heart and a pacifier). Another item that was not listed in the description were four sheets with instructions for creating cards. Here are the cards from the instruction sheets. I followed the directions fairly close when creating the cards.

Baby Blue Accessories Collection 01

I did add my own green and yellow cardstock to create the “Best Wishes” sentiment on the card above left. It was the last card I created and when I looked at the scraps of rainbow card I had left I did not think I could find large enough piece where the color was fairly solid so the words would stand out. The words on the card above right are the letters that remained after creating the card below right.

Baby Blue Accessories Collection 02

Except for the shape (square cards need additional postage in the USA), I really liked the card bases in this kit. I needed to run my bone folder along the fold to make it more crisp, but the cardstock is so smooth and silky. There was a more than adequate supply of thin Foam Pads in the kit; I still have about 80% of the Foam Pads remaining. I called them thin because they are thinner than most of the foam pads and tape I find in big box stores. If you are familiar with Thin 3-D Foam Tape (Z2060) from Close To My Heart, the thickness is about the same.

A note about the Baby Blue – I have it, but did not purchase it as part of one of the collections it is available in now. I find that I am able to cut simpler dies in it easily, but more intricate dies, like the butterflies in this kit, need to be run through the machine more than one time and/or need to be shimmed. If you have more questions about the Baby Blue, Tattered Lace has a Baby Blue Die Cutting Machine page where you will find the Instruction Manual and a Step-by-Step Guide (both are PDF files), Create and Craft posted a Baby Blue Machine FAQ Guide and Ken Hess wrote a review on his blog and posted a video review.

I hate to keep repeating myself, but I do not want anyone to feel mislead. I am not an affiliate for any shopping site, but I am a Close to My Heart Independent Consultant. If you are located in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam or on U.S. military bases and are interested in purchasing Close To My Heart products you may go to my CTMH Online Business Address where, if you make a purchase, I will receive a commission.

Thank you for visiting today. Even though I did not design the cards I created, I hope that you like how they turned out.

Categories: cardmaking, die cutting

Embossing with Stencils and/or Masks

June 19, 2016 Comments off

During the “Last Chance Christmas Cuties…” show on Create and Craft (Sunday, June 19 at 3pm EDT), Carley Duff showed us how to use the Midas Touch Christmas Masks (item 147013) to emboss some paper. Here’s the order (from top to bottom) how Carley layered the materials to emboss using the Crossover Machine (item 137423).

  1. acrylic plate (clear)
  2. rubber mat
  3. paper
  4. stencil
  5. base plate (white)

Since the Crossover Machine is still on my wish list, I will have to experiment when my stencil arrives to see if I do something similar with the machines I have access to.

I would like to remind you that I am not an affiliate for shopping sites, but I am a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant. The links above to other companies/brands are for your convenience only. If you are located in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam or on U.S. military bases and are interested in purchasing Close To My Heart products you may go to my CTMH Online Business Address where, if you make a purchase, I will receive a commission.

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Father’s Day Card Idea

If you read previous posts on my blog you may have seen the Birthday Card I created in May for my niece Mollie. This card is inspired by that card which was created from a kit i purchased: Craftwork Cards Celebrations Stamps with Candle Cards. After putting that in-progress card away in the evening (frustrated I might add) and then having an idea to “make it work” in the morning (I must craft in my sleep sometimes) to fix the problems I had assembling it, I fell in love with that card. I know some of you know what I am talking about – I have seen posts where people shared something they created for someone and love it so much that they could not part with it. I have been at craft shows where people mentioned purchasing cards to give away and they love them so much they keep them.

After making that card I tried to think of ideas for what else could “pop out” of the top of the card. Here is a Father’s Day idea I came up with; this is the card as it is pulled from the envelope:

2016007-Jim's-Father's-Day-card-closed

And here is what the card looks like when the “tab” is pulled:

2016007-Jim's-Father's-Day-card-open

I created a Cricut® Design Space file using the basic shapes to cut the card base including the notch at the bottom of the card. I then used Biker (#M3FF90) and Biker (#M3EAF5) from Dude! to create the “pop up” and decorate the front of the card. I found a checkered flag image online that I printed. I die cut the flag and biker from cardstock using Tattered Lace Severn Dovetails. I stamped “Pull” and “Happy Father’s Day” in Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink Pad (Z899) using My Acrylix™ Tiny Typewriter Alphabet Stamp Set (D1222) – retired and My Acrylix™ August 2015 SOTM: Framed Stamp Set (S1508) – retired.

I think this is a perfect card for someone who likes to ride or watch motocross.

As a reminder, I am not an affiliate for shopping sites, but I am a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant. The links above to other companies/brands are for your convenience only. I know how disappointing it can be to see a product that would be perfect for a project you have in mind and you cannot find where you can purchase it. If you are located in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam or on U.S. military bases and are interested in purchasing Close To My Heart products you may go to my CTMH Online Business Address where, if you make a purchase, I will receive a commission.

What ideas do you have for something to “pop out” of a card similar to this? I am always looking for ideas. I also love to read what people think of my crafty creations. If you have a moment, please leave a comment. Thank you for visiting today.

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Small Metal Die Organization

June 4, 2016 Comments off

I am working toward getting my crafty supplies organized so I can find things quicker and so I can use less space. One of the things I am doing is taking my metal dies that came in envelopes and putting them in organizers.

I am taking very small metal dies and putting them on magnetic sheets in an ArtBin Magnetic Die Storage Case. To help me quickly find the dies I want, I am cutting them out and adding them to a piece of cardstock and keeping the cardstock “pages” on top in the case.

ArtBin Magnetic Die Storage Case insert

So the cardstock fits inside the case, I turned to Cricut® Design Space. I used the free shapes to cut the cardstock the same size and shape as the magnetic sheets (mostly and close enough for me). Then I added text to my cardstock using Simple Celebrations, one of the Cricut® fonts available with the subscription, and a Pilot Precise V7 Premium Rolling Ball Stick Pens, Fine Point, Black (it fits in the pen holder without an adapter) to write what collection the mini dies are from.

This will also help me put the dies back on the correct magnetic sheet and since the die cuts are applied to the cardstock in a similar location as the dies on the magnetic sheet, this should also alert me fairly quickly if a die is not where it belongs.

I hope you like this idea for organization. Please leave a comment if you like it or have ideas for improving it. For me, organization seems like it is always a work in progress. If you would like to use my Design Space “file” in your ArtBin Case, you will find the file here. If you want to share this storage idea with your friends, please send them to this blog post rather than share the Design Space link. Thank you.

Categories: die cutting, organization

Digistamps4Joy June 2016 Progressive Challenge – Misteri Graduate

June 3, 2016 Comments off

My card uses Misteri Graduate, the image for the Digistamps4Joy stamping Facebook Group‘s June 2016 Facebook Progressive Challenge.

Lapp DS4J Misteri Graduate

In addition to Misteri Graduate from Digistamps4Joy, I used the following products to create my card: Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor Pencils, Spellbinders Labels Fourty (sic) Three, Tattered Lace 20 Mini Dies – I was lucky enough to receive “Congratulations” in my variety pack, CTMH My Acrylix™ Tiny Typewriter Alphabet Stamp Set (D1222) – retired, ribbon, card stock and a card base from my stash. Congratulations was cut from mirri cardstock. I used Cricut® Design Space with a Cricut® Explore and a Pilot Precise V7 Premium Rolling Ball Stick Pens, Fine Point, Black (it fits in the pen holder without an adapter) with images from Wrap It Up and Wild Card to create my own background paper.

I used these pencil colors: 29 – Pink Madder Lake, 31 – Medium Flesh, 32 – Light Flesh, 46 – Sky Blue, 48 – True Blue, 67 – Sap Green, 76 – Van Dyke Brown, 84 – Ochre, 95 – Cool Light Grey and 99 – Black Medium.

Though I wish the layers were closer in size, here is a look at the inside of my card:

Lapp DS4J Misteri Graduate - card inside

If the Digistamps4Joy stamping Facebook Group‘s Facebook Progressive Challenge is new to you, I hope you will purchase this month’s design and join us. It is a fun and supportive group.

I love to read comments, so if you have a minute please let me know what you think of this card. Thanks for visiting today.

Categories: cardmaking