Friday, July 24, 2015

Winner: $25 Gift Certificate!


Here is the random winner of our $25 Gift Certificate from designer Lisa Henke's debut blog post. If you missed her tons of fun card, check it out HERE.

Most of you LOVE the zoo, but many of you haven't been for many, many years! Maybe it's time to check out those animals and make new memories, yes?

Our lucky winner is:

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Blog Design Team: Big Birthday Fishes!

Today's project from Blog Team Member Amy Sheffer has us taking a dive under the sea! We absolutely adore it and can't wait to share it with you...

And now, here's Amy to tell us all about her project...
Today I’m combining two of my very favorite current trends: watercolor and scenes. And what better scene to watercolor than an underwater scene?!

I started by die-cutting two layers of waves out of watercolor paper using the Build A Scene - Rolling Waves dies. 
I used the' smooshing' technique for the background (I mixed light blue, aqua and white watercolors paints on a craft sheet, heavily spritzed with water, and then smooshed my watercolor paper into the puddle). The sand is simply a narrow strip of torn Kraft card stock. I die-cut a few pieces of seaweed and coral using the Build A Scene - Underwater dies. I die-cut them from watercolor paper as well, so that I could give them a variegated look with watercolors. After painting them, I adhered them just behind the sand layer. I only adhered in a few places, so that I could bend the branches for dimension.  

I stamped, watercolored, and fussy cut a handful of fish (from Under the Seaand tucked them in among the coral and seaweed. (I fussy cut my fish, but coordinating Under the Sea Dies are available, too, if you prefer die-cutting to make quick work of cutting.) The sentiment, also from Under the Sea, was stamped in black ink, clear embossed, die-cut into a circle, and adhered with foam tape.
I added a strip of herringbone woodgrain paper just below the sand line, which I think kind of gives the scene an aquarium look. For one last finishing touch, I added a length of white linen thread tied off in a bow. 

Thank you for sharing this fun and frolicky card today, Amy! You can find more of Amy's beautiful work on her blog, Pickled Paper Designs. Have a joyful day!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Blog Design Team: 13 is the Luckiest Number!

Hey there, crafty friends! Today Blog Design Team member, Sharon Harnist has created a wonderful birthday card to celebrate her daughter's thirteenth birthday! Check it out below...

Now let's hear from Sharon about her card...
I can’t believe how fast the past 13 years have flown by and now my youngest daughter will become a teen this weekend! I wanted a little more grown-up (but still fun!) card for this special occasion, and I thought TE’s Up, Up, & Away Cutting Plate, combined with the Graphic Greetings Birthday stamp fit the bill perfectly!

To begin, I die-cut the Up, Up, & Away Cutting Plate from Sugar Cube cardstock and colored the balloons with these Copic markers:

I love that this cutting plate comes with two additional separate balloon dies (one of each shape), so I die-cut an additional round Sugar Cube balloon, colored it with the B000-B01-B02 combo (since that is her favorite color, like her Momma!), and popped it up with foam tape over the other balloons.

Next, the background was created by stamping the Graphic Greetings Birthday several times with beautiful on-trend metallic Delicata Golden Glitz pigment ink onto a Sugar Cube panel cut just a little bit smaller than the balloon cutting plate (approximately 3.75” x 5”). The graphic greeting panel was adhered to a top-folding A2 card made from Sugar Cube cardstock and the balloon panel popped up with foam tape over it:

For another glamorous touch, the strings of the balloons were also colored with the Golden Glitz ink, using a cotton swab. You could easily change up this color combo to be geared more for a boy, and go with brighter colors for the balloons and maybe bold black with the graphic greeting!

To finish the card, Whimsy #’s were also die cut from Sugar Cube cardstock, ombre colored with the B0000-B000-B01-B02 Copic combo, and attached to the background/balloon strings using Kool Tak 3D Clear Foam Tape – since the numbers are so narrow the clear tape won’t show behind them:

Here’s a final look at all the great dimension of this card:

Please wish me luck with two teenage girls in the house now!  ~ Sharon

Thank you, Sharon for sharing this happy, happy birthday card with us today! Happy birthday to your sweet daughter! Please visit Sharon on her blog, PaperFections, for more of her wonderful work.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Blog Design Team: Watercolor Inlay

Today Blog Design Team member Amy Kolling is sharing a beautiful, watercolored inlaid card with us today. Check it out below...

Now, let's hear from Amy about her project...
Hello friends! Amy Kolling here today with more watercolor; I just can't stop. There is really no right or wrong as every watercolored project is one of a kind! For my card, I did a 2-step watercolor technique.
I started with 2 separate panels of watercolor paper. With one panel, I loosely watercolored Tumbled Glass Distress Ink, let it dry, and then die-cut with the Shade Tree Cutting Plate and popped out all the pieces of the tree. For the other panel, I began by die-cutting it with the Shade Tree Cutting Plate and leaving that piece totally intact. (By diecutting this panel first, the tree outline is there so you know right where to place the watercolor for the tree!) After watercoloring the tree, let it dry, and pop out the tree.

The fun part comes next! I used these 2 panels to piece them together like a puzzle. I first applied adhesive to an entire scrap piece of typing paper. This was the base to piece my tree and sky back together. (By doing it this way, the card remains relatively flat for mailing.) I added a white frame and adhered it with foam adhesive.

To embellish the tree, I watercolored some tiny flowers from Flowers & Stems and adhered. My sentiment was watercolored and diecut using the thanks die from Shades of Thanks Die. This whole panel was added to a Toffee Cardstock panel and adhered to a Sugar Cube Cardstock base.  The very last thing I added was some Crystal Stickles to the centers of the flowers!

Thanks so much for sharing a part of your day with me!

Thanks so much, Amy, for sharing this lovely card with us today! You can catch more of Amy's design work on her blog, Stamp-n-Paradise. Have a joyful day!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Winner: Delightful Day and Delightful Day Conversation Bubbles


Here is the random winner of our Delightful Day stamp set and Delightful Day Conversation Bubbles from our Farewell Retirement Sale post. Our SALE is still going on, but will be ending soon, so check out some fabulous deals HERE.

We now know that crafting all day long is definitely high on your lists of retirement activities (that, and doing absolutely nothing at all, LOL!)

Our lucky winner is:

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Today I Learned: How to Create a Woven Ribbon Background

Happy Thursday, crafty friends! It's time for another installment of "Today I Learned..." Today we have a step-by-step tutorial from Blog Team designer Julia Stainton, who is sharing a very fun woven ribbon technique that incorporates our Cutting Plates!

A note from Julia...
Cutting Plate Dies are amazing dies.They are fabulous for creating beautiful die-cut backgrounds, but if you think outside the box there are many different things you can use them for. Did you know you can weave ribbon through some of them? It gives a totally unique look and makes a wonderful technique to try. You can also vary this look by weaving cardstock or strips of felt through the design instead of the ribbon. 

Would you like to know how Julia created that stunning background? Well, you are in luck because her tutorial is in this week's TE Newsletter! Check it out here:

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