Monday, March 30, 2015

Blog Design Team: Wedded Bliss

Happy Monday! We hope you had a fabulous weekend, crafty friends! Today, Blog Design Team member Amy Kolling is sharing a gorgeous gold foil wedding card that any couple would treasure.

Now, let's hear from Amy about her project...

Since wedding season is right around the corner, I thought I’d try out the very popular “gold foiling” technique for an elegant wedding card.

You will need a few things to do this technique:  Deco Foil in gold and Deco Foil Transfer Adhesive. I used a solid leafy image from Happily Ever After and stamped the image using the transfer adhesive that I simply poured onto my craft mat. I stamped the image over an entire white trimmed panel. Some parts of the leaf images didn’t stamp completely so I added in a little extra adhesive using the applicator tip. Let the adhesive dry until its crystal clear (tip: don’t rush this step...walk away!) Once dry, this panel will be very sticky.  Place a trimmed piece of gold Deco Foil over the sticky panel GOLD SIDE UP.

Now is the fun part! I rubbed my finger over the foil where the stamped images are. Once I felt the foil had transferred to the sticky stamped areas, I gently began pulling off the Deco Foil sheet. Magic happened! (Not really but I loved the results!)  Remember how I mentioned that parts of the images didn’t stamp completely and I filled in with the applicator tip?  The results were “sketchy” looking leaves!

I didn’t want to cover up my foiled panel I created so I stamped a sentiment from Happily Ever After in Staz-On black ink onto a vellum strip and trimmed into a banner. This was adhered with a small strip of Scor-tape and embellished with a tiny twine bow. I hope you think about trying the “foiling” technique; it gives gorgeous results!

Thanks so much, Amy, for sharing this beautiful technique. You can catch more of Amy's design work on her blog, Stamp-n-Paradise.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Blog Design Team: Vellum Bouquet

Happy Saturday, crafty friends! Today, Blog Team Designer Julia Stainton is sharing tips on how to stamp on vellum with a fresh and pretty springtime bouquet card.

And now, let's hear from Julia about her project...

Spring is in the air and I, for one, could not be more thrilled! I'm ready for some fresh air, flowers and light airy designs. One of my go-to cardstocks is the Sugar Cube cardstock which is a beautiful white cardstock. While it's wonderful to have a myriad of beautiful colors, I'm a huge fan of white on white and it's amazing what you can do with simply white.

The Vellum Bouquet card pairs up plain white cardstock with plain vellum for a soft spring look. All you need are some stamps, ink and markers for a nice fresh design. The main design and sentiment are stamped on the front of the vellum panel. Use a black ink that stamps well on vellum and then heat set it well so that it doesn't smear or smudge.

The fun part is then adding in color to the REVERSE side of the vellum with markers. You can use Copic or dye based markers for this process. I had dye markers on my desk and so that is what I used. It's easy to color the reverse side and you don't need to be quite as precise as when coloring on the front of an image. One fun thing about this technique is because you are coloring on the reverse side, the inks show through the vellum and are softened and more subtle.

Below the vellum layer I stamped the Library Card stamp image in blue ink. It adds to the dimensional look of the vellum and depending on how you are looking at the project, shows up well or is more subtle. After stamping the second panel and adhering it to the card front, I dabbed on a tiny dot of Glossy Accents to secure the vellum panel in place and then paper clipped it to the card.
Thanks so much, Julia, for all your terrific tips on stamping on vellum. Be sure to check out Julia's blog, Belle Papier to see more of her lovely projects. Have a joyful weekend!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Winner: Tombow Prize Pack


Here is the random winner of Prize Pack #2 from our Spring Fling Blog Hop with Tombow USA! If you missed the hop, visit HERE for some springtime inspiration!

For the winner of Prize Pack #1, visit the Tombow Blog here.

We loved creating with our friends at Tombow!

Our lucky winner is:

Jeanne wins Prize Pack #2: Tombow XTREME Adhesive, Adhesive Dots, Dual Brush Set of 6 in Jellybean
Congratulations! Please email us ( to claim your prize.

Blog Design Team: Everything's Coming Up Eggy

Did this week fly by as quickly for you as it did for us? It's Friday, and Blog Team designer Kay Miller is showing us how she used one die several times on the same card for a fun, layered look! Check it out...

And now, let's hear from Kay about her project...

For this bright springtime card, which could easily be an Easter card too, I used the adorable new stamp set called Tag-a-long Easter, which has the cutest images (along with matching dies -- which I love!)

To start of my card, I cut out five 4-inch-wide by 5-1/4 inch-tall pieces of card stock from Cookie Monster cardstock, the striped patterned paper from the Rainbow Brights Patterned Paper Pack, Lemon Meringue cardstock, and two from Sugar Cube cardstock. I saved one of the white Sugar Cube pieces for my base and stamped the sentiment down in the right corner.

I used the Build a Scene-Rolling Clouds dies to cut out each of my cloud borders. Each border was cut out just a bit shorter than the first blue one, to create the layers.

I then glued down the blue, the striped patterned paper, and the yellow one flat to my panel. The top white one, I adhered with foam tape, to make it stand out and look more like a cloud. Last, I adhered the little pot of eggs to the bottom left corner and then mounted the whole panel to my A2 card base.   

Thank you so much, Kay, for showing us how much fun it is to use the same die several times on one card! Be sure to visit Kay on her blog, My Joyful Moments, for more of her fabulous work. Tune in tomorrow for tips on stamping on vellum from Julia Stainton!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Blog Design Team: You Make Me Happy

The week is almost over, friends, and we hope you are getting some sunshine. Today, Blog Team Member Amy Sheffer has created a wonderfully cheerful card for us. Check it out...

Plus! Because we are feeling a little spring friskiness, we're giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to the TE Store to one lucky winner! Read on for all the details...

And now, here's Amy to tell us all about her project...

I think by now, if we’re not already enjoying some warmer temperatures, we’re certainly looking forward to them! Today I’ve combined some favorite TE products to create an inviting Spring scene.

The background was done with the Ray of Sunshine Cutting Plate, along with a cheery yellow polka dot pattern from the Build A Scene Paper Pack.

For the focal point circle, I created a scene using patterns from the Build A Scene Paper Pack and the Build A Scene - Rolling Hills die. The bicycle, from Bikes & Trikes, is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black, colored with Copic markers, and die-cut using the coordinating Bikes & Trikes dies. The bicycle flag is stamped with a sentiment from Think Happy Thoughts, adhered to a toothpick, and tucked behind the bicycle. The word “happy” was cut with the die that’s included in Think Happy Thoughts.

Before adhering everything to a Salt Water Taffy card base, I added a layer of vellum behind the Ray of Sunshine die-cut and popped it up with foam tape. It gives the open sections of the Ray of Sunshine die-cut an interesting translucent quality.  

Thank you for joining me today! Hoping your March is going out like a lamb!

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

Are you yearning to create something as sunshiny and happy as this card? You're in luck because one lucky winner will receive a $25 Gift Certificate to the TE Store to help get started!

How to Enter:  Leave a comment below telling us how you celebrated the first day of Spring by Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 11:59 pm PST. We'll choose one lucky winner at random to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the TE Store! We'll announce the winner here on the TE Blog next week. Good luck!