Monday, January 31, 2011

Take a Spin Banner

Lately I've seen a few cards online that have banners or pendants as the focal image.  I created my own banner using the Take a Spin set from the Occasions Mini Catalogue.


Stamps:  Take a Spin, Word Play
Paper:  Marina Mist, Certainly Celery, Whisper White
Ink:  Marina Mist, Certainly Celery, Baja Breeze, Basic Grey
Accessories:  Black Marker, Ruler (to draw rectangle), Linen Thread, Dimensionals, Tape (to tape linen thread at back of card stock), scissors

4.25 x 5.5 card

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Fall to Layout 124

These Fall To Layouts are supposed to help you make clean and simple cards.  That's why they are on the Clean & Simple Blog.  :)   I'm not sure my card looks clean and simple, but it really was quick and easy to make!!

Lately the vintage look really appeals to me.  I find that the Framed Tulips Embossing Folder, the Crochet Trim and even the stamp set, Nature Walk, all adds to this look. 


Stamps:  Nature Walk, Great Friend (sentiment)
Paper:  Early Espresso, Marina Mist, Very Vanilla
Ink:  Early Espresso, Marina Mist, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso and Crumb Cake Markers
Accessories:  Framed Tulips Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Dimensionals, Brad, Victoria 5/8" Crochet Trim Ribbon, Nestabilities by Spellbinders

4-1/4 x 5-1/2 card

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January Stamp Club Cards

I {Heart} Glimmer Paper and Whoooo?

Card Directions:

1.  Stamp Woodgrain background stamp on Crumb Cake card base with Early Espresso ink.

2.  Colour the Owl stamp with Pink Pirouette and Early Espresso markers.  Stamp on Whisper White card stock.  Cut out and add a dimensional to back of owl.

3.  Stamp sentiment of your choice (I chose "thinking of you") in Early Espresso ink on small strip of Whisper White card stock.

4.  Run Early Espresso card stock through the Big Shot using the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder.  

5.  Make a small mark with a pencil halfway across the top of the card stock at 1".  I made a mark on my oval punch where the center is.  Line up these two marks (the one on the card stock and the one on the oval) so that there will be an equal amount of card stock on either side of the oval.

6.  Adhere Whisper White strip with sentiment, punched out heart with dimensional and library clip, and add ribbon. 

7.  Use the Border Punch to add a scallop edge to the strip of Glimmer Paper.  Adhere behind the Early Espresso card stock.  (If the Glimmer strip peaks over into the oval, stamp the Woodgrain stamp on a scrap of Crumb Cake card stock and stick to back of oval.  Then add the Glimmer border.

8.  Complete card by adhering all pieces to the card base.  Don't forget to add the owl.


Crumb Cake card base:  8-1/2 x 5-1/2
Early Espresso:  5-1/2 x 2
Glimmer Paper:  5-1/2 x 3/4 and scrap for heart
Whisper White:  2 x 1/2 and scrap for owl


Stamps:  Aviary, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Wood Grain Background
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Red Glimmer Paper
Ink:  Early Espresso, Early Espresso Marker, Pink Pirouette Marker
Accessories:  2 x 1-3/8 Oval Punch, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Scallop Border Punch, Mini Library Clip, Dimensional, Early Espresso 1/8 Taffeta Ribbon, Small Heart Punch

5-1/2 x 4-1/4 card

Take a Spin on a Fan Fold Flower


1.  Adhere the Playdate DSP to the Chocolate Chip square of card stock.  Stamp sentiment on bottom of card.  Tape strip of grosgrain ribbon across seam of dsp.  To make the bow, follow THIS VIDEO TUTORIAL.  (By the way, we used this technique in December but with the seam binding ribbon instead.)  Attach the bow with a glue dot.

2.  Stamp the Take a Spin stamp in Tempting Turquoise ink on Whisper White card stock.  Punch it out.  Clean your stamp and stamp again on Whisper White with Real Red ink.  Cut out the "triangle" you want and glue or tape it on top of the Turquoise image.

3.  Poke a hole with a paper piercer in the center of your Take a spin image and add the game spinner hand.  Add Sticky Tape to the back.  

4.  To make the Fan Fold Flower, follow THIS TUTORIAL 

TIP #1:  To keep the flower together, I first stuck some sticky tape onto a piece of scrap card stock and then punched it out with the 1" circle punch.  That was much easier than adding little bits of tape to the small circle.  Took waaaay too much time.  

TIP #2:  When you are pressing/manouvering your according strip into your flower shape, try doing that with the "wrong side" colour up.  That way instead of trying to slide the flower on top of the 1" circle and trying to keep it from flipping open again, you will only have to hold down the fan flower with one and and place the circle, with the sticky side down, on top of the flower.  Viola!  Flip it over and the flower is right-side-up and stuck together.  Try it.  Then it will all make sense.  :)

5.  Complete your card.


Whisper White card base:  8-1/2 x 4-1/4
Chocolate Chip:  8-1/8 x 8-1/8
Playdate DSP:  4 x 1-1/2 and 4 x 2-1/2 and 1-3/4 x 12
Whisper White:  scrap for turquoise take a spin stamp and scrap for red take a spin stamp and for a 1" circle punch


Stamps:  Take a Spin (Spring 2011 Mini Catalogue), Well Scripted (retired)
Paper:  Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Playdate DSP
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise
Accessories:  Game Spinner Hands, Scalloped Border Punch, 2-1/2" Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Chocolate Chip 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Sticky Tape, Scor-Pal, Glue Dot

4-1/4 x 4-1/4 card (without the Fan Fold Flower)

I found another tutorial on how to make the Fan Fold Flower a different way.  I'll have to try that sometime.  You can find the TUTORIAL HERE.

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Fall To Layout 122

I am currently taking the wallpaper off my kitchen walls.  This is long overdue.  When we first moved into our house almost 12 years ago the previous owners had just finished putting it up.  They had actually only partially completed hanging it when we were viewing the house.  I've never been keen on wallpaper but how can you take it down when it is so new and shiny?  But after 12 years it is high time!! I thought I'd make a quick post while the wallpaper remover is doing its job.

This is the card I made using the FTL sketch from the Clean and Simple Blog.  I cracked open the Aviary stamp set which I'd been looking forward to using.  I got it just before Christmas.  Love this set!


Stamps:  Aviary, Tiny Tags
Paper:  Whisper White, Tangerine Tango, Early Espresso, Greenhouse Gala DSP
Ink:  Early Espresso, Tangerine Tango Marker
Accessories:  Dotted Scalloped Border Punch, Dimensionals

3 5/8 x 5 1/2 card

Oh, there goes my timer.  Back to the wallpaper....
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