September 29, 2010

JustRite 12 Weeks of Christmas Blog Hop #4

Whoot-Whoot it is Wednesday which means another week has passed and time to reveal the next project as part of JustRite Stampers’ newest Wednesday feature: 12 Weeks of Christmas Blog Hops #4!   Every Wednesday up until Thanksgiving some of your favorite designers will be joining some of the JustRite design team for a series of Christmas blog hops, showcasing JustRite’s entire Christmas Collection of stamps!  This week, it’s the Spellbinders design team!  So mark your calendars for Wednesdays at 9am Central for great Christmas gift, card & project ideas, starting at the JustRite Inspiration blog!

Many of you may already know, I love vintage, bling and ribbon :) so today I bring you a card with all those elements using two of my favorite manufacturer products *wink-wink* JustRite stamps and Spellbinders Die Templates.  Here are the supplies you will need to make this shaped Christmas card:


Paper: My Mind's Eye
Smooch gold ink
Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives
Holiday Leaves: Hobby Lobby
Buttons: Vintage

{Here's How}

Making a shaped card with Spellbinders Grand die templates is super quick and easy.  Simply fold your cardstock in half, position the fold on the cut side of the die template so that one edge slightly overlaps the cut and run it through your Grand Calibur die cutting machine - voila!  Next comes a shaped frame (you are going to love this): Nest two of your die templates in each other and secure with a little tape - that's so they don't shift around and give you a wonky frame - run through the machine and you have an instant effortless frame!  See how fun this is...okay now you are ready to stamp:  If you plan to color your images with Copic markers use Memento ink because the ink won't run or bleed.  Stamp your images twice - once on patterned paper and once on white cardstock.  Color your images on the white cardstock and neatly trim the outline.  Position your Label die template over the stamped images on the patterned paper and run it through the die cutting machine.  Now that you have all your elements you are ready to embellish, adhere and be satisfied you are 1 card down 50 to go :)

*Designer Tip*

Spellbinders die templates are open in the middle which makes it super easy to position your die over a stamped image (no guessing here folks because you can see the stamped image and exactly where the cut will be).  I like to lightly tape my die template to the paper - just one corner will do - so that it does not shift during the cutting process.  Rule of thumb: Stamp then Cut.  Also each die template allows you to make a neat embossed edge which in turn allows you to ink a fine border in a shimmery ink or glitter

Ready for more inspiration?  Here is the list of Designers participating in today's Hop:

{Previous Projects}

This is really a fun event which I look forward to every week. Thanks for stopping by - I appreciate your thoughts, comments or questions.  Have a lovely Wednesday

September 28, 2010

Today my card is as versatile as can be.  Sometimes you need a stamp that works for just about any occassion and Mint Motif's Cake Shoppe and Cake Shoppe, Too is that stamp.  The cake layers are all seperate so you can build your tiers as high as you would like. The different patterns on each layer are also interchangeable so your cake can be as funky as you would like.  The set also comes with various toppings and frosting edges and sentiments.

Making a super quick birthday, anniversary, engagement or wedding card is so easy with Cake Shoppe.  I stamped then colored my tiers with Copic markers.  The label is Spellbinders S4-190 Labels Four.  After adhering the ribbon and label to kraft paper, finish by embellishing with buttons, twine and guineafowl (or as we call them Tarentaal) feathers.
Have fun today - see you tomorrow for the next Christmas Blog Hop event :)

September 27, 2010

Edgy details with Vinyl Stickerz

This week the challenge over at 2 Sketches 4 You is to not only to design a card based on the sketch but also to get a little creative with your cardmaking skills by working in some sort of decorative edge on your card.

The tools we have available to us to jazz up our cards are so varied and I bet many of you have a variety within arms reach on your craft table.  Idea's that come to mind to create a schmancy edge are decorative scissors, border punches, die templates, pre-cut templates etc and if all else fails - trace your own design and trim by hand.  I used Spellbinders brand new Grand Nestabilities Grand Labels Four to cut my card from thin kraft chipboard.  When you fold the label in half it forms a detailed decorative edge on your card.

The sponsor for COTW at 2S4Y is E.A.D Designs.  I loved working with their vinyl Stickerz which are repositional!  Head on over and to 2 Sketches 4 You and play along to stand a chance of winning a gift certificate from E.A.D. Designs.

We had such an amazing weekend filled with a ton of activities including a day in the mountains viewing the spectacular fall colors.  The Aspen are magnificent this time of year.

Have a great Monday. See you tomorrow for a Mint Motif post...
:) Kazan

September 22, 2010

JustRite 12 Weeks of Christmas Blog Hop #3

Welcome to JustRite Stampers’ newest Wednesday feature, 12 Weeks of Christmas Blog Hops #3!   Every Wednesday up until Thanksgiving some of your favorite designers will be joining some of the JustRite design team for a series of Christmas blog hops, showcasing JustRite’s entire Christmas Collection of stamps!  So mark your calendars for Wednesdays at 9am Central for great Christmas gift, card & project ideas, starting at the JustRite Inspiration blog!

This week I bring you a handmade paper wine bag (or for that matter a paper bag that can hold any bottle of the same size like a fanchy-schmancy olive oil!).  I was inspired to make this after seeing some of the gorgeous creations created by the very talented ladies at Archivers (thanks Vickie) and also from super input provided by Michelle, Lisa and Laura :) You can make this bag with just a few supplies that most will find on their own craft tables.  Here's what you will need for the bag and tag:


JustRite Stamps: Whimsical Christmas Set
Paper: 2 pieces of 81/2 x 11" white cards stock and 2 pieces of 81/2 x 11 patterned paper (My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Portobellow Road)
Ribbon: Details Satin Ribbon and Grosgrain Ribbon
Original Design: Daisy Jane

Position your paper, portrait side up, and measure two inches from the center on both sides. Score lines down the length of the paper and fold.  To make a box place the folded white papers inside the folded patterned papers to form a rectangular shape.  Secure the edges with glue dots.  Punch holes, for grommets, two inches from the top of all four sides on both the bottom and top of your box.  Cut two strands of ribbon measuring 45" Thread thru the grommets crossing at the bottom of the box (this will hold your bottle in place).  Cut a decorative border for the top of the box.  To make the tag cut a 12 x 2" strip of patterned paper and fold accordian style.  Shape into a circle and secure with adhesive.  Stamp sentiment on patterned paper and cut out with scalloped die template.  Using a stamp adhesive, stamp image onto white cardstock and dust with glitter.  Cut circle from circle die template.  Secure to tag with foam adhesive and attach to bag with twine.

Today the JustRite team joins other fabulous stampers and designers for more HoHoHo Inspiration:

This is so much fun - I hope we have inspired you to make a part of your Christmas homemade - thanks so much for stopping by

September 16, 2010

Rhumba Ruffles

Scallops in all forms are simply fabulous so when Cath from Moxie Fab World put out a challenge for offset scallops I jumped at the opportunity to make a little something-something as a special gesture of thanks for someone special.   I love how the scallops, which I only partially adhered to my little box, form a ruffle.  It reminds me of a sassy little red dress and an evening of Salsa Dancing & Sangria ;).  To create the ruffle offset the scallops.  I used Spellbinders Big Scalloped Borders Petite and die cut several strips and adhered them to the box.  The tag was made using Mint Motif's Very Square Sentiments which is available from i{heart}  The ribbon and twine is also from i{heart}papers and the box template is a die-cut available at Archivers :)

Have a wonderful Friday & awesome weekend

PS Fill your little container with homemade Bon Bons, or a few pieces of speciality chocolate or even luxury sweet smelling spa soaps letting the receiver know how sweet they are :)

September 15, 2010

JustRite 12 Weeks of Christmas Blog Hop #2

Welcome to JustRite Stampers’ newest Wednesday feature, 12 Weeks of Christmas Blog Hops #2!  Every Wednesday up until Thanksgiving some of your favorite designers will be joining some of the JustRite design team for a series of Christmas blog hops, showcasing JustRite’s entire Christmas Collection of stamps!  This week, it’s the Stamper’s Dream design team!  So mark your calendars for Wednesdays at 9am Central for great Christmas gift, card & project ideas, starting at the JustRite Inspiration blog! 

Continuing the idea of bringing you unique gift and home decor ideas, this week's JustRite project are handmade Christmas ornaments with a personal photo frame touch.  Gather up your supplies and devote a little time to make a gift that will delight not only Aunts, Uncles and Grandparents but just about anyone in your life.  Here's what you will need:


JustRite Stamps: Old Fashioned Christmas 3 1/4", From Our House 2" Square
Spellbinders: S4-295 Lacey Squares Nestabilities, S4-129 Classic Scalloped Squares SM, S4-114 Standard Circles LG
Paper: Doodlebug Sugar Coated Ladybug and Beetle Black Cardstock
Embellishments: Ribbon, Berry Sprig and ornament hanger from Hobby Lobby

Stamp the borders using Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white cardstock. Color holly sprigs and berries with Copic Markers.  To make a frame tape down two of the circle die templates, cut side down, so that the border is visible in the middle.  The inside opening of my frame measures 2" in diameter so sized my pictures at 2.5" square.  Die cut your photograph to fit inside your frame.  Using the Lacey Square die template cut a black square and red square for the base of your ornament.  Die cut a red and black scalloped square to fit the inside panel of your ornament.  To finish the back, stamp the image and sentiment on white cardstock, color, and adhere to your ornament.  Assemble all parts and finish by embellishing with ribbon, ornament hanger and glittered berry sprigs

{Design Tip}

The finish on the back of the glitter paper is white.  Die cut two Lacey Squares from black cardstock and adhere to the back of the glitter cardstock before adhering the "To: From: " label

Now I am sure you are anxious to see what the other designers have created so sit back with your favorite bevie & follow along here:

Thanks so much for hopping along with us.  I hope you were as inspired as I was by this week's projects. See you next week for Hop #3 :)

September 13, 2010

Backlit Blooms Holly Framed Project

I am on a quest to make handmade gifts and home decor projects for family and friends this Holiday Season.   Starving Artistamps is sponsoring 2 Sketches 4 You this week and they are debuting their latest stamps called Backlit Blooms.  These stamps are HUGE - 5.57" to be exact so they are perfect for jumbo cards or tags as is or stamped in part for smaller to standard size cards.

For my home decor project I bought a frame from Michael's.  To make this project work all year round  simply change out the theme to match the Season & your decor.  You may recall that I made a Thanksgiving/Fall insert for this very same frame just a few months ago.  The stamp is Starving Artistamps Backlit Bloom Holly.  Those gorgeous large labels are the latest & greatest large format dies from Spellbinders.  This particular set is the Grand Labels Four die templates.  Starving Artistamps is giving away 3 sets of Backlit Blooms to the lucky winner of Card of the Week so hurry and get your entry in before this Saturday and you may just be our next winner!

Have a great Monday

September 10, 2010

Craft Brulee

This is a quicky today - I made this card for 2 Sketches 4 You based on Angies bonus Sketch.  Craft Brulee is the sponsor and you can find all the deets here: Laura's Sketch 60

We are so concerned about the fire in Boulder right now - it is really devastating.  They are asking for donations so we are off to drop off much needed supplies.  Our hearts and prayers go out to all those affected.

Have an awesome Friday

September 8, 2010

JustRite Christmas Blog Hop Wednesday #1

Welcome to the very first week of JustRite Stampers 12 weeks of Christmas Blog Hops.  Today, and every Wednesday for the next 12 weeks, designers from across the industry will be showcasing JustRite's entire current Christmas Collection .   It is going to a huge event with ton's of ideas for cards, gifts and altered Christmas projects.  There will also be special offers along the way so sit back with your favorite bevie and enjoy getting into the Christmas spirit with JustRite Stampers!

I made a little list a few days ago of all the people on my Christmas gift giving list and it was quite sizable.  During these current economic times Gift Giving does not have to break the bank.  For today's project I took two great products and did a bit of stamping, inking and embellishing to create items that are sure to delight a teacher, coworker or friend on your Holiday Season list.

First up is an old fashioned Candy Jar which I picked up from Hobby Lobby for $1.99.  I think the sleigh center and darling sentiment from JustRite's Old Fashioned Christmas set is a perfect match for the lid.  I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored the Sleigh with Copic markers .  Using Spellbinders Standard Circles die template cut a out a perfect circle to cover your lid. Finish by embellishing with a huge bow and some vintage Christmas baubles (which I found at a garage sale!).  Fill this baby up with some candy, bath salts - whatever and voila you have a thoughtful homemade gift!

{Tip for added dimension}
 Stamp the image twice and color the first image with the base colors while adding detail to the second image.  Carefully trim the second image and adhere to the first with a foam dot*

I am all about saving time so while I had my stamps, markers and die templates out I whipped up a second project that literally took minutes to complete.  This time I picked up a wooden snowflake from Hobby Lobby for $1.47!  Stamp and color the images as above and adhere onto a Spellbinders Large Scalloped Octagon.  Lightly run your Chamois E35 Copic Marker along the edges to vintage the snowflake up, thread the ribbon and finish with a bountiful bow.  

{Special Offer}

To kick off the 12-weeks of Christmas Blog Hop Wednesdays, JustRite is offering a free shipping coupon code for September 8-10.  Please enter this code into the promotional code box at checkout: CBHOP1.  The offer will expire at midnight PST September 10th and is only good for orders shipped within the United States and its US Territories

{Blog Hop Participants}

*Kazan Clark*

Thanks for stopping by.   Enjoy the hop and don't forget to mark your calendars for next Wednesday - I will be here - same time & place :)

September 7, 2010

Mint Motif For You

Today I am sharing a card with you that I made using Mint Motif's School Basics.  Ironically today was the first day of preschool for my 4 year old.  Strangely I thought I would be more enthusiastic about giving her a hug and leaving her in the safe hands of her teacher but I walked away with a lump in my throat and an overwhelming desire to keep her home with me one more year.  I bet she has the best time but still that lump in my throat is still may take me a little longer to get use to preschool than my daughter!

Okay back to the card! Even though the stamp set is geared towards all things school you can clearly use it for so many different occasions.  On a previous post I made a birthday card and this on can be an 'any occastion' card.  The writing strip, sentiment and stars are all from the School Basics Set (I particularly enjoy the fact that the words are all separate so that you can form your own sentiments which makes this set even more versatile).  School Basics is available exclusively through i{heart}

I love this paper from Sassafras - it comes with that fancy scallopy border which I folded to create a dimensional look.  The paper and ribbon is all from i{heart}papers.

Tomorrow I have a HUGE post for you so be sure to stop on by.
Have a great Tuesday (keep forgetting it is not Monday!)