Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Basic plain cards.......STAMP them UP!!!!

Over the years, I have found a deal on little notecard sets.  GREAT!  I love a bargain.  Once I started stamping and making my own cards, I never could send these cards out, they are so plain....and boring.  
Don't toss those cards....and certainly don't send out boring cards.  It's time to get inky!!!!!  Grab some of your favorite stamp sets and stamp on those cards!  Add some embellishments.  Make them YOUR own!  This is what I did with these Thank You notecards that I bought awhile back on clearance. 

I used my Bella and Friends stamp to add an image and add some sequin to give the card just a little bling.  I wanted to keep these cards on the simple side because these would be going in the mail (the flatter the better to mail!).


Stamping on the inside of the card makes it even more special.  
I picked an ink color that I thought looked good with the blue notecards.  Get creative!  You can even emboss your image on the card for more texture and dimension!

I decided to play with some washi tape too.  




This was one of my favorite ones, using the washi as a ribbon on a card is a great way to add interest to the card while still keeping it flat to mail it.  I love to stamp a little something on the envelope as well. 
What do you think of these notecards?  What are your favorite embellishments to use on cards that are mailed?
Leave me a comment!
Thanks for stopping by!
Michelle

Monday, September 12, 2016

Stampin' Up Cookie Cutter Halloween Stamp and Punch- fun cards and Halloween gift box ideas

I love Halloween!  LOVE it!!!  Of course, I had to get the new Halloween Cookie Cutter stamp and Punch set.  One of the best things about this set is that the punch also matches a Christmas set! I love products that I can use for multiple purposes.  
So Let me show of some cute cards I made with this set.

The first card I made is a tri fold card.  Now this seems fancy right??  The easiest way to put a tri fold card together is simple: make two regular card bases, and glue them together to make a tri fold.  I didn't take pictures of that because there are tons of videos on you tube and other places of how to do it.  Very easy!
The card bases I used here are actually from an older set of watercolor note cards.  They are an older set from Stampin' Up but I had them on my shelf and thought this was the perfect time to challenge myself to use them.  After all, I bought them...need to use them!!!  This is the second "page" of the tri fold card.

This is the third "page" of the tri fold card, where I would write my note at.  I love to stamp the inside of my cards with a little sometimes.  This is a great time for me to get out all my stamps I have hoarded (yes, hoarded, I admit it....I've okay with it ;) )  and use them.  I also like to stamp my envelopes too.  I find that I need to do them AS I make the cards or I forget to do them or don't have the time to do it when I am ready to send out the card.  A fun card.  I love the mummy in this set.  I think it's my favorite.....until I work with the next image and then IT'S my favorite!  I've seen a card where the designer took the mummy image and used in it a bed for a Get Well Soon card.  I thought that was brilliant!!!















This next card is using the skeleton guy from the same Cookie Cutter Halloween set.  Isn't he cute?  I used another card base from the watercolor card set, I thought the colors was divine! 
 I used some washi and sequin to make this quick card.  


The next project I used this set on is for some treat boxes.  I want to put some heresy kisses in the treat boxes and give them out to a couple of coworkers and friends. The treat box die is from Lawn Fawn.  I used the stamp set on the tag.  But used lots of goodies on these: washi, ribbon, old Halloween DSP, glimmer paper!  Fun!!!


Notice the little bow tie?  It is part of the punch set.  I love the bow tie cut out in glimmer paper!










This stamp set is a lot of fun to play with!  I couldn't put it down!!  
Thanks for stopping by and see my links for any products used in this post.
Michelle!!!

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Sequins Storage Idea

I have found a new love, and it is called sequins!!!  Brads seem to be phasing out of paper crafting, but I will say, I still love a brad or two!  ;)  I love buttons in my crafting too but find that they can be to bulky at times, especially for cards that need to be mails.  Sequins is my new favorite embellishment!  They are very light so they don't add extra bulk.  They can come in every shape, size and color!  They are SHINY!!!!  I love sequins!!!  
Now the next question is: how am I going to store all these new pretties?  I went back to my tried and true binder storage.  These are actually found in the jewelry section of your big box crafting stores.  You can also find them on amazon too. They are called Craft Mates Lockables. I have also have a Brads binder and a button binder in the Craft Mates.   I like these containers because each individual section "locks" so you don't accidentally spill your pretties everywhere!  They also don't let the sequins mix with each other, so nothing slides out between sections.  

I ordered some of the bigger compartments for some of my sequins that I had more of.  These containers slide in and out of the binder so you can interchange them. 

Do you like sequins?  Do you use the Craft Mates Lockables?  Leave me a comment and let me know what you think of them!
Michelle!!!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Love the Olympics? Olympic inspired Bark Box!!

Are you watching the Olympics?  I've caught bits and pieces of the Olympics and all the news updates of big wins.  This month's Bark Box is PERFECT!!!  Olympic inspired!!! 

I'll show the treats first.  I liked the variety this month.  I am sure Levi and Otis will enjoy them, as always!


There was a card included, you put it on your dog's collar and take a picture for the Bark Box website.  Neither Levi or Otis were feeling like posing today!  LOL

The toys this month are absolutely the cutest!!!  I'm pretty sure I say this with all the boxes, but these are super cute!!!  I love the torch, and the wrester is a hoot!!!  The rope on the wrestler's legs side, so sometimes I find him with one short leg and one really long leg!  Otis likes to drag him around....I find him in odd places in my house. 







There was also I liver chew treat......and it's already gone....Levi says "it was yummy"....while licking his lips!!! 

I loved this box!  Super cute!  And best of all the dogs loved it too. We opt for the extra toy, that's why we get three toys.  If you are interested in getting the Bark Box:

Thanks for stopping by!
Michelle

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Tim Holtz Distressed Crayons, Gelatos, and Pan Pastels Comparision

I started playing with some color mediums.  I got the Tim Holtz crayons first.  Later to get the Gelatos and the Pan Pastels.  This post is a comparison of the three and my thoughts on them.
First of all:  ALL of them are good, for different aspects.  I compared them using the baby wipe technique and water for blending.  This is only ONE technique you can do with them. For all three mediums, I used water coloring paper- to make all things equal AND I since was using the baby wipe technique.  I picked three colors that were closest to each other for comparison.


These are the Pan Pastels.  They are a chalk based coloring medium.  They come in every color under the sun!!!  I found them easy to work with, but you do need an applicator.  I used eye shadow makeup applicators: I don't use them for my makeup, I use brushes, so I get tons of these that I normally just toss!
The lids twist off, they sit nicely on the table to work with.


These are Gelatos.  They are chapstick shaped but work like crayons.  Easy and smooth to use. A little goes a long way!


These are the Tim Holtz distressed crayons.  These are the easiest to hold and use since they are much like a marker.  


For the first part: I just colored on the watercolor paper with each medium.  This is the distressing crayons.  Out of the three, I thought the coverage on the water colored paper wasn't as good with the Tim Holtz Distressing crayons. 

Then I took damp baby wipe and blended in the colors.  They blended easily. I had to be careful not to blend the colors more than I wanted because it seemed like the medium stayed more on top of the paper.   The colors became more muted.  


For the last step, I misted the results with water.....it made the colors bolder again.  Interesting, not sure it's a better look, but interesting result.  Now this is done ready to use.  I don't need to seal this in any way.


I did the same thing with the Gelatos.  I thought this was a great intense color.  Very smooth.  


I used the baby wipe to blend.  There was a lot of medium down so I think I could even use less, leaving more areas white to blend and get a great result. Colors blended very easily into one another. I tried to keep the to much of the colors from blending into the yellow.  Just because I liked the yellow on this.  

This is a comparison of the Gelatos and the Tim Holtz crayons.  Sorry for the side picture, a couple of these switched on me and I didn't realize it till after the upload.  But you can see the results between the two here.  I think the Gelatos have a more intense color, and blended easier.  But if you are look for a more subtle look, maybe the Tim Holtz is more for you.  Once again, its hard to say one is better than another, they are just different.

This is the Gelatos misted with water, the water seems to make the color more intense again.  Just interesting....not sure that it makes a difference but thought it was neat while I was playing around.



I did the same thing with the pan pastels.  The colors are beautifully intense.  The most intense.  Additional step to apply because you need an applicator, but it's just an extra set....not really harder. 

This is blended with a baby wipe.  Out of all of them, I think the Pan Pastels kept their intense color the best.  (the least intense color after blending would be Tim Holtz Distressing Crayons, the middle of the road are the Gelatos).



This is a comparison of all three of them.  I like the results of the Pan Pastels best, nice blended but the colors didn't bleed into each other two much.  Once again, it depends on what YOU like.  












This was the Pan Pastels misted with water.  Very pretty again.  Now, here's another step with Pan Pastels, you have to seal them.  Some people use just plain old cheap hairspray, so that seems easy enough.  Just spray a light coverage over your project to seal it, let it dry all the way.  And your done.  Is that a deal breaker for me, no.  Once again, it is an easy step.  For this test: I think the Pan Pastels gave the best look.  I was looking for intense.  And they kept their nice rich color.  They were easy to work with.  


Hope this helps anyone wanting to compare the three mediums.
Leave me a comment and let me know which medium of the three you have tried or want to try.  What is your favorite technique to use with them?
Thanks for visiting!
Michelle
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