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Stitching Together an Aloha

Last year, before we had the In the Tropics dies, I was wishing for a word die that said “aloha”. The only word dies we had at the time was the Well Written dies. So, I thought it would be cool to see if I could slice and dice a few words to make the word “aloha” that I could use. It was a success! But, I never did make a card…

Fast forward a year, and I ordered a whole bunch of other things from the current mini catalog, but not the In the Tropics dies. I did get the matching paper… I was waiting for just the right card to use my “aloha”, and finally made one! What’s interesting is that all of the other pieces were scraps / leftovers from other projects… don’t you like how that works?

Stamp: none

Ink: none

Paper: Whisper White thick, Pumpkin Pie, Mango Melody, Tropical Oasis DSP, Fluid 100 watercolor paper

Accessories: Well Written dies, Layering circles dies, Subtle 3D embossing folder, Coastal Weave 3D embossing folder

I used Fluid 100 watercolor paper to create my word, but it wasn’t necessary. I was intending to color it, but in the end decided to leave it the natural color.

So, here’s how it worked. I chose three different words that gave me the letters I needed. I tried to find words that had at least two letters together.

I used “ab” from “baby”, “o” from “you”, and “ha” from “happy”. I trimmed the second “b” in “baby” to make it look like an “l”. I originally used “lo” from “love”, but didnt’ like how the “l” dipped down below the base line. I tried to leave as much of the connectors of the letters, to help keep everything stuck together.

From there it was just a matter of lining up the letters to make it look like they were supposed to flow together. I did back the paper with adhesive sheets (Die Cut and Bond?) to make it easier.

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One Last Project for Saleabration

Here’s one last project for Sale-a-bration, which ends today! (Also ending today is the coordination products.) I used another sentiment from the Rise and Shine stamp set, as well as some of the paper from the second release of products.

Stamp: Rise and Shine (SAB)

Ink: VersaMark

Paper: Flowering Foils specialty DSP (SAB), Flirty Flamingo, Petal Pink, Floral Grid paper, graph paper, printer paper

Accessories: Linen thread, Label Me Lovely punch, Copper embossing powder, beeswax

I really like the sentiment I used. I thought it works great on a notebook! Provides inspiration as you pull it out of your purse/pocket during the day.

One notebook uses graph paper that I bought online.

The other uses printer paper.

At the front of each book I added a piece cut from the Floral Grid paper, just for more decoration. The book measures 4 x 6. I have made 4-1/4 x 6-1/4 books before, since that’s the size I got from online. However, shouldn’t we be frugal and get more for our paper? 🙂

The notebook is bound using linen thread that has been run on a beeswax block. You can see the stitching here.

These two books took about 30 minutes to make for both. Why not try out making one of your own?

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Quick Card with Pocket

I wanted to share a project with the Rise and Shine stamp set, which is part of Sale-a-bration, while it is still Sale-a-bration. There is a two-part sentiment that I thought would be great to share with someone during these crazy times. I decided to make a card that was also a treat holder (or gift card holder). Since the two-part sentiment was “configurable” in that you can choose to end the sentiment with “coffee” or “tea”, I made both versions.

Stamp: Rise and Shine (SAB)

Ink: Poppy Parade, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight

Paper: Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Peaceful Poppies DSP, Lily Impressions DSP (SAB)

Accessories: Stiched So Sweetly dies, Stitched Rectangles dies, Cup of Cheer dies (coming back in June)

And then you open up the card

(coffee version)

(tea version)

The two-tone cup idea came from Starbucks signage. For best results, use a Stamparatus and stamp one ink at a time. Basically, partially ink in one color, use a sponge to soften the edge of the ink line, then stamp. Repeat for the other color. I found that trying to do both colors in one pass got a little bit spotty, since ink will pool on photopolymer if you don’t move quickly.

Here is the back side to write something nice.

If you would like to build it yourself:

Card base is 4-1/4 x 8, scored at 5-1/2. Fold on the score line and add Tear and Tape to the sides of the flap.

Before sealing the pocket closed, add DSP:

  • top = 3-1/4 x 4
  • bottom = 2-1/4 x 4

The top flap uses the largest scallop rectangle from the Stitched So Sweetly dies. Layered on top is DSP measuring 2-1/2 x 3-1/2. The sentiment is stamped on the second smallest skinny rectangle from the Stitched Rectangles dies.

The scalloped rectangle is scored after the second scallop on one end. Add Tear and Tape to the back and use this flap to adhere the scalloped rectangle to the card.

The back uses a piece of Whisper White at 4 x 5-1/4, decorated with a strip of DSP that is 3/4″ wide.

The scalloped rectangle is just large enough to hide almost anything you include in the pocket. Even a gift card would fit.

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Stay-at-home Saturday

Are you in an area where you have been asked to “stay home, stay healthy”? Or, are you staying home more just to be safe? In any case, are you wondering what to do?

Although I haven’t had to stay home from work (problem with working in an “essential” industry), today is a day off for me, too! What I often like to do is find a card design that I like, and create a whole bunch of them in variation. That way, you have a general design you are working towards (makes design easy), but end up with cards that are a little bit different, be it for different people or different occasions.

Today, I thought I’d share some variations on the card I posted yesterday. I loved the embossing of the Tags in Bloom frame and the layout. I came up with a few different color combos and got to it. I had to write them all down so I could keep everything straight as I prepped, haha! As much as possible, I like to emboss all at once, cut all at once, stamp all at once, etc. Then, when everything is set, I can assemble.

For all of the cards, the card bases are standard A2, either side fold or top fold works. The main stamped layer is 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″. The mat is 3-3/4″ x 5″. I used an Aqua Painter to add color, picking up ink with an acrylic block from my ink pads.

Card 1:

Card base: Purple Posy

Mat: Granny Apple Green

Embossing: White shimmer

Watercolor: Highland Heather, Granny Apple Green

Tag: Ombre sponging with Highland Heather, Frame in Highland Heather, Sentiment in Gorgeous Grape

Ribbon: White crinkled seam binding

The white shimmer embossing powder looks do dreamy! I can’t wait to make a background with this!

Card 2:

Card base: Petal Pink

Mat: Pear Pizzazz

Embossing: Copper

Watercolor: Calypso Coral, Old Olive

Tag: Ombre sponging with Petal Pink, Frame in Petal Pink, Sentiment in Calypso Coral

Ribbon: Petal pink metallic-edge ribbon

Card 3:

Card base: Lovely Lipstick

Mat: Basic Black

Embossing: Black shimmer

Watercolor: Lovely Lipstick, Call Me Clover

Tag: Frame and Sentiment in Lovely Lipstick on Blushing Bride cardstock, sponge on the edges with Lovely Lipstick

Ribbon: Basic Black glittered organdy ribbon, Country Club twine combo pack, Rhinestone basic jewels

Card 4:

Card base: Crumb Cake

Mat: Garden Green

Embossing: Gold

Watercolor: Poppy Parade, Garden Green

Tag: Frame and Sentiment in Poppy Parade on Petal Pink, sponged on edges with Petal Pink

Ribbon: Whisper White baker’s twine

Card 5:

Card base: Coastal Cabana

Mat: Gray Granite

Embossing: none (stamped in Gray Granite)

Watercolor: Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Soft Suede

Tag: Ombre sponging with Pool Party, Frame in Pool Party, Sentiment in Bermuda Bay

Ribbon: Daffodil Delight ruched ribbon

Card 6:

Card base: Whisper White

Mat: none

Embossing: none (stamped in Gray Granite)

Watercolor: Real Red, Granny Apple Green

Tag: Watercolor wash in Pool Party, Sentiment in Gray Granite

Ribbon: none

For this last card, I did a single layer card to show that a card can still look nice without all of the layers. Although, I do like the cards with the layers better. 🙂

Have I inspired you today? Once you make your cards, be sure to put them in the mail to brighten up someone’s day. We all need it! (Hopefully mine go in the mail in a few days.)





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Tags in Bloom on Vellum

Public Service Announcement! – Sale-a-bration ends in less than a week! To see all of the items available with $50 or $100 purchase, check out this section in the online store. Plus, new annual catalogs items were added as items you can select. If you want these items, you must use the Sale-a-bration redemption item number, not the regular catalog item number.

Did I mention I am really glad I got the Tags in Bloom Sale-a-bration stamp set? I was wondering what it would look like when heat-embossed on vellum. I grabbed a few different colors of embossing powder and a bunch of vellum pieces. I wasn’t disappointed. I was even amazed at how well the new Black shimmer embossing powder looked, because I wasn’t convinced I needed it when it first came out last year.

My favorite is usually gold embossing, so I started with that one. I stumbled upon a blog post somewhere (for another crafting company) that mentioned that colored pencils work really nicely on vellum. Since we don’t have those, I dug out my Watercolor pencils. I totally loved how it came out!

Stamp: Tags in Bloom (SAB)

Ink: VersaMark, Calypso Coral

Paper: Whisper White thick and regular, Pear Pizzazz, Vellum

Accessories: Gold embossing powder, Watercolor pencils, Petal Pink striped organdy ribbon, Magnolia Lane ribbon combo pack, Metallic pearls, Label Me Lovely punch

See, didn’t that come out so nicely? I backed the vellum with the same size of Whisper White. I added bits of SNAIL in the opening of the frame and in the corners. The ribbon helps to hide some of it, but the bits on the bottom corners are not terribly obvious.

I definitely recommend coloring on the BACK of the vellum. I tried coloring it on front of the black shimmer embossed piece and ended up scraping off some of the embossing. I guess I was pressing too hard with the watercolor pencil, oops. The color is a bit softer when you color on the back, but you don’t lose that much vibrancy. So, be safe and color on the back. 🙂

Here’s a closeup of the flower so you can see the coloring I did.

I even tried coloring (on the back) with Blends. I think the watercolor pencils look better. The solvent in the Blends makes the color spread out too much, making it hard to build up color.

The ribbon treatment is a bit of a departure from what I normally do, but I love how it came out! Here is a closeup of the linen thread bow on the ribbon. I did have to encourage the ribbon to curl to the back, since I liked that look better.

I got this idea from a card on Stesha Bloodhart’s blog. She tied a bow around a loop of the same ribbon, with a pearl on top. Isn’t it a cool look? That’s a gold pearl, in case you wanted to know.