Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Die-Namites September Challenge

Hello Crafty Friends!
Today is the last day of the Photo Inspiration Challenge!! And I've got one more inspirational card for ya!!

For this card I used Die-Namites' Hello Daisy die. 

Hello Daisy

I love the bright Yellows in the inspiration photo... it just jumped out at me! So I used that as my starting point and thought that these daisies were just perfect to do the job!

I cut three layers of flowers from white card stock. I kept one layer completely intact and glued it to a piece of card stock so the little pieces wouldn't fall out. Then I airbrushed that layer with yellow, orange, green, and brown markers .

The second layer I airbrushed light green, then dark green around the edges and punched out and discarded the veins of the leaves. Then I glued that layer down over the first layer. For my last layer I cut off only the blooms. and airbrushed the centers of the two biggest flowers with yellow. Then glued those over their matching flowers.

I adhered my flowers to craft cardstock using an embossing folder that mimicked the inspirational layout. And highlighted the raised areas with a white opaque marker for a bit of pop. I matted it with plain yellow cardstock , then adhered it to a plain white card base.

Finally, I topped my flowers off with a triple loop bow and hot glued a button into place.

I hope you enjoyed today's inspirational card! And, don't forget, today is the very last day you can enter the challenge!! Make sure to link to the ORIGINAL challenge post HERE.

I hope you join us in on the fun!!

Until next time...

Happy Crafting!!

~ Mitsy

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Hello Sunshine Card & Die-Namites Challenge

Hey Crafty Friends... Today is my first official post as a new member of the Die-Namites Design Team!! Woohoo!! I'm am so excited to get to work with such a talented group of ladies. Today I am sharing my project for September's Photo Inspiration Challenge.

Come on and join in on the fun! Use any die or group of dies from Die~Namites and let it be the STAR of your design. You can use these combined with colors, shapes, patrons, pattern papers, stamps, paints, stencils, etc. The sky's the limit!

Here's September inspirational photo...

Isn't it just gorgeous??

This monthly challenge will run until September 29, 2015 (8:55pm Eastern Time) and there will be a SPOTLIGHT feature of our Top 3 Favorites on October 15. Any style and all levels are welcome! Among the Top 3 favorites, there will be a random draw for a lucky and talented winner who will then receive the top prize. In order to qualify for the top prize, your project has to be NEW, that means not linked back to a previously made project. You are welcome to combine other challenges, but please limit your total number of challenges to no more than 5. 

The randomly selected winner will be awarded a $25 gift voucher to the Die-Namites online store! How AWESOME is that?!! 

Make sure to link up your projects onto the original CHALLENGE post 

 I love all the details in the photo... all the flowers, the arrangement, and all the gorgeous colors. I tried to incorporate all those elements into my card.

I shaded my flowers and leaves by airbrushing them with Sharpie markers. For the White flowers I cut the blooms separately from the flowers, using the Flowers and Leaves die, and layered them onto another flower, then adhered it to a coordinating color patterned cardstock so the would be solid flowers and leaves. I did the same with my purple flower cut from Flower Vase die, this time snipping off just the flower and stem and discarding the vase. 

To finish off my card, I added leaves I cut form Die-Namites' Small Ivy die and arranged them behind all my flowers and added paper stamens, Prima Flowers, rhinestones, and glitter enamel dots.

Card base and band were embossed with folders by Anna Griffin . Scalloped oval and oval punches by Marvy Uchida. and Stamped Sentiment by Virginia Turtle.

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Die-Namites Dies Used

Other Supplies Used
eBrush (Craftwell)
Hello Sunshine (Virginia Turtle)
Sharpie Markers - Orange, Yellow, Lime Green, Moss Green
Scalloped Oval Punch (Marvy Uchida)
Oval Punch (Marvy Uchida)
Embossing Folders (Anna Griffin)
Paper Stamens (Wilton)
Flower Rhinestones
Glittered Enamel Dots- Royalty  (Virginia Turtle)
Paper Flower (Prima Marketing)
3D Dots (EK Success)

I hope you enjoyed this inspirational project and are encouraged to join in with us on our challenge!!

Until next time...

~ Mitsy

Monday, September 21, 2015

Wedding Bliss Gift Tag

Hey there crafty friends!! I'm back again this week with more Teresa Collins papers!!
Today I have a gift tag to share with you. A friend of mine is getting married and her wedding is just around the corner. I don't know about you but I don't buy my greeting cards or gift tags. I prefer to make them. It makes the gift that much more special.

Supplies Used
Cut'n'boss (Craftwell)
Teresa Collins Pocket Dies by Craftwell- Doily & Heart Card (Lover's Lane), Numbers (Memory Collection), Scalloped Oval Frame (Thankful), Ring & Flower (Girl's Best Friend)
Teresa Collins Papers- Collectors Edition (Geometric), Project Pink (Cards) & (Gold)
Xyron Mega Runner 
Embroidery Thread & Needle
Hot Glue & Glue Stick
Paper Flowers

I started with 4 3/4" x 6 3/4" piece of chipboard. I cut one of the corners at a diagonal and used the triangular cut out as a template to cut the other side. This ensures that both side are cut at the same angle and are even. 

Then with a crafter's knife, I cut my "Geometric" paper to the exact shape and size of my chipboard tag. 

Next, I cut a couple card panels from Teresa Collins' Project Pink Cards paper. Then I used my heart card TC die to cut out the wood grain card to give a cute little heart window.

I love the gold on Teresa Collins' papers... it's not overwhelming like how some metallic or foiled papers can be. I cut my doily, numbers, and rings from the gold corner of the "Gold" paper. And for my scalloped frame I used more of that grayish-green color of the "Geometric" paper, cutting the center in just plain white cardstock.

Then I ran all my papers through my Xyron Creative Station. Love this extra large 9" platform... means everything goes through at the same time!

And... I love this part... now, just peel and stick!!

Did you know Craftwell's dies can cut through multiple layers of tulle... I cut this whole stack all together!! Talk about impressive!!

With a needle, embroidery thread, and a button, I secured my flowers together. Then I fluffed my layers to make my flower fuller. Next, I hot glued stems of paper flowers and my tulle flower to the front of my tag.

Finally, I punched a hole at the top of my tag and tied a jumbo bow on top using more white tulle.

And here is my finished tag...

From this picture you can really see a big difference that fluffing the tulle makes. 

I hope the happy couple loves the decoration on the gift as much as the actual gift itself!!
I know I do!! LOL

And I hope you enjoyed today's project! 
Until next time...

~ Mitsy

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Little Tubs of Love

Hey there crafty Friends! I got a super cute project for you today...I'm here with Xyron with a partnership between Craftwell to bring you these adorable "Tubs of Love" I've upscaled to look like little frilly canisters.

This is a great way to dress up these little snacks to match any themed party and give out as party favors, or to give to awesome friends or coworkers. Got school age children? Well, sneak one of these, 'Tubs of Love", in their lunchbox and they'll be all smiles for the rest of the day!

Supplies Used
Teresa Collins Pocket Dies by Craftwell
Doily (Lover's Lane), Scalloped Label (Thankful), Love (Memory Collection)
Cherry Limeade Stack (DCWV)
White Cardstock (Bazzill Basics) 
Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks (Ad-Tech)
Fuchsia Stitched Ribbon (Paper Mart)
Spring Green Buttons (Buttons Galore and More)
2Way Glue pen (EK Success)
Martha Stewart Paper Trimmer
Nutella & Go 

To make the top lid for my canister I started off by cutting my doily From the Teresa Collins Lover's Lane Die set from pink and white polkadotted glittered paper from my Cherry Limeade Stack.

To cut wafer thin dies in the Cut'n'boss I used the following sandwich:

From Bottom to Top
D Plate
B Plate
A Plate
A Plate

Then I simply cut my doily in half. This doily is about 5" wide, so I cut it at around 2 1/2".

While I had my trimmer handy, I cut front panels for my canister. Each front measures 4" x 2 5/8". I used a beautiful foiled sheet from the same Cherry Limeade Stack.

Next I cut my labels. I used my scalloped oval label die from the Teresa Collins Thankful set. I cut a total of 3 sets for each canister. And because this machine is a workhorse I can cut multiple layers at a time so I just stacked my material and passed it through. To ensure that it cuts through all the way I make sure to run it through a couple times.

Then I ran through all my cut pieces through my Xyron Creative Station. Love the 9" wide adhesive and platform... I can crank through multiple pieces all at the same time!! And turn my plain paper cut outs into instant stickers! Then I just peel and stick!! This is such a great time saver!!

There's no need to remove any of the labeling off the container...I attached all my pieces right over the existing ones. 

I attached the half doily by lining up the flat end of the cup with the cut edge of the doily. Then I gently the end of the curved the scalloped edge over cup.

The I peeled and adhered the rest of my panels. When attaching chipboard to curved surfaces... it helps to bow/flex your piece and train it to curve. Do not fold, it will give your chipboard an unsightly crease that looks pronounced even if covered with paper.                       

Next I used this pretty Love Script from the Teresa Collins Memory Collection and cut it from lime green and white polkadot paper, again from the Cherry Limeade Stack. Then I simply used my glue pen to attached to the label.

As a final touch, I hot glued a basic bow made from stitch grosgrain ribbon and lime onto the top of my doily. I also attached a lime green button to the bow's center by hot gluing it into place.

Here is my finished canisters...

How flipping cute are these??!!

OMG... there are almost too pretty to eat! 
I said Almost!
Let's face it, it's chocolate, and there is no way chocolate is gonna be left uneaten!! LOL

I hope you enjoyed today's project!!

Until next time...

Monday, September 14, 2015

Teresa Collins See-thru Card

Hi Crafty Friends!! I get to kick off this week with this awesome card made with lovely Teresa Collins Papers!! That's because Teresa Collins is this month's sponsor for Craftwell!! Woohoo... how awesome is that?? 

And when I saw these new clear sheet of Teresa Collins I knew I had to make a see-thru card... A shaker see-thru card!!

Supplies Used
Cut'n'Boss (Craftwell)
Teresa Collins Pocket Dies, Leaves (Thankful Set), Happy Frame (Lifestyle Set), Butterfly ( Memory Collection)
eBrush (Craftwell) w/ SN adapter
Spectrum Noir Markers- IB1 and GT1
Acetate (Grafix)
Black Foam Sheet
Diamond Glaze
PITT Artist Pen B (Faber-Castell)
Gesso (Liquitex)
Paper Trimmer

I started my shaker card by cutting my Happy frame from my flower paper, black foam sheet, and gold from the TC Project Pink Gold paper. The gold is awesome not overly shiny but still a lot of bling!

Next, I ran my pieces all through my Xyron Creative Station to give them all instant adhesive.

I wanted a coordinating panel for the inside of my card and I also wanted it sized appropriately... so I used my die that I used to cut my frame, trace around it with the same Teresa Collins Flower Paper, and cut it out with my scissors. I adhered it to an A2 sized card base I made using Teresa Collins' Clear Paper in Gold Arrows.

I also used more TC Collector's Edition Flowers Paper to cut out my butterfly. I used a my PITT Artist Pen to draw the outlines and wing details. Then finished it off by applying gesso with a toothpick for the white spots.

For the shaker... I added the the flower paper to plain white card stock as a backer before running it through my Xyron Sticker maker... making it one solid piece. Next, I adhered the foam to the out line of the framed area of the flower paper. Then I sprinkled some sequins into my  framed area. I used diamond glaze over the foam and topped it off with my window made from my golden frame adhered to acetate.

 I chose to do it this way because the framed area is used as guide to where to glue my foam frame for proper alignment... once I put the top layer on it will all line up with the foam and I don't have to worry about my foam being crooked.

I wanted my butterfly to look like it was in a tree or resting on a branch so I cut out 5 stems of leaves out of black card stock and adhered them to the outside of my frame using my glue pen.

I didn't want the shaker to look like it was just "floating" so I  used a couple Teresa Collins border stickers to accent the front of my card and anchor my shaker frame.

Then I I curled the wings of my butterfly to give it a bit of dimension and only applied adhesive to the body of the butterfly and attached it on top the leaves and let dry.

And here is my finished card...

These Teresa Collins papers make this card look ultra chic. Pictures don't do this justice!! 

I hope you enjoyed my project for today!!

Until next time...
Happy Crafting Friends!!

~ Mitsy