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Bunny Thank You

So it's been quite a while since I've updated my Blog with a new card project.  One of my goals for 2016 is to become more consistent with my Blog posts and hopefully start doing videos of projects.  I guess that's something that remains to be seen…lol


For the past year I've been wanting to use this cute Stamp Set from Stampin' Up with these cute "Cheerful Critters" holding signs.  Instead of creating an Easter card, why not a spring themed thank you card with along with a new Sale-A-Bration two step photopolymere stamp set from Stampin' Up as well.  Colors: Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Memento Black Ink & Gold Brialliance Pigment ink from Tsukeneko.  Whisper White & Melon Mambo card stock from Stampin' Up.  Gold cord from Marth Stewart Crafts.  Copic markers for coloring.  


  Too get that two shade teqnique from one stamp color…in this case Melon Mambo… you can use a technique called stamping off.  The out line of the flower is a direct from ink to paper.  The shaded part of the flower is inked then stamped on a different piece of paper and then stamped on the image layer.  Yielding a lighter version of the same color.  Great way to save on buying differnt shades of ink in the same color range.  The yellowish layer of the folor is a gold pigment ink that has a nice shine to it when refelcted in the light.  That would be the 3rd layer of the flower.  The window of the card was created using a window cutting tool from EK Success.  I picked it up at the Wilton Tent sale in Woodbridge, IL last spring.  Finally got around to using it for a card design and love the results.  Here's what that kit looks like.  Sorry it's not a link to a website.  

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Thanks so much for visitng and keep checking back for more updates!  Happy Easter Everyone!

Scott

Chanukah 2014


Silhouette Fun Treat Boxes

I just love my Silhouette cutter for so many reasons.  Being a Mac user, I really appreciate how the Studio Design Software is native to the Mac.  Plus, its free!!  You will see many projects here on my blog where I design sentiment cut-out's with Mac Fonts.  You can trace your own designs in the software and then cut them out.  You can even print out an image and have it cut around it.  This comes in really handy for reducing the need to perform "fussy cutting" around stamped images.  With my Christmas card from 2014, you will see how I used this technique when I finally get around to post it.  I do want to say that I'm also a huge fan of the Cricut as well.  My Silhouette cuts 8 1/2 x 11" and my Cricut Expresson 2 cuts 12 x 12".  I started with Cricut, cause I fell in love with their designs.  But I bought the Silhouette SD (same as the Portrait), due to the nature of being able to trace, weld fonts with out having to buy a cartridge.  

Here is a simple project that was created using the Silhouette and their design library.  Each design only costs .99 cents and you own them for life.  Several times a year, you can get 25-50% off designs from their extensive library.  I do design most of my own content with the Silhouette, cause it's so easy, but they do have a nice library of designs.  I can't take credit for this particular design, but I did re-size it to make different kind of pillow boxes.  Also added some faux diamonds and nickel plated buttons from Stampin 'Up to decorate them.  The best paper to cut on this particular machine is 65# card stock.  Recollections from Michaels works best.  This particular paper set I used is textured and perfect for Spring. 

Super Sticky strip (gel tape) is used to keep this box closed on 3 sides.  Keep one side available to open without adhesive.  Fruit snack packetts are the perfect fill for this 3D box favor.  Turned out super cute with the pop up flower design.  If you have a Silhouette, check out the design store for this really awesome box.  


Thanks for visiting my blog….Happy paper crafting!!

-Scott

Pokadots & More

Nov 7th, 2014


One of the members from our card club cirlce works part time at Polkadots & More out in Mukwanago, WI.  It's about 50 min from Milwaukee.  It's a bit of a drive, but then again, there aren't very many scrapbook and cards making supply stores around anymore.  Check out their Blog!  

Every now and then they host a craft and scrabook night.  You can have access to all their tools, ink pads, stamps, cutting machines and even some emblishments just for $10 and they provide Pizza to keep us from starving.  It's really a great deal.  I met some really nice ladies that night that were working on some fabulous holiday cards.

I used this time and space to start a design for a Thanksgviving card.  I even brought my Graze Snack Box, incase I got the munchies.  

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Needless to say, I was so overwhelmed by their selection of tools, that I was having a creative design melt down.  It happends quite frequently, doesn't it?  LOL  I was also trying to use this time to come up with some Holiday cards too.  Anyway, here is what I came up with for Thanksgiving.

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I had recently bought a series of Stamps from Stampin' Up and really like this "thanks" stamp.  I don't know what I would do with out my kraft card stock and Cherry Cobbler color coridates from SU.  They are a staple for me.  This stamp image was used with Cherry Cobbler Embossing Powder.  Decorative twine was from Spritz (on clearance at Target), mini eyelets, scallop edge punch and some designer paper that went well with this design.  Simple but to the point.  When ever I create cards I design to send out to several people, I make sure it's 'design' worthy.  Really helps to keep it simple when producing more than 3 cards.  

It never fails that I can't position card fronts properly after sticking it down with pop dots.  You can see the creases by the eyelets, this was from having to remove a placed card front and pulling it off to reposition.  Seriously drives me bonkers.  I've learned that positioning paralell objects, do it on an angle or upside down.  Something to do with the perspective of the edges of the cards versus seeing the card design face front.  Who knows.  It's the bain of my existence when assembling cards.  I may just need to use a t-square ruler for positioning.  LOL….

Thanks to everyone at Pokadots & More.  We had a really great time.  Look forward to comeing out again soon!

Scott

Diversity of LOVE

October 11th, 2014


In celebration of diversity today, I really wanted to bring in it home with the new Stampin 'Up stamps I just received yesterday.  The set is called Seasonally Scattered.  Features 3 sayings for different occasions.  Merry, Thanks and Love (which is the one I used for this project.  Silver embossing powder for the stamp and using a distress method of applying stamp pad color directly over the embossed area and blend it through (I used a cotton cloth, but sponge daubers work great too).  3M super sticky tape to mask part of the image off to get clean edges on the Whisper White card stock.  The edges are hidden by the Crumb Cake Chevron ribbon both top and bottom of the card front.  Ink colors for the rainbow effect are: Real Rose, Daffodil Delight, Gumball Green, Marina Mist and Lavender Lace.  Crumb Cake card stock for the base.  It's a lot of blending fun!!  Next time I might consider using a darker emboss powder, but silver does look nice for this effect.  Adds depth to the flatter colors.  Happy Stamping!  Thanks for visiting.  

Celebrate who you are, Love who you are,

Scott 

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Fall Flowers

October 10th, 2014


Happy Fall!!  Here is a simple card design utilizing Posy Punch stamp set from Stampin 'Up and Crushed Curry card stock.  This was a card I created for my card club share group for October.  I was inpsired by a dry flower arrangement that had a modern designed appeal.  Some of my favorite colors are ones you can find in nature during the fall season.  Stampin 'Up colors included are: Cherry Cobler, Crushed Curry, Crumbcake and Old Olive.  This card design can feature any kind of sentement stamp.  I choose "Thinking of You".  The embossing powder for the featured flower is "Butter Scotch" from Adirondack.  Enjoy and let me know what you think!

Thank you,

Scott

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L'Shana Tova! It's Rosh Hashanah!


Sept 26th, 2014

HI all,

If you are unfamiliar, Rosha Hashanah is the Jewish new year.  Also the start of high holiday season for the next 3 weeks.  As a card maker, I enjoy making cards for all holidays.  Bringing the new year in for health and peace, you traditionally dip an apple into honey.  This represents a Sweet New Year to come!  I didn't have any stamps to use for this holiday, so I relied on my Mac Book Pro and Silhouette Studio software along with my Silhouette to create a template for the base of the design.


I used a Hebrew font on the Mac which I traced in the Silhouette Studio software.  Later I added the date 5775 (which represents the year of the Jewish calendar).  

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Using the template I cut out on the Silhouette cutter, I sponged in colors for the theme of this card.  I used Stampin' Up classic ink in Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Cherry Cobber & Pacific Point.  It creates a unique tie die like effect on the card stock.  Something different than stamping.

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The completed card is mounted to Stampin' Up Crumb Cake card stock.  The tag has a Happy New Year stamp with SU's Cherry Cobbler classic ink.  As well as twine that wraps around the card and holds the tag in place.  The apples are an old Stampin' Up set and the Honey Comb is from a My Minds Eye polymere set.

It came together better than I thought.  

Thanks for coming by to see what I've been creating.  Sewing projects are coming soon!

-Scott :)


Embossing Paste Technique By Jennifer McGuire


July, 21st, 2014

HI all,

I've been struggling with my creative inspiration lately, so the best thing is to check out new techniques on Pinterest and Design Blogs.  I'm a huge fan of Jennifer McGuire  & Kristina Werner.  Take some time and check out their Blogs.  This particular technique was using a new medium called embossing paste.  I was curious and stayed to watch Jennifer's video.  I'm really anxious to try this technique as soon as I can find a place to buy the medium.  In the video, she mentioned it works much better than modling paste.  She also colored the paste with ink from an ink pad.  So awesome.

Enjoy and happy card making!!

Scott

A Fond farewell to Two Peas in a Bucket

I was emailed yesterday that Two Peas in a Bucket will be closing it's on-line craft and scrapbook website and store.  Such sad news from a business that has so much heart in how it came together.  15 years of being local to Wisconsin offering great ideas, sourcing from talatned designers and selling exclusive designer content.  The story on how they became into being is so touching.   


It was always a treat for me to budget $30 once every two months just to shop on their site for card making supplies and designer paper.  Even more fun when it arrived at my door step.


They will sure be missed.  Right now, they are running a store wide sale from with discounts up to 70%!!  Crafter friends, please support them in their final hours and get a deal.  They take such care in wraping up your purchased goodies when you open the box. 


Thanks for reading and be well! 

-Scott

06/26/2014


www.twopeasinabucket.com






RW&B Hello Card

Well, after unsucessfully finding a simple "Thank You" stamp image for Memorial Day, I decided to try a new stamping technique with Inkadinkado's Stamping Gear*.  I call it the re-invented spiralgraph for rubber/polymere stamping.  If you have never seen these products, you can find them at most craft stores.  Check it out!  When I start doing techinque videos, I will make sure to feature this tool. 


May, July & September are patriotic months in the United States, so the Red White and Blue (RW&B) theme seems fitting for summer.  In lieu of a memorial day card why not a "Hello" card.  Say hi to a friend, neighbor or someone you work with and want to tell them that they're awesome.  You can never have too many of those moments when life seems so short.  


This card is made with the Stampin Gear Intro Kit* from Inkadinkado.  Also, Stampin' Up's Four You* stamp set.  The "Hello" is embosed with white emboss powder on Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Up cardstock, punched with a 2.5" EK Success circle punch*.  I can never seem to get enough of Cherry Clobbler anything.  it's my absolute favorite shade from them.  The spriral graph stamping technique was alternated wtih Cherry Cobbler & Marina Mist stamp pads, both from Stampin' Up.  I aslo love wide eye lets….they just add a certain something to an empty space.  Plus, it's easy to tie a ribbon or cording through for extra texture.  The best way to attach eyelets is using a tool called a Crop-A-Dile*.  Must have for every card crafter, if you like adding metal accents.  Lastly, the croched yarn is in Cherry Cobbler as well. 


What I liked about this card was it's simplicity.  Stamped ink on a single layer of white card stock with only one simple raised circle to add texture.  I'm a designer at heart, when it's stated simple, it has a bigger impact from the receiving end.  Enjoy & Happy June!!!

Scott

06/05/2014

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