February 1, 2015

Working with WashiTape & New Video!

I have to fess up to you, I haven't used Washi Tape in abundance since Stampin' Up! started selling it. Only because I always have so many new things to show you. It is easy to work with and today I am showing you three options for my card. I also created a YouTube Video to help you out:

The three different ways I used the Washi Tape today is:
  1. As little flags for my banner
  2. A punched flower
  3. And for my background

If you would like to learn all three of these "Working With Washi" tips, you can view my video here:

And here is the direct link to YouTube: YOUTUBE

Did you notice my Washi Holder at the top of my post? My hubby has been so busy making these as we sell two types. Here is his page on my blog that you can view:
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January 31, 2015

Create with Connie & Mary Spring Collection Blog Hop Week #2!

Week #2 at Create with Connie & Mary's Spring Collection has just flown by, wow! If you missed it, you can still join in. Our team has "Blog Hop" #2 in store for you today You may have arrived here from the talented Nicole Turgol at Be Creative With Nicole. If not and you are starting here with me, either way, I will direct you to the next stop!
So for my subscription project this week, I used the "Wood You Be Mine" stamp set and that's what I am using today. I created a coordinating card & tag set:

Another great product that I love from the Occasions Catalog is the "Adventure Bound Designer Paper". That's what I used in the background of the card that is so "handsome" and for the bottom of the tag. Here's a few close-up photo's of the card:

I have a double-layer of hearts using the Hearts Collection Framelit Dies and I added the stamped "stump" to the center that I colored with Blendabilities Markers:

Did I tell you I love the designer paper? Yes I think I already did! Doesn't the boarded wall with knots in it look real?

And this is a quick and simple coordinating tag but it's so adorable with the mustache in the center, isn't it?

I hope you liked my 2 projects that were masculine in nature and if you haven't subscribed yet, you are missing out on some fabulous projects from myself and my teammates. Next in line for the blog hop is another one of my talented teammates, Deb Currier and you can find her by clicking here, on her blog at Art Felt Impressions. Make sure you complete the whole hop as I promise you'll come back with lots of inspiration and ideas!


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January 30, 2015

Valentine's Solo Cup!

Hi Stampers! It's Friday and I have a new 3D project for you. I dug out a red solo cup and thought I would decorate one for Valentine's Day. Can you tell there's a red solo cup under all those layers?

It really didn't take me long to cover the cup with the beautiful "Something Borrowed Designer Paper" and then add a "Tea Lace Doily" to the front:

I also added "White Jute Ribbon" to the handle and "Gold Sequin Trim" to the brim of the cup:

Would you like to make one of these? Well you are in luck because I have step-by-step instructions for you:

Step 1: Using a solo cup, draw a vertical line with a Permanent marker like I have done above.

Step 2: Using an Exacto Knife, slice the bottom of the cup completely off by going around it with the knife. (Be careful)

Step 3: Using your scissors, cut the cup on the line you made in Step 1.

Step 4: Trace the cup on a piece of white cardstock to create a pattern. Add an extended tab on one end. I have a close-up below:

Step 5: Hand-cut the pattern and place around the cup to make sure it will fit. If it's too long on the bottom, don't worry as we will trim later.
Step 6: Place the pattern on your designer paper and cut with your Paper Snips.

Step 7: Add Sticky Strip to the wrong side of your paper and glue in place around your cup.

Step 8: Using your Paper Snips, trim off excess on the bottom if needed.

Step 9: Add Stick Strip under the brim of the cup.

Step 10: Using the Gold Sequin Trim, press in place over the Sticky Strip and cut off at the end.

Step 11: Glue a Tea Lace Doily to the front of the cup. Cut a circle using Rich Razzleberry Cardstock with the 2-1/2" Circle Punch.  Stamp the image from the "Hey, Valentine" stamp set and hand cut. Cut the image in half. Color with Blendabilities Markers and glue in place on your circle. Cut a strip of the Gold Sequin Trim, fold in half and staple to your circle. Glue to the center of the doily.

Step 11: Handle:
Cut a piece of Rich Razzleberry Cardstock 2" x 11". Add Sticky Strip to the cardstock and glue a piece of White Jute Ribbon in place:

Step 12: Using a stapler, staple the handle to the inside of the cup on each side:

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January 29, 2015

Shop through my Etsy Shop!

I haven't used Etsy in a while and thought I would load some cards that I have on hand. You can visit my shop by clicking here:

Debbie's Designs Etsy Shop

Here's just a few of my listing and I ship same day as purchase date:

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What does Thursday bring for you today? It brings a new challenge at Create with Connie & Mary. I used a few new products from the Occasions Catalog and I mixed in a few from the Annual Catalog for today's card. Here are the three colors for our color challenge this week:
I loved that our new "Lace Trim" is in the Sahara Sand Color and so is the "Something Borrowed Designer Paper":

I then mixed in the "Blended Bloom" and "Flamingo Lingo" stamp sets. I stamped the flower using the Basic Gray Ink and grabbed the ink from the image using a Blender Pen and colored. I added the "Something Borrowed Embellishment" in the center of my flower.

I double-up the lace layers and used Sticky Strip to glue it in place. I love the way this card turned out. It would not have been a color combo I would have come up with on my own!
Make sure you hop on over to Create with Connie & Mary. My teammates have great project to show you and you can still sign up for our Spring Collection while visiting!
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January 28, 2015

Baby Bumblebee!

Have you seen this little cutie patootie from the Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog. Now how cute is that? It's also a solo stamp set....all by itself!

You may even see it pop up in our Spring Collection at Create with Connie & Mary! And you can still sign up to see what we've come up with as we are in Week 2 of our subscription! I've gone back to designing full time now that Dave and I sold our business so he could retire!

  And now on to my card for today using the "Baby Bumblebee" stamp:

I used the Circle Card Thinlits Die to cut out the card shape. I actually extended the tab on the end that you'll see in the photo below this one. This is what the card looks like when standing:

And in the process of being opened with a cute surprise waiting inside:

And now for the surprise...the extended tab on the end has a pocket for a bookmark! What a great way to present a card to someone have a baby by including a bookmark to use for their first baby book:

The bookmark fits into the pocket and slides out:

I added stamped hearts on the bookmark without any wording or sentiments. And here is the card in the closed position again:

I started with a Crisp Cantaloupe Cardstock piece measuring 5-1/2" x 10-3/4" and this is how I positioned my cardstock in the die to be cut with the Big Shot Machine (sorry about the fluorescent lighting in my Big Shot area):
The die is sitting upside-down (cutting edge up) and I slid the cardstock under the metal cutting side on the right. Make sure everything is perfectly lined-up on the inside of the die. Once you cut the card shape, you will see an indentation that is slightly visible that the die made where the cardstock sat under the die. Use that indentation as a guide to create a score line. If you can't see the indentation, measure 5" from the edge that has not been cut by the die and score. You will also need a 2nd score line 2-1/2" from the same edge.

Using the 2-1/2" score line you will now be creating a pocket for your bookmark. Cut on the score line 3-1/2" from the top down (this will leave a 2" piece on the bottom). Turn your cardstock and cut across to meet the cut and remove that section. Add a very thin line of multipurpose glue on the bottom edge and the side edge, fold the little tab that you created over and press in place. NOTE: If you want to add a piece of designer paper like I did, glue that in place before you glue the tab in place for the pocket. 

Here are the other layers I used on my card:
  • Inside layer: Whisper White 5-1/4" x 2-1/2" 
  • Designer Paper for pocket: 5-1/4" x 2-1/8"
  • Whisper White for pocket: 2-1/8" x 1-3/4"
  • Designer Paper for back flap: 5-1/4" x 2-1/8"
For the bookmark I used:
  • Crisp Cantaloupe 5-1/4" x 2"
  • Whisper White 5" x 1-3/4"
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