Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Quick and Easy Cards

What do you get when you have Cuttlebug embossing folders, a cricut, and Inspired Stamps?  Quick and Easy cards.  This week over at the Inspired Stamps Blog we are showcasing Quick and Easy cards.  The ones I have made below, only took me about 2 hours to make all 14, and that was with my niece here talking with me while I worked.  If you notice, I changed up the look of these cards by using different accent colors, and on the bottom one I changed up the position of the banner, to give the card a little different look.

For this card I used Vintage Christmas stamp set, a musical score embossing folder, and the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge to create this very basic, yet elegant Christmas Card.

For this card I used the "Merry Christmas" from Blessed Little Christmas and a snowflake from Let It Snow Stamp Sets, a snowflake embossing folder and the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge to create this card. 

Materials Used: Inspired Stamps  Vintage Christmas, Blessed Little Christmas, Let It Snow
CTMH: White Daisy, Ponderosa Pine, Pacifica, and Cranberry Cardstock, Believe and Dakota B&T, red and clear sparkles, Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge
Cuttlebug embossing folders:  snowflakes and Musical score.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Happy Birthday Inspired Stamps

It's Inspired Stamps 2nd Birthday and to celebrate the Design team was asked to create a Birthday Card.   Well since I always seem to be running late, and forgetting things, and Inspired Stamps official Birthday was yesterday, I thought a Belated Birthday card was called for.  I used the Label Maker Alphabet to create my Belated message on my card.  If you head over to the Inspired Stamps Store today I do believe Antoinette has a special "Birthday Gift" to share with you all.

Materials Used: Inspired Stamps Label Maker Alphabet
CTMH Materials: Black, White Daisy and Lagoon Cardstock, Cruisin Paper Pack, Black Ink, Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge
Silver Cardstock, Pizzaz, Cuttlebug Diamond plate embossing folder.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Week #7 of Inspired Stamps 12 weeks of christmas tutorials: Altered Canvas

For the last 6 weeks the Inspired Stamps Blog has featured the Inspired Stamps 12 weeks of Christmas Tutorials.  Each member of the Design Team will be featured demonstrating how to create a special project.  This week #7 I am demonstrating how to create an altered canvas. 

Below are a few of the supplies I used to create my Altered Canvas.

My first step is to paint the canvas with CTMH Create-a-Shade Pearl Paint, tinted to my desired color using re-inkers.
For this canvas I mixed Holiday Red, Lilac Mist and Heavenly Blue Re-Inkers with the Create-a-Shade Paint to get my mauve-purple color.

Once I achieved my desired shade I painted my entire canvas, going over it first up and down then side to sidc to make sure the canvas was evenly covered.

Once my canvas has dried, I usually let it dry overnight. I will then start deciding what all I want to include on the canvas and start by laying out my embellies and papers trying to decide where I want to go with the look of the canvas.

Above you will see I chose a B&T piece from the La Bella Vie paper pack from CTMH, along with several rolled roses, cut using the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge, that I had laying around in my pre-made embellishment box.

I cut my B&T paper 5x4-1/2, then attached it to my canvas using Madge Podge.  I do coat both the back of the paper and the canvas before I lay my paper on the canvas.  Making sure that all corners of the paper are firmly sealed to the canvas.  I have taken my roller to my paper to make sure the paper is sealed.

Once my paper is sealed on I put a layer of Modge Podge over the entire Canvas, to seal it.

Once I have my B&T paper on my canvas I once again layout my embellishments to see if what I have pictured still will work, or if I need to make any changes.  I am a very visual person, and sometimes at this point I realize that what I had in mind isn't gonna work.  Checking it at this point before I start gluing down the embellishments helps prevent those "Oh, shoot" moments.  It is also at this point where I make sure my "frame" or "Focal Point" is the perfect size.

My next step I ink up my scripture in VersaMark ink and then in Black ink, before I stamp it onto my cardstock. I used Proverbs 3:5-7 from the Inspired Stamps "His Plans For You" stamp Set. I then coat it with Clear Detail Embossing Powder, and heat emboss, the image.  This prevents my water based ink from running when I coat it with Modge Podge.  Once the image as been heat embossed I adhere it to my canvas using Modge Podge 

Once I have my Scripture Focus glued on it is time to put the finishing embellishments onto my canvas.  Above I have used Modge Podge to adhere the branches and leaves to the canvas.  I adhered sparkles to the holes in my "frame".  I then let that layer dry and got ready for my final step.

The Final Step is to attach the rest of your embellishments, in my case the 3-D rolled Roses and Butterfly cut using the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.  I use CTMH Liquid Glass to attach my large embellishments to my Canvas.

CTMH: Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge, La Bella Vie Paper Pack, Black Ink, Holiday Red, Lilac Mist, Heavenly Blue Re-Inkers, Create-a-Shade Pearl Paint, White Daisy, Olive, Desert Sand, and Black Cardstock, Clear Sparkles, Clear Detail Embossing Powder, Prisma Glitter
Vellum by the Paper Co,, Modge Podge, Artist Stretched Canvas 5x7 from JoAnn's

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Christmas Ornament

This week over at Inspired Stamps Blog we were asked to create a Christmas Ornament using our Inspired Stamps.  For my ornament I used an old embroidery hoop I had laying around and decorated it using paper ribbon and or course my Inspired Stamps.  The scripture is from the Blessed Little Christmas Stamp Set.
Materials Used: Inspired Stamps Blessed Little Christmas
CTMH: White Daisy Cardstock, Black, Ruby, and Bamboo Ink, Brads from Mistletoe Assortment.
B&T Paper is from DCWV, Ribbon from my stash

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Sneak Peek Week - Leaves

It is Sneak Peek Week over at Inspired Stamps, and today I have created a card using the new Inspired Stamps Leaves set.  This set was very fun to play with, it has several styles & sizes of leaves along with a basket and lots of individual words you can use to create your sentiment. I used this set to create a Thank You card, with a very fall feel.  If you like this set or any of the other sets from this Months Sneak Peek, you can find them at the Inspired Stamps online store starting this Friday, November 2nd at Noon 
I had plans to use this set, not only on my card but, on a Fall scrapbook layout also. Unfortunately my playtime was very limited this last week.  ER Trips and high winds dropping trees into the path of your son's car have a tendency to take up a lot of time.  My Oldest, Robbie badly sprained his ankle, and Jimmy had a tree fall in front of him 2 miles from our home, Jimmy was uninjured but the car was totaled.  The tree falling was caused by the High winds from Hurricane Sandy.

Materials Used: Inspired Stamps Leaves 
CTMH: Dakota B&T, Desert Sand, Chocolate Cardstock
Orange, Burnt Orange, Yellow Orange, and Yellow Cardstock from my stash
Orange Ribbon from Ofray