The Stamp Set from Stamps of Life this month was a BBQ set and I made this card:
I used Kraft cardstock for the beach and added dots to represent sand. The dune grass stamp is from an older set from GinaK. The cloud cardstock is also from Stamps of Life as well as the twine. I needed something up there in that right hand corner so I used those “Candy Stripe Dots” from Queen and Company (I like the contrast of the dots on the cloud paper to the stripes on the embellishments).
This card will be going to my son for his birthday which is on Sunday.
The theme this month over on Stinkin’ Inkers Challenge Blog is “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” (project for woman or a girl). With Mother’s Day coming up I made this card.
I used an outline sticker, colored it in with watercolors and used Distress Edges dies (retired from Spellbinders) for the layers. The Happy Mother’s Day is a stamp from Hero Arts, which I embossed in gold and propped up with foam tape.
For the month of April the challenge over at Stinkin’ Inkers is to use something that can be repurposed or something that can be used in a different way. I love using colorful paper napkins or napkins with a theme for my cards.
There are many videos on YouTube where you can learn to do this technique. I peel the layer or layers off the back. 2 Ply napkins have 1 backing on the napkin. 3 Ply napkins have 2 backings on the napkin.
I carefully place the napkin on my base and test how it will fit and look. I cut the napkin with scissors adding 1″ around all sides so I can attach it to the base and wrap it around the back. This is the back of the card:
I then cover my base with mod podge, place the napkin to the base, wrapping it around to the back. Then I add another layer of mod podge right over the napkin – you have to be patient and work very slowly as not to tear the napkin.
These type of designs are the one I like best. Let the napkin shine and just add a ribbon and sentiment.
This month’s challenge over at Stinkin’ Inkers is to use something that hops on your card. Of course I immediately thought of bunnies for this time of the year, but going through my stash I had to pull out one of my favorite items to craft with — OUTLINE Stickers. Here is my card.
I used the Frog outline stickers from Krazy Kreations. Adhered the frog to glitter paper, colored with copics, I added the reeds and lilly pad directly to the card and colored those with colored pencils. I fuzzy cut out the frog and adhered him to the card using a small wobble.
The paper was in my stash, and I embossed the clouds just above the images. I added the sentiment and a few more embellishments.
This month’s challenge over at the Stinkin Inkers Challenge is to use the kissing technique. This is an older technique but really challenged me. I used elements from the Hero Arts February 2018 Kit for inspiration. When doing the Kissing Technique it is best to use a bold image and a patterned stamp. My bold image is the bird and my patterned image is the floral (peg stamp in a darker ink).
You can search Pinterest and the Internet for all kinds of Kissing Techniques. Hope our challenge this month inspires you to use this older technique and if you are NEW to stamping, we want to see your creations. Remember challenges are just that — challenge yourself to do something out of your comfort zone.
I purchased a Scan N Cut2 a few years ago. My main goal was to save money and space by not having to buy dies. I have learned so many things that I can create, and with the world of svg files out there, the sky is the limit. I can do so much with the machine.
There are three sites that have helped me learn the Scan N Cut, The Papered Chef, Alanda Crafts and Jennifer Brodie (search for ScanNCut, DesignNCut, CanvasWorkspace, Tips and Materials with Jennifer).
Here is my box:
Here is how it opens:
I used a FREE cut file from Dreaming Tree. There are so many possibilities with this triangular shaped box. You can use it for any occasion and it is so easy to put together (especially with the step by step you tube videos). Use other themed papers, cardstock and stamped images to customize it to fit any occasion.
Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the challenge.
During this quarantined time with the Pandemic I have been using my free time to practice and learn how to use my Scan N Cut. I have learned over these last 60+ days is that you really have to get to know your machine and how it works. It is not a plug and go machine as I believe all cutting machines are. There are several bloggers who I have followed to help me with this (go to this post to find out). One of my frustrations is not so much cutting out the file but how to put it together once it is cut out.
This month the theme over at Stinkin Inkers is to create a Gift Card Holder. The card I created was a free SVG file over at Dreaming Tree.
As you can see this is a wallet (file comes with an envelope also). It is hard to create unique cards, etc. for the guys. This is so perfect. You can use it for any occasion. There is a slot for cash, gift card and sentiment. If you are giving a gift card you can use the bill holder for a message, if you are giving cash (graduate) you can use the other slots for messages, etc. You don’t have to use all the elements.
I have had my Scan N Cut2 for a few years. The reason I purchased the Scan N Cut was to use it to cut out my stamped images. I just cannot justify buying those matching die cuts. It has served me well. The price I paid for the Scan n Cut2 has far surpassed the amount of money I saved that I would have spent on matching dies.
There are so many crafters who abhor their Scan N Cut, leave it in the box, never use it, etc. But I feel they don’t give it the time they need to learn it. If you want to invest in it you must also KNOW that it involves commitment. It is not a plug in and go tool. You have to have the resolve to learn it. And there are so very many wonderful crafters out there that you can learn from. Here are my top three who I refer to over and over again. They explain things that I can understand.