Thursday, February 16, 2017

My CPC Lift Me Up Card Set


Today's Craft Project Central project is designed by ME!

If you’re ready for this winter to be over, then you’ll love this card set! The cards and bag have hot-air balloons all over them. This card set features the Lift Me Up Bundle and the Sale-A-Bration Carried Away Designer Series Paper. This tutorial teaches how to make three different card designs, and a matching bag to put them in. This would make a great card class, too.


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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day!


I hope you're all having a wonderful Valentine's Day! Today, I'm sharing the card I made my wonderful hubby for Valentine's Day. I CASED this card from one that a fellow Craft Project Central designer, Cindy Brumbaugh, made. 

I think this is my favorite Valentine's Day stamp set of all time, and the Framelits that coordinate with it make it even more special! The stamp set is called Sealed with Love, and the dies set is called Love Notes Framelits. If you purchase them together as a bundle, you'll save 10%. The Love Notes Framelits are on backorder right now, but they are definitely worth the wait!


Dimensions:
  • Basic Black:  8-1/2" x 5-1/2" (card base)
  • Whisper White:  3-1/4" x 5-1/4" (embossed layer)
  • Real Red:  1-1/4" x  5-1/2" (heart border)
  • Real Red:  3" x 2" (envelope)
  • Basic Black:  3" x 2" (envelope)
  • Sending Love DSP Stack:  3" x 2" (envelope)
  • Whisper White:  5-1/2" x 1-3/4" (three notes)
  • Copper Foil Sheets:  1-3/4" x 1-1/2" (heart)
  • Whisper White:  2-1/4" x 3/8" (banner)
  • Scraps of Basic Black and Sending Love DSP
  • Whisper White:  4" x 5-1/4" (inside of card)
  • Sending Love Designer Series Paper (DSP) Stack:  3/4" x 5-1/4" (inside-outside strip)
  • Sending Love DSP Stack:  1/2" x 5-1/4" (inside-inside strip)
Instructions:
  1. Fold the Basic Black card base piece in half. Cut off a 3/4" strip off of the right side of the card front.
  2. Die-cut the Real Red heart border piece with the heart border die from the Love Notes Framelits Dies. Attach the uncut side of the border to the back of the card front. Make sure the right edge of the hearts line-up with the right edge of the card back. Fold the hearts along the score lines.
  3. Stamp the Happy Valentine's Day stamp from the Sealed with Love Stamp Set onto the bottom, right corner of the Whisper White embossed piece using the Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad. Emboss the piece with the Happy Heart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Attach the piece to the center of the card front.
  4. Die-cut the Real Red, Basic Black, and Sending Love DSP envelope pieces with the envelope die. For each envelope, fold the narrow sides in, and attach them together with a Mini Glue Dot. Fold the bottom side up, and attach it with another Mini Glue Dot.
  5. Die-cut the triangle die from a scrap piece of Whisper White/Real Red heart paper and a scrap piece of Real Red/Whisper White acorn/leaves paper from the Sending Love DSP Stack. Attach the first triangle die-cut to the top flap of the Real Red envelope, and attach the second one to the top flap of the Basic Black envelope.
  6. Stamp the detailed heart row stamp onto the left, top side of the Whisper White notes piece using the Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad. Stamp the solid heart row stamp next to it, and then the small-heart row stamp next to it using the same ink pad. Die-cut the notes out with their coordinating notes dies. Insert one into each envelope (see pictures).
  7. Die-cut the lined heart die from the Copper Foil piece. Die-cut the wider-pointed arrow die from a scrap piece of Basic Black cardstock. Thread the arrow through a couple of the openings of the heart (see pictures).
  8. Attach a small wooden heart from the Sending Love Embellishments to the center of the DSP envelope using the Fine-Tip Glue Pen. Attach the wooden scallop border heart onto the center of the Basic Black envelope using the Fine-Tip Glue Pen.
  9. Stamp the "hugs & kisses" stamp onto the Whisper White banner piece using the Tuxedo Black Memento Pad. Clip a triangle out of each end of the piece, and attach it across the Real Red Envelope.
  10. Attach the Copper Foil heart to the top, right of the card using the Fine-Tip Glue Pen. Attach the DSP envelope to the left of the heart, and then attach the Basic Black envelope to the bottom of the heart using SNAIL Adhesive. Attach the Real Red envelope below, and to the left of the DSP envelope using Stampin' Dimensionals (see pictures).
  11. INSIDE OF CARD:  Attach the 3/4" x 5-1/4" piece of DSP to the right side of the Whisper White inside piece. Then, attach the 1/2" x 5-1/4" piece of DSP next to the first strip. Stamp the "Sealed with a Kiss" stamp onto the bottom, left corner of the piece using the Tuxedo Black Memento Pad. Then, stamp the lips stamp next to the greeting using the Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad. Attach the whole thing to the inside of the card.







Saturday, February 11, 2017

Short & Sweet Saturday Avant Garden Meets Delicate Details


I'm so sorry that I couldn't do a Short & Sweet Saturday card last week. I was having some tooth problems last week, and it was hard to create. I had a temporary crown that was causing problems. I was so happy last Saturday when I went into the dentist, for the third time in one week, and was told that the permanent crown had come in a week early! The bad part was, on the 10-minute drive back home from the dentist, my tooth started hurting even worse than with the temporary crown! 😠 What was so maddening was that I hadn't had any tooth pain with the tooth until it got worked on. It was chipped, but never caused me any pain. Once I got home, the pain was unbearable. I called the dentist, was told to take Ibuprofen and Tylenol, and to call on Monday if it wasn't better. Thankfully, the Ibuprofen and Tylenol took the pain away. It never started hurting as bad as it did, but it's still not completely better. I think it's getting close, though. It just needed some more time to heal.

Now, back to stamping! I love how today's Short & Sweet Saturday card came out. I hadn't used my Sale-A-Bration (SAB) stamp set, Delicate Details, and just had to pull it out. I also used the SAB set, Avant Garden. I wasn't sure if stamping a lace trim stamp on top of the another one would look good, but I really like it! This card is super quick to make, too!


Dimensions:
  • Thick Whisper White:  8-1/2" x 5-1/2" (card base)
  • Sweet Sugarplum:  1/2" x 5-1/2" (right border)
  • Whisper White:  2-1/2" x 5-1/2" (stamped image)
  • Succulent Garden DSP:  2-1/2" x 1" (Mint Macaron floral paper)
  • Succulent Garden Ribbon Combo Pack:  (2) 4" (Sweet Sugarplum ribbon)
Instructions:
  1. Fold the Thick Whisper White card base piece in half.
  2. Open the card back out. Stamp the widest lace stamp from the Delicate Detail Stamp Set along the left side of the card base using the Tip Top Taupe Classic Stampin' Pad. The lace will need to be stamped twice to get across the whole card (see pictures for placement).
  3. Stamp the second, widest lace stamp across the bottom part of the first lace using the Sweet Sugarplum Classic Stampin' Pad. The highest points in the second, widest lace should line-up with the middle part of each ruffle in the widest lace.
  4. Stamp the single flower stamp from the Avant Garden Stamp Set onto the Whisper White stamped image piece using Sweet Sugarplum ink (see pictures for placement). Stamp the flower center stamp onto the center of each flower using Tip Top Taupe ink. 
  5. Stamp the stem stamp onto the bottom of each flower using the Mint Macaron Classic Stampin' Pad. Stamp the single-leaf stamp onto the stems with the same ink (see pictures for placement).
  6. Stamp the "Thanks for being you" stamp onto the top, right corner of the piece with Tip Top Taupe ink.
  7. Attach the DSP piece to the bottom of the stamped image piece. Wrap one of the ribbon pieces across the top of the DSP, and attach the ends to the back of it using SNAIL Adhesive. Tie the other ribbon piece to the center of the attached ribbon using a single bow. Trim the ribbon ends.
  8. Attach the Sweet Sugarplum cardstock strip across the right side of the stamped image piece. It should be attached to the back of the piece, making sure that about 1/4" shows from the front. Then, attach the whole thing to the card base, making sure to line the left edge of the piece with the lace.






CPC From Trash to Treasures


Today's Craft Project Central project is designed by Buffy Cooper.

We all know it’s good to recycle, but having a recycling bin in your house is just a reminder to take out the trash. However, those same items – empty bottles, cans, and packaging products – organized in a pretty basket labeled “Repurpose for Crafting”, are a springboard to creativity. As Earth Day approaches, dig into that “repurpose” basket. Pull out an empty can, some old catalogs or magazines, and some brown paper and Styrofoam packaging to create a lovely floral bouquet and coordinating note card. In this tutorial, you’ll learn three versions of a Faux Cloisonné technique, and you’ll quickly age and rust that vegetable can from last night’s dinner. After all, the center of “earth” is “art”, so let’s create something beautiful while we protect our planet. Bonus: Many steps in this project are perfect for children. While they may need help with some of the cutting and embossing, most of it is “kid-friendly”. What a great way to help our children learn to appreciate our resources by repurposing trash and turning garbage into art.


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Friday, February 10, 2017

Cool Treats CPC68 Sketch Card


I love the color combo in the Tasty Treats Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP)! The colors are so bright and cheerful! Those popsicles just scream summer, don't they? The popsicles are glittery in real life, because I brushed the Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush onto each one. It's hard to tell in the picture above, but the close-up picture below shows it a little better.

I used this month's Creating Pretty Cards Sketch #68 (CPC68) to make this card. If you play along, you could win a FREE month subscription to Craft Project Central! Find out how you could win by going to the sketch's post.


Dimensions:
  • Peekaboo Peach:  8-1/2" x 5-1/2" (card base)
  • Tasty Treats Specialty DSP:  4" x 5" (popsicle paper)
  • Crumb Cake:  3" x 3-1/2" (main image mat)
  • Tasty Treats Specialty DSP:  2-1/2" x 3" (Pear Pizzazz polka dot paper)
  • Whisper White:  3" x 2-1/2" (popsicles)
  • Whisper White:  3" x 3/8" (greeting)
  • Peekaboo Peach 3/8" Ruched Ribbon:  4"
  • Whisper White Solid Baker's Twine:  (3) 6"
Instructions:
  1. Fold the Peekaboo Peach card base in half. Tear off about a 1/4" strip from the bottom, 4" side of the popsicle paper from the Tasty Treats DSP. Attach it to the card base (see pictures).
  2. Attach the Pear Pizzazz polka dot paper to the center of the Crumb Cake piece. Wrap the Peekaboo Peach 3/8" Ruched Ribbon around the top part of the DSP/Cardstock, and attach the ribbon ends to the back of the Crumb Cake mat using SNAIL Adhesive. Attach it to the card.
  3. Stamp the skinny popsicle stamp from the Cool Treats Stamp Set onto the Whisper White popsicle piece three times - one in each of the following colors:  Watermelon Wonder, Peekaboo Peach, and Pool Party. Stamp the narrow, popsicle stick stamp onto the bottom of each popsicle, using the Crumb Cake Classic Stampin' Pad.
  4. Die-cut the popsicles out with the skinny popsicle die from the Frozen Treats Framelits Dies.
  5. Brush the Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush all over the popsicles (not onto the sticks).
  6. Tie each Whisper White Baker's Twine piece onto the top of the popsicle sticks into a bow.
  7. Attach the popsicles onto the card using Stampin' Dimensionals (see pictures for placement).
  8. Stamp the "I hope your day..." stamp onto the Whisper White greeting piece using the Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin' Pad. Attach it underneath the Crumb Cake mat.




Monday, February 6, 2017

CPC All Year Cheer Decor Ensemble


Today's Craft Project Central project is designed by Julie Warnick.

Cheer up your home all year long with the All Year Cheer Décor Ensemble! Brighten up your mantle, a table or shelf with this classic HOME décor piece that includes interchangeable elements for each month of the year! And why not make two? Keep one for yourself and give the other as a gift with the coordinating card. 


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Friday, February 3, 2017

Floral Friend Card


I finally got to play with my Special Reason Bundle! I've been dying to use it! The bundle includes the Special Reason Stamp Set and the Stylish Stems Framelits Dies. When you purchase them as a bundle, you save 10%!


Dimensions:
  • Watermelon Wonder:  8-1/2" x 5-1/2" (card base)
  • Early Espresso:  4" x 5-1/4" (base layer)
  • Very Vanilla:  3-3/4" x 5" (embossed layer)
  • Very Vanilla:  7-1/2" x 1-3/4" (flowers and leaves)
  • Watermelon Wonder:  2-1/2" x 2" (greeting mat)
  • Very Vanilla:  2" x 1-1/2" (greeting)
  • Flirty Flamingo 3/8" Ruched Ribbon:  6"
  • Very Vanilla 1/2" Lace Trim:  6"
Instructions:
  1. Fold the Watermelon Wonder card base in half. Attach the Early Espresso base layer to the front of the card.
  2. Place the large detailed flower die from the Stylish Stems Framelits Dies onto the top, right corner of the large Very Vanilla piece. Then, place the small detailed flower die below the first die, and over to the left. Run it through the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine using the following sandwich:  (starting from the bottom) Big Shot Platform with the thin die adapter, Precision Base Plate, cardstock, dies, and Standard Cutting Pad. Once the die-cutting is done, emboss the piece by running it through the Big Shot with the Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.
  3. Ink the largest flower stamp from the Special Reason Stamp Set with the Blushing Bride Classic Stampin' Pad. Remove the ink from the flower center with a Blender Pen. Put Daffodil Delight ink onto the flower center using a Sponge Dauber. Then, sponge Flirty Flamingo ink around the flower center with a Sponge Dauber to make the center of the petals a little darker. Then, stamp it onto the Very Vanilla piece (flowers and leaves piece). Ink the smallest flower stamp with the Flirty Flamingo Classic Stampin' Pad. Remove the ink from the flower center with a Blender Pen, and put Daffodil Delight ink onto the flower center with the Sponge Dauber. Stamp it onto the same piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock.
  4. Die-cut both flowers out with their coordinating dies. Turn the embossed piece over, and put glue from the Fine-Tip Glue Pen around the perimeter of the largest flower opening and around the flower's center. Turn the piece back over, and attach the largest, stamped flower die-cut to the underside of this flower opening, lining up the flower die-cut with the flower opening. Attach the smallest flower the same way to the smallest flower opening.
  5. Ink the smallest flower stamp with the Watermelon Wonder Classic Stampin' Pad. Remove the ink from the flower center with the Blender Pen, and add Daffodil Delight ink to it with the Sponge Dauber. Stamp it onto the same Very Vanilla piece. Repeat this step again to stamp a second flower.
  6. Stamp the largest leaf stamp onto the same Very Vanilla piece two times using the Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin' Pad.
  7. Die-cut the flowers and leaves out with their coordinating dies. One of the flowers and the leaves are attached to the card with SNAIL Adhesive. The last flower is attached with Stampin' Dimensionals. See pictures for placement.
  8. Wrap the Very Vanilla 1/2" Lace Trim around the bottom of the embossed piece, and attach the trim ends to the back of the embossed piece. Wrap the Flirty Flamingo 3/8" Ruched Ribbon around the top of the lace trim, and attach the ribbon ends to the back of the embossed piece as well. Attach the embossed piece to the center of the Early Espresso layer on the card base.
  9. Die-cut the largest label die from the Flirty Flamingo greeting mat piece. Stamp the greeting stamp onto the Very Vanilla greeting piece using the Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad. Die-cut the greeting out the the smallest label die. Attach the greeting label to the Flirty Flamingo mat piece, and then attach it over the right side of the ribbon using Stampin' Dimensionals.







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