Barnwood Chicken Says Hi

Stampn'Up! Hey Chick, Occasions Catalog 2017, handstamped, imadethis, barnwood, #peribeal, #papercraftingthreadsMaking your own barnwood is so easy, and you only need the basics – stamp, paper and ink! I inked up the Hardwood background stamp with Soft Suede ink, laid the stamp ink side up on my table, and pressed a piece of Real Red cardstock face down on the stamp. I repeated this with narrow strips of Real Red cardstock to create the crossbars. Then I glued the strips on the main piece, let it dry and punched out a circle. I put the piece over my Very Vanilla card base and lightly penciled inside the hole.

After removing the barnwood, I stamped my chicken in Soft Suede ink, let it dry, and colored her in with my colored pencils, and blended the color with a blender pen.

I finished off the front of the barnwood with a rosette and glued the whole piece on top. Pretty cute, eh?

She reminds me of the chickens on my grandma’s farm when I was a kid. I used to get to collect the fresh laid eggs from the henhouse. And the henhouse was a bright red, just like this barnwood card!

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Valentine Treat Box

The Big Shot and Thinlit Dies make quick work of these treat boxes. Fill with chocolate now, and when the chocolate is gone, use as a tea light holder. Love!

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Thanks For That Thing You Did

Thanks For That Thing You Did

Emboss resist, sponging, die cuts, double layered ‘love’, lace and a tag all add up to lots of glorious texture, elevating this card from boring to sensational. Who wouldn’t love a thank you card like this? Want to learn how to make a card like this? Hold a workshop or attend one of my classes. Contact me at info@papercraftingthreads.com today!

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Valentine Take Heart

Valentine Take Heart

Today’s featured card is a pretty gatefold card that can be used for encouragement or for a valentine.  Cut base cardstock 8 1/2 x 5 1/2, score at 2 1/8 on each end of the long side and fold inward. Embossing with the Sparkle Embossing Folder adds texture and interest without adding bulk. A belly band made from the gorgeous Falling In Love designer series paper adds a soft touch of bokeh, and a dragonfly cut from Gold Foil adds the bling. And a matching gold embossed stamped dragonfly graces the inside, with plenty of room for a personal message. Check out the supply list at the bottom of this post and order everything you need today!

Inside of Gate Fold Card

 

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It’s Always Tee Shirt Weather in Wisconsin

 

Wisconsin is under a winter weather advisory today, with sleet and snow. But as long as the temperature is above zero in Wisconsin, it’s tee shirt weather here.👕

Check out the Designer Tee Stamp Set (free with any $50 order) and Framelits available in the new Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog. Check out the projects in the video above!

Hey Chick!

Hey Chick

Hey Chick, need a great treat box? The perforated tiny holes on the sides of this little box give a hint to the contents or put a flameless tealight inside for a cozy glow. And look at that chicken wire on the top under the circle medallions! It’s not a new stamp, but an inked embossing folder. Check out my online store to order supplies to make your own. With a $50 order, the stamp set is free during Sale-A-Bration!

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Cheerful Tag

Cheerful tag
Cheerful Tag

Squee! I told myself I didn’t need the Tin of Tags or the Cheerful Tags Framelits Dies, but guess what? I did need them 😊

TIP: Dont be afraid to let the embellishments hang over the edge of the tag. It adds a lot of dimension.

And this sentiment is my favorite. Who wouldn’t want to tear open their present!

Beautiful You

Beautiful You
Beautiful You

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I attended Stampin’ Up OnStage in Madison, a gathering of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators where we got to see the new Occasions catalog and stamped with new goodies. I came home with the gorgeous new set, Beautiful You and I paired it with the Stitched Shapes Framelits that are available for the month of November. The set features brushwork art and absolutely fabulous sentiments. A bit of watercolor with the new pencils makes the figure pop. I peeled the back off the White Perfect Accents and applied three of them with the Fine Tip Glue Pen. I thought the sentiment was fitting for the results of the election this week, as well as Veteran’s Day.

Dandelion Marks Silver Anniversary

Dandelion from Balloon Celebration
Dandelion from Balloon Celebration

I have been waiting to make this dandelion image since the moment I first saw the individual seed image in Balloon Celebration. Since I was using Versamark, a clear ink for embossing, I first stamped a template using the small seed spaced evenly in a circle with a colored ink, and then stamped the large seed in a different color ink. I placed my piece of vellum cardstock over the top of the template, and stamped in Versamark. Then I heat embossed with white embossing powder, applied my adhesive under the dandelion image and adhered to a Silver Foil mat. And my dandelion stem is made of the words ‘let us celebrate’, a perfect sentiment for a 25 year silver anniversary!

Thank You with a Flourish

Thank You With a Flourish
Thank You With a Flourish

This card started with the yellow swoosh from Work of Art that was left over from a previous card making session that didn’t work out the way I planned. All of a sudden, I had a burst of inspiration, and these cards came together in minutes. I love the mix of Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach and Daffodil Delight, and the bold pop of black contrasts beautifully. It’s amazing what can be created with scraps!

 

Counting Stars

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Shaker cards are easier than ever with the new Foam Mounting Strips! The four big stars are all shakers with mini multi-colored stars inside. No need to cut the mounting strips for each star point. I chose a starting point, and curved/pointed my way around all in one strip. And the Star framelits make quick work of the shapes.

Wherever You Go

Wherever You Go
Wherever You Go

As soon as I saw this stamp set, Wherever You Go, I had to have it, as the bridge image reminds me of the Mackinac Bridge. I love looking at the bridge from the water perspective, but don’t ask me to drive across it – freaks me out!

This card came together in minutes as the water/skyline is a piece of the Serene Scenery designer paper, no sponging or inking required.

Here are photos I took of the actual Mackinac Bridge on my last visit to Mackinac Island.

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Love You Lots Floating Froggy

Love You Lots Floating Froggy
Love You Lots Floating Froggy

I fell head over heels in love with all of the little critters from the Love You Lots hostess set in the big catalog. This little froggy appears to float in mid air while sending happy thoughts. And he spins! Just ‘wind’ him up before putting the card in the envelope, and he’ll spin around when the card is taken out – too cute.

Love You Lots Thinking of You
Love You Lots Thinking of You

This type of card, floating image or thread spinner, is very easy to make, and looks impressive. My froggy wasn’t symmetrical, so to get around that, I inked him up and stamped him on a window sheet. I then pressed the stamped image onto a scrap of cardstock and fussy cut him out. I stamped another image of him onto cardstock like usual, placed it back to back with the already cut out image, and fussy cut again, so my cutting would line up as much as possible. If your image is symmetrical, just ink and stamp twice and cut out.

Love You Lots inside detail
Love You Lots inside detail

After I colored the images with ink and a blender pen, I sandwiched a piece of baker’s twine between the two frog images with adhesive. For the card base, I lined up a piece of 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 cardstock with the front of my card base and used a circle framelit to diecut through both layers at once. I adhered my frog-on-a-string in the center of the circle on the back of the card front and hid the ‘mess’ with the extra piece of cardstock.

The tiny flowers are from Swirly Bird, just stamped in Sweet Sugarplum, Flirty Flamingo and Peekaboo Peach inks and diecut with the Swirly Scribbles Thinlit. I layered them around the circle using glue dots.

I had a blast making this card – hope you enjoy it!

 

 

Oh Happy Day – It’s Friday

Oh Happy Day
Oh Happy Day

I’m loving this clean and simple look! A little texture from the Sparkle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, the extra large greeting in Delightful Dijon, part of a doily, and a metal rimmed pearl in a swirl of gold thread make for an extra happy day.

 

Masterpiece Monday – From Scrap!

Flourish Work of Art from scraps
Flourish Work of Art from scraps

This card started from scraps left on my work table, the piece of Whisper White stamped with the ‘swoosh’ from Work of Art in Flirty Flamingo and the large leaf branch from the Flourish Thinlet in Kraft cardstock. I added another branch, and two flowers from the Flourish Thinlets, as well as the long chain. Popped up the focal point with doubled-up Dimensionals. Moral of the story: leave leftovers from one card out for inspiration!