Mini Masterpiece Monday – Botanical Builder Woodgrain

Botanical Builder Woodgrain
Botanical Builder Woodgrain

Instead of dreading Mondays, let’s look forward to Masterpiece Monday! Either mini or mega, it’s still a masterpiece. While this card is mini in number of items and minutes used to create it, it’s mega in style. Very Vanilla cardstock was run through the Big Shot with the Woodgrain Embossing Folder and provides a backdrop on the card front vine cut with the Botanical Builder thinlet. Mossy Meadow ink for the sweet sentiment from Cottage Greetings adds a pop of color. Matching cardstock was also die cut and glued to the outside of the envelope flap.

Throwback Thursday – Henry Says Party!

Henry Says Party!
Henry Says Party!

After a month of zero to no crafting due to life getting in the way, I decided I need to make some changes. I want to create and share more often. And a simple card can be just as lovely and provide that creative outlet as a more involved card with many steps. And oh how I’ve struggled with that concept. The old KISS rule – keep it simple silly – really is true. Anyway, on to my new weekly feature.

It’s Throwback Thursday! I’m planning on sharing retired stamps from my stash that need some loving. This adorable little elephant and all his accessories are a part of Henry Says. And Henry says happy birthday!

Colors are Pool Party and Melon Mambo. The Tiny Triangles embossing folder adds texture and interest to the layers.

My Leap Year Challenge – Day 4

Friends and Flowers Pea in the Pod
Friends and Flowers Pea in the Pod

And here’s my final challenge card – perfect for welcoming a little one. Pea in the pod is from Friends and Flowers. I stamped the image in Always Artichoke and colored the image with a blender pen. And only fussy cut the little curlicue – the pea in the pod was punched out with the Festive Flower Builder Punch. The striped paper is from the Wildflower Fields designer paper, which is free with any $50 purchase. The Large Polka Dot textured impressions embossing folder adds more dimension, and the Pool Party Glimmer Ribbon finishes it off.

My Leap Year Challenge – Day 3

 

Botanical Gardens Stripes
Botanical Gardens Stripes

Sorry I’m behind on my posting – had a few technical difficulties, but am getting caught up!  This card showcases some of the gorgeous Botanical Gardens DSP. Greeting is from Cottage Greetings and the glimmer stripe is Pool Party. Quick and simple!

 

My Leap Year Challenge – Day 2

Harvest Blessings
Harvest Blessings

I love that I can make it personal when I need a sympathy card. Our neighbor, who was a retired farmer, passed away, so I pulled out the retired tractor image from Harvest Blessings and did some watercoloring. I stamped the image in Archival Basic Grey ink and watercolored with my aqua painter using Garden Green, Daffodil Delight, and Smoky Slate. A mat of Wild Wasabi on Very Vanilla card base sets off the tractor perfectly.

Wink of Stella in Color

Wink of Stella in Color
Wink of Stella in Color

Here’s that closeup I promised from the last post. I used whisper white shimmer cardstock along with using the Wink of Stella pen as an aqua painter. And the Pool Party ribbon ups the glimmer and shimmer even more.

My Leap Year Challenge – Day 1

Day 1 - Leap Year Challenge
Day 1 – Leap Year Challenge

Got this card idea from the great Patty Bennett, and just had to recreate it myself. I didn’t have any reinkers in the the colors I wanted to use, so I took my classic ink pads and smeared the ink surface across an acrylic block. Then I dipped the tip of my clear Wink of Stella into the pool of ink on the block and colored in my stamped images. And voila, a beautiful glimmery wash of ink on my flowers!

I will try to get a better picture tomorrow. The above photo was the best out of many tries, so that’s not saying much, is it?

Leap Year Challenge

Leap Year
Leap Year

I can’t believe February is almost over – and it ‘s a leap year, so we get one extra day. Leap years occur every four years – something about catching up time. I’m all for more time to craft, so how about a 4-day leap year challenge?

I challenge you to create four ‘projects’ – from paper. The projects can be four different cards, gift packaging, 3D items, assembled kits, or even 3×3 notecards, or any combination. They can be clean and simple, or as detailed and multilayered as you wish. The four items must be mostly Stampin’ Up product, preferably current, but okay if some retired.

Send me a photo of each item, starting February 26, and ending February 29. I’ll add your name with a watermark and upload the photo to my blog.

What do you get out of this? The fun of making something, the pleasure of having a card or gift ready to go for that next special day, and the thrill of sharing your creativity with others. Oh, and one more thing, a pack of 24 sheets of Stampin’ Up cardstock, my gift to you for participating in all four days.

4-day Leap Year Challenge
Submit photo of item made by 10:00pm on February 26, 27, 28 and 29 to
 info@PapercraftingThreads.com to be eligible for gift of 24 sheets of Stampin’ Up cardstock.

Black and Bright

Black and Bright
Black and Bright

The classic black and white combo gets a shot of color in this bright tropical greeting card with a ton of dimension and flair. The details are below…

1. Stamp grid image from Timeless Textures with Versarmark ink in upper third section of Basic Black card front.

2. Emboss with White Embossing Powder. Set aside.

3. Stamp leaf veins in Wild Wasabi classic ink on Wild Wasabi cardstock. Position leaf framelits over top and cut with Big Shot.

4. Cut flowers from Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral and Pink Pirouette cardstock. Cut flower centers from Basic Black cardstock.

5. Cut Mint Macaron flower from the Botanical Gardens DSP.

6. Assemble flowers with multipurpose glue and pearls.

7. Attach flowers to card front with glue dots.

8. Stamp Whisper White cardstock with Mint Macaron ink and adhere with multipurpose glue to inside of card.

Frosted Watercolor

Frosted Watercolor
Frosted Watercolor

Love this frosted watercolor technique, and it’s easy to do! Follow along…

1. Stamp Sweetbriar Rose inked in Soft Suede on Kraft paper.

2. Being careful to stay within the lines, color image with Blender Pen dipped in Craft White Ink. (If you go outside the lines, the white ink will become pink tinted, not a bad thing, but we’re going for a more white look.)

3. Heat set with heat tool, or let sit for 10 minutes or so to dry.

4. Add more Craft White Ink for shading and dimension.

5. Heat set or let dry.

6. Wrap Gold Thread around left side of focal piece five times. (Anchor on back of piece with a swipe of SNAIL.)

7. Layer Kraft piece on Soft Suede mat with multipurpose glue.

8. Layer both on Whisper White cardstock.

Vintage Polaroid Birthday

Up Up and Away Birthday Balloons
Up Up and Away Birthday Balloons

Bright pink balloons floating above the clouds shout a cheerful happy birthday greeting. Card base is Soft Sky, sponged with Tempting Turquoise, Pacific Point and Night of Navy. TIP:  Use a circular motion and a light touch. Clouds are stamped with white Craft ink. Polaroid frame is cut from heavy Whisper White cardstock with a square thinlet and Big Shot. Greeting is stamped with Archival Basic Black ink. Frame has Dimensionals on the back to create a 3D effect. Balloons are stamped with Blushing Bride and Melon Mambo classic ink and punched out with the Balloon Bouquet punch. To create dimension, one balloon is glued directly to the cardstock, a second balloon is layered on top with one Dimensional, and the third balloon is positioned in front of the Polaroid frame with two Dimensionals on the back of it. Knotted silver thread is glued to the balloon openings with a Fine Tip Glue Pen, and allowed to hang freely. And a bit of Wink of Stella in clear creates some sparkle and shine to the tops of the balloons.

Wink of Glitter

Glitter without the mess! You are going to love Wink of Stella, you are going to WANT Wink of Stella, you need Wink of Stella. Add a hint of glimmer to stamped images, designer series paper, vellum, ribbon, wooden embellishments, buttons, pearls, photos, and more. The Wink of Stella Glitter Brush can also pick up any reinker color just like an AquaPainter or Blender Pen! What will you do with your Wink of Stella?

I’ll Have a Blue Christmas without You

Blue Ice Poinsettia
Blue Ice Poinsettia

I saw a vellum poinsettia somewhere out on the Internet, and I loved it so much I turned around and ordered the Reason for the Season bundle so I could make my own version. I cut the petals from Vellum Cardstock, and embossed each petal with silver embossing powder. Then I sponged the backside of each petal with Bermuda Bay classic ink. I assembled the layers with Multipurpose Glue. And then I punched out two of the pistils (center portion of the flowers) from Silver Glimmer Paper and layered them on top.

I made a white version, too, just embossed the petals with White Embossing powder and used an Ice Rhinestone for the center.

Ice Poinsettia
Ice Poinsettia

These are very pretty strung together on a length of silver baker’s twine to make a garland. And if Frozen is still a hot topic in your house, these flowers would make a gorgeous Elsa crown!

How to Punch Santa (a Hat!)

Santa Hat Punch Art How To
Santa Hat Punch Art How To

Forgive my play on words in the title – I just couldn’t resist 🙂

It’s super easy to make an adorable santa hat using punches. I started by punching the Extra Large Oval out of Cherry Cobbler cardstock. Then take a sliver out with the Word Window punch and set aside. Next, punch out the Scallop Oval from the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper. Now use the Extra Large Oval punch and punch a section, leaving a strip of ‘fuzz’ for the edge of the hat. Last, punch a 1/2 circle from the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.

I used my Fine Tip Glue Pen to adhere all the pieces together.  I needed a quick little package for some postage stamps, so I put two in a Sketched Dots Tag a Bag Gift Bag, folded the top down, and closed it with a mini Clothespin with the Santa Hat glued on top.

Merry Christmas!

Santa Hat Clip on Gift Bag
Santa Hat Clip on Gift Bag

 

 

 

Gift Card Santa

Santa Hat Gift Card Holder
Santa Hat Gift Card Holder

It’s almost Christmas! Sure doesn’t feel like it here with no snow and 40 degree temps the norm lately 🙁

This holder is super quick and easy to whip up for all those gift cards. And would you believe Santa’s hat is made using the oval punch, the scallop oval punch, and a circle punch? I’ll be sending out free instructions in my newsletter tomorrow. Sign up now if you haven’t already!

Add a personal note on the insert card
Add a personal note on the insert card

 

Jack Frost meets Lovely As A Tree

Wintery Lovely As A Tree
Wintery Lovely As A Tree

A touch of sparkle brings frost to the gorgeous bare branches from Lovely As A Tree. Great versatile card for a winter birthday, thank you, or holiday card with non-traditional colors!

Vintage Christmas Bulb Treat Holder

Vintage Christmas Bulb Treat Holder

 

These treat holders have to be the cutest thing ever! And boy, are they ever easy to whip up. These were holiday teacher gifts, and each one holds several Ghirardelli chocolates inside. The Curvy Keepsake Thinlet makes quick work of the the bulb shape and one score line added to each side creates the space for the treat. Gold Foil strips run through a crimper create the bulb ends and a piece of bakers twine run through the space at the top hold the whole thing closed. A white gel pen adds a bit of dimension on the side.