Sunday, January 29, 2017

Love Shaker Card

Today was my first try at a shaker card! I've seen them around for years, but just never tackled one until today. I'm not sure what took me so long, because it really wasn't too hard! Now I'll have to remember going forward to save plastic from my packages so I can make some more soon - I may be hooked!

This also marks my first time participating in a Challenge Blog. Shopping Our Stash's weekly challenge theme is "All That Glitters is Gold," and I thought this card fit the bill nicely!

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To start, I used my Nellie's Multi Frames heart dies to cut a heart shape in some patterned cardstock from Michael's. I then cut a gold glitter cardstock frame to go around the opening with my heart dies, as well as the "love" sentiment using my Hero Arts Cut & Stamp set. I flipped the paper over and adhered a square piece of thin plastic to cover the opening, and lined the edges of it with foam squares. I filled the center with sequins and punched hearts, then stuck it on the white card base.

This picture shows the variety of hearts and sequins inside the shaker.

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Recollections #Awesome Valentine Paper Pad (mine was 12x12", but I can only find a link to 6x6" online)

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Die-Cut Love Card

I recently saw the Hero Arts Stamp & Cut packs for the first time, and I was so excited to try them out! This card came together quickly, and I love the simple elegance of it.

I started with a sheet of kraft cardstock, cut vertically down the center and folded in half. I then used various dies to make the stitched oval and foliage.

I used the "love" die on gold glitter cardstock for the sentiment. It cut beautifully through the thick cardstock!

I hate to waste any paper, especially premium paper like the glitter cardstock, so I cut my scraps into small leaf shapes to layer on the green foliage. I love how it gave it a little extra pop.

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Supplies (includes affiliate links):

Hero Arts "Love" Stamp & Cut Set
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set, Garden Greens by Tim Holtz
Cottage Cutz Stitched Oval Dies
Glitter & regular cardstock

Pop-up Valentine Card

I have a lot of old Scrapbooks Etc. magazines from back when I had a subscription to it, but they were taking up too much valuable real estate in my crafting area. I decided to go through them and pull out any ideas I wanted to keep and organize them into a binder. One idea that caught my eye was to use a spiral of paper to make a pop-up card. Taking that one step further, I thought it would be neat to make a spiral out of transparency to make sort of an invisible pop-up card. This cute Valentine card is the result!

I used my Cricut and Cuttlebug to cut and emboss a simple embellishment for the front of the card.

The envelope, hearts, and transparency spiral were cut using the Cricut, while the banners were hand cut. I added a little bit of doodling along the edges of the banners, and stamped a sentiment with a Studio G clear stamp.

I used my hot glue gun to attach the hearts to the transparency, both because it dries clear and because it made the hearts a little more dimensional.

I used my Cat's Eye ink pad to ink the edges of the envelope before assembling it. The transparency I used was just a regular old page protector that I cut into a single layer before feeding it into the Cricut.

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Supplies (includes affiliate links):
Cricut Expression (no longer available, but the new Cricut Explore Air 2 looks great!) -
Cuttlebug (this is a newer model than I use)
Cat's Eye inks
Stickles glitter glue
Divine Swirls embossing folder
Studio G clear stamps