brick wall butterfly card

Brick Wall Butterfly card, using Stampin' Up! products, by Kitty Smith, bashfulcat.com.

Just another brick in the wall…

While most of this is my own, I’m afraid I can’t take any credit for the coolest part of this brick wall butterfly card – the WALL!  That amazing effect was introduced to me by a fellow demo.  She made it in a class (I think), that might have been CASE’d from someone else on the Net.  (If someone can direct me to the “original”, I will happily give credit!)  It’s so simple, yet so effective.

Brick-laying:

Using some Smoky Slate card-stock (cut to 4″ x 5-1/4″), I ran it through my Big Shot using a “brick” embossing folder.  (I have one from WAY back when, but I’ll link to a similar one by Stampin’ Up, below.)  Then, the really cool part:  using Cherry Cobbler ink, I thoroughly inked up my Watercolor Wash background stamp.  With the stamp pad face up on my table, I placed my embossed sheet on top, and rubbed it to transfer the ink.  Wow – isn’t that cool?!  Easy-peasy.  There are just two things to remember:  emboss first, ink second;  and make sure that the ink goes on the side with the raised bricks not the “sunken” bricks.

Grungy-girly

From there, it’s just a matter of embellishing.  I didn’t want to cover too much of my wall, but I just had to make this grungy brick background look a bit more girly.  Flowers are always nice. I die-cut some flowers and stems from the Beautiful Bouquet die-set, and adhered them to the bottom left of my wall.  (Observant viewers might ask how I got those stems – I used the die-cut stems upside-down, and chopped off more than half of it, LOL.)  The butterfly is a die-cut from the Move Me set.  I cut the fancy outline from Cherry Cobbler, and then glued it onto a piece of vellum.  (Yes, I’m repeating myself… same method I used for a dragonfly on my last card.  I haven’t used vellum in forever… guess I’m making up for lost time, LOL.)

A sign

For the sentiment, I cut out a rectangle from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper.  It’s a very subtle touch, but I love that white-washed plywood look.  The Hello Friend is from the Wood Words stamp set.  To attach the sign, I taped a toothpick to the back of my sign, then put dimensionals on either side so that I could attach it to the card without the toothpick getting in the way.  (I also trimmed off the bottom so it wouldn’t poke anybody.)  A touch of Wink of Stella on the butterfly and flowers (which, of course, my camera refused to pick up), a Cherry Cobbler card-base, and we’re all set.

Inside

And I found the perfect little poem for the inside!  I love putting Irish Blessings in my card.

If you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I’d love to have you as a customer.  There are links below to many of the items I used for this card.  And just a quick head’s up:  if you haven’t looked in a while, there are some great new items on the clearance rack!  And just in case you missed it, there’s still time to get in on the “first month half off” deal for Paper Pumpkin.

Thank you so much for checking out my blog!  Have you tried the brick wall technique?  I’d love to see!  But right now, I suddenly have this urge to listen to some Pink Floyd.  😉  Have a wonderful day!

Supplies (with affiliate links used, where available.  See here for full disclosure.):

Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Watercolor Wash Background Stamp
Move Me Thinlits Dies
Bouquet Bunch Framelits Dies
Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen
Stampin’ Dimensionals
Cherry Cobbler Cardstock
Smoky Slate Cardstock
Cherry Cobbler Ink
Wood Words Stamp Set
Wood Textures Designer Series Paper

marbled dragonfly card

Handmade card using Stampin' Up products, by Kitty Smith, bashfulcat.com.

Marbled Background

Today’s card is all about that marbled background; the dragonfly is really just an accent piece.  However, I almost titled this one “Easier than it looks”.  The message I really want to share today is that anyone can make cards.  Every time someone says “but I’m not creative”, I just cringe.  I can understand that some people just aren’t that interested in crafting – but please, don’t assume that you have to have some rare creative gene to pull it off.

The Right Tools

This card is a perfect example of “having the right tools”(but stay tuned ’til the end of this post, because I have a wonderful suggestion for those who don’t have all the fancy tools!).  I started with a plain white piece of cardstock cut to 5-1/4″ x 4″, and I used just two colors of ink:  Marina Mist and Night of Navy.  (Note: links for most of the products used here are listed below.)  All the hard work was done by the Marbled background stamp.  I saw this stamp in action at a friend’s house, and had to immediately order it.  It’s so incredibly versatile!  Here’s how I got the look you see above:

Ink to Stamp, Not Stamp to Ink

I started by placing the stamp face-up on my work surface.  With background stamps, I find it so much easier to leave the stamp like this, and bring the ink to the stamp (instead of the usual stamp to ink method).  An added bonus is that you don’t have to have a large acrylic block for this method.  I started with my lighter color, Marina Mist, and just took the ink pad directly to the stamp, and covered the whole stamp with ink.  (It helps to take your time, and try not to leave any “lines” from the edge of the stamp pad.)  Then, I took my darker color, Night of Navy, and using a sponge, I just dabbed a little bit of ink, here and there, right over the Marina Mist ink.

Once I was happy with the ink, I took my piece of white cardstock, placed it directly onto the stamp, and pressed it down.  (In this case, because the stamp is slightly larger than my piece of paper, I recommend taking a piece of scratch paper and placing it over the whole thing – it will help cut down on “inky fingers”.)  😉  You want to apply firm, even pressure over the whole thing.  It may help to take a clean acrylic block and rub it over the paper and stamp.  Just be sure not to let your cardstock move around.

Magic

And then, it was time for the big reveal!  I love this part.  🙂  When you lift your paper off the stamp, it’s never the same twice – but with this stamp, it’s always beautiful.  You can use this method with any color you’d like, and you can use more than two inks. And it’s even pretty with just one… but I love the variation you get with a darker accent color.

Finishing Touches

The rest was easy:  glue marbled paper to Night of Navy cardbase, die-cut dragonfly from same navy paper, add sentiment, and add some rhinestones for a touch of bling.  I did add some vellum to the back of my dragonfly – not necessary, but it helps the dragonfly to jump out a bit more from the busy background.  And to adhere the dragonfly to the card, I just used a couple of glue dots in the middle of his body – that way, I was able to curl up his wings a bit and give him some flight.

If You Don’t Have the Tools…

I promised to share a suggestion if you don’t have a gimongous collection of stamps and inks and paper.  Sure, having all those toys is really cool, but it may not be practical for everyone.  (And some people do have the toys, but feel like they lack the ideas or initiative.)  That’s where I come in.  If you’re local and/or know me personally, please come craft with me!  I promise you’ll have fun, and make amazing cards!  But if that’s not an option, how about a kit?

 

Paper Pumpkin

Stampin’ Up has something called Paper Pumpkin. Each month, a nice, bright, pumpkin-colored box comes right to your doorstep.  In it, you will find all of the tools and materials you need to make a bunch of cards and/or paper projects.  Other than maybe some adhesive, you’ll have everything you need to go to town.  Every kit includes at least one ink cube (Stampin’ Spot), and an exclusive stamp set!  And, your first order will even include an acrylic block.  You’ll find complete instructions in the box, to use everything that’s included… but one of things I love about these kits is the versatility.  You are certainly welcome to follow all of the directions to the letter, but you also have the option of mixing things up a bit, and making the projects your own.

I’m still a bit of a newbie with these kits, but I’m loving them so far.  In the coming months, I plan to work a lot with them and share ideas on how to do more with them than just what the directions show.  If you’re on the fence about whether or not card-making is for you, I encourage you to give these kits a try.  It’s a great way to get your feet wet, and see if this is something that brings you joy.

SALE!!!

And right now, if you sign up by September 10th, you will get your first kit for half off!  Just use the promo code HALFOFF0917.  The usual price of $19.95 a month is already a great deal, but this gives you a reason to give it a try.  You can cancel at any time – there is no long-term commitment.

If you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up demonstrator, I’d love to have you as a customer.  I’m always available if you have questions, and I’ll be doing some cool things for my customers as I grow into this role.  And if you’d like to join my team, let me know.  You can help me become a rockin’ team leader.  😀

There are all types and styles and levels of crafters.  I really think that, as crafts go, card-making is very forgiving.  I’ve tried a LOT of crafts, but I tend to suffer from “perfectionism”.  That was, until I tried card-making.  It is so freeing!  In one sitting, I can complete a little work of art, suitable for sharing.  But even if I mess up, all I’ve lost is a piece of paper.  So if you’ve ever wanted to try, just go for it.  It could be just the creative outlet you’ve been looking for.

Thank you so much for stopping by, and happy crafting!

 

Supplies mentioned (affiliate links used wherever possible.  See here for full disclosure.):

Marbled Background Stamp
Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits
Night of Navy Ink
Marina Mist Ink
Night of Navy Cardstock
Whisper White Cardstock
Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Stamping Sponges

video tutorial! diy cover for the love today planner

Love Today Planner

Hello fellow paper peeps!  So, I’ve already shared just how much I love my new Love Today Planner by Stampin’ Up!  This thing is awesome!  And I’ve already told y’all how I made my own protective plastic cover for it (see here for previous post).  Well, due to popular demand (okay, maybe it was just one person, LOL), I have recorded a video tutorial for you, so you, too, can make an awesome cover for your planner.  🙂

Video Tutorial:

Details:

All I used to make this cover was two job ticket holders, scissors and tape, and a ruler & pen.   I’ll link to some similar products below, but I encourage you to use what you have.  I’ve been using shop ticket holders from C-Line to store my 8-1/2″ x 11″ cardstock, and I’m really happy with them, but I have a few of the Avery Elle ones that others have recommended, and they would work, too.  For adhesive, I used this old “book binding tape” that I got years ago as part of a kit.  I’m linking to some “artist tape”, which appears to be the same stuff, but honestly, I would use what you have.

The video shows how I put this together, but basically, I just trimmed two ticket holders so that they fit over the cover, and taped them together.  I was able to put the tape along the back, so the front side is nice and clean, and then, for the example in the video, I added a strip of matching blue cardstock over the tape, so it doesn’t stand out like the white tape did.  However, you could totally use this as an opportunity to embellish.  I wanted my actual planner cover to show through, but perhaps you’d rather go to town with different decorations.

The first ticket holder, for the front of the planner, I measured from the top of the opening, and cut down 4-1/4″ on each side.  Then I folded over and scored the flap.  (Long-term, I plan to turn this isn’t a pocket, but I’m still coming up with the best way to adhere it down.)  Then I cut and removed the top edge with the hole.

On the second ticket holder, for the back of the planner, I measured from the top of the opening, and cut down 5-3/4″ on each side.  Then, from the very top of the sleeve, I completely cut off and removed 4-1/4″ inches.  Yes, I could have cut that part off first, and then cut down the sides.  And note that these measurements do not have to be exact, particularly if you use a different brand of job ticket holders.  I originally started with two full sleeves, and just experimented, until I was happy with the fit.  (Remember, though:  it’s easier to cut more than it is to cut “less”, LOL.)

Once both pieces were cut, I put them on the planner, and taped them together.  Voila, protective plastic cover.  🙂  Here’s a look at the finished front:

Tips:

There are a few things I learned (the hard way, of course, LOL).

Do not use regular page protectors – you need something thicker and heavier.

If you’re going to decorate the actual cover of your planner, do that before you make this protective cover.  You could just decorate the protective cover, but I’m not sure how long things like stickers would last on it.  (That’s one of the advantages of having this DIY cover – it will protect your embellishments.)

I’m certain that there are many different products you could use to adhere the two pieces together.  However, you may want to stick to something that isn’t too permanent.  I was able to remove this tape, and put it back with zero damage to my DIY cover.

Now that I’ve had this on my planner for a couple of weeks, I can confidently say that it holds up pretty darn well.  Mine still looks absolutely perfect.  🙂

Do you have the new Love Today Planner?  What have you done to fix yours up?  I would love to see it!  If you have any questions, about this or any of my posts, or anything paper or planners or Stampin’ Up!, just send me a note.  Thank you so much for stopping by, and Happy Planning!

Supplies used (with affiliate links, where available.  See full disclosure here):

Stampin’ Up! Love Today Planner
Stampin’ Up! Paper Snip

Night of Navy Cardstock
Snail Adhesive