Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Spellbinders | Act Fast on the Popular Stitching Die of the Month!

First of all, how is it the end of January? Wasn't it just Christmas?? Spellbinders will release NEW Club Kits tomorrow and I wanted to remind you that several of the NEW clubs sold out immediately on January 1st. Among these were the Stitching Die of the Month. If you missed out, be sure to go HERE on February 6th (sign-up window has been moved from the 1st to the 6th) and grab one before the next design sells out again!

This card features the January 2023 Stitching Die of the Month - Nested Stitched Burst and it comes with five different stitch-and-die cut pieces. Subscribers were also offered an add-on Sentimental Greetings Stamp Set which is currently in stock and available. It offers a fabulous assortment of versatile sentiments in beautiful fonts.

I used four of the five dies on my card and you can use them all on a single layer or separately to create dimension like I did here. I love all the options and there are so many. The cardstock colours I selected for the three layers are Teal Topaz, Peridot and Rainforest.

The embroidery floss colours I selected for each layer are: Light Chartreuse 16 and Black 310 stitched on Teal Topaz, and 92 Variegated Avocado stitched on Peridot. I stacked two additional layers of the smallest die cut and glued them to both the inside layers to provide dimension.

The sentiment was stamped using Versafine Clair Nocturne pigment ink on Rainforest cardstock. To finish, I added a few black enamel dots to the base panel and attached it to a white linen card base.

Be sure to check out the Stitching Dies that are part of the Clearance Sale. These include the Circular Stitch Slimline Strip and the Stitched Kaleidoscope Strip. Find these and more HERE or by clicking on the image below.

Here's a list of kits I share each month and some of the value kits:

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Monday, January 30, 2023

Spellbinders | Dad's 94th Birthday Card + Clearance Sale

My dad celebrates his 94th birthday later this week and I make him a floral card every year so the January 3D Embossing Folder of the Month provided the perfect background for all of these elements! This particular card is a custom size at 4" x 7". I laid out the design before cutting the card base.

Just like yesterday's post, I used the retired numbers from Birthday Wishes for Everyone and I also included the superscript ordinals here. Similar to yesterday's design, I layered matte gold foil over gold glitter numbers to provide both shine and sparkle.

The Glimmering Build a Banner is also a Clearance Sale item and so versatile. It works for so many occasions and you can make it as short or as long as necessary. You can see that I added three extra banners to accommodate the numbers. Be sure to grab it while you still can!

I heat foiled the Glimmering Build a Banner sentiments with Gold Hot Foil on Lagoon cardstock. The stripes on the backside of the banners were heat foiled with Gold Hot Foil on Blue Spruce cardstock.

The flowers and leaves are from the Mini Blooms and Sprigs set, a small but mighty favourite. All of the pieces were cut from Teal Topaz, Pomegranate, Peridot, RainforestFern, Lilac Blossom and Royal Amethyst cardstock.

Be sure to grab the Glimmering Build a Banner before it's gone! There are so many other fabulous products that are part of the Clearance Sale and I hope you'll check it out by clicking on the image below.

Here's a list of kits I share each month and some of the value kits:

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Spellbinders | More Chinese New Year Card Inspiration

I'm back with more cardmaking inspiration for Chinese/Lunar New Year and this time I'm using a mix of products from Spellbinders, including the Floating Bunny which is part of the current Clearance Sale! I'm quite sad that this adorable bunny may no longer be available soon but there's another version available in the Open House Spring set.

I made two variations of the same card, swapping out the embossing folder and the order of the matte gold foil and gold glitter numbers. The large numbers are from a retired set, Birthday Wishes for Everyone, which is still one of my favourite sets ever because it's so versatile. I've linked to an alternate set, Be Bold Lowercase Alphabet and Numbers, but the numbers are considerably smaller.

I cut a panel from Pomegranate cardstock and heat foiled the New Year sentiment from Mini Christmas Sentiment Strips using Speckled Aura Hot Foil before partially embossing the panel with the Optical Arches Embossing Folder and I love how this background works for so many occasions. 

The second card features the Geo Screen Embossing Folder. I made two sets of 2023 numbers, one with the gold glitter cardstock on top and the other with the matte gold foil on top. Then I mixed the numbers for each of the cards.

I had to add the little oranges, tangerines or clementines from Delicious Decorations because they're commonly given as gifts for Chinese New Year. They're believed to bring good luck and happiness since the Chinese words for orange and tangerine resemble the words for luck and wealth. I literally squealed when I thought of the idea and again when they fit into the bunny's paws!

To create even more texture and dimension, I popped all of the numbers up on foam squares. To make it easy to add the Pink Sand nose and Onyx eyes to the bunny's face, I used a 1/4" hole punch to add tiny pieces of coloured cardstock behind the die cut head.

I just love all of the details on these cards and hope to make a few more before Chinese New Year ends with the Lantern Festival on February 5, 2023. I hope you're inspired to give these a try and I hope you'll tag me on social media!

Be sure to grab the Floating Bunny before it's gone! There are so many other fabulous products that are part of the Clearance Sale and I hope you'll check it out by clicking on the image below.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Tuesday, January 24, 2023

VIDEO | Taylored Expressions | Fresh Floral Cards feat. Garden Variety Dies

Today's Second Chance Release from Taylored Expressions includes past monthly freebies and products that were exclusive to fall's Stamp Joy events! The products I'm featuring in my latest video feature the latter and include the Garden Variety Dies, Garden Variety Bouquet BuilderAntique Pails Dies and Rustic Pail Die. All of these products are sold together in the Garden Variety Bundle and includes a drip drop freebie from January 24-29, 2023.

It takes me a long time to get floral arrangements just right so I cut out all the dies from white cardstock first and played with them behind-the-scenes. Once I knew how I wanted the arrangements to look, I knew how many colours I needed and chose accordingly. Colours included in these projects include: Mint Julep, Granny Smith and Cilantro for the leaves and foliage; and Salt Water Taffy, Spearmint, Lavender Glaze and Eggplant for the flowers.

My first A2 card features the Garden Variety Dies and Rustic Pail Die on a Sugar Cube card base with a silver foil mat cut with the Petite Scallop Rectangle Stacklets, and a Spearmint mat cut with the Stitched Rectangle Stacklets.

After assembling the floral arrangement with a combination of tape and liquid glue, I pop it on to the Spearmint panel with foam tape and add a few Matte Silver Enamel Dots, also new to the shop!

I pulled a few sentiments from my Simple Storage for Simple Strips, which came in handy for these projects. This particular sentiment from Mini Strips - You're the Best was white heat embossed on Black Licorice cardstock and die cut using the Mini Strips - Asymmetrical Die.

My second card is in a mini slim size and features a Mint Julep card base with details created with two of the Diagonal Stitch Mini Slim Stacklets. The two thin frames in Sugar Cube and Spearmint were cut from the  Mini Slim Thin Frame Cutting Plate.

The combination of the large bouquet created with the Garden Variety Dies and the tall Antique Pails Die lends itself nicely to a mini slim card size. Once again, I added Matte Silver Enamel Dots to the centres of the flowers, leaving the bottom flower empty since an odd number always looks best and the pail balances out the large cluster of silver dots above.

This particular sentiment is from the Mini Strips - Easter was white heat embossed on Black Licorice cardstock and die cut using the Mini Strips - Asymmetrical Die. I made sure to feature all seven of the colours, aside from Sugar Cube and Black Licorice, on each card, ensuring a balance and to create the perfect set should I choose to gift these as such.

My third and final card for today's video is another A2 design. It features a Spearmint card base, a Mint Julep frame cut from the Frame in Frame 2 Cutting Plate, and a Sugar Cube insert detailed with the Diamonds Piercing Plate.

I absolutely adore the shape of this Antique Pail because it allowed me to come up with a creative floral arrangement. I just love the way these Garden Variety Dies sit in there so nicely. It was also satisfying to find the perfect placement for the Matte Silver Enamel Dots.

Again, this sentiment is from the Mini Strips - You're the Best and white heat embossed on Black Licorice cardstock, then die cut using the Mini Strips - Asymmetrical Die. Who wouldn't love a card with this sentiment? ;)

Be sure to check out the Second Chances Release HERE. Thanks so much for watching!


Sunday, January 22, 2023

Taylored Expressions | One Design, Two Occasions - from Chinese New Year to Easter

Hello, crafty friends! I have a fun post for you today to celebrate Chinese New Year (Lunar New Year). The Year of the Rabbit begins today and while these cards are non-traditional, swapping out the sentiments makes them work for other occasions like Easter and even to welcome a new baby!

The Taylored Expressions Hop to It Background Cling & Clear Combo is new-to-me and I was excited to use it for Chinese/Lunar New Year because it's the Year of the Rabbit! I usually stick to more traditional colours for CNY but this time I went for non-traditional colours that would also work for Easter.

The colours I used on these cards are Rose Water, Guava, Pineapple, Mint Julep and Confetti Cake, both in ink format and coloured cardstock. I stamped the background with Oreo ink and used the clear stamps to add cheeks and ear colours. Then I used the coordinating Hop to It Die to cut out all the bunnies.

Next, I cut all of the mini slim card bases from white linen cardstock and used the Mini Slim Square Window Cutting Plate to create panels from white linen, Guava and Confetti Cake cardstock. 

Next, I cut the coordinating Square Window Frames from gold glitter cardstock. I used the same die to cut inserts for the frames from Guava, Pineapple, Mint Julep and Confetti Cake cardstock.

I used a tape runner and liquid glue to adhere the panels, inserts and frames. Then I popped the bunnies on to the cards with foam tape and set them aside to heat emboss the sentiments.

I chose sentiments from Mini Strips - Holiday, also new-to-me, and Mini Strips - Easter. As I've mentioned before, I love New Year stamps and they're hard to come by so I needed this one, except that it reads "and a Happy New Year". 

The way I paired up these sentiment strips, I didn't need the "and a" on that particular strip since it was redundant. I masked off that part before heat embossing these - gold embossing powder on Sugar Cube cardstock and white embossing powder on Black Licorice cardstock.

After die cutting all the sentiments with the Mini Strips - Flags Die, and storing the unused strips in a Simple Storage for Simple Strips container, I popped them up with foam strips.

Let me know if you have these products and if you plan to give this idea a try. Thanks so much for stopping by!


Thursday, January 5, 2023

REEL | Spellbinders | January 2023 Glimmer Hot Foil Kit + 3D Embossing Folder Club

It's time to share the Spellbinders January 2023 Clubs and this post combines both the Glimmer Hot Foil Kit of the Month ("Flower Delivery") and 3D Embossing Folder Club ("Floral Archway)! Flower Delivery includes the cutest little car, a bouquet of flowers and a tiny tag with your choice of three sentiments. Floral Archway is the most beautiful embossing folder you've ever seen and I've used different parts of it for each of my three cards for different looks.

When I first saw this month's Glimmer Hot Foil Kit ("Flower Delivery"), I wasn't sure what I would do with the car because it's of a significant size but since I love making clean and simple cards, there was no question that it was going to be the star of my designs. 

I was happy to have the Sparkle Red Hot Foil from the Christmas Sparkle Variety Pack because it looks incredible when heat foiled and it makes the car extra special! I started by choosing some bright colours typically used for Valentine's cards. I have a lot of winter birthday cards to make and these colours would definitely brighten up anyone's day in the dreary months.

I heat foiled the car on Spellbinders cardstock in Pink Sand, Dahlia and Pomegranate using Sparkle Red Hot Foil and die cut them using the coordinating outline and window inserts. Then I heat foiled the bouquet of flowers using Satin Rose Gold Hot Foil on the same three colours of cardstock. I originally heat foiled the tags similarly but switched it up after I started assembling the cards. More on that later.

Next, I chose special sentiments for each of the cards. On the white linen card, I used a sentiment from Mini Christmas Sentiment Strips, heat foiling it with Sparkle Red Hot Foil. I thought this would make a fantastic Chinese New Year card. The Year of the Rabbit begins on January 22nd (yes, it's early this year).

On the Waterfall card, I heat foiled a combination of two sentiments from Just Wanted to Say with an extra from Mini Sincere Sentiments using Espresso Bean Hot Foil. On the Dark Chocolate card, I heat foiled a sentiment from Sentiments for Everyday using Satin Rose Gold Hot Foil.

Once the sentiments were heat foiled directly onto the panels, I was able to partially emboss around those sentiments using this month's 3D Embossing Folder ("Floral Archway). The large size of these folders and all the details make it easy to move your card panels around within it and come up with different looks, just as I did on these three cards. You will never tire of using these stunning embossing folders!

To see these sparkly cards in motion, please visit THIS reel on my Instagram feed. 

Here's a list of kits I share each month and some of the value kits:

Thanks so much for stopping by!