Oct 20, 2014

First Avery Elle challenge

I recently discovered the Avery Elle brand of stamps.  I made my first purchase and now I've made my first card using these cute stamps.  Since I really like the style of these stamps, I'm sure I will be making more cards and looking for new stamps so I looked for their blog.  And they actually have a challenge blog too where you can win free stamps.  Awesome!  So I made my first card to fit into the current challenge.

Check out the challenge blog HERE.

And below is my entry for their current challenge & it fits the Simon Says Stamp Challenge for anything goes!

Here is my card.  I was able to use distress inks to make my background.  I masked off the ground from the sunset so I would not mix the green and orange colors.  I also masked off the border of the stitched edge which provides an instant mat.  This technique I copied from Nichol M. 
To color my bunnies, I used colored pencils and gamsol to get the watercolored soft look.  I selectively inked the sentiment since it was too long to fit on the tag.  
The stitched tag and rectangle are from Simon Says Stamp - called Bundle of Stitched Shapes. 
I did a search on Google to see sunset colors to give me an idea of how to make my background.  I used:  Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade, Spun Sugar Distress Inks, and Baja Breeze from Stampin' Up, to make the sky.
For the grass I used Wild Wasabi ink from Stampin' Up.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you like this card featuring Avery Elle's stamp set More Stories.

Sep 16, 2014

Owl Themed Baby Card | Video Tutorial

This week I had a baby shower to go to.  The theme was owls for their baby girl.  The entire decor and baby's room has owls, so it was proper to create an owl card.
I was fortunate to have this set from Swiss Girl designs called ABC Love.  I believe I got this back in 2011, but it has gotten a lot of use and I'm happy about that!  Actually all the stamps I used for this card are at least 1 year old.  It felt good to combine the images and make a card.  I also was able to use some cardstock from my scrap bags too!  
Full product list below the video.  I hope you like this card and the tutorial.

Papertrey Ink: Heart 2 Heart #6
Lawn Fawn: Smitty's ABC
Swiss Girl Designs: ABC Love
Pebbles: New Arrival Boy Stamp

Ink - all from Stampin' Up!
Baja Breeze, Calypso Coral, Soft Suede, Regal Rose

Bic Markers: Black and Green

Sep 12, 2014

Scrapbook layout for baby

After a long scrapbooking 'drought' of about 2-3 months, I was happy to put this layout together.  It did feel a bit foreign to put a layout together after such a long time of making cards instead of layouts.  I had to watch a few scrapbooking videos on You Tube to get my mojo going.  I am very pleased with the end result.
I got the background paper chosen first and then selected coordinating papers and solid cardstock that matched.  I used simple embellishments so my photo would stand out.  Simple wood veneer, ledt over glitter stickers, and washi tape was all I used.  The alphabet stickers were from an older Amy Tangerine line.
I know this is one of many future layouts of my baby boy.  I didn't make a video since it took me a long time since I was out of mojo for a while.
Stay tunes for more layouts and Project Life pages too.  

Sep 3, 2014

One Layer Sympathy Card with Video | July SSS Card Kit


Hello there.  I purchased the July and August 2014 card kits from Simon Says Stamp.  Each came with a great stamp set and a lot of other goodies that will last me a while. I was happy to be able to use products from the July kit to make this card this week.  Though this card has a whimsical feel, it is a sympathy card.  I am hoping it will bring a smile to the recipient.
I was able to use the designer paper and stamps from the kit - but I also was able to use a new stamp I had from Denami Designs.  I purchased this box stamp months ago at a stamp expo and this is the first time I used it!  I was also able to use my colored pencils and Gamsol to color in the box.  
It was nice to combine newer products with what might be considered older products to get a fresh look.
I hope you enjoy the video tutorial below.  Products listed below the video.

Sending Happy Thoughts - Simon Says Stamp (July 2014 Card Kit)
Open Box - Denami Designs

Midnight Muse, Early Espresso - Stampin' Up!
Lipstick Red - Simon Says Stamp (July 2014 Card Kit)

Designer paper from Simon Says Stamp July 2014 Card Kit
White Cardstock - Stampin' Up!

Paper Stump - Michaels
Gamsol - hardware store
Colored Pencils - Michaels
Holiday Shapes die - Simon Says Stamp
Xyron Sticker Maker
Corner Chomper - We R Memory Keepers

Aug 31, 2014

DJ baby thank you card - clean and simple


Since my husband is a DJ, my sister wanted to throw me a DJ baby themed baby shower.  She decorated with records and music notes throughout the house, the table settings, and even the food.  
So I felt it was appropriate to make my thank you cards follow that same theme.  Since this is something custom, I had to create my own image that worked.  
I had the onesie stamp image from an old stamp set that I've had forever, which I can't even link to.  The small music note was actually from the Teeny Tiny Backdrops stamp set from Lawn Fawn.  I simply inked up only one of the small music notes, rather than the entire background stamp to stamp the small music note on the onesie.  Thankfully the stamp is clear, so it made it easy to get the image in the right spot.
Additionally, I used the 'thank you' sentiment from a Hero Arts stamp set, Everyday Sayings CL342.  Very simply, stamped the sentiment three times to help fill up the card front and add interest.  It would have been very bare if I only stamped it once.  I like how it makes it more original and balances the card design.  I couldn't stop there.  I took my Holiday Shapes die from Simon Says Stamp, and used my silver glitter paper from Stampin' Up! - which I've had the 12x12 sheet in my stash for almost a year now!  So I was happy to use up an inch or so of the paper and die cut these small stars from the glitter paper.  Now these stars are teeny tiny, and I was using my Tombow Multi Purpose adhesive to glue them down, but it got messy and the glue leaked out the edge and got all over my tweezers.  So finally I used my other tool that needed some 'dusting off' - my Xyron mini sticker maker.  This made it a whole lot easier to stick these tiny stars down, and not get adhesive everywhere.  For a clean and simple design, I like how this card came out.
Not pictured was the back.  This was a postcard style card, meaning it had no fold, no inside, it is simply a card front.  On the back, I used washi tape and taped a 3x4 photo of my new baby.  I taped only the top of the picture so they can flip it upward and underneath the photo I wrote my thank you message.  It turned out quite well and was somewhat easy to mass produce since I had to make 25 of them!  
Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you are inspired to make a clean and simple card and use those stamps and older tools and supplies.
- Ezlie

Aug 17, 2014

Nature lover's wedding card | video tutorial

My husband's cousin got married and the couple are nature lovers.  Their wedding photos were taken out in a forest wearing their hiking gear and they registered at REI!  Need I say more?!  So I wanted to use this theme in their wedding card to make it more personal.  This is one of the benefits of being able to make your own cards - how hard do you think it would be to find a nature themed wedding card out in the stores??!

So here's the card.  It came out so much better than I thought it would.  I was happy to use a few pieces of cardstock from my scrap box.  I also was able to use my old stamp set that is an oldie but a goody from TPC Studio called Camp.  This old camping stamp set was an impulse purchase when I was on vacation and stopped by a craft store in the area.  But this set has come in handy so many times - especially since we've been camping every year.  So I was happy to pull out this set again to use it for this card. 
I combined these scrap papers and older stamp set with some new products I got in my July Simon Says Stamp 2014 card kit.  I used the patterned paper from the kit to do some paper piecing.  I loved the small images on the paper and the colors too worked out.  
I was in the mood to break out older products from my stash - even ones I haven't used yet - like the stencil from Heidi Swapp.  You'll see in the video how I combined using the stencil with other older tools like my Versamarker, heat and stick powder, and glitter of all things!  These are truly old products that I haven't used in ages.  So it truly felt good to pull them out and put them to use. 
I hope you enjoy the video tutorial and are inspired to pull out some of your older products and tools and combine them with newer products to create your next project!
(scroll down for products used)

Camp - TPC Studio
Congratulations C2734 - Hero Arts
Claire's ABC - Lawn Fawn
ABC Love - Swiss Girl Designs

Stencil: 6x6 Confetti - Heidi Swapp

Ink: Midnight Muse, Always Artichoke - Stampin' Up!
Lipstick Red - Simon Says Stamp

Paper:  scrap cardstock from Stampin' Up!
Designer paper - Simon Says Stamp July 2014 Card Kit

Accessories/Tools:  Versamarker, yellow glitter, Crystal Effects - Stampin' Up!, twine

Aug 1, 2014

Clean and Simple Masculine Card - Video

Just a quick post to share my latest video of a clean and simple sympathy card.  Enjoy and hope you are staying cool!

Jul 19, 2014

Project Life Pregnancy Album - Video

Well, I am now in my 9th month of pregnancy!  Woo hoo!  Our little guy can make his appearance at any time now.  I'm totally ready - I think.
I was able to work on my pregnancy album and make a video of it.  I'm getting the hang of Project Life a bit.  The more pages I do, the more it seems to get easier.  

On this page I did a bit more stamping.I heat embossed "boy or girl" with white embossing powder on vellum so you could still see my belly photo behind the text.  I thought this was a nice way to get text on a photo without covering it fully.
I also used a few clippings from a baby magazine to get a few of the words.  
Besides using www.picmonkey.com to add the text on the photos, I heat embossed on the bottom right photo - directly onto the picture. 
 For the next layout, I did a lot more journaling.  These came from my journal/diary that I've been keeping notes in.  I hand wrote all this journaling directly onto the designer paper.  On the pictures I kept it simple by adding small stickers with a small note or date on it.
For the last pocket on this page, I didn't have another 4x6 photo, so I simply did some stamping on designer paper.  I heat embossed with white and added a few paper cut clouds just to fill the pocket.  

 The next page I wanted to start with the title pocket of Spring Break, beach day. I used alphabet stickers and washi tape to make the title. This page has more photos than journaling, which I like. I didn't feel the need to add much more text to these pictures, since they seemed self explanatory.   
I really do enjoy using stickers and washi tape in this album.  It really makes a simple and fast addition for decoration and even provides a place to add journaling. It's nice to use up some stickers I've had in my stash for ages and giving them some life.  I even used rub ons - which is a product I have not purchased or used for a long long time.

I decided to decorate my journaling cards a bit more on this page.  I used the actual tag from the nursing pillow I got to break up the text and to help fill the pocket.
I combined stickers, stamps, paper cuts, and designer paper to make my 4x6 journaling pocket.  It wasn't really a title but since it was a bit longer story, I think it fit well in the 4x6 pocket with the decoration to go along with it.  Since I had a lot of photos, the journaling went directly on the pictures, using paper cut outs and stickers.  I stamped directly on the last photo again, but instead of heat embossing, I simply used Staz On ink to ensure it would not smudge.  Check out my video below to see the process of the last page coming together.  
Thanks for stopping by. 

Jul 10, 2014

Baby Thank You cards

I had my baby shower a little more than a week ago, so I am due to send out my thank you cards for all the baby goodies we got.
I wanted to get ahead and break down the steps to make the cards, since I knew I had to make a large quantity.  I personally do not like making repeats or the same thing over and over, so breaking the card design down into steps made it easier for me and saved me time overall.

It started with a design.  I chose which stamp I wanted to use and I practiced coloring the image.  I had to choose something simple since I knew it would be mass produced.  I went through my stash and found an image I liked.  I then, looked through my dies to see which designs would work to easily create layers on my card.  I recently purchased a layering die set from Spellbinders - A2 Curved Matting Basics B and it fit the image perfectly, with rounded corners - which I liked for a baby card. Once I had the design worked out I broke it down into steps.

First step, die cut the layers I will stamp on and the colored card stock layer.  This was quick and easy with the die cutting machine.  Then I got stamping.  I stamped the image (A Slice of Life - retired Stampin' Up!) and the "thanks" sentiment (Blissful Botanicals - Lawn Fawn).  For a baby card I didn't want to use black ink, so I used Soft Suede ink from Stampin' Up!
Next step, after a few days, I did all the coloring.  This took the most time, but by doing all at once, it sped up the process since the design was all the same and I had all the products out.  I used basic colored pencils - nothing fancy.
After they were all colored, I then adhered them atop the coordinating layer.  On another day, I cut all the card bases and embossed them with an embossing folder.
The final step was assembly.  I tied a bow on each piece and then simply glued them down on the card front. 
If I waited and did all these steps all at once for a large quantity of cards, I would have probably got frustrated, overwhelmed, and bored.  By breaking it down and having things ready to put together in steps, made this mass production easier to handle. If you have a large quantity of cards to make, try to break down the steps - you may find it as less of a task and more enjoyable to create the finished product in bulk.

Jul 2, 2014

Simon Says Stamp July 2014 card kit

In a recent post, I shared that I treated myself to the Simon Says Stamp card kit as a subscription for 3 months.  I got my first kit and I was glad to finally be able to use it.  I was short on time, so I made a quick and simple card.  One of my own personal challenges was to use some product(s) from my stash - not just the new products.  So I pulled out some gray cardstock, blue embossing powder, and a scrap piece of vellum all from my stash.
This card had a few hiccups along the way.  Not only did I use up the last of my glue dots, but I also used up my white gel pen!  And I wanted a faux stitched along the edge, but after I poked all the holes, I couldn't find my needle with the large eye to take the twine - so I couldn't do the stitching.  I was lucky to be able to fit the twine in the top and bottom hole without a needle and I just tied it in the back to try to hide the holes I poked.  Just a bit of reality - not all cards go smoothly or as planned - but that just helps test my creativity on how am I going to work around or fix these hiccups and still complete a nice looking card.
I hope you like this card and the video tutorial below.  Thanks for stopping by!  Please like and subscribe to my channel if you haven't already.  I appreciate your support.
Have a great day!