Quick cards for the New Year

Linda_Neff_mini_mug_shotEvery year I always miss someone or two or three on my Christmas card list. I’m sure that never happens to happen of you! My solution is to send a New Year’s card and include a little family newsletter. That way it looks like I haven’t forgotten them – I just choose to wish them a Happy New Year!

I made these cards from left over Heidi Swapp Christmas papers and embellishments. Who says you can’t use Christmas paper for other occasions? Without the phrase Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays, these papers are just lots of pretty prints!

This set of cards came together really quickly: using a paper trimmer, a couple of punches, some Distress Ink and my trusty Xyron Creative Station.

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After gathering all supplies I cut simple rectangles to fit my standard A2 cards. I punched some borders with a Martha Stewart border punch and used a Fiskars hexagon punch to create some coordinating hexagons. I also used some of Heidi’s Believe Banner Delights as added elements. I just played around and did a quick layout of designs before inking all edges with Ranger’s Black Soot Distress Ink.

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I don’t seem to own a ‘Happy New Year’s’ stamp so printed my sentiment on white cardstock. I punched some with a Marvy scallop circle punch and trimmed out the others with the paper trimmer. I used my Teresa Collins Stapler to add some detail to one of my sentiments before attaching it to the card.

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All my card pieces are run through my Xyron 9″ Creative Station. I like to use this size when I have lots of pieces. I can line them up before shipping them through so adhesive is not wasted.

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Then the fun begins – peel and stick! So easy!

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These are the finished cards so now I only need to type up the newsletter and pop them in the mail after Christmas! This makes me feel like I’m actually ahead of the game.

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It’s not always so transparent …

I have been trying so many glitter techniques lately and having a blast doing so! And, have you watched Craft Wars yet on TLC on Tuesday nights? They’ve had glitter everywhere – especially this week.

In just a few short months I’ve discovered so many ways to use glitter. Sometimes, an idea just hits me while perusing my stash of Stampington magazines to where I wonder if i could replace a certain product with glitter. That’s what happened last week.

I usually bookmark ideas with tons of sticky notes for future reference and I came across an article in the Apr/May 2010 The Stamper’s Sampler titled “Beautiful Brayering” I had bookmarked to try some day. So, I read the article again and I’m wondering, “can I replace the brayered ink with a transparent glitter?”

Not everyone understands the use of transparent glitter – it took me awhile before I understood it – and being a visual person myself, I wanted to share this project with you. The basics are: If you want your background to show through the transparent glitter, use a clear adhesive. If you want to block your background out to get the full color effect of the transparent glitter, block out your background with a dries-white glue. For the effect I wanted to achieve I actually used a Xyron Creative Station.

I used an old book page on this card that I inked, embossed and glittered with transparent glitter – cool isn’t? You can still see the ink colors and the print on the book page!

Hop over to the Art Glitter blog for complete instructions and give this a try! It’s really a lot of fun and gives such a wonderful muted effect. Happy Glittering!

This isn’t the Poodle Skirt I remember …

This is a sweet little card – perfect for a birth announcement, recognition or first birthday.

Here’s how it’s made:

Start with Piccolo Card Decor Set #8. Carefully remove the two pieces from the frame and clean up any rough edges by lightly sanding. I find it rare that I need to sand any edges on the Piccolo elements; they tend to remove easily and cleanly from the background. Start by inking your first piece with Piccolo Enamel Adhesive and sprinkle on the Piccolo Enamel.  I like to tip my covered element over a bead or glitter tray to catch excess enamel rather than tap it off. Heat set the enamel with a heat tool. I used two coats of Piccolo Detail White on the flourish and heart elements.

The larger element is enameled with Poodle Skirt Piccolo Enamel Powder. I set two coats and randomly sprinkled some areas with a third coat and heat it just enough to set but not melt completely. We call this the Flash Heat technique. It gives the piece a bit of a rough appearance and creates texture and dimension.

I then inserted the flourish and heart back into the background element to create a two-tone effect. Love the way it looks – the smooth white against the rough pink.

I made my card from cardstock cut to size at 5 1/2 inches-by-8 1/2 inches, then scored and folded it in half. Then cut a piece of pink cardstock to 4 1/8 inches-by-5 3/8 inches, and processed it through the Xyron 5″ Creative Station using permanent adhesive. I like to leave the protective backing on until I’m ready to adhere it to the card so I stretched the green May Arts ribbon across the center and wrapped the ends to the back, gently peeled the backing just enough to adhere the ribbon.

I used a ChipToppers sticker from Bazzill Basics Baby Girl sticker sheet and mounted it a scrap of green cardstock then trimmed it leaving about 1/8 inch frame around the sticker. Between the amount of Piccolo pieces on Card Decor Set #8 and the numerous stickers on the Baby Girl sheet I could easily get 4-6 cards. That’s extremely economical and I’m all about economical these days!

I adhered the Piccolo element to the pink card front, added some dimensional foam tape to the back of the sticker piece (leave the protective covering on) to elevate to match the Piccolo element. Determined placement over the Piccolo, placed both pieces on a piercing mat and used a piercing tool to pierce three holes. Inserted brads through all three parts: sticker, Piccolo and card front and flatten with a bone folder. This will allow your decorative front to lay fairly flat on the card.

Next, I peel the backing from the dimensional tape on the sticker and press that down. Then remove the Xyron protective cover from the back of the pink card front. Carefully line the pink, embellished card front up to the folded card front and press in place.

Hop on over to the Globecraft Memories blog to see another card I made from Piccolo Card Decor Sets!

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Operation Write Home

Xyron and We R Memory Keepers have partnered to help support Operation Write Home, an organization that provides handmade cards to deployed soldiers so they can write home to their families and loved ones.

Xyron Design Team members are participating and samples of all the great cards have been shared throughout the week on Ain’t She Crafty. Hop on over there to check them all out!

For my cards, I took a cue from my friend Robin who has participated in Operation Write Home frequently. She’s mailed hundreds of cards to the organization that she and friends have made and also those from our Cracker Jack Stampers club. Her cards for this organization are always beautiful without being real dimensional for mailing purposes. She tends to be able to stretch a little paper a long way, yet create a good quality card.

I made several cards using paper by WeR Memory Keepers and a few stamps from my stash that have been in my collection for so long I honestly don’t know which company they are (help me out if anyone recognizes them). I just love the softness of the colors in the collections and was even able to create a cute little baby congrats card without any stamping! These lines coordinate extremely well and the embellishments are perfect on the front as the sentiment, which makes it easy for anyone to be able to create a card with just a few tools. The cards are all held together with Xyron’s Mega Runner and 1/2″ Dot Adhesive, which is quickly becoming a favorite of mine!

Please join us in the worthwhile project! Click the links above for complete information! Happy card making!

Fireworks anyone?

ART GLITTER AND DREAMWEAVER STENCILS ARE TEAMING UP THE ENTIRE MONTH OF JUNE TO BRING YOU AN AMAZING CREATIVE COLLABORATION MIXING DREAMWEAVER STENCILS AND ART GLITTER. COME ALONG FOR THE RIDE…WE PROMISE IT WILL BE A SPARKLING ONE!

Visit the Art Glitter blog and the Dream It Up! blog for fabulous inspiration from both talented design teams. We are encouraging all of you to play along with the challenge of creating with Dreamweaver Stencils and Art Glitter*, preferably using the Double-Glitter Technique. Just link your creation to the Mr. Linky on the Dream It Up! blog, or email pics to lynell@dreamweaverstencils.com, for an opportunity to win one of four fabulous glitter and stencil prize packages. One winner is chosen each week. (US and Canada only, please).
*For the month of June Art Glitter is selling 1 oz jars of glitter for $5.98 (regular price $7.32)! Get the details HERE!

In addition to my post here, you’ll find another Art Glitter project from me over on the Art Glitter blog.

Now, on to the fireworks! I love watching fireworks shoot in the sky. Makes no matter to me if it’s small ones shot in the backyard or if we make the trek to Kensington or Fowlerville to see them – I just love to watch them!

When I ordered this Stencil LX7012, Waves and Dots, I had no intention to use it on a Fourth of July card, but that’s just the way my mind works sometimes. At first glance I originally seen retro with pinks and oranges so how it got to red, white and blue I have no idea; but I love it!

After soaping the backside of my stencil I adhered it to Art Glitter’s Sticky Paper.  Then I noticed it – stencil LX7012 has a lot of tiny little holes in it – a LOT of tiny little holes. I wanted those to be filled in with red glitter so that meant I had to cover all those tiny little holes. Dreamweaver sticky paper to the rescue. I cut it in a couple little strips then into little tiny squares and taped over all those tiny little holes.

Trust me, covering all those tiny little holes takes time but the end result is fantastic!

I really wanted to try my friend Laura’s technique with Art Glitter’s Ariel Dazzlers (D16) so they went down first. I pressed them in like she said and tapped off the excess before filling in with Pacifica Microfine Transparent (701) glitter.

The larger pieces in this mix are the Dazzlers.

Once the blues were down I carefully brushed all loose glitter away from my stencil and workspace so as to not contaminate my blank sticky paper when removing the little squares covering all those tiny little holes; the craft knife worked really good for this.

See, some of those little Dazzlers pieces still snuck into the holes!

The Ruby Red Microfine Opaque (500) glitter was perfect to fill in all those tiny little holes – don’t you agree?

Tap off excess and again, I was careful to brush all glitters away from my work station to avoid contamination of my blank sticky paper background. Flip the stencil over so it is resting on the desktop and carefully peel away the stencil (this little tip helps prevent the stencil from bending) and this is what I ended up with after sprinkling on Winter White Microfine Transparent (711) glitter onto the remaining blank Sticky Paper.

I used this finished paper to make this AaaaHSome 4th of July card! Stamped the sentiment SSC 1094 with Jet Black Archival Ink onto white cardstock, cut it out then framed that with red cardstock. I matted the glittered paper onto a dark blue cardstock, wrapped a piece of May Arts silk ribbon in Navy around that piece before adhering to the white card. The sentiment is popped up with dimensional foam dots and added to the card front to get the finished look below.

Happy Fourth!

Just a note …

Been working on some card-making this week among other projects. I buy lots of stamps for cards I want to make but never seem to get around to doing it. Well, I spent yesterday afternoon in my room creating cards. I’ve never considered myself a card maker so it takes me three times as long to finish one – much longer than building a scrapbook page or mini book!

I have this Hero Arts cling stamp – Daisy Label – which is a framed stamp with journal lines running through the center. I wanted to use only the frame so chose not to ink the inside areas of the stamp. The frame is stamped with Ranger Archival ink because it is waterproof once heat set so I was able to watercolor the flower and spritz the entire stamped area with shimmer mist made from mixing Ranger’s Perfect Pearls and water in a mini mister. Added the stamped sentiment, a couple of mats and adhered it all to the card. And … I have a card! One day I hope to be inspired to write something in them and actually pop them in the mail to someone special.

Are we having great weather or what this week! Rachel and her dogs came to visit today. We planned on kayaking so left Bella and Molly with grandma and we drifted on Appleton Lake for a couple of hours. How nice. Finished the day off with dinner outdoors then went to the Yum Yum Tree for dessert! Grandma loves the Yum Yum Tree and we love having an excuse to go there.

Class scheduling is going well through September and October. I’m working on class samples and have classes scheduled at Scrapbook Peddler, Scrapbooks Galore & More and Capture a Memory so far. Check the calendar regularly on my blog for updates.