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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A peek at some holiday fashion …

I just had to jump on here quick and share a project I’m working on tonight. I am so lovin’ it! Hope you will too.

This is part of the new ornament line from Globecraft Memories (the frame is drying with a thick coat of Glastique on it). The ornaments are really cute and come with holiday figures in them, but as you can see I opted to alter mine. I discarded the figure and used a fairy from Crafty Secrets Altered Fairy 09 cut-out sheet. I decked her out in holiday fashion using lots of Art Glitter, some moss and a holiday phrase printed on the computer. She’s not done yet, but so darn cute I just wanted to share. Dennis doesn’t seem to get as excited as you guys over stuff like this – go figure!

Ok, break’s over. Gotta get back to work on design team samples and finish up samples for CHA! I’m actually thankful for this heat because it’s keeping me inside working.

The journey awakens the soul but I think I’ll just sleep …

If you read my post of Globecraft Memories today you’ll know that I’ve been making cards this week – and staying up WAY too late! Been playing around with our Piccolo Card Decor & More packets and really liking ’em! Love that all the pieces coordinate, punch out easily and have lots of detail. For this one I basically used several varieties of our Piccolo Enamel Powders – look at all the color on those gears!

Titled, “the journey awakens the soul,” the old jalopy and map paper from Tim Holtz mix great with the Vintage Gears, ST002 pack. After punching the pieces I decided to use our enamel powders and couldn’t decide which so used several!

This is Temple Stone on the frame. Our enamels have varying sizes and colors of enamels mixed so you get all that great Earthiness and texture.

The sentiment, Tim Holtz stamp CMS 063, uses Siam Silver. Like our 24K Gold, there is a fine silver glitter mixed in with the enamel. It is really pretty, especially when the light catches it. I stamped on white cardstock using our Piccolo Embossing Powder adhesive which comes in a dabber bottle! It is so easy to use and gives great coverage for the enamel powders!

This is the finished piece. Vintage Silver, Mardi Gras, Royal Sterling and Vintage Gold are used on the various gears and handle. See how the handle has lumps and bumps near the center? You can achieve that look with the Flash Heat technique of not heating the enamels all the way through. It gives it more of an organic and rustic appearance which I really like. The jalopy is from Tim Holtz Mini Muse CMS 063 stamp, stamped with Ranger’s Pitch Black Archival Ink then a coat of Glossy Glastique brushed over the top – feels really cool. I popped it up with dimensional foam squares and angled it slightly to make it look like it might be really traveling along the road.

Hop on over to our blog at Globecraft Memories for an entirely different card using our Piccolo Vintage Grape Vine, F010.