Thursday, June 14, 2018

Lots of Hello's

How many "hello" dies does one card maker need?  I say, you can't have too many!  For my project today, I'm utilizing a few of my favorite "hello" dies for a clean and simple, colorful card.  Pop Tone card stock, on sale this month, adds the perfect "pop" of color.

I started off by running a large "hello" die through my Sizzix machine using Cougar White Super Smooth Cardstock--I like the 100lb.  Then, I took the letters and ran them through again in a dotted embossing folder.

You want to choose an embossing folder that has a pattern that's close together like dots or stripes so it shows well on the letters.

I felt like the card was going need a little bit of a flat layer underneath my die cuts for interest, so I added a stenciled flower layer with Distress Oxide ink to the upper left corner of a white notecard.  

I adhered my large "hello" with small foam squares to the front of the card along with a "hey" and "hi".  These were cut using Grape Jelly and Blue Raspberry Pop Tone Cardstock.  A sentiment tucked in the corner of the die cuts finished the card.  

 I'll confess, I have way more "hello" dies than this, LOL!  If you are the same, you could try this project with every color in the Pop Tone rainbow!  Thanks for joining me today.


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

You're a Lifesaver!

I'm sure we've all had someone lend a hand or offer to help out at just the perfect time, right? Like the neighbor that shows up just when you need them, or the friend who's right by your side when life gets a bit tough. And sometimes you want to offer a little more than a "thank you", so today I'm sharing this little treat bag that could be used to hold anything from a gift card, to cash... or any other little treasure!

I've had these little gift bags in my stash for years, and they always seem to come in super handy. I decided to embellish this one with a bit of a nautical theme.
I chose Pop Tones Sweet Tooth and Wild Cherry.... I always get hungry when I'm working with Pop Tones!

I die cut and stamped all the components for my project. The life preserver came to life when I colored it with Prismacolor pencils!

After fussy-cutting the colored image, I "popped" it up using these foam adhesive strips. I love that they can be used for lots of projects because they are thin enough to really bend and maneuver!

To finish it off, I added a little piece of ribbon tied with baker's twine. I attached it with a handy little glue dot.

Then, just fill as you wish. The recipient will appreciate the fact that you went that extra step to show your appreciation!
Happy Crafting -- Amber

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

You're the Sweetest Friend

Hello friends! Summer, also known as my “brightly colored project” season, is almost here! I have another quilling idea for you today - but it’s a little trickier than my last post with quillwork.

I didn’t want to add in too many flowers on this one since the central piece takes a bit more time to make, so I just used it as the focal point of the card.

To start the petals, you’ll need to trim 1/8” x 11" strips of PopTones Blue Raspberry 70lb paper and Basis Teal 70lb paper. You’ll want to cut about twenty pieces from the Blue Raspberry and five from the Teal.

Using a Slotted Quilling Tool (or the clipped eye of a needle in a cork, or a split toothpick), make ten loose coils from the Blue Raspberry strips. To do this, grab the end of the piece with the tool and try to roll the paper with even tension.

When you get to the end, hold the roll and give your tool a quarter turn in the opposite direction to “unlock’ the center. Carefully slide the roll off, keeping it tight. Then, slowly release the roll with your fingers and let it expand into a 1/4” coil. Glue the end with a tiny dab of your favorite glue. You should be using about this much:

Still working with the remaining ten strips of Blue Raspberry, pick two pieces and glue them end to end to make a 22” length. Use the same technique as the smaller coils to make five large coils, except when you let it expand, lay the roll on a table to keep the center from falling out. These should be about 1 1/2” wide when you glue them.

Next, pinch a large coil into a marquise shape and two of the smaller coils into half-moon shapes. Secure them together at the bottom corners with a tiny dab of glue.

Then, take a strip of the Teal and glue that to the bottom edge of the shaped coils. Wrap it around three times - you can tighten a little as you go to make the coils inside all snug. Secure it with a dab of glue and trim the end.

You’ll probably have some scraps left around, so grab (or cut) ten 1/8” x 1 1/2” strips of Blue Raspberry and make tiny rolls. Don’t let them expand - glue them shut while they are still on the tool, then slide them off and tuck them in the gaps inside the flower petals.

Once you have five of those made, we can build the center. I used a 1/4” x 4” strip of Pop-Tones Orange Fizz 65lb cardstock and a 3/8” x 3” strip of Pop-Tones Lemon Drop 65lb cardstock.

Get you some Detail Scissors and start fringing one edge all the way down to the end of the strip. You can actually get a little machine, aptly named a "Fringer," that’s made especially for this, but I always find you get better results when you do it yourself. The imperfections are what makes it pretty.

When you have them all fringed, glue them end to end like you did for the large coils. Then roll them up with the slotted tool, starting with the orange strip.

Glue the center shut while it’s still on the tool, then slide it off. Lay it down on your work surface and attach the petals with dabs of glue along the base. Put the completed flower aside to dry.

Meanwhile, mat a 5 1/4” x 4” piece of Pop-Tones Sweet Tooth cardstock with a 5 1/2” x 4 1/4” rectangle of Lemon Drop. Add some dye ink (New Leaf, Papertrey Ink) with a blender to the top left corner.

Add some leaves around where your flower will go with a die from your stash. I used Pop-Tones Gumdrop Green to cut mine.

You might have noticed that this is my favorite leaf die. It’s just perfect behind quilled flowers! Of course, if you don’t feel like using dies, you can always quill your leaves as well - just use the same technique as the flower petals but on a smaller scale.

To finish putting it together, stamp the sentiment (Totally Random Sayings, Essentials by Ellen) in black ink, then adhere your lovely quilled flower in place with a few strategic dabs of glue. Don't forget to fan out the flower center!

Add your card front to a card base, and you’re done! Well, right after the sequins :)

Thanks for reading today! Feel free to pin this project to your cardmaking board on Pinterest, and please share to your favorite social media site!

❤️  Niki • • @cardstoq (on Instagram, Pinterest & Twitter)

Monday, June 11, 2018

DIY Planner Clips

Looking for a fun and easy way to decorate your planner?  These super bright and graphic planner clips can be made in minutes and are a great way to personalize and embellish an otherwise boring appointment book!

Choose some fun stamps with coordinating dies.  Then, diecut and emboss (if needed) each shape from Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock.

Stamp each die-cut with the coordinating stamp using an alcohol-friendly ink like Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

Color the images in with several shades of Spectrum Noir markers.  I was inspired by the bold icon images to use equally bold colors, so most of my images are colored in bright turquoises, pinks, and yellows.

I next used the Pop-Tone Card Stock Sample Swatch Book to choose matching colors and create bright mats for each image.  These handy tools are available for several different cardstock lines in the CutCardStock store and make choosing coordinating colors for your projects so easy!

Die cut two mats for each colored image (if you don't have a matting die for your image, you can adhere it to the cardstock and fussycut instead).  Here I chose Blue Raspberry, Lemon Drop, and Razzleberry cardstocks for my clips.

Adhere each of the colored images to one of the coordinating die-cut mats with Tombow Mono Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue.

Add a dot of hot glue to the back of the matted image and press a large paperclip into the glue.  Then, add more hot glue around the paperclip and cover the back of the clip with the second die-cut mat shape.

Use your new planner clips to personalize a page, bookmark the current week, or remember an important date!

I hope you enjoyed this fun and easy way to embellish your planner and thanks so much for stopping by today.  Be sure to visit the CutCardStock store to purchase any of the supplies showcased today and remember that Pop Tone Cardstocks are on sale this month!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Just Breathe....

Some days you just need to remember to breathe....   A special friend recently went through a difficult time, so I created this to remind her to just "breathe".

I started with Pop-Tone Cardstock in Razzleberry (my favorite), Cotton Candy, and Pink Lemonade. I stamped and die cut the Classic Roses from Heartfelt Creations. I inked the edges of the flowers with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink.

Then I used a stylus and foam mat to shape the flowers.

I layered the petals to created the roses. 

For that added touch I added a little clear glitter.

I used Pop-Tone Cardstock in Gumdrop to stamp and die cut leaves and swirls from Heartfelt Creations. I found that I can use Copic markers on the Pop Tones Cardstock to add shading on the leaves. I also added a little Peeled Paint Distressed Oxides to the edges of the leaves. I used the stylus and foam mat to shape the leaves.

I cut the word "breathe" out of Pop Tones Cardstock in Hot Fudge using my eClips machine.

To create the plaque, I re-purposed a monogrammed sign from Easter. I painted it white, but I could have covered it with paper.

I glued the swirls and "breathe" down.

Then added the roses and leaves.

Then I threaded the ribbon back through the holes.  I love how it turned out. I hope this will brighten her day and remind her to ......  just breathe.

Thanks for stopping by and remember to......

just breathe