Wednesday, February 22, 2017

My Cards and Tags: Blessed Card Using Reverse Confetti

I was in a bit of a gray mood today (gray sky, wet gray sidewalks, general overall gray vibes), but then I got to thinking Hey!  At least I'm not one of those worms that got washed out of house and home and is now on the sidewalk awaiting a worse fate.  I felt bad for those little guys and was grateful to be a human.  That led to me thinking of other things I was grateful for and before long, I was feeling much less gray.  My feelings of gratitude inspired this card, the structure of which was based on February's SFYTT over at Reverse Confetti.

I started with some paper from Altenew's Reflections scrapbook kit, then added some text paper on top, some of it cut with Tim Holtz's Trellis Frameworks die.

I toned it down with some white paint and did more ink blending, then added a Reverse Confetti frame made out of blue paper from their Fright Night collection.  The "Blessed" die is also from them.  I made a tree out of another Reverse Confetti die and added some hearts to it.  I stamped around the tree with a wonky stitched circle from Simon Says Stamp's Sparkle and Shine set.

I had some Teresa Collins number/bingo Washi tape that I added to represent counting blessings and typed out the "count the ways" sentiment on my We R Memory Keepers typewriter.

Here are the supplies I used:

It felt good to stop and think about all there is to be grateful for- including the opportunity to be crafty!

Monday, February 20, 2017

My Other Creations: We R Memory Keepers Tab Punch Board Mini Folder

The theme for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is "Transport."  I made a folder to transport highly important documents of a secret nature (okay- maybe just craft papers) from Point A to Point B.

I have been waiting for months to get my hands on the new Tab Punch Board from We R Memory Keepers and it did not disappoint!  If you're thinking about getting one, there are some good YouTube videos on the basics of how it works.  And yes!  This is an easy board to use (some require a bigger learning curve, but this one's pretty straightforward).  In addition, here are some questions/answers I couldn't find online that I discovered after I bought my board:

What does is mean when the board advertises the ability to cut three different sizes of tabs (small, medium or large)?  This refers to the length of the tab only (short tab, medium tab or long tab).  They are exactly the same width and height, but the length is the part you're able to adjust.  I used the large tabs on my project above.

Can you punch tabs onto any size of paper?  Yes.  You can make "real size" folders or super mini folders.  The only limitations are on the size of paper you have.  If you wanted a huge folder, you'd obviously have to have huge paper.

Can you change the depth of the tabs?  Nope.  The board cuts into your paper at a set depth.  If you wanted more shallow/more narrow tabs for some reason, the tab depth is not something that's adjustable.

Can you change the shape of the tabs?  Negative.  If you don't like the tab shape (say you wanted to punch a tab that was really simple and didn't have the second bump-out "step" at the bottom), you can't adjust that on this board.  I think the shape is great, so I have no reason to want to change it, but I was curious about that when I was looking into this board.

The bottom line is that this board is awesome and I thoroughly enjoyed using it on this project.  Long live tabs, I say, and if you have a tool that makes it quick and easy to add tabs to anything, then all the better!

Here are the supplies I used for my folder, which you can find at Simon Says Stamp:

I can't wait to see where this week's theme will "transport" you (see what I did there?), so be sure to upload your creations to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store!

Monday, February 13, 2017

My Cards and Tags: Collaged Tags

This week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme is to use your favorite tool(s) on a project.  My go-to tool is the Sizzix Big Shot and the die set I use most often is Tim Holtz's Tag Collection die set.  I used both of these to make these two tags:

These were made with hashing and re-hashing quite a few layers in a mad blur of ink and paint and die shapes.  I always start with Strathmore Mixed Media paper if I know things are going to get wet or inky.  I cut these tags out, then glued on strips of text paper.

Next I stamped, colored and cut some hexagons using Tim Holtz's Patchwork stamp set.  I glued them to the tags, then painted over them with white paint.  For the "kind" tag, I added some circle stamping using Tim's Halftone and Rings stamp set and painted again.  I followed-up with some patterned paper scraps and a circle with an X in it from Seth Apter's Drip Drop die set.  I added a bubble wand shape I drew and made into a stamp.  I added a Tim Holtz ruler ribbon number and stamped around it with a cool wonky stitched circle stamp from Simon Says Stamp called Sparkle and Shine.  I also added just a few small sketched circles from Simon's Scribble Flowers set.  The "kind" sentiment is a Tim Holtz Elementary Flash Card.

For the "hello" tag, after I painted and layered with the patchwork stamp as described above, I added a sprinkle of stars cut with Neat and Tangled's Seeing Stars die set.  I added more patterned paper scraps, a bit of text paper, and threw on another bubble wand.  I used the same Simon sets as described above and a Tim Holtz "hello" flash card.

Here are the supplies I used, which you can find in the Simon Says Stamp store:

I can't wait to see what some of your favorite tools are!  Upload your masterpiece to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store!