Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone, and here’s hoping that 2015 is a year of health and happiness.

Since I had a day off, I created a few New Year cards. Enjoy.

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I love this card for several reasons: first, it was so fast and easy to make! And second, I found a small stash of previously dry embossed card stock pieces that I had put away!
The silver embossed background was made using a Cuttlebug swirl folder. I simply cut it to size to fit the card front, edged it with a gold metallic marker, and glued it on the card. The greeting (Hero Arts Celebrate Everyday set) was embossed in gold, trimmed, and edged with the gold metallic pen. Silver sequin stars (Sulyn) and gold glitter stars (die cut using the set from Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Journaling die) were added using Ranger’s Glossy Accents. That’s it!

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This was inspired by a New Year’s Eve ad I saw in a magazine a while ago. Also, super easy — I used a variety of circle stamps (all from Hero Arts in various sets) and embossed some in gold, some in silver (including Judikins Aegean Silver, which has a lot of sparkle). The sentiment was trimmed and layered over a scrap of gold paper, cut to the same proportions.

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This was also fun. Using Sizzix’s Banner Triplets by Stephanie Bernard and some gold, silver and off-white scraps, I die cut my way to the New Year. When I glued the cut out pieces to the layering banner, some glue seeped out. At first i despaired, but then I added some ultra fine glitter and, hey, it’s not so bad. Same sentiment, but I added a little stamped and embossed bit for extra flavor. The silver Dew Drops (Robins Nest) and sequin stars (Sulyn) added the finishing touches.

Thanks for stopping by! And here’s to a great year!

Happy Hannukah!

I’m a day late, but happy Hannukah to those who celebrate this fun Festival of Lights!

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This card was so fast and easy to make!
White cardstock was run through a Cuttlebug swirls embossing folder. The Star of David (American Art Stamp) was embossed using Judikins Aegean Silver (one of my favorite silvers), cut out and popped up using foam squares. The little banner was a leftover scrap from another project.

Happy Hannukah!

Fabulous Finds Friday — Balloons!

On a recent trip to Las Vegas, I visited Viva Las Vegas stamps … and spent all my gambling money on rubber (better than throwing it away on the slots, right?)

I picked up a few *Banksy-inspired images, including this fun balloon girl:

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I played around with it and black embossed the image. And looked at it and looked at it … then I found the Party Banner Cutting Plate (TE217) from Taylored Expressions all cut out and nowhere to go, just sittin’ on my desk. So I paired it with balloon girl … and, well, there we go.

Here’s another card using balloon girl:
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The pretty blue embossing powder is from Ranger, the dry embossed cloud background from Darice. And there’s that Hero Arts enjoy sentiment again. The cardstock is from WorldWin.

Here’s a close up view of the embossed cloud:

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Thanks for stopping by!

*Banksy is an English graffiti artist, political activist, film director and painter.

Fabulous Finds Friday — Evolution Revolution

Oh, my, how the Evolution die cutting machine has evolved!

The new and improved version, the Evolution Advanced, has several performance-enhancing features (and it still does letterpress — yay!). One thing I really love is the smaller footprint — the platform folds up so the machine is more compact, making it easy to store (you can also remove the handle.)

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I must admit, I found it tough to pull down the platform panels. But once I did, I found that the bottom suction cups (which become engaged when you pull down the panels) were nice and strong. And I LOVE the storage compartment in the platform.

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The machine still has all the features that make it a wonderful tool — it die cuts and embosses and is compatible with most other dies and embossing folders. The Evolution also has a letterpress kit, sold separately, but a valuable addition. I love the look of letterpress and am anxious to try my letterpress platform in the Advanced.

The Advanced has a new dial system that adjusts the height of the rollers, changing the pressure. The idea is that you don’t have to bother with a variety of mats (just the base plate and one mat). I found the dial stiff and hard to turn, but I’m hoping it will be easier the more I use it. The dial is supposed to eliminate the need for extra mats and shims, but we’ll have to see if mine gets easier to turn. Once I figured out the right dial level, the base plate ran through like a dream.

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One other cool option — a motor! Yes, you can buy a plug-in motor that runs the whole shebang for you. This will be a boon to anyone who has hand issues.

Here is a quick tag I made using the dies that come with the machine and an embossing folder I’ve had for a while:

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The Evolution was originally sold by Lifestyle Crafts, then by We R Memory Keepers, and now by American Crafts.
Here’s a good video that shows what the Evolution Advanced can do:

What are your thoughts on die cutting machines?

Thanks for stopping by!

Fabulous Finds Friday — Dog-gone it!

Our pets so easily become part of our family! Which is one reason why I love this Hot Diggity Dog set from Stampin’ Up!

Besides the cute sayings (“never underestimate the warmth of a cold nose” or “pugs & kisses”) what I REALLY love is the sympathy sentiment, “no greater companion, no better friend. so sorry for your loss.” How often I’ve needed a card to express that loss.

Here are two simple, fast and easy cards I made using the set:

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I stamped the body on a square, then stamped and black embossed the head, cut it out and attached with a small foam square. The textured blue background was run through one of my new favorite embossing folders, Fabric Weave, from Spellbinders’ Celebra’tions Collection. I then decided I wanted a little something extra, so ran the piece through the Celebra’tions pierced rectangle die. (Ooops! I should have done this BEFORE I dry embossed, as I lost a bit of the nice texture.) Papers from Stampin’ Up!.

The next one is pretty straight forward:
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Stamping, embossing, etc.

Thanks for coming by … and do check out the dog and cat sets from Stampin’ Up!.

Fabulous Finds Friday — The “Celebra’tion” Continues

I’ve been going on all week about the Fabulous Find of Spellbinders‘ new Celebra’tions™ set by Richard Garay and showing off some cards. Perfect for a Fab Finds Friday!

Here we go:

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Dontcha love that texture background on the sunshine-y paper? It’s made using the fabric pattern embossing folder. I ran the panel through my Xyron to get good adhesion before placing it on my card base. The white panel for the greeting was cut using a Pierced Rectangle die. (I’m going to use this die a LOT!) It was stamped using an old Hero Arts sentiment (Hip Hip Hooray) and colored with Staedtler’s Triplus fine line markers. (Coloring brings me back to my childhood and the fine tip on the marker makes it easy to color inside the lines.) The white panel is mounted using dimensional foam tape.

The presents are stamped on white scrap paper in Memento Tuxedo Black then colored with Distress markers, fussy cut and mounted using foam tape. And of course there’s some Stickles!

A relatively fast and easy card.

Speaking of fast and easy … how about some quick tags?

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The green tag is made using the smaller Pierced Rectangle die, the green card stock from the collection and the vase/flowers from # Sweet. The green string is also from the collection.

The purple dotted tag is all from the Sweet Treats set. I love that this set has the die AND the matching stamps. Notice the little slit in the top of the tag? Makes it easy to attach to a ribbon, etc. I used Distress markers to color the cake stamp so I could get multiple colors on the cake. Add a rhinestone to the flower and you’re good to go.

Thanks for “celebrating” with me this week.

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Fabulous Finds — More to Celebrate

Several posts ago (here) I featured a few of the new Spellbinders’ Celebra’tions stamp/die/ink/etc collection, created by designer Richard Garay.

I finally had a chance to play with some of the goodies in the collection. Here are a few of my experiments, using stamps, dies, string, paper, ink and an embossing folder, all from the collection:

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I first die cut the large and medium rectangles (LOVE that perforation!). (Green paper is from the collection. Yummy colors.) I stamped the vase and flowers (from the #Sweet set) in VersaMark, embossed in black, then colored with Distress Markers. A touch of yellow Stickles added some sparkle. I splattered a dash of the Luscious Silk ink (the bottle comes with a built-in brush) over the white background, tied a piece of blue Linen thread around the white panel and mounted it to the green panel.

The text frame was stamped in Lime Green, the words in Memento black. I fussy cut the piece then added it to the card using foam tape.

The process was similar for this one:

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BUT …. I ran the purple piece through the fabric embossing folder — I love the look. (I’ll have a better look in another card.)

I’ll show a few more cards over the next few days.

Thanks for stopping by!