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wood slice ornaments

Hello friends and happy Monday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a Christmas project using two different Ai stamp sets… 4943 Singing Snowmen PopCard and 4809- Nativity MTF. The PopCards and Mini TryFolds images are SO fun to use as they were intended (creating interactive cards) but can also be used many other ways! Today I made some Birch Tag (wood slice) ornaments!

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To begin, purchase some wood slices (or cut them yourself if you can!).  I purchased these Birch Tags at Michael’s and Hobby Lobby. I’ve also ordered some from Amazon which are a different type of wood and I haven’t used them yet. But I’m assuming I will have similar results.  The wood slices from Amazon are approx. 3/16″ in thickness compared to the M’s and H.L. ones which are 1/2″ thick.  My husband drilled holes in these for me but some come pre-drilled too.

Next you need to choose the Ai images you want to use. Remember that you can use just a portion of your image if it is too large.  The snowmen I used are from the new Singing Snowmen PopCard. For one, I stamped and masked the songbook before stamping the snowman.  Stazon ink works well but I used my Archival Black because that pad of mine seemed juicier at the moment and it also gave me the permanent ink that I needed for coloring.

I wanted to try the Inktense pencils on them and add water with a brush so the color would smooth out and wouldn’t just sit on top of the wood.  It might be easier to do some shading if you just use regular colored pencils such as Prismacolor.  It’s difficult to blend or shade this way but I do like the look. The wood soaks up the water so quick…you don’t need to worry too much about bleeding out of the lines as long as your pencil color stays within! I used a tiny #10 brush.

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Here are my finished ornaments. A sentiment was stamped on the back of the snowmen ones. Don’t forget to also sign and date!  I also added some “snowflake” dots with a white paint pen. To finish them, I added a small wood bead to the top of the twine (use a 9″ piece).

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I wanted the nativities to be more rustic, so I only spotlighted the star and manger by coloring with shades of brown.

Inktense colors- Beech Green, Cherry, Chilli Red, Carmine Pink (cheeks), Neutral Gray, Sienna Gold, Saddle Brown, Amber, Tan.

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Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4943 Singing Snowmen PopCard and 4809- Nativity ; ink- Stazon or Archival Black; accessories- wood slices (Artminds Birch Tags), Inktense pencils, #10 brush, Sharpie white paint pen (water based), Artminds wood beads, twine.

Old Bat wine tag

Hello friends and happy Monday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a project using one of my favorite Ai sets- 4784- Old Bat Set.  If you like cute Halloween images, this set is a must-have!  Here I used it to make a decorative gift tag on a bottle of wine for a friend.  (Did you also see Renee’s tag and wine cork pumpkin that she posted earlier?)

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I am planning to surprise my friend who loves Halloween with this…she is always doing things for others so I think a little RAK is in order. :)

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I started with a 2 1/4 x 7 3/4 piece of cardstock and scored it @ 2 1/4. The top corners were punched with a corner rounder after punching a 1 3/8″ hole in the center.  I colored her with Copics and popped her & the sentiment on foam dimensionals. I saved the circle that was punched from the top and used it to “spotlight” the glass in her hand.

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I haven’t tried the wine yet, but I’ve heard it was good. At least it has a cute label!  lol.

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Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4784- Old Bat Set; paper- white, SU! Lavendar Lace & Pumpkin Pie, K&Company scrap paper; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, rhinestones, 1 3/8″ circle punch, SU! Large Oval & Scallop Oval punches, foam dimensionals, corner rounder, clear Wink of Stella.

Susan’s birthday tag

Morning!

I don’t have a card today…this time I made a tag.  My stampy friends and I have dinner together once a month to celebrate birthdays. This month we had two birthdays and our friend Susan’s was one of them. She likes to make tags and has blessed everyone this year with one so I thought it fitting to create one for her.

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I started with a large manila tag and sponged it with Distress Tea Dye, then stamped an old SU! background (By Definition) with the Tea Dye ink.

Then I cut a piece of 3 1/4 x 7 1/4 white cardstock (just winging it here, lol) and sponged it with SU! Certainly Celery and Coastal Cabana inks. It was stamped with those same inks, plus Lucky Limeade, and the SU! Touches of Texture stamp set.  Then I cut each side @ 1″, leaving the center strip 1 1/4″ wide.  The three strips were then cut lengthwise @ 1 1/4″ intervals.

After adhering the pieces to the base tag, I added some burlap tape (1″ wide, cut in half) and glitter ribbon.  It was finished off with Prima flowers, ribbon, a button, and adhesive pearls.

Have a great day!

Halloween mansion with tea light

Hello friends and happy Monday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a Halloween card using the Ai 4926- Holiday Mansion Set, 4927- HM Accessory Set, and 4784- Old Bat Set (for the moon!).

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When we were making samples of the new releases for display at the trade show, I was asked if I could make a Halloween version of the mansion in an easel type card with a battery operated tea light behind it.  What a fun challenge!

Since the mansion is quite tall, I kept the normal size of the card (4 1/4 x 5 1/2).  To create the base for it to sit on, I added a piece of 4 1/4 x 9 inch cardstock, scored at 5 1/2.  The 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 section of this piece was layered onto the card back (I just doubled the thickness of it).  The smaller section folds to the inside when closed and has the die cut wooden boards image popped up to hold the card front when the card is opened.

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To create tinted windows and an eerie glow inside, I sponged purple ink onto both sides of a piece of vellum.  The windows and doors of the mansion were diecut and then it was held in place on the front with temporary tape so the openings could be traced. Once it was removed, the dies were lined up and cut a second time through the front layers.  The vellum was adhered to the back of the mansion and then the mansion was lined back up to the diecut openings on the card base.

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Smaller elements from the 4927- HM Accessory Set were added and the moon is from the 4784- Old Bat Set.  Additional images and a sentiment were placed on the inside, along with the tea light.

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Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!

stamps- Art Impressions 4926- Holiday Mansion Set, 4927- HM Accessory Set, and 4784- Old Bat Set; paper- white, black, SU! Smoky Slate, vellum, Recollections- Midnight Magic Halloween; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress- Dusty Concord; accessories- Copics, battery operated tea light candle, MFT Blueprints 20, MFT Sheltering Tree & Leaf Trio, Stickles.

New Ai Hobby Lobby Halloween

Hello friends!  The current Ai Challenge is “Orange & Purple” and we are featuring the new Art Impressions Halloween blocks in the Hobby Lobby stores! Today I am sharing how I made a little treat bag with the new 4783- Haunted House block.  The Ai images turn a simple bag into one that is totally unique and fun to give (or receive!).

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First, cut TWO 6×6 squares of double-sided patterned paper.  Then score each @ 1/2, 1 1/2, and 2 1/2″.  Turn it 90 degrees to the right and score again at 1 1/2″.

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Cut the small rectangle from the bottom left corner and discard.  Then cut the 2 1/2″ vertical scored line up to the 1 1/2″ horizontal line.

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Turn it 180 degrees and mark the bottom of the bag @ 1″ and 2 1/2″. Score from each mark to the corner of that rectangle.

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Flip the paper over and fold those scored lines to create the bottom flap.  (It helps to tape or glue the flaps down.)  *Now repeat those first steps on the second piece.

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Fold all scored lines and apply strong tape to the 1/2″ flaps on each piece. (place the tape on the side which will be the outside of the bag)

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Adhere each 1/2″ flap to the opposite side of the other 6×6 piece to assemble the bag.  Fold in the bottom flaps and adhere.

Note- you can cut a 2 x 3 1/2″ piece of cardstock to place inside the bottom of the bag to make it nice & sturdy.

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Next, mark both sides 1/2″ down and 1/2″ in from each top corner.  Use these marks as a guide to adhere ribbon handles with eyelets or brads.  Cut two pieces of 10″ to 12″ of ribbon for the handles.  If using eyelets, slip the ribbon through and knot each end.

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Now the bag is assembled.  Stamp, color, and cut out your favorite Ai images to add to the front!

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The finished bag is 3 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2″ deep.

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Now it’s your turn to break out your favorite Ai stamps, make a card, and join us in the “Orange & Purple” Challenge!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Hobby Lobby 4783- Haunted House; paper- white, black, K & Company KP Halloween; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Scor-Tape, Scor-Pal, We R Memory Keepers Black Jumbo Eyelets, Crop-A-Dile, ribbon trim, Large & Small Oval Nestabilities, Black Stickles, Clear Wink of Stella.

two great reasons

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using the 4901- Teachers Rule set.  This clear set is perfect for this time of year to thank all of our teachers for their dedication throughout the year and wish them a great summer!

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I used a piece of 5 1/2 x 12 double-sided patterned paper to make a Double Diagonal Gate Fold Card and added a belly band to keep it closed.  The teacher and flower are attached to the band which slips off to open and reveal the rest of the sentiment inside…

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The paper was scored at 2, 4, 8, and 10. Then I marked both 5 1/2″ sides @ 2 3/4 and cut diagonally from the 4 and 8 inch scored lines.  The triangles cut off were flipped and adhered to the opposite lower corners.

My inside layers are 3 3/4 x 5 1/4 and 3 1/2 x 5. The belly band was cut to 1 1/4 x 8 1/2.

Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4901- Teachers Rule set; paper- white, black, SU! So Saffron, Bo Bunny- a Gift of Love; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Crushed Curry; accessories- Scor-Tape, Copics, EK Success Retro Flower punch, button, glue dot.

Isaiah 40:8

Good afternoon! Today I journaled these two pages in my bible. A lot of people have been sharing pages done with pretty paper napkins lately…an old technique that has come around again.  It brought back memories of doing the napkins on cards years ago….and I remember even decoupaging napkins onto wicker baskets! Anyone else do that?

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I picked up this pack with a pretty floral design in TJ Maxx a few weeks ago.  Then I decided that Isaiah 40:8 would be a good page to use them on. The verse reads “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” Our earthly things may be beautiful and good, but they can be gone in a moment.  But God will guide us and always be with us. We need to keep Him as our foundation and keep our eyes fixed on what will stand forever.

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I used various Sweet ‘n Sassy stamp sets for the words… Rebecca Script, Words of Life- Collection 1 and Common Words 1, God Is Good, Message of Hope. They were stamped with Archival Black.

There’s a bit of a learning curve with the napkin technique in figuring out how much gesso to apply. I just “winged it” as I tend to do, but you may want to practice on something else first if you are unsure. I made sure I had a craft sheet under the page I was working on. I brushed clear gesso on the page with a foam brush but you might like using a regular brush or other applicator tool.  Just apply your gesso, adhere your napkin to it, and dry it with a heat tool. Then apply another coat of gesso on top.

Some TIPS:

  1. Be careful not to overwork the second coat of gesso or it will tear the napkin away. If you do have small spots that rip away, you can tear off a small scrap of napkin and fill it in if the pattern on your napkin is forgiving. (I patched two small spots here!)
  2. If you are covering the whole page with a piece of napkin as I did here, I found it helpful to adhere the napkin in two sections. I held it in place where I wanted it, then folded the top half down. While holding it with one hand, I applied gesso to the top with the other hand. Then I laid it back down and smoothed it out and pressed it a bit with an old credit card. Then I folded the bottom up and repeated this on the lower part of the page.
  3. Keep a paper towel handy to wipe your fingers, brush, or credit card if needed.  (The brush may pick up color from the napkin)
  4. Keep scraps of your napkin ready in case you need to patch tears.
  5. To highlight the verse: Before I started, I held the napkin in place  and used a pencil to draw a box on the napkin around the verse. Then I used my scissors to cut it out. Line it back up on the page and apply your gesso in sections as described above.

I hope this was helpful! Have a great weekend!

Panda PopCard

Hello friends!  The current Ai Challenge is “Dots & Stripes” (use dotted or striped pattern paper on your card) and we are featuring the very FUN new Art Impressions PopCards sets!  I was so excited to see these released and I finally got a chance to create with them!

Today I am sharing how I made a fun, interactive card with the new Panda PopCard (4860) stamp set and the PopCard Template.  My sentiment is from the Hobby Lobby AiCS36- Birthday Wishes Set.

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As I was editing the photos of the steps I took in creating this card, I typed some directions directly onto the photos. I hope this helps.  Click on each photo to see a larger view.  (Kate also has a wonderful video HERE showing how to put the PopCards together. Be sure to check it out!).

First I chose some patterned paper I wanted to use and colored my images to match.  The Panda only requires one of each image plus the PopCard Template.

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Next up is assembling the mechanism that makes the card interactive!  Just fold the template on the 2 center perforated lines to form a “U” shape. Then slide the “arms” of the template through the die cut slots in each piece.

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Your panda will look like this from the front, with the PopCard Template hidden behind his layers…

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Now adhere the bear to the inside of the card.  Then cut 2 slits in the fold across from his belly.  I marked with a pencil where I wanted to cut and then turned my card inside out to make it easier to cut the slits.

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Bend the little cut section toward the center of the card.  A 1/2″ strip will adhere to the top of it and also to the back of the bear.

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If desired, you can punch or die cut a window for your bear to peek through!  I added a piece of acetate in the window.

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Assemble layers and finish as desired.  I added a single balloon from the set with some Clear Wink of Stella to make it sparkle.

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When opened, the Panda pops up!

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A side view…

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Now it’s your turn to break out your favorite Ai stamps, make a card, and join us in the “Dots & Stripes” Challenge!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Panda PopCard (4860), Hobby Lobby AiCS36- Birthday Wishes Set; paper- white, black, SU! Pool Party, Colorbok- Carnival 6×6; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Art Impressions PopCard Template, Copics, baker’s twine, rhinestones, Scor-Tape, MFT Cross Stitch Squares, acetate, foam tape, Clear Wink of Stella.

just down the hall

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using one of the new Art Impressions Work & Play line of clear stamps…this one is 4899- Proud Nurse Set.  I’m sure many of us know a nurse who can totally relate to this!

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I made a Gate Fold card and added some layers to the front…the top layers are attached to the left side and the bottom layers are attached to the right.  I started with 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 cardstock and scored @ 2 1/8 and 6 3/8.

My top layers are 1 3/4 x 4, 1 1/2 x 3 3/4, and 1 1/4 x 3 1/2.

My bottom layers are 3 1/2 x 4, and 3 1/4 x 3 3/4.

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Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4899- Proud Nurse Set; paper- white, SU! Crumb Cake and Rich Razzleberry, Basic Grey- Eva; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, Scor-Pal, paper flowers, adhesive pearls.

blessings ornament

Sooo…the big question this time of year is always… “Are you ready for Christmas?”.  Umm…No. We finally got our tree up Sunday night. I still have baking and shopping to do. But on Christmas Eve, I hope I can say “Yes, I’m ready.” ha.

I was playing around, though, with some salt dough ornaments using my Poinsettias & Candles stamp set and one of my Christmas cookie stamps.

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I mixed my dough and rolled it out on freezer paper, then cut the hearts by hand.  I used 1/2 cup flour, 1/4 cup salt and 1/4 cup warm water but my mixture was sticky and needed more flour. Next time I’ll add more salt or less water. Use a toothpick or straw to make a hole.

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The hearts were stamped with Versafine ink.

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I baked them in a toaster oven at 200 degrees and flipped them a few times (not sure how long) but my toaster oven runs hot so next time I’ll use the regular oven.  The toaster oven browned them a bit…so I sponged some Distress Vintage Photo on to “age” them.

This might be my last post before the holiday so I hope you all have a blessed Christmas!