Simon Hurley came out with a great stamp set, background stamp and stencil perfect for Birthdays and sweet treats with Ranger. What I appreciate about his sets is they can be mixed and matched for endless options.
Background Stamp as Focal
This entire card was make with this background stamp set. A few of the hats pop out to create a stamp of their own. I stamped three of them, colored them in and pop dotted them on a piece of paper I created with ink. I topped each hat with a little pom pom I had in my stash.
The Balloons Steal the Show
For the following cards I really wanted to showcase the balloons from this set. They were super easy to create because there was a stamp for the inside of the balloon which means I did not have to color it! I used this stamp set to create it! I added a little glossy accents to make the balloon shine!
Use a Stencil Instead of A Stamp
The Birthday cake stencil is awesome! The possibilities are endless. I created a fun card from just cardstock, ink and a stencil. See how in this video:
Welcome to the DCC Blog hop featuring an awesome new paper stack from DCWV. Please make sure you check out the DCC blog for the complete list of designers participating in this hop as well as the next stop along the way at the end of this post. You can find Petal Paper at Joann’s. They also have an instragram account that you can check out too. You can find it here!
DCWV has a new paper created specifically for making flowers — Petal Paper. DCWV has been a long-time producer of the stack– a set of coordinated papers. Stacks have been made in so many themes and colors over the years. Happy members of the American Crafts family of products, they continue their pursuit of serving the consumer and their crafty needs with new paper stacks releasing several times a year in updated themes and colors. You can find them online and in a variety of craft stores. At first glance it looks like fragile crepe paper, but its not. It’s very cool and I can’t wait to share with you two home decor pieces with you.
I experimented with a couple different kinds of flowers that I have made in the past with felt, card stock and foiled paper. My favorite small flower to make with Petal Paper is rolled flowers!
I placed each flower in a jar that once had a candle in it. I up-cycled a candle votive to finish of the decor piece. Here is the tutorial on how to create it:
Another one of my favorite kinds of flowers to make is made with hearts! I made a small one with the paper and thought it was cute, but then it dawned on me that similiar flowers were being sold on Etsy for $45-$60 for one big one. So, I created a HUGE flower that is so easy to make!
This flower is 22 inches! It would be perfect on a wall as a back drop or as a center piece for a table. You could easily make two flowers per paper stack! The best part is it comes together fast and only requires scissors and glue. Check out this tutorial on how to create one:
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…or something like that….I never claimed to get the lyrics right to a song, but chances are you know what song I am sing in my head (and now you are too — YOU ARE WELCOME!)
I have been creating a lot of interactive cards it seems as of late. My current obsession are spinners! People love to get them and are in awe that you made them. They are fun to make and super easy to create! Here are the ones I have recently made:
This sweet little tulip was the first spinner card I ever made. Lawn Fawn is where I learned how to make it. I took their class at Creativation 2020. Once I got home I remembered that I actually had a spinner die!
A few months later I found this stamp and had to have it! I created this card with it:
Then Close to my Heart came out with an Around the Clock stamp and thin cut set that I just had to have. Not only can you make cards with it on it’s own that are super sweet, you can create spinner cards too! Here is how to do it.
This is how to create a card without the spinner aspect:
The possibilities for spinner cards is endless! Here is a list of supplies to help get you started on creating these interactive delights!
I am stoked about today’s hop! Make sure you visit Designer Crafts after you read this post for the hop list. It combines my first love (scrapbooking) with mixed media. This fabulous line truly bridges the gap between paper crafting and mixed media. Here is what Little Birdie sent me for this hop and their Grand Launch in the USA!
It’s All About the Birds!
What could be better than celebrating the Grand Launch of Little Birdie than to create layouts featuring birds? My son has wanted a bird for several years. For his Birthday we finally got him one –Ari. She is a sweet little thing that has captured out hearts.
The Mixed Media paste can be used two ways. You can use it as a modeling paste (which I did in this layout) and/or gesso by adding water. To create this type of background use the paste over a stencil. Once it dries mist it. If the mist is to vibrant add a light layer of water before the mist dries.
I finished off the layout by adding a little water to the paste and flicked it on the page.
For this layout I used the paste as gesso by adding water and then applying it with a paint brush. Once it dried I applied layers of the Color wash making sure each dried between layers.
The paper pack came with a fussy cut sheet. I ran mine through a Scan N Cut. This made it really easy to add to layouts with the hard work done This sweet blue bird is from the fussy cut sheets.
This was my final layout I created with the Woodland Series and it is my favorite. I utilized the images I cut on my Scan N Cut in several spots on this layout. My favorite was tucking the birds into the flowers.
A Little Bitty Art
Have you ever had an art itch? Something that you just had to create because you could not stop thinking about it? When I saw the little journaling cards and twine I had to create a sweet little ATC.
I have created a video showing how to create these backgrounds. I demonstrate how to use the Mixed Media Paste through a stencil, how to use it as gesso, color washing and adding layers.
Time to Hop
Now comes the fun part — hopping! Leave a comment on my blog sharing with me your favorite product from The Little Birdie. Once you leave your comment please hop on through the following designers’ blogs. Little Birdie mailed each of us a different kit, so you are going to see new stuff and ideas at each stop!
This is an unusual year with the Coronavirus that is sweeping our world. I am so grateful that my children are teenagers and young adults. I enjoy their company and they don’t need constant supervision or entertainment. With all of that being said, we are aware that Easter may be different this year. It may just be the five of us around the table. However, we do still love our family and want to show them even if we can’t be with them right now. We all helped make cards to send out to our extended family over the course of the next few weeks. To keep teenagers interested I opted to create interactive cards using dies from Lawn Fawn.
Family Craft Night Prepping
To have a successful Family Craft night a little bit of prep work is beneficial. I die cut and stamped images for 20 cards (5 of us only needed to make 4 cards – 2 of each style). The stamp and die storage sleeves were perfect to organize each card kit. You could also use sandwich bags. The first card we create together and they do the next on their own. We repeat the process with each new interactive card.
Each card was signed by who created it and a note stating this was a family effort. It really makes receiving the cards extra special.
.Here are a few of the completed cards in the different phase of the card:
The Magic Picture Changer card was a fun one to create! You just need to run a powder pouch over it to help it slide smooth. Also, It is easier to stamp and color the image after you have die cut it. The video on how to create these cards is here:
Which Interactive card is your favorite? Please share!
Recently I got my hands on an amazing stamp set with a gorgeous cake as one of the images. I wanted to create a unique card instead of the Standard A2 size. So, I came up with this fun twist on a tri-fold card. I added a pop out type circle featuring the image.
I just love how when it is opened the image is shown, Such a fun card to give and make. Here is the video tutorial on how to create your own:
Lawn Fawn has the best interactive dies on the market. Usually I can withstand the temptation to purchase them, but then the Magic Picture Changer came along and I just had to have it. The Magic Picture Changer allows the card holder to pull a tab and reveal a different image.
Cute little card, right? Then start pulling the tab…
To reveal another picture!
Tips and Tricks
There are a few things to keep in mind when creating a card with this die.
Stamp the images after you die cut your pieces.
Use a little powder on the pieces to ensure a smooth transition.
The scored lines are to be folded and adhered to create a track for the card.
Adhere the pieces by placing adhesive in the corners and not along the edges. This will allow everything to move freely while holding it together.
Place the tab on last. This will not only serve as a cute way to tell the holder to pull it, but it also is a blocker. It will stop the inside piece from poking out of the bottom of the card.
I created a tutorial on how to assemble these types of cards. It will provide clarity on the above tips.
My daughter is taking Honors History this year. One of her assignments is to do a report on an Asian country’s history. Since she is in honors she gets a little bit more freedom with how to present the report. She has decided to present it in this paper bag journal I created. Her teacher gave her permission to use it knowing that I created it. My daughter is super excited to use do the report. I created a video for you on how it came together and a few tips on how to make one.
The Junk Journal kit is from Calico Collage The paper trimmer is from Cutter Pillar . Make sure to use the coupon code: BETZ20 for 20% off your entire order.