Crafting Beach Vibes

A few fun projects using the Beach Vibes stamp and die sets from The Maker’s Movement.

(If I can’t get to the beach, I might as well bring the beach to me.)

I am really loving the Beach Vibes Stamp and Die Set.  So many cute images to use.

*FTC Disclosure… “This is a sponsored post for The Maker’s Movement.  I have been provided product and compensation in exchange for my creative ideas.  The views and opinions are my own.”

Before I ever start creating my projects…

I stamp the images onto watercolor paper* and practice coloring.

It’s a great way to decide the best marker color to use.

Using watercolor paper* makes it easy to blend the markers.

Tip…I start with the darker colored marker and finish coloring the image with a complimentary lighter-colored marker, blending the colors as I go.

FIY…I have my markers stored in the  Expandable Marker Accordion* from Deflecto.

Beach Vibes Frame

Using the Crossover II Die Cutting Machine*, I was able to easily line up the coordinating die

to the colored image to cut out.  I added a few extra dots to my colored image before mounting

the Sandcastle to the corner of the frame.

Tip…I used blue painters tape and masked part of the “beach vibes” stamp and stamped the words one at a time.

Life is Better in the Sun…

I may complain a little bit when it gets super humid, but I would trade the snow and cold for a warm summer day anytime.

Tip…The background on this card is super simple to create.  Using an ink blending tool and several colors of dye ink, rub the ink onto the watercolor paper.  Spray the paper with water and dry the paper with a hairdryer.  (Easy Peasy)

The Sandcastle stamp also makes a perfect Ice Castle for a cute little princess. 

  • I stamped the Sandcastle on watercolor paper*.  I had fun coloring the castle in purples and blues and blending the colors.
  • I added a thin layer of white liquid applique* to the castle to look like snow. I let the liquid applique dry before heating it with a Heat Tool* to raise it.
  • To make the castle extra frosty, I painted the castle with Clear Glitter Glue*.
  • I framed the Ice Castle with a white scallop frame cut from the MOD287 Nested Square Frame Set.  (It makes a perfect little gift tag.)

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Spring Watercolor Bouquet Card

Spring Watercolor Bouquet

I love the soft look of a handmade water-colored card.

This card was made using the Hello Spring Stamp and Die Set from the Maker’s Movement.

Just for you…I’ve created simple step by step instructions on how to make the card.

How to make a Spring Watercolor Bouquet Card

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  • In the Hello Spring Stamp and Die Set, there are several stamps that have a coordinating die that matches the stamp.
  • Stamp a flower using blue ink onto a piece of watercolor paper.

  • Place the mask onto the stamped flower image and stamp a second flower image slightly overlapping the first flower.

  • By using the mask, you create the look of one flower behind the other.

  • Place masks on both of the stamped flower image.  Start adding the background images by stamping small pink flowers, ferns, and leaves.

  • Remove masks and watercolor the stamped flowers using a water-brush*.
  • I like to use dye ink to watercolor.  I apply the ink to a simple grid that I printed onto copy paper and laminated.   Dip the wet tip of the water-brush* into the ink and paint your images.  (You can also use a small paintbrush and water.)

  • Cut frames using the Nested Stitched Rectangles Dies.
  • Adhere water-colored image, frames, and layers onto a 4 ½” x 5 ½” blue dot card.
  • Stamp another flower with blue ink onto watercolor paper.  Watercolor the flower as before.  Cut the flower out using the coordinating die and the Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting System*.
  • Mount onto the lower right corner of the card using a thin foam mounting square.
  • Stamp “Hello” onto a small white banner cut from the small banner die found in the Hello Spring set.  Trim banner to size and adhere under the raised flower.
  • Add a simple sheer ribbon to the top of the card to finish.

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Spring Quilt Card

It’s been a while since I’ve used rubber stamps to make a card… 

and I’ll admit that it felt really good to sit and watercolor a image again.

Interesting fact…In 1996, my creative journey was started with rubber stamps.

This week the Xyron Design Team has partnered up with Deep Red Rubber Stamps.

I choose the Color Me Spring Quilt cling stamp to use in my project.

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I like using art markers ( and dye ink pads) to water color my stamped image.

I scribble using the marker onto a piece of acetate. (or anything non-porous) and pick up

the ink from the marker with the water-brush and paint the image.

When layering the card…

The Xyron Creative Station* is great for adding adhesive to the back of intricate pieces.

For simple layers I use my Xyron Tape Runner*

I also use the XYRON Adhesive Eraser* to remove any extra adhesive that might show.

Embellish the card using self adhesive flower rhinestones and a sheer ribbon bow.

“This is a sponsored post. As a member of the Xyron Design Team I have been provided product and compensation in exchange for my creative ideas.  The views and opinions are my own.”

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Stamping in White Embossing Powder

 

Good Old Embossing Powder…                             

When I was introduced to stamping in 1996, do you know what hooked me?

It was the Gold Embossing Powder.

The first time I watched them melt that gold embossing powder.  WOW!

At the time, I had a gift store and was looking for something new.

I can’t tell you how many people I hooked with that gold embossing powder.

Here’s a little throwback to where I started.

Back to embossing powder.  (this time with a twist)

For this project, I started with a oval that was cut from chipboard.

I rubbed Colorbox White Embossing Pad*  onto the surface of the oval.

Next, I poured White Embossing Powder* over the entire oval.

After pouring the excess powder off, heat the oval with a

Multi-Purpose Embossing Heat Tool*.

Make sure all the embossing powder is melted.

Repeat that step 3 or 4 times, building up a thick layer of embossing powder.

After it was thick enough, I added a little red ink to the edge of the oval and

inked up the “Windmill” stamp.

I heated up the oval again, making sure the powder was really hot and melted.

I pressed the inked stamp into the hot, melted powder.  Success!

I love the way it looks like red toile.  (which is something I collect)

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Paper Sculpting made easy…

Another Fun Blog Hop!

As a Deflecto Design Team member, I am super excited this week to play with our friends over at Stampendous.  With two amazing teams joining in the fun you will want to check in everyday of the hop.  There will be some fabulous projects and we’re going to be showing them off all week long.

Make sure to scroll all the way to the bottom for a chance to win some awesome prizes.

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 Paper Sculpting made easy…

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Years ago, when I still had my store, we had a Paper Sculpting Card Class

using of all things a sunflower stamp.  (oh, my…cutting all those petals!!!)

While the end look was beautiful, I thought the ladies were going to revolt.

They held that card over my head for years.  (it was not for the faint of heart)

Matter of fact, I was reminded of that card not that long ago.

   

Do you love the look of paper sculpting but hate all that fussy cutting?

With this stamp and die set from Stampendous, there is minimal cutting and the flower assembly

goes together very quickly.

The Cling Rose Bouquet Rubber Stamp Set from Stampendous comes with various sizes

of flowers each meant to be used separately or layered together to create one large dimensional flower.

When used with the matching die set, you get amazing results.

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Here’s what I used on my frame:

Paper Sculpting made easy

Directions:

  1. Stamp the flowers and leaves onto the patterned paper.  (see above image)
  2. Die-cut the shapes using the thin dies and big shot die-cutting machine.
  3. Cut the leaves off the rosebud and the bottom portion of the second stamped rose image.
  4. Use a gray marker to go around the outside edge of each image to hide the white core of the patterned paper.
  5. Using a foam mat or mouse pad and a large ball stylus, turn the shapes over onto the mat and gently rub the shapes with medium pressure on the back of the shapes.  This will give the shapes added dimension.
  6. Using thin foam mounting squares, adhere the flower sections together in this order: large rose, medium rose, rosebud and bottom section of medium rose to create one large rose.
  7. Cut out the 4″ x 6″ What a Wonderful World section and adhere onto a 5″ x 7″ polka dot paper layer.
  8. Add layers inside the clear acrylic beveled frame from Deflecto.
  9. Mount dimensional flowers and leaves onto the front of the frame using thin foam mounting squares.

You’ll want to get your commenting fingers ready!  Each comment on a post this week will enter you to win a fabulous prize package! (one comment per post, per person)  Contest open to USA residents only.  We have three prizes, and each will have a 3 Tiered Cake Stand from Deflecto AND the Stamp and Die Sets from Stampendous.

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Now click on the links below and get to hoppin’!  Remember to comment on each blog and then return to the Deflecto Blog and leave a comment there for your chance to win.

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Crazy Quilt Card

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I am fascinated by quilts.  Old ones, new ones, it doesn’t matter…

I love all the colors and patterns.

I once thought I might enjoy making a quilt.

But… I knew I’d never have the patience to finish the job.  (So I quit before I even started.)

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I recently received some new stamps and inkpads from Ann Butler Designs and

Clearsnap to use for a Blog Hop with a few other designers.

The stamps I received are quilt themed stamps and the Crafter’s ink is perfect for fabric, wood and

more.  Being a paper crafter… my first thought was a quilt card.  (Now that’s a quilt I can make.)

Crazy quilt card Collage

Quilt Card Supplies Used:

Here’s how I made the card:

  1. Cut 1″ squares from the pre-stamped colored paper.  Make extra so that some of them can be cut in 1/2 diagonally.  I stamped the “basket” stamp several times on a 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ piece of paper to create my background piece.
  2. I made a 5″ x 5″ scored grid to glue my 1″ squares on.  You don’t necessarily need to make a grid, you could actually glue it right onto the background piece.  I found it easier to arrange and re-arrange my squares on the grid before gluing.   It also helped me keep the squares straight when gluing.
  3. Once pattern is glued down, create secondary pattern by adding cut 1/2″ squares.
  4. Adhere quilt card onto 5 1/2″ stamped square and additional layers.  Finished card is 6″ x 6″.

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