Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Chicken Soup

Here's a cute get well card featuring the Get Well stamp set.  The woven table cloth takes a bit of extra work but I really like the effect. If paper weaving is not your thing, you could use the Knitted Houndstooth Stamp (SS-0235), which is on the clearance rack until they're sold out or the Picnic Pattern Stamp (SS-0436).
 
The items listed below are available at www.funstampersjouney.com/judyheadrick
STAMP SET
  • Get Well (SS-0331)
CARDSTOCK
  • Whip Cream (CS-0040)
  • Sweet Berry (CS-0034)
  • Huckleberry Fusion (CS-0015)
  • Pineapple Smoothie (CS-0026)
  • Banana Cream (CS-0087)
  • Sweet Pear (CS-0095)
  • Pumpkin Bread (CS-0098)
TRUE COLOR FUSION INK
  • Black Licorice (IP-0041)
  • Sweet Berry (IP-0029)
  • River Stone (IP-0053)
COLORING TOOLS
  • Rich Sorbets PanPastels (JM-0082)
CUTTING DIES
  • Journey Rectangles (DI-0041)
ADHESIVES
  • Journey Foam Squares (AD-0084 or AD-0085)
  • White Liner (AD-0001)
  • Journey Craft Glue (AD-0111)
  • Journey Glaze (AD-0002 or AD-0003)
TOOLS
  • Journey Platinum (TO-0090) or RG Amaze (TO-0134) Machine
  • Journey Blooms Paper Trimmer (TO-0039)
  • Details Pro Shears (TO-0063)
  • Bloom Tool (TO-0073)
  • Dauber Dowel Small (TO-0137) or Large (TO-0138)

Instructions

CUTTING
  1. Use the largest Journey Rectangles die with the corresponding piercing template to cut a rectangle from Sweet Pear cardstock.
  2. Cut a 1 3/4" square from Whip Cream cardstock.
  3. Cut a 2" square from Pumpkin Bread cardstock.
  4. Cut six 1/4" x 4 1/4" strips from Sweet Berry cardstock.
  5. Cut fourteen 1/4" x 2 3/4" strips from Whip cream cardstock.
STAMPING
  1. Stamp the chicken in a cup on Whip Cream, Sweet Berry, Huckleberry Fusion, Banana Cream and Pineapple Smoothie cardstock with Black Licorice ink.
  2. Stamp the spoon on Whip Cream cardstock.
  3. Stamp Get Well Soon on the 1 3/4" square Whip Cream cardstock with Sweet Berry ink.
PAPER PIECING
  1. Use a Dauber Dowel and River Stone ink to color the spoon.
  2. Cut the spoon out.
  3. Coat the spoon with Journey Glaze and set aside to dry.
  4. Cut out the cup and the center strip for the saucer that you stamped on Huckleberry Fusion cardstock.
  5. Cut out the saucer from Whip Cream cardstock, leaving enough cardstock behind the cup so you can glue the cup onto it.
  6. Cut the cup stripe and the chicken, excluding the chicken's comb from Whip Cream cardstock.
  7. Glue the cup to the saucer.
  8. Glue the stipes on the cup and saucer.
  9. Coat the cup and saucer with Journey Glaze and set aside to dry.
  10. Cut out the chicken and cup image from Banana Cream cardstock, this will be your foundation layer.
  11. Cut out the chicken's comb from Sweet Berry cardstock.
  12. Cut out the chicken's beak from Pineapple Fusion cardstock.
  13. After the cup and saucer are dry, glue them to the Banana cream layer.
  14. Glue the chicken's comb and the chicken to the Banana Cream layer.
  15. Glue the chicken's beak onto the chicken.
WEAVING
Weave the paper strips to make a tablecloth as follows:

  1. Position the red strips about 1/16" apart and tape one end down with a piece of low-tack tape (I used drafting tape).
  2. Weave in a white strip at an angle as shown.
  3. Continue weaving, using the Bloom Tool spatula attachment to hold down or lift the red strips as needed.
  4. Use the Bloom Tool spatula attachment to push the white strips together.
  5. Continue weaving until you reach the right edge.
  6. Carefully remove the tape and finish weaving the left edge.

  7. Secure the ends of the strips with glue.
  8. Trim the top edge only.  Don't worry about the other three sides, we will get to them in a minute.
ASSEMBLY
  1. Glue the woven tablecloth about 3 1/2" down from the top of the Sweet Pear rectangle making sure there's a little bit hanging over on the left, right and bottom sides.  Don't worry if the table cloth isn't a perfect rectangle, it will probably be a little taller on the right side than the left.  That's OK, it actually gives it some perspective.  Just make sure that the top goes straight across.
  2. Flip your work over and trim the left right and bottom edges of the table cloth even with the Sweet Pear rectangle.
  3. Pick up a very small amount of Huckleberry Fusion PanPastel on a sponge applicator and draw steam on the Sweet pear background as shown in the finished image.  Remember, you can erase any mistakes you make.
  4. Use White Liner to attach the Sweet Pear background to the Huckleberry Fusion card base.
  5. Put a small Journey Foam Square behind the chicken's head.  Put some Journey Craft Glue on the bottom part of the chicken and cup image (the part that will be positioned over the tablecloth).
  6. Attach chicken and cup image to card.
  7. Use Journey Craft glue to attach the Pumpkin Bread square just inside the piercing in the upper right corner of the Sweet Pear rectangle.
  8. Pop the stamped Whip Cream square up on Journey Foam squares and center it on the Pumpkin Bread square.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Every Day Is a New Adventure

I made this card for my friend's son who is graduating from high school this year.  I layered the clouds and airplane to make it 3D.

STAMP SET
  • Begin Adventure (AT-0194)
CARDSTOCK
  • Huckleberry Fusion (CS-0015)
  • Pool Play (CS-0092)
  • Whip Cream (CS0040)
TRUE COLOR FUSION INK
  • Black Licorice (IP-0041)
  • Huckleberry Fusion (IP-0035)
CUTTING DIES
  • Journey Rectangles (DI-0041)
  • Cloud Dreams (DI-0032)
ADHESIVES
  • Journey Foam Squares (AD-0084 and AD-0085)
  • Journey Glaze (AD-0003)
  • Journey Craft Glue (AD-0111)
OTHER
  • Rich Sorbets PanPastels (JM-0082)

INSTRUCTIONS

CUTTING AND STAMPING
  1. Use a piece of 8 12" x 5 1/2" Huckelberry Fusion cardstock for for the card base.
  2. Use the largest Journey Rectangle to cut the background from Pool Play cardstock.
  3. Use the three smallest Cloud Dreams dies to cut three clouds from Whip Cream cardstock.
  4. Add shading to the clouds with Huckleberry Fusion PanPastel.  Use an eraser to add detail and erase mistakes.
  5. Stamp the airplane onto Pool Play cardstock with Huckleberry fusion ink.
  6. Stamp a second airplane onto Pool Play cardstock wtih Black Licorice Ink.
  7. Detail cut around the outside of the airplane.
  8. From the Black Licorice stamped airplane, cut around the propeller including the round front part of the airplane.  Pop it up on foam squares and attach it to the airplane.
  9. Stamp "Everyday is a new adventure," onto the largest cloud with Huckleberry Fusion ink.
ASSEMBLY
  1. Coat the airplane with Journey Glaze and set aside to dry.
  2. Glue the Pool Play background to the Huckleberry Fusion card base.
  3. Place the card with the fold at the top (landscape).
  4. Glue the smallest cloud to the near the upper left corner.
  5. Pop the second to smallest cloud up on Journey Foam squares and position as shown.
  6. Pop the Airplaine up on a double layer of Journey Foam squares and position it in front of the second cloud as shown.
  7. Pop the third cloud up on a triple layer of Journey foam squares and attach it to the bottom right corner of the card.
See my Box Envelope post for instructions on how to make a box envelope for this card.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

As For Me and My House...

I am really enjoying the versatility of the Reversed Banner die set.  Here, I flipped it upside down and used it to make a house, and what a cute little house it is!  I think it makes the perfect setting for this verse from the God Is Light stamp set.  This card could be used for encouragement or as a welcome card for a new church member.
The items listed below are available on my Fun Stamper's Journey site at www.funstampersjourney.com/judyheadrick

Supply List

STAMP SET
  • God Is Light (SS-0366)
CARDSTOCK
  • Summer Days (CS-0033)
  • Pool Play (CS-0092)
  • Whip Cream (CS0040)
  • Kiwi Slice (CS-0016)
  • Black Licorice (CS-0003)
  • Cranberry Bliss (CS-0090)
  • Pineapple Smoothie (CS-0026)
TRUE COLOR FUSION INK
  • River Stone (IP-0053)
CUTTING DIES
  • Journey Rectangles (DI-0041)
  • Reversed Banner (DI-0029)
  • Pennant Piercing Elements (DI-0097)
  • Cloud Dreams (DI-0032)
  • Cloud Piercing Elements (DI-0095)
EMBELLISHMENTS
  • Natural Journey Thread (AC-0133)
ADHESIVES
  • Journey Foam Squares (AD-0085)
  • Journey Craft Glue (AD-0111)
TOOLS
  • Journey Platinum die cutting machine (TO-0090)
    or
  • RG Amaze die cutting machine (TO-134)

Instructions

STAMPING
  1. Mask off the roof on the "As for me and my house..." stamp and ink it up with River Stone ink. 
  2. Remove the mask and stamp onto Pineapple Smoothie cardstock leaving enough space around it for the cutting die (approximately 1/4" above and below and 3/4" on either side).
CUTTING
  1. Make the card base from an 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" piece of Summer Days cardstock, scored at 4 1/4".
  2. Use the largest Journey Rectangle and corresponding piercing die to cut the background from Pool Play cardstock.
  3. Use the largest Journey Rectangle and corresponding piercing die to cut the grass from Kiwi Slice cardstock.  Tear across at about 1 3/4".
  4. Use the 3 1/8" wide Reverse Banner die to cut the large house from Cranberry Bliss cardstock   Pierce with the corresponding piercing die.
  5. Use the 3 3/4" wide Reverse Banner die to cut the roof from a 3 3/4" x 1 1/2" piece of Black Licorice cardstock.
  6. Form the roof line by positioning the 3 3/4" wide reverse banner die 1/2" away from the first cut.
  7. Center the 2 1/2" wide Reverse Banner die over the stamped words and cut.
  8. Use the corresponding piercing die to pierce the top edge of the roof line.
  9. Use the two smallest Cloud Dreams and Cloud Piercing Elements to cut the clouds from Whip Cream cardstock.
ASSEMBLY
  1. Glue the clouds and the grass to the Pool Play background.
  2. Glue the Black Licorice roof to the front of the Cranberry Bliss house, positioning the top of the house about 1/4" below the top of the roof line.
  3. Pop the Cranberry Bliss house up on Journey Foam squares and position it about 1/2" up from the bottom and 1/2" in from the right side (it will be slightly off-center).
  4. Wrap Journey thread 3 times around the background and house.
  5. Make a bow on the right side as shown.
  6. Pop the Pool Play background up on Journey Foam squares and adhere it to the Summer Days card base.
  7. Pop the verse up on Journey Foam squares and center it on the house.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Box Envelopes

Now that you've made a card with five layers and loaded it up with embellishments, you need an envelope to put it in.  So, you measure the card, measure the thickness, get out your paper cutter and scoring tool and set to work only to find that you miscalculated and the envelope is too small.  Sound familiar?  If not, move along, nothing to see here, but if it does, try out my Box Envelope Measurement Calculator.  Just enter the dimensions of your card and it does the math for you.  It will tell you what size paper you need and where to put the score lines.  You can find it here:
http://www.handcraftedgreetings.com/boxenvelope.php


Folding instructions for the simple envelope with attached flap:

Here's a diagram for the simple envelope.  The dotted lines represent score lines.  Cut on the red lines.



It should look similar to this when you're done cutting.


Valley fold all remaining score lines.  Use a bone folder or creasing tool for crisp folds.
Use a corner rounder to round the corners if desired.
Add white liner (double sided tape) to the left and right sides of the inside of the bottom flap.
Glue the tabs to the bottom of the envelope as shown.


Fold the side flaps in.

Fold the bottom flap up adhering it to the side flaps.

All done.  Now you have the perfect sized envelope for your card.


The Folding instructions are the same for the envelope with the separate large flap except that you will need to glue the top flap to the envelope before folding.

Oops! I Did it Again...

I absolutely love how the Fun Stamper’s Journey products are color coordinated.  This card features Rich Sorbets papers with the coordinating PanPastels.  Having a coloring medium that matches my papers makes it so much easier to achieve the results I am looking for.  PanPastels are so fun to work with and are very forgiving.  If you make a mistake, just erase it.  I like to use a kneaded eraser for fine details, but a regular eraser will work too.

STAMP SET
  • Oops! ATS (AT-0206)
CARDSTOCK
  • Butter Cream (CS-0006)
  • Summer Days(CS-0033)
  • Blue Lagoon(CS-0004)
  • Beach Ball(CS-0088)
TRUE COLOR FUSION INK
  • Black Licorice (IP-0041)
COLORING TOOLS
  • Rich Sorbets PanPastels (JM-0082)
  • Journey Sofft tools (JM-0098)  - a set is included with the PanPastels 
  • Kneaded eraser
CUTTING DIES
  • Journey Rectangles Die Set (DI-0041)
  • Journey Circles Die Set (DI-0039)
ADHESIVES
  • Journey Foam Squares (AD-0084 and AD-0085)
  • White Liner (AD-0001)
  • Journey Craft Glue (AD-0111)
EMBELLISHMENTS
  • Journey Sequins  Blue Skies (AC-0113)
STAMPING, COLORING and CUTTING
  1. Stamp the fish onto Butter Cream cardstock with Black Licorice ink.
  2. Color the fish with Summer Days and Pumpkin Bread PanPastels.  Color the fish's cheeks with Sweet Berry PanPastel.  Use an eraser to clean up any mistakes.
  3. Use the Journey Circles die set to cut one 1 3/4" and three 1" circles from Beach Ball cardstock.
  4. I used my stamp positioner for the following steps to make it easier, but they can be done without one.
  5. Stamp, "Oops! I did it again..." on a piece of scrap paper.
  6. Center the large (3.75") circle over the stamped words.
  7. Stamp the sentiment on the large circle.
If you're not using a stamp positioner, remove the large circle before proceeding.
  1. Arrange the smaller circles as shown in the picture and stamp the sentiment again.
  2. Shade the edges of the circles with Huckleberry Fusion PanPastel.
  3. Detail cut around the fish.
  4. Cut an 8.5" x 11" rectangle from Summer Days cardstock and score at 4.25" for the card base.
  5. Use the largest Journey Rectlangle die with the corresponding piercing die to cut a rectangle from Blue Lagoon cardstock. 
  6. Draw seaweed on the Blue Lagoon rectangle with Kiwi Slice Pan Pastel. 
  7. Add a sandy sea floor with Summer Days and Pumpkin Bread PanPastels.  Outline the seaweed with a fine point black marker (I used a Sakura Pigment Micron .01 pen).
ASSEMBLY
  1. Use White Liner tape to attach the Blue Lagoon background to the card base.
  2. Pop the fish up on Journey Foam squares and attach it to the background.
  3. Glue the, “I did,” circle directly to the background as shown, making sure to leave enough room for the rest of the circles.
  4. Pop up the large circle up on Journey Foam Squares and align it over the smaller circle so the words line up.
  5. Pop up the remaining two stamped circles on Jouney Foam Squares and align them over the large circle.  U se a double layer of Journey Foam Squares under the edges that extend past the large circle.
  6. Add some sparkle with Blue Sky sequins.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Foxy Birthday Card

I recently became a Fun Stamper's Journey (FSJ) coach and have been having fun playing with my new stamps and cutting dies.  I love that the FSJ inks match their cardstock.  You can see the results here with Happy stamped on Cranberry Bliss cardstock and Birthday stamped with Cranberry Bliss ink.  The same is also true for the Palm Fronds behind the fox, which are stamped with Kiwi Slice ink on Sweet Pear cardstock and the Palm Fronds stamped with Black Licorice on Kiwi Slice cardstock. It all co-ordinates and I didn't have to waste a bunch of time trying to find the right combination.
Here's what I used to make this card as well as step by step instructions.  You can order these supplies from my Fun Stamper's Journey site at www.funstampersjourney.com/judyheadrick
STAMP SETS
  • Creature Comforts (SS-0308)
  • To You (SS-0083)
  • Palm Fronds ATS (AT-0209)
CARDSTOCK
  • Pumpkin Bread (CS-0098)
  • Kiwi Slice (CS-0016)
  • Sweet Pear (CS-0095)
  • Cranberry Bliss (CS-0090)
  • Butter Cream (CS-0006)
  • Oatmeal Cookie (CS-0023)
  • Orange Creamcicle (CS-0024)
TRUE COLOR FUSION INK
  • Black Licorice (IP-0041)
  • Cranberry Bliss (IP-0049)
  • Kiwi Slice (IP-0024)
  • Pumpkin Bread (IP-0057)
CUTTING DIES
  • Journey Rectangles (DI-0041)
EMBELLISHMENTS
  • Natural Journey Thread (AC-0133)
ADHESIVES
  • Journey Foam Squares (AD-0084 and AD-0085)
  • White Liner (AD-0001)
Instructions

STAMPING
  • Stamp Palm Fronds onto the right side of the Kiwi Slice rectangle with Black Licorice ink.
  • Stamp Palm Fronds onto the Sweet Pear cardstock with Kiwi Slice ink
  • Stamp the fox (Creature Comforts) onto Butter Cream and Pumpkin Bread cardstock with Black Licorice ink.
  • Stamp Happy from (To You) onto Cranberry Bliss cardstock with Black Licorice ink.
  • Stamp Birthday (To You) onto Butter Cream cardstock with Cranberry Bliss ink.
  • Stamp the log (Creature Comforts) onto Oatmeal Cookie cardstock with Pumpkin Bread ink.
  • Stamp the mushroom onto Butter Cream, Cranberry bliss and Orange Creamcicle cardstock.
CUTTING
  • Make the card base from a piece of 8.5" x 5.5" Pumpkin Bread cardstock, scored at 4.25"
  • Use the largest Journey Rectangles die to cut one rectangle from Kiwi Slice cardstock
  • Use the 3 3/4" x 2 5/8" Journey Rectangle die with the corresponding piercing die to cut one rectangle from Sweet Pear cardstock
  • Cut out the tip of the fox's tail and the fox's face and tummy from the Butter Cream cardstock.  Glue them to the fox image on the Pumpkin Bread cardstock.
  • Cut out the fox from the Pumpkin Bread cardstock.
  • Cut out the top of the spotted mushroom from the Cranberry Bliss cardstock and glue it to the mushroom stamped on Butter Cream Cardstock.
  • Cut out the top of the small mushroom from the Orange Creamcicle cardstock and glue it to the small mushroom stamped on Butter Cream cardstock.
  • Cut out the mushrooms from the Butter Cream cardstock.
  • Cut out the log from the Oatmeal Cookie cardstock.
ASSEMBLY
  • Wrap Natural Journey Thread around the stamped side of the Kiwi Slice rectangle 3 times and finish with a bow.
  • Adhere the Kiwi Slice rectangle to the card base with White Liner.
  • Pop up the Sweet Pear rectangle on foam squares and adhere it to the left side of the Kiwi Slice rectangle.
  • Glue the mushrooms to the lower right area of the Sweet Pear rectangle.
  • Use Journey Foam Squares to pop up the log in front of the mushrooms.
  • Use Journey Foam Squares to affix the fox to the lower left corner of the Sweet Pear rectangle.
  • Use Journey Foam Squares to attach Happy Birthday to upper section of the Sweet Pear rectangle.