Sunday, November 18, 2018

Christmas Card With Spirelli Ornaments

Christmas is just over a month away and I am behind on making my Christmas cards!  Here is a beautiful card that takes less time than you may think.  I find Spirelli, the technique of wrapping the thread around the scalloped circles, relaxing.  I love watching as the geometric forms take shape. It kind of reminds me of Spirograph.


When I make the ornaments, I don't count the notches. I like having a variety.  Just remember that the fewer notches you skip, the larger the center aperture.

If  you're new to Spirelli, here's a video explaining how to do it as well as instructions for completing this card.  Even if you're not new to Spirelli, you might find a useful tip for keeping your thread from unraveling. ;)


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Friday, November 9, 2018

Thanksgiving is Just Around the Corner

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Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.  I have so much to be thankful for and love getting together with friends and family.

Here's a quick Thanksgiving card I made this evening using the Bountiful Thanks* stamp set and an acrylic background I made several months ago.




I stamped the cornucopia onto Haystack cardstock* with Pumpkin Bread Ink*, colored it with Color Burst Colored Pencils* and fussy cut around it. Next, I stamped Bountiful Thanks onto Haystack cardstock and fussy cut around it as well.  I cut the acrylic background to 4 1/8" x 5 3/8" and mounted it onto a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" Pumpkin Bread* card blank. Next, I cut a scallop from Green Olive cardstock* and adhered, slightly below center and about 1/2" in from the right side of the background.  I popped the cornucopia and Bountiful Thanks up on Medium or Small Foam Squares and adhered them to the front of the card.

Here's a visual index of the products I used.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Use Designer Frames With Your Photos

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I just went on a trip to Hawaii and of course, I took lots of pictures. What better way to share them than put them on cards, right?  The Designer Frames die set is perfect for photos.  These went together in minutes and they look great.  The words are interchangeable and you can put them at either the top or the bottom of the frame. The set comes with three words, thanks, congrats and birthday plus a solid band so you have the option of stamping or writing something different.


You can cut these frames in two steps, but I found it easier to cut them in three.  I cut the outer 4" x 5.25" frame first, then I centered the inner cut-out on that, then I cut out the word last.

I printed my pictures on 4" x 6" photo paper and added the frame to the photo before trimming the top and/or bottom off.  That way I get a perfect fit every time.  For these photos I used Rich Coral and Lemon Drop card stock for the frames and mounted them on 4.25" x 5.5" Whip Cream card bases.

Our card  stock is on sale until the end of this month so be sure to grab some soon!

Materials list:
Designer Frames die set DI-0318 *
Whip Cream card stock CS-0040 *
Rich Coral card stock CS-0093 *
Lemon Drop card stock CS-0018 *


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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Backgrounds made with Liquid Color, photo paper and coffee filters

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Grab some coffee filters, liquid color and a stack of photo paper and have some fun!



You can find the colors I used at Spellbinders*.



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Friday, July 13, 2018

Life's Sweetness

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I just love fresh strawberries.  They remind me of everything that's good about summer and make me feel a bit nostalgic as well.  I spent a lot of days in the berry fields in my formative years.  I remember the pride I felt in earning my own money.  I can revisit some of those memories with the stamp set from the July bloom box.  Aren't these cards cute?


They look great and are simple to make.  How do I know?  My granddaughters, ages 7 and 8 made two of them.  The only help they got from me was with the instructions.  They did all of the stamping and cutting themselves.


Pretty darned cute (and their cards turned out great too!).

But that's not all you can do with this stamp set.  Here are a couple more cards and a place card I made using the stamp set and items from my stash.


I had so much fun making them that I held a class and everyone loved their creations. 

You can order the Life's Sweetness Bloom Box through the end of July.  If you order it from me, I will send you instructions for the two cards pictured above plus four berry basket die cuts.  

Order your Bloom Box here: https://www.funstampersjourney.com

The Life's Sweetness Stamp Set* will be available after August 1 while supplies last. 

Questions about any of the other products I used?  Post them in the comments below.

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Monday, May 28, 2018

How to Make a Wobbler

Here's a quick tutorial I put together today showing how to make a simple "wobbler" from wire.