Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tardy Tuesday: Note Tag Punch Christmas Card

I joked yesterday that I should make my postponed Minute Monday post a "Tardy Tuesday" post and then I just couldn't resist. Ha! Ha! Ha! There was a good reason for my delay. I participated in a creative blog hop yesterday that always falls on a Monday. I figured that I could preempt my Minute Monday blog post just once.

I made this card using the Merry Everything Stamp Set and Note Tag Punch, a great deal when you buy them as a bundle for 15% off. On first appearance you might wonder what's special about this card? Well, I used the Note Tag Punch to create different layers to put behind the greeting. It's cool that you can make these layers with just a punch without resorting to pull out the Big Shot. All the rest of the supplies you'll need are listed BELOW!

If you don't want to make a Christmas card, this card could easily be turned into a thank you card. This same layout could also be used with any stamp in the Merry Everything stamp set.

Happy Stamping!!!


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Monday, October 20, 2014

Creative Blog Hop


Today I’m doing something a little different. I’m postponing my Minute Monday blog post until Tuesday (I might need to call it Tardy Tuesday, LOL), so that I can participate in the Creative Blog Hop. My stampy friend Heather Heroldt nominated me to take part in this blog hop (Thanks Heather!), which allows us stampers to share our creative process through a series of questions. Please check out Heather’s fabulous blog, Handmade By Heather, where she strives to post a new card on her blog EVERY DAY. Now that’s impressive!!

What am I working on right now?
Shhhhh!!!!!! It’s a BIG secret. All I can say: it involves CHOCOLATE. The mystery shall be revealed soon.

These days, what I’m working on most, is making better video tutorials. I’m amazed at all those designers who seem to do them so effortlessly OR at least seem to do them better than I do. It’s really hard to put all the details into a video without being too talkative. I’m a firm believer in practice makes perfect, so you’ll be seeing a lot more video tutorials from me in the future. With all the variables of video tutorials, I’m sure it will be hard to obtain perfection. Maybe I should just hope for less of a “cringe” factor when I’m replaying them for myself. LOL!

How does my work differ from others in my genre?
I’m an outside the box type of creator, but I also want my end product to be practical and useful. That’s why you’ll see me design things that can be used as favors and gifts. They look pretty on the shelf, but they generally also serve another purpose. I also insist upon having my designs be reproducible. There have been plenty of occasions where I’ve spent time simplifying a design, because it was too difficult for others to recreate or for me to explain.

Why do I create what I do?
I find great joy in creating things that will touch someone’s heart. That’s the beauty about hand-making something, I can really tailor it to the person I’m giving it to. In this day and age where everything is mass-produced, it’s really special to give something that was made from the heart.

I also enjoy a good design challenge. Whether the challenge comes from me or someone else, it still amazes me when I can pull a design off. Some of my more complicated designs are created in spurts over several days. It often takes a leap of faith on my part to believe that I will create something worthy and not crumple it up into a ball and give up.

Finally, I create because it’s FUN. I grew up in a household where we didn’t do a lot of crafts. I did crafts in elementary school and girl guides, but my projects always seemed to be inferior to those of my peers. I didn’t take any art classes in high school. I actually thought I was bad at art. That was until I discovered stamping and I’ve been reliving my childhood through art ever since.

How does my creative process work?
My creative process usually comes from a spark. That spark could be images from a stamp set, a pretty flower in the garden, a piece of junk mail, or even CHOCOLATE. Sometimes, I will just take a new paper-crafting tool and play with it. I create a lot of rejects in my design process, but that’s what it is, A PROCESS. If the Wright Brothers had stopped designing the airplane after their first attempt, they would not have invented the airplane. If I had stopped after my first attempt at the Hershey’s Christmas Tree, well you get the picture.

Oh and did I mention the MESS!!!! When I’m done creating a design, my craft studio is usually a ROYAL MESS!!!! I’m a neat person by nature, but if I start cleaning up during the PROCESS, it destroys my creative vibe. So if you’re ever in the neighborhood, please call first before you stop by. Papercrafting cyclones frequently hit my craft studio.

Tag - you're it!
Now it’s my turn to tag someone for the Creative Hop! I didn’t have to think hard to think of someone either. I’ve been following Pam Strobel’s blog for over a year now. She is so very creative. I had the fortune of meeting her at the 2013 Stampin’ Up convention and she’s just as nice as she is creative. Please hop on over to Pam’s blog Stamp and Stretch anytime. Her official Creative Blog Hop post will be up next Monday, October 27th. I can’t wait to learn about her design process.

Have a great day and
Bee Stamping!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Circle Framelits Menorah Tutorial

Here is a card for my Jewish friends. I wanted to create a punch art menorah for a workshop sample, so I set out to experiment with punches. Well my punch idea didn't work out, BUT the circle framelits did. So while it wasn't exactly what I was expecting, I think the card turned out pretty well. I tried to make the menorah as authentic as possible. You'll have to let me know if I did it justice.

Find out the supplies you'll need to make this card and where to purchase them HERE!

Circle Framelits Menorah Tutorial


Step One

1. Start with an 11" x 4-1/4" piece of card stock. On the long side, score at the 5-1/2" mark. Fold the card stock in half along the score line to create the card base.


Step Two

2. Make a pencil mark 2-1/8" in from the side and 1/4" up from the bottom (see yellow dot).


Step Three

3. Cut a 3-1/2" x 1/4" piece of Gold Foil Paper.


Step Four

4. Adhere the Gold Foil Strip to the Card Base using the pencil mark as a guide to make sure it is centered and 1/4" up from the bottom of the card.


Step Five

5. Cut a 4" x 4" piece of Gold Foil Paper. On the back side of the gold foil square, draw a diagonal pencil line from corner to corner.


Step Six

6. Use the magnetic platform to align 8 circles collection framelits (from the smallest through to the 8th smallest circle), centered on the gold foil paper. Note: Make sure the circles are equal distance apart.


Step Seven

7. After you have run the gold foil through the Big Shot, carefully remove all the circle framelits.


Step Eight

8. Turn the gold foil paper piece over and cut along the diagonal pencil line. Note: you will have enough half circles to make two cards. Set half of the semi-circles aside.


Step Nine

9. Adhere the largest semi-circle to the card slightly lower than the top of the gold foil strip. Note: You will adhere a semi-circle and then skip a semi-circle to create the space between the candle arms.


Step Ten

10. Alternately skip a semi-circle and adhere a semi-circle, until you have all 4 semi-circles adhered.


Step Eleven

11. Cut a 1" wide scrap strip of Shimmery White Card Stock. Cut NINE 1/8" candle strips off of this main strip.


Step Twelve

12. Use Tombow to make 9 narrow lines of glue above each of the candle holders.


Step Thirteen

13. Adhere the Shimmery White candle strips to the card base.


Step Fourteen

14. Punch FIVE hearts out of Champagne Glimmer Paper using the Heart Punch from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.


Step Fifteen

15. Cut each of the hearts in half to create NINE Flames. Note: You will have an extra flame, which you will not need for this card.


Step Sixteen

16. Use Tombow to make nine dots of adhesive above the candles. Adhere the flames above the candles.


Step Seventeen

17. Cut a circle out of a gold foil sheet with the second smallest framelit.


Step Eighteen

18. Cut the circle in half.


Step Nineteen

19. Adhere the half circle to the bottom of the menorah.



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