Saturday, September 29, 2012

I Figured It Out!! Wonderfall is Wonderful!!

Well, I planned to have a tutorial for everyone today, but I discovered that my planned tutorial was NOT the best way to use the stamp set and die!  I bought the Wonderfall stamp set and the Autumn Accents Bigz Die.  The Autumn Accents die is a die with 4 fall leaves and an acorn -- it's beautiful!  The maple leaf may be symmetrical, but the other leaves are not, so it's important to line up the stamps.

I had already tried perfectly positioning the leaves and then hoping for the best as I CAREFULLY lowered my inked stamps.  That worked about 30% of the time!   

I then thought that I'd cut out a bunch of leaves, perfectly positioning the paper, then stamp THROUGH the stencil I made onto a 2nd sheet, and once again, perfectly position the 2nd sheet of c/s to run it through the Big Shot, and voil`a ... the leaves would magically be in the right place!!  Well.... it still didn't work so great!  So... I had to come up with another method. 

Method number 3 was the keeper for me!  I LOVE my stamp-a-ma-jig!  Here's what I did:

Step Number 1:  Cut out your leaves using the Big Shot and your chosen cardstock (c/s) color.  I used Very Vanilla since I'll be stamping my images on the leaves after.

Step Number 2: Stamp your leaf image onto the Stamp-a-ma-jig plastic sheet.  (As you can see, my SAMJ gets lots of use.  There are certain wood stamps that I use all the time so these are stamped with Black Staz-On on the absolutely clear side of the sheet -- the other sheet that has a bit of "texture" to it is the side that I use with my classic inks that I remove in between uses).  Anyway, I've stamped the image on the sheet and then I place my cut-out leaf BACK INTO the stencil.  This way, the leaf isn't going to move and I have the inked stamp heading right where I want it too!

Step Number 3:  Here you see that I just finished perfectly stamping the leaf.  By keeping it in the stencil but cutting it out first, it doesn't slide around so it sees the ink EXACTLY where I want it too!

Here's my finished card.  It's heading out in the mail this morning since I participated in a swap.  This particular swap was to use the colors More Mustard (my card base and one of the leaves), Tangerine Tango or Pumpkin Pie (I chose Pumpkin Pie -- for my large oak leaf), and Chocolate Chip or Early Espresso (I chose Early Espresso for my Core'dinations Card Stock mat, as well as for my maple leaf -- the acorn was stamped using a combination of Early Espresso and Chocolate Chip so I used markers to color the stamp).  I used the Tiny Tags stamp set for my little sentiment hanging on the Baker's Twine, and the Bronze Button was the perfect ending accent!

Here's a closeup of the card:

Thanks for joining me today!  Laura, you should see your card in about 3 days! 


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Stamps:  Wonderfall (128084 wood or 128087 clearmount), Tiny Tags (118091 wood or 118952 clear)
Paper: Very Vanilla c/s, Early Espresso Core'dinations c/s (127848)
Embellishments: Early Espresso Baker's Twine (123124); Brushed Bronze Button (127833)
Tools: Big Shot (113439) and Autumn Accents Bigz die (127812), Woodgrain Embossing Folder (127821); Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049); Jewelry Tag punch ( 117190)


Friday, September 14, 2012

A "Tail" of Two Cats!

I've been very tied up these past few weeks, preparing for the new school year with 2(!) teenagers in high school now!  On top of that, I just finished painting my daughter's room for her birthday present!  Now, this week, my family came from NY and Virginia to visit and celebrate Lyndsey's 17th BD, and we tore up all of our wall-to-wall carpet upstairs!  The good news is that there was hardwood underneath, in very good condition!  These reasons all add up to not a lot of time to post on my blog!  I'm back though! 

The title for today's post gives away the theme of my cards: cats!  I have two cards to share with you.  They're both so fun in their own way!!

I  made the Hello Kitty card out of punches for Lyndsey -- she ADORES Hello Kitty!  Isn't it so cute?!  It's primarily made out of the oval punches, both the wide oval and the retired small oval punch.  The bow is from the 1/2 inch and bitty round punches, and the ears are the retired butterfly punch.  The cute whiskers are from another retired punch-- the slot punch.  You could easily cut little scraps for whiskers too though!

This cute card above is the new Frightening Feline individual stamp from the holiday mini catalog.  Don't you love the evil gleam in her eyes?!  It's the Rhinestone Jewels, colored with an orange sharpie marker!  The paper, although it doesn't show up true to color in the above photo, is the gumball green cardstock -- it's my all time favorite green!  Love it!! 

I matted my image on the Howlstooth & Scaringbone DSP.  I really love the patterns to all the papers in this halloween package -- this chevron design is very chic right now!  Oh, and the ribbon is the new Basic Gray Striped Satin from the mini catalog.  I embossed my feline with gumball green embossing powder so she'd show up nicely against the Basic Black cardstock. 

The Tangerine Tango c/s really brings out the eyes, don't you think?! You can see the evil eyes even better in the picture below:

In case you're wondering, this picture below has the backdrop of my beautiful new hardwood floors behind it!  We pulled the carpet up to find the floors in brand new condition (except for the edges!  Still pulling staples and puttying in spots!)  Can you believe that this gem was hidden below our carpet for 12 years?!

I hope to share more fun cards in the next few days!  Although you haven't seen much of my work lately, I've still been stamping and holding nearly weekly card classes all summer!  Anyway, that's all for today!  Stop by again and please leave a comment for me!

Supplies (for "Halloween" card only):
Stamps:  Frightening Feline (128105)
Paper: Cardstock: Gumball Green, Basic Black, Tangerine Tango; Howlstooth and Scaringbone DSP (126906)
Accessories: Rhinestone Jewels, 1/2" Striped Satin Ribbon 127837) , Heat Tool, Gumball Green Embossing Powder (128981), VersaMark ink.   (non-SU orange sharpie marker).