Friday, December 2, 2016

Holiday Ring Accordion with Hanging Charms

This is a fun card that looks complicated but is fairly simple to make. I especially love the hanging charms, the silver glitter, and entwined frames.

Making the Card

1. With the main Ring Accordion die, cut two from snowflake paper (Wish List), one from candy cane paper (Magical), and two from red cardstock. Use the circle die to cut the center from both snowflake rings, one candy cane ring, and one red ring. Trim tabs, etc., off of one snowflake ring and one red ring so you just have 2 circle frames. Use the decorator edge die to cut 4 from red cardstock and 4 from white cardstock. Adhere the red edges to the back of the snowflake ring and the white to the front of the red ring.

2. Add Clear Double Sided Adhesive to both sides of a thin piece of white cardstock. Die cut one snowflake charm and four snowflakes. Remove backing from one side of charm and sprinkle with Silver Silk Microfine Glitter. Polish with finger. Do same to other side. Repeat for all snowflakes.

3. Die cut candy cane charm base from white cardstock. Cut two copies of candy cane stripes from red cardstock. Adhere one copy to each side of candy cane base (one will be adhered backwards).

4. Die cut smallest entwined circles from white cardstock and largest from red cardstock. Adhere small white to center front of red ring (tab to right) as shown. Adhere large red to front of candy cane ring (tab to right).

5. Die cut scalloped lace circle (Ring Accordion) from white cardstock. Stamp "stay warm" sentiment with embossing ink, emboss with sticky powder, then sprinkle with Silver Silk Microfine Glitter and polish with finger. Adhere to center of red ring as shown.

6. Cut two lengths of silver thread. Thread through charm holes. Sandwich ends between rings and frames as shown such that they dangle in centers. Hint: put a little adhesive at top of ring, stick threads in it, hold up to see if it dangles correctly - if not, adjust; once satisfied, apply liquid glue and stick frame on top. Trim excess thread if necessary.

7. Embellish centers of snowflakes (both sides on charm) as well as entwined circles with transparent Glitter Dots. Adhere small snowflakes as shown (be sure to line up the ones on the front/back of first ring).

8. Slightly trim tabs that adhere to rings behind frames so they won't show. Adhere all tabs as in instructions with Ring Accordion.


ECD Supplies
Other Supplies
  • Cardstock: White, Red
  • Patterned Cardstock: American Crafts Wish List 368825, Studio Calico Magical 331570
  • Embossing Ink
  • Sticky Embossing Powder (e.g. Ranger)
  • Silver Thread
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Monday, November 28, 2016

Winter Bouquet Flourishes and Imagine Crafts Blog Hop

This card has a lot of sparkle - perfect for the holidays. The stamps are by Flourishes, l.c. The sparkle comes from Imagine Crafts, as part of a blog hop! The card is simple to make but looks very elegant.

Be sure to leave a comment in order to win prizes!

Imagine Blog
Barbara Thompson
Toni Storie
Alison Heikkila
Beverly Cole
Kren Kurts
Neva Cole
Roni Johnson
Linda Lucas
Davi Long
Jennifer Vanderbeek
Naomi Gong
Vickie Yeakley
Nadine Carlier
Rebecca Ednie
Gloria Hayoung Lee
Mark Melnick
Shirley Qu
Martha Lucia Gomez
Terre Fry
Mary Prasad <- You are here!
Trisha Traxler
Monica Edwards
Flourishes L.C

Making the Card

1. Cut red cardstock to 5 1/2 x 8 1/2; inches. Fold in half to form a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch card base.

2. Stamp large bouquet and tag with "Winter Cheer" greeting on white cardstock with StazOn Jet Black ink. Color bouquet with Memento Markers, going from dark to light, overlapping colors to shade and blend. Cut around bouquet and tag with detail scissors. Go around outside edges from the back side with Tuxedo Black Memento Marker (this hides the white edges and gives it a finished look). Spray bouquet with Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz. Spray tag with Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.

3. Cut about a 6 inch long piece of seam binding. Spray with Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.

4. Cut black cardstock 3 3/4 x 5 inches. Spray with Gold irRESISTible Texture Spray. Once dry, spray Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz over the entire piece. Wrap gold sprayed seam binding around middle where shown, adhering on backside. Adhere to card base.

5. Die cut 3rd smallest Dotted Scallop Oval from white cardstock. Spray with Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz. Add dots of Gold irRESISTible Pico Embellisher to outside scallops. Let dry. Adhere to center of card.

6. Adhere bouquet with dimensional tape as shown. Adhere tag where shown.

  • Memento Markers: Lady Bug, Love Letter, Rhubarb Stalk, Dandelion, New Sprout, Pear Tart, Bamboo Leaves, Cottage Ivy, Tuxedo Black
  • StazOn Ink: Jet Black
  • irRESISTible Texture Spray: Gold, Sparkle
  • irRESISTible Pico Embellisher: Gold
  • Sheer Shimmer Spritz: Gold
  • Flourishes Stamps: Winter Bouquet SSBCA024
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs 1173 Dotted Scallop Ovals
  • Cardstock: White, Black, Red
  • Seam Binding: White
  • Dimensional Tape
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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Embossing and Coloring Sheet Metal with StazOn

Making the Charm

1. Cut dark blue cardstock to 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches; fold in half for a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch card base.

2. Cut alcohol marker friendly cardstock 3 3/4 x 5 inches.

3. Follow the instructions for your die cutting machine to make the proper sandwich for Sizzlit sized dies. Emboss the 1 inch SHEET Metal. The good side will face up (not toward the die) since you want to color the raised side.

4. Watch the following video to color the embossed metal and card panel:

5. Adhere panel to card base. Tie ribbon in bow. Open small jump ring, put charm on it then close it. Open medium jump ring and add half the beads, the charm jump ring, then the other half of the beads. Thread through bow center; close jump ring.

  • SHEET Metal: Assorted Pack (1 Inch Circle)
  • StazOn Inks: Mustard, Ultramarine, Jet Black
  • GlazOn: Clear
  • Ink Blushers
  • Fantastix
  • 657803 Sizzix DecoEtch Die - Fairy Twilight by Vintaj
  • Stamp Set: Sending Holiday Cheer - Hero Arts CL464
  • Wink of Stella
  • Alcohol Markers (e.g. Copics)
  • Cardstock: Alcohol Marker Friendly (X-Press It Blending Card), Dark Blue
  • Ribbon: Red
  • Silver Jump Rings: Medium, Small
  • Optional: Colored Glass Beads (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple)
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Friday, November 25, 2016

Holiday Pop-up Sled Card

Here's a fun holiday card for those who remember flying down hills on one of these vintage sleds. I added mountains in the background of the card; as a kid, a big hill seemed like a mountain, especially when trudging back up dragging the sled behind. Using Through the Lens papers makes creating cards easier since no extra coloring is required!

Making the Card

1. Cut Bluebell Soft Finish Cardstock to 6 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches; fold in half. Stencil clouds at top using Titanium White and Neutral Gray Pan Pastel (or other white and gray chalk or ink).

2. Using the mountain tops (Skis), find two pieces of the Stone paper shown: die cut one from the front and one from the back of the paper (you want one opposite the other so the sides will line up in the card) - put the die as closely as possible to the top of the paper; trim excess. Add white acrylic paint to tops of "mountains." Note: I tried using Distress Paint but it didn't work well, kind of disappeared as it dried, so I used straight acrylic paint that I applied with a craft stick. Let dry. The paper may curl slightly; don't worry about it, it will just add a little more dimension.

3. Cut red dotted patterned cardstock 7 x 10 inches. Fold in half. This will be the card base.

4. From Wood paper (red), die cut sled pieces. Assemble. Cut off about 8 inches of twine. String one side of twin upwards through hole in sled piece as shown. Tie a small knot at the end. Repeat on other side.

5. Die cut pop-up piece (Twist Circle Pop-up) - the long "arm" - from Bluebell Soft Finish Cardstock. Optional: trim along one side so it is a bit smaller.

6. Adhere mountains on folded Bluebell Soft Finish Cardstock card as shown. Die cut and assemble pop-up as shown in video below - don't add circle though (due to thickness, I recommend running through machine several times). Remember to adhere to (red dot side of) card base as shown in video.

7. Once the arm is in place, add sled at an angle across it: be sure to check that it will not show outside card before glueing down. Also check that it will close properly (it may need some encouragement at first). Die cut white cardstock using smallest stamp rectangle. Stamp sentiment in black ink. Adhere to sled as shown.

8. Cut chalk sentiments patterned cardstock 4 7/8 x 6 7/8 inches (you could optionally leave extra white space if you like by cutting 4 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches). Adhere to front of card. Die cut white and red cardstock using Postage Stamp Rectangles, smallest and next smallest respectively. Die cut letters in various shades of green and red as shown (Alphabet 1 Caps, Alphabet 2 Lower Case) to form the word "Snow"; adhere to white cardstock stamp rectangle. Adhere to red stamp rectangle using dimensional tape. Adhere to front of card where shown.

9. Die cut pine boughs from green cardstock as shown. Rub over them with stylus on pad to give them some dimension. Adhere under top left corner of white stamp rectangle. Die cut holly leaves and berries in colors shown. Shape leaves by rubbing on back with stylus then, on front sides, drawing lines down middle and adding veins with pointed tool. Use small stylus to rub around back of berries to give them a cup like shape. Adhere all to card as shown. Note: I used Kids Choice Glue - it works really with with these small items.


ECD Supplies
Other Supplies
  • Patterned Cardstock: Recollections - Naughty or Nice (Red Dots), Pebbles - Home for Christmas (Chalkboard Sentiments)
  • Cardstock: White, Green, Dark Green, Light Green, Red
  • Twine: Cream (or other light color)
  • Black Ink (e.g. VersaFine Onyx Black)
  • Dimensional Tape
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