Monday, November 11, 2013

A Stamp Set special for Veterans Day

There is a wonderful stamp company called CC Designs Rubber Stamps who has recently released a new stamp set that is perfect for using on Operation Write Home cards.  A bunch of Thinking of You stamps and also a bunch of Miss You stamps.  In all shapes and sizes. 
They can be found HERE.  They are having a special on Veterans Day, November 11th. Go check them out today. And thank a veteran or 2.  :)
Here are some cards samples:

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Cards with a Scratch off message - Tutorial

Scratch offs are fun, aren't they?  Waiting to see what the secret message is.  They are even more fun when it is a lottery ticket and it says you won!  LOL!!

I learned this technique from You Tube, and here is my take on it.

Supplies you will need:
>  grey acrylic paint (or whatever color you want, red hearts would be fun for Valentine's Day)

>  dish soap (doesn't matter what brand)

>  clear plastic sheet of some kind (many use the Window Sheets that Stampin Up sell, I use either the plastic from my Cricut or a transparency sheet)

>  adhesive to glue the plastic to the secret message/image (Stampin Up used to sell an adhesive sheet by Sizzix that they used on the Window Sheet. I use my Zig 2-way glue pen)

>  foam brush

>  stamp with an open area to use as the place for the secret message, or you can use a circle or oval like I did on the above card.

>   StazOn ink for stamping the secret message and for stamping on the scratch off surface (I might have used regular dye ink for the above card, but I don't remember, sorry)

>   Heat tool

>   container to seal the paint mixature for future use

Step by Step instructions:

Mix 2 parts paint to 1 part soap.  Basically 2 teaspoons of paint, and 1 teaspoon of soap.  Mix well.

Use a foam brush to spread an even coat of paint on the plastic. Don't spread too thick or too thin.  Use a heat tool to dry completely, but be careful to not over heat the plastic.

Repeat process to apply a total of 2 coats.  3 coats are okay, as long as the paint is not too thick or it won't scratch off.

Now if you are using a stamp to display the hidden message, you will want to stamp only the part of the stamp that you will be using as the scratch off.  In my case, the balloon in the front of the bunch is the one that will have the hidden message.  You will stamp with the StazOn ink, allow to dry then cut out the scratch off section you want on the card.  

If you are going to use a circle or oval like the card above, you can now punch out that shape.

Stamp your hidden message with StazOn ink on the piece to be covered by the scratch off.  Once the ink is dry, apply a generous coat of glue using the Zig 2-way glue pen to that piece, making sure you apply glue all the way to the edges. Attach the plastic scratch off piece and let dry.

Hint, if you are using a circle or oval (like on the above card), attach the sentiment stamped shape to the card first, then attach the scratch off piece.  (Ask me how I know :{  )

There you go, the card is done. If the paint is not too thick, you can scratch it off with your fingernail, or a popsicle stick.  (I only have fingernails, no popsicle stick.)

A couple tips:
~  You won't want to pop up the scratch off image, or you won't be able to scratch off the paint.
~  I did color the balloons with Copics, and used Memento ink for the main image stamp.
~  This process does not work with digital images unless the painted part does not need to be stamped.
~  Contact paper does not work for this process, it is too thin and it rips.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

OWH Mid-week Throw Down - Cards 4 Kids

Now who doesn't love ants.   Okay, maybe not the real ones that crawl all over your picnic, but these cuties are friendly and love to celebrate birthdays!!!  The image is a pre-colored digital stamp from Doodle Pantry Stamps.  Their website is found HERE.

This friendly little puppy is perfect for any little boy or girl who loves dogs.   He is cut out from the Create-a-Critter Cricut cartridge.  The face was stamped with a Peachy Keen face stamp.  They are found on this SITE.

I am using an Action Wobble behind the puppy to give him some character.  Check out this short video that shows how he "wobbles".   You can click on the Action Wobble link on the side bar of my blog. (Sorry for the noise in the background, Adventures in Odyssey was louder than I thought when taping. :)  )

These cards were made for the Operation Write Home Mid-Week Throw Down - Cards for Kids.  Operation Write Home's blog is HERE.  

Saturday, June 15, 2013

And the Winner is . . . . .

Wow, 114 comments over the 5 days.  Thanks everyone.  

I used to pick a winner of 2 Itty Bitty stamps of their choice. 

And the winner is: Julie Odil

Friday, June 14, 2013

Growing in Unity - Day 5

Last but not lest, is another card using the flower stamp from the Kit of the Month - February 2013. 

Things I used on this card
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink and Wasusa
Patterned Paper: Echo Park Sweet Day and miscellanoius paper
Ink: Tuxedo Black by Memento
Embossing Folder: Tim Holtz
Markers: Copics

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Growing in Unity - Day 4

Another scrapbook page. Used the feather pen and ink stamp from the Kit of the Month - February 2013.  This is my niece, Moriah and my nephew, Noah.

Things I used on this page
Cardstock: Bazzill Smoothie
Patterned Paper: Paper Studio from Hobby Lobby and Basic Grey Kissing Booth
Ink: Brushed Corduroy and Vintage Photo by Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Brads: Close to My Heart and My Mind's Eye

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Growing in Unity - Day 3

For this card I used the flower stamp from the Kit of the Month - February 2013.  I stamped it 3 times without re-inking between each stamp.  Kind of an "old school" technique, but a good one.

Things I used on the card:
Cardstock: Bazzill Smoothie
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye Collectable "Notable"
Ink: Spiced Marmalade by Tim Holtz Distress inks
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Growing in Unity - Day 2

This is an 8.5 x 11 scrapbook page, using the telephone booth stamp from the Kit of the Month - February 2013.  I would like you to meet my nephew, Noah.  Noah is about 18 months in these pictures, currently today he is 5 years old.   Where does the time go.  :)

Here is what I used on this page.
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink and Bazzill Smoothie
Patterned paper: Close to My Heart and American Crafts

Monday, June 10, 2013

Growing in Unity - Day 1

Happy June.  Enjoy your summer.

For my week of Growing in Unity, I decided to use the Kit of the Month for February 2013. You can find it HERE on Unity's website.  I used the typewriter stamp and the Missing you sentiment stamp.

For this card I used:
Cardstock: Bazzill Smoothie
Patterned Paper: Echo Park - This & That Charming
Ink: Early Espresso by Stampin' Up, Tuxedo Black by Memento
Brads: Recollections by Michael's

Friday, May 31, 2013

Love you to pieces

Well, I made Love cards with pieces of paper.  I took a partially used 6x6 paper pad by My Mind's Eye (I think it was called Love Me, and I think it is retired now).  I made 34 cards total, more than 1 of each card.  Some cards I only made one.  The sentiments are from Ginger, her blog is here.  These cards will be sent to Operation Write Home.  


The pile of all the cards.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Another image by Whippersnapper.  Patterned paper was from my scrap pile.  Cardstock is Papertrey Ink.  Copic markers to color the image.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

A Card for OWH

Made this card awhile ago, and sent it to Operation Write Home for the troops to write in and mail home to their loved ones.  I love the "dark" look of this card.  The sentiment is a digital stamp from Ginger's House, find her here.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Another Miss You Card

Another Miss You card.  I put the sentiment on the inside.  The patterned paper is from a paper pad by Die Cuts with a View.  The light post and cat die are by Magnolia Stamps - DooHickeys Dies.  I fell in love with this die and HAD to have it.  I bought it here.
I added yellow cardstock to the back of the light post.