Sunday, April 5, 2020

PhD Projects Half Done card - Inky Stamper Crochet Slider

 Welcome to today's blog my crafty friends! Today I am sharing a cute stamp set called Crochet.  It is from inky stamper and it has some of the cutest sentiments to use with this sweet mouse (aka, Rosie) Crocheter

In A, B, &  C you will see the measurements I need to create this card
A-  The back piece (card front) is a 4" by 5 1/4" piece of gingham green printed cardstock 
B -  I have a second piece of green cardstock for the front lower part of the card.  It measures 4" by 2 3/4"
C -  A third piece of  green card stock is used to hide the slider piece.  It measures 2 1/16" by 2 3/4"
D -  this image shows the measurement location to place the 2 1/4" slider die on both A & B pieces

E -  Once the slider opening is cut on to both A & B pieces, glue the green front to the lower portion of the gingham print lining up the slider opening
F -  I stamped to of the crochet pieces together and colored and cut it to use as the slider element.  I am using MFT long sliders elements for the movement of this card.  I position the crocheted piece in the front to determine where the slider should pe placed and marked the edge of the Crochet piece with the pencil and glued the slider element in place
G, H -  After it was dry, I put it back into position to the front of the card and turned it over.  I go to 5/8 inch circle to the back side, securing the slider to the card. Let this dry

I -  I added a scrap strip of green cardstock on an A2 card base to cover up the slider opening will be exposed behind the card front
J -  I  used double sided foam tape on the back of the card front (making sure not to block the sliders movement) and centered it on the A2 card base
K, L -  Using the 2nd smaller piece of green cardstock (C) as a guide,  I added double sided foam tape to the front of the card again making sure not to blocked the slider piece.
M, N -  I attached this piece to the front of card and checked the slider movement

O, P -  I position to Rosie to the right side of the card on top of the platform covering that hides the slider piece.  I used liquid glued to attach her lower body to the platform and foam squares to attach her upper body. I checked the slider piece movement
Q, R, S -  I stamped out the two sentiments and two crochet hooks.  I fussy cut the hooks and die cut the sentiments to create the remaining elements of the card.  I glued them together as shown and attach them to the card

I hope you enjoyed this card and get to make your own. Visit the Inky Stamper Store.  Be sure to check out some of her other stamps, dies and tools too.

As always,  feel free to leave a comment, suggestion, ask a question, or just say hello!  I love hearing from you!

Be Creative ~ Stay Inspired
Jenn Gross
@journeycoachjenn



Saturday, April 4, 2020

i-crafter Water Lily 3D Gift Tag - with Watercolor Paper Embossing Tutorial


Hello my crafty friends! Can you believe it is already April?  I am thinking spring and my hubby is getting ready to plant his sunflower seeds.  I cannot wait to see more sunshine and beautiful colors.  Speaking of beautiful colors, I played with water color paper and color burst to create a 3D embossed gift tag using the Water Lily 3D Embossing folder.  I am complementing it with the word “Thanks” from the i-crafter Pop-up Wiper Insert and the Zip Gift Tag Die Set.

A – I am using watercolor paper for the front of the tag and will be using a green cardstock for the back of the tag.  I used the tag die to cut the watercolor paper to size.  I lightly spritzed both sides of the watercolor paper tag with water and positioned it on the embossing folder.  I ran the embossing folder through the die machine
B – I lightly spritzed the embossed tag and gently sprinkle a pink Color Burst powdered pigment on the lilies and a green Color Burst powderedpigment on the leaves.  I spritzed more water to help the pigments blend
C – I repositioned the damp tag back on the embossing folder in the same position as it was embossed before.  I places a piece of paper towel over the top of the tag and ran it thought the die machine.  I removed the paper towel from the tag

D, E, & F - I used my Gansai Tambi Starry Colors watercolorsto lay a translucent color each lily, I used a different gold on each flower 
G – I sprinkled a tiny bit of yellow watercolor pigment in to the middle of each bloom and using the watercolor bush and more of the gold paint blended it. For the leaves I used the lightest gold paint and mixed it with shamrock Liquid Metalics and a little water to create a translucent wash.  I used my heat gun on the lowest setting to speed along the dry time

H – I die cut the “THA NKS” sentiment from the Pop-up Wiper Insert Die out of mirror gold paper.  I die cut the back of the tag with the zip strip  frm a piece of dark green cardstock
I – Using a  ¼” black double sided foam tape, I added it to the back of the green tag starting  just under the bottom of the zip strip on each side and the bottom of the tag.  I added a piece of ¼” double sided adhesive tape at the top of the tag above the small hole so you can seal the gift card inside the tag at a later date. 
J – I removed the backing from the double sided foam tape on the grean tag and lined up the Lily colored tag to the front and adhered them together.  NOTE – I did not remove the backing from the adhesive tape at the top of the tag.  You will do this later to seal in a gift card or money. I glued the gold THANKS to the front bottom of the gif tag
K – After inserting the gift card, I sealed the inside top of the tag and added a ribbon to finish it of.  It is now ready to give to that special someone

Here are some close ups of the finished Water Lily 3D Gift Tag

i-crafter Products Used

Thanks you so much for stopping by today for my i-crafter blog post.  I hope you enjoyed learning how to create this Water Lily 3D gift tag. I would love to see what you create with the Water Lily 3D Embossing folder.  Let me know if you have any question!
Visit the i-crafter website for more inspiration and see new dies and stamps.  Make sure to follow i-crafter on Instagram too
Be Creative ~ Stay Inspired
Jenn Gross
@journeycoachjenn

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

namaste - i-crafter April Release Inspiration Team Blog


Hello crafty friends!  Welcome to the i-crafter Blog Hop!  I am so glad you stopped by today to join the i-crafter Inspiration Team for the April Release Blog Hop.  I have created a card with a calm greeting to share with you today.  It features the new Alphabet, Carly die set and the Water Lily 3D embossing folder.  Both are now available this month from  i-crafter and A Cherry on Top Crafts



A - I have gathered my Waffle Flower Aditional A2 dies, piece of water color paper, i-crafter Alphabet, Carly dies and Water Lily 3D embossing folder, an A2 off white card base, a piece of pink metal paper,  a small piece of snow white glitter stock, and a piece of  Fresh Sage card stock 
B - Using the largest of the Additional A2 dies, I die cut the watercolor paper to size doe the card front.  Next I spritzed it lightly with water on each side to loosen the paper fibers
C - The damp piece of watercolor paper in the Water Lily embossing folder and ran it through my die cutting machine. id came out beautifully
D -  I took a piece of 3"x3" glitterstock and lightly spritzed it. I focused it over one of the lilies and ran it through the die cutting machine

E - Using the largest  and third largest of the Additional A2 nesting dies, I create a 1/4 inch frame from the Fresh Sage cardstock
F - I used the lowercase letters from the Carly Alphabet dies to spell out "namaste" for my sentiment. I cut the letters from the pink metal paper 
G - Here I have the off white card base, the fresh sage frame, the embossed watercolor paper, the metallic letters, and the embossed glitterstock. I'm nearly ready to assemble card.  

H - Using my Spectrum Noir TriBlend alcohol markers, I colored the glitterstock lily and fussy cut it out 
I - I used liquid glue to attach the colored glitterstock lily over the same embossed lily on the watercolor paper 
J - I used a positioning ruler to line up and glue down the pink metal letters to spell out the word "namaste" on the card front



K - I positioned double sided 1/4"  foam tape on one side of the fresh sage frame 
L - On the back side of the embossed watercolor paper, I added double sided adhesive tape to the top and bottom edge and in the middle
N - Sorry this is out of order, but "N" is going to come before "M" here. so in N - I removed the adhesive tape from one side of the foam tape on the fresh sage tape. I pealed a corner of the foam adhesive on the other three side to leave a tap when adjusting the frame to fit the front of the card
M - After the frame was secure, I turned over the card front and  added craft glue to the back area   around the tape.  I removed the backing form the double side adhesive tape and positioned the card front onto the A2 card base 




Here are the two finished namaste cards, one with metallic pink lettering and the other with the metallic green.  I hope you found this card to balance your day and give you inspiration.

What is your favorite of the April release items?  Hop along with the rest of the i-crafter Inspiration Team to see more amazing projects and the new i-crafter dies and stamps.

Inspiration Team Blog Hop line up 

Thank you for stopping by and joining the April i-crafter Blog Hop! I hope you enjoyed seeing more the i-crafter new fun creative dies. Let me know if you have any question!


Be Creative ~ Stay Inspired
Jenn Gross
@journeycoachjenn


Visit the i-crafter website for more inspiration and see new dies and stamps.  Make sure to follow i-crafter on instagram too.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

I Fight With You! - Dotted Floral Stencil Tutorial - The Rabbit Hole Design April 2020 Release Blog Hop


Hello my crafty friend!  Welcome to day 2 of The Rabbit Hole Designs' April Release Blog Hop!  Today I am sharing two cards I have created with the Dotted Flower Stencil and I have paired it up with the Limited Edition Fearless stamp set.


Here are TRHD products used:




(Note - this stamp set has order restriction)


When I first saw the Dotted Flower stencil it reminded me of awareness ribbons. I myself, am a cancer survivor and 7 years free from uterine cancer. I decided my 1st card would be peach which is the ribbon color for uterine cancer. 


The A2 card front is stenciled on kraft cardstock. I decided to do a variegated or staggered stencil design.  I chose four colors of Distress Oxide inks to create this look and ended with a smoke ink color to pop on the last stencil step.


For by second card, I used the pink ribbon representing breast cancer.  This card is a little subtle and I am using 4 pink-ish Distress Oxide inks along with the sentiment "I've got your back"   I have created a YouTube tutorial to show you how to create this look in the link bit further along in this blog.


In this closeup, you see the four Distress Oxide ink used, but how much lighter the stenciled design turned out. 




I hope enjoyed these Fearless cards and the quick You Tube tutorial (it is a hyperlapse video). Leave me a comment.  Let me know which card is your favorite,  the subtle Pink card ot the bold Peach card.  They both have a very different look.  I am curious to see which card is most popular.

Thank you so much for stopping by the blog!

Be Creative ~ Stay Inspired
Jenn Gross
@journeycoachjenn

DAY 2 - Anchor Tattoo and Dotted Flower Stencil
Jenn - you are here
Kel - YOUR NEXT STOP!


**Giveaway**

To celebrate the April release, The Rabbit Hole Designs is giving away two gift certificates; one to a lucky Instagram Follower and one to a lucky Fan Page follower.  Winner will be chosen at random from the comments left on the INSTAGRAM post, and tagging friends, and also from commenting on the Fan Page post.  So make sure to head on over to INSTAGRAM and look for the giveaway post @therabbitholedesignsllc and look for the post at The Rabbit Hole Designs Fan Page by 11:59 p.m. PST 04-02-2020.  Winner will be announced on The Rabbit Hole Designs blog 04-03-2020.

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Monday, March 30, 2020

You Are My Magical Elixer! - coffee sleeve - The Rabbit Hole Design March Release - Horseshoe stamp set



Hello my crafty friend!  Welcome to The Rabbit Hole Designs April Release!  Today I am sharing two fun projects and a coloring tutorial using two new stamp sets, Horseshoe and Dice & Diamond.

My 1st project is You Are My Magical Elixir!  This is a colorful coffee cup sleeve featuring the Horseshoe stamp set!  I used a corrugated cardstock as the base for this coffee cup sleeve so you can actually use it.


A - I created a two piece pattern to use with corrugated cardstock.  I cut one of each pattern piece to create the sleeve
B - I glued the tab of 2B front on to the top of the 1B front 
C - You will have a full coffee cup sleeve.  The corrugated portion of the sleeve is actually the inside that will touch the coffee cup. 


D - Turned over your coffee sleeve so you can stamp on the smooth side. I used from Caffeinated Dragon stamp set create a repetitive design on the coffee sleeve
E - I stamped the Horseshoe stamp on a piece of Kraft cardstock. In the middle of the horseshoe I stamped the sentiment "You are my".  I used the sentiment "#MagicalElixir" in the banner portion of the horseshoe stamp 
F - I colored the image with Prismacolor colored pencils (see link to YouTube coloring tutorial below).  Using my nesting circles, i die cut the horseshoe image 
G - and using the next largest nesting circle of a piece of black cardstock to mount the image on


H - I glued the image to the center front of the smooth side of the sleeve.  I turned the image over. Keeping the image centered, I brought the folded the tab labled 1A Back to meet 2B Back and created side folds in the coffee sleeve
I - Using double sided adhesive tape and craft glue, I attached the tab back to the sleeve front. Making sure the smooth side of the corrugated cardstock and image ate on the outside of the coffee cup sleeve  
K- and here is the finished project


Here is the coffee sleeve pattern to make your own.  Please let me know if you have any questions on assembly





My second project is this Lucky A2 Card


My inspiration for this card is the printed paper the background. I love the colors combination.  I decided to use the colors with the Dice and Diamond stamp set. 
A colored the image with my Spectrum Noir Triblend markers. If you look closely at the diamond you will see pastel colors as highlights. After coloring the image, I fussy cut it out and Diamond Glazed the diamond.



Using my nesting circle dies, I die cut a blue circle to hold the stamped image I just colored and slightly larger white cardstock circle for the layering frame.

I stamped in colored the word lucky on white cardstock.  Assembled the card as shown below and added some of those fun TRHD embellishments  to complete the card



The Rabbit Hole Design Products Used









I hope enjoyed the tutorial, coffee sleeve pattern and coloring video.  I cannot wait to see what  you  make  with the coffee cup sleeve 

Thank you so much for stopping by the blog!

Be Creative ~ Stay Inspired
Jenn Gross
@journeycoachjenn


DAY 1 -Dice and Diamond Tattoo & Horseshoe Tattoo
Jenn - you are here
Kel - YOUR NEXT STOP!


**Giveaway**

To celebrate the April release, The Rabbit Hole Designs is giving away two gift certificates; one to a lucky Instagram Follower and one to a lucky Fan Page follower.  Winner will be chosen at random from the comments left on the INSTAGRAM post, and tagging friends, and also from commenting on the Fan Page post.  So make sure to head on over to INSTAGRAM and look for the giveaway post @therabbitholedesignsllc and look for the post at The Rabbit Hole Designs Fan Page by 11:59 p.m. PST 04-02-2020.  Winner will be announced on The Rabbit Hole Designs blog 04-03-2020.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Shhhhh...A Secret! Two fun interactive cards highlighting Kindred Stamps March Release


Hello crafty friends and welcome to the March Kindred Stamp Release!   I hope you and your loved ones are doing well.  I know these days can be difficult to navigate, so make sure you take a moment to be kind to yourself and breathe.   I also hope the new Kindred Stamps March Release and blogs give you inspirations a bring a smile to your face. 

I am super excited to share the Secret Agent stamp set!  


This 1st interactive card was a no secret!  I knew of the perfect interactive die for our Secret Agent,  Lawn Fawn's Magic Iris Die. You can see it is attached to the right side of the card.  As you move the lever from the top to the bottom of the card you will find it creates a camera shutter opening reminiscences of an the opening  credits of a well established movie series


I created a small manila folder and stamped one of the sentiment " Your Secret Is Safe With Me"  and the "We Have a Special Bond" sentiment  on a strip of the manila colored cardstock and glued it to  the bottom of the card.   I love the look and I hope you do too!





My second card is an interactive pop up birthday card.  It not only uses the Secret Agent stamp set, but also the Optical Illusion Stencil for the background.  You will also see Layering Stencils Splatters and Scribble and Splats thin dies by TIm Holtz

 As you open the card,  the agent pops up from behind the top secret manila envelope.  He has a target on his back, but don't worry your secret is safe with him!


A - I grabbed the Kindred Stamps 6"x 6" Optical Illusion Stencil  and used Pixie Spray to  attach it to a piece grey  of 4"x 5 1/4".  To created the background I used Wild Honey, Squeezed Lemonade, and Carved Pumpkin Distress Oxide inks 
B -  I used the Layering Stencils Splatters stencil  with Catherine Pooler Rocking Red Ink to create the blood splats on the card front 
C - I Colored the Secret Agent with my Triblend Alcohol Markers.  These are my favorite markers. Each one is a set of three (Light, Medium, and Dark) I find them so perfect for blending.  To create the Bulls-eye I used my layering circle dies set along with scraps of black, Metallic red, and grey cardstock.
D - I attached the Bulls-eye to the back of the agent and positioned him to pop up just behind where I add the top secret file.   I also added a red metallic Splat cut with the  Scribble and Splats thin dies by TIm Holtz and glued this to the lower right area inside he card 


E - I saved the scrap paper I stenciled over.  With all the stencil colors it will work  wonderfully as papers for the file folder.  I cut four 3"x 2 1/4"  pieces from the scrap  
F & G - One was stamped with "Your Secrets is Safe With Me".  The second is stamped with "Birthday... Happy Birthday".  the final two are  used in the file folder
H - The folder is  cut a 5" x 3" piece of manila colored cardstock
added ad glued to the inside of the file folder.  I cut out a small tab at the top area of the folder.  Next i folded it in half  leaving the tab sticking out  like a regular file folder.  I opened up the folder  and stenciled stenciled more red splatters on the folder.  I distressed it a bit and stamper Confidential and Top Secret in black ink.  I crumpled and flattened the two extra scrap paper pieces and glued them into the folder,  TO finish the folder i titled it HB2U on the tab



I - I added a small grey border just inside the card front framing it.  I crumpled it and flatten the "Birthday... Happy Birthday" sentiment  and glue to the front right of the card front.  I then glued the card front of the front of the grey A2 card base
J - I opened the card and glued the file folder to the front of the pop up base in front of the Secret Agent pop up.  Lastly. I crumpled it and flatten the "Your Secret is Safe With Me" sentiment  and glue to the inside left of the card 


I hope you enjoyed these two Interactive cards and the pop up birthday card tutorial using Kindred Stamps Secret Agent stamp set.  Thank you for stopping by my blog!   Sending you all positive vibes and be safe!



Be Creative ~ Stay Inspired
Jenn Gross
@journeycoachjenn


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