Saturday, December 28, 2013

"Just A Note" Card Set

Card sets make great gifts for any occasion.  I love to give them for teacher gifts, thank you's, birthdays and just because.  Wrap them up in a cute box, add a ribbon and you have a great gift for any occasion.
When designing cards for card sets, I like to use products that can easily be purchased or used over an over again.  In this card, I used the phrase "just a note" stamped over and over again to create a card that can be replicated without needing a lot of supplies.  Instead of using patterned paper, try using stamps and inks to create your own patterned paper again and again.

I have included a video below, showing the entire creation of this card.  I have also included links to all the products used in this project.
For those of you who aren't video watchers, here's a quick "How To"
1.  I started with a piece of white card stock cut to 3" x 4" and adhered a 1/2" strip of navy card stock at an angle along the lower portion.  The navy card stock is not only a decorative touch, but acts as my guide for stamping my sentiment.
2.  Stamp the "just a note" sentiment from the Spaulding Bowl kit stamp set in gold ink below the navy card stock.  Clean your stamp before moving on.
3.  Using navy ink, stamp the "just a note" sentiment repeatedly along the top portion of the white card stock.  Allowing the sentiment to stamp off the edge of the paper gives it a more finished look, like that of patterned paper.
4.  Gently run the gold ink pad around the edges of the white paper to add a gold edge to the white card stock.
5.  Wrap twine around the navy strip.  I used glue dots behind the navy strip to hold the twine in place.
6.  Stamp the glassess on the digital die cut from the Copper Mountain digital stamp brush set using gold ink.  To add fun dimension to the glasses, water color the lenses using a pale blue ink and a paint brush.
7.  Attach the "just a note" card stock piece to the front of a navy card using foam dimensional adhesive.  To create a card base, simply cut your card stock to 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" and fold in half.  Using a bone folder to flatten the fold will give the card a finished look.
8.  Attach the glasses to the card using foam dimensional adhesive.  Add glossy accents to the lenses of the glasses to add a dimensional and realistic touch to the card.
I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy card set.  Make a few ahead of time for a quick gift to keep on hand.  You can include and pen, envelopes and stamps to complete a handmade gift that anyone would love to receive.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a fabulous day!

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Studio Calico Copper Mountain Card Kit Reveal

It's finally time for me to share the fun projects I created using the Studio Calico Copper Mountain Card Kit and the Spaulding Bowl Add On.  I had so much fun playing with these products.  You can see the kits today over on Studio Calico's website.  And if you know anything about Studio Calico, you know these kits sell out fast.  (Please note, if you are not a current subscriber to Studio Calico, the links to the January kits will not be active until tonight at midnight EST.)

The first three cards were created using only the Copper Mountain Card Kit, some inks and basic supplies in my craft room.

Isn't the whale cute?  The kit includes a stamp set and die set that feature the whale and some great sentiments to go along with him.

The card above just may be my favorite of the release.  The ribbon and gold twine from the kit are FABULOUS!  I combined it with a little bit of gold spatters, some gold edging and the "hi" piece from the kit to make a clean and simple card that makes me giddy!

And who doesn't love a good cloud?  I used the digital files to cut out the cloud and then stamped on it using the stamp set from the kit.  The hearts are part of the die collection in the kit as well.  I popped up the hearts and added some glossy accents to make this card rain love!

The next two cards were made with only the Spaulding Bowl Add On Kit.  This colors and papers in this kit are to die for.  And the stamp set?  It's perfect for teacher note cards and every day use!

Tell me those glasses are not to die for!  I just love them.  I cut them out using the digital cuts for use with your Cameo and then stamped the glasses in gold ink right on to the digital cut out.  I added a little water coloring to the lenses and some glossy accents for the perfect finishing touch.

Once again, I used the digital cuts for this "Overdue" card.  I cut two of the books out and stamped them both, then layered them up to add more dimension to this already adorable book.  I added some ribbon from the kit for a book mark and some hearts cut from the Copper Mountain dies.  The stamp set has a coordination sentiment that could be stamped inside of this card for the perfect birthday card that's just a bit "overdue".

Finally, I combined both kits to create this birthday card.  I know boy cards seem to be the toughest to make for everyone out there.  I combined some papers and a button from the Copper Mountain kit and used one of the stamps from the Spaulding Bowl add on.  I masked the stamp so it just says Happiest of Birthdays.  Masking is a great way to get more out of your stamps!

So there you have them.  Six new projects from the January Studio Calico kits.  You can check out other products in the Studio Calico Shop while you're there too!  And see all that I do on Studio Calico by following me.

So tell me, which card has inspired you?



Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas and The Winner of the Christmas Giveaway

I just wanted to drop by to say Merry Christmas!  I hope it is a very special holiday for you and your loved ones!  My husband, our children and I are celebrating today because I'll be working tomorrow.  Such is the life of a nurse.  We have plans to open presents tonight and the kids are really excited.

I thought I would share our Christmas card with you.  We had a fabulous photographer, Robin, from Robin's Eye Photography take our photos for the first time this year and we had such a great time!  The card was designed by Janelle at JP Designs.  Coincidentally, Janelle also designed the new header on my blog.  Isn't she great?

The Wiley Family sincerely wishes you a Merry and Bright Christmas!  May God fill your hearts and homes with love and peace today and always.  I'm so thankful for God's love, that came to Earth in the form of a baby to save us, even me!

While I'm here, I'll announce the winner of the Christmas Giveaway.  I used Random.org to choose the winner.  I assigned numbers to the blog and YouTube (1 for the blog, 2 for YouTube) and chose where the winner would come from.  Without further ado, the winner is....

The winner came from YouTube
The 19th comment is the winner

And the winner is, Melody Lane
Congratulations Melody!  I've already been in contact with you!

Merry Christmas to all of you!  Thanks for stopping by!  Come by later this week to see the full reveal of the Studio Calico Copper Mountain kit and projects!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Copper Mountain Card Kit Sneaks

Hi everyone!  Today I'm sharing some sneaks of projects using the Studio Calico Copper Mountain card kit and Spaulding card kit add on.  The Copper Mountain kit will be shipped out to all of the Studio Calico card kit subscribers.  And you can order the Spaulding add on to go with this fabulous kit.

The first three projects use just the Copper Mountain Card Kit from Studio Calico.  You can see the Studio Calico sneak peek page here.

You're whale-y going to love this guy!

Digital cuts to go with the stamp sets?  Perfection!

I have a massive crush on that ribbon!

The following projects use products from the Spaulding Card Add-On.  You're going to love the stamp set that comes with this one!  So so versatile!

Adore those glasses!

There's lots of uses for this add-on kit.  Can you say Teacher Note Cards?

For this final project, I combined the two kits to create a card.  It's wonderful how the kits are so different, yet go together so well!

Wood button=swoon!

Check back Friday for the full reveal!  So tell me, which one caught your eye?

 Hope you're having a fabulous day!

Have You Heard The News?

I don't know if you've heard the news, but I am one of the newest members of the Studio Calico Creative Team.

You can see the blog post at Studio Calico announcing the news by clicking here.  Also, head on over to Studio Calico's website and follow me!

All through the year, you'll be seeing me create with the fabulous card kits and add ons from Studio Calico.  So stayed tuned to my blog and Studio Calico's site.  You don't want to miss this.  It's going to be a great year!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Christmas Giveaway

Christmas is just a few {short} days away.  In the spirit of Christmas, I thought I would do a little giveaway here.

I'm giving away some fun prizes to one lucky reader/viewer.  You can see all of the products included in the giveaway in the video and links below.  One prize pack with all of the items shown in the video will be given to the lucky winner.  The winner will be drawn with Random.org and will be posted here on December 24th, 2013.

Want to know how to win?  Simple comment here on the blog and tell me your favorite We R Memory Keepers or Lifestyle Crafts product.  Then, go over to the video on my YouTube channel and leave a comment there too.  You can enter once here on my blog and once on YouTube.  And don't forget to send your friends my way.

If you don't win, but want to purchase some of these products, you can go to ShopWeR.com and use the coupon code GLITTER to save 20% off all things We R Memory Keepers and Lifestyle Crafts.

Good luck to all!  And I wish you a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Ho Ho Ho Embossing With Paste and Stencils

Have you seen this stuff?  I've been seeing embossing paste on projects everywhere!  And I wanted to give this stuff a whirl and see how I like it.  The verdict?  Super fun!

I created a focal piece for my card using the Wendy Vecchi white embossing paste and a stencil from Simon Says Stamp.  I thought it would be fun to add some glitter to the embossed image, so while the paste was still wet, I applied some Tim Holtz Rock Candy Distress Glitter.  There are links to all the products I used in this project below.

 So what do you think?  Is it something you would try?

I've included a video below, walking you through the entire creation of this card.

I hope you are having a wonderful day!  Check back here on Friday for a very special Christmas Giveaway!

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