Archive for the ‘Random Act of Cardness’ Category

For a Friend

Thursday, January 27th, 2022

There’s nothing to pick up your spirits like a card from a friend, in your mailbox! A bright & cheery one is even better. I think I combined these elements in these pretty cards that are perfect for a friend, at any time. And of course, I worked it in for the Scrap ‘N Stamp word prompt of ‘friends’!

DOODLE FLOWERS BACKGROUND

Everyone in the Scrap ‘N Stamp design team recently received a box of goodies to play with! I have to admit that I didn’t wait – I dove right in, so you’ll be getting a sneak peek today of some new  products that haven’t hit the shelves yet! I was actually so excited that I created 2 cards, using the same products. Just because I could! I wanted to see the pretty new embossing powders on a white, and a dark background. Here they are!

For a Friend

I had started with the white background, but them immediately how how gorgeous the colours would stand out on a darker background! They’re still pretty on the white, but really pop on the blue!

CARD DETAILS

Start with your panel of cardstock – light or dark. I found it best to set up the cardstock and Taylored Expressions Doodle Flowers Background stamp in my stamp platform. Next, cover the stamp with Versamark ink, and press firmly on the cardstock. Repeat if necessary. Now the fun happens! Seriously, I felt like a kid in kindergarten again, I had such fun. I used the coming soon Embossing Powder set by Hampton Arts – you’re going to love! There’s a total of 16 different embossing powders, each colour has 2 – one matte, one glitter. To start, I sprinkled the matte green around the edges of the stamping, basically to colour the stems green. Remove any excess powder, and then add  your next colour. For the flowers, I chose to use the glitter version of the colours – pink, violet, yellow and blue.  I didn’t bother to shake off the excess of each colour as I went along – this meant that the colours mixed beautifully ! When you do shake off the excess powder, you can keep the resulting rainbow, and use it on another project. Here’s a close up look at the pretty results.

For a Friend

This background stamp leaves a wonderful oval in the middle, perfect for a sentiment. Stamp your chosen sentiment onto vellum with Versamark ink, and then cover it with gold embossing powder. Use a heat tool to set, and then die cut with an oval die. For my sentiment, I used one of my new stamps – again by Hampton Arts, but I’m not sure of the name! It’s a wonderful sentiment set, though.

Attach your embossed card front to a bright card base, and then attach your sentiment oval. Add a few embellishments to the card front for some sparkle, and to hide your glue behind the vellum. Again – I used new self adhesive gems from Hampton Arts, and sequins from  Studio Katia.

SNEAK PEEK!

In the photo below, you can see the vials that the new embossing powders come in, plus the new gems.

For a Friend

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I Made a Box…

Friday, January 21st, 2022

 

It’s my first January post here on the Scrap ‘n Stamp blog, so happy 2022! I’ve actually been taking a bit of a crafting break to deal with some other *stuff*, and to get back into the groove, I spent some time making something totally different from the usual – I made a Graphic 45 chipboard box!

 

 

Scrap ‘n Stamp offers a number of different Graphic 45 kits, and I picked the Ocean Blue Kit, which has everything you need to make this box, as well as a mini-album and decorative matchboxes, with lots of paper and ephemera left over.  The full-colour instructions are detailed and easy to follow. Of course, I had to add my own spin, and switched the papers around so that I could have a blue box with a tan interior, rather than the reverse. I did this both because I prefer blues to neutrals, and so it would fit with the January Random Acts of Cardness prompt, BLUE! 😉

To start, I covered the bottom inside pieces of the box with my chosen papers and adhered them together. I think adhesive choice is important with a project like this, so for paper-to-chipboard I used Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive, and for chipboard-to-chipboard, I used Ranger multi medium matte for extra strength. Here’s the box base:

 

 

The box lid comes next, with paper on both sides before adhering it to the bottom using a paper hinge. The lid flap is also attached with a hinge. Extra long strips of paper are adhered around the the box to strengthen the sides. At this point, my box was essentially done apart from a few embellishments:

 

   

 

 

In keeping with my usual style, I kept my embellishments clean and simple, with a few die cuts on the lid, and a reinforced sticker element as a lid clasp. Here’s another view of my finished project, along with a close up of the lid:

 

 

This project was quite the departure for me, but it turned out to be a lot of fun to make! Next up, I plan to make some cards using the kit elements to add to my box. I’m thinking one of the matchboxes would be a perfect addition for holding postage stamps! Thanks for checking in today, and I hope you’re playing along with the Random Acts of Cardness Challenge for your chance to win a $50 gift code to the Scrap ‘n Stamp store!

 

Cute Mug Notes

Saturday, January 15th, 2022

Welcome to the weekend! My word for the Scrap ‘N Stamp daily challenge is ‘drinks’. I really wanted to use the Honey Bee Mugs & Kisses die set that I used for our Tea for Two Inspiration Hop again. But of course, in a different way. Then I thought – well, Valentine’s Day is coming up! It’s always fun to share a cute note card with friends and coworkers. These little mugs fit the bill perfectly!

MUG NOTES

You could decorate these cute mug notes for any occasion! Think ‘thank you’ notes, ‘let’s meet for coffee’ notes, etc. Here’s 3 examples that I created.

Cute Mug Notes

Aren’t they cute?! And making them in different colours adds to the fun. I think that the blue one would be perfect for a co-worker!

MUG DETAILS

For each mug, I die cut a white back, and then die cut the coloured cardstock fronts. Then I decided how to decorate each mug. For the blue mug, I kept it simple. Blend Faded Jean distress oxide onto the bottom & edges of the mug. Die cut the steam from white cardstock, and the coffee from light brown cardstock. Lightly blend Vintage Photo distress oxide around the edges of each, and glue them into place. Next, stamp the sentiment from the Impression Obsession Coffee Mug Sayings set in Nocturne ink. Add some highlight to the mug with a white gel pen. Finally, attach the front & back by placing glue only on the handle of the mug – and glue the mug front to the die cut white mug back.

The pink mug is decorated the same way; blend Picked Berries onto the mug, and add the white highlights. Die cut the heart from red cardstock, then blend Fired Brick around the edges. Make it pop with the white reflection on the top curve of the heart. For the whip cream, lightly blend Vintage Photo ink around the edges & into the folds of the whip.  Before gluing the front & back mug pieces together, stamp the sentiment from the Poppy Stamps Diamond Sentiments set on the inside.  You can see how the mug opens, in the photo below.

Cute Mug Notes

For the neon  green mug, I stenciled the pattern across the bottom of the mug using a retired MFT stencil. Next, the sentiment is stamped in Nocturne ink, again using the Poppy Stamps set. I’m going with a hot chocolate theme for this mug-you can see the lightly blended marshmallows, floating in the hot chocolate!

HAVE FUN!

By creating a little note card that opens up, you can write a little something to the recipient, if you want. Switch up the colours and sentiments, for different occasions!

You can see the card I created for our Tea for Two Inspiration Hop in THIS POST. Be sure to leave a comment on that post too – and the others in the Hop, if you haven’t already. Everyone who comments on the Hop posts is automatically entered to Win a $50 Gift Card from Scrap ‘N Stamp!

If you’d like to create these cute mug notes yourself, I’ve created a shopping list for you, below.

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