DeNami Design & Lawn Fawn: Adorable Little Gift Boxes

Giving small treats is always fun and when you have a cute little box to put them in it’s even better! A lot of DeNami’s designs are perfect for projects like these! You can make these for all kinds of occasions and holidays!

For these projects I used Lawn Fawn Pillow Box Die and Milk Carton Die to create the boxes. The pattern papers are 6×6 pads from Doodlebug that I bought specifically with these in mind. I assembled the boxes using Tombow tape runner. For the images, I picked a couple of different stamps and stamped them in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white cardstock. I kept the coloring simple with Copic markers and did not do any shading. To cut out the images I used a scalloped punch and attached them with Scotch foam tape to the boxes. To add a little sparkle and shine I used Pico Embellisher in Shimmer on the balloons. If I would have though of it I would have added it to the ice cream also. These are fun and simple little boxes that you can create in a snap!

Below is a list of supplies that I used along with links where you can purchase them! Enjoy!

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Newton’s Nook Inky Paws Challenge #22 – Birthday

Hi everyone! One of my favorite companies, Newton’s Nook, is having another Inky Paws Challenge! The theme of the challenge is birthday, which is perfect since I only have 2 birthday sets from them. My goal is to have all the cute cat sets but for now I just have 2.

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I decided for the challenge to utilize both of my sets which are Birthday Bash and Birthday Flutter. Also, I used a die set from Taylored Expressions called Color Block Cutting Plate. This die set comes with 11 dies! Don’t let the number scare you! I only used 3 of the dies from the set; the large main die and 2 of the smaller dies.

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To make the card I ran the large main die through my Sizzix Big Kick twice, once with yellow card stock and once with Copic quality card stock. Then I used the scallop die with green paper and the smaller die with white card stock. I stamped my images using Memento Black Ink and colored them with Copic markers. For the balloons, I stamped several balloons onto Post-it Tape and cut them out to create masks. I used the masks to create the layers look of the balloons. Also, I used my clear Wink of Stella Marker to add some sparkle to the balloons. Unfortunately, you can’t see it in the picture but I promise it is there! To stamp the greeting, I used Versafine Black ink because it makes a nice crisp impression. Assembling the card is the easy part! First, I adhered the yellow frame to my white card base using my Zig Glue Pen. Be careful that everything is straight so that your pieces will fit in their spots. Next, I adhered all the pieces into the their spots using my ATG gun.

I loved making this card! I hope that it inspires you to combine stamp sets together and even companies together to create awesome cards!

Mother Card Featuring Taylored Expressions #1

Hello everyone! I hope you had a great weekend! With Mother’s Day on Sunday, I decided to create another Mother card. This one can be used for Mother’s Day, birthday or just because you want to tell your mom that you love her. For this card I am featuring products from Taylored Expressions. I love her designs and the quality of her products. So let’s get started!

I start off by stamping my image on white 110b card stock from Michaels. This paper is from my scraps. I like this stamp because it is great to go on the front of cards and can be the main focus of the card. I stamped the image using Versafine Onyx Black ink. When I am using a sentiment as my focus point I like to use the VersaFine ink because it is a very dark black and provides nice crisp lines when you have fine details like this stamp.

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Next, I set this aside to let the ink dry and started die cutting the rest of the pieces using my Sizzix Big Kick machine. First, I cut the light pink quatrefoil piece. Because it is a very delicate piece, and I can be sloppy with glue, I applied Stick It to the back of my pink card stock. Stick It works great with your die cutting machines and dies. I didn’t have any stickiness on my die cutting plate when I removed the piece. Next, I cut the pattern paper to fit behind the quatrefoil piece. The pattern paper is from Hobby Lobby but you can use any pattern that you want.

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After this I die cut my sentiment using a bracket frame die that I absolutely love. I colored in the heart with a pink Copic marker. To add some sparkle and shine I went over the heart with my Wink of Stella Clear Glitter brush pen a few times and then used Glossy Accents over that. I love the affect that this makes and the glitter seems to sparkle just a little more. I usually let this dry overnight because I am overly cautious but you should let this dry for about 30 minutes.

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Now for the fun part of putting all the pieces together to create your card. I took the backing off of the pink quatrefoil piece and adhered it to the pattern paper. If you don’t get it lined up perfectly just use your craft knife and carefully trim the edges where the pattern paper is over the outside edge of the pink card stock. I wrap grey and white twine twice around the panel I just made and tie a bow. It is helpful to add a little drop of glue being your bow so that it doesn’t move or come untied. Next, I add foam tape to the back of my sentiment and add it to the panel. For the card base I used 110b white card stock from Michaels. I adhered the panel to the card base using my Scotch ATG gun.

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Your card is finished and ready to give to your mom for Mother’s Day or her birthday. As always there is list of supplies with links below. I hope that you enjoyed todays project!

Watercolor Birthday Card Featuring Newton’s Nook Designs Stamps

Hi Everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend! Todays card is one that I have been wanting to make since I got this stamp set from Newton’s Nook Designs. I love cats, so I am always looking for cute cat stamps and Newton’s Nook is one of my favorite. They have so many cute sets featuring Newton the cat. I plan on buying many more stamp sets from them in the future. As always the list of materials is below with links. Let’s get started!

I started off by stamping the 2 images onto the smooth side of white watercolor paper. I recommend using Archival Ink from Ranger because this ink is waterproof and will not bleed while you are watercoloring your images. The watercolor paper that I used is from Michaels that came in a pad and then I cut it down. After I stamped my images, I adhered my panel to an Epicurean cutting board using low tack painters tape. The reason I do this is that it will help reduce the warping of the watercolor paper as we paint on it.

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Next I watercolored the image using Distress Ink from Tim Holtz. I chose to color my cat in orange because both of my cats are orange. I have a small collection of colors but now that they have released the mini ink pads I am working on increasing my collection. To use the Distress Ink, I smooched them onto my craft sheet. If you don’t have a craft sheet you can also use an acrylic block or a piece of acetate. Also, I used a water brush that holds water but if you don’t have one you can use a paint brush that will do detail work and a small container of water. I do recommend keeping a paper towel next to you to wipe off you brush when you switch between colors so that you won’t mix color together. You can let panel air dry in between colors or to speed up the process you can use a heat gun to dry the ink. I like to work quickly so I used my heat gun. This is also another reason to tape the watercolor paper to the cutting board. Below is a picture of everything colored in and the colors that I used.

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Next remove the panel from the cutting board carefully. If you tear off a little of that paper off the sides it will be fine because next we are going to die cut the panel to the desired size. I used a set of rectangular stitch border dies from Simon Says Stamps and my Big Shot. After I cut the panel to the size I wanted I also cut a thick white border using the same set of dies. The card stock was 110lb card stock from Michaels. I used the same die for the inside of the frame that I used to die cut the panel so that the panel will sit inside the frame. For the outside edge of the frame I used the largest die. The picture below shows the pieces cut out.

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Now to finish the card! First I stamped my sentiment on the bottom of the white frame. Then I stamped my sentiment and the feathers on the inside of the card base. I used black Memento ink for both of the sentiments and the feathers. The card base for this card is a piece of 8.5″ x 11″ yellow card stock from Michaels that I cut in half the long way and made the card a top folding card. After stamping, I adhered the white frame to the front of the card and then watercolor panel inside the white frame using my ATG gun.

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Your card is complete and ready to give a cat lover or anyone else! As always the list of supplies is listed below with links.

Mother’s Day Card featuring Taylored Expressions Window Die and Stamps

It’s never to early to start on card projects for your mom for Mother’s Day! What is great about this card is that you can change sentiment on the front to anything that you want. This card could be a thank you, get well or birthday card. The possibilities are endless. Today I am making a card featuring dies and stamps from Taylored Expressions. All of the products are listed below for you. The card stock that I used is from Michaels but you can use what you have in your stash to change up the colors.

First, I stamped my image onto 100 lb white card stock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and the Fiskars Stamp Press. The card stock that I used is scrap from other projects. I always clean my stamp immediately after I am finished using it with a baby wipe. I use inexpensive baby wipes from the grocery store. This will also give your stamped image enough time to dry. I have found that Memento ink does not take long to dry, but because I use Copic makers to color the image, I like to be on the safe side. In the picture below you can see the stamped image colored in and the Copic Sketch Markers that I used. DSC04436

After I finished coloring the image, I set it a side and got out my Sizzix Big Kick to cut out all of my die cut pieces. I wanted to add some texture to the card so for the Lattice background piece I used a piece of white textured card stock from Michaels that is discontinued. If you have a wood grain embossing folder you can emboss the paper first and then run it through with the die. You can see all the die cut pieces in the picture below. Unfortunately in the picture you cannot see the texture in the lattice background piece, but I promise that it is there!DSC04437

Next I did some heat embossing on the kraft tag. I stamped my sentiment with versamark ink on the craft tag and used white detail embossing powder. I have Michaels Recollection brand embossing powder but you can use any white detail embossing powder. I heat set it with my heat embossing tool and below is a picture of my sentiment.

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Now comes the fun part of putting it all together to create the card! First, I cut down the purple card stock to fit behind the lattice background piece. To attach the lattice I used Martha Stewart All Purpose Gel Adhesive in small drops. Then I trimmed down my vase image to have a small white border and adhered the window die cut on top of it. Next, adhere the window piece to the lattice using your ATG gun or other runner adhesive and use the 1/4″ foam square adhesive to attach the window shutters to both sides of the window. For the sentiment I used the Scotch foam tape to adhere it below the window. Now attach this to your A2 card base using your ATG gun or other runner adhesive.

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Your card is complete and ready to give your mom! Below is the list of supplies used and links where you can purchase them.

Enjoy!

Flip-it Birthday Card Featuring Denami Designs Birthday Chickie Stamps!

Birthday cards can be so much fun to make! Todays project features printed card stock from Doodlebug Designs, stamps from Denami Design and a set of dies from Sizzix. There are a lot of companies that I love using when I make cards and these 3 are definitely among my favorites! One thing that I like about these companies in particular is how well their products work together, which you will see here and in future posts. When I start a project I always start with stamping and coloring my images first. I stamped all of my images on 110 lb white card stock from Michaels. I have a lot of scraps so I always try to use those first and these stamps are perfect for that. DSC04456 After stamping and coloring my images, I die cut all of the pieces needed for the card. This includes the stamped images that I have colored in. The Sizzix die set has 3 main dies that need to be cut out to assemble the card. You can choose the other pieces that you wish to use for the card. For my stamped images I chose to use one of the scalloped circles, as you can see in the picture above. I used my Sizzix Big Kick machine, but you can also use the Big Shot or the Vagabond, to die cut all the pieces. DSC04458 In the above picture you see the 3 main pieces needed to assemble the card which are cut from the 3 main dies in the Sizzix die set. It is easy to tell which 3 dies are the main dies, it is the 3 largest dies. In the picture below you can see the 3 pieces assembled together to make your base card. DSC04463 Before I put on the smaller pieces, I realized that I wanted to add a little sparkle and shine to the card. To do do this I used my Zig Wink of Stella marker in clear. This product is a brush marker that has a hint of glitter in the ink. I love this marker because it adds enough glitter to sparkle but the glitter will not come off. I used this on the ice cream, balloons, icing and heart on the 4 stamped images below. It is hard to see in picture but it is there. I promise! To add shine, I added Ranger Glossy Accents on to the balloons. I love how the Wink of Stella glitter looks with Glossy Accents on top of it! Again I promise it is there in the pictures! DSC04460 Now comes the fun part of putting it all together! I do recommend folding the score lines that the die made for you before you add the stamped images. With the panel side of your card facing up (as shown 2 pictures above) adhere the present, balloon and party hat to the center of the semi circles using your Scotch ATG Gun or other adhesive. Now flip over your card and adhere the chickies to the center of the semi circles using the foam square adhesive. Now all that is left to stamp the “happy birthday” sentiment on the larger balloon panel and to add the Doodlebug sprinkles to the corners. Your card is now ready to be given to one lucky person! DSC04467 DSC04472 I hope that you enjoyed this project and I look forward to sharing another project with you! Below is a list of the materials used for this project and links to purchase them.