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Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Gratitude, Kids, Cards and Amazing Women

Today's post  is all about gratitude for the amazing Crafting Community out there! Usually I try to keep my blog straight paper crafting and nothing personal. This is an exception as some very kind and generous people really need to be acknowledged.!!  I want to share some projects that the grades 5, 6 and 7's did in my paper crafting class.  You see I had a family emergency that put me 2 and a half months behind in my work.  Paper Crafting class is twice a week, that is  a lot of projects and a lot of kids!! and I like to challenge their abilities and try to do more advanced things with them.
I was feeling extremely overwhelmed and my mojo was nowhere to be found.

 I never ask for help, so when help was arriving in my mailbox and on my doorstep I was thoroughly thrilled and  surprised and ever so grateful!!  I always try to put my own spin on a project so I will show you what was sent and then what we did with them.

First up is projects sent by the Divine Miss Emily aka Stamp Muse
 I did not get a picture  of the first project she sent me....my bad, but the kids loved it!  Here is her second project.....

This is the project that was sent with the card stock all cut and designed!  Emily knows that because of the size of the class one set of stamps is never enough. I already owned the Impression Obsession Cover a Card Clouds and Treeline stamps as well as the Mega Mount Block. She had sent duplicates and a second block so I could do this in the class! WOW!! The kids did excellent with the Mega Mount!

I think the fall card is beautiful but this term we are concentrating on winter/christmas projects so I redesigned it  and this is what I came up with for the kids to make with this .  I liked this card so much I cut more and made it my christmas card this year!


Card made by Cassie grade 5
 We stamped the CAC-Clouds in Adrirondack Stonewashed ink and sponged the edges with Memento Danube Blue ink.  Next we mixed glitter with silver embossing powder to do the CAC-Tree Line.

The sparkle doesn't show very well in the pictures but it is very sparkly.


Next the IO sentiment-C5175 was stamped through the window in Adirondack Espresso ink. Added an Ek Success Snowflake in Silver Mirror Paper with a rhinestone and a ribbon.  Cassie had a lot of fun making this card, she especially loved using the Mega Mount block.  I want to thank Cassie and Rebekka for making these cards to send for thank you cards!  I had no shortage of kids to volunteer to make the thank you cards!

Here is Emily third, yes I said third project...........

Emily's Sizzix Gift Card Holder Front
Emily's Sizzix Gift Card Holder Inside
Emily donated the Gift Card Holder Die and The Sizzix Holly/Flourish Die and her brilliant idea!

This is what I changed it to for the kids to make...........
My Gift Card Holder Front, inspired by Emily

My Gift Card Holder Inside Inspired by Emily
 We cut out the gift card holder in green and embossed it with Sizzix Snowflake embossing folders.  Sponged Memento Bamboo leaves around the edges. We used a Spellbinders to emboss our Impression Obsession-Happy Christmas sentiment in gold.  It was purchased from Dolce Stamps and Cards. We decorated it with the Holly/Flourish Sizzix Die and an Martha Stewart Reindeer Punch.  Instead of using these for regular gift cards the kids had to come up with gift from the heart to write down on the insert for the recipient.  Some of the gifts I read were......I will give you Mom 15 foot massages, Clean your car 5 times, do the dishes without being asked and the one that got me the most was one of the boys was going to give his gift to an elderly neighbor it said...my christmas gift to you Mrs BLANK is this winter you don't have to worry about shovelling snow all winter, I will do it for you!!   I wish I would have had time to peek over all their shoulders. ( Yes kids,  I snooped~LOL) Aren't these kids fabulous!!!!! Thanks so much Emily for this wonderful project!!!

Next up is the Fabulous Diane FischerI Luv 2 Scrap blog. Diane is my sweet friend that always raises the bar for me. She has mega talent and is the number 2 in sales for Close to my Heart.  Diane cut all the pieces for these cups and dropped them off at my house. We were going to make these into message cards but the kids asked if they could do hot chocolate holders with them so that is what we did. The kids loved your cups girl! Thanks!!

Hot Chocolate Outside
Hot Chocolate Inside


We used Scor-tapes and added Glitter Ritz Micro fine Glitter to the biggest red stripes on the designer paper. Sponged the cup with Memento Desert Sand and Rich Cocoa.  I think the sentiment is from an old Stampin' up set. The Hot Chocolate was put in a cello bag , folded over and Scor-taped shut. To finish of the inside we used a Sizzix Tim Holtz Styled Label and folded it over and added  a snowflake and rhinestone.

The measurements for this Hot Chocolate/Candy Cane Holder are........

Cut a piece of card stock 3-3/4" x 6-1/4"
Score at 2-3/4" and 3-1/2"

Measure 1/2" from the top and the bottom and cut between the score lines  to accommodate the candy cane.  Easy Peasy Project!!

Next up I want to thank the most marvellous  Betsy Maguire of Seattle,WA for donating 50 stamp pads and a whole set of markers!!! You Rock girl! They sure are coming in handy and speeding things up with so many kids!!  Hopefully I will see you next summer!!

I  also want to thank my neighbor Dodie Martin aka camera girl on SCS. She has been there helping me cut, package kits, haul stuff to and from school as well as demonstrate at the same time as me and working with the kids.  You are a complete inspiration to me!

Next is a project that I found the tutorial on  in 2007 and can't find the link anywhere but I do know there are some videos on You Tube. The kids always love to do origami and I make sure every term we do at least one project using it.

 
Oragami Tree made by Logan grade 6I


I want to thank Logan grade 6 and Camryn grade 5  for making the extra origami tree cards to mail out for thank you cards!!
We used this beautiful Graphic 45  to make our trees. This is a wonderful quality of paper!


 This is a card that Annika from my drama club in grade 4 made for me with crayons and an iron.  Isn't this amazing and creative!!!
made by Annika grade 4



These next two cards I received from Rebekka in grade 7.  She has an eye for colour and design!  
made by Rebekka grade 7



made by Rebekka grade 7

Isn't the Paper Crafting community a wonderful place!  With all of the commitments I had , I was only treading water and now I am all caught up thanks to you fabulous ladies!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!  I appreciated everything you ladies did and KNOW the kids did!   I have a few of my school kids read my blog and that is the reason I try to explain the smallest details. These kids are all amazing little budding artists!!

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a very merry christmas!!!

Ellen

Monday, 19 December 2011

Dried Pink Hydrangeas Challenge Card


Hi Everybody!
 
 Todays card was made for Impression Obsession's Pink Challenge, which is to make a pink card using only Impression Obsession's stamps. This also fits the Dolce Stamps and Cards Get Your Shine on Challenge.  Which is to use metallics or shine.

I stamped the Dried Hydrangeas-L6001 in Memento Tuxedo Black.  I outlined the image with BGoooo first. I think most people do that last, however I seem to always ruin my work by pulling color from the image and making a mess if I do it after I colored everything else. All of the greenery was colored with YG61,YG63 and YG67. The flower petals were colored with R81,R83 and R85. I used 0 the colorless blender to soften some of the harsh lines.  This stamp is such fun to color! Coloring is not my forte so I love a stamp that shows you where to put the shadows.  This is one of those stamps that really help Copic newbies like me!  I stamped one of the sentiments from the Real Life Sentiments set. Lots of fun sentiments in that set.

 I added some cuttlebug corners and some Kaiser pearls, popped it up with Ek Success 3d Dots. The border punch is Scalloped Scallops by Ek Success. Hydrangeas remind me of simpler times gone by so that called for a touch of gingham ribbon.




 To finish it off I added a touch of glitter to the centers.  This is the first year ever that I didn't get all of my own christmas cards done. In light of that I am getting a jump on birthday cards, just in case life gets in the way!

 Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Wishing you and yours all the joys of christmas!!

Ellen

Supplies:

Stamps~
All by Impression Obsession
Dried Hydrangea-L6001, Real Life Sentiments-WP301

Paper~
Bubblegum pink, Classic Crest SolarWhite, Black

Ink~
Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics- YG61, YG63, YG67, R81, R83, R85, BG0000, 0.

Accessories~
Ek 3D Dots, Ek Success Scalloped Scallops Border Punch, Pink Gingham Ribbon, Cuttlebug Corners Die, Glitter, Kaiser Pearls

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Glitter Ritz Masking Pictorial

Hi Everybody!
 It's time for another Dolce Stamps and Cards Challenge!  This weeks challenge is brought to you by Tara, who is challenging everybody to make a card or project using a little shine.  Think metallics.  Your shine  could be paper, embossing powder, glitter or an embellishment. We would love it if you played along!  Just upload to your blog or online gallery using the keywords DSAC07.  If you play along you get a chance at some free stampin' goodies from the Dolce Online Store as well as a blog badge. You can find all the details on the Dolce Blog.


I used Elizabeth Craft Jewel Glitter Ritz as my metallic shine.  Thought I would share in pictures how to create this glittery ornament.......


Peel the backing off of a sheet of Scor-Sheet.



Cut a piece of card stock the same size as your Scor-Sheet and attach to the sticky side.



Die cut an ornament out of your card stock/Scor-Sheet.




Peel the backing off of your ornament. I always save this part to make masks.




Create masks by punching out some flowers and cutting the top off of the backing to create a cap for the ornament.




Arrange your masks over the sticky part of the ornament.




Pour some grasshopper green glitter over the ornament. Tip~make sure you have a piece of copy paper under your ornament. This makes it easy to pour the unused glitter back into the bottle.




Burnish the glitter in well.  Do this by rubbing in a circular motion with your finger. You will get glitter under your fingernails.  It's okay it washes off easy!




Brush the excess glitter off well and pour it back into the bottle.




Peel off the flower masks. Save the for another time.




Punch out some small circles  from the backing for a mask and place them in the flower centers. I used the biggest hole on the Cropodile to punch out my circles .




Pour some Fire Red glitter over to and burnish in.




Brush this off well and pour the excess back into the bottle.




Remove the flower centers and the ornament cap.




Pour some Dark Gold glitter over the ornament. Burnish it well and brush it off.  Return the excess glitter to the bottle.



 Embellish as desired!

Be sure and stop by and see what my Dolce Sisters have created and leave them some sweet comments.......
Charlene
Cindy
Edna
Heather
Judy
Tara

Supplies:
Stamps~None
Paper~Gold Mirror Paper, White, Red
Ink~None
Accessories~Elizabeth Craft Jewel Glitter Ritz-Grasshopper-fire Red-Dark Gold, Paint Brush, Spellbinders Heirloom Ornament die, Scor-Sheet, Sizzex Flourish #10, Sizzex Triad Embossing Folder, EK Success Flower Punch, Cropodile, Corner Rounder, Gold Organza Ribbon and Lace, Ek Success 3D Dots, Tweezers.

Hope to see your shiny creations on the Dolce blog!  Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!!

Ellen

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Impression Obsession's ~What Do You Like To Drink Challenge

Hi Everybody!


Impression Obsession is having a "What Do You Like To Drink" Challenge. I am entering this card into their challenge.  I purchased these stamps from Dolce Stamps and Cards and wanted to show them some ink.

I used Coffee Mug-B4307 and colored it with Copics B21, B23, B24, E47, COO and CO.  Die cut it using Spellbinders Circles Dies . To do the ribbon, I put score tape on the back and scrunched the Gold Wired Ribbon behind it and popped it up with EK 3D Dots.  To make it sparkle a tad I used the Sakura Clear Star Gelly Roll pen on some parts of the cup, circle panel and around the sentiment panel.

The paper I used is something I tend to hoard!  It is Gmund Treasury. One side is the most luxurious gold and the other side is a rich regal looking blue. Note to self....stop hoarding!  I stamped the Coffee Beans-B4310 on the blue side of the paper with Versamark.  I love this Fleur De Lis
Spellbinders!  I used the sentiment Succesful woman-D5408 for my sentiment.


 I added a panel att the bottom to hold a gift card.  I did this by using Scor-Tape on 3 sides, leaving the top open.  This will actually hold a Tim Hortons Coffee gift card .  I just used this Bootlegger card to show how it works.
 
 

I finished my card off by framing it with Spellbinders Labels 1 and some gold wired ribbon.


Thanks for stopping by  and I hope you have a most wonderful day!!
Ellen

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Center Step Card Challenge DSAC06

Salutations and Felicitations, Dear Readers!

 It's time for another Dolce Stamps and Cards Challenge! This weeks challenge is brought to
you by the very talented Edna.  Edna is challenging everybody to make a Center Step Card.
 You can find Frances Byrne's directions to make one on Splitcoaststampers, found.......Here. They look pretty fancy schmacy but are so easy to make!!  We would love it if you played along with us!! If you use a stamp that Dolce Sells, you get an second entry in the drawing for a Dolce badge for your blog and a  $10.00 gift certificate to the Dolce Stamps and Cards Online Store where you can find some pretty awesome products from a veritable buffet of  companies.  We would be thrilled if you joined us for our Center Step Challenge! Be sure and read the very simple challenge rules on the left side bar on the Dolce blog.  When entering to an online gallery, use DSAC06 as a keyword so we can all find of your fabulous creations.


On to my card......

~I started with Impression Obsession's- Hanging Tree Bulb and I stamped it with Memento Tuxedo Black on Classic Crest paper. I colored the image with Copics......G24, G29, BG0000, BG10, and 0. I added snow with Copic Opaque White using a small paint brush.  You can't see it in the photo but I added a smidge of Glitter Ritz glitter to the snow for a subtle sparkle. I covered the image with Versamark and Clear Embossed it for a nice shiny glassy look and it was ready to be cut out.  I stamped it again on a scrap of  Silver Mirror paper and cut the ornament cap out and pieced it on the image.

~I embossed my sentiment using Impression Obsessions -Believe in Judikin's Detail Silver Embossing Powder and hand cut it to fit inside my frame.







~The white panels were embossed with the Sizzix Snowflakes #9 Embossing folder. I attached some ribbon to the white panel and popped the ornament up.  The frame was made by placing two Spellbinders Dies on a piece of Navy card stock and running it through the machine at the same time. It was popped up with Ek Success 3D Dots. The frame was too plain and boring, so I pulled out the Nestabling made by Want to Scrap.  I love these because they coordinate with Spellbinders dies! Who doesn't love a little sparkle!!






~ I used the scraps of Silver Mirror Paper and punched out the snowflakes with  Ek Success Snowflake Border Punch. I didn't want the borders, just the PUNCH JUNK (the part you are supposed to put in the garbage). I added 3 snowflakes on the bottom panel and I adhered the ribbon onto the ornament. To finish them off, I added Kaiser Rhinestones.  It is so incredibly hard to photograph Mirror Paper!! It is plain silver mirror paper and has no pink in it. The pink is actually the reflection of my very loud pink shirt.  My photography skills are in the same place as my computer skills....not with me!


 

Be sure and take a moment to check out the rest of the Dolce Design Teams incredible Center Step creations and leave them a little comment love!  I hope to see something you have created on the Dolce Blog for this center ctep challenge!!


Charlenec
Cindy
Edna
Heather
Judy
Tara

Supplies
Stamps: Impression Obsessions-Hanging Tree Bulb D6905, Believe-B3504
Paper: Classic Crest, Navy Blue, Silver Mirror Paper
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics-BG0000,Bg10, G24,G29,0, Opaque White
Accessories:SpellbindersLabels 14, Nestabling, Ek Success Snowflake Border punch-3D Dots, Judikins Detail Silver Embossing Powder, Versamark, Clear Embossing Powder, Sizzex Snowflake #9 Embossing Folder


Your comments are so appreciated! Thanks for stopping by and have a most fabulous day!
Over and out,
El

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Make Your Own Designer Paper Dolce Challenge


Hello Friends!

It's time for another Dolce Stamps and Cards Design Team Challenge!   This weeks challenge is brought to you by Charlene.  

She has challenged us ....... to make your own designer paper....... you must use at least part of your featured stamp but can use the whole thing too.  The keyword is DSAC05, when uploading to your blog or online gallery.   Be sure and read the challenge rules on the left side bar on the Dolce Stamps amd Cards Blog for a chance to win a $10.00 gift certificate to the Dolce Stamps and Cards Online Store, where you  can find all sorts of well priced stampin' goodies!  As well as this fab badge for your blog......



        

I used the Faux Silk technique to make my paper.

~I stamped this adorable Snow Baby from Impression Obsession on tissue paper with Memento Tuxedo Black 

~Crinkled the tissue up into a ball and smoothed it out, leaving small wrinkles in it.

~Carefully layed it over a piece of card stock that had be covered with a sheet of Scoretape.


~Trimmed the edges and colored with Copics ! EASY Peasy


~ For the outside edge of my homade paper I used the EK Success Snowflake Border Punch......the Punch Junk that is... the part normal people throw in the garbage and glued it around the edges.


For my main image.....

~I stamped the Snow Baby in the Snow Globe (both from Impression obsession) and colored it with Copics.


~ I added a snowflake to the base and Elizabeth Craft Glitter Ritz to the to inside of the snow globe and and covered it with a thick coat of Judikin's Diamond Glaze.




~I layered a Spellbinders Label 16 and Floral Doily motifs, that had been sponged with Memento Summer Sky and Danube Blue  Wrapped silver elastic cord around them and added Kaiser Rhinestones.  Popped my image up on Ek Success 3D Dots. 




 I would love to see what you come up with!!!  Stop by the rest of the rest of the Dolce Design team and see what luscious paper creations they have come up with.....and don't forget to leave them some comment love.


Charlene
Cindy
Edna
Heather
Judy
Tara 



Thanks so much for stopping by and have the most fabulous day!!!
Over and Out,

El


Supplies~

Stamps~Impression Obsession-~Snow Baby-C8291~Snow Globe-F6180
Ink~Memento~Tuxedo Black-Summer Sky-Blue Danube, Copics.
Paper~ Classic Crest, Blue, White Tissue Paper
Accessories~ Glitter Ritz, Spellbinders-Label16 and Floral Doily Motifs, Kaiser Rhinestones, Ek Success~Snowflake Border Punch-3D Dots, ScoreTape, Silver Elastic Cord, White Ribbon, Judikin's Diamond Glaze, Sponge, Inksentials White Gel pen

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Extra Layer Spellbinder Tutorial and IO Snow Family






Hello Friends!

Today's card was made for the Impression Obsession Snow Much Fun Challenge
They are challenging you to make a card reflecting what you like to do on a Snow Day.  I chose to use this Super Adorable stamp called Snow Family-#J6183 . I received this stamp from Dolce stamps and Cards  where they have a fantasic variety of Impression Obsession Stamps...Did I mention it was my favorite Stamp Line? I love their Snowmen Stamps!!  I kept the card rather simple to showcase this fantastic image.


~I stamped the Snow Family in Tuxedo Memento Black and colored it with Copics.

How to make the extra mat......
~Cut out your image with the largest die from Spellbinders Labels Fifteen.  I wanted to mat the image on a larger mat the same shape and didn't have one.  So this is how you get more bang for your buck with your Spellbinders dies......it's like getting twice as many dies in one package this way.....



 
Trace around the outside of the die , using the back of your card stock. I moved the die over a tad so you can see the lines.

Cut it out.


Adhere image over mat. I popped it up with Ek 3D Dots.






Easy Peasy eh!


~I used white card stock and embossed a square with Sizzix Tim Holtz Swirls Embossing folder and cut it in half diagonally.

~Cut a square of  Silver Mirror paper and cut it diagonally as well.

~Adhere the two triangles over a square piece of card stock the same size square.  Use the left over triangles for another card.

~Attach 3 stands of siver ribbon over this piece of cardstock and pop it up over the card base.

~Pop your image up with 3D Dots.

~Punched 2 EK Success Garland Punch, one in white and one in silver. Attach together with 3D Dots and add 1 Silver CARD CANDY in the center,

Very simple card to make!

Supplies~
Stamps~Snow Family by Impression Obsession-J6183
Paper~Classic Crest-Solar White, Silver Mirror Paper
Ink~Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics
Accessories~Spellbinders Labels 15, EK Success Garland Punch, Sizzix Swirls Embossing Folder, EK Success 3D Dots, Silver Ribbon, Inksentials White Gel pen.

Thanks for stopping by and have a most fabulous day!
Over and Out,
El






Thursday, 27 October 2011

Fall Leaf Tutorial and Dolce Challenge



Hello Everybody!

It's time for another Dolce Stamps and Cards Challenge!  This weeks challenge is brought to you by Judy aka jadekay.  She is challenging everyone to make a square card using at least one die cut on our card.   I sure hope you play along with us for some fun and a chance to win.
The winner of the challenge will receive a $10.00 gift certificate to the Dolce Stamps and Cards online store which is full of all kinds of awesome stamping goodies.
In addition to the $10.00 gift certificate, the winner will receive an "I Won A Dolce Stamps And Cards Challenge" badge and their card will be featured during the announcement of the following challenge for all to see....




Be sure a check out the  uber talented design teams creations and leave them some love by leaving a comment for them........

On to how I made my card....

I started with this sweet image from ART IMPRESSIONS, from the GOLDEN OLDIES  series called FRED & MILLIE. I  stamped it it Memento Tuxedo Black on Classic Crest Paper and colored it with Copics and then layered it on a Spellbinders Rectangle. I sponged the edges with Rangers Distress Inks, Antique Linen and Vintage Photo. All white pieces of this card is sponged in the same way.

I layered it on a Spellbinders Labels 15 and sponged it the same as the image and ser it aside.

For the card base I started with some brown cardstock and layered a sponged white squzre 1/8 of an inch smaller than the base. The next layer is a dark green cardstock that was stamped using the Impression Obsession Cover a Card~Maple Leaves in Versamark and clear embossed. I sponged the edges in Memento Cottage Ivy. 
For the band across I punched the edge of some brown cardstock with Ek Success's Engish Ivy Punch. I layered a white piece and sponged the edges. I wrapped some brown satin ribbon and some linen thread around it.  Adher eall your layers together..

Time to make some leaves. Here is how to make them. Sorry for the bad photos, it's pretty hard to take the photos yourself in the middle of the night, and after a glass of wine~LOL

I stamped the IO Maple Leaves in Tuxedo Memento Black. Starting with the lightest color sponge some yellow green and red ink random spots over the leaves.  I used Memento Cantelope, Cottage Ivy and Lady Bug Red.







                                                    Cut out your leaves.


                                           Apply Versamark directly to the leaves.


                                      
                                   Cover with Clear Embossing powder~Be Creative Tweezers  help!  I threw out all of my other crafting tweezers after finding these amazing tweezers!!



                    Heat Emboss them and you are done making leaves. I love how the color becomes more intense when embossed!


Then I arranged the leaves to frame my image, popping some up with EK Success 3D Dots. The tag with the is from the JustRite Happy Every Thing Mini Tag Making Kit   It was finished it of with a small linen thread bow and voila.... done.  

Copics used~
Bench~E30, E31, E34, E57
Jeans~B21, B23
Fred's Jacket~G99, G94, G85
           Hat and Scarf~R35, R37, R39
           Shoes & Gloves~E15, E17, E18
Millies's Boots,Purse, Scarf~BV01, BV02, BV4
            Jacket~YR02, YR04, YR07


Thanks for stopping by and have a most fabulous day!

Over and Out,
Ellen