It’s Tutorial Thursday! Today I am playing with some brand new product from the Pressed Petals Suite. The new washi tape with petals to go is awesome! So easy to use and if they are not stuck on straight the petals can be repositioned. Here’s the video on how to create a couple of cards from the new washi tape. Check it out…https://youtu.be/IGwG15kp8Ew.
It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended! Have you ordered the clear envelopes before? Do you use them to protect your cards? That is what they were intended for. But they can also be used to organize and keep small pieces. It can also be used as a bag to hold ink. Clip the corner off and drip ink to create a background. In a pinch an envelope can also be used as somewhat of a glove to protect from ink.
It’s Friendship Friday! This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward. I get so touched by how such a small gesture can touch so deeply. Recently one of the Red Door Crafters finished some quilts and I made some coordinating cards to be sent to a few of the people who survived the Paradise fires. I was amazed that this information was even out there and that these quilts were going to real people, not an organization.
So the quilts were delivered and it felt so good to help. And then there was a reply. Now it has gone full circle. Here it is…
Dear Malia (and Heidi & Joni),
We received the beautiful quilt and homemade card. What a surprise and we thank you for your thoughtfulness from the bottom of our hearts. Line dancers are the best and we love the line dance community. We lived in Paradise for 49 years and was a part of the line dance community since 1990 and we miss everyone. We loved living in Paradise and we really miss it, but I know it is all different now. I am line dancing here in Colorado now (learning all different dances) all the dancers are friendly here too.
We came here with a suitcase, (living with our son now) everything we had was burnt up. I have never been so scared as that day getting out of Paradise. So I am excited to get your lovely quilt, the colors are so happy, and it will make our new house so comfy. Thank You for doing something so special and loving for us, and you can’t imagine how much we appreciate it.
We are living in a bedroom still and all I have bought for our new home is a tomato slicer and potato peeler. Just thinking about everything we will need is overwhelming, but we will get through it. I know we will be enjoying the quilt for many years and it is a good reminder of the support we received from the line dance community. You looked familiar in your picture and I am sure I have seen you at some of the workshops.
Thank You again, Sylvia
Remember to do the small things because you never know when they will become large things.
It’s Tutorial Thursday! I’m sure you are reading this headline and wondering if I am stuck on Wacky Wednesday. To answer your question…nope. I know what I am doing. Trust me on this one.
So today I am asking you to shake up your shimmer paint and dip your pencil in the lid to get those flower centers. To get the purple centers I lightly dipped my stylus into my ink pad. Remember the word lightly, please.
I also took an aqua painter filled 3/4 of the way with rubbing alcohol and dripped about 8 drops of shimmer paint into the barrel. I capped it tightly and gently shook the pen until all was mixed. I uncapped away from my card stock and then squeezed the barrel until I had my wet shimmer paint coming out. I then brushed it on to the stamp (Floral Essence, out on June 4) and stamped away to create my background.
Remember to cut almost double the ribbon you need with the copper trim so you can stretch it to make it look like a net.
It’s Tutorial Thursday! Here’s how to create this card.
Grab a card base and a wood textured piece of paper. The wood textured paper is cut to 5″ X 3 3/4″. The white inner mat is cut to 4 1/2″ X 3 1/4″.
I took a clear block and wrapped it with rubber bands. I then inked it with Tranquil Tide and stamped a random background. I attached both mats with Snail Adhesive. The daisy and butterfly are attached with Dimensionals.
It’s Technique Tuesday! Did you earn the Lovely Lattice Stamp Set and don’t know what to do with it? Well, use a portion of that huge stamp and not the whole thing. You can also use it as the main focal point, emboss it, stamp it, color it, etc. In this case I only used about a third of the stamp.
It’s Tutorial Thursday! Watch as I create a card with a spinning ape. You will want to cut a piece of card stock for a card base and score in the middle. Then you will cut mats of the same color that are light enough to stamp on at 5 1/4″ X 4″ and 5″ X 3 3/4″. The smaller mat you will cut with two circles. Make sure there is a 3/8″ gap between the center circle and the cut out so the pennies can slide in the gap. Stamp as wanted.
For the slider portion you will use two pennies and two dimensionals and create a sandwich. This will slide in to create your spinner portion.
It’s Tutorial Thursday! Today I will show you how to create two heart cards for Valentine’s Day. They can also be switched for a wedding or anniversary. The biggest tip I have for you is to make sure the clear cutting plates are not scratched up so the foil paper does not get marred while being run through the Big Shot.
It’s Tutorial Thursday! Today is the day that I let the backgrounds speak for themselves. Sometimes I look at a piece of Designer Series Paper and say that is too busy. Instead look at how you can cut pieces out to make accents. It might be too busy as a whole but in pieces it could be beautiful. Or simply let the background speak for itself.
Sometimes the paper is busy enough to speak for itself. So when you look at the paper make sure to look at it as a whole, in pieces, or on its own.