Mondo Magnolia Sparkle

Hope everyone had a magical Christmas!

I’m back today to share a birthday card and some more recent projects that I’ve done.  I’m off work this week and keep thinking MAYBE I should make a video but I really don’t have the energy or time – it’s just too unpredictable.  It’s disappointing…I know!

Today is another neighbor and friend’s birthday (there are a lot of them!).  I actually made more than one but I’ll share the other one another time when it gets closer.  Stay tuned :).

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I love this Mondo Magnolia Set so much.  There’s so much space to color with any type of medium you feel like at the time.  I decided to watercolor with distress inks since I haven’t done that in a while.  I emobossed the image with Versafine Onyx Black ink and clear embossing powder – this gives a nice raised border for watercolor.

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To mute the color, I added a layer of velum that I used my sewing machine to attach and embossed the sentiment and added some dew drops to finish the card. Peek-A-Boo!

I’ve run out of creative juices lately so I’ve cased my own work for the next two quick cards I want to share.

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An old friend asked me to make a card for Christmas for her mom – so I decided to remake this spinner card that I made last year.  For the original post, click HERE.  There’s a video you can watch!

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She was so excited to receive this card – I love getting feedback from the recipient!

I also made some card sets for the boys’ teachers again. This time, earlier for Christmas. Earlier this spring, I made them as end-of-the-school-year gifts.  You can see the original post HERE.  I said earlier this spring, right?  I had just had a baby so no video, sorry.  😦

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I chose some more vibrant colors this time to change it up a bit.

Until next time! XOXO,

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SUPPLLIES for the Mondo Magnolia card:

*Disclaimer: I am not being paid by any company to promote their products. I make cards using stamp sets and materials which I love and I love to share. To view where these items can be purchased, click on the linked abbreviations below (SU for Stampin’ Up!, SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, AMZN for Amazon, LF for Lawn Fawn, MFT for My Favorite Things, etc.).

Distress Inks: Festive Berries, Squeeze Lemonade

Not Listed: Vellum


EH Mondo Magnolia
EH Mondo Magnolia
C&9 Happy Day
C&9 Happy Day

EH | SSS | C&9

EK Success Powder Tool
EK Success Powder Tool

EH | SSS | AMZN

Versafine Onyx Black
Versafine Onyx Black

EH | SSS

WOW Clear Gloss Superfine
WOW Clear Gloss Superfine

SSS | AMZN

Ranger Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks
Ranger Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks

EH | SSS


Flirty Flamingo Cardstock
Flirty Flamingo Cardstock
Canson XL WaterColor Paper Pad
Canson XL WaterColor Paper Pad

EH | SSS | JOANN


Simply Simmons Round Brush
Simply Simmons Round Brush
ATG Gun
ATG Gun

EH | SSS | AMZN


Janome 6260 Quilter's Companion Sewing Machine
Janome 6260 Quilter’s Companion Sewing Machine
PPP Clear Droplets 4mm
PPP Clear Droplets 4mm

EH | SSS | PPP

PPP Clear Droplets 6mm
PPP Clear Droplets 6mm

EH | SSS | PPP


SU Heat Tool
SU Heat Tool

Mini MISTI - Laser Etched

Mini MISTI – Laser Etched

Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder

EH | SSS

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What a HOOT

Hello Everyone!

Just quickly wanted to share two projects that I’ve made in the past two weeks.  The first is a set of thank you notes for our local realtor in the neighborhood.  I found some black/white cliparts of a house/homes and printed them out on my laser printer and  used my MINC machine to do some foiling.  Then I heat embossed the sentiment.  I did some tone on tone background stamping and then put my cards together – pretty straight forward!

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I LOVE gingham!

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In fact…I love gingham so much, that I made a teepee with gingham accents to match my nursing chair. Just a crazy whim I had one day to give Lyla and Liam their own rooms – then we filled up the space with teepees.  SOOO much fun!

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It started out with chevron – and there’s still a lot of it…but I seriously love the gingham. That blue end table….it shall be painted white…when the birds start chirping in spring air. 😀

My next card is a birthday card I made for my neighbor, Dina.  Happy Birthday, Dina!  Their family is hoot – they’re so funny!  I got this set recently and I had to use it. It’s so cute!  Supplies for this card will be listed below.

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Look at the shimmer on her!

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Now…I thought I was done here.  But wait for it….check out what a white Gelly Roll pen can do to this image:

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In my husband’s words:  SKADOOSH (from Kungfu Panda – I literally typed out Panda Express and had to correct myself – sorry…I’m hungry a lot these days).  Every time he says this…I laugh hysterically.

Hope you enjoyed that!  I’ll be back in a few days with another set of cards I made for my realtor friend.  I’m so glad she liked the set of cards I made above and asked me to make more!

XOXO,

caly-sig

SUPPLIES:

*Disclaimer: I am not being paid by any company to promote their products. I make cards using stamp sets and materials which I love and I love to share. To view where these items can be purchased, click on the linked abbreviations below (SU for Stampin’ Up!, SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, AMZN for Amazon, LF for Lawn Fawn, MFT for My Favorite Things, etc.).

Copics: V05, RV63, YG07, G09, R01, R32, R43, E42, E31, E25, E53, E55, E34, Y18

Distress Inks: Tumbled Glass, Worn Lipstick


NN  What a Hoot
NN What a Hoot

SSS Nested Circles
SSS Nested Circles

White/Gray Big Shot
White/Gray Big Shot
Big Shot Magnetic Platform
Big Shot Magnetic Platform

EH | SSS | AMZN

Standard Cutting Pads
Standard Cutting Pads

EH | SSS | AMZN

Versafine Onyx Black
Versafine Onyx Black

EH | SSS


SU Heat Tool
SU Heat Tool
WOW Clear Gloss Superfine
WOW Clear Gloss Superfine

SSS | AMZN

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

EH | SSS | AMZN

Neenah Solar White 80 lb
Neenah Solar White 80 lb

EH | SSS


Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb
Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers

EH | SSS | MERRIARTIST


Sakura Gelly Roll
Sakura Gelly Roll
3M Scotch Foam Tape
3M Scotch Foam Tape

EH | SSS | AMZN

Glossy Accents
Glossy Accents

EH | SSS | AMZN


Mini MISTI - Laser Etched

Mini MISTI – Laser Etched

Ranger Mini Round Blending Tools

Ranger Mini Round Blending Tools

EH | SSS | AMZN


Absorber
Absorber
Wink of Stella Clear
Wink of Stella Clear

EH | SSS | AMZN

Ranger Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks
Ranger Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks

EH | SSS

Ranger Mini Round Foam Blending Refills
Ranger Mini Round Foam Blending Refills

EH | SSS | AMZN

2016 Teacher’s Card Gift Set

Hi, Everyone!

Before I start – I want to disclose that this idea is not mine. It’s Jennifer McGuire’s – she’s BRILLIANT. I didn’t feel the need to make a video because her’s is full of information and tips. I don’t have the same supplies as her so I wanted to post how I changed it up a little and made it my own. You can visit her blog post HERE and see hers and view her video – it’s great!

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Jennifer is a PRO at foiling. I’ve tried many techniques in the past with a standard laminator and gave up because I felt that nothing worked. Then I got the MINC Machine and put it in a drawer and haven’t played with it since – I only tested it using the few tags that came with the machine which worked great. SO – months later, here we are.  I watched Jennifer’s video yesterday and got inspired to make these card sets for my boys immediately because I don’t have much time left to get them to their teachers as school ends on Monday.

Jennifer has some downloads on her blog post – I tweaked them a little to remove the apple stem/leaf because I don’t have colored foil.  She goes through a lot of work to add a lot of color to hers with foil and it’s beautiful! This was the best way for me make the cards with the supplies I have.  After removing the stems, I added “from the desk of…” and then printed them on Neenah 80lb cardstock.  Make sure you print these on a laser printer – the foil will only adhere to toner that is heat activated!

Tip: I used my MINC toner pen to fill in some small speckles of white where toner didn’t cover the entire apple during the printing process (my printer is running low on toner).Here’s what they look like once I foiled them with red and gold:

I don’t have the Paper Smooches Notebook die that Jennifer uses, so I used the Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX dies from My Favorite Things for one set. I would’ve liked to use this die on both sets but because Mrs. Mack’s name is longer, it didn’t work out for an A1 (4 bar size) card. So I cut those down as small a I could, then rounded the corners and die cut a border of dots at the top using a Paper Smooches border die set that seems to have been discontinued :(. Those holes were really fun to poke out after each cut (NOT).

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I used a stem from a Clearly Besotted set and stamped it in Garden Green. Then I used an alphabet background stamp by Simon Says Stamp to stamp some colored cardstock that were cut down to 3 1/4 x 4 1/2 and adhered the “tags” to these colored panels.

2016 Teacher Card Kit

The final step was to cut some card bases to 3 1/2 x 9 1/2 (folded in half – the card is 3 1/2 x 4 3/4 for a top folding card). I’m not a colorful person – but look at these! They’re gorgeous! Jennifer used colored cardstock as the card base on her sets – but I personally don’t like to use colored cardstock as a base because I don’t think you can see the note inside well depending on the color you use. The extra step to make white card bases is worth it to me and gives the colored panel some highlight (and I get to prolong my stash of colored cardstock). 🙂

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I ordered some 4 bar envelopes on Amazon last night and they’ll arrive tomorrow – just in time for Monday.  I’ll make boxes for these sets and send them to school with the boys on their last day. I know the teachers will love these personalized gifts! My mom always told me to always respect my teachers like you would your parents – I truly believe this as well.  They aren’t babysitters! They’re parenting and teaching our kids the things we can’t/aren’t trained to and they deserve to be spoiled!

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SPEAKING OF COLOR – the new Stampin’ Up! catalog is available to me and I was able to do some preordering.  Sadly, I didn’t get any new stamp sets…but I did make a huge investment in the new IN-COLORS and stocked up on lots of paper, new and old. I think this is my last order with Stampin’ Up! as a demonstrator. I know I’ve said this previously but I REALLY think this is my last.  I can’t keep up with the quarterly sales without customers while spending money with other companies too! We recently finished our basement and spent more money than we thought to furnish it – everything adds up so quickly and you don’t realize how much you’ve spent until you see the bill.  EEEK. The remainder of my maternity leave in unpaid so I am making a huge effort to not buy anymore until I start working again (WHY…oh WHY did Lawn Fawn’s new release have to debut this morning?!). Anyway….here’s a look at the new colors. I LOVE each one. Last year, I only purchased two colors. I think these colors really complement the current annual colors and really completes my collection of inks (for now…HA!)

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That’s all for today! I’m not sure when I’ll have time to do a card video again! I’m on my 4th month (out of 6) with Splitcoaststampers – so I’ll be able to slowly share my work with you soon – I think I’ll start posting one card every few days soon!

Have a wonderful day!

Caly

SUPPLIES:

*Disclaimer: I am not being paid by any company to promote their products. I make cards using stamp sets and materials which I love and I love to share. To view where these items can be purchased, click on the linked abbreviations below (SU for Stampin’ Up!, SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, AMZN for Amazon, LF for Lawn Fawn, MFT for My Favorite Things, etc.).

CB Best Teacher
CB Best Teacher

EH | SSS


Crumb Cake Ink
Crumb Cake Ink

Daffodil Delight Ink
Daffodil Delight Ink

Old Olive Ink
Old Olive Ink

Pacific Point Ink
Pacific Point Ink

Real Red Ink
Real Red Ink

Wisteria Wonder Ink
Wisteria Wonder Ink

Crumb Cake Cardstock
Crumb Cake Cardstock

Daffodil Delight Cardstock
Daffodil Delight Cardstock

Old Olive Cardstock
Old Olive Cardstock

Pacific Point Cardstock
Pacific Point Cardstock

Real Red Cardstock
Real Red Cardstock

Wisteria Wonder Cardstock
Wisteria Wonder Cardstock
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
Neenah Solar White 80 lb

EH | SSS


White/Gray Big Shot
White/Gray Big Shot
Big Shot Magnetic Platform
Big Shot Magnetic Platform

EH | SSS | AMZN

Standard Cutting Pads
Standard Cutting Pads

EH | SSS | AMZN

MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX
MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX

EH | SSS | MFT


PS Wise Dies, Dots & Dashes (Discontinued)
PS Wise Dies, Dots & Dashes (Discontinued)
Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper
Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper

EH | SSS | AMZN

ATG Gun
ATG Gun

EH | SSS | AMZN


Clear Block Bundle
Clear Block Bundle
HS 12inch Minc Foil Applicator
HS 12inch Minc Foil Applicator

AMZN | SSS

HS Minc Toner Pen
HS Minc Toner Pen

EH | SSS

Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board

EH | SSS


MISTI - Laser Etched

MISTI – Laser Etched


Paper Piercing Tool
Paper Piercing Tool
Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder

EH | SSS


iCraft Deco Gold Foil - VP
iCraft Deco Gold Foil – VP
iCraft Deco Foil
iCraft Deco Foil

EH | SSS


Garden Green Ink
Garden Green Ink

SSS Tiny Alphabet
SSS Tiny Alphabet

Money Slider Card + My Foiling Failures

HI Everyone!

I had some major frustrations the other day trying to use foiling on my latest project. I made a slider money holder for my sister with every intent to use foiling on it and it turned out to be a major FAIL. But failures teach us things so I thought I would share what I did and how it turned out.

But first, here’s the money holder for my sister:

Wedding Money Slider Card 1

I was so frustrated with the foiling failures – I don’t know how much luck others have but everything I tried did not work and I did them just as Jennifer McGuire showed on her videos!

The first thing I tried was embossing the sentiment in Superfine Clear WOW embossing powder. I ran it through my swingline laminator twice:

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The second attempt was with Stampin’ Up!’s Heat & Stick Powder. I also ran this through the laminator twice. It had better coverage, but the heat really smushed the adhesive:

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The third and final attempt was using the Heat & Stick Powder. I activated it like previously with a heat tool, but I did not run it through the laminator. It worked a little better than clear embossing powder, but still inadequate coverage.

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I know I’m using a standard paper laminator – but Jennifer McGuire makes it look so fool-proof! Definitely did not work for me! Please tell me if you’ve tried this with a standard laminator and if it worked well for you. OR…if you have the Heidi Swapp Minc machine and it works great for you – I’d love to hear some testimonials. The reviews on Amazon are not convincing to me that I should invest in it. GRRR…bc I have lots of foil I’d like to use up. I need to try different adhesives too, I suppose.

Anyway…after all those failures, I went with traditional heat embossing – which is fool-proof for me!

Wedding Money Slider Card

This has been a long week! My husband and I “celebrated” our 11th anniversary yesterday and my sister is getting married tomorrow. We’re doing so much for the wedding that we really didn’t have time to do anything for each other besides have dinner together…a big THANKS to my friend Jessica for watching my 3 boys!

If you’d like to watch my many failures and how I created this money slider card, you can watch my video here:

SUPPLIES:

*Disclaimer: I am not being paid by any company to promote their products. I make cards using stamp sets and materials which I love and I love to share. To view where these items can be purchased, click on the linked abbreviations below (SU for Stampin’ Up!, SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, AMZN for Amazon, LF for Lawn Fawn, MFT for My Favorite Things, etc.).

Not listed is Stampin’ Up’s Designer Series Paper (called Something Borrowed).


For The New Two
For The New Two

Sahara Sand Ink
Sahara Sand Ink

Sahara Sand Cardstock
Sahara Sand Cardstock
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
EH | SSS

Big Shot
Big Shot
Big Shot Magnetic Platform
Big Shot Magnetic Platform
EH | SSS | AMZN
Standard Cutting Pads
Standard Cutting Pads
EH | SSS | AMZN
MFT Stitched Traditional Tag STAX
MFT Stitched Traditional Tag STAX
EH | SSS | MFT
Embossing Powder Bag
Embossing Powder Bag
EH | SSS | SU
Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink
EH | SSS | AMZN

Heat Tool
Heat Tool

Heat & Stick Powder
Heat & Stick Powder
WOW Clear Gloss Superfine
WOW Clear Gloss Superfine
SSS | AMZN
WOW Metallic Gold Rich Regular Embossing Powder
WOW Metallic Gold Rich Regular Embossing Powder
SSS | JOANN

iCraft Deco Rose Gold Foil - VP
iCraft Deco Rose Gold Foil – VP
3M Scotch Foam Tape
3M Scotch Foam Tape
EH | SSS | AMZN

Sticky Strip
Sticky Strip – Retired
Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder
EH | SSS