Author: jennjfreeman

Birthday Cupcakes and Beads

So I really like the watercoloring….. in case you can’t tell yet…. I find it very fun and relaxing. I wish that I had had the courage to try this sooner! Today’s project is a birthday card! (Luckily, the receiver doesn’t do social media so I can post it while it’s still traveling through the mail to her!)

I started with the watercolor pencils and watercolor paper. I layered lots of color in one spot then used the aqua painters to streak the color further across the page. Again, don’t be afraid to leave white streaks or mix the colors. I think it makes the finished product more visually interesting. I set the page aside and let it dry overnight. Once dry, I cut frames out of the Rectangle Stitched dies.

The cupcakes are from the Hello Cupcake stamp set from Sale-A-Bration 2019. (I have an extra (used) one if you’re looking to purchase one.) These were stamped and then adhered to the watercolor frame.

To create the sliding beads, first use the foam adhesive to create a top and bottom for the beads to slide between. The seed beads are strung on white thread. The frame is glued on top to hide the underlying structure.

Happy crafting!

July 16-31 Host Code: ZZDQG2BF

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Blushing Bride 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper
$9.00
Watercolor Pencils
$16.00
Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2
$12.50
Aqua Painters
$17.00
Coastal Cabana Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Flirty Flamingo Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Gorgeous Grape Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Hello Cupcake Photopolymer Stamp Set
$0.00
Call Me Cupcake Framelits Dies
$27.00
Stitched Rectangle Dies
$35.00
Vertical Greetings Clear-Mount Stamp Set
141876
$19.00
Mini Glue Dots
$5.25
Foam Adhesive Strips
$8.00
Snail Adhesive
$7.00
Paper Snips
$10.00

Everything Rosy and Daisy Lane

For today’s project, I wanted to use my leftover watercolor paper to create some daisies. They are stamped with the Daisy Lane stamp set, then punched with either the medium daisy or (large) daisy punch. I just fanned them out a little and bent the petals inward for some dimension. The fuzzy yellow flower center is new to the catalog this year, and I think they just add a fantastic touch to the punched flowers.

The paper, ribbon, leaves and foil hexagon are from the Everything is Rosy medley that came out in May. I used the triple banner punch to create the “flag” ends of the paper strips. The sentiment is from the Daisy Lane stamp set.

July 16-31 Host Code: ZZDQG2BF

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Pigment Sprinkles
$23.00
Aqua Painters
$17.00
Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper
$9.00
Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$9.75
Banner Triple Punch
$23.00
Daisy Lane Bundle
$35.00
Daisy Punch
$18.00
Everything Is Rosy Product Medley
$80.00
Mossy Meadow Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Perennial Essence Floral Centers
$6.00

Fun with Watercolor!

I decided to branch out and give watercolor a try. I’ve always found it intimidating (mostly because I was afraid of making a HUGE mess). However, I’m happy to report that was not the case!

I started with the pigment sprinkles, an aqua painter and watercolor paper. It helps to put a few drops of water on the paper first, then tap on some sprinkles to add color. Make broad strokes across the page with the aqua painter. Just wipe the aqua painter on a paper towel a few times to clear the color from the brushes. Don’t be afraid to leave white patches or to let the colors blend together a little!

As hinted by the picture above, after the paper dried I used the punch from the floral essence bundle to create flowers. I found that the most vibrant and interesting looking flowers were created at the edges of the colors changes or where there were streaks of white.

The flowers were stamped with ink that matched the petals. The leaves behind the flowers are the same punch used on the green vellum from the perennial essence vellum cardstock. Glitter enamel dots were added to give the centers more depth.

I then cut strips of the perennial essence DSP and layered behind with gorgeous grape cardstock to create the finished look for the font of the card.

Happy crafting!

July 1-15 host code: MNJK49MF

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Seahorse Shaker Card

The ocean and bead theme continues… Today’s project was a shaker card with shells, coral, beads, and tiny fish. The key is to attach the acetate to your frame then use the foam strips to create a sealed box for all your fun shaker contents.

Putting this one together was definitely easier than stringing all the beads (See Seed Beads), and you can include lots of different shapes and sizes to create a dynamic card. The design can easily can be adjusted to accommodate just about any card theme.

Happy crafting!

July 1-15 host code: MNJK49MF

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Sea Cards and Seed Beads

So clearly I have gotten a little stuck on the octopus stamp from Sea of Textures and the sparkly sand dollars out of the June Paper Pumpkin. Today, I decided to create one of the seed bead cards.

Now, I must warn you… the beads are not as simple as I thought. I used a clear stretchy jewelry string that did not fit through any needles that I had, so getting the beads on the string was a little painful. I think with some tweaking, it could be a lot easier to assemble.

That being said….. I LOVE THIS CARD!! I think it’s so cute and full of personality.

Happy crafting!

July 1-15 host code: MNJK49MF

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June Paper Pumpkin Alternatives

Today, I felt inspired by the heat to create some beach and sea themed cards featuring the June Paper Pumpkin, Seaside Notions stamp set, Sea of Textures stamps and the Under the Sea dies.

The plan was to start pretty simple and then work my way up to more complicated layouts.

For these two, I created vanilla cards with early espresso rectangles to frame the images from June’s Paper Pumpkin. The first has a second frame with costal cabana cardstock embossed with the seaside textured embossing folder (retired).

The next one was fairly simple but involved more coloring. The seahorse is stamped in Pretty Peacock and then colored with the Pretty Peacock Stampin’ blends of the same color. I placed a pearl for his eye from the retired artisan collection. The brain coral was colored on the reverse with the Lovely Lipstick Stampin’ blends. The fishing net is from the Under the Seas Dies. It was cut from Early Espresso cardstock. Inner sand dollar was stamped in Costal Cabana.

The final creation for the day featured the octopus from the Sea of Textures bundle. The little fish are one of the dies in the bundle. The glittered starfish and sand dollar, coral, wood cutout, sentiment and string are all from the June Paper Pumpkin. The paper is retired DSP.

Hope you feel inspired!

July 1-15 host code: MNJK49MF

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Bonus Days Have Officially Begun!

For every $50 you spend July 1-31 (before shipping and tax), you will get a $5 coupon that you can use August 1-31. There is no limit to how many coupons you can earn, so shop all month!

Magnolia Lane and Detailed Bands

Today, I wanted to play with the Magnolia Lane Suite and the Detailed Bands Dies to create a versatile card style that could be adapted to any sentiment/occasion.

No one likes needing to make sympathy cards. Unfortunately, I have a friend who recently suffered a loss in her family and needed to create something for her.

I wanted to feature the Detailed Bands Dies because I think they are so elegant. I opened the Magnolia Lane Memories & More Card Pack to get color inspiration. The black magnolia paper has the pink stripes on the reverse.

I then stamped and colored the large magnolia flower with Petal Pink, So Saffron, and Mossy Meadow. The inner rectangle is from the Stitched Rectangle Dies. Sentiment is from the Lasting Lily stamp set.

To make the card more versatile, I adapted the sentiment on the front to something a little more cheerful. Sentiment is from the Here’s A Card stamp set.

Happy crafting!

July 1-15 host code: MNJK49MF

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Fun with Gift Bags and Gift Tags

Spent the afternoon playing with my gift bag punch board. It’s pretty great because you can make gift bags out of any type of paper. Now the official instructions say that the width can’t be more than 2 inches, but with some math skills and a pair of snips, you can actually make any size gift bag.

For these bags, I used 2 pieces of identical 12″ x 12″ cardstock. The finished bag is 8″ tall x 5″ wide x 3″ deep. The flaps underneath I made 2″. To start, I cut both of the 12″ x 12″ down to 10″ (bag height + flap) x 12″. Then I scored the first piece at 1/2″ for a flap, 3-1/2″ for short side, 8-1/2″ for long side, and 11-1/2″ for second short side. The second piece I cut 5″ (long side).

The punch board will then create the curves for the flaps for the bottom of the bag. I then scored 2″ from the bottom of the flaps. You’ll need your snips to open the triangle of the flap up to your 2″ score line.

The punch board will also create the holes around the tops of the paper for the ribbon. Fold all of the score lines. I used snail on the 1/2″ flaps to attach the 5″ panel as well as the flaps on the bottom to create the base of the bag.

The gift tags were created with the Every Day Label Punch and the Piece of Cake stamp set. I decorated the cakes with the Watercolor pencils and the Make a Difference stamp set.

Happy crafting!

July 1-15 host code: MNJK49MF

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