Saturday, March 28, 2015

Blog Design Team: Vellum Bouquet

Happy Saturday, crafty friends! Today, Blog Team Designer Julia Stainton is sharing tips on how to stamp on vellum with a fresh and pretty springtime bouquet card.

And now, let's hear from Julia about her project...

Spring is in the air and I, for one, could not be more thrilled! I'm ready for some fresh air, flowers and light airy designs. One of my go-to cardstocks is the Sugar Cube cardstock which is a beautiful white cardstock. While it's wonderful to have a myriad of beautiful colors, I'm a huge fan of white on white and it's amazing what you can do with simply white.

The Vellum Bouquet card pairs up plain white cardstock with plain vellum for a soft spring look. All you need are some stamps, ink and markers for a nice fresh design. The main design and sentiment are stamped on the front of the vellum panel. Use a black ink that stamps well on vellum and then heat set it well so that it doesn't smear or smudge.

The fun part is then adding in color to the REVERSE side of the vellum with markers. You can use Copic or dye based markers for this process. I had dye markers on my desk and so that is what I used. It's easy to color the reverse side and you don't need to be quite as precise as when coloring on the front of an image. One fun thing about this technique is because you are coloring on the reverse side, the inks show through the vellum and are softened and more subtle.

Below the vellum layer I stamped the Library Card stamp image in blue ink. It adds to the dimensional look of the vellum and depending on how you are looking at the project, shows up well or is more subtle. After stamping the second panel and adhering it to the card front, I dabbed on a tiny dot of Glossy Accents to secure the vellum panel in place and then paper clipped it to the card.
Thanks so much, Julia, for all your terrific tips on stamping on vellum. Be sure to check out Julia's blog, Belle Papier to see more of her lovely projects. Have a joyful weekend!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Winner: Tombow Prize Pack


Here is the random winner of Prize Pack #2 from our Spring Fling Blog Hop with Tombow USA! If you missed the hop, visit HERE for some springtime inspiration!

For the winner of Prize Pack #1, visit the Tombow Blog here.

We loved creating with our friends at Tombow!

Our lucky winner is:

Jeanne wins Prize Pack #2: Tombow XTREME Adhesive, Adhesive Dots, Dual Brush Set of 6 in Jellybean
Congratulations! Please email us ( to claim your prize.

Blog Design Team: Everything's Coming Up Eggy

Did this week fly by as quickly for you as it did for us? It's Friday, and Blog Team designer Kay Miller is showing us how she used one die several times on the same card for a fun, layered look! Check it out...

And now, let's hear from Kay about her project...

For this bright springtime card, which could easily be an Easter card too, I used the adorable new stamp set called Tag-a-long Easter, which has the cutest images (along with matching dies -- which I love!)

To start of my card, I cut out five 4-inch-wide by 5-1/4 inch-tall pieces of card stock from Cookie Monster cardstock, the striped patterned paper from the Rainbow Brights Patterned Paper Pack, Lemon Meringue cardstock, and two from Sugar Cube cardstock. I saved one of the white Sugar Cube pieces for my base and stamped the sentiment down in the right corner.

I used the Build a Scene-Rolling Clouds dies to cut out each of my cloud borders. Each border was cut out just a bit shorter than the first blue one, to create the layers.

I then glued down the blue, the striped patterned paper, and the yellow one flat to my panel. The top white one, I adhered with foam tape, to make it stand out and look more like a cloud. Last, I adhered the little pot of eggs to the bottom left corner and then mounted the whole panel to my A2 card base.   

Thank you so much, Kay, for showing us how much fun it is to use the same die several times on one card! Be sure to visit Kay on her blog, My Joyful Moments, for more of her fabulous work. Tune in tomorrow for tips on stamping on vellum from Julia Stainton!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Blog Design Team: You Make Me Happy

The week is almost over, friends, and we hope you are getting some sunshine. Today, Blog Team Member Amy Sheffer has created a wonderfully cheerful card for us. Check it out...

Plus! Because we are feeling a little spring friskiness, we're giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to the TE Store to one lucky winner! Read on for all the details...

And now, here's Amy to tell us all about her project...

I think by now, if we’re not already enjoying some warmer temperatures, we’re certainly looking forward to them! Today I’ve combined some favorite TE products to create an inviting Spring scene.

The background was done with the Ray of Sunshine Cutting Plate, along with a cheery yellow polka dot pattern from the Build A Scene Paper Pack.

For the focal point circle, I created a scene using patterns from the Build A Scene Paper Pack and the Build A Scene - Rolling Hills die. The bicycle, from Bikes & Trikes, is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black, colored with Copic markers, and die-cut using the coordinating Bikes & Trikes dies. The bicycle flag is stamped with a sentiment from Think Happy Thoughts, adhered to a toothpick, and tucked behind the bicycle. The word “happy” was cut with the die that’s included in Think Happy Thoughts.

Before adhering everything to a Salt Water Taffy card base, I added a layer of vellum behind the Ray of Sunshine die-cut and popped it up with foam tape. It gives the open sections of the Ray of Sunshine die-cut an interesting translucent quality.  

Thank you for joining me today! Hoping your March is going out like a lamb!

Thank you for sharing such a fun, springtime card with us today, Amy! You can find more of Amy's beautiful work on her blog, Pickled Paper Designs. Have a joyful day!

Are you yearning to create something as sunshiny and happy as this card? You're in luck because one lucky winner will receive a $25 Gift Certificate to the TE Store to help get started!

How to Enter:  Leave a comment below telling us how you celebrated the first day of Spring by Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 11:59 pm PST. We'll choose one lucky winner at random to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the TE Store! We'll announce the winner here on the TE Blog next week. Good luck!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Guest Blogger: Miriam Prantner Day 3

Happy Wednesday, crafty friends! Today is a bittersweet day for us as it's Miriam Pranter's last day as our Guest Blogger. You won't want to miss the amazing project she's created for us. Read on for details...

And now, notes from Miriam on today's project...

I first created the card base by cutting a 4" x 8" piece of cardstock and and scoring at the 2" and 6" mark. Then, I folded the sides in.
I adhered the cardstock and patterned paper mats and cut them down the center. The two pieces were adhered to the two front sides of the card.
The Pieces of My Heart die was cut from two shades of pink cardstock. The hearts were snipped apart at the center, and then adhered to either side of the opening, one half of one color on one side and the opposing color on the other side. The other half was snipped apart and pieces were adhered over top the other pieces to create an alternating color scheme.

The sentiment was then stamped and embossed. The 'we just Fit' sentiment was stamped on the inside of the card.

Thank you so much, Miriam, for guest blogging for us this month! You have inspired us to think outside the box and to be creative whenever we can. For more of Miriam's amazing work, please be sure to visit her blog, Sooner Rather Than Later.