Snow Day Frame

Snow Day Frame

Wow, it’s been quite awhile since I sat down to write a post. Every time I’d start something, I’d get distracted, (or do more shoveling…) and I just didn’t feel like it.

Finally had an afternoon to myself so play I did. Loving these clear frames from Deflecto. Because the back is clear, you can play around with the different layers sandwiching things in the middle, attached to the back or adding dimension right on the front.

What better theme than a snow day! There are so many great paper punches to use and a tried using several different papers, glossy, vellum and even a few covered in translucent glitter.

Sure hope the cold doesn’t last much longer. Who’s ready for Spring??

All the best,

Diane Long

 

Garden Tile Card

Garden Tile Card image

 

I really think that July is my favorite month. Seems to be the only month on the calendar where there are no major events to plan, deadlines, back to school, holiday prep (well, fourth of July is an easy one) There seems to be less cars on the road, everyone seems a bit more laid back, Things are growing, the corn is sweet, The days are sunny and the water is refreshing. So on one of these lazy days I wondered off into the craft studio.

Garden Tile Card

It is a pity this time of year is so brief, The flowers leave too soon. Perhaps that’s why I enjoy making flower themed cards, It lets me hold on to them a little bit longer.

You can use this technique with most any stamp and it’s fairly easy to do. For this particular flower stamp. (Outlines- no longer available) I stamped on glossy paper with India Ink. I colored the flowers with Prismacolor Markers. On the back I found the center and measured for four equal pieces and cut. Of course, you could do smaller tiles depending on the size of your stamp, being a square or rectangle design. I could have done this piece in 9 tiles for example. I would just take the measurement of the design and divide by 3 giving me 3 tiles across and 3 tiles down.

I went over all the edges of all the squares with a black sharpie marker. I just like not seeing white edges on the paper when I cut something out. Then I pressed the stamped side of the tile down on to a Versamark ink pad. Covered with UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Powder) that I placed in a tray. heat set. I did this with 2 more layers of UTEE. The final layer though, I didn’t completely heat with the heat gun, I placed them in the toaster oven at about 350 degrees on a ceramic tile. This helps the UTEE lay more evenly on the surface. After they cool completely, attach to a card with strong double sided adhesive.

Although I didn’t use the UTEE on this card, here is an example of using smaller tiles with words. It’s a great way to salvage a card you’ve made mistakes on. This is a Antique tile card using the UTEE.

Keep summer alive by creating something with flower tiles, and brighten someone’s day.

All the best,

Diane Long

 

Mason Jar Card – Fireflies in a Jar

Mason Jar Car fireflies in a jar

Fireflies in a jar

I’d had this mason jar rubber stamp on my desk for ages, trying to think of something to do with it. It has been 2 years since I lost my brother and I was thinking about how incredibly funny he was. I started recollecting about all the many summer nights we used to catch fireflies: or lightning bugs as we called them. Well, one night our mom called us in as it was getting late. We’d collected so many fireflies that we brought our jars inside for show. My brother was older, so I really didn’t know any better than to listen to him when he said “take the lid off”

You can imagine what the house began to look like as these tiny blinking beings were spreading throughout the rooms. When I saw what was happening, I quickly jumped into bed and pretended to be asleep. Needless to say, that was merely one of the many, many pranks he pulled on us.

Mason Jar Card

Working with inkjet printable acetate. I stamped the jar (Inkadinkado) and the fly (unknown) with India Ink. Also stamped the jar on a piece of white cardstock. Colored the flies in with a yellow Painty marker on the front of the fly. Went over it with iridescent watercolor. Painted the lid with a silver Sharpie marker.

jar step 5

 

 

When the flies were dry I outlined the bottom with yellow sharpie marker and took a bit of Blending Solution on a brush and blended the color outward.

On the white card, I ripped a piece of scrap paper to use as a mask and added various blue inks shown (lighter to darker) with a Color Box applicator, also added a bit of pink. Did the same with the greens. Cut out the jar shape with a utility knife.

jar step 2jar step 3jar step 4

To layer the card, I taped the acetate pieces on the back of the cut out. then a piece of white vellum behind it, followed by a gold piece of vellum. This helps give the illusion of light shining through glass.

What summer memories can you recreate?

All the best,

Diane Long

 

 

 

Thomas Kinkade Rubber Stamps

Thomas Kinkade rubber stamps, Cornish Heritage Farms

I just love using the Thomas Kinkade rubber stamps from Cornish Heritage Farms. They can be challenging to say the least. Especially for someone like me who doesn’t have the best eyesight. Through trial an error I found a way to color the scenes in, yet keep all the brilliance that Thomas Kinkade is known for.

I made 2 videos to show you how. The first video is how to stamp them. The second video is how I color them.

Here are a few samples.

Thomas Kinkade Card Delft Blue

Thomas Kinkade Card Delft Blue

Thomas Kinkade Card with Verse

Thomas Kinkade Card with Verse

Thomas Kinkade Rose Garden

Thomas Kinkade Card, Cornish Heritage Farm stamp

Thomas Kinkade Card, Cornish Heritage Farm stamp

 

 

If you have these stamps I hope you try this technique. I would love for you to email me or tweet me a link to your card.

Happy Stamping!

Diane Long

 

Stamped Winter Scene Card

Stamped Winter Scene Card

Had enough of winter yet?

It seems with a winter of back to back storms ice and cold, it can begin to wear on anyone. Maybe it’s the Turning Lemons into Lemonade motto or what but when the snow is falling, it looks spectacular. When the light hits the snow a certain way, it actually does look like falling glitter. You would have thought with all the days that I was actually snowed in, I would have gotten so many projects done. Truth be told, it takes a LOT of time to remove all that snow!

I did manage to make this winter scene card for a friend, somewhat different from the grey snowy card I’d done last season. It’s amazing how these stamps let you create nature’s beauty in every season. Here’s a video tutorial on using Stampscapes stamps  Their website is also a source of great information.

As 2014 is chugging along, I continue to hold onto focus, keeping my One Word in the forefront of my mind. Pursuing order, although at times I’ve fallen short, has made a tremendous impact on my life.

I guess we just have to keep remembering that in another month we’ll be turning the clocks ahead. Spring can’t be far off. right?

All the best,

Diane Long

 

 

Valentine Keepsake Box

Valentine Keepsake Box

The thought of Valentine’s Day can be a little daunting since most retailer’s put all the Valentine merchandise on the shelves the very day after Christmas! With so many back to back events during the holiday season, a bit of a break is most welcome.

Valentine Keepsake Box

I do love receiving valentine’s and have accumulated a number of them, especially from my son and daughter. I wanted someplace special to keep them- aside from my other keepsakes, cards, and letters.  I had a bunch of cigar boxes someone gave me and had been meaning to use them for quite some time. If you don’t know anyone who smokes cigars, many cigars shops are willing to give, or sell boxes to you for a small fee. They come in so many shapes and sizes, I know I will find uses for the others throughout the house.

I took some red velvet paper and lined the inside bottom to give it a finished touch. I took some clip art (the couple on the lower left) printed it on acetate then layered it over gold vellum. In addition to the other vintage clip art, I used a doily, Floral stickers, LOVE sticker, and edged the picture of flowers with an edge punch. I didn’t have any antique keys at the time so used a punch and gold paper for that.

The center was done by typing Valentine’s Keeper on the computer, cutting out and layering with a Spellbinder’s die. I bet you have bits and trinkets that you could use on a keepsake box. Keep those loving sentiments in a special place in a box that’s pretty enough to leave on display.

All the best,

Diane Long

 

 

Set of Handmade Cards With Storage Box

Handmade Card Set with Gift Box

It’s always nice to have some hand made gifts stashed away. It’s easy to forget a birthday, need a last minute hostess gift or have someone on your list who says “ you don’t have to buy me anything”

I found this great little suitcase at Hobby Lobby and thought I’d do something with it. It was a great size to put a set of cards in so I got to work.

I used a variety of different greetings stamps but stamped them all in the same color. I dry embossed a border with a brass stencil and cut ¼ from the edge. Added a strip of patterned paper over the top of the verse with enough tan paper to stick over the top about ¼  inch. Layered that over the larger piece of patterned paper from K & Co. I used the Life’s Journey paper pad. and added some gold sticker dots to finish them off.

I used some self-stick black felt for the lining (it’s sold by the sheet) I didn’t really do any formal measuring. I cut a piece for the lid by tracing around the outside of the box.

I took an envelope and marked the back of the felt allowing enough room for clearance, drew a line, then I made 2 lines ½ inch apart. I scored and folded these lines  I cut away the backing on these marks to expose the adhesive, then I put a little strip of cardboard down and folded over the other ½ inch section to make a lip. I measured again to the edge of the box and cut off excess. This little section is where a pen will go.

Now to make a section for the postage stamps, Again, I just placed stamps on the back of a piece of felt, allowed a bit for clearance, made a line, made 2  ½ inch lines, scored and folded. Removed the backing paper from just in between these lines, laid down a strip of cardboard, folded over the other ½ inch section to seal. Now I have 2 pieces of felt that each have a lip. These will be attached to the inside of the box after it’s painted.

I painted the box with  Plaid acrylic paint in Country Tan. I wanted a subtle look since the cards were fairly light. Surprisingly, the paint was close to the actual color of the box. I covered the painted box with some Distress inks from Ranger in Brushed Corduroy and Frayed Burlap. I applied the ink directly to a non-stick mat, sprayed the ink lightly with water, then applied with Cut N Dry foam.  I went in a circular motion than switched in a straight line as it dried. I heat set it to make sure it was dry. Went over it with a quick coat of Mod Podge to give a bit of a leathery sheen.. The ink may smear some but that even coloring is the look you want to achieve.

I added ribbon around the outside adhering with some WonderTape

Hope you find some time for crafting before the Summer ends.

All the best,

Diane Long


Beach Flip Flop Card

beach card

There’s nothing like some fun in the sun! and why not bring that into your craft studio? This Beach Flip Flop card was made using a brass stencil, a rubber stamp and some sandpaper (ladies, check with your hubby first!)

If you would like to create a card like this or use elements in a scrapbook layout. you can read the step by step tutorial here

We’re past the summer’s half way mark, so enjoy what’s left!!

All the best,

Diane Long

Not Just Cardmaking, Create a Cherished Keepsake

Graduation card
Most of us have that box of keepsakes in our closet of cherished mementos. Filled with notes, cards, ticket stubs and the like. We hold on to the things that are important to us because they have meaning. When creating a card for someone special, take time to customize it so it speaks to them.
This graduation card was done in the school colors of the recipient, and the year added. It’s a special year for them and you’d be hard pressed to find a card in the store with that detail.
If you are making a special card you can incorporate the style of the decade they were married, or born in, include a scanned photo printed on vellum or acetate. Find an embellishment that reflects the industry of the new job they just landed, and more.
In creating this card I stamped the verse in black ink. the cap and diploma was stamped off in red (first stamped on scrap paper then stamped over verse without re-inking) The numbers were dry embossed on vellum with Stencils by Ecstasy Crafts Because it was on vellum it was easy to do and line up vertically. I simply took a piece of scrap vellum and traced the numbers with a pencil so they lined up.Turned it to the reverse, lined up the stencil to the number, then layered the good vellum over the top. Dry embossed with stylus tool, making sure the strip of paper was long enough to fold around the back of the red piece and attached with tape.
Hope your next card creation will be a cherished keepsake.
All the best,

Diane Long

 

Crafting Just For the Fun of It

stamped photo card
The Stampsmith Company was having a Black and White Tic Tac Toe challenge so I thought I’d give it a go.
They have beautiful quality photo stamps and as an old movie buff, I have a number of them in my studio.
Many of the poses look so serious and dramatic, but that didn’t stop me from having a little fun!
I just typed up the verse on the computer, Who couldn’t use a laugh or a bit lighthearted cheer, see what stamps you have that you can turn into something funny.
Photo stamps can be a little tricky to work with and their website has some good advice. I prefer stamping on glossy then and again on clear acetate and layering.. I use this process when I stamp the Thomas Kinkade stamps too. You can see the video here.
Have some fun!

Most of us have that box of keepsakes in our closet of cherished mementos. Filled with notes, cards, ticket stubs and the like. We hold on to the things that are important to us because they have meaning. When creating a card for someone special, take time to customize it so it speaks to them.

All the best,

Diane Long

Butterflies

butterfly card

Once again, I had a wonderful time at the Heirloom Paper Craft Festival this year. I spent time with Greg from Marco’s Paper and Susan Pickering Rothamel from USArtQuest. Susan has a fabulous book The Encyclopedia of Greeting Card Tools and Techniques that is a treasure to have in any crafter’s library.
Inspired by some goodies I took home from the festival, I made this card which I hope my mom will enjoy for Mother’s Day.

I started with a gold butterfly sticker, placed it on a sheet of double sided adhesive  added clear mirco beads and some shimmery Crystal Effectz I painted some beautiful iridescent watercolors on a sheet of paper and added to the back of adhesive. On the pink glossy paper I stamped the oval frame using a liquid Duo adhesive that dries tacky. Covered stamped image with some variegated leafing  Although it’s hard to see, I added some pink chalk around the white oval. The pink paper is mounted on some lovely black velvet paper. Who doesn’t like velvet!
Hope you find time to do something creative today.

all the best,

Diane Long

The Long Grey Days of Winter

Grey Day stamped scene

It always seems like the dull grey of winter will never pass. but it always does eventually. There are not only grey days of our seasons but also grey times in our lives. I decided to take this opportunity while being stuck indoors to tackle some of my html computer monsters. An overhaul of my blog was well over due and took longer to figure out some aspects of it. That being said, I hope you find it enjoyable and please let me know if there are features not working properly (and how I’m supposed to fix them!!)

Here is another card using Stampscapes stamps. Making a scene in black and white actually takes a number of colors to achieve the depth to tone. I usually use Marvy Matchables Inks A subtle blue called Salvia Blue, Pale Orange, and Grey with a bit of Black on the edges.
March isn’t so far away.

Diane Long