Hi Everyone! It’s Tina today for Susan’s Garden Club. I hope you all had a wonderful Holiday! Although Christmas is over I know some people are still having get togethers because either your family and friends were away or have lots of places to be. I have a quick and easy card for some last minute Christmas cards.
Happy Saturday to you!!! Wanda here 🙂 It’s just 3 weeks until Christmas and I can hardly believe how quickly this year has flown by. In the hustle and bustle of life we don’t always have time or take time to send out thank yous. If I do make some, they are often something quick. Sometimes I want to send a special thank you and I think this card would qualify for that!!
Entwined Circles Shimmer Sheetz Ornament
By Judi Kauffman
I love making flat Shimmer Sheetz ornaments. They provide a lot of sparkle to the tree, look great on a door or in a window, or suspended from a branch on a holiday table, plus they’re lightweight, quite durable, easy to mail in a standard envelope – tucked inside a card or with a small gift tag added to the hanging loop.
This one came together by serendipity. I knew I wanted to nest all three sizes of Entwined Circles for a single ornament, but I hadn’t envisioned incorporating the curved scraps until I was about to throw them away… Instead, I saved them and used them to create a cluster that resembles pine needles.
Mary here today with a fun holiday card. When I was a kid I used to love to ice skate all winter long. This card reminds me of the glide, glide, and sway – of spins and jumps, and skating through the quiet snow. It was a magical and wonderful time of year (but I’m glad to now live in North Carolina!).
Making the Card
1. Cut 85 lb Soft Finish Cardstock to 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches; score and fold in half for a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch card base. Cut Soft Sky Soft Finish Cardstock 3 3/4 x 5 inches. Cut vellum 1 1/4 x 6 inches.
2. Silver emboss sentiment on vellum starting about 1/2 inch from left edge. Wrap around Soft Sky piece from step 1, starting about 1 inch from top, adhering on back using clear double sided adhesive. Adhere to front of card.
3. From 85 lb Soft Finish Cardstock, die cut two of all skates pieces except for the blades. Die cut blades from Siver Metallic Shimmer Sheetz. Reminder: A Metal Adaptor Plate or Sizzix Big Shot with Precision Base Plate is REQUIRED for die cutting Shimmer Sheetz. Review Els’s YouTube tutorial if you are new to this technique to ensure that your cutting ‘sandwich’ is correctly positioned.
4. Lace up the sktes with twine. Hint: Put a small piece of clear double sided adhesive behind the top and bottom lace and stick the ends in them. Tie two small bows. To make a bow, I used tweezers that only open when squeezed, like the ones that come in Susan’s Garden Tool Set, to help hold the single loop while I tied around it.
5. Apply Walnut Stain Distress Ink to sole/heel pieces of skates with ink blending tool. Adhere to bottom of skates with glue (e.g. Kids Choice Glue). Adhere blades to skates using clear double sided adhesive on back of skates.
6. Die cut snowflake border from 85 lb Soft Finish Cardstock. Add Transparent/Silver Glitter Dots as shown. You don’t have to add Dots beneath the area that will be covered by the skates or in areas at the ends of the border strip that will get cut off. Adhere to top of card as shown. Trim off excess.
7. Glue bottom skate to card where shown. Glue on bow. Adhere top skate using dimensional tape as shown. Glue on bow.
- Soft Finish Cardstock: 85 lb, Soft Sky
- 1245 Skates
- Shimmer Sheetz: Silver Metallic
- 1259 Holiday Garlands 2
- CS023 Winter Sentiments
- Glitter Dots: Transparent/Silver
- Susan’s Garden All Metal Tool Set
- Clear Double Sided Adhesive
- Kids Choice Glue
- Distress Ink: Walnut Stain
- Ink Blending Tool
- Twine: Black/Gray/White
- Silver Embossing Powder (e.g. Ranger Silver)
- Embossing Ink (e.g. VersaMark)
- Dimensional Tape
By Judi Kauffman
Do you have an old tray that’s in need of a face lift? My project today began with a square oak tray that has already had two previous incarnations. For several years it had a favorite piece of scrapbook paper centered under the glass and before that, a cross stitch sampler.
This third version of the tray is so easy. Simply alter pieces of Shimmer Sheetz with alcohol inks, cut them into strips, and emboss and sand some of the strips. Cut a piece of chipboard to the size of the tray and use Clear Double Sided Tape to hold the Shimmer Sheetz strips in place. Re-assemble the tray per the manufacturer’s instructions. New insert, new look!
This tray is one of several available in a variety of colors and finishes from Sudberry House. It has screws along one side so it’s fast and simple to change whatever is on display – the backing, your artwork, and the glass slide in and out in a matter of seconds.
Hello my crafty friends! It’s Raquel Mason here today. Halloween is my favorite holiday! The idea to make ghost earrings using Halloween Charms woke me up from my slumber one morning. So I did exactly that, and another pair using Holiday Charms. Let me show you how easy it is to make a pair for yourself!
Shimmer Sheetz Autumn Leaf Cards
By Judi Kauffman
When autumn arrives I’m a kid again. I shuffle my feet through piles of leaves and collect the prettiest ones to send to friends who live in California and miss the change of seasons. I love how the leaves sparkle in the sun after it rains. It’s pure magic, Mother Nature dressed up for a party! It is the look of those sparkly leaves that I’ve attempted to capture in my Shimmer Sheetz Autumn Leaf Cards.
There are few things I like as much as autumn. One of them is embossing folders, another is cutting dies! I’ve collected both for years. The stash includes many with fall themes – leaves, leaf patterns, words… I thought it would be fun to mix and match a few for my cards.
I chose Shimmer Sheetz in Fire Opal Gemstone, Gold Metallic, plus Yellow, Orange, and White Iridescent, but you can switch the palette to suit your taste! (Ruby Gemstone and Bronze Metallic are other good choices, and Emerald Gemstone is another excellent option.)
Because no two people have the same collection of supplies, please use the sample cards as a starting point and customize your projects. The key is to combine embossed or de-bossed Shimmer Sheetz rectangles with relatively large Shimmer Sheetz leaves. Add in a die cut sentiment.
Hand- or die-cut your leaves. Alternatively, use embossing folders before cutting leaf shapes (as shown) or use rubber stamps and StazOn or other alcohol-based ink to stamp them. Tip: For hand-cut leaves, trace real leaves onto lightweight paper, scan and re-size as needed, and use the paper leaves as cutting patterns.
If you don’t have fall theme embossing folders, substitute a different background pattern.
Use a dark color glittered cardstock for the card base on all cards. (Shown: Black) What doesn’t show in the photos is that the glitter has many colors in it (a nice fit with the colors that reflect from the surface of the Shimmer Sheetz).
The card shown in the two photos above has a subtle treat at the lower left corner – a Happy Birthday peel-off in black for a tone-on-tone effect. The greeting shows clearly when the card is in hand.
To tone down some of the sparkle lightly sand the embossed Shimmer Sheetz background layers.
To add dimension use snippets of Power Tabs under the cut out leaves.
Here are two more cards and a tag:
Elizabeth Craft Designs –
Shimmer Sheetz in Fire Opal Gemstone; Gold Metallic; Orange, Yellow and White Iridescent
A Way With Words Four Seasons and Thanks dies
Els van de Burgt Studio Alphabet 1 – caps (for tag)
Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape
Fine point scissors
Tombow Power Adhesive Tabs
Solid color cardstock in fall colors
Glittered cardstock in black
Assorted fall theme and linear pattern embossing folders
Gold cord (for tag)
By Els van de Burgt
Hello, Everyone. Today it’s all about Holiday Ornaments! It’s Els here with a blog post that’s a bit different from usual. Instead of the project with instructions I would like to invite you to join me over at Technique Friday with Els where I’ve got a video tutorial as well as a downloadable project sheet.
I hope you will enjoy it AND I hope you will sign up to receive an email every time a new Technique Friday with Els is available. Getting that automatic notification will ensure you never miss a video or project sheet!
The leaves are still falling here in Colorado, but the holidays will be here SOON. It’s time to make easy ornaments using a masking/stenciling technique and colorful Silk Microfine Glitter…See you over at the YouTube Channel. I’m just one click away.
We’ll be offering another GIVEAWAY for this week’s video. Five winners will receive the Els van de Burgt Studio Ornament Set 3, 3 Silk Microfine Glitter colors, and Clear Double Sided Adhesive sheets. Simply subscribe to our YouTube channel and comment on the video by Tuesday, October 4th. The winners will be announced on Wednesday, October 5th.