Bow Dies and Trendy Merry Christmas Die Set - The Stamps of Life


Happy Friday, my friends!  I have some fun new releases from The Stamps of Life to share with you today!  The first new release is called the Trendy Merry Christmas Die Set.  Isn't it beautiful? The differing fonts really add an elegant touch to your Christmas cards.  I paired this set with the previously released Santa2stamp Stamp & Die Set.


For some added dimension, I diecut Santa's beard, mustache and the white parts of his hat from TSOL Powdered Sugar Wool Felt.



The second new release that I would like to share with you is the Small Bow Die.  You can create a variety of bows and use them on different types of crafty projects.

Small Bow Die

I made a small favor box with some patterned paper from The Stamps of Life.  For the top of the box, I embossed my paper using the Flower Power Embossing Folder




I love the elegance of this embossing folder.  The box was super easy to make and to top it off, I just added one pink paper bow and I was done!


Lastly, I embellished a card using the bow dies.  I created a fun little scene using the Hippo2stamp stamp set and coordinating dies.  I used some SOL Seaglass Ink and a finger dauber to create the cloud background.  In order to achieve this effect, I diecut the largest cloud from the Sizzix Triplits Hello Sunshine Die Set from heavy cardstock and used it as a stencil.


I diecut some grass using the Sizzix Tree Step-ups Die Set and green cardstock.  For the banner, I used the Sampler Dies and I added a birthday hat and balloon from the Late4birthday stamp and dies.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!  I wish you all a wonderful weekend!

Happy Stamping!

Rachel
     
 
     


FLASH SALE: Two New Sizzix Die Sets at The Stamps of Life


Happy Sunday everyone!  I wanted to share with you two new die sets that were released today at a special 24 hour flash sale price over at The Stamps of Life.  The first is called the Sizzix Celebrate 3-D Drop-ins Sentiment Die Set.  It makes the perfect pop-up for the inside of any type of congratulatory card.  I love the bold font!

Sizzix Celebrate 3-D Drop-ins Sentiment Die Set

This die set is perfect for making a quick and easy, yet really fun and professional-looking card.  For my example, I made a birthday card.  There was no stamping involved in this card and it came together with just a few die cuts. 


I paired the new Celebrate 3-D Drop-ins set with the Sizzix 5x7 Circle Flip-its Card Set for both the inside and outside of my card. 

Sizzix 5x7 Circle Flip-its Card Set

I love the 5x7 Circle Flip-ts Card Set.  Even if you don't want to make a 5x7 card, it has so many amazing dies that come with it that are perfect to coordinate with any other birthday card that you want to make.  I used the circular Happy Birthday Sentiment, Cupcake and Balloon dies from this set.


Isn't that circular Happy Birthday Word Die so beautiful?  It fills up almost the entire front side of my card.  I simply added a few balloons, some ribbon and I was done!  The scalloped panels came from the Sizzix Flowers/Sentiments Scalloped Edge Drop-ins Die Set.  


Sizzix Flowers/Sentiments Scalloped Edge Drop-ins Die Set

Although this set is not necessary to use the Celebrate 3-D Drop-ins Set, the scalloped edges do compliment and soften the look of most A2 sized cards when used.


The second die set that is available today at a special flash sale price is the Sizzix Thank You Card Front Die Set.  It's such a beautiful background die.  You really don't need much else when using this background die.  I decided to add a butterfly from the Sizzix Half A2 Card Die Set to add some extra dimension to my card, but again, this Thank You Background Die would look beautiful on its own.



Sizzix Thank You Card Front Die Set

Thank you for stopping by my blog today!  For more inspiration using these sets, head over to The Stamps of Life Gallery Webpages:


Happy Stamping!

Rachel  




Reindeer Pudgie, Extras4pears and Doublebanner2stamp

Hello!  I have another fun Pudgie stamp set by Stephanie Barnard to share with you today!  It's called Reindeerpudgie9.  Along with the chunky reindeer and coordinating dies, it comes with some cute sentiments and little candy cane stamps as well!

Reindeerpudgie9


For my first example, I made a fun little Christmas box card.  I decided to use the faces4stamps stamp set to make his eyes more cartoonish. 


I used the Stamps of Life exclusive Box Card Die Set for my base and decorated the panels using some patterned paper from the Ho Ho Ho Patterned Paper Pad. 



The little sign came from the Sizzix Labels Fancy #2 Stamps & Dies and the large gift from the Birthday4Cookie stamp set.


For my second example, I combined the Reindeer Pudgie with the Sizzix Large Circle #4 Flip-its Card Die Set.  I used the hats4critters stamp and die set to give my reindeer a cute little Santa hat.

The next newly released set that I'd like to share with you is called the Doublebanner2stamp.

Doublebanner2stamp

I made a fun little birthday shaker card featuring the large double banner using the Happy Birthday sentiment. 


I paired this with the Sizzix Triplits Cupcake on top of some paper from the "So Special" Patterned Paper Pad


For my frame, I used both the Stamps of Life Stitched Only Square Dies and Square Dies.


Lastly, I would like to quickly show you an example using the Extra4pears stamp set.  This set coordinates with the Club Pear Stamp Set that was released earlier this month.  Isn't that houndstooth patterned pear so much fun?

That's all for today!  Thanks for stopping by.  If you want some more inspiration, be sure to check out The Stamps of Life Gallery Website

Happy Stamping!

Rachel         

 

Sizzix Horizontal Sentiments Drop-ins and TSOL Christmas Statement Set - FLASH SALE


Hello!  I have one last post to share with you today!  In addition to the new Club Stamps, the Stamps of Life has also released TWO other stamp/die sets!  Both of these sets are available today at a FLASH SALE of an additional 25% off.

Sizzix Horizontal Sentiments Drop-ins

This first set is a die set that includes 3 different scripty sentiments.  It's called the Sizzix Horizontal Sentiments Drop-ins Die Set.  This set coordinates with the previously released Sizzix Horizontal Card Front Drop-in (shown below).

Sizzix Horizontal Card Front Drop-in

These sets make perfect shaker cards, or quick and beautiful cards for so many occasions!


For this card, I used the sentiment that says "hello my friend" and made a shaker card.  I used the "Sunshine" Collection Patterned Paper Pad and added some green shaker embellishments from the Shiny Yummies Embellishment - Set 1.  I also used the double-sided adhesive foam by The Stamps of Life to get the dimension that I needed to make this a shaker card.  This foam makes shaker cards super easy with very little mess!


I used the Sizzix Flowers & Fence Stamps & Dies to create the flowers and the leaves.  I simply shaped the flowers to give them more dimension.  More inspiration with this set can be found HERE.

Christmas Statement Set

The second set that was released today is the Christmas Statement Set.  How beautiful is that large word die?


I created a simple card that I hoped would showcase the bold and elegant font of the die.  The fun patterned paper came from this month's Hope & Joy Card Kit Club.

If you would like more inspiration with this set, check out The Stamps of Life "Statement Words" Gallery Webpage.

Thank you again for stopping by my blog today!

Happy Stamping!

Rachel
  












Pear2stamp - The Stamps of Life



Hello friends!  I'm here to share with you the brand new October Club Set release from The Stamps of Life. It's called Pear2stamp.  For those of you unfamiliar with The Stamps of Life, you don't have to be a club member to purchase this stamp set.  Club members do, however, get up to a 20% discount on all items in The Stamps of Life store.  It's a great perk if you're a fan of The Stamps of Life.  If not, there's no pressure to join!

Pear2stamp

This new set is so beautiful!  For those of you who like to color, paint or watercolor, this set is perfect for those mediums.  There is also another fruit stamp set called Apple2stamp that pairs perfectly with this set.  When I first saw this set, I immediately knew that I wanted to try and watercolor the pears.  However, they turned out horribly (my husband asked me, "what are those??"), so I decided to just stick with ink-blending and Copic Markers (which I'm much more comfortable with at this point), ha ha!


For my first card, I die cut a few pears from some smooth white cardstock.  I wanted my paper to be smooth (I usually use Neenah Smooth Solar White 80lb) because I knew that I was going to blend some inks onto the paper to color the pears.  The smoother the paper, the easier it is to blend the inks.




I used TSOL Banana, Candy, Kiwi and Green Apple Inks on each pear and then added some brown spots using Tsukineko Markers in Rich Cocoa and Peanut Brittle.  I adhered all of my images onto an A2 sized card base after adding some stitched rectangles with both solid and patterned cardstock.  To finish my card, I added a touch of Glossy Accents to make it look like dew on the pears. 




For my second card, I colored my pears with Copic Sketch Markers.



Pear Body: Y02, R32, YG01, YG03, RV00, Y06
Leaves: YG03, YG67, G28
Stem: E74, E77, E49
Spots on pears: E44, E34
 


Once finished, I cut them out using the coordinating dies.  I then diecut a stitched rectangle from white cardstock and blended some Sky Ink onto the background.  Once done, I stamped my sentiment and added my pears.




For my last card, I created my pears in the same way that I did the first card.  I cut them from smooth white cardstock and used inks to color them (TSOL Banana, Candy, Kiwi and Green Apple).


Before adhering my patterned paper panel onto the Sizzix Basic Step-ups Card Base, I first stamped my sentiment.  Once I had the paper attached, I then added my pears and a green ribbon to finish off my card.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today!  Stop by The Stamps of Life Pear2stamp Gallery Website for more inspiration!

Happy Stamping!

Rachel 

MFT Stamps Card Design Superstar Contest 2017 - Entry #2

MFT Card Design Superstar Challenge

I'd like to share with you my second entry for the MFT Stamps Card Design Superstar Challenge.  I will be entering it into the Coloring Virtuoso Category.  Once again, I really wanted to challenge myself and I decided to create a single layer card that required A LOT of masking.  This totally intimidated me because there really is not much room for error.  Of course, me being me, I messed up with my first take on this card and had to start it all over again, lol.


I actually used five different stamp sets by My Favorite Things to create this scene: The Whole Herd, Happy Hippos, Animal Farm, Birthday Bears and Farm Friends.  I also used the MFT Die-namics Grassy Fields Die Set to create a stencil to ink blend some grass onto this card.


Honestly, the part that took the longest when making this card was the masking. I don't usually create single-layer cards for this reason.  It's very time consuming and totally out of my comfort-zone!  I first ink-blended the first row of grass using that stencil that I had die cut with the MFT Grassy Fields Die and Distress Inks (Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn and Forest Moss).  I then stamped and masked the birthday hats before stamping any of the animals so that each animal (except for the cute little cow) would be wearing one.  Pretty much every image on this card (except for the balloons) needed to be masked.


Once I had my scene stamped out, I colored everything with Copic Sketch Markers.

Cow: W3, W4, W5, W7; 0, C00, C2, C3, C5; E000, E00, E11, E13
Goat: C0, C3, C5, C7
Chicken: 0, C00, C2, C3, C5; R14, R59
Pig: R000, R00, R11, R21, R22
Trough: E31, E23, E27, E29, E49
Red Hats & Balloon: R14, R46, R59, RV99
Haystack: Y13, Y21, E33, E23
Blue Hats & Balloon: B41, B21, B24, B28
Green Hats & Balloon: YG03, YG09, G09, G28
Ducks: Y02, E31, RV02
Cake Icing: W0, W1
Cake Sponge: E41, E31
Sky: B000, B00, B12
Grass Highlights: YG07, YG09, G09


I really love how this turned out!  Regardless of the outcome, it was totally worth the effort.  I'll be giving this to my uncle for his birthday.

Thanks again for stopping by my blog!  Feel free to leave any comments or questions!

Happy Stamping!

Rachel
  






 

MFT Stamps Card Design Superstar Contest 2017 - Entry #1

MFT Stamps Card Design Superstar Contest 2017
MFT Card Design Superstar Contest 2017

Hello friends!  For the past three years, My Favorite Things has been hosting a Card Design Superstar Contest featuring their products.  This will by my second year participating.  It's such a fun challenge and I really enjoy seeing all of the amazing creations that everyone else comes up with.



For my first entry, I wanted to focus on 3D elements and enter into the Innovation Master Category.  I love cards with dimension and have a passion for creating box cards.  However, I wanted to push myself a little bit further on this card and make it even more 3D (if there's such a thing, lol) by creating more depth.  So, I created a card with a floating floor to showcase a cute little scarecrow protectively watching over a field of sunflowers.

Floating Floor

I first cut a piece of MFT Kraft Cardstock to 4 1/4" x 11" and scored it at 5 1/2" to create a standard A2 sized card base.  I created my floating floor after some trial and error.  I cut a piece of green cardstock to 4 1/4" x 6 1/4" and then scored at 3/8", 4 3/8" and 4 6/8".  This provided me with the perfect sized floor that would both fit into my card when folded and also have enough room to stamp a sentiment.


I used both the MFT Fall Friends and MFT Harvest Buddies Stamp Sets to create this fun little scene.  Once I stamped and colored these with my Copic Sketch Markers, I used their coordinating dies to cut them out.  I then lined them up lying facedown on the floating floor to make sure that they wouldn't stick out of the top of my card when folded.


Once I positioned them where I wanted everything, I then cut small squares into the floor where I would place a little paper "L-bracket" to hold them into place.


For the background of my card, I used the MFT Stamps Cloud Stencil and added some Distress Inks (Squeezed Lemonade, Carved Pumkin and Ripe Persimmon) to create an evening Fall sky.  I absolutely love this cloud stencil that was released earlier this year by My Favorite Things.

3D Pop-up Inside of Card

Next, I diecut some Fall trees from brown cardstock using both the MFT Die-namics Tree-mendous and MFT Die-namics Trees in the Forest Die Sets.  I love how they look against the cloud background.

To give my card even further dimension, I added a hill and fence in the background using the MFT Die-namics Rolling Hills Die Set.


Once I had all of my pieces ready to go, I first stamped & heat embossed my sentiment before adhering anything to my card base.  Once that was done, I just pieced it all together.


Lastly, I added some grass to the front of my card using the MFT Die-namics Grassy Fields Die Set.  I also added a few leaves, a pumpkin and an acorn to set the scene.  And for a finishing touch (and once again adding more dimension to my card) I added a few "flying" Fall leaves by using a few pieces of clear acetate to hold the leaves in place.

Card Front

I followed the same theme on the front of my card and used a retired set by My Favorite Things called Sunflower Die-namics.  I wanted to make my flowers look 3D as well, so I used some ink to give them more dimension and then shaped them to look like they were blooming right off the front of the card.  Behind these flowers, I also used the MFT Die-namics Layered Leaves, MFT Die-namics Stitched Rectangle Scallop Edge Frames, MFT Stitched Sentiment Strips and the MFT Tiny Check Patterned Paper.


I'm really happy with how my card turned out!  It will be perfect to give to a friend of mine who is going through a hard time.  

Thank you for stopping by my blog today!  Feel free to leave any comments or questions!

Happy Stamping!

Rachel