The Stamps of Life Scalloped Rectangle & Rectangle Dies and a FLASH SALE!


Hello friends!  There are two new die set releases today over at The Stamps of Life!  One is a Scalloped Rectangle Die Set (which is available today at a special 25% off FLASH SALE) and the other is a basic Rectangle Die Set which both coordinate beautifully with the previously released Stitched, Stitched ONLY Rectangle and Dotted Rectangle Die Sets.


I love scalloped rectangle dies!  They just add so much softness to your cards and projects.  For my first card, I used the Scalloped Rectangle Dies along with the Stitched Rectangle Dies to create my frame for my card.


As you can see from the photo above, I taped the two dies together and diecut about 7 of these pieces to create my frame.  The wanted a clean look because I knew that it would be quite difficult to achieve that with foam adhesive around the scalloped sections.  I glued these pieces together and this was just enough dimension to create the shaker portion of my card.


For the turtles, I used the Turtles2love stamp set and coordinating Turtle Dies to cut them out.  I colored them with Copic Sketch Markers (YG05, YG07, YG63, G94, YG97).  Once colored, I then used the patterned shell stamp from the same stamp set to stamp some Green Apple Ink on top of what I had just colored.  I then used this same stamp to stamp Versamark Embossing Ink on top and used the Hero Arts Sparkle Embossing Powder to add some shimmer.  The tufts of grass came from the SOL Mail Box Die Set.  The inside shaker embellishments came from Pretty Pink Posh.



For my next card, I used just the Rectangle Dies and diecut both some Gingersnap Cardstock and some TSOL "Darling" Collection Patterned Paper.  I used the Flamingos2stamp stamp set for both the flamingo and my sentiment.

I once again used Copic Sketch Markers to color my picture.



Colors used: Flamingo: RV00, RV04, RV17; Sand: E41, E42, E43; Sky: B0000, B000, B00, B01


I will be entering my cards into the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Add a Sentiment.

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Add A Sentiment
 
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today!  Hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Happy Stamping!

Rachel



Owl Pudgie Stamps & Dies - The Stamps of Life


I just love the new line of Pudgie Stamps & Dies designed by Stephanie Barnard for The Stamps of Life.  And this new set, called OwlPudgie7, does not disappoint!

OwlPudgie7

It comes with a cute set of clear stamps and matching dies.  Perfect for so many occasions!


For my first card, I created a box card.  I used the SOL Exclusive Box Card Die Set for the base and added some patterned paper panels using the "Happiness" Collection Patterned Paper.  I stamped the owl with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on white cardstock and colored him using Copic Sketch Markers.

Colors used: Owl's Body: E31, E23, E37, E29; Owl's Beak: Y17, YR07


I used the branch dies from this set to create the branches in the back of the box and added some leaves using the leaf dies from the Sizzix Owls Stamps & Dies and some colored cardstock.


For my second card, I went in a slightly different direction and used the owl to make a baby card.  I used the Circle Dies and Stitched Only Circle Dies to create my stitched circle window.  I also used the Stitched Square Dies to cut my stitched square panel.     


For the flowers, I used the Mini Flower Dies and paired it with the leaf dies from the Sizzix Circle Stand Up Die Set.   The sentiment came from the Minionesie2cut Stamp & Die Set and the patterned paper piece from the "Darling" Collection Patterned Paper Pad.


And lastly, I went with an owl sitting in front of a full moon.  For the background, I blended some Sky, Blueberry and Licorice Inks onto smooth white cardstock and then splattered it with a little bit of white paint to look like stars.  I used the Stitched Circle Dies for the moon and added some "texture" using some Cool Grey Copic Sketch Markers.


For the white stitched frame around the card, I used both the Stitched Rectangle and Stitched ONLY Rectangle Dies

That's all for today!  Thank you for stopping by my blog.  Wishing you all a wonderful week!

Rachel


     





   




Sizzix Pumpkin Fold-It Die Set


Hello! I know that it's still Summertime here in the U.S. but Fall will soon be arriving.  I would love to share with you a new die set from The Stamps of Life called the Sizzix Pumpkin Fold-its Die Set.  I made all of the fun Halloween/Fall items in the image above using this die set in combination with some others.


The first item that I made with this die set is a Pumpkin Treat Box.  I wanted to make something decorative that would also be useful.  It's perfect for candies or even as a decoration on its own!



To start, I first created the little box area that fits between the two pumpkins.  It took a little trial and error but I came up with some measurements that work perfectly.



First, trim a piece of cardstock (I used orange) to 7.5" x 8".  Then, with the 7.5" side laying flat against the top of the scoreboard, you want to score at 2" and 5.5".  Turn your paper 90 degrees until the 8" side is now resting against the top of the scoreboard.  Score again at 3" and 5".  Then it's just four straight cuts with the scissors and glueing it all together.  See the photo above for a better idea.


I then made the front of the pumpkin.  In order to do this, I cut my three front panels on white cardstock and used Banana, Tangerine, Gingersnap and Chocolate Inks to color my pumpkin via ink blending.


Once that was done, I used a double-sided adhesive foam sheet to adhere each panel onto my pumpkin.  I really can't say enough about this foam.  It's absolutely amazing!  Because it has adhesive on both sides, it makes crafting so much easier.  It's also very sturdy and holds up well.

To finish off the pumpkin, I simply glued the front and back pumpkins onto the box, added some ribbon, a button and a tag.  (I did not ink blend the back portion of my pumpkin.  It's just an orange piece of cardstock).  


For my second project, I combined the face dies from the Pumpkin Fold-it Die Set with the TSOL Handlebox Die.  These make perfect Halloween treat boxes!  I also stamped and diecut some bats using the Solids4halloween stamp set and matching dies.



For these treat bags, I combined the Sizzix Pumpkin Fold-it Die Set with the SOL Zig Zag Bag Die Set.  Super easy and super cute!




 Lastly, I created a Pumpkin Fold-it card.  Isn't that Jack O' Lantern so cute?

I stamped the word "Boo!" on the inside using the Solids4halloween Stamp Set.



Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today!  I hope I've been able to inspire you with different ways to use this super fun die set!  Wishing you all a lovely day!

Rachel

  
 


      


Donuts2stamp - The Stamps of Life


Can you believe that it's August already?  That means there's a new Stamp of The Month over at The Stamps of Life!  This month, the stamp set is called donuts2stamp and it's so delicious!  It also has a fun coordinating die set that will be available to all non-club members on the 20th of this month.

Donuts2stamp

How cute it this set?!  I love the option to either stamp a large or a small donut and the sprinkles are such a great embellishment.


My first example that I'd like to show you is a single layered card that I achieved from simply masking, stamping and coloring.  The masking took a little bit of time and I did have to try it twice before I got a design similar to what I was looking for.


Here's a quick photo tutorial that shows you how to mask and stamp.  It's a little bit tedious to fussy cut the donuts, but not difficult.

I colored my donuts with Copic Sketch Markers.  I used the following colors:

Chocolate Icing: E25, E27, E47, E49; Light Donut Bottoms: E41, E31, E55, E57; Dark Donut Bottoms: E71, E77, E79; White Icing: 0, C00, C0, C2; Pink Icing: RV000, RV00, RV11, RV13


For my second card, I used only the diecuts and some ink pads to create my donuts.  The cute base of the card was diecut using the Sizzix Triple Square Flip-its Card Die Set on white cardstock.  I used the SOL Darling Collection Patterned Paper for the panels.  This is one of my favorite patterned paper pads.  There are so many soft and beautiful patterns to choose from.


I tied a pink ribbon to one of the front panels of the card and added a tag with a stamped sentiment using the Sizzix Tags & Words Stamps & Dies Set.  For the inside sentiment, I diecut a stitched oval and used one of the sentiments from the donuts2stamp stamp set.


I really love the look of ink blending on die cuts.  It adds so much more dimension to your project and with a little practice and light hand, it's not a hard look to achieve.


If you look at the photo above, I first diecut my pieces, added my ink, pieced everything together and was done!



Lastly, I made another single layer card using masking and coloring.  I paired the Coffee4two stamp set with the Donuts2stamp Stamp Set to create this card.

I again used my Copic Sketch Markers to color this.  The colors that I used are as follows:

Chocolate Icing: E74, E77, E79; Donut Bottom: E41, E31, E55, E57; Beige Part on Coffee Cup: E81, E42, E43; Green Part on Coffee Cup: YG61, YG63, YG67; Coffee Cup Lid: 0, W0, W1, W3



I will be entering this card into the following challenge:

Simon Says Monday Challenge: Food and/or Drink


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

Happy Stamping,

Rachel