Sunday, December 28, 2014

New Year. . . New You

For the last challenge of 2014 I decided it was time to look forward to 2015.  Mindy here, with my card that celebrates that it is Time for a New Year and a New You!  Many folks make resolutions at the New Year, but I don't have much luck at sticking with them. But then again, there is always next year.

I am sharing the how-to's of this card on the Classy Cards n' Such Blog this afternoon.  I hope you will drop by and see just how I made it, and all of the wonderful products I used from the Classy Cards n' Such online store. You can click HERE to visit the online store, and if you use the coupon code MINDY-10 at check-out you will receive a 10% discount on your entire order.  Happy New Year 2015 to all our friends, from Classy Cards n' Such!

See you all again soon!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Gelli Plate Fun!

Hello friends!  Christmas is just around the corner, and luckily I have finished making and addressing my holiday cards, so all I have left to do is mail them.  Today's post is two pictures of a print that I pulled from my Gelli Plate. I hope you enjoy viewing it.

This print was made using three colors of acrylic paint on my Gelli Plate. I then positioned the Bloom plastic stencil from Color Box on top of the plate, and pressed a sheet of white card stock down on it.  This is what they call the first pull.  For the second print from this same plate, I removed the stencil and then pressed another sheet of white card down on top of the plate and pressed on it again.

This is what they call a second pull.  Most artists like the second pull better than the first, probably because it has more color and texture to it.  It really depends on the stencil used and the color saturation on the Gelli Plate.

On my first print above, I didn't get a clear print in the center of the design. So I used a small flourish swirl stamp to stamp a design in the center. You can see on the second pull where the center came out complete.  The pressure you use when pressing the paper on top of the stencil and plate depends on how much paint or ink is pulled up by the paper.  That's what makes this technique so much fun, you never know what to expect when you pull up a print.  Some you like, and some you don't!

I happened to like both of these, and have made cards from both of them. Stay tuned to see the completed cards in a day or two. Thank you so much for stopping by, I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas Week filled with happiness and blessings for you and your families.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Stocking Wreath

Greetings friends. Welcome to the Classy Cards n' Such blog, Mindy with you today sharing a bright and cheery holiday card that is so much fun to make.  One of our challenges recently was to use bright colors for Christmas, instead of the traditional colors used.  I had some bits and pieces left from that card, so I made another with a wreath on it this time.

For all the details on how this card was made and the supplies I used, please check out our afternoon blog post on the Classy Cards n' Such blog.  Remember if you are still shopping for supplies for cards and gifts, the online store has many new and fun products for you.  Just type in the code: MINDY10 in the coupon box to receive a 10% discount on your entire order at checkout!

Thank you for visiting today!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Warm Wishes

This is my message to One and All this wonderful holiday season. Hello friends, Mindy with you today to share my version of "A Night Before Christmas", our challenge at the Classy Cards n' Such Blog.

My card starts with a pale pink background card base that I embossed with the Rose Pavilion Embossing folder border by Anna Griffin at the top, and made a chair rail border about a third of the way up from the bottom of the card. For the chair rail, I used the Stripes Embossing Folder by Darice on a scrap of white card stock, beginning the embossing about one half inch below the edge of the scrap.  I then placed it on my ScorBoard and embossed a score line at the top of the stripes.

I then started with the card decorations. For the Classic Brick Fireplace by PoppyStamps I added a mantel and hearth with wood grained printed paper, and chamber backing with black card stock. I then added the Fireplace Logs and Warm and Cozy Fire both from PoppyStamps inside the fireplace chamber.  I added a little sparkle to the mantel and floor by applying Silver Stickles glitter to the Evergreen Tree die cuts by Impression Obsession cut from printed scrapbook paper.  I also hung a garland of Cheerful Stockings by Memory Box from a length of twine with bows on the mantel. Two small cats and sentiment of Warm Wishes were added to complete the card.

May you all have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday with family and friends, and may the Blessings of the Season be upon you.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

A Rosy Get Well

This trellis of Roses brings a message of Get Well wishes to someone special, from your friend, Mindy.  Making the dimensional Susan's Garden flowers are one of my favorite pastimes, along with card making.  So when I can combine the two, I am very happy!

Today's card starts with a background paper made by inking an A 2  size panel of card stock with Evergreen Bough and Shaded Lilac Distressed inks by Tim Holtz and Ranger. I used the Mini Ink Blending Tool to apply the inks through a plastic stencil,  then trimmed the white card to fit the card base.

The next layer is a die frame cut from double-sided blue card stock using Fiona's Window by Cheery Lynn Designs, and a trellis also from Cheery Lynn.  They were attached to the card front with Joy! Foam Pads - Small to give the card depth and dimension. I also wound some strips of brown paper twine cording by Maya Road in and out between the trellis boards to look like canes for the climbing roses.  The roses were made from the Susan's Garden Mini Petals Thinlits by Sizzix.  I followed the assembly instructions that come with each die set, using the Susan's Garden Tool Kit to shape and mold each petal. Although there is no special die for the tiny flower buds, I used some of the extra petals to shape the small buds and add them to the trellis with the open flowers, leaves, and stems. I also used the Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive to assemble the petals and adhere them to the card front.

To complete the card front, I added a sentiment swatch with the message Get Well die cut from the Everyday Compliments die from Die-versions, and Baby Rhinestones- Silver attached to the corners of the Fiona's Window die.

I hope you have enjoyed this card, and drop by the Classy Cards n' Such Online Store to check out all of the New Products available for sale.  Don't forget to use the code MINDY-10 at checkout to receive your 10% discount on your total purchase.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Merry Christmas

Hello friends! I have been playing with my Gelli Plate that I purchased recently. I have been learning how to apply the paint and inks, how much pressure to apply to the paper when pulling prints, and ways to use the prints on cards and projects once they are done. Here is a card I printed and pulled recently.
This was the first pull of a design I did on my 3"X 5" gelli plate.  I laid down 3 shades of pink and red paint on the gelli plate.  I then laid the 6" Bloom plastic stencil from Color Box on top of the plate.

I scored my 5.5" X 8.5" piece of white card stock at the center (4.25") then laid the card down on the stencil so that the floral design would be on the front right corner.  I then applied light pressure to the card so that it would pick up the paint through the flower stencil.  That is what you call the "first pull."

While the print dried I die cut the words Merry Christmas using the Holiday Compliments die from Die-versions, and glued it to the card front with white craft glue.

I also have two cards that will show "first and second pull" on one plate, that I will share on Sunday.  
Please come back for a visit then.  See you soon.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Special Wrappings

Greetings, friends. Mindy posting today wishing you a Happy Holiday season.  Today's challenge at Classy Cards n' Such is #62 Wrappings with an inspiration photo to inspire you.  I had a little trouble with this challenge, just no inspiration happens sometime. We all go through this stage at one time or another. Instead, I decided to do white-on-white with just a POP of color and a little bling.

I started with a white card stock rectangle 4"X 5.25" that I embossed with the Lattice Embossing Folder from Crafts Too! and cut a frame from the large die in the Decorative Labels Eight by Spellbinders.  For my packages, I cut three squares, 3"X 3", 2.5" X 2.5", and 2" X 2".  I embossed the large square with the Crowned Medallion Embossing Folder by Anna Griffin, the middle size with the Lattice Embossing Folder from Crafts Too! mentioned above, and the smallest square with the Vintage Flowers Embossing Folder by Crafts Too!

I then embellished the boxes (squares) with two large bows cut from the beautiful Large Bow die by Impression Obsession, and two bows from the Fancy Ornament die set also by Impression Obsession.
I also shaded around the squares with Fired Brick Distressed Ink and the Mini Ink Blending Tool by Ranger. The packages were attached to the card front with Foam Pads Large by Joy! overlapping each square while attaching the Sleek Silver Rhinestones from Want2Scrap for sparkle. For a little touch of whimsy, I added a Teddy Bear in Gift Box from the clear stamp set titled Stampets: The Gift, from Winnie and Walter.

I hope you will drop by the Classy Cards n' Such Online Store and check on all of the New Items we have in store for your holiday decorations. Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Merry and Bright

I just received my order from Classy Cards 'n Such Online Store and have so many New supplies to play with.  Mindy here, to share a card that came to mind as I was looking through my purchases.

I noticed the beautiful colors of the Frosted Lace paper pack by Wild Rose Studio and was glad that I ordered some of the Stardream Fuse Vista Metallic Paper because it matched perfectly. I made my card base from the metallic paper, and adhered a sheet from the Frosted Lace pack as a background.

I had also ordered the Tremaine Square die from Memory Box, so I die cut it three times from green card stock. I backed each square with Double sided adhesive Scor-Tape and then adhered one square to opposite corners of the card front. The third square I adhered to a scrap of the metallic blue card stock. I then dusted the die cut pieces with Cloud Nine Velvet (Microfine) Glitter and burnished each square with my finger before shaking off the excess glitter.

The final glittered Tremaine Square I attached between the two corners, and popped it up with Joy! Foam Pads -large.  To embellish the rest of the card, I shadow stamped the open areas with the Bare branch Tree from The Woods set by Stacy Stamps, and added a few assorted tiny flowers by Cheery Lynn Designs, Bitty Blossoms by Spellbinders, and a Small Blooming Poinsettia by Poppystamps.
The tiny flowers from Cheery Lynn Designs fit perfectly over the flower on the Tremaine Squares.  I added a tiny dot center to each tiny flower with the Viva Decor Pearl Pen - Pink.

To complete the card, the sentiment word Merry, was cut from the Merry Christmas Background die from Poppystamps.  I hope you have been inspired by my card, and will shop our Online Store for fun New Items we have just received.  Remember to use my code; MINDY-10 at checkout to receive a 10% discount on your entire purchase.  Have a great day!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Holly Day Tag

Our challenge this week at Classy Cards n' Such is all about Christmas Tags.  Mindy here, to share a  tag from my collection with you today.

This one is a very simple, yet elegant tag featuring a beautiful, lacy mini doily from a set by My Favorite Things. On top of the doily I placed holly leaves cut from Stardream Emerald Metallic paper, and the Ho Ho Holly Leaves by Memory Box.  I outlined the tag with White Cluny Lace and then adhered the doily, holly leaves, and set of Peace Dove die cuts from Impression Obsession.

The sentiment was die cut from red card stock using the Holiday Complements die from Die-versions.  Silver Rhinestones, and Red Stickles glitter were used to add sparkle and shine to the tag, while scraps of ribbon were tied to the top of the tag matching the other embellishments.

Tags at Christmas come in very handy, for identifying gifts and adding a little decoration to gifts that are too awkward to be wrapped.  Thank you for visiting today!