MDS Embossing Folder Technique and Drop Shadows

It has been a while since I shared a My Digital Studio Technique. This technique gives you the look of using an embossing folder.  It changes the Drop Shadows and uses an overlay stamp.  Play around with this technique to get the look you want.  I will give you the exact Drop Shadows I used for each element in this card as there are a variety.  The instructions will tell you exactly what was done to make the card shown.
MDS Embossed Look Technique

MDS SUPPLIES:
My Digital Studio Software   Several choices.  Contact me if you need help choosing.
Textured Card Stock #120168  Tempting Turquoise
Decorative Overlays Stamp Brush Set  #129880  Tempting Turquoise
Party Time II Stamp Brush Set  #124885  Happy Birthday
Delicate Adornments #132265  Lace
Paper Daisies #121432
Antique Brads #122164
Vintage Adornment Flowers #123602
Lots of Tags Shape 2 Punch #124440

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Choose Tempting Turquoise Textured card stock to cover the card base.
2.  Now to get the Embossing Folder look.  Now Choose the Quatrefoil Decorative Overlay stamp.  Change the color to Tempting Turquoise.  The Drop Shadow is 50% Opacity and Blur 0.  You can play around a bit here to get the look you want.
3.  Now choose the Delicate Adornments Lace.  You will need to move it over until you can see the end Gray boxes.  Make it smaller by dragging one of the corner gray boxes until the lace is as narrow as you want it.  Position it as desired.  The Drop Shadow is 70% Opacity and Blur of 4.
4.  Now for the Paper Daisies.  Choose the 3 largest and layer them starting with the largest, medium, and then second to the smallest.   Select all three so you just have recolor and do the Drop Shadow once.  Hold down your Shift Key and select the smallest flower, then the medium flower, then the large flower.  Now let go of your Shift Key.  Recolor them Melon Mambo and use a Drop Shadow of 73% Opacity and Blur of 11.  Since you left all three selected this will work for all three Daisies.
5.  Choose the Antique Brad and place it in the center of your Daisies.  Choose a Drop Shadow of 75% Opacity and the Blur is 3.
6.  Now choose the Tag.  The Melon Mambo one is the original size.  The Whisper White was adjusted two ways.  First by dragging a corner Gray Box, then by dragging the center Gray box on the bottom.  This helped me get it the size I wanted with equal parts of the Melon Mambo tag showing.  Select both Tags by holding down your Shift Key to select the largest first, then the smaller one.  The Drop Shadow is my normal 75% Opacity and Medium Blur for both tags.
7.  Now stamp the Happy Birthday and resize it and put it on the Whisper White Tag.  Change the Color to Tempting Turquoise.  Use a Drop Shadow of  35% Opacity and Blur of 5.
8.  Now for the Vintage Adornment Flower.  Choose the Baja Breeze (bluish) one.  Make is smaller by dragging a corner Gray box.  Move it onto your Tag in the desired position.  Use Drop Shadow of 73% Opacity and Medium Blur.
9.  You now have a digital card you can email to someone and make their day happier.  They will be really impressed with your card!  Now you can experiment with other Digital Overlays and the Drop Shadows to come up with another card.

Happy Digital Stamping!
Nendy Kerr

Newborn King Oval Triple Time Card

Here is a Christmas Card with a twist on the Triple Time Stamping Technique using Framelits instead of cutting rectangles.  This card also uses a single image stamp instead of lots of different stamps so this is a quick and easy card to make lots of.  Enjoy!
Newborn King Christmas Card

SUPPLIES:
Stamps:  The Newborn King wood #135110 clear #135113 French #136976 Spanish #136973
Christmas Bliss Photopolymer #138897
Ink:  Garden Green Marker
Chocolate Chip Marker
Melon Mambo Marker
Night of Navy Marker
Crushed Curry Marker
Real Red ink pad
Card Stock:  Whisper White
Garden Green
Big Shot:  Oval Collection Framelits #129381
Decorative Dots embossing folder #133520
Punch:  Decorative Label #120907
Other:  Stamp-a-ma-jig #101049
SNAIL Adhesive
Tombow Glue
Dimensionals
Dazzling Details

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Cut your Whisper White card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.  Cut your Whisper White card front at 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.  Run through your Big Shot with the Decorative Dots embossing Folder.  Glue to card base.
2.  You will be using all the Oval Framelits except the Large Scallop – that leaves six.  The smallest one will be Whisper White card stock.  The 2nd from the smallest will be Garden Green card stock, the 3rd from the smallest will be Whisper White, the 4th from the smallest will be Garden Green, the 5th from the smallest will be Whisper White, the 6th from the smallest will be Garden Green.  You can cut all 3 shapes from the same color at the same time.
3.  Stack the Whisper White Ovals in order using some SNAIL Adhesive (which you touch a couple of times so it is easier to remove).  I usually use about 1/4″ length on each side so the card stock stays in place.
4.  Stamp your image on your Stamp-a-ma-jig.  More instructions in THIS VIDEO.  Position it so the stable and Baby Jesus is in the center of the smallest Oval.  Leave the imaging sheet and Handle in place while you color your stamp with Markers.  (You can use just one ink pad for the whole stamp if you want to.  That will make it even quicker.
~Garden Green:  Tree tops and shrubs
~Chocolate Chip:  Tree Trunks, stable, Baby Jesus’ head
~Night of Navy-Joseph
~Melon Mambo:  Mary
Breath on the stamp several times to remoisten the ink.  Readjust Stamp-a-ma-jig if necessary.  Remove imaging sheet and stamp.  Color in the stable with the brush tip of the Chocolate Chip Marker and make thin lines on the tree trunks with the fine tip.
5.  Insert the Garden Green Ovals with the stamped Whisper White Ovals.  Use SNAIL or Fast Fuse or Tombow Glue.  Add Dimensionals to the back of the largest Oval.  Set aside.
6.  Stamp your sentiment in Real Red ink on Whisper White card stock.  My strip of card stock is 1-1/2″ tall and was around 3″ long to start with.  Use the Decorative Label Punch to punch the ends of your sentiment strip.
7.  Place Ovals and sentiment in desired positions.  Attach the Ovals with Dimensionals.  Add Dimensionals to the back of the lower edge of your sentiment and Fast Fuse or Tombow Glue to the back of the top part.
8.  Now for some sparkle!  Add Dazzling Details to all the embossed dots that still show up on your card front.  You can also “dot your I”  and add some to the inside of the swirls on your sentiment.  Set aside to dry.
9.  You now have a wonderful Christmas card to give to someone special.

Happy Christmas Card Making!
Nendy Kerr

Triple Time Stamping Fall Card

I wanted to make a Fall version of a Triple Time Stamping Technique card.  I made two using the Fall Fest stamp set.  Hope you have as much fun making this card (or your version of it) as I did!  Pictured are a Summer and two Fall versions of this technique.
Fall and Summer Triple Time cards

SUPPLIES:
Stamps:  Fall Fest Photopolymer #135194  Bundle with Framelits #137628
For All Things w#135152  c#135155 French #136985 MDS#138114
Ink:  Tangerine Tango Marker
Garden Green Marker
Crushed Curry
Wild Wasabi
Mossy Meadow
Card Stock:  Whisper White
Cajun Crasze
Other:  Fast Fuse or SNAIL Adhesive
Stampin’ Pierce Mat #126199

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Cut your Cajun Craze card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.  Cut your middle Cajun Craze piece at 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″.  Cut your small Cajun Craze piece at 2-1/4″ x 3-1/2″.
2.  Cut your Whisper White pieces:  large at 4″ x 5-1/4″, middle at 3″ x 3-3/4″, and your small piece at 2″ x 3-1/4″.  Layer the Whisper White pieces together with a little bit of SNAIL Adhesive.  Make sure to touch each short pieces of adhesive with your fingers a couple of times so you can remove the layers without tearing the card stock.
3.  Stamp “Hello Fall” with Mossy Meadow ink on the top Whisper White card stock piece.  Place your layered Whisper White pieces on top of the Stampin’ Pierce Mat.  Always use the Stampin’ Pierce Mat with Photopolymer stamps so you will get a great stamped image.  Stamp your Pumpkins first.  I colored mine with Tangerine Tango and Garden Green Markers.  Stamp the long leaves in Wild Wasabi in and the smaller leaves with Crushed Curry ink.
4.  Now peel apart the Whisper White pieces.  Attach each Whisper White piece to the corresponding Cajun Craze piece and attach them all together from smallest to largest to card base.  You have a quick Fall card – or whatever theme you chose to make!

Happy Fall Stamping!
Nendy Kerr 

Three Window Card

I have been in the mood to try something different and came up with this Three Window Card idea which turned out just as nice in real life as how I pictured it in my head.  Hope you have fun making one yourself!

Video is just over 6 minutes long!

SUPPLIES:
Stamps:  Fall Fest Photopolymer #135194  Bundle with Framelits #137628
For All Things w#135152  c#135155 French #136985 MDS#138114
Clear Blocks:  A, B
Ink:  Daffodil Delight
Pumpkin Pie
Tangerine Tango
Mossy Meadow
Card Stock:  Baked Brown Sugar
Very Vanilla
Big Shot:  Window Frames Framelits #129021
Other:  SNAIL or Fast Fuse Adhesive

Happy Card Making!
Nendy Kerr

 

Fall Fry Box Video

Learn the basics for making your own Fry Boxes using the Fry Boxes Bigz die.  This version is for Autumn.
Fall Fry Boxes Video

Video is about 7 minutes long

SUPPLIES:
Stamps:  Starburst Sayings  w#133182  c#133185  Dichos Explosivos #134498
Ink:  Early Espresso
Card Stock:  So Saffron for Fry Box
Cajun Craze
Tangerine Tango
Old Olive
Big Shot:  Fry Box Bigz L Die #132966
Autumn Accents Bigz Die #127812
Other:  Wooden Elements #132258
Fast Fuse Adhesive #129026

Happy Fry Box Making and Decorating!
N
endy Kerr

Fun Frames Card in Pacific Point

We made this card at one of my classes using the Fun Frames and Decorative Dots Embossing Folders and the Sponging the Embossing Folders technique.  This monochromatic card is in Pacific Point.  Choose the color you are in the mood for when making your own version of this card.
Fun Frames and Sponged Embossing Folder Technique

SUPPLIES:
Stamp:  Sassy Salutations w#132070  c#126707  MDS #130860
Ink:  Pacific Point
Card Stock:  Pacific Point
Whisper White
Big Shot:  Fun Frames Embossing Folders #133727
Decorative Dots Embossing Folder #133520
Other:  Basic Rhinestones
Dimensionals
Stamping Sponge wedge
Tombow Glue
Paper Snips

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Cut your Pacific Point card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  Cut your card front at 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Run through your Big Shot with the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder.  Drag the edges along your Pacific Point ink pad.  Attach to your card base with Tombow Glue.
3.  Get a piece of Whisper White card stock to use for your Fun Frame.  Sponge the side of the embossing folder where the dots sink in making sure to cover the raised area.  (Watch this Video for more details.) You can leave some white inside the frame if desired.  Put your card stock on the side you did not sponge and gently close the embossing folder and run it through your Big Shot.  Remove the embossed card stock.  Clean your folder with either running water, Stampin’ Mist, or a baby wipe.  Dry with a paper towel.  Fussy cut around your Fun Frame.  Attach to card front with Dimensionals.
4.  Attach Rhinestones as desired.

Happy Card Making!
Nendy Kerr

Embossing Folder Sponging Technique Video

Use this quick and easy technique to add color to your embossed projects.

Video length:  about 8 minutes

SUPPLIES:
Big Shot with Multipurpose Platform and two cutting plates
Embossing Folder of your choice
Card stock in color of your choice
Stampin’ Sponge wedge (1/6 of sponge)
Stampin’ Classic Ink color of your choice

TIPS:
1.  Clean your embossing folders under running water, with Stampin’ Mist, or with a baby wipe.  Dry with a paper towel.
2.  Try sponging each side of the embossing folder to see which look you like better.
3.  Try sponging in a “line” and in circular motions to see which way you like better.
4.  Have lots of FUN!

Happy Sponging and Experimenting!
Nendy Kerr

Christmas Cheer & Filigree Frame Christmas Card

Here is the first Christmas card of the year!  I was experimenting with the NEW Filigree Frame Embossing Folder and wanted to see the raised part of the image better so I sponged the front of the embossing folder.  Now I can see all those swirly lines!  I used the Christmas Cheer stamp set to complete the card.Christmas Cheer & Filigree Frame card SUPPLIES:
Stamps:  Christmas Cheer w#136146  c#135149  French
Ink:  Mossy Meadow
Real Red Marker
Always Artichoke Marker
Card Stock:  Very Vanilla
Big Shot:  Filigree Frame embossing folder #135818
Other:  Sponge wedge
Tombow Glue or Fast Fuse Adhesive

INSTRUCTIONS:1.  Cut your Very Vanilla card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.  Watch this video about Basic Card Bases if you need more instruction.
2.  Cut your card front at 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.  Sponge the inside front of your embossing folder using your sponge wedge and Mossy Meadow ink to color the Filigree designs leaving the center of the folder uninked.  Lay your card front on the back, uninked part of your embossing folder centering it as desired.  Gently close and run through your Big Shot.  Carefully open it and remove your inked, embossed card front.
3.  Color your stamp using the Markers.  I colored only the pine tree pieces Always Artichoke.  The words and other designs are colored with the Real Red Marker.  Remember to breathe on the inked stamp several times to moisten the ink, then stamp.
4.  Attach your card front to your card.
5.  Wahoo!!  You have now made your FIRST Christmas Card too.  How many more Christmas cards are you sending?

Happy Christmas Card Making!
Nendy Kerr

Basic Heat Embossing Video

Learn Basic Heat Embossing.  Heat Embossing adds texture and shine to any project.  Here are instructions for the card shown at the beginning.

Bootiful Cowgirl Boot

Video Time:  4 minutes 6 seconds

SUPPLIES:
Embossing Buddy #103083
VersaMark ink pad #102283
Embossing Powder color of your choice
Heat Tool #129053
Stamp of your choice  (I used Bootiful Occasions w#131967  c#126597 )
Card stock or Designer Series Paper of your choice
Scratch paper

Happy Embossing!
Nendy Kerr

Make a Sparkly Crown for your Princess (Option for your Little Prince)

I made a couple of crowns for my granddaughter to wear when she has to take her “yucky” medicine.  (She had her tonsils out last week.)  I was unsure how well the one made of only Glimmer Paper would hold up, so I made a second one.  Since I am mailing them they are not totally assembled in the pictures.  I just used paper clips to hold them together for the pictures. My daughter will get to do the final assembly.  🙂
Make a Crown for your Little Princess or Prince

This crown would also be nice as a Birthday Girl crown or as part of a Halloween costume.  For a boy’s crown use just the plain head band (ask his paper and color preference: Gold or Silver, Brushed card stock or Glimmer Paper) or use the Petite Pennant Punch to add decorations to the top of the headband.

A Personal Note.  Look for a video next Friday.  My laptop hard drive needs to be replaced.  (crying)  Its final boot up was last Saturday.  My DH is letting me use his computer until he can replace my hard drive.  (Wonderful techie that he is!)  I now have access to my files so I can start working again!  (Thank you Carbonite for the back up and all the phone help!)  It will probably take me at least several weeks to get things loaded on AFTER the hard drive is replaced.  So please bear with me.  I should be able to keep up with my blog posts.  The videos may take longer since I will be using an older version of my editing program.  I do have the next 4 blog videos planned out.  I did have one filmed, but still need to locate and restore it so I can edit it.

BOTH CROWNS SUPPLIES:
Silver Glimmer Paper OR Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
Blossom Punch or Framelits of your choice
Mosaic Punch
Tombow Glue

GLIMMER ALL THE WAY CROWN:
Champagne Glimmer Paper

GOLD CARD STOCK CROWN:
Brushed Gold card stock
Sticky Strip

EXTRAS:
~a Stack of books – I used six 1″ to 1-1/2″ thick paper back books for each stack and had two stacks.  Since I have my own library, I just grabbed a series.  (Try not to start your reading party until after the books are stacked on top of your project.)
~a Silicone Craft Sheet (more than one is nice) OR Wax paper or Parchment Paper to protect your work surface and your books!

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Measure your child’s head.  These instructions are based on a 20″ head measurement.  Add more or take away some depending on the measurement you get.  Choose your papers.  You can use the All Glimmer Paper (now in several colors), a brushed Gold or Silver card stock, or colored card stock, or any combination to make your little Princess or Prince happy.
2.  Cut the crown head band base at 2-1/2″ tall.  I used the full 11″ for the Brushed Gold card stock and cut 2.  I also cut 2 for the Champagne Glimmer Paper head band.  Just make sure you have at least 2″ more in your head band than the head measurement.  Add 1″ more for each piece piece of paper you have.  2″ extra for two head band pieces.  3″ extra for three head band pieces.
3.  Punch the number of flowers you want out of either (or both) Silver and Champagne Glimmer Paper or brushed card stock or colored card stock.  Punch 1 Mosaic From the Glimmer Paper of your choice.  NOTE:  It was easier for me to punch with the white part of the Glimmer Paper showing through the punch hole.
4.  Protect your work surface with the Silicone Craft Sheet (or The Wax or Parchment Paper).  Lay out the flowers, centering them on one of the head band pieces.  Decide whether you want half the flower on the back of the headband or the whole flower on the front of your head band.  Put Tombow Glue on the lower three petals and glue to your head band.  Glue the next flower so the petals are touching.  Continue until all the flowers are glued on.  Glue a Mosaic punched Glimmer Paper to the top of the center flower(s) if desired.   If you are not mailing the crown, glue one edge of the two headband pieces together overlapping 3/4″ to 1″.   I used Sticky Strip on the Brushed Gold head band and put two strips on each end of the decorated head band piece so the pieces would overlap about 1″.  You can use Tombow Glue or staples if you prefer.
5a.  For the all Glimmer Paper Crown: Cover with either wax or Parchment paper.  Stack the books on top.  I used the books because the Glimmer Paper flowers were not staying stuck to the Glimmer Paper head band.  I left the books on overnight and the flowers stayed stuck this time.
5b.  The Glimmer Paper flowers on the Brushed Gold card stock didn’t give me any problems with staying glued since I did paper on paper.  If you do Glimmer Paper (flowers behind), then you might need to stack books on top as in Step 5a.
6.  If mailing.  Leave the two head band pieces separate and send in a large flat envelope.  Just have the person receiving the crown staple the head band pieces together so they fit on the child’s head with at least 3/4″ overlap between the head band pieces.  They can trim off the excess before attaching the pieces together.
7.  If you are not mailing the crown.  Place the crown around the child’s head using paper clips to mark the diameter.  Cut off any excess Glimmer Paper or card stock making sure there is 3/4″ to 1″ in the parts that overlap.  Glue with Tombow Glue and hold together with either clothes pins or paper clips.  Let dry for at least several hours.  You can also just use staples to attach the head band together so the child can wear it right away.  Most children are not very patient…. Sometimes I am not very patient.  😉
8.  Take a picture of your Precious Little Princess or Prince in her/his crown to add to your scrapbook or Project Life page.

Happiness to your little princess!
Nendy Kerr

Blendabilities for Beginners

Does using the NEW Blendabilities Alcohol Markers sound hard?  Or are you just intimidated because they have been compared to Copics which seem like it takes a long time to get them to look good?  This video shows you that you can use Blendabilities and get GREAT results the first time!  Choose a line-art stamp, your Memento Tuxedo Black ink, some Whisper White card stock, and your Blendabilities and let’s give this a try!  August 1, 2014 ALL 12 Color Assortments will be available for customers to purchase!

Video Time 18 minutes

BLENDABILITIES BASIC SUPPLIES:
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad #132708
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Refill #133456
Color Lifter #129369
Whisper White card stock is recommended for beginners
Line Art Stamp of your choice

BLENDABILITIES ASSORTMENTS GROUP 1-AVAILABLE NOW!
Cherry Cobbler #130995
Coastal Cabana #131000
Daffodil Delight #130998
Old Olive #130999 P
Pumpkin Pie #130997

Rich Razzleberry #131003
Skin Tone (6 Markers) #128370

BLENDABILITIES ASSORTMENTS GROUP 2-AVAILABLE AUGUST 1ST!
Calypso Coral #130996
Crumb Cake #131004
Melon Mambo #130994
Night of Navy #131001
Smokey Slate #131005
Wisteria Wonder #131001

Things to know about Blendabilities Alcohol Markers:
1.  Rectangular barrel keeps them where you put them.  No rolling away!
2.  Store flat to maintain even ink distributions and prolong the life of your Marker.
3.  Each Blendability comes with both a Fine tip and a Brush tip.
4.  Marker tips are made of nylon, which is superior to polyester which can fray.
5.  Color coded caps with different sized cylinders inside to keep your Markers away from the air and to prevent drying out.  Place your marker on a flat surface to slide the cap on.  DO NOT force the tip in as you can damage it.
6.  Stampin’ Up! Blendabilities Markers coordinate wonderfully with our card stock, and can be used with transparent Window Sheets.
7.  Colorfast which means they won’t fade!

Coloring Options:
~Protect your work surface by placing a sheet of paper undeneath the paper you will be coloring on as Blendabilities do bleed through the card stock!
~Stamp your image with the Memento ink pad and let it dry for 30 seconds or so to let it dry.
1.  Color just  how you normally do.
2.  Color from light to dark OR dark to light using small circular motions.
3.  Use the fine tip, the brush tip, or both tips.
4.  Color from the inside out, or around the edges and fill in the rest.
5.  Use a lighter hand for a watercolor effect.  Or keep layering on the color for a more vibrant color.
6.  Color a small area at a time, then put the cap back on so it won’t dry out.
7.  Experiment to find YOUR favorite Blendabilitis techniques!
8.  You can color on Rhinestones, Pearls, Buttons, and Heat Embossed images.  You Marker tips will wear out faster when coloring on these uneven surfaces.  You can also color on colored card stock, Window Sheets, Cello bags, and other papers.

Happy Blending!
Nendy Kerr

Love Ya Paper Piercing Card

I have been wanting to do some paper piercing lately so here it is using the Just Sayin’ stamp set and the coordinating Eclectic Paper Piercing Pack.  I also tried out the Flower Patch stamp set, the NEW Hearts Border Punch, and the Bordering Blooms stamp set.  Have fun making your own version of this card!
Love Ya Paper Piercing Card

SUPPLIES:
Stamps:  Just Sayin’ wood#133200  clear#133203
Flower Patch Photopolymer #134207  (Bundle with Framelits #136788)
Bordering Blooms Photopolymer #133660
Clear Mount Blocks:  Block D
Block I
Ink:  Mossy Meadow
Perfect Plum
Elegant Eggplant (I think)
Card Stock:  Whisper White
Blackberry Bliss
Punch:  Heart Border #133784
Paper Piercing Tools:
Paper Piercing Tool #126189
Paper Piercing Mat #126199
Eclectic Paper Piercing Pack #133778
Other:  Tombow Glue
Silver Glitter #133756

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Cut your Blackberry Bliss card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.  Watch this video for step-by-step instructions on making card bases.
2.  Cut your Whisper White card stock at 4″ x 5-1/2″.  Use the Hearts Border Punch to punch along one of the 5-1/2″ edges.  This becomes the top of your card front.
3.  Now stamp your images.
~Stamp the Flower images:  The larger one is stamped in Perfect Plum ink, the the second one uses Elegant Eggplant ink (I think).
~Stamp ‘Love Ya’ in Mossy Meadow ink.
~Stamp the leafy border in Mossy Meadow ink.
4.  Place the Piercing Mat on your work surface, then your stamped card stock, then line up the piercing mat over the ‘Love Ya’ image.  Hold the piercing mat in place while you pierce each hole around the image.  This only takes a minute or two, depending on how quick you are.
5.  Now to add your Glitter.  Make thin lines with your Tombow Glue in the positions you want your Glitter.  Sprinkle your Glitter over the flowers.  Dump the excess back in the container.  Set aside to dry for a while.  It should dry in less than 30 minutes, although you may not want to put it in an envelope until the next day as the glue will remain tacky for a while.
6.  If desired you can stamp you Leafy Border in Mossy Meadow ink on your envelope flap and, perhaps, along the bottom front of your card.

Happy Card Making and Paper Piercing!
Nendy Kerr

Fun Frames Hi!

The new Fun Frames embossing folders make a great focal point for any card.  I used the Decorative Label shaped one on this card.  It is much larger than I thought.  I even used a couple of different techniques on this card.  Enjoy making one for yourself or a friend.
Fun Framelit Hi!

SUPPLIES:
Ink:  Melon Mambo
Tempting Turquoise
Card Stock:  Whisper White
Tempting Turquoise
Big Shot:  Fun Frames Embossing Folder  #133727
Decorative Dots Embossing Folder  #133520
Little Letters Thinlits  #133730
Punch:  Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack #133787
Other:  Strawberry Slush Thick Baker’s Twine  #135637
Stamping Sponge  #101610
Sponge Dauber
Paper Snips or Scissors
Glue Dots
Tombow Glue
Stampin’ Dimensionals

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Cut your Tempting Turquoise card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.  Watch this video for detailed card base instructions.
2.  Cut your Tempting Turquoise card front at 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Run through your Big Shot using the Decorative Dots embossing folder.  Use a Sponge Dauber (or Stamping Sponge) inked with Tempting Turquoise to lightly color the raised dots.  You can darken the edge with either the Sponge Dauber or just run the edge against your ink pad.  Watch this video for more instructions.
3.  Ink your Sponge with Melon Mambo ink and sponge the inside of your Fun Frames embossing folder (the part with the Sizzix and Stampin’ Up! logos).  Carefully place your Whisper White card stock inside the Embossing Folder, being careful to not move the card stock.  Now Run through your Big Shot.  Take out your Frame and see how nicely all the details show up.  Cut the frame out leaving about 1/8″ to 1/4″ border around the Frame.  Attach to your card front with Dimensionals.  Clean your embossing folder by running under water or use Stampin’ Mist and a tissue or paper towel.
4.  Cut your Little Letters “H” and “I” out of Whisper White card stock.  Lightly sponge with Tempting Turquoise ink before removing them from the dies.  Just use a stylus or toothpick to help remove them by pushing through the little circles.  Attach the letters inside your Frame with Tombow Glue.  I punched out the star from my first version of sponged Tempting Turquoise card stock that was embossed with the Decorative Dots embossing folder.  Attach with a Glue Dot or Tombow Glue.
5.  Tie two bows with the Strawberry Slush Thick Baker’s Twine.  Trim ends the desired length either now or after they are attached to the card.  Place a Glue Dot behind the knot and adhere it into the desired position.  Repeat with the other bow.  To adhere the ends of the bow, use your Paper Piercing Tool to scrunch up a Glue Dot so it forms a thin line.  Now attach the end of the Baker’s Twine to the Glue Dot and position as desired.  Repeat with the rest of the ends.
6.  Admire your Fun Frame card before giving it away.  If you would like you can emboss the envelope flap.  Watch this video for instructions.

Happy Card Making!
Nendy Kerr

Thick Baker’s Twine meets the Mini Muslin Bag

Mini Muslin Bag with Thick Baker's Twine Pom PomThis is a quick and easy Gift Packaging idea using a Mini Muslin Bag and Thick Baker’s Twine.  Just wrap your chosen color of thick Baker’s Twine around a Clear Block “D” 20 times then tie a knot in the center of the loops.  Want a fuller embellishment?  Just wrap more than 20 times to get a fuller Pom-Pom.  Stamping on a Mini Muslin bag is also easy.  Just slide a Clear Block “E” inside your bag.  Make sure your ink pad is freshly inked, then stamp, letting the stamp rest on the Muslin Bag for a few seconds longer than you would on card stock.  Do NOT rock your stamp – stamp straight down then straight up with a pause while the ink is absorbed into the muslin.

Happy Stamping on YOUR OWN Muslin Bag!
Nendy Kerr

Blended Bloom Introduces the NEW Blendabilities Markers!

Sneak Peek 2014Here is my first sample using the NEW Blendabilites Markers!  They are easy to use and give great results.  Look for a video in June as I am not allowed to show you the actual Blendabilities Markers online until June 2nd.  The stamp set is also available starting June 2nd.  Blendabilities Markers come in 12 colors with a Light, Medium, and Dark Marker for each of the 12 colors.  The color is more intense than watercoloring and super-easy to do!  Choose your favorite color, order it June 2nd, then play with them!
Oops!  Sorry about not posting the picture earlier!  We have had roofers hammering for 3 days and it is hard to think with the constant hammering, talking, and loud music.  Here it is!
Blended Bloom

SUPPLIES:
* = Available starting June 2, 2014
Stamps:
  *Blended Bloom  w#135906  clear not available
Ink:  StayzOn Jet Black #101406  (What I used)
Tuxedo Black Memento ink pad #132708 (Recommended for use with Blendabilities Markers)
*Coastal Cabana Blendabilities Markers #131000
Card Stock:  Whisper White
Coastal Cabana
Bermuda Bay
Big Shot:  Fancy Fan Embossing Folder #127751
*Decorative Dots Embossing Folder #133520  (carried over from Sale-a-bration)
Window Frames Framelits  #139021
Other:  Basic Rhinestones #119246
Dimensionals
SNAIL Adhesive

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Let’s play with our Blendabilities Markers first.  There are three Markers in the set:  Light, Medium, and Dark.  Like the regular Stampin’ Write Markers, there is both a fine tip and a brush tip.  The thicker line on the outside of the Marker is the brush tip which I used for all the coloring.  The thin line is for the fine tip which I used to outline the center circle.  It is recommended that you use Blendabilities Markers on Whisper White card stock because it is super smooth instead of slightly textured like some card stock.
1a.  Stamp your image in StayzOn Black or Memento Black ink.  Let dry for a few minutes so the ink won’t smear.  Stampin’ Up! recommends using Memento Black ink because it dries quickly and doesn’t smear.  However, I forgot to order it, so I used my StayzOn Black ink pad and let it dry for a few minutes.  I didn’t notice any smearing problems.
1b.  Look at your image and decide where you want the darker shaded parts to be.  Color those with your Dark Marker.  I used the Dark to color in all the curled petal parts and beside the petals where there would be shade.  I did color on the same side of all the petals.
1c.  Next use your Medium Marker to color the petals next to the Dark Marker coloring.  I colored about half of each petal.  I completely colored some of the smaller outside petals with the Medium Blendabilities Marker.
1d.  Now color in the rest of the petals with the Light Marker.
1e.  Now for the center.  I  colored the center “circle” of the flower dabbing little dots with each of the Markers.  I used the fine tip of the Dark Marker to outline this center circle.  I also used all three Markers to randomly color the thin, fine center petals.  And yes, there are little white parts left showing.  I like how it adds dimension when looking from a short distance.
1f.  Add some Basic Rhinestones to the center if desired.
2.  Cut your Bermuda Bay card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.  Watch this Video for more details on making Basic Card Bases.
3.  Cut a card front at 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.  Run through your Big Shot using the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder.  Attach to card base with SNAIL or Tombow Glue.
4.  Decide which size Window Frames Framelit you want to cut your colored flower out with.  Cut the next larger size from Coastal Cabana card stock.  Run the Coastal Cabana Window Frame through the Big Shot again using the Fancy Fan Embossing Folder.
5.  Layer the two Window Frames together with Dimensionals.  Attach to card front with Dimensionals.
6.  Admire your lovely card and appreciate the talent and skill you have to make such a beautiful card!

Happy Coloring!
Nendy Kerr

Sparkly Butterfly

Here is a quick and easy Butterfly Card using the Swallowtail stamp that uses several retiring products:  Melon Mambo Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, and a Large Rhinestone.  My grandaughters will both love this sparkly Butterfly Card.  The items on the Retiring Lists are going fast and a lot are already sold out!  So get what you want now before it is gone!
Sparkly Butterfly Card

SUPPLIES:
Stamp:  Swallowtail  w#131943  c#129216  MDS#133011
Ink:  VersaMark
Card Stock:  Tempting Turquoise
Other:  Dazzling Diamonds Glitter  (You can also use Dazzling Details)
2-Way Glue Pen #100425
Large Rhinestone Basic Jewels #129324
Melon Mambo Stampin’ Emboss Powder  #123223
Basic Rhinestones Jewel Accents #119246
Heat Tool #129053

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Cut your Tempting Turquoise card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  Ink your Swallowtail Butterfly stamp with VersaMark Ink and lay rubber side up on your craft table.  Lay your folded card base on top of the stamp.  Rub stamp with either a Clear Mount Block, the Wood part of a Wood Mount stamp, or with your fingers.   Clear Mount Blocks slide easier.  Rubbing with a block allows you to get even pressure on larger inked stamps.
3.  Now place your stamped image on a scrap piece of printer paper and dump the Melon Mambo embossing powder over the whole stamped image.  Remove excess and melt with your Heat tool.  Put excess Embossing Powder back in into the jar.  Turn over paper so the clean side is up.
4.  Take your 2-Way Glue Pen and activate it by pressing the tip on a scrap of card stock.  When the ink starts flowing, spread it over the areas of your butterfly you want sparkly.  In hindsight, I think I would do just some of the Tempting Turquoise areas that show up in the wings.  Sprinkle with Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.  Remove excess Glitter from card and return excess to jar.  No matter how careful you are, you will end up sparkly for a while.
Note:  If you are using Dazzling Details just put it where you want it on the Butterfly and set it aside to dry for a few hours.
5.  Now add some Rhinestones for the head and body.  I used a large Rhinestone for the head and basic Rhinestones for the rest of the body and two of the smallest Rhinestones for the end of the antennas.
6.  Admire your sparkly Butterfly Card before giving it to someone who will enjoy the sparkles.

Happy Card Making!
Nendy Kerr

Framelit & Punch Mats Video

Have you ever wanted a smaller mat for your Framelit or a mat for your punches?  This is a quick and easy process.  I show you with the Windows Frame Framelits, the Decorative Label Punch, and the Heart Punch.  You can use this technique with any punch or Framelit to get just the size of mat you want!  Try it out today!  Choose your Framelit or Punch and two colors of card stock.  Get your SNAIL adhesive and Paper Snips.  You are ready to make your Mat!

Happy Stamping and Mat Making!
Nendy Kerr

Hexagon Hive Valentine Card

This fun new Hexagon Hive Thinlit is a fun background for this Valentine card.  Use a Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet to turn your Hexagon Hive Thinlit or any die cut into a sticker!  Video is at the bottom of this blog post.
Hexagon Hive Valentine Card

SUPPLIES:
* = Occasions 2014 Catalog available Janaury 3, 2014 – May 31, 2014
** = Sale-a-bration 2014 Catalog Available January 28-March 31, 2014 as a Sale-a-bration item FREE with $50 merchandise purchase.
Stamps:
  Love You to the Moon  w#133140  c#133143
Banner Blast  w#133551  c#133554
Ink:  Melon Mambo
Rose Red
Card Stock:  Whisper White
Cherry Cobbler
Silver Glimmer Paper
Red Glimmer Paper
Big Shot:  Hexagon Hive Thinlit #132965
Hearts Collection Framelits #125599
Chalk Talk Framelits #129983
Other:  Big Shot Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets #120805
Dimensionals

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Cut Your Whisper White card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
*2.  Watch the Video below for this step.  Cut your Cherry Cobbler card stock at 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.  Cut a piece of Multipurpose Adhesive sheet the same size. Peel off the words on the Adhesive Sheet and adhere it to your Cherry Cobbler card stock.  Run though your Big Shot using this sandwich:  Magnetic OR Multipurpose Platform (all tabs closed), cutting plate, card stock with adhesive side touching cutting plate, Wax Paper, Hexagon Hive Thinlit, and your top cutting plate.  Poke out the hexagons that are cut.  Not all of them will come out-they are not supposed to!  Set aside the hexagon stickers for another project.  Peel off the adhesive backing and adhere to your card front.
3.  Stamp your Banner Blast Hearts in Real Red ink inside each full hexagon.  Use your Stamp-a-ma-jig if you want them perfectly placed, or just try to stamp in the center like I did.
4.  Stamp your “Love” and “When I thing of YOU I can’t STOP SMILING” sentiments in Real Red in on Whisper White card stock.  Cut out the “SMILING” sentiment with the coordinating Chalk Talk Framelit.  Hand cut your “Love” .  Put Dimensionals on the back of both sentiments.
5.  Cut your Silver Glimmer Paper Heart out with the desired size Heart Framelit.  I used the third one from the center.  Use your Small Heart Punch to punch out your Red Glimmer Paper Heart.  Put Dimensionals on the back of both Hearts.
6.  Position the “LOVE” and Small Red Glimmer Paper Heart on top of the Silver Glimmer Paper Heart.  Adhere in the desired positions with the Dimensionals.  Position your Silver Glimmer Paper Heart and your “Smiling” sentiment in the desired positions on your card front.  Adhere.
7.  You can use some of the Hexagon Stickers you made to decorate the corners inside your card and on the outside of your envelope.  I have not yet tested to see how well they make it through the mail on the outside of an envelope.

Happy Valentine’s Day!
Nendy Kerr

So Very Grateful

I don’t know about you, but I am in the mood for some Spring Flowers!  The So Very Grateful stamp set has the beautiful Flowers I have been looking for!  I even got to watercolor them with my blender pen!  Enjoy!!
So Very Grateful Spring Flowers

SUPPLIES:
Stamps:  So Very Grateful  w#133050  c#133053
Ink:  StayzOn Black
Markers:  Pacific Point
Pool Party
Blushing Bride
Wild Wasabi
Garden Green
Blender Pen #102845
Card Stock:  Pacific Point
Tempting Turquoise
Whisper White
Big Shot:  Window Frames Collection Framelits #129021
Adorning Accents Edgelits #125595
Bitty Banners Framelits#129267
Other:  Dimensionals
SNAIL Adhesive

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Cut your Pacific Point card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  Cut your Tempting Turquoise at 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.  Cut two opposite sides using your Adorning Accents Edgelits.  Make sure the “bump out” is in the same place on each side.  This is where having two comes in nicely!
3.  Stamp your Flower image on Whisper White card stock with StazOn Black Ink.  I colored with the Marker brush tip in the spot on the flowers I wanted to be darker.  I then used the Blender Pen to blend the color in the white area.  Be careful and gentle as too much pressure or working in an area too long will cause the paper to start coming apart.  I did the center flower and medium rose in Pacific Point.  I did the smaller blueish flowers in Pool Party.  The small pink flowers were in Blushing Bride.  (I think.)  I just colored the leaves without using the Blender Pen.
4.  When finished coloring, cut out the Flowers with the desired Window Frames Framelit.  Also cut TWO of the same size Framelit from Pacific Point card stock.
5.  Take the two Pacific Point Window Frames and cut them in half.  Then trim straight down from the outside of the points.  Adhere one at a time to the back of your stamped Whisper White Window Frame leaving the desired mat around the White.  Continue until all four pieces are adhered to the back.  HERE is a link showing the same technique with the Top Note die.
6.  Stamp your sentiment In Pacific Point ink on Whisper White card stock.  Cut out with the coordinating Bitty Banners Framelit.
7.  Position all pieces as desired and adhere them to the card front.
8.  Enjoy your brightly colored Spring Flowers card!

Happy Stamping!
Nendy Kerr