Back-to-School: lunchbox notes

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Welcome back crafters!  I hope summer 2015 with your families has been relaxing and wonderful!

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Today’s post features colorful lift-the-flap kids notes designed for moms and dads to slip into lunchboxes and backpacks for a mid-day surprise.  This design was an original creation for a friend with small children who recently went back to work.  But with the first day of school quickly approaching, I thought I’d share this fun project idea with you again.

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To create these notes, I started with a mini school bus image from Stampin’ Up! as my “hidden” image.  I stamped it on the top-middle area of an even square piece of white cardstock and did some simple coloring with copic markers.  I then stamped Have a Great Day  at the bottom edge in black ink.

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To create my lift-the-flap element, I used my Big Shot and craft die to create a round peek-a-boo window.   I then positioned and adhered the window over my prepared image and layered the square onto a coordinating die-cut scalloped square.

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  For added fun, I punch-cut some mini hearts in coordinating colors and adhered them to the four corners of each note.  I used my Wink of Stella glitter brush pen  to make them sparkle:

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Such a fun surprise for lunchtime!

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Thanks so much for stopping by!  Wishing all the students a successful back-to-school season!!

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Until next time, stay creative!

~ Linda ~

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Supplies: Ink: Versafine: Onyx Black, Memento: Tuxedo Black;  Stamps: Hero Arts: CL351 “Friends”, Stampin’ Up!: Every Little Bit;  Tools:  Sissix Big Shot, Spellbinders Nestabilities: Classic Scalloped Squares Large, Stampin’ Up!: Peek-a-boo Frames Die;  Markers: Copics;  Misc: Wink of Stella Glitter brush pen

thank you banner card

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Welcome back crafters!

Today’s project is a colorful and bright thank you card featuring a dotted die-cut banner with a hand-stamped sentiment on a coordinating dotted embossed card-front.

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With summer activities coming to a close, hand-made thank you cards are a great way to express appreciation to mentors and counselors who have worked with our kids.  I love this design because it’s colorful and dressy enough to catch the recipient’s eye, but simple enough for me to create multiples in a really short time!  It’s roomy enough to fit a gift card inside too. (:

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First, I die cut this fun dotted banner three times from cream colored cardstock, and hand-stamped each one in different colors with my decorative “Thank You” greeting:

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Keeping with the dotted theme,  I embossed coordinating colored cardstock with a polka dot embossing folder and my Big Shot.  The embossing looks beautiful either dots-up, like the green; or dots-down like the orange and navy.   I then adhered the banner off center with foam tape, trimming off the edge to be flush against the left side border:

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I then created standard A2 cards from the same cream cardstock and adhered my colorful embossed cardfronts onto them with foam tape.  Done!

Hope you and your children have had a fantastic summer.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Until next time, keep crafting!

~ Linda ~

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 Supplies Used:   Paper: Recollections 110lb cardstock: cream: Stampin’ Up! Pumpkin Pie, Night of Navy; Bazzill “Bank Roll”;   Tools: Sissix Big Shot;  Stampin’ Up!: polka dot embossing folder;   Craft Dies: Avery Elle: Dotted Die;  Stamps: Simon Says Stamp: OWH Brave;   Ink: Avery Elle pigment ink: Fizz, Sapphire, Celery; Misc: scotch foam tape

Anniversary birds

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Welcome back crafters!  A simple card here today in honor of a wedding anniversary, featuring hand-stamped love birds, a gingham ribbon accent and bold red, glossy hearts…

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I chose a very patriotic red, white and blue color scheme to surround this cutie bird couple.  I colored them very simply with copics and added some dazzle with my Wink of Stella glitter pen.  I punched them out, layered them onto a scallop circle and glued them onto polka dot embossed card stock wrapped in red gingham ribbon.

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The hearts are mini punch cuts from copic-colored scrap card stock made shiny and bold with Glossy Accents.  I adhered them in a line of three to add balance and shine to the card front.

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A lovely Happy Anniversary sentiment is hand-stamped on the interior of the card with a hand-stamped mini heart also glittered up with Wink of Stella…

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Thanks for stopping by…

Until next time, keep crafting,

~ Linda ~

Supplies: Tools: Sissix Big Shot;  Embossing folder: Stampin’ Up polka dots;  Stamps: Lawn Fawn “Feathered Friends”, Hero Arts “Everyday Sayings”;  Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black;  Punches: Stampin’ Up! circle and scalloped circle;  Markers: Copics;  Other: Wink of Stella glitter brush pen;  Ranger Glossy Accents; Red Gingham Ribbon, Scotch foam tape.

Nicest thoughts

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Welcome back crafters!

Today’s project is a friendship card inspired by the beautiful butterflies visiting our garden this summer.  It features a watercolored butterfly image, layers of textured teal cardstock and a lovely heat embossed sentiment.

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I started by stamping and heat embossing this whimsical butterfly image with black Versafine ink and clear embossing powder.  Once set, I painted in the detailed image with Distress Inks and a water brush for smooth blending.  I used an acrylic block with an ink pad smear as my palette.

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I then stamped and heat embossed my greeting directly onto my cardstock, using Versamark Ink and white embossing powder.

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For these pretty stitched borders, I used rectangle and oval crafting dies and my Big Shot die-cutting machine.  I then layered the paper pieces together with dimensional foam tape and adhesive:

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For a special surprise, I added a tiny matching butterfly onto the interior of my card…

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And the inspiration from my garden…

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Even with a damaged wing, so beautiful!

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Until next time,

be inspired every day…

~Linda ~

Materials Used:   Paper: Gina K Pure Luxury: white, Stampin’ Up! Bermuda Bay (textured);   Tools:  Sissix: Big Shot;   Dies: Lawn Fawn: Stitched Rectangles, Lil’ Inker Designs: Stitched Ovals;  Stamps: Hero Arts: Artists Butterfly, Friends;  Ink: Versamark; Ranger Distress Inks: Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Peacock Feathers;   Other: Recollections embossing powder: Snow; Ranger Waterbrush;  Scotch foam mounting tape

Sending hugs

sending hugs

Welcome back crafters!

Today’s project is a birthday card for a special little girl in our family.  It features a hand-stamped floral image in pink and purple, with a darling sentiment and a delicate scalloped border.

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I started by stamping the flowers and tiny butterfly in Versafine black ink on watercolor paper, and heat embossed them with clear embossing powder to create a raised border.  Using a mix of markers and water-coloring in pinks and purple, I colored in the images and heat set them with my heat gun.

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I added a dot of Glossy Accents to the centers of the flowers and butterfly.  Once dry, I painted on a subtle layer of glitter to the petals with my Wink of Stella brush pen.

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Finally, I hand-stamped the “Sending Hugs” sentiment in matching ink and adhered the whole panel and a die-cut scalloped card-front onto a pink, side-folding card using foam squares for dimension…

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…And stamped an inside birthday greeting for added fun!

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There are so many great reasons to stamp and send a hand-made card…  Birthdays for little girls are just one of them!  Give it a try!

Until next time, sending hugs…

~ Linda ~

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Materials Used: Paper:  Bazzill: Berry;  Canson watercolor paper;  Tools: Sissix Big Shot, Marvy heat tool;  Craft Dies: Mama Elephant: Femme Frames;  Stamps: Hero Arts: “Daisies”,  Lawn Fawn: “So Much to Say”, Stampabilites: “Happy Birthday to a Dear Friend”;  Ink: Versafine: Onyx Black,  Stampin’ Up! Gumball Green, Ranger distress ink: Picked Raspberry;  Markers: American Crafts: Blush, Lavender, Brown Sugar;  Misc: Ranger Glossy Accents, Wink of Stella glitter pen, foam dimensional adhesive.

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Welcome back crafters!  Today’s project is a cheerful thank you card featuring warm and bright colors with a layered die-cut sentiment.

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Scripty die-cut sentiments like today’s “thanks” die-cut are fantastic for creating a fun focal point for your cards, while sending a friendly message too.  Today I’ve done some ink blending before die-cutting to create an ombre look on my sentiment.  This graduated blending technique creates a soft rainbow effect that looks just beautiful on word die cuts. Here’s how.

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Simply blend your favorite ink colors on some scrap white cardstock, and run through your die-cutting machine as shown.  I used mini foam ink blending tools and mini dye ink pads to lay the color down, but you can use distress inks here too:

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Die cut the sentiment three or four times and layer together with adhesive and a craft tweezer to create the chunkier chipboard-like look.  Then add onto colorful papers along with sequins or gems.

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 Or if you’re not a big fan of the color combination, here’s a clean and simple (CAS) card using the inked die-cut with dry embossing.  The creative possiblities are endless.  (:

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And, here’s another fun card I created with a similar layered scripty die cut sentiment.

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Thanks so much for stopping by… I hope you’ll come back again soon!

Until next time,

~ Linda ~

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Supplies used: Paper: Recollections 110 lb cardstock white, Echo Park: Dots & Stripes, Lawn Fawn: Sweater Weather;  Tools: Sissix Big Shot; Darice: plaid embossing folder; Ranger mini ink blending tools;  Dies: Lawn Fawn; Scripty Thanks, Stitched Rectangles; Nestabilities Circles;  Stamps: Lawn Fawn: Thank You Tags;  Ink: Hero Arts: Butter Bar, Soft Canteloupe, Pale Tomato;  Misc: Tombow Mono liquid glue, Ranger Multi Medium, mini shaped sequins, foam dimensionals

hello fox

Hello fox

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Welcome back crafters!

Today’s project is a fun kids card, featuring a copic colored fox image (adorable!), and a chunky whimsical die-cut sentiment on layers of bright die-cut orange papers.

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Cute factor…

So this is one of those stamped images that make you go “Awwwwww”.  It’s one of my older stamps but never loses its cute factor!  I thought this card would work perfectly for a child who’s away at sleep-away camp this summer…

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I first stamped my fox onto white cardstock and colored it with copic markers. Copics are alcohol markers that blend together without running. They are great for shading and coloring images to create visual dimension and shadows.

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Die-cut elements…

I’m a big fan of die-cutting, especially with dies that create a faux stitched border like these.  Using my Big Shot, I die-cut a stitched oval around my fox image, and adhered it onto my die-cut orange and patterned papers.  The faux stitched borders create a coordinated, finished look which I love.

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 I then die-cut my “hello” sentiment from three separate scraps of white cardstock.  This created three exact cuts which I then adhered together to create a thick, chipboard-like embellishment for dimension.  The self-stick gems were an added touch for visual balance and youthful sparkle. (:

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Until next time, stay creative!

~ Linda~

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Supply list:  Paper: Gina K Pure Luxury White, Stampin’ Up! Dusty Durango; Bazzill textured; Lawn Fawn patterned;  Stamps: Hero Arts: Fox, “Thinking of You”; Ink: Versafine Black Onyx; Markers: Copics YR07, R14, E33, E11, E000, N0, G05, G12;  Tools: Sissix Big Shot;  Craft Dies: Lil’ inker Designs Stitched Ovals; Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles and “Scripty Hello”;  Other: Tombow mono liquid glue, glue tape runner, self-stick gems