Thursday, August 22, 2013

Love Ya Bunches Thank You Card

Here is another quick peek at a card I made this week. The stamps are from the "Love Ya Bunches" Stampin' Up! line.

In other news, the Scrapbook Expo in St. Charles IL is this weekend, and I am getting very excited! My husband is coming with me and he is going to hit up a trunk show class while I go to a copic class, and he has promised me the goodie bag :) I will post photos and reviews from the expo this weekend, along with a new walk through and a video!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Stampin' Up! Right at Home Card

I was feeling better last night so I made this card for a friend who recently got out of an abusive marriage and just found a new apartment for her and her son. I used the Stampin' Up! Right at Home set for the cute house stamp, and colored it with Watercolors from the Many Marvolous Markers set. The paper was by Simple Stories, and I used Spellbinders Nestabilities to create the frame. The letters are some Thickers I picked up at Marshall's for $1.49 a pack last weekend.

I always struggle with the inside of the card, this one I used a Stampin' Up! Sentiment and punched it with a 13/4 inch circle punch layered on a bigger scalloped Stampin' Up! Punch.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Experimenting with my Big Shot

My mega Stampin' Up! order came in today, and while I am still a bit under the weather I did get to play around with my new BigShot today. I will have a more detailed post later comparing it to my tried and true cuttlebug, but it is already safe to say I am loving the BigShot!

Here are a few preview photos from tonight:

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Turn Trash into Cute Shaker Cards

I really wanted to share this project because I love using up little bits and pieces that are leftover from projects. With this project, you can create a cute embellishment or centerpiece for a card using leftovers, including the leftover plastic from stickers or paper packages!

I've spent the weekend recovering from a tooth extraction, so most of my time has been spent laying on the couch under the influence of pain meds. Thankfully, inspiration still struck this weekend when I got the idea to make a shaker thank you card. I am blessed with some of the nicest, most wonderful inlaws in the world, and this summer they let my daughter come and stay with them for two weeks. I was waiting for my rather large Stampin' Up! order to come in (the tracking shows it arriving tomorrow!), but when I got the idea for this project I realized that I don't need the new stamping up supplies to create something very pretty.

In May, I made a scrapbooking album out of some Dear Lizzy supplies that I absolutely adore. I loved the paper so much I kept all the scraps in a plastic project keeper hoping I would find a way to use them up. This card was the perfect opportunity!

I used a stamp and die cut set from Sizzix that features a mason jar. I stamped the jar image onto a smallish piece of leftover floral Dear Lizzy paper and then ran it through my Cuttlebug, which is soon to be replaced by a BigShot. I loved how it looked, but wanted to add more elements to it. Thinking of shaker cards I have seen in the past, inspiration truly struck. First, I fashioned my own shaker cover out of leftover plastic that originally held some paper I got at the dollar spot at Target. I cut the plastic down to fit over the jar and then used a glue runner to turn it into a pocket.

Because it was a thank you card, I filled it with glitter and small bits of confetti that I created using the strips that held the paper into the Dear Lizzy paper pack. I used some Stampin' Up! ink and a stamp from the Three Little Words stamp kit. I inked the stamp so that only the word "Thanks" would be stamped onto the paper. Then, I used a small EK success punch to punch out the stamps. While the strips were too small for the full button to be punched, I really like the shapes they came out as. Also, to prevent everything from sticking at the bottom of the shaker, I glue a couple further up so they would always be visible. Once I had it filled to my liking, I glued the top shut behind the shaker and topped it off with some scrap twine I had leftover from the previous project.

Here is the finished result:

Here is step by step how to create your own shaker piece from leftovers. Remember, you can make a shaker out of pretty much any diecut image you like!

Step one: Gather your supplies.

Step Two: Create your shaker background. You can use a diecut or a diecut and stamp set. For my card, I also stamped the jar, but this example shows how great it can look even without being stamped.
Step Three: Create your shaker frame. Take some leftover plastic from any sort of packaging, and cut it down so it is a similar shape to your die cut but slightly larger. Then, glue the bottom and sides to your diecut leaving a hole at the top to fill the shaker frame with.
Step Four: Create your confetti. This is a wonderful opportunity to use up all those small little scraps of paper. I used glitter and then small punches to create paper confetti as well. Then, I used strips from the tops of paper to stamp the word "Thanks" and lined it up with the top of a small button punch to create a cute shape.
Step Five: Fill your shaker! Use your confetti and glitter to fill your shaker. If you want some of the confetti to stick out and not fall to the bottom, use a bit of glue and stick it towards the top of the shaker. To get the glitter and confetti in easier, push the sides of your shaker together slightly to make the mouth at the top wider.
Step Six: Close up your shaker. Use glue to close the top of your shaker. Push in all the edges and use a bit of glue to hold them down behind the shaker so none of your confetti falls out. Use some scrap ribbon or twine to wrap the top for a neat, finished look.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! If your like me and love using every little bit of materials possible, you will love this project!

Friday, August 16, 2013

August SP and Company kits are shipping!

I was excited to see that the August SP and Company monthly kits are being shipped! This is my first month in the kit club and after looking at past kits I am extremely excited to get this one.

While the kits I looked at for past months were from Echo Park, this month's kit is from Carta Bella. I don't mind the switch too much, because the items included look fabulous. While my son is a teenager, I still love the patterns and colors used in this months paper, which is called Rough & Tumble.

Check out these sneak peaks that were included in this months email, and if you like what you see, Join the SP Kit Club today!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Embossing Basics

Have you ever seen a really cool stamped image that seems 3d and has a bit of height off the page or card? Chances are you spotted an embossed image. When I first started cardmaking, embossing seemed like a glamorous and complex ordeal and I didn’t think someone with my limited artistic skills would ever be able to do something that complex. Boy, was I wrong. Once you know the basics, embossing is pretty darn simple and it becomes a staple of your projects.

When it comes to stamping and scrapbooking, there are two main types of embossing that are used to create unique layouts, cards and stamps. These are known as heat embossing and dry embossing.

What is Dry Embossing?

Dry embossing is when a 3d image is pressed into a sheet of cardstock or paper leaving one side raised out, and the other side smooshed in. The smooshed in side is debossed and the pushed out side is embossed. This is accomplished easiest with a die cutting machine like a Cuttlebug or BigShot. You buy embossing folders with various designs and then run them through the machine to achieve the desired effects.  There are some limitations to dry embossing in this manner. First, you will be limited in the size of the area that can be embossed. Typically the folders are card sized, so the biggest single area you can emboss at one time will be card-sized. Due to the design of many of the folders it is very difficult to line up the designs to make an embossed image that is continuous and bigger than the size of the folder. If this isn’t a big enough limitation, you are also limited by the size of the die-cutting machines. The paper that is being embossed needs to be small enough to fit through the mouth of the machine.

What is Heat Embossing?

The other highly common type of embossing is heat embossing. Typically this is done by stamping an image, covering the wet image with embossing powder, and then heating it until the powder melts and creates the raised image. With this method, you can emboss the same page many times without worrying too much about size limitations. For this method, you will need a stamp, a pigment based ink, embossing powder and a heating tool. For the heating tool, you will need a real heating tool and not just a hairdryer. Hairdryers just don’t seem to get hot enough to melt the embossing powder evenly.

These are the two most basic types of embossing used with scrapbooking, cardmaking and stamping. Check my other posts for step by step tutorials on how to master each of these methods!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Welcome to Wildside Stamping and Crafts!

Welcome to Wildside stamping and crafts! I am new to the world of stamping and want to pass along the knowledge and fun I gain during my journey to stamping happiness.

I also blog for ChicagoNow with a blog focused on family fun and the outdoors in Chicago and Chicagoland. My Chicago blog can be found here: