Who Wants Some Sweet Card Candy?

I have been so so so busy lately.  Wordpress has sent me two emails, telling me to get on the ball and write a post.  There is a good reason as to why I been slacking on posting blogs.  It is because I have been working on a huge project.  I am designing and making  Save the Date cards and wedding invitations for my best friend Stephanie.  I will post her Save the Dates and Invitations when I finish them.  

My Mom and I belong to a monthly stamping get together with 10 other ladies.  During these get togethers we share products, new techniques, cards or projects that we have made, and have dinner together.  Three ladies usually create a Shoe Box Card for the rest of the group to partake in.  Shoe Box Cards are already designed, planned and made.  In order to finish the card, everyone just adheres all of the finished pieces to the card to make it look similar to the original card that was made by the creator.  Below is one of my Shoe Box Cards.  

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The card above has 5 steps.  

1st Step:  Attach the blue jar to the card.

2nd Step: Decide where the three flowers in the jar should go.  Then draw their black stems from the flower into the jar.  

3rd Step:  Adhere the top three flowers to the end of their stems and attach two flowers at the bottom.

4th Step: Glue the “Sent With Love” white piece on top of the jar to cover the end of the stems.

5th Step:  Draw a trail from the jar to the bumble bee. 

I stamped and cut out all of the blue jars, “Sent With Love” sentiment, and all the flowers.  Yes, I cut them out all by hand and there were 50+ flowers.  Don’t the flowers all look pretty together in a pile?  

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To create these flowers, I used lots of white paper scraps and Tattered Angel’s Glimmer Mists. I found 5 colors that all matched well together and just started spraying the scraps.  The scraps had to be dried completely before I stamped on them.  While I waited for the scraps to dry. I stamped all of the bumble bees on the top left corner of the card.  After the scraps were dry, I stamped a black outline flower on them and cut them all out.  Once I had all my materials cut out and organized, I made 10 small piles, each pile contained 1 blue jar, 5 different colored flowers, and a “Sent With Love” sentiment and put them in an envelope with a card for each person.  

Since all of the ladies were getting sick of doing Shoe Box Cards, Lynn who is our Stampin’ Up Demonstrator decided to switch to something else.  She had recently learned about Card Candy.  Since I am on Pinterest often…okay…all the time, I have heard and already knew what Card Candy was.  I wasn’t really interested in it because that is not how I make and design cards.  I make all my stuff from scratch. Haha.  If I need three 3D butterflies or a white wedding dress for a card, I make them as I need them. 

I bet you are wondering what are Card Candy?  Card Candy are pre-made individual pieces of art that are ready to stick on any project: a blank card, scrapbook page, Project Life card, etc.  Below is a picture from my Pinterest page of lots of Card Candy. 

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As our new Challenge for April’s get together we are all making 10 pieces of Card Candy each.  Then we will swap with each other so in the end we each will have 10 different handmade pieces of Card Candy to use in our own projects.  Below is the Card Candy that I made.  They are not little like they should be, but they are definitely sweet just like candy. 
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I searched high and low for acetate.  Then I learned that acetate is the thick plastic that is used on clean albums.  What I was looking for are called transparencies, just like that ones that were used while I was in school on an overhead projector.  They are as thin as a sheet of paper, but made from completely clear plastic.  I stamped on the transparency with silver metallic Stazon ink.  I cut out each dome when the ink has dried.  Then I attach a pearl on top with a small Zot.  I stamped the cake stand in Pretty in Pink.  Then I stamp the bottom of the cupcake in Chocolate Chip ink, and stamp the cupcake tops in Pink Passion, Rose Red and Pretty in Pink.  I then punch out a skinny border from raspberry card stock, and place it under the cupcakes if some of them are floating a little too high off the cake stand.  Then I attach the acetate dome to the card.  My Card Candy is about 4 inches in height and close 4 and a half inches wide approximately. 
 
Supplies Used:
Stamps: A Cherry on Top, Studio Calico kit set
Inks: black, Pretty in Pink, Pink Passion, Rose Red, Chocolate Chip (Stampin’ Up), Metallic Silver Stazon
Other: Acetate, pearls, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists, Zots, border punch (Stampin’ Up), and Raspberry card stock (Creative Memories). 
 
Happy Stamping! 
~Kali
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My Valentines

This year I started working on my Valentine’s Day cards much earlier than I usually do, which is good because they were complicated.  Even though they took some time they turned out super cute.  First is the envelope banner Valentine.

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Speaking of super cute, my new little cousin Luna Hazel is posing with her Valentine that I made for her.  I used the tiny envelope stamp that was in the Freckled Fawn + Hero Arts September 2013 kit  and stamped it on several 6×6 pattern papers. I used VersaMark to stamp the image because I wanted to heat emboss each envelope to add some shine and to make them not so flat.  I made a total of 25 tiny envelopes for other Valentines.  Then I cut them all out by hand…yes by hand!  I then cut two very short slits on each side of the envelope flap to make a hole wide enough to slide the scrapper’s floss through.  Scrapper’s Floss is made out of tightly twisted paper.  I like it because it is tighter and stays together better than baker’s twine or embroidery floss.  Once I put all the envelope on the scrapper’s floss, I attached the tiny banners to the Bazzill Bling Basics paper.  I embossed the card stock with a heart pattern embossing folder.  I used Zots at both ends to attach the envelope banner to the card.  Then I made mini bows out of Scrapper’s Floss and attached them with a small Zot.  I did not attach each envelope with a Zot; the Scrapper’s Floss is stiff so the envelopes did not more when on the floss.  I stamped “Thoughts of You Warm My Heart” in Going Grey on the pink banner and added a small heart in Melon Mambo.  

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Envelope stamp (Freckled Fawn + Hero Arts – Sept. 2013 Kit), Filled with Love (Stampin’ Up)

Inks: black, VersaMark, Going Grey & Melon Mambo (Stampin’ Up)

Others: Scrapper’s Floss (Karen Foster) and Zots.  

Next is my Valentine’s Day card for my parents.  

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First I embossed the background paper with a sprinkled hearts embossing folder.  I stamped LOVE with VersaMark and used a red glitter embossing powder to set it.  I punched out the inside of the “o” with a circle punch.  Inside the “o” I put a larger pink circle behind it.  To finish it off I added a white heart embellishment from a Studio Calico card kit.  I set it aside and worked on the heart stamped paper.  I used heart stamps from both Filled with Love and Hearts a Flutter sets by Stampin’ Up.  The white stamped paper needed a pop so I added two stripes of pink card stock. 

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Filled with Love and Hearts a Flutter (Stampin’ Up)

Inks: Pretty in Pink, Real Red, and Melon Mambo (Stampin’ Up)

Other: Scallop border punch (Stampin’ Up), heart embellishment (Studio Calico), and red embossing glitter.

Lastly is the card I made and sent to my close friends, this one also had a lot of steps to it and took me a while to complete.  Here we go…

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To make this card I started out with the jar and hearts part.  I stamped the jar in VersaMark, then covered it in black embossing powder and set it with a heat gun.  Next I found lots of white skinny scraps of paper (wide enough to punch a small heart out).  I looked through all of my spray mists to find colors that went well with each other.  I put all the white scraps in a box and sprayed them with the mists.  While they dried, I searched for pattern papers that went with the colors of spray inks.  The background paper  has an ombre pattern to it.  Since these Valentine’s were going to be mailed, I didn’t want to have to add extra postage due to their weight, so I cut the inside out of the background paper.  Then I used the white pattern paper on top of the cut out background piece.  Next I used the piece that was cut out of the background paper, I cut so it would fit on top of the white pattern paper.  Before attaching it to the white pattern paper, I used the outline heart stamp from the Hearts A Flutter set and stamped it in Pretty in Pink.  The outlined heart image added more detail to the card.  

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Now that I had all of the pattern papers cut to size and assembled on the cards, it was time to move on to the jars.  I carefully cut out each jar leaving a smell white edge.  Then I used an exacto-knife to cut two slits on the top of the jar.  If you look at the jar in the picture above there is a heart that has been slipped under the jar’s lip.  I wanted the hearts to look like they were coming out of the jar, therefore I had to cut the jar’s lip so I could slip a heart under it.  I had to wait for the scraps to dry overnight, so that I could punch the heart out without the paper ripping and jamming the punch.  The next day when the paper was dry, I used a small heart punch and punched out lots and lots of small sparkly hearts.  Before I attached the hearts to the jar, I layered them on the jar arranging them neatly in a small pile.  I moved the hearts around to make them look like they were sitting filling up the jar.  Once each heart had a place I adhered them with small double sided tape square.  I continued laying the hearts up and out of the jar on the card.  To finish the card, I tired a bow around the card, and added the “All You Need is Love” banner.  

Supplies Used: 

Stamps: Hearts a Flutter & All Wrapped Up (Stampin’ Up), “All You Need is Love” stamp (Amy Tangerine)

Inks: Calypso Coral and Pretty in Pink (Stampin’ Up), VersaMark

Other: Pattern Papers (SEI), ribbon, heart punch, glimmer mists: Alaskan Salmon, Vintage Pink, Cherry Limeade, and Mel’s Diner (Tattered Angels), Color Shines: Gold and Peach (Heidi Swapp) 

Hope you enjoyed these cards.  

~Kali