Saturday, June 26, 2021

Flying By With Some Artwork and Tips

I've had the stamps and thin cuts to make a spinner card for nearly a year now and I just got around to playing with them. I have to say I am sorry I waited so long because these are fun

I'm sharing four photos because there are in essence, four sentiments on one card. That's the beauty of spinner cards. Aside from they are just fun to make and to receive!

Close To My Heart has several stamp sets that are designed for the spinner, but to be honest, you can use any sentiment that fits in the window.  You can even write your own, making the possibilities endless! 

The Card Front Spinner Thin Cuts come with instructions and is easy to use, but here are two tips that my crafters found helpful. 

1. The easiest tip first. 

Use thin 3-D foam tape 

When assembling this card you will put foam tape on both sides of the spinner parts to 1) raise it above the head of the brad, and 2) to give the disc room to spin. I encourage you to use our CTMH Thin Foam Tape. Since you will have two layers of foam tape overlapping each other you want to keep your card from getting too thick.  And then when you assemble the front and spinner to the card base, use a square of regular (thick) foam tape in each corner.

2. The second tip is regarding the marks on the die cuts and how to use them.

Pierce the marks

I didn't figure out this tip until after my class and watching my crafters struggle to see the little "dashes" they were looking for.  It was challenging! 

These are the pieces you will cut with the Card Front Spinner dies (plus one more small circle). The large ruffly circle is the one we are going to focus on. 

If you look very very very closely you will see that the die left two dashed circles on this piece, one near the outer edge of the circle (it travels under my thumb) and one about 3/4 inch in from it.  These mark the space that you will stamp your sentiments. There are more marks designed to help you evenly space your sentiments, three per disc. They are little dash marks just inside the inner circle and perpendicular to it, like a "T."  I've marked them with the red arrows. Don't feel bad if you can't see them. My crafters had a hard time finding them with the discs in their own hands. I did too, to be honest. 

When you find the little perpendicular dashes you are to mark the disc into pie shapes using them as a guide. You stamp in every other pie shape and then erase the lines.  I also added a little pencil mark in the center of the three pie shapes I was stamping in to indicate the top and bottom circles since they are rather faint. 

Now here is my expert tip for you. The very first time you make this card cut a second large circle.  Then using very good lighting, find those six little dash marks inside the inner circle and mark them with a pencil. Next, take your piercing tool and poke a hole through each pencil mark.  Line this up with the disc you will be using for your card and make a pencil mark through each pierced hole onto the other disc and then continue with the cardmaking instructions. That's it!  Be sure to put your pierced disc in with your Card Front Spinner dies so you will have it to use from now on. 

Products used for my card and tutorial. The stamp set & paper are retired, but all else is available as of this blog post while supplies last.

Z3626 - Card Front Spinner Thin Cuts 
Z3547 - Piercing Tool
Z2060 - Thin Foam Tape (highly recommended for this card!)

Z3372 - Adhesive Runner
Z1151 - 3-D Foam Tape 
X254 - White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack

Blooper Photo - help from Kahlua....

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Desserts a la Whirl Spinner Card

I hosted a stamp club meeting in my home on Monday and provided the project. Unfortunately I totally forgot to get any photos. It's been a long time since we've met in person so I guess it's okay to have forgotten some things. 

My daughter used the supplies and created her own spinner card last night. It's so cute!  So I am sharing it.  Everyone's cards were different so it's not a full representation of our meeting's creations. 

The Desserts a la Whirl set and the So Tweet stamp sets were both available for they ladies to use, as well as many choices of patterned cardstock for the front. It was a great way to use up some stash!  

Here are the main products used. The markers were all Spectrum Noir TriBlend markers but I did not keep track of what exact colors were chosen.  I love how bright they are! 

Z3957 - Desserts a la Whirl with Thin Cuts (D2025 without Thin Cuts)
Z3954 - So Tweet with Thin Cuts (B1745 without Thin Cuts)
Z3626 - Card Front Spinner Thin Cuts

(These products are available as of the time this blog is posted while supplies last.)

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Patriotic Chick

 I'm having so much fun being on the design team for Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  This is my card for design 426.  I really love this design. I'm sure I am not the only one who immediately saw a double flap card.  And since we are nearing the end of June I thought a little patriotic flare for July was the way to go. Here's what I did. 

Our Blue Belle Shimmer Trim is perfect for grounding my little blue bird. Both left & right flaps are lined with it. 

Tiny little silver heart confetti is glued to her balloon to make it extra special patriotic. And a couple in her flowers, as well.

Here is the Sketch for this weeks challenge.  Add your own card, or at least go see what others have come up with based on the sketch. There's always some awesome art to see. 

Here is what I used for this card. All are available at the time of this post while supplies last. Click on the links for individual product information. 

Z3954 - So Tweet Stamps & Thin Cuts (B1745 without Thin Cuts)
D2018 - Floral Borders & Sentiments
X7269B - Stars & Sparklers Paper Pack

Z2491 - True Blue TriBlend Marker
Z2483 - Light Yellow TriBlend Marker
Z2848 - Sapphire Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2805 - Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

X5957 - Sapphire Cardstock
Z3800 - Blue Belle Shimmer Trim
Z2900 - Silver Star Confetti

Z3372 - Adhesive Runner 
Z3440 - Dual Tip Permanent Glue Pen 
Z1151 - 3-D Foam Tape

Monday, June 14, 2021

Hillside Cottage Cardmaking Workshop

I am offering a class to make these beautiful Hillside Cottage cards. This class requires the purchase of the Hillside Cottage Cardmaking Kit from Close To My Heart. You will love this kit! It includes all the papers, stamps, thin cuts (dies), embellishments, and card bases & envelopes for 16 beautiful cards. What I especially love about it is how versatile the stamps are – I will be using them over and over again on other projects for sure! 

Thin cuts with stamped images

The images above show the stamps used together to create bouquets of different colors easily! 

Now for the details:
  • Date: Tuesday June 29, 2021
  • Time: 7:00pm Eastern (6:00 Central, 5:00 Mountain, 4:00 Pacific)
  • Venue: Online - Betsy’s Paper Craft Room (Facebook)
  • Cost: Just the purchase of the Hillside Cottage Cardmaking Kit from my website. 

The Hillside Cottage Cardmaking kit is here. Please keep reading for other supplies needed to complete the cards. 

If you are not already a member of Betsy's Paper Craft Room on Facebook I will invite you when you purchase the kit. 

The Facebook Live video will remain available to watch if you are unable to attend in real time. I will also post an instructional video in the Facebook group to go along with the cutting guide prior to the event so you can have everything prepped before hand.

Here is a list of other items you may need. Check your stash for these or similar items or order them with your kit.
  • Flamingo Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad (Z6520)
  • New England Ivy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad (Z2835)
  • Paprika Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad (Z6515)
  • Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad (Z2805)
  • Dessert Rose Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad (Z6525)
  • Mini Ink Blending Tool (Z3886)
  • 3-D Foam Tape (Z1151)

I used the instructions, stamps & thin cuts from the kit to make another set of cards using a different paper pack, cardstocks and colors of inks for you to see how it changes the cards.  So much you can do with one cardmaking kit and your own stash! Image what will happen when you add your own creativity, too. 
Hillside Cottage cards in back, Happiness Lives Here cards in foreground
(This second set of cards is not part of the class)

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Desserts a la Whirl

It's time for another Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!  I decided to use a set of stamps that I have been wanting to use for a long time but just haven't found the right project for. It seems like this sketch might be just the thing! Here is what I created for the challenge: 

Who can resist a shaker card?

I love our Sapphire Glitter Paper!

Along with my choice of stamps I also wanted to use some more of our Stars & Sparklers paper pack. Looking outside of the obvious, Red White & Blue Hulabaloo of 4th of July theme, I thought this paper on the base of the card was also very happy & fun for a birthday or other occasion of celebration. 

Here is the original sketch for this week, #424: 

Why don't you hop on over to the AHSC blog and see the other beautiful cards inspired by this sketch.  And while you are at it, create and add one of your own - it's fun! 

Here is everything I used to create this adorable card. Click the links for purchase information: 

Z3957 - Desserts a la Whirl with Thin Cuts (D2025 without Thin Cuts)
X7269B - Stars & Stripes Paper Packet 
Z3840 - Sapphire Glitter Paper

Z2497 - Dark Red TriBlend Marker
Z2496 - Pale Pink TriBlend Marker
Z2476 - Fair Skin TriBlend Marker

Z2478 - Earth Brown TriBlend Marker
Z2475 - Brown Grey TriBlend Marker
Z2805 - Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

Z4309 - Circle Shaker Window Thin Cuts (dies)
Z4310 - Circle Shaker Window Foam & Acetate
Z4304 - Silver Loose Sequins

Z2900 - Silver Star Confetti
1385 - White Daisy Cardstock 
X254 - White Cards & Envelopes Valu Pack

Z3440 - Dual-Tip Permanent Glue Pen
Z3372 - Adhesive Runner
Z1151 - 3-D Foam Tape

Friday, June 4, 2021

So Tweet!

I am hosting an online cardmaking workshop and I would be delighted to have you join me! We'll be making the four cards you see above.  Here are the details: 

  • Date: June 15, 2021
  • Time: 7:00pm Eastern (6:00 Central, 5:00 Mountain, 4:00 Pacific)
  • Venue: Facebook Live, through my group, Betsy's Paper Craft Room 
  • Kit Cost: $15.00
  • Deadline: Registration closes June 8, 2021

Your class kit will be mailed to you approximately one week prior to the workshop. (I can only mail kits to US addresses.)

In your kit you will receive all the stamped images, straight cut papers, die cuts, card bases & envelopes. You do the coloring and fussy cutting if any is required.

The workshop will be presented via Facebook live and the video will remain available for anyone not able to participate in real time.

Purchase your kit:

Items used for Take a Hike card: 
Z3953 - Take a Hike Stamp Set w/ Thin Cuts. (D2019 - without Thin Cuts)
S2106 - Outdoor Borders - June Stamp of the Month
X7269B - Stars & Sparklers Paper Pack 

Z3682 - Fancy Borders Thin Cuts (dies)
X5957 - Sapphire Cardstock 
X6030 - Evergreen Cardstock 

Z2474 - Ice Grey TriBlend Marker
Z2476 - Fair Skin TriBlend Marker
Z2479 - Gold Brown TriBlend Marker
Z2481 - Coral TriBlend Marker

Z2491 - True Blue TriBlend Marker
Z2848 - Sapphire Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z6508 - Blue Bird Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z6512 - Evergreen Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2805 - Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad (not shown)
1385 - White Daisy Cardstock (not shown)

Items used for Moments with You card: 
D2018 - Floral Borders Stamp Set
Z3952 - Moments with You Stamp Set
X5978 - Glacier Cardstock

CC7203 - Happiest Place Coordinating Cardstock 
Z3635 - Dreamy Holographic Paper 
CC52112 - You Are Enough Sequins 

Z2841 - Glacier Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2895 - Lagoon Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z3440 - Dual Tip Permanent Glue Pen
1385 - White Daisy Cardstock (not shown)

Items used for You Shine card: 
CC52113 - You Are Enough Stamp Set
CC52117 - You Are Enough Paper Bundle
CC52115 - Layered Butterflies Thin Cuts (dies)

Z3674 - Twinkle Toes Holographic Paper 
X5957 - Sapphire Cardstock 
X6048 - Blue Belle Cardstock 

Z3312 - Gold Glitter Gems 
Z6519 - Blue Belle Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z3440 - Dual Tip Permanent Glue Pen

Items used for So Tweet card: 
Z3954 - So Tweet Stamp Set with Thin Cuts (B1745 without Thin Cuts)
X7268B - Hillside Cottage Paper Packet 
X9028 - Mix-Ins Paper Packet (May-June)

X6045 - Sage Cardstock 
Z3943 - Circles Thin Cuts (dies)
Z3676 - Blue Belle Loose Sequins

Z2480 - Orange TriBlend Marker
Z2484 - Citrus Green TriBlend Marker
Z2491 - True Blue TriBlend Marker
X6047 - Black Cardstock (not shown)
1385 - White Daisy Cardstock (not shown)

General supplies on used all or most cards:
Z3372 - Adhesive Runner
Z2060 - Thin 3-D Foam Tape (Z1141 - Regular Foam Tape)
X254 - White Cards & Envelopes - Value Pack