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Jungle Bug 12×12 Layout

May 20, 2010

I was so excited when I first saw the Jungle Bug collection because I knew it was just perfect for these photos from our trip to Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World, Florida. The green foliage in the collection is just so lush, just like the jungle, so the name of the collection is truly fitting. Then there are the blues and orangey golds- just so vibrant and rich! And of course, it is easy to pull a page together with a title using the ever-versatile alpha stickers. A bit of inking and “distressing” really give this page the “outdoorsy” look I was going for. And the bugs cut from the patterned paper and scattered across the page here and there add a bit of whimsy and fun. My gold “jungle flowers” are the KaiserCraft flowers folded and crumpled up a bit and then I used flower stamens from my own stash for the centers.    

“Animal Kingdom” by Nancy Burke. Materials used: Jungle Bug collection papers- Tropic Tangle (P515- front), Beetle Bug (P514- front), Dirt Trail (P519- front & back); paper pad (PP822); die cuts (DC318) embellishment pack (EM916); paper flowers (F605); sticker alphas (A222). Other: sewing machine, thread, large pinking scissors, edge distresser, white and black pens, computer font.   

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Colorful Stamping Techniques- Beyond the Basic Black

May 2, 2010

I admit it. When I need to make that last minute, quickly stamped card for a friend’s birthday party that my teen daughter forgot to mention, or that wedding reception I lost the invite to and just remembered is in one hour,  I tend to reach for the old stand by: The…Black…Ink…Pad. Don’t get me wrong, I love the look of crisp, black line art against a neutral canvas. But come on! We can do better than that. After all, you bought all of those brightly hued, candy-colored inks with visions of creating technicolor greeting cards just dripping with all the colors of the rainbow! So get out those colored inks, grab some scraps, and see what you can create with just a little imagination and color, color, color!

“Bright Flower Card” by Nancy Burke. Materials used: Utopia paper collection- paper pad (PP820), stamp set (CS741); inks (IP715, IP717); chalk for shading (KC101); rhinestones (SB709). Other: sewing machine, thread, green pen (flower stem), ribbon, border punch.

Now for something a little more classic.

 

“Just Because” card by Nancy Burke. Materials used: Utopia paper collection- Euphoria (P506- front), paper pad (PP820), stamp set (CS741); inks (IP715, IP717); rhinestones (SB777); rub-ons (RB811). Other: sewing machine, thread, hemp string.

But what about an “elegant occasion” card? You can make a statement that’s big on style by using a single large stamp and white embossing powder on a darker background to really make the image pop. A pretty little row of pearls and a big satin bow makes this card perfect for that wedding or anniversary.

 

“Congratulations card” by Nancy Burke. Materials Used: Utopia collection papers-Paradise (P505- back); stamp set (CS741); pearl strips (PL506); rub-ons (RB811). Other: satin ribbon, border punch, embossing ink, white embossing powder.

So put away that basic black ink pad and give one of these colorful stamping techniques a try!

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Teapot Album BTP using Utopia Collection

April 29, 2010

I knew I was in love when a package of KaiserCraft goodies arrived on my doorstep and I opened the box to find this Teapot Album BTP! I have seen some very cleverly shaped albums in my time here with KaiserCraft, but this teapot has got to be the cutest thing I have ever seen! I could fill a china hutch full of these adorable little albums and still not tire of them! 

I decided that since I am flying to New York City in a few days to spend time with my very best friend, this little album would make a perfect gift for her. So I filled it to the brim (pun intended) with lovely friendship sayings to let her know how much she means to me.

“Teapot Album BTP” by Nancy Burke. Materials used: BTP Teapot Album (SB2774); Utopia collection papers- Oasis (P502- back), Tranquil (P504- back), Euphoria (P506- back), Bliss (P507- back); Paper Pad (PP820); Die Cuts (DC316); Rhinestones (SB775); Rub-ons (RB809); Paint (KC043); Ink (IP701) Other- binder ring, scalloped scissors, ribbon, lace trim.     

  I know there are some serious teapot collectors out there (several of them are very dear friends of mine and are reading this right now). With the endless selection of patterned papers available from KaiserCraft, you too could create your very own collection of lovely little teapots- either to keep for yourself or to give as thoughtful gifts from the heart. 

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Faux Stitching on Layouts- Tea at Elsie’s by KaiserCraft

April 26, 2010

The look of stitching adds a fabulous finishing touch to any layout or project, but what if you don’t have access to a sewing machine? Never fear! You can create the exact same look without having to drag out that bulky machine!

For the layout below, I wanted to create a “faux stitched” scallop border just above my photo. Using a paper piercer and a pre-cut scalloped cardstock piece as my template, I poked tiny holes all along the scallop, taking care to keep the holes equal distance apart. The distance between the holes will be the lenght of the “stitch” when I am finished.

After removing the cardstock template, I am left with lots of tiny holes that will be my guide for my “stitch”.

Using a black pen, I drew my faux “stitches” onto the paper, connecting the tiny holes to create the look of a sewn scallop.

And there you have it! The fabulous look of stitching without threading a single needle!

“Sisters and Friends” by Nancy Burke. Materials used: Tea At Elsie’s collection papers- Chamomile (P496- front & back), Lemon (P497- back), Ceylon (P499- front); die cuts (DC315); alpha stickers (A221). Other: paper piercer, black pen.

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Stamping Sunday

April 4, 2010

I just love that Kaiser Craft has soooo many fun and versatile stamps to choose from! 

For the card set below, I used two different stamp sets- one for the sentiment, and one for the flower centers as well as the stamped image on the envelopes. In the second photo, you can see that I added a touch of detail to the stamped flower image with an orange pen to create a bit more dimension. 

“Card Set” by Nancy Burke. Materials used: Devonshire collection papers- Aurora (P478) (front & back), Magnolia (P483) (back); paper pad (PP810); ink pad- sweet potato (IP706), brown (IP702) teal (IP701) ; acrylic stamps- Just Because (CS906), flower (CS912); paper flowers (F601) rhinestones (SB700). Other: sewing machine, thread, flower punch, scallop scissors, orange pen.

Seems like I am always needing cards for birthdays, weddings, graduations and such, and I like to have a good amount of cards in my stash that I can just grab one and go for those last minute parties and events. So I try to sit down every little while and make a big batch to keep me stocked up.

 I try not to make the exact same card twice, so as I am creating, I like to switch things up by changing ribbons, buttons, or patterned papers, as in the set above, but keeping the overall look the same. This is also as good way to create sets that you can give as gifts when you are in a pinch for a last minute present. Just tie a stack of cards with a pretty bow, include matching envelopes stamped with a simple image, and you’re good to go!

I did a little bit different stamping technique for the next card:

“Bird card” by Nancy Burke. Materials used: Peachy Keen collection papers- Super (P494) (front & back), Neat (P491) (back), Nifty (P492) (back); embellishment pack (EM912); pearls (SB713); die cuts (DC314); stamp set (CS739); ink (IP716), (IP702). Other: sewing machine, thread, scallop border punch, watercolour pencils.   

For the above card, I stamped the bird image several times onto various colors of patterned paper with a few different colors of ink. I played around with paper and ink combos til I came up with one I liked best. I then cut the image apart and pieced it back together to create the finished bird image. I also added a bit of shading with watercolour pencils.

Last but not least:

“Little Princess Card” by Nancy Burke. Gypsy Sisters collection papers- Esmeralda (P485) (back); paper pad (PP811); embellishment pack EM911); rhinestones (RS403),(RS404); die cuts (PP811); stamp set (CS905); ink- sandstone (IP710), black (IP707), rose (IP712) (for edge shading). Other: flower center, silk crepe ribbon, glitter, gold leafing pen.

So for this beautiful card fit for a princess, I stamped the crown image and sentiment onto white cardstock with the light sandstone ink. I then cut out the crown and used a fine-tip glue pen to go back over the ink lines of the crown and added a line of dots over the sentiment. I sprinkled both with fine glitter and heat set with a heat gun. I went over the bottom edge of the crown with a gold leafing pen and added rhinestones for the crown’s “jewels”. I finished the card off with a fluffy, layed flower that I added my own center to, and a loopy pink bow. 

Thanks for looking! 

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