Tuesday, September 30, 2008

CPS 84, Part 2

More ideas from the CPS Designers!

The World is more lovely with her in it
Designer: Charity Hassel
cardstock: BoBunny
patterned paper and chipboard:Scenic Route
button flowers: K&Co.
pink pearls: Kaiser crafts.

Within Your Heart
Designer Tami Mayberry

**Card stock: Prism Papers
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey
**Stamps: Rubbernecker
Ink: Clearsnap Vivid reinker and ink pad (olive)
Scalloped rectangle: Spellbinders
Ribbon: Creative Impressions

Stamps: Brayton font by Just Rite Stampers
Papers: Honey Pie Elle and Clementine (Cosmo Cricket)
Ink: Clearsnap Rouge Chalk Ink, Antique Linen Distress Ink Accessories: Buttons (Autumn Leaves Foof-a-La), pink taffeta (Stampin' Up), A Muse Twinkle Stickers
Tools: sanding block; white paint pen; Cricut, along with Storybook and Basecamp cartridges

Monday, September 29, 2008

Got Punches????

Thank you Linda for this wonderful tutorial this week!

Paper punches have been around for years. As paper crafting has become more and more popular, several companies have furnished those crafters with lots of tools and more punch shapes is part of that.

Trends come and go and the trend to use punches is on the upswing again. Probably the most basic would be the circle punches and every card maker should have several of those on hand but there are so many more options and I want to try to show you how fun and easy it is to incorporate these shapes into your card making. World Card Making Day is next Saturday, October 4th, so consider my cards as a tribute punches and to this fun event.

My first card was actually my card for CPS Sketch #50. I have a diamond shape punch and all it took was to punch a number of these shapes and glue them to the front of my card. Some nesting oval punches created the label.
Diamond punch – Emaginations
Oval punches - McGill

With this next card, a simple, larger circle was used for my main design but I created a flower accent. The flower was created with four layers of punches, in two sizes. All I needed to do was use a brad to attach these layers to the card.
Circle punch – Marvy
Flowers punches – McGill

I wanted to create a card that has all kinds of punches used on it and this is it. I little photo was punched as was the scallop mat for it. The circle accent in two layers, the scallop border and the flower is again, layers of flower punches covered with Rangers, Gloss Accents and Clearsnap’s new glitter.
Circle punches – McGill
Square and Scallop square punches – McGill
Flower punches – McGill
Scallop border punch – Martha Stewart

I had a scrap of white cardstock, embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing plate and I punched four butterflies from that. These postage stamp shape punches were the perfect frame to display them on.
Butterfly punch – Martha Stewart
Postage Stamp punch - McGill

For my last card, the central piece on my card started out with an oval, scallop punch. I stamped the tree image and embossed that on white cardstock and then punched it out. From here, I used three or four shapes of Fluid Chalk stamp pads to color my oval and I distressed the outside edges with the Tonic Paper Distresser. The border is also punched.
Scallop Oval punch – McGill
Border punch – Martha Stewart

Sunday, September 28, 2008

CPS# 84

Wow! It's Sunday already!? Time for yet another CPS card sketch :) Hope to see all of your wonderful creations as well.

CPS 84

CPS Designer Ideas:

Baby Girl
Designer: Sherry Wright

SEI papers, ribbon, & sticker
Cricut machine & cartridge (envelope) 
Zip dry adhesive by Beacon

Designer Laura Williams

solid cardstock, ink - Close To My Heart
patterned paper - Sassafrass Lass
**tag and sentiment stamp - Cornish Heritage Farms
birdie stamp - October Afternoon
brad - SEI
scalloped oval punch - Marcy Uchida
Designer note: The envelope is sized to fit a giftcard.

Friends Always
Desinger: Kandis Smith

cardstock: Coredinations
patterned paper: Cosmo Cricket, Pebbles Inc.
Stamps: Hero Arts
ink: Clearsnap
photocorners: 3L
Brads: Making Memories
buttons: Blumenthal Lansing
Scissors: Provo Craft
other: linen string, machine stitching

Designer: Linda Beeson

Patterned paper – Delight and Gala/Hoopla/White Out collection/We R Memory Keepers
Black chipboard swirl/flower – Fleuriste/Blackboard/Cosmo Cricket
Stickles – Ranger
Glitter brad – Creative Impressions
Rub-on words – Making Memories
Fluid Chalk stamp pad – Clearsnap
Coluzzle circle template

Thursday, September 25, 2008

CPS# 83 - Sponsored By Clear Artistic Stamps - Part 3

As always our designers have outdone themselves!!! Here are a few more cards that are just as cute as can be! Enjoy!

Berry Nice
Designer – Melissa Phillips

Blackberry Fields Stamp Set from Clear Artistic Stamps
Paper from Crate Paper, Making Memories, 7gypsies, and K&Co.
Chipboard from Making Memories
Brads from Basic Grey
Ribbon from Basic Grey and Wright’s
String from Darice
Glitter from Ranger
Ink from Clearsnap and Ranger

Make A Joyful Sound
Designer - Anabelle O'Malley
Stamps - Moonlight Christmas Stamp Set - Clear Artistic Stamps
Paper-Webster's Pages
Felt-Queen and Company
Jewels-Queen and Company
Ink-Staz On

"Let It Snow" Card
Designer: Lea Lawson
Supply List:
Stamps: Moonlight Christmas Stamp Set - Clear Artistic Stamps
Cardstock: Bazzill
Paper/Diecut: My Mind's Eye
Chipboard: Technique Tuesday
Ribbon: Carolee's Creations
Rhinestones: KI Memories & Westrim Crafts
Ink: Clearsnap & Staz On
Glitter: Making Memories & DecoArt
Corner Rounder: EK Success

Joy Comes From the Heart!
Designer – Stacey Kingman
Stamps - Moonlight Christmas Stamp Set - Clear Artistic Stamps
***Cardstock - Prism
Patterned Paper – Scenic Route
Bling – Heidi Swapp
Rain Dots – Cloud 9 Design
Dimensional Adhesive – Fiskars
Circle Punch – Fiskars
Decorative Scissors - Fiskars
Ink – Tsukineko
Markers – Copic
Pencils - Prismacolor
Other – ribbon, thread

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

CPS #83 - Sponsored By Clear Artistic Stamps - Part 2

Here are a few more design ideas from the CPS Designers using Clear Artistic Stamps!

Serenity Now
Designer: Keri Lee Sereika
Stamps: Shadows of Memories Stamp Set - Clear Artistic Stamps
Ink: Lipstick Red, Dark Brown Fluid Chalk Ink - Clearsnap
***Cardstock: Suede Brown Med, Vanilla Cream Prismatics; Espresso, Copper Metallic - Prism Papers
***Brass it up Copper Domes and Professional Touch Hot Fix Applicator with flat tip - Kandi Corp
***ScorPal for scoring card base
Copper Cording - Stampin Up (retired)
Dies: Curved Rectangle, Classic Circle - Spellbinders

Reap The Joys
Designer: Linda Beeson
Stamps: Shadows of Memories Stamp Set - Clear Artistic Stamps
Patterned paper – Scenic Route
Ancient Page and Fluid Chalk stamp pads – Clearsnap
Watercolor crayons
Circle punches – McGill

Designer: Debbie Olson
Stamps: Whispers of Dreams by Clear Artistic Stamps
Cardstock: Vintage Ivory (PaperTrey Ink), Blush Blossom (Stampin' Up)
Ink: Salmon Adirondack Lights
Accessories: Cotton Candy Stickles (Ranger), Certainly Celery marker (Stampin' Up), clear button (Hero Arts), foam tape, ivory satin ribbon (May Arts)
Tools: Gold Metallic Pen, sewing machine

Sunday, September 21, 2008

CPS #83 - Sponsored By Clear Artistic Stamps

This week's card designs are sponsored by Clear Artistic Stamps, art work illustrated by Belinda Landtroop. Inspired by the beauty of nature, her love of poetry, and antique prints, Belinda Landtroop brings you her world.

We hope you enjoy the lovely samples the team has put together for you through out the week!

CPS 83

CPS Designer Ideas:

Elegance & Tranquility
Designer: Sherry Wright
Cherry Arte papers
Clear Artistic Stamps
**Prism cardstock
Kaiser rhinestones
Zip dry adhesive by Beacon

Fairies hiding in the garden.
designer: Charity Hassel

stamps: Clear Artistic
cardstock: Bazzill
patterned paper: Chatterbox, Making Memories
ink: K&Co.
brad: SEI

Life Is Peachy
Designer Laura Williams

***stamps - Clear Artistic Stamps
cardstock - Bazzill
patterned paper - Scenic Route
colored pencils - Prismacolor
ribbon, ink - Close To My Heart
buttons - Stampin' Up

Arms of a Loved One
Designer: Kandis Smith
stamps: **Clear Artistic Stamps Whispers of Dreams**
Patterned paper:Scenic Route
cardstock: Coredinations
gems: Hero Arts
flower: Prima
brad: Imaginesce
scissors: Provo Craft
embossing powder: Fun Stamps
Ink: Clearsnap, Versamark
other: machine stitching, twill tape

Saturday, September 20, 2008

THREE IN ONE DAY???? We forgot one! (CPS82 - By Kandi Corp)

Whoopsie!!! This one fell through the cracks this week! So you get a triple Saturday bonus! Be sure to read below for the Reader Updates, Reader Spotlight and one more post down for the tutorial! :)

Designer Kelly Anne Grundhauser

Kandi Corp Crystallina gems and Brass it up
Making Memories Fa La La papers
Unity Stamps Distress Circle Stamp Background
Ranger Paint Dauber
Ranger Ink
Circle Punches in graduating sizes
May Art Extra Wide Twill

CPS #82 Reader Spotlight and Reader Updates

This week I chose the reader completely randomly! It was fun! I just closed my eyes and chose and my mouse landed on Lisa over at A Blessed Life! Her card is well deserving of the spotlight! It is so cute and fun!!! I hope you enjoy it! Congrats Lisa!!!




































A "sweet" tutorial sponsored By Kandi Corp

Today I (Keri) have a short tutorial and some tips on how to use the Professional Touch Hot Fix Applicator Tool and Hot Fix Crystals by Kandi Corp.

The Professional Touch Hot Fix Applicator Tool comes with eight interchangeable tips included in the package. Here I will be using the 5mm and 3mm rhinestone tips as shown in the picture. One of the great parts to this tool is it's versatility as well as ease of application.

Begin by placing the tip you wish to use into the tip of the tool and twist to secure. Turn the tool on AFTER you have placed the tip onto the tool. To change sizes all you have to do is turn off the tool, unscrew the tip and replace with the next tip you want to use. BE SURE TO ALLOW AMPLE TIME FOR THE TIP TO COOL PRIOR TO CHANGING IT OUT! It takes the solid brass tip a few moments to cool completely after you have turned off the tool.

Once the tip has been put into the tool, and the tool has had a moment to heat up, it is time to start sticking crystals! :) There are two ways to do this. The first is to simply place the crystals you plan on using face up (crystal side showing) on your work surface, gently touch the Professional Touch Hot Fix Applicator to the crystal. It will cup the crystal in the hot tip, allowing you to pick up the crystal.

See here how the tip holds the crystal...
Depending on WHAT MATERIAL (see additional info in the tips section) you are placing your gem onto you will want to wait a FEW SECONDS for the glue to heat. I have found that for cardstock and paper 3 seconds is perfect for 4mm and smaller crystals, maybe a second longer for 5mm and larger...however when adhering to ribbon give it atleast as much time as cardstock.

Once the glue has heated place your crystal onto your project.

Here I am showing how well they adhere to ribbon...And that is one way to adhere the crystals.

Another way to adhere the Hot Fix Crystals is to lay them on the surface of your project and then apply the tip straight down. I find this is a good way to do it if I am working on a line that I want to be sure my spacing is correct each time, or if I want to create a design ahead of time. I simply lay the crystals out face up and hold the tool on top of the crystal face for 3-5 seconds.

Once it is on the ribbon and you have allowed ample time to cool the crystal is held in place and it WILL NOT FALL OFF! :)

Here is a close up of how I chose to use the smaller 3mm crystals on cardstock. It is fun to not have to worry about excess glue showing...especially on these TINY little crystals.

Professional Touch Hot Fix Applicator , 3mm AB Crystal, 5mm Crylstal Hot Fix Crystals - Kandi Corp.
Cardstock: Baby Pink Light, Intense Pink, Black Prismatics; Smooth White -Prism
Stamps: Love Seals - Impression Obsession
Ink: Charcoal Fluid Chalk Ink - Clearsnap
Dies: Classic Circle, Label I - Spellbinders
Crimper: Fiskars
Acrylic Paint (Dry Brush tech.), Ribbon

And here is the finished card! See how I was able to space my crystals evenly then I applied the tool once I had my layout just so?
Here are some additional tips and ideas on how to use this fun too!


2.The crystals can be adhered to many many surfaces. I have had good luck adhering them to the following:
  • Cardstock
  • Paper
  • Vellum
  • Coated and Metallic Papers
  • Fabric
  • Ribbon ( grosgrain, satin and sheer )
  • Glass
  • Cork
The list goes on I am sure but those are the surfaces I have tried it on so far!

3. The steps in the first application don't work really well when trying to apply a crystal to a heat embossed image as I have found it heats the embossing powder and you run the risk of ruining the embossed image, however you can place the crystal onto the image and use a tip that is too small for the crystal and heat it that way. Then I find the actual heat embossed image doesn't come in contact with the tip of the tool itself.

4. Because this is a heat application it is very easy to apply "last minute" sparkle and bling to any project, simply heat, touch, stick and cool!

I hope you have learned something from this tutorial and tips! Should you have any further questions please leave them in the comments below and I will do my best to compile and answer them in the near future! :)

Thursday, September 18, 2008

82-Part 3 --- Kandi Corp

Kandi Corp Logo

And here are more of the CPS Designer's ideas on how to embellish using Kandi Corp's Professional Hot Fix Applicator and Crystalina Hot Fix Crystals!

Designer: Debbie Olson
Accents: Crystal Style Crystallina Caribbean Crystals from Kandi Corp, Professional Touch Hot Fix Applicator
Stamps: Eastern Blooms (Stampin' Up), tag sentiment from Mixed Messages (PaperTrey Ink)
Cardstock: Dark Chocolate (PaperTrey Ink)
Paper: Hey Sugar Collection (Cosmo Cricket)
Ink: Pumpkin Spice, Thantched Straw, Pink Grapefruit, Red Brick, Oasis Green, Aquatic Splash (All Versamagic by Tsukineko)
Ribbon: Dark Chocolate Satin (PaperTrey Ink)

Live Well...
Designer: Kandis Smith
Accents: Crystal Style Crystallina Caribbean Crystals from Kandi Corp, Professional Touch Hot Fix Applicator
cardstock: Artco
Stickers: Bazzill
ribbon: Tai Pan Trading
other: machine stitching

Hello Card
Designer – Stacey Kingman

Kandi Corp Professional Hotfix Applicator, Crystalina Crystals

***Cardstock – Prism Suede Brown Dark, Prism Kraft
Patterned Paper – October Afternoon, Sassafras Lass
Stamps – October Afternoon
Border Punch - Fiskars
Circle Punch – Fiskars
Foam Adhesive – Fiskars
Brad - Bazzill
Ink- Tsukineko
Other – thread, ribbon, button

"Hang In There" Card
Designer: Lea Lawson
Supply List:
Kandi Corp 4mm Caribbean Mix Hot Fix Crystals & Professional Touch Hot Fix Applicator
Cardstock: Bazzill
Paper/Ribbon: American Crafts
Rub-ons: American Crafts & Creative Imaginations
Stickers: American Crafts & Hambly Screen Prints
Ink: Clearsnap
Scalloped Scissors: Provo Craft

Designer Tami Mayberry

Kandi Corp 4mm Caribbean Mix Hot Fix Crystals & Professional Touch Hot Fix Applicator
*Card stock: Prism Papers
Patterned Papers: October Afternoon, Polar Bear Press
Flowers: Creative Impressions
Dies: Spellbinders Scalloped Circle Nestabilities and Spirabilities