Create It Wednesday ~ Wrapping Paper Ideas

Happy Wednesday! I hope you’re preparing to use your crafty ideas to jump into the holiday season. I adore customizing my Christmas present wrappings. It shouldn’t just about what’s on the inside of the paper, let’s see what we can do to the paper 🙂 I’m using the {Happy Mail} and {Oh Christmas} stamp sets for today’s collabo.OhChrHappyMail gift

I’m sure you never have leftover wrapping paper after the holidays right….ha! For this project, I use the bright white, ready to be decorated, reverse side of my leftovers! Because the surface is usually slick and shiny, I use solvent/archival quality inks like Staz-On or Archival Ink.

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Wrap the gift, but don’t tape anything down yet. This is super important! Just crease all of the edges so that you can see the area you want to stamp. Most presents aren’t sturdy enough to allow for a crisp image to be stamped directly onto a wrapped gift, so you’ll need to lay it on a flat desk or table to do your stamping. I used the pine sprigs and date from the {Oh Christmas} Stamp set and the tag, “open me”, and “special delivery” from the newest stamp set {Happy Mail}. And because I looooove embossing powder, the tag is done with both gold and green to match!

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I hope you look at your leftover wrapping paper in a whole new light! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you “create it” in your own crafty way!

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Create It Wednesday ~ {Happy Halloween Mail}

What an awesome Wednesday to share a CAS Halloween card and matching envelope using the crazy versatile {Happy Mail Stamp Set}…which I of course combined with the wickedly great {Beware Stamp Set}.

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My favorite color combo for the witching season is lime green, purple, orange, and black. Without the lime though, I’d be lost 🙂 I stamped the circular images from the {Beware Stamp Set} to create patterned paper. Using 3 nesting circle dies to created the focal point, I pitched out (put in the recycle bin) the middle ring so that the black card base would show between the out and inner most circles. I stamped the sentiments and arranged them from longest to shortest. This stair step look works great as a design element for CAS cards.

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And who wouldn’t want to send this card in a matching envelope…which by the way, I’m really feeling mail art right now. The new {Happy Mail Stamp Set} had just what I needed!

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Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ll take some time to create!

~Deidre

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Create It Wednesday ~ {Happy Mail} Bottle Tag

It’s Deidre and I’m kicking off my ideas for crafty goodness with the new {Happy Mail Stamp Set}! Get ready to take your gifts and snail mail up a notch over the next several weeks of inspiration.

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This gift tag is perfect for a bottle of wine, fancy soda, or maybe a homemade egg nog. All of these stamps came from the new {Happy Mail} Stamp Set, except for the big heart (which is from the Positive Thoughts stamp set). The white cardstock is 5 1/4″ x 2 1/4″ and the hang tag is 7 1/2″ x 2 3/4″. I created some flags for the To and From labels and used a combo of gold metallic and red ink to match the wine bottle label. Oooh just imagine the possibilities 🙂

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This stamp set is sure to jazz up my gifts as we get into the holiday season! Thanks for stopping by for my first glimpse into playing with this set. Stay tuned for more!

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Create It Wednesday ~ {HB2U Shaker Card}

I have had no shortage of exciting ideas for using the new {Sketchy Alphabet} Stamp set and today’s Create It Wednesday is my last chance to give you a little inspiration. If you love to text or can appreciate the millennial generation’s way of sending greetings, then you know a good HB2U (happy birthday to you…just in case you need a hip lingo refresher lol) makes a fab sentiment!

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How fun is a shaker card?! I die cut the balloons from the card front to fit my sentiment and used all kinds of fun confetti to sandwich between my acetate window and the base of the card front. I always use two layers of foam tap stacked on top of each other to leave enough room for my goodies to actually shake around. I stamped HB2U using the {Sketchy Alphabet} stamp set on some vellum. Hint- Staz-On ink is great for this and Copics work well on vellum to color in images, like I did here.

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A cute blue bow and it’s all ready to share! I hope you’ve enjoyed my creations using this new stamp set. If you’ve missed any of them, you can see them at the links below. Stay tuned for the talented Judy Marino’s wrap up on Friday! Thanks and go create 🙂

Release Day Project & Blog Hop {Sketchy Alphabet} Stamp Set

Create It Wednesday ~ {Sketchy Alphabet Bookmark}

Create It Wednesday ~ {Mexico Scrapbook Page}

Create It Wednesday ~ {Sketchy Love Spinner Card}

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Create It Wednesday ~ {Sketchy Love Spinner Card}

Today’s Create It Wednesday project is one that I’ve been dying to make…a spinner card! The letters from the {Sketchy Alphabet} Stamp Set were perfect for making my sentiment the star attraction of the card.

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This was easier than I expected it to be. I stamped “I [heart] U” twice and die cut them so that I would have a front and back to my spinner. The hearts all come from the {Positive Thoughts} stamp set; for the trio of hearts, I did some masking and coloring so they would be solid black. I sandwiched my string between the two pieces and glued it into place with a strong adhesive.

I created the frame and and card front using the same nesting dies and assembled the card by layering my pieces onto the card in this order: plenty of adhesive, string and spinner stretched across the window, tan & white striped cardstock, then red and pink border. It’s really important to get the order right…ask me how I know 🙂

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If you want to see a quick clip of this card in action, click the link below for the YouTube video (it’s not a tutorial).

Hopefully, you’ll give the spinner card a try and find awesome sentiments using the {Sketchy Alphabet} stamp set letters to catch somebody special’s attention! Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome hump day!

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Create It Wednesday ~ {Mexico Scrapbook Page}

I truly hope you’re finding some fun ways to create word and number layouts for your cards and art projects using the new {Sketchy Alphabet Stamp Set}! Today, I’m sharing a scrapbook page from my trip to Mexico last month with the wonderful BF.

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This stamp set is made to create all the title, subtitles, headings, and phrases that you just can’t find in a ready-made stamp set! And it really does scream for you to color in the letters and numbers 🙂 I used a stamp press to make sure all of my ‘Mexico’-s looked the same regardless of my ink switching. I also added the “Don’t forget to take a break” sentiment from the {Blossom Stamp Set}.

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I hope you’ll get really wordy and think up ways to use the {Sketchy Alphabet Stamp Set} for your projects! Have a great day 🙂

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Create It Wednesday ~ {Sketchy Alphabet Bookmark}

I hope you’re enjoying the new release of the {Sketchy Alphabet} Stamp Set! I’m sharing a bookmark for this week’s Create It Wednesday using this really fun stamp set.

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I love reading and have been needing to put this bookmark die to use and the {Sketchy Alphabet} letters were perfect for some multicolored stamping. I stamped each letter in a different color, cut them out, and matted them on a small piece of paper that I colored using the ink pad directly on the paper…makes a perfect match! This was my first time making a tassel too 🙂

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I hope you enjoyed my project and check back Friday for the creative Judy Marino’s post using this cool stamp set.

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Create It Wednesday ~ Desktop Calendar

I’m wrapping up my Create It Wednesday posts using the new {Date Stamp Set} with some mixed media crafty goodness! I wanted to create a desktop monthly calendar for my craft room using this awesome newly released set. Here’s the finished product.
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I started by using some spray inks…lots of spray ink lol…and a mix of several graphic stamps from other PRS sets {Happy Art and Positive Thoughts}. I stamped them in archival ink and colored them in with some heavy body acrylic paint in similar colors.

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(Yes, I did have an art oopsie and had to recreate the background…more time to play right??) Next I marked the calendar grid on some acetate and stamped the days and dates with StazOn ink (made to use on non-porous materials). To mute the background, so the numbers would pop out, I cut a piece of vellum and ran it through my sticker machine and adhered it to the card. I repeated the sticker making with the acetate calendar I made…you don’t even see the adhesive!

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I adhered a strip of plain white cardstock behind the days of the week then stuck it all on the “vellumed” background. I added a flag with the month and year and mounted my finished calendar with some removable adhesive to a media board for sturdiness.

I can’t wait to make one for every month of the year!! I hope you’ll give this a try. Thanks of joining me while I shared some ideas for using the new PRS {Date Stamp Set}.

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Create It Wednesday ~ {Date Stamp Set}

It’s the first Create It Wednesday post for 2017 and I’m sharing a “Save the Date” card using the fab new {Date Stamp Set}. This set is perfect for everything calendar, planner, and journal related!

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I wanted the date to stand out with lots of color against the black cardstock, so I stamped and popped it up on a tag. In this new set, the days of the weeks, months, and numbers are all individual stamps so you can really customize your project. It also plays nicely in the sandbox with other PRS stamp sets; here I also used the {Blossom Stamp Set}and the {Happy Art Stamp Set}. I think it’s pretty clear that something wonderful is happening April 15th  (it’s my mom’s birthday!)

I used gouache to paint the blossoms because of the opacity it provides, especially when painting onto dark cardstock. A ribbon and some rhinestones and we’re ready to party!

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Thanks for stopping by and be sure to drop in Friday for Judy’s always creative designs!

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Create It Wednesday ~ {Happy Art and Oh Christmas} Thanks

Let’s wrap up this year with an expression of gratitude! Today, I’m using lots of stamp surgery (if you’ve seen my posts, you know I’m a fan) to create a subway art Christmas Thank You card. happy-stamping-oh-christmasfull

I’m always excited to give and receive thoughtful gifts, so what a way to say thanks with this card. When creating this look, I arrange my base set of stamps on a large stamp press/block, rotating them different directions, until I get a design I like. I ink up all the stamps at once and press really well into the center of my paper. Sidebar- I have to say that these stamps ink up and stamp fabulously every time! Then I go back and fill in the blank area, working from the center outward. All you do is change the orientation of the stamp from the previous time you used it.

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I wanted to include traditional Christmas colors of red, green, and gold and the main sentiment from the {Happy Art Stamp Set} was just the right opportunity by using some embossing powder. The rest of the stamping was done with Pumice Stone Distress Ink. I added some shadows in those big, amazing, open sentiments from {Oh Christmas} and around the embossing using a W3 Copic marker (it’s a perfect match for the ink!). I added a strip of gold glitter tape and called it a night.

Thanks for joining me and I hope this gives you a way to mix your holiday and everyday stamps sets! Have a very Merry Christmas and see ya in the New Year!

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