Project Thursday {sequin bird}

First off, I have to apologize for the poor pictures – my camera simply cannot pick up black, apparently!Moving on…

I used the Positive Thoughts and Little One stamp sets in this card, in a very simple way, but bold way.

This second picture shows the brightness of the bird a bit better…

I used the chic chevron pattern from the Little One stamp set to make a subtle ‘bird tracks’ background.

What do you think?

Thanks so much for stopping in with me today and have an awesome day!

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Tuesday Ideas {faux watercolor effect}

Hello there, friends. It’s Kim here and I am back with another Tuesday Idea. I just love the darling sentiment “a star is born” from the Little One stamp set. For my card today, I am featuring a “star” theme in soft pastels that remind me of watercolors.

First, I used pink ink to distress the cardstock and give it a radiant effect. Next I added washi tape to the bottom of my card. I masked off the wheels from the stroller and stamped the image at the top of the washi tape and replaced the wheels with buttons. I then paper pieced the polka dot patterned paper to give it some color.

Next, I used the dashed border stamp with a star pattern and gave it a careful curve when placing it onto my stamp block. Curving your stamps is a great way to get even more use out of your images in an unexpected way. I also curved the sentiment to follow the curve of the border stamp.

To give it the watercolor effect, stamp off the star image onto a scratch piece of paper first to remove the excess ink, then stamp directly onto your project without re-inking. This will leave the remaining ink a softer, more subdued style similar to watercolor. I think chalk inks work best for this effect. Last, I used a glitter pen to trace the edges of a few select star images. I think it adds just the right amount of sparkle.

Well, that brings an end to my project for today. I hope you’ll give this technique a try with your stamps. Thanks for much for visiting!

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A Congratulations Card using the, Little One, Stamp Set

Hello! I’m back again with another project; and, this time around, I’m making a ‘Congratulations’ card using the super cute stamp set, Little One. I just love how versatile this stamp set is—I can use certain stamps to create party decorations, I can go with a traditional card (like the one shown above), or you can even make a gift tag out of the teddy bear image. The possibilities are endless.

To start I cut an A2 size card base, and flipped through my 6 x6 pattern paper pages to found a really cute floral pattern, and a pink ledger paper pattern—pink ledger paper?! So cute, right? I cut the floral and ledger paper at 4 ¼ x 5 ½, and I adhered the floral piece to the white card base. Next, I used my edge punch to create this notebook effect on the ledger paper and applied vintage edge stain to the edges of both pieces. Once that was done, I grabbed the stamp set, and inked up the ‘Congratulations’ sentiment and stamped it at the top of the card stock.

Next, I wanted to add some hearts to this design, so I cut one of the hearts out of the ‘Welcome little one’ sentiment, and used that to create the background. What I love about cutting pieces off of clear stamps is that you can easily put it back together when you’re done.

Using some pale pink card stock I stamped the bear and chocolate brown ink, and colored in this face and tummy with a pink marker in a shade slightly darker than the card stock. Next I used some pink hemp twine and created the sweet little bow right above his belly. After cutting the out the bear I used a piece of scrap paper to create the waving banner and used the ‘Bundle of Joy’ sentiment and used some dimensional adhesive to attach it to the bear.

Once bear was finished I added it to the card using some more dimensional adhesive, and finished it off by rounding one corner with my corner chomper.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this card tutorial!

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A star is born and a goodbye {saturday creations}

Hi friends!

Let’s get the goodbye part out of the way, shall we?  I have had the honor, over the past year, of working with Dyane of Precious Remembrance.  It has been a pleasure to have been there with her from the beginning – for both of us!  PR was my first design team, and you never forget your first 😉  I cannot wait to see who takes over {Saturday Creations} and what amazing stuff she (or he) will create!

 And now, for my final PR card:

 

A star is born.  in there.

Do you ever crane your neck to check out a baby rolling by?  I often do.  And if they are less than a few months old, they automatically get a little coo.  It just happens.

You may notice (and if you aren’t noticing, I’m pointing it out) that the pram is closed on both side.  Look at my card, and then at this image of the stamp set to compare.

 

 See?  A little selective inking allowed me to close up the sides.  The yucky parts got covered by the pretty patterned paper.  That’s how I roll… everything looks pretty on the outside, just don’t go poking around too much or you’ll find my messy secrets (my friends are giggling right now, because my house is like that too – so neat and tidy until you open a closet… ha.)

 

I used the little knitted background strip to build a soft pattern all over my circle, and then curved the sentiment to fit around its curve.  (The arrow image is from a Mama Elephant set.  I stamped that once everything was adhered to my card, and held my breath until I pulled up and made sure everything was stamped ok.)

I hope you like my card!  Have a great weekend!

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Inspire Me Friday {Soft and Sweet}

Hello, everyone!  I’m so happy to be back sharing today…seems like forEVER since I last posted, so…I’m EXTRA happy to share a soft and snugly creation with you today.  I’m sure you’ll recognize this little guy from the Little One set…

I stamped him on some wool felt, fussy cutting his top half (Be careful…let the ink dry!) and adding just a dab of chalk to his face.  Then I carefully cut up the line of his tummy/arm so I could tuck him in ‘bed’ and let his little arm out from under the covers to hold his little message.  The ‘I {heart} HUGS’ sentiment is on the bear’s tummy in the set, but I’ve cut it out here to use it separately.

You can see I’ve stitched a felt star border on the top edge of his ‘comforter’, and stitched around the edges to form a pocket.  A tip for that…You don’t want to stitch the pocket totally flat, or it may be difficult to tuck the bear in.  I put just a dab of adhesive in each bottom corner of the pocket to keep it in position, and then folded a scrap of felt in half and tucked it in the middle of the pocket while sewing.  Then…after stitching…I pulled out the scrap, positioned my bear under his cover just the way I wanted him, and adhered.  I also stamped one of the delicate little borders from the set at the top, and used the ‘congratulations’ sentiment at the bottom.  And I think that covers it!  I hope you enjoyed this extra soft creation and are inspired to incorporate a little extra softness into your next project for any little ones you may be welcoming into the world this summer!  Let me know if you have any questions!!!

Thanks so much for stopping in!

 Geri

 

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Design It Monday ~ {Playful Patterns}

Hello and thanks for joining us today! I thought I would mix a few playful patterns and do a bit of paper piecing using the new Little One stamp set. Sometimes mixing patterns and colors can be intimidating. I find the easiest way to get around that is to pull papers of various patterns and colors from the same designer paper pad. I’m am hopelessly addicted to those sweet little 6×6 pads! This fluttery butterfly and darling aqua gingham came from the same collection. When stamping the carriage, I stamped off the gray ink first to soften the look then paper pieced it.  I used the complimenting lime green from the butterfly paper to add an extra hint of color. A small  butterfly was snipped out and popped it up for fun! For even more playful pattern, I pulled the lighter aqua from the butterflies to use for my polka dot embossed panel. Polka dots…another of those sweet things I’m hopelessly addicted to! And lastly I tucked my sentiment into the carriage to bring the eye directly to the focal image.

Once you get the hang of using patterns and colors from the same collection, you can start mixing in papers from other collections that are in your color scheme. I hope you’re enjoying our designs with this new set. Be sure to stop back, there are MORE to come!!

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Baby Shower Cupcake Toppers, Using the ‘Little One’ Stamp set

Hello! I’m so excited to be a guest designer here, on the Precious Remembrance Blog. Today I’ll be sharing a picture tutorial on how I’ve created these really cute cupcake toppers. I’m mostly known for creating fun party decorations with stamps—and this Little One set was perfect for baby shower party decor.

What’s great about this design is that you can use a wide variety of color pattern papers to fit any baby shower. If it’s a girl, this pink polka dot paper is perfect; however, if it’s a boy or a gender neutral shower you can use card stock colors like, blue, green, lavender, or yellow.

To start I pulled out some pattern paper and my desired craft punch—in this case, my EK Success Real Estate Sign punch.

Once I’ve punched out the base for the topper, I grabbed my Versa Marker pen so I could do some selective stamping and embossing. With the pen I only applied the slow drying ink to the text, and stamp the sentiment in the center of my punched sign.

Next, I applied some silver embossing powder, and applied heat.

To add a vintage feel to the toppers I applied some Vintage Photo, distress ink around the edges.

Next, I glued the signs to some food picks and allowed them to dry before covering the back with the same shape—to hide the food pick.

Lastly, I added some satin ribbon and tied a really cute bow!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this design!

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same bear, new look {saturday creations}

now.

I finally got my Precious Remembrance “little one” set.  After all this time, after the rest of the design team has been brilliantly showcasing this set for the last few weeks, I figured I’d better come up with something fresh. something to razzle-dazzle you, and make you see the set in a new light.

 

I took the bear image from the set, and made it look like this:

You see the difference immediately, right?  It hardly looks like the same bear.  I did some creative masking to give the cute bear a slouchier and more vintage teddy look.

 I did have to paper-piece the bear to get him to look just right.  Even with my mad masking skills (ha) it was too hard to get everything as perfect as I wanted, but by paper-piecing the body, it looks seamless.  The outline underneath is a little messier…. hee.

 If you want to try this at home, here’s what I did:

 1. stamp the bear onto masking paper or post-it notes.  cut the head and body out separately.

2. ink up only the body, as best as you can, and stamp down onto white cardstock. (you may need to use a wipe to remove some excess ink before you stamp down.)

3. mask the body and stamp the head, low enough to cover the bear’s bow-tie.  (I replaced it with a different style from another set, to further the transformation, but you can certainly paper-piece the bow included with the bear image.)

4. pop up the bear’s head, so when people see the outline image underneath, they’ll think you are even more of a masking superstar than you really are. wink.

Also of note: remember I told you: don’t be afraid to cut up your stamps?  I took my regular paper snips to his “i ♥ hugs” belly.  I like the sentiment, but I love the freedom of being able to stamp the bear without having to wipe ink off every time I didn’t want it there.

I love the cute accent lines that Dyane adds to every set.  This one has dashed lines and stars and is perfect for making baby cards.

 I hope you like my inaugural “little one” card!  Have a great weekend!

 

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Project Thursday {star launch}

Hey there! Clare here today with a fun boy card using the Little One stamp set!

It’s kinda funny, because I usually have a hard time making any kind of masculine card, and so far every card I’ve made using this adorable stamp set is boy themed. 😉

I had a fun time using up some skinny strips of cardstock to create a sort of launch pattern in the background – gives an otherwise simple card a little pizzazz. 😉

Sometimes it’s fun to let the stitching on cards be a little wonky and not absolutely perfect – adds a bit of charm, I think.

Thanks so much for stopping in with me today!

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Tuesday Ideas {a star is born}

Welcome to “Tuesday Ideas” with me, Kim. I hope everyone in the USA had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. I sure did!

I have another card idea to share with you featuring the newest stamp set, Little One. This time, I combined the Calendar stamp set with Little One to create a personal card for baby.

I know of a little one who will be born in June. Since I don’t know the exact date, I thought it would be nice to stamp the addition of the date on the calendar once she is born. That way it will make a great souvenir to save in baby’s scrapbook. I added the month of June to the top of the calendar and a row of little pink hearts. To fill the space below the calendar, I added rows of dashed lines.

I added the adorable bear image from Little One and a sentiment to announce “a star is born.” Of course, adding white trim and a delicate paper doily make it perfect for such a tiny sweet baby.

I hope you enjoyed my card today! So glad you stopped by.

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