Happy Graduation with Tape Technologies

Hi everyone, I am participating in the Designer Crafts Connection blog hop.  This month we are working with  Styletech Craft/Tape Technologies.

With graduations on the horizon, I created a gift jar and coordinating gift bag using the colors of the graduating class - Silver and Rust vinyl.

I began by selecting a jar and with 4 squared areas.  I die cut GRAD from the Rust vinyl using my Cricut.  The vinyl die cut really well and it easily removed from its backing.

Once the letters were adhered to the jar, I began working on the top.  I used Spellbinders circle dies to die cut a Rust vinyl circle to fit the cap.  Next I die cut a smaller Silver layer.  Using My Favorite Things dies, I die cut the graduation cap in both colors.  These were adhered to the cap and a 1/2" strip of Rust vinyl was wrapped around the edge.

Finally, I thought it needed a little dressing up, so I adhered some lace trim from  Expo International,  around the edge of the cap.

Doesn't it look wonderful.  As I was giving this as a gift, I needed a gift bag so I cut  Silver vinyl to fit the front of a gift bag.

Then I die cut a large "G" from Rust vinyl using my Cricut.

I carefully applied the letter to the bag, peeling off the backing a bit at a time so I could get the letter straight.

Then I used the squeegee to smooth out the vinyl to remove any bubbles.  I also added some additional trim across the top of the gift bag so it coordinated with the jar.

Next, I die cut "rad" from Rust vinyl and adhered along the right edge.  Congratulations was cut from Rust vinyl using another metal die.  The backing pulled away easily even from those tiny letters and I was able to adhere it across the top of the bag.

 I put some money in the jar.  After all, what is a graduation gift without some cash!!

You can find links for all the designers creations at the Designer Crafts Connection blog.

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Create It with Creative Vision Stamps

Hi everyone, I've created a new card using stamps from Creative Vision Stamps.

Using FOILables, you can create all types of cards.  I chose some striped paper and matted it with black cardstock.  Next, I wrapped it with ribbon and added the phrase which I heat set with  Wildfire Heat Transfer Foil.  

You can shop at www.creativevisionstamps.com using my code (Steph10) to receive 10% off your next order of $20.00 or more.  Simply enter my code at checkout.  It's valid on regular priced items only, does not count toward shipping and taxes and cannot be used with the custom stamp service.

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Just For You with ExpressionsCraft

Hi everyone, I'm on the ExpresionsCraft blog using an assortment of products from the store. 

I used a piece of stenciled cardstock that was left over from another project I recently created.  To get the negative image, I first spritzed it with a little water, then placed the inked side on white cardstock.   flipped it over.  Then I used a brayer to release the ink onto the white cardstock. 

The panel was cut to fit the card, inked with yellow and brown inks then matted with off-white cardstock.  Next, I wrapped the panel with twine then adhered the panel to a brown card.

The Leafy Flora embellishment was inked with assorted colors of Brilliance inks.


The Flora embellishment was adhered to ovals and then placed on the card with foam adhesives.  Gems were added to the flower centers and the sentiment was stamped, matted and placed on top of the ovals, slightly behind the embellishment.

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Graduation Layout with Rinea Foiled Paper

Hi everyone, I've got a Graduation layout using the Magical Foiled Paper Variety Pack on the Rinea Blog.  This collection has 12 sheets of foiled paper, 2 of 6 different colors.

If you haven't used Rinea foiled paper on your layouts, you are missing out.  There are so many ways you can use foiled papers - think die cutting (both manual and electronic) - photo matting, paper tearing, stamping, etc.

Start the layout by stenciling "adventure" with molding paste in the right corner.

Using pattern paper, I tore the bottom edge on an angle, then I added a torn strip of Glossy Ebony Black/Gold foiled paper.  Then placed it on the stenciled background.

The photos were matted with Glossy Gold/Gold Foiled Paper and matted with Glossy Ebony Black/Gold foiled paper.  

Using Starstruck Gold Foiled Paper, I die cut Grad using my Cricut.  The shadow letters were die cut from Glossy Ebony Black/Gold foiled paper and adhered together with Beacon Adhesive.

I stamped a phrase directly on  Glossy Gold/Gold Foiled Paper, then matted the panel with black cardstock.

The phrase was placed over the 3 smaller photos.

What do you think?  I think the foiled paper add a nice effect to the layout.

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Happy Anniversary Cards with Just For Fun Rubber Stamps

Hi everyone todays cards are created from my stash using Just For Fun Rubber Stamps.  I have a huge stash and am always looking for ways to use it.

I wanted to create some classic anniversary cards so I pulled out my stash of black, white and gray elements.

This paper was torn from a spiral book and I added a stamped panel to the center using the Michelanglo Background Stamp.

The card was created from gray cardstock and some gray and white pattern paper.  I added a large folded flower to the stamped panel, added a smaller black flower and added the sentiment from Sentiments 1 Unmounted Sheet.with a floral brad.  Then the panel was added to the card with foam adhesives.

The next card takes another page from the spiral book which I then matted with black cardstock and fussy cut.  I stamped the Michelanglo Background Stamp directly on the panel and fussy cut it.  It was then added to the card with foam adhesives.

The sentiment from Sentiments 1 Unmounted Sheet was die cut and then added to the panel with foam adhesives

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Your Way with Creative Vision

Hi everyone, check out a new card I've created using stamps from Creative Vision Stamps.

I've used the FOILables Toner Sheets - Uplifting - with Heat Transfer Foil - Crystal Ballroom.

Love how the foil changes color when you move the image.

I chose to create a card of pink and red, die cutting the center of the pink panel before adding it to a red card.  

You can shop at www.creativevisionstamps.com using my code (Steph10) to receive 10% off your next order of $20.00 or more.  Simply enter my code at checkout.  It's valid on regular priced items only, does not count toward shipping and taxes and cannot be used with the custom stamp service.

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Dates to Remember Notebook with Bowdabra

Hi everyone I'm on the Bowdabra blog with an altered notebook.

Just alter a notebook with pattern papers then add a bow created with the Bowdabra.

This is the perfect project to use with scraps of ribbon.

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WIsh and Hope Jars with Etchall

Hi everyone, as we are now into the graduation and wedding seasons, I've got a new etching project to share.

These glass jars had the perfect areas on which to add letters.  Using my Cricut, I die cut HOPE and WISH from vinyl.

Next, I placed the letters in each spot and used tape to mark off the arears I did not want etched.  Then I spooned etchallⓇ etching crème onto the letters and used the squeegee to smooth it out.  I repeated this for each letter.

I let the etching crème sit for 15 minutes then used the squeegee to remove the etching crème and put it back in the container.  Since the etching creme is reusable, there is no waste, and you can continue to use it for future projects.  

Simply rinse off the jars and dry.

These jars can be decorated as desired.  I chose to keep them simple and just added some flowers to the lids.

Inside each jar, I added strips of papers with wishes and hopes for the grad or wedding couple.

Such a unique gift for someone special don't you think?

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Happy Birthday Tags with Expressions Craft

Hi everyone, I've got a new post on the ExpressionsCraft blog

I've created some birthday tags using stencils and stamps from the store.  

Using the Feather Mixed Media Stencil, I placed it on white cardstock and inked it with several colors of Brilliance Inks  Then I flipped over the inked stencil onto another piece of cardstock and used a brayer to release the ink creating a negative effect.  I matted each piece with cardstock creating the tags.

Using the new Birthday stamp set, I stamped the birthday cake and the package three times.  I die cut each piece and matted with a larger die.  I added color with Memento Markers, then stamped HB2U around the images.

The panels were wrapped with twine and the birthday circles were added on top with foam adhesives.  Twine was also added to the top of the tags.  

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