When I got the super cool stuff for the Sidekick planner and saw that incredibly cool envelope I immediately thought….That’s a lot of fun to make a mini album. So I did but it wasn’t easy. In the end I am very satisfied and now it’s standing in my craftroom.
I made 5 envelopes, but before I glued them together, I tied them first. Like you tie a book. I found a tutorial on You-tube.
I made a cover with craft-board and added a ribbon in between so you can close the book with a bow.
The pendant is made with shrink-plastic and a stamp.
In each envelope there is a card with a picture on it. The cards are made with the note pieces set and Planner Essentials 4
The paper that I used is for a laser printer and therefore nice and firm. I’ve decorated it with acrylic paint and the Gelli plate, my latest addiction.
Blue had just been given a new collar here. Unfortunately he didn’t enjoy it for long, a week later he died suddenly.
And I’ve only ventured into the Selfies recently. I hate pictures of myself. Whose kids would have that anyway? hihi
For the closure I used eyelets, which was a bit fiddling with the Crop-a-dile but it worked.
This is what the bound book looks like before I glued it into the cover.
These are the dies I’ve worked with.
I thought it was a great project to work on and you can see that you can do a lot more with all those nice dies from the Sidekick Essentials line.
On the back of the book I attached flower lace.
For the Sentiment I used Sidekick Essentials 4.
I hope you are just as excited as I am about the new Sidekick Essentials dies. They are so versatile. And hopefully I’ve inspired you a little bit again.
Hey Friends! It’s EK and today I thought it might be fun to try to create a modern take on a vintage look. Designer Ilse and Charlene’s new stamps and stencils make creating this look so simple with their old school flare.
Step One: Stamp out on of the images from the Earthy Girls stamp set onto a piece of Watercolor Paper cut out to 4.25×5.5 inches using some water-soluble ink. I used Weathered Wood Distress Oxide.
Step Two: Using clean water and watercolor paint brush, fade the ink out over the watercolor paper, making the stamped image look bright and bold.
Step Three: Using ECD’s Watercolor Palette, add touches of color to the stamped image.
Step Four: Hand stamp around the edges of the watercolor paper background images from the Words & Layers stamp set using colored ink. I used Shaded Lilac in Distress Oxide.
Step Five: Add a sentiment to the image from the Words & Layers stamp set. I used Weathered Wood Distress Oxide.
Step Six: Add texture to the card using the Dot Dot Dot… stencil and add gel medium through the openings.
Step Seven: Let the gel medium dry.
Step Eight: Highlight the stenciling by adding muted watercolor around the raised portions.
Step Nine: Die cut the watercolor paper with the Stitched Indented Rectangle die set and adhere it to a piece of trimmed Dusky Lavender Soft Finish Cardstock trimmed to 4.25×5.5 inches using 10mm Clear Doubled Sided Adhesive. Add the Soft Finish Cardstock to an A2 card frame.
I love how the pale grey and purple tones have a vintage vibe, but in a fun colorful way.
What do you think? Is this a new look on a vintage vibe? Let us know in the comments below what your favorite take on vintage crafting projects is.
Hey friends! It’s EK and I am popping in today to show you how easily you can manipulate your favorite stamps to use all year long. Every since the Halloween Party Stamp set was released by designer Charlene, I have been absolutely in love with the kitty stamp. It is hands down one of the cutest cats around. However, his little bat wings make him limited in how often you can use him. However, I am sharing today, that with a little creative stamping you can use this cutie all year long!
Step One: Trim a piece of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock to 4.25×5.5 inches. Using a stamping platform add you cat stamp from Halloween Party and ink it up. Then before stamping, wipe the ink from the kitty’s wings. You can use any type of ink for this stamping technique. I used Fadeout ink so I could do a little no line coloring.
Step Two: Using alcohol ink color the image in. I used copic markers.
It is hard to believe that this sweet little image once had little bat wings set on the body.
Step Three: Using the Fitted Rounded Rectangle die set, die cut out the stamped image. Using two of the dies from the Stitched Rounded Rectangle die set, die cut a board that is about the size of the card frame.
Step Four: Using the Fitted Rounded Rectangle die set, die cut a piece of printed paper the size of the opening in the die cut boarder.
Step Five: Using 6mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, add the die cut boarder to an A2 Card frame. Using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, add the printed paper and the stamped image, making both of center.
Step Six: Stamp a sentiment from the Journaling Elements stamp set in black ink.
I hope you find it helpful to see how to manipulate your stamps to use them in new and interesting ways. It is super easy and gives all your stamps a new and versatile way of using them.
Hello Crafters, today it is Luciana here with a planner spread. This is an interactive page, to keep a picture
Step 1. Stamp on the White Soft Finish Cardstock the following stamps: – the bigger rettangle and for 2 times the slim rectangle with the sharp edges from the set Planner Essential – Retro Label; – the sentiment “I want to remember this” from the set Planner Essential – Remember; – the leaves and the flowers from the set A Field Of Flowers.
Step 2. Color them with the watercolor and cut along the edge.
Step 3. Assemble some floral pieces, the labels and the sentiment like the picture below.
Step 4. cut a pieces of White Soft Cardstock 21cm x 21cm (8,25 x 8, 25 inches), and fold it at 12cm ( 4,7 in). Create the 6 holes for the rings and 1 hole on the opposite side, at about half the height of the page.
Step.5 Die cut from the White Soft Cardstock: – the two tag from the set Planner Essential 2, for two times; – the hole reinforcer from the set Planner Essential 8; – the tab from the set Planner Essential 11. You could use the distress ink pad and the blending tool to create a gradient along the edges of each element.
Step 6. Assemble the pieces like in the picture, including the photo. Use one of the two little tag horizontally, adhering it on the left outside of the page, making sure that the hole of the tag is at the same height as the hole of the page, on the opposite right side. Add a piece of string to the tag.
Step 7. Adhere all the floral pieces on the page.
Step 8. Close the folded page, and adhere on the flap the die cut elements with the sentiment. Use the string of the tag in the hole of the flap, and close it with a bow.
The interactive page is complete, you can put it inside your planner.
Thank you for stopping by today. Happy planning! Luciana
Hey Friends! It’s EK, and last week I discovered how gorgeous coloring on Soft Finish Cardstock is with colored pencils, so today I thought I would play around with some stamps that are simply meant to be colored with this medium. I can not be more impressed with how stunning Charlene’s stamps look colored in with my pencils.
Step One: Trim a piece of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock to 4.25×5.5 inches. Stamp the sweet gal from the Make a Wish stamp set into the center of the paper. Stamp the image again onto some masking paper (I used post-it note paper). Trim out the image on the masking paper and add it to the stamped image
Step Two: With the making paper in place, stamp other images from the stamp set over the sweet gal multiple times.
Here is what the cardstock looks like with the masking paper still in place.
Here is what the image looks like after the masking paper is lifited.
Step Three: Color in the image with your colored pencils.
Step Four: Trim a piece of True Green Soft Finish Cardstock to 4.25×5.5 and added it to an A2 cardframe with some 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive.
Step Five: Die cut the focal image with one of the Stitched Rounded Rectangle die sets and adhere it to the True Green Soft Finish Cardstock.
What do you think of this medium on Soft Finish Cardstock? Have you experiment with colored pencils on your projects? Let us know in the comments below. Until then, happy crafting!
Hey Crafters! Katelyn here, sharing with you my Bloom Card.
To create my card, I’ve used a variety of the new dies and stamps from Charlene and Ilse’s Art Journal Specials Collection as well as a couple of dies from the Planner Essentials Collection, Joset Designs and Els van de Burgt Studio. You’ll want to read below as I share with you how to recreate my card at home.
Step One. Die cut a 4 1/4″ Stitched Square out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Place the Story Telling stencil to the left hand side of the square and put Texture Paste Opaque Matte through the stencil with a palette knife as much or as little as desired. Once the paste has dried, distress the edges of the square. Ink the edges of the square using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.
Step Two. Die cut a 4 3/4″ Stitched Square out of a piece of book page. Distress the edges of the square. Ink the edges of the square using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.
Step Three. Die cut a 2″ Stitched Circle out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Cut the circle down to 1 1/2″. Die cut a 1 1/2″ Stitched Circle out of a piece of patterned paper. Cut the circle down to 1 1/4″. Distress the edges of the circles. Ink the edges of the circles using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.
Step Four. Die cut a 3/4″ Diagonal Stitched Fishtail out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Cut the fishtail down to 2 1/2″. Apply Jet Black Archival Ink to the Bloom sentiment from the A Field of Flowers stamp set and stamp onto the fishtail. Distress the edges of the fishtail. Ink the edges of the fishtail using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.
Step Five. Die cut the Mandala out of a piece of kraft cardstock. Cut the Mandala down to 2 1/2″.
Step Six. Die cut the Blooming Branch from the Blooming Branches die and die cut the branch out of cream cardstock.
Step Seven. From the Planner Essentials 24 – Photo Frame die, die cut the film strip out of a piece of black cardstock. Trim the filmstrip down to 3 1/8″.
Step Eight. From the Planner Essentials 24 – Photo Frame die, die cut the arrow strip out of a piece of pattern paper. Ink the edges of the strip using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.
Step Nine. Apply Jet Black Archival Ink to the flower branch from the First Sights of Spring stamp set and stamp onto a piece of watercolour paper. Colour the flower branch using the Watercolor Palette and a waterbrush. Fussy cut the flower branch out.
Step Ten. Cut a small piece of cheesecloth.
Step Eleven. Adhere the 4 1/4″ stitched square to the 4 3/4″ stitched square.
Step Twelve. Adhere the mandala to the left hand side of the 4 1/4″ stitched square. Adhere the 1 3/4″ stitched circle to the middle of the mandala. Adhere the 1 1/4″ stitched circle to the 1 3/4″ stitched circle.
Step Thirteen. Staple the arrow strip to the film strip in two sections as desired. Adhere the bloom fishtail 1/2″ from the bottom and 1″ from the left of the 4 1/4″ square. The fishtail will sit slightly underneath the circles. Adhere the arrow strip and film strip to the middle of the circles.
Step Fourteen. Adhere the cheesecloth to the middle of the arrow strip and films trip. Adhere the bloom branch to the middle of the cheesecloth.
Step Fifteen. Foam square the flower branch as desired overtop of the bloom branch.
Step Sixteen. To finish the card, cut a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock that measures 4 3/4″ x 9 1/2″, score at 4 3/4″. Adhere the cardfront to the cardbase.
Thanks for joining me today! I hope that I’ve inspired you to create your own version of my Bloom Card.
Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies Used:
Other Supplies Used:
Distress Ink: Black Soot
Blending Tool with Foam
Ranger Ink: Jet Black Archival Ink and Texture Paste Opaque Matte
Graphic 45: Bloom Collection
Misc: Black Cardstock, Kraft Cardstock, Book Page, Cream Cardstock, Mini Stapler and Cheesecloth