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craft project photography - photo light box

Craft Project Photography and Sale Alert

craft project photography - photo light box

To take good photos of your small items or craft projects, a light box can be invaluable.  I have an old dresser that I use in my craft room for organizing my punches and accessories and on top of the dresser is this light box.  This is a very inexpensive, portable light box set that included the lamps and this folding box plus a tri-pod (that I never use).

reason to smile you're the best practice card

After I take my photos I drop them into photo editing software, crop the picture and do a quick photo edit to make it a little brighter and crisper.

petite purse reason to smile card

This simple, little card was featured on my Facebook page yesterday.  It’s created with the Reason To Smile Stamp Set which is only $5 and is available only in July and the colors Daffodil Delight, Regal Rose and Early Espresso, a color combination I found in the Color Coach.

reason to smile you're the best practice card close up

My friend Cathy asked me to do a stamp class for her eleven-year-old granddaughter and five friends.  This is the 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ practice card we started with and then we made a couple more projects including this cute petite purse.    The girls were darling and love it!

I found a bargain at Kohls for my craft room today!   Go check it out on Facebook.  We’re gearing up for more information on facebook including a give away in August.  So like us while you’re there, so you don’t miss anything.

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Reason to Smile w-#131274 c-#131275, Friendly Phrases w-#126149 c-#126151
Ink: Regal Rose #126947, Daffodil Delight #126944, Early Espresso #126974
Paper:  Regal Rose #105130, Whisper White #100730
Extras: Basic Pearls  Jewels #119247, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack #118309
 
Petite Purse Recipe:
Stamps: Bordering on Romance w-#125480 c-#125482
Ink: Pink Pirouette #126956
Paper: Pink Pirouette #111351
Extras: Petite Purse Bigz Die #125606, Beautiful Wings Embosslits #11813, Big Shot Die-cutting Machine #113439
 

Have fun taking better pictures of your small craft projects!

Enjoy, Julie

Stampin' Up! Aviary CAS Greeting Card

Simple Stampin’ Up! Aviary Greeting Card

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Stampin' Up! Aviary CAS Greeting Card

The design for this Stampin’ Up! Aviary greeting card came to me when I woke up this morning!  I went straight to my office and here it is – just for you!!!  I fell in love with this set from the very beginning. I love the interesting cages, and especially the adorable birds!

Obviously, this is a very clean and simple card.  Just a couple of interesting elements make it work.  To create the top to hang the cage, I die-cut the Summer Smooches DSP for the top with ths second largest Label Collection Framelit.

Stampin' Up! Aviary CAS Greeting Card close up The cage was stamped in Basic Black Craft ink, embossed with Black Embossing Powder and trimmed out with my Paper Snips.  The sweet songbird was inked FIRST in Versamark, then in Calypso Coral, stamped and embossed with Clear Embossing Powder.  The order of inking is important.  The Versamark ink keeps the little birdy moist to ‘grab’ the embossing powder and the Calypso Coral ink adds the color, but we don’t want to add color to the Versamark pad!

Stampin' Up! Aviary CAS Greeting Card angle

I punched a hole in the cage ring and in the bottom of the topper. The Linen Thread is then laced through these holes.  I attached the topper with SNAIL adhesive and the cage was adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the coral bird was added with a Glue Dot.

Have a fabulous weekend and I hope you enjoyed this simple aviary greeting card.

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Card Recipe: 
Stamps:  Aviary w-#116956 c-#120462
Ink: Calypso Coral #126983, Black Craft #102192, Versamark #102283
Paper: Summer Smooches #125409, Whisper White #100730
Extras: Labels Collection Framelits #125598, Big Shot Die-cutting Machine #113439, Linen Thread #104199, Clear Emboss Powder #109130, Black Emboss Powder #109133, Paper Snips #103579, Dimensionals #104430, Glue Dots #103683, SNAIL Adhesive #104332
 

Enjoy, Julie

Reason to Smile Butterfly Art Card

Reason To Smile Butterfly Art Card & Blog Candy!

Reason to Smile Butterfly Art Card The Beautiful Butterflies Die makes this Reason to Smile friend card extra, extra special.  In fact, I’m planning to make another and put it in this black 5″ x 5″ frame from Amazon.  Classic LINEAR in black by Malden - 5x5 The Christmas card on page 202 of Stampin’ Up! catalog inspired the layout for my card.

This card is so pretty in person, I want to send it to someone, so I’m offering the following blog candy!

butterfly art blog candy july 2012 This blog candy package includes the Reason to Smile Butterfly card, two spools of 10 yards each of 1/8′ ribbon and a package of 12 vintage tags.   To enter the drawing, leave a comment and tell me what you like about this friend card (so I can make sure it goes to a good home LOL).  The blog candy drawing will happen at noon on Tuesday, July 24th, so comment today!

Reason to Smile Butterfly Art Card I cut the Rich Razzleberry and First Edition butterflies with Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die and the Big Shot Die-cutting Machine.  Because it’s a Bigz die it will cut through multiple layers, chipboard, fabrics, and lots more too!

I stamped the smaller butterfly with the small flower outline in Pacific Point ink.  I love the look of stamped pattern paper and the neutral First Edition Designer Series Paper is perfect for this technique.

After I cut the large Rich Razzleberry butterfly I ran it back through the Big Shot in the Fancy Fan Embossing Folder.   All that texture is fabulous!

Reason to Smile Butterfly Art Card For additional texture a row of pearls were added down the middle.  The vellum ‘Friend’ tag is from the Sweet Essentials stamp set punched with the Word Window Punch and snipped shorter to fit.  The tag was poped up on a tad bit of a dimensional.

The smallest Vintage Faceted Designer Button was used at the head with a double bow of linen thread and adhered to the top of the tag with a glue dot.  Curling the edges of the wings with my bone folder created a 3D butterfly ready for flight.

The raised, stamped Wild Wasabi frame in the background measures 4″ x 4″ with a 3″ x 3″ square cut from the middle popped up with dimensionals.

Reason to Smile Butterfly Art Card angle The Reason to Smile stamp set is only available until July 31st.  Have you checked your wish list lately?  So now is the time to send in that order and purchase this beautiful set for only $5 with a $50 product purchase.

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Reason to Smile w-#131274 c-#131275, Sweet Essentials w-#126455 c-#126457
Ink: Wild Wasabi #126959, Pacific Point #126951, Rich Razzleberry #126950
Paper: First Edition #121878, Wild Wasabi #108641, Rich Razzleberry #115316, Vellum #101856
Extras:  Beautiful Butterflies Die #114507, Big Shot Die-cutting Machine #113439, Basic Pearl Jewels #119247, Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons #127555, Linen Thread #104199, Word Window Punch #119857,  Fancy Fan Embossing Folder #127751, Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430
 

Enjoy, Julie

papillion potpouri you're the best card

Friendly Butterfly Card

papillion potpouri you're the best card I love these butterflies from the Papillon Potpourri stamp set with the new butterfly punch.  A perfect combo for making this “WOW, you’re the best” friend card!  This tag card was inspired by a Christmas tag featured in the July Stampin’ Success magazine, a magazine for Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators.  When you join Stampin’ Up! as a demonstrator you’ll start getting your copy! papillion potpouri you're the best card close up

Here’s a close up of this fun butterfly with the rhinestones.  Stamp the butterfly, then turn your butterfly punch over, line it up and punch.   I use my Paper-Piercing Tool to pick up the rhinestones and place them just where I want them.

I punched a circle from the left corner of the tag and backed it with Whisper White card stock to highlight and mount the butterfly.

I stamped the tag over and over again with the phrase and I used the stamp-a-ma-jig to line it all up, and it was faster and easier than you would think.  I also used the stamp-a-ma-jig to stamp the antennae too.

papillion potpouri you're the best card angle

To create the top of the tag, I slipped the top under the Labels Collection Framelit and ran it through the Big Shot Die-cutting Machine just until the top is cut, then backed it out.  Would you like to see a video on how that’s done?

I consulted my Color Coach to select my colors.   I used two of the new In Colors: Raspberry Ripple and Summer Starfruit.  Which are your favorite Stampin’ Up! colors, those colors you go to over and over again?  Leave a comment and let us know.

Card Recipe:
Stamp Set:  Papillon Potpourri w-#123757 c-#123759, Friendly Phrases w-#126149 c-#126151
Ink: Raspberry Ripple #126859, Summer Starfruit #126991
Paper: Whisper White #100730, Summer Starfruit #126839, Basic Gray #121044
Extras: Rhinestones #119246, Basic Gray Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon #126879, 1-1/4″ Circle Punch #119861, Elegant Butterfly Punch #127526, White Baker’s Twine #124262, Stamp-a-ma-jig #101049 , Labels Collection Framelits #125598, Big Shot Die-cutting Machine #113439
moving forward bike hello friend card

Stampin’ Up! Moving Forward

moving forward bike hello friend card This year’s Ronald McDonald House Charities stamp set is Moving Forward.  It’s our way of making a difference.  When you purchase this year’s exclusive stamp set, $3.00 is donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities.

moving forward bike hello friend card detail

I love the crisp, playful designs and versitility of this set.  I used the wonderful patterns and colors – Tangerine Tango & Pacific Point – of the International Bazaar Designer Series Paper.  To get the zig zag pattern I used a 1″ strip of pattern paper run through the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine with the Tasteful Trim Bigz XL Die.

moving forward bike hello friend card straight

A thin strip of Tangerine Tango card stock, a great substitute for ribbon, was used for additional visual interest.

Available in wood-mount or clear-mount, order your Moving Forward Stamp Set today and make a difference.

Enjoy, Julie

Moving Forward Ronald McDonald House Charities Stamp Set Card Recipe: 
Stamps:  Moving Forward w-#126320 c-#126322
Ink:  Pacific Point #126951, Tangerine Tango #126946, Garden Green #
Paper:  International Bazaar Designer Series Paper #126920, Tangerine Tango #111349, Whisper White #100730
Extras:  Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine #113439, Tasteful Trim Bigz XL Die #120893, Brights Designer Buttons #119747, Baker’s Twine #124262, Pearl Basic Jewels  #119247, Word Window Punch #119857