Saturday, December 5, 2009

Goodie Gift Sack

Hello again!  Today I would like to share a pattern with you that I created entitled the "Goodie Gift Sack".  It's a great little goodie container, perfect for this time of year if you have a small gift.  A gift card would fit nicely in here, or you could fill it with candy for the little ones.  Here are a couple of stamped examples:


The hardest part of making this is folding the bottom together, and even that's not hard.  But I took a few photos of it just in case you had some trouble with it.  First, fold in the small flaps like this:


Then, fold the bottom one up, and tuck the top notch into it, like this:


If you are putting something light into it, you don't even have to secure the bottom.  If you're afraid it's going to come undone, just secure with a little tape.

Click here to print the pattern.

All stamped images are from Victorine Originals rubber stamps. We're having a great half price sale right now, so you might want to click on over there and see what stamps are marked half price!

I hope you enjoy making this little Goodie Gift Sack!  If you have any questions, feel free to leave me a comment.


Saturday, November 7, 2009

Mailbox Card Pattern

Hello fellow stampers!  Today I've been working on a new pattern.  It's a flat mailbox card that you can actually open the flap and put a little envelope inside.  How fun is that?  Here's a photo:

I created a color version as well as a blank pattern that you can put whatever color on you want.  I sponged on some Chestnut Memories ink on mine, and stamped it with the holly and gingerbread men from my stamp line, Victorine Originals.  The flag is attached with a brad so it can move up and down.  Love that!

To print or download the pattern, click here.



Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Coordinatables C02

Hello everyone. I've been working on a fall colored Coordinatable for you, and I'm finally done! Whew! This one was fun to make. It's easy to use, just print the page, cut the shapes out, and layer onto a card. Here are some examples:

To print this Coordinatable, click here. Leave me a comment if you've made a card with this Coordinatable, I'd love to see it!


Thursday, October 8, 2009

Coordinatables C01

Hello fellow rubber stampers! Today I thought I would share with you my latest coordinatable sheet. Basically, it's a page you print onto white card stock, cut out the different shapes, stamp in the blank spaces, and layer however you like onto a card. This gives you many possibilities for all kinds of cards. Here's what it looks like:

If you want to print this out, or save it to your computer, click here. You'll want to print on Best quality. It will use more ink, but compare the cost of purchasing patterned paper from your craft store! And these are all coordinated to go together perfectly.

Here are some examples of cards you can make with this sheet.

Just a couple of circles on this card, stamped with my new owls.

This one I flipped on it's side and switched the circle to a rectangle.

Here I added the strip of dotted paper. But I didn't want it as wide, so I cut it down.

Flipped this one again, and added the Moose and Thinking of You stamps.

Here I used the entire dotted pattern on the bottom of the card, and cut the stripes short to add them vertically.

This one I put the stripes horizontally. There are so many different ways you can make a card from this coordinatable! Get a really slick look by printing onto Photo paper. Your cards will wow everyone!

Oh, one more thing. You may be wondering why I included the six squares of color in the corner. I wanted to give you a swatch of each color used on the sheet so you can coordinate your own colored pencils, stamp pads, etc.

All stamps used are Victorine Originals. Have fun with this! Let me know if you make any great cards with this coordinatable!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Bubble Backgrounds

Hello fellow rubber stampers! Today I thought I would post a card I made for a technique challenge on my Yahoo Group called the Bubble Background technique. (Thanks, Beth, for challenging us to this technique!) This technique has been around a while, but for those of you who haven't tried it yet, now is a great time to get out some glossy card stock and your re-inkers!

To make the bubble background, you need a container, water, dish soap, glossy card stock, ink or food coloring, and a straw. The container I used was a paper cup, because I knew it would get ruined with the ink. I filled my paper cup half way with water, and put some dish soap in it. Then I stuck my straw in, and gently blew until the cup filled up with bubbles.

Now is the fun part. Squeeze a few drops of ink or food coloring onto the bubbles. Some inks work better than others. Pigment ink doesn't work as well as dye ink, and permanent dye ink didn't work as well for me as a washable dye ink. Food coloring worked the best. On this example, I used yellow and green food coloring together.

Now, after you have your ink on the bubbles, blow a little more to get your bubbles high enough to put the card stock, glossy side down, on top of the bubbles so they stick. When the bubbles pop is when it leaves the cool bubble image on your card stock, so I used a tissue and gently tapped the bubbles until they were all popped. Repeat as needed until you like the results.

The stamps I used on this sample were 3894-Woman's Face, 2547-Feather, 2879-Clock Minutes, and 74707-Thomas Moore Poem.

Happy Stamping!


Saturday, September 12, 2009

Making Decorative Flowers with the Quilling Rose

Add some life to your cards with these adorable flowers made from our Quilling Rose stamp.

All you need is the Quilling Rose stamp from Victorine Originals, a stamp pad, some paper, a pair of fancy scissors, a quilling tool, and glue. (If you don't have a quilling tool, I will tell you how to make your own.)

The first step is to stamp the Quilling Rose stamp on your paper. (I don't use card stock, it's too thick.) I stamped mine with the color Mango from Memories, then I sponged over it with the same color. If you want, you can just use colored paper. I probably would have done that, but all I had was pastel colored paper, and it didn't go with my color scheme, so I sponged the color I wanted. I did sponge on the back as well.

Next you will want to cut the circle out. I like using a scalloped scissor, but you can use any design. The smaller the design, the better. The flowers look a little different depending on which scissor you use, so you might want to play around with them.

Then cut following the inside line. You can see it doesn't have to be perfect. Once you get to the middle part, you can change to regular scissors. I like using my cutter bees, because they are small and can get into the small spaces.

Next you are going to use your quilling tool to coil up your flower, starting with the outside. If you don't have a quilling tool, you can make one with a needle and a dowel cut down to about 5 inches. You'll need a needle with a large eye. Simply stick the sharp end of the needle into the end of the dowel. Then snip off the very end of the needle, so instead of a closed eye, you have two prongs. I used my wire cutters to snip it. Now you have a quilling tool!

To coil up the flower, slide your paper in between your two prongs and twist your quilling tool. It should look something like this:

Keep turning your quilling tool until the entire thing is coiled up. This is how mine looked:

Now slide your quilling tool out. Then with your fingers, uncoil the flower a little bit. You'll want to play with it just a little until it looks good to you.

Then all you do is glue it onto your project! With my card, I stamped 74674-A Leaves, and cut the point of the leaves with my exacto knife, then I curled them up a little to give them life. Then I stamped my saying, 2832-D Thinking Of You.

The Quilling Rose stamp I'm using is 74582-C Quilling Rose, and right now it's 50% off on our website! So hurry on over, I'm not sure when I'll be switching the sale items.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Color Coordinating: Making a Color Journal

Color is an important part of any stamping project. So important, that I often find myself spending more time waffling between card stock and marker colors than I do on anything else. Or, after coloring in an image, not liking the colors and ending up starting over.

Making a color journal is an easy project you can do to help with color coordination. All you’ll really need are your coloring supplies, some white paper or card stock, a binder, some color examples (we’ll talk about that in a minute) and glue.

The first step in making the color journal is to catalog your color choices. This would be your colored pencils, markers, chalks, twinkling H2O’s etc. Here’s a quick example.

You’ll want to three hole punch this and put it in your binder.
You can catalog your stamp pads the same way, just stamp each pad and label the color. The stamp I used to catalog my stamp pads was 0023-AA Gumball. It’s small, but solid enough to see the stamp pad colors.

Once you have a catalog of your colors, it’s time to find color combinations that look good together. I call these color examples. There are color examples all around you, but let’s start by flipping through some magazines. I really like home decorating magazines, but other kinds will work too. And don’t just look at the articles, pay attention to the ads as well. Graphic desingers and photographers pay careful attention to color, so you can’t go wrong pulling from their work. Flip through a magazine and choose a photograph or ad with colors that you really like. Cut it out and paste it on a piece of paper. Here’s the photo I chose.

Next, look at the different colors that are in the photograph. If it’s hard to pick single colors out, you may want to take a piece of paper and cut a small square out of the middle. Then, when you place this over your picture, it will help you focus in on only one part of the photo.

Take your color catalog you’ve made, and find colors that match those in your photograph, and color or stamp them on your paper. Here’s what mine looks like:

Then, look through your card stock, and take snips of card stocks that match your color scheme and glue them on the paper, or put them in a small envelope attached to the page.

Now, you’ve finished your first color journal page. Ahh, those colors look great together! Now it will be easy to pick colors that go well together, they are already picked out for you. (Please note that you can add black or white to most color combinations.)

Next all you have to do is find more color examples that you like, and you’ll have more color schemes to work with. Here are a couple more that I have done:

Notice I did use more than one photograph on this page. I just chose several photos with the same color schemes.

After you’ve exhausted your magazine search, you can look for color examples other places. Product packaging is a great place to look. If you find one you like, paste it in your journal and catalog your colors.
As you get cards in the mail from card swaps or RAK cards, pay attention to the colors they used. You can put your favorites in your color journal and catalog them. Want more swap cards? Join our chat group, we’d love to have you. We hold swaps, and we have a RAK list too. Click here to visit the Victorine group.

To get you started, I created a PDF with some of my favorite color schemes. You can print this out and put it in your color journal as well.

Click to view the PDF.

Tip: As you purchase packaged card stock, don’t forget to catalog the colors that came together.

Now that you have some pages in your color journal, you can grab color matching stamp pads and papers with ease.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Dragonflies: Just Wire and Beads

Welcome! Today I'm going to show you an easy way to create a dragonfly made from wire and beads. Isn't he cute? It's very simple, you don't even need any tools except for a wire cutter.

The first step is to cut a piece of wire about 11 inches long. Then bend your wire about 1 1/2 inches down, and thread a bead on it.

Next, twist your wire around, more than half way up. (Or, like the photo, you can string beads up for the tail.)

Then, string a bead on going through both wires. This will be your largest bead, because it represents the body of the dragonfly. After you have your bead on, make a loop with your long piece of wire, like in the photo. (I don't use any tools to do this, I just eyeball it and shape it with my fingers.)

Now, you're going to make three more loops, crossing over the middle as you go. It will look like two figure 8's on top of eachother.

Next, take your longer wire and wrap around your two left loops, cross over the middle and wrap around your two right loops. You're just securing them in place with your wire, by wrapping around them. You should have something that looks like this when you're done:

Then all you need to do is thread on a smaller bead (this will be your head) and curve your wires around to make little antenna. (You'll want to snip your wires to the same length before you do this.) If you have a wire bending tool, you can use that, otherwise I sometimes use a small paintbrush handle or other such thing to wrap the wire around. Also, fan your wings apart with your fingers.
There you have it! Now, glue it onto your card, and everyone will love it!

The stamps I used on this card are 74679-D Take Time to Enjoy, and 74659-C Dotted Line.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Collapsible Calendar Tutorial

Hello! I've had a special request for a tutorial, so I thought I would give it a go. :o) This is the Collapsible Calendar from my Free Patterns page on my website. In order to make this, you will need to print the pattern onto card stock. Simply click here to get to the free patterns page, then click "3-D Templates" or type "Calendar" in the search box. Then click "Download Pattern". (You will need a PDF viewer to see the pattern.) Click on the printer icon in the top left corner. It will take two pieces of card stock.

Once you print the pattern, cut on the outside solid line, and stamp to decorate. It should look something like this:

Next, score and fold all of the solid lines. Once you've done this, you are ready to start gluing your tabs together. Start with Tab A. I like to use Mono Adhesive to stick my tabs together because they stick immediately and you don't have to wait for them to dry.

After you get your adhesive on, put your Tab A's together, so they match, and so the words "Tab A" are glued facing each other.

Pinch them together, applying a fair amount of pressure. Repeat for Tab B, but don't continue to all of them yet. You'll want to put your rubber band in place after A and B are glued.

When I'm picking out my rubber band, I kind of eyeball the size. I like to stretch it out real well also. Here's a picture of the size that I like to use.

Placing the rubber band on the two hooks should be pretty easy, since you haven't glued the rest of your tabs together yet. Just hook it on both, like so:

Now you'll want to apply adhesive to the rest of the tabs. The easiest way to do this now that the rubber band is in place, is to flatten the calendar out while you put your adhesive on.

Now all you need to do is pinch each tab together with its counterpart, making sure it's going to stick.

Voila! You're done! It's fun to see it all put together.

And even more fun to press down on it to flaten it, then let go and it springs back up! This is a great little something to send to your friends, since it flattens out for mailing. I'd put it in between two pieces of chipboard, stick it in a 9x12 envelope, and wait to hear about what happened when they opened it!

This sample I made was stamped using 74675-Flower, and 74674-Leaves from Victorine Originals rubber stamps. I used Memories Soft inks, as to not overpower the calendar.
Have fun making your own calendar! I have 2010 up on the website right now. If you want to make a 2009 still, just email me and I'll send you the PDF.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Quick & Easy Little Books

Hello fellow stampers! For my first blog post, I thought I would share with you how to make these fun little books. They are so cute, and easy to make too. I love making these for creative party invitations, as little note holders, or to hand out to people with information in them like your website or blog. You could write in one and put it in your child's lunch box. What a fun thing to find when you go to eat lunch.

To make a little book, all you need is one sheet of card stock, a roll of calculator tape, a gluestick and a paper cutter. (And things to decorate it, like rubber stamps, ribbon, etc.) That's it!
First, cut a strip of card stock from the end of your 8 1/2 x 11 sheet. You'll want the strip to measure a little wider than your calculator tape. I cut mine at 2 1/2 inches. (You want it to be 8 1/2 inches long, not 11 inches long, so make sure you have your card stock the right direction.)

Then fold that card stock *almost* in half. What I mean, is act like you're going to fold it in half, but don't meet up the ends quite all the way. I like to leave about 1/8th of an inch of card stock sticking out when I fold it. Then flip it over and do the same thing the other way. This makes your spine, like this:

Now, open it flat again, and fold each side in, *almost* to the spine folds. This is what I mean:

Now, all you need to do is accordian fold some calculator tape, and those will be your pages. I like to measure against my book cover, but if you're a ruler person, 2 inches seems to work fine for the page width. I usually accordian fold about three pages worth, with my ends sticking out like this:

Now to finish, just open up the flaps on your book cover, spread some glue on them, and close the flaps over your calculator tape ends. Like this:

Now you're ready to stamp and decorate! If you're going to add brads or things to your cover, you may want to decorate it before you glue your pages in, so you can hide the brad prongs.

Here's mine, all done up!

I used all Victorine Originals stamps, of course, because that's my company! I used 74675 Flower, 74704 Small Blank Tag, and 74706 Hello Friend.
I hope you enjoy making these cute little books!