Sunday, July 28, 2013

Swirls and Embossed Resist

This has turned into a very busy summer.  I can’t seem to stay home!!  I have been having a wonderful time spending time with my sister, Karla.  She came back with me from Omaha and we spent a weekend at Scrapbook Creations with all my buddies celebrating birthdays.  Then we headed to Charleston to spend a few days with my daughter, Sarah.  We enjoyed great food, relaxing time on the beach, and some great Jazz (compliments of Sarah’s boyfriend).  We have only few more days before Karla heads home so we are making the most of them but I decided to take a few moments to share a card with you.

 This card uses the Sparkle N Sprinkle Swirls set, one of my newest favorites.  I created the background piece using the Embossed Resist Technique in the SNS Tips and Techniques section.  I used White Detail Embossing Powder and Spun Sugar ink.  This piece was cut into three sections, layered and added to the base card.  The same resist technique was used for the sentiment.  It was cut out with a Spellbinders’ Label die.  By sponging the ink on while it was still in the die, it created a white border around the edge.  This was layered on a brown decorative die cut and popped up in the middle of the card.

The butterfly is embossed in white on vellum, punched out with a perforating tool, and added to the card front, along with pearl swirls and three handmade coffee filter flowers (see Frilly Coffee Filter Flowers in Tips and Techniques).  All the details to make this card can be found in the my SNS Gallery here.

Just a reminder that there are still a few days to enter the July Monthly Challenge at the SNS Creative Challenges Blog.  Sparkle N Sprinkle is also having a Design Team Call.  Get all the details here.

Thanks for stopping by!!

E. Marie

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Bunny Zoe's Crafts July Challenge #37– Pink and White
Anything Goes Challenge # Challenge 97 - Anything Goes at Anything Goes
Charisma Cardz Challenge #29 – Make Your Own Embellishments (Coffee Filter Flowers)     10
Crafts 4 Eternity Challenge R#134 – Anything Goes
CI Paint Inspired by: Anything goes
Sentimenta lSundays Challenge #165: Anything with Wings (plus a sentiment)
Craft Your Passion Challenge 172 – Happy Birthday

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Sparkle N Sprinkle Girly Girls and Macho Mania Blog Hop!!

Welcome to the Sparkle N Sprinkle Girly Girls and Macho Mania Blog Hop!!  If you have arrived here from Jackie Smith’s blog, you are in the right place.  If you just stopped by, you might want to start at the Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog to get all the details.

The hop runs from Friday, July 12 through Saturday, July 13 and the winners will be announced on Sunday, July 14.  Speaking of winners, you will have a chance to win one of 5 different prizes by hopping to each designer’s blog and leaving a comment.  You don’t want to miss out on this because the grand prize is a stamp set of your choice!!

Here is the line up in case you need it:

Marie Berquist (you are here)

For my card, I decided to go with the Girlie Girls.

I used this great image from the Art Deco-Ladies stamp set.  I heat embossed her with Black Detail EP on white cardstock and again in White Detail EP on black cardstock.  I combined the two, die cut them, and added to layers of gold and red die cuts.  All of this is added to an inked deco looking embossed background.  The sentiment is from the Vintage Boutique set, heat embossed in white on black.  

I had a lot of fun with this card.  You can find the full details on how to make it here in the SNS Gallery.

It is time to make your last hop to Brenda Smalle’s blog for some final inspiration!!  Please don’t forget to leave a comment before you hop, so you can be in the running for one of those prizes!!

Thanks for hopping by!!

E. Marie

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Technique Tuesday - Faux Metallic Shaker Box

Yesterday we introduced the new challenge on the Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenges Blog and I promised to show how I made my Faux Metallic Shaker Box.  I used a fun technique to get the metallic look that I think you will enjoy.

White Cardstock
Scoring Tool
Embossing Ink
Embossing Powder
Permanent Ink
Dies and Punches
Plastic Packaging
Micro Glass Beads
Small Funnel

When making a box you first need to determine the size you want.  For the bottom of the box, you will add the size of the box to 2 times the height you want.  For the top you will take the same box size, add 1/8”, and then add 2 times the height you want the lid.

For my box I used the following:
Bottom – 3 ¾” box + (1 ¾” sides x 2) = 7 1/4” square
Top – 3 ¾” box + 1/8” = 3 7/8” + (¾” sides x 2) = 4 5/8” square

Take each piece and score it on each side using the side measurement.  I scored 1 ¾” from the edges on all four sides of the bottom and ¾” from the edge on all four sides of the top.  Fold on the scored lines.


Cut on the score lines on two opposite sides up to the first vertical score line for both pieces.

They should look like this. 

Now for the fun technique.  You will fold in all the sides and flaps so that only the side section you are working on will show.  Use a scrap of cardstock to mask that section and add VersaMark ink.   


Add embossing powder and heat set.  Repeat this step 3-4 times until you have a nice thick coating.   You will do this for every side section on the top and bottom pieces. On the top piece you will want to extend the embossing at least ½” onto the top section as these edges will show around the shaker window. 


Working quickly, add ink to the feather image, heat one area at a time until the embossing becomes molten, and stamp into the molten EP firmly.  Allow it to cool before removing the stamp gently.  Repeat this, stamping feathers on all the sides of both the top and bottom pieces.    

 Add adhesive to the four corners of each piece and tape them to the inside to assemble the box.  The actual box is now complete.  (Note that I sponged a little ink on the side flaps on the inside of the box to make the inside look a little nicer). 

 You can add a punched border strip around the edges of the top, if you desire.

Now it is time to work on the “shaker window” for the top of the box.  You can actually purchase shaker pouches but I have found that many of the products we buy come enclosed in dimensional plastic packaging that works great.  That is what I used.


Using square dies, cut a window from a piece of cardstock slightly larger than the raised section of the plastic packaging.  Use the next larger size square die to cut this into a frame and add a thick layer of embossing powder, using the same technique as the box.  Adhere around the plastic packaging.

Punch around a 3 ¾” square of white cardstock and stamp with the image or sentiment you want in the window.  Add this to the top of your box.

 Run "Tear-ific" tape around all four sides of the framed plastic “window”, making sure add edges and corners are covered so no glass beads can leak out.  Remove the protective layer on three sides and adhere to the top of the box.  Tuck the end of the funnel under the open side and pour in the beads.  Remove the funnel and the remaining protective layer and press edge down firmly to the box top. 

 This little box can be used as a decorative piece or as a great gift box.  Have a wonderful week and come back next Tuesday for another technique!!

E. Marie

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Monday, July 1, 2013

Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenges July Challenge

Oh my!!  It is July!!  I have to say that the weather around us certainly does not feel like July – not near hot enough.  I am not complaining!!  With the first day of July comes a new challenge at Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenges Blog.  The July challenge is to make anything but a card.  It could be a tag, a gift bag, a frame, …anything …except a card!!

I decided to create a box with something extra.

I gave it a wonderful antique metallic look, along with a fun shaker window on top.  I used the new Sparkle N Sprinkle set, Bird Song, and their lovely Antiquities Embossing Powder. 

As for the shaker window, what a great way to recycle some plastic packaging.

Please check back tomorrow for a complete tutorial on how to make this box.

Now head on over to the Creative Challenges Blog to get all the details of the challenge, along with more inspiration from my fellow design team members.  I can’t wait to see what you make!!

E. Marie

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamps Challenge – Anything Goes
Crafts and Me Challenge 138 – Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew Challenge 39 – No Designer Paper
CI Paint Inspired by: Anything goes
Cute Card Thursday Challenge 275 – Fly Like A Bird
Stampin For The Weekend Challenge 37 – Anything Goes