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Lighthouse Card Using Creek Bank Creations stamps & dies

Today I am making a lighthouse card with the Lighthouse stamp set and slim stitched rectangle dies by Creek Bank Creations. The dies caught my eye first because they are considerably longer than a standard A2-sized card. In fact, these stitched rectangle dies accommodate cards created to fit inside a regular #10 business envelope! And the long lighthouse stamp set fits perfectly!
You can purchase the lighthouse stamp and slim-stitched rectangle die set HERE:
Creek Bank Creations Lighthouse Stamp Set
Creek Bank Creations Slim Stitched Rectangle Die Set

Watch the a video of the complete process:

I quickly realized that in order to use the LARGEST slim stitched rectangle die to create my card base (the dies measure approximately 9” x 3.75” down to 6.5” x 1.25”) , I would need my Sizzix Extended Platform and my Sizzix Extended Cutting Pads. The “regular” sized platform and pads included with the Sizzix Big Shot would not be large enough to accommodate the largest slim stitched rectangle die, but they would work just fine for all the other nesting slim stitched dies.

Using a stamping platform works great on this stamp set because it is so large. I use the Tim Holtz Stamping Platform, and I love it! I also used Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers for coloring. Here is a breakdown of my color choices for this project:
Reds: CR8, CR11, DR7, CR7;
Light Gray Accents: IG1;
Lighthouse Top: IG10;
Balcony/Gate: EB2;
House Bottom: EB2, GB8;
Roof: TN7, TN8, EB2;
Sun: CT3, EB2, OR1;
Water: TB2, TB1, BT1;
Stone: IG1, IG4, IG5, IG2;
Grass: LG3, CG2, LG5, GT2, BT1.

For my stamping ink, I used Memento Tuxedo Black Ink for the lighthouse and Ranger Archival ink in Coffee for the sentiment. I used Stampin’ Up! ink in So Saffron to stamp a nautical background image on a piece of So Saffron cardstock for a background for my sentiment. Then, I die cut the sentiment and the yellow background with a scalloped oval die from my stash and mounted it up with some dimensional fun foam, using my Scotch  Advanced Tape Glider.
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I realized that I had a white gap at the bottom of the image, so I hand-tied a triple bow with some ribbon from my stash, wrapped a small piece of ribbon around the white cardstock, and secured it in the back with 2 ZOTS Adhesive Dots. Then, I adhered the bow to the front with another ZOTS Adhesive Dots

I added some Ranger Distress Ink along the sides of the card and some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Simply White for finishing touches.

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Greeting Cards

EASY DIY Baby Card or Birth Announcement using Papertrey Ink “Onesie Die”

Papercraft like a PRO using the “Onesie” die from Papertrey Ink! It’s QUICK and EASY! Watch the complete video tutorial here:

 

1. Start with 1 sheet 8.5″ x 11″ colored cardstock and 1 sheet 8.5″ x 11″ white cardstock. Cut the colored cardstock in half, lengthwise. Then fold ONE of the colored halves in half to make an A2-sized, top-folding greeting card base (4.25″ x 5.5″). Set aside.

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2. Cut ONE “Onesie” die cut shape from the remaining half of the colored cardstock. Set aside. Also cut ONE “Onesie” die cut shape from the white cardstock. Emboss this white die-cut shape as desired with an embossing folder. If desired, ink the outside edges of the white die-cut shape with a coordinating “baby-colored” ink of your choice. Then, with scissors or a paper trimmer, cut out a strip of the die-cut shape across the “chest” of the onesie (about 1/2″ or 3/4″ wide, depending on your preference). Locate the colored die-cut onesie shape from earlier. Adhere the 2 pieces of white onesie die-cut to the colored die-cut onesie shape, lining up the edges of the white onesie with the edges of the colored onesie. Set aside.

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3. Use the remaining white cardstock to stamp a sentiment for the front of the card and another sentiment for the inside of the card. These examples show stamps and ink from Stampin’ Up!. Die cut the sentiments as desired. These examples show scalloped circle dies from Spellbinders and stitched rectangle dies from Whitelotous. Set aside sentiments. Wrap a flat strip of ribbon around the onesie piece and secure on the back with adhesive. Use another piece of ribbon to tie around that first ribbon strip in the front, OR create a bow and then adhere with a glue dot to the first ribbon strip. Adhere the front sentiment to the onesie shape with dimensional adhesive. Set aside.

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4. Locate the colored A2-sized top-folding card from step one. Carefully line up the folded top of the card with the dotted line on the die. Die cut the entire card. Test and make sure the die cut folded card stays intact when it opens and closes.

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5. Place adhesive on the die-cut folded card front. Adhere the decorated full-sized onesie card panel to the front of the folded die-cut onesie-shaped card, lining everything up at the bottom edges. Adhere remaining stamped sentiment on the inside of the card as desired.

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So CUTE!

Imagine using this same technique to make congratulations baby cards, shower invitations, shower gift thank you cards, infant baptism/christening cards, or even happy “birth”day cards! This die is also perfect for use in a scrapbook baby album! Use as a tag, use for journaling, or even use to frame a small photo!

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Please note that at the time of this posting, I am not in any way affiliated with Papertrey Ink. I just really like this die! You can purchase this die from Papertrey Ink here: https://www.papertreyink.com/index.php?p=catalog&mode=search&search_str=onesie+die

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Inspiration to get more done

Inspiration to get more done – Finishing half-done cards

Be inspired to get more done! Finish half-done greeting cards with supplies you already have on hand. Today I completed 12 “card starts” in one sitting without leaving my craft table!

5 Tips for successful “finishing”:

  1. Set aside about two hours for yourself. Turn your phone to “do not disturb”, set a timer, and be determined to stay in one spot for the time you set. Don’t worry about HOW MUCH you get accomplished. Instead, focus on staying ON TASK.
  2. Before you start your timer, gather a few embellishments and keep them on your table. Only gather what can stay on your table! A few pieces of ribbon, a few die cuts or stamped images leftover from other projects, a few stickers, a little bling… don’t go overboard. If your table starts to look cluttered even before you START, you are starting with too much!
  3. Gather the adhesive of your choice. Variety is key! Foam dots, glue dots, tape runners, liquid adhesive, glue sticks, even kids’ school glue… just have a nice variety within reach!
  4. Just for this set-aside time, don’t feel pressured to make all the cards for the same holiday or occasion. Look at each “card start” as if it were the only card you were making. If you end up with a birthday card, a Christmas card and a sympathy card at the end of your time, great!
  5. DO NOT use this time to stamp and create NEW embellishments, accents or sentiments. Try your best to use items you have in front of you and your own creativity to finish what you have started!

These are the tips I use for myself to stay motivated, exercise my creativity, and get more accomplished. Hopefully, you find them inspiring!

Please share these tips with your crafty friends (and maybe share with that one crafty friend who never seems to finish anything!).

Feel free to leave a tip of your own in the comments section below!