Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Old Fashioned Hello

Hi Everyone
Looks like I have a few new followers!! Woohoo!! and welcome to Art and Soul Creations, great to see you new followers!!!

Happy Spring, everyone!!!! Well it's supposed to be spring, however mother nature seems to have other ideas. Hmmm.......wonder when she will let spring will arrive on the scene.

I don't have a "spring" card today, but I wanted to share with you a card that might bring back memories for some of you. LOL

Ok....  let's remember back say 20+ years or more. Does this bring back memories????

This is the cutest stamp and die set. And since I used to work at the telephone company for over 25+ years, this just caught my eye.Remember pink telephones?? How about rotary dial phones??

And here is the card opened.

What a memory maker this is. 
This die and stamp set is from Die-namics and is called "ring me" How cute is that!! 22 stamps and 5 dies are included.

Now if we can just spring started, that would be great!!!
Thanks so much for stopping in today. 

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

My Favorite Technique Blog Hop

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to the Sparkle N Sprinkle Favorite Techniques Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from Cammy's blog then you are in the correct spot.If you haven't and you want to be eligible for prizes, then please start at the beginning at the Sparkle N Sprinkle blog to be eligible for some fabulous prizes.

This month our blog hop theme is my favorite technique. Boy, I had a hard time deciding what to show because there are so many techniques that I love to use. Since I my card was going to use an Easter theme that made my choice easy.

I decided to use one of my all time favorite techniques, making your own glitter paper. Here is why I love this technique: It's easy to make, I can use whatever color card stock I choose, I can match the color to my project,......oh and did I say it's an easy technique.

Let me show you how easy this technique really is. First gather up a few needed items

I cut my card stock into egg shapes first, but you can do this after the glitter paper is made if you prefer.

You will need a heat tool, I used a clip to hold the egg shapes as I heat set the powder, VersaMark, Shimmer Embossing Powder - EP 137, and a coffee filter to catch the excess EP.

 Cover your card stock with VersaMark then cover with the Shimmer EP.

 Heat set.
Here are the eggs with one layer of Shimmer EP applied.

 I applied a 2nd layer to add even more glitter to these eggs.

Here is the card that I designed using those glittery eggs I made using this technique.
Click here for directions to make this card.

List of products used:
Mini 8 Punch 
Spellbinders Nested Egg Die S4-264
Designer paper (for the grass)
Fringe Scissors (for the grass)

Well I hope you give this technique a try, I really think you will like it, too. It is fast, easy and really the results are quite pretty. 

Just a reminder to leave a comment to be eligible for the fabulous prizes that are to be awarded.  There are prizes "hidden" in some of the blogs, so the comment you leave just may be one of the winners.

Next on the blog hop agenda is the wonderfully creative Karin Martin, So hop on over to her blog to check out her awesome technique.

Here is the list of designers in case you get lost.

** Marie Berquist  ** Dawn Bennett ** Cammy Vietzke ** Barbara Bruder (that's me) **

**Karalee Ingram  ** Brenda Smalle **  

Thanks for stopping in today so I could share this easy and fun technique with you.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Jar of Sunshine

Hi Everyone,
Yesterday I posted a cascading card and there is a funny store behind that card. I had made a card to be posted in yesterday's post and I was checking on the parameters of what my post was to include. Well it was to have unusual folds and have at least a double loop bow. I thought that the card I had just designed didn't fit the bill. So it was off to the drawing board to make another design.

 I decided on a cascade style and thought I'd incorporate a lot of the elements from the original card into the cascade card. I actually very gently pulled the elements off the original card to reuse on the cascade card, cause time was of the essence.

Let me show you the card that I had originally designed: I had photographed it before I had determined I needed to make a different design.And of course before I gently removed elements.

It was just a traditional fold and I used a multi-loop bow, which would have been OK. But that traditional fold really was not going to work in the unusual folds theme. So that is the back story of yesterday's card and that post.

Let me mention this stamp set I used in both cards.I love this stamp set. As I mentioned yesterday, it is a Unity stamp set and it has some really cute elements in it.  The jar is really a nice size. But, I took creative license to draw in the bottom oval as it doesn't contain a defined bottom at all. I was very pleased how it just finished the jar.

Well time to get more projects done. Guess I'd better READ what the parameters of the card should be before I start on the projects. LOL

Thanks for stopping back in and I will see ya soon.


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Cascading card

Hi Everyone,
It's Barbara here. WOW, March has arrived and.boy I love March because there are a few great things that happen this month.  Spring starts, St. Patrick's Day is celebrated and.... it's Nat'l Craft Month. Please try to stop in to check on all the creative projects presented by the super talented design team members throughout the month.

Let me share my project with you.

I decided to make a cascade card. I recently received a new stamp set from Unity and decided I would incorporate some of those stamped images in this card. These cards are really not hard to make, you just don't want to get sidetracked in the middle of measuring and cutting. The cascade card incorporates some really cool folds and I think that is what make this card so intriguing.

 Here is a front shot 

 Here is more of an overhead shot

Check out this close up of the double bow I added to the front of this card.

The Craft-Dee BowZ tool makes it so easy to make a double bow.Well I also think it makes it easy to make any style of bow. If you are bow challenged then you definitely want to add this tool to your arsenal

Did you notice the smaller bow I added to the jar lid. Made that jar look too cute.
Click here to order your bow maker.

These style of cards are hard to photograph, I think.So I hope you are able to check out the card and my 2 bows.

Well thanks for stopping in today and I will be back soon.