Monday, October 3, 2016

Avery Elle and Chibitronics

Hey everyone!  Welcome to the Chibitronics/Avery Elle blog hop.  I am so thrilled to share with you a couple of projects I made using their amazing stamps, dies, inkpads, and patterned paper. Goodness, Avery Elle has it all.   Not familiar with Avery Elle? well, Avery Elle is a small corporation located in Southern California. They launched their first set of whimsical stamps in June 2012 and have now expanded into stamps, dies, and color coordinating pigment ink pads, patterned paper pads, twine and A2 top folding note cards. Avery Elle stamps, dies, and paper are all proudly made right here in the USA.

Ok, well now for the fun stuff.  Much like many of you, I sent one of my lovelies off to college this year.  She had been a bit down in the dumps, a little homesick, moving 3000 miles away is hard for both of us.  I was sending her a care package (yes I know she had only been gone a week) and decided to make this fun light up card to light up her day. (insert apology, it got a bit crushed in the box...eek)

How cute are those little fairies, and the papers are so fun...but I think her favorite part was the way it lights up.

Supplies Used:

Step 1:  Stamp with pigment ink onto white cardstock and color.  I used Copic markers for my card

Step 2:  Die cut images from white cardstock.  The Avery Elle Ellements are so much easier than fussy cutting.
Step 3:  Determine layout of design elements.  This step allows you to determine where you want the lights to go.
Step 4:  Make holes in top layer for lights to shine through and mark light placement onto white cardstock base for reference.
Step 5:  Use copper tape from Chibitronics to create parallel circuit.  Make sure and mark your positive and negative tapes for battery placement.
Step 6:  Insert battery and check that circuit is properly functioning.
Step 7:  Since I was going to be mailing the card and didn't want the battery to die, I inserted a simple switch (piece of paper) between the battery and the copper tape.  Once the piece of paper is removed the circuit is complete and the card will light up.  This step is totally unnecessary if you are giving your card immediately, but I would hated to have the card arrive without the lights.  LED lights last forever and the batteries last a good time as well, but better safe than sorry.
Step 8:  At that point it was just a matter of assembling the card.  I used lots of foam dots to give the card dimension and allow for room of the battery and lights.

And that's it.  Super fun, super cute, and I know she will sparkle brightly in her new adventure.

Oh, and because Avery Elle was so generous I also had the goodies to make this holiday card using the same basic techniques.  How cute is Rudolph's nose?

Thanks for dropping by,


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Chibitronics Meets My Favorite Things

Hey everyone!  Long time, huh.

Well, recently I received a yummy box of goodies from My Favorite Things for a blog hop with Chibitronics.  Of course I had to come up with a few "Thank You" cards for swim team.  Don't forget to check out all the gorgeous goodies the MFT girls made on the My Favorite Things Blog

Sparkle Card Supplies :

Step 1:  Cut cardstock to size and add layer of patterned paper.
Step 2:  Stamp sentiment onto white cardstock using hybrid ink and stamp.
Step 3:  Create the circuit using copper tape and LED light stickers on an extra sheet of paper or cardstock.  You can see more information and directions on the Chibitronics website here.  I used three different colors of lights to give the card a bit more sparkle.
Step 4:  Complete the circuit by adding copper tape to the back of the stamped sentiment.
Step 5:  Embellish design with additional sequins.
This switch is super fun to use, just run your finger over the bottom of the card and the lights sparkle.
You Deserve a Treat Supplies:

Step 1:  Assemble Card Base

Step 2:  Stamp Sentiment onto layered papers.
Step 3:  Die cut white cardstock mug and vellum steam and coffee.   I used my trusty Sizzix Machine and some Core'dinations gold vellum.
Step 4:  Assemble simple circuit behind where the steam will be placed. 
Step 5:  To prevent the card from lighting before being presented, I added a small piece of cardstock between the tape and the battery.  Once presented, the recipient can pull the cardstock out completing the circuit. 
This is a simple way to prevent the battery from running out before the card is presented.  


Monday, May 2, 2016

Make Your Graduation Party Shine!

I can't believe it....alomost a year ago I made this set of party decorations for Core'dinations and Darice and now I have two children graduating...Brighton with his Bachelors of Science and Mackenzie from High School!  Time to break these out and party!!!!!!!  These were super fun to make and I really love the way they turned out.graduation_party_final-1024x680
Graduation Party Decor Supplies:
Mason Jar Congratulations Centerpiece:
Step 1:  Select desired pieces from Core'dinations Paper Pops pack.  These packages come in a varitety of styles and colors for any celebration.  You will need 6 pieces of two sizes to create ornament shapes, plus two larger shapes for the title.
graduation_party_centerpiece_selectStep 2:  Fold shapes in half with the side you want displayed on the inside.
graduation_party_centerpiece_foldStep 3:  Glue shapes with the right side in together leaving a bit of a gap on the inner corner.  When all six are glued together you will get your ornament shape.
graduation_party_centerpiece_glueStep 4:  Thread ornament shapes and larger title shapes onto dowel.
graduation_party_centerpieceStep 5:  To create band on mason jar begin by cutting a sheet of the Tim Holtz Metallic Kraft Core paper to fit your jar.  I cut mine at 1 1/2 inch by 10, and emboss if desired.
Step 6:  In order to keep your embossing pattern consistent throughout your longer projects, you can cut a slit in the top of the folder allowing the paper to slide through.  I love this technique for embossing longer strips.
graduation_party_embossed_ringStep 7:  Simply wrap your mason jar with the Tim Holtz Kraft Core Metallic Paper and insert your dowel with the ornaments.  I used a bit of krinkle paper to hold everything together, but almost anything would work, from pebbles to marbles to little hard candies.
Graduation Cap Boxes Step 1:  Cut all pieces from the SVGCuts file.
graduation_party_cap_cutsStep 2:  Assemble as per their directions.  The Core'dinations Texture cardstock gives the cap a nice fabric finish.
Graduation Cap Banner Step 1:  Cut 1 1/2 inch mortar board shapes with electronic cutter.
graduation_party_banner_capsStep 2:  Attach mortar boards to banner rosettes.  The rosettes come pre assembled, so creating this banner is quick and easy.
Medallion Wall Decor Step 1:  Directions for assembly are included in each kit.  Begin by removing adhesive from end piece and attaching to the other end to form a ring.
graduation_party_medallion_glue endsStep 2:  Place medallion ring over cardboard ring with post.
graduation_party_medallion_postStep 3:  Press ends of medallion down and cover with top screw and additional cardboard ring.
graduation_party_medalions_post and ring
Step 4:  Cover cardboard rings and posts with included foam tape cardboard circles and embellish further with paper pops.  Layer on wall for a unique decoration.
With all the great color combinations available from the Party Mixer line from Core'dinations I am sure you will find the perfect combination for your next event.


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Light up the Lawn ...Fawn that is

Hi everyone!  Welcome to the Chibitronics and Lawn Fawn blog share.  Chibitronics and Lawn Fawn have teamed up to share some of the great ideas and projects you can make with these two great companies.

Lawn Fawn makes some of the cutest clear stamps out there and I was lucky to receive the Loads of Fun stamps to play with.
Supplies Used:  
  • Ranger Archival Ink - Black
  • Ranger Distress Crayons
  • Lawn Fawn Loads of Fun Stamps
  • Chibitronics LED Sticker Lights
  • Chibitronics Copper Tape
  • Core'dinations Cardstock
  • Foam Adhesive
Step 1:  Color card base with Distress Crayons.  Unlike many watercolor mediums, these you want to go somewhat heavy with in order to get a good smudge.
Step 2:  Color stamped images and color with Distress Crayons.  Apply adhesive.  I like using a dry adhesive like my Xyron Sticker Maker.

Step 3:  Create card design and poke holes where you want the lights to shine through.  
Step 4:  With Pencil, mark card base where lights need to show through.
Step 5:  Create simple, parallel circuit.
Step 6:  Attach card design to base using foam adhesive to compensate for depth of battery.

That's cute, so simple.

Thanks for dropping by.