Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Valentine Collection

Linda Vich Creates: Valentine Collection. Several valentine projects that use a host of die sets to create lovely boxes and a card.
Valentine's Day this year marked the day 30 years ago when my husband Bob proposed to me! Such a special day that was! We celebrated by going for supper at Jonesy's Restaurant in Bird's Hill. This was the first time we had eaten at this restaurant and it definitely won't be our last! It is a very small restaurant, and did not have a fancy decor, but the food was wonderful and I highly recommend the place.

Today I have for you a collection of items that I created for my family for Valentine's Day this year.

First up is a simple tea light holder for my daughter who likes candles. I added no extra embellishments to this box so that the light of the candle could shine through all the tiny die cut holes.

I simply used the largest of the Window Box Dies to cut out two pieces of card stock and then used a smaller die with a heart pattern to cut openings in the small sides of the box. A larger die was used to cut the holes in the top of the box. Liquid adhesive was used to assemble the box.

Linda Vich Creates: Valentine Collection. Several valentine projects that use a host of die sets to create lovely boxes and a card.

Linda Vich Creates: Valentine Collection. Several valentine projects that use a host of die sets to create lovely boxes and a card.





Next, I created an enlarged Window Box by using a tutorial from Kirsteen Gill. I wanted a larger box that could hold more treats and this worked perfectly!

To create the box, you need to do some fancy cutting with your Big Shot. In order to make the box larger, you need to shift the top cutting plate so that it doesn't extend all the way across the Window Box Thinlits die. It is not a hard technique but I did need to refer to the tutorial in order to make it work for me!

Once the pieces were cut out, the box was assembled like the original version and I used liquid adhesive to adhere the card stock. I cut panels for the box using the Sending Love DSP and also used the Love Notes Framelits to cut tiny envelopes, hearts, arrows, and the banner for the top.

Using the Sealed With Love stamp set, I stamped the tiny notes within the envelopes. I used the Bloomin' Love stamp set for the sentiment on the banner which I embellished with rhinestones. I also used one of the Lace Doilies on the lid of the box. These doilies are really nice because they are Whisper White on one side and Very Vanilla on the other!


Linda Vich Creates: Valentine Collection. Several valentine projects that use a host of die sets to create lovely boxes and a card.

Linda Vich Creates: Valentine Collection. Several valentine projects that use a host of die sets to create lovely boxes and a card.

Linda Vich Creates: Valentine Collection. Several valentine projects that use a host of die sets to create lovely boxes and a card.




To create the card for my husband, I first die cut the four letters from the Sale-A-Bration Freebie, Inside The Lines DSP, using the Large Letters Framelits. I also cut three versions using Thick Whisper White and one from Basic Black for all four letters. These letters stacked and adhered using liquid adhesive, with the Basic Black layer being slightly offset to produce a shadow.

A 4.75 x 6" card base was cut from Real Red and then a sheet of the Sending Love DSP was cut and adhered to the front.

Next, I used one the squares from the Stitched Shapes Framelits to cut a rectangle on which to place each letter.

In order to cut a rectangle using a square die, the top cutting plate on the Big Shot must be placed so that the one edge of the die is not cut. The die is then moved, the platform rotated, and the cutting plate replaced so that the other side can be cut. To ensure that each of my rectangles was the same size, I cut one rectangle and then used the resulting "frame" as a template to place over each piece of card stock to be cut. The template ensured that the die could only be moved to the same place each time ensuring the same size of rectangle. For more information on this technique, check out the video tutorial by Dawn Griffith.


Linda Vich Creates: Valentine Collection. Several valentine projects that use a host of die sets to create lovely boxes and a card.
This shows the template on top with the square die
moved to create the second cut for the rectangle.

Linda Vich Creates: Valentine Collection. Several valentine projects that use a host of die sets to create lovely boxes and a card.
The top cutting plate is positioned so that the bottom
edge of the die does not cut through the card stock

Each letter was adhered to its stitched rectangle using liquid adhesive. The rectangles were adhered to the card front using Dimensionals. Small hearts were punched from Red Glimmer paper and adhered to the letters using Glue Dots.

For inside the card, a white matte was stamped with a sentiment from the Sealed With Love stamp set using Basic Black and the lips were stamped with Real Red. The matte was adhered to complete the card.


Linda Vich Creates: Valentine Collection. Several valentine projects that use a host of die sets to create lovely boxes and a card.

Linda Vich Creates: Valentine Collection. Several valentine projects that use a host of die sets to create lovely boxes and a card.

Linda Vich Creates: Valentine Collection. Several valentine projects that use a host of die sets to create lovely boxes and a card.





Finally, I created a lidded box for my granddaughter using the Popcorn Box Thinlits. I referred to the tutorial by Intatwyne Designs.

I created my box using Real Red card stock and adhered panels cut from the Sending Love DSP. I decorated each panel by adhering layered hearts cut from Red and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper using the Sweet & Sassy Framelits.

I stamped the sentiment from the Sealed With Love stamp set using Real Red and then Versamark inks and heat embossed it using the Real Red Glitter Embossing Powder. This was die cut using a square from the Stitched Shapes Framelits and adhered to the lid of the box.

A length of ribbon was adhered at the back of the box with a glue dot and then tied in a bow to complete the box.


Linda Vich Creates: Valentine Collection. Several valentine projects that use a host of die sets to create lovely boxes and a card.

Linda Vich Creates: Valentine Collection. Several valentine projects that use a host of die sets to create lovely boxes and a card.

Linda Vich Creates: Valentine Collection. Several valentine projects that use a host of die sets to create lovely boxes and a card.




This completes my Valentine projects for 2017. I hope you enjoyed a lovely Valentine's Day!


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Waterlily Gift Box

Linda Vich Creates: Waterlily Gift Box. Succulent Framelits create a waterlily that tops a lovely gift box create with the Window Box Thinlits.
Instead of a card today, I have a gift box that was inspired by the photo of a waterlily that turned up in a Google search. I thought that the waterlily could be created by using the Succulent Framelits and the box could serve as the water and the lilypads could be represented by the die cut mattes added to the box.

After die cutting the two large sections for the box from Dapper Denim, I used Fast Fuse to assemble the box.

I got a tip on a Facebook group that one of the square Stitched Framelits perfectly fit as a matte for the Window Box so I die cut a matte from Cucumber Crush. A die from the Window Box Framelits was used to die cut little holes in the stitched matte.

On a scrap of Cucumber Crush, I tried sponging both Bermuda Bay and Emerald Envy to see which one would give me the look I was after; Bermuda Bay won! I sponged the matte and it looked great! I then die cut the remaining five mattes and sponged them as well.

Before adhering the mattes to the box, I decided to also sponge the edges of the box using Dapper Denim. The sponging gave the box some added depth. I then adhered the mattes using Glue Dots.

Next, I used the Succulent Framelits to cut two of the largest succulents, two of the middle size and one of the smallest size from Whisper White. I used Melon Mambo to sponge color on both sides of the die cuts and then used a bone folder to curl up the "petals" a bit. Liquid adhesive was used to adhere the die cuts to form the flower.

Clear Wink of Stella was used on the petals of the flower and then stamens were die cut from Crushed Curry using a die from the Botanical Builder Framelits. It was adhered and given a coat of Wink of Stella. A rhinestone was added to complete the flower.

When I put the flower on the top of the box, even though the blue of the box was designed to represent the water and I wanted it to show but, design-wise, I needed some greenery as well. I then die cut a hexagon using the largest Window Box die and further die cut it using the ornate hexagon die. I then trimmed the sides down as much as possible and adhered it to the top of the box before adhering the flower on top using Dimensionals.

Here is the Google photo that was my inspiration:

http://hubpages.com/living/Water-Lilies-The-Perfect-Addition-to-any-Garden

Here is my interpretation:

Linda Vich Creates: Waterlily Gift Box. Succulent Framelits create a waterlily that tops a lovely gift box create with the Window Box Thinlits.

I'm really pleased with how this little gift box turned out! It is so nice when a project you envision turns out so well!

If you would like to use my color scheme from this project, feel free to save it!


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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

So Detailed Floral Boutique Thank You

Linda Vich Creates: So Detailed Floral Boutique Thank You. A formal thank you card made with the So Detailed Framelits and the Floral Boutique DSP.
Today I sat down to create a card to go along with the welcome kit I was sending to my newest recruit. I wanted a card that was formal and classy. Because of this, I again reached for the So Detailed Thinlits as well as the Floral Boutique DSP.

I cut a standard card base from Night of Navy and then adhered a strip of the Floral Boutique DSP at the top of the card front. The largest die from the So Detailed Thinlits was used to die cut Whisper White card stock. This piece was adhered to conceal the edge of the DSP.

The sentiment, from the now retired Another Thank You stamp set, was stamped with Night of Navy on Thick Whisper White. It was die cut with an oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits. A scalloped oval was die cut from Night of Navy using one of the Layering Ovals Framelits. The die cuts were layered and adhered using liquid adhesive. Dimensionals were used to adhere the sentiment to the card front. Pearls were added for some final bling. I kept the inside of the card simple with only a white matte and a strip of matching DSP.

I also decided to fancy up the envelope by adding an envelope liner. I die cut one from the DSP using the now retired Envelope Liners Framelits.

Linda Vich Creates: So Detailed Floral Boutique Thank You. A formal thank you card made with the So Detailed Framelits and the Floral Boutique DSP.

Linda Vich Creates: So Detailed Floral Boutique Thank You. A formal thank you card made with the So Detailed Framelits and the Floral Boutique DSP.

For the welcome kit for my recruit, I added a piece of the Floral Boutique DSP into a stamp box and then filled it with an assortment of Stampin' Up! goodies!

Linda Vich Creates: So Detailed Floral Boutique Thank You. A formal thank you card made with the So Detailed Framelits and the Floral Boutique DSP.

Linda Vich Creates: So Detailed Floral Boutique Thank You. A formal thank you card made with the So Detailed Framelits and the Floral Boutique DSP.
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Monday, January 30, 2017

So Detailed With Stamped Embossing

Linda Vich Creates: So Detailed With Stamped Embossing. Tempting Turquoise and Whisper White provide a fresh color scheme for this card that pairs stamped embossing with the So Detailed Thinlits.
Today's card uses a technique called Stamped Embossing which I used on the cards on the blog post, Catalog Party Prep Part 5.

Because I wanted a fresh and clean color scheme, I chose to use Tempting Turquoise and Whisper White. I started bu cutting the following:

  • Tempting Turquoise card base, 4.25 x 5.5"
  • two, 4 x 5.25" mattes, one Whisper White, one Thick Whisper White
Choosing the Thick Whisper White matte, I embossed it using the Petal Burst Embossing Folder. Then, using a stamp from the now retired First Sight stamp set, I lightly stamped repeatedly over the embossed paper, continuing until it was necessary to ink up again and then stamping some more until I was pleased with the resulting pattern I achieved.

I then die cut a piece of Tempting Turquoise with a die from the So Detailed Thinlits. I used some Removable adhesive to hold the die cut in place over the matte and then used my Simply Scored tool to score on either side of the matte so that I could fold the die cut edges neatly and adhere them at the back of the matte. The matte was adhered to the card front using Dimensionals.

Using my MISTI, I stamped the sentiment, from the now retired Thoughtful Branches, on Thick Whisper White using Tempting Turquoise and then Versamark, finishing by heat embossing with Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder. The sentiment was the die cut using a circle from the Stitched Shapes Framelits. The sentiment was adhered with Dimensionals over the So Detailed die cut.

For the inside of the card, the Whisper White matte was stamped using stamps from the Touches of Texture stamp set. Unfortunately, I got some extra ink on the edge of the flower stamp and it stamped onto the matte. :(

Linda Vich Creates: So Detailed With Stamped Embossing. Tempting Turquoise and Whisper White provide a fresh color scheme for this card that pairs stamped embossing with the So Detailed Thinlits.
Photo shows ink smudge above flowers

I really didn't want to stamp the matte again so I used my trusty Mono Sand Eraser to lightly erase the ink smudge.

Linda Vich Creates: So Detailed With Stamped Embossing. Tempting Turquoise and Whisper White provide a fresh color scheme for this card that pairs stamped embossing with the So Detailed Thinlits.
Ink smudge removed thanks to the Mono Sand Eraser

After adhering the finished matte inside the card, I added a few sequins to the card front to complete the card.

Linda Vich Creates: So Detailed With Stamped Embossing. Tempting Turquoise and Whisper White provide a fresh color scheme for this card that pairs stamped embossing with the So Detailed Thinlits.

Linda Vich Creates: So Detailed With Stamped Embossing. Tempting Turquoise and Whisper White provide a fresh color scheme for this card that pairs stamped embossing with the So Detailed Thinlits.

Linda Vich Creates: So Detailed With Stamped Embossing. Tempting Turquoise and Whisper White provide a fresh color scheme for this card that pairs stamped embossing with the So Detailed Thinlits.








Wednesday, January 25, 2017

High Tide Hope

Linda Vich Creates: High Tide Hope. The High Tide stamp set is perfect for use on this multi-layered, highly textured, masculine card.
I was asked by a co-worker to design a card for her uncle who is undergoing treatment for cancer. I love to design masculine cards because I am a texture lover but was unsure of an appropriate sentiment. Luckily, I thought of the High Tide stamp set and it had several sentiments that would work.

I decided to incorporate several layers into the card and to avoid wasting paper during the design process, I turned to the software for my Silhouette Cameo. It let me quickly draw out my design and I also chose a color scheme of Night of Navy and Soft Suede–perfect for a man.

With my design planned, I started by cutting the pieces for my card:

Soft Suede

  • non-standard card base 5 x 6.25"
  • mattes, 4.25 x 5.5" and 3.875 x 5.125"

Night of Navy

  • mattes 4 x 5.25" and two, 4.75 x 6"

Very Vanilla

  • matte 4.5 x 5.75"
On the 3.875 x 5.125" Soft Suede matte I stamped the shore, the two-step lighthouse, the birds and the sentiment using Night of Navy.

Using my now retired Stampin' Distress Tool to distress the edges of the two Soft Suede mattes and then layered them with the smallest of the Night of Navy mattes and adhered them using Fast Fuse.

After embossing the 4.75 x 6" Night of Navy matte using the Seaside Embossing Folder, I wrapped three pieces of the Kraft Rope Trim around the matte and secured at the back using tape. I adhered this layer to the card front using Dimensionals. The other layered mattes were then adhered on top of the embossed matte using doubled Dimensionals.

On the Very Vanilla matte I stamped the shore, filling in the hole with the little piece of shore stamp, some grasses and the shore birds. This matte was adhered to the remaining 4.75 x 6" Night of Navy matte and then adhered inside to finish the card.

Linda Vich Creates: High Tide Hope. The High Tide stamp set is perfect for use on this multi-layered, highly textured, masculine card.

Linda Vich Creates: High Tide Hope. The High Tide stamp set is perfect for use on this multi-layered, highly textured, masculine card.

Linda Vich Creates: High Tide Hope. The High Tide stamp set is perfect for use on this multi-layered, highly textured, masculine card.

Linda Vich Creates: High Tide Hope. The High Tide stamp set is perfect for use on this multi-layered, highly textured, masculine card.


I love the texture in this card! Such fun to play with several layers and if you haven't already purchased the High Tide set, you can shop for it here.




Monday, January 23, 2017

Love You Lots Valentine

Linda Vich Creates: Love You Lots Valentine. A faux quilted background showcases two little ladybugs on this sparkly red Valentine.
I have been wanting to try the Faux Quilted Background technique that Dawn Griffith demonstrates in her video tutorial. I thought that it would work nicely for a Valentine card.

I started by die cutting a piece of Watercolor Paper with one of the squares from the Stitched Shapes Framelits. I then stamped the ladybugs using Basic Black Archival ink.

After heat setting the image with my Heat Tool, I colored the insects using a Real Red Stampin' Write Marker. I added a layer of the now retired Crystal Effects and set it aside to dry.

I die cut two more mattes, one from Real Red and one from Thick Whisper White. These were layered with Dimensionals.

The sentiment was stamped on another piece of Thick Whisper White. I then used another technique from Dawn for using a square stitched die to cut a stitched rectangle. The technique involves cutting part of the die, using a cutting pad that didn't cover the die completely. The die was then run through the Big Shot again from the other direction, after lining up the die using the cutting marks left by the die. Great technique as an interim solution but I am hopeful that Stampin' UP! will come out with many more stitched dies, including rectangles and other shapes.

A 5.5 x 5.5" card base was cut from Thick Whisper White. A matte was cut, from the Sending Love DSP,  to fit the card front exactly and adhered with Snail Adhesive. A matte was also cut from Real Red.

I used the now retired Diagonal Scoring Plate for the Simply Scored to score the matte at .75" intervals and then turned the matte 90 degrees and scored again to produce the diamond effect. The matte was then folded on all the score lines and then one by one, each fold was inked on both sides with Real Red using a Sponge Dauber. After heat setting the ink, Gold Glitz Dazzling Details was used to add sparkle points to each diamond intersection. I then set the matte aside to dry.

Once everything was dry, I adhered the quilted matte to the card front using Fast Fuse. The ladybugs layer was adhered with Dimensionals on top of the other two stitched layers.

The stack was then adhered to the card front using Dimensionals, with a nest of the Gold Metallic Thread secured underneath. The sentiment was also adhered to the card front. Three Rhinestones were colored with a Sharpie marker and added to the sentiment.

A sentiment from the Sealed With Love stamp set was stamped inside using Basic Black. The lips were also stamped using Real Red to complete the card.

Linda Vich Creates: Love You Lots Valentine. A faux quilted background showcases two little ladybugs on this sparkly red Valentine.

Linda Vich Creates: Love You Lots Valentine. A faux quilted background showcases two little ladybugs on this sparkly red Valentine.

Linda Vich Creates: Love You Lots Valentine. A faux quilted background showcases two little ladybugs on this sparkly red Valentine.


I really like how this card turned out! The faux quilting technique does take some time to complete but I love the way it looks and I will definitely use it again!











Thursday, January 19, 2017

So Detailed Valentine

Linda Vich Creates: So Detailed Valentine. A highly textured card with a dynamic color scheme delivers a sweet Valentine message.
Smoky Slate and Real Red makes for a dynamic color scheme, though one not typically used for a Valentine card.

A standard card base was cut from Smoky Slate and a Smoky Slate matte was also cut to completely cover the card front. The matte was dry embossed using the new Falling Petals Embossing Folder.

One of the So Detailed Thinlits was used to die cut a piece of Real Red card stock which was then adhered across the top of the matte using liquid adhesive. A length of the now retired Real Red Satin Woven Ribbon was adhered across the top of the die cut. (I had planned to use the 3/8" Stitched Real Red Ribbon but discovered that I hadn't yet ordered it! Horrors! Needless to say, I immediately rectified this mistake!) A bow was adhered to the ribbon using a Glue Dot.

The "love" sentiment was die cut three times using the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits. Liquid adhesive was used to adhere the three die cuts together. A coating of Clear Wink of Stella gave it a lovely shimmer. The sentiment was adhered to the card front using Glue Dots. A few red sequin hearts were also added to the card front with Glue Dots to complete the card.

Linda Vich Creates: So Detailed Valentine. A highly textured card with a dynamic color scheme delivers a sweet Valentine message.

Linda Vich Creates: So Detailed Valentine. A highly textured card with a dynamic color scheme delivers a sweet Valentine message.

Along with the unusual color scheme, this card is made even more dynamic by the use of several forms of texture–the lacy die cut, the dry embossed matte, a shiny ribbon, a shimmery sentiment and bright little hearts.

On a more personal note, though still related to Stampin Up, in the order I received today was a small black box.

Linda Vich Creates: So Detailed Valentine. A highly textured card with a dynamic color scheme delivers a sweet Valentine message.

In this box was a silver necklace to commemorate my promotion to the level of Silver demonstrator! So exciting! I will wear this necklace proudly! I would like to thank my customers and my new recruit, Shawna Lee, for making this possible–I couldn't have done this without your help!

Linda Vich Creates: So Detailed Valentine. A highly textured card with a dynamic color scheme delivers a sweet Valentine message.

Linda Vich Creates: So Detailed Valentine. A highly textured card with a dynamic color scheme delivers a sweet Valentine message.