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A love story with Gel-à-tins

12 Jan

I am soooooooooooo excited I can hardly stand it!

I have gotten lots of new gel-à-tins stamps to play with.

Today I am using the stamp called Love Knots.

Here is a peak at the set.

My hubby and I will celebrate our 23rd anniversary this year and when I saw this LOVE KNOTS stamp, I knew I wanted to make an anniversary card for him.

I started by stamping and embossing the image in white on vellum.

I wanted to make it look like a tree with our initials carved in it…but this is the 2nd best thing I could come up with.

Oh how I LOVE RED!!  I think this all works so perfectly together!

I just adored working with this cute stamp and can’t wait to show you more things with the new sets I have to play with!  Be sure to come back and see what set I use next time!

We’d love to hear from you.  Leave a link in your comment if you’d like!

 I’d love to hear your ideas!
This has been Jeannie with The Polka Cabana with today’s post!

Have a “Gel” a riffic day!!

Gel-à-tins fun stuff!

29 Dec

I am soooooooooooo excited I can hardly stand it!

I have new  gel-à-tins to play with.

Today I am using the set called Pet Shop.

Here is a peak at the set.

Here are the basic steps I took to create my card.

First I stamped the pig from the set 3 times in a pink ink.

I knew that I wanted them raised, shiny and embossed, but I do not own a pink embossing powder.  So what I did, after I stamped them in pink I quickly stamped the pigs again with clear embossing ink and then I embosses them with clear embossing powder to get this look, below.

I then use the computer to create the phrase I wanted and then applied a path to the words to create a sense of movement.

Here is the finished product.

I was hoping to make it looks like the pigs were doing a flip, did it work?

Here is a side view to see the layers I created, I love the dimension when there are lots of layers in a card.

I just adored working with this set and can’t wait to show you more things with the new sets I have to play with!  Be sure to come back and see what set I use next time!

We’d love to hear from you.  Leave a link in your comment if you’d like!

 I’d love to hear your ideas!
This has been Jeannie with The Polka Cabana with today’s post!

Have a “Gel” a riffic day!!

Gel-à-tins fun stuff!

22 Dec

Today I am using the set called Sweet Cakes.

I have been using this set quite a bit, I have other sets on order so hopefully soon I can show you some new projects without cupcakes:)

So, I was not really feeling like making another cupcake card but then I remembered a card a sweet friend and FABULOUS card maker named Candace made and knew that I wanted to try her idea out.  Click here to see her card.

The other day I was using some of my Jenni Bowlin Pins.  They came in this great package.

Well I took the pins out and thought to save the plastic tray, because I knew I’d reuse it.

For this card, the tray is the window of my shaker.

I did not take pictures in the making process of this card.  It was quite a round of trial and error.

I tried to take multiple pictures to show you how the tray works as the pop out window.

 I used the tiny cupcakes for the inside of the shaker and small glass beads that I thought looked like cupcake sprinkles.

We have a fried who refers to the sprinkles as SPINKIES..is that the cutest thing?

This card was fun to make but I did have quite a time getting the hole in the paper fit the plastic tray just right.

But no fear, I am mathematically challenged, so this is probably only an issue to me!

My little ones enjoy shaking the card…shaking…shaking…shaking…”Ok..put the card down now!”

I love the way it turned out…what else have you seen put in these shakers?  We’d love to hear from you.  Leave a link in your comment if you’d like!

 I’d love to hear your ideas!
This has been Jeannie with The Polka Cabana with today’s post!

Have a “Gel” a riffic day!!

Gel – A – Tins Fashion

8 Dec

Here I am today on this thrilling Thursday with a post to get your creative mojo going.

I am using the set Sweet Cakes.

To start with this project, I stamped the cupcake base and phrase and scanned it into my computer.

I then made the cupcake base in 3 colors and enlarged the phrase so that is almost 2x as big as the original.

I put the printer on mirror mode and printed the images onto some t-shirt transfer paper.

I knew I wanted to have the cupcake tops in 3 different prints, so I put some fusible web on the back of my fabrics.

I trimmed the excess fabric off, so that when I stamped the front of the fabric, no matter where, I knew I would have the fusible web for stabilization on the back.

Here are my tops ready to be trimmed, however I will only trim the bottom of the cupcakes at this point.

With the tops ready to go, I need to iron on my cupcake liners and phrase.

Here they are ready to go.

I do not like to used the iron on adhesives, so I just tacked the tops down with some Fabri Tac.

Next step is to satin-stitch along the cupcake top’s outlines.

Here you can see they are all stitched and now I need to trim off the excess fabric.  I choose to do it this way because it is easier for me to stitch when I have a bit of a “buffer zone”.

Cupcakes are done.

Here is the happy girl with her new outfit.

I think this is such a fun way to use stamps.

She agrees!

What stamps do you have lying around that you could try something like this with?

Think of the possibilities, they are endless!

If you think you might try it out, you have to let us know and give us a link to come and see your creation!

This has been Jeannie with The Polka Cabana with today’s post!

I hope you are inspired to do something fun.

Yummy Gel-a Tins Cupcake Card

17 Nov

I thought that since last week when I used the set  Sweet Cakes, I had used Shrink Film and the cupcakes were tiny.

So this week, I am using the stamps full size.

I decided to use coordinating papers from Authentique Paper – Fair Weather collection.

I love using un-usual prints for things like cupcake card.  I think it gives the card lots of personality when I use non-traditional types colors/prints for something like cupcakes.

To describe briefly how I made this, let me start with the background.

I used an embossing folder on the white paper first, then I used gold ink here and there and used clear embossing powder to make the embossing shine.

After those steps were done, I sprayed some Tattered Angels on it and let it dry.

I then attached my ribbon and did the sewing around the edge.

For the cupcakes, I stamped them on different patterned papers, cut them out and adhered them to the gray paper.  I had already distressed the gray paper and cut them to size.

I then adhered all the cupcakes to the card front, and embellished the cupcakes with dimensional glaze, glass beads and that  sparkly white powder.

The final step was the phrase.  It did not fit in the frame, so I stamped it again and went outside the frame as shown.

I hope you like this card as much as I do.  It is fun to come with different techniques to use on cards and I always enjoy sharing a tip or two.

I am enjoying working with Gel-a-Tins, they are simply wonderful!

This has been Jeannie with The Polka Cabana with today’s post.

Supplies:

Printed Paper – Authentique Paper – Fair Weather

Black Cardstock – Stampin’ Up!

DG3 Art Gel

Flowers #2 Embossing Folder – Sizzix

Glass Beads

Brownie Chocolate Delight – Sweet Stamps.com

Stampin’ Up Denim Ribbon

Stampin’ Up! Metal Frame

3m Dimensional Foam

Sewing Machine & Thread

My first Gel-a-Tins Project

10 Nov

Today I get to share my first project that I have designed for Gel-a-Tins Stamps.

I am using the set called Sweet Cakes.

I am having so much playing around with Shrink Film lately, I am going to show you how to use it for your cards and other projects.

Here you can see I have already stamped with a solvent ink and colored in with various permanent markers and colored pencils.

Here you can see that the film is somewhat see thru.

Now I have bubble cut around all the images.

The thing about shrink film is that you really have to plan ahead and know how and where you will use your images once they are shrunk.

 Since you need to attach them somehow you need to punch the holes with a normal size paper punch, before you shrink the plastic.

Planning ahead will help you know where you want to punch out those holes.

I have punched all my holes now I am getting ready to bake them.

I place them on a cookie sheet on top of a piece of cardboard covered with parchment paper.

I place another piece of parchment over the plastics to help keep them somewhat flat.  They will curl, but I like to have the slight added weight to flatten them.

When they are shrunk and cooled off, I spray the pieces with a fixative.  Even though I will use the side opposite of the side I colored, I still want to protect the colored surface.

Moving on to my card base, I have this paper from a DCWV  pad.  I love the pattern and will mimic it for my card base.

Here you can see my card base done, next to the sheet of paper I have mimicked.

I like to punch a little notch off the card base when attaching ribbon and twine to avoid the twine/ribbon from shifting.

Here is the twine all attached.

After that, I attached the rest of my card embellishments.

 To attach my shrunk plastic images, I put some decorative wire and beads through my punched holes.

After I have them all done with the beads and wire, I attach them with a really strong adhesive.

Here is a close up of how cute these little trinkets are.

One last look at the final product.

I hope you have liked my card today.  I am so happy to be working with Gel-a-Tins stamps, I will be here again next week.

This has been Jeannie from The Polka Cabana with today’s post.

Thank you again Grafix Arts!  I am having so much fun with my Shrink Film!