Tuesday, February 25, 2014

"Oh Happy Day"

Here's another quick card that's pretty easy to put together, but looks like it would take a lot more time.  This is due to SU's fabulous stamp sets with coordinating framelits which make this type of card a snap to put together.  I did do a little paper piecing by stamping one of the small starburst images twice, once in Crushed Curry and once in Bermuda Bay.  Then I cut out the word "celebrate" from the Bermuda Bay image and glued over top of the Crushed Curry image.   Paper piecing is one of my favorite techniques to use in paper crafting, and I think it adds quite a bit of "pop" to this card.

cardstock:  Bermuda Bay (5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4")
                   Basic Black (3-1/4" x 4-1/4")
                  Whisper White (scraps to stamp/cut out Starburst framelits)

DSP:   Kaleidoscope DSP (mini catalog)  3" x 4"

stamp set:  Starburst Sayings (mini catalog)

accessories:  Starburst Framelits Dies (mini catalog)
                     1/8" Bermuda Bay taffeta ribbon
                     dimensionals (to pop up starburst images)
                     glue dots (to secure ribbon)
                     Tombow glue
ink:  Bermuda Bay
        Crushed Curry
        Strawberry Slush

Saturday, February 22, 2014

On-Film Framelit "Thank You" card

This card was really simple to put together, but the finished product looks like it took a lot more effort than it really did.  I love cards like that!
I simply started with a card base of Strawberry Slush, 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" and scored at 4-1/4".
The Basic Black cardstock layer measures 3-3/4" x 4-3/4".  I used a scrap of Basic Black cardstock to cut out the film frame from the On-Film Framelits in the current mini catalog.    The Whisper White layer of cardstock measures 3-1/2" x 4-1/2".  I laid the film frame on the white layer to figure out the placement, then I stamped the "thanks" from the "Hip Notes" stamp set in the mini catalog using Bermuda Bay ink.  Then I attached the film frame using thin pieces of dimensionals.  The strips of DSP measure 3/4" and 1/4" from the Kaleidoscope DSP in the mini.  Taking a scrap of Whisper White, I stamped the flower image from "Petite Petals" (mini catalog) using Strawberry Slush ink, and cut them out with the coordinating punch.  They were attached with dimensionals, and I added a black dot in each center.  The black and white layers are then glued to the card front.  I made the inside to be a mirror image with the black, white, and DSP layers and just omitted the sentiment and film frame.  This allows room for you to write your message and signature.  Who wouldn't love getting this in their mailbox?   At least it would be better than getting a bill! 
Stamp something fun today! :)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

"Cheers" birthday card

Today's card was made for our friend Greg's birthday.  He's been known to enjoy an occasional cold brew, so I thought this would be a perfect card for him. 

The card base is a typical A2 size in Whisper White cardstock.
Early Espresso layer measures 4" x 5-1/4", embossed with the Argyle embossing folder.
Whisper White layer for mug measures 3" x 3-3/4", with two bottom corners rounded.
Sponge mug layer with So Saffron ink.

Cut three panels of So Saffron cardstock measuring 7/8" x 3", and sponge edges in same ink.
Round bottom corners of panels also. Adhere to mug.
Stamp sentiment from "Happy Hour" with Early Espresso ink.
Form the handle by cutting a circle with the 1-3/4" circle punch, and then go top of that circle with the 2-1/2" circle to form a handle.  Sponge with So Saffron and attach to back of mug.  Attach mug to card front using dimensionals.

The foam/bubbles were formed by cutting out a variety of  Whisper White circles measuring 1/2", 3/4", 1", and  1-1/4".  Sponge with So Saffron ink.  Attach to mug/cardfront with glue and an occasional dimensional to add depth.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

super quick birthday card

We all have times when we need a quick card, but you just don't have a lot of time to make it.  In times like that, I find it easy to basically let your designer paper do the work for you.  Actually this piece of designer paper was my least favorite print out of the "Sweet Sorbet" paper pack (SAB).  It's nothing I can really put my finger on...I just wasn't a fan. 

So I began my quest to use up the sheet of paper, and started with a card base of Sahara Sand.  I had cut the DSP at 4" x 5-1/4", so I layered that on a piece of Basic Black cardstock measuring 4-1/8" x
5-3/8" and adhered both to the card front.

I took a scrap of Whisper White cardstock, and stamped one of the flower images from the SAB set called "Petal Parade" using Pistachio Pudding ink.   This flower image is my absolute favorite out of that stamp set.  Over top of the flower image, I stamped "Happy Birthday" in Basic Black ink.  The sentiment is from "Bring on the Cake."  I cut the image out with SU's oval framelits, and backed it with a larger oval cut out in Basic Black cardstock.

Now the fun part!  I wanted to use a 4" doily which is round.  I cut two doilies in half, and trimmed out the centers of each.  Then I added adhesive around the back of the black oval, and began to scrunch the doily around the oval.  I ended up using 1 and 1/2 doilies to complete the entire way around.  Then I simply added Tombo glue to the back of the black oval and along the edge where the doily is attached to the oval.  When I smashed that down on the card front, that helped the doily edge pop up and looks like lace framing the oval.  The picture really doesn't do it justice.  This card could easily be made into a "get well" or "thinking of you."  Hopefully the recipient will appreciate the end result even though it didn't take a lot of time.  And the added bonus for me was I ended up liking the DSP a bit better because most of it was covered up.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day

This card is another Joy Fold card, but with a portrait style orientation.  The measurements are exactly the same as the previous card.  I decided to omit the use of an embossing folder since the patterned paper on the front flap was a bit busy.  This patterned paper is from the "Sweet Sorbet" designer series paper (SAB).  When I first saw this particular piece of DSP, it kind of reminded me of an old TV screen that lost it's signal.  "Twilight Zone" anyone???  Ok, I'm showing my age!  That show used to scare me when I was a little kid.

The speech bubble came from the stamp set called "Just Sayin' " in the mini catalog, and I cut it out with the matching framelits.  I punched the heart out using SU's small heart punch, and the heart stamp came from a mini catalog set called "Language of Love."  Both of these were attached to the card front using dimensionals. Then I used a little glitter pen (non-SU) to add a touch of bling to the heart.   The twine is from the "Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack" which is another free SAB choice.  Inside the card I simply added a scrap of designer paper and stamped a sentiment from "Bring on the Cake" stamp set. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Joy Fold card

Today's card style is commonly referred to as a "joy fold."  I really have no idea why it would have been named that, other than maybe it brings joy to the recipient?  I love interactive cards with different folds, so it's always been one of my favorite card styles.

Stamp sets used:  Starburst Sayings
                             Bring on the Cake

Ink:  StazOn black
         Pool Party
         Crisp Cantaloupe
         Summer Starfruit

DSP:  Sweet Sorbet (SAB)

Cardstock:  Basic Black
                   Whisper White

Misc:  Starburst Framelits
           dimensionals and Tombo
           Decorative Dots EF (SAB)

The card base measures 8-1/2" x 4-1/4", scored at 5-1/2"
Run a piece of Whisper White thru the Decorative Dots EF (4" x 5-1/4").  Attach with Tombo.
The front closure piece of cardstock measures 3-1/4" x 8", scored at 4".  Attach with Tombo.
The Whisper White layers for inside and on the top flap measure 3" x 3-3/4".
The Whisper White layer for the left front flap measures 2-3/4" x 4".
DSP measures 2-3/4" x 3-1/2" for front closure flap, and 3-3/4" x 2-1/2"for the left flap.
Inside I used a 1/2" scrap of Basic Black cardstock and a 1/4" scrap of DSP glued on top of it.  It's always nice to bring a touch of the colors from the card front to the inside of your cards.
The starbursts were stamped on scraps of Whisper White cardstock and cut out with the matching framelits.  I hand trimmed out the banners and glued over top the image. The starbursts were attached with dimensionals, and I added a rhinestone for a little bling.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Simple Valentine card

Today's sample is of a simple Valentine card I made for my dear husband.  I used retired designer series paper called "More Amore" from Stampin'Up! - and luckily it is still available on the clearance rack in my on-line store.  The piece of DSP was cut at a 4-1/4" square, then I placed the paper in my trimmer at an angle between the cutting line and the 1" mark.  I had a scrap of Pool Party cardstock about 3/4" wide, so I glued that on the backside of the DSP, trimmed the ends, and adhered it to a Very Vanilla card base measuring 4-1/4" x 11".  Included with the DSP are two sheets of the paper hearts that you can cut apart, so I decided to use one heart as my focal image.  I stamped my sentiment on a scrap of Very Vanilla, then punched it out with SU's  large heart punch.  I popped the heart up with dimensionals, and added a little bow of Pool Party ribbon.  The sentiments are from a retired stamp set called "Filled with Love."  It was one of my favorite stamp sets when it came out, so being the hoarder that I am I still own it.  I stamped the sentiments in "Early Espresso" ink.  This simple layout could work well for plenty of other occasions by substituting a different designer paper and focal image, like a large cupcake or balloons for a birthday card.

I was trying not to make it too "girly" by adding a lot of glitter since it's for my husband.  He'll still probably think it's a little too frilly, but hopefully he'll just appreciate the sentiment behind it.  After all, we've been married 35 years so he should know me by now!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

"See Ya Later" birthday card

Today's card layout was inspired by Linda Heller's site www.stampingschool.com  I have been a member of Stamping School since 2007 and I would highly recommend anyone to join.  Linda adds at least 2 new videos each week, and provides a detailed recipe sheet with each project that you can download/print. 

I made my version into a birthday card using the SAB set "See Ya Later"  stamped in Smokey Slate ink on Whisper White cardstock  The image was cut out with SU's 2-1/2" circle punch. The circle was then glued onto a starburst cut out of Smokey Slate cardstock using the new "Starburst Framelit" dies in the mini-catalog.

 A strip of the SAB designer paper "Sweet Sorbet" was used (1-1/2" x 5-1/2") adhered to a strip of Smokey Slate cardstock (1-3/4" x 5-1/2").   Before attaching this strip, the card base of Crisp Cantaloupe was embossed with the SAB  "Decorative Dots" embossing folder.  I added 1/2 of one of  our 4" doilies to the back of the strip, and also attached a piece of our white organza ribbon, then glued to the card front using Tombo multi-purpose glue.  That glue seems to work best for me on embossed projects.  I attached the starburst circle to the front of the card using dimensionals.  For a little extra pizzazz, I took a scrap of white cardstock and stamped the cake in Crisp Cantaloupe ink and paper pieced over top the original image.  Then I added a few rhinestones and a little glitter pen (non-SU) over top of the BIRTHDAY lettering and candle flames.  Paper piecing is one of my favorite techniques to use in cardmaking, but I know a lot of people really don't enjoy fussy cutting.

Friday, February 7, 2014

"Hello Friend" card on Pinterest

I found this card on Pinterest, originally designed by SU demonstrator Wendy Weixler. I loved her design, and luckily I had all the materials in order to re-create it!  She made great use of several of the Sale-a-bration products. (Sweet Sorbet designer paper, Banner Blast stamp set, Banner punch, and Decorative Dots embossing folder.)  That's a LOT of free product!

Honestly the background print wasn't one of my favorites out of the paper pack, but I think that's what attracted me to the card.  You see the paper, but you kind of don't see it because there's so much else going on.  I guess I'd call it "distracting" in a good way, but it's a keeper.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

easy card layout

I'm getting ready for a workshop tomorrow night, so I've been playing with some of my newest stamps sets and papers.  We're expecting a big snow storm, so hopefully we won't be forced to re-schedule.  But if so...it just gives me more time to make even more samples!  I really don't mind being snowed in!

Today's card is an A2 sized card base in Sahara Sand cardstock, and I added a layer of the Sweet Sorbet designer series paper. (free with $50 purchase)  The flower is stamped from a Sale-a-Bration set called "Petal Parade" (free with $50 purchase)  and I used Summer Starfruit ink.  The sentiment is from a stamp set called "Perfect Pennants" stamped in Sahara Sand ink.  As embellishments, I added the Crisp Cantaloupe twine (free with $50 purchase) and some Crystal Effects to the flower.  The flower/sentiment text box was adhered with dimensionals to add depth to the front of the card.  This layout would be a quick one to use, especially if you needed to mass-produce a lot of cards.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Another retro fresh card

Today's card uses the "Peachy Keen" stamp set and coordinating "On Film" framelits.  I really love the fresh colors used in the "Retro Fresh" designer series paper.  The sentiment was stamped in Coastal Cabana ink, the camera in "Baked Brown Sugar" ink, and the arrow in "So Saffron."  Very Vanilla cardstock was used for the card base, and the DSP measures 3-1/2" x 4-3/4".  I cut a little strip of Tangerine Tango cardstock with the scalloped border punch and glued to the bottom of the banner.  And you know we need a touch of bling...hence the rhinestone added to the camera lens. Dimensionals were used to adhere the banner and the arrow to the card front.