Monday, March 31, 2014

super quick "man" card

Good morning!
I found the layout for this card on Dawn Olchefske's site (  She does a series of cards that she refers to as "QC" which stands for "quick and cute."   I took Dawn's basic design and just added a few extra layers to it.  This card style would be another great way to use up your scraps.  With the bold print on the DSP, it just seemed like a perfect masculine card.

Materials used: 

cardstock:  Smokey Slate (8-1/2" x 5-1/2" scored at 4-1/4")
                   Basic Black (4-1/4" x 3") and (2-3/4" x 1-5/8")
                   Whisper White (2-1/2" x 1-3/8")

ink:   StazOn black

DSP:  Kaleidoscope (mini catalog)  cut into six squares (1-1/2")

other:  neutral candy dots

stamp set:   "Remembering Your Birthday"

Super easy, and super quick!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

my favorite ombre fringe card I've been seeing these ombre fringe cards all over the internet and Pinterest and have been wanting to try one.  Yesterday I was on YouTube, and Dawn Griffith posted her version which I fell in love with.  I truly love all shades of taupe, and I do make a lot of my cards with Crumb Cake cardstock.  It's kind of like my "go-to" color all the time.  So when I spied Dawn's card, I knew this one was going to be my first attempt at it. 

Construction really is quite simple.  She used a 1"x 4-1/4"  strip of Early Espresso glued to the bottom edge of the card, then began layering each fringed layer over top of one another...starting from the bottom up.  The 1" strip helps to hide the card base from showing through the bottom layer.

The colors (from bottom to top)  are Early Espresso, Chocolate Chip, Soft Suede, and Crumb Cake.
Each strip of cardstock measures 1-1/2" x 4-1/4", with a score line at 1".  Then you simply cut each strip of cardstock with SU's fringe scissors up to the 1" score line.  After adhering the strips to the card front, tie a piece of Crumb Cake ribbon over top of the last strip to help hide the seam.

The boot image is from a stamp set called "Bootiful Occasions" from the big catalog.  This was stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock with StazOn ink.  The largest portion of the boot was colored in with a Crumb Cake marker, and a white gel pen was used on the top rim.  The bottom section of the boot is glittered with Dazzling Diamonds glitter and a two-way glue pen.  A rhinestone adds a perfect finishing touch to the top of the boot strap.  The image was then cut out with SU's "Labels Collection" framelits, and then another framelit was cut out of Early Espresso cardstock.  This label was cut into two pieces (remove peaks at sides of Early Espresso layer) and then glued to the Very Vanilla layer.  It is just meant to be a slight shadow behind the image.  This layer was then attached to the card front using dimensionals.

I always thought fringed coats were cool, but I never had one.  ( I went to high school in the 70' judging!)  I didn't, however, think it was cool when Fat Elvis wore fringe on his oversized jumpsuits back in the day.  Just sayin'!

Friday, March 28, 2014

making use of scraps

I made today's card a few weeks ago, but never got around to posting it.  I was really happy with the end result, however it did take a good bit of time due to all the fussy cutting.  The adorable little critters are from the stamp set called "Life in the Forest" which is in the current mini catalog. The DSP paper (4" x 5-1/4") is from the paper pack "Sweet Sorbet" (free SAB choice).  The sentiments were from the combination of "Just Sayin" stamp set cut out with the "Word Bubbles" framelits dies. For the trees and grass, I hand cut scraps of Wild Wasabi and Early Espresso cardstock that were laying on my craft desk.  The scrap of Early Espresso was from the core'dinations cardstock and had been embossed with SU's woodgrain embossing folder, so it was perfect to use as my trees.  I paper pieced the faces on the fox and porcupine with scraps of  Whisper White, Really Rust (retired) and Pink Pirouette.  I used a scrap of Soft Sky cardstock for the sky, and framed it with the On Film framelit die. The framelit was attached to the card front with dimentionals.  The fox was also added using dimensionals, as were the sentiments.  The Word Window and Modern Label punches were used to frame the greeting.

This card was a little bit of an effort to achieve, but I do think it was worth the extra effort.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

quick baby card

I found today's layout on Kim Skinner's site called   I followed her layout, and also her suggestion to emboss the two cardstock pieces together for some added interest.  Kim had used the stamp set called "Zoo Babies" which I don't currently own...but I will have it shortly!   I did, however, own a retired stamp set called "Fox & Friends" which is extremely similar, so I substituted that stamp set until I receive my new set.

Supplies used:   Baked Brown Sugar cardstock 4-1/4" x 11" for card base
                          Bermuda Bay cardstock 4" x 5-1/4"
                          So Saffron cardstock 4" x 2-1/2"
                          Retro Fresh DSP  2-1/4" x 4-3/4"
                          Tangerine Tango cardstock for Modern Label punch and Scallop punch (2-3/8")
                          Very Vanilla scraps for Word Window punch and 1-3/4" circle punch for image
                           Baked Brown Sugar ink
                          Very Vanilla seam binding
                           dimensionals, glue dots and Tombow
                          Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder
                          "Teeny Tiny Wishes" stamp set and "Fox & Friends" (retired)
I began by centering the So Saffron cardstock on the Bermuda Bay cardstock, then ran it through the Big Shot machine with the dotted embossing folder.  Then I used liquid Tombow glue to adhere the DSP to the cardstock layer, and tied a bow around the entire layer with the Very Vanilla seam binding.  I used Tombow again to adhere to the card base.  I stamped the image and sentiment on Very Vanilla cardstock with Baked Brown Sugar ink, and punched out.  For added interest, I poked holes in each of the scallops, and both were added to the card front with dimensionals.  I secured the bow with a couple glue dots.

This design could easily be used for a young child's birthday card as well.  There would be lots of ways to embellish this card by adding enamel dots, brads or rhinestones. 

Hope you have a creative day ahead!

Monday, March 24, 2014

using sketches

I found today's card on Mary Fish's site, and she had used a sketch from her Paper Pals Art blog.  Using sketches can be a wonderful way to get your creative "mojo" going, and at times it can be fun to find a sketch and use whatever scrap pieces you may have laying around on your craft desk.  When you use sketches, at most times the actual measurements are not provided.  That's the most difficult obstacle for I like to play around with junk pieces of cardstock until I get it right.  Then I don't feel like I'm wasting my good paper. 

The sample in Pool Party is very similar to what Mary posted on her blog, and the blue floral print is from "Sweet Sorbet" DSP from Sale-a-Bration.    On the sample done with Basic Black cardstock, I just used DSP from the same paper pack, and rounded the corners to give it a little bit of a different look.

The card base measures 4-1/4" x 11".  The large background piece measures 3-3/4" x 4-1/2". On the Pool Party card I embossed it with the Decorative Dots EF from SAB.  The next layer of Basic Black cardstock measures 2-1/4" x 3-1/2", and the DSP measures 2" x 3-3/8".  The Whisper White strip for the sentiment measures 1" x 4".   I popped the DSP/Basic Black layer and the sentiment layer with dimensionals.  On the Basic Black card, I glued the DSP layer directly to the card front and only popped the sentiment layer.  The sentiments came from one of my fave sets "Remembering Your Birthday."

There would be plenty of ways to "step up" this sketch like adding an additional layer under the largest background piece, or embossing the DSP layers to give it some added texture. 

Get that mojo going!

Friday, March 21, 2014

"Another Great Year"

Today's card features a stamp set called "Another Great Year" which is from our current mini catalog. I began by stamping the image on a piece of Whisper White cardstock measuring 3-1/4" x 4-1/2" using black StazOn ink. I stamped the image again on a scrap of Tempting Turquoise cardstock, and cut out the ribbon banners with my paper snips.  I love paper piecing as it's one of my favorite paper crafting techniques.  The banners were then glued over top of the original image using Tombow glue.  Next I adhered this layer onto a piece of Basic Black cardstock measuring 3-3/8" x 4-5/8".  My card base is made from Tempting Turquoise cardstock (5-1/2" x 8-1/2") and the layer of DSP measures 4" x 5-1/4" from the paper pack "Kaleidoscope."  I attached the stamped layer using dimensionals.  I punched several circles from scraps of Basic Black and Melon Mambo cardstock using SU's 1/2" circle punch and the tiny circle punch from the Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack. These were randomly scattered across the front, and I added a few gold sequins for a touch of bling.  To the centers of the sequins, I added a drop of gold Stickles (non-SU).

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

workshop make-n-take

I designed today's card to be a make-n-take at a workshop last month.  It was pretty well received by those in attendance.  I figured I'd better post it before Sale-a-bration is over with since it features one of the stamp sets.

I used a masking technique by making a template from a piece of cardstock, and punched out SU's small heart punch and large heart punch.  After you stamp your sentiments on both the front and inside Whisper White pieces of cardstock, you simply lay your masking template over top and "pounce" the ink using a sponge dauber.  In the sample, Pink Pirouette ink was used
The first layer was done using Primrose Petals C'oredinations cardstock (4" x 5-1/4") and the Arrow embossing folder.  I sanded it lightly before adhering it to the card front using Tombow glue.  I only used the textured cardstock/embossing folder on the card front.  Inside I used regular Primrose Petals cardstock for the first layer.  The card base and layers for the sentiments were done with Early Espresso cardstock.  The Whisper White layers measure 3" x 4", and the Early Espresso layers measure 3-1/4" x 4-1/4".  The striped image was stamped using Primrose Petals ink, and the dotted image with Early Espresso.  The sentiment layer on the front was attached using dimensionals.  Inside I glued it directly to the Primrose Petal layer.  To the front I added some Dazzling Details to the heart, and made a small bow from the matching Primrose Petals ribbon.
The stamp sets used were "See Ya Later"  (SAB choice) and "Perfect Pennants"
Hope you have time to create something beautiful today!!

Monday, March 17, 2014

keeping things simple

Good morning!
Today's card was created for an upcoming bridal shower.  I love creating white on white cards, but I wanted to incorporate one of the wedding colors into the card which is Elegant Eggplant.

I started by cutting a regular A2 sized card base (8-1/2" x 5-1/2") in Whisper White cardstock.   The Elegant Eggplant layer measures 4" x 5-1/4", and the Whisper White layer measures 3-3/4" x 5".

The white layer was cut out with the Big Shot machine and the Adorning Accents edgelits.  Then I embossed the upper portion of the layer with the Beautifully Baroque embossing folder, being careful to leave enough space to stamp my sentiment.  The sentiment was stamped in Elegant Eggplant ink using the stamp set "Love & Laughter."  I adhered the layers together, and tied some sparkly edged ribbon (non-SU) around the layer then glued to the card front.  Rhinestones added to the scallops were my finishing touch to add a little touch of bling.  I was pretty pleased with the end result as I thought it was simple yet elegant.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

making the best of bloopers

Happy Saturday! 

Today's card started out with a basic layout I'd seen on Susan Itell's website.  Susan's version was all done in Whisper White cardstock, but I added a little layer of green underneath which was from my contraband scrap pile....meaning it wasn't from Stampin'Up!  Anything I use which is not SU I jokingly refer to as contraband.  But my friend needed two sympathy cards, so I began cutting the cardstock and started my quest for 2 fast cards.  This stamp set (Stippled Blossoms) is a 2-step stamping process which I have yet to totally master that technique.  Do I get an A for effort?  Probably if I'd used my stamp-a-ma-jig tool it would have gone better.  But I wanted it to be fast!

Anyhow, I began by stamping the main part of the flower underneath in Pink Pirouette ink, then used the detailed part over top of it using Strawberry Slush ink.  Easy enough, right?  WRONG!  I caught the edge of the detailed image and smeared a touch of Strawberry Slush ink, so in order to fix it I stamped two images on that card.  Didn't think it looked too bad so far.  Then I added the leaves in Pear Pizzazz ink underneath and Old Olive ink for the detailed image.  Smeared ink AGAIN!!!  Consequently card #1 got 2 flowers and an extra leaf.  Time to start over with card #2 and it went a little more smoothly.  I added Dazzling Details to the flower centers, and the sentiment was stamped in Old Olive ink using a hostess stamp set called "Simply Sketched."  Love that font!  I added some contraband ribbon that was out on my craft desk....and voila!  I made the best of  my bloopers.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

super simple St. Patrick's Day card

In case you're needing a quick St. Patty's Day card for your Irish friends....or those that pretend to be's a super fast card. 

This card takes minimal supplies, and I used up scraps of various shades of DSP for the 3/4" circles on the side.

I began with using a stem stamp from the set called "Simple Stems" by using a Garden Green marker and coloring in only the stem (omit leaves).  The Whisper White layer measures 2" x 3-3/4".    I punched 5 circles of DSP using the 3/4" circle punch.  The colors of DSP are Pear Pizzazz, Wild Wasabi, and Garden Green.  Then I punched a line of holes along the edge to add some additional interest.  The shamrock was formed by punching 3 hearts from a scrap of Garden Green cardstock using SU's small heart punch.  I scored them in half and added to the top of the stem with small pieces of dimensionals.  From the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" stamp set, I added the sentiment using Early Espresso ink.  For the final touch, I added a small bow made from SU's linen thread and attached with a glue dot.  The focal point was then added to the Crumb Cake cardstock base (4-1/4" x 11") using dimensionals.  You could certainly jazz this card up by using an embossing folder on the card front, or adding a rhinestone to the center of the shamrock, but I was trying to keep it clean and simple for a change.

I'm hoping for some quality stamping time now that tax season is behind me.  Have I mentioned how much I loathe tax season?  I consider myself fairly organized, so I can't imagine how unorganized people cope with it!

Hope you have time to create today!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

stamped flowers on DSP

Good afternoon!
Today's card would be suitable for lots of occasions just by changing the sentiment.  It's a super fast card,  and would be another style easy to mass-produce if needed.

I began with a standard A2 sized card in Basic Black cardstock, and layered a piece of "Sweet Sorbet"  DSP which measures 4" x 5-1/4".  (free SAB choice)

The flower petals (Petite Petals)  were stamped on a scrap of  the "Sweet Sorbet" DSP using black StazOn ink. I used the matching punch to cut out the flowers.  The flower stem came from "Fabulous Florets" stamped in Pear Pizzazz ink on a Whisper White layer measuring 4" x 3".  The sentiment was stamped in StazOn ink also, and comes from the set called "A Dozen Thoughts."  The white layer was attached to a Basic Black layer measuring 4-1/8" x 3-1/8" and adhered to the card front using dimensionals.  Then I attached the flowers using dimensionals, and added pearls as the finishing touch.  So easy!  This style would be very easy to have made ahead, perhaps with just a "thinking of you" on the card front....then stamp the appropriate sentiment on the inside when you need to use it.  (birthday, sympathy, get well, etc.) 

If you wanted to leave off a sentiment entirely from the front, you could easily use a coordinating ribbon or baker's twine around the bottom in lieu of any wording.  Either way, it would make a beautiful card and hopefully brighten someone's day.

Friday, March 7, 2014

"Off the Grid" birthday card

I found this card layout on a blog from SU demonstrator Mary Brown.  I followed her basic design and just changed up the stamped sentiment she had used.  This grid stamp was one of my first
choices when the catalog was released last June.   I thought this layout was kind of funky and it would also work for a masculine birthday as well.

Supplies used:  "Off the Grid" and "Sassy Salutations"  stamp sets

                          Summer Starfruit cs base (4-1/4" x 11")
                          Basic Black cs layer (3-7/8" x 5-1/8")
                          Whisper White cs layer (3-3/4" x 5")
                          Pistachio Pudding cs (1-1/8" x 3-3/4")

                         StazOn black ink
                         Summer Starfruit and Pistachio Pudding markers

                        Sweet Sorbet DSP (SAB) and Summer Starfruit twine (SAB)

                        Triangle punch (mini catalog)
                        rhinestones and dimensionals

I must admit, I wasn't a big fan of Summer Starfruit when it first came out as an "in-color."  It's really grown on me, and I'll be kind of  sorry  to see it go away in May.

Have a creative day, and thanks for looking!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Another "Oh Happy Day" card

Today's card was truly a 5-minute card using paper scraps left from my last couple of cards I'd posted.  I used my Big Shot and Magnetic Platform to perfectly align the starburst image with the matching framelit, and it was a snap to achieve a perfect cut!
Supplies used: 
stamps:  Starburst Sayings and matching framelits
Petite Petals and matching punch
ink:  Strawberry Slush
    Bermuda Bay
DSP:  Kaleidoscope  (3" x 4" polka dot layer)
(3/4" x 4-1/4" striped layer)
cardstock:  Whisper White (4-1/4" x 11" card base)
scrap of Whisper White for starburst and flower image
Basic Black  (3-1/4" x 4-1/4" for polka dot layer)
(1" x 4-1/4" for striped layer)
miscellaneous:  dimensionals to pop up starburst and flower
Snail adhesive
neutral candy dots for flower center