Monday, November 2, 2015

Christmas Gift Card Holder

Good morning!
With it being November already, it's time to start making those special gift card holders we will be needing for the holidays.

I found this layout designed by Linda Heller from  her site "Stamping School" however I altered the measurements to add additional layers and used some different cardstock colors.

The card features the stamp set "Snow Place" currently in the 2015 Holiday Catalog, along with the Merry Moments DSP stack.

I began by stamping with Whisper White layer (3-3/4" x 5") with the snowflakes using Smokey Slate ink.  The DSP strip measures 3" x 5", cut at an angle from one corner to a 1" mark on the opposite side.  The edges were wrapped around the bottom of the Whisper White layer, and I mitered the corners at an angle to remove excess bulk.  The DSP is glued on the back side of this layer, so your gift card will not get stuck.  I added a 1/4" strip of Cherry Cobbler cardstock over top of the edge of the DSP.  You could also use ribbon here.  This layer was then glued to a layer of Basic Black cardstock (4" x 5-1/4") and then added to a normal A2 sized card base of Cherry Cobbler.   I did the inside the same way, only I glued down the strip of DSP that I had removed from the front piece of DSP, and added another 1/4" strip of Cherry Cobbler.

I stamped the snowman, top hat, scarf and holly leaves on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock.  There are framelits that coordinate with this stamp set to make your job much easier.  I used Old Olive ink for the scarf and holly leaves.  The scarf needs to be trimmed down to fit the neckline of the snowman. I also used Pumpkin Pie and Soft Sky markers to color in the snowman.  The snowman was attached with Stampin' Dimensionals, being careful not to put them too far up on the back side  so you can still tuck the gift card into the pocket.  As a final touch of bling, I added Silver Dazzling Details to the centers of the snowflakes, and Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details to the holly on his hat.
I hope you like today's sample and will try to make some yourself!

Happy Stamping!!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

updated Brutus

Good morning....
Today's post features an updated Brutus.  I replaced the top white layer with Garden Green, and added a 1" strip of Real Red cardstock and white lettering to make the end zone.  I used a chalk marker to draw the lines of the field.  I was lucky enough to find a scrapbook kit at the local craft store, so I punched the logo out of a 1" circle punch, then added it to a 1-1/4" black cardstock circle.

The "O" on the hat was cut from the sticker pack in the scrapbook kit, but I also picked up nail decals which also work on the hat.  They are just the perfect size.

I'm getting ready for a craft show in November, and I hope these will be a big seller.

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Brutus punch art

Hello stampers.....
It's been a long time since I've posted.  I really don't know where September went!

I have been working on my October birthday cards, and I completed this punch art card for my nephew.  He graduated from Ohio State, so I wanted to do something suitable for a Buckeye fan.
This style of card is a "joy fold" where the top flap tucks underneath the circle on the lower left hand corner.  I've used this style quite a bit as I appreciate interactive type cards.

The punch art was created by cutting an oval from SU's oval framelits (#2 from smallest) out of Chocolate Chip cardstock.  The face was cut out of Crumb Cake cardstock using SU's Wide Oval punch.  The eyes came from SU's Bird Builder punch.  The nose was punched from SU's Trio punches (retired) and is about 3/8".   I cut the mouth out of SU's Small Oval punch (retired) in black cardstock, and the brim of the hat out of Real Red cardstock.  The top of the cap is a 1-3/8" circle punched from Smokey Slate.    The letters were cut from SU's Little Letters thinlits in the annual catalog.  The closure is a 1" circle in black cardstock, and a 3/4" circle  of DSP.  Both of the DSP's are from  retired paper stacks in Smokey Slate and Real Red.  I added a black dot to the center.

The card base is formed by a piece of black cardstock 4-1/4" x 8-1/2", scored at 3".  The flap that folds over measures 3-1/4" x 8-1/2", scored at 4-1/4".

DSP measures 2-3/4" x 4" Real Red and 4" x 5-1/4" Smokey Slate.  The white cardstock for the front and inside sentiment measures 3" x 4".  

I drew the "O" free hand using markers with Real Red and Basic Black ink.  But I'm thinking the better alternative would be to purchase OSU nail decals if I can find them. I think they'd be the perfect size for his cap.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

"Reason for the Season"

Hello stampers....
Thinking about Christmas cards already?  It's never too early to start as far as I'm concerned. 

I made this sample for a workshop I'm doing this week.  The hostess loves the color purple, so I chose Rich Razzleberry as my purple of choice. 

The stamp set is called "Reason for the Season" and is found in the current mini catalog.  I began by preparing the card base using my embossing buddy, and stamped the poinsettia image randomly on the card front using Versamark ink.  I sprinkled it with clear embossing powder, then heat set it with my heat gun.  The card base is a normal A2 sized card, 4-1/4" x 11" and scored at 5-1/2".

The strip of white cardstock measures 2" x 4-1/4".  I stamped the poinsettia in Stazon black ink, and colored the petals and leaves with Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive and Crushed Curry markers.  I added glitter pen (non-SU) and Dazzling Details in gold to the center.    The sentiment was stamped with Stazon.  This layer was glued to two 1/2" strips of gold glitter paper, then attached to the card front with Stampin'Dimensionals. 

The card really sparkles so much more in person!
 
Happy stamping!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Penguin fun!

Hello stampers.....
Today's card is a super cute penguin, trying to get in on the reindeer games!  I had found this layout on Pinterest, but then added my own spin on it by adding snowflakes and googly eyes.  The original poster had used a red pom pom for the nose, but I chose to cut out a small circle of red glitter paper using the Owl Builder punch.  That punch sure comes in handy for things other than just owls!  The original poster had the ribbon going across the card front underneath the circle, and she'd left the top layer totally white without the snowflakes.
 
Supplies used: 
PAPER:  Whisper White cardstock 4-1/4" x 11" and 3-3/4" x 5"
scrap of red glitter paper
 
INKS:  Real Red, Soft Suede, and Memento Black inks
 
STAMP SETS:  "Snow Place" and matching framelits
"Wonderland"  (both from mini catalog)
 
MISCELLANEOUS:  #6 from set of circle framelits
1/8" striped ribbon (mini catalog)
googly eyes
Stampin' Dimensionals and glue dots
 
I began by stamping the sentiment on the card front layer using black ink.  Then I stamped the snowflakes using Real Red ink.  Using the Big Shot, I cut the circle out.  Set aside.
After I stamped out the penguin and cut out with the matching framelit, I positioned it with his arms poking out of the circle, and lightly penciled in where the top of his head would be.  That allowed me to position the antlers in the correct spot  and stamp the image using Soft Suede ink.  I attached the head of the penguin to the antlers using a foam dimensional and glued the penguins feet to the backside of the card front.  This entire layer was attached with foam dimensionals to the card front.    The small bow was added to the card front using glue dots.  I attached the nose with a foam dimensional and the googly with glue dots
 
Super cute!  Hope you enjoy today's card!
 
 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Silent Night

Good morning stampers!
I finally had a chance to play with some of my new toys from my pre-order of the upcoming SU Holiday mini catalog.  This catalog is a good one for sure, and I really had a hard time narrowing down my "wish list." 

Today's card was super simple and easily mass-produced.  I began by cutting all my layers of watercolor paper and washed them with water, an aqua painter, and Night of Navy ink.  This layer neeeded time to dry properly, so I prepared the rest of the layers during the drying time.

Card Base  Whisper White  4-1/4" x 11", scored at 5-1/2"
Night of Navy layer measures 4" x 5-1/4"
Whisper White strip measures about 3" x 3-3/4", cut with the new "Sleigh Ride" Edgelits Die then
                                                                               trimmed down
Stamp set "Jingle All The Way" which is sold as a bundle with the edgelit dies and I used Night of Navy ink for the sentiment.

After the watercolor layer was dry, I ran it through the Big Shot and the new "Softly Falling" embossing folder.  I sponged the edges of this layer with Night of Navy ink.  This layer was then glued to the Night of Navy layer, then to the card base using Tombow glue.  The die cut layer was then added using Tombow.  For a finishing touch, I added some dots of glue randomly over top of some of the raised circles from the embossing folder, and added Dazzling Diamond glitter.  So soft and pretty!
 
The picture really doesn't do it justice!
 
Have a great day!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

"No Bones About It"

Good morning stampers!
I never imagined purchasing the dinosaur set called "No Bones About It" as I only envisioned using it for cards for a young boy.  However, I sure changed my mind when I found it being used as a funny card for an older adult's birthday.  I just added the birthday hat to add an additional touch of whimsy to the card.  It makes me laugh every time I look at it!
 
The dinosaur bones image was stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock measuring 2" x 3" using Memento Black ink.  This layer was then added to a piece of Basic Black cardstock measuring 2-1/4" x 3-1/4".  The party hat was stamped on a scrap of Whisper White using Cherry Cobbler ink, fussy cut with paper snips, and added to the layer with small pieces of Stampin' Dimensionals.  I added a small rhinestone to the center for a touch of bling. 
 
The Basic Black layer measures 3-3/4" x 5", and the DSP layer measures 3-1/2" x 4-3/4". These layers were adhered directly to the front of the card base (Whisper White, 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4" )   The dinosaur layer was popped up with dimensionals and centered on the front of the card. 
 
The sentiment is from a stamp set called "Age Awareness" and was stamped on a 1/2" strip of Whisper White cardstock.  I snipped the end to make a banner flag, and popped it up on the card front using dimensionals.  The finishing touch was a black dot added with a touch of Tombow glue. 
 
Have a great day!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

vintage masculine birthday card

Hello stampers!
Today's card is super simple, and features the stamp set called "Guy Greetings."  I'll admit when I first saw this set, I truly wasn't interested in buying it. I made this card for my girlfriend's son who is into body building and is in fantastic shape.
The DSP is a retired newsprint from SU, but we have similar paper in the current catalog that would work just as well.  (Typeset Specialty #133704 for $13.00)
 
The card base is Very Vanilla normal sized A2 card.  The black layer is 4" x 5-1/4".  The DSP layer measures 3-3/4" x 5".  The image was stamped in black ink on a piece of Very Vanilla measuring 2" x 3-1/4".  This piece was adhered to a piece of black cardstock measuring 2-1/4" x 3-1/2".  I attached this layer to the card front using foam dimensionals.  The banner was stamped on a scrap of vanilla cardstock and fussy cut out with paper snips.  I attached it to the card front with dimensionals.  Super simple, but I think he'll appreciate it!  
 
Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Get Well Soup

Hello stampers!
Today's card features the "Get Well Soup" stamp in the main catalog.  It's a single stamp, and only comes in wood.  I knew as soon as I saw the stamp that it would be perfect for paper piecing....which is one of my favorite techniques to use in stamping.  Yay!

I stamped the image on the Whisper White layer, then stamped the bowl again on a small scrap of DSP.  Trim out the bowl.  I then added a 1" strip of Crumb Cake cardstock that was stamped with the "Hardwood" background stamp and Soft Suede ink.  This strip gets glued over top of the white bowl, then add the bowl cut out of DSP over top.  This effect grounds the bowl, making it look like it's sitting on a table.  I colored the soup with Hello Honey ink and a blender pen.  This layer was then added to a layer of black cardstock before attaching to the card front.

The heart was cut out of Real Red cardstock and cut out with a heart punch.  I added glitter for a little dazzle.

Hope you like it!  It's sure to give the receipient a little pick-me-up!
Have a super weekend!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Baby card with scraps

Good morning.....
Today's card was made with scraps on my desk.  I just love it when that works out!  The layout was in our latest edition of our "Stampin'Success" magazine for demonstrators.  However I just tweaked it a bit to step it up a notch.

The DSP is a retired print from Sale-a-bration waaaay back in the day when I started selling SU. Since I'm a hoarder, I still had scraps laying around (plus an un-opened pack also.)  See....HOARDER!!!!    Anyway, the DSP layer measures 3-3/4
" square, then I put a 3/4" strip of coordinating DSP on the bottom.  This layer was then attached to a piece of Whisper White cardstock measuring 4" x 5-1/4".

The stamps used are from a set called "Tin of Cards" and were stamped using Sahara Sand ink.  I wrapped a little white baker's twine around the layer, then attached it to the card front with foam dimensionals.  I secured the bow with the glue dot underneath.  Now how easy was that, and such a sweet little card for a sweet little someone? 

Hope you find some creative time for yourself!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Ice cream anyone?

Hello stampers!
I found today's design by Linda Heller at www.stampingschool.com.  I loved how it just looked like summer, and made me want to eat ice cream!

The stamp set I used is "Sprinkles of Life" which is our Ronald McDonald House set for Stampin'Up! this year.  For every set sold, SU donate's $3.00 to RMH.  And there's a matching punch, so how cool is that?

The colors used were Mint Macaron, Very Vanilla, Watermelon Wonder, and Hello Honey.  The ink used was Early Espresso.  The card base and oval were cut out of Kraft cardstock.  I used our new Elegant Dots embossing folder on the oval. (Linda had used our new corrugated paper in the catalog.)   The strip of DSP is 2" wide, and the strip of Mint Macaron is 1/2" wide.

Have a great day, and thanks for looking!

I loved the cute paperclip with the flag hanging from it.  So easy to make with a 3/4" strip of DSP and a tiny stapler.  Super cute!!  I secured it with a glue dot underneath.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

altered paper clips

Good morning!
I found a video on YouTube by "Babytweetums" where she makes these darling paper clips. Love them!

All it takes is the bow builder punch, the scalloped oval punch, a large paper clip, bone folder,   Tombow glue, glue dots, and a glue pen.  The DSP is part of last year's paper stacks that retired.  This project is a great way to use up scraps.

Now I just need to find a creative way to use them!  I know they would add a little pizazz to my office paperwork!  Maybe I would even enjoy filing.....but I doubt it.  ha ha!!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Hello Baby card

Hello stampers...
Long time...no post.....
It's been crazy busy around here, so not much stamping has been going on.  :(

Today's card is to celebrate a new mom-to-be, or it could be used for a baby shower card also. I found a similar design on Pinterest, and made my own template with graph paper.  It was pretty easy to then trace it on DSP, add a ribbon, then glue it to a normal sized A2 card front before trimming.

The stamp set used just retired and is called "Little Sunshine."  The paper is a retired DSP in Blushing Bride. 
I added a glue dot under the bow, and popped the word bubble up with dimensionals.
 
Hope you like it!
Happy stamping!!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Beautiful Sympathy Card

Hello stampers...
Today's card features a new stamp set called "Wild About Flowers."  The sentiments are from one of my favorite sets called "Thoughts and Prayers."  Luckily that set didn't retire and is still available.
I found this beautiful layout on www.dostampingwithdawn.com   I made the card front exactly like Dawn did, only using a different sentiment and the new Washi Label punch.  I had no idea how Dawn had decorated the inside, so I just added an additional panel inside to mimic the card front.  This layout could easily be used for many occasions by changing the sentiments.
 
The card base is a normal A2 sized card in Sahara Sand.  The three panels on front measure 1-5/8" x 3-7/8" in Chocolate Chip, Sahara Sand and Soft Sky.  The flower images were stamped using Chocolate Chip ink.  The panels were then adhered to a piece of white cardstock measuring
4" x 5-1/4".   I wrapped linen thread around it and tied in a bow, securing with a glue dot underneath. The sentiment on front was popped with dimensionals.   The inside liner measures 4" x 5-1/4" and the Soft Sky panel measures the same as the front panels.
 
Hope you find some time for yourself to be creative today!
 

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Easy balloon birthday card

Hello stampers...
I found this super quick card on Jennifer McGuire's blog.  She is a fantastic stamper and always has wonderful instructional videos on her blog. www.jennifermcguireink.com

For this balloon card I used a new In-Color called "Watermelon Wonder"
for the cardstock and ink.  Jennifer cut her balloons with a die cut set from Avery Elle called "Custom Panels Die."  She explained in her video you could always achieve the same effect with tracing around a plate or bowl.

I cut the cardstock pieces and sprayed with "Glitter Dust" in iridescent.  I purchased it on-line at JoAnn's, but I believe it's available in the store.  It is a great glitter and doesn't rub off.

The little closure on the balloon was cut free-hand.  The balloon was attached with foam dimensional strips, and I tied the black baker's twine around the end of the balloon and attached with a foam dimensional - tucking it underneath the edge of the balloon.  To make the balloon appear to be floating, add tiny drops of Tombow liquid glue to the card front and attach the string.  Easy peasy!
Jennifer said she whipped up 5 of these cards in about 25 minutes.  (She cut all her cardstock at once, sprayed them all at once, etc. in order to save time.)

The sentiment is from a new hostess set called "Happy Birthday, Everyone" in the new 2015-2016 catalog.  The base of Whisper White cardstock measures 4-1/4" x 11", scored at 5-1/2".  I would suggest doing all your stamping prior to attaching the balloons in case you mess up!    The balloons would also work well with DSP, textured cardstock, or just plain cardstock.   Use whatever you have on hand.

Have a great day, and hope you find some time to stamp!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Super fast Grad cards

Hello stampers!
Just a quick post to show you a super fast graduation card I made.  Actually I made 2 because they are for a set of twins on my husband's side of the family.   Their school colors are maroon and white, and I added the gold and black for a bit of contrast.

The stamp set is called "BYOP" which is a great set to use with gift cards.  I made these cards literally with scraps on my desk, and only used a full sheet of the maroon colored cardstock to get the two card bases.  This stamp set is being carried over into the main catalog, so it's still available to purchase.  The white layer measures 4-1/4" x 2-3/4".  I glued a little strip of black cardstock on the back side of the top edge, and a 1/2" strip of Crushed Curry was glued on the top of the bottom edge.  The striped ribbon was glued on the backside, just letting the lower edge peek out.  I then added a banner punched in black, and a couple pieces of ribbon, a button, and baker's twine to the top corner.   This entire layer was attached using dimensionals.

I hope you enjoy today's post.  As always, if you have any questions feel free to contact me!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Lacy Butterfly Card

Hello stampers!
I finally had time tonight to play with some of my new toys!  YAY!  I love getting new toys in the mail.  That's one benefit of being a Stampin'Up! demonstrator.  We get to pre-order some select items prior to the release of the new catalog.  It's always a fun and exciting time to see what's coming.  As usual, Stampin'Up! has come up with some items which will be on my "must have" list.

Today's card layout was created by Linda Heller at www.stampingschool.com.  I have been a member there since 2007, and I love Linda's video instructions and card recipes.  The only thing I changed on the card from Linda's version was the DSP.  She had used a new print from the upcoming Neutral paper stack.  I didn't have that stack yet, so I substituted one of our retired prints.  Same effect, just a slight difference.

The card base measures 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2".  The cardstock is a new In-Color called "Mint Macaron."    All of the new In-Colors are yummy in my opinion!  The DSP layer is 3" x 4", and Basic Gray layer measures 4-1/4" x 3-1/4". The layers are glued together, then I added a piece of the new
In-Color lace ribbon in Mint Macaron.  This layer was then glued directly to the card front.

I stamped the butterfly from "Butterfly Basics" stamp set (on Whisper White cardstock), and used Mint Macaron ink.  The butterfly was cut out with the matching framelit.  I cut a scrap of Basic Gray cardstock with the 2-3/8" scalloped circle punch, and a 2" circle of Whisper White cardstock.  These were glued together and adhered to the card front using dimensionals.  I straddled the ribbon by placing the dimensionals at the top and bottom of the scallop.  The butterfly was added with dimensionals, and added some extra bling with rhinestones. 

I will definitely be making several of these for my stash, and will just add an appropriate greeting to the inside to suit the occasion.    Since the DSP is cut at 3" x 4", you can get a ton of cards from one 12 x 12 sheet of DSP.   So pretty, and so easy! 

Monday, May 11, 2015

Corner Fold card

Hello stampers!

Today's card is a new fancy fold that I just learned about by watching a video from Linda Bauwin.  She is a Stampin'Up! demonstrator and does a series of fancy fold cards on her blog www.stampingwithlinda.typepad.com  

I followed her instructions, except I did eliminate one layer compared to hers.  It's all a matter of personal choice.
 
The cutting and folding is pretty easy to master once you watch Linda's video.  It's one of those things that watching someone else actually do it is a thousand times easier than trying to describe it in writing. 
 
The stamp set is the Butterfly Basics, and the cardstock for the card base is Crisp Cantaloupe. The inks I used were Crisp Cantaloupe, Wild Wasabi and Memento Black.
 
I hope you will enjoy this type of fancy fold in your cardmaking future!

Friday, May 1, 2015

sweet birthday card

Hello stampers!
I made this birthday card for one of my sisters.  I began by using the stamp set "Gifts of Kindness" which is unfortunately on the retiring list.  :(    But I love the beautiful sentiment inside that says, "What a beautiful thing; the gift of you."  It is just so appropriate since she is such a blessing in my life. Even though we are many miles apart, I always know she's there for me when I need her!

I colored in the stem and leaves with my Old Olive marker, then stamped it on a piece of Whisper White cardstock that measured 3" x 4".  By using my marker, I was able to "omit" the flowers that were part of the original stamp.  Then on a scrap of Whisper White, I stamped the large flower from a set called "Flower Shop" and the small flowers were from a set called "Petite Petals."  These were stamped using Rich Razzleberry ink, then punched with the coordinating punches.  I love having punches to match my stamps, don't you??  It's make life so much easier.

This layer was then glued to a layer of Old Olive cardstock measuring 3-1/4" x 4-1/4".  The DSP is in a  Rich Razzleberry print which is already retired....but since I hoard paper I still have it.  ha ha!  The DSP measures 4" x 5-1/4" and was glued directly to the card base of Old Olive. (5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4")  Then I attached the leaves image to the card front, and added the flowers.  Some were glued flat to the white layer, and some were popped with Stampin' Dimensionals.  The centers are our sticky backed pearls.

The sentiment was stamped on a 1/2" strip of Whisper White cardstock in Rich Razzleberry ink, and adhered to a 3/4" strip of Old Olive cardstock.  I notched the ends, and popped it up with dimensionals. 
 
I'm hoping she'll love it, and it'll brighten her day.
 
Happy stamping!  Enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend!!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Cool new technique!

Hello stampers!
I watched a video on this technique which was posted by SU demonstrator Linda Bauwin.  She showed how to cut out one of the butterfly dies using "fun foam" and then shrinking it with your heat gun.  How cool is that??  And fun foam is really cheap, so that makes it even better!

Here's my first attempt.  I cut the butterfly out layered with a dryer sheet, 2 mm fun foam, wax paper, and then the die....sandwiched between the cutting plates and on top of the magnetic platform.  I think I may have slightly overheated the one side as I got a tiny break in the wing.  But it is a rather intricate die, so use caution with the heat gun.  I love the way it curled slightly as it makes it look like it's in flight.
I can't wait to use this on a project!
 
Have a creative day!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

"Hip Hip Hooray" card kit

One of the little hidden gems in the catalog is the "Hip Hip Hooray" card kit, found on page 197 of the main catalog.  You get enough supplies to make 20 cards with envelopes.  It's a great kit to take "on the go" with you if you want to get a little stamping done when you're away from home, or at a stamping get together with friends.  On the samples below I used products/stamps provided in the kit, and then mixed some other sentiments from my ever-growing stash.  And yes, I hoard card kits too....but I am bound and determined to make every one of them up and use them.  I'm halfway there as I've completed 10 cards so far!  Yay!!
 
Be sure to check the website on Tuesday, April 21st.  The retired list will be posted, and it's always like  a shark frenzy. The 2013-2015 In Colors will be retiring.  Those items tend to sell out first, so don't delay in placing your order soon!
 
Any questions, let me know!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

"Painted Petals" card

Hello stampers...
Today's layout was found on www.brandyscards.com by Brandy Cox.  I loved the use of the paper and the layout, but I chose to deviate just a tad from Brandy's design.  This layout would be perfect for lots of other stamps and designer papers.  Check your stash to see what you have.  If not, then order this stamp set before it's gone at the end of May!

The card base is 4-1/4" x 11", scored at 5-1/2" in Whisper White.

I used the top DSP print from "Painted Blooms" designer paper pack, and the bottom piece is Hello Honey cardstock.  Both measure 4-1/4" x 2-3/4", and are adhered to the front of the card.  The center strip is a 1" x 4-1/4" piece of Whisper White cardstock.  I stamped the lined image from the stamp set using Early Espresso ink, and attached to the card front covering the seam line. 

I repeated the stamped line image inside the card also.

The focal image was stamped using Mossy Meadow and Hello Honey ink on a piece of Whisper White cardstock that measured 2-3/4" x 3-3/4".  (cut two...one for the front and one for the inside.)
The sentiment was stamped using Early Espresso ink.  I used a two way glue pen and glitter for a little bling.  These pieces were then mounted on a piece of Mossy Meadow cardstock measuring 3" x 4".   The inside piece was glued directly to the inside of the card, centering over top of the lined image.

Before attaching the front focal image with dimensionals, I added a piece of the leftover SAB ribbon I had, and secured it with a glue dot under the bow.  Then I added the focal image using dimensionals.
As a final touch of bling, I added three little rhinestones in the upper right hand corner. Pretty darned easy, but I think it looks pretty elegant.  Who wouldn't like to receive this in their mail box?  Better than getting a bill!  ha ha!!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

more doodling.....

Hello stampers!
Here's another sample I came up with last night using a micron pen on top of stamped images.  It's really mindless to doodle and it's actually pretty relaxing.
The stamp set I used is called "Crazy about You" and is found in the current mini catalog.  The ink colors are Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Perfect Plum and Old Olive.    I popped the sentiments up on dimensionals.
 
Go try it!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Doodling on stamped images

Good morning stampers!
I have seen several samples on Pinterest of taking plain stamped images and enhancing them with simple doodles.  After watching a few videos on YouTube, this was my first attempt.
 
I thought doodling would be a perfect companion to the sentiments in the "Banner Blessings" photopolymer stamp set.  The sentiment was stamped in black ink on a banner cut out of white cardstock using the "Chalk Talk" framelits.
 
The flower outline (Petal Potpourri)   was stamped on white cardstock twice using Melon Mambo and Old Olive ink.  I punched out the flower using the coordinating punch, and drew a simple outline using a micron pen.  Then I added the cross hatches and dots in the center of the flower.  I trimmed out the Old Olive flower by hand, making sure I got one small and one large petal to use as leaves.  To form the leaves, I used an inside and outside outline and some markings in the center.  Very simple but I think it adds a lot to the card.  I popped the flower and banner with the sentiment using dimensionals.  The DSP measures 3 x 4, and the outline box in black cardstock measures 3-1/4 x 4-1/4.  The white cardstock layer underneath measures 4 x 5-1/4, adhered to a regular A2 card base.
 
Super simple!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

"Fabulous Four"

Hello stampers!
Today's card features the stamp set called "Fabulous Four" which is found in the main catalog.  I found this layout on Pinterest, and stepped it up a bit by stamping the dots with Versamark ink and clear embossing powder.  The stamp set for the dots is called "Dotty Angles" which is also in the main catalog.

I used scraps to cut out the little flags with the banner punch.  The white layer measures 2-1/2" x
3-1/4".  The sentiment was stamped using Memento black ink.  I added a strip of black baker's twine and secured the ends on the back of the white layer.  The banner flags were added over top using little pieces of dimensionals.  The small bow of baker's twine was secured with a glue dot.  The tiny heart was punched with the Owl Builder punch with a scrap of Cherry Cobbler cardstock.  I just love using scraps on my desk to make a card!  The white layer was added to the card front using dimensionals.

Inside I added another layer of gray cardstock (4 x 5-1/4") and the white cardstock liner measures
3-3/4" x 5.  I purposely left the inside blank in order to have room to write a personal message.  Before adhering the white liner, I added a piece of black baker's twine in the upper left hand corner, and added a few small banners over top with dimensionals.  Another bow was added with a glue dot.
If you needed to mass produce a lot of these, it would be faster to omit the heat embossing on the dotted border. If you don't have Versamark, then just stamp the dots with the ink that matches your cardstock.  I just think it makes a super sweet card that anyone would appreciate receiving. 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Easter Curvy Keepsake Boxes

Good morning stampers!
This week I've been focusing my efforts on Easter projects.  These little boxes are filled with chocolate eggs, and are formed with using the Curvy Keepsake Box die from Stampin'Up!  If you check Pinterest, it's absolutely amazing to see how creative people can get using this versatile die.

On the bunny I used the large oval punch for the ears and feet, and the small oval punch (retired) for the lining of the ears.  The eyes, cheeks, and nose are all from the Owl Builder punch.

On the peep, I used our heart punch for the feet, small heart punch for the beak, and the Owl Builder punch for the eyes.  The wings were punched from the Scalloped Oval punch. Super easy and quick to whip up.  I will be taking several of these to sell at a local gift shop in a retirement community/nursing home.  Hopefully they will be used to brighten someone's day!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Another Butterfly Basic card

Hey stampers!
Got snow???  I feel like we're living in that movie "Groundhog Day." Every day is the same!!

Anyway...on to today's card.  Very simple and super fast to make.  I found several versions of this on Pinterest, and loved the color combination.
 
The base is a normal A2 size card measuring 4-1/4" x 11" in Crumb Cake cardstock.  Then I cut a layer of Blackberry Bliss measuring 4-1/8" x 5-3/8".  A great tip to conserve paper is to cut your butterfly out of the center of this layer before adhering it to the card base.  It's completely covered, so no one will know.  The top layer of Crumb Cake measures 4" x 5-1/4".  I stamped it with the "Hardwood" background stamp using Crumb Cake ink.  The ferns were stamped using Mossy Meadow ink.  I used second and third generation stamping without re-inking.    The postage stamp mark, stripe, and sentiment were all stamped using Blackberry Bliss ink.   I sponged the edges of this layer with Crumb Cake ink, and glued it to the Blackberry Bliss layer.  I glued the butterly to the front of the card, and added a silver button threaded with linen thread.  How easy is that?
 
I hope you find some time to be creative today!
Stay warm!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Thinking of You with "Wetlands"

One of my all time favorite Stampin'Up! sets is "Wetlands."  It's probably because it reminds me of being at the beach!

This layout is super simple.  I had seen a lot of these types of cards on Pinterest using the swoosh from the "Work of Art" stamp set.  On my sample, I used the swoosh from a new stamp set called "Sheltering Tree" that's in the occasions mini catalog.  I started using the swoosh inked with Sahara Sand ink, alternating the stamp by stamping on the left, re-inking, flipping the stamp over and butting it up along the first stamped image.  Then I cleaned the stamp, and did the same thing using Soft Sky ink.  This gives you the appearance of a shoreline.  The birds and sentiment were then stamped with Momento Tuxedo Black ink.  How simple is that??

The Whisper White layer (2-3/4" x 4") was then adhered to a layer of Basic Black cardstock (3" x 4-1/4")  On the right hand side of this layer, I stapled a piece of black baker's twine and tied a small bow.  The card base is a normal A2 sized card, and the layer of Sahara Sand cardstock measures 4" x
5-1/4" and was run through the Zig Zag embossing folder.  After adhering the Sahara Sand layer, I attached the focal image to the card front using dimensionals.

This card would make a great masculine card, sympathy, or get well. 

I hope you find some time to be creative today!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Crazy About You

Good afternoon stampers!
Today's card uses products from the mini occasions catalog and SAB brochure.  I love the "Irresistibly Yours" Speciality DSP that is a free SAB choice with a $50 purchase!  This was my first attempt at using it, and I am very pleased how it turned out.

I began by cutting a strip with the leaf pattern, measuring 2" x 5-1/2".  I sponged the strip with Old Olive ink all over the paper, then wiped it off with a tissue.  Such a pretty effect, and so easy to achieve!  Then I glued this strip to a piece of Early Espresso cardstock which measured 2-1/8" x 5-1/2".  This was then glued to the front of my Whisper White card base. (normal A2 size card)

On a scrap of Whisper White cardstock, I stamped the flower image from a new stamp set called "Crazy About You."  It's such a fun set, and comes with a bunch of sayings.  And you can also bundle it with "Hello You" thinlits dies and save 15%.   Using Rich Razzleberry ink I stamped it twice.  One to punch out with the new punch called "Flower Medallion" punch.  The second one I just "fussy-cut" out the center layer with my paper snips.  Set aside.  I stamped the leaf image twice using Old Olive ink, and fussy-cut them out.  Sure wish we had a die for that!    ha ha!  But it really didn't take too long. 

The sentiment was stamped in Early Espresso ink on a strip of Whisper White cardstock measuring 1/2" x 3-1/2".  I attached the sentiment to the card front using dimensionals.  Then I strategically placed the leaf over the left end of the sentiment strip and glued the stems to the card front with Tombow glue. I adhered the layers of the flower together using dimensionals, and added to the card front with dimensionals.  The large pearl gives just a touch of bling to the center of the flower.  A rhinestone would work well here also.

I can see using this easy layout for a lot of different occasions.  You could also use of scraps of DSP you've been hoarding and just coordinate your flower color to whatever colors are in your DSP.  I also think rounding the outside edges of the card base would be a nice touch.  Maybe next time! :)

Monday, February 2, 2015

My Furry Children


My furry children went to the groomers last week.  I love it when they come home smelling so clean!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Best.Day.Ever

Hello on this beautiful winter day!  I love it when snowflakes are big and puffy.  Of course it's much easier for me to think that considering I don't have to leave the house today!

So since I'm inside...I must stamp.  You didn't think I'd be cleaning now, did you?  ha ha!!



I was playing around with some Sale-a-bration products which are free with a $50 purchase. Now who doesn't like free????  The stamp set is called "Best Day Ever."  The ribbon is from the "Best Year Ever Accessory Pack."   The layout is super simple and very easy to achieve.  I began by using a ruler and pencil and lightly make a diagonal line.  I started with the Coastal Cabana image in the center of the card....then stamped on either side. I  rotated the stamp each time I stamped so that the striped petal was in a different position.  Then I went back and stamped the triangles in Crushed Curry and Calypso Coral ink.  The sentiment was stamped using Soft Suede ink.  After giving all the ink enough time to dry properly, then simply erase your pencil line.

Card base:  4-1/4" x 11", scored at 5-1/2". Whisper White
Crushed Curry layer:  4" x 5- 1/4".
Whisper White layer 3-3/4" x 5".

After stamping the front panel, I glued it to the Crushed Curry layer, added the ribbon, then adhered the entire layer to the card front.  A glue dot was added underneath the bow, and rhinestones to the center of the Coastal Cabana flowers.  You know you have to add that bling!

Have a super day and stay warm!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Ornate Tag card

Hello stampers!

Today's card is really easy, and would be suitable to mass-produce if you would need a lot of cards quickly.  I used a few different free Sale-a-bration choices in the sample.
 
I began with a strip of Whisper White cardstock measuring 4-1/4" x 2".  I punched the top of the strip with SU's new Ornate Tag Topper Punch found in the mini catalog.  The flower image is from a SAB choice photopolymer stamp set called "Lotus Blossom."  It's a 3-step process to achieve the color variance on the flower.  I used Calypso Coral for layer #1, Crisp Cantaloupe for layer #2, and Crisp Cantaloupe (stamped off once) for layer #3.  The stem was stamped in Wild Wasabi ink.  The sentiment was stamped in Momento Black ink.   I added a ribbon from the Best Year Ever Accessory Pack (free SAB choice).  Set aside.
 
The black layer measures 4-3/4" x 3-1/2".  I glued a piece of DSP from the Best Year Ever DSP pack (also free SAB choice)  which measures 3-3/8" x 4-5/8".  This layer was then attached to the card front of Whisper White measuring 4-1/4" x 11".  I added another piece of black cardstock which measured 1-3/8" x 3-3/8".  This piece was embossed with the chevron embossing folder and the Big Shot machine.
 
The tag was attached to the card front using dimensionals.  Two rhinestones in the lower right hand corner of the chevron embossed strip adds the finishing touch.
 
Super easy!  Go make some!!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Super simple butterfly card

Hello stampers!
Today's card is super simple, but packs a big "wow" factor!

I started with a piece of Whisper White cardstock measuring 4" x 5-1/4".  Using my Big Shot and magnetic platform, I cut out the medium sized butterfly die from the "Butterflies Thinlit Dies" in the mini  catalog.  It greatly helps if you layer your Big Shot sandwich by using the magnetic platform, cutting plate, new dryer sheet, cardstock, wax paper, die, and top cutting plate. By using the dryer sheet and wax paper, it really helps getting all those intricate little pieces to come out of the die.

To add some color, I cut a piece of DSP measuring 3-1/2" square to glue behind the opening. The DSP I used is a free Sale-a-bration choice called "Best Year Ever."   I stamped the sentiment from a free Sale-a-bration set called "Best Year Ever" in Calypso Coral ink.  This layer was then added to my card base (4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2") using dimensionals.   I added glue dots to the body of the butterfly and adhered to the card front.  As a finishing touch, I added a matching button (another free SAB choice) threaded with white baker's twine. I couldn't decide which sized button to use, but I ended up liking both of them.   The butterly just appears to float since it's only attached in the center.  I love monochromatic cards! 

Yesterday I was able to stamp all day, and it was wonderful!  I love days like that, don't you?

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Butterfly Basics birthday card

Hello stampers!
I finally received my new Stampin'Up! toys after being delayed from the weather.  I hate it when my "Man in Brown" arrives later than he should!  ha ha!!  Doesn't he understand how crazy craft people need their stuff?? 

Anyway...on to the card.  I found this basic layout and color scheme on a site called www.brandyscards.com.  Brandy often does cards where you can create 10 cards in 20 minutes, and this design was one of those cards.  I followed her basic design, however I changed up a few things.
 
The card base is Whisper White measuring 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2".
The leaf image was inked up in Old Olive ink, and stamped three times without re-inking.
The next step was to stamp the honeycomb image using Daffodil Delight ink.  This image was stamped multiple times, re-inking as needed.
I added the stripe at the bottom, stamped in Bermuda Bay ink. Brandy's version did not include the stripe...and it still looks gorgeous without it.  But I just thought it might add a little bit of extra interest.  The postage stamp, greeting, and splatters were stamped using Early Espresso ink. The splatter came from the stamp set "Gorgeous Grunge."    The next step was to stamp/die cut the butterfly using Bermuda Bay ink and the new Butterflies Thinlits Dies.  I sponged the edge of the butterfly with Crumb Cake ink.  The butterfly was added to the card front using dimensionals, then I added a few rhinestones for some bling.
 
Who wouldn't love receiving a beautiful greeting like this in the mail?   I can see this layout being used for sympathy and get well cards also.
 
I repeated some of the pattern for the interior of the card and the outside of the envelope.
 
I stamped the small butterfly image also in the stamp set, and added a small rhinestone.
 
Hope you have a creative day.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Thursday, January 8, 2015

"Big Day" birthday card

Good morning stampers!
Cold enough out there for you?  I'm so glad I can stay inside today.  Hopefully the work phones will cooperate, and I can have plenty of time to play with my new SU toys!

I made this card just using scraps of paper and ribbon I found while cleaning up my work space.  Hey..what better way to avoid cleaning up by stopping to make a card??  ha ha!!

The card features a new FREE stamp set from SU called "Big Day."  You can earn this set for FREE with a $50 purchase (before tax and shipping) during Sale-a-Bration!  Who doesn't like FREE??  It's my favorite time of year!  :)

This card was so fast to whip together, they would be easy to make a bunch to have in your stash.
 
I began by stamping the word image at the top of a piece of Whisper White cardstock measuring
2-3/4" x 4" using Memento black ink.  Next I stamped the cake and candle at the bottom.  Then I stamped the banner portion on a scrap of Whisper White and fussy cut it out with my scissors.  Set aside.   I then glued the main image to a piece of black cardstock measuring 3" x 4-1/4".    I used my aqua pen to add a little bit of color to the word "cake" and to the cake image.  In this sample I used Pretty in Pink ink (retired) because it matched the scrap of ribbon I found.  For a bit of contrast, I used a Strawberry Slush marker to the edge of the icing on the cake, and Daffodil Delight marker for the flame.  To add a little sparkle, I colored the flame, icing edge, and the edges of the word "cake" with a glitter pen which is non-SU.  This added just the right amount of bling.   I used my tiny stapler to secure the scrap of ribbon, and added dimensionals to the back of this layer. I cut small pieces of dimensionals and added to the back of the banner that I had fussy cut, and put that in place over top of where the original banner was stamped.  This adds a lot of dimension to the project.
 
The card base is a normal A2 sized card, and the layer of DSP measures 4" x 5-1/4".  The DSP was non-SU also.  Again...I was just using up what was on my desk.  I love to do that sometimes.  Just to sit down and create something with what's laying on your desk.  (Ok...I confess...there's always a LOT of stuff just laying on my desk!)   After I glued the DSP to the card front, then I added the focal image to the center of the card.  Easy peasy!
 
I forgot to take a picture of the inside, but it looks exactly the same as the front (DSP and text box) only I stamped the words "and perhaps a little ice cream!"   I think this card would also work well as a masculine birthday card if you chose another color other than pink. 
 
Hope you stay warm, and have a creative day!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

Hello Stampers!
Hope you all had a safe and wonderful New Year's Eve celebration!  Hard to believe 2015 is upon us. Time sure flies.

I found the inspiration for today's post from a YouTube poster "babytweetums."    She is going to be doing a series of Mickey and Minnie cards for each month in 2015.  She had started with New Year's for January, but I jumped ahead and made mine for Valentine's Day.

My measurements for the Mickey/Minnie heads are slightly larger than what she used, but they still fit the space on the card front.
 
This style is called a "joy fold card."  I have no clue how it was named that, but I like the way the flaps overlap one another.
 
The DSP I used is retired from Stampin'Up! and is called "More Amore."  I used 4 different prints in this card.  You wouldn't necessarily have to use 4 prints, but I followed what the original poster did.
 
The heads were formed using one circle punch measuring 1-1/4", and two circles punched with a 3/4" circle punch.  I glued them together, then added faux stitching with a white gel pen. Set aside.
 
The card base from black cardstock measures 8-1/2" x 4-1/4", scored at 3".
 
The front flap measures 8-1/2" x 3-1/4", scored at 4-1/4".
 
I began by adding the largest piece of DSP (5-3/8" x 4-1/8") to the inside of the card base. Then I cut two more pieces of DSP measuring 2-7/8" x 4-1/8".  These were adhered to the front and inside flap of the card base.  Set aside.
 
I then cut the DSP for the front flap section.  These measured 4-1/8" x 3-1/8".  These were adhered to the front and inside right flap of the front section.  I added a piece of Very Vanilla (also 4-1/8" x 3-1/8")  to the inside left section of the front flap.  This I basically left blank to write a message, but I added a few hearts stamped from the set called "Pictogram Punches."   The front flap was then adhered to the card front, being careful to center it with an even border all around.
 
The closure was formed with the Word Window punch and Modern Label Punch.  The sentiment comes from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" stamp set.  That set is definitely a "must have" in my opinion since it covers pretty much any occasion you can think of.  The sentiment was stamped in black ink on a scrap of Very Vanilla.  I added a couple rhinestones for a touch of bling.  I only put small pieces of dimensionals along the left and bottom edge of the Modern Label Punch to allow the corner of the flap to tuck in behind it for closure.
 
The last step was to add the Mickey and Minnie heads.....and a small bow for Minnie's head.
 
This is a pretty easy card to whip up, and would be appreciated by any Disney enthusiast. Who doesn't love Mickey and Minnie?????
 
See you real soon!!