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!!