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  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  

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!!