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Do you remember last week when I said I had a bunch of birthdays for which I needed cards and I scrambled to make something that looked nice but didn't take much time? Well, that was so easy – and so much fun! – that I did it again. Yup, same basic design for my last minute bunch of Valentine Cards!
For these cards, I used three of the lighter colored patterns from the Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack, lining them up across a layer of Real Red Cardstock. Then I stamped the "Happy Valentine's Day" greeting from the Sealed With Love Stamp Set, and die cut it and a Real Red mat for it, using the Sweet & Sassy Framelits set. I added a heart from the Brights Collection Candy Dots, and, voilá – I have my card. Quick and easy! It will be even easier for you because I've made myself a layout sketch. Yes, it's for me when I run into a need for something quick in the future. And since I have it all done and there's no newsletter for several weeks, I'll just share it right here with you!
To get those vertical strips lined up fairly perfectly, I set the Real Red layer on my grid paper and found the center point along the bottom of the layer. Then I adhered the center strip aligning it so that its center matched the center of the Red layer, centering it top to bottom. After than, I just adhered the right and left strips so that they were evenly spaced between the center strip and the right and left edges of the Red layer. For both this card and the birthday cards last week, I adhered the center greeting element using Stampin' Dimensionals. Just that little bit of height at the center really makes a nice difference in the look of the card.
Here are the products I used in today's project. Don't forget that the Valentine products are still going to be available even after Valentine's Day. I have no doubt that this year's Valentine products are some that I'm going to keep around for next year (at least!). Click on any of the products to add them to your Stampin' Up! order!!
If you're on my newsletter mailing list, you'll remember that, in this month's newsletter, I included instructions for making one my version of one of the designs that Stampin' Up! created to publicize it's "Buy-3-Get-1-Free" Designer Series Paper sale. That sale will go on all month!
Today, I'd like to share my version of another sample published by Stampin' Up! Even though I really need to spend more time getting Christmas cards done, I also need to keep my stash of day-to-day cards in good shape. I won't be sending Christmas Cards out for another two months, but I need to have cards for other stuff between now and then!
So for this card, I used one of my favorites in my collection of Standard Designer Series Paper sets, By the Shore Designer Series Paper. Yes, this is one of the sets that's included in the October Stampin' Up! sale, and my third set of this paper is definitely on order!
This greeting card would look great with any colors and any Designer Series Papers. But I have some other designs to demonstrate before I start redoing this layout. I'm really hoping that cards like this will entice you to try Stampin' Up!'s October Designer Series Paper sale! In fact, here's something I've not done in a while on my blog – a sketch with measurements! And following that, there's a link to the page on my website that includes all the Designer Series Papers that are included in the October sale!
I began placing the small squares by first adhering one of the corner squares to the Very Vanilla 3-1/2" square so that it is 1/8" from the two closest sides. Then place the other squares 1/8" away from that square, either vertically or horizontally, until all the squares are adhered. Other than that, this is a very simple layout!
Just click on the photo below to go to my website to learn more about Stampin' Up!'s Buy-3-get-1-free offer!
One of my favorite bundles in the Stampin' Up! 2016-2017 Catalog is the Jar of Love Stamp Set with the Everyday Jars Framelits Die Set. There's so much you can do with this set, but one of the stamps that caught my eye right at the start was the little gold fish. I thought, "How cute to have that swimming in a mason jar!" And then I saw the sentiment, "Best Fishes." OMG, that was just too over the top cute! So finally I have had to use those two cuties together.
I actually made this card a week ago to enter into the Freshly Made Sketches challenge. It's not a challenge I usually follow, but I ran across the sketch on Facebook, and I knew it would be perfect for the challenge. Unfortunately, I had three blog hops/challenges all in a row last week, with no place to park this little guy on my blog. So I posted him on Split Coast Stampers and he's just now making his appearance here.
One of the fun stamps in the jar stamp set is the stamp that you can use to look like there's water in the bottom of any of the jars. I liked this jar because it fit into the sketch better than either of the others (you can see them in the set below where I show the products I've used for this post). A trick to getting this photopolymer stamp to stamp evenly is to place your paper or cardstock on top of a surface that gives a bit, such as the Stampin' Pierce Mat.
I used the Sizzix Framelits Die set to cut out both the jar and the fish. Isn't she so darned cute! I wanted the sentiment under the Calypso Coral Thick Baker's Twine to look like it was coming directly from the fish. So I grabbed another stamp set – Seaside Shore – and used the little bubbles from that set to look like they were coming out of the little fish.
Here's another little trick I use when I have a small sentiment such as this one and just want to cut it into a little rectangle. If you happen to have the Bow Builder Punch, you might have noticed the little piece that's supposed to be the part you wrap around the punched bow. Well that little rectangle fits several little stamps in the Stampin' Up! collection! And it's easy to pull off the shelf and punch!
I liked the circle element in the sketch. Though usually that means just put something in its place, I liked the circle, so I pulled out the Layering Circles Framelits Dies, and made the perfect circle on which to mount the jar image.
The final element in this card is the Seaside Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I just thought that was the perfect touch to give the whole card some background texture.
Once again – as usual this summer! – I had a fun time making this card. It's hard not to when Stampin' Up! provides so many wonderful products to keep me crafting! Here are the main products featured in the project today. I hope you'll click on some of the pictures to find out more about the products and even purchase them from my Stampin' Up! store! Have fun with them!
Throughut the Stampin' Up! 2015-2016 Annual Catalog, there are "Tips" and other hints for using stamps and other products in the catalog. Last week, when I was going through the catalog trying to find something to copy for a challenge, I found suggestion: "Try using just the outline stamp or just the solid stamp or use the together for more creative combinations." This quote referred to the stamp set, Garden in Bloom, but it could refer to any similar set in the catalog collection, including the featured "New Stamp" in today's post, Watercolor Wings.
In fact, I featured BOTH of these stamp sets in this project, and for both I used only the solid stamp from the set. The large butterfly on the top layer is from the Watercolor Wings stamp set, and the small butterfly repeated on the left set of layers is from Gardern in Bloom.
The one thing about this project that was most fun was that, not only was it a challenge, it was a challenge to use a sketch that I had included in a blog post three years ago! I actually could have just about repeated the whole design because the two main stamp sets in that card – Papillon Potpourri and Sassy Salutations – are still in the catalog. But that would have required me to get away from my new stamp sets, and that's a no-no this month!
The colors I used for this card are my current go to colors, Watermelon Wonder and Cucumber Crush, both new 2015-2017 Stampin' Up! In Colors. As I was looking to see what I have planned in the way of blog posts over the next few weeks, I see that I have one more project using those colors coming up next week. After that, they'll be scarce for a while. There really are other colors in the catalog!
To go with the colors, I added one of the Cucumber Crush sheets from the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack as the main background, and matted it with a bit of Watermelon Wonder cardstock before wrapping a piece of the Watermelon Wonder 1" Dotted Lace Trim. The sentiment is also from the Watercolor Wings stamp set, and fit perfectly in the space allocated for it. That always makes me happy.
Have a great weekend, everyone! And I hope you have a chance to do some paper crafting with some fun Stampin' Up! products!
Now here are the products featured in this project. Link to my personal Stampin' Up! Store to order any of these!
Watercolor Wings Stamp Set (139424)
Garden in Bloom Stamp Set (139433)
Cherry on Top Paper Stack (138443)
Cardstock: Whisper White THICK Cardstock for the card base (140272); Whisper White Cardstock (100730); Cucumber Crush and Watermelon Wonder from the Cherry on Top Cardstock Pack (139002)
Ink: Cucumber Crush Classic Stampin' Pad (138324); Watermelon Wonder Classic Stampin' Pad (138323)
Watercolor Wonder 1" Dotted Lace Trim (138425)
Once again it's time for the biweekly SUO Challenge! This time, the challenge was to make a greeting card with a Fun Fold. With all that's going on in my life this early Spring time, if it's going to be fun, it has to be EASY! And this card is SUPER EASY!
As we get closer to the end of March 2015, we're also getting closer to the end of Stampin' Up!'s Sale-a-bration 2015. This is so sad, as I really like the products in this year's Sale-a-bration catalog, including the fun Big Day Stamp Set, which is perfect for just about any birthday Celebration. I'm also crazy about the Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper, which I used as the base for this fun fold card.
I used three of the stamps in the set on the front of the card (the candle, cake, and Happy Birthday stamps), and then I added the other two to the inside of the card. Oh, and what fun it was to color in these line drawings. Unfortunately, I made this card long before the Stampin' Up! Blendabilities were taken off the market, so you wouldn't be able to duplicate the exact look that I have here. BUT, long before Blendabilities, I used the Stampin' Up! Blender Pens to create a shadowed look on Whisper White Cardstock, and I'm sure I could reproduce this look with the Blender Pens. As I won't be back in full crafting mode until after Sale-a-bration is over, I'm not sure that I'll have the time to reproduce this card with Blender Pens myself (lots of other current products to demonstrate!). But you should try it yourself!
Now for the fold and the finishing. The name for this fold is, "Diagonal Z-Fold Card." The basic fold is so simple. You'll need a 12" x 5-1/2" piece of Designer Series Paper (better than cardstock in my humble opinion!). Lay the paper out so that the long edge is along the top/bottom, and the design you wish to be on the front is face up. Cut the paper from the top left corner of the paper to 2"" from the top right of the paper. Score from top to bottom at 4" and 8", using either the Stampin' Trimmer or the Simply Scored Tool.
Fold the paper with the first fold on the left being a Valley Fold and the second fold a Mountain Fold. That's your basic card!
For finishing my card, I punched along the top diagonal edge using the Scallop Edge Border punch. Then I adhered a strip of the Calypso Coral Pompom Trim. I began at the lower right corner on the front of the card. When I reached the first fold on the left, I made a small slit on the top edge and rearranged the trim so that it would go along the inside top edge of the paper until I got to the second fold, now on the right, and repeated the slit and moving the trim back to the front of the card.
Another thing that you can do with this fold is to adhere the middle section to the back section, giving you a slot into which you can place such items as bookmarks or another kind of greeting – or even money or a check! Here is a link to an older blog post where I illustrate how this can be done.
As this post "goes live," I'm about to start on a 3-week long trip the U. S. mainland. In about 6 hours I'll be on the first of a dozen airplanes that will take us from place to place, including visits to all of our grandchildren. I can hardly wait! I can also hardly wait to get back and unpacked AND back to my regular Craft Room activities! See you then.
Yikes! There are so many people I like to send Halloween cards to, and I basically have two more days to get my cards made and sent out. Mail takes longer to get to mainland destinations from Hawaii, so I'd better get on the stick. But at least I got my craft room set up enough to get some done!
I love, love, love the sayings in the Stampin' Up! Tee-hee-hee Photopolymer Stamp Set! Some of them soooo perfectly fit my favorite (only?) niece, AND said favorite niece spends the whole year figuring out what her Halloween Party is going to feature. I had the pleasure to attend one of the parties a few years ago, and I wish I could be on the east coast to attend others. Oh, my, her Halloween parties are over the top! So, of course, I'll be sending this card off to her.
I've used five of the stamps from this set for this card (two are on the inside). I wanted the sentiment stamp to be the featured stamp in this card, so I thought of placing it on a strip that would go along the width of a 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" card. Once I made that decision, I had to figure out what I'd do with the top and bottom. I decided to put a hat on the top and the darling shoes on the bottom. After I'd put one of each on the card, it occurred to me that adding one more on each side would be perfect!
Back to the sentiment, but just briefly. I still didn't know what I wanted to do with it. So I designed the layering for the card as my next part of the project. I am back into my old habit of leaving everything out from one project before I start on the next, and I still had some papers that I'd used for one of my next newsletter articles out – papers from the Stampin' Up! Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper set. I really wanted to show off at least one of those papers, so I started my layering. As I couldn't make up my mind about which paper to use, I ended up using two – the Crushed Curry and the Cajun Craze solid type designs. But right on top of one another, they didn't really "pop." That thin little layer of Basic Black Cardstock took care of that problem and I was off to the races! The one thing I had to do was to trim my stamped layer down a bit more than I had originally designed. But I'd left plenty of room, so trim away I did.
Finally I had to tackle that sentiment strip, and I spotted my roll of 1-1/4" Burlap Ribbon, which had hardly ever been used. Why not make that the base layer of the strip! I cut it the width of the card and then notched each end before fringing each notch. Stamping some Very Vanilla Cardstock using Cajun Craze ink, and layering that on some Basic Black, again with just a small bit showing, finished my strip.
What a fun card, and I'm sure Margie will love it!
Here is a quick look at the inside stamping, which I placed in the lower left corner, and I've included a layout sketch!
And here are the products I featured in this project. To buy any of them, all you have to do is click on the picture and you will be taken to my online Stampin' Up! store. Easy!
There has been SOOO much going on here on Hawaii's Big Island that I don't know where to start talking about it. So perhaps the solution is not to start at all, but just get on with my papercrafting life!
We are in a temporary rental home while still trying to maintain our own home and garden in another area of the island. So my craft room is in a bit of, shall we say, disarray? Yup, it's a mess. But I do have enough of my supplies out where I can find them, and so I had to make a card!
When the Stampin' Up! 2014 Holiday Catalog was published, I sent in an order for all kinds of products that I thought I'd enjoy using during September and October this year. The good news for me is that, even with everything that's been going on, I still have plenty of time to play with – AND show off – some of my Halloween goodies. Today I'm featuring the Fall Fest Photopolymer Stamp Set, along with the Fun Fall Framelits Dies. I love being able to stamp something like those fun pumpkins and not have to sit and cut them all out by hand just because I want them to pop off the page a bit! The stamp set and the framelits dies are sold singly, but also as a bundle for a 15% savings!
The paper I used as a background is one of the sheets in the Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper set. I used Mossy Meadow Cardstock for the card base and the leaves cut with the Framelits set. To stamp the pumpkins, I used Pumpkin Pie Classic Ink (of course!), with the facial expressions stamped in Mossy Meadow Classic Ink, all on Very Vanilla Cardstock. I also used the Very Vanilla Cardstock as the layer for the inside of the card. I adhered the letters, cut with the Little Letters Thinlits Dies using Mossy Meadow Cardstock, onto the inside of the card using Multipurpose Glue.
Hmmm, the "inside of the card" she says! Here's what the card looks like when it's opened:
The front of the card is cut so that there's only a 1-3/4" front piece. I got the idea for this layout from a video made by super Stampin' Up! demonstrator, Dawn Griffith. She made a card with flowers along the front strip, but I sure do like the pumpkins! I am including a layout with measurements to show how I cut my card. But before I do that, I'd like to point out that I stamped the back as well as the front of the pumpkins.
Stamping and cutting the front is pretty easy to see how to do. But the back is a slightly different story, especially as the pumpkins aren't symmetrical. Nonetheless, what I did was to stamp and die cut the pumpkins. Then I stamped the same image on the back of the cut pieces. Since they're not going to show much from the inside of the card, I wasn't too worried about how the bottom of the back would look. So I worked to make sure that the tops of the pumpkins were as even as I could make them. This is a lot easier than with rubber stamps because this stamp set is Photopolymer, so I could see right through the stamp to make sure it was even. Finally, for each of the pumpkins, I used my Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Write Marker to color in areas where the stamped image didn't quite fit.
This will be a nice card to send to someone special in advance of Halloween, and there's a nice space in which to write a personal note from me to her!
Here are the layouts, first the outside of the card:
Then the inside of the card:
And here is the information you might want for the products that I featured in this project:
As I stood at my work table yesterday trying to decide what to use to make my next Easter Card, I thought, "Why not use the same stamp sets and just different papers?"! In fact, I not only used the same stamp sets for this card, I used the same Stamp-a-ma-jig technique, this time just lining up some little bunnies horizontally rather than the line of eggs vertically.
As you can see from the stamp set shown at the end of the blog post, the little bunny is a single little critter and I didn't want her to be lonely. Yes, I decided it was a "she" so I dressed her up in some Designer Series paper just to prove it – more about that later.
To line these bunnies up somewhat straight and evenly along the row, I stamped a bunny onto Card Stock Vellum using the Stamp-a-ma-jig. (The reason for the vellum is that I can keep the vellum in the box with this wood mount stamp set and always have it available to use for positioning my stamps.) Then I set it onto my grid paper so that it was fairly straight vertically and drew a horizontal line through her neck (no bunnies were hurt in this process!). As the grid lines were not sized correctly for how far I wanted the bunnies to be horizontally, I just estimated where they should be. All in all, the little dance line looks kind of cute!
Besides using the Eggstra Spectacular Stamp Set for this card, I also repeated my use of the Happy Easter Stamp from the Delightful Dozen Stamp Set.
The papers, though, are different. For this card, I used two of the sheets from the I Am Me Designer Series Paper set, one with Calypso Coral dots and the other with a Pool Party design. I staped the greeting using Calypso Coral Ink and punched it with the Decorative Label Punch before sponging it with some Calypso Coral and adding a few Candy Dots in the colors of the day.
I layered everything up and finished off the card front with a piece of Pool Party 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon.
Well not quite finished. I'd colored in the little bunnies alternating with Calypso Coral and Pool Party Stampin' Write Markers. But once I had the card all put together, I thought that little girl in the center might look really sassy in some of that Calypso Coral Designer Series Paper. This is another good use for the Stamp-a-ma-jig. I didn't have to guess where the bunny image would end up on the printed paper. I laid the stamped vellum on the paper and moved it around until I got some of the polka dots in the image the way I liked it. Then I set up the Stamp-a-ma-jig and stamped the bunny before cutting her out and adhering her to the card.
I'm including a sketch for this card, including some advice about how you might have an easy job of adhering the layers with teensie mat without too much stress, though there may be a slight waste of cardstock.
Cut the top layer exactly as you wish it to be. In this case, the layer with the bunnies is exactly 4-1/2" x 1-1/8". Then cut the mat about at least 1/2" larger than the stamped layer and adhere the stamped layer to it. Finally, using your Stampin' Trimmer, trim the mat so that there's just a slight mat. This sure beats trying to adhere mats that are just 1/16" larger on all sides! I did that with the bunny layers on the Pool Party DSP layer, too.
And here are the major products that I used in today's project! (Ooooh, did you see my "What's your guess about retiring products?' contest on my Facebook page? Some of these are in the contest!)
After two projects with the Kaleidoscope Suite from the Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog, I am SO ready to get back to something fussy and floral! And where better to go find this than in the Stampin' Up! 2014 Sale-a-Bration Catalog with the Sweet Sorbet Collection! Oh my how I love the colors and flowers of Sweet Sorbet!
I am just loving all the colors in the Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper! I have to tell you that the Summer Starfruit yellow color in the 2012-2014 In Color collection has not been my favorite. But once I saw the Sweet Sorbet paper and how well that yellow went with all the other colors, I almost fell in love with it! You can see that, in this card, I even used it as my card base. I also chose the Summer Starfruit Twine from the Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack to accent the thin vertical layer. That layer's main color is Pistachio Pudding, and there is definitely some Summer Starfruit in there, too.
After I had cut all my papers, I decided to take a bit of the Basic Black accent from the floral pattern and make a very thin mat behind both the main layer as well as the thin layer. This also helped me decide what color to use for the sentiment from the Peaceful Petals Stamp Set – Basic Black, of course!
Once I had this all done, I thought perhaps the thin layer on the right needed a bit more "something" to give it some added texture. Since so far all but the stamp had come from the Sale-a-Bration Catalog, I decided that what I put there should be from that catalog also. So I popped out one of the Adhesive-backed Cork Die Cuts from the Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack might do the trick. And so it did!
I'm sure most of you know that what is in the Sale-a-Bration Catalog cannot be purchased. What? Nope – you can only get these products FOR FREE if you spend $50 on Stampin' Up! products from the current supply list (including catalogs and items on carry-over lists AND ITEMS IN THE CLEARANCE RACK!!). This year's Sale-a-Bration catalog even includes some suggestions for groups of products that, when purchased, add up to $50 or slightly more. And those products go very well with the 13 products in the Sale-a-Bration catalog!
Do you have questions about this or would you like a catalog? If you do, I am MORE than happy to answer questions and send out Sale-a-Bration or Occasions Catalogs right away! Just send an e-mail to the above address OR call me at the phone number above.
There are just 4 WEEKS OF SALE-A-BRATION LEFT!! So don't delay and lose the chance for this year's FREE PRODUCTS!
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My project for today is quite a bit different, but I think it still has a nice "quilt" type flare to it. Once again, I've CASEd (Copy and Share with Everyone) a project from one of the Stampin' Up! 2013 Convention Display Boards. In fact, I'm not sure I have any of those projects left to show off! But this one was one of my favorites. The Designer Series Paper (DSP) used for this project is no longer current, but it was one of my favorites when it was current.. On the other hand, with a design like this, I find I can use almost any set of papers and still achieve a nice look!
The fun technique for making this card is cutting the papers to make the ever-popular Sunburst design. I have a sketch to use for cutting your own papers. What I did was cut my papers to the size of the sketch (3-1/4" h x 5" w) and then mark the ends of the lines on the sketch on the top and right side of my paper. Then I cut the paper with my paper trimmer.
But wait! If you've got a guillotine style paper cutter, you can make enough paper pieces for 5 cards with one set of cuts! In fact, I took all 5 patterns I was going to use, stacked them up, marked the top and right sides of the top paper, and cut them all at the same time. Now I can make 5 cards with no extra cutting! Here's the second of the five that I made.
How much fun is that!
Now that I had the background design done, I needed to add some embellishments. As I was using Season of Style Designer Series Paper, I decided to use some Season of Style Designer Washi Tape. Love those coordinating products! I ran a piece of the Washi Tape along the bottom of both cards. That helped me cover up at least a little bit for the points that didn't quite meet perfectly in that lower left corner (shhh!).
Then I got out (for the first time!) my brand new Christmas Ornament Punch and the coordinating Stamp Set, Christmas Collectibles. I stamped both of the stamps that I used for these cards using both Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive Ink. Then I cut pieces from one of each of the stamped images and layered them onto the stamp of the other color.
I tied both cards together with a bow made up of Linen Thread, and added a layered greeting from the Stamp Set, More Merry Messages. This stamp set is not in a catalog, but it is still available from Stampin' Up!
Here is the layout for cutting the pieced layer of these cards. I hope you'll have as much fun with this project as I did!