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My husband's Aunt Margrit had a birthday this past Friday – the same day as my birthday! So it's always easy for me to remember to make and send a birthday card to her in plenty of time for it to arrive on her big day. And, of course, I always try to make the card I send her just a little bit over-the-top.
What I wanted for this card was something elegant. As I went through my stash of Designer Series Papers, I found this sheet from the Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper set. The "specialty" in the name of that paper set indicates that there's something in the set that's, well, special! In this case, there are two sheets in the set that have designs with Copper Foil on them. Each sheet is single-sided, but the sides with the copper foil are priceless.
Once I chose the paper, the rest of the card just fell into place. Oooooh, lace! For that I reached for the Sale-a-bration Stamp Set, Delicate Details. Of course I had to emboss it using Copper Embossing Powder. Then, to separate the Designer Series Paper from the lace just a teensy bit, I added a strip from a Copper Foil Sheet between the two (the Copper Foil Sheets were in the Stampin' Up! 2016 Holiday Catalog, and they've carried over into the spring and are still available!). That created my main background layer for the birthday greeting.
I always think of ovals as being just a tad more elegant that circles or squares. So out came the Layering Ovals Framelits, and layer I did! The bottom layer is Very Vanilla Cardstock. Onto that I added a layer made from the Copper Foil Sheets. Then I die-cut the flower into the copy Very Vanilla Layer, and added the stamped Happy Birthday greeting from the Rose Wonder Stamp Set. It seemed to have just the right font for this card. My last step was to add a heart that I punched using the Owl Builder Punch. I haven't used that punch much for the owl figure. But I sure have used it for all the little circles and the heart it includes!
Before I adhered the oval layers to the card, I added some of the Copper Metallic Thread to the card base. But with all that copper all over the place, even I can't see it any more in a photo. It's obvious in real life, but not here for sure!
As you can imagine, I had a lot of fun making this card. I may just have to do something else with these products that I could frame and hang on my wall – when I have some free time. Hmmm, when might that be? Don't know.
Here are the products I used for this project. You can click on any of the product photos and go directly to my Stampin' Up! store – not only to find out more about the proiduct, but also to order directly from me! When you make something using products you purchased from me, send me a photo and I'll post it, either here or on my Robin's Craft Room Facebook page!
Yes, I'm getting to the end of my Valentine card-making efforts for 2017! I got all the cards I wanted to send to the US East Coast out in Thursday's mail, and all the US West Coast cards out in the mail Yesterday. Today is the day for mailing one or two to friends and customers in Hawaii, and Monday I'll be making a last few to hand to friends that I'll see in person by Tuesday.
For today, I thought I'd share one that I made with one of the newest Sale-a-bration FREE PRODUCTS that will be available on the 21st of this month, through the end of the Sale-a-bration catalog period at the end of March. I was fortunate to be able to get my hands on this luscious Glimmer Paper early, but that extended only to be able to buy one pack of the paper. So I'm not being so generous that I'm using the paper as a whole layer on my card (I want to have some for some birthday cards this week!). But I think you can see how beautiful it is with just the little bit I have on the front of the card.
I loooooove this paper! The set comes with glimmer paper in three colors: Sweet Sugarplum (as in this card); Bermuda Bay (I'll share one later this week, but if you get my newsletter you've already seen it); and Mint Macaron. I just about swoon every time I get to do something with Mint Macaron color in any variation. But it doesn't seem to cry out, "Valentine," as much as the Sweet Sugarplum. So Sugarplum it is for this card!
There are still a couple of weeks until the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits are available for purchase again. But they will be – and maybe you already have a set? If so, let me tell you that these two products are just made to go together. I had absolutely no trouble cutting the Glimmer Paper with these thinlits (well, there was the time I accidentally tried to cut two pieces at the same time with the same Thinlit – that did not work!).
While I kind of liked the simplicity of the card front with just the heart and word on it, I decided that I really did want to add something into all that empty space. Looking around me at my stashes of various products, I spied the Confetti Hearts Border Punch. Yes, it's supposed to be a border. But I wanted the hearts that came out of the punch after the border got punched. And there they are!
Truth be told, I really did want that Sweet Sugarplum mat behind the main layer to be the Glimmer Paper, too. But I'm just stingy enough that I want to save it just as my initial inclination in designing this card led me to think in the beginning. So I'll wait until I can order some more later in the month!
Meanwhile, here are the products I used in this project. I'll post here on my blog when the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits are back in stock and orderable, and I'll surely be showing off more of this glimmer paper and definitely letting you know when YOU can order it!
I just could not put that Balloon Adventures Bundle away after I used it for Monday's project. I had found it SOOO easy to use to make that fun card that I decided I'd use it in my card-making class this week. When I showed my crafters the card, especially when I opened it up, I could almost see dismay in their faces. Wow, what's it going to take to make THIS card! When I told them it would be so simple, they did not believe me. When we were finished, they were all believers!
I really have nothing to add in the way of hints on making this card. I'm pretty sure I covered everything in Monday's post. What I found to be a lot of fun with this card was the Party Animal Designer Series Paper that I chose for the class project. I chose the Emerald Envy Cardstock, Ink, and 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon as my base color for the card as a whole. That had to do mostly with the availability of that lovely Taffeta Ribbon that's on the same page in the Stampin' Up! 2017 Occasions Catalog as the whole Party Animal Suite of products. It really accents the cover of the card nicely.
This time, both I and those in my class remembered not to fold the center Whisper White cardstock until after we stamped the banner and sentiment at the bottom of the center section. So it came out a lot better than when I tried to do it after everything had been folded and creased. If you want to stamp an image on the center balloon, you should do that before folding/creasing, too.
So now off to get the last of my Valentine Cards done! I have to get mine in the mail no later than Thursday morning if they're going to get anywhere but Hawaii by the 14th!
Here are the products featured for today's project.
Welcome once again to my favorite monthly blog hop, the Color Fusers Blog Hop, in which we are given 4 or 5 colors and challenged to use at least 3 of them in our blog post for the day. This month's color challenge is to use:
The list of all this month's blogs is at the end of this post. I hope you will visit them all because there are some fab projects! Now on to my project for this post.
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What a great color combo – and Stampin' Up! itself came up with it first in the fun Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack. All four colors are in that set of papers. So I figured it was a no brainer to use that set of papers to make a card (what I make the most of these days) focusing on 3 of the 4 colors. So I did make a card that went pretty quickly, and poof! I was done!
But wait. There are some really creative folks in this blog hop, so that simple card (which I'll introduce in a blog post after Valentine's Day) seemed like it was just a bit too easy for this crowd of hoppers. What I did was to think about this a little bit, look through the Stampin' Up! 2017 Occasions Catalog, think some more – and, voilá! I decided on a bit more ambitious of a project!
I stuck with the Carousle & Cupcakes Designer Series Paper, but moved around a bit in the Occasions Catalog and found the Balloon Adventures Bundle to make this paper a lot more interesting! Not only that, but it turns out that one of my favorite Sisters-in-Law (they're all favorites!), who is also in my Stampin' Up! downline, had a birthday this past weekend, and I was SOOOO excited to have a fun card to make for her!
This first step that I took in making this card was to create the inside of the card. I'd not yet used the framelits from this Bundle to make a card, but I did have a bit of experience with the concept. Nonetheless, I chose to watch the YouTube Video that Stampin' Up! produced to introduce this. I've included a link to this video at the end of this post. Oh, and how did I know there was a video for this? When you look at a Stampin' Up! catalog, occasionally you'll come across this symbol. When you see this, you know that Stampin' Up! has a video at youtube.com/stampinup.
To keep my theme going for this card, I did a few things that weren't in the video. First of all, I used papers from the Designer Series Paper Stack both for the background and the foreground fo the left and right balloon on the inside. I created the background by punching papers using the Balloon Bouquet Punch and the top layers using Thinlits. I also used Designer Series Paper for the center balloon, even though it had to be folded to make the pop-up style of the card. I folded this balloon before I adhered it to the already-folded pop-up element.
I also managed not to stamp the "let's celebrate" sentiment onto the center piece of the pop-up element before I did all the scoring and folding required (won't do that next time!). So I had to stamp onto another piece of Whisper White Cardstock, then fold the piece I cut out from the stamped image and adhere it to the already-folded banner shape. The final elements inside this card are the "gift packages" on either side. The tops and bows are made with the Thinlit set, and I rounded the bottom corners using the Project Life Corner Punch.
I got away from the Balloon Adventures Bundle a bit with the central stamped image on the front of the card. There was a lot of trial and error here (errors?) before I realized that I wasn't going to be able to accomplish what I wanted with the Thinlit dies that were in the bundle. So I went looking for something else with the same kind of shape, and settled on the Lots of Labels Framelits for the sentiment for the card front. Even then, I couldn't find the "perfect" fit (perfect being what I wanted, darn it!), so I ended up die-cutting both the image in the center of the Designer Series Paper/Early Espresso layer as well as the inserted image using the same die. I trimmed the straight sides of the Early Espresso piece a bit, then cut it in half and reduced the size from top to bottom before taping the pieces together with transparent tape at the back. Then I stamped the sentiment onto the piece of Designer Series Paper before trimming it to fit on the Early Espresso layer.
I cut the holes in both ends of the Espresso layer using the little circle die from the Tags and Labels Framelits. Finally, I made a both on both ends, one with Calyso Coral Thick Bakers Twine and the other with Bermuda Bay Thick Bakers Twine. Then I adhered this layer to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals. Done! And it's already in Maryland by now (I can only hope!)
Here's the video from Stampin' Up! that provides some great ideas for using the Balloon Adventures Bundle!
Here is the list of bloggers on the hop this month:
- Patty Bennett
- Jason Loucks
- Heather Osborne
- Nicole Tugrul
- Paola Phillips
- Jo Anne Hewins
- Melissa Kerman
- Robin Messenheimer – You are here!
- Pat Ertman
- Debbie Henderson
And here are the products that I featured in my project for today!
Earlier this week, I told you about my project that I used for the biweekly challenge blog, Stampin' Up! Only Challenges. I had CASEd (Copy And Share with Everyone) a project from the latest issue of CardMaker Magazine. For today's project, I have a project that I CASEd from one of the other SUO Challenge Design Team members – fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Pam Staples.
I didn't quite copy Pam's design entirely, but the layout of the stamped and embellished layer is pretty close to hers. The main differences were that I used Soft Sky as the color for the splashed background, I used Gold Foil for the arrow and little hearts, I used one of the square Stitched Shapes Framelits for the sentiment element, and I didn't emboss the lips. Emboss the lips? You bet – with the fun Real Red Glitter Embossing Powder that carried over from the 2016 Holiday Catalog. The Sealed With Love Bundle, that includes the stamp set and framelits is from the 2017 Occasions Catalog. The splashed background is from the Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set that's in the 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog. And those two little hearts? They're from the Owl Builder Punch. I hardly ever use that owl figure much any more. But the heart and the circles in that punch are oh so useful! So lots going on here with a variety of Stampin' Up! Catalogs and products!
And of course now I have made a Valentine's Day card with a color other than Red! But I still want to try out some other different color combos before I finish with this year's Valentines. I have another few days before I have to quit and get mine sent out. I'll be sure to share them here.
For now, here are the products that I used for this card. There are a lot more than I usually use in a card. But I was on a roll when I started pulling products off the shelf in my Craft Room!
Beginning in 2013, I had several years of being sick on and off pretty much all of the time. Because of that, I had to have frequent lab work done. The ladies (and the occasional gentleman) in the lab and I developed a friendship born of the need to make what could have been a difficult time a bit more enjoyable. Of course, I made them little gifts and cards when occasions came up – it's what I do, after all! They have a large refrigerator in the lab and every year they displayed my Christmas or Thank You or New Year's card on the front of it.
At the beginning of 2017, I'm now in good health, and it's been a while since I've had to go to the clinic. But yesterday I had to go there for a regular physical, which gave me the opportunity finally to take my friends in the lab a New Year's card. When I walked into the lab, there on the refrigerator was the 2016 card, still in a place of honor. I almost cried. They explained that they knew I'd bring them a new card, and they thought my 2016 card was so beautiful that they didn't want to take it down until they had a suitable replacement. Now they have it.
All sorts of thoughts went through my mind when I was trying to decide what kinds of papers and layout I should use for this card. Most of what's out on my work table right now is birthday-related, and that just wasn't appropriate. When I opened up my paper box, Valentines papers were at the top and I nearly dismissed them as inappropriate also. But, no! Anything with a heart is TOTALLY the right thing to use for a group of people who deal with blood all day. My heart's pumping the stuff just fine these days, so why not highlight that!
The first thing I did was to decide that the card would have a top-folded 5-1/2" high by 4-1/4" wide card base. The main reason is that last year's card had a landscape orientation with 2016 across the card. I really wanted something with a different layout, but wanted to have the year's numbers on the front. Once I had that settled, I grabbed the heart border framelit from the Love Notes Framelits Dies and used it to cut the right front of the card. Then I trimmed the back of the card so that the hearts stood out from the whole card, not just from the front.
I cut the Large Numbers Framelits 2017 out of a piece of paper from the Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack and then mounted that onto a piece of Whisper White Cardstock. Both of these pieces are narrower than usual because the heart framelit trimmed the size of the card front down a bit.
Once I had this all put together, I needed a place to put the Happy New Year. My first thought was to put it on the inside of the card with my note. But then I realized that those little hearts gave me a perfect place to tie a tag! Out came the Classic Label Punch and a piece of Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, and I tied the greeting onto the right side of the card. Nice! One little side note about the hole I punched into the end of the Label-Punched piece: While the 1/8" Handheld Circle Punch is available, I find that I get a much nicer hole for a project like this by using the smallest holes in the Owl Builder Punch. There's no wasted paper because those little holes are right at the edge of the punch, so I just slip the punched label in and I've got my nice hole for the Baker's Twine!
Now I've got those pretty letters that I punched out of the Designer Series Paper! I'll be making another New Year's Card today for sure!
On Tuesday, I shared a project using a Mint Macaron sheet from the new Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper set. Once I had that paper out, it was hard for me to put it away!
So here is a project with a whole card front made out of the paper, with a mat of the solid Mint Macaron Cardstock. Love it! I may have to buy a new pack of paper just to stock up on this design.
If you're a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, you may recognize the layout of this card. We demonstrators get a bi-monthly magazine with ideas from Stampin' Up!, and this basic layout was in an article in the current edition, though the focus there was on watercolor. I'm not working with watercolor right now (soon – but I've got other stuff I want to do first!), so I read right past that project. It was one of my downline who came over to play with new stuff who suggested the layout. Fun!
You can see certainly see how easy this layout is. Just pick a piece of paper (3-3/4" x 5"); a coordinating piece of cardstock (4" x 5-1/4") and some complementary cardstock (5-1/2" x 8-1/2", folded to make a card base). Then pick a sentiment (any sentiment, any stamp set), a coordinating piece of ribbon (8" or so, folded or cut in half and trimmed at an angle on each end), and a bit of Baker's Twine or Cord for the greeting element. And you're done! (The gold cord I used is a Stampin' Up! product, but no longer current.)
I promise tomorrow's project for this first week of the New Year will NOT have this paper in it – though I dare say you'll see it again before too very long.
And welcome to the very first Color Fusers Blog Hop for 2017! This month we have four colors from which we had to choose at least 3 for creating our project. I really wanted to use all 4, but, with all the holiday busy-ness going on, I didn't have much crafting time, and so just settled for 3.
The colors I picked for my project were Tangerine Tango, Crushed Curry, and Very Vanilla. You may recognize the Stylish Stems Framelits Dies from yesterday's project. If I didn't think you'd like it better if I showed off lots of different products in these blog posts, you might just end up seeing this Framelits set all week for the whole month of January! But I won't do that – I'll branch out a bit. That's not a problem at all with all of the fabulous products in the upcoming Stampin' Up! 2017 Occasions and Sale-a-bration Catalogs!
The framelits set not only has the dies that cut negative shapes into cardstock, it also has the outlines for those negative image dies. I promise I will show some of that over the next 5 months of the Occasions Catalog. But I also used the outline dies for the cardstock that I put behind the negative images to "color them in." That saved me a bunch of the Tangerine Tango Cardstock that's the main color behind the two flowers. To bring in the Crushed Curry color, I punched some Crushed Curry Cardstock using the Blossom Punch and adhered those punched flowers behind the die-cut flowers using Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue. That was easier that trying to figure out exactly where to place them by adhering them to the larger Tangerine Tango die-cut outline images, which I adhered behind the flowers simply by using standard transparent tape.
I actually thought about just layering the Very Vanilla top layer over a layer of Tangerine Tango Cardstock. But I really wanted to emphasize the Crushed Curry color a bit more, so made that the layer that mats the top layer. It's really going to be fun seeing what I can do with this set of framelits!
Finally, I added a bow using the Very Vanilla 1/4" Satin Ribbon that will be in the Occasions Catalog, and stamped the sentiment from the already-current Greatest Greeting Stamp Set.
Fun project! As I said yesterday, I'll post Wednesday with the products for the projects for yesterday, today and tomorrow, when you'll be able to order all the new "stuff" I'm using now. I'm sure you'll love it all!
And now I hope you'll continue on this blog hop by checking out Pat Ertman's project which features other new Occasions Catalog products – that I'll be buying this month for sure! Here are those Stampin' Up! demonstrators who are participating in this month's hop:
• Robin Messenheimer – You're Here!
This is the time of the year when everything seems like it's last minute! I've been making Christmas and other Holiday Greeting Cards since the summer, and I've even made a few gifts to give to local friends. But wouldn't you know that I got the bright idea to make favors for those who will be coming to our Duplicate Bridge game on Sunday! Yes, my husband, who is the director of the Hilo Bridge Club, asked if anyone wanted to play bridge on Christmas Day as it's one of the days when we have a regular game. Sure enough, we have 14 people (he and I included) so will have a 3-1/2 table bridge game on Christmas Day. I couldn't go without something festive to put on the tables!
With so much else going on this weekend, I had to do this quickly – and I didn't have much time to get too creative! The good news was that I had two bags of Ghirardelli Chocolate Squares in the house, so little chocolate square holders would be the thing. I found some unused Presents and Pinecones Designer Series Paper in my stash, and, not wanting to take the time to use my Big Shot, I pulled out a couple of punches to decorate the outsides – one old, one new. The Medium Star Punch is in the current Stampin' Up! catalog, but the Tree Punch is retired. There are some punches that I just cannot bear to give up, and the Tree Punch, as well as the retired Word Window Punch, are two of them. I like punches for projects like this because everything goes so much faster!
The inside of the holder is really quick and easy, too. Under normal circumstances I'd have done a bit more decorating, both inside and out. But this will do just fine! See how nicely the Ghirardelli Chocolate Squares fit in the pockets?!
As I'm in a bit of a hurry (last minute Christmas gifts, too!!!), I'll not go into too much more detail. BUT I'll include a tutorial for making this in my next Newsletter, right after the first of the New Year. And, no, it won't be using Christmas papers! It will be for Valentine's Day. It's a FREE TUTORIAL, but you have to be on my newsletter mailing list to get it! Sign up form is up on the left at the top of the page!
Happy Holidays everyone!
When Stampin' Up! first introduced it's newest product, the Stitched Shaped Framelits, it also had a stamp sale and created some cards to highlight both product lines. Today's card is a quick CASE (Copy And Share with Everyone) of one of those cards.
As I said in yesterday's post, today's card uses the same Designer Series Paper and stamp as yesterday's: Warmth and Cheer DSP, and Suite Seasons Stamp Set. It also uses one of the Stitched Shapes Framelits which are on back order until next month. But as with yesterday's card, there are other products that will help you make an equally quick card.
For today's card, I used my favorite non-Stampin' Up! product in my craft room – and the MISTI stamp aligned. With this tool I easily stamped the image using different colors. Oh, I know that I could have just used my Stampin' Write markers to color each word differently. And I did!!! And I recolored and restamped and there's not a single misstamped spot!
I used the Sweetheart Punch to cut the papers, which made it a lot quicker than using even more Framelits than the Layered Oval Framelits I used for the stamped image.
This card seemed to me to need a bit more texture than the punched and stamped images gave it. So I used the ?Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder for the background. Finally I tied the whole thing together with some Cherry Cobbler ribbon from the Silky Taffeta Combo Pack of ribbon in the Stampin' Up! 2016 Holiday Catalog.
I hope I've given you some ideas for some quick Cards for this last weekend before Christmas. There's still plenty of time to get them all in the mail! Next week I'll share the last of this year's cards, of the quick and easy variety for the REALLY last-minute mailing!