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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!
Welcome to the very first project of the year made for one of the Stampin' Up! Only Challenges! Of course the theme revolves around the "new stuff" that Stampin' Up! has coming out in its newest catalogs tomorrow – January 4, 2017! That's when the Stampin' Up! 2017 Occasions Catalog and the Stampin' Up! 2017 Sale-a-bration Catalog go live! My project for this challenge – and for you today – includes my current most favorite product in the new Occasions Catalog, the Window Box Thinlit Die set.
This Thinlits set is SOOOO much fun to use, and I've already made several of the boxes using different cardstock, papers and embellishments. For today's post, I chose one made with Whisper White Thick Cardstock and with a variety of Mint Macaron-colored products. Those that you can see from this photo are the Mint Macaron 3/8" Sheer Linen Ribbon, a Mint Macaron colored print paper from the Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper set adhered under the decorative die on the top;, and another Mint colored sheet from the new Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper set, matted with some Mint Macaron Cardstock.
On this side, you can see one of the square Thinlits from the Window Box set that can be used on the side of the box. I mounted this on a layer of Mint Macaron print, then created a square frame for it using Stampin' Up!'s Layering Squares Framelits Dies and Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies. I like the way that there's a bit of a textured feature between the cutting lines on this frame.
In this straight-on view of the box top, you can better see how pretty the decorative die is with the paper behind it. And there's a bit more Mint Macaron as I used Mint Macaron Classic Ink to stamp the sentiment with a stamp from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set that's punched with the Classic Label Die.
I found this box really easy to make. It does take a bit more time than making a greeting card, but the end product is so worth it! The best part of this project is that the top opens and closes, and LOTS of candy can fit inside! Or jewelry? Hmmm, that's what I'd like to see in it! But what made this box so easy to make was that I took the time to view the video that Stampin' Up! has made with hints about how to put the box together and how to use the various parts of this set. Here's the video – well worth your time if you're planning on purchasing this set!
Tomorrow – the day that the Occasions and Sale-a-bration Catalogs go live – I'll have a list of all the products that I've used in my blog post projects the last few days. Meanwhile, if you have any questions or comments, be sure to post them in the comment section below!
Happy Birthday to Jadon, a young man whom we several years ago adopted as a grandson. Oh, he has "real" grandparents, but there was a time when he saw more of us than he did of his other grandparents. So we became Grandma Robin and Grandpa Harry, and we're quite happy with that. These days, as we don't travel to the U. S. mainland as often as we used to, we don't get to see him all that much either. But we keep in touch, especially when his birthday comes around in October!
Even though this is Jadon's second year as a teenager, I still really like to try to make him something cute for his birthday that will make him smile. He has just the best smile in the whole world for a young man of his age. We won't be there when he opens this card, but I'm sure I know what his smile will look like!
Originally, I'd planned to have only the one stamped image on this card – the fun crab from the You're Sublime Stamp Set. The stamp consists of the crab outline and the "Have a Snappy Day" sentiment. To create the background, I inked up only the crab image, being careful not to get ink on the sentiment. Yup, it happened anyway, but on one of the stamped images that's hidden behind the large crab in the middle. Love how layers can cover up a multitude of smudges and such! But once I had the card pretty much done, I thought a little bit of color on the background layer would add a nice touch. So I went hunting for the Seaside Shore Stamp Set and one of the little Starfish images in that set. I used the smallest starfish, and that filled up some of that empty space nicely.
To make the central image, I stamped the whole stamp – sentiment and all – and then colored in the crab using Real Red Classic Ink and Blender Pens. If I'd just used a Real Red Stampin' Write Marker by itself, I know from experience that I would have done a great job of hiding the expression on that cute crab. The color is just too deep to let the black lines show through. Blender Pens do the trick of adding the color, but not as deep as the marker would.
I cut the oval around the crab, as well as the scalloped oval that makes up the mat, using the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies. Then I finished off the card with a piece of Real Red 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon. All of the products in this project, by the way, are in the Stampin' Up! 2016-2017 Annual Catalog. Somehow I managed to make a card this time of the year without anything from the Holiday Catalog. Wonder how that happened?!
Anyway, here are the products I feature in this project. Just click on any of the pictures to go to my Stampin' Up! Website Store to get more information or to buy the products listed!
Last month, just after the 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! Catalog was released, I went through the catalog page by page and chose some projects on those pages to CASE (copy and share with everyone). There were a couple that left me kind of, well, disappointed in what I ended up creating. The original projects were gorgeous – but I'm not the professional those guys are! So here I am with a somewhat different take on one of the CASEd projects.
The original project was on page 44 of the catalog and my "original" CASE was in this blog post. I like the idea of using a stamp positioner to stamp a design in a square. To do this, you position each stamp in a certain spot on one side of a square, stamp the image, turn the square 90 degrees, stamp again in the same position and so forth. But the design the last time was just too large and trying to use the same images as the original on a smaller square than the original just didn't work as well as I wanted. So this time, I just used smaller images – and it works much better, I think!
As I mentioned in my last post, the three projects I'm posting this week are are projects that I made for a series of swaps with members of my summer Stampin' Up! online group, VC (stands for Virtual Cruise) Rocks! We do "rock"! So rather than use the stamp positioner that Stampin' Up! sells (the Stamp-a-ma-jig), I pulled out my MISTI tool and stamped away with that. Oh, did these 11 identical cards go SOOOO fast! No repositioning every time I turned the square – yay!
The stamps are from the Love and Affection Stamp Set. Most of the stamps in this set are of the smaller variety, though there are one or two that are a bit larger than those shown in this project. I do like them all, and certainly will be using them for other projects as the year goes on. The sentiment is from another set, the Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set.
But now you'd probably like to know about the theme of this swap. It was "So You Want to be a Big Shot?!" Of course, that means that we had to show off at least one use of a Stampin' Up! product that's used with the Sizzix Big Shot. For this project I used two of these products. The first was the Layering Squares Framelits. For this project I used two of the squares from the set (there are NINETEEN squares in this set!!!). The scalloped square is a 3" square and the plain square is a 2-5/8" square. The other Sizzix product I used was another new product, the Seaside Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. It's part of the suite that includes the Seaside Shore Stamp Set and the accompanying designer series paper. But I think it goes well with so much more – including this project!
The swaps for VC Rocks have some baseline requirements, including that there have to be at least two layers in the card (I have 3, including the Watermelon Wonder Cardstock layer and the textured layer) and there has to be at least one Stampin' Up! embellishment. For this project, I used two designs from the Affectionately Yours Designer Washi Tape set. Love those colors!
My next blog post later this week will show off another redo of another CASE that I published last month. I had a lot of fun with that one, too, and look forward to showing it off! Meanwhile, here are the products that I used for this project. Click on any of the pictures and you'll be magically transported to my personal Stampin' Up! store to find out more about the products – and buy them, too! They're all so much fun to use.
Believe it or not, the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog will be released next week! I just cannot believe that the summer is almost over and I have to start focusing on the holidays. Yikes!
When it comes to the "holidays" in the catalog, my first focus is on Christmas. Yes, I do enjoy fall favorites such as Halloween and Thanksgiving. But all my life, THE holiday has been Christmas. And, when you're in the greeting card making business such as I am, Christmas Cards are a big part of that. So of course I jumped at the chance to participate in a summer swap that involves Christmas Cards, even though it was still summer at the time of the swap!
This week, I'll be sharing the projects that I made for each of three swaps that was part of the activities of my summer Stampin' Up! online group, VC Rocks. The "VC" now stands for "Virtual Cruise," and it's meant for those of us who either cannot or choose not to go on the Stampin' Up! summer cruise. Most of us don't qualify for the cruise, as it's a reward for big-time demonstrators. Many of us aren't even demonstrators and those who are tend to be people who concentrate on their craft more than their selling. I like to do both, but not to any great extreme!
For the first of the three swaps, I wasn't yet able to take advantage of any of the products that will be coming out with the Holiday catalog next week. But there are plenty of Christmas images in the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog, and I chose one of my favorites from last year – the Peaceful Pines Stamp Set. The stamp set includes quite a few images, not just of pine trees of various shapes and textures, but also of items that you can use to decorate the trees (you'll see them all in the photo at the end of this post). But I chose this tree because I think that it's lovely just as it is, with no decorations, save the star on the top.
The green that I use throughout this project is Cucumber Crush, and the red is Watermelon Wonder. I usually think of other greens and red when it comes to Christmas, but for now these colors work for me. I do believe that the Holiday Catalog will be featuring some more traditional colors!
When it came to the ribbon, I wanted something a bit more delicate than the wide ribbon that has a Cucumber Crush color, and a bit fancier than the Thick Baker's Twine of the same color. I couldn't believe that I actually had a spool of the 1/8" Gold Ribbon in my stash! So gold it was, and I really like the look and the way it complements both the green and the red. Not only that, I also had some of the new Metallic Enamel Shapes, that include gold and silver stars, as well as circles and hearts. That gold star is just the perfect finish for this tree!
For this card, and for most of my Christmas Cards this season, I added a bit of a decoration inside the card. I think it adds a nice statement to a card, and I guess I'm just too lazy or busy most of the time to add that extra stamp. But I'm working on that little issue, starting now!
So I have my first Christmas Card of the season done, and by now I'll have some more in my stash as I should have my swaps from other players back in the mail by now. What fun this swap was!
Stay tuned for my other two swap projects on Wednesday and Friday this week! I had a blast with them all.
I featured the following products in today's project, and I hope you'll like them enough to check them out on my Stampin' Up! online store. All you have to do is click on a picture and you'll find yourself at that link in no time! Have fun with whatever Christmas projects you're working on this season!
This weekend is the third Blog Hop for the summer Stampin' Up! group to which I belong, VC Rocks! The VC stands for "Virtual Cruise," and it's for anyone who loves Stampin' Up! products but won't be joining in the summer cruise provided as an incentive trip by Stampin' Up!
An important part of any Stampin' Up! get together is display boards featuring themed projects presented by Stampin' Up! demonstrators. The closest we can come to this for an online group is a Blog Hop. Yes, we have a theme, and everyone in the hop will have a project with the same theme. For July 2016, our theme is "Cruisin' With Fun Folds." So here I am with my fun fold for the weekend, a gatefold card!
A Gatefold Card has a fold on both sides of the card, with the card opening in the middle. Most of the time, with a simple gatefold card, the card opens and closes as easily as a regular card with just one side fold. But, in the case of this card, I got carried away and ended up with far too many layers for this card to stay folded in any position. So I created what is nown as a "Belly Band" to slip over the folded card to keep it closed. That's what in the photo over on the right. This is how the card looks when it's closed, with the belly band keeping it that way.
Now you'll want to know what it is that's decorating that card! The stamp set is the Seaside Shore Stamp Set and the Designer Series Paper is the By the Shore DSP Set. The colors featured in this card are Calypso Coral and Dapper Denim, with a few touches of Mint Macaron and Pool Party.
My favorite part of this card is that rope that goes the whole width of the inside of the card, and wraps around the whole belly band (it's there on the back, even if you can't see it!). It's actually two stamps strung together to make it look like one. I didn't do too bad a job if I say so myself! One of the stamps is the knot, with an open end extending to both the right and left of the knot. The second stamp is a length of rope. If you are really, really careful, you can stamp them up against one another so that you can barely see where one stamp ends and the other begins. To do this, I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig, which is sold by Stampin' Up!
You may have read in one blog post or another that I frequently use the MISTI stamp aligner. This is great for aligning photopolymer stamps, but is a bit limited for aligning rubber stamps, as the stamps in this set are. So out came the Stamp-a-ma-jig. If you're considering buying a stamp aligner, this is a tool that works well and is not too expensive at all. Just click on the photo below to go to my Stampin' Up! store to learn more about it. Oh, and it comes with instructions!
As it's pretty much a VC Rocks rule to use embellishments in all of our shared projects, I added in some Enamel Shapes on the card front. One of them is Dapper Denim from the 2016-2018 In Color Set. In this set, there are 40 shapes of each color as there are only 5 colors to share the wealth of 200 pieces. The other color I used was Calypso Coral, from the Subtles Set. In this set, there are only 20 shapes per color, so I ran out of small circles (I've used this color a lot this year so far!) so you'll see a teeny star somewhere on this card.
I have a couple of hints about making a card with this fold, and most are based on my own experiences, which led to some, um, design modifications as I went along. First, unless it's really important to you, don't layer this card so that there is most than one width of cardstock where the card folds. First of all, it won't fold well; secondly, you'll need to use an odd size of paper to make sure that the card sides meet in the middle as they should. It's better to layer up each inside as well as outside element with its own set of layers. Both problems are solved if you do. My card is just a teensy bit wider than I would have liked – but with my "design modifications," it did finally end up meeting in the middle.
I hope you're enjoying our little blog hop. Be sure to go back to the VC Rocks Blog to find links to the other participants in the hop!
Here are the products that I featured in today's project:
I realize that I'm posting this New Year's Greeting Card before Christmas is even here. But if you haven't completed your Christmas Card projects, it's almost a bit too late (ask me how I know). So why not take the opportunity to create a few New Year's cards, even if they're only going to be used as Thank You notes for Christmas gifts. "Even if"? Hey, that's a great reason for making New Year's cards. In fact, I've already received a gift for which this card will be perfect for a Happy New Year's wish along with the Thank You note!
And what kind of a Stampin' Up! demonstrator would I be if I didn't use some brand new products for making my card! There are two products in this card that you won't be able to get your hands on until the 2016 Stampin' Up! Occasions catalog goes live on January 5, 2016. Then there's a product that you'll have to get before then, as well as a few basic supplies from the Annual Stampin' Up! catalog that you can buy for at least another 5 or 6 months.
The two new products are:
- The Confetti Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I inked up the embossing folder with Night of Navy Classic Ink, using a brayer and then ran a piece of Whisper White Cardstock through the Sizzix Big Shot using the inked embossing folder. The folder is larger than this layer, so you can use it for lots of different sized cards.
- The Large Numbers Framelits Dies. I ran the four 2016 dies through the Big Shot with no extra layers – those numbers pop right out! What's more fun is that they're bundled in the new catalog with numbers that can be stamped in any color – a great deal for a Winter/Spring purchase!
The products from the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog are the Gold Glimmer Paper, the Ovals Framelits, and the Real Red and Night of Navy Cardstock. Oh, and there's the "Happy" banner – the word is from the Tin of Cards Stamp Set, and I used the Word Window Punch to make the banner.
Then there's a product that will soon be retired – the Gold Cording Trim that I used for the bow that "attaches" the banner.
Now why would I be posting this today?! Of course it's because it's time for the biweekly Stampin' Up! Only Challenge, and the theme is "Into the New Year". This challenge is one that we on the design team hope everyone who sees our projects will join. We love every project that we see in this challenge, and I hope those of you who read my blog will participate this time! Just click on the SUO Challenges Link for a place to link your own project!
I'll be posting more between now and the first week of the New Year. But just in case you'll be too busy to check my posts out, I'll wish you a Happy New Year right now!
For today's project, I'm reprising a project that is my go-to card when I need to send a quick card that has a little bit of a gift in it – the Diagonal Double Pocket Card. I always like to have one of these in my collection with current projects, so why not start early this year with a brand new stamp set – Garden in Bloom.
All of the images on this card, which includes two bookmarks as the "gift" about which I spoke, are from the Garden in Bloom Stamp set. I chose the colors based on the colors that are in the sheet that I used from the English Garden Designer Series Paper set. This piece of paper has a delicate design of flowerettes and leaflets on one side and a not-so-delicate large strip on the other. When I fold a piece of paper like this, I fold in such a way that the design that I like most – in this case, the delicate design, is featured more in the card. The strip is only visible as one of the diagonal folds in the middle of the card. There's another little trick to this card that I shared in my last Newsletter. I'll include a link to my tutorial notes in my next newsletter, too, if you'd like to sign up! Just complete the form in the upper left of this blog page.
So back to the colors – they are Melon Mambo and Mint Macaron. I find that a delightful change from all my Watermelon Wonder/Cucumber Crush cards that filled much of my June blog posts!
The stamp set is one of the "watercolor" themed sets that are found throughout the 2015-2016 Stampin' Up! Catalog. This set not only has the outline of the flowers and butterflies, it also has separate stamps to use to fill in the color. To make thes work using the same color for both the outline and the fill of a stamp, I stamp the outline using full strength ink from the stamp pad, and then I stamp the fill off on a piece of scrap paper before adding it to the center of the stamped outline. This stamp set is Photopolymer, so that process is oh so easy!
I left most of the Whisper White Cardstock layer on the bookmarks empty so that I can write a note on each to the person who will receive the card. I was tempted to stamp the same sentiment on the bookmarks as is on the front of the card – it's such a nice friendship greeting! But I would have had to stamp it sideways, and that didn't appeal to me. So I'll hand write a note.
The ribbon at the top of each bookmark is the Whisper White 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon. I'm so glad to have this ribbon in Whisper White. But it is just a bit too wide to make a nice knot in the top of this bookmark, punched with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch. So I just slipped the ribbon through and used the teeny staples from the Handheld Stapler to lock the ribbon in place. It's kind of a fun look, I think!
Here are the products featured in this project. Link to my personal Stampin' Up! Store to order any of these!
Garden in Bloom Photopolymer Stamp Set (139433)
English Garden Designer Series Paper (138440)
Cardstock: Mint Macaron (138337); Melon Mambo (115320); Whisper White (100730)
Ink: Melon Mambo Classic Stampin' Pad (126948); Mint Macaron Classic Stampin' Pad (138326)
Handheld Stapler (139083)
Whisper White 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon (138429)
Scalloped Tag Topper Punch (133324)
When I was packing away all my retired Stampin' Up! stamp sets last week, I realized that there were several of them that (gasp!) I.HAD.NEVER.USED! It's very likely that, as some of them were older, I had managed to obtain them through other than purchases. We get free stamp sets at Convention and there are promotions throughout the year some of which involve getting a free stamp set.
Nonetheless, I find it absurd that, with all the crafting that I do, there were stamp sets that sat unused in my craft room. So beginning with stamp sets from the newest Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog, I am NOT using any other stamp sets until I have used all my new stamp sets at least once. The good news is that I only bought 9 new stamp sets. Yes, that may seem like a lot. But I needed to fill some theme voids in my stamp collection. Oh, and there were a couple of new sets that I just couldn't pass up regardless of what I "needed."
I pulled out today's stamp set because I loved the latest Create with Connie and Mary weekly challenge, and I thought the wreath would be fun for one of the challenge's layer elements. The stamp set is Circle of Spring and it goes with a framelits set we've had in the Stampin' Up! collection since last fall's 2014 Holiday Catalog – Wonderful Wreath. The images that I cut out with the framelits are the wreath itself (it takes two to tango with this image!), the bow, and the small flower under the sentiment.
I stamped the wreath and the small single flower using Mossy Meadow Classic Ink, and I colored both in using the Stampin' Write Markers in two of our newest colors, Watermelon Wonder and Mint Macaron. I added a little bit of Daffodil Delight, but ended covering much of it up with the Daffodil Delight Candy Dots from the Brights Candy Dots Collection.
For the background, I cut two rectangles as called for in the challenge sketch, one using Watermelon Wonder Cardstock and one using Mint Macaron. I adhered them to the top Whisper White Cardstock layer and then texturized them using the brand new Brick Wall Embossing Folder. I had determined that the "Thank You" sentiment would just about fit inside one of the "bricks," so I waited until after I'd run the card front through the Sizzix Big Shot before stamping it. I love how easy it is to get Photopolymer stamps right where I want them!
After I adhered the wreath, using Stampin' Dimensionals, I added a bow to serve as the final element required in the sketch. I stamped the bow using Watermelon Wonder Ink onto Watermelon Wonder Cardstock, then cut it using the ribbon die from the framelits set. After adding the small single flower to the bottom right of the card using Glue Dots, I added several of the Daffodil Delight Candy Dots.
The last – and maybe best? – thing that you should know about this card is that the card base is not just Whisper White Cardstock. It is the brand new HEAVIER (100 lb wt) Whisper White Thick Cardstock, that's much better for card bases than the plain, lighter, Whisper White.
It's a fun sketch challenge over at Create with Connie and Mary, and it goes on for a week. You might want to try it out for yourself!
Products in this project. Link to my personal Stampin' Up! Store to order any of these!
Circle of Spring Photopolymer Stamp Set (138964)
Wonderful Wreath Framelits (135851)
Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (138288)
Cardstock: Whisper White (100730); Whisper White THICK Cardstock (140272); Watermelon Wonder (138334); Mint Macaron (138337)
Stampin' Write Markers: Both Watermelon Wonder and Mint Macaron are in the 2015-2017 In Color Marker set (138333); Daffodil Delight is in the Brights Collection (131259)
Classic Stampin' Pads: Mossy Meadow (133645); Watermelon Wonder (138323)
Brights Candy Dots 130931)
After all those Christmas Cards I've made this year, I decided to check out my Christmas Card mailing list to see if I needed any more. Yikes! What have I been thinking! Just because we live in a lava zone that's been active of late is no excuse for totally not planning for our Christmas Cards!
How many more did I need? Would you believe TWENTY! Again, yikes!
So what I did was to go into a Stampin' Up! demonstrator's swap mode. Swaps are something we do throughout the year as new catalogs and occasions come our way. The idea is that we make 10 or 20 (more?) of the same card and swap them with other demonstrators. The hope is that we'll end up with lots of cards using different papers, embellishments and stamp sets to show off to our customers. Yes, every once in a while there is an "Over the Top Swap," but I can pretty well guarantee that you'll not find me in one of those. Instead, yes, I'll use several Stampin' Up! products, but I'll make cards that are quick and easy to make.
Today's cards took me exactly 55 minutes to make, start to finish.
These cards all use TWELVE Stampin' Up! products, all of which are shown below in the gallery of products I share at the end of most posts these days. So the key to this was to do these in an assembly line fashion that would hopefully allow for the fewest mistakes possible. (Mistakes! Happens with every project I make, and this was no exception, planning aside.)
So here are my steps in order:
- Cut five 8-1/2" x 11" pieces of Whisper White Cardstock into four 4-1/2" x 5-1/2" pieces of cardstock using the Stampin' Trimmer.
- Trim each of the embossed pieces of cardstock to be 4" x 5-1/4" and set them all aside. I feel like I get a cleaner edge if I emboss then trim than the other way around.
- Emboss each of the pieces using the Sizzix Big Shot and the On Point Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Don't those little triangles look like Christmas Trees to you?!
- Stamp the sentiment, "A Merry Little Wish," from the stamp set, Festival of Trees, using Cherry Cobbler Ink on Pear Pizzazz Cardstock. I spaced them from the edge and from each other to allow them to be punched easily.
- Punch the stamped Pear Pizzazz using the Tree Punch. Set these all aside.
- Fold and crease the cards in one set of Whisper White Cut and Ready Card Bases. OK – this was the BIG time saver with this project. Love those ready made card bases!
At this point I stopped to take of photo of where I was (didn't take long for that, for sure!).
- On the inside of each folded card stamp the sentiment, "For Lots of Joy at Christmas." Note the positioning of this step. This is where I typically make mistakes – smearing the stamped image, stamping it cooked – any number of mistakes! So, if I make a mistake at this point, I can just take the inside of the card and make it the outside, which will be covered by the textured layer. Happened twice today!
- Using Stampin' Up! SNAIL Adhesive, adhere the embossed layer to the front of the card, centering it all around.
- Apply two Stampin' Dimensionals to the back of each tree.
- Apply a tree to the front of each card. If you've trimmed each of the emobssed layers the same way, once you figure out where you want the tree, just place it near the same embossed tree on each card.
- Apply one Cherry Cobbler Candy Dot (from the Regals Candy Dot collection) to the top of each tree.
Done! Now to get them mailed out. They're going to be late this year, as are all our cards. We like to write a Christmas letter about our year, and we're still struggling how to make a hurricane that knocked seven big trees down in our garden and a lava flow that kicked us out of our house sound cheerful. Believe me, we will, as we still both have our sense of humor. But still, it's been more work than we anticipated!
Tomorrow I'm going to show off a couple of the cards that I received from a couple of Stampin' Up! demonstrator friends. Then it's on to Thank You notes! Love writing thank you notes no matter the season or the reason!
Here are all the products I used in today's projects. I usually only include special items that are not those you might usually have around your own craft area. But today I was trying to keep count, so everything is in here!