It’s Time for New Year’s Cards!

Aloha, all!

     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!

Happy2016

      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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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!


Posted on : Dec 21 2015
Posted under Challenges, Sizzix, Stampin' Up! Tools, Stamping, SUO Challenges |

New Stamps 9: Garden in Bloom

Aloha, all!

     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.

FriendsGarden

     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)

 

 


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Posted on : Jul 10 2015
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New Stamps 1: Circle of Spring

Aloha, all!

     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."

CircleSpring

     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
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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)

 

 

 


Posted on : Jun 11 2015
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December 24th – Christmas Eve and Still More Cards!

Aloha, all!

     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.

20Cards

     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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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?!
  4. 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.
  5. Punch the stamped Pear Pizzazz using the Tree Punch.  Set these all aside.
  6. 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!).

SecondStep

  1. 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!
  2. Using Stampin' Up! SNAIL Adhesive, adhere the embossed layer to the front of the card, centering it all around.
  3. Apply two Stampin' Dimensionals to the back of each tree.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Posted on : Dec 24 2014
Posted under Punches, Sizzix, Stampin' Up! Tools, Stamping |

Getting Ready for Thanksgiving!

Aloha, all!

     I have only one downline member who lives near me, and Dana is definitely a gem.  Not only did she come over to work on some creative projects with me yesterday, she helped me finish unpacking my craft room!  Thank you, Dana!

     I really have a lot for which to be thankful this year, and I'm looking forward to a week of getting ready to put a Thanksgiving dinner together with my husband and a couple of friends.  Even though I'm still in a rental home, waiting to see if the lava really has stopped its assault on the town near our own home, it really does feel like home after having been here for over two months.  And now, at the last minute, I'm looking forwrad to taking some time this weekend to finish up some Thanksgiving cards to send to my family on the U.S.A. mainland.

thanksgiving wreath

     And I'm finally getting to use more of the products that I purchased from the Stampin' Up! 2014 Holiday Catalog.  I bought the Wondrous Wreath Bundle from the catalog fully intending to use it a lot for fun fall projects.  I have always loved decorating the entrance to my home for the fall and Thanksgiving time because it always seemed too cold to do much decorating around Christmas time (even colder when it was time to take the decorations down!). 

     For today's card I chose three colors for the three steps of the wreath – Tangerine Tango, Cherry Cobbler and Real Red.  Especially when I lived in New Mexico, I loved to find the red berries that would go so beautifully with fall colored leaves, and I'd include a bow that captured the red of the berries.  With neither fall berries nor colorful fall leaves here where I live in Hawaii, this is my one chance to create a fall wreath.

     For the background to set off the wreath, I used the Mossy Meadow sheet from the Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper set.  I also used a small piece of another sheet from that set as part of the little banner at the bottom right cornr of the card.

     The sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set, stamped in Tangerine Tango and cut out with the Word Window Punch.  I hand cut the banner paper and the Tangerine Tango mat behind it.  To add a bit of texture to the Very Vanilla background layer, I ran it through my Sizzix Big Shot with the Zig Zag Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

     The Wondrous Wreath bundle consists of the first two products pictured below, and costs 15% less than the two products individually.  I like 15% off!!  The stamp set provides us with three different stamps to compose the wreath, each building on the one before.  I always thought this was fun even back when we just had wood-mount stamp sets.  Now with the Photopolymer stamps, stamping this kind of a project is a breeze and a delight.  If you haven't tried it, I highly recommend you try this bundle as you get into the last 5 weeks of Christmas projects!

     I hope you have as much fun with your wreath projects as I'm having!

 

 

 

 

 


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Posted on : Nov 22 2014
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Getting Started Early on Christmas Treats!

Aloha, all!

     While I do enjoy making greeting cards with a Halloween theme, I'm not much for trick or treating.  So when the SUO Challenge came around with the theme, "The Treat's the Thing," I wanted to do something other than a Trick or Treat project.  In looking through all my Stampin' Up 2014 Holiday Catalog goodies – that haven't been touched! – I found the Under the Tree Specialty Designer Series Paper set, packed right next to my brand new (i.e., unused) Gift Box Punch Board.  Now that looked like a great combination for making a box to hold some fun Christmas Treats.  Oh, and I definitely need them because I'm hosting one of the clubs to which I belong for its annual Christmas dinner!

TreatHolder

     Besides the lovely colors, one feature of this Specialty Paper is that it is card stock weight!  It's a nice thick Kraft cardstock with Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green prints. There's also most Early Espresso in the set, but I chose not to use any of it for this project.  Nice color, though!

     For this project, I used the measurements for the smallest box that the Gift Box Punch Board makes – a 1-3/4" cube.  The instructions for using the Punch Board, as well as measurements for paper, are printed right on the Punch Board itself.  That makes it SOOOO easy – and we know SOOOOO easy is my favorite kind of project!  There is one feature that I had to practice a bit before I got it right.  That feature is punching the slits in the four corners that come together to form the top of the box. I finally decided to turn the punch board over so that I could make sure that the point of each of the corners fit snugly into the cutting area for the slits.  Corner

This isn't the clearest of photos, but I'd like you to see that, on the back, there is a place for the point to sit. Once you have that in position, everything else will line up perfectly.  What I did was to place the point into the notch, hold it tightly and then turn the punch board back to the front so that I could see just how the paper/cardstock was supposed to look from the front before punching.  It took a few tries, but now I have it down pat.

     Once I had everything cut and the folds creased as instructed, I found that I wanted to have some adhesive to hold the corners of the boxes in place.  Because I was using cardstock-weight paper, I used Sticky Strip for my adhesive.

InsideSticky    On the inside of what would become my box, I placed the Sticky Strip like this:

 

 

 

OutsideStickyOn the outside of the box, the Sticky Strip is placed as shown on the left.

 

 

 

 

 

     I first removed the Sticky Strip cover from the inside and folded the corners into the inside of the box.InsideSticky2  This shows the first one that I adhered.  You can see the "outside" Sticky Strip ready to have its cover removed and adhered just to the right of where the corner is adhered.  After I did this for all four corners, then I removed the covers of the Sticky Strip on the outside and adhered the sides of the boxes all together.

 

 

 

 

 

     To complete the decorations, I cut a 24" strip of Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon, wrapped it around each box and tied it into a bow.

     For the decoration on each box, I stamped the word, "joy" from the Endless Wishes Photopolymer Stamp Set onto a scrap of Very Vanilla Cardstock and trimmed it to make a small banner. I used both Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green Classic Ink for the stamping.  I added one of the star shapes from the Basics Hodgepodge Clips along with either a Cherry Cobbler or Garden Green Candy Dot to decorate the base of the banner before I adhered it to each of the boxes with Glue Dots.

     What a fun and easy project.  It will be a cinch to have these boxes made for all the ladies in my club for our Christmas party.  And there are so many things that I can put in these little boxes!  M&Ms, Hershey Kisses, lots of little candies fit perfectly!

     I know you're all probably now thinking of how you could make an even fancier treat holder.  You are EXACTLY the people who should be showing off their treat holders in the SUO Challenges blog this time!  So be sure to hop right over and enter this challenge!

     Here are the products I featured in my project for today:

 

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Posted on : Oct 20 2014
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Happy Birthday to my Fabulous Husband!

Aloha, all!

     Yesterday was my husband's birthday.  And for him I made my very first card using some brand new cardstock and papers. 

BirthdayCard

     The new paper that I used is a sheet from the Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack.  I've told you before how much I love these stacks with lots of small sheets of paper that are perfect for cutting up to make cards.  (They're 4" x 6", so they're perfect for Project Life projects, too!)

     I picked this sheet, with some of the new Lost Lagoon color after I'd decided on the colors of the cardstock that I was going to use.  I wanted to use one of the new colors of cardstock, but I'm still not used to them and how they coordinate with other colors.  So I went browsing through some magazines and found the perfect color combination on a page of a 2011 Paper Crafts Magazine called, "Color Inspiration for Card Makers."  And, surprise!  It was an inspiration!  Actually not only was I inspired by the colors, I was inspired by the sketch, too. 

     The card base and the top of the front layer of the card are made with Lost Lagoon Cardstock.  So far this is my favorite of the new colors.  But I'm going to try out some of the others this week and, of course, I'll share them with you.

     The other two colors in this card are from the 2013-2015 collection of In Colors – Baked Brown Sugar and Pistachio Pudding.  I adhered the Baked Brown Sugar layer to the card base, then I constructed the rest of the card.  I cut some Lost Lagoon and Pistachio Pudding into 5-1/4" wide by 2" high and taped them together.  Then I adhered a piece of the Moonlight DSP to the middle of this makeshift layer after sponging all around with Baked Brown Sugar Classic Ink.  At this point I used my Paper-Piercing Tool and one of the sheets from the Essentials Paper Piercing Pack to create a line of piercing around the periment of this layer. Then I stamped, "Happy Birthday," from the new Hostess Stamp Set, Bloom with Hope, using the Baked Brown Sugar ink.

     For the elements in the middle of the card, I punched 3 layers alternating Baked Brown Sugar and Pistachio Pudding Card stock.  The bottom layer is punched with the 1-3/4" Scallop Circle Punch, the middle layer, which I stamped with a flower from the stamp set to give it some texture of its own, with the 1-3/8" Circle Punch, and the top layer with the 7/8" Scallop Circle Punch.  Then I texturized all the layers together with the Perfect Polkadot Embossing Folder.  Finally, I added a small brad from the Antique Brads collection. 

     I put the card together by first adhering the layer with the cardstock and paper to the Baked Brown Sugar layer on the card base.  Then I added each of the scallop circle elements to the paper strip using Stampin' Dimensionals.

     What a fun card this was to make – and I'm so looking forward to using all the other new colors before too long!


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Posted on : Jun 04 2014
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CASEing a Folder Tab Card

Aloha, all!

     Today's project is from another blog post that was in last weekend's blog hop in which I participated.  I've enjoyed making some of the "File Folder Cards" made using Stampin' Up!'s Envelope Punch Board.  But this is the first time I've seen one where the "file folder" tab has been folded over and tucked into an element on the front of the card.  What fun is that?!  Thanks to Terri Tank for the idea!

Tab Card Closed

     For my card I'd originally decided to use just the Designer Series Paper (DSP), High Tide as my card base.  But as the card took shape, I changed my mind and added Calypso Coral Cardstock.  As I'd mostly completed the card by then, I didn't quite get everything lined up as I'd like.  But it wasn't possible to redo the whole card because I'm about out of the High Tide Paper, which will no longer be available as of Sunday.  As I don't particularly care to share with you things you can't purchase from me, I won't be ordering any more.  I think there's still plenty available, though, if you'd like to buy some before Sunday (that catalog goes through June 1st).  Just click on the picture link at the end of this post.

     But I digress. First let's look at the central element into which the tab slips.  I just love how the starfish from the By the Seashore Stamp Set coordinates with this paper (or is that the other way around?)  It was fun stamping in in Calypso Coral Classic Ink and then cutting it out so it stands out on the circle, which is Soft Sky Cardstock punched with the 1-3/4" Circle Punch.  I then used one of the circles in the Circles Collection Framelits to cut a slightly larger circle from some Summer Starfruit Cardstock.  I finished by punching Pacific Point Cardstock with the 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch.  I love how those all worked so well together!

Tab Cad Opened     Here's how the card looks with the flap opened.  I do have a tutorial and layout for this project and I'll be including information about how to get it in this Saturday's blog post so stay tuned!  Hint: You won't have to pay a penny!

     Here's a list of the products I used in today's project.  Only the Summer Starfruit Cardstock is no longer available for purchase as of today.

 

 

 

 


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Posted on : May 28 2014
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A Week of CASEs – A Little Envelope as an Embellishment

Aloha, all!

     This past weekend I was part of a blog hop, and I just loved so many of the projects that I decided that I had to CASE (Copy And Share with Everyone) at least a few of them.  And, as this is the last week of the current Stampin' Up! catalog, I really needed some new ideas because I'm about out of about-to-be-retired Designer Series Papers.  Next week you can be sure I'll be sharing some new papers and colors and stamp sets to entice you to buy some of them from me!  Of course, if you're enticed to buy something because of this week's projects, go for it!  There's still time to buy retiring products (as long as there's still some left!)

Sympathy

     The original of this design was NOT a sympathy card.  But as I was looking around for colors that I was in the mood for using, I came across the idea to use Perfect Plum and Old Olive as a combo.  Then I realized that I had no sympathy cards in my stash, and that's not a good thing.  Most of the time when I or any of my card customers need a sympathy card, we want it right now.  So best to have one on hand.

     What I loved about the original project by Deborah Robb was that tiny little envelope with the card peeking out from it.  I made the envelope using the Perfect Plum Cardstock and the Envelope Punch Board.  Yes, you can make tiny envelopes with the punch board as well as well as really big ones. This particular mini envelope starts with a 3-5/8" square of cardstock (I used Very Vanilla for my project) with the first punch and score at 1-7/8".   The little tag that's peeking out of the envelope is made with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch and Very Vanilla Cardstock,  That tag topper punch creates a topper for a piece of paper/cardstock just shy of 2" wide.  Perfect fit for this little envelope!  The sentiment is one of the stamps in the Petite Pairs Stamp Set.  For the stamp, I used Elegant Eggplant Classic Ink.  I also used some Elegant Eggplant Cardstock to accent the matting on the card once I put it together.

     Deborah's project had some lovely 3-dimensional flowers.  I think they would have been perfect for this project as well.  But I wanted a card that would have no trouble getting through the mail with minimum postage. So I created some layers of flowers that were flat and wouldn't create much weight for the card either.  I used the Pansy Punch and the Flower Shop Stamp Set to create the large flowers.  I  stamped two flowers before punching them and just punched Perfect Plum Designer Series Paper (DSP) Stack paper with the punch for the third large flower. To make the smaller flowers, I used the Petite Petals Punch to punch more DSP Stack papers.  I adhered the envelope to the card front, which I'd texturized with the Perfect Polkadots Embossing Folder and then just layered the flowers around the left base of the envelope until I thought they looked nice. As soon as I had that arrangement done, it occurred to me that this looked like many floral arrangements I've seen at memorial services – with the little note card inserted into the bouquet.  Perfect.

     To add some leaves, I used the Bird Builder Punch to punch the leaf branch using Old Olive Cardstock.

     You know I love ribbon on my projects!  I used Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon to wrap the envelope and a little piece of Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon to accent the tag topper "card."  Then I finished the project off by adding some Candy Dots – Very Vanilla, Old Olive and Perfect Plum.

     Believe it or not, every product I used on today's project is current, so you an buy any of them today!  I have an offer in my most recent newsletter for those who purchase Stampin' Up! products from me between now and the end of May.  Don't miss out on that if you're thinking about buying anything – including retiring products – now!

 


Posted on : May 26 2014
Posted under Punches, Sizzix, Stampin' Up! Tools, Stamping |

Simply Scored – Boring It’s Not!

Aloha, all!

     Welcome to the first Blog Hop of the year for the Stampin' Up! lovers group, VC Rocks!  VC stands for Virtual Convention, and this group started out as an annual summer group for those of us who might not have a chance to attend Stampin' Up!'s annual convention, for whatever reason.  Now it's just an annual group that gets together to talk Stampin' Up! talk, catch up with each other's lives, and do fun things with our Stampin' Up! products.  At the end of this blog post there's a link back to the VC Rocks Blog to find links to others in our blog hop this weekend.

     Each of our hops has a theme, and the theme for this weekend is "Stampin' Up! Tools."  The tool I've picked to show off is the Simply Scored scoring tool, and the Diagonal Plate that goes with it.  Most of the time when I pull my simply scored tool out it's to help me get all the scores right for a 3-dimensional projects such as a box or bag.  But for today's projects, I'm using Simply Scored just to make scores to show up on card front – and fun scores they are.  They're to make diagonal grids!

LargeGridCard     I started out wanting to make a diagonal grid with the intention of placing a small flower punched with the Petite Petals Punch inside each square. 

     Having forgotten basic geometry from the start of this project, it wasn't until some frustrating trial and error that I came up with the measurements to create a square similar to what I wanted.  But create I did, and this is the card that resulted.  I thought the sentiment, "a thousand thanks" somewhat pulled together the thank you thought and all those little flowers!  Not a thousand, but a lot.

     For my second card, I wanted a smaller grid.  I had seen quite some time ago some printed paper that had something of a diagonal plaid print on it.  I wondered then how hard it would be to make my own plaid and that "wonder" came to mind as I was creating my first card.

SmallGridCard     "Why not," I thought, "score lines in a grid and then color over them?"  Why not, indeed! 

     So I found another measurement that made a smaller grid and I took my Stampin' Write Markers that matched the prints in the Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack and started tracing the gridlines.  What fun that was!

     If you've been following my blog, you might recognize some of the colors in the papers I've used in these two projects as being the same colors in the Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack that I used in yesterday's project.  Yup, same papers set!  I haven't used it that much; but now that I have, I'm really going to miss it!

     If you'd like to know the measurements for the two grids I created for these projects – as well as the instructions for making the cards! – you'll find them in my latest Robin's Craft Room Newsletter.  If you'd like to get that issue of my newsletter – and more to come – just sign up on the form on the upper left of this blog post!  I'm mailing out follow up copies of the newsletter on Monday morning, so sign up now if you'd like the instructions!

     Of course there are quite a few other blogs with projects related to other Stampin' Up! tools in this blog hop.  To find all the links, click here to go to the VC Rocks Blog and see all the links!  You'll enjoy this fun addition to your hoiday weekend!

     Have fun with the blog hop!

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Posted on : May 23 2014
Posted under Punches, Stampin' Up! Tools, Stamping |