Monochromatic Dragonflies!

Aloha, all!

     After a card with a definitely Autumn theme, I'm back with something that reminds me so much of summer – dragonflies! And it just so happens that today is the start of the next bi-weekly challenge from the SUO Challenges Design Team, with its theme of "Butterflies and Dragonflies."

     I started out thinking that I was going to make a "Clean and Simple" (or CAS) card with a single butterfly and a bit of texture. But as I walked to my work table, I saw my newly-arrived early release Christmas bundle, Carols of Christmas. Oh, no! As much as I love making Christmas Cards, it's even too early for me to be blogging about them. There will certainly be a Countdown to Christmas e-mail program going on before too long. But that's an e-mail program with signups, and only those who want early Christmas projects will be signing up for that! You who just like to read about what's happening now can rest assured that I'll not be overdoing Christmas until after Halloween.

     The way that the Carols of Christmas set got into this card is in the Thinlit Border, which is one of the elements in the Card Front Builder Thinlits Die set. Now, you don't see the word, "Christmas," in that product name, do you? That's because this lovely card border can be used for so very many kinds of projects, not just those for the holidays.

     The thinlit that's in the set is just half of a card front thinlit. First you cut the thinlit around the top or bottom of the card. Then you line up the two little holes in the middle of the sides and cut the thinlit around the other end of the card. It took a few tries for me to say, "I think I've finally got it down!"  Did I mention that I tried this with a few pieces of Night of Navy Cardstock that were also hanging around on my work table? (Back to my old habits of not putting stuff away.)  So there I was with this large expanse of Night of Navy cardstock in the middle of this die-cut piece, and not a clue with how I was going to handle it. So I started going through my butterfly and dragonfly thinlits/framelits, and I saw this lovely shape, with the dragonflies flying in some sort of formation, in the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits set.. That was it, and the card was almost done.

     To find a sentiment to go with this, I first went to my Dragonfly Dreams Stamp Set (this was a dragonfly card, after all). And there was a sentiment that was just perfect for this! I heat embossed it using White Stampin' Emboss Powder, and I thought my card was done. But, after I took my first photograph of the card for this blog post, I decided that it needed a little something to brighten it up. So out came my Rhinestone Basic Jewels and each little dragonfly got a little bit of bling!

     There are lots more dragonfly card ideas – along with a butterfly or two – on the SUO Challenges Blog. I hope you'll be inspired by at least one of us to make your own lovely card and enter  it in our challenge! You have until a week from Saturday (6 am USA Eastern Time) to enter!

 


Posted on : Aug 14 2017
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Birthdays Happen All Year Long!

Aloha, all!

     Usually when I post a birthday card, it's because someone I know is having a birthday. Today's card is no exception. Yesterday was the birthday of a really good friend that I don't get to see often any more. And, while this post is a day late, I do think it got to Dana on time. And wouldn't you know it – the challenge for the biweekly Stampin' Up! Only Challenge this time is to make a Birthday Card (or Gift, if that's your preference). This card was a special card for Dana, so I think it's perfect for this challenge!

     Ever since I first tried my hand at using the dies from the Window Box Thinlits die set, I thought the small squares would make a good die-cut image for a card front. But this is the first time I actually tried it, and I really like the result. There are three square images in the set, so a 3 x 3 layout works beautifully, with the birthday candles showing up nicely on the top and bottom rows.

     For this card, I used the new Berry Burst Cardstock as the background for the design, and used a Daffodil Delight pattern from the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper set. Both the ribbon and the enamel heart are in the Crushed Curry Color. My original intent was to use Berry Burst Ribbon. But when I tried the Crushed Curry 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon with the project, I was quite happy with the result. Then, when I finished, I added a Crushed Curry Enamel Shape, too, even though I did have a Daffodil Delight heart in my stash. It went nicely with the ribbon!

     Here are the products I used for this card. Be sure to check any of them out at my Stampin' Up! Store by clicking on any of the pictures. And, when you've finished ordering what you'd like, head on over to the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge blog and add one of your own projects!

 


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Posted on : Jul 31 2017
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I’m Still Enjoying my New Stampin’ Up! Products!

Aloha, all!

     I have thoroughly enjoyed showing off lots of my new Stampin' Up! products from the 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog. But would you believe I haven't even touched the surface of what I've bought to make projects for you?! The problem is that so many of what I have that's new I like so much that I've been using them over and over again. Take the Climbing Orchid Stamp Set – I've made at least a dozen cards using that set. Not all of them were great successes, but enough of them have been that I'll be sharing even more with you over the next few weeks.

     But for today, I picked out a card that has several products on it that I've not yet shared with you. And the timing is perfect because the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge this time is to feature a Stampin' Up! product that's new to me. In my project there is more than one such product, and most of them are also new in the Stampin' Up! Catalog!

     I was inspired to make this card after I attended an art show earlier this month that featured Ikebana designs. Oh my, they were all so gorgeous! And, no, I am definitely not even a teensy bit educated or experienced in this art form. But I still felt as if I could use my own tools and skills to create something that in some way resembled the feeling that I got when viewing the real thing.

     The new products, that I've not shared with you here before, include the Decorative Ribbon Border Punch, which is just perfect for decorating one edge of a layer on a card. I added this to the Rich Razzleberry layer, which is the mat for the main artistic layer.

     All of the flowers and stems in the stamped picture, with one exception, are from the new Beautiful Bouquet Stamp Set. While there is a set of Framelits that coordinates with this stamp set, I chose to hand cut the leaves and larger flower as I did not want there to be any white edges around them. They were pretty easy to cut, so I can't even call it "fussy cutting." The one stem that's not in this stamp set is the thin stem holding the stamped flowers out to the right. This stem comes from another new stamp set, Tranquil Tulips. (This set is a "Hostess Stamp Set," which can only be purchased with Stampin' Rewards which one gets from placing an order of at least $150 or hosting a party with at least $150 in sales.)

     The final new product – though not new in this blog – is the short strip of the Garden Green 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon. Not new to me, but still not something that I've used a lot, is the Artistically Asian Stamp Set. As Ikebana is an Asian art form, my mind immediately went to that stamp set when I started this project. The Japanese writing at the top means, "Friendship," which goes nicely with the sentiment at the bottom of the card. The dish in which the floral arrangement sits is also not very new. It's the "boat" image in the Swirly Bird Stamp Set. Who knew it would make such a nice dish!

     I had so much fun making this card, and hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed making it. If you have a new product that you'd love to show off (and it doesn't have to be new to the new Stampin' Up! catalog), do check out the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge blog and enter a project you make with it!

     Here are the "new" products that I used in this project. You can click on any one of them to go to my personal Stampin' Up! store to learn more about a product and to buy it right there! No muss, no fuss!

 


Posted on : Jul 17 2017
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Summer Fun – At the Beach!

Aloha, all!

     Off and on during my long life, I've had the chance to spend some of my summers at a beach – or two or three! When I was really young, those beaches were Ocean City, Maryland, and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. As I and my family grew older, we found ourselves at Virginia Beach (different spots). Now, when I get to an Atlantic Ocean beach, it's always in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, somewhere near Kill Devil Hills or Kitty Hawk. It's in these latter beach areas that I really enjoy not only the beaches, but also the wonderful Lighthouses that dot the edge of North Carolina as it meets the ocean. To me, being near a lighthouse, walking on the beach, is the epitome of Summer Fun. With "Summer Fun" being the current challenge at the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge blog, out came the High Tide Stamp Set from Stampin' Up!

     Today's card features a Lighthouse, though not any particular lighthouse as far as I can tell, and certainly not a Lighthouse I've ever seen. But it nonetheless reminds me of the wonderful times I've spent in North Carolina's Outer Banks. In fact, my husband and I were married on a beach in North Carolina, not too far from several lighthouses.

     The best time to really enjoy summer fun at the beach for me is early in the morning, when I can escape the hot midday sun, and watch the little (and not so little) shore birds running up and down the water line searching for whatever it is that waterbirds search for – breakfast at that time of the day, I'm assuming. And then there are the seagulls and other flying birds floating in the sky over the water looking for their turn at breakfast.

     This card is not a card with a standard fold. It's a design called a "Center Step Card." I stamped the whole image on one piece of Whisper White Cardstock, and then cut it to fit on the center and two side sections of the card. It did this for a class I held last week that featured this stamp set, and one of the class attendees had specifically asked for a card that had some rope on it. You may recognize the "rope" as a piece cut from cardstock texturized with the Cable Knit 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

     For the class, I prepared three cards using this stamp set. As it's apparently a pretty popular stamp set, I thought I'd share the tutorials I made for my local class with those who are on my Newsletter Mailing List. I'll be sending out my next newsletter within the next week before I go on vacation in Minnesota – no lighthouses this time, unless we take a drive out to see Split Rock Light on Lake Superior (it's been a few years, so it's on my wish list for this year for sure). Anyway, if you'd like this class, just sign up for my newsletter and you'll get it soon!

     For now, here are the products I used for today's project. But before you check them out, be sure to check out the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge blog and see if the Design Team and other entrants might give you some ideas for making AND ENTERING a card of your own for the challenge!

 


Posted on : Jul 03 2017
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Out In the Garden With Delightful Daisies!

Aloha, all!

     With all the new Stampin' Up! Catalog excitement, I haven't forgotten that today is the day for the biweekly Stampin' Up! Only Challenge post! Believe it or not, we picked these themes for the challenges many months ago. We had no idea that Stampin' Up! was going to give us Demonstrators the opportunity to pre-order the lovely  Delightful Daisy Suite of products from the new catalog. This has just got to be THE perfect suite of products for this challenge.

     I was tempted to get out my new Daisy Punch and show off the Daisy Stamp from the Daisy Delight Stamp Set. But the punch is already on back order (can you believe that Stampin' Up! demonstrators snatched them all up?! I can because we all want to show them off to our customers so you'll buy them, too! But Stampin' Up! is taking care of that and promises the punch will be back in stock soon.

     So then I was going to use the smaller stamps in the stamp set (lovely all!) until I started looking at paper to feature in my card. There, right in the middle of a sheet of paper from the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper set was this lovely (am I overusing that word?) bouquet of flowers. Yes, there are some daisies in that bouquet. But there are also some fun tulips that will go beautifully with the new hostess set, Tranquil Tulips. But that's for another post.

     Let's just say that I figured I could not make a prettier bouquet than this one. So I cut it out with an oval from the Layering Ovals Framelits Set, matting it with the pattern on the other side of the same sheet, using a scalloped oval from the same Framelits set.

     I did finally use something from the Daisy Delight Stamp Set when I stamped the sentiment. I tried to curve the sentiment stamp a bit to fit into one of the banner shapes from the Banners for You Stamp Set, and almost made it just as I envisioned it. I need more practice! Then I punched the banner out using one of the dies from the Bunch of Banners Framelits set, mounted that and the oval die-cuts onto a piece of Old Olive Cardstock that I'd embossed using the Petal Burst Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

     I tied the card front all together with a piece of the brand new Daffodil Delight 1/4" Double Stitched Ribbon. I'm so excited about all the new ribbon in the catalog this year! And I'm sure that this is going to remain one of my favorites!

     So that's it for today's project. The challenge over at SUO Challenges goes for two weeks. Maybe you'll have some new products related to your garden that you'd like to show off? If so, be sure to go over to their blog post and enter the challenge!


Posted on : Jun 05 2017
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An Early Birthday Card for My Husband!

Aloha, all!

     At the end of next week, my husband will celebrate his 75th birthday. That's a big one as far as I'm concerned. Actually, at our age, every birthday is a big one! But from now on, any that ends in a 5 or a 0 will get extra special treatment. Extra special in the case of Harry's birthday card is one that's made with the popular Pop Up Twist design. (OK – everyone I know calls is the "Twist Pop Up" card. But I just like the way it rolls off my tongue when I say, "Pop Up Twist."

     This is also the day that the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge group starts its next challenge, which is to make a Masculine style card. No frou-frou or flowers this time! But that doesn't mean that it can't be a really nice card, and I think that this one is!

     As with most of my recent cards, I made today's project using a retiring set of Designer Series Paper. Yep, just one retiring product – the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper. And wouldn't you know that it's already beyond retired – it's gone! Don't forget – even though it might still be on a page in your catalog, if it's retiring, it could run out soon! So don't hesitate to order something you might really like! Order at my Stampin' Up! Online Store!

     To decorate the front of the card, I used the Balloon Celebration Stamp Set to stamp the "strings" and three solid balloon in the background. Then I punched balloons from the Designer Series Paper using the Balloon Bouquet Punch. I adhered two of them using SNAIL adhesive and two using Stampin' Dimensionals to pop them up a bit.

     For the inside of the card, after I'd adhered two sheets of paper to the top and bottom, I stamped the "Look Who's Turning" and "Happy Birthday" using stamps from the Number of Years Stamp Set. For the Pop Up section, I stamped two more balloons – this time just the outlines – on the two center sections. Then I die cut the 7 and 5 using the Designer Series Paper and the Large Number Framelits die set. I cut the two hearts using the heart shape in the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits set. That's all I put on this as you really need to keep the layers in the folded section a bit on the flat side so that the card will close cleanly.

     I debated adding some embellishments onto the front of the card. But my final decision was not to as I think this card has enough interest with its Pop Up feature. And those balloons on the front are in three different layers, and that seems to add a bit of interest.

     I hope that you like this idea for a masculine card and will try either this or some other design to enter into the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge this time. It runs through June 3rd, and that's actually my husband's birthday. We're going on a short vacation to celebrate, and I know he'll love this card. If you'd like to try out this Pop Up Twist technique, I highly recommend the Split Coast Stampers website. The video there was definitely helpful!

     Here are the products I used for this project. All of these products are in the current Stampin' Up! Catalogs AND will be in the upcoming 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog!

    


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Posted on : May 22 2017
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Fun With Watercolor Pencils!

Aloha, all!

     I have just never been good with Watercolor Pencils. I've been through several iterations of Stampin' Up! Watercolor Pencils. I still have a set from years ago, along with the current set. Then this month's Paper Pumpkin set came along and I'd promised one of my downline that I'd put the kit together with her and her kit. So I had to just do it! The best thing ever was Sara Douglas' Paper Pumpkin video for the April set (which she designed). I didn't do too badly with that set, so I decided I'd better keep doing this so that I can finally get to be at least an intermediate watercolorist. Today I was kind of forced into doing this because it's time for another Stampin' Up! Only Challenge. And the challenge is Watercoloring!

     My first intent was to make this simple – just a few colors and not too complicated a design. The water lily stamp from the Remarkable You Stamp Set seemed to be just simple enough. It allowed me to use two colors (Rich Razzleberry and Melon Mambo). I was just going to stamp it on Watercolor Paper, but then decided it needed something else. Well, heck, it's a water lily, so why not some water?! So out came the Pacific Point and Bermuda Bay watercolor pencils, too.

     After that, I assembled the card with the sentiment stamped in Bermuda Bay Ink on a piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock that I punced using the Banner Triple Punch, tied it with some Bermuda Bay Thick Baker's Twine, and adhered to the card using Stampin' Dimensionals.

     The key part of the watercoloring that I've been paying attention to is how much water is on my brush. I had been using an Aqua Painter in all my watercoloring efforts. But with the Watercolor Pencils, I just don't need as much water as I thought I needed. My basic watercolor training back in the day used tubes of paint, and I knew how to use the paint out of the tube to do my dry brush painting. I don't think I can do dry brush painting using Aqua Painters. So I'm back to using a brush (thank you, Paper Pumpkin kit!), and I have a nice selection for just about any project I might try. Oh, and for the watercolor pencils, i squeeze most of the water out of the brush. Who knew!?

     I hope you have fun with your own watercoloring! Why not try a project over the next two weeks and join our challenge? You don't have to use the Watercolor Pencils – just get a bit of ink from your favorite stamp set and start watercoloring away!

     Here is the one product I featured today that is retiring this month:

     And here are the other products I featured, all of which are current and will continue in the new Stampin' Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog:

 


Posted on : May 08 2017
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It’s Almost April!

Aloha, all!

     The theme for this week's Stampin' Up! Only Challenge is, "My Favorite April Theme." For me that's easy as I only ever think of April in terms of two ditties: "30 Days Hath September, April, June and November…." and "April Showers Bring May Flowers." The former of these two doesn't really add itself to being the theme of a greeting card. But the latter certainly does, especially when there are raindrops on Designer Series Paper and an Umbrella in a favorite Stamp Set!

     The Designer Series Paper used throughout this project is from the A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper Stack. And the lovely lady with the umbrella is from the Beautiful You Stamp Set from the Stampin' Up! 2017 Occasions Catalog. (By the way, this Stamp Set will NOT retire at the end of the Occasions Catalog's Sales Period. Yay!)  The sentiment on the card is made up of two of the many words in the Crazy About You Stamp Set.

     It's been quite a while since I've done some paper piecing with a stamp, but I just had to try it out with the image of the lady with the umbrella. To make this work the way I wanted it to, I stamped the image THREE times.

  • The first time I stamped it using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto the top layer of Designer Series Papers.
  • The second time I stamped it (same ink) onto Whisper White Cardstock, which I cut out by hand and adhered to the first stamped image. (I used a retired Blush Blossom Stampin' Write Marker to color her legs and upper back. There are ways to mix current Stampin' Up! colors to get a nice light flesh tone, too. But I prefer the Blush Blossom as long as I have it. If you'd rather have skin with a darker color, one that I've found that looks nice is Soft Suede applied with a Blender Pen.)
  • The final time, I stamped the image (same ink) onto a piece of Calypso Coral/Whisper White print from the A Little Foxy paper set. Then I cut out the dress and umbrella and adhered that to the Whisper White image.

     One of the idea cards in the Occasions Catalog gave me the idea for using the Delicate White Doily as an embellishment on the card. It gives the Calypso Coral Cardstock background a bit of texture. I thought the Pool Party 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon was also a nice way to separate the two sections of the card. Then the sentiment element brought the two sections back together nicely. I stamped the two words using Calypso Coral Classic Ink, and cut both the sentiment and the paper used to mat the sentiment using one of the dies from the Bunch of Banners Framelits Set.

     The final touch was a mat for the whole card cut from Basic Gray Cardstock. Smoky Slate is one of the colors in the Paper set, but I wanted a darker edge for the card, so went with the Basic Gray.

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     And now a bit more about April. I am going to be away from home and my craft room for most of the month of April. I've found that, when I'm gone for such a long time, I haven't been really successful in trying to keep my blog going for the whole period. In fact, this time, in getting ready for our trip, I've been a bit on the sporadic side in terms of posting. So I've decided to give my blog a bit of a vacation while I'm gone, and start it back up when I get back. I'll post when I leave, but I thought I'd give those of you who have read this far a heads up!

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     Here are the products I used in today's project. As always, just click on any of the photos to go to my very own Stampin' Up! store to ready more about the product and even buy it for yourself! Even when I'm gone, my store is always open – 24/7/365!

 


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Posted on : Mar 27 2017
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Up In The Sky – Things That Fly!

Aloha, all!

     It's time for the new challenge over at the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge blog! This time we changed it up a bit and just picked a theme out of the air. Or, in the air, actually. It's "Things That Fly" this time around, and flying was immediately on my mind when I had the time set aside to make my card for this week's challenge.

     For me, it was flying as in all the airline reservations I've had to make for another of our marathon trips to the United States Mainland next month. There are 8 airplanes on this card, and you'd think that would be enough. But, no. We have to take 12 planes to get to all the places on our itinerary this time around. I was going to try to get all 12 on a card, but I couldn't figure out the design. I had a circle in my head – because we're starting and returning to the same place – home! And this card is large enough (5" x 7") that I didn't want to go large enough for those 12 planes.

     First about the card. Graduation time is coming up, and I'm sure to need a graduation card this year. What a great sentiment to someone who's starting a new part of his or her life – "The Sky's the Limit"! And, of course, the finishing touch with the "Huge Congrats" stamp. All three of these stamps come from different Stampin' Up! Stamp set, all of which are currently available on the Stampin' Up! website.

  •      The plane stamp is in a set that is on the Clearance Rack at Stampin' Up! for a lot less than the $13.95 I paid for it a couple of years ago. The stamp set is called, "Greetings From," and is not only a great set for scrapbooking, but it has wonderful little elements that are great on cards – such as this cute little plane. Get it while it lasts!
  •      The "Sky's the Limit" stamp is from the "Over the Rainbow" stamp set, which is in Stampin' Up!'s annual catalog, and is still very much available.
  •      The "Huge CONGRATS" stamp is from a set called, "Watercolor Wishes," and that's only available as part of an all-inclusive kit called (amazingly) Watercolor Wishes.

     I chose the colors for the planes before I went about figuring out what I was going to use as cardstock and Designer Series Papers. That's why the Daffodil Delight planes look a bit different. I originally made those planes another color. But then, when I went to find paper, I fell in love with the idea of the striped sheet from the Party Animal Designer Series Paper from the Stampin' Up! 2017 Occasions Catalog. The quickest way for me to "fix" my project was just to stamp the plane outlines on Daffodil Delight, cut them out, and glue them over the color that was on there. And, yes, I considered doing that for all the planes; but, no, I didn't want to spend any more time fussy cutting.

     As for my travel next month, all of our plane reservations are made. And so far, 4 of the flight time departures and/or arrivals have changed. One of them involves a change with gives us less than an hour between flights in Atlanta, and one for a similarly short time in Minneapolis. Yikes, those are big airports!!! I guess I should wear good walking (running?) shoes!

     More about my travels later on this month. For now, here are the stamp sets, paper and tools I used for this card. Just click on any of the photos to go directly to my Stampin' Up! store to find out more about them – and even to order them, which would be a really good thing, especially for that stamp set on the clearance rack!

 


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Posted on : Mar 13 2017
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Green is the Color of March!

Aloha, all!

     When I was a child, the month of March meant two things to me: first, the grass in our front yard started turning to green and, second, it meant that St. Patrick's Day was going to be coming soon. Yes, I grew up in a family that was more than half Irish. My mother's family on both sides were immigrants from Ireland (County Roscommon) and my father's family, though possessed of a very German name, had Revolutionary War naval hero, John Barry (County Wexford), as an ancestor. So, when the theme for the current Stampin' Up! Only Challenge (suochallenges.com) came up as "Celebrating Green," what could I do but make a St. Patrick's Day card!

     Now, you know that this is a "Stampin' Up! Only" challenge. So where did I find those shamrocks, you might well ask. If you look closely at these shamrocks and at the Stampin' Up! Over the Rainbow Stamp Set, you might see that I used the little watercolor-style heart to form the leaflets of those little shamrocks. I was amazed at how easy it was to stamp those photopolymer hearts into a shamrock. I could see right through the clear block on which I mounted the stamp and these are the three and only shamrocks I stamped. No muss, no fuss!

     After that, I had to figure out what I was going to do with those little gems. After a bit of thought, I went with the tried and true technique of die-cutting them with some squares (in this case, the smallest of the Stitched Shapes Framelits squares. And, of course, since the newest 2017 Sale-a-bration FREE products have just been introduced, I had to add in some of the Mint Macaron Glimmer Paper from the brand new 6" x 6" Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack. I'd already worked a bit with this Glimmer Paper and have decided that the best accent color to use with it is Garden Green. So I mounted the matted squares on some Garden Green Cardstock and then onto another layer of the Mint Macaron Glimmer Paper.

     For my original design (just below this paragraph) I simply added a stamped Happy St. Patrick's Day greeting from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set, stamped onto Whisper White Cardstock, and die cut with a shape from the Bunch of Banners Framelits set.

     This is the card that I had at this point. I thought it needed something more, but nothing I could think of at the moment worked the way I wanted. I even asked my husband to come look at the card to see if he thought it looked liked a finished card. Even he hesitated, but then said, "It looks fine." Hmmm. It wasn't until the next morning when I walked in and looked at it again (after all the photographing and editing) and thought, "Gold"! Of course. It needed gold. The first thing that I did was to add some of the Metallic Enamel Shapes. I forget that I have those metallic shapes – I have got to keep them out so I remember how fun they are! And that looked so cool, and really upped the design of the card.

     Still, it needed something more. I glanced around and spotted my almost-depleted spool of Gold Metallic Thread. No, I did not take the card apart to get that metallic thread under the squares. I wound some thread around my fingers, squirted some of the glue from the Fine-Tip Glue Pen under the center square on both sides, and just pushed some of that thread underneath. Yes, it might have been neater if I'd just started the card over again. But this was my card design, and I was sticking (literally) to it!

     One of the projects that I made for my March Newsletter includes another fun project featuring a different way to create shamrocks. Now's the time to sign up for my newsletter to make sure that you get to see that project (I won't share it here) and get a tutorial for making it!

     If you're interested in making this project, here are the products that you can purchase in my very own Stampin' Up! shop online! Just click on any of the pictures below to get to the store and order any of the products you'd like to help you with some fun St. Patrick's Day cards. I've listed each of the stock numbers at the very end should you wish just to enter them all into an order form with little fuss!

Over the Rainbow Stamp Set: 138770
Stitched Shapes Framelits: 145372
Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set: 127802
Bunch of Banners Framelits: 141488
Metallic Enamel Shapes: 141678
Gold Metallic Thread: 138401
Fine-Tip Glue Pen: 138309


Posted on : Feb 27 2017
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