Now About Those Leftovers!

Aloha, all!

     This past Tuesday I discussed the card I made for the SUO Challenge theme, "Make It Geometrical."  One of the things that I noted was that I wanted to make sure to use the leftovers from making that project.  I'd ended up with two Hexagon Hive Thinlit Die Cut using the Flowerpot Designer Series Paper and one of the same die cut using Tangerine Tango Cardstock. For the two pieces using the Designer Series Paper, I made the same design.



     For both, I cut a piece of cardstock 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" and folded both to make a 5-1/2" x 4-1/2" card.  I decorated the top card landscape orientation and the bottom portrait orientation.  In both, I used a piece of the new 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon, tied it around the card, and then placed the Hexagon Hive die cut over the ribbon, pulling the knot through one of the hexagons. To adhere the hexagons, I used Multipurpose Glue because I could easily draw a thin bead along those very thin pieces between the hexagons.

    The top card base is Night of Navy Cardstock.  Night of Navy is one of the colors in the Flower Pot Designer Series Paper, and I thought that would be the best accent for the lighter colored Designer Series Paper.  The ribbon, though, is the Tangelo Twist 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon, even though the orange color in the paper is Tangerine Tango.  If you've read some of my more recent blog posts, you know I've had a discussion about combining the two colors in one project as long as they're not right up next to one another.  The accents work beautifully! 

     When I first laid the die cut piece onto the Night of Navy card base (to make sure I liked the look), I thought the navy seemed to wash things out a bit.  So to give it a bit of extra pizzazz, I ran the card front through the Sizzix Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder.  That was just the accent that I wanted!

     The sentiment in this card is from the Four You Stamp Set, stamped with Night of Navy Classic Ink on Whisper White Cardstock.  I trimmed the cardstock and notched both ends before adhering it to a piece of Tangelo Twist Cardstock (just to accent that ribbon properly!).

     For the bottom card, I made a card base of Tangerine Tango Cardstock.  It didn't seem to need anything extra, so I didn't texturize it.  Looking at it now, perhaps it would have been a nice touch.  But I am NOT taking that card apart!  The ribbon on this card is Hello Honey 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon.  Again there's a bit of a color disparity, but both the Crushed Curry color in the print and the Hello Honey color in the ribbon and in the mat for the sentiment don't really clash where there are just small spots of one of the colors.

     The sentiment for this card is from the A Dozen Thoughts Stamp Set, stamped with Tangerine Tango Classic Ink.

     The best thing about both of these cards is that the hardest part of the card construction – cutting those Hexagon Hive Die Cuts – was already done as part of another project!  So I very efficientlyI used  both the positive and negative parts of these die cuts.  Love it!




Posted on : Aug 14 2014
Posted under Sizzix, Stamping |

A Bit of Geometry (or is that Geometrical?)!

Aloha, all!

     It's time once again for the biweekly Stampin' Up! Only Blog Challenge.  The challenge this time is Geometrical Shapes.  We are to abandon thoughts of rectangles/squares and circles/ovals and focus instead on other geometrical shapes.  Stampin' Up! certainly does have a few in its collection, and I picked the Hexagon!


     I haven't used much of my hexagon products from Stampin' Up! except as accents for something else.  The punch is fun, but I wasn't quite sure what I would do just using the punch.  I like the idea of a background design using hexagons, but that punch is really too large to make the kind of card I was thinking of.  So instead I turned to the Hexagon Hive Thinlits Die, which is part of the Stampin' Up! Sizzix collection.

     I did want something a bit different for this challenge, though, so I didn't simply die cut some paper or cardstock to make my design.  What I did was cut a piece of cardstock and two pieces of the floral paper from the Stampin' Up! Flowerpot Designer Series Paper set. You see, I needed to make something "geometrical," but I also wanted something that had a floral feel to it!  Here are the steps I took to make my background design for this card.

  1. Die cut two pieces of Flowerpot Designer Series Paper, press out all of the pieces that cut all the way through (not all pieces of this die cut all the way through) and set those pieces aside.  I also set the pieces that had been punched aside, and you'll see more of that in a later blog post.
  2. Die cut one piece of cardstock with the Thinlit.  This piece did not have to coordinate with the other papers as I was just going to use it basically as a stencil.  But once I got the idea that I might use various pieces for later projects, I decided to make the stencil piece coordinate, too.  So I cut it out of Tangerine Tango Cardstock.
  3. Cut a 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" piece of Tangerine Tango Cardstock and texturize it with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder.
  4. Lay the stencil piece on top of the Tangerine Tango Cardstock.
  5. Take the small hexagons punched with the Designer Series Paper and lay them in the die cut hexagons formed by the Tangerine Tango Cardstock until the design works to your liking. 
  6. Apply adhesive to each of the little hexagons and adhere them to the Tangerine Tango Cardstock using the hexagons in the Tangerine Tango Cardstock to place them.
  7. Remove the stencil and trim around the edges formed by the edges of the hexagons.
  8. There's your background design!

     Adhere the background design to a piece of coordinating cardstock (mine was Night of Navy) 1/4" wider all around than the background design, and then adhere that to a card base that's 5-1/2" h  x 4-1/4" wide, folded at the left.

     From this point, decorate your card as you wish.  I added sentiments from the Petite Pairs Stamp Set, stamped with Night of Navy Classic Ink on Whisper White Cardstock along with the outline hexagon image from the Six-Sided Sampler Stamp Set and then punched the stamped images out using the Hexagon PunchBut I wanted the stamped images to have a mat behind them.  So I hand-trimmed the stamped images around the stamped hexagon then punched two hexagons from Night of Navy Cardstock using the Hexagon Punch and adhered the stamped image to the newly-punched cardstock.  I applied them to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

     I still had this floral design in my head, so I went for another punch – the Petite Petals Punch – and punched several out of Night of Navy Cardstock to add to various open "holes" in the hexagon design.

     The final touch was to add some Whisper White Candy Dots to the center of the Navy flowers to mimic the flowers in one of the printer papers.

     Actually, this was not the final touch for all the work I did to make this geometrical design.  There were all those Hexagon Hive Thinlit die cuts lying around, and I sure didn't want them to go to waste!  So later this week, I'll share what I did with them.  Robin's Craft Room isn't a zero waste zone.  But it sure is a "waste not, want not" zone!



Posted on : Aug 11 2014
Posted under Challenges, Punches, Sizzix, Stamping, SUO Challenges |

Some More Tangelo – Or Is It Tangerine?

Aloha, all!

     After some of my crafting sessions in Robin's Craft Room, I inevitably become hungry for some fruit – Mango, Cantaloupe, Cherry, Pear, Plum – well you get the picture!  But lately my craving has been for either Tangerine or Tangelo!  We have a tangerine tree in our garden, and we may have some fruit – but not really soon.  I end up having to go with apples, peaches and grapes for now.

     But back to the Tangerine and Tangelo – two current pieces in the Stampin' Up! fruit basket – Tangelo Twist and Tangerine Tango.  For the most part the last month or so I've been concentrating on Tangelo Twist because (1) it's a new color, and new always thrills me; and (2) there's a ribbon in the color that's almost as luscious as the fruit.  But in today's card, I let a little Tangerine sneak in.


     Once again – and the last time for at least another week or so – I got the idea for this card from an old magazine.  That card featured a black and white central piece for the background, along with some green and red to accent it.  But it just screamed "Christmas Card" to me, and I'm not quite ready for that!  So I checked out my Color Coach a bit and settled on the Tangelo Twist and Bermuda Bay color combo.

     The basic card is fairly straight forward and easy to make.  A standard-sized 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" card, with a 5-1/4" x 4" mat, and then designs on top.  The design for this card is the oldie-but-goodie Sizzix Top Note Bigz Die.  I cut a piece of the floral print from the Back to Black Designer Series Paper set, and then hand-trimmed around the edge of the die cut piece on the perforations placed on the paper by the die.  Then I cut a piece of Tangelo Twist Cardstock and used it as a mat behind the trimmed Designer Series Paper die cut.  I adhered that to the Bermuda Bay Cardstock, tied a piece of Tangelo Twist 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon, and then layered it all on top of the Tangelo Twist card base.

     For my sentiment for this card, I found that the Thank You stamp from the Wetlands Stamp Set fit beautifully.  I adhered it so the top of the stamped and matted element was aligned with the top of the ribbon and added a paperclip from the Basics Hodgepodge Clips.  The clip is not actually holding anything together but I thought it was a cute touch.

     Here I was again about to photograph my project when I decided it needed something more.  But believe it or not, I was a bit weary of rhinestones, and pearls didn't seem to be what this needed either.  Then I remembered Candy Dots!  It had been a few projects since I broke them out, so it was time to get them out again.  But there is no Candy Dot for Stampin' Up!'s temporary "In Colors," and Bermuda Bay didn't feel like a "flower color" to me.  That's when the Tangerine Tango Candy Dots snuck into my project.  If you look really closely at the color (check out the two different colors in the product display below, too), you'll see there's not a perfect match.  But if I hadn't mentioned it, you may not have noticed that the colors are slightly different.  They're certainly not placed beside each other.  So Tangerine Tango Candy Dots it was!

     Over the next week you're going to see some more orange, but most of it is going to be Tangerine Tango – though I'll be sneaking in some Tangelo Twist in some projects, too!

Posted on : Aug 09 2014
Posted under Sizzix, Stamping |

Stamping My Own Background!

Aloha, all!

     My last two projects (well, most of my projects) used Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper to accent my cards. It's easy to make a single layer card with Designer Series Paper because there's such a variety and I can easily find one that matches the "mood" of my card. Today, though, I tried something that I occasionally try – stamping my way to a background to accent the sentiment I chose for the card!



     Again, this design was an inspiration from an old magazine, and I was able to find the perfect Stampin' Up! products to CASE the layout!

     First I stamped the butterfly from the Papillon Potpourri Stamp Set, using Soft Suede Classic Ink.  I used a 6" h x 4" wide piece of Whisper White Cardstock for this, intending to trim the paper down when I was finished stamping.   I stamped the column of butterflies on the left side first, using my Stamp-a-ma-Jig Stamp Aligner to keep them relatively in line (herding butterflies comes to mind!).  Then I stamped the right column, leaving a space, almost equal to the height of one butterfly, between the bottom butterfly and the next one up.

     Now a few notes about trimming the paper.  I really didn't have a final size for my card in mind when I started.  I did know that I wanted it to be taller and thinner than a standard card, but I was going to wait and see how the stamping came out before I set the final size.  After I finished the stamping, I trimmed close to the widest part of the butterflies, and I ended up with a piece of cardstock that was 3-3/8" wide. I figured if I added a mat that was 1/8" wider and adhered that to a card base that was 1/4" wider, I'd end up with a card 3-3/4" wide.  I checked out the Stampin' Up! Envelope Punch Board and found measurements for an envelope to hold a 3-1/2" x 6" card.  As I wasn't going to be adding much in the way of layers to this card, I figured that this would be a good envelop size.  Then I worked my way to a vertical measurement for the stamped layer of 5-3/4". If you're not that much into math, just set the sizes you're going to use first and you'll be just fine!

     After I cut the stamped layer, I added a mat of Soft Suede Cardstock, 5-7/8" h  x 3-1/2"w, and adhered the stamped image to the mat.  Before I went any further, I colored in the butterfly that was going to be just above where I planned to place the ribbon using Tangelo Twist Classic Ink and a Blender Pen.  The blender pens help me do a good job of blending, but they're different from the Blendabilities markers in that you really do have to let the Classic Ink dry between applications if you're going to add some more color. I let mine dry several times before I got the color that I wanted in this butterfly.

     When I was finished with the coloring (love to color!), I stamped the sentiment from the Lots of Thanks Stamp Set using Tangelo Twist Ink and then tied a piece of Tangelo Twist 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon around the stamped piece and its mat.

     Finally I adhered the entire layer onto a 6-1/8" x 3-5/8" card made of Tangelo Twist Cardstock.  Then I made the envelope for the 6" x 3-1/2" card, into which the card fit just fine..  Please remember that envelopes have to be addressed along the long side to avoid extra postage!  To keep that in my head, I made sure that the envelope opened on the long side!  Then I stamped another of the butterflies, this time using the Tangelo Twist Ink, onto the lower left corner of the envelope.  Love the coordination!  Oh, and there I was taking a picture when the need for bling attacked me!  Of course that beatutifully colored butterfly needed some rhinestones, and I took care of that before calling the whole thing, "done"!

     This card is a bit more complicated that the previous two.  But it was still fun to make.  It would definitely be easier if you set the size you're going to want your finished project to be before you start.  But sometimes I just feel like letting my cards "happen"!






Posted on : Aug 07 2014
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Inspiration with Confetti Celebration!

Aloha, all!

     As I continued going through my old magazines, I again came across a card that is so simple to make that it just amazes me that I continue to do so much cutting and trimming to make cards with a ton of layers!   (Oh, I know why I make those cards – I love all the Stampin' Up! products I have in my Craft Room, and I try to use as many as possible on my cards – and have a ton of fun doing it!)

     But back to today's project!


     Thist is another project with Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper providing the only layer over a cardstock base.

     For this card, I cut a piece of Tangelo Twist Cardstock 8-1/2" x 5-1/2", and made it into a 5-1/2" w x 4-1/4" h card, folded at the top.  Before I started any more work on the card, I punched all four corners of the card with a corner rounder punch.

     There is a whole layer of Designer Series Paper on this card, made up of two pieces that are, once again, opposite sides of the same piece of paper that's printed on both sides (all of Stampin' Up! current Designer Series Papers are printed on both sides).  This paper is from the Confetti Celebration Designer Series Paper set.  I cut the piece of paper 5" x 4", then cut the paper horizontally at 1-1/2" to make two pieces, one 5" x 1-1/2" and one 5" x 2-1/2".

     I flipped one side over, decided which design I wanted at the top of the card and which at the bottom, then taped the two together on the back using plain old transparent tape. Before I adhered the paper to the cardstock, I used a corner rounder to punch the two bottom corners of the paper.

     When I applied SNAIL adhesive to the top and sides of the paper, I also added a strip of the adhesive to each piece of the paper near where I'd taped them together.  But nothing about that seam was going to show once I added the piece of Tangelo Twist 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon that I tied around the card.  I even added a glue dot under the knot in the ribbon to keep it in place.

     For the sentiment that I added to this card, I used one of the stamps from the That's The Ticket Stamp Set.  I stamped it on Whisper White Cardstock using Bermuda Bay Classic Ink, and then punched the stamped image with the Ticket Duo Builder Punch. I used SNAIL Adhesive to adhere it to the front of the card.

     Once again, as I was getting ready to photograph this card, I thought it might need just a little bit more to spice it up. So out came the Rhinestone Basic Jewels again, and I made that little arc to tie the ribbon and the ticket together.  Bling is good!

     I hope you have fun trying this layout out.  So simple and easy!




Posted on : Aug 05 2014
Posted under Punches, Stamping |

Inspiration from a Magazine!

Aloha, all!

     Oh, my, has life been busy these past few weeks!  We're getting ready for a visit from our teenage grandson later this week, and we're doing all the planning for a marathon trip to the U. S. Mainland next month.  So I really needed to find something that would get me focused on my greeting cards quickly so I could use my time in the Craft Room as efficiently as possible.  I started digging through some old craft magazines and latched onto one from 2010.  Old, but still inspirational!  I quickly made enough cards to share with you this week – using Stampin' Up! products only, of course!


     This is the first card that I made and it's SOOOOO simple and easy!  It's just a card-sized piece of Whisper White Card Stock (4-1/4" x 11", folded to make a 4-1/2" w x 5-1/2" h card, folded at the top).  I just added a 1-1/2" piece of Designer Series Paper at the bottom and then punched all four bottom corners with a corner-rounder punch. Stamp the middle part of the card, add a ribbon with a bow (or even just a pretty knot) and you're done!

     For this particular card, I happened to like the coordinating design on the back of the print from the Gold Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper.  So I cut my paper 1-1/2" wide, and folded it on one side so 1/4" of the design on the back showed at the top.  I ran a strip of SNAIL adhesive along the inside of the fold before I folded the piece down so it's staying nice and secure.

     For the stamped area of this card, I used the Summer Silhouettes Stamp Set for the flower and a sentiment from the Million and One Stamp Set.  The colors are Garden Green and Calypso Coral, both of which are in the Designer Series Paper print that I used.  I tied the bow with a piece of the beautiful new Calypso Coral Seam Binding Ribbon.

     I was about to put the card away and start on another when I saw that lovely loop at the bottom of the sentiment stamp.  It just cried out for something to be placed inside it.  Once I added one rhinestone from the Rhinestone Basic Jewels set, I just had to add a bit more bling and I love the way the three rhinestones look together!

     I could make dozens of cards with this overall layout so quickly and I know that everyone who reads my blog could, too!  Such a pretty card with such simplicity!  Have fun with it!



Posted on : Aug 03 2014
Posted under Stamping |

Something I Just Had to Try!

Aloha, all!

     Many of my fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrators came back from this year's Stampin' Up! Convention with tons of great ideas, including one that was demonstrated by New Zealand demonstrator, Rachael Van Rij.  I've seen samples of this all over the Internet, and decided I had to try it myself.

Smile by Robin Messenheimer

     I'm not sure how other demonstrators have done this as I haven't yet seen instructions.  But what I did was score my 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" cardstock as if I was going to fold it to make a 5-1/2" wide card folded at the top.  But I didn't fold it right away.  Then I laid the word, using the Little Letters Thinlits, along the fold so that the score line showed just slightly through the holes in the Thinlit dies. Then I ran the card through the Sizzix Big Shot, but only enough so that most but not all of the thinlits cut through the card stock.  Then I removed the Thinlits from each of the letters and carefully snipped the last bit of the vertical lines of each letter.  Finally I folded the card in half and the letters popped up off the top fold of the card.  After that, I texturized the front of the card and added some flowers made with the Petite Petals Punch.  I added a Crushed Curry Candy Dot onto a Candy Dot Brad Base and put the brad through the top flower.  Finally I glued it to the bottom flower and then to the front of the card.

     Fun, huh?!  Um, not exactly.  Yes, it's a cool idea, but there's a learning curve.  I would suggest that you first try this technique out on a day when you're not likely to get frustrated easily.  I made this card yesterday.  Today making a similar card was just too much for me.  I wanted it perfect and I wanted it now!!  My materials were not cooperating with my demands, and I didn't have the patience to figure out what I needed to do to write instructions.  I certainly hope you're more successful in this that I feel I've been today!

     Here are a few hints/suggestions:

  1. Don't try to use the Magnetic Platform for this project.  Especially if you're using a letter with a long thin piece, such as the "I" and "L" in Smile, the magnetic platform is not going to allow them to lie exactly where you want them.  While you may find a great spot for the "I," it's very likely that will not be the ideal spot for laying the "L' next to it.
  2. If you're still storing your Little Letters Thinlits in their original package, they will have some adhesive on them.  You may not see it, but believe me that they will stick to the top cutting pad; if you move that pad just a teensie bit to line it up to go through the Big Shot, those letters will move. Later on today I'm going to put them in a new storage container with magnetic strips, cleaning them off before I do, so I can forget about that problem.
  3. Practice on some scrap cardstock, note where you are laying your cardstock on your Big Shot Platform, and then count how many times you turn the handle of your Big Shot to get to the point just before the bottom of the letters are cut. Mine is 3-1/2 turns and not a smidgeon more. 
  4. If you want to texturize the front of your card as I did, you may want to consider adhering a piece of matching cardstock onto the inside front of your card.  This gives the textured layer a bit more stability.  In fact, I considered just adding a second layer inside the entire card, but just did the front.

     OK – this has not been as upbeat a post as most of mine are.  But there are just some techniques that are harder for me than others.  I did want to share this with you, along with my tips, as soon as possible.  Maybe before long I'll have a day when I'll be bright and shiny and have all the patience in the world to try this out again!  Meanwhile, if you try it out, I'd love to hear about your successes!




Posted on : Aug 02 2014
Posted under Punches, Sizzix |

Some Inspiration from a Challenge!

Aloha, all!

     You know by now that I really enjoy just about everything that happens on the Create With Connie and Mary Blog.  From their tutorial editions to their weekly challenges to their own personal designs on their own blogs, they are always such an inspiration to me!

     So when I was having a bit of creative block laset weekend, of course I had to go check out their challenge for this past week and what a fun sketch challenge it was.  I saw immediately the idea I wanted to try to work with, and went right at it. 


CCMSketch     The idea was basically to make a white card with Whisper White Cardstock embossed with three different Textured Impression Embossing Folders and arranged in the shape suggested by the Create with Connie and Mary sketch.  It was a little bit challenging with the different edges the embossing folders created.  I ended up taping them together on the back with removable transparent tape to trim and cut the shapes the way I wanted them.  Then I removed the tape (it is removable, after all!) and laid out the three pieces and adhered them to their Real Red Cardstock background.

     I chose the image from the For The Birds Stamp Set because I'd just been thinking about it for another project.  No it was not on my work table!  I've been pretty good about keeping it straightened out and putting things away between projects.  Not perfect, but good.

     I also had the thought to color the wagon using the Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities Markers. I'd tried them out on another project and liked how well the light marker coordinates with Real Red.  Everything else is colored with the standard Stampin' Write Markers – Marina Mist, Hello Honey, Garden Green, Tangerine Tango, Perfect Plum, Lost Lagoon and Blusing Bride.  I think that covers all of them!

     I used the new 2" Circle Punch to cut the stamped image and the 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch to make the mat for the stamped image.

     The embossing folders that I used, from top to bottom are the new Lovely Lace Embossing Folder, the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder (introduced in this year's Sale-A-Bration promotion), and finally the Fancy Fan Embossing Folder.  I also used the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder on the main layer of the card front.  I thought that tied the card together nicely!

     I adhered the stamped element to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals and stamped the sentiment from the Sassy Salutations Stamp Set onto the front layer of the card before I embossed it. 

     Nope, no ribbon or other embellishmetns on this card.  With all that texture, it hardly needs it, don't you think?!

     A big thanks to Create with Connie and Mary – and I hope you'll hop on over there to see the fun ideas of their design team and maybe even enter a project yourself!



Posted on : Jul 30 2014
Posted under Challenges, Create with Connie and Mary, Sizzix, Stamping |

I Have to Pick a Favorite?!

Aloha, all!

     This is one of those days when I have to wonder what I was thinking about when I chose the themes for the SUO (Stampin' Up! Only) Challenges!  Today's theme is, "Favorite New Toys," with the idea being that lots of us who love Stampin' Up! (demonstrators and non-demonstrators alike) would certainly have some new products ordered from the 2014-2015 Stampin' Up! catalog and this would be a great time to have us pick a favorite.

     ONE favorite?!!  Please.

     But yesterday, while I was at the home of one of my downline team members, we decided we had some time to make something new, and so the two of us started looking around and picking things we liked (old, new, whatever).  I started by picking up the pack of the new Designer Series Paper Stack, Moonlight, and she picked up the Label Bracket Punch.  One thing led to another and we ended up with a card we jointly created as we went along and I really like it!


     It was when I looked at the finished product that I realized that it really showed off one of my favorite new toys – that Moonlight DSP Paper Stack – and it became my entry into the SUO Challenge!

     This card contains two of the sheets from the paper stack.  While the dotted piece with Basic Gray, Sahara Sand, Hello Honey and Bermuda Bay colors is right out there for all to see, the other sheet is the Hello Honey Grid design that we punched with the Label Bracket Punch.  It made such a nice background for the Hexagon Punched images from the Six Sided Sampler Stamp Set.

     My original idea was to have all three of the stamped images be the same – the outline stamp with the Thank You sentiment. But when I laid it out, I got the idea to make the center stamp a bit different and maybe pick up the Sahara Sand color from the card base.

     Looking at the dotted Designer Series Paper layer, again our original idea was to have it cover the top half of the card and then we'd punch the bottom half of the Bermuda Bay Cardstock with the Border Chevron Punch, letting the Sahara Sand Cardstock show through.  But on a whim (the theme of the day!) I slipped a piece of the printed paper behind my Chevron punched section, and we both loved it!  So much fun with the same design both front and back on the same card front!

     For my final touches, I added some Bermuda Bay Candy Dots to the middle stamped image, and then tied the whole card together with some Bermuda Bay 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon

     What a fun morning Dana and I had.  By the time we were finished, we both were so energized with the creativity. It's a good thing, too, because all the while her three delightful young boys (toddler and early grade school) were all over the place.  If you can image what the two words, "young" and "boys," mean when put in the same room with two paper crafters, you might get the idea of our environment.  Add "delightful" and you'll know what a fun morning we had!  I'm looking forward to another trip up to Dana's!




Posted on : Jul 28 2014
Posted under Challenges, Punches, Stamping, SUO Challenges |

Fun Folds – An Oldie-but-Goodie! – And Some Blog Candy!

Aloha, all!

     When I'm stuck for a project that has to be done on deadline, I love going back into my blog's tutorial files to find something I haven't thought about in a while.  Today I was definitely on deadline, and I definitely found something perfect for my project!

     Today is the third summertime blog hop for the summertime online group for Stampin' Up! lovers called VC Rocks.  It's a group that opens to everyone in May each year, but closes for membership at the end of June.  It's a fun group and not so big that we don't get a chance to get to know the whole group by the end of the summer.  Even thought the group's membership is closed, its blog is not, and a lot of our fun projects are open for everyone to enjoy – including this blog hop!  Just click here to see the list of all the members of the hop and click the links to go to everyone's blog!

     And now for my own blog hop project!

     Our theme for this month's hop is, Rock Your Creativity with Fun Folds or 3-D Projects.  Oh, my, fun folds are always, well, fun!  And I found one that I originally made back in 2009 to help with my project for the hop.  It's called a Diaper Fold Card.  It was also just what I needed to use to make some fun Thank You notes for a couple of my customers who just placed online orders at my Stampin' Up! store.


     I made two projects for this weekend's blog hop, both of which are sized to hold a 3" square note card.  For this project, I used the Designer Series Paper (DSP) set, Flowerpot (did you know that DSP is on sale this month – buy 3 get 1 free?!).  The project really does need DSP that is printed on both sides, as both sides will show in the finished project.  All of Stampin' Up! current papers are double-sided, so I'm in luck here! 

Diaperfold2     To decorate both the pocket card and the note card, I used butterflies punched with both the Elegant Butterfly Punch and the Bitty Butterfly Punch.  Don't they go so nicely together?!  For the pocket card, I punched Night of Navy, Crushed Curry and Lost Lagoon Cardstock, and added some Pearl Basic Jewels as accents. For the greeting on the card, I first stamped the "Thank You" from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set and then punched with the larger Elegant Butterfly Punch.  This actually would work with quite a few of the greetings in the stamp set!

     I also found that, if I placed the 3" square note card into the pocket first, I'd do a better job of placing the greeting so that it looks nice with the project put together.

     Here's the second project, made using a sheet from the Lullaby DSP Set.


     I just love those muted tones of Crisp Cantaloupe and Hello Honey on the opposite side of the Hello Honey printed sheet.  So it was fun using the stamp I chose from the Lots of Thanks Stamp Set – it's somewhat muted, too!

     The one thing that's really different about this pocket card is that I punched a 1/4" hole on either side of the flap, using the 1/4" Handheld Circle Punch and ran a piece of Hello Honey 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon through them to tie a bow in the front.  Punching through all those layers required a bit more hand strength than I thought I had – but I made it work.  If you've still got a Crop-a-dile around your crafting area, that might be a better choice for this particular project.

DiaperFold1     Again, I placed the 3" square card in the pocket before placing the greeting on the front.  I punched the greeting using the 1" Square Punch and then cut a 1-1/8" square out of Crisp Cantaloupe Cardstock. After I adhered everything together, I thought a piece of the ribbon might look nice on the little card.  At this point, the only way to securely adhere the ribbon was with a stapler.  Why not?!  Lots of people use staples.

     The cards are already in the mail!  But I could probably be talked into making another one and sending it off to someone who comments on my blog post today (hint!).  You can even select whatever Designer Series Paper you'd like me to use (not the small DSP stacks, though – the paper's not large enough). 

     The instructions for making this card, including a video that I also made in 2009, are right here on my blog.  Just click on the Tutorials and then scroll down until you see the Diaper Fold Punch listing and click there.  Oh, what the heck!  I can make it simple – just click here!  I'll announce the Blog Candy winner on my blog post on Thursday, July 31st.  So you have a few days to post!

     Thanks for joining in the VC Rocks Blog Hop – and don't forget to catch all the projects by going to the VC Rocks Blog and clicking on the other links!




Posted on : Jul 25 2014
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