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"!
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!
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!
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
I'm really enjoying putting my first Project Life by Stampin' Up! album together. It will be an album for 2014, and so far includes all of our fun activities except for the time of our daughter's visit with her family in February. That's going to take some time to organize because between the two of us we have several hundred pictures (gasp!).
On top of this, my husband and I are planning a rather extensive trip to the U. S. Mainland in September and October. There will be at least seven locations where we will be with family and friends and involved in a wide variety of activities. As this is the first big trip I've taken since I learned about and began working with Project Life, I'm trying to plan what I'm going to do as far as taking photos and putting my memory pages together. Actually, I think I have things pretty well planned, though there are still a few things that I have to buy to take with me on my trip so I can make pages as I go along.
My problem right now is that I can hardly wait to go on this trip and see how all my planning works – and we're not leaving for another two months (well, 55 days actually). So I decided I had to get some of this Project Life planning out of my system so I could get working on some other projects.
I finally decided to get out some of the materials I'm planning to use on my trip and make a set of planning cards! The one favorite part of my planning kit is the Stampin' Up! Photopolymer Stamp Set, Greetings From. What a delightful variety of stamped images in this set. And of course they're perfect for traveling! I'll be using even more of the stamps in the set than those you see here. With as much fun as I had making these pre-trip cards, I know I'm going to have fun on the trip!
While Stampin' Up! sells 3" x 4" grid cards for Project Life projects, they do not yet sell 6" x 4" grid cards. So I bought these from a local store that sells official Becky Higgins Project Life products. They're WONDERFUL for journaling – and not just hand journaling! 6" x 4" cards will run right through a printer that can be set up to print 6" x 4" photos. I have an HP 8600 all-in-one and these cards print beautifully.
For these cards I first stamped the images and then set up my computer file to print the text so it would line up with the images. Then I had my all-to-frequent "duh" moment, where I realized that, if I'd just done the text first, I could more easily stamp to match the text than vice versa.
So I got this stamp set and the project out of my system for a while at least. Now I can move on to some other projects!
Not only do I not have young children, but there are very few in my circle of friends and acquaintances. But that doesn't mean we don't have parties – in the case of our party this past Saturday, a "Garden Party." Oh, this is not like a genteel urban or suburban garden party. No, the gardens in our neighborhood are tropical gardens. My friend, Karolyn, has a fantastic 5-acre Palm Garden, and it was this garden that was to be the site for some fun socialization – and a garden tour – by the members of the Zonta Club of Hilo to which I belong.
As I live nearby, I volunteered to help. Of course they know that I do paper crafting, so I was asked to help with favors that would be at each place setting for the luncheon part of the affair. There are other parts of the set of favors, but this is my contribution.
Bookmarks! And I didn't even have to use the retired palm tree stamp that I showed off here last Thursday! These palm trees – in fact the whole bookmark design – are from My Digital Studio! I was especially happy to be able to use My Digital Studio because I had to make a LOT of bookmarks (just showing a few here)!
Three of my favorite features of My Digital Studio show up in this design:
- I can color one stamp with more than one color! The palm tree is one stamp from the Digital Stamp Brush Set, Tropical Party. But I was able to color the palm leaves using Pear Pizzazz Digital Ink, and the trunks using Baked Brown Sugar.
- I can resize stamps (and embellishments as well!) to whatever size I need. In fact, with this design, I not only made the stamp small enough to fit on the post card, but I made one even smaller to create the 2-palm design. (I colored one palm then copied and resized it to make the smaller palm.)
- I can add text in any font on my computer AND color it whatever color I want! For the book marks, I used Baked Brown Sugar for the text.
To make the actual bookmarks, I grouped all the parts of the design and then placed 6 copies on one 11" w x 8-1/2" h digital background. Each bookmark is 6-1/2" h x 2" w. I'm able to get an extra one on the bottom by laying it on its side. Then I exported the file to .jpg and inserted it into another file to print it exactly as I wanted it. Yes, I could have printed directly from My Digital Studio, but I did not have as good control over the finished product as I wanted with MDS. Oh, and I printed this with my HP printer directly onto Very Vanilal Cardstock – it came out beautifully!
After cutting out all the bookmarks, I punched the top of each bookmark with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch. I added a 6" piece of Pear Pizzazz 1/4" Cotton Ribbon through the slit in the tag topper, and my bookmark was done!
This was lots of fun, and a handmade bookmark – even in these days of Kindles and iPads – is such a nice addition to a favor. There are always books lying around that need a space marked – even if it's just to put in a reminder of a fun party!
Wow, I just LOVE the new Designer Series Paper, Back to Black! I've seen quite a few projects online using it, and I finally had a few minutes this week to play with it myself. What fun designs!
You can see four of the 12 designs in the paper set on this card. The floral design and the design on the three banners are opposite sides of the same sheet – and I love both sides! I hate it when I like both sides of a sheet of Designer Series Paper equally because I have to pay attention to how I'm cutting either side to make sure I don't cut into a design on the other side that I might want to use in another project. That's not so much of a problem with this sheet, though, as the chevron style design covers the whole sheet.
When I started out to make this card, I decided I wanted just to use black and white, and just have one or two red Candy Dots as a final accent. I found this sketch in an online challenge and so I tried the idea out on the sketch. I used the new Zig Zag Embossing Folder on the main layer of the card, as well as on the small layer on which I placed the three 1-1/4" squares of Designer Series Paper. I adhered the squares with Stampin' Dimensionals and the embossing really shows up nicely "in real life."
There were three banners in the sketch, so I punched the paper with the chevron design using the Banner Punch. As you can see, I punched them carefully so that each of the banners is punched almost exactly with the identical design.
To finish the card, I stamped "thank you" from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set on Whisper White Cardstock and then punched it with the Word Window Punch, adding a Real Red Candy Dot at each end before adhering it to the lower right corner of the card.
But I was not happy with the way it looked. I had wanted just black and white, but looking at the finished product, I felt there was just too much white. So, although I had already photographed resized and done a bit of editing of the final photograph, I went back and added that strip of Real Red Cardstock at the top of the banners. MUCH better in my opinion! Here's a photo of the original card. What do you think?
I may have to let this paper sit a bit before I try to use it again. That shouldn't be a problem as there's plenty of new Designer Series Paper that I haven't used yet, and it's surely feeling lonely in my paper box!