Happy Birthday, Quin!

Aloha, all!

     I cannot believe it's been almost a week since I've posted.  And so much has happened in Stampin' Up! land since then – most important of all the release of the 2014 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog!   You can be sure I'm working on some projects from that catalog right now.  But for today, I'm sharing a card I made for my 14-year old grandson, Quin.


     Quin was just here to visit us this month, and spent 12 days enjoying being with his grandparents – his first trip across the ocean all by himself.  Seven of those 12 days were spent in a home with no electricity, running water or phone service, all courtesy of Hurricane Iselle who left our section of Hawaii's Big Island in a shambles.  But we found lots to do and Quin even helped with some of the garden clean up work.  Then he got to go home just in time to celebrate his birthday with the rest of the family.

     For a 14-year old High School Freshman, I decided that there were to be no flowers or ribbons or cutesy thing on his card.  So I went looking around for some papers that would give me some design inspiration, and I found this sheet from the Back to Black Designer Series Paper. What initially looked like large polka dots to me turn out to be small hexagons.  Hexagons!  There was my inspiration.  First I picked up the stamp set, Six-Sided Sampler and then turned to the Geometrical stamp set.  If "geometry" doesn't say, "high school," then I can't image what would!

     I stamped half a dozen hexagons, 2 each of 3 of the designs in the Six-Sided Sampler set. and punched them with the Hexagon Punch.  Then I discovered that my great idea for the card was not going to work on a A2 card. I fussed around with a layout for a while and finally decided on a 5-1/2" x 8" card.  I still had to cut off the outside of two of the hexagons, but I like having a design go "off the edge" in an artistic way (oooh, I'm an artist!). 

     The arrows from the Geometrical Stamp set were a last minute addition after I'd stamped Happy Birthday from the Sassy Salutations stamp set. I had intended to use some of the other designs from the Geometrical set, but decided not to as the design was going to get awfully cluttered.  As it is, I think it's got just enough for a fun card front!

     I layered all that black and white paper up with some Real Red Cardstock and mounted it all onto a Whisper White Card Base.  With all those layers, I definitely weighed this card before I sent it out – yup!  Almost 2 ounces!  Yikes!  That's why I make most of my cards smaller.  But Quin's special, so off went this special card in the mail with the proper postage!

Here are the products that I used in this card!



Posted on : Aug 31 2014
Posted under Family and Garden, Punches, Stamping |

Hello Fall!

Aloha, all!

     Today I almost feel as if I'm back in control of my household and my craft room!  There's just two loads of laundry left over from all that time we didn't have electricity, and just half a load of plates and utensils we used during the storm that we weren't able to wash because of no fresh hot water, let alone a dishwasher to do them in.

     I'm also a little bit back into working in my craft room, though still not spending as much time as I like and usually do.  But today's the day for the biweekly SUO Challenge, and I'm committeed to making a card for that.  So off I went to see what was quickly available to use!  It helped that the challenge this time is to make a Clean and Simple (CAS) Card.


     Granted that I wasn't really creative with my layout (you saw that in a project a week or so ago), but I am featuring some brand new products from the 2014 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog – available for you to purchase products from on THURSDAY!  Yes, this year the Holiday Catalog will go live a few days before the Labor Day weekend so we all will have lots of fun stuff with which to play after that holiday.

     I certainly had some time to play with some of my new Holiday Catalog "stuff" before the hurricane hit and my grandson came to visit. And for today, I'm sharing two new products, both of which can be found on the same page (check out page 41 if you already have the catalog).

     The first new product is a sheet of the Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper.  Yes, just one sheet – the strip at the top is the back of the paper with the brush stroke designs.  I just folded it over and adhered it to keep it folded down.  This paper set has some of my favorite fall colors in it, including Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Mossy Meadow, and Old Olive.  It's going to be lots of fun making cards and gifts with this paper because there are so many gorgeous fall colors with which to accent it!

     I stamped each of the three leaves from the leaf stamp in the For All Things Stamp Set.  This stamp – as well as the others in this set – have a watercolor-ish feel to them when they're stamped. Especially with fall leaves, it's great not to have to work too much to get the sense of some dry and some moist areas on the leaves that you get with an actual leave picked up from the ground.  (Oooh, and my husband would say these leaves are a whole lot better than onces he used to have to rake every year for what seemed like forever!).  I hand cut each of these leaves that I'd stamped with Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze and Mossy Meadow, and then I distressed the edges a bit so they'd look like curled-up fall leaves look – at least as I recollect them; we don't have much in the way of deciduous trees where I live in Hawaii.

     The sentiment stamp is also from the For All Things Stamp set, and it seemed to go perfectly with the three leaves that I'd chosen to line up the left side of the card.

     To complete the card, I tied a knot in a piece of Mossy Meadow 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon and adhered it to the bottom of the matching leaf – such a nice accent!

     I hope you all have your Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog already – I know I had mine sent out to all my customers as soon as I could.  The good news is that many of them are in states that will really enjoy the fall colors and designs as they all say, "Hello, Fall"!  If you'd like to become one of my customers, just send me an e-mail and I'll be happy to send you a catalog!

     Have fun with all the new stuff coming your way in just two more days!

Posted on : Aug 25 2014
Posted under Challenges, Stamping, SUO Challenges |

Finally Back to my Crafting!

Aloha, all!

     You may not have been aware that I have not been able to do any of my favorite crafting with Stampin' Up! products for two whole weeks!  Yikes – two weeks with no paper crafting is a LONG time (as least it seems so from my perspective).  And here's the story:

     I had planned to have my teenage grandson here visiting our home in Hawaii beginning two weeks ago today.  Oh, that happened.  But the day BEFORE he was to arrive, our part of Hawaii was hit, and hit badly, with some hurricane force winds.  Trees were (and are still in some places) down across roads and driveways, many of them taking power and other utility lines with them.  So my grandson arrived to visit a home and its surrounding neighborhoods with no electricity and no water.  I'm not going to go into the gory details, but we did make it through a week in that state, learning lots of new ways to spend our time.  And, while I had planned to do some crafting with him while he was here, we never did get into my craft room.  The good news for my blog followers was that I did create some projects and blog posts to keep me at least virtually online while my grandson was here.  I definitely did not intend them to be the ONLY blog posts that appeared!


     I'm still pretty exhausted from catching up on everything and would really prefer not to be crafting until the house and garden are all back in order.  BUT – there's a blog hop to which I committed this weekend, so off I went today digging through all my new stuff (yes, FedEx did deliver my Stampin' Up! products during the power outages!) to figure out a project.  The theme for this blog hop, sponsored by the VC Rocks online commuity is "Rock Your Creativity with Stampin' Up! Colors." 

     Of course the first thing I did was refer to Stampin' Up!'s Color Coach.  But even looking at all those wonderful color combinations, I wasn't inspired enough to come up with something fun and unique.  Then I spotted – on some of the Color Coach cards – a circle with two colors in it.  It turns out that Stampin' Up! has published some "Dynamic Duos" as part of the Color Coach.  There isn't a duo for every color, so I focused on those colors that did have one.  And I created three cards with identical images, but different color duos and different sentiments.

     The main set of images for all three cards is the new stamp set, Kinda Eclectic.  In my first card, above, I used every stamp from this stamp set.  My cardstock is Pear Pizzazz and I stamped all the images using Old Olive Classic Ink, and added some Old Olive Candy Dots in the lower right corner.


     As I was studying the green card, it occurred to me that some kind of a purple combination might make a very nice sympathy card.  So I made a card using Wisteria Wonder cardstock and stamped the images using Elegant Eggplant.  The sentiment is from the Love and Sympathy Stamp Set, and the Candy Dots are Elegant Eggplant.


     Finally I decided that I wanted a color combo that was bright and cheerful – enough with the muted colors!  This card is made with Crisp Cantaloupe Cardstock and Calypso Coral Classic Ink and Candy Dots.  Definitely a nice color for the Birthday sentiment from the Sassy Salutations Stamp Set!

     So that's my entry in the being Creative with Color blog hop!  I hope you'll check out the rest of the entries from other members of the VC Rocks team.  It's a small hop for the end of the summer, but I know you're going to like it all.  Just click here to see them all!







Posted on : Aug 22 2014
Posted under Challenges, Stamping |

It’s Fun Copying the Stampin’ Up! Artists!

Aloha, all!

     Sometimes when I'm looking for inspiration I go through my magazines.  But often I also flip through the Stampin' Up! Catalog to see what the Stampin' Up! Artists have come up with.  This time my eyes landed on a project that included a technique I'd never tried before!


     The original of this card is on page 141 of the 201-2015 Stampin' Up! Catalog.  It wasn't exactly the kind of project I was looking for, but it stopped me in my tracks as I asked myself, "How did they do that?"  While I can find out what products Stampin' Up!'s artists used for their project, I have to figure out HOW they did it on my own.

     The first thing that I found out is that the original was made as a note-card sized project.  I wanted my project to be a standard sized 5-1/2" h  x  4-1/4" w card.  It turns out that the Hexagon Hive Thinlit that I'd be using to make my card front would layer up nicely on a standard card.

     The technique that was new to me was using a Stampin' Spritzer to spray color through a stencil, in this case the stencil being the Hexagon Hive Thinlit.  So off I went to add some Lost Lagoon Reinker to some alcohol in one of my Spritzers.  I ended up making mine a bit darker than the original, but I liked it anyway.  I used 10 drops of reinker, and I would imagine that the original artist used maybe 5 drops.

     To get the ink onto the Whisper White Cardstock that I was using, I laid the Thinlit face down (that is, with the cutting edges facing up) on the cardstock.  Then I spritzed until all the little hexagon areas were filled with the ink.  On my first try, I left the Thinlit on the paper for a short while thinking that I might get a better image if I let it dry a bit.  That did not happen.  In fact what happened was that the extra time gave the ink time to spread out a bit, and that definitely was not the look I wanted.  On my second try, I picked up the Thinlit as soon as I was finished and I think it looks fine.

     For the outlines on the lower right hexagons, the original had the hexagon from the Geometrical Stamp Set stamped in Basic Gray Classic Ink.  I decided I wanted to use Lost Lagoon Classic Ink.  Perhaps if I'd stamped the image off one time before I stamped on the card it might not have been as dark.  But, again, I liked the look with the darker/thicker outline. I used a scrap of Lost Lagoon Cardstock to die cut just a few of the little hexagons using the Hexagon Thinlit, and applied them to the bottom right hexagons.

     To finish this layer, I stamped the sentiment, also from the Geometrical Stamp Set, using VersaMark clear ink and Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder.  Then I trimmed the colored layer to 5" h  x 3-3/4" w. 

     For the decoration on the top, I used one of the gold stars from the Basic Hodgepodge Clip set to clip a 4" piece of Whisper White 1/4" Cotton Ribbon to the colored layer.

     Finally, I matted the colored layer to a 5-1/4" x 4" piece of Lost Lagoon Cardstock, then adhered all of that to a Whisper White card base.  I was pleased with the way this turned out, and even more pleased that I learned a new technique!  As my sister-in-law and downline, Deb, would quickly tell you, I'm not much of a technique person.  But I'll be visiting her next month, and I'll bet I'll learn some more new stuff then!

     Meanwhile, if there are any other projects in the Stampin' Up! catalog that you'd like me to try to copy and give you some instructions, just send me an e-mail, and I'll get right on it!







Posted on : Aug 18 2014
Posted under Sizzix, Stamping |

The Last of the Leftovers!

Aloha, all!

     This is a quick follow up to my last two blog posts and covers the last project I made with leftovers from my SUO Challenges card earlier this week.


     This card is a bit different from the other two that I made using the leftover Hexagon Hive Thinlit die cut pieces from the challenge card.  As the die cut for this card was plain cardstock, and wanted to have some Designer Series Paper behind it.  If you can imagine, I was a bit weary of the Flowerpot Designer Series Paper (that won't last long), so I went looking for other papers that included some Tangerine Tango (or Tangelo Twist?) color in it.  I finally settled on the dotted design in the Confetti Celebration Designer Series Paper set.  Yes, there are those teeny little dots of Tangelo Twist that were going to provide a very nice accent for that Tangerine Tango Cardstock.  Who can tell the difference with that kind of a print?!

     From there, I focused on a different color to form a base for and accent the rest of the card – Bermuda Bay – Cardstock and 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon.  The card base is a standard sized 4-1/4" h  x  5-1/2" w card, folded at the top.  I also used the Bermuda Bay Cardstock to punch the fun little flowers using the Boho Blossoms Punch.  I adhered the little flowers to the cardstock hexagons using Glue Dots, and then added Tangerine Tango Candy Dots to the center of 5 of the little flowers.  I didn't want to waste any of those glue dots by placing them on flowers that were going to get covered up by the sentiment element!

     The Birthday Wishes stamp is from the Four You Stamp Set.  Remember that I had all this leftover stuff from the original project out on my table, so I didn't go looking for any other stamp sets to clutter my work table up any more than it already was!  And now I'm finished with all those leftovers and my work table is all cleared off! 

     But this is not quite the last you'll see of the Hexagon Hive Thinlit!  Just before I started on my SUO Challenge project, I had that thinlit out to CASE a project from the current Stampin' Up! Catalog.  What fun that was! Check back on Tuesday for that project!





Posted on : Aug 16 2014
Posted under Punches, Sizzix, Stamping |

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
Posted under Stamping |

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
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