CASEing a Friend’s Card!

Aloha, all!

     For one day I'm skipping doing a CASE (Copy And Share with Everyone) of last weekend's blog hop and instead copying an idea from a card that I received from a friend – who also happens to be one of my downline!


SFFSketch     This card has basically the same fold as Wednesday's card, but the flap fold is at the bottom of the card for this project and it was at the top of the card in Wednesday's.  There is a reason for this and that happens to be because I made this card for a challenge.  Yes, it's Friday so this must be time for the Sketch Frenzy Friday challenge!  Here's the challenge card and it felt just like the card that Dana gave me – so off I went with the idea!

     I've pretty much included everything that was called for in the sketch.  Imagine that!  I even used the Labels Collection Framelits, as shown in the sketch, along with the Chevron Border Punch which has been in the last two Stampin' Up! Seasonal Catalogs, and which will also be featured in the coming 2014-15 Annual Catalog.

     I made my card a landscape style card which is really the only way I could get a card with that tab fold and still use just one piece of cardstock. 

     The Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper set that I used for the card is featured in the Celebrate the Everyday catalog, but Sunday (June 1st) is the last day to purchase from that catalog.  So, if you want the paper, now's the time to buy it!  You can get it directly from me with just a couple of clicks, starting with a click on the picture of the paper at this end of this post!  I adhered just the one sheet to the front of the Tangerine Tango Cardstock card base.

     I also used two pieces of Washi Tape from the Retro Fresh This and That Designer Washi Tape set.  That's in the Celebrate the Everyday catalog, but the set is NOT retiring.  But it does go so well with that paper!

     Instead of a button, I used one of the retiring In Color Boutique Details, in the Baked Brown Sugar color, which is a color in the Designer Series Paper set that I used.

CardOpened     Finally I'm sure you noticed the strip of paper at the bottom of the card.  That's a "belly band" that I used to keep the card closed.  A small tab such as the one on this card will not stay closed on its own.  But then, when the card is opened, it can stand on the tab and stays put pretty well!  I think that Chevron Border looks very nice as a stand for the card!

     The greeting is from the Four You Stamp Set.  Oh, and did you notice that I used the Chevron Embossing Folder on the piece of Coastal Cabana Cardstock that I used as a mat for the greeting?  That was a fun accent for the Chevron punch!



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Posted on : May 29 2014
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Ribbons and Bows!

Aloha, all!

     The Stampin' Up! Only Challenge that begins today asked us to feature projects with Stampin' Up! Ribbons and Bows.  Now, any of you who follow my blog regularly know that I just LOVE to "tie my projects together with ribbon"!  This project, though, had to feature ribbons and bows for starters – they're supposed to be headliners, not just an accent to bring eveyrthing together at the end.

     So, for today's card, I put the ribbon on FIRST, and then tried to figure out what I was going to do with the rest of the card.


     Almost from the first time I used the new Stampin' Up! Chevron Border Punch, I wondered how I'd weave some ribbon through it for an accent.  So the actual first step in this card was to punch the border on the Crumbcake Card Base THEN to add the ribbon.  I tried a few different ways that would allow me to have a tie at the end, and I ended up pretty pleased with the result.  (There will be more experimenting with this, though!)

     Once I had that Cherry Cobbler Chevron Ribbon running through the Chevron Border, it seemed natural to try to find some other "pointy" objects to complement the Chevrons.  For better or worse the only Designer Series Paper (DSP) that's current that has Cherry Cobbler in it (outside of the paper stacks, which have ALL the colors) was one of the new Christmas papers, Season of Style.  Now, I'm not yet in the mood for Christmas!  But there's nothing that requires that we use Christmas colors just at Christmas time!  Unless it has a Santa or Christmas Tree or such, I feel quite free to use papers whenever I wish. 

     So the paper was the second part of my card.  It's definitely a different way to design a card for me, from the bottom up!  Now what to do?  I decided to cut the paper so that the width fell along the same left and right point as the ends of the Chevrons that I'd punched, and the height was about 1/8" from the top of the card to 1/8" from the top of the Chevrons.  Once I got that paper adhered to the card, the rest of the design came pretty quickly.  I noticed the piece of Cherry Cobbler DSP in the same Season of Style set with the plaid design.  So I cut a 1" width of that and notched both ends.  To add a bit of the Old Olive color, I picked one of the designs from the Old Olive Paper Stack papers.

     I went through my stamp sets with greetings on them, and picked the "hello" from the Four You Stamp Set.  I've seen quite a few Stampin' Up! designers using a variety of punches to frame a sentiment, so I picked out the Extra-Large Oval Punch and the Decorative Label Punch for this element of my card.

     At this point, I considered my card done.  But, when I photographed it and looked at it on my computer, I felt that it needed something – just a little something – as an accent.  Tap, tap, tap, went my fingers.  Nothing was working for me – until I remembered that the SUO Challenge theme was ribbons and BOWS!  Stampin' Up! has the nicest little bow attached to the cutest little paper clip in the 2013 Holiday Catalog, and I happened to have purchased a set of the Old Olive Simply Styled Embellishments earlier this month!  I snatched one of those little critters from its case, attached it to the greeting, and voila!  I ended up finishing my project with a bit of ribbon after all!

     I had a lot of fun with this challenge – I have a lot of fun with most challenges!  And I'm sure you'd have just as much fun with this challenge, too!  Just hop on over to the SUO Challenges Blog, check out the Design Team samples, and then link your own project to the challenge!  I'll be looking for your project!


Posted on : Aug 26 2013
Posted under Challenges, Punches, Stamping, SUO Challenges |

Mmmm! Love that Kissing!

Aloha, all!

     Well, I do like the romantic kind!  But today's blog post is about how I used the stamping "Kissing" technique to make a fun "Hello" card.  Oh, and unlike the romantic kissing, the stamping technique does not come naturally – I did need a bit of instruction on how to do it, and I'm going to pass it on to you!

     Actually, kissing (I'm dropping the quotation marks as of right now!) just involves one extra step between inking up your stamp and applying the inked stamp to your paper.  It also involves having one solid stamp and one patterned stamp.  So the steps are:

  1. Ink up the solid stamp.
  2. While holding the inked stamp in one hand (if you're right-handed, hold it in your left hand and vice versa), take the patterned stamp (NOT inked) and stamp it onto the inked stamp.
  3. Apply the image from the solid stamp to your paper.

That's all there is to it!


     I copied this card from the Stampin' Up! Demonstrator's magazine, Stampin' Success.  If you're a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, it's in the July/August issue on page 11. (If you've been thinking about signing up as a demonstrator with me, this magazine is just one more reason to add to your "why" list!)

     I used the Stampin' Up! Stamp Set, Hearts a Flutter to make the stamped hearts image.  Here's a photo of the stamp set pointing out which images I used for this:


     I actually added a step to this Kissing process. 

     1.  I inked the solid Heart stamp.

     2a. I stamped the patterned Flag stamp onto the Heart stamp.

     2b.I twisted the Flag stamp in my hand 90 degrees and stamped it again onto the heart stamp, creating a grid, almost gingham-ish, image on the heart stamp.

     3.  I stamped the heart onto my card stock.

After that I used the heart shape from the Hearts a Flutter Framelits Set to cut each of the six hearts and then I arranged them on my card. 

     Such a simple – but effective! – technique, and I hope you'll give it a try before long.  It can really expand your library of stamped images!

     Oh, and then there's the rest of the card.  I used the brand new (in the Holiday Catalog) Chevron Border Punch to create the layer on the left side of the card.  The stamped "hello" image is from the set, Six-Sided Sampler, and the Baker's Twine is Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine.  The colors on this card are Crumb Cake (the card base and punched layer), Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie, Always Artichoke, Tangerine Tango and Old Olive.

     Now I'm off to find another technique to try!  My sister-in-law, Deb, who is also my downline, is a technique queen and she just sent me a ton of samples.  Now I just have to figure out which one to use!


Posted on : Aug 22 2013
Posted under Challenges, Punches, Sizzix, Stamping, Tutorial |