Posts Tagged ‘Sizzix Framelits’
I'm quite happy to continue to be using my brand new stamp sets from the 2015-2016 Stampin' Up! Catalog, especially the stamp I chose for this weekend's VC Rocks group blog hop. VC Rocks is a group of Stampin' Up! users that forms each May and continues to have fun online at a "Virtual Convention" throughout the summer.
The Remarkable You Stamp Set was actually the very first stamp set that I put on my Wish List when I first saw the new catalog online. My grandson's mother had just recently posted a fabulous photo of a yellow Calla Lily on Facebook, and I could just see the Calla Lily stamp in this set in bright Daffodil Delight ink.
Well, try as I may, I could not make the lilies look as nice as I wanted coloring it in. Rats! So I gave up and moved on to something else. Then an idea struck in the middle of the night (most great ideas do) and the next morning I stamped the lilies using Momento Black Ink on Daffodil Delight Cardstock. Just what I wanted! Well, not quite once I thought to make the stamp the centerpiece of an oval card I wanted to make with the Ovals Collection Framelits. I was inspired by the square card I'd made earlier in the week, and the oval seemed just perfect. But the original image was just a bit of the wrong shape and size. So I fussy-cut both lilies out and tied them together with a bow of Daffodil Delight 1/4" Cotton Ribbon. Now that was what I wanted.
The second part of my design idea was to make a frame, also of Daffodil Delight, and then show off one of the new Greetings Thinlits as part of the frame. A bit of texture in the background from the new Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and some Garden Green Candy Dots, and the card was done.
I hope not only that you've enjoyed my card for this blog hop, but that you'll take the time to visit some of the other hoppers in this group. Links to all of the participants are on the VC Rocks Home Page.
Products featured in this project. Link to my personal Stampin' Up! Store to order any of these!
Remarkable You Stamp Set (wood mount – 139891; clear mount – 139894)
Ovals Collection Framelits (129381)
Greetings Thinlits (138275)
Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (138288)
Cardstock: Whisper White THICK Cardstock for the card base (140272); Whisper White (100730); Daffodil Delight (119683)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black Pad (132708)
Daffodil Delight 1/4" Cotton Ribbon (134559)
Garden Green Candy Dots (from the Regals Collection – 130932)
Well, this isn't exactly a "new" stamp set as in a stamp set I ordered from the new 2015-2016 Stampin' Up! Catalog. But it is new in my craft room and I haven't used it on its own until now. You see, this is one of the stamps that was included in the May 2015 Paper Pumpkin kit. While I love those kits, I tend not to feature them here too much because it's not something that I can offer to sell you, as I can offer all the other products that I feature in my blog posts. But there is the possibility that you can get some of these stamps, and I'll explain at the end of this post.
For now, we're at the time for another SUO Challenges biweekly challenge! This time the challenge is to have something other than a straight, clean, line for the edge of our projects. As I looked around my craft room, my eyes fell on the Squares Collection Framelits, and I wondered how that might work for this challenge. Pretty well, I think!
Once I chose a square for my card shape, I decided that the various layers would also be squares. It just was the simplest way to get the project done! Then I went looking for stamps to fill a small, center, square, allowing the paper from the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack to show its colors. That's when I ended up taking out the very square stamp set from my May Paper Pumpkin kit. My layers for that central image are Cucumber Crush, Watermelon Wonder, then some Pool Party Cardstock. Pool Party is one of the colors in the balloons floating skyward in that designer paper, and it's an easier color on which to stamp than the Crushed Curry or the red or green would have been.
One of my fellow SUO Challenges Design Team Members, Karen Barber, is forever making the most gorgeous projects with ribbon tied up and floating all over the place. So, in looking for an embellishments for this card, I took a small page out of her book and let the Watermelon Wonder 1" Dotted Lace Trim go wherever it wanted. Then, of course, I had to make an envelope to fit the card, and out came my brand new 2015-2017 In Color Envelope Paper. Yes, envelope paper – 12" square, light printed paper that is PERFECT FOR ENVELOPES made using the Envelope Punch Board. This card ended up being 4-1/2" x 4-3/4" so I made an envelope to fit that shape. Reminder: square enveloped cost more to mail in the U.S.
In case you've never used on of the Stampin' Up! framelits to make a card, what you do is to (1) fold your base card in half and, (2) run it through the Sizzix Big Shot with the folded side just barely inside the cutting edge of the framelit. Really very simple. The base of this card is the Whisper White Thick Cardstock, and two thicknesses of it was cut by the framelit just fine.
For the first layer, which also has the scalloped edge, I ran a piece of Watermelon Wonder cardstock through the Big Shot using the largest square framelit, BUT I moved one side inwards one scallop's width. Once I had the three scalloped edges, I just had to trim the fourth edge to fit the same distance from the folded edge as the scallops were from the scalloped edge of the card base.
Now, about the Paper Pumpkin Subscription: You can subscribe for 3 or 6 months. Once you become a subscriber, you have the option of purchasing earlier kits or even just the disposables from earlier kits. Availability is limited. Of course, you can always just order a Paper Pumpkin kit one month at a time, which is what I frequently do. I've had fun with my kits. They good not just for beginning stampers, but for those who like something quick and easy to do once in a while!
Products featured in this project. Link to my personal Stampin' Up! Store to order any of these!
Cherry on Top Paper Stack (138443)
Cardstock: Whisper White THICK Cardstock for the card base (140272); Whisper White Cardstock (100730); Cucumber Crush and Watermelon Wonder from the Cherry on Top Cardstock Pack (139002); Pool Party (122924)
Ink: Watermelon Wonder Classic Stampin' Pad (138323)
Watermelon Wonder 1" Dotted Lace Trim (138425)
2015-2015 In Color Envelope Paper (138312)
When I was packing away all my retired Stampin' Up! stamp sets last week, I realized that there were several of them that (gasp!) I.HAD.NEVER.USED! It's very likely that, as some of them were older, I had managed to obtain them through other than purchases. We get free stamp sets at Convention and there are promotions throughout the year some of which involve getting a free stamp set.
Nonetheless, I find it absurd that, with all the crafting that I do, there were stamp sets that sat unused in my craft room. So beginning with stamp sets from the newest Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog, I am NOT using any other stamp sets until I have used all my new stamp sets at least once. The good news is that I only bought 9 new stamp sets. Yes, that may seem like a lot. But I needed to fill some theme voids in my stamp collection. Oh, and there were a couple of new sets that I just couldn't pass up regardless of what I "needed."
I pulled out today's stamp set because I loved the latest Create with Connie and Mary weekly challenge, and I thought the wreath would be fun for one of the challenge's layer elements. The stamp set is Circle of Spring and it goes with a framelits set we've had in the Stampin' Up! collection since last fall's 2014 Holiday Catalog – Wonderful Wreath. The images that I cut out with the framelits are the wreath itself (it takes two to tango with this image!), the bow, and the small flower under the sentiment.
I stamped the wreath and the small single flower using Mossy Meadow Classic Ink, and I colored both in using the Stampin' Write Markers in two of our newest colors, Watermelon Wonder and Mint Macaron. I added a little bit of Daffodil Delight, but ended covering much of it up with the Daffodil Delight Candy Dots from the Brights Candy Dots Collection.
For the background, I cut two rectangles as called for in the challenge sketch, one using Watermelon Wonder Cardstock and one using Mint Macaron. I adhered them to the top Whisper White Cardstock layer and then texturized them using the brand new Brick Wall Embossing Folder. I had determined that the "Thank You" sentiment would just about fit inside one of the "bricks," so I waited until after I'd run the card front through the Sizzix Big Shot before stamping it. I love how easy it is to get Photopolymer stamps right where I want them!
After I adhered the wreath, using Stampin' Dimensionals, I added a bow to serve as the final element required in the sketch. I stamped the bow using Watermelon Wonder Ink onto Watermelon Wonder Cardstock, then cut it using the ribbon die from the framelits set. After adding the small single flower to the bottom right of the card using Glue Dots, I added several of the Daffodil Delight Candy Dots.
The last – and maybe best? – thing that you should know about this card is that the card base is not just Whisper White Cardstock. It is the brand new HEAVIER (100 lb wt) Whisper White Thick Cardstock, that's much better for card bases than the plain, lighter, Whisper White.
It's a fun sketch challenge over at Create with Connie and Mary, and it goes on for a week. You might want to try it out for yourself!
Products in this project. Link to my personal Stampin' Up! Store to order any of these!
Circle of Spring Photopolymer Stamp Set (138964)
Wonderful Wreath Framelits (135851)
Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (138288)
Cardstock: Whisper White (100730); Whisper White THICK Cardstock (140272); Watermelon Wonder (138334); Mint Macaron (138337)
Stampin' Write Markers: Both Watermelon Wonder and Mint Macaron are in the 2015-2017 In Color Marker set (138333); Daffodil Delight is in the Brights Collection (131259)
Classic Stampin' Pads: Mossy Meadow (133645); Watermelon Wonder (138323)
Brights Candy Dots 130931)
While I was off doing other things for heaven knows how long (too long!), I suspended my Stampin' Up! Paper Pumpkin subscription. So easy to do – but easy to forget to reinstate it when I was back and had the time finally to play with it!
But now I'm back in the groove and yesterday my May 2015 Paper Pumpkin kit arrived. I was between projects, so I opened it up right away. Ooooh, what fun I had with the card makings that came in it!
This is the card somewhat as it was designed to be made as part of the kit. I say, "somewhat," because I just HAD to add a bit more color and texture to the design. The good news was that I had a birthday card that needed to be sent out, so I used the fun Happy Birthday stamp that came with the Paper Pumpkin kit, as well as the ink that came with it and the strip that I used as a horizontal accent for the card.
The mat for the greeting circle was not in the kit. For this, I picked what I thought was one of the colors in the kit – Tangerine Tango – and cut a mat just slightly larger that the circle using the Starburst Framelit Set. I think now that the color in the stripe on the card front may be Calypso Coral. But whatever it is, I love the look!
Then I did what I frequently do with my Paper Pumpkin kits, and find another stamp set or paper or embellishment to do something a bit different. This time it was the fun new stamp set, Just Kidding. And once I got started with that, I almost couldn't stop.
For the two cards in this grouping, I used the first part of a two-part sentiment, "To Stamp or Not to Stamp" on the front. Then inside I stamped the second part, "That is not even a question." As a stamper, I LOVE it! I colored in the ladies of leisure a bit differently, and had a blast doing it!
For this card, not pictured above, I used my second favorite two-part sentiment, with "Happy 29th Birthday" on the front. Inside is part two, "From your 110 pound friend." I think you have to be a woman of a certain age to really get a good laugh out of this!
A quick note on how I made this all fit on the circle. The stamps in this set are Photopolymer stamps. So, when I put long, thin images on the blocks to ink them up and stamp them, I can manipulate them a bit. For these cards, I turned them a bit so they'd fit on the circles that came with the Paper Pumpkin kit. They don't necessarily stay put on the acrylic blocks for long – but I pressed them down as firmly as I could and didn't wait long to ink them up and stamp them. Worked beautifully!
No, these are not artistic renderings. But they were fun to make and I know my friends who will get them will really enjoy them! Paper Pumpkin says that it is made for the new and inexperienced card maker. But I have to tell you that, as experienced as I am, it is still a blast to get these projects and have so much fun making them – every month!
Stampin' Up! has a current special, through the end of June 2015, where you get the first two months of your Paper Pumpkin subscription at 50% off. Now that is a deal. Unfortunately, I cannot take advantage of it because I'm already a subscriber – it's only for NEW subscribers. All you have to do is to go to PaperPumpkin.com, order a subscription, and use the code, SAVE50, to claim your savings. Be sure to tell them I'm your demonstrator so I get credit for this!
Retired Product Alert
Oh that fun Framelits set, Starburst, is going to retire come June 2nd. The good news is that, as of today, that set is still available for sale! I have to tell you that it's perfect for mats such as those I showed in these fun projects. If you have any questions about this set or anything about the Stampin' Up! retired products, just let me know. I'd love to help you get whatever it is that you want from this list!
The Stampin' Up! Only (SUO) Challenge this time is to make a card for a teen. I have a teenaged grandson, so making this kind of card was a fun challenge for me. As I was making this card, Quin's mother posted some wonderful photos on Facebook showing him making dinner for the family as a Valentine gift. And he did everything on his own. The menu looked like I would have been more than happy to be there. What a wonderful kid!
Besides being a cook, Quin is also involved in theater and is a singer with a group of budding musicians – great stuff for a teenager! So when I first saw the Be the Star Stamp Set in my Stampin' Up! Catalog, I knew I'd be using it to make cards for him. It's already in the mail to him to let him know how proud of him I am!
The background paper for the card front is from the Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper set. Yes, this set has fabulous floral prints. But the painted stripes on the reverse of a couple of the floral prints are fun prints to use, too. This print is Daffodil Delight, but it also has some hints of orange in it. I decided the orange I would use to accent this card was Tangelo Twist, which is the square mat between the striped paper and the Whisper White Cardstock on which I stamped the words. I stamped the top two using Tangelo Twist ink, and then I used Mossy Meadow for the third stamped sentence.
I used Mossy Meadow to stamp the small star groupings in the background and also used it to mat the entire card front. Back to the Daffodil Delight, I used Daffodil Delight ink to stamp the two larger stars, with the largest star stamped on Daffodil Delight Cardstock and the smaller on Whisper White Cardstock. After cutting the stars using the Stars Framelits set, I attached a piece of Mossy Meadow 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon behind the stars for a fun accent. I adhered the star group onto the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals. For the final accent, I added a Rhinestone Basic Jewel to the center of the stars, with a few smaller Rhinestones on the smaller star groupings. Gotta have something shiny with stars!
If you have a teen in your family or circle of friends, think about making a card for him or her and sending it off – "just because." Teenagers need that from us now and then. Of course, then you'll want to add it to the SUO Challenge Blog! We'd all love to see it.
And if you'd like to use this wonderful stamp set, following are links to my online Stampin' Up! store where you can buy it and the other products I featured in this blog post!
Earlier in the week I posted a Hexagon-shaped card and said I'd tell you how to get the tutorial later in the week. Well, now is later as I've made a Valentine Card with the same shape!
What fun making these cards with "different" shapes is!
As I'm sure I mentioned before, this is not a true hexagon. To get to the shape of a true hexagon I would have had to have some really hard measurements in my instructions – 3/32"? Probably not. But for a greeting card, I think the shape is fine – if you want a hexagon look! The only issue when you have a not-quite-hexagon shape, is that you have to pay attention if you're cutting layers. What fits one way may not – will not! – fit another way. So I found myself putting "up" arrows on the back of each layer as I made it. Otherwise it's like doing a jigsaw puzzle trying to turn pieces around to see which way they might fit. But it's paper, and a little bit of trimming makes it work!
For this card, I used the Stacked With Love Designer Series Paper Stack from the Stampin' Up! 2015 Occasions Catalog for the background layer. This is the first time I've used the Black and White sides of any of the designs in the Paper Stack. They really do set off the red very nicely.
The stamped image is one of the stamps in the You Plus Me Stamp Set, also in the Occasions Catalog. I've really enjoyed using the set for Valentine cards, and I'm sure I'll find some uses for it after Valentine's Day is over – that would be after today!
I accented the card with a doily from the Tea Lace Paper Doilies pack, as well as a couple of Real Red hearts punched with the heart punch in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack. The final touch was Rhinestone Basic Jewels in the middle of the two hearts.
Fun little card! And here are the Stampin' Up! products that I used for this project. Don't forget that, to order any of these products, simply click on the picture below and you'll be whisked away to my very own Stampin' Up! store! If you have any questions, please add them to the comments below and I'll get right back to you!
OH! And how do you get the tutorial for this card? Just sign up for my newsletter using the box up to the left! I published the tutorial in the newsletter that I sent out earlier this week, and I'm going to send out a second publication of it next week!
For the last several years, every time I walk into a decorated room, I look around and wonder if any of the decorations would make a good greeting card design. This Christmas season has been no exception. I've got some photographs and maybe I'll be working with them before long. But at one dinner party, I could not get out of my mind the design on the paper napkins given to us with our drinks! Somehow in the mess of our move away from the lava in our home of Pahoa, Hawaii, I've managed to mislay just too many things. Most of them I figure I'll find eventually. But the Star Framelits Set was one that couldn't wait. I know they're around here somewhere, but I wanted to make that napkin design – and it would be perfect for a Christmas card!
Not only was it perfect, the sentiment that I found to use in this card is from a Stamp Set that features stars as its main design! The sentiment is one of several in the Bright and Beautiful Stamp Set!
The colors in this card are just two (well, not counting the Whisper White Cardstock card base): Garden Green and Crushed Curry. If you look carefully at the Crushed Curry papers, you'll find that they're from the Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper Set. Back as my Autumn projects were coming to an end for this year, I looked carefully at the papers to try to keep in mind those that might work in Christmas and other holiday projects this year. Sure enough, that Crushed Curry paper was perfect for this project!
With a sentiment that uses "bright" and "shines," i definitely needed to use some sparkle in this card. For starters, I used five of the small Rhinestone Basic Jewels to scatter on the card. For a final sparkly touch, I added one of the All Is Calm Snowflake Embellishments to the middle of the star. This embellishment has one of the points that's longer that the others so that we can use some string to hang is. I clipped that off before I adhered it to the star using Glue Dots.
This is almost exactly what that napkin looked like. I know it's around here somewhere – probably with my first set of Star Famelits! But I have a good handle on the rest of the products I featured in this project and here they are. Just click on one of the pictures to find out more about the product – and even purchase one or two of them in my Stampin' Up! store while you're there!
Have fun with whatever you're doing this last week before Christmas!
From the very beginning of my Stampin' Up! career, I have LOVED 2-Step Stamping! It's so much fun to take two (or more) different stamps and stamp one upon the other, using different colors, creating an image with beautiful color dimension to it! So you might imagine how much fun I'm having with the Stampin' Up! Stamp Set, Wondrous Wreath!
The wreath in this image has three different stamps: the first stamp has lots of leaves and I stamped it here using Pear Pizzazz ink. The second stamp, stamped right over the first, is Garden Green, and the final stamp is all those lovely Cherry Cobbler "berries." What makes this set even easier to use is a tab that is at the top of each of the Photopolymer stamps in this image. I just made sure the tab was pointed up in the same direction for all three stamps and matching everything up was so easy. It's even easier because I can see right through these beautifully clear stamps.
To complete the card – which uses one of the layouts from my 2010 eBook – I embossed a greeting from the Endless Wishes Stamp Set, using gold Stampin' Emboss Powder. It really looks a bit fuller in person, but that embossing shine was really hard to photograph well.
Oh, and the foil! I cut the bow for the wreath using a fair from the Wonderful Wreath Framelits Set. What a fun die to have – for so many uses! Oh, and there's a 15% off bundle that includes both the framelits dies AND the stamp set (click on the link below to find out more).
I tied the card all together with some ribbon – from a brand new roll of Gold 1/8" Ribbon. Fun!
Here are some of the products I've featured in this project. Just click on a picture to find out more about any one of them – and even buy what you'd like from my Stampin' Up! Store. I hope you are having as much fun with your Christmas projects as I am!
I have only one downline member who lives near me, and Dana is definitely a gem. Not only did she come over to work on some creative projects with me yesterday, she helped me finish unpacking my craft room! Thank you, Dana!
I really have a lot for which to be thankful this year, and I'm looking forward to a week of getting ready to put a Thanksgiving dinner together with my husband and a couple of friends. Even though I'm still in a rental home, waiting to see if the lava really has stopped its assault on the town near our own home, it really does feel like home after having been here for over two months. And now, at the last minute, I'm looking forwrad to taking some time this weekend to finish up some Thanksgiving cards to send to my family on the U.S.A. mainland.
And I'm finally getting to use more of the products that I purchased from the Stampin' Up! 2014 Holiday Catalog. I bought the Wondrous Wreath Bundle from the catalog fully intending to use it a lot for fun fall projects. I have always loved decorating the entrance to my home for the fall and Thanksgiving time because it always seemed too cold to do much decorating around Christmas time (even colder when it was time to take the decorations down!).
For today's card I chose three colors for the three steps of the wreath – Tangerine Tango, Cherry Cobbler and Real Red. Especially when I lived in New Mexico, I loved to find the red berries that would go so beautifully with fall colored leaves, and I'd include a bow that captured the red of the berries. With neither fall berries nor colorful fall leaves here where I live in Hawaii, this is my one chance to create a fall wreath.
For the background to set off the wreath, I used the Mossy Meadow sheet from the Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper set. I also used a small piece of another sheet from that set as part of the little banner at the bottom right cornr of the card.
The sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set, stamped in Tangerine Tango and cut out with the Word Window Punch. I hand cut the banner paper and the Tangerine Tango mat behind it. To add a bit of texture to the Very Vanilla background layer, I ran it through my Sizzix Big Shot with the Zig Zag Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.
The Wondrous Wreath bundle consists of the first two products pictured below, and costs 15% less than the two products individually. I like 15% off!! The stamp set provides us with three different stamps to compose the wreath, each building on the one before. I always thought this was fun even back when we just had wood-mount stamp sets. Now with the Photopolymer stamps, stamping this kind of a project is a breeze and a delight. If you haven't tried it, I highly recommend you try this bundle as you get into the last 5 weeks of Christmas projects!
I hope you have as much fun with your wreath projects as I'm having!
Indeed, I have still not recovered to my regular posting schedule. We're still in a bit of a stressful situation with the lava flow in our little town of Pahoa, Hawaii. By this time many of you have seen national news reports about what's happening. Actually, what's happening is happening VERY slowly! Sometimes that lava is on a roll and taking over lands and roads. Right now, it's just sitting around trying to decide what to do next. That's fine with me as it gives me a bit of time just to chill and do some paper crafting. And for that I am VERY thankful!
It turns out that "Thanks" is the theme for the current SU Only Challenge. Nice! I really do have quite a few people to thank for their help as we try to move away from the lava flow and become comfortable in a rental home several miles away from our own home. With the slow down, I don't have to go move stuff and I can make cards and even some scrapbook pages.
As I've mentioned before (somewhere, even if not here), I bought a ton of the Color Me Autumn Suite of products to make sets of cards to give as gifts on a trip we never did take. So I'd better start using some of it up! The current SUO Challenge has helped me with this. But I still had to come up with some design ideas. Going through magazines really helps with this!
I made this set of autumn themed Thank You notes based on a design idea that I found in the latest issue of Card Maker Magazine (Winter 2014). On page 47, there's a Note Stack using Washi Tape, and I immediately thought of the Color Me Autumn Designer Washi Tape, along with some of the other Color Me Autumn products.
The three designer Washi Tapes that I used on these cards are all from the Color Me Autumn Set. I loved trying to mimic the designs in the magazine with our Stampin' Up! Washi Tapes. I didn't have to try to find at least three of the punches that were used in the magazine's designs as they used Stampin' Up! Punches. The two current punches they used are the Scallop Oval and Modern Label Punches. The samples used the old Corner Rounder Punch, and I just substituted the Project Life Corner Rounder Punch. And then I added in some papers punched using the Decorative Label Punch. Both the color accent layers for each of the cards as well as the large punched elements on top of the Washi Tape designs were cut/punched from the Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper.
For the decorations on my cards, I used the Fun Fall Framelits Dies and the Autumn Wood Elements Embellishments. It wasn't in the samples from which I CASEd these cards, but I just had to add some of the Regals Candy Dots to give a bit of another accent to each card.
I think that I should have most of my household and crafting items moved from my permanent home to my temporary home – away from the lava flow – by next week. I really thought I was done, but I keep finding more to do. But I'll really try to be a bit more active on my blog as the fall of 2014 matches on! So check back occasionally – I may have a real surprise for you!
Here are links to some of the products I used in today's projects. Just click on one of the pictures to learn more about – and even order! – the products!