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As you probably know by now, I try on occasion to CASE (Copy And Share with Everyone) projects from the Stampin' Up! Demonstrator's magazine, Stampin' Success. This week, I chose a project that included heat embossing on a Stampin' Up! Foil Sheet. As happens frequently, I didn't care for some of the elements on the project in the magazine. That's not a problem because the articles and samples in the magazine encourage us to try new things, not just to copy their projects exactly.
Hmmm, that card sure got photographed at an odd angle! But there's a reason for that. Not every angle allowed me to take a picture that really showed off the fact that the embossed shape was from a Gold Foil Sheet. And it turned out beautifully, if I say so myself! The stamp that I used for the ornament is Ornament Keepsakes, a stamp set that's not in the Stampin' Up! catalog, but is available for purchase. Then I punched it out using the Holiday Ornaments Framelits Dies (also available for purchase, but not in the catalog). I stamped the ornament on the foil using Versamark ink and Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Emboss Powder.
I also used the Gold Foil sheet to cut out the word, "Merry," from one of the dies in the Expressions Thinlits Dies set. I can't believe I've owned this set for over a month and this is the first time I used it. But I'll be using it again, I'm sure. I applied this to the card base using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.
The card base is one of the Cut and Ready Card Bases in Whisper White. There's actually a layer on the top part of the card. I first cut the bottom of the top layer using one of the Finishing Touches Framelits. Then I embossed the layer with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder. Note that it's best to make this layer in that order – first the framelit then the embossing folder because the pressure of the Sizzix Big Shot may flatter your embossing Polka Dots during the cutting process. I discovered this through personal experience! After I got that layer all done to my liking and adhered to the card base, I used Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere the ornament to the card. For the topmost and bottommost parts of the ornament, I cut one Stampin' Dimensional in half to make sure that they did not curl up after I'd adhered the ornament to the card.
I really had fun making this card using so many Stampin' Up! products, both new and not-so-new. I hope whatever you try using something new will be as much fun for you as it was for me today! If you're interested in any of the products I used, just head over to my Stampin' Up! website and start shopping!
Today is the day for the biweekly Stampin' Up! Only Challenge at SUO Challenges.com. The theme for this challenge is to make something for Christmas that is "non-traditional." So a card with red and green Christmas ornaments was probably not the way to go. Great for me because, even though I've not yet made as many Christmas cards as I had done this time last year, I'm still becoming a bit weary of Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive! Coincidentally, the online Stampin' Up! Demonstrators group, Late Night Stampers, also has a challenge to make a card with anything but red or green. I'm not the only one tired of the color combo!
When I was a child, one of our traditions was to make Gingerbread Cookies and ice them to hang on our Christmas Tree. I don't think they were edible with the special recipe we used. And maybe we even used paint instead of icing – which may be why they lasted for the trip from the kitchen into the living room!
So a Gingerbread Cookie was the first thing that came to my mind. It didn't take too long for me to figure out that the Festive Flurry Stamp Set and the Festive Flurry Framelits Dies would be perfect for this. So I stamped the third largest Snowflake using Versamark on Chocolate Chip Cardstock, embossed it with White Stampin' Emboss Powder, and die cut it with the matching Framelit. I wanted it really to look like a cookie, and I couldn't make it look just like I wanted simply by using Stampin' Dimensionals. I found some lightweight cardboard and punched 4 of the snowflakes out with the framelit. I had to do each individually because the framelits are not that deep and cut only one layer at a time something this thick.
Once I had them all cut, I glued all of the cardboard pieces together and then used my Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write Marker to color the edges of the "cookie." Finally, I glued the stamped and embossed layer to the cardboard layers. Now I really had a cookie!
With Chocolate Chip as my first "non-traditional" color for this card, I needed something else. A Crumb Cake background nicely accented the darker brown of the cookie. But I still wanted something other than the neutral colors AND I wanted a color that had some matching ribbon that would go well with this card. Primrose Petals fit the bill nicely, with it's pretty Stitched Satin Ribbon.
Now about the sentiment layer. The five lines that I used for this card are the last lines of one of the stamps in the More Merry Messages Stamp Set. That set is not in the current catalog, but it's still available to purchase if you'd like. If you'd like to check out all the other fun stamps in this set, just click here.
To make the small Primrose Petals mat, I first cut the Whisper White Cardstock stamped image using the smallest of the Labels Collection Framelits. Then I traced the negative image onto a piece of Primrose Petals Cardstock and hand-cut the shape just outside of the line that I'd drawn. I flipped the cardstock over and that became the mat.
The final set of pieces in this card are the three little ornaments "hanging" from the same ribbon as the cookie shape. I punched these with the ornament shape from the Merry Minis Punch Pack, another product that's not in the current catalog, but is still available for purchase.
Do you have some ideas for a "non-traditional" Christmas project? If so, be sure to enter it in the SUO Challenge!
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Just after I posted about the Diagonal Double Pocket Card earlier in the week, I decided to make a few more to see just how quick and easy it was to make them. Today's card is one that I made in just 10 minutes!
The first thing that made this so easy was that I'd just finished a couple of the folds such as the one on the front of this card. So I didn't have to review my instructions (see, practice makes perfect – or somewhat close to it!). The second thing was that I did not have to pull out a sheet of Cherry Cobbler Cardstock to cut into a card shape because I used one of Stampin' Up!'s new precut and prescored card bases – just in time for the Christmas rush! Cutting the piece of Old Olive Cardstock was pretty easy, too, as I always seem to have some 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" rectangles in all of my color files – just needed to trim it up a bit. The only part that took a bit of time was stamping and cutting the greeting and the mat behind it. But even that wasn't too bad.
Oh, and the ornaments that I put into the two pockets of this card – simple, simple, simple with the Holiday Ornaments Framelits. I didn't add any texturizing – just cut 4 of the ornaments and sandwiched in a couple of strips of Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon. I did stamp the ornament centers – using Old Olive Classic Ink – and then cut them with another shape from the Holiday Ornaments Framelits. OK – it made it extra easy that I had those all out on my work table from another recent project. So perhaps if you're better than I am at putting things away when you're finished with them, it might have taken you a bit longer to go fetch the framelits and stamps!
The whole card project is a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" A2 sized card, so you don't even have to make an envelope – you've probably got a bunch of those standard sized envelopes in your stash.
And as for the pattern for this project – I have a new tutorial that just went out in my newsletter this week, along with the measurements for this card and two others. All you have to do is to sign up for my newsletter – the tutorial is free! So just look up towards the left of this page, find the sign up form, and click, "Submit." I'll be resending my newsletter on Tuesday to those who have signed up since I sent it out last Wednesday. The next re-send will be on the following Tuesday. So don't wait!
Now off to make my project for the next Stampin' Up! Only Challenge – one more thing that's coming up on Tuesday!
One of my friends here in Hawaii had a significant birthday this weekend, and of course I had to make her a special one-of-a-kind card. It didn't take me long to decide that, as she is a retired English Professor, I should give her a design that featured at least one bookmark.
In looking around at various designs, I decided to make a Double Pocket Card with a bookmark in each pocket.
It's very refreshing this time of the year to have an excuse to get away from the holiday papers and stamp sets! So I went just about as far away as I could and picked the Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper set for my papers and Apothecary Art for my Stamp Set. And away I went!
Up until this year, I felt trapped into one of two versions of the Double Pocket Card because of the envelopes that were available to me in which I could send such cards. But now that we have the Envelope Punch Board, I can make an envelope to fit just about any mailable size of greeting card. With the size I made, I could fit in two bookmarks so that both could easily be seen, and so that both are a nice height for a bookmark. And then I can actually mount the Double Pocket Card onto a larger size greeting card so that I have a place for a hand-written (or even stamped) sentiment inside.
The Double Pocket part of this whole project is made from a 12" x 8" piece of Designer Series Paper, folded to make a 6" high x 4" wide set of pockets. I mounted it onto a 6-1/4" h x 4-1/4" w piece of Daffodil Delight Card Stock which I cut out using the Small Scallop Rotary Blade on my Stampin' Trimmer set with the Rotary Arm. Now that I've tried out that Rotary arm on the Stampin' Trimmer, I've ordered a second Trimmer for my craft room so I can keep the rotary blades on one and the regular trimmer on the other.
But enough of that and more about the card. The card base is a card made of a piece of Melon Mambo Card Stock cut 6-1/2" x 9", folded to make a 6-1/2" h x 4-1/2" w greeting card, folded on the left side. For the stamped pieces – the stamps from the Flower Shop Stamp Set and Apothecary Art – I used Island Indigo, Melon Mambo, and Daffodil Delight Classic Ink. I cut the large image on the front with one of the framelits from the Labels Collection Framelits, and then trimmed the stamped area down to just outside the stamped border. I cut some Daffodil Delight Card Stock using the same framelit, and that provided a lovely mat for the stamped piece. I used one other color a bit – Pear Pizzazz for the leaves in the stamped flower arrangements.
I punched the two flowers on the top of the 1-1/2" x 5-1/4" bookmarks with the Pansy Punch, and added a small element in the center of each flower punched with the Boho Blossoms Punch, and added in some Candy Dots to complement the three that I put on the main stamped image.
Now for the Double Pocket Card fold itself. I've written a brand new tutorial for this, with brand new photographs using products from the 2013 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog, and I'll be including it in my next newsletter which will be published Tuesday evening my time (for most of you, it will be Wednesday morning). So sign up now and you'll be among the first to get this new Tutorial! I'm sure you'll have fun with it!
Has it been 5 days since I last posted here? Oh, my! But I've been very busy with two big projects I was designing for others. One project was for a class that I presented to a local group, and they loved it (at least that's what I heard)! It's based on a Crazy Quilt idea I presented here a few weeks ago. I'll be sharing the tutorial with those who are signed up for my newsletter – and my November newsletter will be coming out soon! The other project was for the Create with Connie and Mary 2013 Winter Collection, and only those subscribed to this collection will be able to get the tutorial. It's not too late to subscribe! I've loved all the projects so far and they'll all be fabulous for Christmas, which is still six and a half weeks away – plenty of time to do those projects!
But now I'm back to my regular fun crafting, and I did two projects yesterday, one of which I'm sharing with you today.
I loved this poinsettia stamp from the Stampin' Up! Stamp Set, Joyful Christmas, since I first saw it. Of course I ordered it back when I could first order from the Stampin' Up! 2013 Holiday Catalog – and I've never used it until today! Now that's sad. But now it's in use and I'm sure I'll be doing a lot more with it.
Another Stampin' Up! product that I haven't used is the Gold Foil, which is in the same catalog as the stamp set. Once I had those out, the idea to emboss the poinsettia was not far behind. Actually, I've had that idea all along – I first saw this embossed in Gold on page 10 of the Holiday Catalog and I've seen lots of gorgeous poinsettia projects done in gold since.
I did my poinsettia a bit differently than the project in the catalog. For that project, the artist stamped and embossed the flower on Cherry Cobbler cardstock. I stamped and embossed mine on Whisper White Cardstock and then colored it in with a Real Red Stampin' Write Marker. But if you look closely you'll see that I didn't color in the whole flower in red. I have poinsettias in my garden and I can see through the flowers where their stems attach to the base branch. So I colored the very center spaces with an Old Olive Stampin' Write Marker. Then, when I adhered the flower to the Old Olive Cardstock, there is the impression of seeing through the flower stems!
I colored the "berries" in the center of the flower using a Crushed Curry Stampin' Write Marker. Then for a bit more definition, I added several Crushed Curry Candy Dots. I love that I don't have to use full brads any more to get the texture of these little circles!
Of course, the Petals-a-Plenty Embossing Folder is perfect for this project as the flowers in that folder are little poinsettias!
I cut both the Old Olive Cardstock and the Gold Foil with dies from the Deco Labels Framelits collection. The poinsettia I cut by hand (I'm getting better and better at that with practice!).
The Gold Foil is very light and, at least in the humidity of the Hawaiian Rain Forest (where I live) curls up almost as soon as it's out of its package. So I adhered that layer with SNAIL Adhesive all around the edge, not just in spots as I do with some layers. I adhered the Old Olive cardstock to the foil with some strips of Sticky Strip Adhesive as I've had a bit of difficulty getting SNAIL to adhere to the foil for any length of time. I added the poinsettia to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals, and adhered the whole design to card made with Real Red Cardstock.
And that's my first project for the weekend! Today's another busy day with lots of Sunday activities, but I'm sure I'll be getting another project done before the day is over, and I'll share that with you later in the week, too!
It's going to be so much fun just working on my own projects with no deadlines for awhile!
This week's challenge on the SUO Challenges Blog has been one of my favorites. As soon as I started working on this project, I knew what mine was going to be. I just love the little, "You Made my Day!" stamp in this year's Stampin' Up! Stamp Set, Best of Greetings.
When we decided on this for a theme at SUO Challenges, I was equally sure that I would be in the mood for a fun Christmas greeting. After all, Christmas is next month! But now that the time is here, I find that I'm just a wee bit tired of Christmas because I'm working on two big projects that involve Christmas. So, for a short time at least, I needed a break from Christmas. So not only am I using a non-holiday greeting in my card, I'm not even close to using Christmas colors! In no stretch of my imagination do I see Tangering Tango and Pear Pizzazz as Christmas colors!
I'm always in need of some kind of "Thank You" note. I love the "You Made my Day" stamp because it's perfect for a card to send quickly to someone who has done something to make me smile. I have a customer I hadn't heard from in a while call to chat and ask for information about current Stampin' Up! products. Sharon made me smile and I had just the card to send her with some flyers I put in the mail that afternoon. She made me smile and this stamp makes me smile just thinking about her calling!
Flowers seem to go well with this kind of a happy Thank You note, too. I made a quick scan of the stamp sets on my shelf and picked out the Stamp Set, Too Kind. You know from another recent SUO Challenge post that my favorite technique is Two-Step Stampin, and Too Kind is a Two-Step Stamp Set – perfect. Two "favorites" in one card!! In this set, the two stems are part of one stamp. I first stamped that on my Naturals Ivory cardstock. Then I stamped the bottom layer of each flower with Tangerine Tango Classic Ink that I'd stamped off once on scratch paper – so it's lighter than the full Tangerine Tango ink that I used for the stamp that's the top layer of the flower images.
And of course flowers need to be tied into a bouquet! So I cut a piece of Pear Pizzazz 3/4" Chevron Ribbon to wrap around the card with the tie arranged just over the stems of the flowers.
For the greeting, I first stamped it in Tangerine Tango (full strength!), then cut it with a small framelit from the Ovals Collection Framelits. For the Pear Pizzazz cardstock mat, I traced around the outside of the same Framelit shape and cut it out by hand. Then I adhered the stamped oval to the mat and adhered it to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals that I placed on the top and bottom so that the oval element straddled the Chevron Ribbon. Finally, I adhered all the layers – the stamped layer, then some Pear Pizzazz cardstock and a piece from the Designer Series Paper Set, Sweater Weather, before putting the whole card front onto a base card of Naturals Ivory.
As I was getting ready to call the card, "Done," I decided there was just a bit too much white space in the upper right section of the card front. I tried a few different ideas, and finally settled on some Tangerine Tango Candy Dots. And just for good measure, I added two Pear Pizzazz Candy Dots to accent the greeting. Here's a little technique hint: To get the Candy Dots just where you want them to make them even, as up in the right corner, I use a shape from a Paper-Piercing Pack and a sharp pencil to mark where I want the dots to go. In this case, I used a square from the Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack.
Now I could call it, "Done"! And I think I got enough of the non-holiday stuff out of my system that I'm ready to go back to a bit more of the festive Stampin' Up! products! Now that I've had a break, I'm sure I'll have fun with it!
This week with the Create with Connie and Mary Winter Collection the challenge is (finally!) a color challenge. I LOOOOOVE color challenges! (Have I mentioned this before? I'm sure I have!)
To top off the fact that there was a color challenge, it comes just as November begins and I really start thinking about Christmas cards. And my favorite colors (as of this week) are the challenge colors, Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive. Of course in a challenge, Connie and Mary feel they have to add in a third color (OK, I understand that's a typical challenge; but I could do something just with Cherry and Olive!). The third color is Crumb Cake (formerly – like a long time ago in the Stampin' Up! world - "Kraft").
But Crumb Cake does make a really nice accent for these two favorite colors, so I gave it its time in the sun!
My favorite part of this card was breaking out the banner shape from the Sizzix Hearts a Flutter Framelits set. And the best part about this was that I was able to find a stamp in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog as well as in one of Stampin' Up!'s newest stamp sets, the Christmas Tagables Photopolymer Stamp Set, that both used the banner framelit! The Holiday Catalog set is a Hostess Set, Perfectly You, and that's the one that's on both the left and right "hanging" from the piece of Old Olive 1/8" Satin Ribbon. The stamp from the Christmas Tagables set is in the midde.
To provide a bit of extra color in the banners, I stamped all of them in both Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler, and then cut out some of the text in each stamped image to adhere to the others. The shapes have such nice clean edges that it didn't seem necessary to use markers to color them before stamping. I did, though, use my Stampin' Write Markers to color in the ornaments on the Perfectly You stamps. And, yes, I did use Crumb Cake as one of the colors in the ornaments!
As you might imagine, I fretted a bit over what I might include as the horizontal element under the banner. But once I realized that there was a enough color and shape "interest" in the banner, I decided just to add two horizontal score lines and some more of the Old Olive 1/8" Ribbon to complement the ribbon in the banner. I tied all three bows individually from short strips of ribbon and adhered them in place with Mini Glue Dots.
There's one feature of this card with which I have finally felt comfortable – and that's making the bows (as those in the two upper corners) sit above and to the left and right of the card's edges. The reason for this is that I now can make envelopes – using the Stampin' Up! Envelope Punch Board – that are just slightly wider and taller than a standard card that would usually fit in an A2 envelope! So I'm not going to have to bend and squeeze those bows that have sneaked up and out of the main card shape to get them into an envelope!
So many fun and new products in today's card! And I have one more Christmas card done. Woo-hoo! I may actually (finally!) be on a roll, Christmas-wise! I hope you're getting there, too. One way to get there more quickly, of course, is to subscribe to the Create with Connie and Mary Winter Collection! Fabulous ideas there, and I'll be using some of them in my own cards this year for sure!
But no matter what you're doing to make your Christmas – or other holiday – cards, I certainly do hope you're having fun with ti!
After I presented a September class focused on making some cards that mimicked some pieced quilt designs, I decided to try to try some cards with a different take on paper piecing. I'm still not just where I want to be in understanding how to get the effect that I want. But I finally am feeling that I'm almost there – maybe just one more try before I'm at the point where I can actually write a tutorial and present a class. Yay!
For my latest try at my idea, I used the Stampin' Up! Ovals Collection Sizzix Framelits. Using the Ovals was an idea I got yesterday by participating in an online chat that challenged us to use circles or ovals on a card. And here I had been focusing my ideas on trying to use squares or rectangles. What a great idea to get away from the straight lines in favor of a few curves!
Since Halloween is this week, I chose the Halloween paper set, Witches Brew DSP. The colors in the four sheets of paper that I used are Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Summer Starfruit and Very Vanilla. For the background, I focused on the Black, Pumpkin and Vanilla colors. I think that the Starfruit color is a nice accent for the center of the card; but no matter how I tried to use it, it detracted from the rest of the background.
As you might imagine from the layout, this card is wider than a standard card. In fact, the card is 5-1/2" square, making the top layer on which I placed the oval 5" square. This is just a bit too wide for the Square Lattice Embossing Folder that I wanted to use to cover the whole layer. I was going to try to overlap the textured pattern, but then tried just embossing the center of the layer to see what would happen. What happened is that I ended up with a nice border on the left and right, just perfect for adding a bit of a Pumpkin Pie 1/8" Satin Ribbon accent. I also used a small piece of the same ribbon on the Basic Black Button in the center of the small oval.
To finish off the card with a greeting, I used one of the stamps from the set, Best of Halloween, stamped in Black on Vanilla and punched with the Modern Label Punch.
As you may have noticed, I used my Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker to outline all of the cut lines in the oval element. I'm not sure I like that effect and hope to get some feedback from some of my stamping friends about it. Just one more little thing to decided before I write that tutorial!
For now, though, I have at least one more Halloween Card I want to make – and not many days left to get it done so I can give it to one of my friends! I've had quite a bit of fun with the Halloween cards this year, and hope you are having fun with whatever you're doing, too!
Today is the day that we return from our loooong trip to visit friends and family on the United States Mainland. And it's also the day for the Stampin' Up! Only Challenges biweekly challenge. This time the theme is, "Harvest Time." Usually I don't see too much of Harvest Time scenery where I live in Hawaii. But believe me, I saw a lot of it everywhere we went on the mainland!
For the first time in a long time, this is a card that I have not copied from myself or anyone else! It started out to be a card without any layers other than the card base itself. But I think I'm constitutionally incapable of making such a card! OK, I've made one or two. But it's been hard. It was downright impossible for me this time around! In fact, the only elements that remain from my original idea is the Pear Pizzazz Sponged Background, and the wheat image from the Truly Grateful Stamp Set. I won't even go into what I originally planned because I'd have to preface it with, "What was I thinking?"
The other stamped image – the one that covers the Burlap Ribbon – is from another Stamp Set, Harvest of Thanks.
My main image color for this project is one I haven't used for awhile – Chocolate Chip. I tried other browns, but this one worked the best with the design I ended up with. I stamped the main image three times and cut pieces from two of the layers to adhere to the background layer. The background layer itself is Chocolate Chip. Another layer was Cajun Craze, from which I cut the "Harvest" image and the small oval image at the bottom. For the corn, I used my Pear Pizzazz, Cajun Craze, and Crushed Curry Stampin' Write Markers to color on the rubber of the stamp using Blender Pens.
When I decided I wanted to have a layer of the Burlap Ribbon, I also decided to cut it with the same Apothecary Accents Framelit that I used for the main stamped image. As I wanted the Burlap Ribbon to be longer, I first folded it in half and placed the fold of the ribbon at a point beyond the half-way point of the framelit shape. When I finished cutting, I unfolded the ribbon and there it was – just a bit longer than the paper layer!
The wheat images have a raffia bow built into their design. I liked that but wanted it to stand out a bit more. So I cut some lengths of Linen Thread and tied two bows – each with two pieces of thread – and adhered them to the wheat images with Mini Glue Dots.
Finally I wanted a bit of texture. By this time, I'd already put the whole card together, so I was limited in what I could do. I chose simply to make two embossed lines on either side of the design using the Stampin' Up! Simply Scored Tool. It worked like a charm even with all that "stuff" on the front of the card!
So – it's Harvest Time, and I'll bet you're already thinking about making some Harvest season cards. If so, why don't you finish them up this week or next and enter them in the SUO Challenge Blog! Just post your card online somewhere and click here to enter!