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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Season's Greetings Card

Winter Wonderland Simply Created set - red sled card
Sorry I've been missing from the blog for the past few weeks. I've been sick with a cold then a sinus infection, my kids have been sick and then I pulled a muscle in my back and have been having back spasms for a few days.  To say the least stamping was the last thing I could do.  It was mostly rest, hydrate and rest some more for me.  It's been challenging for me to take a break.  I have a "Type A" personality and always have something that needs to get done.  Guess my body knew that I needed some rest before the upcoming holidays.

To help make the transition back into stamping and paper crafting easier for me, I used the Watercolor Winter Simply Created kit so I wouldn't have to find my creative mojo right away.  This kit is amazing!  It's so much fun to watercolor the sled or some letters to make a word.  It makes you feel like an artist!  And putting it all together to create a beautiful card is so easy.  Stampin' Up! has already die cut everything for you so all you have to do is punch out the gold glimmer paper, the vellum snowflakes or holly leaves, the sled or letters after watercoloring them, and adhere them to your card base.  The best part...your card base and envelope are already printed with fake snow and/or lines for an address.  What could be better than quick and easy cards this time of year?
Sled card with matching envelope
Watercolor Winter Simply Created Kit - item #135869
This kit includes everything you need to create 20 cards and envelopes.  All you need to add is a greeting stamp, ink, adhesive and a very small bit of your time.  If you think these cards could only be for the holidays, think again.  My Club members were creating winter birthday, anniversary, and thinking of you cards with this kit as well.  So order your kit (or two) today and have fun creating some beautiful cards.  Bonus: this kit (Watercolor Winter Simply Created Kit - item #135869) is on sale right now for only $17.49.  A great value for $24.95 but even better with the Year-End Closeout Sale! 



Ingredients
Stamps:
    o   Four Seasons (retired)
Paper:
    o   Bermuda Bay card stock - precut for you
    o   Kraft-like card stock- precut and scored for your cardbase
    o   Vellum snowflake and Whisper White sled - precut for you
Ink:
    o   Cherry Cobbler
    o   Bermuda Bay
Tools and Accessories:
    o   Very Vanilla Baker's Twine - included in kit
    o   White Sequins - included in kit
    o   Gold Glimmer Paper - precut and included in kit
    o   Glue Dots (not included in kit)







Saturday, December 6, 2014

Birthday twofer!

This birthday card would be good for anyone in the office!

There are lots of birthdays in the office this week, so I'm stepping away from holiday cards and inking up a new stamp set. I used the same elements and colors on two different cards, with very different effects.

Shall I sing a song for the Big News set? I also used it earlier this week on a congrats card for someone who was moving to a new job. It's super for quick, simple cards that are completely on-trend. Love it!

The first card is above -- it's a remix of this sketch and includes matting, fussy cutting, and coloring. I chose the DSP to match the recipient's favorite shoes!

Here's the second:
This super CAS card shows off the Stampin' Up! Big News set

Super crisp, super CAS, same colors, no DSP, and inspired by a card in the idea catalog. (They both look a little duller here than in real life -- thank YOU, grey December day.)

Which do you prefer?

Ingredients

Paper

  • Crisp Canteloupe base, 1 1/4" x 4" plus scrap for die cutting
  • Sweet Sorbet DSP cut to 5 1/4" by 4" plus scrap (this paper is on the clearance rack right now. Go get it while you can!!)
  • Pistachio Pudding cut to 3 1/2" by 2 3/4" plus scrap
  • Whisper White cut to 3 1/4 x 2 1/2 plus scrap

Stamp sets

  • Big News
Ink

  • Crisp Canteloupe
  • Pistachio Pudding
  • So Saffron marker

Accessories: 

  • Circles framelits

Saturday, November 29, 2014

All is calm

DSP and the Snowflake Card thinlet used in a Stampin' Up! holiday card

I took a couple of days off during Thanksgiving week so that I could spend time making cards, napping, and rambling around the house. I love spending time at home -- I find peace just oozing through me.

Here's a peaceful card made by borrowing design elements from some of the All is Calm holiday DSP. I copied the monochromatic color scheme and the lacy design. Heat embossing cranks up the chic a touch, and a rhinestone adds sparkle.

Ingredients

Paper

  • Smoky Slate base plus scrap for die cutting
  • Whisper White cut to 5 1/4" by 4" plus scrap
  • All is Calm DSP cut to 5 1/8" by 3 7/8" 

Stamp sets

  • Letterpress Winter
Ink

  • Smoky Slate
  • Versamark

Accessories: 

  • White embossing powder 
  • Heat tool
  • Rhinestone 
  • Snowflake Card thinlits (rotate the die 90 degrees to cut a full snowflake)
  • Banner thinlets
  • Dimensionals

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Simple snowflakes

Stampin' Up! CAS card using Under the Tree DSP and the Snowflake Card thinlets

I fell in love with so many things out of the Stampin' Up! holiday occasions catalog this year! The Under The Tree specialty DSP speaks to my love of simplicity. I was inspired by the colors and pattern on this piece to make a super-clean and easy card. No stamping at all!

Ingredients

Paper

  • Crumb Cake base plus scrap for die cutting
  • Early Espresso cut to 5 1/4" by 4" 
  • Under The Tree DSP cut to 5 by 3 3/4" 
  • A snippet of Cherry Cobbler

Stamp sets

  • None!
Ink

  • None!

Accessories: 

  • Dimensionals (under the espresso layer)
  • Giant rhinestone (retired)
  • Snowflake card thinlits

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

hello and Enjoy! Gift Card Holders or Treat Bags

Since I participated in a Craft Fair at my daughter's preschool last week, I thought I would share this treat bag/gift card holder with you today.  I found this idea on Stampin' Up!'s blog and loved how bright and colorful it was and how simple they are to create.  In this season of gift giving, you may be looking for a quick and simple way to present your thoughtful gift.  This is one way to present those awesome gift cards everyone loves to receive!
Inside of Treat Bags - A card that you can add a handwritten note or stamp a sentiment on.
These treat bags/gift card holders are so simple to make.  Use Stampin' Up!'s Chevron or Polka Dot bags as the envelope or treat holder.  Add a banner in bright colors with a simple sentiment punched out with the 2 1/2" circle punch and layered on top of tea lace paper doilies.  If you want to add a little embellishment, add a little bit of ribbon behind the circle punch or layer two different ribbons on top of each other as I did above.  To adhere the banner to the chevron or polka dot envelope or bag, just attach with a mini clothespin.  For the inside, add a simple Whisper White layer to a bright card base punched out at the bottom with an edge border punch.  Quick, simple and easy way to present a thoughtful gift this holiday season.


Ingredients
Stamps:
       o   Four You
       o   Simply Celebrate (retired set)
Paper:
       o   4" x 5 ¼”  Whisper White card stock for card inside

       o   2" x 3 ¾”  Melon Mambo card stock for banner - used framelits to cut out banner

       o   4 ¼ x 6” Coastal Cabana card stock for card inside and scraps for punch

Ink:
       o   VersaMark ink pad
       o   White Embossing Powder
Tools and Accessories:
       o   Natural 5/8" Chevron Ribbon
       o   Melon Mambo 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon
       o   Glue Dots - to keep ribbons together
       o   2 ½" Circle Punch
       o   Scallop Edge Border Punch - I used the Scalloped Edge Border punch and a retired Edge Border Punch to  
           give some of the cards a feminine look as well.
       o   Banners Framelits
       o   Tea Lace Paper Doilies
       o   Mini Paper Clothespins from Tag A Bag Accessory Kit (retired) - I suggest using the mini metallic
           clothespins (1" long) or the natural clothespins from SU! that a big bigger (1 3/8" long)
       o   Stampin’ Dimensionals

Friday, November 14, 2014

Endless Wishes

Stampin UP Christmas card

Most areas of our country are experiencing a taste of real winter this week. Might as well cozy up to your craft table and get rolling on those Christmas cards! This is a great card to make in bulk: it only uses a half sheet of white card stock and a 1" strip of DSP. Add a few pieces of the Frosted Sequins- you get well over 400 in the $4.95 container, and you have a simple, inexpensive, and beautiful card!

Keep your eyes open for those mini vans dressed as Rudolph- holiday season is in our face, friends!

Ingredients

Stamps
  • Endless Wishes
Paper
  • Whisper White card stock, cut to 8 1/2" by 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/4", then trim off 1" from the edge.
  • All is Calm Specialty Designer Series Paper cut to 1" by 5 1/2"
Ink
  • Lost Lagoon
  • Smoky Slate
  • Soft Sky
Accessories
  • Frosted Sequins
  • Dimensionals



Wednesday, November 12, 2014

hello Fall! Wreath Card

hello Fall!  This card was CASEd from Pinterest, one of my favorite craft obsessions!  It allows me to get my creativity mojo back when I feel like it's been too long since I've had time to craft.  Kristi Gray did a great job creating this card.
I love how this Wondrous Wreath set allows for use during all seasons and not just for the upcoming holidays.  I used the Baby Wipe technique for the wreath which allowed all the beautiful colors of fall to come out.  If you've never used the Baby Wipe technique, it is so simple and really adds a "WOW" factor to your cards.  For the Baby Wipe technique, you need some ink refills, a baby wipe or hand wipe, card stock and a stamp.  Tip: don't use a line art stamp or you won't be able to see the different colors from your baby wipe on the image you stamped.  Also, place a paper plate under your baby wipe so you won't ruin your table or crafting space underneath.  Squeeze the ink refills in a circle pattern or a line pattern (whatever you look you are trying to achieve).  Just a drop or two will do and add the different ink refill colors in this pattern until your space is filled up.  Place your stamp on top of the baby wipe where you have left the ink refill drops and lift up.  Stamp onto a sheet of card stock and lift straight up when you are done.  It leaves quite the impression and "WOW" once the stamp is lifted off the card stock. 
Close up of the wreath....I love how realistic these fall colors look on this wreath!
For this card, I used the Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry ink refills on a baby wipe.  I place the drops of ink from lightest to darkest to make sure that I have all the colors on the baby wipe before I stamp.  Tip: If you are creating more than one card, be sure to clean off your stamp each time you use it or you will end up with a mess of colors all mixed up on your stamp.  After the wreath was stamped onto Very Vanilla card stock, I cut it out using the coordinating Framelits and adhered it to the card with dimensionals.  This card has a Very Vanilla layer embossed with the Woodgrain Embossing Folder on top of a Soft Suede layer and adhered to a Very Vanilla card base.  A banner was created at the bottom of the card using markers and the "hello FALL!" sentiment from the For All Things stamp set.  I cut it out using the Banner Framelits and adhered it with dimensionals.



Ingredients
·         Stamps:
o   For All Things
o   Wondrous Wreath 
·         Paper:
o   3 ¾” x 5”  Very Vanilla card stock and scraps for the wreath and banner
o   4" x 5 ¼ "  Soft Suede card stock
o   5 ½” x 8 ½” (scored at 4 ¼”) Very Vanilla card stock
·         Ink:
o   Daffodil Delight ink refill
o   Pumpkin Pie ink refill
o   Old Olive ink refill
o   Rich Razzleberry or Blackberry Bliss ink refill and marker
o   Early Espresso marker
·         Tools and Accessories:
o   Blackberry Bliss 3/8” Stitched Satin Ribbon (this ribbon color seems to match the Rich Razzleberry in the wreath)
o   Banners Framelits
o   Woodgrain Embossing Folder
o   Wonderful Wreath Framelits
o   Stampin’ Dimensionals

 
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