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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Big balloon birthday

Birthday card that uses Stampin' Up! Celebrate Today


Here's a birthday card that's headed to one of my favorite nephews. He's a bubbly guy, so I wanted a bright and joyful card that matched his big smile. So happy!

My color inspiration came from the in-color accessory kit that came in the mail this week as a Sale-A-Bration reward. It has buttons and yarn that match each of the latest in-colors. Here, I picked out Tangelo Twist and Hello Honey. I wanted some matching DSP, but I didn't have any, so I made my own background paper by stamping the dot pattern from this stamp set in two colors. Festive, right?

Throw in a little more stamping, some die cutting and boom! A cute card that makes me smile as I send it.

Stamp sets

  • Celebrate Today (2015 Occasions catalog)

Paper 

  • Tangelo Twist base
  • Hello Honey cut to 5 1/4" by 4"
  • Whisper White, stamped all over and then cut to 5" by 3 3/4", plus scrap for die cutting

Ink

  • Tangelo Twist 
  • Hello Honey

Tools and accessories

  • Balloon framelits
  • Bitty Banners framelits
  • In-color twine

Saturday, March 21, 2015

No one else could fill your shoes!

Masculine CAS card with Guy Greetings

This card is a quick one -- I wanted to get something in the mail for my husband's grandfather, who was recently admitted to a Veterans' care facility. Pop-pop can tell some amazing stories, and I'm hoping he'll find some folks there to swap with. These shoes, from the Guy Greetings set, look JUST LIKE the ones he wears!

Stamp sets

  • Guy Greetings (2015 Occasions catalog)

Paper 

  • Naturals Ivory base and scrap for punching

Ink

  • Early Espresso

Tools and accessories

  • Watercolor Wonder washi tape
  • 1 3/4" circle punch
  • Sponge dauber
  • Dimensionals

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Butterflies Thinlits Card

Butterflies Thinlits Card
Close up of butterfly card
Need a quick Spring or Easter card?  All you need is some card stock, DSP, a stamp set and the Butterflies Thinlits die.  The Butterflies Thinlits die makes it so easy to create a beautiful card in no time at all using this simple die.  For this card, I made my card base a square card (5 ¼” x 10 ½” - scored at 5 ¼”).  First, I stamped my greeting in either Tangerine Tango or Night of Navy depending on the card you are looking at below.  Then, I cut out the largest butterfly using the Butterflies Thinlits die.  I placed the thinlits die near the top of my card so I had room for my greeting to show.  Tip for making the butterfly easier to pop out of the die: place 4 dryer sheets folded in half between the thinlits dies and the card stock.  This will allow your butterfly to easily come out of the die without having to use your paper piercer.  If you don't have dryer sheets, just poke out the card stock using your Paper Piercing Tool.   Next step, add the Whisper White layer and DSP layer with Stampin' Dimensionals to the card base.  Finally, add the cut out butterfly using glue dots in the middle of it's body and pop up the wings with your fingers.  Done!  Quick, easy and gorgeous in just a few minutes.
Happy Easter Card
Close up of Easter card
Ingredients: 
  • Stamps
    • Delightful Dozen set for "happy easter" greeting
    • Simply Wonderful (SAB) set for "You're Simply Wonderful" greeting
  • Paper
    • Bermuda Bay or Night of Navy – 5 ¼” x 10 ½” (scored at 5 ¼”)
    • Birthday Bash Specialty DSP –5" x 5"
    • Whisper White – 4 7/8” x 4 7/8
  • Ink
    • Bermuda Bay
    • Night of Navy
  •  Accessories
    • Butterflies Thinlits Dies
    • Paper Piercing Tool
    • Dryer Sheets
    • Glue Dots
    • Stampin' Dimensionals

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Birthday bear bears boxes and bows

Cheerful Critters birthday card from Pink Paper Bakery

I'm not usually drawn to cartoony stamp sets -- but this one, from the spring Occasions catalog, kept calling to me. "It's ... soooo ... FLUFFY!"

Today's card pulls the bear from the set (there's also a bunny and a chick) and pairs him with a stack of stamped squares to make him the bearer of gifts for my nephew. I had fun coloring his sweater (is it coloring if you're just drawing lines between the lines?) and his nose with markers to match the DSP.

This card also bears up (heh heh) to my promise to use up some of my DSP stash! Hope you think it's as cute as I do!

Stamp sets

  • Cheerful Critters (2015 Occasions catalog)
  • Playful Pieces (Retired -- the boxes and bow)

Paper 

  • Island Indigo base
  • Tango Tangerine cut to 4" x 5 1/4," plus 1 3/4" x 5 1/4"
  • Sycamore Street DSP (retired) cut to 3 3/4" x 5"
  • Whisper White scrap for the bear and boxes

Ink

  • Staz-on Black
  • Rich Razzleberry
  • Pool Party

Tools and accessories

  • Stampin' Write markers in Rich Razzleberry, Pool Party, Island Indigo, Tango Tangerine, and Sahara Sand
  • Dimensionals

Friday, March 6, 2015

Big Day Chalkboard Style

birthday card, stampinUP Big Day

The chalkboard look still seems to be going strong, especially in the world of card making. Stampin'UP! has a new Chalkboard Paper and Chalk Ink that are really amazing. I'm always the skeptic. I'm thinking, " I already have plenty of black card stock and my white craft ink pad can totally pull of the chalkboard look just fine." But then, it's Sale-A-Bration time, so I'm putting my order in and just $10 more would get me to another free product. This leads to the thought, "might as well try out the new Chalkboard Paper and Chalk Ink, because it looks great on page 13 in the SAB catalog with the Big Day Stamp Set that I'm going to get for FREE!"

As soon as I had a chance to use these two products together, I was a skeptic no more! The next card is made using my old chalkboard technique of white craft ink on black card stock. It's not as obvious in my photos as it is in person, but the Chalk Ink on the Chalkboard Paper is so much more crisp and vibrant. What do you think?




Ingredients

Stamps

  • Big Day (Sale-A-Bration 2015)
Paper
  • Coastal Cabana card base
  • Whisper White cut to 5 1/4" x 1 3/4"
  • Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper (Sale-A-Bration 2015) 4 3/4" x 3/4"
  • Chalkboard Paper 5" x 2"
  • Best Year Ever DSP scraps
Ink
  • Rose Coral Colorbox Chalk Ink Pad
Accessories and Tools
  • Rhinestones (colored with black sharpie)
  • Banner Punch
  • Dimensionals

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Celebrate Today Shaker Card

Today's card idea comes from Jen Arkfeld's Stamped Silly YouTube page.  I loved how simple and easy her video instructions were to duplicate.  I haven't done a lot of shaker cards before for fear of creating a disaster in my stamp room with sequins falling everywhere.  Well, I got over that when a demo friend of mine did an adorable Easter shaker card.  So I went to YouTube to find a shaker card that I would enjoy duplicating and creating with my Club members.  Jen Arkfeld gives a different technique for creating shaker cards using Fun Foam.  I shared this technique with my Club members but I also showed them how to do a shaker card using Stampin' Up!'s Shaker Foam.  To be sure I was able to show my Club members how to duplicate this card, I had my 6-year old daughter create a shaker card along side of me.  She did all the stamping, cutting, and putting together all the layers herself.  I think she did a fabulous job for a 6-year old!
Shaker Card with 2 bows
How To Make a Shaker Card Using Stampin' Up!'s Shaker Foam:
  1. Cut your card base as you normally would in Crisp Cantaloupe or Coastal Cabana in these pictures.
  2. Cut a top layer out of Whisper White or other color if you prefer.  I usually cut my top layer at 4" x 5 1/4".
  3. Cut out your balloon using your Big Shot and the Balloon Framelits.  Be sure to put your balloon framelit toward the top center but not too close that you can't adhere your card layer to the card base.
  4. Stamp the balloon tail in the same color as your card base using the Celebrate Today stamp set.
  5. Stamp on a  3” x 3 ¼” piece of Window Sheet using Staz On White ink.  Tip: I think it is easier to attach the Window Sheet to the back of your Whisper White layer and stamping inside the balloon.  This allows you to center your wording inside the center of the balloon.  Let the stamped wording dry for a few minutes.
  6. Adhere another 3” x 3 ¼” piece of Window Sheet to your card base where your balloon will fall on your card.
  7. Cut and add the Shaker Foam to the Window Sheet on the outside of where your balloon will fall on your card.  Tip: Use a pencil or pen to make marks on your Window Sheet or card base where the outlines of your balloon will be.  This way you will not be able to see the Shaker Foam once you adhere your Whisper White layer.
  8. Add sequins of any color or type to the Window Sheet inside the Shaker Foam area.  I used the In Color Sequins for my card and my daughter used the retired snowflake/silver sequins from the 2014 Holiday Catalog.  Tip: Jen Arkfeld gives a great tip on how to make it look like your sequins don't fall to the bottom of your shaker.  You glue a few sequins on randomly before adding your sequins to the shaker foam area.  Give her video a look to get the full effect.
  9. Remove the adhesive from the Shaker Foam and add dimensionals to your Whisper White layer in the four corners and near the middle of your card under the balloon.  Add the Whisper White layer to the Shaker Foam adhesive and your card base to complete your card.
  10. Jen Arkfeld had a great idea of adding a bow using Stampin' Up!'s Bow Builder Punch.  I did this with my Club members and even added two bows to one of my shaker cards.  They absolutely loved how their cards turned out!  So give it a try.  I promise it is a lot easier than you think.
My daughter made this card.  You can see a bit of the shaker foam but she did a good job.
Ingredients: 
  • Stamps
    • Celebrate Today
  • Paper
    • Coastal Cabana or Crisp Cantaloupe – 4 ¼” x 11” (scored at 5 ½”)
    • Whisper White – 4” x 5 ¼
    • Window Sheets – 3” x 3 ¼”
    • Irresistibly Yours Speciality DSP (SAB) – scraps to punch out the pieces for the bow
  • Ink
    • Coastal Cabana
    • Crisp Cantaloupe
  •  Accessories
    • Balloon Framelits
    • Shaker Foam
    • In Color Sequins
    • Glue Dots
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