Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Glittery Pocket Card

I needed some special cards for some special people, and decided to make a pocket card for them.  I went with an outdoorsy feel but thought it needed some blinging up!

This is the card with the greeting inserted into the envelope.  The stamp set is Ornamental Pines.  I know it's retired, but I never got around to using it last year so I decided to use it this year!

And this is the card showing both pieces. 

I made the pine needles using the dryer sheet method.  (See below).  I stamped the pinecones and then glittered them up.  I cut them out using one of Dave the Die Guy's dies that coordinate with the stamps set perfectly.

Ink: Mossy Meadow (pine needles and greeting), Chocolate Chip (pine cones)
Stamp Set: Ornamental Pine

To make the envelope, I started with a piece of 4 1/4 x 11 paper and scored it at 5 1/2.  After I folded it, I made a light tick mark on the bottom right edge 1 1/4" from the bottom.  I lined that tick mark up with the top corner on my cutter and made the diagonal cut.  I did the same thing for the other layers but decreased each piece by 1/4 (horizontal and vertical as well as for the tick mark).

For the dryer sheet method, I stamped the pine needles and then sprayed it with a spray adhesive.  I covered it with a used dryer sheet and then applied a bit more spray adhesive.  I sprinkled the Dazzling Diamonds on it, pressed it in really well and that was it!

For the pine cones, I stamped the pine cones, sprayed with some spray adhesive and sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds on them.  I cut them out with dies made by Dave the Die Guy.

I made these assembly line style and that made the process go pretty quickly.  

So, what do you think?

Monday, December 21, 2015

One Design; Three Cards!

It's that time of year when we're all feeling "the crunch", and I'm right there in that boat!  Since I needed some thank you cards for some Christmas presents and some Christmas and Seasons Greetings cards, I decided on one simple design and went to town making them, changing up a few things and crossing it off my to-do list!

The base of all of these cards was made the same:
 - the card front was embossed using the Northern Flurry embossing folder;
 - the mittens were punched out using the Mitten Builder punch;
 - the mittens (except for the cuffs) were embossed using the Lattice embossing folder.

To make the mittens, I punched out the mitten and ran it through the embossing folder; then I punched out just the top of the mitten in a coordinating color, trimmed it up to the cuff and glued it on.  Then I added a tiny pearl for a bit of pizzazz.  I used some coordinating brads and floss I had to "hang" them.

Thank You Card:
Cardstock:  Real Red, Pear Pizzazz, Very Vanilla
Stamp Set:  Itty Bitty Banners
Framelit Set: Bitty Banners
Ink:  Real Red

Merry Christmas Card:
Cardstock:  Real Red, Pear Pizzazz, Very Vanilla
Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Punches:  Word Window; Modern Window
Ink: Real Red

Season's Greetings Card:
Cardstock:  Wisteria Wonder, Pool Party, Very Vanilla
Stamp Set: Happy Scenes
Punches:  Word Window, Modern Window
Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Pool Party (to sponge the edge of the tag)

I hope that you can find a design that is easily adaptable to use for different purposes!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

December Bloggin' Friends Blog Hop!

Welcome to the December Blogging Friends Blog Hop!  This month's theme is Winter/Christmas.  I'm sure you'll find loads of inspiration as you travel from blog to blog.  The talent is amazing, so please play along with us!

Since I had to make Christmas cards, I chose to use them for the blog hop.  I usually design a few different cards.  This way I don't get bored with the card by the time I'm finished with the 100th one, and so that I can also send a card that is most suitable for the recipient.

Gentle Peace 
I got this stamp set last year but never got around to using it so I took it out again this year and made some cards with it.  I stamped the image using Versamark Ink on vellum and heat embossed using silver embossing powder.  I colored the image in on the back side of the vellum and carefully cut it out.  The card base is Marina Mist cardstock stamped with White Craft ink.  The ribbon is not an SU product -- it's some really inexpensive ribbon I picked up at Michael's a while back (for 10 cents a roll!). I thought it was time to finally use it.

Cardstock: Whisper White Thick, Marina Mist, Vellum 
Ink: Whisper White Craft, Versamark
Stamp Set: Gentle Peace
Markers:  Brights, Subtles, Regals, Neutrals
Other: Silver Embossing Powder

O Christmas Tree
I just love the sparkle on this card and the glittery gold star hits home for me because we always had a beautiful gold star on the top of our Christmas tree when I was growing up.  The background paper is Cherry Cobbler and it was embossed with the Brick Wall embossing folder.  I highlighted the raised lines by dabbing lightly with White Craft Ink to simulate snow on the bricks.  I cut out the window and the window box with the Hearth and Home Framelits.  The tree is stamped in Mossy Meadow with one of the trees from Lovely as a Tree.  I randomly applied some glue to the tree and then sprinkled Diamond Glaze over it to make the tree shimmer.  The star was punched out with the star from the Itty Bitty Accent set from Gold Glimmer Paper.  The greenery on the window box is from a Martha Stewart punch.  The ribbon is Cherry Cobbler seam binding (retired)

Cardstock: Crumb Cake (window box), Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White (window), Very Vanilla (behind the tree), Gold Glimmer
Ink: Whisper White Craft, Mossy Meadow, Crumb Cake
Stamp Set: Lovely as a Tree
Punches: Itty Bitty Accent
Embossing Folder: Brick Wall
Framelit: Hearth and Home
Ribbon:  Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding (retired)

Joyful Wreath
I've seen variations of this card on Pinterest and I just loved the design so I decided to make my own version of it.  I used the Wondrous Wreath bundle for the wreath.  The "Joy" is a bonus die in the framelit set and I cut that out with gold glimmer paper.  After I stamped the holly berries on the wreath, I went over them with a bit of Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Diamonds.  The DSP is from a retired paper stack, Trim the Tree.

Cardstock: Whisper White Thick
Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler
Stamp/Framelit Bundle:  Wondrous Wreath
Other:  Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details
DSP:  Under the Tree (retired)

From Our Family to Yours
I have previously posted a version of this card that we did at one of my classes.  I had ideas of dressing it up a bit when I made it for my own Christmas Cards, but, honestly, after cutting out all the different parts, I didn't have the stamina anymore.  What I did do was add the holly to the "dad's" hat and added some red Liquid Pearls to the berries.  I also filled in the pom pom on "mom's" hat with some dazzling details

Card Stock:  Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Soft Sky
Stamp Set/Thinlit Die:  Snow Place bundle, Happy Scenes
Ink: Mossy Meadow, Night of Navy, Rich Razzleberry, Rose Red, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black
Markers:  Pumpkin Pie
Other:  Dazzling Details

Thanks for stopping by my blog, and I hope you will visit all the other great blogs this month.    Click here for the next blog, or click on any of the links below.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Tomorrow is the 1st of the Month!!

First, let me apologize for being absent for so long.  Sometimes, life just gets busy and hectic, and that is exactly what's been happening here!  I do hope that you all had a memorable Thanksgiving.

Tomorrow is the first of the month and that means it's time for another Blogging Friends Blog Hop!  I hope you will be able to join us for some fun.

Please check back tomorrow beginning at 5:00 a.m. EDT to see what we've been up to this month!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Penguin Says "Let it Snow!"

This is another card I made using the  Snow Place bundle.  I found my inspiration on Pinterest.

The igloo was made by punching out a 2 1/2" circle in whisper white and embossing it with the brick wall embossing folder.  The entry to the igloo was made by punching out a 1" circle and a 3/4" circle.  The snow banks were made by tearing strips of whisper white cardstock and running a bead of dazzling details along them to make the glistening snow.  The sky with falling snow was made by embossing a piece of soft sky cardstock with the softly falling embossing folder and adding scattered dots of dazzling details on some of the impressions.  And the adorable little penguin was made with the Snow Place bundle.  With the coordinating thinlits, that stamp set is a breeze to work with and to add lots of dimension.  The ear muffs are popped up  with Stampin' Dimensionals.  The card base is Real Red, which I thought was the perfect choice since the penguin's earmuffs and scarf are also in real red.  The penguin was stamped with basic black, and his nose and feet were colored with pumpkin pie markers.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Snow Family

I usually design a few different Christmas cards that get sent to different sets of people -- elderly aunts and uncles, younger cousins and friends, non-celebrating friends, etc. I have been spending some time coming up with some designs, and I actually thought I was all set.  Then I had a stamp class this weekend, and I think I've changed my mind - AGAIN!  This is one of the cards we made in the class.  I had initially made this one with four snowmen because my husband and I have two daughters, and I thought this would represent our family.  As I designed for the class, it was getting late, and my creativity had gone to bed so the snow people are minimally decorated/accessorized.  So . . . this is going to be the basis for one of my Christmas cards.  I'll play with it some more and redesign it, but this is my starting point.

I used the Snow Place bundle for this card. There are so many possible ways to dress up and accessorize the snow people!  I stamped the trees with the Happy Scenes stamp set and then tore some cardstock to make the snow.  It doesn't show up well, but the snow has some Dazzling Diamonds on it and it sparkles nicely.  I'm thinking I'll add some arms to the snow people and maybe some buttons or an ice cream cone!  Check out all the pieces to this set!

Stamp Set/Thinlit Die:  Snow Place bundle, Happy Scenes
Markers:  Pumpkin Pie

Sunday, November 1, 2015

It's Time for Another Blog Hop!

Welcome to the November Blogging Friends Blog Hop!  This month's theme is Fall/Thanksgiving.  I'm sure you'll find loads of inspiration as you venture from blog to blog.  The talent is amazing, so please play along with us!

As an added bonus, and because I'm grateful for the opportunity to play with paper and share my projects, I'm offering a prize for one lucky blog viewer.  All you have to do to be entered into the drawing is follow this blog and leave a comment telling me where you're from.  At the end of the month, I'll choose a winner using random.org.  The  winner will receive some free products from Stampin' Up!  (at least $10 value).  I'm sorry, but only non-SU demos can enter!

Now, on to this month's projects.  I went a bit gung-ho and have four projects to share!

First is my Thanksgiving favor.

Since I am hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year, I thought I would place these cute little favors at each place setting.  They're not filled yet, but I'm planning on filling small cello bags with some delicious home made glazed almonds! (I have to dig out that recipe I found last year!!)  This was made using the Fry Box Bigz Die.   For the base, I used Mossy Meadow cardstock.  The patterned paper is from a retired line (can't remember the name, but it was something like Harvest . . . ??)  I just love the little Blackberry Bliss acorns on it!  I made the tag using the Project Life Seasonal Snapshot 2015 stamp set (I'm so NOT a project life crafter, but I love this stamp set!).  I stamped the sentiment using Mossy Meadow onto Whisper White and layered it onto a scrap of Mossy Meadow.  The ribbon is Mossy Meadow 5/8" Striped Cotton Ribbon.  I'm sure these will look awesome when they're filled with the pretty bags of almonds!

My next project was cased from one of Dawn Griffith's videos.  Rather than try to explain how I made this adorable scarecrow, I'll share Dawn's link here.  I did make a few changes:  instead of using the 2 1/2" circle punch for the brim of the hat, I used the 2 3/8" scallop circle punch; instead of using the burlap ribbon, I used some raffia (I would have liked the burlap, but I was fresh out!).  I also didn't have any corrugated paper, so I ran my paper through a crimper for the same effect.

Cardstock:  Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Delightful Dijon, Pumpkin Pie
Die:  Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlit
Punches:  Note Tag, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle, Bow Builder, Bird Builder (to make the nose), Owl Builder (for the eys)
Markers: Basic Black, white gel pen, black gel pen

My next project is a Thanksgiving card I made for a special friend.  I decided to play with the 2014-2016 In Colors since they're just perfect for fall cards.  The base is Hello Honey; the next layer is Mossy Meadow, and the card front is Very Vanilla.  I used the Sheltering Tree stamp set.  The tree itself was stamped using Soft Suede.  I stamped two layers of leaves, once with Hello Honey and the other with Tangelo Twist.  The grass is stamped with Mossy Meadow, and the sentiment is stamped with Hello Honey.  I added the faux stitching in Hello Honey with one of the stamps in the Project Life Seasonal Snapshot 2015 stamp set.  The bow was made using some dark green embroidery floss that I had.

This last card is actually one that was made at a recent class I had, and I thought it fit into this month's blog theme nicely so I decided to share it (also, since I hadn't gotten around to posting it after the class, I thought this would be a good time!).  Again, I used the 2014-2016 In Colors.  The card base is Hello Honey, the next layer is Lost Lagoon embossed with the Modern Mosaic  Embossing Folder.  The window scene was made by sponging Lost Lagoon and Mossy Meadow on Very Vanilla.  The tree is from the Happy Scenes Stamp Set.  The window was cut out of Very Vanilla sponged with Soft Suede using the Hearth and Home Thinlets (available as a bundle).  The leaves on the window sill are made with Bird Builder punch and sponged with Hello Honey and Tangelo Twist.  I finished it off with a bow made from a few layers of jute.

Thanks for stopping by my blog, and I hope you will visit all the other great blogs this month.    Click here for the next blog, or click on any of the links below.

Anna- You Are Here

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Christening Card

My grand-niece was christened a couple of weeks ago, and I was excited to make her this card for her special day.

Super, super simple to put together, but the little "extra" touches really make a difference.

Cardstock:  Pink Pirouette, Whisper White
Stamp Set: Blessed by God
Ink:  Pink Pirouette
Ribbon: Pink Pirouette Seam Binding
Other:  Tiny Pearls I had in my stash in a shade that matched the Pink Pirouette perfectly!

I guess the old saying rings true here:  "Less IS More!"

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

A Special Thank You

As some of you may know, my mother is currently going through treatments for cancer.  Thankfully, she is progressing well.  She recently had to undergo some day surgery and the doctor and his team were absolutely wonderful.  They were so patient, gentle, and caring.  It meant the world to my family that she had such wonderful care, so, as a crafter, of course I had to make them a special thank you card to go along with the little token of appreciation I gave them.  This is the card I delivered to them at mom's follow up appointment.

Once again, I grabbed my go-to punch, the Owl Builder.  I just thought it was the perfect way to make the nurse and doctor!  An added bonus is that the card went together pretty quickly, which is a good thing these days, since my plate has been so full!

Cardstock:  Real Red, Soft Suede, Whisper White, Basic Black (for eyes and stethescope), Smoky Slate (for bottom part of stethescope) Pacific Point (for doctor's body and cap)
Stamp Set: Writing Notes
Ink: Real Red, Night of Navy (for the lines on the paper)
Punch: Owl Builder

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Halloween Treats

Well, after I finished up the wedding projects, it was time to get started on my Halloween projects.  I did take some time off from crafting to catch my breath, but I spent this past weekend getting some treats ready for some special people.   All of the treats were made using the French Fry Die and the Haunt Ya Later stamp set.  I purchased specialty dies that go along with the stamp set from an awesome merchant, Dave, and he offers many dies that coordinate with Stampin' Up! stamps.   The link to his store is here.

This treat was made for the three little children who live next door to me.  The Haunt Ya Later stamp set was perfect, because they are two little boys and a little girl!  The little girl is only 6 months old, so she didn't get any candy -- she's getting animal crackers and goldfish!

This picture shows the holders empty so you can see better how they looked before filling.

Vampire: Basic Gray cardstock edged with Basic Gray ink
Witch:  Old Olive cardstock edged with Old Olive ink
Kitten/Pumpkin:  Basic Black cardstock edged with White Craft Ink.
All images were colored using Stampin' Write markers - Neutrals and Brights

I decided to bag them so the contents wouldn't spill out all over their Trick or Treat bags, and I must say, I do like the look of the cello bag

These next treats were made for the secretaries that I work with.  These were made with Always Artichoke cardstock inked with Always Artichoke ink.  The fence is a sizzix die that I cut with Whisper White and inked with Soft Suede ink. The bat is also a sizzix die but with Basic Black cardstock and inked with Whisper White craft ink.

Since I am planning on putting them on their desks before they get in, I originally thought I didn't need to bag them and this is how they looked without the outside cello bag.

Of course, I then decided the bag them in case they got tossed around in my car! 

I'm having a class on Saturday, which is also Halloween, so I made some for the ladies who will be coming to class. These were made with Basic Gray cardstock, edged with Basic Gray ink.  Again, I used the sizzix fence die but with Whisper White cardstock and inked up with Soft Suede.  I didn't bag these for two reasons:  (1) I'm handing them out at class, which is at my house; and (2)  I ran out of bags!

Thanks for stopping by to check out my Halloween Treats!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Wedding Fun - Part 6

Here is the last installment of the wedding projects I made for my sister's recent wedding.  These are the cards I made.  One was from my mother (the cake) and the other was from me.  The styles are so very different, but that's because, although I know my sister is a no frills gal, my mom likes more traditional cards.  Gotta please the customer!

This first one was a total CASE from Pinterest!  I usually like to put a twist on it and make it my own, but I made these just hours before the wedding, and my creativity had flown right out the window!

Cardstock:  Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White, Very Vanilla
Ink: Elegant Eggplant
Ribbon:  Wisteria Wonder seam binding
Embossing Folder: Fancy Fan (retired)
Stamp Set:  Blessed by God
Punch: Boho Blossom (retired) for the flowers

This second one was also inspired by Pinterest, but I did manage to change it up a bit.

Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler, Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake, Garden Green, Very Vanilla (behind the tree)
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Soft Suede
Ribbon:  Calypso Coral  Seam Binding
Punch: Bird Builder, Artisan Label (retired), Owl Builder (for the birds' eyes), 1 3/8" circle punch
Stamp Set: Label Love (retired)

I hope you've enjoyed these wedding projects and that you found some inspiration in them.  It certainly was a lot of work, but it was so worth it.  I absolutely loved creating for such a special occasion!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Wedding Fun - Part 5

These are the favors I made for my sister's wedding.  They sure were a labor of love, and I will admit that a few times along the way I was ready to trash the whole project!  I got the directions for the box assembly from video on YouTube, and, of course, I switched things up and made it my own (or my sister's own!)  It is made using the Stampin Up Petal Cone Die (retired).

This is a picture of the completed cake.  I used thick cake decorating trays in between the layers and punched a whole in the center of each, attached them with a dowel and made a tier.  I trimmed each of the cake trays with ribbon, but they were purchased lined with silver foil, so that would have looked good too.  I used Stampin' Up's Shimmery White Cardstock and found that it was good, heavy weight for the project. The following pictures are from my original sample.  You'll notice that that original sample has green leaves and the completed project doesn't.  Well . . . my Martha Stewart leaf punch decided to break before I could finish punching out all the leaves, so I had to leave the leaves off the completed project.  You'll also notice that the finished project has a center in each of the flowers.  I added those at the last minute as well.   I purchased a pre-made ribbon at the craft store and stuck it in the center for the centerpiece.  I know, I know. . . I could have made my own bow, but by the time I was ready for the bow, I was so over this entire project!  The inside of each box has some Jordan Almonds wrapped with tulle, tied with ribbon, and decorated with a satin flower.  I didn't take a picture of that, but if I remember to do so later, I'll post it.

This is a top view of the cake box.  I made the flower using Hello Honey ink on Hello Honey cardstock using the Beautiful Bunch stamp set and punching out with the Fun  Flower Punch.  This original sample doesn't have one, but the end project has a center in each flower.  I made it by punching the flower out a second time using Chocolate Chip ink onChocolate Chip paper and punched it out using the 7/8" scallop punch. 

This back view of the box shows the "frosting" on the cake.  I embossed the scalloped part of the Petal Cone Die with an Anna Griffin embossing folder and trimmed the edges to fit on the box. 

This side view of the cake shows the chocolate "frosting" in between the layers.  I made it by cutting a strip of 1/4" chocolate chip card stock and punching it with the retired scallop edge punch. I embellished it using off white colored Liquid Pearls. 

Although it was certainly a time-consuming, patience-trying project, I do love the end result.  More importantly, my sister absolutely loved it as well!  Please check back tomorrow for the last installment of wedding projects!

Cardstock:  Shimmery White, Hello Honey, Chocolate Chip
Ink:  Hello Honey, Chocolate Chip
Stamp Set: Beautiful Bunch (available as a bundle)
Punches:  Fun Flower 7/8" scallop circle, scallop edge border (retired)
Die: Petal Cone Die (retired)

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Wedding Fun - Part 4

Ready for the next installment??  The day after the wedding, the bride and groom had a backyard barbecue for all of their family and friends.  There were over 100 people there, and these are the little treats that I made for the event.  I got the instructions from one of Pootles' videos on YouTube.  They were quite easy to make, but were time consuming.  Fortunately, my good friend, Ann, spent an entire day with me cranking them out!  I used some retired DSP that had fall colors in it to capture the color scheme my sister wanted.  They seemed a bit plain, so I added some rope along the top of them.  There were four different patterned papers in all.

This is a picture of a close up of one of the patterns:

These are the four patterns I used:

And this is the overflowing basket full of treats!  (Sorry about the mess in the background -- my house had turned into a factory!)

Please check back tomorrow for the final favor that I made for the actual wedding itself.  I promise you won't be disappointed!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Wedding Fun - Part 3

Today's wedding projects were made for the bachelorette party.  My sister just loves her Pinot Grigio, so what would be more fitting than a miniature bottle as her favors??

These were also made with the Dress Up framelit. This time, though, I chose the dress with the sleeves, and only added one pearl on the bodice.  I draped the top of the bottle with a piece of tulle to resemble a veil, and I use a pre-made elasticized bow/ribbon/pearl embellishment to attach the veil to the bottle.  To keep the dress a bit more securely on the bottle, I used a glue dot and then I tied a piece of white ribbon around it.  They were a big hit!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Wedding Fun - Part 2

As one of the pre-wedding get-togethers, all of the ladies in our family went out to dinner to honor the bride-to-be.  I made these favors for the occasion.  I used the Dress Up Framelit which is retired :(  The inspiration for this favor came from an internet search, but I changed it up a bit to suit my needs.  Check back by the end of the week and I will have the directions on how to make this favor up by then.

This is how I presented it to the guests.  I put it in a cellophane bag to protect it.

This is the basic favor box without the candy: 

I put some candy in a small cellophane bag and inserted it into the box inside the favor:

These favors came together pretty quickly and made a great impression!  Check back tomorrow for another favor!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Wedding Fun - Part 1

My sister got married last weekend, and because I'm a crafter, I made LOTS of goodies for the big day.  I'll be posting them throughout the week.  Today's installment are the invitations.  I made two because the actual wedding was a small, intimate affair with only immediate family.  The day-after celebration was for a MUCH larger crowd of family and friends. She didn't have wedding "colors" but just wanted fall colors throughout the weekend.  I chose Cherry Cobbler because I thought it was  a perfect color for a wedding invitation -- fall and love!

The large invitation was 5 x 7.  The base is Cherry Cobbler, and the front is Very Vanilla.  The ribbon is a retired cotton.  I chose to do a knot because my sister is a "no frills" woman and a knot seemed more appropriate than a bow for her.

The small invitation is notecard size -- 3 1/2 x 5.  Again, the base is Cherry Cobbler and the front is Very Vanilla.  The ribbon is a retired seam binding.  Instead of making a typical knot for this one, I made a knot in the middle of the ribbon without any loose pieces.

She gave me free reign in the design, so I was thrilled when she saw the first sample and was thrilled with them!

Check back tomorrow to see the first of four (!) favors for all the different events leading up to the wedding!

Saturday, October 17, 2015


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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Baby Card

This is the second of the two baby cards I made for a co-worker's baby shower.  It's much simpler than yesterday's card.

The base is made with the new thick Whisper White cardstock, which I just LOVE!  The layers are alternating Whisper White and Marina Mist.  The giraffe is from the Zoo Babies stamp set and stamped with Daffodil Delight.  The background stamp is retired (Checkerboard), and the blue gingham is also retired.  The slider button was one that I had in my stash of "stuff".  I added some detail by making faux stitching using the fine tip of a Stampin' Write marker. Even though there are lots of layers, I pop dotted the top layer and it really added a nice touch to an otherwise simple card.

Stamps:  Checkerboard (retired), Zoo Babies
Ribbon:  Blue Gingham (retired)

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Tri-Fold Baby Giraffe Card

I made this card for a co-worker whose wife is expecting later this month.  We had a baby shower for him and we needed two cards.  This is the first one; I'll post the other one tomorrow.

I started with a piece of Pacific Point cardstock cut at 4 1/4" x 11. Score lines were made at 2 3/4" and 5 1/"2.  The embossed panels were cut at 4" x 2 1/2" (2 of those) and 4" x 5 1/4".  They were embossed using the decorative dots folder.

For the giraffe, I used Crushed Curry and put the pieces together as follows:

Head - smallest oval from the oval framelits
Face - small oval punch (retired)
Eyes - Owl Builder Punch
Nose - Owl Builder Punch
Tongue - 3/4" circle punch
Ears - petals from a small Recollections flower punch I had
Antennae - slivers of yellow with red dots from the tiniest circles in the Owl Builder punch
Neck - 10 " x 3/4" piece of paper
Body - 2 1/2" circle punch
Legs - tiny pieces of cardstock cut at 1/4" wide
Tail - tiny piece of cardstock cut at 1/4" and one of the blossoms from the Build a Blossom punch (retired)
Spots on the body - I used the 3/4" circle punch as well as the middle and largest circles from the Owl  Builder Punch.

Isn't he adorable?

Punches:  Small Oval, Owl Builder, 3/4" circle, 2 1/2" circle, Build a Blossom; word window (for sentiment)
Embossing folder: Decorative Dots
Framelits: Ovals Collection

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Happy Birthday Donut Card

I made this card for a co-worker's birthday this month. It was inspired by a card made by Connie Stewart.  She made the actual card donut shaped, but I decided just to add the donut to the card front.

I didn't have my Circle Framelits with me when I made the card, so I used my Cricut.  The outer donut is a 3" circle; the pink sprinkled glaze is a 2 1/2" circle, and the hole in the center is a 1" circle.  The sentiment comes from the stamp set Remembering Your Birthday.  The spirnkles were made using one of the stamps in the Wondrous Wreath set, and the "bite" was made with the 2 3/8" scallop circle punch.  The top layer of the card front is embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots folder.

Cardstock:  Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette
Ink:  Tempting Turquoise, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo
Framelits: Circle Framelits (although I used my Cricut because I didn't have the framelits handy)
Embossing Folder:  Perfect Polka Dots, but the Decorative Dots would look great too!
Punch: 1" circle punch,  2 3/8" scallop circle punch
Stamp Sets:  Wondrous Wreath, Remembering Your Birthday

Friday, October 9, 2015

Behind the Trees

This is the last of the cards from the Woodland Embossing Folder class.  I saw a version of this on Pinterest by Create with Dee.

This look was achieved by stamping directly onto the embossing folder -- being sure to emboss on the correct side!  With this particular folder, the words "Stampin Up" needs to be in the upper right corner of the front; it will be upside down, but that's okay!  Open the folder and stamp on the inside of the front of the folder.  I used Marina Mist for the bottom portion and Night of Navy for the top portion.  Then I stamped the trees using Early Espresso.  After it was all inked up, I ran it through the Big Shot and the evergreen trees appeared to be behind the birch treas.  To get the glitter on the trees, I applied a small amount of glue using the new fine tip glue pen and sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds over that.  I pressed it in so it got good and stuck on the paper.  Finally, to add an illusion of shadow, I used a sponge dauber with a bit of Marina Mist and just lightly make a swipe below the trees.

Give it a try!  I'm sure you'll love this technique!

Cardstock:  Whisper White, Early Espresso (card base)
Embossing Folder:  Woodland