Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Gatefold Birthday Card

I made this  card last month for a co-worker's birthday.  I had every intention of making the card in time for her birthday, but before I knew it, I had missed it.  The sentiment from the "Remembering Your  Birthday" stamp set was just perfect for this!  The outside sentiment says "I Remembered and Thought . .. " and the inside says "But Then I Forgot."

This is the front of the card.  The background is Elegant Eggplant.  The inner layers are Whisper White and Marina Mist.  To get the design on the card front, I used the  Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and stamped the lines horizontally and vertically in Marina Mist.  The balloon is from the Celebrate Today set stamped in Melon Mambo.  I used the polka dots from that set and embossed them in White and added rhinestones in each dot.  I tied a piece of baker's twine to the balloon.  The sentiment is die cut using the Itty Bitty Banners framelits. It is raised with Stampin Dimensionals for some heigh as well as a way for the left flap to stay secure.

This is the inside of the card:

The sentiment and the banners are also from the Celebrate Today set.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

"One Word" ATC

This month's ATC theme for the swap I participate on scrapbook.com is "One Word".    Sounded simple, but I was actually a bit stumped for a while.  Then I sat and thought and decided "Celebrate" would be the perfect word for me - celebrate life; celebrate the small things; celebrate the milestones; celebrate ourselves!  I thought balloons would be a good image to depict the word and so, my design came to be.

The base is Crushed Curry, and the middle layer is Bermuda Bay.  The printed paper is from the retired DSP pack, Kaleidescope.  The ballooon, "celebrate" and the bow are all from the Celebrate Today stamp set.  They were die cut using the coordinating thinlit set.  The balloon is stamped in Crushed Curry, and the sentiment and bow are in Bermuda Bay.  I added some rhinestones to "bling it up" a bit.  

What do you think?

Friday, February 19, 2016

Masked Sympathy Card

This is a card I made for an acquaintance who recently lost his mother.  Sympathy cards are never easy to make; you can only hope that your thoughtful, handmade card can bring some comfort to the recipient.

The base of this card is the awesome Thick Whisper White.  I just love the quality of that cardstock.   I cut the card front 4 1/4 x 3 3/4 in Whisper White.  I made a mask for the sun by punching a piece of scrap paper with the 1 1/2" circle punch.  I placed the mask where I wanted the sun to appear on the card and lightly colored the sun in using Daffodil Delight.  I removed the mask, and then used the punched out circle as a mask and placed it over the colored sun.  Using sponge wedges, I colored the sunset/sunrise sky around the circle.  I used a mixture of colors -- Calypso Coral, So Saffron and a light touch of Cajun Craze.  Next I  stamped the image using Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  I stamped it BEFORE I attached it to the card front because I wanted the bottom of the image to be stamped off the bottom of the card front so it wouldn't be too tall.  The sentiment is stamped on the card base also  using the black Memento.  I added a piece of Daffodil Delight ribbon (which was one of the first items I ever ordered from SU some years back!)

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Band Aid Get Well Card

I recently made this card for a co-worker who had surgery.

The band aid was made by cutting a strip of Crumb Cake card stock and embossed it with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder.  I rounded the corners with a corner rounder and then cut out a 1 x 1 square and also embossed it.  I used some Stampin' Dimensionals to pop it up.  I sponged the edges so it would stand out a bit more.

The sentiment is from Sassy Salutations and pucnhed out with the 1 1/4 circle punch. I layered it on a piece of Crumb Cake punched out using the Artisant Label.  A few tiny pearls add a bit of femininity to it.

Monday, February 15, 2016

1st Grade Layout

This month's scrapbook layout is a "redo" of one I had done many years ago of my younger daughter's first grade school picture.  Sometime I flip through my scrapbook pages and see a layout that I just don't like and think "what were you thinking" and I take it apart and start all over again.  Hmmm . . . maybe that's why I never seem to make a dent in my pile of pictures I want to scrap!

I was originally going to go with primary colors for this layout, but then I decided to use the background paper from the Schoolhouse DSP pack, which is Basic  Gray.  I referred to my Color Coach (which I'm unhappy  has been discontinued because I find some great color combos when I use it) and saw the Old Olive/Melon Mambo/Basic Gray combo.  I loved the colors so I went with that.  The base of the layout is Melon Mambo (12 x 12).  I put a strip of Old Olive along the right side.  The picture is layered on Whisper White and Melon Mambo.   I embossed a piece of Old Olive using the Decorative Dots embossing folder and mounted it on Melon Mambo.

I used the Number of Years stamp set  and framelit bundle for the embellishments.  The "1" is stamped in Melon Mambo. The little two banners are stamped in Basic Gray and with thee  "st" and "Grade" in stamped in Melon Mambo .  They were die  cut using the coordinating framelits.  The flowers are stamped in Melon Mambo using the Petite Petals stamp set and punched out with the coordinating Petite Petal punch available as a bundle.  All of the embellishments were affixed to the layout using Stampin' Dimensionals to "pop" them up and add some dimension.

So, I'm curious . . . do you redo layouts that you don't necessarily like or do you keep them as is as a reference to your then-current scrapping style?

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Tri Fold Butterfly Basics Birthday Card

This is the last of the cards we made at the tri-fold card class.  This was super quick and easy (once I got over my coloring anxiety!)

The card base (Lost Lagoon) is 8 1/2 x 5 1/2, scored at 2 1/8 and 4 1/4.  The inner panel (Very Vanilla) is 4 x 5 1/4.  The side panel (Very Vanilla) is 1 7/8 x 5 1/4.

I stamped the flower from the Butterfly Basics stamp set using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  I colored the flower in using Crushed Curry and Pear Pizzazz Stampin Write Marker.

On the panel, I stamped the honeycomb (also from the Butterfly Basics set) in Hello Honey.  The sentiment is from the Circle of Spring set punched stamped on Very Vanilla and punched out with the 1 1/4" circle punch and layered on a piece of Lost Lagoon punched with the 1 3/8" circle punch.

This card was so simple and came together so easily.  Great for a WOW card that you need in a hurry!

Cardstock:  Lost Lagoon, Very Vanilla

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Gate Fold Valentine's Day Card

This is the second card we made at our tri-fold card class this weekend.

The card base (Real Red) is 5 1/2 x 11.  Score 2 1/8" from each end to make the fold.  The basic black layer is cut at 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 cut in half vertically (at 2 1/16).  The card front (crumb cake) is cut 4 x 5 1/4.  I stamped the crumb cake using the hardwood stamp inked with crumb cake ink.  AFTER I stamped it, I cut it in half (at 2).  Before attaching the layers, I sponged the edges of the black layer with whisper white craft ink.  When I attached that layer to the card base, it brought it right up to the center opening of the "gate" so  that there is only a border along the top  and outer sides.  Then I attached the card front the same way. 

I punched out two banners using the banner punch in basic black.  I sponged the edged with whisper white craft ink.  The outer circle (Real Red) was punched using the 1 3/8" circle punch.  the inner circle (Crumb Cake) was punched using the 1 1/4" circle punch.  The sentiment was stamped in Real Red ink.  After I assembled that sentiment, I lined up the black banner punches on the back of it so some of the banner appeared on the top of the circle, and some appeared on the bottom.  The  sentiment comes from the Something to Say stamp set.  The inside of the card has the coordinating sentiment -- the outside says "big way, small ways" and the inside says "love you always".  I did layer a piece of whisper white cardstock (cut at 4 x 5 1/4) on the inside of the card.

The hearts (Real Red) were punched out using the Sweetheart punch. I sponged Basic Black along the edges of the hearts and then added the white definition with a gel pen.  To make the banner in the corner,   The heart on the left side is attached flat to the card.  The other heart was attached using Stampin Dimensionals, taking close care of where they are attached.  One is attached at the outer edge of the heart, and the other is attached very closely to it.  The goal is to have the flat heart sit behind the raised heart when the card is closed so that the card stays shut.

I think this makes a great masculine Valentine's Day card, and I'm sure my husband will LOVE it!

As always, please email me if you have any questions about this card.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Angled Tri-Fold Birthday Card

This is one of the tri-fold cards we made at class this weekend.  The ladies really liked it and were surprised at how easy it was to make.

Begin with a piece of cardstock cut at 5 1/2 x 10 1/2.  With the long side along the top of your scoring  board, score at 3 1/2 and 7.  With the cardstock laying flat, make a tic mark 3" up from the third panel.  Line up that tic mark with the top edge of the first panel on your paper cutter.  Cut from the top corner to the tic mark -- that makes the angle.  Fold the card stock on the scored lines accordian style and the base of the card is made!  To make the patterned layers, cut your patterned paper 3 1/4" wide.  With the card base open flat, position the patterned paper on the first panel.  Make tic marks along the angled edge to mark where the paper  should be cut.  Do the same for the third panel as well.  Attach those pieces to the card base.  Turn card base over, and do the same process for the middle panel.  DO NOT CUT A PATTERNED PIECE OF PAPER FOR THE MIDDLE PANEL ON THE FRONT OF THE CARD.  If you do, the pattern will be on the the  back of the  card when you fold the card!  The paper for the middle panel must be attached to the BACK of the card.

The balloons were stamped and cut out using the Celebrate Today stamp and framelit bundle.  A little piece of baker's twine was used for the balloon strings.  Of course, I added a bit of bling on one of the balloons.

As always, please contact me if you have any questions about this project.

Friday, February 5, 2016

February Inspiration Projects

This month’s inspiration comes from one of the Sale-A-Bration stamp sets  -- Flowering Fields.  The set includes six beautiful flowers and a butterfly.  This set is free with a $50.00 order during Sale-A-Bration (1/4/16 - 3/31/16)

I made these cards as my January customer thank you cards.  They are note-size cards (3 ½ x 5) and were all made using the same process.  The only difference is that each card has a different flower stamped on it.

Here are close ups of each card:


Stamp Sets:
   Flowering Fields Stamp Set (141303)
   Another Thank You (136835)

   Thick Whisper White (140272)
   Lost Lagoon (133679)
   Whisper White (100730)

   Tuxedo Black Memento (132708)
   Lost Lagoon (133644)

   Sponge Dauber (133773)
   Oval Framelits (129381)

Click HERE for a downloadable instruction sheet.

Happy Stampin’!

Thursday, February 4, 2016


A fellow SU! Demonstrator, Shannon West, has come up with a GREAT idea!  Her idea was born from the thought that social media, although wonderful in so many ways, has gotten us away from sending “real” mail to family and friends (birthday cards, thank you notes - which are always a MUST, Christmas cards and cards for so many other occasions).  She has begun a movement to bring back sending out birthday cards.  What a great idea!  I know that I love to receive birthday cards in the mail when my birthday comes around, and I’m sure many of you do, too.  So . . .  during 2016, anyone who sends me their birthday (and then private messages me their address) will receive a handmade birthday card from me!  I’ll do my best to get the card to you in time for your big day; it may be a day or so late, but it will arrive!

Shannon has, with SU!’s approval, designed a stamp (#imbringingbirthdaysback), which will be available at a later date.  I can’t wait to get it so I can stamp it on the back of all my birthday envelopes!

Who’s in?????

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Penguin Wedding

My husband and I recently received a wedding invitation that had penguins on it, and I instantly had an idea for the wedding card I would make for  the happy couple!

As it turned out, we could not attend the wedding, but after seeing pictures online of the reception, I knew I had made the right choice.  The couple had an ice sculpture at the reception -- a penguin couple!  Do you think my initial instinct was spot on or what?

Markers:  Pumpkin Pie
Embossing Folder: Softly  Falling
Stamp/Framelit Bundle: Snow Place (snow couple)
Stamp Set:  Label Loe (retired)
Punch:  Artisan Label (reetired)
Other:  Rhinestones (bride's crown), Pearls (bride's necklace), black bling (groom's buttons), Dazzling Details (to make the snowflakes sparkle, which doesn't show up really well in the picture)

Monday, February 1, 2016

February Blog Hop

Welcome to the Bloggin' Friends Blog Hop for February!  This month's theme was Valentine's Day/Love.  We have some new bloggers joining us this month, and I'm so happy to have them join us!  Please be sure to visit all the blogs to get some great inspiration!

I chose to do three projects this month -- a card, a scrapbook layout, and a treat box.  I hope you enjoy reading about them!

The card base is Real Red, the next layer is Basic Black, and the card front is Crumb Cake stamped with the Hardwood background stamp with Crumb Cake ink.  The hearts were punched using the Sweetheart punch.  I edged the edges of them with Basic Black and then added the dimension with a White Gel Pen.  The ribbon behind the hearts is just some I had in my stash.  The banner in the corner was made with the Banner Punch.  I punched it twice and  attached them to make the banner longer.  The small heart is from the ____  punch set. The sentiment is from th Itty Bitty stamp set stamped with Real Red on Crumb Cake.  It was die cut using the Itty Bitty Banner framelit.  Then I sponged the edges of it with White Craft Ink to give it some dimension.

Stamp Set:  Itty Bitty, Hardwood
Other:  White Gel Pen

These pictures were from our vacation last year to Myrtle Beach.  We were out shopping and decided to stop in the photo booth.  Unfortunately, they didn't develop right, but I still wanted to get the strip scrapped.

The background paper is Real Red and the top layer is from the Timeless Elegance DSP.  The strip in the middle is from the the Stacked with Love paper stack, layered on Real Red. I added some black bling along the tails. The pictures are mounted on Real Red and Basic Black.  The sentiments are from the Something to Say and Bloomin' Love sets.  The banners were punched from the banner punch.  The doily was made with a Martha Stewart punch.  The stickers on the banners were some I had in my stash.

DSP:  Timeles Treasure
Punch: Banner, Itty Bitty Accent, 1 1/4" circle, 1 3/8" circle

I made these treat boxes for the ladies who  will be at class this weekend.  It's made with the Curvy Keepsake framelit.  The heart was die cut with the Hearts a Flutter framelit.   I used window sheets to make the window. The bow was made using the Build a Bow punch using Blushing Bride paper.  The edges were sponged with Blushing Bride, too.

Cardstock:  Real Red, Blushing Bride
Punch:  Build a Bow