Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Look Who's Turning 2 Birthday Card

I  recently made this for a sweet little girl celebrating her 2nd birthday.  I just love how it turned out!

The card came together fairly quickly (isn't that one of our goals!?!?), but it sure doesn't look that way!

Cardstock:  Melon Mambo, Blushing Bride (tiny layer between the card front and card base), Whisper White
Ink:  Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Basic Gray
Stamp Set:  Balloon Celebration, Number of Years
Framelit:  Large Numbers
Other:  The ribbon is retired Melom Manbo, and the yellow pearls are just some that I had in my stash

It would be so easy to have a bunch of these on hand in different colors and when you need one, just cut out the number . . . I think I'll be stocking up on this design!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Watermelon Treat Bag

This is a cute little treat bag I gave the ladies who attended  my Mini Treat Bag class last weekend.  It was totally inspired  by a project I saw on Pinterest.  I changed up a few things to make it my own.

Cardstock: Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush, Whisper White, Basic Black
Thinlits:  Mini Treat Bag
Punches:  Heart from Tiny Accents (cut in half to make the seeds), scallop circle and circle
Ribbon:  Watermelon Wonder lace (retiring 5/31/16)

One thing I did find is that making treat bags out of DSP is much easier than using card stock.  SU's card stock is so heavy that I found it cracked  when layered to make the rind of the watermelon.

I filled each of the treat bags with a little cellophane bag filled with Starburst candies.  The ladies loved them!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Mini Treat Bag Cheery Birthday Card

This is the second card we made at the Mini Treat Bag class last weekend.  I think this DSP makes for such a fun, cheery card!

To make the card, I die cut the envelope from the die set and then assembled it.  I stamped the background of the front sentiment in Pacific Point with the banner from the You're So Sweet Set and then hand cut it.  I then stamped the "Happy Birthday" in Watermelon Wonder and die cut it from one of the dies from the Mini Treat Bag.  The two pieces were attached and affixed to the front of the card.

The treat bag makes a perfect envelope for the card.  Of course, if you were to mail it, it would have to go into another envelope; but if you attach it to a present, it would be perfect as is.

Cardstock:  Pacific Point, Whisper White
DSP:  Cherry on Top (retiring on 5/31/16)
Stamp Sets:  Remembering Your Birthday (inside), You're So Sweet (outline of the front sentiment), Perfect Pairings (outside sentiment) -- this stamp set was a Sale-a-Bration set, 

Monday, May 23, 2016

Mini Treat Bag Masculine Birthday Card

Last weekend I had a card class using the Mini Treat Bag thinlits.  We made two cards using the thinlit  set.  This is the first one we made:

This was inspired by a project I saw on Pinterest.  It was quick and simple to make, but it looks like it took a long time!  This thinlit set has LOTS of pieces to it.  We only used the main two, but  oh, the possibilities!!!!

The card base is cut at 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.   For  the shirt, I cut a piece of DSP 6 x 12.  From that piece, I cut out pieces for both of the pieces from the thinlit set.  I attached the smaller panel to the larger one and then trimmed the top jagged edge off.  Next, I folded the two sides in towards the middle and then made the folds for the collar.  Once those were set, I put snail along the bottom edge and along the front flaps of the shirt to close the shirt.  The buttons are made from 1/2" circles that I made two white dots on with a gel pen.  The bow tie is made with the Bow Builder Punch.

The base of the inside card is 4 1/2 x 3 1/2.  The white layer is 4 1/4 x 3 1/4.  The "Happy Birthday" sentiment is stamped along the top of the white layer so that it peeks out of the shirt when assembled.

Cardstock:  Pacific Point, Whisper White, Basic Black
DSP: Everyday Chic (retiring 5/31/16)
Punches:  1/2" circle, Bow Builder
Stamp Set: Guy Greetings

Looks complicated, but it's not when you have this great thinlit set!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Monthly ATC - Animal Friends

This is the ATC I made for  this month's ATC swap at scrapbook.com.  The theme I signed up for this month was "animals."  I decided to use the Zoo Babies stamp set (which is expiring on 5/31/16).  I thought the giraffe and monkey looked so cute together. They were die cut using a coordinating die made by Dies by Dave (contact me for his  contact info). The tree is from the Sheltering Tree stamp set.  The  sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

Cardstock:  Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Ink:  Chocolate Chip (monkey), Hello Honey (giraffe) (also expiring on 5/31/16), Soft Suede (tree trunk), Pear Pizzazz (leaves), Garden Green (grass - stamped full strength and stamped off)
Stamp Sets:  Zoo Babies, Sheltering Tree, Teeny Tiny Wishes

So, tell me -- have you tried ATCs yet????

Thursday, May 19, 2016

April Customer Thank You Card

I'm finally getting around to posting my April customer thank you cards.  These cards were so easy to make in an assembly line.  Quick, quick, quick!

Cardstock:  Whisper White, Marina Mist
Ink:  Marina Mist, Chocolate Chip
Stamp Set:  Another Thank You (retiring 5/31/16), Celebrate Today (bundled with framelit)

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Lego Birthday Card

I made this card for a little boy who was celebrating his birthday.  I thought the Legos were perfect, especially in the primary colors.

Cardstock:  Whisper White, Garden Green, Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Not Quite Navy
Ink:  Garden Green, Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Not Quite Navy
Stamp Set: Remembering  Your Birthday (retiring 5/31/16)
Punch:  1/2" circle

To make the Legos:  Cutout 1 1/2" square in each of the colors; sponge the edges.  Punch out four 1/2" circle in each color; sponge the edges.  The circles are popped up with dimensionals on the squares to make them pop, just like Legos!

This card came together super quick!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Birthday ATC

I'm a little late in posting this, but life is a bit hectic these days.  As the saying goes, though, better late than never!

This is an ATC I made for one of the ATC swappers in the monthly ATC challenge I participate in at scrapbook.com.  I just love that swap.  Each month we make ATCs based on themes that the hostess picks.  Additionally, we make birthday ATCs for any swapper who will be celebrating their birthday that month.  The result is that the birthday girl gets lots of special ATCs on her birthday.  I have been participating for a few years, and I can tell you that it's super fun to open your swap envelope when there are birthday ATCs in it for you!!

I went with the Brights collection for this card since the colors are so vibrant and cheery -- just like birthdays!  

Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight (for the flames)
Ink:  Garden Green,, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie (on the edges of the flames)
Stamp Set: Gorgeous Grunge, Something to Say (sentiment - retiring on 5/31/16)
Punch:  Bird Builder (retiring on 5/31/16)

To make the candles, I first stamped the Daffodil Delight candle, the I made a mask for it and layed the mask over the candle.  I then stamped the second candle in Melon Mambo at an angle and over part of the mask so it appeared to be behind the Daffodil Delight one.  To make the flame, I punched out a "wing" from the Bird Builder punch in Daffodil Delight.  Then I sponged the edges of it using Pumpkin Pie. I popped the flames up for a bit of texture.

I carefully stamped the background splotches randomly, being careful not to stamp over the candles.

The ribbon adds more dimension and acts as a good background for the sentiment.

I just love  making these tiny (2 1/2 x 3 1/2) works of art.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Monthly Layout - My Little Gardener

My younger daughter worked on a farm last summer, and she was so in her element!  She just loved every aspect of it -- the planting, the watering, the weeding, and especially the harvesting!  The smile on her face says it all -- she's a gardener just like mom and grandparents!!

I used the Farmer's Market Designer Series Paper for this layout as well as Mossy Meadow and Blackberry Bliss and Whisper White card stock for matting and layering.  I added a doily in the corner for some more texture, and typed/printed the word "organic" from my computer.

I just love this DSP and will be very sad when I run out . . . I have quite a bit of pictures from my garden to scrap, and this paper is just perfect!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Friendship Card - Wax Paper Emboss

This is the last of the cards from last weekend's wax paper embossing class.  I just  love this stamp set, and I see LOTS of projects with it (especially since I'm a gardener!).  I thought the Lovely Lace embossing folder was perfect for this card.  To see the directions/details of the wax paper embossing technique, please check out Wednesday's blog post.

Cardstock:  Soft Suede, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White
Ink:  So Saffron, Tangerine Tango
Punch: Washi Punch (will be retiring)
Stamp Set: Gifts from the Garden

I stamped the plants using Tangerine Tango on the white cardsock.  Then I stamped them again in Soft Suede onto a scrap piece of whisper white.  I used dies from Dies by Dave (contact me for details) to die cut the planter.  They are popped up with dimensionals for some texture.

The sentiment is longer than the washi tape punch is.  In order to get this look, I cut a strip of paper the same width of the punch opening.  I stamped the sentiment and then inserted just one end of the punched image into the punch and punched that side.  Then I put the other side of the strip into the punch; lined it up to where I wanted it to be and punched that side of it.  Instant lengthening of the punch!

Please let  me know if you have any questions at all about this project.  I'm happy to answer!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Baby Card - Wax Paper Embossed

This is the second of three cards made at last weekend's card class.  To see directions for the wax paper embossing technique, please see yesterday's post.

The embossing folder used on this card is the decorative dots; but, as you can see, once it's been embossed with the waxed paper, the end result does not really look like the decorative dots pattern.  At first I was going to scratch it and try another one, but then I decided that it looked good with the giraffe.

Cardsstock:  So Saffron, Whisper White
Ink:  Mint Macaron, So Saffron
Stamp Set: Zoo Babies (die cut with a die from Dies by Dave -- email me for contact info)
The ribbon is So Saffron but is retired.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Brick Wall Wax Paper Embossed Card

This past weekend, I had a card class where we made wax paper embossed cards.  I just love the technique.  It's quick and simple and gives the illusion of texture, but it's actually flat.  This is the first of three cards.

To do the technique:
1.  Emboss a piece of wax paper using an embossing folder;
2.  Layer the embossed wax paper between two card fronts (whisper white) (you will get two cards out of doing the technique once);
3.  Place the wax paper "sandwich" between two pieces of copy paper;
4.  With a hot iron, with NO steam, iron the wax paper sandwich in circular motions for about 20  seconds;
5.  Peel the two pieces of cardstock away from the wax paper.  The two sides of card stock that  actually touched the wax paper are where the wax image will appear.  It will be VERY light and you won't be able to see it readily;
6.  With ink on a dauber or on a sponge, using circular motions, rub the card front and watch the image appear magically!

Some notes:
-  Embossing folders that have large designs work best -- lacy, brick, floral, etc.  I tried to do the technique with an embossing folder with little stars on it, and you could not tell they were stars.
-   Be sure the iron is hot and that NO STEAM is used.
-  Do not over iron the paper; the results will not be good!  About 20 seconds is fine.
-  Be sure to iron around the edges as well.  (In my sample above, I did not press the edges well and you can tell that the design did not come through.  It ended up working well with this folder though and actually looked good with this design!)

Cardstock:  Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Whisper White
Ink:  Cajun Craze; Mossy Meadow; Hello Honey, Chocolate Chip
Stamp Sets: Watercolor Wings; Butterfly Basics
Embossing Folder: Brick Wall
Punch: Large Oal
Framelit:  Buterfly Framelit

As always, I'm happy to answer any questions you may have about this project or technique.  Please check back tomorrow for another card from the class.

Happy stampin'!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Monthly Inspiration Sheet - Wedding Cards

June kicks off the wedding season, so it seemed appropriate to have a wedding theme for this month’s inspiration projects.   I have a few weddings to go myself this season, so I’ll be ready!

This month’s cards involve minimal or no stamping! There is a link for the downloadable instruction sheet at the end of this post.
1 –Bloomin’ Love Elegant Wedding Card:

This card uses the new Bloomin’ Hearts thinlit set that is in the current Occasions catalog, and will be carrying over to the Annual Catalog.  Although it coordinates beautifully with the Bloomin’ Love stamp set, I did not use any stamps for this card.  I thought the all-white monochromatic scheme made it look very elegant and formal. 

Cardstock: Thick Whisper White  (140272 ), Whisper White (100730)
Thinlit:  Bloomin’ Hearts (140621)
Ribbon:  Whisper White 5/8” Satin Ribbon (134549)
Tools: Die Cutting Maching, Precision Plate (139684), Fine Tip Glue (138309) Embellishments:  Pearls (119247)
**Note:  Because of the intricate design of the thinlit set, the precision cutting plate is required in order to get the cleanest cut.

2.  Love Birds Card:

The next card has more punching than stamping and uses one of my favorite punches – Bird  Builder.  I’m so sad that the Bird Builder punch will be retiring at the end of this month.  Get it now, while you can! The other punch used is the Sweetheart punch.  It also uses the background stamp, Something Lacy,, was in last year’s Occasions Catalog. 
Cardstock:  Basic Gray (121044), Real Red (100482), Whisper White (100730)
Ink:  Smoky  Slate (131179),
Stamp: Something Lacy (retired)
Punches:  Bird Builder (117191), Sweetheart (133786)
Ribbon:  1/8” Real Red (retired)


3 – Two Hearts Wedding Card:

 The last card also uses the Sweetheart Punch and has minimal stamping.  The  sentiment is from the Guy Greetings stampset.

Cardstock: Thick Whisper White (140272), Basic Black (121045), Whisper White (100730)
Stamp Set: Guy Greetings (138828)
Punch: Sweetheart (133786)
Embossing Folder:  Fancy Fan (retired)
Ink:  Real Red (126949)
Tools:  Score Board
Ribbon:  Satin Real Red
Embellishments: Pearls (119247); black bling (non SU)

I hope you have enjoyed this month’s inspiration projects and that the designs will inspire you as you create wedding cards during this wedding season.  Be sure to check back next month for some more projects!


Check out some more wedding cards on my Wedding Pinterest board.

Happy Stampin’!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Dog Sympathy Card

This  is a card I made for someone who suddenly lost her beloved dog.  I've never had to make one before, but  I was pleased with how this came out.  I didn't have a Stampin' Up! dog stamp, so I borrowed one by Stamps of Life from a friend. All other products are Stampin' Up!

Cardstock:  Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Soft Sued
Punches:  Heart from Bitty Accents
Markers:  Pacific Point
Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes, Birthday4Cookie from Stamps of Life with coordinating die
Embossing Folder:  Woodgrain

Dog: Stamped using Basic Black on Whisper White, with Stamp of Life's set "Birthday4Cookie" and colored using EB1 Spectrum Noir marker.  The bow was colored in with Pacific Point marker.
Dog bone:  Two small hearts and a narrow strip of paper from Soft Suede, Teeny Tiny Wishes for sentiment and added some black rhinestones
The next layer is Whisper White sponged with Marina Mist.  It is layered on a piece of Chocolate Chip
Embossed layer:  Whisper White embossed with Wood Grain folder and sponged with Soft Suede Ink
Card base: Chocolate Chip

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

"Corporate" Congratulations

My customer asked for a congratulations card for a young man who had just landed a new job.  Her only requirements were that it had some navy blue in it and that it looked "corporate".  This is what I came up with, and I'm glad to say that she loved it!

Cardstock:  Night of Nay, Smokey Slate, Whisper White
Specialty Paper: Gold Foil Sheets
Ink:  Night of Navy, Smokey Slate
Stamp Sets: Balloon Celebration , Guy Greetings (sentiment)
Punches:  Balloon Bouquet, Washi Tape
Ribbon:  Night of Navy
Embossing Folder:  Stripes.

As always, I'm happy to answer any questions about how this card was made.  Just click on the "contact me" tab, and I'll get right back to you!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

May Blogging Friends Blog Hop - Retiring Products

Welcome to another month of creativity on the Blogging Friends Blog Hop!  This month's theme was "retiring products."  We each picked one of the retiring products that we will be sad to see go. So, sit back, relax and enjoy hopping from blog to blog and checking out all the great projects!

While I'm sad to see many of the great products retire, I think I am most saddened about the Swallowtail stamp.  I think that stamp is such an elegant stamp.  I love its large size, its intricate detail, and the endless possibilities!

The first project I did was a scrapbook layout.  My husband and I have just entered the empty nest stage of our  lives (although the girls do come back periodically and they are ALWAYS welcome!).  As most couples these days, we worked very hard to provide for the girls and to ensure that they had all that they needed (and usually wanted).  Now it's about us and we're trying to carve out time to do "us" things.  This is a picture we took as we walked along a boardwalk in New Bedford at the end of a weekend that started with an overnight stay in a lighthouse, then followed by a visit to the infamous Lizzie Borden house, and then topped off with a tour of three more lighthouses in New Bedford.

The background paper is Night of Navy.  I made the patterned paper using Very Vanilla stamped randomly with most of the stamps from the Timeless Textures set.  I randomly  placed the stamps on a large acrylic block and stamped around the page, then I went back and filled in any "holes" with more stamping. I used Smoky Slate ink for that. I made the flowers using the Petite Petals stamp set punched out with the coordinating punch. The leaves were punched using the Bird Builder punch (which is another retiring product). The tag was made using the Ornate Tag Topper punch (which is also retiring).  The other colors on the layout are So Saffron and Blushing Bride.  I used a bit of Victorian Lace to add some dimension.  I stamped the Swallowtail using Smoky Slate and then colored it using sponge daubers in Blushing Bride and So Saffron.  I die cut it using the Swallowtail die made by Dies by Dave. (Email for his contact info).

My favorite part of this layout (other than the memories, of course) is the quote.  It reads:  "The butterfly counts not months, but moments, and has time enough."  It reinforces, to me, that there is enough time in the day/week/month/year to spend making special moments; we are not "too busy" to  carve out  special moments for ourselves and to spend with those we love.

This next project is a simple card, yet it looks so elegant.  I love embossing, and the Swallowtail stamp is perfect for that.

The base of the card is Smokey Slate; the middle layer is Very Vanilla, and the front is Blackberry Bliss (which is also retiring, sadly).  I stamped the Swallowtail using Versamark ink, applied white embossing powder and heat set.  I wrapped some Blackberry Bliss ribbon around the top two layers, and added a few pearls for dimension.  Quick, easy, and elegant.  My kind of card!

I have used this stamp in many classes and on many cards.  For more project ideas, please check out my Swallowtail board on Pinterest.

Like I said, there are many stamps and products that I will be sad to see go with the end of this catalog period, but there are so many wonderful new products that are coming.  I am looking forward to finding more "favorites" to add to my stash!

I'd love to know which stamp set you are most sad to see go!

I hope you will continue on to the other blogs on this hop to see some great inspiration and creativity. To continue on with the blog, click on this icon, or click on the names of the bloggers on the list below the icon. I hope you enjoy your hop!

Anna - You are Here
Mary Ann