Sep 112015

Christmas cardA swing card for Christmas – Wishing You Christmas Joy is the message on the inside.

Christmas cardMaking a swing card like this is made so much easier when using the Circle Card Thinlits.  All the measuring and cutting is done in one run through the Big Shot.  Then you just need to complete the embellishments.

Fancy Foil Vellum is added to the left front panel and I cut a few of the snowflakes out with circle punches and added them to the swing and to the right panel.

To create a few of the elements I had to mix and match.  For instance, I only used the sleigh and horse and not the whole edgelit.  Inside the swing, I used the Night of Navy marker to ink just the “wishing you” from one stamp image and just the “Christmas” from another stamp image in the Versatile Christmas set.  The “joy” is cut from the “enjoy” thinlit from the Mini Treat Bag set.

Be creative with your stamps when you don’t have quite the right message or image you want.

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May 182015

Happy Blooming BirthdayHappy Blooming Birthday is created for a card sketch challenge.

The idea started with the card sketch and the Designer Series Paper.  I haven’t used the Flower Patch stamp set very much and I wanted to incorporate it into today’s card.  Once you have those ingredients, it is just a matter of putting the card together.

The Designer Series Paper is used for the background.  The flags are put together:  Whisper White over Calypso Coral and then run through the Arrows embossing folder.  Punch out the flower pieces.  The small leaves are made using the Border Chevron punch.  The large flower is made with two of the flower and one of the leaf framelits from Flower Fair, a 2 1/2″ circle of Whisper White for the background and one Petite Petals flower for the center.  All of the petal edges are sponged with Calypso Coral ink.  The greeting is stamped in Calypso Coral ink.

I hope you enjoy the Happy Blooming Birthday card and try this sketch out yourself.

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Jan 212015

Hello CardThis Hello all-occasion card is is quick and easy.

The Very Vanilla card base and the Crushed Curry layer are embossed with the Decorative Dots embossing folder.

Stamp a couple of the flower images onto Very Vanilla card stock using Lost Lagoon ink.  Two of the images are full color, but the top layer is stamped off lightly just once.  The petals on the top layer are cut into the center so they will fold into each other as you gently curl them upward.  The bottom layer flower is punched out with a circle framelit and the top two layers of the flower are punched out with the Flower Medallion punch.

The outer edge of the bottom layer of the flower is sponged lightly with Crushed Curry ink.  The center of the top flower is stamped with the center image in Crushed Curry ink.  All layers of the flower are glued together with Liquid Multipurpose Glue and layer onto a 2 1/2″ circle of Pear Pizzazz card stock.

The top and bottom flags are cut from a couple of coordinating pieces of Flower Pot Designer Series Paper.  The center flag is a piece of Very Vanilla card stock layered over Pear Pizzazz card stock.  The greeting is stamped using Lost Lagoon ink.

A couple of rhinestones are added to the center of the flower and near the greeting.  The rhinestones are colored with the dark Daffodil Delight Blendabilities marker.

Today’s Hello all-occasion card is designed for today’s sketch challenge at i Love Card Sketches.

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Dec 312014

Hello CardToday’s card is an all-occasion Hello card created for the sketch challenge at i Love Card Sketches.

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Close-up of sky and birds.

You can easily change the greeting to “Get Well”, “Thank You”, “Thinking of You” or even “Happy Birthday”.  This is a simple design and easy to replicate.

First the “sky” was created with Soft Sky ink and the large slash image from Work of Art stamp set.  In the center of a piece of Whisper White card stock (5″ X 3 3/4″), stamp once at the top and without re-inking stamp a second time just below the first.  Then I inked the branch and birds image with Crumb Cake and colored the birds with a Chocolate Chip marker.  Stamp the image over the “sky”.

Adhere the Whisper White card stock to the front of a Crumb Cake card base.

Use a piece of Chocolate Chip card stock (5 1/4″ X 4″) and cut the center out with a framelit from the Window Frames Collection.

Wrap a piece of Crumb Cake 1 1/4″ Striped Grosgrain ribbon around the left side and adhere to the back.

Attach the Chocolate Chip card stock over the stamped image on the front of the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Stamp the greeting on Whisper White card stock using Chocolate Chip ink.  Layer onto Crumb Cake card stock and glue to the bottom right side of the card front.

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Dec 052014
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Noel Christmas Tree Votive Easel Card

   Christmas Lights come in different forms.  Today I am sharing two designs – one for the Noel Christmas Tree Votive Easel Card and the other is the Votive with Vellum Windows.  For both of these, the lighting is provided by battery operated tea lights or votive lights.  Do not use standard candles because that would pose a fire hazard.

When the easel is standing, you can insert a votive light through the circle hole in the back of the card to light up the tree.  You can download the free tutorial HERE.

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I had to turn off the lights so you could see the votive light behind the card so the rest of the picture is pretty dark.















This is my second project today.  This is an easy little box turned into a votive holder.  If you would like the instructions, download the free tutorial HERE.

Votive with ribbon front

Votive with Vellum Windows

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Dec 012014

Birthday CardOne more Handmade Birthday Card – this time for my granddaughter.  After this one only two more in December.  Nearly 50% of our family birthdays are in November and December.

Designer Series Paper makes it so easy to created a coordinated background.  For this card the DSP is split to provide a little interest.  The focal point is made using two of the framelits from Apothecary Accents.  My first attempt at the message was a rectangle layer of Whisper White card stock.  It just didn’t look quite right.  I took the stamp and traced the outline of the rubber on the back of the rectangle and cut out around “Happy Birthday”.  I like the results much more than the original.  The card is finished with a small bow and tails on each side.

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Nov 192014

Happy Thanksgiving Wreath CardHappy Thanksgiving!  This Thanksgiving Wreath card is inspired by today’s sketch at i Love Card Sketches.

I just love this Wondrous Wreath photopolymer stamp set.  It is so easy to place the layers (the stamps have little tabs to line up).  This is a Thanksgiving version with fall colors.  I added just a bit of Crystal Effects to a few of the Cajun Craze leaves and the paper button.

To create the background, a strip of the Crumb Cake 1-1/4″ Striped Grosgrain Ribbon is layered over a strip of Early Espresso card stock and then attached to Crumb Cake card base.

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Happy Thanksgiving Wreath closeup

Here is a closeup of the wreath. You can see the Crystal Effects used on some of the leaves and the button.

Stamp the first layer of the wreath with Crumb Cake ink over Crumb Cake card stock.  After inking up the stamp with Crumb Cake ink, some of the leaves are colored by hand directly onto the stamp using an Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker.  Stamp another layer of leaves with Cajun Craze ink.  Wait until after you cut the wreath before adding the Crystal Effects.

Now cut out the wreath using the framelits.  Use the bow framelit to cut the bow from Early Espresso card stock.  Now you can add the Crystal Effects and set aside to dry.

The wreath is layered onto the center front of the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Add the bow and button with a short length of Linen thread.

The “Happy Thanksgiving” is from Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set and stamped in Early Espresso onto Crumb Cake card stock.  Then it is cut out with the Window Word Punch and layered onto two additional Window Word punched pieces of Early Espresso.

Choose a different color scheme for the Happy Thanksgiving Wreath Card.  Add some reds or yellows instead of the Early Espresso and Cajun Craze.

Leave a comment and let me know how you like this card and share your ideas for changing up the colors.  See my supply list below.

Nov 122014

Merry Christmas Stars Card Merry Christmas Stars Card starts with the new sketch over at i Love Card Sketches.

ilCS-02 sketchThe Stars framelits were used to create different sizes of stars in Night of Navy and Daffodil Delight.    I used the I Love Lace background stamp and clear embossing powder to emboss the stars and added Dazzling Diamonds while the embossing was still liquid.  Take a look at the closeup.  The picture doesn’t do the stars justice.  I think it adds just a little sparkle without overwhelming the card.  You could probably get a close effect using Heat n Stick powder.

Closeup of stars on Merry Christmas Stars CardThe Soft Sky background is also embossed with stars using the Lucky Stars embossing folder.

The sentiment is stamped and then punched out with the Modern Label punch.  I layered that over another Modern Label punched from Night of Navy card stock and cut in half.  I added a bit of Night of Navy ribbon threaded through each end of the sentiment.  I like the gathered look of the ribbon.  Yes, it is possible to get it through the 1/16″ hole, but be careful not to tear.

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Sep 262014

Handmade Christmas Joy Gate CardInside Christmas Joy Gate CardThis Handmade Christmas Joy Gate Card is designed for a Christmas family photo.  The gate card opens off-center on the right to reveal space for the photo in the center of the card.  It has a large embossed snowflake on the left. The card was made for a card swap with a few fellow Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.  What a fun afternoon to get together and create and share ideas.  Later I will share a few of the other cards we made.

  • Start with Whisper White card stock cut lengthwise.  Then score it so the finished card is a standard 5 1/2″ X 4 1/4″.  Use the Scalloped Tag punch to punch the right flap.  Night of Navy card stock is added to the left side of the card and under the right side and a small piece to the right edge.  The corners are rounded using the Envelope Punch Board.
  • I had so much fun punching out the little stars with the Confetti Stars punch.  The stars are scattered across the top.  A little trick:  use the end of your piercing tool to pick up a little glue and then pick up a star and place it on the card front.
  • The larger snowflakes are cut with the Snowflake Thinlits.  They are embossed twice with the Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  Be sure to cut them first and then emboss.  Your thinlits are not designed to cut through more than one layer of card stock.  The smaller tree and “Joy” are also cut with the Snowflake Thinlits.  The larger tree is punched with the Tree punch. 
  • Stamp “Christmas” with Night of Navy ink and cut out with the Itty Bitty Banners Framelits.  (“Christmas” is from Petite Pairs stamp set and just the “Christmas” is colored with a Night of Navy Stampin’ Write Marker.)
  • Tie a small piece of Whisper White 1/4″ Cotton Ribbon through the slot of the Scalloped Tag and you are finished.

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