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.

ilCS-03 sketch

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.

Sep 082014
 

Christmas Card IdeaThis Christmas card idea started with the Christmas Bauble stamp from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog.  The stars were created by sponging Metallic Silver Encore ink over the stars from Hearts & Stars Decorative Masks onto Night of Navy card stock.  The bordering card stock is Brushed Silver to pick up the star color.

How do you like the color combination?  When I layered the focal point over Cherry Cobbler card stock, it was just too dark.  Instead, I chose Old Olive to bring out the color of the holly leaves and Whisper White card stock for the card base.  Please leave me a comment below to let me know how you like the card.

Here are some additional supplies used in this card:
Brushed Silver 8-1/2″ X 11″ Card Stock
Old Olive 8-1/2″ X 11″ Card Stock
Night Of Navy 8-1/2″ X 11″ Card Stock
Night Of Navy 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon
Rhinestone Basic Jewels Embellishments
Whisper White 8-1/2″ X 11″ Card Stock

You can find your Stampin’ Up! supplies in my Online Store.

 

Apr 242014
 

Masculine Birthday Card A quick post today of this Masculine Birthday Card.

This simple layout with minimum layering can be used for many occasions.  Change up the color scheme and you will get a completely different card.

Notice the bright spots on the photos of the card.  I took the pictures outdoors in wonderful, sunny California on our recent trip out of rain country.

Masculine Birthday Card

Supplies:
Paper:
Very Vanilla card stock (101650) 5 1/2″ X 8 1/2″, 2” square
Crushed Curry card stock (131199) 1” X 4”
Bermuda Bay card stock (131197) 1 ¼” X 4 ½”
Cajun Craze card stock (119684) 1 ½” X 5”, 2” square
Stamp Sets:
Label Love (130622)
Bring on the Cake (121958)
Field Flowers (128583)
Ink:
Bermuda Bay Classic Stampin’ Pad (131171)
Cajun Craze Classic Stampin’ Pad (126965)
Crushed Curry Classic Stampin’ Pad (131173)
Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Marker (131262)*
Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Write Marker (131259)**
Cajun Craze Stampin’ Write Marker (131262)*
*Regals Collection
**Brights Collection
Tools:
Artisan Label punch (130920)
1 3/4″ Circle Punch (119850)
Clear Block B (1 5/8″ X 1 5/16″) (117147)
Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049)
Square Lattice TIEF (119976)
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439)
Adhesive:
Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)
Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755)

Instructions:

  1. Score and fold Very Vanilla card stock to form card base.
  2. Notch one end of the Cajun Craze, Bermuda Bay, and Crushed Curry strips of card stock
  3. Use Multipurpose Liquid Glue to adhere the three strips together.
  4. Insert the three layers into the Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and run through the Big Shot.
  5. Adhere the embossed layers to the left side of the card base.
  6. Use the Clear Block (B) to place three blocks of color along the right side of the card base.  I stamped off some of the color especially with the Cajun Craze.  Experiment on scrap paper until you get the amount of color you want.
  7. Use the Stamp-a-ma-jig to place and stamp the flower from Field Flowers over the stamped blocks using Cajun Craze ink.
  8. Stamp “Happy Birthday to you!” from Label Love onto Very Vanilla card stock with Cajun Craze ink.
  9. Punch out with the Artisan Label punch.
  10. Punch a circle out of Cajun Craze card stock with the 1 ¾” Circle Punch.
  11. Adhere the sentiment onto the Cajun Craze circle and mount on the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Inside:
I used the Markers to color the cake image and message and used the Cajun Craze ink pad to stamp “wish BIG” hand on the left inside of the card.

Thank you for stopping by my blog.  If you are inspired, please leave a comment about the Masculine Birthday Card.

Apr 142014
 

Group of Easter Box Cards

Easter Box Card

Open card from the front

These Easter box cards are filled with spring flowers and the Easter eggs are “hidden” in the grass.  I thought these would be the perfect cards for my grandchildren for Easter.  I hope they enjoy them when they pop open into a 3D display the includes a little bunny and a bird and butterflies.  I made six of these.  There are different patterns for the base panels, but they are all from the Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper.

The box card folds up into a standard 4 ¼” X 5 ½” card and fits into a standard medium envelope.   The card has a panel on the back to write a note.  Each panel is decorated.  The left side has a bird.  The right side has butterflies and the front would not be complete without the little bunny.   The center of the box is decorated with grass and flowers and the Easter eggs are hidden in the grass.

Easter Box Card

back of card folded flat

Easter Box Card Bunny

Close-up of front panel

Close-up of right panel butterflies

Close-up of right panel

Close-up of left panel bird

Close-up of left panel

Supplies:

Paper:
Whisper White 8-1/2X11 Card Stock (100730)
Daffodil Delight card stock (119683)
Pear Pizzazz card stock (131201)
Island Indigo card stock (122923)
Melon Mambo card stock (115320)
Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper (129310)
Ink:
Melon Mambo classic ink pad (126948)
Daffodil Delight classic ink pad (126944)
Island Indigo classic ink pad (126986)
Chocolate Chip Stampin’ Write marker (131261)**
Island Indigo Stampin’ Write marker (131262)**
Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write marker (119677)
Stamp Sets:
Teeny Tiny Wishes Clear-Mount Stamp Set (Happy Easter) (127802)
Papillon Potpourri (butterfly) (123759)
Six-Sided Sampler (designs for eggs) (130956)
Petite Petals (flowers) (133155)
You’re Lovely (SAB) (border on back panel)
Punches:
Petite Petals punch (133322)
Small Oval punch (120908)
Owl Builder punch (118074)
Bird Builder (117191)
Bitty Butterfly (129406)
Small Heart (117193)
1 ¼” Scallop Circle (127811)
Word Window (119857)
Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (118309)
Other Accessories:
Hearts Collection framelits (125599)
2-Way Glue (100425)
Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755)

This is the list of supplies.  If you would like more detailed information about how to assemble the card, please email me.

 

 

Apr 092014
 

Window CardThis window of flowers was created with the Circle Collection Framelits (130911) from Stampin’ Up!  You can use several of the framelit collections to create a window in the front of your card and then embellish the inside of the card to match.

Supplies:
Paper:
Very Vanilla card stock (101650) 5 ½” X 8 ½”, 1 ¼” X 3”, 2” X 2” (3 pieces or enough to make 3 flowers)
Garden Green card stock (102584) 3 ¾” square, 2” X 2”
Stamp Sets:
Flower Shop Clear-Mount Stamp Set (130942)
Lacy & Lovely Clear-Mount Stamp Set (122887)
Ink:
Jet Black StazOn Ink Pad (101406)
Garden Green Classic ink pad    (126973)
Rose Red Stampin’ Write Marker (131262)**
Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Marker (131262)**
Big Shot Accessories:
Square Lattice TIEF (119976)
Circles Collection Framelits (130911)
Accessories:
Pansy Punch (130698)
Dazzling Details (124117)
Sponge Daubers (102892)
Blender Pens (102845)
Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755)
Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

Instructions:

  • Fold and score the card base.
  • Position the circle framelit (I used #6 from the center which is 2 ¾”) on the top center of the card front and run through the Big Shot.  Set the cut out circle aside.  You will need it for the base of the flowers inside the card.
  • Use the same framelit to cut the center out of the Garden Green card stock.  Use the next bigger framelit circle (#7 from the center which is 3 ½”) to cut the Garden Green card stock into a circle frame.  Cut the cut out circle into a strip that will be about 1 ½” wide.
  • Use the Square Lattice embossing folder to emboss the Garden Green frame, the 1 ½” X 2 ¾” Garden Green card stock and the Very Vanilla circle that was cut out of the front of the card.
  • Sponge Garden Green ink around the edges of the Very Vanilla circle.
  • Punch 1 pansy out of the 2” x 2” Garden Green card stock and cut this into 5 petals to use as the leaves.
  • Use Multipurpose Liquid Glue to adhere the Garden Green frame around the hole in the card front.
  • Stamp “Hello” or other sentiment onto the 1 ¼” X 3” Very Vanilla card stock.  Center the card stock under the #5 circle framelit and run this through the Big Shot to trim the ends.
  • Glue the Very Vanilla sentiment onto the Garden Green strip and glue these to the bottom right of the card front.
  • Stamp flowers onto Very Vanilla card stock with the Jet Black StazOn ink.
  • Color the flowers with the Rose Red and Crushed Curry markers and blend with the blender pen.
  • Punch out each colored flower.
  • Arrange the leaves and glue them to the Very Vanilla circle.
  • Arrange the flowers over the leaves and use Stampin’ Dimensionals to attach the flowers.
  • Close the card.  Put Multipurpose Liquid Glue on the back of the Very Vanilla Circle and carefully position this through the card front window so it is glued to the inside of your card.
  • Last, you can add the Dazzling Details to the middle of each flower and set the card aside to dry.

Try a window card with one of the other framelit die sets:  Deco Labels Collection Framelits Dies (130102); Floral Frames Framelits Dies (127012); Window Frames Collection Framelits Dies (129021); Squares Collection Framelits Dies (130921); Labels Collection Framelits Dies (125598); Ovals Collection Framelits Dies (129381).  Each one will create a unique window and wow the recipient.

I hope that you have enjoyed learning how to make this window card with the Circle Framelits.  Check back for more creations using the Framelit dies.

Mar 212014
 

Monochromatic Easel CardToday’s color challenge is a Monochromatic Easel Card.  I think the monochromatic scheme lends an elegance or classiness to the card.  It is perfect for feminine or masculine cards.

Monochromatic means having one color or tones of one color or hue.

A monochromatic scheme uses shades of the same color or a color plus a neutral.  In this case, the colors are shades of gray:  Basic Gray and Smoky Slate.

Color Challenge_Monochromatic Sometimes it is frustrating trying to get a good photo of cards.  For all my trying, the picture today isn’t a good representation of the colors.  The photo shows the base of the card as almost white, but it is Smoky Slate.

The ribbon used on this card is the Whisper White 5/8” Organza (114319) and I used the Smoky Slate Stampin’ Write Marker (131898) to color the center.

Another trick I used was the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch (133324) to create the mat for the sentiment label.  Cut the card stock 2” X 3” and then use the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch to punch both ends.  It fits nicely under the other label.  If I had used the next size up of the Deco Labels as a mat, the mat would have overwhelmed the front of the card.  So voila! Another use for the tag punch.

The top of the easel piece was cut with the Oval Accent Bigz Clear Die (127005).

See the close-up picture for stamping details.Close-up of stamping pattern and sentiment label

Supplies

Paper:  Basic Gray card stock (121044) 5 1/2″ X 8 1/2″, 2″ x 3″
Smoky Slate card stock (131202) 4″ X 5 1/4″, 2″ X 3″

Stamp Set:  Wetlands (126697), Hearts a Flutter (129252)

Ink:  Smoky Slate classic ink pad (131179), Smoky Slate Stampin’ Write Marker (131898), Basic Gray classic ink pad (126981), VersaMark pad (102283)

Punches/Dies: Mosaic Punch (131267), Modern Mosaic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (129984), Deco Labels Collection Framelits Dies (130102), Oval Accent Bigz Clear Die (127005), Scalloped Tag Topper Punch (133324)

Accessories:  Whisper White 5/8 Inch Organza Ribbon (114319), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Embossing Buddy (103083), Heat Tool (129053), Black Stampin’ Emboss Powder (109133)

Try your hand at creating a monochromatic color scheme.  Share your results here.  Please leave a comment about today’s Monochromatic Easel Card.

 

Nov 132013
 

Christmas Greetings TreeThis quick and easy card uses a different template.  The strips of Designer Series Paper on this card is retired, but you can easily substitute a couple of the designs from the Season of Style Designer Series Paper Pack.

I didn’t plan it, but doesn’t this look kind of like a fireplace hearth?

Supplies:

  • Warmth & Wonder hostess stamp set
  • Designer Series Paper Season of Style (1/2″ X 5 1/2″) (132181)
  • Cherry Cobbler card stock (2 3/4″ X 2″)(119685)
  • Whisper White card stock (5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″) & (3/8″ X 3″)(100730)
  • Gold Metallic Encore ink pad (132141)
  • Cherry Cobbler ink pad (126966)
  • Baked Brown Sugar ink pad (131174)
  • Dazzling Details Cherry Cobbler (125585)
  • Cherry Cobbler 1/2″ Seam Binding (~4″) (120992)
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

Stamp the snowflakes randomly over the Cherry Cobbler card stock using the Gold Metallic Encore ink.  Glue this piece to the bottom center of the card front.  Glue the strips of Designer Series Paper 1/2″ from each side of the card stock.  The strips will overlap the Cherry Cobbler card stock about 1/2″ on each side.  Stamp the tree in the center of the card front above the Cherry Cobbler card stock with the Baked Brown Sugar ink.  Stamp the ornaments in the tree branches using the Cherry Cobbler ink.  Add a small dab of the Dazzling Details over each ornament.  Set aside to dry.  Stamp “Christmas Greetings” in the center of the small piece of Whisper White card stock using Cherry Cobbler ink.  Trim the ends diagonally.  Attach the greeting to the center of the Cherry Cobbler 1/2″ Seam Binding and trim the seam binding diagonally.  Attach the ribbon and greeting over the top of the snowflake Cherry Cobbler using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

This quick and easy Christmas card is the third in this series.  Other cards include:  Christmas Greetings Reindeer and Christmas Cardinal.

Please leave a comment.  I would love to read your thoughts about these Quick and Easy Christmas Card Ideas.

 

 

 

Nov 112013
 

Christmas Greetings ReindeerAnother Quick and Easy Christmas Card based on the same template I shared last week.  This time I used Smoky Slate card stock (131202) for the card base (5 1/2″ X 8 1/2″).  Layer a 2 1/4″ X 5 1/4″ piece of Coastal Cabana card stock (131297) about 1/8″ from the left side of the card base.  I added some Designer Series Paper from Winter Frost Designer Series Paper Pack (2″ X 5″) (132183) on top of the card stock.  The reindeer from Warmth & Wonder hostess stamp set is stamped on White Vellum card stock (101856) with Silver Metallic Encore ink (132142).  I punched the reindeer out with the Extra-large Oval punch (119859) and edged the oval vellum with the Silver Encore ink.  Next use an oval framelit (Ovals Collections 129381) to cut out the mat from Coastal Cabana card stock.  Again, I edged the oval with the Silver Encore ink.  I also ran the mat through the Big Shot using the Fancy Fan embossing folder (127751) before attaching the reindeer oval.  The ovals are attached to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430) and a Silver 1/8″ ribbon (132137) bow is added to the top with a Mini Glue Dot (103683).  For this card I added an extra element.  Christmas Greetings is stamped in Coastal Cabana ink (131175) on Whisper White card stock (3/8″ X  2 1/2″) (100730) and the ends are rounded with the Word Window punch (119857).  The greeting is matted onto Coastal Cabana card stock that has been run through the Fancy Fan embossing folder.

This is a slightly different twist on the quick and easy Christmas card I shared last week.  The Designer Series Paper Packs (Winter Frost (132183) or Season of Style (132181)) make it easy to create different cards using the same template.

Leave a comment to let me know how you like this design.  What colors would you choose?

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Nov 042013
 

Christmas Cardinal Card This Quick and Easy Christmas Card will only take a few minutes to reproduce.  This sample has a retired Designer Series Paper, but choose whichever current paper you want and match the colors accordingly.

Start with Whisper White card stock (100730) for the card base (5 1/2″ X 8 1/2″).  Layer a 2 1/2″ X 5 1/2″ piece of coordinating card stock to the left side of the card base.  Add the Designer Series Paper of choice (2″ X 5″) on top of the card stock.  Stamp an image in coordinating classic ink and punch out.  Layer the stamped image onto a piece of card stock that has been cut with a framelit (I used the Labels Collection framelits 125598.)  Add a little bling like the Basic Rhinestone Jewels (119246) and mount on the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430).

In the 2013 Holiday catalog there are these two Designer Series Paper Pack that are sized just for cards.  Because the paper is double-sided you get four different designs in each pack.

Winter Frost Designer Series Paper Pack

Winter Frost Designer Series Paper Pack

Designer Series Paper

Season of Style Designer Series Paper Pack

Winter Frost (132183) colors:  Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, Island Indigo, Pool Party, Smoky Slate, Whisper White.

Season of Style (132181) colors:  Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Whisper White.

 

Any of these papers would be an excellent choice for today’s Quick and Easy Christmas card.

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