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Monday, August 29, 2016

Botanical Builder Birthday CASE


Inspiration:  One of my stamping friends sent this pin to me, so I thought I'd make one like it for her birthday.  I intended to completely CASE Connie's beautiful card without changing anything...and then I goofed and had to cut down my card front to just a layer.  I'm actually pretty happy with the end result since at least now I feel like I've given it a little bit of my own touch.

Tips:
  • Be sure to stamp your greeting before embossing the white piece.
  • The center of the flower is a 1/4" circle of Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper adhered with a glue dot.  I like to use glimmer paper for flower centers because it makes the card very flat/mailable.
  • Cut the leaves off just above the bottom leaves to make them a little easier to work with.  Lay them out on the card and then use cellophane tape to hold the ends in place.  Next, add just a tiny bit of multipurpose glue on back of each stem in the center to give them a little more stability.
Stamps:
Birthday Banners

Paper:
Mint Macaron Card Stock
     5-1/2x8-1/2 Card Base
     4-1/4x1-3/4 for 2 Leaves
Tip Top Taupe Card Stock
     2x6-1/4 Swirl
     Scrap for Flower Center
Dapper Denim Card Stock
     2-3/4x2-3/4 Flower
Whisper White Card Stock
     3-3/4x5 Embossed Layer
Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
     Scrap for Flower Center

Ink:
Dapper Denim Stamp Pad

Accessories:
Botanical Builders Framelits
Swirly Scribbles Thinlits
1/4" Circle Punch
Softly Falling Embossing Folder
Glue Dots
Multipurpose Glue

Thanks for stopping by!
Beth

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Thoughtful Branches Christmas Card


Inspiration:  There's lots of beautiful cards on the internet that inspired this card...which will be an option at my next card buffet.  I used the Thoughtful Branches bundle which is only available until August 31.  It's truly a fun, versatile set that you don't want to miss out on!

Tips:
  • Stamp the lines for the ground lower on the front panel to have plenty of room for the trees.
  • The bird and greeting are popped up with dimensionals.
Stamps:
Thoughtful Branches (bundle)
Stitched with Cheer (greeting)

Paper:
Real Red Card Stock
     5-1/2x8-1/2 Card Base
Whisper White Card Stock
     5x3-3/4 Main Image
     Scraps for Bird and Greeting
Gold Glimmer Paper
     Scrap for Star

Ink:
Real Red Stamp Pad
Garden Green Stamp Pad
Chocolate Chips Stamp Pad
Smoky Slate Stamp Pad

Accessories:
Beautiful Branches Framelits (bundle, bird)
Bunch of Banners Framelits (greeting)
Perfect Pines Framelits (star...a small star punch works, too)
Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by!
Beth

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Monday, August 15, 2016


Inspiration:  This card is very similar to my previous post.  I needed a couple of quick sympathy cards, and the Thoughtful Branches stamp set and coordinating thinlits came to the rescue.  I love that the inside sentiment says "and always in my heart."  Don't forget the Thoughtful Branches bundle is only available this month while supplies last.

Stamps:
Thoughtful Branches (bundle and save)

Paper:
Marina Mist Card Stock
     8-1/2 x 5-1/2 Card Base
Pear Pizzazz Card Stock
     3-3/4x5 Large Layer
     3-1/4x4-1/4 Stem
Whisper White Card Stock
     3-1/2x4-3/4 Large Layer
     3-3/4x3-1/4 Hydrangea Flower

Ink:
Marina Mist Stamp Pad
Tip Top Taupe Stamp Pad

Accessories:
Beautiful Branches Thinlits (bundle and save)
Linen Thread
Glue Dots

Thanks for stopping by!
Beth

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Thoughtful Branches is Here!


Inspiration:  August is a huge birthday month for my friends and family, so I need to stock up on birthday cards. Lucky thing I have the new Thoughtful Branches stamp set and Beautiful Branches thinlits (available in a bundle during August while supplies last).  This card came together so easily but the the die cuts make it look detailed.

Tips:
  • I highly recommend using the Precision Base Plate with thinlits like these.  Since I stamped the hydrangea image first, I tried cutting it out with my Magnetic Platform to keep the thinlit lined up with the stamped image.  However, not all of the tiny pieces came out.  The Precision Base Plate made all the difference!  I ran it through once and then backed it through for a second pass.  Almost every single piece came out using my Big Shot Brush.  The few pieces that were left easily came out with just a little poke.  
  • It's extremely easy to line up the stamped hydrangea image with the thinlit.  If you want to make sure it doesn't shift when you run it through the Big Shot, use a little Post-It tape or washi tape to hold the thinlit in place.
  • I cut an extra Rich Razzleberry hydrangea (not stamped) and offset it from the stamped image.
  • Multipurpose glue works great for adhering intricate pieces like these. Just use teeny tiny beads of glue or tiny drops.  Plus, you can let it set for few seconds before laying it on the paper so it won't be as runny.
  • To get my washi tape straight, I lined up the card base on some grid paper.  Use your bone folder (something with a little weight) or some washi tape to hold it in place.  Use the gridlines to ensure your tape is straight. Clip the excess off the edges of the card base.
Stamps:
Thoughtful Branches (bundled with Beautiful Branches Thinlits)
Cottage Greetings

Paper:
Sweet Sugarplum Card Stock
     4-1/4x11 Card Base
     3-3/4x3-1/4 Hydrangea Stamped Image
Rich Razzleberry Card Stock
     3-3/4x3-1/4 Hydrangea Layer
Pear Pizzazz Card Stock
     3-1/4x4-1/4 Stem
Whisper White Card Stock
     3-1/2x4-3/4 Large Layer

Ink:
Sweet Sugarplum Stamp Pad
Rick Razzleberry Stamp Pad

Accessories:
Beautiful Branches (bundled with Thoughtful Branches stamp set)
Playful Palette Washi Tape
Pearls
Multipurpose Glue
Precision Base Plate & Big Shot Brush

Thanks for stopping by!
Beth

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Friday, July 29, 2016

Christmas in July


Inspiration:  This card is a result of seeing this tag on Pinterest.  Why am I making a Christmas card in July?  I'm working on the cards for my next card buffet which will be at the end of August.  In order for my stampers to stock up on their Christmas cards, I'll offer one Christmas card option for the next several card buffets....and this is the one for August.  I have some Merry Moments DSP from the last Holiday Catalog that hasn't seen any love as well as a full pack of Mossy Meadow card stock.  I'm happy to have found the perfect use for them.

Tips:
  • Use the tree framelit to cut a green tree and a red tree.  Run the green tree back through with the "dots" framelit to make the ornaments.  Layer the two trees together.
  • I used a 1/8" circle punch to punch the gold glimmer paper ornaments, but I think for the card buffet I'll use the the "dots" framelit so I can cut more at a time.
  • The bow and star are adhered with glue dots.  
  • The tag is popped up with dimensionals.
Paper Dimensions:
Cherry Cobbler Card Stock
     8-1/2x5-1/2 Card Base
     2x2-3/4 Tree Layer
Crumb Cake Card Stock
     2x3-1/2 Tag
Mossy Meadow Card Stock
     2x2-3/4 Tree Layer
Merry Moments DSP
     2x1-1/2 Strip
Whisper White Card Stock
     3-3/4x5 Embossed Layer
     Scrap for Circle
Gold Glimmer Paper
     Scraps for Star and Ornaments


Retired:
Mossy Meadow Card Stock
Merry Moments DSP Stack

Thanks for stopping by!
Beth

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

More Flourishing Phrases


Inspiration:  I'm loving the Flourishing Phrases stamp set and Flourish thinlits.  Can you tell?  :)

Tips:
  • Once again I wanted to "tame" some busy DSP, so I added a layer of vellum to tone it down a bit.  Elmer's Craft Bond Repositionable Glue Stick works GREAT with vellum.  I put it in areas where you would typically be able to see the glue, but you can't see a thing!
  • I used the Banners framelits to cut out the banner which is a little longer than the the actual framelit.  Be sure your paper is no more than 1 inch wide.  Line the paper up under the framelit. Only run the "tail" end through the Big Shot rollers (run it under and then roll it backwards so the entire framelit doesn't go under the rollers). 
  • The greeting was stamped with Tip Top Taupe ink and is popped up with dimensionals.
Paper Dimensions:
Whisper White Thick Card Stock
     8-1/2x4-1/4 Card Base
Whisper White Card Stock
     4x1 Banner
Pear Pizzazz Card Stock
     2-1/4x3-1/4 Leaf
Mossy Meadow Card Stock
     2-1/4x3-1/4 Leaf
Botanical Gardens DSP (Retired)
     3-3/4x5 Large Layer
Botanical Gardens Vellum (Retired)
     3-1/4x4-1/2 Large Layer

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Beth

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Flourishing Phrase Get Well Card


Inspiration:   I had used the Flourishing Phrases stamp set on another card, but I really wanted to use the beautiful flourish from from the Flourish Thinlits.  This one turned out to be a little trickier than I thought it would be when it was just a thought and not reality. :)

Tips:
  • To make a "mirrored" flourish, I cut two pieces using the large thinlit and cut them approximately in half. You could actually start with a smaller piece of paper and just die cut the top half of the flourish twice.
  • You only need some small Blushing Bride scraps to cut out the flowers.  No need to cut out the entire flourish.
  • The most difficult part of this card was making sure I had the flourishes positioned correctly and then not smearing glue everywhere!  Here's what I learned:
    • Before cutting off the "green" flowers, lay out your flourish pieces on the Whisper White card stock.  Use a pencil to trace around the bottom of each stem. It's going to be covered by the greeting anyway.  
    • Cut off the green flowers trimming close to the top of the stem. Trim off any extra stem from your Blushing Bride flowers.
    • Apply TINY amounts of multipurpose glue to the back of the flourish die cuts.  Let them sit until the glue isn't runny...just tacky.  Carefully line up the bottoms of the flourishes with your pencil marks on the Whisper White and press down.  This is one time you don't want to "adjust" your image once it's on the card.  It makes a mess...trust me!
    • Next, add a tiny amount of glue to the flowers, let them sit and then add them to the card.
    • The scalloped circled is glued to the card front.  The dimensionals are behind the green circle.
One of my stamping friends taught me a phrase to think about when applying glue (she uses it in her SS class)..."dot, dot, not a lot."  Based on this, someone came up with a way to remember to not smoosh your stamps into the firm foam ink pads..."tap, tap, stamp like that."  Words to live by!  LOL

Paper Dimensions:
Crumb Cake Card Stock
     8-1/2x5-1/2 Card Base
Blushing Bride Card Stock
     4x5-1/4 Large Layer
     2-1/4x2-1/4 Scalloped Circle
     Scraps for Flowers
Pear Pizzazz Card Stock
     (2) 3-1/4x3-1/2 Flourishes (top half only)
     2x2 Circle
Whisper White Card Stock
     3-3/4x5 Embossed Layer
     2x2 Greeting Circle

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Thanks for stopping by!
Beth

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Mixing the Old with the New - Birthday Banners


Inspiration:  I had one sheet of this retired Birthday Bash DSP left from a couple of years ago, and I knew it would work great with the Birthday Banners stamp set.  It's so pretty because some of the confetti is gold foil.  This layout can easily be used with the paper you have on hand.

Tips:
  • You'll need to stamp the candle portion twice to make the candle longer.  It's really pretty easy to line it up.  Plus, the banner covers the seam if you have one.
  • I used a piece of Post-It tape to mask off the "to the" words on the Happy Birthday stamp. Place the Post-It tape over "to the," ink the stamp, remove the tape and stamp. 
  • Curve your stamps to match the shape of the banner.  I laid my clear block on top of the stamped banner and then positioned each stamp on a block.  Even though the words are backwards, they still lined up fine when I turned them over to stamp. 
  • It doesn't show up in the picture, but I used clear Wink of Stella on the flame.
  • The banner is popped up with dimensionals.
Paper Dimensions:
Tangerine Tango Card Stock
     8-1/2x5-1/2 Card Base
     Scraps for Confetti Stars
Bermuda Bay Card Stock
     3x4-3/4 Layer
Whisper White Card Stock
     2-1/2x4 Main Image
     4x2-1/2 Banner
DSP Layer
     3-3/4x5


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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Taming A Bold Color Palette


Inspiration:  A need to get out of my comfort zone!

Tips:
  • Sometimes I find it difficult to work with bold patterned paper like many of the designs in the Playful Palette DSP stack.  There's absolutely nothing wrong with bold colors and patterns; it's all about personal preference.  If you're like me and struggle with them, "tame" them a little by using a softer color or neutral card base.  Also, keep the main image as clean and simple as possible.  The beauty of the Playful Palette DSP stack is that it includes bold patterns and some more simple patterns on the reverse sides.
  • I used my MISTI to line up the easel and the greeting.
  • Lay a piece of copier paper over the left edge of the easel so the tail of the middle stroke doesn't stamp on the actual easel or outside of it.
  • The main image and green layer are attached together and then popped up from the card front with dimensionals.
Paper Dimensions:
Peekaboo Peach Card Stock
     8-1/2x5-1/2 Card Base
Emerald Envy Card Stock
     2-1/2x3-1/2 Layer
Very Vanilla Card Stock
     2-3/4x3-3/4 Main Image
Playful Palette DSP Stack
     3-3/4x5 Large Layer

Thanks for stopping by!
Beth

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