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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Using Up Leftovers




Inspiration:  This card by Mary Fish along with my leftover butterflies from my last post led to this card.  Instead of using washi tape like Mary used for her card, I used strips of DSP in varying widths. I also added another butterfly because it felt like it just needed a little something else.  Note that I used the reverse side of the butterflies that I cut out for my previous post.

Tips:
  • The vellum butterflies are attached to the butterfly underneath with a little multipurpose glue right in the center.  
  • I used the Tree Builder Punch again to make the butterfly center and the Cupcake Builder Punch for the little glimmer circles.
  • Since I'm a little OCD, I used grid paper to line up the strips to make sure they're straight.  I attached the card stock to the grid paper with a little post-it tape (you could also use washi tape) and started 1/2 inch from the bottom.  Once you have the first strip in place, the other two will be straight also.
  • The strip widths starting from the bottom are 1/2 inch, 3/8 inch and 5/8 inch.  I made them a little longer than 5" so I could snip off the extra.
  • I made a few extra cards and used my MISTI to stamp the greeting.  Since I started my strips at the same spot every time (the grid paper does come in handy), it was easy to place the greeting for multiple card fronts. 
Stamps:
Birthday Blooms

Paper:
Rich Razzleberry Card Stock
     5-1/2x8-1/2 Card Base
Whisper White Card Stock
     5x3-3/4 Main Panel
Blooms & Bliss DSP
     3 strips measuring at least 5" long - widths are 3/8, 1/2 and 5/8 inches (see above)
     (2) 2-1/2x2 Pieces for Butterflies
     Scraps for Butterfly Centers
Vellum Card Stock
     (2) 2-1/2x2 Pieces for Butterflies
Silver Glimmer Paper
     Scraps for Butterfly Centers

Ink:
Rich Razzleberry Ink Pad

Accessories:
Butteflies Thinlits
Bold Butterflies Framelits
Tree Builder Punch
Cupcake Builder Punch (it's on the Clearance Rack for $10.80!)
Multipurpose Glue

Thanks for stopping by!
Beth

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Butterflies Take Flight CCREW117INSP


Inspiration:  This is another card I made for the SCS January Creative Crew challenge the theme of which is "Take Flight."  We were challenged to create a card inspired by photos provided.  I chose this photo as my inspiration.  Please visit the Creative Crew gallery to see all of the design team cards.


Tips:
  • Cut out butterflies from the Blooms & Bliss DSP using the small butterfly from the Butterflies Thinlits Dies. Cut the detailed butterflies using the small butterfly from the Bold Butterflies Framelits.  (Hold onto those butterflies you cut out because I'm going to show you how I used mine it my next post.)
  • The detailed butterflies are attached with a little multipurpose glue behind the body.
  • The flower centers of the butterflies were made with the Tree Builder Punch. I used the Cupcake Builder punch for the Dazzling Diamonds centers.  Glimmer paper is a great alternative to pearls and rhinestones...less bulk for mailing and less expensive.
  • The greeting was cut using the smallest Lots of Labels framelit and is attached to a 3/4" circle.
Stamps:
Thoughtful Banners

Paper:
Sweet Sugarplum Card Stock
     8-1/2x5-1/2 Card Base
     Scraps for Flower Centers
Blushing Bride Card Stock
     (3) 2-1/2x2 for Butterflies
Mint Macaron Card Stock
     Scrap for Circle
Whisper White Card Stock
     Scrap for Greeting
Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
     Scraps for Flower Centers
Blooms & Bliss DSP
     4x5-1/4 Green DSP Layer
     3-3/4x5 Floral DSP Layer

Ink:
Rich Razzleberry Ink Pad

Accessories:
Butterflies Thinlits
Bold Butterflies Framelits
Lots of Labels Framelits
Tree Builder Punch
Cupcake Builder Punch
3/4" Circle Punch
Dimensionals (behind circle)
Multipurpose Liquid Glue

Thanks for stopping by!
Beth

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Sale-A-Bration and Dragonfly Dreams CCREW117SIP


Wow!  It's already Sale-A-Bration time again!  From now through March 31, place an order of $50 before tax and shipping and qualify for a free SAB item of your choice.  Any items in the Annual Catalog, Occasions Catalog, Clearance Rack, or Holiday Carryover qualify and there's no limit to the number of free items you can earn!

Prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscriptions totaling $50 or more also qualify.  To tempt you even more to try Paper Pumpkin, the 3-month subscription is on sale for $55 through SAB...you'll automatically qualify for a free SAB item of your choice.

Want to see some of the Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration Brochure products a little more closely?  Be sure to check out these videos from Stampin' Up!:

Occasions Catalog Videos
Sale-A-Bration Brochure Videos

Now, on to the cards!

Inspiration:  For the next four months I have the honor of being part of the SU! Creative Crew Design Team over on Splitcoaststampers.  I'll be sharing my projects with you here, but be sure to check out the beautiful cards by all of the team members here and then play along!  The theme for January is "Take Flight" (think birds, butterflies, hot air balloons, planes...even bugs!).

This particular challenge was to make a simple card and then a second stepped-up version.  I chose the new Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and thinlits.  I didn't realize how much I would love this set until I started stamping with it. You can either color in the wings or there's a stamp to fill in the wings.  The stamp image makes it look like you watercolored the wings!

Tips (Stepped-Up Card Above):
  • I used the stamp to fill in the wings rather than watercoloring them.  I first inked up the stamp with Pool Party ink and then inked the edges with Island Indigo ink.  You can use a sponge dauber to feather out the line between the two colors or, if you're impatient like me, you can use your finger since it's handy.
  • The Pool Party strips are 4-1/4x1-1/4 inches each. I laid my card base on grid paper (held it in place with some post-it tape) to make sure I had the strips evenly spaced. I started at the bottom leaving 3/4", attached the top piece 3/4" from the top and then centered the middle piece between the two.
  • I added the detailed die cut dragonfly underneath for some added interest (see picture below). The dragonfly on top is attached with a little multipurpose glue in the center (glue dots would work well, too) with a dimensional under each wing placed close to the center of the dragonfly.
  • The small splatters were made with an aqua painter and ink from the lid of the Pool Party ink pad.
  • I placed a glue dot behind the ribbon (where you would normally hold it with your finger) to hold it in place while I tied the bow.
  • The Whisper White paper is attached with dimensionals.
  • Clear Wink of Stella adds sparkle to the wings.


Stamps:
Dragonfly Dreams (Bundle and Save)

Paper:
Island Indigo Card Stock
     4-1/4x11 Card Base
     3-1/2x2-3/4 Dragonfly
Pool Party Card Stock
     (3) 4-1/4x1-1/4 Strips
Whisper White Card Stock
     3-1/2x3-1/4 Main Image
     3-1/2x2-3/4 Dragonfly

Ink:
Pool Party Ink Pad
Island Indigo Ink Pad
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad

Accessories:
Dragonfly Thinlits (Bundle and Save)
Seaside Embossing Folder
Rhinestones
1/8" Silver Ribbon
Glue Dot (behind the bow)
Clear Wink of Stella
Aqua Painter
Dimensionals
Grid Paper

This is the simple version of the card above...no Big Shot or other tools needed. It's just stamps, ink and paper. You could easily step it up a notch with some rhinestones and Wink of Stella.


Stamps:
Dragonfly Dreams (Bundle and Save)

Paper:
Island Indigo Card Stock
     4-1/4x11 Card Base
Pool Party Card Stock
     (3) 4-1/4x1-1/4 Strips
Whisper White Card Stock
     3-1/2x3-1/4 Main Image

Ink:
Pool Party Ink Pad
Island Indigo Ink Pad
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad

Accessories:
Aqua Painter
Dimensionals

Sorry for the long post!  If you have any questions, please let me know.

Thanks for stopping by,
Beth

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Friday, December 30, 2016

CAS Birthday Card


Inspiration:  I've been working on my January birthday cards and thought I'd use some of my leftover Love Blossoms DSP from last year's Occasions Catalog.  After all of the holiday "busyness," it's hard to get back in the swing of things so keeping it simple is helpful to me.

Tips:
  • I used the largest stitched square from the Stitched Shapes Framelits to make my stitched rectangle. I did something a little different from other tutorials I've seen.  
    • Start with a piece of Whisper White card stock that's the desired finished size.  Cut the short side of the card stock to fit inside the cut area of the framelit which is 2-5/8 inches for the largest square.  I used 3-3/4 inches for the length.
    • Place the framelit with the cutting side up on the Big Shot (I used the magnetic platform then a clear cutting plate and then the framelit cut side up).  NOTE:  I don't know if using the framelit with the cut side up is harmful to the framelit, so be aware that's a possibility.  It didn't seem to do any damage to mine. Line up the card stock within the cutting area of the framelit as shown below and place a clear cutting plate on top:

    • Run the framelit under the Big Shot rollers just until you get near the bottom edge of the framelit (where the paper's overlapping the framelit) otherwise you'll wind up with a square.  Turn the handle backwards to roll the framelit back out.
    • Next, turn the paper so that the end that wasn't cut is now lined up in the cut area as shown below:

    • Run the framelit under the Big Shot rollers just until you get near the bottom edge of the framelit and then roll back out backwards (same as before).
    • You should have a rectangle that is 2-5/8 x 3-3/4 inches!
  • The greeting layer is attached with dimensionals, and I used multipurpose glue to attached the flowers.
  • I used my MISTI to line up and stamp the greeting.  The greeting was stamped twice for a darker image.
Stamps:
Stylized Birthday

Paper:
Crumb Cake Card Stock
     5-1/2x8-1/2 Card Base
Whisper White Card Stock
     2-5/8x3-3/4 Main Image
Blushing Bride Card Stock
     Scraps for Flowers
Love Blossoms DSP (Retired)
     4x5-1/4 Patterned Layer

Ink:
Crumb Cake Ink Pad

Accessories:
Stitched Shapes Framelits
Bloomin' Hearts Thinlits
Pearls
Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by!
Beth

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Cheerful Tags Gift Card Holder (November PP Stamps!)


Inspiration:  When I first saw the Cheerful Tags Framelits, I hoped there'd be a way to create a gift card holder from them.  I don't usually make that many tags, so to justify buying it I needed to find more uses for it than just tags.  Luckily, I was able to come up with a simple gift card holder and made several this weekend for my son's teachers/assistants.  Here's what it looks like inside:



Tips:
  • Cut the base of the gift card holder 2-3/8 x 9 inches.  Score at 2-3/4 inches from one end.  Cut the scallop from the other end.  Place the card stock in the Big Shot as pictured below (with the scored end threaded through so that it lays on top of the framelit).  You really only need to roll the framelit through the Big Shot until the center fold is cut and then roll it back out backwards. Be sure to place the scalloped end of the framelit close to the edge of your paper.

  • The scalloped end is embossed with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder. Fold on the score line before embossing so you'll know exactly where to place the edge of the embossing folder. Otherwise, you may emboss the score line which makes it more difficult to fold and doesn't look as nice.
  • The glimmer scallop was cut with the Layering Circles scallop framelit that measures 2-1/4" on the outside edge (finished size is 2").  The Emerald Envy Circle was punched with a 1-3/4" Circle Punch.  The white circle was cut with the Layering Circles circle framelit that measures 1-7/8" on the outside edge (finished size is 1-5/8").
  • Adhere all of the circle/scallop layers together (mini glue dots work well for attaching the green card stock to the glimmer paper) and attach them to the flap of the gift card holder with two dimensionals - one on each side.  Be sure to not place dimensionals in the center so you can thread your ribbon behind the greeting piece.
  • I threaded one end of the ribbon through the tag hole (back to front).  I like the way it looked on the back. Plus, the hole's there, so might as well do something with it.  I like that it keeps the ribbon attached to the holder after it's opened by the recipient.
  • I used Removable Glue Dots to hold the gift card in place.  You could also use Dotto or any type of removable adhesive.
  • The greeting, verse on the inside and trees are stamps from the November Paper Pumpkin kit. For the verse, I carefully cut the stamp in half to make it easier to have two lines of text.  The tiny stars on the front were stamped with an image from the Stitched with Cheer stamp set.
Stamps:
Stitched with Cheer
November Paper Pumpkin Kit

Paper:
Cherry Cobbler Card Stock
     2-3/8x9 Base
Emerald Envy Card Stock
     Scraps (finished size is 1-3/4 inches)
Whisper White Card Stock
     Scraps (finished size is 1-5/8 inches)
     2x2-3/8 Inside Piece
Silver Glimmer Paper
     Scraps (finished size is 2 inches)
Presents & Pinecones DSP
     2-3/8 x 2-3/4 Bottom Flap

Ink:
Cherry Cobbler Ink Pad
Emerald Envy Ink Pad

Accessories:
Cheerful Tags Framelits
Layering Circles Framelits
1-3/4" Circle Punch
Softly Falling Embossing Folder
Silver 1/8" Ribbon
Dimensionals
Mini Glue Dots
Removable Glue Dots (non-SU)

Thanks for stopping by,
Beth

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Red, White & Silver Star of Light


Inspiration:  The inspiration for this card was a unopened container of Real Red Glitter Embossing Powder (available in the Holiday Catalog).  It adds a beautiful shimmer to the large star.

Tips:
  • I had a bit of a learning curve with the glitter embossing powder.  Here is what I discovered:
    1. The embossing powder seemed to stick better on our regular Whisper White card stock than our Thick Whisper White card stock.  
    2. Don't forget to use your embossing buddy before stamping!  This stuff is like super fine glitter that sticks everywhere. (I'm sure I'll be "wearing" it until at least Valentine's Day!)
    3. I tried Versamark ink to stamp the image but the glitter embossing powder wasn't sticking to the image very well, so I switched to Whisper White craft ink.  To make sure you have the large stamp inked up really well, lay it face up on a table and lightly tap the craft ink pad to the stamp.
    4. After stamping, pour the glitter embossing powder over the stamped image more than once to get as thick of a coating as possible.
    5. Usually I "thump" the back of the card stock to knock off any loose embossing powder. However, it actually knocked some of the glitter embossing powder off of the stamped image, so I switched to lightly tapping the back and using a paint brush to brush away any stray glitter/powder.
    6. It's next to impossible to tell when the glitter embossing powder is set with the heat tool. Be more deliberate with where you point your heat tool...don't just go in random circles. Go down each star tip and in the center to make sure you don't miss a spot.
  • The vellum is adhered with a little bit of Elmer's Craft Bond and some mini glue dots hidden behind the stars.
  • The large star is adhered with dimensionals.  I wrapped silver thread around 4 fingers about 10 times and then attached the wound thread to the dimensionals before attaching it to the card.
  • The silver stars are attached with mini glue dots.
  • The greeting is embossed with White Embossing Powder.  I attached the vellum before stamping to determine placement of the greeting.
Stamps:
Star of Light (Bundle & Save)

Paper:
Real Red Card Stock
     4-1/4x11 Card Base
Whisper White Card Stock
     3-1/2x4-1/4 Large Star
Silver Foil
     2-1/2x2-1/2 for Stars
Vellum Card Stock
     4-1/4x3 Embossed Layer

Ink:
Whisper White Craft Ink Pad

Accessories:
Starlight Thinlits (Bundle & Save)
Softly Falling Embossing Folder
Rhinestones
Silver Metallic Thread
Real Red Glitter Embossing Powder
White Embossing Powder
Embossing Buddy & Heat Tool
Mini Glue Dots
Stampin' Dimensionals
Elmer's Craft Bond

Thanks for stopping by!
Beth

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Garden in Bloom


Inspiration:  Not sure why I'm focused on flowers in the middle of the holiday season.  Maybe it's because I've been making Christmas cards either for classes, customers or my own list since August. LOL  Regardless of the time of year, I'm hoping anyone would enjoy receiving this card.  I used some current products and a couple of retired favorites.

Tips:
  • The flower image is adhered with dimensionals.
  • Use a Stampin' Pierce Mat underneath your card stock when using these photopolymer stamps to get a better image.  
  • Cut two pieces of baker's twine about 5 inches long each.  Wrap the ends of each piece around to the back of the white embossed piece and adhere with tape.  Then, gather the two pieces together by tying a bow around them.  For a flatter center of the bow, don't tie the baker's twine around the two pieces. Instead, start making your loops and tie the bow.  You're basically taking out one step.  Let me know if that doesn't make sense.  Place a rolled up glue dot behind the bow to secure it in place.
Stamps:
Garden in Bloom
Made for You (Retired)

Paper:
Daffodil Delight Card Stock
     8-1/2x5-1/2 Card Base
     2-5/8x3-5/8 Layer Behind Main Image
Whisper White Card Stock
     3-3/4x5 Embossed Layer
     2-1/2x3-1/2 Main Image
It's My Party DSP Stack (Retired)
     3-3/4x1-1/2 Patterned Strip

Ink:
Daffodil Delight Ink Pad
Smoky Slate Ink Pad
Basic Black Archival Ink Pad

Accessories:
Petal Burst Embossing Folder
Crushed Curry Baker's Twine
Mini Glue Dots
Stampin Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by!
Beth

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Jar of Love BirthdayCard


Inspiration:  Mary's beautiful card was the inspiration for this card.  I especially like how she placed the flowers on the jar.  Since I tend to have difficulty arranging random items like flowers :), I copied her flower placement.  I changed up the colors and a few other things to give it a little different twist.

Tips:
  • The jar handle is heat embossed with gold embossing powder.
  • For the largest flower, I stamped the dark highlight twice (easy to do with photopolymer stamps) and then the larger part of the flower once with Rich Razzleberry ink. 
  • The smaller flower highlights were first stamped with full-strength ink and the larger parts were stamped using the same color as the highlight but stamped off first.
  • A couple of the flowers are adhered with dimensionals.  The jar itself is adhered with dimensionals.  I cut some dimensionals into slivers to put behind the handle.
Stamps:
Jar of Love (Bundle & Save)
Thoughtful Banners (Bundle & Save)

Paper:
Rich Razzleberry Card Stock
     8-1/2x5-1/2 Card Base
Whisper White Card Stock
     3-3/4x5 Embossed Layer
     3-1/2x5-1/4 Large Image Layer
     2-1/2x3 Jar
     2x2-1/4 Jar Handle
     Scraps for Flowers

Ink:
Rich Razzleberry Ink Pad
Night of Navy Ink Pad
Crushed Curry Ink Pad
Crumb Cake Ink Pad
Smoky Slate Ink Pad
Versamark Ink Pad

Accessories:
Everyday Jars Framelits (Bundle & Save)
Lots of Labels Framelits
Elegant Dots Embossing Folder
Baker's Twine Trio Pack
Gold Embossing Powder
Embossing Buddy & Heat Tool
Rhinestones
Glue Dots
Multipurpose Glue

Thanks for stopping by!
Beth

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Year-End Closeouts

Be sure to check out Stampin' Up's Year-End Closeouts


Some of the products are retiring from the Holiday Catalog and others are high-inventory items from the Annual Catalog.  Retiring Holiday Catalog items are available while supplies last (stamp sets are guaranteed available through December 21) and the discounted high-inventory items are on sale through January 3.  They'll be still be available January 4 but at their original price.

Click here to see the retiring Holiday Catalog products.

Happy shopping!

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Jar of Love Hello Card


Keeping it simple and cheerful with this Jar of Love card.  

Tips:
  • The bow/string is embossed with silver embossing powder.  
  • Use Soft Sky to stamp the water in the jar.  Stamp off first for a lighter image.
  • Sometimes I find it easier to line up two-step stamps if I start with the darker image first.  The flower highlights were stamped first with "full-strength" Watermelon Wonder.  I also used Watermelon Wonder to stamp the larger parts of the flowers, but I stamped off first for a lighter image.
  • The flowers are adhered with dimensionals.
Stamps:
Jar of Love

Paper:
Watermelon Wonder Card Stock (Bundle & Save)
     8-1/2x5-1/2 Card Base
Dapper Denim Card Stock
     3-3/4x5 Large Layer
Whisper White Card Stock
     3-1/2x4-3/4 Main Image
     Scraps for Flowers

Ink:
Watermelon Wonder Ink Pad
Dapper Denim Ink Pad
Pear Pizzazz Ink Pad
Soft Sky Ink Pad
Chocolate Chip Ink Pad

Accessories:
Everyday Jars Thinlits (Bundle & Save)
Dimensionals
Rhinestones
Silver Embossing Powder
Embossing Buddy & Heat Tool

Thanks for stopping by!
Beth

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Online Extravaganza (Nov 21-28)



Now through November 28
24-Hour Flash Sale on November 21 and 28

Happy Shopping!

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

New Stitched Shapes Framelits


Inspiration:  Necessity is often the "inspiration" for my cards. LOL  This is a card for my uncle.  I love making cards for everyone, but especially for those who really enjoy receiving them - and he's one of those people.  I used the new Stitched Shapes Framelits along with the classic stamp set, Lovely As A Tree.  

Tips:
  • The small circle and largest circle were made with the Stitched Shapes Framelits, and I used the Layering Circles Framelits to create the middle circle.  
  • The middle circle has Stampin' Dimensionals behind it.  The small and large circles are adhered with glue. The greeting is adhered with dimensionals.
  • Since the Woodgrain Embossing Folder is so detailed, it tends to shrink the finished size a little.  To make sure I get the exact size I want (yes, I'm left-brained), I start with a piece of card stock just a little larger than what I need then cut it down after embossing it.
  • The finished length of the banner is 4-1/2 inches.  Start with a piece of paper that's 2x4-3/4 inches.  I used a piece of paper from the retired Botanical Gardens DSP.  I didn't really care for that particular pattern to begin with, but now I'm glad I held onto it anyway.
Stamps:
Lovely As A Tree
Teeny Tiny Wishes

Paper:
Cajun Craze Card Stock
     8-1/2x5-1/2 Card Base
     3x3 for Middle Circle
Early Espresso Card Stock
     3-3/4x5 Large Layer
     3-1/4x3-1/4 Large Circle
Very Vanilla Card Stock
     2-3/4x2-3/4 Main Image
     4x5-1/4 Embossed Layer (cut down to 3-1/2x4-3/4)
     Scrap for Greeting
Botanical Gardens DSP (retired)
     2x4-3/4 Banner

Ink:
Early Espresso Ink Pad

Accessories:
Stitched Shapes Framelits
Layering Circles Framelits
Bunch of Banners Framelits
Woodgrain Embossing Folder
Banner Triple Punch
Dimensionals

*** Have you heard that select stamp sets are 25% off
through the month of November?  You can see them all here. ***


Thanks for stopping by!
Beth

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