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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

High Tide Birthday


Inspiration:  Pretty simple...I needed some masculine cards, and High Tide was the perfect stamp set to use. 

Tips:
  • Use a square from the Stitched Shape framelits set to create the rectangle for the main image.  I find it easier to cut my card stock to the finished size first.  See directions from this post.
  • The main image is adhered with dimensionals.

Stamps:
High Tide
Thoughtful Banners

Paper:
Crumb Cake
     8-1/2x5-1/2 Card Base
Dapper Denim
     3-3/4x5
Whisper White
  2-5/8x3-1/2
  Scrap for Greeting
Tasty Treats DSP
   1-3/4x5-1/2

Accessories:
Stitched Shapes Framelits
Duet Banner Punch
Seaside Embossing Folder
Masking Paper
Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by!
Beth

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Lift Me Up Birthday Card



Inspiration:  This is a CASE of this card by Connie Stewart. I love how she made one additional score that changed the entire card.

Tips:
  • The diamond patterned paper is actually the inside of the card. Connie used a strip of paper on the right-hand side for her card, but I decided to completely cover the inside of my card with the DSP. I added a 3x5-1/4 piece of Very Vanilla to the inside for the verse. It's scooted to the left so that it doesn't show when the card is closed.
  • The card base is 8-1/2x5-1/2 inches scored at 1 inch and 4-1/4 inches. Fold the 1 inch piece back to create to create a flap. The skinny piece of DSP is adhered under the flap butted up against the fold. Then glue the flap down on top.
  • The bow is held in place with a glue dot.
  • The top of the balloon is adhered with dimensionals as is the main image panel. Be sure to place your dimensionals to one side since part of the panel is exposed on the back.
  • I used multi-purpose glue to adhere the sequins. Micro applicators work like a charm to help apply the glue. Squirt a little glue on your silicone craft sheet and use the micro applicator to dab tiny spots of glue onto the card stock. Then add the sequins. (This idea came from Ilina Crouse.) You can also apply glue to skinny die cuts using micro applicators.
  • In addition, I added a tiny dot of glue under the ends of each tail of the bow. The metallic baker's twine tends to unravel easily, so I'm hoping this will  help minimize the fraying.
  • It doesn't show up in the picture, but I added clear Wink of Stella to the top of the balloon.
Stamps:
Lift Me Up

Paper:
So Saffron Card Stock
     8-1/2x5-1/2 Card Base
Thick Very Vanilla Card Stock
     2-1/4x3-1/4 Main Image
     Scrap for Balloon Die Cut
Cupcakes & Carousels DSP Stack
     4-1/4x5-1/2 Diamond Pattern
     1-1/8x5-1/2 Strip under Flap

Ink:
Bermuda Bay Ink Pad
Early Espresso Ink Pad

Accessories:
Up & Away Framelits
Metallic Sequins
Gold Baker's Twine
Clear Wink of Stella
Glue Dots
Dimensionals
Silicone Craft Sheet
Multipurpose Glue
Micro Applicators (non-SU)

Thanks for stopping by!
Beth

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Friday, May 5, 2017

CASE of a CASE


Inspiration:  This card is a CASE of a card by Donna Rekow which she CASE'd from her friend BJ. I really only changed the colors and greeting.

Tips:
  • The strip of CS for the greeting started out about 5" long (1" wide).  I flagged the end first using the Triple Banner Punch followed by heat embossing the greeting.  The extra length was trimmed off after I placed it on the card.
  • I didn't use any dimensionals on this card...just multipurpose glue except for the glue dot behind the knot.
Stamps:
Flourishing Phrases
Butterfly Basics (greeting)

Paper:
Pear Pizzazz CS
     8-1/2x5-1/2 Card Base
Flirty Flamingo CS
     5x1 Greeting
Whisper White CS
     3-1/4x3-1/4 Main Image

Ink:
Pear Pizzazz Ink Pad
Flirty Flaming Ink Pad
Whisper White Craft Ink Pad

Accessories:
Banner Triple Punch
Pearl
Stitched White Ribbon (retired)
Glue Dots

Thanks for stopping by!
Beth

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Eastern Palace Suite Now Available!


Our new catalog is coming out June 1, but all of us - demonstrators and customers - are getting the chance to order the new Eastern Palace products ahead of the catalog release.  Now though the end of May, you can purchase the Eastern Palace Starter Bundle or the Eastern Palace Premier Bundle and receive free products that are also brand new additions to the catalog.  The Eastern Palace Starter Bundle includes free Very Vanilla Note Cards & Envelopes and the Eastern Palace Premier Bundle includes free Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock.

You can see everything that's included in the bundles here.  I'll have to admit that when I first saw the Stampin' Up! photos, I wasn't sure this bundle would be for me.  The layouts of the cards are great, but I honestly have a hard time pairing the New Lemon Lime Twist with the other colors in the bundle (though Lemon Lime Twist looks great with Dapper Denim).  It's just a little too adventurous for me.  Once I got beyond those particular color combinations, I fell in love with the products.  I've seen sooo many different and interesting ideas online for how to use the stamp set, thinlits, DSP, stickers, etc. The possibilities truly are endless, and I'm looking forward to playing a lot more with all of these products in the days ahead.

This beautiful card by Jessica Winter was the starting point for my card.  I changed a few things up to make it more my own like simplifying it a bit and adding the touches of gold glimmer paper.

Tips:
  • The little diamond shapes around the blue flower were stamped before adding the DSP and border sticker.  I used a little Dotto to adhere the flower where I wanted it and then stamped the images.  Then I removed the flower and went on to the vinyl sticker and DSP (see below). Once those were in place, I lined the flower back up with the stamped diamonds and adhered it with some Multipurpose glue. 
  • The vinyl stickers in the bundle are really pretty, but be careful when adhering them.  There isn't any wiggle room so once they're on your card they're there to stay!  I added my sticker before the DSP. Since the DSP strip is 1" wide, I laid my card on grid paper to help determine the placement of the sticker which is slightly to the left of the 1" mark on the grid paper. The straight edge of the sticker is under the DSP.
  • Both flowers were made with combinations of the Eastern Medallions thinlits. 
  • The center of the small flower was made by cutting one of the detailed circle thinlits and then punching out just the center with a small circle punch.
  • For the large flower center, I used the other detailed circle thinlit along with a framelit from the Layering Circles collection (they nest so you can run them through together). Since I had used the same detailed circle thinlit on the flower, they matched up perfectly. 
Stamps:
Eastern Beauty
Rose Wonder (greeting)

Paper:
Thick Very Vanilla CS
     4-1/4x11 Card Base
Dapper Denim CS
     3-1/4x3-1/4 Flower
     Scrap for Flower Center
Tranquil Tide CS (New 2017-2019 In Color!)
     2-1/4x2-1/4 Flower
     Scrap for Flower Center
Eastern Palace Specialty DSP
     1x5-1/2 Strip
Gold Glimmer Paper
     Scraps for Flower Centers

Ink:
Dapper Denim Ink Pad
Tranquil Tide Ink Pad

Accessories:
Eastern Medallions Thinlits
Layering Circles Framelits
Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers
1/2" Circle Punch
1/4" Circle Punch
Circle Punch (Retired Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack)
Pearls
Multipurpose Glue
Dimensionals

If you have any questions about the card, please leave me a comment or send me an email.  I'll be happy to help you any way I can.

Thanks for stopping by!
Beth

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Crazy About You Birthday


This color combination really feels sunny and bright to me. Can you believe the DSP is actually part of the Tasty Treats Specialty DSP pack? I tend to focus on the patterns that have images (like the ice cream cones) vs. the patterned pieces...which I use more often. I'm going to "try" to start looking at the patterned pieces going forward.  Although on second thought that might not be a good idea because I'll probably wind up buying more paper.

*** The Crazy About You Stamp Set, Hello You ThinlitsFlower Medallion Punch (on sale) and Tasty Treats DSP (on sale) are all retiring and only available until May 31 orwhile supplies last. ***

Tips:
  • The center white layer is attached with dimensionals.
  • I used silver glimmer paper for the flower centers to make it more "mailable."
  • "Birthday" is heat embossed and cut out with a framelit from Bunches of Banners (just cut off the end you don't need.)
Stamps:
Crazy About You

Paper:
Flirty Flamingo
  8-1/2x5-1/2
Pool Party
  Scraps for Flower Centers
Daffodil Delight
  Scrap for Banner
Thick Whisper White
  3-1/4x4-1/4
Whisper White
  7x3-1/2 (for two flowers)
Silver Glimmer Paper
  2x5 for "Happy"
  Scraps for Flower Centers
Tasty Treats Specialty DSP (Currently on Sale)
  4-1/4x3-3/4

Ink:
Daffodil Delight Ink Pad
Flirty Flamingo Ink Pad
Versamark Ink Pad

Accessories:
Hello You Thinlits
Bunches of Banners Framelits
Flower Medallion Punch (Currently on Sale)
Tree Builder Punch
1/8" Circle Punch
Dimenisonals
White Embossing Powder
Heat Tool & Embossing Buddy

Thanks for stopping by!
Beth

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Bright Balloon Adventures


This is the card I made for my nephew using the Balloon Adventures bundle. I'm so surprised it's on the retiring list! Usually I try to clear out retired items, but I'm going to be holding onto this stamp set and thinlits for awhile. If you haven't purchased them yet, it's less expensive to purchase the stamp set and thinlits separately ($42.50) vs. the bundle ($53.00) because the thinlits are on sale.

Tips:
  • The middle part of the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits is the base for the main image.The layered balloons cover up the cut edges.
  • I punched out white balloons to use behind the die cut balloons (love the coordination with the Balloon Bouquet Punch...again, why is this bundle retiring??). 
  • The Party Animal DSP is, well, very bright so I softened it a little with a piece of vellum down the center. The vellum also helps the balloons to not get lost in the background.
Stamps:

Paper:
Emerald Envy
  8-1/2x5-1/2
  Scrap for Balloon
Pacific Point
  3-1/2x5-1/2
  Scrap for Balloon
Crushed Curry
  Scrap for Balloon
Tangerione Tango
  Scrap for Balloon & Bow
Whisper White
  Scraps for Balloons
  2-3/4x3-1/2 for Greeting
Vellum Card Stock
  2-1/2x5
Party Animal DSP
  3-3/4x5

Ink:  
Pacific Point Ink Pad
Emerald Envy Ink Pad

Accessories: 
Balloon Pop-up Thinlits (Currently on Sale!)
Metallic Enamel Shapes
Balloon Bouquet Punch
Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by!
Beth

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Clearance Rack - Updated Items up to 60% Off

Clearance Rack

Be sure to check out the Clearance Rack for some great savings...up to 60% off.  If a sale price isn't shown on the landing page, click on the item to see the sale price.

Have fun shopping!
Beth

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

First Beautiful You Card


So I'm not sure life has settled down that much, but fortunately I've at least had a little time to stamp recently. This is my first Beautiful You card, and it was a lot of fun to make.

Tips:
  • Ordinarily I don't really like to watercolor, but I saw a tip from Kay Kalthoff to use random strokes versus "coloring in" the image.  I really like how it turned out! I used a blender pen and ink from the lids of my ink pads to add the color.
  • The umbrella is paper pieced. I stamped the umbrella image on DSP, cut it out and layered it on top of my main image.
  • The greeting is attached with dimensionals.
Stamps:
Beautiful You

Paper Dimensions:
Mint Macaron
  5-1/2x8-1/2 Card Base
Island Indigo
  2-5/8x3-5/8 Layer
  Scrap for Scalloped Oval
Whisper White
  2-1/2x3-1/2 Main Image
  Scrap for Oval
Blooms & Bliss
  (3) 6x1/2 Strips
  Scrap for Umbrella

Ink:
Island Indigo Ink Pad
Mint Macaron Ink Pad
Black Archival Ink

Accessories:
Blender Pens
Layering Ovals
Dimensionals
Multi Matte Medium
Metallic Sequins

I'm not sure how often I'll be posting, so you may want to sign up for email notifications (see "Follow by Email" in the right-hand sidebar).

Thanks for stopping by,
Beth

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Taking A Break

Hi, everyone.  I hope the new year is off to a great start for you!

Just wanted to let you know that I'm taking a break from blogging.  Sometimes life just gets a little overwhelming and choices have to be made.  I'm going to continue to stamp, but I won't be posting here.  From time to time I may post some of my projects in my SplitcoastStampers gallery.

Thank you for visiting my blog!

All the best,
Beth

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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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