World Card Making Day First Frost

World Card Making Day First Frost

Hooray, it’s World Card Making Day!! It’s not too late to get in your craft room and #makeacardsendacard for someone special. Handmade cards are unique, one of kind, treasures.  The cards reinforce how much one person loves another.  On this World Card Making Day, set aside some time to give a part of yourself. Your creation will be cherished and kept forever.

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For my World Card Making Day card, I used the First Frost bundle.  It’s not just for Christmas and I really wanted to show the versatility of this set. I needed a swap card for my WOW Team Swap, It’s Fall Y’all was the theme and I thought this would be a great opportunity to shake things up and use this set. Choosing my color palette was the first step. Warm colors speak Fall to me and so I chose Cajun Craze,Crushed Curry and Blackberry Bliss with hints of all things copper.  

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The absolutely fabulous DSP background is from the Frosted Floral Specialty pack.  Talk about yummy!! This DSP has a shimmery, frosted look.

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Look at all that texture on the roses. And it’s so easy to do.  Just ink, stamps and paper and you’ll look like an artist. The beautiful copper accents were created with the sprig die from the First Frost set.  The Seasonal Layers Thinlits have so many fantastic dies, but I was drawn to that gorgeous leaf. I cut two of those for this design.

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When choosing the sentiment for my World Card Making Day card, I knew I wanted something that spoke to thanks and being grateful.  I knew we had just the right words with the lovely sentiments in Country Home.

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To me, a really special card isn’t complete until you’ve dressed up the inside.  It’s another little something that you can add to your card making to make the recipient feel truly special.

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I just love this card and I hope the person that will be receiving it will know how much they mean to me. Stamping the envelope will even make the postman take a second look and admire the gift I’m sending to my friend.

My World Card Making Day card has lots of layers and may look a little intimidating to some.  But, no worries, I’ve published this FREE video tutorial in case you want to create that special someone a WOW card.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Thick Whisper White CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Mat – Gray Granite – 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • DSP – Frosted Floral Specialty DSP – 5″ x 3 3/4″
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 3 1/4″ x 2 1/2″, stamped in Blackberry Bliss with the stamp from Country Home.  Rich Razzleberry CS – 3 1/4″ x 2 1/2″.  Both pieces cut with the die from the Merry Christmas Thinlits.
  • Stamped Images – Whisper White CS – 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″. All images are from the First Frost set.  Stamp three large roses in Crushed Curry, 2 large roses in Cajun Craze, 2 small roses in Cajun Craze and 3 accent flowers in Blackberry Bliss.  Die cut all with the dies from the Frosted Bouquet Framelits.
  • Leaves – Joyous Noel 6″ x 6″ Glimmer Paper – Copper – 3 3/4″ x 2 1/2″, cut two leaves with the die from Seasonal Layers.
  • Sprigs – Joyous Noel 6″ x 6″ Glimmer Paper – Copper – 6″ x 1 3/4″, cut three sprigs with the die from Frosted Bouquet Framelits.
  • Inside Accent Band – Frosted Floral Specialty DSP – 3/4″ x 4 1/4″. Stamp the spring st and 2nd generation in Cajun Craze.

I’ll bet you’re itching to create one of these cards.  If so, I would appreciate you shopping my online store for any supplies you might need.

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Wishing You Well Card

Wishing You Well Card

The Wishing You Well stamp set is one of Stampin’ Up!’s DisINKtive sets.  What does that mean?  In one stamping motion you will achieve highlights and lowlights of the same image.  Talk about quick and easy card making.

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The Wishing You Well set contains both a fabulous leaf spray image and a lovely wreath.  The bow is the set is definately one of the stars in my opinion.  Break out some whisper white card stock and few stamp pads and stamp away so that you can pick your favorites.  

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The font in the Wishing You Well set is a pretty delicate script.  The sentiments will meet many needs, including holiday, get well, thoughts and prayers and just a note.  That’s what I call versatility.

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During our World Card Making promotion, October 1-7, pick up some of the supplies you’ll need to create this card on sale.  You’ll want to stock up on great adhesives.  Our Whisper White and Very Vanilla Notecards and Envelopes are also on sale.  This stamp is perfect for the notecard size format.

In my FREE video tutorial on this lovely Wishing You Well card will highlight the DisINKtive technology.  Let me know if you have any questions.  I’m happy to help in any way I can.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Thick Whisper White CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, score at 5 1/2″
  • Mat – Old Olive CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • DSP – Share What You Love Specialty DSP – 3 3/4″ x 5″, ink the edges in Old Olive ink.
  • Focal Mat – Rich Razzleberry CS – 3 1/2″ x 3 3/4″
  • Stamped Image – Wishing You Well Stamp Set – Whisper White CS – 3 1/4″ x 3 1/2″. Stamp the leaf spray in Old Olive.  Stamp the accent flowers in Rich Razzleberry.
  • Bow – Whisper White CS – 2 ” x 2 1/2″ – Stamp the Bow in Rich Razzleberry
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 4″ x 2″, stamp in Rich Razzleberry. Rich Razzleberry CS – 1 3/4″ x 3 1/4″.  Cut both with the die from Merry Christmas Thinlits.

I would very much appreciate you shopping my online store for any of the supplies needed to complete the project.

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Baby Wipe Technique Rooted in Nature

Baby Wipe Technique Rooted in Nature

It’s technique time! And we will be using an oldie, but goodie, the baby wipe technique.  The leaves in the Rotted in Nature set were crying out for some rich colors.  The baby wipe technique is easy, you are able to create multiples easily and you get to use your ink refills to construct your own custom ink pad.

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Making your ink pad is easy.  Just fold a couple of baby wipes in a square, larger than the images you will be stamping.  For this baby wipe technique, I used ink refills in the colors of Granny Apple Green, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry and Calypso Coral.  Simply, randomly apply small patches of each of the colors onto the baby wipe, being sure to scatter the color throughout.  

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When inking up the stamp, try to pounce up and down in the same area, choosing a different section for each leaf so that you achieve a variation in leaf color. Once you’ve stamped three large and two small leaves, you can use the coordinating dies to cut out the images perfectly.  

That gorgeous die used to cut out the thinking of you sentiment is from the new Stitched Labels set.  As soon as I saw the set, I knew it would be on the top of my list.  I’m also going to be offering this bundle in my June 2018 WOW Class to GO!  Stay tuned for my info.  

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Using the stamp from Rooted in Nature, I stamped the sentiment in Cajun Craze.  Those great positive messages of be strong, be happy and be you were stamped in our brand new Granny Apple Green and each bar of words were fussy cut so I could scatter them onto the card front.

The perfect embellishment for this rustic card is our linen thread tied into a perfect four-loop bow and highlighted with a gold faceted gem.  I also was sure to create some texture in the background mat with our fabulous Layered Leaves TEIF.

I hope you enjoy this step-by-step how-to video.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Thick Very Vanilla CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Mat – Cajun Craze CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Embossed Mat – Crushed Curry CS – 3 3/4″ x 5″, embossed with the Layered Leaves TEIF.
  • Leaves – Very Vanilla CS – one @ 4 1/4″ x 3″ and one @ 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″, stamp 3 large and 2 small leaves using the Baby Wipe Technique.  Cut out the leaves with the coordinating dies from the Natures Roots set.
  • Sentiment – Very Vanilla CS – 4 1/4″ x 3 1/2″, stamped in Cajun Craze, die cut with the die from Stitched Labels.
  • Words – Very Vanilla CS – 2″ x 2″, stamped in Granny Apple Green, fussy cut each word bar
  • Linen Thread – one 24″ piece and one 6″ piece
  • Faceted Gem – one small in gold

Card Assembly

  • Wet glue the embossed mat to the Cajun Craze mat and then to the card front.
  • Lightly pull the leaves with your bone folder to achieve a little movement.
  • Adhere the leaves to the card front with wet glue.
  • Pop the sentiment to the card front.
  • Pop the word bars to the card front.
  • Create a four-loop bow with the linen thread, pull the tails of the bow with the bone folder.
  • Glue dot the bow to the stitched label.
  • Apply the small gold faceted gem to the center of the bow.

The new catalog is filled with so many fantastic new items.  If you would like to place some of these on your first order I would truly appreciate your business.

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Half Full All Occasion Card

Half Full All Occasion Card

We all give a fine bottle of wine to family and friends from time to time.  The Half Full stamp set will make that not only easy, but special. Nothing says special more than a handmade card.  This one is quick and easy, but with that WOW factor, of course.  This card accompanies the wine cover I created a couple of days ago.  

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I love how Stampin’ UP! products all coordinate.  You can create beautiful projects, choosing papers from one suite to another.  Who would have thought that the DSP from the Delightful Daisy pack would go so well with the images in the Half Full stamp set?  Thanks, Stampin’ Up!

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I started with a card base of Very Vanilla.  You know me, I love texture, so the first mat in Tangerine Tango, is embossed with the Layered Leaves TEIF.  Both the leaves and the banner were created using the Delightful Daisy DSP.  You can create both of those elements using some handy punches, the Banner Triple and Leaf punches are must-haves in my studio.

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I love font in the Half Full set.  This one is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and cut with the framelit from the Rose Garden set.  I thought the sentiment needed a little bling, so I looped some of our Silver Metallic thread behind it before popping it to my card front.

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Don’t forget to finish the inside of your cards. This time I stamped not only a sentiment, but a little border of wine glasses on a separate mat of Very Vanilla CS.  If you would like to see me put this one together, join me on my YouTube Channel for a FREE tutorial.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Very Vanilla CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Mat – Tangerine Tango CS  – 5 1/4″ x 4″, embossed with the Layered Leaves TEIF
  • Banner – Berry Burst CS – 5 1/4″ x 2″; Delightful Daisy DSP – 4 3/4″ x 1 1/2″, punch one end of each with the Banner Triple Punch.
  • Sentiment – Very Vanilla CS – 3 3/4″ x 2″, stamp the image from the Half Full set in Memento Tuxedo Black, cut out the image with the framelit from Rose Garden, ink the edges in Tangerine Tango ink.
  • Wine Glasses – Very Vanilla CS – 3 1/2″ x 3″ – stamp the image in Memento Tuxedo Black, color with the Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist Stampin’ Write Markers. Fussy cut the images.
  • Leaves – Delightful Daisy DSP – punch three sets of leaves with the Leaf Punch.
  • Inside Mat – Very Vanilla CS – 5 1/4″ x 4″ – stamp the sentiment and row of wine glasses in Memento Tuxedo Black.  Color the glasses with the Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist Stampin’ Write Markers.

Card Assembly

  1. The card will fold at the top.
  2. Adhere the inside mat to the inside of the card.
  3. Adhere the Tangerine Tango mat to the card front.
  4. Adhere the two banners together only at the top edge.  Then adhere to the card front, only applying the glue to about 1/3″ of the Berry Burst banner.
  5. Create a cluster of loops by wrapping the Silver Metallic Thread around your fingers, twist in the middle and attach to the back of the sentiment with a dimensional.
  6. Pop the sentiment to the card front.
  7. Adhere the leaf clusters under the sentiment with wet glue.
  8. Adhere one wine glass to the card front with wet glue, Pop the other with dimensionals.

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Technique Time with Springtime Foils

Technique Time with Springtime Foils

A technique class is one of my favorites to teach.  All the oohs and ahhs and sense of accomplishment in the faces of my students. As a teacher, that’s the best feeling in the world. There are four techniques in this one card, with the Springtime Foils DSP as the star of the show.

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First technqiue is the stainless steel finish on the Springtime Foils DSP.  You may think this one is scary at first, but trust me, it will be beautiful.  You’ll need a Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad and be sure to have a scratch piece of paper to protect your work surface.  We will apply color to the DSP, direct to paper.  What does that mean?  You’ll swipe your ink pad across the surface of the DSP, applying the black ink over the entire surface.  Next, buff the surface with a clean, dry paper towel and watch the magic happen.  The beautiful foiled images will pop forward while leaving a “stainless steel” finish on the what was, white background of the DSP.  Cool technique, right?

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Technique number 2, custom coloring ribbon.  I only had the whisper white metallic edge ribbon and I wanted the ribbon to coordinate with the other techniques I had in mind.  Stampin’ Blends to the rescue.  I used our Rich Razzleberry Dark Blend to color the ribbon.  It dries almost instantly and the color is so smooth and crisp no one will ever know you colored it.  Since I had the Blends out on my desk, I decided to color a section of the Springtime Foils DSP with them as well.  Yes, I did do some fussy cutting, but it’s all good. That’s technique number 3.

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Last but not least, technique number 4, water color wash background.  This is one of my favorite ways to create a background.  First, I stamped that gorgeous sentiment from Just Add Text in Black Archival ink.  Be sure to give it a few minutes to dry before going on to the next step.  Our “C” block came in handy. Ink up the block with Rich Razzleberry first.  Next, give the ink a little spritz with water using the Stampin’ Spritzer.  Lightly stamp off twice on a dry paper towel, then stamp onto the image. Repeat the same with the Pear Pizzazz.  Each image will be different, but that’s the beauty of this technique, it’s unique.  Need a visual on this one?  I’ve got a FREE video tutorial for you.

I’ll bet you are itching to create this card.  Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Thick Whisper White CS – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Mat – Basic Gray CS – 51/4″ x 4″
  • DSP – Springtime Foils Speciality DSP – 5″ x 3 3/4″ – Technique #1 as outlined above and demonstrated on my video tutorial.
  • Flowers and Leaves – Springtime Foils DSP – choose a flower and three leaves from the DSP and fussy cut, and color with the Light and Dark Rich Razzleberry, Dark Daffodil and Light Old Olive.
  • Sentiment – Scalloped Oval, Copper Foil 3 3/4″ x 2 3/4″; Oval – Shimmery White CS 3 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ – Technique #4 as outlined above and demonstrated on my video tutorial.
  • Ribbon – Whisper White Metallic Edge – 6″ – color with the Card Rich Razzleberry Blend
  • To assemble the card.  Wet glue the DSP to the Basic Gray mat.  Wrap the ribbon and secure to the back with the scotch tape.  Pop the unit to the card front. Wet glue the flower and leaves to the card front.  I only applied the glue at the base of each image.  Pop the sentiment to the scallop oval. Pop the unit to the card front.

Need some supplies to complete the project?  You can find all the items in my online store.  I would appreciate your business.

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Hold on to Hope Inspirational Card

Hold on to Hope Inspirational Card

We all have rough patches in our lives from time to time and need a little hope and inspiration.  All of us have a friend or relative that might need that little seed of hope.  This gorgeous stamp set, Hold on to Hope, is perfect.  You can create beautiful cards for so many occasions, Thinking of You, Easter, Sympathy, Hope, Encouragement, Baptism and so many more.

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My color inspiration came from the gorgeous designer series paper Whole Lot of Lovely. Using Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Whisper White and Basic Black really bought out the elegance in this design.  I think everyone should have those Layering Ovals Framelits and Stitched Shapes in their stash.  They are so versatile and for sure some of my go-to design elements.

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With the framelits, you can create five different shapes/sizes of crosses.  You can layer them, stamp them or highlight them solo.  I did use the framelit from Petals and More to cut out the sentiment, but if you don’t have that one you could always use just a strip of Whisper White and slant the ends on an angle.  The stamp set has beautiful larger sentiments that you can use on the inside of the card as well.

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Did you notice the hint of the designer paper at the bottom of the inside of the card?  I couldn’t bring myself to waste one little piece of that gorgeous paper.  Be sure to add a package or two to your next order.  I’m sure it will probably retire when the new catalog goes live in June.  You won’t want to miss out on these lovely papers.

Would you like to create this one right along with me?  Here you go.

I’ld love to share with you how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Thick Whisper White CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Mat – Pool Party CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Mat – Whisper White CS – 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Designer Paper – Whole Lot of Lovely DSP – 3 1/2″  4 3/4″
  • Scallop Oval – Pool Party CS – 4″ x 3″
  • Stitched Oval – Whisper White CS – 3 3/4″ x 2 3/4″, stamped randomly with the flourish in Pear Pizzazz
  • Intricate Cross – Basic Black CS – 3 1/4″ x 2″
  • Small Cross – Whisper White CS – 2″ x 2 3/4″
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 1″ x 3 3/4″, cut with the die from Petals and More, sentiments stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Inside Trim – Whole Lot of Lovely DSP – 3/4″ x 4 1/4″
  • Inside Card Stamping – Pear Pizzazz – Flourish stamped off twice; Memento Tuxedo Black – Sentiment 

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