Petal Passion Cards

If you have been following me for awhile now then you know that making cards is one of my favorite things to do! I love to try new techniques, play around with fun fold designs and try my hand at more challenging card ideas. But I lately I am drawn to quick and simple card ideas especially ones that make you go “WOW.”

Like these cards, created with the Petal Passion Memories & More Card pack. You may have heard me talk about the Memories & More Card packs before as I had showcased a variety of different cards using the Sweet Soiree Card Pack.

But I think this card pack is one of my favorites! The Petal Passion Memories & More Cards are just absolutely stunning and, of course, they coordinate with the stamp set and other products in the suite. Each card is double sided and contain beautiful images and fun patterns that you can use to create greeting cards. It’s like having a pack of pre-cut and stamped papers that you can immediately use on your projects. All the prep work is done so you can just get busy creating!

Here are a few of my favorites:

The card pack comes with 72 cards; 52 cards measuring 3 x 4 inches and 20 cards measuring 4 x 6 inches.  I was able to create 27 greeting cards from the pack. Now I bet you are wondering why only 27? Well that’s because I layered some of the pretty card patterns together just like I would layered patterned papers together. Plus I used some of the fun patterned cards and sentiments on the inside to create a complete card!  It was so fun!  And the 3 x 4 inch cards that come in the pack fit perfectly on a regular A2 card size (5-1/2 x 4-1/4 inches) without any cutting or trimming.

You can do so many things with these card packs. Here’s a little Facebook LIVE video session I did just sharing some of the fun ways you can use the card pack.

 

One more thing…these card packs are very inexpensive! At $10.00 for the pack, you have the ability to create lots of cards FAST!  Get your card packs at http://www.lynndunn.stampinup.net and start creating stunning cards today!

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Heartfelt Love Notes

It’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow!  Did you make a card for that special someone in your life?  If not, you still have time! I shared a couple of love note ideas with you earlier this week so be sure to check them out if you are in need of some quick and simple ideas. This year I made over 50 Valentine’s which I think is a record for me. Haha! But it was a lot of fun! The last set of Valentine’s I created were projects I put together using the January 2018 Paper Pumpkin Kit called Heartfelt Love Notes!  It was a card kit last month which is my favorite type of kit to play with!

The cards in the kit had some fun little pockets to tuck in a little love note for that special someone. The cards were also designed with some non-traditional Valentine’s Day colors which included a bit of copper, black, rich razzelberry and flirty flamingo. There were 16 cards in the kit! I certainly enjoy putting together the projects as shown in the kit. However, I also like to get a little creative with the materials and design other projects. Here are a few of the other fun projects I created.

I can’t wait to see what the February kit will be! Speaking of the upcoming kits…

Happy birthday to Paper Pumpkin!!

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Simple Love Notes

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! If you need some last minute Valentine’s Day card making ideas then you have come to the right place. I have a few quick and simple ideas that you can put together in a snap! These little cards will help you spread the love this Valentine’s Day.

All of these little love notes were created using little note cards measuring 2-1/2 x 4-1/2 inches. However, you can adjust the designs to fit any sized cards that you have on hand. Just add a few more hearts to create a larger sized card.  So the first card, pictured above, was created with the Heart Happiness stamp set. The concept is simple…grab a few different colored inks and stamp different shaped hearts right down the center of the card. It’s a fun way to use your heart stamps. For the finishing touch, add a “love” sentiment cut from some gold glimmer paper. You could also use the sentiments in the Painted with Love gold vinyl sticker pack.

This next card showcases a fun way to use your patterned papers and stamp sets. Simply cut out three different sized hearts. Cut the larger heart from a piece of designer paper. Cut the other hearts from cardstock. You can use your punches or die cuts to create the hearts. Then simply layers the hearts together to create a fun look!

For this next project, I used the stamp images in the Sure Do Love You stamp set. The set has a beautiful heart image that you can use as a “frame” for other stamped images.  The card showcases a fun way to use small and large heart shaped images.

This final project showcases a fun way to use up your pretty patterned papers. Since I used little note cards, I cut my patterned paper at 2 x 4 inches. If you are using a larger sized card, just adjust your measurements so the patterned paper is a 1/2 inch smaller than the size of the card front. Then simply add a sentiment and embellish it with a little gold heart cut from some glimmer paper.

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Sweet Soiree

Have you ever bought some patterned paper that was so pretty you just couldn’t cut it up? Me too! There are some patterns that just weren’t meant to be cut into little strips to fit on a card. That’s the problem I had with the new Sweet Soiree Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack. There was one particular sheet of this patterned paper that was so pretty, I decided to cut out the little cake designs to use as embellishments on my card.

Doesn’t this cake make a beautiful little accent on the card? And it was simple to cut out too. Wanna re-create it? Well let me tell you how. Start with a piece of Smoky Slate cardstock for the base of the card. Cut a 3 x 4-1/4 inch piece of white cardstock and emboss it with the Petal Pair textured embossing folder. Stamp a little sentiment on the white cardstock. Cut a 3-1/4 x 4-1/4 inch piece of Powder Pink cardstock for a matte. Wrap a bit of silver baker’s twine around the white cardstock and adhere to the card front as shown. Oh, and don’t forget to tuck a little piece of a doily on top before you adhere it to the card front. Add a little 1/2 x 4-1/4 inch piece of DSP on the bottom to coordinate with the colors on the card. Then embellish it with the beautiful cake image you cut from a piece of the Sweet Soiree DSP. Enjoy!

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Decorative Masks

I have always loved the look of embossing. In fact, the very first tool I purchased was the embossing machine. I was enamored by the texture and designs. Embossing makes it so easy to add depth and dimension to your cards with very little effort.  So when Stampin’ Up! came out with embossing paste I knew I had to try it!

Embossing paste involves the use of decorative stencils and some quick drying paste. And it really does dry quick…within minutes! Simply lay the decorative mask (otherwise know as a stencil) on your project. Grab a palette knife and spread the embossing paste over it. For this particular project I used the new Shimmery White embossing paste. I love the glittery look to the paste when it dries.

To make this card, simply start with a piece of whisper white cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of Rich Razzelberry cardstock. Using the Sweet Soiree Decorative Masks and the Shimmery White embossing paste, add two large flowers to the Rich Razzelberry cardstock. Let dry and embellish as desired! Give it a try! You will love it!

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True Gentlemen

Good Morning and Happy Friday! Hope you had a wonderful week! Today I want to share a quick and simple masculine card idea with you. It’s not always easy to come with masculine card ideas but you will love the simplicity of this one.

To make this card, I started with one of the card based from the Tutti Frutti Cards & Envelopes in the Sale-A-Bration catalog. I know the name Tutti Frutti doesn’t sound very masculine, right? Well this card and envelope pack is absolutely awesome and works perfect for creating any type of cards including masculine style! It comes with 16 pre-printed cards bases, 4 different designs. And…the best part is…the cards are FREE with a $50 order! It’s an awesome Sale-a-bration item!

So for this card, I used the yellow patterned Tutti Frutti card base and paired it up with some masculine patterned papers in the True Gentlemen suite. Start by cutting a 5-1/2 x 2 inch piece of the blue patterned paper from the True Gentlemen Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack. Cut a piece of the “bow” patterned paper from the True Gentlement DSP pack that measures 5-1/2 inch long and approximately 3/4-1 inch wide. Basically you want to cut in between the pattern of bows on the DSP so that you have a clean strip of bows to adhere on the card as shown. Once you adhere the DSP across the card front, wrap a bit of linen thread around the card and tie on a little button. Stamp a sentiment on a scrap piece of vanilla cardstock and punch it out using the Tailored Tag shape. Add the sentiment to the card as shown. To make it super simple, just leave off the button and linen thread.

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Birthday Memories

This past weekend I held my annual Birthday Bash card making event. It’s one of my favorite events to start off a new year! We made 10 quick and simple cards. Each card took less than 10 minutes to make. It was super fun! There were two cards, in particular, that got a lot of ooohs and ahhhs at the event. The cards were created with products from the Birthday Memories Suite. The bright colors and nostalgic images in this suite make you want to create lots and lots of birthday cards!

See what I mean?  This super cute little card has a lot of bright and fun colors. And, best of all, it was super simple to create! Start with a piece of Real Red cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of the balloon patterned paper in the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack. Cut a 1 x 4 inch strip of the multi-color striped pattern. Adhere the striped pattern piece to the bottom of the the balloon DSP piece. Adhere the entire piece to your Real Red card front. Cut a 1-1/2 x 4 inch piece of Real Red cardstock and stamp a little sentiment on the left side using black ink. Adhere it across the bottom of your card as shown, just above the striped DSP. For the finishing touch embellish with one of the fox images cut from the Birthday Memories DSP.

One of my favorite things about this product suite are the die cuts that coordinate with the stamp images AND with the images in the designer series paper pack. That means no more fussy cutting images from your patterned paper! These dies will cut out the images for you! So I simply used the die set to cut out the little fox image I used to embellish the card above. How fun is that?

Besides using the fun die cuts that come in the Birthday Memories Bundle, you can also use other shapes to cut out the images. For this project, I used the largest oval framelit that I had to cut out the little girl surrounded by cupcakes. Now I could have used the little girl die cut from the bundle but I really wanted to keep the circle of cupcakes around her. Creating this card is just as quick and easy as the first one I shared. Start with a piece of Powder Pink cardstock. Stamp a little sentiment in the lower right hand corner of the card using Crumb Cake ink. Grab two doilies and overlap them to create an “oval” shape on your card front. Cut a 1 x 4-1/4 inch strip of the Fresh Floral DSP or a (strip of Powder Pink cardstock) and adhere it across the center of the doilies. For the finishing touch, adhere the oval image of the adorable little girl to the center of the doilies using a few dimensionals. That’s it!

There are 12 images of the little girl on one 12 x 12 inch sheet of DSP and there are two of these sheets in the pack. That means you could make 24 quick and simple cards like this!

Learn more about this fun product suite at http://bit.ly/BirthdayMemoriesSuite

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5 Simple Tips for Layering

Layering is one of the most basic cardmaking techniques yet it’s often not talked about much. It’s one of those techniques that most of us learned by trial and error. And let me tell you, I went through A LOT of paper during my trial and error period! Yes, a LOT! But I definitely picked up some tips and tricks along the way. Whether you are looking for a bit of layering inspiration or you’re not sure how to get started, I have some helpful tips and suggestions for you.

So what is layering? Well, simply put, it involves placing different sized papers and/or accents on top of each other.  There are many different ways to add layers to your cards. The most common type of layering is created with cardstock and/or patterned papers. However, layering can also be used to describe the use of accents or embellishments on the card.

Layering allows you to easily add depth and dimension.  You can use embellishments like buttons, ribbon, pearls or other fun products. You can also create some accents (different shapes) by using your punches or die cuts. By choosing different papers, accents, and/or embellishments you can certainly add a variety of color and texture to your cards with layering.

Here are 5 simple tips for layering:

  1. Create a Matte:  One of my favorite ways to layer, is to create a “matte.”  Mattes allow you to add two different colors around the edges of your card front or around a focal point on the card. I typically use a 1/4″ matte when layering but you can vary the size of the matte depending on the look you are going for. For example, the “love” sentiment, on the card shown below, is matted with a piece of glimmer paper.  The glimmer paper is 1/4 inch larger (1-3/4 x 2-3/4 inch) than the white cardstock that has the “love” sentiment (1-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches).
  2. Add Texture:  You can add texture to your layers in a variety of ways. Tear the edges of your cardstock, emboss one of the layers or do a bit of sponging to soften the edges of your layers
  3. Create a Grouping or Collage: Layer together different shapes, accents and/or embellishments in a group to create a “collage” or the focal point for your card. Notice how the hearts are layered together to form a “collage” or grouping in the card below.
  4. Add Color:  Use solid colors that coordinate with the patterned papers that you want to use on your card. The use of glitter paper is always fun and goes with just about any color combo. Don’t be afraid to mix and match some patterns together. I tend to use larger patterns in the background of my cards and the smaller patterns to create accents.
  5. Use Scraps: Get out your scrap bin and start playing around with different colors and patterns. Scraps are already cut at different sizes so play around with different ways to add them to your card. Tuck them under a grouping, punch/cut out some fun shapes, trim them down or use them as is.

You can add as many, or as few, layers as you like.I highly recommend that you layout the design on your card first (before adhering the pieces). Once you have the design you want, then glue everything down!

But the most important tip I can give you is to just have fun with it!

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Scrappy Hearts

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! If you are like me, you probably have a variety of heart themed items on your crafting table right now. I have a bunch of different sized hearts cut from many different colors of paper as I have been working on my Valentine’s Day cards. I usually start out with an idea…a vision for how I want the card to look. However, more often than not, I end up completely changing the design once I start to cut the pieces and lay them out on the card front. This usually results in a lot of leftover scraps. Sound familiar?

Well here’s a little challenge for you. Instead of putting the scraps in a drawer, challenge yourself to create something right away with them. One of my favorite ways to use up scrap paper and shapes is simply to layer them together to create a little “collage” of sorts. This particular card that I am sharing with you today was created with some scrap paper and extra hearts that I had cut for a different project but didn’t use.

By challenging myself to use up some of my scraps, I also found a fun new color combination for Valentine’s Day. It’s a win-win! I just love using up scraps, don’t you?

 

 

Did you hear the news?

It’s a new day and the start of a new week! I hope you’re having a great Monday morning!  Before I venture out today, I want to share something with you.

I have been reflecting upon my past 6 years as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. During this time, I have been blessed to meet so many people and have developed wonderful relationships! Together, we have shared so many things on both a personal and professional level. I have learned that by sharing what I love, it has given me the opportunity to make connections that I never dreamed of! Connections with you and other people all across the world! These connections have led to the development of some amazing relationships which have been very powerful for me. So powerful, that it has inspired me to make some significant changes in how I connect with you.

Now, first, let me put your mind at ease…I am NOT retiring!

But I do have some exciting news to announce!  I will be changing the name of my business! So that means you will see a change in the name of my website and my social media pages.

The current website name, Stamptastic Designs with Lynn Dunn, will transition to Lynn Dunn.

The rationale for this change is simple! I want to continue to strengthen my relationship with you! By changing the name of my business, it helps you get to know me as a person and strengthens your ability to connect with, ME, Lynn Dunn!

You will notice these changes taking place on my website as well as my social media sites over the course of the next few months. There is nothing that YOU need to do. I just want you to be aware of this and some other changes that will be happening throughout this transition! I will still continue to share fun stamping and crafting projects with you and, of course, I will continue as a demonstrator through Stampin’ Up!

Besides the name change, I will also be moving my website to a new platform next month. A platform that will make it easier for you to navigate! As with any change, it will take a bit time to adjust but I am confident that you will love how all of these changes will enhance your crafting experience and make it easier for us to connect!

I am grateful for the opportunity to serve you! Have a blessed day!

Lynn

 

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