Vintage Avant Garden

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  Hope you had a great start to your week! Today I want to share a vintage style project with all of you!  The little bouquet of flowers in the Avant Garden set coupled with the vintage style papers in the Cupcakes & Carousels DSP pack work perfectly together, would you agree?

To make this card, start with a piece of So Saffron cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of Early Espresso cardstock. Cut a 5-1/4 x 2 inch piece of the yellow patterned paper from the Cupcakes & Carousels DSP pack and adhere it across the center of the card. Cut two piece of the Very Vanilla Lace Trim about 6 inch long and run a piece across the top and the bottom of the DSP; secure the ends to the back of the Early Espresso cardstock. Sponge some Crumb Cake ink all over a Delicate White Doily and adhere the doily in the center of the DSP. Cut an oval, from a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, with one of the stitched framelits (it measures approximately 2-3/4 inches tall).  Stamp the bouquet of flowers onto the vanilla cardstock using Early Espresso ink. Color in the flowers with the watercolor pencils or markers. Cut a scalloped oval from Early Espresso cardstock. Adhere to the Very Vanills oval and secure to the doily with a few dimensionals.  Stamp a sentiment on a 1/2 x 3 inch piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and adhere to the oval as shown. For the finishing touch, embellish with a bit of lace trim tied in a knot. Enjoy!

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Builder Birdcage

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  It’s Sunday-Funday!  I will be heading out to a little stampin’ event today with 10 excited ladies! Are you busy stampin’ and craftin’ today?  If you are in need of a bit of inspiration, I have a fun little project to share with you!  This particular project showcases the Builder Birdcage stamp set.  I was drawn to the stamp set because of it’s vintage images…I tend to think vintage or antique any time I see a birdcage. Probably because it’s my Mom’s style of decorating. 🙂

To make this card, start with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of Early Espresso cardstock. Cut a 4 x 4 inch piece of the yellow patterned paper from the Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack. Then just “build” your birdcages!  The stamp set is a photopolymer so it is so easy to line up the images of birdcages. You can mix and match the pieces of the cages to create a variety different styles! Stamp the birdcage and chain images using Early Espresso ink. You can add a little bird in the cages too! I just used Bermuda Bay, one of the colors in the DSP. Adhere the entire piece of DSP to the center of the Early Espresso cardstock. Cut two pieces of Very Vanilla Lace Trim and adhere it to each side of the DSP as shown; then adhere the entire piece to your card front.  For the finishing touch, stamp a little sentiment on some scrap Very Vanilla cardstock, cut it out by hand, and adhere it to the card as shown. Enjoy!

 

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Moon Baby

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  Happy Friday!  Today I have an adorable little baby card to share with you. This card was created at the request of one of my stampin’ friends. She has been asking me to make a baby card for months…and now I finally have!  I hope she enjoys it and I hope you do too!  This particular card was created with the Moon Baby stamp set and features a bit of watercoloring. It was inspired by a project showcased in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog.

To make this card, start with a piece of basic gray cardstock for the base of your card. Emboss the front of the card with the Lucky Stars embossing folder. Take a 5-1/2 x 4-1/4 inch piece of white cardstock and stamp the moon baby image onto it using black ink. Cut out the image using one of the Lots of Labels Framelits and your big shot or other embossing machine. Once the image is cut out with the label, stamp a few more stars and a sentiment on it. Grab your watercolor pencils and simply color in the baby and the moon. I used the watercolor pencils with a blender pen. The blender pen allows me to shade the areas and “drag” color across the image to lighten it. I colored in areas that I wanted to “highlight” on the baby using the watercolor pencils and then used the blender pen for lightening and shading. It takes a little bit of practice but it’s a lot of fun to play around with.  For the finishing touch, I added some Wink of Stella to the stars and around the moon to make it glitter. Enjoy!

 

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Cupcakes & Carousels

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  Hope you are enjoying your week! Today I have some cute projects to share that showcase the Cupcakes & Carousels Product Suite. This particular suite of products is so much fun!  I think my favorite product in this suite is the Designer Series Paper (DSP) as it has such soft color combos in it. You can create a variety of cards with the patterns in the DSP pack.  Let me show you some fun samples!

This first card showcases a more masculine style project. The diamond patterned paper in the Cupcakes & Carousels DSP pack is perfect for creating masculine style cards. To make this card, start with a piece of Early Espresso cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of the Cupcakes & Carousels DSP with the diamond pattern. Using the Lots of Labels framelits, cut out 3 different sized labels in the following colors:  Early Espresso, Peekaboo Peach and Very Vanilla. Just a little tip:  Make sure you choose a label size that fits the sentiment you want to use…then choose the next larger 2 sizes as the mattes. Stamp the circus tent image on the small Very Vanilla cardstock label using Soft Sky ink. Stamp the birthday sentiment directly over the top using Early Espresso ink. Layer all of the pieces together and adhere it to the DSP. I used dimensionals to “pop” up the very vanilla piece. For the finishing touch, wrap a bit of linen thread around the entire piece of DSP a few times and then tie a bow. Adhere the DSP to your card front! Enjoy!

This second project would be great for a child’s birthday! To make this card, start with a piece of Early Espresso cardstock for the base of the card. Cut a 1 x 5-1/4 inch piece of the yellow patterned paper and a 2 x 5-1/4 inch piece of the diamond patterned paper from the Cupcakes & Carousels DSP. Adhere the pieces to the card as shown. Stamp the carousel horse image on a scrap piece of Very Vanilla cardstock using Early Espresso ink; cut out the image with the appropriate framelit. Cut out a second label framelit using Bermuda Bay cardstock. Adhere these pieces together and then adhere them to the card front, slightly overlapping the DSP.  For the finishing touch, stamp the birthday sentiment on a piece of scrap paper, using Calypso Coral ink. Trim down the paper with the sentiment and create a banner.  Adhere the banner just under the horse. For the finishing touch, embellish with a few peekaboo peach, in color, enamel shapes! Enjoy!

 

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Special Reason

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  I had a wonderful weekend filled with “me” time which translates into stampin’ time!  It’s not often that I have an entire weekend to myself so I definitely took advantage of it!  And that means I have a lot of fun projects to share with all of you! Today’s project showcases the Special Reason Bundle from the Occasions Catalog. This particular bundle of products comes with a stamp set and coordinating thinlits.  That means you don’t have to cut anything out by hand!

To make this card, start with a piece of Whisper White cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of Sweet Sugarplum cardstock. Randomly stamp some of the flower and leaf images from the Special Reason stamp set all over the Sweet Sugarplum cardstock using Sweet Sugarplum ink and adhere to the front of your card with SNAIL adhesive. Just a little tip:  By using the same color ink as the cardstock, it provides a very subtle background for your project.  Cut a 3 x 4 inch piece of Whisper White cardstock. Cut out the large flower on the top of the cardstock using the Stylish Stems Framelits set and an embossing machine such as the Big Shot. Stamp a little sentiment on the bottom of the white cardstock using Sahara Sand ink. Take a 2-3/4 x 2-3/4 inch piece of one of the pink flowery patterns from the Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack. Adhere the DSP to the back of the white cardstock so it shows through the space you cut out the flower. For the finishing touch, tie a little bow from some Sweet Sugarplum ribbon and adhere it across the white cardstock as shown. Adhere to your card with dimensionals. Enjoy!

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Floral Phrases

Hello Stampin’ Friends! Hope you had a wonderful week! Today I have a pretty card idea to share with all of you! It showcases a great way to use your patterned papers!  I have a lot of patterned papers from the neutral color collection so I had to figure out a way to start using it all! One of the best ways to use neutral patterned papers is to add a “pop” of color.

To make this card, start with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock for the base of the card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of Basic Black cardstock. Cut a 3 x 4 inch piece of one of the black patterned papers and adhere it to the black cardstock as shown. Cut a 5″ piece of Very Vanilla 1/2″ Lace Trim and adhere it to the left side of the patterned paper; wrap the excess to the back of the black cardstock and adhere the entire piece to the card front. Cut a 3-1/2 x 2-3/4 inch piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. Stamp the flower image using Daffodil Delight ink. Stamp a little sentiment underneath the flower using black ink. For the finishing touch, embellish with a little piece of a doily and a few pearls.

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Lift Me Up

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  Today I have a fun project that is sure to “lift” your spirits!  The project showcases the new hot air balloon stamp set in the 2017 Occasions catalog called Lift Me Up. This particular stamp set has a coordinating set of thinlit dies too which makes it so easy to create adorable cards, like this one, in a snap!

To make this card, start with a piece of Basic Gray cardstock for the base of your card. Now the background on this card was created with the watercolor pencils and an aqua painter so be sure to use cardstock that can support the watercoloring technique. I used the shimmery white cardstock because it’s like regular cardstock only more durable. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of shimmery white cardstock (or other watercolor paper). Grab a set of watercolor pencils or you can use re-inkers (just put a drop of each color in a little painters tray). The colors used for the background are Real Red, Daffodil Delight and Bermuda Bay. If you are using the new pencils, simply grab each of the different colored pencils and color some lines across the page. Next, grab the aqua painter, fill it with water, and blend the pencil lines. It’s so simple it’s scary!  If you are using re-inkers, simply dip the aqua painter in the red ink and brush the ink across your paper. Squeeze a little bit of water from the aqua painter as you do this. The more water you squeeze out, the more dilute the color gets. Repeat the process with all three colors. Let dry. Then stamp a little sentiment in the lower left hand corner using the Gray Archival ink.  Cut out the detailed balloon, with the thinlit set and your big shot, using a piece of Whisper White cardstock and adhere it to the card with the fine tip glue pen. Just a little tip: I put some liquid glue, from the fine tip glue pen, on a scrap piece of paper…then, using a piece of sponge, I dabbed the glue all over the back of the balloon and then adhered it to the card. The sponge is a lot easier to work with because it spreads it on evenly so you don’t have glue leaking out from under the balloon when you try to adhere it.  For the finishing touch, embellish it with a few silver enamel shapes. Enjoy!

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Rose Buds

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  Happy Valentine’s Day!  I thought I would share one more love-themed project with all of you…after all, it is Valentine’s Day 🙂  This is one of my favorite cards that I create one year ago today!  It showcases the Bird Builder punch and an elegant way to create a love-themed card for Valentine’s Day or any other love themed event.  Now the Bird Builder punch is a retired item but if you have it, or know someone that does, this is a fun card to make!

1.  Start with a piece of basic black cardstock for the base of your card. Cut an 8 1/2 x 11 inch piece of black cardstock in half. Cut at 4 1/4 inches (on the 8 1/2 inch side). You will end up with two card bases. Score the 11 inch side of one of the pieces at 5 1/2. Fold on the score line to create your card base.

2.  Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock. Stamp a little “love” sentiment in the bottom right hand corner of the white cardstock using black ink. Emboss the cardstock with the softly falling embossing folder and adhere this piece to your the front of your black card base.

3.  Cut out a medium-large size oval using the Oval Framelit set. Optional:  Complete a bit of paper piercing around the oval.

4.  For the Rose Buds:  Punch out 6 bird wings using Stampin’ Up’s bird punch and some cherry cobbler cardstock. You will be layering 3 of the wings together. Start by layering 2 of them, side by side, leaving a slight opening in between the tips of the wings. Take the 3rd wing and layer it behind the 2 wings so that the tip of the 3rd wing is in the middle of and slightly higher than the first 2. (Refer to the picture above). Use glue dots to adhere the 3 wings together. Repeat these steps to make your second rose bud.

5.  Punch out 2 branches with the bird punch, using always artichoke cardstock. Using a scissors, cut off the middle leaf in the branch. Adhere the branch to each of the rose buds as shown using glue dots.

6.  Adhere the roses and branches to the center of the white oval and embellish with a bit of ribbon. Tip:  I used Stampin’ Dimensionals for the oval and rose buds.

7.  Enjoy!

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Sealed with a Kiss

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  Today is the last Valentine’s Day card idea I have to share with you!  Valentine’s Day is on Tuesday!  I can’t believe it’s almost here!  This particular card was created with the Sealed with Love stamp set.  It’s a fun little card that showers the recipient with kisses!

To make this card, start with a piece of Whisper White cardstock for the base of the card.  Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of Basic Black cardstock. Cut a 5 x 3-3/4 inch piece of one of the patterned papers from the Sending Love Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack.  Grab the “lip” image and randomly stamp it all over the DSP using Real Red ink. Adhere these pieces to your card front. Cut a 2-1/2 x 4 inch piece of Basic Black cardstock and adhere it across the center of the DSP as shown. Use a brayer and some Real Red ink to color one of the Lace Doilies. Cut out a heart shape using the Sweet & Sassy framelits (or you can cut it out by hand). Stamp the sentiment in black and “lip” image in red. Adhere everything to the card as shown.  For the finishing touch, embellish with rhinestones and/or silver metallic enamel shapes. Enjoy!

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Z-Fold Valentine

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  I apologize for the delay in posting…I have been having some technical difficulties the past couple of days! Today I have a fun little z-fold Valentine to share with all of you!  Z-fold cards are my favorite type of “fancy fold” card to make because they are quick and simple! Plus you can really decorate them anyway you choose!  The key to a z-fold card is deciding what type of “shape” to use on the front of the card. In this case, I used a stitched oval and embellished it with the heart and sentiment.

To make this card, start with a piece of Real Red cardstock for the base of the card. Score the card base at 2 1/8 and 4 1/4 then fold the 2 1/8 section back onto itself. Not sure how to do this…watch my original video on the z-fold at http://stamptasticdesigns.com/2015/05/04/z-fold-card-painted-petals/

Next, cut a piece of Basic Black cardstock at 2 x 5 1/4 and a  1 3/4 x 5 inch piece of heart patterned paper from the Sending Love Designer Series Paper pack. Secure these 2 pieces together and adhere to the flap as shown in this pic. Stamp the “Hello Love” sentiment in black ink onto a scrap piece of white cardstock and cut it out with a small oval from the stitched framelits set.  Cut out a heart shape from Real Red cardstock using either a framelit or punch (whatever you have on hand). You could also cut out a heart free-hand (if you don’t have any framelits or punches). Cut out a large black oval with the stitched framelits. Adhere the ovals and heart together, as shown, and secure it to the front flap of the card with some strong adhesive (I recommend the Tear & Tape). Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of Basic Black cardstock and a 5 x 3-3/4 inch piece of Whisper White cardstock for the inside of the card. For the finishing touch, embellish with some metallic enamel shapes. Enjoy!

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