Artisan Butterfly Basics

artisan embellishments 2Today I have another beautiful and simple project showcasing two great new products:  The Butterfly Basics stamp set and Artisan Embellishment Kit. These two products seem to really work well together! And I have enjoyed creating so many fun projects with them!  So let’s take a look at another quick and simple project idea for these products.

To make this project, start with a piece of crumb cake cardstock for the base of your card. Stamp the fun nature images from the Butterfly Basics set using crumb cake ink. You want to use the same color ink as the color of your cardstock so that you can achieve a subtle background. Once you have stamped the nature images, stamp your sentiment using blackberry bliss ink (this is the same color as the ribbon you will be using from the Artisan Embellishment kit). For the finishing touches, add a few strips of the ribbon and a little flower from the Artisan kit.  That’s it! Enjoy!

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Irresistibly Yours ~ Birthday

irresistibly yoursHere’s another beautiful project showcasing the versatility of the Irresistibly Yours Designer Series Paper (DSP). This is the DSP that is FREE with a qualifying order during Sale-a-bration. The paper is white with white embossed images…you can use it as is or add splashed of color to it using a variety of techniques. For this particular project, I sponged the DSP with elegant eggplant ink. Just a little tip for you…when you are sponging on this DSP, be sure to use a tissue to wipe off any excess ink that sits on the glossy little flowers as the ink will not soak into the glossy patterns.

To make this card, start with a piece of elegant eggplant for the base of your card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock and emboss the top half of it with your favorite pattern…I used the polka dot embossing folder on this project. Be sure to only enboss the top half so that you can stamp your favorite sentiment on the bottom. Cut a 3 x 4 inch piece of the Irresistibly Yours DSP and sponge it the same color as your background (elegant eggplant). Cut a 1 x 4 inch piece of elegant eggplant and punch out 2 scalloped dot borders (one for the top and bottom of the DSP). Secure these scalloped borders to the DSP as shown. Punch out an elegant butterfly and add a few pearls to embellish. Enjoy!

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Yippee Skippee

SAB birthdayHere’s a fun little celebration themed project with bright and bold colors.  The project can really be customized for any type of celebration…just switch out the sentiments. Of course there are a variety of fun new products showcased on this card along with a freebie from the Sale-a-bration catalog.  Let’s take a look…

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 calypso coral and emboss it with the Lucky Stars embossing folder. Cut one 2 x 4 and two 1 x4 inch pieces of your favorite patterned pieces from the new Birthday Bash Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack. Secure the pieces to the center of the calypso coral cardstock. Cut a 2 x 3 inch piece of whisper white cardstock and fancy up both ends using the scalloped topper punch. Stamp your favorite sentiments on the tag using night of navy and calypso coral ink. For this project I used the fun little sentiments from the Yippee Skippee stamp set and the free Sale-a-bration stamp set called Big Day. Run a piece of yellow ribbon, a Sale-a-bration freebie, through the tag and around the entire calypso coral piece. Just a little tip…I secured the tag to the cardstock with dimensionals BEFORE trying to tie my little bow. Add a few candy dots to embellish. Enjoy!

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Something Borrowed

something borrowedToday I want to share a quick and simple project you can put together with the new blendabilities markers. Blendabilities are alcohol based markers that can be used for blending and shading your stamped images. But you can also use blendabilities in many other ways. This particular project showcases how to use blendabilities to add pops of color to your pretty patterned papers!  I love using blendabilties in this way. If you have ever tried to color in an image with regular water-based markers, then you know how choppy the coloring looks. With blendabilities, you are able to shade an image without distorting it.

 

To make this project, start with a piece of pink pirouette cardstock for the base of the card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of the Something Borrowed Designer Series Paper (DSP). Grab a set of the pink pirouette blendabilities and randomly shade some of the flowers on the DSP. Make sure that you have the DSP laying on top of a piece of scratch paper or grid paper as the blendabilities ink will soak through the DSP. Once you have completed the shading of the flowers, secure the DSP to your card base. Add a little layered tag or some type of punched shape to your project for the sentiment. Add a little embellishment and your done! Easy peasy! Enjoy!

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Lotus Blossom

lotus blossomToday I have a fun little spring project to share with all of you! With all of the snowy and cold weather we are having in Wisconsin this year, design flowery spring projects reminds me that spring is right around the corner!  The project I have for you today showcases a 3 step stamp called Lotus Blossom. And this particular stamp set is not for sale but…it is one of the FREE items that you can choose with a $50 purchase during Sale-a-bration. So let’s take a closer look at this project.

To make this card, start with a piece of soft sky cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock and emboss it with that fun polka dot embossing folder! Cut a 5 1/4 x 2 inch piece of one of the flowery patterns from the Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper pack. Cut a 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 inch piece of soft sky cardstock and a 2 x 3 inch piece of whisper white. Grab the 3 different flower images from the Lotus blossom stamp set. Each image is labeled 1, 2 and 3. And, each image has an arrow on the top. Use that arrow to guide placement of the image. The arrow should always point in the same direction…I have it point towards the top of my project so that I can use that as a mark to align all 3 of the stamped images.  For this project, I used only one color ink…daffodil delight…to stamp all 3 images. Start with image 1 and stamp it on the white paper with the arrow pointing to the top of your paper. Stamp the second image over the top of the first, using the arrow as your guide. Then stamp the 3rd image over the top of the other two. The 3rd image is the “fill” image as it will color in the remainder of your flower. Once you have stamped your flower, simply stamp one of the stem images and a little sentiment. It takes a little bit of practice to use this new 3 step stamp set but the results are just simply stunning once you get the hang of it! Enjoy!

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Irresistibly Yours ~ Artisan Style

artisan embellishments 13Have you played with any of the awesome Sale-a-bration products yet? If you have, then you know how wonderful they are!  If you haven’t, then you need to pop over to my Sale-a-bration page and check out all of the awesome ways you can earn FREE products! Like this one…the new Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper. I actually couldn’t believe that this was one of the FREE products we can earn!  It is simply gorgeous paper! The paper is white with white embossed images. You can do so many different things with this paper like sponge it, spritz it, brayer it or even stamp on it! Or, you can use it just as it is!

 

So let’s take a look at this project which showcases this fun paper. Start with a piece of crumb cake cardstock for the base of your card and stamp a little sentiment in the lower right hand corner. Cut a 4 x 4 inch piece of one of the beautiful Irresistibly Yours DSP patterns. I chose the leaves but you can choose any of the 6 different patterns. Grab some pink ink, I used blushing bride, and sponge it all over the DSP. Once you have sponged all of the color on the DSP simply take a tissue a wipe off the excess…the ink won’t stick to the white embossed images. Secure the sponged DSP to the upper part of your card. Cut a 1 x 4 inch piece of crumb cake cardstock and secure it over the bottom part of the DSP but just above the sentiment you stamped. Tuck a little piece of a paper doily under the 1 x 4 inch piece before you secure it to the card. For the finishing touch, add some of the beautiful flower trim from the Artisan Embellishment kit. Enjoy!

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Shaker Card

valentine shaker cardHappy Valentine’s Day Everyone!  I hope you have a wonderful day celebrating with the one you love!  But before you head out to your Valentine’s Day celebration, you might want to just take a peek at this fun little shaker card project I have to share with all of you. No, it’s not necessarily a last minute Valentine’s Day project (although I suppose it could be). Now remember I did give you lots of Valentine’s Day ideas over the past couple of weeks so hopefully that helped you complete all of your cards and projects waaay before today! :)

To make this card, you will start with a piece of whisper white cardstock for the base of your card. Cut out a crisp cantaloupe picture frame using the On Film framelit set and your big shot. Lay the frame on your white cardstock and stamp your favorite sentiment in the center of it (on the white paper) using crisp cantaloupe ink. Take the frame off the white paper and secure a window sheet to the back side of it.  You will want to cut your window sheet to the size of the square opening of the frame (so that it covers the opening)….approximately 4 x 4 inches. At this point, you can add a bit of venetian trim ribbon across the lower half of the frame….secure the ends to the back of the frame so they don’t show.

Once you have the window sheet secured to the backside of the frame, place dimensionals all the way around the frame. This is the tricky part as you need to make sure you cut your dimensionals to fit along the skinny part of the frame so they don’t show through the window sheet. You can use shaker frame dimensionals, just cut them into small strips as they are circular. Now that you have the window sheet and dimensionals secured to the frame, pour some of the sequins on the white card over the top of where you stamped your sentiment. Spread them out a little bit so they are not clumped together. Now peel off the backing from the dimensionals and secure your frame on the card over the top of the sequins. Press firmly so that the frame adheres. Now just shake the card and watch the sequins move behind the window sheet.  Cool, hey?

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Adventurous Guy Greetings

Today I have yet another masculine card idea for you using the new Guy Greetings stamp set and Adventure Bound Designer Series Paper (DSP). This is the 6th masculine creation with this stamp set and designer paper! So if you missed the first 5 simply click on the “masculine” category on the right hand side of this website and it will take you to the other creations.guy greetings birthday plaidFor this project, start with a piece of sahara sand cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of early espresso cardstock for your matte. Grab 2 different patterns from the Adventure Bound DSP pack. Cut two 2 1/4 x 1 3/4 inch pieces from each of the DSP patterns and secure them to the early espresso cardstock as shown. Leave some of the early espresso show through so it mattes out your DSP! Cut a 3 x 2 1/4 inch piece of early espresso cardstock and a 2 3/4 x 2 inch piece of sahara sand cardstock.  Stamp the old fashion car image and a the Happy Birthday sentiment onto the sahara sand cardstock. I used early espresso ink for the sentiment and sahara sand ink for the car.  Add a few neutral candy dots to the upper right hand corner of the card to embellish it. Enjoy!

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Stampin’ on DSP

Did you know you can stamp on designer papers? Yep, you can! I would recommend choosing designer papers that have small patterns if you plan on stamping images on them. The smaller patterns allow you to see the details of the stamped images while also providing fun backgrounds for your projects….like the project that I have to share with you today.irresistibly yours flower stampedStampin’ Up! has a fun new specialty designer series paper (DSP) pack called Irresistibly Yours.  And this paper is not available for purchase…but it is one of the FREE items you can choose during Sale-a-bration when you place a qualifying order of $50! It’s probably one of my favorite paper packs because there is so much you can do with it…sponge it, brayer it, and stamp on it!  Today, we will focus on stamping on this DSP. To make this project, start with a piece of sahara sand cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of blushing bride cardstock and a 5 x 3 3/4 inch piece of the polka dot pattern from the Irresistibly Yours DSP pack.  I used images from the new Crazy About You stamp set for this particular project. Stamp the leaf images on the DSP using blushing bride ink. Stamp the flower image on the DSP using strawberry slush ink. Sponge a bit of blushing bride ink around all of the images that you just stamped. Once you have completed the stamping and sponging, simply grab a tissue or napkin and wipe off the excess ink so the polka dot pattern shows through all of the stamping and sponging. Then simply embellish your card with a bit of ribbon and a button. That’s it! Super simple and elegant project! Enjoy!

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Twitterpated

Valentine gift set heartsThe final Valentine’s Day project I have for you is this adorable card and treat box gift set. This past week I have shared a variety of different projects that you can put together with those tiny treat boxes. They are really fun to play with, don’t you  think? :) So let’s talk about how to make this set.

Start with a piece of real red cardstock for the base of your card. 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.  Stamp one of your favorite sentiments in black on the top of the white cardstock (or in this case I used the love sentiment from the Hello Life stamp set). Emboss the whisper white cardstock, just under the sentiment, with the Happy Hearts embossing folder (leave the sentiment hang out of the embossing folder before your send it through the big shot). Punch out 5 little hearts with the punch in the Itty Bitty Accents Pack. I used real red cardstock, glimmer paper and some designer paper to coordinate with the treat box….but you can use anything that you have on hand! You can also add a bit of 1/8 inch silver ribbon to the top to bling it out even more.

For the treat box, just grab some of your favorite patterned paper, or use the Stacked with Love papers, and cut out a little 1/2 inch banner for the box. Stamp a fun sentiment on the front of the box as shown. Then decorate it with your patterned paper, some hearts and a bit of ribbon tied to the lid of the box. Fill it with your favorite candy and enjoy!

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