For Peeps Sake it’s almost Easter

eggcellent easterYes, I have another Easter card for you today! Believe it or not, Easter is right around the corner! This project showcases the pretty pastel colors of the Best Year Ever Sale-a-bration designer series paper pack as well as the fun little Easter stamp “For Peep’s Sake!” Now you can change out the sentiment if you don’t need an Easter card as there are a lot of fun sentiments in the Stampin’ Up! catalog for you to choose from.

To make this card, start with a piece of soft sky cardstock for the base. Cut a piece of the Best Year Ever DSP to the following sizes: 1 1/2 x 4 inches (cut 2 of these) and 2 x 4 inches (cut one). The 2 x 4 inch piece is your middle piece of DSP on this card. The other two pieces (the pink pieces) are 1 1/2 x 4 inches. Secure these pieces to your soft sky card base as shown. Next, cut a 2 3/4 x 3 3/4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock. Cut a 3 x4 inch piece of soft sky cardstock for a matte. Stamp the Egg-cellent easter sentiment on the white piece using smoky slate ink. Take the egg image and color each egg on the stamp with a different color marker….then stamp it on your project as shown. For the finishing touch, embellish it with a little flower and pearl. Enjoy! And have a Happy Easter!

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Sew You ~ March Paper Pumpkin

Have you joined the monthly Paper Pumpkin program yet? Well take a look at what you are missing!  This month’s kit is called Sew You and it contained all of the materials you need to create 9 fun little cards. Now this month’s kit involved a bit of sewing! While I love the look of stitching on cards, I decided to only stitch one. The rest of the cards I used a yellow marker to highlight the “YOU.” Pretty sneaky hey? :) Can you tell which one I stitched?March 2015 Sew You Paper PumpkinI love the project ideas that come in each kit but I also enjoy challenging myself a bit to come up with alternative ideas. So this month, I put together a few alterative projects using some of the yellow sale-a-bration paper and a few other embellishments that I can on hand.

March 2015 Sew You Paper Pumpkin 6One of my favorite creations was the fun little mini journal or scrapbook. You could probably use it for either purpose. I used the cardboard packing materials that came in the kit to design the front and back cover of this book. I cut the cardboard down to 4 1/4 x 5 3/4 inches and then covered it with some yellow sale-a-bration paper. I also cut out some 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inch pieces of cardstock for the inside of the book (you can cut as many as you like depending on how big you would like the book to be). I punched 3 holes in the left side of the cardboard and used the embroidery floss to hold everything together. Then, I simply decorated the cover with the fun materials that came in this month’s kit. Oh…and I did add a few of my own supplies like a paper doily, blue ribbon and a little button.

Here are some of the other fun projects from this month’s kit:

March 2015 Sew You Paper Pumpkin 1
No sewing involved on this project. Simply outline the YOU with a yellow marker. Added a bit of my own yellow paper, a little butterfly and a button.
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For this project, I cut up one of the card bases to 1 1/2 x 4 inches (two pieces), a 2 x 4 inch yellow piece and secured them to the card base as shown. Then I added a fun little tag.
March 2015 Sew You Paper Pumpkin 3
For this project, simply grab a piece of pool party cardstock and cut it by hand to “matte” around the “Thank You”

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Down the Bunny Hole

down the bunny holeHippity Hoppity Easter’s on it’s way! And today I have a fun little punch art Easter project for you! This little bunny butt is created with a variety of different punches and is super fun to make! Let’s take a look at how to make this card.

Start with a piece of old olive cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of the flowerpot designer series paper (DSP). You can really choose any fun DSP that you have on hand. Punch out a black and a white 2 inch circles. The white 2 inch circle will be the bunny butt and the black circle represents the “hole” that the bunny is jumping into. For the feet, punch out 2 white extra large ovals and 2 blushing bride (pink) large ovals. For the tail, use the boho blossoms punch with white paper and layer all 3 of the pieces to form the bushy tail. I sponged a bit of blushing bride (pink) ink on all of the white pieces just to make them stand out a bit more. Take a black or gray marker and draw little lines on the feet to represent the bunny’s toes. For the finishing touches, I took a 1 1/4 x 4 inch piece of old olive cardstock and snipped the top edge with a fringe scissors so it resembled grass. You can also add a bit of ribbon and a little sentiment to the grassy area as shown. Enjoy!

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Project Life Card Creations

SAB project life all cardsHave you heard of Project Life? It is the latest craze in scrapbooking or what is now being called memory keeping. Project Life by Stampin’ Up! is such a quick and simple way to dress up your photo albums with the variety of card collections available.  There are so many fun little patterned papers available in the project life card collections! And, of course, there is this FREE pack of project life cards available during Sale-a-bration. :)  The papers were so adorable that I just had to put together some greeting cards with them. Yes, another use for the project life kits! This mini project life collection was perfect for regular greeting card as each pack contains 30 different papers…so the card making possibilities are endless.  Here are a few of the cards I created with these pretty papers and a few embellishments…

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Beautiful flowery project life paper cut to 5 1/4 x 4 inches and embellished with a little scalloped tag.
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This little sun was one of the fun images in the project life paper pack. I simply added a sentiment and a little butterfly.
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Pretty project life card cut to 5 1/4 x 4 inches and stamped with a fun little sentiment. Add a bit of ribbon to embellish.
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Another project life card cut to 5 1/4 x 4 inches and stamped with a little sentiment.
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Here I used 2 project life papers. The polka dot pattern was cut to 5 1/4 x 4 inches and the center card was left as is from the pack (I simply stamped a sentiment on it). Add a bit of ribbon to embellish
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For this project, I matted out a 3 x 4 inch piece of the project life paper with a bit of coastal cabana cardstock. Then I added a fun little tag with a sentiment found in the Project Life kit.

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Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum

Sheer perfection designer vellum is one of the 4 new products Stampin’ Up! added to this year’s Sale-a-bration.  There are 24 sheets ~ 12 different designs in this paper pack and you can get it FREE with a $50 purchase during Sale-a-bration! And it is well worth it! I have been busy playing around with it and I have a couple of fun project ideas to share with you today.

SAB vellum and DSP3Vellum is a light weight translucent paper product which is perfect for adding or showing off colors.  Let me show you what I mean. For this first little project (pictured above), I used a 2 x 4 inch piece of vellum over the top of some yellow polka dot papers. The vellum flower pattern looks just gorgeous with that little bit of yellow color and the polka dots behind it.

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The second project uses the same concept except this time I covered the entire piece of yellow designer paper with the vellum.

To make these cards, simply cut a piece of yellow patterned paper to 3 x4 inches. Cut a 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inch piece of black cardstock for a matte. Layer all of the pieces together as shown and add a little sentiment and flower for an embellishment.  You can use any patterned paper color…you don’t have to use yellow.

The third project I have is for all of you out there that just love coloring! Yes, you can color the vellum! It’s a little putzy but you end up with simply stunning results.  Let’s take a look…

SAB VellumTo make the card (pictured on the left), cut a piece of vellum to 5 1/4 x 4 inches. On the backside of the vellum, color in the flowers with your stampin’ write markers. You want to color on the backside of the vellum so that you don’t see all of your coloring lines. I used three different colors on this particular card but you can choose as many or as few colors as you like! Enjoy!

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Moon Lake ~ Aqua Painters

moonlakeToday I have fun technique for all of you to try! This particular project showcases watercoloring with the use of aqua painters. Haven’t heard of aqua painters? Well they are fun little squeezable brushes that you fill with water. All you need is some ink and an aqua pen to achieve some beautiful watercoloring effects. So let’s take a closer look.

For this project, start by creating a subtle backdrop for your image. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock and stamp it in basic gray with the hardwood background image. The base of the card is a piece of sahara sand cardstock. Cut a 2 3/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock…this is the piece you will do your stamping and watercoloring on. Cut a 3 1/4 x 4 inch piece of soft sky cardstock for matting out your stamped image. On the white piece, stamp the Moon lake image using memento ink. Grab one of your aqua painters and fill it with water. Put a drop of each color ink you will be using into a little artist tray.  Dip the tip of the aqua painter in the ink and start spreading it around on your project. The more you squeeze the aqua painter, the more water you will have mixed in with your ink, and the more diluted your colors will become. For this project, I didn’t squeeze the painter when I used it. I recommend that you practice using the aqua painter and inks on a scrap piece of paper to get the feel for how they work. Add a bunch of different colors to your project until you achieve the desired look. I will be putting together a video for all of you so that you can see this technique in action a bit better! But for now, just play around with the aqua painter and see what you can create! Enjoy!

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Hello You

hello youToday, I want to share a fun card idea showcasing the new Hello You thinlit dies.  Are you familiar with thinlits?  They are fun little die cut embellishments that you can cut out of cardstock with your big shot embossing machine. The pack of Hello You thinlits have 4 metal dies that you can use to add fun sentiments to your projects….like the “hello” on this particular card. There are a variety of different ways you can use these thinlits so be sure to check out some of the other projects showcased in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog.

One of the great things about this particular thinlit set is that it is bundled with the Crazy About You stamp set!  Bundles are a big deal because you save an extra 15% on the products when bundled. So let me provide you with a few details on how to recreate this card. Start with a piece of strawberry slush cardstock for the base of the card. Emboss the front of the cardstock with the polka dot embossing folder (or your favorite embossing folder). Cut a 5 1/2 x 3 inch piece of the striped Irresistibly Yours Designer Paper (you know, the FREE stuff from sale-a-bration). Stamp one of the fun flower images from the Crazy About You stamp set  directly on the DSP and then sponge around it using crisp cantaloupe ink. For the finishing touches, embellish the card as pictured with some of the fun products listed below or with any of your favorites that you have on hand. Enjoy!

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Punch Art ~ Easter Bunny

punch art easter bunnySpring is in the air which means that Easter is right around the corner!  So I decided to play around with my punches to see if I could create an adorable little bunny. And I have to say, I was pretty excited about how this little one turned out!  If you are not familiar with punch art, it basically consists of using different punched shapes to create an image…and in this case, an Easter Bunny!

Start with a fun background for your bunny!  I decided to stamp a piece of crumb cake cardstock with the Hardwood stamp. Kinda looks like the bunny is standing in front of a wood fence or door. :) Every piece of this bunny was created with a different shape. So get out those punches and framelits! I mainly used punches to create the different parts of the bunny but if you have framelits (ovals and circles) those will work just fine as well. Here is a list of the punches used:

  • Face of the bunny = Upside down heart
  • Eyes = 3/4 inch circle punch
  • Body = 2 1/2 inch circle punch
  • Feet = Extra Large Oval punch
  • Ears = Extra Large and Large Oval punches (you can use oval framelits too)
  • Nose = 1 inch circle punch and an itty bitty heart punch
  • Eggs = the smallest oval punch you can find (or you can cut them out by hand). You can use your favorite colorful pattered papers for this.

You can use white and black (or gray) markers to drawn on the little swooshes to the eyes and ears. I also sponged a bit of blushing bride ink on the edges of the bunny pieces just to give them a little bit more dimension (they stand out a little better). For the finishing touch, I decided to add a little Easter sentiment cut out with the word window punch and embellished with a few pearls. Oh…and don’t forget to add an adorable little bow on the bunny’s head. Cute, hey?

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SAB ~ Yippee Skippee

yippee skippee SABSpring is in the air here in Wisconsin! The weather has just been fabulous as we are in the beginning stages of the spring thaw. :)  So this means that I have been busy making a variety of colorful spring-themed cards, like this one made with the soft colors in the Sale-a-bration paper pack. If you need cards in a hurry, this is a super simple design that you can use with any patterned paper and stamp sets that you have on hand. Let me walk you through the measurements so you know how to cut your paper.

Start with a piece of soft sky card stock for the base of your card. Cut a 4 inch strip from a 12 x 12 piece of designer paper. In this case, I used the Best year ever DSP from the Sale-a-bration catalog. Cut 2 pieces of DSP that are 1 1/2 x 4 inches and a third piece that is 2 x 4 inches. Since the DSP is 2-sided, you can flip over the middle piece so that you have 2 different designs on your card. Or you can just leave the pieces all the same design…whichever you prefer! Secure those pieces to your card base as shown. Cut a 2 x 3 1/2 inch piece of whisper white cardstock and punch the top using the scalloped tag topper punch. Stamp your favorite sentiment on the tag using ink that matches your papers. Tie a bit of ribbon on the end of the tag and embellish with a few little flowers. Enjoy!

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Kind Koala ~ In Colors

koala in colorsDid you know that these beautiful In Colors are going to be retiring this year? Yep, it’s true! No more Strawberry Slush, Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding and Crisp Cantaloupe after May 2015! This really isn’t new as Stampin’ Up!’s In Colors are only available for a 2-year time period. But it sure is a bummer as I have really grown fond of these colors. But the good news is that there will be another set of fun colors for us to play with in June!

Since these colors will be retiring in this year, the theme for our demonstrator swap was to create projects showcasing these fun colors.  This particular project is the one I swapped with the group. To make this card, start with a piece of whisper white cardstock for the base of the card. Next, cut a 1 1/2 x 4 inch piece of the crisp cantaloupe and strawberry slush designer paper and a 2 x 4 inch piece of the baked brown sugar. Secure these pieces to your white card base as shown. Cut a 2 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock and punch out the top with the scalloped tag topper. Stamp the koala image using baked brown sugar. Stamp a few swooshes from the Work of Art stamp set over the top of the koala using crisp cantaloupe ink. Cut a 2 x 4 1/2 inch piece of baked brown sugar cardstock and punch out the top with the scalloped tag topper. Layer the two tags together with dimensionals. Add a bit of ribbon and twine to the top of the tags and secure to your card. You can also embellish that little flower with sequins, buttons or pearls. Enjoy!

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