Tranquil Tulips

Good Morning Stampin’ Friends!  Hope you had a fabulous weekend!  Today I have a quick and simple project to share! This particular project showcases a beautiful host set called Tranquil Tulips.  What is a host set? Well, it’s a set that is only available to purchase with Stampin’ Rewards (or Host Benefits). You can earn benefits from hosting a party or with any order that reach $150 or more! For more information on Stampin’ Rewards, refer to page 219 in the Annual Stampin’ Up! catalog.

This card is quite simple to create! Start with a piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of Pear Pizzazz; this piece will serve as a matte. Then cut a 5 x 3-3/4 inch piece of Whisper White cardstock. Stamp the flower stems and leaves on the card, as shown, using Pear Pizzazz ink. Stamp the tulips using Daffodil Delight and Berry Burst inks. Since the tulip is a two-step stamp, there are two different images used to create each flower. You can use the same color ink with these stamps and still obtain the contrast you see on the card. If you would like a bolder contrast, simply two different shades of the same color to create the flower!

Stamp a little sentiment on the card. For the finishing touch, embellish with some pearls.

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Be Merry

The holidays are my favorite time of the year!  It’s a time of celebration. A time to spend with family. It’s a time to for me to reflect upon the year and all of the blessings in my life. The family traditions and festivities are always fun! I look forward to them each and every year! One of my favorite holiday activities is creating handmade Christmas cards. I make a variety of cards ranging from super simple to very detailed. Today, I thought I would share a quick and simple idea with all of you.

This card idea came to me when I was playing around with the Merry Ornaments kit. The little Christmas Trees were left over pieces from creating the ornaments. And you know I can’t throw anything away!  To make this card, cut a piece of Garden Green cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 4 x 4-1/4 inch piece of the Christmas tree design from the Be Merry Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack; adhere this piece to the center of the card front. Cut a 1 x 4 inch piece of the small pattern green DSP and adhere to the lower half of the card as shown. Cut a 3/4 x 4 inch piece of Whisper White cardstock and stamp a little sentiment on it.  For the finishing touch, embellish a stitched circle with the Christmas tree and adhere to the card, as shown, with dimensionals. Easy peasy!

Now, an alternate design would be to stamp a sentiment in the white circle and eliminate the 3/4 x 4 inch piece of white cardstock. Lots of possibilities here!

 

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A Little Wild ~ Honey Bear

There are soooo many amazing products between the Stampin’ Up! holiday and the annual catalog I can’t decide what to play with first!  A good problem to have! So today I thought I would share an adorable little card that showcases some fun images from the A Little Wild Bundle. This bundle of products has some absolutely adorable baby animal images in it which are perfect for baby cards as well as other fun occasions! I designed a variety of projects with this bundle for my club members but I saved this one to share with all of you! Soooo cute!  I hope you enjoy it!

To make this card, start with a piece of Chocolate Chip cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5 – 3-3/4 inch piece of So Saffron cardstock, emboss it with the 3D Ruffled Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and adhere to the card front. This 3D embossing folder gives the impression of “honey” dripping behind the bear. So cool! Next, cut a 1 x 3-3/4 inch piece of Chocolate Chip cardstock, wrap some linen thread around the left half of this piece, tie a little bow and adhere it across the lower part of the card as shown. The little bear was stamped on a piece of crumb cake cardstock, using Chocolate Chip ink, and cut out with the coordinating framelit.  You can use the layering squares or stitched framelits to cut out a matted focal point for the bear. The bee hive was stamped on a piece of So Saffron cardstock and cut out with the coordinating framelit. Then I just embellished the card with some burlap ribbon and a string of gold sequins. Super cute and fun!

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Quilted Christmas

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  The NEW holiday catalog has been LIVE for 8 days now so I hope that you had an opportunity to take a look at all of the fabulous new products!  One of the things I love most about this year’s catalog is that many of the products can be used all year long! Yep, that’s right, they are not just for Christmas or the Holidays.  One of the new product suites that caught my eye was the Quilted Christmas. It has a homey, handmade feel to it. And I just love how the products can be used for Christmas or any other occasion. In fact, the first couple of cards that I made didn’t have anything to do with Christmas. Let’s take a look!

The stamps and die cuts in the Christmas Quilt Bundle make it easy to create fun quilt patterns on your cards. For this card, I started with a piece of Pool Party cardstock for the base of the card and embossed the front using the new Quilt Top embossing folder. Next, I simply stamped the different quilt patterns on a 2-3/4 x 2-3/4 inch piece of white cardstock, using Peekaboo Peach and Pool Party ink. I cut my cardstock to this size because it’s the exact size of the large quilt patterned framelit. Using the large quilt patterned framelit die, I cut a blank piece of white cardstock so that I would have a white outline of the quilt pattern. I then mounted the stamped images behind the white outline. The stamped images fit perfectly!  Then, using the same large framelit, I cut out another quilt pattern from a piece of So Saffron cardstock. This time I took the little pieces of yellow cardstock, the squares and triangles, and glued them into the open spaces on my project. One you have created your quilt pattern, simply embellish the card any way you like!

Here is another project created with the Quilted Christmas product suite. As you can see, there is nothing Christmasy about this card! For this project, I started with a piece of Garden Green cardstock for the base of the card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock. Next, I cut out a 1 x 5-1/4 inch piece of the Quilted Christmas DSP and matted it out on a 1-1/4 x 5-1/4 piece of Pool Party cardstock and a 1-3/4 x 5-1/4 inch piece of Lemon Lime Twist cardstock. Then I used the star patterned framelit to create the focal point on the card. There is a cute little framelit designed to represent a spool of thread. I simply cut out two different colors and wrapped some twine around them…then adhered them to the center of the DSP with a few glue dots.

These were super fun cards to make!  I hope you enjoyed them!

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Giftable Greetings

Do you ever give your handmade cards as gifts? I am always looking for fun and pretty ways to package them up!  I have found that a pack of handmade cards makes the perfect gift!  They are practical and everyone just loves them! Especially if they are handmade!

Well the designer of last month’s Paper Pumpkin kit must have been sneaking around my craft room 🙂  The kit was called Giftable Greetings and it contains all of the materials you needed to create 8 pretty cards plus a pretty little package to put them in! Now you might have noticed that there are quite a few more cards in that picture than 8. Well that’s because I always create many many extra cards using the stamp set and leftover materials in the kit!

I only put about 6 cards with envelopes in the package, mainly because I wanted some extra to send out.  The kit was super fun and now I have a fabulous gift that I am planning on gifting to one of my hostesses this month!

Of course the kit always comes with an exclusive stamp set so that mean more stamping fun! One of my favorite things to do with the Paper Pumpkin kits, besides making the projects, is to create more projects! This time I did a bit of watercoloring and used up some of the extra supplies in my kit:

These pretty little cards were created with the exclusive stamp set that came in the kit! Wanna get in on the fun? New subscribers can try Paper Pumpkin for 50% off! Join before September 10th to take advantage of this deal!

Subscribe today with the promo code HALFOFF0917 at >>> http://bit.ly/PaperPumpkinKits

 

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Birthday Blooms

One of the things that first attracted me to stampin’ was embossing. I was immediately drawn to the beautiful textures and the simplicity of creating with embossing folders. My very first purchase was an embossing machine! I love adding a variety of different textures to my cards. So when Stampin’ Up! came out with their new embossing paste, I knew that I had to try it!   For this project, I used one of the decorative masks to create a fun backdrop for my card. It is so simple to use and the possibilities are endless!

The embossing paste is white. You probably noticed that the little diamond background is pink in color. Well, you can add little drops of ink to the embossing paste and create all sorts of different colored backgrounds!  Now I didn’t want to change the whole container of paste pink, so I simply place some of the paste on a silicon mat and mixed in the color I wanted. Then I spread the colored paste across the diamond shaped decorative mask until I achieved the look I wanted.  The clean up is quick and easy too!  Just rinse the mask, palette knives and silicon mat under some warm soapy water.  Just a little tip…don’t wait too long to clean your tools as the paste dries pretty quickly!

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Happy Birthday Gorgeous

Hello Stampin’ Friends! Today I want to share a fun fold card idea with you. It’s called an Easel card. Definitely an oldie but a goodie! I created this card for a demonstrator swap that I participated in. The card showcases products from the Foil Frenzy Suite and the Happy Birthday Gorgeous bundle. My inspiration for this card came right from the pictures in the annual catalog!

Easel cards are pretty simple to create. This fun fold is very similar to a z-fold card, the only difference is that you are adding an extra piece of cardstock which allows your card front to stand up like it’s on an easel.  The card easily folds down flat so it’s the perfect fun fold card for mailing.

To create this card start with a 4-1/4 x 11 inch piece of Soft Sky cardstock for the base of your card. On the 11 inch side, score the cardstock at 5-1/2 and at 8-1/4 inches. Cut another piece of Soft Sky cardstock at 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches as this will be your card front.  Here is a side view of how to fold the 4-1/4 x 11 inch scored piece of cardstock.

The 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inch piece of cardstock should be adhered to the bottom part of the fold on the card front. In this picture, it is the fold that is pointing downward towards the bottom of the card. To adhere the piece, lay the card flat and apply adhesive to the lower part of the card front, under the fold line. Then simply lay the 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inch piece on top to secure it. It should look like the picture above when complete.

Once you have created the easel card, then decorate it any way you like! I used some of the fun products from the Foil Frenzy Suite. One little tip about the easel card is that you will need to adhere something to the inside, on the bottom, of the card in order for the easel card to stand up and stay open.  For this card, I simply cut a 4-1/4 x 1 inch piece of the polka dot foil paper and adhered it to a 4-1/4 x 1-1/4 inch piece of Rich Razzleberry cardstock.  I took this piece and adhered to the inside of the card base, on the bottom, using a few dimensionals. When the card is opened in the easel position, it provides a “resting” area for the front of the card.

 

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Rustic Wedding

The summer seems to be flying by! Probably because there are lots of exciting life events happening in our family!  At the beginning of summer we celebrated my parents 50th Wedding Anniversary and my son’s graduation from college. Now we are busy preparing for his wedding! At the beginning of August, we held a bridal shower for my future daughter-in-law. They will be getting married on September 15, 2017! Now the invitations went out several months ago but, today, I wanted to take a moment to share them with you.

Yes, they are all handmade with love! My future daughter-in-law wanted me to design an invitation that had a rustic feel to it. I created variety of different samples for her and she fell in love with this one. We used neutral colors to create a soft yet natural look. The base of the inviation was created with crumb cake cardstock. This is a gate fold card so we cut the crumb cake cardstock at 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches and then scored it at 2-1/8 and 6-3/8 inches. We stamped a few images in the corners of the card front using Soft Suede ink and then colored in the flowers with a white watercolor pencil. Using the Sweet & Sassy Heart shaped framelits, we created a focal point for the center of the invitation using vellum and cardstock. Only the left side of the heart is attached to the left side of the invitation (so you can open it). 🙂  For the finishing touch, we added a Very Vanilla Trim wrap to the card.

The bride, her mom, and I got together to create these invitations. We even got the groom to join in. 🙂 We made about 75 in all. They turned out absolutely beautiful!  I promised her that I wouldn’t share the invitations on any of my crafting sites until I knew for sure that everyone had received theirs. Since the wedding is right around the corner, I think it’s safe for me to share them.  🙂

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Ribbon of Courage

Does this card look familiar? Well if you have been following along with my posts then you might recognize the layout of this card from a project I shared few weeks ago showcasing the Climbing Orchids. You can view that project by following this link http://stamptasticdesigns.com/2017/07/30/beautiful-climbing-orchids/   I loved the technique and layout of the card so much that I decided to showcase it using a different stamp set…the Ribbon of Courage. One of the things I love most about creating cards is that you can use your layouts over and over again to create a variety of cards for different occasions or reasons. Simply change out the stamp set and embellishments.

To make this card, start with a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock. I cut out a larger sized oval from the center (using oval framelits)…this is an optional step. The project will be beautiful even if you don’t cut out an oval in the center. Next, grab one of your favorite embossing folders….my choice was the new Garden Trellis folder. Take the Powder Pink stamping pad, open up your embossing folder, and ink up the top part of the folder. You want to ink up the “smoother” part of the embossing folder (typically the top part) so that when you put your paper in the folder it “pushes” the ink in the background of the embossed images. So you will notice the trellis design stays white but there is pink ink in the background. I just open up my ink pad and tap it right onto the embossing folder as shown.

Once you have finished inking up the embossing folder, lay your 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of paper on the bottom part of the folder and close it. Run it through your embossing machine. Take the embossing folder to your sink and rinse off the ink with cool water. It’s a super simple technique that really has a WOW factor to it!

Then just embellish your project! For this particular project I used the Ribbon of Courage Bundle (Stamp set and Framelit Die Cuts). I embossed the flowery ribbon design on a piece of Pink Pirouette cardstock. Simply ink up the ribbon image with versa mark, stamp it on the pink pirouette cardstock, sprinkle it with white embossing powder, tap off the excess and heat to set. Once the image is set, cut out the ribbon with the coordinating die cut. For the finishing touch, I embellished it with a little bitty bow.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project! Have a wonderful day!

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Home Life

Today I wanted to share a fun little card idea created with the Home Life product bundle. The stamp set has some fabulous images that can be used together or individually to create all sorts of fun things to celebrate our Home Lives! And the sentiments in the set are perfect for welcoming a new neighbor! You can also use the sentiments to send out congratulations to the new home owner, a new baby or a message to the newly weds! Lots of fun possibilities for this set!

This particular card was created for a special couple as they just moved into a new home!  When I learned of the news, I just had to pull out this stamp set and make them a special card. To make this card, start with a piece of Peekaboo Peach cardstock for the base of your card. Emboss the front of the card with your favorite embossing folder. Grab a piece of white cardstock that is large enough for the house die cut (framelit). Cut out the house. Stamp the two different flowery images onto the house using Sweet Sugar Plum ink and Daffodil Delight. On a separate piece of paper, stamp the large flowery image using Peekaboo Peach. Cut out the large flowers with the coordinating framelit and adhere the peach flowers to the house as shown. For the finishing touch stamp the banner and sentiment. Cut out the banner with the coordinating framelit and adhere to the card as shown. You can add a little bit of a doily to embellish.

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