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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Rustic Home Decor

This past weekend we had a bridal shower for my future daughter-in-law! They have chosen a rustic theme for their wedding so, naturally, the shower was all decked out in rustic style decor. I made a special little gift for them and it was all wrapped up in this pretty little package. The new Wood Textures Designer Series Paper was the perfect DSP to use for this shower. I mean, what can be more rustic looking than actual wood, right? 🙂

And of course, the gift was handcrafted with a variety of different rustic themed products from Stampin’ Up! I had so much fun creating this gift for them. It’s a little home decor piece that is personalized for the bride and groom. I was going to save it for their wedding but decided that I couldn’t wait! lol

Do you remember the herringbone pattern that I shared with you a few weeks ago! Well, that is the pattern I used to create the backdrop for this piece. The bride loved the gift! I really enjoy creating personalized gifts. This home decor piece is super simple to make too. You just need an alphabet stamp set with your favorite style of letters and some fun things to embellish it with. Oh, and you also need a frame. I actually used an old frame that I had lying around. Worked perfect! It will be a wonderful keepsake for them for years to come!

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The Daisy Punch is Back!

Have you heard? The Daisy Punch is back! Wahoo!  This is been such a highly sought after product!  It’s not shocking to me how quickly this adorable punch sells out! There are so many fabulous things you can do with it!  This was one of the first cards I created with the punch and other products from the Daisy Suite.  I have been wanting to share it with all of you for over a month but decided to hold off until the punch became available again. So here it is…

The card showcases the Daisy punch, stamp set and the designer series paper! It’s a quick and simple card idea and a great way to show off these fun products!  For this card, I started with a piece of Wisteria Wonder for the base of the card. This is one of the many different colors found in the designer paper. Speaking of designer paper, I cut a 5-1/4 x 2 inch piece of one of the patterns from the Delightful Daisy DSP pack to create this card. Tuck a paper doily on the top of the DSP and a bit of Very Vanilla trim across the bottom before adhering the entire piece to your card front. Stamp two daisies on daffodil delight cardstock using daffodil delight ink. Punch out the daisies and adhere them together with a glue dot. Embellish the card with the daisies and a little sentiment! Super simple, right? Have fun with it!

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Beautiful Climbing Orchids

Orchids are one of my favorite flowers! So when I saw that it was a stamp set in the new Stampin’ Up! Annual catalog, I was super excited!  A few weeks ago I shared a beautiful card showcasing this set on some Wood Texture Designer Paper. Well today I want to share another fun card idea with this set. This time I went for a softer look. This card also showcases a fun embossing folder technique! I hope you enjoy it!

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 Climbing Orchid Bundle (Stamp set and Framelit Die Cuts). The framelits will cut out all of the Orchids and different layers for the Orchids. I love that you can add as many layers as you like to the Orchids to give them depth and dimension. Fun set!  I hope you enjoyed today’s project! Have a great day!

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Floral Statements

Flowery images and wood grain products seem to work very well together. This past week I showcased a variety of flowery images on the new Wood Textures Designer Series Paper. I found that by adding a white or vanilla flowery embellishment to a card with wood grain paper really makes it pop! The same is true for cards created with different shades of brown…like this card. The little touches of vanilla on this card seem to draw out the images and add just the right touch!

To make this card, start with a piece of Early Espresso (or Chocolate Chip) cardstock. Emboss the front of the card with the new Pinewood Planks embossing folder. Cut a 2-3/4 x 4-1/2 inch piece of Crumb Cake cardstock. Stamp the “HELLO” image from the Floral Statements stamp set onto the Crumb Cake cardstock using Early Espresso ink. Sponge a bit of cumb cake ink all over the image as this will give it a rustic or worn look. Color in the petals of the flowers using a white pencil. Tuck a little piece of a doily under the crumb cake cardstock and adhere the entire piece to your card front with a few dimensionals. For the finishing touch, embellish with some pearls!

 

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Grouted Herringbone Pattern

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  I hope you had an opportunity to join me for the Facebook LIVE session on this past weekend!  I showcased some fun ways to use the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper (DSP) including how to create a herringbone pattern, like this one, on your cards.  If you were unable to join me, no worries…the video session was recorded so pop on over to my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/stamptasticdesigns/ and check it out!

This was one of seven different projects that I created with the herringbone pattern. And the pattern on this card is a bit different from the others. You will notice a slight gap in between the pieces of Wood Texture DSP. I wanted to achieve the look of grout in between the pieces of designer paper. I started with a piece of basic gray cardstock cut to 5-1/4 x 4 inches. Each piece of the Wood Textures DSP is 3/4 inch wide and varied in length. As I created the herringbone pattern, I left about a 1/4 inch gap in between the pieces as I adhered them to the cardstock. It created a fun look! Then I simply embellished the card with die cut images from the Seasonal Layers Thinlit set. Super fun and pretty easy to create!  Be sure to check out the video! Enjoy!

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Thinking of You

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  Today I have a fun project to share with you that showcases the use of scraps. As you know, I have been playing around with some scraps of the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper (DSP) to create a whole host of herringbone patterns and projects!  Well I ended up with very small triangular shaped pieces that, at first, I was just going to throw away. But I played around with the pieces and created these little squares with the Wood Texture DSP. This was definitely one of my favorite creations!

The card is super simple to create! It’s a little putzy to adhere all of the triangular shaped pieces to the squares but well worth it!  To make this card, start with a piece of Chocolate Chip cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of one of the light colored patterns of the Wood Textures DSP, stamp a sentiment on the bottom and tie a bit of linen thread around it before adhering it to your card front. Cut out three (3) squares of Cholocate Chip cardstock at 1-1/4 x 1-1/4 inches. Cut a few 1 x 1 inch squares of the Wood Textures DSP; then cut each square diagonally in half and then in half again. Create a pattern with 4 of the small pieces of DSP and adhere them to one of the Chocolate Chip squares. Once you have created 3 of them, layered them across the linen thread as shown and adhere them with a few dimensionals. For the finishing touch, I embellished them with a few flowers cut from some scraps of very vanilla cardstock. Enjoy!

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Wood Textures

The rustic look of wood on a project always catches my eye. I have enjoyed working with the wood grain stamp sets and embossing folders from Stampin’ Up! But the NEW Wood Textures Designer Series Paper (DSP) is, by far, my favorite wood grained product! The wood grain patterns in this pack of DSP are so realistic. As you know, I have been creating a variety of different projects using this paper. It’s been so fun to use it with flowery images! I love accenting the darker wood grain papers with vanilla or white flower images. It really highlights the deep textures of the wood and the image.

The Wood Textures DSP comes in a 6 x 6 pack. Since I have been using 5-1/4 x 4 inch pieces of various wood grain patterns, I ended up with a large amount of 3/4 x 6 inch scrap pieces. I decided to play around with these little scrap pieces and ended up designing a variety of different herringbone patterns. I was super excited about this as it was such a great way to use up the scraps and create some beautiful projects!

I had soooo much fun creating different designs with the wood texture scraps!  So this week I will share a variety of wood texture projects with all of you! I will show you how simple it is to create this fun herringbone pattern too! I have a photo tutorial that will come out later this week but the best way to learn this technique is by watching it!  I will do a Facebook LIVE session on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 2:00pm (CT).  Don’t worry…I will record the session if you are unable to join me LIVE.

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Background Bits

Choosing a background for your project is just as much fun as choosing the focal point. You can make the background of your project as simple or as busy as you like! You can stamp it, emboss it, color it, add some designer paper or just leave it plain. There really is no right or wrong way to do it! It’s all based on your preference and the look you are trying to achieve. I tend to use embossing and stamped images to create the background for my projects. Let’s take a look at a few different projects created with the Background Bits stamp set.

This card showcases only stamping. I decided to go for what card makers call the “clean and simple” look. It’s a one layer card that uses stamping as the background and the focal point.
For this card, I also chose stamped images as the backdrop. However, I added a bit of vanilla trim across the center of the card to embellish it. Just that little bit of ribbon accents the background and breaks up the images.
For this card, I added a bit of wood texture designer paper to the background. It serves as an accent for the stamped images and draws out the crumb cake color giving it a more rustic look.

So these are just a few simple ways to use your stamps to create pretty backgrounds on your cards. The stamped images are almost identical on each card, yet the look is very different when you start to add embellishments, ribbon and designer paper. Grab one of your favorite stamp sets and give it a try! Enjoy!

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