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:

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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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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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