Rose Buds

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  Happy Valentine’s Day!  I thought I would share one more love-themed project with all of you…after all, it is Valentine’s Day 🙂  This is one of my favorite cards that I create one year ago today!  It showcases the Bird Builder punch and an elegant way to create a love-themed card for Valentine’s Day or any other love themed event.  Now the Bird Builder punch is a retired item but if you have it, or know someone that does, this is a fun card to make!

1.  Start with a piece of basic black cardstock for the base of your card. Cut an 8 1/2 x 11 inch piece of black cardstock in half. Cut at 4 1/4 inches (on the 8 1/2 inch side). You will end up with two card bases. Score the 11 inch side of one of the pieces at 5 1/2. Fold on the score line to create your card base.

2.  Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock. Stamp a little “love” sentiment in the bottom right hand corner of the white cardstock using black ink. Emboss the cardstock with the softly falling embossing folder and adhere this piece to your the front of your black card base.

3.  Cut out a medium-large size oval using the Oval Framelit set. Optional:  Complete a bit of paper piercing around the oval.

4.  For the Rose Buds:  Punch out 6 bird wings using Stampin’ Up’s bird punch and some cherry cobbler cardstock. You will be layering 3 of the wings together. Start by layering 2 of them, side by side, leaving a slight opening in between the tips of the wings. Take the 3rd wing and layer it behind the 2 wings so that the tip of the 3rd wing is in the middle of and slightly higher than the first 2. (Refer to the picture above). Use glue dots to adhere the 3 wings together. Repeat these steps to make your second rose bud.

5.  Punch out 2 branches with the bird punch, using always artichoke cardstock. Using a scissors, cut off the middle leaf in the branch. Adhere the branch to each of the rose buds as shown using glue dots.

6.  Adhere the roses and branches to the center of the white oval and embellish with a bit of ribbon. Tip:  I used Stampin’ Dimensionals for the oval and rose buds.

7.  Enjoy!

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Sealed with a Kiss

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  Today is the last Valentine’s Day card idea I have to share with you!  Valentine’s Day is on Tuesday!  I can’t believe it’s almost here!  This particular card was created with the Sealed with Love stamp set.  It’s a fun little card that showers the recipient with kisses!

To make this card, start with a piece of Whisper White cardstock for the base of the card.  Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of Basic Black cardstock. Cut a 5 x 3-3/4 inch piece of one of the patterned papers from the Sending Love Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack.  Grab the “lip” image and randomly stamp it all over the DSP using Real Red ink. Adhere these pieces to your card front. Cut a 2-1/2 x 4 inch piece of Basic Black cardstock and adhere it across the center of the DSP as shown. Use a brayer and some Real Red ink to color one of the Lace Doilies. Cut out a heart shape using the Sweet & Sassy framelits (or you can cut it out by hand). Stamp the sentiment in black and “lip” image in red. Adhere everything to the card as shown.  For the finishing touch, embellish with rhinestones and/or silver metallic enamel shapes. Enjoy!

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Z-Fold Valentine

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  I apologize for the delay in posting…I have been having some technical difficulties the past couple of days! Today I have a fun little z-fold Valentine to share with all of you!  Z-fold cards are my favorite type of “fancy fold” card to make because they are quick and simple! Plus you can really decorate them anyway you choose!  The key to a z-fold card is deciding what type of “shape” to use on the front of the card. In this case, I used a stitched oval and embellished it with the heart and sentiment.

To make this card, start with a piece of Real Red cardstock for the base of the card. Score the card base at 2 1/8 and 4 1/4 then fold the 2 1/8 section back onto itself. Not sure how to do this…watch my original video on the z-fold at http://stamptasticdesigns.com/2015/05/04/z-fold-card-painted-petals/

Next, cut a piece of Basic Black cardstock at 2 x 5 1/4 and a  1 3/4 x 5 inch piece of heart patterned paper from the Sending Love Designer Series Paper pack. Secure these 2 pieces together and adhere to the flap as shown in this pic. Stamp the “Hello Love” sentiment in black ink onto a scrap piece of white cardstock and cut it out with a small oval from the stitched framelits set.  Cut out a heart shape from Real Red cardstock using either a framelit or punch (whatever you have on hand). You could also cut out a heart free-hand (if you don’t have any framelits or punches). Cut out a large black oval with the stitched framelits. Adhere the ovals and heart together, as shown, and secure it to the front flap of the card with some strong adhesive (I recommend the Tear & Tape). 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 for the inside of the card. For the finishing touch, embellish with some metallic enamel shapes. Enjoy!

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Sending Love

Hello Stampin Friends! This week I have more “love-themed” cards to share. After all, Valentine’s Day is one week from tomorrow! Are you ready? Well if you are still looking for some fun cards ideas then be sure to follow along this week!  Today’s project showcases the Sealed with Love bundle and is one of my favorite Valentine’s Day projects!  I just love all of the fun little shapes you can create with the Love Notes Framelit set.

To make this card, 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 adhere it to the front of your card. Cut a 4-3/4 x 3-1/2 inch piece of whisper white cardstock. Take the heart shaped edgelit, from the Love Notes Die set, and cut the heart shapes into the right side of the white cardstock using your Big Shot or other embossing machine.  Cut a 3-1/2 x 4 inch piece of one of the heart shaped patterned papers from the Sending Love Designer Series Paper pack and adhere it to the white cardstock as shown. Cut a piece of 3/8″ silver metallic ribbon and run it along the edge of the DSP as shown. Wrap the ends of the ribbon around to the back of the white cardstock and adhere the entire piece to the card front. Stamp the “Hello Love” sentiment on a piece of scrap cardstock and cut it out with a circle die or punch. Note:  I used the Stitched Framelits but you can use any circles or shapes that you have on hand. Next, cut a slightly larger circle (2 inches) out of a piece of silver glimmer paper. Adhere the 2 circles together and then adhere to the card front with a few dimensionals. For the finishing touch, cut out a few hearts and a little arrow to tuck around the circles and embellish with some silver metallic enamel shapes. Enjoy!

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Adoring Arrows

Hello Stampin Friends!  Hope you are having a great start to your weekend!  Today I want to share a few little projects that I created with the stamp set in the January Paper Pumpkin kit!  If you are not familiar with Paper Pumpkin, it is a monthly subscription program for crafters!  Each month you receive a fun little crafting kit sent right to your home! The kit contains everything you need to create the projects for the month. And, this month, the kit focused on Valentine’s Day. It contained all of the materials, stamps and ink you needed to create 24 adorable little treat bags just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Aren’t these adorable?  I made up a few of these as gifts for my attendees at class this week. I plan on making up the rest of them this weekend with my grandson.  He will have a blast filling these up with candy! Now you can use the materials in the kit to create other projects too!  I like to show my Paper Pumpkin subscribers a few different things that they can do with the kit materials and the stamps.  This month I decided to create some fun little cards with the stamp set that came in the kit.

Now the kit came with the calypso coral ink and the stamp set. I simply used some of my own cardstock and embellishments to create these three quick and simple cards! I love that I can use the stamp set over and over to create all sorts of fun things!  And the stamp sets are exclusive to the paper pumpkin kits so you can’t get them anywhere else!  Now is the best time to get started with paper pumpkin as there is a Sale-a-bration special!  The 3-month pre-paid subscription is only $55 (regular price is $59.00)!  This discounted price is good until March 31, 2017 plus when you order a 3-month prepaid subscription, you get to choose a Sale-a-bration catalog item for FREE!

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Watercolored Love Notes

Hello Stampin’ Friends! Can you believe it’s February already? Wow! Where does the time go?  Valentine’s Day is fast approaching so if you haven’t started working on projects yet, I have a few ideas for you!  Today I want to share another fun project created with the Sealed with Love bundle. Hopefully you had a chance to get your hands on this adorable little bundle of products!  This is such a popular set that they have sold out of their stock!  But don’t worry, it will be coming back and should be available by the end of this month. Even though Valentine’s Day will be over, this particular bundle of products can be used all year long to create some simply adorable cards for any occasion! In the meantime, find a stamp set that has a little heart image and you can easily recreate this card…just without the little love note.

To make this card, start with a piece of pool party cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of shimmery white cardstock. Shimmery white cardstock works perfect for watercoloring. Grab an aqua painter and some pool party ink. Dip the tip of your aqua painter into the pool party ink (don’t use an aqua painter directly on your ink pad). Once you have some ink on the aqua painter, gently squeeze the aqua painter and sweep the brush back and forth across the card to create a watercolored background. Let it dry. Grab the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and stamp the splatter image and the “lines” image randomly on the card using real red ink. Grab a little heart stamp, ink it up with pool party ink, and stamp it in the upper left hand corner of the watercolored background. Keep stamping the heart, without re-inking it, to achieve lighter shades of blue. Then simply embellish the card with a metallic doily and your favorite Valentine or “love themed” sentiment. You could even make this into a birthday card!  Enjoy!

 

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Delicate Details Lace

Hello Stampin Friends! Today I have another fun “love themed” project to share and a great way to use your photopolymer stamps.  This particular project showcases the Delicate Details stamp set which is one of the FREE products you can choose, with a qualifying order, during Sale-a-bration.  Since I really love all things lacy and girlie, the Delicate Details stamp set was the first item on my Sale-a-bration list!  There are so many fun things that you can do with it!

This card was super simple to create! To make this card, start with a piece of basic black cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock. Grab your favorite ink color…in this case I used Real Red since I was busy making Valentine’s all week. However, you can use any color you prefer. And you can also use this design to create cards for just about any occasion, just change out the sentiment!

So you might have noticed that the Delicate Details stamp set has 5 different stamp images. Now you can stamp each image individually on your card or…you can stamp them all at once (which is the method I prefer). Simply lay all of the stamp images on your crafting table. Arrange them in any order that you prefer but be sure the flat surface is facing upwards and the image is facing downwards (on your table). I arranged them as close together as possible. Once you have the layout you like, take a large clear acrylic block and press it down onto all of the photopolymer stamps. When you pick up the block, your stamps will be neatly arranged and ready for stamping!  I love this little trick because the images will be identical no matter how many times I stamp them!

Lay the block down, as shown, and ink up the images with your preferred color. Practice stamping the images on a scrap piece of paper to ensure they appear the way you would like them to. If not, simply re-adjust them and practice again. When you are ready, take the white cardstock you cut earlier, ink up the images, and stamp them on the top of the cardstock, then re-ink the images and stamp them on the bottom of the cardstock. Leave a little space in the middle to stamp a sentiment!  For the finishing touch, embellish with some rhinestones and silver glimmer hearts! Enjoy!

 

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Falling in Love

Hello Stampin’ Friends! Today’s “love-themed” project was created with products from the Falling in Love Suite.  The products in this suite make it so simple to create beautiful cards for any celebration of love…like anniversaries! The patterns in the Falling in Love Designer Series Paper pack are absolutely stunning! I hope you enjoy this simple, yet beautiful project idea.

To create this card, start with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of one of the patterned papers in the Falling in Love DSP pack and adhere it to your card front. Take a lace doily and adhere it to the left side of the DSP as shown. Cut a  4 x 1-1/4 inch piece of vellum. Cut a 3-1/4 x 3/4 inch piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, stamp the “happy anniversary” sentiment on it, and snip the end into a banner. Use sahara sand ink. Adhere these pieces to the doily with a bit of SNAIL adhesive.  Cut a 4 inch strip of some of the Very Vanilla ribbon and tuck it under the bottom part of the doily.  Cut a 5 inch piece of Very Vanilla Lace Trim, fold in half, and secure it with glue dots as shown. For the finishing touch, add a little Falling In Love Embellishment. Enjoy!

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Hello Love

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  Since Valentine’s Day is less than a month away, I thought I would share several different “love themed” cards with all of you over the next week or so to help you get prepared! It will be a mini-blog series focused on “Love.” The cards can be used for Valentine’s Day, Weddings, Anniversaries or any other special occasion in which you want to spread the love!  Today’s project showcases a fun way to use the Sealed with Love Bundle of products.

To make this card, start with a piece of Real Red cardstock for the base of the card. Cut a 3-1/2 x 3-12 inch piece of whisper white cardstock. Using the heart edgelit (from the Love Notes Framelit Die set) cut out the right side of the cardstock. Then grab the Sealed with Love stamp set and stamp your sentiment and the fancy scroll image in black ink and the hearts in Real Red ink.  Cut a 3/4 x 3-1/2 inch piece of basic black cardstock and adhere it slightly behind the left side of the whisper white cardstock, as shown. Be sure to allow around 1/2 inch of the black cardstock showing. Tuck a lace doily under the black cardstock, as shown, and adhere everything to the Real Red card front.  For the finishing touch, embellish with a little Sending Love heart embellishment. Enjoy!

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Spray of Hearts

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  Hope you are enjoying your weekend!  I have been busy creating a variety of different “love themed” cards that can be used for Valentine’s Day or any other celebration of love. Today’s project was inspired by some stamped images that I had right in front of me on my grid paper. I use a piece of grid paper while I am stamping so that I can practice stamping my images before I put them to a project. I also use grid paper to make sure I don’t get any ink on my craft table. 🙂  Since I was making Valentine’s Day cards, I had a lot of heart images randomly stamped on this paper. That’s when the idea for this card hit me! And I learned that sometimes inspiration is right there in front of me!

To make this card, start with a piece of Pool Party cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock. Find a small heart shaped image; I used the image found in the Sealed with Love stamp set. Start in the upper left hand corner of the white cardstock and, using Pool Party ink, randomly stamp the image diagonally across the card. Use the “stamp off” technique which means you stamp the image and then stamp it again without re-inking. Then switch colors and repeat the stamping process. I used Real Red ink for the second color. Once you have a “spray” of hearts across your card, use the small splatter image, from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set, to add some silver embossed speckles. Simply ink up the splatter image with some Versa Mark and stamp the image over the hearts, sprinkle with silver embossing powder, tap off the excess, and heat to set. For the finishing touch, emboss a little sentiment on a scrap piece of pool party cardstock, and adhere to the card with a few dimensionals! Enjoy!

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