50th Anniversary Cards

This year my parents are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary! I can’t believe it! WOW! Where has the time gone? Since this is such a special milestone, we decided to throw them a surprise anniversary party! We can’t let this special occasion go by unnoticed, right?  Their anniversary is July 1st so I knew I had to work fast to get the invitations created and out in the mail.  Of course, I had to use the traditional gold color on their invites. I have lots of gold too…gold glimmer paper…gold embossing powder…gold vellum…it seemed like way too many options! So I pulled out all of my gold supplies and began putting together a few different designs. Here’s what I came up with…

I can so much fun creating these!  Now that I had designed a few prototypes, I had to choose one of them!  I think that was the most difficult decision!  Each one of these cards was so pretty and unique. However, I decided to go with the first one!  It was the easiest to create and, since I had to make 30 of them, it seemed like the best choice!

Now I mentioned at the beginning of this post that this was a surprise party. Well, unfortunately we had to spoil the surprise when we learned they were planning to go out of town for their anniversary! Whew!  Good thing we caught them early enough before they planned the vacation! They will still go out of town…they now plan to do it after the party!

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Helping Me Grow

Hello Stampin’ Friends! Since the Stampin’ Up! retirement sale is in full swing I thought I would share some fun project ideas with those stamp sets that will be retiring!  Today’s project showcases the Helping Me Grow stamp set and a fun way to use your watercolor pencils…without doing any watercoloring! 🙂

You can re-create this card using any pretty patterned papers that you have on hand, just coordinate the colors to match your patterned papers. I decided to use neutral colors. To make this card, start with a piece of Early Espresso cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 3 x 4 inch piece of the Early Espresso Designer Series Paper (DSP) and adhere it to the top of the card front.  This DSP is one of the patterns from the Neutrals pack.   Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of Crumb Cake cardstock. Stamp the flower image from the Helping Me Grow stamp set on the bottom of the cardstock using Early Espresso ink. Stamp a sentiment. Grab a white pencil…the Watercolor Pencils work fabulous for this!  Color in the petals of the flower using the white pencil. Tear the top part of the Crumb Cake cardstock, on an angle, and sponge some Early Espresso ink around all of the edges. Adhere to the card front; it will overlap onto the DSP.  For the finishing touch, embellish with a few pearls. That’s it!  Easy peasy!

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Gate Fold Card

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  Today I have another tutorial to share with you! This tutorial features a quick and simple fun fold card. It’s called a Gate Fold and it really is simple! I chose neutral colors as I was going for a vintage style but you can choose any color combination you like. There are so many different ways you can decorate your gate fold card. Watch this tutorial to learn more!

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A Sara Thing

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  Today I want to share some of the beautiful cards created with the 2017 April Paper Pumpkin kit called “A Sara Thing.”  This kit was designed by Sara Douglass, CEO of Stampin’ Up! and it was absolutely stunning!  The kit contained all of the materials you needed to create 12 colorful cards!  And the kit showcased one of my favorite techniques…watercoloring!  If you watched the video I posted the other day, then you have already seen how easy it is to watercolor on embossed paper.  Well this kit has some fun embossed paper to play with!

Have you joined Paper Pumpkin? If so, then you are familiar with the fabulous kits that come every month!  If you haven’t joined, what are you waiting for? 🙂

Get started today at >>> http://bit.ly/PaperPumpkinKits

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Watercolor Embossed Images

Hello Stampin’ Friends! Today I have a quick and simple watercoloring technique to share. This particular technique was inspired by the April 2017 Paper Pumpkin kit!  It involves watercoloring over embossed images. You can use specialty paper, like the Irresistibly Yours Designer Series Paper, or simply stamp and emboss your own images! So many possibilities! Watch this video tutorial to see how quick and simple it is!

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Tool Box Card

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  Hope you had a wonderful weekend!  Today I have a fun masculine themed card to share with all of you. I have a lot of “handy” men in my family so I wanted to design something different for them. I have seen a few tool box card ideas on Pinterest and thought it would be fun to create one!

This card is easier to create than it looks! I promise! To make This card, start with a piece of Real Red cardstock for the base of your card. Take the Classic Label punch and use it to make a groove across the bottom of the card. Cut a 1 x 4, 1-1/2 x 4 and 2 x 4 inch piece of Real Red cardstock. Emboss each of the pieces with the sparkle textured embossing folder (or if you have a diamond plate embossing folder that would be perfect)! These pieces will be the drawers for the tool box. Cut three (3) 1/2 x 4 inch pieces of black cardstock and adhere them to the top of each drawer using a bit of SNAIL or other adhesive. Using the Nailed It Bundle, stamp a variety of tools and a sentiment on a piece of silver foil paper or cardstock. Note:  You will need to use black Staz-On ink to stamp on the silver foil. Cut all of the tools and sentiment out using the Builder Framelits. Set aside until you assemble the cart and drawers.  Punch out two 3/4 inch circles from black cardstock and adhere to the bottom of the card (these will serve as your wheels). Use the left over silver pieces (from cutting out the nut) as the center for your wheels. You will have to cut out an extra one so you have a center for both wheels. Adhere the wheels to the card before you add the drawers. Add dimensionals to the back of each of the drawers and adhere them to the card front starting at the top with the smallest drawer and working your way to the bottom.  The bottom drawer will overlap onto the wheels. Now, randomly adhere the tools to the tool box using glue dots.  That’s it!  Enjoy!

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Tie Dyed

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  Hope you had a wonderful week!  Happy Friday!  The Stampin’ Up! Retirement sale is underway and, of course, I am in awe at the amount of items that are retiring!  I am always surprised and a little sad to see some of my favorite products retire.  But that just means that there is more room for some NEW products…which is always exciting!  Well today I want to share a little project I created with a few of the retiring stamp sets in the Occasions Catalog!  If you love the “tie dyed” look then you are gonna love this card.

To make this card, start with a piece of Flirty Flamingo cardstock for the base of the card.  Cut a 5-1/4 x 3-1/2 inch piece of whisper white cardstock. Grab a Styrofoam plate or plastic container and one baby wipe! Yes, a baby wipe! Lay the baby wipe on the plate and randomly drop the following ink colors on the baby wipe:  Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight and Sweet Sugarplum. The baby wipe, with the ink, becomes your ink pad!  Now simply ink up the background stamp by pushing it down into the ink on the baby wipe, then stamp it on your cardstock. Repeat this process for the little heart images. Cut a 5-1/4 x 1 inch piece of Sweet Sugarplum cardstock…gently tear the cardstock in half so you end up with a rough edge and adhere it to the bottom part of the white cardstock. Adhere the entire piece to your card front. Stamp a little t-shirt using the Custom Tee stamp set and adhere to the cards as shown with a few dimensionals. For the finishing touch, embellish with some of the In Color enamel shapes. Enjoy!

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Dragonfly Dreams

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  Hope you had a wonderful start to your week!  Today I have quick and simple little card idea that showcases the Dragonfly Dreams bundle of products. I decided to cut one of the dragonfly images from a piece of Gold Glimmer paper!  The picture really doesn’t do it justice…it’s so much more sparkly in person but I’m sure you get the idea!

To make this card, start with a piece of Delightful Dijon cardstock for the base of your card. I coordinated the color of the cardstock with the color of the designer paper that I was using. So if you decide to re-create this card with some of the pretty patterned papers YOU have on hand, then simply change out the color of the cardstock to coordinate with your papers. Next, I cut a 3-3/4 x 5 inch piece of Chocolate Chip cardstock and adhered it to the center of the card front. Cut a 3 x4 inch piece of your favorite patterned paper and adhere it to the Chocolate Chip cardstock as shown. Cut a 1 x 3-3/4 inch piece of Delightful Dijon cardstock, stamp a little sentiment on it, using Chocolate Chip ink, and adhere it across the bottom of the patterned paper.  Cut out a dragonfly, using the thinlits in the bundle, from a piece of gold glimmer paper. Adhere the gold sparkly dragonfly to the center of the patterned paper as shown. For the finishing touch, embellish wth a few metallic enamel shapes. Enjoy!

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Simple Fun Fold Card Idea

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  Today I have a fun fold card idea to share with all of you that’s…well…FUN!  Fun folds should be fun, right?  This one is super simple and easy to create!  I love making fun fold cards!  There are all different kinds…some have a lot of steps and some are pretty simple!  The one I am sharing today packs a bit of a WOW but is very quick and easy to put together.  Watch the video tutorial and see for yourself 🙂 Enjoy!

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Watercolor Easter

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  Today I have a fun watercolored Easter project to share with all of you!  I really love the watercolor look on projects and it was a fun way to showcase the HAPPY embossing folder!  This embossing folder is one of two that you receive in the Celebrations Duo Textured Embossing Folder pack.

To make this card, start with a piece of Mint Macaron cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of Shimmery White Cardstock or Watercolor Paper. Grab your Calypso Coral and So Saffron re-inkers….and an Aqua Painter.  You will also need a little painters tray or something to put a few drops of ink on. Start by squeezing a bit of water from the Aqua Painter onto the Shimmery White cardstock and spread it around. Dip the tip of the Aqua Painter in the Calypso Coral ink, hold the tip of the Aqua Painter over the cardstock and squeeze out a bit of water. It will mix in with your ink and dilute it. Then use the Aqua Painter brush to spread the ink around on your cardstock until you achieve the desired watercolor look. Note:  the more water you squeeze out the more dilute (and lighter) the ink color will become.  Repeat this process with the yellow ink. While the cardstock is still a little moist, emboss the HAPPY across the center.  Embossing while the cardstock is moist will prevent crinkles from using a small embossing folder. Let dry. Your cardstock will curl a bit when it’s dry. You can smooth it out with a bone folder or one of your acrylic blocks.  Adhere the shimmery white cardstock (or watercolor paper) to your card front using a strong adhesive like the Tear & Tape.  Then for the finishing touch, just embellish with some patterned paper, sentiment and a few butterflies.

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