Sheltering Tree

sheltering treeSheltering Tree is fast becoming one of my favorite stamp sets. The tree image in this set is simply stunning!  The set is so versatile as you can make cards for any occasion, including more masculine style cards….like this one!  Your color scheme is really important too when making masculine style cards. This particular color combo showcases only two colors:  old olive and early espresso. You can choose to stamp on either a white or cream colored cardstock.

To make this card, start with a piece of old olive cardstock for the base of your card.  Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of early espresso cardstock and emboss it with the wood grain embossing folder. Secure that piece to the card front with some type of adhesive (snail runners work great)!  Cut a 4 x 4 inch piece of white or vanilla cardstock and stamp the fun images from the Sheltering Tree set on it. Once you have the images stamped, simply tear the top of the cardstock (above the tree). Be careful not to tear into your tree image. Sponge a bit of early espresso ink on the torn cardstock and around the edges. Secure this piece to the center of your card. Cut a 1 x 4 inch strip of old olive cardstock and stamp a sentiment on it. Secure this piece so that it overlaps the stamped images a bit. For the finishing touch, add a little button. Enjoy!

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Stampin’ on Patterned Papers

Stampin on DSPDid you know you can stamp on your pretty patterned papers?  You can!  It’s a fun way to change up the design or simply add a little bit of pizazz to your papers.  Today’s project showcases one of the simple patterned paper designs found in the Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper pack. I simply jazzed it up a bit with a few little flower stamps.  It’s quick and easy! Let’s take a look…

Start by picking out a piece of patterned paper that you would like to jazz up a bit. Next, look for a small stamp image that would work nicely with the pattern. So for example, this particular patterned paper simply had some yellow lines running across it. After taking a look at some of the stamp images I had on hand, I decided the Bordering Blooms set would work perfect as I could stamp a row of several images all at once! Now…to decide on color.  Choose colors that would002 coordinate with the patterned paper. For this card, I could have alternated colors with each row of flowers that I stamped. However, I opted to stick with one color…pumpkin pie. Now that you have your paper, stamps and ink ready to go, it’s time to get busy! You can stamp the entire sheet of patterned paper, as shown in the pic, or you can cut the size you need for your project and stamp just that piece.  Have fun with it!

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Love is Kindness

one sheet wonder love is kindnessGood Morning!  I have a simple little card design for you today!  It showcases the Love is Kindness stamp set plus a fun way to use up some of that designer paper that you’re saving…you know you have a bunch, right? So grab some of your favorite pretty patterned papers and let’s get to work!

To make this card, start with a piece of whisper white cardstock for the base of your card. Cut your patterned paper into 3 strips which measure 5 1/2 x 1 inches. Be sure to find some cardstock that coordinates with your paper, I used smoky slate, you might want to choose a different color depending on what pretty patterned papers you are using. Secure them to the front of your card leaving some space in between (these pieces serve as the background for your project).  Cut a 4 1/4 x 3 1/4 inch piece of smoky slate cardstock (this will serve as a matte for your image). Cut a 4 x 3 inch piece of white paper (this is the piece that you will do your stamping on). Stamp the Love is Kindness image onto the white cardstock using smoky slate ink. Sponge some pink, blushing bride, ink all over the tulips on the image and adhere this piece to smoky slate matte you cut earlier. Then, just adhere it to the card with a few dimensionals. Enjoy!

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Simple Guy Greetings

Good Morning!  Happy Friday!  Did you know that Father’s Day is only a month away? It is! And it will be here before you know it. So today I am sharing a very quick and simple little project made with the Guy Greetings stamp set. This particular stamp set has some wonderful images which are perfect for making masculine themed cards.guy greetings hats off to youTo make this card, start with a piece of very vanilla cardstock for the base of your card. Stamp the little hat images across the bottom and top of the card first using the NEW Delightful Dijon ink which will be available to all of you June 2nd! But you can also use Hello Honey ink. Once you have the hats stamped on the top and bottom of the card, ink up the Hats Off To You sentiment, with Island Indigo ink, and stamp it just above the bottom row of hats as shown in the pic. Then you can go ahead and stamp the middle row of hats.  For the finishing touch, stamp the hats images on a scrap piece of very vanilla cardstock. Using the 1 1/4 inch circle punch, punch out a section of the hats that matches the section of hats you stamped in the middle row. (I looked at the section that was to the right of my sentiment). Stamp the “Dad” sentiment in the center of the hats using Island Indigo ink. Punch out a 1 3/8 inch circle with Island Indigo paper as you will be using this piece to matte out the 1 1/4 inch circle with the hats. Now line up the matted piece with the hats in the middle of your card (as shown). It gives the image a 3D look. Enjoy!

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Bokeh Technique

Today I have a video tutorial which showcases a fun little technique called Bokeh. The Japanese term Bokeh basically means an out of focus or blurred image. There are good bokeh and bad bokeh. A good Bokeh would result in blurring an image in a way that is pleasing to the eye. And of course, that’s the Bokeh that we want! If you love sponging, then this is the technique for you! All of the supplies and measurements are laid out for you in this video tutorial. So grab a pen and paper and follow along with me!

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Kinda Eclectic ~ Artisan Style

Good Morning!  Happy Monday! Need a card in a hurry? I have a beautiful, yet simple little card idea to share with you today!  This card features the beautiful Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper (DSP), a bit of ribbon, a sentiment and, of course, an embellishment. Let’s take a closer look at how to put this card together!painted blooms cardTo make this card, start with a piece of blackberry bliss cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock. Stamp a fun sentiment in the upper right hand corner of the white cardstock using blackberry bliss ink. Cut a 2 x 4 inch piece of one of the pretty patterned papers in the Painted Blooms DSP pack….secure this piece to the bottom of the white cardstock. Run a piece of ribbon across the white cardstock so it overlaps a bit on the DSP. I actually used 2 different sized ribbons on this card, from the Artisan Embellishment kit, but you can simply use one. Cut your ribbon long enough so that you can wrap it around to the back of the white cardstock…secure this piece to your blackberry bliss card base. For the finishing touch, add a little butterfly  or flower embellished with pearls. Easy peasy, right?  Enjoy!

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By the Tide ~ Vintage Style

by the tideSharing a fun masculine style card with all of you today! I was so happy to see this stamp set carry over into the new catalog!  It is called By the Tide and is a great set for designing more masculine style cards. So let’s take a look at how to make today’s project…

I started with a piece of coastal cabana cardstock for the base of the card. Now…just an FYI…this particular color is retired and, in fact, sold out! (sorry) But you can substitute white cardstock for your base. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of smoky slate cardstock, tear the edges and sponge them with smoky slate ink. Cut a 4 x 4 inch piece of designer paper (to coordinate with the blue cardstock you choose).  I used the Sale-a-bration designer paper on this card so if you got in on the free sale-a-bration paper then you should have some of this. If not, just look through some of the papers that you have on hand and see which one you can substitute. Stamp some of the fun images from the By the Tide stamp set on the designer paper using smoky slate, calypso coral and lost lagoon ink. Add the little nautical circle image to your design by stamping it on a piece of scrap paper and punching it out with the 1 inch circle punch. That’s it! Enjoy!

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Painted Petals Gift Set

painted petals cardAre you just lovin’ the Painted Petals stamp set? There are so many beautiful projects that have been created with this set. If you love two-step stamping, then this is the stamp set for YOU! Today I want to share a quick and simple little card and gift bag set that you can put together for any occasion.

Card:  To make this card, start with a piece of whisper white cardstock for the base of the card. Stamp your favorite images from the Painted Petals stamp set onto the cardstock as shown. I recommend stamping the leaves first so that you have a guide for stamping the flower images. The ink colors used on this card were rose red and pear pizzazz for the flower images and elegant eggplant for the sentiment. For the finishing touch, I added a few pearls.painted petals bag

Gift Bag:  First, find a gift bag that you would like to decorate.  I decided to use some white paper bags that I had on hand. Start by stamping the leaf image onto the lower half of the bag and then stamp the flowers. The colors used on the bag are the same as those used on the card. For the finishing touches, I just added a bit of ribbon and a little clip to the top part of the bag.

Super quick and simple projects! Enjoy!

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Crazy For You ~ Gift Set

As you might have noticed, I have been working on a variety of coordinating gift sets. It’s a lot of fun to create coordinating cards and gift packages and I bet it’s even more fun to receive them, right? 🙂  Today’s projects showcase some of the fun things you can do with the Crazy for You stamp set.crazy about you gift setCard:  To make the card, start with a piece of sahara sand cardstock for the base of your card.  The card measures 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches when closed (standard card size). Stamp the leaf image on the upper part of the cardstock using sahara sand ink. By using the same color ink as the cardstock, you achieve a more subtle look. Stamp your favorite sentiments from the Crazy About You stamp set on the bottom of the card. Cut a 1 1/2 x 4 inch piece of the Something Borrowed Designer Series Paper (DSP) and matte it on a 1 3/4 x 4 1/4 inch piece of blushing bride cardstock.  Now I used the rose red ribbon from the Artisan Embellishment Kit…which is, unfortunately, sold out now. But you can still recreate this card by using some of your favorite ribbon just be sure to coordinate the color of your flower with the ribbon! Secure the decorative DSP & ribbon piece to your card base to cover up part of the leaf stems. Stamp the pretty flower image on a piece of scrap paper (I used rose red ink) and punch it out with the coordinating punch. Secure it to the card as shown and embellish it with a little pearl.

Treat Box:  To make the treat box, start with one of the mini treat boxes (which actually come in a pack of 25). Stamp the leaf image on all 4 sides of the box. Embellish the top of the box with a few pieces of a paper doily and ribbon that coordinates with your card. I simply cut the doily into 4 pieces, scrunched up 2 of the pieces and tucked them under the ribbon. I tied the ribbon only around the lid of the box so that I could easily open and close the box.  The embellishments I used came from the Artisan kit (sorry) but you can embellish the top with any of your favorite embellishments. Be creative and enjoy!

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Masculine Z-Fold Card

walk in the wildDid you watch the Z-Fold card tutorial I posted the other day? If you did, then you know to put together this masculine Z-fold card! All you need is a fun masculine stamp set like this one…A Walk in the Wild.  However, this particular stamp set will be retiring this year so don’t wait too long to get it!

To make this card, start with a piece of cajun craze cardstock for the base of your 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 the video). Next, cut a piece of early espresso cardstock at 2 x 5 1/4 and a  1 3/4 x 5 inch piece of the wood grain paper from the Adventure Bound Paper Pack. Secure these 2 pieces together and adhere to the flap as shown in this pic. For the decorative flap…cut a piece 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inch piece of cajun craze, a 3 x 4 inch piece of early espresso, and a 2 3/4 x 3 3/4 inch piece of whisper white (you will secure all of these pieces together to matte out your stamped images…after you complete the stamping). Stamp the moose image, using early espresso ink, onto the white cardstock and sponge some old olive and soft suede ink onto the image. Stamp a sentiment in the upper left hand corner, just above the moose, using early espresso ink. I used a sentiment from one of my other stamp sets as I was in need of a birthday card! For the finishing touch, I cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of crumb cake cardstock for the inside of the card. Enjoy!

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