Irresistibly the Best Year Ever

SAB 2015 DSPHere’s another beautiful project made with the Irresistibly Yours Designer Paper. Yes, this is one of the items that is FREE during Sale-a-bration. Have you taken advantage of Sale-a-bration yet?  It ends March 31, 2015 so you still have a little time left…but don’t wait too long! 🙂

This is one of favorite creations and one that happened as I was using up some of the scraps I had lying around on my crafting table. Sometime the most beautiful projects arise out of scraps! To make this card, start with a piece of sahara sand cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of the scallop design from the Irresistibly Yours DSP pack. Sponge the scallops with a bit of blushing bride ink then blot lightly with a tissue to remove the excess ink. Cut a 1 1/2 x 4 inch piece of the Best Year Ever DSP or any other fun scraps you have lying around. Secure that piece to the bottom of the sponged DSP. Add a half of a paper doily just above the DSP…then use a bit of Sahara Sand Lace Trim to cover up the seam where the doily and DSP meet. For the finishing touches, embellish with a little butterfly and a fun sentiment. Enjoy!

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Yippee Skippee

SAB birthdayHere’s a fun little celebration themed project with bright and bold colors.  The project can really be customized for any type of celebration…just switch out the sentiments. Of course there are a variety of fun new products showcased on this card along with a freebie from the Sale-a-bration catalog.  Let’s take a look…

To make this card, start with a piece of so saffron cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of calypso coral and emboss it with the Lucky Stars embossing folder. Cut one 2 x 4 and two 1 x4 inch pieces of your favorite patterned pieces from the new Birthday Bash Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack. Secure the pieces to the center of the calypso coral cardstock. Cut a 2 x 3 inch piece of whisper white cardstock and fancy up both ends using the scalloped topper punch. Stamp your favorite sentiments on the tag using night of navy and calypso coral ink. For this project I used the fun little sentiments from the Yippee Skippee stamp set and the free Sale-a-bration stamp set called Big Day. Run a piece of yellow ribbon, a Sale-a-bration freebie, through the tag and around the entire calypso coral piece. Just a little tip…I secured the tag to the cardstock with dimensionals BEFORE trying to tie my little bow. Add a few candy dots to embellish. Enjoy!

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Something Borrowed

something borrowedToday I want to share a quick and simple project you can put together with the new blendabilities markers. Blendabilities are alcohol based markers that can be used for blending and shading your stamped images. But you can also use blendabilities in many other ways. This particular project showcases how to use blendabilities to add pops of color to your pretty patterned papers!  I love using blendabilties in this way. If you have ever tried to color in an image with regular water-based markers, then you know how choppy the coloring looks. With blendabilities, you are able to shade an image without distorting it.

 

To make this project, start with a piece of pink pirouette cardstock for the base of the card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of the Something Borrowed Designer Series Paper (DSP). Grab a set of the pink pirouette blendabilities and randomly shade some of the flowers on the DSP. Make sure that you have the DSP laying on top of a piece of scratch paper or grid paper as the blendabilities ink will soak through the DSP. Once you have completed the shading of the flowers, secure the DSP to your card base. Add a little layered tag or some type of punched shape to your project for the sentiment. Add a little embellishment and your done! Easy peasy! Enjoy!

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Lotus Blossom

lotus blossomToday I have a fun little spring project to share with all of you! With all of the snowy and cold weather we are having in Wisconsin this year, design flowery spring projects reminds me that spring is right around the corner!  The project I have for you today showcases a 3 step stamp called Lotus Blossom. And this particular stamp set is not for sale but…it is one of the FREE items that you can choose with a $50 purchase during Sale-a-bration. So let’s take a closer look at this project.

To make this card, start with a piece of soft sky cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock and emboss it with that fun polka dot embossing folder! Cut a 5 1/4 x 2 inch piece of one of the flowery patterns from the Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper pack. Cut a 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 inch piece of soft sky cardstock and a 2 x 3 inch piece of whisper white. Grab the 3 different flower images from the Lotus blossom stamp set. Each image is labeled 1, 2 and 3. And, each image has an arrow on the top. Use that arrow to guide placement of the image. The arrow should always point in the same direction…I have it point towards the top of my project so that I can use that as a mark to align all 3 of the stamped images.  For this project, I used only one color ink…daffodil delight…to stamp all 3 images. Start with image 1 and stamp it on the white paper with the arrow pointing to the top of your paper. Stamp the second image over the top of the first, using the arrow as your guide. Then stamp the 3rd image over the top of the other two. The 3rd image is the “fill” image as it will color in the remainder of your flower. Once you have stamped your flower, simply stamp one of the stem images and a little sentiment. It takes a little bit of practice to use this new 3 step stamp set but the results are just simply stunning once you get the hang of it! Enjoy!

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Adventurous Guy Greetings

Today I have yet another masculine card idea for you using the new Guy Greetings stamp set and Adventure Bound Designer Series Paper (DSP). This is the 6th masculine creation with this stamp set and designer paper! So if you missed the first 5 simply click on the “masculine” category on the right hand side of this website and it will take you to the other creations.guy greetings birthday plaidFor this project, start with a piece of sahara sand cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of early espresso cardstock for your matte. Grab 2 different patterns from the Adventure Bound DSP pack. Cut two 2 1/4 x 1 3/4 inch pieces from each of the DSP patterns and secure them to the early espresso cardstock as shown. Leave some of the early espresso show through so it mattes out your DSP! Cut a 3 x 2 1/4 inch piece of early espresso cardstock and a 2 3/4 x 2 inch piece of sahara sand cardstock.  Stamp the old fashion car image and a the Happy Birthday sentiment onto the sahara sand cardstock. I used early espresso ink for the sentiment and sahara sand ink for the car.  Add a few neutral candy dots to the upper right hand corner of the card to embellish it. Enjoy!

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Stampin’ on DSP

Did you know you can stamp on designer papers? Yep, you can! I would recommend choosing designer papers that have small patterns if you plan on stamping images on them. The smaller patterns allow you to see the details of the stamped images while also providing fun backgrounds for your projects….like the project that I have to share with you today.irresistibly yours flower stampedStampin’ Up! has a fun new specialty designer series paper (DSP) pack called Irresistibly Yours.  And this paper is not available for purchase…but it is one of the FREE items you can choose during Sale-a-bration when you place a qualifying order of $50! It’s probably one of my favorite paper packs because there is so much you can do with it…sponge it, brayer it, and stamp on it!  Today, we will focus on stamping on this DSP. To make this project, start with a piece of sahara sand cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of blushing bride cardstock and a 5 x 3 3/4 inch piece of the polka dot pattern from the Irresistibly Yours DSP pack.  I used images from the new Crazy About You stamp set for this particular project. Stamp the leaf images on the DSP using blushing bride ink. Stamp the flower image on the DSP using strawberry slush ink. Sponge a bit of blushing bride ink around all of the images that you just stamped. Once you have completed the stamping and sponging, simply grab a tissue or napkin and wipe off the excess ink so the polka dot pattern shows through all of the stamping and sponging. Then simply embellish your card with a bit of ribbon and a button. That’s it! Super simple and elegant project! Enjoy!

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Twitterpated

Valentine gift set heartsThe final Valentine’s Day project I have for you is this adorable card and treat box gift set. This past week I have shared a variety of different projects that you can put together with those tiny treat boxes. They are really fun to play with, don’t you  think? 🙂 So let’s talk about how to make this set.

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 a 5 x 3 3/4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock.  Stamp one of your favorite sentiments in black on the top of the white cardstock (or in this case I used the love sentiment from the Hello Life stamp set). Emboss the whisper white cardstock, just under the sentiment, with the Happy Hearts embossing folder (leave the sentiment hang out of the embossing folder before your send it through the big shot). Punch out 5 little hearts with the punch in the Itty Bitty Accents Pack. I used real red cardstock, glimmer paper and some designer paper to coordinate with the treat box….but you can use anything that you have on hand! You can also add a bit of 1/8 inch silver ribbon to the top to bling it out even more.

For the treat box, just grab some of your favorite patterned paper, or use the Stacked with Love papers, and cut out a little 1/2 inch banner for the box. Stamp a fun sentiment on the front of the box as shown. Then decorate it with your patterned paper, some hearts and a bit of ribbon tied to the lid of the box. Fill it with your favorite candy and enjoy!

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Life Lessons

guy greetings toolsJust in case you haven’t noticed, the Guy Greetings stamp set has become one of my “go to” sets for creating masculine themed cards. Yep, it has! And today I have yet another fun design to share with all of you. I created this particular card for my Dad as I thought it would be the perfect Father’s Day card for him since he was a craftsman (woodworker) by trade. So I know he will love it!

To make this card, start with a piece of early espresso cardstock for the base of the card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of very vanilla cardstock. Rough up the edges with a distressing tool and then sponge a bit of early espresso ink over the distressed areas to give it a worn look. Stamp the “righty tighty” and “life lessons” sentiments in the corners of the paper using cajun craze ink. Cut two 3 1/4 x 2 1/8 inch pieces of the plaid and hounds tooth patterns from the Adventure Bound Designer Series Paper pack. layer these 2 DSP pieces as shown. Stamp the wrench image on a scrap piece of very vanilla cardstock and punch it out with the note tag. Punch out a cajun craze colored decorative label to use as a matte behind the wrench images. Sponge some early espresso ink on these pieces as well. Run a piece of the natural chevron trim ribbon across the card (I placed the chevron side of the ribbon face down on the card). Layer the wrench image and decorative label over the ribbon and secure with dimensionals.  For the finishing touches, add a few candy dots to the ribbon. Enjoy!

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Something Borrowed ~ Gift Set

artisan embellishments 16Whether you are planning a wedding or you will be attending one, we’ve gotcha covered with the new Something Borrowed product suite. There are some gorgeous products contained in this suite:  Designer paper, embellishments, lace trim and, of course, stamp sets. You can check out all of the these products in the new Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog on pages 42-43. Today I want to share a little wedding gift set that I put together with the beautiful new Something Borrowed Designer Series Paper and the lace trim.

Let’s take a look at the card first.  Start with a piece of sahara sand cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock and stamp a little sentiment in the upper left hand corner using sahara sand ink. Cut a 5 1/4 x 2 inch piece of your favorite pattern from the Something Borrowed DSP collection….be sure to pull out an extra piece for your gift bag. Secure the 2 inch piece to the white cardstock. Cut a piece of the Sahara sand 7/8″ lace trim and run it across the bottom of the DSP on the card (secure the ends to the back of the white paper) and mount it to the card base. I used the flower frenzy die to cut out all of the different flower shapes for the card…the die cuts out all of the pieces, you just need to layer them together. You can use white paper to cut out the flowers or the Irresistibly Yours DSP which is free with a qualifying order during sale-a-bration. Use sahara sand cardstock for the leaves. Once you have the pieces cut out, simply layer them together and secure to the card as shown. For the finishing touches, embellish with a few pearls.

The gift bag is super simple because the framelit cuts out all of the pieces….you just need to assemble it! Check out this Stampin’ Up! tutorial on how to use the new framelit set

Once you have the treat bag assembled, you can decorate it any way you like!  For this project, I simply cut out a silver glimmer paper “for you” sentiment (with one of the framelits in the set), embellished with a few pearls and tied a beautiful lace trim bow on it.  It’s so elegant! And the best part is…it was quick and simple to put together! Enjoy!

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Mixed Bunch

mixed bunch Today I thought I would talk about the use of layers on a project. Layering can really make images “pop” on your projects. You can use layering to provide a “matte” for your images and designer paper (like I used on this particular project). I typically use a 1/4 inch matte when layering so that you see just a bit of color pop through behind the image.  You can also use layering to add splashes of color or different patterns to your project. So let’s take a closer look at this project…

Start with a piece of blackberry bliss cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of the Irresistibly yours designer series paper (DSP) which is FREE with a qualifying Sale-a-bration purchase. If you don’t have any of that paper yet, simply cut out a piece of white cardstock and emboss it with your favorite folder. Next, cut out the pieces you will need for layering. For this particular project, I used a few of the patterns from the Park Lane DSP pack. Cut the purple patterned paper to 2 x 3 3/4 inch. Cut the green leafy pattern to 2 1/2 x 2 1/4 inches. Cut a few pieces of blackberry bliss to matte out the DSP…cut one at 2 1/4 x 4 inches and the other one a 2 3/4 x 2 1/2 inches. Cut a piece of old olive cardstock at 3 x 2 3/4 inches. layer all of these pieces together as shown. Stamp one of the Mixed Bunch flower images on a piece of scrap white paper and punch it out with the coordinating flower punch. Layer all of the pieces onto the card front as shown in the pic. For the finishing touches, stamp a little sentiment on some of the scrap green DSP and add a little button with baker’s twine to the flower.  Enjoy!

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