Petal Passion Cards

If you have been following me for awhile now then you know that making cards is one of my favorite things to do! I love to try new techniques, play around with fun fold designs and try my hand at more challenging card ideas. But I lately I am drawn to quick and simple card ideas especially ones that make you go “WOW.”

Like these cards, created with the Petal Passion Memories & More Card pack. You may have heard me talk about the Memories & More Card packs before as I had showcased a variety of different cards using the Sweet Soiree Card Pack.

But I think this card pack is one of my favorites! The Petal Passion Memories & More Cards are just absolutely stunning and, of course, they coordinate with the stamp set and other products in the suite. Each card is double sided and contain beautiful images and fun patterns that you can use to create greeting cards. It’s like having a pack of pre-cut and stamped papers that you can immediately use on your projects. All the prep work is done so you can just get busy creating!

Here are a few of my favorites:

The card pack comes with 72 cards; 52 cards measuring 3 x 4 inches and 20 cards measuring 4 x 6 inches.  I was able to create 27 greeting cards from the pack. Now I bet you are wondering why only 27? Well that’s because I layered some of the pretty card patterns together just like I would layered patterned papers together. Plus I used some of the fun patterned cards and sentiments on the inside to create a complete card!  It was so fun!  And the 3 x 4 inch cards that come in the pack fit perfectly on a regular A2 card size (5-1/2 x 4-1/4 inches) without any cutting or trimming.

You can do so many things with these card packs. Here’s a little Facebook LIVE video session I did just sharing some of the fun ways you can use the card pack.

 

One more thing…these card packs are very inexpensive! At $10.00 for the pack, you have the ability to create lots of cards FAST!  Get your card packs at http://www.lynndunn.stampinup.net and start creating stunning cards today!

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Decorative Masks

I have always loved the look of embossing. In fact, the very first tool I purchased was the embossing machine. I was enamored by the texture and designs. Embossing makes it so easy to add depth and dimension to your cards with very little effort.  So when Stampin’ Up! came out with embossing paste I knew I had to try it!

Embossing paste involves the use of decorative stencils and some quick drying paste. And it really does dry quick…within minutes! Simply lay the decorative mask (otherwise know as a stencil) on your project. Grab a palette knife and spread the embossing paste over it. For this particular project I used the new Shimmery White embossing paste. I love the glittery look to the paste when it dries.

To make this card, simply start with a piece of whisper white cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of Rich Razzelberry cardstock. Using the Sweet Soiree Decorative Masks and the Shimmery White embossing paste, add two large flowers to the Rich Razzelberry cardstock. Let dry and embellish as desired! Give it a try! You will love it!

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True Gentlemen

Good Morning and Happy Friday! Hope you had a wonderful week! Today I want to share a quick and simple masculine card idea with you. It’s not always easy to come with masculine card ideas but you will love the simplicity of this one.

To make this card, I started with one of the card based from the Tutti Frutti Cards & Envelopes in the Sale-A-Bration catalog. I know the name Tutti Frutti doesn’t sound very masculine, right? Well this card and envelope pack is absolutely awesome and works perfect for creating any type of cards including masculine style! It comes with 16 pre-printed cards bases, 4 different designs. And…the best part is…the cards are FREE with a $50 order! It’s an awesome Sale-a-bration item!

So for this card, I used the yellow patterned Tutti Frutti card base and paired it up with some masculine patterned papers in the True Gentlemen suite. Start by cutting a 5-1/2 x 2 inch piece of the blue patterned paper from the True Gentlemen Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack. Cut a piece of the “bow” patterned paper from the True Gentlement DSP pack that measures 5-1/2 inch long and approximately 3/4-1 inch wide. Basically you want to cut in between the pattern of bows on the DSP so that you have a clean strip of bows to adhere on the card as shown. Once you adhere the DSP across the card front, wrap a bit of linen thread around the card and tie on a little button. Stamp a sentiment on a scrap piece of vanilla cardstock and punch it out using the Tailored Tag shape. Add the sentiment to the card as shown. To make it super simple, just leave off the button and linen thread.

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Birthday Memories

This past weekend I held my annual Birthday Bash card making event. It’s one of my favorite events to start off a new year! We made 10 quick and simple cards. Each card took less than 10 minutes to make. It was super fun! There were two cards, in particular, that got a lot of ooohs and ahhhs at the event. The cards were created with products from the Birthday Memories Suite. The bright colors and nostalgic images in this suite make you want to create lots and lots of birthday cards!

See what I mean?  This super cute little card has a lot of bright and fun colors. And, best of all, it was super simple to create! Start with a piece of Real Red cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of the balloon patterned paper in the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack. Cut a 1 x 4 inch strip of the multi-color striped pattern. Adhere the striped pattern piece to the bottom of the the balloon DSP piece. Adhere the entire piece to your Real Red card front. Cut a 1-1/2 x 4 inch piece of Real Red cardstock and stamp a little sentiment on the left side using black ink. Adhere it across the bottom of your card as shown, just above the striped DSP. For the finishing touch embellish with one of the fox images cut from the Birthday Memories DSP.

One of my favorite things about this product suite are the die cuts that coordinate with the stamp images AND with the images in the designer series paper pack. That means no more fussy cutting images from your patterned paper! These dies will cut out the images for you! So I simply used the die set to cut out the little fox image I used to embellish the card above. How fun is that?

Besides using the fun die cuts that come in the Birthday Memories Bundle, you can also use other shapes to cut out the images. For this project, I used the largest oval framelit that I had to cut out the little girl surrounded by cupcakes. Now I could have used the little girl die cut from the bundle but I really wanted to keep the circle of cupcakes around her. Creating this card is just as quick and easy as the first one I shared. Start with a piece of Powder Pink cardstock. Stamp a little sentiment in the lower right hand corner of the card using Crumb Cake ink. Grab two doilies and overlap them to create an “oval” shape on your card front. Cut a 1 x 4-1/4 inch strip of the Fresh Floral DSP or a (strip of Powder Pink cardstock) and adhere it across the center of the doilies. For the finishing touch, adhere the oval image of the adorable little girl to the center of the doilies using a few dimensionals. That’s it!

There are 12 images of the little girl on one 12 x 12 inch sheet of DSP and there are two of these sheets in the pack. That means you could make 24 quick and simple cards like this!

Learn more about this fun product suite at http://bit.ly/BirthdayMemoriesSuite

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5 Simple Tips for Layering

Layering is one of the most basic cardmaking techniques yet it’s often not talked about much. It’s one of those techniques that most of us learned by trial and error. And let me tell you, I went through A LOT of paper during my trial and error period! Yes, a LOT! But I definitely picked up some tips and tricks along the way. Whether you are looking for a bit of layering inspiration or you’re not sure how to get started, I have some helpful tips and suggestions for you.

So what is layering? Well, simply put, it involves placing different sized papers and/or accents on top of each other.  There are many different ways to add layers to your cards. The most common type of layering is created with cardstock and/or patterned papers. However, layering can also be used to describe the use of accents or embellishments on the card.

Layering allows you to easily add depth and dimension.  You can use embellishments like buttons, ribbon, pearls or other fun products. You can also create some accents (different shapes) by using your punches or die cuts. By choosing different papers, accents, and/or embellishments you can certainly add a variety of color and texture to your cards with layering.

Here are 5 simple tips for layering:

  1. Create a Matte:  One of my favorite ways to layer, is to create a “matte.”  Mattes allow you to add two different colors around the edges of your card front or around a focal point on the card. I typically use a 1/4″ matte when layering but you can vary the size of the matte depending on the look you are going for. For example, the “love” sentiment, on the card shown below, is matted with a piece of glimmer paper.  The glimmer paper is 1/4 inch larger (1-3/4 x 2-3/4 inch) than the white cardstock that has the “love” sentiment (1-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches).
  2. Add Texture:  You can add texture to your layers in a variety of ways. Tear the edges of your cardstock, emboss one of the layers or do a bit of sponging to soften the edges of your layers
  3. Create a Grouping or Collage: Layer together different shapes, accents and/or embellishments in a group to create a “collage” or the focal point for your card. Notice how the hearts are layered together to form a “collage” or grouping in the card below.
  4. Add Color:  Use solid colors that coordinate with the patterned papers that you want to use on your card. The use of glitter paper is always fun and goes with just about any color combo. Don’t be afraid to mix and match some patterns together. I tend to use larger patterns in the background of my cards and the smaller patterns to create accents.
  5. Use Scraps: Get out your scrap bin and start playing around with different colors and patterns. Scraps are already cut at different sizes so play around with different ways to add them to your card. Tuck them under a grouping, punch/cut out some fun shapes, trim them down or use them as is.

You can add as many, or as few, layers as you like.I highly recommend that you layout the design on your card first (before adhering the pieces). Once you have the design you want, then glue everything down!

But the most important tip I can give you is to just have fun with it!

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Scrappy Hearts

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! If you are like me, you probably have a variety of heart themed items on your crafting table right now. I have a bunch of different sized hearts cut from many different colors of paper as I have been working on my Valentine’s Day cards. I usually start out with an idea…a vision for how I want the card to look. However, more often than not, I end up completely changing the design once I start to cut the pieces and lay them out on the card front. This usually results in a lot of leftover scraps. Sound familiar?

Well here’s a little challenge for you. Instead of putting the scraps in a drawer, challenge yourself to create something right away with them. One of my favorite ways to use up scrap paper and shapes is simply to layer them together to create a little “collage” of sorts. This particular card that I am sharing with you today was created with some scrap paper and extra hearts that I had cut for a different project but didn’t use.

By challenging myself to use up some of my scraps, I also found a fun new color combination for Valentine’s Day. It’s a win-win! I just love using up scraps, don’t you?

 

 

Sure Do Love You

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner!  It’s that time of year that we do a little extra to let those special people in our lives know how much we love them. This year I plan to give out little love notes every day leading up to Valentine’s Day!  I thought it would be fun to give my hubby a little handmade love note every day. I plan to put them in a variety of different places each day until February 14th. Just a little note to let him know how special he is to me.

So to accomplish this…I created a bunch of love notes using the Sure Do Love You Bundle from Stampin’ Up! This bundle of products along with the little narrow note cards were perfect for creating a variety of love notes! How fun are these?

The note cards are 2-1/2 x 4-1/2 inches and they fit neatly in the little Valentine’s Day box that I created too. The Sure Do Love You Bundle comes with the stamp set and the Love Box dies which makes it super simple to create the box and a variety of love notes! Although I plan to use box to package up some fun treats, you could use it to package up a set of note cards to give to someone as a gift!  So many fun things to create!

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Coloring with Crystals

I am always looking for fun ways to add color to my projects. And there are so many different ways to do it! Today I want to share a simple NEW way to add color to your crafting projects. It’s called Brusho and it’s super fun! If you love the look of watercoloring, you are gonna love this new product.

Watch this video from Stampin Up! to see it in action! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Hm1EB_iWvU

Isn’t is amazing?!?! I love how the color just spreads across the projects! And it’s simple to use!  I was first introduced to this product in November and have been playing around with it since then.  There are 5 different colors that come in the Brusho pack:  Brilliant Red, Gamboge Orange, Moss Green, Prussian Blue and Yellow. You simply sprinkle the color crystals on your project, add water and watch the magic happen! Or add water and then sprinkle the color crystals on. There are so many fun possibilities!

Here are some of the fun projects I created:

This first project showcases images from the You’re Priceless stamp set. I started with a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of watercolor paper. I embossed the diamond images on the watercolor paper using white embossing powder. Once the images were on the paper, I sprinkled some of the blue color crystals across the paper and then spritzed it with water. The color spreads instantly when the Brusho comes into contact with the water. It doesn’t take much to create a fun watercolor look.

Here are a couple more cards created with the spritzing technique.  You can use one Brusho color at a time or combine them together for a fun look. Although all of these cards I created involved spritzing water onto the Brusho, you can use other tool such as an Aqua painter to spread the color around until you achieve the desired look. I have even seen the use of a baby wipe! It’s a lot of fun! I hope you enjoyed the little project ideas! Have a creative week!

 

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Inspired by Color

Are you inspired by color? I love working with different color combinations. I am always excited to see the fun color combos that Stampin’ Up! comes out with each time they introduce new patterned papers. This is a great source of inspiration for me.  I helps me think outside the box and try some very non-traditional color combinations. Since I am currently working on a few different Valentine’s Day projects, I decided to mix it up a bit and try something different. These love themed cards do not have any of the traditional colors used for Valentine’s Day but they sure turned out fabulous!

So now I bet you are wondering what colors I used, right? Well, I decided to use Pear Pizzazz, Rich Razzelberry, Calypso Coral and a bit of Daffodil Delight.  One of the things I like to do is use subtle colors in the background of my projects and then add a pop of color on the card. Something bold. Something that will catch your attention. You will notice the pop of color comes from the solid heart cut from a piece of Rich Razzelberry cardstock. It seems to pull out or accent the Rich Razzelberry colors in the pretty flower heart.

Now for those of you that think coloring takes too long…think again! I learned how amazing the new Stampin’ Blends are when I created these card. It was so easy and effortless to add color to the fine details of these hearts. The Stampin’ Blends are alcohol based markers so you can use them to blend too. But if you just want to color, then are fabulous. You don’t even need special ink!  I used my Pear Pizzazz ink to stamp the images and then just colored them in with the other markers. The colors didn’t bleed together and the markers helped to bring out the details in the stamped image.

So the design of the card is pretty simple. Really…it is! Start with a piece of Pear Pizzazz cardstock for the base of your card. I embossed a fun little design across the center of the card using one of the Petal Pair embossing folders. The heart are stamped from images in the Heart Happiness stamp set and then just layered together to create a fun look! You can embellish the card with as much or as little as you want. Get creative with it!

I hope you are inspired to try some different color combinations! Play around with the different colors that you have on hand and create something unique today!

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Mixed Medallions Gift Box

Hello Friends!  Today I have a fun little gift box idea that was inspired by the Mixed Medallions Card kit. Yep, I said card kit.

The Mixed Medallions Card Kit is one of this year’s Sale-a-bration items that caught my eye right away. The kit comes with 8 trifold cards. There are two different card designs so you get 4 card bases for each design. I am always looking for fun things to do with kits and as soon as I saw the tri-fold design I knew exactly what I wanted to make…a Gift Box.

By adding a few simple score lines and a few cuts to the card bases, you can easily create an adorable little gift box!

The gift box can be used to package up some small items, candy and even your handmade cards. I was excited to learn that the gift box holds 4-5 standard cards (5-1/2 x 4-1/4 inch size) and envelopes. How cool is that? So you can make a few gift boxes and a make a few cards with this kit, package them up and give them away as a gift. Or make all of the cards into gift boxes and use them to package up your own handmade cards.

It’s super fun and simple! Check out the video tutorial for more info >>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-EoWZsZChc

 

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