Irresistibly Yours ~ Artisan Style

artisan embellishments 13Have you played with any of the awesome Sale-a-bration products yet? If you have, then you know how wonderful they are!  If you haven’t, then you need to pop over to my Sale-a-bration page and check out all of the awesome ways you can earn FREE products! Like this one…the new Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper. I actually couldn’t believe that this was one of the FREE products we can earn!  It is simply gorgeous paper! The paper is white with white embossed images. You can do so many different things with this paper like sponge it, spritz it, brayer it or even stamp on it! Or, you can use it just as it is!

 

So let’s take a look at this project which showcases this fun paper. Start with a piece of crumb cake cardstock for the base of your card and stamp a little sentiment in the lower right hand corner. Cut a 4 x 4 inch piece of one of the beautiful Irresistibly Yours DSP patterns. I chose the leaves but you can choose any of the 6 different patterns. Grab some pink ink, I used blushing bride, and sponge it all over the DSP. Once you have sponged all of the color on the DSP simply take a tissue a wipe off the excess…the ink won’t stick to the white embossed images. Secure the sponged DSP to the upper part of your card. Cut a 1 x 4 inch piece of crumb cake cardstock and secure it over the bottom part of the DSP but just above the sentiment you stamped. Tuck a little piece of a paper doily under the 1 x 4 inch piece before you secure it to the card. For the finishing touch, add some of the beautiful flower trim from the Artisan Embellishment kit. Enjoy!

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Shaker Card

valentine shaker cardHappy Valentine’s Day Everyone!  I hope you have a wonderful day celebrating with the one you love!  But before you head out to your Valentine’s Day celebration, you might want to just take a peek at this fun little shaker card project I have to share with all of you. No, it’s not necessarily a last minute Valentine’s Day project (although I suppose it could be). Now remember I did give you lots of Valentine’s Day ideas over the past couple of weeks so hopefully that helped you complete all of your cards and projects waaay before today! 🙂

To make this card, you will start with a piece of whisper white cardstock for the base of your card. Cut out a crisp cantaloupe picture frame using the On Film framelit set and your big shot. Lay the frame on your white cardstock and stamp your favorite sentiment in the center of it (on the white paper) using crisp cantaloupe ink. Take the frame off the white paper and secure a window sheet to the back side of it.  You will want to cut your window sheet to the size of the square opening of the frame (so that it covers the opening)….approximately 4 x 4 inches. At this point, you can add a bit of venetian trim ribbon across the lower half of the frame….secure the ends to the back of the frame so they don’t show.

Once you have the window sheet secured to the backside of the frame, place dimensionals all the way around the frame. This is the tricky part as you need to make sure you cut your dimensionals to fit along the skinny part of the frame so they don’t show through the window sheet. You can use shaker frame dimensionals, just cut them into small strips as they are circular. Now that you have the window sheet and dimensionals secured to the frame, pour some of the sequins on the white card over the top of where you stamped your sentiment. Spread them out a little bit so they are not clumped together. Now peel off the backing from the dimensionals and secure your frame on the card over the top of the sequins. Press firmly so that the frame adheres. Now just shake the card and watch the sequins move behind the window sheet.  Cool, hey?

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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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Hey Valentine

Valentine gift set kidsHey Valentine! Here’s another fun little project using those tiny treat boxes.  In case you didn’t notice, you get 25 little treat boxes in each pack!  And there are lots of fun little holidays coming up that you could put these treat boxes to good use! You know, holidays such as Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day…well, you get the idea.  The great thing about these little treat boxes is that you can decorate them anyway you like!

So let’s take a closer look at this project. For the card, I started with a piece of crisp cantaloupe cardstock for the base of the card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock and emboss it with the Happy Hearts embossing folder. Cut a few coordinating pieces of designer paper, from the Stacked with Love pack, at 4 x 1 1/2 and a smaller piece at 3 x 1 inches. Next, cut another piece of crisp cantaloupe cardstock at 2 x 4 inches…use the scalloped tag topper on one end and tear a bit of the paper off on the other end. Add a bit of your favorite ribbon to the tag top and tie some linen thread around it. Stamp the fox image from the Hey Valentine set on a piece of white cardstock, punch it out with the note tag punch and color it with your markers or blendabilities.

For the treat box, simply grab one of the boxes from that pack of 25 that you have and emboss it with the Happy Hearts embossing folder.  Yes, the boxes fit perfectly in the embossing folder because they come flat in the pack (put the box together after you emboss it). Then simply decorate the box with some of the designer paper you have or, in this case, I added a bit of Stacked with Love washi tape. Embellish it with a bit of ribbon and a tag! Then just enjoy!

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You Plus Me

Valentine gift set you and meSince Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, I will be sharing a variety of projects with you throughout the course of this week to help you get prepared!  They are fun little cards and treats that you can give to that special someone. Or…make them all and give them to all of the special people in your life.  So let’s look at today’s project…a very elegant card and coordinating treat box.

Let’s start with the materials you will need for the card. Start with a piece of basic black for the base of your card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white card stock. Punch out a few hearts in the top of this piece. Cut a 4 x 4 inch piece of the gold embossed vellum (the piece with the hearts on it). Place the vellum in the center of your card and adhere it by running some of the Stack with Love washi tape across the top and bottom of the vellum. This is a great way to adhere vellum since adhesive typically shows through the vellum. Grab some of your favorite red ribbon and tie a little bow around the center of the vellum as shown. Stamp the You & Me image, using real red ink, on a scrap piece of white paper. Punch out the image using the 1 3/4 inch circle punch, then matte out this piece with a black 2 inch circle….secure it with dimensionals in the center of your card, over the top of the ribbon. That’s it!  I would add a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock to the inside of the card too (that way you can write a special message to the recipient).

For the treat box, simply tie a bit of your red ribbon around the lid of the box. Add a bit of the Stacked with Love washi tape to the front of the box and trim up the ends. Using a heart punch or framelits, cut out a red heart. The heart needs to be no bigger than 2 inches (since the treat box is 2 x 2).  For the arrow, simply use the “What’s up” punch with a piece of black scrap paper. Secure these pieces to the front of the box and fill it with your favorite candy! Enjoy!

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Hello Life ~ Valentine

clean and simple valentine cardGosh, I can’t believe that it is February already! Time seems to fly by so quickly, doesn’t it? Of course, since it’s February, that means that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner.  Chocolates, flowers, and cards are just a few of the ways that we show that special someone how much they mean to us! So today, I have a great card design to share with all of you! A simple, yet elegant, card that you can make for your special someone!

To make this card, start with a piece of whisper white cardstock for the base of the card. Stamp your favorite “love” sentiment on the bottom of the card front. I used the beautiful “love” sentiment from the Hello Life photopolymer stamp set.

026Next, you will emboss the front flap of the card with the polka dot embossing folder. Note: if you turn your embossing folder to the side, you can slide in the front flap of the card and emboss it without embossing over the sentiment (see picture for embossing folder placement). Once you have embossed the card, simply add a few hearts using one of the punches in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack. That’s it! Simple, hey? 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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Filled With Love ~ January Paper Pumpkin

January 2015 Paper PumpkinThis month’s paper pumpkin kit is simply adorable…well, aren’t they all? The January kit is called Filled With Love and it included all of the materials I needed to make 24 cute little treat bags which I plan on handing out to guests at some of my upcoming events. The treat bags were super simple to put together. All of the hearts and banners came pre-cut and ready for stamping which makes assembling them so quick and simple.

I also decided to save a few of the materials from the kit so that I could make a few love-themed cards as well. Here are just a few of the fun extra things you can do with the materials and stamps: january paper pumpkin extrasIf haven’t tried paper pumpkin yet, well now is a great time to do it! Because…when you order a 3-month pre-paid subscription you will qualify for a free Sale-a-bration item! How cool is that?  Get started today!

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