Sheltering Tree Valentine

heart tree valentineNeed a few quick and simple Valentine’s Day card ideas? Well check out these fun little projects showcasing the new Sheltering Tree and Hello Life stamp sets. These cards are commonly referred to as CAS ~ Clean and Simple. CAS cards have very few if any layers and are quick to put together.  Let’s take a look and both of these projects…

The first card showcases both the Sheltering Tree and Hello Life stamp sets. There are absolutely no layers to this card, you simply stamp the images on a whisper white piece of cardstock (which is the base of you card). Start with the sheltering tree stamp set. Stamp the tree image on the left hand side of the card using using black ink. Grab a light pink (Pink pirouette works perfect) and stamp the shadow under the tree and the shadowy leaf images on the top of the tree. For the finishing touches, use the Hello Life stamp set. Randomly stamp the little hearts in the tree using real red ink and stamp the love sentiment across the bottom.  That’s it! Clean and simple, right?

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The second project also showcases these 2 stamp sets. For this project, I left out the pink background colors and stamped just using real red and black. Stamp the tree image and hearts in the middle of the card (the same process we used above). Punch out a little heart shape using a scrap piece of real red cardstock and adhere it to the middle of the tree with a dimensional. Stamp the love sentiment on the bottom and you are done! This particular card is a more masculine type of design simply because I left out the pink color. 🙂 Enjoy!


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You’re a Classic

guy greetings classic carI have simply been having a blast with the products from the new Stampin’ Up! catalogs! Today’s project is another masculine themed card which showcases the new Guy Greetings stamp set! I think this is fast becoming one of my favorites…even more so than the Open Sea stamp set! For this project, I also used the new Adventure Bound Designer Series Paper (DSP). This particular paper pack contains wonderful masculine themed prints.

To make this card, start with a piece of very vanilla cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of early espresso cardstock. Cut a 3 1/4 x 4 inch piece of the plaid paper from the Adventure Bound DSP pack. Secure all of these layers together with your snail runner. Stamp the classic card, using early espresso ink, on a scrap piece of very vanilla cardstock and cut it out with one of the Apothecary Accents. Leave enough room to stamp “dad” on the accent piece; use cajun craze ink for this. Sponge a bit of early espresso ink around the accent piece. Tie a bit of linen thread around the bottom half of the card and then secure the accent piece over the top using dimensionals. Stamp the “you’re a classic” phrase on a scrap piece of very vanilla paper and hand cut the words into square blocks; secure to the card as shown. For the finishing touch, add a few early espresso (neutrals collection) candy dots. Enjoy!

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Artisan Embellishment Kit ~ Gift Packaging Ideas

artisan embellishments 9I am always drawn to pretty packaging ideas! And with all of the materials in the new Artisan Embellishment kit, there are so many fun options for creating pretty packages! Today I want to share a few of the beautiful things that you can create with these embellishments and a gorgeous new stamp set bundle called butterfly basics!

This first project showcases a simple gift packaging idea using the chevron bags found in the annual Stampin’ Up! catalog. Start by stamping the flower and fern leave images onto the lower right hand corner of the bag using crumb cake ink. Stamp the smaller butterfly image on a white piece of scrap paper, using blushing bride ink, and cut it out on the big shot embossing machine with the coordinating framelit. Adhere the butterfly to the bag with some dimensionals and add an artisan embellishment kit pearl. For the top of the bag, cut a piece of one of the paper doilies and secure it to the edge of the folded over top. Next, simply cut a piece of the flower trim about 6 flowers long and secure it over the top of the paper doily. For the finishing touch, add a bit of linen thread and a little clip to the top of the bag to keep it closed.

artisan embellishments 6The second gift packaging idea is one of my favorites…a little decorated plastic container! I save all of my empty brad and button containers as you can do so many things with them! For this particular project, I used the new Something Borrowed Designer Series Paper (DSP). Using the 2 1/2 inch circle punch, I cut out the top and bottom pieces and secured them to brad container with sticky strip. Next, I punched out two 2 3/8 inch scalloped circles from the DSP and secured them to the inside of the brad container, one on the lid and one on the bottom, using dimensionals. Cut a 1/2 x 12 inch strip of DSP and secure it with sticky strip around the outside of the bottom part of the container. For the top of the container, run a bit of ribbon around the outside and secure with sticky strip…I actually used some retired pleated ribbon as it works perfect for this! For the finishing touches, add a silver vellum butterfly, a little sentiment, some linen thread and embellish with your favorites from the artisan kit!  Just gorgeous!

artisan embellishments 17The last packaging idea I have for you today is this one…made with one of the boxes from the tag a bag series in the annual catalog.  For this particular project, I cut out one of the gorgeous butterflies, from the butterfly basics bundle, and made that the focal point on the top of the box (the butterfly was cut from a piece of sahara sand cardstock). I wrapped the box in a 12 x 3 inch piece of the new Sale-a-bration Specialty Designer Series Paper called Irresistibly Yours (this paper is FREE with a $50 purchase January 6th – March 31st). Next, I secured the butterfly to the top of the box and wrapped a piece of the rose red trim from the artisan kit around the box, tying a pretty little bow on the top. For the finishing touch, I added a little sentiment and some pearls.

As you can see, there are just so many things you can do with the Artisan Embellishments in this kit!  I hope enjoyed these little project ideas!  Stay tuned…as there are 14 different projects that I made with these little embellishments and I will share them over the course of this week!

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All Shook Up ~ Paper Pumpkin

December 2014 PP kit14Well Christmas has come and gone!  I can’t believe it’s over already but we certainly had a wonderful holiday with our family!  I hope you did as well! 🙂

So today, I would like to share a few projects that I made with the December Paper Pumpkin kit which is called “All Shook Up.”  A perfect name for a kit full of “shaker” cards. Shaker cards are made with confetti like materials that are sandwiched between clear window sheets and cardstock materials. The materials float freely behind the window sheet so that when you shake the card the materials move!  They are super cute!  And this month’s kit contained plenty of materials to make 9 shaker cards (pictured above).

December 2014 PP kit13Now the kit also contains some extra materials that allowed me to make 14 more cards simply by adding a white cardstock base and a few of my own products.  I will share more specifics about those cards with you later this week but here’s a sneak peek of the additional projects I put together!

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Many Merry Stars Gift Bag

many merry stars christmas bagOk…I just had to share ONE more Christmas project with all of you!  This project was inspired by some of the left over materials I had in the Many Merry Stars kit!  Instead of making boxes, I put together a number of tags and gift bags to give to my family and friends this holiday season!

To make this gift bag, start with one of the little chevron bags and fold over the top. Secure a paper doily over the fold so that it overlaps a bit onto the back of the bag. Take a few of the start shapes from the Many Merry Stars kit, layer them together and add some of the fun embellishments from the kit…like the wooden snowflakes and rhinestones. Secure the star to the paper doily using dimensionals. For the finishing touches, add a bit of ribbon and one of those adorable little star clips!  That’s it!  Super simple and quick little project you can put together in a hurry!

And…the Many Merry Stars kit is on clearance right now so you just might want to get yourself one of those kits for next year!  Happy Holidays!

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World of Dreams

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This week I have been sharing a few all occasions card designs with all of you…yes, I know Christmas is right around the corner but I wanted to change up the scenery a bit as I have probably overwhelmed you with all of my Christmas posts, right? 🙂 This particular card was inspired by a similar card design from one of the past Stampin’ Up! catalogs. You do save your catalogs, don’t you?  I hope so! There are so many awesome project ideas in these catalogs and you can pretty much re-create them all you need to do is substitute some of the new stamp sets and products. To make this card, start with a piece of always artichoke cardstock for the base of the card. Cut a 3 1/4 x 3 inch piece of so saffron cardstock…tear off about a 1/4 inch (as shown) as sponge a bit of early espresso ink on the torn edge. Cut a 3 x 2 3/4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock. Randomly stamp some of the nature images from the World of Dream stamp set using always artichoke and so saffron ink. Stamp the bird nest over the top of the other images using early espresso ink.  Stamp one of the sentiments in the corner of the card using early espresso ink. Tie a bit of white satin ribbon around the entire front of the card. Cut a 1 x 4 1/4 inch strip of always artichoke cardstock and secure some antique brads to each end. Secure this piece over the top of the ribbon using dimensionals. Secure the piece with your stamped images to the so saffron piece and mount to the card using dimensionals as shown. Voila! You have a beautiful card for any occasion. Enjoy!


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Watercolor Winter Simply Created Kit

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No matter how much I try to prepare for the holidays, I always feel like they sneak up on me! This past weekend I worked on a variety of Christmas cards…yes, I need to get them in the mail…soon!  I decided to put together the rest of the cards from the Watercolor Winter Simply Created Kit.  There are 20 cards in this kit.  The kit comes with instructions and all of the materials you need to make the cards.  And…there are extra materials in the kit as well.  Since I had a bunch of extra materials, I decided to put together a few other fun Christmas cards.

The Watercolor Winter Simply Created kit is actually part of Stampin’ Up’s Year End Closeout specials…it’s on sale for $17.49! Wahoo!  If you are running out of ideas and need simple cards (with instructions), these simply created kits are for you!  Check them out today!

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Paper Pumpkin ~ Gift Giving


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Serene Silhouettes

serenesilhouettes2Since I have shifted a bit from Christmas projects this week, I thought I would share another all occasions card design with all of you. I designed this particular card for a hostess that was looking for ideas using the Serene Silhouette stamp set.

To make this card, start with a piece of whisper white cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 4 x 3 inch piece of Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper (DSP) and a 4 1/4 x 3 1/4 inch piece of soft suede cardstock. Use the soft suede piece to matte out the DSP. Cut a 4 x 2 inch piece of whisper white cardstock for the tag. Use the scalloped tag topper punch to round out the top of the tag. Stamp one of the serene silhouette images onto the tag using soft suede ink…then stamp it again without re-inking (this will give you a slightly lighter colored image). Next, sponge over the stamped images using hello honey (yellow) and coastal cabana (blue) inks. I highly recommend that you practice sponging on a scrap piece of paper before applying it to your project. For the finishing touches, add a bit of hello honey and venetian trim to the top of the tag…and tie the ribbon together with a bit of linen thread. Viola! You have a card for almost any occasion! Enjoy!

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Choose Happiness

choose happinessWe had our annual team stampin’ Christmas party this past weekend and it was a blast!  The entire room was decorated with beautiful Christmas decor, we had Christmas music playing and some amazing food! We had a “shoe box” swap so each of us brought a a project for everyone to make. And the theme…anything “non-Christmas” 🙂

The projects that we shared that day needed to be quick and simple since there were 19 of us in attendance at this event! Yes, I came home with 18 different card designs! Super fun! Anyway…for my project, I decide to showcase the Choose Happiness stamp set as I hadn’t really played around with it yet. I started with a piece of crumb cake cardstock for the base of the card. I used crumb cake ink for all of the stamping. Simply randomly stamp a few of the images from the Choose Happiness stamp set onto the crumb cake cardstock. I sponged a bit of crumb cake ink around the edges of the card and over some of the stamped images. The sentiment is stamped on a piece of white cardstock and sponged with the crumb cake ink. I cut out the Choose Happiness sentiment with the Artisan Label punch. Next, I punched out another Artisan label using early espresso cardstock…I simply snipped it in half and secured it to the back of the sentiment just to matte it out a bit. For the finishing touch, I added a piece of Venetian crochet trim and an antique brad. Enjoy!

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