Mar 19 2015

Replace your envelope with a mini treat bag

 Sheer Perfection Mini Treat Bag and Card Sets

If you will be hand delivering your cards, why not replace the envelope with a vellum Mini Treat Bag made with the Stampin’ Up! Thinlit from the 2015 Occasions catalogue.

  

Sheer Perfection Mini Treat Bag and Card Set in Lost Lagoon

I used two of the available Sale-a-bration items for each of these mini treat bag and card sets – the Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum Stack and the In Color Accessory Pack

This first card set features Lost Lagoon a new 2014-2016 In Color.

The Mini treat Bags were made from Vellum card stock and embellished. I found it best to adhere the bags together with mini glue dots as they showed through the least.

 

Sheer Perfection Mini Treat Bag and Card in Lost Lagoon  

The Mini Treat Bags are a little smaller than a traditional medium envelope so my finished card size is 5" x 3-1/2", a perfect fit for the treat bag.

I colored behind the vellum with a marker since the design was so detailed. You need to allow the inks time to dry before assembling your projects. The butterfly was stamped on vellum and punched out with the Elegant Butterfly Punch.

The greetings are from the A Dozen Thoughts stamp set.

 

Sheer Perfection Mini Treat Bag and Card Set in Blackberry Bliss

For this Mini Treat Bag and Card set, I colored behind the Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum with daubers using Blackberry Bliss, Melon Mambo and Hello Honey inks.

The buttons and twine are both from the In Color Accessory Pack, free during Sale-a-bration which ends March 31st.

I used the Circles Collection Framelits to cut out the circles and then scored them in half to wrap around the bag.

 

Sheer Perfection Mini Treat Bag and Card in Blackberry Bliss

 

For this set, I used BlackBerry Bliss, another 2014-2016 In Color as the main color. 

To get started with the five new In Colors – Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow and Tangelo Twist, I recommend purchasing the card stock and classic ink pads kit. 

 

 

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Mar 18 2015

Nature’s Perfection Frame Cards, Gold or Not

 Nature's Perfection Square Frame Card in Black and Red

Sometimes a card just comes together and everything works the first time. This is one of those cards, I’m happy to say.

My starting point was to create a square frame on a card. I knew that a border along the side would work as well so I started cutting card stock. The card is a traditional 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" and the long side piece is 2" x 5-1/4" with the stamped Whisper White piece on top measuring 1-3/4" x 5".

Next step, the square frame. I cut a square piece 2-3/4" x 2-3/4" and then cut out the inside of the square with a Stampin’ Trimmer measuring a 1/4" in from each of the four sides. The square inside of the frame is 2" x 2′ and the top layer is 1-7/8" x 1-7/8".

 

The stamp set I used is Nature’s Perfection, a set of 5, which is free right now during Sale-a-bration with a $60 order.  I stamped the flower image onto the border piece several times each in Real Red, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray and Memento Tuxedo Black before coloring the flower with an Aqua Painter and Real Red ink. The center flower was made the same way except I stamped only once with tuxedo black ink. 

To finish the card, I added a "many thanks" greeting from Another Thank You and three black Candy Dots

 

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Nature's Perfection Square Frame Card in Gold

 

This card has the exact same measurements but I decided to feature gold on this card including the gold foil sheets, designer gold foil vellum and gold encore ink.

The butterfly is also from the Nature’s Perfection stamp set and "thanks" is from Another Thank You. I love the font used for this greeting. 

 

So now, my question to you, gold or not? Which card is your favorite?

 

 

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Mar 17 2015

Ghosting Technique with Stamps

 Ghosting Technique with the Flower Patch Stamp Set

In yesterday’s post, I used the ghosting technique with stencils. Today I wanted to show you the same ghosting technique with stamps instead.

The first card uses the Flower Patch stamp set and inks in Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo and Wild Wasabi. I really like how the center of the flowers turned out with the Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Stickers. I used the 1/4" Circle Handheld Punch to cut out Strawberry Slush card stock and place it behind the stickers. You’ve got to get these.

 

 

Ghosting Technique with the Serene Sihouettes Stamp Set

 

For this Serene Silhouettes card, I actually stamped twice off the Whisper White image, once in Daffodil Delight and once in Cajun Craze.

I embellished the card with the Daffodil Delight Seam Binding and a greeting from the Another Thank You stamp set punched out with the Large Oval Punch.

Although both of these card use the same technique, the look was altered by using a bold solid stamp for the first card and a line art stamp for the second. 

 

 

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Mar 16 2015

Ghosting Technique with Stencils

 Ghosting Technique with Dots & Stripes Decorative Mask  

 ghost·ing
[goh-sting]
noun

    the appearance of a ghost or secondary image, especially one appearing as a white shadow.

 

I think one of the very best deals in the Stampin’ Up! catalogue is the Decorative Masks found on page 205. Only $3.95 for a set of two you can choose from either Hearts & Stars or Dots & Stripes. Or for the price, buy both sets!

 

Great for creating backgrounds, use the stencil with a sponge dauber to make an easy pattern. You can design a  tone on tone look like blue ink on blue card stock, pick contrasting colours like red ink on yellow card stock, pick several tones in the same colour family like I did below or create a rainbow of color. 

And if you want to take the background a step further you can create a really neat effect with the ghosting technique.

 

Simply place the stencil onto Crumb Cake card stock and with a sponge dauber apply Whisper White craft ink. It helps to use a bit of easy to remove tape to hold the stencil so it doesn’t slip. Once you have applied all the ink, remove the stencil and allow the ink to dry completely. You can use a heat tool to speed the drying time. Clean the stencil with a bit of water. 

Next, align the stencil back over the dots but this time shift it off slightly from the Whisper White ink so some of the Crumb Cake card stock is showing. Apply your choice of colored inks over the stencil using another sponge dauber. 

For this card, I used Calypso Coral, Bermuda Bay and Daffodil Delight inks.

To finish the card I added a greeting from the For Being You stamp set which was heat embossed with white powder on Vellum card stock. This is one of the four new free items you can pick from during Sale-a-bration 2015 which ends March 31st. 

 

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Ghsoting Technique with Striped Scallop Thinlit

I wanted to try the ghosting technique with a stencil that has more open area so I made my own stencil with the Striped Scallop Thinlit and a Window Sheet. I added a shim underneath the platform on my Big Shot to ensure the window sheet cut out completely.

For this card I used Pink Pirouette, Strawberry Slush, Melon Mambo, Rose Red and Cherry Cobbler inks.

Ghosting Technique Set Up

 I used small pieces of painter’s tape to keep the stencil from moving. 

 

Ghosting Technique with Stencils

 

 

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Mar 12 2015

Throwback Thursday: Nature’s Perfection Dryer Sheet Card

Nature's Perfection Dryer Sheet Technique Card

 

I couldn’t wait to get the new Sale-a-bration stamp set, Nature’s Perfection and start stamping. This stamp set can be selected as your free item when you place an order of $60 by March 31st.  It’s simple – one free Sale-a-bration product for every $60 you spend (before shipping and tax). And receive $35 more in host dollars for a total of $90 with a $330 order. Shop today!

 

As I sat down at my stamping table to create, I saw the dryer sheets that I had put aside recently. I have been meaning to re-visit the Dryer Sheet Technique and realized the Nature’s Perfection stamp set would work well. I first shared the Dryer Sheet Technique on my blog in August 2010 and it remains a popular post. Perfect for a technique on Throwback Thursday. View the original dryer sheet technique post and video. 

I decided on blues and chose Night of Navy, Island Indigo and Bermuda Bay. I stamped my images in Night of Navy and Bermuda Bay onto a piece of Whisper White card stock 2-1/2" x 5-1/2" and then colored them in lightly with an Aqua Painter and Island Indigo and Bermuda Bay refills. 

After the inks dried, I applied glue from a Stampin’ Glue Stick over the entire piece of card stock right to the edges. I really like these glue sticks. If yours get dry, watch this video about how to rehydrate glue sticks and don’t forget to subscribe to me on YouTube. Place a laundered dryer sheet on top and smooth it out. You want the dryer sheet to be slightly larger than the card stock. I like to tuck the edges of the dryer sheet underneath and glue down but cutting the dryer sheet to the edge of the card stock also works.

Before adhering to the card, I like to sprinkle Dazzling Diamonds glitter over the dryer sheet. No need to add extra adhesive as the glitter will adhere to the glue underneath. This step is optional but it dresses up the card a bit. 

The "just because" greeting is from the A Dozen Thoughts stamp set. I assembled the various layers of card stock including a Scallop Edge Border Punch punched piece to finish the card.

 

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Mar 07 2015

Simple Saturday Mother’s Love Card

Mother's Love Circle Card   

   

There seems to be a trend right now towards using circles on cards. Usually stamping trends come from fashion and home decor but I haven’t seen a lot of circles on fabrics and accent pieces. But I’ve seen a lot of circles on cards recently and here is one more.

Today’s card was very simple to make with the Mother’s Love stamp set. Stamped with black ink onto white card stock this Circles Collection Framelits Die card took only a few minutes to complete. I embellished the greeting with a Vintage Faceted Button with a Basic Black Candy Dot center.  Enjoy!

 

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Mar 06 2015

Painted Petals Double Tag Card

 

Painted Petals Tag Card

 

I was cleaning my stamp room recently – it feels like I clean it constantly – and came across a package of the In Colors 2014 – 2016 card stock and couldn’t believe how well these new colors went with the Painted Blooms designer series paper.

The card stocks used for this card are Hello Honey with layers of Blackberry Bliss and Lost Lagoon.  I decided to make a tag card since I wanted to use the tulips stamp from the Painted Petals stamp set and didn’t want this smaller image to get lost on the card.

After coloring onto the stamp itself with markers in Hello Honey, Melon Mambo, Lost Lagoon and Wild Wasabi, I stamped onto the Whisper White card stock which had been punched with the Ornate Tag Topper Punch. I added the greeting in Blackberry Bliss ink layered onto the same color of card stock. The ribbon is Lost Lagoon Satin Stitched Ribbon tied with Linen Thread.

I added a second slightly longer tag in Lost Lagoon behind the main tag before completing the card.  That’s it, quick and easy.


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Mar 05 2015

An Old Favorite and New Soon to be Faves

Butterfly Basics and Work of Art Collage Card

 

I was asked recently what my top pick is from the Occasions 2015 catalogue.

Without hesitation, it would have to be the Butterfly Basics Bundle including the Butterfly Basics stamp set and Butterflies  Thinlits Dies. Available in wood, clear and photopolymer, the versatility of these products can’t be beat.

Whether you want to create a clean and simple collage card like the one above or go all out with a one of a kind master piece you need this bundle. I have created looks from vintage to modern and everything in between. You’ll want this stamp set in your collection.

 

I wanted to make a quick birthday card with bright colors so I reached for Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo and Tangerine Tango. The choice of the Butterfly Basics stamp set was easy and I knew that I wanted the main butterfly to be black. All that was left for me to do was create a background.

I could have used water and an aqua painter to make the background but being in a bit of a rush I didn’t have time to wait for the watercoloring to dry. The Work of Art stamp set came to the rescue by creating a similar background that was fast and easy. I added smaller butterflies from the same stamp set in the same colours to add more elements to the background. 

A black greeting also from the Butterfly Basics stamp set and I was done. I usually add ribbon or buttons to my cards but this one didn’t need it.

 

Are you convinced yet? I know that you are going to reach for the Butterfly Basics stamp set a lot so purchase it in wood or clear and you can add a Sale-a-bration free item to your order. I think all four of the new, just added free choices below are going to be new faves but if I had to pick just one to work with the Butterfly Basics Bundle I would add the Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum Stack to my order.  Place your order today.


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Stampin’ Up! has just released four new Sale-a-bration choices for the last month of Sale-a-bration. Until March 31st, you can choose one of these new free items for every $60 that you order. Check out the full Sale-a-bration brochure for other great free product choices. 

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For Being You Stamp Set

For Being You Stamp Set

 

In Color Accessory Pack

In Color Accessory Pack

 

Nature's Perfection Stamp Set

Nature’s Perfection Stamp Set

 

Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum Stack

Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum Stack

 

Blendabilites Update: Stampin’ Up! is experiencing quality issues with the Blendabilities markers. Unfortunately, all item numbers including the Sale-a-bration blendabilites are unavailable. I apologize for the inconvenience and will share more information as I receive it.  

 

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Feb 24 2015

Vivid Vases with Crystal Effects Shine

 

Vivid Vases Card

I haven’t used my Crystal Effects in awhile so I decided to use it on this card to add some shine.

I stamped the Vivid Vases stamp multiple times with Tuxedo Memento ink – once on the card itself and then five more times on different patterns of designer series paper from Sweet Taffy. I cut out each paper vase and then carefully applied a thin coat of Crystal Effects with a paintbrush and allowed some drying time. The time to dry will depend on how thickly the Crystal Effects is applied. Remembering to rinse out the paintbrush right away will make clean up easier. 

The card stocks used for this card are Bermuda Bay, Basic Black and Whisper White. I embossed the smaller piece of Bermuda Bay card stock with the Polka Dot embossing folder before assembling the card.

Since the Sweet Taffy paper features the Brights Collections colors, I colored the flowers with the same Brights Stampin’ Write Markers.

Three pearls along the bottom helped create a third focal point on the card. The eye likes triangles in photography and card making so the addition of some type embellishment in a corner can really help make the card look complete.

To finish the card, I used stampin’ dimensionals to attach the vases and add some height for a more 3d card.

This glass technique can be used on many images including windows, water and flowers. Have fun!

 

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Feb 20 2015

Your Stamp, Your Way

 

Baby Bumblebee Card

 

I am a big fan of stamp sets that have a greeting or two included because I think they have more versatility.

I am also a big fan of the single stamps from Stampin’ Up! because they are a great value.

I am not such a big fan of single stamps with the greeting included because it can be hard to omit the greeting when stamping. But the good news is that there is an easy fix – your stamp, your way.  I often remove the greeting from the stamp so each can be used independently as I did on this card.

 

To make this card, I stamped the Baby Bumblebee image onto Whisper White card stock with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and then colored the stamped image with Daffodil Delight and Skin Tone Blendabilities. I cut out the image with the Circles Collection framelits using the 2-3/8" circle. I punched a 2-1/2" circle from Basic Black card stock and layered it behind. 

The Honeycomb embossing folder was used on Daffodil Delight card stock to make the front of the card and a strip of black polka dots from the Neutrals Backgrounds designer series paper stack was added. I love this paper stack and use it often.

Lastly, I stamped the now separate greeting onto a strip of Whisper White card stock and adhered it underneath the patterned paper. A pearl colored with a black permanent marker finishes the card.

 

Baby Bumblebee Stamp with greeting on the side

 

To customize your stamp, carefully cut the greeting from the rubber stamp with scissors. Adhere the greeting to one side of the wood block as shown. Then cut the greeting from the image label and adhere to the opposite side of the wood block.

 

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Feb 19 2015

No Stamping Required!

 Circles Collections Framelit with crease pad

 

I didn’t even realize until this card was finished that no ink was used and that means – no stamping required!

 

To make this card, I placed the Circles Collection Framelits onto the Coastal Cabana card stock and ran it through the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine as usual except that I used the Crease Accessory Pad on top of the sandwich in place of the standard acrylic cutting pad. 

Rather than cutting out the circles like the standard cutting pad would the crease pad embossed the design into the card stock. Each circle created two lines.

The "hello" greeting was cut out with the Hello You Thinlits, once in Vellum and once in Whisper White card stock. I offset the two hellos slightly before adhering together and then adhering to the card. I find the Multipurpose Liquid Glue works well with the words from this set of thinlits.

To finish the card, I added clusters of Pearl Basic Jewels to the card.   

 

Circles Collections Framelit with crease pad closeup

 A closer view of the circles. I used the four smallest sizes and placed them randomly on the card stock four times each for a total of 12 circles. 

 

 

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Feb 11 2015

A Bold Statement

Watercolor Thank You

 

I love how bright and vibrant this card is.

And with a little patience, it is easy to make. I used an aqua painter to apply ink refills to the watercolor paper but a paint brush would work as well. Each color needs to dry before you apply the next and if the paper gets too wet just use a paper towel to soak up the extra water. If the color is too light you can apply more.

The colors I used are Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Melon Mambo and Pistachio Pudding.

Once the entire card is dry, I stamped the Watercolor Thank You stamp onto the card with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

I really wanted blakc twine on the card so I colored Whisper white Baker;s Twine by runing it over the Memento Black pad while holding it own with a dauber. This needs to dry as well before applying to the card.

It is soimportant to always buy refills when you purchase ink pads so you can keep the pads in top condition for stamping and so you can use just the refills for a variety of techniques. 

 

Drops of Refills on Acrylic Block

 

 Quick Tip: Apply the refills to an acrylic block

 

 

 

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