Monday, September 18, 2017

"Year of Cheer Suite" Wedding Card

Recently we attended a wedding and I immediately knew that the Year of Cheer Suite was going to be the "go to" for creating a card for the newlywed couple.  The Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) created the perfect background for layering with a foil snowflake.  Yes, it's a snowflake but it's a great embellishment for a variety of card styles.  The focal sentiment was stamped from the Cheers to the Year stamp set using Soft Suede ink and the trio of hearts was stamped with Real Red.  A small bow was created using the 1/8" Gold Ribbon and added for extra dimension. 

Wedding Card using Stampin' Up! Year of Cheer Suite

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Just a reminder...when you place a $300 order or more order in September or October, 2017, you will earn the limited edition stamp set, Merry Patterns.  This is also in addition to the Stampin' Rewards you will earn with your order.  Please contact me for more details. 

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Fun Fold with Painted Harvest

One of my favorite stamp sets in the newly released Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog is  Painted Harvest.  The sunflower stamp can be used with a variety of colors to create beautiful stamped flowers.  In a recent class, I decided to mix it up and use colors that coordinated with the  Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper (DSP).  Don't you love the look of the flower stamped using Emerald Envy and Lemon Lime Twist inks?  Note that the flower stamp is a Two Step stamp and the first step stamp may appear to only partially stamp.  This actually is the way the stamp is designed and not a flaw with the stamp.  When the second step is stamped, the flower becomes complete.  It's also recommended that when using photopolymer stamps to use a piercing mat to ensure even pressure when stamping.  The fun fold card design was CASED from Janet Wakeland with just a few slight modifications. 
Fun Fold using Stampin' Up! Painted Harvest Stamp Set in Emerald Envy & Lemon Lime Twist

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

A Touch of Elegance using an Embossing Folder


A great method for adding a touch of elegance to a card is to use a Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (TIEF).  In the card below, the Garden Trellis TIEF was used to emboss not just the cardstock but also the Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper (DSP).  When constructing the card, attach the pieces of DSP to the cardstock layer then insert into the TIEF and run through the Big Shot.  Both layers are embossed at the same time and the embossing adds that little extra touch of dimension creating a subtle elegance to the card.  Best of all, it's quick and easy!

A Touch of Elegance using Stampin' Up! Garden Trellis Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

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#GardenTrellisTIEF, #Stampinup, #Hellofriend, #Wholelotof lovely, #Prettylabel

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Double the Fun - More Eclipse Shadow Cards

Hi all!  Before moving on to share cards from the Eclipse Card class, I'd like to ask everyone to say a prayer for the safety of those along the Texas coast.  Hurricane Harvey has caused major flooding and water continues to cause flooding.  There are Stampin' Up! demonstrators whose homes have flooded and they will be faced with months of cleanup. 

Last post, I shared one of the cards from the class held on Eclipse Day.  Below are two more of the cards that were made by attendees.

The first card uses the same shadow technique as the previous post.  Using the dies to cut two layers of the same letter and "shadowing" one behind the other.  For this card, the Large Letters Framelits were used to cut the main greeting from Always Artichoke and Whisper White cardstock.  The word, friend, comes from the Awesomely Artistic stamp set and was stamped using Always Artichoke ink. Notice the leaf - it's from the Painted Harvest stamp set and punched with the coordinating Leaf Punch - these items are from the Holiday Catalog will be available for purchase starting September 1.  Note:  The Large Letter framelits are a must set!  The uses are limitless.  Yes, the may seem pricey but well worth the investment so start saving and add them to your "must have" list.  So Saffron cardstock was cut using an oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies and Gold Metallic Thread was attached behind the oval.  A piece of Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (DSP) was layered atop the Always Artichoke cardstock base. 

Shadow Card using Stampin' Up! Large Letters Framelits & Delightful Daisy DSP
The second card featured uses the emboss resist method to create a shadow card.  The flowers from the  Host set, Background Bits, was first stamped in Dapper Denim onto the Whisper White cardstock square.  After cleaning the stamp, Versamark was used to stamp the image again and White Embossing Powder was added and heat set.  To create the shadow, the image was stamped "offset" - to ensure desired placement, the Stamp-a-ma-jig was used.   After cooling, a sponge was used to color Dapper Denim ink across the stamped panel.  The panel was cut using a square from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies and layered atop a Dapper Denim cardstock square cut from the Layered Squares Framelits.  The Just a Note stamp is from Flourishing Phrases and was stamped using the Dapper Denim ink.  The card was finished with a piece of Color Theory DSP cut into a banner using the Banner Punch and embellished with three Glitter Enamel Dots.  Card base is Dapper Denim cardstock with a layer of Whisper White cardstock for the main layer.

Emboss Resist Technique using Stampin' Up! Background Bits Stamp Set
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#eclipsetechnique, #shadowtechnique, #embossresist, #stampinup

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 Oops - inserted incorrect product in materials list, should have listed Large Letters Framelits, Item #141712, price $99.00

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Celebrating the Great Eclipse - Stamping Style!

What a fun week at the monthly card class!  The class date coincided with the "Great Eclipse" across the United States and since our area was going to experience approximately 97% totality, I decided the class had to celebrate the event.  The four card designs featured various shadow layering techniques and to add to the celebration, everyone received viewing treats at their work stations. 


It was definitely worth taking a few minutes away from stamping to watch the historical event.  Best of all, I was able to snap a photo of attendees before the class ended!

Today, I will detail one of the shadow cards and follow with the remaining cards in the next post.  In the card featured, the Happy Birthday Thinlit was used to cut Night of Navy and So Saffron cardstock pieces which became the feature sentiment.  By offsetting the Night of Navy layer when adhering it to the So Saffron layer, the shadow effect was created.  To highlight it even more, Whisper White cardstock was cut using the largest circle die from the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  The card base uses So Saffron cardstock and the Designer Series Paper (DSP) is found in the Delightful Daisy DSP package.  Night of Navy 5/8" Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon completes the card.

Shadow Card using Stampin' Up! Happy Birthday Thinlit in Night of Navy & So Saffron cardstock


FYI:  My next post will be up much sooner...since my husband retired, my schedule has been somewhat disrupted but now we seem to have settled into a routine so I can get back to my activities on a regular basis!

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#shadowcard, #eclipse, #happybirthday, #nightofnavy, #sosaffron, #delightfuldaisy

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

CASEing the Stampin' Up! Catalog

On page 163 in the 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! catalog is the stamp set, Floral Statements.  It is one of those sets that can easily be overlooked but the two stamp set is great for creating quick, yet elegant cards.  I decided to recreate the Thanks card from the catalog with one exception - some bling was added!  As I was preparing to color the stamped image, I tested a couple of coloring methods with the aqua painter - one method used the Powder Classic Stampin' Pad and one used the Calypso Coral Watercolor Pencil.  Since some water coloring was involved, Shimmery White cardstock was used.  So which method do you think was decided upon? 


Watercolor fun using Floral Statements Stamp Set from Stampin' Up!


If you guessed the Calypso Coral with the Aqua Painter, you're correct!  It was a pleasant surprise that the color was almost a perfect match with the Powder Pink cardstock layer.  Plus using the watercolor color pencil made it quick and easy to color.  The leaves were colored using the Old Olive watercolor pencil and an aqua painter.  I had fun making the card and will be sharing variations using the stamp set in future posts.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Window Box meets Eastern Medallions

When I received my order with the Eastern Medallions Thinlits a few months ago, I knew they would be perfect to use with the Window Box Thinlits so I came up with a design that was used in a recent class.  What is great is that you can create a variety of looks on the top and/or sides of the window box just by varying which thinlits you select and how much you layer the various thinlits to create a design. After selecting the pieces and cutting the top portion of the window box, a circle was cut using the Layering Circles Framelits and adhered to the inside of the box lid to help showcase the medallion.

Gift Box using Stampin' Up! Window Box Thinlits  & Eastern Medallion Thinlits
The window box is the perfect size when you want to give a small gift or treat.  If adding treats that are not prepackaged, I recommend using the food safe Cellophane bags. 





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#easternmedallion, #windowbox,,#giftbox, #treatbox