Fringed and Fabulous Birthday Card

Today, the design team over at Stylin’ Scrappin’ Inkspiration decided to do a post sharing ideas using the upcoming Sale-a-Bration items (if you have no idea what that means, Stampin’ Up has a promotion every spring – this time starting January 28th – where for every $50 you order, you can pick any item in this special catalog to get free with your order; which is what we are playing with today!)  And since I wanted to play along, I dug through my limited stash of Sale-a-Bration goodies to come up with a fun project to share. 

So today I have another “Little bit of this and that” style card to share –

It all started with the pair of fringe scissors on my desk and a vision of this super duper great fringed card that my downline, Stacey shared in our team facebook page.  I took the inspiration of layered fringing and started grabbing what was lying around on my desk. 

This included a card base that got ink and spots on it at a recent card class:

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And the plan to use my fringes to cover it up… because darn it… it is still a totally usable card base!

So, I grabbed some scrap paper and started cutting and layering.

Then I needed something for the top – so Washi to the rescue!  Yup, I used the Gold washi tape and the Gingham Garden washi tape.  Mix and match away!

Where is the Sale-a-Bration stuff you ask?

All in the top of the card!

First up, the super cute sentiment from a new See Ya Later stamp set (and yes, it has a sentiment that says “See Ya Later, Alligator”!  I had to color it in with markers because, well, I just did.

And then see that flower and those diamonds?  More SAB goodies!

These are the Sweet Sorbet self-adhesive cork embellishmentsI will warn you – this isn’t your kiddos adhesive.  I stuck one of those diamonds down and when I decided I wanted to move it, it was NOT going anywhere!  I had to carefully slice it out of my card using scissors to get it to move.  So, word to the wise, they are great embellishments, just make sure you have it where you think you want it before pushing it down.

Stampin’ Up Supplies Used:

Stamps – See Ya Later (free Sale-a-Bration item)

Ink – Sahara Sand, Markers: Early Espresso, Raspberry Ripple, Primrose Petals, Daffodil Delight

Paper – Whisper White, Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple, Sahara Sand, Coastal Cabana

Accessories – Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack (free Sale-a-Bration item), Gingham Garden washi tape, Watercolor Wonder washi tape, Fringe Scissors

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Make a Wish–Neutrals and Gold Birthday Card

So, if you saw my blog post from yesterday, I shared a card that used the Oval Framelits to cut out a frame to highlight some vellum in the center of the card.  The frame effect was really cool, but I was left with two, pretty big ovals when I was done.  Wanna see what I did with them?

Now, I am a hardcore crafter and pack rat… yes, fine – I’ll admit I’m a bit of a hoarder. Smile  So, that means any scrap that is bigger than itty bitty makes me think, “I could use that… that is big enough to use on another card, or to punch a shape out of…”etc.  And typically I stuff them in a box or bag near my craft table

…. never to be used again!

So, I’ve made it a new rule for me.  If I want to keep a punched/die cut/stamped scrap, I need to use it right then (or pretty soon to right then) otherwise it goes in the recycling bin. 

(Seriously, if you were at my craft garage sale this summer, you saw the gallon ziploc bag FULL of punched and die cut pieces that I never used and decided to let go of!)

And create I did!  I used the two ovals as backgrounds for the card and then started layering elements on top.  I grabbed the new Naturals Chevron ribbon and then to spice it up, I tied some linen thread around the top and frayed what was above the thread.

Also, if you look close…. you can see that the party hat in the lower right hand corner is fussy cut and glued onto the card front.  Wanna know why?

Because I was too chicken to stamp directly on the cardfront!

Ha ha, it’s true!  I thought the card needed something and I thought the hat would look good in the corner but I didn’t trust that it would really work out.  And since everything else was already glued down, I just stamped on a piece of the same Crumb Cake paper and cut it out.  Turns out I liked it so I just glued it down as is!

So, to make this card – here are the supplies I used:

Stamps – Perfect Pennants, Sketched Birthday
Ink – Chocolate Chip, Crisp Canteloupe
Paper – Gold Foil, Crisp Canteloupe cs, Crumb Cake cs, Whisper White cs, Neutrals Core’dinations cs (Early Espresso)
Accessories – Big Shot, Oval Framelits, Sanding Block, Neutrals Chevron Ribbon, 7/8” Cotton ribbon, Linen Thread

I love how it turned out and I hope it gives you ideas as well!

 

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A Golden Anniversary Card

Have I mentioned that I’m finally falling in love with this Gold trend?  When I had a chance to sit down and play with my new stuff for an afternoon recently, I found that I kept reaching for my Gold Foil paper or the Gold Vellum.  Given that this is the girl who ALWAYS prefers silver to gold and practically never wears gold anything… this is HUGE!

So, how about this card for someone who is celebrating an anniversary?  Especially a golden anniversary?  (hee hee… did you see what I did there? : ) )

I was very lucky to have been given this stamp set as a gift over the holidays.  I had actually seen the rubber for this set in the production line when I was in Kanab in September for Founder’s Circle and just LOVED the mustache, the I do with the “o” being a ring, and the people (aka – bathroom people I’ve heard them called).  See… kinda fun, right? Perfect Couple

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So, I just had to play with it and I got in the mood to try out my Oval Framelits as well.  Yes, I know they aren’t new-new, but they hadn’t come out of their packaging before in my house, so they were novel to me!

I tried this idea of cutting out the ovals to make a frame and then mounting the gold heart vellum to the backside of the frame.  That way, I could have my vellum and not have to worry about edges or how to glue it down.  Plus, in this case, I actually like the embossing that sometimes gets left behind when you cut out with a framelit.  It adds FLAIR!

Then just stamp and punch out your people and it looks like a fun cake topper from their wedding.  Anyone else see it? 

And, yes, this leaves you with big ovals left over from the gold and the Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock, but I’ll show you tomorrow an idea for how to use them!  So, make sure to stop back by!

Stampin’ Up! Supplies Used

Stamps – Perfect Couple
Ink – Basic Grey, Crisp Cantaloupe
Paper – Very Vanilla cs, Crisp Cantaloupe cs, Gold Vellum, Gold Foil cs
Accessories – Big Shot, Oval Framelits, Extra Large Oval punch, Decorative Label Punch

Oh hey!  I just saw that one of the Weekly Deals is the oval punch I used in this card.  How snazzy is that?  So, if you don’t have it, know it goes great with the couple stamp and you can get it for 25% off this week.

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My Sweet Sanded Valentine

I needed a card last week for my stamp club and I was getting stuck in a rut with always turning to flowers to stamp with.  But then my friend, Annie, came over and reminded me about the cute designer frames embossing folder set and I saw my Love You More stamp set and suddenly things started coming together.  I won’t tell you how long I futzed with the final elements trying to decide – should the bird have pink or just red, should the stamped frame be at an angle or straight, should the ribbon be near the top or down near the bird…. but eventually I settled on this!  : )

I even broke out the Alphabet Press embossing folder (on sale this week with the weekly deals!) for the background.  I’ve had this folder for a while but keep forgetting to try it out.  Doesn’t it sand awesomely?

And for the finishing touch, I just had to use the “Made with Love” sentiment from the same set to complete the card by stamping it on the back.

Sweet right?

Just a reminder, if you love this set, it is only available until January 27th.  It’s not in a catalog but you can find it in the Valentine’s Product’s section in the Online Store.

Stampin’ Up Supplies Used
Stamps – Love You More
Ink – Real Red, Markers: Real Red, Smokey Slate, Basic Black, Blushing Bride
Paper – Brights Core’dination cardstock (Real Red), Whisper White, Basic Black
Accessories – Alphabet Press embossing folder, Big Shot, Designer Frames embossing folder, Sanding Block, Naturals Chevron ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Oh, and want to see a cute variation that uses all the same supplies, just switching out the sentiment with one from Happy Watercolor?  Look what Saundra came up with at club night:

You may me happy sanded alphabet card

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Birthday Celebrations with a Treat Topper and Card

2013-12-20 11.51.12Earlier this week, Nicholas (my now 4yr old) had the chance to celebrate his birthday with his Preschool class.  It’s a special circle time they call a “Birthday Circle” and they all sit around and the birthday child can have mom/dad/siblings come in for the circle while they share photos or something special about each year the birthday child lived. 

And treats…. we “get” to provide treats.

Now, the school is, um, “progressive” I’ll say and so they are very particular about what kinds of treats you can bring.  The list looks something like this:

fruits and vegetables – or – 100% fruit – or -dried fruit – or –

a snack from one particular organic company.  ~Done~

Now, I am still trying to get my “Crafty Mom” cred, and so I couldn’t just send him in with applesauce squeezies… oh no, they had to be CUTE applesauce squeezies!  So this is what I created for him:

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Isn’t that lizard so adorable?

So, I sat down the night before (at 10:45 pm, talk about last minute!) and started coloring this one stamp from the Tag It stamp set with my markers so I could stamp 18 of these guys for the treats.  Then I cut each of them out using the coordinating Chalk Talk framelits…. oh and adding the tag hole from the same framelit set.  Do a little sponging and then just the right twine to tie them off. 

(psst – sneak peek alert!  This twine is from one of the accessory sets available as a freebie during Sale-a-Bration!)

I got them all ready and sent them in to school, but then I figured the teacher needed a little thank you as well, so I had to make a card for her too using the same theme.  You know everything has to be coordinating!

Ta-Da!

Same idea but just a little mixing around of extra accessories and embellishments to turn it into a card.

I needed some bright paper to match the bright colors in the stamped image  (I got lazy, no tag this time) and and then the AWESOME candy dots to break up the pattern of the paper and tie it into the birthday image.

So see, it is like a coordinating set!

Card Supplies Used

Stamps – Tag It
Ink – Crushed Curry, Markers:  Gumball Green, Real Red, Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, Early Espresso
Paper – Crushed Curry cs, Whisper White Cs, Real Red cs, Quatrefancy specialty designer paper
Accessories – Early Espresso Bakers Twine, Candy Dots (Brights, Regals, Neutrals), 2 1/2” Circle punch, Chalk Talk framelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sponge Daubers, twine (SAB)

So, don’t forget to try something simple and cute when you need a treat for something.  It doesn’t have to be complicated to be fun and appreciated by the recipients… even if they are 3 yrs old!  Smile 

Want to see more great Birthday Card ideas?

Today over on the Stylin’ Stampin’ Inkspiration blog, we are sharing different Birthday card ideas.  This was mine, but there are lots of other ideas and variety to check out.  So, hop on over and see what other cute ideas you can try.

 

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Gray and Yellow Colors Make Elegant Cards

I needed a quick card recently and I felt like I was getting into a rut with the layouts I had been designing so I started flipping through my designer paper and tried to find a design that called to me.  In the end, I decided to play with the Eastern Elegance designer paper.

I love this sentiment from the Perfect Pennants stamp set. Isn’t it so true?

“Life Doesn’t Have To Be Perfect To Be Wonderful”

The layout turned out super simple – and quick to make again with different colors and paper patterns – but it is nice to let the pattern from the paper do a lot of the work and be the perfect tone for whomever you are sending the card to.

Card Supplies Used

Stamps – Perfect Pennants
Ink – Basic Grey, Summer Starfruit
Paper – Whisper White cs, Smokey Slate cs, Eastern Elegance designer paper
Accessories – Sponge Dauber, Crushed Curry chevron ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals

 

Now I need to go try out this layout again with different paper and see how it turns out! Smile 

 

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Happy Watercolor Leadership Swap Card

I’m trying to get back in the swing of things and thought I’d share the card I created for a couple swaps I’m in.  I loved this Happy Watercolor stamp set and thought I’d experiment with some different color combinations. 

What I used:  Summer Starfruit, Pool Party, Early Espresso, Sahara Sand, and Real Red
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So, what do you think?

I think they work surprisingly well together!

For the flower, I did a different type of coloring… I used my sponge dauber!  I just dabbed it in the Real Red ink pad and then swirled it over the flower to color it it in.  It make for an imprecise coloring effect but I think it works great with this particular set.

Card supplies used

Stamps – Happy Watercolor
Ink – Early Espresso, Real Red, Old Olive, Pool Party
Paper – Summer Starfruit, Pool Party, Early Espresso core’dinations cardstock, Sahara Sand, Whisper White, Real Red
Accessories – Decorative Label punch, Sanding Block, Rhinestones, Sponge Daubers, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I had fun making it and think we’ll make it as a group at club this month!  So, I hope my club gals love it too!

Interested in joining a stamp club?  I am kicking off some new clubs this year including long distance/virtual clubs and local stamp clubs.  Get project instructions and completed cards sent to you each month or get the kit to complete with me or at home!  You just commit to ordering $25 each month you are in the club and have the opportunity to be “hostess” for one month and get the hostess benefits too!

Email me at jennifer@nwstamper.com for more details if you are interested!

Did you catch the weekly deals? Yep, they are still going!  See the latest specials here.

 

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