Merry Minis Clean & Simple Christmas Card

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Ok, so I’m finally getting some of my favorite swap cards from convention photographed and edited to be able to share them with you.  (I know, I’m only a month behind the curve on this! 🙂 )  I love how I get a variety of style and design ideas from the super talented other ladies and guys I meet at Convention.

In this case, I was super impressed by the simplicity of this card but it still packed a Wow! punch for me.  Get it… punch… ha ha.  Ok, I’m probably the only one laughing.  🙂  But I loved this idea for how to use the new Merry Minis punch pack.

Card design by Kristen Little

All you need is a Whisper White card base, wrap some Gumball Green stitched satin ribbon around the front (ps – starting tomorrow, you can get a spool of the stitched satin ribbon free with every $40 order), and add your die cut to the center.  To make the center piece, she cut out a piece of Whisper White paper using the Scallop Rectangle clearlit die for the Big Shot.  Then punch out three trees using the tree punch from the Merry Minis punch pack.  Add a piece of Gumball Green cardstock behind the punched shapes and top each tree with a rhinestone.  Adhere to the front of your card and stamp your sentiment on the front and your are done!

Easy peasy!

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Merry Minis Christmas Card Recipe
Stamps:
Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Gumball Green
Paper: Whisper White, Gumball Green
Accessories: Basic Rhinestones, Big Shot, Scallop Rectangle clearlit, Merry Minis punch pack, Gumball Green stitched satin ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals

One More Princess Birthday Card

If you are looking at this project sample today and think it looks familiar, you are right! 🙂

While working on my Make & Take at convention using this Quinceanera stamp set, I had the white diecut cut out, the edges pierced, the princess stamped, the paper pieced dress cut and adhered, and most of the coloring done…. then I colored in the girl’s skin itself.  Lets just say I was a little confused about the directions and everytime I tried to fix things she just kept getting darker and darker!  But that sort of thing has never happened to you has it? 😉

Long story short, I started over and tried again and got the version I used on my treat bag.  But that meant I came home with this main image all done and it would have been silly just to throw it away.  So, I decided to put together a card so you could see how you might use this stamp set even if you didn’t know someone celebrating a Quinceanera.  (Next up, I think I’m going to make a wedding card or bridal shower card with this set!)

I also used the new 1 1/4” Scallop circle punch from the new Holiday catalog (Yay for more nesting punches, right?!) and more Pool Party ruffled ribbon.

So, what do you think?  What do you think this stamp set would be good for?  Leave me a comment and I may try to make samples for some of your ideas!

 

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Quinceanera Princess Birthday Card Recipe
Stamps:
Quinceanera, Pennant Parade
Ink: Stazon Black, Primrose Petals, Crumb Cake
Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Primrose Petals, Pool Party
Accessories: Basic Rhinestones, Essential Piercing Pack, Paper Piercer, Piercing Pad, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Big Shot, 1-1/4” Scallop circle punch, 3/4” Circle punch, Blender Pen, Paper Snips, Stampin’ Dimensionals

When Life Gives You Scraps, Make a Card!

Recently, I’ve been on a kick where I really want to use up my scraps when I get done with a project.  I have sooo many scraps and stamped or punched out pieces that I decided not to use for one reason or another, that I just want to get them used up so that my scrap piles don’t keep getting bigger and bigger!

So, I was looking around my craft table and started picking up the pieces and throwing them together in hodge-podge ways.  Well, out popped a Christmas card!  I know it isn’t the most amazing Christmas card out there, but it was fun to play with my new Merry Minis Punch Pack!

 

So, I had the pre-embossed piece of Whisper White cardstock that used the retired Snow Burst embossing folder.  (Want to know the really sad thing?  I’m pretty sure I never used this embossing folder before it retired; and of course now I want to use it all the time!)  I had an extra Basic Grey card base, so I added a matting of Rich Razzleberry for some subtle color.  And then I grabbed a left over piece of the Silver Glimmer Paper (this shape is the top of one of the labels from the Apocathary Accents framelit collection, trimmed off so the main part could be used as a mat in my Quinceanera treat bag project).

Then I just added some punched ornaments from my Merry Minis Punch Pack and added a rhinestone to the centers.  Then the sentiment came from my retired Many Merry Messages stamp set.

I promise it looks better in person than the picture gives it credit for. 🙂  Plus, I used up a bunch of my scraps, HOORAY!!

So, how about you?  Have you used your scraps recently?

 

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Quinceanera Treat Bag, Perfect For Any Princess

Well, I hope you had as great of a weekend as I did!  I had relatives from the midwest and California in town for the weekend and so we did a lot of visiting and traveling around the Seattle area.  This was the first time my hubby’s Grandma, Aunt, and Uncle had met our daughter Caitlin; so that was cool as well!  Anyway, that kept me away from my computer and blogging a bit more than I was thinking – so, here I am trying to get caught back up. 🙂

I thought I’d share this cute treat bag we made at the Hispanic Night event at Convention.  This is a free evening activity that is meant to help share some of the cultural differences that you sometimes see with Hispanic families and crafters here in the US.  Its always a very interesting night and there were some AMAZING stamping demonstrations!  And, then we got to stamp ourselves!

So, here is the project we made:

 

I loved the details like the paper pieced dress (we stamped the image a second time on Pool Party cardstock and then cut out the dress and glued it down onto the Whisper White image), the Silver glimmer paper behind the Apocathary Accents framelit piece, paper piercing the outline of the die cut shape using the matching Paper Piercing Pack, coloring with markers, and then the stamped and punched flowers on the bag!  Just a couple details, right? 🙂

 

When we got to our table for the event that evening, this is what everyone had (so you can see the whole stamp set too!).  It was the make and take kit, the stamp set, and a bingo sheet.

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I have to admit I squealed out loud when I saw the stamp set because I had been eyeing this stamp set for a while because I loved the image of the girl and I thought that the Princess, the crown, and the flower stamps could be used by anyone – regardless of if they spoke Spanish or not.  I just didn’t know anyone who would need a Quinceanera card (for those of you who aren’t familiar with Quinceanera, it is like a cross between a sweet 16 party –only at 15, a coming out event, and at the scale like a wedding!  It’s a pretty big deal!).  Anyway, I was so thankful that Stampin’ Up! gave us this set.

And then, to top off the evening, I got a bingo and won some Glimmer Paper, a Christmas stamp set, and some Stitched Satin Ribbon!  How cool is that?!  And if you can see, check out more of the amazing samples they had on display next to me on the display board.

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If you are going to convention next year, I totally recommend going to Hispanic Night.

 

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A Blast From the Past (plus Free Stamps too)

Yay! It’s the weekend and this weekend is a fun one for our family as we have relatives from Kansas out to visit for the first time since Caitlin was born. 🙂

Today we are taking the kids (and everyone else) on a ferry ride and heading to Bainbridge Island for a while.  I think Nicholas will love being on the boat and hopefully it will be more checking out the boats and scenery outside and less running around like a crazy person inside the ferry… but I could be dreaming!

 

Anyway, I finally got all of my retired items updated on my Stamps+ For Sale page and thought I would put together a special BOGO style sale for this next week in the hopes of clearing out the shelf space and giving everyone a great deal in the process!

 

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In the meantime, I thought I would pull up some fun “blast from the past” cards that use some if the items I have listed.  Hope you enjoy!

Paper Pieced Card using “A Slice of Life” stamp set

Baby Card using the “Congrats” stamp set

Faux tiling with the “Fresh Vintage” stamp set

Two cards with Canvas Cuts, Fashion District Rubons, and Kiwi Kiss/Very Vanilla satin ribbon

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You’re Amazing Ticket Banner Card from Convention

Alright, today is another share of the Stampin’ Up! convention make & takes.  I LOVED the variety and number of different projects we got to make and I thought that the projects we made with the You’re Amazing stamp set were especially unique.  And I’ll admit, this card is not at all hard to do, it does take a little bit of time to put together. 🙂

 

There are so many details to this card and after creating it, I think I might just hang it over my desk to remind myself that even when I’m feel low and my self-esteem has taken a hit, that I can have amazing moments too.  And I can remember how much I enjoyed creating this card.

Some tips if you are making a card like this:

  • When using the Essentials Paper Piercing pack to create a dotted outline for a die cut shape or stamped image, I recommend placing the piercing template on your card base first so you can line it up exactly where you want it to be; then do your piercing, and then add in your center piece.
  • If you want to make a string of little punched tickets (or any shape), I stamped my images first, pierced the hole for running the linen thread through, and then punched out the ticket shape.  You can punch them out and stack them up and pierce the hole, but I didn’t want to have to deal with trying to hold onto the little tiny pieces while piercing.
  • I actually tied the linen thread through the end of the die cut shape to help hold the banner up
  • Depending on your personality, you can opt to leave the ticket banner hanging loosely in the front of your card…. or you can be like me and use a glue dot behind each ticket to place it precisely where you want it to go! 🙂  The tickets may not necessarily hang evenly, but at least they will stay put.
  • The little hearts are actually a clever trick of punching out the 4-petal flower from the Itty Bitty Punch pack and then trimming off two of the petals to make a tiny heart.  This makes it even smaller than the single small heart punch.
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Like I said, there are a lot of details, but honestly, that is what made this card so fun for me.  If you check out my blog very often, you see that a lot of the projects I tend to make are the more quick and simple cards – cards that have one or two cool details but don’t take much time to put together.  So, when I get to sit down and focus on more details on the card every now and then it is actually pretty relaxing for me. 🙂  Am I the only person like this?

 

So, even if you don’t have time to do this whole project, hopefully you got some ideas for different elements to try in your projects in the future.  Though I’ll admit, I’m most addicted to my Essential Piercing Pack, what is your favorite piece to try?

 

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You're Amazing Clear-Mount Stamp Set

Ticket Banner Card Recipe
Stamps:
You’re Amazing
Ink: Midnight Muse, Primrose Petals, More Mustard
Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Primrose Petals, More Mustard, Midnight Muse, Early Espresso
Accessories: Punch Pack, Linen Thread, Basic Pearls, Essential Piercing Pack, Paper Piercer, Piercing Pad, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Big Shot, Ticket Builder punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Christmas Card with the Stained Glass Technique

I’m getting ready for my Crystal Effects technique class tomorrow and I always love running this class because it reminds me to use one of my favorite techniques – the “Stained Glass” technique.  This technique uses Crystal Effects, reinker, and some glitter to let you color in any image on a Window Sheet giving you a pretty look that is reminiscent of a stained glass window.

In this case, we’ll be using the Snow Much Fun stamp set for our image:

 

I tried doing a close up of the image so you can get a sense of the look you get when you are done.

It is a really easy method for coloring in your images with a lot of wow factor. 🙂  Hope this gave you a fun idea to try on one of your projects soon!

 

And if you want to join us tomorrow for this class, you can rsvp here!

 

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