A Little Bit Of Love…and Scallops and Pearls

I hope you don’t mind one more Cross My Heart card sample.  I know, I’ve been using it a lot this week, but that is just because I went on a creating spree with the set and most of the cards I have photographed right now use it.  But hopefully by now you can see some fun ways to use it!  I have to admit, it was fun to take images from the same set and try to create totally different looking cards.  You should try it some time!

Anyway, here is today’s card:

So, this all started with me heat embossing the sentiment on a piece of Rose Red cardstock.  I don’t remember what I had planned for that stamped image… but the embossing is pretty. Smile

I experimented with my punches and found that the Wide Oval Punch fit perfectly around my sentiment and so away I started with my punches.  I used the Scallop Oval punch to layer behind it and masked my seam with the Natural Trim ribbon… have I mentioned how much I love this ribbon?

Then just a few more touches… like LOTS of pearls.  In the heart in the sentiment and along the scallops on the left edge.  I don’t think I’ve ever used this many pearls on a card.  But I think it works!

So, now that you’ve seen some samples with this set, I’m curious what you think.  Is this a set that you can imagine using or just a cute idea in the catalog?  I’d love to hear what you think!

 

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Size Doesn’t Always Matter!

It is easy for me to make my cards to the standard card base size; sometimes mixing it up with a square 4 1/4” x 4 1/4”.   But usually sticking with my basic because it is so efficient with cardstock.
(for me, a standard card base is 4 1/4” x 5 1/2” – if a visual helps, I have a post on cutting a standard card base here)

Well, sometimes, I have a vision of a card in my head and as I create it I discover that it totally does NOT fit the standard size.  But when I finish, I realize that it may be an odd size, but it works!

 

I started with the little elephant from the Cross My Heart stamp set and was drawn to the new Sycamore St designer paper from the Sale-a-Bration flyer.  So, I grabbed some punches and got to work.

I saw a card created by Amy Barnes that used the mini brads in the center of the Petite Curly Label punch and loved the look, so I knew I needed to incorporate that as well.  Then add some varying dimension with Stampin’ Dimensionals and glue dots and I had a row of patterns and shapes as my focal point.

 

But in the end, I needed the background strip to be narrower to make it look right.  And then the base needed to be narrower to balance it out.  So, the end result was something like 3 1/2” x 5 1/2”.  I finished it with a sentiment from my new favorite stamp set – Oh, Hello.  So, it may be an odd shape, but that is OK by me!

 

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An Idea for Using Designer Paper–a Rainbow Card!

I hear a lot from people that they have designer paper but struggle with how to use it.  So, I wanted to share one of my favorite ways to use monochromatic designer papers in my stash – make yourself a rainbow!

This paper is all from the Polka Dot Parade pack and so I didn’t even have to think about which colors to use.  Gotta love it when you don’t have to think to hard when crafting!

Then I wanted to try another way to use the new Cross My Heart stamp set.  I found that the straight lines of the stamped sentiment blended in with the straight lines of my designer paper, so I broke it up with some punched circles behind the words.

Want to make this card with me?

Join me this Friday for my Cute and Classic card class and we’ll be making a version of this card together!  All the details can be found in my online event calendar.

 

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Cross My Heart Rainbow Birthday Card
Stamps:
Cross My Heart
Ink: Early Espresso, Real Red (marker), Old Olive(marker), Daffodil Delight (marker), Tempting Turquoise (marker), Chocolate Chip (marker), Daffodil Delight
Paper: Chocolate Chip CS, Whisper White CS, Polka Dot Parade designer paper
Accessories: 1 3/8” scallop circle, 1 1/4” circle punch, 1” circle punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Cross My Heart Faux Stitched Love Card

Do you have a stamp set that you loved…bought… and now have no idea what to do with it?

Being a word puzzle person, I love these stamp sets that are word search/crossword designs.  I even bought the word search background stamp years ago.  But did I ever figure out how to use it?  Nope!

Well, my mom got the new Cross My Heart stamp set and while I thought it was really cool, I had no idea how you would use it.  So, I stamped a few images and have been making myself play with it.  Turns out, it was more fun than I expected!

This is actually one of the first cards I made with this set.  I was trying to use up some scraps from around my desk and so I just started layering elements together to create a simple little card.

One of the first things I knew I wanted to do was layer paper over the heart box to make it stand out.  So I stamped the sentiment on Whisper White and on Rose Red… then just cut out the Rose Red square to layer over the Whisper White.

Then I realized that the flower image fit really nicely in the small oval punch.  So I grabbed than and a scrap of the Natural Trim ribbon (one of my favorite things from the new catalog!) and did a little layering here too.

I felt like the top of the card was a little wide open, so I added some faux stitching with my white gel pen and accented my flower as well as the edge of the card.

And ta-da!  You have a card with bits, pieces, and scraps that

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Cross My Heart Faux Stitched Card
Stamps:
Cross My Heart
Ink: Early Espresso, Rose Red (marker), Lucky Limeade (marker)
Paper: Crumb Cake CS, Rose Red CS, Whisper White CS, Patio Party designer paper
Accessories: Wide Oval Punch, Small Oval Punch, White Gel Pen, Natural Trim ribbon, Sycamore Street ribbon (SAB FREE item), Stampin’ Dimensionals

Oh, Hello… and Thanks So Much!

I was going to share this card today because it was a card that I created recently as some customer thank you notes and I just loved how it turned out.  It is so easy to try to overcomplicate a card and feel like you need to keep adding layers and embellishments… or maybe that is just me. Smile

But then I noticed this week that my Facebook page has hit 300 “likes” and I couldn’t help but do a little happy dance and feel a bit in awe that that many people could enjoy my ramblings and my project shares to want to connect up with me on Facebook!

So today’s card is not just a thank you to everyone who supports my hobby and business as a customer; but also to those of you who like me enough to connect up on Facebook… or to stop by my blog here and say hello!

Alright, everything I keep typing is getting a little mushy so just imagine a virtual {hug} (or a virtual high-5 if you aren’t the hugging type) and you’ll catch my drift!

So, have a wonderful weekend and I can’t wait to finish editing the photos of the projects I did this week and get them up on the blog!  So, I’ll be back soon with more creative ideas.

Oh, and if you are local –

I finally got my February classes posted!  I know, took me forever, right?

The next class is February 1st at 7pm. 

It is Cute & Classic Cards and we’ll be meeting at the Panera Bread in Redmond.  I’d love for you to join me, so please let me know ASAP if you will be able to join us!

Get details and RSVP here

 

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Oh Hello Simple Thank You Card
Stamps:
Oh Hello
Ink: So Saffron, Chocolate Chip, Regal Rose (marker), Always Artichoke (marker)
Paper: So Saffron CS, Chocolate Chip CS, Whisper White CS
Accessories: Sponge Dauber, Basic Pearl embellishments

What Are You Going To Pick For Free?

My favorite sale of the year is here!  It’s Sale-a-Bration time!

If you aren’t familiar with Sale-a-Bration, it is a 2 month promotion where you get to pick free stamps, paper, tools, or accessories with every $50 you order.

For example, here is a cute card that you could make using the free Sycamore Street Designer paper pack, the free Sycamore Street Ribbon (and button) bundle, and the Free Patterned Occasions stamp set:

card created by Laura Barto

Don’t Miss This in the Flyer:

So, the new format of the Sale-a-Bration flyer can make it easy to miss a few things.  So, don’t miss this:

  • For every $150+ order, get a free pack of Silver Glimmer Paper!
  • For every $400+ personal or party order, get the following free:
    • Madison Avenue stamp set
    • Sycamore Street designer series paper
    • Sycamore Street designer buttons and ribbon pack
    • Silver Glimmer Paper
  • Purchase the starter kit to join my Stampin’ Up! group and get
    • a 25% bonus in product in your kit.  So get $156 in product for $99+tax but FREE shipping
  • The Petite Curly Label punch matches the Pretty Petites free stamp set AND the Ciao Baby stamp set from the Spring Catalog!
  • There are 6 items from the Annual Catalog you can get as your free items (its in the notepad pictured in the flyer):
    • Itty Bitty Banners stamp set
    • Getting Started Cardstock pack
    • Vintage Faceted Buttons
    • Quintessential Flower stamp
    • Simply Scored Diagonal Board
    • Essentials Piercing Pack

Ok, got all that?  Smile

And if you want an easy to scan version of everything that is available, here is a quick view pdf you can download:

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Click here to download the PDF

So, enjoy the goodies and fun new ideas coming your way.

If you want to get an idea every week, make sure you are on my mailing list as tomorrow starts the first of the 9 weeks of Sale-a-Bration emails with a project straight to your inbox!

I know you’ll find something new and fun to try!

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Super Simple Valentine’s Card

Alright, I’m back with another project using the stamp from the Happy Valentine Heart bundle.  I showed you yesterday a Valentine Treat idea but I wanted to play with the stamp for a card.  This was the first quick card idea I came up with:

And as always, it is super hard to see but I used my 2-way Glue Pen and some Dazzling Diamonds glitter to fill in the little cupid heart.  Maybe this picture will show it a bit better?

Or not… but you get the idea. Smile

I swear I always start getting into a stamp/paper/embellishment right as it is going away.  So, reminder today is the LAST day to order this bundle or the My Little Valentine/Simply Sent bundle.

See the details on these bundles in the online store

But I think this stamp is kind of adorable so you may see it pop back up in the next few weeks between now and Valentine’s Day.

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Happy Valentine Heart Card
Stamps:
Happy Valentine Heart
Ink: Raspberry Ripple
Paper: Twitterpated designer series paper, Crumb Cake cs, Whisper White cs, Raspberry Ripple cs
Accessories: Big Shot, Adorning Accent embossing folders, Full Heart punch, 2-way Glue Pen, Dazzling Details, Stampin’ Dimensionals