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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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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Pretty Snowflake Fun with Vellum

I recently held my Vellum technique class and one of the favorites from the class was this holiday card:

One of my favorite things that I love to do with vellum is run it through the BigShot because it makes the coolest bright white image over the frosted white of the vellum cardstock.  Then I love sponging on the back side of my embossed image to add a pop of color.

Turns out it is perfect for using with the Northern Flurries embossing folder for snowy snowflakes.  Though next time I think I would add a bit of glitter and sparkle to the front of the card for an extra magical touch!

In this example, I attached a piece of embossed vellum to the top of a Whisper White cardbase with it only being adhered to the left edge of the card front.  By only adhering it to one side, the vellum pops up just a little and gives you a softer look.

Project Supplies Used

So give it a try and let me know what you think!

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Elegant Glitter Floral Frames Card & Weekly Deals!

When I saw the weekly deals this morning, I thought it was so cool that Floral Frames framelits were on sale and it made me think of my favorite card I’ve made with these framelits.  Wanna see?

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Sorry it isn’t the nicest picture, but it is what I had from when I made it a while back.  It is easy to make thanks to the different size flowers in the floral frames framelit set and when you use the coordinating Daydream Medallions stamp set it comes together in a snap.

Project Supplies

Here is everything available on the weekly deal starting today and going through Dec 2nd:

Floral Frames Framelits Dies
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Regular Price: $26.95
Discounted Price: $20.21 US

Peekaboo Frames Bigz Large Die
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Regular Price: $32.95
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Soft Sky Classic Stampin’ Pad
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Regular Price: $5.95
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Regals Stampin’ Write Markers
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Regular Price: $28.95
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1″ Square Punch Item # 124094
Regular Price: $15.95
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Cherry Cobbler 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon
Item # 130012

Regular Price: $8.95
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Don’t Forget!

Use Hostess Code – VPESSGUJ when shopping and you will be entered to WIN a minimum of $25 in your choice of free benefits!

Beautifully  Baroque Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Item # 130917
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Compilation of Recipes Designer Template
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A Sweet Ice Cream Cone Punch Art Birthday Card

We are about to enter “birthday season” here at my house with the first few starting up at the end of the month and then me and my two kids all have December birthdays… so it is about to get crazy here!  But one thing I always have to have for birthday is cake and ice cream… so what better way to say Happy Birthday than with some adorable ice cream on a card?

So sweet!  And it is really easy to make too!

To make the ice cream cone, you just need a couple of punches and an embossing folder.

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  • Make the ice cream scoops by stamping words from Fabulous Phrases and then punching them out with the top of the cupcake builder punch (which is ON SALE this week in the weekly deals!)
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  • Add some glitter to the top of your first scoop of ice cream and you have an adorable ice cream cone!

I layered the cone onto a tag made with the Chalk Talk framelits and sponged the edge with Crisp Cantaloupe ink.

Stampin’ Up! Supplies Used
Stamps:  Fabulous Phrases
Ink:  Basic Grey, Crisp Cantaloupe
Paper: Very Vanilla cardstock, Smoky Slate cardstock, 2013-2015 In Colors (Baked Brown Sugar, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Coastal Cabana, Strawberry Slush)
Accessories:  Big Shot, Chalk Talk framelits, Square Lattice embossing folder, Cupcake punch, Pennant Builder punch, Natural Trim ribbon, Linen Thread, Sponge Daubers

 

weekly specials 11-5 to 11-11

And it is Tuesday as well, which means NEW weekly deals!  As you can already see, I love the Cupcake punch… but I don’t have the Autumn Accents die and that is for sure going in on my group order this week! 🙂

See details on all the deals in the online store here

 

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Being Thankful with the Expressions Thinlits

Ok, I have to admit…. I have something on my shelf that I was soooo excited to buy and then once I got it home, I kept staring at it but couldn’t quite get up the courage to try it out.

Yes, it’s true – I’m talking about the Expressions Thinlits.  Now, I saw them in the Holiday Catalog and was struck by how cute and whimsical they were (turns out “whimsical” is a word I have been using a lot lately to describe things I like).  See….. aren’t they cool looking?

Expressions Thinlit Dies

Expression Thinlits (#132171)

But then I got them home and they went from whimsical… to dainty… to fragile in my mind and I kept not trying them out.  But I finally decided to give them a go, and guess what?  They weren’t as bad as I thought… in fact, I wish I hadn’t waited so long to play with them!

So, here is my first card I created using the Expression thinlits:

I started out with a rectangle piece of the Sweater Weather designer paper that I cut into pieces and then stamped with the Magnificent Maple stamp (though I guess it would have been easier to stamp first and then cut into pieces, but I wasn’t thinking that far ahead! Smile)  I rounded the opposite corners and then matted them with some Chocolate Chip cardstock.

Then I die cut the “Thankful” sentiment from the Expressions thinlits and very carefully peeled the sentiment out of the die.  ~There are little holes that you can use to poke the paper out of the die, and as long as you are gentle it pulls out fine.  It just takes some finesse the first time or two.~

The sentiment looked a little stark on the white side of the card so I added a few more maple leaves and softened them up by stamping on some scrap paper first and then before reinking I stamped on the white paper.  This gives the faint leaf impression.

Card Supplies Used: (all Stampin’ Up!)
Stamps – Magnificent Maple
Ink – Cajun Craze, So Saffron
Paper – Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Sweater Weather designer paper
Accessories – Big Shot, Expression Thinlit dies, Corner Rounder punch

 

So, give them a try and have fun with all the possibilities!

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Quatrefancy Window Sheets for Scrapbooking

Stylin Stampin Inkspiratin DT badgeOk, so I know I promised to share some projects with the Christmas Star single stamp today… but that was before I remembered that today was the Stylin’ Stampin’ Inkspiration’s scrapbook sketch for the month!  I love playing along with sketches and I don’t scrapbook nearly enough…. so design team duties came first today.  But, I do have my Christmas Star projects and post ready for you… it is just moved to Wednesday now.  I promise this time. Smile 

But, I still have a fun project to share today!  The amazing Jennifer Campbell put together a great sketch this month and I love it because it was so easy to put together an interesting layout with it.  In fact, this page came together from looking at the sketch to done in less than an hour!!

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September 2013 SSI scrapbook sketch layout

 

I have a stash of photos that I know I want to scrap that I got printed at Costco a couple months ago, and so I grabbed the pile and started flipping through until I found the perfect photos I wanted to scrap.

It was so special to me this year at convention that I had a group of downline who were able to attend with me and share the awesome experience.  And it was so fun to have some friends to cheer with, lounge with, or just share ideas we saw or heard around the convention center.  I really am lucky to be able to call these gals my friends!

Once I found the pictures and looked at the sketch, I knew I wanted to recreate the group bag tag for my main embellishment.  I used the Fun Flower die to create the same shape, added the Fancy Flower punch, and then a 1-1/4” circle punch out of designer paper.  Then, instead of our group name, I used the Banner Greetings hostess set to create my sentiment and as a throwback to the banner shape in the original sketch.

My other fun variation was to use the Quatrefancy window sheet that comes with the Quatrefancy Specialty designer series paper.  This is one of those papers that often you look at and think,” how in the heck am I going to use this?”  Well, I loved the subtle pattern effect it gave and thought it would be a great accent to pull out the pattern from the Convention backpack we received this year.  Since the pattern was the same, it was a great way to tie together the photos, designer series paper (from the same pack) and the background paper.

Using window sheet papers this way is great because it is EASY to figure out adhesive.  If nothing else, you have a HUGE piece of cardstock (from your photo mat) that will be covering up parts of the window sheet strip, and so you can happily put adhesive in that area.  And in this case, I decided to layer some Pear Pizzazz taffeta ribbon over the top, and so I could also run a strip of adhesive across the window sheet to glue it to the base cardstock and then just adhere the ribbon over the top of the window sheet to hide the glue.  Sneaky, huh?!

So, there you go.  A fun, easy sketch and some ideas to get you started.  If you want to play along and try it out yourself, you can use the sketch above and then hop on over to the Stylin’ Stampin’ Inkspiration blog to add your finished photo to the Linky there.  Or just visit to see other great takes on the basic sketch.  Have fun!

Card Supplies Used
Stamps – Banner Greetings
Ink – Midnight Muse
Paper – Pool Party Core’dinations cardstock, Quatrefancy designer paper, Pear Pizzazz cs, Whisper White cs
Accessories – Big Shot, Fun Flower die, Fancy Flower punch, 1-1/4” circle punch, Pear Pizzazz taffeta ribbon, Rhinestones

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Playing with the New Labels Thinlits Flip Card

When I ran a recent class about cards that flip and pop, I knew I had to share a card using the new Labels Thinlit die.  I mean, the fact that one run through the Big Shot and you have the card almost done, got to love the ease of that. 

Since the thinlit die comes with a bunch of extra shape dies, I wanted to see what I could come up with that mostly uses those extra shapes.  Have you seen all the options?

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So, this is what we made:

I decided to try to experiment – and this is a little hard to see in the picture – but with the main label shape, we actually cut out a label in Coastal Cabana and then cut out a second label shape in So Saffron, but this time, we placed the “hi” die inside the label die so that it would cut out the “hi” leaving a hole in the shape of the word (does that make sense? Smile)  Then we glued the labels together so the Coastal Cabana peeked through!

To decorate the rest of the card, we added a bit of Washi tape to the front of the card and then stamped an image from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set.  We stamped the inside, just like the card from last month’s newsletter

(if you missed it, you can sign up here and I’ll get you a copy of the past newseltter)

So this is an idea to make a card using just a few supplies…. now I’m off to try out a few more ideas that incorporate more items from your craft room to step up the card even more. 

Untill then, happy stamping!

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Fabulous Flower Shop Summer Card (Convention CASE)

I had to continue my sharing of the great convention with another card that I loved so much that I had to share it in a class last week.  I really wanted to start playing with my goodies from the Holiday catalog but I couldn’t quite let go of summer yet, and so I gravitated to this cute idea.

Card designed by Sherrie Schintz

I loved how this card uses all 5 of the 2013-2015 In Colors together and after you emboss them with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, they are pretty cheery wouldn’t you say?

We added some of the flowers from the Flower Shop bundle (which includes the stamp set and the posy punch) and of course a bit of glitz with a rhinestone in the center of each.

Now, I loved the card, but I wanted to add a little bit of something, so we all lined an envelope by creating our own matching designer paper.  Now, when playing with the liners recently I noticed that if you use designer paper that has a dark pattern, you can sometimes see it through the front of your envelope.  So this was an example of using Whisper White cardstock and stamping one side with your preferred image (in this case, we stamped the same flower images in a random pattern).

Then, grab your NEW, AWESOME Envelope Liners!  Sigh, I love these things… Smile

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They come in 3 sizes:

1.  A2 – to fit 4.25” x 5.5” cards

2. Notecards – to fit the 3.5” x 5” cards from the Stampin’ Up! notecards & envelope set

3.  Square envelopes – to fit 3” x 3” cards

So, we cut our Whisper White paper to 6”x6” (so you can get 4 out of a 12×12 piece and stamped our flowers.  Then cut it out using the largest envelope die.  Because you have white on the back, you don’t see anything through the front of your envelope, but on the inside you have lots of cute flowers!

Plus, the liner stops just short of the adhesive on the envelope, so you still have the gummy to seal your envelope when you are ready.  Sweet, huh?  So, grab these dies and get creative and I know you’ll love the results!

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Very Vintage Butterfly Thank You (Convention CASE)

Every year that I go to convention, I get caught up in swapping.  The idea of taking a bunch of card fronts with you to convention and then trading them with everyone else so that you can get new ideas to take home and share… or copy… or hang on your wall and drool over!

Well, I’ve learned from the one year that I showed up with NO SWAPS, and proceeded to spend my first night there trying to make as many swaps as I could from the crafting supplies I happened to bring with me; that I LOVE swapping.  I love seeing an amazing card from across the room and running up and saying,”swapping?”  Its like the thrill of finding an amazing deal at the department store.

But the problem is, I come home with 50-100 card fronts and proceed to take pictures of them and then they sit in a box forgotten until I’m cleaning my room and find them again.

Which is very sad….

So, I decided this year, that I would not only share them on my blog, but I’d also use them for inspiration in my classes as well.  (Which really is one of the main points for swapping anyway!)  So, for class this month, I CASE’d (copy and share everything) two fabulous swap cards and I just had to share this one with you!

Card case’d from a design by Julie Leblanc

There are a few reasons why I love this card…

1.  The color combination (why do I always forget about Perfect Plum?)

2.  The touch of sparkle with the Silver Glimmer Paper

3.  The fact that this card uses NO WHITE PAPER at all!

I know it is silly, but that last point was kind of profound to me.  I’m so used to stamping on Whisper White paper with a colored ink that I didn’t think of stamping on Crumb Cake paper.

And then there is the really cute butterflies.  I had to change this up from the original because I didn’t have the Papillion Potpourri that she used,  Instead I used the Best of Butterflies stamp set and the Elegant Butterfly punch to make them.  They are stamped with Basic Black ink and then sponged on top with the Perfect Plum ink. Neat effect, huh?

 

And in class, I had someone emboss a little bit higher up the page than they meant and so they left their first attempt behind and made a second card.  So, I finished out the card with her “boo-boo” and the rest of the supplies only this time I used the Lacy & Lovely stamp set for my sentiment and drew around it with a marker.  I think it turned out just fine! Smile

So I hope you liked this card as much as I did and I will have another fun card that we case’d tomorrow using the lovely Flower Shop stamp set and punch!  See you tomorrow!

 

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