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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Penguin Punch Art Tutorial & Birthday Giveaway Winners!

Alright, after fighting with cameras and computers… I finally finished the Penguin Punch art tutorial video!  I swear normally it doesn’t take nearly this much effort to create and share a video but I feel accomplished for showing the technology who is boss.  ha ha!

So, I shared this card last week:

And now, here is how to make these cute penguins at home!

(note–if you are reading this post via email, you may need to click over to the blog to actually view this video)

Now, on to the good stuff!

Birthday Weekend Celebration Winners!!

Thanks to everyone who visited and commented here and on my facebook page!  It was so fun to hear everyone’s favorite holiday traditions, treats, and more.  Smile  Plus it was nice to hear I’m not the only one behind on mailing out Christmas cards!

I did a random draw of everyone who commented on the blog posts and corresponding facebook posts and here are the winners

  • Day 1 – Tag a Bag Accessory Kit & Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details  :  Saundra W
  • Day 2 – Neutral Candy Dots & Brad Bases   :  Audrey R
  • Day 3 – This & That washi tape & Brights Designer Buttons  :  Meredith
    • Day 4 – Designer Paper Sampler  :  Carla B

Congrats to all the winners!  Email me at jennifer@nwstamper.com with where you would like me to send your goodies and I’ll get them out to you this week.

Thanks again for celebrating with me and have a great holiday!

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Creative Gift idea from Stampin’ Up Wood Mount Boxes

Today I had the privilege of serving as guest blogger over on the Stylin’ Stampin’ Inkspiration blog.  As I tried to figure out what to share, I realized that I had been planning on sharing some of the projects mom and I made for our recent craft fair and that would be a perfect thing to share over on SSI as well!  (Which, btw, if you haven’t checked out in a while, you should go see some of the fab samples that have been shared recently!)

Ok, so on to the projects!  I will start by saying, we have a bunch of these left because weather kept a lot of people away from our fair, so I’ll be selling them online here on the blog by tomorrow (UPDATE– I got all the different cases posted and available for purchase here).  So if you like this idea and want a sample or three at your house, let me know and you can reserve your favorites!

Alright, so you probably have seen the half-size clear mount cases for the smaller stamp sets and single stamps.  They look like this:

half size woodmount cases

And it is easy to think of them as what you store your stamps in…. but did you know you can get spare cases in sets of 4?  Sure, it is great for a backup when your toddler steps uses your cases as steps (or is that just me?) but they are also fabulous for other uses!

For example, did you know they hold 5 ink refills perfectly?

half size woodmount case with ink

Neat, right?  But that isn’t what I’m really here to show you.  I wanted to show you some super cute gifts you can make with them!  Check out what my mom and I made for a craft fair last week:

We started by taking the empty box and cutting a piece of designer paper to slide in for the cover (so it is under the plastic sheet that goes around the outside of the box).  Then we created coordinating embellishments that we glued on top of the case front to allow for extra dimension and pop.
(and YES! that cupcake is the same cupcake punch that is on the weekly deals this week Smile)

Then on the inside, we created dividers by taking a piece of matching cardstock and scoring at the right widths to create holes for the goodies we wanted to include in the gift.

In some boxes we had 3 Hershey’s nuggets and a set of 3×3 cards and envelopes.  In others (like the one above) we had a decorated mini-post it note stack, 2 Hershey’s nuggets, a mini-hand sanitizer, and a chapstick!

Here are the outsides of a few more of our cases:

And here is an example of one of the boxes with cards inside (well, you can see the outside and the card)

So I hope this gave you some ideas and inspiration for the holiday season!  Check them out and start decorating!

And if you’d like to purchase one of my pre-made sets, check them all out here!

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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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Some ideas for the 25% off Stamp Sets

If you didn’t see, yesterday Stampin’ Up! announced a 25% off 25 stamp sets sale.  Looking through the list I saw some sets that I can’t wait to get and others that I’ve had for a while but hadn’t posted about in a while.  So I thought I would pull up a few fun ideas from the archives to share and help give you some different ideas to try.

See the full list of 25% off stamps with pictures here

Bright Blossoms

Cheery Bright Blossom Card

Hearts a Flutter & Oh Hello

Sweet Party Invitation

Yippee Skippee

Betsy’s Blossom & Itty Bitty Banners

Betsy’s Blossom card with Framelits

 

And don’t forget, my Anniversary Week giveaway!

  • Visit my Online Store to grab these great deals and use the hostess code R2XQXU3
  • Email me which of the goodies above you want to order and I’ll be putting together a group order.
  • On monday, if we have enough orders placed, I will draw a name for at least $25 in hostess benefits and let you get more free goodies!

 

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Make 20 Cards in a Snap with the Everyday Occasions Kit

Have you been wishing you had a fast way to create a pile of handmade cards to have on hand that you’d be proud to send out?  And do it without breaking the bank too!  If so, you should check out this new Everyday Occasions kit

When we were at Founder’s Circle last week, they told us that these kits were finally going to be releasing this week.  They are meant to be a great introduction to someone who has never stamped before; but I have to say after looking at the cards, that it looks like fun to me!  Like this love card, how fun is it?!

Since this is meant for the new stamper, all the elements are precut and pre-punched so it makes it quick and easy to assemble.  The kit comes with a 7 piece stamp set that enables you to make a ton of different types of cards including:

  • Happy Birthday
  • Thank You
  • Congratulations
  • For You
  • Love
  • Thinking of You

Wanna see them?  Check it out!

I know, cute…. right?  And I love that they can be used for girls or guys!

The best part? Its only $29.95… so that is less than $2 a card!  Plus you have ink and a stamp set you can use later.  Way better than getting a card in the store!

Want to see what you get for that?  Here is the scoop –

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View the full Everyday Occasions flyer with pictures of all the card samples

This may not be available through the online store, so if you are interested in purchasing a kit, please email me at jennifer@nwstamper.com and I will get back to you right away to get you all set up with a kit!

 

Well, I’m off to work on holiday card samples for my 12 weeks of Christmas newsletter (get on the list now) and upcoming Holiday Card Stamp-a-Stacks.  I’ll be back tomorrow with some fun projects to share!

 

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