Cute Card Idea for Using Up Paper Scraps

I don’t know about you but last week was crazy busy for me!  I had 2 classes, a craft fair, Halloween events, and the usual everyday life stuff (if you are curious to see some of what I’ve been working on, I’ve been posting pictures up on my Facebook page here).  It was one of those weeks that by Sunday morning I was trying to figure out what to start catching up on first (let me say that the house did not win the coin toss for what I worked on first Winking smile)

But I finally got lots of photos taken of projects and started editing them and just HAD to share with you one of the cards we made on Friday.  It was inspired by a card I found on Pinterest by Jennifer Rzasa from 2011 and I think it turned out super cute and is the perfect way to use up paper scraps!

And the fun bright colors from the I Am Me designer paper just make me smile when I look at them.

All you have to do to make a card like this is to:

  1. Pick up to 7 patterns from designer paper you like
  2. Punch out 1” squares using the square punch in each design
  3. Cut out 1-1/8” squares from coordinating cardstock
  4. Round two opposite corners on each square using the corner rounder punch
  5. Adhere to your card base using Stampin’ Dimensionals
  6. Stamp a sentiment and you are done!

See, totally easy peasy!  And seriously, how fabulous is that “Smile” sentiment with the camera pattern designer paper? hee hee

Stampin’ Up! Supplies Used
Stamps:  Happy Day
Ink:  Calypso Coral
Paper: I Am Me designer paper, Whisper White cardstock, Smoky Slate cardstock
Accessories:  1” Square punch, Corner Rounder punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Ok, I’ll be back tomorrow with more fun for you once I get a few more photos edited!  Talk to you then!

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The Right Way to Get-away & an Idea for a One Layer Card

2013-08-30 17.30.12Ever have one of those months where you swear you can’t keep up and yet you look back and try to figure out why you were so swamped?  Well, August apparently was that month for me!  Everytime I thought I was about to get caught up, I had something else that was starting to run behind and needless to say I felt like the proverbial headless chicken running around my house.  Thankfully, I got most of my major projects done before the Holiday weekend and my awesome hubby planned the perfect Anniversary getaway!

You see, Sept 1st is our wedding anniversary and this year he planned a secret getaway… I had no idea where we were going until we got there!  Plus he was extra awesome and told me to pack some craft stuff to take with us!  Isn’t he the best!

So we packed up our kids and turned out he had rented a house on the Washington Coast and while the whole family would be there Friday night, Saturday the kids would head off to Grandma’s house and we would have the place to ourselves to relax and enjoy the quiet until Monday.  And relax we did!  Check out my view from the dining room table where I did some crafting: 2013-09-01 15.29.56

Anywhoo – the trip was fantastic and exactly what I needed to relax and get re-energized!  Hopefully, you were able to enjoy your holiday weekend as well and get some “you” time in as well! 

I was going to share one of the cards we’ll be making at my Cute and Classic card class this Friday, but I discovered that the photo quality was pretty bad.  So, that will be my post for tomorrow and in the meantime, I thought I’d share an idea for an almost-one-layer card using the Wildflower Meadow stamp.

Since the Wildflower Meadow stamp is basically a background stamp, it does most of the heavy lifting for you in this card.  I just stamped the front of a Very Vanilla cardbase and then added a couple rhinestones for bling on the flowers, some ribbon around the bottom of the card, and a cut out snippet from the Banner Greetings hostess stamp set for the sentiment in the corner.

If you wanted to step it up a bit, without adding layers, you could use the Wildflower Meadow embossing folder to dry emboss the flowers on the front for a little extra oomph!

Card Supplies Used
Stamps – Wildflower Meadow**, Banner Greetings
Ink – Raspberry Ripple, Baked Brown Sugar
Paper –Very Vanilla
Accessories – Gumball Green Stitched Satin Ribbon, Rhinestones

** available in a discounted bundle with the coordinating embossing folder

 

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Adding a Splash of Washi to Your Cards

So turns out when I start working on something, I can get really focused on that task.  In the case of last week, that task wasn’t any of the handful of crafting projects and event prep I needed to work on, but instead was an even more daunting task – picking a preschool for Nicholas!  2013-08-23 12.29.45

Awww….aren’t they getting so big? Smile 

I thought it would be a quick and easy thing to figure out, and I’d be back working on my other projects right away.  But, no…. there are so many choices and variations.  Thankfully, we were able to find some good options and start the process for getting him enrolled, so now I’m able to get back in the crafty mindset!

And first on the docket – Thank you cards!

I always like to send thank you cards to everyone who places an order with me and I wanted something bright and cheery to remind us that summer hasn’t quite ended yet!

I used 3 of my favorite items right now:  Washi tape, Flower Shop bundle, and the Oh Hello stamp set to put this together.

Card Supplies Used
Stamps –
Oh Hello, Flower Shop
Ink – Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight, Rose Red, Gumball Green
Paper – Rose Red, Whisper White
Accessories – Posy Punch, Gingham Garden washi tape, Stampin’ Dimensionals

So, if you’ve ordered with me in the last few weeks… check your mailbox for your own copy of this card!

If you’ve ordered with me in the last month and NOT received a card, please let me know!  There have been some hiccups in the Stampin’ Up! ordering system and some demonstrators have not been receiving notice about orders placed.  I want to make sure I’m giving you the best possible service, so if you haven’t heard from me, let me know so I can fix it. Smile 

 

But no matter what, THANK YOU for stopping by and please come back soon!

 

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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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Quick & Easy Thank You Card for a new Design Team!

Today is the kick off for a new blog that I’m excited to be a design team member for – Stylin’ Stampin’ Inkspiration!  It is a blog that will have daily posts to help give you new ideas and project challenges to inspire new ideas for you to try at home!  Most of the posts will have a particular theme and have many of the design team members showing you different takes on that theme.  Fun, right?

So, the theme for today was Quick & Easy Cards and you know that is right up my alley!  I love clean and simple and with 2 small kids, quick is key.  So, here is my take on the idea:

I will tell you this card was inspired by a card I saw from my friend, Katy Kirwan, and while the finished project doesn’t really look anything like what she created, I still like them both. Smile 

To create my card, I created my own designer paper by using the Chevron background stamp from Stampin’ Up! and then layered on the punched out sentiment.  It still needed a little something, so I added some of the Pear Pizzazz Chevron ribbon (sshhh, don’t tell anyone I used two different greens on this card!) and while I was worried the fact that the stamped and the ribbon chevrons go in different directions, I still think it totally works!

Card Supplies Used (all Stampin’ Up unless noted)

Stamps – Designer Typeset Photopolymer Stamp Set, Chevron Background
Ink – Pistachio Pudding, Baked Brown Sugar
Paper – Whisper White, Baked Brown Sugar, Pistachio Pudding
Accessories – Petite Curly Label Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Pear Pizzazz Chevron Ribbon

So, what do you think?  Quick? Easy?  But totally fun!  I’m actually using this for my Cute & Classic Card Class tonight, so hopefully they have fun with it too! 

And if you are looking for more quick and easy ideas, hop on over to our Inkspiration blog and check out all the fab ideas for more great projects. 

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Oh, and before I forget!

It’s Here! The Stampin’ Trimmer Rotary Attachment is now Available!

imageOk, I may be the only person on the planet who is excited about this, but I-CANNOT-WAIT to order my rotary trimmer attachment

Why do I care so much?

I have found that I really LOVE my Stampin’ Trimmer and the little blades that come with it work great.  But when you are cutting grittier material (like glimmer paper) or want to cut more than one sheet of cardstock at a time, the little blades just don’t do as good a job. 

So I had been periodically missing my rotary cutting board (except not missing the fact that that Fiskars board could not cut a cardbase straight if I had to!).  But now I have the best of both worlds!  This replaces the clear arm and track for the little blades and the rotary attachment is available as of 8/9/2013!  So, I’ll be ordering mine today and will let you know how it goes. Smile 

 

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Quick Thank You Cards with Chalk Talk

I’ve been learning something about myself this week – when I’m in the middle of a big task, I have a hard time focusing on other things.  So, in this case, when I completely pull apart my craft room,

Messy Craft Room

I was having a heck of a time bringing myself to do any new crafting or even work on blog posts.  Instead I have been focused on organizing my stamps, converting my woodmount stamps to the new woodmount cases, and figuring out what items I can bring myself to part with for my craft garage sale August 17th & 18th (the pile is growing for sure!)

But my room is just about ready to go – and I promise I’ll share pictures of the reorganized space this weekend – so I wanted to stop back over here on the blog to say hello and share a set of cards that my mom, Kathy Thisted, made for me that I thought were so cute!

I loved these little mini thank you cards and thought they were a fun way to use the new Chalk Talk stamp set.  Since the stamp set coordinates with the Chalk Talk framelits (and gets you a discount when you buy both in a bundle), many of the samples I’ve seen used the framelits with the stamps.  So I loved seeing some quick ideas using the stamps without the dies.

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Card Supplies Used
Stamps- Chalk Talk
Paper- 2013-2015 In Colors, Basic Black
Ink- Whisper White craft ink
Accessories- White gel pen, Natural Trim ribbon, White 1/4” grosgrain (retired), striped grosgrain ribbon (retired), White embossing powder, heat gun

Blog Hop Tomorrow!
Join me tomorrow as it is the monthly blog hop as well the kick off of a new blog that I am an inaugural design team member for!  Should be lots of fun. Smile   See you tomorrow!

 

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Playing a Bit with Stamping on Vellum

What is that item in your craft room that you completely forget about and then when you find it, you suddenly remember how cool it is?  For me, I always do that with vellum!  I never think to pull it out, but when I do, I have the best time with it.

Take today’s card for example:

It is simple card, but the vellum gives you a way to add a little extra pop without worrying about finding the exact right color designer paper.  Its like a frosted window in a way. Smile 

Plus, don’t you love this message?  I need to make something for my desk with this sentiment reminding me to everyday live the life I want to be living, not doing the same old thing wishing things were different.  I love my life but I know there is always room to grow and make things even better!

Stampin Up! Supplies Used

Stamps: Everything Eleanor, Really Good Greetings
Ink: Coastal Cabana, Basic Black
Paper: Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Basic Black, Coastal Cabana, White Vellum
Accessories: Scallop Trim Border punch, Basic Rhinestones, 2-way Glue Pen, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Have an item in your craft room that you need inspiration or a reminder how to use?

I want to start up a new feature on the blog where, based on suggestions from readers, I highlight some fun ideas and uses for an often forgotten or unused item in your craft room. 

So, if you have a great candidate, shoot me an email at jennifer@nwstamper.com or leave a comment and I can feature your favorite soon!

 

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