Using Your Paper Scraps for a Cute Valentine

Alright, I know I’m the queen of blabbering on and on in my blog posts so I’ll try to keep this one brief.   (Wish me luck!)

I got a day recently to spend all afternoon stamping and so I got to work making thank you cards, swap cards for this week’s leadership conference with Stampin’ Up, and just play with my new supplies.  However, I gave myself a challenge to try to use up my left over scraps of designer paper and left behind pieces when I cut out ovals and shapes with my Big Shot.  Basically, get them used now instead of having them sitting around because “they are perfectly good punch outs that I can use sometime” and never use. Smile 

So, this is what I came up with for some of my left over strips of paper after I made the watercolored thank you cards I shared the other day.

The two patterns are the front and back of the same paper and all the strips are the same size, just offset from each other. 

The bird and sentiment are from a limited time Valentine’s Day set from Stampin’ Up called Love You More.  I actually bought it because it has a cool globe image, but I also loved this sentiment and the made with love stamp as well.  see…

image It’s from the set of special valentine’s stamps and kits available through January 27th.  You can check them all out online here.

But back to the card… Smile  you just color in the bird with your markers and punch out…then stamp and punch the sentiment.  I decided to add a little bling by glittering up the “love” and “more”.  Lots of scraps and this and that in this card!

Everything I Used on the Card

  • Stamps – Love You More (available until Jan 27th)
  • Ink – Soft Suede, Real Red; markers: Soft Suede, Coastal Cabana, Soft Sky, Real Red
  • Paper – So Saffron cs, Whisper White cs,  Fresh Prints designer paper stack
  • Accessories – Dazzling Details, White gel pen, White Tea Lace doilies, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sponge Daubers

Alright, I was kind of brief… but I guess I’ll have to try harder next time I don’t want to be a jabber mouth!  Until then…

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Sketched Birthday Card for the Birthday Bash!

Ahhh… back in the blogging saddle again.  I’ll admit I’m feeling a little rusty (I know it hasn’t really been that long but it feels like ages to me!), but kicking back off with a blog hop is a great way to get the blogging and creative mojo happening again – for sure!

Summer has finally hit and I’m getting super excited for the Stampin’ Up! convention next week (yay!!!  And yes, like prior years, I’ll be sharing my pictures, excitement, and info while at convention on my facebook page – so watch there for the good stuff Winking smile)

But that also means this month’s Blog Hop theme – Birthday Bash – is a perfect way for me to get out my enthusiasm because you know birthdays are fun and exciting, filled with clapping and cheering…. or is that just me at parties? hee hee

This is the card I had to share with you for the hop this month:

I LOVE this Sketched Birthdays stamp set.  The images are a perfect blend of not quite vintage-y, not too cutesy, not too real…. just kind of funky and perfect for any age… and guy cards!

Ok, so I used a lot of pink in this card, so maybe it isn’t the most manly… but squint and pretend those are red and brown, or other guy colors and it would totally work!

I tried doing a close up to show you a fun details that is really cool in person but apparently is impossibly to photograph well, which is adding some Silver Dazzling Details to the scallop around the Happy Birthday, Cupcake image.  I put a dot of Silver Dazzling Details in each scallop and it adds some subtle sparkle that is really nice!

And YES!  That birthday hat patterned paper is hand stamped paper!  I just grabbed the hat image and stamped it multiple times in different colors until I was happy with the look.  Do that on a full sheet of white paper and you can make a ton of cards lickety-split!

 

Have you heard?  A new DAILY inspiration blog for you is coming and I’ll be on the design team!  Join me and some of the very talented monthly Blog Hop Demonstrators as we help give you more daily doses of crafting inspiration! This site will go live the day of our August Blog Hop, August 8th.

But if you want more inspiration now check out more birthday celebrations at the rest of the folks on this month’s blog hop:

Blog Hop Participants:

 

So thanks for visiting and I hope you come back soon!

 

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Finishing Up Christmas with Some Beautiful Cards

Its been such a whirlwind month around here with 2 birthdays down and Christmas behind us – only one more birthday in our family to go!  But I was fortunate enough to receive a few Christmas cards from my friends and I loved them so much that I just had to share!

First up, I love this vintage feel that Tanya created by her color choices of Very Vanilla naturals paper, Chocolate Chip, and Old Olive.  Plus the sponging around the edges to create a cool Christmas card.

created by Tanya Cabral

 

I also received this cool Christmas card from Liz.  I loved the idea of using the Dazzling Details to make the glimmery dots around the Tulip Frame embossing folder.  I know the picture is a little dark, but it is so sparkly in person.

created by Liz Mitchell

Plus she did her embossing on the Shimmer White paper.  I tried to catch it in the light…. can you see the shimmer? Smile

 

Well, I guess that wraps up Christmas projects for the year!  Now on to spring projects and new goodies from the Spring Catalog and Sale-a-Bration exclusive event!

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Snowman Snowglobe Holiday Card

My son keeps telling me that it isn’t wintertime because there is no snow.  Apparently to his 2 – going on 3- year old view of the world:

fall = leaves fall off the trees and winter = snow.

That a pretty close approximation!  Unfortunately we don’t get too much snow up here in Seattle.  So I thought I would make my own “dreaming of snow” card today! Smile

I stamped this cutie of a snowman from the No Peeking stamp set and then decided to punch him out and make him his own snowglobe!  I sponged the edge of the circle with Midnight Muse ink for a subtle edge and then made a base out of the Curly Label punch.  Finally, add some snow by using Dazzling Details glitter glue.

 

He looks so happy in his little globe, don’t you think?

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Snowman Snowglobe Card Recipe
Stamps:
No Peeking
Ink: Basic Black marker, Gumball Green marker, Real Red marker, Midnight Muse
Paper: Gumball Green, Basic Black, Whisper White
Accessories: Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dot embossing folder, 2 1/2” Circle punch, Curly Label Punch, Dazzling Details, Stitched Satin Ribbon – Gumball Green, Stampin’ Dimentionals, Sponge Daubers

Scrapbooking Sunday: Sparkly Christmas Layout

It all started with cleaning my craft table… I came across a 1/4” x 12” piece of designer series paper.  Being the paper hoarder I am, I thought, this is a great piece for a scrapbook page but I was afraid it would get crumpled if I stored it as a scrap.  So what did I do?  Why stopped everything and made a scrapbook layout of course! 🙂

Sparkly Candlelight Christmas Scrapbook layout

See that thin striped designer paper at the bottom edge of the green?  That was what got this whole page started!  It was from the Candlelight Christmas specialty designer series paper pack, so I started there.  Some of the colors in that paper pack are Real Red, Early Espresso, and Lucky Limeade.  So, I went with a Real Red 12×12 base and added a 2 3/4″ strip of the Flocked flourish transparency to the left side of the page for some subtle color and texture.  Then I started building up the center panel.

I picked Lucky Limeade as my accent color and then added three panels from the Candlelight Christmas pack.  The dsp pieces are 6″ x 3 3/4″ and I figured I would use smaller 3×5 sized pictures or trimmed 4×6 pictures so that the pattern shows around the photo as matting.  I rounded the corners of the paper before glueing them down.

Then it was time to add some sparkle! I started with a strip of Champagne Glimmer paper along the top and my 1/4″ scrap of designer series paper along the bottom.  But then I thought it needed more, so I grabbed my Tags til Christmas stamp set.  First was the little oval accent that I stamped in Lucky Limeade and punched out with the small oval punch.  Then I added some Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details for the berries.  I popped them up on dimensionals so my photos could slide underneath if needed.

Christmas scrapbook page oval close up

Then I added one more tag – the decorative label punch Dec 25th tag from the Tags til Christmas set.  I stamped it with Early Espresso and punched it out.  Then I grabbed that same Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details and outlined the oval portion.  Finally, I decided to add a tassel and took some Early Espresso baker’s twine and twisted it into a loop above the tag and then unraveled/frayed the ends to make my tassel.

Dec 25th tag close up

Now to just get some good Christmas pictures to put in this layout!  But I’m sure I’ll have more pictures than I know what to do with. 🙂

And if you love this designer paper, just a reminder that there is only 1 month left of the Holiday catalog, and once we are into January, this paper will be gone as well.

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Quick Holiday Gift Idea w/ the Candy Wrapper Die

When I first saw the candy wrapper die, all the projects I saw with it were halloween projects and ever since then I seemed to be stuck thinking about it as a halloween thing or even birthday treats…

See this is what you see when you look at it in the catalog or online:

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But then I saw this super cute idea and thought it was awesome to see other seasons with the die – in this case Christmas.

The nice thing about the die is that that it is super fast to put together because the die does all the cutting and scoring for you.  You just have to fold the sides together, slide in your treat, twists the ends, and EMBELLISH!

 

In this case, this sample was made with:

  • Designer Series Paper (a retired Christmas pattern from a couple years ago)
  • Cherry Cobbler seam binding
  • Tags Til Christmas stamp set
  • Scallop Square punch
  • Dazzling Details glitter glue

Plus, check out some of these fun touches!

I love how the outline of the scallop square is colored with a Cherry Cobbler marker.  I always use Sponge Daubers to edge my shapes, but I love how precise you can get with the marker on a bumpy image like the scallop punch.

Plus, the added bling you get with the Dazzling Details glitter glue on the dots is so small but it adds A LOT when you see it in person.

So, there you have it!  A quick idea for some little gifts for co-workers, friends, or stocking stuffers. 🙂

 

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Snowman Card for this Weekend’s Stamp-a-Stack

When I was getting ready for Creating Keepsakes this year, I decided to highlight the Button Buddies stamp set and made a set of fun cards using each of the stamps in the set.  One of my favorite cards was using the snowman stamp… so much so that I decided to use it for my last Christmas Stamp-a-Stackthis coming Sunday.

 

I love cards like this that look detailed but are simple to create.  A couple punches ( 2 3/8” Scallop punch and the Scallop edge punch), an embossing folder (Perfect Polka Dots), and some stitched grosgrain ribbon.  And tada!

Oh, and it was hard to show in the picture but I outlined the Whisper White circle with Dazzling Details glitter glue to add a touch of sparkle to the card.

 

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Have a wonderful holiday weekend and don’t get stuck in too many lines in the stores (like I did!) 🙂

 

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