April Blog Hop – Silver Sparkle for Weddings or Anniversaries

Its blog hop time!  This time, the theme is Weddings & Anniversaries.  Now, all I could remember when I started working on my projects was the challenge to use silver in honor of Stampin’ Up’s 25th anniversary.  So, my mind was stuck on my silver glimmer paper when I got started.

However, I was lucky and got inspired and came up with not one but TWO cards using my glimmer paper that I’m pretty excited to share with you today.  So, hopefully you enjoy these cards too and they give you some fun new ideas to try out.

 

Card 1:  Two Hearts Congratulations

This was my first “big idea”.  I am slightly obsessed right now with the technique of punching out a shape and then accenting it with a decorative paper below it.  So, in this case, I decided to do two hearts and pop it up on dimensionals over Silver glimmer paper.

I grabbed my Silver Dazzle pen and dashed out an outline around the holes to accent them and tie in to the silver theme.  Then I started with two small Razzleberry punched out hearts in the center of each larger heart, but I just really didn’t like how it looked.  But, put a flower from the Flower Trim ribbon on top of the Razzleberry hearts (so a little of the darker color shows through), and it looks great!

Then I just added the simple “congratulations” sentiment across the top.
(shhhh – want to know a secret?  I totally stamped a different sentiment directly on my base paper and it looked awful!  So, I had to go with plan B – the banner.  I think it works, don’t you?)

Card 2 – Interlocking Wedding Rings

So after finishing the first card, I had this idea that was itching in the back of my mind to do something that looked like two wedding rings.  I had no clue how I was going to do it, but I knew I just needed to try!

The rings were created by punching a 1 1/4” circle out of a piece of Silver Glimmer paper.  Then lining up a 1 3/8” circle over the hole to create a slim ring of silver.  Then I used my Tombow liquid glue to adhere it to my card.  I used the 1 1/4” circles as accents to the left and right of the rings.

And if you are curious about the base cardstock, I used Very Vanilla cardstock and spritzed with the Silver Smooches spritz.

If you have any questions about any of these cards, leave me a comment and I’ll make sure to fill you in!  (Or just leave me a comment and let me know what you think because it always makes my day to get a comment on a blog post. Smile )

 

And don’t miss more great wedding/anniversary inspiration at the other stops along the route –

Blog Hop Participants:

  1. Shellie G. of Craft Smashup
  2. Pam S. of Stampin’ in the Sun!
  3. Nancy B. of Lady Stamps-A-Lot
  4. Tonya B. of Stampin’ with Tonya
  5. Dawn S. of Dawn’s Creative Chalet
  6. Darcy J. of DJ’s Stampin’ Place
  7. Pamela W. of Stinky Tofu
  8. Kim R. of Stamping with Kim
  9. Justin K. of JK Cards
  10. Jennifer B. of NW Stamper  —>  YOU ARE HERE
  11. Bree R. of Craft-somnia
  12. Diana E. of Stampin’ Fun with Diana

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Adorable Easter Class Projects, Punch Art, & a Blog Hop!

It’s the first Thursday of the month and that means the Stylin’ Stampin’ Squad blog hop.  I lucked out because this month the theme is Easter/Spring and I just so happen to have my Everything Easter class coming up this weekend on Sunday!

So I thought I would share some of the projects we’ll be doing in the class and give you some inspiration for what you could do for your own Easter baskets!

 

Not-so-tiny Treat Pouch!

I had been looking at some past projects and saw some old treat pouches that were made with a Big Shot die that retired a few years back.  It reminded me of the fun and easy idea of a no-sided bag that holds a pouch of treats in the middle.  Did that make any sense at all?  I bet not, so here – how about a picture to show you what I mean?

 

Does that make more sense now?

Ok, so this is really easy to make and you can change it up for any event or holiday.

In this case, I took a 4”x12” piece of Certainly Celery cardstock and scored at 5” and 7”.  Then I used my new Ovals Framelits to cut out a piece of Pool Party core’dinations cardstock to make my top flap!  I then embossed the top flap and sanded down the dots for a subtle, textured effect.

The stamped flowers are from the Madison Avenue stamp set that is only available as a free stamp set with a $50 order.  The flowers are separate from the leaves and it makes for some great stamping options.

Tip:

  • Use Sticky Strip (red line tape) to attach the scallop oval flap to the back of your pouch.  This helps hold up with multiple openings of the pouch.
  • Use a slim velcro dot to keep your flap closed on the front of your pouch – this allows for easy reuse later.
  • Secure a clear envelope or card sleeve to the front-inside panel of your base cardstock.  (So in my picture, behind where my stamped flowers are).  This helps with the stability of the pouch and keeps the candy from getting away. Smile 

Punch Art Easter Duck / Chick

I’ll admit I don’t have many Easter stamps.  But that is usually ok because there are so many adorable punch art options that are perfect for Easter!

Like take this duck punch art for example …  isn’t he CUTE!

I just love this little guy and knew I had to share him with my friends for the class.  I tried to use as few punches as necessary but ended up with 6 punches used:

  • Ornament Punch
  • 1 3/4” Circle Punch
  • 1 3/4” Scallop Circle Punch
  • 1 1/4” Scallop Circle Punch
  • Large Oval Punch
  • Circle from Itty Bitty Punch Pack

The funny thing about this sample card is that this duck was my “figure it out” version and then I made a “nice sample” version where I sponged the edges of the different body parts, made sure everything was on straight, etc.  But when I was putting together the card, I grabbed a duck….glued…. and then realized I had used my messy version instead of the “nice” one.  Smile  I guess it didn’t turn out too bad, huh?

I have two more projects for the Everything Easter class on Sunday – a card and an awesome punch art bunny treat box!  Sadly, I didn’t get them photographed in time for today, but I’ll try to share them soon.

Until then, if you want more inspiration for your Easter and Spring projects, check out the other talented stampers who are sharing their great ideas on our blog hop!  Click the “Next Blog” image or your favorite link below:

  1. Shellie G. of Craft Smashup
  2. Annie L. of Love Me Cards
  3. Nancy B. of Lady Stamps-A-Lot
  4. Rose C. of Stamp with Rose
  5. Tonya B. of Stampin’ with Tonya
  6. Dawn S. of Dawn’s Creative Chalet
  7. Darcy J. of DJ’s Stampin’ Place
  8. Pamela W. of Stinky Tofu
  9. Kim R. of Stamping with Kim
  10. Heidi B of Stuck on Stampin’
  11. Jennifer B of NW Stamper  <—YOU ARE HERE!
  12. Bree of Craft-somnia
  13. Diana E of Stampin’ Fun with Diana

I hope you enjoyed my projects I shared today!

I’d love to hear what you think – please leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

 

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Cheery Bright Blossoms

I have to admit, when I first saw the Bright Blossoms stamp set, I wasn’t sure that it was really my style or even that I liked it that much.  But I have to admit, the more I see it the more I like it!  Especially the stamp that I used on the card today.  There is something about this flower that I think is pretty cute and is perfect for clean and simple cards like this:

 

I know, the lighting isn’t the best in that picture so, here is another picture and you can see that how crisp the Tangerine Tango and the Whisper White look together.

 

Oh and did I mention how fun I think it is that the pattern in the stamp set matches the pattern in the Summer Smooches designer paper.  🙂  I know I can’t be the only one who loves coordination like this.

So, I’d love to hear, what do you think of this stamp set, thumbs up or thumbs down?

Bright Blossoms - Clear-Mount Stamp

Bright Blossoms Stamp Set (#125497)

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Summer Smooches Card Blitz

I am very lucky to be back in the same area as my many levels up-upline because she holds large group meetings a couple times a year.  Recently Alisha Linn showed some fun card ideas and so I’ve made a couple of tweaks and then put them together into a class to share with my customers and friends. We’ll be making a set of cards using the new Summer Smooches designer paper, the coordinating Bright Blossoms stamp set, and matching In Colors and Brights Collection cardstock and accessories. And punches…so many fun punches!

Well, today I wanted to share one of the cards and a cool detail I learned with it!  Here is one of 6 cards we will be making at the class:

 

Now, I think it is a cute card, but I love the idea of making dimensional paper buttons this way!  They are each made by punching out multiple circle punches to layer from your cardstock and then the top “button” is made into a button by punching two holes with your 1/16” hole puncher.  Cute, huh?

 

So, are you curious to see everything we will be making and getting in the class kit for this event?  I thought I’d show you all the ideas so you could see some ideas for using your Summer Smooches designer paper and Bright Blossoms stamps.

 

If you are in the Seattle area and are interested in attending the class in person, let me know.  The class is on 6/24 at 1:30pm in Redmond.  It’s a packed kit for this class and includes:

  • Supplies to make all 6 dimensional cards.  Papers will be precut and ready for you to stamp, punch, and assemble
  • Envelopes for all of your cards
  • 6 half sheets from the Summer Smooches designer paper(so a 6″x12″ sheet of each different double-sided design)
  • A full package of Rhinestone basic jewels
  • A half sheet of foam dimensional dots
  • A personal tape runner, so you will have awesome adhesive to hold all the layers and ribbon 🙂
  • Printed instructions for each card so you can make more later!

All that for only $35!  RSVP’s with your payment must be received by 9am on June 18th to enable me to ensure I order enough supplies for everyone.

Save $5 off the class fee!  The last day for the Early Bird Discount is 6/14! 

Learn more and RSVP here

 

If you think the cards are cute but aren’t in the area, I can make kits by mail for you.  It will include everything listed above and all punched pieces will be pre-punched for you.  I am not able to pre-stamp images but I’ve included an option to add in the coordinating Bright Blossoms stamp set we will be using on the cards so you can play along right away!

Summer Smooches Kit Options (all prices include shipping)
6-card kit$35.00 USD Kit + Bright Blossoms stamp set (clear)$50.00 USD Kit + Bright Blossoms stamp set (wood)$55.00 USD

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Party Pinwheels and In Color Floral Fusion

Last week was my new catalog preview party and after I put out my  catalogs, samples, and door prize, I decided I needed some more decorations.  So, I thought it would be fun to make some pinwheels with some of the great designer series paper I had lying around.  These are so easy to make – all you need is a square of paper, a brad, and a straw!

Do you like how I have them standing up too?  🙂  See, us crafters are creative!  I grabbed shot glasses and unpopped popcorn – perfect!

Next I thought I’d show you the card we made as the make and take.  I wanted to show off the new In Colors and the amazingly awesome In Color stitched satin ribbon.  This card was inspired by a card by Pam Steckman, but I loved how the Floral Fusion Sizzlit die was perfect to show off the colors.  I just curved up the flower petals to help them pop off the page.

I used each of the In Colors and then put a rhinestone in the center for some fun bling.  Then we added the satin ribbon and then stamped with the new Midnight Muse ink the sentiment at the bottom of the card from the delightful dozen stamp set.  It’s a simple card but packs a punch!

Hopefully the girls enjoyed this card as much as I did!

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