Bye Bye Button Buddies–more class samples

I really need to do this more often… hold a class (or just challenge myself) to create a set of cards using each of the stamps in a stamp set.  When I did this for my All Occasions card class focusing on Button Buddies, I was stumped on one or two stamp sets but loved the challenge of trying to do something different with each of the images (especially with trying to not do a Halloween or Thanksgiving card using the pumpkin stamp!)

This was the card most people picked as their favorite from the class:

I had fun with the bright colors and I pulled out the Striped Organdy ribbon from the spring catalog to add a little extra in the middle.

And then there was the pumpkin card…  I was a bit stuck on fall and Thanksgiving and so I kept it in theme and made it a thank you card!

We colored in the pumpkin image with markers and then stamped 3 times without reinking.  So:

  1. Color your image and stamp the center pumpkin
  2. Immediately stamp the pumpkin to the left of your center pumpkin
  3. Immediately stamp the pumpkin to the right of your center pumpkin
  4. Clean the stamp

That gives you the stamped images but slightly faded for the main image.  Then add a matching button and you get that extra pop!

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Stampin’ Up! Supples Used
– Button Buddies, Delightful Dozen
Paper – Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Early Espresso, River Rock, Crumb Cake
Ink – Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight, Primrose Petals, Tangerine Tango marker, Gumball Green marker
Accessories – 1 3/4” Scallop Circle punch, Brights Designer Buttons, Glue Dots, Old Olive Striped organdy ribbon


Simply Soft Elegant Mother’s Day Card

I keep forgetting Mother’s Day is this weekend!  Thankfully, I ran a class last week specifically for creating Mother’s Day cards, so now I have a stash that I can use this weekend since I’m sure I’ll forget again and think I have a couple weeks. 🙂  Today I thought I’d share one of my favorite cards from the class using the Simply Soft hostess set.  I like that it looks simple yet elegant:

hostess mothers day card full


This is also one of the cards that went out this month in my Cards To Go program, so hopefully some folks are getting good use out of this design for Mother’s Day too!

To create the banner points at the end of the sentiment, I used the Pennant Punch punching technique I described in this blog post.  I love it!

hostess mothers day card pennant


Finally, I added a bit of fun to this class by creating coordinated envelopes to go with the cards.  In this case we stamped the outline shape on the front of the envelope and then did the colored flower heads on the back flap of the envelope back of hostess mothers day card envelope


I don’t know why I always forget to stamp my envelopes… but when you have Whisper White envelopes from Stampin’ Up! its almost a waste not to stamp on them since the paper is explicitly made to be excellent to stamp on.

I’m thinking this is going to go to my Grandma…another elegant lady in my life. 🙂

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Mother’s Day Card with Presto Patterns

If you got my April newsletter recently, you may recognize part of this card!  I wanted to show some of the fun things you can do with Presto Patterns specialty paper.  See, many people either don’t realize what it is (because in the catalog it shows up as white with brown lines to show the design) or you saw the paper but couldn’t imagine what you would want with white paper with white embossing.  So, for those of you who haven’t seen it, this is what the paper looks like:

But you add a bit of sponging, even using multiple colors and you can turn those plain designs into super pretty pieces for your cards!  I used one piece on the card below to show you what I mean:

I also had to play with the folded ribbon.  I LOVE seam binding ribbon…have I said that before? Smile  So, I recently got the Crumb Cake color and decided to play with it in this card.  To make my rolls, I used the Snail adhesive and put a little bit down on one side of the ribbon and then folded the ribbon over to make the rounded part.  Then I kept using the Snail on the front of the ribbon so I could fold the ribbon back on itself and so on.  Yeah, I know, that was a terrible explanation.  If anyone is interested in how I did it, let me know and I can take pictures or something to show you better.  Anyway I had to finish it off with one of the rose adornments and a pearl.  Perfect for mom!

I wanted a sentiment but you can’t stamp directly on the Presto Patterns paper very well (because the ink won’t stick to the embossed pattern) and I didn’t really want a punch out to distract from the pattern, so I stamped on some cardstock vellum and adhered to the front of the card so the pattern could show through.

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Happy Mother’s Day Presto Patterns Recipe
  Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Peach Parfait, Daffodil Delight, Blush Blossom
Paper:  Presto Patterns specialty paper, Botanical Gazette designer paper, Old Olive cardstock, Cardstock Vellum
Accessories:  Crumb Cake seam binding ribbon, yellow sponge, adhesive Pearls, Vintage Flower adornments, Snail