Fun with Flower Shop stamps and Doilies

Just a quick card share today – this was another card we made at our recent club night.  I was playing with a little bit of everything at my craft table to create this texture-rich card.

The one thing that is a little different about this card, but can be hard to tell when looking at it, is that we actually cut the white Tea Lace Doily in half and overlapped the pieces so that the total size of the doily is a little bit smaller than normal. That let us have the look of the doily without it taking over the entire width of the card.

The nice thing is that the Calypso Coral chevron ribbon covers up the seam where we glued together our halves of the doily so no one would ever know!

Add some Naturals Specialty Composition paper and some images from the Flower Shop stamp set and you have yourself a card!

Stampin’ Up! Card Supplies
Stamps:  Flower Shop, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Pear Pizzazz, Calypso Coral
Paper:  Pear Pizzazz, Naturals Composition designer paper
Accessories: Tea Lace doily, Calypso Coral chevron ribbon, Subtles Buttons, Pansy Punch, 2-1/2” Circle punch

 

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A Little Bit of This and That for a Fun Thank You Card

I have a “matchy-matchy” mind I’m learning.  When I have product kits or coordinating suites, I tend to make projects that use all the stuff from that one collection.  So, that makes today’s share a bit more impressive for me since I pretty much used a little bit of this and that of things lying around my craft table to create this fun thank you card for a friend.

Greeting Card Kids Designer Brad thank you

 

I was playing with a few of my favorite new things (the Oh Hello stamp set and Tea for Two designer paper), but then I wanted to give the new Designer Brads a try.

I used my Pink Pirouette cardstock to make the small pink circle in the middle of the brad (you use the circle from the Itty Bitty Punch pack to easily punch this out).  Then I loosely formed a bow with the new Two Tone ribbon and then wrapped my designer brad around the center of the bow to pinch it together and make a cute accent.  The wrapping the brad tines around the bow did use up most of the metal from the brad tines, and so I ended up adhering my bow to my card with glue dots.

But all together, it was fun putting this card together and hopefully my friend liked it. Smile

And for those of you scrapbookers out there, stop by my blog tomorrow for another installment of Scrapbooking Sunday!  See you then!

 

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Greeting Card Kids Thank You Recipe:
Stamps:
Teeny Tiny Wishes, Oh Hello, Greeting Card Kids

Ink: River Rock, Basic Grey, Pink Pirouette marker
Paper: Whisper White cs, Pink Pirouette cs, River Rock cs, Tea For Two designer paper
Accessories: Two-Tone Ribbon (Basic Grey), Designer Brads, Itty Bitty Punch pack, Glue Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Smashed Bottle Cap/Soda Pop Top Spring Card

Ever since I went to Leadership in January, I have been dying to try out the technique of smashing the soda pop tops with your Big Shot to create these super cute embellishments.  For some reason I thought it was going to be super hard or complicated… or something that made me a little bit intimidated to give it a try.  But then one day I decided to just go for it and I was shocked at how easy it was!

So, I just had to put together a card to share with my group at my monthly team conference call/meeting.  I showed them how easy it was and then had supplies for everyone to make this card:

I just had to use some of my new favorites including Tea for Two designer paper and the Honeycomb embossing folder for the base of the card.

But check out this pop top… isn’t is awesome when smashed?!?

How to Smash Your Soda Pop Top in Your Big Shot

Ok, so if you want to do this yourself, this is what you need to do:

1.  Put your white multi-purpose platform on the Big Shot base with all of the tabs/shims flipped open

2.  Sandwich your bottle cap/pop top between the two clear cutting plates and place on top of the multi-purpose platform

3.  Run through your Big Shot

That’s it!  It smashes fast and like buttah!  I have way too much fun doing this. Smile

I just used the 1” Circle Punch after I stamped my image from the Collage Curious stamp set (stamped on River Rock cardstock) and adhered it to the inside of the pop top.  Then I filled the inside with Crystal Effects. 

I will warn you it takes a long time to dry!  Like seriously, it took probably about 45 min for mine to dry because I used soooo much Crystal Effects.  But it looks so awesome that I just had to do it.

So if you haven’t tried this smashed soda pop top technique yet, you totally should!  Give it a try and let me know what you think.

 

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Smashed Recipe:
Stamps:
Teeny Tiny Wishes, Collage Curious
Ink: Crumb Cake, Markers: Calypso Coral, Certainly Celery
Paper: Very Vanilla cs, Certainly Celery cs, Tea For Two designer paper
Accessories: Big Shot, Honeycomb embossing folder, Glue Dots, Crystal Effects, Paper Snips, Calypso Coral ruffled ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Halloween Colors but not a Halloween Card

This afternoon, I finally got to have some quality time with Photoshop on my computer and finished editing a bunch of project photos to share here on my blog.  However, when the time came to pick what to share with you tonight, I kept gravitating towards Christmas cards, and while I can’t wait to share more holiday ideas with you, I just wanted to give Halloween and pretty fall colors their time too.  🙂

So I thought I would share this card I received as a swap at convention that I just loved.  I thought it was so pretty and a great way to show that a few simple punches and some tied ribbon can make a big impression.

 

I don’t know who the designer was of this card since there is no name or contact info on it (though if you do know, please let me know so I can give proper credit!) but whoever you are, thanks for the great inspiration!

All the butterflies are from the Papillion Potpourri stamp set and the main butterfly was punched using the new butterfly punch.  Yes, I know what is going on my Christmas and Birthday wish list!  I just love the versatility I see in this stamp set and punch.  Does anyone really miss the old butterfly punch?  🙂

Anyway, hope you enjoyed this non-Christmas inspiration.  I’ll be back again with more Christmas cards soon!


PS – Ready for the new Stampin’ Trimmer?

I just want to make sure everyone had heard… Stampin’ Up! is finally ready with their new and very improved paper trimmer.  It is available for demonstrators to preorder now and will be available for all orders starting in November.  So get your wish lists ready!

If you have any questions about the trimmer and why it is so awesome, let me know and I can fill you in.  I got to play with one at Convention and have been impatiently waiting ever since :).

 

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Papillion Potpourri Orange and Black Card Recipe
Stamps:
Teeny Tiny Wishes, Papillion Potpourri
Ink: Tangerine Tango, Basic Black
Paper: Basic Black, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White
Accessories: Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Basic Black Scallop dotted ribbon, Tangerine Tango 1/8” taffeta ribbon, 1-3/8” circle punch, butterfly punch, scallop circle punch, word window punch, modern label punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals, basic rhinestones

Orchard Harvest Thinking of You Card

Orchard Harvest was one of those designer papers that I loved as soon as I saw it in the catalog and so I had to get some.  But then my fear of using things up kicked in and I just looked at it and couldn’t bring myself to cut it up.

Well… as I look at my box of retired designer papers that I also couldn’t bear to use up… I am trying to get better and actually enjoy the papers and share them with others. 🙂  So, here is the first step – a fun fall card!

 

I tried to mix up a few textures and dimension with this card.  We have the patterned paper, embossed Lucky Limeade paper using the Stripes embossing folder, some Stitched Satin ribbon, and then the smallest sized Labels framelit for the sentiment.

I have to admit though, my favorite thing about this card is that I used the colors that were found in the Orchard Harvest paper to pick the other elements of the card.  And so because of that, I discovered that More Mustard and Raspberry Ripple can actually go together!  I would never have thought those colors could go together but they totally do!

 

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Orchard Harvest Card Recipe
Stamps:
Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Early Espresso, More Mustard
Paper: More Mustard, Lucky Limeade, Whisper White, Orchard Harvest dsp
Accessories: Big Shot, Labels Framelit, Stripes embossing folder, Sponge Daubers, Basic Rhinestones, Stitched Satin Ribbon (Raspberry Ripple), Stampin’ Dimensionals

Peek-a-boo Emboss Resist with Raining Flowers

Oops, I was so focused on getting the first week of my 12 weeks of Christmas newsletter ready that I totally got behind and forgot to get this post up! Well, I’m fixing that now.  (and if you want to get exclusive holiday ideas sent to your inbox, just make sure you are on my mailing list and you will be all set!  And can I just say I LOVE the first project…. soooo elegant. Smile)

This is another fun idea for how to use your clear embossing powders.  I don’t know what the “official” name for this technique is called – so I’m going to call it Peek-a-boo Emboss Resist.

 

imageTo get this effect, you want to find some fun pattern of designer paper and stamp your SOLID stamp image (like this flower from the Raining Flowers stamp set) onto the paper with Versamark ink.  Cover with clear embossing powder and heat with your heat gun.

Now, use your brayer to run a dark color over your designer paper until you can’t see the paper’s pattern any more.  The embossed areas will resist the ink (you can take a tissue and wipe off any extra ink that is trying to stick around).  So, your pattern will show through the inked area and “peek-a-boo” through!

I will say, the hardest part is picking what pattern to show under your stamped image… at least for me. Smile  I had to hold up paper patterns and stamp images to my mom to decide what to try out for this card and so, thanks to her for this card!

This was one of the cards we made for my Awesome Embossing class.  I’m thinking of putting this class together as an online class.  So, let me know if you would like to see this as an online class and I’ll make sure to put it together to share!

 

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Raining Flowers Emboss Resist Card Recipe
Stamps:
Raining Flowers, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Island Indigo, Versamark
Paper: Whisper White, Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight, River Rock cardstock, Summer Smooches designer series paper
Accessories: heat gun, clear embossing powder, embossing buddy, modern label punch, word window punch, mini silver brads, paper piercer, brayer

Scentsational Gingerbread Man Christmas Card

Last night was the monthly team meeting for my group of fabulous Fun n’ Crafty folks on my Stampin’ Up! team.  I love having the chance to chat and stamp with some amazing crafters from across the US!  If you have been thinking of joining Stampin’ Up!, I’d love to have you join our fun group!

Well, I wanted to share some stamping tips and ideas and so I put together this card to share.  Its one of my first playings with the new Scentsational Season stamp set.

Now this Gingerbread man begs to be used with the oh so yummy Sugar and Spice scented embossing powder.  Oh man, I love opening that jar of embossing powder. 🙂

Anyway, the point of this card was to show how you can do embossing with a colored image without needing to stamp first in the color and then use the stamp-a-ma-jig to line up your image in versamark.  Yes, that way totally works, but I’m lazy sometimes.  So, I showed how you can do the following steps to some great embossing:

  1. Ink your stamp using Versamark ink
  2. Ink your stamp using your color of choice (notice that I didn’t say “stamp” in between step 1 and 2!)
  3. Stamp your image
  4. Sprinkle on your embossing powder
  5. Heat emboss and enjoy!

Because the versamark is layered on first when you are inking up your stamp, that means it is exposed last when you stamp on your paper – so the versamark is the top layer of ink on your paper.  That makes the sticky Versamark available to grab and hold the embossing powder.

I also thought I would show off some of the cool Core’dinations cardstock in Cherry Cobbler.  Its just a cute way to easily add some flair to your paper edges.

 

Well, I hope you enjoyed this card and stamping idea!  If you have any questions about it or the benefits of becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, just drop me a line and I’d love to chat!

 

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Scentsational Christmas Card Recipe
Stamps:
Scentsational Season, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Soft Suede, Versamark, Cherry Cobbler
Paper: Soft Suede, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler Core’dinations cardstock, Festival of Prints designer series paper stack
Accessories: Heat Tool, Sugar and Spice embossing powder, sponge dauber, stampin’ dimensionals