furry hugs – sending hugs card

Sending Hugs card, made with Stampin' Up! product.

Sending Hugs

“Sending Hugs” is quite possibly one of my favorite card sentiments, and who doesn’t love puppies and kittens?  Today’s card is 100% recycled – there’s nothing here I haven’t done before.  The only difference is that this time, I used different paper and stamps.  This card, however, was an important one for me, because it was a reminder that you don’t have to re-invent the wheel every time you make a card.  Stamp sets aren’t meant to be used once, then discarded.  And a nice design can be used over and over, with different colors and images, or even the same colors and images, and it’s still special because you made it.

Herringbone

The herringbone technique is a favorite of mine – you can see a tutorial here.  It’s such a fun way to use up scraps of patterned paper!  Sometimes, I use strips of very different colors or patterns, but this time, I went very monochrome.  I wanted a soft look, and I think I got that.  The Designer Series Paper is from Stampin’ Up, but it’s old – long since retired – but you can use any paper for this.  I cut all of my sheets into 1/2″ thick strips before gluing them down in the herringbone pattern.  Different-sized strips and different papers create all sorts of different looks.  It’s one of the reasons I love this technique – that, and it looks so fancy, yet is so easy to do.

Images and Sentiment

Of course, I just had to buy Stampin’ Up’s Bella and Friends, and Pretty Kitty stamp sets.  Cute cats (and dogs) – totally my style – and still available!  I stamped one of each, and colored them with Prismacolor Pencils, blended with odorless mineral spirits, fussy-cut them out, and went around the edges with a black, brush-tipped marker.  The heart on Bella, and the collar on the cat were both topped with a red gel pen, to make them bright and shiny.  (Totally off-topic here, but can someone please tell me why the puppy has a name, and the cat does not?!!)

The sentiment was pieced together from the Sunshine Sayings stamp set.  This one is designed for piecing the words together, though I did have to do a little “improvising” to get this particular sentiment.  The set includes “Sending”, and “& Hugs”, so I just cut off the “&”.  I still have it, and can use it if I want, but the stamp is so much more useful to me now.  (Hey, there’s nothing wrong with modifying your stamps to do what you want them to.)  I stamped the sentiment in black and added 3 tiny stamped pink hearts.  After punching it out with a label punch, I added a second label in pink, to give it a shadow.

I die-cut a heart, glued the two little cuties to it, and adhered both the heart and my sentiment to the background with dimensionals.  This is just a really easy, sweet, little Thinking of You card, that will hopefully bring some cheer to the recipient.  Here’s a close-Up:

Sending Hugs card, made with Stampin' Up products.

While the herringbone technique does take a little bit of time to set up, I promise it’s easy, and very forgiving.  But this card would still be adorable with a simple, matted piece of Designer Series Paper, and maybe a slightly larger heart with two little furry friends stamped right onto it – no fussy-cutting needed. 

Thank you for stopping by!  And remember, smiles are contagious.  If you can’t find yours, please let me know, and I’ll give you one of mine.  😀  Have a beautiful day!

 

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hello sunshine card tutorial

Hello Sunshine - handmade card using Stampin' Up products.

Hello Sunshine!

Today’s card is super simple, but I have a small surprise – I have finally recorded another video tutorial!  It’s been over a year since I did one of these (yikes!), and in that time, I haven’t learned a darn thing about doing videos, LOL.  I am still completely terrified on camera, and pretty lost with all the technical stuff, but the only way I’m going to get better is to practice, so…

(Feel free to laugh at me – I can’t hear you.)   😉

Card Details

The video spells it out, but for those who prefer written instructions, I started with Peekaboo Peach cardstock, creating a standard A2 card-base (5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″).  I then took a piece of white cardstock, cut to 5-1/4″ x 4″.  I used the Watercolor Wash background stamp, and created a sort of ombre look by pouncing four different colors of ink on the stamp, using little sponge wedges – Daffodil Delight, Peekaboo Peach, Calypso Coral, and Tangerine Tango.  Then, I added some little dots and splotches of color – I put color straight from my ink pad to my acrylic block, and then used a paint brush and a little water to flick bits of ink onto the paper.

Die-cuts

The “sun” is just two of the Swirly Scribbles dies cut from Daffodil Delight.  I die-cut the word “sunshine” from both the daffodil paper, and Tangerine Tango, so I could give it a little bit of a shadow.  All of the yellow pieces were coated with Wink of Stella, so they have some glimmer (which my camera absolutely refused to pick up).

Finishing Touches

I stamped the word “hello” three times, added three thin strips of cardstock to the left side, added three tiny pearls, and called it finished.  Like I said, super easy-peasy.  And fun!  You could use this ombre background with flicks of color for all sorts of different cards.  And the possibilities for these die sets are just endless.  With a little thought, I’d be willing to bet that all of you could totally improve on this card idea.  And if you do, I hope you will share it with me.  I’d love to see what you come up with!

Additional Thoughts

In the oh-so-awkward introduction of my video tutorial, I mentioned that I am much better about putting my thoughts on “paper” then on camera, so here is some of what I wanted to say…

When I was very young, all I needed was some paper and pens, or a coloring book and crayons, and I could keep myself happy for hours. Since then, my life has taken some rather interesting twists and turns.  How I got “here” is a VERY long story, but in short, I feel a bit like I’ve come full-circle.  I’m finding that, once again, I am completely at peace when I have some paper and coloring tools in front of me.  This, paper-crafting, is what I was born to do.  The only difference now is that I no longer feel that I have to hide away and craft all alone.

Just paper and pencil.

Share

I believe that we are all connected – to each other, and to the world around us.  It’s those connections that give our lives meaning.  Everything we do becomes more, when we share it with others.  Maintaining this blog, having a social media presence, creating videos, and most recently, becoming a Stampin’ Up demonstrator… this is my way of sharing, but none of it is necessary to enjoy this hobby.  If playing with paper and color brings you joy, then by all means, find a way to do it.

I said in the video that “what I lack in talent, I think I make up for in passion”.  The message I am trying to convey is that crafting isn’t about perfection, or being the best.  It’s about the joy of the act itself.  And there is nothing better than sharing that joy with others.  So if you’ve wanted to try this card-making stuff, but thought you weren’t “creative enough”, or “talented enough”, or couldn’t afford all the fancy tools, then the message I most want to share with you is JUST DO IT.  All you really need is paper and pencil.

Thank you – all of you – for sharing this journey with me!  Have a creative, beautiful, joyful day!

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swirly bunny card

Handmade Easter Card made with Stampin' Up's Swirly Scribbles Dies.

Swirly Bunny Fun

Stampin’ Up has some of the cutest Easter stamp and die sets, so I’ve been looking forward to make some happy Spring-Easter-bunny-egg cards.  This card started with my swirly bunny.  I’m not the first one to come up with the idea of using the Swirly Scribbles die set to create a bunny body – these swirls lend themselves to so many different things!  I started with one smaller and one larger round swirl, cut in Sweet Sugarplum, then adhered to matching paper.  Then I just used scissors to fussy-cut around the shapes.  The swirls aren’t as pronounced this way, but it does add some subtle texture while still looking like a bunny.

Swirly Ears

I wanted to have his ears be swirly, too, so I pulled out the Sunshine Wishes die set.  It has a similar look, but different shapes.  I was able to take the flower shape, cut off the stem and two petals, and make those ears.  Here’s the die-cut flower before I did the cutting – I’ve colored everything I removed in black, so you can see how I got the ears:

To assemble the bunny, I just glued his body and ears directly to the card, but popped up his head with dimensionals.  His tail also came from the Swirly Scribbles die set.  I cut it from some white cardstock, and also some white foam.  I layered the cardstock on top of the foam, and glued it to the bunny’s backside.

Eggstra Special Background

For the background, I took four different egg stamps from the Basket Bunch set, arranged them on an acrylic block, then stamped them repeatedly on a piece of Pink Pirouette paper, with matching ink.  By putting all four eggs on one block, it took no time at all to stamp all those eggs, and by turning the block different directions, it still looks very random.  Stamping some of them off the edge of the paper also helps to make it look more natural.

The Sentiment

The sentiment is from a retired set called Loads of Love Accessories, stamped in Sweet Sugarplum, punched into a circle, and adhered to a slightly larger scalloped circle, then attached with dimensionals.  I’m still using up some older supplies, but Stampin’ Up does have lots of sentiments that would work, along with round & scalloped dies and punches.

Bunny Love

I am absolutely in love with the Basket Bunch stamp set!  While I only used the eggs here, I will definitely be using more of it for lots of future cards.  Who doesn’t love bunnies and chicks?  In fact, I’m determined to figure out how to use these for more than Easter cards.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  If you have any questions, comments, ideas, or just random thoughts, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment or send me an e-mail.  I really want to connect with other stampers and card-makers!  Have a beautiful day!

 

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sweet tasty treats truck card

Handmade card using Stampin' Up's Tasty Trucks stamp set.

Tasty Trucks

Well, I’m afraid today is the last day of Stampin’ Up’s Sale-A-Bration, and I was just bound and determined to get my Tasty Truck on the road… on the blog, before the event is over. (If you want this stamp set, you’ll have to act fast – after today, it will be retired.) The good news, of course, is that we are getting really, really close to the new annual catalog release! Woohoo!

My Sweet Truck

Well, I actually had a lot of fun ideas for this truck, but in the end, I went with something easy so I could get it here quickly.  I started with an old Deckled Rectangles die, but seriously, you could use ANY die, or even just a good trimmer, for this card.  After cutting three rectangles (all the same size) in Melon Mambo, So Saffron, and white, I stamped the truck on the white piece, colored it with Prismacolor pencils, blended with a bit of odorless mineral spirits, and hand-wrote “Tasty Treats” with a black Sharpie.  I actually stamped a couple of these, so I could cut out various parts and pop them up for extra dimension.  The flag, the awning over the window, and the wheels are all popped up with dimensionals.  I also inked the edges of my rectangle with some Flirty Flamingo ink.

The Background

For the other two rectangles, I wanted to do “something” to add interest, but that wouldn’t detract from my cute little truck., I opted to use just one stamp on each, and stamp it repeatedly with ink that matched the paper. On a thin strip of white cardstock, I stamped the sentiment, using Melon Mambo ink.  I just used my scissors to give it nice little fish-tail ends.  The edges are inked to make it match the truck rectangle, and it’s applied with more dimensionals.  Everything is adhered to a Flirty Flamingo card-base.  Here’s a close-up:

Handmade card using Stampin' Up's Tasty Trucks stamp set.

Additional Stamp Set

The word “SWEET” (stamped repeatedly on the Melon Mambo rectangle) and the sentiment, are both from Stampin’ Up’s Cool Treats stamp set.  It’s from the annual catalog, so you still have some time to pick that one up.  It is chock-full of (soy) ice cream cone images, and sundaes and such.  If you missed the Tasty Trucks, you can still make an awesome Tasty Treats cards with all of the sweets (just maybe not on wheels).

So what is your favorite warm weather treat?  Mine was So Delicious Soymilk Mocha Fudge, but it looks like they’ve discontinued it.  However, I see a So Delicious Almond Milk Mocha Almond Fudge that has my name written all over it.  Mmmmm!  Okay, I think it’s time for lunch… I’m getting very hungry, for some reason.  😉

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have an awesome tasty sweet day!

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soft flowers & glimmer butterflies – avant-garden birthday card

Handmade card using the Stampin' Up Avant Garden stamp set, and Sunshine Wishes Die set.

Easy-Peasy Flowers

I am convinced that you just can’t make a bad card with Stampin’ Up’s Avant-Garden stamp set.  The soft flower stamp is just so forgiving – it has a sort of casual, watercolor look to it, so no matter how you stamp it, it comes out looking fabulous.  For this card, I actually stamped each flower twice, turning the stamp 180°, to create a fuller flower.  I stamped them on white cardstock, and fussy-cut them out, leaving a little white space around the edges.  For the flower centers, I used a hole punch to cut out a tiny circle of Glimmer Paper, and popped it up with foam.  The leaves were all stamped in Bermuda Bay, but I was able to create some variance in color by stamping them off.  (I stamped a leaf, and then immediately stamped a second leaf, without re-inking the stamp.)

Glimmer Butterflies

Now, I have a feeling that the little die from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Die set is actually supposed to be a small flower… but the first time I saw it, I immediately thought “butterfly”.  So, I used a little bit of my Glimmer Paper to die-cut three of them.  Then, I hand-cut tiny bodies from black cardstock, and added some antennae from the Watercolor Wings stamp set.  The butterflies are adhered to the card with just a Glue Dot on the body, so the wings can “fly”. (I just had to use some of that awesome Sale-A-Bration Glimmer Paper – so sorry that it’s sold out – but Stampin’ Up does have some other Glimmer Paper.)  The stamped sentiment is from the Cottage Greetings stamp set – stamped on a Pink Pirouette rectangle, matted with Rich Razzleberry, with two rounded corners for interest.  Here’s a close-up:

Handmade card, using Stampin' Up's Avant-Garden stamp set.

The Finishing Touches

I felt like the card needed a bit more of that Bermuda Bay Glimmer Paper to balance it off, so I added a thin strip along the left-hand side.  After rounding one corner, I adhered the entire pink flower scene to a Rich Razzleberry card-base.

This was actually my second version.  I wasn’t as happy with my first attempt.  (Yes, I said you can’t make a bad card with this stamp set.  This one wasn’t bad… just more like “practice”.)  For my first card, I used a bit of the Mint Macaron Glimmer Paper, and used some rhinestones for the flower centers.  I used a white base, and stamped some stems for the flowers.

Handcard card, using Stampin' Up's Avant-Garden stamp set.

Well, I know we’re really getting down to the wire… just a few short days left for Sale-A-Bration.  Do you have your Avant-Garden stamp set yet?   Free with $50.00 purchase.

Thanks for stopping by, and have an amazing day!  Keep on stampin’!

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day-dreamin’ chicken – hey chick card

Handmade card made with Stampin' Up's Hey Chick stamp set.

Do chickens dream?

So, admittedly, I don’t really know a thing about chickens, but the first time I saw this new Hey Chick stamp set, I couldn’t help noticing that one of these chickens didn’t look like the others.  The two chickens on the front of the card look like your ordinary, average, everyday chickens.  The one on the right is happy just pecking his corn.  The one on the left though… I think maybe he dreams of something more.

See that skinny dude with the crazy feathers peeking through the window?  Now, he’s not your ordinary, everyday chicken.  He’s a wild and crazy rock star chicken.  I think our little day-dreamin’ chicken on the front wishes he could be like that.  🙂

Details

So, to make this card, I started by stamping the two ordinary chickens on a piece of white cardstock.  I colored them with my Prismacolor pencils and blended them a bit with some odorless mineral spirits.  Then, I stamped them again on some post-it notes, and fussy-cut them out to make cheap and easy masks.  I used the masks to protect my two chickens while I blended a bit of Soft Sky ink over the top of the piece.  I’m not sure why I thought this, but there’s this one dot stamp from the new Avant-Garden stamp set that just looked like corn to me.  So, I pulled out some So Saffron ink, and stamped some corn on the bottom of the card.

The Window

Now, the best way to make the window would have been to layer all the pieces first, and then use my scalloped circle die to cut through all three layers at once.  It might take a couple of runs through the Big Shot, but at least the holes would line up.  Did I do that?  No, of course not, LOL.  I fussed and messed with this thing a bunch, trying different colors and designs, and in the end, decided that this slightly misaligned version would have to do.  To finish off the front, I added three little bubbles, to give the impression that our left-side chicken was dreaming, and I added a matted sentiment with some dimensionals.  The sentiment is actually from another Sale-A-Bration set called Designer Tee.  I thought it was just perfect for this card.

The Inside

The crazy rocker chicken is featured on the inside, but carefully positioned, of course, to show through that window on the front.  I actually added a bunch of Wink of Stella to his brightly colored wig and tail feathers but the camera doesn’t seem to want to capture the shimmer.  I hand-cut a microphone, and added a couple of tiny music notes, to make the dream complete, and matted the image with a lacy oval die-cut.  Here’s what it looks on when open:

Handmade card using Stampin' Up's Hey Chick stamp set.

What’s Missing

Now, in my head, this little guy is wearing a black leather jacket, holding a guitar… but that seems to be beyond my skill-set.  If anyone there knows how to dress my chicken in a leather jacket, please let me know – I’d love to see it! 

We’re down to the wire, but as I post this, there’s still a week left to get your own day-dreamin’ chickens.  Not only that, but Stampin’ Up added some new, last minute goodies to the Sale-A-Bration – items from their regular catalog, including cardstock and DSP!

That’s it from me today.  Thank you so much for stopping by!  Rock on, and Don’t Quit Your Day-Dream!

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medallion medley – make a medallion stamp set

Cards using Stampin' Up's Make a Medallion stamp set.

Medallions and Lace

My shipment of Sale-A-Bration goodies arrived, and I’ve been having so much fun!  I did get a late start, but as I type this, there are still two weeks left to take advantage of this sale.  It’s the best time of year for Stampin’ Up! fans – free stuff!  You can pick one free item from the special Sale-A-Bration catalog, for every $50.00 you spend.  Okay, yeah… that totally sounded like a commercial.  I’m just so excited!

Stampin' Up Sale-a-bration

All of my cards today were made with two of those free stamp sets – Make a Medallion, and Delicate Details.  These were really easy to make.  They look so much more complicated than they really are.  For my first card, I went with some bold, bright colors:

Card made with Stampin' Up's Make a Medallion and Delicate Details stamp sets.

Bright Colors!

I started by experimenting with the medallion stamps, and different colors.  The set has two large round stamps, and a handful of smaller options for finishing up the center, if desired.  There are also a handful of sentiments that will fit nicely in the middle.  For this one, I used Pacific Point, Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight inks, and a total of five stamps. I stamped it on white cardstock from my stash, and then cut it out using an old Nestabilities die.  Stampin’ Up has a wonderful tiny scallops die that looks awesome with these, too.

The Backgrounds:

For all of the backgrounds, I started with a piece of cardstock, cut to 4″ x 5-1/4″ – just a little smaller than my card-bases.  The medallions are the star of the show here, so I wanted the background pieces to be a little subdued.  To achieve that effect with bold colors, as above, I just used ink in the same color as the paper, for a tone-on-tone look.  (In this case, Pacific Point cardstock and ink.)  I then chose two or three patterns from the Delicate Details stamp set, and stamped them together – repeating the pattern over the whole piece.  To finish this one off, I stamped a sentiment I liked on a separate piece of cardstock, and used dimensionals to adhere both the medallion, and the sentiment strip.

 

Glimmer!Card made with Stampin' Up's Make a Medallion and Delicate Details stamp sets.

For my next card, I just had to try out some of this amazing new Glimmer Paper.  I stamped the medallion using the two largest stamps, plus a word stamp.  Just these two stamps alone, when stamped in different colors, make quite an impression.  I also wanted to try fussy-cutting, so this medallion was actually cut out by hand… a little tedious, but totally do-able.  I then die-cut a separate lacy circle from the luscious Bermuda Bay Glimmer Paper, and layered it under my medallion.  (You can’t tell here, but I also took a plain, round die a bit smaller than the medallion, to cut the center out of that glimmer piece.  This stuff is too awesome to waste, LOL.)  I used three of the Delicate Details dies to stamp the background, and added a strip of the glimmer along the side.

Pink:Card made with Stampin' Up's Make a Medallion and Delicate Details stamp sets.

I think this third card might be my favorite.  I’m not really quite sure why – I just like the color combination, I think.  For the medallion, I used all five stamps to fill in the whole image, and I stamped it with Pink Pirouette, Marina Mist, and Melon Mambo, and again used my lacy circle die.  The background is the same as the last card, except that this time, I did a tone-on-tone again, with the pink.  Just the medallions by themselves are pretty impressive, but I felt like this card needed a little something else, so I added some clear drops from my stash.  I think any rhinestone, enamel dot or sequin would work here just fine.

Cards don’t have to be difficult to look nice.  One of my goals, as I get ready to teach some classes, is to make this hobby fun and easy, for even first-time crafters.  I love making cards, and I hope my passion will inspire others to give it a try, too.  Need a dose of encouragement?  Just send me a note, and I’ll be your cheerleader!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope your day is wonderful!

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quick tip… happy ink refills :-)

Colorless

I love color – especially bright, happy color.  In fact, that’s what first drew me to Stampin’ Up – they have some gorgeous ink and paper colors!  And I have a whole lot of it on order, LOL.  I will be going card-crazy when all of it arrives, but while I’m waiting for the next shipment, I’m trying to get a bit organized.  I tend to make one heck of a mess when I’m actually creating, but before I move onto a new project, I absolutely have to clean up.  I can’t stand it when my crafty space gets so messy that I can’t find anything.

The Key

The key, for me, to an organized space, is to have a designated home for every item.  If I always put my scissors back in the exact same place every time, there’s a much better chance that I will be able to find them again, the next time I need them.  (This is, of course, not guaranteed… sometimes the gremlins get loose at night and move things around.) So, with all these new supplies coming in, I need to make some room, and find new homes for everything – and make them easy to find.

Stampin’ Up! Color Caddy

Now, see that plain white box above?  It’s full of wonderful bright and cheery ink refills… but all you see right now is a white box, with a bunch of white caps.  The individual bottles do have some color on the labels, but it doesn’t exactly jump out at you – especially if you store your inks all right-side-up, on the top of a Stampin’ Up Color Caddy (see image on your left).

Dots

So I stole an idea from Jennifer McGuire (the queen of crafty organization), and made my bottles a little easier to identify.  (I’ve seen Jennifer do this with her markers, but the idea is the same.)  I just happened to have some 1/4″ plain round white labels, like these (image on your right).

 

Execution

Because the labels are so close together, I took one at a time, and stuck it to some slick, non-stick paper – just scraps, leftover from stickers.  (Sometimes that leftover “trash” really comes in handy.)  Then, I just smooshed the label onto an ink pad.  It is a little messy, but I just kept an old rag handy for clean-up.  (The rag didn’t stop me from getting ink all over my hands, but inky fingers are just proof that you’re an artist, LOL.)  I gave each dot a moment to dry, wiping off the excess ink, if necessary, and then applied it to the top of the coordinating ink refill bottle.  And voila – happy ink refills!

Happy Ink, Happy Kitty

Now doesn’t that look so much happier?  That is, of course, the most important thing – but being easier to find is a nice little bonus, LOL.  (Note that I just threw these photos together quickly.  When I actually put those refills away, rest assured, they will be properly arranged in ROYGBIV order.)  😉

So, nothing really revolutionary here, but I wanted to share what I was up to (besides stalking the UPS guy).  Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a bright and colorful day!

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woohoo! i’m a new stampin’ up demonstrator!

Woohoo!

Just like the card says, it’s Time to Celebrate!  Why?  Because I just became a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator!  This is an exciting time for me – I am thrilled to be using these awesome new tools and supplies. And color?  I’m all about happy colors, and Stampin’ Up has got some great ones.  🙂

Sale-a-bration!

Stampin' Up Sale-a-brationThis is the ideal time to sign up as a demonstrator.  During the Sale-a-bration (now, through March 31, 2017), there are extra perks: for becoming a demonstrator, for hosting a party, or just for making a purchase.  You can get a free stamp set for every $50.00 you spend.  How cool is that?!!

Today’s card:

But about the card… I started with some plain white cardstock from my stash, and used the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set to create a background.  The lines were done with Tempting Turquoise, and the dots were done with Pacific Point.  I stamped the sentiment (from the Watercolor Wishes Card Kit, using the Night of Navy ink cube that comes with the kit), on some Tempting Turquoise cardstock, then trimmed it down and adhered it to the background piece at an angle, just cutting off the excess.  Then, I matted this piece with more Tempting Turquoise.  (I’m still building up my Stampin’ Up collection… can you guess which color I bought first?  LOL.)

Butterflies

I stamped the butterflies from the Watercolor Wings set separately, and fussy-cut them out.  These are two-step stamps – while I used two colors for the blue butterfly, I just used one color each for the others.  I used the “stamping off” technique to get a lighter color the first time, and then went full-strength on the second step.  I stamped the itty-bitty antennae directly on the background piece, (so I didn’t have to cut them out), and then carefully positioned my fussy-cut butterflies underneath them.  They are attached with glue dots, just under their bodies, so the wings can “fly” a bit.  🙂  The heart was just free-hand fussy-cut, because I felt that corner needed something.  The whole piece was then attached to a white card-base.

Stampin’ Up Stuff

Stampin' Up Starter Kit.
My new Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Starter Kit. So much stuff!

Seriously, if you’re interested in all of the Stampin’ Up goodness, please feel free to send me an e-mail, or click on my Stampin’ Up website for more contact information.  I’m still learning the ropes myself, but I would love to share the experience with you.  I hope one day to be a successful, supportive, compassionate, always-available team leader, going through this adventure with my own Stampin’ Up tribe.

(Hmmm… we need a name for our tribe.  What’s a group of cats called?  According to Google, it’s a clowder.  That’s kind of weird.  A group of lions is a pride – that sounds better.  Want to join the Bashful Cat Pride?  Or would a group of bashful lions be an oxymoron?  LOL.  Suggestions welcome!) 

Thank you so much for stopping by, and have a happy, stampy day!

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coffee & friends… handmade card

Coffee & Friends, handmade friendship card.

Chocolate

That’s what is missing from my card.  The sentiment should read “With coffee & friends and chocolate anything is possible”.  Yeah, hindsight is 20/20, LOL.  It took a combination of three different stamps to create the sentiment on this coffee & friends card, but next time, I think I’ll try and find a fourth stamp with the word chocolate, and fix it.  🙂

Three Cards, One Kit

Today, I’m sharing three cards I made with the wonderful Simon Says Stamp’s February 2017 Card Kit.  The kit has sold out, but you can still get the parts and pieces separately.  (I’ll link to them below.)  For the above card, I die-cut a piece of Desert Storm cardstock, to create a lattice rectangle.  I also cut a piece of plain, white cardstock into a rectangle small enough to place inside the decorative one, and I rounded the corners.  The kit comes with some fun patterned papers, so I cut out a row of coffee cups, and added it to the bottom.  Then, I did a little stamp manipulation, and cut up two of the stamps from the kit’s stamp set, so I could get the two phrases “coffee & friends”, and “anything is possible”.  (The “with” came from a “with love” stamp from my stash.)  With a little help from my MISTI, I put these three pieces together, and stamped them in the upper left-hand corner, using brown ink.

Smiling Coffee

The two smiling coffee cups (above) were cut using the adorable die in the kit.  I cut them from white, grey, black, and Kraft cardstock, and then I cut two tiny hearts from some red foam. (Cardstock would have worked fine for the hearts, but I like the tiny bit of dimension I got from the foam.)  I used the inlayed die-cut technique to put everything together, added some “rosy cheeks” with a pink pencil, and also added some score lines to the paper coffee cup sleeves.  Everything was adhered together and placed on a Surf Blue card-base.

The Perfect Blend

Coffee & Friends, handmade card.

For card number 2, I used a couple of the adorable coffee stickers from the kit.  I die-cut three nested circles for this one – the small in white, the medium in light pink, and the large “lacey” one in dark pink.  The white circle, and the sentiment tag, were also lightly inked with some Spun Sugar, to help them blend in a bit.  This time, I popped up the focal image and the sentiment stamp with some foam adhesive.  I added a sparkly heart sticker and some coffee bean stickers from the kit, and a Baker’s Twine bow from my stash.  (I didn’t get the best photo of this one.  The color is off a bit, but I’m afraid I can’t re-shoot it as this one has already made its way to a special friend.)  🙂

A woman is like a tea bag... handmade card.

Tea Time

I have a confession to make… I am actually more of a tea drinker, than a coffee drinker.  There was a time when I loved my lattes and cappuccinos as much as anyone… but switching to tea has made me easier to live with (or, at least, that’s what my hubby says, LOL).  I love this quote from Eleanor Roosevelt:  “A woman is like a tea bag – you never know how strong it is until it’s in hot water.”.

Details

Because it worked so well on the first card, I used a lattice rectangle again, with a white rectangle inside.  A bit of patterned paper with teacups, matted in pink, runs along the bottom. The tea bag and tea cup were actually stamped separately, and then colored with Prismacolors, blended with odorless mineral spirits, and adhered separately.  I also added a few enamel dots from the kit.

Wrapping It Up

And now, I think I’ll go make myself a lovely cup of Vanilla Caramel tea.  That’s going to do it for today’s post… and possibly, for a couple of weeks.  I’m going to take a brief blog break, so that I can prepare to embark on a new and exciting paper-crafting adventure.  Thanks so much for stopping by, and happy crafting!

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