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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