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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