soft sweet sympathy card

Sympathy card made with Stampin' Up products, by Kitty Smith, bashfulcat.com.

Soft Sympathy Card

I was going for a soft, muted look for this sympathy card, and I’m happy with how it turned out.  Pairing Very Vanilla with Sahara Sand paper worked even better than I expected.  I already loved the technique of using strips of patterned paper for a background.  Using Stampin’ Up’s awesome Designer Series Papers just kicked it up a notch.

The Details

I started with five designs from the Falling in Love paper set.  It’s retired, but this technique works with nearly any paper.  (I think this exact design would be gorgeous with the new Bundle of Love Designer Series Paper, on Very Vanilla, maybe with Blushing Bride accents.)  For this card, I chose five patterns, and cut a 3/4″ thick strip from each.  One of my favorite tricks for getting different patterns to work well together is to ink the edges.  I sponged on some Sahara Sand along all the edges before adhering the strips to a piece of vanilla cardstock, cut to 4″ x 5-1/4″.  After the strips were all glued down, I trimmed the excess, and then sponged around the whole rectangle, before adhering it to a Very Vanilla card-base.

Accent Pieces

I used the Flourish Thinlits set to cut out three flowery flourish pieces from Sahara Sand paper, for accent pieces.  The sentiment was stamped with Soft Suede ink, with a little fishtail edge, and more of that Sahara Sand sponging.  It’s adhered with some dimensionals.

Sympathy cards are always a struggle, because none of us like to think about what they represent… but I know that they can mean a lot to the recipient, so I like to keep some in my stash.  This design, though, would work equally well as a “Thinking of You” card.  Actually, with a change of papers, and colors, and accent pieces, there’s really no limit to what you could do with this design.

Thank you so much for stopping by!  If you have any ideas, suggestions, questions, or you just want to chat about crafty stuff, please don’t hesitate to send me a note.  I love to make new crafty friends!  Have a super awesome day!

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Soft Suede Ink

 

Flourish Thinlits
Banner Triple Punch
Flourishing Phrases
Stamping Sponges
Very Vanilla Cardstock
Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock
Sahara Sand Ink
Sahara Sand Cardstock

rustic country quilt card

Rustic country quilt card, made with Stampin' Up's Wood Words stamp set, by Kitty Smith, bashfulcat.com.

Cozy Quilt

Well, I was going for sort of a rustic, old-timey, cozy quilt card here.  Did I hit the mark?  I can’t really take credit for the idea, though – there are a few variations of this card floating around on Pinterest.  I saw one, and immediately thought of previous “quilt card” designs I’ve done in the past, but with patterned paper instead of stamps.

Lots o’ Squares

It’s a fun technique.  I started with some old Kraft paper I had floating around, but Crumb Cake would work just as well here.  I used it for the card base (standard A2, 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″), and also cut a 3-3/4″ square from it.  I then cut out a whole mess of 1-1/4″ squares from Dapper Denim, Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral, Tranquil Tide and Cherry Cobbler.  I pulled out the matching inks, and did some tone-on-tone stamping with the new Wood Words stamp set.  (In other words, I stamped the star on the Crushed Curry squares with Crushed Curry ink, and Cherry Cobbler hearts on Cherry Cobbler squares, etc.)   I then chose nine squares and arranged them all on the larger Kraft square.  Once I was happy with the placement, I used some snail adhesive to attach them all, being sure to place them as even, straight, and close together as possible.

Quilting

Once my quilt squares were all securely in place, I took the whole 3-3/4″ square piece, and ran it through my Big Shot with an old embossing folder called Stylish Stripes.  (Sorry, it’s retired, but there are lots of similar ones that would work.)  I had fun playing around, trying to come up with something that looked “quilty” to me, and ended up using the diagonal stripes, but running in through TWICE.  I actually embossed it one way, then flipped the piece over and embossed it the other way.  It’s subtle, and is hard to see in the photo, but it gave the quilt piece sort of a plaid pattern.  Don’t be afraid to experiment with the tools you have – you might just come up with something amazing.  🙂

Finishing Touches

To finish up the card, I wrapped some twine around my quilt piece, and adhered it to the card with some dimensionals.  Then I cut a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock to 3-3/4″ x 1-1/4″, for the bottom of the card.  (It really doesn’t show up in this picture, but I also ran that piece through the embossing folder, twice.)  The Hello Friend sentiment is part of that same stamp set, stamped in Crumb Cake on a small piece of Kraft.

Misc. Tips

There are a few things going for you here, if you decide to try a similar card.  First, this particular stamp set is designed to look “rustic”.  It doesn’t matter if your stamping is perfect because the impressions are supposed to look a bit worn.  Second, the embossing folder works wonders for hiding slight imperfections – with the stamping, and with the gluing.  While precisely measured squares, and nice, straight lines help, this card still looks lovely when things are just a bit off kilter.  It’s a quilt – it’s supposed to look home-made.  That’s what gives it its charm.  🙂

So what are you waiting for?  Go try your own version of this card!  Really – change the colors, use whatever stamps you like, try different embossing folders… and then let me know what you come up with.  I would love to see your results!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and for hanging in there with me.  I haven’t posted as often as I’d like to, but I have big plans for this blog!  I love making cards, and I’m nowhere near out of ideas.  😀  Have an awesome day!

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high flyin’ chicken – dare to dream card

Dare to Dream card with Stampin' Up! products, by Kitty Smith, bashfulcat.com
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Dare to Dream

I can’t help it;  I know this chicken stamp has retired (Hey Chick stamp set), but this little guy just cracks me up!  Just about any critter stamp, though, would work here.  It’s the googly eyes – they just up the playful quotient on any card.  🙂

Card details:

This card really starts with the Dare to Dream Stamp Set, a hostess set currently available for anyone who wants to place a larger ($150.00 or more) order with Stampin’ Up!

(And here’s the blatant commercial advertisement for Stampin’ Up!  It’s a great time to place a large order!  For every $50.00 you spend in July, you’ll get a coupon for $5.00, to spend in August.  Woohoo!  Yay for Bonus Days!

So, this stamp set has some awesome sentiments – it’s the reason I chose the set.  It also has a tiny hot air balloon image, which gave me the idea for this card design.  I needed a MUCH bigger balloon for Mr. Chicken, though. One of my older die sets, Basket Builder (sorry, it’s retired, too), had a perfect basket for the bottom of the balloon, but I had a heck of a time with the actual balloon part.  In the end, I Googled balloon images, and used the inspiration to draw my own.  (Yeah, I was REALLY desperate – I almost never rely on my own drawing skills, LOL.)  I used Watercolor Pencils to color it, and a Blender Pen to smooth it out.

Placement:

I cut a piece of Soft Sky cardstock to 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Both the basket and the balloon, were just glued down, but before I did that, I arranged my pieces, then did my stamping on that blue piece.  (You know that saying, “arrange twice, glue once”?  Something like that, anyway. ;-))  I stamped my chicken where I knew he would be partially covered up by the basket, and then I added the sentiment, and some cloud shapes (from the Dare to Dream Stamp Set) here and there, to help indicate that he really was flying.  I colored the chicken, making his “hair” and tail feathers match the balloon.  (I also added a bit of Wink of Stella Glitter Brush to that wig and tail.)  After I glued down my balloon, I just used a ruler and black pen to draw in the strings that connect the balloon to the basket.  And I glued on those oh-so-cute googly eyes.

Another version…

This wasn’t my only attempt at this card design.  I also just had to see what would happen if I added some “real” string to the balloon.  It took a little effort to tie those tiny bows (okay… maybe that’s an old person problem, LOL), but here’s what I ended up with:

Dare to Dream card with Stampin' Up products, by Kitty Smith, bashfulcat.com

While I do like the string, I decided that the landscape orientation didn’t give me enough room for the balloon.  If I find the patience to try this card again, I’ll probably create a version that combines the best of both of these.  (I didn’t want to wait to post this, though… I happened to mention to a friend about my “chicken in a hot air balloon”, and I think I piqued her curiosity, LOL.) 

The Inside:

For the inside of my cards, I love to find quotes that fit the images on the card front.  I send a LOT of cards, often to the same person, and I hate to just say “Thinking of you” over and over.  I love T.S. Eliot, and I thought this quote fit the card perfectly.

That’s it from me today.  As always, I really appreciate everyone who stops by my blog.  And, although I’m shy, I love meeting new crafty friends, so please don’t hesitate to send me a note.  Have a beautiful day!

 

 

 

 

happy 4th of july, 2017 – red, white & blue card

Happy 4th of July card, by Kitty Smith, bashfulcat.com

Happy 4th!

Cardmakers love holidays.  It’s not that we need an excuse to make (or send!) a card, but holidays give us a special reason, and lots of inspiration.  Fourth of the July cards are no exception.  There are lots and lots of wonderful red, white & blue paper creations on the Internet, many (most?) of them featuring some version of our country’s flag.  I am not the first person to envision the wavy lines from the Swirly Scribbles die set as perfect for the stripes on our flag, but I did try to put my own spin on this card.  Maybe my ideas will help spark some of your own.

The Card:

I started with a piece of white cardstock, and an old embossing folder that just happened to really fit the theme – but just about any kind of design would enhance this card.   It wasn’t necessary, but it’s amazing how much an embossing folder can add to a card.  I cut out those wavy stripes from some Real Red cardstock, and layered a couple of rows of them on top of the embossed white piece.  Instead of a boring square for the upper left-hand corner, I went for a navy blue heart.  I thought that three tiny stars was all that was needed here, but I realize that this would probably look even more like a flag if the heart was full of stars.

Words…

I couldn’t find anything in my stash that actually said “Happy 4th of July”, so I had to improvise.  The word “happy” is actually from the new Happy Birthday Thinlits Die;  I just snipped off the birthday part.  For the rest, I just dug through my stash, finding a number 4, and a little “th” that would fit.  It’s an easy-peasy card, but still bright and fun.  For the inside, “Time to Celebrate” seemed appropriate (it’s from a retired project kit, Watercolor Wishes), and a row of stars gives it a more finished look (see below).

Happy Fourth of July card by Kitty Smith, bashfulcat.com

What are you doing for the holiday?  Any big fireworks planned?  Wishing you all a Happy Fourth of July!  Thanks for stopping by!

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