happy father’s day card 2017

Father's Day card made with Stampin' Up products, by Kitty Smith, bashfulcat.com.

Happy Dad’s Day!

Just a quick post to share this Father’s Day card, and to wish all the dads out there an awesome day!  Those Swirly Scribbles dies are just so darn versatile!  I used the wavy stripes die for the water, and the smaller round die for the sun.  The boat was stamped on a separate piece, and then I just fussy-cut it out, leaving a small white border.  Then I cut out three rectangles in white, red and blue.  (I used a die for this, but you could certainly just use a trimmer.)

Putting It All Together:

I glued the waves and sun to my white rectangle, and trimmed off the excess.  Then I took my fussy-cut little boat and popped it up with some dimensionals.  All three rectangles are layered, at an angle, onto a Crumb Cake card base, the white one with dimensionals.  The sentiment is from my stash – just happened to be the only stamp I could find that said “Happy Father’s Day”.  I stamped it on a strip of white, and gave it a little fish-tail end before gluing it to my card base.

Nothing really tricky here – just a happy little summery card, and one that would work equally well for a birthday.  Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful Dad’s Day!

 

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sweet frosted sugarplum flower card

Sweet Frosted Sugarplum flower card using Stampin' Up products, by Kitty Smith, bashfulcat.com.

Use What You’ve Got

This sweet, sparkly sugarplum flower card is made using a few old, leftover products I had.  However, I wanted to share it with you because I think it’s a good example of using what you’ve got.  You could change the color, change the paper, change the die-cut, change the sentiment, change the bling – and still end up with a really lovely card.  For this one, I started with a piece of Fancy Frost Designer Series Paper.    The white paper that looks like it’s embossed with stars?  That’s the Fancy Frost – no embossing folder needed.  (It’s not a current item, but I just checked, and Stampin’ Up still has some in their clearance rack – can’t beat the price!)  You could totally get a similar look with a piece of plain white cardstock and any embossing folder you happen to have.

I matted the starry paper with a piece of Sweet Sugarplum cardstock (that darker pink one), and put the whole thing on a top-folding standard-sized card base.  (Note that if you want to add a rounded corner, you’ll want to round each of those three pieces first, before you adhere them together… yes, rather obvious, but it’s just the sort of thing I would think of after the fact… and no, this wasn’t the first version of this card that I made, LOL.)

The layered flowers are from the Sunshine Wishes die set, cut from Sweet Sugarplum and Pink Pirouette.  I thought about layering three of them, but liked the simplicity of just these two shades of pink, on the white base.  I think this flower is a really great, versatile die, and makes a lovely card by itself… but a little bling is always a good thing, right?

Bling

Yes, I’m sorry:  that gorgeous, sparkly Sweet Sugarplum Glimmer Paper has been retired.   I couldn’t resist using what I still had, though, to make this card.  And I thought it might be a good example to show you that a little bit of that Glimmer Paper (still available in other colors!) can go a LONG way.  All I used here were some tiny scraps.  I started with that thin strip along the left side of the card, but it seemed to make the card a little unbalanced.  The teeny tiny bow on the flowers is from a retired die set (Balloon Pop-up), but there are tons of bow dies out there that would work just as well.

At this point, I got stuck.  The card needed “something”, but I couldn’t find the right thing.  I wanted to add some rhinestones, but the clear ones just didn’t work.  I tried just about every type of “dot” I could find in my stash, but nothing was a perfect match.  (Did I mention that this wasn’t my first attempt?)  Finally, I got smart – if I wanted an embellishment that would match, I needed to make my own – from the same supplies I was already using on the card.  So, I took a tiny scrap of that glimmer paper, and a plain ol’ hole punch, and I punched out three dots.  I coated each one with my fine-tip glue pen, and that added some shine, and a little bit of dimension.  Voila – homemade, matching embellishments.  🙂

The Sentiment

I love to send cards that say “sending hugs”, but I couldn’t find a stamp that actually said that… so I improvised.  The Sunshine Sayings stamp set has a whole bunch of various words that are designed to be used together to create phrases.  One of them says “sending”, and another says “& hugs”.  Knowing how much more likely I was to use the “hugs” without the “&”, I just chopped it right off.  I totally could have used the stamps as-is by doing some selective stamping with post-it notes, but for me, this was worth the sacrifice – and I’ve kept the “&”, just in case I want to use it later.  (I think the stamps will forgive me… in time.)  Some dimensionals give the stamped sentiment a little lift.

And that’s the card!  Easy-peasy, and a design I imagine I’ll use again sometime, with different colors, different die-cuts, and different “bling”.  How about you?  What would you change? 

Thank you so much for stopping by, and have a sweet sugarplum day!

 

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timeless textures, bright butterfly card

Butterfly card with Stampin' Up's Timeless Textures, by bashfulcat.com

Just a Note…

I used three of my favorite colors to create this bright butterfly card – Melon Mambo (pink), Tempting Turquoise (blue), and Rich Razzleberry (purple).  I love how it came out!  And this card is so much easier than it looks – easy enough for my card class, even the beginners.  All you need is black and white cardstock, some sort of background stamp(s), some brightly colored ink, and a detailed butterfly die or punch.

The Background:

The background was super easy-peasy.  I used three different stamps from the Timeless Textures set, but there are all sorts of stamps that would work for this.  I love stamp sets like this one because you really can’t mess it up.  Each background is going to be unique, and I think that’s awesome!  More busy, less busy, a single image, a full background stamp – they would all look good here.  My only suggestion would be to stick with the same ink colors you’ll be using for your butterfly.

The Butterfly:

I must confess that this started out as an experiment, copying the glitter/packing-tape technique I found on Pinterest.  While I was able to produce a gorgeous butterfly, I wasn’t so sure about using this for a class.  Let’s just say that this early in my teaching experience, I’m not quite ready to face a room full of unpredictable crafters and a bunch of loose glitter, LOL.  So, I actually experimented with several different methods, and this one was the winner.

I started with a butterfly, die-cut from a piece of black cardstock, and a piece of plain white cardstock cut just slightly larger overall than the butterfly.  Then, I pulled out my ink and some sponge wedges, and I just pounced on tons of color, onto that white cardstock, until I had something that looked like this:

I know it doesn’t look like much now, but when you layer the butterfly image on top… WOW!  Now I found that I liked the look I got from sort of just pouncing the color on, but others did more of a rubbing technique, and it looked lovely, too.  And some preferred a softer look, and used less ink – also lovely.  I also just went for stripes, to get a fairly even mix of color – but I’d like to try this again with a more random, splotchy look.

Finishing the Butterfly:

Once you have enough color on your piece of paper, you can glue your black butterfly on top, just making sure that it doesn’t extend past the edges of the colorful paper.  A fine-tip glue pen will work, or any liquid glue just carefully dotted on the back of the butterfly should hold it.  Give the glue just a moment to dry, and then simply cut around the butterfly to remove the excess colorful paper.  I intentionally chose a butterfly design that is pretty rounded, and not that challenging to cut around.  However, if you find you’re having trouble cutting around some of the tighter corners, you could take a black brush-tip marker around the edge, and I imagine that it would make any missed areas virtually disappear.

Putting it All Together:

To finish off the card, I just used some snail adhesive to attach the background piece to a black card-base.  For the sentiment, I used a small scrap of white cardstock, matted with black, and adhered with some dimensionals.  And for the beautiful winged creation, I used a couple of glue dots just on the body of the butterfly, so I could “puff up” the wings a bit, and give him some dimension.  Here’s one more view:

Bright butterfly card made with Stampin' Up products, by Kitty Smith, from bashfulcat.com.

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Have a beautiful day!

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make-your-own ice cream sundae card

Ice Cream Sundae Birthday Card, by bashfulcat.com - made with Stampin' Up' products.

Nom nom nom…

Last night’s card class was so much fun!  One of the projects was this “make your own” ice cream sundae card.  It took a fair bit of “prepping” for me, but I wanted to make it as easy and fun as possible for the participants.

I started with a Crumb Cake card base – standard A2 size, top folding, portrait style.  Using a retiring stamp set (Gorgeous Grunge), I added some tone-on-tone texture to the background.  Any type of texture stamp would work here.  For the sentiment, I just used my trimmer to cut a piece of Whisper White to 3-3/4″ x 1-1/4″, and a piece of Real Red to 4″ x 1-1/2″, to give it a nice mat.  Doesn’t that big, bold sentiment practically pop off the card?  To display the focal image, I used some old dies, but anything would work for this.  I cut a 3″ circle from Whisper White, and a 3-1/2″ scalloped circle from real red.  And then the fun began!

The Fun is in the Details

Stampin' Up's Frozen Treats die set.

Each participant was given a bright red bowl, a silver spoon, and a cherry for the top of their sundae.  The rest was up to them!  I went for all vanilla on my card example above, but I gave everyone a few choices for their ice cream.  I wanted to offer more, but in the end, I went with the basics:  vanilla, chocolate and strawberry.  And lots of hot fudge, of course.

Stampin' Up's Frozen Treats die set.I was a little stingy with the spoons and cherries, but no one minded when they saw how cute they were.  I die-cut the spoons from silver foil paper, and the cherries from Real Red… but I wasn’t happy with just red cherries – I had to do this right.  So I also cut the cherries from brown cardstock, cut off those teeny tiny stems, and covered the red stem with brown.  But that still wasn’t good enough.  Maraschino cherries are always so shiny – so I added some Glossy Accents to each one.  Yes, it was really way too much for a simple card class, but I just couldn’t resist.  🙂

Chocolate Chips?Stampin' Up's Frozen Treats die set.

I did actually toy with the idea of offering chocolate chip and mint chip ice cream, but that REALLY would have been too much work.  However, if you’d like to make some for your own, I found that if I took one of the leftover brown cherries (the ones I used just for the stems), and cut it into about six pieces, these actually made for some decent chocolate chips.

Sprinkles

Candy sprinkles from Stampin' Up dies.

The finishing touch just had to be some brightly colored candy sprinkles.  I was determined to make sure there were plenty of sprinkles for everyone… which would have taken FOREVER with the die that comes in the Frozen Treats set.  It cuts out three little sprinkles at a time.  That’s fine if you’re just making one card, but not if you’re planning to make more than 20.  Thank goodness another blogger came to the rescue!  I wish I could remember where I read this, so I could give them credit.  Someone, somewhere, mentioned that they had discovered that the basket die from the Basket Builder die set cut out little pieces that were an exact match to the sprinkles!  Only, instead of three at a time, you get eighteen!  It made all the difference.  (However, I now have a whole ton of brightly colored baskets, LOL.  Any suggestions on what I could do with these?)

Finished Card Close-up:

Ice Cream Sundae Birthday card by bashfulcat.com, using Stampin' Up product.

The only thing that would have made this class more fun was if I had actually brought real ice cream, LOL.  However, Ione came through for us.  It was her birthday yesterday, so she brought us cookies!  (Thanks Ione!  I hope your birthday was wonderful!)  If you have any questions, thoughts, suggestions… or you just want to say “hi”… please leave a comment, or send me a note

Thank you so much for stopping by, and have a super-duper-sundae kind of day!

 

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happy mom’s day! mother’s day card 2017

Handmade Mother's Day card, using Stampin' Up dies, by Kitty, bashfulcat.com.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Wishing all the wonderful, loving, hard-working moms out there an amazing day!  I don’t have any children, but I have so much respect for mothers – they work tirelessly, 24/7, doing the most important job there is:  raising our future.  🙂  (Thanks Mom!)

The Card

For this card, it was all about the die-cuts.  I love this die set!  It’s the Flourish Thinlits set, and it has a bunch of amazing dies that work well together, or by themselves.  I started with some Blushing Bride cardstock, and I cut out two of those lacy strips.  To get them to fit on the card this way, I did have to trim them down a bit, but if you’re careful, you can easily cut off on end to resemble the other, as I did here, and it’s nearly impossible to tell it was altered.  Because those strips are longer, though, you can easily rotate this design and make a portrait card.

Focal Image

The flower in the center was made by layering three different dies, and adding a rhinestone to the center.  It’s placed on a white square, which is placed on a pink square, and the whole thing is then added to the card base, diagonally, with dimensionals.  I don’t have a good, current Mother’s Day sentiment, so this is just an old stamp from my stash.  You could certainly use this design for other occasions – I think it would make a nice Thinking of You card.

Measurements and Details

I just love how this card turned out!  Simple, elegant… but so easy!  While I did the die-cutting in advance, to save time, I did use this card design for a class, and everyone seemed to love it!  If you’d like to try it, you’ll need:

(1) piece of Blushing Bride, cut to 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored (standard A2 size)

(1) piece of Whisper White, cut to 5-1/4″ x 4″

(1) 2″ square of Whisper White

(1) 2-1/4″ square of Blushing Bride

Plus the following die-cut pieces: (2) lacy strips in Blushing Bride, (1) large flower in Blushing Bride, (1) medium flower in Whisper White, and (1) small flower in Blushing Bride.  And you’ll need one rhinestone, and adhesive.

If these measurements and details are helpful, please let me know.  If you have any comments, ideas, suggestions… or if you just want to say “hi”, please leave me a comment, or send me a message.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a beautiful day!

 

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balloons pop-up card – birthday fun!

Handmade card by Kitty at bashfulcat.com, using Stampin' Up Balloons Pop-up dies.

Pop-up Card

Woohoo!  My first pop-up card!  Gosh this was fun.  I have to tell you, though, that I almost didn’t buy this die set… but it’s being retired at the end of this month, and it’s on sale (so hurry, if you want it) – I just couldn’t pass it up!  However, I did decide to hold off on the matching stamp set.  I really thought that the dies would work fine without them, and I’m happy to say that I was right.  Not that you shouldn’t get the stamps, too (which are also retiring, and are also on sale!), but I’m afraid I’ve gone a little crazy with the spending over the last couple of months.  (But those stamps still might find their way into my cart before month’s end.)

How to

To make this card, you need a standard A2-sized card base (I used Real Red), and slightly smaller piece of white cardstock.  There’s a little flexibility with this piece – I cut mine at about 8-1/2″ x 5-1/4″, which gave me a nice border.  And while it isn’t necessary, I liked using the thicker white cardstock for this card, to make the delicate details a little more stable.  However, what I gained in stability, I lost in the fact that this card doesn’t fold closed all that well.  I’ll be able to stuff it into a standard envelope, but it’s probably going to give me a little grief in the process.

Putting this together is so much easier than it looks.  Take your white piece (or whatever color you’re using), and score it right down the middle – from top to bottom.  Then, place the die with the center right over your score line, and evenly spaced from top to bottom.  A little bit of washi tape, or any “low tack” tape to hold the die in place is a good idea here.  Once your piece is cut, you just punch out the pieces, fold it on the three scorelines (created by the die), add adhesive to the back just along the left and right sides, and adhere it in the center of your card base.  I do recommend playing around with it a bit before gluing it down, to get the placement just right – but honestly, it’s all pretty self-explanatory once you get your piece cut.

Parts & Pieces

In addition to cutting out the “pop-up”, this die set also comes with a bunch of very handy accessory dies.  You can cover, stamp, or color your balloons any way you want.  I chose to use the two patterned balloon dies that come with the set.  For the middle balloon, I used the big polka dots in Daffodil Delight; for the balloon on the left, I used the stripes in Calypso Coral; and for the balloon on the right… well, I got a little creative.  I could have just given it a solid color, but I really wanted a third pattern.  So, using Real Red cardstock, I cut out the striped balloon, twice.  Then, I cut out the stripes from one of the balloons, and carefully glued them to the back of the other, to create a sort of grid pattern.  It worked perfectly!

The Background

It was at this point that I started thinking about decorating around the pop-up image.  Presents seemed like the perfect thing for a birthday card, but I felt that the white paper needed some color.  So, I took a couple of post-it notes, covered up the balloons, pulled out my messy box, and used my ink splatter technique to add hits of red, yellow and orange to the background.  (See my previous tutorial here, for more about the ink splatter.) I also sponged on some of the orange ink around the edges.

Gifts

The presents were easy.  I just cut a rectangle with my trimmer for the red one.  The two orange ones were cut with a die from the set.  This die only cuts the TOP of the box, with the bow, which allows you to make the finished box as long or as short as you’d like.  The set also comes with the two different bow dies, as well as one that creates a tag of sorts.  That’s what I used for the yellow package – I used the die in the center of my paper, and folded at the score line.  I plan to use the inside of this tag for a personal note to the recipient.

Finishing Touches

I finished off the inside of the card by adding some stamping to two of the presents, some dots to another using a white gel pen, and I stamped a sentiment across the banner under the balloons.  I was happy to find that the Happy Birthday stamp from Sunshine Sayings fit perfectly here.

Handmade birthday balloons card by Kitty at bashfulcat.com, using Stampin' Up products.

The Front

This is the first time that I spent WAY more time on the inside of the card, than the outside, but of course, it had to be decorated, too.  I did the ink splatter/sponge edges thing on a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of white cardstock, to match the inside.  Then, using a punch, I just cut out a bunch of balloons in rainbow colors.  Using Versamark ink and white powder, I heat-embossed different patterns on each balloon.  I then tied a bit of white floss to each balloon, and adhered them to the card, popping up two of them with dimensionals.  The sentiment was also heat-embossed, cut into a banner, and adhered with dimensionals.  I like how it turned out, but the inside is really the star of the show here.

I wouldn’t call this a “quick” card, but it wasn’t nearly as difficult as it looks, and it was a lot of fun.  Have you made any pop-up cards?

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a marvelous day!

 

Supplies used (with some “very close substitutes” shown).  Please note that some of these items are retiring soon, and quantities may be limited:


indigo blooms card

Handmade card using Stampin' Up DSP, by bashfulcat.com.

Blooms and Bliss

Yikes – I’m taking a chance with this post, so I’ll start with an apology.  That pretty paper you see above?  It’s Stampin’ Up’s Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper.  It’s retiring this month, and inventory is low, so if you love this pack as much as I do, please act quickly!  (There’s a link below.)  However, this  card design would work well with any patterned paper and matching cardstock, so I’m going to share it, anyway.  (And… I’m not supposed to talk about it, but there will be some NEW pretty papers available in the new catalog, coming out on June 1st!  Shhhh… it’s a secret.)

I really wanted to post “something” today – I know I’m getting behind.  It’s because I’ve just taken on a wonderful new challenge.  Yesterday, I taught my first card class!  ClassES, actually – three separate classes, each one an hour long, with two different card designs.  The card above was one of them.  (The other was very pretty, and more elaborate, but you’ll have to wait a bit to see it – I have a special recipient in mind for that one.)

Card Dimensions

For this card, I used Island Indigo cardstock for the base (standard A2-size), with a piece of Mint Macaron (also retiring, and on sale!) cut to 5-1/4″ x 4″.  Then, I chose three different designs from the designer series paper pack.  I cut two pieces to 3″ x 1-3/4″, and one piece to 1-3/4″ squared.  I also took a piece of Sahara Sand cardstock and cut it into a 1-3/4″ square for the sentiment.  The rest is pretty easy to figure out – arrange and adhere as desired.

Variations

I was super excited to see a few of the women in my classes mix this up a bit.  I totally encourage that – make it your own!   “There are no rules in card-making; just opportunities for embellishment.”   🙂  Some chose to skip the sentiment on the front, and just stamp a flower on the sand cardstock piece.  Others laced up their buttons so that they appeared to be sewn onto the square.  Some of them tilted the sentiment square diagonally (so that the sentiment was straight).  Awesome variation – I loved this!Button Collection, bashfulcat.com

Buttons, buttons, buttons

Everyone really seemed to enjoy just pawing through my large button collection, finding just the right ones.  (I seem to have WAY TOO MANY jars of buttons.  It’s my grandmother’s fault – she collected buttons, and I loved looking through her collection when I was a little girl.)

“Some” of the supplies I took with me to class.

Teaching

This is such an awesome opportunity!  I love getting together with these woman, and sharing my passion for making cards!  And, I’m tentatively planning to share many of these cards with all of you, too.  It takes a lot of supplies, though, to run a class like this.  Want to help me clean up?  😉

If you have any questions, ideas, suggestions… just let me know.  Thank you so much for stopping by, and have a super awesome day!

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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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