Category Archives: Occasions & Events

Hugs for You from the Garden in Bloom

Today’s card demonstrates hugs for you from the garden in bloom!

Hugs for You from the garden in bloom

I’m definitely in a KISS design phase – (KISS = Keep It Simple & Sweet). I like the uncluttered lines. I LOVE that there isn’t a lot of “stuff” to fall off and get ruined. And I really prefer a monochromatic (or almost monochromatic) color scheme.

The focal point of this card is the die-cut Hugs in the circle. To make it, I began by die-cutting the sentiment in the circle from the Lovely Words Thinlits. Then I took that piece and die-cut it in a slightly larger circle from the Layering Circles Framelits.

I attached it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. That pops up the piece a little, making it even more important to the design. But here is what I learned today…

I cut 2 Stampin’ Dimensionals into 4 pieces each. The die-cut piece is very narrow and the Stampin’ Dimensionals are thicker. But I should have used our new Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals. They make the gluing even faster and you don’t get sticky stuff all over your scissors.

Supplies I Used to Make this Project


This card is another example of how to include an unexpected focal point as part of a simple design. It’s the unexpected! And it’s hugs from the garden in bloom!

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Look Who’s Turning 1 Today

Look who’s turning 1 today. This is an example of a card appropriate for the event. Let me explain.

Look Who's Turning 1When I start designing a card for a specific purpose, I consider these types of things:

  • Recipient’s age & gender
  • Recipient’s likes & hobbies
  • Other environmental factors – like gift wrap, etc.

This card was designed for a little boy. The gift wrap I found was blue and green. The card and gift were being mailed.

So, I needed a flat card – otherwise it would have been damaged in transit. And so, this card was born!

Although this card is for a 1-year old boy technically, it’s really for his parents. I don’t think he’s going to card one way or another about it.

Colors chosen were Lemon Lime Twist and Dapper Denim. That green goes well with just about any color. Dapper Denim is my favorite blue in the current colors. So, this combination made me happy!

Blue and green is my favorite color combination. Here‘s a winter card where I used it.

This card is for a little boy. SI didn’t feel like using sports images or animal. Instead, I went with the neutral swirls.

Basically, I kept the design super simple.

And quick.

Plus easy!!

To be sure that it has that added touch, i stamped some swirls on the inside of the card. I also stamped a few on the from front and flap of the envelope. It’s not your ordinary birthday card!!

Supplies I Used to Make this Card

 


While I made this card for a little boy, you can just change the numbers and give it to ANYONE!! It really is a generic card!

Try it yourself and let me know how you make out!

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Happy Birthday to the New Catalog!

It’s finally here! The 2017-2018 Annual Catalog! And here’s a card to say Happy Birthday to the new catalog!

Happy birthday catalogThis card shows a bunch of new products. Isn’t it fun???

Let’s start with the colors. The card base is Berry Burst. It’s richer than our soft pinks, and richer than Rose Red. The green layer is Lemon Lime Twist. Oh my gosh – this is the best color. I absolutely hated it when I first saw it. Too bright for my taste. But when you set it with other more neutral and traditional colors, it relaxes a little. The flowers are 2-step flowers, inked with Berry Burst and Powder Pink. All 3 of these colors are new In Colors, here until 2019.

The sentiment is die cut with the Happy Birthday Thinlit. I love this font, don’t you?

The stamped flowers are from Happy Birthday Gorgeous, one of the new stamp sets. Those flowers are so cute. And the sentiments that come with the set are perfect for the inside of this card.

I added a Metallic Enamel Shape to dot the “I” in Birthday and Glitter Enamel Dots to each flower center.

The Order Entry System is down now. Stampin’ Up! promises to bring it up by noon, Mountain Time. That’s when the shopping fun begins!

Because it’s a new catalog, we know that they will run out of some things. I predict that the Thinlit I used will go on back order very shortly.

Supplies I Used to Make this Card

This is one of the best catalogs in a long time. Don’t take my word for it. Listen to my customers who say this!

How to Order

Get your credit cards ready. Shop at my online store. Or, if you’re worried about products running out, send me an email and let me place the order for you. (This offer is to previous customers of mine only.) But don’t procrastinate. It’s almost time to shop from the 2017-2018 Catalog! Happy birthday to the new catalog!!

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One Last Look at the Annual Catalog

On the last day for shopping in the 2016-2017 catalog, here are some of my favorite cards… In addition to showing each card, I’ll explain why I like it so much!

Lots of Flowers Make me Ridiculously Happy

I love flowers. I love to stamp flowers. And, whenever I can stamp bunches and bunches of flowers, I’m especially happy!!

Colors include Flirty Flamingo and Dapper Denim. How can you help but smile when you see this card? Read more about it here.

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Pop Up Balloons are the MOST Fun!

Because I love flowers so much, I often stamp them on a birthday card. However, this year, there was a huge selection of other birthday images to use. I especially liked the balloons!

This card, in addition to stamps from Balloon Adventures, it also it used the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits. They are the best, adding an unexpected surprise to the card when you open it. As a demonstrator, I keep very little product that retires. But this pop-up is a keeper!

Read more about this card here.

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Groundhog Love. Sigh…

I’m not one for cutesy cards. I don’t have a nickname for my husband. But these little groundhogs are irresistible! I’m sad to see them go. However, they were a host reward, so, by definition, they were in the catalog for only one year.

Read more about this card here.

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What Will You Miss?

How about you? What products are you sad to see go? Leave me a comment.

But don’t be too sad. Tomorrow will be the start of a new catalog! I can’t wait!

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Easy Card Made with Lovely Words

Today’s project is an easy card made with Lovely Words Thinlits.

I love the idea of making those over-the-top cards with all kinds of layers and embellishments. In fact, lots of layers is my favorite design tool. But, to be hones, I rarely have the time or energy for those cards. So, I truly prefer the cards that are easy to make. Don’t you? I find that using the right tools and design make it all possible.

Easy card lovely wordsThe 4-1-1

This card is made with several products in the new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog, which starts on Thursday, June 1.

  • Keep or discard the negative space from the Thinlit? – Each Lovely Words Thinlit die cuts a word in a shape. You can trim out the word and glue it to your card. In this case ,I die cut everything from the top layer of my card. It’s like added a sentiment and a mat, all at one time!
  • Combine a stamp set with the die  – I stamped the words “For a great” right above the die cut word. (The stamp is part of Lovely Inside & Out.) The combination of stamping and die cutting makes the card more interesting. Don’t you think?
  • Lemon Lime Twist is the FUNNEST!! – I admit it. When I first saw Lemon Lime Twist I thought it was the ugliest color every invented. Really. I hated it. But then I put some in my hand and I can’t stop working with it. It’s bright. It’s fun! And I can make it work with so many other colors. Maybe it belongs in the Neutrals Color Collection. Not!

Products I Used to Make this Project

Before I end this blog post, take another quick look at my card.

easy card lovely wordsSwitch up the colors, and you can have a set of cards to send in less than 30 minutes! It’s truly an easy card with lovely words!

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May Paper Pumpkin Project & a Special for YOU!

Do you know about Paper Pumpkin? It’s a monthly subscription from Stampin’ Up! that provides a whole lot of fun delivered right to your home. Here’s a quick video from Stampin’ Up! showing the May projects.

Isn’t that cool?

How to Get Paper Pumpkin

There are a few ways to subscribe. You can subscribe

  • month-to-month for $19.95
  • prepaid 3 months for $59
  • prepaid 6 months for $114
  • prepaid 12 months for $215

Shipping is includes. Sales tax is extra.

What’s Included

Every month, the kit contains a unique stamp set and an ink spot (i.e. a tiny ink pad). The colors are not repeated for at least 12 months. Plus, you’ll receive everything you need to complete the project, except for scissors and your favorite Go-To adhesive. Sometimes the projects are cards. Sometimes they are ornaments, decor or some other 3-D item. Projects tend to be seasonal. Instructions are complete and easy to follow.

In your first month, you’ll receive a slat clear block on which you can mount your stamps. Keep that. However, if you don’t want to collect the stamps and ink, toss them when you’re done! The choice is ALL yours!!

Have Fun!

The most important benefit of Paper Pumpkin is that the projects are FUN. I spend up to 60 minutes finishing my projects. It takes me longer if I decide to make alternate projects.

There’s no need to stress. Just enjoy!

Save 25 Percent on Your New Subscription

https://www.paperpumpkin.com/en-us/sign-up/?demoid=99633Join by June 10, 2017, using the promo code STARTHERE, and you’ll save 25% of the first 3 months! Why not try it?

  • This promotion is good only for first-time subscribers.
  • You can apply the discount only on month-to-month subscriptions.
  • After 3 months, the price automatically returns to the full price.
  • You must enter the code STARTHERE when you sign up.

As they say, it’s easy peasy. So try it out. But you must sign up by June 10.

Stampin’ Up! refers to Paper Pumpkin as Creativity in a Box. And it is.

Give it a shot and sign up today.

Chase Your Dreams Using Glitter!

It’s important to chase your dreams. Today, I show a card that demonstrates how to chase your dreams using glitter!

Chase Your DreamsThis card has so much going on. Let’s examine some of its features.

The 4-1-1

  • Glitter 2 Ways – I used glitter by adding Gold Glimmer Paper – both in the horizontal strip about 1/4 from the bottom and in the die-cut star at the top right. That’s one way. I also added glitter with the Gold Wink of Stella Glitter Brush on the building. By the way, both the Stars Framelits and the Gold Wink of Stella glitter Brush are retiring at the end of this month.
  • A window on the world – Use the Hearth & Home Thinlits to create the window. It lets you look out on “what’s out there”. That always makes me feel hopeful and happy!
  • Brick wall adds even more texture – Running the Whisper White cardstock through your Big Shot with the Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder is yet another kind of texture on this card.

Don’t you find the combination of all these textures interesting? I know that I do!

The main star of this card, however, is the stamp set, Chase Your Dreams. It includes images of architecture from all over the world. I wouldn’t normally include 2 buildings from different cities on one card, but this is for someone who has traveled a lot. So, it feels appropriate. The important point I want to make today is that this stamp set is retiring on May 31. And it’s on sale! At least, the rubber clear-mount version is on sale. The rubber wood-mount version is full price.

The card design was inspired by one of my sidelines. That’s another Stampin’ Up! demonstrator who has the same upline as me. One of the fun parts of being a demonstrator is participating in swaps. That’s where each person designs and makes several copies of a card. You mail them to the organizer. She puts together packets where each has exactly 1 of each card. Then she mails the packs to each participant. So, you design one card and receive a bunch back. Talk about inspirational!

Call to Action

So the message today is to be sure to pick up anything that you need from the retiring list. May 31 is just 8 days away.

And, if the idea of being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator sounds interesting to you, let’s talk. Until you have all the details, you can’t make an informed decision. Being a stamping business owner maybe just the right thing for you!

So, chase your dreams using glitter!

Using the Negative Die-Cut on a Card

Using the negative die-cut is super easy with the Eastern Medallions Thinlits. Take a look at this card.

Using the negative die-cutI purposely kept my card design simple. I find that’s the best way to allow the detailed elements to stand out. On this card, there were 2 elements that are important – the sentiment and the die-cut circular design on the left.

The 4-1-1

  • Stamp and pop up the sentiment – The sentiment was cropped with a stitched circle shape, then mounted on a slightly larger circle. Additional circles were stamped in a light color on the card front. The cropped sentiment was attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals. It certainly stands out!
  • Use a negative die and let the under layer show through – I took one of the simplest dies from the Eastern Medallions Thinlits and cut it on the top layer. Bu attaching that layer to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals, creates a slight shadow. This makes the cut out image stand out.
  • Stamp off to soften ink color – With 2 important elements, I didn’t want to overpower the design with a busy background. So each time I stamped a circle on the card front, I first stamped it off on some scrap paper. Adds interest, too. Don’t you think?

I stayed with a monochromatic design, which is my favorite to do. My colors are Pink Pirouette and Melon Mambo. Not a typical combination for me. I love pink, but I tend to shy away from bright colors. Yet this worked well.

By the way, I’ve designed other interesting cards using these stamps and dies. You can view one of my designs here.

Supplies I Used to Make this Card


Just a quick reminder that while you’ll be able to buy all the parts to the Eastern Palace Bundle in the new catalog starting June 1, you can purchase the bundle only until May 31. Something to think about…

Regardless of when you purchase these items, and whether you purchase these items, I think you’ll agree that using the negative die-cut makes for a really interesting! So, head on over to my online store and order your bundle today.

Vintage Carousel Birthday Card

Do you find that you make more birthday cards than any other kind? Actually, I make more Thank You cards, but Birthdays are a close second place! Here’s a birthday card with a vintage look. The stamp set retires on May 31.

Vintage Carousel Birthday CardThe stamp set is Carousel Birthday, from the Occasions Catalog. It comes with a matching set of Framelits. Using those and brightly colored ink creates a fun, modern design. But limiting the number of colors on this card to two hints at something more vintage in style.

By the way, I created another card, full of bright colors, earlier this year. You can read about it by clicking here.

I love to play with my stamps and ink, to see how many different “looks” I can achieve!

The carousel is stamped on a piece of Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper. This sheet is colored Calypso Coral. So I decided to use the same color ink and cardstock on the card. But notice that the shades are not exact. Stampin’ Up! sets the colors of their different products so that they “coordinate” – they don’t necessarily match exactly.

As for the ink, it will have different shades, depending on how well the stamp pad is inked. I added ink right before working on this card. Look at the Very Vanilla cardstock layer. Even though I stamped off before stamping on the cardstock, the color is rich. If I were doing this card today and my stamp pad needed to be re-inked, I wouldn’t do it until after stamping the card front.

Products I Used to Make this Card

Call to Action

By the way, if vintage is not your thing, check my Facebook Page at 10 am. I will post a similar card, but not so vintage-y looking. Is that a real word?!?!

Then leave a comment and let me know which design you prefer. I really love to hear from you. It makes me feel a little less isolated lol! It almost makes me feel like I’m talking to someone…

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Designer Tee Is Designer Easy!

As we approach the end of Sale-A-Bration, I’m starting to bring out the stamp sets I haven’t used yet. Among them is Designer Tee. To be truthful, the whole T-shirt thing doesn’t appeal to me a lot, even though I wear T-shirts a lot. go figure.

Designer Tee EasyBut more than the T-shirt images, I love the sentiments in this set.

I combined the sentiment and cake, with the birthday balloons. Fun!

Just an example of how easy the Designer Tee is. But it’s here only until March 31. So, don’t forget to place your Sale-A-Bration order at my online store.

Hey Chick – Happy Pi Day!

Happy Pi Day! It’s March 14. For those who are mathematically inclined, that’s 314. (Pi is 3.14. Get it?) Okay, it’s the one day of the year I can celebrate the geek in me!

(Aside… my daughter seemed a little shocked that I didn’t have a pie on my Happy Pi Day card. My Pi has 0 Weight Watcher Smart Points…)

Here’s my card to share.

Hey Chick - Happy Pi DayThank goodness for Sale-A-Bration! Without it, it would have been so difficult to come up with the sentiment on my card! Lol.

Different Ways to Use a Stamping Sponge

There are 2 different stamping techniques on this card design.

The one you probably noticed is the random sponging all over the card front. I had planned to sponge only around the border of the central image. But that was a little boring. So I added splotches all over the card front.

After carefully stamping and coloring the central chick, I gently rolled up the vanilla card stock. Then I opened it up again and lightly sponged along the fold lines. Interesting effect, don’t you think?

A Gold Surprise

Every card should have a little surprise. The WOW factor.

On this card, it’s the chick’s comb. I colored it with Gold Wink of Stella. Just for fun! It’s hard to see in this photo. Bit it’s ever so special cute and fun in real life!

Supplies List

Here are the supplies I used to create this Pi Day celebration card. Click on any photo to go to my online store and purchase that product.

So have a little fun today. Eat some pie. Make some cards. Whatever you do, be sure to enjoy it. Happy Pi Day!

Card Design for my Sister

Today is International Women’s Day. It’s also the birthday of the woman who’s been the best role model all my life… My sister! Happy Birthday to YOU!!

Because she is so special, the cards I design for her are also so special. You can see the best card I ever designed for her here. Although I didn’t say anything about it then, I had designed that card with her in mind.

This year’s birthday card was mailed last week, but I’m not yet sure if she’s opened it. So, I can’t share this year’s card just yet. However, here is one of the designs that I made, which I later decided not to send to her. I liked it so much, I decided to base a Card Class project on it.

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The 4-1-1 on Card Design for my Sister

  • Elegant Eggplant provides pop of color – Colors chosen are Mint Macaron, Sweet Sugarplum and Bermuda Bay. Elegant Eggplant provides a little pop. It focuses your eye on the central design. Who would ever expect a jewel tone like to pop?
  • Vary blooms on your stems – I’m pretty conservative in my  designs. However, on this card I used totally different flowers on my stems! I also inked-once-stamped-twice. Who would ever expect me to do that?!
  • “Ooops” provides an opportunity for embellishment – Time to come clean. This card was supposed to be in portrait mode. You know, where it’s taller than it’s wide. But I mis-stamped the pink swipe. So I rotated and moved the central image to hide the error!

How to Design a Card for Someone Special

This is a question I hear often. How do you design a card fro someone special. Well, to quote my lawyer-daughter, “It depends.” Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Use a particular image that would resonate with the recipient.
  • Choose favorite colors
  • Add a lot of detail (Or keep it really simple if that’s the recipient’s style.)

The most important thing is to do your very best work!

Maybe that’s why I finally rejected this card design. It had a small problem.

Supplies:

Here are the products I used to create this card design for my sister. Click on any picture to go to my online store to make your purchase.

In any case, today is special! That’s the reason for my card design for my sister! And there’s nothing more important than that!

It’s Your Birthday, Dr Seuss!

It’s your birthday, Dr. Seuss!

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”
― Dr. Seuss, Happy Birthday to You!

Birthdays are fun. Dr. Seuss is really fun! So, today, March 2, which is Dr. Seuss’ birthday is the MOST fun!!

Here’s a fun birthday card. What do you think? Leave a comment and let us know!

It's your birthday Dr Seuss

When I started to design this card, I was intending to make it gender neutral. So flowers were out. And I’m a little tired of balloons. I’ve been making a lot of cards with hot air balloons. (Hmmm. I guess those cards were made for Card Class or for specific people. So, I can’t show them here on my blog.) As a result, stars seemed to be the best fit.

Those birthday stars are just exploding off the card! You can’t see it in this photo, but I added some Clear Wink of Stella to each star – both filled and outlined!

Colors are Rich Razzleberry and Sweet Sugarplum. Those colors certainly sound like sweet fun!  I admit that this color combination is feminine. but it’s easily changed to more masculine or neutral colors.

Supplies I Used to Make this Card

A Note about Adhesive

SNAIL Adhesive is my adhesive of choice when making cards or scrapbook pages. However, it’s not the best solution in all cases.

This card has small stars. While I could have used SNAIL on these, the Mini Glue Dots work better. They are stronger than SNAIL.

So there you have it. A practical tip. And a fun reason to celebrate. It’s your birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Never Waste Any Glimmer Paper

It’s so precious that I must try to never waste glimmer paper. Do you feel that way, too? Check out today’s card design.

Never Waste Any Glimmer Paper The sparkly Mint Macaron glimmer paper is part of the Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack, which was added to the Sale-A-Bration offerings last week. That means you can get it for free if you purchase $50 in current Stampin’ Up! products.

In this month’s Card Class – I hold card class on the third Tuesday of each month in my home – We made cards with stars die-cut from the glimmer paper. I cut out the stars for the class participants, to be sure that I was able to get very last bit out of the glimmer paper. It’s far too pretty to waste! I thought that I would punch out some other shapes from the leftovers.

And then I had a brilliant idea! The smallest stars were just under 1-1/4″ in diameter. Why not punch a circle around any star with enough margin left around it? Take a look to see my leftovers now.

Never Waste Any Glimmer PaperI punched additional 1-1/4″ circles from Daffodil Delight cardstock and glued them to the underside of my glimmer paper.

Not to brag, but this is an original idea. Please feel free to use and share it. But be sure to tell everyone where you learned about it! 😉

By the way, I popped up the circles with Stampin’ Dimensionals, to give them even more importance.

Never Waste Any Glimmer PaperIf you’d like to make this card on your own, be sure to subscribe to my newsletter. The next issue will talk about this technique!

In the meanwhile, a recipe follows.

Supplies I used to make this card

 


So, when you’re trying to never waste glimmer paper – or any other paper, for that matter – be sure to try this technique. Remember, you read about it here first!

Miss You, Blue Hair Chick!

Miss you Blue Hair Chick! It seems like days and days since I last posted a photo of you. You can see a couple of cards I made with the Hey, Chick stamp set here.

Miss You Blue Hair Chick!

The first thing you might wonder is why in the world did I ever decide to color her (or is it “him”?) with blue hair. The answer is that I love the color blue. And THAT is the best reason ever!

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The 4-1-1

  • Take the time to let your ink dry – First I stamped the chick using Basic Black Archival ink and let it dry well. I colored her/him with my Stampin’ Write Markers and let that dry even better. In fact, I let it dry until I completed and assembled the entire card. Then I added the glitter, so it wouldn’t smear the ink. Patience is a virtue. And it makes for better hand stamped cards!
  • One Stamp. Two Uses – Can you figure out how I made the chicken foot prints on the card front? I used the cup cake sprinkles from Sprinkles of Life stamp set! Would you have thought of that? Award me a point for creativity!!
  • At least 6 layers in my card design – When I first started to make cards, I was taught that every card should have at least 6 layers. Excluding the die-cut ovals, this card has 6 layers of cardstock, 2 layers of oval cardstock, 1 layer of ink on the Tip Top Taupe cardstock, 1 layer of ink on the top oval, 1 layer of glitter, and 1 layer of ribbon. Phew! That makes 11 layers! Definitely meets the minimum requirement.

Here are the supplies I used to make this card:

By the way, you can earn the Hey, Chick stamp set for FREE during Sale-A-Bration! Spend $50, before shipping and sales tax, and this is one of the Stampin’ Up! products you can choose for FREE!

My Favorite?

So what’s my favorite part of this card? Well, probably the chickie. I love her!! Or him!!

Maybe it’s the glitter or ribbon.

Nope, it’s the use of Stampin’ Dimensionals. They really make the blue-haired chick pop!

 

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But, whichever way you look at this card, I can definitely say, “Miss you blue hair chick!

Do-Over Design Snowflakes

Do Over. That’s what kids like. It’s the chance to ignore your first attempt at something and to repeat the effort, hopefully with better results. In the world of card designs, somehow,  I always feel I can do better, if I only give it another try. A Do-Over.

Here’s the original card. You can read about it in this blog post.

Dec2011_snowflakes - http://stampedimpression.comKind of a dark photo, I know. But that was the best that I could do in 2011. It’s amazing how much things have changed!

The original card was black, gold and vanilla. Here’s the updated version.

The Do-Over Design Snowflakes

Do Over Snowflakes - http://stampedimpression.comSince it’s January, and I’m not as organized as my customer SM, I didn’t keep the design for Christmas. (She’s already started her cards for Christmas 2017!!) But “Celebrate” could apply to the holidays, couldn’t it? So, what did I change?

The 4-1-1

  • Colors are shades of blue – specifically, Marina Mist, Soft Sky and Whisper White. I’m loving blus and greens for winter cards!
  • Some of the snowflakes are cut out – specifically, punched out. Cutting out some of your stamped images is such an easy way to add dimension to your cards!
  • The embellishments were updated – While I still used Rhinestone Basic Jewels, I also wound some Silver Metallic thread around the bottom. This “ribbon” is extremely thin. But it adds a touch of sparkle AND elegance to every card design.

The sentiment is from Beautiful You, that gorgeous stamp set in the Occasions catalog. Sometimes, you need to look past the images to see what works on a card design. While the stamp sets make it easy to put together your card designs, don’t let them stifle your creativity!

I also stamped a few snowflakes on the inside of the card. Can you see them?

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Here are the supplies I used:

 

A Note About Stampin’ Dimensionals

I tend to use a lot of Stampin’ Dimensionals. They are an easy was to add interest to a card design. Use them to raise an element, but just a little bit. The effect is subtle and it won’t raise the cost of your postage!

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So, when you’re looking for inspiration, consider a “do-over” like my Do-Over Design Snowflakes! Leave me a comment and let me know how it turns out!

Get Well Wishes & Flowers

This card design sends Get Well Wishes & Flowers to someone special. Who wouldn’t feel better after receiving this card?

Get Well Wishes - http://stampedimpression.comThe 4-1-1

  • Use both punches and dies cuts – Don’t feel that you must make an either-or choice when making a card. The flowers were stamped, then cut out with a handheld punch. The leaves in the background were die cut. The lines in both shapes work well together!
  • Add shimmer wherever you can! – The flowers are pretty, but glitter always makes things prettier! If you examine the photo below, you can see a little of the Wink of Stella I added to the petals. Ahhhhh.
  • Never let a mistake hold you back – Please don’t share this with anyone… If you look below the matted sentiment, you can see an extra green mark. Confession time. I dropped an open ink pad on my finished card. I had to redo the sentiment and all it’s layers. I added the stamped butterflies as camouflage. Did it work? Please leave a comment and let me know. Thanks!!

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Here’s the list of products I used

Some Additional Details

There are lots of extra details in this card design. Did you notice the stitching around the stamped sentiment? The Stitched Shapes Framelits are again available for ordering. They add a special touch everywhere they appear.

And what about the enamel flower centers. Love them!

Take a close look and see how special this Get Well Wishes & Flowers card design really is!

#imbringingbirthdaysback with Cool Treats!

#imbringingbirthdaysback with Cool Treats! Need I say anything more?

Do you remember the campaign to bring back birthdays? It started about a year ago. It’s designed for people who want to send (and receive) cards in the mail. Don’t get me wrong. It’s nice to be remembered, in any happy way. But it’s not nearly as much fun to read birthday wishes on social media, as it is to find a card in your mailbox!

I posted some simple card designs for the campaign last year.  You can see one of those posts here. But a birthday card designed for #imbringingbirthdaysback is long overdue. So, here we are!,

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My monthly birthday campaign usually featured 2 cards with the same base design. One was feminine, while the other was masculine. This month I decided to create only one design that is suited to both genders. After all, cards for women don’t have to be pink and red, with flowers and butterflies. Cards for men don’t have to be blue and brown, with cars or abstract images. Hmmm. What do men and women like equally well? Ice cream, of course!

While this card has a lot of pieces, they are all cut out using the Big Shot die-cutting machine. It really made this card easy (and fast!) to assemble.

The 4-1-1

  • Your design doesn’t need to be symmetrical – I have a friend who really likes everything to be symmetrical. It all must be straight up-and-down, and centered. Symmetry makes me comfortable, too. But it’s nice to mix it up a little. I started by placing my little ice cream cone to one side. And then I needed to turn the Bermuda Bay square. I admit that it looked a little “odd” to me when I was finished. But now that I’ve stared at it for a couple of days, I really like it. I think I need to shake up my designs a bit more often!
  • Use an assortment of shapes – This card started with one rectangle matted beneath another. I had lots of layers. All similar. But adding the oval and the square and the ice cream shapes made it so much more interesting. Keeping wide “margins” prevents the shapes from being too busy and interfering with each other.
  • Pop-up the main element – A tried-and-true technique is to use Stampin’ Dimensionals under your main element to make it stand out. By die-cutting the ice cream cone – and adding Wink of Stella to it – it is clearly the most important part of the card front.

#imbringingbirthdaysback - http://stampedimpression.comHow do You Know it’s a Birthday Card?

It says so on the inside!

If you don’t have enough room on the card front for everything, keep something for the inside – In this case, I couldn’t fit in the sentiment. So, I stamped the words on the inside! Easy solution 🙂

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Here are the supplies I used

Big Shot – Important Tool

Do you have a Big Shot? I use mine nearly every day. I can’t imagine card making with out it.

Do you own a Big Shot? Do you use yours often? If not, do you know why? Head on over to my Facebook business page and learn my #1 Big Shot Tip!

Be sure to like it and share it with your friends!

Then think about #imbringingbirthdaysback with Cool Treats!

Noteworthy Birthday Pop-Up Card

Birthday Pop-Up Card! Has there ever been a design more fun than this? I don’t think so! Let’s take a look.

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Overall Card Design

Well, this starts out kind of like lots of birthday cards. Bright colors –  Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay. Then there are balloons a-plenty – each is stamped and punched out.

But the sentiment is definitely energetic: “Open me ALREADY”. Hmmm. Does it mean to open the attached present or the card? Let’s open the card to find out. Wait. There’s definitely a surprise on the inside…

Birthday Pop-Up

Ahhh, there it is. A pop-up of balloons. How festive!!

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How to Easily Create the Pop-Up

If you examine the pop-up, it seems pretty intricate. How in the world can you do this quickly? I mean, it’s great to create a card that looks special. It doesn’t really matter how long it takes or how much effort it requires. But using tools to make the job faster and easier is an added bonus. That’s just what I did here.

The Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits dies are new in the Occasions catalog. I have balloon stamps. I have the Balloon Bouquet Punch. (In fact, you can see a card I made with the balloon stamps and punch by clicking here.) But I never bought a pop-up die before. I never thought it was worth the money.

Until the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits. They just called out to me. And stood up tall! I just love them. Sometimes, I stamp a balloon image over the die-cut shape, like I did with the middle Daffodil Delight balloon. Sometimes, I die-cut patterned balloons and attached them over the die-cut shape of the pop-up, as I did with the Bermuda Bay and Real Red balloons.

I mean, is this festive?

The die-cut shape is scored, so that you can easily attach it to the inside of the card. Here’s how you do it.

  1. Fold the die-cut pop-up along the 3 scored lines, making a zig zag.
  2. Apply adhesive to the back quarter.
  3. Place die-cut on the inside right side of card.
  4. Fold up die-cut and apply adhesive to front quarter.
  5. Carefully, close over card front.
  6. Gentry rub your hand along the front of the closed card, to make the adhesive “take” well,

That’s itI

Let’s See the Products I Used

When you look over the supplies list, I omitted the paper trimmer, the bone folder, the different adhesives. If you want more information on these, then just holler!

Also note that if you buy bundle containing both the Balloon Adventures stamp set and the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies, then you’ll save 10%. By the way, the bundle costs $53, so it qualifies you to choose 1 FREE Sale-A-Bration item! Woo-hoo!!

Birthday Pop-Up Card. It’s the BEST!!!

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