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Monday, June 20, 2016

June Paper Pumpkin Kits

My June Paper Pumpkin kit just arrived in today's mail.  Its a really interesting concept for a card.  Making it interactive in a way.  The kit makes a banner that you wrap around a card.  The recipient opens the banner to reveal the happy birthday message.  Watch the video below to see what I mean. 



I can't wait to see what all the creative folks on the Paper Pumpkin Fan Club come up with as alternatives. I'm hoping to get some time this weekend to play with mine.

Thanks for Stopping by: Take a minute and browse previous posts. If you see anything you like I'm happy to help you get the product or just to consult and explain further how the project was made . . . its all about having fun with our hobby.


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

New Catalog is Now Live

The much anticipated moment is here - Stampin'UP!'s new Annual Catalog is now live.


As always there are some gorgeous new stamp sets
 and super fun new dies and punches.


Stampin'UP! 2016-2018 In-colors
This card showcases the new 2016-2018 In-Colors

Dapper 
Denim
Emerald 
Envy
Flirty 
Flamingo
Peek-a-boo Peach Sweet Sugarplum



 Time to check things out

Thanks for Stopping by: Take a minute and browse previous posts. If you see anything you like I'm happy to help you get the product or just to consult and explain further how the project was made . . . its all about having fun with our hobby.


Sunday, May 29, 2016

Butterfly Shaker Card with Sequins

Here's a fun card - its a shaker card filled with sequins. You can make a shaker card with any shape, I used a butterfly die for this card.


If you're thinking of trying a shaker card I have a few suggestions. 

First thing to think about is placement of the images.  On this card I stamped the sentiment first and then diecut the shape. You can stamp the rest of the imagery around the sentiment and the hole. 

Second: regarding order of operations.  
  • Decorate the front first - because it will be "lumpy" and impossible to stamp on after you've created the shaker part.
  • Remember to adhere the window sheet to the back side of the hole BEFORE you line it with dimensionals - OK I confess, I've done that and you feel really dumb as you're ripping off the dimensionals.
  • create your "well" for the shaker elements (sequins on this card) but fill it BEFORE you remove the sticky backing
  • Use a separate sheet of paper over the hole to close it. Then attach it to the base. 


These are the products I used on the Butterfly Shaker Card
 
Butterfly Basics Photopolymer Stamp Set
Butterfly Basics Stamp Set
Photopolymer Set  [137154]  - $24.00
Wood Mount Set    [138813]  - $48.00
Clear Mount Set    [138816]  - $36.00
Stampin' Dimensionals
[104430]  - $4.00
Window Sheets
[142314]  - $5.00

And here's another view of the shaker window itself.

Butterfly Shaker Card made with Stampin'UP!'s Butterflies Thinlit Dies


Here are two more shaker cards from previous posts. Click on an image below to see more instructions and additional photos showing how to make shaker cards. 


 
Medal Shaker Card


Thanks for Stopping by: Take a minute and browse previous posts. If you see anything you like I'm happy to help you get the product or just to consult and explain further how the project was made . . . its all about having fun with our hobby.



Friday, May 20, 2016

Gold Foil Butterflies for a Golden Anniversary

I made this card as an anniversary card, but when it was all done I realized it would work just as well for a wedding card. That "happy together" sentiment fits both occasions, don't you think?

Golden Anniversary Card made with Gold Foil paper and Stampin'UP!'s Timeless Textures Stamp Set


Actually the card was intended as a Golden Anniversary card, so of course I tried to put as much gold on it as possible! The Tip Top Taupe paper was the perfect base color, its a good match for the gold heat embossing without introducing another color into the palette. The fancy swirly leafy filigree shape is from a set called Timeless Textures and it ended up being a good background filler that blended in an elegant way with the butterflies.

Speaking of butterflies, don't these look like they just flew down and landed on this card? I love Stampin'UP!'s Gold Foil paper, its so stiff and makes perfect punched pieces like these butterflies.  The trick to getting this "just landed" look is to gently crease the wings upwards and put my adhesive just down the middle of the body.

Golden Anniversary Card made with Gold Foil paper and Stampin'UP!'s Timeless Textures Stamp Set

I like to add some sparkle whenever I can and I've found that 3 of the small rhinestones are a perfect fit for the length of the butterfly body. Here's a complete list of supplies used on this card.


Versamark Pad
[102283]  - $7.50
Heat Tool
[129053]  - $30.00


Thanks for Stopping by: Take a minute and browse previous posts. If you see anything you like I'm happy to help you get the product or just to consult and explain further how the project was made . . . its all about having fun with our hobby.


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Coloring on Craft Paper

Today's post shows the effect of coloring on craft paper. I wanted to try something a little different. Most of my stamping is on white paper, but really, there's no reason not to stamp on colored paper.

With the darker paper color I wanted the image to really "pop" so the image is heat embossed with white embossing powder. I did the same thing for the envelope - heat embossed in white and then colored with markers. 

Stampin'UP!'s Best Thoughts stamp set


Another way to make images "pop" is to add some sparkle. Time to dig out the glitter glue and Wink of Stella.  OMG - this butterfly is So-o-o-o pretty, the photo does not do it justice.

Stampin'UP!'s Best Thoughts stamp set

Coloring on Craft Paper was the "Technique of the Month" at our May events.  The photo below is from our technique card so if you plan to try this check out the helpful hints - especially the part about wiping it afterwards if you emboss.

Technique of the Month Card - Coloring on Craft Paper

What color would you make this flower? It doesn't have to be yellow. I took a whole bunch of markers to the class and people really went to town. We had a bunch (pun intended) of gorgeous hydrangeas. Here's one made by one of my stampers.

Stampin'UP!'s Best Thoughts stamp set

Join us for a class If you're local to the Madison/Dane county area be sure to check out my class schedule.  You'd have a good time and you'd meet some incredibly talented and super nice people.

Thanks for Stopping by: Take a minute and browse previous posts. If you see anything you like I'm happy to help you get the product or just to consult and explain further how the project was made . . . its all about having fun with our hobby.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Confetti Stars Graduation Congratulations

How many graduation cards will you be sending out this year? It seems like graduations come in waves.  Birthday's and anniversaries are an annual event so you can plan those cards. Sympathy is usually rare and unexpected so I like to have a few of those cards on hand, ready to go. Weddings you have enough time to plan for. But graduations?  In our family at least they seem to come in waves.  The last several year's I haven't had any and this year I have 4 graduating nieces and nephews.

This card is easy to adapt to any school colors. And if you suddenly find you need a bunch of them its also easy to mass produce.

Graduation Card madde with Stampin'UP!'s Confetti Stars Border Punch

The mortarboard cap is super easy to make, Cut yourself a small square (I think this one was a 2" square) and turn it as shown. Fold a piece of ribbon in half and secure it with a brad through the center of the black square. I adhered mine to the card with a piece of dimensional foam to give the card a little more "pop". For this card I glued a yellow Candy Dot to the top of the brad, but it would look fine with a plain brad too.

The thing that makes this card special - and also helps you customize the colors - is the vertical star piece. You may be thinking that I sure went to a lot of work to glue on all those stars. NO WAY!  I used Stampin'UP!'s Confetti Star punch to make all the HOLES in the black piece and then I glued a piece of yellow paper behind the holes.

Graduation Card madde with Stampin'UP!'s Confetti Stars Border Punch 


The Confetti Stars Punch definitely makes it easy to turn out a customized card for a special graduate.  In addition to the white paper, black paper, black ink and Dimensionals,  here are the other supplies I used.



Thanks for Stopping by: Take a minute and browse previous posts. If you see anything you like I'm happy to help you get the product or just to consult and explain further how the project was made . . . its all about having fun with our hobby.