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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.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Z-Fold Congratulations

With the graduation season fast approaching I've had many people asking for ideas for Congratulations cards. This pretty pink flowery card feels very feminine, and I know school colors tend more towards the bold colors. But just imagine this card in whatever colors match for your graduate. The design is easy to adapt.

This card was made by my friend Sue Adams.  The design is a simple z-fold that highlights a vertical sentiment from Stampin'UP!'s B.R.A.V.O. stamp set. Its fun to get a card that opens in an unexpected way.



These pictures should help you see how to do the z-fold. Its very simple, you make your center fold at the normal  4 1/4" and then fold the front flap back on itself.

 



The sentiment Sue chose is from a set called B.R.A.V.O. Just look at all the choices in this set for congratulation anyone (young or old) on any accomplishment. The vertical "congratulations" is perfect for this space. 

By the Way - BRAVO is on the retirement list.

Stampin'UP!'s catalog transition is only 2 weeks away and many people are scrambling to get items they've had on their Wish List. 




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, April 5, 2016

Double Stamps in the April Paper Pumpkin!

Stampin'UP! is celebrating a 3 year anniversary AND over a million kits shipped.

Balloons to Celebrate 3 years of Stampin'UP!'s Paper Pumpkin Monthly Craft Kits
Paper Pumpkin Monthly Craft Kits

The monthly craft kits have become very popular
Each month is a new super cute project - not always cards, but always super cute. The service is called "Paper Pumpkin" because each month is a surprise - the only time there's been any pumpkin imagery in the kits is the fall.

Subscribe here to get your Monthly Craft Kits

EVERYTHING  you need comes in the box:
paper, envelopes (if the project is cards), embellishments, STAMPS and INK . . . everything except adhesive . . . and half the time the parts are sticky backed or you get glue dots so sometimes I don't even need my own adhesive.  Its an evening entertainment all prepped for me - I Love It!

Contents of one of Stampin'UP!'s Paper Pumpkin Monthly Craft Kits

Double Stamps in April!
We always get a stamp set with each month's kit . . . and now as a part of the 3-year celebration  we'll be getting a 2nd stamp set for FREE in the April Kit! 

Button to Join Stampin'UP!'s Paper Pumpkin Monthly Craft Kit

Only $19.95 a month.
If you're already a subscriber then you know how much fun these kits are.  And if not, there's still time to get the April kit- but hurry, you must be subscribed by April 10th to get this commemorative Stamp Set. If you're not a subscriber yet you can click HERE to join.

Button to Join Stampin'UP!'s Paper Pumpkin Monthly Craft Kit

"No Minimum" Subscription:
There's no risk in joining - You can quit anytime. With no commitment you can try it out just so see if you like it - even though you're "subscribing" there is no minimum requirement. You can stop the subscription anytime.  Sign-up now and see what you think.  They're relaxing and fun and you make some super cute projects.

Plus you get the stamp set so you can make even more projects with your own supplies.
Here's a few samples I've made with past stamp sets:
Card made with Paper Pumpkin Monthly Craft Kit Stamp Set Card made with Paper Pumpkin Monthly Craft Kit Stamp Set Card made with Paper Pumpkin Monthly Craft Kit Stamp Set

You can also check out samples from each month on Stampin'UP!'s Pinterest Boards.

Don't miss the special set!
SIGN-UP here to get your April Kit with the FREE Stamp Set.



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, April 1, 2016

Nice Cuppa: a Beautiful Way to Celebrate Mom

I'm getting an early start on Mother's Day with this card. I didn't actually plan to be done so early, but I was playing with the Cups and Kettles dies and the Nice Cuppa stamp set and the Timeless Textures Stamp Set (love those coffee ring stains!) and this card just sort of came together. 



This card has a lot on it - hey, its for Mom, right?! 
Nothing's too good for Mom on Mother's Day. 


Most of the background is stamped in Crumb Cake Ink, but a few of the splotches are gold embossed (gotta have sparkle!) and for added pretties I added a few random pearls.

Do you like how shiny the cup is?  And see how the letters are raised?
*First stamp the words in White Craft Ink and heat emboss with white embossing powder
*Then cover the whole cup with Versamark Ink and heat emboss with clear embossing powder
Looks just like a ceramic mug right?

This is the  list of the papers and Inks I used  - keep reading to see info on the stamps




Heat Tool
[129053]
$30.00



Nice Cuppa - & - Timeless Textures

When I saw these two stamp sets in the Spring Occasions catalog I knew right away this was "must have". for me.  Just think what you can do with these dies. Invitations and Thank-You's.

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And look how versatile the die set is: it has a coffee cup and a mug and even has silverware.

Here's another project I did with these dies - I helped run an event where we were ordering in lunch and people had to make their lunch choices.  We put this sign on the table to identify where people should be placing their lunch orders.



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.