Fun with Markers

Hi!  How are you?  Today I have a quick and easy card to share with you!

Stylized Birthday, Balloon Celebrations, Happy Birthday, Stampin' Up!, SU!

I am doing a Stamps, Paper, Ink class on Friday and this is one of the cards I am offering.  The balloons are from the Balloon Celebration set and are stamped in Dapper Denim and Old Olive.  The outline of the balloons are full strength ink while the “dots”, I stamped on scrap before stamping on the cardstock.  Both balloons have been punched with the coordinating Duo Balloon punch.   For my sentiment – I didn’t just want all one color and didn’t like the look of one word in one color and the other in the opposite.  Inspiration struck – I took my Dapper Denim and Old Olive markers and colored the words in diagonal strokes.  I didn’t worry about how “thick” each stripe was and even if they lined up between the words.  I love how it turned  out!  I used a few of the Glimmer Dots to finish off the card.  I hope the attendees on Friday like it!

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A FALL Eclipse

Hi!  We have moved into Fall here in New England and the temperatures are definitely more seasonal.  This is  a card we did at a September workshop – such a fun technique and a great way to celebrate fall.

If you haven’t tried the Eclipse technique, I did give some directions in this post.

My colors for this card:  Crushed Curry, Chocolate Chip and Early Espresso for the flowers.  The leaves  are Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive.  The copper ribbon was the perfect accent for this card.

Since there aren’t two “L”‘s in the Large Letter Framelit set, I used an “E” to get my spacing then removed it before running through the Big Shot with FAL.   I then moved the L and ran through again to get the last “L” in the word.

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Have A Cuppa

Hi!  Today I bring you a Cup of Cheer!  Love this Merry Cafe set in the Holiday Catalog!

Merry Cafe, Coffee, Winter, Birthday, Stampin' Up!, SU!

I am not a coffee drinker, so the Coffee Cafe set in the Annual Catalog did not do much for me.  However, I do love hot chocolate and tea – and love that the Merry Cafe set covers both – plus can be used for Hallowee, Fall, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Winter and Valentines!  How much more versatile can you get?  And, if you are a coffee drinker – it pairs well with the Coffee Cafe set and coordinating dies!

This card is very quick and easy – and is one of the options for the attendees at Saturday’s Stamp Buffet.  The background behind the cup is watercolored with an Aqua Painter.  The snowflakes are stamped after die cutting the mug.  The sentiment is stamped first since the die does add the little ridges for to the wrapper.   I did use dimensionals to pop up the lid -those cute little mini ones work perfectly!  A little bling with the Foil Frenzy Designer Series Paper, Perfect Accents and Natural Linen thread, and voila!   Perfect card for winter – or any occasion really!  Tuck a gift card inside and use it for a birthday!

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Time for an Eclipse

Hi!  No, it isn’t a solar eclipse!  It is a new technique I tried and LOVE! and will be sharing at a workshop this afternoon.

Lovely As A Tree, Holly Berry Happiness, Christmas, Eclipse, Stampin' Up!, SU!

We won’t be making this exact card – this is one of the cards, tho, that folks can make at my Stamp Buffet on September 30th.

Here is how you make an eclipse card (or atleast, this is the way I did it):

  1. Stamp a 3 7/8 x 5 1/8 piece of Whisper White with the pine tree from Lovely as A Tree in Garden Green ink.  I stamped the image twice before reinking – so I’d get some depth to the trees.
  2. Stamp berries on the trees in Real Red to make ornaments.
  3. Die cut NOEL using the Large Letter Framelits from the Whisper White panel.
  4. Remove the letters and apply adhesive to the back of the panel and adhere to a Chocolate Chip mat that is 4 1/16 x 5 5/16.
  5. Set the “O” back in the opening and use that to adhere the center of the O to the mat.
  6. Tie a piece of 1/8″ Real Red ribbon around the bottom.
  7. Adhere the Chocolate Chip mat to a Garden Green base.
  8. Place mini dimensionals or strips of foam adhesive to the back of the letters and adhere in the openings to pop them up.

Other versions of this technique are to die-cut multiple letters and adhere all together to get the thickness you desire and then place the letters in the openings.   You can also offset the letters a little bit in the opening so you see the mat layer peeking through.

I hope my guests today enjoy this technique and those attending the stamp buffet on the 30th choose this as one of their cards.

Don’t forget today is the last day for new subscribers to save 50% on September’s Paper Pumpkin.   You can sign up here.

Today is also the last day to order your Holiday Catalog Designer Series Paper Share!  Just submit the form below and I will send you a Paypal Invoice for your share.  Cost is $17.50 (plus $5 S/H for non-local customers)  US residents only.

Also, you still have a few days to earn this tutorial FREE!

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Patterned Pumpkins

Hi! Today I have a card for you made with the Pick A Pumpkin stamp set and Patterned Pumpkins coordinating thinlets.  Did you know you can purchase these two items as a bundle and save 10%?  I love a deal!

Pumpkins, Pick a Pumpkin, Patterned Pumpkins, Halloween, Stampin' Up!, SU!

The pumpkins are stamped in Pumpkin Pie ink and the stem is colored with Old Olive.  The faces are stamped with Basic Black Archival ink.  A quick tip if you want to make multiples – line up the pumpkins on one block – leaving enough room in between each pumpkin for the metal thinlet to cut it out – and stamp them together.  Then, line up the faces on the pumpkins where you want them to be (do not ink them yet), then place your clear acrylic block over the faces to pick them up at one time.  This way they are aligned on your block and you can stamp all three at the same time.   This will also allow you to die cut all three pumpkins at the same time!

The sentiment is from Seasonal Chums stamp set and the bat is die cut from the coordinating Seasonal Tags framelits.  I love how our products coordinate!  The border for the sentiment is from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set.  It is inked in Basic Black while the sentiment is stamped in Old Olive.   These are then punched out with the Classic Label punch.

The Designer Series Paper on the left is  a piece from the Merry Little Christmas paper pack.  The patterns in this pack aren’t just for Christmas!  The card is finished with a little bit of the Basic Black Vintage Crochet Trim.

Don’t forget, you can order a sample of all the Holiday Catalog Designer Series Papers.  Just fill out the form below by Sept 10th.  I will send a paypal invoice to you for payment.   Each share is $17.50 plus $5 S/H if you are not local to Northboro, MA.  This is for US customers only.  You will get a total of 56 6×6 pieces of Designer Series Paper.

Place an on-line order of $50 US prior to S/H and tax, in my store using the specified  hostess code by September 15 and you will receive this Painted Harvest tutorial FREE!

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Painted Harvest

Hi!  I am so excited as today is the launch of the Holiday Catalog!!  One of my favorite sets in the catalog is the Painted Harvest set – perfect for your fall needs.   See below how you can win this set!!

Painted Harvest, Sunflowers, Holiday 2017, Stampin' Up!, SU!

I saw this sketch a few weeks back at Freshly Made Sketches and wanted to give it a try.  I made this card for a swap I participated in with other demonstrators to showcase the new Holiday Catalog sets.  I am hoping to get my swaps over the weekend. Hopefully, those who got this card, like it.

I stamped the sunflower petals in Crushed Curry. The center dark circle is Chocolate Chip stamped off once.  The very center seeds are stamped in Crumb Cake.

My sentiment is also stamped in Chocolate Chip.

For the panel, I cut a piece of Very Vanilla at 3 1/2 x 4 3/4″.   I then cut off the bottom right corner.  I angled the card stock more the bottom left corner to create my shape.   The Chocolate Chip panel is 3 5/8 x 4 7/8″.   I attached the Very Vanilla panel to the Chocolate Chip (after it was stamped) and used those edges to guide the angled cuts on the Chocolate Chip panel.   Tie a piece of Crushed Curry ribbon along the top before adhering the panel to Thick Very Vanilla base.  The sentiment was stamped last.

When using this set, I highly recommend having the Stampin’ Pierce Mat under your card stock – especially for the sentiments.

Because I love this set so much, I am giving away a FREE bundle!!  Just leave a comment by September 14th, and I will draw one lucky winner on the 15th to receive this set and the coordinating punch!!  (Sorry, I can only offer this to US residents per Stampin’ Up! policy.)

Holiday Catalog Paper Share!

  I am offering a Paper Share for the Designer Series Papers in the Holiday Catalog!   This is for US only!  Each share is $17.50 (plus $5 S/H).  You will get 6×6 samples of all the papers shown below for a total of 56 sheets!  Please email me at teresa.howe@verizon.net if you are interested.  Order must be placed by September 10th with payment.  Shares will be shipped by the end of September. 

 

If you haven’t received a hard copy of the Holiday Catalog and would like one – please let me know!  I’d be happy to mail one out to you if you live in the US.

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A Pop of Paradise

Hi!  Today I am so excited to share with  you some of the cards I made using the August Paper Pumpkin kit!!  As most know, I get the kit every month, but rarely do I sit down and do it.  This one, I did!!  I LOVE IT!!

Giftable Greetings Paper Pumpkin, Paper Pumpkin, Stampin' Up!, SU!

The kit is called Giftable Greetings and comes with 8 cards and a gorgeous box with a clear lid to put them in so you can gift them to a friend or family member!  The colors are so bright and cheerful – and there are tons of supplies – so I’ll be making more than 8 cards using other card stock and Designer Series Paper.   The kit has 6 stamped Thanks ovals, 6 stamped Congrats ovals and 6 blank ovals.  Since I don’t need quite so many Congrats cards, I flipped some of those over and created Hello and Happy Birthday cards instead.  I still have 10 ovals on which to stamp more sentiments!

Here is a closer view of some of the cards.  These two use the pre-stamped sentiments that come in the kit.

Giftable Greetings Paper Pumpkin, Paper Pumpkin, Stampin' Up!, SU!

Giftable Greetings Paper Pumpkin, Paper Pumpkin, Stampin' Up!, SU!

This next one uses the sentiment from Birthday Blooms.  I also rotated the card to make it landscape vs portrait.  The sentiment is stamped in Calypso Coral.

Birthday Blooms, Giftable Greetings, Paper Pumpkin, Stampin' Up!, SU!

This next one I used the hello stamp from Hello, Friend – the embossing kit coordinating stamp set.  It is stamped in Pool Party ink:

Hello Friend, Giftable Greetings, Stampin' Up!, SU!

Are these cards gorgeous or what?  The flowers remind me a bit of Hawaii – thus a little pop of paradise.

Are a Paper Pumpkin subscriber?  Did you get the August kit?  No?  As a current subscriber, you are able to buy past kits and refill kits – I expect these will go fast once they are announced later this month.

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Current subscribers and past subscribers – if you have signed up with me and receive the September 2017 kit, I will enter you into a drawing for a 3 month pre-paid subscription!   Drawing will be held near the end of September.

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50th Anniversary

Hi!  Today I am sharing a card I made for neighbors who are celebrating their 50th anniversary today.

Anniversary, Number of Years, Blooming Heart, Stampin' Up!, SU!

I used both the Large Numbers and Blooming Heart dies for the front of the card.  The numbers are die cut from Gold Foil sheets while the heart is die cut from Basic Black card stock.  The sentiment is from the Number of Years stamp set and is embossed in Gold Embossing Powder.  I used the new Basic Black Shimmer Ribbon and Gold Bakers Twine (retired) for the bow.  I had planned on using the Gold Thread in the current catalog, but found  I didn’t have any – going on my list!

I hope they like the card!

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If Life Gives You Lemons

Hi! How are you today?  I am doing pretty good – it is a gorgeous day!  I have a summery card for you today inspired by Brigitte Keiling.

Lemon Zest, Summer, SU!, Stampin' Up!, Cards, DIY

I loved her colors and layout so had to make my own version.  Doesn’t this just bring a smile to your face?

I did add Clear Wink of Stella to the lemons so they have that sparkle you see when you cut into one.  Here is a better view:

The colors are Flirty Flamingo and Daffodil Delight.  The leaves are stamped in Wild Wasabi.   I had created a mask to sponge my background – makes it very easy for mass production.  I made these cards to put into orders from a recent workshop.

The sentiment is stamped in Basic Black Archival ink.  I forgot to take a picture of the inside – but I did add a layer of Whisper White card stock, stamped the sentiment “Squeeze it for all it’s worth” and added the other half of the cut lemon to the inside bottom left corner.

What do you think?  Ready for an icy cold glass of lemonade?  I sure am!

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Fun Fold Time!

Hi! Today I have a fun fold for you!  It’s called the Diagonal Gate Fold!

Fancy Fold, Flower Shop, Happy Birthday Gorgeous, SU!, Stampin' Up!, Technique, Tutorial

Isn’t it cool?  Here it is open:

Fancy Fold, Flower Shop, Happy Birthday Gorgeous, SU!, Stampin' Up!, Technique, Tutorial

Want to know how to do it?  Here is a photo tutorial for you!

Supplies:

  • Base: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/4″  (Yes – 8 1/4″!!)
  • Layers: 2 1/2″ x 5 1/8″ (Need 2)
  • Designer Series Paper: 2 1/4″ x 4 7/8″ (Need 2)
  • Whisper White: 2 5/8″ x 5 3/8″ (Need 1 for inside of card)

Step 1:  Score the base piece at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″ on the 8 1/4″ side:

Step 2: Score the base from the top left corner to the bottom of the 2 3/4″ score line:

Step 3:  Slide the paper over and score from the top of the 5 1/2″ score line to the bottom right corner:

When you are done scoring, your base should look like this:

Step 4: Fold back on the diagonal score lines:

Step 5: Fold in on the straight score lines:

Your diagonal lines should meet in the middle.

Step 6: Cut one piece of Designer Series Paper and one layer from the top left to the bottom right corner:

Step 7: Cut the second piece of Designer Series Paper and the second layer from the top right corner to the bottom left corner:

After cutting your layers, you should have this:

Step 8: Adhere the Designer Series Paper to the mat layers with Snail Adhesive

Step 9: Adhere the pieces that were cut from the top right to the bottom left (those on the right in the picture above) to the panels that are under the diagonal flaps:

Step 10: Adhere the pieces that were cut from the top left to the bottom right (those on the left side of the picture above) to the panels on top:

Step 11: Decorate card as desired.  Just make sure when attaching the front images, you only attach to one side of the diagonal flap so that the card can still be opened.  For my card, the flower was adhered to the left panel and the Happy Birthday banner was attached to the right panel.

Step 12: Decorate and adhere the Whisper White panel to the inside of the card:

For my card, I used Flower Shop and coordinating punch for the front.  On the inside, I used the new Happy Birthday Gorgeous set.  So fun!   The colors are Soft Sky, Tranquil Tide and Powder Pink.  The Duo Banner punch was used for the front sentiment.

I’d love to know what you think of the photo tutorial!  And if you give this a try – I’d love to see what you come up with!

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