Christmas in August

Hi!  Yes, I know, it is usually Christmas in July – but Stampin’ Up! is giving YOU the opportunity to purchase the Carols of Christmas bundle this month – and I wanted to give it a little love to help entice you!

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I made this shaker ornament using the coordinating Card Front Builder dies along with the Layering Circle and Stitched Shapes framelits.  I just love that little deer!!   The trees and deer were die cut using the Card Front Builder framelits.  The remainder of the ornament uses the Circle and Coordinating Stitched Circle framelits.   I did use the retired Mica Flakes from last year’s Holiday catalog – but GOOD NEWS!!  – they are still available on the Clearance Rack!!  You will find them here.

If you are looking to get started on your Christmas cards or little gifts, I highly recommend ordering your bundle today!!

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To make the ornament, you will need the largest Stitched Frame Circle, matching Layering Circle and the next size down Circle.  Center the smaller of the two circles inside the Stitched Frame Circle and run both through the Big Shot together.  This will give you your outside frame.  Die cut the larger Layering Circle from solid Cardstock for your background as well as from a Window Sheet for your front.    Attach the Window Sheet to the Stitched Frame circle.   Die cut your trees from Garden Green card stock and your deer from Chocolate Chip.  Adhere the trees to the background circle with Snail and use a mini dimensional to adhere the deer.   Apply Foam Strip along the backside of the Stitched Frame circle leaving no gaps so the mica flakes do not fall out.  Remove the backing from 2/3rds of the foam strip leaving the top 1/3 covered so that you can add your Mica flakes.   After adding the flakes, make a loop/hangar using Whisper White 1/8″ ribbon and attach between the foam strip and the background circle when sealing the top of the ornament.   Make a bow and attach to the top with a glue dot.  No stamping involved and such a cute ornament!!

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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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Remarkable You

Hi!  How are you doing?  It has been a busy week for me – traveling the South East looking at colleges with my daughter.   It has been fun!  I hope you are getting time this summer to spend with your loved ones.

Today, I have another card made with the embossing paste I showcased last week.

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For this card, I used the Pattern Party Decorative masks and tinted my Embossing Paste with Pear Pizzazz ink.  You only need a drop or two from the re-inker.    I mixed the ink and paste together on my silicone mat – easy to clean when I am done and would allow me to mix a few colors at once should I want – might have to try that next time.

The flower and sentiment are from the Remarkable You set.  I used the Berry Burst, Powder Pink and Pear Pizzazz markers to color the flower then fussy cut it out.  The sentiment is stamped in Basic Black Archival ink.  The triple banner punch was used to cut the ends.

The base layer is Berry Burst – 5 1/2 x 8 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″.  The Basic Black layer is 4 x 5 1/4″.  The Whisper White panel is 3 3/4 x 5″.

I did use dimensionals on the back of the flower and Snail adhesive on the stem to attach it to the card.

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Fun With Embossing Paste!

Hi!  Today I have a card I made using the new Embossing Paste!!  I love it!

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Those clouds just pop off the page!  Have you tried the Embossing Paste yet?  If not, do NOT wait!! It is so fun and easy to use!  Here is what I did:

  1. Lay a template – this is the Cloud Template from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks.  Use painter’s tape or a sticky note to keep the cardstock and template in place.
  2. Use a palette knife to spread the Embossing Paste over the template.  If you only want partially – you can mask the template with scrap paper so only the clouds you want to emboss are open.
  3. Scrape off the excess paste and put it back in the jar.
  4. Let dry.  This is pretty quick.  While it is drying, you can work on the rest of your project.

For this card, I decided to finally pull out the Lift Me Up stamp set which thankfully carried over from the Occasions Catalog to the 2017-18 Annual Catalog.   I stamped the two hot air balloon images from the set in Crushed Curry and die cut with the coordinating dies.

For the main hot air balloon, I used the Color Theory Designer Series Paper stack and Dapper Denim Cardstock.   I love how the different sizes of balloons gives a sense of depth to the card.

So, what do you think?  Are you going to give Embossing Paste a try?  I sure hope so!  If you don’t have any, why don’t you hop over to my on-line store and order some today!  Just click here.  Don’t forget the masks and palette knives!  (And that a $50 (US) order prior to S/H and tax earns you $5 BONUS DAYS coupon!)

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More Fun…

With Glossy Paper!!  Here is the last card attendees made at the Glossy Cardstock class.  I LOVE this card!!

Stampin' Up!, SU! Lovely as a Tree, Glossy Cardstock, Faux Wood

The faux wood technique was used to make the background on this card.  Such a great background for a masculine card.  Here are the steps:

  1. Drag the Crumb Cake ink pad down the cardstock to cover it.  I held the pad at an angle so the top edge of the ink pad touched the cardstock.  I did 2 passes for complete coverage.
  2. Tilt the Crumb Cake ink pad at an angle so just the corner of the pad touches the Card stock and drag it down again to get darker grain lines
  3. Tilt the Early Espresso ink pad at an angle so just the corner of the pad touches the card stock.  As you drag it down, rotate the pad up and down as you drag to get more or less ink on the card (the more you tilt it down, the wider the strip of Early Espresso.
  4. Repeat 3 once or twice depending on how many darker grain lines you want on your card.

The tree is from Lovely as a Tree.  That panel was created by inking a clear acrylic block D – the bottom with Pear Pizzazz and the top with Soft Sky, then spritz with water before stamping the clear block on the Whisper White panel.  The Tree was then stamped in Chocolate Chip ink.

I didn’t add my sentiment yet – but will add that to the bottom – it will most likely become a birthday card – but thought I’d wait to see what I need it for.

I hope you have enjoyed the Glossy Cardstock cards posted over the last few weeks.  If you haven’t played with it yet – I highly recommend it!  If you have another fun technique you like to do with Glossy Card stock – please comment below!  I’d love to try others!

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Polished Stone

Hi – had some fun at Friday night’s Fun With Glossy Cardstock making these cards using the Polished Stone technique.

Stampin' Up! SU! Thankful Thoughts, Polished Stone, 2017-2019 In Colors

For this card, Calypso Coral was paired with the new Lemon-Lime Twist to make the background.  If you’ve never tried this technique, here is what you do:

  1. Run the Embossing Buddy over your Glossy Cardstock
  2. Ink your stamp with Versamark and stamp on the Glossy Cardstock
  3. Pour Clear Embossing Powder over the Versamark image and tap off any extra
  4. Heat set with the Heat Tool.
  5. Spritz Rubbing Alcohol on a cotton ball
  6. Place 2-3 drops of Calypso Coral ink on the cotton ball.
  7. Place 2-3 drops of Lemon-Lime Twist on the cotton ball.
  8. Pounce cotton ball all over the Glossy Cardstock – including the embossed image
  9. Once you have the coverage you like, use the Heat Tool to re-heat the stamped image and watch the image pop out of the color (basically you are evaporating the rubbing alcohol and ink from the embossed image).
  10. If your image doesn’t really stand out – apply more ink to the cotton ball and re-apply to the Glossy Cardstock.
  11. Embellish card as desired.

Here is a version in Berry Burst and Fresh Fig:

Stampin' Up! SU! Thankful Thoughts, Polished Stone, 2017-2019 In Colors

The fun thing with this technique – it can be vibrant or muted – depending on the amount of ink used.

I hope you enjoyed today’s cards!

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Fishy, Fishy

Hi! Today I am showcasing a card we will be making at this Friday Night’s Fun with Glossy Paper! class!  If you live in or near Northborough, MA, USA – I hope you will join me!  Check out my Events page for the details!

Stampin' Up! SU! Seaside Shore, Sunshine Sayings

Love how this background turned out and can’t wait to show my guests how it is done!  I also used the same technique on a piece of glossy scrap card stock and fussy cut the fish in the upper right.  He is popped up with a dimensional.  The colors in the background are Lemon-Lime Twist, Pool Party and Tempting Turquoise.   The sentiment is stamped in Tranquil Tide and is from the Sunshine Sayings stamp set.

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Vibrant Butterfly

Hi! Today I have a card featuring our new Glossy Paper!  Love how vibrant this looks.

SU! Stampin' Up! Rose Wonder, Glossy Paper, Butterflies

I am so excited that we are now  carrying Glossy Card Stock again!  This is a fun, but messy, technique that I will be showing at this month’s Fun with Glossy Card stock class on June 23rd.  If you live near Northboro, MA, USA, consider joining me!

It’s a little hard to see in this picture, but I did apply Clear Wink of Stella to the butterfly to make it glitter.  Here’s a little better view:

Do you have a favorite technique you like to use on Glossy Paper?  Let me know!

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Flying Butterflies

Hi! I’d like to start by congratulating Sandra Schroeder for winning the blog candy offered on the Amazing Mother post!  Please email your address to  teresa.howe@verizon.net and I will get your prize out to you!

Today I have a card I demonstrated at a workshop over the weekend.  Thanks so much to Lyssa at Song of My Heart for the great directions  and inspiration!

Stampin' Up! SU! Watercolor Wings

The front of the card features the butterfly from Watercolor Wings. The color combination is Lemon-Lime Twist (one of the new 2017-18 In Colors and available in the Eastern Palace bundle during May), Flirty Flamingo and Calypso Coral.

When you open the card, the recipient gets a pretty surprise:

SU! Stampin' Up! Watercolor Wings, Bold ButterfliesThe butterflies pop-up!  The color combination for each butterfly is the same as on the front.  Just die cut them with the coordinating Bold Butterfly Thinlets.  I strongly recommend stamping the body of the butterfly AFTER you die cut them – so the heads aren’t cut off as they are in mine.

The butterflies are attached together with a glue dot place at the very tip of the top wings.  They will fold down together stacked on top of each other so the card can be mailed!  This was a big hit!  If you don’t already own the Watercolor Wings stamp set and the coordinating Bold Butterfly Thinlets, I highly recommend adding them to your collection!

I’d love to know what you think!

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Fun With Baby Wipes

Hi!  Today I have a card (or two) that used baby wipes to create the background!

Stampin' Up! SU! One Big Meaning, Dragonfly Dreams, Gorgeous Grunge

So – what did I do for my background you may ask?  I crumpled up a baby wipe, dabbed it on the Marina Mist ink pad, then randomly dabbed it on my Whisper White card stock.  I then repeated this with Pink Pirouette, Pear Pizzazz and So Saffron.   I then went back and stamped images from Gorgeous Grunge (if you don’t have this set – order it TODAY!!  It’s days are limited!) using the same colors.

Here is another version – with a bit more ink applied using baby wipes:

Stampin' Up! SU! One Big Meaning, Dragonfly Dreams, Gorgeous Grunge

The dragonflies are die cut from Basic Black cardstock and then glittered with the Wink of Stella Clear glitter.  Here is a closer look at the dragonflies:

Stampin' Up! SU! Gorgeous Grunge, One Big Meaning, Dragonfly Dreams

The sentiment is from One Big Meaning and is stamped in Basic Black Archival ink.

What do you think?  Something you’d be willing to try?  If you do, please let me know!  I love this look – and it will never be exactly the same.

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