Ways to Vary the Focal Point when Using Sentiments

By | June 21, 2017

I’m sure you will agree…a card focal point is one of the most important elements of card design.  Sometimes, instead of a stamped image, we like to use a sentiment as the focal point.  Let’s learn some ways to vary the focal point when using sentiments in card making.

Last week I shared a post with suggestions to vary up the focal point when there aren’t too many creative ways to use a stamp image.  You can apply many of those same suggestions when you use sentiment stamps used as the focal point.  (Find that post here.)

The Just Add Text stamp set (Wood 143931, Clear 143934) is my the sentiment stamp set I used for my sample cards in this post.

Here are some easy ways to vary the focal point when using sentiments:

  1. Change the color combinations used.
  2. Matte the sentiment on color cardstock.
  3. Create a textured or stamped background.
  4. Create an eye-catching border.
  5. Use a die cut shape to cut out the sentiment.
  6. Use the Marker to Stamp Technique to omit part of the sentiment.
  7. Stamp the sentiment, then use a scissor to cut up the words and attach on the card randomly.
  8. Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop up the focal point and add depth to the focal image.

 

I used many of these suggestions (but not all of them) on the cards I’m sharing today.  I’ll note the ones I chose to use.

 

Here’s my first card using the Just Add Text stamp set.

Ways to Vary the Focal Point when Using Sentiments

DESIGN NOTES:

This card showcases the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack (144177).  I created borders at the top and bottom of the card front using designer paper scraps.  I used the Painter’s Palette stamp set (Wood 141907, Clear 141910) to create the easel focal point. (Stamp on the back of the designer paper you’d like to use, then cut out the easel with a scissor.)  This cards uses techniques 2 and 4 from my list above.

 

Here’s another card using this same sentiment and designer paper.  See how different it looks with a change of color and card design?

Ways to Vary the Focal Point when Using Sentiments

DESIGN NOTES:

I created a stamped border on this card by stamping the Playful Backgrounds stamp set (141920) around just the edges of the cardstock.  The border draws your eye to the the center where the you see the sentiment focal point.  I used a scrap piece of the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack to create a center matte.  The stamped sentiment is cut out using the Lots of Labels Framelits (138281), then mounted on Crushed Curry cardstock to make it stand out.  Techniques 2, 4, and 5 were used on this card.

 

Let’s look at another card that uses the Playful Background stamp set.

Ways to Vary the Focal Point when Using Sentiments

DESIGN NOTES:

The same Playful Backgrounds stamp image used in the second card was also used to create a stamped background for the sentiment focal point.  Changing the color combination gives this card an entirely different feel from the last one I shared.  The focal point is attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430).  The stamped sentiment is punched into a shape using the Pretty Label punch (143715), then mounted on a scallop oval.  The oval was cut with the Layering Ovals Framelits (141706). The techniques from the list that I used on this card are 1, 2, 3, 5, 8

 

I’ve already shared my next card on a blog post about the Eastern Palace Product Suite (you can see it here).  But I wanted to share it again today while we are discussing ways to vary the focal point when using sentiments because it shows another way to highlight focal points.

Hand Stamped Borders and Backgrounds for Cards

DESIGN NOTES:

I stamped a border around the edge of the sentiment focal point.  The stamped sentiment is matted with cardstock.  I also added a designer paper border to balance the card.  Techniques 2 and 4 were used on this card sample.

 

I shared one more card using the Just Add Text stamp set on Monday this week.  Here’s that blog post.  This cards used techniques 2, 3, and 4.  (The ribbon “counts” as a border element.)

 

I hope this post was helpful and you found at least a couple new ways to vary the focal point when using sentiments on your cards.  If this blog post helped you, I’m asking if you’d share it by using one of the social sharing buttons below.  Thanks!

 

 

 

Quick and Easy Cards to Make with Stampin’ Up!

By | June 19, 2017

I held my new catalog open house last week.   One agenda item for the event: Quick and easy cards to make with Stampin’ Up! new products.  The make and take cards for my open house have to be quick and easy to make because of time and space limitations.

I also try to find stamp sets, punches and dies that are fun. For this event, I used ALL the new in-colors as well.

The first card we made uses the Just Add Text stamp set (Wood 143931, Clear 143934).  I have to be honest and tell you that this stamp set really isn’t a favorite of mine.  I received it in April at the local Stampin’ Up! Onstage Event that I attended.  However, it does have one sentiment that I absolutely love and that’s the one I chose to use for one make and take card.

Quick and Easy Cards to Make with Stampin' Up!

Products Used:

 

I chose to focus on a die cut sentiment for our second make and take card.

Quick and Easy Cards to Make with Stampin' Up!

Products Used:

  • Happy Birthday Thinlits (143700)
  • Painter’s Palette stamp set (Wood 141907, Clear 141910) – used the dotted image for the background
  • Colors: Fresh Fig, Powder Pink, Whisper White

Project Note: The three layer focal point is three cardstock pieces stacked on one another.  The pieces are the same width (3 1/2″), but different lengths, centered on top of one another.  You can change up the look by varying the differences in the cardstock lengths.

 

Continuing with sharing quick and easy cards to make with Stampin’ Up!…I love the bright playfulness of my third make and take card.

Quick and Easy Cards to Make with Stampin' Up!

Product Notes:

 

Here’s my last quick and easy make and take card.

Quick and Easy Cards to Make with Stampin' Up!

(This card was a CASE of a Brian King card layout.  I changed the colors I used. I also changed the shape of the sentiment image.)

Products Used:

 

Well, there you have some quick and easy cards to make with Stampin’ Up!  The card layouts I shared today can easily be adapted to ANY stamp sets and tools you may already own.  I challenge you to see if you can re-create one of these ideas with products you may already own!  Then send me a photo so I can see what you’ve done.  (Or post it in the comments section of this blog post.)

How to Vary the Focal Point in Card Making

By | June 14, 2017

When you have a stamp set that doesn’t have many creative options, do you ever wonder how to vary the focal point in card making?  We’ll be focusing on this topic in my blog post today.

The cards I’m sharing feature the This Little Piggy stamp set (Wood 143919, Clear 143922).  This is such an adorable stamp set!  Bella and Friends (Wood 141867, Clear 141870) and Pretty Kitty (Wood 141861, Clear 141864) are two other stamps sets that also have very limited options for creativity.

How to Vary the Focal Point in Card Making

This Little Piggy Stamp Set

 

First of all, what do I mean when I say the stamp set doesn’t have many creative options?  Look at the stamps in any of the sets I mentioned.  Notice how each stamp contains an image of an animal and a sentiment below.  There certainly aren’t too many creative ways to use a stamp like that.

Here’s the trick….since you can’t really use the stamped image in a variety of ways, you have to change the way the stamped image is presented!!  That’s how to vary the focal point in card making.

Look at the piggy cards in the photo above (found on page 48 in the Stampin’ Up! catalog).  Notice how the pig on the green card is cut into a heart shape.  Also, see how the pigs on the other card are colored in different ways.  Both of these are ways to vary the use of the stamped image.

Here’s some ideas of how to vary the focal point in card making when using these kind of stamps:

  1. Change up the color combinations used.
  2. Change the outline shape of the stamped image (square, circle, cut out, etc).
  3. Matte the image on color cardstock.
  4. Create a textured background.
  5.  Create a border.
  6. Add some ribbon or other embellishments.
  7. Omit part of the image (the sentiment for example).

 

Here are the cards I made using some of these ideas.

CARD ONE:

How to Vary the Focal Point in Card Making

Variation Techniques Used: 

  • I created a narrow designer paper border around the edge of this card to look like a frame. (Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack, 144177)
  • I also put a strip of designer paper behind the focal point square to add interest.
  • I cut the image in a square and matted with Garden Green cardstock.

 

CARD TWO:

How to Vary the Focal Point in Card Making

 

Variation Techniques Used:

  • This card is very similar to the first.  I used a matte around the outside edge to create a border.
  • The entire background of this card is textured with the Oh My Stars Textured Impressions Embossing folder (143710).
  • Instead of using designer paper behind the focal point, I used a piece of 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon (141487) to add interest.
  • Center image is mounted with Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430) to add some depth.  (I did the same thing  on the first card.)

 

CARD THREE:

How to Vary the Focal Point in Card Making

(Note: This card is an exact copy of a card I had seen made by Jackie Bolhuis)

Variation Techniques Used:

 

CARD FOUR:

How to Vary the Focal Point in Card Making

 

Variation Techniques Used:

  • I used a border of flowers on a cardstock strip to create balance and add interest.  Flowers were made with Blossom Builder Punch (141469).  The border edge on the blue card stock was made with the Ticket Tear Border Punch (143718).
  • The piggy image was only partially stamped.
  • The sentiment was added ABOVE the piggy, instead of by his tummy (as it is on the stamp).  I did this by coloring only the words on the stamp with marker, then stamping on the cardstock.  I stamped the words first, then placed the piggy.
  • The scallop circle border adds interest to the stamped image.  I used the Layering Circle Framelits (141705).

 

I hope that you enjoyed this post and learned how to vary the focal point in card making.  Following some of these suggestions will help you be creative with a stamp set that doesn’t have creative many options. Add one or two of these suggestions to your card making tool kit.

 

Here are some other blog posts about using focal points in card making if you’re interested:

How to Use Focal Points on Handmade Cards

How to Use Focal Points on Handmade Cards, Part 2

Handmade cards made with new 2017 Stampin’ Up! products

By | June 12, 2017

Today’s projects are handmade cards made with new 2017 Stampin’ Up! products.  The new catalog is FULL of fun new products and projects.  I made the cards I’m sharing today at Stampin’ Up’s! Onstage Event in April.

My first card uses products found in the Birthday Memories Suite.  The images in the Birthday Delivery stamp set (143660) and coordinating Birthday Memories Designer Series paper (144118) bring back memories of my childhood and the Little Golden Books.  The images are so precious and sweet!!

Handmade cards made with new 2017 Stampin' Up! products

DESIGNER PAPER FUN FACT:  The coordinating Birthday Friends Framelits Dies (145294) are designed to perfectly cut our many of the images found on the Birthday Memories designer series paper!

 

This card showcases the Colorful Seasons stamp set (143726) and coordinating Color Theory Memories & More Card Pack (144210).

Handmade cards made with new 2017 Stampin' Up! products

MEMORIES & MORE CARD PACK FUN FACTEven though these packs are promoted for use in scrapbooks, the card designs and stickers also work WONDERFULLY for making cards.  The flower on this card  is cut from one of the card designs in the pack.  The sentiment and green flowers are stamped on another card from the set.  They are mounted on a third card (a graph pattern).

 

The next project showcases THREE new products: Wood Words stamp set (Wood 143925, Clear 143928), Wood Crate Framelit (143730), and Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack (144177).

Handmade cards made with new 2017 Stampin' Up! products

The Wood Textures DSP is meant to coordinate beautifully with the Wood Crate Framelit.  Here’s what the crate looks like.

Handmade cards made with new 2017 Stampin' Up! products

It takes two die cut pieces to make one crate.  Assemble the crate by gluing the bottom pieces and side tabs.

Here are the cards from the set.

Handmade cards made with new 2017 Stampin' Up! products

They were stamped with the Wood Words stamp set.  Scraps of the Wood  Textures designer paper were glued on the bottom of the cards.

 

I saved my favorite product suite for last.  Here is the card we made using products from the Delightful Daisy Suite.

Handmade cards made with new 2017 Stampin' Up! products

This card contains one of each product in the suite!!  Unfortunately, the Daisy Punch (143713) is unavailable to order until later in June.  It is worth the wait however!!

 

There you have my handmade cards made with new 2017 Stampin’ Up! products.  Do you have a favorite from the projects I shared today?  I’d love it if you’d leave a comment and let me know!!

 

 

My top 10 favorite non-stamping products in the Stampin’ Up! catalog

By | June 7, 2017

Today, it’s time for me to share my top 10 favorite non-stamping products in the Stampin’ Up! catalog.  If you saw my blog post on Monday, you know what my top three product picks from the new catalog are.  (You can find that post here.)  I’d like to share my top 10 favorite non-stamping products in the Stampin’ Up! catalog.

  1. Very Vanilla Note Cards & Envelopes:  One of my very favorite products is the notecards and envelopes!  I use them all the time.  Now that they come in Very Vanilla, I can use them with designer papers that have Very Vanilla in the color combination! (pg 195)
  2.  Very Vanilla 8 1/2″ x 11″ Thick CardstockI’m excited about this new product for the same reason as product number one.  I now have something to use with designer papers that have Very Vanilla in the color combination! (pg 194)
  3. Glitter Enamel Dots:  These sparkly adhesive dots are perfect embellishments for your cards.   They lay flat, come in a variety of colors and have ombre shades, allowing for multiple color hues. (pg 196)
  4. Faceted GemsThese sparkly embellishments are adhesive backed and add a bit of sparkle to all your projects!  They come in both clear and gold.
  5. Boxwood Wreaths:  I usually don’t “love” 3-d embellishments, but I’m excited about this product.  The catalog shows this embellishment as a wreath, but they can be un-done and used as a garland.  I’m excited to use these on my Christmas projects! (pg 197)
  6. Embossing Paste This fun, new product allows you to add a small bit of texture to your paper projects.  You can mix it with ink refills to add color or just use it as is for a white color.  You will want to make sure to get the coordinating Palette Knives to make spreading the paste easier. (pg 201)
  7. Pattern Party Decorative MasksUse these with the embossing paste to create textured backgrounds. (pg 201)
  8. Mini Stampin’ DimensionalsYour favorite dimensional adhesive in a smaller size (1/4″). No more cutting dimensionals to create smaller sizes! (pg 203)
  9. Multipurpose Adhesive SheetsTHEY’RE BACK!!  These multipurpose adhesive sheets make it easy to adhere shapes you cut with your Big Shot.  Note: I’ve been using these and love it for the narrow die cut pieces.  However, I’ve found I need to run the die back and forth through the Big Shot in order for them to cut all the way through.  (pg 203)
  10. Decorative Ribbon Border PunchI’m excited about the shape that this border punch creates.  I love to use borders on my cards, and this one looks fabulous!! (pg 206)

There you have my top 10 favorite non-stamping products in the Stampin’ Up! catalog.  Are some of these among your favorites as well??  What is your #1 favorite non-stamping item in the new catalog??  Leave me a comment and let me know!

My top three product picks in the new Stampin’ Up! catalog

By | June 5, 2017

I’d like to share my top three product picks in the new Stampin’ Up! catalog.  When we have a catalog filled will all sorts of new, awesome products sometimes it’s hard to narrow down the choices.  I know it is for me!  So today, I’m going to let you know what my top three favorite stamp sets are from the catalog.

Stampin’ Up! has been increasing their bundle offerings in the last couple years.  Bundled stamp sets and coordinating cutting tools are the best deal around in my opinion because they allow you to purchase coordinating products at a discount!!  Who doesn’t love a bargain!!  Here are my top three product picks in the new Stampin’ Up! catalog (and they are all bundles!).

PICK #1  DELIGHTFUL DAISY PRODUCT SUITE

My top three picks in the new Stampin' Up! catalog

The Daisy Delight bundle (145361) was my #1 choice for my catalog pre-order in May.  I think the last time I was this excited about a flower product bundle was when the Petite Petals stamp set and coordinating punch was released.  I have so many ideas of how to use the Daisy Delight stamp set (143669) and coordinating Daisy Punch (143713).  The “Thank You” sentiment in the stamp set is the PERFECT size and I LOVE the font style.  There are many creative ways you can use the other flower stamps in this set as well.  You can find them on pages 126-127 of the catalog

The reason I included the product suite was because of the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (144137)!!  This pack of paper has wonderful designs.  There isn’t one design that I’m not thrilled with.  (Usually in a paper pack there are 1 or 2 patterns that aren’t my favorite.)

The other fun item in the Delightful Daisy product suite is the Faceted Gems.  They come in Clear (144142) and Gold (144141).

Unfortunately, the daisy punch was so popular during the demonstrator pre-order that it is on backorder.  (Stampin’ Up! sold over 7,000 punches during the pre-order period, a normal number for what they typically sell in ONE YEAR!!  See what I mean??  YOU NEED THIS PUNCH!) Estimated availability of the bundle and punch is June 26.  So, put them on your wish list and order when available!!

 

PICK #2   COLORFUL SEASONS BUNDLE

My top three picks in the new Stampin' Up! catalog

The Colorful Seasons bundle (145348) includes the Colorful Seasons stamp set (143726) and Seasonal Layers Thinlits dies (143751).  I LOVE the versatility of this bundle…you can create cards for any season or any time of year!!  This was on my “must have” list, but sadly I haven’t found any time to use it yet.

There are also some awesome coordinating products that are included in the “suite”.  You can find them on pages 146-147 of the catalog.

 

PICK #3   AT HOME WITH YOU BUNDLE

My top three picks in the new Stampin' Up! catalog

The At Home With You bundle (145351) is found on page 54 of the catalog.  It includes the At Home With You stamp set (143681) and the coordinating At Home Framelits Dies (143727).  When I first saw this stamp set, my mind went wild with creative possibilities.  The fun thing is that the door die cuts so that the door actually opens!  This is another stamp set that will take you through each season of the year, as well as many other special occasions.

 

Well, there you have my top three product picks in the new Stampin’ Up! catalog!  Do you have any of my top three on your new catalog wish list??

 

We tend to focus on stamp sets when the new catalog arrives (or at least I do).  Stamp sets are the first thing I look at.  However, don’t forget all the awesome new accessories and embellishments in the back of the catalog.  On Wednesday, I’ll be back with a post sharing my favorite new embellishments with you.  Make sure to stop back then!

Helpful Hints for the new 2017-2018 Catalog

By | June 1, 2017

TODAY is the day!!!  Products in the NEW 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! catalog are available to purchase today!!  I’d like to take this opportunity to give you some helpful hints for the new 2017-2018 Catalog.  Hopefully they will help you navigate to find all the new products living within the covers.

Finding your way around the catalog:

You will find three indexes in the back of the catalog that work well to find a specific catalog product:

  • Stamp Set List (list of all the stamps in the catalog by set title),
  • Greeting Stamp Set Index that includes pictures of stamp sets that are mostly greetings (quick reference guide to find the right expression for any occasion),
  • Accessories Index (an index of everything that isn’t a stamp set).

But, I’m happy to let you know there is also an overall “map” of how the catalog is laid out.   Page 1 of the catalog is a table of contents that shows the stamp categories (with page numbers) as well as specific pages for accessories and more.  This page will become your new best friend as you navigate your way through the catalog!!

 

Other Catalog Tools:

  • On page four, you will find a color “chart” of all the Stampin’ Up! colors available.  This page will be a quick reference guide for you when you are choosing colors for your projects. (Note – the Garden Green color swatch isn’t “true” to color.)
  • On pages 6-7, you will find a guide to features you will find throughout the catalog, so make sure to look at those pages.
  • On page 183, you will find a Stampin’ Up! color arrangement in “rainbow” order (ROYGBIV).  In other words, the colors are arranged by hue and tone…not color family.  This page also highlights how well all the color products coordinate and work together.  Turn the page and you will find the colors grouped in their “families”.

 

Your new catalog contains:

  • 5 New In-Colors
  • 4 New Kits – including a DAY PLANNER
  • 6 New Hostess Gifts
  • 6 New Punches
  • 7 New Embossing Folders
  • 14 New Coordinated Product Suites
  • 15 New Packs of Designer Papers
  • 18 New Embellishments
  • 19 New Framelits/Thinlits
  • 22 Cost Savings Bundles
  • 56 New Ribbons
  • 74 New Stamp Sets
  • HUNDREDS of Full Color Creative Ideas

 

Here are some of the new product highlights to check out:

  • Embossing Paste (page 201)
  • New Memory Keeping Products (pages 190-193)
  • Very Vanilla THICK Cardstock (page 194)
  • Very Vanilla Notecards and Envelopes (page 195)
  • Adhesive Sheets (page 203)
  • Glossy Cardstock RETURNS!! (page 194)
  • Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals (page 203)

 

You can download a pdf copy of the new catalog here.

 

As you can see…there are some exciting new things in the 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.  I hope the information I shared here provides some helpful hints for the new 2017-2018 Catalog.  I look forward to sharing projects and ideas with you using these great new products!

 

I’d be happy to send you a complimentary catalog if you are not a demonstrator (demonstrators receive complimentary copies from Stampin’ Up!) or do not have a demonstrator you work with.  Contact me (deb@beebugcreations.com) and I will touch base about sending a catalog.

 

 

 

 

See You Tomorrow

By | May 31, 2017

I’m changing my blogging schedule this week.  You will see my Wednesday post TOMORROW, Thursday, June 1.  Why??  Because tomorrow is the day the NEW Stampin’ Up! catalog goes live.  Make sure to stop back then!!

Eastern Palace Suite Handmade Stamped Card Ideas

By | May 29, 2017

I’m back with more Eastern Palace Suite handmade stamped card ideas!  The possibilities with this suite of products is truly endless!!  I feel like I’ve just begun to scratch the surface.

Today’s cards share the theme of “flowers”.  The flowers are created with the Eastern Medallions Thinlits (143725). These thinlits are my favorite part of the product suite!

My first card features a simple flower.

Eastern Palace Suite Handmade Stamped Card Ideas

DESIGN NOTES:

  • This particular die shape doesn’t cut completely out from the paper.  It needs to be cut in order to make a flower.  It’s easy to “release” the flower shape by using the Paper Snips (103579).
  • Besides the Eastern Medallions thinlits, the Eastern Beauty stamp set (143675) and Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper (144147) are also used.
  • The sparkle on the flower petals and center die cut is from Clear Wink of Stella (141897).

 

Here’s another “flower” card.  I love the bight “pop” that comes from using the new Lemon-Lime Twist In-Color.

Eastern Palace Suite Handmade Stamped Card Ideas

DESIGN NOTES:

  • This card uses Eastern Palace stamps, dies and designer paper as well.
  • This flower shape is another that has to be “cut” with a scissor, but it’s easy to do!!
  • I created my own flower centers by punching with the 1/2″ circle punch (119869).

 

These last three cards are great examples of how products you already own can be combined with products in the Eastern Palace Suite. (Last week I also shared some other combination cards.  See them here.)

 

I’ve seen many “sunflower” themed cards using Eastern Palace products.  This card was inspired by a card I found by Carol Reed.

Eastern Palace Suite Handmade Stamped Card Ideas

DESIGN NOTES:

  • The Crushed Curry medallion “flower” edges are sponged to add a bit of depth to the petals.
  • The leaves are from the Vintage Leaves stamp set (138802) and cut with the Leaflets Framelits (138283).
  • Sentiment is in the Better Together stamp set (Wood 141733, Clear 141736).

 

 

I used FOUR other products that I own to make this card.

Eastern Palace Suite Handmade Stamped Card Ideas

DESIGN NOTES:

 

Here’s my LAST card to share.  I used a sentiment from the Vertical Greetings stamp set (Wood 141873, Clear 141876).  It perfectly balances my card front.

Eastern Palace Suite Handmade Stamped Card Ideas

 

If you’re interested, there are only TWO DAYS left to take advantage of the Eastern Palace Product Bundles and get your FREE GIFT from Stampin’ Up!  And, I’m offering a FREE CLASS (this Thursday, June 1) to anyone who purchases the bundles through me. (If you live at a distance, card samples and directions will be mailed to you.)  Get all the details here.  Bundled products are only available through May 31.

I have shared many Eastern Palace Suite handmade stamped card ideas here on my blog during the month of May.  May sure to check out all the posts!  Did you have a favorite card??

Use Eastern Palace Suite products with what you already have

By | May 24, 2017

I’ve been sharing LOTS of cards I made with the Eastern Palace Suite products.  But, why limit yourself to only using the coordinating products together?  I’d like to share some ways you can use Eastern Palace Suite products with products you may already have.

One thing that I ALWAYS look for in any stamp set or Big Shot item I purchase is whether they can be used with other stamping products I already own.  And I’m sure you’ll agree, it’s great to get the most use out of a product that you can.  It justifies spending the money!!

The cards I’m sharing today are all are ones where I combined products from the Eastern Palace Product Suite with products I already owned.

My first card two cards demonstrate how you can use the large medallion shape in the Eastern Medallions Thinlits dies (143725) to enhance the focal image of your card.  The stamped images on the cards are from stamp sets that I already owned.  You can use the thinlits in this same way with stamp sets that you already own.

Here’s my first card.

Use Eastern Palace Suite products with what you already have

On this card, I used the Basket of Wishes stamp set (142200) to create a basket of strawberries.  It will be berry picking time in a few weeks after all!!  I wanted to showcase the strawberry basket on this card and the large medallion die makes it stand out.  Notice how I cut a square shape around the medallion.

NOTE: Strawberries and basket were colored with Watercolor Pencil (141709). However, no water was applied.  I used them like a regular color pencil.

 

Here’s another card using a medallion shape.  However, on this card, I used the Layering Circles Framelits (141705) to create a round medallion shape.

Use Eastern Palace Suite products with what you already have

I used two stamp sets for this card.  The large dragonfly comes from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set (142924).  I cut it out using the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits (142749).  The sentiment on this card is from the Rose Wonder stamp set (140697).

NOTE: The dragonfly is stamped on watercolor paper, then colored with Blushing Bride ink and Clear Wink of Stella (141897).

 

The Flourish Thinlits (141478) are another product that I think coordinates very well with the Eastern Medallions Thinlits.  Here’s a card I created with some leftover Flourish die cuts that were feeling ignored in my craft room.

Use Eastern Palace Suite products with what you already have

I used the fancy square shaped die from the Eastern Medallions Thinlits to cut a background that highlights the two Flourishing Thinlits flower die cuts.  I also used an accent image from the Eastern Beauty stamp set to create some corner highlights.

 

Here’s an idea that hasn’t fully taken shape yet, but I’m sharing it anyway because it also uses the Flourishing Thinlits dies.

Use Eastern Palace Suite products with what you already have

The sentiment is from the Better Together stamp set (Wood 141733, Clear 141736).  Once we are able to order designer paper from the catalog, I will be adding a strip of Christmas themed designer paper down the left side of this layout before adding to a card base.

 

I hope these examples are getting you to thinking how YOU can use Eastern Palace Suite products with what you already have.  But wait, I have one more card to share.

 

My last card also uses a die cut from the Flourishing Thinlits.  (See how well these two sets go together!!)  But, I also used the Watercolor Pencils (141709) as well.

Use Eastern Palace Suite products with what you already have

On this card, I stamped the flower image onto Blushing Bride cardstock.  I colored it with the Rich Razzleberry watercolor pencil.  Then I used a Blender Pen (102845) to smooth away the pencil lines.

 

In addition to today’s post, “Use Eastern Palace Suite products with what you already have,” during May I’ve shared many other ideas for using the Eastern Palace Suite of products.  If you missed any of those blog posts, use these links to check them out:

Eastern Palace Hand Stamped Cards

Hand Stamped Borders and Backgrounds for Cards

Make your own Medallion Images in Card Making

Creative Ways to Use Eastern Palace Designer Paper

Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers Make Elegant Cards

I hope I’ve inspired you to find ways to use Eastern Palace Suite products with what you already have.  In my opinion, combining old and new product is one of the best ways to get more mileage from purchases!!

 

 

Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers Make Elegant Cards

By | May 22, 2017

In my last four blog posts, I’ve shared card making ideas using the different products in the Eastern Palace Suite of products. Today you’ll see how Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers make elegant cards.

First, let’s learn about the Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers (144150). The stickers come on 6×6″ sheets.  There are a total of 4 sheets (2 sheets of 2 designs) in each package.   Designs include border strips, circles, medallions and more.  Many of the stickers coordinate with the stamps and dies, allowing for layering.  The stickers are high quality and super sticky.  Once they touch the cardstock, you will NOT remove them!!

My projects today will show how easily the Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers make elegant cards.  

Here’s the first card.  I was inspired by a similar card that Janet Wakeland had made.

Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers make elegant cards

DESIGN NOTES:

  • Basic supplies for this card are Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers (144150) and Gold Foil Sheets (132622).
  • I attached the stickers to Whisper White card stock.  Make sure that some of the stickers go over the edge of the cardstock when creating backgrounds.  It looks strange if all the stickers stop short of the paper edge.
  • I mounted the white cardstock on a Gold Foil Sheet once the stickers were attached..
  • The focal point medallion is a stamped image from the Eastern Beauty stamp set (143675) heat embossed with Gold Emboss Powder (109129).

 

Here is another card that demonstrates how the Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers make elegant cards.

Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers make elegant cards

DESIGN NOTES:

  • The medallion shape is the focal point of the card. The largest Eastern Gold Vinyl Sticker is attached onto a piece of Fresh Fig cardstock. I fussy cut around the edges to make the center piece.
  • Here are the rest of the card details:  First, the center square Very Vanilla shape is cut using the square shaped die from the  Eastern Medallions Thinlits  (143725). Then, the Very Vanilla cardstock was stamped using images from the Eastern Beauty stamp set.  The border was also made using one of the Eastern Beauty stamp images.  (See another card with a similar border here.)  The center border is a strip of Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper (144147).

 

Border stickers are also included in the Eastern Gold Vinyl Sticker pack.  Here’s a card I made using one of those borders.

Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers make elegant cards

DESIGN NOTES:

  • The gold border on top of the card is a sticker from the Eastern Gold Vinyl sticker pack.
  • This is a quick and easy card to make.  I cut the medallion image using three different dies from the Eastern Medallions Thinlits.   Next, I attached the top border sticker.  The sentiment is stamped in such a way as to leave enough room for the Basic Black and Gold Foil Sheet border.  I added a gold Metallic Enamel Shape (141678) in the center of the medallion.
  • Wedding sentiment is from the Best Birds stamp set (Photopolymer 141525).

 

Here’s a couple cards that show how the Eastern Gold Vinyl stickers coordinate with die cut shapes in the Eastern Medallions Thinlits set.  

The first card:

Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers make elegant cards

DESIGN NOTES:

  • Notice that the gold design is actually a sticker.  The die cut shape and sticker shape coordinate together perfectly.  I attached the sticker to the cardstock before die cutting and it cut perfectly!
  • The tassel is part of the Eastern Palace Premier bundle and makes a great embellishment.  I tied it on to the die cut medallion with a piece of Gold Metallic Thread  (138401).
  • Background pattern paper is in the Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper collection.

 

My last card for today also features an Eastern Gold Vinyl Sticker.

Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers make elegant cards

DESIGN NOTES:

  • Again, notice how perfectly the Eastern Gold Vinyl stickers coordinate with the Eastern Medallions Thinlits.  I made the “flower” in the upper right corner cutting both the sticker and the die together in the Big Shot.  I applied the sticker to the card stock before cutting.
  • Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper and Layering Circles Framelits (141705) are the other products used on this card.

 

You can see from these cards (and the other posts I’ve shared over the last couple weeks) how product suites from Stampin’ Up! make card making SO EASY!!  All of the products and colors are designed to work together perfectly!!

During the month of May, Stampin’ Up! is offering a pre-order on the Eastern Palace Suite of products.  They have put together two bundles of products, and each bundle includes a FREE gift.  In addition, anyone who purchases either of these Eastern Palace bundles from me will also receive a FREE CLASS!!  Learn more about it by clicking here.

Have you been enjoying all the ways that the Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers make elegant cards?   Don’t all these products work wonderfully well together to create beautiful cards?

 

Creative Ways to Use Eastern Palace Designer Paper

By | May 17, 2017

Here on my blog, I’ve been sharing projects that highlight each of the individual products found in the Eastern Palace Suite  Currently, Stampin’ Up! is offering special suite bundles that are available for purchase. Read on for more creative ways to use Eastern Palace Designer Paper on your cards.

First, a little bit of information about this pack of specialty paper.  The Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper pack (144147) includes 12 sheets of 12″ x 12″ paper.  5 sheets have double-sided designs. You receive 2 of each sheet.  The other two papers have single-sided designs with gold foil accents.

This paper pack is gorgeous!!  Peacocks were the inspiration for the paper designers!!  You can really see this on at least two of the patterns.  Another thing to note, the patterns are designed with card making in mind.  What does that mean?  The patterns are designed on a smaller scale that works nicely with the smaller size of card bases.

Let’s get started exploring creative ways to use Eastern Palace Designer Paper on your cards.

Of course, using the Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper as a background is the first idea that pops into my mind because this is probably the most common way we tend to use pattern paper.  (Look at my first card below to get an idea of what I mean.)

Here is my first card project.  At first glance, it looks like the background is a piece of designer paper.  And, that’s exactly what it is.  But if you look closer, there is something special about the designer paper.  I created it myself!!

Creative Ways to Use Eastern Palace Designer Paper

DESIGN NOTES:

  • I made the background paper using two of the small design stamps from the Eastern Beauty stamp set (143675).  The designer paper has the green and blue quatrefoil shapes already printed.  It is a beautiful pattern, but plain (which is good for some cards).  However, if you want to enhance the paper, you can do so by using stamps as I did!
  • To create the Tranquil Tide flower shape you first stamp the flower image onto cardstock using Tranquil Tide ink. Then cut out the shape using the coordinating die from the Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies (143725).  I also used a coordinating die to make the Fresh Fig center shape.
  • Other products used: Pearl Basic Jewels and Stitched Shapes Framelits (145372).
  • Colors: Tranquil Tide and Fresh Fig

 

Here’s another card using the Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper.

DESIGN NOTES:

  • I used designer paper two times on this card.  If you look at the border on the left side of the card you can see my first piece of pattern paper.  Creating a border with designer paper is a PERFECT way to easily use designer paper without having to give much thought to the matter!!
  • The second place designer paper is used is in the center of the medallion piece.  (However, it’s really hard to tell that’s designer paper.)  The round medallion image is one of the paper patterns and I punched it out using the 1 3/8″ Circle Punch (119860).  Notice that I also stamped the center of the medallion image with one of the Eastern Beauty stamped images.
  • The Eastern Palace Medallions Thinlits were also used to make the center medallion .
  • Sentiment is from the NEW Daisy Delight stamp set (143669).

 

Before we move on to my final cards, here’s a couple more creative ways to use Eastern Palace Designer Paper for borders.

Creative Ways to Use Eastern Palace Designer Paper

DESIGN NOTES:

  • The 3/4″ Circle Punch (119873) and the 1/2″ Circle Punch (119869) were used to create the medallion circles seen here.  I then attached them to color cardstock.
  • You can see how I stamped on the Dapper Denim cardstock border piece (using a stamp from the Eastern Beauty stamp set).  If you notice the sparkle, I traced over with Clear Wink of Stella (141897).

 

Continuing on with creative ways to use Eastern Palace Designer Paper, you will see that my final two cards have a “quilt” theme. Here’s the first.  This idea came from Cindee Wilkinson.  I changed up the colors and shape, but this is basically her card with my spin.

Creative Ways to Use Eastern Palace Designer Paper

DESIGN NOTES:

  • The four 1 1/4″designer paper squares were made from Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper.  They are mounted on a 3 1/2″ square of Fresh Fig cardstock.
  • The center Tranquil Tide medallion was created with the Eastern Medallions Thinlits.   I stamped the center with a stamp from the Eastern Beauty stamp set and added a pearl.
  • I created my own background by repeatedly stamping the flower image from the Eastern Beauty stamp set onto the card base.
  • The Stitched Shapes Framelits (145372) was used to cut out the sentiment.  I layered it with a scallop circle from the Layering Ovals Framelits (141706).

 

Here’s my second “quilt” themed card.  I got the idea from Martha Groeger.  The only thing I changed on this card was the sentiment.

Creative Ways to Use Eastern Palace Designer Paper

 

DESIGN NOTES:

  • The two specialty papers (with gold foil accents) were what I chose to use on this card.  I layered them on 1 5/8″ squares cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits (145372).
  • The sentiment is from the Artistically Asian stamp set (Wood 141778, Clear 141781).

 

Both of the Eastern Palace Suite bundles available from Stampin’ Up! during May include the Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper.  You can purchase them in my online store.  I’m offering a FREE class to anyone who purchases either of these bundles in May.  You can find the details about the bundles and class here.

Hope that you have enjoyed the creative ways to use Eastern Palace Designer Paper that I’ve shared today.  Which card was your favorite?

Make your own Medallion Images in Card Making

By | May 15, 2017

I have one word for the Eastern Palace Suite of products from Stampin’ Up!….AMAZING!!  The Eastern Medallions Thinlits are a perfect tool to use to make your own medallion images in card making.  They are my favorite part of the current bundles that Stampin’ Up! has available for pre-order!!

There are SO MANY different ways to make your own medallion images in card making.  And, the Eastern Medallions Thinlits dies (143725) are the perfect tool to use.  I think the possibilities with these dies are truly endless!!  The detailed thinlits are nesting pieces that can be used together or separately to make frames, medallions, peek through windows and much more!!  Some of the dies make only a partial cut.  Other dies completely cut out the shape.  All the dies can be layered and combined together giving LOTS of options to make your own medallion images in card making.  

Here’s a photo of all the die shapes.

 

Here’s my first medallion card.

make your own medallion images in card making

Design Notes:

  • A simple and quick card to make. The small circle dies were used to create the “peek through” image in the cardstock square.
  • Colors are NEW 2017-2019 In-Colors: Berry Burst and Powder Pink.
  • The three long strips measure 1 1/4″ x 3″.  The length can be adjusted 1/4″ of an inch, depending on the height of your sentiment.  The bottom squares measure 1 1/4″ square.
  • Sentiment is in the Rose Wonder stamp set (140697).

 

Here’s a card that demonstrates how well the dies coordinate with the Layering Circles Framelits (141705) as well as the different size Stampin’ Up! circle punches.

make your own medallion images in card making

 

Design Notes:

  • I created “mattes” for the dies cuts with the 1 1 /4″ Circle Punch (119861), Crumb Cake, and the 2″ Circle Punch (133782), Soft Sky.  I cut the Bermuda Bay circle with the Layering Circles Framelits.
  • Stamps sets used: Painter’s Palette (Wood 141907, Clear 141910), for dots and Birthday Banners (141506), for sentiment.

 

My next card combines the Eastern Medallions Thinlits and stamped images from the coordinating Eastern Beauty stamp set.

make your own medallion images in card making

Design Notes:

  • The Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight medallion pieces were layered one on top of the other to make the focal image.
  • Sentiment and small square stamped image is from the Eastern Beauty stamp set (143675). The simple border created by the small stamped image doesn’t pull the eye from the center focal point.
  • I made the background color wash using Watercolor Pencils (141709) on Watercolor Paper (122959).  Then I blended with an Aqua Painter (103954).

 

My next card combines three of the different layering dies to create a focal point medallion image.

make your own medallion images in card making

Design Notes:

  • The “peek through” medallion cut on Whisper White cardstock is the focal point of this card. It is layered on a Flirty Flamingo card base.  If desired, a second color (or a piece of designer paper) could be added behind the medallion so that it will peek through from behind the die cut.
  • Sentiment is from the Better Together stamp set (Wood 141733, Clear 141736).

 

Here’s how the stamped images work with the die cuts.

make your own medallion images in card making

 

Design Notes:

  • These are the supplies used: Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper (144147) for the border strip, Wood Words stamp set (Wood 143925, Clear 143928)) for sentiment and White Perfect Accents (138416) for the center of the circle image.
  • Colors are NEW 2017-2019 In-Colors: Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist.

 

And yet ONE MORE card that shows how well the stamps in the Eastern Beauty stamp set work with the coordinating Eastern Medallions Thinlits.

make your own medallion images in card making

 

Design Notes:

    • The focal point on this card was made using three of the Eastern Medallions Thinlit Dies.  The large shape was cut out of Whisper White cardstock (like the Happy Birthday card above).  The square image was stamped onto a piece of Lemon Lime Twist card stock.  The coordinating die was used to cut it out.  You can cut the center circle die at the same time you cut out the square piece.
    • The center Berry Burst die cut is also found in the Eastern Medallions Thinlits collection.
    • I added the three dots image in each of the corners after the Lemon Lime Twist square was cut.  I also stamped it on the corners of the Whisper White cardstock.

 

 Watch this Facebook Live video I did last week if you are interested in seeing more ways you can combine the medallion thinlits.

 

I hope you have enjoyed seeing the ways you can use the Eastern Medallions Thinlits to make your own medallion images in card making.  You can order Eastern Palace bundles during May, before new catalog product is “officially” available.  Here are the links to purchase either of the bundled products in my online store.

Eastern Palace Starter Bundle,  147196  $60.50

Eastern Palace Premier Bundle (this is the bundle that contains the dies), 147207  $103.50

Check out these posts if you want to see more ways to use the Eastern Beauty stamp set (included in each bundle):

Eastern Palace Hand Stamped Cards

Hand Stamped Borders and Backgrounds for Cards