Handmade cards with Best Thoughts stamp set

By | May 25, 2016

Last week I held my local May event….a Fond Farewell to the current Stampin’ Up! catalog.  Those who attended that class had a bonus included in the class fee…the Best Thoughts Host Stamp Set.  During class time we proceeded to create four cards with their new stamp set, learning four card making techniques along the way.  I’m sharing those projects here, as well as a card that I made using that stamp set for a swap I was part of.

 

Here’s the first class card I have to share.

"Best Thoughts" Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

The flower on this card is lightly sponged using Pink Pirouette ink and a sponge dauber.

The card is a “Z fold” card.

 

Here’s card two.

"Best Thoughts" Stampin Up!

Project Notes:

We created the background strip by repeatedly stamping the flower image from the stamp set.

 

 

Here’s the third class card using the Best Thoughts stamp set.

"Best Thoughts" Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

This card was created with vellum.  Use a stylus on the back to create the white on the image.

 

The last card we made in class.

"Best Thoughts" Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

This card was created by watercoloring onto the Wisteria Wonder card stock.

 

 

Finally, here’s the card I made for the swap.

"Best Thoughts" Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

You can’t tell it from the photo, but the Papillon Potpourri butterfly image next to the sentiment is actually punched out and folded in half, adding some depth and dimension to the card.  I placed a small piece of Stampin’ Dimensional between the folded wings to hold them back and make it look like the butterfly was flying.

 

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Wild About Flowers Handmade Greeting Cards

By | May 23, 2016

The Wild About Flowers stamp set from Stampin’ Up! is a very versatile stamp set.  It not only has THREE great floral images, but it also has some great sentiments to use on retirement cards. (And those kind of sentiments are hard to find!)  All the cards I’m sharing today are swap cards.  The first one is a card I made for a swap I was in.

Wild About Flowers Swap

Project Notes:

  • The stamp set used is Wild About Flowers (Photopolymer 138728).  This is a two-step stamp set, which makes it easy to use two different colors when stamping the flower images.
  • Colors on this card are Calypso Coral and Pool Party.
  • I used the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder (133520) for the background
  • The  1 ¼” Circle Punch (119861) and 1 ” Circle Punch (119860) were used for the sentiment piece.  I love the way the circles layer onto the Washi Label Punch.

The rest of the cards I’m sharing were all ones that I received swaps.  Here’s the first one and it uses the Brick Wall embossing folder for the background.

Wild About Flowers Brick Embossing Folder

Project Notes:

  • The stamp set used is Wild About Flowers (Photopolymer 138728).  This is a two-step stamp set, which makes it easy to use two different colors when stamping the flower images.
  • The Brick Wall Embossing folder (138288) was used to create the background.  The images were stamped onto the card stock BEFORE using the embossing folder.
  • This card was made by Linda Larson.

 

Here’s another Wild About Flowers card:

Wild About Flowers Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • The stamp set used is Wild About Flowers (Photopolymer 138728).  This is a two-step stamp set, which makes it easy to use two different colors when stamping the flower images.
  • This card also uses the Brick Wall embossing folder (138288) for the background texture.
  • The one thing that I think is really clever is the designer paper piece on the right side of the stamped image.  It’s hard to tell from the photo, but the piece is fringed using the Fringe Scissors (133325).
  • This card was made by Sue Runge.

Here’s another card…this time in pink.

Wild About Flowers Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

The stamp set used is Wild About Flowers (Photopolymer 138728).  This is a two-step stamp set, which makes it easy to use two different colors when stamping the flower images.
I really like the layout of this card.  The tilted piece adds some “motion” to the card.  Using the little piece of designer paper this way is a great way to use those scraps we all have!
This card was made by Ruth Snyder.

Here’s the last swap card I have to share.

Wild About Flowers Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • The stamp set used is Wild About Flowers (Photopolymer 138728).  This is a two-step stamp set, which makes it easy to use two different colors when stamping the flower images.
  • I really love the striking look of this card….black with just a few pops of color.  This would make a GREAT masculine card…especially by changing the Watermelon Wonder color to Real Red.
  • Clean and Simple card and layout would go together quickly!
  • This card was made by Connie Thompson.

Fortunately, the Wild About Flowers stamp set will still be available in the NEW 2016-1017 Stampin’ Up! catalog.  However, some of the other products used on these card are retiring.  You can click here for a list of products that are retiring.   Then, head on over to my online store and make sure to order them while you can!!

 

My Top 10 Projects from 2015-2016 SU Catalog, Part 2

By | May 18, 2016

Welcome to part two of my “top 10” favorite project list from the past year.  This year I decided to look back and select my top 10 projects that I created from the 2015-2016 Stampin’ Up! Catalog.  On Monday, I shared my first five projects. You can see those choices here.  Today I’m back to share the remaining five.  Here they are (and NOT in any particular order because ranking would just be too difficult!!!).  By the way – you can click on any of the links under the photos to be taken to that blog post.

 

PROJECT SIX

Stampin' Up! Flower Builder Punch

Vellum Poinsettia

 

PROJECT SEVEN

Festive Flower Builder Punch Stampin' Up!

Punch Art Coneflower

Both  projects 6 and 7 can be found here.

 

PROJECT EIGHT

English Garden Purse

English Garden Purse of Cards

I didn’t share this on a blog post, but it was a local class I offered and was on my class calendar page last fall.

 

PROJECT NINE

"A Little Something" stamp set, Square Pillow Box Stampin' Up!

Into the Woods Hostess Cards

 

PROJECT TEN

Stampin' Up! Vintage Leaves

Vintage Leaves Easel Card

 

So, there you have it…my 10 favorite projects from my blog this past year.  I’m curious which one of my favorites that you like the best.  You can leave a comment on this blog post to let me know.  Also, feel free to share any of these projects on Facebook or Pinterest by clicking on the buttons below this post.  

Thanks for stopping and …

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

 

 

My Top 10 Projects from 2015-2016 SU Catalog, Part 1

By | May 16, 2016

I’m always seeing “Top 10” lists everywhere I look.  They seem to be quite popular.  This year I decided to do a “top 10” list of my own….my 10 favorite projects created from the 2015-2016 Stampin’ Up! Catalog.  I’m sharing five of my picks today, and then the other 5 picks on Wednesday.  So, let’s get started.  Here they are (and NOT in any particular order because ranking would just be too difficult!!!).  By the way – you can click on any of the links under the photos to be taken to that blog post.

 

PROJECT ONE

Bohemian Borders, Stampin' Up!

Bohemian Borders Wedding Card

 

 

PROJECT TWO

Watercolor Wings Stampin' Up!

Watercolor Wings Easel Card

 

 

 

PROJECT THREE

Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Stampin' Up!

Glue Flicking with Woodlands Embossing Folder

 

 

PROJECT FOUR

Embellished Ornaments Stampin' Up!

Embellished Ornaments

 

 

PROJECT FIVE

Bendi Card Botanical Builder Framelits Dies

Bendi Card

 

 

So, there you have it…my first 5 favorite projects from my blog this past year.  Make sure to stop back on Wednesday to see my other 5 favorite projects….see you then!!

2 Flower Handmade Greeting Cards

By | May 11, 2016

Flower greeting cards are a “go to” card style for me and are easy to use in handmade greeting cards.   Maybe it’s because I like flowers and gardening, but I find flower images easy to work with and very forgiving of mistakes.  I have two flower cards to share today.

The first was made with Stampin’ Up’s! Remarkable You stamp set.

Remarkable You Birthday

Project Notes:

  • Stamp sets used: Remarkable You (Wood 139891, Clear 139894) and Petite Pairs (Wood 128706, Clear 122497 – Retiring)
  • Flower image was stamped on watercolor paper (122959) using Basic Black Archival Ink (140931).  It was watercolored with Crushed Curry and Mossy Meadow ink using an Aquapainter (103954).  The great thing about watercoloring is that you don’t have to stay entirely within the lines!!
  • Sentiment is stamped in Mossy Meadow ink.  The two circles were made with circle punches: 1 1/4″ (119861) and 1 3/8″ (119860).
  • Botanical Gardens Designer Paper (140583) was used for the border on this card.
  • Tilting the square up on end gives a different look for the card front.

Here’s another flower themed handmade greeting card…

Summer Silhouettes Handmade Birthday Car

Project Notes:

  • This card uses the Summer Silhouettes stamp set (Wood 132082, Clear 126447 – Retiring). All but one of the stamps in the stamp set was used to build this flower scene.  The card design was created entirely by stamping!!
  • The sentiment is from the And Many More stamp set (Wood 134273, Clear 134276 – Retiring)
  • Colors used on this card: Wild Wasabi, Crushed Curry, Watermelon Wonder  I stamped off the Wild Wasabi ink to make it a more subtle color.
  • The large flowers were fussy cut and popped up on Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • This card was inspired by a pin on Pinterest.  It was an Etsy card, but couldn’t find the original source so I can’t credit the original artist.

That’s it for today’s projects.  Remember, if you like any of the cards I post here on my blog, I’d love it if you’d share on Facebook or Pinterest by using the sharing buttons located below this blog post.  Thanks!

Handmade Card Makeover Project

By | May 9, 2016

Do you ever see a card design that you love, but don’t have the same products to use in making that same card?  Well, don’t let that stop you!!  Just perform a handmade card makeover using products that you DO own to create a similar card.  The idea is very similar to the Copy and Share Everything concept (CASE). Well, the card I’m sharing today is an example of a handmade card makeover project.

Fabulous Four Handmade Card Makeover Project

I love to get card ideas from magazines and the internet.  In fact, I have a whole file of card ideas that I have torn from magazines that I’d like to try to make using Stampin’ Up! products.  Today I’m sharing one of those cards.  I love it’s Clean and Simple style.
When I saw the photo of this card (see below), I was instantly reminded of our wonderful designer paper stacks.  The background paper on the magazine card reminded me of the flower pattern from Stampin’ Up!.  What do you think?? It’s a pretty good match isn’t it??

Project Notes:

Here’s the original card that I found in a magazine publication from Papercrafts Magazine.  It was designed by Michele Boyer.

Handmade Card Makeover Project

Let’s look at some of the differences between the two cards. While doing that, let’s also explore some of the thoughts I had when making my version of the original card.
  • First of all, the direction of my card is different. This was out of necessity.  My sentiment is much longer than the words on the original card.  Placing the sentiment on a portrait oriented card didn’t allow room for the flowers.

  • I chose to use the same card theme…”thanks”.  However, I didn’t need the extra stamped flower image on my card design because my words took up more of the white space.

  • The background paper on the original card reminded me of a pattern paper from the Neutrals Color Collection Designer Series Paper Stack (138435) from Stampin’ Up!   This paper was the starting point of my handmade card makeover.

  • The flower shape from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (133787) works perfectly to copy the flower idea onto my card.

  • The original card used a black card base and only had a small white card stock piece peeking out from the top and bottom of the flowered paper.   I matted my flower paper piece with a small border of black card stock on all four sides and mounted it onto a white card base.

Thanks for joining me for my handmade card makeover project.  As you can see, it is easy to take other’s card ideas and use them to make similar cards with products you already own.  I’m curious to know if any of you have tried creating a “card makeover”.  Please leave a comment and let me know.

 

Happy Birthday with Party Pop-Up Thinlits Dies

By | May 4, 2016
Of the many Birthday Products found on pages 4-7 of the 2016 Occasions Catalog, the product that I like the best is the Party Pop-Up Thinlits Dies (140620).  The die makes it quick and easy to create a “WOW” birthday card that your recipient is going to love!!  I have a project to share with you today that uses BOTH of the dies included in the set.

Here’s the outside of the card…

Party Pop Up Thinlits Dies Stampin' Up!

 

And here’s the card inside….

Party Pop Up Thinlits Dies Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

That’s it!! Isn’t that a great birthday card??  Don’t you think that someone would LOVE to receive that in celebration of their special day??  I know I would!
Did you know that I also have a BeeBug Creations Facebook page where I share creative inspiration daily??  Most of the card projects I share there are NOT shared on my blog or in my newsletter.  If you haven’t already “liked” my Facebook page, click here to go there and do so.  Then you can see ALL of the great projects I share.

 

3 Handmade Cards with Botanical Blooms

By | May 2, 2016
Don’t you LOVE the coordinating products that Stampin’ Up! bundles together???  Today I’m sharing some projects that I made with products found in the Botanical Blooms bundle (140819), including the Botanical Blooms stamp set (140757), Botanical Builder Framelits Dies (140625) and Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper (140583).  Hope you enjoy them.

The first card is a birthday themed card.

Botanical Blooms Birthday Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • The birthday sentiment is from the Remembering Your Birthday stamp set (Wood 131347, Clear 131350).

  • Colors for the card were chosen from the color combination in the Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper stack.  They are Mossy Meadow, Crushed Curry and Cajun Craze.

  • Textured background piece was made using the Decorative Dots embossing folder (133520).

  • Flower and leaves were die cut using the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies.

 

The second card I have to share is a general themed card.

Botanical Blooms Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • This card has a fresh, clean feel to it because of all the white space.

  • Flower was die cut using the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies.  Detail was added to the leaf cut outs using the Botanical Blooms stamp set.

  • Sentiment is from one of the 2016 Sale-A-Bration stamp sets…Perfect Pairings.

  • Colors are Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry and Pear Pizzazz.

Here’s the third card I have to share:

Botanical Blooms Thanks Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • Thanks sentiment is from One Big Meaning stamp set (Wood 138788, Clear 139420).

  • Colors for the card were chosen from the color combination in the Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper stack.  They are Mossy Meadow, Crushed Curry and Cajun Craze.

  • Background paper is created with stamps from the Botanical Blooms stamp set. However, you could just as easily use a piece of Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper.  Did you know that the Botanical Blooms stamp set can be used to add flower and leaf details on the designer paper? Several paper designs in this pack were purposefully left “blank” so you can add the details!

  • The angled border was made using one of the dies in the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies set.

  • Textured background piece was made using the Decorative Dots embossing folder (133520).

I have one other project that I have shared here on my blog using this same Botanical Blooms bundle products.  Here’s a link to that project.
Well, that about wraps up this blog post.  If you would like to purchase any of the products I used in today’s blog post, they can be found in my online store.  You can also shop by clicking on the product links found in this blog post.
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Three More Handmade Cards to Inspire You

By | April 27, 2016

If you read my blog very much, you know that I’m all about handmade greeting cards that are simple to make.  That’s my preferred style.  That doesn’t mean that I don’t like the more complicated cards however.  In March, another demonstrator and I held a local event for advanced stampers.  We each shared 3 different cards/techniques.  I’ve shared my three projects in my previous three blog posts.  Today I’m going to share the three projects that Brenda demonstrated.  Because these aren’t my original projects I won’t have all the details.  But I can post the photos here for all to enjoy…

The first project was a gift card holder for the graduate…  Here’s what it looks like before “opening”:

B.Y.O.P. Graduation Gift Card Holder

 

Here’s how it looks as it is being pulled out of the card “holder”…

B.Y.O.P. Graduation Gift Card Holder

 

And finally, here it is all opened up…

B.Y.O.P. Graduation Gift Card Holder

Brief Project Notes:

  • B.Y.O.P. (137159) is the stamp set used to create the gift card holder.

  • Graduation cap is punched.  The tassel is made with Baker’s Twine.

  • The actual holder for the card and gift card is a Sketched Dots Tag a Bag Gift Bag (138316).  Score in half and fold, then hold in place with a belly band.

  • This is a great way to give a gift card for ANY occasion.  It would be so easy to personalize with school colors.  Also a great way to give a wedding, Christmas or birthday gift.

 

Here’s her second project…

Picture Perfect Stampin' Up!

And here’s what it looks like when opened…

Picture Perfect Stampin' Up!

Brief Project Notes:

  • The hummingbird and flower images were stamped using Picture Perfect stamp set (140520).  Aren’t they gorgeous!!

  • The background on the front of the card was created with Timeless Textures stamp set (Wood 140514, Clear 140517).

  • There is half of an oval cut out on the fold side of this card. Brenda then attached a strip of Window Sheet (142314) on the back of the card from top to bottom (along where the folded edge would usually be) to which she attached the hummingbird.

Here’s her third project, which I think is simply STUNNING!!!

 Rose Wonder Stained Crystal Technique

 

The photo actually doesn’t do the card justice!  Here’s what the inside of the card looks like.

Rose Wonder Stampin' Up!

Brief Project Notes:

I hope you have enjoyed the projects I shared today, as well as the others I’ve shared in my last three blog posts.  I would like to know which of these projects is YOUR favorite.  Please tell me by leaving a comment on this blog post (or any of the other project blog posts).

Thanks for stopping…

Have fun “stampin it up!”

 

Tri Fold Peek a Boo Card

By | April 25, 2016

Here is the third project I demonstrated at my March event…a tri fold peek a boo card.  This was another card style I had been seeing LOTS of on Pinterest and wanted to try making.  They aren’t too difficult to make actually.  I think you can find a tutorial on SplitCoast Stampers.

Tri Fold Peek A Boo Card

Project Notes:

Watch the video below to see how perfectly the Bitty Butterfly Punch works to cut out the stamped butterfly image in the Grateful Bunch stamp set. (And then read on below the video to see what the inside of the card looks like.)

 

 

 

Because this is a tri fold card, it will open twice.  Here’s what the card looks like when the first flap gets lifted.

Tri Fold Peek a Boo Card

 

And here’s what the card looks like when fully unfolded…

Tri Fold Peek a Boo Card

 

Hope that you enjoyed seeing this tri fold peek a boo card today.  It’s fun to be able to share some more “advanced” projects once in awhile.  Stop back on Wednesday when I will have the final three projects that we demonstrated at the event.

 

Bendi Card Project

By | April 20, 2016

On Monday, I shared a folded heart card that I demonstrated at a recent local event.  (You can see that card here.)  Today I’m back sharing another card I demonstrated at that event.  It is called a Bendi Card.

Several months ago I was seeing Bendi cards all over Pinterest and decided that I had to try making one.  There was one card that I saw and absolutely fell in love with.  It was created by Nicole Wilson.  My project is pretty much an exact copy of hers.  I loved the paper, colors and flowers she used and I figured why spend time trying to re-invent beautiful.  The only change I made was the sentiment I used on my card.  CASE-ing (copy and share everything) happens quite often in the stamping world and is “ethical” as long as credit is given to the originator and you don’t try to claim it as your own original!

Here is the card:

Bendi Card Botanical Builder Framelits Dies

As I said…isn’t it beautiful!!!!  It’s hard to see in the photo, but the two smaller pieces covered with designer paper actually lock into the card base causing them to bend out away from the card back.

Project Notes:

  • I used products from the Botanicals Blooms Bundle (140819) to make this card.  All bundle items are also sold separately:  Botanical Blooms Stamp set (140757), Botanical Builder Framelits Dies (140625) and Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper (140583)

  • Sassy Salutations (Wood 132070, Clear 126707) is the stamp set I used for the sentiment.  I stamped it with Mossy Meadow ink, an in-color I will be sad to see leave, and then punched it out using the Extra Large Oval Punch (119859).

  • The border in the Botanical Builder Framelits Die is what I used to create the leaf border. It makes a great background for the card.

  • The flowers were lots of fun to make!!  I cut them out of solid color card stock (Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze and Mossy Meadow).  I stamped the leaves using the coordinating stamped images in the Botanical Blooms stamp set.  I sponged the centers of the flowers using Cajun Craze ink.  I LOVE the contrast between the yellow and brownish colors. It really makes the flowers pop!!

  • Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026) is the adhesive to use for holding this card together!!

Hope that you enjoyed seeing the bendi card I made using the Botanical Blooms Bundle.  I’ll be back next week with a few more projects from my March event.

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Stampin’ Up! Announces Retiring Products

By | April 19, 2016

It’s that time of year again…time to say “good bye” to some of our favorite Stampin’ Up! products….

 

Stampin' Up! Retiring Products

Stampin’ Up! released the list of

retiring products yesterday.

Promotion Dates: April 18 -May 31, 2016

(or while supplies last). 

  • Retiring products will only be available until May 31, or while supplies last,  Some products  have discounts of up to 50%!!

  • Due to high demand for retiring stamps, Stampin’ Up! will keep producing retiring stamps until May 22

  • Accessories are available only while supplies last.

  • Shop now to ensure getting the products that you want!

 

 

Click on the banner below for the pdf list of retiring products

Stampin' Up! Retiring Products

 

Click on the image below to download a sortable excel file of the retiring products.

Retiring List Stampin' Up! 2016

 

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Stampin' Up! Retiring Products List

 

 

 

 

Folded Paper Heart Cards

By | April 18, 2016

I recently held a local event for advanced stampers.  It was an opportunity to learn some advanced stamping and card making techniques.  One of the techniques I shared was how to make folded paper hearts for hand made cards.  This idea is not original with me.  Lyssa Z. was the person who came up with this cute idea.

Here’s the card I demonstrated at the event:

Folded Paper Heart Card

Project Notes:

I held my event in March, but of course I began my planning a couple months before then.  When preparing projects for events I always make a “practice” project first.  Sometimes the first project turns out perfectly and I don’t have to create any more samples.  Other times that’s not the case. I was “practicing” this project before Valentine’s day.  Because of this, I gravitated towards Valentine’s colors and theme.  Here are the two “practice” samples I made.

The first one:.

Folded Paper Heart Love Blossoms

Project Notes:

Here’s the second sample I made:

Folded Heart Card Love Blossoms

Project Notes:

  • I got a fancier with this card.  The folded heart is pretty much the same as the other.  I used a pearl instead of a rhinestone in the center of this flower.

  • Instead of texturing the background piece, I used the Curvy Corner Trio Punch (139683) on the top two corners.

  • I made the border on this card with the Happy Heart embossing folder (137364).  I just cut one row of hearts from the embossed card stock to use as a border.

  • Using a Tea Lace Doily (129399) creates a feeling of femininity on this card.

 

One last project note.  Lyssa bends the folded heart in half and cuts her heart shapes free-hand.  I didn’t do well when I tried that (you can see how lop-sided the top of the heart is in the two practice cards I made).  So, I found it easier to use a card board heart template to help me with my cutting. I also was happier with the result.

Hope that you enjoyed the folded paper heart projects I shared with you today.  Stop back on Wednesday to see the other two demonstration projects that I shared at the local event.

Until then…

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

Fun, Unique Way to Tie a Bow for Cards

By | April 13, 2016

In February, I shared some card projects I had made using the Party Wishes stamp set found in the Occasions 2016 catalog from Stampin’ Up!   The card pictured below is one of the cards I shared. (You can find the original post here.)

 

 

Party Wishes Stampin' Up!

 

 

Well, today I am back with a short video (less than 5 minutes) that shows you how I created the fun bow on this card.  It is so simple to make!  I think that you will find many ways to use this fun, unique bow.

 

 

 

Isn’t that a fun (and easy) way to create a unique bow for your card making projects?  Don’t forget that you can also subscribe to my YouTube Channel (BeeBug Creations) and be the first to know when I share a new video!

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Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

Tips for Making Quick and Easy Cards

By | April 11, 2016

A quick, easy handmade card certainly has it’s place!!  And Stampin’ Up! has products that allow you to create a card in 5 minutes!!  You know, we all have those times when you find out that someone has a birthday TOMORROW, you have a busy evening and you don’t have a card on hand.  Well, don’t let the panic set in.  Adapt one of the ideas I’m sharing today and you can easily come up with a handmade card in a hurry!!  Here’s the first card.

Stampin' Up! Quick Easy Card

Project Notes:

  • Sentiment only sets are great to have on hand for card making.  In the card above I used Happy Happenings stamp set (Wood, 138734, Clear 139381), which has sentiments for all occasions (including inside the card!).

  • Another great way to put together a quick, easy card is to use designer paper.  In the card above I used a piece of designer paper from the Go Wild Designer Series Paper Stack (138441).

  • This card can be personalized by choosing a designer paper that fits the occasion or the recipient’s hobbies and interests.

One of my customers recently held a party where there were many beginning stampers.  She wanted me to demonstrate simple and quick to make cards so that those attending would feel card making is something easy to do.  For the beginning stampers, elaborate and fancy cards can be intimidating.

But there’s even a place for quick, easy handmade cards with seasoned card makers. Every card doesn’t need to be an elaborate masterpiece. After all, the sole purpose of sending cards is COMMUNICATING A MESSAGE!!  And the most important part of the card we send is the words we write inside!  However, for those of us who make our own cards…the act of creating is also way we put part of ourselves in the card.  But that doesn’t have to be time-consuming!

Stampin' Up! Quick Easy Card

Project Notes:

  • Here’s something to remember when making quick, easy cards…LESS is MORE.  Are you wondering what I mean by that??  We’ve all seen cards that have TOO MUCH on them….ribbon, bling, texture, lots of layers all on one card.  All those elements can be overwhelming.  When making quick, easy cards, stick to only ONE element, or two at the most!!  In the card above, I used designer paper, a bit of ribbon and punched the sentiment with a circle shape.  It still looks great without being over the top!!

  • Stampin’ Up! sells a great product for quick, easy cards.  It is the Notecards and Envelopes pack (131527).  Do you know that each card and envelope only costs about 30¢??  Wow!  Compare that to the $5 cost of cards in the store.  I find that this pack is a real time saver when it comes to last minute cards.  It’s what I used to make the card pictured above. The size of the card is a bit smaller that the A2 size, but I don’t find that to be a hinderance.

Here’s the final quick and easy card I have to share with you today.

Stampin' Up! Quick Easy Card

Project Notes:

  • The coordinating colors among Stampin’ Up! products makes it SO EASY to put together a card that looks great in no time at all!  I have to be honest, before I became a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator I didn’t really understand this. But now that I have experienced the awesome-ness of their color coordination, I wouldn’t ever want to give it up.  The Mint Macaron Washi Tape strip along the edge of the card front perfectly matches the Mint Macaron card stock and ink I used.  No thinking involved!!

  • The card above uses the stamping off technique.  Stamping off allows you to get two different colors from one ink pad…a darker color and a lighter color.  In this case, I “stamped off” the flourish so that the sentiment would pop off the page.

Well, that’s all I have to share with you today.  I hope that you will consider ways to make quick and easy cards the next time you sit down to create.  Remember, the quality and workmanship of your card doesn’t have to be less just because the cards are quick and easy to make.  You can still make a gorgeous card in 5 minutes by using some of the quick and easy card making tips I’ve shared today.