Troubles with my Blog

By | February 13, 2017

Hi All – I’ve been having some technical troubles with my blog the last week or so.  I’m hoping to have them sorted out soon.  My attention has been on this issue, so haven’t had a chance to write a post.  Hopefully it will be resolved soon and I’ll be back to posting inspiration.  Thanks for you patience in this.

Celebrate National Pizza Day!!

By | February 9, 2017

Today is National Pizza Day!!  I know…it has nothing to do with stamping, BUT…I thought it might be fun to check out some facts and figures regarding pizza.

 

I did a quick Google Search and learned the following:

  • Pepperoni is the most popular pizza at 36% of all pies ordered.
  • Over 3 billion pizzas are sold in the USA each year.  Add another 1 billion of frozen pizzas
  • 17% of all US Restaurants are pizzerias.
  •  Antica Pizzeria, the first Pizzeria, opened in Naples, Italy, in 1738.
  • Gennaro Lombardi, the first Pizzeria in the United States, opened in 1895 in New York City.
  • Americans consume on average 23 pounds of pizza per person each year.
  • 30% of Americans eat pizza every week.
  • Pizza ranks the #2 most popular fast food in America behind hamburgers. (43% of Americans rank pizza as their favorite.)
  • 2% of Americans say “I don’t like pizza.”

 

I found this to also be interesting:

It’s hard to imagine that before World War II, pizza was little known outside of Italy or Italian immigrant communities. Allied troops, tired of their limited rations, found pizza—and once they returned home, the popularity of this bread-y, cheesy, saucy dish skyrocketed.

So, celebrate National Pizza Day today….enjoy a slice of pizza!!!

Watercolor Pencils meet Falling Flowers

By | February 8, 2017

One of the fun products in the 2017 Occasions Catalog from Stampin’ Up! is the new Watercolor Pencils (141709).  Recently I’ve had a couple hostesses hold Sale-A-Bration parties.  I wanted to give those attending a chance to try out this new product, so I had them make a project using the new Watercolor Pencils.  Everyone thought they were fantastic!! Today, I’d like to share the two watercolor pencil techniques I used to make the card.

Here’s the project they made:

watercolor pencils Stampin' Up!, Watercolor Pencils techniques

Project Notes:

  • The stamped flower image is from the Falling Flowers stamp set (Wood 139553, Clear 139556).  The flower is cut out with the coordinating May Flowers Framelits (140276).  The birthday sentiment is in the Cottage Greetings stamp set (Wood 138940, Clear 139962).
  • A medium sized Metal Rim Pearl (138394) was used for the flower center.
  • This is a super simple card to make, and it uses two different tools to blend the watercolor pencils – the AquaPainter (103954) and the Blender Pen (102845).  I used Watercolor Paper (122959) for the background rectangle piece and Whisper White card stock for the flower.  Shimmery White card stock (101910) would also be a good choice for the flower, and would add a bit of a sparkle.
  • I used Melon Mambo and Rich Razzleberry as the color combination for this card.

 

Here’s how I created the background watercolor piece.  I scribbled some pencil lines diagonally on the watercolor paper using the Watercolor Pencils.  I chose Melon Mambo for the two outer colors and the Rich Razzleberry for the center color.  Next, I took my AquaPainter and colored over the pencil lines with water. This created a water color wash.  Let dry (it should dry rather quickly).

Here’s what the two pieces looked like.  Notice how I scribbled my lines on the piece on the left.

Watercolor Pencil techniques

I used the same two watercolor pencils to color the flower image.  Rich Razzleberry was colored in the flower center, and Melon Mambo was colored on the outer petals.  I then used a Blender Pen to smooth out the colors.  One thing to note about my coloring…I didn’t completely fill in the flower image before using the blender pen.  I also used circular motions with the pencil as it makes filling in the image with color go faster.

Here is what the flower looked like when I colored it (notice the white space on the petals).  You can see where I used the blender pen on some of the flower petals, and how pencil spread to cover the white space areas.

Watercolor Pencils Techniques

 

One last note about this project.  The ink you use makes a difference!!  When using an AquaPainter and Blender Pen it is important to use a NON-WATERBASED ink, otherwise you will end up with muddy images!!  I used Basic Black Archival Ink (140931) from Stampin’ Up!.  One more ink tip….plan ahead and allow the ink some drying time before using the AquaPainter or Blender Pens.  You will achieve a better result.  I’ve found that if I don’t allow enough dry time for the black ink, it may “bleed” slightly into your colors.  Then, I have to start all over.  Patience on the front end prevents frustration with the results!!

 

I hope you will give coloring with watercolor pencils a try.  As you can see from the two watercolor pencil techniques I shared today, it is very easy to color using watercolor pencils.  You can click on any of the product links in this post to shop my online store.

 

Unique Handmade Cards with Happy Celebrations

By | February 6, 2017

Stampin’ Up! has come up with a fun, new product that will help us in creating unique handmade cards to give to our friends and family.  The Celebration Duo Textured Impressions Embossing Folders (142760) are two embossing folders that create de-bossed image impressions.  So, instead of raising the embossed image on the card stock, these folders actually press the image (in this case a word) into the card stock.  And, this opens up a whole new world of possibilities for creating unique handmade cards.

The Happy Celebrations stamp set (143012) coordinates with these embossing folders, allowing images to be stamped into the de-bossed area of the card stock.  The stamps are photopolymer, allowing the stamper to see through and place the stamped image exactly where desired on their project.  Here’s what that looks like:

make unique handmade cards stampin

Project Notes:

  • The most important thing to remember about this technique is to complete all the stamping on the debossed card area BEFORE using the Big Shot and embossing folder.  Stamping first and then embossing ensures that the stamped area will line up and fill the de-bossed letters.  It’s easy to line up the embossing folder with the stamped image.
  • The Happy Celebrations stamp set has some fun phrases that you can add to your card.  In this case, I added “birthday to you”, but there are other thoughts as well.
  • Obviously, this is a masculine card.  And, frankly I think Happy Celebrations is the perfect no-frills stamp set to use for creating birthday cards for guys.  Colors are Crumb Cake and Soft Suede.  I added some sponging to create a worn look.
  • Background piece is textured with the Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (143231), a perfect accompaniment to this stamp set.
  • Sentiment piece is cut using the Lots of Labels  Framelits (138281).

 

Here’s another way to use the Celebration embossing folders and Happy Celebrations stamp set images.  I received this card in a swap…it was created by Dena Lenneman.

make unique handmade cards stampin

Here’s one that I made, copying her original idea but changing it up to make a birthday card for a guy.

make unique handmade cards stampin

Project Notes:

Notice how the colors used on a card make all the difference!!  The original card has a feminine feel with the soft Pool Party and Sweet Sugarplum colors.  By switching up the colors to Smoky Slate and Basic Gray, the same card design can have a masculine feel.

Other design differences:  The masculine card uses a strip of Silver Foil (132178), instead of the 1/8″ Silver Ribbon (132137).  The other difference is that the second embossed piece is attached to a piece of Urban Underground Specialty Designer Series Paper (142783),  The first card is attached to a piece of colored card stock.

One element that adds a bit of subtle “swoosh” to the cards is the stamped off images on the top left and bottom right corners of the card base.

Wondering how the image piece was created?  First, create your embossed word by using the Big Shot and Celebrations embossing folders.  Then, use some of the “swoosh” stamp images to stamp OVER the de-bossed letters.  The ink will transfer to the raised areas, but not stamp in the recessed areas.  Stamp off to get a lighter look, and stamp full strength for a darker image.

 

Here’s a video from Stampin’ Up! that show you some great ideas to use with these products.

I hope you enjoyed the samples I shared today using the Celebrations Duo Textured Impressions Embossing Folders and Happy Celebrations stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  I’d encourage you to consider adding these two coordinating items to your card making supplies.  This is a very versatile stamp set that can be used for making unique handmade cards for many occasions.  (You can shop my online store here.)  And, as we’ve seen in my post today, it’s easy to change up the theme of the card just by changing the colors.  Which card was your favorite??

 

 

Stampin’ Up! Catalog Inspiration and Creativity

By | February 1, 2017

Today I’m sharing some handmade greeting card ideas that I copied directly from the 2016 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.  The Stampin’ Up! catalog is a great source of inspiration/ideas for you to copy.  This was one of the first years I tried copying some of the cards from the catalog.  I enjoyed it so much that I have decided that I’m going to make it a habit!

Here’s my first copied catalog creation (found on page 104).

Stampin' Up! Flower Patch

Project Notes:

  • This card is pretty much an EXACT copy of the card found in the catalog except I mounted the stamped piece onto a color card stock base and didn’t add any twine.
  • Colors used: Melon Mambo, Blushing Bride, Wild Wasabi (solid leaf, stamped off) and Cucumber Crush (leaf center).
  • Sentiment is from the Suite Sayings stamp set (Wood 140709, Clear 140712) and flower images are from the Flower Patch stamp set (Photopolymer 134207).

 

Here’s the next card, made with the Garden In Bloom stamp set (Photopolymer 139433).  This card is found on page 146 of the catalog.

Stampin' Up! Garden in Bloom

Project Notes:

  • Background flowers and leaves were stamped in Melon Mambo and Old Olive.
  • A piece of Vellum Card Stock (101856) was attached over the background piece.  I attached it with four glue dots, one in each corner (trying to strategically place them over a stamped image to hide them a bit).
  • Sentiment is from the Garden In Bloom stamp set.  I matted it on two pieces of coordinating card stock and attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Even though I used a card sample from the catalog, I changed it up to make it my own.  One of the changes was the color of the card base.  The other change was the sentiment I used, as well as how I matted it.  No ribbon was used on my card.

 

My last card project was inspired by on that I saw on page 150 of the catalog.  It uses the Flower Patch stamp set (Photopolymer 134207).

Stampin' Up! Flower Patch

Project Notes:

  • My card is totally different from the card you see in the catalog, but the sample on page 150 was my inspiration.  I had wanted to replicate the wreath on the catalog card.  I made MANY attempts to stamp the circular wreath, but wasn’t happy with ANY of the results.  It became a very frustrating experience for me, and that’s when I decided I needed to take a different direction. (Just want to say…IT IS OKAY TO TRY SOMETHING ELSE WHEN ONE THING ISN’T WORKING!!)
  • I kept some of the same original elements, the banner greeting, the leaf image and the same flower images.  I just presented them in a different manner, using a similar color scheme.  No designer paper was used on my card.
  • The Banner Triple Punch (138292) was what I used to create the flagged ends on the sentiment banners. 
  • Instead of creating a circle wreath, I made leaf borders.
  • Colors used were Crushed Curry, Watermelon Wonder, Marina Mist, which are a bit different from the yellow, blue and red shown in the catalog.

 

I’d like to issue a challenge today….use an idea from one of the Stampin’ Up! catalogs for your project inspiration.  Then, share it here or send it to me via email (deb@beebugcreations.com).  I’d love to see how the Stampin’ Up! catalog inspires handmade greeting card ideas for you.

More Balloon Adventures Handmade Birthday Card Fun

By | January 30, 2017

Last Wednesday,  I shared some handmade stamped birthday card projects I made using the Balloon Adventures stamp set and Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies from Stampin’ Up!  Today I have two more projects to share with you using these same products.  They are both a step up from the ones I shared last week and have a 3-D dimension to them.

 

On my first project, I created a handmade stamped birthday card using the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies just as they were intended to be used.

The front of the card has die cut balloons attached over the stamped balloon images.

Handmade Birthday Card, Stampin' Up!

Here’s the inside of the card.

Handmade Birthday Card, Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • I chose my color scheme based on the Party Animal Designer Series Paper (142738).  This paper pack has some bright, colorful designs that make fun, eye-popping cards.
  • The Emerald Envy and Tangerine Tango balloons on the card front were first stamped on Whisper White card stock using the Balloon Adventures stamp set (142823).  Then I die cut two balloons from solid color cards stock using the coordinating dies from the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits (142753). I glued these over the stamped balloons on the card front.  The dies allow the stamped shape to peek through the dies!!
  • Can I say I just LOVE the confetti stamp image in the Balloon Adventures stamp set!!!.  It is such a great accent image for any celebration themed card.
  • The pop-up image on the inside of the card is made with the largest die in the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits set.  I stamped the coordinating images on the pop up piece and added two strips of Party Animal designer series paper on either side for accents.
  • If you’d like to learn more about the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits dies, you can watch this video from Stampin’ Up!

 

The second project I have to share with you is over the top!!  The idea and design for this gift box isn’t original with me.  The directions I followed came from Michelle Miller.

I first stamped the images onto the balloon cut out piece.  I decided they weren’t bold enough.

Balloon Adventures 3-D Box

So, I cut some balloons from coordinating colors of card stock and added these over the stamped balloons.  Here’s the result.

Balloon Adventures 3-D Box

Project Notes:

My only comment is that this project isn’t for the faint of heart.  The box is wicked cute, and went together easily.  However, the challenge for me was getting the two lids to fit (and mine still don’t fit perfectly…one of my sides bows in).  The devil is in the details, and in this case, make sure that you have a perfectly square box!!

Wouldn’t these make cute table centerpieces at a milestone birthday celebration??  And how about putting a battery operated candle inside to add some glow?? I could think of a dozen ways to use this cute box!!

 

I hope you have enjoyed the Balloon Adventure projects I have shared here the past two days.  If you’d like to check out the projects I shared last Wednesday, you can find them here.  Remember, you can find these and other Stampin’ Up! products here, in my online store.  This is a great coordinating stamp and die set (also sold in a bundle, 144708) to add to your craft room and use to make some great handmade stamped birthday card projects!

 

Handmade Birthday Cards with Balloon Adventures

By | January 25, 2017

The Balloon Adventures stamp set, found in the new 2017 Occasions Catalog from Stampin’ Up!, is a perfect stamp set to use for making handmade birthday cards.  It’s got some great greeting stamps, as well as balloon and banner images that can be cut out with coordinating dies.

I love it when we have a new product catalog from Stampin’ Up!   I don’t know about you, but I’m like a kid in a candy store as I look through the catalog for the first time.  It’s always hard for me to decide exactly which products I want to buy.  I looked long and hard at the Balloon Adventures stamp set (142823), but in the end decided to purchase other items instead.  Fortunately for me, a fellow demonstrator friend purchased this set and allowed me to borrow it to have some “play time”.  I’m excited to share the outcome with you today.

Here’s the first card I have to share.  The design of this card isn’t original with me.  I’ve seen several other demonstrators make a similar one.

Handmade Birthday Card, Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • Stamped images (banner and sentiment) are in the Balloon Adventures stamp set (142823).
  • I created the balloon themed frame, colored balloons and die cut bow with the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies (142753).   Both the stamp set and coordinating framelits can be purchased in a bundle (144708) at a 10% savings.
  • Card color combination (Crushed Curry, Emerald Envy, Pacific Point, and Tangerine Tango) was taken from the Party Animal Designer Series Paper (142738).  I used the Crushed Curry piece of Party Animal designer paper as the background.
  • CARD DESIGN HINT:  If you have difficulty choosing color combinations for your projects, check out the designer papers in the Stampin’ Up! catalog.  There’s no need to purchase the paper packs, just use the color combinations in the papers as a starting point for choosing your own colors!!  That’s what I did on this card.
  • I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to “pop up” the Balloon Frame.

 

Here’s a second card I created.  The background on this card was actually created for another project (one I will share on Monday).  I decided that the confetti was too busy for the original project, so I used it as the starting point of this card.  No sense in wasting a perfectly good background piece!!

Handmade Birthday card, Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • The color combination on this card is the same one I used on my first card.  There’s nothing wrong with repeating a great combination!!
  • Sentiment and confetti stamp is in the Balloon Adventures stamp set.  I used the Layering Ovals Framelits (141706) to cut out the sentiment and a matte.
  • I used the two ribbon/bow like dies found in the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies (142753) to create the gift package.  I used the piece without the dangling strips to create the Emerald Envy box.  I cut a Crushed Curry piece using the ribbon die with strips, then attached it over the green loops to make it look like a bow on top of the package.  Don’t you love how these two pieces coordinate together!!
  • The Sparkle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (141468) was used to add some texture and dimension to the gift package.  I created by own to and from tag.

 

Here’s the final card I have to share today.

Handmade Birthday Card, Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • I went with a Black and White color theme for this card.  I might have been adapted this from an idea I found on Pinterest.  I didn’t make myself a note about where the idea came from.
  • Black and white designer paper is from the Neutrals Designer Series Paper Pack (138435).
  • Circle is cut with the Layering Circles Framelits (141705). It is approximately 3 inches.
  • The die cut loops are from one of the dies in the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies (142753).  It is the same one I used to create the loops on the green card stock in the last card.  For this card, I just trimmed down the solid part so it was hidden behind the sentiment.

 

On Monday I will have two more great ideas using the Balloon Adventures stamp set and coordinating Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies. You can purchase it in my online store.  It’s a great stamp set to add to your collection and use when creating handmade birthday cards.

Final Sealed with Love Handmade Card Ideas

By | January 23, 2017

I’m all about getting great values from the stamp sets I purchase.  The more ways I can use a stamp set, the better I feel.  That’s certainly the case with the Sealed with Love stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  This stamp set not only makes great Valentine’s cards, it also makes great all occasion and wedding cards.  In my January blog posts, I’ve been sharing LOTS of ideas with this stamp set. If you missed any of those posts, take time to scroll back through my most recent ones to see the cards I’ve shared.

Today I have two wedding cards to share using the Sealed with Love stamp set (142815) and coordinating Love Notes Framelits Dies (142752).  I used these two items with products from the Falling In Love suite of products in the 2017 Occasions Catalog.

Here’s my first card.

Project Notes:

  • The black and white theme of this project is classic!!  This would be a great wedding card, but would also be perfect to give to that special someone in your life.
  • Sentiment is from the Falling for You stamp set (wood 143106, clear 143109).  I knew I wanted this stamp set just for this one sentiment!!  However, it’s a great stamp set to use for any handmade wedding or anniversary cards.
  • The scroll-like line images in the corners and under the words are stamp images you will find in the Sealed with Love stamp set.  They aren’t the designs that pop out when you first look at the set, but they certainly make a very elegant card. I can see lots of uses for these images.
  • I used a bit of Clear Wink of Stella (141897) to add some sparkle to the heart.  It’s hard to see in the photo.
  • The black and white designer paper background is from the Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper pack (141648).

 

 

Here’s another wedding card I made using the Love Notes Framelits Dies and more products from the Falling in Love suite.

Project Notes:

Here’s what the inside of this card looks like.

 

 

 

The images in the Sealed with Love stamp set are smaller in size, so if used on a 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ card, other elements are needed to fill up the card front space.  My next two “love” themed cards are 3″ x 3″ size and the stamped images fit perfectly on these card fronts all by themselves.  Here they are:

Valentines Day handmade Cards

Both of these cards are 3″ x 3″ size, perfect to stick in a gift, lunch bag or purse.  The card base is Kraft card stock (133674), cut 3″ x 6″ and scored at 3″ along the 6″ side.  You will get 8 card bases from a 12″ x 12″ sheet of card stock.

Valentines Day handmade Cards

Project Notes:

Heart border was stamped with one of the images in the Sealed with Love stamp set.

The heart was cut from one of the pattern designs in the Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack (142733).  I cut it (and the arrow) with the folded heart die cut in the Love Notes Framelits Dies.

I used the Layering Circles Framelits (141705) to create the two circle pieces.

 

Valentines Day handmade Cards

Project Notes:

The heart border and “Love Notes” was stamped with images in the Sealed with Love stamp set.

The envelope was cut from one of the pattern designs in the Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack (142733).  I cut it using the envelope die cut in the Love Notes Framelits Dies.

 

 

If you want to add the Sealed with Love stamp set (142815) and coordinating Love Notes Framelits Dies (142752) to your crafting collection, click on the any of the product links to shop my online store.  These two products can also be purchased together in a bundle (144705), saving you 10% over the cost of purchasing each separately.

Here are the links to my other blog posts using the Sealed with Love stamp set:

Valentine’s Day Cards Sealed with Love

More Valentine’s Day Cards Sealed with Love

Handmade Valentine Cards with Stampin’ Up! Product

Get More Mileage from Sealed with Love Stamp Set

 

Bundles of Love Event TODAY!!

By | January 19, 2017

TODAY IS THE DAY!!  If you live locally in the Apple Valley, Minnesota area you can join me to make “welcome baby” cards for a local non-profit organization that partners with community service agencies to assist Minnesota families in need.

Bundles of Love provides handmade baby clothing, bedding and basic care items for newborn babies in need and they like to tuck a handmade card in each bundle that they give. We are going to make some cards that they can use.  (Learn more about this organization at Bundles of Love.)

Bundles Of Love Service Opportunity

Thursday, January 19, 2017

3pm – 7pm

South Suburban Evangelical Free Church

12600 Johnny Cake Ridge Road, Apple Valley, MN

Drop in ANY TIME during the event hours to help stamp and assemble baby cards.  There is no card designing involved, everything is prepped and ready to go.   Come when you can and stay for as long as you want.  There is no cost for this event, as this is a service opportunity.  However, each person who comes to help is welcome to keep one of the baby cards for themselves.

I’m looking forward to seeing you.  

Together we can make a difference in someone’s life!!

Get More Mileage from Sealed with Love Stamp Set

By | January 18, 2017

If you’ve been visiting my blog regularly the past couple weeks, you know I’ve been sharing LOTS of handmade card ideas using the Sealed with Love stamp set from Stampin’ Up!   This stamp set is definitely promoted as a Valentine themed one in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog.  But, with just a bit of thinking, I came up with ways this stamp set can be used BEYOND Valentine’s Day.

Here are the stamp images I am using on the cards I’m sharing today.  Yes, they have heart images, but the actual images are very small, and by changing the color theme your card won’t have a Valentine feel.

 

 

On my first card, I stamped the image in Real Red.  But combining it with Dapper Denim takes away any “Valentine” feel to this card.

Project Notes:

  • I stamped two border pieces for this card, then made a narrow border matte of Real Red card stock.
  • The Thank You stamp is a FREE Sale-A-Bration choice – So Very Much (143340).  This is a great stamp set for creating quick and easy thank you cards.

 

 

Here’s another card created with the same border concept as the first card.

Handmade cards ideas Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • I changed the orientation of the card from portrait to landscape and only added one stamped, matted border piece because of the card size.  I also changed the color of the stamped image to Dapper Denim, creating a monochromatic card.
  • I made this card using one of the cards in the Notecards and Envelopes package (131527).

 

 

Here’s another card using the larger heart patterned image pictured above.  This time I used it to create a subtle background pattern.

Handmade cards ideas Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • Project colors are Pool Party and Calypso Coral.
  • I stamped Pool Party ink onto the Pool Party card stock to create the patterned background.
  • I also LIGHTLY sponged the edges of the Pool Party card stock with Calypso Coral ink to create a distressed look.  TIP: If you want to achieve the same look, make sure to add VERY LITTLE ink at first until you see what it looks like.  You can always go back and add more if it’s too light, but can’t take any away if it is too dark.
  • Sentiment is from the Cottage Greetings stamp set (wood 138940, clear 139962) and stamped in Calypso Coral ink.
  • Stamped border design is found in the Delicate Details stamp set (143314).  This is a stamp set that you can earn FREE with a $50 product order during the Sale-A-Bration event that Stampin’ Up! is currently offering.  I stamped in VersaMark ink (102283), sprinkled with Gold Embossing Powder (109129) and heat set using the Heat Tool (129053).
  • The die cut scroll piece I stamped the sentiment on is found in the Cupcakes and Carousels Embellishment Kit (142767).  This kit that is part of the Cupcakes & Carousels product suite and it includes some great components that can be combined with products outside the product suite, as I did on this card.

I don’t want to spend too much time on the Sealed with Love stamp set (142815).  However, I have one more day of projects using this stamp set to share with you.  Please make sure to stop back on Monday to see how I used this set to make a wedding card.

Also, if you enjoy the projects I share here on my blog, I’d like to invite you to sign up for my weekly newsletter.  Each week I share EXCLUSIVE project ideas (complete with step by step directions) and tips for using Stampin’ Up! products.  To sign up, you can use the form in the right side bar of my blog.  I’d love it if you’d join me on my creative journey of making handmade cards with Stampin’ Up! products.

Handmade Valentine Cards with Stampin’ Up! Products

By | January 16, 2017

Lately on my blog I’ve been sharing lots of handmade Valentine’s Day card ideas.  Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays for which I LOVE to make handmade cards.  Today’s cards feature one stamp from the  Sealed with Love stamp set from Stampin’ Up!…the “Happy Valentine’s Day” sentiment.  The script font of this stamped image is beautiful.

Let’s get started with today’s creative inspiration.  My first card is a really basic design layout…a great all-purpose handmade Valentine’s Day card.

Valentines Day handmade Cards

Project Notes:

 

My second card has a few more details to it, but is still pretty basic.

Valentines Day handmade Cards

Project Notes:

  • Layering Circles Framelits (141705) were used for the sentiment and scalloped circle border.
  • Background paper is found in the Sending Love Designer Series Paper stack (142733).
  • The Whisper White card stock is textured using the Falling Petals Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (142761).  This is a BEAUTIFUL texture pattern, similar to the Softly Falling embossing folder.  However, the embossed images created by the Falling Petals folder are heart shaped!!
  • The row of stamped hearts were cut out using a die from the Love Notes Framelits Dies (142752) then mounted with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The ribbon is silver metallic, found in the 3/8″ Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack (143601).  This ribbon is one of the choices in the Sale-A-Bration brochure and can be earned FREE with a $50 product purchase (before shipping/handling).
  • This card was inspired by a similar design I saw, made by Patsy Waggoner.

 

 

My next two cards demonstrate ways the the Sealed with Love stamp set can be combined with other Stampin’ Up! products.  The first card was one I received in a swap, but the creator didn’t include her name.

 

Valentines Day handmade Cards

Project Notes:

 

Here’s the final card that I have to share today.   Do you remember the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits Dies ?  Well, that die is the PERFECT accent to use with the Sealed with Love stamp set.

Valentines Day handmade Cards

Project Notes:

  • Layering Circles Framelits (141705) were used for the sentiment and scalloped circle border.  It was popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Bloomin’ Love Thinlits Die (140621) was used to die cut the intricate heart.
  • Take a look at the border on this card.  It was created with ANOTHER of the images in the Sealed with Love stamp set.  The pattern image is the same one used to create the background pattern on the card I shared here.  Doesn’t it make a great accent on this card??

 

Well, so far I’ve shared TEN different Valentine/Love Themed card ideas using the Sealed with Love stamp set from Stampin’ Up! (Scroll back through previous posts to see these cards.) But, I’m not done yet!!  I have one more blog post of card ideas using this stamp set on Wednesday and you won’t want to miss it!!  I’ll be sharing ways to use some of the stamps on non-Valentine cards!!  See you then!

Making a difference in the lives of others

By | January 13, 2017

Here’s a great way to use your creative abilities to make a difference in other’s lives.  If you live locally in the Apple Valley, Minnesota area you can join me to make “welcome baby” cards for a local non-profit organization that partners with community service agencies to assist Minnesota families in need.

Bundles of Love provides handmade baby clothing, bedding and basic care items for newborn babies in need and they like to tuck a handmade card in each bundle that they give. We are going to make some cards that they can use.  (Learn more about this organization at Bundles of Love.)

Bundles Of Love Service Opportunity

Thursday, January 19, 2017

3pm – 7pm

South Suburban Evangelical Free Church

12600 Johnny Cake Ridge Road, Apple Valley, MN

Drop in ANY TIME during the event hours to help stamp and assemble baby cards.  There is no card designing involved, everything is prepped and ready to go.   Come when you can and stay for as long as you want.  There is no cost for this event, as this is a service opportunity.  However, each person who comes to help is welcome to keep one of the baby cards for themselves.

I’m looking forward to seeing you.  

Together we can make a difference in someone’s life!!

More Valentine’s Day Cards Sealed with Love

By | January 11, 2017

In my last blog post (check it out here), I shared some handmade Valentine card ideas using the Sealed with Love stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  Well, today I’m back with more creative inspiration for making Valentine cards using this same stamp set and coordinating products.

Here’s the first card.  It features a “peek through” heart.

Valentines Day handmade Cards

Project Notes:

  • I used the heart border die (found in the Love Notes Framelits set, 142752) to create the red border piece.  I started with a red strip 1 1/2″ wide, then trimmed it down to the desired width after cutting the border piece. I LOVE how the hearts can be folded up a bit to add dimension to the card.
  • The peek through heart hole and the folding heart were both made with folding heart die found in the Love Notes Framelits set.  The red heart is actually attached to the INSIDE of the card and pops through the hole in the card front.
  • Designer paper on the card front is in the Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack (142733). Attach it to the card front BEFORE you cut the hole for the peek through heart.
  • The little heart design on the folding heart is actually a heart design cut from a piece of Sending Love designer paper, then attached to the red heart cutout.
  • It’s hard to see in the photos, but I used Clear Wink of Stella (141897) on all of the red hearts in the border, as well as the “pop up” heart.

Here’s a photo that better shows the peek through hole.

Valentines Day handmade Cards

 

Here’s what the inside looks like.  You could add some stamped images from the Sealed with Love stamp set to dress it up.

Valentines Day handmade Cards

 

 

 

My second card is one I received in a recent card swap.  It was made by Susan Campfield.  I LOVE the simplicity of this card and could see this being a perfect design layout for a wedding card (using a different color scheme).

Valentines Day handmade Cards

Card made by Susan Campfield

Project Notes:

  • The concept of this card is the same as the first one I shared….a cut out heart hole.  However, this card is made a bit different from the first.  The “hole” was cut in a 5″ x 3 3/4″ piece of cardstock.  Susan mounted a piece of designer paper behind the hole before attaching the card stock to the card front.  The card front is solid, with no peek through hole to the card inside.
  • She cut the heart hole in the piece above with the “fold up” single heart die found in the Love Notes Framelits (same one used on the first card).  The heart piece she used to offset the hole is the shape that was cut out of the first piece.  She stamped a coordinating heart image from the Sealed with Love  stamp set on the center of this heart piece.
  • The designer paper used on this card is from a Christmas themed pack: This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper (141628).

 

My third card is an easel card and uses the large Happy Valentine’s Day sentiment found in the Sealed with Love stamp set.

Valentines Day handmade Cards

Here’s the card opened

Valentines Day handmade Cards

Project Notes:

  • Some of the small pattern stamp images from the Sealed with Love stamp set were used to create a “color on color” background pattern on the red card front.
  • Red Glimmer Paper (121790) was used as an accent to add some sparkle and bling to this card.

 

I hope that you have enjoyed the Valentine card inspiration I’ve been sharing here on my blog.  Make sure to check out last Monday’s post and then stop back next week when I will have more Valentine themed cards to share.

 

 

 

 

 

Valentine’s Day Cards Sealed with Love

By | January 9, 2017

The Sealed with Love stamp set from Stampin’ Up! is a PERFECT one to use for those handmade Valentine cards that you want to make!!  And, the stamp set isn’t limited to Valentine’s Day!!!  The stamped images and greetings in this stamp set are just right to use on any “love themed” card that you make and send any time during the year.

I have had LOTS of fun creating with this stamp set and I will be sharing my creations over the next several blog posts. Let’s get started….

One thing you will notice is that most of the images in the Sealed with Love stamp set are small…small enough that you will need to “add” some other card elements to fill up a full sized card front.

Here’s my first handmade Valentine card.

 

Sealed with Love Stampin Up!

Project Notes:

  • The heart border is made with one of the coordinating Love Notes Framelits (142752).  I actually cut two heart edges, one on the card front and another out of red card stock.  I cut off all the red hearts and attached them over the black hearts on the card front. (See photo below for a photo of the red piece after hearts are cut.  This could be used on another project!!)
  • The envelope and coordinating “letter” were also made with the Love Notes Framelits.
  • The patterned paper is one of the patterns in the Sending Love designer paper pack (142733).  The size of these designer papers is 6″ x 6″, and there are 48 sheets in each pack (6 each of 8 designs).
  • You may not notice the row of hearts on the bottom of this card…they blend in so well with the designer paper.  I stamped that row of hearts using one of the stamps in the Sealed with Love stamp set (142815).
  • This card idea is based on a project by Sue Vine.

Here’s what it looks like with the hearts cut off.

 

 

Here’s another handmade Valentine card made with this same stamp set.  I received this in a swap.  It was made by Terri Snider.

Card made by Terri Snider.

Project Notes:

  • The border heart design was also used on this card…this time the border was cut on a piece of card stock that sits ON TOP OF the card front.
  • Because the stamped images are small, die cut shapes were combined with the stamped images to fill up the card front.  The Banner Framelits (132173), Layering Squares Framelits (141708), and Stitched Shapes Framelits (145372) were all added with the stamped images.
  • Take note of the stamped swirly heart image just above the mini envelope.  I think that image is so classic and would be great to use for a wedding card!!

 

 

The third handmade Valentine card I have to share was made by Kay Kalthoff and was another I received in a card swap I participated in.  I LOVE the simple elegance of this card!!

Card made by Kay Kalthoff

Project Notes:

  • The textured background was made with the Happy Heart embossing folder (137364)…a perfect accent to the Sending Love suite of products.  She attached a row of Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246)  in the center of some of the hearts to create a border.
  • Kay created a “frame” by cutting out the center of the Stitched Shapes Framelits (145372) square.
  • The focal heart image is actually cut out of one of the Sending Love designer paper patterns, then mounted with a Stampin’ Dimensional.
  • Color combination is Crumb Cake and Real Red.

 

Have I piqued your interest in the Sealed with Love stamp set??  As you can see from today’s cards, Stampin’ Up! actually has an entire SUITE of products that coordinate with the Sealed with Love stamp set.  It’s called the Sending Love Suite and includes coordinating framelits (142752), designer series paper (142733), ribbon (142737), and embellishments (142735). The stamp set and framelits are also sold in a bundle at a 10% discount (144705).  And, as a bonus, ordering the Sealed with Love bundle and designer paper together would give you enough for a FREE Sale-A-Bration item choice.  There are LOTS of great choices in the Sale-A-Bration catalog, but there’s one item I think would coordinate perfectly with the Sending Love suite of products….the Delicate Details stamp set (143314).  I can imagine all the lovely “old fashioned” Valentine cards that can be created.

Order any of these Valentine products TODAY from my online store and get a head start on making your handmade Valentine cards!!

Greeting Card Trivia on National Trivia Day

By | January 4, 2017

Did you know that today is National Trivia Day??  I’m not very good at remembering trivia facts, but my husband sure is.  I am always amazed at how he remembers the smallest, most interesting details about history and general topics.

Well, to celebrate National Trivia Day, I thought I’d share some “trivial” information about greeting cards.  I bet you’ll learn at least one thing that you didn’t know.  I did!!!  Let’s get started.

According to a greeting card fact page published by PaperBecause.com:

  • Americans purchase 7 billion greeting cards every year.
  • Annual retail sales of greeting cards are estimated at more than $7 billion.
  • The average person receives more than 20 greeting cards in a year, about one-third of which are birthday cards.
  • There are two categories of greeting cards – Seasonal and Everyday.
  • Total card sales are split approximately 50-50 between the Seasonal and Everyday categories.
  • The most popular Everyday cards are birthday cards, which account for more than half of all Everyday card sales, followed by get well/sympathy, and friendship/encouragement cards.
  • The most popular Seasonal cards are Christmas and holiday cards, which account for more than 60% of all Seasonal cards sent. This is followed by Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Graduation cards.

 

Here’s more interesting greeting card trivia.  According to the Encyclopedia of Trivia web site :

  • The custom of sending greeting cards can be traced back to the ancient Chinese, who exchanged messages of good will to celebrate the New Year, and to the early Egyptians, who conveyed their greetings on papyrus scrolls.
  • The Hall Brothers founded what would later be known as Hallmark in 1910. Their business began issuing cards that were folded down the middle and stuffed into envelopes. (Previously holiday greeting cards were of the postcard-type variety).
  • Englishman Craig Shergold was diagnosed at the age of nine with brain cancer in 1989. His friends and relatives began a chain letter campaign requesting individuals to send greeting cards to him. The campaign was successful and Shergold has now received approximately 350 million greeting cards, earning him a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.
  • According to a poll, 72 per cent of Americans sign their pets’ names when sending greeting cards.
  • A greetings card that can play ‘Happy Birthday’ has more computing power than existed in the whole world in 1950.
  • It is estimated that Queen Elizabeth II has sent more than 175,000 100th birthday cards to people across the Commonwealth during her reign.

Hope that you enjoyed this “trivial” blog post today!  Thanks so much for stopping by.

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