Handmade Flower Card Ideas with Stampin’ Up!

By | April 19, 2017

Handmade flower cards are probably my favorite type of card to create.  I LOVE gardening and flowers, so it makes sense that I’d also like flower themed cards.  And, making handmade flower cards using Stampin’ Up! products is so fun and easy!

In today’s blog post I have four handmade flower card ideas to inspire you.  I made these cards with two retiring Stampin’ Up! stamp sets: Crazy About You (Wood 138856, Clear Mount 138859, Photopolymer 137137) and Grateful Bunch (140691).

 

My first two handmade flower card ideas come directly out of the 2016-2017 Stampin’ Up! catalog.   I used the Crazy About You stamp set to make them. You can find the original ideas on page 70 of the catalog.  However, you will find that I changed my cards up a bit.

Here’s the first card:

Handmade Flower Card Ideas Stampin' Up!

Design Notes:

  • Colors used: Night of Navy, Flirty Flamingo, Crushed Curry
  • Instead of stamping leaves and “flowers” as shown in the catalog, I symmetrically stamped four of the same flower image in an alternating color pattern.  (I’m a very symmetrical person if you haven’t yet figured that out!!)
  • Textured background on the Very Vanilla card stock was made with the Petal Burst embossing folder (141493).  I placed it so the de-bossed side was facing up.
  • Die cut word was made using the Hello You thinlits (137363).  I used the same word as in the catalog sample, but I chose to mount mine differently. (Note – these Thinlit Dies are also retiring.)

Here’s a second card I made using the same card layout as my card above.

Handmade Flower Card Ideas Stampin' Up!

Design Notes:

  • Colors used: Flirty Flamingo, Sweet Sugarplum
  • Flowers are from Crazy About You stamp set.  Sentiment is from the Flourishing Phrases stamp set (Wood 141531, Clear 141534).  This stamp set will continue into the new catalog.
  • Textured background on the Whisper White card stock was made with the same Petal Burst embossing folder as the first card, but this time I placed it with the embossed side facing up.
  • I added two stamped flower petals on either end of the sentiment piece (and stamped off with these).

These two cards above are great examples of how to take an idea from somewhere else and make it your own.

 

My next two cards are made with the Grateful Bunch stamp set.

Handmade Flower Card Ideas Stampin' Up!

Design Notes:

  • This card is quick and easy to make.  The flowers from the retiring Grateful Bunch stamp set are stamped onto Crushed Curry cardstock using Basic Black Archival Ink (140931), then punched with the coordinating Blossom Punch (140612).  (Note, the punch is also retiring.)
  • To give depth, the centers of the flowers are “sponged” with Crushed Curry ink using Sponge Daubers (133773).  The flower center is a Gold Metallic Enamel Shape (141678).
  • The vine stems and sentiment are stamped with Old Olive ink.
  • The sentiment is from the also retiring Wetlands stamp set (Wood 126695, Clear 126697).  This is a personal favorite of mine as well and I will miss it.  I LOVE the classic greetings found in this set!!!

 

Here’s another card I made using the Grateful Bunch stamp set.

Handmade Flower Card Ideas Stampin' Up!

Design Notes:

  • Card colors are Crushed Curry and Early Expresso.
  • Sentiment used is from the Designer Tin of Cards stamp set (141739), also retiring.  Large flower image is from the Grateful Bunch stamp set.  Both are stamped in Early Espresso ink.
  • Textured background is created with the Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (143231).  This product will carry over into the new 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! catalog.  I lightly sponged some Early Espresso ink onto the textured cardstock to add some depth.

I’ve featured several retiring Stampin’ Up! products in today’s blog post.  If you are interested in adding any of these items to your stamping collection, I’d encourage you to head on over to my online store and purchase them as soon as possible before they are gone forever!!  And, if your order is $35 or more, you can take advantage of my April Ordering Special.  Find the details here.  Ordering special only available through April 30.

What stamp sets do you like to use when you create handmade flower cards?  Leave a comment below and let me know.

 

 

Barnyard Babies Handmade Cards for Kids

By | April 17, 2017

The Barnyard Babies stamp set from Stampin’ Up! is a great stamp set to use when making handmade cards for kids.  I love this set, it is a personal favorite of mine…perfect for baby cards as well as handmade birthday cards for kids.  The animal images are fun and easy to color.  Who doesn’t love cute farm animals??

Sadly, the stamp set I’m featuring today, Barnyard Babies (Wood 138664, Clear 139328), is one of the stamp sets that’s on the Stampin’ Up! retiring products list.  It’s that time of the Stampin’ Up! year where we begin to say “good bye” to some retiring stamp sets, papers and accessories.  It’s a sad time of year because some old friends and favorites are going away.  But, it’s also exciting because we know they are going away to make room for the new!!

So, let’s take some time to say “good-bye” to this fantastically fun stamp set.

My first Barnyard Babies card features four of the animals found in the stamp set.

Barnyard Babies Handmade Cards for Kids

Design Notes:

  • I chose the red (Cherry Cobbler) and black colors for this card because they reminded me of a farm and barn.
  • Each animal is stamped on a 1 3/8″ square of Whisper White cardstock.  I colored the animals with Watercolor Pencils (141709).
  • The Basic Black cardstock square measures 3 3/4″.
  • Sentiment is found in the Birthday Banners stamp set (141506).
  • Notice how I created the focal point by grouping the four animal image squares.

 

My second card showcases the lamb.

Barnyard Babies Handmade Cards for Kids

Design Notes:

  • I had fun creating this “scene”.  The sheep image is colored with watercolor pencils.  Sentiment is the same one used in the first card.
  • I had difficulty deciding how to use the stamped/colored image and banner once they were created.  My “trick” when this happens is to let the project sit a day or so, then come back and re-visit, hoping for inspiration.  The inspiration on this card took MANY days!!
  • I finally decided on a textured background piece (Smoky Slate cardstock textured with Seaside Embossing folder, 141481).  It didn’t look right when I centered the image on the textured piece.  That’s why I decided to place it “off center”.
  • Once that decision was made, I found the upper left corner to be a bit bare.  After experimenting with many different ideas, I settled on a punched “sun” using the Blossom Punch (140612).  NOTE: This punch is retiring and is discounted.
  • One note about the “design layout” of this card.  The “sun”, the sheep and the ribbon tied around the banner create a “triangle” that helps to balance the card layout.

 

Here’s another Barnyard Babies card that combines the old with the “new”.

Barnyard Babies Handmade Cards for Kids

Design Notes:

  • I used the cow image from the Barnyard Babies for this card.  I combined it with a sentiment from the Better Together stamp set (Wood 141733, Clear 141736).  The two stamped borders on the sides were created with the Sunburst Sayings stamp set (Wood 140722, Clear 140725).
  • The “new” on this card is the scrap piece of Wood Textures Designer Series Paper that I used to matte the cow image.  This awesome paper stack will be available in the upcoming 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! catalog.

 

My last card was one that I created right out of the retiring 2016-2017 catalog.  You can find it on the bottom of page 62.  I copied the card exactly.

Barnyard Babies Handmade Cards for Kids

Design Notes:

Here are the colors I used to make this card:

  • Top Row – Chicks: Delightful Dijon ink on Crushed Curry card stock.
  • Second Row – Pigs: Flirty Flamingo ink on Blushing Bride card stock.
  • Third Row – Sheep: Soft Suede ink on Crumb Cake card stock.
  • Fourth Row – Horse: Early Espresso ink on Soft Suede card stock.

 

Here are some other Barnyard Babies cards I have featured here on my blog:

 

Check out my online store if you’d like to get the Barnyard Babies stamp set before it’s gone forever!!  (Here’s a link to the list of ALL retiring Stampin’ Up! products.  Stamp sets are guaranteed available until May 22. All other retiring products are while supplies last. If the store won’t take the product number, it’s already sold out.)  Barnyard Babies is a great stamp set to use when you need to make those handmade cards for kids!!

 

Succulent Garden Designer Paper Offer

By | April 16, 2017

Have you placed your order so you can receive your very own package of Succulent Garden Design Paper?? During April, I’m giving away a 6″ x 6″ pack of this paper, along with the directions to complete these five cards to those who place a $35 order with me. The cards are so easy to do…and the card directions will work for ANY designer paper you may have in your stash!!

Succulent Garden One Sheet Wonder Free Offer

Everyone who places a $35 order this month will receive a package of 6″ x 6” Succulent Garden designer paper (one piece of each paper pattern) as well as lengths  of the two coordinating Succulent Garden ⅜” ribbons (12″ of each color).

Also included in the cardstock package will be the additional color cardstock pieces (cut to size) needed to complete a set of the cards. You will supply the card bases, stamped images, envelopes, ink and adhesive.

I will email a link for the online project directions (pdf) to the email address on record with Stampin’ Up!.  When you receive your Product Share package from me, you will be able to recreate those same cards for yourself!!

NOTE: If you don’t own the stamp set I used, you will be able to substitute equally sized sentiments that you already own.

This free designer paper pack and accompanying card directions are available with any $35 order placed in my online store April 1-30, 2017.  

You must use the hostess code: 27JEFUSY

Click here to go to my online store.

More embossing folder techniques for handmade cards

By | April 12, 2017

I’m continuing on with the theme of embossing folder techniques for handmade cards and I have some handmade cards that I created using embossing folders that I wanted to share.  Embossing folders are great for adding texture and interest to handmade cards.

The addition of color takes embossing folder techniques to a whole other level.  The color and texture adds a WOW factor to any card project.  (Check out the end of this blog post for links to other embossing folder technique articles on my blog.)

 

Here’s my first card.

Embossing Folders Ways to Use

Design Details:

  • I used the Fluttering Embossing Folder (139304) for the background on this card.  This is a watercolor embossing folder technique.  You MUST have watercolor paper (122959) to do this. Here’s how.  Ink the RAISED side of the embossing folder using a ink pad.  Then, using a Stampin’ Spritzer (126185) filled with water, spray some water onto the inked folder. (You will want the inked side of the folder to lay on a flat surface so the water doesn’t run too much.)  Quickly place your watercolor paper on top of the inked side of the folder and close.  Run through the Big Shot as usual.  Remove watercolor paper and let dry.
  • Other products used: Watercolor Wings stamp set (139424) and coordinating Butterflies Thinlits dies (137360); Happy Happenings stamp set (Wood 138734, Clear 139381); Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits (135707); Flirty Flamingo 3/8″ Ruched Ribbon (141426)
  • Colors used on the butterfly: Flirty Flamingo, Watermelon Wonder, Calypso Coral, Tip Top Taupe.

 

My second project also uses an inked embossing folder, but with a much different result.

Techniques with Embossing Folders

Design Details:

  • Just like my first card, you must also ink the RAISED side of the embossing folder.  However, DO NOT spritz with water.  Add your cardstock into the folder, run through the Big Shot and you will have a textured piece that is inked.
  • This card would be a great one for a guy!! (And we all know how difficult those kind of cards are!)
  • Products Used: Woodgrain Embossing Folder (127821); Stylized Birthday stamp (141828)
  • Color is Soft Suede.

 

My last card uses a technique I like to tell myself that I discovered.  But, I didn’t really discover it.  This technique has been around for a LONG TIME and I used it as a young child, just never with an embossing folder.  It is what I like to call the “crayon rubbing technique”.

Techniques with Embossing Folders

Design Details:

  • This embossing folder technique is really easy to do.  Simply place your cardstock over the raised side of the folder.  Use the side of a color pencil to “color” back and forth over the cardstock.  As you color, the raised areas become darker, transferring the design from the folder onto the paper.
  • Products Used: Better Together stamp set (Wood 141733, Clear 141736); Lovely Lace embossing folder (133737); Stitched Shapes Framelits (145372); Layering Ovals Framelits (141706).
  • Color used was Rich Razzleberry.

I hope that you have enjoyed the embossing folder techniques I’ve shared here today.  None of the techniques is difficult, and you really don’t need any special tools for them.

If you’d like to check out my other posts about ways to use embossing folders, you can find them here:

Card Ideas Using Embossing Folder Techniques

Handmade Cards with Embossing Folder Techniques

 

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Handmade Cards with Embossing Folder Techniques

By | April 10, 2017

Whatever did we do before the world of the Big Shot and Embossing Folders?  There are so many ways to use embossing folders, the ideas are endless!!  And the texture they create adds so much to papercraft projects!!

Last month I held an Expo event with another demonstrator.  One of my presentations was showing different ways to use embossing folders.  (You can find those cards here.)  In preparation for my presentation, I tried several different embossing folder techniques.  The backgrounds for the cards I’m sharing today came as a result of my experimentation, but these cards (and the technique) didn’t make the presentation.

All three card backgrounds were created the same way.  I inked up the flat side of the embossing folder, inserted the cardstock inside and then used the Big Shot.  This puts the color on the NON-RAISED part of the cardstock.

Next, I used a second color ink and wiped that ink pad across the cardstock on the RAISED part of the embossed design.  You can clearly see the different colors in my first card.  The color differences will be less noticeable in the other two cards, but they were made the same way.

NOTE: It is difficult to keep the ink only on the raised part of the cardstock when wiping with the ink pads.  It’s okay if some ink gets onto the other color.  That adds to the charm of the technique.  If you look closely at the card below, you can see where some of the green is in the yellow area.  It happened on the other two cards as well, it just isn’t as easy to see.

 

Here’s the first card:

Embossing Folders Ways to Use

Design Details:

Stamp Sets:  Moon Baby (Wood 143082, Clear 143085); Baby Bear (141859) – sentiment

Embossing Folder: Large Polka Dot (133739)

Colors Used: Garden Green and So Saffron (Baby image was colored with Watercolor Pencils, 141709)

 

Here’s a second card using the same embossing folder technique.

Embossing Folder Techniques

Design Details:

Stamp Set: Time of Year, Hostess Exclusive (141790)

Embossing Folder:  Lovely Lace (133737)

Colors Used: Perfect Plum and Elegant Eggplant

 

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

Embossing Folder Techniques

Design Details:

Stamp set: Falling for You (Wood 143106, Clear 143109)

Embossing Folder: Falling Petals (142761)

Colors Used: Pink Pirouette and Rich Razzleberry

 

If you like the results of this embossing folder technique, I’d encourage you to try it yourself.  Experiment with different colors and see what combinations you like best.  Each attempt will come out differently. If you try this embossing folder technique, leave a comment and let me know what you think!!   Then stop back on Wednesday for more card ideas using embossing folder techniques.

One Sheet Wonder Cards with Succulent Designer Paper

By | April 6, 2017

YOU can make this card set from ONE sheet of designer series paper!!

I’m offering free directions for creating them to anyone who places a minimum $35 order with me between April 1 – 30, 2017.

 

Succulent Garden One Sheet Wonder Free Offer

 

Everyone who places a $35 order this month will also receive a package of 6″ x 6” Succulent Garden designer paper (one piece of each paper pattern) as well as lengths  of the two coordinating Succulent Garden ⅜” ribbons (12″ of each color).

Also included in the cardstock package will be the additional color cardstock pieces (cut to size) needed to complete a set of the cards. You will supply the card bases, stamped images, envelopes, ink and adhesive.

I will email a link for the online project directions (pdf) to the email address on record with Stampin’ Up!.  When you receive your Product Share package from me, you will be able to recreate those same cards for yourself!!

NOTE: If you don’t own the stamp set I used, you will be able to substitute equally sized sentiments that you already own.

This free designer paper pack and accompanying card directions are available with any $35 order placed in my online store April 1-30, 2017.  

You must use the hostess code: 27JEFUSY

Click here to go to my online store.

How to make a Punch Art Bunny for Easter

By | April 5, 2017

Who doesn’t love a cute punch art bunny ??  And what better time of year to make one that springtime and Easter?  I made today’s punch art bunny project as a special springtime treat for my local stamping club members.  Here they are…aren’t they so cute?!!

 

Punch Art Bunny

 

I attached the punch art bunny faces to a mini coffee cup and added some chocolate inside.  They were a real hit!

 

 

Here’s a close-up of the cups.  I made three different color bows using the Bow Builder Punch (137414).

Punch Art Bunny

 

 

Then, I had to try one on the Popcorn Box I created with Stampin’ Up’s! Popcorn Box Thinlits Dies (141473).  Here’s how it looks.

Punch Art Bunny

 

 

I stamped the faces with the bunny face stamps that were included in the March 2017 Paper Pumpkin kit.  The stamps worked perfectly, but you could certainly add the faces using a marker as well.

 

Punch Art Bunny

 

I’m guessing that you’d like to know how to make these adorable bunnies for yourself.  They are SO EASY.  Here’s a photo that shows you the punched pieces I used:

 

Punch Art Bunny

 

Here’s what tools I used to make them:

Bow Builder Punch (137414) – Notice I only used the piece to make the bow loops and not the tail piece.  I assembled the bow with glue dots and used a glue dot to attach the bow to the bunny head.

1/2″ Circle Punch (119869) – For the nose.

Sweetheart Punch (133786) – This shape makes a perfect bunny head!!

Layering Ovals Framelits (141706) – For the ears.  I used the smallest straight edge oval for the ear inside and the second smallest scallop oval for the outer ear.

NOTE: You can also use the retired Oval and Scalloped Punches that Stampin’ Up! used to sell to create the ears.

I used Blushing Bride and Whisper White cardstock.  The bows were punched using paper from the Designer Series Paper Stacks.

The ears attach behind the punched heart.

 

Aren’t those bunnies so cute??  Think about the fun they would add to your Easter or springtime table. You can attach the faces on ANYTHING…gift bags, place cards, napkin rings…use your creativity and imagination!  If you need any of the tools, you can find them in my online store, or by clicking the links of the product names in this post.  Get started making your punch art bunnies today!!

 

 Let your creativity soar!!

 

What to do with Stamp Set Buyer’s Remorse

By | April 3, 2017

Have you ever purchased a Stampin’ Up! product that you have hardly used? It sits lonely on your craft room shelf and you feel guilty every time you look at it??  I call that “stamp set buyer’s remorse” and believe it or not…that even happens to demonstrators!!  The cards I’m sharing today came as a result of that guilt I was feeling (LOL)!!

You probably had the best intentions when you purchased the product.  I know I did.  Maybe you had a particular project in mind that you wanted to try.  Maybe one of the images caught your eye and you KNEW you had to purchase that stamp set.  Whatever the reason for purchase, once the product found it’s way into your craft space, it just sat there…unused and begging you to try it out.

One of those lonely stamp sets in my craft room is the Sprinkles of Life stamp set (139971).  I purchased it from the 2015 catalog and never used it!!  I was happy to see that it carried over into the current catalog and made a resolution to make some cards with it.  When I actually sat down to use it, there was no creative inspiration spark.

My solution…check out the catalog samples and re-create those…so that’s what I did. (pg 106, Annual Catalog)

Here’s the first card.

Design Notes:

  • You can see that I copied the focal point image and background from the catalog.  However, I altered the card size from the square they showed to a regular 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ card base.
  • I copied the use of Baker’s Twine on my card, but used it in a different way.
  • Here’s how I created the twine border:  I wrapped the twine around the designer paper several times and secured both ends on the back of the paper.  Make sure that each “line” of twine goes straight across and is separate from the other “lines”. (Note, it is one piece of twine wrapped several times.)  Take another piece of Baker’s Twine and “tie” the lines together in the center.
  • All of the stamped images are from the Sprinkles of Life stamp set.  They are punched with the coordinating Tree Builder Punch (138295).
  • The tree leaves and trunk are “watercolored” using an Aqua-painter (103954).  I simply colored over the stamped images to “blur” the stamping, pulling color from what was already stamped.  The birds and grass line were watercolored using ink from the ink pad lid.

Here’s my second catalog card inspiration.

Design Notes:

  • The only thing on my card that is the same as the catalog card sample is the focal point image.  That was all that was needed to jumpstart my creativity!
  • The Tree Builder punch was used to cut out all the elements of the cupcake (with the exception of the sentiment banner, that was cut by hand because it is so small).
  • Instead of using designer paper as a background, I textured a piece of Whisper White card stock using the Softly Falling embossing folder.
  • I created a border using a piece of designer paper from the Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack (138437). The border helped to “ground” the focal point image.

 

Sometimes, once I start with a stamp set, I find my creative juices start working and I can find many more ideas for using it.  Other times, I find that I really don’t like the set as much as I thought I would.  My suggestions when this happens is to consider passing the stamp set on, leaving space on your craft shelf for another set.

I know that sounds a bit scandalous, but think about this.  That stamp set is taking up valuable real estate in your craft room, space that could be occupied by another stamp set that you love!!  There is no rule that says you have to hang on to every stamp set you purchase.

We all make “mistakes” in life, including purchasing things we later decide weren’t what we thought.  Hanging on to the “oops” purchases only cause feelings of guilt as you see it languishing on the shelf.  Free yourself of those feelings and pass that stamp set on.  Take note of the lesson learned and move on.

On a personal note, I can’t tell you how often this has happened to me (and not just with stamping)!!  I’m getting better as I’m getting older, but I still get caught.  It’s difficult for me to admit that I made a mistake, cut my losses and pass the item on to someone else who can use it.  But once I do, it is SO FREEING!!!  It allows me to move on to something new!

Now it’s YOUR turn…what stamp set is sitting in your craft area BEGGING to be used??  If you know me at all, I’m a big proponent of using the products you already own.  So, here’s my challenge to you:  Dig that stamp set out and create at least TWO cards or projects.  See how you like using it and decide if it’s one you LOVE or one that is going to continue to take up space in your craft room and not get used.  If the latter, what will you do?  Don’t let “stamp set buyer’s remorse” hold you captive.  Free yourself and move on!!

I’d love it if you’d leave a comment and let me know what you think about this idea.  Thanks!

 

April Ordering Special

By | April 1, 2017

The five cards in the photo below were all made with ONE 6″ x 6″ piece of Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper.  And, I’m offering free directions for creating them to anyone who places a minimum $35 order with me between April 1 – 30, 2017.

Succulent Garden One Sheet Wonder Free Offer

But, that’s not all!!

Everyone who places a $35 order this month will also receive a package of 6″ x 6” Succulent Garden designer paper (one piece of each paper pattern) as well as lengths  of the two coordinating Succulent Garden ⅜” ribbons (12″ of each color).  One package per person.

Also included in the cardstock package will be the additional color cardstock pieces (cut to size) needed to complete a set of the cards. You will supply the card bases, stamped images, envelopes, ink and adhesive.

I will email a link for the online project directions (pdf) to the email address on record with Stampin’ Up!.  When you receive your Product Share package from me, you will be able to recreate those same cards for yourself!!

NOTE: If you don’t own the stamp set I used, you will be able to substitute equally sized sentiments that you already own.

This free designer paper pack and accompanying card directions are available with any $35 order placed in my online store April 1-30, 2017.  

You must use the hostess code: 27JEFUSY

Click here to go to my online store.

Card Ideas using Embossing Folder Techniques

By | March 29, 2017

I love to get more mileage from the Stampin’ Up! products that I purchase, so today I’m going to share FIVE different embossing folder techniques that go beyond texture.

On Monday, I shared some “WOW” projects from a recent Expo event that I held with another demonstrator (you can see those card here).  The projects I’m sharing here today are ones I also shared at that event.

The first card uses a technique that was all the rage when the Woodlands Textured Embossing Folder (139673) first hit the scene over a year ago.  For this card I inked up the embossing folder background using a stamp pad, then stamped images over the inked background area.   Place your cardstock in the folder, then run through the Big Shot as usual.

Here’s the result

Embossing Folders ways to use

 

The second technique is one that I came up with on my own…an original with me!!  As I was thinking about what embossing folder techniques I could demonstrate a random thought popped into my head.  (That can be a dangerous thing by the way, but this time it was good!)  I remembered doing “crayon rubbings” as a child and asked myself the “What If…” question.

“What if I tried the crayon rubbing technique with our watercolor pencils?”

That question opened up a whole realm of possibilities and here are the results.

Embossing Folders ways to use

 

Embossing Folders ways to use

 

Embossing Folders ways to use

How To:

Place your Whisper White or Very Vanilla cardstock over the bumpy side of the embossing folder.  Then, using the SIDE of your color pencil, lightly rub over the entire area.  You will notice darker texture images where the bumps are and the lighter strokes become the background color.  Isn’t that so simple and easy??  And, I think any type of color pencil will work for this.

(Sparkle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 141468; Floral Affection Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 141713; Falling Petals Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 142761)

 

My next embossing folder technique adds color inside the folder by sponging on it.  Use Sponge Daubers (133773) to randomly add a variety of ink colors on one side of the folder.  Place your paper inside the folder and run through the Big Shot.  The ink will transfer to the cardstock creating a fun background for your project.  And, no two backgrounds will turn out the same!!

Here’s what my card sample looked like.

Embossing Folders ways to use

NOTE: If you try this technique, experiment with which side of the embossing folder you ink.  Each side will give a different look.  And, if you want to take it a step further, get a more subtle color pattern by running a second piece of cardstock through the Big Shot WITHOUT re-inking the folder.

(Lovely Lace Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 133737)

 

Here’s a fourth embossing folder technique project.

Embossing Folders ways to use

The background for this card is done on Watercolor Paper (122959).  This is the only type of paper you can use for this technique.  As in the last technique, use Sponge Daubers to add ink to the RAISED SIDE of the embossing folder.  Then, use a Stampin’ Spritzer (126185) to get the inked folder wet.  Place the watercolor paper in the folder and run through the Big Shot.

(Festive Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 141471)

 

I did share one more embossing folder technique at the Expo…the card I shared on Monday.  I used the Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (143231) to stamp on the card base of that card.  (You can find that post here.)

Embossing Folders ways to use

Stamping with an embossing folder is easy.  Apply ink to one side of the embossing folder using your ink pad.  Place cardstock in the folder and close.  Apply pressure with your fingers to transfer the ink to the cardstock.  That’s it!   The results will be different, depending on which side of the embossing folder is inked.

 

Whew!   Well, there you have it.  FIVE different ways to use embossing folders techniques for card making that go beyond texture.   Which was your favorite?  What technique are you excited to try?  Leave a comment and let me know.

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“WOW” Card Making Projects from Expo

By | March 27, 2017

Earlier this month I held an “Expo” event with another demonstrator friend. This is an event geared toward experienced stampers where we present advanced projects using Stampin’ Up! products.  I’m sharing our projects here on my blog.

This first card is a “Peek-a-Boo Window” card. This was a project I demonstrated and decided to use the “Hey Chick” stamp set (free with a $50 purchase during Sale-A-Bration).

Here’s what the outside looks like. I created the “chicken wire” by stamping with the Hexagon Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder.

Peek A Boo Window Card
Here’s what the card looks like inside.

Peek A Boo Window Card

And, here’s how it “works”

Products Used:

Hey Chick stamp set (Wood 143328, Clear 143331) – only available until March 31, 2017
Happy Happenings Stamp Set (Wood 138734, Clear 139381) – sentiments
Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (143231)
Layering Ovals Framelits (141706)
Gold Foil Sheets (132622)
⅜” Metallic Ribbon (143601) – only available until March 31, 2017

 

 

Here’s another project that we demonstrated. This one was created by Brenda.

Black Magic Technique
Isn’t that a gorgeous card?? She got the idea from Dawn Olchefske. The technique is called Black Magic. It uses White Craft Ink and Watercolor Pencils to create the “black magic” effect.

Products Used:

Flourishing Phrases stamp set (Wood 141531, Clear 141534)
White Craft Ink (101731)
Watercolor Pencils (141709)
Stitched Shapes Framelits (145372)
White Stampin’ Chalk Marker (132133)
Party Animal Designer Series Paper (142738)

Here’s a third project, also made by Brenda. This is a Twist and Pop card, a current popular trend on Pinterest and in the card making world.

Twist and Pop Card

When you open the card, here’s what you see.

Twist and Pop Card

Here’s how it looks in action:


She used products from the Urban Underground Product Suite to create this masculine card that would be sure to “WOW” any guy!! The tools in the silver pocket on the card front actually lift out!!

 

Products Used:

Nailed It stamp set (Wood 143074, Clear 143077)
Build It Framelits (143230)
Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (143231)
Urban Underground Designer Series Paper (142783)
Silver Foil Sheets (132178)

Remember, all of the products used can be found by clicking the links provided or going to my online store.

Well, what did you think of the projects we shared?  Do you have a favorite one?  I think mine is the Twist and Pop card.  Leave a comment and let me know.  Then come back Wednesday to see the rest of the cards that I shared at the event!

Handmade Card Makeover

By | March 22, 2017

I love to challenge myself with handmade card makeovers!!  Wondering what card makovers are all about??  Well, I’m sharing a handmade card makeover project today, so read on to learn more.

Quite often I see a card design I love, but don’t have the same products as the original project.  That’s where the “card makeover” goes to work.  I look in my collection of stamps and tools to find thing that I own that I can use to re-create the card.  Handmade card makeovers are great ways to use what you already own!!  And, who doesn’t like to get more mileage from their crafting investments!!

 

 

Today’s card is my most recent handmade card makeover.

 

Handmade Card Makeovers

 

Here’s the original card idea that I found in an old Paper Crafts Magazine I had in my collection.  This original design was created by Jessica Witty.

Handmade Card Makeovers

 

Design Process:

  • When I first saw the original card, I loved the clean and simple look of the card.  The darker gold stamped images reminded me of a stamped image in the Timeless Textures stamp set.  With that thought in mind, that was my starting point.
  • My next decision was to decide on a sentiment.  I liked the lettering style of the original, so I went through my collection of sympathy sentiments until I found a style that was close.  The stamped image I used is from the Rose Wonder stamp set.
  • My next decision was cardstock colors.  The closest colors Stampin’ Up! has to the original card was Early Espresso and So Saffron, so my color decision was made.
  • With all those decisions made, it’s time to create the card.  When I looked at the layout of the original card design, I didn’t like that all the “weight” was in the lower right corner.  So, when I designed my card I changed it up a bit.  I still have most of the weight in the lower right, but I moved the sentiment up a bit and also added a repeated stamped image toward the upper left corner of the card.  The card becomes “my own” as a result of small design changes like this.
  • I only used one color of ink on my card, Delightful Dijon.  I stamped the sentiment full strength and then I “stamped off” before stamping the flourish elements onto the So Saffron card stock.
  • The last element I added was the rounded corners.  I don’t have a punch that matches the punched corners of the original card, so I used my Project Life Corner Punch instead.

 

Here are the products I used on my card:

Timeless Textures stamp set (Wood 140514, Clear 140517); Rose Wonder stamp set (140697, Photopolymer); Project Life Corner Punch (135346)

 

As long as I was already playing with the stamps and ink, I decided to try another “version” of this same card.  I used the same elements and colors and here’s the result.

Handmade Card Makeovers

Design Notes:

  • I used Delightful Dijon cardstock for the card front, in place of the So Saffron used in the first card.  This meant that I stamped all of my images “full strength” so that they would show on the card front.
  • I added a border stamp around the sympathy sentiment and moved it towards the center of the card front.
  • On this card, I moved the “weight” of the design to the upper left corner of the card front, then added a “border” around the rest of the card.

 

I hope it helps  that I share my thought process as I create a handmade card makeover.  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 and I’d encourage you to try your hand at handmade card makovers.  Then, let me know the results.

 

 

FREE SHIPPING TODAY ONLY!!

By | March 21, 2017

I’ve got a GREAT offer for my customers today…..

 

TODAY ONLY…Place an order with me and receive FREE SHIPPING on orders of $50 or more. This is an offer I am personally offering my customers.  

 

And, because it’s Sale-A-Bration time, you will get to choose a FREE Sale-A-Bration item for every $50 you spend!!

In order to get the free shipping I will need to submit the order for you as this is NOT a Stampin’ Up! offer.  Call 952-432-4023 or email deb@beebugcreations.com.  Orders will need to be placed using a credit card.  I’ll be around for phone calls from 10am – Noon, and then from 3pm – 8pm.  I will also check email throughout the day today, but orders must be received by 8pm CST.  If ordering by email, please include credit card information.

 

Another option is to place your orders ONLINE. If you choose to do this, you will pay the shipping, as this is not a Stampin’ Up! offer.  After you place the order, I will send you a check to reimburse your shipping costs.  Use this code for online orders: JDZHXVPH  Online orders will need to be placed by 11:59pm MST.  You can shop my online store and order here.

How to use focal points on handmade cards, part 2

By | March 20, 2017

I have three Stampin’ Up! catalog “copied”  projects that I’d like to use to continue our discussion on how to use focal points on your handmade cards.  But, before I get started I want to remind you that the Stampin’ Up! catalog is a great source of cardmaking inspiration when you’re stuck for creative ideas!  That’s where I found the ideas for today’s cards.

In my last post, I  shared the importance of having a focal point on your handmade card projects.  You can see that post here.

As you look at the three cards I’m sharing today I’d like you to notice that the sentiment is the focal point on all the cards.

 

Here’s there first card.   I found the inspiration on page 122 of the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.

How to use focal points on handmade cards

Design Notes:

  • I got my card idea from the photo in the upper left corner of the page, but changed up my card design.  The focal point of this card is the sentiment.  It stands alone.
  • I used a small piece of PeekABoo Peach ribbon and a PeekABoo Peach scallop circle as accents to help draw eye to focal point.
  • I liked the creative way that the catalog used the lined image from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set to create the background.  When using an all-over background, it’s important to make sure the background enhances the focal point, not take attention away from it. 
  • I also stamped a few lines from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp on the top and bottom of the sentiment circle piece for accents.

 

Products used on this card:

Gorgeous Grunge stamp set (Wood 130514, Clear 130517); Flourishing Phrases stamp set (Wood 141531, Clear 141534) – sentiment; Layering Circles Framelits (141705); Colors used: PeekABoo Peach, Flirty Flamingo and Sweet Sugarplum.

 

The inspiration for my second card is found on page 52 of the annual catalog.

How to use focal points on handmade cards

Design Notes:

  • I pretty much followed the catalog layout, but changed up the colors.  I stamped the vines in Mint Macaron and used Perfect Plum for the sentiment. Also, I prefer to use a color card stock card base, so I mounted the stamped background piece onto a Perfect Plum base.  I used just two color instead of three as shown in the catalog.
  • Again, the sentiment is the focal point of this card, and the background is subtle enough that it doesn’t take away from the focal point.  The folded Mint Macaron ” Sheer Linen Ribbon adds a nice decorative element and draws the eye to the focal point.
  • If I made this card again, I’d make one change.  I think that the sentiment needs a bit of a color pop behind it.  The sample in the catalog gets its pop from the orange ribbon.  I think a Perfect Plum matte piece would help the sentiment to stand out.

Here’s the card sample from the catalog.  You can see how the bright ribbon pops the sentiment.

How to use focal points on handmade cards

 

Products used on my card:

Thoughts and Prayers stamp set (Wood 128751, Clear 127805); Layering Circles Framelits (141705); Colors used: Mint Macaron and Perfect Plum.

 

Here’s the last catalog inspired card I have to share with you, found on page 122.  In my opinion, this card has the best use of focal point.

How to use focal points on handmade cards

Design Notes:

  • The versatile Work of Art stamp set was used to make this card.  The sentiment is still the focus, but what makes this card different is that several elements were combined to create the focal point of this card.
  • Nothing says that a focal point needs to be only one element.  Another way of creating focal point is to combine several elements together.  Here’s the elements that are combined to create the focal point: stamped images, die cut shapes, metallic thread and Stampin’ Dimensionals.  They are clustered together in a way that is pleasing to the eye and draws it’s attention.
  • Again, notice that the clustered focal point elements aren’t placed exactly dead center on the card front.  They are raised slightly towards the top.  Remember, this is a more pleasing placement for the eye.  Check out the first card on last Wednesday’s post to see another example of how this works.

 

Products used on my card:

Work of Art stamp set (Wood 134111, Clear 134114); Sweet and Sassy Framelits (141707); Colors used: Emerald Envy, Dapper Denim and Sweet Sugarplum.

 

I hope that you keep these tips in mind as you create focal points on your own handmade cards.  Having one point of interest that draws the eye is a crucial element of a awesome handmade card.

Did you learn anything new about how to use focal points on handmade cards?  If so, I’d love to have you share it in the comments section at the top of this post.

How to Use Focal Points on Handmade Cards

By | March 15, 2017
Do you know how to use design principles in your card making? Many of my stamping friends ask me about how I design my handmade greeting cards. So, I’m taking some time to share some card design principles here on my blog.
 
Card composition is simply the way in which card elements are combined and arranged. There are some basic “rules” that work well when combining elements to create a card layout. Using these rules creates unity, resulting in a pleasing project.
 
There are many different elements that go into the composition of a handmade card. Today we’ll be examining one of these elements, the focal point, a familiar term to most everyone who makes cards.

The area of the card to which the eye is first drawn is the focal point. This is the most emphasized area of the card. Another way of defining focal point is “the deliberate point of interest on your project”.

DESIGN TIP:

It’s easy to determine the focal point of your project by asking yourself one question: “What is the first thing I see?” This is the focal point. I use this trick quite often in my card making.  This is the first question I ask if a project doesn’t seem to look right. If my eye has trouble resting on one specific spot, then I know that my card is lacking a focal point.

 

There are several ways to create focal points on your cards. The cards I’m sharing today use a classic layout design to create a focal point. This is a layout style that I use over and over on my cards because it’s easy to make and it works. In fact, if you look back through many of my card samples on this blog, you will see I use it again and again.
 

Here’s my first card.  I copied the idea from a card made by Carolyn King.

How to Use Focal Point on Handmade Cards

Design Notes:

  • The dragon fly is the focal point of this card design, the first thing that draws your eye. It is cut out and popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals, drawing the eye even more. (By the way, I stamped the dragonfly using the rock and roll stamping technique – a fun one if you haven’t tried it!)
  • The Whisper White cardstock piece “accents” the focal point. Strategic placement of the stamped dots works to help draw the eye to the dragonfly. Matting the focal point in this way is one method to use to draw the eye.  (The square is cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits die. The dots are stamped off using Bermuda Bay ink.) 
  • One other note about this layout, the Bermuda Bay borders on the top, left and right of the die cut square are even sized. There is a larger border to the bottom. Placing the focal point a bit higher than card center is pleasing to the eye.

 

Here’s my second Dragonfly Dreams card.  This is a card I created, but I found this idea on Pinterest.  The photo didn’t link to a name or blog so I can’t give credit to the original creator.

How to Use Focal Point on Handmade Cards

Design Notes:

  • The focal point on this card is placed exactly in the card center. The top and bottom borders are equal size as are the left and right borders. Notice though, that the top and bottom borders are bigger than the two side borders. This card design certainly looks balanced, but doesn’t “pop” like our first card. Attaching the focal point in exactly dead center of the project causes it to be a bit “lost”. Placing it a little higher on the card (as in the first example) is more pleasing to the eye.
  • If I made this card again, one thing I would change is to flip flop the focal image and ribbon. This would allow me to move the focal image a bit higher, creating better balance on card.
  • I made the background for this card front by repeatedly stamping dragonfly images (stamping off using Soft Sky ink).

 

These are the products I used in today’s cards:

Dragonfly Dreams Photopolymer Bundle

Stitched Shapes Framelits

3/8″ Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack (Sale-A-Bration Item)

 

The classic card design layout I shared today places the focal point front and center. And, don’t think that using this layout over and over will result in boring card projects. Use the following ideas to vary the look of the card:
  • use a variety of stamped images and/or die cuts
  • use different color combinations
  • change up the pattern papers and embellishments

 

I hope that this discussion on how to use focal points on handmade cards has helped you. I’d encourage you to “file” this classic layout in your catalog of “go-to” card layout ideas. It’s one that you can turn to again and again, yet still make each project unique, as you’ve seen in the cards I’ve shared today.
 
How about you? Do you struggle knowing what makes a good card design? I’m planning to offer help in this area by posting more blog posts about card design principles. Please make sure to stop back and visit often.  And, let me know what areas of card design you struggle with by leaving me a comment. (The comment link is at the TOP of this post.  If you are reading on my home page, you will need to click into this specific blog post to leave a comment.)