Creative Ways to Use Moroccan Nights

By | June 22, 2016

Once I started working with the Moroccan Nights stamp set (Wood 141715, Clear 141718) from Stampin’ Up! I found ALL SORTS of non-traditional ways to use the large medallion image in that stamp set.  For those of you who don’t know me very well, I’ll let you know that I LOVE to think “outside the box” when I am creating.  For some reason, the large image in the Moroccan Nights stamp set really unleashed that creative thinking.  I’ll be sharing four “non-traditional” cards today, and then a few more in my blog post next Monday.

Here’s the first card.  I cut a butterfly shape from the center of the large medallion image.  The stamped design gives a great look to the butterfly.

Moroccan Nights Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

 

For my second card, I used the Layering Squares framelits (141708) to cut the large medallion image into an octagon shape.  When I first saw the layering squares, I wondered if I would find uses for them.  They are fast becoming one of my “go-to” new products.  For this card, I used a scallop square shape, placed it over the stamped image and cut a square.  Then, I rotated the square, so that the remaining four corners would be cut off, creating the octagon.  One word of advice…make sure to take your time lining up the second cut.

 

Moroccan Nights Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • Colors are Sahara Sand and Night of Navy (sentiment is stamped on Very Vanilla).

  • I also used the medallion image to create a stamped border piece for the sentiment to sit on. (The two stamped images will overlap in the center…that’s why you place your sentiment over the area!)

  • Sentiment is from the Circle of Spring stamp set (Photopolymer 138964).

  • The Tags and Labels Framelits (138282) was used to cut the sentiment and matte pieces.  Even though this framelit set has been in the catalog for a year (or maybe more)…it just moved onto my radar.  I was sad when the Ticket Punch was retired several years ago.  I LOVED the notched corners it created.  Guess what…the framelits in this set will give you the same look.  Now, how did I miss that??

  • By the way….do you notice how I created this card using the card sketch layout I shared on this blog post?  If you’re counting, that makes SEVEN different card ideas using the same sketch.  And, I still have one more card based on this sketch to share with you on Monday!!  (If you haven’t already, make sure to read my blog post in the link above about how to use sketches.  Sketches will make your card making so much quicker!!)

 

The third and fourth cards I have to share are actually made from the same two pieces…images that are stamped and cut in half.   It’s a technique called positive-negative stamping.  The basic concept is to stamp the same image twice: once with black ink on white paper, and then again with white on black paper (I didn’t use white ink. Instead I used white embossing powder.  Sometimes it’s hard to get a stamped white ink image to look crisp.) Once that’s done, you can cut and combine pieces to create your own unique design.

Moroccan Nights Stampin' Up!

 

Moroccan Nights Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

 

Hope that you have enjoyed the cards that I’ve shared today.  I’d like to encourage you to find new ways to use some of the stamps that you might already own.  I know for me that the more ways I can find to use a stamp set, the better I feel about my purchase!!  If you’d like to order the Moroccan Nights stamp set to add to your stamp inventory, you can order it in my online store.

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

Emboss Resist Technique & Moroccan Nights

By | June 20, 2016

I’m continuing with sharing cards I created using Moroccan Nights stamp set (Wood 141715, Clear 141718) from Stampin’ Up!  I used the emboss resist technique on each of the cards I’m sharing.  It’s such a quick and easy technique to do and produces fabulous results.  I have a short video on how to do this technique at the end of this post.

The first two cards I have to share came about as I was playing with the new 2016-2018 In-Colors.  Here they are:

Moroccan Nights Stampin' Up!

 

Moroccan Nights Stampin' Up!

Both of these cards follow the exact same layout, except for the colors.  In fact, they follow the same card layout as the sketch I shared in this blog post!!

Project Notes:

Here’s the second card I have to share and it also has the same basic layout as the two cards I shared above.

Moroccan Nights Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

Here’s the final emboss resist technique card I have to share with you.  The background of this card was inspired by a similar card from Amy Konders.

Moroccan Nights Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • Sentiment is from Tin of Cards stamp set (Photopolymer 138946 ) and is cut using the Big Shot and Tags and Labels Framelits (138282).
  • The trick to this layout is to stamp and heat emboss your four circles on a full piece of Whisper White card stock using white emboss powder, then cut them into three equal sections (mine are 1 3/4″ x 4″).  Make sure that you keep track of the order of the sections, otherwise your stamped images won’t line up.  Sponge the ink on each section and then attach to the card front.

 

Here’s a short video (less than 5 minutes) that will show you how to do the emboss resist technique.  (I apologize for the blurriness, but I think you will still be able to see how it’s done. I’ve come a long way in my video skills since I recorded this one.)

 

I hope you have enjoyed the projects I’ve shared today.  If you like my visiting blog and seeing the projects I create and share here,  I’d appreciate it if you’d share me with your card making friends.  I love what I do and especially enjoy inspiring others in their card making projects.  Thanks!

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

How to Use Card Layouts or Card Sketches

By | June 15, 2016

It’s easy to learn how to use card sketches or card layouts for making handmade cards. Today, I will share four different cards, all designed using the same basic card layout.  I’d will also offer ideas and suggestions for using card layouts in crafting.

As I shared in my last blog post, I’ve really been having too much fun creating all sorts of card using the Moroccan Nights stamp set (Wood 141715, Clear 141718) from Stampin’ Up! so the cards I’m sharing have all been created with that stamp set.

Card Layouts or Card Sketch Ideas are great tools to use in finding ideas and designs for card making.  The purpose of card sketches is simply to provide a design layout idea for card makers to follow.  The sketch has basic shapes and designs drawn on the layout, but no other instructions are given.  One card sketch or pattern can be adapted for many uses by varying stamps or colors used and it’s easy for the card creator to use supplies they already have on hand.

Here’s the first card I made.

 

Moroccan Nights, Stampin' Up!

(Additional supplies used:  Rose Wonder stamp set – 140697; Rose Garden Thinlits – 140619)

And, here is the card sketch I based the card on:

Sketch Diagram for Blog

I’ve labeled the parts of the sketch for the purposes of this blog post, but normally there are very few words or directions that appear on card sketches.  The idea is to take what you own and create a finished card. This means that the sketch may need to be adapted to suit the supplies you have on hand.  Your stamped image may be a bit larger or smaller.  Your ribbon may be thinner or thicker, etc.  Feel free to change a layout idea around…make a round element square, change the number of suggested embellishments, turn the sketch 90 degrees sideways or flip it horizontally or vertically.  On my first card, I changed the shape of the sentiment piece.

Here’s another card I made using the same focal image and card layout.  As you can see, just by changing up the colors, the results were very different.

Moroccan Nights, Stampin' Up!

(Additional supplies used:  Happy Happenings Stamp Set – Wood 138734, Clear 139381; Gold Emboss Powder – 109129; Gold Metallic Thread – 138401; Gold Foil Sheets – 132622; Project Life Cards and Labels Framelits – 135707)

To change it up, I added an extra layer to the sentiment piece and used many strands of gold metallic thread for the border, instead of one solid ribbon or card stock piece.

Here’s a third card I created using this same card layout.

Moroccan Nights, Stampin' Up!

(Additional supplies used:  Wetlands stamp set – Wood 126695, Clear 126697; Project Life Cards and Labels Framelits – 135707; 1/2″ Circle Punch – 119869; Rhinestone Basic Jewels – 119246)

I took a little more artistic license on this card and adapted the layout a bit.  Instead of having just one solid background piece with a matte, I used a square shape for the focal image and then a longer card stock piece for the sentiment (instead of the border).  I also added four smaller images in the corners and on either side of the sentiment.  I placed an extra circle piece in the center of the large image, and topped it with a rhinestone.

Here’s the fourth card I made using this same layout/sketch:

Moroccan Nights, Stampin' Up!

(Additional supplies used: Vellum Cardstock – 101856; 1 1/4″ Circle Punch – 119861; Layering Circles Framelits (3 1/4 Circle) – 141705; White Emboss Powder – 109132; Pearl Basic Jewels – 119247)

This card is back to the basic layout as drawn, but has no background and matte pieces, as well as no sentiment.  The large focal image is actually a cut circle shape, not stamped directly on the card.  Again I added a additional circle  and pearl in the center of the image.

Sketches are great for beginning and experienced card makers.  Card layouts are a great beginning point for beginners, allowing them to create cards without worrying about the aspect of card design.  Instead, they can focus on new techniques and learning about color combinations.  Sketches provide more experienced card makers the opportunity to challenge themselves to work within the boundaries of a layout, using their own creativity to produce a unique project.

I personally keep a file of favorite sketches that I return to again and again in my card making.  I find that my file is a great place to go when I need some creative inspiration to get my juices flowing!! The sketch I shared today is actually one of what I call my “go to” sketches, a layout I frequently use in my card making.

So, here’s my challenge and suggestion to you today.   Try using some card sketches or card layouts in your cardmaking.  As you find those designs that you REALLY like, begin an inspiration file that you can return to again and again.  And, if you have any other suggestions or ideas about using sketches in your card making, feel free to leave them on this post.

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

Handmade Card Ideas with Moroccan Nights

By | June 13, 2016

I’ll have to admit that Moroccan Nights was NOT one of the stamps sets that jumped out at me when I first went through the 2016-2017 Stampin’ Up! catalog.  However, I had a demonstrator friend who lent me that stamp set, and I must admit, I really had fun playing with it.  And, the more I played with it, the more ideas I came up with for using the Moroccan Nights stamp set.

I’ll be sharing those card projects over my next 5 blog posts (Yes, I said 5…told you I came up with lots of ideas!!).  The cards I’m sharing today are some of the first I made with the set.  They are just basic stamped images.

Here’s the first card:

Moroccan Nights, Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • Stamp sets used: Moroccan Nights (Wood 141715, Clear 141718) and Tin of Cards (Photopolymer 138946).
  • I created the background for this card simply by stamping the large circle image four times onto Whisper White card stock using Delightful Dijon ink (138327).  I created the “golden” tone of the background after stamping by sponging over the entire card stock piece with Delightful Dijon ink.
  • Dapper Denim and Delightful Dijon are the colors I used together…a great color combination for masculine cards.
  • The Dapper Denim Ruched Ribbon (141424) makes a great border to ground the sentiment piece.
  • I used Lots of Labels framelits (138281) and the Big Shot to make the sentiment piece and matte.

My next two cards share the same color scheme…Mint Macaron.

Here’s the first card:

Moroccan Nights, Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

Stamp sets used were Moroccan Nights (Wood 141715, Clear 141718) and Rose Wonder (Photopolymer 140697).
This card highlights the Layering Ovals Framelits (141706) – a great way to create layering pieces for your projects!!
A piece of Mint Macaron 3/8″ Sheer Linen Ribbon (141656) was used for the border piece the sentiment sits on.
A piece of 2015-2017 Mint Macaron Designer Paper (138432) was used for the Polka Dot border.

Here’s the second card:

Moroccan Nights, Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

Stamp sets used were Moroccan Nights (Wood 141715, Clear 141718) and Birthday Blooms (Wood 140655, Clear 140658).  The circular image was stamped off.
The Elegant Dots Textured Embossing Folder (138287) and Big Shot added texture to the Mint Macaron background piece.
The die cut border was made using the Flourish Thinlits Dies (141478) and Big Shot.

I hope that you have enjoyed the cards I’ve shared today.  I’d love it if you’d share one or two of them on Facebook or Pinterest as well.  You can use the links below this blog post.  Thanks!!

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

 

Suggestions for Clean and Simple Cards

By | June 8, 2016

I’m back with day two of handmade birthday card ideas using the Marquee Messages stamp set (141727) from Stampin’ Up!  The cards I’m’ sharing today are a clean and simple style, and the layouts could actually be adapted to any sentiment stamp set you may own.  Make sure to check the project notes for some tips on creating clean and simple cards of your own!!

Here’s the first card.

Marquee Messages Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • This card contains no stamped images and uses only the WORDS from the Marquee Messages stamp set.  The actual card design and layout is what makes this clean and simple card interesting.
  • Layering is one secret of this layout.  The peeks of black card stock create some nice accents for the card front.
  • Lots of white space is another secret of this layout.  White space allows the eye to “rest” as it looks at the project.
  • Two SIMPLE accents is the third secret to this layout.  The punched balloon image with the “tagline” sentiment is the first accent.  I used the Balloon Bouquet Punch (140609) to make that. The second accent is the narrow pieces of card stock that create the left and bottom borders.  These accents add interest without overwhelming the card.
  • This card layout was adapted from a layout I saw from Brian King.

Here’s the second card I have to share with you today.

Marquee Messages Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • The focal point of this card is the WORDS from the Marquee Messages stamp set.
  • I had fun using the larger star image and repetitive stamping to create the star borders on this card.  The stamps in the Marquee Messages stamp set are photopolymer, allowing for perfect placement every time!  The simple borders add a nice accent to this card.
  • Layering is also what makes this card work so well. In this case, the green and black are the main colors of this card and using just a small amount of black for accent is what makes this card pop.

It’s funny that both of these cards share the same color theme….Cucumber Crush and Basic Black.  Sometimes when I get in the creating “groove,” the design ideas just seem to flow, faster than I can get them made.  If I’m working on a card with one color combination  at the time the idea pops into my mind, it’s easier for me to use that same color combination to get the design idea out of my mind and onto a card.  Guess that’s what happened with these two cards.  This Cucumber Crush and Basic Black color combination is a great one to use for guy cards.  However, both of these cards could easily be made in any other color combination desired.

Hope you have enjoyed the two days of Marquee Message cards that I’ve shared.  You can find the cards I shared on Monday here.  Remember to shop my online store to get products from the NEW 2016-2017 Stampin’ Up! catalog.  And make sure to stop back to my blog every Monday and Wednesday, when I post new card ideas.

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

Marquee Messages Birthday Greetings

By | June 6, 2016

It’s ALWAYS fun to create handmade cards with NEW Stampin’ Up! products.  I made three handmade birthday cards using the Marquee Messages (141727) stamp set from Stampin Up! that I’d like to share with you today.

The large, main image in this stamp set looks like a marquee sign and the other accompanying stamps are all words to be used on the marquee board.  It’s a fun stamp to use, and I appreciate another demonstrator friend allowing me to borrow it.

For the first card I used three of the new in-color markers to color in the words and image: Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo and Sweet Sugarplum.  The yellow color is Crushed Curry.

Marquee Messages Stampin' Up!

Here’s the next card I tried.  This one took a bit of time to put together because it called for stamping the image three different times on three different colors of card stock, then fussy cutting.

Marquee Messages Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • Colors used: Daffodil Delight, Mint Macaron, Melon Mambo
  • Images were stamped using Basic Black Archival Ink (140931).  I think this ink gives a crisper stamped image on colored card stock when compared to Memento ink.
  • After stamping the images, I fussy cut each one.  I also stamped a fourth image onto the Whisper White card stock, which made it easy to line up the colored card stock pieces.  They fit together like puzzle pieces.
  • Marquee signs are typically pretty glitzy and flashy.  To create that look on my card I used Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details (127845), hoping the dots would look like bright lights.

Here’s the third card I made with the Marquee Messages stamp set.  This one has a more masculine feel to it.

Marquee Messages Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • Colors used for this card: Wild Wasabi, Delightful Dijon, Dapper Denim
  • The gold and blue pieces of this card were created in the same way described above.  I also stamped the entire image on the Whisper White card stock, just as I did on the last card.  The green piece of the sign was colored by sponging and coloring.  I CAREFULLY sponged Wild Wasabi ink on the “It’s Your” section of the card.  The only place I needed to be careful to stay in the lines was on the left edge.  After coloring the white area, I went back and colored the lettering and lines with the Wild Wasabi marker.
  • I chose not to add bling to the card, but Silver Sparkling Details could be added.  The Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246) would be another option to add “bling”, but would make the card difficult to mail in a regular envelope.

That’s it for this blog post.  The Marquee Messages stamp set isn’t one that I would naturally gravitate towards to purchase.  However, after borrowing it to “play,” I was surprised at how much I enjoyed creating with the images in this set.  This would be a fun set to use for those “hard to create” teenage birthday cards.  Check out the Marquee Messages stamp set and shop for other Stampin’ Up! products in my online store.

Thanks for taking time from your day to visit….

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

Make Easy Cards with Scenic Sayings Stamp Set

By | June 1, 2016

The Scenic Sayings stamp set (Wood 141599, Clear 141602) in the 2016-2017 Stampin’ Up! catalog is a great set to use when making quick and easy handmade cards.  It is designed to coordinate with the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack (141642).  However, this stamp set can also stand on it’s own, as you will see in the four cards I’m sharing today.  The sentiment images are large, designed to be the focal point of the card front.  I chose to use the Thank You So Much sentiment on all the cards I’m sharing.

Here’s the first card:

Scenic Sayings BoHo Chic, Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

This card came together really quickly.  I stamped the sentiment onto Very Vanilla card stock using Night of Navy ink and trimmed to a 3 inch square.  I cut my matte piece to 3 1/4″ and mounted the two pieces together, placing Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back.  I textured the background piece using the Boho Chic embossing folder (138286) and then simply assembled the card.  I think this card took me five minutes or less to put together.

Here’s my next card.

Scenic Sayings, Moroccan Nights, Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • Card colors are Blushing Bride and Rich Razzleberry.
  • The Watercolor Wash background stamp (Wood 138704, Clear 139538) was used (with Blushing Bride ink), then the sentiment was stamped on top using Rich Razzleberry ink.
  • The stamped border was created using a stamp from the Moroccan Nights stamp set (Wood 141715, Clear 141718).  I stamped color on color on the border piece.
  • The focal image was created using the NEW Layering Squares Framelits (141708) for the Big Shot.  This is an AWESOME new product!!!  The package contains both straight edge and scallop edge squares that are perfect for layering.

The third card I’m sharing also uses the Watercolor Wash back ground stamp.

Scenic Sayings, Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • Colors used for this card were Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum and Smoky Slate.
  • The Sweet Sugarplum Ruched Ribbon (141428) adds a nice border on the top and bottom of the card front.
  • This card went together in less than five minutes!!

Here’s the fourth and final card I made using the Scenic Sayings stamp set.

Scenic Sayings, Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • Dapper Denim is the gorgeous color I used for this card.  I think this will probably become one of my FAVORITES from the new In-Colors.
  • I heat embossed the sentiment onto a piece of Watercolor Paper (122959), using White Emboss Powder (109132).
  • Then, I used an aqua painter to cover the entire piece of Watercolor Paper with water.  Once the paper was really wet, I again used the Aquapainter to add some Dapper Denim ink (141394) from the lid of the stamp pad, making sure that the entire piece was covered with blue.
  • After letting it dry, I used the Lots of Labels Framelits (138281) to cut both the sentiment and matte pieces.

If you’ve enjoyed the quick and easy to make cards I’ve shared today using the Scenic Sayings stamp set, be sure to check it out in my online store.  Oh, and while you’re there…check out all the other NEW Stampin’ Up! products as well.  TODAY IS AN EXCITING DAY…THE FIRST DAY WE ARE ABLE TO ORDER FROM THE NEW 2016-2017 STAMPIN’ UP! CATALOG!!!!  Do I hear cheering???

Thanks for taking time to check out my blog projects.

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

Celebrate Today Handmade Birthday Card

By | May 30, 2016

Today is MY BIRTHDAY!!! and I’m celebrating it by sharing a handmade birthday card created with the “Celebrate Today” stamp set (137138) from Stampin’ Up!   This card is all about STARS!!! and would be a great card to give to someone ANY AGE who is celebrating their birthday.

Celebrate Today Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

This card would certainly be one that is easy to mass produce in a variety of colors.  Here’s another version that I made using different colors.  Let your imagination run wild and customize this simple card design for the person receiving the card.  What can you come up with??

Thanks for taking time to visit…

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

Handmade cards with Best Thoughts stamp set

By | May 25, 2016

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

 

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

"Best Thoughts" Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

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

The card is a “Z fold” card.

 

Here’s card two.

"Best Thoughts" Stampin Up!

Project Notes:

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

 

 

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

"Best Thoughts" Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

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

 

The last card we made in class.

"Best Thoughts" Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

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

 

 

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

"Best Thoughts" Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

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

 

You will be able to order products from the NEW 2016-2017 Stampin’ Up! catalog one week from TODAY!!!  How exciting is that?!!  There are some fun new products that I think you will really love.  Make sure to sign up for my newsletter mailing list if you aren’t already on it.  Each week I share an exclusive project (not found anywhere else), complete with measurements and directions.  And, it’s a great way to keep up on ALL the Stampin’ Up! news as well.  To sign up, fill in the box at the top of the right column here on my blog.

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

Wild About Flowers Handmade Greeting Cards

By | May 23, 2016

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

Wild About Flowers Swap

Project Notes:

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

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

Wild About Flowers Brick Embossing Folder

Project Notes:

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

 

Here’s another Wild About Flowers card:

Wild About Flowers Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

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

Here’s another card…this time in pink.

Wild About Flowers Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

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

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

Wild About Flowers Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

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

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

 

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

By | May 18, 2016

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

 

PROJECT SIX

Stampin' Up! Flower Builder Punch

Vellum Poinsettia

 

PROJECT SEVEN

Festive Flower Builder Punch Stampin' Up!

Punch Art Coneflower

Both  projects 6 and 7 can be found here.

 

PROJECT EIGHT

English Garden Purse

English Garden Purse of Cards

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

 

PROJECT NINE

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

Into the Woods Hostess Cards

 

PROJECT TEN

Stampin' Up! Vintage Leaves

Vintage Leaves Easel Card

 

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

Thanks for stopping and …

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

 

 

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

By | May 16, 2016

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

 

PROJECT ONE

Bohemian Borders, Stampin' Up!

Bohemian Borders Wedding Card

 

 

PROJECT TWO

Watercolor Wings Stampin' Up!

Watercolor Wings Easel Card

 

 

 

PROJECT THREE

Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Stampin' Up!

Glue Flicking with Woodlands Embossing Folder

 

 

PROJECT FOUR

Embellished Ornaments Stampin' Up!

Embellished Ornaments

 

 

PROJECT FIVE

Bendi Card Botanical Builder Framelits Dies

Bendi Card

 

 

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

2 Flower Handmade Greeting Cards

By | May 11, 2016

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

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

Remarkable You Birthday

Project Notes:

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

Here’s another flower themed handmade greeting card…

Summer Silhouettes Handmade Birthday Car

Project Notes:

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

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

Handmade Card Makeover Project

By | May 9, 2016

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

Fabulous Four Handmade Card Makeover Project

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

Project Notes:

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

Handmade Card Makeover Project

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Happy Birthday with Party Pop-Up Thinlits Dies

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

Here’s the outside of the card…

Party Pop Up Thinlits Dies Stampin' Up!

 

And here’s the card inside….

Party Pop Up Thinlits Dies Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

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