Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers Make Elegant Cards

By | May 22, 2017

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

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

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

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

Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers make elegant cards

DESIGN NOTES:

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

 

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

Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers make elegant cards

DESIGN NOTES:

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

 

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

Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers make elegant cards

DESIGN NOTES:

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

 

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

The first card:

Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers make elegant cards

DESIGN NOTES:

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

 

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

Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers make elegant cards

DESIGN NOTES:

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

 

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

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

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

 

Creative Ways to Use Eastern Palace Designer Paper

By | May 17, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Creative Ways to Use Eastern Palace Designer Paper

DESIGN NOTES:

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

 

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

DESIGN NOTES:

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

 

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

Creative Ways to Use Eastern Palace Designer Paper

DESIGN NOTES:

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

 

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

Creative Ways to Use Eastern Palace Designer Paper

DESIGN NOTES:

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

 

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

Creative Ways to Use Eastern Palace Designer Paper

 

DESIGN NOTES:

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

 

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

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

Make your own Medallion Images in Card Making

By | May 15, 2017

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

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

Here’s a photo of all the die shapes.

 

Here’s my first medallion card.

make your own medallion images in card making

Design Notes:

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

 

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

make your own medallion images in card making

 

Design Notes:

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

 

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

make your own medallion images in card making

Design Notes:

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

 

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

make your own medallion images in card making

Design Notes:

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

 

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

make your own medallion images in card making

 

Design Notes:

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

 

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

make your own medallion images in card making

 

Design Notes:

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

 

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

 

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

Eastern Palace Starter Bundle,  147196  $60.50

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

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

Eastern Palace Hand Stamped Cards

Hand Stamped Borders and Backgrounds for Cards

Hand Stamped Borders and Backgrounds for Cards

By | May 10, 2017

I’m loving all the versatility in the Eastern Palace Suite of products from Stampin’ Up!  Not only can you use the Eastern Beauty stamp set (143675) to create focal images on your cards, you can also use it to make hand stamped borders and backgrounds for cards.  Those are the kinds of cards I’m sharing today.

First a word about the images in the stamp set.  SO MANY of the stamps are great for creating hand stamped borders and backgrounds for cards.  The shapes lend themselves to creating overall pattern designs and easy borders.  They are great for  accenting the insides of your cards and outsides of the envelopes as well.  You can also use the stamped images on the coordinating Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper (144147).

 

My first card shows how the smaller images can be used to make stamped borders on your cards.

Hand Stamped Borders and Backgrounds for Cards

Design Notes:

  • By repeatedly stamping the images I created two borders.  I used the square stamp image on the two white borders and also on the Lemon-Lime Twist border piece in the center of the card.  I used the swirly image on the top and bottom of the Island Indigo cardstock and also on the inside of the card.

  • Notice also how I used some stamped images on the die cut center cardstock piece, creating a pattern and enhancing the card focal point.

 

Here’s another card that shows how the smaller stamped images can be used to create a border on a card.

Hand Stamped Borders and Backgrounds for Cards

 

Design Notes:

  • This is a clean and simple card that literally took me five minutes to make (of course, all the cardstock was pre-cut).
  • I think the three dot stamp design is my favorite one of all!!  It creates such a quick and easy border with little or no effort!!
  • As you can see from the card photo, the dots are great for corners as well.  I combined it with the “bracket” shaped stamp.  You can see below that it’s great for the inside of the card as well.

 

As I was “playing” with ideas here are some other examples of stamped borders I came up with:

This border is actually a strip of Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper. I stamped the square image in the center of the large quatrefoil design.

Hand Stamped Borders and Backgrounds for Cards

 

Hand Stamped Borders and Backgrounds for Cards

 

Hand Stamped Borders and Backgrounds for Cards

 

Hand Stamped Borders and Backgrounds for Cards

 

 

You can also edge the cardstock using the splatter design stamp, like this.

Hand Stamped Borders and Backgrounds for Cards

 

It makes a great design for the inside corners as well:

 

My last card shows how you can create your own background designs with the stamped images.

Hand Stamped Borders and Backgrounds for Cards

 

Design Notes:

  • Background was repeatedly stamped with the “flower” shaped stamp image.  I started in the center of the cardstock and worked my way out to the edges.  Stamp the center row first, then the two outside rows.  Notice that the “tips” of the flowers are touching.
  • There are a couple important things to remember when stamping a background.  First, make sure you stamp partial images off the edge of the paper.  Second, for a symmetric patterned background like this one, make sure to “place” the stamped image the same way every time you stamp.  Third, start in the center and work your way out to the edges.

 

Here’s a video that I made showing how to create your own backgrounds with stamped images.

 

Here are two more background ideas that I played with.  Both of these also use the flower stamp, but I added some pattern design stamping as well.

Hand Stamped Borders and Backgrounds for Cards

 

Hand Stamped Borders and Backgrounds for Cards

 

Here are yet two more stamped background ideas.

Hand Stamped Borders and Backgrounds for Cards

 

Hand Stamped Borders and Backgrounds for Cards

 

After seeing how this stamp set works wonderfully for hand stamped borders and backgrounds for cards are you convinced of your NEED for this stamp set?

I hope so.  I’ve heard so many comments from people who loved the Eastern Medallion thinlits (143725) but weren’t impressed with the Eastern Beauty stamp set (143675).  My initial reaction was that I loved them both.  Even though I wasn’t excited about the  sentiments in the set, I saw so much potential with the pattern stamps.  If you are one  who likes the thinlits but was considering passing on the stamp set…DON’T!!   I think this is a must have stamp set for anyone, if only for the versatility and functionality of the pattern stamp shapes.  And, the stamps coordinate beautifully with the dies to enhance the die cut shapes as well!!

During May, you can pre-purchase these products before the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog products become available.  And, as a bonus, I’m offering a free card class for anyone who purchases either bundle from me in my online store using this hostess code: 7GNGK27N. (If you live too far to attend the class, I will send a sample of each card to you.  Step-by-step instructions will be sent via email.  The class meets June 1.  Cards and directions will be sent after that time.)  You can learn all about the Eastern Palace Suite bundles here.

Click here to shop my online store.

Use this hostess code: 7GNGK27N

Owning your own set will allow you to use the Eastern Beauty stamp set to make your own hand stamped borders and backgrounds for cards!

Stamping Club Now Forming

By | May 9, 2017

There’s a NEW three month stamping club forming, June 2017.

It’s open to ALL, even if you live at a distance!!

You will make a three month commitment: June, July, August 2017

SIGN UP BY MAY 16 AND RECEIVE A FREE GIFT!!

This club is a Product Share Hostess Club.  Here’s how it works:

Club members commit to products purchases for three months.  Each month club members place a $30 order from me (before shipping and tax). Orders can ship directly to your home.  The Stampin’ Rewards for the entire club order (the total of ALL club member orders) will be used to purchase “consumable” Stampin’ Up! product. This includes ribbon, designer paper, cardstock, glimmer paper, envelopes, etc.  Hostess products will be divided equally between the club members.   The number of club members and their monthly order totals determines the amount of Stampin’ Rewards available. All who register will be included in the club.  Get excited…there’s lots of new consumable catalog product to be earned with our club purchases!!

There will be a club meeting on the last Tuesday of each month (attendance optional) for those who live locally. If you attend, you  will make two FREE projects. All supplies are cut and ready for you to assemble. If you live at a distance that doesn’t allow you to attend the club meeting, two completed cards will be sent to you in the mail (after the meeting date).

Step-by-step instructions for the cards are sent to ALL club members via email. Over time these project ideas build into a fabulous stamping library, one that you will reference over and over again! 

If you live locally you will pick up the hostess products at my home. If you are a club member who doesn’t live near me, the hostess club products will be sent with your club card samples AFTER the club meeting date.

Click here to go to the club sign-up page.

Eastern Palace Handmade Stamped Cards

By | May 8, 2017

Today I’m sharing three Eastern Palace handmade stamped cards I made with the new Eastern Beauty stamp set (143675).  This is a new stamp set found in the Eastern Palace Suite of products in the 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! Annual catalog.

Here’s the first of the Eastern Palace handmade stamped cards I have to share.  As you can see, it has a very clean and simple style.

Eastern Palace Handmade Stamped Cards

DESIGN NOTES:

  • This card is so quick to make, it will take you LESS THAN 5 MINUTES!!
  • The Whisper White cardstock is cut at 2″ x 3″.  After stamping and matting, I attached it to a card from a pack of Notecards and Envelopes (131527).

 

Here’s another experiment playing with the same accent image.  I stamped the images with the points together like this and it reminds me of a butterfly!

Eastern Palace Handmade Stamped Cards

 

Here’s my second example of Eastern Palace handmade stamped cards:

Eastern Palace Handmade Stamped Cards

DESIGN NOTES:

  • This card gives you a good idea of how well the stamped images coordinate with each other.  I stamped the flower shape as the main image, then added the dots image as an accent.  There were 3 or 4 other Eastern Beauty stamp set images that would have worked just as well inside the flower.
  • The Lemon-Lime Twist accents on the outside of the flower show another stamped accent image.  As I repeatedly stamping this image around the outside of the flower it began to look like an explosion, causing the card to have some action and movement.
  • The stamped image I used on the first card could have been used in place of the Lemon-Lime Twist image to give the card a different feel.

 

Here’s another stamped image sample that I came up with but haven’t yet made into a card.  This design shows how some of the other stamped images can be used together as accents inside the open stamp shapes.

Eastern Palace Handmade Stamped Cards

 

Here’s another unfinished sample and another example of how many different ways you can use the stamped images in this stamp set.  I used a circle for this design, then filled in with the flower image, then added some accent images.

Eastern Palace Handmade Stamped Cards

 

 

My final finished card shows how the stamped images can be combined with some of the Eastern Medallion Thinlits.  On this card, I used three of the thinlits.  Two of them cut out the entire shape.  The third thinlit only cuts out parts of the cardstock, leaving a design in the middle!  I layered the three pieces together and they coordinated so easily!!

Eastern Palace Handmade Stamped Cards

 

Here’s a photo of one more stamped image that I played around creating.  The bracket image frames the flower shape so perfectly!!  (See…once I started I just couldn’t stop!!)

Eastern Palace Handmade Stamped Cards

 

The Eastern Beauty stamp set includes 21 photopolymer stamp images.  There are simply endless ways to combine and layer these stamped images to make themed Eastern Palace handmade stamped cards.  They also coordinate perfectly with the Eastern Medallions Thinlits,  Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Paper and Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers giving you even more options for Eastern Palace handmade stamped cards.

This suite of products is available as a new catalog pre-order during the month of May.  There are two bundle options. (Eastern Palace Premier Bundle, 147207; Eastern Palace Starter Bundle, 147196)  Either bundle will allow you to create many of the Eastern Palace handmade stamped cards and samples I shared today with either bundle.  However, the Eastern Medallions Thinlits, 143725 (the ones I used on the last finished card) are only available in the larger bundle.

I’m offering a FREE CARD CLASS to those who order either bundle through me in May.  If you live at a distance and can’t attend the class, I will send you a sample of each of the cards we make in class.  You will also receive the step-by-step written directions so you can make them yourself!  

Please use this hostess code: 7GNGK27N

Quick and Easy Handmade Guy Birthday Cards

By | May 3, 2017

I have had so many tell me that quick and easy handmade guy birthday cards are such a challenge to make.  I think that’s because most of us who make cards are women and we are geared toward “flowery and feminine”.  I know that’s true for myself.  In order for me to make a quick and easy handmade guy birthday card  I have to get out of my comfortable thinking zone!!  And, that’s hard!!

Today I have four quick and easy handmade guy birthday cards to share with you.  None of these cards took me very long to create.  They all share THREE things in common….a neutral color combination, a large, focal-point sentiment and a simple background.

Here’s my first card:

Quick and Easy Guy Birthday Card Ideas

Design Notes:

  • To create this background, I inked raised side of the Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing folder (139673) with Soft Suede ink before I ran the Whisper White cardstock through the Big Shot.
  • Sentiment is from the Better Together stamp set (Wood 141733, Clear Mount 141736).  I used the Layering Ovals Framelits (141706) to cut the two oval shapes.
  • The sentiment piece is attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Cardstock color is Soft Suede.

 

Here’s another card idea, using the same embossing folder as the card above.  This card is even quicker to make because there is no inking of the embossing folder!

Quick and Easy Guy Birthday Card Ideas

Design Notes:

  • On this card I changed up the direction of the embossed background piece.  Changing the card orientation is a trick to remember that allows you to create two different looks for your cards.
  • With the exception of the 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon (141487) and the colors used, this card uses all the same products as my first card.
  • Colors used:  Soft Suede and Crumb Cake.

 

 

This card uses the Hardwood Background stamp (Wood 133032, Clear Mount 133035) instead of the Woodland embossing folder.

Quick and Easy Guy Birthday Card Ideas

Design Notes:

  • Colors: Crumb Cake ink and cardstock; Very Vanilla cardstock
  • The Stylized Birthday stamp (141828) was used for the focal point sentiment.  I used the Layering Ovals Framelits to cut the sentiment and mounted it on a rectangular piece of Crumb Cake cardstock.

 

Here’s my final cards to share for quick and easy handmade guy birthday cards.

Quick and Easy Guy Birthday Card Ideas

Design Notes:

This card uses the same Stylized Birthday stamp sentiment (same as the card I shared above).  It is cut with the Layering Oval Framelit Dies.

The textured background was made using the Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  (NOTE: This is a retiring Stampin’ Up! product and is no longer available.  All inventory of this product has been sold out.)

 

I hope that I have helped you with some ideas for creating quick and easy handmade guy birthday cards.  Here’s what I want you to remember from this post.

First, create a striking but simple background for the front of your card.  I used embossing folders and background stamps on the cards I shared, but patterned paper would be another option.

Second, use a large, focal-point sized stamp for the sentiment, then matte it so that it stands out on the card front.

Third, neutral color combinations are great to use for masculine cards.

These three tips are great starting point for creating quick and easy handmade guy birthday cards that the men in our lives will love!!  Do you have any other tips to share?? Please leave a comment.

Eastern Palace Suite Pre-Order

By | May 1, 2017

Here’s the scoop on the Eastern Palace Bundle that you can now purchase.   You have a chance to pre-order this new product before it’s available in the catalog on June 1.  Receive a FREE GIFT as well when you purchase the bundle pre-order.   There are two different bundles so there is something for everyone!!

Eastern Palace Stampin' Up! Bundle

PREMIER BUNDLE:

  • Eastern Beauty Stamp Set
  • Eastern Medallions Thinlits
  • Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper
  • Easter Gold Vinyl Stickers
  • Mini Tassels
  • Cardstock Pack (24 sheets – 8 each color): Fresh Fig, Tranquil Tide, Dapper Denim
  • 3 NEW In-Color Stampin’ Pads: Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist, Fresh Fig
  • FREE Very Vanilla THICK cardstock
  • FREE Very Vanilla envelopes

Price of this bundle is $103.50, that includes a 10% discount on the “bundled” stamp set and thinlits as well as 2 FREE products.

 

STARTER BUNDLE:

  • Eastern Beauty Stamp Set
  • Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper
  • Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers
  • 3 NEW In-Color Stampin’ Pads: Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist, Fresh Fig
  • FREE Very Vanilla Notecards & Envelopes (a new product, like the current white notecards)

Price of this bundle is $60.50 and includes a FREE pack of notecards and envelopes.

Please use this HOST CODE when you order: 7GNGK27N

 

As a thank you for your purchase, I’m hosting a FREE Eastern Palace Class on June 1.  Those who attend will make four cards. If you live at a distance that prevents you from attending class, I will send you the four class cards in the mail.  Cards will be sent after the class on June 1.  Of course, I’ll also send step-by-step directions for the cards via email.

Anyone who purchases either of these bundles from me during the month of May is eligible to attend the class.  

 

In my opinion, you are going to LOVE these products.  I’ve been spending time “playing” and creating with them and let me say – the possibilities are endless!!!  You will be able to create…and create….and create!!  Once I got started, I couldn’t stop!!

 

To further spark your creativity, I’ll be sharing projects made with the Eastern Palace Suite of products during the month of May.  You will find them here on my blog (beginning May 8), in my newsletter and also on my Facebook page.  I will use products from the larger bundle on most of my projects.

 

Click here to purchase the Eastern Palace Suite Premier Bundle.

 

Click here to purchase the Eastern Palace Suite Starter Bundle.

Remember to use this HOST CODE when you order: 7GNGK27N

Handmade Birthday Cards with Happy Celebrations

By | May 1, 2017

The Happy Celebrations stamp set from Stampin’ Up! is a great one to use for handmade birthday cards!!   The words in this stamp set, along with the coordinating Celebrations Duo Textured Impressions embossing folders make great generic birthday cards for ANYONE on your list.

I’ve got some handmade birthday card samples to share with you today that use these products.  Just know that you can “customize” each of these cards to any age or gender by changing the colors on any of these projects.  (Happy Celebrations stamp set, Photopolymer 143012; Celebrations Duo Textured Impressions Embossing Folders, 142760)

Here’s my first card.

Handmade Birthday Cards Stampin' Up!

 

Design Notes:

  • The “blotchy” images in the Happy Celebrations stamp set are meant to be used to “color” the stamped words.  That’s just what I did in the card above.  I chose to create a “rainbow”, so I stamped each of the letters in a different color.  Change up the feel of the card by using different colors.
  • I used the Sparkle Embossing Folder (141468) to add some textured interest to the Real Red cardstock piece.
  • I created a variation of this card (see it below).  I made a smaller Real Red matte piece and then matted the “birthday to you” onto Emerald Envy cardstock.

Handmade Birthday Cards Stampin' Up!

 

 

The rest of the cards I’m sharing are ones I received in a card swap, so they weren’t made by me.  However, they use the same Happy Celebrations stamp set and coordinating Celebrations Embossing Folders.

Here’s the first card, made by Brenda Cardinal.

Handmade Birthday Cards Stampin' Up!

Design Notes:

  • This card uses some designer paper that is no longer available (Sale-A-Bration, Carried Away Designer Paper), but it’s a card layout that could easily be re-created with any designer paper that you may have on hand.
  • Colors: Calypso Coral and So Saffron.
  •  A gold Metallic Foil Doily (138392) is used for an accent.
  • Here’s how you make this card:  Use the embossing folder first, to get the de-bossed words onto the Whisper White cardstock.  Then, use the “blotchy” stamps to stamp over the de-bossed words.  The ink will not go into the white area, so the word stands out.
  • Here’s how she embellished the inside of her card.  The border was made using the Candle Border Punch (142764), retiring.

Handmade Birthday Cards Stampin' Up!

 

 

My next card is one I also received in a swap, but it was without a name so I can’t give credit to the person.  It also uses the Candle Border Punch, but this time on the front of the card.

Handmade Birthday Cards Stampin' Up!

 

Here’s my final card I have to share today.  This one was made by Tammy Nelson.

Handmade Birthday Cards Stampin' Up!

I like the way she stamped all three “Happy” images on her card front, AND included the de-bossed “Celebrate” as well.  This card is a great example of how to use your stamp set to the fullest!!

 

This stamp set and coordinating embossing folders is one of my favorite new Stampin’ Up! products.  I’m really happy that they will be carrying forward into the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog as well.  Look for these to find their way into many future handmade birthday cards!  Which one do you like the best?  Leave a comment to let me know!

Time is Running out for FREE card directions and designer paper

By | April 27, 2017

The countdown is on…only THREE DAYS LEFT to take advantage of my April Ordering Special!! You don’t want to miss this offer!!

Succulent Garden One Sheet Wonder Free Offer

Receive directions for these cards, plus a 6″ x 6″ pack of Succulent Designer Series Paper when you place a $35 order with me this month. The cards are so easy to make!!

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.

 

Handmade Cards Ideas with Stampin’ Up!

By | April 26, 2017

I have three handmade stamped card ideas to share with you today using Stampin’ Up! products that are retiring.  This is a sad time of year for me as I have to say farewell to some stamp sets and products that I really love.  However, I know that there will be some great new products to look forward to in the upcoming catalog.

My first two cards use the retiring Celebrate Today stamp set (Photopolymer, 137138).

Handmade Cards Ideas Stampin' Up!

Design Notes:

  • This is a monochromatic card and showcases a retiring 2015-2017 In-Color, Cucumber Crush.
  • The background paper is from the 2015-2017 In-Color Designer Series Paper Stack (138432).
  • The rest of the card is simple stamping onto Whisper White cardstock.  We have SO MANY tools and options available for us to use that sometimes I think we forget how much fun it is to create a simply stamped card.   Cardmaking doesn’t have to be complicated!!

 

 

Here’s my second card made with the Celebrate Today stamp set.

Handmade Cards Ideas Stampin' Up!

Design Notes:

  • I created a background for this card by repeatedly stamping the balloon “tail” stamp image in a repeating color pattern.  I chose bright colors for this card because I wanted to create a “primary color” feel.  This would be a great birthday card for ANY AGE!!
  • The sentiment is from the retiring Circle of Spring stamp set (Photopolymer, 138964).  I used a 1 1/4″ circle punch (119861) to cut it out, then used the Layering Circles Framelits (141705) to create a matte piece.
  • The Pumpkin Pie designer paper strip is from the Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper pack (141630).  Using paper for a border like this is a great way to use up paper scraps! 
  • Colors used: Real Red, Pacific Point, Emerald Envy, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie.

 

 

My third card came about because I couldn’t bear to toss out the daisy image piece.  I had created the flower image when I was playing around with the Timeless Tags Thinlits Dies.  I didn’t use it on the original project I had in mind, but I also couldn’t bear to part with it.  Does anyone else have this same issue??  Anyway, I came up with this card idea to use up the flower piece.

Handmade Cards Ideas Stampin' Up!

Design Notes:

Flower piece was cut with the Timeless Tags Thinlits Dies (142755), a retiring product…along with the coordinating That’s the Tag stamp set (Photopolymer, 142918).

I cut the flower piece from Watercolor Paper (122959).  Then, I used Watercolor Pencils (141709) to “color” the image, using a Blender Pen (102845) to smooth out the coloring.

Textured background piece was made using the Seaside Embossing Folder (141481).

Sentiment is from the Rose Wonder stamp set (Photopolymer, 140697).

Colors: Dapper Denim and Soft Sky.

 

Well, there you have three MORE cards using retiring Stampin’ Up! products.  You can check out this list if you are wondering what Stampin’ Up! products are retiring.  Stampin’ Up! will continue to make retiring stamps until May 22.  However, all other retiring products are available WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!!  Many products have already sold out, so don’t delay in placing your order.

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More Handmade Flower Card Ideas, Stampin’ Up!

By | April 24, 2017

Handmade flower cards are some of my favorite kinds to make.  Of course, many of you know that I love to garden, so I guess handmade flower cards are a natural extension of that love.  The cards that I have to share with you today feature two retiring stamp sets from Stampin’ Up!

On this first card, I used the Flower Patch stamp set (Photopolymer, 134207).  This set first premiered several years ago and I was immediately drawn to it.  However, for some reason I didn’t use this set as much as I thought I would.  I wanted to make one more card with it before it retired, and as I was making this card I was kicking myself for not using it more!!  It makes absolutely beautiful cards.

Handmade Flower Card Ideas Stampin' Up!

Design Notes:

  • Flower Patch is a two-step stamp set.  That’s how you create the lighter and darker shades in the flowers and leaves.  You can either use the same color and stamp off to get the lighter color, or you can use two different colors…a lighter and darker shade.  I used two different colors on this card.
  • Colors used Wild Wasabi and Old Olive; Flirty Flamingo and Watermelon Wonder; Crushed Curry and Delightful Dijon; Marina Mist and Dapper Denim.
  • Card base is Dapper Denim with a piece of Crumb Cake attached to the front.
  • The coordinating Flower Fair Framelits (133731) make it so easy to cut out each of the stamped images.

 

I used the retiring Circle of Spring stamp set (Photopolymer, 138964) to create my next two cards.  This stamp set also has coordinating framelits which make it easy to cut out the wreath (Wonderful Wreath Framelits, 135851).

I kept my first card really simple.

Handmade Flower Card Ideas Stampin' Up!

 

Design Notes:

  • I used a piece of designer paper for the background of this card front (Blooms and Bliss Designer Paper, 141654 – Retiring).  Of course, the Mint Macaron In-Color is also retiring.
  • Sentiment is from the Cottage Greetings stamp set (Wood 138940, Clear 139962), also retiring.
  • I used Stampin’ Write Markers (Subtle collection 131263, and Mint Macaron, 2015-2017 In-Color Collection, 138333) to color the wreath.  I layered the Whisper White cardstock onto a piece of Mint Macaron before attaching to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

 

Here’s a second Circle of Spring card.

Handmade Flower Card Ideas Stampin' Up!

Design Notes:

  • I also colored the wreath on this card with Stampin’ Write Markers.  Once I had done that, I used the coordinating Wonderful Wreath Framelits to cut out the wreath.  It is attached to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The sentiment is stamped on a circle piece that is placed behind the popped up wreath.
  • DESIGN NOTE: The bottom row of dots was made using one of the dies pieces in the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits set (137547).  The row of dots coordinates with the dotted designer paper and adds some interest to the bottom of the card.
  • Designer paper is from the retiring Brights Designer Series Paper Stack (138434).

If you’d like to see more handmade flower cards using Stampin’ Up! products check out this post:

HandmadeFlower Card Ideas with Stampin’ Up!

 

Visit my online store if you are interested in ordering any of the retiring products I’ve featured.  I certainly hope that you enjoyed the handmade flower card ideas I’ve shared here today.

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!!