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.
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.
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).
Tilting the square up on end gives a different look for the card front.
Here’s another flower themed handmade greeting card…
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!
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.
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??
Here’s the original card that I found in a magazine publication from Papercrafts Magazine. It was designed by Michele Boyer.
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.
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.
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!
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Flower and leaves were die cut using the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies.
The second card I have to share is a general themed card.
This card has a fresh, clean feel to it because of all the white space.
Flower was die cut using the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies. Detail was added to the leaf cut outs using the Botanical Blooms stamp set.
Sentiment is from one of the 2016 Sale-A-Bration stamp sets…Perfect Pairings.
Colors are Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry and Pear Pizzazz.
Here’s the third card I have to share:
Thanks sentiment is from One Big Meaning stamp set (Wood 138788, Clear 139420).
Colors for the card were chosen from the color combination in the Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper stack. They are Mossy Meadow, Crushed Curry and Cajun Craze.
Background paper is created with stamps from the Botanical Blooms stamp set. However, you could just as easily use a piece of Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper. Did you know that the Botanical Blooms stamp set can be used to add flower and leaf details on the designer paper? Several paper designs in this pack were purposefully left “blank” so you can add the details!
The angled border was made using one of the dies in the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies set.
Well, that about wraps up this blog post. If you would like to purchase any of the products I used in today’s blog post, they can be found in my online store. You can also shop by clicking on the product links found in this blog post.
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If you read my blog very much, you know that I’m all about handmade greeting cards that are simple to make. That’s my preferred style. That doesn’t mean that I don’t like the more complicated cards however. In March, another demonstrator and I held a local event for advanced stampers. We each shared 3 different cards/techniques. I’ve shared my three projects in my previous three blog posts. Today I’m going to share the three projects that Brenda demonstrated. Because these aren’t my original projects I won’t have all the details. But I can post the photos here for all to enjoy…
The first project was a gift card holder for the graduate… Here’s what it looks like before “opening”:
Here’s how it looks as it is being pulled out of the card “holder”…
And finally, here it is all opened up…
Brief Project Notes:
B.Y.O.P. (137159) is the stamp set used to create the gift card holder.
Graduation cap is punched. The tassel is made with Baker’s Twine.
The background on the front of the card was created with Timeless Textures stamp set (Wood 140514, Clear 140517).
There is half of an oval cut out on the fold side of this card. Brenda then attached a strip of Window Sheet (142314) on the back of the card from top to bottom (along where the folded edge would usually be) to which she attached the hummingbird.
Here’s her third project, which I think is simply STUNNING!!!
The photo actually doesn’t do the card justice! Here’s what the inside of the card looks like.
I hope you have enjoyed the projects I shared today, as well as the others I’ve shared in my last three blog posts. I would like to know which of these projects is YOUR favorite. Please tell me by leaving a comment on this blog post (or any of the other project blog posts).
Here is the third project I demonstrated at my March event…a tri fold peek a boo card. This was another card style I had been seeing LOTS of on Pinterest and wanted to try making. They aren’t too difficult to make actually. I think you can find a tutorial on SplitCoast Stampers.
This event was held during March, so I used some Sale-A-Bration items on the card. Sentiment is found in the Smarty Pants stamp set and the pattern paper is in the Wildflower Fields Designer Series Paper Pack.
Watch the video below to see how perfectly the Bitty Butterfly Punch works to cut out the stamped butterfly image in the Grateful Bunch stamp set. (And then read on below the video to see what the inside of the card looks like.)
Because this is a tri fold card, it will open twice. Here’s what the card looks like when the first flap gets lifted.
And here’s what the card looks like when fully unfolded…
Hope that you enjoyed seeing this tri fold peek a boo card today. It’s fun to be able to share some more “advanced” projects once in awhile. Stop back on Wednesday when I will have the final three projects that we demonstrated at the event.
On Monday, I shared a folded heart card that I demonstrated at a recent local event. (You can see that card here.) Today I’m back sharing another card I demonstrated at that event. It is called a Bendi Card.
Several months ago I was seeing Bendi cards all over Pinterest and decided that I had to try making one. There was one card that I saw and absolutely fell in love with. It was created by Nicole Wilson. My project is pretty much an exact copy of hers. I loved the paper, colors and flowers she used and I figured why spend time trying to re-invent beautiful. The only change I made was the sentiment I used on my card. CASE-ing (copy and share everything) happens quite often in the stamping world and is “ethical” as long as credit is given to the originator and you don’t try to claim it as your own original!
Here is the card:
As I said…isn’t it beautiful!!!! It’s hard to see in the photo, but the two smaller pieces covered with designer paper actually lock into the card base causing them to bend out away from the card back.
Sassy Salutations (Wood 132070, Clear 126707) is the stamp set I used for the sentiment. I stamped it with Mossy Meadow ink, an in-color I will be sad to see leave, and then punched it out using the Extra Large Oval Punch (119859).
The border in the Botanical Builder Framelits Die is what I used to create the leaf border. It makes a great background for the card.
The flowers were lots of fun to make!! I cut them out of solid color card stock (Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze and Mossy Meadow). I stamped the leaves using the coordinating stamped images in the Botanical Blooms stamp set. I sponged the centers of the flowers using Cajun Craze ink. I LOVE the contrast between the yellow and brownish colors. It really makes the flowers pop!!
Hope that you enjoyed seeing the bendi card I made using the Botanical Blooms Bundle. I’ll be back next week with a few more projects from my March event.
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I recently held a local event for advanced stampers. It was an opportunity to learn some advanced stamping and card making techniques. One of the techniques I shared was how to make folded paper hearts for hand made cards. This idea is not original with me. Lyssa Z. was the person who came up with this cute idea.
Here’s the card I demonstrated at the event:
Can you believe there is NO stamping on this card?!!
I used a 6×6 piece of Go Wild designer paper (138441) to create the folded heart. (I really like that paper pack!) Card color is Tip Top Taupe.
I held my event in March, but of course I began my planning a couple months before then. When preparing projects for events I always make a “practice” project first. Sometimes the first project turns out perfectly and I don’t have to create any more samples. Other times that’s not the case. I was “practicing” this project before Valentine’s day. Because of this, I gravitated towards Valentine’s colors and theme. Here are the two “practice” samples I made.
I made the border on this card with the Happy Heart embossing folder (137364). I just cut one row of hearts from the embossed card stock to use as a border.
Using a Tea Lace Doily (129399) creates a feeling of femininity on this card.
One last project note. Lyssa bends the folded heart in half and cuts her heart shapes free-hand. I didn’t do well when I tried that (you can see how lop-sided the top of the heart is in the two practice cards I made). So, I found it easier to use a card board heart template to help me with my cutting. I also was happier with the result.
Hope that you enjoyed the folded paper heart projects I shared with you today. Stop back on Wednesday to see the other two demonstration projects that I shared at the local event.
In February, I shared some card projects I had made using the Party Wishes stamp set found in the Occasions 2016 catalog from Stampin’ Up! The card pictured below is one of the cards I shared. (You can find the original post here.)
Well, today I am back with a short video (less than 5 minutes) that shows you how I created the fun bow on this card. It is so simple to make! I think that you will find many ways to use this fun, unique bow.
Isn’t that a fun (and easy) way to create a unique bow for your card making projects? Don’t forget that you can also subscribe to my YouTube Channel (BeeBug Creations) and be the first to know when I share a new video!
A quick, easy handmade card certainly has it’s place!! And Stampin’ Up! has products that allow you to create a card in 5 minutes!! You know, we all have those times when you find out that someone has a birthday TOMORROW, you have a busy evening and you don’t have a card on hand. Well, don’t let the panic set in. Adapt one of the ideas I’m sharing today and you can easily come up with a handmade card in a hurry!! Here’s the first card.
Sentiment only sets are great to have on hand for card making. In the card above I used Happy Happenings stamp set (Wood, 138734, Clear 139381), which has sentiments for all occasions (including inside the card!).
Another great way to put together a quick, easy card is to use designer paper. In the card above I used a piece of designer paper from the Go Wild Designer Series Paper Stack (138441).
This card can be personalized by choosing a designer paper that fits the occasion or the recipient’s hobbies and interests.
One of my customers recently held a party where there were many beginning stampers. She wanted me to demonstrate simple and quick to make cards so that those attending would feel card making is something easy to do. For the beginning stampers, elaborate and fancy cards can be intimidating.
But there’s even a place for quick, easy handmade cards with seasoned card makers. Every card doesn’t need to be an elaborate masterpiece. After all, the sole purpose of sending cards is COMMUNICATING A MESSAGE!! And the most important part of the card we send is the words we write inside! However, for those of us who make our own cards…the act of creating is also way we put part of ourselves in the card. But that doesn’t have to be time-consuming!
Here’s something to remember when making quick, easy cards…LESS is MORE. Are you wondering what I mean by that?? We’ve all seen cards that have TOO MUCH on them….ribbon, bling, texture, lots of layers all on one card. All those elements can be overwhelming. When making quick, easy cards, stick to only ONE element, or two at the most!! In the card above, I used designer paper, a bit of ribbon and punched the sentiment with a circle shape. It still looks great without being over the top!!
Stampin’ Up! sells a great product for quick, easy cards. It is the Notecards and Envelopes pack (131527). Do you know that each card and envelope only costs about 30¢?? Wow! Compare that to the $5 cost of cards in the store. I find that this pack is a real time saver when it comes to last minute cards. It’s what I used to make the card pictured above. The size of the card is a bit smaller that the A2 size, but I don’t find that to be a hinderance.
Here’s the final quick and easy card I have to share with you today.
The coordinating colors among Stampin’ Up! products makes it SO EASY to put together a card that looks great in no time at all! I have to be honest, before I became a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator I didn’t really understand this. But now that I have experienced the awesome-ness of their color coordination, I wouldn’t ever want to give it up. The Mint Macaron Washi Tape strip along the edge of the card front perfectly matches the Mint Macaron card stock and ink I used. No thinking involved!!
The card above uses the stamping off technique. Stamping off allows you to get two different colors from one ink pad…a darker color and a lighter color. In this case, I “stamped off” the flourish so that the sentiment would pop off the page.
Well, that’s all I have to share with you today. I hope that you will consider ways to make quick and easy cards the next time you sit down to create. Remember, the quality and workmanship of your card doesn’t have to be less just because the cards are quick and easy to make. You can still make a gorgeous card in 5 minutes by using some of the quick and easy card making tips I’ve shared today.
I have been seeing screen cards pop up on Pinterest for quite awhile now. I’ve always wanted to try one, but haven’t taken the time to make one. So, I was thrilled when one of my customers sent me a thank you card in the form of a screen card. Here’s what she made….
WOW! She certainly did a nice job.
The Flowering Fields stamp set (retired Sale-A-Bration 2016) is a perfect choice for stamping in the ovals on this card. They are stamped on Shimmery White card stock (101910) and watercolored.
The edges of the ovals are also sponged with Wild Wasabi ink (126959) to create a less defined border between the white and green card stock pieces.
The blue die cut pieces are made with the Labels Collection Framelit Dies (Stampin’ Up! retired).
I’m not sure what punch she used for the top decoration on the screen as it isn’t from Stampin’ Up! (but it sure is beautiful!!).
I know that when I visit pages with cards like this I always want to have the directions or a tutorial available. I’m sorry that I don’t have any to give you. However, I do know that there is a tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers that shows how to make a screen card, so maybe that will help. You can also google the term “screen card” and find directions on how to create one of these beautiful cards.
One of the stamp sets that I just LOVED when I saw the Stampin’ Up! Occasions 2016 catalog was the Playful Pals Bundle (141069). The possibilities for creating with this stamp set seem endless. I really haven’t had a chance to sit down and play with it like I want to. But, I do have a couple of cute projects I’m excited to share with you. This first one was created by Brenda Cardinal.
The paper inside the cello bag is from the Flowering Fields Designer Series Paper pack, a choice during this Sale-A-Bration event.
Here’s an up close view of the bunny made with the Pyramid Pals stamp set.
Hope you have enjoyed the fun critters that I’ve shared with you today. Are you beginning to see the possibilities for using the Playful Pals bundle? I hope to take some more time to play with this stamp set, and when I do I’ll be sure to share the resulting projects here on my blog!
If you like any of the Playful Pals critters I’ve posted today, share the love by pinning them to your Pinterest board so others can enjoy them too.
If you are like me, birthday cards are are the types of cards I make the most of. And, unless it’s a really special occasion, I like to create quick and easy handmade birthday cards. The card I’m sharing today is easy to make but has a fun feel of “celebration” to it…thanks to the It’s My Party designer paper I used.
Sentiment on this card is from Party Pants (Wood 141324, Clear 141327)…a stamp set you can earn for FREE during Stampin’ Up’s! annual Sale-a-Bration event. This set has a cute balloon image and some wonderful sayings (for all occasions actually) that fit perfectly on the balloon.
Balloon were punched from paper in the It’s My Party Designer Series Paper Pack (140552) using the larger balloon shape on the Balloon Bouquet punch (140609). There’s nothing that says the balloons need to be stamped!! And, it would be SO EASY to add a sentiment on the designer paper balloons. (And the stamped balloon image in the Party Pants stamp set also coordinates with this punch.)
The Sahara Sand card base makes a nice, neutral piece to build the card design on.
I’m wondering if any of my regular blog readers recognize this card layout. This layout is the exact same one that I used on the card I made here. Layer dimensions can be found on that blog post.
TOMORROW is the last day of March and with it comes the end of Stampin’ Up’s! Sale-A-Bration event. There’s only one day left to earn FREE products with a $50 order in my online store. Make sure you don’t miss out!! Order TODAY! Then get busy making your own handmade birthday cards to celebrate someone’s special day!