Bendi Card Project

By | April 20, 2016

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:

Bendi Card Botanical Builder Framelits Dies

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.

Project Notes:

  • I used products from the Botanicals Blooms Bundle (140819) to make this card.  All bundle items are also sold separately:  Botanical Blooms Stamp set (140757), Botanical Builder Framelits Dies (140625) and Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper (140583)

  • 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!!

  • Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026) is the adhesive to use for holding this card together!!

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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Stampin’ Up! Announces Retiring Products

By | April 19, 2016

It’s that time of year again…time to say “good bye” to some of our favorite Stampin’ Up! products….

 

Stampin' Up! Retiring Products

Stampin’ Up! released the list of

retiring products yesterday.

Promotion Dates: April 18 -May 31, 2016

(or while supplies last). 

  • Retiring products will only be available until May 31, or while supplies last,  Some products  have discounts of up to 50%!!

  • Due to high demand for retiring stamps, Stampin’ Up! will keep producing retiring stamps until May 22

  • Accessories are available only while supplies last.

  • Shop now to ensure getting the products that you want!

 

 

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Stampin' Up! Retiring Products

 

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Retiring List Stampin' Up! 2016

 

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Stampin' Up! Retiring Products List

 

 

 

 

Folded Paper Heart Cards

By | April 18, 2016

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:

Folded Paper Heart Card

Project Notes:

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.

The first one:.

Folded Paper Heart Love Blossoms

Project Notes:

Here’s the second sample I made:

Folded Heart Card Love Blossoms

Project Notes:

  • I got a fancier with this card.  The folded heart is pretty much the same as the other.  I used a pearl instead of a rhinestone in the center of this flower.

  • Instead of texturing the background piece, I used the Curvy Corner Trio Punch (139683) on the top two corners.

  • 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.

Until then…

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

Fun, Unique Way to Tie a Bow for Cards

By | April 13, 2016

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.)

 

 

Party Wishes Stampin' Up!

 

 

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!

Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit.

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

Tips for Making Quick and Easy Cards

By | April 11, 2016

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.

Stampin' Up! Quick Easy Card

Project Notes:

  • 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!

Stampin' Up! Quick Easy Card

Project Notes:

  • 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.

Stampin' Up! Quick Easy Card

Project Notes:

  • 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.

Stampin’ Up! Screen Card

By | April 6, 2016

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….

Stampin' Up! Screen Card, Flowering Fields stamp set

WOW!  She certainly did a nice job.

Project Notes:

  • 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).

  • The Decorative Label punch (120907) was used to create the “legs” of the screen.

  • 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.

Thanks for taking time to visit today…

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

Playful Pals from Stampin’ Up!

By | April 4, 2016

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.

Stampin' Up! Pyramid Pals Frog

Project Notes:

  • She used the Playful Pals stamp set (140506) and the coordinating Pyramid Pals Thinlits Dies (140618) to create this cute little treat box.  These items are sold together in a bundle (141069) at a 15% discount over purchasing each item separately.

  • Cucumber Crush is the PERFECT color to use for a frog!!

  • I didn’t do a great job of photographing the tag that’s tied on to the box.  It says “Just for You”, and the stamp is found in the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set (Wood 128748, Clear 127802).

  • She made these for Valentine’s Day, so I love the red glimmer paper heart she added!

 

Here’s another way to use the frog stamps…this time in creating a card.

Stampin' Up! Playful Pals

Project Notes:

  • I received this card in a swap from my up-line and there was no creator name attached to it.

  • Frog color is Old Olive.  I LOVE using the bow tie and heart to create a pop of red.

 

Several weeks ago another demonstrator and I held a joint event.  Those who attended received a gift from us and this is how we wrapped it.

Stampin' Up! Playful Pals Bunny

Project Notes:

  • The Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set (Wood 128748, Clear 127802) was used for the sentiment, then punched with the Word Window punch (119857).

  • Carrot top was made using the Fringe Scissors (133325).

  • The gift was put in a Polka Dot Cone Cellophane Bags (140578), currently sold in the 2016 Occasions Catalog.

  • We created the tag using the Scallop Tag Topper Punch (133324).

  • 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.

Stampin' Up! Playful Pals Bunny

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.

Thanks for stopping…

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

Another Quick and Easy Handmade Birthday Card

By | March 30, 2016

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.

Party Pants Handmade Birthday Card

Project Notes:

  • 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.)

  • Background confetti themed paper is also from the It’s My Party Designer Series Paper Pack (140552).

  • Even though there is a balloon string stamp image in the set, I hand drew the balloon strings using a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker (100082).

  • 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!

 

Unique Card Fold with You’ve Got This

By | March 28, 2016

The uniquely folded card idea I’m sharing today is one I received in a swap.  It was made by Dena Linneman.  I loved the card concept and decided to re-create it for an event I hosted last fall.  The result of the folding on this card reminds me of a matchbook!

Here’s the card I created. The original card swap can be found at the end of my post.

You've Got This Stampin Up!

Project Notes:

  • The base of the card is 4 ¼’ x 11” but it isn’t scored at the traditional 5 ½”.  Instead, the bottom flap is scored at 1 ¼” and then the top fold line is scored at 6 ¾”.  The two ends fold down to meet as shown in the photo.

  • Project colors are Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride and Basic Black (accent color).

  • Stamp sets used:  You’ve Got This (Wood 139572, Clear 139575) for the flower image and Wetlands (Wood 126695, Clear 126697) for the sentiment.

  • The flower coloring technique was quite simple…don’t color in the entire image.  I only OUTLINED the flower using Blushing Bride and Pear Pizzazz markers.

  • ’” White Organza Ribbon (114319) was tied around the bottom to keep the short folded flap flat.

Here’s what the inside of the card looks like:

You've Got This Stampin Up!

 

And here’s the original swap card I based my project on:

Remarkable You Stampin' Up!

The original card swap uses the Remarkable You stamp set

(Wood 139891, Clear 139894).

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Remarkable You Card Variation Ideas

By | March 23, 2016

The card I’m sharing today is made with the Remarkable You stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  This stamp set is a PERFECT one to use when making simple and easy cards.  The flower images are line images, but are bold enough that they stand alone and don’t need to be colored.  This card was one of the choices at a recent card buffet event I held.

Remarkable You Stampin Up!

Project Notes:

 

Well, sometimes when I’m designing cards, I have “false starts”…stamped images that don’t quite work out where I placed them on the card stock.  That happened to me while I was working on this card for the buffet.  I REALLY don’t like to throw out anything that I think I can use, so I went to work making cards with those stamped pieces as well.

Here they are:

Remarkable You Stampin Up!

Obviously, this card is in the vertical position.  I decided I liked the horizontal design better for my card buffet.  So, on this extra, leftover piece I used the Curvy Corner Trio punch (139683) on two of the corners before mounting on the card front.  The sentiment on this card (and also my second sample) is stamped directly on the same card stock as the flower image.

Here’s the second variation:

Remarkable You Stampin Up!

This card is equally as simple.  I shortened up the long Whisper White card stock piece and added two pieces of Tip Top Taupe 1″ Dotted Lace Trim (138422), attaching one on the top and another on the bottom.

Well, those are the card projects I have to share today.  I hope that they have started you thinking about ways in which you can change up card designs that you have already created.  A totally new card can be created just by changing the orientation of the layout or adding ribbon or a punch.

Thanks for stopping by…

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

Adult Coloring using Stampin’ Up! Stamps!!

By | March 21, 2016

Stampin’ Up! has some great images that can be used to join in with the Adult Coloring Craze that is sweeping the craft world.  Why spend money on adult coloring books when you can create your own coloring projects using rubber stamps, ink and markers?

The project I’m sharing today is colored fairly simply (I used this one in a demonstration), but the open-ness of this flower image (as well as many other of the Stampin’ Up! stamps) lends itself well to adding hand drawn designs or using special coloring techniques.  You can create an adult coloring page for yourself or a friend  by repeatedly stamping image(s) on the cardstock or paper!!!

coloring with markers technique

PROJECT NOTES:

Of course, because this was a demonstration card, I had a some pieces left over.  I can’t let anything go to waste, so I created a variation of the card.

coloring with markers technique, Garden in Bloom Stampin' Up!

Additional Project Notes:

Suggestions for Using Stampin’ Up! Products for Adult Coloring

  • Here are some great Stampin’ Up! stamp sets to use for creating adult coloring pages: Birthday Blooms (Wood 140655, Clear 140658), Rose Wonder (140697), Grateful Bunch (140691), Circle of Spring (138964), Flower Patch (134207), Crazy About You (Wood 138856, Clear 138859, Photopolymer 137137), Remarkable You (Wood 139891, Clear 139894), You’ve Got This (Wood 139572, Clear 139575), Blended Bloom (135906), Garden in Bloom (139433), Bordering Blooms (133660), Corner Garden Background Stamp (Wood 134045, Clear 134048), Swallowtail Background Stamp (Wood 131943, Clear 129216).  Whew…that’s quite a LONG list!!

  • Adult coloring uses markers or colored pencils to fill in the images.  Even though many of the above images are also great ones to watercolor, you would be using markers or color pencils instead.  Because you are NOT using watercolor, either the Tuxedo Black Memento ink (132708) or the Basic Black Archival ink (140931) are great choices for stamping the image.

  • VersaMark ink and embossing powder is another option for stamping the images (as I have done in my two sample cards).  This takes a bit more work, but results in images that have tactile interest as well as visual interest.

  • Stampin’ Up’s! Many Marvelous Markers (131264) are a perfect solution for coloring the stamped images.  The entire set of 38 markers comes in ONE sturdy case, allowing the markers to be stored on their side.  Storing markers horizontally helps them last longer and perform better.  There’s even extra spaces to add the new In-Color markers!!

  • If the entire collection of Stampin’ Up! markers is more than you want to invest in, they also come in smaller color collection sets.  (10 markers per package, except for the neutrals collection which has 8).

I hope you have enjoyed learning about some of the Stampin’ Up! products that can be used in Adult Coloring.  Visit my online store to purchase any of the products I’ve mentioned.  Here’s my challenge to you…see what you can create for adult coloring using some of the stamp sets you may already own.  I’d love to see what you come up with.  Email me to share your Stampin’ Up! adult coloring creations!

 

How to take care of your embossing folders

By | March 16, 2016

When springtime and Easter roll around I’m reminded of baby animals…and the Barnyard Babies stamp set is a perfect one to use for a handmade Easter card!  I had fun creating the Easter card that I’m sharing with you today.  It’s an easy card that goes together quickly.  Read on for the details and then check the end of this post for the best ways to care for your embossing folders.

Handmade Easter card, Stampin' Up! Barnyard Babies

Project Notes:

How to Care for your Embossing Folders

Besides sharing a card idea today, I’d like to make this blog post a learning lesson as well.  Recently I held a local card making event.  During the event, this is what happened to one of my embossing folders.

How to care for embossing folders

And here’s what it looks like with the folder open looking on the inside.

How to care for embossing folders

Not good for your embossing folders!! Thankfully, after the accident, the folder was still able to be used in creating our cards for the rest of the event.  However, I’d like to share some tips on taking care of your embossing folders so that this same thing doesn’t happen to you.

  1. First, here’s some background information on embossing folder construction…when the folder is closed, the edge with the open end is a bit thinner than the edge with the fold.  The folder is made this way on purpose.
  2. Stampin’ Up! recommends that the OPEN end of the embossing folder be put into the Big Shot first.  Remember, this is the thinner end.  As the folder passes through the Big Shot, the thickness of the folder gradually increases, until the thickest end finally goes under the pressure roller.  Feeding the embossing folder through in this manner extends the life of your folder!!
  3. NEVER, NEVER, NEVER feed the folder through the Big Shot so that the folded edge goes through sideways!!!  There isn’t enough give when the folder is sent through this way and the fold will be damaged.  That is what happened with my embossing folder. It’s easy to remember this “rule” when using the 4 1/2″ x 6″ embossing folders because they are rectangular and we know the shorter end lines up parallel with  the rollers.  However, it’s harder to remember this “rule” with a 6″ x 6″ SQUARE embossing folder.  All the edges look the same.
  4. Here’s the solution I designed for this problem….arrows and notes taped on the top of the embossing folder that remind the user which way to feed the folder through the Big Shot.

How to care for embossing folders

Now, I’m sure you don’t have the number of people that I have using your embossing folders so you probably don’t need to create the labels.  However, remember to be aware which edge of your embossing folder is going through the Big Shot first.  After all, when we make investments in papercrafting tools we want them to last for a long time.

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Barnyard Babies Birthday Card for a Child

By | March 14, 2016

Here’s a handmade birthday card for a child that goes together quickly and easily.  I’m again using the Barnyard Babies stamp set for this card I’m sharing.

Handmade birthday card for a child, Stampin' Up! Barnyard Babies

Project Notes:

  • The Barnyard Babies stamp set (Wood 138664, Clear 139328) is what I used to stamp the cow image on this card.

  • Sentiment is from Sassy Salutations stamp set (Wood 132070, Clear 126707).

  • Cow is colored using Stampin’ Write Markers (Blushing Bride, Basic Black).

  • Using blue (Pacific Point) and white colors together makes for a fresh, clean feel on the card.

  • In case you are wondering what size squares I used, the Pacific Point square is 2 3/4″…which fits perfectly on a card front when tipped so it is resting on a corner point.  The white square is 2 1/4″.  I raised the square pieces on Stampin’ Dimensionals to create some depth on the card front.

Hey, did you know that March is National Craft Month?  

Well it is!!! What are you doing to celebrate?? Well, here are EIGHT suggestions to help you get started:

  • Expand your crafting techniques.  Use this month to explore different things that you have an interest in.
  • Finish projects you haven’t completed.
  • Teach someone else how to do your favorite craft.
  • Attend a craft demonstration in your area.
  • Choose craft projects you can finish during the month.  It’s more motivating to complete crafts that can be done in a short amount of time.
  • Host a craft day or Pinterest party and get together with friends who also like to craft.
  • Celebrate the month by creating a project to give to someone else.
  • Organize and clean your crafting space.  Take the opportunity to pass on craft supplies that you no longer have a use for.

Feel free to add to add to the list by leaving a comment for this blog post and share your own idea of how you plan to celebrate National Craft Month.

Barnyard Babies Handmade Baby Card

By | March 9, 2016

It’s always so  much fun to create a handmade baby card to welcome a new baby!!  The Barnyard Babies stamp set has cute animal images that work perfectly for creating handmade baby cards.  I chose to use the cow for the baby card I’m sharing today.

Handmade Baby Card Stampin' Up! Barnyard Babies

Project Notes:

  • Stamp set used is Barnyard Babies (Wood 138664, Clear 139328).

  • Sentiment comes from the Petite Pairs stamp set (Wood 128706, Clear 122497), one of my favorite general use sentiment stamp sets.  I find that this is one of my “go to” stamp sets!!

  • Card base was made using the Big Shot and Circle Card Thinlits die (133480).  The scallop circle that the cow is stamped on also comes with this thinlit set.

  • Circle punches used for the sentiment: 1 1/2″ circle punch (138299), 1 1/4″ circle punch (119861)

  • Background paper is found in the Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper (140557) in the Occasions Catalog.  The card base is Soft Sky, and even though the designer paper doesn’t have that color in it, Soft Sky works well to create a soft feeling on the baby card.

  • 5/8″ White Organza ribbon (114319) was tied on the left side of the card.

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Barnyard Babies Watercolor Card

By | March 7, 2016

I love to watercolor, but only on cards that are quick and easy to do.  When I first saw the cute-ness of the Barnyard Babies stamp set I knew I wanted to add it to my stamp collection.  It just took me awhile to do so!!  However, with the approach of springtime, it’s the perfect stamp to be sharing and it’s great for watercoloring as well!!

Barnyard Babies Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • Stamp set used is Barnyard Babies (Wood 138664, Clear 139328).  The line drawn animals are just too cute!!  This is a great set to use for baby and kid cards, but works for adult cards as well.

  • Although the stamp set has some really cute and “punny” sayings to go with the animal images,  I chose to use a different stamp set for my sentiment.  The words come from the A Dozen Thoughts stamp set (Wood 131056, Clear 131059).  I thought it was a perfect thought to go with the goat image.  He looks like he is totally content…like his day has been made!

  • The image was watercolored using an AquaPainter (103954).  Colors used were Old Olive, Marina Mist and Crumb Cake.  The little grass blades are actually a stamp image in the set.  This image was quick to watercolor!

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