Pocketful of Sunshine Pocket Treat Holders

By | April 18, 2018

Today I have some pocketful of sunshine pocket treat holders to share with you.  These were REALLY FUN to make and so easy to do!!

 

Here’s the first one.

Pocketful of Sunshine Pocket Treat Holders

PROJECT NOTES:

  • To make this pocket, you need to stamp and cut TWO pockets.  Then, cut a strip 1″ x 7 1/2″, scoring at 2 1/4″; 3 3/4″; and 5 1/4″.  This strip will form the sides of the pocket box.  You will glue the two pockets to this piece.  (NOTE: if you want to include a pocket tab, make sure to add when gluing the pockets to the sides.)
  • Rivets were cut from Silver Foil Sheets.

 

Here’s pocket #2.  I added a handle to this one.

Pocketful of Sunshine Pocket Treat Holders

PROJECT NOTES:

  • I used Tutti-Frutti Designer Series Paper to create this fun pocket.  Follow same instructions as above to create the pocket box.  (Box sides are cut from Lemon Lime Twist CARDSTOCK.)
  • To create the handle, I repeatedly stamped a line of stitching onto a piece of cardstock that was 7 1/2″ long, and afterwards trimmed to 1/4″ wide with my Stampin’ Trimmer.  (You can’t see this in the photo.)
  • Bow is made using Lemon Lime Twist 1/4″ Ombre Ribbon.

 

Here’s my last pocketful of sunshine pocket treat holders idea.  This idea came from Evelyne Lauzé.

Pocketful of Sunshine Pocket Treat Holders

PROJECT NOTES:

  • This treat holder adds the element of a flap that closes the top.  It requires a THIRD stamped and cut pocket, this one will have the extra flaps trimmed off.
  • There is a cardstock strip attached to the front of the pocket that holds the flap closed.
  • Rhinestones add a bit of bling!

 

Note: The Pocketful of Sunshine stamp set and coordinating Pocket Framelits will be available in the new 2018-2019 catalog.  However, they will NOT be bundled together at a 10% discount.  If you’d like to purchase this set, I’d suggest you do so NOW and get the bundle deal!!

Well, what did you think of these pocketful of sunshine pocket treat holders?  Leave a comment and let me know!

 

 

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Paper Pumpkin Creativity Starts Here

By | April 17, 2018

 Ever thought about subscribing to Paper Pumpkin??  Well, now’s the perfect time to try it!!  Right now NEW SUBSCRIBERS get 50% off the first two months with the Paper Pumpkin Creativity Starts Here promotion.

What is Paper Pumpkin?  It is an all-inclusive paper crafting subscription program that delivers no-fuss creativity in a box straight to your door.

Creativity Starts with Paper Pumpkin

Details:

  • Promotion is for new subscribers only
  • Offer is available through May 10, 2018
  • Offer runs for 2 months
  • Use code SAVEFIFTY0418 at checkout
  • Discount is applied to one kit per month for the first two months of a new subscription.
    • How it works: Subscribe during May’s subscription period and receive 50% off the subscription when billed in May and June. If a customer suspends during their 2-month discount period, they will receive their discount during the first 2 months in which they reactivate.
  • Discount does not apply to prepaid subscription codes

Subscribe here to begin receiving your own Paper Pumpkin Creativity Starts Here kits.

 

 

 

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Stampin’ Up Pocketful of Sunshine ideas

By | April 16, 2018

Today I have some fun and unique Stampin’ Up Pocketful of Sunshine ideas using the pocket stamp image and coordinating framelit die from the Pocketful of Sunshine bundle.  If you know me, I always like to find different ways to use products I purchase.  Here’s what I came up with today.

 

Here’s my first Stampin’ Up Pocketful of Sunshine Ideas card.

Stampin' Up Pocketful of Sunshine ideas

PROJECT NOTES:

 

Here’s my next “card” – I saw this idea on Pinterest (Thoughts that Stick).  It is actually a small folding card in the shape of a pocket.

Stampin' Up Pocketful of Sunshine ideas

PROJECT NOTES:

  • Sentiment is from Beautiful You stamp set.
  • The decorative trim on the top of the pocket was made with the  Decorative Ribbon Border Punch.
  • Here’s how to lay the framelit and cardstock when cutting.  The folded edge is at the top, just below the cutting framelit, so the cutting edge misses the top of the cardstock.  Notice I stamped the pocket before cutting.

Stampin' Up Pocketful of Sunshine ideas

 

 

The last of my Stampin’ Up Pocketful of Sunshine Ideas is a gift card holder pocket.

Stampin' Up Pocketful of Sunshine ideas

PROJECT NOTES:

  • This holder takes two pocket pieces.  After die cutting, fold in and glue the four flaps to create the pocket.  (If you’d like a tag on your pocket, make sure to glue it at the same time.)
  • Tie a piece of White Baker’s Twine around the top of the pocket.
  • Sentiment is in the Eastern Beauty stamp set.
  • Whisper White cardstock piece inserted in the pocket measures 2 3/8″ x 2 3/4″.

 

I hope you have enjoyed these Stampin’ Up Pocketful of Sunshine Ideas.  Stop back on Wednesday for some treat holders made with this same bundle.

 

 

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Handmade cards with a Denim Theme

By | April 11, 2018

Today I have some handmade cards with a Denim Theme that I made using the Pocketful of Sunshine stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  As I said in an earlier blog post, I purchased this set last June, but didn’t get around to using it right away.  Once I started, I had so much fun making cards with this stamp set!!  The ideas went on and on…

The Pocketful of Sunshine bundle includes both the stamp set and coordinating dies.  I used both on the cards I’m sharing today.

As I said, today’s cards all have a denim theme.  Here’s the first one.

Handmade cards with a Denim Theme

PROJECT NOTES:

  • Marina Mist and Dapper Denim make the perfect color combination for a denim themed card!
  • Pocket detail is stamped onto Marina Mist cardstock using Dapper Denim ink.  I LOVE all the little details you can add to the pockets using the coordinating dies.  I added pocket rivets and a tag on this one.
  • Sentiment is from the Vertical Greetings stamp set (Wood, Clear)
  • Scallop border was made with one of the dies in the Seasonal Layers thinlits set.

 

Here’s the next project in the handmade cards with a Denim Theme card parade.  This one also features the pocket.

PROJECT NOTES:

  • Silver Foil was used as an accent on this card.  I wanted an accent, but didn’t want it to detract from the denim feel of the card and this worked perfectly.
  • To create the denim effect: Wipe a Dapper Denim ink pad across the Marina Mist cardstock before stamping and die cutting.  Other ink colors to try would on Marina Mist cardstock are Night of Navy and Marina Mist.
  • Sponging the edges of the Whisper White cardstock adds to the denim feel of the card.

 

Here’s my last “denim” card….simple and easy to do.

Quick and Easy SU Pocketful of Sunshine Card

PROJECT NOTES:

  • To create the denim effect: I sponged Dapper Denim ink onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  I started in the middle and worked out to the edges.  That way the “dark” area is hidden by the sentiment.  (Photo below shows what I mean, also how I stamped the stitching lines on the background piece.)
  • For the sentiment piece I first stamped the words from the One Big Meaning stamp set (wood, clear), then stamped the stitch lines around it.  My cardstock piece was larger than I needed and I trimmed next to the stitch lines when done.

Handmade cards with a Denim Theme

 

 

These products are not on the retiring products list.  However, the 10% bundled discount price will NOT be available in the new catalog.  If you want both products, NOW is the best time to get them.

If you have enjoyed these handmade cards with a Denim Theme and would like to purchase the Pocketful of Sunshine stamp bundle for yourself, you can find it in my online store.

 

 

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Stampin Up Color Revamp

By | April 10, 2018

At this past weekend’s Onstage event, I learned all about the Stampin Up Color Revamp.  Read on to find out more about all the changes.

Stampin' Up! Color Revamp

 

THE COLORS ARE EVOLVING!

The spice of life is variety, and that’s especially true in the world of color. Stampin’ Up! is always researching current trends for color. When they see changes happening they review their color spectrum to ensure that they remain on top of the trends. That’s what the 2018 Stampin Up Color Revamp is all about!

COLOR CHANGE OVERVIEW

There are still four color collections, each with ten colors. However, a new color group was added, called Basics.

Basic Black, Very Vanilla, and Whisper White were moved out of the Neutrals collection.  These three colors make up what is now called the “Basics Collection”.

A few of the other colors have been moved into the Neutrals collection, making this collection more than just blacks, browns and grays.

Some additional colors have changed color collections as well—you’ll notice this as you look through the new collections below.  These changes were based on needing to maintain color balance in the updated collections. For example, Poppy Parade is now the brightest red so it is part of the Brights collection.

(Note: This chart is to give you an idea of how the collections are arranged.  The look of some of the colors seem a bit off to me, Real Red for instance, the actual colors of ink and paper will be right on.)

Stampin' Up! Color Revamp

 

IN COLORS

There are no changes to the “In Color” program. Every two years Stampin Up! will continue to introduce five new “In Colors” that will be available for the next two years.  Here are the two color collections you will see in the upcoming 2018-2019 catalog.

Stampin' Up! Color Revamp

There are also previous In Colors that are returning and joining the core color collections above.  Here’s the list:

  • Mossy Meadow
  • Poppy Parade
  • Flirty Flamingo
  • Coastal Cabana
  • Mint Macaron
  • Blackberry Bliss

Here are the brand new colors that will be joining the color collections.

Stampin' Up! Color Revamp

 

 

RETIRING COLORS

In order to make room for all this gorgeous new colors, there are some current colors that are retiring.  On May 31, 2018, thirteen colors are retiring.

  • Always Artichoke
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Elegant Eggplant
  • Island Indigo
  • Marina Mist
  • Perfect Plum
  • Pink Pirouette
  • Rose Red
  • Soft Sky
  • Tangerine Tango
  • Tempting Turquoise
  • Wild Wasabi
  • Wisteria Wonder

In addition, these 2016-2018 In Colors will also retire:

  • Dapper Denim
  • Emerald Envy
  • Flirty Flamingo*
  • Peekaboo Peach
  • Sweet Sugar Plum

*Please note that while Flirty Flamingo is retiring as an In Color, it will continue to be available a part of the Brights color collection.

 

Hope that answers some of the questions you may have about the Stampin Up Color Revamp.

 

INK PAD REDESIGN

In addition to new colors, the ink pads and case have also been re-designed. The case is a new, more intuitive design and the ink formula has been improved, as well!

INK PAD CASE CHANGES WITH QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Why did Stampin’ Up! change the case?

The case’s manufacturing mold was about to expire. Stampin’ Up! can only use a mold a limited number of times before it needs to replaced, so they had to decide if they wanted to order more of the same molds or try to improve the design. They decided to improve it!

DOES THIS MEAN I HAVE TO REPLACE ALL MY OLD PADS?  DEFINITELY NOT!  They still work and the new refills can be used on the stamp pads with the old case.  The exception is basic gray and basic black archival inks.

What’s better about the case?

  • Opening the new ink pad case is now more simple and intuitive—just insert your thumb in the lip at the front of the case and lift it to open.
  • With the new design there is a tighter fit between the lid and the base. This means the lid doesn’t accidentally become disconnected, which was a common problem with the old case style. With use, the lid will become easier to slide.
  • The new cases are stackable. This makes them easier to store and transport. There is a nub in each bottom corner that fits nicely into the dimple on the top of another case. Tip: Removing the label stickers from the bottom of the case (after applying the needed labels to the case) also makes the ink pads stack a little better.
  • Improved labels and stickers. Here are a few of the ways we’ve done that:
    • The top label now has a cleaner, bolder design and a larger color swatch, making it easier to see the ink’s color.
    • The stickers include a new In Color icon.
    • Color stickers that can be placed on the end of each case are provided.  This makes it easy to identify the ink’s color at a glance.
    • The addition of  a new color sticker you can place on the inside of the case, so you can easily distinguish the ink’s color when the case is open.

How is the ink different?

Stampin’ Up! improved the ink formula. This should solve the bubbling problem that sometimes occurred, especially on new pads and with lighter colors. The improved ink formula will:

  • Reduce ink bubbles.
  • Help you get a smooth coating of ink on the stamp.
  • Help the ink to lay down better.

How do I know if my Classic Ink Refill has the new and improved ink?

Beginning with the 2018–2019 Annual Catalog, all ink refills will have the improved ink formula. Also, if you  recently received an ink refill and it has the new branding label (black and white), it contains the improved ink formula.

Can I use an old ink refill on a new ink pad or a new ink refill on an old ink pad?

Yes! Absolutely, with the exception of the Basic Gray Archival and Basic Gray Classic Stampin’ inks. Archival and Classic inks should not be mixed. All other Classic Stampin’ ink refills will work fine.

Where is the archival ink?

Archival ink will no longer be part of our ink offering. Basic Gray will now be part of the Classic Stampin’ ink family. Please note that you cannot use an archival ink refill on the new Basic Gray Classic Stampin’ Pad, as this will ruin the new ink pad. Only use Classic Stampin’ ink refills on Classic Stampin’ pads. Your best options for black ink pads are the Tuxedo Black Memento Pad, to use with Blends and general black stamping needs, and the Jet Black StāzOn Pad, to use for watercolor and nonporous surface stamping. Both will be part of our ink offering. 

Will the updated Classic Stampin’ Pad case fit in the Color Caddy?

Yes, it will fit into the Color Caddy–just not as tightly as the previous ink pad style. If you store the updated pads in your caddy, you’ll want to be careful when rotating the caddy. Turn it slowly so the ink pads don’t fall out.

Please note that the color caddy will be retiring on May 31st or while supplies last – if you want it, you need to get it now!  (Get it in my online store.)

I hope this information answers most of your questions about the Stampin Up Color Revamp.  If you have anymore questions, email me.

 

 

 

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More quick and easy SU Pocketful of Sunshine cards

By | April 9, 2018

I’m back today with more quick and easy SU Pocketful of Sunshine cards, again using the sunglasses image from this cute stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  Click here to see the Pocketful of Sunshine bundle.

My goal in creating these cards was to use the sunglasses image in “non-traditional” ways.  If you know me, I LOVE to find additional ways to use the stamps I own.

 

My first thought was to use this image to create a border.  Here’s the card I came up with.

More quick and easy SU Pocketful of Sunshine cards

PROJECT NOTES:

This would be such a quick and easy card to put together for a last minute birthday.  The sentiment stamp is Stylized Birthday.

 

 

Here’s a second card in the “more quick and easy SU Pocketful of Sunshine cards” parade.

More quick and easy SU Pocketful of Sunshine cards

PROJECT NOTES:

  • On this card I again used the sunglasses image as a border, this time creating an entire background of borders.
  • The black sunglasses add a “pop” to the card.  I had a masculine theme in mind with this card, but a pop of pink or purple sunglasses would be a fun girl card!  Using Wink of Stella on the glass lenses would also add a fun touch.
  • I started with sentiment placement, and then determined where to stamp the black sunglass image.  This helped me determine where to stamp the rows of gray glasses.
  • Sentiment is in the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set.

 

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

More quick and easy SU Pocketful of Sunshine cards

PROJECT NOTES:

  • This is a very simple to make monochromatic card.  Again, I stamped rows of sunglasses onto cardstock.  These rows are very close together to create an overall background pattern.  Note how I also stamped partial rows on both of the long edges.
  • I turned the rows on the background piece on end (so they looked less like sunglasses and more like a pattern) before attaching my sentiment.
  • Double matting the sentiment with layers helps it to stand out.
  • Sentiment is Stylized Birthday stamp.

Here’s what the background looks like without the sentiment:

More quick and easy SU Pocketful of Sunshine cards

 

If you want to see the other sunglass themed cards I made, here’s a link to the quick and easy SU Pocketful of Sunshine cards I shared last week.

I hope you enjoyed these more quick and easy SU Pocketful of Sunshine cards.  Stop back tomorrow for more inspiration with this same stamp set.

 

 

 

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Quick and Easy SU Pocketful of Sunshine Card

By | April 4, 2018

I’m excited to share some quick and easy SU Pocketful of Sunshine card ideas today.  Once I got started creating cards with this stamp set I couldn’t stop!!  So I’ll have several upcoming blog posts with more ideas using this stamp bundle.

When I first saw the Pocketful of Sunshine product bundle, I KNEW I had to have it.  Unfortunately, it took me this long to get around to creating with it!

 

The quick and easy SU Pocketful of Sunshine card ideas I’m sharing today all feature the sunglasses stamp image.  Here’s the first one.  (Sorry for the photo quality.  It’s difficult to get good photos of metallic paper.  It’s really sparkly in person!)

Quick and Easy SU Pocketful of Sunshine Card

PROJECT NOTES:

  • This is a quick and easy card that is perfect for celebrating a special occasion.  The sentiment is heat embossed using silver embossing powder.  The sunglasses are die cut from Silver Foil Sheets.
  • Other products used: Oh My Stars embossing folder.  It coordinates perfectly with the theme of this card!!

 

I LOVE the color combination of this next card.  It reminds me of a hot, sunny summer day by the water!!

Quick and Easy SU Pocketful of Sunshine Card

PROJECT NOTES:

 

Here’s my last quick and easy SU Pocketful of Sunshine card for today.

PROJECT NOTES:

  • Color theme for this card is Dapper Denim.  I stamped the sunglasses on Dapper Denim cardstock using Dapper Denim ink.
  • I created the background using the pocket stitching stamp image.  I concentrated on making the white edges look good.  If you could see behind the center rectangle shape, it’s messy with the edges overlapping.
  • Other products used: Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set, Basic Rhinestone Jewels for some bling

 

Hope you enjoyed the card samples I shared today Come back on Monday when I have more quick and easy SU Pocketful of Sunshine card ideas to share.

 

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Handmade Card Ideas Featuring a Sentiment

By | April 2, 2018

Today I have some quick and easy handmade card ideas featuring a sentiment.  Sometimes a sentiment is large enough to be the focal point of the card.  That’s what each of today’s cards have in common.

All the cards featured today use greeting sentiments from the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set.  The first three cards also use Picture Perfect 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper and Tutti-fruitti Adhesive Backed Sequins.

They were also all cards I received in a recent card swap.  I’ve credited the creator of each card.

Here’s the first handmade card ideas featuring a sentiment.  This card was made by Sue Nurnberger.

Handmade Card Ideas Featuring a Sentiment

PROJECT NOTES:

  • Featured Sentiment: Nothing says “birthday” better than confetti sprinkles and sequins and Sue used both on her card.  To highlight the focal sentiment, she used an oval die shape and stamped a bow as an accent.
  • Project colors: Basic Black, Lemon Lime Twist, PeekaBoo Peach.
  • Products used: Stitched Framelits Dies, Banner Triple Punch

 

Next in line for handmade card ideas featuring a sentiment was made by Tammy Nelson.

Handmade Card Ideas Featuring a Sentiment

PROJECT NOTES:

 

Here’s my next card in the project parade.  This one was made by Lisa Schultz.

Handmade Card Ideas Featuring a Sentiment

PROJECT NOTES:

Here’s what it looks like opened.

Handmade Card Ideas Featuring a Sentiment

 

 

My next two cards use designer paper from Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper pack.  Here’s the first card made by Beth Tetzlaff

Handmade Card Ideas Featuring a Sentiment

PROJECT NOTES:

 

Here’s my last handmade card ideas featuring a sentiment.  This one was made by Sandy Carlson.

PROJECT NOTES:

  • Featured Sentiment:  This card is a fancy fold card, and the sentiment is placed on the smaller folded cardstock piece.  She accented the words by stamping a top and bottom border, then matting on a scallop square.  She also used a ribbon.
  • Project colors: Berry Burst, Blushing Bride
  • Products used: Layering Squares Framelits, Whisper White 1/4″ White Organza Ribbon

Here’s how it looks when opened:

 

I hope that you have discovered some new ideas for using just a sentiment as a focal point.  The one thing that all these cards have in common is that each of the sentiment pieces has been accented or highlighted in some way.  Keep this in mind as you make handmade card ideas featuring a sentiment. 

 

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Tips for designing a handmade greeting card

By | March 28, 2018

Monday on my blog I shared some tips for designing a handmade greeting card.   Today I have more cards to share and we’ll use them to look at some more tips for designing a handmade greeting card.

I had created a detailed video that walked through the design decisions I made on each of these cards.  Unfortunately, the video seems to have disappeared to who knows where.  (Technology!!!  My least favorite to deal with!!)  So, I will summarize what I shared in the video.

Each of today’s cards uses Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set.  If you compare the layout of today’s cards with the ones I shared Monday (find the cards here), you will see they use the same layout.

Here’s the first card:

Tips for designing a handmade greeting card

PROJECT NOTES:

  • The border of this card is stamped candles.  I created this border exactly the same way as the one I shared in the video on my last post.  When creating a border, start in the middle and then work out to each side.  That way, your images are centered and even.
  • I decided this border of candles needed a bit of an accent, so I created a PeekaBoo Peach  color punched border piece that is just peeking out from one edge.
  • Our brains work best with odd numbers.  Before I added the peach border piece, there were only two elements of PeekaBoo Peach color.  Adding the third color element makes our brains happy and gives balance to the project.

 

Here’s card number two.

Tips for designing a handmade greeting card

PROJECT NOTES:

  • There’s lots of white space on this card, with splashes of color.  But the layout is the same as my first card.
  • The party blowers/horns make up the border for this card.  I accented the border piece by using a pop of Bermuda Bay cardstock.
  • I had two different sentiment pieces stamped, one Bermuda Bay and the other Calypso Coral.  On the video I can’t find, I show how different the two colors look on the card layout.  I decided to go with the Bermuda Bay color because it gave the card more balance.  You may have to actually stamp two different pieces to compare when creating your cards.

 

Continuing with tips for designing a handmade greeting card, here’s card number three.  It’s totally different than the other cards and came about because I wanted to try using the two border pieces in the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set.

Tips for designing a handmade greeting card

PROJECT NOTES:

I stamped the pattern rows by hand!!  If you look closely you can see where they don’t quite line up.  It was much more noticeable before I attached the sentiment.

This stamping process will be so much easier when the new Stamparatus becomes available in June.  That tool will make creating backgrounds like this SO EASY!!

 

I hope you found these tips for designing a handmade greeting card helpful.  Let me know if you’d like to see more blog posts like this!!

 

 

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How to Design a Handmade Greeting Card

By | March 26, 2018

Several weeks ago I walked through the process of how to design a handmade greeting card on Facebook live video.  I’d like to re-visit that topic and share some of those same principles here on my blog.

Here’s the final card that I created.

How to Design a Handmade Greeting Card

How to Design a Handmade Greeting Card

  1. For me, the first step in designing any card is to decide “WHY” I’m making it.  This one determination affects each of the other design decisions I make along the way.
  2. Next, I decide on the stamp set and colors I want to use for my card.  In this case, the occasion of my card was determined because I wanted to try the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set.  I chose my project colors based on the colors of the coordinating designer paper.
  3. My third decision is to come up with a card layout idea.  The layout I used on this card is one of my favorites that I use again and again. (I call these kind my “go-to” layouts.  I can create them without much thought.)
  4. I started by stamping the border images.  On the video, I give you some tips and walk you through my thought process as I created this one.
  5. Next, I turned my attention to stamping the sentiment.  On the video, I talk about the design decisions I made regarding shape.

That’s a brief summary of how to design a handmade greeting card.  Watch the video if you have ever wondered how I design my cards.  I go into detail about the decision process I used for each of the elements.    It takes about 15 minutes.

I hope you’ve enjoyed learning how to design a handmade greeting card.  I’d love it if you’d leave a comment and let me know one new thing you learned from this post.  Thanks!

 

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Sign up to receive my weekly newsletters

By | March 22, 2018

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Here’s one I shared recently: Use a coordinating Stampin’ Write Marker to fill in small “missed” spots that sometimes occur when stamping.

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Masculine Card Ideas with True Gentleman DSP

By | March 21, 2018

Today I’m sharing some masculine card ideas with True Gentleman DSP.  If you’re like me, coming up with card ideas for guys can be a challenge.  Well, these cards are perfect for sending to the men in your life and they are so easy to create with the True Gentleman Designer Series Paper (145593).

I received all the cards I’m sharing today in a recent card swap I participated in.  I’ve included the creator’s names to give them credit.

I find SIMPLICITY is the key when making cards for guys.  Clean and simple lines work best, as well as dark, masculine colors.  These cards all fit the bill!!

Here’s the first masculine card ideas with True Gentleman DSP, designed by Shari Caspers.

Masculine Card Ideas with True Gentleman DSP

PROJECT DETAILS:

 

The second card I’m sharing was created by Mary Cocchiarella.

Masculine Card Ideas with True Gentleman DSP

PROJECT DETAILS:

  • This is a super simple card that is perfect for the man in your life.  Like the first card, it uses the True Gentleman designer paper, the Simple Stripes embossing folder and the Truly Tailored stamp set.
  • Mary has used the Bow Builder Punch (137414) to create a bow tie out of the designer paper.
  • Other products used: Stitched Shapes Framelits (145372), Night of Navy 3/8″ Corduroy Ribbon (145597).

 

Here’s another of the masculine card ideas with True Gentleman DSP.  This one was made by Terri Gaines.

Masculine Card Ideas with True Gentleman DSP

PROJECT DETAILS:

  • Terri’s card uses many of the same products as the first two cards.  I hope that you are seeing how these ladies used the same products, each producing totally unique cards.
  • Additional products used on this card: Layering Circles Framelits (141705), Starburst Punch (143717).

 

The next card was made by someone who didn’t attach their name.  I’m sorry I can’t give them credit.

Masculine Card Ideas with True Gentleman DSP

PROJECT DETAILS:

I like the way this person used designer paper punched shapes to create a background pattern.  It makes for a great masculine themed card!

 

Here’s the last masculine card ideas with True Gentleman DSP I have to share today.  This one was made by Lisa Bowell.

Masculine Card Ideas with True Gentleman DSP

 

PROJECT DETAILS:

Again, this card uses many of the same products as the other cards I’ve shared.  I like the way she used the designer paper on this card.

Sentiment is from the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set (Wood 128751, Clear 127805).

 

You can find any of the products used by following the product links in this post or going to my online store.

I hope you picked up some ideas for making masculine cards from these masculine card ideas with True Gentleman DSP. Is there anything new you are going to try as a result?

 

 

 

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Quilting with Paper Handmade Greeting Cards

By | March 19, 2018

Recently I held a Quilting with Paper Handmade Greeting Cards class.  We made four different quilt themed cards using squares and strips of designer paper.

The first card Quilting with Paper Handmade Greeting Cards card was a Pinwheel pattern.

Quilting with Paper Handmade Greeting Cards

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If you are interested in trying this Quilting with Paper Handmade Greeting Cards card, I found the directions here.

 

Here’s the second card we made using the Herringbone Technique.  This technique uses strips of pattern paper and is a great way to use up designer paper scraps!

Quilting with Paper Handmade Greeting Cards

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Products used: True Gentleman Designer Series Paper (145593), Perennial Birthday stamp set (Wood 145757, Clear 145760), Tailored Tag Punch (145667) and Crumb Cake 3/8″ Classic Weave Ribbon (144162).

 

Our third card was what I’m calling the “Diamond Quilt” pattern.  This one is a great way to highlight beautiful designer paper.

Quilting with Paper Handmade Greeting Cards

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Here’s the last card of my Quilting with Paper Handmade Greeting Cards.  I’m not really sure what the actual name of this pattern is.  I’m calling it the “Quilt Block” card.

Quilting with Paper Handmade Greeting Cards

Project Details:

  • Project Colors: Night of Navy and Daffodil Delight.
  • Products Used: Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (144137), Daisy Delight stamp set (143669), Flourishing Phrases stamp set (Wood 141531, Clear 141534).
  • Project Notes:  This card starts with a 1 1/4″ square in the center.  Paper strips are added around the square, building out to the edges.

 

I LOVE quilts and quilt designs.  However, I’m not very handy with a sewing machine, so making quilt themed cards is the way that I find I can enjoy quilting.

I hope you liked the Quilting with Paper Handmade Greeting Cards I have shared here today.  Did you have a favorite?

 

 

 

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Good Day Treat Box

By | March 14, 2018

Today I’m sharing a fun and easy to make Good Day Treat Box.  This would be a perfect idea for giving an Easter or Springtime gift. This project uses Stampin’ Up’s! A Good Day stamp set (Wood 145870, Clear 145873).

Here’s a photo of the completed project:

Good Day Treat Box

The Good Day Treat Box pictured above includes three small notecards with envelopes as well as a wrapped mini Hershey’s candy bar.

Here are the 3″ x 3″ notecards I’ve included in the box.  I made these with images from the A Good Day stamp set.

Good Day Treat Box

 

Here’s what the Good Day Treat Box looks when it’s empty.

Good Day Treat Box

You can see there is a divider in the box to separate the candy from the notecards.  However, this little box would also work if you wanted to only include candy.  I’d just insert a piece of flat color cardstock inside the box, instead of the divided one.

 

Here’s another idea for a box medallion if you wanted to use this box for an Easter gift.  This one uses the bunny image in the stamp set.  I’d use it in place of the “Just for You” sentiment.

Good Day Treat Box

 

I used the Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper (145564) to create the box flap and wrap the candy bar.  I love the springtime feel of this gorgeous foil paper!!

You will also need Acetate Card Boxes (144628) for this project.  Because you cut the box in half, you can get two treat boxes from each card box.

If you would like step-by-step directions for this project, click here: Good Day Treat Box.  My directions are for a box that uses the Petal Passion Product Suite, but the supplies listed in this blog post can be easily substituted.

Hope you enjoyed my Good Day Treat Box!!

 

 

 

 

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Creativity Starts with Paper Pumpkin

By | March 12, 2018

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Creativity Starts with Paper Pumpkin

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