Today is Memorial Day, a day commemorating those men and women who gave their lives in military service to our country. It’s something we should all think about as we often go about our holiday activities on this day. It used to be called Decoration Day and used to be celebrated on the real day, May 30, until we went to the Monday holidays.
On the local news yesterday, I heard this story about leaving coins on a military tombstone. I’m not sure that I’d heard of it, or if I did, I didn’t remember what it meant. This story said that leaving a coin on a tombstone lets the family know that someone stopped by to pay respects to their soldier. A penny shows that someone visited. A nickel means you trained with the soldier. A dime means you served with that soldier. A quarter means you were there when that soldier was killed.
You can watch the video below, it’s quite touching, or read the article HERE.
Now that I know my niece has received her high school graduation card, I can show it to you! I got the idea online somewhere and updated it a little bit, so it really is an easy graduation card for 2017, using the Large Numbers Framelits Dies, which thankfully are not retiring this year! There are so many good graduation cards out there it was hard to narrow down my choices. Or maybe I wish I had more graduates to send cards to this year!
The front layer of this card is Whisper White Cardstock, embossed with the Lucky Stars Embossing Folder. This folder is retiring, although it is still available. I think stars are always handy to have in your stash in whatever form because they can be used to many occasions. The numbers are die cut with the Big Shot and the numbers framelits I already mentioned. I used Gold Foil paper as well as a layer under the Whisper White. Some gold or silver foil or glimmer paper always adds some elegance, I think!
The graduation cap is easy to make. Either you can google some tutorials on how to cut the angles or you can just cut out somewhat of a diamond shape. Then cut a little square piece for underneath and punch or cut those two little half circles like graduation caps usually have. You can make your own tassel with embroidery floss or twine, but I used a tassel from the Eastern Palace Suite. It was easier to just stick it up underneath the cap than to deal with the ring on top of the tassel which maybe should go at the center of the top of the cap. On the top of the cap I placed a Gold Faceted Gem, coming in the new catalog.
The card is just on a Basic Black card base and you can put a piece of Whisper White on the inside so you have somewhere to stamp and write a greeting. Maybe add a strip of the Gold Foil on the inside to carry through the design.
Which do you think a graduate will appreciate more, a graduation card you handmade for them or a store bought one? I guess as long as it has money inside, they will appreciate either, but you know what I mean!!
What is your retirement plan? I don’t mean the one where you turn 65! I mean what is your retirement plan for not missing out on Stampin’ Up!’s Retiring Products! Can you believe this is the last weekend for the current Stampin’ Up! Catalog, and, don’t forget, the Occasions Catalog?! Both of these catalogs will come to an end on May 31 at 11:55 Mountain Time (for online orders). Select products have discounts up to 50% off! All current Bundles are retiring as “Bundles” although some stamp sets and dies have carried over into the new catalog but will be available separately. So if the Bundle is still available now, get it for 10% off. If both stamp set and dies are on sale, check the math to see which is the better deal.
The other day one of my very nice customers, Phyllis, sent me the card with the yellow embroidered flowers that she made with a note and the other two papers with the pink and blue embroidered flowers. She said she’d like to see what I would do to them! My first thought was I would frame them, they were all so beautiful! Since we are into cards, though, I thought I would just make these extra embroidered flower cards into greeting cards.
The paper with the blue embroidered flowers just seemed to have an empty space where I could put a greeting so I concentrated on that. I thought the new Stitched Shapes Framelitswould go well with the actual stitching. I love the stitched look those dies give (without having to do any stitching or piercing!). First I played around with cardstock colors to see what would match and finally decided on Wisteria Wonder and Soft Sky. Her floss seems to be varigated colors so that’s why I chose two different colors.
I chose a greeting from the Floral Phrases Stamp Setwhich I think is a nice greeting, plus it would fit into a nice oval shape. I die cut the greeting with the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies. The greeting is layered on a piece of Wisteria Wonder cardstock die cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits Diesand then layered on a piece of Soft Sky cardstock die cut with the scalloped oval in the same Layering Ovals Framelits Dies pack. The card is made by layering the embroidered piece on top of Wisteria Wonder and Soft Sky for the card base. I think you could also add a small pearl or rhinestone in the center of each flower and maybe some sequins adhered randomly to take up a little of the open space, but I wouldn’t want to distract from the pretty embroidery. Sometimes less is more!
For the pink embroidered flowers I went through the same process of choosing cardstock colors. As it turned out, I thought Rose Red and Pirouette Pink worked best with the thread. Then I even wondered if a pop of Basic Black would work. I think maybe it does, but I like the Rose Red and Pink the best.
Since I had first thought of framing these pretty embroidered flowers, I happened to remember a card I made way back in the beginning of my stamping with an oval as a frame. I used the largest oval in the Layering Ovals Framelits Diesto cut out a frame to place over her embroidered piece. I think maybe you could also emboss the oval frame if the design didn’t take away from the embroidery.
It’s nice to see someone doing something different with her cards and yet you can still use Stampin’ Up! cardstock, and accessories to enhance the design. A greeting could also be added to these cards, something smaller and simple since the pink embroidery takes up more space. But just a plain card without a greeting is always good to have on hand for those personal notes you want to write.
Stampin’ Up! actually has a Christmas kit of cards on which to do some stitching on the Clearance Rack, the Stitched with Cheer Project Kit. If you would like to incorporate some stitching on your cards and get some early Christmas cards made, check out this kit! It’s quite the deal, on sale for 60% off the original price! Watch the video below to see it!
I hope you will be inspired by Phyllis’s idea to make cards with beautiful embroidery. She says this is her “go to and easy” card to make. Although I have done all kinds of needlework in years past, needles and thread are not my thing any more so for me stamping is much easier! It’s great we can see all kinds of styles of cardmaking and crafting and creativity! Leave a comment below if you have any other ideas for Phyllis’s cards or tell us about any different kinds of cards you make.
One of my dear stamping friends sent me a picture of a card the other day with five cats sitting on a wall, all made with the famous Stampin’ Up! Owl Builder Punch! She said “You have to make this!” Here is my own version of Owl Punch cats sitting on a wall! It was fun to make!
In order to have a little bit of sky, I used Marina Mist for the card base. The wall is made with Smokey Slate card stock embossed with the Big Shot and the Brick Wall Embossing Folder. I cut it down a little to fit on the card. I also sponged on some Craft Whisper White Ink Pad (retiring soon, low inventory) for a little look of clouds in the sky. For the cats, I found scraps of designer paper and punched out the owl body shape and cut off the feet! You can just cut the tail by hand, but I just kind of slid my Owl Punch over to the side and punched after I could “see” the tail inside by punch. Since I couldn’t fit all five cats on the wall, I put one on the ground. And if you like, you can draw in some whiskers showing from the back with a black marker.
The greeting is from Teeny Tiny Wishes and punched out with the Classic Label Punch. Now that punch makes pointy ends, but somehow I decided to slide the punch over and make a small banner punch in each end.
The Owl Punchis retiring this year, so don’t miss out on getting yours! It is one of the most creative punches we have ever had, I would say! Thanks to my friend Iska for sending me this fun idea! She knows how much I have liked the Owl Punch over the years!
Did you know you can watercolor the medallion die cuts in the Eastern Palace Suite to make a pretty card? Although the Eastern Palace Suite obviously has that Eastern design look to it, I think you can use parts of the suite to make cards and projects without that Eastern look to it by changing the colors or using just certain elements of the design. I saw an example of an Artisan Design Team member, I think from Germany, who had watercolored on Watercolor Paperand then made the Eastern Medallions die cuts into that paper without cutting them out separately. If you are on my mailing list for my Stamping With Karen newsletter then you saw the card I made like that in my newsletter. (If you are NOT on my mailing list, please join us and sign up in the red box on the top right side of my blog today!)
Yesterday when I first began the watercoloring, which I did on Shimmery White Cardstockrather than the Watercolor Paper, I didn’t care for my first try. But since there are no mistakes in stamping, I just kept that piece and die cut this medallion you see on this card. Instead of leaving it embedded in the paper, I snipped the tiny connecting edges to release the die cut from the paper. Then today I was able to use it on a new card!
To make this card, I used two of the new In Colors for 2017-2019, Powder Pink and Lemon Lime Twist for the card base and first layer. For the top layer of the card, I used a piece of Whisper White and stamped just a small image from the Eastern Beauty Photopolymer Stamp Set randomly with the pink and green inks. The card needed a little something besides just the medallion. The ribbon is the 1/2″ Finely Woven Lemon Lime Twist Ribbon. You can tie it all the way around the backside of the card, but if you would like to save a few inches, just adhere the ends to the back of the card after stretching it across the front.
The medallion was already watercolored on Shimmery White Cardstock with my Aqua Painterand three reinkers put into the lids of the ink pads: Powder Pink, LemonLime Twist and Berry Burst. When dry, the paper was die cut with the Big Shot and the Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies.
The greeting is in the Eastern Beauty Stamp Set and is one I love. What a great phrase to send to people! I stamped it with Powder Pink and die cut with the smallest circle in the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies. I wasn’t sure it would be big enough but I also didn’t want to cover up much of the pretty medallion. Fortunately, if you work on the placement a bit, that die is just big enough! I didn’t think it even needed another layer behind it.
There are lots of possibilities with this Eastern Palace Suite! If you think this is something you like, I’d urge you to get it in the preorder before May 31 so you get the Very Vanilla free gift in each Bundle!
You might have thought the Basket Bunch Photopolymer Stamp Setwas only for Easter or spring, but no! The bunny in the stamp set is just too cute and I think is perfect for a baby card! A baby card for a baby boy with bunnies just by adding some blue touches or pink for a girl…or whatever pleases you.
This easy card starts with a card base of Soft Suede Cardstock, layered with a piece of Soft Sky Cardstock. Of course you could use any color that you like or that goes with a theme of a party or baby shower or with a gift. Then on a piece of Whisper White Cardstock I randomly stamped the bunny in Soft Suede ink. I could have colored in every bunny, but of course that would be a lot of coloring! I thought it would be fun to just color one like a spotlight on one bunny!
To color the bunny, I used the Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Pencils. I love the Watercolor Pencils even from back in my early Stampin’ Up! days with the original watercolor pencils. These current Watercolor Pencils are even better because they are in Stampin’ Up! colors. Just color lightly with the pencils, then go over the coloring with a Blender Pen. This softens and blends the color. I love using the Blender Pens!
For a little greeting on the card, I turned to one of my most useful stamp sets, Teeny Tiny Wishes. I’m SO glad this stamp set is not retiring! I have used it a lot over the years that it has been out. I prefer the wood-mount set with small images like these small words and phrases. The greeting is stamped on Whisper White and punched with the Classic Label Punch. Now to make a layer, just adhere this greeting to a larger piece of Soft Suede and then cut around it ….or vice versa, cut the greeting piece smaller after punching out a layer of the Soft Suede Cardstock. For a little accent, I used the little hearts in the Subtles Enamel Shapes package. I believe the twine I used is retired but I had it in my stash!
There is only about a week left of the Retiring Productsbeing available from Stampin’ Up! so don’t delay if there are products you want! Here is the math on the Basket Bunch Stamp Set and the Basket Builder Framelits Dies: Stamp set on sale for $16.80, Basket Builder Framelits Dies on sale $15.50 so the total for the stamp set and dies would be $32.30. The Basket Bunch Bundle actually costs $46.75 so in this case it would be cheaper to buy the stamp set and dies separately! Quite a savings for a stamp set that has a very useful and versatile basket stamp and die, flowers and dies, chicks, bunny and bow that can be used in SO many projects! As long as you can look up a product in the Online Store, it is still available, so that is a good way to check rather than look at the list or wonder.
I hope you enjoyed this way to use the bunny in the Basket Bunch Stamp Set to make a baby card for a baby boy or girl or maybe even just a young child’s birthday.
There are so many ways to use the Owl Punch by Stampin’ Up! and for those reasons I really hate to see the Owl Punch on the Retiring Products list. In looking back, I see that it has been around for many years, but the punch is so versatile I cannot believe that we will not have it available soon. If you do not already own the Owl Punch, I would urge you to grab one before they are gone. I’m sure most serious stampers already have one, but if you are new, you may not be famiiar with all the creativity this one punch affords.
The baby card I have posted above has been one of my most popular cards! All I did was punch out the portion on the Owl Builder Punch that would be the chest area of the owl. Yes, you can make baby clothes out of this piece of the Owl Punch! Click the link or the card photo above to go to the blog post for more information.
Here’s an anniversary card I made using the Owl Punch to make a couple of loving owls in silhouette! And I can’t tell you how many times I have punched those little hearts to use on various cards and projects!
The Owl Punch can also be used to make monsters for a birthday card! Just add some arms and scary faces! Click the link or the photo to go to my blog post for details.
If you have made a great project with the Owl Punch, click the “Leave a Reply” button at the top of this post and leave a comment! I’d love to hear!
These are just a few examples of ways to use the retiring Owl Builder Punch, and I can’t begin to tell you about all the creative ideas I have seen out there using the Owl Punch. Do a search online and you will find them. If you are so inspired, be sure to purchase the Owl Punch on the Retiring List before it goes away May 31.
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Sometimes new stampers have a difficult time knowing exactly how to design a card they want to make, so here is an easy card design for a beginning stamper. It is just a simple card with layered paper, a piece of ribbon for an embellishment and a stamped greeting layered on another color. Since this cardstock is a dark color, you probably will want to layer a piece of Whisper White cardstock on the inside and maybe a strip of matching designer paper on the Whisper White or a small stamped image. This card design may be simple but any recipient of this card will think it is beautiful and that you are so creative!
To make this card, I wanted to use the new Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (144137). If you look on the back of the package, every package of designer paper, as well as the catalog, lists the coordinating colors for the paper. One was Tranquil Tide Cardstock (144246) so I chose that to go with this patterned paper. It’s not necessary, but just to help the designer paper stand out a bit from the cardstock, I layered it on a piece of Whisper White. An easy way to embellish a card is just to place a strip of ribbon, in this case, the Tranquil Tide 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon (144136) and then tie just a knot around the ribbon. Just use a separate piece of ribbon rather than try to tie a knot in the ribbon on the card.
To see another card using this same simple card design, click HERE to view an easy masculine card I made with a layer of designer paper on a card base and a different kind of ribbon embellishment, the Kraft Rope Trim, plus a greeting.
The greeting is stamped on a piece of Whisper White from the Colorful Seasons Stamp Set (143726) with Tranquil Tide Ink, then punched with the 1 3/4″ CirclePunch. I also punched another circle of Tranquil Tide Cardstock with the2″ Circle Punch. The Big Shot and all our dies are terrific but basic punches are the easiest and quickest!
A more experienced stamper and one with lots of supplies could even embellish this card a little more, but for a beginner a simple layered card with a bit of ribbon and a greeting is just fine! This card is an easy design for a beginning stamper or anyone and certainly a quick design, so try it out and let me know in the comments if it worked for you! Just click on “Leave a Reply” at the top of this blog post.
If you need a quick and easy card layout that you can use for an all-occasion card or any occasion really, this card fills the bill! Just make a card base with some matching designer series paper from Stampin’ Up!, add a greeting and you’ve got it!
To make this easy card, I started with a card base of one of the new In Colors, Powder Pink (144244). For a card base, just cut a piece of 8 1/2″ x 11″ card stock in half (5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″) and then fold in half for your card. Just for a little extra, I made a slightly smaller layer of Whisper White to go on top of the card base with a layer of the new Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack (144131) on top of the white. This new paper stack is 12″ x 12″ so you will have lots of beautiful papers to use!
For a little embellishment, I tied a new ribbon, the 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon in Powder Pink (144134) around the designer paper layer before I adhered it to the Whisper White. When you add ribbon, you don’t really have to have it go all the way around the layer, just adhere the ends to the other side.
The greeting is a stamp from the Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set. This is a stamp set being carried over from last year’s catalog and I’m so glad because it is a beautiful set! You will see it in the Retiring Products section in the Bundles because all the bundles of matching stamp set and dies are retiring. However, you will be able to purchase the stamp set and thinlits dies separately in the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog. If you want to save 10%, get the Bundle now before May 31st! To make it extra fancy, I layered the greeting, die cut from the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies, on to a Powder Pink oval and then onto a scalloped oval of Silver Glimmer Paper.Then just adhere the whole layered greeting over the ribbon with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
If you don’t have a Big Shot and dies, you could just cut or punch your own greeting and layers and adhere to the card. There is always a work-around.
When you need to make a quick and easy card, this is a layout you can use, or even if you want to make several cards at once to have on hand. Make them assembly-line fashion and you will have many cards in the same design very quickly!
Some of the very popular Stampin’ Up! products in recent years have been the card kits in the catalogs! These are great for people who do not have a lot of crafting and stamping supplies or who are new to crafting, and let’s face it, for those of us who are experienced but like the ease of just opening a kit and having it all planned out for us….as well as being something new from Stampin’ Up! Who can resist that?!
One new card kit coming in the Stampin’ Up! 2017-18 Annual Catalog is the all-inclusive Soft Sayings Card Kit (145466). Make 20 cards, 2 each of 10 designs and three different sizes of cards. Watch the Stampin’ Up! video below for all the information!
Once you have made all the cards in the kit, if you want more, or want to share and make some with a friend, you can order the Refill Kit (145387) and get all the consumable supplies just for the cards minus the stamp set, ink, box and block.
This kit will be available, along with the new catalog items, on June 1, 2017! Can’t wait!
In the meantime, remember to check out these things:
Soon you will be able to make this very cute little paper crate with the Wood Textures Suite, coming in the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog! This was my first try and to put something inside, I grabbed two of my Mother’s Day chocolate covered strawberries and put them in a little bag and stuck them in the crate! The crate is small but large enough to cram two gigantic strawberries inside!
The Wood Textures Suite contains a stamp set, Wood Words, and the Wood Crate Framelits Dies plus two ribbons, cello bags and the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack. The patterns in the paper stack are all wood grain looks of various kinds on both sides of the paper, so when you have the wood grain on the outside of the crate, it will also have a similar wood grain look on the inside. The stamp set is very cute and useful with a very pretty flowery stamp for perhaps making note cards to go in the crate or even to decorate the crate. There are quite a few words in the set to go with the crate or notecards. Lots of creative possibilities with this whole suite. The ribbon I used to tie my cello bag closed is the 1/4″ Copper Trim. This is a real interesting ribbon because you can leave it as is, like you see at the top of my bag, or you can pull it apart to make it wider and give it a different look. If you don’t like it, you can pull it and it will go back to its normal shape.
For some decoration on my crate, I just cut a Delicate White Doilyin half and put it draped over the front and the back. If you want stamping on the crate, be sure to stamp the paper before you assemble (note to self!)!
If you are interested in Stampin’ Up! products and need a new Stampin’ Up! Catalog which will go live on June 1st, please send me your contact information and I will mail you a complimentary catalog. If you already have a Demonstrator you want to continue working with, she will have a catalog for you.
In the meantime, be sure to check out the Retiring Products and the Clearance Rack. There are some great bargains on the Clearance Rack, things you can use for upcoming holidays and other stamping projects. But hurry, because I see there are not as many items left any more!
(Remember, if Mother’s Day doesn’t live up to your expectations today, Stampin’ Up! is standing by to take your big order tomorrow to make up for all of it!! Sometimes we have to take care of ourselves! )
But I do hope you get the bouquet of flowers, the handmade card, breakfast in bed, brunch out, a special dinner, lots of hugs and kisses, the phone calls from kids far away, the hand-drawn portrait of Mom from your little one, chocolate covered strawberries, or whatever your heart desires!!!
I think the two favorite things of everyone in the Eastern Palace Suite of products, an early catalog release from Stampin’ Up! during the month of May, are the Eastern Medallions ThinlitsDies and the Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers. Instead of hoarding them (tempting!), I used the largest Gold Vinyl Sticker for the background of this medallion on this Eastern Palace Suite Card With Gold Stickers & Medallion Thinlits.
The card base is the new Tranquil Tide Cardstock, one of the new Stampin’ Up! In Colors. It is one of three new In Colors you can get in one of the Suite Bundles, both in the ink pads and cardstock. For the card layer, I used a piece of Very Vanilla, but you could also use Whisper White. These vinyl stickers are high quality! They are not flimsy, they are sturdy and easy to handle…and sticky, so you want to make sure you get them in the right place! Next I cut a piece of Gold Foilto go in the center underneath the medallion die cut.
The Eastern Medallion Thinlits Dies are some of the prettiest you could have and offer so many possibilities the way they are designed. Some cut the shape all the way out, some do not, so you have so many creative ways to use them. And you can mix and match a lot of the pieces. The Layering Circles Framelits Dies work great with this set.
The greeting is from another set and die cut with the Layering Oval Framelits Dies. The greeting is stamped with the Tranquil Tide Ink and the scalloped layer is a die cut piece of Gold Foil.
This was really an easy card for looking so elegant and fancy! Remember, you can choose from two bundles of new products in the Eastern Palace Suite during May, before the new catalog comes out June 1st. You also get a Very Vanilla FREE GIFT in each one! If you are a new stamper or do not own a Big Shot (yet!), just choose the Eastern Palace Starter Bundlethat comes with the NEW Very Vanilla Notecards and Envelopes as your free gift! If you have a Big Shot, then you will surely want the Eastern Palace Premier Bundlethat has the Eastern Medallion Thinlits Dies.
Be the first kid on the block to own some new Stampin’ Up! products ahead of everyone else!