Eclectic Die Cut Flowers and Polka Dots Card

Eclectic Die Cut Flowers and Polka Dots Card

Want to make a simple yet elegant card for any occasion?  This Eclectic Die Cut Flowers and Polka Dots Card will fit the bill!  You will need a Big Shot in two ways to make this card. The top card layer is embossed with polka dots and the flowers are die cut with thinlits. Then just assemble it!

The card base is Whisper White, layered with another piece of Whisper White cardstock that has been embossed with the Big Shot and the Polka Dot Basics Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  This is a great folder to have, polka dots work with a lot of designs and sometimes just add that little something that the card needs!  You could certainly also make this card with a card base the same color as one of the flowers instead of white.

The flowers were meant to be one of each of the new InColors, but I somehow got two of the same colors in there.  But there are no mistakes in stamping and this didn’t make a bit of difference. No one will say, “Oh no, she didn’t use the right colors!”  The flowers are die cut with the Eclectic Layers Thinlits Dies.  The greeting is stamped with an image in the Oh So Eclectic Stamp Set and just punched out. I think it works real well with this card.  It’s there but not real intrusive so you notice the flowers more.

Overall, the Oh So Eclectic Bundle (save 10%!) and the coordinating beautiful Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper make for a beautiful suite of products!  The samples on the cover of the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog are made with this suite of products.  You know they must be good if they are on the cover of the Stampin’ Up! Catalog!

If you would like to see another card I made with this suite, click HERE.

If you are interested in Stampin’ Up! products and would like a catalog, please email me at Karen@Karenstamps.com.  I have a few more catalogs left before I have to order more. It’s always better to have the hard copy to look at, in my opinion! I’d be happy to be your Demonstrator to help you in your stamping and papercrafting!

A Snowy Day Card For Summer Fun With Stampin’ Up! Color Theory

A Snowy Day Card For Summer Fun With Stampin' Up! Color Theory

You may see this and say “Bite your tongue!” if you live in a climate that has winter, but here in Houston, Texas we have to do what it takes to take our mind off the relentless heat and humidity of summer.  With that in mind, I made this Snowy Day Card For Summer Fun With Stampin’ Up! Color Theory.

I saw another card along this same idea and didn’t realize at first where the greeting came from. The greeting is a card in the Color Theory Card Pack, part of the new line of products Memories & More from Stampin’ Up!  Actually, I was looking for the card that said, “Let It Snow”, but came across this one, “Bring on the Snow”!  I loved it for my purpose today!

The card base is Whisper White cardstock with a layer of ombre Dapper Denim piece of paper from the Color Theory Designer Series Paper StackOf course I had to cut down the 6″ x 6″ piece of paper from the stack, so I first cut it at 4″ wide, but for the length I wanted all the ombre shades to show. Instead of cutting off the length at just 5 1/4″ and losing a bigger chunk of one of the shades I cut strips off both ends to eventually make the 5 1/4″ piece.

The snowflakes are die cut with the Seasonal Layers Thinlits DiesThey cut beautifully and were easy to remove from the die with the Big Shot Die Brush(This year in the catalog this Die Brush comes with TWO foam pads instead of one like last year.)

In laying out the card, I found another card in the Color Theory Card Pack that looked good behind the greeting so I just angled them (which I don’t usually do) and adhered them to the card front.  Finally I added the little snowflakes!  So cute!

This card was so quick and simple to make using the Color Theory Card Pack! It is definitely not just for scrapbooking and memory-keeping!  If you know someone who would like to dabble in cardmaking, maybe buying them some cardstock and some of the Memories & More card packs plus adhesive will provide just enough supplies to give them a taste of easy cardmaking!

The weather forecast in Houston this week is temperatures in the high 90’s with “feels like” temperatures even higher, plus the humidity, PLUS Saharan Dust from Africa that is bothering some peoples’ allergies and health issues.  So why not think about the remote possibility of snow on such hot days?!  And when I say “remote possibility of snow” I mean in the dead of what we call winter down here!  It’s a nice thought, anyway, and cooled me off just making the cute little snowflakes!

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Stamp an Easy Icing on the Cake Birthday Card

Stamp an Easy Icing on the Cake Birthday Card

After a  trip to the West Coast to visit our faraway kids, it’s time to get back to stamping and blogging!  Why not start with stamping an Easy Icing on the Cake Birthday Card? This card is all stamping, nothing else! Sometimes it is good to just stamp, as I also said in THIS POST.

I actually won this stamp set as a prize in an online event I was participating in!  How fun is that?!  I think the Icing on the Cake Stamp Set is one that could be overlooked, but is actually a fun one to use for birthdays and other occasions.

When you get back from vacation, and need a little inspiration to get back into stamping, be sure to remember to consult the Stampin’ Up! Catalog!  That’s what all those sample projects inside are for!  Use them! I opened my catalog and in just a second I came upon page 79 where I found the Icing on the Cake Stamp Set and was inspired to make a card almost exactly like the sample.  I think the sample might have used a Note Card for the card base as it looks a little bit smaller, but I made mine the regular card size 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″. I chose Powder Pink for the card base and Whisper White for the top layer with the stamping.  I was planning to change the colors from the sample, so I looked on the chart provided by Stampin’ Up! with 2017 InColor Combinations for ideas. I suggest you print out this chart on Whisper White cardstock and keep it handy for reference! I decided to stamp with Powder Pink, Soft Sky, and So Saffron. I considered making the card with just one color ink, Powder Pink, a monochromatic card. Maybe I will try that next time! I think it would also be fun to stamp the “Happy” and “Birthday” on another scrap of paper and cut out each word in a rectangle to fit in the space and have the words popped up on Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Warning:  This stamp set will make you hungry for cake and icing! Stamping pretty rows of colored frosting just looks yummy!

If you need a birthday stamp set or a set for many congratulatory occasions, check out the Icing on the Cake Photopolymer Stamp Set. Then have fun stamping with it!

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How To Use the New Stampin’ Up! Dynamic Embossing Folders

Learn how to use the new Stampin’ Up! Dynamic Embossing Folders with Donna Griffith from the Home Office!  I find it handy to write down the various sandwiches for the Big Shot, now that we have various tools and techniques (too many to keep in my head all the time!), on a post-it note or piece of paper and keep it right by my Big Shot. Some days I might remember and some days I might not, so that note is always there to remind me!

These Dynamic Embossing Folders came out in the last Holiday Catalog and are really something! It’s amazing what a different look it gives to embossing than the regular folders. It’s just a very strong, deep, dimensional image on your paper.

It is suggested that you spritz the paper a little before embossing and run through the Big Shot twice. It only takes a little and dries pretty quickly. Don’t soak the paper or get it too wet, just a spritz!  You can even order the Stampin’ Up! Spritzers, or several, to use in other ways as well.

Click here to see a card I made using the Cable Knit Dynamic Embossing Folder.

Just click on the images below to get more information on each Dynamic Folder.

Try at least one Dynamic Embossing Folder on your next Stampin’ Up! order! They are really interesting! Be sure to choose the ones with the word “Dynamic” in the name! They are mixed in with the regular embossing folders – and you might want to choose one or more of those as well! Embossing Folders are so great for adding just that little bit of texture or interest when your card or project needs a little something more.

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Stampin’ Up! Bonus Days, Christmas in July, and a Bundle in August!

Stampin' Up! Bonus Days 2017 Stampin’ Up! has two fantastic offers for you, Stampin’ Up! Bonus Days and Christmas in July!

BONUS DAYS!

For every $50 you spend during the whole month of July (before shipping and tax), you will receive a $5 Bonus Days Coupon that you can use during the month of August!

*There is no limit to the number of coupons you can receive per order or throughout the duration of the promotion.
*When you receive your coupon code via email, write down the codes in case anything happens to your email.  Codes cannot be resent.
*An email address is required to participate; Bonus Days coupon codes can only be delivered via email. (If you don’t have an email address, we can work around that.)

Deadline:
July 31, 2017 by 11:50 PM (MT)

REDEEM IN AUGUST!
*There is no limit to the number of coupons you can redeem on any order in August.
*Bonus Days coupon codes can be redeemed for any product, excluding Starter Kits and Paper Pumpkin subscriptions. New prepaid Paper Pumpkin codes (the 1-, 3-, 6-, and 12-month prepaid subscriptions in the Stampin’ Up! Online Store) can be discounted with Bonus Days coupons.

SO…..Shop during July in $50 increments and earn a $5 Bonus Coupon for each $50 to apply to your order(s) in August! Don’t lose the emails with the coupon codes!

And I have just the thing for you to spend your Bonus Coupons on in August!

Carols of Christmas 2017

Stampin’ Up! will be releasing one of the top-trending bundles from the upcoming Holiday Catalog in August, the Carols of Christmas Bundle!  Save 10% on the Bundle and use your July Bonus Coupons to help pay for it!  You will be able to order this Bundle from August 1-31.

This bundle will be available in the 2017 Holiday Catalog. This is just an opportunity to get your hands on this bundle early.  You may order the bundle or the individual products.

Click here to read and download the Carols of Christmas flyer!

Carols of Christmas Product Listing

And if that all wasn’t enough……!

Christmas In July Recruiting Banner

This is quite the deal!! If you have ever thought of starting your own business, earning a little extra income for yourself or your family, try out Stampin’ Up! and become a Demonstrator! Run your business as small or as big as you like! I am here to help as well as Stampin’ Up!, of course!

When you sign up to be a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, you will purchase the Starter Kit for $99 and choose the contents of your kit yourself! Plus, Stampin’ Up! gives you business supplies to help get you started. All this valued at $125, but you pay only $99.

During Christmas in July, though, you will receive ALL these extras!!

Christmas in July Recruiting Essentials

That’s a $72 value, and yes, the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set is included! Once you are a Demonstrator (in minutes after you sign up!) you can go ahead and preorder the rest of that Carols of Christmas collection during July if you like.

For more information about becoming a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, click HERE.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Remember, Stampin’ Up! Bonus Days have started! With every $50 you spend, you will be emailed with your $5 Bonus Coupon Codes to spend in August!

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Using Paper Scraps on a Birthday Card

Using Paper Scraps on a Birthday Card

Here’s a fun way of using paper scraps on a birthday card!  The other day I cut into my Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack and as scraps, I had these very narrow little scraps. They were at least several inches long.  Normally, I would throw those small scraps away (yes, I would!) but being as this was brand new designer series paper from the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog, I hated to do that!  But I couldn’t just leave the scraps laying around, so I decided to find a way to use them on a card.  You can see another example on THIS POST.

This card was a little more complicated.  I actually covered the front of the top card layer of Whisper White with all the little scraps. I laid them out in offset lines so it wouldn’t all be lined up perfectly.  Some scraps I put down lower and some higher, which then necessitated cutting some strips of paper shorter to fit in the empty spaces. Instead of measuring and guessing how long to make the shorter strips to fit, just glue them on in the empty space and trim them off later along the edge of the Whisper White.  Obviously you don’t want to adhere this layer to the card front until you have all the strips glued down.  Mine is off a tiny bit in a spot or two. Perhaps you can cover yours, if that happens, with a greeting or some other embellishment.

The greeting is from the new stamp set Icing on the Cake Photopolymer Stamp SetI die cut the greeting piece with the Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies, the square shape, obviously, but you could use whichever shape you liked. For a little accent, I had to add the Glitter Enamel Dots.

Another thing you could do with this card is after you have all the strips applied to the card front, you could run it through the Big Shot inside an embossing folder, which would give it a quilt-like look!  Try it and see!

Just have fun stamping and experimenting and see what you come up with! You don’t have to save all your paper scraps, but you might want to experiment with some once in awhile and see what unique creation you come up with. I’ve given you a way to use paper scraps on a birthday card, now it is your turn!

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How to Use Small Paper Scraps on a Card

How to Use Small Paper Scraps on a Card

This project today shows how to use small paper scraps on a card! Do you ever have a bunch of little pesky scraps of designer paper that you like but you don’t want to just throw them away?!  Well, most of the time we SHOULD just throw away small paper scraps of any kind instead of hoarding every single piece! But since this Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack is brand new, when I saw all these little slivers of paper laying on the table after cutting some larger pieces, I just had to figure out a way to use them.

I chose Dapper Denim for the card base, since it is one of the coordinating colors with the Color Theory Paper. And for an extra colorful layer, I added Crushed Curry, another coordinating color.  And of course, Whisper White for the top layer.

I just laid out the strips of designer paper across the card to see how they would look, turning some on one side and some on the other side of the paper.  For a greeting, I chose one from the new stamp set Icing on the Cake and stamped with Berry Burst Ink. If you trim the ends, you can give it the banner look. I also added two of the little Glitter Enamel Dots, which come in ombre shades.  Be sure to order some of these new dots because they are very cute and fun and not too thick to put on cards you are going to mail.

Remember that Bonus Days are going on during the month of July!  With every $50 you spend in July, you get a Bonus Coupon for $5 to use on your order in August. Be sure to save the emails with the Bonus Coupon codes!

Just think of the possibilities for cardmaking using small scraps of paper, now that you have some inspiration!

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Simple Stamping Lots of Love Card

Simple Stamping Lots of Love Card

Be sure to open your Stampin’ Up! Catalog and use it for inspiration!  This is where the idea for this card, Simple Stamping Lots of Love Card, came from! I wasn’t quite sure how to get started with this stamp set, Lots of Love, today so I looked in the catalog.  This is almost copied exactly from the sample on page 86, but not totally.  You can look at both and see if you can tell what I did differently!

Sometimes it is nice to JUST STAMP, hold that block in your hand, and stamp away on clean white paper! Instead of Big Shot pieces and lots of embellishments, just do some simple,  basic stamping with ink and paper. It feels good and is therapeutic! I had fun trying out the different flower and leaf stamps and using Stampin’ Write Markers to color some of the stamps in two different colors of ink.

The card base is one of the new In Colors, Tranquil Tide.  Since it is not a color that I can claim to love, I thought it would be good on this card because it could match some of the leaves I stamped also in Tranquil Tide.  The leaves are stamped in all different green colors – Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Tranquil Tide, and Lemon Lime Twist.

Bold greetings are really in style these days and this stamp set, Lots of Love, has one! I stamped it in Black Memento Ink.  Here’s another card I made with that bold greeting.  I think you could also omit the word “Sending” and just use the “Lots of Love”. Always nice to know other ways to use the stamps we own!

The card could have been left as is with just the stamping, but I decided to try adding just a simple bow with the Tranquil Tide 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon.  It is adhered with Mini Glue Dots.  I love that ribbon for tying bows and I think just this simple bow makes the card.

Think about the inside of the card, also.  Since this is a dark cardstock, you probably want to add a Whisper White layer inside the card, perhaps stamping a flower and some leaves in the corner to decorate the inside of the card a bit. You can also add a strip of designer paper inside a card, too.

Don’t forget Bonus Days are going on at Stampin’ Up! during the month of July!  With every $50 purchase, you will be emailed a special Bonus code to use on your order in August for $5 off. You can earn and use as many Bonus codes as you want!

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Sign Up TODAY to Get the July Paper Pumpkin Papercrafting Kit in the Mail!

 

Paper Pumpkin Logo 2017

Today is the day, July 10th, that you need to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin so your July 2017 Kit will arrive in the mail around mid-month! It will come very quickly, but you have to subscribe first!  And the 10th of any month is the deadline for that month’s kit! You know you’ve wanted to do it, you know you’ve meant to sign up, you know you always forget and think you will do it the next month! Sign up today so you get a kit right away!  They will begin shipping about July 15.

Why should you join Paper Pumpkin? Because Stampin’ Up! did all the work putting together a fully designed project kit that arrives at your door each month with stamps, ink and paper! Everything is cut and ready to go for you so you can get right to the project! No wondering what project you should make, gathering the materials or even owning a lot of materials if that’s not your thing. Paper Pumpkin is good for sharing, too!  Order an extra kit to do with your child or grandchild or neighbor or friend!

Each month is a surprise – it might be cards, gift packaging, a home decor item, or anything! Your first kit comes with a special Paper Pumpkin acrylic block to hold the stamps in each kit. Each month you will receive an ink spot, an exclusive stamp set, and all the materials you need for the project, plus directions and a link to a video.  You can check the Paper Pumpkin Pinterest Board if you are looking for more ideas for the kit.

This was the cute Paper Pumpkin Kit for June 2017!

Paper Pumpkin June 2017 Banner

And here’s a video to help you out or to enjoy!


Going to a friend’s house for a swim party or barbecue?  Just stick a little treat in one of these gift bags or wrap up some of the notecards for a little hostess gift.

Paper Pumpkin is by subscription only, so get signed up today so the July Kit can be shipped to you mid-July.  Once you are a subscriber, you can also look at any past kits or refills that Stampin’ Up! is offering if you want to pick up something you missed.

You can subscribe by the month or if you are ordering regular products from Stampin’ Up!, choose a prepaid option in the Online Store and perhaps boost your order total to earn Stampin’ Rewards! You will receive an email detailing how to set up your Paper Pumpkin account and a code to put in the Promo Code box so it will identify you as a prepaid customer.

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Either way, the fun will arrive in your mailbox around mid-month. No risk, no obligation. Skip a month now and then if you need to. Get an extra kit for a friend or loved one. The Paper Pumpkin fun never ends! Sign up TODAY so you don’t miss the July 2017 Paper Pumpkin Kit!

 

Wedding Card with Bloomin’ Heart Inlaid Design

Wedding Card with Bloomin' Heart Inlaid Design

You can make a beautiful, elegant wedding card with sparkle and glimmer just like this Wedding Card with Bloomin’ Heart Inlaid Design using the Big Shot and the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits Dies.

This card came about because a customer asked me how a similar card she’d seen online was made. At first I thought there was some complicated technique to prevent the heart from being completely cut out of the paper. Then it dawned on me that it really was very simple! The heart was die cut out of the top card layer but NOT removed from the paper, as we typically do. Every card I have made with this die, I have separated the heart from the paper and adhered just the heart to another piece of paper. Here is an example of a card with just the die cut heart itself adhered to the front of the card.

To make this type of Bloomin’ Heart card, cut the piece of paper that you want to be on the card front, whether it’s a top layer or the card base itself.  This paper that I cut as  a normal layer is  4″ x 5 1/4″. Then using the Big Shot and the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlit Die, die cut the heart. When you pull off the die from the paper, use the Paper Piercing Tool or other sharp item or the Die Brush to just loosen a bit of the heart from the die without lifting the whole thing out of the paper. Get just enough of an edge so you can use your fingers or a the Piercing Tool or sharp scissors so you can pull the heart out of the die carefully while leaving the heart IN the paper.  In other words, pull the die off the heart, leaving the heart in place. Either use the Die Brush to carefully and lightly loosen the die cut bits in the heart to remove those or use your sharp tool to poke them out.

Next, there needs to be a layer behind the heart. On this wedding card, I adhered a layer of Silver Glimmer Paper to the Whisper White card base.  I cut this glimmer paper just slightly smaller than the die cut layer so nothing would show. Then I adhered the die cut layer over the glimmer paper making sure no edges were sticking out, making sure it was layered on straight on all sides. I only put Multipurpose Liquid Glue around the borders of the die cut heart layer although perhaps I should have put glue on at least a few of the inside die cut pieces, but then this allows the die cut areas to look a little more 3D not being glued down to the glimmer paper underneath.  You can decide how to do yours.

I had also die cut the little flowers to glue onto the heart. I added a little Clear Wink of Stella to them for a little shimmer on the flowers. Then I added Rhinestone Basic Jewels to the centers of the flowers.

Finally it was time for the greeting.  I might have used silver embossing for the greeting, but didn’t want to risk messing up the card at this point so I chose to just stamp with Powder Pink ink!  The greeting is from the Beautiful Bouquet Stamp Set. Lots of great greetings to use in that set!

As you can see by this Wedding Card with Bloomin’ Heart Inlaid Design, you can use the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlit Die to create a different look than perhaps you can done before!  Try it!

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Oh So Eclectic Die Cut Design Card

oh so eclectic die cut design card

Sometimes it is fun to just get out one stamp set or suite of products and just play with those instead of combining several stamp sets, colors, dies, etc.  Here is one of the cards I made, the Oh So Eclectic Die Cut Design Card, using the some of the products in the Naturally Eclectic Suite.

I was quite interested to play with the oblong image in the Eclectic Layers Thinlits DiesI started with the card base of Fresh Fig and added a layer of the stripe pattern in the Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper  to go behind the die cut. This paper has the look of watercolored imperfect stripes. You can also leave the area plain behind that die cut (I don’t know what shape to call it!) if you have some other colored paper behind it or just the card base.  Then I stamped and die cut the three flowers and leaves and added a bit of Clear Wink of Stella, which gives a very subtle shimmer to the flowers, not picked up in the photo.

Since the stamps are clear-mount (or you can choose wood-mount), you can’t see through them to do the 2-step stamping BUT since it all has that watercolored look, nothing has to be perfect. And really, if you are die-cutting you will not notice at all that you didn’t overstamp perfectly. And not everything has to be perfect, remember, when you are making a handmade card!  It’s handmade, not machine-made!

I think you will be able to make lovely creations with the Naturally Eclectic Suite of products! If you would like to order some or all of them, you will find them in the Stampin’ Up! Catalog on pages 132-33. Just click the picture of the catalog on the right side of my blog to go to the Catalog PDF.  Or email me with your contact information and I would be happy to mail you a catalog and be your personal Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator!

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Stamp a Beautiful Home With the Home Life Bundle!

Hopefully you and your family had a fun and happy 4th of July, whether it started last weekend or was just today or maybe you are on vacation or celebrating the rest of this week! We had a quiet day at home until we went to a very nearby fireworks display with our friends that we always watch fireworks with. Amazingly, after a blistering hot day, the evening, at least by 8 pm was perfectly lovely out and with a nice breeze, so it was perfect weather to watch fireworks! I’d love to see the fireworks downtown, but I love being back home in a few minutes instead of in all that traffic!

Here’s a Stampin’ Up! video you will enjoy about the Home Life Stamp Set and Welcome Home Framelits Dies with Donna Griffith from the Stampin’ Up! Home Office. Not only does she talk about the stamp set and dies, but she gives lots of good tips for using this set.

Home Life Bundle  Home Life Bundle

Check it out in the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog!  Lots of good things in there!  Let me know if you would be interested in a copy!  Email me with your contact information.

And remember, July is Stampin’ Up! Bonus Coupons to spend in August!  For more information, read this blog post HERE. With every $50 you spend on Stampin’ Up! products, you will be emailed a $5 coupon to spend in August! Be sure to keep track of the emails and codes! Purchase the Home Life Bundle and you will get a Bonus Coupon!

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4th of July Stampin’ Up! Card Ideas

4th of July Flag Card with Swirly Scribbles Thinlits

HAPPY 4th of JULY!!

If you are still looking for some last minute 4th of July card ideas, here are some from past years, plus you can check the last two days on my blog!

4th of July Fireworks with Swirly Scribbles Thinlits

Flower Patch 4th of July Fireworks Card

4th of July Fireworks Card

4th of July Uncle Sam Scalloped Tag Topper Treat Holder

Paper Pumpkin Patriotic Pinwheel Wreath

I hope you and your family are having a wonderful holiday!  If you need a last minute 4th of July card or project idea, I hope you found some inspiration right here!

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!

4th of July Patriotic Crate With Daisies

4th of July Patriotic Crate With Daisies

I saw a cute little white wood crate stamped with stars that inspired me to make this 4th of July Patriotic Crate With Daisies. I used Real Red Cardstock and aged it a little bit with some Soft Suede sponging on the edges and even the front and back. I loved how just the red crate turned out by itself!!  The Wood Crate Framelits Dies really make it easy to make this box for treats, gifts or little notecards. So cute!!  Check out the video below on how to use these dies!

To make my crate look patriotic for the 4th of July, I die cut some stars from the same framelits package out of the Gold Foil Sheets, Whisper White and Night of Navy paper. You want to be careful glueing something to the crate because of the slits in it, in between the “boards”, so something doesn’t stick from the inside!

Next I stamped daisies in red, white and blue to go in the crate.  I used the Daisy Delight Photopolymer Bundle to stamp and punch. The Daisy Punch is back in stock now after being SO popular that it was backordered for awhile! You will want to get one on your next order!

When you stamp the daisy, stamp it with one petal straight down, close to the edge of the paper, so that the punch will be in the correct position. Otherwise you will have to cut around your stamped image to get the punch to fit in right.  A lot of times the punch looks like it is never going to fit around that daisy exactly right, but if you are patient and just keep working with it, you will get it in the perfect position to punch the daisy.

To make stems, I covered a piece of scrap cardboard with some Emerald Envy green cardstock and then cut that into thin strips. I glued one end to the back of the flower and folded the other end back so there would be something to glue to the bottom of the crate. To make the filler stuff for the crate, I cut very thin strips of the green cardstock and then crumpled up the whole pile of it with my hands to get it “smooshed”.  You could also use a Paper Crimper.

Fun project!  Certainly the Wood Crate Framelits Dies can be used for lots of different occasions and purposes!  Here is another project I made in the beginning when I received the dies:  Click Here!

Watch this Stampin’ Up! video for more ideas!

It’s not too late to make a 4th of July Patriotic Crate With Daisies for your home 4th of July decorations, but if you don’t have the framelits yet, save this idea for when you do order them and then make this crate before you forget!

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