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4th of July Flag Card with Swirly Scribbles Thinlits

4th of July Flag Card with Swirly Scribbles Thinlits

Today begins the 4th of July weekend here in the USA so I made this 4th of July Flag Card with Swirly Scribbles Thinlits to start the celebration! This is a big holiday weekend (as it falls this year) for families often with travel, family gatherings, picnics, and certainly fireworks! Be sure to fly your flag, if you have one. We have a realtor who always places American flags at every house in the whole neighborhood so it looks quite festive and patriotic!

I had seen versions of this card made with the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits, I changed mine just a little bit. These Swirly Scribbles Thinlits are just ripe for all kinds of creativity!  You just have to start die-cutting pieces in various colors and see what comes to your mind to make!  I cut about three strips of the wavy thinlit in Real Red to represent the flag’s stripes, adhered on Whisper White. You might need to add in some of the “scraps” from the die to fill in some empty space. I used the  Multipurpose Liquid Glue to adhere the thin strips.  Just put tiny dots of glue. For the star field I just cut a rectangle to fit in Night of Navy cardstock. The stars are diecut from the strip of stars in the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies. (I keep telling you how much I love that batch of dies!!) I die cut them from the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.

If you don’t need a 4th of July card, make this but adhere it to some layers and frame it for a home decor item for the holiday! Either way, just play with your new Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies and see if you come up with a card for the 4th of July or some other project!

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Flourishing Phrases Monochromatic Card

Flourishing Phrases Monochromatic Card

Not sure why I decided on this Flourishing Phrases Monochromatic Card, but it’s what I came up with while playing with the new Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set and the Flourish Thinlits Dies. I really thought I would stamp something randomly all over the background of the card, but then I ended up just stamping the two flower stems.  I actually the thinlit was going to cut out the stamped flower stem, but I was wrong! Which only makes sense since it would be very difficult to match up all those  flowers and stems inside the thinlit! That would have taken a “framelit” not a “thinlit”!

Anyway, when I die cut the flower stem, I was blown away by how beautiful and intricate it was! I have to say, with the new platform, the Precision Base Plate and rolling it through twice, the die came out perfect!  Then I used my Die Brush to get all the pieces out, and it was all very easy and quick!

I used Daffodil Delight for the card base with a Whisper White layer on the front.  I could have embellished the card further, maybe with pearls or rhinestones or glitter, but for today I just kept it simple. I think this will be a beautiful stamp set to work with along with the Flourish Thinlits Dies.

You can purchase the stamp set and thinlits dies in a Bundle HERE.

You, too, can make a beautiful card like this easy Flourishing Phrases Monochromatic Card.

 

Floral Thinlits Thank You Card in Peekaboo Peach

Floral Thinlits Thank You Card in Peekaboo Peach

I was really anxious to play with the Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies and my Big Shot as soon as I got them, and this Floral Thinlits Thank You Card in Peekaboo Peach is one of the results. I actually started using the Floral Thinlits with the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paperbut of course these Floral Thinlits are beautiful with other colors as well, such as this new In Color Peekaboo Peach.  The Peekaboo Peach 3/8″ Ruched Ribbon is gorgeous to use on the card!  In fact, the ribbon is so gorgeous, that it is on backorder at the moment.  As I write this, it is due to be back in stock around July 11th. You really do have to get your hands on this beautiful ribbon as soon as it is available! The thank you greeting is stamped with the Floral Phrases Stamp Set.  Right now the Clear-mount version is backordered but you can purchase the Floral Phrases Clear-Mount Bundle and get both the stamp set and the Thinlits – and save 10%. You can also buy the stamp set in wood-mount.  While it is inconvenient and disappointing to have backordered products, it shows that Stampin’ Up! has some real hits in the new catalog!

If you would like a copy of the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog, please email me at Karen@KarenStamps.com with your contact information. Or you can view it HERE online.

With these new really intricate dies, if nothing else I would suggest you purchase the Big Shot Die Brush to help get out those little pieces from both the die and the die cut. And if you can take it another step, the Precision Base Plate might be beneficial to you. There is also the new Big Shot Platform that has a special adapter that comes with it and has a raised center portion to work better with these new dies. It probably all depends on your personal Big Shot and how it works for you. If it works on these fancy dies and you’re happy, then no need to purchase any of the newer accessories (except maybe the Big Shot Die Brush!). You can go from there and see what you need.

If you want to be able to make some really elegant cards, these Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies are for you for sure!  Check out the Floral Boutique Suite in the new catalog on pages 76-77 and the products online HERE.  You will be able to make cards like my Floral Thinlits Thank You Card in Peekaboo Peach and many other variations!

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Floral Boutique Thank You Card

Floral Boutique Thank You Card

I think one of the most amazing collections of products in the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog is the Floral Boutique Suite, and this Floral Boutique Thank You Card is one of my first creations from that suite. This new Stampin’ Up! Catalog, I think, has the most amazing products and display of samples and products on its pages. In this suite are a stamp set, intricate thinlits for die-cutting, Baker’s Twine, Washi Tape, and designer series paper. Everything you need to make amazing projects! Not that you have to stick with the colors shown. Do your own thing!  But the inspiration is there on pages 76-77 for the taking to get you started!

This card is just a piece of Whisper White Cardstock with the fold at the top (it would have been better to use the Whisper White Thick Cardstock if I would have thought of it!), so it is cut lengthwise at 4 1/4″ instead of horizontally.  Then I scored it at 5 1/2″.

After getting my first big order (of course, not counting my pre-order!) the night before, I spent yesterday afternoon experimenting with the new Detailed Floral Thinlits DiesOn this card, I only used the one large die cut on the bottom of the card and stamped with the Floral Phrases Stamp Set. When you stamp with this big flowery stamp, you may think it is not stamping properly, but it actually is designed to have lighter and darker areas, so don’t worry! It’s that “denim” look. After stamping the flower in the top center, I stamped the ends of the stamp on each side so that it would go all the way across the top of the card.

I used the new Big Shot Platform that comes with a Thin Die Adapter, kind of like a shim. If I didn’t use that piece, it didn’t come close to cutting. I also used the Precision Base Plate which is very helpful in cutting these intricate dies. I find the Die Brush to be indispensable! It’s not very expensive, so I would put that on your next order for sure. I tried to do various combinations of old and new platforms, Precision Plate, etc. but I got myself mixed up so I have no conclusions to share right now! I did find, that with MY Big Shot, cutting both the larger and smaller dies on cardstock on the same run through the Big Shot was VERY hard to go through the Big Shot but each one separately worked fine.  With all of these things, you will have to see what works best with YOUR Big Shot!  But these dies are beautiful and will make gorgeous cards and projects. If you don’t own a Big Shot yet, I would put that on your Wish List because I use my Big Shot all the time and you will want to get in on using these fancy new dies!

On the bottom of the inside of the card, I just adhered a strip of the Floral Boutique Designer Series PaperI could have used a piece of Washi Tape or added some Rhinestones to the front of the card. Lots of possibilities!

You will want to put this whole Floral Boutique Suite on your next order, if you haven’t already, so you can make a card like this Floral Boutique Thank You Card.

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Affectionately Yours Mini Treat Bag Birthday Card

Affectionately Yours Mini Treat Bag Birthday Card

On Friday I needed a quick birthday card before I left town for the weekend, and I came up wtih this Affectionately Yours Mini Treat Bag Birthday Card.  I decided to combine the new Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper with one of my favorite things, the Mini Treatbag Thinlits Dies.

I used the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits and the Big Shot to die cut the mini treat bag out of this cute paper.  I love how the inside pattern is as cute as the outside and provides a good contrast. Out of a thin scrap, I made a belly band around the bag so I could showcase that pattern from the inside of the bag a little bit more. Then I die cut a Daffodil Delight piece of cardstock with a thinlit from the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies to kind of look like  a flower and put a large rhinestone (retired) in the center. I already had the white flower pieces die cut from the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies in my pile of scraps so I used those and added sequins from the Metallics Sequins Assortment plus a couple of the retired In Color Blossom Accents since I was hand-delivering the card. They make mailing the card a little difficult!

I used the Thoughtful Banners Photopolymer Bundle (the stamp set and punch) to make the little greeting on the front. And on the top of the card inserted inside the treat bag I stapled on a piece of the retired lace to pull out the card. I used my favorite Handheld Stapler by Stampin’ Up!

I hope you are enjoying the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog.  If you need one and do not have a Demonstrator, please contact me.

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Learn to Make These Cute Popcorn Boxes!

Popcorn Box Samples

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If you don’t want to get coerced to buy these Popcorn Box Thinlits Dies, then don’t watch this Stampin’ Up! video with Donna Griffith from the Home Office! I was NOT interested in these (well, I’m “interested” in every single product Stampin’ Up! sells, but being as I can’t have it all, I have to limit myself!), but then I watched this video and these Popcorn Boxes sure look cute!!!

Just think how cute these would be as party favors, teacher gifts, Christmas gifts, neighbor gifts, treat holders, even popcorn boxes!! Just think of how you could decorate them for Halloween parties!! Or something in red, white and blue for July 4th! Yep, they just might have to go on my next order!!

Popcorn Box Birthday Blooms Sample

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Popcorn Box Thinlits Dies

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Pop of Pink Swirly Scribbles Polka Dot Scalloped Tag

Pop of Pink Swirly Scribbles Polka Dot Scalloped Tag

Here is a quick and easy project to make a Pop of Pink Swirly Scribbles Polka Dot Scalloped Tag. I simply punched a tag with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch out of the polka dot pattern of one of the papers in the Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper. I first was going to use some other die cut flowers, but then I thought it might be fun to see how the Swirly Scribbles die cuts might work. I chose three colors in the Brights family:  Real Red, Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight. I also die cut some green leaves.

The banner is stamped with the Thoughtful Banners Stamp Setboth on Whisper White and Real Red so that the greeting cut be cut and adhered to the Real Red banner. These were punched with the Duet Banner Punch. You can purchase this stamp set and the punch in a Thoughtful Banners Bundle and save 10%!

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The first Paper Pumpkin Kit comes with a clear block on which to mount the stamps that come in the kit. Everything you need for the surprise project is inside the box!  Stamps, ink, and everything cut and ready to use!  You can follow the enclosed directions, watch a Stampin’ Up! video, or change up the project however you like.

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Pop of Pink Mini Treat Bag

Pop of Pink Mini Treat Bag

Today I thought I would make a Pop of Pink Mini Treat Bag with the pretty new Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper and the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies. I have always loved this die set, so many opportunities for creativity! The die set contains not just the ones to make the treat bag, but also many dies for the extra embellishments, like hearts, a banner, star, bow, a couple of greetings and more. This can be a treat bag but it can also hold a card or gift card or monetary gift! There are even ways to modify this bag to make it more 3D.

I made the bag with the diagonal stripe pattern from the Pop of Pink paper and die cut a heart out of the same paper but turned it over on the other side. I die cut a banner, but cut off the one end so it would be straight and cut a slightly larger piece of Basic Black as a layer underneath the Whisper White banner. The greeting on the banner is from the Birthday Blooms Stamp Set. For a little interest I added a strip of Pop of Pink Designer Washi TapeI attached a piece of the Silver Sequin Trim with the Handheld Stapler. (Love this stapler by the way!) I die cut the strip of hearts from the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper and used the individual hearts for some embellishments and pizzazz. And for a  little something on the Pop of Pink heart, I took two strands of Whisper White Solid Baker’s Twine to make a bow and adhered with a rolled up Glue Dot.

The Pop of Pink Designer Paper  has been so popular it is backordered, but you can still order it now and when Stampin’ Up! gets more they will send it to you. A big supply is due in about a week so it won’t be long!

You can purchase the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits along with the You’re So Sweet Stamp Set in a Bundle and save 10% if you wish.

Check out the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies and and Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper and consider ordering the dies to go with your Big Shot and have fun making the Pop of Pink Mini Treat Bag

Learn About the Big Shot by Stampin’ Up!

Big Shot Machine

If you already have the Big Shot, then you know what an amazing tool it is in making projects.  I use mine almost everyday! It is just left out all the time so that I can use it at a moment’s notice. Now that Stampin’ Up! is selling fancier and more intricate dies, there is a new platform for the Big Shot which they say will work better with the more detailed thinlits. This is great except it is starting to get confusing about what to use for a platform for which thing! I will be ordering the new platform, but I don’t have it yet.

I found some Stampin’ Up! videos that will help answer these questions!

These videos will give you some explanation of all these new-fangled things!

The new Big Shot Platform comes with an adapter for the thin dies. You can purchase this platform to go with the Big Shot Machine you already own. If you purchase a Big Shot, your new Big Shot will come with this new platform. They also recommend using the Precision Base PlateThe Precision Plate first came out in the Occasions Catalog. There is also the Magnetic Platform, which is useful for holding dies in place on your paper as they go through the machine.

Another less expensive accessory for your Big Shot is the Die Brush. You can place the foam pad in an empty stamp case and then your pieces will fall into the stamp case and not all over your table! The die brush is handy for helping to release the die cut from the die or to help the design release from the paper.

Houston Flood Swirly Bird Boat Card

Houston Flood Swirly Bird Boat Card

For many people in the Houston area and in other parts of Texas this week, this card made with the Swirly Bird Stamp Set and Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies represents the only way the people affected by the Houston flood have of getting around. While we are fine here in our neighborhood,  some of these other areas just outside of Houston are completely flooded and some neighborhoods an island unto themselves. I’ve seen videos of horses up on someone’s front porch to keep them out of the water, cattle being herded across a roadway and train track, and an airboat sailing through the water right next to a highway. It’s amazing.

It’s always good to have stamping to lift your spirits on a rainy day, so I thought making a boat and floodwaters with the Swirly Bird Bundle was a good idea. Of course if the rivers aren’t flooding where you live, you could make this same card and have it be a boat sailing along in calm waters! I stamped some of the swirly circle stamps for the water background and overlaid that with die cuts made with the Swirly Bird Thinlits. The pieces that make up the boat are stamped and cut out with Paper Snips. I added some dark clouds punched with the Tree Builder Punch. I also sponged some Soft Sky ink in the background.  The greeting is from one of my favorite stamp sets, Teeny Tiny Wishes and punched with a new punch, the Duet Banner Punch.

This Swirly Bird Stamp Set and Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies are proving to be some of the most popular items in the new catalog! It is a stamp set that will take some creativity to get full use of, but you can bet that plenty of Demonstrators and stampers will be coming up with lots of cute ideas that we can all copy! If you want both the stamp set and dies, you can purchase them together in a Swirly Bird Photopolymer Bundle  and save 10%. And if you didn’t want both, I would suggest just the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies.  I think you will be able to do a lot just with those.

Hopefully all the rain in Texas will move on soon and people can get out of their boats and use the streets for cars again.  Then I can take the dark clouds off my Houston Flood Swirly Bird Boat Card and replace it with a swirly sun!

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Swirly Scribbles Die Cut Flowers Card

Swirly Scribbles Die Cut Flowers

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As you look through the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog, if you have one, or see the products online on June 1st, you might skip over the Swirly Bird Stamp Set (141749) and the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies (141497), but now that I have played with them a little bit, I think these both are going to become favorites. I made the Swirly Scribbles Die Cut Flowers card mostly with just the die cuts .  I didn’t even have a real plan in my mind, just thought I would try out the Thinlits. I used the new In ColorsSweet Sugarplum, Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, and Emerald Envy for the leaves. I used one stamp to stamp the center in the Flirty Flamingo flower center piece (which probably technically is a scrap from the die cut!) and added a couple of white sequins from the Metallics Sequin AssortmentI had to choose a small size greeting so I just went with the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set (one of my favorites!) and choose the generic “thinking of you” greeting.  I’m so happy that stamp set is carrying over to the new catalog!

You will be able to purchase the Swirly Bird Photopolymer Stamp Set and the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits in a Bundle page 152 (in the new catalog) and save 10% in the new catalog!

If you are interested in these wonderful products from Stampin’ Up! and do not have a Demonstrator yet, I would be happy to be yours!  Contact me if you would like a hard copy of the catalog. If you prefer looking at the catalog online, it will be up on Wednesday, June 1st! That’s less than a week!

Just a few days left to get any of the retiring products from the current catalog AND the Occasions Catalog!  Be sure to check out the Retiring Products List HERE or shop the Retiring Category in my Online Store HERE.  When the new catalog comes out June 1st you will be able to order the Swirly Bird Bundle and have your own fun making all kinds of creations, like this simple Swirly Scribbles Die Cut Flowers Card!

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Graduation Congratulations Card with Large Numbers Framelits

Graduation Congratulations Card with Large Numbers Framelits

It is hard to believe that it is graduation time for schools, so if you need a graduation card, perhaps this Graduation Congratulations Card with Large Numbers Framelits will help you out.  I wanted to use the Large Numbers Framelits Dies so I die cut the numbers with my Big Shot for the graduation year. I used the Gold Foil Sheets for the numbers.  I tried another idea on the card but it didn’t work so then I thought of stamping “Congrats” randomly on the background of the card. This stamp comes from the Tin of Cards Stamp Set. I stamped it with Smoky Slate Ink  because I wanted it to show up but still be kind of muted in the background. The banner stamp is also included in the Number of Years Photopolymer Stamp Set and can be die cut with the banner framelit in the Large Numbers Framelits Dies. The greeting is stamped from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set, one of my favorites and most used stamp sets.  It fits perfectly inside this banner.

Now I did make a little graduation cap to put on the card but it didn’t fit very well, so I finally decided to just let it go, the card is fine without it.  Sometimes you have to stand back and realize that even if the card or project you are making isn’t as perfect or fantastic as YOU want it, someone else will not be looking at it as critically as you are. No one will open this card and say, “Why on earth did she not put a punch art graduation cap on the front??!”  You have to remember that when you are creating and don’t make stamping more difficult for yourself! And sometimes less is more!

You might want to consider purchasing the Number of Years Bundle of the Number of Years Stamp Set and the Large Numbers Framelits Dies so you are all set for making all kinds of birthday, anniversary, graduation and other cards, scrapbook pages, and who knows what?! Both items will be in the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog June 1st, but they will no longer be in a bundle, so get them now in a bundle while you can and save 15%!

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Make a Birthday Bouquet Treat Bag with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits

Birthday Bouquet Mini Treat Bag

I’m back to one of my favorite projects, using the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies to make a special treat bag with the Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper. I love using the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies for lots of projects! The basic way to use the dies is to make a treat bag with an opening in the top like any little sack and then embellish it. But this one I folded the top over and added a belly band to hold it closed.  It is filled with two chocolates and a tea bag. The die cut heart also comes in the die collection. I embossed the heart with the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder just to add a little texture. The small hearts are punched with the heart punch in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch PackThe word “Enjoy” is also one of the die cuts.  You really get a lot in the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies!  The belly band is 8 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ and just folded around the bag.  The bag is scored at 3 1/2″ from the bottom if you want a score line to help fold the top over.

There are so many variations to making these treat bags and embellishing them! Check out my post HERE to see the other similar one I made,

We’re moving along in May so be sure you check out the Retiring Stampin’ Up! products list to see what is still available and what you want before they are gone May 31. Stamps are guaranteed though May 22 since Stampin’ Up! manufactures their own stamps in Kanab, Utah. Other products are only available while supplies last.  If you see it in the Online Store, then it is still for sale!

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Cherry on Top Easy Amazing Birthday Card

Cherry on Top Easy Amazing Birthday Card

Here is a Cherry on Top easy Amazing Birthday card!  If you are looking for a simple birthday (or most any occasion) card to make, this is one you should try. All it takes is a change of paper and/or greeting to fit any reason to send a card!

One of the retiring stamp sets I am going to miss is the Amazing Birthday Stamp Set! It is even discounted on the Retiring Stamps List. It has birthday-specific stamps but some of the other stamps you can use for other occasions, too!

The card base is Bermuda Bay, with a layer of Crushed Curry, both of which coordinate with the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack. My Cherry on Top Paper Stack had gotten lost in the shuffle somehow so I was glad to think about it again, find it, and use it because it has some fun, colorful papers in it. It’s “Happy” paper to use!

I used my Banner Framelits Dies to die cut the layered banner on the front of the card. If you like, you can save 15% by purchasing the Amazing Birthday Stamp Set and the Banner Framelit Dies together in the Amazing Birthday Bundle.  I had forgotten these two products came together in a Bundle!

All Bundles are being retired right now, but that doesn’t mean all the products individually are being retiring.  They are just taking apart the Bundles to make room for NEW Bundles in the new catalog and perhaps one of the items in the Bundle is retiring, such as the stamp set or the designer paper.

For a final embellishment, I wrapped some Gold Metallic Thread around the top of the banner. This is not retiring but you may as well put it on your order to have on hand because it is an inexpensive, fun bit of pizzazz to add to any of your cards or projects.

Try making this Cherry on Top Easy Amazing Birthday Card or change it up with your own design!

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Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Balloon Birthday Card with Envelope

Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Balloon Birthday Card with Envelope

One of the items on the final week of Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals is the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits! That is what I used to make this Mini Treat Bag Balloon Birthday Card!  I used the Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper to make the treat bag. Then I punched a matching “real” balloon with the Balloon Bouquet Punch. To turn this into a birthday card, I added a card of Whisper White to slip inside and stamped with the smaller balloon from the punch adhered to the card. The larger balloon is on the bag.  And to finish it off, I used the Envelope Punch Board to make a matching envelope with another pattern in the pack of designer paper.

The Mini Treat Bag Thinlits DIes have been one of my favorite dies!  Be sure to check it out and perhaps add it to your next order!

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A Paper Quilt Card for National Quilting Day 2016

A Paper Quilt Card for National Quilting Day 2016

Here is a paper quilt card to help celebrate National Quilting Day 2016 today! This card demonstrates that we cardmakers can make something resembling a quilt. This is just a simple square block pattern I chose to make, but you can also make cards resembling the more complicated quilt patterns that are out there. If you look closely at the card photo, you will see that I also embossed the “quilt” with the Lovely Lace Textured Embossing Folder  and the Big Shot.  I think this gives the paper the look of actual quilting – but certainly is a lot easier on a card than a real quilt!  I urge you to use a quilt pattern today or sometime soon as inspiration for a card you are making!

The card base is the Lost Lagoon Card Stock with a Whisper White layer. I punched squares of paper with the 1″ Square Punch and adhered the squares to the Whisper White.  The greeting at the bottom is from the stamp set Birthday Blooms.  I love the greetings and design in this stamp set. The designer paper I chose to use for the “quilt” is from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure on page 12 called Wildflower Fields Designer Series Paper (#141022). You can earn this paper FREE with a $50 Stampin’ Up! purchase!

If you are a stamper or papercrafter, I bet, like me, you have also dabbled in other crafts, perhaps quilting. I did make a quilt years ago for my son when I found some antique-looking baseball fabric in a quilt shop. It is rather unusual to find fabric for boys so this caught my eye. I made the quilt top and had it machine quilted. The quilt top wasn’t perfect, but it was the one and only quilt I made from “scratch”.  I was just glad to get it completely finished! I think a lot of crafts have cross-overs, so it is possible to honor quilting on National Quilting Day even if our craft is stamping. Make a quilt card with your paper, ink and stamps instead of fabric! It certainly is easier!

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Make a St. Patrick’s Day Card

St. Patrick's Day Bloomin' Love Heart Card

It’s time to make some St. Patrick’s Day cards if you are Irish or have some Irish friends or family! St. Patrick’s Day is Thursday, March 17 so it is coming soon! You don’t always have to have the exact stamp for the theme. If you just look through your supplies, you will almost always find something you can substitute that will still express the occasion. For example, I just had this Bloomin’ Heart Thinlit Die in mind for a St. Patrick’s Day card even though you might think it’s not quite the right thing.  But I colored it green, so I think it works perfectly!  And certainly is pretty in person!

I die cut the Bloomin’ Heart out of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper and then colored the heart with my Aqua Painter and Cucumber Crush Ink Refill. You can experiment with how light or dark you want to color your heart because it likely will dry a little lighter than the color goes on. But you can go back and add more color if you want. Most likely, it will come out a little varigated because you won’t get the exact amount of color over each area.

The card base is Cucumber Crush with a Gold Foil Sheets by Stampin’ Up! layer and Shimmery White on top of that.  I liked the Shimmery White to match the glimmer paper.  I also stamped some flowers from the Bloomin’ Love Photopolymer Stamp Set and die cut with the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits Dies. They are adhered to the heart with Mini Glue Dots. To add a little bling, I added some Rhinestone Jewels to the flower centers.

I didn’t have an shamrock stamps, but you can make your own shamrocks with hearts as I did on the bottom portion of this card. They are punched with the Hearts Border Punch. Just put three or four together and draw in the stem with a green Stampin’ Write Marker.

The greeting is from Teeny Tiny Wishes, one of my favorite stamp sets! It DOES have a “Happy St. Patrick’s Day” stamp, but if you don’t own this stamp set, you might have a difficult time finding that greeting. In another stamp set, I found the words “Lucky You” and I thought that would work also.  So if you ever don’t have the exact right thing, just look and see what you do have that will work just fine!

Remember, today is the last day for these Stampin’ Up! Weekly DealsPick up several packages of Rhinestone Jewels at a discount! Just add these deals to your order, and when you reach $50 or more, choose a FREE Sale-A-Bration item! And remember, there are three NEW Sale-A-Bration products you might like as well!

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Playful Pals Easter Bunny Pyramid Treat Box

Playful Pals Easter Bunny Pyramid Treat Box

If you get the Playful Pals Photopolymer Bundle, which includes the Playful Pals Stamp Set and the Pyramid Pals Thinlits Dies, and you spend some time playing with it, you will just become more and more creative playing with all the stamps and dies and thinking of all the possibilities, such as my Playful Pals Easter Bunny Pyramid Treat Box.  I didn’t even know if there were proper “ears” in the set, but there were, and then I die cut a bunny ear out of orange card stock for a carrot and a green piece that is probably most like a frog’s foot for the leafy top of the carrot. I just drew in the little lines on the carrot and the leafy top with a black marker.  A lot of times I find that the more I sit and play with my stamps and accessories, the more ideas I can come up with.

Bunnies aren’t just for Easter!  You could make Playful Pals bunnies out of other colors, even designer paper, just for fun.  How cute will they be for babies or baby showers or gifts?! Little kids will like them as a birthday party favor.

With this Playful Pals Photopolymer Bundle, you can just stamp on the pyramid box or you can stamp and use die cuts to make things a little more 3D. So many possibilities! You can copy ideas you find online, but I also challenge you to just play and stamp and stamp and play and see what you come up with all the little pieces and parts!

Don’t forget the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals that end tomorrow!  You might for sure want the Ornate Tag Topper Punch and especially the very cute Tin of Cards Project Kit by Stampin’ Up! You might also want to add the Tin of Cards Photopolymer Stamp Set that has great greetings and little doodles that I’ve used on other projects, not just the Tin of Cards.

If you want to make fun little animals and other projects like my Playful Pals Easter Bunny Pyramid Treat Box, be sure to check out my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE.

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Make an Easter Basket with the Berry Basket

Easter Basket with the Berry Basket

Make an Easter Basket with the Berry Basket Die and the Big Shot! Choose your favorite card stock color for the basket and die cut. Decorate the outside of the basket however you like, and fill with some grassy material.  Just like that, you have a cute little Easter Basket for a gift, a decoration, or a table favor.

This Easter Basket is made with Crumb Cake card stock to be neutral and then I used the Easter Lamb Stamp to decorate it along with some Blushing Bride Glimmer PaperI absolutely love this little lamb stamp! It’s just one single stamp, which makes it so cute just by itself! I just colored in a bit with some Stampin’ Write Markers and punched out with the 2″ Circle Punch. The Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper is punched with the 2 3/8″ Scallop Circle PunchSo easy and so cute!  Fill your basket with candy!

Don’t forget about the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals, good through Monday, March 7.

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Shop Stampin’ Up! for stamp, ink, paper, and accessories for making all kinds of fun cards and projects such as this easy Easter Basket made with the Berry Basket Die.

 

March Comes in Like a Lion Playful Pals Card and Pyramid Box

March Comes in Like a Lion Playful Pals Card and Pyramid Box

The saying goes, “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.” I don’t know if that saying will be true today or not for where I live and where you live, but I made some lions with the Playful Pals Photopolymer Bundle of stamps and dies in honor of March 1st.

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Help Bring Birthdays Back!

Maybe you recall THIS STORY posted on the Stampin’ Up! blog a little while ago about Shannon West, an employee at the Stampin’ Up! Home Office, realizing that people were just posting their holiday and birthday greetings on social media and not sending cards, and she decided to do something about it.  Stampin’ Up! joined in and now we have a new stamp that you can purchase and use on your cards or envelopes as Shannon is doing!

Here is a photo Sara Douglass, Interim CEO of Stampin’ Up!, posted on Facebook yesterday of the new stamp.  You can put Item #143573 on your Stampin’ Up! order.  The cost is $12.00. Right now it says the stamp is on backorder, but if you want it, I would put it on your order anyway. Maybe they just don’t have them all delivered to the warehouse yet for shipping.

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Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals
Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Mar 1 2016

Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for March 1 through Monday, March 7, 2016. I think the main thing I would want if you don’t already have it is the Tin of Cards Project Kit. This kit is featured on the front cover of the Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalog. As soon as I saw the tin, I knew I wanted the kit, and the cards are cute too!  You can make the cards and then wait to attach the greeting for when you need a card and then you can choose what you need. The tin also has dividers so you can store additional cards.  All the other products make stamping more fun, too!

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