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Paper Strip Quilt Valentine Card For Valentine’s Day

Paper Strip Quilt Valentine Card

It’s Valentine’s Day, and if you need to make a last minute Valentine card, this paper strip quilt valentine idea is very easy to make. It may look involved, but it is a good way to use up your designer paper scraps.  I happened to have a bunch of paper strips from a project with the Love Blossoms Designer Paper Stack. They are about 1/2″ wide, you can use whatever measurement you like. The basic idea is to lay down some strips of paper side by side on the cardstock and then trim off the overhanging strips.

I suggest starting with a piece of cardstock such as Whisper White, larger than what you ultimately want (to allow room for trimming). I adhered one paper strip at an angle that didn’t go all the way across. Then start adhering strips side by side (or leaving a margin in between if you want) going in different directions and varying the paper patterns. Where you end up with the eensiest empty space along an edge, you could color in with a marker, but if you make your base cardstock larger, you will be trimming the edges off anyway.

This is what your strip piecing will look like:

Paper Strip Quilt Valentine Card BackPaper Strip Quilt Valentine Card Front

Paper Strip Quilt Valentine Card Trimming

And then you end up with this paper strip layer that looks like a quilt perhaps!

Paper Strip Quilt Valentine Card pieced

It’s best to make this layer larger than the size you need so that you can trim it down and get rid of any little empty spaces along the edge.

If you wanted to make this look like a quilt or to add extra texture, you could now run this layer through the Big Shot with an embossing folder of your choice.

To finish the card for Valentine’s Day, I punched three Whisper White and three Rose Red hearts with the Sweetheart Punch. You can’t really layer the hearts properly but you can make it look a little bit layered by just staggering the punched hearts one on top of the other. The hearts are stamped with images from the Bloomin’ Love Photopolymer Stamp Set.

Of course this card is not just for Valentine’s Day.  You can do this paper strip technique for any occasion with any papers. It’s a great way to use up scraps with an impressive result! If you need a last minute Valentine card, try this paper strip quilt technique.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

Making a Valentine Birthday Card With Paper Pumpkin

Making a Valentine Birthday Card

Although the January 2016 Paper Pumpkin Kit had an obvious Valentine theme to it, you can also use hearts for a birthday, especially a birthday for Valentine’s Day. When you receive your Paper Pumpkin papercrafting kit in the mail, you can follow the enclosed directions and/or you can make your own alternative Paper Pumpkin ideas. There often are enough materials to do some of both! And some people subscribe to two kits so they can make the project as designed and then play around with the second kit to make other creative ideas!

There are always alternative ideas out there and I saw other ideas of making cards with the hearts. Since I didn’t really need another Valentine, I decided to make a birthday card with the big Paper Pumpkin heart.  If you aren’t getting the Paper Pumpkin Kit, just cut out your own heart out of cardstock or designer paper.  Perhaps you have the retired Hearts Framelits. (How could they retire those?!!) It’s okay for the heart to be too big for the card, just cut off the overhanging part and it still looks fine. I stamped this heart with a greeting from the Big News Stamp Set.  The background paper is from the Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper If you are using two patterns on your card, have one be big and bolder and one smaller to make them work. My little banner also comes from the Paper Pumpkin Kit. The smaller hearts are punched with the Sweetheart Punch.  I just punched three so I could get sort of a layered look even though they don’t really “layer”. The beautiful sequin trim also comes in the kit and I made it look like a bow, adhered with Glue Dots. I pulled off a few sequins to adhere randomly on the heart. Easy with the tiniest drop of glue on the paper and then place the sequin on the paper, don’t try to put glue on the sequin.

I hope this gives you an idea for a Valentine card, alternative ideas for your Paper Pumpkin Kit or an idea for using hearts for other occasions like a birthday, rather than just Valentine’s Day.

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Super Bowl Sunday 2016 Football Owl Punch Card

Super Bowl Sunday 2016 Football Owl Punch Card

Today is Super Bowl Sunday 2016, so before the game or during the game, why not celebrate with a little stamping?! Gotta love the Owl Builder Punch for making just about anything you need, including football players! I don’t know of any punch more interesting and versatile than the Owl Punch!

The football is made with the Oval Punch, but I stuck one end back in the punch from the top (not the side as usual) to make the oval shorter.  Then I had to trim the sides just a teeny bit and I added the stitching with the White Gel Pen.  The greeting is from the stamp set in the Occasions Catalog, Enjoy the Little Things .  The goal post I made with the Square Punch and some hand trimming.

Whatever you are doing today, whether it revolves around football or not, have a fun Super Bowl Sunday!

Birthday Builder Card #ImBringingBirthdaysBack

Birthday Builder imbringingbirthdaysback

Yesterday Shannon West, from the Stampin’ Up! Corporate Office, was on a local Utah morning show with some stamped birthday cards with the Build a Birthday Stamp Set talking about her idea called #ImBringingBirthdaysBack. Shannon West is one of our favorite presenters at Stampin’ Up! events and on videos, etc.

Shannon was feeling that social media, with its quick and easy way to just type a birthday greeting online to friends, was ruining birthday cards, so she decided she wanted to send a birthday card to anyone who wanted one!  She even made her own hashtag stamp #imbringingbirthdaysback. If you aren’t familiar with hashtags, they really are kind of like search terms that group those certain terms together. Sometimes they are specific and sometimes they are just funny or silly. Of course Shannon was deluged with requests.

Stampin’ Up! got behind her movement since making and sending cards is what we do!  At least we intend to!!  So maybe this will spur more of us on to not just type a birthday greeting on social media but to send a card, especially a handmade card! Let’s make the post office busy again! Stampin’ Up! is going to manufacture Shannon’s hashtag stamp! I can’t wait!

You can see Shannon on the local show, Good4Utah, yesterday HERE.

I made a card similar to the ones she showed, as you can see in the photo above.  I also loved the idea of how she stamped the back flap of the envelope!  Remember, we should not be sending out “naked envelopes”!  Stamp something on them!

Let’s all get those birthday date books out and start making cards, or pull out the ones you have made but not mailed, and start sending real birthday cards, IN THE MAIL, to your friends and loved ones! Bring back the good old days when postmen delivered cards and letters in the mail!

Shannon West BD stamp

Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Valentine Heart Treat Bag

Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Heart BagIf you have ever considered getting the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies from Stampin’ Up! now is the time because they are discounted on the Weekly Deals! Quickly and easily make cute little treat bags for candy, gift cards, small gifts, or even as an envelope to hold a card. They can be for any occasion and thanks to creative people who figure these things out, you can even make them into different sizes!  You just need to die cut with the Big Shot the one main front piece that has one of the back sides attached, plus the other back side. Score, fold, and glue and you have a cute treat bag!

As a bonus, you get all kinds of extra pieces to die cut to make embellishments for your treat bag or to use on other projects.

Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies Pieces

My Mini Treat Bag I made with Rose Red card stock because it coordinates with the Love Blossoms Designer Paper Stack that I used inside the heart window.  I used the heart die to cut that window and then just adhered a piece of the Love Blossoms paper on the inside before I glued the bag.

Mini Treat Bag Window Inside

Mini Treat Bag Window

Next just decorate your treat bag with any embellishments or die cut some of the pieces that came in your set for whatever occasion you are making this for! This bag I made could be for Valentine’s Day but doesn’t have to be. Make a separate card to slip inside and have the whole thing be a card rather than a bag. Fold over the top and make a bellyband to make it an enclosure. Just have fun with it and you will!!

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Love Blossoms Heart Valentine Card

Love Blossoms Heart Valentine Card

It’s February so here is an easy valentine card you can make! As long as I was punching hearts from the Love Blossoms Designer Series Paper Stack, I just punched some extras and made this card. The large heart is punched with the Sweetheart Punch and the smaller ones with the heart punch in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.

Since it is Valentine’s Day, why not have even more hearts on this card by using the Happy Heart Embossing Folder for the background?! First I made a card base with Whisper White and then embossed a layer piece of Whisper White with the Happy Hearts Folder, so we have white on white.

The banner is stamped from the Bloomin’ Love Photopolymer Stamp SetI used Garden Green ink since that matches the Love Blossoms Paper.  You could also use Black or any other coordinating color.  The coordinating colors are listed on the front of the Paper Stack pad!  How handy! There are several greetings to choose from in the stamp set, so pick what you like. Then I just cut it out with my Paper Snips.  Paper Snips, rather than regular scissors, make really easy work of small trimming like this, so if you don’t have Paper Snips, I would put those on my next order.  Sometimes you don’t realize how much of a difference a certain tool can make until you use it.

Rhinestone Jewels always come in a handy for just a little bit of bling on the hearts!

Get out some paper and stamps and have fun playing to make some valentines!

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Love Blossoms Punched Hearts Valentine Card

Love Blossoms Punched Hearts Valentine Card

I found an old card in my stash that I really like with a bunch of hearts punched from designer paper, so I decided to just copy my own creation and make this Love Blossoms Punched Hearts Valentine Card. It could be a valentine card or it could just be any card! I even chose not to put a greeting at the bottom or somewhere on the card because I kind of liked it the way it way. And then I stamped a valentine greeting on the inside from the stamp set Bloomin’ Love

The card base is simply Whisper White. If you have the new Whisper White Thick Cardstock, that would be great to use. For the background layer, I used a piece of paper in the Love Blossoms Designer Series Paper StackThere are some very pretty papers in this pack. Then I used the Sweetheart Punch for the larger hearts and the heart punch in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack for the small hearts to adhere on the card using various designs in the Love Blossoms Stack. Then for a little bling I added some red heart sequins from the Brights Sequins Assortmenteven though it’s not the perfect color match and some silver sequins from the Metallic Sequin Assortment. And I tied a little Silver Bow as well.

It’s time to start making a few Valentines now that it is February 1st!  Can you believe it?! One of the greatest benefits of Stampin’ Up! products is the color coordination. The designer papers match the card stock, and now Stampin’ Up! even prints the list of coordinating colors on the designer paper package. And they’ve made it even easier for customers by selling a cardstock pack that comes with the main colors you need for each suite of products in the Occasions Catalog, such as the Love Blossoms Cardstock Pack that contains the colors Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake and Rose Red.

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Botanicals For You Cards

Botanicals For You Cards

I had so much fun making these Botanicals For You cards! Once you start playing with any of the products in the Botanical Gardens Suite in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog, it’s pretty hard to stop.  So many possibilities! And along with this Suite, the Botanicals For You Stamp Set in the Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration Brochure goes well with it. I love the big “just for you” image and the sayings that come with it that you can put on the inside of the card!

I kept it relatively simple making these cards, just using Hello Honey for the card base, stamping the greeting with Stazon Ink and adhering a strip of the Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper along the side.  You could choose any of the patterns, I was really drawn to this paper with the dramatic black on some of the designs. I could have stopped there but I wanted a little more, so I die cut several flowers and centers from the designer paper and cardstock using the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies. I love the flower that has petals that pop out just a little bit!  If you aren’t mailing the card you can pull them out to stand up a bit and also shape the centers to look more 3D. I also love the very delicate leafy leaf die in here!  Oh my!

I do highly recommend the new Big Shot Die Brush to use with some of these intricate dies. It only costs $11 and comes with the foam pad that you use. If you are going to use any of these new intricate dies you might as well buy the Die Brush!  Put it on your next order!

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If you like flowers and foliage, you will love this whole set!

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Rose Wonder Watercolor Card

Rose Wonder Watercolor Card

I got a big box of Stampin’ Up! goodies yesterday and barely knew which stamp set or product to start playing with, but this Rose Wonder Photopolymer Stamp Set won out! I decided to make a very easy card with the pretty Shimmery White Cardstock.  Shimmery White holds up to watercoloring better than regular cardstock, and I had this idea to just watercolor on the paper first and stamp second. I used my Aqua Painter and several ink refills:  Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight and Pool Party. I did kind of see where the stamp was going to go on the card front and approximately watercolored in those area, but not with any exact placement.

An easy way to watercolor with ink refills is to place a DROP of ink on a clear block or on top of a stamp case, then use the Aqua Painter to dilute and swirl and pick up the ink.  Then just wipe it off with a paper towel or napkin when you are finished with that color. A stamp case or block is usually right there so easy to use! Of course you can also use the inside of the ink pad lid.  Lots of ways to do it!

After watercoloring the Shimmery White (or you could certainly use watercolor paper), I used the Heat Tool to dry it completely. I stamped the flower and greeting in Jet Black Stazon InkAnd then for a little pizzazz (and of course for the fun of playing with my new product!) I had to add some highlights with my new Gold Wink of Stella Glitter Brush. Once you start playing with the Wink of Stella Glitter Brushes it’s pretty hard to stop!

I may play around with this card some more and take it from simple to a little “more”. We’ll see!

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Bloomin’ Heart Thinlit Valentine Card

Bloomin' Heart Thinlit Valentine Card

The Shimmery White Cardstock is wonderful to use on a card like this Bloomin’ Heart Thinlit Valentine Card. Not only is it beautiful in and of itself with its subtle shimmer, but it works well for watercoloring. Not that I started this card thinking of watercoloring!  I just wanted to make the beautiful Bloomin’ Heart die cut with the Shimmery White cardstock. Then I decided to color in the little die cut flowers that come with the heart, and after that thought I would color the leaves on the heart die cut. That led to coloring the flowers too, doing it all very loosely, not trying to get every single shape colored exactly correctly and perfectly.  I used my Aqua Painter and ink in the lids of my ink pads:  Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay, Old Olive, Tangerine Tango.  The Shimmery White cardstock holds up well to watercoloring like this, better than just Whisper White.

Bloomin' Heart Thinlit Coloring

After coloring the heart and making sure it was dry (you can use the Heat Tool to quickly dry the watercoloring), I used the new Fine-Tip Glue Pen to apply glue to many of the tiny spaces on the back of this heart. If you don’t have this Fine-Tip Glue Pen in your arsenal, I really suggest you add it to your next order! I adhered it to a card base of Soft Sky cardstock. Next I adhered the die cut flowers to the heart and added Rhinestone Jewels for some bling!

The banner at the bottom of the card is a stamp in the coordinating stamp set, Bloomin’ Love Photopolymer Stamp Set as well as the words.  I cut it out the banner by hand with Paper Snips.

Bloomin' Heart Thinlit Closeup

This Bloomin’ Heart Thinlit Die is just beautiful and can be used for more than Valentine’s Day. It cut out well with the Precision Base Plate by Stampin’ Up! I rolled it forward and back so that it went through the Big Shot three times. Then if you take the die with the paper inside and lay it on the foam and roll with the Big Shot Die Brushalmost all the little pieces some out and the die cut shape pops out easily.  You still probably have to poke out a few pieces with the Paper Piercing Tool or something similar.

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Kraft Corrugated Red Foil Glimmer Valentine

Kraft Corrugated Red Foil Glimmer Valentine

I didn’t really know what to title this valentine, so I titled it with everything:  Kraft Corrugated Red Foil Glimmer Valentine! I sort of copied my own valentine creation from last week when I was making some sample valentines for the valentines two moms and I made for their kids’ classes. But today, as I was looking for some current designer paper to use, I spied this Kraft Corrugated Paper on my table. Sometimes no matter what you THINK you are going to make, you might get inspiration and a different idea from something else you see. So I just decided to mix textures and looks with kraft textured paper, sparkly glimmer paper, and shiny red foil paper!

The card is a square 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ base of Whisper White, and layered with Red Foil Sheets pieces, Silver Glimmer Paper,  and the Kraft Corrugated Paper (which also has white corrugated sheets in the package!). I used three punches:  1″ Square Punch, the Postage Stamp Punch (retired), and the heart punch in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack. For a little embellishment, I tied a thread pulled from the 1 1/4″ Burlap Ribbon around the heart. And the greeting is from the popular stamp set in the Occasions Catalog, Bloomin’ Love.

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Try using different textures and materials to make your valentines and see what you come up with! It’s time to be thinking about Valentines!

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Bloomin’ Love Small Glimmer Hearts Valentine

Bloomin' Love Small Glimmer Hearts Valentine

This Bloomin’ Love Small Glimmer Hearts Valentine is fun to make with our beautiful Glimmer Paper! But what if you want some colored glimmer hearts?  It’s easy to color the Silver or Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.

To make these little colored hearts, I cut a strip of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper into a strip and then colored areas of the paper the colors I wanted to use. To color the paper, I used a bit of ink refill in the lid of the ink pad (or whatever ink was already there – you can squeeze the lid before you open the ink pad and if it is juicy enough, you will have a little puddle of ink in the lid). I used my Aqua Painter, one of my most useful tools in my opinion, to pick up some ink and paint it onto the glimmer paper. You could also use Sponge Daubers if you have those.

You can make the color pretty dark because it will be lighter when it dries. And I found that it needed a blast with the Heat Tool to really get it dry. Maybe that is related to how much ink you put on the paper or the colors you use.

For this card, since I wanted hearts, I punched some little hearts with the heart punch in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch PackI adhered each one with two Glue Dots.  The Valentine greeting is from the Bloomin’ Love Photopolymer Stamp Set.  I think we too easily just focus on the pretty heart stamp in that set, but take a good look at ALL the stamps in that set you will see words, flowers, a pretty banner, and a few others. Almost all of them, except maybe the greeting I used on this card, can be used for other occasions, even just general use.

Here is what my glimmer paper coloring looked like!

Coloring Glimmer Paper

 

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Birthday Card with Stars

Birthday Card with Stars

You never know what card design you might come up with from scraps on your desk, such as this Birthday Card with Stars. In order to make space for our Christmas tree, we have to move a desk to another room. This desk is where I heap lots of stamping stuff, not where I actually stamp. The Christmas tree has been down for a little while but we haven’t moved the furniture back where it belongs. Yesterday I was putting designer papers back in their packages which were in a holder (or not!) on this desk, when something tipped over, which knocked my ribbon storage things off the back of the desk with ribbon rolls going everywhere underneath the desk. Even when I tried to catch things and straighten everything back up, there was another domino effect with more stuff going crashing everywhere. It was almost funny except for the mess it was making! So I guess I need to do some major tidying up on that desk when we move it back!

But in the process of the little bit of tidying up I found all these stars I had already cut out with the Stars Framelits Dies so I decided to just go ahead and make a card with some of them! I placed the stars around on the card, adhered them, and then added a greeting from Remembering Your Birthday. I even decorated the inside a little bit with a couple small stars.

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Stampin' UP! Weekly Deals Jan 19 2016

One exciting product on the Weekly Deals is the Party Punch Pack, which is in the new Occasions Catalog on page 4. If my math is correct, if you want the Party Punch Pack along with the coordinating stamp set Party Wishes, then it is a better deal to purchase the Bundle.  If you just want the punches, then the Weekly Deals discounted price is better.

And of course the other products on the Weekly Deals are all great. I think markers are very useful to have, especially if you don’t own the ink pads.  The Berry Basket Die is fun for lots of projects, and who doesn’t need plenty of buttons on hand for embellishing?!

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Making Class Valentines

Class Valentines 2016

It was such a fun time on Friday night making class valentines with two of my customers/friends for their kids’ classes! Yes, they are really ahead of the game, but since they are both so busy we decided to do it as early as possible. I love looking for ideas for cards so I created a secret board on Pinterest where I could pin anything I came across that I liked. I think only the mummy guy is from the Pinterest board, the other two I came up with after I heard what interests the kids had.

The mummy is from the Googly Ghouls Stamp Set (retired) and I copied this clever idea from Pinterest. I made mine be a small card, 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ square since I had leftover card stock from wedding invitations and thought this would be a great time to use it and save some cutting. Besides small is cuter sometimes! Since it was for a boy’s class, instead of a big red heart I used some Brushed Silver card stock (also retired). I stamped three little red hearts and punched out one small heart. Not sure this guy has one in this photo, but it is extra-cute to adhere a googly eye to the mummy. We forgot to do that at the end, but it’s plenty cute without anyway.

The middle valentine is for a girl who loves horses!  I used the retired stamp set Wanted. Sometimes it pays to keep around old stamp sets although something has to give space-wise sometime soon at my house! But this set is one I would probably keep. Somehow I came up with making a tag with the Scalloped Tag Topper PunchThe background paper on the tag is the woodgrain pattern from a sheet in the Farmers Market Designer Series Paper. We all decided on just a half card size (again, sometimes smaller is cuter!) and I think it’s perfect!

And the third one is for a boy who loves soccer!  I found (again) a retired Stampin’ Up! sports stamp set, never used! But any time now, when I make those scrapbook pages for my boys sports!!!  The grass is made with the Fringe ScissorsAnd the soccer ball is stamped on the card and also punched out and popped up for fun.

So the two moms and I made 75 valentines for 3 classes in a couple of hours. A real team effort! Hopefully the kids will like them, but it was also about us getting together to have some stamping fun! I always say one of the best things about Stampin’ Up! is the people you meet!

Making More Class Valentines

Making Class Valentines

Stampin’ Up! Envelope Punch Board Card Boxes

Envelope Punch Board Card Boxes

I’ve owned the Envelope Punch Board by Stampin’ Up! since it came out, but I had never tried making one of these card boxes.  I was gifting some cards to a couple friends and wanted to give them a nice presentation. I watched some tutorials online to figure out how to make these and then got to work. Once I figured it out, it was easy and I was pleased with the result. You do need 12″ x 12″ paper to make this size which starts with 9″ x 9″ paper – not that I didn’t pull out a regular size piece of cardstock since it was 9″ x 9″ and I didn’t need something as large as 10″ x 10″ or something!  Duh!!  This is a good time to pull out some old designer paper to practice on (I know, I can hear the gasps, but surely you have some old paper and patterns you aren’t that crazy about anymore!).

This is how I made my card box although it may be difficult to understand without a video.

  • Place a 9″ x 9″ piece of paper in the Envelope Punch Board lined up with the 3 1/2″ measurement.  Punch and score. Move the paper over to the 4 1/2″ measurement, punch and score.
  • Turn the paper around to the opposite side and repeat the above directions.
  • Turn the paper to one of the sides that hasn’t been scored and punched. On this side, match up each of the score lines with the guide as you would normally do to make an envelope, punch and score.
  • Turn the paper to the last side and repeat the above directions of lining up the score lines with the guide.
  • Fold lightly on all the score lines to see how your envelope box is going to go together. Making sure it is in a landscape position, determine which flap is the top of the box and, if you want, punch the tip to round using the Envelope Punch Board.
  • Now that you know which side is the top, trim off the tabs from the top flap and cut slits for the bottom to make tabs just to make the bottom a little stronger with the tabs. (See photo)
  • Adhere the flaps to form the box, making sure the box is lined up well.
  • If you want to stamp on the box, do this before putting the box together.

Envelope Punch Board Scoring

Envelope Punch Board Card Box Cuts

Envelope Punch Board Card Box Scored

Envelope Punch Board Card Box Folded

Try this and you will probably find making this card box fun to make with the Envelope Punch Board! And any time we can get more use out of our tools and products, it’s a good thing!

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Honeycomb Happiness Ice Cream Cone Card

Honeycomb Happiness Ice Cream Cone Card

Making this Honeycomb Happiness Ice Cream Cone Card sure made me hungry for ice cream! This stamp set is one of the free Sale-A-Bration stamp sets you can earn with a $50 Stampin’ Up! purchase, a special promotion going on right now!

The Honeycomb Happiness Stamp Set on page 15 of the Sale-A-Bration Brochure comes with the ice cream cone, the chick (or bird?), and balloon plus three greetings. I’m sure it is destined to be one of the most popular SAB stamp sets. The little Honeycomb Embellishments (page 9 of the Occasions Catalog) are perfect on each of these images and I intended to put one on the ice cream cone, but I forgot! I had already applied my Wink of Stella Brush to add some glimmer, so I’ll just have to make another ice cream cone card and use one of the honeycombs!

This card base is made with the Thick Whisper White card stockThe ice cream cones on the background are stamped with Soft Sky, Pink Pirouette, and Crumb Cake. The ice cream cone for the focal point is stamped with Stazon Ink and colored in with a Blender Pen and So Saffron and Pink Pirouette Ink. On the greeting for a little oomph I used the Subtles Candy Dots.  Love the Candy Dots!!

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Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Birthday Card

Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Birthday Card

You know how I love the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies and here I have made a Mini Treat Bag birthday card using one of the patterns in the English Garden Designer Series Paper collection.  I’m not sure I had noticed this particular pattern before, but it jumped out at me the other day.  I knew it was perfect for this project.  The other side is also nice, wide dark pink stripes, which you can barely see on the inside of the treat bag at the top. For the card part, I just slipped a piece of Whisper White that fit inside and stamped with a greeting from the Amazing Birthday Stamp Set.  I have used the “Happy Happy Happy Happy Birthday to you” greeting over and over again in birthday cards I have made. I attached one of the Mini Metallic Clothespins to the top of the card so it is clear that the recipient needs to pull out that inside card, and to make it stand out I die cut the little bow that comes with the dies and adhered that to the clothespin, along with a small Rhinestone Jewel. Why not?!

The front of the mini treat bag card is pretty simple.  I stamped the banner in the Amazing Birthday Stamp Set and just cut it out by hand. Then I stamped the birthday cake, punched it out, layered it on a larger circle punch, and then mounted it on the Silver Glimmer Paper scallop punch. For a little more pizzazz, I added a piece of the Silver Sequin Trim to dangle.

The Mini Treat Bag Thinlit Die card is perfect for slipping a gift card inside, too, if you like, or folding the top over and adding a belly band.  So many possibilities! And you get lots of pieces in the die package.  I love making cards and other projects with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits such as this birthday card.

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Card For a Baby Shower

Baby Shower Card

There’s a little bit of the new mixed in with the old on this baby shower card. The other day I had a fun afternoon stamping with a friend, and she wanted to make a baby shower card for a friend. Normally I would search online for at least 100 ideas and then look for 500 more just to be sure I had all the cutest ideas floating around in my head or one to copy. But this day, immediately the Something For Baby Stamp Set and the Baby’s First Framelits Dies popped into my head along with this cute paper, part of the English Garden Designer Series Paper. I love that simple but cute pattern on the paper! I think it reminds me of a comforter I bought for my daughter many moons ago.

The card base is Blushing Bride, which I seem to have used a lot recently! The Whisper White background is embossed with the Happy Hearts Embossing Folder.  The baby onesie is diecut with the Baby’s First Framelits, as I mentioned before. The little hanger is stamped with a hanger stamp from the Something For Baby stamp set. The bow is the Melon Mambo 1/4″ Cotton RibbonThe banner is from the new stamp set in the Occasions Catalog, Bloomin’ Love Photopolymer Stamp Set. I just colored it with markers so I could make the little leaves Old Olive and the rest Melon Mambo. The words come from Teeny Tiny Wishes, one of my favorite and most useful stamp sets of words.

Although I don’t have a photo of the inside of the card, my friend stamped the inside with the “Your little baby is big news” from the Big News Stamp Set. And she also grabbed the little heart from the Bloomin’ Love set and stamped that below the greeting.  We laughed about whether or not she should stamp more hearts randomly on the inside – you know, how you can go from something that is perfectly fine and then go crazy with a little too much stamping! Suddenly you have way too many hearts! As another friend who I used to paint with always said, “Know when to stop!”

All in all, my friend and I were pleased with this baby shower card we came up, just out of our own heads!

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Make a Beautiful Bloomin’ Love Card For a Friend

Bloomin' Love Friend CardOne of the beautiful new stamp sets in the Occasions Catalog is Bloomin’ Love, and with the little banner and words in the set, you can make a Bloomin’ Love Card for a friend or for someone you love. This card is so simple yet turned out very pretty. I don’t have any of the new paper yet in the catalog so I made my own background with one of the stamps in the set by stamping randomly with Blushing Bride ink on Whisper White.  The card base is 8 1/2″ x 4 1/4″, Blushing Bride, folded in half, just for something different than the usual size. The heart is stamped and just cut out with Paper Snips, my favorite scissors for trimming small images. The banner and the word “Friend” comes in the stamp set and adds a nice dimension to the card. I just popped the banner up with Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back.

The card still needed a little pizzazz and I achieved that with the new Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush.  I hadn’t tried it yet over the holidays, but wow!  It is addictive!  So easy to use and so pretty!  It dries really fast and adds sparkle while being completely flat. No feeling of glitter or anything. The brush tip is fine so you can add small amounts or outline images easily. I love it already!  It also comes in Gold. And I couldn’t resist adding some little Rhinestone Jewels to the banner!

I think this stamp set is going to be one of the most popular sets in the Occasions Catalog! It can be for valentines, but hearts, like stars, can be for lots of occasions and projects. Be sure to check out the Bloomin’ Love Photopolymer Bundle and save 15% if you buy the Bloomin’ Love Stamp Set plus the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits Dies!

Bloomin' Love Photopolymer Bundle

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Stampin' Up! Occasions Spring 2016 Catalog

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