Here in Houston it is almost the end of the first week of school, so I thought maybe people would want to make a Back to School Bravo Star Card either for the student that has completely their first week of school or perhaps for the teacher who has completed a week (and probably more) of back to school! Use the Bravo Stamp Setand some stars cut with the Stars Framelitsand Big Shot to choose an appropriate greeting. Change the greeting and make the card for someone getting ready to start school next week or after Labor Day!
For the card base I just used the new Whisper White Thick Cardstock. You will love the weight of this card stock if you would like to make a card with less layers. Then just die cut a bunch of assorted stars with the Stars Framelits and play around with the arrangement until you are happy with the placement of the stars and greeting. Use a lot or use a few! Place one framelit inside the other to make the stars with the center cut out.
I’ve always said everyone should have some star punches, star stamps, or in this case Star Framelits because stars can be used for just about anything. They are so good for congratulations, birthday, promotions, achievements, baby, thank you, anything special that you are making!
One of the new products in the new Stampin’ Up! 2015-16 Annual Catalog is the Gift Bag Punch Board,With this punch board, you can create many different sizes of gift bags, using card stock or designer series paper. There are three sizes of bags listed on the punch board, based on the size of the bottom of the bag. But then you can make the bag as tall or short as you like. It also punches holes in the top to thread ribbon through to tie closed, but I didn’t make this bag that way. On this bag, I also scored about an inch across the top so I could fold the paper over at the top to see the pattern on the other side. You could also make a decorative top edge. You can bet people will figure out many ways to make different sized bags and who knows what projects with this Gift Bag Punch Board! The sides can be straight and plain, or they can be gusseted to fold in a bit. And then of course, the possibilities of decorating are endless, especially for Stampin’ Up! papercrafters!
This gift bag is made with a pattern in the Bohemian Designer Series Paper. You could use any of the papers, any side. With some patterns of paper, you probably want to pay attention to which way the pattern is going before you cut your paper for the punch board. Don’t score too hard with designer paper so as not to tear the paper. It will probably hold up pretty well, though. The tag is made with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch and the new Delightful Dijoncard stock and the greeting is from the Bravo Photopolymer Stamp Set. What a fun greeting set to have on hand!
There are directions that come with the Gift Bag Punch Board and they are even printed on the board itself, But the best bet is to watch this Stampin’ Up! video to really get a feel for it. Make a bag or two with some scrap paper to get the idea and you will be all set! Not that hard!
This stamp set as several cute sayings, like “Let’s Party” and “Hooray”, not to mention “I Like Your Face”. I suppose that’s more of a younger generation saying! Just a fun set to play with and makes great cards for congratulatory and happy situations that you might want to make a card for!
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I decided to use the Wildflower Meadow stampin kind of a monochromatic look on this card, stamping the Crumb Cake card stock with Crumb Cake ink. You could also use Versamark Inkfor the same look. The card base is Soft Suede. I wanted to see a pretty background but I wanted a butterfly to be the focal point.
This card could be used for almost any occasion so I decided to leave off a greeting until I need to send the card and see what I want to put on it. It certainly could be used for Mother’s Day which is coming up next Sunday, May 10, 2015. It could also be birthday, thinking of you, get well, graduation, sympathy, even a wedding card.
Starburst Sayings is one of the stamp sets on the Stampin’ Up! Retired List that I was so surprised to see on there! It’s a fun stamp set to use and can cover many occasions from congratulations, birthdays, anniversaries, new baby, encouragement, and even weddings. All it takes is using the appropriate colors, papers and embellishments. Dress it up or dress it down, as they say! You can use circle punches with several of the stamps if you don’t mind punching inside the starburst edges. Use the matching Starburst Framelits Diesto use with these stamps or just paper.
Here’s another card I made awhile back with one of the other sayings:
This card is from last year and has retired paper and trim on it, but you can easily change it with something current. You can read that blog post HERE.
To shop for any of the Stampin’ Up! Retired products, just go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE. You can choose Stamps or Accessories. Click the View ALL dropdown box so that you can just scroll through all the products rather than having to go to the next page and the next.
How about some chocolate inspiration for a card? My daughter gave me this box of chocolates for Christmas (I know, you can’t believe I haven’t eaten it all by now!) but it is almost too cute to eat! At least it is so colorful that I enjoy looking at it on the counter. The other day I thought, those colors would make a good card! So this is my chocolate inspiration card below:
I just matched up some colors of card stock to the wrappers in the candy box. They didn’t have to be perfect but I was going for the look. I wanted to stamp just a fun greeting at the bottom, so I chose “Yippee-Skippee!” from the Yippee-Skippee Stamp Set.Just imagine the different greetings you could put on this same card!
I thought the top portion needed a little something, and then I noticed the candy box had some multi-colored twine wrapped around it! That was perfect! I just grabbed some Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twineand wrapped it around. I like it!
So you never know where your inspiration can come from! It can come from anywhere, not just a card website or magazine or something only stamping related. It might be a canned goods label in your pantry, a pillow at the store, a dress or scarf in a magazine, a map in an atlas – anything!
I think just using black and white can make a beautiful card, and that’s why the Back To Black Designer Series Paperfrom Stampin’ Up! is so useful. Here is an easy black and white Congratulations card that you could be proud to send to anyone. Or change out the greeting and make it a birthday card or whatever occasion you need. I just chose several scraps of my Back To Black DSP and cut strips and made them into banners of varying widths and lengths and adhered them to my card front (stamp first in case you mess up!). I tend to just cut the flag end of the banner with my Paper Snips, it doesn’t have to be perfect, but you could also punch with the arrow punch or the square punch or some others.
Do you need a fancy gift wrap idea? Use the Stampin’ Up! Kraft Gift Box and gold, gold, gold! Gold is IN these days so you might as well use it! I love these little Kraft Gift Boxes. They are 3 1/2″ wide on each side so perfect for a small gift or treat. I decorated this one first with a layer of Gold Foilon each side, cut just 1/8″ smaller on each side than the box. Then I layered a piece of Gold Fancy Foil Designer Vellum on each side (choose whichever pattern you like the best). I put a different pattern on the top.
Then to really jazz it up a bit, I put a little “frizzle” on the top! I didn’t know where I came up with that term or description, but it turns out “frizzle” does mean curl or kink or ringlets so I guess I was correct! Do you know where I got it? From the Gold Baker’s Twine! The Gold Baker’s Twine is really just White Baker’s Twine with the metallic gold thread twisted around in it. Some people have even complained that when using the Gold Baker’s Twine, it came untwisted and frayed at the ends. But you can embrace that idea and untwist the gold thread from the white twine! Cut the Baker’s Twine into pieces several inches long each to make it easier. Then gather your pile of gold threads and tie onto a bow or knot. Very easy! I could have also added a piece of Gold Sequin Trim for some extra bling!
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Do you need a pretty gift bag for your Mother's Day gift…or really any occasion? You can use this design and just change out the paper for whatever person or occasion you want a gift bag for. If it's for a man, maybe leave off the paper flower but add a stamped image or greeting instead. You'll think of something!
I just found one of those small brown handled bags that you get now and then at the store. If you save them, you'll always have a stash to go to when you need a nice gift bag. Just choose 3 patterns from a pack of Stampin' Up! designer paper and cut one larger piece for the bottom section, one smaller piece for the top and a piece to go across and cover up that line where the two papers meet and make a cute border. You could leave it as is or you could cut or punch a scalloped edge or whatever to jazz it up.
Some of these items are on the Stampin' Up! Retired List so better do your shopping soon! Anything on the list can sell out at any time so you don't want to be disappointed. Just click that link to go to my store with the retiring products and shop to your heart's content!
This was just too easy, so I had to make another card with the You Are Loved stamp set! I chose Perfect Plum card stock and ink to give it the monochromatic look, stamped on Shimmery White card stock. If you enlarge the photo, you might even be able to see the “shimmer” of the paper. Very subtle, very elegant, very pretty! I just used the greeting that was in the stamp set, or you could any other one, and tied a little Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon around the middle. Beautiful card and couldn’t be simpler to make!
You could make a little package with this stamp set, colored card stock, Whisper White card stock and ribbon to spend $50 and then be eligible to choose a FREE product from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure!
You Are Loved Stamp Set (clear) #123779 $23.95
Assorted card stock #120954 or a single color $6.95
Whisper White Card Stock #100730 $6.95
Classic Stampin’ Pad (choose a color) $5.95
3/8″ Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon #109070 $6.95
Now if you wanted to add on some more items, like adhesive, envelopes, some bling (rhinestones, pearls, glitter, 2-Way Glue Pen), another greeting set, other ink colors, etc. you could spend another $50 and choose a second Sale-A-Bration FREE product!
Sometimes you need to say "congratulations" to someone so it is good to make some rubber stamped cards to have on hand. This versatile card is made with the stamp set Layered Labels, found in the Stampin' Up! Catalog on page 103. I actually used the sample on that page to duplicate this card. And the Apothecary Accents Framelits Dies(p. 191) make it easy to cut out the frame with the Big Shot. I stamped the same frame again in Real Red and used my Paper Snips to cut out just the word "Congratulations".
We enjoyed a fabulous weekend in Austin celebrating our son's girlfriend's graduation from the University of Texas at Austin! Here is the card I made for her. I had planned to post a "decoy" ahead of time to fool her in case she was looking at my blog, but I ran out of time! I love this easel card, so easy to make and looks like a special style!
Stamps:Happy Grad(#117006 Stampin' Up! Summer Mini), Typeset Alphabet (retired), In the Stars (inside) (retired).
Paper:Whisper White, Basic Black, Really Rust, UT Scrapbook Kit (non-SU)
Saturday was a very full day! First was a luncheon with her parents and family, then the graduation ceremony, and finally the spectacular University-Wide Commencement outside at the UT Tower. You have to arrive more than two hours ahead to get a seat for that evening event….did I mention it is outside?….in Texas?….in May?….but they do provide free ice water!…and paper fans…..and it wasn't TOO bad being outside for over five hours in the evening… there was a breeze….and it will get a LOT hotter than that pretty soon….so, not too bad. There were over 7000 graduates and their familes! I'm sure they weren't all there, but most of them were!! The actress Marcia Gay Harden was the speaker, and it was fun to hear the deans bestow the degrees on each school, some offering a little humor in their spiel or perhaps the graduates having some impromptu reaction. Finally the evening concluded with the impressive fireworks display off the Tower and "The Eyes of Texas" playing in the background. The Tower is lit in orange for the graduates and the windows display a "10" for the graduation year if you look carefully! It's really a great way to celebrate commencement!
The other night we were able to see the International Space Station flying over Houston in the night sky. It's not the first time we have seen it, but it is exciting every time! I grew up with the space program so I've always been interested in it even though I'm not a scientist or engineer! While this rocket from the stamp set "Pun Fun" (#115054) does not look like the International Space Station, I was inspired to make this card just for fun after seeing the Space Station go over.
Here are the supplies I used to make this card:
Night of Navy Card Stock #100867
Basic Black Card Stock #102851
Stazon Ink #101406
Circle Scissors Plus #112530
Glass Mat #112531
Star Punch #109045
Paper Snips #103579
Gold Embossing Powder #109129
Heat Tool #100005
Well-Scripted Stamp Set (Wood or Clear Mount)
Ticket Corner Punch #107214
If you need some card-making supplies, please contact me or order online anytime! Don't forget, there are just a few days left of Sale-A-Bration, where you get a free product with every $50 purchase! Last day, March 31!
The 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada kicks off tonight with the Opening Ceremonies! It's always fun to watch the Olympics, so we've been looking forward to this for awhile. Here's a simple card inspired by the Olympic rings.
Stamps: Well-Scripted (#117072, #118501)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Real Red, Brilliant Blue, Basic Black, Yoyo Yellow, Garden Green
Accessories: 1 3/4" Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, 1/2" Striped Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon
Last week my son called to say the results were posted and he had indeed passed his first level CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) exam that he took last December in Houston! This is a self-study, graduate level program for investment professionals with three levels of exams, and if you do take and pass all three exams and meet the other professional and ethical requirements you will have earned for yourself quite a credential in the investment field. There is an enormous amount of study required, on your own, for each exam, so it is quite a commitment and we were hoping all the time he had put in had paid off for him. The results say that 34% of the 44,000+ candidates worldwide who took the test successfully passed it. Of course, I thought, at a minimum, he deserved a special card of congratulations!
Now in Houston if you have an important event coming up, you have to hope that we don't have heavy rains which make the streets flood and become impassable at times….unless it is hurricane season….but flooded streets are much more likely. As luck would have it, though, we had SNOW!
The day before the exam it snowed like crazy, beautiful and fun! It was great to have him home to share the excitement with (during his study breaks!). But who would have thought the day of the exam we would have to worry about ice on the roads in Houston, TX?!! We offered to drive him downtown so he wouldn't get lost or have to worry about parking, etc. since this test was SUCH A BIG DEAL! We were lucky because we had no trouble, although we saw some accidents from icy spots going the opposite way. Who would have thought!
Thirty two years ago today (I have to do the math, I can't believe it has been that long!) I awoke to an 8 am call from an out-of-town well-wisher on my wedding day and the phone never stopped ringing all day! Friends called from as far away as Hawaii who couldn't come for the wedding, my bridesmaids and other girlfriends called to see how things were going, it's a given I talked to both of my grandmothers, and even the groom called (although things were a bit quieter at his house). It was about 100 degrees outside and the air conditioner wasn't working very well, so my dad would have to go down in the basement and pound on something every little while to make it cool better. The best man (who was moving) brought his dog over to stay in the yard next door, but while we were all trying to get dressed, the dog got loose and my dad had to go out and find him, making my mother frantic that he was going to have a heart attack in the heat, but fortunately the dog really was still in the side yard. The limo came and we really did all make it to the church on time! My dad asked me teasingly before he walked me down the aisle if I was sure and I happily said I was indeed SURE! I think you have to be "sure" if you want to stay married this long!
So after all that reminiscing, here is the anniversary card I made for my husband….who will look at it, put it down, and then I will confiscate it for my samples!
Another Movers and Shapers card with the new Soft Suede.
Using the Stamp a Ma Jig to get the birds centered inside the cut out heart (or you can eyeball it through the heart).
A little "Happy Anniversary" from the new "Teeny Tiny Wishes".
And another anniversary today is the launch of Apollo 11 forty years ago, the first manned mission to land on the moon. I was quite interested in the space program, having grown up with it, and remember getting up very early in order to watch this launch from the very beginning because I knew it was historic. I even used a reel-to-reel tape recorder to record the audio from the TV to save "for posterity"! Who knew forty years later the tape recorder wouldn't work anymore and that style wouldn't even exist! And I sure didn't know that in another eight years I would be getting married!
Here's another graduation card (or for any occasion) made following almost the same idea as THIS card in a previous post. This time I wanted a money holder. This card is not as wide as it should be to hold the money, but in this case I wanted it to fit in a certain envelope….so I'll just have to fold the money in half! The card front measures 3" x 6" with a fold up pocket on the inside of 2". Therefore, you need to cut your cardstock at 8" x 6", scoring at 2" and 5" so you can fold the 2" pocket up inside the card and then the 3" top folds down.
The star actually spins on the front! I found the design by Dawn while browsing on Splitcoast here. It adds a fun little element!
If you need the star punches to make a spinning star, just place your order here on my website.
This is a pretty easy graduation card to make. I admit to using some retired paper and stamps, but the color, Cranberry Crisp, seemed to match the school colors pretty well. The retired stamp set is "In the Stars" but I thought that words on the star were perfect for graduation. I stamped the star on the ivory cardstock twice, cutting out one image and popping it up with dimensionals. I had embossed the little stars on the card with gold embossing powder, but then added a couple of star punches out of Brushed Gold cardstock. The gold-embossed "Congrats" is from the current Ronald McDonald stamp set, "Say It with Scallops", found on the inside of the back cover of the catalog. Stampin' Up! donates $2 for every one of this set sold to RMDH…..it's a great stamp set and while you're stamping you know you're also helping out a worthy cause.
A year ago we were looking forward to our son's college graduation and now that first year post-college has really flown by. If I can offer a few words of advice to those of you going to graduation at a large university…..Don't park in the garage! Not that we knew that, but we happened to see a spot on the street as we were dropping him off for the ceremony and managed to parallel park there. That saved us at least an hour of time trying to get out of the parking garage after the ceremony! We know because we were waiting for his friends to join us at lunch and they had parked in the garage!
Another tip would be to make sure your graduate is awake and AT the ceremony before you sit there with the whole family waiting for that glorious moment of seeing your child walk across the stage, only to find out that he overslept and isn't even there! Thankfully that isn't a personal story, but I heard other parents recounting that story while I waited to be seated at a restaurant! Just a college thing, I'm sure!
So here's a sample graduation card made with the "Great Grads" set and a rub on from "A Perfect Day". Gotta love those rub ons! Of course you would want to use your school colors or favorite combination, but I used Brilliant Blue, Whisper White, Basic Black, and Brushed Gold. The cap is stamped twice, cut out, and popped up with a Dimensional. I colored around the white area a little just to help it stand out.
If you need supplies to make a graduation card, hurry and contact me so we can get them ordered and in your hands. You might not think that high school or college kids would care that their card was handmade by you, but they do!
I have to say I made this card up myself, this morning, so it can't be too hard! The card is 4×4, so cut your base cardstock 4"x8" and fold in half. Then your Whisper White layer is 3 3/4" x 3 3/4". You could do this card in whatever colors match your school or personality! After embossing the word "Congratulations" from the set "Hugs and Wishes" in gold, I just punched out some stars with our two star punches on pages 184-5 in the Idea Book & Catalog. You can punch out the little star first, then place your Large Star punch around the small punched out star and punch and get the star with the little star in the middle. Or you can layer the solid stars. Just play with it! You can even just stamp the Congratulations in black or another color rather than emboss. Have fun!