Happy Saturday stampers. As a scrapbooker and cardmaker I love patterned paper, just the way I loved fabric when I was a seamstress, Seamstress sounds better than sewer because that looks just like a much yuckier word! Pretty patterned paper is great used as a focal point, and one of the cards today will show that is true.
Happy Mail Continues
The happy mail continues so I am also continuing to blog on Saturdays to keep up. What a fantastic “problem” that is. I have to say I am overwhelmed with the response to my request for happy mail in Holland. It is such a nice role reversal for me to be inspired by my readers and I am loving it. Have you seen your card featured on my blog yet? It’s not too late to participate, I am here until January 29. The address is Bloemenlaan 6, 2691 JC s-‘Gravenzande, the Netherlands
Ann Marie Paré is from the small town os Lachine just outside of Montreal, Quebec. She is such a sweet and thoughtful person. Even though she is battling cancer she still finds the time to leave encouraging comments on blog posts, videos and Instagram and Facebook posts. I met her at OnStage in Quebec City and she joined my team a few months later. We look quite funny standing beside each other. She is under 5 feet tall and I am 5’9″ so I look like a giantess!!
I love the combination of the hammered embossing folder with the copper foil paper and how you can see the copper through the little diamond openings in the label. Who can help me and tell me where that is from? The lovely sentiment is stamped in copper ink which is sadly out of stock. Ann-Marie did such a lovely job colouring the holly too. It really is a gorgeous stamp and I just happen to know that it will be returning next Christmas so we can put it to good use again. (thanks to Linda’s comment we now know that the die is from the Peaceful Boughs set in the holiday catalog)
Patterned Paper as the Focal Point
Now I am not going to tell you just yet who made the next card. I can give you a hint. The handwriting on the envelope was definitely Dutch but the card came from Canada! I love how she used both Toile Tidings paper and Brightlly Gleaming paper as focal points on her card. Simple and stunning.
Hannie Van der Zanden lives on a farm near Highgate, Ontario which is about a half an hour from Chatham where I live. Hannie and her family immigrated to Canada when her kids were teenagers, more than ten years ago. How courageous! She travels and back and forth to Holland even more than I do. Here is her beautiful card.
By punching out the paper strategically Hannie used her paper as a focal point and I love it so much. Thanks so much for your pretty card and for reminding me of this simple way of using different papers together as a focal point.
Botanical Prints Product Medley tutorial
I am so happy to be able to present to you this great tutorial. These are also the cards we will be making at my February retreat in Muskoka. Check your calendar and see if February 20-23 will work for you!
This is a picture of a skating trail in Arrowhead Provincial park which is about twenty minutes from the cottage near Huntsville. Some evenings it is lit up like this. I love the idea of skating through the snowy woods. I think the trees would block the wind, don’t you? I am not a great skater at all, but I am definitely going to give this a try. There are so many nice things to do in this area and it is also beautiful to completely relax in a cozy cabin. I really hope that you consider joining me. If you want to make a deposit to hold your spot, just click on the button below.
Hello stampers. I think that one of the first things you will fall in love with when you see the new catalogue is the Bird Ballad Suite. It is chock full of pretty, pretty things. Those birds are just so stinkin’ adorable. Then we have the stamp set, the stitched nested framelits, the designer series paper, the scalloped lace trim, bird ballad trinkets and to top it all off, the Bird Ballad laser-cut cards and tin. Is your head spinning yet? You can buy the entire suite with just one number and one price. $128.75 will get your everything. Oh the joy!
I was asked to make an anniversary card for a dear friend and I knew that she loved this suite so this is what I came up with. I can share it now because it was her anniversary yesterday. It is actually a very simple card to make and it really lets the lace shine through and be the star. Let’s take a look.
I fussy cut the birds from the Bird Ballad designer series paper. What I really love about the designer series paper matching the stamp set so well is that I can use it as a guide when I am colouring my stamped images. Using the Blends or the watercolour pencils on these birds is going to be a colouring dream. If you ever want to quiet your mind, start colouring!
I cut a circle out of gray granite card stock using the third largest circle framelit from the layering circles framelits collection. This was adhered in the centre of the laser-cut card. I then used the largest circle framelit to cut a calypso coral circle which was adhered on the inside of the card behind the gray granite circle. I adhered a panel of petal pink card stock measuring 4 1/8″ by 5 3/8″ behind the lace card front. The sentiment was stamped in calypso coral on a narrow scrap of very vanilla and popped up using mini dimensionals. I love them as they are perfect for little things like this. To add just the right finishing touch I added three little pearls from the Share What You Love artisan pearls collection.
This lovely tin holds 12 laser-cut cards and pretty scalloped edge envelopes. You could keep this tin for yourself and it could hold all the pretty accessories in this suite. After you have used up all the supplies to make cards you could save six of them and give them as a beautiful gift in this tin, just wrap a bow around it with a pretty tag and you are all set! I am working on a video to show you how I made the card but it is not quite finished yet. Rachel is teaching me some new technology and it is still a work in progress. I am hoping it turns out well. This old dog is still trying to learn a few tricks but it takes more time than it used to!!
Thanks so much for stopping by. If you really, really love this suite you can get most of it now in a starter kit and this is the best deal ever as not only save the shipping and the tax, you also get to put an extra $30 worth of products in your kit. Here is the link if you want to do that, otherwise shoot me a message and I can help you and answer your questions. You do need to live in Canada to shop with me or to join my team. Remember, getting the starter kit or joining the team has NO obligations to teach or sell. You can use it just to get the deal or to continue getting your own discount on your own supplies. On June 4 the new catalog will go live and you can order these products either online or through me. I hope you have a super day.
Hello stampers. Now that is one strange title isn’t it? #loveitchopit This is the catchy title given to a very simple method guaranteed to get you using your designer series paper, or for those not used to such papercrafting “technospeak”, your patterned paper. We tend to buy paper because we love it and then we hoard it because we love it. So silly really. You should use the things you love. You can always buy more if you just want to look at it. So the reasoning behind this catchy title is that if you love it, you should chop it. That’s right, take a whole pack of paper and cut it up into usable pieces that will make it easy for you to make beautiful cards. I have found that you can cut two sheets of designer series paper at the same time, so this will also save you time.
For your 12 x 12 paper you simply cut it into four inch wide strips. Then cut the four inch strips into 5 1/4 inch sections. One sheet of 12×12 will give you six card fronts, so an entire package will give you 72 card fronts!! You will have 4″ x 1 1/2″ strips left over that can also be put to good use. Here are some examples:
You can see how I used the small 4″ strips as well. Here is another one using the same layout and paper.
You will be so very pleasantly surprised to see how fast you can put these cards together when you have all your patterned paper already cut. No need to reinvent the wheel each time as the cards are going to different people. Only the sentiment is stamped on this card. Easy-peasy.
This last card takes a little more time. The Bubbles and Fizz paper is in the background and then a piece of shimmer white cardstock. I stamped the sentiment in Memento black and then colour washed with Brusho to give a rainbow effect. Add a few rhinestones and you’re done!
It is embarrassing to admit that I have had this Petal Garden paper for almost a year without using a scrap of it. Once I used the #loveitchopit method I had a few cards made in no time at all. What is so lovely about our Stampin’Up! paper is that it coordinates beautifully together and with our cardstock so it always looks polished and professional. (sort of like mixing and matching coordinating outfits)
For the 6×6″ paper I find it most useful to cut it two ways, either into 3″ squares or into 2′ x 5 1/2″ strips. Both maximize the use of the paper with very little waste. In fact you can use the 1/2″ strips as well. Here is another card using the 3″ squares but with the addition of the 2″ x 5 1/2″ strip for a decadent use of paper!! Just kidding.
The third card using the Petal Garden paper and the #loveitchopit technique is super simple and perfect for those of you who don’t like tying bows. Simply wrap the ribbon around your strip of patterned paper and adhere it to the back. Not even a knot required!!
Now all this chopping begs the question, how do I now store this paper? I find it very convenient to store things in a similar way, so the best way in my humble opinion is in our wide clear cases. Label them and they store wonderfully right along with your stamp sets. Take a peek at what I did, and ask anyone, organizing does not come naturally to me, but once you start it sure does make your life easier!
The #loveitchopit method results in smaller pieces of patterned paper which now store beautifully in these clear cases. I am pretty excited about this. I find that when your products are all ready to go and stored in a logical fashion you will use them more readily and more quickly. Anything to make card making more easy right?
I will end this blog post with a short video that I shared earlier. A special thanks to Kylie Bertucci from Australia for coming up with this catchy title. It certainly piqued my interest and when I watched her video I saw that her method was very similar to what I was already doing and finding very successful. Kylie cuts her 12×12 paper into 6″ strips whereas I like to cut mine into 4″ strips. You will find the way that works best for you, as long as you don’t keep it on the shelf and hoard it!