Hello stampers. Just a short post today and sorry for my absence. Not only was it a long weekend but I got hit by a very bad case of carpal tunnel syndrome or something very similar. Typing on a keyboard was brutal!! So you might find more videos and less words for the next little while as I try to take care of myself. Today I am going to share the perfect oval! I am sure you have seen the cute frames that say “Home”. The stitched shape oval dressed up in different ways takes the place of the “O”. This is a fun project that you can easily switch up according to mood or season.
I used Beach Happy for this insert. There is fussy cutting involved but when you strategically place your chair on the white oval you don’t notice that the difficult bits between the arms and legs of the chair are not cut out. For the rest of the tips and tricks watch the video!
Thanks so much for stopping by. I realize that the video is sideways but in my fog of pain I simply didn’t have the gumption to try to fix it or do it over. I think you can see what needs to be seen. I know that you are patient and kind and will understand. Have a super day!
Hello stampers. Now that I have been stamping for a good long while I know how important it is to have a focal point on a card. You need something for the eye to be drawn towards otherwise your card loses its focus. People just look everywhere because the eye can’t find out what is the most important. Sometimes when I do a kids class or have a very excited adult beginner, they are having so much stamping that they just stamp everywhere there is a blank space! Now beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but having a focal point really helps you to have an eye-catching card. Today I am going to show you a card that has the exact same layout as a card I showed earlier this week and yet it looks completely different. I changed up the designer series paper that I used and I changed where I put the focal point. Let’s take a look.
I designed this card for my Upon Request Club. The host wanted to use Climbing Roses on a simple card. It is also a “pocket shaped” card front but I moved the focal point up to the top right corner instead of by the point. The pretty metallic rose is from the Share What You Love embellishment kit which comes in that pretty box and the paper is Share What You Love as well. This paper is gorgeous with its pearlized finish. It is also more like cardstock so great for making boxes and bags, and yes, it is retiring!
Here you can see the detail better. The roses are stamped tone on tone in the background. Tranquil tide is the colour of the cardstock and the ink. This amazing colour coordination is one of the main reasons I fell in love with Stampin’Up! 13 years ago. Tranquil Tide is also found in the patterned paper and this also makes the card visually appealing. The velvet ribbon and the scalloped circle are both rich razzleberry, also found in the patterned paper.
Look at the two cards side by side. They each have the same design and layout. The only difference is the placement of the focal point. What a difference! I first put the circular focal point in the same place as the teacup one, but it just didn’t work. It is such fun playing around and making it just right.
I made a video to show you how to do the pocket shaped front on the card. You can also check this post for a diagram with the measurements. When you see the diagram you will see that this is a perfect card for the #loveitchopit method. The patterned paper piece measures 4″ by 4″. That means you will get nine pieces from each 12 x 12 sheet of patterned paper. Trust me, when you chop your paper you make more cards and you get more inspiration. I challenge you to give it a try.
Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you have some time to make a fun card like this. This Share What You Love paper is a perfect example of making sure you have the right supplies to coordinate with the retiring products you already have. Love tranquil tide? Then this paper is awesome to go with it. Just look in the catalog in our patterned paper section, it tells you exactly what colours are featured. I find that you use ink pads a lot more when you have coordinating patterned paper. Have a super day, I am off to pickleball.
Hello stampers! I bought the Birthday Banners stamps set on a whim about two months ago and it is finally time to use it. I bought it because it coordinated with some banner framelits that I already have. I am going outside of my usual style and that is a good thing to do once in a while. You don’t want to get predictable, that’s boring! I don’t make enough cards suitable for kids, and these fit the bill for any age.
Now is a good time to take inventory of your stamping stash. You want to get the most use out of what you already have especially with your framelits and punches. Framelits will go on the clearance rack every now and then, but NEVER bundles. So you want to be sure that you have as many stamps as possible that coordinate with the framelits you already have because then you will use them more often. Is there a retiring colour that you really love? Make sure you have not only the card stock and the reinker, but also ribbon, twine and patterned paper that has that colour in it. On these cards I decided to use up my lemon lime twist. I love that colour, but as a demonstrator I will not be using it after May 31. No sense having someone fall in love with something they can’t buy!
I purposely took the picture of this card so that you could see the inside with the bright balloons. I even put string on them and tied them together to make it extra special. These balloons are in the Birthday Banners stamp set and they coordinate with our balloon punch to make it super simple to make a balloon bouquet. I cased this card from Michelle Zindorf, the queen of brayering. I didn’t brayer though, I sponged the background with blueberry bushel after embossing the swoosh from Star of Light in white. Michelle was a genius to think of the swoosh to make the candles look like they are being blown out! I embossed the candles in that gorgeous in colour embossing powder collection that is retiring. Here I used the lovely lipstick and pineapple punch embossing powders, great for the emboss resist technique.
Emboss resist simply means that you emboss your image first. That means that you stamp the image in versamark which is a sticky watermark ink. If you don’t add embossing powder you will just get a great tone on tone effect which is great for backgrounds. If you choose to emboss, then you sprinkle embossing powder on to your versamark stamped image, tap off the excess on to a clean coffee filter and then heat with the heat tool (which I call an embossing gun) After you have embossed your image you can sponge on ink or use a brayer and it will not stick to the embossed image. Do you see the blue on my one candle? That happened because the white part of the candle is not embossed. Next time I think I will cut out the candles and pop them up so that doesn’t happen. I could also have embossed the happy birthday but since this card is for my coffee and a card class I didn’t want to add too many steps. Do you see the fine detail in the swoosh from Star of Light? I love that you can use a Christmas stamp set for a birthday card. A lot of people have also used this swoosh as a Disney element (aka fairy dust) on cards or scrapbook pages. This stamp set is retiring as are the coordinating framelits.
I simply had to include this card even though it contains a glaring error that will have you laughing at me. Do you see what I did wrong on this card? I love the cute enamel dots, the raised banner with the two colours and the bright and cheerful candles. That banner cuts out with a framelit of course and there are two stamps so you don’t have to colour your stamp with a marker, also makes you look like a rock star. But when you stamp your candle flames upside down, well, that’s not such a bright idea is it?!! I really hope that maybe a few of you would have done the same thing.
I am going to stop this blog post now since I really, really want to go to pickleball, and it was canceled all of last week so I am in withdrawal. I also think my girth may be expanding due to lack of exercise! I will continue this post tomorrow including a new and improved version of this card in a different colour scheme of course as well as the last card in the trio. Thanks so much for stopping by, remember if you need to purchase anything and you live in Canada and are looking for a demonstrator, just click on the images below and you will end up at my online store. How easy is that?
Have a super day!!
Hello stampers. I have a wonderful surprise on Saturday when I opened up my Lilypad Lake stamp set. Inside were three beautiful cards already made. I had forgotten that I had put these cards inside the case. All I had to do was make one more card and then I was all set for my Sweet Suite Saturday class. I shared that card with you yesterday. Thanks to my team member Alison Reid for making these cards for me many, many months ago. Let’s take a look at them.
Don’t you just love the background of this card? There is a fantastic die in the Lilypad Lake bundle that cuts this beautiful wavy background. I find it such a calm and peaceful card, perfect for the sentiment that it expresses.
I love this gathering of three herons contemplating the horizon. What a serene card. This last card is more funky and vibrant. I love all the different images and sayings in this set.
In this card Lilypad Lake goes bold and nautical. Framelits make it easy to create a fun card like this. No endless fussy cutting! The last project I am going to share with you is from another Canadian demonstrator, Elizabeth Green. I just love the sayings and what she did with it. This goes to show you that stamps are not only for card making! If you want to read all about her project, you can visit her blog here.
Isn’t this just a fabulous stamp set? I hope these projects brought a smile to your face, I know I am smiling. I can’t wait to make Elizabeth’s project, I have some art fairs coming up and this might just fit the bill perfectly. Have a super day and let me know if you want to join in on Sweet Suite Saturday. The class will be on June 1 at 1pm. The cost is $25 for four cards or FREE with the purchase of the bundle.
Hello stampers. On Saturday I had my monthly Sweet Suite Saturday class and two of the cards used Brusho. What a lot of fun it was! Everyone’s cards were unique and beautiful and I was inspired to keep creating. So when everyone went home and it was time to clean up, I kept the Brusho out and I made this card. We had already decided that for next month’s Sweet Suite Saturday we would use Lilypad Lake and I had three cards all ready to go but I needed one more. I decided that it would be another Brusho card. After a quick peek online I found some inspiration from Becky Jensen. You can see her card here. It is such a treat to have an idea to build on. Do you want to see what I made?
I think the white heron from Lilypad Lake looks striking against the Brusho background. Now the question is does it look better clean and white like this or with a saying? Here is the one with the saying. I look forward to hearing what you have to say about it.
The front of the card was cut out using the stitched rectangles framelits. So easy and so elegant! The brusho background was done on shimmery white cardstock but you could also use watercolour paper. I used Prussian Blue and Yellow Brusho for the background. The sentiment is also from Lilypad Lake. Right now you can still save 10% on the Lilypad Lake bundle, but in the new catalogue it will no longer be a bundle, so keep that in mind when you order.
In this next photo I show you how I layered the rectangle frame overtop of my Brusho layer.
I used regular dimensionals to pop up the frame over my brusho background but you could also use dimensional strips. That got me thinking that this could also be an amazing shaker card!! I hope you enjoyed today’s technique card. Brusho is going to be retiring and I just want to encourage you to get it because it really does bring out your inner child. As adults we don’t take enough time to play and this product actually does just that. It gets you to play and forget bad weather, difficult circumstances, pain, whatever. I’m so happy I discovered it!
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Hello stampers. I have a fun card for you today that is simply called a Double Point Card. I am using all new supplies from the new catalog to get you all excited for what is coming. That might be a bad idea since it takes your focus off of our Occasions catalog and all the amazing things in our current annual catalog, but we always like sneak peeks don’t we? If your catalog is anything like mine, it is getting a little worn around the edges! I used the Perennial Essence suite for this card. The product that most captured my heart in this suite is definitely the Perennial Essence paper, it is simply stunning!!
Here you can see what I used to make this card. The picture doesn’t show you the beautiful paper or the coordinating vellum but that will come later! It is really nice that there are two coordinating punches with this stamp set, the new perennial flower punch and our current leaf punch.
I love the soft colours of this card. The muted tones of the patterned paper are well suited to combining with a vellum flower. Let’s take a look at how I made the points out of the Perennial Essence paper.
The points are just a 3″ by 4″ piece of patterned paper, scored at 1″ along the long side. You then fold the corners down to meet just above the score line. The 1″ by 4″ piece then gets adhered under the 4″ by 5 1/4″ piece of whisper white cardstock (see the video).
These new stitched nested labels are a dream to work with. They pop out of the framelits with ease, absolutely no poking necessary. There are 9 dies in the set.
Here you can see a closeup of the stitched nested labels. Do you see how pretty the floral essence centers are? (yes, I know I am spelling that word the American way, but if people want to google for them it won’t show up if I spell it the Canadian way)
There are lots of little surprises in this card. You get to lift the stitched nested labels to see this sentiment and then you get to open the actual card to find another one!! Someone will definitely be feeling the love when they get this card from you.
The sentiment here is from the March Paper Pumpkin that featured the succulents. That kit is totally sold out. Don’t you hate it when you miss out on a fabulous Paper Pumpkin? There is a super easy way to have that not happen. Subscribe and get a monthly delight in the mail. Instant gratification! Just like ordering takeout so that you don’t have to cook and clean up. Next month’s Paper Pumpkin is a very special vintage one designed by Shelli Gardner the cofounder of Stampin’Up! Click here if you are interested.
I hope you enjoyed this fun card today. I hope to get the new catalogs in some time in May. Don’t forget to check out the clearance rack for some fabulous deals. Once again, the list of products at the end of my post will be small since most of the products are not yet available. I have to say that one of the things I really enjoy about being a demonstrator is getting my hands on brand new products before anyone else!! At the end of this post is a video showing you how I put the card together. It cuts off at the end because I ran out of space on my phone. There was no way I was going to redo the whole thing and we didn’t miss much at the end.
Thanks for stopping by and have a super day.