Saturday, September 15, 2018

Interior Shadow Box Cards

Hi, friends!

Today I would like to share a project that I taught for our last Stamp Club meeting in September. This design was inspired by a video by Jennifer McGuire on YouTube, which contains all of the instructions and dimensions for this project. I recommend that you check it out her video here, which contains clear directions for this project and some adorable inspiration projects. Jennifer is one of my favorite crafty Youtubers, and her projects are always incredible!

I decided to use the new Stampin' Up set called Seize the Day for this project since it features a fun outdoor scene that is great for creating a shadow box effect. I stamped a simple design on the front of the card using my stitched shapes dies, but the inside of this card is where the magic really happens!

The fun 3-D effect this card creates is perfect for any kind of scene. Change it up by altering the shape of the opening: This card is adorable with a square or even label-shaped aperture.

The sentiment from this card comes from the gorgeous "Distinktive" stamp set from Stampin' Up called Healing Hugs. While I had all of my supplies out, I created a second design using this set and this fun card fold.

These "distinktive" sets create a really beautiful effect when sponged with additional colors with sponges or daubers, and I have a lot more ideas for fun scenes I can create with this fun card fold! With the winter holidays approaching, how fun would a snow scene look with this design?

Hope you're having a wonderful fall season wherever you are!

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Up, Up, and Away Graduation Surprise

Hi, friends! Today I want to share a card I made for a wonderful former piano student of mine who graduated this year. Because this young woman is extra special, she needed an extra special card! I have been wanting to do a tunnel card for a long time, so I set out to find a tutorial on YouTube. Why reinvent the wheel after all? I found a great tutorial from Heidi Smith which details the construction of this card. Heidi presents the dimensions in centimeters, so read on for the conversion to inches!

I used my Up, Up and Away stamp set from Papertrey Ink, along with some scraps of Stampin' Up paper I had left over from Sale-a-Bration in 2017. These cute hot air balloons fit the theme of this card so well! (Stampin' Up also has a great hot air balloon set called Lift Me Up, which could be used to create a similar effect.)

I used a standard A2 card base cut from Night of Navy cardstock (4 1/4" x 11" scored at 5 1/2" on the 11" side). The interior "tunnel" is created by scoring a second piece of Night of Navy cardstock cut to 4 1/4" x 11" and scored every 2 3/4". I die cut an oval "tunnel" by centering my die on the center score line, and then folded the paper in a mountain configuration ( _/\_ ) and adhered the far left and far right panels to the outer card base. Be sure to decorate the interior of your tunnel before assembly; I used a 5 1/2" piece of patterned paper scored at 2 3/4". The side panels were cut to 2 1/2" x 4" (coral layer) and 2 1/4" x 3 3/4" (clouds).

By adhering balloons both inside and outside this card interior, I created a dimensional effect. Some vellum clouds are fun additions too! 

I hope you'll check out Heidi's tutorial and try this fun card fold for yourself. A variety of scenes would be amazing: gardens, houses, critters, ocean scenes … the possibilities are endless!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Congrats on Your New Roost

Do you love the challenge of rummaging through your stamp stash to find a long-neglected set that you can pull out and breath fresh life into? Even though many blogs exist to promote current products, I find it just as enjoyable to pull out stamps I've loved a lot for a long time to try to create fresh ideas. After all, I chose these sets because I loved them, and I still do! 

One of these sets is the Hey, Chick set that Stampin' Up offered during their Sale-a-Bration promotion in 2017. I combined this set with some sentiments and images from my On the Farm set from Papertrey Ink to create this adorable project.

I stamped the bottom of my background with the checkerboard stamp from On the Farm, and then pulled out a chicken wire embossing folder and embossed the top part of my card panel. I cut long strips of patterned paper from my scrap box, layered them at a diagonal, and trimmed them off at the edges. I found a stamp set in my stash that looks like a stitched line and layered that on one of the strips to pull some more red into the design. I colored this cute chickee with Intense Pencils from Derwent. 

Of course this card needed a matching envelope, so I used some silhouette images from On the Farm to jazz up a plain vanilla one. I am thrilled with how this design turned out!


I am totally a cat person, so when I saw the set called I Knead You from My Favorite Things at Simon Says Stamp, it went on my birthday list right away! I actually made this project last fall, but I realized as I was going through photos on my computer that there are a lot of things I haven't shared here on my blog. Time has been short this year, but some of these are my very favorite projects of all time! I may stick a few of these projects in over the coming months when creating time is short.

I decided to make a set of cards using this set with some new stencils I got from Stampin' Up, along with their new (at the time) embossing paste. One of the stencils has a brick wall, and so I created some scene cards that remind me of coming home after a long day to see my own kitty sitting in the window waiting for me! Tinting the embossing paste with a few drops of red reinker created just the effect I was hoping for. 

As everyone who follows me knows, I ADORE scene cards and all things minature, so I had to insert some acetate "glass" behind my window die cuts to give these projects a little extra pizzazz. I am absolutely DYING remembering how much fun these were to create, and I think I may have to break these out again and create some more adorable kitties!

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope these warm summer days have offered some opportunities for sunbathing for you as well! 

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Very Vintage Birthday

Some of my favorite new products in the 2018-2019 annual catalog bring back my most loved paper crafting style of all time: Vintage! I was so happy when I opened the catalog and saw that distressed wood, florals, and tea room prints were back with an updated style!

One of my favorite new sets in the catalog is the hostess set called Very Vintage. This set features a gorgeous rose motif and several coordinating images that are just lovely. 

For today's project I used the Very Vintage hostess set combined with one of my favorite paper packs EVER, the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper pack.

I created the background for this card by sponging the doily stamp from Very Vintage with Melon Mambo and Peekaboo Peach ink and stamping on white woodgrain paper from the Wood Textures DSP pack. For the oval sentiment, I stamped the rose image twice in Melon Mambo without reinking to create a shadow effect.  I pulled out my now-retired Butterfly Basics set to add some Mint Macaron accent leaves, the birthday sentiment, and the black line image to help balance the design. I layered the sentiment oval over a die cut Mint Macaron label, and added a scrap of cotton trim and gold sequin trim for texture.

My favorite part of this card is the gold embossed vellum bees I added for texture. They catch the light so well and really complete the vintage look of this design. Remember to use your embossing buddy to reduce static when embossing on vellum.

I hope this card give you some inspiration, and I hope that summer is bringing joy and warmth to your life!

Sheltering Tree Bookmark Card

Sometimes a card is perfect all on its own, and sometimes a little something extra is needed for an extra special person! I found this fun inspiration from Debbie Henderson on YouTube, and I just had to give it a try! 

This card opens to reveal both a sentiment and a perforated bookmark that the recipient can tear off and use.

I have had a perforated strip die from Papertrey Ink in my stash for  a good long while but just couldn't seem to riddle out a way to use it on this card! The die is more than 6" long, and this card requires a full 11" width of cardstock, so I couldn't seem to figure out how to run it through my narrow Big Shot. Of course, I finally figured out that I could create all my score lines and fold the card over on itself to run it through my machine facing the right direction without it being too wide. The die did leave some indentations on the card front, but after applying all the layers, this really wasn't visible at all.

I created these lovely watercolor-style trees with Stampin Up's Sheltering Tree stamp set, and the sun and clouds from the now retired Sunshine and Rainbows stamp set from the 2018 Occasions Catalog. The sentiment on the belly band comes from the Tin of Tags Christmas set, but any medium to large sentiment would work!

I layered three shades of green: Garden Green, Old Olive, and Lemon Lime Twist, on a Garden Green Card base with a tiny border of Lemon Lime Twist to create a summery feel. 

I hope this card brings joy and sunshine to the life of someone special!

Friday, July 27, 2018

More Birthday Fun!

It's always sad when my favorite sets retire from the Stampin' Up catalog, and this year two of the retiring sets were among my very favorite for creating birthday cards for kids. I am the proud auntie of several really adorable nephews and nieces, and I love making fun cards for their birthdays since they live far away. 

The first card was inspired by Sandi MacIver on Pinterest. This design was so sweet I decided to add matching tags and create several variations using these adorable birthday animals! The cards feature fun honeycomb balloons that the recipients can open after the cards are mailed.

The second design is among my most ambitious scene cards in a long time. Even though the cover of this card doesn't contain a lot of elements, the sponging, stamping, and fussy cutting took me a good long time. The interior pop and twist mechanism was much less time consuming, but creates a truly magical surprise when the card is opened!

I absolutely adore making fun cards for kids, so these projects made me smile for a long time! I hope you are having a magical day!

Catching Up with Colorful Birthdays!

Summer is a fantastic time to craft up some colorful birthday fun for all the colorful, fun people in my life! When I feel low on inspiration, Pinterest can usually offer up some fun designs and ideas for sets I already own, and whether I use just the colors in the design ideas I find, or just the layout - or both - I'm always grateful for the inspiration!

This design was originally posted by Rochelle Blok. I loved the color combo and imagery so much I created a second version using these cute noise makers! Nothing makes me happier than bright blues, greens, and pinks!

After hearing mixed reviews on the user-friendliness of this roller coaster die, I was pretty nervous to try it out. After making this card, I will freely admit that this one IS hard to use. In fact I'm pretty convinced that this is due to a design flaw in the die itself. When I moved the score line created by the die up a 1/4 of an inch, all my problems disappeared, and I was finally able to get this cute pop-up to work. This die is not for the faint of heart, but the effect really is adorable! I used the color inspiration I found in Rochelle's design on this project as well.

For the third card, I used the same color inspiration featuring foil paper and a fun birthday balloon. I ended up making six of this design in various coordinating color schemes. Since I have two teenage daughters with lots of friends who have lots of birthdays, having a simple birthday card on hand can be a life saver!

The last card I'll share today was inspired by a layout I found by Amy O'Neill. I replaced the bicycle Amy used as the focal point on her card and copic colored this adorable llama instead. This cute patterned paper by Paper Studio creates a fun fiesta card!

I hope you have had a warm and colorful summer! 

Friday, April 13, 2018

Brusho Backgrounds

I had a lot of fun this spring experimenting with Stampin' Up's new watercolor product called Brusho Crystal Color. Brusho can be used to create a variety of fun effects, from wet on wet washes to wet on dry splatters. The possibilities are endless!

For my March stampin' club class, I showcased a few ideas for using Brusho on card projects. Our make and take was this storm cloud card featuring a wet on wet background. We wet our watercolor paper with aqua painters, sprinkled on the blue Brusho crystals, and blended with the aqua painter and lots of water. For more intense color, use more crystals, and for a lighter background use fewer. Since we wanted a stormy, dark background for this card, we used a lot of intense color.

Since a rainbow comes after every shower, I experimented with creating a wet on dry sunrise background by sprinkling Brusho on dry watercolor paper and spraying with my spritzer. The effect is so cool and really reminds me of scattering sunlight! I used Brusho with water to paint my rainbow die cuts on watercolor paper. 

I used the same background effect on this card substituting green crystals. The moss green crystals contain flecks of purple, and this earthy color formed a great base for my Orchid Builder set. I have a gorgeous purple orchid in my house that blooms all year round, so I'm sure that was part of my inspiration too!

I hope you feel inspired to give Brusho a try!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Surprise Birthday Delivery

Have you seen the Birthday Delivery stamp set, coordinating dies, and coordinating paper yet? This bundle gave me my first real *gasp* as I flipped through the Stampin' Up catalog for the first time. The animals are the superstars of this set, but my first card idea uses the cute little pastry chef and adorable birthday cakes from the DSP. This set features an adorable hodgepodge of characters, including a chef, forest animals, vintage little girl, and a random poodle. All are incredibly adorable!

Because this card features a fun surprise inside, I had to create a belly band to keep it closed. Every sentiment on the project is stamped in black and then in sugar and spice embossing powder so the whole thing smells like cake. I kid you not.

Here's the card front:

And here's the fun surprise!

The pop-up mechanism for this card is as basic as it gets. Cut your card interior to size and then fold in half. Trim on the folded side to create one or more "steps" that hold elements you want to pop up. This technique takes 5 minutes but adds such a fun twist to a basic card!

I had a blast creating this project, and I can't wait to explore all the other unique elements in this bundle. 

Thanks for stopping by today, my friends!