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!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Happy Birthday, Gorgeous!

The beautiful new birthday set from Stampin' Up called Happy Birthday, Gorgeous is absolutely stunning, and pairing the lovely floral imagery with the coordinating foil designer series paper creates a really winning combination!

I love bright colors, and I was really inspired by the projects in the annual catalog for these products. I used the examples as a starting point and then added by own twist, of course!

This project was inspired by a gift box using this set in the annual catalog, but I went with a card instead. I used the same overall layout and added a crinkled seam binding bow to the top for a little extra girliness. I think I actually dyed this ribbon using Rich Razzleberry ink, but the color gradations coordinated with Berry Burst just perfectly! I wanted my Smoky Slate sentiment to be nice and thick, so I actually cut three sentiments and layered them with Stampin' Up's new adhesive sheets. This added extra dimension to my sentiment and really made it stand out in real life.

The second card was inspired by a tag in the annual catalog. I used the orange foil paper and a tiny bow. These are so cute!!

I had to finish off my card trio with a shaker! I have tons of pink sequins in my stash, so a Powder Pink and Berry Burst color combination worked out wonderfully for this project. What a cheerful card this one turned out to be!

Thanks for visiting today, friends!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Circle Scribbles

I love creating watercolor looks on cards, and when my wonderful sister gifted me with the Circle Scribbles set from Papertrey Ink, I saw the potential for some fun watercolor effects right away! These circles would create an amazing repeating pattern for a card background, in addition to a number of other creative uses. I know I will have a lot of fun with this set. Thanks, sissy!

I decided to create some scribbled roses with emboss resist as a fun weekend project. This project is clean and simple and very fast! I think I spent a total of 10-15 minutes on this project outside of drying time. 

I started by heat embossing my circles with gold embossing powder and then used Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, and Spiced Marmalade for my watercolor background. I die cut a sentiment from gold glitter paper and mounted the whole panel on an A2 sized piece of water color paper. 

This project was fast and fun, and I can't wait to create another card with this set!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Beautiful Bikes!

So many of the sets in the new Stampin' Up annual catalog are irresistible to me, but none more than the Bike Ride set. I had a flurry of ideas right away when I saw this set since scene cards basically give me a reason to live. I adore them! :)

I don't use tons of patterned paper in my crafting, but I knew I wanted to use a feminine color combo on this card. I stole some scraps from my stash and got to work! These stamps are photopolymer, so lining things up was a breeze. I have found over the years that every project improves when some kind of texture is added - dry embossing, a textile, or another 3-D object - so I included ribbon, felt, and buttons too.

The second card uses an identical layout with some different scraps from my stash. I added books to the back of my bike and an apple button for some texture.

I know I'll be using this set often in my scene cards! 

Sunday, July 2, 2017

2017-2018 Annual Catalog Favorites

Hello, friends! Since this summer has been kind of a whirlwind already, I thought I might do sort of a mega-project post showcasing some of my favorite new products from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog. I've made a number of projects already using these new goodies!

My super duper favorite of my new products HAS to be the 2017-2019 In Colors. These beautiful brights look great together! 

This Lovely Friends bundle is probably one I would have overlooked if it hadn't been part of the demonstrator pre-order. In the catalog it just doesn't look that impressive, but in real life, YOWZA! The pop up element is quick and simple to create and makes a huge impact! See what I mean when I say these colors look great together? I have all five in this photo, and they make a gorgeous statement without much design know-how. That's my kind of coordination!

This clean and simple card uses the Cool Treats set in a repeating background pattern using the In Colors plus Baked Brown Sugar from
a past release.

I used Fresh Fig and Berry Burst on some glossy card stock and then sprinkled the panel with water for a bright impact on this card. This Climbing Orchids set is one I knew I had to have right away ... and as usual, I was right! :)

Tranquil Tide made a fantastic statement on this card using Papertrey Ink's Main Street stamps and dies from their Petite Places line. 

I think our new In Colors for 2017-2019 are a smashing success! Which is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for visiting today!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Quick and Simple Craft Night Projects

My friends and I have had a monthly craft night for going on 7 years (holy cow!!), and since there is usually a fabulous amount of food and chatting, I needed a quick and easy project to case and throw in my bag for this month. I had some time off earlier in the week, so I cut out two simple projects cased from the Occasions catalog using the Carousel Birthday stamp set and coordinating paper.

This card was so fabulously easy, and it will be perfect for one of my daughters' friends. If you don't have a tassel to decorate the front of your card, they are SO easy to make! Using embroidery thread or bakers twine, create about ten loops around two or three fingers. Pinch the loop together at the top and tie tightly with coordinating thread. Cut the bottom loops open and even the bottom off and BOOM! Super easy card embellishment! I added a jump ring to the top of my tassel so that I could easily slip it around my Pool Party ribbon.

The second project took a lot of time to fussy cut, but that created wonderful chatting time!

Sometimes I feel guilty about casing so many projects, but as my sister so wisely says, "They do call it an idea book for a reason!"

Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Graduation Card Using Tap, Tap, Tap

One of my favorite parts of being a teacher is watching my students grow into amazing young adults, spread their wings, and fly off to follow their dreams! Because I am a piano teacher, I get to spend a lot of quality one-on-one time with students, and if students stick with the instrument long-term, we can spend upwards of 270 hours together. We get to know each other REALLY well, and I think this kind of relationship is one of the most valuable experiences I remember from music lessons at all levels.

A dear student of ten years graduated this spring, so a graduation card was in order! The Tap, Tap, Tap stamp set from Stampin' Up is one I often use for school-themed cards, so I broke it out and created a simple watercolor panel. A die cut border jazzed things up a little, along with some Basic Gray scrap paper from my stash.

In my experience, we can't doubt the kindness, generosity, or work ethic of young people for a moment. The world is in good hands! 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Fishy Birthday

Today's project is based on an original idea by Annette Elliott. When I saw this gorgeous card on Pinterest, I had to give it a try! 

Ink blending on vellum is a technique I often forget about, so when I saw this card using a vellum tag, all kinds of ideas started to percolate. Ink blended vellum obviously creates beautiful water, but I have to remember to use this technique for sky, stained glass effects, florals, and all kinds of other images! 

This project uses the Seaside Shore stamp set for the fish, seaweed, and bubbles, and the Happy Birthday, Gorgeous set for the sentiment. I used Mint Macaron for the card base, Calypso Coral and Whisper White for the second background layer, and Calypso Coral, Crisp Cantaloupe, and Night of Navy for my fish. 

What tried-and-true technique can you revive this week? I'm so glad there are a wealth of inspirational resources like Annette's blog out there to keep great ideas alive!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

May is for Mother's Day!

My monthly challenge for my Facebook craft group this month is creating a Mother's Day project since May will be here before we know it, so I thought I would share this challenge on my blog too! I love creating projects for my mom and my mom-in-law because they both love something that I love too: beautiful blooms and gardens! They are both kind, generous, selfless women who mean the world to me.

My mom-in-law's card was created with bright colors and tons of flowers! This little set came as a freebie for Sale-a-Bration last year, and it is tiny but mighty! It creates beautiful backgrounds and focal points.

My mom is an avid gardener, so for her card I cased the glassine envelope project from page 112 of the Stampin' Up annual catalog and created a pocket card. This Butterfly Basics set was on my list for a long time, and I know it will become a staple in my stash! I added a few of my own touches to the envelope (if I'm honest, some of my "touches" were added to cover up whoopsies. Whoopsie!) I added a flat panel inside where I added some more butterflies and a sentiment. 

Mint Macaron is a new addition to my color collection, and it is a stunning blue/green!

Here's a cheer for all the moms out there! I'll add a cheer for all the sisters, aunties, grandmas, and strong women in my life who teach me daily lessons and serve as incredible role models for my daughters. Thanks for all you do!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

More Birthday Color!

Many of my daughters' friends have birthdays in the spring, so I'm busy stocking up on some brightly colored birthday cards for a group of fun, energetic, kind young teens. I am so grateful for this group of amazing girls!

I passed the Sweet Cupcake stamps and dies in the annual Stampin' Up catalog a hundred times before I gave them a look. For whatever reason, they weren't "my style" and didn't grab my eye. I was looking to add to my birthday stamps recently and wanted a set with some larger images, so I decided to pick the bundle up with some rewards I had earned. OH MY WORD. The catalog does not do this set justice. In person, the results are show stopping. 

The best part about this set might be its ease of use. Even though the cupcake and frosting each have three steps, they are a breeze to line up. I used Blushing Bride for steps 1 and 2 on my frosting and Strawberry Slush for step 3, and the dimension is incredible in real life! For the cake, I used So Saffrom for Step 1, Daffodil Delight for step 2, and Crushed Curry for step 3. The dies also come with some great extras that make them a great value.

Lesson learned! Don't judge a stamp by its catalog page alone!

While I was at it, I decided to pull out an old favorite and recreate a card I've made many times for many birthdays! This z-fold card is fun and easy, and the birthday balloons in Celebrate today look great in a variety of color schemes!

I would love to know about your favorite all-time birthday designs! What sets (retired or current) do you find yourself returning to over and over?