Monday, July 24, 2017

Floral Phrases Thank You Card

Hello stamping friends!
I had a busy work-week and a wonderful weekend: nice weather and fun play-time stamping with some stamping buddies.  How about you?

I want to show you a simple yet effective card I made using the Floral Phrases stamp set from Stampin' Up! and the Designer Series Paper Stack called Fresh Florals.  With a total of 40 sheets in a choice of five (5) colors, one has a lot of paper to play with!  By changing out the color combination, DSP paper design and greeting, you really have unlimited choices!
Card front

close-up of card front

Inside of card

Now go ahead and play yourself and see how easy it is to create this card! You'll be happy you did!
See you again next week!

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:
Tips and Tricks to Recreate this Card (and many more.... :) )
Sahara Sand cardstock card base:  11" x 4 1/4"
Whisper White cardstock for inside:  5 1/4" x 4"
Designer Series Paper strip:  2" x 5 1/4"
Strip of Whisper White cardstock 2" wide: to stamp floral design and punch out with 2" circle punch
Scrap of Blushing Bride cardstock: 2 1/4" circle punch
Scrap of Soft Suede cardstock:  2 1/2" circle punch
1. Score and fold your cardbase in half.
2.  Attach your DSP strip of paper.
3.  Ink up your choice of greeting with Soft Suede ink and stamp your greeting just above the DSP.
4.  Ink up your floral stamp with Blushing Bride ink and stamp onto the scrap of Whisper White cardstock. 
5.  Then also stamp the inside of your card and your envelope with same stamp and ink.
6.  Now punch out your stamped image with the 2" circle punch.
7.  Punch out a 2 1/4" circle from the scrap of Blushing Bride cardstock.
8.  Punch out a 2 1/2" circle from the scrap of Soft Suede cardstock. **Note: the 2 1/2" circle punch from Stampin' Up! is now retired so use whatever circle punch or die you have available to you.
9.  Now glue your circles together layering them as you see in the photo above.
10.  Attach your assembled circle art piece to your card with dimensionals.
11.  Add a bit of glitter to your stamped rose image by applying some Clear Wink of Stella!
Enjoy your hand made card and send it out out someone who deserves it!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Coffee Break Trio of Cards

Hello stamping friends!
I hope your week went well.

I had a few stamping buddies over this past weekend and we had a great time playing and making a few cards.

This week, my inspiration came from a card Dawn Griffith shares on her blog, Dawn's Stamping Thoughts, here.  Boy, do I love this stamp set with it's matching dies and designer series paper!  And who doesn't love the name "Coffee Cafe". Coffee Break anyone? 

All three cards

I altered my card a bit from Dawn's by omitting the tab opening and then I created two more cards using same color theme and layout but for one I used another DSP from the Coffee Break collection and for the other I omitted the DSP and just used a doily.  You will also notice I created a gift card holder for one of the cards by just "notching" the left-hand-side with my 1 1/4" circle punch and carefully using multipurpose glue just around the outside three edges.

Card #1 - using Dawn's layout :)

Card #2 - variation without DSP and adding a doily

Card #3 - different DSP from same paper pak :)
Inside of cards - and the one on the right hand side has slot for gift card! :)

Enjoy your week and hopefully you get a chance to share cup of coffee with a friend!

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Tips & Tricks to Recreate these cards:
Crumb Cake Carstock:  9 3/4" x 4 1/4" (score at 5 1/2" to create card base)
Early Expresso Cardstock: inside piece: 5 3/8" x 4 1/8"; outside piece: 4 1/8" x 4 1/8" (and you die cut the coffee cup lid from this outside piece)
Pear Pizzaz Cardstock: inside piece: 5 1/4" x 4"; outside piece:  4" x 4"
Whisper White Cardstock: inside piece: 3 7/8" x 3 7/8"
Coffee Break DSP: outside card 3 7/8" x 3 7/8"
Scrap of Whisper White for stamping and die cutting coffee cup
Scrap of Real Red Cardstock: for punched hearts 
Scrap of Soft Sky Cardstock: for die cut coffee cup wrapper
1. Glue all your inside cardstock mats to the inside of the card in this order:  Early Express, Pear Pizzaz and then your stamped art piece.
2.  Die cut your coffee lid from the Early Expresso cardstock square and then glue the cardstock to the outside of your card.
3.  Glue the Pear Pizzaz cardstock square down next.
4.  Now glue your DSP square down (if you are using the doily, stamp your coffee beans first and then glue on the doiley).
5.  Stamp (Early Expresso ink )and cut out your coffee cup pieces from the appropriate cardstock scraps and assemble your coffee cup using multipurpose glue.
6.  Stamp the inside greeting as shown in pictures above.
7.  Punch out your hearts and glue to card as shown.
8.  Attach your Rhinestone Basic Jewels.
9.  Last, decorate your envelope(s) and send off your card(s)!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Make a Wish Dragonfly (Bumble Bee) Card

Hello stamping friend.  Thanks for stopping by today!

I want to show you a card I made this past week using left over supplies from the Happy Bumble Bee Trio of cards (I didn't want the scaps to go to waste).  I love the bumble bee die from the Dragonfly Thinlits set from Stampin' Up! - and I still have to find time to play with the dragonflies (If anyone has an idea on how to stretch more hours into a day, let me know!).  These bees remind me of the bees humming away in my garden - I love watching how they buzz from flower to flower. I find it very relaxing watching the bees work their magic.

So, back to the card: I added the greetings from the Stampin' Up! stamp set called Window Shopping and I blinged up the DSP by glittering up the centers of the flowers.  I think this combo goes well together, don't you? 

Card front

Close-up of card front

Inside of card

This was a very easy card to put together - especially since I had scraps from last week's card trio :)
I hope you give it a try.

Have a wonderful week!

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:

Tips and Tricks to Recreate these cards:
Old Olive Cardstock:  11" x 4 1/4"
Whisper White cardstock for inside: 5" x 3 3/4"
Old Olive cardstock scrap for inside die cut bumblebee: approx. 2" 
Basic Black mat: 4 1/4" x 2 3/4" (you need to die cut 2 black bumble bees from the centre of this cardstock too)
Delightful Daisy DSP: 4 1/8" x 2 5/8"
1. After you have die cut two bumbles from the centre of the Basic Black cardstock, glue your DSP piece to the black cardstock.
2. Wrap the white bakers' twine three times around the bottom area of this mat piece and tie a bow (remember to lock in a 1 1/4" length of the mini gold sequin trim before you complete the bow). I place a glue dot to the backside of the tied bow so it stays in place on my matted card piece.
3. Then use your Basic Black ink and your greeting and use your matted piece to determine where to stamp your greeting onto your Old Olive cardstock base.
4. I then attached the matted piece to my card front with stampin' dimensionals (see photos above).
6. Then I die cut all my honey bees and glued them to the card as shown in photos.
7. I stamped and glued my Whisper White cardstock to the inside of my card.
8.  I then glittered up my DSP and bee antenae by applying Fine Tip Glue to areas that denoted the center of the sunflowers.  Then I applied glitter to the glue before it dried (don't worry - it takes quite a while before it dries!)
Now that was fun!  Go give your card to someone you love!