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So Manly!

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A couple of Stampin’ Up! sets I just had to have for manly cards, “In the Wild” and “On the Fly!”  Such great masculine cards.  The problem is always just how to complete them.

The buffalo card was completed using paper from Carta Bella, “The Great Outdoors” stack, where I found this 4×3″ piece that made the perfect Indian blanket.  The directional image was also cut from one of the papers.  I hand stitched the edges of the blanket using linen thread.  The background wood paper is from SU.  Stamp Sets Used:  In the Wild and Thoughtful Banners.  Inks:  Soft Suede.  CS:  Crumb Cake and Soft Suede.  I used a dotted rectangle framelit from Stamps of Life.

The fishing card was completed using Crumb Cake and Always Artichoke SU CS, and embossing folders.  The first card has a dotted rectangle framelit from SOL and was colored using a combination of SU markers and Prismacolor pencils.  Stamp Sets Used were “On The Fly (long retired),” and the sentiment was a Paper Pumpkin sentiment from my stash.  The background fish paper was from Carta Bella, “The Great Outdoors.”

The second fishing card was completed using The Woodland Embossing Folder from SU, Layering Dies and Stitched Oval Dies from SU.  Stamps used were “On the Fly” and “Another Great Year.”  The background dotted paper was from Papertry Ink.  The furry “fly” and “hook” were embellishments from my stash.  I used SU linen thread to wrap.

Hope you enjoy these.

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Get Well Squirrel

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Get Well

Stamps and Dies Used:  The stamps and die cuts are all from Stamps of Life.  The squirrel and wagon are from Squirrel2stamp, matching die and matching sentiment set.  The sun is “Hello Sunshine” triplits die.  The dotted rectangle die is from SOL.

The DSP is from SOL “Amazing Collection”

The white, Crumb Cake, yellows, blue, green and Real Red CS are from SU.

The gingham ribbon is from SOL, the small brads and pearls are from SU. I used a gel pen to highlight the nose and teeth.

Valentines Fun 2018

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Squirrel:  The stamp and die set is from Stamps of Life, “squirrel2stamp” and matching die. The flowers were punched with a small SU flower punch and embellished with small pearls. I used a scallop circle punch along with a small heart punch.  The pink heart was cut with a framelit die by SU.

Cat: The stamp and die set is from SOL, “cat2stamp,” and matching die.  The doily, scallop circle and small heart punch are from SU.  The fringe is an unknown source from my stash.

Pun Card:  The card was created using a new stamp set from SU called “Birthday Wit.”  Below the white sentiment panel, it says “Happy Birthday.”  I cut a piece of CS to cover out of white, 3.25 x .75 inches and found a stamp by Fiskars, that fit nicely.  The dotted rectangle die is by SOL.  The small pearls are from SU.

I used the Grid Circle Die also from Stamps of Life along with DSP “Sweetheart Collection,” to create all three of the cards.   Inks used were “Real Red and Tuxedo Black Momento,” from SU.  CS used was Real Red and Crumb Cake, by SU.  The pink heart paper is also from the “Sweetheart Collection,” DSP pad.

Get Well Pooches and Catching Up

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These comical and adorable pooches and sentiments are from Art Impressions, a set called “Doggie Kisses.” The band aid and the pill bottle are from Lawn Fawn.

The dotted framelits on both cards are from Stamps of Life.  The card stock on both cards as well as the inks are from Stampin Up!  The DSP on the cone card is from SU.  The DSP on the weiner card as well as the gingham bow, is from Stamps of Life.  The white ball trim is from SU.

Sympathy and Well Wishes Cards

 

The grid die on these cards is called “The Grid Circle Die” from Stamps of Life.  The DSP, CS and all the embellishments are from SU.  The “thinking” sentiment is from an old SU set called “Sincere Salutations,” a set I will never part with.  The “sympathy” sentiment is from a SU set called “Flourishing Phrases.

General Military Cards

These cards were all made for “Cards For Soldiers Project,” blank cards sent to deployed military members to send home to their families, etc…

These are all from the same SU paper suite.  “Wonderful Mother,” is from Well-Scripted, “Just A Note,” is from Flourishing Phrases, “Thinking Of You” is from Sincere Salutations.  All of the embellishments, inks and CS are from SU.

mail

This card and several like it were made from a DSP pad from Tim Holtz called “Correspondence.”  The CS, inks and embellishments are all from SU.

Any Hero Cards are cards that are signed with a note of thanks from me to “any service member.”  Images are from SU.

A Masculine Set

The John Wayne stamp is from Stamper’s Best and the car card stamps are from Tim Holtz, “Roadtrip.”

That catches me up.  Hope you enjoy all of the ideas.

Tennis Shoes and Teens

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These special occasion teen cards were made using the new Stampin’ Up! (2018 SAB catalog), set Epic Celebrations (tennis shoe images and boy card sentiments).  The sentiments on the girl shoes came from a variety of stamp sets.

The designer series paper used for the girl shoes is “Playful Palate” from SU (retired) and the boy shoes is from Stamps of Life, except the navy star which was hand stamped.

Card stock used:  All Stampin UP – Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Night of Navy, Real Red, Sweet Sugarplum and Basic Black.

Inks Used:  Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Real Red, Night of Navy, Sweet Sugarplum and Memento Black.

The silver cord was purchased from SU and the fringe was from another source.

 

Picture Perfect Birthday

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These four cards were all made by using a suite from SU called “Picture Perfect.”  I like the idea the dsp is actually photography.  I tried to keep these cards as Clean and Simple as possible for mailing from overseas for my military card project.

Supplies Used:  Stamp Sets – “Picture Perfect Birthday,” SU card 1, and “Birthday” from a previous Paper Pumpkin kit.

Colors:  Bermuda Bay, Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Burst, Pool Party, Basic Black.

The candle die is from a old die in my stash, the “happy” die is from SU called “Hello You Thinlits (retired),” and the “celebrate” is new from the 2018 SAB catalog called “Celebrate You Thinlits.”  The gold twine is retired SU product.

 

Key:  DSP = designer series paper, SU = Stampin’ Up!

Snoopy or Panda?

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Lots of fussy cutting for these, but I love the way they turned out!

Stamp sets used:  Party Panda (SU), You’ve Got This (SU), I (Heart) Hearts (SU), Lovely Amazing You (SU), You’ve Got Mail (Lawn Fawn), Happy Mail (Stampabilities).

Colors: (all SU)  Island Indigo cs and ink, Real Red, Tuxedo Black Momento

 

Sesame Street Kid’s Cards

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Making some fun shaped cards for military kids.  Who doesn’t love Cookie and Elmo?

All supplies used were from Stampin’ UP!  I used my old Bigz Scallop Circle Die (now long retired, but saved just so I can make these cards), and punches as follows:

Mouth: 1/2 of a 2 1/2″ circle die.  Eyes:  Whites – 1 3/8″ circle punch, Black – 1″ circle punch.  Nose: 1 1/2″ circle punch.  Cookie: 2″ circle punch, with a 1 3/4″ scallop punch for the “bite.”  The chocolate chips were made with a 3/8″ circle punch.

Stampin’ Up! colors used:  Pacific Point, Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Pumpkin Pie.  Ink Dauber:  Soft Suede ink.

Heartfelt Blooms Sympathy – Sketch Challenge

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This card was created for a sketch challenge, using old Operation Write Home sketch #29.

This is a standard A2 Vertical Side Fold.  I adjusted my panels to fit my sentiment and to make use of my dotted rectangle folder (Stamps of Life).  My panels are 2″ x 4.5″ (vertical) and 2.5″ x 3.75″ (focal panel).

Stamp Sets Used:  Stampin’ Up!’s “Flourishing Phrases (sentiment) and “Heartfelt Blooms.”

Colors:  “Night of Navy” ink and cs, both SU.

The dsp and ribbon are also SU.

This third card is a little more gender neutral, made from the same stamp set, “Heartfelt Blooms,” for both the focal as well as the sentiment.

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Man Mugs!

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Man Mugs!
BBQ Dad Mug

BBQ Dad Mug

Man Mug

Tool Man Mug

Wayne Mug

Hero Man Mug

Hope you enjoy these three cards in a series I am calling “Man Mugs.”  Each of the cards are standard A2, Vertical, Side Fold.  Each card uses a die set by Stamps of Life called “hotchocolate2stamp” (the die set coordinates with the stamp set by the same name).

Card #1 Details:  

CS:  Stampin’ Up! “Crumb Cake” and “Soft Suede”

Ink:  “Soft Suede”

Images: Mug-Hero Arts “Operation Write Home” series, Banner – “Guy Greetings” by SU

DSP:  “The Guy Stack” by DCWV (3″x3″ focal squares)

Card #2 Details:

CS:  Stampin’ Up! “Lost Lagoon, Basic Black, Whisper White, Smoky Slate”

Ink:  “Lost Lagoon”

Images: “Guy Greetings,” SU

Circle Die:  Dotted Circles Framelit Die by Stamps of Life – Embellishments:  Mini brads by SU

DSP: “The Guy Stack” by DCWV

Card #3 Details:

CS: Stampin’ Up! “Night of Navy, Sahara Sand, Whisper White”

Ink:  “Crumb Cake, Night of Navy”

Images/Sentiment:  John Wayne by StampersBest, Sentiment by Impression Obsession

DSP: “Proud to Serve” by The Paper Studio (2.75″x2.75″ focal squares)

 

 

 

New Year’s Nine!

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Happy New Year!

I started the day by making nine cards for different military card drives I provide cards for.  Today’s inspiration was a stamp and die set from Stamps of Life called “frenchfries2stamp.”  The set has a matching die.  The dotted rectangle die is also from Stamps of Life.  I used a combination of card stock and DSP from both Stamps of Life and Stampin’ Up!

While I made nine cards, some were duplicates, so I am showing the variety I created.

Blue Friesred fries

Miss Ewe Kid’s Cards

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These are standard horizontal top fold A2 cards on thick white cardstock.  The sheep stamp, sentiment and sheep die are from Stamps of Life (sheep2stamp and matching die set).  I also used a dotted circle framelit from Stamps of Life.  The paper is from the same company and called the “Grateful Collection.”  The word bubbles were cut using the “Word Bubbles (Stampin’ Up! retired),” set.   DSP cuts are 4″ by 3″, one laid vertically and one laid horizontally.  I cut the small flowers from DSP using a small flower punch from SU (retired).

 

Two more love cards using the same stamps and dies, plus the “Me&You” pattern paper collection from Stamps for Life.

Truly Masculine

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Supplies:  Truly Tailored stamp set by Stampin’ Up!  2018 Occasions Catalog and the Tailored Tag punch from the same catalog.

Card #1 is a horizontal top fold standard A2 card

CS:  Crumb Cake A2 card, Night of Navy 2″ x 5.25″ strip, 2.75″ x .5″ strip under the sentiment piece, Very Vanilla for the sentiment piece.

DSP:  Truly Gentleman herringbone pattern 5.25″ x 4″ for the first layer and bow tie pattern 5.25″ x 7.75″ for the center strip.

Ink: Night of Navy

Card #2 is a horizontal top fold standard A2 card

CS:  Basic Black (cuts – A2 card base, 4.75’x 2.25,” and 3.75″x 2.5″) Whisper White sentiment punch

DSP: “A Little Foxy” (retired)

Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black

Embellishments:  Small heart punched out of Black CS and a black ribbon knot.

 

 

Delightful Daisy Calendar Fridge Magnet

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Supply List:

4×4 Chipboard coaster, or chipboard, or any 4×4 heavy cardstock base, self-stick calendar pads (mine are from Vippies.com and are 3×2.24 inches), dimensionals, pearl strips, Daisy Punch (Stampin’ Up!), Delightful Daisy DSP (2017 Stampin’ Up!), coordinating card stock, self-stick magnetic business card magnets, 1.5″ circle punch.

The chip board coasters I used had rounded edges.  I rounded the edges of all of the paper cuts to match, with the exception of the top of the card stock the calendar is adhered to.

Paper Cuts:  DSP – 4×4″ and 3.5×3.5″  CS – 3.75″ and 2.5 x 3.25 (for the Vippies calendar I used).  Using a corner rounder, round the corners of all of your cuts, with the exception of the top side of the CS the calendar is mounted on.  Cut two flowers using the Daisy Punch.  Cut one flower center.

I brushed the edges of all of my papers with a sponge dauber with coordinating ink.

Adhere your paper layers, starting with DSP on top of the coaster or chip board.  Make sure the paper is adhered in the center as well as the edges, so the weight of the calendar does not pull your paper away from the coaster or chip board.  Set the calendar base aside.  Attach your flower or embellishment to the top corner of the piece.  Adhere your calendar to the calendar base.  Use dimensionals to adhere the calendar base to your layered 4×4 piece.  This will lift it above the flower embellishment.  I added a row of pearls across the top of the calendar top.  Adhere your magnet to the back of your completed calendar.   Done and done!

 

Here is one for those Disney folks, I made out of scraps:

Mickey

Christmas Light Snoopy

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On Dec. 26, 2012, I posted a Snoopy punch art card I had created for Operation Write Home.  It was Snoopy lying on his army tent missing those back home.  I have a friend this year who is all things Snoopy at Christmas.  I decided to create the same Snoopy on his dog house with Christmas lights.  The tools used are listed below the picture.

Snoopy

This is a top fold horizontal A2 card.  To create the top of the dog house, I cut a piece of red card stock 4″ x 2.”  I diagonally cut each side of the roof to make the top length of the roof 3.5.”  The base of the dog house is 1″ x 3.5.”  I scored both the roof and the house at 1/2″ intervals to create a wood look and then brushed the edges of both pieces with a light brown (Crumb Cake SU), ink with an ink dauber.  I placed the dog house base where I wanted it and laid the roof over the top and secured.

The Christmas light string and lights are a die cut from Stamps of Life called “christmastree2stamp dies.”

The punches used to create Snoopy are all from SU, most retired:

Snoopy’s Head is the Full Heart Punch.  His leg/paw is the Classic Label Punch.  His nose is a Word Window Punch, or you could use a small circle.  Snoopy’s ear and back spot were created with the wing on the Bird Builder Punch.  Snoopy’s tail is a leaf from the branch of the Bird Builder Punch.  Snoopy’s hind leg is a 3/4″ circle.  All Snoopy pieces were brushed to give them dimension using Crumb Cake Ink and a sponge dauber.  Snoopy’s hat was created with the Hat Builder Punch.

The Merry Christmas sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes; SU.

Ornamental Mickey Mouse

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We all have those Disney folks in our families, so wanted to make a few of these special Mickey cards just for them.

The stamp sets I used were Christmas Pines, and Snowflake Sentiments from Stampin’ Up!   I also used the long-retired Ornament Keepsakes along with the matching Holiday Dies (SU).  The snowflake on the ornament is heat embossed in white.  The ornament cap is heat embossed in silver.  Mickey’s ears were made with a 1″ circle punch.

Mickey

Warm Winter Hot Cocoa Wishes

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The featured stamp and die set is from Stamps of Life called “hotchocolate2stamp,” and the coordinating die by the same name.  It was a current set at the time of this posting.  The snowflake folder was from Sizzix.  The dsp and embellishment were from my stash of retired Stampin’ Up! products.  The snowflake die was from “Trim Your Stockings thinlits dies,” current 2017 SU Holiday catalog.  This card is perfect for winter greetings or for those who do not celebrate Christmas.

Check out the 3 other cards I made with this same set, below.  Enjoy!

 

 

Merry Medley

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Merry Medley

Wanted to share a bunch of different Christmas cards I have made this year to inspire your last minute card making.  This is literally a “merry medley” of cards for you to enjoy.   Hope your 2017 Christmas Season is everything you want it to be!

 

Be Merry Weave

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These cards are standard A2 cards with embossed card fronts.  Card #1 is a horizontal top fold and card #2 is a vertical side fold.  (Scroll all the way to the bottom for a bonus card idea!)

All of the supplies used to create this card were from Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White Card Stock, Be Merry DSP (2017 annual catalog)

Ink: Cherry Cobbler

Stamp Sets:  Merry Mistletoe (2017), and Teeny Tiny Wishes (2017)

Embellishments:  three rhinestones and silver cord

Tools/Die Cuts: Layering Ovals Framelits, Argyle embossing folder (retired), Classic Label punch (2017

How to do it:  Cut 1/2″ strips of the DSP you desire to weave.  For each weave, you will need 6 horizontal strips and 6 vertical strips.  If you are doing the horizontal card, you will turn the finished product the opposite direction.  Pay attention to the orientation of designs on your paper when deciding to cut the paper horizontally or vertically.  You may need a combination of both for each card.  Note the paper with the reindeer pattern strips on both cards.  You don’t want upside down or sideways reindeer!

To make my strips, I cut several 12″ by .5″ strips and then cut the strips in half to weave.  For the base of your weave, cut a piece of CS 3″x3.”  For the vertical card, place five strips vertically, then weave six strips horizontally.  Tighten the weave up and adhere it to your base.  Center the weave on the base before you adhere, you don’t want the base to show. Using paper snips, carefully trim the overhanging ends of the woven strips at different lengths and angles.  Ideally you want to center the weave onto your card.

Emboss your card base and if desired, brush the edges using ink on a dauber.  Stamp your reindeer or other image onto cardstock and die cut your center piece.  Die cut your under layer out of red card stock.  Brush the edges of your stamped piece with ink if desired.  Adhere your stamped center piece onto the under layer.  On the bottom of your stamped center piece, using adhesive strips to keep it in place, layer your metallic thread.  I wound the cord around my hand four times and adhered the circle I created with that to the stamped center piece.

Attach your card front to your card base.  Attach your woven piece to your desired location on your card.  Using dimensionals or double sided tape, attach your stamped center piece and cord to the woven piece.  Add a sentiment if desired.  Embellish with rhinestones.

These woven pieces are a great way to showcase papers that you love together.  I have included a similar card I made for the fall.

Painted Weave

 

Christmas Cat2stamp

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Today’s card was created using a combination of stamps and dies by Stamps of Life and supplies and embellishments from Stampin’ Up!

Card Size:  This is a standard horizontal A2 card with an embossed card front.

Paper:  Cherry Cobbler CS, Whisper White CS, Garden Green CS, Designer Series Paper 2017, silver foil paper, all by SU

Ink: Memento Black and Cherry Cobbler by SU

Stamp Set: Cat2stamp by Stamps of Life, Jolly Friends by SU (hat)

Embellishments:  Rhinestones and Cherry Cobbler Baker’s twine.

Tools/Die Cuts: Sizzix snowflake embossing folder, Christmastree2stamp Dies, Cat2stamp Dies (Stamps of Life), heat tool, silver embossing powder, Hat Builder Punch (SU).

How to do it: I cut the Christmas tree outline out of Garden Green CS.  I die cut the interior papers.  The tree layers fig together like a puzzle. I glued each layer of paper to the Garden Green tree.  I die cut the garland out of silver foil paper with sizzix adhesive attached to the back.  I peeled the die cuts off and adhered them to the tree.  I stamped the cat image onto dsp and then cut it using the matching die.  I stamped the hat accents onto dsp and cut them with the Hat Builder punch.  I cut the main part of the hat out of Cherry Cobbler CS.  I adhered the hat together with glue and attached to the cat.  I stamped the fish bones onto white paper with Versamark and then used silver embossing powder.  I cut the fish out with the fish bones die.  I punched a small hole on the end and added the baker’s twine bow.

I embossed the white card front using the snowflake folder and attached it to the card base.  I then added the tree.  I adhered the cat with dimensionals to give it lift over the tree.  I embellished with rhinestones.

Fun card for cat lovers!

 

Black and White Christmas

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Merry Christmas

was created with Stampin’ Up! supplies unless otherwise stated.  The details are below:This card

Card Size:  A2.  The card front is two pieces of DSP.  I cut the top piece 2.5 Inches and the bottom 2.75 inches (have the bottom layover and glue to the top to create one 4 x 5.25″ piece. Trim the finished card front if needed to make your edges match on all sides. Cover with ribbon to hide the seam and adhere the ribbon to the back of the card front.

Paper:  Basic Black CS and “Merry Little Christmas DSP (2017 Occasions catalog),” Whisper White CS

Ink:  Memento Black Ink

Stamp Set:  Snowflake Sentiments

Embellishments:  Metallic Foil Doilies cut in half, rhinestones and silver edged black ribbon from a LSS.  The bow is a triple-bow.

Tools/Die Cuts:  Stitched Shapes Framelits and Layering Squares Framelits.  The overall size of the center sentiment piece is 2.75″ x 2.75″ including the black underlay.

 

Peaceful Christmas

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This card was created with the Stampin’ Up! products listed below.  I think you will agree the combination of colors and papers make it soft, peaceful and serene.

Measurements:  This is a standard A2 card and card front.

Paper:  Heavy Whisper White and Soft Sky CS from Stampin Up.  The glitter paper was from my stash sourced from a LSS.

Ink:  Soft Sky applied with a sponge dauber as well as stamped images and sentiments.

Die Cuts:  Card Front Builder by SU, the “peace” die was from unknown source.

Embossing:  The embossing in the trees was created with the Seaside embossing folder.

Stamp Sets:  Christmas Pines (snowflakes on front and envelope decor), and Peaceful Pines (interior sentiment).

How to do it:  Using my magnetic die platform, I placed the tree and moon/stars dies on the card front piece.  I cut the deer on a separate piece of paper.  Set the tree and deer cut outs aside.  I cut a piece of Soft Sky a little smaller than the card front and embossed the lower half (enough to show behind the trees).

I cut the double tree and deer cuts out of white glitter paper and glued them to the same cuts I had saved.  My glitter paper was very flimsy so it needed to be on a sturdier base.

Using a sponge dauber, I brushed the edges of the card and the single white tree with Soft Sky.  I sponged the CS below the tree die cuts for shadowing.  I then stamped the snowflakes on the front of the card.

I adhered my card front to the embossed piece of Soft Sky, with the embossed portion showing through the trees.  I used a double sided 1/8″ tape.  I adhered the card front to the card base.  I then adhered the glitter trees and deer to the card.  I used a dimensional to adhere the front tree and support it.

The “peace” die was cut from Soft Sky CS with a Sizzix adhesive sheet stuck to the back.  I peeled it and placed it on the card.  I then used three rhinestones to embellish.

My favorite aspect of this card is the use of the embossing folder to give the trees the horizontal texture and depth.

 

Cookie’s Christmas

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Been a long time since I posted, but decided I needed to figure out a way to both keep track of my projects as well as to inspire fellow paper crafters.   I subscribe to several blogs and I know they keep my mind stimulated.

Today I am sharing a creation I made using a combination of supplies from Stamps For Life as well as Stampin’ Up! products.

The featured stamp set is “birthday4cookie,” by Stephanie Barnard’s team at Stamps for Life.  The details are below:

Cookie Christmas

  1. Stamp sets used – “birthday4cookie,” and a combination of “christmastree2stamp” (Stamps of Life), and “Santa Paws” (Stampin’ Up!), for the inside and envelope front.
  2. Die sets used – “Cookie Dies,” and “Christmastree2stamp dies,” both by Stamps of Life
  3. Paper Used – Cherry Cobbler CS by SU, and designer series Christmas papers by SU, silver foil paper by SU.
  4. Tools/Accessories – Santa Hat paper punch by SU.  SU dimensionals under the dogs and a small cotton ball embellishment on the santa hat adhered with glue.
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Don’t forget to decorate the inside of the card as well as the envelope!

Coffee Cup Gift Card Holder

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I admit it; Stampin’ Up! does not make everything I want to use.  I do find fantastic stuff from other vendors from time to time, things I just have to have!  This coffee cup die and the matching stamps from The Stamps of Life, is one of those things.  Stampin’ Up! has nothing similar.  I did use Stampin’ Up! products for all of the other elements of this card.

I plan to make more of these great bagged gift cards in the future.  Thinking you might see more of them around Christmas time.  I plan to make designs that use elements on the front other than a coffee cup, i.e. a cupcake perhaps?  Stay tuned.

All of the supplies and cuts are listed below the photos.  Happy crafting and gifting!

What I used:

Tools

Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine       #143263              SU          pg 190 current catalog

Simply Scored Scoring Tool           #122334              SU          pg 185   current catalog

Botanical Builder Framelits           #140625              SU          pg 194 current catalog

Decorative Label Punch                 #120907              SU          pg 186 current catalog

Pretty Print Embossing Folder       Retired                 SU          Retired

“Coffee Cup Dies”                                                         Stamps of Life ( *coordinating stamps)

 

Stamps

Birthday Blooms                              #139471              SU          pg202 current catalog

Clear Mount  (also available in wood mount)

*“Coffee4two”                                                              Stamps of Life

*Labels2use                                                                    Stamps of Life

 

Embellishments/Supplies

Kraft Tag a Bag Gift Bags               #138315              SU          pg 176 current catalog

Pearl Basic Jewels                           #119247              SU          pg 177 current catalog

Rhinestone Basic Jewels                #119246              SU          pg 177 current catalog

3/8” Ruched Ribbon                        #141424              SU          pg 178 current catalog                   Dapper Denim

Tear and Tape Adhesive                 #138995              SU          pg 182 current catalog

Stampin’ Dimensionals                   #104430              SU          pg 182 current catalog

Multipurpose Liquid Glue               #110755              SU          pg 182 current catalog

Snail Adhesive                                  #104332              SU          pg 182 current catalog

Sponge Dauber                                #133773              SU          pg 180 current catalog

 

 

Paper/Ink

In Color DSP Paper Stack               #141408              SU          pg 174 current catalog                   2016-2018

Crumb Cake CS                                 #120953              SU          pg 170 current catalog

Dapper Denim CS                             #141414              SU          pg169 current catalog

Whisper White CS                            #100730              SU          pg 175 current catalog

Dapper Denim  Classic Ink             #141414              SU          pg 169 current catalog

 

 

Paper Cuts

Dapper Denim CS

Folded Card is 3.75” x 4.5 “ (cut one piece CS 3.75” by 9” – fold)

Crumb Cake CS

Cut three pieces 4” x 3.25”

score one piece with vertical ridges using Scoring Tool

emboss one piece with embossing folder

leave blank for inside sentiment

Cut one piece 2.25” x 3.25”

(score vertical ridges using Scoring Tool)

Cut one piece 4.75” x 1.5” to decorate envelope/bag – score vertical ridges using Scoring Tool

DSP – Dapper Denim Designer Series Paper Stack

Cut one piece 4.25” x 3.5”

Cut one piece 4.75” x 2.25” to decorate envelope/bag

Kraft Bag

Fold up the bottom of the bag until the depth of the bag is 5.25 inches.  This will be your “envelope”

 

Embellishments/Piecing it together

Attach one piece of ribbon to the center point of the 4” x 3.25” scored Crumbcake CS using Tear and Tape adhesive.  This will be for the front focal point of your card.

Using the Botanical Builder set, cut the flowers and centers out of Whisper White CS.  Brush the larger flowers edges with Dapper Denim ink (use Sponge Dauber).  Adhere flowers to coffee cup and outside of bag then apply jewels with glue.

Attach the completed/decorated coffee cup to the card using dimensionals.

 

To make the gift card pocket:

Using Tear and Tape adhesive, attach the ribbon to the top of the 2.25” x 3.25” scored Crumb Cake piece.  Using Tear and Tape adhesive, attach this piece to the bottom of the piece of Crumb Cake you embossed.  Adhere the sides and bottom only, the top piece will be the opening for your gift card.

Pokemon Go! Birthday Card

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I have to admit, these instructions are mostly for me, in case I need to make one of these again.  I can’t believe how many different punches I used.  I do love punch art.  Half of the fun is finding the right punch to do the right job, without having to resort to creating something free-hand.

So I created this Pokemon Go! card for my grandson’s birthday.  The inside sentiment says “…collect a Happy Birthday.”  This game seems to be all the rage right now.  I hope you like my interpretation.

All supplies used are from Stampin’ Up!, with the exception of the alphabet used for the front and inside sentiment.

Pokemon

Poke’ ball

Punches/Tools

Circle Framelit 3.25” diameter (cut one red, one black)

1 3/8” circle punch (punch 1 black)

1” circle punch (punch 1 white)

¾” circle punch (punch 1 white)

 

Paper:

Real Red CS

Whisper White CS

Basic Black CS

 

Other: 

 

Stampin’ Dimensionals (for center of Poke’ ball and to raise Pikachu from card)

 

Instructions:

 

Cut two 3.25” circles, one red one white.  Cut either the red or the white one in half and glue that half onto the circle you left whole.  Cut a strip of black paper, ½” wide, longer than 3.25.”  Glue the black strip in the center of the ball, where the white and red meet.  Trim the black strip to the shape of the ball.

 

Glue your 1” white circle onto the center of the black 1 3/8” circle.  Glue them in the center of the poke’ ball on the black strip.  Put a dimensional in the center of the 1” white circle and then attach the ¾” to the dimensional.

 

Pikachu

 

All of these punches and tools are from Stampin’ Up!  Some are unfortunately retired, but you can find similar shapes in some of the newer framelits or other market sources.

 

Punches/Tools:

Head:  1 ¼” square punch  – or cut square this size (yellow CS) using a corner chomper or the

Project Life Corner punch – “chomp” the corners off of the yellow square, this makes the head

Cheeks:  3/8” circle punch (cut two out of pink)

Eyes:  I used the Owl Builder Punch (cut two black circles)

Pupils:  I used the Sprinkles Punch (cut two white pupils)

Nose:  I used the Owl Builder Punch (cut one tiny black circle)

Mouth: I used a shape from the Sprinkles Punch (cut one red), or you can draw a black line mouth

Ears: I used the Festive Flower Builder Punch (cut two yellow ears and two black ears using the center design in the punch.

Body:  2” x 1 3/8” Oval Punch (cut one yellow)

Paws/legs: Word Window Punch (cut two yellow)

Tail: I cut a rectangle 1.5” by 1” and trimmed it with the 1.25” square punch (make one yellow)

 

Front Sentiment:

 

Word Bubbles Framelit Die

Alphabet from “Fiskers.”

Black StazOn Ink

 

Paper:

 

Daffodil Delight CS

Blushing Bride CS

Basic Black CS (card base and parts of Pikachu)

Whisper White CS

DSP from my stash for the background

Crumb Cake Ink and dauber to brush edges of Pikachu pieces

 

 

Put the Pikachu together as shown.  I trimmed the two black ear pieces to glue to the top of the yellow ear pieces for ear detail.  I lifted the Pikachu from the card with dimensionals, so the word bubble would go behind.

 

The inside of the card says “…collect a Happy Birthday!”

Guy Greetings

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Guy Greetings

Celebrate Your Special Guy!

Today’s offering is from the stamp set “Guy Greetings.”  It is available now, in the 2015-2016 catalog or in the new catalog, coming out on June 1.  It comes in either wood mount, clear-mount or photopolymer (the least priced).  While some of the other products I used are now retired, you can create a similar card using embossing folders, accents, punches and Framelits from the current catalog.

Other products used:
Card Stock – Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, and (New June 1), Dapper Denim.
Designer Series Paper – Typeset Specialty (p142 retiring catalog – Get it before May 31, 2016)
Other Stamp:  The Open Sea (retiring May 31 – the globe background)
Ink:  StazOn Black, Dapper Denim (sponged with daubers)
From My Stash:  brass brads (from another vendor), the retired Apothecary Accents Framelits, the retired Ticket Duo Punch and the retired Argyle embossing folder.

The set comes in wood mount #138825 $52.00, clear mount #138828 $39.00, or buy the photopolymer set now!   Just $26.00!  Guy Greetings Photopolymer

 

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Guy Greetings Item #137178 Current Catalog

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Finished Crafting Studio (submission for Stamp-n-Storage)

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Welcome to my re-stylized crafting studio.  I want to take this opportunity share my favorite features.

Tons of Storage

I have what was previously an overwhelming number of inks and punches.  I found Stamp-n-storage online and saw they had the perfect products to contain my collection.  I removed the wooden doors from the closet.  I inserted an entertainment unit I already had and some cube storage units.  I added the units from Stamp-n-storage.  My husband fashioned a curtain rod from conduit pipe.  I purchased a shallow bookshelf from Ikea.  I purchased curtains and a curtain topper for my window, to coordinate all of my storage spaces and make the room look chic and neat.

The desk was fashioned from an Ikea corner desk and a table.  My husband added locking mechanisms on the bottom to keep the two surfaces joined tightly together.  I purchased an “over the door,” pantry rack to create the wrapping paper storage station.

I found after storing my card stock on shelves, edges that were exposed to the light had been fading.  I found letter size rolling plastic bins with covers at an office supply outlet.  All of my card stock is now organized by color families, protected from the light,  and can be easily rolled in and out for access.

Pleasing Yet Functional Decor

I had a few things on hand I wanted to re-purpose as both useful and decorative items.  I hated my bulletin board.  Upon searching Pinterest, I found attractive bulletin boards that had been made out of picture frames.  I also fell in love with wall art created from artist trays.  I purchased 1/4 inch cork board in 12×12 sheets.  I cut them to fit my 8×10 picture frames.  I used two of them to create small bulletin boards with antique picture frames.  I used one frame/cork combination to create an attractive and functional drink tray.  A left over piece of cork board protects my drawer unit and keeps my phone and remote from slipping off.

I used the artist trays to create small collages for my wall.  I re-painted an old plant holder and created a file box.  I covered ugly manila folders with designer series paper.

The cat was on hand.  I think he enjoys my new space just as much as I do.

My crafting buddy, Newton.

My crafting buddy, Newton.

Thank you for touring my craft studio.  I hope you are inspired to create a beautiful space to work, no matter how much, or how little room you have.

Square Pillow Box Treat Pouch

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Using the new Square Pillow Box Thinlits Die, I created this beautiful little treat pouch.  I was inspired by a posting from another SU demonstrator, Dawn Olfcheske.  A tutorial and supply list is provided so you can create your own.

Inspired by Dawn Olfcheske, I created this treat pouch for a fall party.

Inspired by Dawn Olfcheske, I created this treat pouch for a fall party.

The Square Pillow Box Thinlits die is the perfect size to hold small gifts, treats and other things. You will need a big shot or other die cutting machine.

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Square Pillow Box Thinlits Dies  SU Item # 139657
Price: $33.00
Cut pillow boxes in record time with Thinlits dies and the Big Shot. Add windows and accents—they’re included in the die. Finished boxes make unique packaging for gift cards, 3″ x 3″ | 7.6 x 7.6 cm cards, and small treats and gifts.
Thinlits Dies help you create detailed die-cuts with just a few turns of the Big Shot handle.
* 8 dies
* Finished box size: 5-15/16″ x 4-5/8″ | 15.1 x 11.7 cm
* Use with Big ShotLets Make It!

To create the treat pouch shown, you will need one piece of card stock for each pouch.  Cut two of the box dies.

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Take one of the cut pieces, and score a fold line one inch from the top corner as shown.  This will create the front flap for the DSP you will be using.

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Following the score line created from the die, remove one inch from the top portion of each flap as shown.

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Using your chosen DSP and the Pillow Box Die, cut out a notched portion of the DSP.  Remove the flap and cut the paper 1 inch from the corner as shown on the left and you should be left with a piece 4 inches across .

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Fold the flap you scored as shown and use your bone folder to create crisp folds.  Attach the DSP to the flap.  Fold your flaps on the scored lines, making sure the DSP is going to be on the outside of the box.  Using your fingers to gently pinch, fold the rounded bottoms using the score lines created by the die. Using Sticky Strip, or the new Tear and Tape Adhesive,  and attach a couple of glue dots to the inside bottom of the front piece of the treat box.  Put the box together.

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Brush the edges of the box and the bottom edge of your DSP flap to get the effect shown.  To add the embellishments, I punched a hole as shown.

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I used CS left over from my die cuts to create the tags.  I used the “Leaflets Framelits” die to cut the leaves, used left over wooden leaves from my stash (retired product), Linen Thread and leftover dotted grosgrain ribbon from my stash.  You can use any combination of products to create the embellishments of your choosing.

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As you can see, this treat pouch is perfect for a themed treat.  Using different combinations of CS and DSP, you can do just about anything.

My supply list is below.  You can purchase these and other products directly from my online store.

  • Square Pillow Box Thinlits Die Item 139657 Holiday Mini page 41
  • Merry Everything clear mount stamp set Item 135071 Catalog page 71
  • Into the Woods DSP Item 139586 Holiday Mini page 43
  • Crumb Cake Cardstock Item 120953 Catalog page 141
  • Cajun Craze Cardstock Item 119684
  • Leaflets Framelits Item 137363 Catalog page 172
  • Banners Framelits Item 132173 Catalog page 173
  • Linen Thread Item 104199 Catalog page 159
  • Soft Suede Classic Stampin’ Pad Item 126978 Catalog page 141
  • Tear and Tape Adhesive (replaced Sticky Strip) Item 138995 Catalog page 156
  • Mini Glue Dots Item 103683 Catalog page 156
  • Sponge Daubers  Item 133773 Catalog Page 163

All of the supplies listed are currently available.  I did use some retired embellishments from my SU stash as noted in the tutorial.

This is the inspiration piece.  Thank you Dawn Olfcheske!

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Stampin’ Up! – See It! Love It! Buy It!

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Stampin’ Up! – See It!  Love It! Buy It!

Gotta Have It!  

Witching Decor Project Kit Item 140969 $22.00. 2015 SU Holiday Mini

Witching Decor Project Kit
Item 140969 $22.00.
2015 SU Holiday Mini

This easy to put together Halloween decor project kit is a must have for the Halloween season.  The finished size is approximately 13″ X 13.”

To finish your project you will need and want to add the Witches Night photopolymer stamp set.  These stamps are detailed, and fabulous!

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See how beautifully my Witches Hat project fit into my Halloween Decor

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I added a couple of leaves to mine using Black Glimmer Paper (139605 $5.00).

Additional products used: Soft Suede Classic Stampin’ Pad, Jet Black StazOn Pad, Tear & Tape Adhesive, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Bone Folder and paper snips.

You can purchase these products directly from my online store.  Happy Crafting!

The New Crafting Space Tour

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It has been a long time coming, but I finally have the crafting space I have wanted for a long time.  I thought I would share it now, as it will probably never be this clean again.

Preparing for the Move

My crafting bane/buddy, Newton is all boxed up and ready to go. No more concrete floor.

My crafting bane/buddy, Newton is all boxed up and ready to go. No more concrete floor.

We had a new floor installed and took the opportunity to touch up the paint. I ordered a corner desk, a table and a drawer unit from Ikea.  I also purchased a new shallow depth book case to house all of my stamps in DVD-sized cases.  I love my new work table, as it is set up so I can work from either side, or I can craft at the same space with a friend.

Please enjoy the tour.  I hope you get a couple of ideas you can use in your own space.

Now for the Tour

Miss You – Punch Art Cell Phone

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OWH is in big need of the number one requested card type, Missing You cards.  I thought I would add a few more to the box which are aimed at young adults, pre-teen or teenagers.

Cell Phone Cards

Cell Phone Miss You

Cell Phone Miss You

All Supplies Used were from Stampin’ Up! With the exception of Papertry Ink white CS for the white cards.

CS:  Basic Black, White, Marina Mist, Blusing Bride

Stamp Set:  “Just Sayin’

Ink – StazOn Black

DSP – “Stacked With Love, ” (retired) DSP Stack

Tools:  Corner chomper, or I used my Envelope Punch Board corner punch, 3/8″ Circle Punch, paper hole punch

Phone base is 4.75 x 2.75; white or color face is 4.5 x 2.5, screen is 3 3/8 x 2.25.  The horizontal strip on top is 1/8 x 1.5 , I cut a white square a tad less than 1.4″ x a tad less than 1/4″ to fit inside the 3/8″ hole at the bottom.  The top hole is a hole made with a regular hole punch.

ODBD Challenge – Missing You Cards

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I got the inspiration for this cute dragon from Stampin’ Connection.

I tweaked him a little for the purpose of using him on a card.

The sentiment was created with my computer.  All paper supplies and punches were from Stampin’ Up!

Here is how I built it:

Hamburger and Fries

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Hamburger and Fries

Hamburger and Fries

To make this hamburger, using the large oval punch (SU), I punched two ovals out of Crumb Cake and one out of Chocolate Chip CS (SU).  The piece of cheese is simply a square out of yellow CS.  The tomato is a circle punch and the lettuce is a scallop punch.  To make the fries, cut a piece of yellow paper and run through a “corrugator” or use the scoring plate to create the corrugated effect.  Cut to the desired width and length.  I used sponge daubers with Crumb Cake ink to edge the hamburger pieces, and used Daffodil Delight to edge the fries.  The cookies are simply made by using a circle punch with Crumb Cake CS.  I cut the chocolate chips using a hole punch.  I highlighted the cookie with Crumb Cake ink on a sponge dauber.  That burger looks good enough to eat.

Minion Madness Birthday

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All supplies are Stampin’ Up! What I used:  Daffodil Delight CS, Nearly Navy (retired), Bashful Blue, Basic Black, White, Soft Suede, two small buttons, circle punches and circle framelit dies, window sheet, dimensionals, scissors, circle punch, word window punch, sponge dauber, Nearly Navy ink, glue dots. Measurements: Card base is 8.5 x 4.25, scored in the middle to fold for 5.5 x 4.25 card.  The light blue is 5.25 x 4.  I cut the minion body 5 x 3.75 and then used a circle framelit to draw then cut the top portion into a rounded shape.  The overalls are one piece of Nearly Navy cut 2.75 x 1 inch.  I punched two pieces of blue using a Word Window punch.  I cut the pocket using a 1.25 circle punch.  I used a sponge dauber with Nearly Navy ink to highlight the edges of the pocket.  The head piece strap is .5 inch by 5. I used the circle framelit dies to cut the monacle/eye pieces.  I nested two framelits to cut the front piece and glued a piece of window sheet onto the back of the front piece.  I put the eye together and then added small cut pieces of stampin dimensionals to raise it above the eye.  The hair was cut with scissors.  The mouth was made using a 1.5 inch circle punch.  The buttons were attached with glue dots.

Minion Madness Birthday

Minion Madness Birthday

May ODBD Challenge – Embossing

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Captain America Suit

Captain America Suit

Embossed cards, wet or dry embossed, were the theme for this month’s Our Daily Bread Designs Challenge.  Fresh off the heels of seeing the new Avengers movie, I decided to create a Captain America suit for the challenge.  All products used for this challenge are SU.  The sentiment is from the “You’re Me Hero” set.  This card is versatile enough to be used for Any Hero, Thank You or a general card.

OWH 252/April ODBD Challenge

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Been awhile since I have taken the time to sit down and craft, so I thought I would jump back in with OWH Sketch 252 and the April Our Daily Bread Designs Challenge (Masculine Cards).   There isn’t much more of a masculine sight than John Wayne.  Instead of layers, I thought I would create the design as inlaid to compliment the stamp image.

I flipped the sketch and instead of a sentiment, added some linen thread.

The image is from Stampers Best “Hollywood Icon Series-John Rooster Wayne.”  All other supplies used were from Stampin Up!

Here is an additional masculine card.  The image is from Cornish Heritage Farms, Thomas Kinkade Series.

It Doesn't Get Much Better

Sketch 240

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Nothing much to post with the exception of this simple card and sketch from OWH this week.  All supplies are from Stampin’ Up!  Some current, some retired.  Have a crafty week.

OWH Sketch 239

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Hello Peeps!

Been awhile since I have posted or even made cards for that matter.  Been trapped in a thankless job that has been sucking the life out of me.  Decided I needed to start taking my time back doing things that I love.  Card making is something that I love.  It relaxes me and releases all kinds of creativity that I forget existed.  In this post are OWH Sketch #239 and the Mid-Month Throw Down (Fall-themed Cards).  I have also included a Lego card I made for my grandson’s birthday.

So here goes:

This is a blank Fall -themed card.  All products are from Stampin’ Up!, both current and some retired.  I used OWH Sketch #239.  Couldn’t decide if I liked it better flipped or like the sketch.  I think it looks pretty both ways.

Lego Birthday Card.  The Legos are 1×1 inches, 1 x 1.5 inches and 1 x 2 inches.

Leggo Birthday

Lego Birthday

Hexagons – Midweek Throw-down

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This week’s midweek throw-down is to make cards with hexagons.  My SU honeycomb embossing folder was perfect, however, there is not a punch that fits the folder.  The hexagon inserts were cut by first embossing the DSP with the same folder, and then cutting out the hexagons with scissors.  The Bee seems to reoccur often on this blog.  I think he just so much fun and “Springy.”

The Bee image and sentiment are from “Inky Antics” 10087MC Bumblebee.  All other supplies used were from SU.  Enjoy the rest of your week.

Hexagon Bee-cause

Hexagon Bee-cause

 

“Card Bowl 2014” – OWH Superbowl

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It is Super Bowl weekend, which is a super time to make some cards.  I will use this page as I complete the challenges.

Card #1 “Masculine Ode to Teams”

The first challenge is “Masculine Ode To the Teams.”  Since the Niners are out of it, I am going with the Broncos.  This card is a non-frilly “thank you” CAS card any man, or woman for that matter, would be happy to have to send to someone here at home who has taken the time to remember them in some way.  There is nothing “Bronco” obvious about it, and I think blue and orange are great anytime colors.  I also got to use some just out of the box SU toys I had ordered, plus some scraps.

"Bronco" Thank You

“Bronco” Thank You

Recipe:  All products used are from Stampin’ Up!

CS:  Midnight Muse, Pumpkin Pie  Colors: Pumpkin Pie and Midnight Muse inks

DSP:  A scrap from my stash

Stamp Sets: “Lots of Thanks,” and “Banner Blast.”

Tools:  Banner punch, Bitty Shapes star punch, Argyle embossing folder, “Calypso Coral” and white bakers’ twine.

Card #2 – Our Daily Bread Designs February Color Challenge – Brown

This card is a masculine card using the color brown.  You can see it is the same design as Card #1.  The SU colors here are “Soft Suede and Crumb Cake.” The stamp is from a retired set called “Loved Ones.”

Argyle Dad

Argyle Dad

 

Card #3 – Sketch #210

I went “quick and easy” since I have lots to do today with Church and then a Super Bowl party!  I did make one correction to the measurements on this sketch, making the center piece (blue) 2.5 x 4.5, since that matched the examples of the sketch.  The red/blue diamonds on the bottom of the card were colored with sharpies.  Hope you all enjoy your day.

210 Thank You

210 Thank You

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Ode to Sketch #29

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This week’s midweek throw-down is cards for kids.  I just happened to be making these little ladybugs yesterday, so I was happy when I saw this challenge.

All of the cards shown are using a version of my favorite OWH sketch #29, with a tweak here and there based on the size of the focal point I am working with.

First Sketch #29:

OWH Sketch #29

OWH Sketch #29

#1 Kids’ Card “Ladybug Hug”

I tweaked the focal piece on this card to 2.5″X 3″ to fit the image better.  The image/sentiment is from Stamps of Life “Ladybugs 2 Love.”  The paper is from my SU stash.  I love this image for paper piecing.

Melon Mambo Ladybug Hug

Melon Mambo Ladybug Hug

Card #2 – Birthday Basics Candle Card

I tweaked the sketch by moving the focal piece a little closer to the left to show off the candle paper better.  The DSP is “Birthday Basics,” from SU.  The card stock is “Bermuda Bay (SU).”

Birthday Basics Candle

Birthday Basics Candle

Card #3 – Missing You Owl

You have seen a version of this card before, with two owls and a heart in the moon.  The paper is from Papertry Ink, ” Summer Camp.”

Miss You Owl

Miss You Owl

Hero Cards with #208 and #209

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Playing catch-up and posting two weeks of sketches at the same time, plus another easy-to-do card, I made 6 of, for the box.

 

Sketch #208 – Hero Card

Sketch #209 – Hero Card

Basic Layout Hero Card

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OWH Sketch – 207

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This weeks sketch is great for using up those pieces of designer series paper that stand pretty much on their own.  The addition of a little accent, and possibly embossing makes them just perfect.

The recipe for this card appears below.

OWH Sketch #207

OWH Sketch #207

Hello #207

Hello #207-The inside says “Hive Missed You”

Recipe:  OWH Sketch #207 – There is actually a circle under the flower (white lined with black).

Stamps:  Inky Antics – “11087MC Bumblebee”

Ink:  Black StazOn

Paper:  Stampin’ Up!  Polka Dot Parade, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight and Basic Black

Die:  Bigz XL (SU) “Flower Folds”

Stripes!

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Starting the new year with an interesting sketch as well as a “Stripe” challenge from Our Daily Bread.  For every 50 cards submitted for the ODB challenge, ODB will pay for the shipping of two large boxes of cards overseas.  What a great incentive to submit a card!

This weeks’ Operation Write Home sketch is #206.  I combined the two to make this masculine card.  The recipe appears below:

OWH Sketch #206

OWH Sketch #206

 

The Open Sea Stripes

The Open Sea Stripes

 

Recipe:  All products used are by Stampin’ Up!

The stamp set is “The Open Sea.”

Papers used were Midnight Muse, Grey and Whisper White.  Inks used were Night of Navy, Midnight Muse and Basic Gray.

The DSP is an old nautical theme from my stash.

The card is embellished with Linen Thread.

 

 

 

My “Best of 2013”

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It has been a while since I have posted anything, so I saw this “Best of 2013 Blog Hop” as an opportunity to get back in the groove for 2014.    I searched through my photo library and found the cards I enjoyed making the most.  The most challenging cards are always the punch art.  I search for ideas of what I want to do on other sites, and then make the creature my own.  While punch art is my favorite style of card crafting, it is very time consuming to put the characters together.  The wrong punch selection, or the different placement of the facial features, entirely change the look.  I struggle, place and punch the elements until the focal point makes me smile.  Needless to say, I throw a lot of stuff away before I am satisfied with the finished product.

My absolute favorite cards, are the “love” owls.  I intend to make many more of these in 2014.  Thanks for stopping by.

Happy OWH New Year!

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This is the first card for the first box that will be mailed in 2014.  I decided to start with OWH sketch #205 and something “Springy.”  So tired of Christmas and winter stuff.  I am ready for brights.

The recipe for this card appears below:

Recipe:

OWH Sketch #205

DSP:  Dot Parade by Stampin’ Up!

Card Stock:  Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White (all Stampin’ Up!)

Ribbon: SU

Die Cuts:  Hello Kitty by Sizzix, Bigz XL Flower Folds

Dotted embossing folder (center of flower)

Of Love and Valentines

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Been a while since I posted anything.  Busy with my own lack of mojo.  I have been trying to excite myself about Valentines, and have come up with a few OWH-worthy cards.  In my “defense,” it is kind of hard to be romantic when my house is covered with spiders and ghoulish things (Halloween decorations, not the general state of my house).

This first card is for the Our Daily Bread October Challenge; “Sentiments”

The Valentines sentiment I chose for this card is one of the most beautiful Valentine sentiments I have ever seen.  It is rather large, 3 X 3, so it takes up a substantial chunk of an A2 card.  The recipe for this card is below:

Valentine's Bear Punch Art

Valentine’s Bear Punch Art

Sentiments:  Stampendous! “Valentine Script,” Computer generated “Be Mine.”

Punch Art Bear:  Muzzle/Ears (3/4″ circle); Nose/Ear Interior/Paws (1/2″ circle), Eyes/Iris (Itty Bitty Punch Pack SU); Head (1 3/8″), Body (1 3/4″ circle); Feet (small oval); Heart (Large Heart),  All punches used were Stampin’ Up!

Tools:  Framelits Dies; “Circles,” and “Itty Bitty Banners”  (SU), Embossing folder for heart (most textures will work).

Paper:  DSP “More Amore” (SU retired), CS Real Red, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Pink Pirouette, Basic Black

Card # 2 – Quilted Heart

I used a postage stamp punch for the quilt pieces.  I put the quilt together on a piece of printer paper so it would not be too thick, and then ran it through an embossing folder.  The heart was then cut with a Framelit.

Quilted Heart

Quilted Heart

Card #3 – Soft Heart

I used the hearts I had cut out for Card #2 to put this card together.  All supplies used for both cards are from SU, either current or retired.

A Soft Heart

A Soft Heart

Kids Love Punch Art Cards

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I have been running out of mojo, so decided to go back to something I really love doing; punch art and paper crafting cards.  All of these cards are certainly suitable for kids young and old.  The bee card especially reminds me of one of those old-fashioned valentines we used to put in our classmates’ hand made pouches in elementary school.

All of the supplies used with one or two exceptions are from Stampin’ Up!, however, the design is easy to duplicate;

1.  Bee Mine – Old Fashioned Valentine

Bee Mine Bee Valentine

Bee Mine Bee Valentine

 

Punches Used; Eyes/Cheeks- 1/5″ circle, Pupils- 1/4″ circle, Head- Large Oval, Face-Marvy Heart  Body- Ornament Punch, Body Stripes-Large Oval, Stinger- Blossom Builder (tip of a petal), Antenna-tail from “McGill” Monkey builder punch, Legs – Owl Builder punch, Heart/Wings -Heart to Heart punch

Paper; Basic Black, So Saffron Pink Pirouette, Real Red, Vellum CS

Embossing Folders; Honey Comb, “Cuttlebug” Love

Embellishments; Black Polka Dot Scallop Ribbon

Other Tools; Basic Gray Classic Ink Pad, sponge dauber, Framelits (Bitty Banners, Hearts Collection, Circles Collection), Stampin’ Dimensionals, Computer generated sentiment.

2. Color My World

 

Color My World

Color My World

I used a retired stamp set from Stampin’ Up! called “Crayon Kids,” to create this card.  The crayon box was created by cutting a piece of yellow cardstock 3.25″ by 7.5.”  I scored it at 3.25 inches to fold.  I used a 2.5″ circle punch to create the dip and used a corner chomper for the top flap.

3.  Sock Monkey Valentine

 

Sock Monkey Valentine

Sock Monkey Valentine

“Sock Monkey” is a retired set from Stampin’ Up!  The colors used are the new “Brown Sugar” and real red.

 

I hope you enjoyed all of these cards.