Quilt Card

My mother in law makes quilts…TONS of them! I’d like to steal at least 3 of them for myself, but I’m sure she knows her inventory. She’s made each of my kids one and we got one for Christmas last year! They are such timeless keepsakes. So when I came across quilt cards on pinterest, I instantly thought of her and saved the idea for a special occasion. After Christmas was over, I sent her a quilt card to thank her for everything she sent us and the boys.

This card is so simple to make! Just takes 3 colors of card stock. I used a vanilla/off-white color, Chocolate Chip, and Taken With Teal (a retired Stampin’ Up color)/Rich Razzleberry. I used a 1 inch square punch and punched 8 vanilla squares, 4 chocolate chip squares, and 4 colored squares. I cut all but 4 vanilla squares diagonally in half, forming triangles. Then I used a piece of grid paper and glued the pieces to it forming this design. You can obviously do whatever you want, but this is the idea I got off pinterest from this site here.

Once the glue is dry, I trim the piece to cut off any imperfections and embossed the entire image with Stampin’ Up’s Square Lattice embossing folder. It’s retired but you can really use anything to achieve a quilted look.

Quilt Card 3

I matted the finished paper quilt with some black card stock lined with a piece of black lace at the bottom, then put it on a standard 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ card base. So easy to make!

Quilt Card 2

Quilt Card

Quilt Card 1

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Lotus Blossom

This year’s Stampin’ Up spring catalog (the Occasions catalog and Sale-A-Bration rewards) is about to kick off on January 6th! This card that I made today is from the Sale-A-Bration catalog (products you can earn free from purchases). It’s called the Lotus Blossom stamp set.  It’s so pretty!

To make this card, I used a piece of white cardstock cut to 4″x 5 1/4.” Since this set requires two-step stamping (more like 3-step stamping for the lotus), I picked colors that were not too dark and not too light. The lotus is inked using Wisteria Wonder and the stem is inked using Wild Wasabi. The card base is Wisteria Wonder.

I started with the stem. You want to ink the full image first with a lighter tone by stamping off, then layer the darker tone on top (without stamping off first). Since the lotus is 3 steps, you want to stamp off twice with bottom layer, then stamp off with the 2nd layer, then ink and stamp directly with the top layer. This really gives the image a blended effect. The sentiment is from the same stamp set and I added some ribbon to finish it off. It’s so simple and sweet!

Lotus Blossom

All Things Christmas 2014

This is the first year we’ve been away from our families. It’s a bittersweet exchange for a little more privacy and peace, but there’s always a void I know can’t be filled because we’re missing out on all the usual traditions that we’ve been so used to for the past 10 years.

I get excited when I know I want to make a card for someone. Since we’re far away this year, it means more cards to send out! I didn’t know how much time to allot myself so I started early in October. Of course, I worked on it every chance I got and was finished before the end of October and first thing in November, they were mailed out. Initially, I started out making about 60 cards in 3 designs. Realizing there were more people I wanted to mail cards to than originally planned, I made more a long the way and sent them out as I went.

This first card was the one I made most of. It’s a direct copy of the one card shown in the Stampin’ Up’s holiday catalog. I knew I wanted to make it the moment I saw it. It uses the Wonderous Wreath stamp set and Wonderful Wreath Framelit dies. The only changes I made were I added some texture to the white banner and embossed it with dots and instead of a gold “joy,” I used red. There were lots of things to stamp since this requires 2-step stamping (you stamp the light  green, then the dark green, then the red berries to complete the wreath) and lots of cutting. It was definitely more involved than any other of the Christmas cards that I made, but I definitely think it was worth it!

Wonderous Wreath

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I made 7 of these using the Endless Wishes set. I may have acquired a new obsession with snowflakes this year. These were really easy to make. I stamped random images from this kit on ONE sheet of white cardstock and got this idea from here. It’s called a one sheet wonder because you can make so many cards from stamping on one sheet of cardstock. I tweaked the original pinterest idea and only made two of the four designs because I could make more cards this way. I used the same Pear Pizzaz cardstock from the Wonderous Wreath card I made since I bought an entire stack. I switched up the shape of the embellishments depending on the sizes of scrap paper that I had on hand and this is the end result:

Endless Wishes - One Sheet Wonder 1

Endless Wishes - One Sheet Wonder 2

Endless Wishes - One Sheet Wonder

I used the same “one sheet wonder” idea to make these candy cane tags for the boys for school. I cut them into 2 inch strips and used my scalloped tag topper punch to cut the ends:

Candy Candy Holder

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I got my inspiration for the third design from a video I saw on YouTube which can be found here. Instead of doing an easel set up on the left panel, I decided I wanted to do a slider card. I was watching so many videos and saw a lot of different techniques that I wanted to try so got a little daring and drafted up a template for this card. It’s nothing fancy, and obviously didn’t turn out exactly as planned (I underestimated the size of the christmas tree), but here is the template I came up with:

Christmas Slider Card Template

I embossed the white paper with an embossing folder by Stampin’ Up called Northern Flurry. I used Real Red and Chocolate Chip cardstock for the other colors. The tree is from a set called Fesitival of Trees. There’s also a fun coordinating punch that goes with this stamp set. I mean honestly…I’m sucked in! The sentiment is from the Endless Wishes set that I used to make the snowflake cards above. Here’s how it turned out:

Christmas Slider Card 2

Isn’t it cute?!

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Then I decided I wanted to do some sponging and used the Endless Wishes snowflakes again to make this card. I made a frame for my 4 1/4″ by 5 1/2″ cards and kept using it over and over. I used Pacific Point ink and used a circular motion using a sponge to achieve this look. When I was done sponging, I removed the frame and used a ruler and black marker to add my lines. Here’s how it turned out:

Endless Wishes - Sponged Frame

I wanted to make a sympathy card for a friend so I used the same frame and made this card. The tree is from a set called Thoughts and Prayers. I think the color I used was Tangerine Tango and maybe mixed in some Pumpkin Pie.

Thoughts and Prayers 2

I also sponged this card. I inked and heat embossed this image from the Seasonally Scattered set then sponged it with Rich Razzleberry and some Real red ink. I tried to use Rich Razzleberry card stock but felt the red looked better:

Seasonally Scattered

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My mother-in-law came to visit in October and wanted to make a christmas card, so we cased this one from Pinterest. The  original is here. It uses the Festival of Trees set and Stampin’ Up designer series paper.

Festival of Trees

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This next card is from a kit called Holiday Home. I have to admit, this was not a set I wanted to buy. But I got sucked in when I watched Darlene Devries’ video here and saw other ideas on pinterest. It comes with matching framelits that cut out the homes you see.

Holiday Home

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This one is from a stamp set called White Christmas. I stamped the images, and sponged the card with Pool Party. Then I used a little brush and dotted the flurries with Versamark ink (I’ve purchased a Versamarker pen since) and heat embossed with some pearl embossing powder to give it some sheen.

White Christmas

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This card is cased from this blog and the original can be found here. This set is called Ornamental Pine. I used Bermuda Bay instead of the color used in the original card. I stamped the pines with Garden Green ink and the pine cones using Chocolate Chip ink. I went over the pine branches with a Chocolate Chip marker. Then using the speckled stamp from the Gorgeous Grunge set, I stamped the image with Versamark ink and then heat embossed it with white embossing powder to make the snow effect. The same pine/pine cone image is imitated on the inside of the card.

Ornamental Pine

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I made a few of these cards and gave them to the kids’ teachers this year. It uses Festival of trees and the Northern Flurry embossing folder that I used previously. I stamped the images on white cardstock and then I embossed Sahara Sand cardstock and cut the hole out using a 2 1/2″ punch. I used some Stampin’ Dimensionals to prop the paper up a bit – gives it a nice touch.

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I think I’m done making christmas cards now. Phew! I made four of these cards so Stephen could give them to a few people at work. It uses a classic set called Lovely As A Tree and is available in the annual catalog. The base cardstock is Sahara Sand. I started with white cardstock and stamped the bordering trees in Soft Suede. Then I stamped the large tree using Garden Green. I went over the trunk of the tree with a brown marker. Using a stamp-a-ma-jig, I then inked over the image of the large tree with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. Makes the tree shine! I think sponged the sky with Soft Sky and the ground with Crumb Cake. Then made the snow using the same technique I used in the Ornamental Pine card that I made above. This card is so pretty and took a little more time than I had hoped, but I’m really happy with how it turned out!

Lovely as a Tree 1 Lovely as a Tree

Tis’ the season to give! I hope everyone has enjoyed receiving these cards. I’ve been keeping busy with them all and have enjoyed making them so much!  Happy Holidays, everyone! Thanks again for all your support. If you’re interested in making your own Christmas cards next year, let me know and I’d be happy to help you place an order. This year’s holiday catalog ends on January 5th, but you can always look forward to the new holiday catalog next October!

Establishment Sign, Paper Wreath, Coasters, Paper Bird House (Miscellaneous Crafts)

My sister, Gwen, started a new business this past summer and has been doing really well. As a gift, I made this establishment sign for her. I start the design freehand using a pencil and once I’m happy with how it looks, I go over it with a ball point pen. That’s all. And it really doesn’t take too long to do – but it looks beautiful when it’s done and it makes me happy that it’s displayed in her shop.

Establishment SignEstablishment Sign 1

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I cut two layers of cardboard to roughly the same size (I used my boys’ trash Lego box). I glued them together and wrapped a green ribbon all around. Then I made paper flowers using my fringe scissors and flower punches. Since I was only fooling around, I didn’t use my Stampin’ Up paper for this project. I just tested it using my left over pastel cardstock, but it turned out well!

Paper Flower Wreath

 I saw a video by another Stampin’ Up demonstrator and learned this neat project from Brandy Cox. The original tutorial is here. I followed the same technique here but I’ve seen it done many other ways. The sentiment and image is inked using Staz-On Ink. I used the I Like You stamp set and made this set of coasters for my neighbor as an Xmas gift this year. Once stamped, I used Stampin’ Up’s Chalk Pastels colors to color in my images. I’ve seen this done with regular ink/blender pens as well as Stampin’ Up’s new blendability markers. I love that you can use lots of techniques for this project. After coloring with my chalks, I went over it with a matching permanent marker – you can really see the effect once the project is finished. It looks a little dull until you seal it (either using tile sealant or crystal effects). I used crystal effects – it’s a clear lacquer that gives projects a shinny sheen. In this project, it acts as a waterproof barrier for you image/sentiment.

I Like You Tile Coasters

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This cute little birdhouse is one I made following Pootles Papercraft. The video tutorial is here.

Dimensions:

Start with a 8 1/4″ by 6″ cardstock in Crumb Cake to make the house. Score on the LONG side (paper is horizontal on scoring plate) at 2″, 4″, 6″, 8″ and score on the SHORT side at 2, 4, 5 1/2″.

The roof uses a 2 1/4 x 4 5/8″ piece of cardstock in the same color, scored at  2 1/4″, 2 3/8″.

I intended to hang this on my Christmas tree this year as an ornament, but seeing is how it’s hasn’t left my craft room, it may never make it to my Christmas tree.

Bird house

Hope you enjoyed the post! As I start posting newer projects and cards, I’ll try to post more detailed directions so you can make your own, if you want!

Petite Petals and Gorgeous Grunge

I usually have to look to others for inspiration and ideas. I’m not afraid to admit that I don’t have the time to be imaginative. But I love it when I find someone I can follow on Pinterest and YouTube. Sam Donald is a Stampin’ Up demonstrator in the UK. She’s so fun to listen to – I love her accent and I love that she can laugh at herself while making a video. The first card is a direct case from her. All my layers are cut 1/4″ smaller than the last (leaving 1/8″ frame around the previous card base). All the cards I make are standard A2 size (4 1/4″ by 5 1/2″).  I used Rich Razzleberry as my base color – it’s easily one of my favorite colors. I used Basic Grey to stamp the “grunge” lines and splatters using a kit called Gorgeous Grunge. Why splatter the paper yourself when a stamp does it for you? I don’t have the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack that Stampin’ Up! sells yet, so I used a little floral punch that I have on hand to make the smaller flowers. The larger flowers are stamped and punched using the Petite Petals stamp set and punch. To add some color, I sponged the coordinating colors around the petals to accent the petals. The twine and flowers are placed in no particular order – each card is special!

Petite Petals and Gorgeous Grunge

This card is done with a similar effect. I went a little crazy with the splatter effect and used the Papillon Potpourri Set and used the coordinating punch to cut out the butterflies. I used Crumb Cake paper and ink and Cherry Cobbler ink for this card. The background stamp is similar to Stampin’ Up’s Flowering Flourishes set. Anything I don’t have is on my wish list to get!

Petite Petals Gorgeous Grunge Butterflies

Owls!

I follow a blog by fellow crafter, Darlene DeVries. Her website is here.  I’ve learned a lot about inks and tools and have seen a lot of her videos. Darlene uses a lot of tools, inks and stamps that are not all products made by Stampin’ Up, but I love watching her videos just to learn new things and see what’s available. Since I’m currently a Stampin’ Up demonstrator, I’m trying to steer away from buying collections of other inks, markers or stamps. When I make my own cards, I use what I can to achieve the same affect as Darlene so I feel I don’t have to venture out any buy more than I already have. She’s very talented and it’s so cool to learn from her. She loves the Owl Builder Punch and so do I! The next 3 cards are all cased from Darlene’s website. She has a video tutorial for each of her cards and they are very easy to follow!

This is an owl window card. The center of the card is cut out, leaving the desired sized frame in place –  I think it’s 3/4″ (Darlene provides the exact measurements here). I punched scallop circles and sponged the edges to give them some color. I didn’t have a woodgrain stamp, so I actually hand-drew all the markings on the card and branch. The branch is free-styled so you just make it however you want it. Once all the owl pieces are punched out, all that’s left the is the tedious task of putting the owls together with adhesive. Darlene has a cool party hat stamp that she uses. I just found a party hat from one of Stampin’ Up’s sets (I think I used the party hat from a set called A Fitting Occasion). For owls, I really think two-way glue is best. Tombow seems to be too runny and more difficult to control it’s flow for such small pieces and it’s almost impossible to get double sided tape to fit small enough on these pieces to get them to not gum up.

Owl Builder Window Card

Stampin’ Up makes flip card dies that pre-cut card stock for you (like this one here), leaving it quick and easy. But I didn’t have one of those, so I tried the technique provided by Darlene using a framelit die. You can see her original post here. I may have “messed” up a little when trying to follow her tutorial and picked the wrong size framelit die but I think it worked out pretty well. I love the way it opens up to reveal a second owl!

Owl Flip CardOwl Flip Card 1

This third and final card is my absolute favorite! I made this card for my sister, Gwen for her birthday and could hardly wait to send it to her.  This is called a shutter card and Darlene’s tutorial can be found here. Please check out her video for the exact dimensions and instructions. They are very easy to follow. Again, just lots of scoring and cutting to make the card base…and lots of gluing for the owls. But look how adorable this card is! It’s totally worth!

Owl Shutter CardOwl Shutter Card 1

This Owl Builder Punch is so versatile – I’ve seen so many pinterest ideas to use it for making many different characters/animals. If you’d like to order one, please let me know!