Baby Boy Dresser Step Card

Hi Everyone!

I’m back today with another dresser step card. I showed a coworker my dresser card from last night and was asked to make one for a boy. So without going into the details since you can view my last post here, I’ll just show you the pictures and list the colors/stamp details.

Baby Boy Step Card

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Card Base: Soft Suede

Hardwood background stamp in Soft Suede

Baby onsie from Baby Tees Stampin’ Up! wheel stamp (retired)

Baby socks from Something for Baby stamp set

Baby in bassinet and greeting from Bundled Baby stamp set

Stamped images are stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored with Stampin’ Up! Blendabilities markers.

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Baby Girl Dresser Step Card

Hi Everyone! I tried something new today when I decided to make a baby card for our friends, Jimmy and Thai, who welcomed their first baby this week. I’ve been wanting to make a step card, and this is the perfect occasion for it! It’s a lot easier than i thought. I saw some ideas on Pinterest which ultimately led me to a video on YouTube. You can find it here. I made a few tweaks and you can change it up as you like. Here is my version of the card:

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I began with a piece of white card stock trimmed to 5.5″ x 8.5″. These directions might be confusing to read so be sure to check out the video so you can see what’s happening. Next, cut down the center of the card base on the “long” side – the card should stop at the 2.75″ mark on your trimmer – from 1″ to 5.25″. Don’t cut all the way through!!!

Once you’re done cutting, you’ll want turn your card stock clockwise and two score the right side of the previously cut line at 1″ and 2″. Here’s a diagram I created to help you visualize what I’m trying to say (click on the image to see a clearer/larger version):

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Make a mountain fold with the first score line at 1″, and a valley fold at the second score line at 2″. Once these folds are in place, you want to fold the entire thing in half while keeping those step folds in place. This will create your card base.

I used a label punch to punch the dresser side to give it the look of dresser legs and a border punch on the right side. Then I sponged on the sides and edges with Pink Pirouette.

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Here is what the card looks like once it’s folded:

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To make the dresser drawers, cut out three pieces of card stock to 0.75″ x 2.25″ pieces. Sponge the edges of these as well. On the top drawer, I added a small piece of Venetian Crochet Trim to make it look like a small piece of clothing is hanging out of the drawer.

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I used a piercing tool to mark the centers of each piece and added Pink Pirouette Candy Dots to create knobs.

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The greetings and image is from the Bundled Baby stamp set. I did some coloring with Stampin’ Up’s Blendabilities markers and used the Word Window Punch and the Modern Label Punch on the embellishment/greeting.

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The booties and duck are from other stamp sets that I have – you can use anything you have to dress up the card. On the inside, I cut a piece of Blushing Bride card stock to 2.5″ x  4.5″ and layered it with a white piece cut to 2.25″ x 4.25″. I sponged the white piece with pink pirouette ink as well to carry over the effect from the front of the card.

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Trim your greeting if it can be seen when you close your card (you’ll have less space if you punch out too much space for the legs of the dresser).

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All done!! I LOVED making this card! Hope you liked it!  Please leave a comment if you have any questions! I really have plans to start making video tutorials one of these days if I’m ever brave enough!

A Spring Berry Basket

So, I’m always looking for ways to save money – for ways around not having to buy expensive products when there is alternative. I have the Berry Basket Die on my wish list and told myself that I will buy it if and when it goes on clearance (which is probably never going to happen). I watched some videos yesterday and found that there are people out there, like me, who don’t want to buy it, but love the idea. I watched two videos and learned how to make the berry basket without using an expensive die. So I adapted my own version of it by incorporating what I learned from both videos. Credit information will be provided at the bottom of this post.

Lets get started, everyone! The first basket I made is using the directions from Elaine Jackson’s video, but I added the slits on the basket – and idea I got from Lourdes Collazo’s idea. Without confusing you, here are the pictures:

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Once assembled, you get this:

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I must’ve messed up somewhere because the top isn’t exactly level…but isn’t it adorable??? So I messed around last night and came up with my own template and instructions to make this. Here it is!

1)  Cut two strips off the short end of an 8.5×11 piece of paper that are 5/8” wide (easier than cutting a 1.25” strip in half as instructed in Lourdes’ video).

2) Turn the paper and cut two strips that are 3.25” x 9.75”

This is what your paper will look like once you’ve made all your cuts:

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3) Trim (the two thin strips to the right of the photo above): Score at 4″ and 8″ and punch/cut a scalloped edge, if desired.

4) Basket (the two thicker pieces at the bottom left of the photo above): Score at 3.25″ and 6.5″

5) Flip and score “center box” at 1/8” from the outside from the previous score lines.

6) Mark from the 1/8” score mark to the outer corners and cut off. This step is not required, but I think it gives the berry box a more angled look.

You can see what I mean in this photo – The bottom panel is cut and the top panel is not.

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7) Use a Word Window Punch and cut out basket slits, if desired on the basket pieces. I did this on the first basket prototype that I did, but opted not to do it on this basket.

8) Stamp the basket and assemble…then add any embellishments you wish and you’re done!

I decided to stamp some flowers using my Painted Petals set in Garden Green and Tempting Turquoise. I also punched a scallop edge on the trim and sponge-inked the edges and ended up with this:

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Assemble by lining up the center squares and adhering with a strong adhesive. You can use adhesive for the trim too, but a mini-stapler is great and gives it a rough look.

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OOOO….AWWWW…..isn’t it cute??? So glad I found those videos!

To give these clever crafters some credit, here is the info to the original videos and their blogs:

Lourdes Collazo:

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fHMa6NURkc

Blog: http://www.creativecraftsniche.blogspot.com

Elaine Jackson:

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kKXkZ1iF9A

Blog: http://papercraftbutton.blogspot.com/2015/01/berry-basket-perfected.html

Thank you ladies, for the inspiration.

Blended Bloom and Pleasant Poppies

It’s been pretty cold here in Ohio and after 9 days with the kids home, school cancellations and lots of snow, I haven’t had much time to craft during my breaks and lunches like I’m used to. Yesterday, I decided I wanted to play with my Blendabilities Markers from Stampin’ Up! They are alcohol-based markers and are new to this year’s catalog. They come in 3 shades for blending to give added depth to all your coloring! I’ve gotten all the colors and they’ve been sitting there whispering my name…Caly….Caly…..

So, I decided to play and used two stamp sets that I have not yet used to make some SPRING cards – I’m definitely ready for warmer weather!

The first card is made from a background stamp called Pleasant Poppies. I stamped the image on Whisper White card stock using Tuxedo Black Memento ink (you can use a permanent ink too) – but make sure to use an acid-free, water-based ink so the colors don’t bleed. I chose Wild Wasabi for the stems and Rich Razzleberry for the flowers. There are a few centers that I colored with Daffodil Delight. Start with the darkest shade, working on one flower at a time, then use the medium and light shade to blend each flower. It takes quite a bit of patience, but it looks amazing when it’s done!

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I used the darkest, then the lightest shade of Wild Wasabi on the stems, although you can’t really tell. You could probably get away with using just one shade, if you’d like.

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At first, I only added the ribbon and told myself I’d finish off the cards at a later time. But of course, that didn’t sit well with me. So I pulled it out today at lunch and decided to make it a birthday card for my sister, whose birthday is in a few weeks.

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Cool embellishments/sentiments, right? I’ll get to that in a minute…since I used the same set to create this next card. The card base on the above card is in Rich Razzleberry and is used to make the “happy” die cut as well as the sentiment piece.

Here is the second card I made using the Blendabilities Markers and the Blended Bloom stamp. I chose Coastal Cabana  and Daffodil Delight for this image.

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The card base here is Bermuda Bay. I don’t have Coastal Cabana card stock, but I think it’s almost the same hue and still looks great. I have Bermuda Bay markers too, but I wanted a lighter color and this is how it turned out:

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About the sentiments/embellishments – I used the Crazy About You stamp set and Hello You thinlits dies – which is sold in a bundle in the Occasions catalog (or you can buy them separate too). I used the Word Window punch for the sentiment, then layered it on the Modern Label punch. These punches are new to my collection and I was excited I got to use them! so pretty!

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That’s all for today, folks! Thanks for stopping by!

A Lace and Gold Bridal Shower

This May, I’m going back to Kansas City to be a Matron of Honor for my friend, Jessica. Things have been a little crazy with work and the overtime doesn’t seem like it going to end anytime soon. With a freeze on time off, I’m not able to attend her shower or bachelorette party in March. So as a contribution, I volunteered to make her shower invitations. Jessica’s dress is going to be pink and the bridal party’s dresses are going to be gold. So to tie the two together, I decided to make a lacey, blushing bride/gold invitation for her.

While I waited for the location, I drafted up the template on Microsoft word and cut my card stock. The Blushing Bride card stock color is perfect. I used a standard 8.5×11 piece and cut it into 4 equal parts. Then I used the I Love Lace background stamp and stamped each base using Blushing Bride ink.

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Then I stamped my signature on the back of these bases.

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Once I got confirmation of the location, I printed the invitations on some 60lb Shimmer Paper made by Recollections that I purchased from Michaels. Let me just say…my printer hates you, Shimmer Paper. You may be pretty, but you’re annoying. Very careful, I ran each invitation (44 to be exact) through my BigKick and cut out each invitation using my Top Note Bigz Die. That wasn’t exactly fun either…but oh my…I LOVE how it cuts. You can’t see it too well, but there is stitching all the way around each piece cut by the die.

I took some gold Encore Metallic ink and antiqued the sides of each invite with gold to give it some more dimension.

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You can see the gold and “shimmer” of the paper as well as the stitching I mentioned better in this picture:

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Once this was done, I put the invite on the card base and decided I wasn’t happy. It needed more (because it’s never enough). So I grabbed a pretty border punch and punched each card base just on the sides.  It was worth it!

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I waited until the invites were received to post this because I didn’t want to spoil it for the bride. Jessica got the extra copies in the mail today and says that she LOVES them so I’m happy and fulfilled in every way with this project. I’ve been working in my 5 inch heals for her wedding to break them in and hemmed my dress today. So to get news that she loves these invites really makes me great about investing the time I did into these shower invitations.

Here’s the final card:

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This invitation is for display only – if you do not receive a hard copy, you are not invited – please do not crash the party! LOL!

Hope you all enjoyed this!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is over and now I get the opportunity to post a few cards and projects that have kept me busy the past week and a half. It’s so hard to refrain from posting when I’ve been so excited.

I want to start by saying that I have the most supportive, empathetic, sweet and patient husband, EVER – for me. Everyone claims they have the “best” husband but everyone has different needs. So I don’t want to say that my husband is better than anyone else’s – just that Stephen has been and IS my true companion in life. He’s been taking Liam to daycare this month, which allows me to work an extra 45 minutes every morning. I can’t expect anyone to have any idea how helpful that has been – but it’s made a tremendous difference in my day and how much overtime I can accomplish during the week – it add’s up! And during a few extra hours when he happens to get home early, he’s thoughtful enough to do build me things for my craft room!

I told him my handmade magazine holders were just fine, but he kept planning to make me this and I LOVE it! You can see how my paper was stored before to the right when he had only completed one paper tower. I butted up my punch holder to it and it is perfect.

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Here’s the finished set up (minus a few shelf boards):

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My upline, Cindy, told me to not store this units anywhere in direct sunlight because the paper color may fade, so one night, Stephen helped me rearrange my entire office/craft room.

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I got these basket-like magazine holders from the dollar section at Target and I think they separate everything nicely. My old gray rotary cutter is at the bottom. On top of that, a paper trimmer I got from Christmas (from my husband, of course).

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Alright! Now – to share my two latest Valentine’s Day cards! The video tutorial can be found here. Dawn makes a template out of window sheets, but I made mine out heavy cardstock that I had on hand. She also used Stampin’ Up! white craft ink. I opted to go with StazOn white ink. I’m not sure why – but it works. I have to admit, I just didn’t pay enough attention to the details when I watched her video. Mine is not nearly as great as Dawn’s but it still turned out well. Here is the first card I made for my friend, Karen.

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I started with a piece of white cardstock and sponged it with Pool Party ink in a x-like form. I took a picture of while doing a second card for my husband – here’s what I mean:

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Then I sponged the rest in the main color. On this card, it’s Perfect Plum, which is also the color of the card base. I used heart framelits to cut out hearts in random places on a piece of heavy card stock in random places (3 to be exact) and started sponging the hearts in random places, at first more transparent and than more opaque to get the “bokeh” effect – like filters on a camera.

On the card I made for my husband, I used Tangelo Twist and Real Red. The sentiments are from the You Plus Me stamp set.

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I’ve been working so much – my husband has not gotten a chance to get in my craft room to make a card for me. While I was working yesterday, he came in and made a card behind me while I was working my overtime. I think he did a great job! He used a stamp from the Painted Petals stamp set to create the dotted background and used some framelits to cut out the hearts. Isn’t he the sweetest?

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Here’s a card I got from Karen. It’s sweet card made using the banner punch:

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and a box card I got from my friend Jessica with a packet of hot cocoa:

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and some treats we got from my mother in law – made using the January Paper Pumpkin Kit. I got her a 3-month subscription for Christmas. I think they are such great gifts! Check out the website if you’re interested in these pre-packaged sets. It’s everything you need in a box for a cute monthly project if you don’t have time or money to invest in all of Stampin’ Up!’s products. Sometimes, it’s cards, sometimes its treat bags like these:

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If you ever want any of these products and need help, please let me know! I hope you enjoyed this post.

Flower Patch

Today’s card is a another unplanned birthday card, but OH MY GOODNESS GRACIOUS…I LOVE it!  I haven’t made a card using the Flower Patch stamp set in quite a while. I didn’t have much time to make this card, so I quickly cased this card from pinterest. You can find the original post here.

I simply adore this card!

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The chevron background is created with a Stampin’ Up’s Positively Chevron background stamp.

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I used a paper distresser to create the edge on the Sahara Sand cardstock on the very top layer of this card. The background stamp is inked in the same color to give it a subtle look.

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The flowers and leaves are inked individually on white cardstock and then cut out using the coordinating Flower Fair Framelits dies. Then I cut out the sentiment using the Decorative Label punch.

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Finally, I added 3 diamonds to finish off the card. One hour later, it was picked up by the birthday girl. This card came with a big warm hug. 😀

Here are the colors and dimensions for this card:

Cardbase (4.25″ x 11″) and 2nd matted sheet (3.5″ x 3.5″) – Blushing Bride

1st (4″ x 5.25″)  and 3rd (3.25″ x 3.25″) matted sheets – Sahara Sand

Blue Flower: Pool PartyBermuda Bay, Crushed Curry

Yellow Flower: So Saffron and Crushed Curry

Pink Flower: Blushing Bride and Calypso Coral

Leaves: Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive

Sentiment is stamped in Bermuda bay, punched, then sponged in Blushing Bride and finally, “edged” using Calypso Coral.