Butterfly Thinlit on Vellum

The Blendabilities markers have been discontinued by Stampin’ Up! due to some quality manufacturing issues and it has been a disappointment for a lot of people. The markers are so versatile and you can do so many projects with them. I have no doubt that Stampin’ Up! will find an alternative for these popular markers in the future. I also have to remember that Stampin’ Up’s stampin’ write markers can be used to achieve the same effects with different techniques.

I played with my Blendabilities markers last night and made a quick card using vellum and the largest butterfly thinlit from the Butterflies Thinlits set (sorry, I can’t find the link for it!). I cut a piece of vellum to 4″ x 5 1/4″, cut out the butterfly image on Basic Black Card stock, and used Tombow Liquid Multipurpose Glue to carefully adhere the butterfly to the vellum.  Once dry, I colored the back side of the vellum (if you put the project over some white/light colored paper, you can see easily through the vellum where you are coloring) with an assortment of Blendabilities markers. It’ so quick and easy! My oldest son watched me do this in less than 5 minutes.

This is what it looks like from the front side:

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The colors are super vibrant!

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You have to mount this image on white card stock/base because any other color will change the effect of the colors. I decided to matte my final project on Whisper White card base.

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Such a clean look. I didn’t add any sentiments, but can when I’m ready to use the card.

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Happy New Home

My upline Cindy has moved into her forever home – so I decided to make her a card to congratulate her. This card was so fun to make. It’s a slider card that I somewhat modified because I didn’t want some of the stamped images to move. The video I watched to create the card can be found here. I didn’t know how it was going to end up, but I just went with it and I think it turned out great!

Since this card is a slider card, my base is just a 4.25″ x 5.5″ sheet using Soft Sky card stock. You could use a standard card base if you want the card to open for a greeting inside – but I didn’t think it was necessary for this card. For the slider base, I used a 4″ x 5.25″ sheet using Whisper White card stock. I stamped my trees and grass on this for the background image using the Sheltering Tree set, and used the cloud stamp from a kit called Hello Love.  I made my cuts as described in the video, except I stopped before I cut into my clouds – I didn’t want these images to pop up in the slider portion of the card. For the slider/pop up portion of the card, I wanted to prop up some houses – so I used two images and the sentiment from a retired holiday set called Holiday Home.

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I colored my houses using my Blendabilities markers and cut them out. Once all the cuts are made and the slider mechanism is done, I adhered my houses to it and cut some Wild Wasabi card stock to make grass using my fringe scissors. I made some extra cuts using some regular scissors to give it a rough look too.

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Here is the card with the slider portion activated:

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So stinkin’ cute!

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The sentiment on the inside is from a set called Bravo. It fit in there just perfect.

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Hope you enjoyed that – I sure did!

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.

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!

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!

Big Day

I’m showcasing a kit from the Sale-A-Bration catalog today. I used a kit called Big Day to make a card for my sister-in-law’s birthday next week. I’m pretty proud of myself because I didn’t get an idea of pinterest this time – I forced myself to get creative!

I matted my card with a piece of card stock in Baroque Burgundy, a retired color. The card base and front are both white. Simple and straight forward – you can’t go wrong with white when you want to do some coloring. I stamped my images and sentiments, then I used my Stampin’ Up Blendabilities markers to color my images. Blendabilities are alcohol markers that are great for blending and shading. I’m limited as I only have a few colors. I used Wisteria Wonder for the cake stand and Rich Razzleberry for the cake and used the regular Stampin’ Up markers to color the rest. I added a strip of stitched-satin ribbon to finish off the card.

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