Smile with a Floral Background

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Winter is hanging on way to long! So, I hope this springtime bouquet is something you enjoy while waiting for more sun, and less snow and cold.

How I made this project:

  • Create a floral bouquet with some of your favorite floral stamp onto an A2-sized piece of white cardstock. (Note: use the largest floral stamps first and stamp them to form a floral arrangement with open spaces between them, then fill in the open spaces around the larger flower images with small ones or dots until the arrangement looks nice and full).
  • Trim down the A2 floral card front to 1/8 inch on all sides so that the final size is 4.0” by 5.25”.
  • Mat the floral card front to a piece of colored cardstock that picks up one of the main colors in the stamped floral arrangement.
  • Mount the entire piece on to a horizontal A2 card base.
  • For the sentiment:
    • Die-cut the sentiment 4 times from the same cardstock used to mat the floral arrangement.
    • Adhere each of the 4 sentiment pieces together (I like to use liquid adhesive). Let the sentiment piece dry.
    • Adhere the raised sentiment piece to a piece of vellum (I used micro-sized glue dots behind the sentiment). The vellum piece should be cut to a size slightly large than the die-cut sentiment.
    • Adhere the vellum piece to the center of the card. (Note vellum was used behind the die-cut sentiment to make the sentiment stand out and mute the floral pattern behind it).

Supplies used in making this project:

  • Stamps: Concord and 9th: Peek Through Patterns (floral shapes); Concord & 9th: Love You, Mean It (tiny flowers and dots).
  • Dies: WPlus9: Basic Greetings dies (‘smile’).
  • Inks: Versafine Clair in Charming Pink, Glamorous, Purple Delight, Verdant, and Cheerful.
  • Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 110#; Papertrey Ink: Raspberry Fizz (mat and die-cut sentiment)

 

Hope you like this project. Have a great day. Spring can’t be far away!

 

Happy Birthday for a Friend

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I love creating birthday cards for family and friends. I chose to make this card using some bright floral-patterned paper. It was something to help me get out of the winter doldrums and believe me, this Midwest winter has been far too harsh and LONG. I can hardly wait until Spring comes! This card will have to do for now.

This card design was inspired by one of my favorite card makers, Jennifer McGuire and her YouTube video titled “Rethinking Dies and Stamps”. This video is great and served as a reminder of how I can use my stamps and dies in conjunction to create some fresh designs. Jennifer made 22 amazing cards to prove her point. The card I made is just a small example of some of the ideas I learned from the video. If fact, I “cheated” a bit by using a piece of patterned paper for the background against my giant sentiment die. The die I used is big and cuts out the word ‘friend’, but leaves it attached to the top and bottom of the card piece you use. Thanks Concord & 9th for such a great die!

 

Hope you like this project. Have a great day!

 

How I made this project:

  • Take an A2-sized (4.25” by 5.5”) piece of cardstock. Use a color that will coordinate or accent the pattern that you will be using for the background. In this case, there were dark blue flower and leaf accents in my patterned piece, so I chose a dark piece of cardstock to make the patterned paper “pop” against the dark, but still pull together the entire card front. Note: I apologize if the cardstock here looks black. The photograph made the dark indigo color show up as black.
  • Die cut the cardstock using the die.
  • Adhere the patterned cardstock behind the die-cut card front. Note: the pattern can be from a piece of patterned paper or a pattern that you’ve stamped yourself. Also, the pattern doesn’t have to be a full A2-sized piece, but it must be big enough to completely cover the opening of the die cut card front.
  • For the sentiment: Chose a sentiment suitable for the occasion you want to express. In my case, I wanted to say happy birthday to my friend. I stamped my sentiment in embossing ink and then heat embossed it with gold embossing powder.
  • Embellishments: The card looked plain, so I used small flower punches to punch out flowers and adhere them to the card front. The flowers happened to coordinate with the complement the flowers in the patterned paper. I also added little dots in gold ink to the centers of the punched flowers to repeat the theme of dots in the flower centers of the patterned paper. This helped to tie everything together.
  • Adhere the completed card front to an A2 card base.

 

Supplies used in making this project:

  • Stamps:
    • WPlus9: And Many More (‘HAPPY BIRTHDAY’ sentiment).
  • Dies:
    • Concord and 9th: Peek-Through Pattern Dies (‘friend’ die used here).
  • Punches:
    • Small flora punches from my stash.
  • Cardstock:
    • Papertrey Ink: Dark Indigo (for die-cut card front piece), Hibiscus Burst (for small punched flower).
    • Patterned paper by Pebbles: Girl Squad collection (pattern behind the die-cut card front).
    • Neenah Solar White 110#: for card base and the white punched flowers.
  • Other:
    • Pilot Gold Marker (Extra Fine Point).
    • Brutus Monroe Metallic Embossing Powder in Gilded.

I Loaf You: Valentine’s Day Card for Carb Lovers

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Happy Valentine’s Day to all you lovers of carbs! This card is just for you.

This card was made using a cute stamp set that has loads of sentiment puns. I just love the set (I’ve notated the brand and stamp set name below).

How I made this project:

  • Lightly ink blend a piece of Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock in pale pink ink. The piece should be large enough to die-cut heart from a heart die.
  • Die-cut the pink-blended cardstock with the heart die. Adhere craft foam or foam tape to the back of the die-cut heart.
  • Stamp the bread loaf and slice of bread in Copic-friendly ink onto white cardstock. Color the images and die-cut or fussy cut them out. Place foam tape on the back of these colored images.
  • Layout your Copic-colored images on top of the die-cut heart. Leave room for the placement of the sentiment.
  • Stamp the sentiment onto the heart in the desired location.
  • Adhere the images (bread loaf and slice) to the heart.
  • Add small red hearts (die-cut from a punch, etc.) or sequins to the heart.
  • For the card mat:
    • Cut a piece of A2 cardstock (4.25” x 5.5”) from red cardstock.
    • If you are using a rectangular stitched die like I used, then die-cut the red A2 piece using the stitched die.
    • Mount the heart onto the red mat cardstock.
  • Mount the card front (heart & red mag piece) onto the front of an A2-sized card base. Note: If you have die-cut the red cardstock using a stitching die like I did, you may have to trim the entire card down to a size less than A2.
  • Supplies used in making this project:
  • Stamps: Simon Says Stamp: Breakfast Buddies (images and sentiment).
  • Dies: Simon Says Stamp: Breakfast Buddies coordinating dies (loaf of bread and slice); Simon Says Stamp: Wonky Heart craft dies (second from the largest of the dies in this set); My Favorite Things Die-namics: Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX (largest rectangle).
  • Inks: Versafine Ink: Onyx Black (for sentiment); Memento Ink: Tuxedo Black for images that were colored with Copic Markers; Distress Oxide Ink: Spun Sugar (for soft color blending of heart).
  • Copic Markers: E13, E53, and E50 for bread; Y17 (butter).
  • Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 110# (card base and stamped images); Papertrey Ink: Pure Poppy (card mat and red punched hearts); Strathmore Bristol Smooth for heart and ink blending.
  • Other: Heart Border punch (for the small red heart embellishments).

 

 

Totally Love You Valentine’s Day Card

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I love this Valentine’s Day card made with patterned hearts. The patterns were stamped onto the heart shapes using my MISTI stamping tool. I used a patterned swatch stamp set and a window heart wafer die both by Simon Says Stamp. The patterns in the swatch set are lovely!

How I made this project

  • Cut a piece of white wood-grained cardstock to 4.00” by 5.5”.
  • Center the heart windows wafer die onto the wood-grained cardstock and run this through your die-cutting machine. This will create a panel with 6 heart openings. Note: The hearts that are cut out can be saved for another project.
  • Using the heart window wafer die, and a piece of white cardstock, die-cut another set of hearts using the windows heart wafer die. This set of hearts will be used to stamp the patterns.
  • Stamp the six patterns from the patterned swatch set onto the six die-cut hearts. Note: It’s best to use a stamping tool such as the MISTI to get a good, solid impression on each heart.
  • Center and adhere the wood-grained panel onto an A2 (4.25” by 5.5”) piece of paper that is in a coordinating color as the ink used to stamp the hearts.
  • Adhere foam tape on the back of each of the 6 stamped hearts.
  • Inlay each of the 6 stamped hearts into a heart opening in the woodgrain cardstock piece. Note: the hearts will be slightly raised for dimension because of the foam tape behind each heart.
  • For the sentiment:
    • Heat emboss the sentiment using white embossing powder, onto a scrap piece of cardstock that is the same color as the cardstock used to mat the wood-grained panel.
    • Die-cut the embossed sentiment using a banner die, or hand cut the banner.
    • Adhere the sentiment banner to card front with foam tape.
  • Adhere the final card front onto an A2-sized card base.

 

Supplies used to make this project:

  • Stamps: Simon Says Stamp: Pattern Swatches stamp set; Simon Says Stamp: Simple Sentiments #2.
  • Dies: Simon Says Stamp: Windows to My Heart wafer die; Honey Bee Stamps: Sentiment Banner die set.
  • Inks: Catherine Pooler Inks: Party Dress; Versamark Ink (for embossing).
  • Cardstock: Papertrey Ink: Raspberry Fizz (for mat); wood-grained cardstock; Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock (for stamped hearts and card base).
  • Other: Hero Arts white embossing powder.

Hope you like this project. Have a great day!

Everday Bouquet and XOXOXOXOXO

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Concord & 9th Turnabout stamps are great. A full background or focal point can be created with just four turns of the turnabout stamp.  The tricky part of using a turnabout stamp is selecting the four colors of ink to create the look that you want.

I chose the Everyday Bouquet Turnaround stamp by Concord & 9th to create a Valentine’s Day card. I made the bouquet part of the focal point of the card. The colors I chose were in the red, pink, and gray shades. In fact,  I chose a shade of gray ink and stamped it one turn and then double-stamped it on another turn so that it looks as those two different shades of gray were used.

You don’t have to use four different colors of ink, you could use the same colors for all four turns, or just use two or three inks. It all depends on the look you want.

I won’t go into how to use a turnabout stamp, you can go to the Concord & 9th  turnabout page for information.

Supplies used to make this project:

  • Stamps: Concord & 9th: Everyday Bouquet Turnaround; Simon Says Stamp: Simple Sentiments 2 (XO sentiment)
  • Inks: Catherine Pooler Inks: Peppermint Scrub, Rose Petals, and Twilight; Versamark Ink (for embossing).
  • Dies: Simon Says Stamp: Windows to My Heart wafer die (used one heart from this die set); Honey Bee Stamps: Sentiment Banners dies.
  • Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 110# for card front and card base; Papertrey Ink: Autumn Rose (die cut heart, and mat for card front). Note the card front was trimmed down from 4.25” by 5.5” to 4” by 5.5”.
  • Other: Brutus Monroe Ultra Fine Embossing Powder in Sterling.

Hope you like this project! Have a great day and XOXOXOXOXO!

A Billowing Blossoms Hello

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This card was created from a gift stamp from Altenew. I received it for being a loyal customer. I just love it when stamp makers reward customers for being dedicated.

Thanks, Altenew for the gift and the great products you make!

By the way, this is not a paid advertisement for Altenew. The company’s products are amazing and extensive, but I receive no compensation from Altenew, other than a gift stamp for being a loyal customer.

Anyway, I decided to make a floral wreath with the gift stamp set (Billowing Blossoms) on a 4-inch square of white cardstock. The flowers were stamped in a plum-colored ink. The leaves from the same stamp set filled in the empty areas in the wreath. Note: The wonky stitching around the square was created using a die from an MFT die set.

The center of some of the flowers, sentiment and heart were stamped in Versamark ink and then heat embossed with gold embossing powder. I then layered a 4.25-inch square of gold glitter cardstock followed by a 4.50-inch piece of  plum-colored card stock behind that as matting for the card front. I liked the layers and the finish it gave to the front of the card. The entire front piece was mounted onto a 4.50-inch card base.

 

Supplies used in making this project:

  • Stamps: Altenew: Billowing Blossoms (gift stamp set); Altenew: Floral Shadow stamp set (‘hello’ sentiment); Altenew: Charmed stamp set (heart image).
  • Dies: My Favorite Things Die-namics: Wonky Stitched Square STAX.
  • Inks: Altenew inks in Razzelberry (flowers) and Parrot (leaves); Versamark ink (for embossing).
  • Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# (card front) and 110# (card base); Mirri Sparkle Glitter Cardstock in gold (for layering); Plum card stock (for layering) from my stash.
  • Other: Brutus Monroe Embossing Powder in Gilded.

I hope you like this project!

 

Snowman Joy

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I’m posting the Christmas cards that I made kind of late in the season (a couple of days before Christmas. I usually do this because I want to make sure that the people I originally sent the cards received them and didn’t see them ahead of time on the Internet.

I made this card using nothing but die cuts. The only stamping was the sentiment that went on the inside. The inside is not shown here.

The snowman and all of his paraphernalia and the “J” and “Y” were all cut from one MFT Die-namics set and then layered onto an A2-sized piece of cardstock. I used a Concord and 9th scalloped edge with snowflake die to create the edging at the bottom of the red cardstock base so that the final dimensions of the red card front were 3.5″ (along the vertical) x 5.5″ (along the horizontal). This card front was then mounted onto an A-2 white horizontal-oriented card base.

Note: For added detail, the snowman’s face and the “J” and “Y” were cut from white glitter cardstock. The snowman’s hat band was cut from the same red cardstock used for the card front and the scarf was die cut from MFT’s Candy Land paper pack.

This is a pretty chill snowman if I do say so myself. Happy Holidays!

Supplies used to make this project:

Die-cuts: MFT Die-namics: Filled with Joy die set (snowman face, hat, scarf, nose); Concord & 9th: Wintry Edge dies set (there are 2 dies: one cuts the scalloped edge, the other cuts the snowflake border).

Cardstock:  Simon Says Stamp: white glitter cardstock; MFT Candy Land paper pack; Papertrey Ink: Pure Poppy (card front/mat, snowman hat band); Papertrey Ink: Terracotta Tile (snowman’s nose); Papertrey Ink: True Black (snowman’s hat and a circular piece (1.25″ diameter) glued behind the snowman’s face for the snowman’s black coal eyes and mouth); Neenah Solar White 110# for the card base.