Another special-request card from a friend for a new baby:
She specifically wanted a gender-neutral dinosaur theme since the parents-to-be met on the set of Jurassic World. I used the Dino Dies to cut out images from the Dinoroar Designer Series Paper, and the half eggshell from Whisper White. A panel of Old Olive run through the Woodland embossing folder and layered on some more Dinoroar DSP and a Grapefruit Grove card base makes the card.
Do you like making custom cards as much as I do? I love taking a little bit of information about the recipients and translating it into the perfect representation.
Here's what I used for this card:
Sometimes Stampin' Up! puts out a Designer Series Paper that does all of the work for us. This sheet from the Peaceful Poppies is that DSP!
It is so easy to just cut it into the right size to layer on a card front. You can add embellishments, like I did below with the Peaceful Poppies Sequins, or a sentiment, or both!
When I make some more of these I will definitely do some on Basic Black card bases - I think they will really pop! Each sheet will make 6 full card fronts, and more if you use a narrower strip per card. To see another simple card I've made with this Peaceful Poppies DSP click here.
Here's what I used to make this card:
As I was getting my act together to head to the U.S. for my brief visit, I saw that fellow Aussie SU! demonstrator Jessie Holton had uploaded a video showing how to make these cute and fast mini desk calendars. I had been trying to figure out both what to take with me for little hostess gifts, and what to do with my remaining stash of mini calendars. Score!
For most of mine I used the beautiful Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper on a Pretty Peacock base. I changed up the ribbons just for fun.
I had one more calendar, so I also did one with some of the Birthday Bonanza DSP on Bermuda Bay cardstock. With so much white on the DSP I decided to add a Terracotta Tile mat under the calendar.
I also discovered that the plastic bags that Stampin' Dimensionals come in are the perfect size to package them in if you're not slipping them into a regular card envelope to mail.
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Monthly Card Class
Make 5 projects featuring a variety of techniques and great Stampin' Up! products. Perfect for experienced and novice crafters!
$30 - all supplies and afternoon tea included.
Tuesday, 17 March RSVP deadline Sunday, 15 March
Saturday, 21 March RSVP deadline Thursday, 19 March
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Tuesday, 21 April RSVP deadline Sunday, 19 April
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Stamp With Me, Get It Free — Timeless Tulips Edition
Make a variety of cards using the Timeless Tulips stamp set, and take the set home with you!
$40 - includes stamp set
$65 - includes stamp set and coordinating punch
Saturday, 14 March
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I had a special request from a friend in the USA for a card celebrating her daughter's earning a master's degree. The daughter loves llamas, and while SU! used to have a set with a llama and coordinating die, but it's been retired for a bit now and mine has found a new home.
So I went online and found a llama pattern to work with my e-cutter, and got her a llama that way! My e-cutter is a Brother Scan-N-Cut, which I love, but these files come in several formats that work with a variety of cutters. For example, I know it would have worked as well with my older Silhouette Cameo 2. I upgraded my machine about 6 months ago because it scans stamped images and DSP patterns and makes it really easy to cut them out when they don't have coordinating dies.
I did some playing around with the size of the pattern to get it to fit on a regular card front, but the software made it easy to select everything and keep it all proportional while reducing by a particular percentage.
I was told that the recipient loves purple, so that was easy for the background. Her master's is in environmental science, so I used the Layered Leaves 3D embossing folder.
My friend is thrilled, and I hope her daughter likes it, too.
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This is the final card from my February Monthly Card Class. I've CASE'd it from Mary Deatherage, who I had the good fortune to meet at a Stampin' Up! event several years ago.
This card features products from both the Peaceful Poppies Suite and the So Sentimental Bundle. The Peaceful Poppies DSP and Elements pair beautifully with the scalloped rectangle and label Stitched So Sweetly Dies and So Sentimental message.
While the poppies come fully coloured and just need to be popped out and placed, the leaves are white embossed on watercolour paper, and were quickly coloured with Old Olive and Pear Pizzazz Stampin' Write Markers. The white embossed images resist the ink, and, after a quick wipe with a tissue, show up great.
We used 2 of the scallop rectangle dies to cut out the DSP and Poppy Parade rectangles from the layers we used on the card. The remaining part of the DSP covers most of the hole in the middle of the Poppy Parade layer, and the Poppy Parade rectangle layered with the DSP rectangle covers the rest.
The sentiment was coloured with the Old Olive and Poppy Parade Stampin' Write Markers, stamped on Whisper White and then cut with the coordinating label die. The it and the flowers and leaves were attached with Stampin' Dimensionals and the Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon bow was added with a Glue Dot.
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Second Sale-A-Bration Offering!
There's a new group of FREE products being released by Stampin' Up! on 3 March that you can get with a qualifying purchase!
Keep your eye on your mailbox - if you received the first SAB brochure from me you'll get the second as well. As you can see by the pictures below, they have VERY similar covers, so don't toss it in the recycling bin thinking you've already got a copy!
Can't wait to see what's on offer? Click on the cover images below to see the brochures online.
This is another of the cards we made in my February Monthly Card Class. Each month I try to assemble a nice variety of designs for my customers to make and have in their stash. Why don't you come to my March class and give it a go?
In my scramble to get my craft room converted to a guest room for the 2nd time in as many weeks I've managed to lose the information on who I CASE'd this design from, and can't track it down. Oops.
I like the calm vibe of this card. It "reads" as simple, despite there actually being a number of elements on it. It would suit a whole host of occasions, from a wedding or birthday to a sympathy or thinking-of-you situation.
Here's what we used to make it:
Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!
Today I'm sharing another card that I received through the #imbringingbirthdaysback Facebook Group, and that I CASE'd for my February Monthly Card Class. The one I received was made by Ruth Kosturick.
I think this design is so elegant. It features the Honey Bee stamp set and coordinating Detailed Bee dies from the Mini Catalogue, and the Golden Honey Specialty Designer Series Paper that's FREE in the Sale-A-Bration brochure. Did you know that if you purchase this stamp set and die bundle plus 1-2 other items from the supply list below (or anything else you want) you'll have earned this Designer Series Paper?
My top tip when working with layers that butt up agains each other like these 2 pieces of DSP: turn them over, line them up and adhere them with a piece of sticky/Scotch tape. This will ensure that you have them perfectly aligned and you can make any last-minute trim to even edges if needed. Then adhere to the card base and add the cardstock strip over the seam.
Here's the complete supply list:
Another card made at my February Monthly Card Class. I do just love this Beautiful Friendship stamp set, and how you can change up the colours and layouts to make so many beautiful cards. I CASE'd it from one I saw on Pinterest by Charity Wright.
Stamping could hardly be easier with this photopolymer set. Since you can see exactly where you're stamping it's easy to just ink-and-stamp! I do suggest using a bone folder, butter knife, spoon, popsicle stick, etc. to push the ink on the stamp pads to one end so that the etching on the stamps don't get clogged with ink and you get all the wonderful detail. Also be sure to use a piercing mat or a piece of fun foam under your cardstock to provide some cushioning. One last tip: we started the stamping with the red rose on the top, right, then 2x the blue hydrangea, then the red rose on the left.
Here's what we used...hope you give this set a try!
This is one of the cards we made at my February Monthly Card Class. I CASE'd it from one I received through the #imbringingbirthdaysback Facebook Group that was made by Rebecca Scurr. I encourage you to join this fun group and start sending birthday greetings each month. You can choose how many you send, whether you only send in your home country or internationally!
This design features 3 of the patterns from the Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper (DSP), plus 2 stamps from the Sailing Home stamp set. We hand-cut the large blue compass from one piece of DSP, and stamped and punched the smaller one. I particularly like this because it would be suitable for anyone!
Here's everything that was used:
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Here is an example of another Watercolouring Backgrounds technique. To make this one I put a dab of Frost White Shimmer Paint on the largest clear block and used a palette knife to spread it out into a blob about the size of a U.S. quarter or Aussie 20¢ coin. Then I did the same with a drop each of Pear Pizzazz and Balmy Blue ink refills, keeping them close together but not really touching. A spritz or 2 of water onto the block, and more onto a piece of watercolour paper to moisten the whole surface. I pressed the paper onto the block and got a few bold splotches of ink. Then I kept adding a spritz of water to the block and repositioning the paper to dilute and pick up the rest of the ink.
Once it was dry I stamped the birds on a branch from Free As A Bird in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and cut it out with a Stitched Nested Labels die.
I'm sorry you can't see the shimmer in the picture - it's all over and really pretty. Once again I want to give SU! a shout-out for their colour coordination. The green cardstock I've used is Pear Pizzazz, but the ink I used on the Woodland embossing folder is Soft Sea Foam, and the ribbon is Old Olive. All of them work well with how the Pear Pizzazz ink is concentrated and diluted on the watercoloured panel.
I had plenty of inked cardstock left over, so I cut a few of the flowers from the FREE Lily Pad dies in the Sale-A-Bration brochure and adhered them strategically over interesting spots. I hand-cut them out and made another card.
Unfortunately, I needed this card for a friend this week. I paired my lillies with some lily pads from the Lovely Lily Pad stamp set and Lily Pad dies that are available FREE with a qualifying purchase during Sale-A-Bration. Once again, Pear Pizzazz and Soft Sea Foam set off and coordinate with the watercoloured pieces nicely.
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I've been paper-crafting since 2006, and an Independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator since 2010. I love sharing my craft with others, either through classes or by creating special cards and gifts that meet their needs. Join me in creating fun!
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