I've been saving cards that catch my eye on Facebook and Pinterest, and had a chance to sit down and play with the designs last weekend. Here's one that I CASE'd from Karen Barber.
I like the rich, Early Espresso brown offset by the bright Real Red, Old Olive and gold. The Tin Tile embossing folder and check patterns really remind me of the small country town where my husband grew up in Central Illinois.
Yes, I fussy-cut these holly and berry images. It's a very calming and centering exercise I find. I just put on a movie, tv show or music and sit with my very sharp paper snips and go for it.
I used a different ribbon and stamped the Buffalo Check background stamp for the bottom panel instead of using an Early Espresso plaid sheet from the Neutrals 6x6 DSP. I added the sentiment and an extra spray of holly and berries to the bottom, too. It feels good to use up stuff in my stash...I think I need to restock some red ribbon!
Here's what I used:
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Last Thursday we had a very nasty, hot, windy and dusty day so I decided to stay inside and have a crafternoon! Inspired by Narelle Fasulo, I made this series of cards with items from the Perennial Essence Suite.
I used the same concept for each, just changed up the number and position of the flowers as well as the colour of vellum and coordinating cardstock, ink and ribbon.
The flowers and leaves are stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with White Stampin' Emboss Powder. There are 2 tricks to this - use an Embossing Buddy to cut static and oils that make stray powder stick to the vellum, and keep the heat tool moving to minimise (but not eliminate) the vellum warping.
I used a variety of sentiments and cut them out with the Stitched Shapes Dies. The vellum is attached to he Whisper White panels with Tear & Tape stuck behind the sentiments and flowers.
I didn't have a So Saffron ribbon in my stash, so I coloured the Silver ⅜" Metallic-Edge Ribbon with my So Saffron Light Stampin' Blend marker. So easy and a perfect match! Did you note the double-bow on the Old Olive card? It's a great way to bulk up a very thin ribbon like that one.
I'm thinking that this is going to be a little hostess gift for someone this holiday season....
If you were hoping to see a card with a daisy flower on it, sorry to disappoint you today. This Daisy is my friend's golden retriever! Ever since she was a puppy she has loved being on the ottoman watching animals and kids on the TV, so that's what I re-created on my card.
Of course, she had to be watching Aussie animals, LOL!
My friend sent me pics of Daisy and her card:
Such a good girl!
The DSP is retired, but below are the other items I used to make this card.
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We also made this card in my November Monthly Card Class.
Inspired by a card Kathleen McDonald posted on Facebook, I wound up keeping the Magnolia theme and basic layout, but changing most other aspects.
We stamped the small flower image from Good Morning Magnolia onto Whisper White and coloured it with Stampin' Blends. It's cut out with a Stitched Shapes circle die and popped up on the next-larger stitched circle shape in Mossy Meadow. The sentiment is from Healing Hugs, is cut out with a die from the Stitched Rectangles set, and also popped up on Mossy Meadow with Stampin' Dimensionals (again, I gave my participants their choice in sentiment and we had many different ones used). We stamped the card base with the larger magnolia image from Magnolia Blooms.
FYI, Kathleen's card used only stamps from Magnolia Blooms... it's very easy to do this card with limited supplies. Here's another one I made doing just that (except for the sentiment, which is from Butterfly Gala (I just can't help myself, LOL!).
Here's a list of supplies used:
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Here's another Christmas card we made in my November class.
I CASE'd this card from Dawn Barwick, and I love it's simplicity and mass-produce-ability with a variety of the Wrapped in Plaid DSP colours and patterns.
This card is the first one that I used this realistic-looking pine tree on, and it comes in two stamps, one for the branches and one for the trunk. I discovered that it's much easier to stamp the branches, punch it out, and then position the trunk exactly where it belongs.
Here's what I used to make this card:
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Here's the card I made on this week's Facebook Live video. You can watch the replay on Facebook or on YouTube.
I CASE'd the design from Terry Bolender, a SU! demonstrator in the U.S. I changed up her colours a bit to suit my own mood. After wiping my panel of Crumb Cake cardstock with my Embossing Buddy, I stamped one of the flower sprays from Bloom & Grow in Versamark and heat set with White Stampin' Emboss Powder.
After a bit of experimentation prior to my video I decided to use a Blender Pen and ink to colour the images. Stampin' Blends put too much colour onto the page, and also coloured the heat embossing, which I wanted to resist the ink and stay white. The Blender Pen is filled with a solution that allows the ink to be applied in a thin wash without so much liquid as an Aquapainter, which is a plus when using regular cardstock. I was able to go back and add a few dabs of additional colour to get some shading effects, which I wouldn't be able to do with regular Stampin' Write Markers. As I coloured I also used a paper towel to wipe off any excess ink from the white embossing.
The sentiment is stamped in Mossy Meadow and cut out with a Stitched Shapes Die. The Rococo Rose strip's scallop edge is cut with one of the Budding Blooms Dies, part of the Bloom & Grow Bundle that's on sale through today. All 3 colours of cardstock and 2 of the 3 inks used in today's card are also on sale at 15% off! (Substitue Crushed Curry for the Mango Melody and all 3 inks are on sale - just sayin'!)
Here's a detailed list of what I used to make this card. Note that these prices are regular retail, not the sale prices. Scroll to the bottom of this post to see everything that's on sale.
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I CASE'd this card from Sheryl Knight over on Shannon West's #imbringingbirthdaysback Facebook Group. She says she CASE'd it from Vicky Wright. Just as she changed some things, so did I.
The two big changes on my card are the flower centre (I think I used a different die/punch combo) and the sentiment. My class participants had a wide choice of sentiments to use and I'm not sure anyone did the same one!
You really need to check out this cool Pressed Petals Specialty Washi Tape...the petals of the flower are individually cut pieces of tape that we laid onto a punched circle. We pounced the back of the petals that overhang the circle with the Embossing Buddy to remove the stickiness before attaching to the card. The other roll of washi tape was used to make the left border of the card...one of the most effective uses of this tape I've seen.
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Here are the supplies used to make this card:
This is one of the cards we made in my November Monthly Card Class.
It features the beautiful, copper-foil and Pretty Peacock sheet from the Brightly Gleaming Designer Series Paper and ornaments/baubles from the Christmas Gleaming set, along with their coordinating punches. The sentiment is from the Greatest Part of Christmas Host Set, which is only available to purchase with Host Rewards. This design is simple enough to mass produce, while the copper foil strip and pattern in the paper give it a lot of festive class. We stamped the larger ornament on the outside of the envelope and on the white panel inside the card for that little bit of extra.
Here's what was used to make this:
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I took a break from playing with the Christmas Rose Suite to revisit my Christmas Gleaming stamp set for a few cards.
I saw the card made by Bonnie O'Neill and decided to CASE it. I made a few changes as I went...first, I used the Mosaic 3D Embossing Folder since I don't have the Hammered Metal one she used. I also chose to put it "wrong" side up. And, because it was sitting on top from being used with the Christmas Rose suite, I heat embossed the stamped strip with Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder instead of Copper, so I had to use Gold Foil strips, too.
Since I had the Copper Foil strips cut, and I enjoyed this design so much I went ahead and made a second card:
Besides being sure to use the Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder this time, I changed out the embossing folder to Stylish Scrolls for a slightly different look.
Do you prefer one card over the other?
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Feels Like Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) is so beautiful that I've been holding back using it in fear of "mis-using" it. I rarely succumb to that feeling, because I've learned that it's best to use it and share it (or "Love It, Chop It" as Kylie Bertucci says) rather than let it hide away. So I pulled it out and cut another piece to make a card this week.
The photograph sides of this paper are just stunning, and need very little in the way of embellishment. I chose to stamp this piece directly with a sentiment from the (retired) Timeless Tidings set. I masked off the "and a" that is directly above the "happy" and inked first with Versamark and then Night of Navy on top of that before stamping. This allowed me to coat the sentiment with Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder and heat set it, making the sentiment shiny and just a bit bolder. I added a thin mat of Night of Navy before mounting it on a Silver Foil-Edged Card, and done!
To get your supplies to make cards like these click on any of the pictures below (note: I'm including the cardstock for all the coordinating colours, but these would be pretty without a mat, too!).
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!