Monday, August 31, 2015

A Little Purse of Cards

 I made this cute little purse to hold 8 thank you notes I made for my mother-in-law. She's been laid up with a broken leg. Since we don't live close to each other I was finally getting the chance to visit her and wanted to take a little something. I watched LeeAnn Greff's how to video. So, easy, seriously!
I knew my mother-in-law would be in need of the thank you cards because so many people have been visiting and bringing meals and treats.
This is looking down into the purse. It easily holds the 8 cards and envelopes (which i lined with DSP). In fact you could probably get twice as many in the purse if you wanted. You just need DSP and 8.5X11 cardstock. paper trimmer with scoring blade and strong adhesive to put this together.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

 Have you seen these cute little self-closing boxes. I used Dawn Griffiths video tutorial to make this one. But it was too small for the little gifts I had. So, I enlarged the cards stock base and moved the score lines accordingly. Well, I thought I had. But I forgot the bottom of the box would be a larger square. So, for the one below I had to make a false bottom to cover the gap.

 This is the next one I made with all the correct score lines. And the picture below gives you an idea of the size differences.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Stepping It Up!

Here are three cards that use the same layout. I've just taken each one a step further.
I started with the top card, nice and simple.
On the second card I added a layer of embossed card stock to give it a little more depth.
The third card I added a larger embossed piece of card stock and added some black gems to the flower centers.
Which is your favorite?
And that uses up that pack of Designer Series Paper. Now I can get the new design in this year's Holiday catalog. Ordering for it starts on September 1.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Another Lovely Layout

Here's another layout I've been playing with. I used my Circle framelits to cut the Designer Series Paper. The new Holiday catalog has a fun new acorn punch and coordinating stamp set. Since I don't have that (yet). I used my retired Autumn Accents die and Big Shot to cut out these acorns. Then i used my stylus and added some dimension to them freehand (see the bottom photo).

Monday, August 24, 2015

Lovely Layout

This is a lovely layout and great for using up some Designer Series Paper scraps. As a Stampin' Up! demonstrator I get to see previews of the catalogs before the sales begin. The new holiday catalog has some beautiful DSP in it! I especially like the new one for fall but had a little bit left from last year's fall pattern. So, I told myself I can't order the new until the old is gone.
So, I grabbed my 1-inch square punch and used up quite a bit making these two cards. The little squares are layered on 3-1/4" cardstack squre and that is layered on a 3-1/2" square.
Layout CASE: Dawn Olchefske

Friday, August 21, 2015

Here's another card using the little "plant" monster. I made the top card first using white card stock and then sponging with Basic Grey in hopes the spider web would pop more. But I wasn't pleased with it. So, the next time I just used teh white as it was. Then I decided to try it with a black embossed spider web. Which do you like best? You'll notice the DSP in the background is different sizes. That's because I made a mistake cutting for the bottom two cards. I wanted the orientation to be in a certain direction because I thought it sort of looked like eyes. Darn, if I didn't cut it the wrong way! Even though I had another sheet of that design I decided to use it as cut. You will also notice the bottom cup is slanted a bit. I wish I had done this on all of them. This was a "happy accident". I stamped the boo and it was crooked. So, I decided to place the cup so that BOO was straight on the card. I like this look better. Too bad, my happy accident happened as I was putting together the last card. Oh well!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Little Green Monster

This is a CASE from Rachel Tessman. I can think of some people who are going to love getting this card and a few who may not be so happy because they'll have the little tune running through their mind all day long. I know it's been running through mine ever since I made it. I used the Rotary Alphabet stamp for the lettering on the cups. It takes some practice. I've found I need to stand to get a straight no smudges image. When I'm sitting I have a tendency to rock the rotary stamp. And I use a piece of scrap plain paper to place under the portion of the rotary stamp that is blank.
The "happy birthday" comes from the retired, You're My Type stamp set. I wanted something with a similar font.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Paper Pumpkin July 2015 Alternate Card

I usually wait a bit before using my Paper Pumpkin kit because I want to see what others are creating. I search for Paper Pumpkin with that month and get so many ideas. This month I found a great resource in Stamp Your Art Out by Rachel Tessman. Very creative! The layout for this card came from her post.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Paper Pumpkin July 2015: Thanks a Latte

I got email notice last week that my August Paper Pumpkin was on its way. I hadn't done my July Paper Pumpkin yet. I hadn't even unwrapped the contents.
These are the cards as instructed in the kit. They also came with envelopes. The kit had supplies to make 8 cards all alike except for changing the expression and the plant. Pretty!
But of course, I didn't want to make 8 cards all alike. So, tune in tomorrow to see another card design.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Partial Punching

CASE:  Linda Heller on Stamping School. This layout and punching technique comes from Stamping School. My annual subscription is one of the best investments I make each year. To make the heart in the interior I stamped in the corner of the white card stock and after it had dried used my heart punch to partial punch. You just line up the punch and then very carefully only punch part way through the paper. The just curl up the edges that have punched all the way through. Just a fun little technique to use for a change in card design.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Loads of Thanks

I used some of the Designer Series Paper from last year to pair with this image and really like the way it turned out. I also used the Boho Blossoms punch to add the flower accents on the right. This card is the same layout as yesterday's with just a little tweaking of the measurements.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Follow Your Heart!

This is probably my favorite image in the You're Sublime stamp set. It's just so whimsical!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

You're Sublime

CASE:  Dawn Olchefske  I'ts hard to tell on this card but instead of covering the portholes with the Itty Bitty Epoxy Sticker circles like Dawn did I used some Crystal Effects. I just pooled it on the finished card and set it aside to let it dry.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Snappy Day!

I've used the same layout as yesterday's card, just moved the elements around a bit. I had these large googly eyes in my stash and like how they really perk up the card.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Toadally Awesome!

When I saw the You're Sublime stamp set in the new catalog I was sure I would be ordering it. I just love the images. Here I've used the toadally awesome image to make a birthday card. I fussy cut one of the party hats out of the Designer Sereis Paper (retired package) and adhered it to the top of the frog's head and also added some googly eyes. 
I also used the new Washi punch on this card for the "it's your birthday" sentiment. It was another item I decided to get on my first glance through the new catalog.