Thursday, March 31, 2016

More Layering and Designer Series Paper

This card will introduce the class participants to Stamin' Up's Designer Series Paper. This paper is from the Cherry On Top DSP Pack. I've used the Something to Say stamp set. Punches are the Washi Punch and the flower from the Itty Bitty Accents punch pack.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Cute Little Fold

I saw a very similar card on Pinterest.  Stampin' Up's! Designer Series Paper is two-sided and makes this card so easy to make. The stamp sets used are Field of Flowers and Teeny Tiny Wishes. Field of Flowers has become my favorite set from this year's Sale-A-Bration. If you want it you have to hurry... Sale-A-Bration 2016 ends tomorrow!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Sympathy Using In the Meadow

This is another card we will make in the class. We'll do this one second. Again it's a pretty easy card but will give them a different technique to try... watercolor wash background using a clear block colored with markers and then stamped on the paper. The rest of the card is simple stamping and layering of card stock.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Silent Auction Class

 I'm offering a Stamping Class as an auction item for a benefit silent auction to be held in our community in April. The winner will get to invite three friends to join them for the class in which they will make 10 cards, two of each design. This is the card we will make first since it is the simplest and I won't know the skills of the stampers.
The image is stamped with the Archival Black ink and then I used markers to color in the soup and the bowl. The heart is punched sing the small retired heart punch and adhered with a glue dot over the stamped heart. Another option would be to use a q-tip or tissue to remove the black ink on the heart part of the rubber and then use a red marker to color it and then stamp on the paper.

Friday, March 25, 2016

The Scraps on the Table

These two cards were made using the card stock and DSP scraps on my table. The top card was made just using those scraps. The bottom card used scraps plus some gold foil card sheet for the star. And I did some paper piercing on it. I saw a card with similar layout on Pinterest but came up with the paper piercing idea. I used the oval paper piercing template to make the streaks.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Congrats to Grandparents

Here's another Paper Pierced card. I used my Famiy Reunion stamp set to make this grandparents card for friends who just added another grandson to their family.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Hearts A Glitter with Paper Piercing Accent

This is a card using the glitter scrap from a Paper Pumpkin kit. I didn't have to do any cutting or trimming of the scrap it was just a perfect negative punch square! This card uses the same layout as Monday's card. I pierced the black card stock. And learned a lesson... paper piercing really shows up better on lighter color card stock!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Lots of Paper Piercing

This card is also a CASE from Mary Fish. There's a lot of paper piercing but it really makes the card special!
If you look closely you will see the large star is pierced, the white background card stock is pierced and the rectangle below the circle is pierced around the circle.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Paper Piercing Week

I participate in a weekly challenge. This week's challenge was to use Paper Piercing technique on the card. This is the card I made for the challenge. You may have to look closely to see the piercing. (CASE:  Mary Fish.)But I saw so many other great ideas and cards that I decided to do some more paper piercing. Come back the rest of the week to see more Paper Piercing.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Easter Treats

I found this Cadbury Egg holder on Mary Fish's blog. She has a great video showing how to make the holder. Then I just looked closely at her photos to CASE her decorating. The bunny is made using the small oval punch and 3/4" circle punch for the body. For the ears I used the small petal from the Blossom Builder Punch. The tail is the little flower from the Itty Bitty Punch pack. I have so much of the retired Chevron ribbon; what fun to use some of it on these cute little treat holders. The expression is from the Delightful Dozen stamp set. I used my Hexagon punch to make the banner. The top of the holder is punched with the Scallop Tag Topper punch. So a lot of punching for this project. 

Thursday, March 17, 2016

CASEing Stampin' Success

Happy Easter Bunny is another stamp I purchased last spring. I used markers to color parts of the stamped image. The card base has been run through the Big Shot using the Large Polka Dot textured embossing folder. I got the idea from this card from the Quarter 2 Stampin' Success magazine that is published for demonstrators. This issue had lots of card ideas I want to CASE.Other tools used are the Banner framelits and 3/4" circle punch.

Easter Blessings is another retired stamp from my stash. This card uses the same layout as other card. I just changed the orientation, used a smaller banner and added some Wild Wasabi thick Baker's twine from my stash.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Indescriable Gift

Indescribable Gift was a stamp set offered in last year's Occasions catalog. The top card also uses the Pleasant Poppies stamp. This layout is CASE from Dawn Olchefske. I had some strips of vellum (from Sale-A-Bration) laying on my work table and used them along the right edge of the Designer Series Paper. This is some more DSP from that retired pack I used yesterday. I cut envelope liners but haven't adhered them to the envelopes yet.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Time for Easter Cards

Easter is early this year. Usually I do my cards in March for an April Easter. I realized that I better get busy and started on some cards. These were so easy! I used some retired Designer Series Paper. The design was so big! I could never decide how I wanted to use it. Then I got inspired by a card I saw on Dawn Olchelske's blog. She had another layer over the top of her DSP but I decided just adding the butterfly was enough. I chose the size of the butterflies based on the 4" x 5-1/4" DSP. I cut the solid butterfly from the Bold Butterfly framelits using Lost Lagoon card stock. It matched the paper so well, even though the DSP was sold long before Lost Lagoon was a color option. Then I cut the lacy butterfly using the Butterflies thinlits in black card stock. I used my Precision Base Plate and the Big Shot Die Brush. I have found it I run these delicate thinlits through my Big Shot three times, they punch better. 

Monday, March 14, 2016

February Paper Pumpkin... Hello Sunshine

February's Paper Pumpkin kit was fun. It made nine cards, three each of three designs. This is one of the designs.  The sentiments are stamped, the rest of the cards were preprinted or die cut adhesive pieces and you got a little packet of gold and pink sequins. 

And the kit came with these pretty envelopes. They were the same on the face of the envelope but there were three different liner designs. Very pretty preprinted envelopes. The kit came with 13 photopolymer stamps and a Blackerry Bliss ink spot. Such pretty colors!

As usual there were extra pieces left over, so this is a card I made using stamps in my inventory and extra pieces. I decided to just use the kit cards as an example. I liked them, so why reinvent the wheel!

Here's the second card from the kit. What a pretty gold adhesive swirl to add to the card. 

And there was an extra gold swirl so this is my card using some retired Lullaby DSP and a flower punch for the orange flower. There were plenty of sequins in the pack for the extra cards and you always get lots of extra glue dots or dimensionals if included. 

The third card design. The background is preprinted. So, again the only stamping was the sentiment on the little banner die cuts. 

And my version of the card using some retired DSP and the little flower stamps from the Paper Pumpkin kit. I used the last leaf die cut from the kit on this card. The flowers were punched using circle punches.

I didn't subscribe to Paper Pumpkin for a long time but it really is fun to get that little box in the mail each month. Sometimes I use the contents for other projects than the ones intended but I've always used them. And I have the stamps from the kits quite a bit. I store them in the clear DVD cases that you can order from Stampin' Up! I have been able to store 4 months of stamps in each case.

I have a Brother P-Touch label machine that I use to make the labels. It's a pretty slick little gadget. Think I have some of my dad in me as he would have loved having one and labeling everything in sight. 

Friday, March 11, 2016

Card... Six

This is a new background layout for me. It's simple and I will be using it more. It's pretty using the same DSP pattern on two of the strips but also would be pretty using two different, or using two colors of card stock or using one strip of DSP and three colors of Card Stock. Lots of possibilities! Three of the strips measure 1" x 3-3/4" and the larger one measures 1-3/4" by 3-3/4". They are mounted on a piece of card stock that measures 4" x 5-a/4".

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Card... Five

It's hard to see in this photo but I used some of the crochet trim to edge the DSP. I just wanted a tiny bit of it to show. The ovals were cut using my Big Shot and Ovals Collections Framelits. (Stamp the sentiment first and then cut for perfect centering.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Cards Three and Four

These two cards use a 2" X 5-1/2" strip of DSP. Just changing the paper and the orientation of the strips makes for two very different cards. And you get so much paper in a pack of DSP that you have plenty to make envelope liners that match.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The cards... One and Two...

As promised, here are two of the six cards I made for the Silent Auction. Simple and easy using the Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper. I love the double sided paper; it's such a good quality. And you have instant color scheme. Not to mention the coordination of inks and accessories that SU! provides.  I rarely buy supplies from anywhere else now; it's so easy to order online and keeps the UPS! delivery person employed, too. The stamps used are from the Another Thank You set. I did some experimenting on the lower card. I love that big script thank you but it is huge... I wanted to use the folded over DSP but the Bohemian DSP design and stamp were just too big together, so I did some fussy cutting on just part of the stamped image. I used my paper trimmer to cut the straight edges on both sides of the script. I just carefully stopped when I got near to the stamped script. Then I grabbed my Paper
Snips and cut around the 'y'. Love those sharp little scissors!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Set of Cards and Holder

This is a set of cards I have made for a Benefit Silent Auction to be held in our area next month. I got the magazine holder idea and instructions from Linda Heller's Stamping School. I love having a subscription to her online school. I look forward to each week's ideas. She always has great tips, too and shares all her insight on the latest products from Stampin' Up!

This holder is so much easier than it looks.

And because I've used Stampin' Up! images on the cards inside I made this little label for the back edge of the box.

I made 6 different Thank You cards and matching envelopes for this box. I'll share the cards the rest of this week.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Hooray for Today!

This card uses some DSP. I had two pieces that were just the size for layering and then added a banner that I embossed with Elegant Dots embossing folder. I like this color combo.
This card using the last of the scraps cut into banners. Hooray for today because I've finished off these two packs of DSP scraps!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

More DSP Scraps

 I often end of with scraps of Designer Series Paper that measure about 2 inches by 3 inches. Here are 4 cards using those scraps.
For this last one I had three scraps that were the same pattern. The opposite side just didn't seem to coordinate. So, I used the same pattern and then added the seam binding to cover the gaps. Then I decided to stamp directly onto the DSP, always a scary thing when you make that the last step. I don't know why I didn't grab either my stamp-a-majig or use a photopolymer stamp but I got lucky and got it on straight.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Larger Scraps

I had some larger scraps that I used to make these two cards paired with an embossed image. The top expression comes from the Tin of Cards stamp set.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Scraps On My Work Table

These two cards were made using Designer Series Scraps and some scrap card stock that was laying on my work table. I made the first card and punched the DSP scraps using the Banner Triple punch. Then just layered them and added a little twine and button. The expressions comes from the retired Sincere Salutations stamp sets (still one of my favorites).
For the second card the third scrap was just too small to make into a banner. So I had to come up with a different layout. The stamped expression comes from Itty Bitty Banners stamp set and is die cut using the Bitty Banners framelits.