Baby Bear and Buffalo Check!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a cute baby card made using the Baby Bear stamp set and Buffalo Check background stamp! While this card is more of a boy theme, I have added a bonus card down at the bottom made with Sweet Little Something (now retired) that is more of a girl theme. Do you struggle with the 2 and 3 Step stamps? I always did until I changed the way I stamped and will share this technique with you as well, even if you use the Stamparatus! Let’s get started!
For the card base, cut a piece of Night of Navy cardstock, 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and score at 4 ¼”:

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The base layer is Soft Sea Foam cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamped in Night of Navy ink with the Buffalo Check background stamp, and I used a ruler and my Gray Granite Stampin’ Write Marker to create a “plaid” look:

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To stamp the bear, I first use the detailed stamp in Gray Granite ink, then I used the “not as detailed” stamp in Sahara Sand ink, and finally used the solid bear stamp, also in Sahara Sand ink. I find that starting with the most detailed stamp makes it easier for me to line up the images. The bear is then cut out:

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For the front of the card, you will use this design from the Twinkle Twinkle DSP, cutting out with the largest scalloped oval from the Layering Ovals Framelits. The White Sheer Ribbon is colored with the Dark Sea Foam Stampin’ Blends Marker, the sentiment is stamped on a ½” piece of Whisper White cardstock in Night of Navy ink and is layered on a ¾” piece of Twinkle Twinkle DSP, with both ends cut with the Banner Triple Punch:

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After the ribbon is dry, I tied it into a small bow and adhered it to the bear with a glue dot. Then I adhered the scalloped oval to the base layer, the bear and sentiment are adhered with dimensionals:

This piece is then adhered to the card base:

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The inside sentiment is on a piece of 4” x 5 ¼” Whisper White cardstock, the is stamped in Night of Navy ink, and then I added some adhesive backed sequins:

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Here is the girl themed card I made with Sweet Little Something, changed the colors used to Gray Granite and Petal Pink:

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Now you will have a couple of baby cards on hand! These were both quick and easy cards that when the occasion arises, you will be ready!
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Birthday Card in a Box!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a special Birthday Card in a Box that I made for my younger son’s birthday! He only had two requests for his birthday: 1) I make him a super cool card and 2) send him some baked goodies (he is currently stationed in Hawaii). I thought making him a Card in a Box would be perfect! I’ve made these in the past, however, I always struggled with the inside of the box and adhering the pieces straight and I thought someone out there in the crafting universe had to have come up with a template for the inside that is one piece and not 3. So off to Pinterest I went searching and luckily did not have to go far, thanks to Deb Valder (stampladee.com) who created a super easy template that I CASE’d and are sharing with you today!

The box base for this card is Basic Black cardstock, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and you will score at 2 ¾” on the 5 ½” side of the cardstock. Turn the cardstock to the 8 ½” side and at 2”, 4”, 6”, and 8” you will use your Stampin’ Trimmer to score to the middle score line and then cut the rest of the way down. This will give you a ½” piece which you will create the flap for the card, trimming part of the cardstock off:

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The insert for the box is a piece of Basic Black cardstock, cut at 2 ¾” x 8” and scored at ½”, 2 ½”, 3”, 5”, 5 ½”, and 7 ½” (I used my Simply Scored Scoring Tool). You will then fold the cardstock into a “Z”:

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For your layering pieces, you are going to need one piece for the back of the box (sentiment) cut at 1 7/8” x 5 3/8” and if you are going to have a two piece layer, then the second piece is 1 ¾” x 5 ¼”. For the small panels, you will need 10 pieces of each: cardstock 1 7/8” x 2 5/8” and DSP 1 ¾” x 2 ½” for all 10 panels:

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For the balloons, I used the Balloon Bouquet Punch to cut out Lemon Lime Twist cardstock, Basic Black cardstock, Gold Foil Sheet, and Gold Glimmer Paper, punching each color twice. I used Black and Whisper White Baker’s Twine for the balloon string, tying it around the front of the balloon and then securing it to the back with a glue dot, a ¾” piece of Window Sheet is adhered with a glue dot and then the second balloon piece is also adhered with glue dots. This will give you 4 large and 4 small balloons for the box:

The numbers are cut out of Gold Glimmer Paper using the Large Numbers Framelits (retired) and the spirals I created from Gold Foil, Gold Glimmer, and Lemon Lime Twist cardstock with the 1 ¾” punch, cutting around (like a spiral) with scissors:

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I used Tear & Tape Adhesive for the inside card flap (you want to use a strong adhesive for this) and then folded over to make the box:

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I then adhered all of the panels to the box:

For the insert you will need to use strong adhesive on the “mountain” part of the cardstock on each side (I ran out of Tear & Tape and used Sticky Strip-yes, I still have some left! Lol). Put the insert into the middle, with the ½” ends towards a front and back corner, and then “fold” the box over so the two middle pieces will adhere and will fold over when you put it in an envelope:

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For the decorating part, I used glue dots secure the balloons, stars (retired punch), and spirals. I punched out some more stars, adhered those to the inside flaps, and the sentiment from the Number of Years stamp set (retired) is heat embossed in Gold Embossing Powder on Whisper White cardstock:

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I do apologize for using some retired items that you may not have, however, since I used the Broadway Bound Specialty Paper for this, you could substitute other items from the Broadway Bound Suite!

I hope you enjoyed this card in a box tutorial as much as I know my son will enjoy receiving it!!

The 2018 Holiday Catalog will be live September 5th, so if you would like a complimentary copy please contact me for more details!!

Wondering what specials are going on?? Current specials are listed to the right!!

You can head over to my online store by clicking the Shop Now! button at the very top to see all available products and don’t forget to print out your shopping list on the righthand side, under Follow Me!

Live in the USA? I would love to be your demonstrator! Contact me today to learn more about purchasing Stampin’ Up! products, hosting a party, or joining my team!

I hope today’s project inspires you to get creative! Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and thanks for stopping by!


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Paper Pumpkin Alternative and Storage

Hello and welcome to part 2 of my Paper Pumpkin Talk! Today I challenged myself to make alternative cards using the April 2018 Paper Pumpkin, just using the stamp set. My first card incorporated current and upcoming products, were as my second card incorporated current and retired products.

For the first card, the card base is Sahara Sand cardstock, cut at 4 ¼” x 11” and scored at 5 ½”. The base layer is Tranquil Textures DSP, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, and the next layer is Dapper Demin cardstock, cut at 3 1/3” x 3 ¼” and is embossed with the Seaside Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. The lighthouse is stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock, cut at 1 ½” x 2 ½”, in Smokey Slate ink. The starfish, wheel, and sailboat are stamped on Whisper White cardstock in Sahara Sand and Dapper Denim ink, punched out with the ¾” punch, and then layered on Sahara Sand or Dapper Denim cardstock punched out with the 1” punch.

 

Before I adhered everything together, I tied a piece of Dapper Denim Baker’s Twine around the lighthouse piece. This is a simple and easy card to make, I left a sentiment off the front so it could be for any occasion.

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For the second card, the card base is Bermuda Bay cardstock, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½” and scored at 4 ¼”. The base layer is from the Serene Scenery DSP Stack, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”. The anchor is heat embossed in Gold Embossing Powder in Very Vanilla cardstock, cut out with 2ndlargest Square Stitched Shape Framelit, and then layered on Bermuda Bay cardstock, cut out with the 3rdlargest Scalloped Layering Square Framelit. I used a piece of Very Vanilla Baker’s Twine, which I braided to look nautical, which I wrapped around the squares, used Mini Glue Dots to adhere to the back, and used dimensionals to adhere to the base layer.

 

After I put the card together, I decided to add the sentiment on a ½” piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, heat embossed in Gold Embossing Powder, used the Banner Triple Punch on the end, and adhered this with dimensionals.

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Now, let’s talk STORAGE!

 

I’m just going to share with you how I store my Stampin’ Spots, leftover PP kit items, and even the PP box!

If you have a Big Shot, you more than likely have the Big Shot Die Brush which is great for getting those pesky little pieces out. I’ve seen some people use a full-size wood mount case to store this, but I really didn’t care for it and felt it was too small. What I did, is I turned one of the leftover boxes inside out (easy to do) and use this for my die brush and foam pad. This gives me plenty of room and keeps those little pieces in the box and easy to dispose of in the trash can!

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Stampin’ Spots-The plastic container on the left is from a big box arts and crafts store that is a 20-count jewelry/bead container that I use to store my sponges and spots. On the right is a full-size wood mount case that you can purchase from Stampin’ Up, which I use to store retired and duplicate colors. In case you were wondering, you can store 15 spots in the wood mount case!

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I use the Clear Mount Stamp Cases sold by Stampin’ Up! to store my left-over PP stamps and products. Luckily, each month Stampin’ Up! creates and provides the inserts for the case that all demonstrators have access to! These print out on a piece of 8 ½” x 11” printer paper and you can trim it down to fit. You really can fit quite a bit of left-overs in the stamp case, which is nice if you are limited on space or just like to have your PP organized.

 

Here are some additional pictures of the alternative cards I made from this month’s kit:

 

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Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and thanks for stopping by!

 

 

Sweet as can be!

Today I’m sharing another creation from the Moon Baby and Dare to Dream stamp sets! This is really the first time I’ve used Dare to Dream, which is a hostess set from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog, considering it’s been sitting on my shelf since I won it at OnStage last April!

I first started with a piece of Melon Mambo cardstock, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½” and scored at 4 ¼” and again at 2 1/8”:

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After folding the front panel pieces, I used the “hot air balloon” from Dare to Dream and stamped in Melon Mambo ink:

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On a piece of Whisper White cardstock, stamp the “baby with the umbrella” in Black Archival ink. The Designer Series Paper used is from Painted with Love, cut out with the largest scalloped Layering Squares Framelits, and the baby is cut out with the 2nd largest square framelit:

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Then color in the umbrella with Melon Mambo Stampin Write Marker, the baby’s pajamas with the Powder Pink Stampin’ Write Marker, the baby’s hands and face are colored in with Ivory Stampin’ Blends, and the hair with Bronze Stampin’ Write Marker. This is then adhered to the scalloped square piece of DSP:

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The inside is a piece of 1 ½” x 5 ½” DSP and a piece of 2 5/8” x 5 ½” Whisper White cardstock. I used Multipurpose Glue on these pieces to give me a chance to set them on the inside. The sentiment is from Dare to Dream, stamped in Melon Mambo ink, and added some stars in Powder Pink ink. I used adhesive on the left side of the layering square piece, centering in the middle:

With the different colors on this DSP, you could change to Powder Pink or even Rich Razzleberry! I love this super cute card, what do you think?

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Valentine’s Day part 3

Welcome to part three of my three-part series featuring Valentine’s Day Cards! Each blog post will feature two cards giving alternative ideas featuring some current and some retired Stampin’ Up! products and even some Paper Pumpkin. Don’t worry if you do not have a retired product that is used, you can easily swap it out for what you have on hand or for something that is current.

For this first card, I thought using this stamp from the Party Panda’s stamp set would be perfect to use in creating a Black, White, and Red card.

The card base is in Real Red card stock cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, scored at 5 ½’, the first base layer is in Basic Black cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, and the second base layer is from the Sending Love DSP (retired) cut at 3 ¾” x 5”. On a scrap piece of Whisper White, stamp the panda stamp in Memento ink, color the heart on the envelope with the Real Red Stampin’ Write marker, and then use the sending love stamp from the Sealed with Love stamp set (retired) in Real Red ink. The image is cut out using the 2nd largest square from the Layering Squares Framelits and then a piece in Basic Black using the largest scalloped Layering Square Framelits, adhere together. The two base layers are adhered together, use a piece of the Vintage Crochet Trim (retired) to tie in a bow around the middle, adhere to the card base, and then use Stampin Dimensionals to adhere the square layers to the base layers. The inside sentiment is from the Sealed with Love stamp set, stamped in Real Red and Memento inks.
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The second card base is Melon Mambo card stock cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, scored at 5 ½”, and the base layer is from the Painted with Love DSP cut at 3 ½” x 5 ¼”. I used the Love Notes Framelits Dies (retired) for the hearts along the front and then adhered a piece of Gold Foil Sheet cut at ½’ x 5 ½” to the card base so the hearts are on top and adhere the base layer to the card base. Using the three smallest curvy hearts from the Sweet & Sassy Framelits, cut out the hearts from scrap pieces of Rich Razzleberry, Blushing Bride, and Vellum card stock. Layer hearts and adhere to the base layer and I used a piece of Melon Mambo Cotton Ribbon (retired) to tie in a bow and adhered to the biggest heart with a Mini Glue Dot. The inside sentiment is on a piece of Whisper White card stock cut at 3 1/2’” x 5 ¼”, stamped in Melon Mambo, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, and Rich Razzleberry inks using the stamps from the Sending Love stamp set (retired).

Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed this card and thanks for stopping by!

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Valentine’s Day part 2

Welcome to part two of my three-part series featuring Valentine’s Day Cards! Each blog post will feature two cards giving alternative ideas featuring some current and some retired Stampin’ Up! products and even some Paper Pumpkin. Don’t worry if you do not have a retired product that is used, you can easily swap it out for what you have on hand or for something that is current.

This first card was CASE from Linda Cullen from her Coffee & Crafts Facebook Live Class and you can see her card here. Now, I do not have the Hexagon Dynamics Embossing Folder, but I knew I had something that I could easily substitute.

The card base is in Thick Whisper White card stock cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, scored at 5 ½”, and the base layer is in Whisper White card stock cut at 4” x 5 ¼”. You will also need some scrap Whisper White, Vellum, and Basic Black card stock.

Starting with the Whisper White card stock base layer, use the 3rd largest curvy heart from the Sweet & Sassy Framelit Dies, place about 2/3 up, and run thru the Big Shot. On the scrap piece of Whisper White card stock, stamp the detailed bee in Memento ink twice from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set, then use the detailed be thinlit from the coordinating Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits to cut them out, and use the same thinlit again on the scrap piece of Vellum card stock. The bee image on the Whisper White card stock is then colored in using the Light Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends marker and the vellum piece is then adhered using the Fine Tip Glue Pen. Since I do not have the Hexagon Embossing Folder, I used a piece of DSP from the Love Blossoms DSP Stack (retired), which was cut at 3” x 3”, and then I placed Stampin Dimensionals on each corner on the back and around the heart on the back of the Whisper White card stock, adhering the piece of DSP. Using the scrap piece of Basic Black card stock, cut at ½’ x 3”, stamp the letters from the Labeler Alphabet set in VersMark and heat emboss in White Embossing Powder, trimming the end with the Banner Triple Punch, and then place a small amount of Snail Adhesive on the front to adhere to the inside of the heart, towards the bottom, and then some on the back to secure placement. I used Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals to place the bee’s around the heart, added a piece of Rose Red Grosgrain Ribbon (yeah, really retired!) around the bottom and then adhered to the card base.

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For this second card, I wanted to create something not typical for a Valentine’s Day card and This Little Piggy came to mind. I thought the Hogs & Kisses and the lips stamps would be cute to use!

The card base is in Pool Party cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, scored at 4 ¼”, and the base layer is from the Sending Love DSP stack (retired) cut at 5 ¼” x 4”. On Whisper White card stock, stamp the Hogs & Kisses stamp in Memento ink and then use the 2nd largest curvy heart from the Sweet & Sassy Framelits to cut out. Then color in using the Light Old Olive, Light Pink Pirouette, Dark Pink Pirouette, Light Smoky Slate, and Light Pool Party. The lips are stamped in Real Red ink and the cloud image is stamped in Pool Party ink. Using the leftover heart image from the card above (see what I did here??), stamp the lips in Real Red randomly around and then adhere both hearts to the DSP base layer. The Whisper White Solid Baker’s Twine is wrapped around three times, tying into a bow, and then I added some Rhinestone Basic Jewels to give it some bling before adhering to the card base. The inside sentiment is stamped in Real Red and Pool Party inks from the This Little Piggy and the Adoring Arrows stamp sets.

Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed this card and thanks for stopping by!

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Valentine’s Day part 1

Welcome to part one of my three-part series featuring Valentine’s Day Cards! Each blog post will feature two cards giving alternative ideas featuring some current and some retired Stampin’ Up! products and even some Paper Pumpkin. Don’t worry if you do not have a retired product that is used, you can easily swap it out for what you have on hand or for something that is current.

Both cards today feature Paper Pumpkin January 2017, Adoring Arrows, and what alternatives I created. If you have never tried Paper Pumpkin, I highly recommend it! Each month is a surprise and you may get a card or a 3-D project, such as Adoring Arrows, and you receive everything you need to make the project and even have some left over! For Adoring Arrows, this kit made Valentine themed treat bags, however, I do not have little ones or the need for treat bags, so the hunt was on for alternative ideas.

The card above started with Thick Whisper White card stock, cut at 4 ¼” x 11” and scored at      5 ½”. The base layer is from the Painted with Love DSP, cut at 4” x 5 ¼” and the rest of the products are from the Paper Pumpkin (PP) kit, but the lip stamp is from the Sealed with Love stamp set. I first cut the foil bag from the PP down and then punched the end using the Banner Triple Punch, adhered one of the Calypso Coral Vellum banners from the kit on top, and then used one of the white die-cut hearts to stamp the lips in Versamark and heat embossed it in Gold Embossing Powder. After adhering the base layer and the banners to the card base, I put a small amount of Fast Fuse in the middle of the area that I was going to place the arrow. After putting the gold foil stickers on the wooden dowel (all from the PP kit), I placed the wooden dowel on the Fast Fuse, then placed a Stampin’ Dimensional on each side (about where the heart will be placed) of the wooded dowel, put a small amount of Fast Fuse on the back of the heart, and then placed over the dimensionals and pressing down on the heart to basically keep the arrow in place. Then you can stamp the inside with your sentiment.

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For this second card, the card base is in Sweet Sugarplum, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”and scored at 4 ¼”. The base layer is in Whisper White card stock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼” and the stamps used are from the January 2017 PP and from the Sealed with Love stamp set. The love stamp is stamped in Sweet Sugarplum and the heart outline are stamped in Sweet Sugarplum and Rich Razzleberry, all randomly on the base layer. Then the mini heart, happy valentine’s day, and I adore you stamps where stamped in the heart outlines using Blushing Bride, Sweet Sugarplum, and Rich Razzleberry ink (these are from the PP kit). The white die-cut heart is from the PP kit, which I stamped sending love (from the Sealed with Love set) in Sweet Sugarplum and then used a Sponge Dauber to sponge Sweet Sugarplum around the edge. The gold foil heart is from one of the bags in the PP kit, which I used the fourth largest heart from the Sweet & Sassy Framelits. Using the gold thread from the PP kit, I wrapped that around the base layer, adhering on the back. Finally, adhere the base layer to the card base and then use Stampin Dimensionals on the hearts and layer those over the gold thread. The inside sentiment is from the kit, stamped in Rich Razzleberry, and the hearts along the bottom are from the Sealed with Love stamp set, stamped in Sweet Sugarplum and Rich Razzleberry.

Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed this card and thanks for stopping by!

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