Butterfly Gala

Does this bundle of Butterfly Gala and Gingham Gala DSP speak Spring to anyone else? Oh my gosh! Of course, to complete the bundle you need to have the Butterfly Duet punch. At our last workshop we put a bunch of these elements together to create this version of Lisa Curcio’s inspired card. Pulling in some of that beautiful ribbon from this year’s Sale-a-bration completed the look for this card.


Here are a few more cards, using this suite of products, including the beautiful Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper, that was also a free Sale-a-bration item.

This card using the Botanical Butterfly & Gingham Gala DSPs
These cards use the pretty Delicately Detailed specialty paper
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Beauty Abounds

Who doesn’t love these butterfly clusters? Well, maybe I wasn’t sold at first, given that I already have plenty of butterfly punches and dies. Then I saw a card from France Martin. This is the version we made at our last workshop using several stamps from the Beauty Abounds stamp set and coordinating Botanical Butterfly thinlits. Oh my, how cute seeing these butterflies pop up when you open this card.

The card base is really Lemon Lime Twist, but the natural light really blew it out.
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More Floral Romance Suite

So I promised more projects on this suite of products, so here are two cards from a recent workshop.

Floral Romance Suite

The vellum sheets in the designer series paper of this suite are simply beautiful. The dies are to die-for, and the embossing folder is stunning. And framing out the first card below with the new stitched rectangle framelits really makes the card stand out.

On the Mint Macaron card below, regular vellum was cut to the same size as the card base, and embossed in the lace embossing folder, making this a stunning card with little else needed to embellish it.

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Floral Romance Suite

I fell in love with this suite at first site, and that was at OnStage in November of last year in Orlando. But it’s taken me a while to blog about, as I had so much fun playing with this suite. Plus, I also bought it in stages, getting the stamp set at OnStage, then the framelits when the Occasions catalog was opened to demonstrators, and finally the beautiful specialty designer series paper and embossing folder followed. The last two products I will feature in another post. As a retired florist, this was definitely a must have for me.

It became my first swap for the year seen here.

The colors used in this card are Pool Party and Calypso Coral with Very Vanilla. I will share more photos of other cards in another post.

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Snowflake Showcase

Oh my gosh! Here I was just stamping away and designing this year’s Christmas cards, and then Snowflake Showcase happened. Oh my gosh!

I have not been so excited about a set since joining Stampin’Up! three years ago. I have not been able to put the set away. It stays on my desk for when the next brainchild hits me. I’ve seen so many creative designs that have jump-started my month long love fest with this set of stamps and dies.

So I thought I would share a few of my cards with you. And seriously, I’ve only focused on cards so far. At some point soon, I’ll be moving on to 3D projects, because, well, that’s just how I roll.

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Dashing Deer Luminary Tent Card

This month I participated in a card swap and this post will provide the measurements and details for this month’s swap card. All swaps were to be full cards with layers, using only current Stampin’Up! products, and highlighting items from the new Holiday Catalog. So I chose the Dashing Deer Bundle. Here are some photos taken in the dark to show how it looks with the tealight.

This card uses a 4 1/4″ x 11″ card base, scored at 3 1/2″ from one end, and 3 3/4″ from the other. I used thick Very Vanilla card stock. The Designer Series Paper I used is the Festive Farmhouse DSP which was cut to 4 1/8″ x 3 5/8″. Lining up the DSP and centering it on the center panel of the card base, and using the 2 3/4″ square die from the Stitched Shaped Framelits, the DSP and card base were run through the Big Shot together with a single back and forth pass. Vellum was cut to 4″ x 3 1/2″. Using snail (liquid Tombo will warp the vellum, so make sure to use a tape adhesive), layer the vellum piece between the card base and the DSP. Before stamping or adhering any die cut to the center panel vellum, you’ll want to orient the card, so the the smaller panel (the one scored at 3 1/2″) is your bottom panel. If you use a patterned paper that has a particular orientation, you will want to make sure to cut it and adhere it in the right orientation. Since I was using a plaid pattern paper, it wasn’t important to know top or bottom of the card until I was ready to stamp.

Since this is a tent card, you will need to stamp the top panel of the card so that it is in the correct orientation to be read when it is tented. See photo.

I used the Stamparatus to speed things along since I was making 16 cards. This also made it easy to stamp the garland at the top and the bottom of this panel by simply adjusting the stamping plate.

The other sentiment was placed on the other Stamparatus plate and stamped on the bottom inside of the card base.

The reindeer was die cut using a different pattern from the same DSP and the bundle die. This was glued to the center front panel with the Fine Tip Glue. Other options for adhering this would be to sponge tombo very lightly to the back of the die cut, or to use the Sizzix adhesive sheets.

The little flowers were die cut from the framelits and added with glue dots and finished off with gold pearls. These act as a stopper for the top panel when the card is tented.

I also stamped a circle from the Eastern Beauty stamp set to show where to place the tealight. See photo.

Since I was making so many cards, I found this was the best order for constructing this card: Cut bases and score (but don’t fold on the score lines until the end, after you add embellishments). Cut the DSP and vellum. Die cut the center panel and DSP. Stamp the top panel; I used makers for inking up the garland. Stamp the bottom panel. Then adhere the vellum sandwich and the reindeer. Stamp the circle, add enbellishments, and finally fold on the score lines.

I must say that I was quite happy with how this turned out. I love make luminary cards for Christmas or special occasions.

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Shadow Stamping

Shadow Stamping

Masking and sponging is one of my favorite techniques when making cards, although it can be a bit labor intensive, depending on how much sponging you’re doing. Now combine that with shadow stamping, and it is just so cool. This technique adds a lot of depth and texture to a single panel. I learned this technique from Theresa Momber, and thought the card she made was so pretty that I CASEd it, using similar colors but a different stamp. I will link to her card video here.

First I die cut the rectangle, and then before removing the die, sponge inside the frame die; and it leaves this nice white border around the sponging. Next, I stamped the image using the same color ink that I sponged with. In this case, it was Perfect Plum from Stampin’Up! Then I inked up the stamp again using Versamark, and stamped the image just slightly to the right and higher than the previous stamp. The stamp was covered with white embossing powder and heat set. The panel is backed with a rectangle of Elegant Eggplant card stock from Stampin’Up! and placed on a Perfect Plum card base.

To finish the card, I added a popped up banner, and a butterfly stamped in plum, punched out and covered with Wink of Stella.

 

 

I’m not sure why the colors of these two photos are so different, because they were taken in the same location, not many minutes apart. Probably the natural lighting changed in the meantime. I obviously need to take my photos under more controlled lighting. Some day!!!

 

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Winter Cards

Winter Cards

Before launching into Christmas cards next month, I decided to work my way into it, by starting with some wintery cards. Using up some retired designer series paper and a Memories & More card pack along with the Colorful Seasons stamp set, here are the card samples I made.

 

 

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Wood Textures DSP – Planked

Wood Textures DSP – Planked

Stampin’Up!’s Wood Textures DSP is pretty, but often times I am looking for more dimension than the paper alone provides. So, hereĀ  is how I tackle that in the descriptions and photos below.

Using a narrow black marker and white gel pen, I added more lines vertical to those already on the DSP. Then add horizontal lines to create planks. First, add the lines in black, then offset them slightly with the white gel pen.

 

When those are done, using the scorer on your trimmer or a scoring board, score each of the horizontal and vertical lines, creating planks.

 

Here is a close-up, showing the score lines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, to add even more interest to the planks, I sponged various colors on the different “planks” creating a multi-colored wood plank background.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are photo examples of two different sheets of the wood textures DSP. The top image in each photo is the original DSP and the lower one is the enhanced version I created with markers, scoring and sponging. I hope you like them.

 

 

 

I’ll update this post when I make cards using these background wood sheets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Blank Card Sets

Blank Card Sets

Sometimes as card designers, we get hung up on every card having a message or sentiment on the front. Then I was playing with some old, but beautiful, patterned paper, and I realized that these cards just didn’t need any message. They are just beautiful alone, in their simplicity.

 

I hope you agree. A simple frame was die cut, and the floral panel added to it and popped up on fun foam. Did you know fun foam now comes with adhesive backing! Loving it!

And after cutting 5 panels from the 12 x 12 sheet of patterned paper, there was enough left to decorate the envelope flaps, either on the inside or outside of the flaps.

 

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