Monday, February 19, 2024

Artisan Post #3 - Trusty Tools

Need an idea for a masculine card? Stampin' Up! has the perfect paper for you! 

I was given the opportunity as an #ArtisanDesignTeam member to put this tool themed paper and the matching Trusty Tools Bundle to use to create two projects for SU!. During Sale-A-Bration the Trusty Toolbox Designer Series Paper is free when you shop (4 January–29 February). You can redeem free products with purchase, in fact, he more you spend, the more you earn! How fun!

Here is a closer look at each card. The first focuses on the die cuts and what you can build. The second is a mash up of stamping, die cutting, and die cutting DSP.

Sunday, February 18, 2024

Enduring Beauty Masks

Have you seen the Enduring Beauty Bundle? It's awesome and the bundle includes a stamp set, coordinating dies, and a set of five masks. In the photo above you can see the stamps and masks in action in the top right and the bottom right gives you a look at just the masks.

For this card my colors include Boho Blue, Garden Green, and Basic Black. I kept it all clean and simple to allow the florals to shine.

Next up in our hop today is the adorable Julie Warnick.

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Artisan Post #4 - Nature's Sweetness Suite Collection

This month my assignment for 2024 Artisan Design Team was to create two projects using the Nature's Sweetness Suite Collection! This Collection is jam packed with two bundles, DSP, cork rounds, and faux leather trim--it's GORGEOUS! There are five of us in our group and we each have our own style which means there aRE tons and tons of possibilities with these products. I created two cards that are both 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" and I also made a bonus 3" x 3" notecard. 

Sunday, February 4, 2024

A Paper Flower Bouquet for Monday Montage

It'a Monday Montage Hop time! I thought I would share a paper flower bouquet timed just right for Valentines Day. 

I made these flowers with the Paper Florist Dies, floral wire, floral tape, and tiny amounts of hot glue. I wrapped the bouquet stems with Vellum and tied it with a Calypso Coral Braided Trim bow to give it a finished presentation.

Here's a closer look at the flowers. They totally look awesome and bring a smile to my face.

Next up in our hop today is Emily. Click on the next button to see what she has been stampin' lately.

Creation Station is Sale-a-brating Friendship

There are two fabulous products from the Sale-a-Bration Brochure for making friendship cards--the Sunny Days Designer Series Paper and the Heartfelt Hellos Stamp Set. Both are happy and cheerful products you can get free with a purchase during Sale-a-Bration! 

I kept things simple for this first card by layering two piece of the Sunny Days DSP on a Pool Party card base. I stamped the greeting from Heartfelt Hellos with Shaded Spruce and Coastal Cabana Ink Pads. The tiny rainbow and clouds were die cut with the Thoughtful Moments Hybrid Embossing Folder. I think it's a perfect match with the DSP.

For my second I played with layering circles and squares for a fancier background. I used Poppy Parade and Real Red Cardstocks along with a floral and strawberry print from the Sunny Days DSP pack. Accenting the greeting I used the Paper Florist Dies to cut some Shaded Spruce and Garden Green leaves. 

Thank you for hopping with us today. It's been great having you stop by my blog. Now it's time to click over to the next blog in our hop and land at Mikaela's Crafty Oink Pen. Let's see what she is Sale-a-brating. 

Friday, January 26, 2024

#TGIF457 Love You

Join along in a "lovely" card challenge at #TGIF457. Take a look at the graphic below and whatever inspires you go a paper craft it. I took to the blend of pink and red hues and created a Valentine. It's a Valentine that could be for anyone at anytime.

I started by blending Bubble Bath, Flirty Flamingo, and Melon Mambo on a piece of Basic White Cardstock. I splattered those same colors all over and then cut strips to fit the front of m Coastal Cabana card base. I used dies from the Hooray for Surprises set and made the "love you" with the Thoughtful Moments Hybrid Embossing Folder.

Artisan Post #2 - Hooray for Surprises

Here's a look at one of my creative projects that I designed for Stampin' Up!'s social media. These interactive cards were created with the Hooray For Surprises Bundle. Hand stamped messages are hidden under the perforated die cuts.

As part of the social media post we have to photograph all of the supplies used for our creative projects. For me, it's the most difficult picture to take. The set up often takes me a LONG time. So, here you have it the photo of supplies for these three cards.

As part of the creative project posts we include tips and techniques to complete our cards. The following photos are my tips for assembling these three interactive cards.

Perfectly align stamped images behind the perforated Hooray for Surprises Dies. Step one, make a “positioner” from a piece of Grid Paper. Cut the Grid Paper the same size as the layer that will be stamped (white) and the cover layer (DSP) that will have the perforated die cut. Step two, die cut the Grid Paper, remove the perforated section, place directly over the white layer, and then stamp inside the open area. Use the same Grid Paper as a guide for die cutting. Line up the Grid Paper over the DSP and insert the die into the opening and die cut. Step three, place the DSP directly over the stamped layer and add to your card.

Think about adding the interactive element to the inside of a card. Perfectly place your stamped hidden message by making another “positioner” with Grid Paper, the perforated heart shape die from Hooray for Surprises, and a circle from Stylish Shapes Dies.

Use the elongated perforated die to make a fun interactive card opening. Design and stamp the hidden message and decor then wrap with a layer of DSP. Before you adhere the wrapped layer be sure to die cut the long perforated die down the center. 

Here’s a look at the birthday card and how it opens, along with what is hidden inside.

Sunday, January 21, 2024

You Make My Heart Buzz

Welcome to Monday Montage! Today we are hopping and sharing some of our latest hand stamped creations. I'm giving you a look at my gate fold pop up Bee My Valentine card. In the picture above the top card is the front and the bottom card gives you a look at the back of my "you make my heart buzz" Valentine.

I used a piece of Thick Basic White Cardstock to base my card. To make it all fancy and fun I added pieces of the Bee Mine DSP. I took a cue from the colors of the DSP for my stamped bits. My favorite part of the card is the bee. For the body I used Daffodil Delight. First, inked up the image and stamped off then I did the rock and roll around the edges technique to add the two tones. Before stamping I used a Small Blending Brush to soften the lines of the rock and rolled edges.  

Here's a look at the back side of the card.

It's been a pleasure to have you stopping by for a quick minute. Next in our hop today is Emily. Click on over to see what crafty things she has be creating lately.

Saturday, January 20, 2024

Artisan Post #1 - Sending Love

This month my assignment for 2024 Artisan Design Team was to create projects using the #sendinglovebudle! There are five of us in our group and we each have our own style which means there are many possibilities with these stamps and dies. I created two cards that are both custom sized to fit my designs.

This first card measures 3 3/4" x 6" and is based on Lemon Lolly. Both pieces of DSP come from the Lighter Than Air pack and the Lemon Lolly twine is from the Baker's Twine Combo Pack. The Sending Love Bundle, the DSP, and the twine are new products found in the Jan-April Mini Catalog.

I used Pebbled Path ink for all of the stamping for this card. I thought it was a nice change of pace from using black. I used Lemon Lolly, Daffodil Delight, Petal Pink, Lemon-Lime Twist, and Gray Granite Stampin' Blends to color the mailbox. I cut the grass and bushes from Pool Party and Lemon-Lime Twist Cardstocks using the Sending Love Dies.

My colors for all the die cut mini envelopes include Fresh Freesia, Bubble Bath, Flirty Flamingo, and Petal Pink. They are layered on a printed paper from the Lighter Than Air pack of DSP which measures 5 7/8" x  3". Under the DSP is a layer of Flirty Flamingo and everything is adhered to a Thick Basic White card base. The finished size is 6 1/2" x 4 1/4".