Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two) was a song written in 1892 and it became a huge hit immediately– kind of like Stampin’Up!’s Daisy Punch! The punch and bundle sold out almost immediately upon the release of the new catalog. I’m happy to report they are back in stock and you can now purchase them in my online store.
This card is all about texture, from the watercolor paper, embossing, double layers of the Daisy, the faux stitching on the edges, the banner and the copper trim. I love that copper trim-sleek and slim as is , or pull it out on the sides for a more lacy or netting look.
In honor of the longest day of the year, the summer solstice. Had to do something that was quick, as I thought June 21 was the day, but it can be June 20-22, depending on what time zone and what hemisphere you’re in 🙂
And the best part when making this card? A second card with hardly no extra work!
Stamp the sun rays on a piece of Whisper White cardstock measuring 5 1/4″ x 4″ using the Stamp-a-ma-jig for exact placement. Stamp the rays again on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock cut to the same measurements and in the exact same position.
Layer the cardstock pieces on top of each other, place the “sunshine” thinlit on top and run through the Big Shot several times, cutting out the word on both pieces at the same time.
Cut the word “sunshine” out from scraps of Whisper White and Very Vanilla 4 times each. Stack and adhere the plain “sunshine” 4 high, and adhere the matching stamped “sunshine” as the top layer.
Adhere the original Whisper White cardstock with the empty word space to a Very Vanilla card base. Adhere the stacked Very Vanilla “sunshine ” over the empty word space. repeat on the other card, reversing the color layers.
Stamp the sentiment on strips of cardstock with Versamark and Peekaboo Peach ink, emboss with clear embossing powder and adhere to card front.
See the opposite color scheme card below the supply list.
Add texture to a card without adding bulk! I took a rather simple design and just by using texture, took it over the top. Here are the five ways I added texture:
1) embossed a piece of Dapper Denim cardstock with the Brick Walls embossing folder
2) sponged Whisper White Craft Ink with a sponge dauber over the cracks in the brick
3) tore the edges of the cardstock, exposing the inside layers
4) embossed the Real Red star with silver embossing powder
5) coiled a piece of metallic silver thread behind the star to provide a nice contrast with the solidness of the wall
Dimensionals on the back of the star pop it away from the wall, adding more dimension.
This card is intended for my neighbor, who is on his Badger Honor Flight today. The Badger Honor Flight is a program that flies veterans to Washington DC for the day, all at no cost to the veteran, as a way to say thank you for your service. On the return flight, each veteran receives mail call, with thank you cards and notes.
Happy Pi Day! In honor of the trillion-digit ratio of a circle’s circumference, I bring you a piece of Pi in the form of this card.
A few facts—did you know the symbol for Pi (π) was first used in 1737 by Swiss mathematician Leonard Euler? And that the value of Pi rounds up to 3.14159? The number is extremely useful when solving geometry problems with circles. The area of any circle equals πr2 where r is the radius or distance across the middle of the circle.
I have no idea what the areas of the circles are on my card, but I know that if I wanted to calculate it out, I could. Sheldon Cooper would say shame on me.
How are you celebrating this March 14? Whether it’s baking your favorite pie, ordering pizza pie, or participating in NASA’s Pi in the Sky challenge, I hope you bring out your inner math nerd today!
Making your own barnwood is so easy, and you only need the basics – stamp, paper and ink! I inked up the Hardwood background stamp with Soft Suede ink, laid the stamp ink side up on my table, and pressed a piece of Real Red cardstock face down on the stamp. I repeated this with narrow strips of Real Red cardstock to create the crossbars. Then I glued the strips on the main piece, let it dry and punched out a circle. I put the piece over my Very Vanilla card base and lightly penciled inside the hole.
After removing the barnwood, I stamped my chicken in Soft Suede ink, let it dry, and colored her in with my colored pencils, and blended the color with a blender pen.
I finished off the front of the barnwood with a rosette and glued the whole piece on top. Pretty cute, eh?
She reminds me of the chickens on my grandma’s farm when I was a kid. I used to get to collect the fresh laid eggs from the henhouse. And the henhouse was a bright red, just like this barnwood card!
Emboss resist, sponging, die cuts, double layered ‘love’, lace and a tag all add up to lots of glorious texture, elevating this card from boring to sensational. Who wouldn’t love a thank you card like this? Want to learn how to make a card like this? Hold a workshop or attend one of my classes. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org today!
Today’s featured card is a pretty gatefold card that can be used for encouragement or for a valentine. Cut base cardstock 8 1/2 x 5 1/2, score at 2 1/8 on each end of the long side and fold inward. Embossing with the Sparkle Embossing Folder adds texture and interest without adding bulk. A belly band made from the gorgeous Falling In Love designer series paper adds a soft touch of bokeh, and a dragonfly cut from Gold Foil adds the bling. And a matching gold embossed stamped dragonfly graces the inside, with plenty of room for a personal message. Check out the supply list at the bottom of this post and order everything you need today!
I have been waiting to make this dandelion image since the moment I first saw the individual seed image in Balloon Celebration. Since I was using Versamark, a clear ink for embossing, I first stamped a template using the small seed spaced evenly in a circle with a colored ink, and then stamped the large seed in a different color ink. I placed my piece of vellum cardstock over the top of the template, and stamped in Versamark. Then I heat embossed with white embossing powder, applied my adhesive under the dandelion image and adhered to a Silver Foil mat. And my dandelion stem is made of the words ‘let us celebrate’, a perfect sentiment for a 25 year silver anniversary!
This card started with the yellow swoosh from Work of Art that was left over from a previous card making session that didn’t work out the way I planned. All of a sudden, I had a burst of inspiration, and these cards came together in minutes. I love the mix of Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach and Daffodil Delight, and the bold pop of black contrasts beautifully. It’s amazing what can be created with scraps!
Shaker cards are easier than ever with the new Foam Mounting Strips! The four big stars are all shakers with mini multi-colored stars inside. No need to cut the mounting strips for each star point. I chose a starting point, and curved/pointed my way around all in one strip. And the Star framelits make quick work of the shapes.
As soon as I saw this stamp set, Wherever You Go, I had to have it, as the bridge image reminds me of the Mackinac Bridge. I love looking at the bridge from the water perspective, but don’t ask me to drive across it – freaks me out!
This card came together in minutes as the water/skyline is a piece of the Serene Scenery designer paper, no sponging or inking required.
Here are photos I took of the actual Mackinac Bridge on my last visit to Mackinac Island.
I fell head over heels in love with all of the little critters from the Love You Lots hostess set in the big catalog. This little froggy appears to float in mid air while sending happy thoughts. And he spins! Just ‘wind’ him up before putting the card in the envelope, and he’ll spin around when the card is taken out – too cute.
This type of card, floating image or thread spinner, is very easy to make, and looks impressive. My froggy wasn’t symmetrical, so to get around that, I inked him up and stamped him on a window sheet. I then pressed the stamped image onto a scrap of cardstock and fussy cut him out. I stamped another image of him onto cardstock like usual, placed it back to back with the already cut out image, and fussy cut again, so my cutting would line up as much as possible. If your image is symmetrical, just ink and stamp twice and cut out.
After I colored the images with ink and a blender pen, I sandwiched a piece of baker’s twine between the two frog images with adhesive. For the card base, I lined up a piece of 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 cardstock with the front of my card base and used a circle framelit to diecut through both layers at once. I adhered my frog-on-a-string in the center of the circle on the back of the card front and hid the ‘mess’ with the extra piece of cardstock.
The tiny flowers are from Swirly Bird, just stamped in Sweet Sugarplum, Flirty Flamingo and Peekaboo Peach inks and diecut with the Swirly Scribbles Thinlit. I layered them around the circle using glue dots.
I had a blast making this card – hope you enjoy it!
I’m loving this clean and simple look! A little texture from the Sparkle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, the extra large greeting in Delightful Dijon, part of a doily, and a metal rimmed pearl in a swirl of gold thread make for an extra happy day.
This card started from scraps left on my work table, the piece of Whisper White stamped with the ‘swoosh’ from Work of Art in Flirty Flamingo and the large leaf branch from the Flourish Thinlet in Kraft cardstock. I added another branch, and two flowers from the Flourish Thinlets, as well as the long chain. Popped up the focal point with doubled-up Dimensionals. Moral of the story: leave leftovers from one card out for inspiration!
Ever wonder how to get that perfect layered look? It’s an easy technique called masking, and it results in beautiful dimension with only one layer.
This card uses two masks. For this card, start with a piece of Whisper White cardstock cut 8 1/2 x 4 1/4, and score the long edge at 4 1/4. Stamp the flower from Flower Shop in Archival Black ink, just right of center. Stamp another one on a piece of scrap paper or on a post it note, and fussy cut just inside the line – this is the mask. Place mask over the stamped first blossom. Ink and stamp the bottom flower, overlapping the mask. Make another mask and place over the bottom flower. Stamp the top flower.
Scribble with the brush tip end of Stampin’ Write markers – I used Rich Razzleberry, Flirty Flamingo and Sweet Sugarplum. Pencil a vertical line through the middle of the right blossom. Cut with scissors, fussy cut around the blossom edges.
Stamp flower on inside of card, and color with Sweet Sugarplum. Layer mats and adhere with SNAIL. Tie Sweet Sugarplum Ruched Ribbon around the card front next to fold line, knot and trim ends. Add rhinestone center to front flowers.
This card fits in a regular size envelope. No extra postage!