Wherever You Go

Wherever You Go
Wherever You Go

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.

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Love You Lots Floating Froggy

Love You Lots Floating Froggy
Love You Lots Floating Froggy

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.

Love You Lots Thinking of You
Love You Lots Thinking of You

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.

Love You Lots inside detail
Love You Lots inside detail

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!

 

 

Oh Happy Day – It’s Friday

Oh Happy Day
Oh Happy Day

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.

 

Masterpiece Monday – From Scrap!

Flourish Work of Art from scraps
Flourish Work of Art from scraps

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!

Sugarpluming Floral Mask

Sugarpluming Floral Mask
Sugarpluming Floral Mask

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.

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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!

Watering Botanical Blossoms

Watering Botanical Blossoms
Watering Botanical Blossoms

Here’s a new softer take on the Botanical Blossoms. I’ve always cut them out of cardstock, but was inspired by Melissa Gunn’s take on the blossoms using watercolor paper.

Swirly Timeless Textures

Swirly Timeless Textures
Swirly Timeless Textures

I think I have a new favorite style – collage stamping. And a new favorite color combo!

Stamp the rectangular blotch (how’s that for a description) from Timeless Textures in Crumb Cake ink on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock six times as shown in sample. Stamp the swirl circle from Timeless Textures in Delightful Dijon ink randomly several times. Stamp the splotches from Swirly Bird in Delightful Dijon several times. Stamp the grid from Timeless Textures in Delightful Dijon several times.

Cut the big swirl from Swirly Scribbles in Emerald Envy cardstock on the Big Shot. Apply glue from the Fine Tip Glue Pen sparingly to the back and adhere the swirl to the stamped collage background.

Swirl Gold Metallic Thread on the back of a large Metal Rimmed Pearl and attach it to the base of the big swirl.

Assemble remaining layers.

Puffy Balloons

Puffy Balloons
Puffy Balloons

Puffed up balloons, shimmery paper, watercolor background, and sparkly sequins all scream ‘it’s party time’.

I stamped 3 balloons from Balloon Celebration on vellum cardstock with Versamark. I embossed with white embossing powder and heat set with the heat tool. I punched out those 3 embossed balloons with the Balloon punch, and punched out 3 more balloon shapes. I turned the stamped balloons face down on a Stampin’ Pierce Mat, and used the round end of an Aqua Painter to press around the edges of the balloon shape until the balloon ‘puffed up’. Place a dimensional on the back towards the bottom, so the dimensional is hidden by the embossing. Take a length of white baker’s twine and run it over the edge of a bone folder until it curls slightly. Place the baker’s twine on top of the dimensional at the base of the balloon and place a plain balloon over it. Voila, puffy balloon! Repeat two more times and set aside.

Load up the lid of Daffodil Delight ink pad, dip the tip of the Aqua Painter in the pooled ink, and randomly paint on a piece of Shimmer White cardstock. Repeat with Peekaboo Peach and Flirty Flamingo inks, squeezing the Aqua Painter between colors to clean the brush.

Layer mats using SNAIL. TIP: Use vertical swipes of SNAIL on the back of the shimmer cardstock and use horizontal swipes on the front of the mat to create a super strong hold!

Use the Fine Tip Glue Pen to adhere gold sequins and use Glue Dt to adhere the bottom two balloons. Use a dimensional to adhere the top balloon.

Here are some closeups so you can see the dimension and the shimmer.

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Sail Away with Swirly Bird Boat

Sail Away with Swirly Bird Boat
Sail Away with Swirly Bird Boat

Summer fun with the adorable boat from the Swirly Bird stamp set. Can even get a little wave action from the matching Thinlet, Swirly Scribbles. Two new in colors, Dapper Denim and Emerald Envy, pair beautifully with the returning Delightful Dijon and Very Vanilla. Add the appropriate sentiment on the inside of this card, and it’s perfect for a birthday, baby, or just because. Happy sailing!

Throwback Thursday – Monster Maniacs are Multiplying

Monster Maniacs
Monster Maniacs

A few more monsters invaded this blog, so I had to share them. (Can you tell I love teal/turquoise/blues in general?) I promise that I do make cards in other colors, check out my Facebook page and Instagram feed for proof! ‘Cause apparently I post more of the blues here!

Pop Up Birthday

Birthday Pop Up Card
Birthday Pop Up Card

I love square cards, but stopped making them since the post office charges extra for the different size. But why not make a square card that fits in a regular size envelope? No extra cost to mail it then!

And an extra bonus on this card, it can stand on its own, too.

Birthday Pop Up Inside
Birthday Pop Up Inside

Supplies used are:

Work of Art and Tin of Cards stamp sets
Blackberry Bliss, Smoky Slate, Whisper White and Soft Sky cardstock
Neutrals DSP
Chevron Border Punch
Everyday Chic Washi Tape  TIP: I applied the tape to the cardstock, then punched out the shape
Thick Bakers Twine in Smoky Slate
Vintage Faceted Button

 

 

Stand Up Card

 

Stand Up or Pop Up Card
Stand Up or Pop Up Card

This square card is perfect for those upcoming graduation gift needs. It folds flat for mailing, then pops up when the grad opens it. And you can even add a pocket for a gift card! Stop over to my YouTube channel for a quick video on how to make the base. It’s super easy.

Details for the front of this card:

Stamp the big dipper image from the Going Global set in Sahara Sand ink on the Sahara Sand card base. Stamp the compass image in Mossy Meadow on Lost Lagoon cardstock and punch out with circle punch. Cut two mats from Lost Lagoon, measuring 2 1/4 x 4 and 1 3/4 x 2 3/4. Cut a layer of the marbled design from the Going Places Designer Series Paper Pack at 2 1/4 x 3 3/4. Cut a layer of the script image from the same pack at 1 1/2 x 2 1/2. Assemble and adhere as shown.

Pop Up Grad Gift Card Holder - Inside View
Pop Up Grad Gift Card Holder – Inside View

Details for the inside of the card:

Cut two Lost Lagoon pieces of cardstock  4 x 4. Stamp with the big dipper image from Going Global set in matching ink. Cut a strip of Very Vanilla cardstock to 1 x 4, and punch with the Confetti Stars Border Punch. Stamp the sentiment from the Tin of Cards set in Archival Black Ink on a scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock and punch with the Decorative Label Punch. Punch another label from a scrap of Mossy Meadow cardstock, snip it in half, and layer behind the sentiment. Make a gold thread puddle on the back of the sentiment, using dimensional. Punch an assortment of stars from Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow and Very Vanilla scraps with the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack. Cut a piece of the compass design to 4 x4 from the Going Places Designer Series Paper, then cut in half from tip to tip. Apply Tear and Tape to just the right angle sides. Layer and adhere all elements together as shown. Slide gift card in the pocket created on the ‘floor’ of the pop up card.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mini Masterpiece Monday – Endless Washi Wishes Birthday

Endless Washi Wishes
Endless Washi Wishes

Endless Washi Wishes, Endless Washi Wishes, Endless Washi Whishes – whew, try saying that three times really fast – let alone typing it! Anyhoo, card base is Whisper White, followed by a mat in Melon Mambo run through the Big Shot with the Large Polka Dot textured impressions embossing folder. I then took a piece of scrap Whisper White and placed stripes of the Everyday Chic Designer Washi Tape on it before attaching it to my card front. Then a cute birthday cake from the Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set, and it was finished. And to add some pizzazz to the envelope, I added a strip of matching washi tape to the flap.

Throwback Thursday – Yippee Skippee

Yippee Skippee
Yippee Skippee

Another clean and simple classic card. There is a little trick to getting the tree stamped behind the beaver, and it’s called masking. I stamped the beaver in Soft Suede on Whisper White cardstock. Then I stamped him again on a piece of scrap paper, and fussy cut inside the outline. I swiped a teeny tiny bit of SNAIL on the back, and ran my finger over it a few times to make it less sticky. Then I placed my cut out version – the mask with the adhesive – over the stamped image on the cardstock. Then I stamped my tree, and removed the mask. Now there is added dimension without layers of bulk on my card. A quick swipe through the Big Shot with an Oval Framelit, a slightly bigger Oval Framelit for a colorful mat, and my base of Whisper White cardstock. And don’t forget to decorate your envelope! I stamped on the edge of the flap for another quick burst of matching Tangelo Twist color.

May the 4th Be With You – BB8 Punch Art

May the 4th Be With You!
May the 4th Be With You!

Recognize this rolling droid? It’s BB8, from Star Wars: The Force Awakens! And all created with punches, framelits, an embossing folder, scissors, adhesive and imagination.

Here’s what I used to make the little bugger:

Body – the fifth smallest circle from the Circles Collection Framelits

Circles on the body – 1 3/8″ circle punch in Pumpkin Pie, layered with 1″ Whisper White circle punch, with one left whole, and the others sliced off

Detail on circles – I punched out lots of the little “plus” shape from a retired Itty Bitty Punch set, then just trimmed until I had the modified shape I wanted. You could easily use the little flower from the current Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack. Colors are Pumpkin Pie and Smoky Slate.

Spots on body circles – the ‘eyes’ from the Owl Builder Punch!

Head – the 1 1/4″ circle punch in Whisper White, sliced off. Then Pumpkin Pie and Smoky Slate strips, varying in width from a scant 1/8″ up to almost a 1/4″. The black circles are from the Owl Builder Punch.

The Pumpkin Pie accent pieces are from the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies, and the textured background is Tiny Triangles Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Another mat of Pumpkin Pie and a card base of Smoky Slate, and BB8 is ready to roll.

May the 4th Be With you!

Masterpiece Monday

Case the Catty - Wetlands
Case the Catty – Wetlands

The new catalog showcases returning stamps in new ways – here’s my version featuring Wetlands stamp set. Pretty true to the inspiration, except I used Lost Lagoon and Hello Honey for my colors. The original uses Dapper Denim for the blue. Simple watercoloring is very relaxing!