New Catalog Open House Sneak Peek 3

Sneak Peek Swirly Bird
Sneak Peek Swirly Bird

Swirly Bird is fast becoming my favorite new stamp set. And here’s a sneak peek of Emerald Envy and a few more favorites. We’ll be trying out the collage technique at my New Catalog Open House this weekend. Are you coming?

New Catalog Open House Sneak Peek 2

Sneak Peek Sugarplum
Sneak Peek Sugarplum

Another new technique and new in colors mixed with returning favorites. Would you like to come to my Open House? Send me a comment and I’ll get all the details to you.

New Catalog Open House Sneak Peek 1

SneakPeekPuffyBalloon
SneakPeekPuffyBalloon

My New Catalog Open House is this weekend! And here’s a sneak peek at one of the cards. I am loving the new In Colors mixed with older favorites, how about you? Learn the technique to making puffy balloons and some gorgeous watercoloring. Let me know in the comments if you want to attend. Lots of fun crafting, new and dear friends, and yummy treats!

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!

Mini Masterpiece Monday – Blossoming Gift Card and Tag

Blossoming Gift Card and Tag
Blossoming Gift Card and Tag

Want a simple way to add interest and variety to a stamp image? See the two flowers on the tag and card? Same stamp, different ink and different punch, and voila, two different flowers. There’s no rule that says you have to use a punch that cuts out an entire image. The flowers are still complementary, but have added interest.

Details: Friends and Flowers stamp set; 7/8″ scallop circle, 1 1/4″ scallop circle, Festive Flower Builder and Scalloped Tag Topper punches; Mint Macaron cardstock and Envelope Paper; Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush, and Tangelo Twist ink; rhinestones; Wink of Stella (on the white stripes); Pool Party 3/8″ glitter ribbon

 

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!

Masterpiece Monday – Balloon Celebration Alpha Birthday

Balloon Celebration Alpha Birthday
Balloon Celebration Alpha Birthday

No, this card is not going to the alpha dog in the pack, but I got your attention, right? Lost Lagoon, Blackberry Bliss, and Tangelo Twist balloons float across the front of the retired Alphabet embossing folder. The white gel pen adds a bit of shine and dimension to the balloons.

 

Happy Earth Day – Carved in Wood

Happy Earth Day - Carved in Wood
Happy Earth Day – Carved in Wood

I think carving in wood is okay for Earth Day, especially if it’s faux carving – what do you think? To make your own ‘carved in wood’ message, stamp your sentiment on your card. Cut or punch out a shape of your choice on a post it note that covers the sentiment (this is called a mask). Place mask over your sentiment, and sponge around edges using a circular motion. Ink and stamp the Hardwood stamp over the top of everything, and remove the mask.