Thursday, September 26, 2013

Hooray! Hooray! It's Your Birthday! Card

I made this cute little card from an older Stampin' Up! set. While this particular set is retired, Stampin' Up1 currently sells several similar stamp sets including Animal Talk and Zoo Babies.

I stuck with a gray theme to match the elephant and used patterned papers to make the card stand out and more whimsical. I used foam squares to elevate the elephant and sentiment off the card, to give the card depth and some 3d aspects.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

What Does the Fox Say? How about the Cat? Stampin Up! Animal Talk What the Cat Says Thank You Card

I absolutely love the Stampin' Up! Animal Talk stamp set. I'm an animal lover in general, and the animals in this stamp set are crisp and wonderful to watercolor. The set also comes with sentiments that match each image, giving you something perfect to put on the inside of your card. My family has been obsessed with the Ylvis song "What Does the Fox Say?" lately, and everytime I look at these stamps, I can't help but smile. We might not know what the fox says, but we do know the cat is saying thank you!

This card was quick and simple to make. I stamped the image, embossed it, and then watercolored it. The mat is just a neutral color to match the animal theme and I added a ribbon and a heart embellishment I had picked up somewhere.

The Animal Talk stamp set can be purchased from Stampin' Up! directly by clicking HERE.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Stampin' Up! Animal Talk What the Dog Says Birthday Card

I'm on a bit of an animal kick this week, so tonight I created this cute card using the Stampin' Up! Animal Talk stamp set. I really love this stamp set because it has cute sentiments to cover almost all occasions and its cute and fun without being childish. This makes it possible to use the set for both adult and kid cards. I have also made a cat themed Thank You card with this set.

For the front of the card I used an edge punch to crate a scalloped border on the main mat, and used some thin baker's twine to create the bow and wrap. I used a die cut shape to frame the main stamped image, which I watercolored using the Stamp 'n Write markers. The card is some corrugated cardstock. The inside was made with one large mat sheet in a dog theme and the sentiment was stamped and embossed to make it stand out from the paper.

This card was fun and easy to make. It took less than 20 minutes to create total, and I really love how it came out. You can purchase the Animal Talk stamp set directly from Stampin' Up! by clicking HERE.


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Elegant 3d Bridal Shower/Wedding Card Made with Sizzix Dress Form Pop-up Dies

This card was a lot of work, but it was a learning experience and I love how it turned out. The main components were the Sizzix pop-up dress form die that I got from Stampin' Up!, lacy ribbon and pearlized white card stock. The "carpet" was a cloth-like paper scrap that had been floating around in my scrapbook supplies for a couple years now.

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

I started with the base that I cut using the dress form pop-up die. I left this unassembled while I pieced together the other elements on the card. I wanted the tabled to stand out from the background and decided to use metal for it.

 I cut the table and dress form out by running the full dress form die through my big shot with the sheet of thin metal. Then I cut the dress form and table out from the rest of the card form and saved the scraps for another project. I will stop right here and say the thin metal sheet was not a good choice for this project. The metal was thin enough to be pliable, and while it looked nice, it was a major pain to work with. I had to reinforce the backs of the table legs and dress form with sturdy card stock because they kept getting bent. In the future, I would just use metallic sheen card stock to get a similar look without the fuss.

Making the "Wall"

I wanted the background of the card to look like a dressing room, so I chose some pearlescent stripped paper for the area behind the dress form. The issue I had here was this paper was not sturdy enough to be a good card base, so I started with plainer card stock that was heavier and then ran the striped paper through my big shot to cut it in the shape of the card. I then cut the card stock to fit above the table and a smaller strip below the table. This left a small line that exposed the card stock underneath, so I cut a thin strip of coordinating paper to fit over the strip and look like a wall paper border. In hindsight, it's hard to say what I would do different at this step. I really wanted the look the stripped pearly paper had, and while it would have been easier to use one sheet of card stock as the background, I wouldn't trade the finish product for the ease of assembly.

Making the "Floor"

The floor I wanted to look like a carpet and I knew the wedding colors included purple. I had bought a clearance pack of handmade papers long ago at hobby lobby that included purples. These papers sat in my scrap paper bin for years because they weren't quite large enough for scrap projects and I didn't want to breakup the design by using it to die cut embellishments. I ran the paper through my BigShot with the card form again, and it cut perfectly even though the paper was cloth-like in consistency. I cut an extra strip and glued it under the table to eliminate white space cause by the plain card backing. I loved how this step turned out! The finishing touch was a stamped sentiment on a white die-cut mat that we could sign.

Making the Dress
Dresses are always the focal point of all things wedding, aren't they? I have to say this step was the most fun out of the whole project. It was a mix between playing Barbies and being an amateur fashion designer. I used the dress form thin dies from stampin up to create a paperdoll dress to hang on the dress form. I started with some plain pearlescent white paper and cut the dress out. Then I embossed it with a generic swirly pattern and went to work on the skirt. I wanted something lacy, but when I just put the lace on the die cut, it looked a bit plain. So, I decided to layer a lacy crime/antique lace ribbon with the more ornate lace rosette type ribbon. It looked great, but the waist of the dress seemed to disappear. To keep the feminine shape prominent, I added a white ribbon belt and embellished it with one large pearl and two small pearls. It really brought the entire thing together. I finished up the dress by adding pearls to the pleats and glued it to the dress form.

Making the Cover/Outside

The cover of the card was relatively simple. I cut some matching pearly card stock with the card base and then glued the base to the dress form piece. I want the front to look classy, so I layered a die cut with the sentiment on metallic paper. Note, I didn't try to use the thin metal again, I just used card stock and it was much easier!

Final Thoughts

Aside from the thin metal, the hardest part of this card was keeping all the white clean. I really enjoyed making the dress and it was a lot of fun to put together. I'm hoping I'll find another reason to use this die set again in the near future!

Stampin' Up! Punch Art- Flower Shop Stamp and Pansy Punch Review & Overview

Flowers are some of the most versatile crafting embellishments you can create. They can say happy birthday, I love you, Get well soon, congratulations, I'm so sorry and virtually any other emotion or sentiment that you can think of. Buying flower embellishment packs at Hobby Lobby or Micheal's for your cards or scrapbook pages gets expensive quickly, and they don't always match the colors or theme that you are trying to create. There is a fun and creative answer to this dilemma: the Flower Shop Stamp Set and Pansy Punch kit from Stampin' Up!

Even before I became a stampin up demo, I always loved their designs and products. The products are high quality and their designs range from whimsical and fun to serious and formal. The flower shop bundle can easily go either way. For a fun look, emboss the flowers and watercolor them with fun and bright colors. The colors in the 2013-2015 Color Kit work well for this- they include Baked Brown Sugar, Costal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, and Strawberry Slush. For a more formal look, you can use colors from the Regal collection. To add a touch of elegance, layer the flowers and push the petals up a little to create an effect of the flowers popping off the page.

The flower shop bundle includes the Pansy punch and the Flower Shop clear stamp collection for $28.75. The stamp set includes 6 different stamps that coordinate with the punch to create a variety of different flower textures.  

You can order the bundle directly from Stampin’ Up! by clicking HERE.

Close up of the stamp images:

Close up of the punch:

Here is a card I made with this stamp set and punch bundle:

The metal frame is the silver flourish designer frame, and they are currently on clearance for $2.39 for a package of 8 frames. This is a steal for such a classy embellishment! You can purchase the frames by clicking HERE!

Close up of the frames:

Stampin' Up! magnetic Die Cut Platform is in Stock!

The Stampin' Up! magnetic die cutting platform for the Big Shot is the crafting item I have been eagerly awaiting all summer. Originally, they went on sale early this summer, but sold out at record speeds. Stampin' Up, released a statement saying that several months worth the stock had sold within days!

So, what is all the hoopla about? Well, have you ever tried to run a stamped image with a die cut through your cutting machine and have the die shift nd ruin your project? Many of us use tape or even post it notes to hold our dies in place and prevent this from happening. With the magnetic cutting platform, this is no longer a worry. The platforms magnet holds your framelets, edge lets and other metal dies in place while cutting.

This lets you get a precise cut without gumming up your project with tape. This is one of those items that you will wonder how you ever did without once you start using it!

The platforms are currently in stock and selling quickly, so I would not hesitate to put your order in quickly. Click the link below to purchase directly from stampin up. 

Click HERE to buy now!

Stampin' Up! Bitty Butterfly Bundle Sale

I don't know about you, but I love making cards with butterflies on them. So, this Stampin' Up! Promotion was right up my alley. Butterfly stamps combined with a coordinating punch is crafting heaven for me. For this set, I plan on creating cards, scrapbook layouts and bookmarks featuring the cute and whimsical butterflies.

The bundle includes the bitty butterfly stampin up punch, and the pampillion potpourri clear stamp set. There are 7 stamps in the stamp set, allowing you to create varied butterflies. This set lets you create an excellent range of bitty bugs, and I would recommend picking up the elegant eggplant stamp pad to go along with it.

You can turn the bitty butterflies into 3d elements for your cards and scrapbook pages by using a foam dot or square to elevate it off the page or card. Also, you can layer the butterflies and pinch the wings of the top butterfly up to create an illusion of it flying off of the page.

The bundle is on sale for $30.90 until September 30th, and is a steal at this price!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Disney Camera Photobox Sneak Peak

After seeing a cute 3d camera box made out of the Maya Road Say Cheese photo album, I just had to try this project for myself. We have so many Disney photos, I thought the new Simple Stories Say Cheese line would be perfect for this project.

The album was cut apart and reassembled with extra chipboard and hot glue to create a sturdy 3d photo box. I made it a bit larger than the originial project I saw so that I could fit more photo boards I to it. The photo board pictured below is one of the Maya Road album pages with the side flaps cut off so it would fit in the box. In the original project, the lens is made from a Maya Road container, but I had a hard time finding it, so I substituted a small jar container that I found at Hobby lobby. It was much cheaper than trying to buy the Maya Road one online, and it came in a multi-pack so I have a couple extras for storage or future projects.

I only have one insert done so far, but hopefully will get the rest put together sometime this week!

Cute What Does the Fox Say Card

After watching the catchy viral video this weekend, I could not get one simple question out of my mind when I looked at the Lawn Fawn forest friends stamp and die set. That question is: What does the fox say? While I may not have solved that ancient mystery, I do love how this card turned out.

The fox, tree and stump are from lawn fawn, and the cloud background is an embossing folder used on white Neenah cardstock. I then dabbed a paper towel on sky blue Stampin Up! ink and lightly swept it over the embossed clouds. The frame is made from corrugated cardstock.