Tuesday, March 3, 2015

CRAZY ABOUT YOU CARD #3:

Hello there! I'm happy to share another card with you today included in the March CLASS OF THE MONTH:CRAZY ABOUT YOU. Like I previously mentioned, I don't care for the flowers in this stamp set, but I was able to come up with one that I could live with. This proved to be a challenging set for me to work with, but I was pleasantly surprised with how this card turned out:) I started with a Crisp Cantaloupe base and added a layer of Very VanillaCardstock on top.

First, I cut the scalloped edge by running it through the Big Shot using the Large Scallop Edgelit. I then ran it through again using the Delicate Designs Embossing Folder. It went through a third time using the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, keeping the scalloped edge out of the folder. I then ran the coordinating Hello You Thinlits through to get the 'happy' greeting.

For the flower, I stamped the image 3 times. The first time was with Crisp Cantaloupe ink, and 2 more in Blushing Bride. I cut out the whole Crisp Cantaloupe flower, then the medium layer, then the smallest layer. I put a Dimensional between the 2 bottom layers. I then thread a piece of  Silver Metallic Baker's Twine through a Very Vintage Button and attached with Glue Dots. I ran a piece of Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon around the Very Vanilla piece and adhered with SNAIL. Next, I wrapped a long piece of the Silver Metallic Baker's Twine around twice and tied a bow. I attached the Vanilla piece to the Cantaloupe base with Dimensionals.

I attached the flower with Dimensionals and the 'happy' sentiment with Liquid Tombow. I then stamped the sentiment in Crisp Cantaloupe ink onto Very Vanilla Cardstock and punched it out with the Decorative Label Punch. I tucked it underneath the satin ribbon using Glue Dots. For the envelope, I rock 'n rolled the flower to coordinate with the 2-tone flower on the card. For this technique, I stamped the flower in Blushing Bride ink first, and then again in Crsip Cantaloupe, inking only the outside edge, working in a circular motion.

I hope you're getting lots of ideas for this versatile set, and are thinking of other occasions that this card would work for. Check back tomorrow for the final card included in this class. Thanks so much for stopping by:)

Monday, March 2, 2015

CRAZY ABOUT YOU CARD #2:

Hello there! Here's card #2 that you'll make with the March CLASS OF THE MONTH:CRAZY ABOUT YOU. I started with an Old Olive base and stamped the leaf image in the same ink. I added a piece of  Sweet Taffy DSP that I ran through the Big Shot using the coordinating Hello You Thinlits, letting the sentiment run off the edge.

I used the Spiral Border Punch with Pumpkin Pie Cardstock to create the fun little border and adhered it to the back of the DSP using SNAIL, and then attached to the card front. I used the Floral Frames Collection Framelits for the flower in Daffodil Delight Cardstock and used the 2" Circle Punch for the center using Melon Mambo Cardstock.

I then ran the circle through the Big Shot using the Chevron Embossing Folder. I added a strip of Tempting Turquoise Cardstock and stamped the sentiment in Old Olive as well. I finished it off with a Brights Button accessorized with a bow made with Crushed Curry Baker's Twine that I attached with Glue Dots.

As I mentioned yesterday, I had a hard time getting started with this stamp set. I think maybe because the fun whimsical font of the Thinlits doesn't really jive with the icky flowers. So for this card I just ignored them and made my own, lol. Make sure to stop back for another card tomorrow that features a flower that I can live with:) Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

MARCH CLASS OF THE MONTH:CRAZY ABOUT YOU:

Hello there! Happy March to you. One day closer to Spring~hooty whoo! Here is March's Class of the Month featuring the stamp set Crazy About You. I gotta be honest, I wasn't really crazy about this set at first, and I strongly disliked the flowers. But I figured it would be a versatile set useful for many occasions, so I decided to go with it. After taking about 8 hours to come up with the first card, it started to grow on me:) So these are the 4 cards that you'll make with the purchase of this class. The cost is $35 and you'll receive the photopolymer stamp set along with a kit to make each of these cards. As always, I'll need to know by March 10th if you'd like to order the class. If you already own the stamp set, the kit would be $10.

For this card I started with a Baked Brown Sugar base and added a piece of Confetti Celebration DSP.  I took a piece of Lullaby DSP and made a tag using the Angled Tag Topper Punch. I then ran it through the Big Shot using the coordinating Hello You Thinlits. I adhered a Window Sheet to the back with Liquid Tombow.

I made a fun shaker card by adding some In Color Sequins onto a piece of Crisp Cantaloupe Cardstock and attaching it to the window sheet with Dimensionals. The excess long strips along the edges work perfectly for this. I then added a piece of Whisper White Cotton Ribbon to the tag and positioned it at an angle on the card front. I stamped the sentiment in Baked Brown Sugar underneath the tag and added a piece of  Stacked With Love Washi Tape above. I adhered the tag with SNAIL.

Finally, I added a piece of  Baked Brown Sugar Thick Baker's Twine to a Sweet Dreams Button,  adhered with Glue Dots, and sprinkled a few more sequins around for fun.

Make sure to check back tomorrow for more details about the next card in the kit. Thanks so much for stopping by:)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

PERFECT PENNANTS CARD:

Hello there! I wanted to share this gender-neutral birthday card with you. I wanted to make something for our church card ministry that would work for a guy or a gal~always a struggle for me, but I think this works:) I used the set Perfect Pennants. I started with a Crumb Cake base and added the polka dot image using Whisper White Craft ink. I cut a piece of Whisper White Cardstock for the tag and colored the sentiment with Wild Wasabi, Crushed Curry & Blackberry Bliss Markers. I then cleaned off the stamp and colored the 'a' with a Crumb Cake Marker and punched it out with a 1/2" Circle Punch.

I made the bracket shapes by using the Bracket Label Punch with Silver Glimmer Paper, and cut it in half. I attached each side to the tag with Dimensionals. I then attached the tag to the card front using SNAIL adhesive.

I inked up the stripe image in Blackberry Bliss ink and stamped it onto a strip of Whisper White and Blackberry Bliss Cardstock. I attached them with SNAIL and then added a piece of Blackberry Bliss Stitched Satin Ribbon with a Stapler. I then stamped the star image in both Wild Wasabi and Crushed Curry ink onto Whisper White Cardstock. I cut each of them out and attached with Dimensionals.

Not an overly exciting card, but it will work for what I need it for. I'm going to have to make something over the top now to balance things out. Thanks so much for stopping by:)

Monday, February 16, 2015

YOU BRIGHTEN MY DAY CARD:

Hello there! Back again today with another Sale-A-Bration set to share with you. For this card I used You Brighten My Day, a FREE choice with a $50 purchase. I started with a Crumb Cake base and layered it with a piece of Flowerpot DSP at an angle. The sentiment is from Fabulous Four and stamped in Night of Navy ink.  I added a strip of Crushed Curry Cardstock that I punched with the Scallop Edge Border Punch. I then added a piece of Crushed Curry Ribbon from the Best Year Ever Accessory Pack, also a SAB option. I attached a bunny ears bow separately using a Glue Dot.

Next I stamped a piece of Tangerine Tango Cardstock with Whisper White Craft ink, using the house image. I heat-embossed it with White Embossing Powder and the Heat Tool. I used the What's Up Punch to punch it out. I cut a piece from the arrow and made a little chimney which I adhered to the house using Liquid Tombow. I attached the house with Dimensionals.

Next, I used the Paper-piercing Mat & Tool to create the smoke coming from the chimney. I used the Cupcake Builder Punch for the clouds using Lost Lagoon cardstock. Finally, I used the Owl Builder Punch to pop out the tiny flowers and attached them with Glue Dots onto Garden Green stems, all from the Flowerpot DSP.

I figured our church could use alot of these this time of year, so I made a manly version too. I substituted the hearts for stars on the house and used the DSP grid pattern instead of the flowers.

Instead of a bow, I just tied a knot and attached with a Glue Dot. I punched the arrow out of Lost Lagoon, attached it with a Basics Hodgepodge Clip and added a couple of Brights Candy Dots.

I'm having lots of fun with the SAB choices this year! Thanks so much for stopping by:)

Sunday, February 15, 2015

SIMPLY WONDERFUL CARD:

Hello there! I have another Sale-A-Bration set to share with you today. This card features the set Simply Wonderful, a product that you can get for FREE with a $50 purchase. I found the inspiration for this card on my Demonstrator Business WebSite under the Project Ideas:  www.lauramellinger.stampinup.net.

 I changed up the sentiment as I'm going to make this for our church card ministry and figured they'd get more use out of a thank you card. I started with a Marina Mist base~another color I don't use much, so I thought I'd show it some love:)

I then spritzed a piece of Irresistibly Yours DSP~another SAB freebie option, with Marina Mist ink. I added about 6 drops of reinker to about an inch of water in a Stampin' Spritzer. I think I had it a little too close to the paper or I added too much water because it bled a bit, but it got better once it dried. It's really fun to wipe off the excess ink and see the pattern emerge underneath. I made the tag using Whisper White Cardstock and the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch. I used Hello Honey, Marina Mist & Tangerine Tango Markers to color the sentiment. The flowers were made with the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack. I used my Bone Folder to shape them and added a Basic Rhinestone to the center of each. I adhered them with Glue Dots.

I thought this sample was super adorable, but for some reason mine looked kind of blah, so I added a layer of Hello Honey underneath. I used the Chalk Talk Framelits with the help of the Big Shot. I finished it off with a Whisper White Baker's Twine bow.

I hope you're getting lots of ideas for the FREE SAB sets you've earned, or are thinking about getting. Thanks so much for stopping by:)

Saturday, February 14, 2015

LOTUS BLOSSOM CARD:

Hello there! Happy Valentine's Day to you:) I've had this FREE Sale-a-bration set, Lotus Blossom for awhile, but have been avoiding inking it up. Not sure why. I'm not really a flower person I guess~I mean I like looking at them outside and nothing says Spring like their beautiful smells, but I don't do much of them stamping-wise. And the sentiment bugs me a little~sounds kind of awkward or something. Anyone else out there think so too? It's probably just me. But I was pleasantly surprised how this card turned out:) The flowers are so much fun to stamp!

I started with a Very Vanilla base.  I cut a piece of the same color DSP from the Neutrals DSP Stack and stamped the flowers in Elegant Eggplant and Wisteria Wonder. I have another confession~apparently I'm not a big fan of Elegant Eggplant either. The ink pad still had the shrink wrap on it from the conversion to the foam pads~from maybe a couple of years ago? I was determined today was the day to break it out! And I love how it worked with Wisteria. The flower image consists of 3 images, which are numbered and have an arrow to indicate the top. I stamped the 1st image in Elegant Eggplant, then the 2nd image in Wisteria Wonder, keeping the arrow at the top. I then stamped off the ink for the 3rd image using Wisteria again. It really turns out beautiful.

I stamped the sentiment in Wisteria Wonder as well, and stamped the stem in Wild Wasabi. The stem also has 2 images. I stamped the first full strength, and stamped off  the 2nd image. Next, I tied a bow around the DSP using Wisteria Wonder Seam Binding and slid it over to the left. I then ran a piece of Wisteria Wonder DSP from the Subtles DSP Stack through the Big Shot using the Top Note Die. I placed Dimensionals on the back and attached to the Vanilla DSP, making sure I had the bow where I wanted it. I trimmed off the ends and tucked a small piece of a Tea Lace Doily underneath.

Like I said, I was really happy with how this turned out considering how many things about it I didn't really like, lol. But one thing I did like, was that the stamp set was FREE:) You can get one for yourself with any $50 purchase during SAB, which runs through March:) Thanks so much for stopping by!