Stamp Review Crew: A Vintage Varied Vases Card

vintage varied vases card

It’s time for the Stamp Review Crew: Varied Vases Edition! If this is your very first visit to one of our hops, the Stamp Review Crew is a group of international Stampin’ Up! demonstrators whose mission is to do a blog hop on the first, third and fifth Mondays of each month. Our hops are unique because each of us features the same stamp set used in a variety of ways, giving you loads of inspiration for that set. The hops are archived at the Stamp Review Crew blog. You will be able to click through each hop at any time, going directly to the posts for that hop whenever you want. This week we are featuring the Varied Vases stamp set. If you are following along in order, you have just arrived from the talented Nikki Spencer.  After visiting me, you will continue to the next stop, the creative Lou Kitzelman.  Be prepared to be inspired!

Vintage Varied Vases Card
vintage varied vases

Varied Vases is a set which is definitely very versatile. From clean and simple to layered and lacy, this set can handle it all.  Since I am feeling pretty vintage myself these days, I decided to put a vintage twist on this set by using Galvanized Metallic Paper and the Tin Tile Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  Both of these items will be available in the new Holiday Catalog which goes live on September 5th.  I hope you enjoy this vintage Varied Vases card!

Colors of the Day
The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips
Vintage Varied Vases Card

vintage Varied Vases

Nothing cries “vintage” more than old tin tile ceilings. The small country grocery store where my family shopped at when I was a child had tin tile ceilings.  Later in my life, a gorgeous Victorian home which had them in the kitchen made the “short list” of homes we were thinking of buying.  I was thrilled when I saw the Tin Tile Dynamic Embossing Folder in the Holiday Catalog.  Coupled with the new Galvanized Metallic paper, it adds a distinctive vintage flair to any card.

Vintage Varied Vases card

The trio of vases was punched from Very Vanilla cardstock. The floral images were stamped in Basic Gray, and colored using Petal Pink, Pool Party and Highland Heather inks. The branches were die cut using the thinlit from the Petals & More collection.

vintage Varied Vases

The long Stained Glass border thinlit adds a Craftsman flair.  Very Vanilla 5/8″ Polka Dot Tulle and Very Vanilla 1/2″ Lace Trim was woven through the slats.

vintage Varied Vases

I hope you enjoyed today’s card.  If would like to try your hand at creating your own vintage Varied Vases card,  the supply list is located below.  Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.   You will receive a little somethin’-somethin’ from me IF you use the Host Code.   If your order is $150 or more, please do not use the Host Code.  You will automatically receive the gift from me, as well as your own Host Rewards.  Remember, the Tin Tile embossing folder and the Galvanized Metallic paper are not available until September 5th, when the Holiday Catalog goes live.

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Of course, if you ever have a question about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Now hop along to Lou to see what she has in store for you!  If you get lost along the way, you can find a list of all the hoppers at The Stamp Review Crew.  Until next time…

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  • Bonus Days are BACK! August 1st – 31st, 2018 Spend $50 and Earn a $5 Coupon Code to Redeem in September!
  • Are you in search of a specific retired stamp set? I just might have it on my list of  Retired Sets for Sale.
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Price: $110.00

On the CASE: The CASE of the Friendly Conversation

easy card

Nicole and I are back On the CASE. Our mission: To work through current Stampin’ Up! catalogs, breaking down gorgeous samples step-by-step, just for you! CASE means to Copy and Share with Everyone, and that is exactly what we do. We hope you enjoy the cards we CASE and the free tutorials included in our posts. Today’s edition features a CASE of an easy card created with the Friendly Conversation set.

Friendly Conversation
Cute and Easy Card
Annual Catalog Page 117
easy card

I can’t help it.  I fell in love with today’s card the moment I saw it in the catalog.  I loved the colors and the color blocking technique the designer used.  And isn’t this the sweetest sentiment?  Yep, I’ll admit it.  I bought the Friendly Conversation stamp set simply because of this one card.  Surely I am not the only person who does this. I hope you enjoy today’s CASE and tutorial of this adorable and easy card.

easy card

Colors of the Day
Stamps and Papers and Inks … Oh, My!

Stamps: Friendly Conversation
Paper:  Gray Granite Cardstock (5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, 2-1/2″ x 4″, 2-1/2″ x 4″), Whisper White Cardstock (3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″), Granny Apple Green Cardstock (scrap), Highland Heather (scrap), Lovely Lipstick (scrap)
Ink:  Granny Apple Green, Highland Heather, Lovely Lipstick, Night of Navy
Other:  Big Shot, Petals & More Thinlits, Best Route Washi Tape, Glitter Enamel Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, SNAIL

“On the CASE” Notes
Your Step-by-Step Guide

1.   Score the Gray Granite cardstock at 4-1/4″ to form the card base. Crease with a bone folder.

2.  Die cut two leafy sprigs from Gray Granite cardstock.  Adhere to the card base using multipurpose liquid glue.

easy card

easy card

3.  Ink the sentiment in Night of Navy and stamp onto Whisper White cardstock.

easy card

4.  Selectively ink the word “laugh”, and stamp onto Lovely Lipstick cardstock. Snip out and adhere to the sentiment with SNAIL.  Repeat with the word “cry” (Granny Apple Green cardstock) and “smile” (Highland Heather cardstock).

easy card

5.  Stamp the “splash” image in Lovely Lipstick and in Highland Heather in the positions shown.  Stamp the heart in Granny Apple Green.

easy card

6.  Adhere the sentiment panel to the card base using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Add Gray Granite Best Route  Washi tape under each side. Embellish with Glitter Enamel Dots.
easy card

How Hard Was It to Crack This CASE

Today’s project truly is an easy card! No problems here, for sure.  It just takes a little more time than one would expect.  But it’s such an adorable card, it’s well worth the time.   Difficulty Level:  2 out of 5.

#SUontheCASE

Nicole and I hope our projects today inspire you to try CASEing the catalog, too! We’ll be “on the case”, looking for the hashtag #SUontheCASE on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+  & Pinterest). If we find one of your projects, we’ll share it, like it, repost it – we’ll do it all!

On the CASE: Picnic with YouNow head on over to Nicole at  Pixel Maven’s Retreat to see the CASE file she has been working on.  Nicole always writes the BEST tutorials!  I know what she has CASED…and you will be delighted! I LOVE it!

Ready to get On this CASE?  If you enjoyed today’s easy card, and would like to try your hand at creating your own CASE,  the supply list is located below.  Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.  Be sure to use this month’s Host Code.  Online orders over $50 (before tax and shipping) will receive a special little somethin’-somethin’ from me IF you use the Host Code.   If your order is $150 or more, please do not use the Host Code.  You will automatically receive the gift from me, as well as your own Host Rewards.

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  • Are you in search of a specific retired stamp set? I just might have it on my list of  Retired Sets for Sale.
  • If you are in need of a Holiday Catalog, and you do not have a demonstrator, please email me ([email protected]) and I will drop one in the mail to you!

Bonus Days are BACK!  August 1st – 31st, 2018 Spend $50 and Earn a $5 Coupon Code to Redeem in September!

  • An email address is required to participate; Bonus Days coupon codes can be delivered only via email.
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  • Bonus Days coupon codes may be redeemed for any product (excluding Starter Kits and Paper Pumpkin Monthly Subscriptions.)
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As always, if you have a question about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Until next time…

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Price: $110.00

 

#FF0014: Watercolored Dog Card – Happy Birthday, Twins

watercolored dog cardIt’s time for the Festive Friday Challenge, where every challenge is a party! For FF0014, we are celebrating National Dog Day (September 26th) with a Rhinestone twist. You can create a card to celebrate dogs, or you can create a card or project that has rhinestones, or you can combine both! Whatever way you decide to create is fine with us! We would love to have you play along!

Watercolored Dog Card

Watercolored Dog Card

For today’s challenge I created a cute, watercolored card using Stampin’ Up!’s Bella & Friends stamp set.  Although this card was designed to celebrate National Dog Day, it could very easily be used to celebrate a young child’s birthday or the birth of a baby.

Colors of the Day
The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips

The pups from Bella & Friends are just the cutest little guys. They were watercolored using a Blender Pen and the inks listed above.

watercolored dog card

Two are perched on clouds which were die cut using the Up &  Away Thinlits.  Even the sentiment, courtesy of Cake Soiree, is nestled on a cloud.

watercolored dog card

And doesn’t every celebration deserve balloons? Our third pooch is floating skyward courtesy of a  Pool Party balloon.

watercolored dog card

I think this card is just perfect for celebrating the Twins’ birthday. Can you believe they turned 8 years old yesterday?

It seems like just yesterday they babies, snuggling on the couch.

watercolored dog card

Now their faces have silvered, but they still snuggle with each other.

watercolored dog card

This may be the last birthday they share.  Many of you have asked how Brody is doing.  Unfortunately, Brody’s health is beginning to decline.  Just a month ago he was still full of vim and vigor, but the cancer is beginning to take its toll.  So we will continue to live every day to its fullest until his eyes tell me he is ready to say good-by…

The Challenge Twists

As mentioned earlier, Festive Friday is a challenge with twists.  If you do not wish to create a National Dog Day project, you could create a card or project featuring the color rhinestones.  We offer alternatives for every challenge.  Plus, if you play along with us, you will be earning Fest Points which can be redeemed for items such as tutorials (including the tutorial for today’s card), retired Stampin’ Up! products, design team cards, and even a spot as a Guest Designer! But remember:  To earn Fest Points, you need an account on the challenge site. Just click on login/register on the challenge site to get started.

To see all of the inspiration our Design Team has created for you, head on over to Festive Friday Challenges!

Would you like to create your own watercolored dog card card?  If you enjoyed today’s card, and would like to create your own watercolored dog card,  the supply list is located below.  Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.  Be sure to use this month’s Host Code.  Online orders over $50 (before tax and shipping) will receive a little gift from me IF you use the Host Code.  If your order is $150 or more, please do not use the Host Code.  You will automatically receive the gift from me, as well as your own Host Rewards.

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  • Are you in search of a specific retired stamp set? I just might have it on my list of  Retired Sets for Sale.
  • If you are in need of a Holiday Catalog, and you do not have a demonstrator, please email me ([email protected]) and I will drop one in the mail to you!

Bonus Days are BACK!  August 1st – 31st, 2018 Spend $50 and Earn a $5 Coupon Code to Redeem in September!

  • An email address is required to participate; Bonus Days coupon codes can be delivered only via email.
  • If you earn multiple codes from a single order, you will receive one email with multiple codes. If you earn multiple codes from multiple orders, you will receive separate emails for each code earned.
  • There is no limit to the number of coupon codes you can earn per order or throughout the duration of the Bonus Days earning period.
  • There is no limit to the number of coupon codes participants can use on an order during redemption.
  • Bonus Days coupon codes may be redeemed for any product (excluding Starter Kits and Paper Pumpkin Monthly Subscriptions.)
    • New prepaid Paper Pumpkin codes may be discounted with Bonus Days coupon codes.

As always, if you have a question about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Until next time…

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Price: $110.00

Stamp Review Crew: Rooted in Nature Sympathy Card

sympathy card

It’s time for the Stamp Review Crew: Sea of Textures Edition! If this is your very first visit to one of our hops, the Stamp Review Crew is a group of international Stampin’ Up! demonstrators whose mission is to do a blog hop on the first, third and fifth Mondays of each month. Our hops are unique because each of us features the same stamp set used in a variety of ways, giving you loads of inspiration for that set. The hops are archived at the Stamp Review Crew blog. You will be able to click through each hop at any time, going directly to the posts for that hop whenever you want. This week we are featuring the Rooted in Nature stamp set. If you are following along in order, you have just arrived from the talented Stesha Bloodhart.  After visiting me, you will continue to the next stop, the creative Mary Haugen.

Rooted in Nature Sympathy Card

Rooted in Nature

A very good friend of mine said good-by to his first Boxer this past week.  They had been together for 12 years.  Knowing how much my friend was hurting, I wanted to design a card which would not only express my sympathy, but which would also be a card of encouragement.  I thought the Rooted in Nature stamp set, would be the perfect choice.  I had envisioned a card which would use one of the tree images, but by accident I ended up creating this card.  Preoccupied and saddened, (I knew the dog well and had stayed with him for three weeks last summer),  I was not paying close attention and haphazardly placed the leaf thinlits onto a strip of copper foil, not realizing they were embossing thinlits. Surprisingly enough, they were fairly well lined up.  When I removed the thinlits, I was struck by the beauty of the embossing, and decided to make them the focal point.  I hope my friend will find comfort from both the card and the words inside.

Colors of the Day
The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips

Today’s card is a simple, classic design, one which allows the embossed panel to take center stage.  It was matted onto Mint Macaron cardstock, and popped up on dimensionals.  If I were to make this panel again, I would align the top leaf a wee bit better.  But after encouraging  decades of students to reduce, reuse and recycle, this old science teacher used the one I had accidentally created.

sympathy card

The sentiment was heat embossed in copper.  I snipped off “Be Strong” from the rest of the image, and matted it onto Mint Macaron.  It was also adhered using dimensionals. Because it looked lonely by itself, I added leaf images which I created by stamping the images in Cajun Craze and Tranquil Tide onto vellum.  I then heat embossed them with copper embossing powder for a neat beaded effect.  A snippet of copper metallic thread completes the look.

sympathy card

Obviously, this card could be used for a variety of occasions by switching out the sentiment.

Rooted in Nature

I hope you enjoyed today’s card.  If would like to try your hand at creating your own Rooted in Nature card,  the supply list is located below.  Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.   You will receive a little somethin’-somethin’ from me IF you use the Host Code.   If your order is $150 or more, please do not use the Host Code.  You will automatically receive the gift from me, as well as your own Host Rewards.

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Of course, if you ever have a question about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Now hop along to Lou to see what she has in store for you!  If you get lost along the way, you can find a list of all the hoppers at The Stamp Review Crew.  Until next time…

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Price: $110.00

On the CASE: Time for Tea Decorated Tea Tin

decorated tin

Nicole and I are back On the CASE. Our mission: To work through current Stampin’ Up! catalogs, breaking down gorgeous samples step-by-step, just for you! CASE means to Copy and Share with Everyone, and that is exactly what we do. We hope you enjoy the cards we CASE and the free tutorials included in our posts. Today’s edition features a CASE of one of the Time for Tea decorated tins.

Time for Tea
Decorated Tea Tin
Annual Catalog Page 14 & 15

decorated tea tin

The Tea Room Suite is so feminine and dainty.  The Tea Room Specialty Designer Paper combines subtle, vintage looking patterns with more vibrant patterns in Calypso Coral and Coastal Cabana.  Copper accents on the coordinating ribbon and vinyl stickers add a touch of elegance.  Of course, I was completely mesmerized by the copper tea tins.  In fact, it is one of the tea tins which is the focus of today’s CASE.  Enjoy!

decorated tea tin

Colors of the Day
Stamps and Papers and Inks … Oh, My!

Stamps: Time for Tea Bundle (includes Spot of Tea Framelits Dies)
Paper: Whisper White Cardstock (scraps), Tea Room Specialty Designer Series Paper (12″ x 3-1/8″ Crushed Curry Pattern, Section of the Floral Pattern that contains the flowers shown), Tea Room Memories & More Card Pack
Ink: Old Olive, Blender Pen
Other:  Big Shot, Copper Tea Tin, Tea Room Copper Vinyl Stickers,  Paper Snips, SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Tear and Tape Adhesive

“On the CASE” Notes
Your Step-by-Step Guide

1.  Adhere the designer paper to the tin using Tear and Tape Adhesive.

decorated tea tin

2.  Add the vinyl sticker trim around the lid.

decorated tea tin

decorated tea tin

3.  Die cut the Tea Room Memories & More sentiment card.

decorated tea tin

4.  Stamp the leaves in Old Olive and color using an ink and Blender Pen.

decorated tea tin

5.  Fussy cut the flowers from the Designer Series Paper, as shown.

decorated tea tin

6.  Attached the leaves and the flowers to the back of the sentiment as shown using SNAIL adhesive.  Next adhere the sentiment to the tin using dimensionals.

decorated tea tin

This adorable little tin will be heading off to my great-niece who recently graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in business.  She has moved to Milwaukee to pursue her new career.  I will fill the tin with a variety of 4 gift cards in individual envelopes, with directions to open one each week for a month.  I hope she has as much fun using them as I had selecting them!

How Hard Was It to Crack This CASE

Today’s project is easy! No problems here, for sure.  Difficulty Level:  2 out of 5, only because of the fussy cutting.

#SUontheCASE

Nicole and I hope our projects today inspire you to try CASEing the catalog, too! We’ll be “on the case”, looking for the hashtag #SUontheCASE on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ & Pinterest). If we find one of your projects, we’ll share it, like it, repost it – we’ll do it all!

On the CASE: Picnic with YouNow head on over to Nicole at  Pixel Maven’s Retreat to see the CASE file she has been working on.  Nicole always writes the BEST tutorials!  I know what she has CASED…and you will be delighted!

Ready to get On this CASE?  If you enjoyed today’s decorated tin, and would like to try your hand at creating your own CASE,  the supply list is located below.  Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.  Be sure to use this month’s Host Code.  Online orders over $50 (before tax and shipping) will receive a special little somethin’-somethin’ from me IF you use the Host Code.   If your order is $150 or more, please do not use the Host Code.  You will automatically receive the gift from me, as well as your own Host Rewards.

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As always, if you have any questions about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away. Until next time…siggy-1

Stamp Review Crew: Sea of Textures Joy Fold Card

It’s time for the Stamp Review Crew: Sea of Textures Edition! If this is your very first visit to one of our hops, the Stamp Review Crew is a group of international Stampin’ Up! demonstrators whose mission is to do a blog hop on the first, third and fifth Mondays of each month. Our hops are unique because each of us features the same stamp set used in a variety of ways, giving you loads of inspiration for that set. The hops are archived at the Stamp Review Crew blog. You will be able to click through each hop at any time, going directly to the posts for that hop whenever you want. This week we are featuring the Sea of Textures stamp set. If you are following along in order, you have just arrived from the talented Charlet Mallet.  After visiting me, you will continue to the next stop, the always creative Lou Kitzelman.

Sea of Textures Joy Fold Card

Joy Fold Card

Joy Fold Card

I have always loved octopi! They fascinate me, not only by their appearance, but also by their behaviors.  It must be the science teacher in me.  It wasn’t a surprise that I loved this bundle, especially given the textural images, too.  I hope you enjoy today’s Sea of Textures joy fold card.

Colors of the Day

The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips

Joy fold cards are always fun to make, and they are easy, too! This one highlights one of the gorgeous patterns found in the Tranquil Textures Designer Series Paper collection.

Joy Fold CardThe inside was decorated with Crumb Cake netting and sea fans, with sea weed die cut from the same designer paper that is featured on the card.  Glimmer paper star fish and coral fans add a touch of sparkle.  The sentiment was inked in Fresh Fig, and offset to the side.

Joy Fold Card

The octopus was heat embossed in copper on vellum, and then die cut out.  He rests against a Sahara Sand net, while surrounded by a variety of glimmer paper sea weed, sea fans, coral, sand dollars and starfish, all created with the Under the Sea Framelits.

Joy Fold Card

I am not sure to whom I will send this card.  I have a friend who LOVES the beach who happens to be retiring soon, and I think she would love today’s card.  After all, retirement certainly is an adventure!

This is not the only Sea of Textures card I have created.  You may remember this one I designed for the Festive Friday Challenge:

sparkly friend card

To read more about this card, click HERE.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card.  If would like to try your hand at creating your own Sea of Textures joy fold card,  the supply list is located below.  Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.   You will receive a little somethin’-somethin’ from me IF you use the Host Code.   If your order is $150 or more, please do not use the Host Code.  You will automatically receive the gift from me, as well as your own Host Rewards.

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Of course, if you ever have a question about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Now hop along to Lou to see what she has in store for you!  If you get lost along the way, you can find a list of all the hoppers at The Stamp Review Crew.  Until next time…

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Price: $110.00

#FF0013: Pop-Up Card to Celebrate State Fairs

pop up card

It’s time for the Festive Friday Challenge, where every challenge is a party! For FF0013, we are celebrating State Fairs with a Turquoise twist. You can create a card to celebrate State Fairs, or you can create a card or project that has the color turquoise, or you can combine both! Whatever way you decide to create is fine with us! We would love to have you play along!

State Fair Pop Up Card

pop-up cardI live in Iowa, home of one of the greatest state fairs in the nation.  Therefore, it should come as no surprise that I would select the State Fair option. The Iowa State Fair is known as “America’s classic state fair,” and has inspired books, movies, and a Broadway musical. Although it is well-known for its amazing butter cow sculpture, which could butter an estimated 19, 200 pieces of toast, the Iowa State Fair also boasts fabulous livestock competitions, grandstand entertainment and a whopping 82 different fried foods on a stick.

I would have loved to have created a butter cow card, but alas, I have no cow stamps in my collection. In addition, I have no fried food on a stick images either.  SO, I opted to create a roller coaster pop-up card using the Let the Good Times Roll stamp set and Thrill Ride Pop-Up Thinlits to celebrate the Midway. And let me tell you…the good times do roll at the Iowa State Fair! I hope you enjoy today’s card.

Colors of the Day
The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips

I had a blast creating this pop-up card.  As you can see, there were a ton of pieces to die cut from a multitude of card stocks, including all of the little flags and banners.

pop-up card

Flags and banners were created from Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Blueberry Bushel, and Pumpkin Pie card stocks. The bushes were stamped in Tranquil Tide, while the sun was stamped in Daffodil Delight ink onto Daffodil Delight card stock.  The cars were stamped in Blueberry Bushel, Pumpkin Pie, Lovely Lipstick, Daffodil Delight, and Pool Party.  Yep, there was a lot of stamping and die cutting.

pop-up card

The little concession cart was actually stamped 4 times in 4 different colors and paper pieced. Yep, there was a lot of cutting and stamping going on with this card.  But isn’t it an adorable card?  It was well worth the time and effort.

The Challenge Twists

As mentioned earlier, Festive Friday is a challenge with twists.  If you do not wish to create a State Fair project, you could create a card or project featuring the color turquoise.  We offer alternatives for every challenge.  Plus, if you play along with us, you will be earning Fest Points which can be redeemed for items such as tutorials (including the tutorial for today’s card), retired Stampin’ Up! products, design team cards, and even a spot as a Guest Designer! But remember:  To earn Fest Points, you need an account on the challenge site. Just click on login/register on the challenge site to get started.

To see all of the inspiration our Design Team has created for you, head on over to Festive Friday Challenges!

Would you like to create your own pop-up card?  If you enjoyed today’s card, and would like to create your own pop-up card,  the supply list is located below.  Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.  Be sure to use this month’s Host Code.  Online orders over $50 (before tax and shipping) will receive a little gift from me IF you use the Host Code.  If your order is $150 or more, please do not use the Host Code.  You will automatically receive the gift from me, as well as your own Host Rewards.

July:  KGHTWDME

Are you in search of a specific retired stamp set? I just might have it on my list of  Retired Sets for Sale.

As always, if you have a question about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Until next time…siggy-1

Price: $110.00

On the CASE: The CASE of the Masculine Birthday Card

masculine birthday

Nicole and I are back On the CASE. Our mission: To work through current Stampin’ Up! catalogs, breaking down gorgeous samples step-by-step, just for you! CASE means to Copy and Share with Everyone, and that is exactly what we do. We hope you enjoy the cards we CASE and the free tutorials included in our posts.  Today’s edition features a CASE of the En Route masculine birthday card.

En Route
Masculine Birthday Card
Annual Catalog Page 53

Let’s be perfectly honest.  The Best Route Suite was NOT one which was calling my name.  There were other suites who topped my Wish List.  However, one day as I was making my way from Delightfully Detailed to Tropical Chic in the catalog, I took time to really look at this suite. While it is what I would call a masculine set, the sentiments could be used for anyone.  The samples are amazing…and so appropriate for graduations, promotions, and birthdays…especially when paired with the Best Route Memories & More Card Pack.  So I bought it all.  The paper, the enamel shapes, the textured impressions embossing folder, the washi tape, and of course, the Best Route Memories & More Card Pack.  I hope you enjoy today’s CASE of a card which is perfect for a masculine birthday or a graduation.

Colors of the Day
Stamps and Papers and Inks … Oh, My!

Stamps: En Route
Paper: Berry Bushel Cardstock (5-1/4″ x 7″), Best Route Memories & More Card Pack
Ink: Berry Bushel
Other:  Best Route Enamel Shapes, 1-3/4″ Circle Punch,  SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals

“On the CASE” Notes
Your Step-by-Step Guide

1.  Score the Blueberry Bushel cardstock at 3-1/2″ to form the card base.

2.  Ink the Globe image in Blueberry Bushel, and stamp both edges of the card base as shown.

masculine card

3.  Cut the 4″ x 6″ Gray Granite Best Route Memories & More card down to 4″ x 3-1/2″ and adhere to the card base.

masculine card

4.  Cut the “Street Map” circle card from the Best Route Memories & More Card Pack down to 3-15/16″ x 3-1/2″.

masculine card

5.  Adhere two Pineapple Punch banners from the Best Route Memories & More Card Pack on top of the white circle.

masculine card

6.  Using the 1-3/4″ Circle Punch, punch the sentiment from the Memories & More card, as shown.  Add on top of the circle/banners using dimensionals.

masculine birthday

masculine birthday

Adhere to the card base.

masculine birthday

7.  Trim down the Let’s Celebrate sentiment, which is found in the Best Route Memories & More Card Pack, and adhere to the card as shown.

masculine birthday

8.  Add 4 Best Route Enamel stars above the sentiment.

masculine birthday

How Hard Was It to Crack This CASE

Today’s card is an excellent example of how easy it is to create adorable cards using Memories & More card packs.  There may be several steps, but they are easy-peasy.   Difficulty Level:  2 out of 5

#SUontheCASE

Nicole and I hope our projects today inspire you to try CASEing the catalog, too! We’ll be “on the case”, looking for the hashtag #SUontheCASE on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ & Pinterest). If we find one of your projects, we’ll share it, like it, repost it – we’ll do it all!On the CASE: Picnic with YouNow head on over to Nicole at  Pixel Maven’s Retreat to see the CASE file she has been working on.  Nicole always writes the BEST tutorials!  I know what she has CASED…and you will be delighted!

Ready to get On this CASE?  If you enjoyed today’s card, and would like to try your hand at creating your own CASE,  the supply list is located below.  Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.  Be sure to use this month’s Host Code.  Online orders over $50 (before tax and shipping) will receive a special little somethin’-somethin’ from me IF you use the Host Code.   If your order is $150 or more, please do not use the Host Code.  You will automatically receive the gift from me, as well as your own Host Rewards.

July: KGHTWDME

As always, if you have any questions about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away. Until next time…

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FF0012 Friendship Day and/or Yellow

friendship card

It’s time for the Festive Friday Challenge, where every challenge is a party! For FF0012, we are celebrating Friendship Day with a Yellow twist. You can create a card to celebrate Friendship Day, which happens to be August 5, or you can create a card or project that has the color yellow, or you can combine both! Whatever way you decide to create is fine with us! We would love to have you play along!

Friendship Card

friendship Card

Colors of the Day – Card 1
Colors of the Day – Card 2
The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips

I actually created two cards using the same layout.  The first card features a fun pattern from the Delightfully Detailed Memories & More Pack, while the second card features a floral pattern from the Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper.

Friendship Card

Both of them use a sentiment from the Eastern Beauty stamp set.  “Cheater” bows and rhinestones are the only embellishments.  After all, with papers this pretty,  there is no need to add a lot of extras.

friendship card

I love the bold design of the first card, and the feminine elegance of the second.

friendship cardThis layout is perfect for any paper and coordinating ribbon, and it is definitely quick and easy.  I know I will be creating several more of these for my friends using the gorgeous papers Stampin’ Up! offers.

The Challenge Twists

As mentioned earlier, Festive Friday is a challenge with twists.  If you do not wish to create a Friendship Day project, you could create a card or project featuring the color yellow.  We offer alternatives for every challenge.  Plus, if you play along with us, you will be earning Fest Points which can be redeemed for items such as tutorials (including the tutorial for today’s card), retired Stampin’ Up! products, design team cards, and even a spot as a Guest Designer! But remember:  To earn Fest Points, you need an account on the challenge site. Just click on login/register on the challenge site to get started.

To see all of the inspiration our Design Team has created for you, head on over to Festive Friday Challenges!

Would you like to create your own card?  If you enjoyed today’s card, and would like to create your own easy ice cream card,  the supply list is located below.  Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.  Be sure to use this month’s Host Code.  Online orders over $50 (before tax and shipping) will receive a little gift from me IF you use the Host Code.  If your order is $150 or more, please do not use the Host Code.  You will automatically receive the gift from me, as well as your own Host Rewards.

July:  KGHTWDME

Are you in search of a specific retired stamp set? I just might have it on my list of  Retired Sets for Sale.

As always, if you have a question about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Until next time…

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Price: $110.00

On the CASE: Botanical Bliss Friendship Card

friendship card

Nicole and I are back On the CASE. Our mission: To work through current Stampin’ Up! catalogs, breaking down gorgeous samples step-by-step, just for you! CASE means to Copy and Share with Everyone, and that is exactly what we do. We hope you enjoy the cards we CASE and the free tutorials included in our posts.  Today’s edition features a CASE of Botanical Bliss’s elegant friendship card.

Botanical Bliss
Friendship Card
Annual Catalog Page 20

friendship card

Botanical Bliss was one of the first bundles I placed on my Annual Catalog Wish List, and one of the first ones I purchased. There were  two reasons why.  One reason was the “friend” sentiment which was included in the set.  The gorgeous tags which could be created with the Botanical Tags Thinlets were the second reason.  This elegant friendship card features both the sentiment and one of the thinlit die cuts.  Enjoy!

friendship card

Colors of the Day
Stamps and Papers and Inks … Oh, My!

Stamps: Botanical Bliss (Bundle includes Botanical Tags Thinlits Dies)
Paper:  Soft Sea Foam Cardstock (Two pieces: 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″),  Whisper White Cardstock (3-1/4″ x 2-1/2″), Gold Glimmer Paper (scraps), Share What You Love Designer Series Paper (2″ x 4″), Delightfully Detailed Memories & More Card Pack (4″ x 6″), Whisper White Large Memories & More Cards & Envelopes
Ink: Mint Macaron, Tranquil Tide, VersaMark
Other:  Big Shot, Botanical Tags Thinlits dies,  Stitched Shapes Framelits,  Heat Tool, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Embossing Buddy, Banner Triple Punch, SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals

“On the CASE” Notes
Your Step-by-Step Guide

1.  Ink the flower image from Botanical Bliss with Mint Macaron, and stamp off once. Randomly stamp onto the lower left side of the 4″ x 6″ Mint Macaron Delightfully Detailed Memories & More card.  Repeat several  times on the lower left and upper right side of the card.

Adhere to the front of a 4″ x 6″ Whisper White Memories and More card base.

friendship card

2.  Use the Banner Triple Punch to create a banner from the designer paper.  Adhere to the card base as shown using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

friendship card

3.  Use an Embossing Buddy to dust a piece of Whisper White cardstock. Ink the vine image with VersaMark, and heat emboss with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder. Stamp the “friend” sentiment in Tranquil Tide.  Die cut out using the second largest Oval Stitched Shapes framelit.

friendship card
4.  Die cut two Gold Glimmer Paper vines.

friendship card

5. Die cut two Soft Sea Foam flowers.

friendship card

6.  Adhere the flowers and vines as shown.  Add the oval, popping it up on dimensionals.

friendshhip card

How Hard Was It to Crack This CASE

Today’s card involves heat embossing, die cutting, and stamping off.  None of these techniques are difficult…merely time consuming.   Difficulty Level:  3 out of 5

#SUontheCASE

Nicole and I hope our projects today inspire you to try CASEing the catalog, too! We’ll be “on the case”, looking for the hashtag #SUontheCASE on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ & Pinterest). If we find one of your projects, we’ll share it, like it, repost it – we’ll do it all!On the CASE: Picnic with YouNow head on over to Nicole at  Pixel Maven’s Retreat to see the CASE file she has been working on.  Nicole always writes the BEST tutorials!  What she has CASED is fabulous…and you will be delighted!

Ready to get On this CASE?  If you enjoyed today’s card, and would like to try your hand at creating your own CASE,  the supply list is located below.  Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.  Be sure to use this month’s Host Code.  Online orders over $50 (before tax and shipping) will receive a special little somethin’-somethin’ from me IF you use the Host Code.   If your order is $150 or more, please do not use the Host Code.  You will automatically receive the gift from me, as well as your own Host Rewards.

July: KGHTWDME

As always, if you have any questions about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away. Until next time…

siggy-1

Price: $110.00