Scalloped Cherries

The Circle Scissors Plus is a Superman of Tools! Able to produce circles ranging from 1″ to 6″, it can be combined with the Scallop Circle Die to provide quick, yet visually stunning cards. Add your favorite Designer Series Papers and coordinating card stock and “ta-da”…you have the foundation for a card that can’t miss!

  • Using Kiwi Kiss, make a 5.5 x 4.25 card.
  • Next center the wide side on top of the Scallop Circle Die, leaving four scallops uncovered to form the hinge. Run this through the Big Shot to form the scallop circle note card.
  • Run Rockabilly “Cherries” Specialty Designer Series Paper and a 3-1/2″ Nestabilities Scalloped Circle die through the Big Shot to form the middle circle. Position and adhere to a Riding Hood Red circle which was cut with the Circle Scissors Plus. Tip: I adjusted the Circle Scissors Plus to produce a circle approximately 3-5/8″, and it was a perfect fit!
  • Layer a snippet of Whisper White 1/4″ Grosgrain ribbon. Attach this to the note card.
  • Ink the “Friends” sentiment from the Garden Greetings stamp set with Kiwi Kiss, and stamp onto Whisper White. Punch out using the Word Window Punch, and layer onto Riding Hood Red. Position and adhere to the ribbon.
  • Punch a pair of cherries from the Designer Series Paper and layer onto a Riding Hood Red circle which was cut using the small Nestabilities Scallop Circle Die and the Big Shot. Adhere next to the sentiment.

I love the Rockabilly Specialty Designer Series Paper! It is one of the papers that I purchased using Stampin’ Up!s “Buy Three—Get One Free” promotion. For every three Designer Series Papers or 12″ x 12″ Textured Card Stocks that you purchase, you can select one for free! There is still time to take advantage and stock up on your favorites.
If you love Kiwi Kiss and Riding Hood Red, please remember that they are “In-Colors”. Along with Baja Breeze, Tangerine Tango, Pink Pirouette, and Pacific Point, these colors are only available through June 30th. If you are like me, and sad to see them go, order some today. You can always order from me, 24/7!
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Stamp Set: Garden Greetings (113716)
Ink: Kiwi Kiss (111835)
Designer Series Paper: (Rockabilly 114039)
Card Stock: Kiwi Kiss (111353), Riding Hood Red (111348), Whisper White (100730)
Tools: Big Shot (113439), Bigz Scallop Circle (113468), 1″ Circle Punch (109046), Word Window Punch (105090), Circle Scissors Plus (112530), Glass Mat (112531), Nestabilities Scalloped Circles (Non-Stampin’ Up!)
Embellishments: Whisper White ¼”Grosgrain Ribbon (109025), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

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Leafless

“To the Nines” is one of my favorite Designer Series Papers. A textured cover-weight card stock, its shades of Sage Shadows and Chocolate Chip are an enticement for me to reach for this collection often. And reach for it I did, as I designed the fourth and final card in my Branch Out series. The luscious greens of summer and vibrant colors of fall have given way to a leafless tree as the tire swing waits forlornly for the arrival of spring. Stampin‘ Pastels were used to lightly tint the background while a clear Window Sheet protects the image from smudges. The result is a card that is reminiscent of a turn-of-the-century landscape, complete with oval frame.
  • Prepare a card base from “Brown Dot” To the Nines Designer Specialty Designer Series Paper. Use a Corner Rounder on two of the corners.
  • Using the Big Shot and Oval Scallop Frame die, cut a frame out of Sage Shadow “Herringbone and Dots” To the Nines paper.
  • Ink the Tree image from the Branch Out stamp set with Basic Brown and stamp onto Very Vanilla card stock. Once the ink has set, use a variety of Stampin‘ Pastels to create a soft background. (Tip: Although Stampin‘ Pastels come with applicators, for this particular card I used my fingers.)
  • Ink the “Tire Swing” image with Basic Black for the tire and Basic Brown for the rope. Stamp onto the tree branch of your choice.
  • Attach an oval of clear Window Sheets to the underside of the frame. Place over the chalked image, adhering with StampinDimensionals.
  • Add a snippet of 5/8″ Very Vanilla Grosgrain Ribbon to the card base. Then position and adhere the framed image to the base.
  • Ink the “Thank You” sentiment from Garden Greetings with Basic Brown onto Very Vanilla card stock. Layer this onto “Brown Dot” and adhere to the bottom of the frame. (Tip: Use a Stamp-a-ma-jig for perfect placement every time!)
This card is so very pretty in person. The Window Sheet adds just the right amount of shine to the delicate pastel work. And the nice thing about this card is that once I had settled on the design, the card came together quick and easy!
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Stamp Sets: Branch Out (13200), Garden Greetings (113716)
Ink: Basic Brown (104315), Basic Black (101179), Stampin’ Pastels (105542)
Designer Series Paper: To the Nines (114038)
Card Stock: Very Vanilla (101650)
Tools: Big Shot (113439), Frame, Oval Scallop (113468), Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049), Corner Rounder Punch (109047)
Embellishments: 5/8” Very Vanilla Grosgrain Ribbon (109055)
Other: Window Sheets Medium-7 mil (Occasions Mini 114323), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)
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Rock Star

May is National Scrapbooking Month, and what better way is there to celebrate than by taking advantage of Stampin’ Up!s “Buy Three…Get One Free” promotion. With the purchase of three Designer Series Papers or 12” by 12” Textured Card Stocks, you will receive one free! And the nice thing is that you can mix and match! Stampin’ Up!s Designer Series Papers are an excellent choice for creating layouts that showcase your special photos, such as the one featured today. Rockabilly Designer Series Specialty Paper and the “Rock Star” stamp from A Little Somethin add a touch of whimsy, while the tuxedo striped paper maintains the page’s masculine feel.

  • Mat the photo on Kiwi Kiss, followed by the Kiwi Kiss/Black Skull paper from the Rockabilly collection.
  • Using the Scallop Circle Bigz Die and the Big Shot, cut two circles from Kiwi Kiss Designer Series Paper and Dotted Riding Hood Red paper from the Rockabilly collection. Layer. Adhere onto the back of the photo mat.
  • Position the photo mat onto the glossy black striped paper from Rockabilly and adhere using SNAIL Adhesive.
  • Layer a wide strip of Dotted Riding Hood Red Rockabilly toward the bottom of the page. On top of this adhere a strip of single Kiwi Kiss/Black Skulls.
  • Ink the Rock Star stamp with Basic Black ink and stamp onto Whisper White card stock. Punch the corners with the Ticket Corner Punch. Mat this onto Dotted Riding Hood Red, and once again punch the corners using the Ticket Corner Punch. Mat onto Basic Black.
  • Using StampinDimensionals, position the Rock Star block on top of the scalloped circles.
  • Coat two stars and an arrow from the On Board Essentials Chipboard Collection with Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive. Place adhesive side down on the Kiwi Kiss and Black Skulls paper. (The flip side of this paper is the Dotted Riding Hood Red, which is the pattern I wanted to show when the chipboard was adhered to the page.)
  • Trim using Paper Snips. Lightly sand the edges using a Sanding Block. Use StampinDimensionals to adhere to the layout as shown in the illustration.

This photo of my son’s jazz combo, the WestSide Mongrels, is one of my favorites. The black and white copy gave an edgy look, and allowed me to use the “Skulls” pattern without making the composition feel “too busy”. If you are ready to make your own “Rock Star”, remember that you can order Stampin‘ Up! 24/7! Just click on the link below. Email me today if you have questions!
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Stamp Set: A Little Somethin’ (Hostess Level 2 (113415)
Ink: Basic Black (101179)
Designer Series Paper: Rockabilly (114039), Kiwi Kiss (112161)
Card Stock: Kiwi Kiss (111353), Whisper White (100730), Basic Black (102851)
Tools: Big Shot (113439), Scallop Circle Bigz Die (113468), Sanding Block (103301), Paper Snips (103579)
Other: On Board Essentials (112085), Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive (110755), StampinDimensionals (104430)

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Even a Teenage Boy…

Sometimes I feel like such a schmuck! My poor son, Brady, needed a Thank You card to send to his trumpet professor. Unfortunately this happens to be an extremely hectic time of the year for me. Those of you who are teachers know exactly what I mean. I have requisitions to make out, lesson plans to complete, course manuals to get in order, semester exams to write and the list goes on and on and on. So I pointed him in the direction of all of my card making supplies and said…”You are a big boy…Go for it!” Well, to make a long story short, he grabbed the “Clearly Thanks” Window Sheets and a packet of In-Colors and came up with this card. I guess the motto of this story would be: “Window Sheets…So Easy, Even a Teenage Boy Can Use Them!” In his own words, (with my translation in parentheses) here is Brady’s step-by-step recipe for this card:

  • Take some blue paper and make it into a card. (Make a standard card base out of Pacific Point.)
  • Take some green paper and cut it so its right under the “Y” in “You” and right below the “swirly” things. (Using Kiwi Kiss, cut a strip of paper so it accentuates the swirls of the window sheet. Adhere to the card base.)
  • Take some orange paper and put it below the green paper. (Take a strip of Tangerine Tango and adhere it to the bottom of the card base as noted in the picture.)
  • Attach the “clear thing” with sticky dots. (Using Mini Glue Dots, position and adhere the window sheet onto the card base.) I did have to advise him that Mini Glue Dots were the best choice for adhering the window sheet.
  • Add some buttons to hide the sticky dots. (If you wish, you can camouflage the Mini Glue Dots with buttons from the Fresh Favorites II Collection. Mini Glue Dots will hold them perfectly in place). I did tell Brady to use a snippet of Pacific Point paper as “thread” in the button. However, he couldn’t manage this very well. His “trumpet” fingers are really calloused, so I did it for him 🙂
  • Stick another button on it by one of the “swirly things.” (Add another button to accentuate the swirls in the design.)

From fresh young minds, you can learn a thing or two! I probably would not have thought about using the three different colors to accentuate the design. In fact, I probably would not have selected these three colors. I asked him what was behind his choices, and he just wanted something bright and “summery”!

When I asked Brady if he was ready to make some more cards, his answer was “No!” But, he was ready to tackle the Big Shot. It seems that he is fascinated by the little matchboxes… Or is he just interested in the chocolate that I put in them?
Stay tuned. Is it possible that there could be a sequel…”Window Sheets…So Easy, Even a Husband Can Use Them”? Time will tell.
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Card Stock: Pacific Point (111350), Tangerine Tango (111349), Kiwi Kiss (111353)
Other: Clearly Thanks Window Sheets (Occasions Mini 115122), Fresh Favorites II Buttons (107422)

Swing into Fall

The third card in my Branch Out stamp set series features the colors of fall. Really Rust, Always Artichoke, and Chocolate Chip set the tone. The tree, in all of its autumnal glory, takes center stage in this easy to make card.
  • Ink the Branch Out tree with Chocolate Chip and stamp onto Very Vanilla. Double mat onto Really Rust and Always Artichoke.
  • Ink the leaves stamp with More Mustard and randomly stamp. Follow with Really Rust and a smidge of Ruby Red.
  • Ink the Tire Swing with Basic Black (tire) and Chocolate Chip (rope), and using the Stamp-a-ma-jig for perfect placement, stamp it onto the branch of your choice.
  • Add Chocolate Chip 5/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon as illustrated in the photo.
  • Place and adhere the matted tree onto the Very Vanilla card base.
  • Place three Chocolate Chip Corduroy Buttons above the ribbon.
  • Use the paper piercing tool and template from the Crafters Tool Kit to add visual interest just below the ribbon.

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Stamp Sets: Branch Out (113200)

Inks: Chocolate Chip (100908), More Mustard (103162), Really Rust (102549), Ruby Red (102259), Basic Black (101179)
Card Stock: Very Vanilla (101650), Really Rust (100661), Always Artichoke (105119)
Tools: Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049), Crafters Tool Kit (104310)Embellishments: Chocolate Chip Corduroy Buttons (114339), Chocolate Chip 5/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon (109051)

Hello, Little Baby

From the moment I laid eyes on the “Forest Friends” stamp set, I knew that I had to have it! Its fawn image is Bambi personified, and is just perfect to use on cards for little ones. This particular card was created for the Pretty Pals Challenge #31, which combined the Our Creative Corner sketch with a inspiration photo. Double matting the image makes it the perfect focal point for this “deer” little card!
  • Prepare a card base from Barely Banana and layer with dotted Certainly Celery Designer Series Paper.
  • Cut two strips of Bashful Blue Textured Card Stock and mat onto Whisper White. Wrap the horizontal strip with Regal Rose ribbon. Adhere to the card base as illustrated.
  • Using Nestabilities Oval dies and the Big Shot, cut three concentric ovals…a larger and a smaller out of Whisper White, and a middle sized one out of Barely Banana.
  • Ink the “Bambi” stamp with Regal Rose and stamp onto the small sized Whisper White oval. Tip: I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig for perfect placement. Using a Sponge Dauber and Regal Rose Stampin‘ Pastels, shade the edge of the oval.
  • Layer these ovals with StampinDimensionals and place on the card with SNAIL Adhesive.
  • Ink the “Hello little baby” sentiment from the Sweet Little Sentiments Hostess Set with Regal Rose and stamp onto Whisper White. Punch it out using the Large Oval Punch and layer onto a Regal Rose scalloped oval, which was punched out with the Scallop Oval Punch. Tip: A Stampin‘ Dimensional can be used to pop the sentiment off of the base oval for added depth.
  • Adhere the sentiment into position with SNAIL Adhesive.
  • Using the Trio Flower Punch, punch two little flowers out of Whisper White. Add Rose Red Brads into the center of each, and place into position with Mini Glue Dots. Tip: Since I added the flowers after I adhered the Bashful Blue strip into place, I simply used scissors to clip the ends of the brads so that they did not “peek” out beneath the flowers.
This particular card was made with a baby girl in mind. By switching colors, you can create a card fit for a little prince! Since paper and color often set the mood, I make sure that I always have a varied supply of paper on hand. This is why I was so excited about the “Buy Three—Get One Free” promotion. It allowed me to stock up on Designer Papers and 12″ x 12″ Textured Card Stock. In fact…I may go back for “seconds”!

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Stamp Sets: Forest Friends (Occasions Mini 113748), Sweet Little Sentiments Hostess Level I (113690)
Ink: Regal Rose (105211), Stampin’ Pastels (105542)
Card Stock: Barely Banana (102701), Whisper White (100730), Regal Rose (105130), Bashful Blue Textured (Soft Subtles 12″ x 12″ Textured Card Stock (108695)
Designer Series Paper: Certainly Celery (112154)
Tools: Scallop Oval Punch (Occasions Mini 114889), Trio Flower Punch (109183), Large Oval Punch (107305), Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049), Sponge Daubers (102892), Nestabilities Ovals (Non-SU!)
Embellishments: Rich Regals Brads (106953), Regal Rose 5/8” Grosgrain Ribbon (109056)

Summer Swing

The “Summer Love” Rub-Ons provided the color inspiration for the second card in my Branch Out stamp set series. Featuring free-hand marker work and Art Deco style matting, this card is reminiscent of lazy summer days and tire swings!

  • Ink the Branch Out tree with Chocolate Chip and stamp onto Very Vanilla. Double mat onto Baja Breeze and Cameo Coral.
  • Ink the leaves stamp with Garden Green and randomly stamp. Follow with Old Olive and Kiwi Kiss. Finally, fill in with leaves made with an Always Artichoke Stampin‘ Write Marker. Have fun!
  • Ink the Tire Swing with Basic Black (tire) and Chocolate Chip (rope), and using the Stamp-a-ma-jig for perfect placement, stamp it onto the branch of your choice.
  • Place and adhere onto the Very Vanilla card base.
  • Using the tool provided, rub the “Summer” rub-on onto Very Vanilla. Mat with Baja Breeze and Cameo Coral. Position and adhere as illustrated in the picture. Add a small button from the Fresh Favorites I collection to draw the eye toward the sentiment.
  • Cut a strip of Cameo Coral and finish the two right hand ends with the corner rounder for a Deco feel. Place a small strip of Baja Breeze on top, and adhere to the left side of the card.
  • Finish with three small buttons from the Fresh Favorites Collections I and II. Tip: A little snippet of Cameo Coral threaded through the holes make these buttons just “pop”!

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Stamp Sets: Branch Out (113200)
Inks: Chocolate Chip (100908), Kiwi Kiss (111835), Garden Green (102272), Old Olive (102277), Basic Black (101179), Stampin‘ Write Marker–Always Artichoke (105113)
Card Stock: Baja Breeze (111352), Very Vanilla (101650), Cameo Coral (100475)
Tools: Corner Rounder (109047), Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049)
Embellishments: Fresh Favorites I (107421), Fresh Favorites II (107422)
Other: Summer Love Rub-Ons (Occasions Mini 114620)
Adhesives: SNAIL Adhesive (104332)

Parisian Breeze

Stampin’ Up!s Parisian Breeze Specialty Designer Series Paper is a textured cover-weight card stock that coordinates beautifully with Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip and Kraft card stocks. As many of you know, I love the Baja Breeze color and will be sad to see it leave the Stampin’ Up! line-up on June 30th. However, there is still time to take advantage of Stampin’ Up!s “Buy Three—Get One Free” promotion and stock up on all of your favorite Designer Series Papers and 12” x 12” textured card stocks. Feel free to shop with me and order all of the supplies necessary to make today’s card!

  • Begin with a standard card base prepared from Kraft card stock. Layer with Parisian Breeze “Small Blue Floral” paper.
  • Cut a strip of Baja Breeze card stock, and punch one side using the Scallop Border Punch.
  • Layer a strip of Parisian Breeze “Small Check in Blue” on top, positioning as seen in the photo. Wrap with a piece of Baja Breeze 5/8” Grosgrain Ribbon. Adhere this layered composition to the card base.
  • Using the Stampin’ Up! Simple Flower Embosslit and the Big Shot, prepare three blossoms, two Baja Breeze and one Kraft. For a little extra “bling”, add a rhinestone to the center of each flower. Adhere to the card base using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Ink the “Fabulous Friend” sentiment from the Oval All stamp set with Chocolate Chip and stamp onto Whisper White. Using a Blender Pen and Stampin’ Pastels, color the flowers blue, and add a little blue around the edges of the scallop to soften the white. Through the center of the large flower, place a small Light Blue Square Ice Brad.
  • Punch an oval from Kraft card stock using the Large Oval Punch. Using a Stampin’ Dimensional, layer the scallop on top of the Kraft oval, position and adhere to the card.

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Stamp Sets: Oval All (Occasions Mini 113790)
Designer Series Paper: Parisian Breeze (113993)
Card Stock: Baja Breeze (111352), Kraft (102125), Whisper White (100730)
Tools: Scallop Oval Punch (Occasions Mini 114889), Scallop Border Punch (112091), Big Shot (113439), Stampin’ Up! Simple Flower (114514)
Embellishments: Baja Breeze 5/8” Grosgrain Ribbon (111375), Square Ice Rhinestone Brads (109113)
Adhesives: SNAIL Adhesive (104332), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

Thoughts of Father

With Father’s Day just around the corner, now is the time to begin thinking about designing your Father’s Day cards. This particular card features the Thoughts of Father stamp set, a set which is more versatile than its name implies. Punching, matting, and water coloring with pastels make this card a little more time intensive. However, isn’t Dad worth it?

  • Make a standard card base from Simply Artichoke. Layer with the Argyle Plaid from the Manchester Designer Series Paper collection.
  • Ink the antique auto image from Thoughts of Father with Chocolate Chip and stamp onto Very Vanilla card stock. Tip: You can also stamp this onto Stampin’ Up!s quality water color paper to avoid pilling of the paper when using blender pens.
  • Using Blender Pens and Stampin‘ Pastels, color the car. Punch the top using the Spiral Punch. Mat onto Always Artichoke followed by Baja Breeze.
  • Ink the sentiment stamp with Chocolate Chip and stamp onto Very Vanilla card stock. Use the Ticket Corner Punch on all four corners and then mat onto Always Artichoke followed by Baja Breeze.
  • Add a piece of Very Vanilla 5/8” Grosgrain Ribbon across the card base. On top of the ribbon, layer a piece of Simply Artichoke “paper ribbon” which has been passed through a Crimper.
  • Position the car image onto the card base on top of the ribbon.
  • Using StampinDimensionals, adhere the sentiment.
  • As a final touch, add a button from the Button Bouquet Collection through which a snippet of Baja Breeze paper has been threaded.

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Stamp Set: Thoughts of Father (115094)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (100908), Stampin’ Up! Pastels (105542), Blender Pens (102845)
Designer Series Paper: Manchester (112464)
Card Stock: Very Vanilla (101650), Always Artichoke (105119), Baja Breeze (111352)
Tools: Spiral Punch (1088341), Ticket Corner Punch (107241), Crimper (101618)
Embellishments: Very Vanilla 5/8” Grosgrain Ribbon (109055), Button Bouquet Collection (112092)
Adhesives: Mini Glue Dots (103683), StampinDimensionals (104430)

Window Sheet Wonder

Clearly Thanks Printed Window Sheets provide an option when time is of the essence, but you still want to give a card that has that personal, hand-made touch. The nice thing is that with a little ribbon and a few buttons, you can quickly customize the card in a variety of ways. But beware…you will probably want to keep a supply of these on hand for those card emergencies!
  • Position the Window Sheet onto Basic Black card stock. Tip: I used Mini Glue Dots, which I positioned under the center of the flower where they would not show after adding the buttons. I also trimmed the Window Sheet so that it would serve as the focal point.
  • Mat the Basic Black onto Kiwi Kiss, and adorn with Basic Gray Taffeta Ribbon as shown in the picture. Adhere onto a Basic Gray card base.
  • Finish with Fresh Favorite Buttons to serve as the center of the flower. Tip: A “thread” of Kiwi Kiss card stock adds a taylored look to the button.

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Card Stock: Kiwi Kiss (111353), Basic Black (102851), Basic Gray (108692)
Embellishments: Fresh Favorites II (107422), Basic Gray Taffeta Ribbon (109064)
Other: Clearly Thanks Printed Window Sheets (Mini Occasions 115122)