On the CASE: The CASE of Friendship’s Sweetest Thoughts

On the CASE: The CASE of Friendship's Sweetest Thoughts

It’s time for On the CASE with Ann & Nicole! Your favorite stamping sleuths are back at work continuing our quest: To work through current Stampin’ Up! catalogs breaking down gorgeous samples, step-by-step, just for you! In “case” this is your first “On the CASE” visit, here is the scoop: Twice a month, on the first and third Wednesdays, we will be CASEing a card from one of Stampin’ Up!’s current catalogs. CASE means to Copy and Share with Everyone, and that is exactly what we will be doing. We hope you enjoy the cards we CASE and the free tutorials included in our posts. This week I selected a set from the Occasions Catalog.  Are you ready for On the CASE: The CASE of Friendship’s Sweetest Thoughts? Let’s get ready to stamp!

On the CASE: The CASE of Friendship’s Sweetest Thoughts
Occasions Catalog – Page 34

On the CASE: The CASE of Friendship's Sweetest Thoughts

Friendship’s Sweetest Thoughts is as you might guess, a sweet set! I was sold on the set’s namesake sentiment, “Friendship’s sweetest thoughts blossom in the heart”.  The images are so delicate and precious, I couldn’t wait to try my hand at recreating the adorable flower cart Thinking of You card.

On the CASE: Friendship's Sweetest Thoughts

I hope that today’s CASE gets your creative juices flowing. Let’s get on this CASE!

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

Stamps: Friendship’s Sweetest Thoughts
Paper: Whisper White Thick Cardstock (4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″ for the card base, 3″ x 4-1/4″, 3″ x 3/4″), Vellum Cardstock (3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″), Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper (4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″)
Ink: Basic Black Archival, Calypso Coral, Silver Baker’s Twine, Watercolor Pencils
Other:  Blender Pens,   SNAIL Adhesive,  Stampin’ Dimensionals

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

1. Score the Whisper White Thick cardstock at 5-1/2″ to form the card base. Cover the front with designer series paper.

On the CASE: The Case of Friendship's Sweetest Thoughts

2. Adhere the vellum.  Keep the adhesive at least 1/4″ from the edges so the next layer will cover it.

On the CASE: The CASE of Friendship's Sweetest Thoughts

3.  Stamp the flower cart image in Basic Black onto Whisper White cardstock.  Using watercolor pencils, color as follows:  Cart – Early Espresso; Leaves – Old Olive; Flowers- Calypso Coral; Bird – Daffodil Delight; Heart – Calypso Coral.  Blend using a Blender Pen, adding more color as needed.  Note:  In the light areas, such as two of the flowers, and the green area behind the flowers, only a minimum amount of color is needed. Practice on scrap paper first to get the desired results.

On the CASE: The CASE of Friendship's Sweetest Thoughts

4. Add a Silver Baker’s Twine Bow.

On the CASE: The CASE of Friendship's Sweetest Thoughts

5.  Adhere the image panel to the card base at a slight angle using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

On the CASE: The CASE of Friendship's Sweetest Thoughts

6. Stamp the sentiment in Calypso Coral.  Snip the ends to form a “V”.  Pop onto the image with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

On the CASE: The CASE of Friendship's Sweetest Thoughts

7. And most importanly, send to someone to let them know you are thinking of them!

5. Stamp the sentiment in Calypso Coral. Snip the ends to form a "V". Adhere onto the image with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Of course, I couldn’t wait to add my own little touches, so I created a second card.  I added pearls to the flowers, shaded the images lightly with Soft Sky ink, and instead of placing the image panel on the card at an angle, I straightened it up.

On the CASE: The CASE of Friendship's Sweetest Thoughts

How Hard Was It to Crack This CASE

What can I say? This adorable card is a snap to make!  Difficulty Level:  2 out of 5, only because there are layers.

 #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: The CASE of Daisy DelightNow 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!  You will be “bubbling over” with enthusiasm with what she has created for you!

Would you like to check out the most recent Cold CASE Files?  Try these:

On the CASE: The CASE of Daisy Delight
On the CASE: The CASE of a Magical Day
On the CASE:  A Case of Petal Palette
On the CASE:  Beautiful Bouquet Sentiment
On the CASE: Lovely As a Tree
On the CASE: A Season to Sparkle
The CASE of A Brightly Lit Christmas
A CASE of Good Tidings
A CASE of Nature Sings
A CASE of Snowflake Sentiments
A CASE of Gourd Goodness
The CASE of the Sheltering Tree
The CASE of the Beautiful Bouquet
The CASE of the Birthday Blooms

Ready to get On this CASE?  If you enjoyed On the CASE: The  CASE of  Friendship’s Sweetest Thoughts, 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.  Don’t forget, a $50 order will also qualify you for a FREE Sale-A-Bration item!  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 and Sale-A-Bration items.

February:  NK4GCCPW

Remember, if you have any questions about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away. Until next time – CASE away!

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Stamp Review Crew: Petal Palette Edition

Stamp Review Crew: Petal Palette Edition

It’s time for the Stamp Review Crew: Petal Palette 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 Petal Palette stamp set, one of my favorites from the Occasions Catalog. If you are following along in order, you have just arrived from the super-talented Tanya Boser.   After visiting me, you will continue to the next stop, the incomparable Bronwyn Eastley. She is always an inspiration. Enjoy this week’s hop!

Stamp Review Crew: Petal Palette Edition

Stamp Review Crew: Petal Palette Edition

Colors of the Day
The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips

Petal Palette is my favorite set from the Occasions Catalog. I love the coordinating Petals and More Thinlets, and there is just something about that adorable bird that tugs at my heart.  I loved the birds so much, I had to create a left-facing one.

Stamp Review Crew: Petal Palette EditionTo create the left-facing version, I inked the image with Basic Black Archival Ink and stamped it onto a piece of plastic. (I used the plastic sheet from my Stamp-a-ma-jig.)  I immediately used this plastic sheet as my new “stamp”, stamping onto Whisper White cardstock.  How easy is that? Look how cute they are as they frame the sentiment.  A trio of rhinestones add a bit of bling.

Stamp Review Crew: Petal Palette Edition

Lemon Lime Twist Glimmer Paper paired with Petals & More thinlets were used to create the leaves and border.  The “Floral” Petal Pair Textured Impressions Embossing Folder adds texture.

Stamp Review Crew: Petal Palette Edition

This is the fifth card I have made with this bundle, but it may just be my favorite! Here are the others. To see the original post in which they appear, just click on the picture!

Stamp Review Crew: Petal Palette Edition

On the CASE: A CASE of Petal Palette

A peek at Petal Palette

If would like to try your hand at creating your own Petal Palette card,  the supply list is located below.  Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.  Not only will online orders over $50 (before tax and shipping) earn you a FREE Sale-A-Bration item, you will also 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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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 Bronwyn Eastley 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.

The Stamp Review Crew: Sale-A-Bration

The Stamp Review Crew: Sale-A_BrationUntil next time…

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Festive Friday Challenge #1: Valentines and/or Sequins

Festive Friday Challenge #1: Valentines and/or Sequins
Festive Friday Challenge #1: Valentines and/or Sequins

Are you ready for a NEW challenge? One with a few interesting twists?  Then you’ve come to the right place!  Welcome to Festive Friday – where every challenge is a party! We’re looking for crafters to be inspired by, but not limited by, our fun holidays.  That’s why every challenge is an and/or type of challenge. Twice a month, on the second and fourth Fridays, we will be celebrating a different festivity.  Now you may be wondering to yourself, “What if I don’t celebrate that particular day of cheer?”  Well, don’t despair! We have an alternative challenge for you.  Our goal is to get you craftin’ and to get you having fun! For our first challenge, your choice is to create a Valentine’s Day project and/or use Sequins.  We can’t wait to see what you create!

Festive Friday Challenge #1: Valentines and/or Sequins

I selected the Valentine’s Day option, using the Bike Ride stamp set from Stampin’ Up!’s Annual Catalog. I hope you enjoy today’s card!  As for those twists, I’ll explain them at the end of today’s post.

Colors of the Day
The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips

Texture abounds on today’s card! I used the Sweetheart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder for the background.  You’ll notice that I covered the debossed heart in the center with a Whisper White one created with a framelit from the Sweet and Sassy Framelits set. Tip: To keep the cardstock from cracking, you can lightly mist it with water before running it through the Big Shot.  As you can see, I skipped the misting.

Festive Friday Challenge #1: Valentines and/or Sequins

Although today’s card is relatively simple to create, with no fancy techniques, there is a lot of stamping and die cutting involved.

Festive Friday Challenge #1: Valentines and/or Sequins

In an homage to Valentine’s Day, hearts decorate the wheels and fill the basket. A double bow, created from Powder Pink 3/8″ Shimmer Ribbon completes the look.

Festive Friday Challenge #1: Valentines and/or Sequins

Although these soft colors are not ones we would typically associate with Valentine’s Day, I think the result is soft and romantic.  What do you think? Won’t you let me know in your comment today?

The Challenge Twists

As I mentioned earlier, Festive Friday is a challenge with a couple of twists.  First, if you do not want to create a Valentine’s Day project, you could create a project that has sequins on it. At Festive Friday, we know that not everyone celebrates the occasions which we will be featuring, so we are offering alternatives for each challenge.  Secondly, and this twist is really exciting, if you play along with us, you will be earning Fest Points which can be redeemed for items such as tutorials, Stampin’ Up! products, cards, and even a spot as a Guest Designer! For all the rules and Fest Point details – and to meet the other design team members, please visit the Festive Friday Challenge blog!

Would you like to create your own Bike Ride card?  If you enjoyed today’s card, and would like to create your own,  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.  Don’t forget, a $50 order will also qualify you for a FREE Sale-A-Bration item!  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 and Sale-A-Bration items.

Remember, 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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Price: $110.00

On the CASE: The CASE of Daisy Delight

On the CASE: The CASE of Daisy Delight

It’s time for On the CASE with Ann & Nicole! Your favorite stamping sleuths are back at work continuing our quest: To work through current Stampin’ Up! catalogs breaking down gorgeous samples, step-by-step, just for you! In “case” this is your first “On the CASE” visit, here is the scoop: Twice a month, on the first and third Wednesdays, we will be CASEing a card from one of Stampin’ Up!’s current catalogs. CASE means to Copy and Share with Everyone, and that is exactly what we will be doing. We hope you enjoy the cards we CASE and the free tutorials included in our posts. Are you ready for On the CASE: The CASE of Daisy Delight? Let’s get ready to stamp!

On the CASE: The CASE of Daisy Delight
Occasions Catalog – Page 127 (set), Page 126 (card)

On the CASE: The CASE of Daisy Delight

For today’s CASE file, I headed back to the Annual Catalog and the Daisy Delight stamp set.  I always need Thank You cards, and this set has a beautiful Thank You sentiment. The font is gorgeous, don’t you agree?  While there are several samples from which to choose, I opted to CASE the Pool Party card which used the Ruffled 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

On the CASE: The CASE of Daisy Delight

What a versatile layout! Think of all the different color combinations and designer papers you can use. It’s  perfect for using up scraps. Stamping the sentiment on vellum allows just a hint of the pattern to peek through. As I sit here, my mind is already racing ahead to other cards I can’t wait to make. That’s the beauty of CASEing a design: they serve as inspiration to get your own creative juices flowing!

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

Stamps: Daisy Delight
Paper: Pool Party (5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″),  Whisper White (scrap to stamp small daisy), Old Olive (scraps for leaves), Vellum (1″ x  3-1/2″)
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy, Old Olive
Other: Big Shot, Layering Ovals Framelits, Ruffles 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Basics Pack 3 Washi Tape, Touches of Nature Elements, Clear Faceted Gems,  SNAIL Adhesive, Fine-tip Glue Pen, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals

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

1.  Score the Pool Party cardstock at 4-1/4″ to form the card base. Emboss the face of the card using the Ruffled folder.

On the CASE: The CASE of Daisy Delight

2.  Create an oval from Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper using the largest Layering Ovals thinlet.  Use the pattern shown.

On the CASE: The CASE of Daisy Delight

On the CASE: The CASE of Daisy Delight

3.  Ink the small daisy image in Daffodil Delight and stamp onto Whisper White cardstock.  Snip out with paper snips.

On the CASE: The CASE of Daisy Delight

4.  Ink the leaf outline image in Old Olive, and stamp onto Old Olive cardstock.  Create four leaves. Snip out.

On the CASE: The CASE of Daisy Delight

5.  Ink the sentiment in Night of Navy.  Stamp onto vellum. Snip the ends into a “V”.   Tip:  To prevent the ink from smearing on the vellum, dry it with a heat tool set on low.

On the CASE: The CASE of Daisy Delight

6.  Add a snippet of  Night of Navy Washi Tape onto the card base.

On the CASE: The CASE of Daisy Delight

On the CASE: The CASE of Daisy Delight

7.  Adhere the sentiment to the designer paper oval using the Fine-tip Glue Pen.  Tip:  Add a few drops behind the script for a “no-show” attachment.

On the CASE: The CASE of Daisy Delight

8.  Adhere the Touches of Nature Elements to the back of the oval as shown,using Mini Glue Dots.

On the CASE: The CASE of Daisy Delight

Adhere the leaves and small daisy image with Mini Dimensionals.

On the CASE: The CASE of Daisy Delight

9.  Pop onto the card base with dimensionals.

On the CASE: The CASE of Daisy Delight

10.  Add three small Clear Faceted Gems for a bit of sparkle.

On the CASE: The CASE of Daisy Delight

How Hard Was It to Crack This CASE

This is such a pretty card that is so straight-forward to create, with only a smidge of simple fussy cutting involved. What I love about this card is that you can switch out the sentiment, and easily change colors and paper for a card that can be used for all sorts of occasions.  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: The CASE of Daisy Delight

Now 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!  You will be “bubbling over” with enthusiasm with what she has created for you!

Would you like to check out the most recent Cold CASE Files?  Try these:

On the CASE: The CASE of a Magical Day
On the CASE:  A Case of Petal Palette
On the CASE:  Beautiful Bouquet Sentiment
On the CASE: Lovely As a Tree
On the CASE: A Season to Sparkle
The CASE of A Brightly Lit Christmas
A CASE of Good Tidings
A CASE of Nature Sings
A CASE of Snowflake Sentiments
A CASE of Gourd Goodness
The CASE of the Sheltering Tree
The CASE of the Beautiful Bouquet
The CASE of the Birthday Blooms

Ready to get On this CASE?  If you enjoyed On the CASE: The  CASE of  Daisy Delight, 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.  Don’t forget, a $50 order will also qualify you for a FREE Sale-A-Bration item!  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 and Sale-A-Bration items.

February:  NK4GCCPW

Remember, if you have any questions about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away. Until next time – CASE away!

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Price: $110.00

One Layout with Four Looks

Patti MacLeith, Papercrafts by Patti, is one of my dear stamping friends.  When she recently needed a few extra pieces from the January Paper Pumpkin kit to create a project on which she was working, I was more than happy to help her out. In return, she sent me one of her fabulous card creations.  It was clean and lovely – a classic layout for sure! Upon seeing this card, I was struck with the idea of using that layout to create several cards.  I asked Patti’s permission to CASE her layout and got to work. I hope you enjoy today’s feature:  One Layout with Four Looks.

One layout four looks

One Layout with Four Looks
Look #1:  Sure Do Love You

One layout four looks

For this card, the sentiment from the Sure Do Love You stamp set was heat embossed in white onto Berry Burst card stock. Gold Foil adds a touch of metallic luster, while a beautiful Berry Burst bow adds a touch of texture.  Of course, the Hearts paper, one of the designer paper patterns from the Painted with Love collection, is perfect for a Valentine’s Day card.

One Layout with Four Looks
Look #2:  A Magical Day

One Layout four looks

 

Did you know the unicorn is the national animal of Scotland?  It must be in my Scottish DNA to adore them, because they have always been my favorite mythological animal. These whimsical unicorns, from the Myths & Magic Specialty Designer Series Paper collection, are sure to brighten the recipient’s day! This card could be used for birthdays for both young and old, or as a simple friendship card.  The Shimmering Basic Gray Ribbon is available as a Sale-A-Bration item, and is FREE with a $50 order. The sentiment receives special treatment, having been stamped twice, once in Berry Burst and once in Tranquil Tide.  “You Are” was snipped from Tranquil Tide, and popped onto the Berry Burst sentiment.  If you are a fan of the Magical Day stamp set, check out this card.

One Layout with Four Looks
Look #3:  Petal Palette

One Layout Four Looks

Who doesn’t love a classic black and white card? A bit of bling and a Whisper White Organza bow set off this pattern, which is actually from the Petal Passions Memories & More Card Pack. What a wonderful sentiment to let someone know just exactly what they mean to you!  The patterned card was used just as it came from the package.  It was matted onto a piece of Basic Black card stock, leaving a 1/8″ margin on all four sides. If you are a fan of Petal Palette, like I am, check out this card which showcases the framelits, and this cutie which also uses the Petal Passions Memories & More Card Pack. Tutorials are included for both of these cards.

One Layout with Four Looks
Look #4: Truly Tailored

One Layout Four Looks

The sky is the limit when pairing the Truly Tailored stamp set with True Gentleman Designer Series Paper. There are so many cute, quirky patterns, as well as fabulous traditional masculine ones in this collection.  Of course, this layout is perfect for showcasing any pattern of paper.  The sentiment was inked with Stampin’ Write Markers in order to highlight the various sections.  Night of Navy Corduroy Ribbon adds texture.

So there you have it! One layout with four looks! It’s a perfect one for showcasing sentiments and paper.  If you would like to create your own, the dimensions are easy:

  • 2-3/4″ wide x 4″ high – Designer Series Paper
  • 3″ wide x 4-1/4″ high – Mat
  • 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″  –  Card Base

I hope you enjoyed today’s card. Won’t you let me know in your comment?  If would like to try your hand at creating your own cards with this layout,  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.  And don’t forget – a $50 order before tax and shipping will also earn you a Sale-A-Bration reward!  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.

February: NK4GCCPW

Of course, if you ever 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

The Stamp Review Crew: Sale-A-Bration Edition

Stamp Review Crew: Sale-A-Bration

It’s time for the Stamp Review Crew: Sale-A-Bration 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 Sale-A-Bration stamp sets.  Sale-A-Bration is one of Stampin’ Up!’s biggest sales of the year, where customers can earn free, exclusive products with every qualifying order.  If you are following along in order, you have just arrived from Mickey Roberts. Her work is beautiful! After visiting me, you will continue to the next stop, the incomparable Nikki Spencer. She is always an inspiration. Enjoy this week’s hop!

The Stamp Review Crew: Sale-A-Bration Edition

The Stamp Review Crew: Sale-A-Bration

Colors of the Day
The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips

Today’s card is a feminine – and versatile – one for sure! By changing out the sentiment, (I used the “Thank You” sentiment from another Sale-A-Bration set, Heartfelt Blooms), this card could be used for a birthday card, wedding card, anniversary card, thinking of you, and more.

Although it has a clean and simple layout, this card sports extra-special details which give it a “WOW” factor, including pearls and a bow created from Whisper White 1/4″ Organza Ribbon.

The Stamp Review Crew: Sale-A-Bration

The Garden Trellis Textured Impressions Embossing Folder creates yummy texture.

The Stamp Review Crew: Sale-A-Bration

Of course, the focal point of this card is the beautiful bouquet of lavender.  The image was stamped three times, and water colored using Blender Pens and the following inks:  Old Olive, Powder Pink, Sweet Sugarplum.  They were fussy cut with paper snips and arranged onto an oval created from the Stitched Shapes Framelits.

The Stamp Review Crew: Sale-A-Bration

I hope you enjoyed today’s card. Won’t you let me know in your comment?

The Stamp Review Crew: Sale-A-Bration

If would like to try your hand at creating your own Lots of Lavender card,  the supply list is located below.  Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.  Not only will online orders over $50 (before tax and shipping) earn you a FREE Sale-A-Bration item, you will also 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.

January: QXW3Y2VA

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 Nikki Spencer 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.

The Stamp Review Crew: Sale-A-Bration

The Stamp Review Crew: Sale-A_BrationJackie says, “We’ll see you next time…”

The Stamp Review Crew: Sale-A-Bration

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Price: $110.00

Barn Door Slider Card

Barn Door Slider CardWhen I saw the Barn Door card in person at OnStage Live this fall, I knew I had to have the bundle.  I have never been a fan of slider cards, but this one was different.  It was a barn door! How could this old farm girl possibly resist a barn door slider card! The concept was just too cute.  I am always in need of friendship cards, so  I decided to try my hand at creating my own Barn Door Slider Card.  Enjoy!

Barn Door Slider Card         Barn Door Slider CardColors of the Day
The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips

The first thing I did before I created today’s card was to watch this video from Stampin’ Up! It is chock full of helpful hints!

After creating the slots, I used the Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to simulate the look of barn wood.  The track, brackets and handle were die cut from Basic Gray cardstock, and the door was stamped in Basic Gray Archival Ink.

Barn Door Slider Card

The wreath was stamped three times:  Once in Old Olive on Old Olive cardstock, and twice in Berry Burst on Whisper White cardstock.  I then die cut the Old Olive wreath, the three flowers as a group, and one large flower.  I accented the wreath with Whisper White Baker’s Twine and a single pearl.

Barn Door Slider Card

The sentiment, from the Charming Cafe stamp set, was stamped in Basic Gray.  Isn’t this such a wonderful sentiment? Three Berry Burst Glitter Enamel Dots were used to accent it.  Because of their flat shape, they do not hamper the sliding of the door.

Barn Door Slider Card

Behind the door, a flower from the Graceful Garden set was colored using Blender Pens and Berry Burst ink for the petals,  and Old Olive Stampin’ Blends for the leaves. Clear Epoxy raindrops drip from the petals and leaves.  In retrospect, I wish I would have colored the rose yellow to represent friendship.  However,  Berry Burst is such a yummy color.  It is so hard for me to resist using it!

Barn Door Slider Card

I really love the way this card looks when the door is closed over the flower and the sentiment is exposed.  And I love the surprise when the door is slid open!

Speaking of surprises when the door is open, I have to share with you a tale from my youth.   One of our barns at home on the farm had a sliding door.  Now this was back in the day when curly perms were all the rage.  My adorable mother had a curly perm which was poofed up to the high heavens.  I’ll never get the day when she slid the door open and a mouse dropped from the track right into her poofy hair.   As she marched into the barn, she retrieved the wee beastie from her tresses, let it go, and continued on her merry way,  as if it happened every day!  As for me – from that day forward, I was always very, very careful when I entered that barn…

I hope you enjoyed today’s card. Won’t you let me know in your comment?  If would like to try your hand at creating your own Barn Door Slider 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 special little somethin’-somethin’ from me IF you use the Host Code.  And don’t forget – a $50 order before tax and shipping will also earn you a Sale-A-Bration reward!  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.  Until next time…

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On the CASE: The CASE of a Magical Day

CASE of a Magical Day

It’s time for On the CASE with Ann & Nicole! Your favorite stamping sleuths are back at work continuing our quest: To work through current Stampin’ Up! catalogs breaking down gorgeous samples, step-by-step, just for you! In “case” this is your first “On the CASE” visit, here is the scoop: Twice a month, on the first and third Wednesdays, we will be CASEing a card from one of Stampin’ Up!’s current catalogs. CASE means to Copy and Share with Everyone, and that is exactly what we will be doing. We hope you enjoy the cards we CASE and the free tutorials included in our posts.  Are you ready for On the CASE: The CASE of a Magical Day? Let’s get ready to stamp!

On the CASE: The CASE of a Magical Day
Occasions Catalog – Page 37 (set), Page 36 (card)

The CASE of a Magical Day

I am a pushover for mythical creatures.  As a child, I loved stories about unicorns, dragons and mermaids – and they still intrigue me to this very day.  That’s probably why I had to have the Magical Day stamp set, with its coordinating Magical Mates Framelits and  the gorgeous Myth & Magic papers.  While there are those who will probably think the images are rather juvenile, I would like to think there are adults who would appreciate them just as much as I do!  After seeing this card in person at OnStage in Salt Lake City this past November, where I snapped this picture,  I couldn’t wait to CASE it.  Here is my version:

CASE of a Magical Day

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

Stamps:  Magical Day Bundle, Waterfront
Paper:  Pool Party (4-1/4″ x 11″, 4″ x 5-1/4″), Turquoise Myths & Magic Glimmer Paper (2-7/8″ x 2-7/8″), Whisper White (3″ x  3″), Lemon Lime Twist (scraps), Myths & Magic Specialty Designer Series Paper (Mermaid Paper images as shown,  Bubbled pattern- 2″ x 4-7/8″)
Ink: Basic Gray Archival, Fresh Fig, Tranquil Tide
Other:  Big Shot,  Magical Mates Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Seaside Textured Impressions Embossing Folder,  Banner Triple Punch, Sponge Dauber, Glitter & Clear Epoxy Shapes, Touches of Nature Elements, Clear Wink of Stella, SNAIL Adhesive, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals

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

1.  Score the Pool Party cardstock at 5-1/2″ to form the card base.  Zip the other piece of Pool Party cardstock through the Big Shot with the Seaside Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  Adhere to the card base.

CASE of a Magical Day

2.  Create a banner using the “Bubbles” paper and the Banner Triple Punch.  Adhere to the card base.

CASE of a Magical Day

3.  Create a Whisper White square from the largest Stitched Shapes Framelit square.

CASE of a Magical Day

4.  Snip out two mermaids from the Myths & Magic Specialty Designer Series Paper.

CASE of a Magical Day

5.  Position the mermaids onto the Whisper White square as shown, but do not adhere yet.  Ink the Bubbles image in Basic Gray, and stamp off.  Stamp four sets of bubbles.

CASE of a Magical Day

Pop the square onto Turquoise Glimmer Paper using dimensionals.  Tip: Leave the edges clear so you can easily slip in the die cuts and Touches of Nature Elements in a later step.  Adhere the mermaids with mini dimensionals., and add to the card base.

CASE of a Magical Day

6.  Die cut the Lemon Lime Twist sea weed.  You will need two for the left hand side, and three for the right.  Tip:  Notice there is a difference in the direction of the two dies.

CASE of a Magical Day

Using multipurpose liquid glue as your adhesive, slide these into position on the card.

7.  Use a sponge dauber and Tranquil Tide ink to color three Touches of Nature wood elements. I used the white side of the element. Repeat to get the desired intensity. Add sparkle with Clear Wink of Stella. (Note:  Clear Wink of Stella will lift the color, and you will need to color over it.  But, it still sparkles!)

CASE of a Magical Day

8.  Using multipurpose liquid glue, adhere the elements to the card.  Tip:  Be patient, and allow the ink to dry to avoid getting ink on your fingers and smudging your white square after everything has been so carefully adhered in position.  Don’t ask me how I discovered this bit of information.

CASE of a Magical Day

Notice the sparkle on the Touches of Nature Element on the left – and yes, the small smudge on the right.  I hope that whomever will receive this card will overlook it!

9.  Ink the sentiment from the Waterfront stamp set in Fresh Fig.  Stamp onto Lemon Lime Twist cardstock. Cut to 1-1/4″ x 5/16″ size.  Adhere to the card.  Tip:  If you do not have the Waterfront stamp set, there are several sentiment options to choose from from other sets.  Just be sure to select a sentiment which is of a smaller scale.  We don’t want to overpower the mermaids.  Plus, the illusion that the mermaid is holding the sentiment is adorable, don’t you think?

CASE of a Magical Day

10.  Three Glitter & Clear Epoxy Bubbles complete the look.

CASE of a Magical Day

How Hard Was It to Crack This CASE

If you like fussy cutting, this card is for you.  There are no difficult techniques involved at all – just a lot of steps.  It’s a great one to make while watching a movie.  Difficulty Level:  2 out of 5

CASE of a Magical Day

 #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!

CASE of a Magical DayNow 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!  You will love what she has created for you.  It’s awesome!

Would you like to check out the most recent Cold CASE Files?  Try these:

On the CASE:  A Case of Petal Palette
On the CASE:  Beautiful Bouquet Sentiment
On the CASE: Lovely As a Tree
On the CASE: A Season to Sparkle
The CASE of A Brightly Lit Christmas
A CASE of Good Tidings
A CASE of Nature Sings
A CASE of Snowflake Sentiments
A CASE of Gourd Goodness
The CASE of the Sheltering Tree
The CASE of the Beautiful Bouquet
The CASE of the Birthday Blooms

Ready to get On this CASE?  If you enjoyed On the CASE: The  CASE of a Magical Day, 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.  Don’t forget, a $50 order will also qualify you for a FREE Sale-A-Bration item!  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 and Sale-A-Bration items.

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Remember, if you have any questions about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away. Until next time – CASE away!

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The Stamp Review Crew: Picture Perfect Birthday Edition

Stamp Review Crew: Picture Perfect Birthday

It’s time for the Stamp Review Crew: Picture Perfect Birthday 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 Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set from the Occasions Catalog. If you are following along in order, you have just arrived from Lou Kitzelman. Her work is just beautiful!  After visiting me, you will continue to the next stop, the incomparable Tanya Boser.  She is always an inspiration.  Enjoy this week’s hop!

The Stamp Review Crew: Picture Perfect Birthday Edition
Pop Up Book Card

How can one set have so many adorable images? With so many choices, I simply could not decide on which one to use, so I decided to use them all.  What better way to showcase them than with a Pop Up Book fancy fold!

Stamp Review Crew: Picture Perfect Birthday Edition

Colors of the Day
The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips

The inside of the card features a fun striped pattern from the Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper collection.  I needed a piece which was 8-1/2″ x 5-3/8″” to form the inside base, and unfortunately the fun Picture Perfect paper featured in the catalog with this set is only 6″ x 6″.  However, because of the colors, it coordinates great with the “confetti” Picture Perfect paper on the sides of the “book”.

Stamp Review Crew: Picture Perfect Birthday Edition

The tube sections of the noisemakers were stamped in Pool Party and Fresh Fig, the fringe in Berry Burst, and the roll out in Lemon Lime Twist.  Tutti Frutti  adhesive backed sequins and rhinestones were used as accents.  The sentiment on the facing page was inked in Berry Burst, while the bow is Pool Party.  Remember, you can get double duty out of your inks by stamping off, then overstamping in full strength.

This is a top view of how this fold looks:

Stamp Review Crew: Picture Perfect Birthday Edition

Isn’t it cool? There are several excellent tutorials and videos on how to create this fancy fold.  Just search for “Pop Up Book Card Tutorial” and you will be richly rewarded.  Of course, there is a front to  this card, and here it is!

Stamp Review Crew: Picture Perfect Birthday Edition

A bit of sparkle is added by using  Myths & Magic Turquoise Glimmer Paper.  I LOVE this glimmer paper collection from the Occasions Catalog.  And what about the new Simple Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder?  It’s such a clean look.

Stamp Review Crew: Picture Perfect Birthday Edition

I hope you enjoyed today’s card. Won’t you let me know in your comment?  If would like to try your hand at creating your own Picture Perfect Birthday 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 special little somethin’-somethin’ from me IF you use the Host Code.  And don’t forget – a $50 order before tax and shipping will also earn you a Sale-A-Bration reward!  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 Tanya Boser 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.

Stamp Review Crew: Picture Perfect Birthday Edition

Stamp Review Crew: Picture Perfect Birthday EditionLittle GQ says we’ll see you next time…

Stamp Review Crew Picture Perfect Birthday Edition

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Pretty Thank You Card (Plus Meet the Puppy)

Boxer puppy pictures are at the end of today’s post.  But first, let’s stamp a card!  Who couldn’t use a pretty thank you card, especially one as easy to create as this one? The Petal Passions Designer Series Paper is easily colored using Stampin’ Blends, while Lemon Lime Twist Glimmer Paper adds beautiful bling! This pretty thank you card is a cinch to create using the step-by-step tutorial I have made for you. I hope you enjoy today’s card.  Have fun creating your own!

pretty thank you card

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

Stamps: Petal Palette (145785 W or 145788 C) OR Petal Palette Bundle (145973 W, 145974 C)

Paper:  144243 Berry Burst Cardstock (4-1/4” x 11”) scored at 5-1/2” to form the card base, 100730 Whisper White Cardstock (scrap), 144245 Lemon Lime Twist  (4” x 5-1/4”), 145601 Myths & Magic 6” x 6” Glimmer Paper (Lemon Lime Twist – 2” x 2”, 4” x 1”, 4-1/2” x 3”), 145589 Petal Passions Designer Series Paper (3-7/8” x 5-1/8”)

Ink: 144083 Berry Burst,  131181 Soft Sky, Stampin’ Blend Combo Packs:  144603 Daffodil Delight, 144597 Old Olive, 144604 Pink Pirouette, 144605 Pool Party, 144602 Rich Razzleberry, 144608 Color Lifter

Other: 143263 Big Shot, 141705 Layering Circles Framelits, 145655 Petals and More Thinlits (included in bundle), 102845 Blender Pens, 145489 Berry Burst 3/8” Metallic Edge Ribbon, 145632 Glitter & Clear Epoxy Shapes, 141897 Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen, 104430 Stampin’ Dimensionals, 104332 SNAIL Permanent Adhesive, 138309 Fine-Tip Glue Pen

The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips

1. Using Stampin’ Blend Combo Packs, color the Designer Series Paper pattern shown in the picture as follows: Large Flower – petals in Rich Razzleberry with center and highlights in Pink Pirouette; Leaves – Old Olive; Medium Flowers and Roses – Pink Pirouette with Daffodil Delight centers if needed; Small Flowers – Pool Party. Outline all images in Soft Sky ink using a Blender Pen.

Pretty Thank You Card

Notice how I left white highlights which I colored in with Pink Pirouette?

2. Adhere the designer paper to the Lemon Lime Twist cardstock. Add Berry Burst ribbon 5/8” up from the bottom. Adhere to the card base.
3. Accent the large flower with Wink of Stella. Add round Clear Epoxy Shapes to the center of the large flower and two small flowers.

Pretty Thank You Card

4. Die cut the lacy border and leaves from the Petals and More Thinlits collection from Lemon Lime Twist Glimmer Paper. Adhere as shown using the Fine Tip Glue Pen.

Pretty Thank You Card

5. Ink the sentiment in Berry Burst ink, masking as necessary in order to place the words on top of each other.  (I inked the sentiment, placed a post-it note over “you”, and stamped onto Whisper White cardstock.  Then I repeated the process, only the second time I covered the word “thank”.  A Stamp-a-ma-jig will help you place the words perfectly. )  Die cut using the Layering Circles Thinlits. (I used the second smallest circle.) Create the corresponding scallop circle from glimmer paper. “Pop” the sentiment on top of the scallop using dimensionals.  Adhere to the card. Tip: Tear & Tape Adhesive will stick perfectly over the glimmer paper.

Pretty Thank You Card

Just think of all the pretty thank you cards you could make from a package of Petal Passions Designer Series Paper! And if you are not in need of a pretty thank you card, how about a birthday or thinking of you card?

If you would like to check out more cards made with the Petal Palette Bundle and the Petal Passion Suite, check out these posts:

On the CASE:  A CASE of Petal Palette
A Peek at Petal Palette

If you enjoyed today’s “Pretty Thank You Card” and would like to make your own, 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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Meet the Puppy

I wasn’t in the market for a new family member.  But who could resist this sweet face?

pretty thank you card

Meet Happy Tail’s – Anscha Dressed for Success, otherwise known as GQ.  I own GQ with his breeders, Amy the Handler and Gena Koshiol.  Because Amy is on the road at dog shows, she knew she would not be able to give GQ the type of home and socialization a puppy needs.  She enlisted my help … and the rest is history.  GQ will live with the Schach Pack until it is time for him to be nationally campaigned in two years.  During the time he is being campaigned, he will live with Amy, but Kim and I will see him on show weekends.  He will return to his forever home with us when he retires from the show ring,

Not only has GQ won the hearts of my husband and I, Muffy has adopted him as her own!

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Her face may be silver, but she is still young at heart! I will be sure to post pictures of GQ’s puppyhood.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post and card.  Remember, 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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Price: $110.00