Saturday, October 1, 2016

Happy World Card Making Day!

Yes, there really IS a day to celebrate making hand-crafted cards, and it falls on the first Saturday in October. Which happens to be TODAY, October 1st. (Wait, what?!) And to help us celebrate, Stampin' Up! is having a sale on some select items to make it easy to create those cards. Since the sale lasts for five days, you don't need to fret if you're not making a card today!

And also starts a month-long DSP sale. If you buy three, you can get one free (on selected products)!

I wanted to feature a couple of the items that are on sale, and show how quick and easy it is to make a simple card with a matching envelope. The DSP on the card is actually the In Color Envelope paper that is on sale! Once you've cut your 8" x 8" square for making the envelope with the envelope punch board (also on sale!), you'll have some leftovers that can be used on a card. Tomorrow and Monday, I'll have more projects using these goodies, too.

Here's what is on sale!

Here's the "How To"
 Image: Whisper White 3" x3"
 Mat: Early Espresso 3-1/2" x 3-1/2"
 DSP: 2016-2018 In Color Envelope Paper 1-1/2" x 5-1/2"
 Card base: Whisper White 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored and folded at 4-1/4"
  1. Using Layering Circles dies, cut Whisper White square with second largest (~2-5/8") circle die. Die cut Early Espresso square with largest scalloped circle die.
  2. Adhere envelope paper strip to card base 7/8" from bottom. Randomly stamp leaves in Peekaboo Peach below strip.
  3. Stamp tree trunk in Early Espresso toward right side of circle and greeting to left of trunk. Stamp tree background (and leaves beside trunk) with Peekaboo Peach.
  4. Adhere image to scalloped mat. Adhere burlap ribbon to card base and use Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere matted image to card base, covering end of ribbon.
  5. Follow guidelines on Envelope Punch Board to make envelope (first punch/score is at 3-1/2"). Use Tear & Tape to seal envelope when mailing.
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Friday, September 30, 2016

Swirly Wreath PCC213

Another challenge card for you today. I'm just loving the sketch challenges, and the latest from the Paper Craft Crew is another winner! Let me tell you, if you ever feel like your creative mojo has left you, just look for a sketch challenge; ANY sketch challenge. There are tons of them out there, and having a "road map" for your card makes it so simple to create!

When I saw the Paper Craft Crew challenge #213, I immediately saw a wreath and knew the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits would be perfect. It started out with just the gold wreath, but that seemed too plain, so the Garden Green was added on top. I like the way it complements the Mint Macaron DSP and the Garden Green mat behind. This is the Paper Craft Crew card sketch:

Here's the "How To"
 Banner: Whisper White 1/2" x 4"
 Wreath: Gold Foil and Garden Green 3" x 3"
 Bow & berries: Real Red 1" x 4"
 DSP: Fancy Frost 2" x 3-1/4"
          Presents & Pinecones 2-1/2" x 3-1/4"
 Mat: Garden Green 3-3/8" x 4-5/8"
 Card base: Whisper White Thick 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored and folded at 4-1/4"
  1. Adhere both DSP pieces to mat and then to card base.
  2. Die cut swirly wreath from gold foil and Garden Green cardstock and adhere to card base, with gold on bottom and green rotated slightly.
  3. Stamp greeting in Garden Green ink on white strip, cut banner ends and adhere to card with Stampin' Dimensionals.
  4. Stamp bow and berries using Cherry Cobbler ink on Real Red strip. Punch out with Holly Berry Builder Punch. Attach bow with dimensionals and berries with liquid glue. Note: The stamp set and punch are available as a bundle - you can save 10%!
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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Thankful for Autumn SUO158 & SIP67

This card qualifies for TWO challenges today! I haven't played along with any SUO Challenges since I was a design team member there, so it feels good to be playing again! The SUO #158 Challenge this week is to create a Thanksgiving or thankful-themed card, and the Stamp Ink Paper Challenge #67 is a sketch challenge, so I was able to combine them both into this card. Here is the sketch:

The nights are getting cooler and the leaves are just beginning to change into their fall colors around here.....well, the ones that haven't turned brown and dropped already. Not only are we seeing a bit more color, but the slant of the autumn sun lends a beautiful golden light to everything. It's hard to describe, but so pretty to see, especially in the late afternoon. I added a bit of So Saffron sponging behind the tree to try to mimic it, but it really doesn't show much in the photo.

Here's the "How To"
 Image: Very Vanilla 2-7/8" x 4"
 Mat: Pear Pizzazz 3" x 4-1/8"
 Embossed strip: Very Vanilla 1-1/2" x 5-1/4"
 Fence: Soft Suede 1-1/4" x 4-1/4"
 Card base: Very Vanilla 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored and folded at 4-1/4"
  1. Emboss Very Vanilla strip with Woodgrain embossing folder and adhere to card base on left side.
  2. Stamp greeting in Early Espresso at bottom of image panel. Stamp grass in Pear Pizzazz above greeting. Stamp tree in Early Espresso. Use small leaf cluster to stamp leaves in Peekaboo Peach and Watermelon Wonder randomly on tree and grass below.
  3. Adhere to Pear Pizzazz mat, and then to card base.
  4. Die cut fence from Soft Suede strip and cut fence posts loose from remainder of cardstock. Adhere to card base with liquid glue.
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