Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Thanks, Again

Yet another thank you card sent out this week......I really do have the most amazing, wonderful, supportive stamping friends, and I never would have met any of them if I hadn't joined Stampin' Up! It's really something, when you think about it. Many of these people I consider as close as family! They are all funny, kind, creative women, who share a love of stamping - whether it's card making, scrap-booking, or just paper crafts in general. I feel truly blessed!

I'm sure this hasn't been delivered yet, so I'm not saying who it is for. But when she gets it, I hope she realizes what a blessing she is to me!

I finally cut into my Fruit Stand DSP pack. This particular sheet, so bright and cheerful with the flowers and strawberries, is what sold me on it in the first place. And *gasp* I'm not hoarding it!!! So if you receive a card from me with some of this DSP on it, please know that I think you are pretty special!

Here's the "How To"
 Greeting: Whisper White 3-1/2" x 3-1/2"
 Scalloped mat: Watermelon Wonder 3-1/2" x 3-1/2"
 DSP: Fruit Stand 1-3/4" x 5-1/8" and 3-7/8" x 5-1/8"
 Glimmer mat: Blushing Bride 2" x 5-1/8"
 Background mat: Watermelon Wonder 4" x 5-1/4"
 Card base: Whisper White 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored and folded at 4-1/4"
  1. Stamp greeting (centered) on Whisper White square and cut with largest circle in Layering Circles Framelits. Color words with Flirty Flamingo marker.
  2. Cut Watermelon Wonder square with largest scalloped circle from Layering Circles Framelits. Adhere greeting to scalloped circle.
  3. Adhere DSP strip to glimmer paper, then both to the larger DSP background. Adhere to Watermelon Wonder mat on back of DSP, and then to card base. (NOTE: When attaching something to the glittery side of Glimmer Paper, use a strong adhesive, such as Tear & Tape, Fast Fuse, or sticky tape. You can even use Glue Dots. It will hold much better!)
  4. Attach greeting with Stampin' Dimensionals. Stamp smaller greeting at lower right, if desired.
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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Time for Thanks

Here is one of the Thank You cards I just sent out. I don't know what this fold is called, double flap fold maybe? You lift up the image flap, fold down the inner flap, and inside is the sentiment.

I wrote a little note under the stamped sentiment, but didn't want to show it here. Trust me, the polka-dot flap flips down and there's more.

Smiley from Millan.Net

Retired DSP was used here, but you can certainly use current stuff if that's what you have. After the boots were stamped in Soft Suede, they were colored with Copic markers, then masked so the spatters could be stamped.

Card base: 4-1/4" x 8-1/4", scored and folded at 2-3/4"
Designer Series Paper: 2-1/2" x 4" for flap and 4" x 5-1/4" for inside

Smaller flap: 3" x 8-1/2", scored and folded at 4-1/4"
Contrast cardstock: 2-3/4" x 4" (I used the piece trimmed off the card base)
Image panel: Whisper White 2-1/2" x 3-3/4"
Inside panel for sentiment: Whisper White 2-3/4" x 4"

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Birthday Cupcake

After posting for eighteen days in a row, I decided to take the weekend off (didja miss me?). I don't know how those wonder-woman bloggers do it....not only being insanely creative, but having time to take photos, edit photos, and write blog posts every. single. day. I bow down to their superior powers!

I did spend much of the weekend being creative, though. I had a boat load of thank you cards to make, and there are a few birthdays looming on the horizon, as well. This is one of the cards we made in the Second Saturday Stampers Club. It was pushed back to this past Saturday, due to Pumpkin needing an emergency trip to the vet. He's okay now, but he scared the carp out of me, the little Punk.

Smiley from Millan.Net

Anyhoo, I've been having a blast with Double Z Fold cards lately, and this birthday card is one of them. When you open the card, the candle appears behind the cupcake.

Here's the "How To"
 Cupcake & candle: Whisper White scrap 2-1/2" x 4"
 DSP: Neutrals DSP Stack 2-1/4" x 3-3/4" and 3-3/4" x 5"
 Mat: Whisper White 2-1/2" x 4" and 4" x 5-1/4"
 Bottom Z band: Crumb Cake 1-1/2" x 11" (scored and folded at 2-3/4" and 5-1/2") and Whisper White 1-1/4" x 5-1/4"
 Card base: Crumb Cake 4-1/4" x 11" (scored and folded at 2-3/4" and 5-1/2")
  1. Fold card base into Z shape. Adhere Whisper White mats and DSP as shown in photo above.
  2. Fold Z band and adhere Whisper White panel as shown. Turn Z band opposite of card base and adhere to card base about 3/8" from bottom.
  3. Stamp greeting in Early Espresso toward left side of band. 
  4. Stamp cupcake (#1 Watermelon Wonder, #2 Peekaboo Peach, #3 Daffodil Delight), frosting (#1 Chocolate Chip, #2 Chocolate Chip stamped off once, #3 Crumb Cake), and candle (#1 Crushed Curry, #2 Daffodil Delight) on Whisper White scrap and die-cut using Cupcake Cutouts Framelits. Coat frosting with Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush.
  5. Adhere cupcake to right of greeting. Attach bottom edge of frosting to cupcake with Stampin' Dimensionals (cut in half). Glue candle inside card so it shows behind cupcake when card is fully open.
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Friday, August 19, 2016

Holiday Catalog Sneak Peek FREAK Out!

It's another edition of the Control Freaks blog tour, and this month's hop is gonna be SPECTACULAR, because we're featuring the upcoming Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog, and that's what the catalog is....SPECTACULAR!!! You may have just hopped over from Kelly Acheson's blog, A Stamp Above, or maybe you started here. Either way, click the "next stop" link at the bottom of each blog to take the whole tour.

This is, without question, the absolute BEST holiday catalog ever! There is something for nearly everyone, but most of the catalog is devoted to my favorite holiday, Christmas - 35 of the 55 pages!

I have two cards for you today. Up first is the cute little gingerbread man from Cookie-Cutter Christmas. He is so sweet (pun intended), and I couldn't resist using the icing "squiggle" from the Cupcake Cutouts Framelits, even though it's not in the holiday catalog. With icing you can put a happy face on anything! The Fancy Frost Specialty DSP background looks like icing dots, too, doesn't it? When I first saw it in the catalog I thought it was another emboss-resist type paper, but it's DRY embossed, with a lovely detailed texture!

STAMPS: Cookie-Cutter Christmas  CARDSTOCK: Whisper White, Real Red, Crumb Cake, Fancy Frost DSP, Candy Cane Lane DSP  INK: Soft Suede ACCESSORIES: Cookie Cutter Builder Punch, Big Shot, Cupcake Cutouts Framelits, Candy Cane Lane Baker's Twine

My second card showcases the gorgeous Starlight Thinlits Dies and the equally gorgeous Copper Foil Paper with the Fancy Frost Specialty DSP again. It's a double Z fold, and looks so cool!

STAMPS: None CARDSTOCK: Whisper White, Emerald Envy, Copper Foil, Fancy Frost DSP INK: None ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Starlight Thinlits Dies, Christmas Greetings Thinlits Dies, Copper Metallic Thread
It's so hard to get a good photo of the Copper really is so rich-looking in real life! Here's a different angle.

Though there is so much more I want to share, that's all for this stop today. I guess I should let the other Control Freaks share in the fun, too, so up next is Debbie Henderson's Debbie's Designs. Go see what awesomeness she has for you!