Category: Cards

Kentucky Derby Day!

Last year we moved to Louisville, Kentucky and everyone told me I was going to need to buy a big hat for derby!  Well, I didn’t buy a big hat, but I’ve seen a few and I created this card for the hostess of the derby party I’m going to tomorrow night.

These great hats are created with oval punches and Twitterpated Designer Series Paper.  I’ll post more details on making this project later this week. 

And I did visit Churchill Downs Wednesday morning for Dawn at the Derby to watch the horses take their morning warm up.

So while your watching the Kentucky Derby tomorrow you can tell everyone you know someone who’s been there!

Enjoy! 

Julie

Stampin’ Up! Classic Swirls

The beautiful stamp set Baroque Motifs is retiring at the end of the month.  This versatile stamp with its fabulous swirls will make any project elegant.  In fact it brings back memories of my cousin’s wedding as her mother used this stamp set in the design of her wedding announcements.  The lively color pallette and layout were inspired by challenges at splitcoaststampers.   I pulled out my designer papers, looked for orange and blue and discovered these fabulous papers to create my flower.  The swirly background was stamped and heat embossed in white.

Technique – How to make 3-D flower:

  1.  I used the Blossom punch that will return in the catalog June 1st (Yay!) and punched 3 flowers from 2 different designer series papers for a total of 6. (The Fun Flowers die would be a great choice too.)
  2. Then I used the paper crimper that is retiring at the end of the month to crimp each blossom repeatedly.  The repeated crimping breaks the fibers which softens the paper allowing it to be more plyable.
  3. Finally, I stacked the flowers, pierced them with the paper-piercing tool, and attached all the layers with a glimmer brad.
  4. Once all the layers were attached I crumpled each blossom up into the center then gently spread them to create the flower you see above.
Card recipe:
Stamps: Baroque Motifs # 113490 (retiring)
Paper: Beyond the Garden #122342 (retiring), Pocketful of Posies # 122354 (retiring), Pumpkin Pie #105117, Bashful Blue #105120, Marina Mist #119682
Ink:  White Craft #101731, Bashful Blue #105209
Extras: Blossom Punch (returns June 1st), White embossing powder #109132, Crimper #101618 (retiring), Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch #119275, Glimmer Brads #121004, Paper-Piercing Tool #116631
 

Don’t miss out on this elegant stamp set – order yours today.

Enjoy!  Julie

Clean & Simple Trendy Trees

I love clean and simple, and here’s a clean and simple Trendy Trees thank you.  I love clean lines and lots of white space in clean and simple designs.  The extras in this simple card come from the funky design of the trees, the bold chevron design in the paper and the scored lines in the background.

Technique:  Punch Masking – I stamped the middle tree top first.  Tip: Always stamp your foreground image first. The tree top was stamped on a post-it note and punched out with a 1″ circle punch creating a mask.  I covered the middle tree with the post-it-note mask and stamped the tree tops beside it.

The Trendy Trees stamp set will retire at the end of the month and the Summer Smooches paper will be available again June 1st when the new catalog comes out.

Want a new 2012-13 catalog?  Place any order between now and May 15th and I’ll send you a new catalog for FREE when it’s released.  The Stampin’ Up! catalogs are great for inspiration.  It’s always exciting to get a new catalog with new ideas!  The embossed lines across the card and the envelope were made with the great scoring tools now available.  LOVE IT!  These envelopes are super fast and easy to make.  Click here for the envelope video tutorial.

Card Recipe:
Stamps:  Trendy Trees #113258 (retiring May 31st)
Paper: Whisper White #100730, Early Espresso #119686, Summer Smooches (available on June 1st)
Ink: Lucky Limeade #122935, Early Espresso #119670
Extras: Simply Scored #122334, Dimensionals #104430, 1″ Circle Punch #119868 

Try masking today.  And I would love to see your work.  Feel free to share with me at the email address above.

Enjoy! Julie

Clean & Simple Zoo Inspired

You certainly don’t think of clean & simple with zoo, but look at this cute Punch Pals penquin friends card with it’s clean & simple designPenquins aren’t just for Christmas!  Aren’t they just engaging creatures?  So fun to watch as they dive through the water and then pop out onto the shore.

Technique:  Double Punching – The tags were punched with the Word Window punch.  The end of the tag was then reinserted from the top to trim off the end and create a shorter word window.  Technique:  Twine Tapping – I tapped the white baker’s twine with the brush end of the markers to add coordinating color for a little surprise.

The colors were inspired by the Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper and here’s a matching envelope made in seconds with the fabulous Simply Scored Tool and Simply Scored Diagonal Plate.  This paper is available until Monday, April 30 with all the other Summer Smooches preorder.  

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Punch Pals #116588
Ink: Black StazOn #101406, Tangerine Tango marker #120974, Tempting Turquoise marker #100058, Rich Razzleberry marker #120970, Daffodil Delight marker #119677
Paper: Whisper White #100730, Basic Black #121045, Tangerine Tango #111349, Tempting Turquoise #102067, Rich Razzleberry #115316, Summer Smooches #125409
Extras:  White Baker’s Twine #124262, Word Window Punch #119857, Crop-a-dile #108362, Stripes Embossing Folder #123128, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine #113439
 

The retiring accessories list changes daily as supplies sell out.  All the lists are at the top of the pageOrder early so you won’t be disappointed and receive a new 2012-13 catalog FREE to your door with any order placed before May 15th.

Stampin’ Up! Mixed Bunch Ends April 30th

The Mixed Bunch clear-mount or wood- mount stamp set and Blossom punch are by far my favorite products in the Occasions Mini Catalog which ends April 30th.  Don’t you love it too!?  It is just so simple to make exceptional cards in no time at all. 

Here’s a jaunt down the Mixed Bunch and Blossom punch memory lane.  Click on the card for a link to the details.

I hope you enjoyed this little jaunt down memory lane.  Be sure and order your Mixed Bunch stamp set and Blossom punch today.