moving forward frog friendship card

Moving Forward Froggie Friend!

moving forward frog friendship card This little frog from Stampin’ Up! Moving Forward stamp set is just adorable!  I copied this card straight from the Stampin’ Up! demonstrator magazine.  The cute frog, the bright colors and the playful polka dot paper make this card super cheery!  I know a friend that could use a little cheering right now and I don’t know how anyone could keep from smiling looking at this hoppy frog.

To make the card base, first cut Island Indigo card stock and fold, then insert the front into the Chevron embossing folder and run through the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine.

moving forward frog friendship card detail

The frog is stamped with Gumball Green stamp ink.  The bouncy swirls were stamped with Basic  Gray stamped off first to allow for a lighter color.  Also, the mini silver brads add just the right touch and keep the card clean and simple at the same time.

The tails of the mini silver brads are long and thin and on small strips of paper can stick out of the back, but they can be easily snipped shorter.

moving forward frog friendship card angle

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Enjoy,  Jule

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Moving Forward w-#126320 c-#126322
Ink: Basic Gray #126981, Gumball Green #126861
Paper: Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper #126902, Whisper White #100730, Real Red #102482, Island Indigo #122923
Extras: Chevron Embossing Folders #127749, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine #113439, Mini Silver Brads #122941, Gumball Green Stitche Satin Ribbon #126848
summer silhouettes watercolor greeting card angle

How to Create a Watercolor Mist Background

summer silhouettes watercolor greeting card angle

Usually when I sit down to create a card or other project, I start with an idea  of what it is I’m going to do.  More often than not, as I stamp,  the idea develops into something a little different than what I originally envisioned.  Today’s card is no exception.

summer silhouettes watercolor greeting card close up

I had planned to watercolor mist the background and cut it out with a die cut, but I had not planned to use the rest of the misted card stock until I started working on it.  Using a plain white exterior would have given a totally different look and I’m not sure which I would have liked better but this is what I went with.   I do like the way the stem extends to the bottom of the card.

Here’s a video on how to very simply create this background using the lid of your stamp case, a couple of markers and mist of water.   http://youtu.be/rl7gFC0HRq8

summer silhouettes watercolor greeting card glitter flower

This background uses Lucky Limeade and Daffodil Delight markers, colored on the lid of the stamp case, then misted and applied to the Whisper White card stock.  After creating the watercolored background, I stamped the flower in Rich Razzleberry and added highlights with Dazzling Diamonds glitter glue.

I die cut the center image with the 3rd framelit from Labels Collection and die cut the exterior with the 4th framelit centered in the middle.  Then I adhered both onto Rich Razzleberry card stock with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

summer silhouettes watercolor greeting card

This card is very soothing and pleasant in person.  The pictures give a little different vibe.  I will stamp a ‘praying for you’ sentiment in the interior and send this off to a young woman that my daughters grew up with who was just last week diagnosed with a brain tumor and had surgery this past week.  She’s a very talented young 2nd grade teacher and we pray for her health and a full recovery.

Enjoy,  Julie

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Summer Silhouettes w-#126445 c-#126447
Ink: Rich Razzleberry #126950
Paper: Whisper White #100730, Rich Razzleberry #115316
Extras: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine #113439, Labels Collections Framelits #125598, Polka Dot Embossing Folder #117335, White Bakers Twine #124262, Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons #127555, Dazzling Details #124117, Dimensionals #104430, Daffodil Delight Marker #119677, 2011-13 In-Color Markers #123002

Happy Halloween Treat Bag

halloween treat bagThis halloween treat bag is perfect for friends and family that you want to surprise with a little something extra during Halloween.  Supply details can be found here.

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Enjoy, Julie

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Watercolor For the Birds

for the birds friend card angle Here’s the details on the card I thought I had posted in July, but Oops! I hadn’t.

This For The Birds watercolored tag card was inspired by the card on page 35 in the catalog.  I changed the colors and simplified it a bit.  Most of the work on this card is the watercoloring, which is actually quite simply done with Aqua Painters and Reinkers.

Watch the how to watercolor with reinkers tutorial here.

for the birds friend card detail

Use StazOn ink to keep your stamped outline from smearing when you paint it.  And as you paint don’t be perfect.  Leave some white spots, go over the lines, color some areas darker – this all adds to the charm of watercolor.

 To create the circle reinforcement at the top of the tag, punch the small hole first and then punch out the 1/2″ circle centering the hole.  And to cut the corners on the tag, consider using the diagonal scoring plate to score one corner then turn the tag over and score the other corner.  Use the score lines as a guide to evenly snip off the corners and create the tag.

for the birds friend card I love these cute birds!  And anyone would be thrilled if you created this cute little friendship card just for them!

Enjoy! Julie

for the birds stamp set Card Recipe:
Stamps: For the Birds w-#126405, c-#126407
Ink: Black StazOn  #101406
Paper: Naturals White card stock #102316, Baha Breeze card stock #111352, Patio Party Designer Series Paper #126916
Extras: 1/2″ Circle Punch #119869, Primrose Petals Stitched Satin Ribbon #126844, Linen Thread #104199, Elegant Bouquet Embossing Folder #115964, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine # 113439