Category: Cards

Stampin’ Up! Summer Smooches with Colorful Birds

I loved these cute little birds and their fun cages the very first time I laid eyes on the Aviary stamp set!  This made it from my wish list  to my home thanks to my sister Kari, who gave it to me for my birthday!  (Yes, I have a wish list too!)  Kari is a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator also.

The beautiful Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper inspired this bright, happy card made with the Aviary stamp set.

When using punches, you would stamp first and then punch it out looking through the punch ‘window’.  When using the Top Note Bigz Die, I cut my shape and then stamp the images.  It was easy to get good placement with the clear-mount stamps.  I stamped a sample on a scrap paper first to decide on my layout, then cut my shape and added the stamped images.

The middle bird cage was stamped first, then I masked the cage with a post-it note and stamped the stand so that it ended at the base of the cage.  (The stand is taller than I needed and would have stamped right through the cage.)

I wanted to add ribbon wrapped around the top note, but I didn’t want to cover the cages so I used an x-acto knife to slice a ribbon slot on either side of the image.  (I don’t know why the ribbon came out such a funky color in the photo.  It looks MUCH better in real life-I promise.)

And the final step is adding bling.  I generously added rhinestones to the cages.  Love it!!

 Card Recipe:
Stamps:  Aviary clear-mount, wood-mount
Paper: Whisper White cs, Pacific Point cs, Summer Smooches designer series paper
Ink: Black StazOn, Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango, Rich Razzleberry
Extras: Top Note Bigz Die, Rhinestones, Ribbon


Postage Stamp Punch Fun

Playing with my Postage Stamp Punch and the fun In Colors today!

This very simple, clean card came together in a snap with the Postage Stamp Punch.  Even though it’s a very simple card, some fun, quick elements make it special.  The white background layer is Big Shot textured embossed with the Finial Press Textured Embossing Folder.

Quick tip:  When I first popped these on with dimensionals I wasn’t happy with the placement of my “postage stamps” so I need to lift them up again.  By patiently wiggling them off I was able to loosen the adhesive and remove them without damaging my paper.

I stamped the Thanks image with white craft ink then embossed with white embossing powder to give it a bright look.  Each punched square was popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  And the white organza ribbon makes everything extra special!

I’m loving making matching envelopes with the Scoring Tool.

I punched a flower from the paper to make a matching envelope closure.  So fun!

Card Recipe: 
Stamps: Pretty Postage clear-mount, wood-mount
Paper: Peach Parfait, Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Soft Suede, Whisper White
Ink: Whisper White Craft Pad 
Extras: Postage Stamp Punch, White Embossing Powder, Finial Press Textured Embossing Folder, Whisper White Organza Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals



Fifth Avenue Floral Spotlight

Want to learn a fun, new way to be creative?  This is a clean and simple Fifth Avenue Floral card using the spotlight technique

I stamped the background on Whisper White card stock.  Then I stamped the Concord Crush flower on Shimmery White card stock and watercolored it using an aquapainter and Melon Mambo ink.  Unfortunately it’s hard to photograph the awesome shimmer.

The Concord Crush ink is water based so when I painted with the Melon Mambo it picked up some of the Concord Crush from the outline creating a nice effect.   Watercoloring these images makes you feel like a real artist!  The Shimmery White card stock is a little heavier and watercolors very nicely.

punched out a section of the rose which I layered on Concord Crush card stock and adhered it with a dimensional to match up with the flower below. With the spotlight technique, you want to keep your background fairly simple so that the spotlight really pops out.

The completed card measures 4-1/4″ square, so it would fit in a standard envelope but sloppily.  Soooo I created a custom 4-1/2″ square Whisper White envelope with my new toy…uh- I mean tool, the Diagonal Scoring Pad.

Card Recipe:
Stamps:  Fifth Avenue Floral wood-mount , mds ; Teeny Tiny Wishes  wood-mount , mds
Paper:  Whisper White cs, Concord Crush cs, Shimmery White cs, Melon Mambo cs
Ink: Whisper White craft pad , Concord Crush , Melon Mambo
Extras: 1-1/4″ Circle Punch , 1-3/8″ Circle Punch , Modern Label Punch , Aqua painter , Dimensionals , Scoring Tool , Diagonal Scoring Pad

Enjoy!  Julie

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This SAB Outlined Occasions card was created with scraps my sister had left over from an old project she was working on.  This paper is retired and the Top Note die-cut shape was cut a quarter of the way down so I created this card to utilize her scraps.

To create the matching envelop, the decoration on the envelope flap was created by tracing the outline of the flap on Basic Gray pattern paper, which was trimmed out and adhered to the flap.

This card inspired the next card created with the same layout and SAB Outline Occasions stamp set with different papers, colors and coordinating envelope.

The Pocketful of Posies pattern paper makes this card extra special, in addition to the red liquid glitter on the tiny little stars in the expression.

The envelope was stepped up to ‘Wow!’ with a layer of matching pattern paper liner

And here’s a close up of the fun little glitter stars!

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Stampin’ Up! Flowers

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I love combining these stamp sets: Mixed Bunch and SAB Elementary Elegance.   The word phrases in Elementary Elegance are so lovely and it’s so easy to create something fun with the big lovely flowers of Mixed Bunch.

I saw this color combination – Elegant Eggplant, Concord Crush & Melon Mambo – in a color challenge.  I also used a scs sketch challenge to create this card.  What inspires you?

The flower has four layers: 1.  Concord Crush Mixed Bunch flower stamped on Whisper White punched with the Blossom punch.  2. Concord Crush punched with Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer punch.  3. Mixed Bunch center stamped in Melon Mambo punched with 3/4″ circle punch popped up with a Stampin’ Dimensional. 4. The same centered stamped in White craft ink on Melon Mambo cs punched with 1/2″ circle punch.

Card Recipe:
Stamps:  Mixed Bunch clear-mount or wood-mount, SAB Elegant Eggplant
Paper: Concord Crush cs, Eggplant Envy cs, Melon Mambo cs, Whisper White cs
Ink: Concord Crush, Whisper White craft, Melon Mambo
Accessories: Concord Crush ribbon
Tools:  Blossom punch, Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer punch, 3/4″ Circle punch, 1/2″ Circle punch, Large Oval punch

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