Friday, September 20, 2019

Topped with Icing

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   #FabulousFriday   I pulled out all the stops for today's card and it is truly fabulous, if I do say so myself (and I do)! I made this card for my BFF's birthday. I always try to make her an extra special card--because she's extra special to me and because ALL the cards she makes are extra! (I was inspired by this card made by Kerry Timms in the UK.)

I really had fun making this card! Here's how I did it. I started with a 3-3/4" by 5" Smoky Slate Card Stock panel and embossed it with the Subtle Embossing Folder. I stamped candles and lollipops from the "Piece of Cake" stamp set in Versamark Ink onto this panel and then adhered it to a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" Lovely Lipstick Card Stock mat. I adhered a 1/2" strip of Lovely Lipstick Card Stock (pulled out of my scrap bin--because I save everything just for occasions like this) to the Smoky Slate panel and then I added a length of Gray Granite Ribbon. I stapled one end onto the card and ran a bit of Snail Adhesive to stick the ribbon to the card. Then I adhered everything to a Thick Whisper White Card Stock card base.

Next, I stamped the two pieces of the cake image in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto Whisper White Card Stock and punched them out with the Cake Builder Punch. (I shared a Protip for making this easy by using the Stamparatus on this blog post!) I colored the cake stand with Light & Dark Smoky Slate Stampin' Blends and the icing on the cake with a Light Lovely Lipstick Stampin' Blend.

Here's the fun part: I used Shimmery Crystal Effects and Ice Stampin' Glitter from the Holiday Catalog to make the icing look extra special.

I punched a circle of Vellum Card Stock with my 2" Circle Punch and cut a Lovely Lipstick Card Stock scalloped circle with one of the Layering Circles Dies. I adhered the Lovely Lipstick circle to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals and I adhered the vellum circle to the card with carefully hidden Stampin' Dimensionals. I used a combination of Mini and regular Stampin' Dimensionals to add the cake to the card.

Next, I used the Botanical Tags Dies to cut some leaves from a Silver Foil Sheet and tucked them behind the circle element. I also tied a length of Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon onto the Smoky Slate Ribbon.

To finish the card, I stamped the sentiments from the "Piece of Cake" stamp set in Lovely Lipstick Ink onto Whisper White Card Stock. Working quickly, before the ink dried, I sprinkled on some Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder and set it with my Heat Tool. That's a Bonus Protip for you--emboss in any color. I used the Classic Label Punch to punch out the sentiments and snipped the ends. I adhered these to the card with Mini Stampin' Dimensionals. Finally, I added three silver Metallic Pearls, 'cause why not?

That was fun--and my BFF loved the card, so mission accomplished! Have a great weekend. See you Monday for a quick and easy Manic Monday card!

tams# 37262

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Mosaic Thoughts

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   #ThoughtfulThursday   I have a really pretty card to share with you for Thoughtful Thursday. I used the gorgeous Mosaic Mood Specialty Designer Series Paper in a special way--actually, I turned the Mosaic Mood DSP into mosaic tiles. Look at how it turned out!

I used one of the Stitched Nested Labels Dies to cut one of each of the patterns from the Mosaic Mood DSP. I arranged the "tiles" and adhered them to a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" Very Vanilla Card Stock mat. You could use any color because it won't show on the final card. I cut off the overhanging pieces and then adhered the piece to a 4" by 5-1/4" Crush Curry Card Stock panel. I wrapped a length of Gold Metallic Edge Ribbon around before adhering everything to a Soft Suede Card Stock card base.

I stamped a sentiment from the "Good Morning Magnolia" stamp set in Soft Suede Ink onto Very Vanilla Card Stock and cut it out with the same size Stitched Nested Labels Die that I used to make the "tiles." I adhered the sentiment piece to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

I think this card turned out nicely--I really loved using the Mosaic Mood DSP to make "tiles." I think that's an extra special effect. And it was easy-peasy, too! Bonus!

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Country Christmas

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   #Christmas   The "Snow Front" stamp set in the Holiday catalog has a variety of elements that can be used to stamp different winter scenes. It's reminiscent of the "Waterfront" stamp set in the Annual Catalog. "Snow Front" is a set that can be used all winter--it's not just for Christmas. But it does make for a pretty Christmas card. Look at this lovely card I received from Brooke Outten during a card swap this past weekend!
Brooke stamped images from "Snow Front" in Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, and Pool Party Inks onto a 4" by 5-1/4" Whisper White Card Stock panel. She adhered this to a 4-1/8" by 5-3/8" Real Red Card Stock mat and then onto a Thick Whisper White Card Stock card front.

Brooke cut "merry" from a Real Red Foil Sheet (retired) using the Merry Christmas Dies and adhered it to the front of her card with Fine-Tip Glue. Then she stamped "Christmas" from the "Merry Christmas to All" stamp set in Real Red Ink onto a 1/4" inch strip of Whisper White Card Stock and flagged the end with her Paper Snips. She adhered this to the card with Mini Stampin' Dimensionals.

I think Brooke's card is really sweet, don't you?

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