Wednesday, January 31, 2018

You're a Fox!

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   Oh my goodness! I just realized this is my 1000th blog post! Woot! Let's keep going to 2000, shall we?

If you've been following my blog posts, you know that I've been gushing over the True Gentleman Suite in the Occasions catalog. I just love everything about it! It's tailored and it's whimsical and I think that's a perfect combination.  Look at this adorable card!

I CASEd this card from one I saw on the display board at Stampin' Up's OnStage event. (CASE=copy and share everything) It was so perfect! And so easy to recreate.

I added a 5-1/4" by 4" piece of True Gentleman Designer Series Paper to a Crumb Cake Card Stock card base. Then I cut a 4-1/2" by 2" strip of another sheet of this DSP and flagged the end with the Banner Triple Punch. I added a looped length of Lemon Lime Twist 3/8" Mini Striped Ribbon to the banner and then wrapped everything with a length of Linen Thread before adhering the banner to the card.

Next, I stamped one of the hexagon sentiments from the "Truly Tailored" stamp set in Night of Navy Ink onto a Very Vanilla scrap and punched it out with the Tailored Tag Punch. I stamped the sentiment again in Crumb Cake Ink onto Very Vanilla and fussy cut the fox. I adhered the fox to the tag with a Glue Dot and then adhered the tag to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals. So stinkin' cute, right?!

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Stay Classy!

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   I make a lot of birthday cards. (I may not actually send the cards, but that's a story for another day.) Most of the cards I make aren't exactly suitable for a man. Sometimes I can make do with a not so frilly card, but I rarely set out to make a manly man card.

All that changed with Stampin' Up's True Gentleman Suite in the Occasions catalog! Yes, Stampin' Up has offered--and still offers--some great manly stamp sets, but the True Gentleman Suite really sings to me. And it's so easy to create a quick, manly man card! Take a look at this one!

I started by adhering a 3-3/4" by 5" piece of pinstriped paper from the True Gentleman Designer Series Paper collection to a 3-7/8" by 5-1/4" piece of Night of Navy Card Stock. I adhered this directly to a Very Vanilla Card Stock card base.

Next, I stamped one of the awesome (and manly) hexagon sentiments from the "Truly Tailored" stamp set in Night of Navy onto a Very Vanilla scrap and punched it out with the Tailored Tag Punch. You can purchase the "Truly Tailored" stamp set and Tailored Tag Punch together in a bundle and save 10% off the price of purchasing them separately.

I cut a 3-3/4" by 1-3/4" piece of Vellum Card Stock and adhered it to the card with Snail Adhesive. Then I cut two 4" pieces of Basic Gray 1/4" Shimmer Ribbon and adhered them to the card. This ribbon is awesome--you can earn a 3-pack of this ribbon with a qualifying purchase during Sale-a-Bration! I finished the card by adhering the hexagon with Stampin' Dimensionals. 

This is truly a perfect card for a gentleman in your life (see what I did there?)!

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Sweets for the Sweet

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   With Valentine's Day fast approaching I've been creating some special treats with Stampin' Up's fabulous products. My twins are away at college and so is my daughter's best friend, so I whipped up a quick and easy treat for them to let them know that I'm thinking about them. 

I found full-size Dove chocolate bars at Target and thought they'd be great wrapped in the gorgeous Painted With Love Specialty Series Paper.

And I was right! Take a look at these pretty packages!

After I wrapped the candy bars with the DSP, I tied on a length of Calypso Coral Shimmer Ribbon. It's so pretty! And you can earn it for FREE--in a combo with some Bermuda Bay and Basic Gray Ribbon--during Sale-a-Bration! Ask me how.

I made a cute tag for each candy by cutting the tag from a piece of Whisper White Card Stock with the Sweet Cake Framelits Dies. Look at the detailing on the tag!

I stamped the hearts from the "Heart Happiness" set in Powder Pink and Calypso Coral (stamped off, once). I added the "for you" sentiment from the "Cake Soiree" stamp set in Berry Burst. I tied the tag onto the ribbon using a length of Whisper White Baker's Twine (tucked behind the bow).

These were super quick and easy to make and they're stunning--because of Stampin' Up's stunning products!

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Celebrating You!

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   Our Stampin' Up group made some really cool cards at our new catalog gathering. The person who designed this series of cards using the "Perennial Birthday" stamp set and Petal Passion Designer Series Paper also showed us some fun fancy folds for cards. I'm glad to have some new ideas in my repertoire.

Before we get started, I want to remind you about the awesome Perennial Birthday Project Kit in the Occasions catalog. You get supplies to make 16 cards and a beautiful box to hold them in. I'd love to bring the stamp set and inks to your house so that you and your guests can put together this wonderful kit. Please contact me soon to schedule your event!

Once you've made all the kit cards, you can come back to my blog to make these stunning black and white cards! Today's card is no exception!

We started with a Whisper White Card Stock card base, scored, as usual at 4-1/4". The front of the card is scored at 2-1/8" and folded back on itself.  

We stamped a sentiment and a floral sprig in Basic Black Archival Ink onto a Whisper White oval cut with a Layering Oval Framelit. We adhered that to a Basic Black scalloped oval cut with another Layering Oval Framelit. 

We used the 1/2" Circle Punch to punch a hole on the folded edge of the flap (not shown). We threaded a length of 1/4" Whisper White Organza Ribbon through the hole and around the top flap, tying it into a knot. Then we adhered the left side of the oval to the card, on top of the ribbon, with two Stampin' Dimensionals. We added two 1/4" by 2-1/8" strips of Basic Black Card Stock to the bottom of the flap.

On the inside-facing part of the flap, we adhered another 1/4" by 2-1/8" strip of Basic Black Card Stock. And on the inside of the card (which is seen when the card is closed--and opened) we adhered a 5-1/2" by 2" strip of Petal Passion DSP.

This card is quick and easy, but the fancy fold and extra touches make it a special card to celebrate YOU!

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