Thursday, February 21, 2019

Simple Sympathy

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   Today I have a lovely, but simple sympathy card to show you. I'm preparing cards for an upcoming all-occasion stamp-a-stack and I always like to design a sympathy card....because we always need them. I'm also offering the option to switch out the sentiment to "thinking of you" or "get well soon" so that the guests have options.

I saw a similar card to this on Pinterest and I was drawn to the simple design. I changed mine a little bit, but the design is the same. I started by embossing a 4" by 5-1/4" Night of Navy Card Stock mat with the Subtle Embossing Folder. I adhered this to a Thick Whisper White Card Stock card base, cut lengthwise.
Next, I stamped the circular design from the "Painted Glass" stamp set in Night of Navy Ink onto Whisper White Card Stock and punched it out with the 2" Circle Punch. I adhered this directly to the card. Then, I stamped the sentiment in Night of Navy Ink onto Whisper White and punched it out with the Tailored Tag Punch. I stamped the roses from the "Painted Glass" set in Night of Navy Ink onto Petal Pink and Lovely Lipstick Card Stock. I cut these out with their matching Stained Glass Thinlit. (You can get the "Painted Glass" stamp set and Stained Glass Thinlits in a bundle, saving 15% over what you'd spend if you purchased them separately!)

I used a little Snail Adhesive in the middle of the of the circular design and adhered a length of Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon. I adhered the sentiment piece with Stampin' Dimensionals. I used one Stampin' Dimensional for each flower and adhered them to the card, tucking them behind each other. 

To finish the card, I added two Clear Epoxy Droplets and some Wink of Stella to the flowers. Very simple, but very elegant, don't you think?

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Did Someone Say "Cake"?!

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   If you know me, really know me, you know that I love cake! Well, a certain kind of cake:  yellow or white cake with buttercream frosting. If you add sprinkles, you'll have made my day!  There's something about a birthday cake or a wedding cake that's just a perfect melange of sweetness that makes me really, really happy!

Today's card uses a three images from Stampin' Up's super cute "Amazing Life" stamp set. I lined all three images up on one acrylic block (block E) and stamped them in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto Whisper White Card Stock that I cut with one of the Stitched Rectangles Framelits. The "Amazing Life" and Rectangle Stitched Shapes Framelits come in a bundle, saving you 15% off the price if you ordered them separately!!
I used a Light Petal Pink Stampin' Blend to color the cake and flower, a Light Mint Macaron Stampin' Blend to color the leaves, the candle, and the word "cake," and a Light Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blend to color the candle's flame.

I cut a larger rectangle from Mint Macaron Card Stock with another Stitched Shape Rectangle Framelit and adhered the stamped piece to it. 

Next, I embossed a 4" by 5-1/4" piece of Sahara Sand Card Stock with the Swirls & Curls Embossing Folder that carried over from the Holiday Catalog. I added a 1-1/2" by 5-1/4" strip of Floral Romance Specialty Designer Series Paper and then wrapped a length of Whisper White Classic Weave Ribbon around before adhering everything to a Thick Whisper White Card Stock card base.

I added the stamped image to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals. I love the soft colors of this card and the cake looks good enough to eat!!

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Hoppy Birthday

#stampinup   #saleabration2019   #faithfulinkspirations   You know, I didn't really like the "So Hoppy Together" stamp set when I first saw it. But it's growing on me. Maybe because simply everyone loves those whimsical frogs! And I have to admit that they're fun to color with Stampin' Blends. Let's take a look at a cute birthday card I made for an upcoming stamp-a-stack.

I started by stamping the frog and the flies in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto Thick Whisper White Card Stock. I put both stamps on the same block and stamped them together. I colored the frog with a Light Shaded Spruce Stampin' Blend and a Light Calypso Coral Stampin' Blend. I cut out the frog with one of the Stitched Shapes Framelits and adhered that to a Fresh Fig Card Stock scalloped circle cut with one of the Layering Circles Framelits.

Next, I cut two smaller circles from Thick Whisper White Card Stock using a Stitched Shapes Framelit. On one circle, I stamped the dragonfly in Tuxedo Black and colored it with the Light Shaded Spruce and Light Calypso Coral Stampin' Blends.  For the sentiment piece, I colored directly onto the "hoppy for you" stamp with a Fresh Fig Stampin' Write Marker and stamped it onto the circle. Then I inked up "birthday" from the "Thoughtful Banners" stamp set in Calypso Coral Ink and stamped that right below "hoppy." Both of these are adhered to a Fresh Fig scalloped circle cut with a smaller Layering Circles Framelit.

To build the card I adhered a 3-3/4" by 5" Calypso Coral Card Stock mat that I embossed with the Subtle Embossing Folder onto a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" Fresh Fig Card Stock mat. (PROTIP: Cut the scalloped circles from this mat before assembly!!) I adhered these to a Thick Whisper White Card Stock card base.

I put a little Snail Adhesive at the bottom of the card and zig-zagged a 12" length of Fresh Fig 1/8" Sheer Ribbon on top. I adhered all three circles with Stampin' Dimensionals. And I added one Clear Faceted Gem to the frog piece, just for fun.

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