Thursday, February 20, 2020

Music in My Heart

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations  #thoughtfulThursday   I love to get swap cards! I love to see what other stampers design--it gives me such great inspiration. And I love to get cards that use products I don't have. Today's card was made by Jennifer Helm at The Faithful Stamper Facebook page. It uses the "Music From the Heart" stamp set from the January-to-June Mini Catalog and it's super cute!!
Jennifer started by stamping the sentiment in Gorgeous Grape Ink at the bottom of a Whisper White Card Stock card base. She added some cute little hearts in Flirty Flamingo Ink.

Next, she stamped the treble clef and the notes in Gorgeous Grape Ink onto a 2-1/2" by 4-3/4" Whisper White panel. She added splashes of Flirty Flamingo, Mango Melody, Garden Green, Coastal Cabana, and Highland Heather Inks behind each of these elements and then embossed the panel with the Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing Folder.

Then Jennifer adhered this piece to a 2-3/4" by 5" Basic Black Card Stock mat. She adhered this piece to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

I love the simplicity of this card and the thoughtful sentiment! Thanks for swapping with me, Jennifer!

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Fabulous Poppies

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   #challengeWednesday  #FabFri183  It's been a long time since I've played along with a stamping challenge. I think it's about time to play again. Stamping challenges are a great way to boost your creativity. They usually feature a card sketch, or a color combination, or a theme. You can choose to follow the "prompt" precisely, or you can put your own spin on it. Either way, a stamping challenge helps you get out of a creative slump.

This week I'm playing along in the Fab Friday challenge blog (my fave!) and it's a sketch challenge!

I wanted to do a quick card since I'm always in a hurry, and one of my go-to choices for a quick card is to let the designer series paper be the star of the show. I used a beautiful, water colored piece of the Peaceful Poppies DSP. I cut this piece to 3-3/4" by 5" and adhered it to a 4" by 5-1/4" Poppy Parade Card Stock mat. I used another 1" by 3-4/5" piece of striped Old Olive Peaceful Poppies DSP across the center. Then I added a length of Whisper White 1/4" Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon around the center and adhered everything to an Old Olive Card Stock card base.

Stamped a sentiment from the "Peaceful Moments" stamp set in Mossy Meadow Ink onto Whisper White Card Stock and cut it out with one of the Painted Labels Dies. I also cut a swirly circle from Old Olive Card Stock with another of the dies in this set. I adhered the circle directly to the card and used Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere the stamped label on top.

To finish the card I added three Soft Sea Foam Basic Adhesive-Backed Sequins...'cause you've always gotta have a little bling, right?

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

3 Cheers to Kits!

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   #ProtipTuesday   Yesterday I showed you the awesome Kerchief Card Kit that you can earn for FREE during Sale-a-Bration (see yesterday's post for details). Today, I'm sharing an all-inclusive set from the January-to-June 2020 Mini Catalog. I wouldn't normally share two kits in a row, but as I was putting the kit together, I kept thinking, "This a PROTIP I need to share." So for PROTIP Tuesday, I present the Three Cheers For You All Inclusive Kit!

Seriously, this kit has everything you need (except scissors) to make 12 awesome cards. You get the stamp set, an acrylic block, an ink spot, all the embellishments, pretty pre-printed cards and envelopes, and it all comes in a cute box that you can decorate, too. There's also a full-color instruction booklet that helps you when putting the cards together. And my first PROTIP is this: to read the small print in the booklet, take a picture of each page with your phone and then enlarge the picture so you can read the small print!

Each of the cards has a Linen Thread element. The thread comes on a spool, so when you cut it to size, it's still curlicued. PROTIP: I took my adhesive eraser (which we don't sell anymore) and pulled the thread over it. I used to have a piece of bee's wax that I would use to stiffen thread in the same way. (You can search "adhesive eraser" or "beeswax sewing notions" on Amazon and pick up one of these amazing tools. I recommend the adhesive eraser because, well, you might need to erase some adhesive if you're a paper-crafter!)

Here are the finished cards and box. They are totes adorable--perfect for loads of occasions and perfect to give as a gift--either the kit or as a box of cards you've made yourself!

Would you like to gather a few friends and put together this kit for a fun girls' night in? Message me and we can work out the details! I'll even bring my adhesive eraser!

tams# 41518

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Monday, February 17, 2020

Manic Monday Kerchief Cards

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   #ManicMonday   Well, well, well. Look who's back in the blogosphere. Yeah, I've been away from the stampin' room for a while now. I've missed it, but I've been incredibly busy. I've started a new position at work and I'm working long days (that's only temporary, yay!) and I just haven't had the stampin' mojo, know what I mean? Then I got distracted by knitting...and tidying. If you follow me on Instagram or my personal Facebook page, you'll see that I've done my closet, the linen closet, and the biggest task yet, the kitchen pantry! It's a lot of work, but the end results are so worth it....except, that it doesn't leave lot of time for stamping.

It's Manic Monday, which means I'll be showing you a quick and easy card that you can make in a hurry (just what you and I need). But instead of one card, I made a bunch using the Sale-a-Bration Kerchief Card Kit that you can earn for FREE with a $50 purchase during Sale-a-Bration (through March 31, 2020). This kit is so cute--and the cards come together so quickly because there is no stamping. All the parts are there for assembly! What?! Take a look!

Here are the super cute cards, individually. If you look closely at the background, you'll see that the really look like bandanas, oh, excuse me, like kerchiefs.

I put all 8 cards together in 30 minutes! They're perfect for a Manic Monday!

Want to get your hands on these cards? It's easy, just place a $50 (or more) order with me before the end of Sale-a-Bration (March 31) and you can choose the Kerchief Card Kit for FREE!!

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Creation Station: The Full Monty

#stampinup   #creationstation   #faithfulinkspirations   Oh what a fun blog hop our design team mavens have come up with for February--“The Full Monty” aka "The Whole Kit and Caboodle." Our design team has been inspired to make any project using an entire suite of products. There are so many wonderful suites in the Annual Catalog and in the January-to-June Mini Catalog that I had a hard time choosing. In the end, I went with the Bird Ballad Suite on pages 90 through 92 of the Annual Catalog. I chose this suite because I love it (duh) and because I have most of the products therein. Take a look at my project!

I made a fancy-schmancy, fun-fold card with matching envelope and decorated the Bird Ballad Card Tin. I used just about everything in the Bird Ballad Suite.  I don't have any of the Bird Ballad Trinkets, so you won't see those here. Of course, I used additional products, too!

I'm usually in such a rush just to make a card that I never think about decorating the envelope. Well, I think about it, but I never have the time! Here, I stamped the larger bird from the "Free As A Bird" stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored it with Light and Dark Petal Pink and Light Crumb Cake Stampin' Blends.

The envelopes that come with the Bird Ballad Laser-Cut Cards are cute on their own, but I went ahead and made a liner. I cut some of the gorgeous Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper into a 5-7/8" by 6" square, slipped it into the envelope, and adhered the top to the envelope flap. I fussy cut the scalloped edge, using the envelope as a guide.
I used one of the Bird Ballad Laser-Cut cards, but I zhuzhed it up a bit. First, I cut in in half--yikes! I cut a 4-1/2" by 5" piece of the Petal Pink Polka Dotted Bird Ballad DSP and adhered it so that it would show through to the front of the card. Here's PROTIP: I squirted a bit of Multipurpose Glue onto a piece of scrap plastic and then used a Q-tip to apply the glue just to the inside frame. No fuss, no mess! I love that! I also cut an extra 4" by 5-1//8" piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock to use later.

Next, I cut a 4" by 11" piece of Petal Pink Card Stock. I scored this at 5" and 10".

Now comes the fun part. I adhered the bottom part (as shown in the picture above) to the non-laser-cut piece of the Bird Ballad Laser-Cut Card, like so.

Then, I adhered the bottom of the laser-cut piece to the top flap. Be careful to align with the bottom of your card.

Because the back of the Petal Pink polka dot piece of Bird Ballad DSP doesn't match with the rest of my project, I adhered that extra piece of  4" by 5-1/8" Very Vanilla Card Stock on top!

Here's the fun-fold card, unfolded.

You can see that I added a 3-1/2" by 4-1/2" piece of the same blue Bird Ballad DSP that I used as the envelop liner and the belly band on the tin.

For the card front, I stamped the image of birds on a branch in Tuxedo Black onto Very Vanilla Card Stock. I colored the birds with a combination of Light and Dark Petal Pink, Light Pool Party, Light Old Olive, and Light Crumb Cake Stampin' Blends. I cut this out with one of the Stitched Nested Label Dies that comes as part of the Free As A Bird Bundle. I embossed a piece of Pool Party Card Stock with the Subtle Embossing Folder and cut it out with another Stitched Nested Label Die. I stamped a sentiment from the "Free As A Bird" stamp set onto this and then adhered it to the bird label. I adhered a length of the Scalloped Lace Trim to the card and then adhered the label to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals. I added a few Gold Metallic Pearls to the card for fun.

The Bird Ballad Laser-Cut Card Tin is gorgeous by itself, but I wanted to add a fun belly band. I cut a 3" by 12" piece of the blue Bird Ballad DSP and scored it at 1-1/2", 3", 8-5/8", and 10-1/4". I needed a bit more to make it all the way around the tin, so I cut a 3" by 5" piece of the DSP and pieced it together on the bottom. I used a Stitched Rectangle Die to cut a piece of Gold Foil Sheet to slip behind the belly band--but before I did, I used a circular Stitched Shape Die to cut a piece out of the middle! I tied a long length of Scalloped Lace Trim around the belly band.

That was pretty, but more is MORE! I stamped the birds on a branch image in Tuxedo Black onto Very Vanilla and colored the birds with the same group of Stampin' Blends. I punched this out with my 2" Circle Punch, adhered it to a Pool Party Card Stock circle that I cut with one of the layering Circles Dies, and then onto the stitched Gold Foil circle that I cut earlier. I adhered this to the belly band with Stampin' Dimensionals. 

Next, I stamped one of the flowers from the "Free As A Bird" set in Tuxedo Black Ink onto Very Vanilla and colored it with Light So Saffron and Light Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Blends. Then I colored the flower with Clear Wink of Stella. I fussy cut it with my Paper Snips and adhered it to the medallion with a Stampin' Dimensional. I plopped a Gold Metallic Pearl in the center. Finally, I stamped "hello" from the same stamp set in Tuxedo Black and cut it out with the smallest Stitched Nested Label Die. I adhered this to the belly band with Stampin' Dimensionals and gave it a little bling with a Gold Metallic Pearl.

I hope you enjoyed my Full Monty project. Next up is the fabulous Sara Nell Langland. I'm sure you'll be dazzled and inspired by Sara's project!

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