DIY Card Making: Making a Miss You Card with Just Sayin’ From Stampin Up

Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 in All Occasion, Cards | 0 comments

DIY Card Making:  Making a Miss You Card with Just Sayin’ From Stampin Up

DIY Card Making:  Making a Miss You Card with Just Sayin’ From Stampin Up

For today’s DIY Card, we are making a Miss You Card featuring the Just Sayin’ stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  Speech bubbles are a recurring trend, they pop in and out of the creative scene – but they are still very hot right now.

I wanted an unusual color combination and I turned to my second favorite neutral paper (my fave is still Crumb Cake!), but I used Smoky Slate for this card.  And then I pulled in a green from the Watercolor Wonder patterned paper, and a bright yellow (Daffodil Delight) in with it.

Let’s chat about this card from the top down.  The sentiment from Just Sayin’ was stamped in Smoky Slate ink onto Whisper White and die cut using the Word Bubbles framelits.  A couple of punched hearts using the Owl Punch were added on top.  And then all of that went onto a Daffodil Delight 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle that was punched from Daffodil Delight card stock.  A few rhinestones completed that layer.

DIY Card Making:  Making a Miss You Card with Just Sayin' From Stampin UpI used the Simply Scored to add the score lines to the big piece of Whisper White to add some texture without covering the entire piece in texture.  And then it’s just a small strip of that Watercolor Wonder paper with that fun green chevron pattern.  More rhinestones were added for fun!

Then we have that Smoky Slate layer with the holes in it.  There is a die that will do that for you, but you can also grab a ruler, a hole punch and a pencil and get the same look.

DIY Card Making:  Making a Miss You Card with Just Sayin' From Stampin Up

And all these layers of paper crafting goodness were added to a Daffodil Delight card base and we are onto the inside….

I pretty much just duplicated the same thing on the inside.  The punched Smoky Slate layer as well as the dry embossed lines from the Simply Scored on the Whisper White.

DIY Card Making:  Making a Miss You Card with Just Sayin' From Stampin Up

It took me a bit to get used to the color combination to decide if I really liked it or not – and I really do.  It’s just that gray, green and yellow wouldn’t be the first color combination that I would usually use.

I hope that not only does this card inspire you to make a card, but to maybe take some time this holiday weekend to make a card AND send it to a friend that really needs a smile!  DIY Card Making is so much fun, I really don’t understand why the entire world isn’t doing it.  And when you can use fun stamps such as the Just Sayin’ from Stampin Up, why isn’t everyone stamping?  They just don’t get it, right?  Have a great Easter weekend!

Making an Easter Card Using Stampin’ Up’s Watercolor Wonder Paper

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in Cards, Easter | 3 comments

Making an Easter Card Using Stampin’ Up’s Watercolor Wonder Paper

Making an Easter Card Using Stampin’ Up’s Watercolor Wonder Paper

Today’s crafting started as goofing off and ended with a fun Easter card using Stampin’ Up!’s Watercolor Wonder Paper.  It was a happy accident that this card came to be.

It started with me just wanting a pretty card with spring colors.   Something “light” and simple.  And it all started with the patterned paper.  I wanted to use the watercolor polka dots from the Watercolor Wonder paper.  According to the recommended colors from Stampin’ Up, it would be Daffodil Delight and Tangerine Tango.  Well, the Tangerine was anything but tango-riffic on this card.  It was AWFUL!!!

I decided to try it with Calypso Coral and was pretty disappointed as well.  The entire project was about to wind up in my trash can when I decided to see what Crisp Cantaloupe looked like with it.  It wasn’t until the entire card was put together that I decided I was happy with the colors.

So let me break it all down for you…

Making an Easter Card Using Stampin' Up!'s Watercolor Wonder Paper, mftwsc172

Let’s start with this delightful picture.  First, allow me to crush on my camera a bit more.  I have had this for a year now, and I still {heart} it more than I should admit…. but look at that ribbon – doesn’t it look like you could touch it?!?!?!

For this top layer, the leaves were stamped in Pistachio Pudding ink and this is the only place that the green is on the card.  After attempting to add it with the sentiment and with the layer that is where the Smoky Slate is, it was just too – the only words that come to mind is sugary sweet.  It was just too …  ya know – just too much.

Then it was time for the butterfly.  That butterfly is punched using Stampin’ Up‘s Elegant Butterfly but also with that Watercolor Wonder paper.  That is how it has the lighter and darker shades of the yellow.  It’s more yummy in real life.  And then I added some pearls to soften it up a bit more.

That circle layer has the Crisp Cantaloupe ruffled ribbon behind it, and then it is layered onto the lace doily.

For the sentiment layer, it was an after thought.  It was initially just the Crisp Cantaloupe strip, but then I decided that this would make a lovely Easter card, so out came the Delightful Dozen stamp set and the Easter card it came to be.

Making an Easter Card Using Stampin' Up!'s Watercolor Wonder Paper, mftwsc172

As I was putting it all together, it looked like it was just missing something.  There really wasn’t a neutral with it other than white.  So it just felt a little off.  I tried all the browns before I decided on Smoky Slate – and it was softened up a bit more just by rounding the corners.

A layer of Crisp Cantaloupe on the inside completes it.  It has the soft and dainty feel that I wanted, and is now an Easter card, which wasn’t the plan – but it works.

Here are all the supplies that I used to create this card – it would make a great Mother’s Day card too!

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When you get to a point that you feel a card isn’t going to come together, try changing up little things, like the colors first and see if that helps!  If I hadn’t changed the Tangerine Tango to Crisp Cantaloupe, this would have wound up in the trash.

I hope that you enjoyed learning about making this Easter card using Stampin’ Up’s Watercolor Wonder Paper!  Be sure to check back soon for more paper crafting ideas.

DIY Card Making: How to Make a Congratulations Card with Stampin’ Up’s Kaleidoscope

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in Cards, Other | 1 comment

DIY Card Making:  How to Make a Congratulations Card with Stampin’ Up’s Kaleidoscope

DIY Card Making:  How to Make a Congratulations Card with Stampin’ Up’s Kaleidoscope

If you need to make a Congratulations card and want a fun idea, start with Stampin’ Up’s Kaleidoscope patterned paper, which is perfect for this kind of DIY card making project.

The color palette for this card was super easy – one of the things that drew me to and has kept me with Stampin’ Up is the color coordination.  Several years ago, Stampin’ Up made an awesome change and started listing the coordinating colors for ALL of their patterned paper not only in the catalog, but on the white backing sheet that comes in your package of patterned paper.  So you will know in a moments notice what colors you can use with that patterned paper for a perfectly coordinated look.

Stampin’ Up recommends with it’s Kaleidoscope paper that you use Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Strawberry Slush and Whisper White – all custom colors of Stampin’ Up of course.  That is where I started, but I deviated.  I am not a Crushed Curry fan.  Out of all the Stampin’ Up colors, that is probably my least favorite.  That or Cajun Craze, it is a toss up.  Since I wasn’t using a pattern that had the yellow in it, it was easy to switch out for another yellow – and I went with Summer Starburst.

The other day on Facebook, I shared a photo of what I have left from the Kaleidoscope paper, there isn’t much left – I need to get more before it is discontinued – and I asked what kind of cards they would make.  What type of sentiment/occasion did that paper scream to them.  And I got several congratulations suggestions.

So now I have my theme, I have my colors, it was time to move onto my stamps.

DIY Card Making:  How to Make a Congratulations Card with Stampin' Up's Kaleidoscope

I dusted off a set called Happy Hour from Stampin’ Up.  This is odd that I had to dust this one off.  It was a set that I bought quite a while back and was so excited to get it.  I quickly made one card with it, and then nothing.  And I have no idea why I haven’t used it since.  But today was the day that it was getting used again!

For the stamping, you will want to stamp your little fruity drink cup twice.  Once in Black Staz-On and once in Strawberry Slush.  So why not just use markers and stamp once and be done?  Because it isn’t as bright a result.  I love the brightness you get for this type of image better when you use ink pads.  Before I cut out the fruity drink part from the stamped Strawberry Slush one and stuck it onto the Black Staz-On, I did use my markers (Crumb Cake and Summer Starfruit) – because there was no way I was cutting out that little umbrella – to ink up the umbrella and have it coming out of the cup.

Then the sentiment was also stamped in Black Staz-On onto a Summer Starfruit square.

Then it was time for punching and die cutting!  I used the 1-3/4″ Circle Punch for the fruity drink layer and backed it with a 2″ Circle from the Circle #2 die.

Now onto the layout…

The base for the card is Bermuda Bay and there is a piece of Whisper White on top of that.  A 3/4″ strip of the Kaleidoscope paper is backed with a scallop die cut from the Tasteful Trim die and secured to the left hand side.  And strips of the Bermuda Bay are chevroned out to make the little banners.

The inside of the card is a strip of Basic Black that I ran through the Tasteful Trim die, but instead of throwing out the two pieces you might when you are done die cutting, I used them around the scallop – just a unique touch.

DIY Card Making:  How to Make a Congratulations Card with Stampin' Up's Kaleidoscope

I love how this card turned out!  Patterned paper can be scary, but honestly I think it is easier to use scraps of patterned paper so that you are staring at that huge piece of 12″ x 12″ paper trying to figure out what to do.  But the patterned paper is not only used as fun accents on this card, it also helped me decide on my color palette.

Can you think of someone that needs this card?  If this is a card that you want to recreate, then here are the supplies that you will need to get started.  To order, click the links below and add them to your shopping cart.  The order will ship directly to you, and you will have them in just about a week.

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Thank you so much for joining me this Monday morning DIY Card.  I hope that you have enjoyed learning how to make it using the Kaleidoscope paper from Stampin’ Up!  Remember, when you have someone that deserves a congratulations card, it is one thing to send one, it is another to MAKE it and send it!


Making a Masculine Card Using Let’s Get Nautical

Posted by on Apr 13, 2014 in Cards, Thank You | 1 comment

Making a Masculine Card Using Let’s Get Nautical

Making a Masculine Card Using Let’s Get Nautical

Ever need to make a masculine card and just know that the nautical look would be perfect?  That was me today.  And it needed to really wow, so a CAS card was not going to work.

And I love a lot of nautical styles and color combinations, but navy, red and white is my favorite.

When it comes to card stock, I choose my favorites that are from Stampin’ Up!  I went with Night of Navy – which was the first color ink pad I bought years ago – Real Red and Whisper White, and a touch of Crumb Cake.

For the layers, I knew I needed a couple of textures.  When adding a lot of layers, it can still look flat if you don’t add texture or textures.  I kept the card base just the Night of Navy.  But then I dry embossed the Real Red layer with the Stripes embossing folder from Stampin’ Up.  I also used their Square Lattice embossing folder for the navy and white stripes.  Those are just 3/8″ strips of Night of Navy adhered to Whisper White at 3/8″ intervals.  When you do that and then dry emboss it makes it feel like it was one piece of card stock.

Making a Masculine Card Using Let's Get Nautical, mftwsc171

Then I went with the stamps from MFT, the Go Overboard.  I originally stamped the life preserver and then die cut it.  But then I tried die cutting it again using only the dies and no stamps, and I much preferred this look.  So the life preserver stamps went away and I stuck with the Let’s Get Nautical dies.

I love the Linen Thread around the life preserver – it was a fun touch that makes it more life like.

And then the anchor – it is die cut using the Let’s Get Nautical dies too out of the Silver Foil paper from Stampin’ Up.

Making a Masculine Card Using Let's Get Nautical, mftwsc171

That perfect sentiment was stamped using the Night of Navy ink.

To finish off the inside, I added another piece of Real Red along with a horizontal strip of the Navy and White dry embossed custom striped paper that I talked about above.

Making a Masculine Card Using Let's Get Nautical, mftwsc171

It was so much fun to make this card.  I had a blast knowing exactly who it is going to and knowing that they will love this card.  And I had a lot of fun playing with these dies.

I hope that it inspires you to create a masculine themed nautical card.  I am sure that if you have been paper crafting for long, you have red, blue and white card stock.  Use whatever sentiment you have and go crazy!


Making Your Own Custom Gift Card Holder with Stampin’ Up’s Kaleidoscope

Posted by on Apr 12, 2014 in Cards, Graduation | 0 comments

Making Your Own Custom Gift Card Holder with Stampin’ Up’s Kaleidoscope

Making Your Own Custom Gift Card Holder with Stampin’ Up’s Kaleidoscope

Yesterday on Facebook, I shared a picture of scraps from Stampin’ Up’s Kaleidoscope paper and coordinating card stock and asked what kind of project you would all make with it.  It was a lot of fun to read what you all said to do with it.

I took two suggestions from the comments and made a Congratulations/Graduate card!

Making Your Own Custom Gift Card Holder with Stampin' Up's Kaleidoscope paper.

So how did this card start?

I started with the Notecards from Stampin’ Up – these are probably one of the most overlooked gems in the Stampin’ Up catalog.  Let’s chat about those for two seconds.  One of the reasons I think they are so overlooked is the size.  They are smaller than the typical size cards that card makers use.  The finished card size is 5″ x 3-1/2″.  So smaller – but why are they are so awesome?

  • Accepted by the USPS, you can mail these, they are not the smaller little square envelopes
  • Smaller, so you use less card stock and patterned paper
  • Come with envelopes
  • You get 20 cards and 20 envelopes!
  • ONLY $5.95!!!! 

Click here for more info on these.  So with them only being $.30 for the card base and the envelope, can you see how fab these are?

That is how this card started, with one of these little gems.

And then I decided that I wanted to use the Envelope Punch Board to turn it into a file folder.  After that was done, it was time to stamp!

Using the little “congratulations” from the Delightful Dozen stamp set and pairing it with Memorable Moments, it was done!  Now if are are saying, “But Meg, why not just use a graduation stamp set?”

Because I don’t own one!  We don’t have a lot of people graduating, so for me it doesn’t meet my versatility requirement when it comes to buying stamps.  This is an EASY trick for making graduation cards without extra expenses!

Then it was time for some serious trial and error.  I want to get the most out of these scraps, get every penny worth out of them!  So let’s talk about what you see and what you don’t see…

The two little strips of Summer Starfruit are actually 1/4″ strips.  The black and white stripes are 3/8″ strips of the Kaleidoscope patterned paper.  The only true big piece is the Bermuda Bay polka dots.  A 1″ strip of Whisper White card stock for the sentiment.  And then that circle – I LOVE that circle.  I originally die cut out a circle using the Circle #2 die for another project, and so I had a piece of card stock with a hole in the middle.

I wanted that diploma layer to really pop, and it somewhat did on the back scallop circle, but just not enough.  As I was pondering what to add, I saw that extra piece of Summer Starfruit, and as Gru from Despicable Me would say, “Light bulb.”

The 1-3/4″ Circle punch perfectly punched a ring around the hole in my card stock and I had a ring.  And yes, I did the happy dance when it landed on the card!

To make the diploma, simply roll up a piece of white card stock and tie a double knot around it with the 1/8″ Bermuda Bay Taffeta Ribbon.

Ta-da!!!  And the finished size holds a gift card which makes it a card and and gift all in one – scoring a win in my books!

Making Your Own Custom Gift Card Holder with Stampin' Up's Kaleidoscope paper.
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I hope that you have enjoyed learning about this card and how it came to be.  Be sure to join in conversations on my Facebook page, you never know where the discussions will lead!  Thanks for joining me for today’s project:  Making Your Own Custom Gift Card Holder with Stampin’ Up’s Kaleidoscope paper.

DIY Card Making – Making Your Own Thank You Cards With Stampin’ Up! Stamps

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in Cards, Thank You | 2 comments

DIY Card Making – Making Your Own Thank You Cards With Stampin’ Up! Stamps

DIY Card Making – Making Your Own Thank You Cards With Stampin’ Up! Stamps

This Monday morning finds me needing Thank You cards – and several of them – so today’s post is all about making your own thank you cards, using a great stamp sets from Stampin’ Up!

Sometimes it may seem that you don’t have the right stamps.  And that is how my morning started out.  I had a big piece of Whisper White card stock to put my sentiment on.  And I have tall sentiments that say Thank You.  And I have little sentiments that would get lost on a big piece of card stock.  And that my stamping friends is what I call a “Creative Conundrum”.

Have you ever had a “Creative Conundrum” before? 

There are two ways of getting past it:  1.  Give up,  2.  Think out of the box.

Today I opted for thinking outside of the box.  I wanted one of the Thanks to really pop, so I went with a color that would stand up to the boldness of the Marina Mist polka dot paper (from Stampin’ Up!‘s Polka Dot Parade) – so Real Red it was.  Then I wanted the others to melt into the background, so I went back to the Marina Mist ink.

Then I wanted to incorporate some sort of tie in with that red in another space, but subtle.  That is how the little scallop came into play under the sentiment.  It is just the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch with Real Red card stock.

DIY Card Making - Making Your Own Thank You Cards With Stampin' Up! Stamps

For the side, I wanted flowers.

My original thought was to have three of the big flowers from the Floral Shop bundle from Stampin’ Up.  And I had three big flowers, and they overwhelmed the card.  I traded in one for a small flower from the Petite Flowers stamp set also from Stampin’ Up.  All the flowers are stamped in Daffodil Delight ink, and both stamp sets have coordinating punches.  (See supply list below.)

DIY Card Making - Making Your Own Thank You Cards With Stampin' Up! Stamps

Then it was a matter of just adhering it all together.  The card base is Whisper White (4-1/4″ x 11″) with a layer of Daffodil Delight card stock (4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″) on top of that.  On an angle is the Polka Dot Parade patterned paper (3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″).

To finish out the card I added Rhinestones.  The two larger flowers got a Large Rhinestone, the smaller flower got the largest size rhinestone in the assorted pack.

DIY Card Making - Making Your Own Thank You Cards With Stampin' Up! Stamps

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And just like that, this card is done!  This is one you can make a lot of in no time at all.

I hope that these ramblings and this card idea help you out when you find yourself needing to make a Thank You card.  One of the reasons that I started with Stampin’ Up! is one of the same reasons that I am still with Stampin’ Up – it all coordinates!  Whether you are a new card maker, or have been making cards for years, you know that coordination is one of the biggest obstacles.  With Stampin’ Up, you get ink pads that coordinate with patterned paper and ribbon and card stock and markers and on and on and on.   You get punches that coordinate with stamps, making your DIY Card Making even easier!

Another DIY Congratulations Card using Thinlits (Masculine Card Idea)

Posted by on Apr 5, 2014 in All Occasion, Cards | 0 comments

Another DIY Congratulations Card using Thinlits (Masculine Card Idea)

Another DIY Congratulations Card Using Thinlits (Masculine Card Idea)

Do you remember my long tale yesterday about using the Thinlits – and how I didn’t think I would like them?  If not, you can read it all here.

But while I was on a roll with congratulations cards, it hit me that there is a guy that I need to send a Congratulations card to, but he is not a ruffled ribbon kinda guy.  He is a neighbor of mine, and he started his own company a few months back and just got his first big contract.

So how was I going to take pinks and polka dots and go masculine?

A few months ago, I met with a rep from Momento and he was awesome and gave me Cut & Emboss die set – and I thought it would be perfect to use for this card.

To begin this card, you have to know a little about him.  He is an Texas A&M Aggie, he bleeds maroon.  And I am not.  I went to Texas Tech – Go Red Raiders! – and bleed red and black.  And that is how the color palette came to be.

Now, the best part of that is, he probably won’t connect why I chose red and black, so it is my sneaky way of inserting Tech into his life.  And he won’t read this, so all is good.

He and I have a great friendship that is based on joking and laughing, so my devious plan fits right in.

Now that you know a bit about him, let’s get back to the card.  I started embossing and die cutting the stars.  I went with Silver Foil paper from Stampin’ Up!, used my magnetic platform and got these stars cut out:

Another DIY Congratulations Card Using Thinlits (Masculine Card Idea)

Then I used the Thinlit Congrats die with Real Red card stock to get my sentiment.

Basic Black card stock was used for my base and layered a piece of Real Red on top.  Did it actually need that layer, no – it could have gone without, but it just puts a little more red into his world.  (hehehe)

And then I used the retired First Edition patterned paper from Stampin’ Up! to put it all together.  This card maybe took me 5 minutes.  Literally.  It was so simple.  Die cut the words and the stars.  Cut the card stock, layer it together – done!

Another DIY Congratulations Card Using Thinlits (Masculine Card Idea)

He will proudly display it in his office knowing him, right under his A&M flag, never knowing that while I am very excited for his big contract, this card accomplished two things!

Can you think of someone that you need to send a card to, but could sneak in something fun at the same time?  I hope so, because when you make you own cards, you can do exactly that!  I hope that you enjoyed this masculine card idea using Thinlits and stars for this congratulations card.

DIY Card Making: How to Make This Congratulations Card Using Thinlit Dies

Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in All Occasion, Cards | 0 comments

DIY Card Making:  How to Make This Congratulations Card Using Thinlit Dies

DIY Card Making:  How to Make This Congratulations Card using Thinlit Dies

Last weekend, I shared on Facebook that I got in a groove with making Congratulations cards and that I would share them with you.  Here is another one that I LOVE!

So here is the snippit from last weeks:  (You can click here to see the entire card.)

DIY Card Making: Quick & Easy Congratulations Cards

I show this, because you can see that the congrats is in white card stock – those are those Thinlit dies that I thought I would hate.  I wasn’t sure that I would like them, so I borrowed one from a friend.  They aren’t cheap, so I just wanted to make sure.

So if you are wondering why I thought I would hate them, it’s because they look tedious.  I get it that you just run it through your Big Shot and move on.  But I thought they would be a pain in the keister getting them out of the die, they would tear, then I would get liquid glue everywhere and end up gluing myself to myself, resulting in a full trash can of card stock and a full day of frustration.  (Do you ever have these inner dialogs with yourself or is it just me?)

I was SOOOO wrong…. BUT:  use quality card stock.  That is my advice – I tried some patterned paper from the clearance bin of a store I picked up a while back that was pretty flimsy and that was, well, uh… let’s just go with Not Good.

OK, so I had die cut out my congrats for the card above, all went well, and I was about to throw away the negative piece that was remaining and my thinking cap went on.

This particular Thinlit die has a coordinating stamp set.  And that is where the frustration set in for this card.  If I had just stamped it and then die cut it, it would have been fine, (and I did that on another card).

But no, I had to go crazy and do it this way:

DIY Card Making:  How to Make This Congratulations Card using thinlit dies

So what I did was stamp on the bottom layer of card stock, then I used Silver Glimmer Paper to line it, and then I have the piece that was negative cut out on top.

Why was this a pain?  Even though it was a clear stamp, and even though I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig, trying to get it all lined up was a booger.

OK, so I lost an hour on that one section and a lot of card stock in the trash – and the entire time I kept thinking that what would have been even easier was to just put a patterned piece of paper down would on the base white piece – and it would have looked the same – but now I was on a mission.  No one was leaving the stamp room until I got it!!!

And thankfully I did.  So what I am trying to say, it can be done, but in the future, I am just going to do the patterned paper behind it and call it a day.

I love the Silver Glimmer Paper, that stuff is OSM!  I cut out a rectangle, used my scissors to remove the middle section of it so that I had a hollow frame.  And a few stars topped it off.

The background color is Strawberry Slush and I used the Darice Fireworks Embossing Folder on that layer.

Here is the completed card:

DIY Card Making:  How to Make This Congratulations Card using thinlit dies

It is very simple to make if you are not trying to prove anything to the paper crafting gods.

And if you don’t stamp the words and go with patterned paper, you need very few supplies.  Card stock, patterned paper, embossing folder, thinlit die and stars.

This stamp and thinlit die came from Papertrey Ink and is the Wonderful Words set – thank you Karen for letting me use it, you are fabulous!  I no longer hate or fear the Thinlit Die :).

I hope that you have enjoyed learning how to make this card and the Thinlit Die, be sure to check back and see the other creations using thinlit dies and more congratulations cards!

Last Day of Stampin’ Up!’s Sale-a-Bration!

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Cards, Thinking of You | 1 comment

Last Day of Stampin’ Up!’s Sale-a-Bration!

Last Day of Stampin’ Up!’s Sale-a-Bration!

Today is the last day to get all your Sale-a-Bration from Stampin’ Up! goodies, whether it is stamp sets, patterned paper, accessories or digital downloads, this is it!

I am so in love with this paper, I will be completely honest in saying that I will be getting more today – I have to have more of it!  With one package of it, I have made over 30 cards.  It has been so much fun to work with.

Remember that with Sale-a-Bration, you cannot buy the items, they are free with a $50 order.  With each $50 in merchandise, you get to pick out a free item.  Here are all the Sale-a-Bration items:

Stampin’ Up!’s Sale-a-Bration items:


Today’s card started with a sketch and a friend in mind.  I have had her on my mind for several weeks now, and keep meaning to pick up the phone.  So today, a card is going in the mail to her, and the Thinking of You sentiment was perfect for what I needed.

Since we are talking about the sentiment, let’s start with that.  I am not completely sure that I like the Sassy Salutations stamp set.  The font is different, and sometimes looks a little creepy to me.  But then when I tried it today, with the un-uniform polka dots patterned paper, it seemed to work.  I had every intention of trying it and putting it back and opting for another stamp set.  But the more I stare at it, the more I like it.

So the sentiment was stamped in Crisp Cantaloupe ink onto a die cut piece of Whisper White (Labels collection framelits were used).  And then I went punch happy.  I used the Banner Punch (a SAB item) with the Sweet Sorbet paper (another SAB item) to get my banners, and then I used the Owl Punch with extra pieces of Summer Starfruit and Crisp Cantaloupe card stock to get the circles and the hearts.

I laid this layer onto my patterned paper and it seemed to get lost – so a quick little sponging with Sponge Daubers and Pistachio Pudding ink around the edges and it was good to go.

That layer was almost complete, but something was missing.  It needed bows for our banner.  I quickly tied two bows using the White Baker’s Twine and the 10 Second Bow Maker and ta-da – NOW that layer was complete.

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The base for the card is Whisper White, and a layer of Crisp Cantaloupe went on top of that.  Two strips of the Sweet Sorbet paper (same SAB item as before) cut at 1-3/4″ x 4-1/2″ were attached on top.  And dimensionals held the sentiment layer in place.

To finish off the front of the card, I went with rhinestones in the upper left and lower right hand corner.

I kept the inside real simple, it is another piece of Crisp Cantaloupe and a strip of the same Sweet Sorbet patterned paper.

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To make it easy for you, below is the list of supplies that I used to create this card.  You can simply click on the items that you need and it will take you right into my Stampin’ Up! store.

Supplies Used on This Sale-a-Bration Thinking of You Card:


If you like the punch, it is the last day to get the Banner punch and that patterned paper for free.  If you prefer to get some free goodies, and need to stock up on some of your other paper crafting supplies, today is THE day to do it.

I hope that you have enjoyed all the projects I have shared over the past few months using Stampin’ Up!’s Sale-a-Bration items!  Sale-a-Bration truly is one of the best times of the year for stampers!


DIY Card Making: Quick & Easy Congratulations Cards

Posted by on Mar 29, 2014 in All Occasion, Cards | 1 comment

DIY Card Making:  Quick & Easy Congratulations Cards

DIY Card Making:  Quick & Easy Congratulations Cards

After a long week of playing catch up, I needed some fun paper crafting projects to focus on.  And there are a few people that I really need to send a congratulations card to – so why not have a blast and crank them out.  Over the next few days, I will be sharing these, there are some fun variations on them.  I used products I have never used before and one that I thought I would hate, but now I love.

Let’s get to the first one…

This is actually the one where I used those word thinlits that everyone else seems to love, but I fought for soooo long.  I heard they were tedious, which is NOT the word I want associated with my paper crafting, and that they tear easy, hard to get out of the die, etc.  So for my first go at it, I simply die cut it in Whisper White card stock.

I was shocked that it went so well.

DIY Card Making:  Quick & Easy Congratulations Cards

I had it laying on just the green paper (from the Sweet Sorbet patterned paper from Stampin’ Up!) but they got a little lost.  I layered them on other colors, but when I was digging for a different pattern, I stumbled upon this little strip of Silver Glimmer paper.  It was the EXACT size that you see it as, so it was obviously meant to be!

The word fit perfectly and popped it up off the green pattern just like it needed.  Under that 1″ strip of green paper, I added a ruffle with the Crisp Cantaloupe Stretch Ruffled ribbon.

And then the entire element went onto my FAVORITE pattern in this paper pack.  I have been using it very sparingly – until this card, and then I did an entire card front with it.

Then that entire layer went onto my Crisp Cantaloupe card base.  This card is simple, simple, simple.

DIY Card Making:  Quick & Easy Congratulations Cards

As I type this, I realize that I never used any stamps or ink on it either.

Here is what you need to re-create this card:

Crisp Cantaloupe card base:  4-1/4″ x 11″ (score at 5-1/2″)

Sweet Sorbet Patterned Paper:  4″ x 5-1/4″; 1″ x 4″ (2) – one for the front and one for the inside

Whisper White:  4″ x 5-1/4″; 1″ x 4″

Silver Glimmer Paper:  1/2″ x 3-3/4″

Thinlit die & some ribbon and you are in business!

These went together so quickly that I actually made four of them in under 20 minutes – SLAM DUNK in my book!

Be sure to check back later this weekend, I will be sharing more congrats cards!

Thank you so much for joining me for this quick and easy DIY Card Making Congratulations card!