Stampin’ Up!’s Build a Birthday Handmade Birthday Card Idea

Stampin’ Up!’s Build a Birthday Handmade Birthday Card Idea

Welcome to today’s project that is all about using Stampin’ Up!’s Build a Birthday for a handmade birthday card idea.

To get this project started, I went for my inks and the Build a Birthday stamp set.  This is a fun set and can be used for both boys and girls birthday cards, as well as for grown up cards.  It’s just a very versatile set.

For my colors, I went with Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight and Melon Mambo.  It’s a bright and cheerful color combination – definitely will put a smile on a little girl’s face!

 

Stampin' Up!'s Build a Birthday Handmade Birthday Card Idea

 

I wanted to add some layers, but not too many.  So I added the Daffodil Delight strip after it was dry embossed with the Chevron Embossing Folder.

Then it was time to add a faux layer.

 

Stampin' Up!'s Build a Birthday Handmade Birthday Card Idea

 

I wanted to add texture to the Tempting Turquoise card base, but not go for another embossing folder.  So I went for my scoring board and dry embossed a 1/2″ border in from all four sides.  It’s a bit hard to see in the photos, but it adds a fun pop of texture.

Then it was on to the tag.  The sentiment came from the same Build A Birthday stamp set.  I stamped it on a strip of Whisper White and then cut around the words to make them into two rectangles.

 

Stampin' Up!'s Build a Birthday Handmade Birthday Card Idea

 

The tag itself is from the Tags and Labels nesting die set.  This set is a bit different as you get two different nesting sets of dies!  And I love both the designs so I knew I had to have these.

A little Whisper White cotton ribbon in the tag completed it, adding some more texture to the card.  This is a card you really want to run your fingers over.  Visually and physically there is a just a lot of texture.

 

Stampin' Up!'s Build a Birthday Handmade Birthday Card Idea

 

This card really does not use that many supplies, below they are all listed for you.

 

Stampin' Up!'s Build a Birthday Handmade Birthday Card Idea

 

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Big Shot

$110.00

Thank you so much for joining me for today’s Stampin’ Up!’s Build a Birthday Handmade Birthday Card Idea post!  See you in the next one!

 

Super Easy No Layer Greeting Cards That You Will Love To Make and Send

Super Easy No Layer Greeting Cards That You Will Love To Make and Send

Contrary to what some people think, no layer greeting cards do not have to be flat and boring – no layer cards can be beautiful and have loads of depth and interest!  And one of the easiest way to make a no layer card that is a standout also happens to incorporate a fun and practically limitless technique.  First let’s take a look at one of the cards I made using this technique:

Easy, Fast and Gorgeous No Layer Greeting Card

When I tell you how easy this style of card is you won’t believe it until you try it yourself.  All you do is cut a shape out of a scrap of cardstock using your Big Shot and your favorite Framelits.  Any negative space can be used but for cards where you want to create a lot of impact with minimal time and effort, larger shapes work better.

Then you gently sponge color through the space onto your card front.  This is where you can have so much fun experimenting with colors!  Just remember to start with a light touch – you can always add more color but it’s very hard to mimic taking it away.

Now you want to choose a dark or bold ink for your focal image so it really stands out against your gorgeous colors.  You can stamp through the mask you made with your framelit shape as I did above or stamp over your colors as I did in another No Layer Card below.

Check out another one of these super simple no layer cards:

Fast, easy and gorgeous no layer greeting card

The beauty of this technique is that there really isn’t a “right” or “wrong” way to do it so you are only limited by your imagination!

Here are the products I used:

Card 1

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Big Shot

$110.00

Card 2

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Big Shot

$110.00

Now, aren’t you inspired to go create some beautiful, fast and easy no layer cards?

Die Cutting With Thinlits and Framelits and Dies

Are you, like me, completely in love with die cutting and the endless crafting possibilities a die cutting machine and all the things that go with it can do to make your papercrafting experience even more rewarding?   Are you sometimes confused about the difference between Thinlits, Framelits and Dies? Well, read on!

 

Butterflies Thinlits
Butterflies Thinlits
Hello You Thinlits
Hello You Thinlits
Baker's Box Thinlit
Baker’s Box Thinlit

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thinlits (three pictured above) are are wafer thin steel dies that cut specific shapes, either to use as an element on a project or to create a shape that can be assembled into a 3-D item. You can see that they can be very detailed, as with the Butterflies.  Stampin’ Up! has 14 options of Thinlits in the main catalog and has, since beginning to offer them, carries special thinlits in the Occasions and Holiday Catalogs. With the exception of two very large, cardfront sized items – Hexagon Hive and Striped Scallop – all the Thinlits carried by Stampin’ Up! consist of several pieces designed to work together. AND!!! Stampin’ Up! is super smart about ensuring that there are plenty of opportunities for cross over, that is using pieces from one set with pieces from another meaning you really would have to work pretty hard to run out of stinkin’ cute ways to use these awesome tools!

 

Tags & Labels Framelits
Tags & Labels Framelits
Ovals Framelits
Ovals Framelits
Bold Butterfy Framelits
Bold Butterfy Framelits

 

 

 

 

 

 

Framelits (three pictured above) are also wafer thin steel dies that are designed to either nest with others to create frames OR to frame imagery. These are exceptionally handy since Stampin’ Up! LOVES to create stamp sets that go with their Framelits both in the main catalog and again in the seasonal catalogs. There are 20 Framelit options in the main catalog with just two – Floral Frames and Envelope Liners – not currently having a matching stamp set. And again, you can mix and match to your heart’s content!

Both Thinlits and Framelits cut cardstock, paper, vellum, and metallic foil. Basic, less intricate shapes can also cut fun foam, felt, thin sheets of cork and other, thinner more pliable materials. You may need to adjust your “sandwich” – the assembly of cutting pads, platforms, etc. for the thickness of the material you are cutting.

Berry Basket from Berry Basket BigZ Die
Berry Basket from Berry Basket BigZ Die
Fry Box from Fry Box BigZ Die
Fry Box from Fry Box BigZ Die
Flower from Spiral Flower Originals Die
Flower from Spiral Flower Originals Die

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Traditional dies (three final products using these dies shown above) like the BigZ and Originals carried by Stampin’ Up!, are different in that they are constructed with the cutting surface – a steel strip formed into the shape you want to cut – embedded in a dense foam that compresses when run through your die cutting machine. These powerful dies can cut through cardstock, metallic foil, mat board, paper, vellum, foam, magnet sheets, leather and more. Stampin’ Up! currently offer six traditional steel rule dies, all of which make fabulous 3-D items!

One thing to remember when using ALL dies is to NEVER force your sandwich through your die cutting machine. If your sandwich is too thick and you do try to force it through, you could permanently damage your die cutting machine and all the components in your sandwich! If you run your sandwich through your machine and you are not getting a clean enough cut or no cut at all, try adding a “shim”. A shim is simply an additional piece of scrap cardstock, a piece of thin chipboard, etc. Start with the thinnest additional layer and build up as needed. I find it handy to note on my die storage (in my case my handy dandy zipper baggies!) when I need a custom sandwich. Each die cutting machine will have minute differences in pressure and each die will have minute differences in manufacturing tolerances so sometimes adjustments are necessary and it’s perfectly normal.

I hope this helps you understand better how to use and love your Thinlits, Framelits and traditional dies and gets you inspired to create with them!

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Using Stake Your Claim with Handpicked Framelits (Stampin’ Up!)

Using Stake Your Claim with Handpicked Framelits (Stampin’ Up!)

Today we are using Stake Your Claim with Handpicked Framelits (Stampin’ Up!) to make a bright and cheerful birthday card.

I am not a gardener, nor do I ever claim to be one, or even have any desire to be one. So when Stampin’ Up! released the From the Garden stamp set with the Handpicked Framelits this past Spring- it was never going to be on my wishlist.

Then with the new catalog, they released the Stake Your Claim stamp set to go with the same Handpicked Framelits, and I had to have it! It kinda goes along with the speech bubbles idea, but in a different way.

So today I grabbed it to make a birthday card. And go figure – I put flowers with it!

I wanted this card to have a lot of white space, but not too much. Adding the splatters from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set helped get rid of some of the extra white space. Some splatters went in the upper right hand corner and in the lower left corner.

Let’s chat about the sentiment area first. I went with the Cucumber Crush ink for the stamp and stamped it on white.

TIP: Be sure to use your Magnetic Platform with these dies!

Then it just kinda sat there. I first tried a yellow bow around it, but then struggled with what to put at the top. So off came the bow…

I grabbed the flower punch from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch pack and decided to just punch out card stock, rather than grabbing the stamp that coordinates with this punch. I didn’t want more texture, just a simple punched flower.

Using Stake Your Claim with Handpicked Framelits (Stampin' Up!)

 

Then it was time to focus on the upper section.

Many of you know that I LOVE bows. And I love me some fancy bows. But my hands down all time favorite bow is the double loop bow. And the easiest way to tie these is with the 10 Second Bow Maker.

I tied a double loop bow out of the Daffodil Delight Cotton Ribbon. A separate piece was tied around the entire Whisper White layer. And before the double loop bow was stuck on top, I added some little tags.

These tags come from the Handpicked Framelits. I used a 1/8″ hole punch in the top of each and threaded Whisper White Baker’s Twine through each and tied the baker’s twine in a double knot. That knot is stuck to the flat ribbon piece and then the fabulous double loop bow is stuck on top.

But then what to add with on the tags, right? A couple more flowers to match the bottom is the answer!

 

Using Stake Your Claim with Handpicked Framelits (Stampin' Up!)

 

TIP: The tags are attached to the card, if you leave them to dangle the pink one will just lie on top of the yellow one. And then you will be sad, and cry. And we do not want that!

The finishing touches for the top layer are the rhinestones. Just a small rhinestone in the middle of each flower for a little pop of bling.

To complete the card, I added a Watermelon Wonder mat and then under that a little strip of Daffodil Delight to help break up the white background.

Just like that, this card is done!

 

Using Stake Your Claim with Handpicked Framelits (Stampin' Up!)

 

The first time I made this card this morning, it took me a while to figure out exactly what I wanted it to look like. When I made the second version of it this morning, it was done in less than 10 minutes.

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Thanks so much for joining for today’s card where we are using Stake Your Claim with Handpicked Framelits (Stampin’ Up!). See you tomorrow!