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Save on Stampin’ Up! Items This Week

Posted by on Feb 24, 2015 in Cards, Weekly Deals | 0 comments

Save on Stampin’ Up! Items This Week

Save on Stampin’ Up! Items This Week

For one week only, these Stampin’ Up! Items are on sale, save $ on them while you can!

Remember that the purchase of these items can count towards Sale-a-Bration!  Save on Stampin’ Up! Items this week, when next Monday night hits, these sales are over!

Paper Craft Idea: Making a Handmade Birthday Card

Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in Birthday, Cards | 2 comments

Paper Craft Idea:  Making a Handmade Birthday Card

Paper Craft Idea:  Making a Handmade Birthday Card

Welcome to this paper craft idea that is all about making a handmade birthday card.

It’s Monday, and that means polka dots!  I love them, I can’t get enough of them, and it worked perfect for my card today to have them!

But today, I used polka dot paper instead of white card stock to hold my sentiment.  I stamped my sentiment right onto that polka dot paper using the Big Day stamp set from Stampin’ Up!

 

Paper Craft Idea:  Making a Handmade Birthday Card

 

Then it was time to stamp the cake.  This cake is a cute cake with that fun circle trim on the icing.  It was colored using my Blendabilities.  And I didn’t focus on blending today.  I used just one shade of each color so that I did not have marker lines.

 

Paper Craft Idea:  Making a Handmade Birthday Card

The Sweet Taffy paper from Stampin’ Up! provided the stripes and the polka dots.

Years ago I said goodbye to buying individual sheets of patterned paper.  I like to use patterns together, and trying to match them up while standing in the aisle of a florescent lighted craft store is like trying to nail jello to the wall.  No. Thank. You.

From start to finish, this card took me less than 15 minutes.  From idea to pulling supplies, from stamping to coloring, from punching to adhering, it was done!  Much less time that going to buy one.  (Notice I did not say cheaper!)

But if considering costs, remember that the Big Day stamp set is part of the Sale-a-Bration promotion with Stampin’ Up!  Which means with every $50 in merchandise you order, you can pick out a free stamp set or other accessory to go with it!

And this Big Day one is my fave!  Check it out:

 

Paper Craft Idea:  Making a Handmade Birthday Card

 

Put all of these components together and look at what you have:

 

Paper Craft Idea:  Making a Handmade Birthday Card

Ok, so the only part we haven’t talked about is the inside of the card.  I went simple.  Crazy simple would be leaving it completely blank.  Mildly simple would be just adding card stock.  Simple is adding a stamp and a strip of the same patterned paper that was still sitting out on my counter top.

Paper Craft Idea:  Making a Handmade Birthday Card

Below is a list of supplies used to create this handmade birthday card.

Quick Order Links

 

There you have it!  That is all there is to making this handmade birthday card for today’s paper craft idea.  Be sure to check back tomorrow to see some fun products that will be on sale!

Making a Card for an Awesome Friend (Friday Flip)

Posted by on Feb 18, 2015 in Cards, Friday Flip, Thank You, Thinking of You | 0 comments

Making a Card for an Awesome Friend (Friday Flip)

Friday Flip Video: Making a Card for an Awesome Friend

This was one of my first Friday Flip projects – and it is still a favorite of mine – it’s all about making a card for an awesome friend.

You know that friend that is just awesome?  She is a shoulder to cry on, the first to pop open a bottle of wine, a pizza deliverer when you didn’t ask for one, a baby sitter, a contagious laugher, the first to call a spade a spade, and the type to drop a few choice words over a broken nail.

Can you picture her?  I sure can!

So here was the inspiration card which is one of my favorite Thank You cards:

New Friday Flip Video:  Making a Handmade Card

I love so many things about this card, I don’t even know where to start. I love banner/button combo, the polka dots (OF COURSE!), the sentiment, the list goes on and on…

So how do you take so many things and change them up? Start with the simple wins. Can you change the orientation of it? Meaning rotating it 90 degrees. Do you have another sentiment? And for the banner, can you make it smaller and go with a smaller button too?

Let’s dive into the video…

Check out today’s video here and don’t forget that all the products are listed below:

 

 

Quick Order Links for today’s Friday Flip supplies:

Banner Punch

$12.95

Bird Punch

$16.95

Here is our finished Friday Flip handmade card:

New Friday Flip Video:  Making a Handmade Card

I hope this Friday Flip inspires you to go out an make a card for that awesome friend.  You know she deserves it!  And be sure to check back for more Friday Flip Flashbacks!

Did You See This Friday Flip on Making a Handmade Thank You Card?

Posted by on Feb 16, 2015 in Cards, Friday Flip, Thank You | 0 comments

Did You See This Friday Flip on Making a Handmade Thank You Card?

Friday Flip: How to Make A Handmade Thank You Card

This past year, I started offering the Friday Flip, & most Friday’s there is a new Friday Flip episode.  This week I am going to share my favorite ones with you.

So what is the Friday Flip?  It’s where I take one project idea and FLIP it into another.  Sometimes I flip a card that I don’t like into something I do.  But most times, I take a card I LOVE and flip it into another one I LOVE!  When you have one hit, why not have two, right?

This card is one from a live class I offered a few years back.  I love the texture and the fun little green border.  I also loved the color combination, mixing a rich blue with a bright green – all with a bunch of neutral card stock showing as well.

Friday Flip, How to Make A Thank You Card

Many of the same elements are staying the same, but there weren’t any stamps used on our inspiration card.

The video and the supply list are listed below.

For this Friday Flip Thank You card, I used this stamp set:

Friday Flip, How to Make A Thank You Card

I will warn you now, this is a hostess set. Which means that it can be earned, not purchased. So either gather some orders from some friends and contact me, and you can earn this one, save up for a big order so you can earn it, or look to see what you have that you can use instead of this one.

This is my favorite hostess set and one I think everyone needs!  It has polka dots on it, how could you not need it?

Let’s flip it into a handmade thank you card.  It started with picking out the colors.  I kept a lot of the neutral from the first card and then added a bunch more.  I kept a rich color, this time purple, and changing it to a different green.

Check out this Friday Flip:

Friday Flip, How to Make A Thank You Card

Here is your Friday Flip video:

 

 

See? Many of the elements stayed the same, but several changed as well.

If this is a project that is for you and you need any of the supplies, click on the item names below and have them shipped to your home!

Quick Order Links:

 

Here is our final Friday Flip Thank You Card project.

Friday Flip, How to Make A Thank You Card

Thank you so much for joining me for today’s Friday Flip where we make a Thank You Card!

Friday Flip: Making a Sympathy Card (Paper Craft Ideas)

Posted by on Feb 13, 2015 in Cards, Friday Flip, Sympathy | 0 comments

Friday Flip:  Making a Sympathy Card (Paper Craft Ideas)

Friday Flip:  Making a Sympathy Card (Paper Craft Ideas)

Welcome to this Friday Flip where today we are making a sympathy card – the goal of this paper craft idea is to show you one card then FLIP it into another.

The Friday Flip is all about not recreating the wheel.  Rather we take one idea and run with it.

Today, we are starting with this card for our inspiration card:

Friday Flip:  Making a Sympathy Card (Paper Craft Ideas)

Inspiration can come in all forms and fashions.  I love color inspirations, sketch inspirations, using other cards for inspirations and more.  And my favorite place for inspiration is Stamping Family.  Each week we share three new inspirations to help get the creative juices flowing.  So if you are not a member of of Stamping Family, pop on over and check it out!

Stamping Family

We are keeping the layout the same from the inspiration card, but that is really about it.  Watch the video below to see this week’s Friday Flip:

What do you think about taking a thank you card and flipping it into a sympathy card?  I hope you saw how it all came together in the video.

Friday Flip:  Making a Sympathy Card (Paper Craft Ideas)

Below are all the supplies I used to make today’s card.  Each product is linked to my online store if there are supplies you would like to order.  Simply click the item and add it to your shopping bag.
Friday Flip Product List

Big Shot

$99.95

Thank you so much for joining me for today’s paper craft idea that is all about making a sympathy card as part of our Friday Flip episodes.  Check back soon for more paper craft ideas!

New Items on Sale From Stampin’ Up!

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in Cards, Weekly Deals | 0 comments

New Items on Sale From Stampin’ Up!

New Items on Sale From Stampin’ Up!

If you are on my email list, then last month you received a free tutorial that was using an item that is part of the new items on sale from Stampin’ Up! this week.

It’s the Flower Frenzy die and it was one of the first items I ordered out of the new catalog this past summer.  I love it!

I will admit that I did not use it a ton in the fall, but with spring time rapidly approaching, I know it will get used for Easter and Mother’s day and all sorts of other spring type projects.

New Items on Sale From Stampin' Up!

For one week, this item and 7 others are on sale.  To cash in on these savings, click the items below and add them to your shopping bag.  (And if you like a good clearance sale, be sure to check out the clearance rack while you are there!)

For now, new items are placed on sale each Tuesday – but I have not seen an item go on sale from Stampin’ Up! twice this past year, so be sure to grab them each week!

Design Your Own Birthday Card Using Balloon Bash (Stampin’ Up!)

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in Birthday, Cards | 0 comments

Design Your Own Birthday Card Using Balloon Bash (Stampin’ Up!)

Design Your Own Birthday Card Using Balloon Bash (Stampin’ Up!)

Today’s card is all about how to design your own birthday card – and we are using the new Balloon Bash stamp set from Stampin’ Up.

There are two ways I like to go about designing birthday cards.  The first is knowing exactly who the card is being sent to, and the second is when you are just making cards to put in a box and then pull one out when you need one.

These are two very different ways of creating.  There is a time and place for each.

If you find yourself sitting down to create a card for a specific person, take some time in the *thinking* stage before you start stamping.

For today’s card.  I know exactly who this is for.  I know her tastes, her style, her personality.  It’s for my niece, and embarrassingly, I forgot to send her a card for her birthday.  OOPS!

I thought they would be here for her birthday and I was going to make it then.  But plans changed, they couldn’t come out here and OOPS, I forgot to make it.

Knowing who the card was for helped me pick out the stamps, the colors, the bling, the pattern of paper, the everything.

Check out this Birthday Bash stamp set from Stampin’ Up!:

Design Your Own Birthday Card Using Balloon Bash (Stampin' Up!)

This set is one that I just glanced over, never really paid attention to it.  And then I really noticed it a couple of weeks ago and couldn’t wait to hold it in my hands!

For today’s card, I chose to stamp it twice.  First on the base piece of Whisper White in Bermuda Bay ink.  Then I stamped the banner part only in Tuxedo Black ink on a separate piece of white.  Then I cut out the black banner.

Yes, I cut it out – with scissors, no dies, no punches, and I lived to tell about it.  (Those of you that cannot stomach the idea of doing that totally got the meaning of that sentence!)

Then you layer the black banner onto the blue banner and you come across as magical.

Design Your Own Birthday Card Using Balloon Bash (Stampin' Up!)

I went with simple on this card.  No fancy tools, techniques, or even my Big Shot were used.

And I just know that my niece will love not only the gift card inside, but the card too!

Design Your Own Birthday Card Using Balloon Bash (Stampin' Up!)

Here are the supplies used in today’s card:

Quick Order Product Links, Simply click on the item and add it to your shopping bag!

Thanks so much for joining me for today’s post about how to design your own birthday card!  It’s all about playing with your stamps and when you have the chance, using it to really connect with the card recipient.  We used the Balloon Bash set from Stampin’ Up!, but what will you use?

 

Paper Craft Idea: Making a Birthday Card (Friday Flip)

Posted by on Feb 6, 2015 in Birthday, Cards, Friday Flip | 0 comments

Paper Craft Idea: Making a Birthday Card (Friday Flip)

Paper Craft Idea: Making a Birthday Card (Friday Flip)

If you are looking for a paper craft idea on making a birthday card, then welcome to this week’s Friday Flip!

The Friday Flip is where we take one paper craft idea and FLIP it into something different.  This week, we are going to start with a Christmas card idea.  And it is one of my favorite Christmas cards project ideas from a recent newsletter.  In my newsletters, I share project ideas & tutorials that I normally don’t share ANYWHERE else.   So if you are not getting my newsletters, be sure to sign up here!  (Did I mention it’s free?)

For this Friday Flip, there were quite a few supplies used, but those links are at the bottom of this post for you.

Here is the Friday Flip Inspiration Project:

Paper Craft Idea: Making a Birthday Card (Friday Flip)

Many of the elements will stay the same, some will slightly change, some will really change.  Let’s check it out in this video tutorial:

 

Well, what do you think?  Can you see yourself making this card?  If so, and you need any supplies, remember that they are listed below with the links you need to order them and have them arrive right to your doorstep.

Paper Craft Idea: Making a Birthday Card (Friday Flip)

Quick Order Product List

Banner Punch

$12.95

Thank you so much for joining me for today’s paper craft idea that is all about making a birthday card – and the inspiration lead to another paper craft idea – and that is what I call the Friday Flip!

Stampin’ Up! Items on Sale!

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in Cards, Weekly Deals | 0 comments

Stampin’ Up! Items on Sale!

Stampin’ Up! Sale

For one week only, grab these awesome sales! Click the items below to order them before these sales from Stampin’ Up! are over!

Handmade Card Designs: Making a Thank You Card

Posted by on Feb 2, 2015 in Cards, Techniques, Thank You | 0 comments

Handmade Card Designs:  Making a Thank You Card

Handmade Card Designs:  Making a Thank You Card

This handmade card was designed for my neighbor – I needed to be making her a thank you card today.  This past weekend I needed to be out of town for work, and she was more than happy to take in my kiddo for the weekend.

Between pizza and going to the movies, Emily had a great time spending time with our neighbor’s family!

So this card is for Amy and Bruce – more for Amy, cuz Bruce won’t care about the card :).

And Amy is edgy/trendy kinda lady, not a flower and lace person.  She has such a bright personality.  And she always has “sprinkles” of black in her wardrobe.  Just little hints.

So I needed bright/edgy/bits of black all in one card.  Was I up for the challenge?  Not before my second cup of coffee – yesterday’s travel took a toll on me!

I started the card with picking out my patterned paper.   Initially I just had black and white patterned paper.  But it was too much.

And don’t worry, the supplies are all listed at the bottom of this post!

I dug around and found a pack of paper I hadn’t used in forever, it’s the Moonlight paper.

Handmade Card Designs:  Making aThank You Card

See, it doesn’t have black in it, but the dark purple could almost be black.  So it gave that hint of black I was looking for.

Then it was on to the sentiment.  I wanted a BIG thank you.  And I found in the Another Thank You set.

Handmade Card Designs:  Making aThank You Card

But it wasn’t enough.  Then I remembered the Simply Wonderful set has the “you’re the best” sentiment.  Pairing those together was perfect!

The Simply Wonderful Set is a Sale-a-Bration item for 2015.  Meaning that you can’t purchase it, but you can get it for FREE with a $50 order!

But it wasn't enough.  Then I remembered the Simply Wonderful set has the "you're the best" sentiment.  Pairing those together was perfect!

The card needed a bit of ‘roughing up’ or texture to it.  And that was a bit of a challenge when working with such a busy pattern on that paper.  I tried several ways of changing up the Sahara Sand layer.  And that didn’t work.

So I switched my focus to the sentiment layer.  Some light splatter stamping did the trick.

BUT…

I used the Stamping Off technique on those yellow splatters.  That means that I inked up the stamp, stamped first on scratch paper, then stamped on my sentiment layer without re-inking the stamp again.

So the pattern of that is:

1.  Ink up the stamp.

2.  Stamp on scratch paper.

3.  Stamp on card stock.

4.  Repeat.

I then decided I needed an image to go with our fabulous word pairings.  I tried a heart, a butterfly, and those both looked terrible.  I grabbed this bolder image flower and really liked it.  A quick add of a bow in the middle, and this card was almost done.

Handmade Card Designs:  Making aThank You CardHandmade Card Designs:  Making aThank You Card

If you struggle with tying bows, you really should look into the 10 Second Bow Maker.  Click here to learn more about it!

I really wanted to add that black and white patterned paper back into the card.  I think it still has a place on this card.

It became a banner under the second sentiment.  Cute, right?

Handmade Card Designs:  Making aThank You CardHandmade Card Designs:  Making aThank You Card

Then onto the inside…

Handmade Card Designs:  Making aThank You CardHandmade Card Designs:  Making aThank You Card

I went with the Stamping Off technique again for the inside and covered a piece of Whisper White with more splatters in Crushed Curry ink, same as the front.

After assembling it all, the only thing left to do it write in it and walk it down to her!

As promised, below are the supplies you will need if you want to duplicate it.  There are quick order links to everything to make it easier for you to have the items shipped right to you door.

Product List:  Click on the items below to order.

Thanks so much for joining me for today’s handmade card design that is all about making a Thank You card!  Be sure to check back later this week for more stamping, a new video and more!