Sunday, July 15, 2018

A 'whale'-y fun shadow box card

If you've read much of my blog, you probably know I lean toward clean and simple cards. That's just what comes naturally to me. But now and then it's fun to shake it up and make something a little different. And it's even better when that something different is also really cute and three dimensional.

Supplies (all Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Essential Messages (Hero Arts)
Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Basic Gray, Blueberry Bushel, Daffodil Delight, Mango Melody, Granny Apple Green, Call Me Clover card stock
Ink: Blueberry Bushel
Accessories: Shadow Box Card dies and Shadow Box Card Ocean Add-On dies (Lawn Fawn), Sun and Clouds dies (Taylored Expressions), Dimensionals, Glue Dots

Isn't that fun? The Shadow Box Card dies and add-on dies from Lawn Fawn are awesome. They cut and score the box (with the opening) as well as the support pieces that go across the inside of the box. You just have to design your card, add adhesive and assemble.

Since this was my first shadow box card, I didn't get too elaborate. I wanted an ocean scene, so I used Crumb Cake for the box, to give the look of sand. I decorated the back of the box to look like the sky and added waves for the middle supports. I attached a die-cut whale to the middle wave and added a few bits of die-cut seaweed and a seashell to the front of the box. (I wish I had gotten a photo that was focused on the back of the box instead of just the front so you could really see how cute it is!)

For the last detail I die cut a white banner, stamped it with "Happy birthday" and adhered it above the opening on the front of the box. I added my "Handmade by" stamp on the side of the box and wrote a message on the back.

One of the best parts of this box card is that it folds flat to fit in a standard A2-sized envelope. The recipient just pulls it out of the envelope, unfolds it, and - voila! - a cute three-dimensional scene.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Card sets featuring DSP

Sometimes patterned paper is too pretty to cover up and needs to be in the spotlight. That's just where I put the Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) in two card sets I made last week.

Supplies (all Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):
Paper: Share What You Love Specialty DSP; Tranquil Tide, Mint Macaron, Petal Pink, Old Olive, So Saffron, Rich Razzleberry card stock; copper foil sheets
Accessories: Copper cord (unknown), copper liquid pearls (unknown)

First off, I apologize for the lighting in these photos. I took them outside, which usually works well, but not so much this time. The cards are much prettier in person!

Back to this first set of cards. I chose six of the patterns from the pack of DSP and cut a 3-3/4" x 5-1/2" piece of each. I chose six coordinating colors of card stock for the card bases -- there are so many colors that match this pack of DSP! -- and adhered a piece of DSP to each base.

Of course I wanted to embellish the cards, but I didn't want to detract from the DSP. So I decided to add metallic accents. I went with copper because I really liked it with the yellow, pink and peach tones in the paper. I wasn't crazy about how it looked with the blues and greens, but I went with it anyway. (And honestly, it's grown on me on those cards, too.) I added a strip of copper foil paper along the left edge of the DSP, tied copper trim around the card front, and added copper liquid pearls on the DSP. It's a simple card set, but still pretty -- and suitable for so many occasions.

Supplies (all Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):
Paper: Share What You Love Specialty DSP; Tranquil Tide, Mint Macaron, Petal Pink, Old Olive, So Saffron, Rich Razzleberry card stock; copper foil sheets
Accessories: Burlap ribbon trim, linen thread, Very Vintage buttons, Brights buttons, Dimensionals

For the second set of cards, I used the same colors for the card bases and the same main DSP patterns. But I wanted to mix patterns for this card set, so I adhered the main DSP to about the top two-thirds of each card base and then added a complimentary pattern to the bottom third of the card. (Note: The patterns that are together on each card are not the front and back of the same piece of DSP.) The trickiest pattern to match was the small yellow flowers on the top middle card. I couldn't find a coordinating pattern that I liked, so I decided to switch it up for that card and use a completely different color. I always love purple and yellow together anyway.

Instead of metallic accents on these cards, I went more natural with a piece of burlap trim across the card front (to cover the seam in the papers) and a linen thread bow tied on a button. I used Dimensionals to adhere a button to each card just above the burlap trim. Another pretty set of simple, all-occasion cards.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

A birthday blue bird

When I was shopping at the Stamp and Scrapbook Expo last month I found a cool tree ring die/embossing folder combination. I was really intrigued by it, and even though I wasn't exactly sure how I would use it, I decided to buy it. I pulled it out a couple of weeks ago to use with the Spoken Bird set from Hero Arts, and here is the card I created:

Supplies (all Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Spoken Bird (Hero Arts)
Paper: Thick Very Vanilla, Very Vanilla, Midnight Muse, Baked Brown Sugar card stock
Ink: Baked Brown Sugar, Chocolate Chip, Midnight Muse
Accessories: Spoken Bird dies and Paper Layering Feather die (Hero Arts), Tree Rings Texture Fades (Sizzix), burlap ribbon trim, clear droplets (Pretty Pink Posh), sponge, Dimensionals

I think the two products work really well together! I used a color palette of Baked Brown Sugar, Chocolate Chip and Midnight Muse to stamp branches and flowers on the card base for a background. I die cut the tree ring out of Baked Brown Sugar card stock and then embossed it. I sponged Chocolate Chip ink around the edge to create the look of bark and then adhered the tree ring to the middle of the card base. On top of the tree ring I added a Midnight Muse feather and stamped, die-cut bird.

You could use this card for a variety of occasions, but I decided to stamp "Happy birthday" in the lower left corner. (Looking at this photo, though, I can see I didn't get that stamp inked very well. Goodness.) I also tucked a bit of burlap ribbon behind the tree ring, added a few clear droplets and inked around the whole card base with Baked Brown Sugar.

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Card contest entries

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I had made a couple of cards that I was entering in a card contest at a rubber stamp show. Well, the show was today, and ... I didn't win. Sigh. I was a little disappointed, but on the plus side, my friend Lisa and I had a great time. We learned some new tips and tricks, did some make-and-take projects and, of course, bought lots of new goodies.

The theme for today's card contest was "easy chair." Here are my entries:

I actually purchased this stamp set at the Stamp and Scrapbook Expo in June. I had been looking for a stamp set that fit the theme for this contest and when I spotted this set I liked it right away. Even better is that I really like the cards I made with the set!

Supplies (all Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Make Yourself at Home (My Favorite Things), Floral backgroound
Paper: Brocade Blue, Whisper White card stock; Wood Textures Designer Series Paper (DSP) Stack
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, VersaMark; Warm Gray No. 3 marker (Copic); Bendabilities/
Blends: Old Olive, Night of Navy, Bronze

Accessories: Wonky Stitched Circles dies (My Favorite Things), Simply Scored tool, earth tones glitter buttons (American Crafts), linen thread, Dimensionals

For my first card I wanted to make a homey little scene, so I stamped and colored a few of the elements from the set and then cut them out. (Coordinating dies are available for this set, but I didn't get them. These pieces are easy enough for me to hand cut.)

I scored a piece of white card stock every 1/8" to look like wainscotting, and I used a piece of wood-patterned DSP as the floor. I attached the piece together and then die cut them with a wonky stitched circle die. I adhered the scene elements to the circle, using Dimensionals to pop up the chair and lamp.

I stamped a floral background image on a blue card base using VersaMark ink to create a subtle background. After adding the focal piece, I stamped a sentiment in the lower right corner and added three buttons tied with linen thread.

Supplies (all Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Make Yourself at Home (My Favorite Things)
Paper: Thick Very Vanilla card stock, The Thrift Shop patterned paper (October Afternoon)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Basic Black marker, Chocolate Chip marker
Accessories: Metallic enamel shapes, Large Stitched Rectangles Stackables dies (Lawn Fawn), Mono Multi, Glue Dots, Stamp-a-Ma-Jig

I thought the chair would be a great image for paper piecing, and I had the perfect paper: a pack of patterned paper with vintage-looking small patterns.

I played around with the layout for awhile and finally settled on a grid of nine chairs with space for a sentiment between the bottom two rows. Using a Stamp-a-Ma-Jig to help with placement, I stamped the chairs on a large vanilla stitched rectangle. Then I stamped the chair image on nine different patterned papers. I cut out the top part of each chair (the upholstered part, without the legs) and glued them all to the chairs stamped on the vanilla card stock. Tip: Before I glued down the patterned chairs, I rubbed the side of a black marker all along the cut edge. This covers up any little edges past the stamped lines and gives the images a more finished look. I also added pillows to a few of the chairs.

To finish the card, I colored the chair legs, stamped a sentiment and added two silver hearts. Then I adhered the entire panel to a Very Vanilla card base.

I'm sure I'll enter the contest again next year. They've already announced the themes, so maybe I should get started now! Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Wildlife note card set

Last week I wanted to make a set of note cards for the parents of one of my friends. They have a lake home surrounded by trees and truly enjoy nature and wildlife, and I think this set is perfect for them:

Supplies (all Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Wildlife Friends (Inkadinkado), Artisan Textures
Paper: Crumb Cake note cards and envelopes, Very Vanilla card stock
Ink: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Accessories: Stitched Shapes Framelits dies, Early Espresso seam binding ribbon, twine, Dazzling Metallics sequins (Craft Medley), Glue Dots, Dimensionals

I had bought the Wildlife Friends stamp set (from Inkadinkado) months ago, and I knew right away that I wanted to make a card set like this. I have to say that I love how it turned out.

To compliment the images, I used a neutral color pallet of Crumb Cake, Early Espresso and Very Vanilla. For the background, I stamped the "scratchy" image from the Artisan Textures set twice using Crumb Cake ink on the Crumb Cake note card. It adds just a little bit of texture and depth without being distracting. I adhered a piece of Early Espresso seam binding ribbon across the stamped background and then a bit of looped twine over the ribbon. (If you look closely at all the cards in the photo above, you'll notice that I had to use two different kinds of twine. I started with one and then realized I didn't have enough. That seems to be happening to me a lot lately ...)

For the focal point, I stamped an animal on Very Vanilla card stock using Early Espresso ink and then die cut it with a stitched circle die. I used Dimensionals to adhere the circle over the ribbon and twine. A few brown sequins add a simple embellishment.

I purposely didn't add any sentiments to these cards, because I know the recipients like blank cards that they can use for any occasion. I did, though, stamp the animal images on the envelopes so each card has a matching envelope. Cute!

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