Touches of Texture Thanks

Touches of Texture

Sure is beginning to feel like fall here in the mountains of southern Colorado!

Fall is my favorite time of the year!

In celebration, I decided to create a thank you card using the stamp set Touches of Texture combined with fall colors of ink.

Touches of Texture is one of my favorite stamp sets.   I really like its layering and eclectic designs.

This card takes a little bit of planning because of the stamped flowers coming out from behind the matted flower on the front. 

But, it is quick and simple to do.

Here's how:

Start with a 2 1/4" x 4" piece of Whisper White card stock.  Two-step stamp the flower, stem, leaves, and bee from Touches of Texture using Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Old Olive, and Early Espresso inks.  Sponge the edges with Early Espresso ink.

Cut a Cajun Craze mat measuring 2 1/4" x 4". 

Cut a piece of Wood Textures Designer Series Paper 5" x 3 3 /4".  Lay the Cajun Craze mat on the designer paper, and with a pencil, lightly mark the corners of the mat.  This will be your guide for stamping the flowers.  Position the bottom of the stems inside the pencil lines, so only the upper flowers show beyond the mat.  I  used Early Espresso ink.  Be sure to lightly draw the pencil lines so they can easily be erased if needed.

In the photo below, I used my photo editing software to draw the four corner lines in red. 

Touches of Texture Marking the Lines 1
I also used the Cajun Craze mat as my guide for stamping the greeting from Wood Words in Early Espresso ink.

  Wood Textures stamped

 Now to color the flowers.  I used Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, and Old Olive Stampin' Write Markers.  I used a Blender Pen to blend the colors.

  I only colored the images outside of the pencil lines as I knew the rest would be covered up by the Cajun Craze mat.

Touches of Texture coloring with markers

To finish the card, Layer the Wood Textures designer paper to a 5 1/4" x 4" Cajun Craze mat, then attach to a 5 1/2" x 4" Whisper White card base.

Attach the stamped Whisper White piece to Cajun Craze mat.  Attach to front of card using Mini Dimensionals to pop it up.

Done, and you have a fairly simple, fall-themed thank you card to send to a friend or family member!

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Touches of Texture, Wood Words

Ink: Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Old Olive, Early Espresso ink pads, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Old Olive Stampin' Write Markers

Paper: Whisper White, Cajun Craze, Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack

Accessories: Blender Pen, sponge, Mini Dimensionals

 

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

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Sheltering Tree Glossy Card stock

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Butterflies! You Move Me Butterfly Card

Pink Butterfly Card

Here's another fun interactive card I created using the Move Me Bundle from Stampin' Up!

I created this one to send to my granddaughter on her 11 month birthday!

Lots of moving parts and surprises inside! 

Perfect for little hands to explore!

(Be sure to see the other Move Me cards I create HERE)

Pink Butterfly Card with Insert

The butterfly is stamped on an insert that fits inside the pouch on the front of the card.

When you pull up the insert, the butterfly flutters.

Of course, this is one of those cards that you have to see in action to get the full effect.

I created a short video so you can see the movement of the card:

You Move Me Butterfly Card
How cool is that?

And it is easy to make!

Here's how:

Cut a piece of 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" piece of Berry Burst card stock and score at 4 1/4" to create your card base.

Cut a piece of Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series paper 5" x 3 3/4" to be used as your card front.

Center the louver piece from Move Me Thinlits Dies on the designer paper, and cut out using the Big Shot.  The sandwich used should be the Big Shot Platform, Thin Die Adapter, Precision Base Plate, card stock, die, and upper cutting plate.

Move Me Butterfly step 1

To finish the cut-out square, create a square frame by nesting 2 square framelits dies onto a piece of Berry Burst card stock and cut out using the Big Shot.

Move Me Butterfly step 2

Apply SNAIL Adhesive along the edges of the frame.  Use your Silicone Craft Mat to catch any overflow from the adhesive.

Move Me Butterfly step 3Place the frame over the cut-out.

Move Me Butterfly step 4

Stamp "hi there" from You Move Me (2 stamps) along the upper edge of the border using Berry Burst ink. 

To create the pouch, cut a 5 1/4" x 4" piece of Powder Pink card stock to mat the designer paper.

Carefully layer and hold the pieces together with your fingers and cut out the top notch using 1 1/4" circle punch.

Apply Foam Adhesive Strips along the three backside edges of the designer paper.

Move Me Butterfly step 5

Remove the backing on the foam adhesive and attach the designer paper piece to the Powder Pink mat.  Attach to front of Berry Burst card base.

Now to create the insert.  Cut a piece of 4 3/4" x 3 1/4" Whisper White card stock.  Stamp the 2-step butterfly from You Move Me.

There are two images of the butterfly.  One large, the other smaller.  Stamp the large butterfly using Powder Pink ink.  Then stamp the smaller butterfly using Berry Burst ink.  The stamps are photopolymer, so they are easy to see where you are stamping. You don't want the lines of the butterflies to be lined up. You want the lines of the smaller butterfly to be offset from the lines of the larger butterfly.  It will look blurry, but that is ok.  That offset makes the fluttering effect work.

Move Me Butterfly step 6

Stamp the greeting using Berry Burst ink.  Mat to a 5" x 3  1/2" Wild Wasabi card stock.  Fold a piece of ribbon in half and staple to the top of the insert.  This will be used to pull the insert out of the pouch.

Stamp flowers and 2-step small butterflies on scrap piece of Whisper White card stock using Berry Burst and Powder Pink inks.  Stamp leaves onto scrap piece of Wild Wasabi card stock using Old Olive ink.  Cut out using coordinating Move Me Thinlits Dies and attach to front of card.  Cut flower stamens out of scrap piece of Wild Wasabi card stock using Move Me Thinlits Die and attach to flowers using Glue Dots or Fine Tip Glue.

For the inside:

Move Me Butterfly inside

Cut a 5 1/4" x 4" piece of Whisper White card stock.  Two-step stamp the smaller butterflies using Powder Pink and Berry Burst inks.  Attach insert to the inside of the card.

Stamp larger butterflies using the Rock 'n Roll technique.  Ink up the image using Powder Pink ink, then tap Berry Burst ink along the edges.  Stamp three butterflies and cut out using the coordinating thinlits die.  Score 2 of the butterflies down the middle and pop up along the center score line of the card base using Mini Dimensionals.  Attach the 3rd butterfly on the inside of the card base using Mini Dimensionals.

 Done!  See, lots of moving and pop up parts for my 11-month-old granddaughter.  Hope it brings a smile to her and her parents!

Create easy interactive cards using the You Move Me Bundle from Stampin' Up!

Move Me Bundle

The stamp set and thinlits are sold separately, but if purchased as a bundle, you'll save 10%.

Online ordering

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: You Move Me

Ink: Berry Burst, Powder Pink, Old Olive

Paper: Berry Burst, Powder Pink, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, You Move Me Thinlits Dies, Square Framelits Dies, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Silicone Craft Mat, ribbon out of my stash, stapler, SNAIL Adhesive, Foam Adhesive Strips, Mini Dimensionals, Glue Dots

 

Happy Stampin'!

You Move Me Hummingbird Card

You Move Me Hummingbird

Here's another fun interactive card I created using the Move Me Bundle from Stampin' Up!

This one features the fluttering hummingbird!

(Please see my card featuring the butterfly HERE).

You Move Me Hummingbird pouch and insert

I made this pouch card for my niece's birthday. 

The hummingbird is stamped on a piece that inserts into the pouch. 

When you pull up the insert the hummingbird's wings flap.

Of course, this is one of those cards that you have to see in action to get the full effect.

So, I created a short video showing the movement.


Move Me Hummingbird Card You Tube
 How cool is that?

And it is easy to make!

Here's how:

  1. To create the pouch, score 5 1/2" x 8 1/1" Tangerine Tango card base at 2 1/8" x 6 1/4".  Do not fold along the score lines just yet.
  2. Attach 3 3/4" x 5 1/4" Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper to the front of the card base.
  3. Cut out an opening using the Big Shot and Square Framelits Die.  You can discard the cutout or use it for another project.
  4. Cut out the top notch using the Big Shot and Move Me Thinlit Die.
  5. Cut out the luver from a 3 1/4" x 3 1/4" piece of Crushed Curry card stock using the Big Shot and Move Me Thinlits Die.  The sandwich should be the Big Shot Platform, Thin Die Adapter, Precision Base Plate, card stock, die, and upper cutting plate.
  6. Carefully apply SNAIL Adhesive to the back side of the louver.  I placed the louver piece onto my Silicone Craft Mat and carefully applied the SNAIL along the outside edges.  You don't want the adhesive to extend to the inside of the cutout as it will hinder the movement of the insert once the card is assembled.
  7. Attach the louver over the square opening.
  8.  Fold pouch along fold lines and apply Tear and Tape to the edge of one back panel.  Apply Tear and Tape along the bottom edge of the middle panel to close the bottom of the pouch.  Remove backing off Tear and Tape pieces, and fold along the score lines, securing the pouch close.
  9.  To figure out where the hummingbird should be stamped on the card insert, place 3 1/2" x 4 3/4" Whisper White insert into the pouch.  Make a small mark through the louver with a pencil.  Use that mark as a guide for placement.  I found it best to stamp the hummingbird towards the bottom of the insert.  It may sit lower as you are looking at the front of the card, but you'll get more fluttering effect as it moves up and out of the pouch.
  10.  Now to stamp the hummingbird onto the insert.  There are two images in the stamp set.  One is a full image of the hummingbird, the other is just the body and wing.  Using your pencil mark as a guide, first stamp the full image hummingbird using Tangerine Tango ink.  Then, stamp the partial image of the hummingbird over the first image.  The stamps are photopolymer, so they are easy to see where you are stamping.  You want the lines of the partial image to be offset from the lines of the full image.  That offset makes the fluttering effect work.
  11. Stamp the greeting from Butterfly Basics using Archival Black in at the top of the insert.
  12. Mat to a piece of 3 3/4" x 5" Basic Black card stock.  Puch a hole at the top and insert a piece of ribbon.  I used retired Tangerine Tango ribbon out of my stash.
  13. For the front, stamp flowers using Powder Pink, Pool Party and Tangerine Tango inks onto a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock.  Cut pieces out using the Big Shot and coordinating Move Me Thinlits Dies.
  14. Stamp leaves onto a scrap piece of Pear Pizzazz card stock using Old Olive ink.  Cut out using Big Shot and coordinating Move Me Thinlits Die.
  15. Cut flower stamens out of scrap Crushed Curry card stock using Big Shot and Move me Thinlits die. 
  16. Attach flowers and leaves to front of card. Make sure you place them blow the louver as you don't want them hindering the movement of the card front.  Attach the stamens using Mini Glue Dots.  Attach Candy Dots to flowers if desired.

      Hummingbird close upHere's how the stamped hummingbird should look.  It may look out of focus, but that is ok as again, that's what makes the fluttering effect work.

     Create easy interactive cards using the Move Me Bundle from Stampin' Up!

Move Me BundleThe stamp set and framelits are sold separately, but if purchased as a bundle, you'll save 10%

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: You Move Me, Butterfly Basics

Ink: Tangerine Tango, Old Olive, Archival Black, Powder Pink, Pool Party

Paper: Tangerine Tango, Basic Black, Whisper White, Crushed CurryWhole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Move Me Thinlits Dies, Squares Framelits, hole punch (non SU!), Tangerine Tango ribbon (retired) Silicone Craft Mat, SNAIL Adhesive, Tear and Tape, Mini Glue Dots, Candy Dots

Happy Stampin'!

You Move Me Butterfly Card

You Move Me Butterfly

I'm loving the interactive You Move Me Bundle from Stampin' Up! 

The bundle includes the stamp set You Move Me (a fluttering butterfly and hummingbird), and the coordinating Move Thinlits Dies.

Of course, to get the full effect of this card, you need to see it in action.  I created a short video showing how the butterfly flutters as you pull the card insert.

It's best to pull the insert out slowly to get the best fluttering effect.

You Move Me Butterfly Card Video

How cool is that?!

And it is so easy to create using the Move Me Bundle!

Here's How:

1. For this card, I created a pouch in which the butterfly fits inside as an insert.  To create the pouch, I started with a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" Calypso Coral card base, scored at 2 1/8" x 6 1/4".

Don't fold the pouch along the score lines just yet. 

2. Attach 3 3/4" x 5 1/4" Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper to the front of the card base.

3. Cut out an opening using the Big Shot and Square Framelits Die.  You can discard the cutout or use it for another project.

4. Cut out the top notch using the Big Shot and Move Me Thinlit Die.

5.Cut out the louver from a 3 1/4" x 3 1/4" piece of Night of Navy card stock using the Big Shot and Move Me Thinlit Die.  The sandwich should be the Big Shot platform, Thin Die Adapter, Precision Base Plate, card stock, die, and upper cutting plate.

6. Carefully apply SNAIL Adhesive to the back side of the louver.  I placed the louver piece on a Silicone Craft Mat and carefully applied the SNAIL along the outer edges.  You don't want the adhesive to extend to the inside of the square cutout as it will hinder the movement of the insert once the card is assembled.

7. Attach the louver over the square opening.

8. Fold pouch along fold lines and apply Tear and Tape to the edge of one back panel.  Apply Tear and Tape along the bottom edge of the middle panel to close the bottom of the pouch.  Remove backing off Tear and Tape pieces, and fold along the score lines, securing the pouch closed.

9. To figure out where the butterfly should be stamped on the card insert, place 3 1/2" x 4 3/4" Whisper White insert into the pouch.  Make a small mark through the louver with a pencil.  Use that mark as a guide for placement.  I found it best to stamp the butterfly towards the bottom of the insert.  It may sit lower as you are looking at the front of the card, but you'll get more fluttering effect as it moves up and out of the pouch.

10.  Now to stamp the butterfly onto the insert.  There are two images in the stamp set, one large and one smaller butterfly.  Stamp the larger image using Calypso Coral ink.  Use your pencil mark as your guide for placement.  Then, stamp the smaller butterfly using Crushed Curry ink.  The stamps are photopolymer, so they are easy to see where you are stamping.  You don't want the lines of the butterflies to be lined up.  You want the lines of the smaller butterfly to be offset from the lines of the larger butterfly.  That offset makes the fluttering effect work.

You Move Me Butterfly closeup

When looking at the stamped image, it looks out of focus.  But, that is ok as again, that's what makes the fluttering effect work.

11. Stamp greeting from Dragonfly Dreams using Night of Navy ink at the top of the insert.

12. Mat to a piece of 3 3/4" x 5" Night of Navy card stock.  Punch a hole at the top and insert Daffodil Delight 1/4" Double-Stitched ribbon.

13. For the front, stamp 2-step butterfly using Calypso Coral and Crushed Curry inks on a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock.  Stamp flowers using Wisteria Wonder and Night of Navy onto the same scrap piece of Whisper White card stock.  Cut pieces out using Big Shot and coordinating Move Me Thinlits Dies.

14. Stamp leaves onto scrap piece of Pear Pizzazz card stock using Old Olive ink.  Cut out using Big Shot and coordinating Move Me Thinlits Die.

15. Cut flower stamens out of scrap Calypso Coral card stock using Big Shot and Move Me Thinlits Die.  Attach to center of flowers using Mini Glue Dots.

16.  Attach butterflies, flowers, and leaves to front of card.  Make sure you place them below the louver as you don't want them hindering the movement of the card insert.  Attach candy dots to flowers if desired.

Create fun, any occasion, interactive cards using the Move Me Bundle.

Move Me Bundle
The stamp set and thinlits dies are sold separately, but you'll save 10% when you purchase them as a bundle.

Shop online 24/7

Online ordering

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: You Move Me, Dragonfly Dreams

Ink: Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Night of Navy, Wisteria Wonder, Old Olive

Paper: Calypso Coral, Night of Navy, Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Move Me and Squares Thinlits/Framelits,  Daffodil Delight 1/4" Double-Stitched Ribbon, hole punch (non SU!), SNAIL Adhesive, Silicone Craft Mat,Tear and Tape Adhesive, Mini Glue Dots

 

Happy Stampin'!

Embossing Paste Sampler-Sign Up to Receive My September Newsletter

Embossing Paste Sampler

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Five Minute Card Creation-Delightful Daisy You're in My Thoughts

Delightful Daisy SunflowersI was in need of another quick and easy thinking of you card for a relative who while recently on vacation, ended up in the hospital with a serious sepsis infection.

She's home now and ok, but I wanted to let her know that we were thinking of her.

In the same week, I also needed a sympathy card that I shared HERE.

So, while I had the pack of Delightful Daisy Designer Series paper out, I put this one together in less than 5 minutes!

Here's how:

  1. I started with a regular 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" Whisper White card base.  I trimmed the card so I'd have a  3 1/4" panel on the front.
  2. I cut the daisy patterned paper 3" by 5 1/4".  I stamped the greeting from Thoughtful Branches (retired) toward the bottom of the paper using Early Espresso ink, then attached it to the front panel.
  3. I cut another patterned piece from the designer paper collection 1" by 5 1/4" and attached it to the inside of the card to complete.

Delightful Daisy Sunflowers open

Card crafting doesn't need to be time-consuming.

Cards can be put together in just a few minutes, especially when you let pretty designer paper do the heavy lifting!

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Thoughtful Branches (retired)

Ink: Early Espresso

Paper: Whisper White, Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper

Accessories: None!

Happy Stampin'!

Quick and Easy Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper You're in my Thoughts

Delightful Daisies

Unfortunately, I recently needed a sympathy card. 

Sympathy cards can often seem like one of the most difficult types of cards to create.

I mulled it over for awhile, and then decided to get out my pack of Delightful Daisy Designer Series paper. 

One of the selections in the pack is the pretty daisy design.

Perfect, I thought.  I'll just let the designer series paper to most of the work to create a quick and easy, yet pretty and appropriate for the occasion card.

Here's how:

  1. I started with a regular 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" Whisper White card base.  I trimmed the card so I'd have a  3 1/4" panel on the front.
  2. I cut the daisy patterned paper 3" by 5 1/4".  I stamped the greeting from Thoughtful Branches (retired) toward the bottom of the paper using Early Espresso ink, then attached it to the front panel.
  3. I cut another patterned piece from the designer paper collection 1" by 5 1/4" and attached it to the inside of the card to complete.

Delightful Daisies open

I really like how the patterns compliment each other. 

I also like how easy this card came together.

Be sure to check out the  Stampin' Up! collection of designer series paper.

What a great idea!

Let the paper do the heavy lifting for you!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Thoughtful Branches (retired)

Ink: Early Espresso

Paper: Whisper White, Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper

Accessories: none

 

Happy Stampin'!

A Little Wild Garden Party-Acrylic Block Watercolor Background

A Little Wild Garden PartyI've had so much fun crafting with the adorable A Little Wild stamp set and coordinating Little Loves Thinlits Dies.

Before I put the stamp set away for the time being, I decided to create a cute little garden party flip card for my granddaughter's one year birthday coming up in October.

I combined it with the Acrylic Block Watercolor Background technique.

Here's how:

  1. To create the background, I tapped Marina Mist, Island Indigo, and Wild Wasabi inks onto an acrylic block, then spritzed it with water so the ink would pool and run and stamped it onto a piece of watercolor paper.  I let it sit for a few seconds, then removed the block and set the paper aside so it would dry completely.
  2. While the watercolor paper was drying, I stamped the images from A Little Wild onto scrap pieces of watercolor paper using Archival Black ink.  I then colored the images using watercolor pencils, a Blender Pen, and an Aqua Painter.  I set them aside to dry completely.
  3.  Once dry, I cut the images out using the Big Shot and coordinating Little Loves Framelits Dies.  I folded them over and removed the little tabs on each one using a pair of scissors.
  4. On the inside of each animal, I stamped a greeting from A Little Wild and Teeny Tiny Wishes using Archival Black ink.

On the inside of the bear, I stamped "hello there, honey bear!" and added a Dapper Denim Enamel Shape:

A Little Wild Garden Party Bear Inside

On the inside of the lion, I stamped "wild about you" and added three Glitter Enamel Dots:

A Little Wild Garden Party Lion inside

And finally, on the inside of the elephant, I stamped "happy birthday" from Teeny Tiny Wishes and added a row of rhinestones colored using a pink Sharpie Pen:

A Little Wild Garden Party Elephant inside
       5. I stamped the grass image from A Little Wild onto the Wild Wasabi part of the background using Emerald Envy and Old Olive inks.  I stamped the image repeatedly full  strength and after off stamping.

       6. I stamped the bees in the sky part of the background using Archival Black ink and then colored in the images using a Crushed Curry marker.

      7. I attached the watercolor card front to my Crushed Curry card base, then attached each of the animals using Mini Dimensionals.

      8. I tied bows out of various baker's twine and attached to the animals using Mini Glue Dots.

A Little Wild Garden Party Closeup

A Little Wild stamp set and coordinating Little Loves Framelits Dies can be purchased separately.

But, if purchased as a bundle, you can save 10%

A Little Wild Bundle

Be sure to check out my other A Little Wild creations Here!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: A Little Wild, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Archival Black, Marina Mist, Island Indigo, Wild Wasabi, Emerald Envy, Old Olive, watercolor pencils, Crushed Curry Marker

Paper: Crushed Curry, Watercolor

Accessories: Big Shot, Little Loves Framelits Dies, acrylic block (not Stampin' Up!), Blender Pen, Aqua Painter, Enamel Shapes, Glitter Enamel Dots, rhinestones, Sharpie Pen, baker's twine, Mini Dimensionals, Glue Dots

Happy Stampin'!

A Little Wild Lion-Wild About You

A Little Wild Lion

Here's a fun and quick card using the cute little lion image found in the stamp set A Little Wild and coordinating Little Loves Framelit Die.

This card just makes me smile!

And it's easy to create!

Here's how:

  1. Stamp lion image from A Little Wild onto a small piece of watercolor paper using Archival Black ink.
  2. Color lion using watercolor pencils a a blender pen.  For the mane, I picked up the color directly from the pencil using the blender pen to get the yellow darker.  Also use the blender pen to blend the colors.

Wild About You Lion Close Up

3. Cut lion out using the Big Shot and Little Loves Framelits Die.  The framelit will cut out a front and back piece, folded in the middle.  Cut the back piece off at the fold line.

4. Cut a circle out of Basic Black card stock using the Big Shot and Circle Framelits Die.

5. Create at ring out of Basic Black card stock by nesting two Circle Framelits Dies and cut out using the Big Shot.

6. Attach Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper card front to Basic Black card base.

7. Attach circle.  Attach ring using Fine Tip Glue.

8. Attach lion using a Dimensional.  Tie a bow out of black Baker's Twine and attach to lion using a Mini Glue Dot.

9. Stamp greeting onto a piece of Crushed Curry card stock using Archival Black ink.  Banner cut the end and attach to the front of the card using a Dimensional.

10. Color rhinestones using a black Sharpie Pen and apply under greeting and to top of card to complete.

Done!

Don't you think the A Little Wild stamp set and coordinating Little Loves framelit dies are the cutest things ever?

I sure do!

The stamp set and framelit dies can be purchased separately, but if bundled together, you'll save 10%!

A Little Wild Bundle

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: A Little Wild

Ink: Archival Black

Paper: Basic Black, Crushed Curry, watercolor, A Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Little Loves and Circle Framelits Dies, watercolor pencils, blender pen, rhinestones, Sharpie Pen, Baker's Twine, Mini Glue Dot, Dimensionals, Fine Tip Glue

 

Happy Stampin'!

Hello There Honey Bear A Little Wild Spinner Card

A Little Wild Honey Bear Spinner Card

I created another cut A little Wild spinner card.  This one to send to my 10 month old granddaughter.

Spinner cards are easy to create (really!). 

For a tutorial, please visit my posting Here: A Little Wild Spinner Card

For this card, I used the little bear image from the stamp set A Little Wild and coordinating Little Loves Framelits Dies.

I  colored him in using watercolor pencils and a Blender Pen.

I love the greeting, "hello there, honey bear!"

Too cute!

A Little Wild Honey Bear Spinner Card Close Up

Here's the back of the spinner:

A Little Wild Honey Bear Spinner Card back

I hope you'll give creating spinner cards a try. 

Fun and simple to do!

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: A Little Wild

Ink: Early Espresso

Paper: Sweet Sugarplum, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper (retired)

Accessories: Big Shot, Little Loves and Circles Framelits Dies, watercolor pencils, Blender Pen, Early Espresso Baker's Twine, Fine Tip Glue, Dimensional

 

Happy Stampin'!

A Little Wild Spinner Card

A Little Wild Spinner Card-cute

Welcome Babies!

The next generation is having babies!

My first granddaughter was born a year ago in October, and my niece just had her first child, a daughter, a few days ago.

Because I knew I would need lots of baby cards, I purchased the stamp set A Little Wild and coordinating Little Loves Framelits Dies found in the new Stampin' Up! Catalog.

The stamp set has the cutest images of lions, elephants, and bears, oh my!

I got out the set for the first time to create a fun spinner card to send to my niece and her family.

This interactive spinner card is so easy to create.

Here's how:

Stamp image from A Little Wild onto a piece of Designer Series Paper. 

The front and back of the elephant are on one stamp, so they stamp side by side.  They are meant to be cut out using the coordinating framelit, so they fold to make a two-sided card.

Cute!

For this card, I stamped the elephant onto a piece of retired Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper using Archival Black ink. 

Even though the DSP is retired, I like the polka dot pattern and thought it fit the occasion.  You could also stamp the image onto a piece of Whisper White card stock and color the image with an aqua painter, blender pen, watercolor pencils, or markers.

A Little Wild Spinner card step 1

Place the coordinating framelit die over the stamped image and cut out using the Big Shot.

A Little Wild Spinner card step 2
A Little Wild Spinner card step 2-1
See how the front and back are attached at the center fold?

For this card, I applied SNAIL adhesive on the inside and folded the two pieces together.

To create the front of the card, attach a piece of designer series paper onto the front of the card base.  

The card base measures 5 1/2" x 4 1/4", so the DSP measures 5 1/4" x 4".

I attached the DSP to the front of the card using only a small strip of SNAIL adhesive.  You want the two pieces together while you cut out the circle in the middle, but you also want them to easily become separated while you make the spinner part of the card.  

Cut out a circle from the center of the card front using the Big Shot and Circles Framelits Die.

A Little Wild Spinner card step 3

  A Little Wild Spinner card step 3-1

Remove the cut circle. 

You won't be needing it for this project, but you could use it for another one in the future.

Remove the DSP from the card base.

Carefully apply a strip of SNAIL along the center back of the elephant.  Attach a piece of Baker's Twine or ribbon over the adhesive.  You don't want a lot of adhesive, or it will stick to the inside of the card once it is closed.

Thread the twine or ribbon through the hole at the top of the elephant, leaving tails at the top and bottom.  You want the twine or ribbon to be long enough for a secure hold, but short enough so it doesn't stick out from under the top DSP when it is attached later.

Apply a strip of SNAIL at the top and bottom of the card base and attach the twine or ribbon.  The DSP will cover up the adhesive, so the amount used is not as critical.  Make sure the tails are aligned straight.

A Little Wild Spinner card step 4

 Now, attach the designer series paper to the card base, aligning the openings.  Use a little extra SNAIL for more hold as there will be some bulk from the twine.

A Little Wild Spinner card step 5
 To tidy up the circle from the front and the back, layer two circle framelits onto a piece of Basic Black card stock and cut out a ring using the Big Shot.

A Little Wild Spinner card step 6

Carefully apply Fine Tip Glue to the rings and adhere to the front and back openings.

A Little Wild Spinner card step 7

Add a greeting.  I stamped "hello baby" from Teeny Tiny Wishes on a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock using Archival Black ink.  I then cut it out using the Big Shot and retired Bitty Banners Framelits.  After sponging on a little Melon Mambo ink, I curled the edges of the banner using a pair of scissors, then attached it to the front using a Dimensional to pop it up.  I also added rhinestones that I colored black using a Sharpie Pen.

Here's the inside of the card.  I added the second Basic Black ring around the cut out to finish it off.

I also added a greeting mounted to a matted 1 1/4" circle.  Originally, I had stamped the greeting directly on the inside, but it was crooked.

  Ughh... I hate when that happens.  So onto Plan B.

A Little Wild Spinner Card inside

 What a sweet little elephant!

A Little Wild Spinner card close up

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: A Little Wild, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Archival Black, Melon Mambo

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, A Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Little Loves, Circles, Itty Bitty Banners Framelits Dies, 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" circle punches, Black Baker's Twine, Fine Tip Glue, rhinestones, Sharpie Pen, Dimensionals, sponge

 

 

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Fresh Card Making Idea-Polished Stone Background Technique

Polished Stone Background Technique

Yay, Stampin' Up! is carrying glossy card stock in the annual catalog again!

 

There are numerous background techniques that can be done with glossy card stock. 

My all-time favorite is Polished Stone, one of the first stamping techniques I learned many, many years ago.  

This technique can't be created using regular matte card stock, so I'm glad glossy is back!

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This technique will be featured in my Fresh Card Making Ideas for August, which will hit email inboxes on August 15.

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Daisy Delight Thank You-5 Minute Creation

Daisy Delight and Dragonfly Dreams Bee

I was cleaning up my crafting table and found a piece of Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper (from this project posted HERE) and a bee that had been stamped with Dragonfly Dreams and cut out using the Big Shot and the coordinating Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits dies.  

Ah, time for a quick and easy 5 minute creation!

All I had to do was stamp and punch out the daisy, and add a greeting.  

Done!

Here's how:

  1. Stamp daisy image from Daisy Delight twice on a piece of Crushed Curry card stock using Black Archival ink.
  2. Punch daisies out using the coordinating Daisy Punch. Layer one on top of the other using a Dimensional.
  3. Stamp 2-step bee from Dragonfly Dreams onto a piece of Whisper White card stock using Crushed Curry and Black Archival ink.
  4. Cut out using the Big Shot and coordinating Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Die.
  5. Mat piece of Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper using Basic Black card stock.
  6. Stamp greeting from Daisy Delight onto Crushed Curry card base using Black Archival ink.
  7. Attach layered Designer Series Paper.
  8. Attach daisy and bee using Dimensionals.
  9. I added a large rhinestone from my stash that I colored in with a black Sharpie Pen and attached it to them middle of the daisy to complete the card.

Daisy Delight and Dragonfly Dreams Bee close up

So next time you are clearing up your crafting space, keep an eye out for bits and pieces used for other projects.

These pieces can then be used to create another project quickly.

5 minutes or less!

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Daisy Delight, Dragonfly Dreams

Ink: Archival Black

Paper: Crushed Curry, Basic Black, Whisper White, Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Die, Daisy Punch, rhinestone, Sharpie Pen, Dimensional
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Giant Coneflower and Bee-Daisy Punch

   Bee and Daisy Punch Coneflower

As always, I'm able to find inspiration for my card making in my surroundings here in the mountains of southern Colorado.

This time of year, we have Giant Coneflowers growing along the banks of the North Hardscrabble Creek which flows through our property.

The Giant Coneflowers attract all kinds of winged creatures: butterflies, tachinid flies and bees.

Here is the inspiration for my card:

Bee and coneflower

Up close and personal. 

I watched this bee awhile before I snapped the photo. I thought to myself that her expression looks like she's mad at the world.  But after uploading the photo, I think that is just the way she looks.  Concentrating and busy at her work that's all!

Now onto the card.  Here's how:

  1. Emboss Pear Pizzazz card front using the Big Shot and Layered Leaves Embossing Folder.  Sponge the edges using Wild Wasabi ink.
  2. Punch 2 flowers using the Daisy Punch out Crushed Curry card stock.  
  3. Cut the daisies in half and layer 3 halves together, offsetting the petals. Sponge the edges of the petals using Crushed Curry ink.
  4. For the top of the coneflower, punch a piece of Early Espresso card stock using 1" circle punch.  Cut the circle about 3/4.  Attach to the top of the daisies using a Dimensional.
  5. Stamp the 2-step bee from Dragonfly Dreams onto a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock using Crushed Curry and Early Espresso inks.
  6. Cut the bee out using the coordinating die from Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits.
  7. The leaves are from the retired Beautiful Branches Thinlits Dies cut out of Early Espresso card stock using the Big Shot.
  8. Attach leaves to card front using Fine Tip Glue Pen.
  9. Attach coneflower over the leaves using a Dimensional.
  10. Attach bee to card front using a Dimensional.
  11. Tear a narrow piece of Pear Pizzazz card stock.  Sponge the edges with Wild Wasabi ink.  Stamp greeting from Dragonfly Dreams using Early Espresso ink.  Attach to the bottom of the card front.
  12. Attach to Early Espresso card base.
  13. Apply clear Wink of Stella to the top and leaves of the coneflower and to the bee for a little sparkle.

  Bee and Daisy Punch Coneflower close up

What will be your inspiration?  I hope you'll share your creations with me: annehayward@stampingwithbluemooncreations.com

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Dragonfly Dreams

Ink: Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, Wild Wasabi

Paper: Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz, Crushed Curry, Whisper White

Accessories: Big Shot, Layered Leaves Embossing Folder, Detailed Dragonfly and Beautiful Branches Thinlits Dies, Daisy and 1" circle punches, Dimensionals, Fine Tip Glue Pen, sponge, Clear Wink of Stella

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Five Minute Cards Using Whole Lot of Lovely DSP

Whole Lot of Lovely Thank You Card 1

 

Whole Lot of Lovely Card 2
It seems as if life just gets busier and busier.  I'm sure you can relate! 

Because my life has become crazier, I am in need of quick and easy card ideas. 

Something that can be put together in 5 minutes or less!

That was the case with the two cards above.  I used the beautiful Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper to do the heavy lifting.

Whole Lot of Lovely is my favorite new Designer Series Paper found in the new Stampin' Up! catalog.  I like all the designs in the stack, but I especially like the vivid colors with the black background.

Whole Lot of Lovely DSP

For the greeting piece, I used the flower image from Daisy Delight and the sentiment from Eastern Beauty.  I inked up the flower using Tangerine Tango, off stamped, then stamped again without reinking onto a piece of scrap Whisper White card stock.  Then, I over-stamped the greeting using Archival Black.

I used a series of punches (1", 1 1/4", 1 3/8", and 1 3/4") matted onto a piece cut out using the Big Shot and one of the Eastern Medallion Thinlits Dies for the greeting.  The greeting itself is popped up on it's matting using a Dimensional.

I used some Tangerine Tango satin ribbon from my stash wrapped around the front and secured on the back of the DSP.  I added a bow to the top card secured with a glue dot.

Both cards have a Pool Party base.

Whole Lot of Lovely Close Up

Whole Lot of Lovely Close Up 1

Done in 5 minutes or less!

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Daisy Delight, Eastern Beauty

Ink: Tangerine Tango, Archival Black,

Paper: Pool Party, Whisper White, Basic Black, Tangerine Tango, Pear Pizzazz, Whole Lot of Lovely DSP

Accessories: Big Shot, Eastern Medallion Thinlits Dies, assorted punches, Tangerine Tango satin ribbon, Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots

 

 

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Pocketful of Sunshine Sampler-Sign Up to Recieve my August Newsletter

Pocketful of Sunshine Sampler August 2017

Bring a little sunshine into someone special's life with the Pocketful of Sunshine Bundle.

Create fun 3D pockets that can hold die cut imagery or real money or gift cards.

The bundle includes the Pocketful of Sunshine 20 piece photopolymer stamp set and coordinating Pocket Framelits Dies.

Ideas using these products will be featured in my August newsletter which will hit email inboxes on  August 2!

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Whole Lot of Lovely Swallowtail Inlay

Swallowtail

Inspired by another scene in my surroundings, this inlaid swallowtail card was quick and easy to create.

Here's the inspiration.

This swallowtail is feeding on a blooming thistle growing along the Hardscrabble Creek that flows through our property in the mountains of Southern Colorado.

What a pretty poser!

(For another swallowtail inspired card, please visit my posting HERE.)

Swallowtail 4

Now onto the card!  

I first cut out the swallowtail butterfly out of Crushed Curry card stock using my Big Shot and Butterflies Thinlits Die.

I was then left with a stencil cut out piece that I decided to use in the card as well.  

I cut a piece of Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper the size of the cutout. 

This design is my favorite from the pack of DSP.  Love the bold colors set on the black background!

Here are the pieces I used for the inlay.

Inlay Swallowtail parts
To complete the card, I simply attached the stencil over the designer paper, then stamped the greeting from Butterfly Basics using Archival Black ink.

Because I thought the card front needed to be broken up a little bit, I ran the whole piece through my Big Shot, embossing it with the Sparkle Embossing Folder.

I attached the card front to my Basic Black card base, then attached the cut out butterfly over the stencil using a Dimensional on the body.  This way, the butterfly will pop up slightly.  

I added black candy dots from my stash for added interest.

 

Inlay Swallowtail closeup

Another quick and easy card using my surroundings as my inspiration!

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Butterfly Basics

Ink: Archival Black

Paper: Basic Black, Crushed Curry, Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Butterflies Thinlits Die, Sparkle Embossing Folder, Dimensional, candy dots

Happy Stampin'!