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August 2017

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

I hope you like this free Spinner Card Tutorial.

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Be sure to check out my other project using the A Little Wild Bundle!

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

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

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!

Want to learn more?

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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Happy Stampin'!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Stampin'!