5 Minute Creations

March Nacho Average Sketch Challenge-Peaceful Poppies and Bird Ballad DSP

Nacho Average Challenge

My Upline, Tammy Fite, posted this sketch challenge for her Nacho Average downline members for March. 

I usually don't go searching for online challenges to participate in, but this one coming from my Upline, I knew I wanted to participate.

It can often help to have a challenge to get the creative juices flowing.

Here are the cards I came up for this challenge.

I wanted to use the scraps of paper I had on my work table.

As it happened, I had pieces of Peaceful Poppies and Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper left over from various projects.

I decided to let the DSP do the heavy lifting for me!

Nacho Challenge

I really like the bright poppy watercolor design found in Peaceful Poppies DSP.  Spring just jumps off the paper!

For this card, I simply cut a piece of the DSP into a square using the Big Shot and one of the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.  I then made a Flirty Flamingo frame to go around it by nesting two of the dies and popping it up with Mini Dimensionals.

I embossed the Old Olive piece using the Big Shot and Subtles Embossing Folder.

The greeting is from Itty Bitty Greetings, stamped in Rich Razzleberry using the Stamparatus.

I added some Rich Razzleberry enamel dots out of my stash to complete.

Nacho ChallengeHere's another take on the sketch I made using scraps of Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper.

This paper just makes me smile!

I used the Stitched Shapes and Stitched Rectangle Dies to cut out the paper for easy layering.

Then, the pieces left over from the card above where used to create this card.

One sketch morphed into three cards!

Easy, peasy!

Bird Ballad

Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper

Peaceful poppies designer series paper

Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper

Bird Ballad DSP

Supplies Used:

Peaceful Poppies Card:

Stamp Set: Itty Bitty Greetings

Ink: Rich Razzleberry

Paper:  Whisper White, Old Olive, Flirty Flamingo, Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Dies, Subtles Embossing Folder, Mini Dimensionals, enamel dots, Stamparatus

Bird Ballad Cards

Stamp Set: Itty Bitty Greetings

Ink: Soft Suede

Paper: So Saffron, Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Stitched Shapes and Stitched Rectangle Dies, Subtles Embossing Folder, Mini Dimensionals, Metallic Pearls, Stamparatus

Happy Stampin'!

More Sending Flowers Die Cut Cards

Making  cards using the Sending Flowers Die is quick, easy, and fun!

Just add color using a Pigment Sprinkles, watercolor or Designer Series  Paper background.

The possibilities are endless!

Here are a few of my creations:

Pigment SprinklesPigment Sprinkles Background

Be Mine ValentinePeaceful Poppies Be Mine Valentine

Sending Flowers DiePeaceful Poppies Happy Birthday

Champagne BackgroundPerennial Essence Champagne Foil

 

Sending Flowers Die available through March 31 or while supplies last

Sending Flowers Die

Happy Stampin'!

Sending Flowers Die Meets Baby Wipe Background

Sending Flowers Baby Wipe Background

Sending Flwoers Baby Wipe Background 1

I created these 2 cards using the baby wipes left over from a card idea I was experimenting with.

I'm not sure what happened to that particular card as it obviously didn't make the cut, but I kept the baby wipes to use for another project or two.

Recycle and Reuse!

Here's what the baby wipes looked like:

Baby wipes

I simply attached them to scrap card stock using SNAIL Adhesive, then trimmed them down for use in other projects.

For these, I paired the baby wipe backgrounds with the Sending Flowers Die for quick and easy cards.

The tie-dye effect just makes me smile!

The Sending Flowers die is part of the Coordination Product Release from Stampin' Up! and is available through March 31 or while supplies last.

Sending Flowers Die

Sending Flowers Die

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Varied Vases

Ink: Poppy Parade

Paper: Whisper White, Poppy Parade

Accessories: baby wipes, Big Shot, Sending Flowers Die, various enamel dots out of my stash, Stamparatus

Happy Stampin'!

Gears Valentine's Day Card

Gears Valentine

Happy Valentine's Day!

I made this quick and easy card for my husband for Valentine's Day.

I cut the gears out of Copper Foil Paper using my Big Shot and Gears Dies. 

I attached it to a piece of Copper Foil Paper using Tombow Mutli-purpose Glue. Then, I cut out a heart using my Big Shot and Hearts Die.

I used the next larger heart to cut out a heart out of Basic Black card stock, then embossed it using the Corrugated Embossing Folder.

The greeting is from an older Paper Pumpkin kit, Filled with Love.

I heat embossed it on the Copper Foil Paper card front using black embossing powder.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Filled with Love

Ink: Versamark

Paper: Basic Black, Copper Foil Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Gears and Hearts Dies, Corrugated Embossing Folder, Embossing Buddy, heat tool, black embossing powder, Dimensionals, Tombow Multi-purpose Glue

Happy Stampin'!

Feels Like Frost 5 Minute Christmas Cards

Feels Like Frost 5 minute Christmas Card

5 minute Christmas Card

Just like I did with the 5 Minute Thank You Cards HERE, I let the pretty Feels Like Frost 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper do the heavy lifting with these quick and easy Christmas cards.

Feels Like Frost 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper

Feels Like Frost 6x6 DSP

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Still Scenes

Ink: Night of Navy

Paper: Rococco Rose (card 1), Night of Navy, Feels Like Frost 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Stamparatus

Happy Stampin'!

Feels Like Frost 5 Minute Thank You Cards

5 minute thank you card

Feels Like Frost 5 minute thank you card

The Feels Like Frost Designer Paper is the go-to when you need quick thank you cards!

Add a greeting, and you're good to go in these truly 5 minute (or less!) card creations.

Feels Like Frost 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper

Feels Like Frost 6x6 DSP

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Butterfly Gala

Ink: Night of Navy

Paper:  Night of Navy (card 1), Pretty Purple Posy (card 2), Feels Like Frost 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Stamparatus

 

Happy Stampin'!

Perennial Essence Friend Like You Thinking of You

Perennial EssencePerennial Essence Friend Like You Thinking of You

A quick and easy card using one of the pretty designs found in the Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper and the flower die-cut from Friendly Silhouettes.

The flowers were cut out of Granny Apple Green card stock.  The greeting is from Butterfly Galore and was stamped using the Stamparatus in Blackberry Bliss ink.

The dragonflies were cut from another piece of the Perennial Essence paper.

Friend Like You

Friend Like You Bundle

Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper

Perennial essence dsp

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Butterfly Galore

Ink: Blackberry Bliss

Paper: Purple Posy, Granny Apple Green, Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Friendly Silhouettes Die, Mini Dimensionals, Stamparatus

Happy Stampin'!

Perennial Essence 5 Minute Cards

Perennial Essence

Perennial essence 1

Perennial essence 2

Sometimes you just need a quick card.

I created these 5 minute cards by using the pretty designs in the Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper.

Perennial essence dsp

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Butterfly Gala

Ink: Blackberry Bliss

Paper:  Balmy Blue, Blackberry Bliss, Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Stamparatus

Happy Stampin'!

Garage Gears Happy Birthday

Classic garage

Here's a quick and easy masculine-themed card made one of the designs found in the Classic Garage 6" x 6" DSP.

With this pack of paper, the possibilities are endless!

Here's how:

  1. Attach pieces of Classic Garage DSP and Whisper White together.  Add strip of Tranquil Tide card stock.
  2. Wrap Black and Silver ribbon around the strip of Tranquil Tide, securing it in the back.
  3. Stamp greeting from Wish Big using Basic Gray ink.
  4. Attach Basic Gray mat to Gray Granite card base. Attach card front to mat.  Attach Garage Metal Element to the front of the card using a Glue Dot to complete.

Classic Garage 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper

Classic Garage DSP

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Wish Big

Ink: Basic Gray

Paper: Gray Granite, Basic Gray, Whisper White, Tranquil Tide, Classic Garage 6”x6” DSP

Accessories: Black and Silver Ribbon, Classic Garage Metal Elements, Glue Dots

Happy Stampin'!

Animal Expedition Five Minute Card Creations

Animal Expedition Thank You

 

Animal Expedition Thank You Hippos

Cards made using Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper are not only quick and easy but are sure to bring a smile!

For both cards, I let the designer paper do the work.

The greeting is from the coordinating stamp set Animal Outing.

Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper

Animal Expedition DSP

 

Animal Outing Bundle

Animal outing bundle

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Animal Outing

Ink:  Berry Burst and Calypso Coral

Paper:  Shaded Spruce,  Pool Party, Gray Granite, Calypso Coral, and Animal Expedition DSP

Accessories: 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" circle punches, Dimensionals, Coastal Cabana/Granny Apple Green 3/8" Reversible Ribbon

Happy Stampin'!

Foil Sheets Meet Delightfully Detailed Laser Cuts

Silver foil

Silver foil 1

 

Silver foil 2
These  thank you cards were easy to create by combining the designs from the Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper with a piece of the Sale-A-Bration Lovely Lipstick Foil Sheets.

I simply secured the laser-cut paper to a piece of bright Lovely Lipstick foil using glue dots on the 4 corners.

The ribbon that is wrapped around the front of the cards is Petal Pink/Whisper White 5/8" Variegated Ribbon found in the Occasions Catalog.

The greeting is from Detailed with Love stamped on a piece of Whisper White card stock using Lovely Lipstick ink and punched using a 1 1/4" circle punch.  It was matted to a piece of Lovely Lipstick card stock punched using a 1 3/8" punch.  Then, it was matted to a piece of vellum card stock using a 1 3/4" circle punch.

Easy, yet elegant with a pop of color!

Remember, during Sale-A-Bration, for every $50 spent in either the Annual or Occasions Catalogs, you'll earn an item out of the Sale-A-Bration Catalog.

It's a great time to stock up on stamps, papers, ink, tools, and embellishments.

Sale-A-Bration Grapefruit Grove, Lovely Lipstick Foil Sheets

Grapefruit grove lovely lipstick foil sheets

Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Designer Paper

Delightfully Detailed Laser Cut

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Detailed with Love

Ink: Lovely Lipstick

Paper: Whisper White, Lovely Lipstick, Vellum card stock, Lovely Lipstick Foil Sheet, Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Designer Paper

Accessories: 1 1/4", 1 3/8", 1 3/4" circle punches, Petal Pink/Whisper White 5/8" Variegated Ribbon, glue dots

Happy Stampin'!

Festive Farmhouse Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas
Festive Farmhouse Merry Christmas

Create quick and easy Christmas cards using the Merry Christmas Thinlits Dies found in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog.

For this card, I cut the "Merry" and Christmas" out of Dashing Along Designer Series Paper that had been applied to a piece of adhesive sheet.  Then, I cut them out using the Big Shot and Merry Christmas Thinlits dies.

Tip: To make it easy to release the paper from the dies, use the Precision Base Plate as part of your Big Shot Sandwich: cutting platform, Precision Base Plate, paper, dies, upper cutting plate.

After removing the paper from the dies, I peeled off the backing on the adhesive sheet, and applied it to a piece wood texture Festive Farmhouse Designer Series Paper. 

I really like the combination of Cherry Cobbler in the greeting with the Gray Granite wood texture of the Designer Series Paper. 

I  attached the card front to a Cherry Cobbler mat, then to a Gray Granite card base.

I added enamel dots to complete.

Merry Christmas Thinlits Dies

Merry Christmas Thinlits Dies

 

Supplies Used:

Paper: Gray Granite, Cherry Cobbler, Dashing Along and Festive Farmhouse Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Merry Christmas Thinlits Dies, adhesive sheet, enamel dots

Happy Stampin'!

Merry Christmas Bokeh

Merry Bokeh
Merry Bokeh

Here's a quick and easy Christmas card to create using the Merry Christmas Thinlits Dies and Bokeh Dots stamp.

Here's how:

  1. Stamp Bokeh Dots onto Whisper White card stock using Night of Navy ink.  I used my Stamparatus to ink up and stamp the image a few of times to get the ink really dark.
  2. Cut "Merry" out o Silver Foil paper attached to an adhesive sheet using the Big Shot and Merry Christmas Thinlits Die.  Tip: to make it easier to get the paper to release from the die, use the Precision Base Plate as part of your Big Shot Sandwich: Big Shot Platform, Precision Plate, card stock, die, upper cutting plate. 
  3. Remove "Merry" from the die, peel off the backing of the adhesive sheet, and attach to bokeh background.  Sponge edges using Night of Navy ink.
  4. Stamp greeting using Merry Merlot ink.  I used the "Christmas Blessings" stamp found in Christmas Pines.  I applied a piece of scotch tape over the "Blessings", then inked up the stamp.  I removed the tape, and stamped. TIP: be sure to throw the tape away immediately.  If you set it aside somewhere, you're liable to touch it or set something on it, getting ink on you or your project at some point in time!
  5. Attach to Merry Merlot card base to complete.

Merry Christmas Thinlits Dies

Merry Christmas Thinlits Dies

Bokeh Dots

Bokeh Dots

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Bokeh Dots, Christmas Pines

Ink: Night of Navy, Merry Merlot

Paper: Merry Merlot, Whisper White, Silver Foil

Accessories: Big Shot, Merry Christmas Thinlits Dies, adhesive sheets, Stamparatus, sponge, scotch tape

Happy Stampin'!

"BOO!" Eclipse Card

Boo Eclipse Card
BOO! Eclipse Card

Just in time for Halloween!

A BOO! Eclipse Card.

Eclipse Cards are fun and very easy to create.

For detailed  instructions, please visit my Eclipse Card posting HERE

For this card, I used a small sheet of Halloween designer series paper that I had in my stash.

I think it was from the 2017-2018 Holiday catalog, but I don't remember the name.  All that was left in my stash was a strip with witches hats that was large enough to make 2-4 " x 5 1/4" eclipse card fronts which were mounted on Basic Black card bases.

The letters were cut out using the Big Shot and Large Letters Framelits Dies and popped back into the cut-out spaces using Mini Dimensionals.

A quick and easy project!

Large Letters Framelits Dies

Large letters framelits dies

Supplies Used:

Paper: Basic Black, Halloween designer series paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Large Letters Framelits Dies, Mini Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Spooky Full Moon Halloween Card

Spooky Cat
Spooky Black Cat Halloween Card

This is the Halloween card I created for our granddaughter.

She loves kitties, so I used the fun cat punch from Stampin' Up to create a spooky cat on a full moon night card.

I hope it will bring a smile.

This card was very easy to create.

Here's how:

  1. Create a moon stencil by cutting out a circle from a piece of scrap card stock using the Big Shot and Circles Framelits Dies.  You could also use a circle punch.
  2. Lay the stencil onto a piece of Whisper White card stock, securing it in place with pieces of washi or painter's tape.
  3. Sponge Crushed Curry and Pumpkin Pie inks inside the circle stencil.  Remove the stencil.
  4. Cut the circle out using the Big Shot and same circle framelits die or punch.  Attach to Basic Black card front.  Attach to Gorgeous Grape card base.
  5. Punch cat out of Basic Black ink using the Cat punch.   Attach to moon using Mini Dimensionals to pop it up.
  6. Add greeting to moon.  For this card, I used one of the "spooky" stickers from the September Frights and Delights Paper Pumpkin kit.
  7. Add black rhinestones to complete.  For this card, I colored rhinestones using a black Sharpie pen.

Cat Punch

Cat punch

Supplies Used:

Ink: Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie

Paper: Gorgeous Grape, Basic Black, Whisper White

Accessories: Bi Shot, Circles Framelits Dies, Cat Punch, Frights and Delights Paper Pumpkin kit, sponge ,washi tape, Mini Dimensinals, rhinestones, black Sharpie pen

Happy Stampin'!

5- Minute Card Creation-Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper

Nature's Poem

Using Designer Series Paper to create a 5-minute card is easy when you let it do most of the work.

That is the case with this card featuring Nature's Poem DSP.

Simply cut the paper into 1 1/4" x 5 1/4" strips and place on your card base.

Add a greeting stamped on a coordinating piece of card stock and you're done!

For this card, I used the greeting from Sheltering Tree, along with a leaf image from Painted Harvest stamped on a piece of Grapefruit Grove card stock using Blackberry Bliss ink.  A Blackberry Bliss Faceted Dot was added to complete the card.

Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper

Nature's Poem DSP

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Sheltering Tree, Painted Harvest

Ink: Blackberry Bliss

Paper: Blackberry Bliss, Grapefruit Grove, Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Faceted Dot, Mini Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Lovely as a Tree Fall Sponged Sunrise

Sponged lovely as a tree

Here's one more fall-themed project using the perennial favorite stamp set, Lovely as a Tree.

This is a clean and simple, 5-minute card creation!

Here's how:

  1. Stamp trees from Lovely as a Tree  and greeting using Early Espresso ink on Very Vanilla card stock.  Heat emboss with a heat tool and clear embossing powder.
  2.  Lightly sponge the sunrise using Crushed Curry, Mango Melody and Cajun Craze ink
  3. Attach to Early Espresso mat.  Attach to Very Vanilla card base using Dimensionals to pop it up.

That's it, done!

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Lovely as a Tree, Floral  & Fauna ( December 2017 Paper Pumpkin kit)

Ink: Early Espresso, Crushed Curry, Mango Melody, Cajun Craze

Paper: Very Vanilla, Early Espresso

Accessories: heat tool, clear embossing powder, sponge, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Aluminum Can Sun and Moon Card

Fremont Brewing sun

Fremont Brewing Sun and Moon Card

One of my favorite crafting techniques is to cut shapes out of aluminum cans using the Big Shot and framelits dies or punches.

Please check HERE to see some of my other aluminum can and Big Shot projects, along with video tutorials.

I'm always on the look out for cans with interesting designs and colors.

My husband is a craft beer drinker,  and whenever he purchases a new brand, I always take a look the cans.

Well, he recently brought home some Summer American Pale Ale brewed by Fremont Brewing in Seattle, WA.

I thought I had died and gone to heaven when I saw this bright sun and moon!

Fremont brewing can

Oh my, I couldn't wait for him to pour the beer into a pint glass so I could wash out the can and get started!

This card was so simple to create, and it took about 5 minutes!

I let the design on the can do the heavy lifting.

Here's  how:

  1.  After washing it out thoroughly, I removed the top and bottom of the can (see video for instructions), and flattened it out.  As always, be careful with the cutting step as the can will be sharp.  After it has been run through the Big Shot or punched with a punch, the edges are no longer sharp.
  2. I trimmed the piece down a little so my 2 1/2" circle punch would fit around the sun and moon, and then punched.
  3.  I added the punched circle to a Basic Black mat using Dimensionals to pop it up.
  4. I stamped the greeting from Painted Glass onto the Mango Melody card base using Memento Black ink.  I added the matted sun and moon to the card front using Dimensionals to pop it up.  Enamel shapes were added to the four corners to complete.

Simple, that's it!

Fremont brewing can cut

Fremont brewing can pieces

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Painted Glass

Ink: Memento Black

Paper: Mango Melody, Basic Black

Accessories: tin snips, heavy crafting scissors, Summer  American Pale Ale beer can, 2 1/2" circle punch, Dimensionals, enamel shapes

Happy Stampin'!

Purple and Blue Dandelion Wishes

Purple and Blue Dandelion Wishes
Dandelion Wishes in Purple and Blue

Dandelion Wishes as become one of my favorite stamp sets.

The delicate flowers just make me smile!

This card was quick and simple, a true five minute card.

Here's how:

  1. Stamp the trio of dandelions onto Shimmery White card front using Gorgeous Grape ink.
  2.  Create a circle stencil by punching a scrap piece of card stock using 3/4" circle punch.
  3. Lay the stencil over the centers of the flowers and add Pacific Point ink using a sponge dauber.

Sponge daubing

    4. Stamp greeting from Painted Glass using Pacific Point ink.

    5. Attach to Pacific Point card base.

    6. Color pearls using a purple Sharpie pen.  Attach to card front to complete.

Change up the colors.  The possibilities are endless with this simple design!

 

Dandelion Wishes

 

Dandelion Wishes

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Dandelion Wishes, Painted Glass

Ink: Gorgeous Grape, Pacific Point

Paper: Pacific Point, Shimmery White

Accessories: 3/4" circle punch, sponge dauber, pearls, Sharpie Pen

Happy Stampin'!

Dandelion Wishes Thinking of You

Dandelion Wishes Thinking of You
Dandelion Wishes Thinking of You

Unfortunately, I've needed to send out yet another sympathy card.  This is the third one in as many months. 

For this card, I used my new stamp set Dandelion Wishes paired with the retired set Sincere Salutations for the greeting for a clean and simple design.

Sincere Salutations has always been one of my favorite greeting sets, and whenever I need a simple, yet elegant sentiment, I pull it out of my crafting cabinet.  It is one of my few remaining wood-mount stamp sets purchased when SU! only sold wood-mount stamps. 

Dandelion Wishes, I think, will become one of my favorites too.  Lots of possibilities with its simple design.

This card was very easy to create.

A perfect 5 minute or less card!

Here's how:

  1. Stamp dandelion image using Basic Gray ink on a piece of Very Vanilla card stock measuring 3" x 2 1/2".  With a paper trimmer, cut the image into 3- 1" panels at 2" and 1".  Mount each panel to a Basic Gray mat measuring 3 1/4" x 2 3/4" using Mini Dimensionals at the top and bottom of each panel to pop them up.
  2.  Attach to a 3 3/4" x 3 1/2" piece of Very Vanilla card stock using Mini Dimensionals on the four corners to pop it up.
  3. Stamp greeting using Basic Gray ink.
  4. Attach to 4"x3 3/4" Basic Gray card base to complete.

Dandelion Wishes

Dandelion Wishes

Stamp Sets: Dandelion Wishes, Sincere Salutations

Ink: Basic Gray

Paper: Basic Gray, Very Vanilla

Accessories: Mini Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!