Thinking of You

April Fresh Ideas-Faux Alligator Wallet Cards for Easy Gift-Giving

Spring and summer gift-giving is here!

Mother's Day, Father's Day, graduations, bridal and baby showers!

Learn how to create super easy gift card (or money) holders.

My Fresh Ideas Newsletter for April will feature 2 techniques for easy summer gift-giving:

Twist & Fold and Faux Alligator Wallet Card Techniques

(Click HERE  to view the Twist & Fold Gift Card Holder)

 

Geared Up Garage wallet outsideGeared Up Garage Faux Alligator Wallet Card Closed

Geared Up Garage wallet insideGeared Up Garage Faux Alligator Wallet Card Opened

Dino Days wallet cardDino Days Faux Alligator Card Closed

 

Dino Days wallet card openedDino Days Faux Alligator Card Opened

My April Fresh Card Making tutorial will feature this super easy Faux Alligator Wallet Card Pattern.

Lots of spaces to tuck gift cards, money, or greetings.
 
Perfect for masculine or kid gift-giving!

  And it easily fits inside an A2 envelope.

The possibilities are endless!

This tutorial will hit e mail inboxes at 9:00 AM (MST) on April 20, 2021.

Included in the Fresh Ideas Newsletter is a step-by-step written tutorial with color photos in a pdf format.

Please add your name to my mailing list anytime from April 20-May 17, 2021 to receive this tutorial.

To sign up, please use the Sign Up Box located in the upper right hand corner of this page.

Once the sign up process has been completed, you'll receive my Adhesives 101 tutorial via email in pdf format as my gift to you.

Happy Stampin'!

April Fresh Ideas-Twist & Fold Gift Card Holder for Easy Summer Gift-Giving

Spring and summer gift-giving is here!

Mother's Day, Father's Day, graduations, bridal and baby showers!

Learn how to create super easy gift card (or money) holders.

My Fresh Ideas Newsletter for April will feature 2 techniques for easy summer gift-giving:

Twist & Fold and Faux Alligator Wallet Card Techniques

Click  HERE to see the Faux Alligator Wallet Cards

The first is the easy Twist & Fold pattern.

Start with a couple of quick score lines, then an easy fold, and you'll have a card that has a pocket on the front and a pocket on the inside. 

Perfect for inserting a gift card or money.

  And it easily fits inside an A2 envelope.

Twist and Fold CardTwist & Fold Gift Card Holder Closed

Twist and Fold inside with gift cardTwist & Fold Gift Card Holder Opened

Option: Add a pop of color to the designer paper using Stampin' Blends or Stampin' Write Markers:

Twist and Fold with color

My April Fresh Card Making tutorial will feature this super easy Twist & Fold Gift Card Pattern.

The possibilities are endless!

This tutorial will hit e mail inboxes at 9:00 AM (MST) on April 20, 2021.

Included in the Fresh Ideas Newsletter is a written tutorial in a pdf format.

Please add your name to my mailing list anytime from April 20-May 17, 2021 to receive this tutorial.

To sign up, please use the Sign Up Box located in the upper right hand corner of this page.

Once the sign up process has been completed, you'll receive my Adhesives 101 tutorial via email in pdf format as my gift to you.

 

Happy Stampin'!

Beauty Abounds Bokeh Pearlized Background

Pearlized Background Dandelion Wishes and Beauty AboundsFor today's card, I am featuring the retiring stamp sets Dandelion Wishes and Beauty Abounds.

I combined them with the Pearlized Background Technique for a shimmery background.

Create an easy pearlized background using Frost White Shimmer Paint (retiring) and a Blending Brush.

This technique shimmers with any color of card stock, so the possibilities are endless!

For more Pearlized backgrounds, please visit my Backgrounds Page HERE

 

Here's how:

  1. Pour a small amount of Frost White Shimmer Paint* on a palette.  I used a clear block as my palette.
  2.  Pick up the Shimmer Paint using a Blending Brush and swipe across Purple Posy* card front.  Set aside to dry completely.
  3.  Stamp bokeh image from Beauty Abounds stamp set using Bermuda Bay, Magenta Madness and Daffodil Delight inks.  Stamp speckles using Gorgeous Grape ink.
  4. Attach card front to Gorgeous Grape mat.  Attach to Daffodil Delight card base.
  5.  Stamp image from Dandelion Wishes * on scrap piece of Basic White card stock using Daffodil Delight ink.  Stamp speckles and greeting using Gorgeous Grape ink.
  6. Cut out using a 2 1/4" circle punch.  Mat to 2 1/2" Gorgeous Grape circle. 
  7. Attach to card front using Mini Dimensionals to pop it up.

*Retiring May 3, 2021 or while supplies last. 

 

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Dandelion Wishes with 2019-2021 In Color Centers

Dandelion Wishes In Color Centers

Over the next month, I'll be featuring some of my favorite retiring stamp sets and accessories. 

First up is Dandelion Wishes, one of my favorite stamp sets.

For this card, I paired the dandelion images with retiring 2019-2021 retiring In Colors:

Rococo Rose, Terracotta Tile, Pretty Peacock, Seaside Spray and Purple Posy

Of these colors, I will miss Seaside Spray and Purple Posy the most.

Please remember, the retiring items will be available through May 3, 2021 or while supplies last.

Shop Last Chance Items Here:

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  1. Stamp image from Dandelion Wishes on Basic White card stock using Memento Black ink.
  2. Using sponge daubers, add color to each of the centers.
  3. Attach to Pretty Peacock mat.  Attach to Basic White card base.
  4. Stamp greeting from Dandelion Wishes on scrap piece of Basic White card stock using Memento Black ink.  Cut out using Stitched Rectangle die and Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine.  Sponge on Terracotta Tile ink.Cut a larger rectangle out of Pretty Peacock using Stitched Rectangle Die and die-cut machine.  Attach to card front using Dimensionals to pop it up.

 

 

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Crafting with Aluminum Cans-Bell's Two Hearted Ale

Bells Two Hearted

Two Hearted Ale Card

Two hearted pale ale canThe can before I cut it down to create the card.

One of my favorite crafting techniques is to cut shapes out of aluminum cans and add them to my card creations.

You can view my aluminum can creations HERE

(Instructions and a link to a video tutorial on how to cut the cans can be found on this page)

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

Fortunately, my husband is a craft beer drinker and is always bringing home new beers to try.  Often, these beers have interesting labels on the cans. 

My husband drinks the beer, then I confiscate the cans to create!

Recently, he tried Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery in Michigan with this cool fish image on the cans.

This is a perfect image for creating those masculine-themed cards!

I made this card for the husband of a friend of mine who recently passed away.

He is about to put their house up for sale, then leave Colorado for Mississippi.

When asked what he was going to do in Mississippi, he said " I'm going to live with my son, and we're going fishing!"

I thought this card would be perfect for him as just a thinking of you card.

This was simple card to make as I matted the image cut from the can using Pumpkin Pie card stock, then to Mossy Meadow, and finally to a Basic Black card base.

I secured the edges by punching holes using my Crop-a-dile, then inserted retired glimmer brads in the 4 corners.

The possibilities are endless!

 

Happy Stampin'!

Jar of Flowers-Sunflowers!

Sunflowers

This card  is one of the featured projects found in my June newsletter.

It features the new Jar of Flowers Bundle, and the Flowers for Every Season 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper.

It's fun and easy to create!

For step-by-step instructions, please sign up to receive my June newsletter by July 6, 2020.

The Sign Up box is located in the upper right-hand box of this page.

Once the easy sign up process has been completed, you'll receive my Adhesives 101 tutorial  as my gift to you.

 

Happy Stampin'!

Flowers for Every Season-Easy, 5 Minute Card Creations Part 2

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Blue flowers for every season

Here are two more quick and easy, 5 minute card ideas using designs from the Flowers for Every Season 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper.

It's fun letting the designer series paper do the heavy lifting!

For more card ideas, ideas, please visit my 5 Minute Creations Page HERE.

The greeting and bees on the top card came from the retired Honey Bee stamp set and Detailed Bee Dies.  Sorry for using retired product, but those sunflowers just needed bees!

The greeting on the 2nd card is from the Paper Pumpkin kit Flora and Fauna, which I use a lot.

The butterfly is from Butterfly Gala.

 

Happy Stampin'!

Flowers for Every Season-Easy, 5 Minute Card Creations

Flowers for Every Season

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The designs in the new Flowers for Every Season 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper just make me smile!

Bright and cheery, they make quick and easy 5 minute card creations.

Let the Designer Series Paper do the heavy lifting.

For these 2 cards, I added the greeting from Butterfly Gala stamped using Misty Moonlight and Poppy Parade inks, matted with Misty Moonlight and Poppy Parade card stock, and cut out using my Big Shot and Stitched Nested Label Dies.

The pearls were colored using Night of Navy and Poppy Parade Stampin' Blends.

To see more ideas, please visit my 5 Minute Creations Page HERE.

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Bloomin' Flowers Garden Glove

Garden glove

This spring-inspired bloomin' flowers garden glove card is one of the featured projects included in my April 2020 Newsletter.

As the Corona Virus runs its course, we are being encouraged to stay home.

This would be a great time to do a little stamping, don't you agree?

Get out the stamps, ink, and paper for a little mental well-being!

I'm here to give you some ideas for fun, creative projects!

How about trying this bloomin' flowers garden glove?

This card would be perfect for a birthday, thank you, Mother's Day, or just thinking of you!

I have FREE instructions for you!

Simply add your name to my mailing list using the Sign Up Box located in the upper right-hand corner of this page anytime in April 2020.

You'll receive my April Newsletter via e mail with the  instructions for the garden glove card.

You'll also receive a FREE "Adhesives 101" tutorial as my gift to you.

It's just that easy!

Stay healthy and safe.

Anne

Happy Stampin'!

Purple Faux Denim Pocketful of Happiness

Purple faux denim

This spring-inspired faux denim card is one of the featured projects included in my April 2020 Newsletter.

As the Corona Virus runs its course, we are being encouraged to stay home.

This would be a great time to do a little stamping, don't you agree?

Get out the stamps, ink, and paper for a little mental well-being!

I'm here to give you some ideas for fun, creative projects!

How about trying this purple faux denim pocket card?

This card would be perfect for a birthday, thank you, Mother's Day, or just thinking of you!

I have FREE instructions for you!

Simply add your name to my mailing list using the Sign Up Box located in the upper right-hand corner of this page anytime in April 2020.

You'll receive my April Newsletter via e mail with the  instructions for the faux denim pocket card.

You'll also receive a FREE "Adhesives 101" tutorial as my gift to you.

It's just that easy!

Stay healthy and safe.

Anne

 

 

 
Happy Stampin'!

April Showers Brings May Flowers Umbrella Card

UmbrellaWelcome Spring!

This spring-inspired umbrella card is one of the featured projects included in my April 2020 Newsletter.

As the Corona Virus runs its course, we are being encouraged to stay home.

This would be a great time to do a little stamping, don't you agree?

Get out the stamps, ink, and paper for a little mental well-being!

I'm here to give you some ideas for fun, creative projects!

How about trying this pretty umbrella card?

This card would be perfect for a birthday, Easter, or Mother's Day!

I have FREE instructions for you!

Simply add your name to my mailing list using the Sign Up Box located in the upper right-hand corner of this page anytime in April 2020.

You'll receive my April Newsletter via e mail with the  instructions for the umbrella card.

You'll also receive a FREE "Adhesives 101" tutorial as my gift to you.

It's just that easy!

Stay healthy and safe.

Anne

 

 

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'!

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'!

Sitting Here Thinking of You

Sitting Here Thinking of You
Sitting Here Thinking of you

A friend of mine recently had a tragic family loss.

As you can imagine, she and her family are having a really tough coping. 

I try to send her a thinking of you card every couple of weeks.

For this card, I used the stamp sets Sitting Here and Sheltering Tree.  I hope it brings a smile.

I haven't used Sitting Here for quite awhile, and I forgot it included a sleeping dog image. 

When I pulled the set off the shelf, I realized that this dog image was the spitting image of our newest family member, Roxie.

Roxie is a Shar Pei mix who came from a friend who was moving and couldn't take her with her.  So, we decided that we'd take Roxie in.  She and our 120 pound St. Bernard, Annie, are getting along fine as Annie shows her the ropes of being a Colorado mountain dog!

The image matches Roxie right down to her Shar Pei ears and tail, especially when she is curled up in her bed. 

The photo below was taken in low light without flash, so the coloring is a little off. 

She is redder in person, almost Cajun Craze in color like the stamped image.

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Here's how I created the card:

  1. Create a mask for the flower pot by stamping the image on a post-it-note and then cutting it out.
  2. Place the mask onto Soft Sea Foam card front. Stamp the swing image over the mask using Early Espresso ink.
  3. Remove the mask and stamp the flower pot image in the blank space using Early Espresso ink.
  4.  Color in the swing, cushion, flower pot, and flowers using watercolor pencils and Stampin' Write Markers.

I actually wasn't too happy with the way the flower pot turned out.  It looked too flat.  So, I stamped the image on a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock, colored it with markers and cut it out.  I then placed it over the original stamped image, popping it up with a Mini Dimensional.  The original stamped image can be seen behind it, which is ok.  It adds a little more dimension to the card.

      5.  Stamp the leaves from Sheltering Tree using Shaded Spruce ink full strength and again without reinking.  Stamp shadow under the swing using Early Espresso ink.

      6.  Stamp dog on a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock using Cajun Craze ink.  Lightly fill in the image using brown watercolor pencil.  Cut image out and place it on the swing using a Mini Dimensional to pop it up.

       7.  Mat card front to a piece of Shaded Spruce card stock.

       8. Emboss a piece of Soft Sea Foam card stock using the Big Shot and Pinewood Planks embossing folder.   Stamp greeting using Early Espresso ink. Attach to Whisper White card base.  Attach card front to complete.

 

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Sitting Here, Sheltering Tree

Ink: Early Espresso, Shaded Spruce, Cajun Craze, watercolor pencils, assorted Stampin' Write Markers

Paper: Whisper White, Soft Sea Foam, Shaded Spruce

Accessories: Big Shot, Pinewood Planks embossing folder, post-it-note, Mini Dimensionals

 

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Retired stamp sets for sale for blog

 

Happy Stampin'!