Mini Cards – Butterfly and Window

Happy Monday!  We are hoping to take the boys and head north to go apple picking today – however the weather might not cooperate with us.  We are supposed to have 100% chance of rain with 6-10 inches over the next day or two.  That’s a lot of rain and we haven’t had any in quite a while – we just don’t need that much at one time.  So we will see if we actually get to go.

I have two more mini cards today.  The first one came from the +FUN class that I took at convention called Every Last Detail.  I took just one element from our project and used it on a 3×3 mini card.

This picture doesn’t show the sparkle on the butterfly very well.  Let me tell you how I did it and then I’ll show you a close up of the butterfly so you can see the sparkle.  A piece of Vellum Paper is punched with the Butterfly punch and also a piece of the Daffodil Delight card stock.  Then take a Stampin’ Sponge (I cut mine into 1/8s) – spray a little bit of water on it – then dab the Smooch Pearlized Top Coat on the sponge.

Now dab the sponge on the vellum butterfly – it will curl up a bit and then flatten out as it dries.  Layer the vellum butterfly on the Daddofil Butterfly.  Punch hole in the center and add a small paper flower and then a brad.

In the  close up you can see the sparkle on the vellum.

The base of the card is Lucky Limeade.  The bottom is stamped with the image from the Borderlines stamp set.  There is a strip of Daffodil Delight and Whisper White.   And some Lucky Limeade Ruffled ribbon tied on the side.  The butterfly is attached with a Stampin’ Dimensional.

The second card was and idea from one of the swaps I received – I changed the stamp set and orientation of the card.

I called it a window card or peek-a-boo card because the inside peeks through to the front.  It is similar to one of the swap cards that I made for convention but this one is just smaller.  To begin with you need to punch the scallop edge on the card front.  Then you can punch the circle into the front using the 1-3/4″ circle punch.

Then for the inside I punched a circle from Whisper White card stock using the 2-1/2″ circle punch and stamped on it using the Love & Care stamp set from the Summer Mini Catalog.  On the front of the card use a white Gel pen to add the doodles around the circle.

There is also a strip of So Saffron card stock on the inside that shows off behind the scalloped front.  To finish I added a jewelry tag punch stamped with Hello and added with the White Baker’s Twine to the side of the card.

I hope you like these little cards today!  Have a happy Labor Day!

Mini Cards – Open Sea and Button Buddies

I hope you enjoyed the box yesterday.  Today I’m going to start sharing some of the Mini cards that we created to go in the box.  These are all 3×3 finished cards so you start with a piece of 3″ x 6″ card stock and fold it in half.  They fit inside the mini square envelopes.

This first card features the Open Sea stamp set and Nautical Expedition Designer Series paper from the Stampin’ Up! Summer Mini Catalog.  The base of the card is Not Quite Navy and a strip of the designer paper.  Next a piece of Early Espresso and Crumb Cake.  The images are stamped on the Crumb Cake square – the globe in Crumb Cake ink and the Anchor is actually Basic Gray ink.  Before I attached this piece to the Early Espresso square I added the little Vintage Trinket safety pin.  Here is a close up picture of how I did that.

I used the 1/16″ circle punch and punched a hole inside the top of the anchor and another just outside.  Then slide the open end of the safety pin through both holes and close it up again.  Tie the Early Espresso Baker’s Twine to the safety pin.  This design came right out of the Summer Mini Catalog.

That’s it for that one.  Now on to the second card for today –

This one features the Button Buddies stamp set along with the Extreme Elements set and the Happiest Birthday Wishes hostess stamp set.  The base of the card is Sahara Sand.  Stamp the block of dots from Extreme Elements in More Mustard ink.  Here is a close up of where I stamped.

There is a strip of Well Worn Designer Series Paper across the card and the greeting was stamped on the bottom.  The snail from Button Buddies is stamped on a piece of Whisper White card stock using Early Espresso ink.  Punch out with the wide oval punch (I know that is the old name but I just can’t remember what the new name is).  Behind that is a punch out of More Mustard card stock using the 1-3/4″ circle punch.  On the snail shell I added a More Mustard button tied with a piece of Linen Thread.  Cute!

I hope you like these two little mini cards.  I have more to come in the next few days so check back again.  Thanks!

It’s Scrapbook Day

Today is Scrapbook Day.  It is my monthly scrapbook class.  And I have two fun 12×12 2-page layouts planned.  I’m not going to show you those today instead I’m going to show you the layouts we made last month – since apparently I never shared them.  So here is the first one –

The back ground is Sahara Sand 12×12 card stock.  The stamp sets that I used are The Open Sea and Sail Away.  Both of these are in the Stampin’ Up! Summer Mini catalog which ends on August 31st.  So you only have a few more days left to order these.

On this left page I stamped the manifest image in Soft Suede down the left edge.  There are strips of Patterns Designer Series Paper in Pool Party, Soft Suede and Cajun Craze.  In the upper corner is the featured sailboat with the sunset.  See this post for details on how to do the masked sunset.  Th Big Shot dies are 3″ Circle, 3-1/2″ Circle, and the Scallop Circle.

There is the panel of Pool Party and a mat for a grouping of photos framed in Cajun Craze with a scallop border strip in Soft Suede on the side.  A couple of anchors are stamped around the page.

The right hand page added a few more elements.  First the pennant banner at the top.  This is the new Petite Pennants Builder punch.  The letters for “beach” were stamped using the Just Perfect Alphabet set.  I used the 1/16″ punch to put holes in the top of each pennant.  Then strung them on a piece of White Baker’s Twine.   My idea is that above the banner you would stamp the name of the Beach that the pictures are about.  So I plan to use our summer beach photos and will add “North Myrtle” to the top of the page.  If you aren’t at a specific beach it could just say “A Day at the”.

There is also a tag hanging down with the date – I just tied a knot to the twine at the end of the banner to attach the Modern Label punch.  It kind of blends in with all the Pool Party so I probably should have use a different color card stock for it.

Down in the corner is an idea I got from a swap at convention.  Using the Modern Label punch to create the mooring posts.  I used a Stampin’ Write marker to add some lines to make them look like wood.  A piece of Bakers Twine is wrapped around one and tied in a knot.

Now I need to print my beach photos so I can add them to this page.

I also wanted to say thanks to everyone for all the emails and comments about the Shadow Box Advent Calendar project I shared this week.  I have been getting tons of emails and I have tried to reply to each one.  I created the project for the UStamp class so I can not share the tutorial with you.  But you can join this awesome class and get it there.  The cost works out to less than 75 cents per tutorial and there are some awesome projects so it is well worth the money. The box kit was something I purchased online at a big box craft store – but I can’t post that specific information here per my demonstrator agreement with Stampin’ Up!

Have a great day!  I can’t wait for my scrapbookers to here so I can show them this months layouts.  I will share those with you guys later.


On the Grow – one more time

As we near the end of the Stampin’ Up! Summer Mini catalog – another stamp set that is leaving us is the On The Grow set.  I love the flowers in the jar and have used that image a lot but I also like the little scooter.  This card idea came from a swap that I received at convention in 2010 – last year – one of my favorite swap cards was similar to this but used a different stamp set that I didn’t have.  So when I saw this little scooter I knew it would work instead.

This is a long card – 3″ x 6″ and fits in the open-ended envelopes.  I used Textured Soft Suede card stock for the base.  On top is a layer of Soft Suede that has been embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper folder – before gluing it down add the scallop border trim – it is Daffodil Delight.  There are some gel pen high-lights in between each of the scallops.

The scooter is stamped on Whisper White and then also on Poppy Parade Patterns Designer Series Paper.  Cut out the main body of the scooter from the patterned paper and glue it on top of the image on the white card stock.  Color the rest of the image with Stampin’ Write markers.  The final touch was a Basic Rhinestone added for the scooter headlight.  Everyone loved that part!

Little details always make cards fun.

Thanks for stopping in today.

Color Challenge UDI49

Hi all!  This weeks color challenge was one that I wasn’t quite sure about.  Gretchen went back up to lots of colors again after several weeks of just a few.  I can’t decide which is more challenging a few colors or a lot of colors.  So here is the inspiration –

Six colors in this one – Baja Breeze, Marina Mist, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Basic Black and Whisper White.  I wasn’t quite sure where to go with these aside from flower like the inspiration but I wanted to do something other than flowers.  I think my last few challenge project have all had flowers.  And then I finally figured it out and I love this card that I came up with – and no flowers!  Looky here it is……

I made a masked sunset card using the Sail Away stamp from the Stampin’ Up! Summer Mini Catalog.  Now this was the card I needed to make for my brother for his birthday – I just didn’t think of it until this week and his birthday was last week so I sent him something else.  He may just get two cards from me this year.

I took step by step pictures for you too.  So here is what I did.

step 1

Step 1: First stamp the boat on the Whisper White card stock – mine was 3″ x 3-1/2″ – and I used Jet Black StazOn ink.  Then stamp it again on a post it note and cut out right on the lines for the two sails and the hull of the boat.   Here is a helpful trick – use the two-way glue pen and put some glue on the back of the cut out pieces and let dry.  Now these become sticky but it is repositionable.

Add the mask on top of the stamped image on the white card stock matching up so that the sails are covered.  And then you will also need to cover the hull of the boat in just minute (I don’t have it covered in this picture).

step 2

Step 2: Punch a 1″ circle out of a scrap piece of card stock.  You will use the scrap piece as a mask to create the sun.  In this case your are covering the area around the circle that will become the sun.  I overlapped just a bit with the sail on the boat so it looks like it is behind the sail.

Step 3

Step 3: Use a Stampin’ Sponge and sponge the inside of the circle with So Saffron ink.  Then take another sponge and sponge the edges of the circle with the Pumpkin Pie ink.  This will make the center lighter and the outer edges darker.

Step 4

Step 4: Remove the circle mask for the sun, but leave the sails covered and make sure the boat hull is covered.  Now punch a scrap strip of card stock with the scallop edge punch and use this as a mask to create waves at the water line.  I sponged with Marina Mist ink, starting darker near the scallops and going lighter as you go down the card stock.  Move the scallop mask down into different spots so that you can make various waves as you sponge.

Step 5

Step 5: Now you have the sun sponged in and the water and waves sponged in.

Step 6

Step 6: Last I sponged Baja Breeze in the sky.  You can either cover the sun with the circle you punched out earlier or carefully sponge around it.  You can leave white space in the sky too, it doesn’t all need to be covered.

Once you are done with the sponging then remove the masks from the sails and the boat.

I stamped the greeting along the bottom.  And mounted the piece on Basic Black card stock.  I added a strip of Marina Mist card stock that was scalloped.  This is put on the front of the Pumpkin Pie card stock with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The final addition to the card is the Basic Black wide grosgrain striped ribbon on the side – the ends are overlapped and then tied together with a piece of Whisper White Baker’s Twine.

I hope you like it as much as I do!

Click on this link to go to the  Utah Diva’s Color Challenge blog.   There you can see the creations from the entire design team and add a link to your creation if you decide to play along.

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • Card stock:  Pumpkin Pie, Marina Mist, Basic Black, Whisper White
  • Ink: Jet Black StazOn, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Marina Mist, Baja Breeze
  • Stamp sets: Sail Away, Bring on the Cake
  • Accessories:  Scallop Edge Border punch, 1″ Circle punch,  Stampin’ Sponge, Basic Black Striped Grosgrain ribbon, White Baker’s Twine.

To order Stampin’ Up! Supplies to make this project click here.