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Friday, August 4, 2017

Life is a Beautiful Thing

Some days it just doesn't pay to try to be creative.  Today was one of those days.  I knew I had to make a card since I wanted to post something but didn't have anything new.  And I didn't want to spend half a day making a fancy card that only a few people would really appreciate.  So, I went to my computer and flipped through the cards that I'd saved from various blogs that I follow, and came across the following, created by Melissa Kerman @ Melissa's Crafting Treehouse.  I will admit to CASE'ing it pretty much as she did it and I really like how it turned out.  First the card:



Products Used:

Stamp Set:  Colorful Seasons
Paper:  Early Espresso,  Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack
Ink:  Early Espresso
Embellishments:  1/4" Copper Trim, Stampin' Dimensionals

Directions:

Cut paper to following sizes:
     Early Espresso Card base:  5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored and folded at 4-1/4"
     Basic Black Mat:  3-7/8" x 5-1/8""
     Wood Textures Designer Series Paper (cut one each of 2 designs)  2-1/2" x 3-5/8"
     Very Vanilla Sentiment Piece:  2 x 2-1/8"
     Early Espresso Sentiment Mat:  2-1/4" x 2-3/8"

Assembly:
* Stamp sentiment on to Very Vanilla card stock in Early Espresso ink.  Attach sentiment piece to small Basic Black mat piece.  Set aside.
* Adhere two wood textures pieces to large Basic Black mat piece, trimming the patterned pieces if necessary so that enough black mat shows around edges.
* Take copper trim and with your fingers, spread out trim to approximately 1/2" wide.  Wrap around to back side of print/black mat piece and attach with Scotch tape.  Attach this piece to Early Espresso card base with adhesive.
* Using Stampin' Dimensionals, attach sentiment piece to left side of card front.  Using length of expanded copper trim, tie bow at right side of card front.  The shimmer and texture of this trim is simply gorgeous!!

This card is a really good one to use if you need a masculine card for that special guy in your life, or for any man who deserves a special card.

Check out my Stampin' Up! website if you'd like to order any of the above items, at http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/stampinkathy/  Just click on the 'shop now' button and it will take you to my online store.  Happy Stamping!




Thursday, July 20, 2017

Enjoy Today

I try to live by this mantra every day, but some days are a bit tougher than others.  I just love this card idea using the Eastern Palace Suite items from Stampin' Up!  I CASE'd this card from Patty Bennett's website at www.Pattystamps.com.  First the card:

Supplies Used:
Stamp Set:  Eastern Beauty
Paper:  Whisper White Note Cards, Whisper White Card Stock, Color Theory Paper Stack
Ink:  Berry Burst
Tools:  Eastern Palace Medallion Framelits, Big Shot die Cutting machine and accessories
Accessories:  Glitter Enamel Dots

Directions:
Attached the Berry Burst 'ombre' piece from the Color Theory Paper Stack to the note card base.  I then cut the medallion shapes in the Whisper White Card Stock, and then stamped the images using the Berry Burst ink, and the Eastern Beauty stamp set, leaving room for the sentiment.  I then layered this piece over the Berry Burst 'ombre' piece.   I suppose you could use Stampin' Dimensionals to attach the stamped element to the ombre piece, but I chose to leave it flat for ease of mailing.  I used a Glimmer Enamel Dot for the center of each cut out shape, and also to accent the sentiment.


I also did the same with the blue card, using Dapper Denim ink and the Dapper Denim 'ombre' sheet from the Color Theory Paper Stack.

Check out my Stampin' Up! website if you'd like to order any of the above items, at http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/stampinkathy/  Just click on the 'shop now' button and it will take you to my online store.  Happy Stamping!





Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Eastern Palace

This card was CASE'd (Copy and Share Everything) from the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog on page 18.  This is part of the Eastern Palace Suite.  This is just ONE of the many gorgeous cards that can be made with the stamp set, coordinating Designer Series Paper, and the Gold Stickers.  First the card:

Supplies Used:

Stamp set:  Eastern Beauty

Cardstock:  Berry Burst (2017-19 In-Color), Very Vanilla

Ink:  Tranquil Tide (2017-19 In-Color), Versamark

Tools:  Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies, Layering Circles Thinlits Dies, Big Shot Die Cutting Machine and accessories, heat tool

Accessories:  Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers, Gold Sequins, Gold Embossing Powder, Stampin' Dimensionals

Directions:   Card base is Berry Burst.  Very Vanilla overlay is cut 3.5 x 5" and run through the big shot with the appropriate Thinlit Die.  You can actually use any design die that you want but you want the colored card stock to show through from the back and have a center space big enough for the sentiment circle.  Attach to card front.  Using Tranquil Tide ink, stamp the sentiment on a scrap of Very Vanilla card stock.  Using Versamark ink and the dotted circle stamp, stamp around the sentiment, and then apply the gold embossing powder.  Set with heat tool.  Crop with 1 and 7/8" circle die.  Attach to center of the cutout with Stampin' Dimensionals.  Apply strips of gold vinyl stickers to each side of Very Vanilla piece.  Glue on gold sequins.

Check out my Stampin' Up! website if you'd like to order any of the above items, at http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/stampinkathy/  Just click on the 'shop now' button and it will take you to my online store.  Happy Stamping!


Bloomin' Heart - Take 2

This card uses the same basic instructions as the previous card only the colors have changed.  First the card:


 
Supplies Used:

Stamp set:  Delicate Details (2017 Sale-a bration set)

Cardstock:  Very Vanilla, Whisper White

Ink:  Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, Watermelon Wonder

Tools:  Bloomin' Heart Thinlits Die, Big Shot Die Cutting Machine and accessories

Accessories:  White/Gold ribbon from Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack (2017 Sale-a-bration item), Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Sponge Dauber, Stampin' Sponge

Directions:  Cut Very Vanilla CS to 4.25" x 11", and fold in half with the fold on the left side.  Using the Bloomin' Heart Thinlits Die and Big Shot, die cut heart from Whisper White Cardstock.  Using sponge daubers, apply Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, and Watermelon Wonder to image.  Stamp large lace image from Delicate Details set to left side of card with Watermelon Wonder ink, the width of the ribbon away from the edge.  Tie ribbon around card.  Stabilize with drop of glue under knot.  With stampin' sponge, sponge Flirty Flamingo ink around edge of card.  Attach heart shape with liquid glue.  Embellish with Fhinestone Basic Jewels.

Because I didn't know which occasion this card was going to be used for, I left space for a sentiment to be added at a later date.

Check out my Stampin' Up! website if you'd like to order any of the above items, at http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/stampinkathy/  Just click on the 'shop now' button and it will take you to my online store.  Happy Stamping!


Bloomin' Heart - Take 1


Today's card idea is taken from Patty Bennett at PattyStamps.com.  It is so pretty, and can be used for many different occasions.



Supplies Used:

Stamp set:  Delicate Details (2017 Sale-a bration set)

Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Whisper White

Ink:  Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake

Tools:  Bloomin' Heart Thinlits Die, Big Shot Die Cutting Machine and accessories

Accessories:  White/Gold ribbon from Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack (2017 Sale-a-bration item), Pearl Basic Jewels, Sponge Dauber, Stampin' Sponge

Directions:  Cut Crumb Cake CS to 4.25" x 11", and fold in half with the fold on the left side.  Using the Bloomin' Heart Thinlits Die and Big Shot, die cut heart from Whisper White Cardstock.  Using sponge daubers, apply Pool Party, Bermuda Bay and Island Indigo to image.  Stamp large lace image from Delicate Details set to left side of card with Soft Suede ink, the width of the ribbon away from the edge.  Tie ribbon around card.  Stabilize with drop of glue under knot.  With stampin' sponge, sponge Crumb Cake ink around edge of card.  Attach heart shape with liquid glue.  Embellish with Pearl Basic Jewels.

Because I didn't know which occasion this card was going to be used for, I left space for a sentiment to be added at a later date.

Check out my Stampin' Up! website if you'd like to order any of the above items, at http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/stampinkathy/  Just click on the 'shop now' button and it will take you to my online store.  Happy Stamping!


Monday, July 10, 2017

Friends Forever!


This card was copied from fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator Mary Fish at stampinpretty.com.  Mary always has such GORGEOUS cards!

Products used:
Stamp Set:  None
Paper:  Flirty Flamingo, Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla cardstock, Cupcakes and Carousels Paper Stack (Mary used current Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper)
Tools:  Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies, Lovely Words Thinlits Dies, Stitched Shapes Thinlits Dies, Big Shot Die Cutting Machine.
Accessories:  Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals

Directions:  The card base is Chocolate Chip.  A layer of Flirty Flamingo is attached followed by a layer of Crumb Cake.  Patterned paper from the Cupcakes and Carousels Paper stack (2.25x4.5") is positioned as shown in the photo.  Chocolate Chip (3x2.5") is positioned as shown in the photo.  Using the 'Friends' die from Lovely Words Thinlits, cut out from Flirty Flamingo.  Using Stitched Shapes oval die, crop again to make a 'frame.'  Attach to card.   The Adirondack chair is die cut from Very Vanilla card stock, using the die from Seasonal Layers Thinlits.  It is attached with Stampin' Dimensionals as shown in photo.  Cut two flowers from Very Vanilla cardstock using Seasonal Layers Thinlits and attach to card.  Embellish centers with Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

Check out my Stampin' Up! website if you'd like to order any of the above items, at http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/stampinkathy/  Just click on the 'shop now' button and it will take you to my online store.  Happy Stamping!

Friday, June 30, 2017

I'm Baaaack! (but not really)

Hello all,

Back from a GREAT New England cruise but have nothing to post because of reorganizing my crafting space.  I have my table covered with 'stuff' that I'm sorting through to decide what to keep and what to give away to a neighbor for his school kids.  Until I can get that cleaned up and organized, I have no space for making cards.  Yes, my table space is limited!  So, keep checking back if you would please.  I hope to have something to share soon.

Keep on stamping!
Kathy

Life is a Beautiful Thing

Some days it just doesn't pay to try to be creative.  Today was one of those days.  I knew I had to make a card since I wanted to post s...