Chevron Embossed card

I’m having a little love affair with vellum flowers at the moment.  I think it’s delicateness of them along with the versatility that I’m attracted to.

I’m not sure if you do this, but when I’m punching out a shape, I like to punch some extra ones and set them aside in a little box on my desk so that next time I’m making a card, I have something quick to dip into for an embellishment.  Do you do this too, or maybe the same thing but with die-cuts or embossed pieces?

Stampin' Up! chevron embossed card

In this card I’ve punched out some vellum flowers from Stampin’ Up!’s Gold Foil vellum and left them as is to create a light and pretty card.  If you like a more vintage style, then you’ll want to look at this card I made using Stampin’ Up!’s Blossom Punch to get another card idea for using vellum flowers and to see the effect of layering them.

Back to this card, I’ve added a photo for you to see what the vellum looks like as I’m punching out the flowers:

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And a close up of the details on the card:

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Here’s some instructions on how I made this card:

1.  Start with half a piece of A4 white cardstock and fold it in half to make your base card.

2.  Trim down the other half of your white cardstock so that it’s slightly smaller than the front of your base card then place it into the Chevron Embossing folder and run it through the Big Shot to emboss.  Mount the embossed card onto your base card using Stampin’ Dimensionals (foam dots).

3.  Punch out five flowers using Stampin’ Up!’s Pansy Punch, positioning the punch so that the gold dots on the vellum are in the centre of the flower (as shown in the photo above).  Adhere these flowers onto your card using Dimensionals (foam dots) placed under the gold centre so that the adhesive isn’t showing.

4.  Stamp your greeting then die cut it into an oval using The Big Shot and Oval Framelits.

5.  Pierce holes around the oval using the Paper Piercing template then adhere to your card and add a small bow to the top using a length of Seam Binding.  You can adhere the ribbon with a glue dot.

That’s it! your card is finished :D  This card is also great as a birthday card, just change your stamped greeting.

If you have any questions about how I made the card or products I’ve used, or if you wish to purchase any Stampin’ Up! products, please feel free to email meOr you can just click the button below to shop now 24/7.

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If you’re interested in the Stampin’ Up! products that I used to create this card I have a list here for you:

Rubber Stamps: Six Sided Sampler (Clearmount: 130956) (Woodmount: 130953).
Inkpads/Markers: Coastal Cabana Inkpad (131175)
Cardstock & Paper: Whisper White (106549),  Gold Foil Vellum (133363)
Tools: Pansy Punch (130698), Big Shot (113439), Chevron Embossing Folder (127749),  Ovals Collection (129381), Magnetic Plate (130658) for the Big Shot is optional but super handy when using Framelits.  Paper piercer (126189), Paper Piercing Pack – Occasions (129387), Piercing Mat (126199)
AccessoriesPool Party Seam Binding (125582)
AdhesivesSNAIL, Dimensionals, Glue Dots

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Valentine’s, Anniversary, Just Because I Love You!

So it’s Valentine’s Day next week and I’ve made a bunch of Valentine’s Day cards (because I love a lot of people!).  But I was thinking these cards would also be great as Anniversary cards or even “just because” cards.  Just because?  Sure, there’s times when someone has gone through a hard time but you don’t want to do a “thinking of you” or “I know you’re feeling crappy” card.  A greeting card that simply says “I heart you” can mean a lot.

So this is the first card I made in the set.  Retro Card Style Tip: I’ve gone for the retro look and to pull that look together I’ve used a film strip die (very retro!), slightly distressed/shabby patterned paper and a cute button to match.

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And here’s a group shot of a few of the cards I’ve made.  All the background papers are from the Fresh Prints Designer Series Stack – very hand for a crafter like me who doesn’t want to fuss… just peel off a sheet and trim down a little.

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These were really quick & easy and super fun to make.  Just trim down some white cardstock to the size you’d like to go on your card.  Add some patterned paper (trimmed down a little smaller than the white cardstock) on top.  Tie some bakers twine around the card.  Die Cut silver glitter paper with the film strip die.  Die Cut the “I heart U” in red cardstock and stick it all together.  The button was attached with some glue dots.  Finishing touch is a little rhinestone in the heart.

If you have any questions about the card or products I’ve used, or if you wish to purchase any Stampin’ Up! products, please feel free to email me.  Or you can just click here to go Stampin’ Up! shopping now.

And here’s a list of Stampin’ Up! products that I used to create this card:

Cardstock & Paper: Real Red, Whisper White, Fresh Prints Designer Series Stack, Silver Glimmer Paper
Tools: Big Shot, On Film Thinlits Dies, Label Card Thinlit Die (just the ‘I heart U’ bit). Magnetic plate for the Big Shot is optional but super handy.
AccessoriesSilver Bakers Twine, InColor Boutique Details buttons, Basic Jewels
AdhesivesSNAIL, Stampin’ Dimensionals (foam dots), Glue Dots (for the buttons)

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Pretty Grunge Card

Who said grunge had to be boyish?  I must admit I bought Stampin’ Up!’s Gorgeous Grunge stamp set to make cards for my teenage sons and their friends and thought it was certainly worth it just so that I didn’t have to wrack my brain as to what I could use on a boy’s card.  But today I thought I’d try something a little different and add pink and sparkle to grunge.  So now I’m happy that I’m getting more bang for my buck with this stamp set but also thinking I have to make sure my other stamps aren’t neglected!

Pretty Gorgeous Grunge

It was really simple to make this card, I just stamped some of the elements randomly (okay, not so random!) on white card then added the topper which I made using elements from the new Label Card Thinlit Die.  If you’re wondering how I tied the Baker’s Twine around the card, I just poked two tiny holes in the spine of the card and threaded the Bakers Twine through the holes.  The button was slid onto the Baker’s Twine and I just tied a simple knot to finish it off.

If you have any questions about the card or products I’ve used, or if you wish to purchase any Stampin’ Up! products, please feel free to email me.  Or you can just click here to go Stampin’ Up! shopping now.

Whoop!  Before I forget.  This Gorgeous Grunge stamp set is on sale at 25% off this week only (sale ends 28 October 2013).  Here’s the link to see what other stamp sets are at 25% off this week only.

And here’s a list of Stampin’ Up! products that I used to create this card:

Rubber Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge
Cardstock & Paper: Whisper White, Silver Glimmer, Costal Cabana
Inkpads/Markers/Paint: Crisp Cantaloupe, Strawberry Slush and Calypso Coral Inkpads
Tools: Big Shot, Label Card Thinlits Die
AccessoriesWhite Bakers Twine, Vintage Faceted Button
AdhesivesSNAIL, Stampin’ Dimensionals (foam dots)

Birthday Butterfly Card

Well I was planning on having a lazy Saturday with lots of cardmaking but I ended up spending the day cleaning, and it wasn’t the fun cleaning of the craft room!  But I do have a quick and easy birthday card to share with you today.

The butterfly on the card is die cut using the Big Shot and a butterfly die and then it has been run through the Big Shot again with an Embossing Folder to dry emboss it.  When I’m doing something like this, I throw in a few pieces of cardstock at once to cut out mutliple butterflies that way I have a few spares to make some extra cards quickly next time I’m crafting.

So that’s it for me today.  I hope you get some crafting time in this weekend!

If you have any questions about the card or products I’ve used, or if you wish to purchase any Stampin’ Up! products, please feel free to email me.

And here’s a list of Stampin’ Up! products that I used to create this card:

Rubber Stamps:
Perfect Punches

Cardstock & Paper:
Baja Breeze textured cardstock
Very Vanilla cardstock
Beau Chateau Designer Series Patterned Paper

Inkpads/Markers/Paint:
Baja Breeze inkpad

Tools:
Big Shot
Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder
Beautiful Butterflies Die
Wide Oval Punch

Accessories:
Baja Breeze Seam Binding
Basic Jewels

Adhesives:
SNAIL
Stampin’ Dimensionals (foam dots)

Elegant Birthday Card

I have a confession to make ;)  When I make a card for someone who’s not in the ‘card world’, I like to use heat embossing.  I remember when I first saw gold embossing and I was blown away that could be done by just anyone – not just Hallmark!  So now, I like to use gold embossing for non-stampers just so that I look extra clever, LOL.

It’s my Aunty’s birthday tomorrow and I wanted to make her a card that reflected her tastes.  The colours, the vintage style and images of fountain pens I think suits her perfectly.  It’s lovely to be able to dig through your stash of craft supplies and be able to find those bits and pieces that make a card individual for the person you’re making it for.

For this card I started with the patterned paper.  I thought the images on it were perfect so that was the starting point and theme for me.  The birthday greeting was heat embossed in gold and I’ll give you a little tip for when you’re wanting to heat emboss inside a frame.  I’ve tried this a few different ways and what I found the fastest and easiest way is to do your stamping and heat embossing first then do the dry embossing and die-cutting.  That way you don’t have to worry about stamping your greeting crooked.  To do this, I stamped the “Birthday Wishes” greeting with Versamark onto some Very Vanilla cardstock and dipped it into my gold embossing powder.  I like to keep my embossing powder in large plastic containers so that I can dip the whole cardstock in – it’s less mess than pouring your powder onto your image.  So, after your embossing powder is on, you use your heat gun to melt and emboss.  I then applied some Dotto (repositionable adhesive) on the back of the cardstock and placed it inside my embossing folder so that I could see the greeting nice and centred in the oval.  The Dotto kept my cardstock in place so it didn’t shift around when putting it through the Big Shot.  Once the oval was embossed I then die-cut around the oval with a Stampin’ Up! Framelit.  Sounds time consuming but it really only took minutes.

Some seam binding ribbon and a vintage brad finished off my card and kept to the whole ‘soft vintage’ theme I was going for.

Don’t forget, this gorgeous paper I’ve used is retiring in just over a week.  I’ve ordered myself 2 extra packs because I love it so much.

If you have any questions about the card or products I’ve used, or if you wish to purchase any Stampin’ Up! products, please feel free to email me.

And here’s a list of Stampin’ Up! products that I used to create this card:

Rubber Stamps:
Sincere Salutations

Cardstock & Paper:
Very Vanilla cardstock
Attic Boutique Designer Series Paper (retiring on 31st August 2012!)
Poppy Parade cardstock
Soft Suede Textured cardstock

Inkpads/Markers/Paint:
Versamark inkpad

Tools:
Heat Gun
Big Shot
Designer Frames Embossing Folder (two in the pack, I used the oval one)
Labels Collection Framelits Dies

Accessories:
Gold Embossing Powder
Very Vanilla Seam Binding
Antique Brads

Adhesives:
SNAIL
Stampin’ Dimensionals (foam dots)

Flirtatious Pink

Maybe it’s this amazing weather we’ve been having in Sydney lately that has put me in the mood to make this light and airy card.  The sun has been shining and it’s been feeling like Spring.  I know I shouldn’t get excited yet, we’ve only just passed the middle of Winter here in Australia but for now I’ll enjoy these gorgeous sunny days and be inspired to create in some spring colours.

I decided today it’s time to let that humble little tag shine!  I would usually use this tag die at the bottom of one of my cards for the sentiment but this time I’m letting it take center stage.

This is a great card to make if you have lots of little scraps of paper – just die-cut them with the Big Shot and one of the Lots of Tags die.  You could use a mixture of patterned papers but I just used all the scraps that I had from one paper.  Any little word stamps can be used to set the theme of your card.  So you could make it into a birthday card, thank you, or because of the pretty pink doily pattern on the paper, it would make a modern engagement card with a little twist… just something a little different from the usual champagne glass images and such.

Just stamp up your greetings and punch them out with the Word Window punch and adhere them to some of the tags.  Use whatever little embellishments you have to match your paper on the rest of the tags.  A little Baker’s Twine at the wrapped around the bottom finishes off your card nicely.

If you have any questions about the card or products I’ve used, or if you wish to purchase any Stampin’ Up! products, please feel free to email me.

And here’s a list of Stampin’ Up! products that I used to create this card:

Rubber Stamps:
Fabulous Phrases

Cardstock & Paper:
Melon Mambo Textured cardstock
Whisper White
Pink Pirouette Textured cardstock
Flirtatious Designer Series Paper

Inkpads/Markers/Paint:
Melon Mambo inkpad
Tangerine Tango inkpad

Tools:
Big Shot
Lots of Tags die
Word Window Punch
Heart to Heart Punch
Trio Flower Punch (I just realised this is retired but any little flower punch would work great – it’s the flower under the glimmer brad)

Accessories:
Designer Buttons – Brights
Itty Bitty Buttons
Circle Fire Rhinestones
Basic Jewels
Glimmer Brads
White Baker’s Twine

Adhesives:
SNAIL
Stampin’ Dimensionals (foam dots)
Crystal Effects

Handmade Notepad Holder

Something a little different today!  I thought I’d post a little gift I made with the Big Shot.  You could whip up a whole lot of these very easily. For those who sell cards at markets, this is something else you could also make to sell as a gift item.

This notepad holder is made from chipboard and cut out with the Big Shot using Stampin’ Up!’s Top Note Die as is the patterned paper which I then used a glue stick to adhere to the chipboard.  I prefer to use a glue stick to stick paper onto chipboard because it gives me ‘wiggle room’ so that I can get it in the right place before it sticks permanently.

Chipboard tip: The other thing you can do is to glue patterned paper down on the chipboard first then cut it – doing it that way helps the paper stick down really well onto the chipboard as the Big Shot squeeeezes the paper down firmly onto the chipboard.

After I prepared the chipboard I made a hole at the top with the Cropadile then created a reinforcement for it.  To make the reinformcement I first made a hole in a scrap piece of Poppy Parade cardstock then positioned the Itty Bitty flower punch over the hole and punched it out.  Doing it this way makes it a whole lot easier than punching the flower first then making a hole in it.

The notepad was made by cutting out some pink cardstock at 6cm x 6cm. You can stamp each piece of cardstock in the corner with a little stamp or leave it plain.  I then made a hole at the top of the stack of cardstock with the Cropadile and tied it all together with some Baker’s Twine.  To adhere the notepad to the chipboard base I just used some Dotto.  Dotto is strong enough to hold the notepad in place but it’s repositionable so that when you finish the notepad you can peel off the back and stick another one on.  You could also use Sticky Strip which is super strong – when you finish the notepad you can just stick another one on top of the last note.

Depending on how you want to use your notepad holder, you can attach some magnetic tape on the back to stick it to the fridge or you can tie a little twine to the back of the ribbon to hang it from a hook on the wall.

So that’s my little notepad holder.  If you have any questions about how I made this card or wish to purchase any Stampin’ Up! products, please feel free to email me.

And here’s a list of Stampin’ Up! products that I used to create this card:

Rubber Stamps:
Clearly for You

Cardstock & Paper:
Pink Pirouette cardstock
Poppy Parade cardstock
Attic Boutique Designer Series Paper (this paper is retiring at the end of July 2012.  It’s also the paper I’ve used in the background to photograph the notepad on)
OnBoard Chipboard Sheet

Inkpads/Markers/Paint:
Regal Rose inkpad

Tools:
Big Shot
Top Note Die
Crop-a-dile
Itty Bitty Shapes Punch (flower)

Accessories:
Blushing Bride Stitched Poly Ribbon
White Baker’s Twine

Adhesives:
Glue Stick
Dotto
Magnetic Tape (optional – not SU! but can be bought from stationery stores)

Happy Birthday Card

I was flicking through the Stampin’ Up! catalogue today and once again I surprised myself by things that I’ve missed.  I don’t know how – I must go through that catalogue a dozen times a day but nearly a year later I’m still finding inspiration.  Today I thought it might be fun to copy a card from the catalogue and this is the card I made.  It’s a copy of the one on page 38 of the Australian Stampin’ Up! Idea Book & Catalogue.

There’s a couple of very slight colour changes as I used what I had but other than that the card is the same.

The base of the card is embossed using the Big Shot and the Square Lattice Embossing Folder.  I’m always impressed with this embossing folder as it’s one that I use often for men’s cards as it goes well with masculine colours and images but then it still seems to work really well with this bright and fun birthday card.

The ‘Happy Birthday’ greeting was stamped in Black Stazon ink and then coloured in using my inkpads and a blender pen.

I really enjoyed making this card so I’ll definitely be copying some more from the catalogue when I’m a little stuck for ideas or looking for something different.  If you’d like one of these 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalogues then let me know and I’ll send you one (Australia only).  This catalogue will only be current until 31st of August and then the new 2012-2013 Stampin’ Up! catalogue will be released on 1st September.

If you have any questions about how I made this card or wish to purchase any Stampin’ Up! products, please feel free to email me.

And here’s a list of Stampin’ Up! products that I used to create this card:

Rubber Stamps:
Bring On The Cake

Cardstock & Paper:
Pool Party cardstock
Whisper White cardstock
Melon Mambo cardstock
Designer Series Patterned Paper Stack – Subtles (I used Certainly Celery as I had run out of the Wild Wasabi that was used in the original card)
Soft Suede cardstock

Inkpads/Markers/Paint:
Stazon Jet Black inkpad
Pretty In Pink inkpad (for colouring)
Certainly Celery inkpad (for colouring)
Pool Party inkpad (for colouring)

Tools:
Big Shot
Square Lattice Embossing Folder
Scallop Border Punch
Blender Pen

Accessories:
Designer Buttons (Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery & Rose Red)
White Bakers Twine

Adhesives:
SNAIL adhesive
Stampin’ Dimensionals (foam dots)

Butterfly card

Here’s another simple card I made recently.  I didn’t put a greeting on this one so it could be used for a few different things, like a thank you card, thinking of you or get well.

There’s not much to explain about this card other than the blue card was embossed using the Big Shot and the butterflies were cut out on the Big Shot with Silver Glimmer Paper then glued them onto squares of patterned paper that I punched out.  These were then layered onto some Crumb Cake (Kraft) cardstock that I punched out with a postage stamp punch  Just don’t look at the fact that I forgot to put a pearl on that first butterfly, oops! just noticed that.

If you have any questions about how I made this card please feel free to email me.

And here’s a list of Stampin’ Up! products that I used to create this card:

Cardstock & Paper:
Soft Suede Textured cardstock
Crumb Cake (aka Kraft) cardstock
Baja Breeze cardstock
Newsprint Designer Series Paper
Silver Glimmer Paper

Tools:
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine
Polka Dots Embossing Folder
Beautiful Wings Sizzlet
Postage Stamp Punch

Accessories:
Linen Thread
Basic Pearls

Adhesives:
SNAIL adhesive
Stampin’ Dimensionals (foam dots)
Tombow Multipurpose Glue

A Very Merry Christmas Card

I’ve got to get a move on with my Christmas cards if I’m going to have enough to mail out by the end of the year.  Every year I say I’ll start in January and well, you know how it goes.  So today I thought I should get in the Christmas spirit in the middle of the year and whip up a few Christmas cards.  Here’s the first one I made.

I’m not good at ‘clean & simple’ cards because I never know if the card looks too bland or boring but I think I’ve hit a happy medium here.

To make this card I started with a regular A5 base folded in half but then put another layer of white on top.  It’s something I tried a couple years ago, putting the same colour on top of each other to make it look a little framed without it being too fussy and just discovered again looking back through my blog.  The top layer of the card has been embossed with an oval embossing folder.  Sometimes people find these a little difficult to use because the folder is small and can leave a mark on the cardstock showing the perimeter of the plastic folder, so here’s a tip for you to help that:  I take one layer off the Big Shot mult-layer platform (emboss on Tab 2 rather than 1) so that it’s not such a tight squeeze, and I also add a piece of scrap paper between the folder and my cardstock.  That way you get a nice smooth embossing without any marks showing the edges of the folder.

In the middle of the oval I’ve stamped a Christmas bauble in Cherry Cobbler.  You can stamp right in the middle but I stamped it on some scrap paper then punched that out with an oval punch simply to a) add a little dimension and b) not have to worry about stamping straight.

The bottom of the card has two lines scored with Stampin’ Up!’s Simply Scored Board.  I found it adds a little interest without bulk and also helped me with my placement of rhinestones.  To finish off the card I stamped the ‘very merry’ sentiment down the bottom and tied a knot in a piece of left over ribbon and adhered that with a glue dot onto the card.

So that’s my fast, simple & clean Christmas card.  I think I might make some more of these but in some other colours, maybe with silver embossing for the bauble.  Hope this gives you some inspiration for your Christmas cards :D

If you have any questions about how I made this card please feel free to email me.

And here’s a list of Stampin’ Up! products that I used to create this card:

Rubber Stamps:
Tree Trimmings (Christmas bauble)
Short & Sweet (Christmas greeting)

Cardstock & Paper:
Whisper White cardstock

Inkpads/Markers/Paint:
Cherry Cobbler inkpad

Tools:
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine
Designer Frames Embossing Folder (two in the pack, I used the oval one)
Simply Scored

Accessories:
White Organza Ribbon
Basic Jewels

Adhesives:
SNAIL adhesive
Stampin’ Dimensionals (foam dots)
Glue Dots (to glue the ribbon down)