Monogram Card

I’m cheating a little today and showing you a card that I made a little while ago.  I was going through my photos and found it so I thought I’d share it.

I kept the main part of the card very simple because the middle part is quite fancy. The patterned paper has been sponged around the edges with Crumb Cake ink.  The flourish frame is actually patterned paper from the same patterned paper pack as the ‘chicken wire’ paper (Beau Chateau) and I cut that out with some small scissors.

The oval in the centre is vanilla cardstock which I die-cut with the Big Shot and I then stamped the Fine Flourish stamp with Pink Pirouette onto it.  I then stamped the ‘S’ over the top of it with Marina Mist ink.  Here’s how to do the ‘frilly lace ribbon’ around the oval: put Sticky Strip (very very strong double-sided tape) around the edges of the back of the oval then stick one end of the lace ribbon down and keep gathering the ribbon while pressing it down onto the tape.  This is way way easier than it sounds and you don’t have to be perfect with it, it just turns out great anyway.  The finishing touch was to press down some self-adhesive pearls around the perimeter of the oval.  That was super easy too because the pack of pearls come with a few strips of joined pearls so you can just pick up a strip and stick it down.  Of course if you want to use them separately you want too by snipping each one off.

I hope you like this idea for a monogram card.  You can use it as a birthday card or thank you or whatever you like – just add your sentiment to the inside :D

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:
Lovely Letters (the ‘S’ monogram)
Fine Flourish (stamped lightly under the ‘S’)

Cardstock & Paper:
Early Espresso cardstock
Soft Suede cardstock
Very Vanilla cardstock
Beau Chateau Designer Series Paper

Inkpads/Markers/Paint:
Pink Pirouette (the flourish stamped under the ‘S’)
Marina Mist (the ‘S’)
Crumb Cake (aka Kraft) inkpad (for sponging)

Tools:
Big Shot
Ovals Die

Accessories:
Chantilly Lace Trim
Basic Pearls
Crumb Cake (aka Kraft) Seam Binding

Adhesives:
SNAIL
Sticky Strip
Stampin’ Dimensionals (foam dots)

 

Creative Elements

I’m a bit torn over this card.  I really like it because it’s my style, but I feel like it might need more?  I don’t know… I started to add pearls to the scallops then took them off.  I started to put buttons on the card then never glued them down.  I think it looks fine as it is but then also wonder if it needs more ‘stuff’ on it to look finished.  I don’t know.

Okay, so I couldn’t settle so I went and glued down some buttons and photographed it again, LOL.  Here’s the ‘upgraded’ version of the same card.  Which one looks best?

The patterned papers were cut to size and I sponged some Crumb Cake (Kraft) ink around the edges then adhered them to some pink cardstock which was also sponged (pink sponging).

I decided on the greeting ‘fabulous’ because I thought it could stand for many things depending on what I wrote inside the card.  The ‘fabulous’ greeting was stamped in Soft Suede which I was surprised to see worked really well with the gold embossed frame that I stamped it in.  Actually I stamped the frame first in Versamark, gold embossed it and then I cheated and used a Stamp-a-ma-jig (stamp positioner) to stamp the greeting so that it sat nicely in the centre.  I wasn’t going to risk stamping it crookedly then start the embossing all over again!  Then I cut around the frame with some small scissors.  I wasn’t sure how that would turn out as I always use punches or dies or cut straight around frames but surprisingly it looks okay.

I hope you’ve all had a great weekend! I didn’t do nearly as much crafting as I wanted to do, but then again that’s what my Mondays to Fridays are for :)  See you tomorrow!

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:
Creative Elements (frame stamp)
Fabulous Phrases (greeting)

Cardstock & Paper:
Crumb Cake (aka Kraft) Textured cardstock
Pink Pirouette cardstock
Beau Chateau Designer Series Paper

Inkpads/Markers/Paint:
Soft Suede inkpad
Versamark inkpad

Tools:
Heat gun
2 1/2″ Circle punch
2 3/8″ Scallop punch

Accessories:
Gold embossing powder
Antique brad
Victoria Lace Trim
Designer Buttons (Subtles & Neutrals) – optional

Adhesives:
SNAIL
Stampin’ Dimensionals (foam dots)

Shabby Chic For You Card

A little bit of Shabby Chic for you all today.  I’ve been spending some time surfing around Pinterest checking out shabby chic decor and I’ve been so inspired, especially from all those beautiful pastel colours and interesting textures.  So I’ve translated that into this card.  I’ve used those fabulous Labels Collection Framelits Dies again – love love love the way I can die-cut around my stamped image and leave a little border, super quick and easy.

Shabby Chic Style Tip: So to get that Shabby Chic look for this card I embossed the cardstock with the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder then I swiped over the top of it with Stazon White ink so that the ink just sat on the raised parts of the cardstock.  It’s a good alternative for those who don’t like sanding cardstock (are you reading this Kathy G?) but still might like to get that ‘worn’ look.  Pair up the ‘shabby’ with some glitter paper and satin ribbon for the chic part of the card.

A couple of other little things… that scalloping you see at the bottom is using Stampin’ Up!’s new Adorning Accents Edgelits Die – you can’t see it very well in the catalogue but you can see here on the card that each scallop has it’s own little scallops.  I added some dots using a white gel pen on each scallop to fit in with the white ink on the embossing folder and the white dots on the brad.

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:
Apothecary Art

Cardstock & Paper:
Pool Party
Silver Glimmer Paper
Whisper White

Inkpads/Markers/Paint:
White Stazon
Pool Party inkpad

Tools:
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine
Framelits Dies – Labels Collection
Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder
Adorning Accents Edgelits Die (two dies in this pack)
1″ Circle Punch

Accessories:
Pool Party Seam Binding Ribbon
White Satin Ribbon
Designer Printed Brads (Pool Party)
White Gel Pen

Shabby Chic Butterfly Card

Yes I’m still here! An apology for the drought of 3 weeks without blogging, I haven’t been feeling very well and so I decided that it was best that I didn’t unleash my foggy brain on to the public during this time.  I have been creating though and so I do have some cards to share with you all.

Oh how I love this butterfly! I do have a ‘thing’ for butterfly stamps but the elegance of this image makes my heart sing.  To make the centrepiece I used a piece of shimmer cardstock which I cut out into an oval with the Big Shot then stamped the words image from Stampin’ Up!’s Strength & Hope stamp set onto the oval using Crumb Cake ink and sponged the edges of the card.  The butterfly was stamped directly on top then an other butterfly image was stamped onto a separate piece of cardstock, cut out, then adhered on top (just the centre, the wings are free) that way there’s still a shadow image of the butterfly underneath when you’re looking at the card in real life.

I really do love the look of stitching on cards but I have to admit I’m too lazy to pull out the sewing machine just to stitch some cardstock, so the pink patterned paper that goes across the whole card has tiny holes pierced around the edges then I used a white gel pen to ‘join the dots’ giving a stitched look.

Style Tip: For a shabby chic look go for soft colours and don’t be afraid to mix several patterns and colours together, you can tie them together with some vanilla/white accessories to soften the look a bit.  Anything to do with lace and flowers goes beautifully on a shabby chic card. Don’t be afraid to use lots of embellishments! I admit I’ve used a lot of accessories here but I decided they were much better used on a card than sitting in my craft room unused.

If you have any questions at all on this card (or comments!) please feel free to leave a comment on my blog.

Well that’s it for today, I do have more cards to share so I will be back soon.  In the meantime, Happy Easter!

Email me to order any of these Stampin’ Up! products.

Rubber Stamps:
Strength & Hope stamp set ($2 from the sale of this stamp set goes to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation)

Cardstock & Paper:
Bashful Blue textured cardstock
Greenhouse Gala patterned paper
Subtles Designer Series Patterned Paper Stack (in Pink Pirouette)
Shimmer cardstock

Inkpad:
Marina Mist
Crumb Cake

Tools:
Big Shot
Ovals die
Top Note Die
Sponge Daubers
Designer Label Punch
Paper Piercer and Mat Pack

Accessories:
Basic Pearls
Basic Jewels
Linen Thread
Victoria 5/8″ Crochet Trim
Fleurettes II (crochet flower)
Paper Daisies
Green Rhinestone Brads (Circle Ice)
Hodgepodge (metal label holder)
White Gel Pen
Subtles Designer Buttons

Adhesives:
SNAIL
Stampin’ Dimensionals
Glue Dots

Stampin’ Up! some Shabby Chic

Usually when I make cards I’m either “meh, could be better” or “ooh, I like this one”.  Well this time I’m really happy!  I know the card is very simple but I do love the look of Shabby Chic style and I’m excited that I managed it with an uncomplicated card.

The background is a stamp by Stampin’ Up! called “Bella Toile”.  I think this stamp is cool because you can stamp it plain in one colour or you can colour it in to make it quite rich looking.  The background was stamped with Pretty In Pink – a colour I very rarely reach for but now that I’ve seen how well it works for Shabby Chic, it’ll definitely get a workout.  The main embellishment on the card was made with a the “Lots of Tags” die on the Big Shot.  Actually I cut three tags out, one in the Vanilla and two in Pretty In Pink – I then simply snipped off the right and left hand bits that jut out from the pink die-cuts so that I could layer them under the Vanilla tag.

Style Tip: Want to try Shabby Chic?  Think dreamy soft floral images. Colours like Vanilla and Dusty Pink or Pale Blue and Vanilla work really well. If you’re not confident in mixing many colours together then stick to two main colours along with a neutral.  Soft edges like on the tag I used to stamp the sentiment on work well with Shabby Chic.  Also look at the words Shabby Chic and see how you can take inspiration there – the crochet trim I used is the Shabby, and the Satin ribbon underneath it is the Chic.

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think of this style!

All products are by Stampin’ Up! and available for purchase through me.

Rubber Stamps:
Bella Toile (background)
Friends 24/7 (sentiment)

Cardstock & Paper:
Very Vanilla
Soft Suede
Chocolate Chip
Pretty In Pink textured cardstock

Inkpad:
Pretty In Pink (for the background and to sponge around all three tags)
Crumb Cake (to sponge lightly over the pink sponging on the vanilla tag and also sponge around the vanilla background)

Tools:
Sponge Dauber
Big Shot
Lots of Tags die

Accessories:
Pretty In Pink satin ribbon
Chantilly Crochet Trim
Basic Pearls

Adhesives:
SNAIL
Stampin’ Dimensionals