Card for a friend – Stampin’ Up! Peachy Keen Retro Fresh

I think I’m lovin’ this new Retro Fresh suite that Stampin’ Up! has brought out.  Usually I prefer vintage, simply because anything that’s on the ‘clean’ looking side is just screaming for me to put an inky thumb print on or mess it up in some way.  But the fun retro feel of this polaroid die and the paper is fun and fresh.

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I made this card for a new friend who is very much into taking photos so the little camera that I cut out with the Big Shot was the perfect embellishment for this card.

Do you want to make this card? It super easy :)  Here’s some quick instructions:

  1. Emboss a piece of white cardstock (slightly smaller than your base card) using the Arrows Embossing Folder and adhere to your base card.
  2. Die cut Costal Cabana cardstock using the Polaroid die and glue patterned paper behind it.
  3. Run some Washi Tape over the bottom of the Polaroid then tie Bakers Twine around it.
  4. Place a little Washi Tape over a wooden heart shaped embellishment and trim around to neaten up (super quick to do!) then adhere to the polaroid as shown in the photo.
  5.  Stamp “Hello Friend” in Costal Cabana ink on a small piece of scrap white cardstock. Layer onto Silver Glimmer Paper.  Stick it on the patterned paper using Dimensionals (foam dots).
  6. Cut out a little camera embellishment with the Big Shot using the On Film Framelits and Silver Foil sheet and attach as shown in the photo.
  7. That’s it!  Attach your finished Polaroid onto the front of your card using Dimensionals (foam dots).

So what do you think?  Do you like the retro look?

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 the button below to shop now 24/7.

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

Rubber Stamps: Peachy Keen (Clearmount: 133113) (Woodmount: 133110)
Cardstock
 & Paper: Whisper White (106549), Costal Cabana (131302), Silver Glimmer Paper (124005), Silver Foil Sheet (132178), Retro Fresh Paper (132993)
Tools: Big Shot (113439), On Film Framelits Dies (132969), Arrows Embossing Folder (132187), Magnetic Plate (130658) for the Big Shot is optional but super handy when using Framelits.
AccessoriesSilver Bakers Twine (132976), Wooden Elements (132258)
AdhesivesSNAIL, Stampin’ Dimensionals (foam dots), Glue Dots

One last thing!  It’s Sale-a-bration time right now.  Which means you receive a free product with every $90 purchase.  Click on the image below to see the Sale-a-bration brochure or email me if you’d like a copy in the mail.

Stampin' Up! Sale-a-bration

 

Trendy Trees

A little bit of a clean & simple card today.  There are times when you want something that isn’t going to take an hour to make but is fun to make.

I made this card using Stampin’ Up!’s Trendy Trees stamp set that’s retiring in only a week.  I’ve used this one quite a bit but I don’t think I’ve shared many cards with it on my blog – it’s been a fun set to try out different things with.

This card was done by stamping the tree trunks straight onto the card then stamping the treetops in Old Olive onto white cardstock.  The first treetop was punched out with the 1″ circle punch and layered onto a 1 1/4″ circle punched from Old Olive cardstock.  The middle treetop was cut out with scissors and the last one was punched with the 1 1/4″ circle punch.

Cardmaking style tip:  You can leave the trees plain and they look just fine, but I’ve added a little element of fun on the card by adding a button to the first tree and a rhinestone to the last tree.  It’s those little things that I think make a card stand out a bit :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:
Trendy Trees (retiring 31st August 2012)

Cardstock & Paper:
Whisper White cardstock
Old Olive Textured cardstock

Inkpads/Markers/Paint:
Old Olive
Chocolate Chip

Tools:
1″ Circle Punch
1 1/4″ Circle Punch
Modern Label Punch

Accessories
:
Brights Designer Buttons
Basic Jewels (rhinestones)
Old Olive Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (retiring 31st August 2012)

Adhesives:
SNAIL
Stampin’ Dimensionals (foam dots)

Upsy Daisy Pushing Daisies!

I know… strange title for a blog post, but that’s what’s happening… Upsy Daisy is retiring from the Stampin’ Up! catalogue.  I’ve probably mentioned it before, but this is one stamp set that I’ve always recommended to people when they’ve wanted something ‘versatile & economical’ but weren’t sure what to get.  The reason I always recommend Upsy Daisy is because the daisy image lends itself to so many different techniques so it’s a lot of fun to use.

Anyway, on with the card!

The technique I’ve used here is called ‘Shadow Stamping’.  I’ve stamped the daisies in Crumb Cake (aka Kraft) and then stamped them again over the top but slightly to the right, and a little higher, with Not Quite Navy ink.  To do this I used a Stamp-a-ma-jig (stamp positioner) which makes it super easy because you can see exactly where you’re stamping.

The other technique I’ve used is on the ribbon… I cut off the edges of the ribbon then pulled the fibers to create a fringed edge.  I then tied the bottom of the ribbon with some Hemp Twine.

By the way, the ‘Thank You’ greeting is from a stamp in the same set but the full stamp says “Thank You for your friendship”.  I just inked up the “Thank You” part on it’s own for this card.  You can do this by either using a marker to just ink up part of the stamp – or you can put some masking tape over the part you don’t want ink on, ink the whole stamp, remove the masking tape and stamp onto your card.

By the way, before I go… scroll to the bottom of this post to see which Stampin’ Up! Retiring Products have already sold out.

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:
Upsy Daisy (retiring 31st August 2012)

Cardstock & Paper:
Whisper White cardstock
Crumb Cake Textured cardstock
Not Quite Navy cardstock
Mocha Morning designer series paper (retiring 31st August 2012)

Inkpads/Markers/Paint:
Not Quite Navy inkpad
Not Quite Navy marker (optional)
Crumb Cake (aka Kraft) inkpad

Tools:
Modern Label Punch

Accessories
:
Not Quite Navy Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (retiring 31st August 2012)
Hemp Twine

Adhesives:
SNAIL
Stampin’ Dimensionals (foam dots)

 

Update: Stampin’ Up! Retiring Products Already Sold Out

Peach Parfait ink refill
Dotto refill
Concord Crush ink refill
Crimper
More Mustard Marker
3/16″ Gold Brads
Pear Pizzazz ink refill

Beautiful Wings

Not sure how many cardmakers out there regularly use sketches to get started on their cardmaking.  Most of the time I just go straight into creating my card but this time I knew I wanted to use a circle as a focal point and decided it might be faster to sketch something first.

Here’s the sketch I drew:

And here’s my card based on the sketch:

Since the sketch has a lot of ‘white space’ and that sometimes makes me nervous, I embossed the background paper to add some interest without overwhelming the card.  I think it goes well with the butterfly I die-cut.  Actually that butterfly die I used cuts and emboss at the same time which is pretty cool.

So I started with my base card and added some patterned paper.  The middle card is embossed as I mentioned then layered onto the same colour cardstock to frame it a bit more.  The circle was punched from the Attic Boutique patterned paper (same paper pack as the background paper and the strip of brown patterned paper).  I’m going to be very sad to see this paper go – 4 months is not enough!  It retires in 3 days!  After punching the circle out I sponged around the edges with Crumb Cake ink (I don’t think I ever put this inkpad away!)  The butterfly as mentioned before is die-cut and embossed at the same time and I secured that to the circle with a matching brad.  The greeting ‘friend’ was stamped and the I just cut around it with some scissors (it’s not perfect at all) and used my finger nail to distress the edges… that takes care of the imperfect cutting! hahahaha.

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:
Pool Party Textured cardstock
Pool Party smooth cardstock
Soft Suede Textured cardstock
Attic Boutique Designer Series Patterned Paper

Inkpads/Markers/Paint:
Crumb Cake (aka Kraft) inkpad (for sponging)
Soft Suede

Tools:
Big Shot
Beautiful Wings Sizzlet (butterfly)
Elegant Lines Embossing Folder
2 1/2″ Circle Punch
Sponge Dauber

Accessories:
Basic Pearls
Designer Printed Brads

Adhesives:
SNAIL
Stampin’ Dimensionals (foam dots)

Mixed Bunch Thank You Card

One of my favourite things in cardmaking is to make my card really touchy-feely.  I love cards that make me want to run my fingertips over them to feel the different textures.  And while this is a very simple card, it packs in some texture, not only in the lace ribbon and textured cardstock but also the floral patterned paper.  That elegant pattern in black is flocked and so lovely to touch.

Here’s a close up so you can see the texture of the cardstock and the flower with the gorgeous brad.  I’ve added a little rhinestone to the centre of the brad but it looks beautiful on it’s own too.

The flower in the main image was stamped with Cherry Cobbler ink and the punched out with a matching punch (gotta love that!).  I also punched out two more flowers in Cherry Cobbler and Early Espresso and layered them under the flower then fastened them to the card with a brad.

Thank you for dropping by, I appreciate everyone who visits my blog. :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:
Mixed Bunch (flower stamp)
Teeny Tiny Sentiments (yes, this stamp set again!)

Cardstock & Paper:
Crumb Cake (aka Kraft) Textured cardstock
Crumb Cake (aka Kraft) smooth cardstock
Early Espresso cardstock
Soft Suede Textured cardstock (thin strip between the patterned papers)
Cherry Cobbler cardstock
Very Vanilla cardstock
Mocha Morning Specialty Paper

Inkpads/Markers/Paint:
Early Espresso inkpad
Cherry Cobbler inkpad

Tools:
Blossom Punch
Scallop Trim Border Punch (my favourite!)
Window Punch

Accessories:
Chantilly Lace Trim
Antique Brad
Basic Jewels

Adhesives:
SNAIL
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)

Aviary Thank You Card

I don’t know why I keep forgetting to use the Stampin’ Up! Simply Scrappin’ Kits because I love using them for cardmaking.  Yeah yeah I’m so slack with my scrapbooking but I do find these kits super handy when I’m cardmaking.  So I was starting to make this card tonight and I was thinking about what I could use as a bit of a pattern or border when I remembered my Tea Time Scrappin’ Kit.  That strip of paper with the swirls at the bottom of the card is actually a sticker from the Scrappin’ Kit and I thought that with the swirls it worked really well with the bird cage.  The scalloping at the top and bottom are also stickers.

For the main image for the card, I stamped the cage in Early Espresso and then stamping the bird in Pool Party over the top.  After I cut the birdcage out I put it aside to work on the rest of the card.

The background of the card was embossed with the Stripes folder and the Big Shot – again, I think the stripes work well with the bird cage.  I cut the stickers down to size and stuck them to the top and bottom of the embossed background then covered the ‘join’ with some Seam Binding.  Oh yeah, the scallop oval for the greeting is also a sticker from the Scrappin’ Kit – I just stamped the greeting on white cardstock then punched it out and stuck it to the centre of the scallop sticker.  I finished the card by embossing some Pool Party cardstock with the Polka Dot embossing folder, punching out a circle then mounting that onto the card with the bird cage on top.

Well that’s it for me today.  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:
Aviary
Petite Pairs

Cardstock & Paper:
Whisper White cardstock
Pool Party cardstock
Lucky Limeade cardstock
Tea Time Simply Scrappin’ Kit

Inkpads/Markers/Paint:
Pool Party inkpad
Lucky Limeade inkpad
Early Espresso inkpad

Tools:
Big Shot
Stripes Embossing Folder
Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder

Accessories:
Pool Party Seam Binding
Basic Pearls
Large Oval Punch
2 1/2″ Circle Punch

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

Pretty In Pink Doily Card

I got busy today doing a bit of cleaning around the house so this afternoon I treated myself to a bit of cardmaking.  Unfortunately the cleaning didn’t extend itself to my craft desk and after a week of creating it’s looking, well… creative!

Today’s card is one that I think you could change the greeting so that it could go for a variety of occasions, it could be a birthday card, get well card, thank you card, thinking of you, or whatever else.

To make this card I started with a base of Pink Pirouette cardstock and I cut it so that when I fold it, it opens from the bottom.  I find that makes it easier when I’m using ribbon to be able to adhere the ribbon ends to the inside of the front of the card.  After I finish the card I simply cover the inside with some paper to hide the ribbon ends.  To the top of the card I adhered some patterned paper and then punched out two strips of card with the Scallop Trim Border Punch.  The scallop borders are done in Melon Mambo (hot pink) and Pretty in Pink.  The seam where the Melon Mambo border and patterned paper meet is covered with the ribbon.

The hot pink doily is actually from some patterned paper I have which is laser cut so that the whole 12 x 12 sheet is doilies.  I simply snipped off one of the doilies and used that as my main image with a pink rhinestone brad in the middle to finish it off.

So there’s today’s card.  I’m quite pleased with the way it turned out but then again I do enjoy making monochromatic cards.

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:
Style Beautiful

Cardstock & Paper:
Pink Pirouette cardstock
Melon Mambo cardstock
Pretty In Pink cardstock
Flirtatious Specialty Paper (background patterned paper and doily)

Inkpads/Markers/Paint:
Melon Mambo inkpad

Tools:
Scallop Trim Border Punch

Accessories:
Pretty in Pink Taffeta Ribbon
Circle Fire Brads
Basic Pearls

Adhesives:
SNAIL adhesive

One card, three ideas

Well yesterday was a strange day.  I decided with all the running around that I had been doing lately that I would spend the whole day at home just creating.  I had cleared off my craft desk and was ready to go when ugliness struck… that is, my card wasn’t looking the way I pictured it in my head.  A little word of advice, if it’s not working just let it go for now and put it aside for later.  I kept trying to revive that card and it wasn’t happening.  I started a second one and that didn’t look right either.  In the end I decided to completely change tactic and make something totally different.  And here’s the result:

I like the way this card turned out.  It’s very different from my usual style but a change is as good as a holiday :)  I also think it’s a bit unusual to add silver glitter to a Kraft cardstock but some how it works.  Nothing really to explain about this card, it’s just paper and cardstock that’s been punched out and embellishments added. But I do have some other ideas for you…

Another cardmaking idea:  I thought it would be good to try this card in different ways – maybe do the same card using scallop punches for the outer piece.  Heart shapes instead of the circles would be great for a Birthday, Anniversary or Valentine’s Day card.  I didn’t get around to using different shapes but I did change the theme.  Ever wonder what to do with little stamp images you have and random little embellishments?  Well these cards are great for any cute little stamps you have and as a money saving tip, they’re also great for using up scrap pieces of paper and those little end pieces of ribbon that you just don’t want to throw out.

Here’s the same card but done for Christmas.  I’ve used the same patterned paper even, I just used some little stamps from a Stampin’ Up! set called “Bingo Bits”.  The sentiment on the card is from the same stamp set I’ve used in the other two cards too, it’s one that I use constantly, called “Teeny Tiny Sentiments”.

Now here’s the same card again but as a baby card.  The cute puppy image is from a stamp set called “Every Little Bit” – I’m thinking now that I look at it again that I really should use this set more often because it’s just so sweet.  So again, same patterned paper and the sentiment is from the same set as the other two cards, this time I stamped it and punched it out as the ink wasn’t showing up dark enough on the card.

Hope these card ideas get the creative juices flowing for you :D  Give it a go, just change the colours of the cardstock to suit the theme of your card and add what little images and embellishments you have.  Of course if you like things to match perfectly then try out Stampin’ Up!’s buttons and ribbons to go with your cardstock and ink.

And here’s a list of Stampin’ Up! products that I used to create this card: (I’ve put in brackets after each item which card it is featured on.  If the item has been used on all cards then I’ve left it as is).

Rubber Stamps:
Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Every Little Bit (baby card)
Bingo Bits (Christmas card)

Cardstock & Paper:
First Edition Specialty Paper
Silver Glimmer Paper
Rich Razzleberry cardstock (for you card & Christmas card)
Pretty In Pink cardstock (for you card)
Crumb Cake cardstock (aka Kraft)
Baja Breeze cardstock (baby card)
Lucky Limeade cardstock (baby card)
Old Olive cardstock (Christmas card)

Inkpads/Markers:
Rich Razzleberry inkpad
Old Olive inkpad (baby card and Christmas card)

Tools:
1 1/4″ Circle Punch
1 3/8″ Circle Punch
3/4″ Circle Punch
Itty Bitty Punch Pack – little flower punch (for you card)
Heart to Heart Punch – to fit under the Itty Bitty Button (Baby card)
Word Window Punch (Baby card)

Accessories:
Buttons
Linen Thread
Itty Bitty Buttons
Pink Rhinestone Brad
Clear Rhinestone Brads
Basic Jewels. Rhinestone – in the centre of the flower button (for you card)
Trinket Crown
Designer Printed Brads (Baby card)
Twitterpated Button (Baby card)
Rich Razzleberry Taffeta Ribbon (Christmas card)