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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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

An Engagement Card

Oh I’m so excited about this card.  I finally finished it after much mucking around – that is, me accidentally flicking ink into it, ripping the embossed cardstock while trimming it down to size and all sorts of other things.

So this is an engagement card I but of course would work perfectly as a wedding card too.  I’ve stamped the couple’s initials as the centrepiece instead of a sentiment – another great reason to have a few alphabet stamps on hand!  I’ve photographed a few steps from this card for you.

You can’t see all the shimmer on this card so I’ll explain what I did: I dropped a few drops of Crumb Cake ink – that’s the little ink bottles you use to reink your inkpads, onto an old plastic lid and added a few drops of Champagne Mist Paint and mixed them up.  I then picked up the ink with a sponge dauber and applied it to the rubber then stamped onto the cardstock.  That same dauber was then used to run around the edges of the cardstock that I stamped on (before adding the pearls just to define the edges) and also used on the beautiful die-cut in the background.  Did you notice that lovely shape the main image layered on to? That’s the new Stampin’ Up! Framelits available now.  I’ll have more ideas using this gorgeous shape coming up in future blog posts.

So back to the card… the background is embossed with the Big Shot and then I applied shimmer to the raised areas with Frost White shimmer paint and a sponge dauber.

Now do you see that ribbon charm I used? I’m feeling pretty pleased with myself over that! Okay, feeling very clever! LOL.  I knew that I wanted to use some rhinestones with the velvet ribbon to make it look a bit like a luxurious belt was wasn’t sure how.  Then I got it!  Oooh I was so excited :D  So this is how I did it:

I punched out a small circle from a Window Sheet then placed the punch of a larger circle over the hole and punched that in order to get a clear ring.

 

I then cut a little strip of the Window Sheet and glued it to the centre of the circle with a little dot of Tombow Multipurpose Glue.  Now I have my bare ribbon charm!  The last part was to just add some rhinestones to decorate it.

  

And here’s a close up for you so you can see the shimmer on the background and edges of the cardstock better, along with the ribbon charm (unfortunately the angle of the photo makes the ribbon charm look a little uneven which it isn’t, but anyway…)

Tip for using self-adhesive rhinestones:  The easiest way to apply your rhinestones (or pearls) is to gently wiggle the tips of your small scissors under the rhinestones to lift them from the backing paper and then transport them onto your project.  Doing it this way means the glue always stays with your rhinestone and it’s super easy to place them exactly where you want.

Tip for making your own ribbon charms:  Always make sure that you place your small strip of Window Sheet on the top of your circle – doing it that way means your ribbon will go over the top so that you get that little ‘bump’ in the middle of your window charm.  If you put the ribbon through with the strip under the circle then it’ll look like you’ve just put a ring of rhinestones over the top of your ribbon rather than used a ribbon charm which doesn’t look as realistic.

Hope you like my card :D

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

Rubber Stamps:
Lovely Letters Alphabet

Cardstock & Paper:
Very Vanilla textured cardstock
Very Vanilla smooth cardstock
Crumb Cake (aka Kraft) textured cardstock
Crumb Cake (aka Kraft) smooth cardstock
Window Sheet (acetate)

Inkpads/Markers/Paint:
Crumb Cake ink refill
Champagne Shimmer Paint
Frost White Shimmer Paint

Tools:
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine
Ovals die
Framelits Dies – Labels Collection
Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder
Sponge Dauber
3/4″ Circle Punch
1/4″ Circle Punch

Accessories:
Basic Pearls (self-adhesive pearls)
Basic Rhinestones (self-adhesive rhinestones)
Vanilla Velvet Ribbon

Adhesives:
SNAIL
Stampin’ Dimensionals