Archive for August, 2013


It’s my daughter’s birthday tomorrow and this is the card we’ll be giving her. I really like the treat box sample on page 95 in the new catalog and used it as inspiration. I love the bright colors and the overall layout of the sample — I just added some glitter to my card (I think most girls love a little glitter ;)) and a different sentiment.

Stamps: Secret Garden, Four Frames, Fabulous Phrases

Paper: Bermuda Bay, Bermuda Bay DSP, Strawberry Slush, Whisper White

Ink: Bermuda Bay, Strawberry Slush, Daffodil Delight, Gumball Green

Accessories: Secret Garden Framelits Dies, Decorative Label Punch, 2-Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon, Pearls, Rhinestone, Brights Buttons (retired), Whisper White Baker’s Twine, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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My husband and I are celebrating our anniversary tomorrow and here’s the card I’ll be giving him. I wanted to use the Epic Day This and That paper and was drawn to the subtle colors of this particular sheet of paper — I love the mix of Pool Party, Gumball Green and Basic Gray. I created the heart by using the scalloped heart die in the Hearts a Flutter Framelits set. The polka-dotted heart is the second-to-smallest heart in the Hearts Collection Framelits set and the small, floral heart is the smallest die in the same set. The smallest heart was die cut out of Smoky Slate cardstock and was stamped in Smoky Slate ink with the floral hexagon in the Six-Sided Sampler set.

Stamps: Six-Sided Sampler, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Paper: Pool Party, Epic Day This and That DSP, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray

Ink: Smoky Slate, Basic Gray

Accessories: Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Hearts a Flutter Framelits Die, Hearts Collection Framelits Dies, Silver Mini Brads, Rhinestone, Pool Party Satin Ribbon (retired), Paper Piercing Tool and Mat

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I’ve been working on an upcoming class today and this is a stepped up version of one of the cards the attendees will be making.

Have you seen the new Venetian Romance paper?! The prints in this pack are absolutely gorgeous!

If you’d like directions on how to create the scalloped flower, you can find them in a previous post found HERE.

Stamps: Lovely Romance, Papillon Potpourri

Paper: Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake (Smooth and Core’dinations) Tangerine Tango, Soft Suede, Venetian Romance DSP

Ink: Tangerine Tango, VersaMark

Accessories: Beautifully Baroque Embossing Folder, Chalk Talk Framelits Die, Bitty Butterfly Punch, 7/8″ Scallop Circle Punch, Antique Brad, Whisper White Embossing Powder, Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon, Pearls, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sponge, Sanding Block

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50th wedding anniversary card for my husband’s aunt and uncle. I used my daughter’s birthday card from last year (found here) as inspiration. It’s very difficult to work with only two colors on a card — I kept wanting to add a splash of color on the butterfly and the flower. In the end, though, I think just using the gold embossing powder with the vanilla background worked well and it kept with the golden anniversary theme.

I created the flower by punching seven scallops out of Very Vanilla cardstock with the  7/8″ Scallop Circle Punch. One at a time, I placed a scallop in the palm of my hand and lightly spritzed it with water and crumpled it into a ball. After crumpling all seven, I carefully opened them up, stacked them all together and punched a hole in the center using a paper piercing tool and mat. I then attached the Antique Brad and shaped the petals. Once the piece was dry, I gently pressed just the edges of the flower onto a VersaMark ink pad, then dipped the edges in gold embossing powder and embossed it. I was initially going to use SU!’s Brushed Gold cardstock for the numbers, but it didn’t quite match the gold embossing, so to create the letters I did the following: 1. Pressed a VersaMark ink pad on a scrap piece of Very Vanilla cardstock 2. Applied gold embossing powder and heat set it 3. Die cut this embossed piece using the 5 and 0 from the Typeset Alphabet Bigz die.

So everything’s all matchy-matchy, which makes me happy-happy. 🙂 Now to send this off to California without squashing it! Does anyone have any suggestions for mailing bulky cards? I am tempted to send it in a plain old shoe box! 😉

P.S. I’m working with a new camera and ended up taking this photo in landscape rather than portrait — if it’s too small to see, please click on the photo for a closer look.

Stamps: Papaya Collage, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Paper: Very Vanilla

Ink: VersaMark

Accessories: Typeset Alphabet Bigz Die, Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder, Delicate Designs Embossing Folder, 7/8″ Scallop Circle Punch, Antique Brad, Pearls, Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon, Gold Embossing Powder, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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For today’s card, I was inspired by yet another sample in the catalog — I changed mine up a bit by adding some ribbon and using a different sentiment and accents. I do love these colors together! I created the background by embossing a piece of Whisper White cardstock (3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″) with the Stripes embossing folder. I cut seven strips of Gumball Green cardstock (3/16″ x 4-1/2″) and glued them in the “valleys” of the embossed piece. The polka-dotted piece layered behind the sentiment is a stamp from the Layered Labels set. I stamped the image in Early Espresso ink, die cut it with the coordinating Apothecary Accents framelits die and cut it in half and attached one piece at the top and one at the bottom.


Stamps: You’re Amazing, Layered Labels

Paper: Whisper White, Gumball Green, Early Espresso

Ink: Early Espresso, VersaMark

Accessories: Stripes Embossing Folder, Apothecary Accents Framelits Dies, Early Espresso Embossing Powder, Gumball Green 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon, Vintage Trinkets, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Here’s a masculine birthday card using the Blue Ribbon stamp set, as well as the new Soho Subway paper. To create the medallion, I cut a strip of Soho Subway paper 1-3/8″ x 12″ and then scored it every 1/4 inch. I also ran a VersaMark ink pad along one edge of this piece, applied Early Espresso embossing powder and heat set it.


Stamps: Blue Ribbon

Paper: Very Vanilla, Island Indigo, Old Olive, Soho Subway DSP

Ink: Island Indigo, Old Olive, VersaMark

Accessories: Perfect Polka Dots Folder, Early Espresso Embossing Powder, 1-3/8″ Circle Punch, Old Olive 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, 1/8″ Mini Brad, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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