Archive for the ‘Cards’ Category:
Sometimes simple is just what you need! Here’s a card with only 2 colors — Basic Black and Summer Starfruit. The Betsy’s Blossom stamp set (see it online) is great for bold images and strong colors.
Love the banner and the stamp to match the shaped card stock? Here’s what you’d need to make these shaped banners at home:
- Big Shot (see it online) – 113439
- Bitty Banners Framelits (see them online) — 129267
- Itty Bitty Banners stamp set (see it online) — 126257 (clear) or 126255 (wood)
Be sure to check out more Betsy’s Blossom card ideas on my blog.
What’s more fun than a cool technique? A free printable technique tutorial! This Puzzle Piece Resist technique was shared with us by demonstrator Linda Yearsley at our Spring Into Stamping demo training event last weekend, and I loved it so much that I created this card with the Swallowtail stamp for my Stamp Club last week. (see Swallowtail online – 129216)
The steps are simple for Puzzle Piece Resist:
- Heat emboss image in white on white
- Use framelits to cut layers (all at once)
- Sponge layers in contrasting colors
- Assemble the puzzle
And the results are striking! Be sure to download my free printable tutorial for the Puzzle Piece Resist technique.
Supplies: Stamp – Swallowtail, Papillon Potpourri, Amazing Family; Ink: Calypso Coral, So Saffron, Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Versamark; Paper: Whisper White, Pool Party, Calypso Coral; Accessories: Heat Tool, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Bitty Butterfly Punch, Elegant Butterfly Punch, Rhinestone Jewels, Big Shot, Floral Frames Framelits;
It’s here! The newest installment in Photopolymer stamps from Stampin’ Up!. Did you see my video tutorial and project idea for the last set? Well this new set is wicked funny…and perfect for the birthday friend who loves a joke.
Be sure to click the photos above and below for a bigger look, because the Bombs Away Birthday stamps are wicked-clever. (or see Bombs Away Birthday online here – 133411)
What a GREAT weekend I had! This was the weekend for our 8th Annual Spring Into Stamping demonstrator training event. SO much fun to be had when demonstrators gather together!
The day was filled to the brim with training tips (thank you to the fabulous Laura Barto for sharing class ideas), great Make N Take projects, gorgeous demonstrations and a chance to gather with friends from around the country.
I even ran a game show – Family Feud, Stampin’ Style!
The demonstrator fair was a big hit – with stations set up to learn about stamping techniques or other topics like using My Digital Studio (that’s me behind the table).
And my friend and fellow LovenStampfuls demonstrator Linda Yearsley showed a WONDERFUL technique called Puzzle Piece Resist. I wrote up a summary with pictures from her booth here. Definitely watch my blog for more ideas with this technique – I’m loving it!
And of course it’s hardly a day of stamping when there aren’t door prizes — free stamps! So much excitement, it’s hard to contain
It was a fabulous day — with MANY talented demonstrators helping to put it all together. About 30% of the demonstrators attending helped in one way or another — assembling Make N Take packets, sharing a stamping technique, organizing our Shoebox Swap, etc.
A big thank you to ALL who helped us put the day together, and to all who attended! I’m looking forward to next year’s Spring Into Stamping already!
Nope, it’s not just for Valentine’s Day! The Hearts A Flutter Bundle (see it online – 131097) with the Hearts A Flutter stamp set plus the coordinating Framelits is great for birthday cards, girlfriend cards, pretty much anything all year long.
Do you like the effect on the little banner? I used two layers to make that piece — Whisper White for the bottom (stamped with the heart in Island Indigo) and a piece of Vellum Card Stock for an overlay.
Adhesives show THROUGH the vellum when you stick it down. I know, big bummer.
Here’s the trick — cover your adhesive spot with something…like a Large Rhinestone!
Yes, I promise that I do have a stamp in my stamp room that *isn’t* Swallowtail. But somehow this guy keeps making an appearance at all my events! This is one of the cards that we made on Monday morning at the monthly Card Club that a group of friends attend with me. (see Swallowtail online – 129216)
Did you notice that I used yesterday’s trick for making the card insides white? Actually, yesterday’s Oh Whale card idea was from the same Card Club. And it’s true, I’m pretty butterfly-centric these days… you can get lots of Swallowtail card ideas on my blog. For this card, the Pool Party layer is a 1/4 sheet and the Whisper White layer is 5 1/4″ x 8″.
Start Your Own Card Club!
Interested in starting a Card Club with your own friends? I would love to create for you, too! Gather 4-8 friends and you can come to my studio, or I can come to you (anywhere within an hour of Champaign-Urbana).
Guests pay a fee to stamp 4 or 8 cards, or they can choose to place an order for Stampin’ Up! product – and stamping is free!
Want to start a Card Club further away? I can help you with that, too! I can mail you a package each month with everything you need to have your own Card Club at home.
Either way – drop me an email if you’re interested in learning more or looking at dates!
Yes, I realize that if you are reading my blog, you probably already know how to fold a card. But do you ever wish that the inside of your dark layered card was lighter? Do you always search your stamp table for a white gel pen to write? Here’s a simple trick that will make it oh-so-easy to write inside your cards!
Here’s the trick:
- Pacific Point background layer: 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″
- Whisper White card: 4″ x 8″
See how easy it is? You get a layered effect on the inside of your card, you can write easily with a pen (and read it!) and you can decorate or stamp inside til your heart’s content.
So simple. Try it!
For these cards I used the stamps from the Oh Whale stamp set (129132 – see it online) to make two slightly different versions of this card. Each one is punny (pun + funny) but they each showcase a different one of the Cute Clips Elements shaped paperclips (see them online – 129939). Here’s another card idea for the Cute Clips, and here’s another card idea for Oh Whale.
Stamps: Oh, Whale!; Ink: Basic Gray, Pacific Point, Melon Mambo; Paper: Whisper White, Pacific Point, Sunshine & Sprinkles Designer Series Paper, Melon Mambo; Accessories: Cute Clips “Elements”, Small Heart Punch
In February I shared a card using the Swallowtail stamp and the Triple Stamping Technique. This card uses the same technique, but only 2 layers!
I just finished mailing some of these cards to congratulate some terrific successes by my LovenStampfuls team members. I love being a cheerleader!
Stamps: Swallowtail, Feel Goods; Ink: Primrose Petals; Card Stock: Whisper White, Primrose Petals; 2 1/2″ Circle Punch, Rhinestone Jewels
Looking for an alternate card shape? Here’s a fun one using your Big Shot dies to cut your card background. Simply fold your card stock and place on the die so the fold is INSIDE the die cut shape. When you cut with the die, your fold will remain and your card is ready to decorate!
The die for this card is the Oval Accent Bigz Clear Die (127005 – see it online).
Perfect for spring, this card features the Betsy’s Blossoms stamp set (see more Betsy’s Blossom card ideas on my blog).
Stamps: Betsy’s Blossoms, Itty Bitty Banners; Inks: Basic Black; Cardstock: Summer Starfruit, Gumball Green, Whisper White, Midnight Muse; Accessories: In Color Dahlias (may vary), Midnight Muse Stitched Satin Ribbon, Rhinestone Jewels, Big Shot, Oval Accents Bigz Clear Die, Apothecary Accents Framelits
For the Birds (see it online) is a great all-occasions stamp set, plus it’s a perfect one for perfecting your watercolor skills! My absolute favorite tools for watercolor are the Watercolor Wonder Crayons (Brights Collection here - see them online – 119804) and the Aqua Painters (see them online – 103954).
You’ll have the best luck with your watercolor if you use really nice watercolor paper (like from Stampin’ Up!).
For ink, my preference is definitely the Jet Black Staz-On Ink (see it online)
Want to learn more about watercolor crayons? Here’s my Video Tutorial for watercoloring! Or I also have a 3-in-1 Video Tutorial for Watercolor Wonder Crayons.