You’ve Got Style Mrs. Claus

I wonder how much Santa & the elves would be accomplishing at this time of year without the gentle nudge (big push!) from Mrs. Claus.

In today’s post we learn how to celebrate Christmas Mrs. Claus style!  How to create her from the You’ve Got Style stamp set ( see below) by Stampin’ UP! Plus, how to use that embossing paste to create dimensional fur on the stylish coat Mrs. Claus is sporting.

I always like to stretch the use of sets beyond the original and immediate planned use. This set didn’t speak to me at first, but later I realized the multiple uses for the elements in the set. Sometimes with a few simple alterations, a stamp can become something entirely different.

Turn the fur coat woman into Mrs. Claus:

After you stamp this woman from the You’ve Got Style stamp set, you will need to draw a few lines to create the pom-pom part of the Christmas hat. It’s very easy, as you see in the diagram below.

You can also draw in lines to widen her legs, then color in the entire “x” area with black marker.

After you Color her in, why not add texture paste to mimic fur? What worked well for me was using a q-tip dipped in the container and patting into the areas of the stamp where I wanted the fur effect.

I think the real Mrs. Claus celebrates with her husband (Santa) and a glass of her favorite beverage. She’s got to be a sweet but sassy woman to deal with all those elves AND her husband leaving her every year for a trip around the world, dropping down chimneys and eating all those goodies while she sits at home waiting for his return. I’m certain she celebrates. Don’t you agree?

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Need cards quick? Turn to Memories & More by Stampin’ UP!

Once the Autumn leaves start falling it feels like I never have enough time or energy to accomplish things that need done.  That is when quick cards like this one can be made and sent without taking too much any time or energy I have remaining.

I always like to recognize those who truly do “make me smile.” It has been a week of things that have gone wrong, broken, or just not gone as I had wished or planned. In times like these, it is always great to have those who can bring laughter & smiles to the situation. Perspective changes and life goes on. I am so grateful to those who build me up, challenge my thinking, make me laugh uncontrollably, and make me a better person. I am blessed.

Do you send cards to those who brighten up your day? Or to those who need their day brightened?

It is simple to get this quick card to the post…

  • The leaf image is a Color Theory Memories & More card.
  • The “You make me Smile” phrase is from the Colorful Seasons photopolymer set and stamped with Black Archival ink.
  • The Memories and More card is matted to match the leaf.
  • The copper ribbon is added before mounting askew onto a piece of Wood Grain DSP.
  • The card front is then matted onto a Pumpkin Pie layer and Basic Black card base.
  • An interior Whisper White mat was added for my handwritten message.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll surely say it many more times- Memories and More cards are not only for quick scrapbook pages (traditional & pocket), but can be used for cards and….More – SU! Named this one well!

Make someone smile today!

Until next time…

-Joanne

Making Cards with Stampin’ UP! Petal Garden Memories & More

I have now fallen in love with the Petal Garden suite of products by Stampin’ UP! and the Memories & More pocket cards have been front & center in my scrapbook & card making lately.

I know I’ve stated before how much I love the new Memories & More pocket card line Stampin’ UP! created for making cards, but I really can’t gush enough about how fantastic this line transforms easily to card making.

The 1/8″ sheer ribbon is fantastic to work with.  It comes in Whisper White, Fresh Fig, Calypso Coral, and Old Olive. It ties easily and a bow is simply adhered with one glue dot.

The “seriously” & “LOVE YOU” are just two of the stickers in the Petal Garden Memories & More pack.  Here, I added dimensionals to part of the “LOVE YOU” sticker and just allowed the sticker to do the rest of the work on adhering these to the project.

These cards are so simple to make.  I chose a few Memories & More cards, matching Petal Garden DSP stack paper, matching cardstock, and some framelits (square & oval).

Did you notice that there is no stamping?  Okay, you don’t think I’d really make a card without some ink, did you?  This Petal Gardens Suite has a matching stamp set called Graceful Garden which creates a beautiful insert page and is perfect to stamp an image to make the envelope coordinate (pictures of inserts/envelopes not shown).

Stampin' UP! Graceful Garden

Isn’t that rose beautiful?

The whole suite is really nice.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Cards with the Coffee Cafe bundle by Stampin’ UP!

Some days I believe I function because of my morning coffee.  Other days, I’m not sure it helps at all. In either case, I’m a sucker for a good cup of coffee.  I know many people who feel the same way and believe the new Coffee Cafe Suite of products will certainly make some card recipients perk up when they receive happy mail.

Part of this suite of products is the Stamps/Dies Bundle. Being able to stamp and cut the cup, lid, sentiment, cup band, and beans makes this project really easy.  I adore those little coffee beans!

In each of these cards I decided to use the Petal Garden Designer Series Paper Stack (6″x6″) and embossing folders.  I’m a big fan of the embossing which can be achieved from the dynamic textured impressions embossing folders and chose to use both the returning hexagon and new leaves folders for these three cards.

It is important to remember that the sentiments may have a specific shape, in this case meant to fit inside the stamped cup image, but can be placed into another shape as I’ve done in these last two examples. The entire sentiment was not used for the second card either.  In fact, I have cut my stamp apart (carefully with sharp scissors) so that I could easily stamp, “Happiness is a cup of coffee” separate from, “shared with a friend” many times without the fuss.  Keep in mind, I can always put them onto my block and stamp together again, but this way I don’t have to mask or worry about only inking part of the stamp each time I want them separate.

 

In addition to the Petal Garden DSP stack, I used the images from one sheet of the Coffee Cafe DSP to get the pots and little mugs. While you will have to hand-cut (aka: fussy cut) the pot and other images from the designer series paper for this suite, those little coffee cups do have a matching die.  I chose not to use it this day; I didn’t want the small white border and I already had the scissors in my hands.

Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Embossing: Using Paste & Powders on Cards

The one thing most card makers always remember is that feeling of awe the first time they used embossing on their handmade project. Whether it was embossing with powders, an embossing folder, a stylus or paste, it leaves an impression on both the paper & the person!

Earlier this week I teased you with information on the new embossing paste and posted the two cards I’m sharing today.

These cards are loaded with fun techniques. They are pretty easy techniques too!   We’ll focus on the card on the left, for the most part, but I will share how to make that great “hello friend” image for the second card towards the end of the post.

Step 1: Stamp the images in Versamark onto Crumb Cake CS, after using embossing buddy on your paper to keep stray powders away.  Then apply embossing powder (Gold)  and tap off extra.  Use the heat gun to melt powder.

Creating layers of texture with heat embossing powder.

Step 2: With your card front on an easily washable surface (I chose the silicone mat), choose your Decorative Mask and placement.  Then use Washi tape (I sometimes use Frog tape for painting) to temporarily tape mask down to keep it from shifting.  Apply paste with the Palette Knives in an even coat- Spread it like putting butter on toast or frosting on cake. Carefully remove mask immediately after using.

Step 3:  Immediately close up your embossing paste and clean your masks, knives and anything else that came in contact with the embossing paste using a water bath (for later cleaning) or warm sink and non-metal bristle brush (a toothbrush works great!).

Adding layers using decorative masks for embossing paste.

Step 4: If you didn’t take too long to clean your materials, your embossing paste should still have enough damp spots to it that you can add embossing powder (White) & it will cling to some (not all) areas- don’t try to get a perfect covering of it if you want the shading.  Apply, tap off, and heat set- Yes, be aware it will bubble because of the paste.  It adds even more texture.

Adding embossing powder over embossing paste.
Sponging ink over both embossing powder & paste.

Step 5: Using a dauber and Crumb Cake ink, rub in additional color in areas you choose. I recommend also doing the edges of the entire card front.  The areas with Embossing Powder will resist the color, the areas of paste which didn’t take on Embossing Powder will accept some of the ink, but not as heavily as the cardstock does.

Step 6: Since this card front used a lot of different mediums, I found Tear Tape to be the best to adhere it to the card base.  The card base I used is Marina Mist as it matched my Dragonfly Dreams die-cut the best.

Step 7:  I cut the Swirly Scribbles die out in cardstock (color doesn’t matter, it is being covered in embossing powder), and decided to trim parts of it away before embossing.  Cover it in Versamark, add powder, heat- Repeat 3 times for a nice glossy appearance to the Gold swirl. Attach using glue dots for best adhesion.

Adding a glossy look by applying Fine Tip Glue. Creating a gilded look with sporadic embossing powder application.

Step 8: Use watercolor paper, watercolor pencils, and aqua painter to create a washed blue/green background paper which you die cut to get the dragonfly with variations of soft color. The full dragonfly (background) die-cut is in Marina Mist.  Attach using the fine tip glue pen and then cover the entire die with the pen and allow to sit until dry.

Step 9: The dragonfly on the right has added embossing. Apply areas of Versamark (just tap the corner of the pad), Gold embossing powder, and heat to achieve this gilded appearance.

Step 10:  Use your fingers to slightly curl the wings and adhere the dragonfly to the card with glue dots.

Stamping into multiple layers of heated embossing powder.

Card 2 has one additional technique for this “hello friend” emblem.

  • Using the largest Layering Oval die, cover it in Versamark – just smoosh your pad over the cardstock.
  • Add the embossing powder and heat as usual.  Then repeat multiple times (mine has 5 layers).
  • Before the last time you heat, ink whichever Red Rubber (photopolymer might not like the heat- I didn’t want to try and perhaps damage) stamp in Versamark as a release agent.  Set aside.
  • Heat the final layer and immediately stamp into the wet/heated powder before it cools.  It might slide a bit so be careful to stamp straight up & down!
  • You shouldn’t get embossing powder pulling up on your stamp thanks to the Versamark pre-stamp, but do make sure to clean off any residue asap because the heated Versamark can be difficult to get off the rubber later. -Yes, a little more scrubbing will do the trick.

As an extra bonus: Layered embossing powder stamping is a great project for cardstock you don’t like or stamped poorly as it will be covered. Yippee for that!

I hope you liked all these techniques and try one or more of them on a card.  If you copy my card in different colors, I would LOVE to see the result.  I imagine it would be lovely in so many other colors of embossing and/or colors of the dragonfly & card.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

 

Birthday Cards Using Stampin’ UP! Petal Gardens DSP stack

There’s always someone having a birthday!  There’s no better way to send smiles to someone celebrating their big day than to let them know you remembered their day by sending a special card.  While Facebook wishes are nice, many have stopped sending cards all together because the cyber-wish is “enough” in their minds. Let your friends know you REALLY thought of them- send or give them a real card -handmade too!

These cards are simple and quick to make and creating both starts with 1 sheet of the Petal Garden DSP stack by Stampin’ UP! Start with your first cut at 4″ to create a 4″x6″ & 2″x6″.  Cut the two pieces so that you have 1) 4″x5.25″ and 1) 2″x 5.5″. Just add mats (mine are 1/8″-so add .25″ to above to get sizes) and you’re ready for the sentiment and dimensional elements.

Petal Gardens DSPs birthday

Creating dimension gives both of these cards that extra something. The Layered Leaves Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder adds extra dimension to the first card. While the second card uses cupcake embellishments (made with the Sprinkles of life & matching punch, Coffee Cafe, & also a little fussy cutting with scissors) at different levels for the dimension.

Petal Gardens DSPs birthday card

Both sentiments were made with the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set and cut using the Circle Framelits. Since this paper has Calypso Coral and Old Olive included (Stampin’ UP! lists the colors both in the catalog & on the DSP stack itself), I chose those and added the new Powder Pink as the background color for these two-step photopolymer flowers.

Petal Gardens DSP stack

The Petal Gardens DSP stack contains 48 sheets of 6″x6″ paper (4 each of 12 designs).  I think you could make a year’s worth of cards with just this one stack of DSP if you chose- Just add matching cardstock. While pretty “girly”, you would be able to squeak out a many masculine cards too with some of the non-floral sides in Old Olive, Calypso Coral and a versatile White based multi-colored polka dot print.

Let your friends know you really care.  Get their address (or arrange to see them in person!)  Make the card. They will get that extra level of surprise on their big day. You won’t regret it.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Card Preparation 101

Today I wanted to share a little preparation and organization which helps me get and keep my crafty mojo when it comes to card making.  It is very simple: I keep this box stocked so I’m ready to craft:

I have this plastic bin which I have filled with card bases 4.25″x5.5″ and mats in 3 sizes: 4″x5.25″, 4 1/8″x5 3/8″, 3.75″x5″.

Card bases are pre-scored and folded. I try to keep 4-6 of each color available. However, I’m currently running low on a few colors and some colors I don’t use frequently enough to create bases.

Shimmery White cardstock is kept to the left so that I know exactly where it is.

I like to keep my photos which need to be scrapped in this side area as well.

How I have benefited from this card preparation

  • I always have things ready to go and can sit down and craft with basic preparation done.
  • I can see which colors I use most AND know exactly when I need to make more card parts and/or order that color cardstock.
  • It is inspirational just looking at the rainbow of colors and having them at my fingertips!
  • It helps me ‘try-out’ different color bases for a card when they are easily accessible.
  • On days I want to craft but don’t feel so inspired, preparing card bases and mats allows me to accomplish something which I know I’ll appreciate when my creativity returns.

I have begun to create a similar system for my scrapbooking by prepping photo mats in frequently used sizes and colors.  I think this too will be very useful for days I just want to sit and create.

Please share in the comments the ways you keep your mojo flowing by preparing things ahead and/or keeping them organized at arms reach.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Memories and More: Get more from the Color Theory pack

As I described last week, with just a few additions and alterations to the Memories and More Color Theory products you can have cards or 12″x12″ layouts.

While there were no comments on that post, those who saw me in person requested more card ideas from these products.  I’m happy to share additional greeting cards today using the Color Theory Memories and More products.

June is the most popular month for weddings. This card using the Colorful Seasons dies, Stitched Shape dies and papers from the Color Theory & Wood Textures 6″x6″ lines may be a perfect one for the new couple having a beach wedding. No stamping necessary-just cut the sentiment from the center of the card using a Square Stitched Shapes die & flip the pattern side over to create an inlay of the sentiment.

The same Cut & Flip idea is used on the Spring card below.  Adding the beautiful Cherry Blossom dies really creates interest to this otherwise simple card.

Cutting out the sentiments can lead to these great Winter cards too:

The large 4″x6″ cards are trimmed to create TWO 2″x5.5″ strips for the snowy designer paper on these cards. Colorful Seasons dies create those fantastic Filver Foil snowflakes. Oh, how wonderful are those Glitter Enamel Dots as centers!

My favorite? These Autumn leaves create absolutely stunning cards!

I used Watercolor Pencils, Watercolor Paper, and Aqua Painter Pens to create the colorful backgrounds for the sentiment and additional leaves. I LOVE the results of these most. The striped strip and printed leaves (small card, as is, from the pack) are all from the Color Theory Memories and More set.

It really doesn’t take much to create greeting cards from the Memories and More set.  I’m anxiously awaiting delivery of the 3 other Memories and More collections in order to have quick projects at my fingertips for those days I want to create, but don’t want to use a multitude of techniques or materials to do so.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

 

 

Quick cards: Using the rule of 3rds

I started this month with a type of intro to scrapbooking by showing how to turn a sheet of Designer Series Paper (DSP) into inspiration and the design element for a page; A basic skill all beginning paper crafters learn with or without the realization that they’ve learned it!

I didn’t want to leave my card making friends out of the loop.  So, today I’d like to share a similar concept with card making in mind.

This one rule can get you far in papercraft design: The rule of 3rds. See if you can spot it in the card below.

Two-thirds of this card is the This Christmas DSP with music notes.  One-third is the Very Vanilla cardstock.  Between the two is a small enough strip that the eye will not mind the split, but provide a place to accent and create a focal point, which on this card is  the Watercolor Wishes Kit Sentiment “Just A Note” stamped on Layering Circles Framelits. It is all adhered to a matching Basic Black card base.

Below you shall find the measurements to recreate the basic 3rds card design.  Looking around at various cards, you’ll notice how frequently this starting point is used in the card making world!

The above diagram shows too, how easily it would be to select 1 DSP and make this card.  Both prints above are actually just 1 paper that is double sided!  If you first cut your DSP the same size as the “Insert” (where you write your inner card message), then cut that DSP to form the two sizes, flip over one piece to show the other side’s design and you have the two prints above.

Here is a sample of the Rule of Thirds card made from the cardstock in the diagram above:

Notice I flipped the orientation of the smaller section to the bottom this time and stamped my sentiment (also from the stamps included in the Watercolor Wishes Kit) directly on the DSP.  The boots are from the Country Livin’ stamp set; colored with aqua painter to ink to paper.  I also misted ink onto the Occasions catalog Lace doilies to get the color to match my sentiment.

The rule of 3rds closely resembles the rule of threes.  Odd numbers are typically more pleasing to the eye and you’ll often see designers use 3 of something.  Check out the Watercolor Wishes Kit stamped sentiment above- there are 3 hearts.

If you look back at this recent card post using the Build It Framelits, you’ll notice I used a variation on the rule of 3rds diagram provided above.  I eliminated the center strip and instead added an addition cardstock mat.  The pegboard and bottom sentiment spot still maintain the 2/3 to 1/3 area splits.

I show you this card so that you see that the first two examples are just the jumping off point to this rule of 3rds design.  Try it on your next card or scrapbooking project for quick, easy, and eye-appealing results. And don’t be afraid to flip it on it’s side too for a bottom opening card!

Until next time…

-Joanne

New lighthouse stamp set High Tide

Have you seen the New lighthouse stamp set called High Tide in the Occasions catalog?

It’s a photopolymer stamp set and in the US it costs $26.00.

I really like the sentiments in this set.  Plus, all the bits will build some nice scenes (sun/moon, water, grass, sand, etc.)

Today, I’m sharing an obvious use of the High Tide stamp set- building a scene of a lighthouse by the sea.

 I would recommend to anyone using this set to also use the Stamp-a-ma-jig Stampin’ Up! sells (or another stamp positioner which you prefer). It will make lining up the two light house pieces and the sand area at the lighthouse base so much easier than eye-balling it and hoping for the best.   In my sample, I used a stamp positioner for those 3 pieces and a regular acrylic block for the other stamps. I had no issues with stamp placement doing this.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Until next time…

-Joanne