Love and Hugs cards made with Petal Passion DSP

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, thoughts of romance swirl in the air for many. But for others it may be a day of longing for love lost, love not yet found, or unrequited love. The latter need cards with big hugs and messages of support and caring.

Today’s cards could be used to support someone who finds this occasion difficult or to share & express your love and caring for someone you adore.

Petal Passion love and hugs cards

I have always really loved the combination of black, white, and red. The Petal Passion Designer Series Paper (DSP) is a fabulous pack of black and white patterned paper just waiting for your coloring or just as beautiful left as is. I combined two sheets of this paper today. One used Cherry Cobbler & Old Olive Blends to create beautifully colored designs. The other used both sides of this lovely black and white paper.

Petal Passion dsp hugs card

Both the card above and below have the same basic design. The ingredients are as follows:

  • The heart dies are found in the Support Ribbon framelits dies -item#143749
  • Love is found in the Sunshine Wishes dies -item#141489
  • Hugs is found in the Lovely Words Thinlits dies -item#143733; I trimmed the die cut piece with my Snips to remove the outer shape, leaving just the word.
  • The Basic Black mats are 4”x5.25”, 3”x3”, 3.5”x1”
  • The Petal Passion DSP  pieces are 3.75”x5” for the colored floral, 2.75”x2.75” for the striped piece, which is the reverse design on the small floral page. The small floral is 3.25”x.75”
  • Cherry Cobbler cardstock is used for the card base (5.5”x 8.5”,scored @ 4.25”) as well as all die cuts
  • Basic Rhinestones scattered throughout (odd number is best for design)

Petal Passion dsp love card

As I cut the above two cards from my full 12”x12” sheet of hand colored dsp, I had a few smaller pieces remaining which I turned into 1 7/8”squares.  By using mats in smaller increments than the above cards, I was able to maximize my dsp use and create this cute card below.

Petal Passion dsp love squares card

The black mats are 2”x2”(4 of these squares) and 4”x 1.25”. The Cherry Cobbler mat  is 4 1/8”x 5 3/8”. The card base for this card is Basic Black.

Using just two 12”x12” sheets of this Petal Passion DSP you could make 3 each of the cards above and have some small strips left over which would be perfect cut into 1/2”x 4” strips to put on Whisper White inserts (4”x5.25”) for these cards. With the addition of approximately 6 each color 8.5”x 11” cardstock sheets in Cherry Cobbler & Basic Black and 2 1/4 sheets of Whisper White for card inserts, that is all the paper you need to create nine cards to send and share hugs & love!

Handwrite your entire insert or choose a stamp (my preference) that expresses your thoughts and add additional handwritten notes to your intended recipient(s). The insert , before I add my message, looks like this:

Card insert using strip of dsp

Remember you aren’t limited to Cherry Cobbler. Black and white paper is neutral and these basic card designs could be recreated with your favorite colors. You could also replace the hearts with other dies or stamped images. Do your favorite combinations and share with me!

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

How To Do Partial Die Cut Mermaids & A Few Mermaid Cards

Last Thursday I posted these mermaids which I cut from the Myths and Magic Specialty DSP.

Myths and Magic Specialty DSP Mermaids

I promised to share how the mermaids were die cut so that their tails were left intact as part of the image which had been cut out with the Stitched Shapes Framelits. These Mermaid die cuts with the, “tail sticking out,” are partial die cuts.

Partial die cuts = a die cut where part of the image being cut goes outside the exterior margins of the die used to cut out the image.

I decided to show you how to cut up this Myths and Magic paper to create mermaid die cuts through my first ever video. It is far from perfect (first attempts at a new skill rarely are), but I hope you agree that seeing the process in progress is helpful, even if I can learn a lot more about making videos.

And here are some of the projects I made with these die cut mermaids:

Myths and Magic DSP Mermaid cards

And one birthday card using a mermaid die cut without the partial die cutting technique.

Myths and Magic dsp Mermaid 4th Birthday card

So whether you try the partial die cutting technique or not, you can cut out and create cards with this paper in the Myths and Magic Specialty Designer Series Paper pack.

Don’t have this paper and love it? Shop with me by clicking HERE.

Want to start practicing this technique now? Try isolating a portion of a stamped or printed paper image to create your own partial die cut from any stamp, paper, and dies you already own.

Practice makes things easier and better.  Don’t get discouraged if your first partial die cut isn’t the best.

As for me, I’ll be making more videos in the future and I’ll be looking forward to improving those skills so I can show you more. Thanks for viewing.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Using Petal Passion Memories & More Card Pack For Greeting Cards

Did you see the new Petal Passion Memories & More cards in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog? Black & White with Powder Pink…such a tranquil and useful color combination. Take a peek at the cards:

Stampin’ Up! Memories & More Card Pack

You can see how useful those laser cut words would be for scrapbook pages, but if you haven’t been convinced from some of my previous posts on Memories & More cards creating easy & beautiful greeting cards, perhaps today’s samples will convince you.

The first is just the Memories & More cards with added cardstock of my choice. Simply using the Memories & More cards can produce great results. I used a 4”x6” Petal Passion Memories & More Card with the “You are my sunshine” sentiment, trimmed on both ends of the 6” side to fit my card front. (Final size=4”x5.25”). The flower is a 3”x4” Card in the pack. A black mat, 4 1/8”x 5 3/8”, helped ground the cards onto the Crushed Curry card base- perfect for a “sunshine” card!

Stampin’ Up! Petal Passion Memories & More Card

Card two also uses a 4”x6” & 3”x4” Card from the same pack. This time the larger card is trimmed on the long edge to 5.5” and the “To think of you is to smile” sentiment is cutout using the Stitched Shapes Framelits and my Big Shot. A small black cardstock banner helps pop the sentiment so it doesn’t get lost as white on white.Stampin’ Up! Petal Passion Memories & More Card

Today’s last Card adds just a few more products, the Layered Leaves Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder (for use with your Big Shot), the Graceful Garden Stamp set (the rose),  Black Momento ink to stamp, Cherry Cobbler & Old Olive Blends in both Light & Dark, & the Blends Blender. The “love Big & love much” is a 3”x4” Card In The Petal Passion Memories & More pack. After coloring the rose, I cut it out. It was kind of fussy cutting around the leaves, so I cut them from the stem first to make it easier. Then just glued down in relatively the same place they were.

Stampin’ Up! Petal Passion Memories & More Card

You can see how the Black & White cards in this pack allow you to get creative with a pop of color of your own choosing. I really love that rose!(The Little Prince fans, anyone?)

When I get a new pack of Memories & More cards, the first thing I do is divide the card in half. I reserve half for my scrapbooking projects and half for card making projects. The embellishments and any acetate overlays get placed with the scrapbook pile, but often get used for both uses. This way, I still scrap with them and get greeting cards too. I rarely have but a few leftover cards in each pack, and find they make awesome note cards too!

I’d love to know what you think of the Memories & More cards and how you are using them. Drop me a comment.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Sweet Soirée Designer Series Paper & Ribbon of Courage Cards

If you placed an order with me as a club order or through my storefront using the December Hostess code I supplied last month, you received a 4”x5.25” sample of each of the 6 designs in the Sweet Soirée Designer Series Paper (DSP).

From those DSP samples, you could create the following cards:

Stampin’ Up! Sweet Soirée DSP & Ribbon of Courage Sweet Soirée DSP & Ribbon of Courage Sweet Soirée DSP & Ribbon of Courage

In addition to the Sweet Soirée DSP, these cards use:

  • Ribbon of Courage bundle in Clear $36.75 USD  (item#145342) or Wood $44.00 USD (item#145341)
  • adhesive -I recommend Snail &7.00 USD (item# 104332), Tombo multipurpose adhesive $4.00 USD (item#110755), and dimensionals $4.00 USD (item#104430)
  • Stitched Shape Framelits $30.00 USD (item#145372)
  • Big Shot $110.00 USD (items#143263)
  • Whisper White cardstock $9.00 USD (item#100730)
  • Rich Razzleberry cardstock (item#115316)
  • Powder Pink cardstock (item # 144244)
  • Old Olive cardstock (item#100702)
  • Basic Grey Archival Ink pad (item# 140932)
  • Acrylic stamp block size D (item# 118485)
  • Stampin’ Paper Trimmer (item# 126889)

For the month of January 2018, the Hostess code for orders under $150.00 USD is: HNCRD7R6. At Over $150.00 you qualify as your own hostess, reaping those benefits yourself.

Also remember  that Sale-A-Bration (SAB) is in effect and a $50.00USD order will qualify for a level 1 freebie of your choice from the SAB catalog. You will be prompted to enter your item choice for qualifying orders. This year there are 2 levels for earning SAB products. Level  2 products take $100.00 to earn.

Happy crafting.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Sneak Peek of Stampin’ Up! Waterfront set to debut January 3, 2018

As a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator I get to see and order merchandise, like this great new Waterfront Stamp set, prior to the public release date. It is a fun perk, that I enjoy very much, especially at holiday time!

Stampin’ Up! Waterfront

When you see this Stamp set on page 48 of the 2018 Occasions catalog, you may not at first think that it will create both simple and complex cards. But it does!

Check out some samples I’ve made:

Stampin’ Up! Waterfront

I wanted to show how simply adding a few inks, paper, and just this set count make a cute card. Of course, I would probably add sentiments from other sets, but these could be left as is. The left card would be a great Christmas or Winter card. The right card would make a great Summer or vacation card.

Here’s a few more Winter themed cards using the small splatter dots from the Waterfront set for snow.

Stampin’ Up! Waterfront

Or do you prefer the Summer scenes?

Stampin’ Up! Waterfront

It has been pretty cold here, so I wouldn’t mind sitting beachfront or a warm area waterfront somewhere right now. Getting older means less tolerance of cold weather, I suppose.

I have a Stampin’ friend who just turned 40 and got engaged. I was playing with this set that day and decided to create a card for her. This is the result:

Stampin’ Up! Waterfront & In the City

I used the Host(ess) set called In The City in conjunction with the Waterfront set.

Stampin’ Up! Host(ess) set In The City

I even stamped the inside with both sets.

Stampin’ Up! Waterfront & In the City

I think these two sets go very well together. If you are thinking of placing a large Sale-A-Bration (SAB) order come January 3, 2018, a party or personal order over $150.00 (USD) would qualify for this set in addition to earning some great SAB freebies. It is the best time of the year to place large orders or host a party. Contact me if you need more details or need a Sale-A-Bration or Occasions catalog.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Stampin’ Up! Seasonal Chums Holiday Cards

Today I’m sharing with you cards created with the darling deer & snowman from the Seasonal Chums Stamp & die bundle by Stampin’ Up!

Stampin’ Up! Seasonal Chums

There are quite a few pieces to cut for this card, but it really goes quite quickly. Okay, coloring the Seasnal Chums characters takes a bit of time. Perhaps a good activity to do while watching television, waiting at appointments, or even a family friendly holiday craft for your child(ren) to participate and add to the family Christmas card or Christmas thank you card!

Those Foil snowflakes are not sticking around past the holiday catalog. You’ll want to SHOP NOW if you really want them. Once they are gone, they are gone.

I know you’ll want the measurements for for this card. It will be a great starting point for other Cardstock & Designer Series Papers. Here it is:

 

While we just got news Seasonal Chums items will be offered as a carry over from the holiday catalog (meaning the stamps & dies will be around until May 2018, but are not guaranteed to be in the next annual catalog in June), if you like them getting them as a bundle now saves you 10%! Bundle price discounts do not carry on beyond the original catalog release publication.

Shop with me HERE.

Enter the hostess code E9C33N4F during your order (Code good thru December 2017) and I will personally send you a thank you in the mail which will include a few Designer Series  paper samples from the 2018 Occasions catalog.

As always, thank you for stopping by.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Christmas in the Making with craftymademoiselle

If you saw all the Rubbermaid totes of Christmas items I have been unpacking and placing (7 emptied so far!) about my house, you’d know that “ Christmas in the Making ”is no joke for me. It is a process I quite enjoy. I only wish I had a healthy dose of energy to accomplish the final results quicker. All the same, the end results come eventually-kind of like these cards. I shared the Blends images back in a November blog post and am just now getting to share the final cards. My apologies for the delay. I hope it was worth the wait.

I love this image of girl, presents, & cat (although I would love it to be a dog) and even think it could be a great birthday card image.

I think the color combination of Black, White & Bermuda Bay gives this card a bit of a vintage feel to fit with the stamped image.

Of course, Old Olive is more along traditional color lines for the holiday.

Framing things differently can give these images a fresh look. I love all the layered framelits Stampin’ Up! offers. The stitched framelits are one of my favorites.

A Merry Christmas in the Making would have to include making and mailing cards. I hope to get them all in the mail in the next three days. They are all created! Now to write, address, and mail. I’m a bit apprehensive this year as last month my mom received a card from me which my post office approved for regular postage and when she received it it was postage due for the difference between a forever stamp & the 70cent stamps. I hope none of my recipients get a postage due notice as I do get my p.o. to approve the rate. Apparently all post offices in the U.S. are not in agreement- sadly.

The last card share today and my wish for you…Merry Christmas! Or Holiday Wishes to those who celebrate other holidays this time of year. It is a great time of year of making, creating, and enjoying company.

As a year end celebration, Stampin’ Up! will be having an end of year sale as the holiday catalog products come to an end. They have to make room for some great new Occasions & Sale-a-Bration items in the new year.

Click this link to be taken directly to my online store.

Thanks for stopping by.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Combine Stampin’ Up! Hello Friend With Holly Berry Punch to make Seasonal Wreaths

The changing of the Seasons is upon us (there were snowflakes yesterday!) and that means new decor which includes seasonal wreaths.

Halloween is now over and I’m already playing Christmas music and watching Hallmark Christmas movies, but I also like to remember and celebrate harvest-aka a time of Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving really was the most enjoyable holiday when I was growing up. Extended family, food (homemade noodles are my favorite), and playing with cousins. Great times and lifelong friendships with cousins developed over those good old days gathering together for the Thanksgiving meal.

So, I don’t want to skip this holiday season, although I’m also planning & decorating for the next. I’m mingling Thanksgiving decorations with Christmas at the moment, before the harvest season passes and the rest of the Christmas decorations come out. Like that, I share with you a mingling of the two for today’s cards. If you want Seasonal cards, these wreaths cover both holidays & will be the base for future seasonal creations as well.

Hello Friend is a great set in the Annual Stampin’ Up catalog which can easily get overlooked. It is the set created as a companion to the project kit of the same name. However, it is simply a great stand alone set to have- especially if you like wreaths.

 

Hello Friend stamp set by Stampin’ Up!

 

Add to it the great Holly Berry Punch & Holly Berry Happiness stamps and your wreaths will have bows and berries too!

The Layering circles framelits cut the wreath out nicely creating a nice wreath shape for a card front or scrapbook page.

The fall wreath shown below was created by inking individual areas of the stamp with the  SU! Markers and huffing on the stamp immediately before stamping to paper to re-moisten any dried ink which may have happened in the marker-to-stamp inking time.

I created the diamond paper with the Pattern Party Decorative Masks.

And yes, I did hand cut (aka fussy cut) the hello after also inking with markers.

As you can see in the next sample, changing ink & paper colors, plus adding the berries from that same Holly Berry punch can turn this into a Christmas card. The sentiment comes from that same Holly Berry Happiness set.

You may already notice how easily it would be to add the flowers from the Hello Friend stamps to create a Spring or Summer wreath.

These two sets marry together nicely to create wreaths for all seasons. As someone who can’t seem to stamp enough wreaths, I’m very happy to be able to create many varieties with just two stamp sets, a coordinating punch, and the ever so useful Layering Circle Dies.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

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