Night in Bethlehem: Variations of a Card Design

The announcement of the blogiversary contest winner can be found at the end of this post on Christmas card design variations using the new Stampin’ UP! holiday catalog release Night in Bethlehem.

While I really liked this simple card design of the sky, buildings, and figures which you can see in the stack of cards below, I decided to share how subtle changes in the same design can be made for those who may not have a Big Shot or those who prefer adding dimension, glitter or even a little bling. It is important to me that beginners understand that most stampers begin with paper, ink, stamps, & adhesive and over time build their stash of supplies. So, if you Are just beginning  you can still make your own Christmas cards.

Perhaps you simply want to stamp and do no die cut images because all that extra is too much this time of year. If you just want to work with  paper, ink, stamps, & adhesive only, then this is the design for you:

With the addition of the Wink of Stella clear you can Step it up: Add Wink of Stella to add some glitter to the North Star and/or the buildings.

If you want to add just a bit of dimension, Stamp & use your Big Shot to die cut Mary & Joseph and/or the North Star and attach with mini dimensionals.

A slight change to the star may be made by adding bling. In this example a glitter enamel dot in matching Crushed Curry was added to the center of the star.

Of course you can go all out: die cut, dimensionals, Wink of Stella, and glitter enamel dots. Why not?!

The inside panel of this card could have been the design for a whole new card front, but I think it works well on the interior of the card.

Perhaps you are not a beginner, but you are one that likes to make the same card design for your entire mailing list. If you don’t have the glitter enamel dots for that many people or patience to cut out that many die cuts, then remember the design can often stay the same and slight variations can be made to stamp the number you need. Over 100 die cuts of the same image gets old- I can thoroughly attest to that!

 

***Blogiversary Contest Winner Announcement:

And now to announce the winner of the owl card and a surprise package of  SU! Product…  drumroll… Random.org generated the name…

🎉KATHE GINTHER 🎉

Since I already have your address, you do not need to contact me to claim your prize and provide your address. It will be on its way to you this week.😀

Thank you to those who commented.

Having comments increases online visibility AND most importantly it is just really nice to hear from those of you who are reading/viewing my blog.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Balloon Sky Card with Stampin’ UP! products

I dream of taking a balloon ride over the Pennsylvania countryside.  I think it would be so calming and peaceful just like this card.

 

Products Used:

  • Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies
  • Up & Away Thinlits Dies
  • Big Shot
  • Pattern Party Decorative Masks
  • Sponge Brayers
  • Host(ess) stamp set: In the City
  • Cardstock: Whisper White, Soft Suede, Pear Pizzazz, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, & Flirty Flamingo
  • Ink: Marina Mist, Basic Black Archival, Old Olive, & Crumb Cake
  • Acrylic Block D
  • Paper Snips
  • Tombo Glue
  • Dimensionals

A card design can be inspired by anything you see or dream. Just start creating.

I’ve been looking into that balloon ride and hope to do that soon.

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

 

 

 

At Home with You bundle by Stampin’ UP!

When I saw the At Home with You bundle (photopolymer stamps & framelits/dies) I was very excited about the versatility of this set. Check out the items in the bundle (bundle photo supplied by the SU! online store):

There are many exciting things about this bundle, but at the top of the list is a Framelit which allows the door to open so that a hidden message may be revealed when the recipient opens the door.  How fun is that?!

I also believe this set is so useful to have for the seasonal pieces alone.  They can be used as stand alone pieces to embellish other cards, home decor, scrapbook items or can be used to embellish the entryway door as seen in this card:

On this card I did not cut the door to open. Instead I decided to use the Brick Wall embossing folder with the new Wood Textures paper for the porch, score lines to mimic siding, and add a roof with 1/2″ black strips which were angle cut on the ends.  I even added a house number on the small sign from the set to mark the house number for my card recipient’s new home.

The same set creates such a great Christmas card. The door opens to provide a hidden sentiment on the front of this card.  I think a simple “Merry Christmas” will do since the inside will contain more wishes for the season.

See that garland hanging over the door?  Do you have these Hearth & Home thinlit dies which create a window? Guess what? The garland from this At Home with You set fits over the window. How great is it when one set extends the life of another!

Are you excited about this set or just want to check out more products from the new catalog?  You can check out the entire line of products at the online store HERE…and if something calls your name, you can order online and it will be shipped direct to the address you supply. I’ll then celebrate (happy dance time!) that you chose me as your demonstrator and send you a card & small surprise to the address you supplied in your order to say, “thank you.”

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Sneak Peek Of The Colorful Seasons Bundle- Coming June 1, 2017

Colorful Seasons is a great name for what I expect to be a popular stamp & die bundle in the June 1, 2017 Stampin’ UP! Annual Catalog.  This set has something for all four seasons.  Today I share just a hint of what is to come in this great bundle and introduce products for two of the seasons: Spring & Summer.

What reminds you that Winter is ending and Spring is arriving more than flowers blooming.  Colorful Seasons has a beautiful offering of cherry blossoms and a gorgeous saying, “Just Breathe”.

The small flowers were stamped onto watercolor paper with a new In-Color called Berry Burst, spritzed with water and allowed to dry before stamping the branches and sentiment with Chocolate Chip ink. Simple and so very satisfying-just like Spring.

As Spring slowly fades into Summer, the new In-Color Lemon Lime Twist will bring a bright uplifting feeling to the cards you make with the Colorful Seasons dies and/or stamps.  This Adirondack chair die cut is just one of the fabulous dies in the set.

 

Prepare to relax with your favorite beverage poolside this Summer and send a friend or loved one a card telling them how much you wish they were there spending time with you.  This Fresh Fig stamped beach chair makes me want to bury my feet in sand and read a good book.

The images I’ve shown are just a sampling of the stamps & dies in this set.  In addition, there are leaves, snowflakes, a large scalloped border and wonderful stamp sentiments. The Colorful Seasons Bundle is the bundle for anyone who makes cards OR scrapbook pages. I love when products work well with both, don’t you?

If you’re a beginner or a pro at scrapbooking or card making, I think this set will help you make great projects. I’d be happy to help you get started or add to your craft supplies. Contact me for a catalog. If you can’t wait for the physical catalog to arrive,  you can shop with me online when the new one goes live June 1st.

And don’t forget, this is your last chance to grab retiring products before they are gone from SU! shelves.  They are going quick!

Until next time…

-Joanne

Framelits Bunny & Rainbow

Playing with Framelits & Thinlits can result in some fun card or scrapbook embellishments.

Since it is now officially Spring here (the weather will follow eventually), my mind is on colors, flowers, and Easter.

I’ve had this bunny in my head since I made the black cat version back around Halloween, but finally sat down to make it with Easter just around the corner.

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The Bunny was made with the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits from Stampin’ Up!,  which you see below, using the small & medium (trimming off barbs) circle swirls and the leaves as ears (interior/exterior).

Note: You can make his bigger friend using medium & large circle swirls!

Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies

I Used Chocolate Chip & Flirty Flamingo Cardstock to create my bunny and added a Smokey Slate ribbon bow and handmade (approximately 1/2″) Whisper White baker’s twine pom-pom tail.

Want to forgo making a pom-pom bunny tail?  March’s Paper Pumpkin had some cute pom-poms about this size which you could use (there’s even a Fliry Flamingo one there!) if you have them leftover.  OR That Small circle in the bottom right corner of the Thinlets photo above would be about the right size to make a cardstock tail AND it would lie flat for mailing a card!

After creating the above bunny, I decided to make a rainbow from the Up & Away Thinlits & Stitched Shapes Framelits.

Those clouds from the Up & Away Thinlits are so fun to use.

  • The Rainbow uses all of the Stitched Shapes Framelit Circles.
  • Just nest them inside each other as you cut the color-For the Cherry Cobbler you would nest the two largest circles.
  • I use Washi tape to keep the dies in place as I run them through the Big Shot.
  • Since I felt I really needed to add the blue layer and was out of circles, I went ahead and used a stitched oval for that color.  It is hidden by the clouds enough that the different shape isn’t immediately evident.
  • I created this 6″x4″ pocket card with the A Little Foxy paper stack and added some raining Cherry Cobbler hearts cut from a die in the Everyday Jars Framelits.

I eventually decided to make a scrapbook layout with another bunny & rainbow which included the Basket Builder Framelits Dies for the basket, eggs, chocolate bunny, chicks, peeps, and grass.

The Falling In Love DSP includes this Soft Sky dandelion fluff paper and I used the coordinating Falling In Love Cardstock pack for the Blushing Bride background 12″x12″.

Whether you choose to make your Thinlit & Framelit designs into pocket cards for scrapbooking, card toppers for cards or embellishments for a scrapbook page (Or all of the above!), have fun creating!

Thanks for stopping by.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Dragonfly Dreams meets Build It Framelits

Did you notice the hexagon die in the Build It Framelits?  How about the bumble bee in the Dragonfly Dreams set?  If we combine these two sets… Hexagon + Bee = Bee Hive!

And who says that dragonfly can’t flutter on by the hive?

The Details:

  • The card itself is 5″x5″ with the dimensional raised top layer with cut out hexagons & hand stitching cut @ 4.75″x4.75″.
  • The hexagon die itself is kept in the cut area to get the perfect pen line tracing around the outside of the cut. I used the Project Life Pens for this card.
  • The Delightful Dijon DSP found in the Serene Scenery pack is cut @ 4 7/8″x4 7/8″.
  • The shaded bee is stamped with delightful dijon and a basic black die cut bee adhered over the image.  These were then fussy cut with Snips and for a two of the bees I cut the wings and rearranged them for different in-flight looks.
  • Clear Wink of Stella was added to the bees and the dragonfly.
  • The sentiment was stamped & embossed (I later redid this one when my eyes in more light saw how badly it embossed!)

This second card uses the same paper stack, card stock colors, Dragonfly Dreams bundled set, but it does not include the Build It set on the outside, but a Delightful Dijon hexagon and bee (exactly as above) on the interior Very Vanilla writing area/liner of the card.

Offsetting the regular layers-card base: 4.25″x5.5′, black layer 4″x5.25″, DSP layer: 3.75″x5″ gives a different look and adds movement to this dragonfly card. Clear Wink of Stella on the dragonfly & inside bee and gold metallic thread make this a quick card to put together.

By combining the hexagon from the Build It Framelits and the bee in the Dragonfly Dreams set I will find myself using both sets more. **Today’s Tip: Always look around and see what uses you may have by combining the sets you own.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

 

 

Falling In Love DSP Scrapbook Layout

The Falling In Love DSP which is available in the Stampin’ Up! 2017 Occasions catalog has some great designs for cards and scrapbook pages alike.

Today, I’m sharing a simple scrapbook layout with the floral Rich Razzleberry pattern which comes in this 12″x12″ Falling In Love paper pack.

On the page above, I simply cut 5 Rich Razzleberry card stock pieces at 4.25″x4.25″ and spaced  4 of them 1/4″ from sides; centering the last as a center diamond.  This leaves space for 5 4″x4″ photos, or as I did here- an embellishment with the Jar of Love stamps & dies in the center.

Since you typically get 2 of each pattern in a pack of DSP (unless it is a specialty paper), it makes it easy to do double page layouts using the DSP as the background paper.

Using DSP as your background paper provides interest and can provide texture too, depending on the paper.

As you see in the second page of the layout, I continued with the Jar of Love products on a Stitched Shapes Framelits Oval to create the area which will hold a title/journal area.  The photo mats for this page are 4.25″x6.25″ and 3.25″x4.25″.  These mats are spaced 1/2″ from sides and each other.

These pages went together quickly for me.  It did help that I had previously stamped and cut the Jar of Love materials when I was working on another project.

The design for these pages creates easy layout template where many other patterned papers and stamp/die sets could be substituted to make another theme.  Try substituting the Falling In Love DSP for the Urban Underground DSP and the Jar of Love items for the Build It tools.  Do both layouts & add photos and check Mother’s Day and Father’s Day off your list!

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

 

 

Pegboard card with the Build It Framelits

One of the first things that comes to mind when I think of tools is a childhood memory of the pegboard covered wall in the garage with hanging tools.  So, it is the first thing I wanted to recreate with the Build It Framelits when I got them.

I decided not to use any of the tool stamps in the bundle to create this card I wanted to focus on just the Build It Framelits. I cut everything in silver foil paper first. Then because I was just using the framelits, the saw & other dies had to get a few modifications.

  1. The Soft Suede handle of the saw was cut by first cutting as is, then moving the die so the outside cut of the handle would remove the teeth-end of the saw and in the process create that nice curved edge.
  2. This handle was layered over the silver foil saw.
  3. Then silver foil circles (from the Owl Builder Punch) were added.
  4. Also, since the saw die creates a flat edge, I had to use my Stampin’ Up! Snips in order to create the jagged edge of the saw and to cut tops off the screws to create a flat nails.
  5. Lastly, the Snips were used to trim pieces from the screws to make the screwdriver handle highlights.

My paper piercing tool & piercing mat came in very handy with this project…

Many hammers I’ve owned & used have black grip handle; the paper piercing tool recreates this look well.

Recreate the pegboard by using your paper piercing tool, the piercing mat, and grid paper. Place your card stock between the grid and piercing mat and push the pointed piercing tool through the layers; No need to go very deep into the piercing mat-you just need to go through your grid paper & card stock fully.

*Note: If you use your piercing mat as a stamping mat also, flip it over and use the back side to pierce as you will get holes from piercing.  Then you’ll have a flat stamp side/bumpy piercing side in the future.

The last use of the paper piercing tool was to turn the circles, which are cut out when the hexagon nuts are cut, into screws (as you would see from a top view).  By gently brushing the edge (not pointy end!) of the paper piercing tool over the silver foil paper you can create the indents.

Adding silver metallic thread also adds a wire look to the project.

To finish the inside I put the ruler at the top  (trimmed down the size to fit) and a few die cuts I had leftover.

I didn’t use any stamps on this project at the point it was photographed, but the banner area created with the Build It dies on the front of the card left me room to stamp a sentiment with Black Stazon later (careful, foil paper can be slippery, but Stazon works best).

I’ll be showing more projects with these dies and the matching stamps which can be bundled for a discounted price.  Some projects will not be construction or tool projects either.

My tip to anyone who has plans to purchase the Build It Framelits or bundled set is to order it now.  Get it BEFORE Father’s Day gets close and it sells more.  Frequently, Easter, Mother’s Day & Father’s Day items (and other holidays too) sell more as the event dates approach.  This often causes sell-outs or back order delays.  So, you know that old saying…”The early bird gets the worm.”   …If you want it in time, buy early!

Until next time…

-Joanne

Hello Lovely Jar of Love Scrapbook Layout

This hello lovely Jar of Love (stamps & die bundle) layout  turned out better than I imagined it in my head.  

It took a considerable amount of time stamping and die-cutting all the flowers for this page, but I am very pleased with the end results.

I’ve always liked the combination of pink & green.  The Mint Macaron & Blushing Bride card stocks are great together for this combination.  Having not been a big fan of Mint Macaron when it debuted in 2015, I can now say that I will sorely miss this color as it leaves in May after it’s 2-year stint in the In-Color family line of 2015-2017.  But as it goes, I’m sure something wonderful will take the place it has now fondly filled in my heart. Perhaps I’ll need time warming up to those 2017-2019 In-Colors too, or I may love them instantly.  I can’t wait to find out in the next few months what they’ll be!  …And perhaps some time my day will be made and all my favorite colors will return to the line-up so that I can play with them again.  …Okay, I’ll stop dreaming now!

Speaking of dreaming though, this page really gave me that dreamy-girl feeling.  Perhaps it is the color combination: In addition to the colors already mentioned, there is the Black & White bold striped paper from the Pop of Pink DSP, Wisteria Wonder, Peekaboo Peach, and Flirty Flamingo Inks, & the added touch of Gold Foil paper for the leaves & heart.

I’ve been stingy  …frugal? … cheap? in the past and didn’t used much of this foil paper.  I’m a convert!  This page would not be the same without it!  Please don’t be like I was, waiting for the perfect moment to break out the foil paper.  It really is that little something that can take your projects from okay to WOW!

The Stitched Shapes Framelits also add that extra touch to the center embellishment.  The “hello lovely” is a stamp in the Hello Lovely Project Life accessories pack.  And that bow- LOVE that cute bow which is from the Holly Berry Happiness & matching Punch which carried over from the 2016 Holiday catalog.  I find myself putting that bow on quite a few things these days.

Yes, this page took a bit of time and a few more supplies than my usual designs. But I did it in steps; While I was double stamping the Jar of Love flowers, (All done with same color per flower, just by over-stamping same color for highlight color until shading was the darkness desired-A nice stamp positioner is helpful for this process!) I just made a whole pile of them for this project and future projects before even starting the layout.  Then I could just play around as I created.

As I mentioned, May will come around and some products will retire whether we like it or not.  If there is something in the Annual catalog you want, don’t wait for the retired list to come out and things to go away.  Stock up on any out-going 2015-2017 In-Color paper, Inks, & Ink Refills now while they are still in stock.

You can shop with me thru this LINK.  And remember, every $50.00 US still earns you a FREE SAB catalog product during Sale-A-Bration (ending March 31, 2017).

And if you really like getting a deal, you can become a demonstrator yourself.  For $99.00 USD you can get up to $125.00 in products which YOU choose!  Plus, sign up before March 31, 2017 and you will be able to select your choice of TWO extra stamp sets—any price, from any catalog (with the exception of Sale-A-Bration sets and bundles)-That’s up to $104.00 in FREE stamps if you choose the most expensive 2 stamp sets! There is never any obligation to continue purchasing the products after purchasing your personalized starter kit, unless you wish to continue maintaining demonstrator status.  You can read more and if you choose, sign up HERE. It is a great way to build your supply stash even if you choose only to join only for your own supplies!   If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

I think I’m going to go play some more with the extra bits I’ve stamped & punched from the Jar of Love stamp/die bundle.

Until next time…

-Joanne