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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

An Easter Card from the Basket Builder Framelits

This Easter card made from the Stampin’ Up! Basket Builder framelits takes me back to the days when I’d go hunting for my hidden Easter basket first thing in the morning before we headed to church.  Our baskets always included marshmallow peeps, eggs (chocolate & dyed hard-boiled), a chocolate bunny, and various other goodies from toys to coloring books or school supplies we needed.  We always reused the same baskets, which were admittedly very large-and couldn’t be hidden in very many places so as we aged we discovered them more quickly since the same places seemed to be reused.  But the fun was in the discovery and love my parents put into the gifts.

This card features a rattan looking basket, die cut and inked in Crumb Cake, nestled in Garden Green grass and filled with die cut Peeps & some Pear Pizzazz grass trimmed to fit the basket.

Growing up in Pennsylvania, most of our Easter celebrations were held indoors because it was often raining outside.  So, I’ve included this in my card by using the rainy paper in the A Little Foxy DSP stack & some white die cut clouds created with the Up & Away Thinlits.

Perhaps you may not know that marshmallow peeps are also from Pennsylvania. So, it would be a rare Easter that those (then seasonal only) little Peeps & Chicks wouldn’t be in the basket or at least in the house.

I did not use the coordinating stamps for this particular card, but  I did buy the bundle and I expect to showcase other samples where the stamps & framelits were both used. I didn’t like that the stamp of the peep was missing a nose and the outline didn’t seem necessary for this card.  It was easy enough to hand dot/draw the eyes & nose with the black marker or my preference: the project life pens. This actually helped me produce them quicker too since I didn’t need to stamp first & line up the framelit to cut. I die cut first and drew faces on my whole pile of Peeps when I was done cutting. ***BTW: If this gives you an excuse to buy Peeps to see their little faces in real life, just blame it on research when you eat them.

By cutting the front of the blushing bride card stock 1/2″ shorter on one side (card stock will measure 4.25″x 10.5″ scored at 5.5″), I gave myself room to stamp “Happy Easter” from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set which is in view from the front and also when the card is open.  On the inside I also added 3 die cut peeps with hand drawn faces. My Peep inside colors = Sweet Sugarplum, Daffodil Delight & Soft Sky. I used Peekaboo Peach & Flirty Flamingo for others on the front of the card and I believe Mint Macaron & So Saffron might work well also.

A small rhinestone accent allows me to also skip the stamping on the chocolate bunny- created with Chocolate Chip card stock, of course and also the bow-Blushing Bride to match the card base color.

Easter is April 16th this year; only a few weeks to get some cards made & in the mail to arrive on time to a few family members who used to stop by and celebrate the holiday weekend with us. My Peeps 🙂

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

 

 

 

Swirly Scribbles Love Banner Layout

This Swirly Scribbles Love Banner quickly turns a scrapbook page into a simple layout to remember the one(s) you love on this Valentine’s Day.

Plus, this page shows some simple die (framelit & thinlet) techniques of Inlay & Overlay to create subtle, but nice dimensions to your projects.

  • Die cut your banner with the Swirly Scribbles dies.
  • Then using the same dies cut the designs in other colors. Here, the banner has had the heart & love cut (will use the Flirty Flamingo Swirly Scribbles die-cuts on another item), a Melon Mambo heart & Basic Black heart & love.
  • Then go back and create an inlay look by piecing portions of the design back together.
  • Don’t want to add all those small white layers you see above?  Don’t piece them. Back the banner with Whisper White card stock after you cut out the design- Doing this will not only be faster, but will also add more dimension to the banner cut-out areas.

By simply adding the above banner to a Contrasting Pop of Pink 3″x12″ strip and  12″x12″ background ( also from the Pop of Pink DSP), adding 2 photo mats (4.25″x6.25″), and creating an embellishment on which you can journal your photo details or a cute saying, you have created a layout in a short time.

When using your layering framelits, you can always use two sizes at the same time.  This creates an Overlay -Example below: Melon Mambo layer.  Use washi tape to maintain spacing while running both ovals at the same time through your Big Shot and you can cut the exterior & interior oval (or other layering shapes) at the same time and create more dimension on your finished embellishment.  Plus, you’ll have the smaller (inside) shape already cut for another project!

Just like stamps, inks, & punches, the framelits & thinlets have techniques you may wish to explore.  I hope the inlay & overlay techniques in this layout help you find more uses for these products, helping you to create dimension and interest to your final projects.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

 

Groundhog Paper Piecing

February 2nd of every year is marked by Pennsylvania’s most famous groundhog & weather prognosticator, Punxsutawney Phil.  On this day his handler’s take him from his posh home (a glass encased enclosure in the city park, for those who are wondering and haven’t been to Punxsutawney) and take him to Gobbler’s Knob so that he may be ceremoniously pulled from a log-shaped box and deliver his prediction for the upcoming 6 weeks of weather. If Phil sees his shadow, it is a prediction of 6 more weeks of winter; no shadow means an early Spring.  Of course, it would not be groundhog day without somehow incorporating a groundhog into your day.  So, today I share with you my groundhog creations, and his prediction results.

My groundhog is made with the bunny (ears trimmed with snips) from the NEW Basket Bunch dies in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog.  The teeth are hand cut. The cheeks & eyes are from the cookie cutter & owl builder punches and the grass/dirt is from the now retired jolly hat builder punch.

In the second version of Phil above, I only used the Basket Bunch dies and Owl builder punch (for all the circles needed).  The Basket Bunch dies include the die which will form the black shadow and grass, which I later used snips to cut in places to hide the groundhog and prevent overhang of the shadow.

Other dies used in both embellishments above included the Stitched Shapes framelits, Layering Oval framelits, and Layering circle framelits.

If you ever make it to this part of the world some February 2nd to see Phil in person and want to see where all the groundhog action takes place, get there before the sun rises, bundle up in very warm clothing, and look for this statue to point the way to the festivities…

The whole town has various unique groundhog statues which make great photo props.  You could make a day (or 2!) of it by getting photos with each one.  They are all different and fun to see.

Happy Groundhog Day!

Until next time…

-Joanne

Swirly Scribbles Black Cat

Have you seen the many Swirly Scribbles ideas floating around the internet?

Today, I have a quick post to show yet another idea with this versatile set of Stampin’ Up! thinlets dies- A black cat.  Just in time for Halloween AND National Cat Day in the U.S.A. -October 29th.

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This card uses the Swirly Scribbles thinlets dies for the body and tail of the cat.  I cut the barbs from the smaller circle to form the head and the tail piece was a ‘negative’ of that smaller circle also, leftover when cutting.  The ears were hand cut triangles.

A little bling was added to the Swirly Scribbles flower and Wonderful  Wreath framelits bow.

The Designer series paper is from the Pop of Pink collection. and is cut to 3.5″x5.5″ and matted onto basic black then offset onto a Pumpkin Pie card base.

The sentiment “Happy” from the Banners for You set was stamped and embossed in white onto a 1/2″x 1.75″ banner.

It is a simple card which any cat lover should enjoy; made easy by the some of the many dies available thru Stampin’ Up!

Want to check out other Stampin’ Up! products?   Click HERE.

Have fun crafting.

Until next time…

-Joanne