Sunday, June 11, 2017

Guy Card (Stamp Camp North Card 6/10/2017)

Hi, folks!  This is the card we made at my table at yesterday's Stamp Camp North -- a guy card just in time for Father's Day.

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This sample card reads "thinking of you," but the stamp set I used for the greeting (Teeny Tiny Wishes) has 24 different greetings from which you can select, including happy birthday, get well wishes, thank you, with sympathy, happy father's day, etc.


Stamp Sets
* Lovely as a Tree
* Teeny Tiny Wishes

* Early Espresso (8-1/2" x 5-1/2")
* Tranquil Tide (3-1/4" x 3-1/4"; 2-5/8" x 7/8")
* Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack ("DSP") (3" x 3"; 2-3/8" x 5/8")
* Glossy White card stock (2-5/8" x 2-5/8"; scrap for label)

* Lemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin' Pad
* Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin' Pad
* Memento (Tuxedo Black)
* Stampin' Write Markers:  Early Espresso and Soft Suede

Accessories and Tools
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Pinewood Planks 3D Dynamic Embossing Folder
* Classic Label Punch
* Adhesives: SNAIL Adhesive; Stampin' Dimensionals

Found Items
* 1/2" Spouncers (small sponge daubers on wooden handles found at local craft store)

(NOTE:  SNAIL Adhesive used throughout unless otherwise indicated)

1. Score 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" card stock at 4-1/4"; fold away from score line to form card.

2. Use Big Shot and embossing folder to add texture to front of card.

3. Use Memento Ink to stamp tree on 2-5/8" x 2-5/8" Glossy White card stock and to stamp sentiment on scrap of Glossy White card stock.  (NOTE:  This takes a few minutes to dry; you need to make sure it's completely dry before moving on to the next step.)

4. Using small sponge dauber and Lemon Lime Stampin' Pad, add light base of color to tree and ground below the tree.  Switch to the Tranquil Tide Stampin' Pad, and fill in with the darker color to add dimension to the tree and the ground below.  Use brush end of Soft Suede marker to color the tree trunk; use Early Espresso to add some shading and depth.

5. Adhere the 3" x 3" DSP to the Tranquil Tide 3-1/4" x 3-1/4" card stock; adhere the 2-5/8" x 2-5/8" Glossy White card stock over the DSP.  Use Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere this piece to the front of the card as shown.

6. Adhere the 2-3/8" x 5/8" DSP to the 2-5/8" x 7/8" Tranquil Tide card stock; punch out sentiment with Classic Label Punch and adhere it over the DSP.  Use Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere this piece to the front of the card below tree image as shown.

Don't forget the inside!  For the inside piece, I used Crumb Cake ink to stamp a few of the leaf images from the Lovely as a Tree set on a 5-1/4" x 4" piece of Whisper White card stock.  I also used Crumb Cake to stamp an image of the tree on the front of the envelope, and then added a few random leaf images on the flap.

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That's it!  My "Bob-approved" guy card!  (I've been so used to putting big fluffy bows on so many of my recent cards that this one felt plain and kind of bare . . . but when I showed it to my husband, he said, "Cath, it's a GUY CARD!  It's not supposed to have ribbons and bows!  It's finished!!!")

Hope you enjoy this card!

Cathy  ;D

Friday, June 2, 2017

Daisy Delight Card (with instructions)

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As promised, following are the materials list and instructions for the card made with the new Daisy Delight stamp set and Daisy punch.


Stamp Set
* Daisy Delight

* Whisper White Thick card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2")
* Daffodil Delight card stock (4-3/4" x 3-1/2")
* Whisper White card stock (4-1/2" x 3-1/4"; 4" x 2-3/4")
* Designer Series Paper (DSP) - Daffodil Delight (4-1/4" x 3")
** NOTE:  This paper is now retired, but any coordinating designer series paper would work)

* Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin' Pad
* Memento Ink Pad - Tuxedo Black

Accessories and Tools
* Daisy punch
* Solid Black Baker's Twine
* Adhesives:  SNAIL Adhesive; Stampin' Dimensionals; Glue Dot

(NOTE: SNAIL Adhesive used throughout unless otherwise indicated)

1. Score 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" thick card stock at 4-1/4"; fold away from score line to create card base.

2. Adhere 4-3/4" x 3-1/2" Daffodil Delight card stock to card front; adhere 4-1/2" x 3-1/4" Whisper White card stock over Daffodil Delight; adhere 4-1/4" x 3" DSP over Whisper White.

3. Punch Daisy out of 4" x 2-3/4" Whisper White card stock.  Use Memento Ink to stamp Thank You near bottom of card stock; adhere to front of card over DSP.  Use Memento Ink to stamp daisy petals on punched out daisy; use Daffodil Delight ink to stamp center of daisy.  Use Stampin' Dimensional to adhere punched out daisy shape to center of daisy on card front, turning slightly so yellow background petals show between white petals.

4. Make a small bow from Baker's Twine and adhere to upper left hand corner of DSP with a Glue Dot.

Pretty easy, right?!  A nice, freshly cut flower for a friend!

Cathy ;D

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Stampin' Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog Now Available

The new catalog from Stampin' Up! went live today at noon.  YIPPEE!!!  Always exciting to see the new products and new In Colors.

You can view the new catalog online by clicking on the link to the right.

Here's my first card using one of the new stamp sets (Daisy Delight) and coordinating punch.  (Supplies and instructions will follow soon.)

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Be sure to check my Upcoming Stampin' Events page to see where I'll be this month -- including details about my New Catalog Open House on June 17!

Looking forward to another great Stampin' Up! year full of fun and creativity!

Cathy ;D

Monday, May 22, 2017

Friendship Card (Rose Hill Stamp Camp 5/20/2017)

Wanted to get this posted yesterday, but it just didn't happen ....  In any event, here is the card we made at my table at Rose Hill Stamp Camp this past Saturday.

These instructions are a bit long, but I was having a rough time explaining how to construct the card, so I included lots of photos.  (It's way easier to make than it is to explain . . . .)

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Stamp Set
* Awesomely Artistic
* Mint Macaron card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"; 2-1/8" square) (retiring 5/31/2017)
* Whisper White card stock (5-1/4" x 4"; 1-7/8" square) 
* Island Indigo card stock (5-1/4" x 5")
* Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper ("DSP") (5" x 3-3/4") (retiring 5/31/2017)
* Island Indigo Classic Stampin' Pad
* Mint Macaron Classic Stampin' Pad (retiring 5/31/2017)
Accessories and Tools
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Layering Squares Framelits Dies
* Corner Rounder Punch (retiring 5/31/2017)
* Linen Thread
* Adhesives: SNAIL Adhesive; Glue Dots; Stampin' Dimensionals (Optional: Tombow Liquid Glue; Tear and Tape)
1. Score Mint Macaron 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" card stock at 4-1/4"; fold away from score line to create card base.
2. Position 5-1/2" x 5" Island Indigo card stock on scoring board with 5" edge against the top of the board.  Score at 4-1/4" from left side (this will create a 3/4" flap to the right).  (See diagram below.)
3. Measure and mark 2-3/4" from top along left edge, as well as 2-3/4" from left side at both top and bottom.  Draw a line from the left edge mark to both the top mark and the bottom mark, and then cut with scissors or paper trimmer.  Use corner rounder punch to trim corner.  Discard the two triangular pieces.
4. Using the 2-3/8" square die and the Big Shot, cut out a square near the corner just created on the Island Indigo card stock (refer to photos for placement).
5. Fold flap away from score line created in Step 2 above.  Apply adhesive to inside of flap and adhere to back of right edge of Mint Macaron card base.  (See photos below.)
The basic construction of the card is now finished.  When you fold it, you will fold the Front of the card to the right, and then fold the flap over it.  (See photos below.)
Now to embellish a little . . . .
6. Referring to card, use Island Indigo ink to stamp splatter images on the flap.
7. Place a glue dot where you want the bow to go, and attach one end of the linen thread to the glue dot.  Wrap thread around the flap twice, and adhere again to glue dot; trim excess.  Make a loopy bow from linen thread and attach with a second glue dot to cover the ends.
8. Adhere 5-1/4" x 4" Whisper White card stock to front of card; adhere 5" x 3-3/4" DSP over the card stock.
9. Use 1-7/8" square die and Big Shot to cut the Whisper White square; use 2-1/8" square die to cut Mint Macaron square.  Use Island Indigo ink to stamp "Friend" and dragonfly images on Whisper White square.  Use Mint Macaron and splatter image to add background splatters to Whisper White.  Adhere Whisper White square to Mint Macaron square.  (NOTE:  I stamped the splatter once on scratch paper before stamping on card stock to get a softer color.  Kind of hard to see on the photo above, so here's a closeup.) 
10.  Apply Stampin' Dimensionals to back of Mint Macaron card stock.  IMPORTANT:  Fold flap over front and center this piece inside square cutout; remove backing from Stampin' Dimensionals and adhere to front of card.
Don't forget about the inside!!!
11.  For the inside I again used Mint Macaron ink (stamped off once on scrap paper) to stamp the splatters images and the bar across the center.  I used Island Indigo to stamp a sentiment from Wetlands (also retiring May 31, 2017) across the bar.
Whew!  We're finally finished!!!!
Hope you enjoy this design.  I would truly like to give credit to the person who inspired this card, but I can't for the life of me find the photo again!  If and when I do, I'll give proper credit to that person.
If you've stuck with me to the end, thanks for reading this REALLY LONG post!
Cathy  ;D

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Fun Fold Card (5/13/2017 Stamp Camp North)

This is the card we made at my table at Stamp Camp North on May 13.  This was my "last chance card" for many of the items before they retire on May 31!!!

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Stamp Set
* One Big Meaning

* Tip Top Taupe card stock (5-1/2" x 4-1/4") (retiring May 31, 2017)
* Very Vanilla card stock (5-1/8" x 3-7/8")
* Falling in Love Designer Series Paper ("DSP") (12" x 5-1/4") (retiring May 31, 2017)

* Tip Top Taupe Classic Stampin' Pad (retiring May 31, 2017)

Accessories and Tools
* Bitty Butterfly punch (retiring May 31, 2017)
* Elegant Butterfly punch (retiring May 31, 2017)
* Classic Label punch
* Linen Thread (about 15")
* White Perfect Accents
* Stampin' Sponge (I cut mine into fourths for ease of use)
* Adhesives:  SNAIL Adhesive, Glue Dots, Tombow Multi Liquid Glue (optional)

(SNAIL Adhesive used to assemble this card unless otherwise indicated.)

1. Score DSP at 4" and 8".  On BACK SIDE of DSP, make a small mark at top of 4" score line and at bottom of 8" score line.  Also make a mark on right edge of paper at 1-3/4" from bottom.  Use a pencil to draw a line from 4" mark at top of paper to 1-3/4" mark on right edge; draw a second line from 8" mark at bottom of paper to 1-3/4" mark on right edge.  Use scissors or a paper cutter to cut along both of these lines.  (See template below.)

2. The basic card construction is simply to fold the left pointed panel toward you and adhere it to the middle panel; then fold the first two panels together to form a card.  (See photos below.)  I did a lot of sponging around all the edges of all of my card stock and DSP pieces before assembling the card, but that's an optional step. 

3. This piece now is glued to the 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" Tip Top Taupe card stock; the 5-1/8" x 3-7/8" Very Vanilla card stock goes inside the card.

4. The rest of this card is just embellishment.  Punch the butterflies from the leftover triangles of DSP and sponge color around the edges before adhering to the card with Tombow Liquid Glue or Glue Dots.  (TIP:  Before sponging the butterflies, fold them in half backwards.  This makes it easy to sponge color on the fold to create the center line.  This also makes it easier to sponge color in the area between the wings.)

5. The sentiment was stamped on a scrap of Very Vanilla card stock, punched out with the Classic Label punch, and then sponged around the edges.  The three-loop bow was attached with a Glue Dot.  Finally, the self-adhesive White Perfect Accents were added randomly here and there.

Below is my instruction board.  This shows all of the pieces parts and also the steps to assemble the card.

This was a great way to use up DSP!  The cards pictured below were made from the other designs in the Falling in Love DSP pack.

Hope you enjoy this card!  It's easy-peasy to make and there are so many possibilities for different seasons and occasions!

Until the next time . . . .

Cathy  ;D

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Bright, Cheery Card (Sassy Chic Stampers Stamp Camp 05/06/2017)

Hi, folks!  For my first May stamp camp I decided to make something bright and cheery . . . and I also wanted to use up some of my remaining Festive Birthday DSP.

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  • Birthday Fiesta (flowers)
  • Watercolor Wings (sentiment)
  • Melon Mambo card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"; 4-1/4" x 3"; 3" x 2")
  • Whisper White card stock (5-1/4" x 4"; 2-3/4" X 1-3/4")
  • Crushed Curry card stock (5-1/8" x 3-7/8")
  • Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper ("DSP") (4" x 2-3/4")
  • Melon Mambo Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Memento Pad (Tuxedo Black)
  • Accessories and Tools
  • Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
  • Festive Embossing Folder
  • Linen Thread
  • Adhesives:  SNAIL Adhesive; Stampin' Dimensionals; Glue Dot

(SNAIL Adhesive used throughout unless otherwise indicated.)
  1. Score 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" Melon Mambo card stock at 4-1/4"; fold away from score line to create card base.
  2. Adhere Whisper White 5-1/4" x 4" card stock to card front.
  3. Use Festive Embossing Folder and Big Shot to add texture to Crushed Curry card stock.  Adhere to card front over Whisper White card stock.
  4. Adhere 4-1/4" x 3" Melon Mambo card stock over Crushed Curry card stock.
  5. Adhere 4" x 2-3/4" DSP over Melon Mambo card stock.
  6. Use Memento ink to stamp sentiment on 2-3/4" x 1-3/4" card stock as shown; use Melon Mambo ink to stamp flowers (stamp center flower first, then stamp one flower on each side, overlapping the small flowers).  Adhere to 3" x 2" Melon Mambo card stock.  Use Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere to front of card over DSP.
  7. Make a triple-loop bow from Linen Thread and attach over center flower with a Glue Dot.
This is a great sentiment that can be used for a Mother's Day, birthday, thank you, or just a friendship card.

Pictured below is the board I used to show how the card was assembled.  NOTE:  The bottom row shows how I finished the inside of the card.

Hope you enjoy this card!

Cathy  ;D

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Spring Card (updated with instructions)

This is the card I made for the card swap at my April 17th Front Range Stampers meeting.  And I'm pleased to say that this time it's my own original design!  No CASE-ing here!

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The background paper was made using a fun technique that I used in a class I attended about 1-1/2 weeks ago.  Another brand ink was used in that class, so I decided to try to do it with Stampin' Up! classic ink pads.  I love the look!  And the really fun thing is that each piece comes out looking totally different!


Stamp Sets
  • Bunch of Blossoms (flowers and leaves)
  • Jar of Love (jar and flower stem)
  • Watercolor Wings (sentiment)
  • Pear Pizzazz card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"; scraps for leaves)
  • Whisper White card stock (5-1/8" x 3-7/8")
  • Whisper White Thick OR regular weight card stock (5" x 3-1/2")
  • Daffodil Delight card stock (scraps for petals)
  • Vellum card stock (about 2-1/2" x 2" for jar)
  • Crushed Curry Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Sweet Sugarplum Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Pear Pizzazz Stampin' Pad
  • Pear Pizzazz Stampin' Write Marker
  • Pear Pizzazz Refill Ink
  • Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad
Accessories and Tools
  • Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
  • Everyday Jars Framelits Dies
  • Blossom Builder Punch
  • Linen Thread
  • Stampin' Spritzer
  • Aqua Painter
  • Adhesives:  SNAIL Adhesive; Glue Dots; Stampin' Dimensionals; Tombow Liquid Glue
  • Optional:  Heat Tool
  • Non-stick Craft Sheet
  • Paper Towels

(NOTE:  SNAIL Adhesive used to assemble this card unless otherwise indicated)
  1. Score 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" card stock at 4-1/4"; fold away from score line to create card base.
  2. Adhere 5-1/8" x 3-7/8" white card stock to front of card.
  3. Press Daffodil Delight stampin' pad directly onto non-stick craft sheet; repeat with Sweet Sugarplum stampin' pad, leaving about 1/2" space between the two colors.  Spritz with water.  Place 5" x 3-1/2" white card stock onto watered-down ink and tap lightly; pick up and rotate the cardstock and repeat.  Flip card stock over and place on paper towel to dry, or for quicker results, use a heat tool to dry the paper.
  4. Fill Aqua Painter with water and several drops of Pear Pizzazz refill ink.  Splatter across card stock by tapping against your finger.  Air dry or use your heat tool to dry card stock completely.
  5. Use Memento ink to stamp sentiment.
  6. Use Old Olive ink to stamp flower stem. (NOTE:  This is a photopolymer stamp, so you can bend it to the shape you want.)  The stem wasn't quite long enough for me, so I used the brush end of the Pear Pizzazz marker to extend it about 1/2" longer at the top.
  7. Use Pear Pizzazz stampin' pad to apply ink directly to edges of inked and stamped card stock.  Center and adhere card stock to front of card.
  8. Use Memento ink to stamp medium-sized jar on vellum card stock.  NOTE:  This paper is non-porous, so it will take a while to dry . . . or you can use your heat tool to dry it more quickly.  BEWARE:  Vellum card stock can scorch easily if the heat tool is held in one spot for too long. 
  9. When ink is completely dry, cut out jar with Framelits die.  Wrap linen thread twice around neck of jar and adhere in back with a glue dot.  Use glue dots (one in each corner) to adhere jar to card over stamped stem.
  10. Use Crushed Curry ink to stamp three small petal shapes on Daffodil Delight card stock.  (NOTE:  This is a three-step stamp -- the first is a solid image of the petal; the second is the highlighted portion of the petal; and the third is an outline of the petal.  I used only the second stamp to make these petals.)  Punch out petals; glue together with liquid glue to create flower.
  11. Use Old Olive ink to stamp two leaves and base of flower on Pear Pizzazz card stock.  (NOTE:  I again used only the second image of the three-step stamps for these pieces.)  Punch out pieces.  Use liquid glue to adhere flower base to flower.
  12. Adhere flower at top of stem with 1/2 Stampin' Dimensional at top of flower and liquid glue at base of flower.  Use liquid glue to adhere one leaf to left side of stem as shown; apply liquid glue to back of second leaf and tuck just under lip of jar as shown.
  13. Make a three-loop bow and attach to jar with glue dot. 

Hope you enjoy this design -- it does take a little extra time to make your own original designer paper, but what a wonderful way to tell a special friend how much you care! 

NOTE:  While you've got all the materials out, why not make several sheets of designer paper at the same time and set them aside for future use?!  (I was able to make about 3 pieces from the watered down ink before wiping down the non-stick craft sheet and adding new ink.  I made 16 sheets total.)

Cathy  ;D