Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Stampin' with Baby Wipes Technique

Yesterday I led a quick, easy and fun make & take at my Front Range Stampers Stampin' Up! Demonstrators' meeting.  It's called Stamping with Baby Wipes, or simply Baby Wipe Technique.

Our project was to create these cute tags (click on any image below for closer look).




The technique is basically to fold a baby wipe in half or quarters and drizzle a few drops of different colors of refill ink onto the baby wipe.  Then you use the inked baby wipe as your Stampin' Pad.  It's just a fun technique and you can come up with some great color combinations.

For a great video tutorial on how to do this technique, visit Jackie Bolhuis's site:  https://klompenstampers.com/2017/06/new-video-stamping-baby-wipes.html

To make the tags pictured, I grabbed some 5-1/4" x 2-5/8" pre-made tags from my stash.  The ink I used was Daffodil Delight, Lemon-Lime Twist, and Tangerine Tango for the fruit slices, and Daffodil Delight and Lemon-Lime Twist for the leaves (from the Lemon Zest stamp set).  The words were stamped with Basic Black Archival Ink, and the tiny black splatters were made with an Aqua Painter and Basic Black Archival Ink (this technique is also shown in Jackie's video).

But don't stop at just stamping the images!!!  There's a lot of ink left in those baby wipes, so we went on to make more tags by swiping and/or daubing the inky wipes on the paper.



I also made a few smaller tags yesterday (these are 4-1/4" x 2-1/8") to use as examples.  For these I used Daffodil Delight and Pear Pizzazz Refill Ink with the bee image from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set. 


Making these tags is like eating popcorn -- so addictive!!!  I could spend an entire day just playing with my reinkers and baby wipes and tags!!!!  I hope you try this technique soon.

Cathy  ;D

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Daisy Delight Card (Stamp Camp North 7/15/2017)

Good morning, stampers!  Today I'm sharing with you the card we made at my table at Stamp Camp North yesterday.  What fun we had transforming daisies into coneflowers.

Thanks to Cindee Wilkinson for the idea for this card. You can view Cindee's original card at https://justspongeit.com/daisy-delight-cornflower.html.

Click on photo for closer look.

Materials

Stamps
* Daisy Delight

Paper
* Calypso Coral card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"
* Early Espresso card stock (5" x 3-3/4"; scraps for centers of flowers and oval)
* Whisper White card stock (4-13/16" x 3-9/16"; scrap for oval)
* Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper ("DSP") (about 5" x 2-1/2" for daisies)

Ink
* Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad
* Sahara Sand Classic Stampin' Pad
* Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin' Pad
* Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad

Accessories and Tools
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
* Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
* Layering Ovals Framelits Dies
* Daisy Punch
* 1/2" Circle Punch
* Adhesives:  SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tombow Liquid Glue or Glue Dots

Instructions
SNAIL Adhesive used to assemble 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.

2. Adhere 5" x 3-3/4" Early Espresso card stock to front of card.

3. Lightly rib Sahara Sand Classic Stampin' Pad across "bumpy" side of Brick Wall embossing folder.  Insert 4-13/16" x 3-9/16" Whisper White card stock into folder and run through Big Shot.

4. Use Tranquil Tide to stamp stems on Whisper White card stock.  Adhere to front of card over Early Espresso card stock.

5. Make two coneflowers (I used Tombow Liquid Glue to assemble these, but you also could use Glue Dots):
  • For each flower, use Memento Ink to stamp daisy image on DSP.  Punch out with Daisy punch.  Cut each daisy in half between petals.  Glue one half of the daisy on top of the other half, turning slightly so the bottom petals show between the top petals.
  • Place scrap of Early Espresso card stock in  Softly Falling embossing folder and run through Big Shot.  Punch 1/2" circle from textured card stock.  Glue to center of flower.
Use Tombow Liquid Glue or Glue Dots to attach flowers to card as shown.

6. Use Layering Ovals Framelits to cut one 2" oval from Whisper White card stock and one 2-1/4" oval from Early Espresso card stock.  Use Early Espresso ink to stamp sentiment on smaller oval; adhere to larger oval and attach to front of card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Don't forget the inside!

Click on photo for closer look.

Use Early Espresso ink to stamp "Thank You"; use Calypso Coral ink to stamp a row of small daisies across the bottom.

That's it!  A simple and easy way to say thanks!

Cathy  ;D

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Search Tool Added to My Blog

Just a quick note this morning to let you know I've now added a search tool to my blog page.  You will find it at the top of the column to the right.

So . . . if you're looking for ideas using certain stamp sets in your stash, you can simply type in the name of the stamp set and it will pull up any and all articles that I may have posted using that set.  (NOTE:  If there are no results, that means I've not used that set in any of my posted projects.)

Or . . . if you're looking for ideas to make a calendar, simply type "calendar" into the search box and you will see all of the articles I've posted showing the different types of calendars we've made in my classes over the past several years.

Thanks, by the way, to my friend Chris Pereira (http://mudmaven.blogspot.com) for the tip about adding this gadget to my blog!

Back soon with some great new card ideas!

Cathy :D

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.


Click on image for closer look.
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.

Materials

Stamp Sets
* Lovely as a Tree
* Teeny Tiny Wishes

Paper
* 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)

Ink
* 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)

Instructions
(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.

Click on image for closer look.
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)

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

Materials

Stamp Set
* Daisy Delight

Paper
* 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)

Ink
* 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

Instructions
(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.)

Click on image for closer look.
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 . . . .)


Click on any image for closer look.
Materials
 
Stamp Set
* Awesomely Artistic
 
Paper
* 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)
 
Ink
* 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)
 
Instructions
 
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!!!

Click on any photo for a closer look.

Materials

Stamp Set
* One Big Meaning

Paper
* 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)

Ink
* 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)

Instructions
(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.

Click on photo for closer look.
Materials

Stamps
  • Birthday Fiesta (flowers)
  • Watercolor Wings (sentiment)
Paper
  • 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")
Ink
  • 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

Instructions
(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!

Click on image for closer look.

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!


Materials

Stamp Sets
  • Bunch of Blossoms (flowers and leaves)
  • Jar of Love (jar and flower stem)
  • Watercolor Wings (sentiment)
Paper
  • 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)
Ink
  • 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
Miscellaneous
  • Non-stick Craft Sheet
  • Paper Towels

Instructions
(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

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Stampin' Up! Retired Items List Released

Howdy, folks!  Stampin' Up! has released its list of items that will be retired as of the end of May in preparation for the release of the new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog on June 1.

Please note that many of these items are on sale and all items are available ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST.

See list on my Current Promotions Page, and contact me to place your order or place your online order at http://cathyhansen.stampinup.net before these items disappear for good!

Note:  These items are listed in page number order.  "AC" refers to the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog; "OC" refers to the 2017 Occasions Catalog.  Click on the images for a larger view or to print them.  Please let me know if you would like me to e-mail this document or a sortable Excel version of this document.

Cathy Hansen
cathyscraftroom@gmail.com

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Rose Hill Stamp Camp Cards (March 25, 2017)

Another great day at Rose Hill Stamp Camp on March 25.  Check out the photos of our cards below.
 
Looking forward to our next camp on April 29.  (Visit my Upcoming Stampin' Events page for details.)
 
 
Cathy  ;D

Fiesta Birthday (Rose Hill Stamp Camp 03/25/2017)

This festive and fun birthday card was the one we made at my table at Rose Hill Stamp Camp last Saturday, March 25.  What a fun card!  Thanks to Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Linda Cullen for the great idea!  You can view more of Linda's creations at http://www.craftystampin.com/.

Click on photo for closer look.
Materials

Stamp Sets
* Birthday Fiesta (inside sentiment -- see below)
* Window Shopping (Happy Birthday)
 
Paper
* Whisper White Thick card stock (8-1/2” x 5-1/2; 2” x 2”)
* Whisper White card stock (4-1/4” x 3”)
* Melon Mambo card stock (5-1/4” x 4”; 4-3/8” x 3-1/8”)
* Scraps of the following card stock:  Emerald Envy, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie and Tempting Turquoise (1-1/16” x 1/4”); Crushed Curry (1-1/2” x 3/8”)
* Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper ("DSP") (5-1/8” x 3-7/8”)

Ink
* Melon Mambo Classic Stampin’ Pad
* Tempting Turquoise Classic Stampin’ Pad

Accessories and Tools
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Window Box Thinlits Dies (candles)
* Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies (square)
* Die Brush (with foam pad)
* Adhesives:
    SNAIL Adhesive
    Stampin’ Dimensionals
    Tombow Liquid Glue

Instructions
(Use SNAIL Adhesive unless otherwise indicated)

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

2. Adhere 5-1/4" x 4" Melon Mambo card stock to front of card; adhere DSP over card stock.

3. Use Melon Mambo ink for "Happy" and Tempting Turquoise ink for "Birthday" and stamp about 3/8" to 1/2" from bottom of 4-1/4" x 3" Whisper White card stock; adhere to 4-3/8" x 3-1/8" Melon Mambo card stock.  Use Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere Melon Mambo card stock over DSP.
  • (TIP:  I added refill ink to Uninked Stampin' Spots to ink up this stamp -- makes it easier to hit the target when you're using two different colors.  You also could use the brush end of Stampin' Write Markers.)
4. Use Big Shot and dies to cut square with candles from Thick Whisper White card stock.  Use Die Brush and Foam Pad to remove all of the little excess pieces from the candles -- or poke out all the little pieces with a paper-piercing tool or the tip of your scissors.
  • (NOTE:  Line up candles die inside of the Stitched Square Framelits die so you need to run it through Big Shot only once.)
5. Cut small pieces of card stock (see above) and use small dots of Liquid Glue to adhere them behind the candles and flames so the colors show through on the front.  Use Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere to front of card as shown.

DON'T FORGET THE INSIDE!!!

Click on photo for closer look.

6. For the inside, I mounted the sentiment on one block  and stamped it with Tempting Turquoise ink on a 5-1/4" x 4" piece of Whisper White card stock.  Then I lined up the flower garlands on a separate block and stamped them with Melon Mambo ink.  Since this is a photopolymer stamp set, it's easy to see where to position the stamps so they line up perfectly.
  • NOTE:  Although not essential, I stamped the inside for this card on a separate piece of card stock rather than stamping directly on the card base.  I did this for two reasons:  1)  If your ink pad is particularly juicy, the ink could bleed through to the back of the card; and 2) this second piece of card stock gives a nice weight to the card, which to me translates into better quality.
Hope you enjoy this card as much as I did!

Cathy  ;D

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Happy Easter Card (Front Range Stampers Swap 3/20/2017)

Easter was the card swap theme at my Front Range Stampers demo meeting this month, so I chose the card below -- a fun and colorful Easter egg!

Click on image for closer look.
NOTE:  If you search Pinterest, you will find numerous variations of this idea.  I combined several of them to come up with this design.


Materials

Stamp Sets
* Happy Celebrations (2017 Occasions Mini Catalog)
* Suite Sentiments (inside) (2017 Occasions Mini Catalog)
* Perpetual Birthday Calendar (inside)

Paper
* Wisteria Wonder card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"; 4” x 3” for inset; small scrap for flower)

* Whisper White card stock (5-1/4" x 4"; small scraps for flowers)
* Daffodil Delight card stock (small scrap for flower)
* Sweet Sugarplum card stock (small scrap for flower)
* Pear Pizzazz (small scrap for leaves)

Ink
* Wisteria Wonder Classic Stampin’ Pad
* Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin’ Pad
* Marina Mist Classic Stampin’ Pad
* Sweet Sugarplum Classic Stampin’ Pad
* Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin’ Pad

Accessories and Tools
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits Dies
* Rose Garden Thinlits Dies
* Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies
* Fluttering Embossing Folder
* Petite Petals Punch
* Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine
* Pearls Embellishments (smallest size)
* Adhesives: SNAIL Adhesive; Stampin' Dimensionals; Tombow Liquid Glue; Glue Dots


Instructions

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

2. Use largest oval shape in the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies to cut an egg from the center of the 5-1/4" x 4" Whisper White card stock.  Use the Fluttering embossing folder to create texture.

3. On 4" x 3" Whisper White card stock, stamp the paint streak from Happy Celebrations several times in several colors.  The colors I used for my card are listed above in the order I stamped them; for the Marina Mist and Sweet Sugarplum only, I stamped once on scrap paper before stamping on the card stock to get a lighter shade that matched the intensity of the other three colors.  (Don't forget to clean your stamp between colors . . . .) 

4. Line up and adhere 4" x 3" card stock to back of 5-1/4" x 4" textured cardstock so stripes show through oval.  (NOTE:  The stamp in this set is a straight paint streak; however, since it's photopolymer, it's pretty flexible and allows you to bend it into a gentle curve when you attach it to your acrylic block.)

5. Adhere 5-1/4" x 4" card stock to card front.

6. You can use any combination of flowers and leaves to embellish your Easter egg; the card stock colors and the dies/punches I used were:
  • Leaves - Pear Pizzazz (Rose Garden Thinlits Dies)
  • White Flower - Whisper White (Bloomin' Hearts Thinlits Dies)
  • Small Purple Flower - Wisteria Wonder (Bloomin' Hearts Thinlits Dies)
  • Large Yellow Flower - Daffodil Delight (Rose Garden Thinlits Dies)
  • Pink-ish Flower - Sweet Sugarplum (Petite Petals Punch)
  • Small White Flower - Whisper White (Bloomin' Hearts Thinlits Dies)
I used Tombow Liquid Glue to adhere the leaves and the yellow flower to the card, and also to adhere the small flowers to the larger flowers, which I then adhered to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

7. Make a small three-loop bow from Crushed Curry Baker's Twine and attach over yellow flower with a glue dot.

8. Finally, add tiny little pearls to the centers of the two remaining flowers.

DON'T FORGET THE INSIDE!!!!

Click on image for closer look.

9. For the inside of the card. use Wisteria Wonder ink to stamp the Easter sentiment from Suite Sentiments on a piece of 5-1/4" x 4" Whisper White card stock.  (I used my MISTI to stamp it so I could line it up perfectly and then stamp it twice with Wisteria Wonder ink to intensify the color.)

10.  For the butterflies, use Sweet Sugarplum ink and stamp the image once on scrap paper before stamping on the card stock to get a lighter shade of that color.

That's it -- a perfect Easter egg!!!

Cathy  ;D




 


Friday, March 17, 2017

Stamp Camp North Cards (March 11, 2017)

The theme for Stamp Camp North this month was folds.  Below are all the beautiful cards the demos came up with.  Hope you enjoy them!  (Click on images for closer look.)

Cathy  ;D


 
 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Finn's Birthday Card (Tri-Panel Accordion)

Starting the week with a bright and cheery card I made yesterday evening for my sweet grandson's 6th birthday.  This shows the adaptability of the Tri-Panel Accordion card I featured yesterday morning.

Click on images for closer look.

 
 
To embellish this card I used Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, and Real Red card stock and Designer Series Paper (from the Brights Designer Series Paper Stack), as well as the Balloon Builder Punch.  (NOTE:  The letters I used for Happy Birthday are not Stampin' Up! -- for these I used a die from my personal stash.)
 
See measurements and instructions for the basic Tri-Panel Accordion card on yesterday's post: http://cathyscraftroom.blogspot.com/2017/03/tri-panel-accordion-card-stamp-camp.html.
 
Hope you enjoy this one!
 
Cathy  ;D


Sunday, March 12, 2017

Tri-Panel Accordion Card (Stamp Camp North 3/11/2017)

Happy First Day of Daylight Savings Time!!!  This one snuck up on me -- just wasn't paying attention.  So it was a shocker this morning for me when I woke up at 4 a.m. and it was now 5 a.m.!  So the first order of business this morning was to wander around my house changing the time on all my clocks.  I don't guess I really mind DST; but I was a little bit bummed this morning that it was still dark outside at 6 a.m.

Anyway . . . on to today's card!  We made this accordion card at my table at Stamp Camp North yesterday (this month's theme was unusual folds).  This card goes together very quickly and is a great way to get rid of small pieces of Designer Series Paper.

Click on any photo for closer look.

  
The inspiration for this card came from a monthly newsletter I receive from Technique Junkies (http://techniquejunkies.com/).  The Tri-Fold Accordion card was featured in the January issue -- I tweaked it a little for my card.
 
 
Materials
 
Paper
* Rich Razzleberry card stock (card back: 5-1/2" x 4-1/4"; front panel: 5-1/8" x 1-3/8"; center panel: 5-1/8" X 2-3/8"; back panel: 5-1/8" x 1-1/2"; about 2-1/2" x 2" for tag) 
* Sweet Sugarplum card stock (center panel: 5" x 2-1/4")
* Whisper White card stock (12" x 5-1/2")
* Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper ("DSP") (front panel: 5" x 1-1/4"; back panel: 5" x 1-3/8")
* Silver Foil Paper (about 2-1/2" x 2" for flower on tag)
 
Tools and Accessories
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Timeless Tags Thinlits Dies (2017 Occasions Mini Catalog)
* Fluttering Embossing Folder
* Linen Thread
* Silver Metallic Thread
* Adhesives:  SNAIL Adhesive; Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue; Glue Dots
 
Instructions
(SNAIL Adhesive used throughout unless otherwise indicated)
 
1. Score 12" z 5-1/4" card stock at 4", 6-1/2", 9" and 10-1/2"; fold accordion-style, beginning with a "mountain" fold, and ending with a "valley" fold.  (See photo below.)
 
 
2. Adhere 5" x 1-1/4" DSP to 5-1/8" x 1-3/8" card stock; adhere card stock to front panel.
 
3. Use Big Shot and embossing folder to add butterflies texture to 5" x 2-1/4" Sweet Sugarplum card stock; adhere to 5-1/8" x 2-3/8" Rich Razzleberry card stock; adhere card stock to center panel.
 
4. Adhere 5" x 1-3/8" DSP to 5-1/8" x 1-1/2" card stock; adhere card stock about 1/8" from right edge of back panel.
 
5. Adhere back of last panel to 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" card stock.
 
6. Use Big Shot and thinlits dies to cut one solid oval tag from Rich Razzleberry card stock; cut flower detailed tag from Silver Foil.  Use tiny dots of Tombow Liquid Glue to adhere silver flower tag to solid oval tag.  Apply adhesive to back of tag (left side only) and adhere to front panel.
 
7. Make a three-loop bow from Linen Thread and Silver Metallic Thread held together and adhere to top of tag with a Glue Dot.
 
I think this also would make a great kid's card using bright colors of card stock and attaching balloons instead of the flower tag.  If I have time to try one this afternoon I'll share it with you tomorrow.
 
Cathy  ;D 

Monday, March 6, 2017

Garbage Truck Card

Oh my gosh!  I had so much fun this past Saturday!  My stepdaughter Tiffany and I made invitations for my sweet grandson Finn's 6th birthday party!  Other than the paper we used, there's not much Stampin' Up! stuff going on here.  We followed a pattern and did a lot of cutting and punching and gluing. . . .  I think they turned out really cute!!!  And Finn thought they were awesome . . . so we accomplished our mission.  (It's a small party for a small boy, so luckily, we only had to make 6 invitations.)


I found this card on Pinterest and followed the link to Bird's Cards.  You can find all the details, plus a link to the pattern on this page:  http://www.birdscards.com/truck-card/

The Stampin' Up! papers we used for this card were:
* Basic Black card stock for the card base
* Basic Gray card stock for the tires
* Crushed Curry card stock for the garbage can
* Pacific Point card stock for the cab
* Whisper White card stock for the windows
* Silver Foil Paper for the bumpers, hubcaps, and piston.

We were able to use circle punches for the tires and the logo, which was created by downloading a recycle symbol into Word and adding a big "F" (for Finn, of course).

In the original pattern, the designer created a track with the silver pieces on the side and then used foam pieces to attach the garbage can so it could slide up and down.  We decided in the interest of saving time and brain power to just attach the can with Stampin' Dimensionals so it popped out a little.  (Our silver tracks are glued directly to the paper, and the black part between them that would have been the slot for the can to slide on was simply colored in with a black marker.)

Our inside is fairly plain, but that's the way Tiffany wanted it.  The "It's a Party" insert is an element from the February Paper Pumpkin kit.

If you have a little boy in your life who needs a special card, this one is WAY FUN and not nearly as difficult as it looks . . . although it is a little tedious and time-consuming to hand-cut all the pieces parts.

Cathy  ;D

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Rose Hill Stamp Camp Cards (2/25/2017)

Wow!  I had planned to share these photos with you a few days ago, but I got hit by a nasty bug and ended up down for the count for almost 3 full days!  Just started feeling human again this afternoon!  (May you all be able to avoid husbands who catch germs from their grandsons and then can't figure out how to avoid coughing into their hands and touching everything!  OLD MEN!!!!!  ARGH!!!)

In any event, these are the cards we made at Rose Hill Stamp Camp this past Saturday, February 25.  What fun we had -- not just the stampers, but the demos as well!  Looking forward to our next stamp camp on Saturday, March 25 (see details on my "Upcoming Stampin' Events" page).

Cathy  ;D





Sunday, February 26, 2017

CELEBRATE!!! (Rose Hill Stamp Camp Card 2-25-2017)

Happy Sunday morning!  I'm pleased to share with you today the card we made at my table at Rose Hill Stamp Camp yesterday.  We had a record turnout and everyone had a great time making some beautiful cards!  (Will share all of them with you in tomorrow's post.)

Click on image for closer look.
Materials

Stamp Sets
* Happy Celebrations (2017 Occasions Mini Catalog)
* Bunch of Blossoms

Paper
* Sweet Sugarplum card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2")
* Whisper White card stock (5-1/4" x 4" - 2 pieces)
* Sahara Sand card stock (5-1/8" x 3-7/8")
* Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper ("DSP") (5-1/8" x 2-1/2")

Ink
* Sweet Sugarplum Classic Stampin' Ink
* Tip Top Taupe Classic Stampin' Ink
* Whisper White Craft Stampin' Ink
* Rich Razzleberry Classic Stampin' Ink

Accessories and Tools
* Stampin' Sponge
* Sweet Sugarplum 3/8" Ruched Ribbon (about 6-1/4")
* Linen Thread (about 15-1/2" + enough to make triple-loop bow)
* Pearls Embellishments (smallest size)
* Adhesives:  SNAIL Adhesive, Glue Dots

Instructions
(SNAIL Adhesive used throughout unless otherwise indicated)

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

2. Adhere 5-1/4" x 4" Whisper White card stock to front of card.

3. Use Whisper White ink to stamp "celebrate" (Happy Celebrations) near top right of Sahara Sand card stock; clean stamp and repeat with Sweet Sugarplum ink over first image, shifting it about 1/16" to the left and up so a tiny amount of white shows at the right and bottom edges of the image.

4. Adhere DSP at bottom of Sahara Sand card stock.  (The reason we're adding it before stamping the flowers is to provide a guide so you don't cover up the flowers with the DSP.)

5. Use Whisper White to stamp the three small star-shaped flowers to the left of "celebrate"; use Sweet Sugarplum to stamp round-ish small flower over the Whisper White flower; use Tip Top Taupe to stamp the small sprinkle randomly around the flowers and the word.  (These stamps are all in the Bunch of Blossoms set.)

6. Use Stampin' Sponge to apply Tip Top Taupe ink around the edge of the Sahara Sand/DSP piece.

7. Adhere ribbon across top edge of DSP; fold edges to the back and secure with adhesive.

8. Use a glue dot to attach Linen Thread to back of card stock over the ribbon at one side; wrap around card stock twice and secure to the back with adhesive.

9. Adhere Sahara Sand card stock/DSP piece over Whisper White card stock on front of card.

10.  Apply self-adhesive tiny pearls in centers of flowers; make a small three-loop bow from Linen Thread and attach with a glue dot over the ribbon/thread as shown.

Don't forget the inside!!!!

Click on image for closer look.
11. On second piece of Whisper White 5-1/4" x 4" card stock, use Rich Razzleberry ink to stamp sentiment (Bunch of Blossoms); stamp flowers and sprinkles the same as in Step 5 above.  NOTE:  It's kind of difficult to see the small Whisper White flowers after you've stamped them on white card stock, but if you look at them from an angle where the light shines on them, it will be easier to find them.)  Adhere card stock to inside of card.

Hope you enjoy this card.  It was so fun to make!

Cathy  ;D

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Front Range Stampers Swap Cards (2/20/2017)

Since our January Front Range Stampers demo meeting was canceled due to adverse weather conditions, I saved my tool pouch card (Masculine Birthday Card) for the February swap.  Below are the make and takes we made, as well as the cards that were swapped by the other demos at Monday night's meeting.

Angela Zaba Make and Take
NOTE:  I didn't embellish mine as much as the original design.  Angela added triple rows of the swirly thing
(So Succulent stamp set) in each of the corners and at the ends of the bottom piece.
I told her she's much more flamboyant than I am . . . exuberant, confident, and stylish.

Ann Lohmeyer Make and Take
This card was done with just the stamps included in the High Tide stamp set (2017 Occasions Mini Catalog).
I previously had not planned to purchase this set, but after seeing how quickly this card came together,
I'm having second thoughts . . . (sigh).

. . . and here are the swap cards.

 
Cathy  ;D