Friday, October 20, 2017

High Tide (Masculine Card)

I thought for sure I had already posted this card . . . guess I was living in a time warp again . . . sigh.

In any event, this is the card we did at my table at Rose Hill Stamp Camp on June 24, 2017.  It was a little confusing for some of the stampers, so I'll try to be as precise as I can in describing how to make it.

Click on image for closer look.
The inspiration for this card came from my friend and downline Sue Mason, who made a similar card with a circle instead of an oval.  (For the life of me I couldn't find my circle dies when it came time to make this card . . . .)

Materials

Stamp Sets
* High Tide
* Bunch of Blossoms (sentiment)

Paper
* Dapper Denim card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2")
* Crumb Cake card stock (5-1/4" x 4")
* Whisper White card stock (5" x 3-3/4"; 3-1/2" x 2-1/2" for oval; 3-1/4" x 1" for lighthouse)
* Soft Suede card stock (3-3/4" x 2-3/4" for oval)

Ink
* Dapper Denim Classic Stampin' Pad
* Crumb Cake Classic Stampin' Pad
* Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad
* Marina Mist Classic Stampin' Pad
* Sahara Sand Classic Stampin' Pad


Accessories and Tools
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Layering Ovals Framelits Dies
* Paper Snips
* Stampin' Sponge
* Aqua Painter filled with water
* Adhesives:  SNAIL Adhesive; Stampin' Dimensionals

Instructions
(SNAIL Adhesive used throughout unless otherwise indicated)

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

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

3. Use Dapper Denim to stamp stripes down left side of 5" x 3-3/4" Whisper White card stock.  Cut 3-5/16" x 2-3/8" oval from Whisper White card stock; use removable double-sided tape to adhere oval to 5" x 3-3/4" Whisper White card stock.  Use Soft Suede ink to stamp seagulls image so the birds appear on both layers of card stock; remove oval and set aside for next step.  Stamp weeds near bottom of 5" x 3-3/4" card stock.  Adhere to front of card over Crumb Cake card stock.

4.  Use Dapper Denim ink to stamp water image across center of Whisper White oval (you will need to stamp it twice side-by-side to span length of oval).  Sponge Marina Mist ink lightly above water image; sponge Sahara Sand ink below water image.  Use Aqua Painter filled with water to paint over water image to spread the ink across the water.  When dry (either air dry or use heat tool), stamp more weeds near bottom of oval.

5.  Use Big Shot to cut 3-9/16" x 2-5/8" Oval from Soft Suede card stock.  Adhere Whisper White oval to Soft Suede oval.  Adhere to front of card, matching up seagull images.  Stamp sentiment below oval near the right side of card.

6.  Use Crumb Cake ink to stamp detailed lighthouse on Whisper White card stock.  Use Dapper Denim ink to stamp lighthouse stripes over first image.  Use Paper Snips to cut out lighthouse image.  Adhere to front of card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

That's it! This is a great guy card for birthday, thank you, Father's Day, or any other occasion.  Hope you enjoyed it!

Cathy :D

 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Give Thanks Card

This is a card I did as a make and take at my demo meeting Monday evening -- one of the ladies had specifically asked me to show her how to do the watercolor technique I did for my Gourd Goodness SUDSOL swap card, so this is the design I came up with.

Click on image for closer look.
Materials

Stamp Sets
* Vintage Leaves
* Labels to Love (2017 Holiday Catalog) (Sentiment)

Paper
* Soft Suede card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"; 4-3/4" x 3-1/2")
* Very Vanilla card stock (5" x 3-3/4")
* Watercolor paper (4-1/2" x 3-1/4")
* Gold Glimmer Paper (about 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" for leaf)

Ink
* Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad
* Crushed Curry Stampin' Write Marker
* Cajun Craze Stampin' Write Marker
* Soft Suede Stampin' Write Marker

Accessories and Tools
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies
* Size "H" Clear Block
* Stampin' Spritzer filled with water
* Linen Thread
* Gold Metallic Thread
* Adhesives:  SNAIL Adhesive; Glue Dot
* OPTIONAL:  Heat Tool

Instructions
(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 create card.

2. Adhere 5" x 3-3/4" Very Vanilla card stock to front of card.

3. Adhere 4-3/4" x 3-1/2" Soft Suede card stock to front of card.

4. See my Gourd Goodness swap card here for instructions on applying ink to watercolor paper, and also a tip on how to flatten the paper if it warps.

5. Once paper is completely dry, stamp leaf images and sentiment on watercolor paper using Early Espresso Ink.

6. Cut leaf from Glimmer Paper and adhere over stamped image.

7. Holding Linen Thread and Gold Metallic Thread together, make a three-loop bow and adhere with a glue dot over stem of gold leaf.

Hope you've enjoyed this card!

Cathy  ;D

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Colorful Seasons Fall Card w/Instructions

This is the card we made at my table at Stamp Camp North yesterday.  My inspiration came from a card created by Jackie Bolhuis (see Jackie's original card here).

Click on photo for closer look.

Materials

Stamp Sets
* Colorful Seasons (leaves)
* Painted Harvest (sentiment) (2017 Holiday Catalog)

Paper
* Cajun Craze card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2")
* Early Espresso card stock (4-1/4" x 3"; 3-1/2" x 3/4")
* Very Vanilla card stock (4" x 2-3/4"; 3-3/8" x 5/8"; 5-1/4" x 4" for inside)

Ink
* Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad
* Cajun Craze Refill Ink
* Cherry Cobbler Refill Ink
* Crushed Curry Refill Ink
* Early Espresso Refill Ink

Accessories and Tools
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Woodlands Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
* Aqua Painter filled with water
* Large Clear' Block or other solid, flat surface
* 1/4" Copper Trim
* Adhesives:  SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dot

Miscellaneous Items
* Baby Wipes

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 create card.

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

3. Position 4-1/4" x 3" Early Espresso card stock as shown and adhere to front of card.

NOTE:  Click on link above to visit Jackie Bolhuis's blog and view a video tutorial of Steps 4 and 5 below.

4. Fold baby wipe in half, and then in half again and lay on top of Clear Block.  Add a few drops of each of the Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler and Crushed Curry Refill Inks randomly on baby wipe. This will be your stamping pad for the solid leaves.  Stamp images on the 4" x 2-3/4" Very Vanilla card stock.  Use Early Espresso stampin' pad to stamp the detailed leaf images.

5. Use Aqua Painter to add Early Espresso speckles:  Fill Aqua Painter with water and pick up just tiny bit (not even a drop) of Early Espresso Refill Ink on the brush tip.  Holding the Aqua Painter loosely, tap it against your finger or a pair of scissors or a marker or something solid to fleck the speckles onto the paper.

6. Adhere Very Vanilla card stock to front of card over Early Espresso card stock.

7. Use Early Espresso ink to stamp sentiment on 3-3/8" x 5/8" Very Vanilla card stock.  Adhere to 3-1/2" x 3/4" Early Espresso card stock.  Use Stampin' Dimensionals to add this piece to front of card.

8. Make a small bow with the 1/4" Copper Trim.  Pull trim apart to create a mesh-like fabric bow and adhere it near left edge of banner with Glue Dot.

DON'T FORGET THE INSIDE!!!

Use same process as described above to stamp leaves and add speckles to 5-1/4" x 4" Very Vanilla card stock.  Adhere to inside of card.

Click on photo for a closer look.

This is a fairly quick and super-fun technique.  I hope you'll try it!

Cathy  ;D

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Fall Holiday and Seasonal All-Occasion Cards

Good morning, stampers!  This morning I'm sharing with you photos of all the great cards we made at Rose Hill Stamp Camp on September 30.  I feel so fortunate to be able to share this fun experience with such talented women!  Hope you enjoy and draw some inspiration from these samples.  (Click on any of the images for a closer look.)



Cathy  ;D

Saturday, October 7, 2017

More Fall & Winter Cards from 10/6/2017 demo swap

What beautiful cards I received in my card swap yesterday!  This was a new demo meeting for me and I had not previously met most of the demonstrators there.  Lots of talent in this group!!!!

Anyway . . . sharing with you their great swap cards and make & takes.  (Click on images for closer look.)


Enjoy!

Cathy  ;D

Friday, October 6, 2017

Hedgehog Card with Painted Harvest Set

Don't you just love this little hedgehog?!  I'm not usually one to jump on the hedgehog bandwagon, but when I saw how people were stamping this one I couldn't resist!  And yes, it's stamped with the sunflower from the Painted Harvest stamp set!

Click on image for closer look.

Materials

Stamps
* Painted Harvest (2017 Holiday Mini Catalog) (sunflower and leaves)
* Colorful Seasons (sentiment)
* Dragonfly Dreams (inside sentiment)

Paper
* Early Espresso card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"; 4-1/4" x 3-1/2")
* Cajun Craze card stock (5" x 3-3/4")
* Very Vanilla card stock (2-1/2" x 2-3/16"; about 2-1/4" x 1-1/2" for label; 5-1/4" x 4" for inside)
* Pear Pizzazz card stock (about 5-1/2" x 1-3/4" for leaf punch)
* Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper ("DSP") (5-1/4" x 4")
* Wood Textures DSP Stack (about 3-1/2" x 2")

Ink
* Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad
* Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad
* Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin' Pad
* Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad

Accessories and Tools
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Wood Crate Framelits Dies
* Rose Garden Thinlits Dies
* Leaf Punch (2017 Holiday Mini Catalog)
* Stampin' Sponges
* Black Rhinestone Jewels
* Metallic Enamel Shapes
* Adhesives: SNAIL Adhesive; Multipurpose Liquid Glue; Stampin' Dimensionals

Instructions
(Unless otherwise indicated, SNAIL Adhesive used throughout)

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

2. Center and adhere 5-1/4" x 4" DSP on front of card; adhere Cajun Craze card stock over DSP; adhere 4-1/4" x 3-1/2" Early Espresso card stock about 1/8" from top of Cajun Craze card stock.

3. Use Soft Suede ink to stamp sunflower image near bottom of 2-1/2" (top to bottom) x 2-3/16" (left to right) Very Vanilla card stock.  Use Stampin' Sponge to apply Old Olive ink around top and side edges of card stock and to lightly daub ink around stamped image.  Adhere about 1/8" from top of Early Espresso card stock.

4. Use Big Shot and Wood Crate die to cut out the front piece of crate (use scissors to trim edges on side score lines; leave bottom panel of crate intact -- meaning, don't cut on that score line).  BEFORE ADHERING TO FRONT OF CARD, see steps 5 and 6 below . . . .

5. Use Pear Pizzazz ink to stamp three solid leaf images on Pear Pizzazz card stock; use Old Olive ink to stamp detailed leaf images over the Pear Pizzazz images; punch out with leaf punch.

6. Apply Multipurpose Liquid Glue to back of panels on crate; lightly set crate about 1/8" from bottom of Early Espresso card stock and tuck stems of leaves down behind panels -- then press down to adhere crate and stems to card stock.  Add tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid Glue to backs of each leaf and press down to secure.

7. Use Early Espresso ink to stamp sentiment on scrap of Very Vanilla card stock; use Big Shot and label from Rose Garden dies to cut out sentiment.  Use Stampin' Sponge to apply Old Olive ink around edges of label and lightly daub a little more ink across label.  Adhere to front of card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

8. Adhere self-adhesive Black Rhinestone Jewels to add eyes and nose transforming this sunflower into a sweet little hedgehog!!!  Adhere Metallic Enamel Shapes to label to add just a touch of bling.

DON'T FORGET THE INSIDE!!!

Click on image for a closer look.
Use Early Espresso to stamp sentiment; Old Olive to stamp the detailed leaf image and to sponge color around edges and daub a light hint of color over card stock.

That's it!  I have lots of friends who make me smile, so this will be a perfect, kind of fall-themed card for them.  Today I used this card for a swap with some other Stampin' Up! demonstrators.

Over the weekend I plan to post photos of the other cards I received in today's swap, as well as some cards from recent stamp camps and other swaps with demonstrators.  Lots of great ideas to inspire you!!!

Cathy  ;D

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Happy Halloween!!! (9/30/2017 Rose Hill Stamp Camp)

Can you believe it's October already?!  Time to dust off all of my black and orange paper and get to work making Halloween cards!

I'm sure I post this every year around this time . . . but here it is again:  This is my very favorite time of the year!  Halloween kicks off the fall holiday season and gets my creative juices flowing.  To start off this year's season, I'm posting the card we made at my table at Rose Hill Stamp Camp this past Saturday.  Thanks to Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Annette Elliott for pinning the basic card layout.  (You can view Annette's original card on her blog:  http://aestamps2.blogspot.com/2017/08/spooky-hat.html.)


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Materials

Stamp Sets
* Painted Harvest (leaves) (2017 Holiday Mini Catalog)
* Spooky Cat (sentiment and inside) (2017 Holiday Mini Catalog)

Paper
* Basic Black card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"; about 2-1/4" x 2" for cat punch)
* Very Vanilla card stock (5-1/2" x 2-1/4"; scraps for circle punch, banner, and leaves; 5-1/4" x 4" for inside)
* Pumpkin Pie card stock (scraps for circle punch and banner)
* Spooky Night Designer Series Paper ("DSP") (5-1/2" x 2")

Ink
* Basic Black Archival Ink or Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
* Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin' Pad

Accessories and Tools
* Cat Punch (2017 Holiday Mini Catalog)
* Leaf Punch (2017 Holiday Mini Catalog)
* 2" Circle Punch
* 2-1/4" Circle Punch
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Bunch of Banners Framelits Dies
* Pinewood Planks Embossing Folder
* Adhesives: SNAIL Adhesive; Multipurpose Liquid Glue; Stampin' Dimensionals

Instructions
(SNAIL Adhesive used throughout unless otherwise indicated)

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

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

3. Adhere 5-1/2" x 2-1/4" Very Vanilla card stock to front of card about 3/4'" to 7/8" from top fold.  Center and adhere DSP over card stock.

4. Punch 2-1/4" circle from Pumpkin Pie card stock; punch 2" circle from Very Vanilla card stock and adhere to Pumpkin Pie circle.  Use Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere to front of card as shown.

5. Punch cat from Basic Black card stock.  Adhere over circles as shown.

6. Use Black ink to stamp three detailed leaf images on scrap of Very Vanilla card stock; use Pumpkin Pie ink to stamp solid leaf image over detailed images.  Use leaf punch to cut leaves.  Apply tiny dots of liquid glue on back of each leaf and stem and tuck under circle shapes as shown.  Apply third set of leaves over DSP near right side of card as shown.

7. Use Big Shot and banner die to cut banner from Pumpkin Pie card stock.  Discard center of banner and use tiny dots of liquid glue to adhere banner outline near bottom right of card as shown.

8. Use Big Shot and banner die to cut banner from Very Vanilla card stock.  Discard outer edge of banner and stamp Happy Halloween on center piece with Black ink.  Use Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere to card inside Pumpkin Pie outline.

Don't forget the inside!!!

Click on image for closer look.

On inside of card, use Pumpkin Pie ink to stamp horizontal lines image.  Use Black ink to add Trick or Treat sentiment over lines and tiny rat in bottom right corner.

That's it!  Below is a visual display of the above steps.

Click on image for closer look.

Hope you're having a great beginning to a wonderful holiday season!

Cathy  ;D


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Cards from Stamp Camp North (9/16/2017)

These great cards were made by the other demonstrators at Stamp Camp North on September 16, 2017.  Hope you enjoy them!  (Click on any image for closer look.)



Terry Kaspari

Cathy  ;D

Celebrate the Season! (Stamp Camp North Card)

This is the card made at my table for Stamp Camp North on Saturday, September 16.  Thanks to Mary Brown for the design (https://stampercamper.com/2017/09/04/colorful-seasons-2/).

Click on photo for closer look.
Materials

Stamp Sets
* Tags and Trimmings (2017 Holiday Catalog)
* Colorful Seasons (inside)

Paper
* Pumpkin Pie card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"; scraps for leaves)
* Dapper Denim card stock (5" x 3-3/4"; 3-5/8" x 1-5/8"; 3-3/4" x 1-1/4"; scraps for leaves)
* Whisper White card stock (4-3/4" x 3-1/2"; 3-1/2" x 1"; scrap for leaf)
* Vellum card stock (scraps for leaves)

Ink
* Dapper Denim Classic Stampin' Pad
* Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin' Pad (inside)

Accessories and Tools
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Pine Planks Dynamic Embossing Folder
* Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies
* Triple Banner Punch
* Rhinestones
* Adhesives:  SNAIL Adhesive; Stampin' Dimensionals; Multipurpose Liquid Glue

Instructions
(Note: Unless otherwise indicated, SNAIL Adhesive used throughout.)

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

2. Adhere 5" x 3-3/4" Dapper Denim card stock to front of card.

3. Use Big Shot and embossing folder to add texture to 4-3/4" x 3-1/2" Whisper White card stock; adhere to front of card over Dapper Denim.

4. Adhere 3-5/8" x 1-5/8" Dapper Denim card stock to card about 3/8" from left edge of Whisper White card stock.

5. Use Big Shot and Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies to cut one each of the following leaves:

  • Pumpkin Pie - 1 large and 1 small solid leaf
  • Dapper Denim - 1 large and 1 small solid leaf
  • Vellum - 1 large solid leaf, 1 small solid leaf , and 1 large detailed leaf
  • Whisper White - 1 large detailed leaf

Use Multipurpose Liquid Glue to attach each leaf individually in the order shown below.

Click on image for closer look.
6. Use Triple Banner Punch to trim one edge of 3-1/2" x 1" Whisper White card stock and 3-3/4" x 2-1/4" Dapper Denim card stock.  Stamp sentiment on Whisper White banner and adhere it over Dapper Denim banner.  Use Stampin' Dimensionals to attach over leaves as shown.

7. Add various size Rhinestones randomly wherever they make you happy!!!

8. For the inside I simply stamped a few of the small solid leaves using Pumpkin Pie ink.  I didn't attach this piece yet -- I'll wait until I decide what I'll use the card for and then stamp a sentiment before attaching.

Click on image for closer look.

That's it!  A great card for the fall -- perhaps especially for a Broncos fan!

Cathy  ;D


Sunday, September 10, 2017

Autumn Daisy Card (Sassy Chic Stamp Camp)

This is the card we made at my table this past Saturday at Sassy Chic Stamp Camp.  The only new thing I used on this card was the leaf punch featured in the 2017 Holiday Catalog.  Everything else is available in the Annual Catalog.  (Inspired by a card made by Corinne Padilla Bethel.)

Click on image for closer look

Materials

Stamp Sets
* Daisy Delight
* Banners for You

Paper
* Always Artichoke OR Early Espresso card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2")
* Wood Textures Designer Series Paper ("DSP") Stack (5-1/2" x 4-1/4")
* Daffodil Delight card stock (about 3" x 2-1/2")
* Whisper White card stock (5-1/2" x 2-3/4" for daisies; 3-1/2" x 1" for banner)
* Old Olive card stock (about 4" x 2" for leaves)
* Gold Glimmer Paper (about 2-1/4" x 1-1/4" for word; scrap for flower center)

Ink
* Sahara Sand Classic Stampin' Pad (for stamping daisies and banner)
* Crumb Cake Classic Stampin' Pad (for sponging edges of DSP)

Accessories and Tools
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Bunch of Banners Framelits Dies
* Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies
* Daisy Punch
* 1/2" Circle Punch
* Leaf Punch (2017 Holiday Catalog)
* Stampin' Sponge
* Gold Metallic Thread
* Gold Sequin Trim
* Adhesives: SNAIL Adhesive, Fine Tip Glue and/or Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals

Instructions

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

2. Rip edges of DSP leaving a rough, white edge all the way around.  Use Stampin' Sponge (I cut mine in quarters) to apply Crumb Cake ink all around edges to cut the stark white and make it look more weathered.  Use SNAIL Adhesive to adhere to front of card.

3. Use Big Shot and Sunshine Wishes die to cut loopy flower from Daffodil Delight card stock. Discard stem.  Use Fine Tip or Multipurpose Liquid Glue to adhere near top left corner of card over DSP.

4. Apply glue dot to DSP at base of loopy flower.  Wrap gold thread around your fingers (I wrapped it around three fingers) three times, overlapping the ends, to create a loop.  Holding the overlapped threads together, press them into the glue dot, leaving the loops hanging freely below the flower.

5. Use Sahara Sand ink to stamp two daisies on Whisper White card stock.  Cut out daisies with Daisy punch.  Use Glue Dot or Multipurpose Liquid Glue to adhere one daisy on top of the other, rotating slightly so the petals of the bottom daisy show through the petals of the top daisy.  Punch 1/2" circle from Gold Glimmer Paper and adhere to center of daisy with Glue Dot or Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  Use a Stampin' Dimensional to adhere daisy over loopy flower and metallic thread.

6. Use Leaf Punch to cut two sets of leaves from Old Olive card stock.  Apply Fine Tip or Multipurpose Liquid Glue to back of stems and adhere to card, sliding under daisy petals.

7. Use Sahara Sand ink to stamp banner on Whisper White card stock; cut out image with Banner Die.  Adhere to card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

8. Use Big Shot and Sunshine Wishes die to cut just "shine" from the "sunshine" die.  (You will need to trim the "s" slightly to round it off from the "n" next to it.)  Use a tiny dot of Fine Tip or Multipurpose Liquid Glue in the centers of each letter to adhere over banner.  Don't forget to leave enough room to dot the "i" . . . .

9. Apply a few drops of Fine Tip Glue randomly on front of card and adhere gold sequins.

That's it. Hope you enjoy this card!

Cathy  ;D

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Gourd Goodness (Holiday Catalog)

Hi, folks!  This morning I'm sharing a card I made using the Gourd Goodness stamp set from the 2017 Holiday Mini Catalog.  I first made it as a thank you card for demos at the August 26 Rose Hill Stamp Camp, but I was so pleased with the outcome that I've also used this design for a Stampin' Up! demo swap this month.

Click on image for closer look.
Materials

Stamp Sets
* Gourd Goodness (2017 Holiday Mini Catalog)
* Bunch of Blossoms (sentiment)

Paper
* Soft Suede card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"; 3-1/8" x 4-5/8")
* Very Vanilla card stock (5" x 3-3/4")
* Watercolor Paper (4-1/2" x 3")

Ink
* Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
* Crushed Curry Stampin' Marker
* Cajun Craze Stampin' Marker
* Soft Suede Stampin' Marker

Accessories and Tools
* Size "H" Clear Block
* Stampin' Spritzer (filled with water)
* Linen Thread
* Adhesives:
  * SNAIL Adhesive or Multipurpose Liquid Glue
  * Stampin' Dimensionals or Foam Adhesive Strips
  * Glue Dots

Instructions
(SNAIL Adhesive used throughout unless otherwise indicated.)

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

2. Place a glue dot about 1-1/2" from top of Very Vanilla card stock close to left edge.  Place end of Linen Thread on Glue Dot; wrap around card stock twice and press other end onto same Glue Dot. Cut away excess.  Adhere card stock to front of card.

3. Using brush end of Stampin' Write Markers, scribble Crushed Curry onto top third of "H" Clear Block; repeat with Cajun Craze on middle third, and Soft Suede on bottom third.  (It's okay if the colors overlap.)  Spritz with water and immediately place, ink side down, onto Watercolor Paper.  (SEE NOTE BELOW.)

4. Allow paper to air dry completely (or use your heat tool to dry it), then stamp the pumpkin image near bottom of paper.  Add sentiment.  Adhere Watercolor Paper to 4-5/8" x 3-1/8" Soft Suede card stock.  Use Stampin' Dimensionals or Foam Adhesive Strips to adhere to front of card to the right of the Linen Thread.

5. Make a 2" triple loop bow and use another Glue Dot to adhere over joining of Linen Thread.

It looks like a difficult card, but really so easy!

NOTE RE WATERCOLOR TECHNIQUE:  How much water should you spritz on the clear block? That depends on what effect you want.  If you want your card to look more like the first card shown above, spritz a little more water . . . but not so much that you wash the ink entirely off the clear block (maybe four spritzes). For a little different look (see card below), try spritzing a little less (maybe three spritzes).  You'll see this has a little drier, more controlled, look.

Click on image for closer look.

TIP:  Paper has a tendency to curl up and warp a little when you apply water.  Generally, it flattens back out while it's drying; however, sometimes it remains a little warped.  Here's a tip I picked up from Jennifer McGuire* in one of her awesome videos.  After your card stock or watercolor paper dries, run it through your Big Shot!!!  (Be sure to use new, unscarred cutting pads on each side so you don't leave impressions on your paper.)  I didn't do this for my first batch of thank you cards, so the top piece was slightly warped on some of them; I did run my second batch through the Big Shot -- it works like a charm!!!  My watercolor paper was perfectly flat and ready to add to my cards!

* Jennifer McGuire is not a Stampin' Up! demo, but her videos are so chock full of ideas and tips that can easily be adapted to Stampin' Up! products, I've become addicted to watching them!  You can find her site by googling Jennifer McGuire Ink.
 
Until next time . . . keep on stampin' and smilin'!!!

Cathy ;D


Friday, September 1, 2017

Stampin' Up! 2017 Holiday Mini Catalog Goes Live Today!!!

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Yippee!  It's here!  The Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog -- Creativity Delivered -- goes live today.  Time to place your orders and get ready for the holiday season!

To give you a taste of what's inside, I'll be sharing a few YouTube videos over the next several weeks, beginning today with the Merry Little Christmas Suite, which you can view here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KxrN8BY2i4.

Click on the image to the right to view the catalog online.

Cathy  ;D

Thursday, August 31, 2017

You've Got This

This is a thank you card I made for the demos at Front Range stampers back in June.  I don't think the photo shows this, but the flower shimmers a little (thanks to some liberally applied clear Wink of Stella).

Click on image for closer look.
Materials

Stamp Sets
* You've Got This (Flower and Background)
* One Big Meaning ("A Little Thanks")

Paper
* Whisper White Thick card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"; about 2" x 1/2" for banner)
* Basic Black card stock (4-3/4" x 3-1/2")
* Flirty Flamingo card stock (4-5/8" x 3-3/8")
* Whisper White (regular) card stock (4-1/2" x 3")

Ink
* Basic Black Archival Ink
* Flirty Flamingo Classic Stampin' Pad
* Daffodil Delight Watercolor Pencil
* Old Olive Watercolor Pencil
* Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker

Accessories and Tools
* Aqua Painter (filled with water)
* Classic Label Punch
* Adhesives: SNAIL Adhesive; Mini Stampin' Dimensionals

Instructions
(NOTE:  SNAIL Adhesive used throughout 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 Basic Black card stock to card front; adhere Flirty Flamingo card stock over Basic Black.

3. Use Flirty Flamingo ink to stamp background image on 4-1/2" x 3" Whisper White card stock; stamp flower image with Basic Black ink.  Allow ink to dry completely, then use Daffodil Delight watercolor pencil to color center of flower and Old Olive to color stem and leaves.  Use an Aqua Painter with a damp (not drippy wet) brush to blend colors.  After colors have dried, apply clear Wink of Stella to flower petals to give them a slight shimmer.  Adhere to card over Flirty Flamingo card stock.

4. Stamp sentiment on scrap of Whisper White Thick card stock, and punch out with Classic Label punch.  Lightly outline label by running the brush end of Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker around edge of label.  (NOTE:  Using the side of the brush for this step prevents the brush from slipping and messing up the label.)  Adhere to card with Mini Stampin' Dimensionals.

This is another one of those cards that can basically be used for any occasion.  Very simple and quick to make (even with the minimal amount of drying time required).

Cathy  ;D

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Yet Another Daisy Delight Card . . . (June Open House)

Still in catch-up mode . . . today I'm posting another make & take card from my June 17 open house. This is a very simple and fun card for a quick thank you note . . . also could be adapted to birthday, congrats, or pretty much any other occasion.

Click on image for closer look.
Materials

Stamp Set
* Daisy Delight

Paper
* Basic Black card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2")
* So Saffron card stock (5-1/4" x 4"; about 5" x 2-1/2" for daisies)
* Whisper White card stock (5" x 3-3/4"; 4-1/4" x 1" for banner)

Ink
* Basic Black Archival Ink
OR Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
* Crushed Curry Classic Stampin' Ink

Accessories and Tools
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Layered Leaves 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
* Triple Banner Punch* Daisy Punch
* Bone Folder
* Adhesives:  SNAIL Adhesive; Stampin' Dimensionals; Tombow Liquid Glue

Instructions
(NOTE:  SNAIL Adhesive used throughout unless otherwise indicated)

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

2. Adhere So Saffron 5-1/4" x 4" card stock to front of card.

3. Use Big Shot and Embossing Folder to add texture to Whisper White card stock; adhere to card over So Saffron.

4. Use Triple Banner Punch to trim one short end of 4-1/4" x 1" Whisper White card stock.  Stamp "Thank You" on banner with Black Ink.  Adhere to card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

5. Use Black Ink to stamp two daisy images on 5" x 2-1/2" So Saffron card stock; use Crushed Curry Ink to stamp center on one of the daisy images; punch out both daisies with Daisy Punch.  Use a dot of Tombow Liquid Glue to adhere daisy with stamped center on top of the other daisy, turning slightly so the petals from the bottom daisy show between the petals of the top daisy.  Use Bone Folder to slightly curl petals.  Adhere to front of card with one Stampin' Dimensional behind center of flower.

. . . and your finished!!!!!  Did I say this was a very simple card?!

Hope you enjoy this project.

Cathy  ;D

Monday, August 28, 2017

Rose Hill Stamp Camp Cards

Yesterday morning I posted instructions for the card we made at my table at Rose Hill Stamp Camp this past Saturday.  Below are photos of the cards made by the other demos at their tables.  Don't you just love those sweet little sticky note books Patricia made for the registration gifts?!

It was another great camp!  We all had fun and made some great cards too!

Click on the photos below for a closer look.




Cathy  ;D

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Pushing the Fall Season Card

Ok . . . I'll admit it!  Summer is not my favorite time of the year.  I HATE being hot!  So for yesterday's stamp camp at the Rose Hill Grange, I decided it was time to push the fall season.

Click on any image for a closer look.

My card features the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies and the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack from the Stampin' Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog.  I was inspired by a similar card I found on Pinterest.  No name was listed for the creator, but thanks to Jennifer M. for pinning it!!!

Materials

Stamp Sets
* Various stamp sets for greetings

Paper
* Crushed Curry (or Old Olive) card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2")
* Whisper White card stock (5-1/4" x 4")
* Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack ("DSP") (5-1/8" x 2-1/8"; 5-1/4" x 3/8")
* Scraps for leaf dies: Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Old Olive

Ink
Basic Black Archival Ink Pad (or Tuxedo Black Memento Pad)

Accessories and Tools
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies
* Glitter Enamel Dots
* Adhesives:  SNAIL Adhesive, Tombow Liquid Glue

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 create card base.

2. Adhere Whisper White card stock to card front.

3. Adhere 5-1/8" x 2-1/8" DSP near top edge of Whisper White card stock; adhere 5-1/4" x 3/8" strip of DSP just under the first piece.

4. Stamp greeting on Whisper White card stock below DSP (the greeting pictured is from the Climbing Orchid stamp set).

5. Use Big Shot and Thinlits Dies to cut three leaves -- one each from Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, and Old Olive card stock.  Adhere them as shown to the front of the card, using a small dot of Tombow Liquid Glue in the area at the top of the stem.

6. Place Glitter Enamel Dots randomly to add a little sparkle to your card.

This is what the card looks like using Old Olive instead of Crushed Curry card stock and DSP.


Don't forget the inside!  I cut three of the smaller solid leaves from the Seasonal Layers set to add a little interest to the inside of the card.

Sentiment from Bunch of Blossoms stamp set

And . . . here's photo of my instruction board showing step-by-step directions.

Inside sentiment from Better Together stamp set

An easy card with a little bling.  Perfect for fall!

Cathy  ;D

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Front Range Stampers Swaps and Make and Takes

On Tuesday I posted instructions for my fidget spinner card.  Today I'm sharing the cards made by the other demonstrators for that swap . . . plus the two cards we made at the meeting.  Click on images for closer look.

Hope you enjoy these cards!!!

Cathy  ;D



Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Pocketful of Sunshine Card (June 17 Open House Make & Take)

What a fun card to make for the summer!! This one features the new Pocketful of Sunshine Bundle (2017-2018 Annual Catalog).

Click on image for closer look.
Materials

Stamp Set
* Pocketful of Sunshine

Paper
* Daffodil Delight card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"; small amount for sun die)
* Dapper Denim card stock (5" x 3-3/4")
* Real Red card stock (about 3" x 1-1/4" for shades)
* Whisper White card stock (4-3/4" x 3-1/2"; 4-1/4" x 1" for banner)
* Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper ("DSP") (about 3-1/4" x 3-1/2" for pocket die)

Ink
* Basic Black Archival Ink Pad

Accessories and Tools
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Pocket Framelits Dies
* Triple Banner Punch
* Adhesives:  SNAIL Adhesive; Tear and Tape; Tombow Liquid Glue

Instructions
(Unless otherwise noted, SNAIL Adhesive used throughout)

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

2. Adhere Dapper Denim card stock to front of card.

3. Adhere Whisper White 5" x 3-3/4" card stock over Dapper Denim.

4. Use Big Shot and dies to cut pocket piece from DSP, shades from Real Red card stock, and sun from Daffodil Delight card stock.  Stamp stitch images on pocket and shades image on red shades shape.

5. Fold flaps on pocket to back on score lines; apply Tear and Tape to outside of flaps on sides and bottom of pocket, BUT DO NOT REMOVE THE BACKING TAPE YET.  Place on Whisper White card stock to position and glue the sun onto the Whisper White card stock so it's peeking over the top edge of the pocket.  Stamp sun ray images around top of sun shape.  (Note this is a small die that has only 5 rays of sun -- you will need to stamp it several times to complete rays around entire top edge of sun.)

6. Remove backing from Tear and Tape and adhere pocket to front of card just covering the bottom edge of sun shape.  Use a small amount of Tombow Liquid to adhere shades to inside of pocket.  (NOTE:  Do not adhere shades to card -- just to the inside of pocket.  This way you can easily slip a gift card or folded dollar bill behind them.)

7. Stamp sentiment in center of 4-1/4" x 1" Whisper White card stock.  Use Triple Banner Punch to trim ends.  Adhere to pocket as shown.

Easy, peasy, right?!  Fun card to use as a gift card holder for a special summer treat.

Cathy  ;D

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Fidget Spinner Card

Happy Tuesday Morning!!!  As promised in my most recent Stampin' Up! update, today is the day I get back to my blog and start catching up and cleaning up!

Today's card features a fidget spinner that actually spins!!!  I used this as my swap card for yesterday evening's Front Range Stampers demo meeting.  The challenge for that swap was "out-of-the-box punch/die shapes."  Ok, I didn't actually use the circles for anything other than circles, so it wasn't necessarily an "out-of-the-box" use of the shape, but it sure was fun to make!!!

Click on image for a closer look.
I spied this idea on Pinterest and thought it would make a great card for a young boy (I know my 6-year-old grandson will love it).  Listed below are the materials I used to make my card, as well as an explanation of how I made the paper for the fidget spinner.  Please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-TB7DOvBSk&app=desktop for a tutorial showing you how to make the fidget spinner itself.

Materials
Stamp Sets
* Marquee Messages (“Awesome!”)

* Swirly Bird (background splatter)
* Confetti Celebrations (“Let’s Celebrate” inside)
Paper
* Pacific Point card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2”
* Basic Black card stock (5-1/8” x 3-7/8”; 4-5/8” x 1”; 4” x 1-1/2” for punch shapes)
* Daffodil Delight card stock (5” x 3-3/4”)
* Glossy White card stock (3” x 3”; 4-5/8” x 1”)
* Silver Foil card stock (1” x 3”)
Ink
* Daffodil Delight Refill Ink
* Lemon-Lime Twist Refill Ink
* Pacific Point Refill Ink
* Basic Black Archival Ink Pad
Accessories and Tools
* 1/2” Circle Punch
* 3/4” Circle Punch
* 1” Circle Punch
* 1-1/4” Circle Punch
* Triple Banner Punch
* Adhesives: SNAIL Adhesive; Stampin’ Dimensionals; Glue Dots
Miscellaneous Items
* Rubbing Alcohol
* Cotton Balls
* 2 Pennies

* Fidget Spinner

Instructions to make fidget spinner paper
(NOTE:  I made a full sheet of paper, plus a few partial sheets because I needed to make several cards.  If you're making only one card, you will need only a 3" x 3" square of glossy white paper.) 

To make this paper you will need from the above list of materials:
* Glossy White card stock
* Refill Ink
* Cotton Balls
* Rubbing Alcohol

1. Apply rubbing alcohol to cotton ball (enough to saturate the cotton ball, but not so much that it's dripping). Apply several drops of refill ink to the cotton ball.  Since I wanted the main color of my spinner to be Pacific Point, that's the color I started with, and I smeared it all over the shiny side of the card stock leaving open spaces to add other colors.

2. Repeat with Daffodil Delight, filling in most of the blank areas.

3. Repeat with Lemon-Lime Twist, dabbing randomly in empty spaces and over the other two colors.

That's it!!!  The ink dries very quickly and then you're ready to cut out your fidget spinner.  Not wanting to waste any of my hand-made designer paper, I punched a bunch of 1/2" circles out of the scraps to add to the inside of my card (see photo below).

NOTE 1:  You also can add more than one color to your cotton ball if you want to have more of a mottled look.  The only thing I would caution about that is that the ink can blend together and become muddy looking very quickly.  The reason I applied the three colors individually is because this allowed time for each color to dry before adding the next, and I wanted the three distinct colors to show up,

NOTE 2:  If you have some retired Stampin' Up! metallic refill ink, you also could repeat the process daubing some here and there to give the paper a little pizzazz. Just be aware that the metallic inks generally take a bit longer to dry.

Inside of card - click for a closer look.
Hope you enjoy making this card as much as I did.  It's just so much fun spinning that little guy once it's finished; no one who sees it can resist trying it!

I'll be back tomorrow morning with a fun little pocket card we made at my June 2017 New Catalog Open House.

Cathy ;D

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