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!

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


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

* 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)

* 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


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.


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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.

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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:
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.

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The inspiration for this card came from a monthly newsletter I receive from Technique Junkies (  The Tri-Fold Accordion card was featured in the January issue -- I tweaked it a little for my card.
* 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
(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:

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