Tuesday, May 22, 2018

A Little Wild Thank You Cards

Hi friends,

Earlier this month we had a baby shower for my daughter-in-law and as part of her gift I'm making some thank-you cards for her.  Here's one of my favorites:

The sweet little image was colored with my Stampin' Blends markers - available again on June 1!  The Whisper White panel is 2-1/4" x 4", mounted on a 2-1/2" x 4" piece of Basic Gray cardstock.  

This cute little elephant (along with a lion & a bear) is actually meant to be a tag.  I inked & stamped just the front half of the tag, die-cut it & trimmed it:

My little herd of elephants :)

Did you know?

If you have trouble getting your clear mount stamps to attach firmly to your acrylic blocks, the problem is most likely a dirty block.  Dust and fingerprints can keep them from sticking well.  By far the best solution I've found is to clean your blocks regularly with hand sanitizer.  I keep a bottle on my work table all the time for just this purpose.  Any brand will work...I like Bath & Body because it smells so nice as you clean!

These little guys were fun & easy to color with my Blends...

I changed up the colors a bit for variety...Soft Sky, Sweet Sugarplum & Pink Pirouette

My beautiful daughter-in-law...she's going to need a lot of thank-you cards!

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Happy Stamping!

Friday, May 18, 2018

Beautiful Bouquet for Graduation & Tips for Aligning Dies

Happy Friday!

Earlier this week I told you about my son graduating with his MBA - well, today is the day!  I'm hoping for sunny skies and 70 degrees, because the ceremony is at an outdoor amphitheater and rain or shine, the show must go on!

Eric's girlfriend is graduating today also, and this is the card I made for her.  I wanted this card to have a more feminine feel but still be in the school colors of gold & navy.  Instead of caps, gowns & stars, I made her a beautiful bouquet!

This is the same style card I made for a friend's birthday last week.  It is so much fun to put together!  I submitted my birthday card to last week's Global Design Project challenge and it was chosen as a winner!  You can find all the details and dimensions on that earlier post - click here.

The flowers are stamped in Crushed Curry & Berry Burst.  The different intensities of color are made by "stamping off" - stamping each image 2-3 times before re-inking your stamp.  The leaves and stems are cut from Lemon Lime Twist and the wrap on the stems is stamped in Crumb Cake.  The card base is made from So Saffron, a nice soft buttery-yellow.  The designer paper is part of the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper pack, which is retiring at the end of May.  

Did you know...

Some stamps with matching framelits have an alignment tab on them.  When you stamp them, make note of which direction the tab is pointing.  I always have it point to the top of the cardstock.  When you go to the Big Shot, place the tab on the matching framelit pointing the same direction and they will line up perfectly every time!

I really like this Triple Panel Standing Card fold.  It stands wonderfully to be displayed yet folds up neatly to fit in a standard envelope with no extra postage needed.

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Retiring items like the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper are going fast.  Don't miss out on your favorites!  

Enjoy your crafting!  Thanks for stopping by today.


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Eclipse Card for Graduation

Hi Friends,

It's that time of year - Graduation Season!  My son is graduating this week with his Masters Degree from UC Berkeley.  His dad & I are still trying to figure out how a young man born & bred in the Midwest ended up in California, but we couldn't be more proud of him.  We are heading west to celebrate with him and here is the card I designed for the occasion:

I started my stamping the "swishes" in the school colors.  These are from the Work of Art stamp set which is retiring this month.  I use this set a lot - it's great when you want a colorful, abstract background.  It's a set I highly recommend having in your stamp collection!  I used Night of Navy and Crushed Curry here.

Did you know...

Dark colors like Night of Navy can quickly fill your Stamp n Scrub with ink.  No worries, it's easy to clean!  Both of the fuzzy cleaning pads slide out of the plastic case and can be gently washed in warm water and Dawn dishwashing detergent.  Swish gently then rinse under running water until you can't see any more ink rinsing out.  Gently blot dry with a white paper towel.  If the towel shows any color, repeat.  When the towel stays white you're ready to let the pads air dry and then slide back into the case.

The sentiments on my card are both from a retired Sale-a-Bration stamp set called Sky is the Limit.  Perfect for this card!  I embossed the "Congratulations!" with Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder.  I love Stampin' Up's embossing powders - they melt so much more quickly and smoothly than other brands I have used.

About the graduation cap...

I cut this from Night of Navy cardstock.  Starting with a 3/4" wide strip of cardstock, I cut an angle across the end of the strip.  I then took the angled cut end and lined it up with the 3/4" mark on the trimmer and cut the other end to make a paralellogram.  The bottom of the cap is made by taking a 1-1/8" strip of cardstock and nipping off 2 corners with an oval punch.  The tassle is die-cut from the Balloon Framelits Dies (also retired).

If you haven't tried an Eclipse card yet, they are super easy and so impressive!  I used the Large Letters Framelits on this one.  You can make one using any punch or die-cut that has enough surface area to mount Mini Dimensionals behind.  A dark card base gives a nice shadow effect behind the letters.

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