Missing friends lately? Here’s an easy card you can make to remind your special relationships that they’re not forgotten!
Welcome, welcome! Despite coronvirus and economic shutdown and crazy March/April weather nationwide, it is somehow once again time for the Tuesday Blog Hop hosted by Stamp with Amy K (Amy Koenders). I’m back today with a friendship card that’s perfect for reaching out during this very odd time in our lives. Today’s blog hop is “for the ladies,” so it was created with my best friends in mind, to celebrate those relationships we’re grateful for and miss having in person right now. Thanks for following along today and stopping in on my page.
I woke up with a layout idea in my head about corner designs that I’ve never really tried before, and I was determined to give it a go. I’ve been working on an editorial project this week, so I didn’t have a lot of extra time to play around with creativity. It was more like “I only have [this much time], so I need to come up with something doable the first time around, and I need to do it now.” No pressure, right? With the layout and only the sketchiest of ideas in mind, I set to finding things that fit. I knew I wanted flowers. I always go to flowers, especially for women. They just brighten up my whole day and make me smile, and who wouldn’t want to make their friends smile?
Side note: you know, it’s always interesting to think about the creative process. At which points do you make decisions and proceed with them regardless of what happens during the interim? When do you redirect and try a different idea, after the first one brings contention? That’s sort of what happened to me here. In my head, I saw a landscape card with the top left and bottom right holding the flowers with the sentiment piece in the middle of the front. I had different options I could use for the background, embossing folders and stamps alike. And though the creative soul in me wanted to try several of the options to see what I liked best, I just kind of had to start with something and go with it.
I tried the Birch background stamp in Sahara Sand first since flowers make me think of trees and the rest of nature. (And because the embossing folder I really wanted to use is no longer current.) Here’s where I had to decide whether to proceed or redirect. I just could not get that stamp to line up correctly to do two beside each other in a horizontal fashion—the pattern on birch trees go horizontally, but the stamp is a portrait. The stamp isn’t big enough to cover one horizontal card front. And it’s not a photopolymer stamp to be able to line it up correctly. I tried to stamp it freehanded. I tried to do it using the Stamparatus. I both eyeballed and measured and frowned when necessary. I came close—but not close enough. And I decided I was tired of ruining cardstock. So rather than waste more time, I picked the one that came out the best and decided it was time to head a different direction.
The cardstock happened to be Very Vanilla, so that determined which shade and style I was going to be using. I cut off the cardstock and glued it on top of a new portrait card base (because I’d gotten ink on the other side of the first card base, of all things). I was suddenly stumped about how to arrange the rest of this card. It shouldn’t have been that hard, but the layout flip was messing with me and I couldn’t agree with myself about what would look like my original idea or what to use. I didn’t like any of it. The size was wrong. There was too much white space behind where I imagined the flowers (that I couldn’t commit to). Or the flowers were warring with the Birch background. All I knew was that I wanted to visibly set off the corners and perhaps also see a smaller diagonal strip and edge border extending from them. So I redirected again.
I kept the card base portrait style but started looking for Designer Series Paper to cover up the corners instead. As a longtime scrapbooker, I tend to fall back on DSP. I grabbed my 6×6 paper shares of current DSP, looking for something that would provide balance and grounding behind flowers. I thought one of the designs in the Perennial Essence DSP—one of the ones that remind me of a galaxy—would work for that job. So I took my little 6×6 square and looked for two blue corners that didn’t include many flowers on it, lopped off a corner where it worked, and then measured that corner against the rest of the DSP square to mark off and cut another for the opposite side. I glued down the blue corners on top of the birch background and stared at it. And decided that I didn’t like the stark color difference of the light background and the very dark corners. Any flowers I tried on top just didn’t please me. Frustration was building once more.
And then I saw it—paper that is so pretty, I almost want to weep. I’ve barely used it myself, other than cutting up some of the papers to give away at a party I demoed last fall. The Pressed Petals Specialty DSP has a paper in it with gorgeous blue flowers on burlap. Blue flowers that matched my Perennial Essence corners. …And then I realized that my last two little squares of that paper had flowers on them. Yes, I know I just said that. Light bulb moment—problem solved. No stamping needed! (This is why I love paper. 🙂 ) Rather than stamping and/or die-cutting flowers, I could merely cut out the ones in front of me and use those on the card, saving time and frustration! And so I did. I rough fussy-cut around one of the smaller blue flowers on my paper and one of large focal flower bunches. Usually I’m much more precise but the non-exactness went well with the rustic feel of the paper and I didn’t worry about it.
Then I had to finish the corners. With the blue galaxy already glued down, I did some mental aerobics and finally decided to offset the corners to show some of the blue and also work in the burlap. I took the square I’d cut into and sliced off the parts of the burlap paper left for the corners (which had a little bit of flowers too) by measuring it up against the corners already on the card. I then left a quarter of an inch margin showing when I glued them down. But that left a jagged edge on each side of the two corners, which felt odd. Here I went back to the layout in my head—I had already been thinking of using vellum to provide another smaller border coming out of the corner toward the center, along with some sort of decorative edge. But the elements were starting to fill up the card, and I wasn’t sure the sizing would work. Since I couldn’t quit looking at the jagged edges of both corners together, I decided to fill in those places with Petal Pink vellum from the Perennial Essence Vellum pack instead, so that’s why the corners are a little different. Accidentally on purpose, I guess. I also used that same vellum shade for the decorative border extending from the corners, and the die is from the Painted Labels dies.
After that it was just a matter of arranging where the bouquet and smaller flower went. I’m still not wild about my final placement of the large bouquet and my tags, but I love the location of the smaller flower next to the tag. In the end I saw that the large bouquet had a straight edge on it from where the paper was cut, so I just lined that up against my card edge, popped it up with 3D foam dots, and stuck it down, after figuring out the placement of the two tags from the Stitched So Sweetly dies with the smaller flowers. I should have brought the tags to the left a little more but I liked how the smaller flower sizes fit neatly into the corner and overlapped the tag. I did pop up the top layer of the tag with the sentiment. 🙂 I cut a piece of the Petal Pink vellum for the larger sentiment tag to give the Very Vanilla sentiment a bit of border and color as well.
I stamped the “Friendship refreshes the soul” sentiment from the Beautifully Braided stamp set in Sahara Sand ink as well as the inside sentiment (“Here’s to always finding joy in one another’s laughter, warmth in one another’s embrace, and love in one another’s love”) from the Path of Petals stamp set. I’ve used the inside sentiment for wedding cards before, but tonight, at least, I think it works for special friendships too. I “painted” the fussy-cut flowers with Clear Wink of Stella to give them some sparkle and added a little bow with our Linen Thread. And I used the Night of Navy Noble Peacock Rhinestones on the card front as well as little Gold Glitter Enamel Dots for the flower centers just for fun.
In the inside of the card, I used the Petal Pink vellum as a background for my sentiment. I just put a little bit of liquid glue underneath the words so that the glue wouldn’t show through. The glue on the back side of the Petal Pink, attaching it to the card base, doesn’t seem to be showing at all because of the layers. The inside sentiment is actually stamped in Blueberry Bushel ink on the tiny-flowered vellum and was heat-set on both sides briefly so that the vellum wouldn’t warp. And then I fussy-cut one last little flower and glued it with a Gold Glitter enamel off the side of the sentiment.
It was nice to feel that my forward progress and my redirections finally made something I actually liked to see. The card has a shabby chic sort of feel to it, which I haven’t made for a while. I may make more of these now that I’ve worked out all the kinks in placement logistics. Hope it inspires you to do one of your own (without all the creative grief!). You can find all the supplies I used on my card in my online store at https://www.stampinup.com/ecweb/default.aspx.
Please continue through the hop to see the awesome projects some of my teammates have made for you this week! It’s a very talented team. Pressing the “Previous” button will take you back to Karen, and “Next” will move you on to Mary. Thanks again for visiting!
- Karen Ksenzakovic–https://wp.me/paaNf4-1V2
- Connie Troyer–You Are Here!
- Mary Deatherage–https://wp.me/p5snyt-cpO
- Akiko Sudano–https://wp.me/paOv8E-13G
- Leslie Larkin–https://leslielarkin.com/young-at-heart/
- Karen Finkle–https://karenscardkorner.blogspot.com/2020/04/stampin-up-garden-lane-quilted-card-for.html
- Julie Johnston–https://wp.me/p8SzmQ-2jk
- Amy Koenders–https://wp.me/p2SFwf-j9H
Birthday and Thinking of You cards made with the Kerchief Card Kit available for free only during Sale-a-Bration with Stampin’ Up!
Thanks for joining me on my blog today! I have to start off with an apology and a correction; this blog post is for Amy’s Tuesday Blog Hop, not Sunday’s. I was thinking of the day I had to post the link! And now I can’t change it…. More proof that I’m not perfect, I suppose. 🙂
So, for the Tuesday Blog Hop, which is going with a birthday theme this month, I decided to make up the Kerchief Card Kit, which is available as a Sale-a-Bration reward for spending $50 before tax and shipping. It had been backordered, but I got it in on Saturday and sat right down to put them together. I’m still making cards for sale for my local gift shop in Amish Country, so this set is perfect to do up for them. I plan on ordering a second kit and selling them in sets of five and some singles, using our Acetate Boxes and some card jackets.
I decided to go with this kit for the birthday blog hop because of the included “Celebrate Today” sentiments, planned for the Coastal Cabana rose cards. (The Poppy Parade kerchief cards have “Thinking of You” sentiments.) I adore the blue cards (and its gold foil-dotted vellum!) because of the colors and style, and the red cards were simple and fun to put together as well (also with vellum, but plain). I also really liked the thicker twine included in the kit, and I hope I see more of it in the future. I was pleasantly surprised and pleased to note that there is no stamp or ink spot in the set; the sentiments are already printed and included as die-cuts, ready to be added to the cards. It made the work go much faster—and yet still allows me creativity to add whichever sentiments I see fit for the insides of the cards.
The picture above only shows four of the eight cards in the A2-sized kit because I made two of each of the cards shown. On the blue Coastal Cabana cards, I popped up the rose and sentiment on two of them and left the other two roses flat; I also put two bows up and away at the right and two at the lower left bottom, for variation.
I changed the placement of the gold leaves on the Poppy Parade cards, two being centered and two being placed at a diagonal the way the kit shows. I also changed the location of the bow, not placing them under the tag as in the instructions. I actually even put the bow on top of one of the tags, which is not reflected here.
I finished the cards by adding sequins from the retired Love Blossoms Kit, as I thought the gold, white, and Blushing Bride colors matched well.
When I considered sentiments for the insides of the cards and looked through my current stamp sets, I found four that will work nicely for wedding or anniversary, general celebrations, or celebrating a special person or a special day that may or may not be love relate. Though they’re not stamped on the cards yet, I plan on using “Be strong, be happy, be you” from Rooted in Nature; “Wishing you the best on your special day” from the Perennial Birthday set; “Hoping you experience love and joy today, tomorrow, and always” from the Last a Lifetime set in the Mini catalog; and “Here’s to always finding joy in one another’s laughter, warmth in one another’s embrace, and love in one another’s lives” from Path of Petals. I think the “celebrate today” cards could also be used as graduation, retirement or promotion, even the birth of a baby or baby shower, and more occasions as well, if you didn’t feel the need to use the standard icons of the event. They would work fine as blank cards too—celebrating life or spring or no reason whatsoever!
Free with your purchase, the kit is a good investment. Quick to make up and easy to have a few cards on hand or to give as gifts, it’s one that will appeal to many (if for convenience’s sake if nothing else!), and the cards are lovely to boot. They’re also very easy to adapt to other styles or make into alternate designs. The envelopes are all lined with either Balmy Blue or Petal Pink and make a nice “wow” moment when they’re opened as well.
I’ll leave you with a close-up of my favorite card in the stack. 🙂 Please be sure to scroll down and “hop” through the rest of our list of participants so you can see the special birthday cards they created. We have a fantastic, creative team! If you are needing Stampin’ Up supplies, catalogs, or a consultant, I’m happy to help you out with any. You can use host code WAA2PGYR until February 16 when you check out. Thanks again for stopping by!
- Jaimie Babarczy – https://wp.me/p79UhD-3B4
- Connie Troyer – You are here!
- Akiko Sudano – https://wp.me/paOv8E-Qx
- Mary Deatherage – https://wp.me/p5snyt-btg
- Karen Ksenzakovic – https://wp.me/paaNf4-1DA
- Leslie Larkin – https://leslielarkin.com/birthday-with-the-peaceful-moments-bundle/
- Sue Prather – https://wp.me/p5yitZ-1KD
- Julie Johnston – https://wp.me/p8SzmQ-2hu
- Karen Finkle – https://karenscardkorner.blogspot.com/2020/02/stampin-up-young-at-heart-for-amys.html
- Amy Koenders – https://wp.me/p2SFwf-iuS
Enjoy a bit of France and flowers as we gear up for all things “love-ly” for Valentine’s Day!
Whew! That’s a long blog title. (And I didn’t even add all the stamp sets!) Maybe you know by now that my preferred style is lots of details and fuss—complication is somehow my specialty. I’ve used all current Stampin’ Up products in my card today, and there are quite a few. Thank you so much for coming to my post! Thumbnails of the products I used will be at the end of post, and clicking them will take you to my online store for more details.
The theme for Stamp with Amy K’s blog hop for this month is “love.” Well, I have a “love” for all things France, so when I was thinking about current Stampin’ Up product I already own that I could create with, of course I turned to the Eiffel Tower. And flowers. I love flowers too. They’re my go-to any time of year. I didn’t have anyone particularly in mind when I created this card; it will likely go to my local gift shop for sale soon. The idea of it came to me while I was driving the other day. The background has changed since, but ideas do that in this craft room. 🙂
I started with an A2 (4.5″ x 5.5″) Thick Whisper White card base and then eyeballed and cut a slightly smaller separate piece of regular Whisper White for a layer on the top. The margin difference is between 1/8″ and 1/16″ because one was too big and the other was too small. I dry-embossed this separate piece with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder first in one direction, and then I flipped the paper and embossed it in the other direction, which gives it a crosshatched look. I tucked a piece of 1/4″ Petal Pink Metallic-Edge Ribbon around the edges slightly higher than the middle, gluing them on the back side, and then glued my embossed piece down to the card base. (Well, technically, I did a lot of the steps backward, including that part, but do as I say, not as I did!)
The focal part of my card front is the large flower stamp from the Forever Blossoms Cling Stamp Set, surrounded by an embossed die-cut made from the Heirloom Frames Dies and Heirloom Frames 3D Embossing Folders, with the Eiffel Tower stamp from the Parisian Beauty Cling Stamp Set and die-cut flowers from the Cherry Blossoms Dies offset to the side.
I knew I wanted to use Alcohol Blends on the flowers and leaves, but I don’t like coloring large sections with the Blends and making lines, so I felt like watercoloring the background would be best for me. I used the Balmy Blue watercolor pencil in the Assortment 2 pack and an Aqua Painter. (Truthfully, I forgot to color the background until after I’d already distractedly glued the piece to the back of the oval once my flowers were done, so don’t do that. Color it all first; then cut and glue.) Since we can use Memento Tuxedo Black to hold in the colors of the alcohol markers BUT Memento is water-based and will run when touched with water during watercoloring, I decided I’d better heat-emboss some embossing powder on the image after stamping with VersaMark so that I could do both techniques. I’d wanted to try out Stampin’ Up’s new Shimmer White and Shimmer Black Stampin’ Emboss Powders anyway.
I’m actually really impressed with those new embossing powders. I didn’t expect to see the holographic flecks in them, and that feature turns out some neat highlights. The Shimmer White is, of course, white when embossed, but there’s also a mix of silver and holographic flecks that don’t meld together when heated, unlike the white and black colors themselves. And the Shimmer Black includes flecks of silver, magenta, green, blue, and something yellowy that sit subtly on top of the black. The ones in the black are very hard to pick up in the lighting when showing a card, but they’re fun to see. After I heat-embossed the Eiffel Tower with the Shimmer Black, I think my jaw actually fell open—it looked like it was sparkling with diamonds!
When I was working on the oval, I had trouble getting the embossing perfectly centered in the die-cut, and that bothered me—and it also took up more of the card front that way, room I needed—so I trimmed off the excess around the crimped part. It lays flatter now anyway without the extra border edge. Once I had that done, I used it to figure out how I wanted to show my flowers inside it. They are stamped at an angle. I actually had a different angle chosen, but I didn’t glue it in the same way I had set it, so watch that if you do it. Mark a place at the top so you don’t twist it too far to the side. I cut a small section of Shimmery White Cardstock for the flowered piece, which you can see some of in the blue background in closeups. This card is quite shimmery everywhere you look!
To color the flowers, I used my Dark Petal Pink, Light Granny Apple Green, and Dark Granny Apple Green Alcohol Blends, as well as the Color Lifter. I tried to work with the Ivory too, but I had to lift the color right out of it because it felt too dark on the buds I colored. (I used to have a Light Petal Pink Blend and wanted to use it, but at the last show where I was a vendor, the cap didn’t get put back on correctly and I didn’t catch it until it had already dried out. So I have to order a new one.) When I colored the flowers, I went over the centers and extended the color some with the Dark Petal Pink first, then lightly went over everything with the same marker, and then took the Color Lifter to the outside edges of the flowers or buds. I would have also liked to have left some white on the flowers to look more like the DSP in the Parisian Blossoms Specialty Designer Series Paper, but it just didn’t work out that way. The embossing on the flowers and leaves is really where all the shading and shadowing is, so it felt more like reverse coloring as I worked with it. There’s not a lot of space in the flowers that isn’t embossed. I did color right over the embossing, and it does not rub off (though I did not intentionally test that when it was wet).
The Parisian Beauty stamp set is one I won with my Prize Patrol number at November’s OnStage conference, and I hadn’t ordered the matching Parisian Dies yet because I already have a Bigz Eiffel Tower die and several stamp sets having to do with France. In my mind, I saw the SU die-cut at the side of the card and thought I had bought the set until I went looking and remembered. Stampin’ Up’s die-cut is much prettier than the other die I have, so I will be ordering the Parisian Dies after all. For today’s card, though, I had to fussy-cut the stamped/embossed image.
I used the Cherry Blossom dies for the flowers on top of the Eiffel Tower. The stamens and star center were cut out of Champagne Foil and the flowers themselves out of Petal Pink cardstock. I actually doubled the littlest blossom, sandwiching the foil in between to make sure it stayed where it was supposed to. I wanted the blossoms to curl up a bit and had to use the tip of my Tombow Mono Liquid Glue to get the curves I imagined, instead of my large ball tool that was “somewhere.” The dies emboss curving lines in the flowers when cut, as well.
I popped up the Eiffel Tower with Mini Dimensionals to help the height of the knot at the edge of the card, so some of the cherry blossoms on top of it are glued flat and some have been half glued flat and half popped up. The littlest blossom actually has two half Mini Dimensionals at the right and is glued on top of the others otherwise. I knotted a small bow with the 1/4″ Petal Pink Metallic-Edge Ribbon (the last of my sample from OnStage!) and used glue dots under it, on top of the ribbon that was wrapped around to the back, to keep it in place.
To finish the card front, I used the “Always thinking of you” sentiment from the Very Versailles Cling stamp set and stamped it in Jet Black Staz-On ink on a scrap of Thick Whisper White cardstock (with no embossing either way). The Staz-On ink seems darker than the Tuxedo Black Memento ink, and since I had such a dark Eiffel Tower, I didn’t want to go halfway on my ink. To my surprise and delight, my Simply Shammy removed the Staz-On ink from my stamp with just a little scrubbing. Now I don’t have to drag out the pungent Staz-On Cleaner and do the whole paper towel mess! Hooray!
I also used my new Paper Trimmer and even the new Mini Cutter to trim up the sentiment scrap and the first version of my Subtle-embossed piece. The Mini Cutter is only available to demonstrators and those who become demonstrators during Sale-a-Bration, so if you want one, you’ll need to sign up to get it and some other goodies (but I promise it’s worth it!).
The inside of the card is hiding an oops, but I got a lot more creative with what you see versus what I had, so I’m happy about that mistake. I used the largest of the Painted Labels Dies to cut my “label” for the sentiment out of Sahara Sand cardstock. I stamped the “Sending All My Love” sentiment from the Last a Lifetime Cling Stamp Set in Jet Black Staz-On, using my Stamparatus. And then I glued more Champagne Foil to three more blossoms of various sizes (star centers and stamens, both) to two corners of the label. I did not curve those blossoms. 🙂
All in all, I’m pretty happy with this card. I hope you like it too. Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think or what you would have done differently—or any questions you may have. Just for fun, I’ve included a picture of the “clean and simple” version of this card to show you what it would look like without the flowers. Somehow it’s a very different feel! Nothing was glued down yet when I took the photo.
We have a very talented team creating for you today, so please “hop” around to the others on this list to see what they made! If you hit the “Previous” button, you’ll go back to Mary Deatherage’s blog, or you can go “Next” to Akiko Sudano’s offering. Both women create amazing cards! Or you can skip around with the links below—you’ll find many you like. 🙂
- Karen Ksenzakovic – https://wp.me/paaNf4-1uG
- Shirley Gentry – https://stampinwithshirleyg.com/?p=10221
- Mary Deatherage – https://wp.me/p5snyt-aZ2
- Connie Troyer – You are here!
- Akiko Sudano – https://wp.me/paOv8E-KT
- Jaimie Babarczy – https://wp.me/p79UhD-3wt
- Karen Finkle – https://karenscardkorner.blogspot.com/2020/01/stampin-up-parisian-beauty-for-amys.html
- Sue Prather – https://wp.me/p5yitZ-1I8
- Leslie Larkin – https://leslielarkin.com/heart-to-heart-bundle-for-amys-inkin-krew-team-blog-hop/
- Amy Koenders – https://wp.me/p2SFwf-idu
And if you are interested in the products I used on this card, I’ve added them to the next list, and the thumbnails are direct links to my online store for more information or purchasing.
If you wish to purchase something from my online store, please use the host code WAA2PGYR during checkout. Orders of $50 before tax and shipping also gets you a free gift of your choice worth up to $8, from me to you as my thanks. 🙂 (You’ll also get a free Sale-a-Bration item from Stampin’ Up with every order of $50 before tax and shipping!) If you’re interested in becoming a demonstrator and want to sign up with a great time, I’d love to have you join mine—and Sale-a-Bration is the best time to do it! Recruits who join before March 31, 2020, will receive the brand-new (only available here) Mini Cutter (which is a guillotine-style trimmer), a 6″x6″ sampler pack of Designer Series Paper (48 sheets of most of the DSP from the Mini catalog), a free stamp set of their choice, $125 worth of items for $99, and more. I’ve never regretted it!
Thank you again for stopping by to see what I created today!
I try to continue to push myself to learn new things about cardmaking and papercrafting. This is the first card I attempted in the Twist-and-Pop style.
I’m happy to say that I’m branching out and learning new things about crafting all the time.
When I wanted to make a “wow” birthday card for a woman who has always been quite special to me, I decided to give this style a go, as something different. It’s called a Twist and Pop card (though I believe it has other names as well). This had been one of those kinds of cards that I viewed with some trepidation, thinking it looked impossibly hard to manage. I mean, the thing folds in on itself and somehow still fits in a normal envelope. 🤔🤷♀️
I confess that I had it easy this time, because in my May 2018 Papercraft Inspirations UK subscription magazine (a gift from my mom), there were two prescored and precut card bases and middle parts along with these flower cards and directions on where and how to put them all together.
I was glad there were two also, because I glued the wrong thing to the wrong side at first. 🤦♀️ So now that will be my template when I go to cut another card base and middle to use up the second (different) set of flower pieces they included.
I inked around all of my flower cards with Sweet Pea quick-drying chalk ink from Ingvild Bolme and also used it atop a white “Happy Birthday” die-cut from one of my crafty peeps. The best part for me was adding Clear Wink of Stella to all the flowers so they would sparkle (which never picks up in photos very well).
And as usual, I forgot to take photos of my card before signing it.
Anyway, my recipient seemed delighted, so I achieved my goal. (I’m sort of just happy it got to her on time, as I struggle with that.) And now I have little fear about making another Twist-and-Pop card! I actually made this card back in April and have done a few others in this style as well. I’m going to be blogging about one of them—a special 20th anniversary card—so stay tuned. 🙂
Details about Paper Pumpkin’s October 2019 “Winter Woods” kit, which I put together over the weekend.
Hello again… I had the chance to travel to Michigan this past weekend for Stampin’ Up’s November Onstage event and sit with one of my team members from Indiana. The upcoming Mini (formerly “Occasions”) catalog and Sale-a-bration catalogs are amazing, and I can’t wait to start using the free product I got at the conference. 🙂 I’ll share posts and cards made with them soon. I have some pictures posted from OnStage on my Facebook business page, Constantly Creating / The Little Whatnot Shop. Check them out and give me a follow there too!
I enjoyed time with some in-law cousins after the conference, visiting Frankenmuth and playing card games at the house. During one of those evening games, I pulled a TV tray beside me and worked on my October Paper Pumpkin kit. (Always a multitasker when I can be!) And they were patient when I didn’t always immediately realize that it was my turn again, though I did try to watch…. (*insert facepalm, blush, and LOL faces here*)
Anyway, all that to say that the Paper Pumpkin kits truly are easy and fun to do in a short stint of time. For this kit, I first creased all the card bases with my bone folder and then used the included stamp set to stamp the “snowfall” stamp across the top border above the trees in Night of Navy ink. I also stamped the two sentiments (“Season’s Greetings” and “Winter Wishes”) onto the Pool Party banners. (I carried my one-inch Stampin’ Spots with me in SU’s old clamshell cases and they worked perfectly!) Once the snowfall and banners were finished for all ten cards and I cleaned my stamps, I punched out the birch trees, cut the included Mini Dimensionals in half, and attached them first to the back of each piece and then to the card base. The trees pop up so beautifully! Then I used the included full-sized Glue Dots to adhere the brown wood-grain rectangle to the bottom of the trees, added full-sized Mini Dimensionals to the backs of the sentiment banners, and stuck them on top of the wood grain.
Halfway through I decided it would be easier to line up and stick the wood grain and sentiment banners to the trees before I attached all the cut Mini Dimensionals to the back of the birch papers—and it was, once I changed the order of doing things. 🙂 So do things in whichever order works best for you.
Then it was time to use the included Mini Glue Dots on the cardinals and tiny snowflake sequins that come with the kit. I just love these little details, and for me, this was the fun part. My snowflakes and birds are all in slightly different places, and that’s okay.
I decided to stamp the envelopes with the medium-sized snowflake stamp that comes with the sentiments, and I made two types of designs, to go with the two sentiments. The cards with the “Winter Wishes” sentiment have more snowflakes on the envelope than the “Season’s Greetings” ones. 🙂 The envelopes in the kit are edged with silver foil, which coordinates with the colors of the kit perfectly (Poppy Parade, Night of Navy, Pool Party, and Whisper White). I just tried to wipe off the ink from the foil edges in case any of it hadn’t dried by the time I got to that step.
I still have to stamp the insides of the cards, as it just got too late to finish, but other than that, I now have two more boxed sets to put in my local gift shop stash for the December delivery. Easy-peasy and done.
Paper Pumpkin is the perfect way to jump into the world of papercrafting and get your creative “me-time” every month. They’ve really been stepping up on the designs lately, and the kits are fun to make when I have a little bit of time. Next month’s kit just came in the mail too, and I’m taking them to Saturday’s craft fair as part of a make-and-take for fairgoers. They are tags in four designs that coordinate with these cards perfectly. We’ve also been told that December’s Paper Pumpkin kit consists of 12 cards and a stamp set of 13 sentiments. You can get this kit by subscribing through December 10.
If you’d like a kit of your own, just contact me or click on my direct shopping link over in the sidebar! Subscriptions come in 1, 3, 6, or 12 months ($22 for month-by-month, $21 for one month only, $63 for 3 months, $114 for 6 months, or $220 for 12 months, with savings on the last two categories for bulk buy). You can even earn Stampin’ Rewards on the 6- or 12-month subscriptions, and you gain access to past kits with any plan. They’re great as a gift for a crafter of any level or for your own enjoyment.
Thanks for visiting today!
Welcome to my blog for Stamp with Amy K’s Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop for Tuesday, August 13! We have a great lineup for you today. Thanks for stopping by to see what I created. 🙂
With the seasonal change coming soon, this month’s blog hop theme is “fall frenzy.” So I have a thinking of you/just for you sunflower card to share with you today using Stampin’ Up’s “Painted Harvest” and “Rare Blessings” stamp sets.
I decided to use last week’s Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge—Sketch #328—to give me a basic idea of construction. I don’t use sketches often because I usually just design straight from my brain based on what I’m feeling with the products I see in front of me, but I’ve had a busy weekend (okay, month). I’m thankful I can turn to a sketch or a Pinterest pin for less-than-ideal crafting times when I need to come up with something quickly in either design or time. So here is the sketch image I worked from.
And I was also inspired by a card from my teammate Leslie Larkin (leslielarkin.com) that was posted on our team Facebook page last month. After I saw her card, I wanted to make one immediately. I love the black-and-white flower with the color around it (she used Memento Tuxedo Black ink with Lovely Lipstick paper, cardstock, and gems).
So without further paragraphs, let’s get to my card! Although I had to create it in a crunch, I found several ideas vying for realization as I looked through my current DSP and video chatted with a crafty friend. I didn’t have time to make the five cards I wanted to, so I’ve had to back-burner most of them. I did pull out supplies to make a second card following the same sketch, so I’ll make that and post it another day. Here’s the one I put together for today. (Be sure to catch the updated picture at the end!)
What I ended up using was a Terracotta Tile card base, a sheet of striped paper from the “Come Sail Away” DSP pack (Mossy Meadow color), and a sheet of flowered paper from the Mosaic Mood Specialty DSP (Crushed Curry, Garden Green, Mint Macaron, Terracotta Tile, and Very Vanilla colors). It is a specialty DSP because half the sheets in the pack have Spot UV gloss on the paper to showcase various designs. In the paper I used, the flowered circles have the gloss on them.
I thought the Mosaic Mood paper would work for the scalloped piece on the sketch because the flowered circles are all in a row and have radiating circles around each flower. I just took my scissors and fussy-cut around the largest circle of each flower in the row, up to where it touches the next circle. It seemed the fastest way to move forward on the card and stop all the overthinking I was doing.
The striped Mossy Meadow paper from “Come Sail Away” pulls out the Garden Green from the “Mosaic Mood” paper and balances everything visually. For some reason, I always think stripes go on the bottom. I suppose that’s one of my “ruts” in card-making. However much I tried to argue with that while designing the card, in the end it was easiest to cave and promise myself that I’d try something new later.
Once I had the stripes glued down and the top portion cut, I tried to find a way to use the beautiful 1/2″ Poppy Parade Textured Weave Ribbon in my “current product accessories” bin. I began using the ribbon the way it comes off the roll but didn’t like how it was the same width as the flowered/scalloped border. I needed something thinner, but I only have so many ribbons and twine options right now. So I put some heavy-duty Tear & Tape Adhesive down on one side of the ribbon and did my best at folding it over in half (it’s kind of tricky, actually). And then I located the 1/8″ Glubers glue line I’d cut in half previously for another card. It comes in 1/4″ strips, but as I’ve mislaid my 1/8″ red-line tape, I made do with the other—twice now. Tear & Tape Adhesive would have worked for that as well, but I already had the other one cut and waiting for me.
The metallic brads are basically just decorative. Since I hadn’t yet adhered the flowered piece to my card base, I could still punch a tiny hole on each side of the ribbon, place the brads through the holes, and fasten them at the back before gluing the paper. I’m considering them to be two of the gem places in the sketch, with the third located on the tag. My brads are miscellaneous from my stash, but Stampin’ Up has a great set of Metallic Brads in the current catalog, so I’ll add them to the list of supplies at the end.
Then came the tedious part of the card—figuring out which colors to use for the two-step photopolymer “Painted Harvest” sunflower. I know I’ve saved some color swatches for this sunflower in Pinterest, but for some reason I thought it would be faster to use the colors I’d narrowed down and stacked on my table rather than search in my Color Combos and Sketches board. Hindsight is 20/20.
I wasn’t entirely sure how the stamping was supposed to go, so I got some scrap paper and started “playing” with the two darker ink colors I’d pulled—Early Espresso and Soft Suede. I did several of both colors as the base. Then I opened the two ink colors in my stash that matched the paper the best—Terracotta Tile and a very old (but perfectly juicy) Ruby Red. I need to get a Poppy Parade ink pad yet. I wasn’t sure which color would work best with both the Poppy Parade ribbon and the Terracotta Tile in the paper.
After too much experimentation, including tone-on-tone and color mixing in the brighter colors, I chose to go with the Early Espresso/Ruby Red combination. The Terracotta Tile is more orange than Poppy Parade, and the Ruby Red has a better balance of an orange and something rosier or pinker when both Terracotta Tile and Poppy Parade are on the same card. The flower spots that have Terracotta Tile in them on the DSP are small enough it doesn’t seem to matter much. I had originally picked a Soft Suede/Terracotta Tile combination, but I didn’t stamp the center quite right on the best piece and royally messed it up when trying to fix it, per my usual. Anyway, that color combination works too.
The center of the finished flower is tone-on-tone Early Espresso. Stamping the center of the sunflower was a little challenging to line up at first, but the more I “practiced,” the better I got at it. So just keep trying while you figure out how it works. After I chose one of the images I’d stamped, I then fussy-cut around the finished sunflower and added pop-up foam dots to the back of it. I’m just now realizing that I probably should have added leaves as well. But I’m calling this card done. Maybe I’ll add leaves before I send it. That’s for another day.
For the “Just for You” tag from the “Rare Blessings” stamp set, I used Early Espresso ink and a scrap of Crumb Cake cardstock. The stamp set is one of the new cling sets, so I had to put it together first with the new stickers (that actually stick to the block!). I actually kind of love doing that with the new stamp sets. 🙂 After that was done and I stamped it on the Crumb Cake, I cut down the tag and snipped up the middle at the left with my scissors to make a banner end. Then I took a Really Rust Stampin’ Write Marker (retired) and added some faux stitching in a thin border just inside the edges of the tag. I would have used an Early Espresso marker, but something happened to mine and I no longer have one. The Really Rust is close enough to the Terracotta Tile that it still matches. And, finally, I added a Terracotta Tile gem from the 2019-2020 In-Color Faceted Dots embellishment pack to the tag as one of the gem spots in the sketch.
I’m not sure what is going on the inside yet. The card is going to a friend who recently lost his mother. I need to look for the right sentiment before I send it with a delayed memorial gift. It’s been a busy year here. But at least I’m one step closer in getting the card and gift sent out the door.
UPDATE!: I decided to add some vellum leaves from the Magnolia Lane Memories and More Card Pack around the flower. I fussy-cut them and colored them on the front and back (to make them darker) with my Dark Old Olive Alcohol Blend marker. (I don’t have the Mossy Meadow Blends yet, so I made do.) The sentiment on the inside reads “With Deepest Sympathy” and is from the current Golden Afternoon stamp set. I stamped it in Crumb Cake. I also ran one of the sticker border strips across the bottom of the inside from the Magnolia Lane Memories and More Card Pack. NOW I’m finished with the card. 🙂
That’s all for today. Stay tuned for the next card using “Painted Harvest” and Sketch 328. Thanks again for visiting! Feel free to post questions or comments. Below the list of blog hop participants of my Stampin’ Up team members are the products I used in my card. You can purchase any of them through my online store here—or just click on the picture—and if you use the host code 3W7RXKCU when you check out, I’ll send a free gift your way! Also, if you happen to need a current Annual Catalog or the upcoming Holiday Catalog (which should arrive on my doorstep tomorrow), I’m happy to send you one! Just use the Contact Me link at the top of the main page.
To continue with our blog hop using the arrows, click Previous to view Paula Vincent’s offering or Next to view Karen Ksenzakovic’s card. Or you can click any of the links below to go directly to any demonstrator’s blog.
- Jaimie Babarczy: https://wp.me/p79UhD-32A
- Terry Lynn Bright: https://wp.me/p8fxPh-ak
- Mary Deatherage: https://wp.me/p5snyt-8YX
- Akiko Sudano: https://wp.me/paOv8E-hO
- Shirley Gentry: https://stampinwithshirleyg.com/?p=6855
- Karen Finkle: https://karenscardkorner.blogspot.com/2019/08/stampin-up-accented-blooms-thinking-of.html
- Paula Vincent: https://cockeyedcrafter.com/?p=160
- Connie Troyer: https://wp.me/p8xvI6-E
- Karen Ksenzakovic: https://wp.me/paaNf4-RH
- Amy Koenders: https://wp.me/p2SFwf-gGt
Plus the Golden Afternoon stamp set and Magnolia Lane Memories and More Card Pack!
Hello again to my readers! Thanks for joining me today. I haven’t been able to post much lately—summer being a busy time and all!—but I just got back from celebrating a long July 4th weekend with family and joined Stamp with Amy K’s July 9 blog hop to “celebrate summer.”
Summer is one of my favorite times of the year. I love being outside without a jacket, I physically feel better and am rarely cold (unless I’m indoors with air-conditioning), activities abound, flowers bloom, and my birthday falls during the summer—so how can I not love it? The sun alone just makes me smile. So this card features a stamp set called “Peaceful Place” because one of my favorite things about the summertime is being outdoors with nature, where the breeze blows and the birds sing and I feel happy all over. (And perhaps a little sweaty…which is way better than being cold.)
I was recently asked to make a card for someone who is going through a hard time. Even though I’m celebrating summer, it seems like she is going through more of a “winter” time in life right now. So I was hoping I could create a quiet, peaceful, “run away” kind of feeling in my scene that would help her psyche and help bring her peace and encouragement with a card from her friend.
Stampin’ Up has several kinds of coloring tools available. I began my card by using watercolor paper and stamping the main “Peaceful Place” image on it in the retired Basic Gray archival ink so that I could watercolor with my colored pencils and Aqua Painters. I wanted a lighter “no-line” sort of look, so I used Basic Gray rather than Basic Black. (You can see the complete list of current items I used below the list of blog participants.) The “Peaceful Place” stamp set is available in both Clear-Mount and Wood Mount. I have not used the current Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper in my card today, but I’m looking forward to getting some and testing it out. I’ll let you know how I like it!
After I had stamped out two of the images, I set about coloring them with my watercolor pencils while I ate lunch. 🙂 When I have time, I stamp two images so that I can play with the colors and figure out what I like best. I almost always go with my second try. I have so much to learn about color mixing and shading yet. When I was happy with the color I’d put down, I carefully brushed over each color individually, wiping off my AquaPainter when I was done with one so that I didn’t transfer any ink. Then I set the paper aside to let it dry.
To build the card, I started with a kraft card base from the Magnolia Lane Large Specialty Memories and More Cards and Envelopes pack. I found a large background card I liked out of the Magnolia Lane Memories and More Card Pack (it had a lovely open space for a sentiment in the middle, which I had to unfortunately cover up). Fun fact: the repeated green pattern looks like the stamp from the Verdant Garden Photopolymer set, so these products would coordinate beautifully!
I needed a divider of some sort to finish hiding the sentiment spot in the background paper, and the Seaside Spray gingham pattern from the 2019-2021 In-Color 6×6 DSP pack fit the best. I feel as if it kind of fades away and leads into the background the way a soft vellum would (I tried vellum but the color was all wrong.) Then I adhered my dry watercolored “canvas” on top of the patterned papers.
I love that this stamp can not only be used for “thinking of you” cards like this but also sympathy and masculine and fall subjects. It’s just so versatile!
I wrapped a length of Whisper White 5/8″ Flax Ribbon around the back of where the gingham paper ended and decided to place my own chosen sentiment atop it. I first die-cut a piece of Gray Granite cardstock with one of the dies in the Stitched Labels Framelits Dies and then placed a sticker sentiment reading “Days Like These…” on top. It matched the greens and die-cut tag perfectly in both color and size. The sticker sentiment is also from the Magnolia Lane Memories and More Card Pack. I figured it was applicable, with all this lady has been going through. And it fit with the inside sentiment stamp I’d already discussed with my customer (which is not made by Stampin’ Up).
Running down the sides of the inside paper are two more stickers from the Magnolia Lane Memories and More Card Pack, which set off the inside sentiment just right. I stamped the sentiment stamp in Gray Granite ink as well. Then I colored the heart with my retired Pink Pirouette alcohol Stampin’ Blends marker—the best light heart color I had to work with.
I guess it turned out to be a very simple card after all—simple enough to be on the way to its recipient soon. I hope it makes her smile.
As a reminder, you can see the current products I used below the list of blog participants. Clicking on the links will take you right to my online store if you want to purchase any of them. Thanks for reading about my crafting journey! Be sure to “hop” around and see the other projects my incredible teammates have created to celebrate summer! Click the “previous” button to go back and view Paula Vincent’s blog or click “next” to jump forward and visit Leslie Larkin’s!
- Karen Ksenzakovic: https://wp.me/paaNf4-JK
- Jaimie Babarczy: https://wp.me/p79UhD-2Wn
- Sue Prather: https://wp.me/p5yitZ-1kz
- Paula Vincent: http://cockeyedcrafter.com/2019/07/09/celebrating-summer-sunsets
- Connie Troyer: https://constantlycreatingme.wordpress.com/?p=1513&preview=true
- Leslie Larkin: https://leslielarkin.com/come-sail-away-suite/
- Karen Finkle: https://karenscardkorner.blogspot.com/2019/07/stampin-up-sailing-home-birthday-card_9.html
- Shirley Gentry: https://stampinwithshirleyg.com/?p=6260
- Julie Johnston: https://wp.me/p8SzmQ-2eD
- Mary Deatherage: https://wp.me/p5snyt-8yk
- Akiko Sudano: https://wp.me/paOv8E-dD
- Amy Koenders: https://wp.me/p2SFwf-g8V
These are the products I used to create today’s card.