Cards, Encouragement, Faux Embossing, Just Because, Stampin' Up!, Summer, Techniques

Faux Embossed Background Using Dies

Hello friends. This faux embossed technique that I discovered a few years ago and is a great way to add dimension to your card without having to emboss. It can be done with most images and all text. I used the word dies from Nothing’s Better Than Bundle from Stampin’ Up! to create an embossed background. But to step it up I also decided to add a shaker element to the card.

I started by cutting a piece of Bumblebee 8-1/2X11 Cardstock to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″ to create a card base. I die cut the “Cocktails” word with the Love You More Than Dies from Bumblebee 8-1/2X11 Cardstock several times. I adhered them to the card using Tombow Mono Multipurpose Liquid Glue. I added some Bumblebee Classic Stampin’ Ink to the top of the text and edges of the card base with a Sponge Dauber. Adding ink gives it more of an embossed look because it highlights the raised edges.

I stamped the outline image of the cocktail again as well as the sentiment onto a scrap piece of Whisper White 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. I used the solid stamps with Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Ink and Misty Moonlight Classic Stampin’ Ink to create an ombre effect for the drink. I used a Sponge Dauber to soften the line between the two colors on the stamp before stamping. I colored the glass with Light Pool Party Stampin’ Blends and the Stampin’ Blends Color Lifter.

I stamped a second version of the solid image. I used Bumblebee Classic Stampin’ Ink for the fruit and Misty Moonlight Classic Stampin’ Ink for the umbrella. I trimmed the image to a piece, measuring 1-1/2 x 2-1/4″ and left the second solid image without diecutting. I cut another piece of Whisper White 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock to 2 x 6″ and used the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch to punch one end, creating a tag. I adhered the rectangle piece with the image to the tag and then cut out the center of the drink. I stamped a sentiment from Nothing’s Better Than Stampset with Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Ink onto the tag. Then added Acetate and Foam behind the tag, some Clear Diamond Shaker Toppings, adhered the extra stamped cocktail beverage behind and adhered the tag to the card. I finished it off by adding ribbon in Misty Moonlight. Since I don’t have any Misty Moonlight Ribbon I found some white grosgrain ribbon from my stash and colored it using Misty Moonlight Classic Stampin’ Ink and added some Pearls which I colored yellow with a Light Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends.

On the inside of the card, I stamped another sentiment from the Nothing’s Better Than Stampset with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and the cocktail outline image with Bumblebee Classic Stampin’ Ink.

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Supplies

Thanks for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed and I’ve inspired you to try this fun summery card for yourself! Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email me. If you want to share you creations with me tag me on instagram @kittieslovecrafting. If you would like a Stampin’ Up! catalog, please email me as well. All current catalogs can be found on the right side of this post and the Stampin’ Up! page. All news and fun stuff happening at Stampin’ Up! are listed there!

Cards, Encouragement, Fourth of July, Fourth of July, Summer, Summer

Shop Your Stash Day 5: Halloween in July

Well I’m sure you have heard of Christmas in July, but have you heard of Halloween in July??? Quite frankly, I love making Halloween cards anytime of year! It’s my favorite holiday ever!!!

For this card, I started by cutting a piece of Simon Says Stamp 100# Black Card to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″ and diecut a panel and the peekaboo panels with the Lawn Fawn Peekaboo Backdrop. I stamped the jack-o-lantern face from Papertrey Ink Pumpkin Expressions Mini Stamp Set onto a scrap of Stampin’ Up! Pumpkin Pie 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, cut it to 2 x 2″ then inked up the edges with Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink. I stamped the sentiment from Stampin’ Up! (retired) Versamark Ink and WOW Embossing Powder Opaque Bright White Super Fine onto a piece of Stampin’ Up! Elegant Eggplant 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock (retired), cut it to 2 x 2″ then inked up the edges with Dusty Concord Distress Oxide Ink. Then adhered both to the back of the top panel and the peekaboo windows to each respective area of the card.

I cut a piece of the aqua Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Rainbow 6 x 6 Paper (not available) to 2 x 3-1/4″ and a piece of Stampin’ Up! Old Olive 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock to 1-1/2 x 3-1/4″ and used the Lawn Fawn Simple Grassy Hillsides to diecut the edge. I inked the Perfectly Plaid Rainbow with Tim Holtz Distress PEACOCK FEATHERS Ink and the grass with Stampin’ Up! Old Olive Classic Stampin’ Ink and adhered the pieces together and to the back of the top panel. I cut a piece of Simon Says Stamp 100# Fog Gray Card to 2 x 3-1/4″ and created an ombre effect by using Black Soot Distress Ink.

I stamped images from Lawn Fawn’s Pick of the Patch and How You Bean Candy Corn stampset onto Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored them with COPIC markers.

I used 0 and C1, Y02 and Y06, YR12 and YR16 for the candy corn, YR16 and YR09, YG01 and YG25 for the pumpkins, Y02 and YR12 for the pumpkin guts, BV11 and BV17 for the scoop, C1 and C3, N5 and N7 for the knife and W1, W3, and W5, E15, E23, and E37 for the squirrels. I diecut the images and adhered them to their respective panels and adhered those to the back of the top panel. I used Stampin’ Dimesionals to adhere some of the images and then to the card base. Then I adhered the rest of the images around the panel.

I stamped sentiments from Lawn Fawn’s Push Here stampset with Versamark Ink and WOW Embossing Powder Opaque Bright White Super Fine to the peekaboo panels. I finished it off by adding highlights to the images with Uni-Ball Signo White Broad Point Gel Pen and VIOLET GALAXY Nuvo Drops.

On the inside of the card, I cut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 4 x 5-1/4″ and stamped a sentiment from Lawn Fawn’s Pick of the Patch with Dusty Concord Distress Oxide Ink. I added a candy corn image and that completes this card.

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Supplies

Thanks for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed and I’ve inspired you to Shop Your Stash and see what fun ideas you come up with and maybe rediscover supplies you forgot you had! Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email me.

Cards, Encouragement, Fourth of July, Fourth of July, Summer, Summer

Shop Your Stash Day 3: Making Summer Cards Using Honeybee Stamps Frappe Shake Card Dies

While it’s probably no surprise too many that I love coffee, I love coffee stamps and dies even more. This Honeybee Stamps Frappe Shake Card Dieset as well as their Honey Bee COFFEE CUP CARD Dies are my favorites! They have everything you need to make cute coffee cup and frappe cup shaped cards and shakers. And they fit in an A2 size envelope which is great!

I thought it would be fun to reuse this dieset to make some non-coffee cards, instead make brightly colored summer beverages. I don’t know if you all remember the rocket bomb popsicles that were red, white and blue. I remember many summers as a kid eating those popsicles (they were refreshing and turned my tongue red or blue, depending on which end I ate first—what could be better??). LOL That was the inspiration for my first card.

I started by diecutting card bases using the large card, coffee cup, and the whipped cream dies in the set from Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ 3 times. I also diecut 3 sets of the lid and its rim from Acetate.

I also went ahead and added Tim Holtz Salty Ocean Distress Oxide Ink to the lid section of the card base on all 3 cards to create a background for the lid. Then, used Tim Holtz Candied Apple Distress Oxide Ink, Tim Holtz Salty Ocean Distress Oxide Ink and Tim Holtz Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide Ink to create an ombre effect on the coffee cup, leaving the middle area white. I sprayed some water onto it with my Tim Holtz DISTRESS SPRAYER and blotted it with a paper towel.

While the ink dried, I diecut the straw and the larger circle from the dieset from a piece of Doodlebug Designs Yankee Doodle 6 x 6 Pattern Paper (no longer available) and used the smallest star from the Sizzix Framelits Stars Die Set and Tim Holtz Idea-ology 8 x 8 Paper Stash METALLIC KRAFT STOCK to diecut a small star. I adhered the star to the circle, the coffee cup and whipped cream to the card base and then cut the straw in half and adhered it to the front of the card using Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue. I adhered the circle to the card front and added some silver confetti stars from Fanci-Fetti Stars (silver) Party Accessory to the whipped cream and then the clear lid on top of the stars (I used Ranger GLOSSY ACCENTS Glue Dimensional Adhesive to adhere the acetate and metallic stars).

On the inside of the card, I stamped “Happy 4th of July” with a very old stampset I had (sorry don’t know where it came from) using Tim Holtz Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide Ink and added 3 silver stars.

Card Inside

For the second card, I decided to make a delicious watermelon smoothie. Who doesn’t like a tasty frozen watermelon beverage on a hot summer day?!? I’m now craving a smoothie while writing this post. LOL.

For this card, I started by using Tim Holtz Candied Apple Distress Oxide Ink, and Tim Holtz Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide Ink to create an ombre effect on the coffee cup. I cut a small triangle from some Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ and also inked it up with the distress oxide inks. I sprayed some water onto it with my Tim Holtz DISTRESS SPRAYER and blotted it with a paper towel.


While the ink dried, I diecut the straw from a piece of Brutus Monroe Fresh Melon 6 x 6 Paper Pad. I adhered the coffee cup and whipped cream to the card base and then cut the straw in half and adhered it to the front of the card using Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue. I added Nuvo EBONY BLACK Crystal Drops to the whipped cream and then adhered the clear lid on top of the stars (I used Ranger GLOSSY ACCENTS Glue Dimensional Adhesive to adhere the acetate). I cut a slit in the watermelon slice and adhered it to the card. I stamped a sentiment from Honey Bee Stamps SHAKE IT OFF Clear Stamp Set onto a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I fussycut it and adhered it to the card front and added more Black Nuvo drops. I left the inside of the card blank.


And if I’m making fruity drinks for the summer, I can’t forget about a refreshing frozen lemonade! Yum!

For this card, I started by using Tim Holtz Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide Ink to create an ombre effect on the coffee cup. I sprayed some water onto it with my Tim Holtz DISTRESS SPRAYER and blotted it with a paper towel. Then I stamped a couple of slices from the Stampin’ Up! Lemon Zest Clear-Mount Stamp Set (which was retired recently) and Ranger Archival Chrome Yellow Ink onto the cup and one onto some Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″.

While the ink dried, I diecut the straw from a piece of Catherine Pooler Designs Black Tie Gala Patterned Paper. I adhered the coffee cup and whipped cream to the card base and then cut the straw in half and adhered it to the front of the card using Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue. I added Nuvo DANDELION YELLOW Glossy Drops to the whipped cream and then adhered the clear lid on top (I used Ranger GLOSSY ACCENTS Glue Dimensional Adhesive to adhere the acetate). I cut a slit in the lemon slice and adhered it to the card. I stamped a sentiment from Stampin’ Up! Lemon Zest Clear-Mount Stamp Set (which was retired recently) onto a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and cut it out with a 1-3/4 inch punch. I adhered to the card with 3M Foam Tape

On the inside of the card, I stamped a sentiment from the Stampin’ Up! Lemon Zest Clear-Mount Stamp Set (which was retired recently) with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and lemon slices with Tim Holtz Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide Ink.

Card Inside

Supplies

Thanks for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed and I’ve inspired you to Shop Your Stash and see what fun ideas you come up with and maybe rediscover supplies you forgot you had! Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email me.

Birthdays, Cards, Celebrations, Encouragement, Slimline

Shop Your Stash Day 2: Slimline Cards

In today’s tutorial, I am making slimline cards. I’ve seen these popping up all over instagram and youtube and I figured I would make one too ( I mean… I have to right?!? 🙂 LOL). Since I do not have any slimline dies yet (I stress YET), I will prove you can make them with any supplies you have in your stash and no dies necessary. Even the envelope tutorial I found on YouTube makes it super simple to make a slimeline envelope.

For this first card, I began by cutting a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 7 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 3-1/2″. Then I diecut 3 balloons from Paper Accents Vellum Variety Pack 8 1/2 x 11 in. Assorted 25 pc. using the Lifestyle Crafts Quickutz Nesting Balloons (Dies). I adhered the bottom halves to the card, overlapping them. I used Tonic Medium Nuvo Glue Pen to adhere them and cut off the excess.

Balloon Birthday Front

I stamped a sentiment from Catherine Pooler Designs WooHoo Stamp Set onto a scrap of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and fussycut it out. I adhered it using Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue. I embellished it by adding some string and bows to the balloons using my Micron 05 Pen, shimmer with the Spectrum Noir Sparkle Clear Fine Glitter Brush Pen and also added some Tonic Gloss Simply White Nuvo Crystal Drops and Tonic Gloss Midnight Blue Nuvo Crystal Drops to the balloons.

On the inside of the card, I adhered the leftover pieces of the balloons on the front of the card to the top portion and stamped ‘Happy Birthday! using the free gift stamp I received from Lawn Fawn for my birthday month and Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. Yes! you can get freebies for your birthday! 🙂 I couldn’t find this anywhere so I don’t think this particular tiny sentiment stamp can be purchased but there are a ton of other Lawn Fawn Happy Birthday stamps you can use.

Balloon Birthday Inside

I also made an envelope using Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″. I found a great tutorial on Youtube from Jenny Card Designs. She also provides a facebook link with the template. I added some more of the vellum balloons to the edge of the envelope. Go check her out on Youtube!

Balloon Birthday Card and Slimline Envelope
Jenny Card Designs Slimline Card & Envelope

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For the second card, I decided to make some summer fruity cards. I started by cutting a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 7 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 3-1/2″ to create the card base. Next, I cut two pieces of green gingham pattern paper from Brutus Monroe Fresh Melon 6 x 6 Paper Pad to 3-1/2 x 6 and adhered it to the card using Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue. I made sure to have the section where the two pieces meet to not be centered so it can be covered by the watermelon slice.

Watermelon Slice Card Front

Next, I moved on to creating my watermelon slice (wedge?). For this I cut a large triangle from Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ that was a bit taller than my card front then using the a 5-1/2″ circle die from Simon Says Stamp NESTED CIRCLES Wafer Dies cut the edge of the wider part. To create the rind and white pith (I think that’s what it is called), I used the 5″ and 5-1/2″ circle dies to cut out a half circle from a piece of the green gingham pattern paper from Brutus Monroe Fresh Melon 6 x 6 Paper Pad and the 4-1/2″ and 5-1/2″ circle dies to to cut out a half circle from a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″.

I added Tim Holtz Twisted Citron Distress Ink to the pith and sprayed it with water with my Tim Holtz DISTRESS SPRAYER. Then added Tim Holtz Candied Apple Distressed Ink and Festive Berries Distressed Ink to the watermelon wedge. I leftit very light towards the wider side and then sprayed water on it as well. Once the inks were dried, I adhered all three pieces to create my watermelon wedge and adhered it to the card base, trimming off any excess at the bottom. I drew on some seeds with my Sakura Pigma Micron 08 Pen and added some highlights to them with Uni-Ball Signo White Broad Point Gel Pen.

Watermelon Slice Card Closeup

For my sentiment, I used Lawn Fawn’s Baked With Love Stampset, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and my Stampin’ Up! Stamparatus to stamp it on a curve. The easiest way to do this, I have found is to curve the text around the circle die I used for the watermelon.

To finish off this card, I added Love From Lizi Red Glitter Pinstripe peel-offs and Nuvo Drops in Autum Red. I left the inside of the card blank for this one. And again I made an envelope using Stampin Up! Real Red 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock. Tutorial on Youtube from Jenny Card Designs.

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And since lemon cards are all the rage right now. I decided to break out my lemon stampset and builder punch from Stampin’ Up!. I began this card by I started by cutting a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 7 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 3-1/2″ to create the card base. Next, I cut a piece of pattern paper from Brutus Monroe Fresh Squeeze 6 x 6 Paper Pad to 1-1/2 x 8-1/2″and adhered it to the bottom of the card front.

One of A Kind Card Front

Next, using the Stampin’ Up! Lemon Zest Clear-Mount Stamp Set (which was retired recently), I stamped several lemon slices and whole lemons onto Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ with Catherine Pooler Designs Limoncello Ink, one slice with Catherine Pooler Designs Party Dress and Catherine Pooler Designs Bellini Inks, and several leaved with Catherine Pooler Designs Lime Rickey Ink. I used the Stampin’ Up! Lemon Builder Punch (retred) and a 1-3/4″ Circle Punch to cut out the leaves and lemons.

I arranged them on the card front and adhered them, popping some up with 3M Foam Tape. I added some highlights to them with Uni-Ball Signo White Broad Point Gel Pen.

For the sentiment I used the Honey Bee Stamps BEE-YOU-TIFUL Sentiments stampset. I used Tsukineko Versamark EMBOSS INK PAD and WOW OPAQUE BRIGHT WHITE Super Fine Embossing Powder to heat emboss it onto a piece of Simon Says Stamp 100# Black Card Stock and then cut it down to 1/2 x 2-3/8″. I adhered it to the top portion fo teh card and then stamped the word “K-I-N-D” with Simon Says Stamp Grid Play Alphas stampset (no longer available) and Catherine Pooler Designs Midnight Ink onto some Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ and adhered those on top the lemons. I added some Ranger Glossy Accents Glue Dimensional Adhesive to those letters to finish off the card.

And again I made an envelope using some dark pink cardstock from my stash (not sure where it is from becasue it is soooo old). Tutorial on Youtube from Jenny Card Designs.

One of A Kind Slimline Envelope

Dimensions

Supplies

Thanks for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed and I’ve inspired you to Shop Your Stash and see what fun ideas you come up with and maybe rediscover supplies you forgot you had! Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email me.

Cards, Encouragement, Love & Friendship

Totally Awesome 80s Cards

Going back to the 80s for this post. Some of you may too young to have experienced the fun of the 80s, but these composition notebook stamps and dies from Catherine Pooler remind us all of our schooldays as youngsters. And while the fashion of the 80s was pretty horrible (in my opinion), there was nothing like a new composition notebook to start a new year of school.

These cards would be fun to make with kids who are currently stuck at home. You can make the notebooks any color and tons of different items in the shaker (maybe some glitter?).

I started this card by cutting a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″ and a piece of Simon Says Stamp 100# Black Card Stock to 5/8 x 5-1/2″. I stamped the Catherine Pooler Designs Composition Notebook Background Stamp using Catherine Pooler Midnight Ink onto the white panel. I diecut the shaker window using the Catherine Pooler Designs Composition Label Dies. I adhered the black strip to the left side of the card panel.

Card 1 Front

I stamped the sentiment from the Catherine Pooler Designs Composition Sentiments Stamp Set as well as the label border onto a piece of Grafix Wet Media .004 Dura-Lar Film, 14-Inch by 17-Inch using Jet Black Staz-on Ink. I combined the “YOU’RE” from the “YOU’RE COOL” sentiment with the “AWESOME”. Next, I adhered the acetate to the back of the window using 1/4″ Scor-Pal Scor-Tape and cut away any access. I also added 3M Foam Tape to the back of the panel to create the shaker area.

For the shaker bits, I used the direct-to paper technique to add color to some pieces of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″. I used Catherine Pooler Designs Inks in Party Dress, Rockin Red, Orange Twist, Tiara, Lime Rickey, Fiesta Blue, Suede Shoes and Grape Crush. I diecut stars and hearts using the dies included in the Catherine Pooler Designs Composition Label Dies and stamped the happy face from the Catherine Pooler Designs Composition Sentiments Stamp Set onto a few of the colored papers and used a circle punch to cut them out. I added all the shaker bits inside the window and adhered a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to the back of the window and adhered it to the card base. I finished it off by adding a few extra shaker bits (happy face and stars) around the sentiment window.

Card 1 Closeup

For the inside of the card, I stamped a Lined Notebook Background from My Favorite Things (unfortunately, I think this stamp is no longer available) using Catherine Pooler Midnight Ink. Then I stamped another sentiment from the Catherine Pooler Designs Composition Sentiments Stamp Set in Fiesta Blue and added some of the leftover hearts that I had diecut previously.

Card 1 Inside

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For the second card, I started by cutting a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″ and a piece of Simon Says Stamp 100# Black Card Stock to 5/8 x 5-1/2″. I stamped the happy face and small star from the Catherine Pooler Designs Composition Sentiments Stamp Set onto the panel. I used Catherine Pooler Designs Inks in Be Mine, Rockin Red, Orange Twist, Tiara, Lime Rickey, Fiesta Blue, Something Borrowed and Grape Crush to create a rainbow colored background.

Card 2 Front

Next, I diecut the edge of the card panel using the Catherine Pooler Designs Spiral Notebook Border Die and added the strip of black card stock behind it.

I diecut 3 of the labels from the Catherine Pooler Designs Composition Label Dies. I cut the smallest one from Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ and two from Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ and Simon Says Stamp 100# Black Card Stock. I stamped a sentiment and the lines from the label stamp from the Catherine Pooler Designs Composition Sentiments Stamp Set on the smallest label with Catherine Pooler Midnight Ink. To make the orange label piece I used the direct-to-paper technique with Orange Twist Ink. I adhered the top white label to the orange label and that to the black one, offsetting it a bit so it looks like a shadow. And then all that was adhered to the card using some 3M Foam Tape. Before adhering it to the card base, I added some Love From Lizi Lilac Mirror Peel-offs. I adhered it to the card base at an angle and snipped off the parts that hung over the edges. To finish it off, I added some of the stars I diecut for the previous card. I diecut a ton of them. As you can see I also used them for my picture background. 🙂

Card 2 Closeup

On the inside of the card I stamped a sentiment from the Catherine Pooler Designs Composition Sentiments Stamp Set with Grape Crush Ink. I also stamped the happy face with Be Mine, Rockin Red, Orange Twist, Tiara, Lime Rickey, Fiesta Blue, and Something Borrowed inks. And that completes this card. I had sooo much fun playing with these stamps and dies. Brought me back to my childhood. Oh to be young again….

Card 2 Inside

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Thanks for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed and I’ve inspired you to give these cards a try for yourself. Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email.

Cards, Encouragement, Just Because, Love & Friendship, Summer

When Life Gives You Lemons Make Lemonade…

Hello friends. Hope you are all safe and healthy. And if you are struggling to cope with everything going on in our world right now, hang in there because ‘this too shall pass’. Speaking of old adages, “When Life Gives You Lemons Make Lemonade” is very fitting for these times we are in as well. While it’s very easy to focus on the scary and sad stuff going on, we have to find the bright spots too — the healthcare workers saving lives, families coming together, babies being born, spending time with our pets (one of my faves right now)…

These bright and cheerful cards were made using the Catherine Pooler Designs Make Lemonade Stampset (Out of stock-maybe discontinued). It was a limited release in March, I believe. It’s a tiny stampset but was super fun to color. I made one of them into a shaker (a tiny shaker:)).

For the first card, I began by cutting a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4. I stamped the image onto a scrap of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and set it aside to dry.

I stamped the flower outline from the stampset with Catherine Pooler Designs Limoncello Ink onto the card base. Next, I diecut another piece with Catherine Pooler Designs Composition Label Dies and then used a direct-to-paper technique to add color with Catherine Pooler Designs Party Dress Ink Pad. I adhered the label shape to the pink cardstock and trimmed around, leaving a border.

Next, I colored the image with COPICS. I used BG000 + 0 for the bottle; Y11 +Y06 + Y13 for the lemons; Y11 +Y06 + Y13 + Y15 for the sliced lemon; YG06 + YG07 for the leaves; RV09 and Y06 + Y15 for the straw; RV10 + RV11 + RV14 for the flowers. I stamped the bubbles with Catherine Pooler Designs It’s A Boy Ink. I fussycut the image out.

I stamped the sentiment onto the top left corner of the label shape with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I adhered the image to the label with Tombow Mono Liquid Glue and popped up the whole thing with 3M Foam Tape. I finished off the card by adding dots of Nuvo Sea Breeze Jewel Drops to simulate bubbles, Nuvo Ebony Black Crystal Drops and some Nuvo Dandelion Yellow Crystal Drops around the tag.

Card Inside

I kept the inside of the card very simple. I stamped the image with the Catherine Pooler Designs Limoncello Ink.

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For the second card, I decided to make a shaker card. I love shaker cards, even if they are a bit of a pain to mail. They are just fun to make and shake! I started by cutting a piece of Simon Says Stamp 100lb Orange Peel, 8-1/2 x 11″ Cardstock to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″ to make a card base. Next, I cut a piece of Catherine Pooler Designs – 6 x 6 Patterned Paper – Black Tie Gala to 3-1/2 x 4-3/4″ and rounded the corners of that panel and the card base with my We R Memory 1/4 & 1/2″ Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper. I also colored the paper with Catherine Pooler Designs Lime Rickey Ink and adhered it to the card base.

I diecut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ with the Catherine Pooler Designs Sprinkles Mini Cover Plate Die, I stamped the sentiment from the stampset onto the smallest white rectangle and adhered it to the card.

I stamped the image onto a scrap of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and set it aside to dry. I colored it with COPICS. I used Y13 + YG03 + YG01 + YG25 for the lime on the left; B0000 + 0 for the bottle; YR16 + YR18 and YG03 + YG25 for the straw; Y06 + Y18, R81 + R85, and V25 + BV17 for the flowers; and YG06 + G07 for the leaves .

I fussycut out the image and also cut the center of the bottle with a craft knife. I diecut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ with the

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Hello friends. Hope you are all safe and healthy. And if you are struggling to cope with everything going on in our world right now, hang in there because ‘this too shall pass’. Speaking of old adages, “When Life Gives You Lemons Make Lemonade” is very fitting for these times we are in as well. While it’s very easy to focus on the scary and sad stuff going on, we have to find the bright spots too — the healthcare workers saving lives, families coming together, babies being born, spending time with our pets (one of my faves right now)…

These bright and cheerful cards were made using the Catherine Pooler Designs Make Lemonade Stampset (Out of stock-maybe discontinued). It was a limited release in March, I believe. It’s a tiny stampset but was super fun to color. I made one of them into a shaker (a tiny shaker:)).

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For the first card, I began by cutting a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4. I stamped the image onto a scrap of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and set it aside to dry.

I stamped the flower outline from the stampset with Catherine Pooler Designs Limoncello Ink onto the card base. Next, I diecut another piece with Catherine Pooler Designs Composition Label Dies and then used a direct-to-paper technique to add color with Catherine Pooler Designs Party Dress Ink Pad. I adhered the label shape to the pink cardstock and trimmed around, leaving a border.

Next, I colored the image with COPICS. I used BG000 + 0 for the bottle; Y11 +Y06 + Y13 for the lemons; Y11 +Y06 + Y13 + Y15 for the sliced lemon; YG06 + YG07 for the leaves; RV09 and Y06 + Y15 for the straw; RV10 + RV11 + RV14 for the flowers. I stamped the bubbles with Catherine Pooler Designs It’s A Boy Ink. I fussycut the image out.

I stamped the sentiment onto the top left corner of the label shape with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I adhered the image to the label with Tombow Mono Liquid Glue and popped up the whole thing with 3M Foam Tape. I finished off the card by adding dots of Nuvo Sea Breeze Jewel Drops to simulate bubbles, Nuvo Ebony Black Crystal Drops and some Nuvo Dandelion Yellow Crystal Drops around the tag.

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Card Inside

I kept the inside of the card very simple. I stamped the image with the Catherine Pooler Designs Limoncello Ink.

Dimensions


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For the second card, I decided to make a shaker card. I love shaker cards, even if they are a bit of a pain to mail. They are just fun to make and shake! I started by cutting a piece of Simon Says Stamp 100lb Orange Peel, 8-1/2 x 11″ Cardstock to 5 x 7-5/8″ and scored at 3-13/16″ to make a card base. Next, I cut a piece of Catherine Pooler Designs – 6 x 6 Patterned Paper – Black Tie Gala to 3-1/2 x 4-3/4″ and rounded the corners of that panel and the card base with my We R Memory 1/4 & 1/2″ Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper. I also colored the paper with Catherine Pooler Designs Lime Rickey Ink and adhered it to the card base.

I diecut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ with the Catherine Pooler Designs Sprinkles Mini Cover Plate Die. I used Catherine Pooler Designs It’s A Boy Ink and an ink blender tool to add color to the panel. I used a very light hand to make it very pale blue. I cut it down to a size that would fit the window in the bottle. Then I also ink blended and other piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ and adhered it behind the piece that I previously diecut and ink blended.

I added a piece of acetate behind the shaker window in the bottle, some 3M Foam Tape, and some flat clear sequins from my stash added it to the card. I finished it off by adding some Nuvo Sea Breeze Jewel Drops around the card.

On the inside of the card, I cut out a panel of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″ and a left over piece of the pattern paper to 3/4 x 3-1/2″ and adhered it to the bottom of the panel, then rounded the corners before adhereing it to the card base.

Dimensions

Thanks for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed and I’ve inspired you to give these cards a try for yourself. Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email.

Cards, Distress Ink Techniques, Encouragement, Just Because, Multimedia, Spring, Tags

We are always Stronger Together…

Now more than ever we all need to stick together to get through these tough times. And this card kit from Simon Says Stamp embodies that. This is the perfect time to send someone a card to let them know you are thinking of them. I decided to make a tag as well as a card that can be paired together. I’ve been neglectful in my tag making and it’s high time I got back to it!

This kit includes:
Simon Says Stamp Exclusive 6×8 Stronger Together clear stamp set
Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Bold Hello wafer thin die
ModaScrap Spring Flowers 6 x 6 paper pack
24 piece watercolor pencil pack
Simon Says Stamp Craft Tacky Glue
3 Suzy Plantamura custom floral watercolor cards
Simon Says Stamp 6 x 6 inch glitter paper
Simon Says Stamp Metallic Lavender envelope
Simon Says Stamp Mint envelope
Simon Says Stamp White envelope
Simon Says Stamp Mint 8.5×11 cardstock
Simon Says Stamp Lavender 8.5×11 cardstock
Simon Says Stamp Cornflower Blue 8.5×11 cardstock
Simon Says Stamp White 120# 8.5×11 cardstock

Multimedia Tag Featuring Simon Says Stamp’s March Card Kit

When I was thinking about creating the tag I knew that I wanted to have different textures and coloring mediums. That’s the fun of multimedia – no commitment to one medium. LOL I mixed papers from the card kit, ink, watercolors and embossing to do this.

Multimedia Tag

I started by pulling out a craft tag from Ranger Manila Tags #8 Craft by Inkssentials. This tag measures 6 1/4″ by 3 1/8″. I adhered a piece of the purple watercolor DSP and a torn piece of the purple floral DSP from the ModaScrap Spring Flowers 6 x 6 paper pack to the front of the tag with Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue and trimmed off the excess. On the back I adhered a piece of Simon Says Stamp Lavender 8.5×11 cardstock and trimmed off the excess. I had to reopen the tag hole using a craft knife.

Next I used Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad WILTED VIOLET by Ranger, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad Faded Jeans by Ranger, and Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad Ground Espresso by Ranger and my Ranger Mini Round Ink Blending Tools to add color and distress the tag on both sides. While the ink dried, I stamped some of the flowers from the Simon Says Stamp Exclusive 6×8 Stronger Together clear stamp set with Midnight Ink Pad by Catherine Pooler onto a piece of Canson Montval Acid-Free Cold Press Watercolor Paper, 140 lb, 18 X 24 in, Natural White. I set that aside and prepped my tag with my EK Success Antistatic Powder Tool. Using Versamark Ink I stamped some of the flowers and stems from the Simon Says Stamp Exclusive 6×8 Stronger Together clear stamp set and heat embossed with WOW OPAQUE BRIGHT WHITE SUPER FINE Embossing Powder. I used Champagne Gold No.904 from my Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi STARRY COLORS Set and my Angelduck Paintbrushes to add splashes over the front of the tag.

Multimedia Tag Closeup1

Next I colored the floral images I previously stamped with the Studio 71 Colored Pencils included in the card kit and my Angelduck Paintbrushes. I let them dry (I cheated by drying it wth a heat gun because I have no patience 🙂 ), fussycut them out and adhered them to the tag using Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue. I also stamped one of the block sentiments from the Simon Says Stamp Exclusive 6×8 Stronger Together clear stamp set onto a piece of Simon Says Stamp White 120# 8.5×11 cardstock with Midnight Ink Pad by Catherine Pooler. This sentiment comes together so I just cut the phrases apart once stamped so I can adhere them separately onto the tag. I used 3M Foam Tape to pop them up. I added a little bit of Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad Ground Espresso by Ranger around the bottom edges, over the floral images. Lastly I added a piece of yellow and purple Embroidery Floss to the tag.

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Watercolor Card Featuring Simon Says Stamp’s March Card Kit

This card came together pretty quickly with the use of Suzy Plantamura’s custom floral watercolor cards.

Card Front

I started by cutting down the piece of Simon Says Stamp Cornflower Blue 8.5×11 cardstock that came in the kit in half (5-1/2 x 8-1/2″) and scored one piece at 4-1/4″. I created a 1/4″ frame using the Simon Says Stamp White 120# 8.5×11 cardstock and the Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables and Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables. I used the largest die from each and nested them together with some washi tape.

Next, I colored one of the three Suzy Plantamura custom floral watercolor cards included in the kit with the 24 piece watercolor pencil pack and my Angelduck Paintbrushes. I added some shimmer with Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay Sparkle Fine Glitter Brush Pens to the flower petals. I then stamped a sentiment and two hearts from the Simon Says Stamp Exclusive 6×8 Stronger Together clear stamp set with Midnight Ink Pad by Catherine Pooler onto the card. I use a stamping platform to make sure I didn’t mess this up after I spent so much time watercoloring the card.

I adhered the watercolor panel to the card base and the frame to the watercolor card with Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue. I finished it off by adding some self adhesive purple and clear gems from my stash. These are so old that I have no idea who made them or where I purchased them. Sorry.

Anyway, for the inside of the card I used the leftover inside piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ from when I cut the frame, measuring 4 x 5-1/4″, and adhered it. I stamped another sentiment from the Stronger Together stampset with Midnight Ink Pad by Catherine Pooler and that completes the card.

Card Inside

Thanks for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed and I’ve inspired you to give this card a try for yourself. Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email.

Supplies

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Cards, Encouragement

Good Vibes Card

Hello friends. I think it’s time for a fun and cheerful card. In this uncertain and scary times, it’s nice to send others a little cheer in the form of a card. Also the creative outlet relieves stress; it’s a win win. So if you are finding yourself stressed and worried right now, do something fun, make something, draw something, or just talk to someone. Distractions and connections are super important right now.

This cute card features Simon Says Stamp Good Vibes Stampset which is unfortunately no longer available and was released during Simon Says Stamp’s Stamptember release.

I started by cutting a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″ for the card base and a piece of Canson Montval Acid-Free Cold Press Watercolor Paper, 140 lb, 18 X 24 in, Natural White to 4 x 5-1/4″ for the card front. Then used Distress Oxide Inks to create a background. I used Candied Apple Tim Holtz Distress Oxides Ink, Squeezed Lemonade Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink, Salty Ocean Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink, and Seedless Preserves Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink. I sprayed some water with the Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer and dried it with some paper towel.

Next, I prepped my card panel with Ranger Ink – Anti-Static Pouch. I stamped the peace sign with all over the background with Versamark Ink and added WOW Opaque Bright White Super Fine Embossing Powder and heat set that with my heat gun. I rounded the bottom corners of the card base and card panel with my We R Memory Keepers – Crop-A-Dile – Corner Chomper Tool and adhered the panel to the card base.

I stamped the cute character with outstretched arms and the greeting “Today Is the Greatest” onto Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I added a little bit of shadowing and some pink cheeks with copic markers. I fussycut it out and added it to the card panel with some Stampin’ Dimensionals. I finished it off with some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Gloss Simply White.

Card Inside

On the inside of the card, I stamped ” Be Happy” with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink as well as the peace sign with Catherine Pooler Designs Rockin Red Ink, Catherine Pooler Designs Tiara Ink, Catherine Pooler Designs Orange Twist Ink, Catherine Pooler Designs Lime Rickey Ink, Catherine Pooler Designs All That Jazz Ink, Catherine Pooler Designs Suede Shoes Ink, and Catherine Pooler Designs Royal Treatment Ink. And that completes this card.

Dimensions

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Card Kits, Cards, Encouragement, Just Because, Thank Yous

5 Cards 1 Kit (Simon Says Stamps July 2019 Card Kit)

Hello friends. I finally got to play with this adorable bee-themed card kit from Simon Says Stamps. It’s the July Card Kit called Bee Yourself. Lots of fun products to play with and I just adore the stampset. Unfortunately the kit is no longer available but I will link all the available individual products. I almost strictly used only the card kit contents. I did bring in a few of my own products and I will link those below as well.

Card Kit Supplies

When I first saw the reveal video for this kit, I fell for the paper pad from Honeybee Stamps immediately. I knew I had to use the aqua watercolor pattern first. I kept it simple. I wanted to see if I could foil using a stamp and the glue pad and a stamp (didn’t have transfer gel. I do NOW though 🙂 ).

For the first card, I cut out the aqua watercolor pattern piece to 4 x 5 1/4” and glued it onto an A2 sized white card base (Simon Says Stamp White 120# cardstock). I then used the Glue Sponge like an ink pad with a stamp and then placed the Rainbow Shattered Glass Foil Transfer Sheet on top of the area and ran it through my laminator. It didn’t come out even but I decided to make it work. I added some strips of two other pattern papers from the Honey Bee The Bee’s Knees exclusive 6 x 6 paper pad.

I had previously stamped, colored and fussycut several bees from the Simon Says Stamp Bee Yourself 6 x 8 clear stamp set. I laid out my stamps on my card then using Ranger Black Archival Jet I stamped the bee trail and then using Versamark clear embossing ink I stamped the sentiment and heat embossed it with Wow white embossing powder. I colored the “BEE” with a yellow and white Prismacolor Pencils, and adhered my bee and added some of the sequins from the Black and Yellow custom sequin pack.

I stamped the bee and trail again on the inside of the card and added a second smaller sentiment.


The second card came together very quickly. I cut a piece of the yellow hexagon paper from the Honey Bee The Bee’s Knees exclusive 6 x 6 paper pad to 4 x 5 1/4” and adhered it to an A2 sized black card base (Simon Says Stamp Black cardstock). Next I used some of the rainbow foil on the preprinted foilable cards and fussycut out the flower and sentiment.

I diecut a few hexagons from Simon Says Stamp Black cardstock using the Simon Says Stamp Small Hexagon Cluster wafer thin die and a few from some black glitter paper. I added the black hexagon cluster to the card and then inlayed 3 glitter hexagons back into the clusters. I added a black mat behind the sentiment. Then I adhered the flower onto the right side of the card and the sentiment toward the bottom. I adhered the little bees and added some sequins to finish off the card.


For my next card I wanted to use the foil as if I didn’t have a laminating machine. I diecut a piece of Simon Says Stamp Black cardstock with the Honeybee Stamps Hexagon Coverplate Top Die. I cut a piece of the Rainbow Foil and adhered it to the back of the black panel and adhered that into an A2 sized card base (Simon Says Stamp Seaglass cardstock). I wanted to keep this one very simple so the sparkly background could be the star. I cut a strip of Simon Says Stamp Black cardstock to about 1 1/4 x 4” and heat embossed the BEE yourself sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Bee Yourself 6 x 8 clear stamp set in Wow white embossing powder. I adhered that to the card front, added the bees and some sequins and the card is done. Or is it? Nope because I couldn’t stop there.

I stamped the “bee-utiful” sentiment and a little bee with Ranger Black Archival Jet Black on the inside of the card. And now this card is done!

3 cards done, 2 to go…


Another paper that I really like for this collection was the black and white wonky (technical term :)) striped one. Another thing I wanted to use was the foilable cards. And the rainbow one of course calls for rainbow foil (duh). I only foiled the rainbow itself and the little bees so that they would stand out. I fussycut around the images and words, leaving a white border around them. I chose the yellow polka dotted pattern paper from the paper pad as my background. I cut a piece to 3 1/4 x 5 1/2”. I adhered a strip of the black and white wonky stripe paper onto and A2 sized card base (Simon Says Stamp Sunshine cardstock), leaving a 1/4 inch on each side, and adhered the yellow polka dot one in the center over that piece. I added some thin Love From Lizi Pin Stripe Black Glitter Peel Offs to separate the patterns a bit. I love the peel offs from Love From Lizi! They add interest to your card with little effort and she sells soooo many colors (glitter, metallic, transparent). Super fun.

I adhered the images down onto the card and added some sequins from the included pack. To finish off the inside I cut a piece of Simon Says Stamp White 120# cardstock to 4 x 5 1/4” and adhered inside the card. I added a 1 x 5 1/4” strip of the yellow polka dotted paper and a 1/2 x 5 1/4” strip of the black and white wonky striped paper to the right side of that panel. And stamped the “JUST bee-cause” sentiment in Ranger Black Archival Jet Black. And this completes card #4.


While I was making these cards, I had a thought…how cute would the bees look on a tag??? So I got out my trusty tag die from Tim Holtz (Sizzix Framelit Dies – Tag Collection by Tim Holtz) and diecut 2 tags using the second to largest die from Simon Says Stamp Black cardstock. I chose two pattern papers for my backgrounds, the light wood grain and the black and aqua hexagons, diecut 2 of each of those and glued them onto the front and back of the tag. Then I got to distressing.

For this first tag, I used Ranger Distress Ink – Tumbled Glass, Ranger Distress Ink – Walnut Stain, Ranger Distress Ink – Antique Linen, and Ranger Distress Ink – Black Soot. I kept layering them and drying in between til I got the desired color. Once everything dried, I added 4 pieces of the Simon Says Stamp Small Hexagon Cluster wafer thin die. Then I heat embossed a sentiment using Versamark clear embossing ink and Wow white embossing powder. I stamped a bee trail in black with in Ranger Black Archival Jet Black and added a bee which I had colored using COPIC markers and fussycut. Lastly I fussycut some blue flowers from the white pattern paper that featured them, applied some distress ink around edges and adhered those in place. I then added white splatters with some acrylic paint. To finish off the tag I added some Lawn Fawn Trimmings Lemon Single Cord and Nuvo Drops in Ivory Seashell.


For this second tag I used Ranger Distress Ink – Tumbled Glass, Ranger Distress Ink – Mustard Seed, Ranger Distress Ink – Walnut Stain, and Ranger Distress Ink – Black Soot. I then used some scraps of the pattern paper and adhered them diagonally to the bottom right of the tag, and added some distress ink to tone them down. I added some Love From Lizi Pin Stripe Black Glitter Peel Offs, stamped some hexagons in Ranger Black Archival Jet Black and heat embossed a sentiment using Versamark clear embossing ink and Wow white embossing powder. I colored the ‘BEE’ with Prismacolor Pencils, added some Lawn Fawn Aquamarine Single Cord and the tag is done.

I don’t want to leave this tag just as is though. I thought it might look cute as a card instead. So I cut a piece of the yellow hexagon paper to 1-1/4 x 5 1/2” and a piece of the yellow polka dot paper to -1 x 5 1/2” and adhere it to the.back of the hexagon paper and adhered both to an A2 sized card base (Simon Says Stamp Black cardstock).

I adhered the tag to the card base on a slight angle, placing it over the edges. I trimmed off the excess and proceeded to diecut some more hexagon clusters with black cardstock and adhered them to the card. I added one on the black paper so it looks like it’s embossed. I added three little bees and some sequins to complete this card.

Supplies

Card Kit Includes:


Other Supplies Used:


Hope you’ve enjoyed this post. Thanks for reading to the end; I know it was a long one. I hope I’ve inspired you to make some adorable bee cards of your own. Whether you have the kit or not you can make these cards. Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email me.

Cards, Celebrations, Encouragement, Just Because, Mother’s Day

Stampin’ Up! So Hoppy Together Stampset

Hello friends, I’m coming at you today with this cute and simple froggy card using Stampin’ Up!’s SO HOPPY TOGETHER Stamp Set. I’ve had this stampset for awhile and just got around to making some cards. It was part of the Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-bration 2019 catalog so unfortunately is no longer available but I still wanted to present some inspiration for those of you who have this stampset. And if you don’t have the stampset you can easily substitute another critter for the frogs. And if you want to own any of these cards they are both available for sale in my Etsy shop.

Celebrate Your Awesomeness Card

For this card I kept things simple. I cut a card base to 8 1/2 x 5 1/2” from Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock and scored it at 4 1/4”. Then cut and adhered a panel measuring 4 1/4 x 5 1/2” and a Strip to 1 3/4 x 5 1/2” from Queen and Company Flirty Florals Paper Pad to the card base. Using a paper pad is a great way to ensure that all your pattern papers coordinate. No guessing necessary.

I stamped the frog images onto Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and colored them with Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends Markers, Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends Markers, Highland Heather Stampin’ Blends Markers, Pool Party Stampin’ Blends Markers and Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Blends Markers.

I fussycut all the images out then diecut the circles with the Queen and Company Foundation Dies #1. Using the Company Sentiment Stacker Dies, I diecut the ‘Celebrate’ word from Simon Says Stamp Black Card stock and the shadow from Stampin’ Up! Vellum. I adhered those two pieces together then proceeded to stamp and heat emboss the sentiment strip onto black cardstock using Versamark clear embossing ink and Wow white embossing powder. That was then cut out using the Company Foundation Dies #2.

I figured out the placement of all the images and sentiments on the card and adhered. Finished it off with some Nuvo drops in Key Lime, Purple Rain and Sea Breeze. I also stamped the froggy image on a white envelope.

Dimensions

Supplies

Hoppy For You

This card is my favorite of the two. Also quite easy to make. This time the pattern paper is just an accent or enhancement.

I cut a card base to 8 1/2 x 5 1/2” and a panel to 4 x 5 1/4” from Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock. Then cut a strip of Catherine Pooler Black Tie Gala Patterned Paper to 1 3/16 x 5 1/4” and Simon Says Stamp Black Card stock to 1 3/8 x 5 1/4″. I adhered those two pieces together and then to the card panel. Then adhered the white card panel to the card base.

I had already stamped and colored the images prior to starting this card. If I know I’m making multiple cards using the same stamp set, I like to stamp and color all the images I need (or just a bunch of I’m not sure what I want to use) before I create my cards. I will fussycut them just before I begin the cardmaking process. Onto the next step then…

I used some Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock and used the direct-to-paper method to color with Catherine Pooler Fiesta Blue Ink. This method is a great way to match your cardstock to your project. If you want to see this technique in action check out this video from Catherine Pooler.

Next I diecut the word “HOPPY” with the Honey Bee Bee Bold Alphabet Dies. I also cut two additional sets of the word from Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock. I stacked the two white sets together and adhered, followed by the colored set of letters on top of those.

I stamped the sentiment with the Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy Sentiments using Versamark clear embossing ink onto Simon Says Stamp Black Card stock and heat embossed with Wow white embossing powder. I cut it down to a strip measuring 1/2 x 1 3/4”. Time to adhere the sentiments and the little froggy on his unicycle as well as his fluttering friends. He’s just so cute, don’t you think?!? Finished it off with some Nuvo drops in Key Lime, Sea Breeze, and Rosewater. Lastly I stamped a little frog on a white envelope in Catherine Pooler Fiesta Blue Ink.

Dimensions

Supplies

Thanks for stopping by and I hope I’ve inspired you to make some adorable critter cards of your own. Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email me.