A Veggie Thank You

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A very veggie tale of how this card developed. I had received some new stamps and had tested them out. The background stamp was begging to be used and I had a test strip of the garden stamps floating around on my desktop, and thought they were a good mix.

I fussy cut the garden stamps and glued all the pieces except the banner on to the background using glue dots. Next, I adhered the banner using foam squares. The card front still needed something, so I added Nuvo drops in black. I thought the top right corner needed a tad more black, but I ended-up smearing it a bit.

A day or so later I needed a thank you card and thought this card front would work well on a craft card base with matching envelope. So adhered front to card with double-sided tape. Then I stamped the ‘Thank You” sentiment inside and the peas on the envelope flap.

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E-Z-peas-z. The card was finished.

I want to give a special shout-out to my Stampin’ Up demonstrator and friend, Donna Butler, for all her help in learning to how to stamp well.

Materials Used:

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Papers

  • A2 Brown craft paper card base and envelope purchased from Target
  • White cardstock

Miscellaneous

A Trout Fishing Kind of Day

After 63 years of marriage and numerous fishing and mountain trips, I knew this couple deserved a special anniversary card that evoked all the things they love.

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Hunkydory’s Moments in TimeLove is In the Air” die set and matching paper pad had the perfect pop-up card with a pond, mountains, hot air balloons and a couple taking it all in siting at the edge of the pond. The die took a couple of passes through a die cutting machine and then the tricky part of working all the folds. This die is one of the less intricate dies in the Moments in Time series but using a paper piercing tool helped with shaping all the trees on the mountains and puffing out the clouds. There is an instruction sheet on the Hunkydory’s website that is useful when doing the folding.

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The front of the card’s paper and label topper came from the “Flying High” Craftwork Cards paper collection. “On Your Special Day” die cut sentiment is from Creative Dies by Sue Wilson and the jumping trout is from Stampin’Up’s “Best Catch” stamp set stamped in brown ink and fussy cut and adhered with foam pads.

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The inside “Happy Anniversary” sentiment was cut from two die sets in the Gemini Expressions series by Crafter’s Companion. The additional bird on flower and best wishes banner came from the aforementioned “Flying High” paper collection. The back side of the card is finished with more of the paper from the front.

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The front and back flap of the envelop are stamped with images that give a hint of what the card is inside.

 

Materials Used:

Dies

Stamps

Inks

Papers

Miscellaneous

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Soda Shaker

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Who hasn’t watched the bubbles in a carbonated drink rise to the top of a bottle? I was inspired to create this soda shaker by some pink seed beads that I found in my stash.

I picked a chevron striped pink card base and some printed cherry paper. First, I cut the card base in half separating the front from the back. I next cut the cherry print to match the inside dimensions of the front of the card. Then, using removable tape, I secured the front of the card to the cherry print making sure the edges all met up. Using the Bottles and Bubbles Framelits dies from Stampin’ Up, I cut the bottles out of both the card front and cherry print.

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After separating the card front and cherry print, I cut two pieces of clear acetate smaller than the dimensions of the card front, but large enough to cover the bottle cut-outs. Using double-sided tape I adhered the acetate to the back side of the card front and cherry print.

I cut two of each straws from red and white chevron striped paper and snipped each straw below the bend. I glued the straight straw pieces to the back side of the acetate and the bend straw parts to the front of the card front and cherry print to make the straws look like they were inside the bottles.

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Normally I would have used craft foam to cut out the negative of the shaker, but I didn’t have any on hand. So, I cut out eight of each of the bottles from white cardstock, rough cut a ¼ inch frame around each piece and glued them together. Next, I aligned the frames to the acetate covered back of the card front and glued in place. Using foam tape, I filled in the space between the edge of the card front and the bottle frames. Let the glue dry for a few hours so the glitter and beads won’t stick to the edges of the bottle.

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Before fill the bottles, I used an anti-static pad to wipe down the acetate inside the bottles  Using my fingers and tweezers to fill the bottles with pinches of glitter and the three colors of seed beads, I was careful not to fill them too full. Next, I peeled back the foam tape backing papers, applied tiny bits of glue to the bottle frames and matched the cherry print card up to the bottle frames. A shaker card was born.

Soda Shaker - outside spine

I had cut the card base apart because the thickness of the shaker front would not have allowed the card to close properly. I used clear tape on the inside to tape the shaker front to the card back. Next, I cut a polka-dotted print paper to cover the inside card back and add sturdiness to it.  It was adhered with double-sided tape. Polka-dotted washi tape was used both on the outside spine of the card and on the inside of the card to frame the inside back and to cover unsightly edges. The finished card has the feel of a school composition book.

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Using scrapes of red paper from an old Christmas envelop, I first stamped the bottle label sentiments with Versa Mark ink and the white heat embossed them. Next using the label dies in the Bottles and Bubbles die set, the labels were cut out. Glue was used to adhere the labels.

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With plenty of space inside the card to write a personal message this card is ready to be Happy Mail.

Supplies used:

Dies

Stamps

Papers

Inks and Embossing Powders

Miscellaneous

When the Zoo Comes to You

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When the zoo comes to you it’s party time!  I was inspired by this adorable stamp and die set drawn by Bonnie Krebs for Art Impressions of a bus full of animals.

Zoo Bus -Front-CU-rightUsing Memento Tuxedo Black ink to stamp the images on white cardstock, I colored them with using watercolor pencils and a waterbrush. Once the colors were dry, I used a silver gel pen to color all the chrome trim on the bus and hubcaps. Using the matching dies, I cut the animals and bus out. I cut a second bus out to act as a backing for the bus. I had colored and cut a set of spare tires, so I cut away the tires on the colored bus so I could add dimension of the tires being beneath the bus.

Zoo Bus -Front-CU-leftNext I played with the placement of the animals in the bus and once satisfied with their placement, I glued them to the backside of the blue bus. For the cake rack and the monkey, I had to add small slips of cardstock for supports for the foam tape that adhered them to the bus frame. The koala bear was also foam taped to the back bus using the die cut door opening as my placement guides. The tires were glued flat to the backing bus’s wheels. (And while I toyed with the idea of making the wheels on the bus spin – mimicking the children’s song – I deciding against it.) Doubled sided foam bits from my stash were sandwiched between the two bus layers for dimension. Baker’s twine was taped to the back of the colored balloons and poked between the bus layers and glued.

Zoo Bus -Inside -WUsing Stampin’Up Dapper Denim blue ink I stamped both outside “For You on your birthday” sentiment on white cardstock and then the large “Happy Birthday” inside the card. The “For You” I heat embossed with sparkly snow embossing powder which added sparkle, but embossed clear.

Zoo Bus -Inside -CUOn the top inside panel I added another Art impression’s stamp of a tricycle riding elephant that I had colored and fussy cut out with its hat flying off.

Zoo Bus -Front-WThe completed card has the bus doors being able to be opened to shoe the koala bear.

Supplies:

Stamps/Dies

Papers

  • White light weight card stock from stash
  • DCWV – Strips Box of Cards – 40 A2 Printed Textured Cards & Envelops

Inks/Watercolors

Miscellaneous

Postman’s Retirement Birthday

Happy Mail! What better way to celebrate one’s birthday, than by retiring.

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That’s what a family friend did recently when he retired after 30 years delivering mail.

Retirement Bday-Front letters halfway

This card was created using Concord & 9th’s Mail Drop die and stamp set. My husband wrote the messages on the letters since I did not have any stamps that would provide the sentiments we wanted in the small space we had to work with on the letters.

Retirement Bday-Front letters up

Inside I used an older Stampin’ Up “Happy Birthday” stamp.

Retirement Bday-inside

I used the mailbox lid stamp from Concord & 9th’s Mail Drop stamp set on the envelope flap.

Retirement Bday-Front envelope

SUPPLIES USED:

Dies

Stamps

Paper

Miscellaneous

Potted Flowers Greetings

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A colorful archway of potted plants looking into shaded shelves of plants. What could be more inviting on a hot summer’s day than the cool retreat into a shaded, colorful paradise?

The shadow frames were die cut using the three rectangles from Sizzix’s Courtney Chilston’s Birthday Shadow Box Thinlits set from a set of blue cardstock that progressively gets darker as it goes backwards, just as the light and shades would looking through a doorway on a sunny day.

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This card was created using Poppy Stamps’ Spring Pots Shelves, Spring Pots Frame and Tiny Frogs dies. Two full die cuts were made from each of the pots dies – one in white/cream cardstock and one in green. The green die cuts had the rectangular frame cut away from the vine on the frame and the green shelves had the two shelves separated.  Using colorful scrapes, additional dies cuts were made of pots and flower blooms.  (Hint: Use wax paper over these intricate dies. They will peel off from the back side of the cardstock and take many of the tiny dots and squiggles with them as you peel. Use a poking tool for the rest.)

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The green die cuts were glued onto the white/cream die cuts and the colorful pots and blooms were glued down.  Using some scrape brown kraft-paper, two narrow strips were cut and glued over the separated pots to form two new shelves that were a quarter of an inch longer on each side.

Stampin’ Up’s “Hello There” stamp and coordinating corner stamp complete the front of the card.  (I suggest stamping first before assembling the card.)  The inside sentiment is die cut from a Karen Burniston Word set.

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Foam tape was used between the four layers placing the tape near the cut out rectangle so that foam layers are not directly above each other so that the card will meet the .25” maximum thickness of U.S. Postal Service.

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SUPPLIES USED:

Dies

Poppy Stamps 2174-Spring Pots Shelves

Poppy Stamps 2173 Spring Pots Frame

Poppy Stamps 1781 Tiny Frogs

Sizzix 663581 Courtney Chilston’s Birthday Shadow Box

Karen Burniston in cahoots with Riley & Co. 1002 Word Set 1- Greetings

 

Stamps:

Stampin’Up 147464 Around The Corner

 

Miscellaneous:

Wax Paper

Scotch Foam Tape

Tombow Aqua Mono Liquid Glue

Crayola Signature Brush & Detail Dual-ended Markers

Stampin’ Up Cards – Sympathy

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I went to a workshop this past week with Donna Butler, a Stampin’ Up demonstrator.       I really enjoyed learning more about the proper way to stamp. And, I loved the feel of the cling stamps. They were soft and required a lighter touch than some of the clear polymer stamps I have been using.

Here is one of the cards we made using a design of Donna’s. Note that each of her cards are designed with an interior panel that can be removed if the card needs to be repurposed.

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Donna’s list of supplies:

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Lots of Love

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You can never send enough love.  This card was created to send to family far away.  The recipient is very musical so the musical score embossing folder was the basis for this z-fold card. I took the rest of my inspiration from the magazine that the dies came from Papercraft inspirations issue 176.

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I used the pink and red cardstock from my January 2019 Hero Arts kit and a white piece of cardstock cut diagonally from one corner to a point about 2 inches from the opposing corner. The pink hearts were cut from cardstock I had embossed with the folder from the Cardmaking & Papercraft issue 178 “Make an Impression” set. I used the “lots of love” stamp from the same set to stamp and then heat emboss with white embossing powder on to a brown craft paper. The heart stamps were from a  rubber Lil’ Stamps of hearts by Inque Boutique (c)2007. Cards from a Tea Room Memories & More Card Pack were also used for the inside sentiment.

Other Supplies:

  • Scotch Foam Tape
  • Tombow Mono Aqua Liquid Glue
  • Colorbok Glitter Craft Papers
  • Recollections Detail Embossing Powder – Snow
  • Hampton Arts pigment inks of red and silver

Brighten Someone’s Day

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What do you send someone who can’t have visitors, flowers or food?

  A pop-up box full of spring flowers.

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I like using the Lawn Fawn Scalloped Box Card Pop-Up as a base for any kind of thinking of you card.  It is different from most store bought cards and it allows for a variety of possibilities.

For this card I used Stampin’ Up’s Tearoom Copper Vinyl Stickers to decorate the card sides and envelope.  I used papers/cards from Stampin’ Up’s Tea Room Specialty Designer Series Paper  and  Tea Room Memories & More Card Pack.        

The flowers are from the shaded tulip Stamp & Layer set by Susan Bates for Papercraft Inspirations magazine, issue 182  Stamped using CraftSmart and Hampton Art mini ink pads.

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