Bloomin’ Heart – NC SU Demos – Blog Hop

I hope you are enjoying the SU NC Demos February blog hop.  There certainly are a lot of talented artists in our group.  This is the first blog hop that I have ever participated in, and I’m really excited to show you a simply elegant card that features the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits Dies.  The finished card is shown below.

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The Bloomin’ Heart Thinklits dies are part of the Love Blossoms suite in the SU! Occasions catalog.  It is a wonderful die set to use for Valentine’s Day cards.  But, there are so many more options for this die set.  This birthday card is a great example.

Here are some of the steps that I followed to make this card.

  • The background was made using the larger brush stroke stamp from the Work of Art stamp set.  To create a very similar background, you could also sponge color onto your white cardstock, use the direct to paper technique with your ink pad, or even create faux brush strokes using ink daubers.  As you can see in the pictures below, I experimented with different ink colors and patterns.

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  • Use white cardstock to die cut the hearts.  Then, put the heart die cuts on the stamped backgrounds.  This will help you determine which colors you like for the background and also if you have enough paint strokes stamped for the background.

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  • The “Happy Birthday” stamp from the Rose Wonder stamp set was my choice for the sentiment on this card.  Lately, I have been really drawn to script sentiment stamps.  In my opinion, they add a simple and elegant touch.  I decided to stamp my sentiment in Watermelon Wonder before adhering the die cut heart to the front of the card.  I also chose Watermelon Wonder as the color for the base for my card.

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  • The Bloomin’ Hearts Thinlits Dies also include two flower dies.  When you combine the flower dies and Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper, you get pure, sparkling elegance!  Use the fine-tip glue pen to adhere the flowers to the die.

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  • I like to use reverse tweezers when I glue the heart to the front of the card.  The fine-tip glue pen definitely does the trick here since it allows glue to be placed just where you need it.

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  • When I use dimensionals to attached a front to a card, I always put at least one dimensional in the middle of the piece of paper.  This prevents sagging in the middle of the card.  Don’t waste the outside edges of the dimensional sheets.  You can cut them into pieces and use them!

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  • I will confess to you that I am truly surprised that my die cutting machine hasn’t broken recently.  I have made several cards using the heart die featured in this card.  Since I was using it so much, I decided to get a stash of pre-die cut flowers for future use.

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Please let me share a few more ideas with you that use the Bloomin’ Hearts Thinlits Dies and the tips highlighted above.  You’re going to notice that I used some current stamps and some retired stamps.  I bet you’ll have stamps in your collection that will work wonderfully with this die set!

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I hope you have found some inspiration today!  Below are some of the products used in the featured card.  Be sure to continue the SU NC Demos blog hop.  All participants are listed below.

Happy Stamping!


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 SU NC Demos February Blog Hop Participants:

Shavon Borders – http://scrappingvon.blogspot.com/2016/02/nc-demo-occasions-catalog.html

Regina Campbell – http://workinouttheinks.blogspot.com/2016/02/botanical-box-card-for-nc-demos.html

Tamra Davis – http://www.theCardLadies.com/nc-demos-blog-hop-birthday-party-for-the-in-colors/

Kitty Helton –
http://www.creativecardsbykitty.com/nc-demonstrators-blog-hop-2-helping-me-grow

Jo Anne Hewins –http://luv2create.typepad.com/my_blog/2016/02/say-it-isnt-so-in-colors-dont-go-1.html

Amy Ingram – http://amysbarn.blogspot.com/2016/02/nc-demos.html

Michelle Irinyi –
http://www.weebly.com/weebly/apps/readDraft.php?draftId=347404873450276826&userId=12843576

Melissa Kerman –
http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/thecraftingtreehouse/blog?directBlogUrl=/blog/60800/entry/nc_demos_blog_hop_helping

Tracie Langley –
http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/traciesallaboutstamping/blog?directBlogUrl=/blog/86481/entry/nc_demos_february_blog_hop

Sharon Maranich –
http://inkiefinger.blogspot.com/2016/02/nc-demos-blog-hop-featuring-occasions.html

Laurie Meier – http://stampedgreetings.com/bloomin-heart-nc-su-demos-blog-hop/

Mary Robinette –
http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/mrobinette/blog?directBlogUrl=/blog/2026420/entry/let_s_party_like_is

Susan Root –
http://stampin-with-sue.blogspot.com/2016/02/nc-su-demos-occasions-and-in-color-blog.html

Pam Staples –
http://wp.me/p3p2VA-1gP

Lisa Tedder –
http://creatingwithlisa.com/nc-demo-blog-hop-bark-technique/

Frances Wagner –
http://wagstamps.blogspot.com/2016/02/nc-su-demo-blog-hop.html


 

Valentine Themes Anytime of the Year!

One stamp set – Bloomin’ Love

Three designs shown below

Endless possibilities – Just add your twist

Yes – I do realize that Valentine’s Day for this year is in the pas!.  But, the cards and candy holder that are shown below can easily be change for several occasions throughout the year.

The simple and clean card can be a great pattern for thank you cards, birthdays, or really just about any reason to add a smile to someone’s day.  The base is a note card which makes this design even more quick to pull together.

Clean and Simple Style

Clean and Simple Style

I went a little nutty on die cutting many of the hearts shown on these two cards.  Many people in our family will see these hearts for anniversaries, engagements, birthdays, and thank you cards throughout the year.  So many possibilities with this die!

And last, but certainly not least, the wonderful candy bar holder is another quick project for just about any occasion.

Quick Candy Holder

Quick Candy Holder

Here are the products from the Love Blossoms product suite that are featured in these projects.  In my next post, I’ll give you full directions and more details on how to make each card and the candy bar holder.

Thanks for stopping by!

 

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Botanical Gardens – A Stunning Gatefold Card

Okay – here goes!  This is my first [real] posting on Stamped Greetings!

My focus is to use one stamp set (or suite of products) and share three designs with you.  I’m an avid stamper, but I’m also pretty frugal and love to be able to create different cards using the same tools.

If you’ve looked at the Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog, you’ve probably the amazing Botanical Gardens product suite.  Let me show you a really stunning card that was made primarily using the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies.

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Here are the card dimensions and products that I used to create this card.

  1. The base is a piece of Hello Honey cardstock cut to 11” x 4 ¼”. To make the gate fold, score the 11” side at 2 ¾” and 9 ¼”.

2. Cut a piece of white cardstock to 4 ¼” x 4” to make the front panel. Note: The panel will purposely overlap the gate fold.

3. Stamp “Thank You” in Old Olive on the bottom right of the front panel using the Another Thank You stamp set (Annual Catalog, pg 15).

4. Use the multi-leaf die from the Botanical Builders Framelits Dies (Occasions Catalog, pg 26) to decorate the left side of the front panel.

5. Use the flower, leaves, and fern dies from the Botanical Builders Framelits Dies and corresponding cardstock in Hello Honey, Cajun Craze, Mossy Meadow, Mint Macaron, and black to decorate the front panel as you like. Adhere the finished panel to the left gate fold as shown.

6. Cut a piece of the Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper (Occasions Catalog, pg 27) to 4 ¼ x 2 ¾. Adhere the piece to the right gate fold, as shown.

My next post (and additions to the blog) will include information on how you can get a set of the framelits for your collection.  Trust me – you will love them.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Please let me know your thoughts on the card.

Happy stamping!

-Laurie