Beauty Abounds – Butterfly Hello Card

Welcome to Spring!!!  Let’s celebrate with bright colors, whimsical images, and (of course!) butterflies.  Below is a picture of the third card that we made at our recent Stamp Club.

Butterflies just make me smile!  The Beauty Abounds bundle has very bold images and versatile sentiments.  It really is a great addition to anyone’s stamping stash.  Remember – Sale-A-Bration is ending on March 31.  When you purchase the Beauty Abounds bundle, you will qualify for one FREE Level 1 Sale-A-Bration item!!  Don’t wait to order your bundle and take advantage of Sale-A-Bration before it’s over!

Here are the steps that I used to create this card:

  • The card base is a piece of Grapefruit Grove (gorgeous In-Color!) card stock cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″ and scored at 5 1/2″ on the 11″ side.
  • The main focal point starts with a piece of Whisper White card stock cut to 4″ x 5 1/2″.
  • You’ll notice that there is a piece of Basic Black card stock behind the Whisper White piece.  This was taken from a scrap strip that I had.  You can adjust the Basic Black piece to the width that you would like.  Tuck the piece behind the Whisper White piece, adhere the Basic Black piece, and cut it to the same length as the Whisper White piece.
  • Essentially, create your own background on the Whisper White piece by using three stamps from the Beauty Abounds stamp set.  They are the two bubble stamps and the grunge spec stamp.
  • Grab your Grapefruit Grove and Call Me Clover ink pads and three clear blocks.
  • I used Grapefruit Grove ink to stamp the bubbles onto my background.  Also, I used various strengths of the ink to give variety.  You can get various strengths of your ink by stamping multiple times without reinking.
  • For the grunge spec stamp, I used the really pretty Call Me Clover ink.  Again, I used various strengths of the ink for variety.
  • Tip:  When you stamp one of your images on the side of the Whisper White card stock, be sure to reink your stamp before stamping a second time.  If you don’t, your second stamped image will have a line where you stamped on the edge of the card stock.
  • Next, I cut out two die cut butterfly images from the Butterfly Beauty Thinlits dies.  One was cut from Daffodil Delight card stock, and the other was cut from Basic Black card stock.
  • You will be able to tell the difference between the two large butterfly dies in the set by looking at the thickness of the butterfly bodies.  The die that has the thicker bodies is meant to be on the bottom, and the die that has the thinner, more detailed images is meant to be on the top.
  • Tip:  I cut off the antennae from all the butterflies on the bottom die (the one cut from Daffodil Delight) to make sure only the Basic Black antennae showed on my card.
  • To assemble your card – Adhere the Whisper White/Basic Black card stock piece to the front of your Grapefruit Grove card base.
  • Next, adhere the Daffodil Delight butterfly die cut to the Whisper White piece.  Then, adhere the Basic Black butterfly die cut onto the Daffodil Delight butterfly die.  Tip:  For the Basic Black butterfly die cut, I put adhesive only on the bodies of the butterflies and some of the thicker outline pieces of the wings.  First, I adhered the body of the middle butterfly and then adhered the additional pieces.  I purposely left some of the parts of the wings without adhesive to give more of a fluttering effect.

  • The last piece for the card is the sentiment.  The new, must have, likely to be used on almost every card you make (no kidding!) Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies are the key for the sentiment!
  • Use the smallest die in the set to cut a Basic Black rectangle.  Stamp “hello” from the Beauty Abounds stamp set onto a piece of Grapefruit Grove card stock with your favorite black ink.  Die cut that piece using the same die you used to cut the Basic Black rectangle.  I purposely die cut the sentiment to the right of the rectangle to allow enough room for my die cut butterfly.
  • Stamp the small butterfly from the Beauty Abounds stamp set onto a piece of Daffodil Delight card stock with your favorite black ink.  Die cut the butterfly image using the corresponding die from the Butterfly Beauty Thinlits Dies.
  • Assemble the sentiment by first adhering the Basic Black piece behind the Grapefruit Grove piece.  Notice that I adhere the pieces together allowing the Basic Black piece to show just a bit on the right side of the Grapefruit Grove piece.  Adhere the die cut small butterfly as shown.

  • Finally, attached your sentiment piece to the card with dimensionals, as pictured.

I hope you enjoy making this card and sharing the joy and beauty of spring!  Below are pictures of the main products that I used to make this card.  Click on any picture and you’ll go directly to my on-line store!

And, remember Sale-A-Bration will end on March 31!

Happy stamping!
Laurie

Big Shot

$110.00



 

Love You to Pieces – Puzzle Card

When I was planning for our recent Stamp Club, I wanted to make a card with the Love You to Pieces bundle.  The card pictured below was incredibly straight forward to make and really has an incredible pop of color and style — well, at least, I think that’s true!!!

As usual with SU!’s products, there are so many possibilities with this bundle.  Imagine your favorite DSP or stamped as the puzzle design.  There are also an almost endless number of seBntiments that you can use for the puzzle piece die cut.  Please share the cards that you make from CASEing this card!  I would really love to see them.

Here are the directions for making this card:

  • The card base is made from a piece of Whisper White card stock cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at the 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.
  • Before you choose the card stock color for the frame piece of your card, decide which collection of Designer Series Paper (DSP) you’ll use for the puzzle.  You will want to choose a frame piece color that will complement the colors in the DSP.  The frame piece is cut to 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ to start.
  • I chose the gorgeous Petal Promenade DSP for my puzzle piece.  This collection is available as a FREE Sale-A-Bration gift for purchases of $50 (before shipping and tax).  Cut your DSP piece to 4″ x 4″.
  • Use the puzzle die from the Puzzle Pieces Thinlits Dies to cut the DSP piece into puzzle pieces.
  • Tip:  To keep your puzzle pieces straight as far as how they fit together – Before you die cut your DSP piece, turn the DSP piece upside down.  Place the puzzle die (with the blade side up) in the middle of the DSP piece.  With a pencil, number the pieces that will be cut by the die.  On the top row, number 1 to 4 starting with the right most piece.  You’ll end up with the numbers looking like 4 – 3 – 2 – 1.  Follow the same pattern with the remaining three rows.  The second row will look like 8 – 7 – 6 – 5.  The third row will look like 12 – 11 – 10 – 9, and the fourth row will look like 16 – 15 – 14 – 13.  Turn your DSP to the correct side to die cut the puzzle.  You’ll end up with numbered puzzle pieces with 1 starting in the upper left corner and going left to right for each line.  Trust me – This process helps!!!
  • Adhere the puzzle pieces to a piece of Basic Black card stock cut to 4″ x 4″.  You’ll only need a little adhesive on the puzzle pieces.  Try to leave a little (very little) gap between the puzzle pieces to better highlight the pieces themselves.  Choose one piece to leave out of the puzzle.
  • Don’t worry about centering the puzzle pieces on the Basic Black card stock piece.  After you have adhered the puzzle pieces, trim the Basic Black card stock piece as pictured.
  • Adhere the finished puzzle piece to the colored frame piece.  I thought it would be fun to nave the puzzle piece off center and twisted.  Play around with the layout before you adhere the piece.
  • Use a piece of your favorite metallic twine to wrap the colored frame piece before you adhere the frame piece to the card base.  I used retired gold twine from an old Holiday catalog.
  • Stamp the “Love you” puzzle piece die onto a piece of Whisper White card stock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.
  • Die cut this piece with the single puzzle die piece from the Puzzle Pieces Thinlits Dies set.  Adhere the puzzle piece to the card with dimensionals.

Below are the main products that I used to make this card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go directly to my on-line store.

Happy puzzle making!!!
Laurie



 

Country Floral – Embossed Thanks

March is the final month for Sale-A-Bration!  One of my absolutely favorite FREE SAB items is the gorgeous Country Floral Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  It is part of the second SAB release and is yours FREE with a $50 purchase (before shipping and tax).  You are going to love the detailed design from this embossing folder.  Just take a look at the picture below.

Honestly, I don’t know when I have used an embossing folder as the main focal point of a card.  The Country Floral EF stands on its own as the highlight.  The depth and detail are absolutely amazing.

Here are the steps that I used to create this card.

  • The card base is a piece of Whisper White card stock cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.
  • Cut a piece of Basic Black card stock to 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″ to be used as the frame.
  • Cut a piece of Highland Heather card stock to 5 1/4″ x 4″ to be used as the main focal point.
  • Use the second smallest circle die in the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies set to die cut a circle in the piece of Highland Heather.
  • Use the Country Floral Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to emboss the Highland Heather card stock.
  • Use either a Sponge Dauber or Stamping Sponges and Whisper White Craft Ink to gently highlight the embossed images.
  • Stamp the word “thanks” from the Beauty Abounds cling stamp set using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink onto a piece of Whisper White card stock.
  • Die cut the stamped “thanks” using the smallest circle from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies set.
  • Assemble the card by adhering the Basic Black frame piece to the card base.
  • Next, adhere the embossed Highland Heather piece to the frame piece using Dimensionals.
  • Adhere the die cut “thanks” in the middle of the die cut on the Highland Heather piece, as pictured.
  • Tie a double bow with your choice of ribbon and adhere to the card front, as pictured.

You are absolutely going to fall in love with the Country Floral embossing folder.  Be sure to place your $50 order soon to ensure you get your Country Floral embossing folder before they are gone (by March 31 or when the supply is gone, whichever comes first).

The main products that I used to create this card are shown below.  Click on any picture, and you’ll go directly to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!
Laurie



 

Humming Along – Side Step Card

As promised, here is the fourth and final card that our stamp club made with the amazing Humming Along Bundle.  As you will see, this card is a fun side step card that has a great illusion of the hummingbird being in front of the flower.  Take a look at the pictures below:

Side step cards really have a WOW factor.  They are not difficult to make.  You just need to practice your cutting and scoring.  You’ll be a pro in no time – trust me!

There are two steps to create the card base – (1) Cut your card base and then (2) score the card base.

Let’s talk about cutting the card base first.  I’ve added a picture below to illustrate how I made the cut for this card.  There is only one cut in the paper.  Here are the steps:

  • Start with a piece of card stock cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″.  Essentially, you will cut a piece of standard A2 card stock (8 1/2″ x 11″) in half by cutting at 5 1/2″ on the 11″ side.
  • Place your cut piece of card stock into your paper cutter so you can make the cut shown in the picture below.  You are going to place the 5 1/2″ side of the paper at 3″ in the paper cutter.  Then, start your blade cutting at the 7″ mark on the paper trimmer and cut to 2 3/4″.  This means that you will have a 4 1/4″ long cut.  Note:  The length of the cut is half the size as the length of the paper!

Now, we are going to add the score lines.

  • Reference the picture below to note where you will make your score lines.
  • On the left side of the picture, you will make a score line at 4 1/4″ (or half the length of the paper) to essentially be able to fold the card in half.
  • On the right side of the picture, you will make score lines at the beginning and end of the cut that you made in the first step, pictured and discussed above.  These will be at 1 1/2″ and 5 3/4″.
  • The final score line will be at 3″.  This is twice the distance of the beginning score line at 1 1/2″.

Your step card is ready to be folded and decorated.  Reference the picture below to fold your card.  The decorations are up to you!  I used products that are pictured at the end of this post to decorate the card.

I really hope that you use the directions above to make a step card.  You will be amazed at how easy it is.

The main products that I used to make this card are shown below.  Click on any picture, and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!
Laurie

Stamparatus

$49.00



 

Humming Along – Z-Fold Card

Don’t you love the simplicity of a Z-Fold card?  They are very easy to make but punch a real WOW factor.  Take a look at an example of this type of card featuring the wonderful Humming Along bundle –

This is what a Z-fold card looks like from the top.  There is so much dimension to this easy card style!  It’s perfect for the Humming Along bundle also.  The hummingbird appears to be in front of the flower when the card is opened.  The card will also stand on its own!

You can tell from my last few posts that I am really hooked on the Humming Along bundle.  Well – I guess that is because I am really fascinated by hummingbirds as, I’m sure, many of you are.  We have two hummingbird feeders in our yard.  We will always be mesmerized by the antics of the hummingbirds!

Let me give you a few tips on how to make this card.  You’ll be able to use the base Z-fold card design for any occasion.  Do not blame me if you get hooked on this card style 🙂

  • Cut a piece of Daffodil Delight card stock to 4 1/4″ x 11″.  Score the 11″ side at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″.  Fold the the score lines as pictured above.
  • Cut two pieces of Basic Black card stock to 2 1/2″ x 4″.  These pieces will be the frames for your Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper (DSP).
  • Choose your favorite Gingham Gala DSP color and size of gingham (each color has small and large gingham choices).  Cut two pieces of Gingham Gala DSP to 2 1/4″ x 3 3/4″.  Adhere the DSP pieces to the center of the Basic Black card stock pieces, as pictured.  Adhere the Basic Black card stock pieces to the outside of the card and inside exposed side of the card, as pictured.
  • Stamp the hummingbird, flower, and leaf images from the Humming Along stamp set onto Whisper White card stock.  Use Memento Black ink to stamp these images.
  • Die cut the stamped images with the corresponding Hummingbird Framelits Dies.  Adhere the die cut images to the card, as pictured.
  • Choose one of the sentiments from the Humming Along stamp set for your card.  Stamp the sentiment onto Whisper White card stock with Memento Black ink.  Die cut the stamped sentiment with the label die in the Hummingbird Framelits Dies set.
  • Adhere the die cut sentiment to a piece of 1 3/8″ x 3″ piece of Basic Black card stock.
  • Adhere the sentiment onto your card, as pictured, using Dimensionals.  Be sure to only put the dimensionals on the back of half of the sentiment.  You only need to adhere the left side of the sentiment to the card.

Shown below are the main products that I used to create the Z-fold card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.

In my next post, I will share the last of the Humming Along based cards that we made at our recent Stamp Club.  It is a fun side-step card that I’m sure you will love.

Happy stamping!
Laurie

Stamparatus

$49.00