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



 

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 – Gate-Fold Card

The last stamp club that I hosted was focused on the Humming Along bundle and four different kinds of card bases.  We all had a great time making the different cards and using the very versatile Humming Along products.  After all – who doesn’t like hummingbirds and flowers, right?

Take a look at the picture below.  This is the beautiful gate-fold card that we made.

The gate-fold card style is definitely one that you should have in your back pocket of card designs.  It is quick, easy, and really packs a fun punch!  The card base for the gate fold card is made with a piece of card stock cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″.  Scores are made at the 2 3/4″ and 8 1/4″ on the 11″ side.  The picture below gives you a “cheat sheet” for the score lines.  You’ll notice that I suggest flipping the paper and scoring at 2 3/4″ on each end!

The gate-fold is made by folding the side, scored pieces into the middle of the card.  The picture below helps illustrate that folding.

There are many ways to decorate your gate-fold card.  This style is appropriate for any and all occasions!  And, the card will literally stand up on its own – too fun!

To get some additional tips on how to finish the card, please reference my previous post for a shadow box card using the same same set.

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

In my next post, I will share the amazing Z-fold card that we made featuring the Humming Along bundle.

Happy stamping!
Laurie

Stamparatus

$49.00



 

Humming Along – Shadow Box Card

At our recent monthly Stamp Club meeting, the group focused making different kinds of cards with the Humming Along bundle.  We made four different card bases but always designed the cards with the images and dies from the bundle.  Today, I am going to focus on the shadow box card that we made.  Take a look at the pictures below.

The shadow box card design is unique since the card literally stands up on its own.

There are several ways to decorate the shadow box card.  We chose to add the design directly to the front of the card.  The images from the Humming Along stamp set and the Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper work together so well!  There is no need to add more to make a statement.

Here are the directions to make the card:

  • Start with a piece of Daffodil Delight card stock cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″.  Essentially, this means cutting a piece of 8 1/2″ x 11″ card stock in half.  Cut at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.  You will be able to make two shadow box cards from one piece of card stock!
  • Next, you will made a series of score lines on your card stock.  I’m going to refer you to one of my prior posts where I give detailed instructions on the score lines and the folds.  Please click here to go to that post.  You’ll also see another design for a shadow box card.
  • After you have assembled the base for your shadow box card, you’re ready to decorate.  For the pictured card, stamp images from the Humming Along stamp set onto Whisper White card stock.  Use Tuxedo Black Memento ink.
  • Die cut your images using the Hummingbird Framelits dies.  They are amazing!
  • Cut a piece of Basic Black card stock to 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″.
  • Cut a piece of the Daffodil Delight Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper (DSP) to 3″ x 3″.  I am absolutely hooked on this paper.  It is so versatile!  You can use either the small or large gingham on your projects.  Each piece of the DSP is double-sided!
  • Adhere the Basic Black card stock to the card base, as pictured.  Then, adhere the Gingham Gala DSP piece to the Basic Black card stock, as pictured.
  • Cut a piece of Basic Black card stock to 1 1/2″ x 3″.  On a piece of 1 1/2″ x 3″ Gingham Gala DSP, stamp your choice of sentiment using Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  Die cut the sentiment using the gorgeous frame die in the Hummingbird Framelits set.
  • Before you adhere your die cut hummingbird, flower, and leaf, be sure to take time to decide where you want to put the pieces.  When you like your design, adhere the pieces directly to the Gingham Gala DSP, or use dimensionals to give the design some pop!
  • Adhere the die cut sentiments to the Basic Black card stock piece.  Add the Basic Black card stock piece to the bottom of the card front using dimensionals.

This is such a fun kind of card to give to someone special.  Don’t be surprised if the card ends up as a show piece on a desk, shelf, or mantel.  A shadow box card really is a WOW factor design.

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.

My next post will feature the gate fold card that we made with the Humming Along bundle.  Pictured below are all four designs that we made.

Happy stamping!
Laurie

Stamparatus

$49.00



 

Meant to Be – Narrow Valentine Note Card

It has been incredibly easy to live up to my motto of One stamp set – Three designs – Endless possibilities with the incredible Meant to Be bundle.  Today, I would like to share a fun, quick narrow Valentine’s Day note card that is perfect as a gift card for someone special.  Take a look at the picture below.

This card is very quick to put together.  Here are the steps to make the card:

  • Start with a Whisper White Narrow Note Card as the card base.  This size card is great for special notes and also for gift cards.  The envelopes that come with the note cards feature a semi-circle flap that can be decorated for any occasion.
  • In the bottom right corner, stamp “To the best friend a girl could ever ask for.” using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  This stamp is from the new Meant to Be stamp set.
  • Use the continuous hearts die from the Be Mine Stitched Framelits Die set to die cut a piece of Whisper White card stock.  The die cut is a delicate piece that has many hearts linked together.
  • The frame for the focal point is a piece of Basic Black card stock cut to 1 3/4″ x 4 1/8″.  The focal point, colorful piece is from the amazing Garden Impressions Designer Series Paper (DSP).  The DSP is cut to 1 5/8″ x 4″.
  • To choose the piece of DSP that you’ll use, lay the die cut hearts over the pattern to make sure you like the effect.  You definitely want the die cut hearts to stand out when they are placed on the DSP.
  • Use a few pieces of scrap Basic Black card stock, Silver Foil paper, and Gold Foil paper to die cut the continuous hearts piece.  Same some of the hearts that you will have from the die cut.
  • Use your favorite adhesive to attach the Basic Black frame to the Whisper White Narrow Note Card, as pictured.  Then, adhere the DSP to the center of the Basic Black frame piece.
  • Next, adhere the Whisper White hearts die cut onto the DSP.
  • Add the Basic Black, Silver Foil, and Gold Foil hearts into the die cut and also on a few areas of the card.  Adhere some of the hearts directly to the card.  For others, use the Mini Dimensionals to add some interest and variety to the focal point.

You will find many uses for this design.  If you change the sentiment that you use on the card, you’ll have a card that can be used for just about any occasion!

Below you’ll see pictures for the main products I used to create this card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go directly to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!
Laurie