Picture Perfect Birthday Cards

Do you ever panic because you don’t have a birthday card ready to get in the mail?  And, you REALLY need to send the card?  I’ve been in that situation far too many times.  One of my New Year’s resolutions is to keep a stash of finished birthday cards and make sure I mail the cards early!

I have really enjoyed experimenting with the Picture Perfect Party Suite from the new Occasions Catalog.  My birthday card stash is already growing!  Pictured below are two of the cards that I made using products from this suite.

The Picture Perfect Party Designer Series Paper (DSP) is fabulous.  There are twelve double-sized designs in the pack.  One side of each design is a photograph that feature products and colors in the suite.  They are incredible.  The other side of each design is a great pattern that includes great coordinating colors.

The two cards pictured above were made with one piece of the 6″ x 6″ Picture Perfect Party DSP.  One card is a traditional A2 card (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″).  The other card was made with one of the new Whisper White Narrow Note Cards.  I love being frugal with Designer Series Paper.

Here are the instructions for the cards:

  • The larger card has a Thick Whisper White cardstock base cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the longer side.
  • The frame is a piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock cut to 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″.
  • When you cut the DSP, you’re going to cut the DSP for both cards.  The larger card has a DSP piece measuring 4″ x 5 1/4″.  The smaller card has a DSP piece measuring 2″ x 4″.  For these cards, I cut the lit candle piece so that the left side of the paper (cut initially at 4″ x 6″) was for the larger card.  The remaining 2″ x 6″ piece was for the smaller card.  Then, I trimmed the pieces to the heights I needed.
  • Adhere the DSP to the Pumpkin Pie frame piece.
  • Cut a piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock to 1″ x 4 1/8″.  Adhere this piece on top of the DSP, as pictured.
  • Use dimensionals to adhere the layered Pumpkin Pie piece to the front of the card.
  • Stamp “happiest of birthdays to you” from the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Bermuda Bay ink.  Die cut the sentiment with the second smallest oval die from the Stitched Shapes Framelits dies.
  • Finish the die cut piece by adding faux stitching to the edge.  The faux stitching is made with a Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write marker.
  • Use dimensionals to adhere the sentiment piece to the front of the card, as pictured.
  • To finish the card, stamp “today we celebrate wonderful brilliant fabulous you!” inside the card using Bermuda Bay ink.

The smaller card is made with a new Whisper White Narrow Note Card.  All steps for the larger card are the same except for those listed below:

  • The Pumpkin Pie cardstock frame is cut to 2 1/8″ x 4 1/8″.
  • The Pumpkin Pie cardstock piece put over the DSP is cut to 1/2″ x 2 1/8″.
  • For the sentiment, stamp “happy birthday” from the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Bermuda Bay ink.  Die cut the sentiment with the smallest oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits dies.

I’ll be sharing more ideas for great cards using products from the Picture Perfect Party Suite.  Please check back to see them.

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

Happy stamping,
Laurie



 

Painted with Love Suite – Three Projects

It looks like winter may be heading back to the East Coast early next week.  My husband (Bruce) and I live in central North Carolina, and there is a hint of snow possibilities on Wednesday.  Well – I do need to remember that it is January!  We used to live in Rochester, New York, and were very used to snow.  I think our blood has thinned a bit since we moved to the South!

When the weather forecast looks a little on the chilly side, I start planning stamping projects to keep me happy.  Each week, I focus on three different projects using the same stamp set.  Yes, I guess I am a little frugal.  But, you know what?  I am definitely proud of that!  Be sure to check back in early next week to see the next stamp set I have chosen to use.  And, if you have suggestions from the Annual or Occasions catalog, please let me know!  Last week, I featured amazing products from the Pained with Love suite in the Occasions catalog.

As you have seen from my posts in the last week, I absolutely love the products in the Painted with Love Suite.  In the spirit of living up to my motto – One stamp set (okay, in this case, one suite!) – Three designs – Endless possibilities, I hope you have enjoyed the projects!

If you missed any project, you can use the links below to check them out.  The diagonal cut and fold card is shown in my first video attempt!

Have a wonderful weekend!  Enjoy your family and friends.  And, maybe sneak in a little time for stamping!

-Laurie



 

Fancy Fold Square Card – Painted with Love Suite

Well, I finally did it!  And, you’ll see a link below to my attempt at a video.  The card that is featured in the video is a square, quick fancy fold card that uses products from the Painted with Love suite in the Occasions Catalog.  The inspiration for this card came from an amazing stamper, Frenchie.  Click here to see her video.

After you’ve had a chance to watch my video below, I would really appreciate your feedback.  Your constructive suggestions will help me with future videos.

At the end of this post, you’ll find pictures of the main products that I used to make the featured card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll be taken to my on-line store.  You are really going to enjoy using the products in the Painted with Love suite.

Remember – Sale-A-Bration is in full swingFor any $50 order (before shipping and tax), you can choose one FREE Level 1 product from SAB brochure.  For any $100 order (before shipping and tax), you can choose two FREE Level 1 products or one FREE Level 2 product.  Click here to see the SAB brochure.

Enjoy the video!

Below are the main products that I used to make the featured card.  Go to my on-line store by clicking on any picture.

Happy stamping!
Laurie 



 

Stamp Club Preview

Happy Saturday!  I hope you are keeping warm and enjoying the start of your weekend.  Remember – Stamping is a great distraction from the cold weather!

I also hope you find the picture below inspiring.  Each of the three projects using products from the Painted with Love Suite in the Occasions Catalog (pages 18 and 19).  You may have been drawn to this suite by the gorgeous Painted with Love Specialty DSP as I was, but I guarantee you’re going to love the other Painted with Love suite products.

Earlier this week, I posted pictures and directions for the box made with the box die from the Lots to Love Box Framelits Dies.  If you missed that post, please check here.  Today, I am going to share tips and tricks to make the Valentine card pictured below.  In the next few days, I’ll post more information and details for the third project pictured above.

This Valentine’s Day card features the new Whisper White Narrow Note Cards and Envelopes (page 19 of the Occasions Catalog).  They are the same weight as the larger Whisper White Note cards and fit perfectly inside boxes made with the box die from the Lots to Love Box Framelits Dies.  The cards are also a great way to top a gift and to give as a simple note to brighten someone’s day.  Here are the directions for the card:

  • Cut a piece of your choice of the Painted with Love Specialty DSP to 2 3/8″ x 4 3/8″.  You may have a hard time narrowing down which piece of DSP to use since they are all amazing!
  • Use Whisper White Craft Ink to stamp the lovely heart outline image from the Sure Do Love You stamp set onto the DSP as pictured.  Then, heat emboss the heart image with White Embossing Powder.
  • Use the largest heart die from the Lots of Love Box Framelits Dies to die cut the heart shape in the middle of the heart outline that you have heat embossed.
  • The sentiment is from the Sure Do Love You stamp set on a piece of Whisper White cardstock cut to 2 1/4″ x 3 1/2″.  I used and updated “Rock and Roll” technique to stamp the sentiment.  [Okay – Raise your hand if you know what the “Rock and Roll” technique is!]  If you think of the sentiment stamp as being in three concentric circles, my stamping explanation should make sense!  I stamped the inside circle (the middle) in Calypso Coral.  The next circular section (I guess really more of a doughnut shape) was stamped in Melon Mambo, overlapping the Calypso Coral just a bit.  The outer section is stamped in Rich Razzleberry, overlapping the Melon Mambo a little.  [Confession – I also used a MISTI to stamp the sentiment.  This allowed me to play with the coloring to get it exactly as I wanted it.  SOON – We’ll be able to use the new SU! Stamparatus to do this technique!!]  Take a look at the picture below to get a better view of the layers of colors in the sentiment.

  • To attach the sentiment to the DSP, put dimensionals on the stamped sentiment piece.  Place the dimensionals on the paper around the sentiment to make sure they won’t be seen when you place the DSP piece over the top.
  • Attach the DSP piece to the front of the note card.  Use dimensionals again for this.  Put your dimensionals in the four corners of the DSP and just below the die cut heart.
  • Add a few die cut hearts to the front of the card for a finished look.  I used Whisper White cardstock and a piece of the Painted with Love Specialty DSP for the hearts.  I also die cut the hearts with the narrow shaped heart from the Lot to Love Box Framelits Dies set.
  • To finish the envelope, use a piece of the Painted with Love Specialty DSP (again your choice of design) cut to 1 1/2″ x 3″.  Glue to the envelope flap and trip to fit the shape of the flap.

Below are the main products that I used to make all the projects shown in the first picture in this post.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.

Remember, during Sale-a-Bration (through March 31), for any $50 order you have, before shipping and tax, you can choose one FREE product from the SAB Brochure.  Click here to see the SAB Brochure.  Also, there are two FREE SAB gifts for any $100 order, before shipping and tax.

Happy Stamping!
Laurie



 

Merry & Bright Gift Tag

I hope each of you and your families had a very Happy Thanksgiving!  We certainly did!  After the main meal and before dessert, we have a tradition of a team activity.  This year, we had our own version of the Food Channel’s “Chopped” show.  Two teams had mystery containers and were asked to create desserts.  The ingredients to work with included cream cheese, cocoa nibs, sweet potato tortilla chips, dried cranberries, lady finger cookies, and the team’s choice from six Mexican spices.  As the judges, my mom and I sampled the finished dishes.  It was a lot of fun!

If you’re like me, you’ve turned your attention to getting ready for Christmas.  Whether you’re an in-the-store shopper or an on-line shopper, you’re going to need to make gift tags for all the bargains that you find.  Today’s post focuses on the cute Merry & Bright gift tag pictured in the center of the banner picture and also pictured below.  This tag was inspired by one that Mary Fish posted.

Here are the directions and tricks for making the gift tag:

  • Cut a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock to 2″ x 5 1/2″.
  • Use the scalloped topper die cut from the Hometown Greetings Edgelits Dies to die cut the top of the tag.  This die cut is really cute.  The hole that is cut is in the shape of a heart!  Be sure to save the heart piece.  You never know when you may be able to use it in another project.
  • Grab a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Use your choice of building scenes from the Hometown Greetings Edgelits Dies collection to die cut a scene.  I used the piece that has the church.  Determine which piece of the building scene you want to use on your tag.  Cut the building scene to 2″ wide.  Leave about 1 1/2″ of white space under the buildings to have room for your sentiment.  [Tip:  If there are extra buildings or trees in the 2″ wide section, simply use your scissors to trim out the extra pieces.  I cut out part of the building that was next to the church!]
  • Stamp “Merry & Bright” from the Hearts Come Home stamp set on the bottom of the die cut piece.  I used Garden Green ink for the stamp.
  • To add the scallops underneath the bottom of the die cut piece, I had to scour my die collection to find something that would work.  I used the scalloped edge die from the Window Box Thinlits collection and Real Red cardstock to make the edging.  It is so much fun to challenge yourself to look at your dies and stamps in different ways.
  • To finish the tag, adhere the scalloped edge under the die cut piece and trim any excess from the sides.  Use dimensionals to attach the die cut piece to the tag.  [Tip:  The mini dimensionals are perfect for adhering the tree and church!]  Use a piece of the Quilted Christmas 1/4″ ribbon to add a bow to the top.  And, finally, add your choice of a small embellishment to the tree.

This is the perfect project to work on while you’re watching your favorite show or just winding down from the day.  I bet the tag would also look great on a card front.

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

Happy stamping!
Laurie