Amazing Congratulations – Baby Card

At a recent stamp club, the group made three cards including the fun, fresh baby congratulations card pictured below.

 

The two other cards that we made are also shown below. I have shared detailed information for both cards. Both cards focused on products in the Share What You Love bundle. Click on either picture below to go to the individual posts.

Here’s a personal confession – I don’t make as many baby cards as I should.  When I saw the Amazing Congratulations stamp set and all the sentiment stamps that come with the set, I was inspired to make a baby card to share at our stamp club.  It was a lot of fun to make, and the design can easily be changed to fit any color scheme.  You will love the flexibility of the Amazing Congratulations set.

Card instructions are below:

  • Start with a Whisper White card stock card base cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.
  • Cut a piece of Dapper Denim card stock to 4″ x 5 1/4″.  This will be the larger frame for the full card.
  • Cut a piece of Pool Party card stock to 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″.  Use the Softly Falling embossing folder and your Big Shot to add texture to this piece.  From the picture, you’ll see that I chose to adhere the Pool Party piece to the Dapper Denim piece to allow the de-embossed side to show.  I thought the pattern looked like stars.
  • Cut a second piece of Dapper Denim card stock to 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″.  This will be the background piece for the main focal point.  Note that this piece will cover the entire length of the card.
  • Cut a piece of Whisper White card stock to 3″ x 5″.  This is the piece you will use for your stamping.
  • The word “Congratulations” from the Amazing Congratulations stamp set is a three-step stamp.  The Stamparatus makes stamping for this card a piece of cake!  If you don’t have your Stamparatus yet, you will definitely want to add one to your collection.  They will be available for ordering on June 1!!!
  • First, stamp the outline stamp of congratulations in a light blue ink.  I used Pool Party ink.
  • Second, stamp the part of congratulations that includes the full “g” and the full “a” in a medium shade of blue.  I used Island Indigo ink.  If you use your Stamparatus, you can also stamp the swoosh stamp at this point.  This is the design that will go over the words “on your new little one”.  Use the medium shade of blue of your choice.  Again, I used Island Indigo ink.
  • Third, stamp the part of congratulations that includes the full “c” and full “t” in a dark shade of blue.  I used Dapper Denim ink.  If you use your Stamparatus, you can also stamp the sentiment stamp that includes “on your new little one” at this point.  Use the Dapper Denim ink or the dark blue ink that you choose.
  • Add your choice of embellishments to make sure there is a little bling and twinkle to the card.  I used sequins that came in a past Paper Pumpkin kit and some (non-SU!) silver thread.  By the way – I have a lot of leftover bits and pieces from Paper Pumpkin kits that I always find ways to use!

I hope you add this card to your inventory of fun, fresh baby cards.  Obviously, you could use the base design for other occasions as well.  You’ll see that the stamps in the Amazing Congratulations stamp set provide many options for you to use.

Shown below are some of the products that I used to make this card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!
Laurie

Stamparatus

$49.00



 

Birthday Wit – Quick Masculine Birthday Card

If you’re like me, you may have a little trouble (sometimes 🙂 ) designing masculine birthday cards.  The Birthday Wit stamp set may be the answer for you.  I have had a great time using the set and will share three designs with you.  Birthday Wit is fun, fresh, and a sassy stamp set!  If you like the set and don’t have it in your collection, don’t delay — Birthday Wit is going to retire at the end of May. 🙁

Below are two pictures of the first of three projects that I’ll share.  The picture of the front of the card showcases the stamp that caught my attention when I first saw the stamp set in the catalog.  Doesn’t the sentiment just make you smile?  The colors and background were designed specifically for a masculine card.  The inside design is very fun and easy to make especially with the soon-to-be-available Stamparatus!

The main colors for this card work together so well!   Take a look –

Here are the steps for the front of the card:

  • The base of the card is a piece of Crumb Cake card stock cut 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.
  • A piece of Night of Navy card stock is cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″ and used to frame the focal piece.
  • The base for the focal piece is Whisper White card stock cut to 3 3/4″ x 5″.  The base is stamped with the Tree Rings background stamp using Crumb Cake ink.  In one of my next posts, I’ll share some tips on how I stamped the background on the front and inside of the card.
  • After the Tree Rings are stamped, the main sentiment from the Birthday Wit stamp set is stamped on the focal piece with Night of Navy ink.
  • The sentiment is stamped one more time on a scratch piece of Whisper White card stock using Early Espresso ink.  The “Happy Birthday” banner from this piece is fussy cut and placed over the initial stamped sentiment using dimensionals.  The banner really pops with this technique!
  • The Night of Navy frame is adhered to the card base as pictured.
  • A piece of Vanilla satin ribbon (from my retired ribbon stash – sorry!) is attached with the each end wrapped around the card.  I pinched the ribbon in half and tied a piece of blue twine onto the ribbon before I attached the second end.  After the ribbon is attached (and tape will work just fine), the focal piece is attached to the Night of Navy frame as pictured.

Here are the steps for the inside of the card:

  • Mask the left side of the card with a piece of scrap paper to make sure you don’t stamp any part of the Tree Rings backgroup stamp image on to the left side.
  • Use Crumb Cake ink to stamp the Tree Rings background stamp onto the right side.  I’ll share more tips on how to do this in one of my next posts.
  • Stamp “Happy Birthday” from the Birthday Wit stamp set three times, as pictured, using Night of Navy ink.  If you are using a Stamparatus to do this, set up the first (highest) “Happy Birthday” as close to the top of the card as you can.  Move the plate two notches to stamp the second “Happy Birthday”.  Move the plate again two notches to stamp the third and final “Happy Birthday”.

There are so many ways you could this design to make it your own!  Use different colors.  Add another background instead of the Tree Rings.  Just have fun with it!

Check back for the second design that I’ll share using the fun Birthday Wit stamp set.  In the meantime, you can click on any picture below to go to my on-line store.  REMEMBER – The Birthday Wit stamp set is on the retiring list!

Happy stamping!
Laurie



 

Love You Still – Wedding Card

My apologies for being sparse in postings over the last few days…but, I have a good excuse!  Well, I think it’s a good excuse 🙂  I have been accepted as a member of a local co-op and will be selling my cards at the shop!  If you live near the Carrboro, North Carolina area, please stop into WomanCraft Gifts.  There are so many talented artists in the area who sell the handmade crafts at the store.  You will find the items very inspiring.  I hope to see you there!

The card that I am sharing today is the first that I have made with my new Stamparatus, which is absolutely marvelous!!!  In my next post, I’ll share a few tips and tricks that I have already learned about the tool.

First, allow me to share some of the stamps from the Love You Still stamp set.  The card featured in this post is very appropriate for a wedding or an anniversary.  The design is fresh, clean, and very versatile since you can literally add any colors that you want.

The Layered Leaves Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder as a background adds a really fun 3D effect.  From the picture below, you can see that I added more definition to specific leaves.  This was done using the Whisper White and Old Olive watercolor pencils.

Lately, I have enjoyed adding faux stitching to card fronts.  The Crumb Cake faux stitches and twine really add a nice final touch.

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

Happy stamping!
Laurie



 

Stamparatus Reservation Window Opens Today!!!

Today is the day!  The Stamparatus reservation window will open at 4 pm (Eastern time)!  If you’re wondering what in the world a Stamparatus is, take a look at the video below.

Now, that you know you need your own Stamparatus, please read through the information below to make sure you get your reservation completed.

  • The reservation window will be open from December 5 through 30, 2017.  This will be the only  reservation window until the Stamparatus is available as a regular product in the 2018 Stampin’ Up! annual catalog (beginning of June).
  • Each customer is limited to one Stamparatus.
  • While you will need to provide your credit card information, your credit card will not be charged until the Stamparatus ships.  The cost of the Stamparatus is $49.00 plus shipping and tax.
  • Stampin’ Up! will begin shipping the reserved Stamparatus tools on March 19.  They will be shipped in the order the reservations were made and continue as the product arrives at the warehouse.
  • The Stamparatus will be a regular product in the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Annual Catalog, starting June 1.

To reserve your Stamparatus:

  • Click here to go to my on-line store.
  • Then, click the banner ad for the Stamparatus and follow these instructions.
  • You will receive an email from Stampin’ Up! with further information regarding your reservation.

Get ready for the next level in precision stamping!!

Happy stamping!
Laurie



 

 

Stamparatus Reservations Open Today!

If you’re planning on reserving your Stamparatus today, take a few minutes to read through the following steps:

  • Reservations will open this afternoon at 4 pm (Eastern), 3 pm (Central)
  • Click here to go to my on-line store.
  • Then, click the banner ad for the Stamparatus and follow these instructions.
  • You will provide your credit card information with the reservation; however, you will not be charged until the Stamparatus is ready to ship (approximately February 1, 2018).
  • You will receive an email from Stampin’ Up! with further information regarding your reservation.

If you haven’t seen the Stamparatus in action, please take a look at my last post.  You’re going to be very impressed.

Happy stamping,
Laurie