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

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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



 

Home to Roost – Birthday Card

Do you have challenges with masculine cards? Well – I certainly do. It’s much easier for me to get creative with flowery stamps 🙂 But, I have a great solution for you and masculine cards. The stamp set is called Home to Roost, and it’s available as a FREE SAB gift. Take a look at the great, masculine birthday card that I made with the set.

Here are the instructions for the card:

  • Start with a card base made with Thick Whisper White card stock, cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side. Thick Whisper White card stock adds a special feel and finish to your card. You’ll love using it.
  • Use Soft Suede ink to stamp the rooster stamp from the Home to Roost stamp set onto a piece of scrap Whisper White card stock.
  • Color the rooster image with the amazing Watercolor Pencils. You’ll see from the picture below that each rooster you color will have its own personality since the coloring on separate images will always be a little different.  I have a great time using the Watercolor Pencils and really enjoy blending and layering the colors.

  • Use the second largest circle die from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies set to die cut the colored rooster image.  Use the largest circle die from the same set to die cut a piece of Cherry Cobbler card stock to use as the frame piece around the rooster die cut.
  • Cut a piece of Early Espresso card stock to 4″ x 4″.  Emboss this piece with the Tin Tile
  • Dynamic Embossing Folder.  This EF folder carried over from the Holiday catalog!  It is amazing.  Confession – I used a piece of retired Early Espresso card stock that has a white core.  When I sanded the embossed piece, the effect is a wonderful weathered look.  You can get the same look by sponging some white ink onto random parts of the embossed piece.
  • Use Early Espresso ink to add the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Detailed with Love stamp set onto the bottom right of the card front, at pictured.
  • Adhere the embossed Early Espresso piece to the top of the card front.
  • If you would like, add faux stitching to the die cut circles with an Early Espresso Stampin’ Write marker.  You can also add a a button and Early Espresso baker’s twine to embellish the die cut circle pieces.
  • Adhere the two die cut circles together.  Use dimensionals to put the die cut circles in the middle of the embossed Early Espresso card piece.

I think you’ll find this design to be very useful as a masculine birthday card.  You can easily change the sentiment to make the card appropriate for many additional occasions.

Happy stamping!
Laurie



 

Welcome to Sale-A-Bration 2019!!

Today marks the beginning of Sale-A-Bration 2019!!  It also marks the start of the Occasions Catalog!!  You’re going to need your favorite beverage and a comfortable chair to look through the new products. 

Click on the cover picture of the Occasions Catalog below to see the entire catalog.  Then, come back to this post to learn more about the amazing Sale-A-Bration gifts!!

If you’re not familiar with Sale-A-Bration (SAB), please allow me to give you the highlights:

  • For every $50 in product purchase that you have (before shipping and tax), you can choose a FREE Level 1 SAB gift.
  • For every $100 in product purchase that you have (before shipping and tax), you can choose a FREE Level 2 SAB gift.
  • The offer is valid for any products in the current Annual Catalog, Clearance Rack, and NEW Occasions Catalog that went “live” today!  Essentially, the offer is valid for all available products.
  • Sale-A-Bration for 2019 ends on March 31st.

Take a look at the complete SAB brochure by clicking on the photo below.

You can also see the Level 1 SAB gifts below.

And, here are the Level 2 SAB gifts.

Check back to see some samples of projects that I’ve made with NEW products!!

Happy stamping!
Laurie