Saturday, April 4, 2009

This is the inside of the card. To make the spirals for the pop-up you punch a 1 3/8" circle and sart cutting it into a spiral. After the circles are cut into spirals you put adhesive in the middle of the circle and then at the outside where you began cutting. It is best to get your circles cut and adhesive on then you can stamp the background then position the circles inside the card where you want and then close the card to attach the other end to the top part of the card. This idea works great for a lot of themes. The hardest part about this card was actually cutting out all the butterflies!
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Pop-Up Butterfly Card

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This is a card I made a while ago. I saw this done at convention and then saw instructions for it on-line somewhere. If I knew who to give credit to I would. This is the outside of the card. This card is 4 1/4" square and the base of the card is kraft cardstock.

Paper: kraft, whisper white, pixie pink and pumpkin pie cardstock; Bella Rose DSP
Stamps: Flight of the butterfly (111564), Inspired by Nature (111656)(this set is on the dormant list).
Ink: kiwi kiss, pumpkin pie, pacific point, pixie pink, basic black
Accessories: 1 3/8" circle punch, mini glue dots, 1/2" pumpkin pie striped grosgrain ribbon, paper snips, scallop edge punch, scallop circle punch and sponge (used for clouds), trio flower punch

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge 220

  I have enjoyed the day today stamping and updating my blog. This week is spring break for our schools and my son plays lacrosse and has mandatory practice this week so we are just relaxing and enjoying being at home. This is the first time I have ever posted a SCS Sketch Challenge. This is Sketch Challenge 220. When I saw this sketch I knew immediately which designer paper I wanted to use. I love using the designer series papers on my cards, they make backgrounds so easy and beautiful! I also used the "Flower Daises #2" bigz die (114520) and cut two of the small daisies in pink pirouette and I used a brad from the circle designer brads. The base of my card is 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" in Pink Pirouette. The next layer is 4" x 5 1/4" in Bordering Blue. The strips are cut from the "Bella Birds" designer series paper and measure 1" x 3 7/8". The stamped phrase is from the set "On Your Birthday" and the image under the words is from the set "Frames with a Flourish".

Thanks for all your positive comments!

Card Recipe:
Stamps: On Your Birthday (111664), Frames with a Flourish (113496)
Paper: pink pirouette (111351), bordering blue (102630), whisper white (100730)cardstock, Bella Birds DSP (113981)
Ink: bordering blue (102265) and pink pirouette (111838)
Accessories: Flower Daisies #2 Bigz Die (114520), Circle Designer Brads (112571)
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Experimenting with Manhattan Flower

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I wanted to try something different with the Manhattan Flower textured impressions die today. I used the pink pirouette ink to brayer the die and then embossed it on whisper white cardstock in my Big Shot. Then I cut the embossed flower out and attached it to the basic gray 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" card base. This is a fun technique to try with any embossing folder. Sorry the "Mr. & Mrs." is from a retired set. I thought this made a great wedding card.

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral (113734),
Ink: pink pirouette (111838), basic gray(109120), whisper white craft ink (101731)
Paper: whisper white (100730) and basic gray (108692) cardstock
Accessories: styled silver Hodgepodge Hardware ((111325), whisper white taffeta ribbon (109070)

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Scallop Envelope Easter Basket

This is a fun idea for Easter! To make this basket you cut 4 scallop envelopes from the Stampin' Up Bigz die, I used bashful blue cardstock. Cut the right side tab off of each die and then put all four dies together with sticky strip on the left tabs. I cut just the scallop flap out of the bashful blue print of the Delicate Dots DSP. On each side of the box I cut the stripe from Delicate Dots to measure 2 x 3. Then I used the jumbo eyelets on two sides of the basket with the so saffron ribbon from the ribbon bundle of the Sale-a-bration catalog. The little chick was stamped on whisper white with basic black ink and then punched with the large oval punch. The scallop edge around the oval was done with a 3/4" x 12" strip of Delicate Dots paper then punched with the scallop edge punch and then ran through the crimper. For the best instructions see Jan Tinklenbergs instructions on her blog, Jan has done some awesome things and it is fun to visit her blog. She has a great sense of humor. I then stamped the chick on a piece of so saffron cardstock and cut out. I colored his beak with summer sun stampin write marker and used a sponge dauber to add a little more color to the chick with so saffron ink. I also stamped the chick on a scrap of the blue print from the Delicate Dots DSP and cut just the egg out and applied to the chick. I used the linen twine to tie the ribbon after threading it through the eyelets. I then stamped "happy easter" in basic black on whisper white cardstock and punched with the word window punch and tied with the linen thread.
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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

This is an Easter card that I created using the Mojo Monday sketch challenge from a couple of weeks ago using the stamp set "A Good Egg". They have a new challenge each Monday and I like to check it out every once in a while. For this card I used the Washington Apples designer series paper (DSP). The stamp set is a "Good Egg" found on page 29 of the spring- summer 2009 Idea Book & Catalog. For the cracked egg part I used some retired DSP but you could easily use a current DSP. I just stamped the image on the paper and cut the egg part out. Isn't this little chick darling?

Card Recipe:
Stamp Set: A Good Egg; Paper: Bashful Blue, So Saffron and Whisper White cardstock, Washington Apples DSP, retired Bashful Blue DSP; Ink: Basic Black ink pad, So Saffron and Summer Sun stampin write markers. Accessories: Paper piercer and template, Bashful Blue taffeta ribbon.

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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Manhattan Floral Impression Die - WooHoo!

Friday the 13th ended up being a good day for me! Mr. Brown was on my doorstep around 12:30 pm with my Stampin' Up order! I could hardly wait to tear into it. I had ordered the Manhattan Floral Impression Die (embossing folder for you Cuttlebug fans) and I had the day to myself. So down to my room I headed to be creative.

To create this card I used the Tangerine Tango cardstock cut to 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 and scored at 4 1/4. The next layer is Whisper White cardstock cut to
5 3/8 x 4 1/8. The next layer is the Tangerine Tango Designer Series Paper cut to 5 1/4 x 4 and then placed in the Manhattan Floral impression die and put through the Cuttlebug. I then took the DSP and my sanding block and sanded the image so that it would be white. The designer series papers have a white core (unlike the SU cardstock) so when you sand the raised image it turns white. I have to give credit to Mary Fish at for this information. You should take time to visit her blog, she has some awesome ideas!

Recipe for card: tangerine tango cardstock (111349), whisper white cardstock (100730), tangerine tango dsp (112153), Manhattn floral impression die (114517), 1 3/4" circle punch (112004), scallop circle Nestability (non Stampin' Up), Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set (113734), whisper white 1/4" grosgrain ribbon.

Friday, March 13, 2009

This Is My First Shot at a Blog!

I'm always checking out other stampers blogs and have decided that maybe this is something I need to do. We'll see how faithful I am at updating a few times a week. It may take me a while to figure everything out but I am giving it a shot. I will be sharing some of my creations, most of which are cased. I will try my best to give credit to those who've inspired me and I hope to include a link to their project.

I would like to say that this will be a Stampin' Up only blog but let's get real, I love using my Cuttlebug and my Cricut and I will be including them here on my blog. I just can't ignore the fact that there's more to stamping and paper crafting than Stampin' Up. However, I do love many things about Stampin' Up especially their coordinating cardstock, ink, embellishments, and designer papers. So let's get stampin'!