A New Stamping Adventure (for me!)

I’m back from my trip to France, and facing a whirlwind of activity!  Recently I was invited to participate in a Stampin’ Up! demonstrators group to swap ATCs- Artist Trading Cards- which are 3.5x 2.5 inch little cards intended only for trading, never for sale.  While they are done in a variety of media, this group wanted to highlight our products and trade ideas for their use.  I decided to use one of my favorite stamps, Beauty Abounds, and to document my process.  If you are not familiar with ATCs, do a Pinterest or internet search- the results are amazing! Here is the final product:

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First, I made my own pretty paper by stamping the same stamp in Pool Party all over Whisper White cardstock, turning the stamp so it would face different directions.

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Next, I cut that paper into pieces that were 3.25 x 2.25 inches, stamped a flourish, greeting, and “splatters” on each piece, and mounted them with Tombow Multi Glue on 3.5 x 2.5 inch bases of Pool Party cardstock.

I only needed one small part of the butterfly diecut, so I positioned it accordingly, and cut it with my Big Shot diecutting machine (I used my Take Your Pick Tool to get the tiny bits out!).  Then, I trimmed the butterfly and hand cut pieces of vellum to glue to the back of the butterfly. I held them up to the light to check placement!

Finally, I use mini-dimensionals, cut it half, to adhere the butterfly to the card.  I positioned it slightly out of the white frame to give it some “movement”.

Of course, if you aren’t interested in swapping ATCs, you could still make similar cards and adhere them to the front of a plain folded card, or decorate the card with coordinating papers before adhering the ATC.  Give it a try!

Happy Stamping,

Michelle

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Bonjour!

I’m so enjoying the visit with my family in France, and experiencing spring in a way I just can’t do in Florida!

I am looking forward to getting back to my desk, though, and working with some of the new supplies that will be arriving while I’m away. The Stampin’ Up! catalog year is ending June 3rd, and as a demonstrator I’m able to pre-order some things from the new catalog which goes live June 4th. Wait till you see what is coming!

Meanwhile, there are some beautiful things in the 2018-19 Annual Catalog and 2019 Occasions Catalog that are retiring for good, so if you are curious about those, click on Visit My Site above, and look for this logo:

There is also an online item that will only be offered during May- a complete product suite called Everything is Rosy. Check Pinterest for amazing samples using these products. It’s a lovely combination of pink and blue:

I’m looking forward to sharing some project ideas of my own when I get home in a couple of weeks. Thanks for dropping by, and happy stamping!

Michelle

Long Distance Blogging

Of course, one can blog from anywhere, but right now I’m away from my usual cozy blogging chair in southwest Florida, visiting my daughter and her family in France! My French grandchildren are 9, 7, 5, and 3, so we’re having a lively time, and cardmaking is on the to-do list.

In the meanwhile, here is a card I made for my last class:

I used a combination of soon-to- be retired items (the Humming Along stamp set and cutting dies, and the lovely Petal Pink/ Whisper White variegated ribbon) and items that will continue into the next year (Petal Pink and Soft Seafoam cardstock, Petal Pink, Soft Seafoam and Gray Granite inks, and the oh-so-fabulous Crackle Paint background stamp). The doily was actually cut with a discontinued cutting die, but similar white doilies are in the catalog.

The base is Petal Pink cut to 8.5 by 5.5 inches, and scored and folded to 4,25 by 5.5. The Soft Seafoam is cut to 4 by 5,25 inches, and stamped with the Crackle Paint stamp in Gray Granite, then lightly daubed with it on the corners using Sponge Daubers. Likewise, the flower was stamped in Gray Granite, cut out, and both flower and Doily were daubed as desired with the three inks. A small length of ribbon was folded and adhered with Tombow Multi glue behind the doily and Doily and flower were glued to the crackled layer. The sentiment was stamped in Gray on Soft Seafoam, cut with a die, and adhered with Stampin’Dimensionals to raise it up.

All products are available in my shop (click Visit My Site above to shop), and the retiring items will be unavailable after June 2nd. Thanks for stopping by to say “Bonjour”, and happy stamping!

Michelle

Finishing the Catalog Year!

The new Annual Catalog for Stampin’ Up! goes live at the beginning of June, so I am busy using products from this year’s stash, and anxiously awaiting news of which items will carry over into the new catalog, and what new and exciting things will be offered!  In this project, I’m using my favorite Designer Series Paper (DSP) from last year’s catalog- the Share What You Love DSP. The florals and coordinating graphics are just so pretty!

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The card is a simple Z-fold; the Basic Black cardstock was cut to 5.5 by 8.5 inches, and scored at 2 and 1/8 and 4 and 1/4 inches to make the A-fold- first fold in half as usual, then fold the scored edge back and burnish the creases with the bone folder.  Choose your favorite coordinating prints.  The front and inner left panels are 1 and 7/8 inches by 5 and 1/4 inches.  The larger inside panel is 4 x 5 and 1/4 inches.  Then I used the largest  oval from the Stitched Shape diecuts, one in black and one in white, and the next largest one in white. On the smaller white oval, I stamped a flower from the Petal Palette stamp set, and “for you” from Beauty Abounds, and colored the leaves and flowers with Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Write markers.  On the larger white oval I stamped Happy Birthday from a retired stamp set.

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Center the large white oval on the inside and adhere.  After adhering the small white oval to the black oval matte, close the card, and apply adhesive only over the edge that will touch the front of the card.  Carefully center these ovals while the card is closed so that they cover the inner oval.  You could add other embellishments if you wish, but I let the pretty paper shine.

I hope this gives you some ideas for using your pretty papers- and, of course the card could be used for any occasion by changing out the Happy Birthday stamp.  Thanks for stopping by!

Happy stamping,

Michelle

Faraway Friends

Over the years, I’ve lived in quite a few places.  I grew up in Buffalo, NY and after that lived in several places in New York and Pennsylvania until 9 years ago, when I left winter behind and moved to Florida.  I’m so happy here!  Unfortunately, moving from place to place means you also leave behind good friends and neighbors.  As a result, I use a lot of “thinking of you” cards for all kinds of occasions (or no occasion!). The card below is one such card- the color scheme puts me in mind of Lily Pulitzer colors.  It was inspired by one of our beautiful designer papers from this year’s annual Sale-A- Bration, but you can use any pretty paper as your jumping off place, and find three solid colors to coordinate.

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The colors here are Granny Apple Green, Pool Party, and Flirty Flamingo.  I started with an 8.5 by 5.5 inch piece of green, scored and folded at 4.25 inches, and the blue and pink were 3 and 5/8 inches square and 3.5 inches square, respectively. The front of the green cardbase and the pink square were textured with the Subtle embossing folder using my Big Shot. I love the effect of this folder!

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I used and 2.5 by 1.5 inch piece of designer paper for the banner, cut by hand, and a scrap of the same paper for the floral cutout. The flowers and green sprig dies are in the Petals and More Thinlits set, and the vellum leaves and pierced sentiment oval are from the Wonderful Floral Framelit dies. I used Pool Party ink to stamp the sentiment (from a discontinued stamp set), but I think next time I’ll also heat emboss it- always a work in progress! Attach the banner first, mat and attach the squares, and then add the flowers.

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I adhered the floral spray with a small amount of glue dabbed (not swiped!) on with a sponge.  The leaves were attached with Tombow glue and the sentiment raised with dimensional foam.

 

I am an independent Stampin’Up! demonstrator. All products are from Stampin’Up! unless otherwise stated and are available for purchase from my online shop- click VISIT MY SITE  above. If you enjoy my blog, please follow me on my stamping journey!  Thanks for looking today, and (as always) I wish you happy stamping!

Michelle

Not Just for Valentine’s Day

I was looking for a new stamp set for Valentine’s Day this year, and was captivated by the  Forever Lovely stamp set and coordinating Edgelit dies in Stampin’ Up!’s 2019 Occasions catalog.  While they did make perfectly lovely cards for that occasion, I’ve found I use the set for other cards as well.

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This card has a birthday sentiment inside, but could just as easily be an all-occasion card, with get well or thinking of you sentiments (or just a personal note) inside.

I started with an 8.5x 5.5 inch piece of Lovely Lipstick cardstock, scored at 4.25 inches to make a card base of 5.5 by 4.25.  I cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock to 4×5.25 inches, and ran it through the Big Shot with the floral edgelit.  This cuts the piece in two, and I ran the bottom piece back through the Big Shot using the Subtle embossing folder.  It gives a really nice texture, like slubby silk.  Then I glued both pieces to the card front, fitting them back together,  stamped my sentiment in Lovely Lipstick ink, and punched both the sentiment and the “shadow” with the Pretty Label punch.  I was originally planning to cut the Lovely Lipstick label in half to make a “long label”, but decided I liked the look of it just on one end, as a shadow would be!  Another piece of Whisper White inside with your preferred sentiment, and you’re done!  Simple but elegant.

Thanks for stopping by!  If you want to follow my stamping adventure, please follow my blog.  All items used in the card above are available from my Stampin’Up! store page, and clicking VISIT MY SITE will get you there.

As always, happy stamping!

Michelle

Hopping By!

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I have a couple of classes coming up in the weeks before Easter, and wanted to include at least one Happy Easter (or Happy Spring, or just happy!) card.  This is one I came up with- I usually make up several prototypes before I decide on the cards we’ll make in class.  I think this one might be a keeper.

I love the Bunny Builder punch!  I decided not to stamp it with the Best Bunny stamps, but rather to have him looking out.  The card base is folded to 5.5×4.25, the Flirty Flamingo layer is 5.25×4 inches.  I cut the oval with the largest of the Stitched Shapes ovals, and embossed the layer with the Lace Dynamic Textured Impressions embossing folder.  The bunny is Crumb Cake with a Whisper White tail, with ink edging, the “grass” is from the Home to Roost stamp set (free with a $50 purchase during Sale-A-Bration, which ends March 31st), but you could use any type of grass you have.  I glued the bunny on, then stamped the grass in Pear Pizzazz, as I did the butterflies, on Pear Pizzazz cardstock.  The butterflies are from the Butterfly Gala stamp set, and coordinate with a fabulous Butterfly Duet Punch! A Pear Pizzazz ribbon, the larger butterfly raised with dimensionals, and it was done!

I hope you are inspired to share some spring joy!

Happy stamping!

Michelle

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Springing Forward

This weekend we turn our clocks forward an hour- a sure sign of spring.  Here in Southwest Florida, the change of seasons is more subtle than when I was living in upstate New York, but is still detectable- different flowers, different birds, and the annual departure of our winter residents.  Tomorrow, I am hosting another cardmaking class, and here is one of the cards I made to teach:salt_20190305_220840_809

It’s a slider card, inspired by a video by Jennifer McGuire.  The card base is 8.5×5.5, scored at 4 inches and 8 inches along the 8.5 inch edge.  Fold inward at score lines- the object is to make a pocket, so you’ll put strong adhesive along the half-inch “flap” and at one end, and seal.  You should end up with a 4 by 5.5 inch pocket.  Cut a 3.75 by 5.25 inch piece of pretty paper and adhere it to the front.  Cut a 3.75 by 5 inch piece of cardstock for the insert, and place it in the pocket.  Use a heavy-duty hole punch (about 1/4 inch) and punch a hole about 1 inch from the open end of the pocket at the midpoint, straight through the insert.  Now REMOVE the insert, and flip it so that the insert goes in hole first, and line it up with the hole in the pocket- most of the insert will be sticking out- so that you can thread your ribbon through all the holes at once.  I used about 14 inches of ribbon.  Tie a knot or bow at the end of the insert, and trim the ends as desired..  The insert should slide all the way into the pocket, and the knot allows you to pull it out again.  Stamp or write a message on the insert.  On a separate paper, stamp a greeting and cut or punch a shape (I used Stampin’ Up!’s Stitched Shapes Framelits).  Use foam dimensionals to attach this to the front of the pocket so that it covers the hole, but be sure the dimensionals do not touch the ribbon, as this will interfere with the mechanism.

All papers are Stampin’ Up!- Petal Pink, Whisper White, and Mint Macaron cardstock, and Garden Expressions Designer Paper.  The ribbon is Variegated Petal Pink/Whisper White. All are available from my website- click the button above!

Thanks for stopping by.  Make something pretty!

Happy stamping,

Michelle

Fun Fold

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At class this week, I wanted to introduce a fun fold (or fancy fold, as it is sometimes called) to my stampers.  This is the Joy fold, certainly not new but still fun to make.  The stampers really enjoyed making it, so I thought I’d share.

The base is 8.5 inches by 4.25 inches, scored at 3 inches to make a 5.5 x 4.25 inch base. This opens to the right. The inner card is 8 inches by 3 inches, scored at 4 inches.  This opens to the left. These are the dark blue pieces above.  Attach a piece of cardstock 4 x 5.25 (the solid red in the picture) to inside of the larger card body, and a piece of  designer cardstock (the floral) 2.75 x 4 inches to the short flap.  For the smaller card body, attach a coordinating piece of designer cardstock to the front and the panel with the stamped happy birthday sentiment to the inside- see below (3.75 x 2.75 inches each).

The small card body is attached to the middle of the inner larger card with the opening to the left, so make sure the sentiment is stamped the right way!  Two ovals were cut with stitched thinlets, and layered to the front.  I made a small paper button from two layers of cut cardstock glued together.  Attach a foam dimensional to the short flap of the larger card body, close but not touching the overlapping small card front, and place the “button” on the foam dimensional.  This will hold the card closed, until the recipient opens it.  When open, it will stand up.

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Happy Stamping!

Michelle

Cardstock colors: Night of Navy, Melon Mambo, and Soft Seafoam.

Ink color: Night of Navy

Designer paper:  Garden Impressions series

Stamp sets: Incredible Like You, Amazing Life

Thinlit sets: Stitched Shapes, Springtime Impressions

All products from Stampin’ Up!