Diecut Crazy!

Hi! I’m a little behind schedule due to having family visit this weekend, and while my card isn’t perfect (it happens!), I want to share it with you anyway, or I might never get this post written. 🙂 I just got the Blossoms in Bloom bundle, and here is my first go with it:

I am in love with these layering dies, similar to the Butterfly Beauty dies that are so gorgeous. I used one of the new In Color cardstock colors, Magenta Madness, in combination with Granny Apple Green and Daffodil Delight.

There is a nice variety of sentiments with the set, along with the flower images. I started by stamping the large flower image on whisper white with my Stamparatus, layered the magenta flower wide diecut on that, and the yellow thin outline next. I also cut the thin flower die in green, and started to insert the little “puzzle pieces” to the leaves, and in between the flowers- my Take Your Pick tool helped with all of those tiny pieces! I then decided to dry emboss the green outline piece with my brand new Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder. I layered that entire collage atop a piece of yellow cardstock, and adhered it to a Whisper White Thick card base. The sentiment was stamped in Daffodil Delight and cut with a die from the Stitched So Sweetly dies. One thing I would do differently is leave the pink puzzle pieces in place where I was layering the green pieces.

I hope you are inspired to make something beautiful today! Thanks for stopping by; all supplies are listed below and linked to my shop.

Happy stamping!

Michelle

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Just a note!

I made this card using a “trapped ink resist”.

I first used a sponge dauber to completely cover a piece of white cardstock with small areas of Daffodil Delight, Terracotta Tile, and Highland Heather, without too much blending. Then I stamped the small rose from the Beautiful Friendship stamp set all over it using Versamark ink (don’t be like me and forget to use your embossing buddy first). A mostly solid stamp works best. I heat set clear embossing powder over that to “trap” the multicolored ink underneath. Then, I used my Night of Navy ink pad to directly ink ALL OVER the cardstock. After giving it a minute to dry, I used a microfiber cloth to rub vigorously over the heat embossed flowers to remove the Navy ink and let the other colors show through. I cut it down to 5.5 by3.5 inches, added Terracotta Tile ribbon, and butted it up against a strip of Terracotta Tile designer paper on a card base. The sentiment and tag are from the Best Dressed suite. Added some bling to finish it off.

Thanks for stopping by!

Michelle

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And a little bit more…

Hi, there! I’ve still been trying to make simple cards, but I just can’t seem to leave well enough alone!!! I made a couple of cards today that were just stamps, paper, and ink… and a marker, a stencil, a mask, glue, and dimensional foam. 🙂 At least I didn’t use any diecutting/ embossing tools!

The first is done on Crumb Cake cardstock, and I used a stencil on the front (this particular one is retired, but there are new ones in the 2020-21 Annual Catalog) and applied Crumb Cake ink to the stencil with a sponge brayer, going over the bottom area most, and tapering toward the top. I then stamped the image from the Ornate Style stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black, as well as the sentiment from Timeless Tulips (there are a number of great sentiments in that set!). Finally, I took my Chalk Ink marker, and carefully colored in the lines, trying not to cover up the “shading” lines on the image. It was done in a jiffy.

For this card, I used Coastal Cabana and Pacific Point cardstock, and Pacific Point ink, using the Seaside Notions stamp set, and a sentiment from Butterfly Gala. I stamped the seahorse, shells and sand first. I then stamped the seahorse on copy paper, and cut close to the lines. I applied a thin layer of Multipurpose Glue, and let it dry for a bit- this turns it from a strong adhesive to a repositionable one. After it was dry (it will still be tacky), I quickly pressed it onto my jeans to make sure it wouldn’t stick too tightly. Then I placed it over the seahorse stamped on the cardstock, and stamped the coral branches over top of the mask. When the mask is removed, the illusion is that the coral is behind the seahorse. I stick my masks onto the inside of my stamp case, because they are reusable. Ordinarily, I would have run this layer through my embossing machine with the Subtle embossing folder (my favorite!), or the new Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder, but because I didn’t want to use tools that a beginner wouldn’t have, I just matted it with the Pacific Point cardstock and attached it to the Coastal Cabana card base with dimensional foam dots (Stampin’ Dimensionals). I did, however, “color” the seahorse and shells with a Wink of Stella glitter pen. It very gently smudges the ink, so you get a sort of sparkly watercolor look. It’s hard to capture in a photograph! All the products mentioned are linked below.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope my cards give you some inspiration for your own, and that you spread some sunshine to others by sending them a card made by your very own hands. Check back to see what I’m up to next ( I feel a fun fold coming on!), but until then-

Happy stamping!

Michelle

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Stamps, Ink, and Paper Revisited

Hello! I hope this post finds you well. I’ve been thinking a lot about the importance of not just showcasing fancy folds and techniques, but also showing new stampers without a lot of tools how to make beautiful cards. I had recently posted about a card with the Beautiful Friendship stamp set, but that was focused more on making two cards from one stamped sheet. This time, I want to talk a little about the steps I took when stamping the cards.

Beautiful Friendship

For this card, I started with the purple flowers- hydrangeas- and stamped the one on the left in a slightly lighter shade (Highland Heather) than the one to the right (Gorgeous Grape), and overlapped them. Then I stamped the larger roses, which are attached in the stamp, but instead of stamping the whole double- flower stamp onto the paper, I stamped the flower on the right of the stamp to the left of the paper, and the flower to the left on the right of the paper (Terracotta Tile). I then inked the rosebuds in the same color, but used the corner of a green stamp pad (Mossy Meadow) to ink the stems. The leaves were stamped in the same green, overlapping the flowers in a few spaces, and finally the small yellow flowers (Daffodil Delight) were used to fill in. I didn’t use any masking. The sentiment (retired- Petal Palette) was direct to the card front, which was cut to 4 by 5 and 1/4 inches, and after matting with a 4 and 1/8 by 5 and 3/8 inch piece of Highland Heather, attached to a card base folded to 4 and 1/4 by 5 and 1/2 inches.

The next card is a distressed/tea-stained look- not for everyone, but I like it.

Very Versailles

I used an off-white cardstock for this (Very Vanilla), and Crumb Cake ink for the card, with Soft Suede for the sentiment. All images are from the Very Versailles stamp set. I started with the script print, and stamped off once to give a light image. I then used the decorative elements, again stamped off once, and finally the leaf image, not stamped off. I squeezed the ink case to put a little ink on to the top of the inside lid, and used an Aquapainter to add water to the ink, and splatter it onto the card. I inked the edges of the card front with the same ink, double-matting it with Crumb Cake and Soft Suede cardstock. I stamped the sentiment in Soft Suede, and matted it with the same color cardstock, popped up with foam dimensionals.

Lastly, I stamped poppies from the Painted Poppies stamp set on white (Whisper White) cardstock.

Painted Poppies

I first stamped just the flower outlines in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, and colored them in with light and dark Poppy Parade Stampin’ Blends (alcohol markers). I then used a fine-tip black marker and a straight-edge to draw the stems, and I also used the marker to draw hatch marks on the left of each, for shading. The leaves were added (again, with no masking needed), and all were colored with light and dark Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends. The sentiment is from the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set, which actually says “let’s celebrate you”, but I put tape over the “let’s” before inking (don’t forget to remove the tape before you stamp!!!) and then stamped just the “celebrate you”.

None of these cards was hard to do, or took any particular skill- they just required a plan, and some careful placement so as not to overlap stamps. Sure, masking and overlap are wonderful, but I was focusing on simple but elegant!

The supply list is below- if you need anything and live in the US, you can shop by clicking Visit My Site above. I appreciate your support of my business. Thanks for stopping by, and if you decide to recreate one of the cards, I would love to see a picture in the comments! If you have any questions about the cards, the supplies, or joining my team as an independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, please feel free to contact me.

Happy stamping!

Michelle

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Cards and Cosmos

Hi, all! Thanks for stopping by. I had so much fun a couple of nights ago, when my bff and my baby sister came to visit! We had a little cardmaking session, and had Cosmos while we were crafting- so many laughs… Anyway, I decided I was going to use some pretty papers to make some simple cards. The first one made me think of a pair of bell-bottom pants I had back in the day. 🙂

To a white card base I added an Old Olive panel topped with the pretty paper from the Ornate Garden collection, then topped that with a small, embossed white cardstock piece at an angle, a “ribbon” of Bumblebee paper (embossed with my favorite embossing folder, the Subtle folder), and the I added the matted sentiment attached with dimensional foam. The sentiment was made by first stamping the daisy image, using the “stamping off” method. This means you ink up the stamp, lightly stamp it on some scrap paper, then stamp it on your card. It gives a softer effect. I then stamped the words over top, full strength with the same ink color. I used graduated circle dies to cut the sentiment and the green mat.

The second card was even simpler, and made with minimal supplies. To the Just Jade colored mat, I adhere two pieces of coordinating designer paper from the Flowers for every season collection, then I attached a length of the Bumblebee gingham ribbon along the join, and attached it to the back of the colored cardstock with glue dots. I made a “faux knot” by tying a short piece of ribbon around the longer one- it’s easier than trying to tie the ribbon around the whole piece). I stamped a sentiment on white and matted it with So Saffron, and adhered that with dimensional foam. Then, the whole shebang was adhered to a white card base! I often use a white or off-white base, because I prefer the heavy weight of the Whisper White and Very Vanilla Thick cardstock.

I hope you are inspired to do some stamping, (with or without cocktails!), and that you share your creations with me in the comments. If you need supplies (listed below) you can shop by clicking on visit my site above- I appreciate your support. Come back to see what else I’ve been up to! In the meanwhile-

Happy stamping!

Michelle

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Hidden Gate-Fold Card

Hi, thanks for stopping by! I’ve been enjoying my card-making time this week, and have another fun fold to show you. I’m calling it the hidden gate-fold card, because I haven’t seen it called anything else! It was inspired by an old UK cardmaking magazine that a friend gave me. the card opens like a normal top-fold card, but inside is a hidden gate-fold, with lots of room to show off pretty paper!

This does make for a thick/ heavy card, and although it does fit in a standard A2 envelope it might need extra postage! I cut the outside card from thick cardstock at 4 and 1/4 by 10 and 7/8 inches- the reason for the slightly shorter length is that I scored it at 5 and 3/8 and 5 and 1/2 inches to allow for some thickness, and I needed the sides to match! I cut three panels of colored cardstock (Terracotta Tile) to 3 and 3/4 by 4 and 7/8 inch for the front and inside flap, and for inside of the gate-fold portion,and layered them with 3 and 1/2 by 4 and 5/8 inch printed paper (the front of the card is hand-stamped with the leaf from the Daisy Lane stamp set).

To make the gate-fold, I used regular thickness cardstock measuring 5 and 1/4 by 8 inches, scored and folded at 2 inches and 6 inches. I cut four pieces of Terracotta Tile cardstock to 1 and 3/4 by 5 inches, and four pieces of printed paper cut to 1 and 1/2 by 4 and 3/4. Isn’t this Ornate Garden paper gorgeous?

To decorate, I stamped “Smile” from the Daisy Lane set and another leaf (stamped off), and cut and matted it with Stitched Ovals, and I stamped and punched the medium daisy. On the gate-fold, I stamped and punched one large daisy, and punched two more out of colored cardstock, layered them, and cut the entire thing in half, removing a few partial petals at the edges. Glue the halves in place on both “gates”. The inside sentiment is from the retired Forever Lovely stamp set, cut with Stitched So Sweetly dies.

I hope this inspires you to make your own hidden gate-fold card, and I would love to see a picture in the comments! If you need any supplies, click of Visit My Site above- I appreciate the support. Also, if you love cardmaking as I do, and want to inspire others to create, I am always ready to welcome new members to my team! During June 2020 Stampin’ Up! is offering, in addition to the usual $125 worth of product for $99, your choice of a stamp and die or stamp and punch bundle! Contact me if you have question. In the meanwhile, as always-

Happy stamping!

Michelle

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Summer Rains

Hello, hello! Rainy season has arrived in southwest Florida, but that also means flowers everywhere! That inspired me to combine flowers and rain gear for a happy birthday card. It made me think of a flower stand at the farmer’s market! I made this after seeing one on a video from Sam on mixedupcrafts- she called it a “floating pop-up box”. Her version was 6×6 inches, but since that size costs more to send, I thought I’d give it a try in the 5.5×4.25 inch version. This is what I came up with:

The card lays flat in the envelope, but pops into a 3D square tube which stands up. The cool thing is that the sentiment appears to float in front of the tube. Here are pics of the card lying flat, from the top, and from the side:

I made it in two sections of 5.5x 4.5 inches, although you could start with a piece that measures 5.5×9. I felt it was easier to work with the front and back separately. Each piece was scored from the 4.5 inch side at 2 and 1/8 inches, and 4.25 inches (which gives you a quarter- inch flap to adhere the pieces together and make the box. I used stitched rectangle dies to cut the opening in the front, centered on the 2 and 1/8 inch score mark, and to make a frame, which is optional. You can use any shape, but the rectangle allowed for more of the pretty paper to show from the inside. I used double-sided tape to adhere a 1 x 4 and 1/8 inch piece of acetate across the middle of the inside of the opening, and decorated as desired (tip: the paper used for the umbrella was thin, so I backed it with thick white cardstock before adhering with dimensional foam). I saved the sentiment for attachment later. After you have the front of your card as you want it, run a line of double-sided tape along the front of the “flap”, fold it back, and line it up with the back of the card on the edge that does not have a flap.

I chose to decorate the inside of the card with two panels, which I made with cardstock measuring 1 and 7/8 by 5.25 inches, and printed paper measuring 1 and 5/8 by 5 inches. You could certainly use one piece of printed paper. Glue these together with an even border all around, and adhere the first one so that it just overlaps and hides the flap join just made. In order to hide the final join, you will have to place double-sided tape on the back of the remaining flap, fold it forward, and adhere it to the front edge of the card, and THEN insert the final back panel to the inside- a little fiddly, but not too hard. Finally, make your sentiment as desired and stick a piece of double-sided tape VERTICALLY to the acetate to adhere it. This will allow the sentiment to project further forward and enhance the floating effect. The back of the box has space for writing, but if you use dark cardstock you may want to adhere a piece of white to the back.

I hope you enjoyed this card, and if you give it a try, I would love to see your creation in the comments! Most of the products used are listed below, and are available from my shop (click Visit My Site above). Thank you so much for stopping by for another cardmaking adventure!

Happy stamping,

Michelle

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Stamps, Ink, and Paper (#SIP)

Hello, and welcome! I’ve had a pretty uneventful week, considering the times we live in, so that’s a good thing! I did get a chance to use a new stamp set called Beautiful Friendship- I think it is one I’ll reach for often. I had seen some other cardmakers using large-ish floral stamps to make two or four cards at once. I thought I would start with two, and see how it went. Well, here are the two cards:

I started with a piece of Whisper White paper, 8 x 5.25 inches, the stamp set above, and four ink pads- Poppy Parade, So Saffron, Highland Heather, and Mossy Meadow. First, I stamped the double rose image, then the large yellow flower, and filled in with the leaves and purple flowers. I did snip a mask of just the tips of the leaves because I decided the one card needed one more flower, the small rose. I didn’t really have a plan, just went with the flow. When I was satisfied with the result, I cut the piece of white cardstock into two 4 x 5.25 inch pieces, stamped the sentiments, mounted each on a 4.25 x 5.25 inch piece of Poppy Parade cardstock, and attached those to white card bases.

With the cards side by side, you can see that they were stamped together.

Any stamp set with multiple floral images would do. This set also has a few lovely sentiments. I hope you’ll give this “technique” a try. It was a quick and fun way to make two cards at once, AND it required nothing more than stamps, ink, and paper (ok, also glue!). I would love to see pictures of your version. The supplies for these cards are listed below, and are available through my shop. Thanks for looking!

Happy stamping,

Michelle

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A New-To-Me Fun Fold

Have you seen all the posts about the Theater Card (or Theatre Card, for those using the Queen’s English!)??? Well, I decided to give it a try, but I altered the design just a bit to hide the mechanism better. This is the first card I made:

For this one, I used the designer paper from the Ornate Garden Suite, the Basketweave embossing folder, and stamps from the Celebrating Sunflowers (available in the 2020-2021 catalog), Timeless Tropical, and Daisy Lane sets. I also used the Medium Daisy punch, the Sprig punch, and a flower center from the To A Wild Rose suite. The gems are new, too- Gilded Gems. I put together a video (sorry I was off camera on occasion!), and it is not as complicated as you might think.

You start with one sheet of 8.5 by 11 inch cardstock. Cut it in half, so you have two pieces measuring 4.25 by 11 inches. Trim one of these pieces to 4 by 11 inches, then cut both the 4.25 inch and 4 inch wide pieces in half. You will have two pieces that are 4.25 by 5.5 inches, and two that are 4 by 5.5 inches.

Score the 4 inch wide pieces at 1.25 inches and 2.75 inches, and use a bone folder to smooth the folds. Fold at the score in the same direction, so you get C-shaped pieces. Take one of the larger cardstock pieces, and glue the small flap of each folded piece to the edge of the larger piece, so that the larger flaps meet in the middle. I then glued designer paper to the flaps and center, measuring 2.75 by 4 inches, and on the sides of the “theater” I used 1.25 by 4 inch strips.

Ignore the cut away pieces on the edge- that was a mistake! The cut away pieces should be on the front of the card, as in the card at the top of the page! 😦 I later fixed them by adding some white cardstock to the back… Next, I glued a piece of 4 by 5.25 inch designer paper to the front of the card, and cut out an opening with a Stitched Rectangle, measuring about 4 by 2.75 inches. On the back of this frame, I used two pieces of .5 by 5.5 inch pieces of cardstock (I used white but you could match it to the card), and folded the ends in so that the folded length was about 4 and 1/8 inches. Glue these to the back of the frame so that they line up with the frame opening, and are centered top to bottom on the card.

Now all that’s left is to add sentiments and decoration as you wish (I’ll leave it to your imagination, or I’ll never get this post written!), then slide the large flaps of the theater “curtains” into the straps on the front of the card. I rounded the edges to make that easier.

Voila! The theater card is complete. Let me know if you give it a try- I would love to see pictures of your finished card. As always, thanks for stopping by and for visiting my shop if you need supplies- I listed the ones I used below, although I didn’t list the designer paper in the second card as it will soon be retired.

Happy stamping!

Michelle

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