Tag Buffet Is Not Just for Tags!

I had the pleasure of attending an online conference of Florida Stampin’ Up! demonstrators last Saturday, and most of the crafting revolved around the Tag Buffet stamp set. It is one I overlooked, because I generally make my own tags with sets I already own- but I was blown away with the versatility of this set! Here are a few of the items we made- not my designs, but I love them. Some of the things were made with the coordinating tag kit and pretty designer papers– and the first one included the dies from the Poinsettia die set.

Those scenery cards are so cute, and that Trimming the Town designer series paper is fantastic! Here are a couple of things I made after the conference–

I love the Dog Builder punch!
The Gold Cards and Envelopes are so pretty.

I hope you enjoyed seeing these- I sure enjoyed making them. I’ll be using the stamp set for a class in the future, and when I do, I’ll share some more samples. Click the Visit My Site button above if you’d like to browse for stamping supplies, and thanks for stopping by!

Happy stamping!

Michelle

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It’s a bit busy around here…

Hi, and thanks for stopping by. This will be a quick post, as my grandson was discharged yesterday after 9 days in the hospital, 6 of those in ICU. Needless to say, I haven’t been home enough to make cards or post blogs, but I made one last week for a class that you might like. (Glad to say he’s doing well!)

I started with a thick white cardstock base, folded to 5 1/2 by 4 1/4 inches, and covered the front completely with a piece of Pretty Peacock card.  I cut a piece of Pool Party to 5 1/2 by 4 inches, and used one of the Ornate Borders dies for the lacy edge. Then I cut a piece of Mint Macaron to 5 1/2 by 3 1/4 inches, and embossed that with the Ornate Flowers embossing folder.

I glued the embossed card on the diecut piece, leaving a border top and bottom, and knotted a length of Pool Party sheer ribbon around both. This was then glued to the card, leaving another border top and bottom.

Detail of the border.

The beautiful sentiment is from the So Sentimental stamp set, and was stamped in Pretty Peacock and diecut with a oval from the Stitched Shapes die set. The little butterfly was from the Butterfly Beauty die set, which might just be my favorite of all time! I did cut out a white backing for the Butterfly, as I wanted it to hang over the edge a bit.

There you have it! If this inspires you to make a card, please share it in the comments. To shop for products, click the Visit My Site button above, or if you’d like information about joining my team, contact me. I hope you’ll stop by again!

Stamp happy!

Michelle

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Cookies, anyone?

I’m back at the stamp set “Nothing’s Better Than”. Whether your preferred vice is cookies, chocolate, coffee, or cocktails, it works for you! I posted a short while back using the cocktails and coffee images, but today I was in a cookie mood. (Truth be told, I’m always in a cookie mood!)

There are a lot of cute sentiments. The dies cut out the images, the words for the four images, and a “Love you more than” phrase. The stamps allow you to color in the images, too! Here is the inside- see, it was made for me!

When I send someone a card that says “Love you more than Cookies”, they’ll know they are special! The colored hexagons are the Tailored Tag punches, which were also embossed with the Tasteful Textile embossing folder. I’m planning to make one of these with my class, and let them choose their vice. Now, go have a cookie (you know you want one), then make a card and send some sunshine!

Browse for supplies, if you need them, by clicking Visit My Site above, and leave a comment or a picture of a card if you like. Thanks for stopping by!

Michelle

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Sometimes you just need a “girly” card…

You know, because the person you’re sending it to really likes bling, or it’s for someone who needs it, or it’s for your sweetie. Most of my cards are less “frou-frou” than this one, but I wanted to use this die set (Ornate Borders) in a different way than I have previously.

I think that heart is adorable!

I started with a thick cardstock base, folded to 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches. I then used the edge die in my cut and emboss machine, cutting to about 1/4 inch from the edge. I glued a one inch wide piece of pink cardstock under the cutout portion, right to the cut edge. I cut 3 strips of 6 inch gold foil, each 1/4 inch wide, and I glued one of those strips to the inside of the card so that when the card is closed, the foil extends from the edge of the pink cardstock to the edge of the card back. The excess foil on the ends is just snipped off with scissors.

I then cut another piece of pink cardstock 5 1/2 x 2 1/4 inches, and embossed it with the Ornate Floral embossing folder. This was adhered to the card front, with the other two gold strips alongside. Finally, as I was trying to decide what sentiment I wanted to stamp, I spied the sweet heart with the LOVE cutout in another die set (Wreath Builder) that was sitting on my desk. When I had used that set the other day, I didn’t even notice it!!! I diecut it and adhered it with dimensional foam.

I thought it was perfect. These cards aren’t for everyone, but sometimes, you just need some bling.

Thanks for stopping by again! You can follow this blog, or find me on Instagram or Pinterest. If you want to browse for cardmaking/scrapbooking supplies, click the Visit My Site button above. If you think you might want to buy a Stampin’ Up! starter kit and join my team, contact me! There is a special going on in September that is an especially good deal, and sharing what you love with others is a really, really great thing.

Happy stamping!

Michelle

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Build A Wreath for any Season!

I just got this great stamp and diecut set Arrange a Wreath and Wreath Builder, and after only one use, I’m hooked. It is so much fun, and is designed to make a wreath for any season!

This card is one I will be prepping for class next week- my first cardmaking class in 6 months! Of course, we will be taking precautions, but I can’t wait to see my stamping buddies. The stamp set, shown below, has sentiments for a number of holidays, as well as small stamps to make additions to the wreath- hearts, a partridge and pears, leaves and berries, Easter eggs, and flowers. I only showed a small number of dies- the ones I used for this card, but there are dies to cut out the images and a few more flowers besides.

I used an A2 card base of thick Very Vanilla, adhered a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 panel of Cajun Craze, and a 4 x 5 1/4 panel of wood grain paper from the In Good Taste Designer Series. I cut one leafy wreath from Cinnamon Cider cardstock, and one from Mossy Meadow (see how the die cuts AND embosses?). The berry wreath was cut from Cajun Craze. I stamped those three colors plus Cherry Cobbler with the small leaf image using Versamark Ink, which just deepens the color, and diecut those. The ribbon and small berries diecuts were also Cherry Cobbler. I should mention that I cut all the pieces on my brand new Stampin’ Up! Cut and Emboss Machine- I loved my old Big Shot, but it was time for an upgrade and it is wonderful. It is available to the public September 1st!

I used liquid glue to adhere each wreath- brown, rust, and green, leaving the outer edges glue-free. I added the bow, and tucked the brown, rust, and red leaves into the wreath. The sentiment was stamped in Cajun Craze and cut with a Stitched Nested Labels die, popped up with dimensional foam, and the green leaf and red berries were tucked underneath.

I know that I will be using this set often, and hope my class members will enjoy making this card as much as I did! If you want to browse for stamping supplies, click the Visit My Site button above. There are also more examples of cards made with this set on page 127 of the annual catalog! Thanks for stopping by, and for supporting my business. I wish you well, and hope you will stop by again to see what I’ve been up to!

Happy stamping-

Michelle

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Make Today Ridiculously Awesome!

How can you resist a stamp that says that?!? I couldn’t, and today I made a simple card using that and Stitched Triangles to brighten someone’s day.

This card was very simply made, if you have a stamp and emboss machine. I cut the card base from thick cardstock to fold to a 4 and 1/4 x 5 and 1/2 inch card, added a mat cut to 4 and 1/8 by 5 and 3/8 inches. The white card front is cut to 3 and 7/8 by 5 inches. I stamped the sentiment first, THEN dry embossed the sheet and added it to the blue mat. I cut the triangles with my Stitched Triangle dies, glued the blue one directly to the card front, and popped the yellow one up on dimensional foam. I finished the card off with enamel dots.

This card could be finished off with a birthday greeting, or could be a card for multiple occasions, for a male or a female recipient. I hope it inspires you to make a card of your own! Send a picture in the comments if you do! I love to hear from readers, whether comments or questions. If you’d like to browse for stamping supplies, please click Visit My Site above.

Happy stamping!

Michelle

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The Heat Index is 104 Degrees F!

Yes, it’s hot all over the world this week, but I’m keeping cool by thinking about Christmas. This cute little card was made with the Snowman Season stamp set- so easy with the coordinating Snowman builder punch!!

Isn’t he adorable?

I first cut the base from thick cardstock, folded to 5 and 1/2 by 4 and 1/4 inches, then the red mat (Real Red) at 5 and 3/8 by 4 and 1/8 inches, and finally the white card front at 5 and 1/4 by 4 inches. Stamp your sentiment toward the bottom of the white card front- I used Real Red ink- and run it through your Cut and Emboss machine with the embossing folder of your choice. I used a retired folder (Falling Snow), but the current Winter Snow folder would be perfect, too. I stamped the snowman on white card, and punched him out , lining him up in the punch. This left me with his hat, nose, and arms which were punched but not stamped, If I was making them in bulk, I would have placed the negative punch space in my Stamparatus stamping tool to line up the stamps, but because they are photopolymer, they are easy to line up by eye with a clear stamping block.

All were done in Memento Tuxedo Black ink,, and I colored the hat and nose with a combination of water-based markers, being careful not to smudge the black ink, and alcohol marker for the gray hat. Then I took a light blue (Pool Party) alcohol marker and lightly colored the areas between the head and body where there might be a shadow. I popped him up with dimensional foam pads, then glue the arms slightly behind the body, placing the hat in his hand. Finally, I took the light blue alcohol marker and shaded just underneath his “feet” on the white card front. You have to look closely, but the blue is really there!

After I finished my card, I thought I’d make a quick gift tag with one of the other images, so here you go- 2 inches wide, punched with the Delightful Tag Topper, and corners rounded with the Detailed Trio punch- my two go-to punches for tags. It took me less than a minute to cut, punch, and stamp both sides of this tag! I then colored his hat, scarf, and nose, and tied the ribbon on. What do you think?

Feeling cooler yet? I am! Now, to get back to my stamping desk. If you are inspired to try your own version of a “cool card”, attach a pic in the comments below. If you want to browse for stamping supplies, click Visit My Site above or a specific item below, and if you are interested in being part of my demonstrator team, email me at rougeuxm@gmail.com . Thanks for stopping by! Stay cool!

Michelle

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From Halloween to Christmas!!!

A friend asked if I could make some Christmas tags, so these are my first of the season. I like using punches for tags, because they’re so quick to make. The tree punch used here is retired, but SU has a really cute tree punch in the current catalog, the Pine Tree punch.

I cut white thick cardstock into 4.25 x 2 inch pieces, used the Delightful Tag Topper punch for the scalloped end. I glued a 2×2 inch piece of designer paper to the other end, and rounded those corners with the Detailed Trio punch. I cut thin strips of Glimmer Paper and green cardstock, ran a thin bead of glue along the top of the designer paper, and glued them down, trimming excess from the sides with scissors. I punch the tree from Glimmer Paper and popped it up with dimensional foam. I stamped a sentiment on a thin strip of white, and cut a cardstock mat slightly wider. After gluing that and trimming it, I folded a piece of ribbon in half, pushed the folded edge through the hole from front to back, and drew the cut ends up through the loop.

Tags make nice gifts for coworkers with a roll of coordinating wrapping paper. Give it a try!

Thanks for stopping by. If you need supplies, click the Visit My Site button.

Happy stamping!

Michelle

Holiday spirit!

As a teacher of cardmaking, and a blogger, I have to look ahead a bit to plan for classes and showcase new stamp sets. Today I focused on HALLOWEEN!

I know a few people who are already craving pumpkin-spice lattes, but I’m still in summer mode! Nevertheless, I used the new Festive Corners stamp set from SU to create this cute Halloween card. It’s from the August-December Mini Catalog which will be live online August 4th. The embossing folder used on the center panel is new, too- the Cobwebs folder (how cute is that?)- I stamped the images, then ran it through the folder on my diecutting/ embossing machine. The scalloped rectangle is from the Stitched So Sweetly die set, and the orange-yellow paper is our new color, Bumblebee.  🙂

What’s great about this stamp set is that it has corner designs and sentiments that can be used for Halloween, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day- or even non-holiday “I love you” cards! I think that it would also be great for decorating envelopes.

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I hope you take a look at the Mini Catalog- it goes live tomorrow, 8/4/2020, and don’t forget the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog, too, which also has some holiday stamp sets. Just click on Visit My Site above! Please note that the website will also be updated that date- so previously posted links on my blog will take you to my store landing page, but not the item itself.  Your user ID and passwords will work, but if you have the Stampin’ Up! site bookmarked, you will need to redo that.  I think these small inconveniences will be more than made up for by the new, user-friendly site.  Thanks for stopping by- I hope you stay well and keep sending handmade cards to spread a little sunshine to the people in your life.

Michelle 

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