When you need a card right now!

Sometimes, when I need a quick card, I let the paper do the hard work of design, as I did with the following cards. Every year, Stampin’ Up! introduces a wonderful selection of new designer series papers. The downside to that is that the papers from the current catalogs are discontinued, and that will happen on June 2 of this year. These cards were made with papers from the current catalogs.

This was one of the great papers from the See A Silhouette suite, which has such vibrant colors. I cut a 4 by 5.25 inch piece, and matted it on coordinating cardstock cut at 4 and 1/8 by 5 and 3/8 inch, These were adhered to a white card folded t0 4.25 by 5.5. I then used a 3/4 inch by 4 inch strip of the reverse side of the same paper, matted that on a one inch by 4 inch strip of white. The sentiment was stamped on white and punched out with a 2 inch punch, and behind that is the starburst punch (also retiring- nooooo!), all popped up with dimensional foam. Simple, but pretty, don’t you think?

Here’s another example where the paper makes a huge statement on the card, this time with a pretty diecut:

The paper is the Perennial Essence designer paper, cut to 4 by 5.5 inches and adhered to the folded card base all the way to the right, leaving a margin on the left. The green ribbon is wrapped all the way around the front of the card, and the Butterfly Beauty diecut is glued to the front. I heat embossed the sentiment, and popped it up with dimensional foam.

Finally, I used the paper from the Country Club suite. I love the argyle patterns! One of the papers in the suite has these cool line drawings, which would be perfect for coloring, but I liked the simplicity of the black-and-white. Both pieces and the sentiment were cut and matted, and the golf scene and sentiment were popped up with foam dimensionals.

Designer papers can be a small or a large part in card design, but when you are in a hurry, they can do the heavy lifting! The papers above are available, while supplies last, or until June 2nd. The good news is that June 3rd brings a whole new selection of gorgeous new designer papers! It only takes a few minutes to make a card that showcases pretty paper. So, no excuses- send cards to the people you care about, and to the people who are your heroes! Thanks for stopping by!

Happy stamping,

Michelle

Product List

See A Silhouette Designer Series Paper [149443] $11.50Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper [149100] $11.50 Butterfly Beauty Dies [148536] $39.00 Country Club Designer Series Paper [151314] $11.50

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A Star is Born

Hi, there! I hope this finds you well and happy, and creating with stamps and paper! My sister’s birthday is coming up, and I wanted to make a special card for her- this one fit the bill! I was inspired by some old papercrafting/stamping magazines that a friend recently gave me- while the example in the magazine had a stamped focal point, I decided to fussy cut these gorgeous flowers from the See a Silhouette designer paper collection. Such wonderful colors!

I started with an 8.5 x 5.5 inch piece of Olive Green cardstock. This was folded in half, then cut diagonally from the top of the fold to the bottom of the free edge (see photo). Then, I took two pieces of the leaf paper, each 4 x 5.25 inches, and cut them diagonally. PLEASE NOTE: one sheet was cut from the left upper corner to the right lower corner, and the other from the right upper corner to the left lower corner (see photo).

Glue the printed triangles to the green cardstock as shown above. Criss-cross the single triangles over one another, with the long edges facing down, and glue them together. Place your focal point over top of these, as well as a sentiment if you wish (see photo below).

Cut 1/2 inch slots into the folded triangle approximately 3 inches from the lower points. Cut matching slots into the flower piece about 1.5 inches from the lower points (see photos). I also adhered a white circle to the back and trimmed away the lower part so that I could write a message on the back.

The card will require a 5 x7 inch envelope to mail flat. Just match up the notches, and stand it up- voila!

I hope you enjoyed reading about this as much as I did making it- and don’t tell my sister! Thanks for stopping by! You can find the materials to make a similar card in my shop.

Happy stamping!

Michelle

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Old Olive 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [100702] $8.75 See A Silhouette Designer Series Paper [149443] $11.50 Paper Trimmer [152392] $25.00 Whisper White 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [100730] $9.75 Multipurpose Liquid Glue [110755] $4.00

Quilting with Paper

Hello, again! I hope this finds you well. Last time, I showed you how to make a simple easel card. This time I wanted to give you an idea for the card front. My friend is making quilts, and that inspired me to make one, too! This one used lovely paper from the Woven Threads collection, which has just the right faded-by-wear look for a quilt. The card base was made like the one in the previous post.

The quilt was made with 1.25 inch squares, in three patterns. You could cut them out with a paper trimmer, or use a die. These were glued to a 3.75 inch square of cardstock, covering the entire square. Glue that piece to a 4 inch square of paper to form the “binding” for the quilt, and attach it to the top of a 4.25 x 5.5 inch card front. Ordinarily, I might have place a sentiment on the front under the quilt, or on the “stopper” on the inside, but I just got these lovely dies that make a pattern in paper, and I thought they worked nicely with the quilt. What do you think? I glued the diecut patterned pieces to a piece of white cardstock, and adhered them with dimensional foam dots.

As always, thanks for stopping by. Comments are appreciated, and I hope you are inspired to make your own paper quilt!

Happy stamping,

Michelle

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Woven Threads Designer Series Paper [155883] Seaside Spray 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [150883] $8.75 Ornate Frames Dies [150664] $34.00 Stitched Shapes Dies [152323] $30.00 Stampin’ Dimensionals [104430] $4.00

A Simple Easel Card

While I was working on coming up with cards for thank-yous to first responders, and cards without stamps for mail-in kits, making an easel card popped into my head. Of course, this particular card doesn’t fit into EITHER of those categories, but it will be a fun card to send to a friend. Start with an 8.5″ by 11″ sheet of sturdy cardstock. Cut it in half lengthwise, score one of the pieces at 1.5″ and 5.5″, and fold at both score lines in the same direction . It should look like this. Cut the other, unscored half sheet in half; you will need one of the resulting 4.25×5.5″ sheets. Decorate this as desired. This will be your card front. In my case I used butterfly diecuts. The top layer was cut from printed paper to give it some variety of color.

Apply glue to the small flap, and attach the bottom of your card front to this glued area, lining them up carefully.

Decorate the inside of the card. I stamped a 3.5x 4 inch piece of white cardstock with a sentiment and placed that at the top of the inside. Then you will need a stopper- something to prop your card front against. Since I had a two-part sentiment, I used the second part for my stopper, but you could use a small diecut or stamped image. It needs to have a bit of height, to catch the card front, so I raised it with foam dimensional pads. Now, when you open the card, and prop up the front, it looks like this:

I finished my card off with a few rhinestones, but you could add stamps or diecuts. I kept this one simple for the sake of illustration, but your card could have multiple layers on the front, ribbons and other embellishments, and designer papers.

I hope this inspires you to make a card to brighten up a friend’s day. Until the coronavirus “lockdown” lifts, we could all use a little extra sunshine! Thanks for stopping by.

Happy stamping!

Michelle

Teaching Cardmaking Without Classes

Hello, again! I have been busy during these days of social isolation, helping my teenaged grandson with studies, cooking with food from the freezer, and trying to keep in touch with customers, class participants, family and friends online. To keep my class participants involved, I’ve offered a kit by mail, and am pleased to say that it has been well received. Because of copyright issues, the kits-by-mail must not contain any stamped images, so they are created using designer papers and diecut shapes. These are the three cards:

My first kit-by-mail

The card on the left is a z-fold, meaning that a standard fold card has had the front panel folded back on itself. The floral paper is from the Bird Ballad collection, and the butterfly was punched from paper as well! The sentiment is diecut from the Well Written dies, and the circles cut with Stitched Shapes dies.

The center card (I called it the Queen Bee card!) uses two different papers matted on black card which is then centered on the card front. There is a strip of gold foil over the join of the two papers, and two scalloped rectangles in black and white, onto which a lovely been image from the Detailed Bee dies has been adhered.

The card on the right makes use of papers from the Peaceful Poppies series, simply wrapped with a bow, and decorated with poppy dies from the Poppy Moments dies, popped up with dimensional foam.

As are most people I know, I am looking forward to a return to normalcy in our daily schedules, but I think that kits-by-mail may be something that becomes part of the new normal.

Thanks, as always, for stopping by. If you have questions or comments, I would love to hear from you. If you need cardmaking supplies, you can visit my Stampin’ Up! onlineshop by clicking on Visit My Site. Thanks for your support!

Happy stamping,

Michelle

Color Me Happy

Well, I’m still stamping! It really does lift my spirits during the self-imposed isolation. I hope this finds you well and that you are taking time, as I have, to count my blessings. I have been experimenting with the Stampin’ Up! Pigment Sprinkles, which are water-soluble powdered pigments. This is one of the cards I made:

I started with Shimmery White Paper, which holds up well with water, and stamped it multiple times with the flower outline stamp in the To A Wild Rose set. I used Versamark embossing ink and White Embossing Powder to heat emboss the outlines. I then gave the paper a light spray of water with my misting sprayer, and VERY lightly sprinkled the Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight powders, trying to concentrate the majority of the powder over the flower shapes. I added a small amount of water if needed to blend the color a bit more. You will need to let this dry before you can use it for a card. After my paper was dry, I put it under some books to flatten it nicely, then I cut it to 4 x 5.25 inches and mounted it using Tombow liquid glue on a 4.25 x 5.5 inch card of Melon Mambo cardstock. I also cut a sentiment three times from Melon Mambo cardstock (this was a retired die) and layered them for dimension, swiped them with some Wink of Stella for sparkle, and adhered it to the card with glue. It will certainly cheer up the recipient, and was easy to do!

Another card made with the powders was done on the Shimmery White paper without first embossing it, using Granny Apple Green, Mango Melody, and Bermuda Bay. After drying, it was cut to 3.5 x 4.75 inches, matted with Granny Apple Green cut to 3.75 x 5 inches, and mounted on a Pacific Point card. Decorate as desired- I used a butterfly cut from the Butterfly Beauty diecuts in Blueberry Bushel Noble Foil, a diecut doily in Granny Apple Green, a sentiment from the So Sentimental stamp set and Stitched So Sweetly dies, and some retired gems.

It was really fun just playing with the Pigment Sprinkles, and deciding how to showcase the results. Give them a try! They come in a pack of six, and will last a long time, because you need so little to produce vibrant colors. All products are from Stampin’ Up! and if you need supplies, you can click on the Visit My Site button on this page to shop or just browse and get ideas. Thanks for stopping by- if you enjoyed the visit, like and share my blog. It helps!

Stay well, be happy, and keep stamping! You never know how much a handmade card will mean to the person who receives it.

Michelle

I get by with a little help from my friends…

Boy, is that line more appropriate than ever in these days of uncertainty! I’ve been keeping busy at home, doing overdue projects, and (of course!) making cards. I’ll be ready for months of card classes by the time they resume! Anyway, I’ve been sending out a LOT of cards, figuring all my friends and family could use a little pick-me-up. I am so grateful for my family, friends, and my furbabies. Here is one I thought might be really appropriate to the times:

This was super simple, with an 11 x 4.25 inch piece of Sahara Sand cardstock folded to make a standard 4.25 x 5.5 card. I cut a piece of Whisper White 4 x 5.25, and stamped the main sentiment in Memento black. Then I put the three small images on one block, and stamped them randomly around the main sentiment in Sahara Sand ink. The dog was stamped in Memento black and cut out with the matching punch, along with the hearts that are part of the punch. I punched an additional two dogs/hearts from white scrap paper, and two hearts from Petal Pink scrap, and layered them with Tombow glue for added dimension. They were then attached with mini-dimensionals. I love how it turned out!

I hope that you are staying well (or recovering nicely if you’ve been ill). Stamping is such a relaxing pastime- aren’t we lucky to have discovered it?

All products are Stampin’ Up!- the stamps are from the Happy Tails stamp set. If you need supplies, or just want to browse, please click the Visit My Site button on this page, which will take you to my store. The Sale-A-Bration event, during which you can earn free products, ends March 31st! As always, happy stamping!

Michelle

#SimpleStamping

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One of the things we card makers sometimes forget is that you don’t need all the fancy tools and dies to make a beautiful card.  This one uses paper, stamps and ink.

I used Stampin’Up!’s Very Versailles stamp set.  The card base is 8.5x 5.5 inches, folded in half in Mint Macaron.  I cut two pieces of Very Vanilla cardstock to 4x 5.25 inches, one for the card front and one for inside.  First I stamped the sentiment in Petal Pink on a piece of Very Vanilla, cut it to size and cut a matte in Petal Pink that was about a quarter inch longer and wider.  Then, I used the “writing” stamp in Petal Pink, stamped off (meaning stamped on scrap paper before stamping on the card) once each time, to stamp the front of the card three times- upper left, lower left, and middle right, making sure it hung off the edge of the card.  The I used the frame and bar stamps in Soft Suede ink, stamping off once each time and positioned them as shown.  Finally, the leaves were stamped full strength, twice at almost full length and a third time up toward the top. Don’t forget to decorate the inside!  Attach the sentiment and you’re done making a beautiful “vintage” card.

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Happy stamping! Michelle

I Haven’t fallen off the earth!

Where on earth has the time gone.  After my visit to my family in France, I have just lost track of time!  Anyway, thanks for hanging in there and checking in on this post.  I have been having a great response to my in-home classes, and I want to share with you a card I’ve made, and maybe some tips you can use.

This card was super simple.  I used the dies from Stampin’Up!’s Springtime Impressions set, but instead of coloring the paper, I cut the images from a sheet of designer series paper in the Perennial Essence collection, which gave them a lovely soft range of colors.  I just glued the floral image on a 5.25×4 inch sheet of Petal Pink cardstock that had been embossed with the Subtle folder, and attached the sentiment with foam dimensionals.  That got glued to a cardstock base (11 x 4.25 inches) which was folded to 5.5x 4.25 inches, also in Petal Pink. On the inside, I adhered a few single flowers, and stamped my sentiment- both were from the Timeless Tulips stamp set- and then went to work on the pop-up.  You need two images that are either fairly symmetrical (if you want both sides colored).  Otherwise you can just cut the back image from plain cardstock.  This technique works with almost any image you want to pop up.  Attach both images together at the very top only.  Then cut your “feet”.  I wanted only one support for the butterfly so I could hide it behind the body, but if you have an image that is more solid, you can have more than one. The size and shape of the foot is variable depending on the need, but for this one I cut cardstock about 05 inches wide and 3.5 inches long. I scored it in half, and .25 inches from each end, and folded it in half.  I cut away some of the paper so the top would fit under the butterfly’s body, and ended up with a foot that looked like this:

Open up your glued doubled image, and glue the foot to each side at the top of the foot; now bend the .25 inch tabs at the bottom inward toward each other and then straighten them back out.  Apply a small amount of glue to both tabs only, and align the tabs (still straight) to the inside card at the fold line.  Close the card and apply slight pressure at the fold line, and when you open your card- Voila!  A popped up image.  If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to respond to this post.

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Thanks for stopping by- and as always happy stamping!

Michelle