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!

 

Butterflies in Winter

If you live someplace cold, you might enjoy this card I made for a class this week, featuring… butterflies!  What better break from the winter doldrums? Here in Florida, we are enjoying butterflies visiting for the winter.  I love them.

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The beautiful embossed backgroung was matted in blue, the butterflies were stamped in black and colored using daubers in blue and yellow, then cut with a punch.  The sentiment is raised with dimensional foam with ribbon underneath, and the inside of the card says “It’s a million little things.” Perfect for telling a friend how much you care, or thanking them for being there for you!

I hope you are inspired to create something beautiful this winter season.

Happy stamping!

Michelle

Project list, all available from Stampin’ Up! on my website:  Winter White cardstock, Balmy Blue Cardstock, Balmy Blue Ribbon, Memento Black ink, Balmy Blue and So Saffron ink. Stamp sets are Butterfly Gala and the sentiment is from Beauty Abounds.  Diecuts were made with the Butterfly Duet punch and the sentiment cut with a Wonderful Floral framelit die. The embossing folder is Lace Dynamic Textured Impressions.

 

 

Happy New Year!!!

It’s always such a hopeful time of year, isn’t it?  If the last year wasn’t so grand, we can always have hope that the next year will be better- and if last year was the best ever, we can hope that this one will top it! Either way, it’s usually a time when we count our blessings and thank those who have helped us get this far.  The card below is one of many thank you cards I’ll be making and sending in the near future:

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I love butterflies, and I thought the colors on this were so bright and cheery!  It came together 1-2-3, with a solid matte, split gingham and white background, and the diecut thinlits on top- at a little angle, so it looks like they are flying off the card.  I heat embossed the sentiment and added a few sequins, and voila! A happy little thank you card.

The thinlits (Butterfly Beauty) and Gingham Gala paper are from the new Stampin’ Up! Occassions catalog which will go online January 3rd.  The thinlits coordinate with a lovely stamp set that has a friendship theme, along with bokeh dots, a floral flourish, and some small butterfly stamps.  I only used one layer for the butterflies, but the thinlit set has two that superimposed to allow use of two different colors- as well as a number of smaller dies.

Also, if you love butterflies, you are going to want to check out the Occasions catalog for the Butterly Gala stamp set and punch.  You can go butterfly crazy!  If you aren’t into butterflies, you’ll find lots of other things to catch your eye- valentines, florals, kid stuff, Easter stamps.  It really is a lovely catalog, and during Sale-A-Bration (Jan 3 through March 31) you can earn free stamp sets, designer paper and thinlits for every $50 (US) you spend.

Other items used in the card include Whisper White and Grapefruit Grove cardstock, black embossing ink with clear embossing powder, and the Iridescent Sequin Assortment. The sentiment came from the Simply Wonderful stamps from last year’s Sale-A-Bration.

I want to wish you all a Happy New Year from my home to yours, and I am HOPEFUL that 2019 will be filled with good friends, family, and lots of gratitude.

Happy stamping!

Michelle

 

 

It’s a wonderful time of year!

I was meaning to post a new project, but a quick trip to Disney World put a crimp in my stamping time!  What fun I had!

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I will get to some stamping soon, though, because I’ve been able to pre-order some new items from the catalogs that are going live January 3rd, and I want to use some of those products in my January class.  Every year Stampin’ Up! releases a new “Occasions” catalog at the first of the year, and another catalog called “Sale-A-Bration, which offers free items you can choose for every $50 spent.  It’s a great deal!  Anyway, getting back to my plans, I’m hoping to make a valentine card, a birthday card, and a “thinking of you” card for the class.  Hopefully, I’ll have them planned before Christmas, and will share them then.  Till then, I’m wishing you all peace and joy (and maybe some fireworks).

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Happy stamping!

Michelle

 

Moving On From Christmas Cards!

This year’s Christmas cards just went out in the mail, over 50 of them, every one handmade by yours truly… I hope the recipients feel the love.  Last week, I hosted a card class, and this is one of the cards we made, inspired by a Pinterest post by Rhonda Griffen.

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It was a huge hit!  We diecut the flowers from the Springtime Impressions Thinlits, then used sponge daubers to apply ink in Soft Seafoam, So Saffron, Calypso Coral and Balmy Blue.  The sentiment is from the coordinating stamp set, inked in Calypso Coral with a matching “shadow”.  I hope you like it as much as I do!

I’m getting ready tonight for a quick trip to Disney World.  Maybe I’ll have some Magic Kingdom inspiration when I get back!

Happy stamping,

Michelle

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

I’ve made several cards for this Thanksgiving, but the simplicity of this one appealed to me.

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Instead of the usual greens, golds, and oranges, I picked the red from the “leaves” for the accent.  Just ink, paper, and a punch!  My favorite tree stamp, Lovely As A Tree, a random dot stamp, and label stamps from Label Me Pretty and Labels to Love, cut with the Pretty Label Punch. Easy peasy!  I used Soft Suede ink for the trees, and Real Red, So Saffron, and Old Olive for the “leaves”.  The cardstock was Very Vanilla and Real Red.

I hope you all have reason to give thanks this holiday season.  I know that I do, and I hope my card will give someone else a reason to be thankful, too!

Happy stamping!

Michelle

Inspiration

I can’t tell you how inspired I am by Stampin’Up! Onstage. This is the card front I made to swap:

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And these are some that I received in return:

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I wish I could credit everyone, but I know at least one is from Australia, and another from Guam!

I hope they inspire you, too!

Michelle

 

 

 

 

Two Days In A Row!

The luxury of being away from home with my craft supplies…  I went online to see what card challenges were on, and I found this one at Sunday Stamps- http://sundaystamps.blogspot.com/ that had a color challenge, SSC91.  I chose two of the blues and the yellow-y color, which I interpreted as Stampin’ Up!’s So Saffron.  The blues are Balmy Blue and Night of Navy, and the card base and sentiment are Whisper White. So, here it is!

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The embossing folder is Garden Trellis, the leaves and flowers are from Petals and More thinlits (I stamped the flowers with clear Versamark Ink with the matching flower stamp in Petal Palette, and for the label I used the Everyday Label punch, the outline stamp from Labels to Love, and the sentiment from Petal Palette.  I love being able to mix and match! I think this card would be a great pick-me-up for a friend.

Thanks for looking, and happy stamping!

Michelle