Like almost everyone in our country, I’m staying home and practicing social distancing. If there is an upside to this, it’s that I’m stamping more. Most of us know that this hobby we enjoy can provide much needed creative therapy and take our minds away from the stresses of the day, if only for a little while. So along with this much needed respite, I’ve been creating simple cards to send to friends, family and customers. Here’s one I sent out recently.
Magnolia Lane Designer Series Paper is the star of this card. The patterns in this collection are so pretty and versatile. So much so, that I’ve created this card with very little stamping, allowing the paper to shine.
Magnolia Lane DSP #149484
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Materials & Measurements
- Whisper White Thick card stock: 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
- Mossy Meadow card stock: 5 1/4″ x 4, cut 2: for front and inside
- Magnolia Lane DSP: 5″ x 3 3/4″
- Whisper White card stock: 5″ x 3 3/4″, for inside
- Vellum, Petal Pink & Mossy Meadow card stock scraps
- First stamp the “Hello” sentiment from the Good Morning Magnolia stamp set on the DSP panel with Versa Mark and Black embossing powder.
- Adhere DSP to the Mossy Meadow card stock.
- Before gluing the Mossy Meadow panel to the card base, wrap a piece of 1/4″ Old Olive Twill Ribbon around the panel.
- Using the Layering Circles, cut two scalloped circles: one from Petal Pink card stock and a larger on from Vellum and glue together, then glue onto card.
- The flower is cut from the DSP and adhered with dimensionals.
- I thought this sentiment, from the Floral Essence stamp set, was such a nice way to let someone know that your thinking of them and wishing them well, especially at this uncertain time.
- A bit of DSP and strip of Mossy Meadow card stock embellishes the panel.
Along with sending these cards and my good wishes, I’m enclosing this blank note card for the recipient to pass along with their own good wishes.
I hope that you’re adjusting well to our “new normal” and can find some time to relax and enjoy a little stamping therapy. Perhaps you’ll consider making and sending cards as just another form of social distancing. And consider it a win/win!
Please take care,
Today I’m sharing a card featuring my favorite bundle in the Occasions Catalog, Forever Blossoms. And how timely, as all the cherry trees are blossoming in my area despite the havoc going on around us. Thank goodness for that and what a welcome sight!
Materials & Measurements
- Whisper White Thick card stock: 4 1/4″ x 11, scored at 5 1/2″
- Basic Black card stock: 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
- Whisper White card stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″
- The Whisper White card panel was embossed with the Tufted 3D Embossing Folder, leaving about 1 1/2″ at the top un-embossed…if that’s even a wordU.
- The sentiment, from the Varied Vases stamp set, is stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink on the smooth portion of this panel. Then glued it directly to the Basic Black card stock.
- Next a piece of 1/2″ Black Satin ribbon is wrapped around both panels before gluing them directly to the card base.
- The blossoms were colored with Stampin’ Blends and cut with the Cherry Blossoms Dies.
- Two blossom sprays are layered and adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
- A black baker’s twine (retired) bow bundles the sprays together.
- Finally, I added a few Clear Epoxy Droplets for a pretty finishing touch.
- I didn’t feel that this card needed any DSP as these flowers can really hold their own. So I used the same flower image on the inside. It’s stamped with Smoky Slate ink. I’ve also embellished the envelope with this image.
- The sentiment is also from the Varied Vases stamp set. This is a set that I’ve used and loved for quite a while.
I hope these pretty blossoms lifted your spirits today and that you’re navigating these uncertain days well. Stamping has been such a pleasant distraction for me and I hope for you also. Please stay safe!
Hello! It’s Friday already and what a strange week it’s been! Just like most educators across the country, I’ve been home from school all week with no idea when we’ll return. We’re conducting online classes and making the best of this unprecedented situation. Thank goodness for this wonderful hobby! I’ve been spending a lot more time in the craft room stamping.
The sentiment on today’s card says it all. I’ll be sending cards to family and friends to let them know I’m thinking of them, even though maybe not able to see them.
Materials & Measurements
- Card base: Whisper White Thick Card Stock, cut at 11″ x 4 1/4″, scored at 5 1/2″
- Pool Party Card Stock, cut at 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″ (cut 2: one for the inside also)
- White Embossed Panel, cut at 5 1/4″ x 4″
- Pool Party Panel, cut at 4 5/8″ x 2 1/8″
- Bird Ballad DSP, cut at 4 1/2″ x 2″
- Whisper White Card Stock, cut at 5 1/4″ x 4″ for the inside
- Once I matted all the layers with glue (no dimensionals here), this card came together rather quickly.
- The white embossed layer is from a long retired DSP collection which I don’t recall the name. However, any pretty embossing folder would work well here.
- The small butterflies, from the Butterfly Gala stamp set, are a two step stamp. They’re stamped first with Tuxedo Black Memento ink ,then with Daffodil Delight, Balmy Blue, Calypso Coral and Petal Pink ink. They’re punched out with the Butterfly Duets punch.
- I popped them on the DSP with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.
- The sentiment is also from the Butterfly Gala stamp set. I like to straightforward font on this sentiment. I stamped it in Early Espresso ink on a banner from my stash. This is also popped with dimensionals, however the butterfly is glued directly to the banner.
- The inside is embellished with a few stamped butterflies and a strip of DSP, leaving enough room for a message.
- I also added the same DSP strip to the envelope for a pretty coordinated look.
This card actually served a dual purpose. Besides having a pretty card to brighten someone’s day, it allowed my to use some long neglected stamps and DSP. I know that I get a little too wrapped up in just the new products and tend to forget about products that are still current but have been around awhile. After not using them for such a long time, they actually feel new again! Is this something that happens to you, also? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a good weekend while trying to stay safe and healthy.
Please take care,
It’s time for another Coast to Coast Case-ing project with Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit. If you’re a regular follower of either Karen or me, you know that we take a turn each month creating a card and the other decides what to Copy and Selectively Edit (CASE) to come up with another project. This month it’s Karen’s turn to case my card here….
Let’s talk about this paper! To be honest, I have a love-hate relationship with Designer Series Paper. I love most of the paper but hate that I don’t use nearly enough of it. I don’t think I’ll have that problem with this collection. I absolutely love every pattern…even the tropical fruit, which I have no idea how to use…yet.
Tropical Oasis Designer Series Paper #151252
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As you can see, there is minimal stamping on the card. I let the paper do all the work and boy did it come through!
- The Whisper White card base measures 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
- The DSP measures 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″. I created a window in the center using a Stitched Rectangle die.
- I cut two additional Stitched Rectangles in Real Red and Whisper White card stock, stamping the sentiment from the Timeless Tropical on the Whisper White panel. The Real Red panel is popped up with dimensionals.
- Using the same patterned paper, I fussy cut flowers to embellish the sentiment panel. The leaves were cut from a different pattern in the same DSP collection using a die from the coordinating, In The Tropics dies. I’m not sure if you can tell by the photo, I added an additional little flower on top of each to create a bit of dimension.
- The inside sentiment is from the Momma Elephant set, Paolo’s Wishes. I love the fun, scripty font.
I’ve presented myself with a few new paper crafting challenges: (1) USE the DSP that I purchase in more creative ways, and (2) Don’t be afraid to fussy cut…I’m finding it actually therapeutic! What about you? Are you OK with using up your DSP or are you saving it for (what)? Do you enjoy fussy cutting…do you find it relaxing or stressful? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Now that you’ve seen my East Coast card, cross the country to the West Coast and see Karen’s creative take on it HERE.
Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you’re having a good week!