Hi All…I know it’s been a long time since you’ve had a post from me. It’s been a whirlwind summer for Steve and I. We decided to put our house up for sale just to “see” if it would sell. Well it did…in only 4 hours with a 30 day settlement. Needless to say, we needed to find a new home and pack up 25 years of memories. We did it and are happily settled in our new home in a different county of PA. Because we moved a good distance from where we lived, I needed to leave my job at the community library. I really enjoyed working there and was sad to leave. However, I began working at the local Middle School library two weeks ago. Just like stamping, libraries are in my blood.
There are still many boxes to unpack and I don’t have my stamping area set up yet but I really missed stamping. I set up a makeshift area in a spare bedroom and dug out some of my supplies. It feel so good to be back to stamping!
Onto my projects…..
Today, I created two cards from the same stamp set, Animal Outing and the coordinating Animal Friends thinlits dies. This bundle is one of my favorite from the Annual Catalog and I knew I needed to start creating with it. I also used the Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper. The patterns in this collection are so whimsical and fun. I can already see a few more cards coming from this collection.
Animal Outing Bundle
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Let’s start with the sweet Hippo.
- The card base is a Whisper White A2 (5 1/2 x 4 1/4) card. The next layer is Berry Burst card stock measuring 1/8″ smaller. This layer is glued directly to the card base.
- Another piece of Whisper White card stock is cut an additional 1/8″ smaller. I really like how the thin margins give just a hint of a colored border.
- Using a straight edge circle from the Layering Circles framelits, I cut an opening in the smaller Whisper White layer. Then created a Berry Burst frame from a scalloped circle die.
- Next I cut a piece of Designer Series Paper that would fit behind the window and glued it to the Berry Burst card stock.
- The Whisper White card stock is adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals to the Berry Burst layer. This created just enough “lift”.
- The little Hippo is stamp in Memento Black ink and colored with Stampin’ Blends and then popped with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
- I stamped two sentiments from the Animal Outing stamp set onto a thin banner and added a couple of leaf branches, which were cut using a die from Animal Friends thinlits.
- Since I could only find my pearls, I colored one with the Stampin’ Blends to add to the banner.
- For the inside sentiment on both cards, I used the stamp set, A Little Wild.
- A little strip of DSP and card stock give the inside of the card some more sweetness.
- The envelope flap is embellished with another pattern from Animal Expedition DSP.
Onto the precious Kangaroo & Koala…
- This card is created using the same method as the Hippo card except with the Layering Squares framelits.
- I used Granny Apple Green card stock for this card and another adorable pattern from the Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper collection.
- The stamps in this set are simply so sweet and just make me smile!
- For the envelope flap, I used a Granny Apple Green pattern from the Brights 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper.
I had such a good time creating both of these cards and think they are a nice break from the traditional pink and blue baby cards.
I’m so happy to be back in the stamping saddle. Thanks so much for hanging in there with me during my move. I’m looking forward to getting back to posting on a more frequent schedule again.
I’m back today with another card using the Varied Vases bundle. This is such a wonderful value that includes 34 photopolymer stamps and a builder punch.
Varied Vases Photopolymer Bundle #148381
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The hello die featured on this card is from Spellbinders. It was part of a set in their May Small Die of the Month and is still available.
Normally I would use Whisper White thick card stock for my card base. But this card has multiple layers that created enough stability, allowing me to use regular Whisper White card stock. The next two layers are Grapefruit Grove and Basic Black card stock each cut subsequently1/8″ smaller.
An additional Whisper White layer, cut at 5 1/8″ x 3 7/8″ is layered with a Grapefruit Grove pattern from the 2018-2020 In-Color Designer Series Paper cut at 5 1/8″ x 2 1/4″. The hello die was then cut and lined up on top of the DSP layer.
I stamped two of the flower images from Varied Vases stamp set directly onto a Whisper White oval cut from the Layering Ovals framelits and colored them with Stampin’ Write Markers in Grapefruit Grove. Then I stamped the same image, fussy cut it and popped it between the stamped images with a Mini Stampin’ Dimensional. The vase was stamped in Black Archival ink and punched with the coordinating Vase Builder punch. This was also popped with Dimensionals. Layering this onto a scalloped oval, also from the Layering Ovals framelits created a pretty border. Lastly, I added a few black dots from the Faceted Dots collection.
The inside is simply stamped with a sentiment from the retired stamp set, Friendship’s Sweetest Thoughts, and another colored flower image.
A coordinated envelope ties it altogether for a special custom presentation.
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My card share for today is a culmination of a few different Stampin’ Up! products that just decided to play very well together!
Using the Petals and More Thinlit dies I cut the floral spray from Whisper White card stock then layered it over a panel of Berry Burst card stock. Once these two pieces were glued together, the floral spray was fitted back into the cut out. This is so easy and produces such a pretty look.
Before adhering the Berry Burst panel to the Whisper White card base, I wrapped a piece of Berry Burst Metallic Edged Ribbon around the center.
I stamped an image from the Label Me Pretty stamp set along with a sentiment from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set and punched it with the Pretty Label Punch. I also punched a label from Berry Burst card stock and Silver Foil and added it to the label for a little more dimension. The label is popped over the ribbon with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
Another sentiment from Beautiful Bouquet stamp set stamped on the inside along with a smaller inlay from the Petals and More Thinlits to complete the inside.
I thought this pattern from the retired Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper was perfect for the envelope liner.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day,
Today’s birthday card came together rather quickly thanks to the Share What You Love and 2018-2020 In-Color Designer Series Paper. I’m so happy that the color family’s DSP has returned in the new catalog. I really missed them last year and realized how much I used them when they weren’t available. Grapefruit Grove is turning out to be one of my favorite new In-Colors. Although, I’ve used it quite a bit without even giving the other pretty colors a try…that will have to change!
The sentiment is from the Happy Birthday, Gorgeous stamp set and is punched with the Classic Label Punch.
I wrapped the focal panel with Grapefruit Grove Natural Twine. I really like this twine. To me if feels like a combination of stiffer twine and baker’s twine.
The inside is stamped with a sentiment from the Varied Vases stamp set and embellished with a bit more DSP.
….and lastly, a coordinating envelope always completes the card!
Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you are enjoying the new catalog and some of the great new products in it.