Sunday, April 5, 2020

Ornate Garden Buckle Card

It's getting harder to self isolate during is Covid-19 pandemic so I'm continuing to challenge myself to create at least one project per day.
Today's project is a card fold I have seen often on Pinterest and You Tube - a Buckle Card - using the Ornate Garden DSP, which is part of an Ornate Garden bundle available for order as of April 1

Card Base and Strap

  • Mint Macaron is one of the colours in the Ornate Garden DSP so I chose that for the card base and the buckle strap.
  • Cut a 4 1/4 by 8 1//2" piece of Mint Macaron card stock and score at 3".  Fold at the score line to form the card fold. Burnish.
  • Cut a 2 by 4 1/4" piece of Mint Macaron and score at 1".  This is the strap. Fold at score line and burnish fold.
  • Add adhesive to the inside of the 1" fold line of the strap and add to the middle of the wrong side of the 2 by 4 1/4" piece of DSP. (gold pattern on a Mint Macaron background) 
  • Adhere to inside of card.
  • Stamp a sentiment on a 2 1/4 by 4" piece of Whisper White and adhere to the inside next to the DSP.

Card Front:

  • Add a 2 3/4 by 4" piece of DSP (Daisy pattern) to front flap.
  • Using the Classic Label Punch, punch an opening for the card strap 1/2" from edge of card front. Insert the strap in the opening.
  • Using a scrap piece of  Whisper White card stock,  punch 4 flowers using the Small Daisy Punch.  Apply Daffodil Delight ink to the flower petals and Soft Suede to the centers.  Shape flowers and add 2 together alternating petals (2 flowers).  Add a Perrential Essence Floral center to each flower center.
  • Punch 4 leaves in Old Olive using the Leaf Punch. Shape and add 2 leaves to each flower.
  • To cover the buckle opening, die cut a Stitched So Sweetly Die.  Stamp a sentiment near the bottom. Add to the card front with dimensionals.
  • Add one flower/leaf to this die cut.
  • Add the other flower/leaf on the strap, on another Whisper White  Stitched So Sweetly Die.

Supplies Used:
Stamp:  Another Thank You
Inks:  Mint Macaron
Papers:  Mint Macaron, Whisper White, Ornate Garden DSP
Accessories:  Small Daisy Punch, Leaf Punch, Classic Label Punch, Stitched So Sweetly Dies, Perennial Essence Floral Centers, Dimensionals

Friday, April 3, 2020

Morning Star cards

The Morning Star stamp set , up until today, sat on my shelf, neglected.  So, I challenged myself , starting with a simple card while I was getting used to the various images.

I think this is one of my favourite cards, with the Morning Glory stamped in Coastal Cabana with Daffodil Delight added to the center.

Then I stepped up the complexity of the card extending the length of the vines and adding more flowers.  As well as a ribbon , some embellishments were added as well.  The flowers are stamped with Gorgeous Grape ink.

Finally I layered the image piece with die cuts from the Ornate layering dies, first with Night of Navy and then Whisper White.

Creating Backgrounds on Vellum with Stampin' Blends - video

I saw this technique demonstrated by Tina Zinck, a demonstrator in Nova Scotia, and I fell in love with it.  I made a video tutorial which I will post later in this post.

Here are some samples:

Supplies Needed:

  • Vellum card stock 4 by 5 1/4"
  • 4 different colours of Stampin' Blend - dark
  • paper towel
  • Whisper White card stock 4 by 5 1/4"

Add colour is a circular or block pattern
Wipe with paper towel to blend colour and remove brush stroke marks.

Apply second and other colours, overlapping existing colours as needed.

Finished vellum background

Adhere to Whisper White card stock and use on a project.  

Below is a video tutorial

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The Last Hurrah!!

SAB finishes at midnight tonight March 31.  So if you would like to take advantage of the Free SAB products plus free shipping (Canada only) contact me before then.

For the final Hurrah, today's card features many SAB products:  a stamp "Rise and Shine", the "Pleased as Punch" DSP, with its coordinating "Small Blossom Punch", and the Metallic Bermuda Bay Baker's twine.

  • Fold a piece of 11 by 5 1/2" Coastal Cabana card stock at 4 1/ 4" to form an A2 card. 
  • Add a 3 3/4 by 5" piece of Whisper White to the card front at an angle.
  • Add a 3 3/4 by 5" piece of the striped pattern of the Pleased as Punch DSP to the Whisper White layer also at an angle off setting the Whisper White layer.
  • Die cut a piece of Whisper White card stock with the largest of the Sweetly Stitched Dies
  • Emboss with the Subtle Texture Embossing Folder
  • On a separate piece of Whisper White card stock, stamp a mug with the floral pattern on it using Bermuda Bay ink.  Either fussy cut or if you have the dies, die cut.
  • Adhere to bottom of embossed die cut using dimensionals.
  • Using the Sprig Punch , punch 2 sprigs with Old Olive card stock.  Add to each side of mug.
  • Using the Small Blossom punch, punch 7 flowers of various colours from the "Pleased as Punch" DSP .  Using dimensionals, adhere them as an arrangement in the mug.  Put a small rhinestone in the center of each flower. Add the 7th flower at the bottom right of the embossed die cut.
  • Make a bow with three layers of the Bermuda Bay metallic Baker's twine and add to the top of the mug handle with a glue dot.
  • Stamp the sentiment "Rise and Shine" with Black Memento ink, punch with the 1" circle punch and add to the mug.
  • Add the finished art piece to the card front with dimensionals.
  • Add small rhinestones randomly to front of card.
Supplies Used:
Stamp:  Rise and Shine
Inks:  Black Memento, Bermuda Bay
Papers:  Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, Pleased as Punch DSP (striped pattern), Pear Pizzazz
Accessories:  Sweetly Stitched Dies, Subtle Texture embossing folder, Small Blossom Punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, rhinstones, dimensionals, Bermuda Bay Metallic Baker's Twine, Sprig punch

Card Artists Pick at Hand Stamped Sentiments

The card designed for the sketch challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments was selected as one of the Artist picks for that design.

Below is a picture of the card and a link to the original blog post.

Monday, March 30, 2020

A Good Man has a Barbecue

It's almost BBQ weather, but not quite.  Although most of the snow is gone it's still quite cool and by all accounts winter has not loosened its tight grip.

For this masculine card, I decided to combine two stamp sets:  "A Good Man" and "Outdoor Barbecue" and feature a new background technique using vellum and Stampin' Blends.  A tutorial on the Vellum background and Stampin' Blends will be on a separate post.

All layers of this card were die cut using the stitched rectangle dies.

Both images from separate stamp sets were coloured with a combination of watercolour pencils and Stampin' Blends.  The guy in the lounge chair, with a bottle of ketchup (yup not beer) on the ground beside the chair, is from "A Good Man"; the barbecue is from "Outdoor Barbecue". Some Crystal Effects is added to the Barbecue to give it more of a metallic appearance. The hamburger, flame, and bottle of ketchup were stamped on a separate piece of Whisper White card stock and fussy cut.

The image piece is matted with Bermuda Bay card stock, and before adding it to the card front with dimensionals, some glitter Bermuda Bay Baker's twine (SAB) was wrapped around one end.

Whisper White card stock embossed with the Hexagon embossing folder is added to the Bermuda Bay card base.  A 2 1/4" piece of the Vellum created using Stampin' Blends is added to the embossed Whisper White. A tutorial on how to create this Vellum background will be posted separately.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  A Good Man, Outdoor Barbecue
Inks:  Black Memento, Watercolour pencils, Stampin' Blends (Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Mango Melody) SU Markers (Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight)
Papers:  Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Vellum background
Accessories: Stitched rectangle dies, Blender pen, Crystal Effects, Dimensionals, Hexagon embossing folder.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

The Last of SAB looking to the future - a CASE

I cased these 3 cards from Pinterest.
The Specialty Vellum DSP is partnered with the Metallic Flower DSP, both SAB products, and then with the Ornate Garden die, a product of the future.

Each of the cards is colour coordinated starting with the Specialty Vellum DSP, which comes in Pool Party, Soft Sea Foam, and Purple Posy. The background of the Metallic Floral DSP is sponged with an ink colour to coordinate with the card stock.

Dimensions of Papers:

  • 5 1/2 by 8 1/2" Thick Whisper White card stock - card base
  • Specialty Vellum DSP 4 by 5 1/4"
  • Card stock of desired colour die cut with the Ornate Garden die
  • Metallic Floral DSP 2 1/4 by 3 1/2" with background sponged with coordinating ink colour and added to Ornate die cut
  • Scrap of Whisper White for sentiment and die cut with Sweetly Stitched Die

Purple Posy

Soft Sea Foam

Pool Party

Sending My Thoughts - a fun fold

Sale-a-bration is drawing to a close.  There are only 2 days left to take advantage of those wonderful free products with a purchase of $60.

One of the items going is the Lily Pad DSP, this paper coordinating the Lily Pad stamp and dies.  A new fun fold, inspired by Patty Bennett, is used to feature this paper for the last time. This is a great fold to exhibit the two sides of any DSP.

A 5 1/4 by 11 3/4" piece of the Lily Pad DSP is scored at 1 3/4,  4 3/4 and 7 3/4" and accordion folded and then added to a 5 1/2 by 4 1/4" Flirty Flamingo card base. The DSP between the second and third score line are adhered together to make a more compact fun fold.

Whisper White sentiment pieces, die cut with the Stitched Rectangle dies, are added to the various inside fold areas, and decorations done using the Lily Pad dies. 

The sentiment on the front is from "Well Said", with the word "you" highlighted with a Bermuda Bay marker.  Because they are individual stamps, the stamparatus was used for stamping.

Two of the smaller Lily flowers are stamped with Flirty Flamingo ink and sponged with Blackberry Bliss, die cut, and then added as embellishments for the front sentiment piece. Also added was some Bermuda Bay enamel dots.

Along both edges, and along the edge of the next fold is added a Flirty Flamingo die cut.

 Below, the card is opened at the first fold to expose the first two sentiment pieces and the pattern on the other side of the DSP.

Open up the final fold and the last 2 sentiment pieces are revealed.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Waterfront, Positive Thoughts, Well Said, Lovely Lily Pad
Inks:  Bermuda Bay, Basic Black and Bermuda Bay markers, Flirty Flamingo, Blackberry Bliss
Papers:  Lily Pad DSP, Whisper White, Flirty Flamingo
Accessories:  Lily Pad dies, Bermuda Bay enamel Dies, Stamparatus

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Here for You - Freshly Made Sketches #428

Everyone in self isolation or quarantine have been on my mind lately, and I chose this opportunity to make a card reflecting my feelings.  Although I cannot physically be near those individuals, I would like them to know that I am still "here for you"

This card was made using the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches #428

The image is from the "Waterfront" stamp set is die cut with a layering circle die (with a bit of one side trimmed off).

It is added to the card front which is Sea Foam Vellum (SAB) adhered to Whisper White card stock.  The card base is Pear Pizzazz. All layers of the card are die cut with the Stitched Rectangle Dies.

The sentiment, added with dimensionals, is from "By the Dock"

The inside also has some stamping from the Waterfront stamp set as well as a strip of Vellum at the bottom.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Waterfront, By the Dock
Inks:  Black Memento, Image (Basic Gray, Mossy Meadow, Crushed Curry, Balmy Blue)
Papers:  Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, Vellum Specialty DSP (SAB) Soft Sea Foam
Accessories:  Layering Circle dies, Dimensionals

Friday, March 27, 2020

Sending Positive Thoughts - Hand Stamped Sentiments #335

Having a positive attitude is so important during this time of crisis, during a time when most of us are in either self isolation, or quarantine, when social distancing, washing your hands, and "don't touch your face" are the new norms. 

This card, made using the sketch challenge with Hand Stamped Sentiments #335,  is for  all of you in self isolation or in quarantine. I am "sending positive thoughts" as well as a tutorial on how to make this card, your way. 

  • Fold 8 1/2 by 5 1/2" Seaside Spray card stock at 4 1/4" for form an A2 card base.  Burnish fold
  • Emboss a 4 by 5 1/4" piece of Whisper White with the Coastal Weave embossing folder and add to card base.
  • Adhere a 2 1/4 by 3 1/4" piece of Seaside Spray DSP to the embossed layer against the right lower front about 3/4" from bottom.
  • Die cut 2 circles in Night of Navy card stock using Layering Circle Dies.  Adhere to card front as shown in picture above.
  • On a separate piece of Whisper White card stock, stamp 3 flowers using Seaside Spray ink with Night of Navy daubed on the centers; 1 leaf with Pear Pizzazz ink and one butterfly using Night of Navy ink.

  • Die cut with Nature's Thoughts Dies
  • Die cut 3 smaller sprigs using Pear Pizzazz card stock.
  • Adhere large leaf and 3 flowers on large circle.  Cluster the 3 flowers, adding the top flower with dimensionals.
  • Add 3 sprigs on smaller circle. Adhere butterfly, with dimensionals,  resting on top of these sprigs.
  • Selectively highlight sentiment desired using a Basic Black marker and stamp onto a 3/4 by 1 7/8" strip of Whisper White.  Notch one end.  Die cut a Night of Navy edge and add to lower sentiment piece.
  • Add sentiment, with dimensionals, across left card front extending across small circle and over stems of sprigs.
  • Finish by adding metallic pearls on butterfly body and randomly on card front.

Supplies Used:
Stamp:  Sending Positive Thoughts
Inks:  Seaside Spray, Night of Navy, Basic Black SU marker, Pear Pizzazz
Papers:  Seaside Spray, Whisper White, Night of Navy, Seaside Spray DSP
Accessories:  Layering circle dies, Coastal Weave 3D Embossing Folder, Nature's Thoughts Dies, Metallic Pearls, Dimensionals.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

A New Catalogue preview - Ornate garden bundle

With all the craziness everywhere,  it is important to do activities, like crafting, that prevent boredom and  promote mental health.

I have been staying home, not because I have the virus, but because I have a lot of risk factors that would make me very ill should I get it.

So, I am taking this opportunity to catch up on neglected tasks and to make samples of new products coming in the new Annual Catalogue in June. One of the new items is the Ornate Garden bundle, which will be available for customer order on April 1 (see link to flyer below).

Today I am sharing an envelope card, with a written tutorial, made using the products from this suite.

Card Base

  • Score  9 1/2 by 5 1/2" Thick White card stock at 3 and 7"
  • Fold down at  3" score line to form card flap; fold up at 7" score line to form a 2 1/2" pocket.
  • Burnish all folds.
  • Adhere pocket edges to card base using tear and tape adhesive.
  • Round the corners of the top  lid using the Detailed Trio Punch
  • Emboss a 5 1/4 by 2 1/4" of Pear Pizzazz card stock with the Ornate Floral 3D Embossing Folder, round the  tw front corners , and adhere to the lid.
  • Die cut a strip of gold foil with the Ornate border die and adhere to the edge of the lid.
  • Add a 5 1/4 by 2 1/2" piece of Ornate Garden DSP (Old Olive with gold metallic pattern) to the pocket. 
Floral Image:
  •  Stamp and colour the floral image from the Ornate Thanks stamp set on a separate piece of Whisper White card stock.  
  • Fussy cut and adhere  at an angle, to the lid, using dimensionals, overlapping the edge.  
  • Add crystal effects and dazzling diamonds to the flower edges and centers.

  • Make a bow with the 1/4" Old Olive ribbon and add to the floral stem.
  •  Gold emboss the sentiment from the Ornate Thanks stamp set and die cut with the Ornate Frames die.  Adhere to lower pocket.
  • Add 3 designer elements to the left of the lid.
Card Insert:  
  • Cut a piece of Whisper White card stock 4 3/4 by 3 3/4" for the card insert.  
  • Round all corners.
  • Gold emboss the top corners with the corner stamp
  • Add a 1/2 by 4 1/2" piece of the same DSP as on the pocket to the bottom of this insert.  Add a 1/8" by 4 1/2" strip of gold foil above that.
  • Insert in card pocket.

Supplies Used:
Stamp:  Ornate Thanks
Inks:  Versa Mark, Black Memento, Watercolour pencils
Papers:  Thick White card stock, White card stock, Pear Pizzazz, Ornate Garden DSP, Gold Foil
Accessories:  Ornate Garden embossing folder, Ornate border die, Ornate Frames, Gold embossing powder, Designer Elements, Crystal Effects, Dazzling Diamonds, Dimensionals, 1/4" Old Olive ribbon, Detailed Trio Punch, Blender pen

If you haven't already done so, check out the flyer here

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Pop and Twist , a birthday on the Golf course

I love watching the expressions on people's faces when this card is opened! It certainly is a card for a special someone.

There are many tutorials on how to make these Pop and twist cards including the one at at splitcoaststampers.

This special fold card was made for a gentleman who loves golf and is celebrating a birthday.  But it could be made for another occasion  such as retirement, anniversary, job promotion etc.

The card base is Basic Black layered with Basic Gray and then the Argyle pattern of the Country Club DSP.  The card is held closed with a belly band, which is kept closed with velcro.  

This band is decorated with another larger Argyle pattern from the same Country Club DSP. The ends are covered with some Basic Gray card stock punched with the Tailored Tag punch upon which is a die cut golf ball.

The art piece o the front is an image cut from the DSP and coloured with water colour pencils. It is matted with basic Black card stock before adding  it to the card front.

Opening the card activates the awesome pop and twist part of the card.

Below are close ups of the pop and twist panels:

And close ups of the inside upper and lower card:

Supplies Used:
Stamp:  Country Club
Inks:  Basic Gray, Black Memento, Watercolour Pencils, Garden Green
Papers:  Basic black, Basic Gray, Whisper White, Country Club DSP, Garden Green
Accessories:  Country Club Dies, Nesting Label Dies, Tailored Tag Punch

Monday, March 23, 2020

Well Dressed with Umbrellas in a Stand & Tutorial

This is the 3rd card of the three masculine birthday cards I made using the Well Dressed stamp set.

A Nesting Label die was die cut and the focal images were adhered to them.

The three umbrellas, stamped in colours I picked from the DSP, were fussy cut and set aside.

One end of a Story Book Label punch cut off  to make the umbrella stamd. To decorate the vase, some DSP was adhered near the top.  The edges of this DSP was trimmed along the edges of the vase then sponged with Night of Navy .  A larger pattern was cut out from another DSP and added to the  middle of the vase.

After colouring the handle of the umbrella with a Soft Suede marker, they were placed in the stand.  Two were adhered directly to the Nesting Label die but the third was added with dimensionals.

The Night of Navy card base was layered with Crushed Curry cardstock.  At the left side is adhered some Country Club  DSP (multicoloured argyle pattern)  The Nesing Label focal point was added  to the card front using dimensionals.

Below the  Nesting Label focal point a sentiment from Itty Bitty Birthday stamp and also adhered to the card front using dimensionals.

There is a free downloadable tutorial here

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Well Dressing , Itty Birthday Birthdays
Inks:Night of Navy, Garden Green, Daffodil Delight, Real Red
Papers:  Night of Navy, Crushed Curry, Whisper White, Country Club DSP
Accessories:  Nesting Label dies, Story Book Label punch, Dimensionals

Below is a picture of all three cards

The post of the first card can be found here; the second card here.  Both posts have links to tutorials.

First card 

Second Card