Apr 292016
 

Watercolor Wings Butterfly Card

This Watercolor Wings Butterfly Card was one that was made at one of my workshops.It is so simple, but so elegant and can be used for pretty much any occasion.

I had seen a tutorial on how you can make a butterfly stamp with some fun foam and the Butterflies Thinlits. It’s a little messy stamping with this kind of stamp because you get ink on your fingers when you take it off of the block and put it on the block. But it gives you another way to make butterfly cards without so many layers.

We stamped the Watercolor Wings butterfly first with the colors I had chosen. We were trying for a Monarch Butterfly look with this one. Then we stamped the detail with the fun foam stamp that I had created, inked with Memento ink pad. Then we cut out the whole butterfly with the Bold Butterflies Framelits.

If you have any questions on how to make this butterfly card, just post it in the comments below and I will answer it as soon as I can.

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Apr 272016
 

May Paper Pumpkin Sneak Peek

Earlier this month at Stampin’ Up!’s demonstrator OnStage event, they gave attendees a chance to sneak peek the May Paper Pumpkin kit, so now they’re giving you a peek too! The Many Manly Occasions kit will include 8 laser-cut cards and envelopes and I know you’ll love it. Be sure to sign up by May 10 to get this kit.I know I can’t wait to get mine.

You can either go HERE to subscribe, or you can go HERE to get the pre-paid subcription. For a 6-month pre-paid subscription, you save $1 a month and on a 12-month pre-paid subscription, you save $2 a month.

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Apr 262016
 

Simple Birthday Card Ideas

This birthday card was so easy to make. Admittedly, all of the items for making this card are retired, but the general idea can be used for other types of cards.

Just take a strip of cardstock and stamp an image and a greeting on it. Then you can add a border or slightly larger piece of colored cardstock to the strip.

The background for the card base is just a piece of striped Designer Series Paper with some images stamped on it to make it a background that fits the occasion.

Give it a try and see what you come up with.

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Apr 252016
 

Punch Art Birthday Card

This cute birthday card was one that I made several months ago. Since I basically quit blogging for the last several months and then I accidently deleted all of my blog files recently, I decided that I would still share this card with you. Several of the items used have retired since I made it, or are retiring, but it can still be used for card ideas, especially if you have these items.

Because I send out so many birthday cards, most of the cards I make for workshops or classes are for birthdays. The leaves are from the Bird Builder Punch (retiring). I only used the top part of the leaf, rather than the whole stem. The flower is from Mixed Bunch (retired). Then they were punched out with the smaller flower in the Boho Blossoms Punch (retired). The flower is actually larger than what it looks like here. The punch was perfect for just punching out the small center section of the flower.

The bottom of the birthday card was embossed using the Pretty Polka Dots embossing folder (retired). The top section border was cut with the Large Scallop Edgelit (retired) and stamped with Gorgeous Grunge. The greeting is from Itty Bitty Banners (retired) and cut out with the Bitty Banners Framelits (retiring).

The retiring items will be gone as of the end of next month or while supplies last, whichever comes first. So if you don’t have and would like to get them, you need to hurry and order before it’s too late. I hope this birthday cards gives you some ideas for your own cards.

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Apr 222016
 

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Wouldn’t this be a cute birthday card for a child? It is so simple to make with the Sprinkles of Life stamp set and the Tree Builder Punch. It even punches out the little bird and the tree trunk or branch, if you so choose. I didn’t want it punched out for this card, though.

To make the straight line to stamp my tree and flowers on, I lightly scored a line along the bottom of the card. Then after the stamping was finished, a strip of cardstock was glued over that scored line.

It’s kind of hard to see in the photo, but there are some clouds lightly stamped along the top of the card. I didn’t want them to be too dark, so even  though they are stamped in Soft Sky, I stamped off on scratch paper before stamping on my card to make them lighter.

And when you purchase this stamp right now, bot only do you get a really cute, versatile stamp set, but you are helping to support the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Stampin’ Up! donates a portion of the proceeds from this stamp set to RMHC.

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Apr 192016
 

Going, Going, Gone

It’s that time again: Stampin’ Up! is getting ready to retire stamps and accessories from both the annual and occasions catalogs. As sad as it is to see these products go, there’s still time for you to get them before they’re gone. Plus, retiring products have discounts of up to 50%! Retiring products will only be available until May 31, or while supplies last, so order them before they’re gone!

Stamps will be available until May 31 but all other items retiring will only be available while supplies last. So be sure to get those must have items before they are gone.  You can see what is retiring HERE.

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Apr 182016
 

2016 April Paper Pumpkin Project

When my Paper Pumpkin kit arrived the other day, I fell in love with the project and had to do it right away. I made my little wreath slightly different than the photo though. I didn’t want the long tail on the bow because it would block the little chalkboard with it’s greeting. Also, the little flowers in the photo were just the pieces folded in half a couple of times. I wanted my flowers to look more like real flower buds. So after folding them a couple of times, I scrunched them up to give them some more body. Then I opened them up and made the little flower buds you see here.

To celebrate having sent their one millionth kit out during March and the third birthday of Paper Pumpkin,  the April Paper Pumpkin kit included a bonus stamp set called All about Everything. I haven’t had a chance to play with it yet. But when I do, I will share with you.

If you would like to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin and receive a surprise kit each month, you can either go HERE to subscribe, or you can go HERE to get the pre-paid subcription. For a 6-month pre-paid subscription, you save $1 a month and on a 12-month pre-paid subscription, you save $2 a month. If you subscribe before the 10th of any month, you will get that month’s kit.

If you would like to know more about Paper Pumpkin, just go HERE.

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Apr 132016
 

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This is the last week of Stampin’ Up!’s Weekly Deals. April 18 will be the last day. Weekly Deals began to help reduce overstocked inventory. As Stampin’ Up! reduced excess inventory, the variety of products available for Weekly Deals has decreased, making the deals less exciting, so they’re replacing Weekly Deals with a less frequent but better promotion called Special Offers. These Special Offers will occur every few months as inventory allows (the goal is still to reduce overstocked inventory) with more products and discount tiers than Weekly Deals (offers may vary per market). The last set of Weekly Deals will be April 12-18. You can share these images so customers don’t miss the final week.

Be sure to check out this week’s Weekly Deals. As you can see from the list below, there are several items on this week’s list.

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Weekly Deals – April 12 – 18

Apr 092016
 

Tin of Cards Birthday Card

I tend to CASE cards, since I see so many that I like online. I saw this layout online when I was looking for ideas for the Tin of Cards stamp set. The card I saw used different Designer Series Paper. I used what I have on hand. And since this was for a birthday card, what better paper to use than Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper.

It just takes two pieces of Designer Series paper to make the main design for the card.  The top piece is 3-3/4 inches by 3 inches and the bottom piece is 3-3/4 inches by 1/2 inch. Then stamp the little squiggly lines from Tin of Cards below that for more decoration. The final touch is the greeting.

For this layout, any paper you have and any greeting that will fit in the bottom area would work to create a beautiful card to send to someone. Since I have a lot of birthdays that I send cards out for, I tend to make most of my greetings for birthdays.

I hope this card gets your creative juices going.

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Apr 052016
 

Papillon Potpourri Birthday Card

As you may be able to tell from my last couple of posts, I love butterflies. So being able to add a butterfly to a birthday card is exciting. This is a very simple card, but it looks so colorful by stamping the butterflies with different colors. Doesn’t this card just make you think of spring with its bright colors?

The greeting is from Petite Pairs. This stamp set has pairs of greetings that go together. One for the front of the card and one for the inside of the card. Or, you can use them both on the front, if you choose, and write your own message on the inside. This is one of my go-to stamp sets.

I added texture to the larger white piece. Its a retired embossing folder. But pretty much any embossing folder would work. I just feel that the texture really adds to the card. What do you think?

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