3-D Happy Birthday Card

Well it worked I managed to successfully schedule yesterday’s post so I am at it again writing the night before. In fact, I am writing this as I am settling my daughter down for bed. She thinks mom’s blog is a bedtime story.

Today’s card is one I used for a workshop I did back in June. I got the idea for the card from a swap made by my upline Donna Pelon. It is not your traditional side or top fold card. It is a 3-D card that is a kind of shadow box. I used the Four Seasons Hostess stamp set.  Of course, I couldn’t make a card without using my Big shot machine and both the Beautiful Wings Embosslits and the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing folder.  The colors for this card are Pretty in Pink, Riding Hood Red, and Very Vanilla.  I also used several punches.  I again finished the butterfly with a couple of the small pearl jewels.

The design inside the circle is stamped in Riding Hood Red on Very Vanilla and is then mounted on a circle of Riding Hood Red.  The Happy Birthday is stamped in Pretty in Pink on Very Vanilla and then mounted on Riding Hood Red.  I made another version of this card using two smaller circles instead of the one large circle and that can be seen on my blog post Vintage Vogue Class Preview.

I hope you can see how this card is 3-D and how it is constructed from two pieces of card stock that are scored at the ends adhered together and then folded to make the card stand up.  You can write on the back of the card instead of on the inside.  I have flattened and puffed my card a number of times and it stands every time.

Here is my supply list for this project.  All items listed are from Stampin’ Up and include their item numbers.

Stamp Set: Four Seasons Hostess Set Wood #126830 — Clear #126832 (Hostess sets are only available if you host a workshop or place a qualifying online order.  Contact me about hosting a workshop.)

Ink: Riding Hood Red Classic Stampin’ Pad #126968, Pretty in Pink Classic Stampin’ Pad #126955

Card Stock:  Very Vanilla #101650, Pretty in Pink #100459, Riding Hood Red #111348

Tools/Accessories: Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder #117335, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine #113439,Beautiful Wings Embosslits #118138, Sticky Strip #104294, Glue Dots #103683, SNAIL Adhesive #104332, Stampin Dimensionals #104430, Pearls Basic Jewels #119247, 2 1/2″ Circle Punch #120906, 2 3/8 Scallop Circle Punch #118874, 1″ Circle Punch #119868

I hope you enjoyed seeing  this 3-D card.  See you again tomorrow.


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Before and After Embellishments

I said yesterday I would do a before and after post showing how embellishments can improve a card and here it is.  The first card is one that my daughter, Lainy and I created together for her to use as her thank you notes after her birthday party.  They were a great card for an eight year old to make and send to her friends.   She was thrilled with the card and excited that she got to help design a card with mommy.  We used the Big Shot Die cutting machine with the Paper Dolly Sizzlits L die  that debuted in the spring mini catalog and is now in the current annual catalog.  We also used the 2 3/8″ scallop circle punch and the 2 1/2″ circle punch.  The card stock is a combination of current and retired colors as this was a project that I could use some of my retired stock on.  The stamp set we used is Easy Events which is in the current annual catalog and is the featured stamp set for my stamp set of the month club for September.  Lainy liked this stamp because she used my Stampin Write Markers to color the flowers in on each card.  This card really is easy to create.  The toughest part of this card is getting all the little pieces of the doily punched out.  I use a set of very pointy tweezers to get the pieces out of the punch-out and out of the die.  I love this doily and feel it is worth the time for the look you get with the doily.  Lainy helped with each step and many of them she did herself while I worked on other cards.  We finished the look off by using Stampin’ dimensional to pop up the scalloped circle.

The second card is one I created for a workshop I did at the beginning of June.  The hostess was wanting to learn how to create classy cards without them looking over done.  She had a tendency to over do her cards so I created three projects that focused on being simple but complete.  This is one of those projects.  I used the exact same supplies as the first card but I also used the 1/4″ stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, two pearls from the Pearl Basic Jewels, and a butterfly from the Beautiful Wings Embosslits die.  I added the ribbon across the top of the card both inside and out.  It is threaded through a slit I cut into the side fold.  I could then  hide my ends beneath the butterfly.  I don’t like seeing the cut ends of ribbon unless it is on a bow.  The two pearls finish off the butterfly.  The picture doesn’t show them as pearls but that is what they are they are not silver ( I am working on my photography skills).

Here is my supply list for this project.  I am listing everything only for the second card shown.  All items listed are from Stampin’ Up and include their item numbers.

Stamp Set: Easy Events Wood #116958 — Clear #123225 (This is the Stamp of the Month Club stamp set for September)

Ink: Gumball Green Stampin’ Write Marker#126856 (This is for the set that includes all 5 2012 – 2014 In Color colors the Gumball green marker is not sold separately), Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write Marker #105115

Card Stock:  Gumball Green #126840, Lucky Limeade #122926, Daffodil Delight #119683, Pumpkin Pie #105117

Tools/Accessories:  Beautiful Wings Embosslits #118138, Paper Doily Sizzlits L Die #125592, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine#113439, Pearl Basic Jewels #119247, SNAIL Adhesive #104332, Glue Dots #103683, Sticky Strip #104294, 2 3/8′ Scallop Circle Punch #118874. 2 1/2″ Circle Punch #120906, 1/4″ Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon Daffodil Delight #126872,

I hope you enjoyed seeing the difference between these two cards.  See you again tomorrow.


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Teacher Appreciation Gifts

My kid’s school has a teacher appreciation week and the kids and parents are given the opportunity to let the teachers know how much we have appreciated all they have done over the last year. My kids have a number of teachers even though they are only in elementary school because they have separate gym, art, spanish, music, resource center, library, and of course you can’t forget the principal and school secretary.  So we had a number of teachers to thank so we needed a simple project my 2nd grader and kindergartener could help with, something mommy could finish without pulling an all nighter, and something that would not break the bank.  I thought of the matchbook sticky note projects that were in the May Stampin’ Success Magazine were the perfect project.

I actually ended up creating two versions one for the female teachers and one for the male teachers.  I used a combination of current paper colors and accesories and retired paper colors.  My daughter was able to use the Stampin’ Wheel to apply the background design to the card stock.  She was also able to help punch the flowers and circles out.  I chose the For All You Do stamp set as I thought the sentiment was just perfect to give to their teachers.  The baker’s twine in the 2011-2012 color was a fun addition.       The version for the guys we used the school colors and the school logo.  We wanted to give them something they would be willing to have on their desk and not feel awkward and I think this design achieved that.

Workshop Projects

Thought Away Card made on Lovely Lilac Card stock with Textured Butterflies

Follw Heart Card made using the pinking hearts corner punch on the 2009-2010 In Color paper

I just wanted to share the projects we did at my most recent workshop.  I don’t like to just have people watch me stamp so I plan three projects that demonstrate new products or techniques that the hostess is interested in learning.  This time we focused on the new clear block stamps, kissing, corner border punches, and of course I had to incorporate the big shot and used an emboslitts and a textured envelope.  To get the specifics on each of these projects check them out on my Stampin’ Up web page under my favorite ideas.  If you would like to learn how to make these projects.  I would be happy to set up a workshop soon. 

6 x 6 Scrapbook page using Vintage Vogue Stamp Set and Jumbo Wheel

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