Lovely as a Tree Sympathy Card

Today’s card is one we all wish we didn’t need to make but unfortunately we all need to have sympathy cards.  I needed to make a card that would work for couples.  I just pulled some paper from my retired folders that looked soothing together.  I don’t have a sympathy stamp set(it is on my wish list but I always find myself buying other sets) so I always seem to have to pull something together.

I started by embossing my card using the perfect polka dot embossing folder and the big shot.  Then I needed a stamp set and I picked the Lovely as a Tree set.  I am really beginning to like the Lovely as a Tree stamp set I inherited from my Grandma’s house.  It is becoming a very versatile stamp set for me.  I simply stamped the image in a slightly darker green on to my light green card stock.  I added the dark green behind everything to give the card an anchor and to hide the ends of the trim and the back side of the brad.  I used the Easy Events Stamp Set for the sentiment.  I used tape to mask the part of the stamp I didn’t want while inking the stamp and then just removed the tape before stamping.  I think the “sending you love” on the front ties in with the words on the inside of the card.  I added the tiny butterfly from the Beautiful Wings Embosslits just to finish the look with a pop of color and elegance with the tiny pearl jewel in the center.  I just pulled the butterfly out of my stash of saved butterflies as I always seem to have some leftover from other projects.

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I wanted to make sure that the people receiving these cards know they are getting something special in the mail the moment they get the mail out of the mail box. I added stamping to the front of the envelope and embossed on the flap in the back.

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I hope this sympathy card has inspired you to make some of your own because if anyone needs or deserves a handmade card it is when they have suffered the loss of a loved one. See you tomorrow.

Jenny

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Less is More Brown and Pink Challenge Entry

Sorry this post is so late in being posted.  I had the card made and was going to write the post last night once the kids were in bed but as I was working in the kitchen getting ready to make some Strawberry Shortcake and I ended up running the middle of my forehead into the corner of a cupboard door.  I can actually say I think I really saw stars.  According to my husband, I even bent the hinges on the cupboard door.  I am not sure I believe him he is prone to exaggeration but needless to say I hit the door with a lot of force. So last night instead of writing this post I spent a couple of  hours at urgent care getting some very fancy pictures of the inside of my head.  The verdict is just a concussion but some very strong warnings from the Doctor to take it easy today, so I am at home writing this while my Mom is taking the kids to school.  If it gets really pretty with lots of different colors I may post pictures right now it is really just a crease in the middle of my head.  OK now onto the important stuff today’s card.

I am doing a first for me.  I am entering a challenge on a website.  “Less is More” is a challenge blog site and they have a challenge every week.  I am entering their Brown and Pink Week 83 Colour Challenge (this site is out of England so they use the British spelling of color it is not just that we can’t spell).  I am nervous and excited to enter.  Their minimal style is different from my normal style but I thought it would be good for me to expand outside my comfort zone and I am competitive enough that the idea of a challenge appeals to me as well.  I am also hoping to get some feedback on my design and card.  I enjoy designing but I want to expand my talents and get better and the only way to do that is to hear others opinions about your work.

I choose to make a card for a baby gift.  The colors pink and brown remind me of the cute outfits my daughter would wear as a baby.  I used Pink Pirouette as the card base.  Soft Suede cut into half a top not using my Big Shot and the Top Note die.  I then used the “for baby” stamp from the Easy Events Stamp Set stamped in Soft Suede on Whisper White.  I colored in the outline stamp using my Stampin’ Write Markers.  I love my markers.  If I had to choose between an ink pad and a marker I would choose a marker.  The markers are so versatile.  The umbrella and hat on the duck again repeat the pink and brown theme.  I finished the card with a simple Whisper White satin ribbon.

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

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

Ink: Soft Suede Classic Stampin’ Pad #126978, Soft Suede Stampin’ Write Marker #119703 (this number is for the Neutrals pack of 8 markers), So Saffron Stampin’ Write Markers #119700 (this number is for the Subtles pack of 10 markers), Pink Pirouette Stampin Write Markers #119700 (this number is for the Subtles pack of 10 markers), Marina Mist Stampin’ Write Markers #119679, Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write Markers #105115

Card Stock:  Pink Pirouette #111351,Soft Suede #115318, Whisper White #100730

Tools/Accessories: Top Note Bigz Die#115463, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine #113439, Sticky Strip #104294, Glue Dots #103683, SNAIL Adhesive #104332, Stampin Dimensionals #104430, Anywhere Glue stick #104045, 5/8″ Organza Ribbon Whisper White # 114319 (I used 5/8″ Satin Ribbon in Whisper White which is now retired but the Organza Ribbon would give you the same look.), Corner Rounder Punch #119871

I hope you enjoyed seeing  this Pink and Brown Baby Card and my first Less is More Challenge Entry.  See you again tomorrow.

Jenny

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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.

Jenny

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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.

Jenny

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Your in My thoughts Card

This is a card that I made for our Relay for Life Team on site fundraiser back in June. I was going for cards that would appeal to the people attending an event like that.  I used a background stamp and stamped tone on tone and then used Designer series paper with a similar pattern as the background stamp.  The Whisper White Card stock is edged using the Stampin’ Up’s Scallop Trim Border punch.  The sentiment is from Stampin’ Up’s Word Play Stamp Set.  I love that set.  It has so many great phrase for all occasions.  I used another stamp from this set for my Graduation Cards this year as well.  I don’t think I took any pictures of any of them :(.   The butterflies are from Stampin’ Up’s Beautiful Wings Embosslits which is used with Stampin’ Up’s Big Shot Die Cutting Machine.  I don’t think I make many cards without something on them that I used the Big Shot for.  I finished the butterflies with Stampin’ Up’s Pearl Basic Jewels.  I have been working on adding embellishments to my cards and I am amazed at the difference that something so small as the pearls can make to the overall look of a card.  I will have to post some before and after pictures with and without the embellishments on a post in the near future.  The colors used in this card are all from Stampin’ Up! and include Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum, Pretty in Pink and Whisper White.

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I like to finish the inside of my card as well as the outside of my card. I don’t like to have ribbon end anywhere so I wrapped the ribbon all the way around and hid the ends under the layers on the front. This gives the inside of the card a more finished look. I also like to add an insert to write on when I use such a dark card base. I inserted a whisper white piece on the inside that I used the Scallop Trim Corner punch on the corners to give it a more elegant finished look. I also had to add a little something on the inside and stamped the butterfly using the butterfly stamp from the hostess stamp set Four Seasons. I used my Stampin’ Write Markers to create the two tone stamped image from a single stamp.

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

Stamp Set: Word Play Wood #120308 — Clear # 120651  to get the background stamp look you could use Parlor Prints Wood #122525 (I used a background stamp that I got from my Grandma when I cleaned out her house.  Sorry that one is not in the current catalog)  Four Seasons Hostess Stamp 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: Elegant Eggplant #126969, Stampin’ Write Marker Pretty in Pink #100045, Stampin’ Write Markers Perfect Plum  from the Subtles Collection #119700 (The perfect plum marker is not sold individually so I listed the set of 10 from the subtles collect which would include both markers).

Card Stock: Pretty in Pink #100459, Elegant Eggplant #105126, Designer Series Paper Stacks Regals #117154, and Whisper White #100730

Tools/Accessories:  Beautiful Wings Embosslits #118138, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine#113439, Pearl Basic Jewels #119247, SNAIL Adhesive #104332, Glue Dots #103683, Sticky Strip #104294, Scallop Trim Border Punch #118402, 5/8″ Organza Ribbon Whisper White # 114319 (I used 5/8″ Satin Ribbon in Whisper White which is now retired but the Organza Ribbon would give you the same look and I think would be even more elegant.)

I hope you enjoyed this card.  See you again tomorrow.

Jenny

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Vintage Vogue Class Preview

I was saddened by the retirement of one of my favorite stamp sets. This inspired me to offer a class using that stamp set before it is retired. I am still looking to do this class and would love to get a group together yet before the end of May and spend some time making these beautiful cards inspired by the Vintage Vogue stamp set by Stampin’ Up. 

The first card is very different from a traditional card it does not open but is more 3-D. The card stands up and gives a shadow box effect showing off the designs through the holes.

The next card is more traditional and elegant. The very delicate crocheted lace and vine stamp with tiny pearl accents make this card a lady’s card perfect for Mother’s Day sentiments.

The third card also use the vintage vogue set but also features Butterflies made using Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die.  This is a favorite of mine.  It also has pearl embellishments and a small ribbon bow at the top.

If you like these cards contact me for more information on how to attend a class or you could even host a private class with your friends.  For specifics on the cards and what was use to make them from the Stampin’ Up Catalog check out my Stampin’ Up Website projects page at http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/jennyoneal/distPages/projectList.soa?easyTemplatePageType=1

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