Follow Your Heart Farewell Card

Hello Everyone,

I wanted to share this card with you that is slightly different from some of my normal cards but it was made with a very specific person in mind and was well received.  I made this card for my sister’s office who needed a card for a staff member who was leaving after working for the company for a number of years.  The person who the card was made for favorite colors are red and black so that is where I started along with a sentiment that seemed appropriate as she was not leaving to retire but for personal reasons.

I utilized Riding Hood Red, Basic Black, and Basic Grey for my card stock and then used the Regals Color Collection Designer Series Paper Stacks.  I also used 3/16″ brads in basic black and the 3/8″ Taffeta Ribbon in Riding Hood Red.  I used my largest circle punch and largest scallop circle punch as well as the Appothecary Accents Framelits and the coordinating Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack,  This card really is about creating repeating layers of color and shapes as I have the colors repeated in the rectangle layers as well as the round layers in the center.

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This card design would work well for a mascaline card as well and could easily be personalized with simple color changes.  I want to make more cards using this design for my personal card box.  I am trying to keep cards on hand so that I can easily send cards out to people when they need a little pick me up or I just want to let them know I am thinking about them.  Social Media lets us stay connected with what is going on in friends and families lives but I think a hand made card sent through the mail really makes people feel special and cared for.

Jenny

Merry Christmas

Hello Everyone,

I thought it would be fitting to just post an assortment of Christmas Cards that I have made this year.  I was pleased that I actually got to make and send out Christmas cards this year.  That was a feat within itself for me.  I have not been very good about sending out Christmas cards for the last couple of years.  I unfortunately did not get a chance to take very good pictures of all the cards we did make and send out.  We utilized different paper and supplies that I wanted to use up in order to make room for some of the great new stuff coming out in the new seasonal spring catalog as well as for sale-a-bration.  So I am just sharing the cards today with very little explanation of supplies or techniques.

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I hope you enjoyed seeing this selection of Christmas cards and that you all have a Merry Christmas.

Jenny

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Masculine Get Well Card

Hello Everyone,

The card I am showing you today is one I made to send to a twenty-something guy who had been in the hospital.  I used my color coach to get me started on my color combination.  I like using the color coach to give me a quick set of colors to pull together when I need a quick start to a project.  I was looking for something that would give me a masculine feel.  I ended up using Old Olive, Riding Hood Red, and Night of Navy.  I at least think these are the colors I used.  I could have used Midnight Muse as the blue.  I am working off of a picture and can’t remember which color I used for sure.  I needed the card and had to make one to fit the occasion.  Several color combinations would work depending on what you or the person you are sending it to might enjoy.  I keep telling myself I am going to make better notes but time seems to get away from me or I get interupted and end up sending the card before I get my notes made.  I also felt like the buttons mounted on the Riding Hood Red card stock pennant strip kept the card masculine rather than adding ribbon.

I have really liked adding this trend of the pennant strip.  It became really easy to do once I learned the trick of using the corner of a square punch to get the pennant look on the end of the strip.  It was a simple trick but one I had not thought of myself.  That is what I love about looking at other people’s blogs is picking up those tricks.  If I don’t think to share those tricks and you wonder how I did something please ask because I don’t always think to explain everything.  I also used baker’s twine in the buttons.  I was told never to leave a button naked.  It helps to finish the card.  I would agree with that advice.  I love the baker’s twine to finish my buttons.  I added some texture to the card using embossing folders and the different layers.  The sentiment I used is from the Word Play stamp set which is also available for a limited time as single stamps.

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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 Stamp Set Wood #120308 — Clear #120651 or Single Stamp Word Play: Sick Clear-Mount Stamp #132294 (Only available as single stamp until January 2, 2013.)

Ink:  Midnight Muse Classic Stampin’ Pad #126869 or Night of Navy Classic Stampin Pad #126970

Card Stock:  Old Olive #100702, Night of Navy #100867 or Midnight Muse #126843, Riding Hood Red #111348 and Regals Color Collection Designer Series Paper Stacks #117154

Tools/Accessories:   Designer Frames Folders #123130, Perfect Polka Dots Folder #117335, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine #113439, 1″ Square Punch #124094, SNAIL Adhesive #104332, Glue Dots #103683, Anywhere Glue Sticks #104045, Brights Designer Buttons #119747, Whisper White Baker’s Twine #124262 and 3/16″ Corner #119871

I hope you enjoyed seeing this masculine get well card.  I made this card for a twenty-something and I think it came out on the trendy side as well as being masculine.

Jenny

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Owl Occasions Birthday Card

Hello Everyone,

I am still trying to get my posts more regular.  I will eventually get this all figured out.  I do have lots that I want to share with you all.  I have been busy making cards so I have lots to share I just need to get the posts completed so I can share them with you all.  Stampin’ Up is also doing lots of great stuff and I am trying to keep that information updated as well so be sure and check out the sidebars of my blog site as well for the information on what promotions Stampin’ Up is running.

This card is a fun one.  I needed a birthday card for a girl who was turning 15.  I wanted to use bright colors and cute designs that would appeal to a teenager.  The Owl Occasions set from the Holiday Catalog is a very versatile set that can be used for people of all ages depending on your color choices.  I have several cards made with this set that you will be seeing in the near future.  I also used the Big Shot with the Apothecary Accents Framelits and my 2 3/8″ Scallop Circle punch to add to the card.  The ribbon is the 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon in Midnight Muse.  My Color choices are from the 2012-2014 In Color colors.  I find that the in color colors are usually on the hipper side and I tend to use them more when designing for the younger crowd.

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

Stamp Set: Owl Occasions Wood #128000 — Clear #128003 (Holiday Catalog only available until January 2, 2013)

Ink:  Midnight Muse Classic Stampin’ Pad #126869 and Primrose Petals Classic Stampin’ Pad #126858

Card Stock:  Primrose Petals #126851, Midnight Muse #126843, Patio Party DSP #126916

Tools/Accessories:   Apothecary Accents Framelits #127003, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine #113439, 2 3/8″ Scallop Circle #118874, 3/8″ Midnight Muse Stitched Satin Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430, SNAIL Adhesive #104332, Sticky Strip #104294

I hope you enjoyed seeing this trendy birthday card.  I had fun working with these bright colors and fun paper designs.  I know that the 15 year old really enjoyed receiving this special one of a kind card made just for her.

Jenny

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Masculine Sympathy Card

Hello Everyone,

I am back.  I am sorry I have been silent for the last month.  I started a new job and it has taken me a lot more time than I expected to get adjusted and figure out how to better manage my time.  I have not stopped stamping.  In fact I have managed to do quite a bit of stamping.  I just couldn’t keep up with both.  I am hoping now that I have a number of projects finished that I can blog about I will be able to post more regularly.  I going to work towards posting 2 to 3 times per week.

The project I have for you today is a Sympathy Card.  I am working on building a supply of cards that I can use when needed.  A sympathy card is something we all need. I have to admit that my husband helped me design this card.  He is always an asset when I am designing something that I really want to appeal to a man.  This card was a definite work in progress that took many twists and turns before we finalized the project.

I started with the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set from the Annual Catalog page 54.  I used the tree stamp for my image and decided to play a little and used my Stampin’ Write markers to color the leaves in fall colors.  I used More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, and Bravo Burgundy.  I just colored different leaves with the different markers in a random fashion.  Some leaves got colored with two colors.  I also used my Chocolate Chip marker for the branches.  I then stamped the design on a piece of Very Vanilla Card stock cut to fit on the front of the card.  I also used my Big Shot and the Apothecary Accents Framelits from the Annual Catalog pg 191.  I cut the design out and saved the cut out piece and used the frame that produced.   I used another framelits from the same set and cut out from Chocolate Chip as the background for the sentiment.  I used a sentiment from the Thoughts and Prayers stampset and stamped on Very Vanilla Card stop with Chocolate Chip and then used my Large Oval punch.  I popped the very vanilla oval up using a Stampin’ dimensional and another set to pop the background cutout as well.  This was a total of two layers of dimensionals.  I also added the four brads from the 3/16″ Neutrals Brads from the Annual Catalog page 174.

Since the card base was Chocolate Chip which is so dark I added a simple piece of Very Vanilla card stock to the inside.  This allowed me to stamp a saying on the inside also from the Thoughts and Prayers stampset.  This I stamped in Wild Wasabi the same color green from the front of the card.  I didn’t add anything else to the inside as I would have done had I been intending to give this card to a female.  My husband reminds me to keep things more simple to maintain the male appeal.

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

Stamp Set: Thoughts & Prayers Set Wood (Double-mounted) #113252 — Clear #127805

Ink:  Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin’ Pad #126979, More Mustard Stampin’ Write Marker, Bravo Burgundy Stampin Write Marker, and Cajun Craze #119701 (This is for the set that includes all 10 Regals Collection colors these markers are not sold separately), Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Write Marker #119681, Chocolate Chip Stampin’ Write Marker # 119703 (This is for the set that includes all 10 Regals Collection colors these markers are not sold separately), and Wild Wasabi Classic Stampin’ Pad #126959

Card Stock:  Very Vanilla #101650, Wild Wasabi #108641, Chocolate Chip #102128

Tools/Accessories:  3/16″ Neutrals Brads #119736, Apothecary Accents Framelits #127003, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine #113439, Large Oval Punch #119855, SNAIL Adhesive #104332, Sticky Strip #104294

I hope you enjoyed seeing this Sympathy Card with a more masculine twist.  I will be posting some more cards soon using this same set.  I have needed several sympathy cards recently.  See you again soon.

Jenny

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Milk cartons

I am on my way home from the craft show/flea market at the steam engine/tractor show. It was not what we expected but we definitely had a fun family adventure. Lainy placed 2nd and Micah 4th in their divisions in the pedal tractor pulls. We all won at bingo and the kids found a bunch of treasure in the saw dust pile. We also survived a hail storm with out too much damage to anything. I also managed to get my 3-D project finished enough that I can share it with you.

I started with the Big Shot and the mini milk carton XL die. I have used this die in the past for Christmas and Valentines favors. They are great filled with any kind of candy. What has made today’s project so much fun is the stamp set. It is called Got Treats and is designed to work with the mini milk cartons. I have attempted to use every one of the stamps included in the set and have included options for both male and females. I will admit that I used left over milk cartons from past projects and that is why all the cartons are red or some shade of pink. I did have one white one so that was the lucky carton for St. Patrick’s Day. I am missing the Halloween one. I will get that one finished at some point and time and share that one as well. I am just going to post the pictures and let them speak for themselves.

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This is one side the other side has the words you will see in the next picture.

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The other side of each color is the same as the side you see on the other one. Each carton has an image and the words. The other two sides are blank.

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Notice the different open stamps on the cartons to come.

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This set only uses the words on two sides. I didn’t want to tie these to a specific holiday. In my life people can use a treat most when there is no holiday near by.

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I purposely kept these very simple because I envision these being made for a classroom and a lot of embellishment would be lost on the kids.

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These do not have the words they have the cupcake on two sides opposite each other. The stamp has a top to the cupcake but I used the Cupcake punch and Stampin’ dimensionals to pop the top which is the best part in our house. Also notice the tops are embossed using the big shot and embossing folders.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the possibilities of the Got Treats stamp set as much as I enjoyed making them. See you tomorrow.

Jenny

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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