I am back to share with you a useful card for a Graduate. We are always needing to give them money in some form and I have a few graduates to be that will need a gift so I figured I would revamp the gift card holder card I made a few weeks ago. You can see that one here, but check out the new snazzy version:
I always try to make my graduation cards with either the individuals school colors or with fun metallics. I am going to teach some folks how to make this card so I thought it would be best to make is with gold, black and white. When I made this card the first time I used a thin, decorative paper bag as the card holder. This one just has Basic Black Card Stock but I used the same technique. I wanted to have all kinds of fun dimension and texture so I used two kinds of embossing folders, added in the pretty Irresistibly Yours patterned paper and popped up the stars and the sentiment. Hopefully the recipient of my card likes it just as much as the gift in the card holder….okay maybe half as much. 🙂
Yesterday I shared a great gift idea for Mother’s Day, but of course I need a card to go with my gift! I tried something new with this card. Not sure if my term “shadow box” is the most accurate way to describe it, but I think it is pretty close.
A pretty, flowery card perfect for mom. You can see I have the top layer of paper raised up on dimensionals so I can have flowers peeking through underneath. There is a little trick to lining up the flowers on the base layer to peek through the top layer. What I did is first punched out the flowers where I wanted them on the top layer. Then I layed the top layer on the base layer and took a pencil to trace where the outline of the flower would go. That way I can tell exactly where I need to put the stamped flower on the base layer. I believe you could also just stamp on the base layer and then erase the tracing you did as long as you trace lightly. I am sure just a stamped image would look nice on the base layer too. I decided to add a small strip of designer paper and scalloped edge using my Scallop Edge Border Punch (retiring) to give the card more pizzazz. I then added punched out flowers on top randomly until I liked the appearance. I finished of by adding some Pistachio Pudding Thick Baker’s Twine (retiring) and the Best Mother Ever Sentiment from the And Many More stamp set. The sentiment is punched out with the Modern Label Punch (retiring) and the paper used is the Gold Soiree DSP (retiring).
Give this a try with your own punch shapes and see what kind of pretty creations you can come up with!
After reviewing the retired list Stampin’ Up! came out with this week I realized I have a fair number of sets that are retiring. I also have some punches, paper, and ribbon that are all going too. I likely won’t be able to keep all my retired items because I need to get some of the new stuff too (I use the word need loosely). Knowing some of my favorite items will be going away it seemed like a good time to find ways to use things up for a good cause. I remembered seeing some fun ideas over at Stamping School about making a set of cards to give to someone as a gift with an adorable box in which to to house the cards. What a great way to use up some of my paper and have a gift ready to go. I found the perfect set for this project. It is the Label Love stamp set since it has most of the major occasions included in the set. It also has a matching punch which makes it quick and easy to use. Here is my gift set:
I chose to use the Park Lane DSP(retiring) for this set. I really believe that each of Stampin’ Up’s Designer Series Paper packs can be used for many occasions. This is well demonstrated here as I was able to make a birthday card, wedding card, baby card, thank you card and a general use card all from the same paper pack. Here are some close up pictures so you can see the detail of the cards and the box better:
My favorite is the wedding card. I normally would not think to use this green with a wedding card but I think it sure turned out pretty. I used that pretty Irresistably Yours white paper that was part of Sale-A-Bration as the bottom layer for these two cards rather than making it embossed. The Label Love set(retiring) does not have a Thank You Sentiment so I used the blank stamp that comes in the set and a thank you sentiment in the Petite Pairs set and then punched it out with my one inch circle punch as that fits perfectly with this stamp. All of the sentiments from Label Love are punched out with the Artisan Punch (retiring) and layered with the smallest die from the Labels Collection Framelits (retiring).
I wanted to be sure and make the cards very simple for two reasons. First, you never know if people receiving this as a gift like busy or simple so it is safest to go with simple. Second, I wanted it to fit nicely in my box and also have room for the envelopes. It definitely fits great as you can see here:
I have five envelopes at the bottom of the cards in this picture.
Now just a little more info about the box. This box was made to fit A2 cards or 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 cards. To make the top you need to cut your paper at 6 3/4 x 8. Then you score at 1 inch on all four sides. The base takes a slight smaller measurement to ensure the top slides on well. The measurement for the bottom is 6 5/8 x 7 7/8. Once you have the bottom cut you should also be able to score it at 1 inch on all four sides and they will match up. After you have scored you will have to snip a small portion of the score line on the lengthwise part of the paper. See below:
Hopefully this helps it to make sense. Once you made your four snips you can just adhere each side with glue so the tabs go in the box. I used Tombow Multi-Liquid glue. You could use what you like, just be sure it is is strong! I am not sure the Tombow snail will hold…
For the top decoration I just chose more of the paper I liked and added ribbon and flowers to make it pretty.
I am going to give this gift set to my Mother-n-Law as an add on for a Mother’s Day gift. I sure hope she likes it!
I am always super busy on Tuesdays with my job so I don’t get on here as early as I hope to, but none the less I have much to share with you!
Before I share all the news, how about I share a card? Mother’s day is coming so I have been trying to make some mother’s day cards so I would be ready to go. I have been wanting to work with a watercolor look and I came up with this!
The background paper used was some of the Watercolor paper. To make the “paint swoosh” appearance I used the Aqua Painters and various inks to get the effect. I am certainly no artist, so I just swiped the brush across with my three colors used till I liked the look. The watercolor paper is great for this as it really stands up to the water being used. I wanted to use some more of the Gold Soiree Paper and therefore I pulled from that set to choose my other main colors: Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding and Gold. I also did some wet embossing both with gold and white powders. The stamp set used is Hello Darling for the flowers and faux sequins and the sentiment came from the And Many More set.
Over at Paper Players the current challenge is to use watercolor and make it CAS (Clean and Simple). I am going back on forth on whether or not this is a CAS card, but I am going to go with it and enter it into the challenge.
Now on to the news… I will start by saying nearly everything I used to make this card is going away…. that is because the Stampin’ Up! Retired list came out today!
Yes the Hello Darling Stamp Set is on the list to be retired, as well as the In colors I used to make this card. You can see the whole list by clicking on the retired list banner above. It is always sad to see some of my favorites go, BUT I do get a little excited about all the new stuff to come too!
Here is even a cute video of some of the adorable things leaving the catalog:
The new catalog will go live June 2. 2015 but Demonstrators to get a month long preview and I plan to get some goodies and share some of the new stuff with you as soon as I can!
Next item is the weekly deals. Here they are:
I also need to tell you that the Butterfly Dies from the Occasions Catalog are now once again available to be ordered. In fact, Stampin’ is offering some extra deals to make up for the time they were unable to be ordered. Here is how the deal works:
From the day Butterflies Thinlits are again available through April 30, there are two special offers:
I was out of town yet again and just could not get to my blog for posting. But, I am finally back at my craft desk creating something to share with you. I decided to try the sketch part of the Fusion challenge. For some reason I had hearts on my mind even though it is not Valentines day. But really, if you need to say I love you to someone hearts are always in fashion! Here is my card:
Here is the Sketch I followed:
I only used the sketch part because I could not seem to come up within something I liked with flowers and the colors pink and blue this week.
This was a very simple card to make using the Groovy Love, Snuggles and Smooches, Pictogram Punches and Dotty Angles stamp sets. I love when I get to use a bunch of my stamps sets together to make something cute. Not sure if you can see it, but I also used the Epoxy Itty Bitty Accent Heart Stickers on the I love you and another small one in one of the larger hearts. They look really cute on the card, but don’t show up all that well in pictures.
I hope to be able to share some more fun creations this week, if my work life affords me the time.