Cards

Make-it-in-Minutes Thank-You Card

I’m sharing a pretty little card today that you can make in a matter of minutes.  I call it a Make-it-in-Minutes project.  Let’s face it, life is sometimes busy.  Okay maybe life is mostly busy but making one or several of these cards to have on hand is not going to put a huge dent in your schedule.  And imagine the smile it will bring to the faces of the recipients!

The Whisper White Note Cards and Envelopes from Stampin’ Up! is key to giving this project a quick head start.  The All Things Thanks stamp set is a great set to have in your collection.  It’s one you’ll own forever because it can be used over and over again.  That, along with the coordinating inks and Designer Series Paper, make putting this card together a snap!  Here’s my Make-it-in-Minutes video tutorial for the card:

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Paper Pumpkin Sprinkled with Love

Each month in my Paper Pumpkin kit, I receive a brand new exclusive stamp set to add to my collection.  It’s  one of my favorite things about Paper Pumpkin.  Here is a card I created with a stamp and a few left-over embellishments from this month’s kit:

If you’re wondering how I made that little chocolate donut here is a video tutorial:

Card Dimensions:
  • Card base = 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Crumb Cake card stock scored at 4-1/4″ then folded in half on the score line.
  • Donut:  2-1/2″ piece of Chocolate Chip card stock, 2-1/2″ piece of Powder Pink card stock
  • Tag:  1-1/4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Powder Pink card stock, 1″ x 4-3/4″ piece of Whisper white card stock

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If you haven’t heard of Paper Pumpkin, it’s a subscription kit by Stampin’ Up!  With Paper Pumpkin, you’ll save time and money while you build a collection of crafting supplies. Every month you’ll receive a unique stamp set with an ink spot (that won’t repeat a color in a 12-month period). In no time at all, you’ll have a variety of stamps and ink to use on other projects. In addition, your first kit includes a free clear stamping block that you’ll use every month.

Now is a great time to give Paper Pumpkin a try.  First-time subscribers who subscribe by June 10th get the June, July, and August kits at 25% off.  Want to add a little creativity to your life?  Click on the little orange box below to subscribe now and don’t forget to use the promo code STARTHERE to save 25% off!

 

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Envelope Punch Board Envelopes & Liners

In yesterday’s post I shared a 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ square card.  I made a square envelope with a liner that coordinated with my card using the Envelope Punch Board by Stampin’ Up!  I used simple printer paper for the envelope and a piece of Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper for the envelope liner.

Here is a quick video tutorial that includes a tip to estimate what size Designer Series Paper your envelope requires for a liner:

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Stampin’ Up! Banners for You Card

I decided to think outside-the-box today by creating a square card. (Did you see what I did there?)  I’ve been going through my Designer Series Paper listed on the Stampin Up! Retiring List to make room for new, and the beautiful colors and impressionistic style of my selection from the Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper called to me.  The blues and greens in this paper combined with the Island Indigo card base look fantastic!

 

The Delicate White Doily helps to highlight the tag and Detailed Dragonflies, and the Silver Metallic Thread adds more depth and a little shine to the card.  I’ll be posting a video soon on how I created the coordinating envelope.  Subscribe to my YouTube Channel HERE so you don’t miss an episode.

The card has a lot of elements but is actually very simple and quick to put it together.  Here is my video tutorial:

 

 

To create the card base I cut an 8-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ piece of Island Indigo card stock, scored it at 4-1/4″ then folded it in half.  The Designer Series Paper is cut at 4″ x 4″ which means you can make nine of these cards out of one 12″ x 12″ piece of paper!  The “Congrats” tag is stamped onto a piece of 1-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ piece of Whisper White card stock and the dragonflies are cut from a piece of 4-3/4″ x 2-3/4″ piece of Island Indigo card stock.  I cut a piece of 4″ x 4″ piece of Whisper White card stock for the card insert.

 

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Basic Butterfly with Dragonfly Dreams Card

The best part of being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator is the lovely community that we belong to.  I have met so many fantastic people and made some life-long friendships since joining Stampin’ Up! four years ago.  One of those friends, Donna Mack, recently sent me this lovely artisan-styled card for my birthday. The background images from the Basic Butterfly stamp set highlight the die-cut dragonfly perfectly and the metallic thread and sequins add a little shine.  It’s a versatile card that would work for many occasions just by changing up the sentiment.

Basic Butterfly with Dragonfly Dreams Card Recipe


Dimensions:

  • Card Base = 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Old Olive card stock scored at 4-1/4″ then folded in half on score line.
  • Basic Black card stock = 3-3/4″ x 5-1/4″
  • Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack = 1/2″ x 5-1/4″
  • Whisper White card stock:  Card Front = 3-1/2″ x 5″  Dragonfly Image = 3-1/4″ x 3″  Card Insert = 4″ x 5-1/4″

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Stampin’ Up! Reverse Words Card

My inspiration for today’s card came from the 6″ x 6″ Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack from Stampin’ Up!.  Bermuda Bay is one of my favorite Stampin’ Up! colors and having it in glimmer paper is such a treat!  I used the Reverse Words stamp set for the front of the card and Confetti Celebration for the inside.  The sentiments are perfect for any celebration – birthdays, anniversaries, graduations and Fridays just to name a few!

The glimmer paper and Reverse Words stamp set are part of the Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration promotion.  These products, along with a lot of other awesome paper crafting products, are FREE with a $50 Stampin’ Up! Purchase.  Sale-A-Bration ends on March 31st.  You can learn all about Sale-A-Bration HERE.

My video tutorial for this card includes a “masking” technique – watch it here:

 

Reverse Words Card Recipe:

Dimensions:  Card Base = Sweet Sugarplum 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, 4″ x 3″,  Rich Razzleberry 3″ x 4-1/4″, Pink Pirouette 2-1/2″ x 4-1/4″, Sweet Sugarplum Glimmer Paper 2″ x 4-1/4″, Whisper White 4″ x 3″, 4″ x 5-1/4″
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Stampin’ Up Avant Garden Easter Card

During the Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration period, you get a FREE item of your choice for every $50 you spend (before shipping and tax).  It doesn’t get better than FREE, so with just a little over two weeks left for Sale-A-Bration I’ve been playing with products I have earned for FREE during this awesome promotion.

Today’s Easter card was stamped with the Avant Garden stamp set using Peekaboo Peach and Flirty Flamingo inks and coordinating Designer Series Paper.  The sweet ruched ribbon in coordinating Flirty Flamingo ties everything together.  I have a quick tip in the project video that shows how to get that perfect little flat knot in the ribbon

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Avant Garden Easter Card Recipe:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dimensions:

Card Base: 8-1/2” x 5-1/2” piece of Thick Whisper White Card stock scored at 4-1/4”, 2016-2018 In-Color Designer Series Paper Stack: 4” x 5-1/4”, Whisper White Cardstock: 4-3/4” x 3-1/4”
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Totally Trees Card

You are, like totally, going to like this card!

I’m jumping out of my creative box with the card I’m featuring today.  Believe me it wasn’t easy and it took someone else to get me there!  I totally copied my Totally Trees card today from another totally awesome Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, Mary Brown.  I would have never thought to put the colors she used in her card together and the result is amazing!  We made this card in my Fun & Fancy Card Classes this month and it received the most votes for “favorite card”.

16-oct-totally-trees-cardThe card has so much going on but it does not overwhelm.  First of all there are five different colors; some subtle, some bright and some regal, but they all work together.  The wood grain embossed background adds texture and the ribbon adds a little bling and shine to the card.  Not to mention the Totally Trees stamp set which has a pretty artsy, modern feel.  It’s bright and fresh and the kind of card that puts a smile on your face when you see it!

Enjoy the video!  The card dimensions and list of products used are below.

Project Dimensions:

  • Soft Sky Card Stock 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, 4″ x 5-1/4″
  • Rich Razzleberry Card Stock 4-5/8″ x 2-7/8″
  • Whisper White Card Stock 2-3/4″ x 4-1/2″, 4″ x 5-1/4″ (for inside card)

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Totally Trees Photopolymer Stamp Set

$26.00

Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad

$7.00

Wild Wasabi Classic Stampin' Pad

$6.50

Sweet Sugarplum Classic Stampin' Pad

$6.50

Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin' Pad

$6.50

Pool Party Classic Stampin' Pad

$6.50

Soft Sky 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

$8.00

Rich Razzleberry 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

$8.00

Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

$9.00

Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

$7.50

Big Shot

$110.00

3/8" (1 Cm) Glitter Ribbon Combo Pack

$6.00

Stampin' Pierce Mat

$5.00

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Paisleys & Posies Card

The project I’m sharing today is the second in my three-part autumn-themed series.  This card is super simple to make but looks anything but.  With the rich, autumn hued colors and the copper embossed sentiment it’s a classy little card.  I used several products from the Stampin Up! Petals & Paisleys suite featured in the 2016 Holiday Catalog.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Stampin’ Up! really takes the guess work out of coordinating elements for my paper crafting projects.  The problem of gathering pieces for a project that will look great together is handled for me and that rings true for this card.  It took me minutes to design the card and not much more to put it together from start to finish.

I chose to pull out one of the colors from the Petals & Paisleys Designer Series Paper and used Night of Navy for the card base, scallop circle and die-cut flourish.  To take the card up a notch on the fancy scale I used the Delightful Dijon ribbon from the 3/8″ Ribbon Trio Pack and heat embossed the sentiment using Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder.

Enjoy the video and don’t forget to check out card #1 in the series HERE and return on Wednesday for the third card in my Autumn-themed series.

Project Dimensions

  • Night of Navy Cardstock:  8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, 3-1/4″ x 2-1/4″, scrap
  • Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper:  5-1/2″ x 2″
  • Very Vanilla Cardstock:  3-1/4″ x 2-1/4″, 4″ x 5-1/4″

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Big Shot

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Vintage Leaves Card

It was bound to happen and it happened today.  I was forced to turn the furnace on.  Yep, just after firing up the Kuerig this morning I moseyed over to the thermostat and cranked that baby on!  It’s official, Autumn is here.

How appropriate that my card for today’s post just happens to be the first in my three-part series of Autumn-themed cards.  The sentiment comes from the Flourishing Phrases stamp set by Stampin’ Up!  I created it for a sympathy card but it would work for just about any occasion by changing up the sentiment and the Flourishing Phrases set covers most of them.

vintage-leaves-card The maple leaf image from the Vintage Leaves stamp set takes center stage for this card.  I added texture and dimension to the Crushed Curry pennant by running it through the Big Shot using the Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and popped it up on the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon and Linen Thread add even more texture.

Enjoy the video tutorial and don’t forget to check back on Monday for card number two in my Autumn-Themed series.

Project Dimensions:

  • Early Espresso Card Stock:  8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″
  • Very Vanilla Card Stock:  2 pieces 5-1/4″ x 4″ each, 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″
  • Crushed Curry Card Stock:  3-1/2″ x 1/2″

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Big Shot

$110.00

Linen Thread

$4.50

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Totally Trees

16-sep-just-trees-notecardSomeone needs to alert Mother Nature that tomorrow is the first day of fall because it was 94 degrees in Kansas City today! Add the heat index to that and I think it was something link a jilllion and ten outside!  Don’t get me wrong; I dearly love summer, especially after a long grueling winter, but fall must be my spirit season because a perfect day to me is a sunny, 72 degree day with ZERO percent humidity!  I hope I don’t offend, but humidity has to be from the devil!

My card today however doesn’t care what temperature it is outside.  It’s just busting with autumnal mood and color!  I used the Stampin’ Up! Totally Trees stamp set to create this card along with the Chocolate Chip, Delightful Dijon and Cajon Craze inks.  The inspiration behind this card was the little scrap of Petals and Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I absolutely love that paper and only had a few snippets left so I used the left-over scraps to whip up a few of these adorable note cards.

Here’s a quick video tutorial for the card.  If you enjoy it why not slip over to Youtube land HERE and leave a comment?  While you’re there make sure to subscribe to my channel to receive upcoming videos.  Thanks!

Cardstock Dimensions:

        • Very Vanilla 5″ x 7″ scored at 3-1/2″, 3-3/4″ x 2-1/2″
        • Mint Macaron 3-1/4″ x 4-3/4″
        • Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper 3-1/4″ x 1-1/2″
        • Delightful Dijon 3-3/4″ x 2-1/2″

 

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Big Shot

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Glue Dots

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Flourishing Phrases Thank-You Cards

16-AUG-Flourishing-Phrases-NotecardAt the very least I always send a thank-you card to my clients along with every order.  This month I used one of my favorite stamp sets from the new annual catalog, Flourishing Phrases.  This stamp set appealed to me because of the coordinating FlourishThinlits Dies  and I saved 10% by purchasing the stamps with the dies in a bundle.  But what really sold me on this set was that i fell in love with the gorgeous fonts and sentiments in the stamp set.

Flourishing PhrasesAren’t they great?  So much variety making it a great value.  I can use it for so many occasions.  I used the Note Cards & Envelopes from Stampin’ Up! to make my cards which made the project quick and easy. Here is a video tutorial and I’ve listed the supply list along with all dimensions below.

 Card Stock Dimensions 

Dapper Denim:  4-3/4″ x 3-1/4″, 2″ x 2″, Whisper White: 4-1/4″ x 2-3/4″

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Paper & Ink Sketches with The Plaid Poodle

16-JUL-Pop-of-Paradise-Card-with brushI am super excited to announce a new, ongoing feature to my blog called PAPER & INK SKETCHES.  A card sketch is a blueprint that helps determine what direction certain elements should be placed onto a card front. Twice per month I will post a Sketch here along with a card I design using the Sketch as my inspiration.  Each Sketch will have a FREE PDF – one with measurements and one without.  Please feel free to use the Sketch and share your creation on my Facebook Page – The Plaid Poodle – you may win a prize!!!!!  There are no rules when using a Sketch – it’s just a great jumping off point to get the creative juices flowing.  For example, I used the basic layout from Sketch #1 in my card but then added my own interpretation to it. 

Paper & Ink Sketch #116-JUL-Pop-of-Paradise-Card-with brush

View Video Tutorial & Download FREE Project Sheet & PDF’s Here:

PRIZE PATROL!

To kick off PAPER & INK SKETCHES I’m mailing my Pop of Paradise Card from Sketch #1 along with a kit to make your own card to the first person to post their created card on my Facebook Page.


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• Promotion period: July 7–31, 2016
• Redemption period: August 2–31, 2016
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Pop of Paradise Note Cards

Summer has arrived!  Time for flip-flops and tropical drinks with little umbrellas in them!  The Pop of Paradise Stamp Set from Stampin’ Up! is ideal for all our Summer celebrations.  It’s images of flamingos, palm leaves and pineapples remind me of vacations spent at the beach.  Just look at these lush projects from the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog and Idea Book:

141581O1Are you in love?  The projects above are paired with the new Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Specialty Paper.  You just can’t miss with the gold/black/pink combination however I wanted to feature the fabulous new Stampin’ Up! In-Colors for 2016-2018 in today’s post so my project uses those.  I created this sweet little set of 3″ x 3″ note cards using all five of the new colors.

16-JUN-Pop-of-Paradise-NotecardsFrom left to right the new 2016 In-Colors are:  Sweet Sugarplum, Emerald Envy, Peekaboo Peach, Dapper Denim and Flirty Flamingo!  Can you just?  I used the charming pineapple image from the Pop of Paradise Stamp Set for the cards’ focal point and the thank you sentiment is from another new stamp set, Thoughtful Banners.  And, how about those perfectly square and framed layers?  I used the new Layering Squares Framelits along with the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine to cut those out.

Here is a quick video tutorial showing how I put these cuties together:

Dimensions:

  • Card Base:  6″ x 3″ scored at 3″ on the 6″ side
  • Basic Black Layer:  3″ x 3″
  • Whisper White Layer:  2-1/4″ 2-1/4″
  • Whisper White Tag:  1-1/2″ x 3/8″
  • Whisper White Inside Layer:  2-3/4″ x 2-3/4″

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The combination packs of card stock and ink pads for the new In-Colors are linked below but each color can also be purchased alone.  Please visit my STORE HERE to view those.

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Big Shot

$110.00

Timeless Textures Thinking of You Card

16-MAY-Timeless-Textures-CaEverything old is new again.  Just when I get used to skinny jeans the bell-bottoms start creeping back.  I can’t imagine I’ll be getting on that train.  Don’t they say if you lived through a trend once you’re probably too old to give it a go again next time around?  Fortunately some things are timeless and never go out of style.

Speaking of timeless, my card today is made using the Timeless Textures Stamp Set by Stampin’ Up!  This hand-stamped card is shabby chic and modern and colorful all at once!  The stamped images make a super background for the “thinking of you” sentiment, and just like jewelry completes an outfit, the added frills of Silver Thread and Metallic Sequins on this card help make it extra special.

16-MAY-Timeless-Textures-Trim I chose the “thinking of you” stamp from the Sheltering Tree Stamp Set for the sentiment which I heat embossed using VersaMark Ink and White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  The black and white of the sentiment is a contrast to the subtle ink colors of the background making it just pop!  It reminds me of the retro label makers with the plastic tape and rotary dials that I used back in-the-day.   Anyone else remember using one of those?  I think they’re coming back.  Everything old is eventually new again folks!

 

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