Make a Medallion!

Good morning!

I hope that everyone had a fantastic weekend!

I am not sure if you have heard, but Stampin’ Up has released three new Sale-A-Bration items! They are SO good!!!!!

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In addition to the other awesome offerings, you can now get any of these three for FREE with any $50 purchase! Don’t think you can only purchase from the Occasions catalog to take advantage, you can order from the Annual catalog, the Clearance rack on the website too! ANYTHING you order counts!

Now, last week I had the Make a Medallion in my hands and I wanted to play. Didn’t have much time, so just play I did!

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Even for me, these are really simple. But I just wanted to get a bit inky before bed and didn’t have anything specific in mind.

What I ended up doing was stamping both of the medallion images with Versamark onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock, then heat embossing with Crystal Clear ep.

I then inked up my Sponge Brayer with Sweet Sugarplum ink, and went over the Whisper White cardstock until it was covered.

*Tip- When doing this, don’t go over the same spot over and over. Vary the rolling, otherwise you will end up with lines. 

I used a piece of paper towel, and buffed off the image, removing the ink from the embossed image. I love this “embossed resist” technique!

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know that I have mentioned turning a dye based ink into one that can be heat embossed. Typically dye based inks (such as Stampin’ Ups, with the exception of the craft ink) dry too quickly to be heat embossed. But an easy trick solves this issue!

Just tap your stamp into Versamark BEFORE you tap it into your dye ink. It won’t ruin your dye ink, I promise!

Stamp it as usual, then sprinkle on your embossing powder, heat, and Viola! Your dye ink is now heat embossed!

That is exactly what I did for the Thanks, tapped it into Versamark, then Sweet Sugarplum ink. I used Clear ep to heat emboss it.

Fun idea right?

I applied the medallion to a card made with Sweet Sugarplum cardstock, and a 2.75″ x 5.5″ strip of Whisper White cardstock. I applied a piece of Stampin’ Up’s beautiful ruched Sweet Sugarplum ribbon under it. The medallion was adhered using Dimensionals.

Like I said, simple card, but it has a couple of fun techniques!

Have a great day!

One card- Two ways!

Good morning!

Hope everyone is having a great week and has fantastic plans for the weekend!

Recently I was checking out another bloggers website- Jennifer McGuire. Anyone know her? She does amazing things!!!! I always find inspiration from her.

Well, she posted a great card with a fun fold that I hadn’t tried before, so I decided to give it a go.

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It doesn’t look like much (especially on the white background. Oops! Sorry about that!!). But trust me, it is interesting!

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How fun!

It is really easy to do as well 🙂

  • Trim 1 piece of cardstock to 4.25″ x 11″, scoring at 5.5″ to make a top folding card.
  • Trim another piece of cardstock to 4.25″ x 7.5″, scoring at 2″.
  • Choose your stamps, I used the Special Reason set.
  • Stamp your first image about an inch up from the bottom of your 4.25″ x 5.5″ card.
  • Create a mask for the image (easy way to do this is by stamping the image onto a Post-It or a piece of Post-It tape, then trimming out).
  • Apply the mask you just created over your image on your card front.
  • Choose your next stamp and stamp right over the mask, again leaving about an inch blank at the base of the card.
  • Keep adding masks to your image, and layering your stamped images.
  • (In my example, I first stamped the large flower, masked it, then stamped the smaller flowers. I kept the mask on the large flower & created 2 more masks of the smaller flowers and put them on the card front, then I stamped the leaves.)
  • After I peeled off the masks, I was left with a pretty little flower grouping!
  • Using my paper snips, I fussy cut along the bottom border, removing that inch that I mentioned leaving blank.
  • Set the card front aside and pick up your other piece that is trimmed to 4.25″ x 7.5″.
  • Choose a sentiment stamp, and stamp it at the top of the 2 inch fold, as show in the photo above.
  • Apply adhesive to the back of the card that has the flowers stamped on it, and carefully adhere it to the *inside* of the piece that has the sentiment in it. They should line up easily.
  • *TIP! Use liquid glue here, you are able to slide the card around a bit to make sure that your placement is perfect before it adheres. I know some don’t like liquid glue because it can leave “lines” that are visible through your card. You can avoid this by using only a small amount of adhesive. You don’t need much at all. If you use a Tape Runner, Fast Fuze, etc, and you put the card down incorrectly, you will need to peel up the card, possibly causing creasing/damage to your card.
  • Your card is done! Easy right??

Now, after I put this card together, I used the Fine Tip Glue Pen to put down random dots of adhesive, here and there around the flowers. I tried, but you can’t really see them in the images above. But this adhesive is a perfect little accent. It is easily buildable & dries crystal clear.

The next day I was looking at the card again. While I liked it, I wanted to do something more with it.

So I came up with this!

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The card base was done the exact same way as the one above. Except this time I didn’t do any stamping or masking!

I die cut the outline of the flowers using Gold Foil cardstock, then die cut the solid flowers using coordinating colors (Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, and Garden Green). I then adhered the gold outlines to the solid images. Now, while the leaves have the outline dies, they don’t have the solid coordinating images. So I just adhered the outlines to a piece of Garden Green cardstock, then fussy cut around the outline. Easy!

I adhered the flowers and leaves down, then as I did above, I fussy cut along the edges of the flowers.

I also added a few drops of adhesive from the Fine Tip Glue pen on this one. If you look at the first picture, you might see a few shadowy circles. Those are the drops of adhesive 😉

At the last minute, I added a sweet little bow to the card. I love the way that it finished it off. Added bonus is that the bow helps to hold the card closed!

This is such a fun style of card, unexpected and interesting 🙂

What do you think? If you have any questions, please let me know!

Have a great day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Good morning and Happy Valentine’s Day!!

As promised yesterday, I want to share a fun card idea with you all. This is so easy, and so much fun!

Outside of the card…

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Inside…

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The back…

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Simple!!!!

Die cut 4 circles from DSP, in any size of your choosing. I used the largest scalloped one that I had.

Fold each circle in 1/2. You don’t even need to use your scoring tool, just fold it in half, making sure the edges meet up.

Open each circle up and adhere the 4 pieces together, using a bit of strong adhesive on just the 1/4 edge where it overlaps. The easiest way to do this is place one circle flat on your table with the fold line straight up and down. Take your next piece and place it so that the fold line is left to right, forming a 90 degree angle between the

Fold down each flap, and there ya go!

It doesn’t necessarily need the piece on the back, but I thought that it looked more finished this way 🙂

This is my card for my husband, hope he likes it!!

On a side note, I thought that I would share a funny picture. My mom’s dog, Bella, and my dog are best buddies. They always get excited when you tell them they get to see each other.

Last week my mom was over for some stamp time. Opie has a dog bed down there, and I also keep a blanket for the dogs. Typically one is in the bed and the other is on the blanket.

I looked over, and apparently Bella felt that Opie needed to share the bed this time!

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Poor Opie! He got up and let Bella have the bed a minute or two after this lol

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I don’t think Bella cares that she doesn’t quite fit! lol

I hope you all have a wonderful day and a very happy Valentine’s Day!!!!!

 

 

Thank You!

Good morning!!!!

Hope everyone had a great weekend! We sure did. I am finally feeling 100%, which is cause enough to celebrate. Saturday evening we had a bunch of friends over for cards. So much fun!!! I love entertaining, especially when it is low key like it was on Saturday 🙂

Gotta say though, I can’t hang like I used to!! I don’t know if it is my age, the fact that I am pregnant, or both. But whoa! Went to bed about 12:30 Sat night/Sunday morning, didn’t wake up until 10:30, and still needed a nap by 2!

Anyway! Recently I was playing So Very Much, one of the Sale-A-Bration sets, and had so much fun with it! Incredibly simple technique that was shared with the demonstrators from the Stampin’ Up home office, but I love it!

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See the drop shadow under the sentiment?

It is a breeze to create!! I inked up my stamp with Mint Macaron, stamped it off once onto a scrap piece of paper, then stamped it onto my card panel. I then inked my stamp again with Island Indigo, and stamped it onto my card panel, slightly up and to the left of my original sentiment. This is best done using our Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, or another stamp positioning tool.

This card came together so easily and is perfect to have on hand for when it is needed!

I will be back tomorrow to share a FUN Valentine’s Day card I created! So simple, but so impressive. You will love it!

Have a wonderful day!!!

Down for the count…

Good afternoon!

This is a quickie for you all today. I went to the doctor this morning, thinking I had a sinus infection. Nope! I’m glad to say that I don’t!  What I do have though is strep throat. Lovely!!

Hopefully you can give the lack of  real post today, in light of the fact that I’m laying in bed in my jammies, typing this one handed to keep Opie quiet. I’m not normally home during the day. I’m thinking he feels that since I’m home it must be play time lol

I will be back in a day or two with some fun new things I’ve been working on. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with this!

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