Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Just Keep Swimming

I finally got to play with my Happy Whale Clearlits Die.  I wanted to do a pod of whales and a school of fish.  While I was making the card I kept hearing Dori singing "just keep swimming, just keep swimming..." and that's how I came up with the sentiment.  Finding Nemo is one of my favorite animated movie.

I started with a marina mist card stock for my base card,  The panel is vanilla.  I sponged baja breeze and marina mist ink all over the panel.  I die cut the whales with the Happy Whale Clearlits Die using Print Poetry Designer Papers.  Then I took strips of patterned paper and die cut the fishes using the same clearlits die.  I glued the fishes and the polka dot whale onto the panel .  The green whale was on single dimensionals and the blue whale was on double dimensionals

The sentiment was stamped with marina mist ink using the new photopolymer stamps called Designer Type that Stampin'Up is currently market testing.  These are the new completely clear stamps from SU.  I love them!!!  Can't wait to see more clear stamps in the future.

This card also makes me smile, just like the Henry Says card.  Hope it made you smile too!

Until the next post..........



Sunday, March 24, 2013

Remake Sunday - Bitty Butterflies

Welcome to another Remake Sunday!  The original card was from a stamping class I did in February 2007 and posted HERE.

My remake is quite simple and easy to make.  Instead of heat embossing I opted for dry embossing this time around.  Not only is dry embossing quicker than heat embossing, the use of punches really sped up the making of this card.  I love the bitty butterfly punch.

The base card is cherry cobbler and the main panel is very vanilla.  I punched crumb cake card stock with the 1-1/4 scallop punch.  Then I dry embossed them using the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder.  The butterflies were punched with the bitty butterfly punch using patterned papers from the Print Poetry Designer Paper Stack.  Instead of hemp twine, I used baker's twine in cherry cobbler.  The sentiment is from a retired stamp set called Faith in Nature and was stamped in cherry cobbler ink.  I added the pearls and it's done!.

Hope you like this version.  Until next time............



Sunday, March 17, 2013

Remake Sunday - Henry Says

I am starting a regular feature on my blog called Remake Sunday where I CASE myself and remake an old card using new supplies.

The original card was uploaded HERE in 2006 if you want the details.

This tine around I'm using the stamp set Henry Says from Stampin'Up's Spring Catalog.  The colors are cherry cobbler, baja breeze and soft suede.  The card base is cherry cobbler card stock and the panel is baja breeze card stock.  I used the 1-3/4" circle punch to make the round "window".  I stamped the sentiment, birds and hearts from the Henry Says stamp set in cherry cobbler ink.  I used cherry cobbler baker's twine for the bow (see photo for placement).  I mounted the panel on the base card using dimensionals.

I stamped the elephant on a piece of designer paper from the Print Poetry DSP stack using soft suede ink.  I fussy cut him and added a black rhinestone for his eye.  I added adhesive on the back and inserted him in the "window".  I made this the last step so I can position him perfectly with the tip of his trunk right on the hearts like he's blowing heart bubbles.

Isn't that a fun card image?  So playful, I love how it turned out.

Hope you enjoyed today's card.  Until next time.............



Saturday, March 16, 2013


Enough girly stuff for now.  This card is for a little 14-year old boy's birthday.  Well, he's not so little anymore.  He's actually over six feet tall!  They grow up so fast.

Quick and easy card to make.  My base is midnight muse card stock.  I sponged the top half of the white panel with marina mist ink for the background.  I added a strip of designer paper on the bottom and stamped the sentiment with midnight muse ink.  The pinwheels were die cut with the Pinwheel Sizzlits S Die using my new favorite paper, Print Poetry Designer Series Paper Stack!

I need more boys birthday cards.  Somehow I never have enough of these on hand.  That's a hint of what you'll see in the coming posts.

Thanks for stopping by today.



Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Dress Up Framelits

Today I’m sharing the rest of the dress form cards I made this past weekend. Just like the card from the last post, I worked with the dress form first and then came up with the layout after the dress form was completed.

The colors on the first card are crumb cake, vanilla, pretty in pink and raspberry ripple. I die cut two dress forms – one using First Edition DSP and the other one using vanilla cardstock. I pasted the die cuts together to make the dress form sturdier. I sponged pretty in pink ink all over the die cut but I wasn't getting the intensity I wanted so I dragged the ink pad directly on the paper. I added the pearl necklace and placed the rose on top.

The card base is crumb cake. The panel is vanilla embossed with Framed Tulip EF and sponged all over with soft suede ink. I added the scalloped lace ribbon from the Artisan Embellishments Kit and tape a strip of Print Poetry DSP on top of the lace. The sentiment was stamped with raspberry ripple ink and punched with the jewelry tag punch and added the linen thread to the tag.  One thing I would change on this card is the pearls, I should have colored them so they're not too white.

The colors on the second card are old olive, raspberry ripple and vanilla. I also started with the die cut dress form on this card and assembled it like the others. Using the direct to paper technique, I dragged the old olive ink pad across the dress form. I used a sponge to even out the color. I love how you can change the look of the First Edition DSP by using the direct to paper technique. I added the double bow ribbon made with satin stitched ribbon in raspberry ripple.

The base for this card is old olive card stock dry embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder. I die cut Print Poetry DSP and vanilla card stock using the Labels Collection Framelits. I sponged old olive around the edges of the vanilla cardstock and glued it on top of the DSP. I added the regal rose lace ribbon from the Artisan Embellishments kit across the die cut labels. The sentiment is the same as the previous card. 

I hope you enjoyed looking at these cards as much as I enjoyed making them. I just love how they turned out. And if you’re wondering how I made the small double loop bows, stay tuned, I will post the instructions as soon as I get a chance to document the whole process.

Thanks for stopping by today. Until the next post ……………..  



All supplies used are from Stampin'Up.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Dress Up

I didn't get to play or do anything crafty at all last week but I made it up this weekend! I knew I wanted to play with the Dress Up Framelits so that’s where I started. Once again, I’m using the First Edition Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I love this paper and I can't stop using it.

I die cut two dress forms – one using First Edition DSP and the other one using vanilla cardstock. I pasted the die cuts together to make the dress form sturdier. I stamped the flowers and leaves from the You Are Loved stamp set using regal rose and old olive inks. I sponged soft suede ink all over the form and added the double bow accent.

The base card is crumb cake. The large panel, also in crumb cake, was dry embossed using Square Lattice Embossing Folder and sponged with soft suede ink all around. The garden green panel was distressed with a distressing tool. The sentiment from the Create A Cupcake stamp set was stamped in soft suede. The lacy ribbons and button are part of the Artisan Embellishment kit. The butterfly was punched with Bitty Butterfly Punch.

I’m quite happy with the results. And once I got it done, I was ready for the next one.

I'll post the others as soon as I get a chance.  Until then..............  



All supplies used are from Stampin'Up

Monday, March 4, 2013

Feeling Sentimental

Today I'm sharing a card made with the Feeling Sentimental clear stamp set (Item #129630).  This set is one of the free items you can get during Stampin'Up's Sale A Bration (SAB) event which will end on March 22, 2013.  I didn't think I'd like this set but it was actually very versatile and easy to work with.

I started with a Pool Party card stock for the base card.  I matted a piece of First Edition Specialty DSP on a piece of vanilla card stock.  The Ferris wheel was stamped in Early Espresso ink and sponged with Pool Party and Soft Suede inks and then framed with an oval scallop die cut from Crumb Cake card stock. The sentiment is from the Perfectly Penned clear stamp set  (Item #122892) and was stamped with Pool Party ink.  The button is from the Sycamore Street Ribbon and Button Pack (Item #130812), another free item from SAB.

Thanks for stopping by today.



NOTE:  All item numbers referred to are current Stampin'Up products as of this posting.