I’m still loving this deer from the Dashing Deer stamp set, and the way it cuts out easily with its Detailed Deer die. This deer is stamped in Soft Suede Ink on Crumb Cake Cardstock, and layered for thickness.
Since the deer wanted to be camouflaged, I let her blend in with a Crumb Cake background, layered on a Cherry Cobbler card base. The Cherry Cobbler matches a rectangle of Wrapped In Plaid 6X6 Designer Paper, and the scalloped border around the oval sentiment.
The sentiment, “Merry Christmas,” is from the Perfectly Plaid stamp set, stamped in Soft Suede Ink on Crumb Cake Cardstock, like the deer.
Layering Oval dies were used for cutting, then the sentiment was placed on Dimensionals.
A strip of Burlap Ribbon is underneath the sentiment, adhered with a piece of Tear & Tape. If you aren’t familiar with Tear & Tape, you can click on the picture in my Product List. It’s a strong adhesive, and works well with ribbon.
The wood textured rectangle is a piece of Pressed Petals Designer Paper, adding to the rustic flavor of the card.
Today’s design was inspired by Freshly Made Sketches.
This may end up being a card I make in quantity, since it would be fairly easy to duplicate. I would love to have my Christmas cards made before November. We’ll see!
Thanks for visiting! Have a wonderful day!
Today’s card is showing the versatility of the Playful Penguins stamp set.
The adorable penguins are beautifully sketched, and the stamp set has sentiments for Christmas, New Year’s, and friendship cards.
If you’d like to see details of two, Playful Penguins Christmas cards, click on their pictures below my Product List.
I began by stamping two of the penguins from the Playful Penguins stamp set in Memento Black Ink on Whisper White Cardstock. I also stamped the scarf from the set in Balmy Blue Ink, and Granny Apple Green Ink. After fussy-cutting, I glued the scarves to the penguins, and placed my smartly dressed animals on Dimensionals.
The background is Whisper White Cardstock with the top half embossed by the Eyelet Lace embossing folder, and the bottom half by the Subtle Textured embossing folder.
TIP:I did the top half first, and ran it through the embossing machine a second time for the bottom half.
The Freshly Made Sketches challenge gave me the idea of half n’ half embossing for the background.
And, the snow drift provides suitable waves for this week’s CAS(E) this sketch.
The snow drift was cut with a die from the Magnolia Memory set. You just never know where you’ll find a snow drift!
“Always by your side,” stamped in Balmy Blue Ink, fit perfectly, right between the friends.
Thank you for visiting my blog today. The penguins will be available September 4th, but everything else in my Product List is available today. Thanks for shopping!
I’ve been wanting to make a “happy birthday to you” card with “HB2U,” so today is the day, with some changes!
Because I’m committed to using current, Stampin’ Up! product, my lettering is from the Hand-Lettered Prose Die Set, and I’m using small letters, along with “to” instead of numeral “2.”
happy birthday to you (h-b-to-u)
The card base is Thick Whisper White Cardstock, as well as the next layer, which is cut with the largest, Rectangles Stitched Die.
The next layer is hexagon patterned, See A Silhouette DSP, cut with the third largest Rectangles Stitched Die.
Here’s where the “partial eclipse” comes into play. I used an identical piece of DSP to cut the letters, so they would match the pattern, and “disappear.” I could have used the same piece of DSP, but realized the squares were a bit too small to cover the “cut-outs.” Oops!
I triple layered the letters with Thick Whisper White Cardstock, so they would have nice dimension.
TIP: Refer to the catalog for identifying the letters. It can be tricky when you first start using them.
I’m calling it a “partial eclipse,” because I made frames with a Stitched Shapes Die and Layering Squares Die, for the “h-b-to.”
This week’s Freshly Made Sketches was my inspiration, and definitely a challenge.
I made it more difficult than it had to be, but a fun process. It’s funny that this is one of my shortest Product Lists! This is a great sketch, and I’m already thinking of other ways to use it. Have a wonderful day!
Today’s card has lots of white space (literally), a carved heart and tiny foil dots.
Carved Wood Heart
This week’s Freshly Made Sketch was my inspiration.
I began with a Thick Whisper White card base, layered with Whisper White that I cut with the largest Stitched Rectangles Die.
The heart was cut with a Be Mine Stitched Die from wood (it’s really paper) in the Pressed Petals Designer Series Paper pack.
When my husband saw this card, he said, “Nice card, is it for me?” So, this qualifies it as a masculine card, and my theory holds true: anytime wood is used, it’s a masculine card.
Beneath the heart is a branch, cut with a die from In the Woods, a carry-over set from last season’s Holiday Catalog.
The dots are made with the Handheld 1/16th Inch Punch and Noble Peacock Foil Sheets, which comes in the three colors you see in the dots.
TIP: The dots are saved within the punch, so they don’t pop all over your work space. Place a tiny pin dot of glue where you want a dot. Then, pick up the dot, put it on the glue, and tap gently with a pin. Reading glasses help!
My clean & simple, masculine card, is complete, with a sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings, and cut with a Merry Christmas Label Die.
Thank you for stopping by! Have a great day!
1/16 Inch Handheld Circle Punch
There are so many flowers to choose from, but once again, I find myself using Stampin’ Up’s Medium Daisy Punch. Today the daisies are punched from solid, Whisper White Cardstock, with amazing, Perennial Essence Floral Centers. Yes, they are really fuzzy!
For the background, I created a brick wall, using the “eclipse” technique. I began with a piece of Whisper White Cardstock, which I embossed with the Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing Folder.
Before embossing, I inked the embossing folder with Crumb Cake Ink, which gives the bricks this nice, mottled look.
TIP: Rinse the ink from the embossing folder with water and dry. This will prevent transferring the ink to future projects.
Next, I used a Stitched Rectangles Die, making two cuts from the wall. The two rectangles are layered with cardstock for thickness, lifted on dimensionals, and placed back in their holes without disturbing the pattern of the wall. So, they are hidden, but raised, which is the “eclipse” technique.
The brick wall is adhered to a Crumb Cake card base.
The green foliage was made with Pear Pizzazz Cardstock and a Tropical Die.
“Hello” is from the Free As A Bird Stamp Set, stamped in Soft Suede Ink, and cut with a Merry Christmas Label Die. This is a wonderful die for small sentiments in small spaces.
The layout is from Freshly Made Sketches. Challenges are a great source of inspiration.
Thank you for visiting! You should give the eclipse technique a try. It’s really fun!
You’ll find the ingredients for today’s card in my Product List below. Clicking on the pictures takes you to my store for shopping. Thank you!
For today’s project, I decided to make my first, square card, 4 1/4″ X 4 1/4″. And, why not keep it clean & simple?
Circle in a Square
The challenge at Freshly Made Sketches was my inspiration.
After cutting the Thick Whisper White, card base, I cut a 4″ X 4″ square from regular Whisper White cardstock for layering. Before gluing it to the card base, I wrapped a piece of Flax Ribbon around the middle, adhering it with Tear&Tape.
Keeping it simple, I used a Layering Circles Die to cut a circle from the beautiful Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper. Then, I cut a slightly larger, scalloped circle, from Soft Suede Cardstock to give the circle of DSP a border. This was fastened in the middle of my square, card front, with Dimensionals.
For the sentiment, I used “hello” from the Free As A Bird stamp set, stamped in Soft Suede Ink, and cut with the smallest, Stitched Nested Label Die. I placed it on Dimensionals, and my square, clean & simple, card was complete.
I’ll be making more square cards, and this size is really nice, because it fits in our medium envelopes.
Thank you for stopping by today. Keep scrolling to see the supplies I used in my Product List, and please enjoy shopping in my store!