Welcome to Kylie Bertucci’s Top Ten Winners Blog Hop. I am one of the lucky winners, because you voted for my card a few weeks ago. So, thank you very much!
The theme for this month is “congratulations,” and today’s card is welcoming a newborn to the family. It’s among the happiest occasions to celebrate, and I love making baby cards.
The stamp set I’m using is Best Bunny, which makes me giggle, since this is a blog “hop.”
Let’s name the bunny Hop Hop, because that’s what my daughter called her first stuffed bunny.
Best Bunny celebrates
I think Hop Hop has stolen my heart. Isn’t he adorable?
The Best Bunny stamp set comes in a bundle with the Bunny Builder Punch, and I saved 10% buying it this way. Actually I was able to get it for FREE, because I used my August coupons. What a deal! I try to take advantage of all Stampin’ Up’s special offers.
I couldn’t wait to punch out the bunny from Thick Whisper White cardstock. Then, using a Sponge Dauber, I brushed the edges with Crumb Cake ink. I set Hop Hop aside while completing the card.
The layout for my card was inspired by this week’s Paper Players sketch.
I created the top, angled section, by sponge daubing Pool Party ink on Whisper White cardstock through a stencil of Delightfully Detailed Laser-cut Paper.
To define the angle, I used Nature’s Twine in Mint Macaron, fraying the ends, and attaching with Tear & Tape.
Hop Hop is my “any shape” in the sketch, and I used dimensionals to make him stand out.
The sentiment, “Hopping by to just say hi,” is in the Best Bunny stamp set, which I stamped in Crumb Cake ink.
I glued the art piece to Mint Macaron cardstock, and glued both to a Pool Party card base.
The envelope is decorated with a 5 3/4 X 2/14″ piece of Subtles 6X6 Designer Series Paper, trimmed to fit. Using the flap as a template makes it easy to trim.
Thanks so much for hopping by. Again, thanks for voting for me, because I love sharing my cards with you. The supplies I used are listed below.
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Thanks so much for visiting today. I’m very honored to be able to share a project with you on Kylie Bertucci’s Blog Hop. Your votes put me in the Top Ten, where we are continuing with the theme of “gifts for teachers.”
The apple has become a traditional teacher’s gift. Although, I’m pretty sure teachers would rather receive a gift card. So, I’ve chosen to use a paper apple on the front of my card that could also hold a gift card inside.
Picked For You
Doesn’t this apple look good enough to eat? The apple was created with a stamp set, Picked For You, that has a four-step stamping process.
I first secured a square of Thick Whisper White cardstock in the corner my Stamparatus, positioning stamp #1 with the stem notch at the top. Stamps #2, #3 and #4 were positioned with #1 as the guide. The ink colors are #1 Real Red, #2 Cherry Cobbler, #3 Lovely Lipstick, and #4 Soft Suede. The stamps are numbered in the stamp set, making it easy to follow.
After inking, I fussy cut the apple with Paper Snips, and used an Aqua Painter to blend the colors together, giving a softer, watercolored look.
My tasty apple needed a background, and I found this photo for inspiration.
I thought the Bokeh Dot stamp would look nice in Granny Apple Green ink. How could I not use this ink with such a perfect name? I also used a stamp from the Swirly Frames stamp set to increase the size, and frame, my Bokeh Dot background. The dimensions worked perfectly, and the Stamparatus insured it would be evenly spaced on the Whisper White cardstock.
The apple tree branch was cut from Soft Suede cardstock, using a a die from Seasonal Layers.
The leaves were created with the Lemon Builder Punch, and the Bokeh Dot stamp. This time, I used Garden Green ink, and punched eight leaves, five for the front, and three for inside.
The circle is a Swirly Frames stamp, stamped in the same Granny Apple Green. The sentiments in the Picked For You stamp set are so appropriate, and cute. I stamped, “You are terrific to the core!” in Soft Suede, as well as “For a special teacher” on the front.
I decorated the envelope with a piece of Designer Series Paper, Under the Mistletoe, which you’ll find in the annual catalog. Red and green is not just for Christmas, right?
Keep scrolling to see the products I used for my teacher’s gift. Please don’t be intimidated by the 4-step stamping in Picked for You. An apple doesn’t have to be exact, it’s very forgiving, and it’s fun!
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Here it is August, and “Back-to-School” time has arrived. Teachers have already been hard at work preparing for the new school year. Kylie Bertucci’s International Highlights will be showing our teachers some love. Stampin’ Up! has the perfect products for making handcrafted cards and small gifts. I’ve chosen to make a thank you card using the Hand Delivered stamp set and the Thank You die.
It’s also time for you to vote for your favorites at Kylie’s Highlights. Clicking on the “Vote for Me” button will take you to the gallery, where I’m #7. Your vote could put me in the Top Ten, where I would be honored to share another teacher inspired project with you in September.
Hand Delivered Thank You
I knew I wanted to use the teacher with her books, and the words Thank You, but I needed a background. Since lined notebook paper screams “school,” I devised an easy way to create it. Using the Stampin’ Up grid pad paper (p.206, #130148) and a ruler, I used a Night of Navy Stampin’ Blends marker to draw straight lines across a piece of 5 1/4″X 4″ Whisper White cardstock.
TIP: Starting your line to the left of the cardstock prevents a blob of ink on the edge.
Next, I used the Thank You die to cut the word from my newly created “notebook paper.”
Then, I glued this to a piece of Whisper White cardstock with identical measurements.
For the eclipse effect, I triple layered “Thank You,” and placed it back in its hole. Also, I saved the three largest cut-out pieces and returned them to their places, trashing the smaller bits. I used a stylus to press the three pieces into place.
Coloring the teacher and her stack of books with Stampin’ Blends was next. I used 13 colors, so didn’t list them individually in my supply list, but they are available at my store. After coloring, the books were hand cut, and raised on dimensionals. The teacher is framed in Night of Navy cardstock, matching the card base.
My teacher is put on a pedestal using Foam Adhesive strips.
The sentiment inside saying, “You are wonderful” matches the cursive in “Thank You,” and expresses how I feel. It’s from the Rooted in Nature stamp set.
For more love, I added three Real Red hearts on the inside, and Real Red heart DSP to decorate the envelope flap.
Thanks so much for visiting my blog today, showing a teacher some love. If you like my project, I’d love for you to vote for it. Have a great day!
Thanks so much for visiting today. I’m honored, once again, to share a project with you on Kylie Bertucci’s Blog Hop. Your votes put me in the Top Ten, where we are continuing with the theme of travel. I left my “ALOHA” card in Hawaii with my daughter and her family. This is us, after church, and before brunch at the Hickam Officer’s Club.
l to r: Neil (hubby), Drake (grandson), Su (me), Katey (daughter), Billy (son-in-law)
If you missed my July entry card, here it is:
Hawaiian ALOHA Lei Handmade Card
My husband and I had a wonderful time in Hawaii, but it’s always good to return home. Returning home, like homing pigeons, is what was in my head when I made today’s card.
I began by using Stampin’ Blends (alcohol markers) to color the wonderful bird from the Serene Garden Bundle. I, first, stamped three birds in Sahara Sand ink on Thick Whisper White cardstock. Homing pigeons are gray, but these birds needed to be pretty, pastel colors.
The Post Script background stamp was perfect for conveying the idea of travel, and flying across the miles. The Post Script is stamped in Sahara Sand ink on Thick Whisper White cardstock, which I layered for thickness before cutting with a Stitched Seasons die.
I backed the Post Script frame with Vellum cardstock, and placed it on a Thick Whisper White card base with Foam Adhesive Strips for dimension. The birds are flying across the card on dimensionals for added 3-D.
Last, but not least, the sentiment. I hunted for a stamp that said, “welcome home,” but didn’t find one in my stash. This lead to getting creative with the Labeler Alphabet stamp set. I used Sahara Sand ink, hand cut the letters, and arranged them to fit the shape of the frame. This stamp set is great for saying exactly what you want to say.
Last March, I posted some tips on making this stamp set easy to use:
Tips on Using the Labeler Alphabet While Vacation Continues
The supplies I used for today’s Traveling Birds card are listed below. I didn’t name the Stampin’ Blend colors, but they are all available, with the exception of Pink Pirouette.
Now it’s time for you to hop along to see the other travel themed projects. I’m excited to see what everyone has made, so I’ll be joining you.
It’s that time again! Time to join in Kylie Bertucci’s International Blog Highlights. And, time for you to vote.
This month’s theme for the gallery is “travel.” The timing is perfect for me, because my husband and I will be flying to Hawaii in less than two weeks. You can see from my entry, I have “Aloha” and leis on my mind.
Hawaiian ALOHA Lei
The first thing that came to my mind was the word, “ALOHA,” carved from Koa wood, the legendary, native Hawaiian wood. I found the letters in the Large Letters die set, and they fit perfectly across a landscape card front. The wood is from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper, and after triple layering the paper letters, they look and feel like real Koa wood.
In addition to Koa wood, you can’t travel to Hawaii without seeing leis. The colors of the glorious flowers is a feast for your eyes. Not to mention the fragrance! Oh my goodness, the fragrance in Hawaii is unforgettable! So, my card has a lei, made with flowers from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set. I stamped the flower in three ink colors: Berry Burst, Rich Razzleberry and Lovely Lipstick. After stamping them on Whisper White cardstock, I cut them with their die from the Bouquet Bunch die set.
I used two of the Layering Oval dies for “stringing” my flowers. Actually, I just attached them to the narrow, die-cut oval with Liquid Glue. I could have glued the flowers directly to the card front, but the oval insured the lei would be the right size and shape.
The background for ALOHA, and my lei is Whisper White, with a 1/16″ border of Garden Green. Garden Green seemed like a natural choice, because of the lush foliage in Hawaii.
The last detail was the three Share What You Love Artisan Pearls. It seemed appropriate, because there’s an abundance of jewelry and gorgeous pearl necklaces wherever you go.
We’ll be visiting our daughter, son-in-law and grandson who live in Hawaii, so this card is for them. I think it’s neat that ALOHA is used when greeting or parting from someone, so you’re never really saying goodbye. The inside sentiment is from the Better Together stamp set. “May life be filled with fond memories,” is especially meant for them.
Thank you for visiting my blog. If you would take a minute to vote for my card, I’d be very grateful. It will give me one more opportunity to share a card with you. ALOHA!
Clicking on this vote button will take you to the gallery. My ALOHA card is in position #5. Thank You!
Thank you for visiting my blog on this very special Blog Hop day. Because you voted for my card last month, I was invited to participate in today’s hop with the continuing theme of “friendship.” Thank you for voting, my friends!
Today’s project is a birthday card, because I send more birthday cards to friends and family than any other kind. And, I’m always needing cards suitable for a man. So, the idea for this card sprang from the Nature’s Poem Suite, which makes wonderful, manly cards.
Nature’s Poem Puzzle Pieces
I first stamped the tree from the Rooted in Nature stamp set, along with the sentiment, “You are wonderful.” Where is the word, “wonderful?” Am I missing some puzzle pieces? Keep scrolling for the answer.
The tree is Tranquil Tide ink, and the sentiment is Soft Suede ink, stamped on Whisper White cardstock.
Before using the Puzzle Pieces die for cutting, I backed the tree and sentiment with an extra piece of cardstock for thickness. The die is a square, and makes sixteen individual pieces, so it’s like a real jigsaw puzzle.
I wanted to give my puzzle a handsome background, and chose a leaf print from Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper. This was layered on Tranquil Tide cardstock, coordinating with a Sahara Sand card base.
The beginning of the sentiment, “You are,” is on the card front. But, you have to open the card to see, “wonderful.” And, there are the four missing puzzle pieces.
I also added “Happy Birthday,” which is from the At Home with You stamp set.
The envelope flap is decorated by stamping a puzzle piece from the Love You to Pieces stamp set.
I’ve always loved jigsaw puzzles, which explains my enthusiasm for this Stampin’ Up! bundle. Click on the link below to see another recent jigsaw puzzle project. The supplies I used for both cards are listed at the bottom of each post.
Jigsaw Puzzle Pieces Love You to Pieces
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