Alex’s Birthday Card

As we adjust to social distancing and a change in our routines, my focus has been on family so my posts have been few.  It’s not that I’ve not had intentions to share projects with you but my mind has been elsewhere.  I’m sure many of you can relate.  Even though my posting has not been timely, I have found refuge in my craft space.  For me, it’s relaxing and a great respite from the virus news each day.  I hope you’re able to set aside time from your day to enjoy your crafting endeavors.  Be sure to share how you’re coping in the comment section at the end of the blog.

Remember a few weeks ago, I said “March Madness” was coming?  Well, we’re in the midst of a slew of March birthdays.  The most recent to celebrate is my grandson, Alex, who turned 11.  So, today I’m sharing Alex’s birthday card.  He’s a budding musician and eclectic music lover. When I saw the Music From The Heart Stamp Set in the Mini Catalog, I knew it would be perfect to use when making cards for Alex.  One of the instruments that Alex plays is the guitar so I used a couple of the stamps from the set to create a guitar for his card.  A Night of Navy color scheme was chosen so it would have a masculine feel.  

Music Birthday Card

Alex’s Birthday Card Details:
  • Starting with a 4-1/4″ x 11″ piece of Night of Navy cardstock, score at 5-1/2″ and fold to create the card base. 
  • Cut a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ Night of Navy striped paper from the Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper.  Attach to the Night of Navy card base.
  • Create layers three (3) and four (4) by use the Stitched Rectangles Dies to cut a piece of Night of Navy cardstock and a piece of Whisper White cardstock. 
  • Create a guitar by stamping with the Music From the Heart stamp set and Night of Navy Classic Stampin’ Pad.  Stamp the “you rock” onto the card referring to photo for approximate placement. 
  • The word “grandson” is stamped using the Make a Difference Stamp Set onto a scrap of Whisper White cardstock.  After stamping, cut around the word and attach to top card layer using Stampin’ Dimensionals. 
  • With the music note stamps, ink the stamps and stamp off twice before randomly stamping music notes onto the card front layer around the guitar.  By stamping off, the guitar stands out more.  Also use the music notes to stamp the envelope – no need to stamp off for the envelope.
  • Attach the top layer to the Navy Stitched Rectangle using adhesive.  Add to the card base using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • For the interior, Happy Birthday and a musical note scale is stamped to complete the card theme.

Interior of Music card

According to Alex, “the card was cool”. Which is his way of saying he liked the card!  

Reminder only one week remains…

Sale-a-bration continues until March 31, 2020.  With qualifying purchases of $50 or more (before shipping & taxes), you can order FREE product.  Check out the Sale-a-Bration brochure under the Catalog link.  Note: the Metallic Baker’s Twine and Sequins Combo Pack (Item #152314), the Kerchief Card Kit and the Golden Honey Specialty Designer Paper (Item #152311) have sold out.  New items have been added so be sure to take advantage of ordering the FREE items before the end of this month.  As a reminder, Sale-a-Bration brochure product quantities are limited and may run out before the end of the promotion.

Thank you for stopping by today.  Hoping you stay healthy! 

Project Materials:  (click on link to order)

The Host Code for March is F99S6GD4 Please use Host Code only if your order is less than $150.  If your order exceeds $150, you will receive the host rewards!  Prior to completing your order, you will have the opportunity to enter the code into the space for the Host Code.  Thank you!

Sending Flowers

Have you seen the Coordination Product Release from Stampin’ Up?  Today, I am sending flowers featuring the Sending Flowers Dies from the Coordination Product Release.  In addition, you’ll also see use of the Special Day Dies from the product release.  The Coordination Product Release features items which coordinate with products from Sale-A-Bration as well as the January-June 2020 Mini Catalog.  I’ll add the link below so you can check out the products available but first onto the card. 

The beauty of the Sending Flowers Dies is the main die featuring a field of flowers which creates the focal point for a card.  You can cut your cardstock, add color on the flowers, attach to a card base, add a sentiment banner and you’re done!  And if you want, add an extra touch or two.  Look closely at the card below.  Notice the mouse in the field of flowers.  I couldn’t resist placing the mouse in the flowers…it’s so darn cute!  The Special Days Dies coordinate with the Special Someone Stamp Set making it easy to stamp and cut the mouse.  Just a note, the Coordination Product Release ends on March 31, 2020, so you’ll want to place your order soon!

Coordination Product Release

 

Card Details:
  1. Create a card base using Coastal Cabana cardstock (8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, score at 4-1/4″ and fold).  
  2. Next, add a layer of the gingham check (4″ x 5-1/2″) from the Pleased As Punch Designer Series Paper. (this is another Coordination Product Release!)
  3. Use the large circle flowers die in the Sending Flowers Dies to cut a 4″ x 4″ piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Color the stems of the flowers using the Old Olive Stampin’ Blends. TIP:  Color up into the flower petal to ensure that each stem is completely colored when you add the flowers. Cut a variety of flowers from cardstock using the flower dies in the set.  The cardstock colors on the card above are: Daffodil Delight, Highland Heather, Blushing Bride and Calypso Coral.  Another tip: this is a great way to use your scraps of cardstock!  After cutting the flowers, attach to the flowers on the stems using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  
  4. Cut a 3-7/8″ x 3-7/8″ piece of the coastal cabana designer series paper from the Follow Your Art Designer Series Paper. Attach to the back of the flower square using adhesive.
  5. Add the field of flowers to the card base using Stampin’ Dimensionals leaving room for the sentiment banner at the bottom of the card.  
  6. Stamp the sentiment, “glad we’re friends” from the Fable Friends Stamp Set, using Coastal Cabana Classic Stampin’ Pad onto a strip of Whisper White cardstock.  Cut the banner shape using the die from the Sending Flowers Dies.  Wrap linen thread around the side of the banner three times and tie into a small bow.  Attach to the card using Dimensionals.
  7. For the mouse, stamp using the Gray Granite Classic Stampin’ Pad onto a scrap of Whisper White cardstock.  Cut with the coordinating die from the Special Days Die set.  Add a mini glue dot to the back of the mouse and tuck into the field of flowers.  
  8. To complete the card front, add small Rhinestone Basic Jewels to the centers of the flowers. 
Of course, you can’t forget the inside of the card or the envelope!

In addition to using cardstock on the flowers, you can color them using your Stampin’ Blends, Stampin’ Markers or sponge daubers with ink.  It’ll be fun using different coloring methods.  

Follow this link:  Coordination Product Release to see the products available.  Again, remember the products are only available through the end of this month.

Another reminder…

Sale-a-bration continues until March 31, 2020.  With qualifying purchases of $50 or more (before shipping & taxes), you can order FREE product.  Check out the Sale-a-Bration brochure under the Catalog link.  Note: the Metallic Baker’s Twine and Sequins Combo Pack (Item #152314), the Kerchief Card Kit and the Golden Honey Specialty Designer Paper (Item #152311) have sold out.  New items have been added so be sure to take advantage of ordering the FREE items before the end of this month.  As a reminder, Sale-a-Bration brochure product quantities are limited and may run out before the end of the promotion.

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to comment below. Visit again soon, I’ll be sharing a 3-D project on Friday. Happy crafting!

Project Materials:  (click on link to order)

The Host Code for March is F99S6GD4 Please use Host Code only if your order is less than $150.  If your order exceeds $150, you will receive the host rewards!  Prior to completing your order, you will have the opportunity to enter the code into the space for the Host Code.  Thank you for your order.  

Brooklynn’s Birthday Card

This weekend we’re celebrating our granddaughter Brooklynn’s 3rd birthday.  Of course, Brooklynn’s birthday card must be in her favorite color – purple.  Therefore, I used several shades of purple on the card.  The New Wonders Stamp Set is perfect creating a card for a 3 year old girl.  She’s a fan of Frozen and though the girl in the stamp set isn’t Elsa or Anna, I don’t think Brooklynn will care.  But, I know she will like the card!

Birthday card

Card Directions:
  1. Create a card base using a 4-1/4″ x 11-1/2″ piece of Gorgeous Grape cardstock.  Score at 5-1/2″ and fold to use as a side opening card.
  2. Add a layer of 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of the Highland Heather plaid designer series paper from the 6″ x 6″ Subtles Designer Series Paper package.
  3. Refer to card photo for placement of stamping images and sentiment.  Stamp the image from the New Wonders stamp set onto a 4-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ piece of Whisper White cardstock using Basic Gray Classic Stampin’ Pad.  
  4. Use Gorgeous Grape Classic Stampin’ Pad to stamp the sentiment on the card.  The words Happy Birthday are from the Well Said Stamp Set and “3 rd” stamps are from the Make A Difference Stamp Set.  
  5. Use Stampin’ Blends in the following colors for the girl image: Ivory (face, hands and feet); Daffodil Delight Combo and Light Soft Suede (hair), Purple Posy Combo (for top) and Highland Heather Combo (for skirt), Light Seaside Spray (wings) and Smoky Slate Combo for the ink pen. When coloring, use the Color Lifter to help with shading.  Light Real Red Stampin’ Blend colors the hearts.  Add Clear Wink of Stella to the skirt for a touch of shimmer.
  6. Cut the Whisper White with the Stitched So Sweetly Dies.  Attach to the center of the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals. 
  7. Complete by tying a knotted bow using the Purple Tricolor Ribbon and adding to card front with a mini glue dot. 

Oh, don’t forget to stamp the interior too…

I can’t wait to see Brooklynn’s face when she opens the card along with her gift.  Purple is definitely the theme!

The New Wonders stamp set is available for order is you are host.  Contact me for more details.

Just a reminder…

Sale-a-bration continues until March 31, 2020.  With qualifying purchases of $50 or more (before shipping & taxes), you can order FREE product.  Check out the Sale-a-Bration brochure under the Catalog link.  Note: the Metallic Baker’s Twine and Sequins Combo Pack (Item #152314), the Kerchief Card Kit and the Golden Honey Specialty Designer Paper (Item #152311) have sold out.  New items have been added so be sure to take advantage of ordering the FREE items before the end of this month.  As a reminder, Sale-a-Bration brochure product quantities are limited and may run out before the end of the promotion.  

Have a great weekend.

Thanks for stopping by!  Check back again for another project idea.

Project Materials:  (click on link to order)

The Host Code for March is F99S6GD4 Please use Host Code only if your order is less than $150.  If your order exceeds $150, you will receive the host rewards!  Prior to completing your order, you will have the opportunity to enter the code into the space for the Host Code.  Thank you!

 

March 3D Tutorial Bundle & Blog Hop

It’s a new month and to kick it off, we have the March 3D Tutorial Bundle!  In addition to the March 3D Tutorial Bundle, the team is featuring a blog hop.  We’re each sharing a project created to coordinate with our tutorial project.  The theme for this month is Spring Celebrations.

Remember, the projects designed for the 3D tutorial bundle aren’t available elsewhere online.  Therefore, you’ll receive EXCLUSIVE projects in the tutorial bundle.  In addition, you’ll receive both Imperial and Metric project measurements.

Here’s a Sneak Peek of the March 3D projects…March 3D Tutorial Bundle

For my coordinating project, I designed an Easter card by combining several stamp sets.  Don’t you agree the “little chick” from the Full of Happiness Stamp Set is cute and makes you think of Easter? Want to use the card for another Spring celebration?   Just change out the sentiment.  Easter Card

Card Details:
  • Create card base using a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock.  Score at 4-1/4″ and fold along score line.
  • Use a 5-1/4″ x 4″ piece of Granny Apple Green cardstock for the second layer.  Attach to the card base with adhesive.
  • Cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock 5″ x 3-3/4″.  On the right side of the cardstock, stamp the chick from the Full of Happiness stamp set.  Use Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin’ Pad for the body, Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin’ Pad for the feet and beak and Early Espresso Classic Stampin’ Pad for the eyes.
  • On a piece of Whisper White cardstock, stamp the egg shell outline using Sahara Sand Classic Stampin’ Pad.  If desired, add the speckles using the same color.  Cut using the coordinating Dino Dies. 
  • Use the egg shell as a guide to determine where to stamp the greenery vines from the Thoughtful Blooms Stamp Set (this is a Sale-a-Bration Stamp Set, you can get it free with a $50 order!).  Remove the egg shell and stamp the vine using Granny Apple Green Classic Stampin’ Pad.  Also, stamp part of the vine below the chick’s feet.  Stamp small flowers on the vine using Gorgeous Grape Classic Stampin’ Pad.  
  • Stamp “Easter Greetings” sentiment from Fable Friends Stamp Set on the card using the Gorgeous Grape Classic Stampin’ Pad. 
  • With adhesive, add to the Granny Apple Green layer.
  • Adhere the egg shell to the card front.  
  • With the Small Bloom Punch (Sale-a-Bration brochure offering), cut 5 flowers from the Pleased As Punch Designer Series Paper.  
  • Using the open leaves dies in the Detailed Bands Dies, cut 2 sets of leaves.  Snip into pieces to length desired.  Add to the card front using Mini Glue Dots.  
  • Next, position the 5 flower blooms so they are cascading from the egg shell and attach using Mini Glue Dots.  Lastly, complete the card by adding Rhinestone Basic Jewels to the center of each flower.
Would you like the Tutorial Bundle?

You have several ways of receiving the 3D Tutorial Bundle:

1. Order $50 (before taxes and shipping) from my online store between now and March 31, 2020 and you’ll get the PDF for FREE.  Note: be sure to register and allow me to contact you so I receive notice of your order and can send the tutorial. 

2. Purchase the March 3D Tutorial Bundle PDF (a total of 6 tutorials) for $15.00. This is a one-time purchase.  Simply drop me an email at creativestampingwithMargaret@gmail.com and I will send you a PayPal Invoice and upon receipt of payment, will send you the tutorial bundle.

3. Join my Playtime with Paper team!  Team members always receive the tutorials for FREE!  (Plus during Sale-A-Bration is a great time to join Stampin’ Up!)  

Reminder:  Sale-a-Bration is ongoing so with a $50 or more order (before shipping & taxes), you can select FREE product from the Sale-a-Bration Brochure.  Quantities are available while supplies last.  The following are Sold Out: Kerchief Card Kit and the Metallic Baker’s Twine & Sequins Combo Pack.

You can place your product orders directly via my online store.  Or, you can also order via the links under Project Materials (either the bundle or individual components).

Thanks for stopping by today!  Check back again for more project ideas.

Project Materials:  (click on link to order)

The Host Code for March is F99S6GD4 Please use Host Code only if your order is less than $150.  If your order exceeds $150, you will receive the host rewards!  Prior to completing your order, you will have the opportunity to enter the code into the blank space labelled Host Code.  Thank you!

 

Nature’s Beauty Birthday Card

March Madness is coming!  My March Madness isn’t the NCAA Basketball tourney but it’s a slew of birthday celebrations in March.  My dad’s birthday kicks off the madness on March 1 so I created a birthday card featuring Nature’s Beauty.  The stamp set is perfect for creating masculine cards.  For the card design, I CASED a card on page 48 in the 2019-2020 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog changing up the stamp set.  I love the design on this card and plan to use it again, mixing up stamp sets to fit the theme. The annual catalog is a great place to find designs when your creative juices aren’t working in full force!  In addition to using the Nature’s Beauty Stamp Set, several other stamp sets help supply additional elements.  For additional details, scroll down past the card photo.

Masculine Birthday

Card details:
  • Card base is Night of Navy Cardstock (5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, score at 4-1/4″ and fold).
  • Use the Woodland Embossing Folder to texture emboss a 5-1/4″ x 4″ panel of Whisper White cardstock.  Attach to the card base with adhesive.
  • Cut a piece of Balmy Blue cardstock 2-1/2″ x 3-3/4″.   On one of the short edges, spritz light with water, tear and fray.  Stamp the fern image (Painted Harvest Stamp Set) using the Balmy Blue Classic Stampin’ Pad onto the panel.  Refer to photo above for approximate placement.  Attach the panel to the Whisper White layer using a strong adhesive.
  • Select the wood grain and the woven papers from the Pressed Petals Specialty Designer Series Paper.  Cut a woven print strip to 1-1/2″ x 5-1/2″.  Add to the strip to the card, slightly off center. 
  • Cut the wood grain print 2-1/2″ x 4″ and on one end using paper snips, cut to create a banner.  Add to the card.
  • Stamp the deer image from Nature’s Beauty Stamp set using Soft Suede Classic Stampin’ Pad onto a 2-1/4″ x 4″ strip of Whisper White cardstock.  Cut top and bottom edges to create a banner.  After cutting, stamp ferns using the Balmy Blue and lightly sponge around deer.  Stamp grass using Old Olive and sponge around deer’s hooves.  Use a small hole punch in center of banner.  Thread and loop a piece of Braided Linen Trim through the punched hole.
  • With the Leaf Punch, cut two sets of leaves from Crumb Cake cardstock.  Attach to the back of the deer banner.  Next, use Stampin’ Dimensionals to add the deer banner to the wood grain banner on the card.
  • To finish the card, stamp Happy Birthday from Itty Bitty Birthday Greetings using Balmy Blue Stampin’ Pad onto a strip of Whisper White.  Then, cut to separate the two words.  Add to the card using dimensionals.

My dad is a deer hunter so the card is perfect for him.

Remember, use the Stampin’ Up! catalogs for card design inspiration.    

Just a reminder…

Sale-a-bration continues until March 31, 2020.  With qualifying purchases of $50 or more (before shipping & taxes), you can order FREE product.  Check out the Sale-a-Bration brochure under the Catalog link.  Note: the Metallic Baker’s Twine and Sequins Combo Pack (Item #152314)  and the Kerchief Card Kit are sold out.  As a reminder, Sale-a-Bration brochure product quantities are limited and may run out before the end of the promotion.  

Thanks for stopping by!  Check back again soon for another project idea.  With my March Madness, there’ll be more birthday cards!

Project Materials:  (click on link to order)

The Host Code for February is ATS2GYY2 Please use Host Code only if your order is less than $150.  If your order exceeds $150, you will receive the host rewards!  

 

Forever Blossoms Note Card

In this month’s card class, the focus was on All About Flowers.  A must was using the Forever Blossoms Bundle and the Parisian Blossoms Designer Series Paper.  The cherry blossoms evokes thoughts of Spring  and the cherry blossom stamp with it’s coordinating die are perfect for creating cards and projects.  With the multitude of rainy days we’ve had in Georgia, hopefully the cherry blossoms will give us a showy Spring!  As you’ve likely noticed, I enjoy using note cards and the Scalloped Note Cards & Envelopes coordinates perfectly with the designer series paper.  The idea for coloring the cherry blossoms using Sponge Daubers comes from Patty Bennett.   Just click on the link to Patty’s page for details. Sponging makes it a quick project.

If you want to make the Forever Blossoms Note Card, use a light pink Scalloped Note Card.  Attach a layer of 5″ x 2-3/4″  Parisian Blossoms Designer Series Paper to the front of the card and a 1/2″ x 5″ strip to the inside right card edge.  You want the strip to “peek” behind the scalloped card edge.

Using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink pad, stamp the cherry blossoms onto a 5″ x 2-1/2″ piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Also on the Whisper White cardstock, stamp the Hello sentiment from the Good Morning Magnolia using Petal Pink Classic Stampin’ Pad.  Add Petal Pink and Flirty Flamingo to the cherry blossoms with sponge daubers.   To color the stems, use Old Olive Stampin’ Blends.  Cut the cherry blossom stem with the coordinating Cherry Blossoms Die.  To cut the sentiment, use the Stitched Labels Dies. 

Assemble by adding the cherry blossom to the front of the note card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Then, attach the sentiment label.  Complete by tying a small knot bow using the Petal Pink Metallic Edge Ribbon and adhere using a mini glue dot.  

TIP: Stamp multiple cherry blossoms onto Whisper White cardstock and have a color fest selecting a variety of colors for the blossoms.  Cut each with the coordinating die and you’ll be set to create a variety of cards to have on hand.

Just a reminder…

Sale-a-bration continues until March 31, 2020.  With qualifying purchases of $50 or more (before shipping & taxes), you can order FREE product.  Check out the Sale-a-Bration brochure under the Catalog link.  Note: the Metallic Baker’s Twine and Sequins Combo Pack (Item #152314) has sold out.  As a reminder, Sale-a-Bration brochure product quantities are limited and may run out before the end of the promotion.  

Thanks for stopping by!  Check back again soon for another project idea.

Project Materials:  (click on link to order)

The Host Code for February is ATS2GYY2 Please use Host Code only if your order is less than $150.  If your order exceeds $150, you will receive the host rewards!