A Very Special Birthday!

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ll recall past birthday cards for my friend’s mother, Ms. Lorraine.  This year was a very special birthday for Ms. Lorraine.  She celebrated turning 100 years old!!!  Naturally, it required an extra special birthday card.  There were a variety of sentiments to add to the card so the double Z-fold with extra panels offered a perfect design.  You’ll notice the card uses a combination of current and discontinued Stampin’ Up! products.  The discontinued products includes the Number of Years and Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp Sets.   With such a milestone, the numbers definitely should be front and center.   Though I often do not keep non-current products, there are certain stamp sets and bundles that are must haves forever.   The Number of Years is one such set!  And Picture Perfect Birthday is a favorite. The other card elements are from the Bird Ballad Suite.

The front of the card and envelope.Special Birthday Card for 100th Year

A view of the interior side panels.

The back of the card and the envelope flap.

 

Details for the card:

As you note from the photos above, almost all of the panels front and back have decor.  For a handwritten sentiment, a panel on the back works perfectly.  Notice the envelope?  As an extra touch, both the front and back of the envelope are stamped and colored with Stampin’ Blends.  Tip:  To avoid the blends from bleeding through the envelope, insert a scrap of paper behind the image before coloring.

For the card base, use Pool Party cardstock.  Then on the card base, build layers using Daffodil Delight cardstock with an additional layer of the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper on the panels.  For the interior z-panels, the Daffodil Delight layer has panels of Whisper White cardstock.  The stamp sets, Stitched All Around and Picture Perfect Birthday, provide perfect interior sentiments.  Fussy cut the bird and flowers to embellish the card panels.  The words, Happy Birthday, are from the A Wish for Everything Stamp Set.  Rhinestone Basic Jewels add a touch of bling to the flowers.  To match the The Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon to the card base, a dark Pool Party Stampin’ Blends easily does the job!  

Another tip:  when creating a card, look at all of your stamp sets and mix/match to fit the occasion.

As my husband and I were traveling on a bucket list trip, we were not able to attend the celebration for Ms.Lorraine.  I understand that she loved the card!

Hope you have a great weekend.  We’re finally getting Fall like temperatures so I’m looking forward to enjoying the outdoors!

Thanks for stopping by…Happy  Crafting!

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A Fall Fun Fold Card

The Fall Fun Fold card is a change from the typical card design and “fun fold” definitely describes this card.  The card is one of the samples from the September class and showcases products from both current Stampin’ Up! Catalogs.  The Country Home Photopolymer Stamp Set can be found in the Annual Catalog on page 95.  Though it’s a great set to use year round, the milk can with the cotton bolls floral arrangement reminds me of Fall. The Come To Gather Designer Series Paper, from the Holiday Catalog, is added on the front fold panel.  Continue reading below the card photos for the card details.

Card Base:
  • First layer is Mint Macaron cardstock: 4-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 5-1/2″.  
  • To create the slender folded panel, use Pretty Peacock cardstock. The size is 9-1/2″ x 2-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-3/4″.
  • Referring to photos for the placement, attach the Pretty Peacock panel to the Mint Macaron card base using adhesive.
Card Panels:
  • Cut two panels of Whisper White cardstock 4-1/2″ x 2-1/4″.  On one of the panels, stamp the milk can using Basic Gray Classic Stampin’ Pad.  Stamp the florals with Early Espresso Classic Stampin’ Pad. Use Pretty Peacock Classic Stampin’ Pad for the sentiment.  TIP:  To make alignment and stamping easier, use the Stamparatus. 
  • Use the following Stampin’ Blends:  Smoky Slate (light & dark for the milk can), Mint Macaron (light & dark for leaves),  Rich Razzleberry (dark for the berries), Daffodil Delight (dark for the center flower) and Cajun Craze (light and dark for the seed pods).
  • For the cotton bolls, add small touches of the Snowfall Accents Puff Paint and heat set.  TIP:  Work quickly as the puff paint is very thin (little goes a long way) and can dissolve the stamped image.  I suggest doing a section at a time.  Add a small amount of the Puff Paint, heat set and repeat.  If you look closely at my photo, you’ll notice the stamped image started to dissolve giving a “dirty” appearance to the cotton bolls.  Of course, cotton bolls aren’t all pristine white!
  • For the interior sentiment, stamp it with the Pretty Peacock on the other Whisper White panel.  The sentiment is from the Country Home Stamp Set. If desired, stamp the wheat sheath from the Gather Together using Crushed Curry Classic Stampin’ Pad to the side of the sentiment. 
  • To complete the card,  add the panels to the Pretty Peacock fun fold piece with adhesive.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this Fall Fun Fold.  Credit for the fun fold goes to Dawn Olchefske at DO Stamping with Dawn.  She featured the fun fold on a project and I added the design to my “give it a try” list.  Now you can add it to your list!

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Thinking of You with a Wild Rose

Today I’m featuring a Thinking of You with a Wild Rose card in a neutral color scheme. The neutral color palette uses Crumb Cake, Soft Suede and Very Vanilla.   One of my favorite stamp bundles in the Annual Catalog is the To A Wild Rose Bundle so naturally, it was easy to select it to use for the card. The bundle includes the To A Wild Rose Stamp Set and the coordinating Wild Rose Dies. A lacy Bird Ballad Laser Cut Card creates the beautiful base. Be sure to check out the Bird Ballad Laser Cut Cards. They include coordinating envelopes and a beautiful storage tin.

Isn’t this Thinking of You with a Wild Rose a gorgeous card?

To A Wild RoseAdditional Card Details:

  1. For the panel behind the lacy card front,  cut a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Crumb Cake cardstock. Adhere by using multipurpose liquid glue along edges of the lacy panel.  
  2. Stamp the flower from To A Wild Rose onto a 2-3/4″ square of Very Vanilla cardstock using Crumb Cake and Soft Suede Classic Ink Pads.  Cut using the coordinating die. 
  3. For the leaves, stamp using Crumb Cake onto scraps of Very Vanilla cardstock.  Cut using coordinating die. Note: 2 sets of leaves are used
  4. Select the Thinking of You sentiment from the Rooted in Nature Stamp set.  Stamp onto Very Vanilla cardstock and cut with the stitched label die in the Wild Rose Dies.
  5. Attach the sentiment to the card base using Snail Adhesive.  Add the leaves to the wild rose using mini glue dots. Then, add the sentiment to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  
  6. Complete the card front by embellishing the center of the wild rose with Gold Metallic Pearls and adding a double bow tied using Linen Thread.
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A Pressed Petals Bouquet

Have you seen the Pressed Petals Specialty Designer Series Paper on pages 74 & 167 in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog?  It is absolutely gorgeous! The lightweight paper features photographic images of real pressed flowers on one side of the paper.  So when designing this card, I decided to use the photo of the Pressed Petals Bouquet on one of the papers. By using the Heirloom Frames Dies, a large oval helps to highlight the bouquet.  As an extra touch, the coordinating Pressed Petals Specialty Washi Tape creates a flower to embellish the card. Scroll below for more card details.

pressed petals bouquet

Card Base Details:

Create the card base using Crumb Cake cardstock (8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, score and fold at 4-1/4″), Use the Oval Heirloom Frames Die from the Heirloom Frames Dies and 3-D Embossing Folders to cut a large oval from a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Merry Merlot cardstock.  Cut the Pressed Petals Bouquet image from the Pressed Petals Specialty Designer Paper.  Attach the Merry Merlot frame to the photo of the Pressed Petals Bouquet using Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive.  TIP:  Before adhering, check DSP placement.  If the DSP extends past frame, trim before adhering the frame.  Once the liquid adhesive has dried, add the framed Pressed Petals Bouquet layer to the card front using adhesive.

Finishing Touches:

The “Hello There” greeting is from the Here’s A Card stamp set.  Create a Crumb Cake cardstock tag using the Banner Triple Punch and stamp the sentiment using Merry Merlot Classic Stampin’ Pad.  On the left side of the tag, use five of the Pressed Petals Specialty Washi Tape petals to create a flower.  TIP:  After placing the petals, use the Embossing Buddy to dust the back of the flower petals to prevent them from sticking to the card.  Stamp two sets of leaves (from the Floral Essence Stamp Set) using Old Olive Classic Stampin’ Pad onto Vellum cardstock.  Use the heat tool to dry the ink.  Once the ink is completely dry, use the leaf punch to cut the leaves.  Use mini glue dots to tuck the leaves behind the flower.  Attach the tag to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Then, complete by adding a Perennial Essence Floral Center to the flower. 

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Rare Blessings

Can you believe it’s August already!  Where is time going?  Currently here in middle Georgia, we’re experiencing the hot, humid days of summer.  So, it’s the perfect time to stay indoors and craft!

Today’s card features the Rare Blessings Stamp Set and if you’re looking for a simple card to create, this one has you covered.  Recently, a friend had asked if I could make a simple, blank card (no sentiment) for them to use.  The Rare Blessings set was on my desk, so I thought it would be perfect to use.  Since the flower in the stamp set is delicate in appearance, I decided to use a soft color scheme of Purple Posy and Soft Sea Foam.  The flower image was first stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and then colored using the Soft Sea Foam and Purple Posy Stampin’ Blends Sets.  The Dark Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends highlights the center stamen petals of the flower.  Using the Stitched Rectangles Dies, a frame is created from the Soft Sea Foam cardstock to highlight the flower image.

A Rare Blessing

The interior of the card could not be completely blank!  So, the small flower from the stamp set was stamped and colored to add an extra touch.

Add a comment and let me know what color scheme you’d like to see used with this stamp set.  I’ll use it on a future post.

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A Beautiful Wild Rose

A Beautiful Wild Rose card is one of the projects from this month’s card classes.  It features using the To A Wild Rose photopolymer stamp set.  The Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog has lots of beautiful floral sets but the To A Wild Rose is definitely one of my favorites.  The stamp set also has coordinating Wild Rose Dies and is offered with a 10% discount in the To A Wild Rose Bundle.  Two-step stamping can be used with the stamps so that depth of colors can be added to the images.  However, the outline stamp is beautiful to use by itself.  For this card, the wild roses are stamped using the two-step stamping method and the masking technique was also utilized.  Additional details are below the card photos.wild rose

Card Details:
Materials:
  • To A Wild Rose Photopolymer Stamp Set
  • Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry, Highland Heather, Whisper White, Garden Green & Vellum
  • Inks:  Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, Rich Razzleberry Classic Stampin’ Pad, Highland Heather Classic Stampin’ Pad, Garden Green Classic Stampin’ Pad
  • Dies: Wild Rose Dies, Stitched Nested Labels
  • 5/8″ Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon
  • Noble Peacock Rhinestones
  • Adhesives: Snail, Mini Glue Dots and Stampin’ Dimensionals
Directions:
  1. Create the card base from a 4-1/4″ x 11″ piece of Rich Razzleberry cardstock (score at 5-1/2″ & fold).  Add a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Highland Heather cardstock.
  2. Cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock (3-3/4″ x 5″) to use for stamping the wild roses.
  3. Before stamping the roses onto the Whisper White cardstock, create a wild rose “mask” to use for covering the roses.   To create the mask, stamp the rose outline stamp onto a 3″ x 3″ post-it note.  Be sure to stamp near the adhesive strip. Fussy cut the rose.  Set aside to use for covering the roses before stamping the leaves to the card.  TIP:  make multiple masks to speed the stamping process.  Also, save the mask inside of the stamp case and you’ll have it for future use.
  4. Using the Wild Rose outline stamp, randomly stamp three of the rose outlines onto the Whisper White cardstock using the Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.  Refer to card photo for placement.  For the full rose stamp, use Highland Heather ink pad to color the  rose base.  For the final rose stamp, use the Rich Razzleberry ink pad.  Attach to card base using Snail adhesive.
  5. Place the “masks” over the stamped roses.  Stamp the leaves using Garden Green ink pad.  The leaves outline stamp and only one of the leaves layer stamp are used.
  6. With the Wild Rose Dies, cut 2 open leaves from a scrap of Garden Green cardstock and 3 of the small flowers from the Vellum cardstock.  Add them to the card with mini glue dots. TIP :  Prepare the sentiment layer (step 7) and use as a guide for placement of the embellishment pieces.
  7. Stamp the sentiment onto a scrap of Whisper White cardstock and cut using the small Stitched Nested Labels Die.  With a larger Stitched Nested Labels Die, cut a scrap of the Rich Razzleberry cardstock.  Layer the two pieces using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Add to the card using Snail Adhesive.   
  8. Complete the card by adding a Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon Bow and a Noble Peacock Rhinestone as seen in card photo.
Have fun coming up with your own color combinations using the To A Wild Rose stamp set.  Be sure to comment below what color combinations you select!
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