Eclipse cards are all the rage right now and they're so fun to make. I've seen some great ones out there, but wanted the message of this one to stand out, so I kept the design fairly simple. And you know I must love someone quite a lot if I'm going to use a whole 4 3/4" square of Gold Foil as a background layer! And I love how it peeks out in the middle of the "O", don't you?
I have a secret to tell you. When I joined Stampin' Up! in 2015, I couldn't stand Calypso Coral! It seemed like it was everywhere in the Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogs that year, and I was so tired of it, I wished it would go away forever. And now, I seem to reach for it quite often. Coral's never been a favorite of mine; it has those orange tones I shy away from. But it is a warm color that's great for the winter blah's. Not a bright orange, and not pink; somewhere in between. It's funny really, because if you had suggested would use this color combination back then, I would have thought you were crazy!
But leave it to Stampin' Up! to create such a beautiful specialty designer series paper that makes me pull Calypso Coral off the shelves! The Painted with Love Paper uses some amazing watercolor and foiling techniques that will really add some WOW to your projects.
And...did you notice the gold hearts? Those are actually Gold Vinyl Stickers! They're quite fun and I'm sure I can use them for some different projects around the house. Hmmm...off to go find something I can use these on!
I'm going to be making this card LIVE on Facebook tonight at 9 pm. Won't you join me as I demonstrate the Eclipse technique?
Base: Basic Black, 5" x 5"
Layer 1: Gold Foil, 4 3/4" x 4 3/4"
Layer 2: Calypso Coral, 4 1/2 x 4 1/2"
Layer 3: Painted with Love Specialty Designer Series Paper
Layer 4: Painted with Love Gold Vinyl Stickers
Layer 5: Whisper White, 4 3/4" x 4 3/4" (for inside layer.
It's Tuesday and you know what that means. Time to CASE the catalog. This week's catalog card featured the Party Pandas. But when I saw it, I thought Hedgehogs! They're both truly adorable, aren't they?
I tried to stay as close to the catalog as possible this week. I really liked the offset banners, which are made easy by using the Banner Triple Punch. I have to say it is probably my favorite punch to use, too.
Won't you come join us? Create a card based on the above pattern and then post it on the Case-ing Tuesday Facebook post. Or, if you post it elsewhere, please use the hashtag #CASEingTuesday132.
Base Old Olive, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Layer 1: Early Espresso, 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"
Layer 2: Crumb Cake, 5" x 3 3/4", embossed with the Simple Strips Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Layer 3: Color Theory Designer Series Paper, 4 1/4" x 2"
Layer 4: Color theory Designer Series Paper, 3 3/4" x 1 1/2"
Layer 5: Early Espresso, Scalloped Oval
Layer 6: Whisper White, Stitched Shape Oval
Introducing....Masculine Mondays! I've been organizing my cards, with the help of a dear friend and fellow demonstrator Rosie Smith, and it's come to our attention that I'm in dire need of some masculine cards. It's not as easy as it sounds, either. I remember when the Lad turned 6 or 7, and I took him shopping for clothes. I came back sad and upset. Where were all the 'cute' clothes? It seemed that he'd grown out of the dinosaur & airplane turtlenecks and overalls section of the stores and had moved into the 'big boy' section of the clothing department. We now had three choices: striped, solid, or plaid. And where were the bright primary colors? Nope, brown, forest green or navy blue. And let's not even talk about the disappearance of light-up sneakers! Oh, it was a sad, sad day for both of us.
I don't want that to happen to masculine cards. Come on! Boys need cute stuff, too! So, I'm going to ramp up my masculine card efforts. And who says guys don't need bling? Have you seen the dragon on theMyths and Magic Specialty Designer Series Paper? His tummy is glitter paper!!! That' right, there are iridescent glittered designs featured throughout the entire pack! And speaking of cute, the little knights on this paper remind me so much of Lego Knights. And we certainly had our share of Legos in our house!
That's why this paper makes the perfect card for my son. Today, he starts a new job and I wanted to make him a card to wish him well and to say, "You've got this". As a matter of fact, look what I found for inside the card, from the You've Got This Stamp Set! Is that perfect or what?
Now, since he didn't send me his new address until last night, he may see the card on the blog before he receives it in the mail. But it's the thought that counts, right? (And now, I'll know if he's reading my blog or reading my Facebook pages!)
I love you, Dude-ski. I hope you have the best first day at work ever. You certainly deserve it!
We have a winner!
Last Friday, I asked if you liked Rich Razzleberry or Dapper Denim flowers from the Heartfelt Blooms Sale-a-Bration Stamp Set. Rich Razzleberry was the #1 favorite. Congratulations to Nola Morrison. Thank you for leaving a comment on last Friday's Blog.
Base: Dapper Denim, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Layer 1: Basic Gray 5 1/2" x 2 7/8"
Layer 2: Myths & Magic Specialty Designer Series Paper, 5 1/2" x 2 3/4"
Layer 3: Whisper White, 5 1/4" x 4"
Layer 4: Tranquil Tide, Scalloped Layering Circle Framelit
Layer 5: Dapper Denim, Scalloped Layering Circle Frameli
Layer 6: Whisper White, Stiched Shape Circle Die
1. Adhere Layers 1 & 2 and add to card base.
2. Wrap Dapper Denim Baker's Twine around the top several times and tie in the front with a knot.
3. Add 3 Dapper Denim Enamel Dots.
4. Stamp sentiment in Dapper Denim onto Layer 3.
5. Adhere all inside layers and add to card.
I've been playing with the Heartfelt Blooms Stamp Set from the Sale-a-Bration catalog all week. There's just so much great texture, it's hard to believe you can get this effect from just a single stamped image. Even harder to believe, is this stamp set is FREE with a $50 purchase!
Here are some things I've learned while using this set:
Which do you prefer?
Rich Razzleberry or Dapper Denim? Which is your favorite card? Leave me a comment below or on my Facebook page and be entered to win the card of your choice on Monday, 1/29.
Last Saturday night, after several days of snow, I called a few girlfriends and invited them to come over for crafts and wine. We sat in my studio stamping a coloring, and just sharing time together. We all experiencing a little cabin fever after days of North Carolina snow-turned-into-ice and it was just good to get together and relax.
How do you relax? If you relax by coloring - and I know a lot of you do - then the Lots of Happy Card Kit is just for you. It makes 20 all-occasion cards, 4 each of 5 designs. What is great about this kit, is that it comes not only with its own unique photopolymer stamp set, it also includes 4 full-size Watercolor Pencils, in Flirty Flamingo, Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive, and Rich Razzleberry. There are also lots of gold foil and vellum accents, which add that awesome layer of detail to all the projects.
Just look at all that's included with this kit. It is probably one of the most robust all-inclusive kits I've ever seen from Stampin' Up!
And what's more, not only are there detailed, full-color directions, there's also an amazing video tutorial. What more could you want?
The all-inclusive Lots of Happy Card Kit can be yours for only $35. That's only $1.75 per card!! To get your Lots of Happy Card Kit, please shop my store (www.michelleirinyi.stampinup.net) or email me today. (Michelle@MakingMemorieswithMichelle.com)
You can also include the Lots of Happy Card Kit in your Starter Kit when you join my Stamping Bee team. Choose $125 in product PLUS, until March 31, you also get 2 Free Stamp Sets of your choice, all for only $99 (with Free Shipping). And, you also get all the amazing perks and benefits of joining the Stamping Bee, including free access to all my class tutorials and videos. Join the Stamping Bee today, or contact me for more information.
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