It's always nice to open up a new catalog and see an old favorite. Guy Greetings is one of the first stamps I ever bought, and it's like an old friend sitting there on my shelves. The challenge then, is to create something new, with something that's been around for a few years.
Something old, something new...something blue!
Pair Guy Greetings with the new Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper and Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers and you bring new life to an favorite stamp set. Dapper Denim pairs so well with the vibrant Lemon Lime Twist, too. these Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers provide the perfect finishing touch, without being fussy or distracting.
Both Guy Greetings and the Eastern Palace Suite are available now at my online store. The Eastern Palace Bundles are only available until the end of May. Each bundle includes a free, gift, as well. The Starter Bundle has a free pack of Very Vanilla Note Cards and Envelopes and the Premier Bundle comes with a free pack of Very Vanilla Cardstock and Envelopes.
Do you have your invitation to my
Free Sale-a-Bration Celebration?
This by invitation only event will feature a whole afternoon on April 22nd of Free stamping fun, games, prizes, and food! Plus, these VIPs get an extra 1/2 hour to shop my BOGO event before the Bingo party begins that night.
There are two ways to get your invitation?
The first round of invitations are being mailed this weekend. There's still plenty of time to get yours and get in on the fun!
This is my Stamping Bee Friday Sketch Challenge card. It uses a very basic layout, and I chose to dress it up with some watercoloring and copper embossing powder. Although it still uses the same Lift Me Up bundle and Carried Away Paper that I've used all week, this is a much softer and more subtle approach.
Cutting and Measuring:
Base: Whisper White Thick Card stock 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
Layer 1: Carried Away Designer Series Paper 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" (I covered the entire base)
Layer 2: Mint Macaron Card stock 4 1/4" x 3 1/4"
Layer 2: Whisper White Card stock 4" x 3"
This acrylic block watercoloring technique is pretty cool.
Birthday's call for something extra special. And a fun fold, like a quick and easy gate fold card, is a great place to start. I love the addition of a belly band, or belt on this card, too. The band slides off, and the card opens like a special present.
I'm really trying to build up my collection of masculine birthday cards and the Carried Away paper with the Lift Me Up bundle is the perfect combination. Stampin' Up! really thought of everything when they created this perfect combination.
*Cutting & Measurement:
Base: Night of Navy 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" , Scored at 2 3/8" on either side.
Panel Layers: Carried Away Designer Series Paper 5 3/8" x 2 1/8"
Band: Whisper White 9 1/2" x 1 1/4"
Inside Panel: Whisper White 5" x 3 3/4"
Putting it All Together
1. Adhere panels to the card base. I like to use Tombow Liquid Glue in case I need to make any last minute placement adjustments.
2. Stamp inside panel and adhere with Fast Fuse.
3. Burnish the score lines with your bone folder.
4. Wrap band around the card, using your bone folder to crease the edges. Adhere back tabs together with fast fuse.
5. Add hot air balloon, or other focal point onto the band using dimensionals.
*This special gate fold fits inside a standard A2 envelope.
Birthday week continues with a Joy Fold card. This fun fold caught my eye a few weeks ago and I've been waiting for the right opportunity to make one. It's really a perfect card if you want to showcase some beautiful paper. And if you know me, I'm all about beautiful paper! In this case, the Sale-a-Bration Carried Away paper is perfect!
A joy fold, is really like a card within a card. The center flap opens to the right, revealing a place to write on the inside. Depending on how much you have to say, will determine how much card stock or paper you use to decorate the inside.
I think I'm going to go back and add another layer to the left side. It looks a little plain, don't you think?
This fun fold looks complicated, but it's truly not. I'll be posting a video on how to put this together very soon.
This past Thanksgiving weekend marked our 10 year wedding anniversary. Falling over the big holiday weekend means our anniversary was a very low key day. I spent the day in my studio while the Hubs was busy building new built-ins for our mudroom. Our son, the Lad, was home from university, but had to work all day. No big plans had been made, so we ended up doing a bit of Christmas shopping that evening and going to a pub for dinner with my parents. In retrospect, it was a very typical "Day in the Life" - low key, quiet, calm, and surrounded by family.
I knew the card I made to mark the day had to be special, and I thought it about it for a long time. I was at my wits' end, when I pulled the All Year Long Project Life Card Kit off the shelves. The colors were a perfect match for my favorite paper stack, Serene Scenery. And, the sentiments in the kit were exactly what I'd been trying to say.
I used the Layering Ovals, Circles, and Stitched Shapes Framelit dies to cut the preprinted cards down to size. Then, I found my Occasions pre-order box, and started adding the wooden Sending Love embellishments , which I colored by placing them directly onto my Early Espresso ink pad. The collage was really strating to take shape. Now...for the inside...
The side pannels came together pretty easily - they were more cards from the Project Life Kit! But what to do in the middle. Again, I looked through my pre-order and the fell in love with the little 'love note' and envelope that are found in the new Sealed with Love bundle. The little note card, envelope, and even envelope liner are all die cut and the border on the note as well as the sentiment are on the stamp set. I also used the stamps and accessories found in the All Year Long Project Life Accessory Kit.
I love the way this came together. And even better, my hubs and son liked it, too. In fact, the Lad told me I need to make more cards just like this! It was really a lot of fun, and I loved the way the Project Life cards made it look professional and easy - all the hard work was done for me.
I think it's time to start planning my next one, don't you?