Tomorrow, I have a class with 14 new stampers! This calls for some quick, simple, and fun cards. As you know, I'm all about the pretty paper! But, since so many designer series paper stacks have already retired, I was really at my wits end. Then, I realized that the Tasty Treats paper is still in stock! And I have two packs sitting on my shelf.
Actually, since I was saving this very special glossy coated cherry and strawberry paper for a special occasion, I had 2 1/2 sheets left! Just the right amount to make 16 adorable summertime cards. I think these ladies are just going to love this cheery card.
The Tasty Treats Paper will soon be completely sold out. Don't miss this last chance to get yours.
1) Base: Thick Whisper White Card Stock, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored @ 4 1/4"
2) Layer 1: Wild Wasabi, 5 1/4" x 4"
3) Layer 2: Designer Series Paper, 5" x 3 3/4"
4) Layer 3: Designer Series Paper, 1/2" x 3 3/4"
5) Scallop: Early Espresso
6) 2" Circle: Whisper White
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Pocket cards are super popular right now. They're quite simple to make. It's a piece of cardstock, folded and glued along the edges to make a pocket. In this case, I cut a 4 1/4"x 11" piece of Blushing Bride card stock and scored it at 5 1/2", just like I would a regular card. The difference is, I use the Detailed Floral thinlet to die cut the front. See that long skinny piece in between the two floral thinlets? That's used to cut the scalloped edge. Simply align it on the top of the thinlet before you run it through your Big Shot, and it cuts your edge.
Once it's cut out, I cut a piece of vellum at 4 1/8" x 3 1/4" and ran it through theBig Shot with the scalloped edge, and then glued it to the inside (or back side) of the die cut. This added bit of softness to the design and ensures that the card doesn't snag and tear the delicate design as you slide it in and out of the pocket. Add some glue around the edge and fold it up. Voila, a pocket card!
You can add the inside card by cutting it at 5" x 3 3/4". I stamped the top with the rose from the Floral Phrases stamp set and punched a whole in the top of it with my 1/8" circle punch. Finally, I threaded a length of Whisper White Organza Ribbon through the top. Then, something wasn't quite right, so I rounded the top corners on the pocket and insert using my Project Life Corner Punch.
The Hubs and I are off to drive all the way to Boston tomorrow. I'll be teaching at a spring retreat on Saturday. I can't wait to meet and craft with everyone. I'll take lots of pictures to share with you next week when we return.
Why is it, every time I reach for the Flourishing Phrases Bundle, I also reach for my collection of navy and white paper? I've seen it in all colors and it's striking. But to me, this will always show best in these crisp clean, and classic colors found in the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper.
Too add texture behind the die cut, I used the Timeless Texture Stamp Set to add a random patter (is that an oxymoron), using Basic Gray Archival Ink. To achieve the various shades, I stamped off the ink onto scratch paper first, before stamping on the card stock.
This design was part of a sketch challenge for my Stamping Bee team. I hold a weekly challenge, with a small prize being given to a random winner. Last week, Sarah won a new pack of Urban Underground Washi Tape. I know she's going to put it to good use.
Would you like to play along? Post your creations below - I'd love to see them.
Cutting & Measurement
Base: Night of Navy 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored and folded in half
Layer 1: Floral Boutique 4 x 4 1/4"
Layer 2: Whisper White 3 3/4" x 4"
Layer 3: Floral Boutique 1" x 4:
Layer 4: Whisper White 3/4" x 3 3/4"
Layer 5: Whisper White Organza Ribbon
Putting it All Together
1. Stamp Timeless Textures in Basic Gray onto Layers 2 & 4. Stamp off ink to add different shades of gray. Stamp sentiment to Layer 4 with Night of Navy ink.
2. Attach die cut with glue dots.
3. Adhere Layers 2 & 4 to Layers 1 & 3.
4. Wrap ribbon around Layer 1 and attach to the back with glue dots.
5. Adhere both layers to card base with Fast Fuse.
6. Finish by adding an organza bow and tiny (3mm) pearls to die.
What a weekend! Friday night, the Lad and his girlfriend came to visit for the weekend. It was great to see them, even if it was for less than 48 hours! They got some home cooking - Beef, Tomato, and Acini di Pepe Soup and a Red Velvet cake with the best cream cheese frosting I ever made! It wasn't overly sweet and really complimented the cake. With it being her birthday on Tuesday, I decorated it with sprinkles and we lit 23 candles to celebrate. Sadly, we didn't get a picture before we cut into it. Then, on Saturday, they went to visit my parents while we did some quick birthday shopping, and we all went to Chapel Hilll's famous Mediterranean Deli for dinner. It was nice to see them both happy & healthy!
Once they left, it was time to pack up the car and head an hour away to Burlington, , for my monthly card club. As I was designing for club this month, I had depleted my own collection of sympathy cards. I had just received my new Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack from the second release of Sale-a-bration items and wanted to do something just a little less traditional. I presented this at my monthly card club yesterday. The ladies loved the color combination and how the glimmer paper really shines through the die cut.
The new Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack is just one of three new products being released tomorrow, February 21 for Sale-a-Bration. The pack includes 12 , 6" x 6" sheets: 4 each of 3 colors. 6" x 6". Bermuda Bay, Mint Macaron, & Sweet Sugarplum. These colors coordinate with the Cupcakes & Carousels, Falling in Love, and Succulent Garden suites from the Occasions catalog. There are also two new stamp sets, Reverse Words and Make a Medallion. All Sale-a-Bration items are Free with a $50 purchase, and only available through March 31. Contact me today to get yours!
Cutting & Measurement
Base: Thick Whisper White Cardstock, 4 1/4" x 11, scored at 5 1/2"
Layer 1: Bermuda Bay 4 1/8" x 5 3/8"
Layer 2: Whisper White Cardstock 4" x 5 1/4"
Layer 3: Bermuda Bay Glimmer Paper, 3" x 3"
Putting it all Together
I first hear about paper piecing from my mother. She was learning a new quilting technique and was thrilled to discover how fast paper piecing was compared to other methods. I really hadn't made the connection to paper crafts though, until I saw some on Pinterest. It opened up a whole new world of design for me.
This last weekend at the beach, I spent a lot of time working with the Beautiful You stamp set and a variety of designer series papers. I like them all, but the one using red and white Sending Love paper one is by far my favorite. She'd make a perfect Valentine's card for your mother, sister, or best friend.
Paper Piecing is a two-step process. First, stamp your image on cardstock. Then, stamp the same image onto designer series patterned paper. Carefully trim the parts you wish to keep, in this case, the dresses and hats, and adhere them directly to the image on the cardstock. I used Tombow liquid glue so I could have a little maneuverability to align the pieces just so.
Cutting and Measurements:
Base: 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" Whisper White
Layer 1: Real Red 5 3/8 x 4 1/8" Real Red
Layer 2: Whisper White 5 1/4" x 4"
Layer 3: Real Red 5 1/8 x 3 7/8"
Layer 4: Whisper White 5" x 3 3/4"
Layer 5: Sending Love Designer Series Paper
Layer 6: White and Silver 3/8" metallic ribbon
Putting it All Together
1. Stamp images in Basic Black Archival Ink onto Layer 4 and onto designer paper. Cut images out of designer paper and adhere to cardstock images.
2. Adhere layers 1-5 and wrap ribbon around them, tying a bow in the lower right hand corner.
3. Adhere to base.