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At the stamping retreat I attended earlier this month, we spent half our day making projects around the theme of “four seasons of gift giving”.  We made a summer-themed card, a Halloween treat bag, a box embellished with Spice Cake fabric that would be perfect for a Thanksgiving treat, and a bag full of Christmas tags.

Here is our spring-themed card.  It is so much more fun than a traditional folded card – look how it opens up:

It folds up just like you would close the flaps on a box – super easy!

Materials:

  • Stamp Set:  Bright Blossoms, Friendly Phrases
  • Ink:  Real Red, Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade
  • Cardstock:  Daffodil Delight, Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, Summer Smooches DSP, Whisper White
  • Tools and Accessories:  Big Shot with Scallop Square Bigz Clear die, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, and Square Lattice embossing folder, 1 3/8″ circle punch, 1 1/4″ circle punch, Simply Scored tool, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Tip:  The flaps that fold closed (Summer Smooches DSP and Lucky Limeade) are 7″ x 3 1/2″, scored at 1 3/4″ and 5 1/4″.  I scored first, and then used the score lines as a guide when I embossed the two “flaps” on the Lucky Limeade.  I adhered the embossed Lucky Limeade cardstock to the card base first with the flaps opening to the left and right, then the Summer Smooches DSP on top with the flaps opening up and down.  Finally, a 3″ x 3″ square of Whisper White provides a place to write a little note inside.  Fold it all up, add your sentiments on the front, and you’re done!

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Christmas is exactly 6 months from today!  Have you started making your Christmas cards yet??  I have!  The Embellished Events stamp set includes a Christmas image and sentiment along with all the other occasions!  This is the fourth card I made with this set at my stamping retreat a week or so ago:

Materials:

  • Stamp Set:  Embellished Events
  • Ink:  Cherry Cobbler
  • Cardstock:  Very Vanilla, Gumball Green, Cherry Cobbler, Be Of Good Cheer DSP
  • Tools and Accessories:  Scallop Edge Border Punch, 2 3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/4″ Circle Punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (circle), Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon, Linen Thread, Dazzling Details

Hard to tell in the picture. but there is a nice little touch of sparkle on the Santa hat achieved by using Dazzling Details in the white area at the bottom and on the pom.

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Here’s a third card from my retreat last weekend, using that great Embellished Events stamp set again.   For more info about the stamp set, read yesterday’s post.  This baby card is SUPER simple and I think I might make a ton of variations on this design, it’s a great use for all those scraps of patterned paper I have stashed in a drawer.  I am such a hoarder, I can’t throw away a scrap unless it is less than half an inch wide.  🙂

Materials:

  • Stamp Set:  Embellished Events
  • Ink: Raspberry Ripple, Crumb Cake, Summer Starfruit, Tangerine Tango
  • Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Whisper White, 2012-2014 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack
  • Tools and Accessories:  Big Shot with Labels Framelits, Paper snips, 1/8″ mini brads, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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The second card we made at the retreat last weekend using the Embellished Events stamp set was this cute birthday card.

You could make this a whole lot simpler by stamping in a single color, but I love the effect we got by using Stampin’ Write markers to make the cake and stand four different colors.  If you have not tried this technique before, it’s super easy.  Just color directly on the rubber stamp with the “fat” end of your Stampin’ Write markers, then “huff” on it to re-moisten the ink, and stamp!

Materials:

  • Stamp Set:  Embellished Events
  • Ink:  Pool Party, Gumball Green, Cherry Cobbler, Tangerine Tango
  • Cardstock:  Gumball Green, Cherry Cobbler, Pool Party, Whisper White
  • Tools and Accessories:  Big Shot with Argyle Embossing Folder and Scallop Circle Bigz Die, Circle Scissor, Daffodil Delight 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, Glue Dots, Modern Label Punch, Word Window Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Rhinestone Basic Jewels

Here’s a look at the whole Embellished Events stamp set:

With one single stamp set you could cover just about all the occasions there are – I know the cards I definitely make/use most often are thank yous, sympathy, baby, and Christmas.  Maybe I should just stop buying stamps and stick with this one set (haha…not likely for this stamp addict!)  But this one will definitely be a staple that I pull out often.  You can order your own online anytime:

 

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This past weekend I had a big treat. I got to attend a stamping retreat in Mt. Juliet, TN with about 60 other demonstrators and guests!

My husband seemed a little confused about why I wanted to spend a whole day stamping.

I was only too excited to go and hang out with friends and make new ones while stamping together. Not to mention getting new stamps, embellishments (hello, new buttons and In Color Dahlias!), and a card swap to give me a whole summer’s worth of new ideas. Oh, and almost a month into summer vacation with a 3 year old and a 5 year old to entertain every day, I jumped at the chance for a WHOLE DAY of adult conversation. I am sure any other stay at home moms out there will identify. 🙂

We spent all day making nine different projects (I’ll post one each day over the next couple weeks). Five of the projects used a new stamp set called Embellished Events. This is a great set, with different images and sentiments that cover all occasions from birthdays to Christmas. Here is the first card we made:

LOVE the new scalloped edgelit and coordinating piercing template! I can see using this on a lot of different kinds of cards for some added interest along the edge. This card also uses four of our new In Colors, right down to the new Dahlias that I adhered over the stamped flowers.

Perhaps the cleverest part? The little flower pot is made using the OWL punch – it’s upside down so the ears look like feet for the flowerpot! I love it!

Materials:

  • Stamp Set: Embellished Events
  • Ink: Gumball Green, Primrose Petals
  • Cardstock: Summer Starfruit, Gumball Green, Whisper White
  • Tools and Accessories: Big Shot with Large Scallop Edgelit, Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack, Paper-Piercing Tool, Owl Punch, 3/8″ Gumball Green stitched satin ribbon, In Color Dahlias (Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit, Primrose Petals), glue dots

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This week I had good news and bad news.  A family friend passed away unexpectedly which meant I needed a sympathy card, and one of my good friends got married which meant I need a wedding card.  I know I have told you before about how it is great to have a stash of cards on hand for these occasions.  Well, I have a lovely stash of birthday cards and thank you cards…but no sympathy and wedding cards on hand this week.  And I have been CRAZY busy with getting ready for VBS (because I was crazy enough to sign up to be a director…which is a lot of fun but it is definitely crunch time the next two weeks.)  And it’s summer break right now so I have a 3 year old and a 5 year old to keep entertained.  Long story short, I needed some fast, easy cards.

If I had to pick the ONE item from the Stampin’ Up! catalog that I use the most, it would be my Big Shot.  And the thing that really pushed me into buying a Big Shot was seeing embossing folders in action.  Die cutting is great, but I think embossing is even better.  The embossing folders just give you such a big impact in seconds.  You can take one embossed sheet of cardstock and make people say wow without much extra embellishment at all. And the embossing folders are only $7.95!  I can’t pass them up!

So, in my time crunch, here are the two cards I made:

Very simple, but beautiful just because of the embossing.  Whisper White and Basic Black are great for both occasions.  I could have actually used stamps from Teeny Tiny Wishes for both, but happened to have Thoughts and Prayers handy and thought I’d use it since it was out.

Materials:

Sympathy Card:

  • Stamp Set:  Thoughts and Prayers
  • Ink:  Basic Black
  • Cardstock:  Whisper White, Basic Black
  • Tools and Accessories:  Big Shot with Elegant Bouquet embossing folder and Labels Framelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sponge Daubers

Wedding Card:

  • Stamp Set:  Teeny Tiny Wishes
  • Ink:  Basic Black
  • Cardstock:  Whisper White, Basic Black
  • Tools and Accessories:  Big Shot with Elegant Lines embossing folder, Modern Label Punch, Word Window Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Basic Jewels Pearls

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Graduation Owl

My very oldest friend just completed her PhD last week!  We grew up two blocks from each other and were friends before we could even walk, all the way through high school and beyond.  We live thousands of miles apart now – graduate school sent me to Atlanta for engineering and her to Seattle for fishery sciences**, but we still keep in touch very regularly.  I treasure our longstanding tradition of breakfast together on December 26th when we are back in our hometown visiting our parents for the holidays.  I so wish I could have been there for her graduation – I know she worked very very hard for this milestone and I want to send her a little something special with a personal card, of course!

**Interesting and extremely random trivia fact:  I had three bridesmaids in my wedding (all from different phases of my life and one of whom had never met the other two until they became fellow bridesmaids)…and now almost ten years later they ALL have PhDs in fields related to fish.  What are the odds of that?!?  Maybe I need to make some fish cards!

For a graduation theme (given that I don’t have any fish-themed stamps or punches…), I decided to do a little punch art with my Owl Punch, pulling inspiration from dozens of different samples I found online. I wanted to do the card in her school colors so for the best match I used So Saffron and Concord Crush (which retired on May 31, sorry!) This little guy would look great in any school colors though!  I made him a little cap and diploma (if I were hand-delivering this card  I would have actually rolled a little piece of paper up for the diploma, but this one is going to get mailed and I didn’t want it to get smooshed flat):

Materials:

  • Stamp Set:  Teeny Tiny Wishes
  • Ink:  Concord Crush (retired)
  • Cardstock:  So Saffron, Concord Crush (retired), Soft Suede, Basic Black, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Concord Crush DSP (retired)
  • Tools and Accessories:  Big Shot with Stripes Embossing Folder and Labels Framelits, Owl Builder Punch, 1 3/4″ Scallop Circle Punch, Large Oval Punch, 3/4″ circle punch, white Baker’s Twine, Modern Label Punch, Word Window Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Tips:  The owl’s cap is made using a 1″x1/2″ diamond of cardstock (freehanded with paper snips), plus a 1/2″ wide strip with the curve at the bottom formed using the 3/4″ circle punch.  The owl’s wings are made from a portion of the scallop circle punch, with the slight curve at the top formed using the oval punch.

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