Today I have two cards to share with you. One we made in class last week uses the no-fail classic colour combo of navy and white with the lovely 'Floral Phrases' stamp set. I really liked the layout, so decided to try it again as a Christmas card, using some new goodies from the forthcoming Holiday Catalogue.
I didn't have enough of the Floral Boutique designer paper for the class, so I went with the Night of Navy layered on the thick Whisper White card base. The stamped layer is matted on silver foil and uses the main floral image from 'Floral Phrases' at the top, together with the Floral Boutique washi set to separate the lovely sentiment from the same set. I added some white Baker's twine before popping up the panel in the centre. I've kept the same border on all the layers for a balanced symmetrical look. The result is a very elegant thank you card that could also work well as a sympathy or wedding card with a change of sentiment.
For the inside, I have used the other floral image to create a border at the base of the writing panel.
Card stock & Papers
Night of Navy, Whisper White, Silver Foil
Night of Navy
White Baker's Twine, Rhinestones Basic Jewels, Floral Boutique Washi set
Trimmer, Dimensionals, Stampamajig
When I saw the images in the new 'Greetings from Santa' stamp set, I thought they would translate well to the same layout. For the top section I have stamped the tree and reindeer image and then added the fabulous washi from the new 'Presents & Pinecones' suite. The sentiment is a favourite from the 'Wondrous Wreath' stamp set and the Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine is also new in the Holiday Catalogue from the 'Baker's Twine Trio' pack. The centre panel was popped up as with the first one. The finished card has less layers than the first, but the layout remains the same.
For the inside, I have used some of the striped washi at the bottom and have stamped the pine tree and reindeer above it to finish.
I think Emerald Envy and Cherry Cobbler/Real Red is going to be one of my go-to colour combos for Christmas this year. The emerald is so vibrant.
Greetings from Santa, Wondrous Wreath
Card stock & Papers
Emerald Envy, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White
Versamark, Emerald Envy, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
This week the CTC Crew looking at the 'Artistic Expression' section of the 2016-17 Annual Catalogue. There is lots in this section to get the creative juices flowing.
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This is the Stampin' Up! sample from the top of page 139 using the lovely 'Blooms & Wishes' stamp set.
The wreath took my eye, so I decided to make my first Christmas card for the year using the wreath from the 'Wondrous Wreath' stamp set. I've kept the layout the same and substituted Real Red for my base card and Emerald Envy for the trim as well as the wreath. Emerald Envy adds a contemporary feel to the traditional Christmas colours and it will be one of my go-to colour combos this year.
To achieve the two shades, I stamped the main wreath in Emerald Envy that was stamped off once first. The highlighted leaves were stamped in full strength Emerald Envy and the berries in Real Red. After die cutting, the wreath has been popped up and finished off with a bow in the gorgeous Real Red Stitched Satin ribbon that was new to the Annual Catalogue this year. I've gone bold with the greeting, die cutting the Noel from the 'Wonderful Wreath' framelits in sparkly gold glimmer. The card looks so vibrant in real life.
For the inside, I used some of the yummy new washi tape at the bottom that is from the 'Presents & Pinecones' suite in the forthcoming Holiday Catalogue. The red is Cherry Cobbler with Emerald Envy and Mint Macaron, but it still blends with the Real Red. I've stamped the holly in the corner in Emerald Envy and punched out some 1/8" circles for the berries. I think this would be quite a good design to produce multiples of.
Card stock & Papers
Real Red, Emerald Envy, Whisper White, Gold Glimmer
Emerald Envy, Real Red
Real Red Stitched Satin Ribbon, Delicate White Doilies, Presents & Pinecones Washi set
It's Sunday again (don't the days just fly by) and the CTC Crew looking at the 'Everyday Occasions' section of the 2016-17 Annual Catalogue this week. This is a really big section in the catalogue and there are so many great projects to CASE, it is hard to choose.
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This is the Stampin' Up! sample from the bottom right hand corner of page 91. I have had making a spinner card on my to do list since the new 'Sliding Star' Framelits were released this year.
This is my version of the circle spinner card and I will give you more detail than usual about how I made the card, so hopefully you will be able to make one too. If you don't have the 'Sliding Star' framelits, you can use any layering circles or ovals dies or punches. Choose two that will give you a 3/8" or 1cm space between the two sizes.
I've gone with a portrait orientation for my card in Rich Razzleberry (mine is a tent fold). The top layer is Smoky Slate card stock and I've covered all but 1" at the top with my favourite floral design from the Brights DSP Paper Stack. The large circle was die cut from this layer and the 1/8" foam strips placed on the reverse side, all the way around, right on the edge. I like a neat finish so I ensure that the strips are butted together so there are no gaps. I also added some extra short strips around the circle for support, but no closer than 3/8" as you need the spinner to run freely.
I've also taken the opportunity to ink up the super-cute 'Pretty Kitty' stamp set for the first time to use in the centrepiece of my card. I stamped it on Shimmery White paper and then water coloured it with ink pads and aqua painter. You can die cut the centre piece with the large framelit from the 'Sliding Star' set or use the retired 2.5" circle punch as it is the same size. I recommend you cut another circle of the same colour as your centre piece and glue them together with Tombow. This provides extra support for a better finish. Add some of the 1/8" foam strips to the back of the finished circle but no closer than 3/8" to the edge and also in the centre.
The final component is the spinner mechanism. I used 2 very thin (about 1mm) machine washers (further details later) which are 5/8" or 1.6cm in diameter. I punched out 2 circles of card stock and I adhered the circles to the washers with Tombow glue. The circles of card stock just need to be big enough to cover the hole in the centre where your foam pad needs to sit. Punch out a 1/4" circle from the Stampin' Dimensional sheet (use the Stampin' Up! 1/4" hand held punch or any other 1/4" punch if you don't have the handheld one) and place it in the centre of one of the covered washers and sandwich together with the other washer. Here are a few pics to help explain these steps.
Now to assemble the card, attach the Smoky Slate layer to the base card after removing the backing paper from all of your strips. Place the washer wheel onto the outside circle and very carefully centre your smaller circle in the space. Before pressing down firmly, insert the smaller circle into the other side of the washer wheel and check that it moves freely around the whole of the circle. Adjust the positioning if necessary. Finally attach your embellishment to the top of the washer and have fun looking at it spinning around - it is seriously addictive! Because the centre of the butterfly is narrower than the washer, I added another card stock circle to the top before attaching it, so the silver washer isn't visible. Here is a pic of the finished card from the top.
This close-up shows the washer wheel sandwiched between the inner circle and outer circle.
For the inside, I have a Smoky Slate mat and the writing panel is finished with a strip of washi tape from the 'Playful Palette' set and the floral flourish from the 'Bloomin' Love' stamp set.
Finally, I have a quick little video (my first) so you can see how the spinner card looks in real life. I had to enlist the help of my husband to film this, as I don't have any video set up, so please be kind.
I'm pleased to be back tonight with the CTC Crew to provide more inspiration from the 'Birthdays' section of the 2016-17 Annual Catalogue. It has been a busy few weeks for me, having been away for a week of sunshine in New Caledonia and then taking on a commission to make 230 party favour boxes as soon as I returned and a class this afternoon. I hope that life will slow down a little bit now, so I can get back to my craft desk and enjoy being creative.
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This is the Stampin' Up! sample from the bottom right corner of page 10 that I have used for my inspiration. I have taken the basic layout from the sample card and added some extra layers. I've also used the colours from the 'Festive Birthday' DSP, changing it up a bit from the sample.
For the focal image, I have inked up the 'Sweet Cupcake' stamp set for the first time to create a yummy looking cupcake. I have never succumbed to any of the cupcake cake stamps/punches up to now. This stamp set with the coordinating 'Cupcake Cutouts' Framelits is such a great combination. I love that the cupcake is so realistic and there are lots of greetings to go with it. There are lots of great extras in the framelits in addition to the cup cake top, base and candle. There is the lovely script words 'sweet' and 'wish', a 3D banner and the 'loopy line'.
The frosting on the cupcake uses 3 shades of Melon Mambo to coordinate with the background that has been dry embossed with the 'Festive' embossing folder. I started with the solid image (#3) stamped off twice, the next most solid (#2) stamped off once and the highlight image (#1) in full strength Melon Mambo. I added some extra subtle sparkle with Wink of Stella over the top. For the base of the cupcake I used the same order of stamps in Crumb Cake (#3), Soft Suede (#2) and Early Espresso (#1). The 'sweet' has been die cut from the coordinating set of 'Cupcake Cutouts' framelits in silver glimmer and the other words are from the 'Thoughtful Banners' stamp set.
For the inside I have added a fun touch with the 'loopy line' I mentioned previously, at the bottom with a little bling on each end.
I really like this simple layout and I'm sure I will be using it again in the future.