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Make a Happy Card for WCMD 2017

Make a Happy Card for WCMD 2017

It’s time to get our your supplies and make a happy card for WCMD 2017! This is the one day every year devoted exclusively to us paper crafters and card makers! So let’s all take advantage of it and play until the cows come home! In honour of WCMD (World Card Making Day) I designed a card easy to duplicate, using two of my favourite In Colours: Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist. Take a gander at what I have for you today before I give you the how-to’s.

make a happy card for WCMD 2017

Let’s just say I had to be encouraged to get the Eastern Palace Suite when it debuted as an early release in May. I’m sure glad I had that little push because now it’s right up up there with Colourful Seasons for my favourite bundle in the catalogue. Here’s just a few of the many reasons why:

  • the dies, the dies, the dies! This medallion is simply gorgeous like I used it in this one!
  • ease of use – even though not really a two-step stamping set, I made it one for this card
  • versatility – see how I used the die for something completely different in this one
  • the paper – the specialty paper is absolutely beee-you-tiful like I used here

make a happy card for WCMD 2017

OK now that I’ve gotten that out of my system, want to know how to make it?

The Ingredients:

  • Berry Bust cardstock 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”
  • Very Vanilla cardstock 3 3/4” x 3 3/4”
  • Lemon Lime Twist cut with largest circle framelit
  • Fresh Fig punched with 1 3/4” circle punch
  • Berry Burst punched with 1” circle punch
  • Berry Burst and Fresh Fig ink
  • About 13” Fresh Fig 1/2” finely woven ribbon

The Recipe:

  • Stamp right hand side of folded Berry Burst card with star image in Berry Burst ink. Do not extend past the half way mark. Tie ribbon along bottom of card and secure with a double knot quite far to the right of card. Set aside.
  • Centre and nest three dies together in middle of Very Vanilla cardstock and run through Big Shot. (TIP1: Hold them in place with washi tape if they move around a little.  TIP2:  Although a Precision Base Plate will make this easier, if you use a Magnetic Platform like I did, run it through 2-3 times.)

make a happy card for WCMD 2017

To get a better idea of which dies I used, this is what they look like on the cutting side.

make a happy card for WCMD 2017

Stamp the little decoration 8 times around the inside of the medallion in Fresh Fig ink, reinking your stamp each time.

make a happy card for WCMD 2017

Place dabs of liquid of Fine Tip glue onto back middle section of Very Vanilla medallion and place 1” Berry Burst Circle directly over top. Dab more glue on the back around the Berry Burst circle and on the circle itself and position the Fresh Fig 1 3/4“ circle directly over top. Dab glue on remaining pieces of the back and glue directly only the Lemon Lime Twist circle. Let dry a few minutes.

make a happy card for WCMD 2017

Stamp words in Berry Burst along bottom of medallion and adhere to front of card with dimensionals. Attach one glitter enamel shape into middle of medallion.

make a happy card for WCMD 2017

So now you can go ahead and make a happy card for WCMD 2017 too. Or if you needed to be “encouraged” like me, here is the bundle and the rest of the supplies I used. Simply click on the image to take you to my online store and it will be on its way to you lickety split.

Here’e one last peek.

make a happy card for WCMD 2017

Now that I’ve been converted to a Eastern Palace fan, I can see all kinds of other possibilities for this super bundle. With its the coordinated embellishments and the multitude of designs you can create with the medallion dies, it’s one that I hope will be around a long time. So although it was awesome to make a happy card for WCMD 2017, keep your eyes on my blog – I know you’ll be seeing more of this in my future.

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Great Cards Combine Die Cuts and Patterned Paper

Great Cards Combine Die Cuts and Patterned Paper

My friend Joanne knows great cards combine die cuts and patterned paper! I’m showcasing her lovely card today for my Front and Centre Friday. I think she would agree one of the best parts is how fast these go together when you have a bundle from this year’s Annual catalogue with coordinated designer series paper! See how fabulous the Naturally Eclectic Suite can be!

great cards combine die cuts and patterned paper

Did you figure out which patterned paper she’s using? It’s the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack! You might miss these paper stacks on page 187 of the Annual catalogue, but they’re worth taking another look at. Why? Because all three of them are part of the Buy Three, Get One Free offer on right now.

So that’s a pretty good reason in itself, but there’s lots more!  If you haven’t tried a set of these, they are so fast and fun to play with you’ll want all three. Super manageable at 6” x 6” you get 48 double sided sheets. With 4 each of 12 different designs you can mix and match to your heart’s content! In this Color Theory one, there’s a paint chip like look, three crackle finishes, a colour blocked look with 6 different colour shades, and a beautiful ombre piece…yes, my favourite. 🙂  Just a little heavier than regular bond paper, it won’t add bulk to your designs. In fact Joanne’s only cardstock is the Whisper White for her base, panel and leaves.  Instead she found lots of ways to combine her paper stack with her card and die cuts. Can you tell where?

  • her two detailed flower outlines are die cut from the Berry Burst ombre, one a little lighter than the other
  • Crushed Curry crackle fancies up that gorgeous diamond lattice flower background

Then she added more dimension and interest by incorporating more Color Theory paper and her dies:

  • the greeting and banner are cut from the Berry Burst ombre as well, but in the darker shade
  • her lovely leaves are stamped first in Lemon Lime Twist then die cut and placed behind her flowers
  • and her pink matting ties her card together since it’s in Berry Burst ombre too. Take a look at the colour gradation in that little strip of matted paper.

 

great cards combine die cuts and patterned paper

The Naturally Eclectic set is another one that gives a watercolour look, just like Painted Harvest and this card I shared the other day. When you have stamps designed to give these impressions, you’ll never be disappointed with the effect.

To add this bundle and paper to your supplies like Joanne did, it’s a simple click of your mouse. You’ll be able to quickly see how great cards combine die cuts and patterned paper yourself.

See how flat this card lies – no bulk so it will go through the mail with ease – and no extra postage.

great cards combine die cuts and patterned paper

Joanne was inspired by a card she found on Pinterest but she changed up the colours and placement. You may already know it’s a fabulous source of creativity. Sometimes when you’re stuck for an idea, if you just type in the name of the stamp set you will be rewarded with all kinds of designs. I’m happy to post my cards to my Pinterest boards so you can easily find them without having to scroll through all the blog posts too. There’s lots of ideas there to showcase how great cards combine die cuts and patterned paper.

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How to Combine Colour With Patterned Paper

How to Combine Colour With Patterned Paper

For super duper eye-catching projects, I want to show you how to combine colour with patterned paper. This is a pretty simple card I’ve amped up with designer series paper, stamping, some layered circles, a punch and trims. What really makes it stand out is the colour coordination and balance. No one item overpowers the other and even though there’s lots going on, everything works together beautifully. Take a peek.

how to combine colour with patterned paper

What’s the first thing you noticed? The greeting right? Know why? It’s a “quiet” place on the card. The lighter vanilla circle POPS agains the dark of its matted Early Espresso circle and the bold lines in the background pattern. But it also picks up on both the lower patterned paper vanilla background and the vanilla chevron shape in the Espresso piece.

I think that one pattern alone is so neat – here’s a question for you. Are the chevrons Espresso or are they Vanilla? Take another look and then leave me comment with what you think.

how to combine colour with patterned paper

Another little touch is the leaf imprint behind the greeting. It’s maybe not something you noticed right off the hop, but it adds a hint of colour and interest. That’s one of the great things about this Painted Harvest stamp set. The “solid” pieces are made to look a little mottled or watercolour-y (is that a word?) So the effect is a softness that you can’t get with other stamps. Then the boldness of that gorgeous script stands out even more.

You might be wondering how I picked my colours. On the back of every designer series paper package is a list of all the Stampin’ Up! colours in it. So I first decided on the designer paper I wanted to use, then used the colours in it for the rest of my stamping. No need to try and decide what to combine – and no need for an art degree! And it takes NO TIME at all. How easy is that? I did this EXACT same thing on this cheerful and fun fold birthday card.

And you know what? I used a colour I wouldn’t have thought of using. Soft Sky. This light blue – almost a powdery blue – is perfect in this card. Blue, especially the light blue, is a complementary colour to brown and creates a calming and peaceful feeling when paired together. Stampin’ Up! has art experts on staff that are always researching the latest and upcoming colours. They KNOW what colours work together, so I thought, why not listen to them?

 

how to combine colour with patterned paper

There’s a little surprise in this card too. The front is only HALF there! This isn’t quite a dutch fold card, but it has a very similar feel. The inside greeting hides behind the front focal point – and completely echoes it. Perhaps more simple, but elements of the leaf and colours tie it together wonderfully.

how to combine colour with patterned paper

And let’s just talk about that trim and embellishment around the front greeting. There are three elements: the leaf punch, burlap ribbon and mini gold sequin trim. OK, I have to confess…I was holding out on the sequins. They were in my order since June, then they were out, then in, then out. But I finally caved and I’m so excited to use it. So sparkly and the perfect size! Not too big, not too small, just like Goldilocks! You know what the clincher was? I made all the Watercolour Christmas cards and it’s the trim in there! So easy to use and it adds awesome detail.

To make this card yourself and see how to combine colour with patterned paper, here are all the supplies I used. With designer paper on sale right now, it’s the prefect time to stock up.  See if you need to add any to your own stash.

Here’s a final look.

how to combine colour with patterned paper

One of the best parts about being a crafter like you, is I get to play and experiment. But when I don’t have a lot of time, I find I resort more and more to picking up that pack of designer series paper and letting the experts at Stampin’ Up! do the colour matching work for me. Then, the question of how to combine colour with patterned paper becomes a cinch – and I’m always pleased with the results.

Use Scrapbooking Supplies for Quick Cards

Use Scrapbooking Supplies for Quick Cards

Did you know you can use scrapbooking supplies for quick cards? My friend Leslie made me an ultra-fast, ultra-easy, ultra-nifty card using the Memories & More Color Theory card pack perfect for this time of year.

use scrapbooking supplies for quick cards

If you’re not a scrapbooker and haven’t noticed this card pack before, or glossed over them, like me (yup, guilty!) you’ll find them on page 192-193 of the annual catalogue. Why not take a closer look at what’s included in this particular pack?

use scrapbooking supplies for quick cards

52 3” x 4” pre-printed flat cards and 20 4” x 6” pre-printed flat cards – WOW! But that’s not all, you also get two cardstock sticker sheets and four printed acetate cards. All this for only $12.50. Think how many cards that works out to (about 72 plus with my calculations). When it comes to economical, these are right up there with my Santa Paws card earlier this week. I might have to agree these might be right at the top!

So let’s talk time. How many of us have LOADS of time to spend paper crafting? Not me…and probably not most of you. So when I say quick, I really mean it! There are only 6 steps, each taking about 10 seconds! It got even quicker when Leslie pulled out her pre-cut, pre-scored notepads and envelope for the card base. Here are her steps:

  1. Cut the double sided card (with leaves) to 3” x 4”
  2. Cut down a sheet of Color Theory paper to 3 1/4” x 4 3/4” (this one is in Crushed Curry)
  3. Stamp thank you in Memento ink on one of the leaves
  4. Adhere Crushed Curry Color Theory paper to top left of folded notecard
  5. Attach stamped 3” x 4” card to bottom right overlapping designer paper with dimensionals
  6. Swipe your Wink of Stella over a leaf or two to add a little sparkle

That’s IT! (Oh, and Leslie used the cut off strip of Crushed Curry paper on the flap of her envelope.  A fun way to tie it together!

use scrapbooking supplies for quick cards

Why not use scrapbooking supplies for quick cards yourself? If you’re a scrapbooker, try using them in a slightly different way. If you’re not, here’s where you can find some:

use scrapbooking supplies for quick cards

Simple, easy and timely. All the qualities of a fast and fun card. I’d say!

I do have to admit, I haven’t yet purchased any of the Memories & More Card Packs. But I’m going to be perusing those couple pages pretty closely…which one can I get the most use from for card making? Then I’ll be able to copy Leslie and use scrapbooking supplies for quick cards when I need to make multiples – or just when I’m running out of time!

My Fabulous 2017 Holiday Open House Customer Cards

My Fabulous 2017 Holiday Open House Customer Cards

Today I want to share some of my fabulous 2017 Holiday Open House customer cards with you. I’m so lucky to have such talented and generous customers and friends. It was amazing to see the diversity of cards and ideas everyone brought. Embossing, die cuts, designer paper…straight up stamping, techniques, 3D and ribbon. Just like the designs I showcased from my summer Open House, everything was represented! Here’s a sampling for you!

my fabulous 2017 holiday open house customer cards

Emily (who you would never know is a pretty new stamper), is really enjoying playing with the Coffee Break Suite. Here she beautifully combined the designer series paper with ribbon, a corrugated element and stamping for a fun card any friend would appreciate.

 

my fabulous 2017 holiday open house customer cards

Eileen chose purples and black for her friend card. She’s used a favourite set of mine, Serene Silhouettes which I’ve got in my retired stash too. She livened up her background by stamping the silhouette in black first, then ran it through her embossing folder. The final touches are her three black rhinestones. (And coincidentally Eileen won Stampin’ Up!’s new Black Rhinestones as a door prize!)

 

my fabulous 2017 holiday open house customer cards

Linda is like a magpie with anything Asian. Her lovely Artistically Asian thanks card has lots of layers and beautiful Japanese paper in a mix of cool greens. The shiny gold in the blossom paper really catches the light to make you look twice.

 

my fabulous 2017 holiday open house customer cards

Ann chose an embossed cloud background to add depth and life to her whimsical trio of balloons. To give her card a bit more oomph, she doubled up her baker’s twine and placed a bold black calligraphed greeting to ground the balloons.

 

my fabulous 2017 holiday open house customer cards

Crystal’s bubbly personality certainly comes through in her card. She went for bright colours and the Jar of Love set, combining stamps, punches, Wink of Stella and die cuts for cheery Hello card. Wouldn’t this bring a smile to anyone’s face?

 

my fabulous 2017 holiday open house customer cards

Look at Eileen’s gorgeous – and oh so different – thank you card! The matted ovals are a perfect balance to the half circle card base and the dragonfly punch complements the beautiful Japanese paper so well.

 

Kim’s Bloomin’ Heart love card is deceptively simple. The heart is die cut three times – once from the square card, once from the matted white stitched layer and a third time in the lovely pink paper. She used tape to affix it to the back of her square mat before setting her edges into the card base and gluing down her square. She completed her card with a cursive “love” die cut and then scattering flowers and pearls for a beautiful finish.

I’m so happy to feature my customers on my Front and Centre Fridays. And I would absolutely love to showcase your projects too. Send me your creations made with Stampin’ Up! product so you can see yours show up here too!

And you know what? These weren’t ALL the great designs I received…bookmark my page and keep checking back for more of my fabulous 2017 Open House customer cards coming your way in future blog posts.

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