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Elegant Handmade Wedding Anniversary Cards

Elegant Handmade Wedding Anniversary Cards

Today I’m so excited to be sharing elegant handmade wedding anniversary cards designed by my friend and team member Paula.  These gorgeous Best Wishes cards feature the Petal Passion Suite from the Occasions catalogue and if you’ve not paid attention because you’re not a scrapbooker, take a second look.  Really,  look at just how spectacular a Memories & More card can be!  

handmade wedding anniversary cards

In case you didn’t run to grab your Occasions catalogue, take a peek at the entire card pack featuring the always popular Basic Black, Powder Pink and White palette.  

handmade wedding anniversary cards

 

And are you ready for the BEST part?  You get all of this for ONLY $12.50! 

Maybe even better?  The pack will make more than 72 cards.  That’s a stellar deal!  It’s perfect for both quick and easy card making or more involved designs like Paula’s!  (And you’re not going to want to miss another fantastic idea made by my friend Rhonda below.)

But you better hurry since it’s on the Occasions retiring list and once it’s gone, it’s gone for good!

Let’s get back to Paula’s card…

I’m not sure there’s anything more sophisticated than a gray and black monochromatic colour scheme on a card.  (I guess technically these aren’t really colours are they but non-colours?!😁) 

Whatever you choose to call them, they are simply beautiful together.  Especially when they’re used to celebrate such a wonderful event. 

And don’t limit yourself to only wedding anniversary, what about a wedding itself?  Or maybe a congratulations for reaching a challenging milestone?  Or even a birthday for a really special someone.  The possibilities are endless with these “colours” and this pretty design. 

Let’s take another look.

handmade wedding anniversary cards

Elegant Handmade Wedding Anniversary Cards

Although Paula lots of elements on her card, everything works together beautifully for a few key reasons:

  • She’s limited herself to one main colour scheme (monochromatic grey running from white through to black)
  • Her pretty Petal Pair embossing folder in embossed on vellum cardstock which instantly creates a white on light look which adds interest yet blends into the background
  • She’s chosen an off-centred layout for the focal point Memories & More card to draw the eye immediately to the words
  • The delicate silver foil branch and flower beautifully accentuate, without overpowering the rest of the card

 

handmade wedding anniversary cards

 

Memories & More Card Pack Ideas

Have you had fun playing with a Memories & More card pack yet?  If you have, you know there are so many ways to use it:

  • Traditional (and fast and easy) scrapbooking
  • Card making
  • Home decor (think wall hangings or desk top pics)
  • Gift items (framed photos)
  • Book making (now you get to check out Rhonda’s cool multi-fold out book)

handmade wedding anniversary cards

handmade wedding anniversary cards

Isn’t it over-the-top fabulous!  Rhonda loves bookmaking (as you can see) and she put her Petal Passion Memories & More Card Pack to use right away designing this lovely book.

No matter what you choose to create, I think one of the best deals in any catalogue is a Memories & More Card Pack.  Get yours – and all the rest of the supplies to make Paula’s elegant card right here!

handmade wedding anniversary cards

You might also want to get your pretty on with this other idea for an elegant wedding card.

Memories & More Card Packs are not just for scrapbooking.  As Paula demonstrates, they’re awesome for card making too!  Grab your Petal Passion one and CASE (Copy And Share Everything) Paula’s elegant handmade wedding anniversary cards today! 

Stampin Up Basket Weave Embossing Folder Tips

Stampin Up Basket Weave Embossing Folder Tips

Want some basket weave embossing folder tips to make sure you get the BEST impressions possible?  Silly question right?  Of course you do!

Did you get your folder FREE yet? It comes in the exclusive Blossoming Basket Bundle with a $120 Stampin’ Up! order. But don’t delay, Sale-a-bration 2018 ends tomorrow, March 31st!  Place your order now!

My friend and Kreative Kanucks teammate Trudy made me this pretty Easter card with a basket weave panel background. I couldn’t resist sharing it with you so you can see how it makes you want to reach out and touch it.

basket weave embossing folder tips

Why is it oh-so-touchable? It’s a dynamic textured embossing folder.

What’s the difference? This type of folder creates deeply etched, dimensional embossed impressions, even deeper than our regular embossing folders. To see what a dynamic folder can do, look at the depth of the woodgrain in this dragonfly card!

Basket Weave Embossing Folder Tips

When you start working with dynamic folders, tips I’ve learned along the way might come in handy.

1. make sure you use only one acrylic pad (standard cutting pad) and your Big Shot Platform. So your sandwich is:

basket weave embossing folder tips

2.   If you have the old hinged platform that used to come with the Big Shot, you will need to set it at Tab 1. (Note: On my old platform, although I get a very respectable impression, it’s just not quite as deep. And make sure you don’t use Tab 2. It’s way too thick!)
3.   Emboss only one sheet of cardstock at a time for best results.
4.   Spritz your cardstock first with clear water from your Stampin’ Spritzer before placing in your embossing folder to give you an even deeper impression.
5.   Insert your folder spine-first into your Big Shot to lessen any stress on the folder.
6.   If it seems like you didn’t have your Wheeties this morning and you have to really crank your Big Shot handle, you’ve probably got the wrong sandwich. (See 1 and 2 above.)

Also note, your Magnetic Platform is almost an eighth of an inch thicker than the Big Shot platform so you will have problems if you are trying to use it. (Believe me, I have learned this from experience when I needed to purchase another folder. 😧)

basket weave embossing folder tips

Trudy says her inspiration comes from Pinterest for her card. In addition to the lovely embossed panel in So Saffron, there are many special touches I want to make sure I mention to you!

  • Her pretty flowers come from the Wild About Flowers set and are stamped in Peekaboo Peach on Pear Pizzazz stems.
  • A mix of small pearls embellish the flower centres for added texture.
  • The gorgeous scalloped edge is the Decorative Ribbon Border punch adhered along both the top and bottom of the stamped panel.
  • She matched the Garden Green scalloped border with a wrap-around stitched satin ribbon. So soft and flexible, it knots beautifully to go through the mail.

Trudy decided to not use her coordinating stamp set, Blossoming Basket, for my Easter card.  If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s just beautiful. See for yourself.

basket weave embossing folder tips

The stamp set and embossing folder together create the Blossoming Basket Bundle, FREE with $120 order only until tomorrow night!  Stampin’ Up! has announced the Basket Weave folder will be available in the new Annual Catalogue in June.  However, the stamp set is exclusive to Sale-a-bration so we’ll likely not see it re-appear.

Thinking you’d really love this bundle but don’t have other items you want?  Now might be the best time to stock up on your basic supplies like cardstock, adhesives and ink refills. For items like these you always reach for in your paper crafting, you want a ready supply.  Then you’ll be stamping and embossing with the Blossoming Basket Bundle in no time. Thanks so much for placing your order with me.

basket weave embossing folder tips

Could you use this card for any other occasions? Absolutely!

While Trudy’s card has a Happy Easter greeting (from the Sweet Little Something set), simply change it out and you’ve got a lovely spring card for Mother’s Day, a birthday, sympathy, wedding, thinking of you or congratulations. Just about any special occasion.

Deeply etched backgrounds beg to be touched and create memorable cards for all your friends and family. And they’re easily achievable with my basket weave embossing folder tips – try them out today for an embossed impression that won’t soon be forgotten.

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Stamping Ink Watercolour Card with Stampin Up Lovely Wishes

Stamping Ink Watercolour Card with Stampin Up Lovely Wishes

Today let’s welcome spring with a stamping ink watercolour card with Stampin Up Lovely Wishes set.

But first, I have a question for you.  Do you think watercolour is WAAAY beyond your card making skills? Something that only advanced cardmakers can pull off? Then hold your hat, because you’re about to have those ideas blown away!

Watercolouring takes so many different forms, and this technique is one of the easiest I know, with the most reliable results. Let’s see.

stamping ink watercolour card

Can you see where the watercolour is? Take a closer peek.

stamping ink watercolour card

See how soft those green vine leaves are? THAT’S the watercolour technique. And to get that effect you only need four things:

  1. one solid stamp image
  2. a dye-based ink pad like our Classic Stampin’ pads
  3. your Stampin’ Spritzer filled with plain water
  4. good watercolour paper

Let me give you the how-to for a stamping ink watercolour card:

  1. Ink your solid stamp well with Classic Stampin’ pad
  2. Hold stamp about 6-8” away from you and spritz image with Stampin’ Spritzer about 3-4 times (TIP1: experiment a bit to see just how many spritzes you need. The ink needs to be wet enough to “bleed” on the paper but not so wet, it bleeds so you cannot see the original stamp shape any longer.)
  3. Stamp immediately onto watercolour paper. (TIP2: hold your stamp in place a 3-5 seconds so the ink/water mixture has time to seep into the fibres.)
  4. Spritz image and stamp again if desired. (TIP3: each time you re-spritz and stamp, your image will be lighter and lighter. I usually do this 1-2 times maximum before re-inking my stamp.)
  5. Let dry and stamp the open line leaves on top in Basic Black Archival ink. (TIP4: ink your stamp well and use firm pressure on your “bumpier” watercolour paper to get a good strong image.)

 

stamping ink watercolour card

Let’s talk a bit about the rest of the card.

I added the Peekaboo Peach blossoms randomly along the vine after everything was dry (which happens in a flash with this technique). And since those blossoms look a lot like butterflies to me😊, I embossed the Fluttering folder with my Big Shot on my large Peekaboo Peach panel. But look close because for a bit more interest, I embossed only about half of the cardstock.

Then I matted both my stamped image and my peach background with Pear Pizzazz and adhered them to a folded Basic Black card. My final touch is a cute shimmery Pear Pizzazz bow.  (In case you hadn’t noticed this fun fold card and my simple birthday box, the Shimmery ribbon is my FAVE this year – flexible enough to make pretty bows like this but sturdy enough to hold its shape.)

If you’re “bow challenged”, learn how to make your own perfect little bow every single time with my quick video tutorial.

stamping ink watercolour card

And once thing I always do with black cards? Create an insert. This one I framed with the same stamps and colours to tie it all together.

Now you see how pretty the Lovely Wishes set is, are you wondering where it is? I think it’s a bit of a hidden gem in the Occasions catalogue, maybe because it’s way back on page 50.

If you’re a tried & true two-step stamper (bet you can’t say that three times fast!), this set is a beautiful addition to your collection. Spring cards, Mother’s Day, Easter, Valentine’s, birthdays, congrats, graduation… and I’m even going to pull it out for fall projects. You’ll use this one over and over again.

Plus I really like the greetings.  With a font that’s just a little wonky so we don’t HAVE to get it perfectly straight 😋, it’s easy for this 50-plus crafter!

OK now it’s time for you to dive in and give a stamping ink watercolour card with Stampin Up Lovely Wishes a try. Make sure you don’t forget about Sale-a-bration! There’s still lots of free gift choices available when you spend either $60 or $120! I really do appreciate you choosing to spend your crafting dollars with me.  Thank you.

stamping ink watercolour card

Aren’t you glad spring has arrived?  Do you feel like winter has been about 14 months long? Me too!

So I’m MORE than ready for some spring sunshine and warmth to melt away our snow. And with all that extra water lying around, why not make a stamping ink watercolour card with Stampin Up Lovely Wishes?

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Make a Cute Bunny Rabbit Easter Card | VIDEO

Make a Cute Bunny Rabbit Easter Card | VIDEO

Who wants to make a cute bunny rabbit Easter card? With an adorable gingham bow, this petite bunny greeting just might be one of the sweetest things you’ll see all day!

And I’m going to let you in on a secret. That gingham bow is SO easy to make with my exclusive subscriber video, you’ll be adding bows to EVERY Easter project you make!

make a cute bunny rabbit easter card

Why is it we all LOVE everything tiny? Tiny babies, tiny puppies, tiny waists (LOL!)…and of course, tiny stamps. Tiny bows are sometimes a challenge though aren’t they? But not once you see my how-to video!

I promise you can master a perfect bow in no time. Take a peek but don’t forget to come back so I can tell you a few touches and tricks to make this pretty pink and grey card especially adorable.

Hey how come you haven’t seen this video before now?

Because it was exclusive for my email subscribers! But it’s super easy to be part of the fun!  And right now, when you subscribe I’ll give you all the how to’s and photos for an adorable Funny Bunny Easter Box!

Go ahead, click right on the bunny and it’ll take you right to my sign up page!

So when you want to make a cute bunny rabbit Easter card, what are my top tricks?

  • partial embossed background using the Petal Pair embossing folder (my FAVE folder from the new cattie) – at only 2 1/4” wide, it adds a little touch of whimsy while leaving the rest of the panel smooth. Compare it to a fully embossed card like this sympathy one which has a charm all its own
  • coordinated colour between the bunny’s bow and Sweet Sugarplum background (a tiny application of Rich Razzleberry watercolour pencil makes an almost perfect match!)
  • double scalloped decorative circles frame our Easter rabbit (a Basic Grey mat adds a teensy bit more punch than Smoky Slate)
  • two pieces of ribbon make the bow embellishment (one flat one adheres behind the Sugarplum panel, the second is a bow I made with my super quick video!)
  • perfectly coordinated envelope by running the flap through the Petal Pair embossing folder as well (TIP: run a second piece of cardstock or bond paper through at the same time to avoide cutting right through the envelope flap)

 

make a cute bunny rabbit easter card

Did you take a gander at that super quick “become-a-professional-bow-maker-in-minutes” video? Go ahead, it’s less than TWO minutes long! (I really try to keep all my tips and videos short so you can spend MORE time playing and LESS time watching!)

Then make a cute bunny rabbit Easter card – complete with a perfect bow – with all your spare time. Simply click on any image below to purchase your supplies from me and they will ship directly to you! Thanks a bunch!

make a cute bunny rabbit easter card

One of the best parts of my job is sharing exclusive tips and tricks with my subscribers to make your paper crafting life just a little more fun – and simple!

So if you haven’t already, sign up NOW!

HINT: Once you make a cute bunny rabbit Easter card like this one, use your free Funny Bunny Easter Box pdf tutorial to fill with yummy holiday treats for a perfectly coordinated gift!

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Rubber Stamping Art Tag Cards

Rubber Stamping Art Tag Cards

If you haven’t played around rubber stamping art tag cards, I’m hoping my project today will get you in the mood. And even though I’ve pulled out quite a few tools and supplies for my project today, the one I can’t live without is my scalloped tag topper punch.

You know, some say punches are passe. I beg to differ.  Big, small, and in-between, I LOVE my punches for versatility, design and speed. This baby card proves it! And although I know you can cut your own tags to make this card today, why would you when you can cut a beautifully edged tag top with one measly little punch crunch?

rubber stamping art tag cards

Isn’t that a sweet little tag to decorate a card? The Scalloped Tag Topper cuts a lovely shaped top with any size of tag up to 2” wide and whatever length you want. (Although to get it fit on a card like in these rubber stamping art tag cards, you’re going to want to limit yourself to about 4” long).

Even better? You don’t need to pull out a second punch for the slot – it punches exactly in the middle, every time you crunch that punch! (Hey I’m a poet and I didn’t even know it! I LIKE it! 😋 I suspect you’re gonna hear that rhyme again soon! ) At 1/2” long the slot is fabulous for this 3/8” classic weave ribbon.

rubber stamping art tag cards

 

And what do you think about the Painted Harvest sunflower non-traditional colours? I think it works, yes? Actually, it’s just amazing how versatile this set is. You’ve already seen me make a perfect sunflower card but who wudda thought it would be so dashing in blues and grey? It’s so easy to layer on colour with a three step stamp set like this one. The Layered Leaves embossed background looks pretty darn amazing in blue too!

I trimmed down the Lovely Words thinlit with my Paper Snips to make my brush lettered greeting. I like that it extends just over the edges of the tag on both sides. Adds a bit more interest I think.

rubber stamping art tag cards

 

Wondering where those little scallops on the bottom of the tag came from? The bottom of the Decorative Ribbon Border punch makes a fabulous small scallop that adds an adorable finishing touch. And if you’re not sure what the top looks like, take a peek at how I decorated the inside of the card.

rubber stamping art tag cards

So lots of punch action happening with this card. Have I convinced you yet to grab yours and crunch some punches? If you have both in your stash, get crunching! If not, here’s where you can add them – especially the Scalloped Tag Topper – to your “gotta have it” supplies.

rubber stamping art tag cards

I can guarantee you the Scalloped Tag Topper punch will remain in my tool box – and yours – for a long time. Give it a workout at gift giving times like Christmas, birthdays and special holidays for gift bags and small favours. Play around with different sizes of cardstock and see how it changes the design. And get busy creating some rubber stamping art tag cards like these for fab and fun friends.

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