Thursday, July 20, 2017

Stampin Friends "No Rules" July Blog Hop - Coffee Break!

Welcome to Stampin' Friends July Blog Hop. This month we could create whatever we wanted - no rules! Since I am a coffee lover,  I decided to make a card and project featuring the new Stampin' Up Coffee Break DSP and a stamp set by Sugar Pea Designs called Caffeiene Addict and the matching Coffee to Go dies.  (Note: Stampin' Up has a great Coffee Cups stamp and die set too that coordinates with the DSP. I used the one I already had from Sugar Pea Designs.) 

Grab a cup of coffee and come along with us for a coffee break!

Coffee Break!

Here is the coffee cup birthday card I made.

It is a standard 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inch card, top folding. I used Crumb Cake cardstock for the card base, adding Early Espresso and a piece of DSP from the Coffee Break DSP pack. I then die cut some circles using Stampin' Up's Layering Stitched Framelits in Soft Sky, Pear Pizzaz and Early Espresso. I die cut my coffee cup in Crumb Cake, the lid in Early Espresso, and the wrap in Soft Sky. I added one of the heart embellishments from the coordinating Corrugated Elements from Stampin' Up, and a small bow tied with linen thread.

I cut a 3/4 inch strip of the coffee bean DSP to go across the bottom behind my greeting, which was stamped using the Seriously Amazing stamp set from the August 2014 Paper Pumpkin Kit.

For my project,  I made a simple 2-inch square, top opening box, that holds a Keurig K-Cup just perfectly! I fashioned the box after the small kraft treat box Stampin' Up used to carry. Directions for my version of the box are below. I used Crumb Cake cardstock for the box, added some DSP from the Coffee Break DSP, cut out one of the cups from the DSP, and added it on with a dimensional. I added a linen thread bow and stamped "coffee" from the Caffeiene Addict stamp set onto a small stitched shaped oval. You could use whatever stamp set you have. I wrapped some more linen thread around the bottom of the box.

Below are photos with directions for making the box. Start with a piece of cardstock cut to 6 x 8-1/2 inches. On the 8 inch long side, score at 1/2 inch, 2-1/2 inches, 4-1/2 inches, and 6-1/2 inches. Turn, and on the 6 inch long side, score at 1-1/2 inches, 3-1/2 inches, and 5-1/2 inches. Fold on score lines and cut as shown below. The small piece remaining on the lefthand side is the flap to attach the box together.

Fold the box together, attaching at the flap shown above.  At this point, the box will fold flat until ready to use.

Fold in the bottom flaps to form the bottom of the box and adhere. Use a corner rounder to round the top flap of the box closure. Use a small circle punch to punch out a partial circle on the front of the box to make it easier to remove the flap closure.

Decorate as desired and insert your K-Cup!

If you are interested in how I made the other card shown in the top photo, I will feature it in next week's blog. It is a gift card holder. I will also be using the same fold for a masculine gift card holder.

Please follow along now with the other talented hoppers listed below. Just click each name and you will be taken to their blog. Happy hopping! I hope you are enjoying your "coffee break!"

Friday, July 14, 2017

Echo Park Summer Dreams - Ferris Wheel Birthday Card

Again I have reached for my Echo Park Summer Dreams 6x6 paper pad. This card uses the ferris wheel paper along with the ferris wheel tag in the ephemera pack. I'm finding that the colors in this paper pad match almost perfectly my Stampin' Up colored cardstock. On this card I used Basic Gray and Strawberry Slush (a retired color).

The card is A2, 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches, top folding. The card base is in Basic Gray and the layer under the patterned paper is in Strawberry Slush and cut at 4 x 5-1/4 inches. The ferris wheel paper is cut to 3-3/4 x 5 inches. I folded down the righthand corner of the ferris wheel paper to show the polka dot pattern on the other side. To this corner, I added a stamped greeting from Endless Birthday Wishes (Stampin' Up) in Basic Gray, and used a die from Simon Says Stamp called Bundle of Stitched Shapes (one of my favorites!)

I punched out the ferris wheel from the ephemera tag and added it back into the tag using dimensionals. That tag was layered onto a tag I die cut using the Chalk Talk Framelet set from Stampin' Up! (another favorite!) I added some enamel dots to the lower righthand side in bright yellow, hot pink and light blue.

Who doesn't love a ferris wheel? I think this card could also be a masculine card with the deep gray color.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Mason Jar Birthday Card in Red, White & Blue

In keeping with the red, white and blue theme, here is the most recent birthday card I made using the Doodlebug Design Yankee Doodle 6x6 paper pad. There is not one sheet of paper in the entire pad that I don't love!

My card is 4-1/4 x 5-1/2", top folding, in royal blue. I used several different papers in the Yankee Doodle pad. I love the red check. I cut a strip and added a piece of lacy scalloped white cardstock beneath it to resemble a red and white checked tablecloth with a lace border. The mason jar is stamped on the star paper and then cut out. I stamped the jar lid onto gray cardstock and cut it out. I tied a bow around the jar with red and white baker's twine, and attached the jar to a die cut stitched white oval using dimensionals. I punched out some stars in red, white and silver and added them to the left of the jar.

The birthday greeting is stamped onto white cardstock, cut and attached diagonally across the mason jar. I cut a strip of coordinating paper from the pad and added it to the top of the card as a border.

This card went together fairly quickly and I like the end result!

Supplies Used:
Doodlebug Design, Inc. Yankee Doodle 6x6 paper pad
Bright Blue Cardstock - unknown brand
Mason Jar stamp from a 2004 Stampin' Up set called "All Wrapped Up"
Red and White Baker's twine - Dollar Tree
Martha Stewart Scallop Lace Border Punch
Stampin' Up star punch
Greeting is from the "And Many More" stamp set by Stampin' Up
Stitched Oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits by Stampin' Up

Friday, June 30, 2017

Patriotic Cards - Stars and Stripes

Here are two patriotic cards I made, one in the traditional red, white and blue; and another in military colors, each made in a similar design.

For the red, white and blue card, I used red and white striped paper and white/blue polka dot paper on a blue card base. The focal point is a 2-7/8" stitched circle in white. I stamped "hello" and added various sizes of stars in red, white and blue.

For the military style card, I used a green card base and added a khaki colored backgroud that I embossed with a star embossing folder, and inked around the edges in brown. The focal point is again a 2-7/8" stitched circle in brown, with various sizes of stars in green and khaki colors. I stamped "hello" on a piece of khaki cardstock that I flagged on each end, and added that onto another flagged piece in brown. This was added to a strip of green cardstock at the bottom, as well as a couple stars. I actually made this card for my grandson who is spending the summer in basic training for the Army Reserves.

Both cards are standard 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches, side folding.

Supplies Used (both cards):
Stitched Shapes Framelits by Stampin' Up
Star Strip from the Mini-Treat Bag Thinlets by Stampin' Up
Star framelit from the Mini-Treat Bag Thinlets by Stampin' Up
Small Star Punch by Stampin' Up

Supplies Used (Red, White & Blue Card):
Striped and polka dot papers from the Brights DSP Collection
"hello" stamp from the "Hello" Sale-a-Bration set by Stampin' Up
Cardstock in Pacific Point, Whisper White and Real Red by Stampin' Up

Supplies Used (Military Card):
Stars Embossing Folder by Sissix/Stampin' Up
Cardstock in Always Artichoke, Soft Suede, Early Espresso and Crumb Cake by Stampin' Up
"hello" stamp from the retired "Ittty Bitty Banners" set by Stampin; Up

Note: By using the stars thinlet in the Mini-Treat Bag Thinlets set, I was able to cut out strips, remove the stars, and inlay the different colored stars into another strip, or use the stars elsewhere on the card. 

Friday, June 23, 2017

Echo Park "Summer Dreams" - Snow Cone Birthday Card

I recently purchased a very cute summer paper pad from Echo Park called Summer Dreams by Dani Mogstad. It is full of cute papers and this is just one example! I made this birthday card using the ice cream cone and popsicle paper with coordinating striped paper in the pack and one of the snow cones from the epherma pack.

I found cardstock that matched the colors in the paper pretty well and layered them with the patterned paper piece to create this card. My finished card is 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches, top folding, with each layer being cut 1/4 inch smaller than the previous layer. I also added some coordinating colored enamel dots along the left side.

The products I used are as follows:
Echo Park Summer Dreams 6x6 Paper Pad by Dani Mogstad
Stampin' Up papers in Strawberry Slush, Pink Flamingo and Pool Party
Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes (for banner)
Echo Park Summer Dreams Frames & Tags Epherma Pack
Stampin' Up Endless Birthday Wishes (stamped in Strawberry Slush)
Stampin' Up Colored Enamel Dots

A "cool" summertime card, don't you think?

Friday, June 16, 2017

Father's Day Mini-Album Card

Inside View Before Adding Photos

Last week I shared a fun fold card. Here is another one, this time a mini-album that is also a card! While I made this as a Father's Day card, it can easily be made into any kind of card you want. I started with two pieces of cardstock (black) cut 9-1/2 x 5-1/2" and 9 x 5-1/2".

On the 9-1/2 inch piece, score at 4-1/2 and 9". On the 9 inch piece, score at 4-1/2". Use the 1/2 inch tab created to attach the two pieces together and fold mountain/valley as shown. I folded it so the seam was in the back and did not show in the front.

I attached black and white patterned paper to each section, cut 4-1/4 x 5-1/4". I then attached mats according to my photo size. This will need to be adjusted based on your photos. My photos were trimmed to 3-3/4 x 4", so my mats were cut to 4 x 4-1/4". I added 3/4 inch decorative strips to the top of mine using patterned paper and a star strip die, but you can decorate anyway you want. I added some slip-in corner pieces using a photo corner punch and adhered my photos in place with double sided tape (tape runner).

Finished card is 4-1/2 x 5-1/2 inches and fits in a 6-1/2 x 4-3/4" greeting card envelope.

Supplies Used:
Stampin' Up heavyweight black cardstock (Hobby Lobby also carries a nice heavyweight black cardstock).
Black and white patterned paper from Stampin' Up (It's My Party)
Die Cut Stars and Star Strips from the Stampin' Up Mini-Treat Bag Thinlets
Simply Stated stamp set by Catherine Pooler Designs
Stampin' Up Stitched Framelit Dies

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Joy Fold Birthday Card With Gift Card Holder

This card was so much fun to make! I have seen joy fold cards done horizontally and had never made one, but when I saw this vertical one on Pinterest made by Handcrafting With Heather, I knew I had to give it a try. I especially liked the fact that you could add a gift card holder inside! However, I didn't have any measurements, so I looked at the pictures and created my own, which may or may not be the actual "joy fold measurements." I am posting my process with measurements here if you would like to recreate a card like this. Finished size of card is A2, which is 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches.

If the flap not staying down bothers you, you can add a cute paper clip to the side. I attached an arrow clip and after a few days the card stayed closed a lot better. With it unclipped, the recipient will know immediately where to open the card.

Here are my directions with measurements and photos:

Finished envelope/card holder is 3-1/4 x 3-3/4inches. I made mine using patterned paper. Fold on score lines and apply adhesive to undersides of flaps. Adhere to inside of card.

What makes this card especially fun is that you can use coordinating papers on each section to give it more character. Cut sizes for patterned paper are:

1. Base piece - 4 x 5-1/4"
2. Front and back of base flap - 2-1/2 x 4" (cut 2)
3. Front and inside pieces for insert - 3-1/4 x 4-1/4" (Cut 3 - cut one in white for stamped greeting, if desired.)
4. I made the gift card holder with patterned paper as well. See measurements above.

Here are a few more photos of the finished card:

Products Used:
Stampin' Up designed series paper (It's My Party)
Stampin' Up black cardstock
Die cut "Happy" by Catherine Pooler Designs
Balloon dies by Paper Smooches
Banner - Bundle of Stitched Shapes by Simon Says Stamp
Stamps - Stampin' Up (Perfectly Wrapped and Crazy About You), Paper Pumpkin (Pocketful of Cheer), and Great Birthday by Print Works Collection (purchased at Hobby Lobby)
Stampin' Up - baker's twine and enamel dots

Try going vertical and see how you like it!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Hand Stamped Daisy Thank You Card

I love daisies! In fact, they were my wedding flowers years ago. I have been inspired by a lot of daisy cards and projects I have seen lately on Pinterest, but I didn't have any daisy patterned paper, so I decided to make my own. I hand stamped this using the In Bloom, Ava's Favorite Flowers stamp set by Winnie & Walter. I also used the coordinating dies for the daisies.

The card base is 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches, top folding. I first stamped a full sheet of white cardstock and then selected the area I liked best for the card front. That is easy to do when you die cut it. I used a 4 x 5-1/4 inch stitched die from Simon Says Stamp called Bundle of Stitched Shapes. After adhering that layer onto the card, I cut a strip of navy cardstock 1-1/4 x 4-1/4 inches and then layered the yellow floral designed paper (Stampin' Up) on top of that, cut slightly narrower.

I stamped and die cut the three daisies in navy ink, adding a small yellow circle for the flower centers. The "thank you" is from the stamp set called Simply Stated by Catherine Pooler Designs. I punched it out with a circle punch and inked around the edges using the matching navy ink.

I think it will be fun to make a whole set of these cards, maybe in different colors, although navy and yellow are one of my favorite color combinations.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Toolbox Treat Holder for Father's Day w/ Gift Card Holder

Gift Card Slides Behind Greeting Strip
Last year for Father's Day I made a toolbox gift card. (See that post here.)  I recently saw a "card in a box" made like a toolbox, but the lid remained open. That gave me the idea to make this toolbox with a functional lid! The toolbox closed measures 4 inches wide, 2-1/2 inches deep, and 2-1/2 inches high.  It is deep enough to add some treats or a small gift, and the lid holds a gift card! The lid closes with a magnet and the drawers are for looks only.

As you can see in the photo above, I found some cute little tool erasers at Dollar Tree that I added inside my box, after adding some black crinkle paper. If you have a tool die set,  you could make some little tools.

Materials Needed:
  • Heavweight red cardstock measuring 9 x 10-1/2 inches (I used Stampin' Up)
  • One-quarter inch flat magnets (one set)
  • 3 pieces of red cardstock cut 3/4" x 4"
  • 3 pieces of black cardstock cut 1/4" x 4"
  • 3 pieces of silver/gray cardstock cut 1/8" x 4"
  • 3 strips of 1/4" foam tape cut to 4 inches
  • 1 strip of white cardstock cut 3/4" x 4" (or you could use red cardstock)
  • 1 scrap of white cardstock for the "Happy" or other greeting
  • Glue dots
  • Black crinkle paper for inside box
  • Strong adhesive (tear tape, red line tape, or glue)

Directions (with photos):

Fold and crease on score lines, cut up to vertical score line on each side.

Attach glue dots to very edge of each side of 4" strip, leaving top/bottom open to slide in gift card.
Add additional stamped greeting, if desired, above gift card strip. Glue this piece down. It will only be seen when gift card is removed. 

Attach magnet to outside flap of toolbox and the other magnet onto the front of the toolbox in the same position.

And it's done! It may seem like a lot of steps, but ir really does go together fairly quickly. In fact, if you want to make more than one, it's easy to just cut all your pieces at once and assemble. I hope you enjoy this project. It can be made in any color toolbox your guy may have.

Note: The stamp set I used for my Father's Day greeting is Simply Stated by Catherine Pooler Designs. 

Note: If you would rather work from a written PDF with photos, I have that available at my Etsy Shop for a small charge. 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Stampin' Friends Blog Hop 2017 - Flowers/Sympathy

This month's blog hop features Flowers/Sympathy Cards. I opted for this tea cup "Thinking of You" card and coordinating Tea Bag Box. Be sure to check below for the complete list of bloggers and see all their great cards and projects too!

My card uses Stampin' Up patterned paper from 2015 called Into the Woods as well as an older SU stamp that has been in my collection for years. Maybe some of you recognize it! This card would serve as a sympathy card, get well card, or simply "thinking of you." 

The card is 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches, side folding. I layered the DSP on top of white cardstock and then onto the rich razzleberry cardstock base. I stamped the image onto white cardstock, colored it using coordinating colors and my blender pen, and die cut it using the Stitched Framelits by Stampin' Up. I inked the edges of the circle with rich razzleberry ink for dimension. 

I then punched out some flowers in rich razzleberry and blackberry bliss using the Petite Petals Punch by Stampin' Up and inked around the edges using the same ink colors. I used my hole punch to punch out some crushed curry circles for the flower centers. I then layered the flowers along the lefthand side of the circle and attached them with glue dots. I also added a small thick baker's twine bow in blackberry bliss. 

For my project, I made this cute little tea bag box from a pattern by Pootles ( - see link below). It holds two foil wrapped tea bags and measures 3 x 4 inches. I stamped only the tea cup image this time, colored in the flowers with coordinating colors using my blender pen, and cut it out with a 1-3/8 inch circle punch. I layered that onto another 1-1/2 inch circle and then again onto a 1-7/8 circle cut out with the Stitched Framelits. The box is pinched shut and held closed by the crushed curry ribbon tied around the top.

The tea bag box starts with a piece of cardstock 4-1/2 x 7-1/2 inches, scored at 3, 3-1/2, 6-1/2 and 7 inches on the long side and 1/2 inch on the short side. Trim on the score lines and fold into a box, securing with a strong adhesive. It's a very simple project. I added the matching DSP and white cardstock as I did on the card. If you would like to see Pootles' tutorial on You Tube, here is the link:

Even though I used a retired paper and stamp, the card and box can easily be adapted to any other stamp and papers you have. These are just some of my favorites and I like going "back in time" occasionally to see what I can create! I recently cleaned out my craft room and I found a lot of forgotten treasures!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Graduation Card

It's that time of year when the graduation annoucements start arriving! This was a simple card to put together and can be made in any school colors.

I used an older Stampin' Up stamp for the graduation cap and the brand new Simply Stated Stamp Set by Catherine Pooler Designs for the "Congratulations." This set has stamps for every occasion and I will definitely be using it again and again!

The card is a standard 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches, side folding. The black layer is 4 x 5-1/4 and the red layer is 3-3/4 x 5. I stamped the graduation cap onto the red layer using VersaMark ink for a patterned effect.

I stamped the graduation cap in black onto a white 1-1/2 inch circle and layered that on top of a black 1-7/8 inch circle die cut with the Stitched  Shapes FramelitsDies from Stampin' Up.

I stamped the "Congratulations" onto white cardstock, cut around the black stamped border, and layered it onto a piece of black cardstock cut at 1-5/8 x 2-5/8.

Other than adding a dimensional behind the black circle, everything else is adhered down flat, so no problems with mailing and no additional postage needed!

If you're looking for a simple graduation card, this may fit the bill!

Link to Catherine Pooler's Simply Stated Stamp Set

Friday, May 5, 2017

Sunflower Mother's Day Card

I made this sunflower Mother's Day card using the Crazy About You stamp set by Stampin' Up, along with a "happy" die cut from Momenta. I like the bright black, white and yellow of this card.

The card base is black, 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches, side folding. I used a piece of yellow and white polka dot paper from the Stampin' Up brights DSP stack (daffodil delight), cut at 4 x 5-1/4 inches. I layered a piece of black and white striped paper (Paper Studio) onto a piece of daffodil delight cardstock cut at 2-1/4 x 5-1/4 inches.

The flower is stamped with the Crazy About You stamp set from Stampin' Up and punched out with the flower medallion punch (Stampin' Up, now retired). I embossed a piece of black cardstock with a dotted swiss embossing folder by Cuttlebug and cut out the circle using the Stampin' Up Layering Circles Framelit Dies.

Before attaching the 2-1/4 x 5-1/4 inch layered piece to the card, I wrapped it with a piece of black and white gingham ribbon (Offray from Walmart). I attached the flower with a dimensional dot and added a small bow tied in the gingham ribbon below the flower and down the "stem" with a glue dot to resemble leaves.

The "happy" is die cut from black cardstock using the Momenta dies from Hobby Lobby and the "Mother's Day" is stamped with the Crazy About You stamp set from Stampin' Up. I stamped it on white, cut around it, and then layered it onto a piece of black cardstock.

A Kansas sunflower for a Kansas Mom!

Here is another color option for you: