Overdue Thank Yous

If you’re anything like me, you always have the best intentions to write thank you notes. I could probably do 365 different thank you notes to send each day of the year. Why is it so hard to get those notes out on time!? The bottom line for me is to quit putting it off until the point it seems ridiculous to send them or in this case, just do it anyway. Better late than never they say!

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For All You Do (a Stampin’ Up! post)

As I wait in eager anticipation for my new in colors to arrive later this week, I bring you a card! This design is inspired by Mojo Monday, a weekly sketch that comes out every Monday. (who woulda thunk?) This card embodies one of my most favorite techniques, which is embossing. The silver flowers are the embossed portion. Embossing is a really easy way to get your card to look in a way that begs for it to be glossed over with a finger. It also looks like it would be something hard to do. Fear not! Embossing is so incredibly easy.

Here are the steps to embossing:

1. pick a stamp. (any stamp will do!)

2. have these tools handy: an embossing/heat gun (found at any craft store, and of course Stampin’ Up! carries one, too!), embossing powder (make sure it says opaque or it will come out clear), and a versamark pad.

3. Ink the image on the versamark. You’ll notice that it’s super sticky feeling and when you stamp, you can’t see the image.

4. Pour generously the embossing powder on top.

5. Tap the excess powder off the image. (make sure not to get a bald spot from tapping too vigorously) If powder is sticking to areas it shouldn’t take a dry paint brush and sweep it off.

6. Set using your heat gun. You’ll know when it’s working when it magically changes color and texture. Be sure not to overdo it, or the shine will putter out and you may even scorch the paper.

It really is addicting, and it really does look beautiful. Essentials are black and white embossing powders. One small tip for you all… dye ink pads will NOT work for embossing BUT you can use any colored pigment ink pad and clear embossing powder and the result is the color of your ink! There are even more little tricks out there, but those are the basics of embossing!

I hope you enjoy the card, I had a great time sitting in the craft room creating while Matt slaved away at shampooing our carpet in the living room. We’re quickly approaching baby time and my nesting is more involved than I can handle myself. 🙂

 

Thank You Card (a Stampin’ Up! post)

A thank you card

It’s been a looooong while since posting about card making or scrapbooking! As the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog debuted this month, the excitement has me itching to get back into my beloved hobby. I’m hoping to post many more cards and projects. I have a baby shower I am planning for my best friend, Amy, so I will have to share with you the excitement and cute things I have come up with. For today, it’s a thank you card. The colors I used were Orchid Opulence (a retired color), So Saffron, and Poppy Parade (in color 2010-2012) The bottom half of the card is embossed using a Big Shot and the textured impressions plate “vintage wallpaper.” This is a very quick and easy card to make. I like to keep things as simple as possible while stamping. I got the inspiration for this card directly off the online shopping page for Stampin’ Up! You can enter the storefront by clicking the paper and ink image on the right of the screen. There are tons of really cute ideas. It goes to show that it doesn’t take pioneering an entire craft, sometimes the best idea is to go with one that’s already tried and true! Why reinvent the wheel, right? 😉 We needed a thank you card for the condo we stayed at in Florida. We would not have had a vacation without it!!

Thank You Card Recipe:

So Saffron Cardstock, Poppy Parade Cardstock, Very Vanilla Cardstock, Thank You Kindly Stamp Set, I {Heart} Hearts Stamp set, Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions, Classic Stampin’ Pads in colors Orchid Opulence, Poppy Parade, & So Saffron, paper clip, American Crafts ribbon (although this is almost identical to the NEW Stampin’ Up! ribbons that just came out!!), corner rounder, and pop dots/stampin’ dimensionals

Sharing some cards! (finally!)

card made with Razzle Dazzle

card made with Razzle Dazzle

Ahhhh! Finally able to post some of the cards I’ve been making. The boys went to Vacation Bible School today, leaving me with only the girls. (too bad the boys are the “easy” ones!) Thank Goodness there are such wonderful people willing to take their time for a week and dig in with the kids. Our boys came home so excited, although when asked, Zander could not quite remember much more than kangaroos and dingereedoos (sp?) Upon further inspection of his craft, the verse for the day came out of 2 Peter 3: 18 Tomorrow, hopefully he’ll come home knowing mom and dad want to hear about what they’ve learned from the bible. Zander was impressed that I could flip open my bible and read him the verse from his craft. 🙂

This card kinda showcases the style I’ve been into lately as far as cardmaking goes: simple. I’m an addict of the show The Office…. it fits the KISS acronym (keep it simple stupid)  haha.. I love looking at other’s creations full of embellishments, ribbons, pop ups–but let’s be honest about life with little ones, sometimes I just don’t have the gusto for all the frills. I love images of stamps that can stand on their own–easy enough for a focal point on a simplistically beautiful card.

A place I love to get inspiration from is actually TinyPrints.com They often remind me that style can be simple, and complicating it more can actually just confuse the eye. I’m also a fan of sites that give you the name of the font they use (so that I can find it, download it and use it)

Since I’ve started making cards (about 2 years now), I’ve used all sorts of techniques at coming up with design of a card. When I first started, I would be very artsy and just do what I felt as I went. A single card took quite a while… plus I didn’t have the supplies that I have now, so I was pretty limited. As I collected more, and used more stamps, I started looking into how to be more methodical in creating. My favorite thing in the world right now are page maps or scrap maps… I love drawing them from cards I see and like. I draw them out and don’t include any indication of a stamp set to use– sometimes I’ll flip through a Stampin’ Up! catalog and see a card that reminds me a lot of one I made– I think that is so fun because the cards don’t at all look the same. Using a page map is a great way to get started. It also gives me an idea of how many colors I need for my card. Sometimes I sit with cardstock and just shuffle them around looking for color combos I love. I write down ones that I like. I like having those small steps like drawing maps for cards or finding color combos for times I’m sitting with my husband and watching tv. I love multi-tasking and talking as we catch an episode of some of our favorite shows. Some include: King of Queens, Friends, The Office, Freaks and Geeks, and I like catching TBS versions of Sex and the City. (Matt is a good sport about that one!) I terribly miss watching Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, The Bachelor, Dancing with the Stars, and Last Comic Standing. Can’t wait til they all come back! 🙂

My card includes all Stampin’ Up! product, with the exception of the ribbon. That is Martha Stewart (and is FANTASTIC for getting a nice looking bow) The best bows for me are always the taffeta ribbons! Colors: Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Tangerine Tango. The Designer Series paper (DSP) (aka Patterned paper) is Razzleberry Lemonade and that shade of pink is Melon Mambo. It’s my favorite of the new In Colors!

To order this set click the link on the side to get to my store! It’s found on page 94 in the Stampin’ Up! catalog (and retails for 18.95) I just LOVE this set!