Quilt Card Celebrating International Quilting Day!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’d like to share my Quilt Card to Celebrate International Quilting Day. National Quilting Day recognizes quiltmakers and their quilt-making abilities. The word ‘quilt’ comes from the Latin word ‘culcita,’ which means stuffed sack.

Quilting practices can be found in almost every area of the world and it is celebrated on the third Saturday in March every year. The National Quilting Association started National Quilting Day in 1991 and since then it has grown into a global celebration for all quilt lovers and makers.

A Handmade Quilt card is fun to make and can be just as pretty as a handmade quilt … and both are a pleasure to receive. Here is my latest creation for a “handmade quilt”…..

I began with the beautiful “Fancy Flora” Designer Series paper. I had some 1″ scraps from some cards I was making so I cut them into 1″ square pieces. This would be the pattern for my quilt. I glued the pieces onto a piece of Basic White cardstock approximately 3″ x 3″ … switching patterns. I used the front and back of this designer paper / one side with pattern, the other plain.

Once the adhesive was dry, I embossed it with the Quatrefoil Tile embossing folder. I like the added texture embossing brings to the pattern and to the card itself. This was adhered directly onto a piece of 3-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ piece of Evening Evergreen… this is my “edging” to my quilt.

My greeting comes from the “Lovely You” stamp set … I find it very fitting for a quilt card, because to me, quilts bring comfort and so do our friends. I found a quote which I thought would work perfect inside your card … “Friends are like quilts – A patchwork of warmth and comfort”.

I will always believe that you don’t have to make a 7-layer card to spread warmth to a friend … a simple heartfelt card will share your feelings just as well. The main thing to remember is, make it YOU, your style!

Thank you for joining me in Celebrating International Quilt day with me today. If this doesn’t inspire you to make a quilt card, maybe it will inspire you to reach out to your friend.

Have a beautiful day ~

Magically turn Framed Florets Dies into Easter Egg Cards!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I’m so excited about this fun technique, turning the Floral Dies into Easter Egg Cards. I think the cards turned out so cute / lovely … yes, I have 2 cards for you today along with a video – a replay of my Facebook LIVE from last night.

Let’s take a look at the video …

As promised, I have the dimensions for our Easter Egg card. My cardstock base is Flirty Flamingo and measures 7-1/4″ x 5-1/4″ … Score at 4-1/4″ on the 7-1/4″ length. This will give you a front “flap” and exposes a portion of the inside. You need 2 pieces of Basic White (and one scrap to die cut greeting). Front measures 5-1/4″ x 2-3/4″ … emboss with the “splatter” embossing folder and the inside measures 5-1/4″ x 4″ … add a strip of the designer paper.

The designer paper I’m using on this card is the Rain or Shine Designer paper. The patterns I picked look great as Easter Eggs … the splatter one reminds me of how your dyed eggs always end up with “some” spots! lol The greeting for both cards come from the Charming Sentiments stamp set and die cut from the Stylish Shapes.

Our next card has an easy layout / dimensions and boasts the Floating Element Technique … I love this technique. Let’s begin with your Petal Pink card base measuring 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ scored and folded at 4-1/4″.

Trim down the 6″ x 6″ Fancy Flora Designer paper to 5-1/4″ to 4″ and adhere it directly to your card front. I use a 4″ x 3″ piece of Window Sheet to die cut my oval /egg and then I attach the 1″ strips which were embossed with the Quatrefoil Tile Embossing Folder. Don’t you love the elegance of the embossed egg?

The greeting for the card comes from the Charming Sentiments stamp set and die cut from the Stylish Shapes. The butterfly is die cut using the Brilliant Wings Dies … and we finished off with the Opaque Adhesive Backed Gems.

You can used any designer paper to create your Easter Eggs and / or use it as a background like I did on this card. So fun and versatile.

Thank You for hanging out with me today, I hope I inspired you to try this fun technique. You can also do it with circles!!

Have a great day ~

Simply Sunday: Fancy Flora Designer Paper

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Happy New Year!! Today I have four cards to share with you that I created using the Fancy Flora Designer paper … yes, it is the paper you’ve seen the past couple days. This pattern is bright and colorful and full of texture. I paired it with the Adorable Owls, Gnomes and Banners!

I began with one pattern from the Fancy Flora paper and cut it into 4 – 3″ x 3″ piece …. thus the start of your 4 cards. I chose Basic Gray as my mat behind each of the pieces for my cards. The cards are simple yet cute cards so you will fall in love with how cute they are and how easy they are to make.

By matting the Fancy Flora designer paper it reminds me of a “framed” picture and the pattern is so fun and whimsical I thought it was perfect to add our Adorable Owl that are in the Sale-a-bration catalog that goes LIVE on January 5th. I used our Stampin’ Blends to color my owl and picked the Fresh Freesia cardstock for my base…. It’s Your Day was stamped three times. Keepin’ it Simple.

My second card has a different cards base … Soft Sea Foam. All of the colors I am using in todays cards coordinate with the designer paper. Again, using basic stamping and Stampin’ Blends for the owl.

Now we’re going to change it up a bit and use one of our gnomes ….

Isn’t it amazing how the same small piece of designer paper looks different when you add different elements. Owl little owls had a spring vibe and here you get a bit of winter … just like our weather! Snow one day … 40 degrees the next. Card base is Balmy Blue!

For my last card, I stepped it up a bit more …

The card base is Basic Gray and the card front is Fresh Freesia and then embossed with the Textured Paint Embossing Folder. I used the Balmy Blue, Basic Gray, and Fresh Freesia scraps to make my banners and the greeting comes from the Tulip stamp set.

Hope you enjoyed taking a peek at my quickie cards! We only have a few more days until the new catalogs go LIVE. I just adore those Adorable Owls and now you have seen that you can go from “fancy” to “fun” with the Fancy Flora designer paper.

Have a Happy New Year and a great day ~

Sending Smiles of Gold Card

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

On this eve of the New Year, I am so excited to share another Sending Smiles Card with a touch of Gold! The Gold comes from the New Jan-April Mini Catalog on page 15 … it has the most beautiful shimmer! Stampin’ Up! calls it Fine Shimmer and it comes in 12 x 12 size and you get 2 of each of the three colors: Soft Succulent, Fresh Freesia and Gold.

I teamed it up with the Fancy Flora designer paper found on the same page in the Mini catalog, so you know that the colors will coordinate! Makes our life so much easier that way right. No need to stress when designing our cards. I invite you to case (copy) my designs so you can start creating right away.

You can see that the layout is the same as yesterday’s card with just a few changes….

My card base is Evening Evergreen and my mat for the “same” Fancy Flora designer paper is the Gold Fine Shimmer paper. I also replaced the ribbon with a Evening Evergreen banner. Yesterdays card was “stamped” onto the Soft Succulent, where today I used Evening Evergreen and cut my Gold from the center of my mat (paper saving technique).

Layering the detailed die cut “sending” against the die cut mat creates a bold statement and adds some texture to your card. I love sentiments and when you can die cut them it really creates a WOW on your card …

The greetings from both cards that I stamped onto the Basic White comes from the Sending Smiles bundle. Yesterday’s was die cut, and I just cut the ends at an angle for today’s card. It’s these subtle changes to your cards that can make it look like a whole new card. Again, taking the stress out of trying to come up with designs.

I can’t wait for the New Mini and Sale-a-bration Catalogs to go LIVE on January 5th … there is so much to see. The Sending Smiles is already available in our current Annual Catalog and is such a fun bundle to play with … with or without the Gold!

Thank you for spending part of your day with me today. I hope your as excited for the new catalogs as I am, and your ready to play with the Sending Smiles and Gold Fine Glimmer paper (and more).

Happy New Years Eve ~

Here are the supplies I used for today’s card that are currently available…

Sending Smiles with Embossed Designer Paper …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Yesterday I shared some different ways to use our Embossing Folders, so today I thought I would share another use! I simply emboss my Designer paper! Using an embossing folder to compliment and add texture to your designer paper is a great way to elevate your card.

Today’s card highlights the upcoming Fancy Flora Designer paper and the Painted Texture Embossing Folder that is in our Annual Catalog ….

I love the texture that the Painted Texture embossing folder really highlights the brush strokes on our “painted” designer paper. I can’t wait for you to be able to order on January 5th … you will want this paper in your stamp room.

My cardbase is Soft Succulent and the mat for the designer paper is the Evening Evergreen. I used the Sending Smiles bundle for my greeting … it is stamped in Evening Evergreen onto the Soft Succulent cardstock. This bundle is in the Annual Catalog and this is the first time I’m actually playing with it. I popped up greeting with Mini Dimensionals and secured it over the Soft Succulent Open Weave Ribbon.

The card was finished off with 3 of the white Adhesive Backed Milky Dots that are in the new Jan-April Mini Catalog that will be available January 5th. These are the same embellishments and designer paper that I used on Wednesday’s Card …

Stop back tomorrow as I share an “elevated” take on today’s Soft Succulent card. Until then … Have a great day!

Thanks for joining me today ~

Here is a list of supplies that I used in today’s card. It does not show the Designer Paper or Adhesive Dots as they are not available until January 5th.

Sneak Peek: Celebrating You Card

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I’m excited to share a Sneak Peek with my Celebrating You Card today. It’s a fun combination of what’s in our Annual Catalog with some of our beautiful NEW items in the Jan-April Mini Catalog.

If you joined me for my Facebook LIVE yesterday you would have gotten a good look up close to some of these ….

I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the beautiful “Fancy Flora” 6 x 6 Designer Paper (160413) it’s so pretty and I love the painted look of it. I paired this pattern with Starry Sky even though the coordinating colors are Night of Navy and Orchid Oasis … I thought it made a bolder statement, and with the varying shades of blue I though it matched well.

Now, let’s talk about that butterfly – I chose one from the Brilliant Wings dies and had to try the NEW Fine Shimmer paper (160428). I misquoted you the colors last night, they are actually Soft Succulent, Fresh Freesia, and Gold … that makes much more sense!! AND it coordinates with the Fancy Flora designer paper I used (it’s even on the same page in the Mini Catalog).

I’m hoping those butterflies don’t fly away when the Annual Catalog retires in April … if you don’t have them already, you will want them in your dies collection.

I had to get a close up to show you the FINE glimmer on this paper… it really is stunning. My lighting does it no justice (I see an investment in some new lighting equipment needed – lol). You will also see the Adhesive Backed Milky Dots … I love those colors!!

I used the greeting from our Celebrating You stamp set and punched it with the Double Oval Punch. You could also stamp directly onto the paper but I didn’t want to loose that greeting because your eye is drawn right to the butterfly.

I hope you enjoyed this quick sneak peek and if you’d like to see the REPLAY of last nights “Walk Through” you can head over to my Facebook page or I’ll have it posted tomorrow on YouTube.

Thank you for stopping by. Have a great day ~