Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Daffodil cards- using easy diecut hack

This is the variations I made for my Stampin' with Lynda May 2022.  Used the daffodil dies and Nature's Prints die and sentiment from the stampset.

This is the flower diecut hack I use all the time. I did this for the tulip dies and anything that can be cut together from the same color cardstock.

The daffodil dies make one set of 2 flowers and 1 bud so I separated out the base dies and put them together close together and put packing tape on it on the backside so it would cut all the pieces at one time- it saves paper and aggravation since I would normally make all 3 flowers at one time so I only have to diecut it once.

I put all the accent pieces together as well and again put clear packing tape on the backside to keep the dies together so I can diecut all the accent pieces at one time- as shown on the left. 

I did the same for the stems- taped the stem pieces together using clear packing tape on the back- make sure there is no overlap -so you need a tiny gap between the die pieces- you cut out all the stems at the same time saving time and paper. Funny thing about the stems is that you need to keep the stem dies close aligned and when you die cut it you get these long skinny stem like pieces in between that I use for other stems as well-so more pieces from the same diecut!- I used some of the pieces to put a stem on one of the flowers -see picture left.

put the accent pieces on the base pieces then add the corona (cup part) on top. I put white glue on the base of the cup to contact the petals but the top part of the cut I mount using dimensionals to make it pop a bit.
The side piece looks like this. The funny 2 leaf piece I put behind the bigger petal piece then put the cup the same way- glue the base of the cup onto the petal and raise the top of the cup with a dimensional. You will be hiding a petal completely this way but it gives a place for the flower cup to sit.  if you want the petal behind to show, move the cup of the flower a little sideways.

To make the pieces below I cut the flower pieces all in white and then used the water painters and ink refill of Polished Pink - put a few drops on the lid of the inkpad and just run it across the flower accent pieces and that was it. Looks so beautiful 

and I did almost nothing. I did add a little color to the base cup shapes so it would not be so stark white but it was really easy to make this elegant look.

I love the shape of the label die from the Nature's Print die and the mixed font on the sentiment.
-the stems are Old Olive I believe. 
-the ribbon is Sweet Sorbet Metallic woven ribbon but it looked just fine here.

Stampin' Up flower dies are brilliantly devised. I love you can cut all the flowers at one time- it seems daunting but since it all comes separate- try putting it together as I showed you above and you will see how easy it is to make beautiful cards making 3 easy diecut runs.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Fold Flat Box card- template and sample using He's all that stampset for Father's Day


What a fun card this is. There are a lot of videos on how to make this but not a template so I had to make it up and it is below 

take a cardstock- here I used Early Expresso.  

cut off 1" from the 11 inch side to make a 8 1/2 x 10 inch cardstock piece- save this 1" piece to use for the belly band.

Score the cardstock with 11' horizontal at 

2", 3 1/2", 6 1/2 " and 8"

make a mark on the 7 " at the very top and bottom of the 7" line to mark the center of the diagonal mark you will need to make.

turn 90 degrees with 8 1/2 inch horizontal and score at

1 1/2" and 7" 

Cut out the diagonal hatched marks- (the 4 corners but make sure you keep the 1/2 inch tabs on either side of the center  top and bottom panels since you will need them to tape them to make the box pop)

use the 7" mark to make the score the diagonal marks as shown on the top and bottom center panels.

I would recommend that you decorate the center of the box panel before you put the box together

I stamped the trees from Campology stamp set. I stamped the tent on a scrap piece of white cardstock and cut it out. I also took the happy Father's day and stamped it on the smallest of the Tailor made tags. You could stick a gift card and pop it up if you wanted and it would be super cool.

to make the pop out elements:

- to pop out 1/4 inches- take a 1/2' x 3 inches and score at 1" 1 1/4", 2 1/4' then 2 1/2 inch and put the ends together to make a rectangle piece you can use as a mechanism for a popout if you wish.

-  to pop out 1/2 inches -if you want it to pop out more you can take the 1/2"x 3 1/2" and score at 1", 1 1/2", 2 1/2" and 3"  to make it pop 1/2"  if you want more dimension.  

put tape on the bottom and the side you want to stick to side of the box - make sure it does not get in the way of the box closure though.

To put the box together, fold the top down then fol the angles up then put the tabs down and put the tape on the tabs facing you and when you close the card it will form the box.

same for the bottom center panel, fold it up, and then fold down the diagonals, then fold the tabs up then put tape the tab facing you and fold over the front panels to make the box. 

decorate the front panels with DSP  5 1/4 tall x 3 1/2 wide, cut in half to decorate the left and right side of the front panel. put the belly band on with the seam in the front and put some decorative element to hide the seam. Here I put the piece from He's all that diecut with the scalloped circle die that is really sweet

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Sweet Songbird cards

This was one of the projects we made for our May Stampin' with Lynda. 
Base card is thick white cardstock- I really do love a sturdy cardbase don't you?
take another piece of white cardstock and stamp the sentiments.  stamp the branch in crumbcake and the leaves in Parakeet Party.
punch out the birds in parakeet party and balmy blue and stamp eyes open or close your choice in black.  punch out the belly in white and beak in Poppy Parade. you can pop out the bird and the wing if you want. 
stamp the little feet and musical notes in black.
so sweet!

If you only have one bird you can try making this one that I whipped up while waiting for my class to join me.  Base card is thick white. - take a strip of DSP and a circle diecut. Stamp the branch with Soft Suede. stamp some leaves and flowers on a scrap piece of paper and cut it out. stamp sentiment and musical notes as shown. add the bird- I had some extras from my class so super easy to put together and how cute is this? 

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Eclectic Garden


take the base Shaded Spruce cardstock.  Stamp sentiment with versabmark and Emboss with white embossing powder and heat set. 

Take a piece of white cardstock and emboss with Fern embossing folder (hard to see I know but it is there) .  Take a piece of white CS and real red CS and diecut using circle cutter and layer as shown. Use blender brush to add some balmy blue to the white cardstock circle to make the image pop a little

Take a scrap piece of white cardstock and stamp the bird image in memento tuxedo black.  Use stampin' blends to color it in - here I sued Shaded spruce, real red, bronch, old olive and mossy meadow and pumpkin pie for the beak. fussy cut out. Because the background is also white, it will look good no matter how bad you are at scissor work.  

add to the circle using dimensionals to make it pop a bit.  a simple but easy simple stamped card.

the set comes with 4 different images so swap it out and it will look just as good.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Sports Event Dies and penguin from Count on Me

I love this Sports Events die - my kids are not even athletic and I still bought the die because I liked how it looks. even the left over piece around the ticket is cool looking so I saved it for another project.

Base card is Pool Party with a strip of paper from the Rainbow Sale-a bration paper - I love the bright colors.   Layer a piece of white CS and then a Magenta Madness large diecut and the white piece diecut  on top as well.
take a scrap piece of paper and stamp the penguin, the happy sentiment from Biggest Wish set in mango melody and the birthday in magenta madness and cut it out.  Color in the penguin using smoky slate dark Stampin' blends, mango Melody for the ebbed feet and beak and Magenta madness for the balloon. 
This die does retire with the spring mini catalog end of June so get it while you can.



Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Flowering Rainboots

when we had the paper pumpkin with the rainboots it was enormously popular and I made the entire kit in one sitting with variations which I don't always do but this set just reminded me of that and I just love it- it retires when the spring mini finishes end of June so get it while you can.

base card is petal Pink with a a DSP from pattern Party (hostess- retired) and a layer of white with scalloped contours.  
stamp pots with Smoky slate and diecut. 
stamp flowers using petal Pink and Cameo Coral using small stampin squares so you can get 2 different color flowers as shown and diecut. stamp stems with Granny Apple Green.

diecut hoe from Smoky slate CS and color in the hands with bronze stampin' blends to simulate wood handle.
Take the cloud punch and stamp sentiment in black and mount using dimensionals.  stamp daisies with gray granite and color in with pool party and daffodil as shown.

 an easy variation on the card using same Petal Pink cardbase and white scalloped contours base. used saffron ink to ink up the boots and using a marker to edge a little darker and same flowers mounted and sentiment stamped in black directly on the cardstock. 



Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Garden Greenhouse

I have not seen such a lovely delicate die for a greenhouse before and I just adore this die and stampset.  The basecard is Evening Evergreen with a piece of white cardstock diecut using the Stitched Rectangle die.  Stamp the flower image using soft succulent ink as shown.  Diecut the solid greenhouse using vellum and the outline using a white cardstock and mount using tombow liquid glue. diecut the leaves using the soft succulent and evening evergreen cardstock.. stamp some flowers in pale papaya and mount using diemnsionals. Stamp sentiment from Ranunculus Romance inEvening evergreen and punch with banner punch.  add some Genial Gem on the senstiment 
banner and tiny jewels in the middle of the flowers to add a little sparkle.

It is just so sweet- I just love it. I want to see if I can make this with smallish flowers and pots inside the greenhouse too......

this set is gone at the end of this month on June 30th when the spring mini finishes up so get it while you can.


Monday, May 2, 2022

Hippo Happiness

I love this hippo so much but there was so many other cards to make I never got around to showing this card to my stampers so we did do it for this month before it was to retire.
the base is thick white CS with a square of  rainbow DSP from Sale-a-bration and topped with a cloud edge cut white cardstock using Basic Borders. stamp sentiment on the bottom of the cloud piece as shown.  Stamp the hippo using Petal Pink then overlay with Flirty Flamingo then highlight the eyes with black.  diecut the rainow using Brilliant Rainbow dies in Petal Pink, Flirty flamingo, Pool Party and So Saffron- all sort of mixtures work so just combine different colors for 4 different rainbows.
I stamped the balloon in same colors and used a black pen to draw the strings. add the diecut clouds and oh so sweet card with my darling hippo set!  Enjoy!


Tuesday, April 26, 2022

What's Cooking

This card colors were inspired by a card by Brian King- I liked the real red with the black checkers for the accent.  

Take the heart and home doily and flip it to the white side and stamp the sentiment in black.  Diecut the cutting board in soft suede, spatula in red and the whisk in Gray Granite.  the rolling pin is diecut from crumbcake.   Using a black marker color in the handles and stamp sentiment on the rolling pin.  Mount using dimensionals for this easy adorable card.  


Saturday, April 23, 2022

Tulip thinking of you

I love tulips and this die makes making the flowers so easy.

 take all the flower dies and arrange them close together to cut out all the pieces shown (here in red) the 3 top pieces make the flower on the right and each row of two make the flower to the right for total of 3 flowers out of one cutting. So easy!  Love the little bud on the bottom. It looks like it is upside down but it is so sweet.

The flowers were diecut using Flirty flamingo and I sponged the edge in real red as shown. 

Diecut leaves and stems from Pear Pizazz and mount them on a piece of real red cardstock pierced using the Stitched Greenery Die.

Put a piece of white CS behind to make this section popup a bit. put apiece of Flowering Fields DSP under the white. 
Take a strip of white and stamp sentiment from Inspired Thoughts stampset and mount with dimensionals. 
I take the color cue from the colors in the DSP- so it just makes things so much easier when you are using the DSP as all the coordinating colors are already chosen and so perfect.