Nine Year Old Guest Stamper

Hello Stampers! Sorry I missed my Monday blog post but I had my 9 year old granddaughter with us for the week and we were so busy the time just flew by! I’ve also had major computer problems. I was ready to send it in for repair (still under warranty) but it decided to behave! I swear computers have a mind of their own!

While here Ashlyn, my granddaughter, wanted to make cards. She is crazy about cardmaking and she is really becoming very good for nine years old! I thought I’d share her cards today and make her my Guest Stamper!

Here’s her first card. Needs to work on inking but loved punching out the flowers. I did help her with the ribbon.

Card #2 and she learned how to dry emboss. That was great fun for her. Again, she LOVES the punches!

Card #3. This time we talked about used DSP as a background. She really liked this die. She is now crazy about the Big Shot and dies!

Card #4 we got into some real stamping! Next time we’ll need to work on getting the leaves in place. But I think she did a great job!

This was her last card and I think the most impressive. As I said…she really likes using the Big Shot and dies. 

So…if you know someone who says “oh, I’m not crafty”…tell or show them what a 9 year old can do with a little guidance. When you come to my classes I will guide you through the steps.  Even if you have NEVER stamped…you can be successful. There is no failure in card making. (When we goof, we find a way to cover it up or change it in some way.)

Fingers crossed my computer behaves for me and I’ll have another card for you on Friday. Until then…Happy Stamping!    Donna

Eastern Beauty Tri-fold

Hello Stampers!

Today I have a very cool tri-fold card in Berry Burst using one of my favorite sets…Eastern Beauty.

I have really liked this bundle since it’s early release. Berry Burst is such an elegant color for me. The Garden Trellis Embossing Folder is so versatile! I think you’ll be seeing it a lot on my cards.  Those little sparkles of gold are Metallic Enamel Shapes.

Here’s the card closed…you can see that the medallion is keeping the left flap closed.

Here I’ve pulled the front panel out from the medallion and it is starting to open the card.

This photo shows the card fully opened. Of course I had to use the Happy Birthday Thinlit (another winner in my book!).

 

Stampin’ Up! Products Used:

Stamp Set – Eastern Beauty

Ink – Berry Burst

Paper – Berry Burst, Black, Whisper White

Accessories – Eastern Medallions Thinlits, Garden Trellis Embossing Folder, Happy Birthday Thinlit, Metallic Enamel Shapes

 

The photos just don’t do justice to this card. I’m so pleased with the way it turned out. Hope you like it too!

Until my next post…Happy Stamping!    Donna

Flourish Just A Note

Hello Stampers! My card today was inspired by Julie Davison. I really liked the way she used acetate so I used a piece of retired acetate I had. I’m pleased with the results…hope you like it.

I didn’t really like the acetate as clear because that limited the ability for an inside sentiment so I put Whisper White behind it and I like the way it turned out.

Just a peek inside.  

 

 

Stampin’ Up! Products Used:

Stamp Sets – Better Together, Flourishing Phrases

Ink – Fresh Fig

Paper – Wisteria Wonder, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, Pink Pirouette

Accessories – Flourish Thinlits, Candy Dots, Acetate (Modern Mosaic)

 

You can create so many interesting cards with the Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set and Flourish Thinlits. That combo is a real winner.

Until my next post…Happy Stamping!    Donna

TTT 007 & Revisit Lemon Lime Twist Corner Fold

Hello Stampers! Today I have my version of the Tic Tac Toe Challenge 007 AND a second look at the Lemon Lime Twist Corner Fold Card.

I chose Die Cut, Floral, Yellow for my row. 

Still experimenting with my camera and I had it too high on Pixels so these photos are GIANT! I’m determined to get this right.

This card was very labor intensive since I used So Saffron for the frame of the rose and then cut again in Daffodil Delight to fill in the flower. 

This view shows the Dazzling Details I used on the frame of the rose. 

 

Now I’d like to show you what we did in class with the Lemon Lime Twist Corner Fold Card.

This was the original.

Changed the butterfly from yellow outline to black and it made a world of difference. Thanks to one of my class attendees who came up with this version.

Changed the sentiment and added an inside sentiment.

I love when class attendees come up with new creations on the basic card we are making. It is great to share different ideas! 

I’ll have another “different” card for you on Friday…until then…Happy Stamping!    Donna

 

Peaceful Night

Hello Stampers!

As promised I have a Christmas card today using the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set and Card Front Builder Thinlits Bundle (available to you August 1st). The more I play around with this bundle the more I like it. The big bold sentiments are great for those who make a lot of Christmas cards because they almost fill the front of the card. I have a church craft fair coming up the last Sunday in October and I plan to make sets of Christmas cards to sell so I’ll be working on cards that can be mass produced!

For lack of a better name I call this my Triple Fold Out card. I know I got the inspiration from another but can’t remember where I saw this.

This gives you an idea of the three fold outs. See that great sentiment for the inside? It’s hard to tell but it is stamped on a rectangular Stitches Shape. I scalloped the front panel at the top using Seasonal Layers Framelits.

I used the Card Front Builder Thinlits to design the night sky, the trees and the deer. This set is FANTASTIC!  I just hand cut Whisper White Cardstock to form the snow drifts so the trees had perspective. I brushed a bit of Craft Stampin’ Ink in Whisper White on the trees for snow.

This is an easy fold and will make your cards really stand out. The base card measures 4 1/4″ x 11″, score at 5 1/2″ and 8 1/4″.  The Whisper White front panel measures 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ but I cut some off with the scallop die. I used scraps of Whisper White to hand cut the snow drifts. Then you decorate as you like.

 

Stampin’ Up! Products Used:

Stamp Set – Carols of Christmas

Ink – Tranquil Tide, Craft Stampin’ Ink Whisper White, Chocolate Chip (for deer on the envelope)

Paper – Tranquil Tide, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip

Accessories – Card Front Builder Thinlits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Seasonal Layers Framelits

 

I’ll have some more Christmas Cards using this wonderful bundle for you soon. Since we always send a letter in our cards I’m working on a way to enclose it without it just being in the card. Stay tuned! 

Until my next post…Happy Stamping!

Lemon Lime Twist Corner Fold Card

Hello Stampers!

Today I’m featuring three things. First this card is for the Tic Tac Toe Challenge #6 using the row with Shadow – Layers – Square. Then I’ve brought back a fold I used in the past (but I love it) – the Corner Fold.  Lastly I’m using one of our NEW In Color cardstock colors – Lemon Lime Twist.

 

I’m really getting to like this Lemon Lime Twist more each time I use it. In person the Daffodil Delight butterfly looks so much better. Also, I apologize again for the bit of blur in the photo. I’m still working on the correct settings. This camera just isn’t as easy as I thought it would be.

Measurements for the Corner Fold:  Card base – 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, score at 4 1/2″; Black Cardstock – 2 3/4″ square, 1 1/4″ x 4″ strip, 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece for inside; Whisper White – 2 1/2″ square, 1 ” x 3 3/4″ strip, 3 3/4″ x 5″ for inside.

To make the Corner Fold:  Place the card at the 3″ mark on your Stampin’ Trimmer, place the blade at 2 1/2″ and cut from 2 1/2″ to 4 7/8″, turn your card one quarter turn clockwise and place the blade at 3″ and cut from 3″ to 5/8″.  Fold the corner down carefully making sure the corner is positioned evenly.

 

Stampin’ Up! Products Used:

Stamp Sets – Colorful Seasons, Daisy Delight

Ink – Daffodil Delight, Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper – Lemon Lime Twist, Black, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight

Accessories – Bold Butterfly Framelits, Butterflies Thinlits, Candy Dots (R)

 

 

 

I liked this card so much I decided to use it in my July classes. So, if you are attending class on either July 19th or 22nd you will be making this card!

I promise my next post will be using the Early Release Carols of Christmas bundle. The Thinlits in that bundle are awesome!  Until then…

Happy Stamping!

Stepped Up Card

Hello Stampers. Today I have a card that I showed you a while back but I’ve stepped it up a bit. I sometimes mention how you can enhance my cards so I thought I’d practice what I preach. 🙂

This is the original card.

Nice but kind of blah. 

Now here’s the same card after I stepped it up.

I added our new Garden Trellis Embossing Folder, and the Scallop Trim Border Punch (R) with some Marina Mist Striped Organdy Ribbon (R). I also changed the Get Well sentiment from Crumb Cake to Marina Mist and added the stamp to the envelope. 

I’m very pleased with the end result.

There are many times when I create a card and I like it simple but then after I look at it for a while I’m not really satisfied. I remake many of them to “step” them up after my classes. I also get many ideas from my class participants. They have wonderful ideas! The more ideas the better the card!

Speaking of classes…I invite anyone in the San Diego area to attend. I welcome fellow demos and anyone interested in having some fun and making six great cards. My schedule of classes for the remainder of the year can be found here on my blog. For more details, please contact me.

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Take care and try to keep cool. Happy Stamping!    Donna