Thursday, April 25, 2019

Goodbye Sweet Petal Palette!

My FB live this week featured the fabulous Petal Palette stamp set and its matching Petals and More framelits.  I shared a couple of projects with you and thought I'd share some close-up photos of two of my projects.  It has also been my Product Spotlight on my FB page.  Make sure you like the page so you can see more samples that I'm sharing this week!

This first project used the Buffalo Check background stamp set with Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  I stamped the buffalo check so that I could have a black and white background.  Unfortunately, the Botanical Butterfly DSP from Sale-a-bration has retired so I needed to come up with another black and white option.  (For my own use, I stockpiled that DSP and can't wait to use it on some personal cards!). I used the label die from the Rose Trellis thinlit dies (matching the Climbing Roses stamp set and also retiring. (Insert :(  face here - loved this stamp set and matching dies!). The sentiment is from the Petal Palette stamp set and the ribbon is the lovely Petal Pink and Whisper White 5/8" variegated ribbon that is retiring from the Occasions catalog.

My next 2 projects are 3D projects and again use retiring products.  

I made my birds for the bird cage and the wooden box using the Mirror Image technique (go to my FB page Jeannie Nielsen, the Card Lady) for a quick instruction of the the technique -- I taught it ib yesterday's FB live video (4/23/19) (Hint ... I used the Silicone Sheet and the Stamparatus) to make the birds facing in opposite directions for both projects. I can't share the instructions for the bird cage right now as it's a project that Debby Donovan will be teaching at our June crafting retreat.

The Wood Words stamp set with the Wood Crates thinlits are also retiring.  I filled my little crate with leftover Easter egg candy!   Before you panic ... the Colorful Seasons stamp set is not retiring -- I used the branch from the matching framelits to create the branch for the birds to sit on.  The designer paper is my favorite Wood Textures DSP stack.  The flowers also are stamped in Powder Pink ink and are from the Petal Palette stamp set so those items ARE retiring too.  Get them soon (click on any of the items in my Supply List to connect to my store and purchase these items)!

Anything else you notice that might be retiring?  Yep, some of my favorite Night of Navy gingham ribbon is going away as is the Share What You Love specialty DSP that lines the bottom of my birdcage.  Oh yes, and you'll want the Paper Trimmer and the Big Shot before those items are gone as well!!

*Please note that I have not included all items on my supply list -- I added the items only if they are retiring or are essential to the projects I made.  

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Designer Paper Product Spotlight

My Product Spotlight for this week on my FB page, Jeanne Nielsen The Card Lady is designer paper.  I know that I love the paper in the Occasions catalog, and I also love the paper in the Annual Catalog.  Neither of them will carry over next year I'm pretty sure. (The wood paper has been the only paper that I believe has ever carried over.)

I saw a YouTube video by Lyssa Zwolanek that used a full sheet of designer paper to make a cute bag, all with no waste.  I figured that it's possible that I could make these bags in other sizes.  I made her bag to display on my video (the large bag in the back corner), but made other bag sizes as well.  

So, here are the designer paper sizes and the score lines, then follow the video to put them together.  

To make the large Calypso Coral bag in the back using the Happiness Blooms DSP, follow these steps.

12" x 12" Designer Paper:
  • Cut off (2) 1" strips from 1 end.  Score these strips in half lengthwise to make your handles.
  • Score in half, at 6" on the 12" side of the remaining large piece of DSP, then score either side at 5" and 7".
  • Cut in 3" on the 5" and 7" score line and adhere inwards to form your reinforced bottom.
To make the small bag in front using the Tropical Escape DSP from the Annual Catalog, follow these steps.

6" x 6" Designer Paper:
  • Cut off (2) 1" strips from 1 end.  Score these strips in half lengthwise to make your handles.
  • Score in half, at 3" on the 6" side of the remaining large piece of DSP, then score either side at 3 1/2" and 4 1/2"
  • Cut in 3" on the 3 1/2" and 4 1/2" score line and adhere inwards to form your reinforced bottom.
  • With tear 'n tape, adhere each side to form your bag.
Finally, to make the floral bag in back left that uses the Painted Seasons DSP from Sale-a-bration (that ends on March 31st, by the way!), follow these steps.  *This was the bag I made in my video.

9" x 9" Designer Paper:
  • Cut off (2) 1" strips from 1 end.  Score these strips in half lengthwise to make your handles.
  • Score in half, at 4 1/2" on the 9" side of the remaining large piece of DSP, then score either side at 3 1/2" and 5 1/2"
  • Cut in 3" on the 3 1/2" and 5 1/2" score line and adhere inwards to form your reinforced bottom.
  • With tear 'n tape, adhere each side to form your bag.
Unfortunately I am having trouble uploading the video right now, but I will save it to YouTube tomorrow and try again!!  I'm sorry!

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Another Happiness Blooms Card!

I'm absolutely in love with this card!!  This was a card that was shared with me at my Leadership event in Lansing Michigan last month (with Ronda Wade).

I apologize that the lighting isn't better to truly show off this card.  I started with a 4 1/4" x 11" Whisper White thick c/s card base, scored at 5 1/2".  I then cut a layer of regular-weight Whisper White c/s at 4" x 5 1/4", embossing it with the Big Shot and the Pinewood Planks embossing folder.  Attach this layer to your card base.  Next, cut a 3 1/4" x 4 1/4" piece of Night of Navy c/s.  Attach a 3" x 4" piece of chosen Happiness Blooms designer paper to the Night of Navy c/s, then wrap a long piece of Whisper White thick Baker's Twine around these layers 2 times.  Tie in a bow and then pop up onto the card base with dimensionals.  Stamp your sentiment from the Strong and Beautiful cling stamp set in Night of Navy classic ink onto a scrap of Whisper White c/s and punch out with the 2 1/4" circle punch.  I popped this layer up as well.  Finally, punch out 2 flowers from a scrap of Night of Navy c/s, using one of the Bitty Blooms punches from the Bitty Blooms punch pack. (You could even punch out of the Night of Navy layer above if you haven't attached the designer paper yet.) The centers of the flowers are punched with another punch from the same punch pack, from a scrap of Grapefruit Grove c/s.  The final detail?  A Real Red dot from the Happiness Blooms enamel dots.   

This is the 2nd card of 10 from my Happiness Blooms card kit.  I have some pre-cut kits available for purchase for $30 (plus shipping) if you don't live locally.  The card kits will include all punched and embossed shapes, enough enamel dots to complete your cards, all of the c/s, designer paper, envelopes PLUS the tutorial for 10 cards!  (By the way, I have several packages of the Happiness Blooms  enamel dots - they're backordered until at LEAST March 25th.).  You only have to buy the stamp set, which you can also do from my store above.   A preview of all of the cards is seen below:

Thanks for joining me today!  Join me again for more card ideas and share from my stamping room!  (And please ... check out the supply list below for more information on the card I shared today!)

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Happiness Blooms Card

Today I did a FB live, making this lovely card.  I'm afraid the LIVE didn't go as smoothly as when I practiced earlier in the day.  I was a bit scattered, so I thought I'd share the card and directions here for this particular card.

The card base is Calypso Coral, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/4".  Attach the 3 3/4" x 5" chosen designer paper to a piece of 4" x 5 1/4" Whisper White cardstock (c/s).  Tie a bow from a length of Call Me Clover ribbon around these 2 layers, then attach to the card base.  Next, cut a Whisper White piece of 3 1/4" x 4 1/4" c/s.  Cut a 2nd piece of the same designer paper pattern at 3" x 4".  Attach to the card base and layers, popping up with dimensionals.   I chose this measurement so you could get several pieces from 1 sheet of paper.  Using your Big Shot, cut a Calypso Coral scalloped circle -- the size is just larger than the Whisper White c/s circle that is stamped with the sentiment  (I used Calypso Coral ink) and punched out with a 2 1/4" round punch.  I popped these circle layers up with dimensionals again.  Now, punch out 2 small flowers using one of the flower punches from the Bitty Blooms punch pack and Grapefruit Grove c/s.  The leaves are punched from Call Me Clover c/s scrap.  I used mini dimensionals to hold the leaves in place under the flowers and attached them to the bottom of the circle.  The final touch is the Happiness Blooms enamel dots - I used the Call Me Clover ones as I thought the coral/grapefruit color would get lost in the flower.  Use a Take Your Pick tool to place these dots -- I couldn't find the attachment I needed to place them, which made my video even funnier!  

This card plus 9 other cards using the stamp set, Strong and Beautiful, the Happiness Blooms designer paper, and matching colors, are all part of a class I'm offering on Saturday, March 9th.  Although it's too late to get into the product-based class, I do have some pre-cut card kits available.    The cost is $30, plus shipping if you don't live locally (I'm estimating $7-8 for shipping).  Contact me at and I'll send you a PayPal Invoice.  I'm sharing another card tomorrow -- unfortunately my phone battery died before I could make the 2nd card this morning.  

For a truly entertaining time, check out my FB live on my FB page, Jeanne Nielsen, the Card Lady (like my page), or join my group for a replay of this video plus other cards I'm making at Papercrafting with Jeannie.  The supply list is below!  Thanks for checking me out today!

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