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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Monday, March 4, 2019

Loving the Lovely Lattice!

I have to admit that I wasn't a big fan of this stamp set at first.  It's a Sale-a-bration stamp set, and I had it right from the beginning, but this is my first card actually using the stamp set!

I think I had put off using the stamp set because I felt I had to color in the flowers -- that's a lot of coloring LOL!  Well, I actually DID color in all of the flowers -- the whites of the flowers are colored with Wink of Stella, and I'm a huge fan of that look!  If you zoom in on the picture,  you'll see that I also outlined the entire image with the Smoky Slate light Blend marker -- doesn't it make the image pop?!  

If I was going to re-make the card, next time I'd probably put my Silver Glimmer strip a bit lower and center the ribbon over the strip.  

Check out my supplies in the table below!  Don't forget to leave a comment for me!
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Friday, March 1, 2019

So Hoppy Pop-up Card

I had so much fun making this adorable pop-up card using the SAB set, So Hoppy Together.  Did you know that starting today, March 1st, you can get framelits that match many of the Sale-a-bration sets? It's true!  To be honest, I'd been getting tired of cutting these poor frogs by hand, so they were getting a bit neglected.  Then, I had a chance to preorder these framelits and my stamping life changed!

I did a FB live the other day, featuring this card, and realized that the frogs all resembled the chipmunks: Alvin, Theodore and ... who was the third one?!  Oh yes, Simon!  Of course Alvin is riding the unicycle and Theodore is looking all studious with his hip glasses!  That leaves Simon to be sitting on the lily pad, talking to his dragonfly friends!

OK, let's get to the card.  The base is Coastal Cabana.  I then cut a layer of Granny Apple Green, followed by a Pool Party layer, embossed with the Big Shot and the Seaside folder. Don't you think it looks like water?!  I cut a Garden Green lily pad, accented with a Rich Razzleberry waterlily.  Do you know that I couldn't think of the name, Water Lily, for the life of me on my FB live?  It was my first, and it was certainly memorable!  Before I attached the Granny Apple Green and Pool Party layers, I tied a length of the Granny Apple Green Sale-a-bration ribbon around the card.  (I'm pretty sure the ribbon is supposed to be available again on March 4th, so stay tuned!  It's so lovely to tie, and truly a great bargain at 5 yards per spool, in 5 colors!)

Inside, I cut a Whisper White insert for the bottom of the card, and another piece of the SAB Botanical Butterfly designer paper.  Note that I cut two 1" width pieces of cardstock in 2 lengths (I give measurements below), which are scored in 3 different places.  The ONLY 2 important things to remember are that they can't stick out above the folded card if you want them to fit in the envelope, AND, the middle score lines for the tabs should be exactly 1/2 the length of the cardstock(c/s) total length.  I colored all of my frogs with Stampin' Blends -- the frogs are Light Granny Apple Green, with the Dark marker used to color the spots and the bellies of the frogs.  The dragonflies are colored with the Light and Dark Rich Razzleberry Blends.  Oh yes, and one more thing about the inside lily pad -- I cut it out first full-size from a Garden Green c/s scrap, but then reinserted into the framelit to make it approximately 2/3 the size.

Today's Tutorial:
Card Base: Coastal Cabana c/s, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Layer 1: Granny Apple Green cs/, 5 1/4" x 4"
Layer 2: Pool Party c/s, 5" x 3 3/4", embossed with the Big Shot and the Seaside embossing folder
Layer 3: lily pad, Garden Green c/s scrap, using lily pad framelit; water lily, Rich Razzleberry c/s scrap, cut out water lily (cut 2 since you'll need one for inside); dragonflies and sitting frog: Whisper White c/s stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink, colored with blends (Granny Apple Green Dark for belly and spots, Light for body of frog; Rich Razzleberry Dark for body and inside wings of dragonfly, Rich Razzleberry Light for outside of wings.)

Card Inside:
Whisper White c/s, 4" x 5 1/4" (for bottom)
Sale-a-bration Butterfly "green leaf" pattern: 4" x 5 1/4" (for top)
Granny Apple Green c/s: 1" x 6 1/2", scored at 1", 3 1/4" (note the exact middle!), 5"; 1" x 5 1/2", scored at 1", 2 3/4", 4 3/4"

Attach the embossed Pool Party layer to the Granny Apple Green layer, then tie a length of Granny Apple Green

Sale-a-bration ribbon around these layers, then attach to the card base.  Attach your lily pad, water lily, sitting frog ("Simon") and dragon flies to the front, popping up with dimensionals.

Inside stamped images: Garden Green c/s scrap for small lily pad (cut full-size, then re-insert into framelit and cut to make smaller oval), Rich Razzleberry water lily, stamped frogs on Whisper White c/s scrap -- stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink, colored with blends as above (I used the Rich Razzleberry Dark Blend to color "Theodore's" glasses and Dark Black Blend for unicycle tire/Smoky Slate Dark Blend for bicycle "chain")

Fold the tabs on the score lines. Attach the top and bottom of each of the tabs to the inside of the card (line up with the end of the cardstock/designer paper layers -- don't glue to the exact middle fold of the card because it will be too bulky to close).  You can decide if you want the shorter or longer part of the tab to be attached to the top or bottom -- if you attach the longer part to the bottom/front, your tab will stand up taller, whereas if you attach the tab to the back or top of the card, the tabs will lean back a bit. Attach your lily pad and water lily to the front of one of the tabs (I chose the shorter tab for this as I put "Theodore" in front of this tab), then attach the cut-out frogs.  I cut out all of my frogs with the matching framelits, and you probably will want to do this too!  Alternatively, cut them out by hand, and maybe use the lily pad from Lily Pad Lake for your inside and outside accent!

Enjoy this card, and have fun with it!!  Leave me a comment if you make the card and can follow my directions. 😊

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Monday, January 28, 2019

All My Love Valentine Sampler and Cards

It was our retreat last weekend, and I had the pleasure of designing a Valentine Sampler.  I consider the 12" x 12" sampler my specialty - I've done one for every major holiday (Valentine's Day, Christmas, Halloween), as well as every season (Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter).  My shelf is full of my various samplers, and I've been privileged to teach/share these samplers for quite some time.

When Stampin' Up! unveiled their Valentine's paper this year, I knew it was time to design another sampler.

I made a set of matching cards, since not everyone has unlimited wall or shelf space. I wrote a tutorial with step-by-step directions if anyone would like to use it personally or in a class.   

*The picture above shows 4 of the 7 cards -- the tutorial gives directions for 7 cards, similar in layout and stamps to the frame above.

I used the All My Love designer paper to make this sampler, and I used both of the 2019 featured Valentine's stamp sets and framelits, as well as a variety of other stamps and framelits.  Check out my supply list below, and if you're interested in purchasing the tutorial, click on the PayPal button below.  The cost is $15.00 which includes the tutorial for the 12"x 12" sampler frame and for 7 matching cards.

*This tutorial may be used by other Demos for their own in-person classes but may not be sold online or forwarded to others.  (I will respond as quickly as I can with sending the tutorial, but have not yet purchased a program to send it to you immediately. If I am away from my computer, it may take a little while.)  

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

My Yankee Swap for our Team Christmas Party

Yesterday was our team Christmas party held at my up-upline's house.  What a fun time we have every year!!  There's no shortage of food and fun and visiting at these events!!

The highlight of the Christmas/holiday get-together is our 3D Yankee swaps.  Each year we raise the bar just a little bit higher with the quality and imagination that goes into these events.

I found some clear glass ornaments at Hobby Lobby in September and kind of knew what I wanted to do with them.  Here's what I came up with (*please excuse that one of these ornaments used a retired set of framelits!)

To make these, I cut a 3" circle of Balmy Blue c/s, then cut off 1 1/2cm from the bottom (the ornaments had a flat base).  I then cut scenes from the Holiiday Home framelits, the Bethlehem edgelets and the Card Front Builder framelits (? last year's framelits?)  I then inserted the scenes into the ornaments but using a hot glue gun to attach to the bottom, followed by a generous sprinkling of glitter.  The ornaments/3D swaps didn't necessarily have to use Stampin' Up! products although it was encouraged.  I loved the Card Builder set from last year and knew it would be a great addition to my ornaments.  

That's all for today!!  Soon I'll start sharing my swaps that I've made the past few days/weeks!!

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Skating Snowman

It's official!  Today, January 2nd, is the last day to order this cool dude!!  I just love snowmen, and the snowmen in the Spirited Snowman set it no exception!!

Isn't he so joyful?!  That's how I choose to live my life ... joyfully.  That's a New Year's resolution for me -- to find the joy in many if not all situations!  

So, back to my snow-skating dude.  I used the new Buffalo Check stamp to stamp my background (yay, carrying over!), but the Spirited Snowman stamp set is retiring at MN tonight, January 2nd, 2019.  Check out the recipe below, but hurry and get your Holiday 
Occasions stamp sets now before they go away!!  

Use the hostess code, YAFEAX9D, to get a special gift from me (if your order is over $50).  

Card Recipe: 

Whisper White thick c/s: 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Balmy Blue c/s: 4" x 5 1/4", stamped with Buffalo Check stamp set using Balmy Blue ink 
Poppy Parade c/s: 3" x 4 1/4"
Balmy Blue c/s: 2 3/4" x 4"
Whisper White c/s: 2 1/2" x 3 3/4", stamped with Spirited Snowman skating snowman image (toward top of WW c/s piece, and "Winter Cheer" sentiment in center bottom of c/s piece.

Color your snowman with Stamping Blends: alternate light and dark Balmy Blend marker on hat, Poppy Parade blend on stripes of scarf and hat as well as skates. Color twig arms and legs using Bronze blend, plus light Smoky Slate blend on skate blades.  

Layer all pieces together and add small snowflake from Seasonal Layers frame lit dies (cut with Big Shot using magnetic platform), attaching with a glue dot.  

Happy New Year friends!!  Happy stamping!

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