Monday, September 23, 2019

"In the meadow we can build a snowman ..." and Junior!

I had so much fun creating this fun little gift card! Have you seen Snowman Season in the Holiday Catalog?!  Have you played with the matching Snowman Builder Punch?! So cute!



This little gift card features a small strip of the Brightly Gleaming DSP, topped with just a smidge (just a dab 'll do ya!) of Puff Paint!  I stamped two snowmen, and cut the base off of one to create Junior!  Then, all that was left to do was decorate ... uh, dress my snowmen! Oh yes, and the tiny greeting is from Itty Bitty Christmas!  How fun!

Check out my supply list below my signature ... and be sure to visit my store if you need any supplies!


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Monday, July 22, 2019

A fun embossing technique!

I've been trying to show you all that embossing makes your handmade cards that much more special! Now I'm going to show you two cards - one with embossing, that embosses ... with a special twist!

My first card is beautiful (in my humble opinion) but still rather plain.  The little birds on the branch are so darn cute!!  Do you have the bird bundle from Stampin' Up! yet?!  The image is stamped on one of the new nested label dies.  I colored them in with blends.  The "stand out" bird is my favorite.  Not only did I color it with a different color blend, but I HAD to add some Wink of Stella!



The next card is also stamped on a piece of Whisper White piece of c/s, cut out with a Nested Label die.  I embossed the Pool Party c/s layer though.  Prior to running it through the Big Shot, I inked up the embossing folder with Crumb Cake ink.  I used the brayer, but you could also ink it up directly by touching the ink from the pad directly to the folder.  Then, insert your cardstock and run it through the Big Shot.  With this folder, I actually couldn't decide which side of the folder I preferred, so I inked up BOTH sides and ran it through -- at that point, I decided which side I preferred.  I then added a little more variety but cutting out with the next-larger label die, popping it up and adhering my stamped Whisper White layer.  Don't you just love how the grooves of the folder picked up the ink, giving it almost a weathered look?! The little yellow bird on the branch in this image is also colored with Wink of Stella.


Don't you just love how the grooves of the folder picked up the ink, giving it almost a weathered look?! The little yellow bird on the branch in this image is also colored with Wink of Stella.



Card 1 "Recipe":

Dimensions:
Layer 1: Whisper White thick c/s, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Layer 2: Pool Party c/s, 4" x 5 1/4" 
Layer 3: Whisper White c/s scrap, 4 1/2" x 2 1/2", cut out with 4 1/4" x 2 3/8" nested label die (stamp first) 
Layer 4: Blushing Bride c/s, 3/4" x 2 1/2", punched out with Classic Label Punch.

Directions:
Cut and score card as per above measurements.
Stamp "4 birds on a branch" image from Best Birds stamp set in Memento ink. Color in with blends: So Saffron light blend for single bird, Calypso Coral light and dark blends for trio of birds, Soft Suede light blend for wooden branch, Call Me Clover light blend for leaves, and Flirty Flamingo light blend for flowers on branches.  Cut out with the Nested Label die and the Big Shot after you've stamped and colored.
Stamp the "Thanks for being you" sentiment with Memento ink on the Blushing Bride c/s scrap and punch out with the Classic Label punch. Attach to the other layers.
Use Wink of Stella glitter pen to accent your beautiful yellow bird!

Card 2 "Recipe":

Dimensions:
Layer 1: Whisper White thick c/s, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Layer 2: Pool Party c/s, 4" x 5 1/4", embossed with the Pinewood Planks embossing folder (see directions or refer to above card description prior to the recipe)
Layer 3: Whisper White c/s scrap, 4 1/2" x 2 1/2", cut out with 4 1/4" x 2 3/8" nested label die (stamp first) 
Layer 4: Blushing Bride c/s, 3/4" x 2 1/2", punched out with Classic Label Punch.

Directions:
Cut and score card as per above measurements.
*Ink up the Pinewood Planks embossing folder with Crumb Cake ink using either a brayer or direct ink pad to folder method. Run this layer through the Big Shot. (Use the new 3D embossing plate with the Big Shot to make your embossing even easier.)
With the Big Shot and the 4 7/8" x 2 5/8" Nested Label die, cut out a label shape from the already embossed Pool Party c/s piece - pop up this cut-out die shape and pop up with dimentionals in the cut-out die shape opening.
Stamp "4 birds on a branch" image from Best Birds stamp set in Memento ink. Color in with blends: So Saffron light blend for single bird, Calypso Coral light and dark blends for trio of birds, Soft Suede light blend for wooden branch, Call Me Clover light blend for leaves, and Flirty Flamingo light blend for flowers on branches.  Cut out with the Nested Label die and the Big Shot after you've stamped and colored.
Stamp the "Thanks for being you" sentiment with Memento ink on the Blushing Bride c/s scrap and punch out with the Classic Label punch. Attach the label over the popped up colored birds as per the photo.   Use Wink of Stella glitter pen to accent your beautiful yellow bird!

Now it's up to you to give this technique a try: are there other embossing folders that you can do this with?!  I'd love to hear your ideas!

Come back tomorrow for something new!!  


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Thursday, July 18, 2019

More embossabilities!

It's time for me show off another embossed card!  I made this card specifically to show off the difference that a little embossing can make.

Check out this card.  So simple to make -- I'm going to call it a #simplestamping card because it really took me just a few minutes to create.  I was inspired by a swap card that I received, which I will show you in just a moment.


The stamped flower shown here is from the stamp set called Healing Hugs and is such a great thinking of you/get well card.  I stamped the image in Rococo Rose ink on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock(c/s), then "fussy-cut" and popped up on the largest Stitched Circle die.  I also stamped leaves in Garden Green ink, again on the scrap of Whisper White c/s and again "fussy-cut".  Fussy-cutting involves hand-cutting an image out, rather than using dies - it's quite possibly the most time consuming part of this entire card!  

I stamped the sentiment in the bottom left corner of the Blushing Bride layer, again in Rococo Rose ink.  This layer is then attached to a Mint Macaron c/s base.  What a great card to send to someone to let them know you're thinking of them!

So, let me show you the card that inspired the card above, and the card that shows the beauty of embossing yet again!


Again, the flower above was stamped with the Healing Hugs stamp set.  I think that the ink used was Calypso Coral, but don't quote me on that!  The "piece-de-resistance" is the Petal Pink cardstock layer that is embossed with the Tufted 3D embossing folder!  Of course, there are other beautiful elements to this card - the rhinestones, the ribbon, the sentiment layered and popped up!  

I'm pretty sure this card was created and shared with me by Debbie Prante -- I received it in a swap. Check out the gorgeous embossing:


Because I didn't create the card, I'm not going to include anything but the embossing folder on my supply list.  I also can't quote everything that was used on the card so my card recipe will be for the card I created only - I will just say that the mat layer over the card base is best embossed!

Card "Recipe" :

Dimensions:
Layer 1: Mint Macaron c/s, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Layer 2: Blushing Bride c/s, 4" x 5 1/4" (emboss this layer with the Tufted embossing folder for extra WOW!)
Layer 3: Whisper White c/s, 3 1/2" square - cut with the largest circle Stitched Shapes die and the Big Shot
Layer 4: Whisper White c/s scrap 3 1/2" square 

Directions:
Stamp the rose in Rococo Rose ink and the leaves in Garden Green ink on the scrap of Whisper White c/s, layer 4. Cut out and set aside. Cut out the stitched circle using the Big Shot and the largest circle die from the Stitched Shapes dies.  Pop up the rose and leaves with dimensional onto the stitched circle shape.  If you choose to emboss the Blushing Bride c/s layer, use the Tufted 3D embossing folder.  You may want to stamp your sentiment either on another scrap of Whisper White c/s scrap, or you can try stamping the sentiment in Rococo Rose ink in the bottom corner of the card BEFORE embossing this layer.  Attach this layer to the card base, then attach the stitched circle to the (embossed) Blushing Bride c/s layer.

Please leave me a comment!!  I'd love to hear what you think of this card and how much you love embossing!!  I'll be back tomorrow with another card and a special technique using the embossing folders!

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Embossabilities!

On my Facebook Live today, I shared some cards I "stepped up" with just a bit of embossing.  The cards were simple and beautiful to begin with, but with just an extra step, it goes from great to WOW!

Here's the first card, before embossing:


This card base is the new Terracotta Tile color.  Isn't it beautiful? I was thinking that it was Calypso Coral!  Very close!!  I love the new Mosaic Mood specialty designer paper.  If you remember, I had featured some fancy fold cards on my blog previously using this gorgeous paper.  Here's another beautiful pattern!!  I still need to add a sentiment or some bling to the card, but I will do that when I know what I'm using this card for.  

So, that was a very beautiful card, but check out how just a bit of embossing steps it up!!


This card has an extra layer of embossed cardstock -- I used the Mosaic 3D folder to emboss the layer over the card base.  It is the same color, but by adding the embossing, it looks like a totally different, more WOW card.  I DID add the sentiment and ribbon as well as flipping the card since the pattern seemed to lend itself to that - this also adds to the wow factor, but I truly believe that the embossed layer was the difference.  I will have the card dimensions and supply list below.  

Happy birthday to Kelly, my friend whom I made this card for!!  I hope she has a very special birthday!

Card "Recipe":

Card 1:

Layer 1: Terracotta Tile c/s, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Layer 2: Garden Green c/s, 3 1/4" x 4 1/4"
Layer 3: Mosaic Mood specialty DSP (rose pattern): 3" x 4"

Cut and score your cardstock and designer paper as above. Assemble the layers and your card is completed.

Card 2:

Layer 1: Terracotta Tile c/s, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Layer 2: Terracotta Tile c/s, 4" x 5 1/4", embossed with the Mosaic 3d embossing folder
Layer 3: Garden Green c/s, 3 1/4" x 4 1/4"
Layer 4: Mosaic Mood specialty DSP (rose pattern): 3" x 4"
Layer 5: So Saffron c/s: scrap, cut with 7/8" x 2 3/8" stitched rectangle die.

Cut and score your cardstock and designer paper as above. Emboss the smaller Terracotta Tile c/s layer with the Big Shot and the Mosaic 3d embossing folder. Stamp the So Saffron c/s scrap with "Happy Birthday" from the Well Said stamp set in Terracotta ink and cut out with the above stitched rectangle die.  Assemble the layers as per the photo.  Pop up the sentiment with dimensionals.  Add a Petal Pink 5/8" striped organdy ribbon bow with a glue dot to the right of your sentiment. Your card is completed.

Join me tomorrow for another embossed card "before and after".  Please note that the supply list has supplies for BOTH of the cards shown above. 
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Friday, July 12, 2019

Royal Peacock dresses in Joseph's Coat this time!

I've shared a few cards that I've made using the Joseph's Coat stamping technique this week - now let's see how this technique looks on Royal Peacock.

Before I start, I wonder if anyone else is having trouble keeping the "peacocks" straight"?!  I have such a hard time remembering that the designer paper and the suite is called NOBLE peacock, the color is PRETTY peacock (thank goodness I can remember that for the color, the beginning initials are the same!), and the stamp set is ROYAL peacock.  Yikes!!

I've made 2 cards with Royal Peacock, both slightly different.  I'll put the supply list underneath, and in the description, I'm listing the "under colors" and the "top coat" I've sponged onto my Whisper White cardstock.  I embossed the peacock with VersaMark ink and used clear embossing powder over  the VersaMark.  I'm not sure if the colors/cards would turn out differently if I embossed using the white powder?


The card shown above uses the jewel-tone colors of Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay and Gorgeous Grape.  I sponged Pretty Peacock on as my topcoat, which turned out to be a perfect match for my card base.  The mat c/s I used is again Gorgeous Grape.  I added a few Noble Peacock rhinestones to the card too.


Because I'm such a "blueberry bushel" type of girl (I love to wear that color!), I decided this next card should use Blueberry Bushel as my top coat.  My under-colors that I sponged on the Whisper White c/s were Seaside Spray, Rococo Rose and Highland Heather.  

Although I'm showing this 2nd card last, it was actually my first attempt using Royal Peacock.  I did a better job embossing my peacock shown in the first card.  Lesson learned - make sure to fully heat-set the stamped image before sponging on the color.  My peacock's tail in the 2nd card could certainly be a lot more dramatic.  

Card #1:
Pretty Peacock c/s: 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Gorgeous Grape c/s: 3 7/8" x 5 1/8"
Whisper White c/s: 3 3/4" x 5"
Embellishments: Noble Peacock Rhinestones
Inks: Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay, Gorgeous Grape; Pretty Peacock; VersaMark
Stamps: Royal Peacock

Card #2:
Blueberry Bushel c/s: 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Rococo Rose c/s: 4" x 5 1/4"
Whisper White c/s: 3 3/4" x 5"
Inks: Seaside Spray, Rococo Rose, Highland Heather; Blueberry Bushel; VersaMark



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Thursday, July 11, 2019

More "Joseph's Coat"!

Yesterday I shared how to do the Joseph's Coat technique, and I love that it is totally unpredictable!  Well, today I have a 2nd card to share.

I used brighter colors for my "under-stamping", and then a different color over.top.  I have one tip to share with you first.



Do you see my stitched rectangle in the photo above? Well, as you will see in the next photo, I created a custom-size rectangle for this sentiment.  I've indicated the die I used for the sentiment, however, my sentiment size required a smaller rectangle.  I cut the left side of my sentiment first, then reinserted the rectangle into my rectangle die and cut off the RIGHT side of my sentiment.  You have to make sure that the width is centered in the die if you're customizing the length. On the other hand, if you're customizing the width, as in possibly the bigger dies on the right, you'd want to center your length in the die.  I wanted my sentiment to end up in a label that was 1 3/4" x 7/8".  Please comment below if this doesn't make sense and I will do a video showing how to do this exactly.  


Since I gave you a "tutorial" yesterday for how to do the Joseph's Coat stamping technique (including links to my FB live and/or my YouTube channel where I SHOWED how to do the technique, I'm going to get right to my card recipe today. 

Card "Recipe":

Dimensions:
Call Me Clover c/s: 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Melon Mambo c/s: 3 3/4" x 5"
Basic Black c/s: 3 7/8" x 2 3/4"
Whisper White c/s: 3 3/4" x 2 5/8"; scrap Whisper White c/s: 3" x 1"

Directions:
1. Cut and score the cardstock as indicated.
2. Emboss the Melon Mambo c/s layer with the Subtle 3D embossing folder and the Big Shot. Attach to your card base.
3. Do the Joseph's Coat technique on the larger Whisper White c/s piece: I sponged Granny Apple Green on the bottom, Melon Mambo, Coastal Cabana and Mango Melody inks in the upper parts of the piece, completely covering up the white of the cardstock. After briefly heat setting the inks, I stamped different images from the Enjoy Life stamp set in VersaMark ink. After sprinkling clear embossing powder over the images, I heat set/embossed the images.  I sponged Bermuda Bay ink over the entire cardstock piece, and then buffed the excess ink off of the embossed images with a paper towel.  Refer to my facebook live video posted on 7/10/19 on my page, Jeannie Nielsen the Card Lady page  or to my YouTube channel to see how to do this technique if the instructions are unclear.  
4. Stamp the sentiment, "Life looks beautiful on you" from the Beautiful You stamp set on the smaller piece of Whisper White c/s and cut out with the stitched rectangle die as described above in the main blog post.
5. Attach the stamped c/s piece to the Basic Black c/s mat, then attach to the Melon Mambo layer.  Pop up the sentiment with dimensionals to the left of your image.  


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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Joseph's Coat Meets Daisy Lane

In my card class this week, my sideline/helper taught a great new technique (to me) called Joseph's Coat. It is essentially a sponged, emboss-resist surprise (as in you never know what you're going to get at the end) type of technique.

This is the card we made in class.  Isn't it so pretty?  I'm going to walk you through the steps that we used to create this card.

First, you start with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Make sure you have scrap paper beneath this cardstock (c/s) to protect your work space.  As you can see below, there's good reason!



Start by choosing 3 colors to sponge onto the c/s. Remember Mr Miyagi? "Wax on, wax off". That is essentially the technique:  in a circular motion, starting on the scrap paper and with a light touch, sponge each of the 3 colors onto the c/s.  In this case above, start with Pear Pizzazz (bottom), then alternately add Seaside Spray and Rococo Rose.  You may be able to see that I did Rococo Rose in various spots and Seaside Spray in other "circles".  Heat set the sponged c/s for just a few seconds, then wipe your sponged c/s with the embossing buddy.  Now comes the part that makes the emboss-resist - stamp your flowers and ferns with VersaMark ink onto the sponged c/s.  As you see, I concentrated the ferns at the bottom, then stamped the large daisy in the upper center, and several medium daisies on the edges randomly.  Sprinkle the c/s with CLEAR embossing powder and use your heat tool, watching the stamped images magically appear!  So fun!  

You're not done yet though.  Next, to make the stamped colors come through to make "Joseph's Coat"(of many colors), you need to completely sponge a dark color overtop of the stamped/sponged c/s.  This should help to make the sponged areas "pop", but once you've finished sponging the dark color, "wax off" with a tissue/paper towel.  Just to warn you, your fingers might be inky! 

The last step was to emboss the large daisy with VersaMark ink on a scrap of Rococo Rose, sprinkle with WHITE embossing powder and punch out the daisy. You may or may not want to pop up the punched daisy with dimensionals - I chose not to. I gave dimension to the center however with a clear faceted gem. 

One last item to share with you - this is how I store my sponges.  I use a container that is probably used for storing embroidery floss skeins in (or that's what I used to store in here when I did counted cross-stitch).


I cut each stamping sponge into 6-8 pie-shaped pieces, then punch out a matching color of cardstock with a long-retired "index tab" label punch.  I staple the punched c/s onto the sponge so there's never the possibility of sponging Real Red in my Daffodil Delight ink!  (*I realized that I didn't give you the product number for sponges in my supply list.  You can order stamping sponges HERE.  

Thanks for joining me again!  I have another card to share with you tomorrow using the same technique.  (You'll have a head start on seeing the card if you watch my FB live on page, Jeannie Nielsen the Card Lady.  If you don't have Facebook, no problem!  You can still watch me on my YouTube channel HERE

Card "Recipe":

Dimensions:
Rococo Rose c/s, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"; scrap 3" x 3"
Seaside Spray c/s, 4" x 5 1/4"
Whisper White c/s, 3 3/4" x 5"

Follow the steps as above to sponge and emboss the Whisper White layer. Stamp and emboss the Rococo Rose scrap with the daisy image and punch out Daisy Punch. Attach daisy over top of the stamped daisy in center of card and attach the faceted gem. Attach all layers together.


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Saturday, July 6, 2019

Mosaic Moods -- 3rd Card's a Charm(er)!

Today I'm featuring the 3rd card in my Mosaic Mood Specialty Designer Paper series. This card is a Double Z-Fold card, and it's really much easier than it looks.  I think I would still consider it a card for the casual crafter -- it's not that difficult, and the "wow" when you give it to somebody will make you smile!

Once again, I'll have the card recipe below.  Let me just show you the card, and a close-up of one of the features.


Isn't the hummingbird lovely?  I was able to cut the hummingbird from the designer paper, hence no need to stamp (since I don't have the stamp set) and color.  I just "chose" my favorite hummingbird (or the one full bird closest to the side of the paper!) and cut it out.  I decided to use Daisy Lane as the stamp set featured with this paper as it's such a great set.

Here is a side-view of the card, open.



The important thing to note is that you're score lines at 2 3/4" and 5" are opposite on the card and the strip at the bottom -- in other words, for the card base, the 5 1/2" section is in the back, and with the strip, the 5 1/2" length is front and center.  This is important so that the card can close without too much bulk.

One last tip I have is regarding the Stitched Rectangle dies.  I find myself using these dies a lot!  Check out this photo below:



Smile is stamped on a scrap of Very Vanilla c/s and cut out with the small "single" die from the set -- I say this because there are two collections within this die set and have alternately larger coordinating dies.  There is also one single die, off by itself, that sees a lot of use in my craft room.  Next, find a die that is just slightly larger width-wise, although considerably longer length-wise.  You will see that I added a #1 and #2 to the photo - this indicates the cutting order.  Put the edge of the die to the right of your Soft Suede c/s scrap and run through the big shot, then return the die/paper to the cutting plate to cut out side 2 on the left indicated by the #2.  Do you see how this increases the use of your dies, making them much more valuable to you?!

One last word -- I stamped the sentiment on a scrap of Very Vanilla c/s and cut out with the Classic Label punch.  I ONLY did this to cover up a mistake!  I'm not including it in the instructions, but I am pointing out that every mistake is still an option for further embellishment sometime.  The sentiment is very thin, and I ended up with a halo around my sentiment when I stamped ... so I covered it up!

Card "Recipe" (supply list after)

Dimensions:
Mint Macaron c/s: 4 1/4' x 11", scored at 2 3/4" and 5 1/2".
Soft Suede c/s: 2 1/4" x 4" (2)
Mint Macaron c/s: 1 3/4" x 11", scored at 2 3/4" and 5 1/2"
Mosaic Mood specialty DSP, "mint macaron mosaic pattern" , 2" x 3 3/4" (2), plus scrap of that strip to cut out hummingbird.
Very Vanilla c/s: 4" x 5 1/4"
Blushing Bride c/s scrap: 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"
Very Vanilla c/s scraps: 2 1/2" x 3 1/2", 1 1/2" x 2", 2" x 3"
Soft Suede c/s scrap: 1 3/4" x 2 3/4"

*card uses the paper cutter and the Big Shot, which are no longer available for order.

Directions:
Cut and score your paper as above.  Fold your c/s on the "valley fold" for the 2 3/4" line, and then with a "mountain fold" (alternate direction) at the 5 1/2" line as shown in the photo.  Cut out the hummingbird of your choice from the back of this designer paper.  (I was able to cut my hummingbird and my DSP pieces from one strip of 3 3/4" DSP.


Next, attach the Soft Suede c/s pieces to the card base, on the 2 3/4" sections. Attach the DSP pieces over top of the Soft Suede mat.  Cutout the Very Vanilla stitched oval, using the 2nd largest stitched die. Cut a coordinating, slightly larger Blushing Bride scallop oval.

Pop the layered ovals onto the outer-most DSP piece as shown in the photo. *I didn't attach the bottom dimensional under the oval to the DSP, but rather, waited until I had attached the strip of c/s. Stamp the medium daisy 2x in Flirty Flamingo ink and punch out with the Medium Daisy punch (I put both the Daisy Lane stamp set AND the bundle which includes the Medium Daisy punch in the supply list following. ) Pop up the daisy with dimensional in the bottom left corner of the oval.  Attach a gold faceted gem to the center of the daisy.  Attach the cut-out hummingbird, again popped up, over top of the flower.

Stamp the stem from Daisy Lane in Mint Macaron ink onto the 4: x 5 1/4" Very Vanilla c/s piece.  Make sure you will be able to see the flower after attaching the Mint Macaron c/s strip at the bottom.  Once again, refer to the photo. below. Stamp the flower in Calypso Coral ink at the top of the flower.  Stamp your sentiment to the side of the flower, again in Calypso Coral ink (and not stamping the "halo" around as I did, making it necessary to "fix"!)  Attach the Very Vanilla layer to the card base, making sure that the 5 1/2" Mint Macaron length is to the right.


Now, attach your strip of Mint Macaron c/s, following the photo.  The 2 3/4" sections adhere to the outermost right side of the card, and the 5 1/2" length adheres to the very left of the card - attach using the bottom edge of the DSP and Soft Suede layers as your guide (the bottom of the Soft Suede and DSP is not visible below the strip.) 

Stamp the fern leaves on the scrap of Very Vanilla - *I stamped them it off so the sentiment would be more visible. Next, stamp "smile" in Calypso Coral ink. Cut out with the Big Shot and the single stitched rectangle die, 1 1/4" x 1 11/16".  Cut a slightly larger rectangle, following my directions above in the card description - cutting it to a final size of 1 3/8" x 1 15/16".  Attach to the right side of the 5 1/2" length of the Mint Macaron strip, as shown in the photo. *At this point, you can attach the bottom of the Blushing Bride oval to the Mint Macaron strip.  That's it!  Enjoy and/or share your card!

I hope these instructions make sense - if there is anything that you have a question about, PLEASE leave me a comment and I will clarify or get back to you!  I value your comments!

*Have you ordered your Daisy Lane stamp set yet?  I have a special offer available right now - order the Daisy Lane stamp set by July 22nd and I'll send you a free tutorial for 6 cards using the Noble Peacock specialty DSP and Daisy Lane stamp set, plus you'll get 3 more bonus tutorials using this stamp set!  Make sure you use the hostess code 4NH6QH24 so I know to send you your tutorial!  Also, make sure your order doesn't say "NO CONTACT" because then I will have no email address to send the tutorial to!

Thanks so much for joining me today!  I thoroughly enjoyed featuring this stamp set!  Next week, it's on to a new stamp set or suite or designer paper.  See you then!

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Friday, July 5, 2019

Mosaic Moods - Christmas in July!

Well, happy July!!  You know what that means?!  It's time for some CHRISTMAS in July!  I love Christmas, and I heard just recently, July 3rd, that there was only 175 days until Christmas.  This is indeed a challenge as there are not many designer papers suitable for Christmas in the new Annual Stampin' Up! catalog.  But... I was up for the challenge and I saw one of the papers from Mosaic Mood as a cable knit pattern.  The next challenge was finding a suitable sketch to showcase this paper.  I went to my Pinterest account and found a Fancy Fold card in my files:  it is called a Step Panel card by Dawn Griffith who posted a video with directions.  I'll include directions in my Card "Recipe" below.


This was such a fun card to make.  I used Dashing Deer, a stamp set in the Annual Catalog that carried over from last year.  The stamp set has matching dies, so I stamped the deer in Soft Suede ink (I know it looks darker, but it REALLY is Soft Suede).  I thought that the flowers cut out of gold glimmer paper looked just like gold stars.


 The sentiment is cut out with a narrow and long Stitched Rectangle die. 

Now, the card might make a bit more sense if yo see the side view of it.   Check it out below.

The "card base" is 4 1/4" x 11", with a few extra score lines.  Then, a second panel is added, making this a stand-up card yet still a fold-flat card!

This is the back of my card -- I'm almost thinking that the deer looks a bit "mosaic-like"!


Card "Recipe"

Dimensions:
Mint Macaroon c/s: 4 1/4' x 11", scored at 1/2", 2", 4" and 5 1/2".
Soft Suede c/s: 4" x 5 1/4" (2) - this is the mat for the front AND the back of the card.
Mosaic Mood Specialty Designer Paper: 3 3/4" x 5"
Very Vanilla c/s: 3 3/4" x 5"
Mint Macaroon c/s: 3" x 5 1/2", scored at 1/2", 2" on the 5 1/2" side(5 1/2" across the top of your cutter)
Soft Suede c/s: 2 3/4" x 3 1/4"
Soft Suede c/s: 3 3/4" x 1 3/4" for front of "box"
Mosaic Mood Specialty Designer Paper: 2 1/2" x 3"
Scraps: Very Vanilla c/s, 3" x 2"; Gold Glimmer Paper, 1" scrap.

Directions:

Cut and score the paper as outlined above.  Add tear n tape to the 1/2" tabs on both Mint Macaron scored pieces.  Attach Soft Suede c/s mat to the large 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" section of the card base -- this will be the front of your card.  Then, add the large glossy "cable pattern" DSP over the top of the Soft Suede mat. Refer to my "side" picture to see how to attach the 1/2" tab to the DSP, forming a small box.

*You should check to make sure it folds flat before finally attaching to the DSP.  This is the top of the card folded flat.


Attach the smaller 3 3/4" x 1 3/4" piece to the 2" x 4 1/4" part of the Mint Macaron "card base".

Now we are going to form the next box and the front of the card with the deer.  Apply tear n tape to the 1/2 tab of the 3" x 5 1/2" piece of Mint Macaron c/s if you have not yet done so.  Attach the         2 3/4" x 3 1/2" piece of Soft Suede c/s to the 3" x 3 1/2" square of the Mint Macaron piece, then attach the smaller piece of DSP to that.  Once again, refer to the photo below.


Attach tear n tape to the back of this square to secure it to the card base DSP.  Attach the 1/2" tab and this piece to the DSP. (If this isn't clear, look up Dawn Griffith's video HERE.)

Stamp the deer in Soft Suede ink onto a scrap of Very Vanilla c/s and cut out with coordinating dies and the Big Shot. Stamp the large deer, again in Soft Suede ink, onto the large Very Vanilla c/s piece.  Stamp the sentiment in Mint Macaron ink in the center of the Very Vanilla c/s to the right of the deer. Cut out 3 "flowers" from Gold Glimmer paper scrap. Stamp the sentiment in Mint Macaron ink on more Very Vanilla c/s scrap and cut out with the 2nd smallest long and narrow rectangle die and the Big Shot.



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Thursday, July 4, 2019

Mosaic Moods Cards - Take One!

I just love the colors on the card I created here today.  This project is one of 3 that features the Mosaic Moods specialty paper.  What I do NOT feature is the stamp set, showing you that it is so versatile even if you don't have the stamps.

This card is similar to a card I received in a swap at On Stage in April -- the card was part of a Fancy Fold/Fancy card.  It doesn't have any special folds, but the technique is quite fun and unique I think.


The paper has two sides - a matte side, and a matte side with glossy textured elements.  This particular card uses the matte side of the paper and has butterflies and flowers on it.  I immediately thought of Beauty Abounds with its gorgeous matching butterfly dies.  

To make this card, I used the rectangle dies to cut my Mint Macaron and designer paper layers.  *If you don't have these dies yet, put them on your wish list.  They are SO useful!!  Not only can I cut  layers, but it's also great for the sentiments that I want to pop up and don't necessarily have a matching die for. 

I hope you enjoyed this card!  I've included the card recipe/tutorial below.  I would probably say that this card is most appropriate for the casual or avid crafter, but if you live in the Lynnfield MA area, I teach classes and will help you get to that level, or at least help you make this card!

Come back tomorrow for another Mosaic Moods card using the paper in a most-unexpected way!

Card "Recipe"

Dimensions:
So Saffron c/s: 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Mint Macaron c/s: 4" x 5 1/4", cut with largest stitched rectangle die (die measures 5 1/8" x 3 3/4").
Mosaic Mood Specialty Designer Paper: 5" x 3 1/2", cut with 3rd largest stitched rectangle die (final measurement 4 3/4" x 3 3/8")
Mint Macaron c/s scrap: 2 3/4: x 2 3.4: cut out square frame using the 2nd and 4th largest square dies, final measurement 2 5/8" square with square window cut out, 2 1/8" square.
So Saffron c/s scrap: 2 3/4: x 2 3.4: cut out square frame using the 2nd and 4th largest square dies, final measurement 2 5/8" square with square window cut out, 2 1/8" square.
Very Vanilla c/s scrap: ___, stamped with "flower vine" image from Beauty Abounds stamp set and colored in with light Mint Macaron and So Saffron blends markers.
Very Vanilla c/s scrap: 1" x 1" for butterflies - stamp (2) butterflies with Early Espresso ink and carefully color in the butterflies with the light So Saffron blends marker. (I essentially "dotted" the butterfly wings with the So Saffron blends so the Early Espresso ink  would not "muddy".)  Cut out butterflies images with Big Shot and Beautiful Butterfly coordinating dies.
14" length of Gold Metallic Edge ribbon, colored with dark So Saffron blends marker.

Directions:
Cut the Mint Macaron mat layer with the largest Stitched Rectangle die.  Cut the Designer Paper layer with the 2nd-largest rectangle dies and attach to the Mint Macaron mat layer.  Tie the colored length of Gold Metallic Edge ribbon around both layers and set aside.

After cutting the Mint Macaron and designer paper layers, I then used two different sizes of the square dies (with the straight edges), placing one size inside the other while cutting to create a frame for the So Saffron and Mint Macaron squares.  (Save the inside squares for another project.)  Snip a side of the So Saffron square so you can weave it through the Mint Macaron one.  Do it in an inconspicuous spot on the side (using my photo as guide) so the cut is hidden behind elements of the card.  After weaving, attach both square frames to the top center of the designer paper layer -- attach the stamped and colored vine square over top.  Adhere both butterflies to each side of the square, popping up with dimensionals if desired.  Again, make sue your cut for the square is hidden either behind the other squares or the butterflies.  Attach all layers to the card base.  

Please leave me a comment!!  I'd love to hear what you think!

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Daisy Lane for the beginner, casual and avid stamper!

Stampin' Up! has determined that there are 3 types of crafters, or stampers out there.  The first is the beginner stamper, the one that may or may not do any stamping at home.  I did a quick and easy carder the beginner stamper:

As you can see on this card, it is just one layer -- stamped with just 2 colors of ink and 3 stamps total.  So easy!

This next card is good for the casual stamper, the one that has a few supplies at home, but otherwise just dabbles in stamping:


This card is a couple of layers, but is just stamped, punched and cut -- nothing too fancy but still a nice card!  (I goofed though -- the 1 3/4" punch just retired!  😪)

The last card is better fitted to the avid stamper.  Some of the layers are embossed with the Big Shot, and the shapes are cut out with framelits.  


I added a couple of simple embellishments too, just to perk it up some more!  Would you want to still make it more "avid"?  I think you could emboss the "smile" with clear embossing powder.  That would add some more "avid-ity" to it!!  

Below is my supply list and the card "recipe". Happy stamping!  Let me know what you think!!


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Card Recipe:

Beginner Stamper:

Whisper White Thick Cardstock (c/s) , 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"

Stamp the stem in Mint Macaron ink. Stamp the daisy flower image and "Smile" sentiment in Seaside Spray ink.

Casual Stamper:

Whisper White Thick c/s, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Seaside Spray c/s,  4" x 5 1/4"
2019-21 Designer Series Paper Stack, Seaside Spray Gingham pattern, 1 1/2" x 5 1/4"
Whisper White c/s, 1" x 5 1/4"
Crumb Cake c/s scrap, 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"
Whisper White c/s, 2" x 2"

Stamp the stem in Mint Macaron ink and the daisy flower image sentiment in Seaside Spray ink onto the Whisper White c/s scrap and punch out with the 1 3/4" circle punch.
Stamp the "Smile" sentiment in Seaside Spray ink toward the right side of the 1" x 5 1/4" Whisper White c/s strip.
Attach the Seaside Spray c/s to the Whisper White thick c/s base, then attach the strip of DSP to the bottom, and attach the stamped sentiment strip over, centering the sentiment strip over the DSP.  
Punch out a starburst circle from the Crumb Case c/s scrap. Attach the stamped and punched daisy image to the punched starburst.  Attach to the left of the sentiment, popping up with dimensionals.  Attach a large rhinestone jewel to the center of the flower.

Avid Stamper:

Whisper White Thick c/s, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Seaside Spray c/s,  4" x 5 1/4", embossed with the Subtles 3D Embossing Folder
2019-21 Designer Series Paper Stack, Seaside Spray Gingham pattern, 1 1/2" x 4", punched with the Triple Banner punch on the right side
Whisper White c/s, 1" x 4", punched with the Triple Banner punch on the right side
Crumb Cake c/s scrap, 2 1/2" x 2 1/2", cut out with the 2 1/8" circle die and the Big Shot
Whisper White c/s, 5" x 3"
Whisper White tulle polka dot ribbon, 3"

Stamp the stem in Mint Macaron ink and the daisy flower image sentiment in Seaside Spray ink onto the Whisper White c/s scrap and cut out with the 1 7/8" circle die and the Big Shot.  Attach to the crumb cake circle, and then to a cut-out 2 1/4" scalloped circle, again cut out of Whisper White c/s with the Big Shot.  Attach a faceted Seaside Spray dot to the center of the flower.
Stamp the "Smile" sentiment in Seaside Spray ink toward the right side of the 1" x 4" Whisper White c/s strip punched out with the Triple Banner punch.
Attach the Seaside Spray embossed c/s layer to the Whisper White thick c/s base.  Attach the Designer Paper banner to the bottom left 1/3 of the card, then center the stamped sentiment banner over the bottom "fork" of the designer paper banner.
Fold the ribbon in 1/2 and attach under the assembled circle layers, holding in place with dimensionals.

Supply List:



Monday, May 20, 2019

Lovely as a Tree!


I shared this card on my Facebook Live last week where I used Lovely as a Tree.  As I explained on the Live, I started out by stamping the fisherman from Best Catch in Memento ink onto the center of the Very Vanilla c/s layer.  I didn't know where the card was headed from there.  From there, I colored my tree stamp with a Garden Green and Soft Suede marker and stamped it to the upper left of the fisherman. The water looks very real, doesn't it?  I wish I had colored the water directly around the fisherman, but I instead built up the lake using the water stamp from High Tide and the Pacific Point ink.  That's one color that I haven't used a lot lately, but it's perfect for the water on this card.  To stamp the water, I started in the center of the cardfront, directly below the fisherman, then re-inked each time and stamped to the left and right, almost like I was laying bricks if that makes sense?

Hmm... what should I add next?!

Well, the mountains from Waterfront using Crumb Cake classic ink was the next image to be stamped.  I then masked the mountains and stamped the Mango Melody sun peeking behind it.  The only 2 things left to do were fill in my grass which I did with Garden Green ink and a blender pen, and to sponge my sky: I used the Balmy Blue, Highland Heather, Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight inks to color the sky -- I'm sorry it's difficult to see the sponging!





Well, that's my card for today!  Have you been following the retirement party that Stampin' Up! has been sponsoring online?  It's almost the end of another Stampin' Up! catalog and sadly, Lovely as a Tree will be leaving us.  For my product spotlight, I've been featuring the Lovely as a Tree stamp set on my Facebook page and will continue to do so for another few days.  If you use the Hostess Code, D7N2NTWA and purchase the Lovely as a Tree stamp set, I will send you a card using this stamp set, and will also send you 1/2 package of the Leaf Trinkets. 








Thanks for checking out my card today! Join me tomorrow for another Lovely as a Tree card or project!
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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Welcome Little One!


I had so much fun making this card!  I've spent the last few weeks creating cards using bundles, stamp sets, punches and framelits that are going away.

Unfortunately the wood crate framelits are one of those products I'm sad to see them go.  Doesn't this Momma Roo look so proud?!  She's sporting the latest pouch for her wee little koala!  I stamped Momma on Sahara Sand c/s in Memento Ink, then colored her in with the Light Crumb Cake blend.  Baby Koala is colored in with the light Smoky Slate blend.

The balloon is stamped in Mint Macaron ink using the Balloon Celebrations stamp set, cut out with the Balloon punch that is retiring.  I cut double crates for wagons - my back wagon is basically embossed because I cut both layers at the same time.  I then offset slightly to make it look 3D.  The wheels are Basic Black circles punched out with the 1" circle punch.  The "hubcaps" are champagne foil punched out with the 3/4" circle punch (retiring ... do you have yours yet?!).  Oh yes, and the handle is just a scrap of paper that I found in my recycling - basically it's 1/8" by about 4" and I cut off just a tad for the handle for the pull bar. The words for the sentiment are stamped in Mossy Meadow ink on one of the framelits from the Wood Crate set again - the stamps are part of the Animal Outing stamp set.  I had no problem lining up the words!  I used a snippet of Old Olive linen thread.  I colored the leaves on the stamped branch with Mossy Meadow blends after stamping it in Memento ink, used a bronze blend for the branch itself, and the frog is a pleasant Granny Apple Green blend color.  The last little item?  More branches cut from Mossy Meadow scraps using the frame lit from the Animal Outing bundle.


I layered my Very Vanilla piece on a  Soft Suede mat,  then layered on a Mossy Meadow base!  That's all!  I'm entering this card in the SUO Challenge blog -- this is a perfect "celebration" card!  

*I include a supply list on the bottom of every blog post.  I try to include every color I've mentioned that I use to stamp or punch with.  Please remember that I have LOTS of scraps, inks, stamps, etc.  Use whatever colors work for you!  Just make sure you have fun!!  
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Friday, April 26, 2019

Going for a Bike Ride!

I wanted to share another cute stamp set that is retiring this week!  I realized when I prepared for Tuesday night's card class that I have hardly ever used the Bike Ride stamp set with matching framelits.  Can you believe that it's going away without hardly seeing any ink?!


I made this cute card, essentially copying the sample in the 2018-19 Annual Catalog.  I changed it up a bit by making a banner (since Thoughtful Banners stamp set and the Bunch of Banners framelits are retiring).  The flowers in the basket are stamped in Berry Burst ink and the little bow on the basket is from the Apron Builder framelits and used some Berry Burst Cardstock. 

I added a supply list below in case anyone wants to duplicate the card.  I think I forgot to add that I stamped the basket is Early Espresso ink.  

Happy stamping!

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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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