Tuesday, May 3, 2016

April Paper Pumpkin Wreath & Alternative Card


It's been a big day around here. Today is the Presidential Primary here in Indiana. Normally, the decision has already been made on who will be the candidate on both sides, because our primary is always so late. This time, however, our primary is super important!

The other big thing about today is that Stampin' Up! demonstrators get to order some new items from the upcoming 2016-2017 Annual Catalog! This may not be as important as the primary, but it sure is A LOT more fun! I got my order placed this morning, and can't wait to get my hands on my new goodies. When I do, I'll make projects with them as soon as I can, and get them posted to show you. This is going to be a GREAT catalog!

I finally got to make the wreath in my April Paper Pumpkin kit over the weekend, and I LOVE it! It's so pretty! When I was finished, I couldn't believe how many leftovers there were! I quickly made a Mother's Day card with some of the leftover leaves, one of the leftover tags, and the stamp set that came in the kit. There are still plenty more supplies leftover in the kit, so I'll try to come up with something else in the future.


Since the instructions for the wreath are included in the Paper Pumpkin kit, I won't give them here. I will, however, share the instructions for my card:

Card Instructions:
  1. Stamp one of the Basic Black tags from the April Paper Pumpkin kit with the "Happy Mother's Day" stamp from the kit's stamp set using the Very Vanilla Craft Stampin' Spot included in the kit. Set aside to let the ink dry.
  2. Fold an 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" piece of Crushed Curry Cardstock in half to form the card base.
  3. Stamp the flower stamp from the stamp set in the kit onto the center of a 3-1/2" x 4-3/4" piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock using the Crushed Curry Classic Stampin' Pad. Stamp the same flower on each side of the first flower, using the Blackberry Bliss Classic Stampin' Pad (retiring). These two flowers should also be a little lower than the Crushed Curry one.
  4. Draw a stem and two leaves onto each flower using the Mossy Meadow marker from the 2014-2016 In Color Stampin' Write Markers (retiring).
  5. Attach a 3-1/2" strip from one of the leaves strips in the Paper Pumpkin kit. Remove the paper backing from the adhesive on the leaves strip, and attach it to the bottom of the Very Vanilla layer. Attach the whole layer to the center of a 3-5/8" x 4-7/8" piece of Blackberry Bliss Cardstock (retiring), and then attach it to the center of the card base.
  6. Attach a large rhinestone from the Basic Rhinestone Jewels onto the center of each flower. 
  7. Tie a 4" piece of Blackberry Bliss 5/8" Striped Cotton Ribbon (retiring) into a single knot. Trim the ribbon ends at an angle, Attach the ribbon to the top of the tag in Step 1 using a Mini Glue Dot. Attach the tag to the top of the card, at an angle, with Stampin' Dimensionals.













Monday, May 2, 2016

The Open Sea Flip-Flop Card


Here is the last card that will be made at my Fond Farewell Stamp Camp. I CASEd this card from one France Martin made.

The retiring items I used on this card are The Open Sea Stamp Set, And Many More Stamp Set, the World Map Stamp, Circle Card Thinlits, 1/8" Brads, and 2-1/2" Circle Punch.


Card Tips:
  1. The water on the ship cirlce and the water on the World Map are sponged with Lost Lagoon ink using a Sponge Dauber.
  2. The ship circle was punched out with the 2" Circle Punch. After it's punched out, the circle edges were sponged with Soft Suede ink.
  3. The Hardwood circle was punched out with the 2-1/2" Circle Punch. Once it's punch out, the 1/8" Brads were added.
  4. After the ship circle was attached to the Hardwood circle, the circles were attached to the circle in the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.
  5. All of the actual stamping was done with the Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin' Pad.
  6. The greeting banner was made with the banner die in the Circle Card Thinlits Dies.













Sunday, May 1, 2016

CPC Bear Hugs for Mom & Dad


It's the first day of May, and that means another month of wonderful projects at Craft Project Central! Today's project is designed by Carrie Rhoades.

These projects are designed for kids to make with assistance for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.  They will also work for birthdays and other special occasions. Included in this tutorial are the directions to make two cards, a mini scrapbook, a gift box boat and treat holder tent.  Think of all the fun you could have making these projects with the little crafters in your life. Not to mention the joy these gifts will bring  to the Mom or Dad who gets them as a handmade gift!  These projects would also be great for a kids craft class!


If you would like to see the complete project, and learn how to make it, you'll want to subscribe for the month of May. With your subscription, you'll get illustrated, step-by-step instructions for 10 wonderful projects for only $10! You can find out how to gain access to a bonus eleventh project over at Craft Project Central.












Saturday, April 30, 2016

Short & Sweet Saturday - Summer Silhouettes


Here is this week's Short & Sweet Saturday card. All of my Short & Sweet Saturday (S&SS) cards are quick and easy to make, so they're perfect if you need to make a card last minute. I always include complete instructions on how to make my Short & Sweet cards, too.

This week's S&SS card features these retiring items...Summer Silhouettes Stamp Set, A Dozen Thoughts Stamp Set, Melon Mambo 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon, It's My Party Designer Series Paper (DSP) Stack, and It's My Party Enamel Dots.


Card Instructions:
  1. Fold a 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" piece of Mint Macaron Cardstock in half to form the card base.
  2. Stamp the medium-sized flower stamp from the Summer Silhouettes Stamp Set four times across a 5-1/4" x 4" piece of Whisper White Cardstock using the Crushed Curry Classic Pad. They should be a little above the center of the piece. Clean the stamp and stamp it three more times, in-between the Crushed Curry ones, using the Melon Mambo Classic Stampin' Pad. They should be stamped lower than the Crushed Curry ones. They'll be right across the middle of the Whisper White layer.
  3. Stamp the small stem stamp onto the bottom of each flower using the Mint Macaron Classic Stampin' Pad. Then, stamp the leaf branch stem under each flower with the Mint Macaron pad. The top two leaves of the branch should be on either side of each stem. They should also be the only leaves that show above the DSP and ribbon.
  4. Stamp the "better get better" stamp from the A Dozen Thoughts Stamp Set onto the top, right corner of the Whisper White piece using the Tuxedo Black Memento Pad.
  5. Attach a 5-1/4" x 1" piece of Crushed Curry/Whisper White plus signs paper from the It's My Party DSP Stack across the bottom of the Whisper White piece.
  6. Wrap a 7" piece of Melon Mambo 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon across the top of the DSP piece, and attach the ribbon ends to the back of the Whisper White piece. Tie a 4" piece of the same ribbon onto the left side of the attached ribbon with a single knot. Trim the ribbon ends at an angle.
  7. Attach the Whisper White/DSP piece to the center of the card base. Attach a small Melon Mambo enamel dot from the It's My Party Enamel Dots onto the bottom of each Crushed Curry flower. Attach a small Crushed Curry enamel dot from the same pack onto the bottom of each Melon Mambo flower. Each enamel dot should cover up the rounded, top part of the stems.













My CPC #imbringingbirthdaysback Fancy Fold Cards & Treat Box - April Bonus Project


Today's Craft Project Central project is April's Bonus Project, and it's designed by ME!

Do you want to join Stampin’ Up!’s #imbringingbirthdaysback movement by sending more birthday cards? This project ensemble will help you get started! Included in this tutorial are two, fancy fold birthday cards and one balloon treat box. The projects feature the Balloon Builders Stamp Set and the It’s My Birthday Designer Series Paper Stack. The tutorial also includes four different animal balloons made with the stamp set. This would also make a great #imbringingbirthdaysback class!


If you would like to see and learn how to make this bonus project, you'll want to subscribe for the month of April AND qualify for the bonus project. Bonus projects can be obtained by subscribing to two or more months in a row, putting the Craft Project Central badge on your blog, or by referring a friend and when they subscribe, letting CPC know. With your subscription, and qualifying for the bonus project, you'll get illustrated, step-by-step instructions for 11 wonderful projects for only $10!












Friday, April 29, 2016

Last Day to Get a New 2016-2017 SU! Annual Catalog Free From Me & Another Fond Farewell Card

Get a New 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog Free From Me...Here's How!

Place at least a $50* order (before shipping & tax), AND use the hostess code BDEZ42BX at my ONLINE STORE by Friday, April 29, and I'll mail the new 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog to you FREE in May!

*If your order is $150 or more (before shipping & tax) DO NOT use the hostess code. That way, you'll get the Stampin' Rewards. I'll still mail the new 2016-2017 Annual Catalog to you for FREE!

Enter the hostess code on the shopping bag screen. You must enter the hostess code BDEZ42BX to get your free catalog.


Make sure to click the "Yes" box for the "Allow my demonstrator to contact me with order updates and other important information". If you don't, I won't have your information. If I don't have your information, I can't mail your free catalog to you.
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I have another Fond Farewell Stamp Camp card to share with you. I CASEd this one from a card that Barbara Walker made. 

The retiring items that are featured on this card is the Summer Silhouettes Stamp Set, Feel Goods Stamp Set, Stylish Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (TIEF), and Venetian Crochet Trim.


Card Tips:
  1. The Calypso Coral layer was embossed with the Stylish Stripes TIEF, and then attached to the Tip Top Taupe card base.
  2. After the flowers, leaves and greeting were stamped onto the Very Vanilla layer, the layer was sponged with Calypso Coral ink. Then, it was attached to a piece of Tip Top Taupe Cardstock.
  3. Venetian Crochet Trim was wrapped around the bottom of the stamped piece, and the ends were attached to the back. Then, another piece of the trim was tied onto the left side of the first with a single knot. Then, the whole piece was attached to the middle of the card.













Thursday, April 28, 2016

Fabulous Four Birthday Card


Today's card is another card that will be made at my Fond Farewell Stamp Camp next week. This card would be perfect for any birthday gal or guy!

The retiring items I used on this card are the Fabulous Four Stamp Set, Cherry on Top DSP Stack, Decorative Dots embossing folder, Scallop Striped Thinlits, and Circles Collection Framelits.


Card Tips:
  1. The circle was die-cut out of the Bermuda Bay layer, and then embossed with the Decorative Dots folder.
  2. The scallops piece was attached to the back of the Bermuda Bay layer, covering up the circle opening.
  3. The baker's twine was attached to the back of each balloon using scotch tape. Then, the balloons were attached to the card with SNAIL Adhesive. Attach the bottom of the baker's twine pieces to the card with another piece of scotch tape. Then, attach the greeting banner to the card, covering up the scotch tape.
  4. A piece of Whisper White Cardstock was attached to the card with SNAIL Adhesive, and then the Bermuda Bay layer was attached using Stampin' Dimensionals.



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Get a New 2016-2017 Annual Catalog Free From Me...Here's How!

Place at least a $50* order (before shipping & tax), AND use the hostess code BDEZ42BX at my ONLINE STORE by Friday, April 29, and I'll mail the new 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog to you for FREE in May!

*If your order is $150 or more (before shipping & tax) DO NOT use the hostess code. That way, you'll get the Stampin' Rewards. I'll still mail the new 2016-2017 Annual Catalog to you for FREE!

Enter the hostess code on the shopping bag screen. You must enter the hostess code BDEZ42BX to get your free catalog.


Make sure to click the "Yes" box for the "Allow my demonstrator to contact me with order updates and other important information". If you don't, I won't have your information. If I don't have your information, I can't mail your free catalog to you.













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