Sweet Bouquet and Best Wishes

Sweet Bouquet and Best Wishes

This bouquet image from the Stampin’ Up “Dear to My Heart” set (retired) is so sweet but so small (my card isn’t even A2 size!) so CAS it is – lol!!

Sticking with the “tiny” theme, I used a greeting from the “Tiny Words” set from Simon Says Stamp.

I applied ink to the stamps using Distress Markers (aged mahogony, rusty hinge, dried marigold, mustard seed, and peeled paint) which allowed me to get different colors on the single image.

The frames and panels were cut with Photo Dies #13 (which I bought at a scrapbook expo a few years ago and can’t find online to link), and I used my score board to deboss the background.

This card is small – 3 1/2 x 4 3/4 inches – so I created a custom envelope with my We R Memory Keepers envelope punch board. (6 7/8″ square paper punched at 3 7/8″).

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Twisted Easel Mother’s Day Card

Twisted Easel Mother’s Day Card

(inside: To an amazing Mom)

Easel cards look like you fussed a little more than a traditional, folded card, but they are actually SUPER easy to make! Simply create a folded card base as usual and then fold the front in half. Basic easel cards are folded in half parallel to the fold. For a twisted easel, fold the front in half on a diagonal instead of parallel to the fold. Then, add a focal panel to your decorated base. (More detailed instructions are included below.)

You can see the two (diagonal) halves of the card front in this photo:

The base is also the “inside” of the card.

And this is what it looks like when it comes out of the envelope (folded flat):

Here’s how I created my twisted easel card:

Create the base. (Decorate as desired.)

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Cut and decorate your focal panel and adhere to card base as shown. (DO NOT put adhesive on the entire back of the focal panel. While the panel will ultimately be centered on the card front, the adhesive should not cross the fold.)

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Use the diagonal score line to help you line up your focal image.

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With the closed card flat on the table, open the card and fold the front down (mountain fold). The attached focal panel stands up creating the easel effect.


Here are my panel measurements:

For the front:

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For the inside:

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I used a square for my focal panel, but other shapes could also be used.

Originally, I had a square panel on the inside, and then I struggled with what to add as a “stopper” so the easel stayed up when opened. In the past, I’ve popped up a sentiment or die cut to sit in front of the opened easel. I had already made my sentiment panel and everything else I tried to add to the patterned paper interfered with the soft print. I ended up splitting the inside panel into triangles, and now the easel can sit in the center channel.

The paper I used is from the “Our Family Tree” 12 x 12 paper pad from The Paper Studio. I wanted to use silver card stock for the mats to add some elegance, but the paper is kind of vintage looking, so I made my borders super thin for just a touch of silver. My focal panel is pretty big to accommodate the large greeting die cut. Measurements can be adjusted if you want larger borders or a smaller focal panel.

The greeting was cut with the “Happy Mother’s Day Phrase” die by Cottage Cutz. The circles were made with my “Bubbles Border Punch” by Fiskars (no longer available?). The inside sentiment is from the “Fabulous Holiday Fillers” stamp set by Gina K Designs (no longer available).

I made a square envelope for this card using my We R Memory Keepers 1-2-3 (envelope) Punch Board and will need to mail at the Post Office.

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Happy Mother’s Day with Floral Strips

Happy Mother’s Day with Floral Strips

In my continuing effort to use more of my patterned paper, I decided to revisit a technique I had done several years ago on this card after watching this video by Gina K. (Click on the video link just to hear the nostalgic StampTV theme song – lol!)

I don’t have a box of strips/scraps like she did, so I just cut strips (mine are 3/4″ wide) from a single sheet from the “Floral Essentials” paper pack by Gina K Designs (no longer available although any patterned paper would work for this technique). I paired this paper with some GKD Wild Lilac card stock and ink.

The dies I used were “Grosgrain Ribbon” by Poppy Stamps, “Mini Fanciful Flourish – Left” by Cheery Lynn Designs (no longer available?), a circle from the “Standard Circles Large S4-114” by Spellbinders, and an unbranded scalloped circle die.

The greeting stamp is from an old set that coodinates with some Spellbinders label dies. I no longer have the original packaging (and cannot find it online) so I’m not sure exactly what it is called (or the company that made it), but when I labeled it for storage (eons ago), I called it Spellbinders – Labels 2, 4. and 8. Hmmm… (If anyone knows what this stamp set is called, please let me know.)

One more sheet used….

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Scribble Flowers Slim Line Mother’s Day Card

Scribble Flowers Slim Line Mother’s Day Card

(inside: Thinking of you with love)

This slim line card features the “Slim Square Window Panel” Die from Creek Bank Creations along with dies from the “Spellbinders Classic Squares” (large and small) sets to create the layered squares in the window openings. These were cut from water color paper; I thought the thickness allowed the monotone layers to stand out a bit better.

The layers for the Scribble Flower Die cuts from Creek Bank Creations (no longer available?) were cut from GKD Edible Eggplant card stock and a sheet from the Recollections Purple Passions pack. The die cut highlighting the greeting is the “Antique Leaf Label” from Memory Box.

The greeting is from the “Spring Sentiment Stamp” Set (Creek Bank Creations) and was stamped with Gina K Designs WIld Lilac ink. The inside sentiment is from the “Beautiful Blizzard” set (retired) from Stampin’ Up.

This 8 7/8″ x 3 5/8″ card fits in a regular business size envelope. If you wish to use a We R Memory Keepers envelope punch to create your own envelope, start with a 10 1/8″ square and make initial punch/score at 3 1/4″.

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Lucky Me Mother’s Day Card

Lucky Me Mother’s Day Card

(inside: Wishing you the wonderful day you deserve… Happy Mother’s Day!)

This card features a stamp from the “Eight Great Greetings” set from Stampin’ Up (retired) which I stumbled upon while browsing on ebay. This stamp made me chuckle because it is so true! It’s a good thing my mom is awesome – lol!!

After embossing the background panel with the “Floral Border” embossing folder by Darice, I added ink to the raised flowers and dots using two “Fantastix” coloring tools by Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts. For the swirls and leaves, I created a mask and dabbed on the ink with a “Foam Ink Pod” by Darice. (A Fantastix could have been used for the swirls and leaves as well, but I kept getting ink where I didn’t want it and found the mask and pods easier to control for these larger areas. Yeah, several early attempts ended up in the trash…)

The two stamps used for the inside sentiment are unmarked red rubber stamps. I think I purchased them at Michaels years ago, but they are not on their site now.

The inks used were Gina K Designs Peach Bellini, Sweet Corn, and Fresh Asparagus. I also used a Copic Marker (R21) for the flower on the greeting panel. The clear sequins and pierced circle die were unbranded.

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