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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Tuesday Tip: Creating Card Bases in a Snap!

Happy Tuesday! 
Do you like to create your own A2 card bases? I sure do! 
Today I want to share a quick tip on speeding up the process just a bit. I do this with an entire pack of thick Whisper White card stock to make sure my supply doesn't run out unexpectedly.

You'll only need 4 tools for this little project: your Simply Scored board & stylus, your Stampin' Trimmer, a bone folder (optional), and Whisper White thick 8 1/2" X 11" card stock.

Here's what you'll do:
Put a sheet of card stock into your Simple Scored board. If you put it on the long, 11" edge, score it at 5 1/2". If you put it in on the short, 8 1/2" edge, score it at 4 1/4".  In case you're wondering, you are scoring at the half-way point of the sheet of card stock. (I like to have most of my bases scored at 5 1/2" with just a few of the other, but it's really just a personal preference situation.)

Take your sheet to your Stampin' Trimmer. If you scored it on the 11" side, you'll want to put it in the trimmer on the 8 1/2" side and score at 4 1/4". If you scored on the 8 1/2" side, you"ll want to put the sheet into the Trimmer on the 11" and score at 5 1/2".

Now, take out your 2 sheets and fold on their score lines. Voila`! 2 card bases with minimal effort! 

If you need a visual - or you really like kittens - here's a video explaining it a little better.

This is an easy downtime project for days like today when it's raining and "blah" outside. Leave me a comment below if this helps you at all - or just to say hi!

Have the best day ever my friends!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Tuesday Tip: Creating a Custom Background


Have you ever been in the middle of a project and needed just "the right" piece of matching paper or cardstock - only to realize that, dispite the 10,000 pieces of paper you already have, the perfect one is not within your grasp? Fear not! I'm going to show you a quick and fool-proof way fix to that little issue, and all you need is the supplies you currently have covering your workspace out. 

Grab a small stamp from the set you're working with - I've chosen the sun and the raindrops from Sunshine & Rainbows for today's examples, since I'm designing a card with that bundle for Thursday's video tutorial. Heads up - this bundle is retiring May 31st, so if you love it as I do, go grab it while you can! There's a link at the end of this post for you to find it easily. See how much I love you??


But I digress....
Once your stamp is mounted, ink it up and stamp randomly on a piece of card stock to make a background. You can do tone-on-tone, you can do colors on white, neon colors on black...the possibilities are endless, and your new designer paper with match your project because you used the same materials/colors to do both! Super easy, right? Here's one I did in tone-on-tone Daffodil Delight:


And here's one I did with Pool Party on Whisper White card stock:


That's it for today! I hope this tip has been helpful to you. If it has, will you please leave me a comment and let me know? It's nice to know I'm talking myself (at least not all the time). 😉


Monday, April 16, 2018

50 (+) YouTube Subscribers!

Back in January, when I started this whole Stampin' Up journey, I decided I wanted to show other people how easy it is to make beautiful paper projects. 
So I started a blog. 
And then I started making YouTube videos.  
My kids subscribed to my YouTube channel, which was really sweet. But then, other people started watching the videos and subscribing. 
On Saturday morning, my subscriber count reached 50. 
50 people have actually liked my channel enough to want to see more! That might not seem like a big number, but it's amazing to me and so very humbling. 
You guys... 💚
So I want to do something as a note of my personal thanks. I took all the names of my subscribers and put them into a hat (if your account is private, I can't see your name and therefor couldn't enter you into the drawing). Hubby drew the winner and it is......
You have won a set of hand made cards!

Also, as a thank you to my 50th subscriber, I will be sending a gift to Jo A.

Please send your mailing information to me at scissorsandlove@gmail.com
If When we reach 100 subscribers I'll do another giveaway, so tell your friends!

Thanks again for subscribing folks; you have no idea how amazed and awed I am.


Thursday, April 12, 2018

                        Catalog Inspiration Cards

                            (and a special announcement!)

Happy Thursday!
Today I decided to make two cards using one stamp set, and the two cards I’m making are both CASE’d (Copy And Share Everything) from the 2018 Occasions catalog. You might be asking yourself why I would remake cards that someone else already designed. I’m so glad you asked (thought...wondered...whatever)!
Everyone has creative block now and then, even the most seasoned crafters. That’s why Stampin’ Up adds the product photos to our catalogs – to help us get new ideas and look at things in new ways. And that’s exactly what I’m doing today.
I have been dying to play with my Birthday Wit stamp set but every time I sit down with it, my brain just shuts down on me. Has that ever happened to you?
To save you some reading - unless you're like me and actually ENJOY reading - I'll go ahead and post the video here first.

~ Before I get too far into measurements and such, I want to make a special announcement. ~
As of the video taping (Sunday, April 7th), I had 45 YouTube subscribers. I'm super excited! It's kind of a big deal to me, especially considering: 
1. I just started doing this in January, and 2. I honestly thought no one other than my kids would watch, let alone subscribe. 
So, I want to do something nice for you guys who keep coming back to listen to me ramble. If we can get to 50 subscribers by May 1st, I will randomly draw one subscriber's name from the proverbial hat. I will post the winner here on my blog, and he or she will receive a handmade set of cards from me. 
<As of the time I'm currently typing this, I'm up to 48 subscribers.>
If we get to 100 subscribers by May 1st, someone will win a Stampin' Up goody pack!

Okay, back to the nuts and bolts....

For the first card, you'll need 3 colors of ink, the Birthday Wit stamp set, and 1 piece of Whisper White, cut at 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" - scored and folded at 4 1/4" to make a side-folding card base.
Stamp the "...You don't get any older that year" sentiment in your darkest color (I used Bermuda Bay) on the lower left corner of the card base. With your next darker color (I chose Daffodil Delight), stamp a few times with the star burst from the set randomly around the sentiment, and then do the same with your lightest color (Lemon Lime Twist for me). Repeat the process with the "pebbles" stamp from the set, using your lighter two colors.At this point you have a perfect respectable, very quick and easy card. If you wanted to add on it, you could put in a few sequins, add some Wink of Stella for shimmer, or do what I did, which is put in a few glittered epoxy shapes here and there, in the centers of the stars.

Card #2 is a little more involved, but it's not difficult by any means. To start, you'll need a piece of Whisper White cut the same as before, only you're going to use it as a top-fold card this time, so turn it a quarter turn. Next, you'll need a couple of mat pieces. I've used a piece of DSP from the Tutti-Frutti 6x6 stack for my base, and it's cut at a scant 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". The idea is to cover the card base completely. You'll also need a piece of Tranquil Tide card stock to mach your back ground paper cut at 3 1/4" x 3 3/4", and a piece of Whisper White, cut at 3" x 3 1/2". You'll need a scrap piece of Rich Razzleberry card stock , roughly measuring 3/4" x 4 1/2", and a scrap of Whisper White to cut a sentiment from and to punch 3/4" circles out of.
Let's stamp first, shall we? On your white strip, stamp just the "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" part of the "Nothing says Happy Birthday..." stamp using Rich Razzleberry. If you need to stamp the whole thing, don't sweat it. You're just cutting out the happy birthday part. On your white mat, go ahead and stamp that entire sentiment too. This mat is a keep, so be careful. Next, using Tranquil Tide, stamp some star bursts onto white scrap and punch those out.
Put some Dimensionals on the back of the "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" and stick it down to the Razzleberry strip, centering as best you can. If it's not perfect, don't worry. Just trim the ends to be of equal distance, and then make a small slice up the center of each end. Cutting on the diagonal, go from corner to middle on all four corners. If that made sense to you, you should now have banner ends. If I mucked that explanation, watch the video - it'll help.
Now it's time to stick everything down. As I said before, the patterned DSP will cover the card base. The white card stock sentiment sticks directly onto the Tranquil Tide card stock, and the Tide card stock gets to be popped up on the patterned paper with dimensionals. Use dimensionals to adhere HAPPY BIRTHDAY onto the banner you made, then use them again to adhere the whole piece right on top of the stamped sentiment. Use glue dots to adhere the star/circle punches randomly.
I chose to stop there, but the example jazzed it up more with stitched vellum, sequins, and some linen thread. Very pretty!

The moral of the story here kids is that our catalogs are more than just sales tools - they're idea books! Next time you find yourself in a creative slump, pull out a catalog and flip through the examples for a little inspiration.
What's that you say? You don't have a catalog? Oh no! That's an easy fix. Slide over to that "contact me" form and drop me a line. I'll be happy to get the latest catalogs into your hands!

Until the next time my friends....


Here are the products used to make today's cards:

Beautiful You All-Occasion Card

Edit: This is an older post from my original blog. If any of the items used have been since discontinued, I apologize.

Happy Sunday!
Today's project is a quick card made with the Beautiful You stamp set. I love this set because it's so versatile - you could whip up several of these cards in one night just to have them on hand.

Here's what you'll need:
1 piece of thick Whisper White cut 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" scored at 4 1/4" and folded to make a card base
2 pieces of regular Whisper White: cut 1 piece into a 3 3/4 x 5" panel and the other piece into a 1" x 5" panel. Emboss this panel with the folder of your choice - I used Seaside with my Big Shot
2 pieces of Fresh Fig: cut 1 piece into a 4" x 5 1/4" panel and the other piece into a 1 1/4 x 5 panel
Fresh Fig classic stampin' pad
Tuxedo Black Memento ink pad

Beautiful You Stamp Set
Acrylic block
Aqua Painter  
Wink of Stella
Flat back Adhesive Pearls
Seaside Embossing Folder
Big Shot die cutting machine
Here's a video showing you what to do with all that stuff, in case you prefer to work that way.

If you create any of these cards, please share them with me! I love to see what others create with a little inspiration. 

If you are not currently working with a Demonstrator, I would love to earn your business or talk with you about how you can earn free products!  Just click contact me to the right and fill out the form. I promise to get back to you as soon as possible.

Until then, have the best day!



Products used to make today's card: