HHD and boy do I have a super fun card for you today! I said that today I would be showing you how you can take scraps of Designer Series Paper and make an AMAZING CARD from truly MINIMAL product!
I know that many of you will “get it”...you know…the feeling inside when you create something and at the end of your “playtime with paper”….you are smiling a bit bigger and feeling pretty darn good? Well, that is how I felt at the end of making todays card!
It probably was at least 3 years ago I made a similar card using this layout but I could not find it when searching back through my posts. I am sure it was eons before I had switched over to Word Press…but I was just tickled that I found the video that inspired me with this great technique in using up those scraps!
I am not sure if you are familiar with Gina K Designs. Gina K has been around for years in both the card-making and scrapbooking industry and she is also the host of Stamp TV. Gina has, just like Stampin’ Up! the amazing ability to have super inks and papers that always match…and I find her videos very helpful when trying to learn a new technique.
If you click here, you will see the video that Gina did for todays inspiration. Now….let me condense it for you and share a tip that will make you squeal so loud….that Daisy would think she has competition!
I am working with the 2 stamp sets below….Country Lane and Rooted in Nature! Both of them are just wonderful and I love the fact that you can get so much more mileage from them as the fonts are just about the same…. working super between them. On Friday, I hope that you will pop back to see another inspiration that I have for you with these 2 stamp sets!
Just like I did last week…I am inspiring you to use up those scraps that I know WE ALL HAVE! This example uses 1/2″ strips of paper from the Country Lane DSP Collection. You can easily mix and match from all of your stash but this just seemed to come together – a peanut butter and jelly combo! (I love that when this happens)…
I love the fact that our DSP have a bold and POP side and usually one that is more fitting to a season…and then the flip side – usually a smaller and more subtle print that you can use all year long. Stampin’ Up! truly does their paper amazingly.
Let’s get to the tips for this super cute card. I think that you will agree with me…this card just as it is could be suitable for many themes…from birthday…to thinking of you….to Thanksgiving etc…. For today’s card, I did use the Stampin’ Blends for the simple coloring of this card. I have listed at the end of the post the colors that I used and I did not do anything fancy whatsoever. The blends just glide over the paper making it effortless to color.
I truly wish that Stampin’ Up! would have a CLICK OF A BUTTON that groups all of the collection that they have thus far for newbies to do that thing we love to do….HIT IT and just get them all! I think that the reason they do not have that as an option is that they are adding more colors….just like they did for the Holiday Catalog.
You can CLICK HERE to see the offering that we have thus far…..when first getting a new color, I would suggest that you get the combo….do not get hung up on the word light and dar….just think of them as 2 different colors as that is exactly what they are…I say get comfortable with them and then you can learn more….
I was planning on using one of the yellow patterns from that DSP collection but then when I saw that I could use (3) different papers with the same color scheme….(Blackberry Bliss)….I thought – PERFECT…..the back drip will have a monochromatic feel and then the images will even POP more….and you know what it WORKED!
I have a BUNCH of pictures for you today and please feel free to ask a question in the comments if you need clarity. It truly is SUPER EASY and FUN….there is no right or wrong way to place your papers….but I would recommend your 1st strip be in the upper right corner and then work from there. If you watch the video…you will see a great visual demo!
The one thing that I was super happy that I thought of was to cover the base with a piece of Multipurpose Sheet and then it would be EASY to place the strips of paper…..yep it was….but one thing that I did not think of….the adhesive would be sticky in between the strips!
I admit, I frowned as I thought that this was a PERFECT solution to using a glue or a snail tape runner etc….and before I started from scratch again….I thought …..
Take the EMBOSSING BUDDY and rub it over….and IT WORKED!!!!
In the below picture you will see how the beautiful backdrop came together and then you can see the other components that brought this together! I invite you to look at this…..break it down and then you can see that this is not only fun and a bit different….it is a very clean card with super fun lines!
One of my favorite new colors/neutrals in the Stampin’ Up! line is Gray Granite…it works wonderfully with so many different color combos…from the brights to the deeper tones. I matted each of the below elements with it and I think you will agree….it makes a difference.
If you already follow my blog than you already know….I truly believe in the basics! This little hobby that we do is wonderful…it is so special in so many ways and it also is a hobby that creates a WIN-WIN for both YOU (the person making the card) and then they recipient (the feeling they get when they see the time and love you put into it)
With that said….use the basics…buy the tools and products that will help you complete the projects that you like to make. I think it is fair to say….we all have a bunch of stamps and trust me, I am SOOOOOO guilty as well – I have many stamps that have never been inked up but the one thing I can say is… I do have are the basics….
When you see the below picture you can see some of them that I am talking about….the glue dots…the linen thread….the Blends…the multi-purpose adhesive sheets – you see, when they are assessable to you….things just go easier!
Can you see how “well behaved” the linen thread is? Yep, a trick that I have shared many times with you….I use bees-wax from the fabric store (it is pictured in the above photo) I buy that at JoAnn Fabric but you can get it just about any where! Again, another exable of having the right basics will back your final project shine!
Let’s get to one of my favorites…the envelope! I decided to attempt to do a similar pattern for the back flap. It was super easy and I was thrilled with the end result…what do you think? I am super excited to do one with fun and festive Christmas Colors….won’t that be fun!?!?
If you have questions about the adhesive release sheets…..PLEASE ASK…..please do not feel that there could possibly be a silly question. Trust me, I am the queen on asking silly questions….just ask my kids! Leave a comment and I will do my best to answer it but I am also sure that there will be many others that will chime in. I just love the community of you guys that follow my blog!
There you go….are you thinking that this might be too hard for you to do? If so…..I say NO WAY…..just try it – you will be SHOCKED with how little of DSP that you will use….so try it….you will like it!
If you do not have the adhesive sheets that I used…that’s ok – just use whatever adhesive that you have but I will say that using these makes it SOOOO easy…..and the dusting of the “powder bag” – PERFECT – all of the STICK GOES AWAY but the bright white is still there!
I will see you on Friday with more inspiration using these 2 great stamp sets…..just trying to be practical for you….have a great evening!!!
Good Monday morning…..surprisingly we had a pretty good weekend on the weather front but it just started raining about an hour ago so I think that Hurricane Florence will be settling herself over us with rain for the next several days!
Hopefully the states that were impacted heavily can get a bit of relief from the rains to continue to help those in need. It is just amazing the amount of rain they have received.
I am so glad that you all like the blog post from Friday showcasing the 1/4″ strips using Stampin’ Ups! amazing colors and many of you guessed it and YES….I have all of these scraps from having our Cardstock cut for the cardstock on a ring that I created and sell.!I have plenty on hand so if you do not have one….I would recommend that you get one as it will be the best $10.00 you will spend for this Stampin’ Addiction that we both seem to have!
Simply email me and I can see that one will come to you and I know that there will be a HUGE smile on your face when you pull it out of the Happy Mail package! It also makes a SUPER and practical gift!
Because the cardstock on a ring swatches are 5 1/2″ X 2″….I had a leftover 1/2″ left over. The local Print Shop that printed the names of the colors/family group on them was so sweet accommodating me to have both 1/4″ & 1/2″ scraps! Don’t forget, these are PERFECT and is what I always use for the backs of my envelopes!
I encourage you to pop back on Wednesday as I will show you another way to use strips of scraps but this time…with small amounts of Designer Series Paper! I admit that scraps can be a total pain to have around, but when you are exposed to how they can be used effectively in a clever and simple way….I say HOME RUN!!!
Push that CHAIR BACK and get up and SHAKE IT…SHAKE IT HARD
if your name is…..BETH ANN!!! YOU WON!
OK Beth Ann – you can sit down but please keep smiling and then email me and I will send you a BUNCH of scraps all perfectly cut for you to have fun with! Also….your comment of the Purples…..I think that that 2 new purples are on the tops of popularity!
Now to another happening that will make you PERK UP….we all love this when it happens but remember, you need to peek in FAST as the items will sell out!
The Clearance Rank has been re-stocked
with over 90 NEW ITEMS
You can just click on the adorable Jack Russell Image below and it will take you right to the clearance rack….I peeked quickly and I see some Bakers Twine that to me is always a MUST HAVE….and I was WOWED that there is FAST FUSE!!!! If you love that adhesive as much as I do….here is your chance to stock up on it!!!
There are also several Holiday items in there…so I would suggest it is well worth taking a peek!
Have a great day and lets all have a super week! Be safe and be smart if you are still be affected by the Hurricane. I did a 2 day training over the weekend and went to this sweet coffee shop and this quote made me smile and it touched my heart….I am sure that it will do the same to you! We all have the ability…so lets be kind and positive!
Stampin’ Hugs…….see you on HUMP DAY!
Hi all and happy, HAPPY
Friday..Saturday! (truth be told….my day ran away from me yesterday) Before I get to this FUN and oh so EASY card that I have for you…a big reach out to all that are being affected but the Hurricane. We all know, “mother nature” is nothing to mess with and my thoughts and prayers are with those being affected – be safe! Fortunately…it has been downgraded but there still is so much damage and rain still to come!
I have a FUN ONE for you today and I hope that this sweet card will bring a smile to your face and then also you can put your THINKING CAPS on and share a comment with your thoughts about the designs….perhaps some color combos that you would think would be fun…or some design layouts that would be fun with the 1/4″ strips of paper!
I am going to be offering some BLOG CANDY of a BUNCH of 1/4″ strips of Stampin’ Up! Cardstock! I have plenty to share and I know that there are going to be many of you that will be thinking….I could make this…..what a fun look! I love a simple technique like this and I hope that this post will inspire you to give it a try…it is also a SUPER way to use up scraps!
I told you I had a BUNCH already cut…can you guess WHY?
By now you know that obviously I love Stampin’ Up! but you also know that I love and use many other products for my crafting addiction that I have. I have learned so much from Stampin’ Up!, from Videos, going to classes…from YOU and just experimenting on my own but there are a “grouping of amazing You Tube followers” both SUD’s and others that just love to craft that I follow!
Keep reading and you will understand….promise!
I know that I bring this subject up quite often….the subject of CASEing….and why I am sharing this with you is that this
morning Yesterday 🙂 I had a notification that one of my ALL TIME favorites uploaded a new video….well, let me tell you – when Laura Bassen shares a new video…I just about stop everything and watch!
I adore her..truly just about everything about her as she is not only super talented…she is SUPER FUNNY….and I feel like I know her and her family from following her channel. I have also leaned soooooooo much from her videos! I had something else planned for today but then I thought….this is a WIN-WIN….as I really wanted to showcase another project with the same Bundle I used on Wednesday!
I am trying to do more of that as trust me, I get it. There is practically no way we can (or really should) purchase everything when a new catalog comes out…..actually for several reasons….there would never be the time to use them all…and also, many probably do not fit your style!
If you are here at my Blog (thank you!) you know that I love clean and simple cards. I only purchase the Stampin’ Up! products that I know that I will love and use for my use so therefore….that’s what I share on my blog! I do like to share how a product can be used for many different projects so this CASE from Laura was a GRAND SLAM in my eyes!
There is NOTHING WRONG WHAT SO EVER in “caseing” and guess what, I do it as well. When I see something that perks me up and also gets me to utilize things that I have in a different way than I intended to do with it….I say, GO FOR IT! I hope that you will watch Laura’s video….she always does a great job and I just adore her style!
Let’s see this simple card and break it down…
I hope that you can see…how darn tootin’ simple this is and to me…so darn tootin’ effective! Paper and colors are all we need today to create this simple and festive card. You can make the focal area of color and width/size you need to get the concept to “set the stage” and I just build my “strips” from a base of cardstock.
The BEST TIP that I can give to you when you try this method of “stripping” (as Laura giggled about) is to USE THE MULTIPURPOSE ADHESIVE SHEETS! This product is a total sleeper with so many of you and I highly suggest you adding it to your next order.
Once you get use to it…you will say, why did I not use these earlier!!!
I have gobs of adhesives….just like you probably do and I will say that we tend to use different types of adhesives for different techniques. I do like and use an adhesive spray for delicate dies….but I find using these sheets to be easier over all with no odor or having to spray in a box……again, we try a bunch but in the end…we use what works for us!
In the pictures below you can see how I used this adhesive for this fun and festive card. I used it on the leaves….as I actually layered 5 on top of each other to have dimension. With this product…it makes it super easy to layer one over the other….with no sticky fingers!
For the card….(if you counted the strips) you can see that the center fun is 2″ wide…the real deal is…you can make it whatever your little heart desires! It also does not matter what color your “base” is….(a great time to use up colors that you do not use often) as in the end, it will all be covered up with the 1/4″ strips of cardstock!
This product DOES allow you to move it it you did not get it lined up “just right” but after you give it a good press….(I recommend using your bone folder) it is STUCK!!! This in itself is another reason that I love this product!
Below you will see a close up of the fabulous leave from the Falling for Leaves Bundle. It truly is a beauty and I encourage you to google and/or go to Pinterest to see other ideas that people have create with this bundle and especially with this classic leaf. I knew that I wanted to keep this card rather simple and flat but I also knew that I wanted to add a bit of “oomph” to the leave and it would be next to impossible to add dimensions behind.
By just cutting several of the leaves out WITH the Multipurpose Sheet on the Whisper White Cardstock before going through Mr. Big…it made the stacking process super easy…without stick! Using the design on the leaf…I simply threaded a piece of good old Linen Thread to make a simple and sweet bow!
Also, I stamped the sweet sentiment with Old Olive Ink and then sprinkle clear embossing powder over it to heat set it. This is not necessary to do but I think you can image how that extra special touch of taking the time to emboss would looks so classic and just amazing! We all know the inner magic and satisfaction we receive when we heat emboss!
Below you will see images of how I build on a base. The example to the left showcases the backdrop that I used to create the magic for the back flap of my envelope love and the one to the right shows the “release papers” from the leaf after being die cut. Again, the bone folder and also the piercing tool are fantastic to have around when working with the adhesive sheets.
Remember, it is temporary until you give it a good and firm pressing down and then you are good to go! The piecing tool makes it easy to start to get “hold of” the release paper…..heck, I would not want to hurt my nails! 😐
How about this envelope? I was super happy with the end result and trust me, at first I did something totally different. I will use the first envelope I created on a future post but after getting some advice from some dear and sweet friends….I decided to make something different!
In keeping with the 1/4″ strips…I thought – why not? The adhesive sheets are 6″ X 12″ so why not just go ahead and cover a piece of card stock…cut off the extra 1″ and go to town with my strips!
Many of you know from following my blog that when I create a card I usually go ahead and make a couple up at the same time. The way that I look at it is…I like it (or I wouldn’t have created it or blogged about it) so why not….I have the stamps and supplies out and for this envelope…this would allow me to make 5 envelopes from doing this!
Are you following me with my thoughts? I use a 1/4″ strip across the top (which is Mossy Meadow) and then the fun colorful part is roughly 2″ …so by covering the envelope….I can get 5 cuts of fun!!!
WHEW, it happened again, another long post but darn….it is hard to get it all across to you in words! (another reason that there needs to be a “Stampin’ City) for all of us to vacation to!
So…..How about some FUN Blog Candy?
Just leave a comment with your thoughts about the designs….perhaps some color combos that you would think would be fun…or some design layouts that would be fun with the 1/4″ strips of paper…or just to say HI 🙂 ….I don’t care – I just love to see the comments to get ideas and also to see how you can continue to TEACH ME….in ways to use something!
I am curious to see if anyone will leave a comment on how and why I have all of these strips of our cardstock! Put your simple thinking caps on!!! The colors that I used for the project are all listed below….in the product line up!
Let’s all have a great weekend and go and share some simple kindness!
Good Morning and Happy Hump Day to you! I know it has been a while since I have posted but as you know me by now…Family is always 1st for me and even thought I thought that I would be able to blog sooner…it simply did not happen!
At the end of the post I will share with you some pictures of what I have been up to…but in short, John and I went to Seattle to get our Hannah settled in her new “home” for the next 5+ years….talk about being on the other side of the country….mission was accomplished and it was wonderful to see her happy and content with the next chapter in her life!
Before we get going on today’s card of inspiration that I have for you….I have some GREAT NEWS…..
ALL OF THE HOLIDAY SHARES ARE OUT THE DOOR!!!
I must admit, I was super happy and I did do a “happy dance” myself as I did not get back from Seattle until last Thursday and yes, we pulled down Randall Lane and there they were….Stampin’ Up! boxes waiting for me. I expedited the shipping as if not….I know that it would be too darn long for you to get them…so I was super happy that there was..MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!
I will NOT be doing another wave of this Holiday Product Share as I am really trying to implement some new offerings to my blogging (and trust me, all of this takes a BUNCH OF TIME) but there is more GOOD NEWS…..I have a couple of shares left and at the end of the post I will share with you what they are….they are READY TO BE MAILED TODAY so as the saying goes….early bird will get the worm!
WHEW….lets get to the card!
The new Holiday Catalog was launched last Wednesday…..CLICK HERE to see it in it’s entirely or you can CLICK HERE and see the new kids on the block….by catalog (ie…stamps, bundles etc)…and with just about the month of September already here…..this catalog is going to ZOOM BY FAST!
You know that I love to design clean and simply cards and todays card is from the Bundle Falling for Leaves. Remember…when you purchase a bundle…you will get an automatic 10% discount! I did purchase this as a bundle as I felt that the framelits being offered were pretty darn special!
I used another newbie, the Country Lane DSP. It is funny…new DSP papers are just like new stamps to me…it takes a while to get used to them. After cutting so much paper over the weekend I really got to know them better and in turn…I was able to think ahead in how I would like to use them! I love the fact that we have double-sided paper….always something for everyone!
This Blackberry Bliss crosshatch print is a great one fro so many different cards that we like to make…from Birthdays….to Sympathies…to just a quick Think of You Card like I am doing today! When you break it down…it really uses a minimal about of products and this also is one that you could easily make many of to have on hand!
I went with a monochromatic look today but you easily know that the sky is the limit with the choices we have in dsp and colors of ink & cardstock! Can you easily see that this is one of those “FORMULAS” that I love to share with you! YEP, it is and YEP, I will give you the measurements for you to easily duplicate!
I would go ahead and make this card today even if you do not have the Falling for Leaves Bundle yet as MAKING IT….is the BEST WAY for you to walk through the steps that I will outline below and then make notes of reference for you to make over and over again. It truly is just as simple as that!
- Card Base is Thick Very Vanilla Cardstock in an A-2 size, 4 1/4″ X 5 1/2″
- Layer of Very Vanilla just 1/8″ smaller, 4 1/8″ X 5 3/8″ (WHY do I do this? Easy, I love layers and I love the fell of a solid card. Also, I do not like seeing the mechanics of a card when you open it….this will make sense in the next bullet point!)
- Score at 1/8″, 1’4″, 1 1/4″, 1 3/8″ and 1 1/2″ I use the Simply Scored Board for my scoring on all of my cards as I feel like it gives a much deeper impression than using our trimmer. This IS one of those BASIC TOOLS that I always talk about that makes the journey of cardmaking easier…..you know me, I always try to be upfront and very honest with what makes me tick! If you have the Simply Scored Board maybe these might be easier for you to score in this way….score at notches 1,2 10,11 & 12!
- Cut your DSP to 3/4″ X 6″ and adhere it in between the scored lines! This in ITSELF make a HUGE WOW….don’t you think?
- Cut 3 Stitched Squares – another BASIC MUST HAVE to the size that will fit your sentiment and adhere one flat to the base and then pop up the other 2. I like to angle the squares differently as I think it provides more interest!
- I cut 3 dies from the Falling Leaves Bundle….I just adore the details that Stampin’ Up! did with them and then I tucked them in with a simple glue dot, darn I love those little things!
- The icing on this super card was to use a galvanized button with a sweet touch of linen thread to add a wee bit of simple bling. I used the glue dots again to hold it in place! (You know that I do not use buttons often but these are SUPER as they are not only super thin,,,the subtle texture it gives is PERFECT in my simple eyes!)
- Envelope LOVE….simple! I took the same theme of the scoring with a scrap piece of Very Vanilla and score it 3 times, adhered it and then added the DSP under it and trimmed off the excess!
Well, there you go! I know that my posts are super long but it is super important to me to give you all of the info needed for you to make it yourself. Remember….I am JUST LIKE YOU….as if something is clear to me I can attempt to try it myself and again, I am like you…being able to accomplish something….it is a WIN-WIN feeling of “I CAN DO IT” inside!
Why do we do this to ourselves?…we can do anything that we want to do if it is understood, clear and concise! There is no reason that when we sit down to ever feel frustrated.
I know that I was actually feeling like I had a creative block and I was frustrated with myself…..and then I did what works best for me….WALK AWAY from it….do something totally different and then come back and say – just do it! In the end, it always comes back to the basics of being clean and simple!
The next couple of pictures show you what I do when I get a new stamp and bundle. I purchase my magnetic cards from Stamp N Storage and YEP, it is an investment but what the heck about this crafty thing that we do that is NOT AN INVESTMENT!?
If I have something that retires and if I sell it (that’s why I always put so much info on the labels that I create) as it saves me a bunch of time looking through catalogs to see what I paid for it (I sell all of my retired products at 50% of the retail price)
In the 2nd picture you will see the shapes I cut out….I started to do this and ad them to the back of the magnetic card and if it gets retired…no biggie, I just peel off the white piece and reuse the magnetic card. I think that it makes such a BIG DIFFERENCE to actually SEE THE IMAGES cut out…..I find that I am more like;y to use them more!
Now to the Product Shares that I have left! While we were flying to Seattle I worked on what it was that I needed to order so when the GREEN LIGHT went on last Wednesday…..I could order and be ready! Here are the items that I have left and ready to ship today to you if you are interested!
Share #1 DSP Swatch Books – SOLD OUT
Share #2 new DSP – I have 1 to sell
Share #3 Glimmer Paper – I have 2 to sell
Share #4 Ribbon -SOLD OUT
Share #5 Embellishments – I have 1 to sell
Add On Share #1 – TONS of them available….this is my 4th re-order of them
Add On Share #2 – I have 1 of them to sell
Please email me and put in the subject line PRODUCT SHARE so I can spot it and I will go to Pay Pal and invoice you and ship it out. I am here getting (hopefully) caught up on a bunch of emails and will be doing the Post Office RUN right before they close at 5!
You can CLICK HERE TO SEE THE SHARE OFFERINGS….(a previous post) – Shares ARE the best way to take advantage of getting a taste of the newbies without breaking your Daisy Bank……speaking on my little doodle daisy bug…..she is GREAT and loves and appreciates her pedicure!
Now to Hannah….my little Red Caboose has moved to Seattle Washington to start working on her PHD in Molecular Cellular Biology with the University of Washington and the Fred Hutch Research Institute. That in itself you can clearly see that she get “that stuff” from her Dad….darn, I have a hard time even getting it out!
We are both very proud and excited for her. She works super hard and loves the field of research. I think that we can all agree….our world needs more and more medical research and I have witness first hand the power and importance it is.
She has 2 roommates that are also just starting this venture and I think with my MAMA BEAR GUT INSTINCT that these girls will be a perfect match for one another…..I just have a hard time relating to all of the “talk that they do”…..but I will say – ONE OF THEM IS SUPER CRAFTY…so I beamed…..
Each one of the girls came from different areas….Hannah – Maryland, Kansas and South Africa but one thing they had in common was they each came with NO FURNITURE……so as you can see…we rented BIG RED to do the job!
Hannah had basically her life in her suitcases….we took full advantage of Southwest and we each took 2 bags that could be check in plus 3 carry ons….it was a hoot – one suitcase had all of her favorite kitchen stuff….one had pictures that made it great…….another all of her favorite bedding….etc….so you can see….we were a HUGE help to her!
You will laugh…there was an IKEA there so naturally I made sure that John had some great nibbles and libation….and I left and did the FUN STUFF….like the Container Store run and the Grocery Store……You have to admit, there is always methods to ones madness!
I am pretty slick at parallel parking and for those of you that know how narrow and tight parking is in Seattle….I whipped Big Red into even the tiniest spaces….I have had lots of practice with our truck and trailer!
Lastly….my sweet daughter. I know that many of you will “GET THIS”! Do you remember taking your kids picture before they went off to the 1st day?!?! Well….I was super surprised at when I said to Hannah before she went off for the day…..can I take your picture….she surprised me and smiled and then said…..I JUST KNEW THAT YOU WERE GOING TO ASK ME! Yep, I have trained her well!!!
Now here is a CLASSIC that my Mom did to me when I was a grasshopper…..she would take a picture of me getting on the school bus the 1st day and I CRINGED as we had a really big bus stop and no other Moms did that and then…..SHE HOPPED IN HER CAR…..and drove to the Elementary School and took a picture of me getting OFF THE DARN BUS MY FIRST DAY…….
I just you could say that I get my passion and love of my family honestly!
Have a great day and below you will find all of the products that I used for this great card! I hope to be back in your In-Box on Friday! It does feel great to have the Product Share behind me but trust me, my house needs some love and attention!
You know we have horses…..but I now have Hannah’s horse here – Stanley…(which I need to treat with extra special TLC)….we are hoping to get him leased out for the year as if not…this Mom is going to have to ride him daily to keep him in shape! The things we do for our kids….but I don’t mind, I am blessed to have the ability to do so!
Stampin’ hugs to you all and please know that when I am absent from your In-Box I am missing you as well. This crafting thing that we all do DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE and so do YOU!
HHD (Happy Hump Day) to you!
WOW, this has been one hot and long day and I have a story to share with you that will make you giggle inside!
Before we get to that….I have a FORMULA CARD for those times that your “creative juices” are just not flowing or also a great one to use when you are short of time!
For those of you that are new…WELCOME – when I loosely use the phrase “formula card” I am referring to the fact that you can take a super simple layout and use it OVER and OVER changing up the papers and stamps and BAM…you are good to go and no one would ever say….she made this again as truth be told, it will look different!
This is how I roll as trust me, I get it that there is nothing like going to layouts that you like and make them your own. I do this all of the time and I can say that at first I felt a bit guilty but that quickly passed as this whole stampin’ journey is to be FUN and when a time crunch gets in your way and you have intentions to get a card completed and out the door….I say, it is a perfect option!
Right out of the gate….here is this super simple formula!
- Cover card front in DSP
- Stamp images on a 3 1/2″ X 3 1/2″ piece of scraps
- Cut (2) colors of squares to 3 3/4″ X 3 3/4″
I told you it was easy…..but please read on!
Do you remember that last year my dear and sweet Aunt Jean celebrated her 90th Birthday? Well….another year has rolled around and she is still such an inspiration to me. She doesn’t like to have people say the “number of her age” which I do guess that bothers some….so I just wanted to make a super simple, colorful and fun card….just like her!
I am using the Birthday Stamp, Picture Perfect Birthday. This was carried over and is on page 76 in the Annual Catalog! Confessions of an honest stamper….I did not purchase and new Birthday Stamps from the Annual Catalog as I just LOVE this one! There are a couple of reasons that I like it so much….
- The price point is great – just $17.00
- It is a Photopolymer Stamp….make me giddy as they are soooooo darn easy to have great placement
- I can easily use the Stamparatus and whip out a bunch of the stamped bases
I think that you can see where I am going….it is a keeper! I have shared that I am becoming super selective with my stamps that I buy and heck – there are soooooo many things that we can buy…so why not focus on the ones that right out of the gate…you can envision what to create!
Because this card is so darn basic…I did decide to fru-fru it up a wee bit with the Silver Thread behind the square images. This is sooooo simple to do and I laugh at myself when I first tried to do it eons ago….and I admit, I have had a tangled mess before…..but not anymore!
All I do is wrap the thread around my hand or just 3 fingers depending on the size of the loops….just wrap it around 4,5, or 6 times (remember, no rules or being right or wrong) and then cut it….and slap it on the back of the squares that have adhesive on. AFTER you get the hot mess of thread slapped on….you can flip it over and fuss with it a bit to get the loops where you want them to be!
The other thing that I did to add a bit of pizzazz for my dear Aunt Jean was to make my own envelope out of the SUPER YUMMY Lovely Lipstick Card Stock. Isn’t that color just the BEST! This is just a little switch up from the regular white envelope. I do not do this all of the time but when I do, I smile as it really does add some simple POP!
In case some of you are wondering why in the heck did I use the Lemon Lime Twist to do the flames…easy – it is in the Broadway Bound DSP! You know me….I like to carry the theme all of the way! Also, Lemon Lime Twist is one of my all time favorite colors but I admit, whenever I use it I think of the one and only Chris R. from Iowa as she is NOT a fan of that color and we tease each other about it!
So….I say – WHY NOT???
Why not use a formula? There is NOTHING WRONG with taking just a matter of minutes to make a card! Remember, it ALWAYS goes back to the one thing I say over and over….get the BASICS….the TRUE BLUE tools that make this whole card-making process fun and rewarding! I know that we ALL HAVE the stamps and if you are like me….many stamps have never been inked up!
Let’s all get used to using the basic tools….if you do not already have a Stamparatus or another stamp alignment tool…than THAT is a focus item that Santa need to bring to you in August….It is a game changer and look at this card – the candles are perfectly lined up. There would be no way that I could do that with such speed.
Also remember….the house glass has turned for the Bonus Days to come to an end. You have just until Friday evening to take advantage of the $5.00 coupon to be used in September (woot-woot) – the new catalog as well for every increment of $50.00! Please just remember to keep the EMAIL that Stampin’ Up! will send to you after you place your order!
All of the products that I used for this simple card are at the end of the post as usual. The Bonus Days are also a great time to stock up on the items that you know that you use all of the time….envelopes, cardstock, adhesives, dimensionals….the way that Iook at it is..it I know that I am going to use them…..why NOT stock up now and take advantage of the $5.00 off. It all adds up!
Now to a funny…..many of you know that I have a pig…aka, Daisy. I love Daisy and most of my family do not see the same beauty and love that I do for my beautiful swine! She brings me joy and for those of you that do not realize this….pigs are SUPER SMART and they are SUPER CLEAN animals!
(Look at my girl following her sister….carrots do the trick!)
Daisy does not go off of our property often….well – the last time was probably 3 years ago. Hannah is home just until Friday and Daisy really needed to go to the Vets for a check up….shots & vaccines and to get her feet trimmed….I guess you could call if a back to school physical that we did with our kids when they were grasshoppers!
(look at the boys….Oscar and Colin were so nosey – we put the tack trunk towards the back so she wouldn’t fall as we were driving!)
Daisy does like Hannah and actually Hannah has really started to take a liking to her. When John and I were away I think they bonded! (Hannah wouldn’t admit this though) The problem is that there are no vets in our area that will work with pigs. The closest one is in Virginia, about 1 1/2 hours away. That is where I have always took her since she was a baby……so just like we do with our doctor choices….why should I switch?
Well, I needed hep as my little girl has gotten too big for my VW’s back seat and trust me…..PIGS ARE VERY VOCAL when you try to pick them up. It truly is the most piecing noise that they make.
She was PERFECT getting onto our trailer this morning….now mind you – our appt was at 7 a.m. this morning so we were up and ready to rumble early and it was a family affair! In the pictures below you can see the horses running over to the fence and being nosey…..like saying – what the heck is she doing in our car!!!!
(that purple blanket and ball are her favorites)
We got there…the vet came onto the trailer and said, I think we need to sedate her but unfortunately I am concerned about the heat. I would like to sedate her and bring her in the clinic and then keep her here until her vitals are ok and she comes out of the anesthesia. I thought….ok – that makes sense as after all, she is my girl!
They sedated her and then there was a THUMP.…she tipped over and then I thought I was watching a MASH TV show…they brought a gurney out and rolled her on it and off they went! He said – give me about 2-3 hours and she should be good…..well – it was LONGER than 3 hours but we did errands in the area….grabbed some food (mind you….we also had the trailer) I could only find parking on the street and we took up 3 spaces and I had to feed all 3 meters!
Daisy was GREAT and he said that she was a perfect piggy!!! The one thing Hannah and I thought was…..she was sedated going in….how in the heck are we going to get her out and in the trailer? Now THIS WAS A 3 RING CIRCUS as she was totally stressed and screamed/squealed so loud that you thought she was being murdered!
I wish that I could figure out how to upload a video in the body of this post….you would CRACK UP to hear the noise that she made and then Hannah saying, MOM….you are not helping matters right now!
What a drama queen! We got her back in…..flipped up the back of the trailer and off we went….they Mother/Daughter dynamic duo team…..Hannah “get’s me” and she also laughs at me….she truly loves my passion for our animals as she is exactly the same!
As we left….the vet said, please keep her in and preferably in air conditioning for the next 24 hours….I laughed as yep, Daisy’s Apartment has AC and heat! The vet knew that she lived in the house with us and now has her own “digs” in the barn…we call it Daisy’s Apartment…..darn, she is one lucky pig!
Now have a GREAT EVENING….and try to find 15 minutes of ME TIME and create this formula!!! You know what I say….make one up…even if you do not have all of the products that I have used…this way you will get the feel of it and I would write down the measurements for the future!
Stampin’ hugs…..see you Friday!