Up, up & away…It’s a Susan card!

 

 

Good morning and I have a card for you that I hope makes you smile as I just love it. I know that it might seem bold to say that but this is “my kind of card” I love white space and I also love clean and classic DSP patterns so this fits the bill in both ways!

Just think of all of the ENDLESS colors and DSP’s that you can use for this style of card. I am so proud that Stampin’ Up! is so “on top of it” with their clever designs with framelits in this Occasions Catalog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am still “kickin’ myself” that it has taken me this long to hop on the wagon to appreciate and have fun with this bundle. Below you will see the video that showcases this product but in a nutshell….having the framelits that cuts out all of the “behind” pieces makes this such a fast, fun and oh so do-able card! (It is like one of those things that look hard but is actually super easy!) πŸ˜€

 

 

 

 

 

 

I just cannot say enough how easy and rewarding it is to create such a beauty.Β  I am a HUGE lover of gingham and I knew that the DSP from the Succulent Garden would be PERFECT for this sweet card.

Here is a great tip…to me, this is a card that you could make time and time again using many different papers and guess whatΒ  – no one will EVER KNOW that you made it over and over! (p.s. ~ that’s what I LOVE about being a card maker, you can make a simple switch and presto – you are good to go)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now to the other “bright and shining star” of this card, the sentiment. This IS a stamp set that needs to be at your house. WHY???? It is a classic and trust me, it is very hard to find “milestones” like this has.

To me, you get the best of both worlds….a FUN font and then some CLASSIC milestones like you see below…I say as –Β  we all get old – WE NEED THIS SET…this stamp set is the perfect secret weapon for a fast and classic card that would clearly makes someones day!

 

 

 

 

Don’t you just love the little clouds scattered all over? They are part of the bundle and we all know that they will be used on many cards other than this Hot Air Balloon.

Here is the quick scoop on making this card.

  • The Gingham Strip is 1 1/4″ X 5 1/2″
  • The white piece is 3 3/4″ X 4 3/4″
  • I scored 2 rows on (2) of the sides to add some interest. I do like using the simple scoring tool to scored with, it’s just a personal preference as I feel you get a “deeper score line” rather than using the scoring blade on the trimmer
  • I popped up 2 of the clouds with wee bits of the edges of the dimensions to add some interest.
  • The In Color Enamel Shapes are the perfect accent to make a POP STATEMENT.
  • Taking white bakers twine and doubling it up and making a simple bow gives the balloon that extra touch. Use a glue dot for easy placement.
  • The sentiment was super easy to stamp as it is a photopolymer…ink…look thru…STAMP!
  • For the envelope, I used a 1/2″ strip of Sweet Sugarplum and then added the gingham. To the card stock I simply took a white gel pen and added dots…another fun POP for the card.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There you go! I hope that this posts shows you how amazingly versatile this bundle is. The ideas are endless and the projects that you will make for years are endless. This is one of those, that will not leave Randall Lane. I am just nuts over the detail of this die!

 

 

 

 

The hour glass has turned for the end of Sale-A-Bration…..remember it ends March 31st! This bundle will get you soooooo close to that $50 mark – throw some adhesives in and PRESTO – you have met the threshold to get a FREEBIE and we all know that we all LOVE FREEBIES!

Thanks for popping in and I hope that I have “lifted” your spirits up today and have given you some inspiration that will let you see how FUN this product is. I just love it when Stampin’ Up! comes out with a product that will work for all ages…and also, for many different occasions – just change up the sentiment!

Now go HIT THAT PAW PRINT….remember to check out my generous incentive offerings with my Paw Print Rewards. Also, for an order of $75 + this month, I will send you a white craft ink pad….enjoy the day – see you in the a.m.

 

 

I Scream for Ice Cream!

 

 

 

Good Tuesday to you! I have a cutie for you today! To me, this is a smile maker card and WOW…is it easy. When I was a scrapbooker, I used this layout a bunch as I love squares! I have some beauties of pictures for you today and I hope that this sweet card brings a smile to you!

Last month in my Classes to GO! I featured this stamp set/bundle and it turned out great. There is nothing more classic than a great scoop of ice cream but this sundae is a cinch to make. Let’s go!!!

 

 

 

 

If you have a 1″ square punch this makes this card even faster. If not, no biggie as we all can easily use our trimmer for making 1″ squares. On Tuesdays, I usually do Tips for Your Tuesday….but today I just had to share this with you but the great news….I will share with you the dimensions and TIPS to make this a fantastic layout for you to use over and over!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Layers, Layers….I love my layers (kind of like the scoops) – I ask you, how can you have just one scoop. When I went to Texas in the Fall….I have GREAT and oh so special memories of Millie, Alyece and I going to have an Ice Cream Cone together…that was a time that I will never let out of my heart!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s chat about sprinkles – I admit, I adored all different colors of sprinkles on my Ice Cream ~ it was always the special finishing touch that made me smile when I was little! Today I used the Whisper White Craft Ink (that can be yours free this month with an order of $75+ with me) and then Chocolate Chip on the scoop of Vanilla!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now isn’t this just plain FUN!!!! Just think of all of the colors you could use….next I will share with you the dimensions and tips to make this easy for you but now I ask you…..WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?

This will be soooooo much fun to see what we like – I admit right off the bat – I am really boring with Ice Cream – I like simple flavors ~ my all time favorite is Baskin-Robbins Mint Chocolate Chip in a cup with that little pink spoon….I say – HEAVEN! πŸ˜€

 

 

 

 

 

Here you go…please try this layout – I know that you have gobs of stamps that you could use in the middle but heck, if you do not have this bundle….maybe it is time for you to HIT THAT PAW PRINT and get it. It is a classic that you will use a bunch!

  • The card base is a 4 1/4″ square in thick whisper white
  • Cut another piece of white to 4″ X 4″ – THIS IS KEY as it is sooooooo easy to adhere the 1″ squares on this piece. If you do not have a 1″ square punch…I would get one – you will use it for years! I like to use the green glue to wiggle them in place.
  • Adhere this piece popped up with dimensions or fun foam
  • The white stitched square is the largest offered
  • The sundae was a cinch, made with cardstock and the base is the Tasty Treats DSP
  • I did make a custom envelope…(I just love doing this) but please know, with a 4 1/4″ square card you can still use one of our regular envelopes and it will not be additional postage.

 

 

 

 

I told you that it was easy….to me, this is a HAPPY CARD and one that the young, the teens, and the “in-betweens” would love as everyone loves Ice Cream!

Thanks for popping in and guess what tomorrow is…..it is a PALS blog hop…..hippity-hop~ let’s have fun getting inspired.

 

Fast…easy…fun!!!

 

 

I know that we all have times that we need a card in a jif but the time factor is not on our side ~ does this ring a bell to anyone or an I on that Island all by myself!

Well today I have a card in a jif for you! I am going to let the pictures tell the story but yep, I will give you the dimensions because I hope that you will like it enough to CASE it. πŸ˜›

This stamp, Stylized Birthday is a single wood mount stamp and you know how I feel about most of our single stamps….BUY THEM ( πŸ™‚ ) as they are great. Look at this picture below that is from the catalog and I ask you….isn’t this a fantastic card. I just adore that font and I hope that you have more fonts like this in the future!

 

 

 

 

Let’s get going on this square card. Again, the pictures will be your guide…..please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions and also, please leave a comment and let me know how you like it!

I think the little POP of color jazzes it up a bit…what do you think? Here is another example on how USING UP THAT DSP that you have…..hmmmmm – I think I got your attention there!!!! 😯

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here you go with the quick dimensions….it is soooooo darn easy, you really do not need me but I know that you enjoy them!

  • The Card Base isΒ  4 1/4″ square from thick white card stock
  • The DSP is from the Floral Boutique DSP collection and it is 4 1/4″
  • The lace doilie was adhered with dots of “green glue”
  • The Sentiment was stamped in Night of Navy and then cut out with the largest scalloped square in the layering square framelits.
  • The Watermelon Wonder is a 3 1/4″ square
  • The linen thread was anchored by glue dots
  • The envelope was made with the envelope punch board.

 

 

 

 

 

There you go…another dose of inspiration! This would be a card that you could easily adapt to make it into a regular A-2 card and not have to put extra postage on it…..but I say, go for the square!

There is just something special about getting an odd size card in the mail…..who knows maybe I am on the island again – I hope that if you have not made a square card, you will try it….I know that I am simple and I guess that I am also square!!!!

Enjoy the day and I will see you in the morning!!!!

 

 

Masculine Birthday….WOOT-WOOT!

 

 

Happy Monday and we’re back in Maryland from a fun weekend! Tomorrow is Will’s actual Birthday and I do hope that you will pop in because it will be an amazing BLOG CANDY for one lucky person….who ever gets it will be doing a big happy dance…and trust me, all day on Tuesday I will be thinking about the wonderful memories and years that Will has brought to my life! I adore being a Mom!

I know that there many, many times that you get stuck on masculine cards…well, I have one for you today and I will also give you the measurements because I do hope that you CASE it as it is a keeper. This is the first time I have blogged with this stamp set, Milestone Moments but trust me, it is one to look at….and take it seriously!

I know that it is super hard to find stamps that have “key” milestone moments and I love that so many bases are covered, just like the word “thirtieth” but also I adore the font in the “happy” etc….but the ICING ON THE CAKE is the fact that it is photopolymer, clearly my stamp of choice!

 

 

 

 

 

I have made cards like this in the past using (2) pieces of card stock at a certain size (3 1/2″ X 3 3/4″) and then the sentiment piece is (1 3/4″ X 4″ ) and then matted with (1 7/8″ X 4 1/8″)…are the sizes of the card today!

This layout is a classic and one that when you are trying to “over think” – do this! It will make you have easier day…. πŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

After I did the stamping I thought that there was just too much white (now that’s unusual) so I took a sliver, actually a strip that is 1/8″ wide in the Navy and just added it as shown to break it up! Can you see…it is still so simple yet classic!

 

 

 

 

A great card could not be without a great envelope! This paper is a freebie from SAB and I adore Navy as to me – Navy can go with just about any card and when you add an accent color, it makes it even that more special and classic!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s have a great week! Can you believe that the calendar will be changing already – YIKES….March! Hang on….it is still February and tomorrow you will want to pop back to celebrate Will’s 30th birthday to have the chance to win some BLOG CANDY!!!!!

I just love being the “candy man” as when there are things in life to celebrate – I say “LET’S DO IT THE RIGHT WAY”

 

 

 

Happy Birthday Uncle George!

 

You asked for some Masculine Cards and you are in luck because Uncle George is turning 88! I am saying right now…I really like this card and I will use this layout again…with different colors as it is a classic! I know..I know, I could have left off the bow but I just could not resist ~ I think it makes it festive!

I took the lead from the catalog and I am tellin’ ya….USE THE GREAT EXAMPLES in the catalog for inspiration! Not only are they fabulous ideas but the photography is over the top!

 

 

 

 

Along the way…I made some changes. Why do I show you the below picture? I do it because it happens to me…just like it happens to you. There was NO WAY that I would “scrap” this card and I hope that this shows you that you can make changes to have it be the vision that you wanted!

I used the grid Paper to help me stamp as evenly as I good. I think that we forget to chat about the grid paper as this is a MUST HAVE and you will use it forever. I bet that I have had the same pack for 3 years and I will say that it is not only super handy but I like the ability to stamp on the paper before I go to my project.

 

 

 

 

Here is where I made some changes….I guess that it is not fair to say that it was a boo-boo….it was more of a personal preference and I am glad that I “covered up” some of the “It’s Your Day”….I know that you can see it (if you look close) but I can say – it does not stick out like a sore thumb!

Sometimes you need to think of your paper and embellishments as make-up – they are great cover ups! πŸ˜‰

 

 

 

Last week I blogged with this stamp set and I loved it last week and I am lovin’ it again this week….(hmmmmm – I think I will use it next week to see if we can get Tick -Tack-Toe – 3 in a row of winners!) I am still on the fence about the “pretty one” so if someone can explain that to me, I would appreciate it….I know – I am a little slow out of the gate I guess.

 

 

 

 

You know that the Urban Underground is one of my favorites and it looks like there are a bunch of layers but there are not…..I hope that I can explain….let’s call it a work in progress and this was the end result!

  • I started with a 4″ X 4″ Very Vanilla
  • I added a 1 1/2″ wide strip of the DSP…(did you notice that I colored in some of the circles – LOVED that touch!)
  • I then stamped all of the sentiments
  • I added a 1/4″ strip of Dijon and then a sliver 1/8″ strip of Dapper Denim right next to the DSP…..this is where it appears that I “built” it up but I really did not.
  • After I did all of this fun, I matted the whole thing to a 4 1/8″ square to peek the blue !!!!

 

By “bumping the thin pieces together against the edge of the circle DSP, It allows the visual of layering but in reality it is just green glues to the vanilla piece! Make sense???? πŸ˜•

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is another look at the different angle of this handsome card. That font of the Happy Birthday is just wonderful! It makes such a statement. Another tip that I wanted to share….I often am asked about making the “flagged ends” to the banner. I did not use a framelit …..I simply take scissors to the center and then do the other angle.

I am sure that they are not perfectly balanced but remember about what we do….

 

We are HANDMADE, not HALLMARK! πŸ™‚Β 

 

 

 

 

Here is your picture to PIN AWAY! You can see that I made my own envelope to fit this square card. They are some of my favorites to make and I realize that the postage is a more…but Uncle George is soooooooo worth it. I know that he will enjoy it and display it proudly

 

 

 

Well…thoughts???? I sure do hope that this has inspired you as you will see it again with a different look. This is a perfect example of “you can’t go wrong with the classics”

With the great incentive with the Ultimate Bundle, the starter kit that you customize and it is sooooo simple – you save money…you get to pick and 2 stamps sets on top of the bundle and it ships for free….a win-win all the way around! I would definitely have this in my Ultimate Bundle….

Please feel free to email me if you have any questions about the card and also about getting the Ultimate Bundle. If you join with me during Sale-a-bration, I will let you pick (2) SAB items (as they are not in the bundle deal, this is a personal promotion from me) πŸ™‚

Guess what is backΒ  – SIMPLE SATURDAY…..and let me tell you, it is sooooo easy!

p.s. – I LOVED your comments yesterday, all was quiet on Randall Lane yesterday, I guess the biggest thing that happened that was funny was that it was super (weirdly) warm and I watched poor Daisy just walking around looking for a friend to play with ~ well honestly just to acknowledge her and she struck zero.

It is a long walk for those little stump legs to go from the barn to the house and back~ finally I saw her in the field with Arnold. I was happy, she found a friend but the sad part is…he is the one that is almost blind that needs the donkey (I wouldn’t darn tell Daisy that)…life was great!

 

Can you say…EASY!!!

 

You know that I am a HUGE fan of BIG Sentiments….and this stamp set is one that will not leave me disappointed! I knew that when I first saw it…it would have a home on Randall Lane! Just look at all of the fun projects you could use this amazing set with. The fonts are so versatile and “just goes with a bunch”

 

 

Here is a picture from the catalog that made me giddy about this set when I was flippin’ through the catalog! You can see that I am going towards the sample on the right but I am making it a “Susan Simple Way” because I needed a card in a jif but you bet that I will do a future post CASING that one!

Do you remember when a bunch of you were saying that you wanted ideas with a masculine flare…well – HELLO…the one in the middle would be a fabulous card for a guy – that too I will do as a post because I already have a plan in my little brain! πŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

One this that is deceiving when you do a layout that stretches across the card like I am doing today is….I seem to always underestimate how much my length should be so I realize that this is a bit in the “excess” but I didn’t want to have to redo it as again, I needed a Birthday card in a jif!

I will give you the dimensions down below but just know that it is WAY BETTER to overdue it….than to come up short. Just look at this beauty…an instant smile happens when you see that beautiful font!

After I stamped it with the Black Archival Ink, I quickly added clear embossing powder over the sentiment and heat set it with the heat tool ~ as always….a WOW happened and again I smiled! (It happens each and every time you do this)

 

 

 

I tried to take this picture on an angle so you could get a great feel of the luscious sheen and texture that the clear embossing powder gave to the sentiment. It is like MAGIC each and every time.

Let’s chat real quick about the Black Ink. If you have been around Stampin’ for a while you know that there have been many different Black Inks that have been introduced. This is the only Black Ink that I use now as it does everything. It always produces a clean and crisp image and even if I am using the aqua painter or Blendabilities (remember, the alcohol based marker that we had) – it works like a charm.

I will give you a heads up that I would definitely have a re-inker on hand. I do find that I need to re ink it often but then again, it might be because I use it all the time. This is a must have ink as it does the job for all methods of stamping and techniques! πŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

Just look at this quick and easy beauty! I say a blue ribbon winner as it literally take minutes to do!

For the quick coloring…I used the watercolor pencils….scribbled a little color down and used the blender pens to make the magic happen – HOW EASY IS THAT and remember, I will send you a set of blender pens (3 are in a pack) for an order of $75+ this month (check the tabΒ  – Paw Prints Rewards) πŸ™‚Β 

Something I rarely do but I knew that my friend would love a little bling, I added 3 sequins to add to the fun card! I will say, I am a rather “plain Jane” when it comes to fru-fru…..but this is “just enough” to make a statement!

 

 

 

 

Before we get to the dimensions for today’s card…let’s gander at this paper! I will say that the picture just does not do this justice one bit – this is a FABULOUS set of paper and you will be seeing me use it a bunch! It is called the Succulent Garden DSP collection and it is just fun and fresh!

With being a BUSY CUTTER in making swatch books for the Product Share….I have really gotten to know the new papers and this one is one that is just a beauty! I think when you see it in the picture below your eye goes right to the Calypso Coral which is rather bold but trust me…this just blends beautifully with many projects – I really need to see it in person to appreciate it!

 

 

 

 

Now here is what you all love….the dimensions! πŸ˜€ I know that many times I forget to share them with you….so if that happens – please leave me a comment or email me! It is ALWAYS my desire to help you create cards and to HAVE FUN…and not stress by trying to figure things out!

I am sure that many of you use these as a start point to help you do your own thing and that is GREAT… guess whatΒ  – I do the same thing! That is why I signed up to be a SUD as I followed Mary Fish’s blog and found myself CASEING many of her cards and then I thought, this is silly – I can get the products at a discount and the rest is history (I will say that it was NOT in my plan to be around almost 5 years later….but I am glad that I did)

  • The card base is an A-2 size, 5 1/2″ X 4 1/2″
  • The Sweet Sugarplum is 5 1/4″ X 4″
  • The white piece is 2 3/4″ X 8 1/2″ (remember…this was way tooooooo long but I am sharing what I did)
  • The thin strips of Mint Macaron are just 1/8″ strip. (You could mat it with a larger piece but using the trimmer I just used a sliver and then green glue to the rescue!)
  • I stamped the sentiment in the Black Archival Ink and then sprinkled the clear embossing powder over and heat set it.
  • Watercolor Pencils and the Blender Pens were the magic for to little POP of color!

 

 

 

There you go…a super quick card and also a card that you could MASS PRODUCE to have on hand…and then color and coordinate DSP’s with is as needed.

I was thinking that it would be a great idea to have some “old faithfuls” like this and make many….and then build your stash up….I would do 3 different Birthday cards….some thinking of you etc….and then you will always have a great stash!

Speaking of great, we know that Sale-a-bration is a great time of the year but what is not better than the deal below! This IS the time of the year that hobbyist love to join as they see the deal that it is – $99 will get you $125 with of products and then on top – you can pick (2) stamps of your choice (what would you pick????)….WOW….and if this is all that you want to do – great with me!

 

 

Why wait, there is no obligation to sell, to blog…to do anything but to have FUN for yourself and to get Stampin’ Up! Products at a 20% discount each and everyday! Click here to get started…you’ll be happy!

Enjoy the day…..it is super cold but we have a dusting of snow and it is beautiful to look out and see….let’s just hope that this does not stop the Brown Man (my wonderful UPS Truck) from making its way to Randall Lane as I want to get those PRODUCT SHARES out the door to YOU!!!!

Remember, today is the LAST DAY for you to get in the 1st wave of the shares….if not – you will have to wait until the end of the month as I need to focus on my Classes in the Mail….please email me today if you want a share ~ they really are the best way to get a feel of the “new kids on the block” without breaking your “Daisy Bank” πŸ˜€Β 

 

 

 

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