For the Guys: Floating Element Card

When you need to make a BIG DEAL out of a celebration for a man in your life, you need to make a BIG CARD. This large slimline card fits into a legal size envelope. Even more cool are the hats and stars that seem suspended just above the card, and to make it is easy!

There is a .pdf tutorial for you to print and follow, but basically, you will create a panel and attach all your die cut images with dimensionals, then cut off all the pieces that hang over the edges of the panel before attaching it to your card.

Don’t limit yourself to the colors I used: Choose a palette that matches your man’s personality, then try this technique with any other die cut images and sizes of cards!

Thanks for letting me provide you with creative inspiration AND the supplies to craft with:

Product List
Hats Off Bundle
$35.00
Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Thick Cardstock
$8.25
Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$9.75
Pool Party 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Pacific Point 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Misty Moonlight 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Balmy Blue 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Night Of Navy 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Night Of Navy Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Uninked Stampinā€™ Craft Pad & Whisper White Refill
$9.50
Basics Embossing Powders
$18.00
Heat Tool (Us And Canada)
$30.00
Mini Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine
$60.00
Mini Stampin' Dimensionals
$4.00
Paper Trimmer
$25.00
Stampin' Seal
$8.00

Enjoy the Moment

Sometimes you don’t “see” a stamp set until you begin to work with it: That was the case when I first received the Enjoy the Moment stamp set from Stampin’ Up! for attending a virtual event. TBH, I looked at it and thought “It’s kind of ugly”.

Undeterred, I set out to make myself use it, and to my surprise, I found that the botanical images were absolutely attractive when used with a variety of techniques! My first favorite was embossing in white on Crumb Cake card stock. Pull out your Rectangle Stitched Dies to make a collage of the images and add a linen thread bow for a bit of dimension.

Next I tried a fun fold card style that I saw demonstrated during aforementioned virtual event:

I think the colors really made this card spectacular: Merry Merlot, a rich burgundy color paired with Vanilla and Sahara Sand (a color I don’t use as often) just FEELS like it was the palette to make this birthday card truly terrific.

Finally, this Monochromatic card came together in mere seconds, starting with a leftover scrap from the last card:

Isn’t that Ladybug trinket just the CUTEST detail? While the card was super simple, an accessory (just like a good pair of earrings) can transform a project!

I’m seeing the Enjoy the Moment set in a brand new light and hope you do, too.

All Things Fabulous Inspired

Woke up with an urgent need to create something, so I let the #TGIFC308 challenge inspire me!

Without a lot of time, I chose to let the colors and bouquet image be my inspiration and took it quite literally with the All Things Fabulous stamp set, which I haven’t had much time to play with yet:

It’s even a surprise to me when I start with something that gets the creativity flowing (like a sketch, color palette or picture) and it comes together quickly, as this card did.

Two of these In-Colors coordinate prettily together in a lighter and darker shade of blue: Seaside Spray (2019-2021) and Misty Moonlight (2020-2022). Next week the retiring list will be released and the retiring In-Colors are the FIRST things to sell out, so add your ink refills, card stock and coordinating accessories in these retiring colors to an order TODAY!

Product List
All Things Fabulous Bundle (English)
$47.50
Seaside Spray 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Misty Moonlight 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$9.75
Seaside Spray Classic Stampinā€™ Pad
$7.50
Blushing Bride Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Flirty Flamingo Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
So Saffron Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Uninked Stampinā€™ Craft Pad & Whisper White Refill
$9.50
White Stampin' Emboss Powder
$6.00
Heat Tool (Us And Canada)
$30.00
Mini Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine
$60.00
Stampin' Dimensionals
$4.00

March 3 for Free: Hydrangea Haven

Each month I offer a different “free kit” for a bundle from the newest catalog: During March, when you purchase the Hydrangea Haven bundle (or Hydrangea Hill Suite Collection available again mid-March), I will send you 3 tutorials by email and the consumable supplies via USPS to complete the projects.

With blossoms beginning to burst forth this month, these lovely bunches of flowers seemed a fitting way to spring into crafting that coordinates with the season! There are a few products you’ll need to complete the projects: Scissors, adhesive and Stampin’ Dimensionals, Stampin’ Cut & Emboss machine (or Big Shot), Tuxedo Black Memento pad AND these suggested Stampin’ Up! ink pads: Highland Heather, Misty Moonlight, Rococo Rose and Seaside Spray. These colors also coordinate with the Hydrangea Hill Designer Series Paper. You may want to add these items to your cart when you are ordering the bundle.

TIP: Rococo Rose and Seaside Spray are two retiring 2019-2021 In-Colors leaving us in April, so if you need to order ink refills for your ink pads (or matching card stock or accessories), get them SOONER than later, as they tend to sell out quickly!

While these pretty purple projects are NOT part of the kit, I did show you how to use the Hydrangea with the gorgeous Mercury Glass Acetate Sheets (included in the Suite Collection) during a recent Facebook Lunchtime Live Crafting:

Want to plan ahead for future 3 for Free kits? The kit with your purchase for April will be the Sweet Ice Cream bundle (or Ice Cream Corner Suite Collection).

In case I haven’t mentioned it recently, I know you have many options for purchasing your craft supplies and I *TRULY* appreciate when you choose me to keep you stamping. Your support of my small business means the world to me, so thank you from my heart to yours.

Never Lose Your Mojo

Have you noticed that the Stampin’ Up! catalog(s) aren’t just “catalogs” to shop through, they are actually INSPIRATION books ~ and you can find ideas on every page for your crafting?

Take this page (p.95) of the Annual Catalog…you don’t need to have the same stamps, ink or paper to make a cute card inspired by these:

The #SUOC256 challenge this week encourages stampers to use catalog samples as sketches and create something inspired by them. This is my version:

Can you see how I followed the Whale Done card sketch? You will NEVER lose your mojo as long as you have an idea book to get your juices flowing!

Speaking of juice, the Cute Fruit photopolymer stamp set is only in our “Getting Started” brochure, so you may not have seen it yet, but it is my “stamp set of the summer”, even as summer comes to a close.

I appreciate that you can also purchase the Cute Fruit set in a collection of products (ideal for a GIFT or new stamper)!

To add shading to the pineapple, ink it up in the lightest color (Bumblebee in this case), then add some darker color ink (Cinnamon Cider) to the stamp using a sponge dauber BEFORE you stamp it. The colors will blend together beautifully.

Embrace your catalog as your IDEA BOOK and you’ll never run out of ideas!

Dog Days of Summer

We are in the “Dog Days of Summer”, but do you know what that means?

It refers to a period of particularly hot and humid weather occurring during the summer months of July and August. In ancient Greece and Rome, the Dog Days were believed to be a time of drought, bad luck, and unrest, when dogs and men alike would be driven mad by the extreme heat. This heat wave coincides with the rising of Sirius, the Dog Star toward dawn.Ā  The name ā€œSiriusā€ even stems from Ancient Greek seĆ­rios, meaningĀ ā€œscorching.ā€

For the ancient Egyptians, the dawn rising of Sirius (known to them as ā€œSothisā€) also coincided the Nile Riverā€™s flood season. They used the starĀ as a ā€œwatchdogā€ for thatĀ event.

Of course, the appearance of Sirius does not actually affect seasonal weather, but because it rises near dawn during the hottest part of summer, the star lends it’s lore to the hot and humid season.

Now you know the history, let’s make a fast and simple card using the Dog Builder punch!

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Download the Tutorial Here

Order the Dog Builder Punch here

The best way to stay cool during these “Dog Days of Summer” is to craft in your air-conditioned craft room. Take my advice and make something to mail to a friend šŸ™‚