Tuesday, March 28, 2017

My Tuesday Tip For You!

If you're like me, you have gobs of unused Washi Tape in your drawer! Sound familiar? Here is a fun tip that will help you to use up that tape and decorate your envelopes!

After making a card, find a Washi Tape that has the same colors in it. Tear off a strip long enough to cover the back flap of your envelope. Instant wow factor!


Not sending that card out just yet? Maybe you have made it to use in the future when the need arises? Store your card and envelope in a Clear Medium Envelope, and stick that strip of Washi Tape to the back of the outer Clear Envelope.  When you are ready to use the card, the tape easily peels off the plastic envelope to use on the back of your paper one. The stick still sticks!


You can use the Washi Tape to decorate the bottom front of your envelope, or across the very top of the back flap instead of the bottom.  There are lots of possibilities, and with it stored on your clear envelope, you will have it ready to go when you want it!

I hope you liked this tip!  If you would like to see the card that goes with this envelope, come back tomorrow. I'll show you a fun and easy layout that is bright and colorful, and did I mention easy?  See you tomorrow ~

Karen

Monday, March 27, 2017

"In The Lines" for a Simple Note Card

Last month I posted a note card that I made with the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits.  See it HERE. I made another for today's post, with the same basic layout and the thinlit of 5 connecting dragonflies. Here is my card ~



I used the Sale-A-Bration Designer Series Paper called In The Lines. It is free with a purchase of $50 until March 31st. (whoa, that deadline is coming this week!) I layered it onto a piece of Basic Black and wrapped a length of Blushing Bride satin ribbon around the middle. Then I glued the panel to a 5" x 3-1/2" base card of Blushing Bride.

Next I stamped the sentiment from Birthday Blooms in Basic Black onto Whisper White, cropped it with a Stitched Oval Framelit and backed it with a scalloped layer of Basic Black. I attached it to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

I cut the dragonflies from Basic Black, glued it to the card with Multipurpose Liquid Glue just in the bodies of the dragonflies, and trimmed out the two that overlapped the edges of the card.



I covered the back flap of a Whisper White envelope (from the Note Card & Envelope pack) with the Blushing Bride polka dot from the Subtles DSP Stack. It is so great to have these stacks that match any of the papers that Stampin' Up makes!

If you purchase the Dragonfly Dreams Bundle (an automatic 10% discount), item # 144728 for $46.75 and the Blushing Bride 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon, item #141692 for $9.00, you will qualify for a free SAB item and can choose In The Lines DSP, #143830, if you like it!

Sale-A-Bration ends on March 31st - this Thursday! So take advantage of this annual promotion and get some FREE products while you can. A few of the items have sold out. Here is a helpful chart for you to use ~

Newly added items for the last few days ~
If you have any stamping needs, I would be delighted to be your demonstrator! You can get to my online store either by clicking on the Shop Now button at the top of this post, or you can click on any of the photos below in the Product List to link over to my store. Thank you so much for your support!

Have a wonderful day and I'll see you back here soon!

Karen

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Botanical Garden Card Set

Every month, Craft Project Central provides a Bonus Project for your purchase. Here is a fun project using the Botanical Builders Framelits, designed by Monika Davis.



You might still have snow on the ground, but you will be bringing Spring into someone’s life. Make this bright and cheerful floral card set for a cherished friend. You will learn to make three different shaped cards (a flower pot, a cupcake and a triangle). These shaped cards will WOW! the recipients and will make you the star. Also, learn how to add movements to small embellishments with an easy step.

To obtain this Bonus Project, just subscribe to any of the three, six, or twelve month packages. Click HERE to see the details!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Special Reason Gift Packaging Trio for Craft Project Central

Christy Fulk has designed a gorgeous trio of gift packaging using the Special Reason Bundle for Craft Project Central. Check it out ~




Spring is in the air, and you need some little gift packaging ideas to go along with it! This tutorial will teach you how to make a little purse bag, gift card/nugget candy bar holder, and a little square window treat box. They all feature the beautiful Special Reason Bundle and Falling in Love Designer Series Paper. This would also make a wonderful product-based packaging class.


If you would like to learn how to make this project, you will want to subscribe for the month of March. With your subscription, you will receive step-by-step instructions for five wonderful projects for only $10. Head over to Craft Project Central today to learn how to gain access to a bonus project.



Friday, March 17, 2017

A Bit of Green for ... Easter???


It's St. Patrick's Day and I'm thinking green....and then I made an Easter card! I guess I don't know anyone who would appreciate a St. Pat's Day card, altho I'm sure there are many of you out there! So to all of you Irish, Happy St. Patrick's Day!

To make this green Easter card, I pulled out my newly acquired Timeless Tags Thinlits Dies - so fun! I'm looking forward to playing with it some more! I started with this flower tag and cut it out four times, once with Cucumber Crush (retiring soon - grab some more now!), once with Wild Wasabi for the leaves, once with Soft Sky for the background sky, and once in Daffodil Delight for the center. There is a plain tag framelit in the set that I cut out in Whisper White. I attached the green to the white and set about filling in the colors like a mosaic tile using the Fine Tip Glue Pen.


The base is Crumb Cake and I stamped the greeting from Suite Sayings with Versamark ink directly to the card base, sprinkled it with white embossing powder and heat embossed it with my Heat Tool.




I cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4" x 5 1/4" then cut it in half at an angle. I did the same with a piece of Cucumber Crush that was 3 7/8" x 5 1/8" and ran it through the Big Shot with the Petal Burst Embossing Folder.

After gluing those onto the base, I added a 1/2" strip of Cucumber/Crumb Cake DSP from Affectionately Yours Specialty DSP.  

The flower is popped up with Dimensionals and I added a Linen Thread bow.  



Quick, simple, bright and cheerful!  Have a bright and cheerful weekend!  My daughter is coming home tomorrow for her week of Spring Break and we are going to spend the week doing all of her favorite things! She is going to love our warm California weather after spending the winter in Wisconsin (brrrrr!) 

Karen

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Celebrate Each Year Memory Book!

As a Guest Designer at Craft Project Central this month, I am posting photographs of projects that you may want to learn more about. 

Today's Craft Project Central project is designed by Sue Lehrer.

The Celebrate Each Year Memory Book contains 20 pages with photographs from birth to age 18. It is simple to create because it uses the Project Life by Stampin' Up! ®  6" x 8" photo pocket pages. Just slip your photographs into the pocket pages and add printed cards and accessories. The Celebrate Each Year Memory Book is a one-of-a-kind gift that will be treasured for years. 



If you would like to learn how to make this project, you'll want to subscribe for the month of March. With your subscription, you'll get illustrated, step-by-step instructions for five wonderful projects for only $10! You can find out how to gain access to a bonus sixth project over at Craft Project Central.


Have a wonderful day!

Karen






Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Peek-a-Boo Little Fox!

My assignment, should I choose to accept it (Who am I kidding?! Of course I will!) is to make a baby card for a baby shower. The baby is a boy and they are a very outdoorsy family -- lots of camping and outdoor adventures. So the card should be woodsy...

Foxy Friends!  Perfect fit!


This little fox is adorable! And with the Peek-a-boo sentiment from Suite Sayings, I had to make him peeking through a hole.

I experimented a little and found out that it's important to cut the hole through the two pieces of cardstock BEFORE putting it through the Big Shot with the embossing folder. (The other way flattens out the embossing and kind of ruins the effect!)


Line up the Crumb Cake piece to the front of the white cardstock base, then carefully open it up, and run both pieces through the Big Shot with the circle framelit in place.

Next, run the Crumb Cake piece through the Big Shot with the Woodland Textured Embossing Folder. Then glue the Crumb Cake piece to the white base, lining up the holes.

With the same circle framelit and the slightly bigger scalloped circle framelit, cut a decorative circle out with Garden Green cardstock.  Glue it to the top of the card, lining it up with the cut out circle.

Now for the inside:


Stamp and cut out three trees from the Foxy Friends stamp set and the Perfect Pines Framelits. The large one is Garden Green and the two smaller ones are Wild Wasabi.

Stamp and cut out the fox with the Fox Builder Punch (bundled with Foxy Friends for a 10% discount!) I used Watermelon Wonder Classic Stampin' Pad for the fox and mushroom. 

It's pretty critical to stamp and cut out all these pieces first, lay them on the inside of the card where you think you might want them, then close the card and see where they are in relation to the hole! Repositional tape is a very handy tool for this! Adjust it to your liking, then open it back up.


Once I knew where I wanted the fox to sit, I marked under his "feet" with a pencil, then stamped the tree stump directly to the card. I used Chocolate Chip for the stump.  The little rows of grass are from Sheltering Tree. I stamped three rows with Wild Wasabi.

The plants and mushroom are stamped and fussy cut, then glued directly to the card. I glued the three trees in the background, positioning them again by looking through the hole in the front. I glued the fox's tail to his body, then glued it down to the card. I put dimensionals under his head and attached it to the body. "Congratulations" is from Made With Love. I stamped it right to the card using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.



I decided to cover the back of the card with an embossed woodsy piece of cardstock as well. This was inspired out of necessity! Don't tell anyone, but somehow ink got smeared on the back of the card after all this work, so I had to get real creative! OMG! But it's kind of cute, don't you think? Sometimes our mistakes turn out to be for the best!!


I also embossed the back flap of the envelope to tie it all together. I love the way the card turned out! 

Card signed, sealed, and delivered. I know it will be appreciated, so it was a labor of love!

If you would like to get any of the supplies needed to make this card, simply click on the Shop Now button at the top of my post, or on any of the supplies listed below to link directly to my online store. If you have any questions, I'd love to hear from you. You can comment here or email me at karenshallam@gmail.com.

Happy Wednesday! I hear there is a beautiful new batch of snow in the NE! We are enjoying warm Spring weather in CA and I am loving every minute of it! Wherever you are, have a great day. I hope you can carve out a bit of time for some stampin' fun!

Karen

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