Sunday, July 30, 2017

My Stepped-Up Sunday Card

Today's post is an especially fun one for me! My friend and upline, Susan Itell, challenged her team to partner up and create cards that would show two versions of the same design. She has been posting her "Simple Saturday" and "Stepped Up Sunday" cards for quite awhile. In fact, they are a highlight of her weekly blogs and those of us who follow her look forward to her weekend posts.

My friend, Rosanne Mulhern, and I decided to team up and take the challenge!  Rosanne created a beautiful "Simple Saturday" card (see it HERE), and I "stepped it up a little" for the Sunday post. To see both cards side by side, and to read about them on Susan's blog, go to

Here is what I did to make my card ~

Whisper White Thick Cardstock: 11" x 4-1/4", scored at 5-1/2"
Old Olive Cardstock: 51/4" x 4"
Calypso Coral: 3" x 3-7/8"
Vellum Cardstock: 3" x 3-7/8"
Daisy Delight DSP: 2-3/8" x 3-7/8"

  • Stamp "Thank You" from the Daisy Delight Stamp Set onto the top center of the Calypso Coral panel using Versamark ink and heat emboss it with white Stampin' Emboss Powder.

  • Glue the Calypso Coral panel to the top half of the Old Olive panel. Lay the Vellum over the Coral piece and glue it to the very bottom (where it will be covered by DSP and ribbon.)

  • Glue the Daisy Delight DSP to the bottom half of the Old Olive panel, overlapping the Coral and Vellum a little.

  • Cut a 5-1/2" length of Powder Pink 1/2" Finely Woven Ribbon and wrap it around the seam of the card, securing it to the back.

  • Pop this whole panel up onto the Whisper White base using Dimensionals.

  • Using a half sheet of Whisper White Cardstock and the Daisy Delight Stamp Set, stamp one daisy using Calypso Coral ink, stamping off once onto another scrap paper first to create a softer color. Stamp one flower center with Old Olive. Stamp three leaves, using Old Olive ink. Stamp off once for the solid inside leaf and full strength for the outline leaf.

  • Punch two daisies using the Daisy Punch, one that was stamped and one plain white. Offset the two and adhere them together with a Dimensional. Attach them to the card with another Dimensional. Punch the Old Olive flower center with a 1/2" Circle Punch and glue it directly to the flower.  Hand cut the leaves and tuck them under the daisy and glue them down.

  • Brush the center of the flower with clear Wink of Stella to give it a little shimmer.

On the inside I stamped the sentiment and other images from the same set using Olive and Coral, then added a little white Baker's Twine to the stems ~

For the envelope, I covered the flap with a 1/4" strip of Old Olive and the rest of the flap with the same daisy print paper.

Whew, that was a lot of directions! Thanks for hanging in there with me! I hope you will want to try one for yourself. 

The wonderful news is that the Daisy Punch and Bundle are once again available, so if you've been waiting to purchase it, now you can! 

To do so, simply click on the images below in the Products List. You will be taken to my online store where you can shop 24/7. You have until tomorrow to cash in on the Bonus Days - don't miss it! For every $50 you spend by July 31, you will be given a $5 coupon code to use on any purchase you make during the month of August.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Flower Shop Notebook Set– July Bonus Project!

Today's project idea for Craft Project Central is the July Bonus Project*. This design comes to you from Monika Davis ~

Do you like taking notes or doodling? Do you like giving handmade gifts? Than this is a project for you! Make this cool notebook with a coordinating card and bookmark. Dress up a simple notebook with craft sticks and make it durable and reusable. This cover will not wear down easily. Learn a simple and fast bookbinding technique that is easy enough to do for adults and kids alike.

*Bonus projects can be obtained by subscribing to any of the three, six or 12 month subscription packages. To get the instructions, simply subscribe to one of the 3-, 6-, or 12-month subscription packages that include July. 

Have a great day!


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Give a gift...of coffee!

Who doesn't love getting the gift of a coffee card?! And with these hand-made card holders to tuck one into, you have a very special gift indeed! The process is simple:

  • Start with a piece of cardstock cut to 8-1/2" x 3-1/8", scored at 2" and 6". Fold both ends in and burnish. Round the corners of the top section.
  • Cut two pieces of Coffee Break DSP ~ 2-7/8" x 2-1/4", and 2-7/8" x 1-3/4". Round the corners of this smaller piece to match the cardstock. Glue to the top and bottom sections.

  • Notch the lower end to create a finger-hold, to more easily pull the gift card out.
  • Turn the piece over and add sticky strip to the inside sides of the bottom section and adhere to create the pocket. I use 1/8" sticky strip that I bought on Amazon. Here is the link: If you prefer, you can use a half width of Fast Fuse along the sides, or start with your card a little wider and use Stampin' Up! Tear & Tape.

Now to decorate!  I used the Coffee Cups Framelits along with the Coffee Cafe stamp set (bundle for a 10% discount!)

On this card, I used Crumb Cake, Garden Green, and Early Espresso. The sentiment from Coffee Cafe is heat embossed with white embossing powder onto Soft Sky Cardstock. When you glue the cup down, be sure to glue only the top half of the cup. I bet you can guess why!!

This card has Coffee Break DSP for the cup, Crumb Cake for the wrap, and Garden Green for the lid. 

I tried to re-create a Caramel Macchiato on this one! I sponged three colors onto Whisper White - Early Espresso, Soft Suede, and Crumb Cake, blending to make an ombre look. I stamped the ice cubes inside the cup and put Wink of Stella on them to make them show a little better. And they do show better in person! The whipped cream on top is Whisper White, and the cup top is Vellum.

To keep the top closed when the card is in the pocket, I put a small piece of Velcro fastener on each side. I reinforced the stick with Tear & Tape.

I wanted to show you one more that I made, to show you my cup design. If you don't recognize the DSP, it is Mocha Morning from several years ago. It was one of those that I kept a stash of - I love the colors, and I love the way it coordinates with the Chocolate Chip and Early Espresso on my cup!

There you have it! Ready to make some? I'm looking forward to trying some different combinations and styles of cups. There are so many possibilities! If you would like to order any of these supplies, I would be honored if you would name me as your demonstrator. Click on any of the product pictures below and it will take you directly to my online store. Thank you so much!

Bonus Days are still going for 7 more days! Order $50 worth of products in July and earn a $5 coupon to use in August. The coupon code will be emailed to you. Keep it safe -- you will need the code to redeem it during the month of August.

If you purchase the Coffee Cafe bundle and the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper, you will earn a $5 coupon (wink!)

Thanks for stopping by today!


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