Punch Art Birthday Bear Card

This cute little Punch Art Bear is fun to make and give Bear Lovers of all ages!  This is a quick card to put together if you have all the different punches.  The card front  is embossed with the Honeycomb embossing folder since Bears do LOVE Honey.

P.S.  The Retiring List comes out next Wednesday!!!!!  I can also Preorder some things from the NEW Catalog on Wednesday.  (One of the perks of being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator!!!)

I am counting down the days and wondering what wonderful NEW things will be in the NEW Catalog.  I am hoping for a couple of Hexagon Punches and some flocked Window Sheets like the ones in the Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper from the Holiday 2012 Catalog.  I always like new things to use with my Big Shot: Embossing Folders, Edgelits & Framelits, and Dies.  I am also excited to see if the NEW Returning Colors are the same as they were before.  I really liked a lot of them and kept the ink pads and a little bit of card stock.  (Of course I will have to get the NEW Ink Pads!)  Now I can compare.  The Designer Series Paper Stacks will be updated with the NEW Colors AND NEW Patterns!

I also found out today that if you join Stampin’ Up! between April 24 and May 30th you can choose Preorder items for your Starter Kit merchandise!!!

Well now that I have shared my excitement with you, let’s get back to our cute Punch Art Birthday Bear Card.
Punch Art Bear

SUPPLIES:
Stamps:  Delightful Dozen w#122650  c#122652  Digital #127597
Ink:  Early Espresso
Card Stock:  Very Vanilla
Early Espresso
Cumball Green
Basic Black
Big Shot:  Honeycomb Embossing Folder #129378
Punches:  2-1/2″ Circle for head  #120906
3/4″ Circle for paws and ear insides  #119873
1″ Circle for Ears  #119868
1/2″ Circle for Eyes and Nose  #119869
Large Oval for face/snout  #19855
Other:  Uni-Ball Signo White Gel Pen  #105021
SNAIL or Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue
Glue Dots

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Cut your Gumball Green card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  Cut a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Very Vanilla.  Run it through your Big Shot with the Honeycomb embossing folder.  Adhere to card base.
3.  Cut your Gumball Green at 2-1/2″ x 3″.  Cut your Very Vanilla at 2-1/4″ x 2-3/4″.  Stamp the sentiment in Early Espresso ink towards the lower left corner since the Bear will cover the upper right corner.  Adhere the Stamped Very Vanilla to the Gumball Green layer.  Lay on top of your card for now.  We will attach it after we have made and attached our Bear.
4.  Now to make your Bear.  Punch the pieces.
~Early Espresso: Head=2-1/2″ Circle, Ears=1″ Circle, Paws=3/4″ Circle
~Very Vanilla:  Face=Large Oval, Inner Ears=3/4″ Circles
~Basic Black:  Eyes and Nose=1/2″ Circle
5.  Assemble your Bear.  Adhere the Inner and Outer Ears together.  Adhere the Very Vanilla Face to the outer edge of the 2-1/2″ Circle Head leaving room at the top of the Large Oval Face to slip the Eyes under slightly.  Now position and adhere your eyes slipping the bottoms just under the Oval Face.  Add the Nose to the Face.  Now lay the Bear on the Sentiment and position both including deciding where to position the ears so everything will look nice AND fit inside the envelope.  Adhere the Sentiment.  Now adhere the Bear’s Ears to the Head.  Put Dimensionals on the back of the Bear Head and Ears.  Adhere to Sentiment and Card Front.  Now add the paws slipping them slightly under the Bear Head.  Now for the finishing touch.  Draw a “comma” on each eye with your White Gel Pen.  You can also draw on whisker marks around the nose if you want.  I like mine without.  Wahoo!!!  You have made a Really Cute Bear!!!
6.  Admire your cute little Bear!

Happy Stamping!
Nendy

Soda Pop Bottle Cap Man’s Card

We are making this fun “Man” Card today at my Stamp Class.  My grandson helped design it.  I gave him a few choices and between us we came up with this card.  The Soda Pop Tops/Bottle Caps are easy to work with and make a great “manly” embellishment.  Most guys do like “hardware” of some sort.  Except for the drying time this card is really quick to make.
Soda Pop Bottle Cap Man's Card

SUPPLIES:
Stamps:  Curly Cute w#117014  c#120510
Ink:  Early Espresso
Card Stock:  Crumb Cake
Chocolate Chip
Very Vanilla
Comfort Cafe Designer Series Paper #126898
Big Shot:  Stripes Embossing Folder #123128
Heart Framelits
Punch:  Square-any larger size to cut ends of Banner
Other:  Soda Pop Tops (Bottle Caps) #129388
Paper Trimmer
Crystal Effects #101055
SNAIL
Glue Dots
Dimensionals

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  First we need to do our Soda Pop Tops/Bottle Cap so it can dry while we are making our card.  We will flatten it out with our Big Shot.  Don’t worry, it works great and you don’t need strong muscles to crank the handle!  They look about the same whether you put them with the flat part at the top or touching the cutting pad.  Open all the Tabs on your Big Shot’s Multipurpose Platform.  Put a cutting pad down, as usual.  Now put your Soda Pop Tops/Bottle Cap(s) on the Cutting Pad.  Put a Cutting Pad on top.  Run through your Big Shot.  It makes less cracking sounds than using Framelits.
2.  Cut a 3/4″ square of Chocolate Chip card stock.  Adhere it inside your Soda Pop Tops/Bottle Cap with Glue Dots.  I put one on each corner.  Cut a 1/2″ square of Crumb Cake card stock.  Adhere it with Glue Dots on top of the Chocolate Chip square inside the Soda Pop Tops/Bottle Caps.  Now squeeze in some Crystal Effects.  Gently swirl tip to get rid of any bubbles and to cover the whole inside of your Bottle Cap.  Set aside somewhere so it won’t get bumped.  (Optional:  you can put Glue Dots on the bottom of the Bottle Cap BEFORE you add the Crystal Effects.  Just put the Glue Dot paper over the Glue Dots so you can easily adhere it before the Crystal Effects completely dries.)
3.  Cut your Crumb Cake card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
4.  Cut your Chocolate Chip card stock at 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.  Run through your Big Shot with the Stripes embossing folder.  Adhere to card base.  (Note:  I put SNAIL on the card base so I don’t flatten out my embossing.  It also helps to put a Glue Dot on each corner.)
5.  Use the largest smooth Heart Framelit to cut your Comfort Cafe Designer Series Paper.  I had the straight edge of the DSP at the part of the Heart Framelit just before it started to curve to make the top of the Heart.  Adhere with SNAIL.  I would recommend putting Glue Dots on the upper corners.
6.  Cut your Very Vanilla 1″ x at least 4-1/4″ for your Banner.  Stamp your sentiment in Early Espresso using the Stamp-a-ma-jig if desired.  Use your Square Punch or Hearts-a-Flutter Banner Framelit or Scissors to cut the notches from your Banner.  Adhere to card front with Dimensionals.
7.  When your Crystal Effects in your Soda Pop Tops/Bottle Cap is dry (at least an hour or two, but best left overnight to dry) adhere with Glue Dots to your Designer Series Paper.
8.  Enjoy the dimension and shine of the Crystal Effects on your Bottle Cap Card!

Happy Stamping!
Nendy

Make a Wish Manly Birthday Card

This Make a Wish Birthday Card is great for the men in your life.  It is another card from Ronda Wade’s Creative Convention.  We will be making it at my Stamp-a-Stack Class on March 22nd and 23rd.  I hope you enjoy making it for one of the men in your life.
Make a Wish Manly Birthday Card

SUPPLIES:
Stamps:  Make a Wish  w#129219  c#129222
Markers:  Midnight Muse
Gumball Green
Daffodil Delight
Card Stock:  Midnight Muse
Gumball Green
Whisper White
Print Poetry Designer Series Paper Stack #129312
Other:  Silver Basics Designer Button #129325
SNAIL
Glue Dots

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Cut your Midnight Muse card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.
All patterned paper is from the Print Poetry Designer Series Paper Stack (4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″.
Striped paper:  2-1/4″ x 5-1/4″
“Ribbon” paper:  1/2″ x 5-1/2″
Green Print Banner:  1″ x 4-1/4″
Blue Print Banner:  3/4″ x 4-1/4″
Gumball Green layer:  2″ x 4″
Whisper White:  1-3/4″ x 3-3/4″
2.  Adhere Striped paper and “Ribbon” paper in desired positions.
3.  Color your Make a Wish stamp with Markers.  “Wish” in Midnight Muse, Candle flame in Daffodil Delight, The rest of the words in Gumball Green.  Remoisten with your breath and stamp in the lower right corner of your Whisper White.  Adhere to your Gumball Green layer.  Adhere in desired position on card front.
4.  Trim the end of your Green Banner with paper snips, a square punch, or the Hearts a Flutter Banner Framelit.  Center your Blue Banner piece and trim to match your Green Banner piece.  Adhere Blue Banner to Green Banner with SNAIL  Adhere to card front in desired position with SNAIL.  Adhere Silver Button with Glue Dots.
5.  Admire your classy card!

You can find all the supplies to make this card in My Online Store.

Happy Stamping!
Nendy

Blossom Petals Sunflower Punch Art Card

I have really been in the mood for Spring so I made a Sunflower using the Blossom Petals Punch.  It is a pretty quick card to make and reminds me of hot Summer Days as I sit here feeling chilly in my long-sleeved sweater.  We made this card at my 3D Flower Class on Friday.  I hope you enjoy making it!  I made a similar card for my daughter-in-law’s birthday last year.  As usual, you can change the colors and the sentiment to make you happy!  This is the TRUE advantage of making your own cards!
Blossom Petals Punch Sunflower

SUPPLIES:
Stamps:
 Perfectly Penned w#122890  c#122892
OR the sentiment of your choice
Ink:  Chocolate Chip
Card Stock:  Daffodil Delight
Whisper White
Chocolate Chip
Summer Starfruit
Big Shot:  Argyle Embossing Folder #127750
Square Lattice Embossing Folder #119976
OR Embossing folders of your choice
Punches:  Blossom Petals #121808
1-3/8″ Square #119877
1-1/4″ Scallop Circle #127811
Other:  Glue Dots (Lots!!) #103683
SNAIL
Dimensionals
Thin handled paint brush OR Bone Folder
Scissors

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Cut your Summer Starfruit card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  Cut your Chocolate Chip layer at 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Adhere to Summer Starfruit card base.
3.  Cut your Whisper White layer at 3-3/4″ x 5″.  Run through your Big Shot using the Argyle embossing folder.  Adhere to Chocolate Chip Layer.
4.  Punch 9 of the long thin Blossom Petals using a 2-1/8″ strip of Daffodil Delight card stock.
5.  Shape your Blossom Petals.  Take one Blossom Petal and your Thin handled paint brush (or Bone Folder) and lay it down the center of the Blossom Petal.  Fold the Petal sides up so it is rounded down the center of the Blossom Petal.  Now take your paint brush handle and curve each side of the Blossom Petal so it is slightly rounded.  Repeat with the other 8 Blossom Petal.
6.  Place a Glue Dot in the center of the bottom edge of your Whisper White layer.  Put a Glue Dot on the top center back of FIVE Blossom Petals.  Set aside with the Glue Dots facing up.  Take your first Blossom Petal and place it with the narrow tip on the Glue Dot and the Blossom Petal facing straight up.  Place the next two along the bottom edge so these three Blossom Petals form an upside-down T.  Place the last two Blossom Petals with Glue Dots on in between the three Blossom Petals that form a T.
7.  Place another Glue Dot in the bottom center on top of the other one that now is covered with Blossom Petal tips.  Place a Glue Dot on the center back of the remaining FOUR Blossom Petals so the Glue Dot will adhere to the bottom layer of Blossom Petals where they touch.  Place each Blossom Petal so the top is in between the lower layer of Blossom Petals as shown.
8.  Punch half a 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle from Chocolate Chip card stock.  Run it through your Big Shot using the Square Lattice embossing folder.  Adhere to your Sunflower with Glue Dots.
9.  Now for your sentiment.  I will give the dimensions I used for the Perfectly Penned Happy Birthday.  Cut a strip of Daffodil Delight at 1-3/8″ x 5-1/2″.  Cut a strip of Chocolate Chip at 1-5/8″ x 5-1/2″.  Stamp your sentiment in the center of your Daffodil Delight strip.  Use your Square punch to make the “Banner” ends.  Adhere to your Chocolate Chip strip using SNAIL making sure to leave enough space at each end so you get a point instead of a flat part when you trim the Chocolate Chip ends slightly larger than your Daffodil Delight ends using scissors.  Adhere this banner using Dimensionals.
10.  Admire your Sunflower card!

You can get all the supplies to make this Sunflower Card at My Online Store.

Happy Stamping!
Nendy

Blossom Punch meets Sycamore Street

I decided to use the Blossom Punch two different ways on the same card with some Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper.  I was inspired to make this card browsing Pinterest.  They used Framelits or Nestabilities.  I am in the mood for flowers.  This winter has been way to COLD for me this year!  We are expecting snow again tonight and I live in southern Arizona where it usually snows just once a year and we have maybe 14 days of cold weather in the winter.  I don’t think we have had 14 days of pleasant weather this winter.  So here is a card with some flowers to remind me that Spring will come and the weather will hopefully be warmer.
Mixed Bunch & SAB 2013 DSP, Stamps, Punch www.nendyscreativecorner.com

SUPPLIES:
* = Sale-a-bration 2013 Brochure
Stamps:
  Mixed Bunch w#125535  c#125537
*Pretty Petites w#129639  c#129642
Ink:  Rich Razzleberry
Card Stock:  Rich Razzleberry
Pretty in Pink
Whisper White
*Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper #127540
Punches:  Blossom #125603
*Petite Curly Label #129405
Other:  Subtles Designer Buttons #119745
1/8″ Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon #119960
SNAIL
Glue Dots
Dimensionals

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Cut your Rich Razzleberry card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and Fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  Cut you Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper at 4″ x 5-1/4″.   Punch our your Blossom in the desired position.  Adhere to card base using Dimensionals.  Note:  Put a half Dimensional at the tip of each flower petal to emphasize that it is punched out.
3.  Stamp your Mixed Bunch flower in Rich Razzleberry ink on Pretty in Pink card stock.  Punch out using the Blossom Punch.  Cut in between the petals down to where the ink is.  Curl your petals with your Bone Folder.  Thread the Ribbon through the button holes and tie a knot.  Attach to your stamped flower with Glue Dots.  Thread ribbon through a second button and attach it with Glue Dots to your card base in the center of your punched out flower.
4.  Stamp your Pretty Petite image twice in Rich Razzleberry ink on Whisper White card stock.  Punch out with the Petite Curly Label Punch.  Adhere to opposite corners using Dimensionals.
5.  Admire your card.

Earn 1 Sale-a-bration item for each $50 purchase from My Online Store through March 22, 2013.

Happy Punching!
Nendy

Plaid Birthday Cards

Spring Catalog ProjectsBoth my Son and Son-in-Law have Birthdays shortly after Christmas.  Since I can’t seem to make the same card twice, here are two versions of Birthday Cards for these men in my life.  Of course I had to use some Spring 2013 Catalog items!  Since these cards were mailed a while ago and because I didn’t take notes I don’t remember the exact colors I used.  So use what ever color is your man’s favorite when you make this card for him.
Jason's 2013 birthday cardSterling's 2013 Birthday cardEvery Monday in January I will be posting projects using Spring 2013 Catalog products.  Enjoy!

SUPPLIES:
*Spring 2013 Catalog available until May 31, 2013
Stamps:  *Beyond Plaid w#129201  c#129204
*Make a Wish w#129219  c#129222
Perfectly Penned  w#122890  c#122892 (Green card)
Bring on the Cake w#121899  c#121958 (Blue card)
Ink:  Chocolate Chip -cake
Marina Mist (Blue card)
Real Red (Blue card)
Midnight Muse ink pad & Marker (Green card sentiment)
Lucky Limeade-I think (Green card)
Card Stock:  Whisper White
Marina Mist (Blue card)
Lucky Limeade-I think (Green card)
Big Shot:  *Hearts a Flutter Framelits #130159 (Green card Banner)
Chevron Folder #127749 (Green card)
Punch: 1-3/4″ Scallop Circle-I think (Blue Card Banner)
Other:  Naturals Designer Buttons #127554
Linen Thread #104199
SNAIL
Dimensionals
Glue Dots
Paper Snips and/or Scissors

INSTRUCTIONS:
Instructions will be for Both Cards unless specified.
1.  Card base.  Cut a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ piece of card stock in the desired color.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  If desired, use the Chevron Embossing Folder on your card front.  Line up your card stock in the folder.  Fold the back of the card underneath the embossing folder.  Run through your Big Shot with all the tabs open.  Crease the top fold again with your fingers trying not to flatten out the embossing.
3.  Choose the Plaid Design you want.  Stamp it three times in the desired ink color on Whisper White card stock.  Stamp the Cake in Chocolate Chip ink on Whisper White card stock.  Cut the Cake out with your Paper Snips.  Cut the Plaid images out with Scissors or your Paper Trimmer.
4.  Lay out the Plaid images in the desired positions.  Adhere the upper two images with SNAIL or Tombow Glue.  Adhere the lower Plaid image with Dimensionals.  Add the Cake to the lower Plaid image with Dimensionals.  (Notice I didn’t add any Dazzling Details to Bling up the cakes for the guys!  I hope they appreciated how hard that was for me.)
5a.  Green Banner.  Stamp the sentiment in Midnight Muse ink on Whisper White card stock.  Trim so it is 1″ Tall.  Slip one end through the Hearts a Flutter Banner Framelit.  Cover only the part that will be cut out with the top cutting pad when you run it through your Big Shot.  If you cover the whole card stock piece there will be heavy crease lines in your sentiment.  Repeat with the other end, covering only the part that is being cut with the top cutting pad.  Use the Brush Tip of the Midnight Muse Marker to put a colored edge to your Banner.  Adhere in desired position with Dimensionals.
5b.  Blue Banner.  Stamp sentiment in Real Red Ink on Whisper White card stock.  Trim about 1″ Tall.  Stick one end of your Banner in through the center open part of your Scallop Circle punch.  Position as desired and punch the end.  Repeat with the other side.  Drag the edges of your Banner against your Real Red ink pad.  Adhere in desired position with Dimensionals.
6.  Buttons.  Choose the desired Buttons.  Thread them with Linen Thread.  We do want it nice and rustic for our guys.  Place a Glue Dot on the back to hold the thread onto the button.  Place 2-3 more Glue Dots on the back of each button and adhere them in the desired position on your card.
7.  There.  You now have two versions of Birthday Cards for the men in your life.  Enjoy!

You can purchase all the Supplies for these Manly Birthday cards from My Online Store.

Happy Stamping!
Nendy

Amazing Mother Birthday Card

I made this card for my Mother’s Birthday which is mid-December.  I wanted to use some of the new things I had just received that are in the NEW Spring 2013 Catalog.  This was a fun card to make and came together pretty quickly.
Amazing Mother Birthday Card

SUPPLIES:
* = Spring 2013 Catalog available January 3-May 31, 2013
Stamps:
  *Amazing Family w#129189  c#129192
*Oh Hello w#130730  c#130733  (Bundle with Oval Framelits w#131102  c#131101)
Ink:  VersaMark
Melon Mambo
Card Stock:  Regal Rose
Melon Mambo
White Vellum
Embossing Powder:  White
Black
Melon Mambo
Big Shot:  *Oval Framelits #129381 (also in Oh Hello Bundle-see above)
*Needlepoint Border Embossing Folders #129383
*Hearts a Flutter Framelits #130159
Other:
   Basic Pearls
Heat Tool
*Delicate Details Lace Tape #130966
*Paper Doilies #129399
Paper Trimmer or scissors
SNAIL
Dimensionals
Glue Dots
Stamping Sponges

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Cut your Melon Mambo card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  Take the Needlepoint Border embossing folder of your choice and place it in the desired position along the bottom of your card front.  Fold the card back beneath the embossing folder and run through your Big Shot.  Sponge the raised designs with Melon Mambo ink and your sponge.
3.  Now let’s do our heat embossing.  Stamp “You’re Such An Amazing” on Melon Mambo card stock with VersaMark ink and sprinkle with White Embossing Powder.  Melt with Heat Tool on High.  Now stamp the Chevron Oval from Oh Hello in Versamark ink on Whisper White card stock and sprinkle with Melon Mambo embossing powder.  Melt with Heat Tool on High.  Finally stamp “Mother” on the White Vellum card stock in VersaMark ink and sprinkle with Black embossing powder.  Melt with Heat Tool on Low so you don’t warp the Vellum.  This will take longer to melt.
4.  Trim around “You’re Such An Amazing” so you form a nice rectangle.
5.  Measure the width of the Banner Framelit in the Hearts a Flutter Framelits.  Trim around “Mother” so the strip is wide enough to fit in the Banner Framelit.  Now take it to your Big Shot and place on the Multipurpose Platform with both Tabs closed and a cutting pad on top.  Put the end of the “Mother” banner you are cutting under the Banner Framelit with the other end resting on top of your Banner Framelit.  Cover only the end of the Banner Framelit you are cutting with the top cutting pad.   Leave the part you are not cutting uncovered to prevent a fold line on your banner.  Repeat with the other side.
6.  Cut the embossed Oval Chevron with the desired Oval Framelit.  Use the next larger Oval Framelit to cut a Melon Mambo Oval.  Adhere the two Ovals together with Dimensionals.  Put  Glue Dots under the “M” and the “R” in Mother and adhere to the embossed Chevron Oval.  Adhere all these to the Paper Doily in the desired position.
7.  Lay out pieces in desired positions.  Adhere the Paper Doily layers with SNAIL.  Adhere You’re Amazing with Dimensionals.
8.  Add a circle from the Delicate Details Lace Tape in the desired position.  Add Pearls as shown or as desired.
9.  Admire your lacy feminine card.

You can purchase the items to make this Amazing Card from My Online Store.  Spring Catalog items will be available around noon Mountain Time on January 3, 2013.

Happy Stamping!
Nendy

Date Night Gift Card Holder

Winter & Christmas Card & Project IdeasI had a request for Gift Cards from my daughter and her husband to use for Date Nights since no family is close enough to babysit.  So this is what my son-in-law is getting for Christmas.  I made a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ Gift Card Holder using some paper from the Spring Catalog.  Enjoy your Sneak Peek!
Date Night Fund Gift Card Holder

SUPPLIES:
* = in Spring 2013 Catalog
Papers:
 Raspberry Ripple card stock
Primrose Petals card stock
Pool Party card stock
Regal Rose card stock
More Amore Specialty Designer Series Paper (Spring 2013 Catalog) #129309*
Big Shot:  Hearts a Flutter Framelits (Spring 2013 Catalog) #130159*
Houndstooth Folder #123134
Petals-a-Plenty Folder #116824
Timeless Type Jr Alphabet Sizzlits (retired)
Ink:  Melon Mambo
Other:  Paper Trimmer #126889
Stamping Sponges #101610
SNAIL
Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Score and fold an 8-1/2″ x 11″ sheet of Raspberry Ripple card stock at 5-1/2″.  This is your card base.
2.  Cut your Primrose Petals card stock 5″ x 8″.  Adhere on your Raspberry Ripple card front.
3.  Cut your Pool Party card stock 4-1/2″ x 7-1/2″.  Adhere on top of the Primrose Petals card stock.
4.  Cut your More Amore Specialty Designer Series Paper 3-3/4″ x 6-3/4″.  You might want to sponge the edges first.  The edges of the DSP come pre-sponged so only 2 sides of mine look sponged.  Adhere it to your Pool Party card stock.
5.  Use your Sizzlits Timeless Type Jr Alphabet to cut out the desired letters.  Adhere with Tombow Glue.  You could also use the brush tip of your Raspberry Ripple Marker to just write the desired words on the DSP.
6.  Cut 2 Hearts from the Regal Rose card stock using your Hearts a Flutter Framelits or the Hearts Collection Framelits.  Emboss one heart with the Houndstooth embossing folder and the other heart with the Petals-a-plenty embossing folder.  Sponge them with Melon Mambo ink to emphasize the design.  Adhere with Tombow Glue.
7.  For the Inside of the card:  Cut a piece of 3″ x 8″ piece of Primrose Petals card stock.  Punch either a half a large oval or half a circle along one long edge, centering it along the edge.  Use Tombow Glue or Sticky Strip along the other three sides and adhere it towards the bottom of the inside of your card.  Write what you want on this piece.  Insert Gift Card.
8.  Now you can give a fun gift card to someone and they can keep it in a safe spot.  It is large enough that is shouldn’t be easily misplaced.  After all, when we give a gift card we do want the receiver to use it!
9.  I mailed mine in a decorative bubble envelope I purchased and the postage was $1.10.

You can purchase most of these items (eventually) to make this Date Night Fund Gift Card Holder at My Online Store.

Happy Gift Giving and Christmas!
Nendy 

Happy Birthday Card in Green

My Son’s birthday was Monday.  I bought the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set during the 15% off Stamps Sale.  I have always loved the shape of the tree in the Thought and Prayers stamp set.  His favorite color is green so I used Gumball Green and Garden Green for a monochromatic look.  As usual, it is a pretty quick card to make.  I even tested out my new Texture Boutique to do the embossing with the Argyle Embossing Folder!  Fun!  I hope it will be in the next annual catalog.
Derek's Happy Birthday Card in Green

SUPPLIES:
Stamps:  Thoughts & Prayers  w#113252  c#127805
Curly Cute  w#117014  c#120510
Ink:  Gumball Green
Card Stock:  Gumball Green   card base & card front
Garden Green  2-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ and 7/8″ x 3-5/16″
Whisper White  2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ and 5/8″ x 3″
Big Shot:  Argyle Folder #127750
Other:  SNAIL
Dimensionals
Paper Trimmer #126889

TIPS:
1.  I had a lot of trouble not getting extra ink on the card from the part of the stamp at the bottom of the trunk.  Since the tree trunk is so narrow and ink gets on the side part of the rubber, make sure and clean the excess ink off your stamp before stamping.
2.  Embossing Card Front.  Make sure the card front is facing the correct way in the Argyle embossing folder so the embossing will come out how you like it.  Fold the back of the card  behind the embossing folder.  Run through your Big Shot with both tabs open since there is an extra layer of card stock.
3.  I stamped first then trimmed around the stamped images using my Paper Trimmer.  I added 1/4″ to the measurements when cutting the Garden Green card stock.

You can find all the supplies to make this Birthday (or All Occasion) Card in My Online Store.

Happy Stamping!
Nendy 

Kathleen’s MDS Birthday Card & My Digital Studio 2 50% off sale ends tomorrow!

Tomorrow, November 28th is the last day of Online Extravaganza.  Lots of items are discounted 20% to 50% including My Digital Studio 2 (all download versions):
~Free 30 Day Trial $FREE, See what is included HERE.  Test it out today, find out you like it, and then purchase one of the versions below tomorrow, November 28, at half price.  Here is my MDS Lesson 1 – The Basics where I show you how to make a card and use all the basic functions of the program (except text-sorry I will do that in the next video).
~Basic Upgrade if you already own MDS1 now $9.98 (regular price $19.95), Software Program upgrade with no new content.
~MDS2 $19.98 (regular price $39.95), See what is included HERE.
~MDS2+ $39.98 (regular price $79.95) See what is included HERE.

I chose MDS2+ after looking through all the content and seeing what I liked and would use.  I decided I would save money on content to buy MDS2+.  Yes, I do still purchase downloads, but there is a lot of variety included in the MDS2+ Content.  All Versions have the complete Software Program so you can use all 75 of the NEW Features.

The first item in the Downloads List is a FREE Download from Stampin’ Up! this week!!  There is even a download for Hanukkah.

Here is a digital e-card I made with My Digital Studio 2+ for my daughter’s birthday which was Saturday.  I like to send a digital e-card so they really know I am thinking of them (since the “real” card is usually late).  One time I mailed my niece’s birthday card in plenty of time so I didn’t email her a digital e-card.  She emailed me and asked what happened to her digital card.  I explained that I usually only did that because the “real” card was late.  She really likes getting both!  So now I do both for all my family.  It took me about 20 minutes (and 4 versions) to come up with this card.
Kathleen MDS Birthday Card-2012MDS SUPPLIES:
Background:  Island Indigo card stock (Included)
Embellishments from the Sweet Shop Kit #129339:
candies
cake 1
cake 2
lollipop 3
pie
Stamps:  Bring on the Cake #124015-Birthday Wishes colored with Island Indigo
Punches:  Any Day Label Punch colored with Whisper White (not sure where I got this one from.  It is not included in the Digital Content list or in the Online Store.  Maybe I got it on a content disc.)
Font used on Personalized Version:  Brush Script size 20 (Included on My Computer)

You can purchase all your My Digital Studio content from My Online Store.

Have fun emailing a digital e-card you made yourself!
Nendy 

Here are this week’s New My Digital Studio Downloads.

Free For You From Us Designer Template  #132810  $FREE
Download includes:
~ 1 page decor designer template (8-1/2″ x 11″)
~ 1 piece stamp brush
~ 1 embellishment
Features:
~ Digital exclusive
~ An on-trend chalkboard-style gift tag perfect for adorning presents this year
Colors:  Basic Black, Whisper White
Free For You From Us Designer Template -- Digital Download
Reindeer Games Designer Template  #132683  $3.95
Download includes:
~ 2 page designer template (8-1/2″ x 11″)
~ 4 Piece stamp brush set
~ 2 Designer Series Papers
~ 10 punches
Features:
~ Digital exclusive
~ A fun decor piece for the holidays; hang ornaments from the reindeer’s antlers or give him a red nose
Colors:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Island Indigo, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Primrose ` Petals, Real Red
Reindeer Games Designer Template -- Digital Download

Jingle and Joy Kit  #132793  $11.95
Download includes:
~ 33-piece SVG stamp brush set (only works with MDS 2)
~ 12 Designer Series Papers
~ 19 embellishments
Features:
~ Digital Exclusive
~ A perfect kit for you December Daily album, photobook pages, card, and more; great for both winter images and Christmas-themed projects
Colors:  Basic Gray, Calypso Coral, Gumball Green, Pool Party, Poppy Parade, Very Vanilla
Jingle And Joy Kit -- Digital Download 

Ornamental Christmas Postcard Template  #132794  $2.95
Download includes:
~ Double-sided postcard designer template (3-1/2″ x 5″)
~ 9-piece stamp brush set
~ 1 Designer Series Paper
~ 2 embellishments
Features:
~ Digital-exclusive
~ An adorable card that doubles as an ornament so you can send good cheer that will hang around through the season
~ Easy to us the Ornament Framelits Dies to punch out the ornament
Colors:  Cherry Cobbler, Island Indigo, Raspberry Ripple, Real Red, Whisper White
Ornamental Christmas Postcard Template -- Digital Download 

Downloads from November 20, 2012

Sorry I didn’t post this last week.  I was busy getting ready for my daughter to come for Thanksgiving.

 Freehand Frames Overlays Stamp Brush Set – Digital Download  #132559  $3.95
Download includes:
* 4-piece SVG stamp brush set ( Note: SVG stamps won’t work with the original My Digital Studio software)
* 1 punch
Features:
* Digital-exclusive
* A gorgeous group of hand-drawn overlays to frame your photos
Freehand Frames Overlays Stamp Brush Set -- Digital Download
Hanukkah Happiness Ensemble – Digital Download  #132715  $12.95
Download includes:
* 8 double-sided designer tag templates (2-1/2″ x 4-1/4″; 3-1/4″ x 3-1/4″)
* 2 double-sided postcard designer templates: thank you and wish list (5″ x 7″; 7″ x 5″)
* 4 1-page décor designer templates (8-1/2″ x 11″)
* 35-piece SVG stamp brush set (Works only with MDS2)
* 8 Designer Series Papers
* 4 embellishments
* 1 punch
Features:
* Digital-exclusive
* A great kit to help kids get ready for Hanukkah
* Includes all they need to celebrate the festivities: a wish list, eight different tags for eight presents, a coloring page, a framable, and a thank you card
Colors:
Baja Breeze, Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy, Very Vanilla, Whisper White
Hanukkah Happiness Ensemble -- Digital Download
Waiting For Santa Ensemble – Digital Download  #132615  $12.95
Download includes:
* 2 1-page décor designer templates (8-1/2″ x 11″)
* 2 double-sided postcard designer templates: thank you and wish list (7″ x 5″)
* 2 double-sided designer tag templates (2-1/2″ x 4-1/4″; 3-1/4 x 3-1/4)
* 25-piece SVG stamp brush set*
* 6 Designer Series Papers
Features:
* Digital-exclusive
* Everything the kids need to get ready for Santa—a wish list and thank you to Santa as well as décor pieces for his treats (use the belly band to wrap around a jar or cup for the reindeer treats and a table tent for Santa’s cookies)
* A great way for kids to adorn their gifts
Colors:
Bordering Blue, Going Gray, Ruby Red, Sage Shadow, Taken with Teal, Very Vanilla, Whisper White
Waiting For Santa Ensemble -- Digital Download

Betsy’s Blooms Embossed Birthday Card

I was in the mood to do some heat embossing with my recently acquired Tempting Turquoise Embossing Powder, the Betsy’s Blooms stamp set, and my new super quiet Heat Tool.   I also used the Melon Mambo embossing powder and the Blossom Petals Builder Punch.  This was a fun card to make!  I hope you enjoy making one for yourself or a friend.
Betsy's Blossoms Embossed Birthday Card

SUPPLIES:
Stamps:  Betsy’s Blossoms w#126004  c#126006
Create a Cupcake w#121915  c#121982
Card Stock:  Tempting Turquoise
Pacific Point
Melon Mambo
Whisper White
Ink:  VersaMark
Melon Mambo
Punches:  Blossom Petals Builder #121808
2-3/8″ Scallop Circle #118874
Modern Label #119849
Work Window #119857
Embossing Powder:  Melon Mambo #123223
Tempting Turquoise #122950
Other:  Heat Tool #129053
Dimensionals
SNAIL

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Cut Tempting Turquoise card stock at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and Fold and 4-1/4″.
2.  Rub the Embossing Buddy over your card front to keep embossing powder only on inked areas.  Stamp large Blossom with VersaMark ink several times on your card front.  Generously sprinkle Tempting Turquoise embossing powder over VersaMark images.  Pour excess back into container.  Heat with Heat Tool on High until all embossing powder is melted.
3.  Stamp large Blossom with VersaMark ink on Whisper White card stock.  Generously sprinkle Melon Mambo embossing powder over VersaMark Blossom.  Pour excess back into jar.  Heat with Heat Tool on High until all embossing powder is melted.  Punch Melon Mambo flower out with 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle.
4.  Punch large Blossom Petals:  6 Pacific Point and 2 Melon Mambo.  Punch the Modern Label out of Pacific Point.
5.  Stamp sentiment in Melon Mambo on Whisper White card stock and punch out with Word Window Punch.  Layer sentiment onto Modern Label with Dimensionals.  Layer on the two Melon Mambo Blossom Petalss.
6.  Layer the 6 Pacific Point Blossom Petals under the 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle Blossom.  I used SNAIL to adhere them.
7.  Position sentiment layers and Blossom layers on card front as desired.  Adhere with Dimensionals.
8.  Admire your lovely card!

You can purchase all the supplies to make this Blossom Card from My Online Store.

Happy Stamping!
Nendy 

 

Affection Collection in Yellows

I received the Affection Collection stamp set at Convention.  I am catching up on some birthday cards.  I also like to make birthday cards in October for all the family birthdays I have through early January.  I wanted to try the Triple Time Stamping Technique again.  It just amazes me how quick it is and how wonderful it looks!
Affection Collection Triple Triple Time Stamping

SUPPLIES:
Stamps:  Affection Collection w#127946 c#127949
Artistic Etchings (key) w#118517 c#120573
Create-a-Cupcake (Happy Birthday) w#121915  c#121982
Card Stock:  Whisper White
Daffodil Delight
Ink:  Summer Starfruit
Daffodil Delight
Punches:  Word Window #119857
Modern Label #119849

Whisper White Measurements:
2″ x 3-1/4″
3″ x 4-1/4″
4″ x 5-1/4″
Daffodil Delight Measurements:
2-1/4″ x 3-1/2″
3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″
5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ score & fold at 4-1/4″ for card base.

TIPS:
1.  Remember to lightly adhere the white layers together before stamping.  Otherwise you end up holding the layers in place which can be difficult.  (I found out the hard way.)
2.  Stamp the focal image from Affection Collection with Summer Starfruit ink in the center.  I decided that next time I will use my Stamp-a-ma-jig.  Stamp the corner design in Summer Starfruit ink and the Artistic Etchings Key in Daffodil Delight.
3.  Layer the Daffodil Delight and Whisper White layers together using SNAIL and making sure the designs match up as you are layering.
4.  Stamp the Affection Collection focal image in Summer Starfruit ink on a scrap of Daffodil Delight card stock.  Punch it out with the Modern Label punch, centering the design.  Stamp Happy Birthday in Summer Starfruit ink on Whisper White card stock.  Punch out with the Word Window punch.  Layer onto the Modern Label with Dimensionals.  Then layer onto the main focal point with Dimensionals.
5.  Admire your bright and cheery Triple Time Birthday Card!

Experiment with different colors and stamp sets and use for any occasion!

You can purchase all the supplies to make your own Triple Time Stamping Card at My Online Store.

Happy Stamping!
Nendy

 

Open Sea Triple Time Stamping Card

I made this fun Birthday Card for my DH earlier this month.  I watched Dawn Olchefske’s Triple Time Stamping video and knew I wanted to make this card.  It took less than 10 minutes to make!  Just cut your card stock:  a neutral or lighter color and a darker color.  Center the lighter color pieces on top of each other.  Stamp on top of all layers.  Layer in the darker card stock and you are done!  You have a wonderful card in less than 10 minutes!
Open Sea Triple Time Stamping Card

SUPPLIES & MEASUREMENTS:
Stamps:  The Open Sea w#123030 c#123032
Ink:  Gumball Green
Always Artichoke
Card Stock:  Whisper White
Gumball Green

Whisper White Measurements:
2″ x 3-1/4″
3″ x 4-1/4″
4″ x 5-1/4″
Gumball Green Measurements:
2-1/4″ x 3-1/2″
3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″
5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ score & fold at 4-1/4″ for card base.

Experiment with different colors and stamp sets and use for any occasion!

You can purchase all the supplies to make your own Triple Time Stamping Card at My Online Store.

Happy Stamping!
Nendy

MDS Happy Birthday Balloons & Cupcake!

Hello Stampers!  This has been a busy week for me.  I hope you have enjoyed Wednesday’s Candy Wrapper video.  My son’s birthday was yesterday.  Here is the My Digital Studio Birthday card I emailed him.  I also mailed him a card.  I did color the sentiment stamp and the candle using the Coloring Tool.  I drew the Balloon Strings using the new FreeForm feature.  I typed in his name with a font on my computer (Text).  Have fun playing with My Digital Studio Today!

Here is the generic version
Nathan 2012 MDS Birthday cardMY DIGITAL STUDIO SUPPLIES:
My Digital Studio:  Free Trial  OR  MDS2
Stamps:
   Big Bold Birthday #118833
Cake & Ice Cream #130867
Papers:  Sweet Details #125744
Punch:  Get It Done Kit #129924
Freeform:  Balloon Strings
Drop Shadows:  75%, medium

Here is the Personalized Version
Nathan 2012 MDS Birthday card-Personalized
You can get the 30-Day FREE Trial or purchase My Digital Studio and these downloads at my Online Store.

Happy Digital Stamping!
Nendy 

Snowflake & Stripes

Since it is so hot here I thought I could at least cool things down a bit with a big Snowflake.  As I looked for a paper to go with it I found this nice Stripe in the Comfort Cafe papers.  Just fluff up the Snowflake after you put it together.
Snowflakes & Stripes

SUPPLIES:
Stamps:   Itty Bitty Banners  w#126255  c#126257
Ink:  Midnight Muse
Card Stock:  Whisper White
Comfort Cafe Designer Series Paper #126898
Big Shot:  Bitty Banners Framelits #129267
Snow Flurry Bigz Die #127813 (Holiday Catalog)
Other:  SNAIL Adhesive
Dimensionals
Large Pearl #125577

You can buy all the supplies to make this card from My Online Store.

Happy Stamping!
Nendy

Floral District Birthday card

This fun Birthday card was chosen as a favorite by my customers.  It uses the Decorate a Daisy stamp set (w#125989 c#125991), Curly Cute stamp set (w#117014 c#120510), Floral District Designer Series Paper (#126919), 3/8″ Raspberry Ripple Stitched Satin Ribbon (#126845), 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle punch (#118874), Fancy Flower Punch (#118073), 1″ Circle punch (#119868).  I rounded the ends of the sentiment label with a circle punch.  I colored the edges of the Scallop Circle and sentiment by dragging them across my Daffodil Delight ink pad.  The Daisy is stamped in Rich Razzleberry ink and punched with the Fancy Flower punch.
Floral District Birthday

You can purchase all the products to make this card at My Online Stampin’ Up! Store.

Happy Stamping!
Nendy 

Manly Midnight Birthday Card

This fun Birthday card was made with the Comfort Cafe Designer Series Paper (#126898), Midnight Muse and Whisper White card stocks, Midnight Muse ink (126860), Bring on the Cake stamp set (w#121899 c#121958), Apothecary Accents Framelits (#127003), Essentials Paper Piercing Pack (#126187), Pierce Mat (#126199), Paper Piercing Tool (#126189), Two Square Punches (I think I used the 1″ Square #124094 and 1-1/4″ Square #119865) which I cut in half and used for the corners, and last of all 3/16″ Neutrals Brads (#119736).
Manly Birthday

You can purchase all the products to make this card at My Online Stampin’ Up! Store.

Happy Stamping!
Nendy 

 

International Birthday

I am really enjoying the variety of patterns in the International Bazaar Designer Series Paper!  I reproduced the flower pattern in the paper with Scallop Circle Punches.
International Birthday

International BirthdaySUPPLIES:
Stamps: Layered Labels w#127070  c#1270722
Teeny Tiny Wishes w#115370  c#127802
Ink:  Early Espresso #126974
Lucky Limeade #126984
Pacific Point #126951
Designer Series Paper:  International Bazaar #126920
Card Stock:  Pacific Point #111350
Daffodil Delight #119683
Tangerine Tango #111349
Very Vanilla #101650
Big Shot:  Apothecary Accents Framelits #127003
Punches:  2-3/8″ Scallop Circle #118874
1-3/4″ Scallop Circle #119854
1″ Circle #119868
Large Oval #119855
Smaller Oval (retired)
1/2″ Circle 119869
Other:  Paper Trimmer or1 Scissors
Dazzling Details 124117
SNAIL
Dimensionals

DIRECTIONS:
1.  Cut Very Vanilla card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  Cut International Bazaar paper at 5-1/2″ x 12″.  From this strip cut a 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ piece and a 5-1/4″ x 4″ piece.  Adhere the 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ piece to the card base with the brown pattern facing up.  Adhere the 5-1/4″ x 4″ piece with the flower pattern facing up.
3.  Make the punch flower.  Punch the Large Scallop Circle from Pacific Point card stock and the smaller Scallop Circle from Daffodil Delight card stock.  Cut and punch as in the above photo.  Adhere flower parts with SNAIL. Lay on card front.
4.  Sentiment Label.  Stamp 2 times:  Early Espresso ink, and Lucky Limeade ink.  Stamp the Teeny Tiny Wishes sentiment in Pacific Point ink.  Cut the Early Espresso image with your Big Shot and the Apothecary Accents Framelit.  Punch the large Oval from the Lucky Limeade image.  Punch the smaller Oval from the Pacific Point image.  Adhere all layers with Dimensionals.
5.  Lay out sentiment label and punched flower in desired positions.  Adhere with Dimensionals.  Now add Dazzling Details as desired.  Set aside to dry for at least 30 minutes.  Next time I think I will use either Pearls or Rhinestones instead of the Dazzling Details.
6.  Admire your unique card!

You can purchase all the supplies to make this card from My Online Stampin’ Up! Store!

Happy Stamping and punching!
Nendy

MDS Flower Birthday card

Do you like flowers on your cards?  Here is a beautiful card with My Digital Studio and digital paper flowers.
Megan's Flower Birthday card SUPPLIES-All Digital/Downloads:
My Digital Studio #118108, OR My Digital Studio Express #124483
Textured Card Stock #120168
Soft Blooms #130080
My Way Punch (I know I downloaded it, but I can’t find the number!)
Basic Pearls and Rhinestones #124330
Well Scripted Stamp Brush set #121064

You can find all the Digital Supplies to make this project in My Online Stampin’ Up! Store.

Happy Digital Stamping!
Nendy

Day of Gratitude Summer Flower

Day of Gratitude has been a favorite stamp set of mine since it came out.  Here is a Summer version.  I used the large single leaf to make a flower.
Day of Gratitude Flower

SUPPLIES:
Stamps:
  Day of Gratitude  w#120835  c#121148

Bring On the Cake  w#121899  c#121958 
Ink:  Gumball Green  #126861
Marina Mist #126962
Card Stock:  Gumball Green #126840
Marina Mist #119682
Whisper White #100730
Punches:  2-3/8″ Scallop Circle  #118874
Blossom Petals Builder #121808
Other:  Brights Glimmer Brads #121006
SNAIL #104332  Refill #104331
Dimensionals #104430
Paper Piercing Tool #126189
Stampin’ Pierce Mat #126199
Paper Snips #103579 for cutting out the “Flower”
Craft Scissors #108360 for cutting the long straight lines of the Triangles.
Post-It-Notes

DIRECTIONS:
1.
  Stamp the
Day of Gratitude branch of leaves so they form a triangle shape.  Use Gumball Green Ink and Whisper White card stock.  Cut around the leaves into a triangle shape.  Trim the corners slightly and punch by inserting the card stock corner in through the top of the larges flower in the Blossom Petals Builder Punch.  Repeat with the other 2 corners in the triangle.  Cut a piece of Marina Mist card stock slightly larger than the White Triangle.  Trim and punch the corners to match the Whisper White card stock triangle.
2.  Stamp five Day of Gratitude single leaves in Marina Mist ink on Whisper White card stock.  Cut out and trim off the stem.  Place the cut out leaves in a circle so one side is on top of the next flower and the other side is under the flower.  Adhere with SNAIL.  Poke a hole through the center of the flower with the Paper Piercing Tool.  Insert Glimmer Brad.  Put Dimensional on the back of the Flower and place in center of the stamped leaves.  Adhere the two triangles together with Dimensionals.
3.  Stamp Birthday sentiment on Whisper White card stock with Marina Mist ink.  Punch so the sentiment is in the lower half of the Scallop Circle.  Attach the punched sentiment to the Post-It-Note and insert into punch.  Line up the scallops at the side and trim off the top so it forms an oval scallop.
4.  Place the Triangle and the sentiment in the desired positions on the Gumball Green card base.  Adhere the Triangles with SNAIL.  Adhere the sentiment with Dimensional. 
5.  Admire your unique card!

You can obtain all the supplies for this project from My Online Stampin’ Up! Store.

Happy Stamping!
Nendy