Magical Day Castle Card

We made this fun Magical Day Castle Card at Stamp Class this month.  It was a favorite with everyone.  It is easy, but takes some time to put together.  Thank goodness for matching Thinlits to cut things out!
Magical Day Castle Card

SUPPLIES:
*Bundle:  Magical Day rubber stamps + Magical Mates Framelits.  Wood Mount Bundle #145984, Clear Mount Bundle #145985
Stamps:
  *Magical Day  Wood Mount #145854, Clear Mount #145857
Ink:  Memento Black
Crumb Cake
Blends Markers:  Old Olive Combo Pack #144597
Smoky Slate Combo Pack #145058
Night of Navy Combo Pack #144040
Daffodil Delight Combo Pack #144603
Pumpkin Pie Dark #144577
Pink Pirouette Dark #144592
Rich Razzleberry Light #144584
Cardstock:  Whisper White
Sahara Sand
Basic Black
Old Olive
Big Shot:Magical Mates Framelits #145660  *
Brick Wall Embossing Folder #138288
Lots of Labels Framelits #138281
Adhesives:
  Tombow Glue
Stampin’ Dimensionals
Tools:  Paper Snips
Stamp-a-ma-jig #101049

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Cut:
~Sahara Sand card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
~Sahara Sand card front at 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.
~Old Olive grass at 1/2″ x 5-1/2″
2.  Big Shot:
~Stamp your sentiment in Memento Black ink on Whisper White cardstock.  Cut your sentiment out with the coordinating Framelit.
~Cut out the shapes from Whisper White cardstock and a contrasting color cardstock (place them on top of each other and cut at the same time) for the Dragon, Knight, Mermaid, and flame.  That’s right, do not stamp them yet.
3. Stamp & Die Cut Technique-Watch the Video:
~Place your White die cuts in the shapes of the contrasting color cardstock shapes.  The contrasting color cardstock makes it easier to see exactly where you need to stamp.
~Get out your Stamp-a-ma-jig.  Stamp an image in each corner using the T-Handle and the imaging sheet.  Make sure and use Memento ink or Classic ink.  Archival or permanent ink will ruin your Imaging Sheet.
~Get out the stamp you want and ink it with Memento ink.  Line up the imaging sheet stamp with the cardstock shape.  Remove imaging sheet and stamp.  Repeat with the other die cuts.
4.  You can either leave the die cuts in the contrasting cardstock or remove them for coloring.  Put a sheet or two of paper underneath to protect your work surface from bleeding colors.  Color with Blends Markers.  Shade as desired by coloring some of the Dark Marker along one side, then color with the light Marker over the whole area until no line shows.
Dragon
~Dragon-green parts:
-Chest & neck-Old Olive Light
-Chest scales-Old Olive Dark
~Head-two coats of Old Olive Light (watch out and don’t color the eye like I did)
~Dragon-Blue parts:
-Leg, hands, wing-Night of Navy Light
~Scales on back, tail, leg-Night of Navy Dark
Knight
~Armor, Helmet, Sword
-Use Smoky Slate Dark to color along the left side of the armor parts.
-Now color the armor parts with Smoky Slate Light swirling the Marker over the Dark part until it is blended in.
~Shield
–Use Old Olive and Night of Navy Markers.
~Feathers:
-Use Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight Markers
Flame:  Use Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie Markers
Princess/Mermaid
~Cut off the tail where it starts to curve up.
~Hair-I colored alternate strands with the Daffodil Delight Dark, then blended and finished coloring with the Daffodil Delight Light.
~I added the top and sleeves to her ‘dress’ with Rich Razzleberry Light.
~Pink Pirouette was used for the rest of the ‘dress’.
The coloring is done!
5.  Brick Wall
~Get your Brick Wall embossing folder.  Find the side where the brick dividers are raised (poke up).  Rub your Crumb Cake ink pad over the top of all those lines that poke up.  Let the ink pad also lightly cover parts of the ‘bricks’ so they will look more realistic and distressed.
~Put your Sahara Sand card front on the uninked side of the embossing folder and line it up how you want it.  Close the folder, holding the paper in place.  Now run through your Big Shot.  Open up and see your distressed bricks!
6.  Putting it all together.
~Glue your sentiment to Basic Black cardstock and cut out a mat for it.
~Look at your Brick card front and decide which will be the top and bottom.
~Glue your Old Olive grass to the bottom.
~Lay your Princess on the Black Label.  Cut off the Princess and the window where desired.  Now glue on your Princess since the pesky tail is gone.
~Lay out all your pieces and decide where you want them.
~Glue on the Dragon, Knight, Flame, and Princess in the window.
~Attach your sentiment with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
~Now glue your card front onto your card base.
Whew! Your card is finished!

Find all your Magical Card-Making supplies in My Online Store.  Place an order with me as your Demonstrator and get a FREE Tutorial for two cards with the same stamp set!

Magical Stamp & Die Cut Technique Video

Do you get frustrated after spending time stamping and coloring your image only to have the die slip in your Big Shot so your beautiful image is ruined?  Try out this Magical Stamp & Die Cut Technique!  You will be much happier with the results.  So grab your Stamp-a-ma-jig and test it out!  I have tried this with my Stampapratus, and it is easier to get great results with the Stamp-a-ma-jig.  The Castle Card with the images shown will be posted on Friday.

This video is 6-1/2 minutes long.

TIPS:
Stamp-a-ma-jig #101049
Magical Day:
Bundle=Stamps + Framelits:  Wood Mount Bundle #145984, Clear Mount Bundle #145985, Wood Mount Stamps #145854Clear Mount Stamps #145857Magical Mates Framelits #145660
1.
  Cut your images from a piece of medium to darker colored cardstock to make you Template.  Colored cardstock shows the Whisper White images you will be stamping much better.
2.  Stamp on the smooth side of your Imaging Sheet.  Use ONLY Memento Tuxedo Black and Classic Stampin’ Pads.  Archival and StazOn inks will stain and damage your Imaging Sheet.
3.  Remember to position the Imaging Sheet right in the corner of the T-Handle with the sides also lined up.  Sometimes part of the Imaging Sheet may sneak under the T-Handle.  Make sure to correct this before you stamp.
4.  Put your stamp block (wood or clear) firmly in the corner of the T-Handle, lining up the sides.  Stamp straight down, then pull straight up to get a good image.  Your stamping on the Imaging Sheet does not have to be perfect.
5.  It helps to ink your stamp, lay it on the ink pad, then position your Imaging Sheet and your T-Handle over the Whisper White die cut.  Without moving the T-Handle, remove the Imaging Sheet, position your stamp in the T-Handle, then stamp straight down.  Smaller die cuts may stick to the stamp.  Just gently peel them off.

Get Your Stamp-a-ma-jig, Stamps, and Framelits from My Online Store.

Celebrate Gold Shaker Card

This is the Celebrate Gold Shaker Card I made for my birthday.  I really wanted to use the gold flakes and the gold Bundle of Love DSP.
Gold Heart Shaker Card Birthday

SUPPLIES:
Cardstock:  Bundle of Love Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP)#144143
Thick Very Vanilla
Elegant Eggplant
Window Sheet #142314
Big Shot:  Celebrate You Thinlits #146840
Sweetheart Embossing Folder #143705
Sweet & Sassy Framelits #141707
Embellishments:  Gold Glitter Flakes #146816
Adhesives:  Fast Fuse or SNAIL
Foam Adhesive Strips #141825
Tombow Glue

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Cut your Thick Very Vanilla card base at 5-12″ x 8-1/2″.  SCORE and fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  Cut your patterned paper at 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Run through your Big Shot with the Sweethear embossing folder.  Use the coordinating Sweet & Sassy Heart Framelit to cut out the center heart.  While at your Big Shot, cut out the Celebrate from Elegant Eggplant cardstock.  Glue onto the bottom of the DSP.
3.  Cut a Window Sheet at 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″.  Attach to the back of your DSP Heart cut out with SNAIL around all four sides.
4.  Attach Foam Adhesive Strips on the DSP back about 1/8″ from the edge of the Heart cut out.  Make sure there are NO gaps in the Foam Adhesive Strip otherwise the Gold Flakes will escape and get everywhere!  Also put the Foam Adhesive Strips around the edge of the card.
NOTE:  If you do not want the Gold Glitter Flakes to stick to the inside of the Foam Adhesive Strips,  either run your fingers along the adhesive sides or run your Embossing Buddy along the sides to remove the sticky there.  I personally like the Gold around the Heart edges so I didn’t do this.
5.  Lay your DSP on your card base to determine where to put your pile of Gold Glitter Flakes.  Remove the DSP.  Put your Gold Glitter Flakes on the card base in the center of where the Heart will cover.  Remove the Adhesive backing and put on your card base.  Press firmly.  Now you can “test” out to see if the Shaker Card works.  🙂
Your card is finished.
6.  Envelope options:  Use the Embossing folder on the envelope flap.

Get all your Birthday Card Making supplies from My Online Store.

January Stamp Class Cards

Here are the cards we made at my Stamp Class last Friday.  I am taking today off hanging out with my son who just returned from almost 8 years in Germany.

January Stamp Class Cards-1

The Tarnished Foil Technique Card is one of the projects I did for my Creative Techniques Corner subscribers.  Click HERE for more details.

The next card used the Love You Still and Banners for You stamp sets.  We did the coloring with the Blends Markers.

January Stamp Class cards 2

We tested out my NEW Stamparatus for both these cards.  You can order yours in June.

The Party Pandas looked best with 2-3 layers of ink which was super easy to do with the Stamparatus.  I also used the Color Theory Designer Series Paper for the Bamboo stalks and the leaves are from the Everyday Jars Framelits.

The Lovely Wishes card also used the Stamparatus.  We placed the two flower and leaf stamps on one side, then stamped, then rotated the card front and stamped again.  We also lined up the Happy Wishes stamps in the Stamparatus and stamped it.  We again colored with Blends Markers.

Contact me if you have any questions.

Happy Card Making!

Dynamic Embossed Envelope Video

You can send your Handmade card in a wonderful Dynamic Embossed Envelope, then the receiver will KNOW there is something special for them inside.  This is a quick and easy technique that will add a WOW to your envelope.

This Video is 2 minutes and 41 seconds long.

SUPPLIES:
Choose an Envelope:
~Medium Whisper White #107301
~Whisper White 3″ x 3″  #145829
~Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes  #131527
~Very Vanilla Medium Envelopes #107300
~Very Vanilla Note Cards & Envelopes  #144236
Big Shot  #143263  Comes with Big Shot Platform and Standard Cutting Pads/Plates.  Expensive, but it really is a wonderful tool that can add a lot of fun to your projects!
Choose a Dynamic Embossing Folder:
~Cable Knit #143537
~Hexagon #143231
~Layered Leaves #143704
~Pinewood Planks #143708
~Ruffled #143699

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Get out your Big Shot.
2.  Choose an envelope and a Dynamic Embossing Folder.
3.  Choose where to position your envelope flap.  Fold 1/8″ onto the front so your envelope flap will be embossed all the way to the original fold line.
4.  Sandwich for Dynamic Embossing Folders:
~Platform:  Big Shot Platform-remove Thin Die Adapter.  Multipurpose Platform-Open top tab
~Dynamic Embossing Folder with Envelope (or cardstock)
~Top Cutting pad/plate.  Skip the bottom cutting plate as it will make the sandwich too thick to put through your Big Shot.
5.  Run your envelope sandwich through your Big Shot.  Open and see how amazing your envelope flap looks!
6.  Refold the original fold line.  Insert card and give away or mail.

Want to make your envelopes Dynamic?  Get the supplies at My Online Store.

Cat Punch Video

The Cat Punch is very popular this Fall.  Here is a video with some tips on using it.

This Video is 4 minutes and 20 seconds long.

VIDEO SUPPLIES:
Spooky Cat Stamps & Cat Punch Bundle #146014  (Save 10%)
Cat Punch #144666
Spooky Cat Photopolymer stamp set #144749
Spooky Night Designer Series Paper #144610

Get these supplies to make your OWN Cat projects at My Online Store.

Hexagon Happy Birthday Card

This Hexagon Happy Birthday Card is for my son-in-law’s birthday which is coming up!  He may even get it BEFORE his birthday!!  He is an Optical Engineer and will appreciate the dimensional look of the Hexagon embossing folder.  The “Ink on your Embossing Folder” Technique is a fun one to play with.  You can get different looks depending which side of the embossing folder you put the ink.
Hexagon Birthday Card

SUPPLIES:
Stamps:  Window Shopping   Wood Mount #142920, Clear Mount #143265
Sweet Cupcake  Photopolymer #141498
Inks:  Dapper Denim
Tranquil Tide
Card Stock:  Tranquil Tide
Dapper Denim
Whisper White
Big Shot:  Hexagon Dynamic embossing folder #143231
Other:  2016-2018 In Color Glitter Acrylic Shapes  #144218
Pacific Point 1/4″ Stitched-Edge Ribbon  #144199
Tombow Glue
Stampin’ Dimensionals

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Cut your Dapper Denim card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  Cut your Tranquil Tide card front at 4″ x 5-1/4″.
~Open your Embossing Folder.  Feel the inside.  The side without the Sizzix and Stampin’ Up! logos is more flat.  Run your Dapper Denim ink pad over this side on the inside.  Place your Tranquil Tide card stock in the folder on the clean side.  Close your folder.
~Run through your Big Shot using the following sandwich:  Big Shot Platform (Or Multipurpose Platform with Tab 1 closed), Embossing Folder with card stock inside, cutting plate.  (Yes, only use a cutting plate on the top, otherwise the sandwich is too thick to go through your Big Shot.)
~Take your card stock out.
~Clean your embossing folder under running water.  Set aside to dry.
~Glue your Embossed and colored card front to your card base.
3.  Cut a piece of Whisper White at 2-1/2″ x 3-1/4″.
~Stamp in Dapper Denim ink using the words from the Window Shopping stamp set (leaving at least 1/4″ blank at the bottom for the ribbon) and the Sprinkles from the Sweet Cupcake stamp set.
~Cut your Ribbon at 3-1/4″ and glue to the bottom edge.
~Attach your Acrylic Star or other shape with Tombow Glue.
~Attach your Happy Birthday layer to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Enjoy making this card for a variety of occasions and in a variety of colors.  Get all the supplies you need from My Online Store:  nendykerr.stampinup.net    Click Shop NOW.

Eastern Beauty Stamped Background Card

This card features a Stamped Background using the Eastern Beauty stamp set available May 1st as part of the Eastern Palace Starter and Premier Bundles.  You can choose any two or three stamps and the same number of ink colors to make your Stamped Background.  You can stamp in a pattern as shown.  Or stamp randomly with stamped images overlapping.
Eastern Beauty Stamped Background CardThe next few weeks will feature cards made with the Premier Bundle and a few other supplies I could fit in my suitcase as I am at my parents’ house helping out.  My Dad has been in the hospital and was moved to rehab last night.  Yes, I actually made this card this morning with not nearly enough sleep.  I think it turned out pretty well.

SUPPLIES:
Stamps:  Eastern Beauty Photopolymer #143675
Inks:  Fresh Fig
Tranquil Tide
Lemon Lime Twist
Card Stock:  Thick Whisper White card base
Tranquil Tide from the Eastern Palace Card Stock Pack #144148
Whisper White
Punch:  Classic Label #141491
Other:  Stamping Sponge
Fast Fuse or SNAIL
Stampin’ Dimensionals

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Cut your card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.  I used Thick Whisper White to conserve my colored card stock.
2.  Cut your Tranquil Tide card front layer at 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.  Attach to card base.
3.  Cut your Whisper White at 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Choose your Three stamps and three ink colors.  I used Tranquil Tide ink for the curvy square stamp, Fresh Fig for the larger flower stamp, and Lemon Lime Twist for the small center flower.
~Stamp your center stamp first-Curvy Square
~Now stamp your large Flower stamp on each side of the Curvy Square.
~Stamp the Curvy Square in the corners.
~Stamp the small flower in the center of the Curvy Squares and the large Flowers.
NOTE:  You can stamp your greeting in the center Curvy Square if desired.  I didn’t think about doing that until after I was finished stamping.
Your Background is finished.
4.  The stamp I used comes curved.  Straighten it out on a clear block, then stamp.  I used Tranquil Tide ink.
~Punch out with the Classic Label Punch.
~Sponge around the edges with Fresh Fig ink.
~Attach to card front with half Stampin’ Dimensionals.
NOTE:  I did not bring any sponges with me so I used some Kleenex wrapped around my finger to sponge the edges.  While this may seem cheaper, using a Kleenex instead of a sponge is harder to get the sponging effect I want.  The Kleenex also crumbles and removing the crumbles leaves ink smears.  Just so you know.  At least I remembered my Stamp Blocks this time.

You can get the Eastern Palace Bundles starting May 1st.
      

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Tasty Treats Birthday Shaker Card

This fun Birthday Shaker Card can use any patterned paper or stamps to fit what the Birthday Girl or Boy (Woman or Man) likes.  I used the Tasty Treat paper along with the Cool Treat Bundle.  You can choose sequins or small punched shapes to shake in your card.
Tasty Treats Ice Cream Birthday Shaker CardSUPPLIES:
Bundle #145181:  Cool Treats Photopolymer stamp set + Frozen Treats Framelits (available until May 31, 2017)
Stamps:  Cool Treats Photopolymer #142982
Inks:  Flirty Flamingo
Watermelon Wonder
Card Stock:  Flirty Flamingo
Whisper White
Crumb Cake
Tasty Treats Designer Series Paper (12×12) #142770
Window Sheets (12×12) #142314
Big Shot:  Frozen Treats Framelits #142756
Lots of Labels Framelits #138281
Punch:  Banner Triple #138292
Other:  Sprinkles Embellishments #142741
Embossing Buddy #103083
Adhesives:  Foam Adhesive Strips #141825
Tombow Glue + Sponge Wedge + Silicone Craft Sheet
Glue Dots

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Cut your Flirty Flamingo card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  Choose the two Framelits you will use as your cut out and frame.
3.  Cut your Card front pieces:
~Whisper White at 4″ x 5-1/4″.
~Patterned Paper at 4″ x 5-1/4″. Cut out the window using the smaller Framelit.
~Window Sheet at 3-3/4″ x 5″
~Flirty Flamingo Window Frame:  Put both Framelits on the card stock on your Big Shot Platform.  Make sure the card stock showing between them is even.  Cut.
~Stamp your Ice Cream with Flirty Flamingo ink on Whisper White card stock with the solid Ice Cream stamps.  Stamp the Ice Cream layers with Watermelon Wonder ink on the solid Ice Cream piece.  Cut out with the coordinating Ice Cream Framelit.
~Cut out both the solid and the detailed Thinlit Ice Cream cone pieces from Crumb Cake card stock.  Attach together with Tombow Glue and sponge wedge on your Silicone Craft Sheet.  Glue the Ice Cream to the top.
~Stamp Happiest Birthday or other words in Watermelon Wonder ink on a Whisper White card stock strip.  Punch the end with the Banner Triple Punch.
4.  Assemble Card Front.
~Glue the Flirty Flamingo Frame around the Window on your patterned paper using Tombow Glue because it has a little wiggle room so you can use your fingers in the window hole to line up both pieces.
~Glue the Window Sheet on the back of the card front.  You just need glue around the edges of the Window Sheet.
~Attach the Happiest Birthday Banner with the adhesive of your choice.
~Attach the Ice Cream Cone with half Stampin’ Dimensionals
5.  Make the Shaker Card.
~Put your Foam Adhesive strips on the back of your card front within about 1/4″ from the window cut-out making sure there are no small gaps for your Sprinkles to escape through.  Rub the part of the Foam Adhesive Strip that is in the center where the sprinkles will be with your Embossing Buddy to remove all the sticky from the sides.  This will help prevent your Sprinkles from sticking to the Foam.  If you look closely, you can see I forgot this step.
~Also put some Foam Adhesive Strips about 1/4″ from the edge of the back side of the card front.
~Optional: Line up the Whisper White 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece with the completed card front to get an idea of where to place some of the Sprinkles with Glue Dots.   Attach a few Sprinkles on the Whisper White piece with Glue Dots.  Cut away the excess Glue Dot that sticks out beyone the Sprinkle if you want a smaller glob of Sprinkles to collect on the Glue Dot.  I just left the Glue Dot as is of all but one of the added Sprinkles.
~Put the desired amount of Sprinkles on the back of the card front inside the Foam Window.  Match up the sides of the Whisper White piece and the card front and attach.
~Attach your Shaker card front to your card base.
6.  Yippee!  You are finished!

Enjoy making your own version of this Shaker Card.  You can buy all the supplies in My Online Store 24/7.

Color Inside the Lines with Watercolor Pencils

Here is a sneak peek using NEW products from both the 2017 Occasions Catalog and the 2017 Sale-a-bration Catalog.  Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper is great for coloring using the NEW Watercolor Pencils and an Aqua Painter.  The Catalog pdfs will be posted on my blog on January 4, 2017 per Stampin’ Up! Rules.
Color Inside the Lines with Watercolor PencilsSUPPLIES:
*=2017 Occasions Catalog January 4-May 31, 2017
**=2017 Sale-a-bration Catalog January 4-March 31, 2017
*Watercolor Pencils  #141709
**Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper #143830
Aqua Painter #103594
Old Olive card stock
Tear & Tape Adhesive #138995

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Cut your Inside the Lines paper at 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Make sure the design is going the direction you want for your Landscape or Portrait card.
2.  Use the Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, and Early Espresso Watercolor Pencils to color the leaves.  Choose any colors you want depending on the paper you chose.
~Large Dark Green Leaves:  Old Olive Watercolor Pencil.  Color really dark around the edges of each leaf.  Color the center of each leaf so there is very little white paper showing through.  Color the center vein Daffodil Delight.
~Rest of Leaves:  Color with both the Daffodil Delight and Old Olive Watercolor Pencils in varying shades of the Daffodil Delight and Old Olive.  Some I colored with the Daffodil first, others with the Old Olive first, then layered the other color on top.
~Tree Trunks:  Early Espresso Watercolor Pencil
3.  Color each leaf and tree trunk with your Aqua Painter using just the wet brush tip without squeezing much while you are coloring.  Clean your brush tip when changing to a different color.
NOTE:  You can use a Blender Pen instead of the Aqua Painter.  You can also just leave the Watercolor Pencil coloring alone without doing anything to it.
4.  Let dry.
5.  Straighten out the paper with your Bone Folder.
6.  Cut your Old Olive card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
7.  Put Tear & Tape on the back of your watercolored paper.  Attach paper to card base.

Happy Watercoloring!

Gift: Copper Pinecone Necklace

When I first saw the Mini Pinecones I saw necklaces!  I made four Copper Pinecone Necklaces as Christmas Gifts for my Granddaughters.  Each one takes 25-30 mintues to make.  Stampin’ Up! has such beautiful metal embellishments.  If they have an opening large enough for a Jump Ring you can make a necklace or bracelet with them.
Pinecone necklacePinecone Necklace-Close upSUPPLIES:
Mini Pinecones (24) #141990
From Your Local Craft Store Jewelry Making Department
Copper chain for each necklace
Copper jump rings -at least 24 for each necklace
Small needlenose pliers
Pinecone Necklace SuppliesINSTRUCTIONS:
NOTE:  The hardest part is working with the small jump rings.  When you open the jump ring do not pull it open and make the circle larger.  Move one end of the jump ring back so the circle stays the same size.  Then all you have to do is flatten it out with your needlenose pliers.
1.  Open the Jump Ring moving one end back.
2.  Put the Pinecone on the Jump Ring.
3.  Use your Needlenose Pliers to close the Jump Ring.
4.  Slide the Pinecone and Jump Ring onto your Necklace Chain.
5.  Repeat until you have as many Pinecones on your necklace as you want.  I used all 24 in the package on one necklace.
Please email me if you have any questions.

Have fun turning metal embellishments like the Mini Pinecones into jewelry!

Thoughtful Branches Four Seasons Card

I have been wanting to make a Four Seasons card with the Thoughtful Branches Bundle.  I got this Thoughtful Branches Bundle idea from Daniela Astor.  As usual I tweaked it and made it my own.  It took me about 1 hour to make this card, but it can be displayed all year long.  Yes, it fits in a medium Stampin’ Up! envelope so you can mail it!
Thoughtful Branches Four Seasons Card

This Thoughtful Branches Bundle is only available until August 31, 2016 so get yours now!  If you buy it from me I will email you a FREE document with lots of ideas I have gleaned from the web.

SUPPLIES:
Bundle:  Thoughtful Branches stamp set + Beautiful Branches Thinlits  #144328
Stamps:  Date It Photopolymer #141563
Ink:  Memento Black
Garden Green
Daffodil Delight
Card Stock:  Marina Mist
Soft Sky
Soft Suede
Early Espresso
Whisper White
Emerald Envy
Always Artichoke
Delightful Dijon
Cajun Craze
Big Shot:  Beautiful Branches Thinlits from Bundle
Softly Falling Embossing Folder #139672
Adhesives:  Tombow Glue or Fine Tip Glue Pen
Fast Fuse or SNAIL

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Cut:
~Marina Mist card base:  4-1/4″ x 11″.  Score and fold at 2-1/2″ and 5-1/2″.
~Soft Sky:  2-1/4″ x 4″ for Spring, 2-3/4″ x 4″ for Summer, 4″ x 5-1/4″ for Autumn and Winter.
~Soft Suede and Early Espresso card stock:  Cut two full trees each
~Tree Leaves:  Cut one each: Emerald Envy, Always Artichoke, Delightful Dijon, Cajun Craze.
~Small individual Leaves:  Cut one each in Cajun Craze and Delightful Dijon
~Stamp and Cut.  Stamp Tree Leaves on Whisper White Twice – once in Garden Green ink and once in Daffodil Delight ink.  Cut out with the Tree Leave Framlit.
~Cut 7 apples from Real Red card stock.
2.  Stamp your Season names on the Soft Sky card stock about 1/4″ from the bottom (or top).  It is easy to center your stamping with the Photopolymer stamps.
-2-1/4″ x 4″ for Spring,
~2-3/4″ x 4″ for Summer,
~4″ x 5-1/4″ for Autumn and Winter.  Lay out your Autumn Tree with the 3 Tree Leaves and stamp Autumn in the center under the tree.  Stamp Winter centered in the small space left.  Put your Winter side in the Softly Falling embossing Folder with the Autumn side sticking out and run through your Big Shot.  It does not matter if part of the snow is on the Autumn part of the card stock.
3.  Attach your Soft Sky pieces to your card base in the coordinating sections.
4.  Spring.  Attach a Soft Suede Tree to the Spring section not adding glue to about 1/2″ on each side of the branches so you do not glue the card open.  😉  Attach the Garden Green stamped and cut Tree Leaves.  Cut 5 “flowers” from the Daffodil Delight Stamped and cut Tree leaves.  Glue The Tree Leaves on not adding glue to the 1/2″ on each side.
5.  Summer.  Attach a Soft Suede Tree to the Summer section centering the trunk and not gluing about 1/4″ on each side of the branches.  Attach the Emerald Envy Tree Leaves making sure the right side is just to the left of the fold line.  Bend the card between Spring and Summer and trim off the right side of the Summer branches and Emerald Envy Tree Leaves so the fold line shows.  Now lay the card flat with the Spring Tree Leaves overlapping the Summer Tree Leaves.  Trim more if necessary to have your card lay flat.
6.  Autumn.  Glue your Always Artichoke, Delightful Dijon, and Cajun Craze Tree Leaves together as shown.  Glue to Early Espresso Tree.  Now Glue so the Left side of the Tree Leaves almost touch the fold on the left by Summer.  Add extra single leaves beside Autumn if desired.
7.  Winter.  Trim your last Early Espresso Tree to fit in the space left beside Autumn.  Glue on.

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Enjoy making your own Thoughtful Branches Bundle Four Seasons Card!

More Stamping 101 & 102 Cards

Here are Stamping 101 and Stamping 102 cards made by my friends at our Upline Meeting.  I hope this inspires you to make your own Stamping 101 and Stamping 102 cards.

MADE BY KAREN
Karen used the NEW Swirly Bird Photopolymer Bundle #142353.  For her 101 card she just stamped on the card base.  For her 102 card she cut the card front off at 4″ x 5-1/4″ and layered it on a Dapper Denim card base.  She also added some die cuts from the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits.
Karen's Stamping 101 CardKarens Stamping 102 CardMADE BY BILLIE
Billie used the NEW Designer Tin of Cards Photopolymer #141739 stamp set.  I did not get a picture of her Stamping 101 card.  She just stamped the words directly on the card base for 101 and added the layers (Layering Squares Framelits) for 102.  She also added some Pearls for 102.
Billies Stamping 102 CardMADE BY SHARON
Sharon’s Stamping 101 card has everything just stamped on the card base.  For her Stamping 102 card she just stamped the tree and leaves a second time on Whisper White card stock then cut it in a rectangle and layered it with the same color of card stock as she stamped the Tree in.  She them punched out a small heart and layered it on the rectangle.  She used the Sheltering Tree stamp set  Photopolymer #137163.
Sharons Stamping 102 CardI hope this gives you some ideas to either simplify your cards using Stamping 101 Techniques, OR add some layers, die cuts, or embellishments for a Stamping 102 Card.

Painter’s Palette-Stamping 101 & 102

At our Upline Meeting at Sharon’s House she had us do a basic single layer card (Stamping 101), then add some elements with Stampin’ Dimensionals to give the card some Pop (Stamping 102).  The purpose of this was to help us help teach beginning stampers to design their own cards – which are usually stamped on the card base, then step it up with a few simple additions.  It was a fun experience.  Try it for yourself and have some fun!  It took us about 1-1/2 hours to make the two versions.  We did just use our Stamping 101 card and added to it.
Painter's Palette - Stamping 101We started out with a NEW Stamp set in front of us.  I even got to assemble it for her since it was Wood Mount.  She had all the NEW In Color ink pads, card stock, and the NEW Ruched Ribbon.  There was also Whisper White card stock, the NEW Duet Banners Punch, and the NEW Layered Squares Framelits.

SUPPLIES -101 & 102:
*=available June 1, 2016
Stamps:  *Painter’s Palette  Wood #141907, Clear #141910
Ink:  *Dapper Denim #141394
*Emerald Envy #141396
*Peekaboo Peach #141398
*Flirty Flamingo #141397
*Sweet Sugarplum #141395
Card Stock:  Whisper White
Big Shot:  *Layered Squares Framelits # #141708
Punch:  *Duet Banner #141483
Ribbon:  Peekaboo Peach Ruched Ribbon #141427
Other:  Stamp-a-ma-jig  #101049
Stamping Sponge
Stampin’ Dimensionals
Paper Snips
Glue Dots

STAMPING 101 CARD INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Cut your Whisper White card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.  Watch this Video if you need help making a card base.
2.  Lay your card base in the landscape position – with the fold at the top.
3.  Stamp your words in the center of the frame in Emerald Envy ink.  Use your Stamp-a-ma-jig if you want.  Watch this Video to learn how to use your Stamp-a-ma-jig.
4.  Choose the ink stamps and the ink color for each stamp.  Stamp each stamp diagonally in the same direction in at least two places.  Fill in any large spaces with the smaller stamps.  Yes, one stamp will look like it is going backwards.  No one will notice unless you tell them.  Remember to stamp straight down and straight up to avoid getting “Ring around the Rubber”.
5.  Your basic Stamping 101 card is finished!

Painters Palette - Stamping 102STAMPING 102 CARD INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Follow all the steps for the Stamping 101 card.  You do NOT need to stamp the words in the center as you will be covering them up.
2.  Stamp the following on a scrap of Whisper White card stock.
~Stamp the Painter’s Easel two times in Dapper Denim ink.
~Stamp the words in Emerald Envy inside one of the Frames of a Painter’s Easel.
~Stamp “A Little Expression of Love” In Emerald Envy ink.
3.  Use your Paper Snips to cut out around one of your stamped Painter’s Easels.  Only the two feet and the top will be showing so cut those pieces extra well and the frame will be covered up.  Attach to the center of your card with either SNAIL, Fast Fuse, or Tombow Glue.
4.  Choose the Layered Square Framelit you like best to cut the Frame out of the other stamped Painter’s Easel.  I chose a Scallop one that was slightly larger than the Frame.  Cut it out with your Big Shot.  Sponge around the Scallop edges with a Stamping Sponge wedge and Dapper Denim ink.  Attach over the Frame of your Painter’s Easel which is on your card front.
5.  Punch out the “A Little Expression…” with the Duet Banner Punch.  Put your card stock in the punch so you can see the stamped words through the Banner holes in the bottom of the punch.  Line up the words so they are in the position you like and punch.  Sponge some Emerald Envy ink around the edges of the punched banner.  Put some Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of your punched banner.  Attach it to the upper left corner of your card front.
6.  Tie a bow with the Ruched Ribbon.  If you have trouble tying a bow, just tie a knot with about 1-1/2″ on one end and then cut off the other end to match.  Attach to your Painter’s Easel on the upper right corner with Glue Dots.
7.  A few extra steps can take your card from cute and nice to impressive.

Have fun making a Stamping 101 Card and then adding some layers to it for your Stamping 102 card!
Nendy Kerr

Rose Wonder Birthday Card

This Birthday Card uses the Rose Wonder Bundle:  stamp set and Thinlits, plus the Fun Frames embossing Folder.  Have fun making one of your own.  Choose your colors and have some fun!
Rose Wonder Birthday cardSUPPLIES:
Rose Wonder Photopolymer Bundle #140804
Ink:  Rose Wonder
Cherry Cobbler
Card Stock:  Rose Red
Whisper White
Big Shot:  Rose Garden Thinlits (See Bundle above)
Fun Frames embossing folders #133727
Polka Dots embossing folder #133739
Embellishments:  Glitter Tape #141020  (Sale-a-bration product FREE with $50 purchase available until March 31, 2016)
Dazzling Details #124117
Adhesives:  Glue Dots
Stampin’ Dimensionals
Other:  Paper Snips or scissors to cut out the Fun Frame
Baby Wipe or wet paper towel to remove some of the ink from embossing folder

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Cut your Rose Red card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.  Put your card front inside the Polka Dot embossing folder folding the card back under the embossing folder.  Run through your Big Shot.
2.  Stamp your four Flowers with Rose Red ink using the Rose Wonder Flower that coordinates with the Thinlit.  I did use the Precision Base Plate with my Big Shot to cut these flowers out.  Cut all four flowers out using your Big Shot and the coordinating Thinlit.
3.  Choose the words you want on your card, then choose the Fun Frame embossing folder that your words fit in.  Stamp your words in Cherry Cobbler ink on Rose Red card stock making sure you have enough room for your Fun Frame.  You can see my choices.  Feel on the inside of your embossing folder for the side where the images sink down to leave indents (not being raised above the plastic).  Take your Cherry Cobbler ink pad and run it over your embossing folder on the side where the images sink down.  Make sure all the flat parts which include the dots and the inner frame lines and outer frame lines are covered with ink.  If you are like me, you will have ink covering most of the inside of the Frame where you want to stamp your image.  Take a baby wipe or wet paper towel or tissue and wipe away the ink from places you don’t want it.  Remoisten the ink on the embossing folder by opening your mouth wide and breathing on it.  Now insert your Rose Red card stock into the embossing folder so the stamped words are positioned in the Fun Frame where you want them and run through your Big Shot.  Run your embossing folder under running water to clean.  Cut out your Fun Frame using Paper Snips or scissors.
4.  Lay out your Flowers and Frame.  Decide where your Glitter Tape will go remembering that Stampin’ Dimensionals do not stick to the Glitter Tape.  Attach your Glitter Tape to your card front.  Attach your Flowers with 2 Glue Dots under the center small circles.  Attach your Fun Frame with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Put dots of Dazzling Details on each of the flower center circles.  Set aside to dry.
5.  You can use the Flower stamp to decorate your envelope OR you can emboss the envelope flap.  Watch this Video to learn how to emboss the envelope flap.

Buy the Rose Wonder Bundle Now!

Happy Card Making!
Nendy Kerr

Chalk Talk Framelit Video

Make a nice Label with your Chalk Talk Framelit.  It is quick and easy and can even be used on cards for men and boys!  My finished Label is 2-3/8″ wide x 2-5/8″ tall.  So choose a stamp that is 2-3/8″ wide or less and have fun making this Label!

This Video is 3 minutes long.

SUPPLIES:
Stamps:  Bloomin’ Love Photopolymer #140643
Ink:  Red
Card Stock:  Whisper White
Big Shot:  Chalk Talk Framelits #129983

TIP:
1.  Remember to have the part of the top cutting plate that hangs off your Magnetic Platform go under the center part of your Big Shot first.  Remember how I had to turn mine around so it would go through.

Happy Chalk Talk Label Making!
Nendy Kerr

Quick Tip: Extending your Word Window Punch

Do you have a stamp that looks like it will be perfect for the Word Window Punch except it ends up being too long?  Watch this short video to help you solve this problem.

This Video is less than 2 minutes long!

SUPPLIES:
card stock cut at 3/8″ plus about 1″ longer than your sentiment
Word Window Punch #119857
Word Window Punch by Stampin' Up!

Happy Word Window Punching!
Nendy Kerr

Finish Festive Trees Card-Punch Mat Video

This video shows you how to make a Mat to go under your Note Tag Punch sentiment to finish the Festive Flower Poinsettia Card from last week.  This technique can be used with any punch and a variety of Framelits if they don’t have the Mat width you want.

This video is 5 minutes long.

SUPPLIES:
Stamps:  Reason for the Season   Photopolymer #139730
Ink:  Real Red
Card Stock:  Cherry Cobbler
Punch:  Note Tag #135860
Other:  Snail Adhesive
Dimensionals

TIPS:
Try this technique with a variety of Punches and Framelits.
1.
 Stamp & punch out your sentiment.
2.  Punch out TWO Real Red card stock Note Tag Punch images.  Cut one horizontally in half and the other vertically in half.
3.  Position the cut halves to decide if you want to layer the horizontal or vertical layers first.
4.  Cover the back of your sentiment punch with Snail.  Position the layers in the order you decided in Step 3.
5.  Add to your card with Dimensionals.

Happy Punching!
Nendy Kerr

Stamping on Glimmer Paper Video

I wanted to make a Purple Glimmer Paper Witch’s hat and so I tried stamping on Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.  I LOVE the results!  I hope you try this and enjoy the results too.  Please leave your comments and let me know how you like this technique.

This video is 4 minutes and 56 seconds.

SUPPLIES:
Bundle:  Howl-O-Ween Treat  Wood #140839, Clear #140840  (Includes the Howl-O-Ween Treat stamp set and the Boo to You Framelits)
Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes Wood #
Ink:  Black StazOn
Blackberry Bliss
Elegant Eggplant Marker
Card Stock:  Very Vanilla
Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper #139584
Black Glimmer Paper #139605
Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper #
Big Shot:  Boo to You Framelits  (See Bundle above)
Punch:  Word Window #
Other:  Spider Web Doilies #139622
Fine Tip Glue Pen #138309
Fast Fuse or Snail Adhesive
Dimensionals

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Cut your Very Vanilla card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score & fold at 4-1/4″.
~Cut your Happy Hauntings spiderweb paper at 1-3/4″ x 5-1/2″.  Attach to card base about 1/8″ above the bottom edge of your card front.
~Cut your Black Glimmer Paper at 1/2″ x 6″.
2.  Cut your Spider Web Doily in half after deciding which part you want as the center.  I chose the part with the circle to be at the center.  Use the Fine Tip Glue Pen on the thicker parts of the doily and attach it close to the top of your card base.  Stamp your Spiders in Black StazOn ink remembering to press down firmly.  Now attach your Black Glimmer Paper strip to cover the gap between the Spider Web Doily and the Spider Web paper.
3.  Stamp, color, and Heat Set your Witch Hat as shown in the video.  Cut out with your Big Shot and the Witch Hat Framelit.  Attach to your card with Dimensionals.
4.  Stamp Happy Halloween in Black StazOn ink on Very Vanilla card stock.  Punch out with the Word Window Punch.  Attach to card front with Dimensionals.
5.  Now you have a cute Halloween card to give someone special.

Happy Stamping!
Nendy Kerr