3D Christmas Star Card

I visited my son and his family in July and got the idea for this Christmas Star card.  My daughter-in-law had a 3D four-point Star for us to make.  She also wanted a Five-Point Star and made a pentagon shape to make the star.  This is SO much easier!  No math or complicated figuring things out.  Just stamp, cut, and assemble with Glue Dots.
3D Christmas Star Card

SUPPLIES:
Stamps:  Christmas Star Single Stamp c#134813
Delightful Dozen w#128547  c#122652
Ink:  Encore Gold Metallic #132141
Card Stock:  Whisper White
Cherry Cobbler
Other:  Paper Snips or Scissors
Glue Dots
Dimensionals

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Cut your Cherry Cobbler card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  Stamp your sentiment at the bottom of your card front in Gold Ink.
3.  Stamp your Christmas Star in Gold ink on Whisper White card stock.  Cut out as shown in photo below.  Fold as shown in photo below.
3D Christmas Star - Fold Lines and Glue Dot Placement4.  Use Glue Dots to shape your Christmas Star as shown in photos above and below.  I pushed my Paper Snip blades inside to help press against the Glue Dots from underneath.
3D Christmas Star - Folded Front and Back5.  Attach your Christmas Star to your card front using either Dimensionals or Glue Dots along the Star Points.
6.  Impress your friends and let them know how talented you are!

Merry Christmas Stamping!
Nendy Kerr

Christmas Bird Card

This is a quick Christmas card to make if  you are doing multiples.  Enjoy!
Handmade Christmas Bird Card

SUPPLIES:
Stamps:  Calm Christmas  w#132736  c#132739
Ink:  VersaMark
Card Stock:  Cherry Cobbler
Cherry Cobbler Core’dinations (Regals) #129955
Gold Foil #132622
Season of Style Designer Series Paper #132340
Big Shot:  Oval Collection Framelits #129381
Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder #116824
Other:  Scissors
Gold Embossing Powder #109129
Heat Tool #129053
Stampin’ Sanding Block #129367
Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue
Dimensionals
Optional:  Gold Glitter  #132205

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Cut your Cherry Cobbler card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  Cut your Cherry Cobbler Core’dinations at 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.  Run it through your Big Shot with the Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder.  Gently sand the raised flowers until you are happy with the look.  Blow off all the “dust”.  Adhere to your card base with Tombow Glue.
3.  Stamp your Christmas Bird image with VersaMark ink on your plaid Designer Series Paper.   Sprinkle with Gold Embossing Powder.  Remove excess.  Melt embossing powder with your Heat Tool.  (Note:  If you want your bird to have more sparkle, mix 2 parts Gold embossing powder with 1 part Gold Glitter.  Mix well and use just like embossing powder.)
4.  Now for the only tricky part.  Use your scissors to cut around the leaf stem, around the leaves, and to the top of the bird’s head.  Fit on the desired size Oval Framelit with the branch ON TOP of the Framelit.  Adjust your cutting if needed.  Run Through your Big Shot.  Note:  The Oval Framelit will be a tight fit and may cut off part of the wing tip.
5.  Cutting your Gold Foil Oval.  You will want to use NEW cutting pads (or only slightly used) as the dents and lines from the cutting pads mark up your Gold Foil.  Cut the next larger size Oval than you used on your Bird.
6.  Adhere your Ovals together with Dimensionals and adhere the Ovals to your card front with Dimensionals.
7.  Admire your elegant Christmas Bird Card!

Happy Christmas Card Making!
Nendy Kerr

Emboss your Envelopes

Watch this Video now!Make a fun Embossed Envelope!Do you want a quick way to add some elegance or excitement to the card you are sending?  You can when you use an Embossing Folder to emboss your envelope flap!  It is quick and easy and takes just a minute or so.  The person getting  a card with an Embossed Envelope will know there is a special card inside even if you do not stamp anything on the outside of your envelope.

Here is a quick video to show you how.  (2 minutes 33 seconds)

SUPPLIES:
Big Shot #113439
Embossing Folder of your choice.  I used Beautifully Baroque  #130917
Envelope or make your own with the Simply Scored and the Diagonal Plate OR Envelope Punch Board (available September 1, 2013!)

Click here for more information and to Join Now!

Happy Embossing!
Nendy

Expressions Thinlits Video

Watch this video!Here is a video showing you two ways to use the Expressions Thinlit Dies in the Holiday 2013 Catalog.  They are really easy to use if you follow these tips.  I used the word “Love” when I made this card.  See the Supply List and Instructions here.  Please leave additional questions in the comment section.
Love Wedding Card-004

Have fun with your Thinlits Dies!
Nendy

Watermelon Hybrid Punch Art Card

I received the original Watermelon Card as a swap from Convention.  As usual I made a few changes.  The most notable being the stamp set and Designer Series Paper.  I did not have the Kind and Cozy Stamp set and I had run out of the Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper AND my class was the next day.  So I downloaded the digital versions and printed them out!  You cannot tell the difference!  All my customers were impressed when I compared the “REAL” Gingham Garden scrap with the printed Gingham Garden.  So if you are in a hurry and can’t wait for it to be delivered, Download the My Digital Studio version!
Watermelon Punch Art Card

SUPPLIES:
Stamps:  Petite Pairs  w#128706  c#122497
Kind and Cozy  w#129123  c#129126  MDS#134854
Ink:  StayzOn Black
Garden Green
Card Stock:  Whisper White
Garden Green
Melon Mambo
Basic Black
Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper #129310  MDS#134853
Punches:  Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack  #118309  Small Flower
2-1/2″ Circle #120906
1-3/4″ Circle  #119854
Watermelon Seed Options:
 Owl Punch #118074  Use the Heart and cut it in half.
Use the Small Heart Punch #117193 and cut it in half for larger seeds.
Use the “scraps” from the center of the Paper Doily Sizzlit #125592 for the Seeds.
Other:  Primrose Petals 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon #126844
Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue
SNAIL Adhesive
Dimensionals
Glue Dots

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Cut your Garden Green card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  Cut your Whisper card front at 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Adhere to card base.
3.  Cut your Basic Black card stock at 1-1/4″ x 4″.  Cut your Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper at 1″ x 4″.  Adhere together, then adhere to page about 1/2″ from the edge of the card base aligning top and bottom edges with the Whisper White card stock.
4.  Stamp the Kind & Cozy Circle image in Garden Green ink on Whisper White card stock.  Punch out with the 2-1/2″ Circle punch.  Punch a 1-3/4″ Circle from Melon Mambo.  Adhere with Tombow Glue to the Kind & Cozy Circle.  Cut in half with scissors.  Cut one half in half again so you end up with 3 pieces.  Add the watermelon seeds and adhere with Tombow Glue.  Take a bite out using the Itty Bitty flower punch.  Adhere the big Watermelon piece with Tombow glue or SNAIL.  Adhere the two smaller Watermelon pieces with Dimensionals.
5.  Stamp desired sentiment in StayzOn Black ink using your Stamp-a-ma-jig if desired.
6.  Add a Watermelon seed to the upper left corner with Tombow Glue.  Tie a loose knot in your ribbon and adhere with Glue Dots to the upper right corner.  Use extra Glue Dots if necessary to get your ribbon to stay in the desired position.
7.  Admire this fun Summer Card.

Happy Stamping & Punching!
Nendy

3D Artisan Label Flower Card

The Artisan Label Punch has such interesting edges that I decided to make a flower using it.  I will be making a video soon to show you how to make this fun little flower.
Artisan Label Punch Flower on Card

SUPPLIES:
Stamps”  Four Frames w#128589  c#123442
Teeny Tiny Wishes  w#128748  c#127802
Ink:  StayzOn Black
Calypso Coral
Crisp Cantaloupe
Card Stock:  Very Vanilla
Crisp Cantaloupe
Modern Medley Designer Series Paper #126926
Punch:  Artisan Label  #130920
Decorative Label #120907
Other:  7/16″ Trim #129287
Subtles Candy Dots #130933
Glue Dots
SNAIL Adhesive
Dimensionals
Stamping Sponge

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Cut your Very Vanilla card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  Cut your Modern Medley Designer Series Paper at 2″ x 5-1/2″  Adhere to card front about 1/4″ from the bottom.
3.  Cut your 7/16″ Trim at 5-1/2″.  Adhere above Modern Medley DSP with SNAIL.
4.  Stamp the Four Frames and desired Teeny Tiny Wishes sentiment in StayzOn Black.  Puch out with Decorative Label Punch.  Sponge around the edges using Crisp Cantaloupe ink.  Place Dimensionals on the back.  Set aside.
5.  Punch seven Artisan Labels from Crisp Cantaloupe card stock.  Sponge the edges with Calypso Coral ink if desired.  Cut six Labels in half through the smooth center.  Cut from each decorative edge to the center to form a triangle.  This will form one petal.  Use your bone folder to curl each petal.  Use your bone folder to slightly curl the edges of the whole Artisan Lable piece.  This will form your flower base.  Place a curled petal along one edge of the flower base and another just opposite.  Adhere all Petals with a Glue Dot.  Now place two petals going the other direction on top of the first layer of petals.  The next layer will go the same direction as the first layer.  You can trim the center portions if desired.  Continue placing petals until you have just one left.  Make small cuts along the top edge.  Roll it up slightly and attach to center of top petals with a glue dot.  Fluff flower if desired.
6.  Place sentiment label and flower in desired positions.  Adhere label with Dimensionals.  Adhere flower with either Glue Dots or a Demensional.
7.  Place Candy Dots in the top two corners of card.
8.  Hand deliver this card or put it in a package so it won’t get smashed.

I will have a new service available on August 1st.  More details coming soon.

Happy Stamping!
Nendy

Glass of Lemonade Card

A customer requested that we make a lemonade card for Stamp Class.  I remember seeing this video a while back.  I used a few different things, as usual, but I think it turned out really cute.
Glass of Lemonade Card

SUPPLIES:
Stamps:  Petite Pairs w#128706  c#122497
Ink:  Daffodil Delight
Black StayzOn
Card Stock:  Crisp Cantaloupe
White Vellum  #101856
Quatrefancy Designer Series Paper #130141
larger scrap to trace glass onto
Punch:  1″ Circle
Large Oval  #119855
Other:  SNAIL
Simply Scored
Sticky Strip
Stamping Sponge or Sponge Dauber
Two Way Glue Pen
Dazzling Diamonds Glitter
Plastic Straw with flexible bending part (from your local store)
Scissors
Plastic 8 ounce glass to trace to make your pattern (from your local store or picnic supply stash)

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Cut your Crisp Cantaloupe card stock at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  Cut your Quatrefancy DSP at 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Adhere to card front.
3.  Trace around your plastic glass onto a scrap of card stock.  Mine is 3-5/8″ tall.  I did have to trim it down.  Cut it out, straightening out the lines as you go.  Use this pattern to cut out your Glass from Vellum.
4.  Score 1/4″ along each tall side of your Glass.  This side will be the “Front or Outside” of your Glass.  Place Sticky Strip along the scored areas.  Leave the red backing on until later.
5.  Use your Sponge or Sponge Dauber to color the inside of your Glass with Daffodil Delight ink.
6.  Run a strip of Two-Way Glue along the top of your Glass.  Make sure it is smooth.  Now put Dazzling Diamonds Glitter over the Two Way Glue.  Flick off the excess and let dry for a minute or two.
7.  Remove the Red backing from one piece of the Sticky Strip.  Make sure the “Bottom” of your Glass is straight and adhere the one side to the card front.  DON’T press the Sticky Strip down firmly yet as you might want to move it.  Now remove the red backing from the  other piece of Sticky Strip.  Round the Glass and gently place the Sticky Strip on the card front.  Adjust if necessary.  Use your Bone Folder to make sure the Sticky Strip is firmly attached.  Whew!  The hard part is done!
8.  Place your straw into the glass to determine how much you need to cut off the straw bottom.  Now do the same for the straw top.  Use 2 Glue Dots to adhere it in the desired position in your Glass.
9.  Punch a 1″ Circle of a scrap of yellow Quatrefancy DSP.  Cut a line up to the Center of the circle.  Put your “Lemon” on your Glass and decide where to place your Glue Dots to attach it to your Glass.

You can get most of the supplies to make this card at My Online Store.

Happy Summer!
Nendy

Embossed Vellum Flower Garden Card

I haven’t used the Flower Garden Embossing Folder for a while so I decided to use it with some new colors and Vellum.Embossed Flower Garden

SUPPLIES:
Markers-Subtles Collection:  So Saffron
Calypso Coral
Wild Wasabi
Card Stock:  White Vellum #101856
Calypso Coral
Pistachio Pudding
Big Shot:  Adorning Accents Edgelits #125595
Flower Garden Embossing Folder #123113
Magnetic Platform #130656  (Optional, but REALLY nice!)
Other:  Subtles Candy Dots #130933
Glue Dots
SNAIL

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Cut your Pistachio Pudding card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.   Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  Cut your Calypso Coral at 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.  Make scallops on the 5-1/2″ edges using the Adorning Accents Scallop Edglit and your Big Shot.  (A Big Shot Magnetic Platform will help the Edgelit stay in place while cutting.)  Scallop both 5-1/2″ edges, then adhere to the Pistachio Pudding card front.
3.  Cut your Vellum at 2-3/4″ x 5-1/2″.  Run through the Big Shot with your Flower Garden embossing folder.  Keep all tabs flopping open so you don’t tear your Vellum while embossing.  Color the back of your Vellum as shown using Markers.
4.  Put a Glue Dot in each corner of the Vellum to adhere it to your card front, centering it on the Calypso Coral.  Cover your Glue Dots with the Candy Dots.
5.  Nice Summer All-Occasion Card to give to someone and brighten their day.

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

Happy Embossing!
Nendy

Wildflower Meadows with Vellum and Candy Dots

I wanted to try a different look using the Wildflower Meadows stamp set and Embossing folder.  I used White Vellum Card Stock to stamp and emboss on.  I really like the look.

Wildflower Meadow Card with Vellum

SUPPLIES:
Stamps:  Wild Flower Meadow w#129165  c#129168  (Bundle with Embossing Folder
w#132735  c#132985  )
Markers:  Garden Green
Melon Mambo
Tempting Turquoise
Card Stock:  Coastal Cabana
White Vellum #101956
Big Shot:  Wildflower Meadows Embossing Folder #129376  (See Bundle above)
Other:  Brights Candy Dots #130931
Glue Dots
Heat Tool & Clear Embossing Powder (recommended)

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Cut your Coastal Cabana card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  Cut your White Vellum card stock at 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.  Color the flowers, stems, and bird on your stamp with the desired color Marker.  Breathe several times over the part of the stamp the you colored.  Lay stamp on your table, rubber side up.  Put Vellum card stock in the desired position on stamp.  Hold in place with a couple of fingers.  Now rub the card stock with either a Clear Mount Block, a Wood Block, or your fingers.  I prefer using a Clear Mount Block because it glides over card stock more easily without moving the card stock.  Move your fingers to the half of the card stock you just rubbed and do the other side.  This technique will give a great impression on all your larger and Background stamps.
3.  You need to get the ink dry now.  There are several options.  1st Option.  Use your Heat Tool.  Keep it moving so you don’t burn your Vellum.  This really takes quite a while as the ink is very wet.  Sometimes this just doesn’t work no matter how long you try.  I did get ink marks on my embossing folder.  2nd Option.  Use Clear Embossing Powder over your stamped images and melt with your Heat Tool.  This seals in the color and is much quicker!
4.  Line up your Wildflower Meadow Embossing Folder over your stamped flowers aligning the flowers and stems as desired.  Run through your Big Shot.  If you get ink on your embossing folder, just run it under some water or use your Stampin’ Mist and a tissue to clean it.
5.  Place a Glue Dot one the back side of the Vellum in each corner.  Adhere to your card front.   Now place a Candy Dot over each of the Glue Dots.
6.  Admire your quick and easy All-Occasion Card!

You can purchase the items to make this card from My Online Store.

Happy Stamping!
Nendy

Paper Rose Video

I finally have the video ready for you so you can make these fun Roses with your Fancy Flower Punch.
Fancy Flower Punch Roses

SUPPLIES:
Card Stock for your Rose
Green Card Stock for your leaves
Fancy Flower Punch  #118073
Paper Snips or Scissors
Bone Folder
Glue Dots
Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue
7/8″ OR 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle Punch
Floral Wire from your local store (Optional)
Wire Cutters from your local store (Optional)
Needlenose Pliers from your local store (Optional)

Happy Flower-Making!
Nendy

Roses with a Punch

Do you like Roses?  You can make a Rose with the Fancy Flower Punch and card stock.  I am working on a video to show you how easy it is to make this type of Rose.  Today you will just get a peek of the finished Roses in a Mini Milk Carton Vase.  So be thinking of what color of Roses you want to make.  Look for the video next week.
Fancy Flower Punch RosesMeanwhile gather your supplies:  Fancy Flower Punch, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Glue Dots, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  You can go ahead and make the Mini Milk Carton vase now if you want to display your Roses.  You will need floral wire (the thicker the better), Needle Nose Pliers, and Wire Cutters.  I used Floral and Craft Glass Marbles in the bottom of the Mini Milk Carton Vase to help the Roses stay positioned.

Watch the Video HERE.

Happy Flower Making!
Nendy

Flower Kraft Box: Creped Filter Paper meets Floral Frames Framelits

We made this Flower Box using the Crepe Filter Paper from the Spring 2013 Catalog and a Kraft Box.  We used the Floral Frames Framelits to cut out our flowers.  I used the largest Floral Frames Framelits.  Everyone else chose the next two smaller sizes.  We decorated the front of the box with a smaller flower die cut from the Floral Frames Framelits.   that we stamped with the flower  from the Oh Hello Stamp set.  This is a quick project!  The Flower Box  can be filled with a variety of treats or gifts.  It it is the perfect size for cookies that have been stamped with Sweetly Pressed Cookie Stamps.
Flower Box: Creped Filter Paper meets Floral Frames Framelits

SUPPLIES:
Stamps:  Oh Hello w#130730  c#130733
Markers:  Primrose Petals
Garden Green
Primrose Petals Ink Pad
Papers:  Creped Filter Paper #129393
Whisper White card stock
Big ShotL  Floral Frames Framelits #127012
Other:  Kraft Box #124106
Brad
Piercing Tool and Mat
Stamping Sponge
Glue Dots

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Take the whole stack of Crepe Filter Paper Circles.  Choose the Floral Frames Framelit in the size that you want your flower.  Make your sandwich using the Multipurpose Platform with all tabs closed, your cutting pad, the whole stack of the Crepe Filter Paper Circles, your desired Floral Frames Framelit, and finally your top cutting pad.  Yes, you can cut the whole stack at once!  Now, Pierce a hole in the center with your Piercing Tool.  Insert the desired brad.  It will show so choose one that coordinates.  I used a retired brad with a jewel.
2.  Now to shape your flower.  Take the top layer and scrunch it straight up.  Do the same with each layer, scrunching slightly less with each lower level.  Fluff up your Crepe Filter Paper Flower.
3.  Color your Oh Hello Flower with your Primrose Petals Markers.  Remoisten and stamp on Whisper White card stock.  Choose the desired Floral Frames Framelit and cut out the Flower that will decorate the front of your box.  Sponge around the edge with a Stamping Sponge and Primrose Petals ink.  Adhere to the front of your Kraft Box with either SNAIL or Glue Dots
4.  Adhere your Crepe Filter Paper Flower to the top of your box with 4-6 Glue Dots placed close to the center of the bottom layer.
5.  Admire your cute box.

Happy Flower Making and Gift Giving!
Nendy

Artistic Etchings “Chalkboard” Card

When I first saw the Chalkboard Technique I was pretty intimidated thinking it would be hard or complicated.  Let me tell you….. It is SO EASY!!!  It also requires very few supplies to make a great impression!  So give it a try and let me know if you think it is easy.  We made this card at my last Stamp Class.  It was a hit!
Artistic Etching Chalkboard Card(Note:  The Whisper White ink that is sponged on shows up a LOT MORE in the photo than in real life.)

SUPPLIES:
Stamps:  Artistic Etchings w#118517  c#120573
Seasonal Sayings
w#128006  c#128009
Card Stock:
 Cherry Cobbler
Basic Black
Ink:  VersaMark
Whisper White (optional)
Other:  White Embossing Powder #109132
Heat Tool #129053
Cherry Cobbler 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon #120992
Whisper White 1/4″ Stitched Grosgrain  Ribbon #126877
Hung Up Cute Clips #129389  OR Elements Cute Clips #129939
SNAIL adhesive
Stamping Sponge

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Cut your Cherry Cobbler card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  Cut your Basic Black card stock at 4″ x 5-1/4″.
3.  Here is how you do the Chalkboard Technique.  Put a piece of printer paper on your work surface to help contain the embossing powder.  Lay your Basic Black card stock layer on top of printer paper.  Stamp Atristic Etchings  and Seasonal Sayings images in the desired position using VersaMark ink.  Yes you can stamp all of the images at once.  Then dump your white embossing powder on top of you inked card stock, making sure to cover all the stamped images.  Pour excess embossing powder back into container.  Flick the back of your card stock to get the last bit of excess embossing off your card stock.  Use your Heat Tool on high to melt the embossing powder, being careful not to burn your fingers.  TaDa!  You now have your basic Chalkboard images.
4.  Cut the tips of your ribbons into a “V” by folding your ribbon in half and cutting towards the bottom edge.  Adhere to desired place on card.  I ran SNAIL along the back of the ribbons to hold them in place.  Adhere the part of the ribbon that hangs over to the back of the Basic Black layer.  Add the desired clip.
5.  Adhere your Basic Black layer to your Cherry Cobbler card base with SNAIL.
6.  If you want the “Chalkboard Dust” effect:  Get a light layer of Whisper White Craft ink onto your stamping sponge and swipe at your “Chalkboard” until you get the desired effect.
7.  Admire your trendy card!

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

Floral District Easel Card with Scallop Punch Flower

I made this Easel Card for a new member of my group using Floral District Designer Series Paper and a Scallop Punch Flower.  Easel Cards are so simple to make and they impress others.  Have fun making one of your own!
Floral District Easel Card with Scallop Circle Flower

SUPPLIES:
Stamps:  Statement of the Heart stamp (available only to Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators)
I Am (received at the 2012 Stampin’ Up! Convention)
Choose the stamps of your choice
Markers:  Rich Razzleberry
Garden Green
Card Stock:  Rich Razzleberry
Whisper White
Floral District Designer Series Paper #126919
Punches:  2-3/8″ Scallop Circle #118874
1-3/4″ Scallop Circle  #119854
1-1/4″ Scallop Circle  #127811
Other:  Victorial 5/8″ Crochet Trim #118481
3/16″ Brad
SNAIL
Dimensionals
Glue Dots
Bone Folder
Paper Piercing Tool

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Cut your Rich Razzleberry card base at 4-1/4″ x 11″.  Score and fold at 3″ and 5-1/2″.   2.  Cut your Rich Razzleberry card front at 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.  Cut your Floral District Designer Series Paper at 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Also cut a piece of Rich Razzleberry card stock 3-3/4″ wide x 1/4″ taller than your sentiment card stock.  (You can do this after you have stamped your Sentiment.)
3.  Color your sentiment with your Rich Razzleberry and Garden Green Markers.  Stamp on Whisper White card stock.  Cut card stock to fit the sentiment (no wider than 3-1/2″)  Adhere to the Rich Razzleberry sentiment layer.  Adhere in place with SNAIL.
4.  Punch 1 Rich Razzleberry Scallop with each Scallop Punch.  The following technique is called the “Faux Suede Technique.”  Crunch/Roll them up in the smallest little ball you can.  Now use your Bone Folder to smooth out the wrinkles and break down the card stock fibers until you can see it separating into two layers.  Gently peel the layers apart so you have two scallops.  (Note:  I found Rich Razzleberry card stock harder to separate than some of the other colors.  I ended up punching 2 of each size scallop since they tore when I separated them.)  Do this with all your Scallops so you have 2 of each size.  Now roll them up into little balls again.  Kind of smooth them out.  Layer them from largest to smallest and center as well as possible.  Use a Piercing tool to pierce a hole through the center.  Insert brad of your choice.  Crinkle each Scallop Circle as desired to form your flower.
5.  Decide where to place the Scallop Flower and the ribbon.  Tie the ribbon around the Designer Series Paper.  Adhere the Scallop Flower with Glue Dots.  Adhere this layer to your 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ card front by putting your SNAIL on the Rich Razzleberry card front.
6.  Put SNAIL on the 3″ end of the card base.  Adhere the bottom of your card front to the 3″ end of your card base.
7.  Stamp your sentiment and either cut it out or punch it out.  Decide how far back you want the easel part of your card to be.  Adhere this sentiment with Dimensional in the position desired to hold up your card front.  You now have your Easel Card made.

Enjoy making your own Easel card!
Nendy

Stamp-a-ma-jig Video

Watch this video!I use my Stamp-a-ma-jig quite a bit to perfectly position my sentiments and Two-Step stamps.  It can seem tricky to use, but after trying it out a couple of times you will get results like a Pro!  Have fun using your Stamp-a-ma-jig to help you make this card.

On a personal note:  I seem to have too many irons in too many fires lately.  I may not be able to continue to do a video every week.   I will still try to do a couple of videos a week.  I know I am a visual learner and it is easier for me when I see something done.  I have been working at the Family History Center more (almost every week)-which is fun too and I have a more demanding calling in my Church.  As a result it has been harder to keep up with my home and family.  I will still continue to post projects at least 3 days a week and the My Digital Studio downloads on Tuesday.
Stippled Flowers Two Step Stamping with a Stamp-a-ma-jig

SUPPLIES:
Featured Product-Stamp-a-ma-jig  #101049
Stamps:   Stippled Blossoms  w#126745  c#126747
Four Frames w#123440  c#123442
Teeny Tiny Wishes  w#115370  c#127802
Card Stock:  Whisper White
Wisteria Wonder
Ink:  Wisteria Wonder
Perfect Plum
Elegant Eggplant
Big Shot:  Framed Tulips Embossing Folder #121809
Other:  Sponge Dauber  #102892
SNAIL

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Stamp images using your Stamp-a-ma-jig as shown in the video making sure to leave enough room around the edges for the Framed Tulips Embossing Folder.
2.  Use your Big Shot and the Framed Tulips Embossing Folder to make a frame around your stamped images
3.  Get your card base ready:  Wisteria Wonder card stock cut at 5-12″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.  Put SNAIL around the edges of your card front.  Adhere your stamped and embossed card layer.
4.  Admire your perfectly stamped card!

Happy Stamp-a-ma-jigging!
Nendy

Card Stock Edging Techniques Video

Here is a quick video (7 minutes 46 seconds) showing you several different Card Stock Edge Techniques to emphasize your card stock edges.  I hope you enjoy it!

Stamping Sponges #101610  $3.50 for a package of 3
Sponge Daubers #102892  $10.95 for a package of 12
Stampin’ Distress Tool #127562  $4.95

How many of these Card Stock Edge Techniques have you seen in the projects I post on my blog?  Which Card Stock Edge Techniques do you think I use the most in my projects?  I know I use the “dragging” Card Stock Edge Technique quite frequently.  I also use the Marker Technique quite a bit.  I use the Sponging Technique some.  I don’t recall using the Sponge Daubers with ink before.  I usually don’t tear or distress my card stock.

Try out each of these Card Stock Edge Techniques.  Which is your favorite?  Which do you use the most?  Which is your least favorite?

It is good to expand our Technique knowledge and skills.  Sometimes a new technique will become a much used skill that we enjoy using on multiple projects and tweaking the technique depending on the project.

Have fun trying out all these techniques!
Nendy 

My Eight Favorite Stamping and Tool Hints

Things you should know.Here are a few things I tell my customers (and myself).

Stamp first then punch.  When you stamp first you can hold your punch upside down and center the image.  Punch when it is in the position you want it.

Cut first then emboss.  Example:  If you want to use the Large Scallop Edgelit and the coordinating Delicate Details embossing folders.  Cut the Edgelit first, then emboss with the Delicate Details folders.  If you emboss first then cut your Edgelit with the Big Shot you will flatten out the embossing.

Use your new Paper Piercing Tool ONLY to Pierce your Paper.  Use your OLD Piercing Tools to remove Sticky Strip backing, place Rhinestones and Pearls, clean out your Sizzlits and Bigz Dies, etc.  If you use one JUST for PAPER PIERCING the tip will stay sharp and pointed longer!

Put the Framelit back in its envelope after using it.  I have misplaced more Framelits by NOT following this rule.  I even bought a second set of Edgelits because I didn’t put it back in its envelope after using it.  I later found the one I misplace hidden in my paper scrap box.  I did decide it is nice to have two of each Edgelit so I can do both sides at once.

Don’t force things through the Big Shot.  Check which tabs you should be using on your Multipurpose Platform.  I flattened out part of a Letterpress Plate once during a class because I had too many tabs closed and I forced it through a little ways.  It wouldn’t go any further so we had to back it out.  I will admit that some things do make you use your muscles and they go through just fine.  Just be careful.  Use one less tab if you need to.

Carefully check if your card stock cut properly when using a Crease Pad with a Bigz Die that has Score Lines.  If you carefully check to make sure it cut properly (Hold down the cut out part and gently pull up the outside part.) you can add a shim under that part and recut the same piece of card stock and get good results.

Clean your stamps properly before putting them away.  I have used stamps that were put away but hadn’t been cleaned properly and they stamped in the weirdest color that looked horrible on my project so I had to be creative so I wouldn’t have to remake the whole thing.

Straighten up your work area after each project!  During my Stamp Classes I am moving Paper Trimmers, Simply Scored, Punches, and things they aren’t using to help them keep their work area big enough to do their project easily.  Who wants to volunteer to do this for me?  I end up working in a 6″ square space sometimes.  I need to make me a little sign to remind me.

I hope these help you!

Happy Stamping!
Nendy 

Sweet Threads Cross Stitch Card

Spring Catalog ProjectsI was so excited to see the Sweet Threads Simply Sent Kit in the Spring Catalog.  I enjoy doing Cross-Stitch, but haven’t done it in a few years.  Now I can combine my enjoyment of Cross-Stitch with my love of card making!  The Sweet Threads Simply Sent Kit comes with almost everything I used to make these cards.  I read the instructions inside the paper with the picture on AFTER I had finished the Cross-Stitch and they told me to STAMP FIRST, then Cross-Stitch if I want to stamp on the card stock that I do the Cross-Stitch on.  The Cross-Stitch did take a little while to do (like it always has for me).  There are basic instructions in the paper with the picture on so you will be able to Cross Stitch even if you haven’t done so before.  Surprise your family and friends with this interesting mixed media card!
Sweet Threads Cross Stitch Cards

SUPPLIES:
* = from Spring 2013 Catalog
Kit:
 *Sweet Threads Simply Sent #126924  OR *Sweet Threads Bundle w#131105
Card Stock:  Primrose Petals
Lucky Limeade
Ink:  Lucky Limeade
Primrose Petals
Always Artichoke
Always Artichoke Marker
Big Shot:  *Needlepoint Border Textured Impressions Embossing Folders #129383 (Green)
Scallop Squares Duo Bigz Die #120903 (Pink)
Punches:  Scallop Trim Corner #118870 (Green)
Modern Label #119849 (Green)
Scallop Edge Border #119882 (Pink)
Other:  SNAIL
*Melon Mambo 3/8″ Striped Organdy Ribbon #129293
Stamping Sponges
Glue Dots
Dimensionals (some are included in the kit, but you might need more)

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Read the Instructions that come with the Kit!  (Like I should have done!!)  Choose the card color you want to use from the Kit.
2.  If you want to stamp a sentiment directly on the Scalloped Cross Stitch card stock, do it now.
3.  Do the Cross-Stitch pattern you want to use on your card following the basic instructions that come with the Kit.  Here is what the back of mine look like.
Sweet Threads-Back of Cross Stich4.  Sponge the edges of the Cross-Stitch card stock, if desired.  I think I will use Primrose Petals Ink to sponge the piece for the Green card next time.
Pink Card.
5a.  Wrap the 3/8″ Striped Organdy Ribbon around the Cross-Stitch card stock and tie a bow.  Place Glue dots underneath the ribbon if desired to hold it in place.
5b.  Cut the largest of the Scallop Squares Duo Bigz from Primrose Petals card stock using your Big Shot.  Sponge around the edges with Primrose Petals ink.  Put Dimensionals on the back.  Put Dimensionals on the back of your Cross-Stitch.  Layer it on the Scallop Square as shown.
5c.  Punch a Scallop Border Edge on both sides of a 1-1/2 to 2″ tall by 4-1/4″ wide Primrose Petals card stock piece.  Stamp your sentiment in desired position using a Stamp-a-ma-jig if desired.  Sponge the edges with Primrose Petals ink.
5d.  Lay items in desired positions, then adhere them to card front.  You have now finished your Pink Card!
Green Card.
6a.  
Cut your Lucky Limeade card stock at 2-3/4″ x 3-1/2″.  Punch the corners using the Scallop Trim Corner punch.  Sponge all the edges with Lucky Limeade or Old Olive ink.  Place Dimensionals on the back of both the Lucky Limeade and the Cross-Stitch card stock pieces.  Adhere together.
6b.  Stamp desired sentiment on Lucky Limeade card stock in Always Artichoke ink.  Punch out with Modern Label punch.  Sponge edges with same ink used earlier  Adhere to Cross-Stitch piece with Dimensionals.
6c.  Choose the desired Needlepoint Border embossing folder.  Line up the edge with the top edge of your card front.  Fold the card back behind the embossing folder.  Run through your Big Shot.  Keeping the same side facing up, line up your embossing folder with the bottom edge of your card and emboss as before.  Run the brush tip of your Always Artichoke Marker along the raised parts of your embossed card front trying to only get the parts raised by your embossing folder.  Run your fingers along the embossed edges just for fun.
6d.  Now center and adhere your Cross-Stitch layers to your card front.  You have now finished your Green Card!

You can purchase the Sweet Threads Simply Sent Kit and Bundle in My Online Store.

Happy Cross-Stitching and 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