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Dazzled by Pocketful of Sunshine

It's those sunglasses.  That's what drew me to the Pocketful of Sunshine stamp set. My other inspiration is attributed to my reading glasses.  I'm just going to admit it.  I need reading glasses.  I've always been able to see up close.  Far away was my problem.  When I had lasik about 10 years ago I had one eye for up close and one for far away.  It's catching up with me now so I need prescription reading glasses.  I say good bye to the dollar reading glasses with sadness.  Now, my problem is that if I'm upstairs, my glasses are down, and if I'm downstairs, my glasses are upstairs.  That's when I started thinking maybe I need on of those cords that would allow me to wear them around my neck.  How bad would that be?  With all that explanation, here's my card for today.

Pocketful of Sunshine dazzle glasss

This was my swap card for my local Southern Belles group.  That's a small group of demos that meets at Wendy's once a month to eat, swap, laugh, and discuss Stampin' Up! business and our lives.  This card was so much fun to make.

  • The card base is Basic Black card stock measuring 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored at 4 1/4.
  • The next layer is Shimmery White card stock cut at 3 3/4 x 5.
  • The sentiment is stamped in Versamark and embossed with Silver Emboss Powder.  Don't forget to use your Embossing Buddy first.
  • Using the Layering Circles Framelits, cut a circle from Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate.  This acetate looks silver on one side and gold on the other.  Adhere this circle with glue dots.  I put some where I knew the glasses would cover them and also behind some of the silver circles.
  • The glasses are cut from Silver Glimmer Paper using the Pocket Framelits Dies. Stamp the glasses again on Basic Black and fussy cut the lenses.  I wanted the lenses to be shiny so I used the Fine Tip Glue Pen.  Just cover the entire piece of paper and allow to dry.  Try to keep the surface as smooth as possible.  Squeeze the glue slowly to keep down air bubbles.  It leaves a beautiful shine.  Use glue dots to put them on the glasses.  Attach some of the Silver Mini Sequin Trim with glue dots to the glasses.  Roll up glue dots and put them behind the silver trim here and there to stabilize it on the card.
  • The rays are cut from the Silver Glimmer Paper with the Pocket Framelit Dies.  To adhere, I again rolled up glue dots for the back.
  • Rhinestones Basic Jewels fill in a few of the spaces left on the card.

Pockerful of Sunshine dazzle card inside

Here's the inside of the card.  Of course the sentiment had to be embossed in silver. It came from the Just Add Text stamp set.  Add just a little more of the Silver Mini Sequin Trim.

Pocketful of sunshine dazzle cards

I made six of these for the group.  It's really pretty in person when you can see all the shine!  I bet you have that friend that just dazzles.  They'll appreciated the bling! Meanwhile, I just might be out looking for one of those cords for my glasses!

Pocketful of sunshine dazzle card

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Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge #467

I love Thursdays.  I get to share another card for the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge.  This time we are using Berry Burst, Island Indigo, and Pear Pizzazz.


I saw this technique on Pinterest and have wanted to try it.  I do not know whose card it was, but let me say this is not an original idea.  If it was your card, please let me know and I'll add your name.  Anyway, here is my card.

CCMC#467 Badges and Banners

This card has a lot of layers.  Let's get started.

  • The card base is Island Indigo measuring 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored at 4 1/4.
  • The Whisper White layer is 3 3/4 x 5.
  • The Berry Burst layer is 3 5/8 x 4 7/8.
  • Another Whisper White layer is 3 3/8 x 4 5/8.  That's a lot of layers, but they just look so pretty!
  • Here's how to make the strips for the front.  Use a piece of Whisper White.  Mine measures 3 7/8 x 4 3/4.  I'm not sure there was a reason for these measurements.  It's probably a piece already cut that size.  Cut strips from Pear Pizzazz, Berry Burst, and Island Indigo 1/2 inch wide.  Glue them onto the white. Mine are 1/4 inch apart.  Hint:  Use your grid paper to help you glue these straight.

Banner 3

  • Once this is done, cut your paper with the trimmer.  Each strip will be 1/2 inch wide.
  • Use Foam Adhesive Strips on the back.  Find the center of the last white layer and begin there putting down the first strip.  I then put the outer strips.  Place the final two in between in the space left.  Stagger each strip.  You will need to trim the length where you want it.

CCMC #467 Badges and Banners strip

  • Stamp the badge from Badges & Banners in Berry Burst on Whisper White and punch it out with the Best Badge Punch.  Use glue dots to adhere.  Add some of the new Mini Gold Sequin Trim behind it first.

CCMC #467 Badges & Banners inside

Here's the inside of the card.  I added a left over strip to the bottom.  I stamped the badge in Island Indigo on white and punched it out.  In hind sight, you could actually just stamp that on your paper.  The No. 1 was stamped in Pear Pizzazz on white and punched out with the 1 3/8 inch circle punch.  Glue down.

Badges & Banners

This was a fun process.  I like how it turned out.  It was a little time consuming.

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Tranquil Tulips Easel Card

One of the cards we made in class this month was an easel card using the Host set Tranquil Tulips.  It's really pretty.

Tranquil Tulips front

Here's a view of the card opened.

Tranquil Tulips easel card opened

We hadn't made a fancy fold card in quite a while.  I thought they would enjoy it.  Here are the details.

  • The card base is Fresh Fig cut 4 1/4 x 11 and scored at 2 3/4 and 5 1/2.  Fold so that the front makes a little tent.
  • You will need another piece of Fresh Fig measuring 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 and a piece of Whisper White 4 x 5 1/4.
  • Use the new Sheet Music background stamp to stamp on the white in Smoky Slate. 
  • Stamp the tulips to the side using Lemon Lime Twist for the leaves and Fresh Fig for the tulips.  The tulips are stamped in two parts, first the plain stamp and then on top the more detailed stamp.  Finish the flowers with Basic Black centers.
  • Using the Lovely Words Thinlits Dies to cut the word friend from Fresh Fig card stock and adhere near the bottom right.
  • Tie the Fresh Fig Finely Woven Ribbon around the white layer and tie into a knot to the side.  
  • Stamp the sentiment from Watercolor Wings in Lemon Lime Twist ink on a white scrap and cut it out using the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies.  Using part of a doily ( about 1/4) gather it a little behind the top of the oval.  Use glue dots to stick it on the ribbon.
  • Use Fast Fuse on the bottom half of the tent on the original card base.  Adhere the piece you have just decorated.  Close the card and make sure that everything lines up before sticking it down well.

Tranquil Tulips easel card inside

Now we need to decorate the inside of the card.

  • The Fresh Fig patterned paper is from the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack.  It measures 2 x 4 1/4.  This goes at the bottom.
  • The Whisper White layer is 3 1/4 x 4.  Stamp the single tulip using the same colors and technique as on the front.  The sentiment is from Just Add Text stamped in Fresh Fig ink.
  • You're the Best comes from the Label Me Pretty stamp set.  Stamp it in Fresh Fig on white scrap.  Punch it with the 1 1/4 inch circle punch.  Punch a circle with the 1 3/8 circle punch from Lemon Lime twist card stock.  Glue these together and adhere with dimensionals.  This piece helps to hold the easel so put the card in the position you want so that you know where to put this.

That's all there is to it.  It really isn't very hard.

Tranquil Tulips easel

I'm loving the look of the Sheet Music background stamp.  It's just lovely.  I can't wait to try it on another card.

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A CASE with Beautiful Bouquet

I love the Beautiful Bouquet bundle in our new annual catalog.  Today I am showing you a CASE (copy and share everything) of a card that I shared with you earlier.

Botanical Blooms for the NC Blog Hop

This card was part of a NC Demo blog hop featuring a stamp set we would miss from the old catalog.  You can see my post here.  I sent this card to one of my customers for her birthday.  She asked if we could make it in class.  I don't use retired product in my class, so I decided to CASE the sketch of the card.  Here is the card we'll be making in an upcoming class.

Beautiful Bouquet CASE

In this card the squares were cut using the Stitched Shapes.  The patterned paper is from the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper.  In class, we are going to use one piece of the Coffee Break paper  It will make the card just a little more simple.

  • The base is Thick Whisper White cut at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4.
  • 6 squares were cut as said above.
  • The scalloped circle was cut from Always Artichoke using the Layering Circles Framelits.  The other circle is Whisper White.  The sentiment is from the Watercolor Words stamp set in Always Artichoke.  Adhere the scalloped circle with dimensioinals.
  • The flowers and leaves are cut in Elegant Eggplant, Wisteria Wonder, Pear Pizzazz, and Always Artichoke.  Use the Bouquet Bunch Framelits.  The Wisteria Wonder flowers were stamped in the center with Elegant Eggplant using the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set.  Place the wisteria flowers on the Stampin' Pierce Mat and press in the center with the blunt end of your Paper Piercing Tool.  This will give them a little dimension.  Place around the circles until you are pleased with the look and glue down.

Beautiful Bouquet CASE inside

Here's the inside of the card.  The sentiment is from Watercolor Words.  I also added more leaves and flowers.

I'm hoping that my customer, Donna, will like this card as much as she did my first card.  I think it turned out nicely.

Beautiful Bouquet CASE card

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Coffee, Anyone?

As soon as I saw the new catalog, I was smitten by the new Coffee Break Designer Series Paper.  Those are just my colors with the browns and greens and a little blue added in.  I just love it.  Sometimes you want to cover your card in pretty patterned paper.  It's hard to do that for a class if you have a lot of people coming unless you buy several packs.  That's why I chose to stamp the background for this card.

Coffee Cafe class card

This background looks very similar to the one in the Coffee Break package, but it was stamped using the Timeless Textures stamp set.  The cup stains and the dots were stamped in Early Express and in Soft Suede to resemble the patterned paper.  It's stamped on a card base of Thick Whisper White cut 4 1/4 x 11, scored at 5 1/2 and folded.

  • The two banners are cut from the Coffee Break paper.  They measure 1 1/4 x 4 1/4.  Notch them with the Triple Banner Punch.  Angle them on your card and then cut the ends to fit the card base.
  • The cup is stamped on Whisper White card stock in Early Espresso.  The lid and beans are also in Early Espresso.  Cut them all out with the Coffee Cups Framelits.  The sleeve on the cup is cut from Crumb Cake card stock.  The framelit cuts the shape and adds the embossing at the same time!
  • The heart is stamped in Versamark on Garden Green card stock.  Cover in white embossing powder and melt with the Heat Tool.  The heart is from the Ribbon of Courage stamp set.  Cut it out with the coordinating framelit in the Support Ribbon Framelits.  Adhere the heart with dimensionals.
  • Adhere the coffee cups with dimensionals.

Coffee Cafe Class card inside

The inside of the card uses more of the Timeless Textures coffee stains and the sentiment from Coffee Cafe.

We'll be making this card in my August classes.  I think it's really cute.

Coffee Cafe

I never drank coffee until after I retired.  Now I see what I was missing all those years. I love my coffee in the morning!  I'm still not a fancy coffee drinker.  I wouldn't know what to order in a Starbucks.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you will try this card.  It's pretty easy.  I'm sure you know a coffee drinker who would love to receive this card!

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