Enjoy The Moment – Guest Designs

Today I’m sharing three different cards with you, none of which I designed, that use the Enjoy the Moment stamp coming out in January. The first two are swaps I received from my upline and a sister stamper. The last card is a case I did during the Stampin’ Up! On Stage event. I love seeing how different designers use the same stamp set and create completely different cards. First a bit about this set, it has eight seed pod images from various plants and five versatile sentiments. The botanical feel of the images is so inspiring. I expect you’ll see another post with this stamp set in the future.

A Fun Fold Moment

The first card I have to share is a fun fold from Lynn. The base is a 7″x 5-1/2″ piece of Mossy Meadow card stock that is scored on the long side at 2-3/4″ to create the front flap. Lynn stamped the inside piece of Whisper White using Basic Gray and put the seed pod in the lower right corner so it peeked out and the sentiment in the upper left. There is still plenty of space for a note.

Next, she stamped the front flap using the same image and the same ink. This adds a really nice visual texture to card front. The focal point start with a 2-5/8″x 3-7/8″ piece of Basic Gray card stock. She layered on a piece of DSP that had an interesting edge and a touch of Cherry Cobbler. This small touch of color really pops. The poppy pods are stamped in Basic Gray on a 2-1/4″ x 3-1/2″ piece of Whisper White. She used Dimensionals to add it to the front flap and finished off this classic look with some Mossy Meadow Braided Linen Trim. I love the way the fun fold updates a classic design.

A Brush of Color

The next card I’m sharing with you is a design from my upline, Kathy. She is a talented and experienced crafter and it really shows in her designs. She started with a standard base of Just Jade card stock and added a layer of Basic Black cut at 4″ x 5-1/4″. Next, she added a layer of Whisper White cut at 3-3/4″ x 5″. It’s stamped with another sentiment from the set in Memento Black. The touches of black anchor this colorful design.

The squares on the front of this gorgeous card are done by heat embossing some of the seed pod images in white on Whisper White card stock. She cut them out with the Stitched Squares dies. Then she used the new Blending Brushes that are coming out to color the background and make the image pop. The squares are inked in Bumblebee, Shaded Spruce, Just Jade, and Terracotta Tile. Each embossed and blended image is mounted on a Layering Squares cut piece of card stock in the coordinating color and then added to the card using Dimensionals. The final touch was an InColor enamel dot. I love the use of the white heat embossing and the stunning color palatte.

The Final CASE

The final card is a quick CASE (Copy And Share Everything) I did during the Stampin’ Up event. I love these events because you get your hands on the upcoming products early. This CASE uses Misty Moonlight as the base. Then I cut a 4″x4″ piece of Misty Moonlight and stamped it in the same color ink. The bit of background texture it adds without distracting the eye from the poppy seedpods. I stamped that in Soft Suede on a 3″x4-1/4″ piece of Very Vanilla and sponged the edges. Lastly, I stamped the sentiment in Just Jade and punched it out with a circle punch. For a quick embellishment, I added a small piece of burlap which is retired. You could substitute some faux suede trim, some linen thread, or even a length of Denim ribbon instead.

I hope you’re getting excited about the mini catalog. The Saleabration will start soon too. In the meantime, I hope you have lots of wonderful moments to enjoy as we end the year with family and friends, holidays, and gratitude for our blessings. Happy crafting!

Ornamental Slimline Christmas Card

I promised you the skinny on how to make a slimline card. And here I am, back with all the details. Slimline cards come in all kinds of sizes, but this is what I’m using. The card I’m sharing with you today uses two stamp sets: Ornamental Envelopes and the matching dies and Christmas Gleaming for the sentiments. The colors are Real Red and Just Jade.

Slimline Card Instructions

Slimline Christmas card in Real Red and Just Jade using Stampin' Up! Ornamental Envelopes and Christmas Gleaming.

The base of this card is 8-1/2″ x 7″. I scored the 7″ at the midpoint so I end up with a card base that is 8-1/2″ by 3-1/2″. Next I cut two pieces of Whisper White at 8-1/4″ x 3-1/4″. One is for the inside.

Using scrap paper, I stamped the ornaments in Just Jade. Then I did two heat embossed versions in Gold and Silver. After I die cut them out I had plenty of ornaments to make multiple cards with slightly different configurations.

I stamped the corners to add more framing to the layout, there is a lot of white space to work with on a slimline. Then I stamped the branch. I stamped the ornament cluster in Real Red. Then I layered three of my previously die-cut ornaments on with Dimensionals.

For the sentiment, I used the Stitched So Sweetly dies to cut the Just Jade. I stamped the Christmas Gleaming sentiment and punched it with a circle punch. That is popped up on Dimensionals as well. The final touch for this card is a few basic rhinestones for the mandatory sparkle.

The Envelope

For this one, I’m crediting https://jennycards.blogspot.com/ Her March 26, 2020 blog post not only has the graphic for the vertical envelope I used but she also has instructions for a horizontal envelope. Basically, it’s going to take one sheet of card stock. On the 11″ side of the page, score at 1.5″ and 10.5″. The second score is basically 1/2″ from the bottom and this will be the bottom of your envelope. Then on the 8-1/2″ side, score at 2.5″ and 6.5″—these are your side flaps. Cut out the rectangles created at the top and bottom. Next, trim the side flaps with an angle cut at the top of the envelope so that when you glue these flaps together you have a little V at the top to insert/remove your card easily. Once you have those sides trimmed and glued, you can glue the half-inch bottom flap up and you basically have an envelope. You can see in the picture that I use a corner rounder to finish off the top flap. And again, I highly recommend checking out Jenny’s blog for the amazing graphic she has that will make all these words coherent.

But if you don’t want to create a custom envelope, the good news is that these cards fit in a standard business-sized envelope with room to spare. You have options!

Let me know if you try a slimline or if you have questions. It’s fun to mix it up occasionally and stretch our crafty wings. Happy crafting!

My Wonderful Family Paper Pumpkin Alternatives

Many of you may be spending a lot more time with your wonderful families, and some of you, like me, haven’t seen many of them in person for months even though they live in town. The April Paper Pumpkin is all about family and I had an absolute blast playing with the cards. The default cards used a Z fold and Double Flap fold card. The trick on the Double Flap is to not add glue to the last inch or so of the tree, otherwise, the card won’t open. And where’s the fun in that?

Since Mother’s Day is around the corner, my two alternatives are cards for moms.

Butterfly Mother’s Day

This alternative card requires the addition of three colors of ink, Mint Macaron, Melon Mambo, and Early Espresso. I used the Z fold card base and stamped the tree leaves as if the tree was off the paper. This meant I didn’t have to line up the stamp to make both halves of the tree. Much easier. Then I stamped in the trunk, letting that stamp come off the page.

Using Melon Mambo ink, I stamped the tiny flight of butterflies and the sentiment. A bit of ribbon from the kit and the prepunched bird, and the front flap was complete. On the inside, I used the big preprinted sentiment card. It has a lovely statement about family and I wanted to do a card where it wasn’t covered up. The inside still has plenty of room for a hand written note.

The final touch was a few of the pearls from the kit nestled into the tree. Simple, pretty, and ready to send.

Double Dutch Fold Mother’s Day

I have been wanting to make a Double Dutch fold card for a while and this kit gave me the perfect opportunity as some of the work was done for me with the Flap fold card base. First I cut off the Shaded Spruce flap, and set it aside for reuse on my flaps. Next, I trimmed the short flap to 3-5/8″. I know that’s a fussy measurement, but it worked and I was doing this by feel.

Next, I used a piece of Pear Pizazz (use any complementary color) from my scrap stash that was 8-1/2″ x 2″ and scored each end of the strip at 2-1/8″ (cheat it short by just a hair so the card wraps around the base correctly or you’ll have to shave the width of your base). Then I cut two, 2″ pieces from the Shaded Spruce flap. I also cut two 2″x2″ pieces of So Saffron DSP scrap. Mine was from the Mosaic Mood pack, but use what you have.

Stamp the tree leaves in Pear Pizzaz. Stamp the sentiment in Crushed Curry.

Now we assemble. The Pear Pizazz strip gets glued to the back of the long panel, lined up with the bottom. Add the So Saffron DSP to the flaps and then layer over the Shaded Spruce pieces. Glue the pre-punched tree to the short flap leaving the trunk adhesive-free. Adhere the Crushed Curry strip from the kit to the bottom of the short panel. Then add the sentiment banner using Dimensionals.

Lastly, decorate with birds, butterflies and pearls. The cool thing about this card is that it will stand up with the top panel resting on the dutch door flaps.

I hope you’re enjoying your kit. Leave me a comment. And if you want a challenge, I think this kit would be perfect for making a “Partridge in a Pear Tree” Christmas card. Let me know if you try it. Happy crafting.