Magical Baby Shower Invitation – TBT

I’m always honored when I’m asked to do a card for someone. In this case, it was a Mermaid themed baby shower invitation. Thankfully, my friend was able to loan me the retired Magical Day stamp set. I thought it was super cute when it came out, but I didn’t have any kiddos in my life at the time. All that is about to change. This invitation was a work of love for my son’s partner who is due to have my granddaughter soon. I can’t wait!

The card is on a base of Coastal Cabana. I used Shimmer paper with a variety of inks including Daffodil Delight and Soft Sea Foam to create that background. You just dab on the color using a baby wipe. I use a different wipe for each color so it doesn’t get muddy. Once the background was done and dried for about 3-4 hours, I splattered Gold Shimmer paint over the background, just a hint, not too much. Finally, I used an old stencil and some of the Shimmery White embossing paste with one drop of Call Me Clover ink to make the seaweed strands. Whew, background done.

The Celebrate is actually two layers, one in Gorgeous Grape and one in Gold foil. I cut the mini-dimensionals in half and adhered that to the bottom of the card. The mermaid medallion uses three stamps from the Magical Day set. Then I colored in the images with Stampin’ Blends. On the mermaid’s body, I added Champagne shimmer paint. I used the Stitched Shape and Layering Circles dies to complete the medallion.

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Winter Woods Wonderland

The Winter Woods bundle in the Holiday catalog is super versatile. It’s only available as a bundle (save 10%) for a few more days. No matter what type of crafter you are, a Zen Beginner, a Paper Princess or a Stash Queen – this set will give you stunning results. I did three cards with this set and no matter the approach I took, from simple to advanced, I was thrilled.

The simple card used three elements, the Winter Woods stamps, Early Espresso ink, and a Delightfully Detailed notecard. These notecards already have the watercolor wash, so I stamped the cluster of trees with two images of the ground texture to anchor them. For the sentiment, I used a sticky note to mask off the part of the message I didn’t want to use (this Season), inked the stamp, removed the sticky (don’t forget this part) and then stamped the Thinking of you in the lower corner. Done. Doesn’t get easier than that.

For the second card, I started with a card base of Mossy Meadow. Instead of adding a texture layer or DSP, I used watercolor paper and Moss Green Brusho Crystal Colour powder. This stuff is cool. The results are a bit random. I misted my paper lightly with a Stampin Spritzer. Then I sprinkled the ink powder over the paper. Finally, I spritzed it again to activate the crystals even more. Then let it dry. Because the background was so dramatic, I stamped the tree cluster three times, right over each previous image, but slightly off. It gave the image thicker tree trunks and denser branches. I added a piece of burlap ribbon. I used two punches, the Leaf punch and some scrap I had in Old Olive and the Tailored Tag punch to cut out the sentiment. It came from the Beautiful Bouquet set and I stamped it in Early Espresso. For a final bit of flash, I added a nest of Copper Metallic Thread under the sentiment tag.

I like the mixed media effect. It is perfect for a masculine birthday.

For the final card, I CASEd a stunning card by Wendy Lee. You can see her card here. I can’t resist a collage of layers. I started with a base of Thick Very Vanilla. I was going to be adding a lot to the card and I needed a sturdy base. On top of that, I added a layer of Soft Suede embossed with the Woodland embossing folder. This is a very versatile folder that I use constantly.

Next, I added the graphic layer. I used Very Vanilla stamped with Early Espresso. The repeating tree branches echo the embossing but are a bold repetition that really pops from all the layers. I anchored that on a piece of Cajun Craze to echo the copper elements I planned to add. But first, I added a 2″x 3-1/4″ piece of vellum. This was directly from Wendy’s card and the contrasting material helped anchor the diecut/embellishment grouping.

The grouping was fun to create. First I spread out some Copper Trim. When pulled apart it becomes a netting. But, it gets shorter when you open it, so spread it and then cut it off the roll. Next, I got out the big shot and used the dies in the bundle to cut the Mossy Meadow leaves and the Copper Foil branches. I used the Tailored Tag punch to cut a Copper foil base for the sentiment. I tucked two wood leaf clusters from the Framed Elements embellishment back for even more texture. Lastly, I used the soon to be released, in the Occasions catalog, Well Written Framelits (148534) and Early Espresso paper. The card couldn’t hold one more thing, so I stopped and lined a Very Vanilla envelope. I used some retired scrap (5-5.8″ x 5-3/4″ scored 1-3/8″ in). A card that special deserves a nice envelope.

I hope I’ve shown you that no matter where your crafting comfort zone is, you can make a beautiful card. Happy Crafting!

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Happiness Surrounds

It’s time for another Snowflake Showcase card. This time, I’m using the sister stamp set, Happiness Surrounds that pairs with the Snowfall dies.  As I was making this card, phrases such as “gilding the lily” and “less is more” came to mind, because we all have an internal critic and for whatever reason, mine is hanging on to the megaphone with both hands.  I decided to not only go with my original design, I decided that more really is more. And that I like gilding lilies.  I can appreciate and often aspire to a clean and simple look. But sometimes, I just want all the sparkle, all the layers, and all the textures.  I want to be “surrounded by happiness”.

Happiness Surrounds with Vegas gold shimmerSo, that’s what where this card came from.  I started with a base of Thick Very Vanilla.  It compliments the warm gold tones and is strong enough to support the many layers of die cuts. The bottom layer is Blackberry Bliss cardstock embossed with the Tin Tile dynamic embossing folder.  I used a bit of Vegas Gold Shimmer paint to highlight the pattern of the embossing.

For the band across the middle, I used a 1″x 4″ strip of Regals DSP in Blackberry Bliss with a 1/2″ strip of gold foil paper. Over that, I layered the Very Vanilla Polka Dot Tulle ribbon.

Next, I started stamping and die-cutting.  The leaf base for the flowers used four of the dies in the Snowfall set along with two of the stamps. I stamped with Mint Macaron on the same color cardstock. The Berry Burst layer is stamped with the striped six-petal flower image, then die cut. Over that I layered Grapefruit Grove cut with one of the dies. On top of that, I added a Blackberry Bliss flower stamped in Blackberry Bliss and die-cut. Then, because “why not?” I added a gold foil die cut.

I used Tombow Mono Liquid Glue to put all those flower layers together and created the floral spray on the card using Tombow, glue dots and for the center flower, Dimentionals.

Next, I stamped the sentiment in Blackberry Bliss on Very Vanilla cardstock and punched it out with a 1-1/4″ circle punch.  I used the 1-3/8″ Scallop punch to cut the gold foil layer and then a final Blackberry Bliss layer with the 1-1/2″ Circle punch. That is mounted to the card with Dimensionals.  I thought I was done with the card, but then I added one last embellishment, Gold Metallic Pearls to the center of each flower.

This is a more advanced card, but I like that it showcases the different styles that can be achieved with Stampin’ Up! products. The only limitation is your imagination. Go for it!

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