Memorable Mosaics

I’m catching up on some crafting while I practice social distancing. I purchased a gorgeous suite, the Mosaic Mood collection in the annual catalog. It has a stamp set, a punch, an embossing folder, DSP, flower gems and a spool of ribbon. The mosaic themed card possibilities are endless but I have three examples for you.

Sending Happy Wishes

I think everyone could use a “thinking of you” card right now. I love getting happy mail. This card was pretty simple and I love the spring vibe. It has a base of Mint Macaron. Then I used Very Vanilla card stock and the stamp set to create the mosaic tree in Highland Heather and Soft Suede. I stamped the tree branches three times, shifting the stamp slightly with each image. I like the fullness it gave to the tree.

Next, I punched the corners of the cardstock with the Detailed Trio punch. It’s not part of the suite but is a great all-purpose punch. The Memorable Mosaic stamp set provided the sentiment. I used Mint Macaron ink and the Timeless Lable punch from the suite. It’s adhered with Dimensionals over a piece of the Mint Macaron Textile ribbon. This ribbon is beautiful in person. It has a bit of shine to it and its soft. I’ll be using it a lot. The Very Vanilla layer is adhered to the card front with Dimensionals and the card is ready to mail.

Embossed Rose

The next card features the 3D Mosaic embossing folder and the Mosaic Mood specialty DSP. I started with a base of Very Vanilla. I embossed a 4″-5-1/4″ piece of Blushing Bride cardstock and then used Soft Suede on a sponge to faux age the edges. Next, I used some of the DSP. It’s a specialty because of the interesting texture on certain sheets. It’s almost like the images are heat embossed. The feel like vinyl. It’s very cool in person. I used snail on the strip of DSP and Dimensionals on the fussy cut flowers and leaves. You can see that I snuck in some more of that ribbon too.

After I put that together, I decided I wanted this to be a birthday card. I used a sentiment from the Cake Soiree stamp set and Terracotta Tile ink. I punched it out with the Timeless Label punch and distressed with the Soft Suede ink around the edges. Lastly, for the bit of bling, I used three of the Flower Faceted gems.

Z Special Fold Card

I wanted to make this last card to show off the hummingbird from the DSP. Isn’t it gorgeous? The base of this card is Garden Green cardstock cut lengthwise at 4-1/4″ and scored at 5-1/2″. Then one of the long sides is scored again at 2-3/4″. This makes the Z. On the flap of the Z, I added another piece of the DSP cut 2-1/2″ x 4″.

Next, I cut a piece of Very Vanilla for the inside, but don’t adhere that yet, because it’s going to go on top of the flap for the band. The band is a 2″ x 5″ piece of Kraft paper, Soft Suede would work well also. I scored it at 1-1/4″ and tucked that behind the Very Vanilla interior card. Then I added a 1-3/4″ by 3-1/2″ piece of the DSP.

On top of the band, I created a medallion using Mint Macaron cardstock and the Stitched Shapes circle die. I added some fussy cut roses and the hummingbird from the DSP. The bird and smaller rose are attached to the medallion with Dimensionals. Be careful on the Dimensional placement on the bird or your card won’t open. Ask me how I know that.

Anyhow, here is an inside look at the card. The sentiment is from the stamp set in Terracotta Tile. You can see how the band flips back and the card opens.

Let me know what you think or if you are working on any happy mail. Stay healthy!

Something for Everything and Alternates

The December 2019 Paper Pumpkin kit was like a preview of spring in the middle of winter. The kit contains more than enough materials to make a dozen cards with thirteen different sentiments and a flower cluster. The cards as designed are incredibly easy to put together. The die cuts are all done on adhesive sheets, so they’re essentially stickers. This simplicity doesn’t limit the possibilities. The alternates use only the materials in the kit with the aide of the stitched rectangle dies, a circle punch, and a leaf punch.

A Masculine Birthday Card

If you’re like me, you have plenty of flowery, pretty cards for every occasion. But what about the men in our lives. This kit with the striped base in Shaded Spruce and Old Olive has the perfect materials for a simple bold design.

First I cut the card base in two. Then I used the Stitched Rectangle dies on each side of the card, the solid and the stripe. Notice I changed the direction of the stripe. Then I used the circle punch to cut a smaller circle out of the Old Olive piece included in the kit.

Next, I punched two leaves with a leaf punch from the corners of the gold foil paper leftovers. I used Shaded Spruce to stamp the sentiment. All of this was added to a Whisper White card base.

Frankensteining

For the next alternative, I took two cards and remade them into two different cards using one die-cut rectangle. I started by cutting the front of the floral card and saving the resulting rectangle. This left me with a perfect open frame. I cut the Crushed Curry card in half and used the solid back to fill that open window after trimming a 1/8″ in both directions so it would fit inside the card.

I stamped a few of the floral clusters on the background in a triangle to define the space for my floral spray that I built with the pieces from the kit. The flower by the sentiment is lifted with a mini-dimensional so that it is the same height as the sentiment.

Next, I used the remaining floral rectangle on a base of Whisper White. I had intended to add the patterned side of the Crushed Curry card as the base layer, but I forgot. The good news is that I have it leftover to make another card. I used the remainder of the dotted Old Olive circle from the first card to create a kind of basket effect for my flowers. The top flower is lifted with Dimensionals. The Champagne rhinestones included in the kit are also available in the current mini-catalog.

Happy Crafting!

Precious Parcel Throwback

The Precious Parcel card kit was one of the products you could receive in the past Sale-a-bration. I have to admit, I wasn’t in love with the card structure. The colors and images and vintage feel was adorable, but the slider/card construction wasn’t as appealing to me. In my attempts to use what I have in my craft stash, I decided to see if I could come up with a couple of ideas for using the beautiful materials to make alternate cards.

Full-sized card

For this card, I started with a Calypso Coral base that I had in my stash (two Sale-a-brations ago and I’m running out of them). I deconstructed one of the cards and used a panel as my second layer. Then I fussy cut out the flower image from one of the slider inserts. I added a paperclip and punched stamp piece from the kit. The sentiment is stamped in Calypso Coral too. A twine bow and some sparkly enamels finished it off.

One of the keys to creating alternates is to work with the color palette in the kit or preprinted piece you want to repurpose. Then you can scour your stash and pull out items that coordinate and start mixing and matching. Even though most of these pieces came out at different times, they work together because of color compatibility.

Notecard Alternate

The second card I created also used a preprinted base. Starting with a preprinted base speeds up card making. There are two sets in the current catalog, foil-edged cards in silver and gold and also scalloped edged notecards in four colors. I’ll be stocking up on these for future projects.

Again, I fussy cut the image from the slider piece in the card and layered it on with snail adhesive. Then I added to crystal gems. For the sentiment, I used a sticker from one of the old Memories and More kits. These are another accelerator for card making. They include a variety of preprinted layers and stickers or punch pieces that make card making too easy. In fact, this card is done.

I hope this post inspired you to use some things in your craft stash. If the stash is getting thin, check out the new catalog for preprinted stationary to use as card bases and Memories and More packs for a speedy card making.