Friends are Like Seashells – Two for Tuesday

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Two for Tuesday, but using the Friends are Like Seashells stamp set and matching products inspired me. In fact, I could have done a hundred cards with this set if I had more time. The suite came out in the mini catalog (which is going away on the first of next month) and immediately caught my eye. Let me show you why.

The Sea and Sand Suite Card

Friends are Like Seashells from the Sand & Sea Suite by Stampin' Up!
Friends are Like Seashells in the Sand & Sea Suite

This card is deceptively simple but uses most of the Sand & Sea Suite that includes the Friends are Like Seashells stamps. I started with a base of Sahara Sand. The blue patterned paper layer is from the Sand & Sea DSP pack. There are some stunning papers in this pack, and this is just one. And to keep the paper exposed, I heat embossed the sentiment directly on it in white.

Next, I die cut the large shell image from the dies in the suite using the Pearlescent paper. You can see how it shines with that pearly glow in the picture. Amazing. I didn’t use the entire die-cut, just a portion to add some texture and interest under my shell.

The shell is the best part of this card. First, I stamped the image on a scrap of white paper in Sahara Sand. Then I die-cut it by lining it up under the right spot in that large die. After I had my shell cut, I ran it through the matching Seashells 3-D embossing folder to add more dimension and texture. Simple. Subtle. Wow.

Friends are Like Seashells Catalog Case

Friends are Like Seashells card using the torn paper technique from the Stampin' Up Annual Catalog
Friends are Like Seashells torn paper technique

Card number two also has a wow factor. I got the idea from the new catalog. Okay, I pretty much copied it from the catalog but used a different stamp set. If you don’t have a catalog and want one, let me know.

The technique uses printer paper or copy paper or Grid Paper torn in two so that you have hills and valleys. Then, using white card stock, you use your two torn pieces to mask off the edges leaving the middle uncovered. That was the hard part. My piece of white card is 3″x5-1/2″. I stamped the shell and seaweed images using Misty Moonlight. Then I used a blending brush with Sahara Sand and Coastal Cabana. To add a final bit of texture, I used the sand stamp with Sahara Sand ink, second generation stamping. Remember, this is when you stamp the image on scrap paper and then stamp your card. Now, it’s time to assemble the card.

The base is Misty Moonlight with a layer of In-Color DSP cut to 3-3/4″ x 5-1/2″. Next, I added the two heat embossed shells, one white, one gold, both die cut with the matching dies. The sentiment is stamped in Misty Moonlight too. For the final touch, I added three Opal Rounds.

You can find all the products used to make these cards in the new catalog, except the Sea & Sand paper. If you want to order with me, use the code in the panel at the right or send me an email. I’m happy to help. Until next time, ink up!

Boho Indigo – Two for Tuesday

Today’s cards feature one of my favorite products from the 2020 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog: Boho Indigo Product Medley. I’ve used this suite a lot because I love the colors, the distressed vibe, the preprinted pieces, and all the lovely patterns on the DSP. And that doesn’t even speak to the super cute vase stamps and matching dies! It’s just a great set. Let me show you my latest creations, one from a sketch and one inspired by the product.

A Boho Indigo Banner Sketch

I based this first card on a sketch by Kristie Marcotte on Pinterest. The Misty Moonlight base is covered with a 4-1/8″x5-3/8″ piece of the Boho Indigo DSP. The next layers of this card use the pre-embossed Very Vanilla papers. I added the 4″x4″ square to a piece of Misty Moonlight that was 1/8″ larger. For the circle, I added more Misty Moonlight cut with the Stitched Shapes circle die.

Before I added the circles to the card, I cut three banners from the Boho Indigo DSP. The banners go right to the top of the card and peek out underneath the circles, which adds a lot of interest. I considered die-cutting a vase for the leaves, but I decided to use the pre-punched banner instead with the sentiment stamped in Misty Moonlight ink. Rather than adding more embellishments, I let the leaves be the focal point. I love the accents of gold, and this card inspired me to create the next card.

The Boho Indigo Tag Card

For this second card, I started with a base of Very Vanilla. I wanted the leaves to be the star of the show, so I added the four of them directly to the base. Next, I added a layer of the Boho Indigo DSP cut to 3″x5-1/8″. Before I glued that down, I added a piece of Misty Moonlight twill ribbon. It’s a bit fussy to add the ribbon wrap without compressing the paper, but I didn’t want to add another layer of card stock underneath.

Next, I worked on the tag, which is the focal point of this card. First, I masked off the gold edges using Washi tape. In the end, this idea failed. The Washi pulled some of the gold off the tag. It’s fine for this card because the Boho Indigo has a distressed vibe, but I’d use a different medium if I tried that again. I stamped the viney leaves from the stamp set in Garden Green. It’s a third-generation image because I didn’t want it to compete with the sentiment. I stamped the sentiment from Rooted in Nature in Night of Navy. I should have used my Stamparatus. Next time. To finish the tag, I added another piece of Misty Moonlight twill ribbon and tied that off with a bow in Linen Thread. I lifted the tag using Dimensionals for more interest.

One fantastic product medley, two great cards. If you love this medley as much as I do, don’t miss out. It’s retiring at the end of the month.

World’s Greatest Alternatives

I love that title. It’s actually two alternatives for the August Paper Pumpkin kit: “World’s Greatest.” The kit was designed to make nine cards, three shakers, and two other designs you can see in this picture. Aren’t the plaid details fun?

Of course, we all have everyday heroes we can acknowledge. The people in our lives that we would greatly miss. The people who make our days just a little bit brighter. This kit was ideal for sending an unexpected note of gratitude to those folks.

But as always, I was inspired to change things up just a little bit. I have two simple alternatives for you. One uses only what was in the kit. The other uses stamps from a past Paper Pumpkin. Let me show you.

Best Friend

For this card, I started by cutting the blue plaid base in half and trimming one piece down to 4″ x 5-1/4″ —save the extra strips. I layered that trimmed piece onto a base of Whisper White card stock. Next, I used the “leftover” piece from the shaker card frame. It also had a pre-punched blue circle, which left a frame for my “award.” That was placed on the card with Dimensionals.

I used the stamps from the kit to add the ribbon to one of the large white circles and the sentiment to one of the small white circles. I layered the small circle onto a gold medallion from the kit and popped it up on Dimensionals on the large stamped circle.

Next, I trimmed one of those “scrap” strips to fit in between the green plaid edges. I stamped “friend” using the stamp and ink from the kit, and yes Dimensionals. Lastly, I scattered on a few stars and there you have it. Simple, cute, and nothing wasted.

A Great Birthday Card

This lovely birthday card starts out the same way as the previous card but uses the green plaid base, cut in half and trimmed down, saving the trim strip. The plaid is on a base of Whisper White and over that I added one of the Bumblebee water color wash pieces from the kit that I had stamped with a Happy Birthday sentiment from an earlier Paper Pumpkin kit (April 2019 – Sentimental Rose).

Next, I added two of the vellum sprays and a 3-1/2″ length of the grosgrain ribbon. I added a layer of the plaid strip that I trimmed earlier. For the flower, I used Magenta Madness ink and fussy-cut it as I did with the leaf sprays, but they are stamped in Just Jade. The flower is lifted on Dimensionals and I added a Gold Glitter enamel to the center. The final touch was a few of the stars from the kit.

I hope you enjoyed these two quick alternative cards and that they inspired you to create your own alternatives. Happy crafting!