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!

Lovely Day Paper Pumpkin Alternates

Examples of the cards in the February Lovely Day Paper Pumpkin kit made as designed.

February delivered another stunning kit from Paper Pumpkin. The kit makes nine full-sized birthday cards with pouch style envelopes that can be easily mailed. In addition, there is a large flower image that you’ll use again and again, a small flower, and a birthday cake along with several sentiments. There are copper foam sentiments that are so gorgeous you’ll wish you had more. If you didn’t do anything else with this kit but make the cards it would be a success. The image to the left shows the card examples made as designed. Lovely, right?

But of course, I had to mix it up. I have four alternates for you to consider that range from simple modifications to increasingly advanced designs. I’ll give you lots of details on how to replicate my cards, but this kit is one where you should feel free to experiment because it would be difficult to go wrong.

Simple Alternate

A simple alternative for the Lovely Day Paper Pumpkin using only supplies in the kit.

The first alternate card uses only the supplies in the kit except for some Pretty Peacock ink for the stamped “Birthday” sentiment. I started with the Rich Razzleberry card base. Next, I cut apart the card that opens horizontally into three pieces. The striped Rococo Rose piece, the x’ed Petal Pink piece and the back which is also striped. I added the narrow strip to the front of the card base. Ignore the slot for the tab closure, it gets covered up.

Next, I added the medallion that was punched out of the Pool Party card, it as a cool starburst shape and Pretty Peacock edge. Then I added the pre-punched rose using Dimensionals over the medallion. I stamped the Birthday sentiment in Pretty Peacock on one of the ribbon banners that I cut in half so I would end up with two small banners. I finished the card by tucking the banner under the edge of the rose, adding the wishes foam sentiment and some of the sequins. For a final touch, I stamped the small flower image on the envelope.

Happy Birthday to You Alternate

Copper heat embossed image and masked off sentiment.

The next card uses a stamp set available as a reward during Sale-a-bration. Make a qualifying purchase and the Happy Birthday to You cling stamp set could be yours for free. This card starts with a base of Whisper White. On top of that is the inside of one of the pink pouch envelopes that I cut apart and then trimmed down to 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″.

Next, I heat embossed the cake from Happy Birthday to You in copper. The preprinted piece has a lovely watercolor effect and some scattered texture that makes it easy to place the image and get a great look. Using the sentiment from the same set, I masked off the “Happy” part of Happy Birthday and added the Birthday part to the card in Rich Razzleberry ink. Again, the foam copper sentiment and some sequins from the kit finished of this fun card.

Shaker Alternate

Metal birthday candle and a shaker card style alternate.

The third card is almost a mandatory option with that lovely window. I used the stripe stamp to add color to the pre-printed cake slice in Rich Razzleberry. Then I remembered the Candle Embellishments from the Annual Catalog. One in silver was a lovely addon. I also supplemented my kit sequins with some ivory iridescent I had leftover from a holiday kit from a couple of years ago. I added a few more of them to the card front as well.

The piece of Window Sheet I used was 3″ square. With that small piece and some Foam Adhesive strips, it’s a piece of cake to make a shaker card. Remember the window closes the hole, the foam builds the well, add the sequins and seal with the image card. And don’t forget to raise up the entire front of the card on the same foam strips so it’s all the same height.

Lovely Day in Paris

Alternate card using stamps and dies from the Parisian Beauty set.

In an effort to use up the last of the scraps from the card and envelope I cut apart, I decided to make a feminine card. I used the Parisian Beauty stamp set and matching dies from the mini catalog to make this ultra-feminine card.

Starting with the base of Whisper White, I added the back of the horizontal card but aligned the stripes vertically. I also stamped the fleur-de-lis strip in Rococo Rose along the top and bottom. Next, I took the Petal Pink piece and stamped the large flower from the Lovely Day kit in Rococo Rose all over it, rotating the image and making sure the image “falls off” the edge. This technique makes the paper look like it came from a larger printed piece and makes it look more finished.

The swirls are die cut from scraps of Champagne foil. The tower and the merci sentiment were die cut from the back of the envelope I cut apart. I stamped the tower image in Basic Gray and the image barely fit on one half of the envelope. I used the other half of that ribbon banner from the first alternate and stamped the sentiment in Rococo Rose. Finally, I added a few sequins from the Paper Pumpkin. The only thing I wish I had done was cut a second merci from the flap of the Rich Razzleberry side of the envelope. I could have added a bit of a shadow under the word and made it pop a bit more. C’est la vie.

Challenges and Experiments

I was so excited to see the Tic Tac Toe Challenge return. I love the format of this challenge. They give you a board with nine squares filled with characteristics your creation must contain but you can do any row, column or diagonal.

The Inspiration

This weeks board:

I chose the column down the middle: Die cut, Spring, and Blue. I’ve been organizing my craft room (another challenge of a whole different kind!) and I knew I had some blue flowers I wanted to use. I also had a bicycle stamp from a long-ago Paper Pumpkin. It really is amazing what we have in our craft rooms.

The Experiment

Anyhow, I got this idea from a card made by Amy Koenders. She had a single layer with the bike stamped on top of a stamped tree. And I thought, what if I used a die-cut tree. And then what if I made it an easel card. But how would I get to the tree to take the image so that it was intact if the tree was on top? What if I embedded the tree but it popped up on its own when the card was folded. Yeah! This is gonna be cool.

And it was—after three tries.

The Card

Here is the card lying flat more or less. The base is Tempting Turquoise, a retired color that matched my stash flowers perfectly. The tree is cut from Kraft paper which has a nice woody quality. The Whisper White base was scored first then die cut. I did this to make sure the hole for the branches was above the score line and the trunk of the tree was below.

Next, I fit the Kraft tree into the Whisper White base and stamped my bicycle in Tuxedo Black Memento ink. After the ink was dry, I cut the white base on the score and then placed the two halves on the blue card base. I focused on getting the two halves as close as possible but also aligned on the edges to give the illusion of one folding piece. I cut it because leaving it as one piece didn’t work well with folding it back and forth.

The sentiment is from an old Paper Pumpkin as well, Giftable Greetings. I stamped it in Crumb Cake and added a bit of linen twine at the end. Finally, I glued the blue flowers to the tree and added a pearl to each one.

But we aren’t done. The easel needs something to hold it in place. I used a sentiment that says “Today and Always” from the Lasting Lily stamp set (old Saleabration I think). It’s popped up on Dimensionals and set far up on the interior so that the tree stands upright when the card is folded.

I’m totally biased, but I think this is a really cool card. It’s advanced and fussy, but I fell in love with the results. Thanks to the Tic Tac Toe coordinators for kicking off this project with their fun challenge.

What have you got in your craft stash that’s inspiring your creativity this weekend?

Tic Tac Toe Challenge Team Pick

Quick update: This card was selected as a Team Pick! I’m so honored.