Notes of Kindness – Whip it up Wednesday

The Notes of Kindness kit in the Annual Catalog includes everything to make twenty gorgeous thank you notecards. The stamps, with bold sentiments, a stamping block, adhesives, and even an ink spot. The cards are beautiful and come together in minutes. They’re perfect for recognizing gift from a bridal or baby shower.

I used most of my kit for a card buffet that I held recently to make cards for our armed service members. I had some of the cards remaining, and I decided to see what I could do with them using leftover pieces from past Paper Pumpkin kits.

Friends of a Feather

The Friends of a Feather Paper Pumpkin had lots of leafy punch-outs. The Fresh Figs pieces complimented the succulent preprinted accent. I also used self-adhesive sequins from the kit and finally added some vellum pieces which may have come from the August 2018 box or possibly an earlier one. You know I save everything. I also stamped the sentiment in Fresh Fig too.

More Vellum

I liked the vellum as an accent so much, I dug further into my stash and found some Lemon Lime Twist dyed elements and some more delicately cut elements. This card used pearls from the kit instead of the sequins. I like how the two projects are so different. The first is bold, almost masculine and this one is more airy and feminine.

Fussy Cut Flowers

I still had a card base left, but no flower cut outs. Also, I didn’t have the Soft Sea Foam sticker for the layers under the sentiment. I liked the succulent image from the other cards, and I found some retired DSP that included the perfect elements. I think this idea would work well with any good sized flower image, either cut from designer paper or stamped and then either fussy cut or die cut. I also used a strip of paper from the Tranquil Textures DSP pack. I stamped the little background image in the kit using Sahara Sand. And, even though I didn’t get my sentiment on the card perfectly straight, I’m quite happy with the results.

Kits, whether Paper Pumpkin, or from the catalog make crafting so simple. In a few minutes you can have stunning projects to make someone’s day a little brighter. Happy Crafting.

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Around the Corner – Whipped up CASE from the catalog

I ordered the Around the Corner set because I loved the way the sentiment literally went around the corners. I also thought some of the graphics were super fun.  But sometimes, you get a new set and your mind goes blank.  How am I going to use this to make a really cool card?  I went to my go-to source, Pinterest, but still wasn’t feeling inspired. Then I remembered – the ANNUAL CATALOG!  Not sure how I forgot about such an amazing resource for how to use our products.  There, on page 40, was a great card.  I liked the horizontal stripes, the balloons, and the embossed vellum.  

Stampin' Up! Around the Corner

For my card, I decided to go a bit more masculine by using a Night of Navy color scheme.  I had the perfect stripe paper in the Twinkle Twinkle DSP pack. I layered that on the Night of Navy base and over that I put the piece of Vellum embossed with the Scattered Sequins dynamic embossing folder.  With vellum, you want to use the lightest pressure possible, so minimize your sandwich, no shims, just the folder, and one plate, on your base.

The center of the card is a 3-1/4″ square piece of Whisper White.  The stamps in the corners are done in Night of Navy. To get the shadow around the words, I used my Stamparatus to line up the image exactly and stamped in Balmy Blue.  

The balloons are from my scrap pile.  The dotted balloons are in the discounted Tutti-Frutti DSP pack. This is in the Clearance center now – don’t wait if you like it. The other balloon was  a scrap piece I had from using ink with a baby wipe to blot color on the paper. At some point, I swiped leftover Vegas Gold Shimmer Paint on the scrap so it wouldn’t go to waste.  I used the Balloon Bouquet punch on the various papers. They were added to the card with a combination of glue dots and Dimensionals to add interest.  Then I used Silver Metallic Thread as the balloon strings. 

Before I mounted the square to the card, I added four Night of Navy brads from the Basic Brads pack.  The last step was to add some sequins from last year’s Paper Pumpkin kit.  Use an embellishment you have or consider the Faceted Gems as an option.

Finally, just to make this card even more special, I decided to do a lined envelope.  I was inspired by the lined envelopes in the To You and Yours Paper Pumpkin kit. It just adds a bit more.  This is also a great way to use up the paper in your stash that didn’t speak to you. I cut mine from a 6×6 piece long retired, but in the right color.  Cut the paper at 5-5/8″ x 5-3/4″.  On the 5-3/4″ side, score the piece at 4-3/8″.  Use a bit of Tombow liquid glue to secure it in the envelope, especially on the flap.  You can use a shorter length if you don’t want to line the entire envelope.  I trimmed the extra smidge that shows on the tapered edges of the flap with my Paper Snips.  If want an easier solution for this, the Beautiful Layers thinlit dies includes a die for cutting envelope flap liners.

Hope you enjoy some crafting over the holiday break.

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Whipped up Hung with Care

Yesterday I showed you a super quick card and gift tag. Today’s card uses the same Hung with Care stamp set but is a bit more involved.  I wanted to do a scene with stockings hung on a mantle.   When I showed this card to my husband, he “got it”, but see what you think.

Stampin' Up! Hung with Care on the MantleI used the Joyous Noel DSP to provide my color scheme and act as the wallpaper in my scene. Unfortunately, this paper was in such high demand that it’s no longer available to order. Use whatever you have and adjust your colors to match.  For the lower part of the wall, I went with a paneling look.  So many of us either have paneling in our homes or grew up with it. It feels traditional to me.  I used Soft Suede cardstock and the Pinewood Planks DEF.

Next, I created a mantle using the Marbled background stamp and Shaded Spruce ink.  I used a 3/4″ strip and rounded the bottom corners. I still have plenty of scrap for another project – Yay!  Before I added that to the card, I stamped my stockings in Merry Merlot and fussy cut them.

If you don’t have the Paper Snips from Stampin’ Up!, I highly recommend them for this type of detailed work.  An inexpensive craft room addition that you will love. They are sharp, finely bladed, and easy for even my “man hands” to control. I was not blessed with delicate hands. And on November 27-28 they will be on sale as part of the Online Extravaganza. The sale is going on over six days with different things on sale during each two-day period. Check my store starting November 23 for all the details.

To mount the five stockings to the “mantle” I used brads that came in a Paper Pumpkin. The Annual Catalog has metallic brads that would work just as well.  I used my paper piercer and stabbed a hole in each one through the mantle paper. I mounted that entire assembly to the card with Dimensionals only on the mantel so that the stockings could move.

Finally, I stamped the sentiment from the Hung with Care set with Mery Merlot ink. I love the elegant font.  The ends of the strip of paper were rounded by tucking each end into the Pretty Label punch.  What do you think? Does it look like a mantle to you?


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Stampin' Up! Shaded SpruceClassic Stampin' PadStampin' Up! Marbled background stampStampin' Up! Hung with CareStampin' Up! Metallic BradsStampin' Up! Pinewood PlanksStampin' Up! Soft Suede cardstockStampin' Up! Whisper White cardstockStampin' Up! Paper SnipsStampin' Up! Merry Merlot Classic Stampin' Pad