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!

Four-Fold CASE with Dandy Garden DSP

This Four-Fold card blew me away when my sister demonstrator, Carrie Todd, showed it at the recent Stampin’ Up! event. I begged her for the instructions, and she was so kind to share them with me. And now, I’m sharing with you. This design is so awesome when you have a pack of patterned paper you love. Show it off using this creative fun fold.

The Front of the Card and the Basic Instructions

Four-fold card folded up. This one uses the Dandy Garden DSP from Stampin' Up!
Front of the Four-Fold card with Dandy Garden DSP

First, let’s cover all the card stock you need to cut for this card. Once you have this part done, you can dress it up in various ways that we’ll discuss next.

Start with the base layers. I used Blackberry Bliss for my base. Cut one piece 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ and score it at 3/4″ and 4-1/4″. The second piece is cut at 6-1/4″ x 4-3/4″ scored in half at 3-1/2″.

The next layers in my card are Mossy Meadow. I used one 5-1/4″x 4″, two 4-1/2″x 3-1/4″, and two 3-3/4″x 2-1/2″.

The last pieces of card stock are my Bumblebee piece cut to 4-1/4″x 3″ and a White piece cut 4″x 2-3/4″.

The Assembly

Inside of the four-fold card with Dandy Garden DSP from Stampin' Up@
The four-fold card opened fully

Fold the base card stock pieces on the score lines. Then, on each panel, cut 3/4″ off the top of the front panel. This creates the staggered height. Be sure to only cut to the mid-score line.

Next, using Stampin’ Seal + (the strong stuff) on the 3/4″ tab on the larger base piece, glue the two cards together. This is the middle fold between the two evenly sized panels.

The card is basically complete. It’s time to decorate.

Patterned Paper Pieces for the Four-Fold Panels

At a minimum, you’ll want the following pieces of pattered paper to decorate the card: 5″x 3-3/4″, two pieces 3-12/” x 2-1/4″. This decorates your front small panel, inside and out and the back panel interior.

I could have embossed my Bumblebee piece and left it as is. Instead, I cut another piece of DSP at 4″ x 2-3/4″ to go on top of the Bumblebee layer and finished that panel off with a dragonfly. As an additional layer under the White panel, I cut that piece of paper at 4-1/4″ x 3″.

I also added one of the memory and more cards to the inside of the back panel with a small dragonfly. Lastly, I added the sentiment to the front of the card using Mossy Meadow ink on a scrap of White layered over a piece of Mossy Meadow.

That’s it. Huge thanks to Carrie Todd for sharing this design. The four-fold card is only fussy in the number of pieces you put together. Once you have your base figured out, it’s easy to embellish with embossing, die-cuts, or even more stamping. Of course, I’m going to use this layout for at least one Christmas card. Let me know if you try it. Until next time, ink up!

Desert Colors: Painted Poppies

Stampin' Up! Painted Poppies using Pale Papaya and Soft Succulent In-Colors

I wanted the Stampin’ Up! Painted Poppies set from the moment it came out. But I didn’t buy it until quite late. I love red poppies as much as the next girl. And yes, I did pull over on the side of the road in France when I saw a field of them to take a picture. But poppies in my part of the world aren’t red. They’re orange.

I just noticed some poppies have sprung up in my naturalized garden. I can’t wait for them to bloom, and I owe my neighbors some thanks. But when they do bloom, I’m sure they will look similar to this: a nice soft green and a warm golden flower.

Painted Poppies Card Details

I started with a base of Soft Succulent. This new In-color is so pretty and soft, with a slight gray tone. Next, I added a layer of white card stock stamped with the poppy flower image from the set in Soft Succulent. Finally, to finish the background, I used the large spatter stamp with Pale Papaya to add an artistic feel.

For the focal point piece, I stamped the flower in Memento ink and used the new In-Color Stampin’ Blends to color it in. The sentiment is from the Dragonfly Garden set. Next, I trimmed the paper to 1-3/4″x3-1/2″ and mounted it on a piece of Soft Succulent cut to 2″x 3-3/4″. Finally, I tied a knot of Pale Papaya Open Weave ribbon around the assembly before adding it to the card on Dimensionals.

For the final touch of sparkle, I used three Genial Gems. That’s it. A simple, elegant card in the desert colors I love. You can order all these products with me by clicking on the image of the annual catalog on the right. Until next time…Ink up!