Daisy Lane Simple and Stepped Up

The other day my darling husband needed a thank you card. I found one that would work. But in the process, I realized that many of my cards are more appropriate for female recipients. I love doing elaborate cards, but simple can be just as elegant. To prove this, I have two cards for you using the Daisy Lane stamp set. This set coordinates with the Daisy Punch and the Medium Daisy Punch.

The Simple Card

For this card, I started with a piece of Kraft card stock. I had some leftover from a Paper Pumpkin – it was in my stash. I stamped the fern leaf using Mossy Meadow ink. The fine detail in this stamp is gorgeous. I mounted that stamped piece on a slightly larger piece of Mossy Meadow cardstock.

Next, I added the Burlap ribbon to the lower third of the card. I mounted that to a card base of Very Vanilla using Dimensionals. Finally, I stamped the thank you sentiment in Mossy Meadow on Very Vanilla. The stamp came from the Abstract Impressions set. It’s die-cut it with a Stitched Rectangle die. I glued that onto the card with Tombow Liquid Multipurpose which helps hold the ribbon in place as well.

The Stepped-Up Card

This second card is almost identical to the first. I changed the orientation, but the base layers are all the same. The flowers were stamped in Terracotta Tile. Again, I love the fine detail in the Daisy Lane stamps. I stamped two images for each flower and punched them out with the coordinating punch. The larger flowers were stamped on Very Vanilla, the smaller on Terracotta Tile.

Next, I used Tombow to glue the centers of the flowers together making sure the petals were spaced the way I wanted them. To get the curl to the petals, use the edge of a bone folder and drag it underneath each petal. Since I had the Tombow out, I glued the flowers to the card, making a nice tight cluster.

Finally, the sentiment, also stamped in Mossy Meadow on Very Vanilla came from the Daisy Delight stamp set. I chose this font because it’s more feminine and compliments the flowers. For a final touch, I added faceted gems to the middle of each flower.

The process of making these cards is almost identical. But by changing up the font of the sentiment and adding the flowers, I changed a simple, more masculine card into one more appropriate for a woman.

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!

Winter Gifts Alternates

Four gift tags created with the Winter Gifts Paper Pumpkin kit.

The November 2019 Paper Pumpkin was designed to create up to twenty-four nature-inspired gift tags. The kit used primarily punched pieces with some sentiment stamping. This type of kit is simple to assemble but also easy to repurpose for alternate projects.

Wine Tags

Wine tags made with the Winter Gifts Paper Pumpkin kit.

The first alternative I came up with was wine tags. Sparkling wine is a great holiday gift and it couldn’t be simpler to convert a gift tag into a wine tag. I used Shaded Spruce but you could use one of the other coordinating colors in the kit, such as Poppy Parade or even Silver Foil. Cut a strip 2-1/2″ by 5-1/2″. Score the end of the 5-1/2″ length about 2-1/2″ down. In the short flap that you created cut a hole about 1-1/2″ wide using either a circle punch or a die. If you don’t have a circle you can use another shape like a square or a flower outline or use a household object and draw your circle then cut it out with scissors.

Next, create the tag just as instructed or add extra embellishment. For mine, I added some silver snowflakes in the background using the stamp from the kit and the silver Delicata ink that was in the holiday catalog. If you don’t have the silver ink, Smokey Slate is a great alternative. I adhered my tag to the long part of the strip with snail adhesive. Super simple and the perfect touch to a thoughtful gift.

Christmas Card

Christmas Card made with the Winter Gifts Paper Pumpkin kit.

The last alternative is a Christmas Card. You could also use this as a Thank You card, just swap out the sentiment. I started with a base of Shaded Spruce. On top of that, I layered a piece of DSP from the Neutrals 6×6 pack in Basic Gray. If you don’t have that paper pack or a desirable alternate, consider making your own DSP with the snowflake stamp from the kit and some Whisper White paper.

Next, I made the tag as instructed, but left of the sequins so I could add them to the background of the card. I stamped the sentiment in Poppy Parade for additional contrast.

This card style would work well with any of the tags. Change out the card base or the DSP layer to make each one unique.

I wish you a creative and peaceful holiday no matter how you celebrate.